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by Zig Zagger
March 18th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Listen to Johnny Thompson!
Replies: 8
Views: 1494

Re: Listen to Johnny Thompson!

Thank you, Dodd! Much appreciated.
by Zig Zagger
March 18th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Looking For Erdnase" a Feature Film in Production by Hans-Joachim Brucherseifer
Replies: 2
Views: 478

Re: "Looking For Erdnase" a Feature Film in Production by Hans-Joachim Brucherseifer

Just bumping this. One more week to go and only about a third of the intended sum is in. I think this interesting project deserves a bit more support!
by Zig Zagger
March 18th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Alistair Maskelyne
Replies: 6
Views: 1220

Re: Death of Alistair Maskelyne

Thank you Richard, I enjoyed this and look forward to read more about Alistair and Jasper Maskelyne (and, hopefully, who that ghost writer was)!
by Zig Zagger
March 4th, 2019, 1:27 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: More on magic and science
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Re: More on magic and science

Nice catch, great read, thank you!

„Magic has lived in the ‘glitches’ of the brain for a long time.“ - That‘s a catchy quote!
by Zig Zagger
March 1st, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A Magic Mount Rushmore?
Replies: 7
Views: 611

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

erdnasephile wrote:Didn't Vanish magazine already decide this? ;)

Haha. :D
No, it didn't. Please note I was referring to masters advancing and perfecting the art of magic, not to mindless Merlini-laden braggadocios.

So please keep some worthwhile names coming!
by Zig Zagger
March 1st, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 232
Views: 17581

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Richard Kaufman wrote:The word "actress" has fallen out of use. Both male and female are now referred to as "actors."

Understood. But I was referring to the use en Francais.
by Zig Zagger
March 1st, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A Magic Mount Rushmore?
Replies: 7
Views: 611

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Richard Kaufman wrote:I believe a billionaire and about 20 years would be required.

It took 14 years to carve Mt. Rushmore.

The Chief Genii as book-keeper, not as imagineer... That makes me sad. :(
by Zig Zagger
March 1st, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1661

Re: Blackface

Not exactly what you are asking, but I have a piece in my collection - from Germany - the effect of which is that a white man leaves the room (or ducks under a table) and returns a black man. I once found this in a German dealer's catalog (from around 1920) and quoted it a while back in my blog. Yo...
by Zig Zagger
February 28th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A Magic Mount Rushmore?
Replies: 7
Views: 611

A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Imagine a millionaire would donate a mountain and pay a sculptor to chisel some famous faces of past masters out of the stone for a magicians’ version of Mount Rushmore... Which four or five heads of the stellar exponents of our art would you like to see up there preserved in stone? And why? I guess...
by Zig Zagger
February 28th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 232
Views: 17581

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Interesting that she used that term, since the term, "Prestidigitator," itself, is gender-neutral.

I would say that the French original, prestidigitateur, is certainly male and thus lent itself to a female version, quite like acteur/actrice (=actor/actress).
by Zig Zagger
February 28th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2866

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Thanks to the OP for announcing its publication. You are welcome, Anthony. Here's another one that was just announced: The Spectacle of Illusion: Magic, the paranormal and complicity of the mind, by Matthew Tompkins who happens to be, according to the website, a "professional magician-turned-e...
by Zig Zagger
February 24th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Hatch (Part One) - Searching for S.W. Erdnase
Replies: 2
Views: 573

Re: Richard Hatch (Part One) - Searching for S.W. Erdnase

Thank you, Scott and Dick!

I found the segment on Erdnase very enlightening. Looking forward to the second part!

By the way, I still think Erdnase might have been Dr. (MD!) JameS W. Ellliott... Dr.E = ERD... :o
by Zig Zagger
February 24th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanish Magazine / The Goat Award
Replies: 14
Views: 1778

Re: Vanish Magazine / The Goat Award

April Fool's Day came early this year... Or was it intended to coincide with the Golden Raspberry Awards? On an unrelated note: Germany once had a "GröFaZ", and the most devastating thing was that he himself believed it. At least, Toni Merlini and his HASSIN Awards (or whatever they are ca...
by Zig Zagger
February 24th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2866

More on the Science of Magic

Recent years have seen a surge in scientific research around the hidden forces of deception. Names like Kuhn, Wiseman, Fraps, Martinez-Conde and Machnik come to mind. Soon, a new book by Dr. Gustav Kuhn will appear on our bookshelf, Experiencing the Impossible: The Science of Magic. On a related mat...
by Zig Zagger
February 24th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 232
Views: 17581

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Ever come across the term "prestidigitatrice"? Apparently it was used by Adelaide Herrmann, per this quote: I do not wish to stand alone on the unique fact that I am the only prestidigitatrice on the stage today. I shall not be content until I am recognized by the public as a leader in my ...
by Zig Zagger
April 1st, 2018, 5:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7117
Views: 2095012

Re: ERDNASE

Dear fellow Erdnasians, finally, Erdnase has been found. I have spotted him just like a colorful Easter egg hiding innocently in the bushes of our weedy drivel. Foollowing the lines of, uhmm, “special thinking” and wild inductive reasoning often displayed in this thread, minutes and hours of my own ...
by Zig Zagger
March 31st, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 3760

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

No matter where the spectator, it is always a good motivation to return the card face-down onto the deck in order to "free" your other hand, so you can gesture at your spectator with your flat, now empty hand and ask him to hold out his hand accordingly. Then thumb off the top card onto h...
by Zig Zagger
March 31st, 2018, 4:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 3760

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

No matter where the spectator, it is always a good motivation to return the card face-down onto the deck in order to "free" your other hand, so you can gesture at your spectator with your flat, now empty hand and ask him to hold out his hand accordingly. Then thumb off the top card onto hi...
by Zig Zagger
March 31st, 2018, 4:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ricky Jay on magic lanterns
Replies: 2
Views: 1329

Re: Ricky Jay on magic lanterns

Thank you, Jack, for pointing us there!

I just love these vignettes by Ricky Jay, our very own magic lantern man, shining a warm light into so many obscure chambers and basements of our ancient, deceptive arts!
by Zig Zagger
March 31st, 2018, 4:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden
Replies: 4
Views: 919

Re: Conjuring: A 5 day workshop in Sweden

An amazing and generous offer, Tom!

Will check the dates when back home.

Tack så hjärtligt!
by Zig Zagger
March 31st, 2018, 3:59 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo-like Magic Toys from 3D-Printer
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Re: Tenyo-like Magic Toys from 3D-Printer

That sounds very good!

Thank you, I.M. Magician!
by Zig Zagger
March 30th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo-like Magic Toys from 3D-Printer
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Tenyo-like Magic Toys from 3D-Printer

Only recently I camed across a company called 3D Magic Works on the web. They produce very nice and clever close-up tricks directly out of 3D printers (see https://www.3dmagicworks.com/3dmw-the-magic?page={page}). Some of these seem to evoke the look and feel and playful joy of our beloved Tenyo tri...
by Zig Zagger
March 24th, 2018, 5:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Out!
Replies: 20
Views: 2334

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Out!

What a pleasant surprise to finally see Alexander de Cova featured in Genii! This man obviously lives, thinks, and breathes magic in every minute of his life, no matter whether he is performing, teaching, creating, tinkering at his kitchen table, or writing. Alexander's magnificent German "BURN...
by Zig Zagger
March 24th, 2018, 5:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 51
Views: 19349

Re: reading vs video

I particularly appreciate it when there's a combination of written and visual materials. I fully agree, particularly when the videos come from the author of the book. Roberto Giobbi and Michael Close come to mind here. Explanations aside, I think it's also great to simply see the author perform his...
by Zig Zagger
March 22nd, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7117
Views: 2095012

Re: ERDNASE

The hallmark of science is repeatable, testable predictions. I think this is a very narrow definition. It would exclude major parts of the social sciences (sic!), law, philology etc. , basically any analysis that cannot be reproduced in a laboratory or through empirical studies. Linguistic analysis...
by Zig Zagger
March 22nd, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: JAW DROPPERS TWO
Replies: 15
Views: 4214

Re: JAW DROPPERS TWO

The Chief Genii's mind is always looking ahead, into the future...

JD Two was reviewed only last month, in the February 2018 issue. ;)
by Zig Zagger
March 22nd, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: SALE!
Replies: 3
Views: 1829

Re: SALE!

Not sure about this dealer, but over the years I have seen many cheap magic DVD offers (much cheaper than these) on ebay coming from Malaysia (and China). I had always assumed that those were all pirated and so I refrained from ordering.
by Zig Zagger
March 17th, 2018, 7:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mike Close's IKEA Card Trick from Paradigm Shift
Replies: 2
Views: 1605

Re: Mike Close's IKEA Card Trick from Paradigm Shift

A very thorough and highly informative review of Michael Close's two latest books is out by Jamy Ian Swiss over at Magicana:

http://www.magicana.com/news/blog/paradigm-shift
by Zig Zagger
March 16th, 2018, 3:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7117
Views: 2095012

Re: ERDNASE

"The Three Aces" is the trick where two aces are used to mask the central heart pip in the Ace of Hearts to make it look like a diamond. Previously, masking whole pips had been done to change the apparent value of a card, but this had been thought to be the first time it was used to chang...
by Zig Zagger
March 16th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21469

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Tap the pack, it's back on top. Cut the pack, it's back on top. Then they all are the same card... but that's where I get stuck on the instructions (reach into pocket for instructions- blizzard switch ) and ... Thinking along these lines, how about this: 1. Start performing your Ambitious Card rout...
by Zig Zagger
March 16th, 2018, 2:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Are you paying attention to premise?
Replies: 2
Views: 1425

Re: Are you paying attention to premise?

Thank you, Jason. I have enjoyed reading several of your thought-provoking entries!
by Zig Zagger
March 11th, 2018, 6:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Book by Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont
Replies: 4
Views: 1461

New Book by Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont

I haven't seen this posted yet: Amazon lists a new book by magic scholars Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont, which is announced for publication in mid-July 2018, "The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art." What to expect: Two renowned historians of stage magic team up...
by Zig Zagger
March 11th, 2018, 5:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 2255

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

Isn't life magical... Just the other night I created another routine with this little-known but versatile principle (which I have learned from "Las Vegas Leaper") and now I hit upon this thread over breakfast! Here's my handling for getting ready: 1. Keep your little stack face-down undern...
by Zig Zagger
March 11th, 2018, 5:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 5941

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

The other day, I got Grant's "Tricks for Kid Shows" from Lybrary. Some funny ideas in there! The first trick already cracked me up. It's called "The Atomic Bomb". From the effect description: The performer picks up an atomic bomb from the table—his latest discovery, so he says. A...
by Zig Zagger
March 11th, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Hacking the Lottery
Replies: 7
Views: 2088

Re: Hacking the Lottery

A great read, Bill. Thank you for sharing!
by Zig Zagger
May 16th, 2017, 4:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 8757

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls

Zig Zagger, your website crashed my Firefox browser. Sorry to hear that, Richard! However, I have a standard WordPress licence and have been using Firefox myself for years without any problems... So I'm afraid I have no clue whether it was my website and how or why...? Also, it appears that you are...
by Zig Zagger
April 19th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 15
Views: 3975

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Thank you for pointing that out, Mr. Maven. I wasn't aware of this. However, I think the point is still valid that Auzinger's (re-)discovery was an interesting case of accidental discovery of a magic principle. It would be great if you cared to share an opinion or example on this from your own vast ...
by Zig Zagger
April 17th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 15
Views: 3975

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Another interesting aspect is creation out of necessity or abundant supply. Think about corporate gigs which demand a special integration of a product into a routine or two (and hopefully lead to better ideas than just pulling them out of a Square Circle). In "Magic Page by Page", Patrick ...
by Zig Zagger
April 16th, 2017, 12:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Steve Cohen's Tycoons Cards: New Marked Edition?
Replies: 0
Views: 2298

Steve Cohen's Tycoons Cards: New Marked Edition?

In this interesting older interview Steve Cohen speaks about the creation of his own brand of playing cards, their design and features. http://www.herbsmagic.com/magic-in-new-york-blog/steve-cohen-interview-on-the-making-of-tycoons I am particularly intrigued by his choice to package the cards in a ...
by Zig Zagger
April 16th, 2017, 11:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interview with David Williamson
Replies: 3
Views: 1317

Re: Interview with David Williamson

Thank you, Herb! I particularly enjoyed the part about David's "magic crisis" and how he ended up rediscovering card magic as a hobby.

I found your older interviews with Steve Cohen and Jeff Prace also very insightful.

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