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by Zig Zagger
April 1st, 2018, 5:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6405
Views: 1973709

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: 1054

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: 1054

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: 462

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: 1
Views: 301

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: 297

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: 297

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: 1494

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: 16310

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: 6405
Views: 1973709

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: 2216

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: 738

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: 489

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: 6405
Views: 1973709

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: 119
Views: 8205

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: 312

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: 0
Views: 381

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: 773

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: 3820

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: 6
Views: 736

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: 7308

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: 2773

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: 2773

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: 1005

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: 1071

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.
by Zig Zagger
April 16th, 2017, 7:06 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 15
Views: 2773

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Interesting examples, gentlemen. Please keep them coming! Okito, by the way, wrote a very colorful account about his discovery in his book "Okito on Magic" (1952, p.93f). It opens with a great line: If the late Joe Klein had not suffered from indigestion, I should never have invented the O...
by Zig Zagger
April 16th, 2017, 6:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 51
Views: 6501

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

I think I have just found a very good quote on this matter from Henry Hay (June Barrows Mussey). In his great "Cyclopedia of Magic" (1949, p.10) he writes under the entry "Amateur Magicians": Many amateurs excel the average professional not only in invention but in dexterity; the...
by Zig Zagger
April 15th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Craig Petty is Back with New Reviews and Rants
Replies: 2
Views: 985

Craig Petty is Back with New Reviews and Rants

Mr Petty, the louder half of Penn & Petty of former "Wizard Product Review" fame, is back with a new low-tech one-man talk labeled "Nothing But the Truth." It is announced to appear at irregular intervals. Episode 1 is a critical review of Nicholas Einhorn's "Insta-Chang...
by Zig Zagger
April 15th, 2017, 5:13 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 15
Views: 2773

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Magic lore has it that Okito discovered what later became the Okito Box by chance when toying around with a regular (but specific) pill box. Max Auzinger developed the "Black Art" principle when he realized during rehearsal for a play (he was a director) that all he could see from the blac...
by Zig Zagger
April 15th, 2017, 4:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 4877

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

O tempora, o mores! Magic dealers trying to actually SELL their stuff. Magic dealers declining to share secrets or product details prior to purchase. Magic dealers publishing rehashed or reinvented tricks or concepts (often inadvertently). If you wanted to see the store of every magic dealer who has...
by Zig Zagger
April 13th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 8500

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

...Too bad it's not my place to spill it here. But it's exciting! Let's see... - Hans Klok putting the final touches on his opus magnum, "An Encyclopedia of Hair Blowers in Magic," which will surely take the world of illusionists by storm? - Or Criss Angel starring in Las Vegas again as o...
by Zig Zagger
April 13th, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 15
Views: 2773

Incidents and accidents that created great magic

I have always found it amazing how new tricks, ideas, or routines come into this world. Sheer luck and mere chance seem to play a far greater role in their conception and delivery than any logical thinker could ever imagine. Take the following example about Joe Karson’s creation of the famous “Zombi...
by Zig Zagger
April 13th, 2017, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 4877

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

My order for Christian is in and I wish him all the best in rebuilding his business quickly. In my view, he deserves a lot of credit and support for what he has built and given to the magic community within just a few years. And even if you disagree, you may want to consider helping a magic buddy in...
by Zig Zagger
March 31st, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 51
Views: 6501

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Thank you for your comments and observations, folks! It seems that I could have avoided some detours if I had simply asked for some more factors that set apart a great performance from a weak one, without touching that touchy "pro vs. amateur" thing... However, it also seems striking to me...
by Zig Zagger
March 31st, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic News in Italy
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Re: Magic News in Italy

Ciao Andrea, your website looks quite ambitious and interesting! Too bad I don't speak any Italian. It takes a lot of steam to carry on as a one man show. Keep up the spirit! My own little blog over at http://www.zzzauber.com is not really news-related, rather observational, historical, and fun. How...
by Zig Zagger
March 26th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 51
Views: 6501

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Your points are well taken, definitions aside, Zig. What you discuss is really a level of table of compentancy in the art form. One would hope that level is higher in pros than in amateurs; but he long history of magic shows that some of our greatest magicians were not "working professionals&q...
by Zig Zagger
March 26th, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 34331

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Leonard Hevia wrote:
Zig Zagger wrote:Just like his famous red knot jumping onto a white rope


The Jumping Knot of Pakistan.


Well, that's right, but I didn't want to use that old name. Seems like it got blown away by the winds of political overcorrectness one day.
Later it was simply renamed "Daryl's Amazing Acrobatic Knot."
by Zig Zagger
March 26th, 2017, 7:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 51
Views: 6501

What separates the pro from the amateur?

In a recent discussion, we tried to nail some of the most important aspects which separate the consummate pro from the magic amateur when it comes down to performing. The purpose of course not being to blame any amateurs, but to help them realize what they probably need to work on most to become bet...
by Zig Zagger
March 26th, 2017, 7:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 34331

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Oh boy, it’s been a month already, but I am still shocked about the demise of Daryl. While his hair cut has arguably improved over the years, his magic with cards, coins, cups and ropes has always been impeccable, fresh, and engaging. I am a proud owner of his rare Ambitious Card Omnibus, of some gr...
by Zig Zagger
November 25th, 2016, 5:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeremy Le Poidevin R.I.P.
Replies: 6
Views: 1811

Re: Jeremy Le Poidevin R.I.P.

I am very saddened to hear and read about the sudden passing of Jeremy Le Poidevin. Not that I have known him well; but I have bought some fabulous children’s magic tricks from him, have corresponded with him on a few trick ideas and tips, and have always immensely enjoyed both his fireside chats (w...

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