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by Bill Duncan
June 4th, 2021, 11:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven
Replies: 42
Views: 4171

Re: Max Maven out of surgery

Jon,
Thank you for the update. I know many people are waiting to hear any good news.
by Bill Duncan
June 3rd, 2021, 6:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven
Replies: 42
Views: 4171

Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Phil Goldstein was one of the first names I learned in magic, from his wonderful packet tricks. Max Maven was the very first name I learned in mentalism due to a mutual friend here in Seattle who put me on the right path.

I can't imagine how he must feel, but maybe we can help him not feel alone.
by Bill Duncan
May 23rd, 2021, 5:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for: Mental Photography deck in Red back ONLY
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

Re: Looking for: Mental Photography deck in Red back ONLY

You would think so, but MyMagic.com doesn't seen to have them, nor does Vanishing Inc. Penguin shows them in stock in red. https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/10071 Even Amazon didn't seem to have them searching with both "Nudist Deck Magic Trick" and "Mental Photography magic trick."...
by Bill Duncan
May 13th, 2021, 9:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ernest Angley
Replies: 12
Views: 2081

Re: Ernest Angley

Steve,
Hell yes. I grew up with people he prayed upon. I can only hope they lived to see this.
by Bill Duncan
May 10th, 2021, 11:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ernest Angley
Replies: 12
Views: 2081

Re: Ernest Angley

Finally some good news.
by Bill Duncan
April 9th, 2021, 11:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Trick Energy
Replies: 20
Views: 2910

Re: Prank show magic

Wow. And to think I once believed that American politics were us at our worst.

Clearly I over estimated us.
by Bill Duncan
March 26th, 2021, 9:07 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Paddle magic this way comes
Replies: 3
Views: 1830

Re: Paddle magic this way comes

Very nicely done. A multi-use plastic wrench (spanner) is just the sort of thing you would find in an assemble-it-yourself piece of furniture. Now if only there was an IKEA Card Trick.

: )
by Bill Duncan
March 20th, 2021, 10:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: I wonder if this card idea has been published somewhere...
Replies: 6
Views: 1925

Re: I wonder if this card idea has been published somewhere...

Sort of how I do the Mental Photography effect, but with the standard deck.
by Bill Duncan
March 11th, 2021, 11:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Best way to get a break above the card second from bottom of the deck?
Replies: 20
Views: 1503

Re: Best way to get a break above the card second from bottom of the deck?

Also Marlo's Kick-Count (or, "Kick-off Count"). Your right hand needs to be contacting the deck, so it may not be as good as some of these other techniques. but I think it's more elegant than just thumb- riffling because there's no movement or tension of the right hand. Yehuda This is pre...
by Bill Duncan
March 10th, 2021, 10:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?
Replies: 21
Views: 22172

Re: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?

I gotta say that after watching Simon do a bunch of his work on the L&L DVD set that which of his tricks is most "commercial" probably comes down to which one you love performing and have a personal connection with. The material is all solid and as done by Simon, pretty charming. So go...
by Bill Duncan
March 4th, 2021, 9:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Sol Stone
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Re: R.I.P. Sol Stone

Damn. I'm gonna crack open the book this weekend and revisit his work. Maybe watch the video Meri Yedid produced. Such a wonderful mind. Simon Lovell lectured at PCAM many years ago and he was talking about a move of Mr. Stone's which led to him sharing the story of Mr. Stone doing magic for a child...
by Bill Duncan
February 10th, 2021, 11:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ramsay for J. Townsend
Replies: 8
Views: 1247

Re: Ramsay for J. Townsend

Wasn't this video on a DVD that came with Genii some year ago? I know I've seen that footage somewhere.
by Bill Duncan
January 27th, 2021, 3:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Impromptu Coin Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 2437

Re: Impromptu Coin Magic

John Carney's or Sol Stone's versions of Right There to vanish and reproduce a quarter. If I'm entirely unprepared. Coin through pocket if I have a couple of quarters on me. And Tenkai pennies of course, own Psychological Coins Across if I can get four quarters. Maybe "No Extras" if there'...
by Bill Duncan
January 14th, 2021, 12:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Interview with David Regal
Replies: 12
Views: 2214

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: 3037

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: 3037

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: 3037

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: 1114

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: 924

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: 1968

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: 3355

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: 869

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: 3790

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: 3790

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: 2751

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: 2126

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: 2549

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: 2319

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: 1596

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: 2621

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: 1733

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: 1733

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: 2502

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: 2502

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: 11923

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: 1725

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: 11923

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: 1376

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: 1376

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?

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