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by Cohiba
October 20th, 2008, 7:19 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: DelGaudio Shuffle
Replies: 58
Views: 23208

Re: DelGaudio Shuffle

The Delgaudio Shuffle is a lot different from the Heinstein Shuffle. It looks (based on video clips only) to be almost identical to the Grey shuffle. I also didn't feel that the shuffle was that difficult, at least comparatively. It will take some work to get it smooth, but it so far it seems a lot ...
by Cohiba
October 3rd, 2008, 9:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Forte indicted!
Replies: 29
Views: 12449

Re: Steve Forte indicted!

Gents, I feel discussing Forte's current situation is severely lacking in taste, and agreeing with me isn't at all mandatory.....so no need to dice my posts to try and address it. Perhaps I should have been more precise though. There isn't a card guy here qualified to shine Forte's shoes.....not a ...
by Cohiba
April 22nd, 2008, 1:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wow - he kept THAT quiet.
Replies: 25
Views: 4462

Re: Wow - he kept THAT quiet.

Richard Kaufman wrote:Anyone in a happy relationship is lucky.


Actually, luck doesn't have much to do with it.
by Cohiba
March 16th, 2008, 1:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

Carlo, you are absolutely right - my original post was incorrect. I apologize to Bob (and all) for the lengthy debate! Again, thanks for the discussion!
by Cohiba
March 16th, 2008, 1:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Old puzzle for the statisticians
Replies: 19
Views: 4013

Re: Old puzzle for the statisticians

You guys are good! I thought there would be at least some disagreement on this. Maybe the problem is more well known than I thought.

Nice job!
by Cohiba
March 16th, 2008, 1:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

Maybe this will help clarify. Assume you have a two card packet consisting of an ace and a 2. These two cards are shuffled. If a spectator is told to name a card (ace or 2), then a number/position (1 or 2), there are 4 potential ways this could go: 1 - ace at position 1 2 - ace at position 2 3 - tw...
by Cohiba
March 16th, 2008, 1:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

Jim, each deck has 52 combinations, so 52 decks of 52 combinations = 2704 total combinations. Another way to convince yourself is to actually perform several times the effect with a deck of 2 cards. According to your theory success will occur approx. 1/4 of the times. In reality you will instead ge...
by Cohiba
March 15th, 2008, 3:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

I think that this is proven by the well known example of how to accomplish this effect - with 52 stacked decks, each of which has 52 possibilities. This is actually proof that the odds ARE 1 in 52. When a card and a number are named, only 1 of those 52 decks will match. -Jim Jim, each deck has 52 c...
by Cohiba
March 15th, 2008, 3:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

Originally posted by Bob Coyne: "The chance is 1/52 for a chosen card to be at a chosen number". Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that for a chosen card to be at a chosen number, the odds are MUCH higher than that. 52 cards to chose from located at 52 positions to chose from.......I'...
by Cohiba
March 15th, 2008, 3:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Old puzzle for the statisticians
Replies: 19
Views: 4013

Old puzzle for the statisticians

I know this isn't magic, but because of the ACAAN posting that's digging into probabilities, here's a little puzzle for you. Some of you may have heard this problem posed before (it was famous years ago): Like the old "Let's Make a Deal", a game show contains 3 doors, designated A, B, and ...
by Cohiba
March 15th, 2008, 2:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

Maybe this will help clarify. Assume you have a two card packet consisting of an ace and a 2. These two cards are shuffled. If a spectator is told to name a card (ace or 2), then a number/position (1 or 2), there are 4 potential ways this could go: 1 - ace at position 1 2 - ace at position 2 3 - two...
by Cohiba
March 15th, 2008, 1:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

If you knew what card they were going to choose, the odds would be 1 in 52 that they would get the right number. So let's say for sake of argument they are going to choose the AS. You place it in the deck at number 20. Your odds are 1 in 52 of them choosing 20. However, let's just say you defy the ...
by Cohiba
March 14th, 2008, 1:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

He did not touch the deck either time I did the effect. He did not use any psychology to get me to think of a particular card. It's as close to real magic as I've seen with a deck of cards short of the Hooker Card Rise and some other well-known things. Richard - thanks for playing along. I don't re...
by Cohiba
March 14th, 2008, 1:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

If you were only tracking one individual card, then the odds would be 1 in 52 - shuffle the deck and check where the AS is, for example. Statistically, you would have to shuffle around 52 times to have it show up in any particular spot. To throw in the odds of any named card being in that spot make...
by Cohiba
March 14th, 2008, 12:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

So, Berglas does not use stooges, he does not use pre-show work, he only uses one deck, the deck is in view from the get-go. Based on this information, he either has to touch the deck at some point, or psychologically gets you to name a particular card / number. Or it's real magic. Those are the opt...
by Cohiba
March 14th, 2008, 12:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

The effect as shown is impossible (actually, it has a chance of happening 1 in 2704 tries). Actually, there's a 1 in 52 chance of the named card being at the named number. And by allowing one-off variations and counting from either end of the deck, it goes down to 1 in 13. One way to improve the od...
by Cohiba
March 14th, 2008, 12:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

The deck was out in the open when he did it for me, though I had not been told where to look at the time. On subsequent visits to David's hoome, I noted that the deck was still in the same position, indicating he has been doing it this way to others. There is no pre-show work, no stooges are used, ...
by Cohiba
March 14th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

Since when is what you talk about in your patter the same as what you actually do? Jonathan: When I first read your reply, I didn't understand what you meant. After some of the comments that followed, I think I now understand what you mean. I have no problems with how the effect was accomplished. I...
by Cohiba
March 13th, 2008, 11:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 38260

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

The effect as shown is impossible (actually, it has a chance of happening 1 in 2704 tries). Therefore, the posts above are correct - either a stooge was used, or pre-show work. Tom Stone has a very well thought out possibility. The first video Pete linked to stated the conditions of the Berglas effe...
by Cohiba
March 13th, 2008, 11:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Awesome new book on card magic!
Replies: 2
Views: 1110

Re: Awesome new book on card magic!

I haven't seen the book, but if the variations are good, then the book would be worthwhile to print. Every book doesn't need to be ground-breaking.
by Cohiba
January 7th, 2006, 7:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Survey: pricing book vs ebook
Replies: 57
Views: 2952

Re: Survey: pricing book vs ebook

Chris: I am a book guy. When a new book by a favorite magician comes out, I don't like the wait to receive it, but once it arrives, I want to crack it open and delve into it. When through, I stick it on my shelf, easily accessible at anytime in the future. Now that goes for a book of a favorite magi...
by Cohiba
December 9th, 2005, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Upcoming Magic Conventions in MI Area?
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: Upcoming Magic Conventions in MI Area?

Two not too far off would be the Columbus Magi-Fest, typically held in February, and Abbott's Close-up convention, typically held in March. Not sure if there's anything sooner than that or not.
by Cohiba
December 7th, 2005, 7:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mysterious book
Replies: 183
Views: 56434

Re: Mysterious book

Two thoughts: Jonathan - I don't understand your criticism of desiring to keep secrets. Magic is an art based on secrets. If the effects we perform don't have a secret behind how they're accomplished, there is no illusion of magic. Therefore, the more people there are that know the secret, the fewer...
by Cohiba
December 6th, 2005, 10:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Most successful effect
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Most successful effect

I don't understand your emphasis on the restrictions for performing this effect. All it really is is a card to impossible location. There's many different ways of accomplishing this effect. If performed well, the audience (magicians or otherwise) won't know or care what the method is. A great exampl...
by Cohiba
July 2nd, 2005, 6:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: In defense of the Color Monte and packet tricks
Replies: 57
Views: 3800

Re: In defense of the Color Monte and packet tricks

My two cents on Color Monte: 1 - I rarely perform it anymore. I guess I look at it as more of a beginner trick, one that you start out using all the time, but then as your ability and knowledge progresses, you eventually move on to other things. This is how I used it - it was the first trick I ever ...
by Cohiba
June 11th, 2005, 7:45 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Steve Forte on old TV special
Replies: 23
Views: 2448

Re: Steve Forte on old TV special

The television show you are referring to (around the time of the WGM series) was called "Hidden Secrets of Magic". It also had Kalin and Ginger doing (I forget the name of the version) a cool sawing in half, and Bill Malone doing his awesome "Cutting the Aces" from a spectator sh...
by Cohiba
April 8th, 2005, 3:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Bannon???
Replies: 45
Views: 7588

Re: John Bannon???

I believe that it's a great thing that another book of card tricks is coming out by one of magic's great thinkers. Why would you ever want to stop progress in any field? How is the above comment any different from stating "Do we really need another automobile?" Every model year we see new ...
by Cohiba
February 27th, 2005, 4:06 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Antimony is HERE!
Replies: 31
Views: 5757

Re: Antimony is HERE!

Wow! I was blown away when I opened the first issue! Talk about fun turning through the pages! Antinomy is as fun to look at as it is to read! Way to go Gene!!
by Cohiba
February 12th, 2005, 11:03 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Antimony is HERE!
Replies: 31
Views: 5757

Re: Antimony is HERE!

I haven't seen the first issue yet - I need to get my subscription in - but my friend just received his and is raving about it! I can't wait to see it!
by Cohiba
August 28th, 2004, 7:26 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Yet another one by Tom Stone
Replies: 8
Views: 3131

Re: Yet another one by Tom Stone

I just checked the website, and Mr. Stone's work looks very interesting! Unfortunately, it's almost all out of print. Will these e-books ever be offered again?
by Cohiba
August 23rd, 2004, 2:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Untouchable Props
Replies: 24
Views: 1812

Re: Untouchable Props

Anything that looks like a "prop". If it looks as if the magic is in the prop, then I don't do it. As an example, I've always been intrigued by tricks such as the needle through matchbox / brass block, but in a puzzle sort of way. When you do that trick, the audience doesn't think that you...
by Cohiba
August 2nd, 2004, 3:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card to forehead
Replies: 16
Views: 1400

Re: Card to forehead

Thanks to everyone for your response. A couple items of clarification: 1. When I said that I do card to mouth, I didn't mean the version where the card is folded up, completely in the mouth. I meant the effect where you have the spectator push the (supposed) selection into the deck, and they later l...
by Cohiba
August 1st, 2004, 1:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card to forehead
Replies: 16
Views: 1400

Card to forehead

Here's a question for y'all. There's some really cool routines out there that use the card to forehead as a kicker, or as misdirection for something else. I considered using the card to forehead in the past, but was talked out of it by my wife. The reason: How does the card stick there? Her thought ...

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