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by Bill Duncan
May 30th, 2020, 12:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2398

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Drat. This thread has got me thinking about that tired old trick. I've been doing an impromptu Wild Card for a couple of decades, and never thought I needed a gaffed version when the one I do is FASDIU. But the talk of a slightless version got me curious and I bought JR's book from http://www.llepub...
by Bill Duncan
May 29th, 2020, 12:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2398

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Thank you Brad. And Peter.
by Bill Duncan
May 27th, 2020, 9:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2398

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Some time back there was a video on the net (YouTube if I recall correctly) of Peter doing the routine for his director, or acting coach. He performed the routine and she gave some notes.

It was wonderful.
by Bill Duncan
May 24th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Announcement from The Jerx
Replies: 55
Views: 3802

Re: Big Announcement from The Jerx

Similarity in writing style, aside, I rather hope this isn't true. If only so that the site can post weekly "I am Spartacus" videos.
by Bill Duncan
May 19th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Corona compliant seems to have different meaning in NYC
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: Corona compliant seems to have different meaning in NYC

I like how he was doing standard magic shop magic, with no presentation beyond "That's a hot one." It's important to let the magic speak for itself.

Alfred, the coin trick is Gregery Wilson's Exact Change.
by Bill Duncan
May 15th, 2020, 11:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Best of the Books of Wonder
Replies: 17
Views: 1051

Re: The Best of the Books of Wonder

Even if you don't want to visit the site Tom linked to so that you can profit from Tommy's creations it's worth a click.

The site has YouTube links to some video of TW that you probably haven't seen before.
by Bill Duncan
May 11th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1513

Re: Magic is not theater

As soon as you get into symbolism, elaborate story-telling, plot and sub-text - a lot of this effort becomes wasted and is unable to be appreciated by an audience. Magic is a craft not an art. I really hate hearing how _____ is "not an art". Nothing is a freakin' ART! Painting is not an a...
by Bill Duncan
May 11th, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1513

Re: Magic is not theater

...along with the string and routine using smoke. I got to see Smoke from about 6 feet away, at a magic convention in Seattle years ago. I had read Peter's book*, Theatrical Close-up , but I was not aware of Smoke. I was astonished. It is, hands down, one of the best pieces of magic theater ever cr...
by Bill Duncan
May 8th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

I'm not sure where the idea Vernon didn't use or like flourishes comes from. He espoused naturalness, sure, but he also published and popularized a one handed shuffle, a one handed stud deal, and the coin star. The Sadowitz thing looks terrible. Hands down, the worst thing I've ever seen him do. I d...
by Bill Duncan
May 4th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For -- Abstract by Richard Kaufman
Replies: 23
Views: 2283

Re: Looking For -- Abstract by Richard Kaufman

if we're bragging about obscure titles, I still have my copy of The Interlocked Production of Coins.
by Bill Duncan
May 2nd, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: If you have a book listed on Lulu--important
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: If you have a book listed on Lulu--important

I searched for a friend who publishes on Lulu using his name and found this books. I don't see anything when searching for your name.

Is this impacting everyone? The missing covers are missing on my friend's page, but he can be found by name.
by Bill Duncan
April 28th, 2020, 10:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: COVID-19 Death Harvey Rosenthal
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: COVID-19 Death Harvey Rosenthal

I had a brief email friendship with Harvey over a decade ago when I posted a couple of crappy web-cam videos showing the difference between the Erdnase Diagonal Palm Shift and the Arthur Findlay version from the Vernon Chronicles for someone who was asking about the original version. Harvey pointed ...
by Bill Duncan
April 26th, 2020, 2:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Because you can always trust a reformed card cheat who hid his identity? That makes sense to me.
; )
by Bill Duncan
April 25th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Why would we assume that photographs means the illustrations taken from them were traced? Isn't that just applying what we do now to something done a century ago? I recall hearing a lot about the differing quality of the illustrations. Wouldn't it make just as much sense to thing that after the in p...
by Bill Duncan
April 14th, 2020, 2:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Another discrepancy is that often, the three packets from which aces vanish show 3 face-down indifferent cards, and a face-up ace. And during the vanish/transposition, the packet is turned over, and 4 face-up cards are shown. Sometimes, the handling accounts for this, but sometimes it doesn't, and ...
by Bill Duncan
April 13th, 2020, 2:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

I'm also convinced that most laymen would describe the effect as "he made three aces disappear from three piles and then found them in the last pile with the fourth ace" rather than "he transposed the aces from three piles with three indifferent cards in the fourth pile." I susp...
by Bill Duncan
April 12th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Alfred, I think audiences would assume that's the aces are going somewhere, because of that whole "matter can neither be created nor destroyed, only transformed" rule our universe operates on. But even if they do assume things are vanishing forever (because we hate aces???) and are surpris...
by Bill Duncan
April 12th, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Bob,
I think the production you're talking about sounds an awful lot like Richard's DH Revelation (Double Halo) from the New York Magic Symposium video. One of my card productions. Ever.
by Bill Duncan
April 11th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Birthday Mark Wilson
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Happy Birthday Mark Wilson

Nani fixing her shoe at the end was a nice touch.
by Bill Duncan
April 11th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Therefore, obviously, a card has been substituted for the ace. If the last card were really the ace and it was to really vanish, the performer should wind up with absolutely no card at all. By that logic, if the aces vanish (instead of transpose) to join the leader ace then the leader packet should...
by Bill Duncan
April 10th, 2020, 2:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

I think it's an interesting point to ponder whether the three aces should rather vanish than turn into other cards. However, I guess the main reason for usually making them change into random cards is that we have found more technical solutions for this than for a convincing vanish. What do you thi...
by Bill Duncan
March 26th, 2020, 9:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Allan Slaight Covid-19 Relief Fund
Replies: 8
Views: 821

Re: Allan Slaight Covid-19 Relief Fund

Great to hear!
by Bill Duncan
March 26th, 2020, 12:41 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: CARDWORKS By Richard Kaufman
Replies: 51
Views: 8112

Re: CARDWORKS By Richard Kaufman

You must be friends with him. Most of the book is half-baked ideas that won't really work. The rest is weak tricks that do work. Yeah... about that. But no, not a friend. I live in the PNW so he lectured up here a couple of times, and I was part of a handful of people who went out for eats afterwar...
by Bill Duncan
March 18th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2358

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

I had the good fortune to see both Lucy/Carisa and RobZ at The 3 of Clubs magic convention (hi Evan!) a couple of years ago, and was blown away by how much better stage/platform magic has gotten in the past decade or so. As far the the trick-to-presentation ratio goes, both Rob and Carisa kept me in...
by Bill Duncan
March 16th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2358

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

That might be the best stage magic show I've ever seen.

just wonderful
by Bill Duncan
January 26th, 2020, 1:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Andi Gladwin on The Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series
Replies: 2
Views: 909

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: 21916

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: 3574

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: 17
Views: 4399

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: 15391

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: 12551

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: 12551

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: 12551

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: 12551

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: 12551

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: 3213

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: 15990

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: 1055

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: 36336

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.

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