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by Bill Duncan
January 26th, 2020, 1:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Andi Gladwin on The Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Andi Gladwin on The Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series

Andi gave a great lecturer, disguised as a great show. Attendance was higher than average, and the skill level of those in attendance ranged from "magic loving collector" to Jack Freakin' Carpenter. And everyone one I talked to afterwards left happy about the show and with tricks and ideas...
by Bill Duncan
January 18th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!
Replies: 104
Views: 20700

Re: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!

I'm a but late but mine arrived last Thursday. It was an unexpected Xmas present from my wife, and boy howdy it's a nice package! I'm not a huge Tenyo fan, but I do have fond memories of my early days in the magic shop, but these books are Amazing, and the inclusion of Sakkaku Scale and two other no...
by Bill Duncan
January 17th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?
Replies: 22
Views: 2998

Re: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?

I would pay good money to see that film.

I would pay even more money to see Derek voicing a Muppet version of himself, because Muppets are awesome.
by Bill Duncan
January 15th, 2020, 10:54 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Wenii Magazine
Replies: 15
Views: 1587

Re: Wenii Magazine

The best joke in Wenii was the add for the magician naming service...
by Bill Duncan
January 13th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 10333

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Thanks for that that Ian. Color wheels stress me out so much!

; )
by Bill Duncan
January 12th, 2020, 3:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

It is beyond doubt that modern audience do not believe the mystical act. Not from my personal experience it's not. Just the opposite in fact. I'll share two examples that contradict this assumption: 1. At Seattle Magic there was a customer who was looking at the David Blaine book when I arrived. Th...
by Bill Duncan
January 10th, 2020, 10:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

I think that many magicians fail to understand psychology of audience. Funny you should say that. I was a Psych Major for a couple of years... What I see as a failure of your approach is that theatrical magic should be emotional, not logical. If you deconstruct any theatrical art after the fact you...
by Bill Duncan
January 8th, 2020, 12:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

I really don't get that at all. If you were to demonstrate such a 'magic box' as a non-mystical thing the audience reaction would quite reasonably be comparable to someone getting a new iPhone.

Assuming they believed you.
by Bill Duncan
January 6th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

I am being honest with audience that Magic is just wonder of Nature, is marveling at strange anomalies that nevertheless are within our world. Many mysteries remain, that seem impossible but are not. This sort of "supernatural" is not different nature, just part of nature we have yet to r...
by Bill Duncan
January 1st, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 6394

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

The effect that is actually performed is going to require a method that does not leave a trail to the obvious solution. Why didn't Tommy Wonder have the audience hold the ring box before revealing the signed folded card inside? His method would not have held up. That's clearly incorrect. Mike Close...
by Bill Duncan
December 28th, 2019, 2:14 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Book(s) of the Year
Replies: 22
Views: 1484

Re: Book(s) of the Year

Also Interpreting Magic by David Regal
by Bill Duncan
November 20th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 52
Views: 13021

Re: Laypeople

Has anyone bothered to look the word up? Here was are more than three years later... Second use, after "a non-ordained member the clergy." A lay minister or prayer group leader, for example. I assume when we use the phrase that's not what we mean so we should fall back on the secondary de...
by Bill Duncan
October 18th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeopardy Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Jeopardy Magic

So proud. My wife got all of them but David Blaine. AND she phrased her answers in the form of a question.
: )
by Bill Duncan
October 18th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 29437

Re: The Pass

Richard Kaufman wrote:Still have some BETA tapes of material, too.


I'm gonna guess it's the Balls routines and the Interlocked Production of Coins.
by Bill Duncan
October 13th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 29437

Re: The Pass

"Mahatma Control." Published in the magazine "Mahatma" (Vol. 5, No. 2 of August 1901, page 495) an article by Hal Merton. https://www.conjuringcredits.com/doku.php?id=cards:mahatma_pass_substitute A big upvote for the Mahatma Control, or more specifically HaLo's version from The...
by Bill Duncan
October 2nd, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us Renewed for Season Seven
Replies: 4
Views: 1778

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us Renewed for Season Seven

Huzzah!

Great news.
by Bill Duncan
September 30th, 2019, 10:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Regal Book Coming in September
Replies: 43
Views: 9654

Re: New David Regal Book Coming in September

Got my copy today, and spent a couple of hours with it. I read the front matter, the first four tricks (found a Spectator Cuts the Aces routine that will probably replace the one I love*), and read the David Roth and Suzanne conversations. This book is a gift. Thank you Mr. Regal * which is kind of ...
by Bill Duncan
September 25th, 2019, 12:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 30
Views: 5408

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

I haven't been able to locate Sterling, but Johnson Products is still making sold gaffed coins for a reasonable price.
by Bill Duncan
August 21st, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Regal Book Coming in September
Replies: 43
Views: 9654

Re: New David Regal Book Coming in September

...you can literally see my hair go grey while flipping through the pages of Interpreting Magic , but the tricks are not in chronological order, so the end result looks like I occasionally try to dye my hair, and fail at it. What I read is there's a bonus hair color Spellbound flip book hidden in I...
by Bill Duncan
August 15th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 3073

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

Leo Garet wrote:The Beatles were NEVER a boyband.

Really? Because my recollection is that they kinda invented the boy band.

Maybe you didn't have a sibling who had all the magazines with "who's the dreamiest Beatle?" headlines.
by Bill Duncan
August 15th, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 3192

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

Sounds like Jonathan Levit's app was the big hit from the dealers' room... Mr. Levit performed the effect and the Portland Magic Jam's public show recently and it brought down the house. It's a brilliant effect, it will be interesting to see how others play it. I don't imagine I'd get anywhere near...
by Bill Duncan
August 8th, 2019, 11:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 43
Views: 6124

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

Richard Kaufman wrote:This is the BEST deck straight out of the box I've ever used. Soft, buttery, smooth. Doesn't buckle or pop. I highly recommend it.


Better than the Tahoe decks from back in the NYMS days? Those were the best decks I ever used.
by Bill Duncan
August 4th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Regal Book Coming in September
Replies: 43
Views: 9654

Re: New David Regal Book Coming in September

I heard about this at Porland Magic Jam, where David was the headliner.

Having read the the TOC, I’d buy it just for the conversations...

Where do we get our t-shirts?
by Bill Duncan
July 21st, 2019, 2:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 23439

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

The Daley trick isn't too perfect, it's insufficiently complex. The method isn't deep enough to prevent accurate speculation or back tracking. It's a great trick. Hell I published a scripted version... but it's not a closer. And if you're only doing one trick, and you want to leave them baffled, do ...
by Bill Duncan
July 10th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 23439

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Richard Kaufman wrote:Someone needs to create a gimmick that will cause a sensation of tickling or movement in the spectator's hand when the bunnies are in there.


Ah, Wonder Words?

They don't have to feel anything, they just have to think they felt something.
by Bill Duncan
June 15th, 2019, 11:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 30
Views: 5408

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

Following up as promised: the Johnny Wong "Eisenhower Dollar" Super Triple Coin arrived on Friday. It's one of the best made gaffed coin sets I've handled. The coins are far superior to any flipper I've seen (and way less bother), and they fit inside my Johnson Dollar shell perfectly. You ...
by Bill Duncan
June 11th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Modern Authorized Jerry's Nugget Cards
Replies: 20
Views: 2495

Re: Modern Authorized Jerry's Nugget Cards

$12.00 for the ugliest cards ever made? Can't wait.
by Bill Duncan
June 11th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 30
Views: 5408

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

I have a Lassen (Franklin) Copper/Silver that I had made to order. It's no more deceptive than the Johnson Products Kennedy C/S coin I started with. I've used Johnson shells for nearly 30 years, and never been busted on them. I just broke down and ordered one of Johnny Wong's Triple Coin Ike dollars...
by Bill Duncan
May 23rd, 2019, 11:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Webinar from Michael Close
Replies: 9
Views: 3088

Re: A New Webinar from Michael Close

I "attended" Mike's seminar on routining effects recently, and it was just great. Unlike traditional magic lectures, which attempt to appeal to a large audience and have "something of every one", these are more like the after-lecture seminars Eugene Burger and Martin Nash used to...
by Bill Duncan
May 18th, 2019, 3:01 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Want To Buy
Replies: 2
Views: 1008

Re: Want To Buy

Sent you a PM
by Bill Duncan
May 15th, 2019, 12:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9896

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

I'm not sure if Manhunter is a better film than Silence of the Lambs -- they are both very good -- but Brian Cox is much better Lecktor than Anthony Hopkins. Really? Because this is the dictionary example of dull as dishwater. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djAhwNzf8Qs Same scene in the trailer fo...
by Bill Duncan
May 8th, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 6354

Re: Razor Blade illusions

Richard Kaufman wrote:It was a joke. :) I'm not even exactly sure if Michael Meyers is the dude from Halloween or Friday the 15th.


He's the guy who made Wayne's World.
by Bill Duncan
May 5th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 6354

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I've never quite understood what the magical effect is with this sort of thing.

I can thread needles with my bowels? I'm impervious to stupidity?
by Bill Duncan
May 4th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elizabeth!
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Re: Elizabeth!

Tom Frame wrote: "I want to show you something special and make the impossible possible."

None of us need to say more than that.


And yet she went on, and on...

The staging was nice though. I'd like to see her do The Spirit is Willing... to Write.
by Bill Duncan
April 29th, 2019, 12:13 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic & Mayhem at the Playboy Club NYC THIS WEDNESDAY
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Re: Magic & Mayhem at the Playboy Club NYC THIS WEDNESDAY

TIL there are still Playboy Clubs.

And now I have a craving for a Rum & Tab, a Pu Pu Platter, some Fondue, and a bowl of Chicken in a Biskit crackers to drag through the Lipton Onion Soup Dip.
by Bill Duncan
March 27th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for Help, nothing for sale... yet.
Replies: 1
Views: 789

Looking for Help, nothing for sale... yet.

I have a few books that I believe to be out of print, but in working through what I have culled from my library I have also found a couple I thought to be out of print which are actually still available, if in limited supply. Here are the books on my list that I think I know to be out of print: The ...
by Bill Duncan
March 21st, 2019, 11:43 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 27007

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

But an important distinction is that there is no award for Best Sound Editing by a Person with Ovaries. Technical awards are genderless. ;) I'm only guessing, but I suspect that has to do with who's seen on the big screen. While you see the actors (both male and female), you don't see the technical...
by Bill Duncan
March 20th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 27007

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

The Academy Awards, Tony Awards and others have not only had a hard time abandoning "actress", but have not abandoned this precise noun which best describes the person being honored. It might be useful in this to remember that Linda Hunt won Best Supporting Actress for playing a male char...
by Bill Duncan
March 12th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 27007

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I find it puzzling that anyone could study magic for very long yet fail to understand how the subtleties of language change people's perception of reality. How would magic work, if which words we use didn't matter?

Just sayin'

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