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by Zig Zagger
May 21st, 2020, 5:32 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buster and Magic
Replies: 7
Views: 2249

Re: Buster and Magic

Wonderful, thank you for sharing both, Jack!
by Zig Zagger
May 20th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards
Replies: 13
Views: 643

Re: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards

Thank you for all your kind feedback and comments! Our friend Paco has posted some interesting further discoveries in a comment to Part 4. And I have added this link to further facts most of us probably didn't know about playing cards, courtesy of the real Reinhard Müller: https://www.youtube.com/wa...
by Zig Zagger
May 20th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Orson Welles & Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 554

Re: Orson Welles & Magic

I may have mentioned it already elsewhere, but I'd really like to recommend Bart Whaley's monumental biography, Orson Welles: The Man Who Was Magic. It's particularly interesting for magicians because a) it deals extensively with Welles's magic ties and ventures and b) it seeks to identify his think...
by Zig Zagger
May 19th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards
Replies: 13
Views: 643

Re: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards

Really funny that I got you on that one, Paco! :D Alfred, I believe you are also a true scholar at heart, and I will be happy to pass on your thoughts to the Schaffel College team! Your dancing cane hypothesis deserves some careful consideration, and I'm at a loss how the assembled experts could hav...
by Zig Zagger
May 18th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards
Replies: 13
Views: 643

Re: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards

Thank you very kindly, gentlemen! :) I'm having a lot of fun with these explorations, too! Part 3 is already online: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/05/17/revealed-magic-tricks-displayed-on-playing-cards-3/ Could be some great patter possibilities here and a way to have some good clean fun with ...
by Zig Zagger
May 17th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards
Replies: 13
Views: 643

Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards

Cardicians and card historians, take notice: Recent research conducted at the Schaffel College for Industrial Pasteboard Paraphernalia in Ryffling, Denmark has revealed astonishing facts about some of the key images of our beloved standard poker playing cards: Most of the men and women on court card...
by Zig Zagger
May 17th, 2020, 4:12 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ancient Mouse
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: Ancient Mouse

I must say that I do enjoy most of the musings, anecdotes, and professional advice he is sharing here. What I rather dislike is his uncanny ability to highjack many threads and move them off-topic. But look at us: Even without his presence, we manage to bring him in and to distract from the actually...
by Zig Zagger
May 16th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ancient Mouse
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: Ancient Mouse

Come on... he's not that old, or is he? ;)
by Zig Zagger
May 11th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1459

Re: Magic is not theater

I think magicians with a theater background are harming magic with their ill-thought-out theories. The majority of advice I see given to magicians over the past two decades has stressed that magic is a branch of theater. It is not. There is only one plot in magic. A guy (or gal!) doing tricks. (......
by Zig Zagger
May 10th, 2020, 4:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Reverse Drop Sleight
Replies: 34
Views: 1170

Re: Marlo's Reverse Drop Sleight

I would translate this smiley as "Oh, I'm surprised about that!" :o
by Zig Zagger
May 9th, 2020, 3:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Roy Horn
Replies: 5
Views: 771

Re: RIP Roy Horn

Saddened to hear that. One of my oldest memories goes back to seeing, as a boy, their stunning PR shot of Roy floating through a hoop high above Siegfried's head somewhere in the desert, in bright sunlight. No stage, no backdrop, no dim lighting. It was featured on the cover of a German TV guide, an...
by Zig Zagger
May 9th, 2020, 3:23 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: On the Occasion of Star Wars Day Today: Any Topical Tricks You Perform?
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: On the Occasion of Star Wars Day Today: Any Topical Tricks You Perform?

Lovely ideas, gentlemen, thank you for sharing!

Alfred, I'm already looking forward to your Palpatine's Pack packet trick, AnniVader's Waltz or whatever your creative mind will come up with!

Or how about a version of Scotch and Yoda?
by Zig Zagger
May 5th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: On the Occasion of Star Wars Day Today: Any Topical Tricks You Perform?
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: On the Occasion of Star Wars Day Today: Any Topical Tricks You Perform?

Loving it! Thank you, Mr Kam!

Apparantly, the Trekkies form the majority here...
by Zig Zagger
May 5th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For -- Abstract by Richard Kaufman
Replies: 23
Views: 2270

Re: Looking For -- Abstract by Richard Kaufman

Bill Duncan wrote:if we're bragging about obscure titles, I still have my copy of The Interlocked Production of Coins.

Not trying to brag, but I know a dealer who sells Mr Kaufman's Balls!
by Zig Zagger
May 4th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: On the Occasion of Star Wars Day Today: Any Topical Tricks You Perform?
Replies: 6
Views: 495

On the Occasion of Star Wars Day Today: Any Topical Tricks You Perform?

Yes, it's Star Wars Day today: the 4th of May (because of the epic quote "May the Force be with you." Nerdy, really nerdy...) I'm sure there must be lots of topical magic presentations out there, from packet tricks to parlor to grand illusions and, of course, levitations! Here are some old...
by Zig Zagger
May 4th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7322

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Well, I think that when it comes to card magic spectators consider the deck of cards as "a whole," so, if a card vanishes from a certain pile, spectators may assume firstly that it "must have" travel to the deck (not to the pocket of the magician). Hmmm... another interesting th...
by Zig Zagger
May 2nd, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Re: The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude

Max Maven wrote:I have always found it perversely charming that such traditional British children’s entertainment is built around a sociopathic protagonist.

An apt yet somewhat harsh description of magic and many magi... :lol:
by Zig Zagger
April 28th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 21
Views: 2572

Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

About a dozen more offers added to my list, some free, some to be paid, but all worth your time or consideration, I believe. For example, you can download and watch the entire recent ShareMagic: Live event by Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin for free now. There is also an interesting outlook on the world...
by Zig Zagger
April 27th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2213

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Very interesting comments, Mr. Ben, thank you! Would you care to elaborate briefly on what "the obvious" is that David Alexander missed and why he turned away from Sanders late in his life? (Sadly, I am not familiar with your writings on Erdnase yet.) Given the high number of Sanders acoly...
by Zig Zagger
April 27th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Watch" the hell!...
Replies: 15
Views: 824

Re: "Watch" the hell!...

I agree.

Both fascinating and absurd to what great lengths some lazy magicians are willing to go in order to replace the necessary manual or mental feats with mechanical aides!
by Zig Zagger
April 15th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How's Tricks?
Replies: 17
Views: 1071

Re: How's Tricks?

Whew, that's quite an impressive magic bucket list, Alfred! I've spent the biggest part of my Easter holidays on magic affairs, too (and not as much on the house and garden as my wife would have wanted me to, I'm afraid). My main activities included reading some old magic magazines (Genii, Magic Man...
by Zig Zagger
April 15th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7322

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

... gives the trick a vertical dimension of presentation: Put each ace into a wine glass with their face towards the audience. ... That's much more classy and scales up the trick for larger audiences. :idea: Just the basic card change done under a handkerchief with the pack in a glass gets good rea...
by Zig Zagger
April 12th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7322

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 Zig Zagger
April 11th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7322

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

It remember me this: VANISHING ACES THEORY In almost every case where an Ace is supposed to vanish, the handling of the problem is such that the Ace actually does not vanish but rather a different card, other than the ace, takes its place. As an example, let us assume the ace is the bottom card of ...
by Zig Zagger
April 9th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7322

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. From a purist's point of view, it would probably make more sense to see them go and then make them appear on top of or underneath the fourth ace. A somewhat logical reason for changing...
by Zig Zagger
April 6th, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: ShareMagic: Live event on April 5th
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Re: ShareMagic: Live event on April 5th

The feeling is like the internet before it became the internet. Haha, well put, Jack! Indeed, an echo from a world without trolls, wackos and targeted ad spam. Just joy and love of a big, caring community of like-minded people. It really felt like the beginning of something. Let's hope that it prev...
by Zig Zagger
April 5th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: ShareMagic: Live event on April 5th
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Re: ShareMagic: Live event on April 5th

This has just finished. What an amazing array of great talent, what a global community! 30,000 unique viewers from all over the world over the entire event, according to the hosts. And Dani DaOrtiz, Danny Garcia and Harrison Greenbaum just killed. So inspiring! My mind is spinning. A big THANK YOU t...
by Zig Zagger
April 2nd, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 153
Views: 19925

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Right on!

Which reminds me of a well-known German mentalist who was allegedly fond of replying, in informal situations, something like "Y'know, I'm not a sl*t you can bully around."
by Zig Zagger
April 2nd, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Insoluble - The Trick That Cannot Be Explained
Replies: 1
Views: 567

Re: Insoluble - The Trick That Cannot Be Explained

The fools being fooled, again, by that timeless master, Art Frispil...

Well done, Tim! ;)
by Zig Zagger
April 1st, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 28246

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

The "treats" could be Hershey Kisses or some other wrapped candy, and if they guess right (maybe some, but not all of the time) they get the treat. A fun way to get them involved and motivated. A funny idea, Alfred! And if they miss the Kisses, they will have to eat your lemon! :lol: Now,...
by Zig Zagger
March 30th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 21
Views: 2572

Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Some more free magic added, including six classic magic books kindly offered by the Conjuring Arts Research Center.

Also, don't miss how the late great Ricky Jay might have attacked the corona virus!
by Zig Zagger
March 30th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7322

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

I'd recommend checking out these two more recent, commercial versions. They have some beautiful vanishes/changes. Watch and enjoy! "Ultimate McDonald Aces" by Jean-Pierre Vallarino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWlEyLVXkWk "Fantastic Aces" by Jörg Alexander: https://www.youtub...
by Zig Zagger
March 29th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 28246

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Two cups is an even number, but nevertheless, it always struck me as somehow asymmetrical in the context of the cups and balls. I'm not going to argue against that kind of personal logic, Alfred! ;) However, I feel that sometimes two cups are just enough, and it's easier to follow the ball(s) than ...
by Zig Zagger
March 29th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 21
Views: 2572

Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Update to my growing list: There are two magic live streaming festivals coming up next week, and both are free to watch. Also, you can catch up with the four online lectures from the Virtual Mini Portland Magic Jam now. Find out more here: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/free-things-to-do-...
by Zig Zagger
March 27th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 28246

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I feel the biggest unchartered territory left to be explored is the Two Cups field. Of course, there are also at least two great versions out there, by Tommy Wonder and David Williamson, but still... Years ago, I dabbled with two identical chop cups. To have a magnetic ball cling to the bottom of th...
by Zig Zagger
March 27th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 21
Views: 2572

Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

With your kind input, I've added a few more items.

Please don't miss out on coin master and all-around wondrous wizard and wordsmith Helge Thun, who keeps us spellbound with his Chinese-American Corona Virus Coin War!

https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/03/ ... uarantine/
by Zig Zagger
March 24th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 21
Views: 2572

Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Thank you, Dick and Steve!

I have included your links plus a few other ideas.

Don't miss out on the hilarious Virus Trick of the inimitable Monsieur Stone!

https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/03/ ... uarantine/
by Zig Zagger
March 23rd, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 21
Views: 2572

Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Thank you for your interest!

I've added a few more links to free magic offers which have been brought to my attention by kind readers.

Please keep them coming or post them directly here.
by Zig Zagger
March 22nd, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 21
Views: 2572

Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Beyond the generous free offers from Mssrs. Kaufman, Regal and others I have compiled some other interesting links in my blog. They will easily add up to 2,000+ pages of magic: (card) tricks, thoughts and essays, history, and more. And it's all FREE: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/free-th...
by Zig Zagger
March 18th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2352

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

Zig Zagger, fortunately for Carisa most people strongly disagree with you. Not that it matters, but I'm fine with that. I just shared my personal impression in a balanced way, I think, and I wish her all the best! i see Zig Zagger's point as far as the suck time. But then again, I think she can be ...

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