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by Bill Duncan
August 21st, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Regal Book Coming in September
Replies: 13
Views: 2797

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: 2411

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: 2517

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: 40
Views: 3406

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: 13
Views: 2797

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: 18558

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: 18558

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: 26
Views: 3231

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: 2280

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: 26
Views: 3231

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: 2829

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: 935

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: 9032

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: 5062

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: 5062

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: 2567

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: 671

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: 0
Views: 554

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: 23064

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: 23064

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: 23064

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'
by Bill Duncan
March 9th, 2019, 2:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Dusheck Passes
Replies: 16
Views: 2595

Re: Steve Dusheck Passes

Some years ago I put out a small manuscript and wanted to reference Steve's coin vanish in a folded dollar bill which had been published in one of the out of print NYMagic Symposium books. So I emailed him to ask if he could tell me where else it might be in print. He sent me his lecture video so I ...
by Bill Duncan
March 7th, 2019, 11:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not so secret anymore, huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 3144

Re: Not so secret anymore, huh?

Duncan's First Law:
Insufficiently Advanced Magic is Indistinguishable from Technology.


With apologies to Arthur C. Clarke.
by Bill Duncan
March 5th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23064

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Bill Mullins wrote:Foodies and historians also worry about the words they use, and the connotations they carry.


The historian makes an excellent point when he writes "Language has changed before, and I propose that it should change again."
by Bill Duncan
March 5th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3954

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

It's The Rules is an awesome impromptu routine and everyone should learn it. But if I'm going to carry dice around with me, I'll either have Sol Stone's dice, or better yet Crooked by Ronnie Ramin. Ronnie's set is designed so you can hand out the dice at the end, and Sol's gets the dirty die out of ...
by Bill Duncan
March 3rd, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3954

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Effect number 2: I would call out the name of the bartender (who, at this point, was 15-20 feet away behind and at the other end of the bar) and ask him if he had any idea what happened to the spectator's card. He would turn around and start walking toward us shrugging his shoulders, with the card ...
by Bill Duncan
March 2nd, 2019, 10:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3954

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Excellent choices IMO. However, to make them laugh with the card on forehead, they must be surprised, meaning you managed to successfully get it on your forehead surreptitiously. So aren't you both making them laugh and fooling them? No. Card on Forehead doesn't fool anyone; they know you stuck it ...
by Bill Duncan
February 28th, 2019, 11:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3954

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Since I would have a deck with me, Card on Forehead, or perhaps The Homing Card (the to pocket trick, not that counting crap... )

It would depend on how I read the person making the request: does he need to be fooled, or laugh?
by Bill Duncan
February 28th, 2019, 1:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3350

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Except it doesn't happen that way. Perhaps one in 5 or 6 people you show this to will figure this out ... the remainder will be completely stumped, even if you repeat it a dozen times. So I was fooled by it, but didn't see magic. That's the problem as far as I can tell... something is only magical ...
by Bill Duncan
February 27th, 2019, 12:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3350

Re: More on the Science of Magic

One of the strongest illusions in magic is created with the El Torero devise which is essentially a $3 toy. Where is the misdirection in this trick? I would suggest that there is none, and no magical effect either. I suspect any thinking person would look at that and assume the "blade" si...
by Bill Duncan
February 27th, 2019, 12:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3350

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Off the top of my head, I can think of at least two effects that are magical without misdirection. You can do either without even acknowledging the spectator's existence and they will still see a magical, even inexplicable, effect. Both are improved by adding cognitive direction however... Super Nee...
by Bill Duncan
February 26th, 2019, 11:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skew Dice
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Skew Dice

If they ain't square, they ain't fair. See Persi's video on YouTube (2 parts)
Part 1 is here.
https://youtu.be/G7zT9MljJ3Y
by Bill Duncan
February 25th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3350

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Back before the publication of the Books of Wonder , if you said "misdirection" it was generally considered that the prime example was the paper balls over the head. Back then people still believed that expert sleight of hand was "invisible" and "burnable" and shouldn't...
by Bill Duncan
February 24th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18558

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?
by Bill Duncan
February 23rd, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23064

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I'm glad this thread was dragged up from the depths again ... the subject matter is absolutely riveting, and I was still confused about the entire issue ... even a little bit panicy as to what to call a (gulp!!) cardman in 2019. You can call me "Bill." "Mr. Duncan" if you're nas...
by Bill Duncan
February 23rd, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18558

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Bill Duncan Wrote : "People who haven't seen them before find them delightful, not because they are strong magic, but because they aren't." [snip] ...the sponge balls is one of the strongest pieces of magic in the close-up arsenal. The effect of one object (be it a sponge ball or a sponge...
by Bill Duncan
February 18th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18558

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I've been told by people who have done both that The Sponge Bunnies are "better" than simple sponge balls, nearly 100% of the time. I have no reason to disbelieve that. But I remain unconvinced that The Sponge Bunnies play so strongly because "the magic happens in their hands." I...
by Bill Duncan
February 15th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 60
Views: 4931

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

I have it in mind that, for the denoument, it would be very magical if the whole deck was shown to have changed to a different color than the ambitious card and deck you had been using throughout the routine. I haven't thought about a method for it though. There's a color changing deck in DesTroyer...
by Bill Duncan
February 14th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 60
Views: 4931

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

From my (out of print, not a plug) booklet TRIBUTE, which is about my routine "An Ambitious Young Man" and the framing effects, here's my AC ending. It's done with a face up card, but there's no reason you couldn't do it with a face down stranger card. The selection is second from the top....

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