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by Bill Duncan
January 14th, 2021, 12:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Interview with David Regal
Replies: 12
Views: 803

Re: Interview with David Regal

That was a gift.
by Bill Duncan
January 10th, 2021, 12:28 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Equivoque force: psychology paper
Replies: 29
Views: 1236

Re: Equivoque force: psychology paper

Alfred. Correct. I'm getting up in years and have found I can be clever, or I can spell correctly.

Or autocorrect whichever makes me seem like I pay more attention to what I'm typing.
by Bill Duncan
January 8th, 2021, 10:36 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Equivoque force: psychology paper
Replies: 29
Views: 1236

Re: Equivoque force: psychology paper

I've not seen anyone do Blizzard for real humans, so I can't speak from personal observation but such a questionable selection process seems like it wouldn't make the effect much stronger. I think the effect gains it's strength from the certainty of your "prediction". The reason B'Wave foo...
by Bill Duncan
January 7th, 2021, 1:21 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Equivoque force: psychology paper
Replies: 29
Views: 1236

Re: Equivoque force: psychology paper

Brad,
The effect built on perception not math. You should see the effect Max can get out of an either/or choice.
by Bill Duncan
January 7th, 2021, 1:17 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Massive list of magic for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: Massive list of magic for sale

Pretty sure you've still got mine Marc but holler if you don't.
by Bill Duncan
December 25th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from All of Us at Genii
Replies: 3
Views: 821

Re: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from All of Us at Genii

And to all a good night!

Merry Xmas everyone.
by Bill Duncan
December 19th, 2020, 10:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Good video camera to use online
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Re: Good video camera to use online

A friend recommended purchasing a light ring for cell phones. If they are good enough for YouTube makeup tutorials I suspect they'll work pretty well for our needs.

https://www.imore.com/best-ring-lights-for-selfies
by Bill Duncan
December 17th, 2020, 12:52 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 22
Views: 1952

Re: Survey on magic principles

I'm just going to leave this here for anyone who finds the subject of free will interesting.

Conscious Robots
by Bill Duncan
December 13th, 2020, 11:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A GIFT FOR SOMEONE ELSE
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Re: A GIFT FOR SOMEONE ELSE

Yet another reason Regal deserves all the success he gets.

Well done sir!
by Bill Duncan
November 27th, 2020, 11:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2065

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

That's exactly what I'm saying. The act of being selfish ultimately causes more good than bad. If you define existing as good and not existing as bad, then by trashing the planet you cause a different set of people to be born. And as such you are doing them a favour by helping to bring them into ex...
by Bill Duncan
November 26th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2065

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

The same argument means we can trash the planet and future generations cannot be mad at us - since the act of trashing the planet will cause an entirely different set of people to be born. As such - they will have owed their very existence to the fact that the previous generation selfishly trashed ...
by Bill Duncan
November 24th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2221

Re: Card size survey

Perhaps the golden ratio is pleasing to the eye because it is so common in nature? Most folks take comfort in the familiar.
by Bill Duncan
November 12th, 2020, 9:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now
Replies: 16
Views: 1656

Re: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now

Hulu is free?
by Bill Duncan
October 27th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Paul Cummins
Replies: 17
Views: 2202

Re: R.I.P. Paul Cummins

Alfred,
A perfect example of Paul's work; effortless and charming.

It's also one of his best tricks (for my money), and for those who are thinking marked cards, or stacked deck, that is done From A (borrowed) Shuffled Deck In Use.
by Bill Duncan
October 7th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Latta Pass
Replies: 13
Views: 1568

Re: Latta Pass

Geoff also tipped some of the work online a few years ago.
by Bill Duncan
September 30th, 2020, 12:35 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: List App
Replies: 4
Views: 942

Re: List App

Assuming an iPhone, have you explored Notes? It has a number of formatting options, and search is global so if the codes are unique...
by Bill Duncan
September 5th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 1444

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime...
by Bill Duncan
September 4th, 2020, 9:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Michael Skinner Coin Routine
Replies: 14
Views: 1488

Re: Michael Skinner Coin Routine

Don't feel bad Richard, it's not a great plot.

Roth managed to make something wonderful of the premise with the Purse and Glass. The simple addition of those props makes all the difference in how interesting the effect is... and allows for a wonderful ending.
by Bill Duncan
September 3rd, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Michael Skinner Coin Routine
Replies: 14
Views: 1488

Re: Michael Skinner Coin Routine

I think we're talking about Jules DeBarro's Coins of Ishtar.

John Kennedy's Translocation is four silver coins. The DeBarro routine uses equal numbers of copper and silver coins, as I recall.

If it's the routine I'm thinking of Skinner used an extra coin and thumb palm, yes?
by Bill Duncan
August 21st, 2020, 12:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Rubinstein -OR- Giacomo?
Replies: 16
Views: 2229

Re: Rubinstein -OR- Giacomo?

it is indeed.
by Bill Duncan
August 15th, 2020, 10:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Rubinstein -OR- Giacomo?
Replies: 16
Views: 2229

Re: Rubinstein -OR- Giacomo?

Do you have The Complete Works of Derek Dingle? That was my second book on coin magic and it's essential study as far as I'm concerned. Rubenstien's work (I have not seen the book yet) is both evolutionary and occasionally revolutionary (his matting work will slay you). Bertini doesn't really break ...
by Bill Duncan
August 8th, 2020, 1:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10550

Re: Fool US

But that doesn't change the fact that I felt embarrassed for you as a viewer. That moment always seems awkward, and somehow just...wrong. As I said, my young son judges the quality of magicians on the program by who fools P&T and who doesn't, because, despite the best efforts of the producers, ...
by Bill Duncan
August 6th, 2020, 11:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP John Mendoza
Replies: 11
Views: 1486

Re: RIP John Mendoza

He was a nice guy and excellent magician. He will be missed. We should be thankful that we can continue to watch him perform via DVD’s and online videos. The Book of John was an early favorite for me in my study of close up magic, so I had to get his L&L DVD set when it was published. I was ama...
by Bill Duncan
August 1st, 2020, 12:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10550

Re: Fool US

I'm not sure if you're making my point, or yours.
by Bill Duncan
August 1st, 2020, 12:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is the purpose of close-up magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1171

Re: What is the purpose of close-up magic?

Bill Duncan Wrote : "...a pot that asks people to question their personal reality." Gosh Bill, that sounds like it could be an elevator pitch for one of those "medicinal" dispensaries out in California or Oregon. OK. That's funny. And Joe Lyons, thank you for that image. If I co...
by Bill Duncan
August 1st, 2020, 12:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is the purpose of close-up magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1171

Re: What is the purpose of close-up magic?

Richard Kaufman wrote:You only need an elevator pitch if you are performing as a particular character, and that is entirely unnecessary for most magicians.


Agreed. But the exercise can still make you a better performer. And that's worth the time, no?
by Bill Duncan
July 30th, 2020, 11:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is the purpose of close-up magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1171

Re: What is the purpose of close-up magic?

In my opinion, there is no purpose of close-up magic in and of itself. But rather it is the purpose of each individual performer that matters. So I would reframe the question as, "What is my purpose in performing close up magic?" Finally, something we can agree on. I like to think of what...
by Bill Duncan
July 30th, 2020, 11:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10550

Re: Fool US

Magicians who engage in exposure don't "push" the boundaries of our art; it destroys them. So for the English language that would mean magic was officially destroyed when? 1583 ? 1635 ? Exposure has always existed, yet magic endures. But instead of creating content about how to make magic...
by Bill Duncan
July 29th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10550

Re: Fool US

I am having difficulty believing that there are magicians who are vehemently DEFENDING or trying to rationalize exposure. To me, that's like a cop defending unlawful conduct. Bad analogy man. Cops are hired by someone else, and need to follow the rules of their assigned work. Just like coders have ...
by Bill Duncan
July 29th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10550

Re: Fool US

In any event there are tons of commercially successful magicians who have done very well without ever exposing a single trick. There are tons of the "commercially successful" magicians who are are kind of crap, doing someone else's tricks, with someone else's patter. Often without permiss...
by Bill Duncan
July 29th, 2020, 3:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10550

Re: Fool US

I wholeheartedly agree, Peter, and the inevitability of many such awkward, discomfiting and undignified moments, just points up the fatally flawed premise of the show. The "fatally flawed" premise of one of the most successful magic shows on television? Sigh... the most successful Star Tr...
by Bill Duncan
July 24th, 2020, 10:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin
Replies: 29
Views: 1727

Re: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin

Alfred, my point was that "yes" that adds to the deception, but only if you do it well. I've seen so many people who were taken in by it and adopted it, but don't understand what it isn't. It's not a one-two punch. If you don't do it well it's not more deceptive than a well-done French Dro...
by Bill Duncan
July 21st, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin
Replies: 29
Views: 1727

Re: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin

...the right index finger pointing in the air (NOT at the other hand!) and the magician says, "Watch!" In that instance, the right hand has been subtly shown to be empty (even if not definitively so) before the coin is shown to have vanished from the left hand. Perhaps it's because this i...
by Bill Duncan
July 21st, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin
Replies: 29
Views: 1727

Re: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin

Jack Shalom wrote:Bill, thanks, but Step 6 is not clear to me. Did you mean, "Look at your palm up right hand"?

Yeah, sorry. I'm a southpaw and sometimes I miss when flipping in a write up.
by Bill Duncan
July 21st, 2020, 12:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin
Replies: 29
Views: 1727

Re: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin

Try this. 1. ROV into the left hand. Make a palm down throwing action followed by a snap of the fingers to set the "moment" of the vanish. 2. Reproduce the coin from your left elbow/sleeve at the elbow. 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2. 4. After establishing a pattern with the repeat actually place...
by Bill Duncan
June 29th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 4584

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Jonathan Townsend wrote:It appears aimed at describing an anodyne median for magicbook readers. A productive dialectic. Such could encourage writers to reshape what they would say into what others would pay more to read.


Holy cow. Jon is channeling (other) Jon.
by Bill Duncan
June 28th, 2020, 10:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Remembering Louis Falanga
Replies: 16
Views: 2494

Re: Remembering Louis Falanga

If all he ever gave us were the videos of Tommy Wonder, and Simon Aronson it would have been enough. That he gave us so much else makes adequate thanks impossible. We can only say that we owe him a debt.
by Bill Duncan
June 22nd, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 4584

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

I'll try again Bob. Content editing is deciding if the Carrot Cake we're describing will be the one with raisins, or the one with sour cream in the frosting. Copy Editing is checking the steps are in the right order and the proportions are correct. Proofreading is when someone makes the cake followi...
by Bill Duncan
June 21st, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 4584

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

When I read anything that was self published, and it's full or errors, my first thought is always... what did you use to write this? If you have a PC running Windows you almost certainly used Microsoft Word, in which case look under the Tools menu and you will find Spelling and Grammar. If you have ...

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