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by El Mystico
December 26th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”
Replies: 36
Views: 2742

Re: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”

Too late for Bob, but for this thread: Cervon covers the trick in his Castle Notebooks, Volume 1 p.121.
Here he includes a patter line presumably from Vernon, 'Red affects you in every way' - so not a specific prediction, but an introduction which makes sense at the climax.
by El Mystico
December 16th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Framing your effect ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1106

Re: Framing your effect ?

Framing can make a huge difference in all walks of life. And it certainly can in magic. But there is no one way to frame. It depends on your effect and on your setting and your audience and on your personality. To make the point in a sledgehammer way - if you make balloon doggies you shouldn't say '...
by El Mystico
November 18th, 2020, 5:27 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”
Replies: 36
Views: 2742

Re: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”

Also see The Red Prediction in Martin Gardner Presents, Chapter Nine.
by El Mystico
October 29th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Charlie Miller Book
Replies: 62
Views: 11336

Re: Charlie Miller Book

My blue sack has arrived - I've had a fun few hours looking through it. Thank you, Liz!
Out of interest, why did you not include the later Magicanas? Was it quality deterioration, or are you planning Magicana 2? ('Just when you thought it was safe it get out your cards again')
by El Mystico
October 27th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Charlie Miller Book
Replies: 62
Views: 11336

Re: Charlie Miller Book

Post has been seriously slow this year. I've had to re-learn patience.
by El Mystico
October 26th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Charlie Miller Book
Replies: 62
Views: 11336

Re: Charlie Miller Book

Along with Diana Ross, I'm still waiting...
by El Mystico
September 16th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Magic Researcher - History on The More Things Change by Jerry Sadowitz
Replies: 26
Views: 2274

Re: The Magic Researcher - History on The More Things Change by Jerry Sadowitz

Hi Interesting article, although I agree with Richard about the benefits of one site. I don't really understand what you mean about Conjuring Credits not being designed for your level of detail....some of the items there are pretty long. But maybe Denis didn't want it there? - That would be differen...
by El Mystico
September 8th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Dingle's Pegasus Card
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Re: Dingle's Pegasus Card

Thank you so much! You are a wonderful resource!
by El Mystico
September 8th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Dingle's Pegasus Card
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Dingle's Pegasus Card

Hi

I'm told Derek Dingle had a magazine trick - it sounds like a version of Pegasus Card - in Genii, around 1987/88. I can't find the thing. Does it ring any bells with anyone? Thank you!!!
by El Mystico
August 25th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Return of Jonathan Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 1830

Re: The Return of Jonathan Creek

Leo, I agree the later series weren't as good. For a variety of reasons. But I'd still rather re-watch one of them than 90% of what is on TV now!
I just re-watched House of Monkeys from series 1. Wonderful. With a 'locked room' solution I think originally conceived by Karl Fulves?
by El Mystico
August 23rd, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings
Replies: 12
Views: 1680

Re: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings

I hadn't realised Larry was in a wheelchair for the Paris video. It's a pity there seems to be so little available of him in his prime, but I'm very glad the Paris videos exist.
by El Mystico
August 22nd, 2020, 5:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Return of Jonathan Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 1830

Re: The Return of Jonathan Creek

Oh I got all excited then, but - old news.
by El Mystico
August 17th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: out of this world handling
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Re: out of this world handling

It is close to Rainer Mees' handling in Nostalgia. And reminds me of an unpublished Derren Brown handling. I agree with Erdnasephile about the need to justify the handling at the end - but it can be done well. On the benefits or otherwise of switching half way through, Curry wrote an entertaining ar...
by El Mystico
August 6th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421028

Re: ERDNASE

I suspect Richard is suggesting Todd's book has as much to do with the real author of Expert at the Card Table as CardMagic has to Shakespeare.
by El Mystico
August 2nd, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon St. Louis Lecture July 1987
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: Vernon St. Louis Lecture July 1987

This is wonderful! Thank you; one of the few posts I'll be printing off.
'A child should be able to describe the effect' is priceless.
by El Mystico
July 25th, 2020, 3:27 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 suggestion was made earlier that the Spider Vanish was challenge magic. I understand that perspective. But - many years ago I saw Michael Vincent for the first time (then Michael Louis). It was in the annual Magic Circle Close Up competition. In retrospect, I think he used the Spider Vanish. But...
by El Mystico
July 18th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Origins of the Through the Fist Flourish?
Replies: 15
Views: 1651

Re: Origins of the Through the Fist Flourish?

Just stumbled upon this old thread. A small addition; in The Vernon Chronicles 3 (1989) is Will-O'-The Wisp, which was Vernon's ending for his Cards Up The Sleeve routine. The first part of this has the Through the Fist Flourish, linking it to the anonymous routine in Art of Magic. Minch writes that...
by El Mystico
May 17th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 165
Views: 10471

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Then maybe there was a third.
by El Mystico
May 17th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 165
Views: 10471

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

McDonald had two routines with the Aces.
by El Mystico
May 16th, 2020, 6:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Is Revizzit still working?
Replies: 14
Views: 4969

Re: Is Revizzit still working?

Chris Power is on Facebook
by El Mystico
May 13th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 3014

Re: Frank Garcia Books

Thanks, Tom!
by El Mystico
May 13th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 3014

Re: Frank Garcia Books

The earliest reference I've seen to the Quadruple Coincidence trick is in Daley's Notebooks; entry 384 Sid Radner’s Do As I Do. This is in Volume 4, so probably dates to 1944. (Crediting it to Radner is no guarantee it was Radner's creation; just that he learned it from Radner). Radner worked for th...
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Here’s The Church Here’s The Steeple 2.0
Replies: 11
Views: 1294

Re: Here’s The Church Here’s The Steeple 2.0

When he was very young, my nephew, who some of you will know, did this, but accidentally intertwined his fingers above his hands, rather than underneath. So when he 'opened the doors' it was 'WHERE are the people?' He closed up his hands, 'Oh, they're all on the roof.'
by El Mystico
April 7th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Age Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 1349

Re: Magic Age Cards

This is great; thank you!
by El Mystico
April 6th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: ShareMagic: Live event on April 5th
Replies: 12
Views: 1253

Re: ShareMagic: Live event on April 5th

That was pretty damn good.
by El Mystico
April 6th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Age Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 1349

Magic Age Cards

I’m guessing everyone here is familiar with the old Magic Age Cards. I’m looking for examples of where this has been stretched in different directions. eg Gardner says Royal V Heath extended it to “Think of a drink”; and I think Eddie Joseph’s Starology is something in this area. Any other examples ...
by El Mystico
March 23rd, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 48
Views: 9711

Re: Untouched

For those interested in the history, here are some related items. Bill Simon in his Sleightly Sensational (1954) has The Mathemagician, which uses the dealing principle to get two spectators to produce the four Aces. Scarne on Card Tricks (1950) has My Lucky Card, attributed to Simon, where the suit...
by El Mystico
March 11th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421028

Re: ERDNASE

Ok, here is a superficial idea. Has anyone considered John Zimmer? I think it is generally accepted now that Erdnase was not a professional gambler. Probably a magician with interest in gambling techniques. The Legerdermain section makes it clear he was familiar with magicians and magicians’ literat...
by El Mystico
February 26th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dr Daley spin
Replies: 13
Views: 2235

Re: Dr Daley spin

Thanks everyone. The Corin flourish is similar but the handling is a little different.
I’ve still not found the reference on Revelations, but in The Man Who Fooled Houdini, Vernon claims to have been using the idea around 1920.
by El Mystico
February 24th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dr Daley spin
Replies: 13
Views: 2235

Dr Daley spin

This will sound like laziness but I’ve spent hours on this... There is a flourish where you stick a card half way into the end of a deck and, with your left middle finger touching the face of the card, you rotate the card. Daley uses it in his itinerant Pasteboards. But somewhere Vernon talks about ...
by El Mystico
February 21st, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421028

Re: ERDNASE

I can't answer your question, but to me the biggest problem with Hoffmann as a possibility is his published annotations of Erdnase (available in the old Gamblers Book Club edition). I gave away my copy years ago, so can't quote you any examples, but his notes made it clear that he really didn't unde...
by El Mystico
February 10th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Munsen and Coleman
Replies: 0
Views: 1819

Munsen and Coleman

Can anyone shed any light on two magicians called Munsen and Coleman, probably from the Chicago area, working in the 1940s? Thank you!
by El Mystico
January 23rd, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 52
Views: 5224

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

I always start with a set of colour changes. Immediate impact, straightaway they know you're not Uncle Bob. Then the top change trick from Royal Road. The Tipsy Trick. Carlyle's Homing card. The Ambitious Card (Terry Guyatt's presentation). All without a table. If I have a table I'll do my Spectator...
by El Mystico
January 20th, 2020, 6:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Marvelous Transposition
Replies: 7
Views: 1944

Vernon's Marvelous Transposition

In Genii March 1941 there is an ad for Vernon's Marvelous Transposition; 'A pet effect of this clever artist. Using a borrowed pack, two cards are caused to change places in a way that is extremely puzzling. No difficult sleights. Fine close-up.' Anyone know what this is? A contender is Novel Card T...
by El Mystico
January 18th, 2020, 5:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 15202

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

The Too Perfect Theory is fifty years old this year. It's amazing how it is still going strong. I wrote a blog about it here https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/blog/ ... ous-theory
by El Mystico
November 26th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 3390

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

Terry Guyatt told me that when Dai lectured in the UK, he did his main lecture, covered in the still-available notes, but there was a separate session, at a price, I think in his room, where he went into more detailed sleight of hand material. This included Lightening the Load from the Lost Inner Se...
by El Mystico
August 15th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 78411

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I suspect Joe is, in part, trying to stir things up. And answers along the lines of 'if you think that then you are a jackass' are unproductive. For me - most current magical creators are not standing on the backs of giants, which I think is the heart of Joe's argument - they are ignorant of the gia...
by El Mystico
August 10th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 78411

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I'd say, yes, there is great material.
But to make sense of it, you need to know a lot about close up magic; Vernon, Daley, Baker etc.
It is not a short-cut to the 'inner secrets'.
by El Mystico
August 10th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 78411

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

It will be. And it contains many gems. Linda wants it to be the best possible tribute to Bruce. That takes time.
by El Mystico
August 10th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon on the "mem deck"?
Replies: 25
Views: 5743

Re: Dai Vernon on the "mem deck"?

Entry 9 in the Daley Notebooks, Vernon's Mental Trick, uses the Nicola set up, but only for 13 cards.

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