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by Brad Jeffers
May 28th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

MagicbyAlfred wrote: I prefer the count Peter used in that presentation to the necktie second that was apparently adopted later.

So do I.
by Brad Jeffers
May 28th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Some time back there was a video on the net of Peter doing the routine for his director, or acting coach. He performed the routine and she gave some notes. It was wonderful. Here is a link to that video ... https://youtu.be/8N3cacfqhpA?t=88 You'll note that he was using the Hamman count in those ea...
by Brad Jeffers
May 11th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1513

Re: Magic is not theater

Magic doesn't need to hear from Aristotle ever again. There are four causes - Matter, Form, Agent, and End - which will be represented here by the four aces ... https://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/05/27/world/27ARISTOTLE/27ARISTOTLE-articleLarge.jpg?quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale
by Brad Jeffers
May 3rd, 2020, 11:38 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

Fun to see Ricky Jay doing the vanishing birdcage!
Thanks for posting these.
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2020, 12:44 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: split manipulation tecnique who created?
Replies: 22
Views: 4774

Re: split manipulation tecnique who created?

From the Nov 4, 1914 issue of the New South Wales Police Gazette ... Sydney --- A warrant has been issued by the Children's Court Bench for the arrest of a man known as "Ardo the Frogman," but whose correct name is said to be Cash, charged with failing to make adequate provosion for the pa...
by Brad Jeffers
April 26th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Watch" the hell!...
Replies: 15
Views: 885

Re: "Watch" the hell!...

Andy did an excellent job with this one. My favorite of his FAQ about the Stack Watch was this ... The cards on the bezel. They’re in an order I don’t know. So if someone says the Jack of Clubs, I’m just supposed to stare at my watch, scanning my eyes around until I find it? Oh, of course not. That ...
by Brad Jeffers
April 26th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Watch" the hell!...
Replies: 15
Views: 885

Re: "Watch" the hell!...

It's a clever idea.

Yes!

It's both clever and dumb simultaneously.

A rarity in most fields of endeavor, but not so uncommon in the creation of items for sale magicians.

We love clever!
by Brad Jeffers
April 25th, 2020, 3:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

The majority of the drawings could not have been traced from photographs. If photographs were used, why should we automatically assume that Smith would trace them. Why wouldn't he just draw freehand what he saw in the photos, the same as if he were drawing "from life". In fact, wouldn't t...
by Brad Jeffers
April 15th, 2020, 12:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Chris10 wrote:I found this switch in a pamphlet entitled Aces High by S. Leo Horowitz and Dr. Jacob Daley.

You can get a pdf of this pamphlet HERE.
by Brad Jeffers
April 13th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Jonathan, With cards in hand I tried to follow your instructions but could not make heads or tails of it. Richard, you are a master at writing technical instructions. Perhaps you could do a slight rewrite of Jonathan's post so that I might understand it. Or maybe it's all perfectly clear and I'm jus...
by Brad Jeffers
April 11th, 2020, 3:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Birthday Mark Wilson
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Happy Birthday Mark Wilson

Just thought I'd send out a happy birthday wish to Mark Wilson who turns 91 today!
by Brad Jeffers
April 10th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Let me show you a trick"
Replies: 13
Views: 1009

Re: "Let me show you a trick"

It seems to work pretty well for THIS GUY.
by Brad Jeffers
April 9th, 2020, 3:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Is the bit where you use the Stuart Gordon turnover and then steal out the card in print there? Dingle doesn't use that vanish in the routine described in the Dec 2004 issue of Genii. He does however use it in his Slow Motion MacDonald's Aces , as written up in The Complete Works . I would be inter...
by Brad Jeffers
April 2nd, 2020, 10:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

David Ben wrote:I believe Johnny Thompson’s handling is the best. It is in his book. I remember phoning Johnny as I was editing the book and telling him how amazing it is.

Is the version in the book different from the one on the L&L videos?
by Brad Jeffers
March 30th, 2020, 9:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Below are videos of Ricky Jay's performance from three different decades. It's interesting to note the nuanced changes over time (and I'm not referring to the length of his hair). I had an idea for showing the 12 cards as all different Many people have, but I defy anyone to show me a better method t...
by Brad Jeffers
March 30th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

To me Ricky Jay's routine has always been the best - from both technical and artistic perspectives.
by Brad Jeffers
March 26th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 21
Views: 2582

Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Bill Mullins wrote: Their collection includes works by Karl Fulves, Jim Steinmeyer, Nicholas Einhorn, George Schindler, Ricky Jay, Annemann, Walter Gibson, Blackstone, Bruce Elliott, Jean Hugard, Scarne dozens of books on Houdini, Paul Curry, Martin Gardner, and more.
You'll also find a book written by Richard Kaufman.
by Brad Jeffers
March 26th, 2020, 1:47 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: CARDWORKS By Richard Kaufman
Replies: 51
Views: 8112

Re: CARDWORKS By Richard Kaufman

I had copies of CardWorks up for sale here a month ago for a low price: none sold. It would be easier to sell my grandmother's old underwear. Fast forward ten years ... For all of you who don't know what to do because of the virus, I have made a pretty rare book of mine that was never reprinted ava...
by Brad Jeffers
March 23rd, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Effects for those who believe in spiritism
Replies: 20
Views: 6342

Re: Effects for those who believe in spiritism

webbmaster wrote: Richard pays me a great deal to revive old threads.

Aha! I knew it!
by Brad Jeffers
March 23rd, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 23
Views: 1910

Re: For chapped hands.

webbmaster wrote: Vernon swore by RoseWater to ward off the dry hand syndrome

I think that would be rosewater and glycerin, not just rosewater.
by Brad Jeffers
March 22nd, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for "Transmission of Information" by Morgan and West
Replies: 16
Views: 2049

Re: Looking for "Transmission of Information" by Morgan and West

jimb_85 wrote:Sorry if it sounded like I was asking for piracy. I was just trying to offer an alternative in case anyone who has the booklet doesn't want to part with the actual copy.

:lol:

Glad you cleared that up.
by Brad Jeffers
March 20th, 2020, 12:23 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 48
Views: 8336

Re: Untouched

The goal is to not ever touch the cards. Hence the name. However in practice most real people have difficulty spreading the cards and interpreting which card the magician is pointing to. So touching the cards - especially to make clear which card you want them to remove - is hard to resist. Here's ...
by Brad Jeffers
March 14th, 2020, 1:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician in Music Video
Replies: 17
Views: 2488

Re: Magician in Music Video

Good questions ... to which I have no answers :(
by Brad Jeffers
March 13th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician in Music Video
Replies: 17
Views: 2488

Re: Magician in Music Video

And HERE is the performance with the fez.
by Brad Jeffers
March 12th, 2020, 10:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

It would be interesting if someone would organize a magic convention that had only women performers and lecturers.
by Brad Jeffers
March 11th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 7904

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

Actually now that I think about it I just realised that Ricky Jay just threw cards rather than boomeranged them. They went out but never came back! That's not correct. Not only did he throw a card into the air and have it come back to the hand, "a simulacrum of the Australian boomerang"; ...
by Brad Jeffers
March 9th, 2020, 3:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 7904

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

The fellow probably knows about shimmed cards and how to stick a wire in place with a magnet on the end. Now now Jonathan, you know there's none of that involved. A. It's not necessary. & B. It would be cheating. The incentive of wanting to make insightful posts on this thread has led me to see...
by Brad Jeffers
March 9th, 2020, 2:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5508

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

We have had such an overwhelming lack of women in magic for so long, that many of us have taken it for granted that it is normal. It isn't. Is it ever normal for there to be an overwhelming lack of women in any field of endeavor where their capacity to excel is the same as that of their male counte...
by Brad Jeffers
March 7th, 2020, 3:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 7904

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

I NEVER do flourishes within a trick that have utterly nothing to do with the trick itself. Alas this is a major mistake perpetrated by the young (and sometimes not so young) incompetents of magic. I can't help but think that somewhere, on some cardistry forum , some young fellow is saying ... &quo...
by Brad Jeffers
March 6th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician in Music Video
Replies: 17
Views: 2488

Re: Magician in Music Video

You left out something.
by Brad Jeffers
March 6th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE
Replies: 50
Views: 6262

Re: ERDNASE

Would saying which particular technique Steve has improved upon be considered "exposing"? Exactly! Exposing what? Please just say what you're talking about. Next thing you know we'll be seeing posts like ... "I really like Steve's advice on the Z----w sh---le. Can't wait to read his ...
by Brad Jeffers
March 5th, 2020, 1:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 7904

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

All the back issues are available for free with your subscription. You do subscribe, don't you?
The Hofzinser flourishes (Card Etudes) are in the November 2005 issue.
by Brad Jeffers
March 3rd, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE
Replies: 50
Views: 6262

Re: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE

Richard Kaufman wrote:And the second printing is now available to order!

So what's the over/under on how many days until this batch sells out?
by Brad Jeffers
March 3rd, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE
Replies: 50
Views: 6262

Re: ERDNASE

Thanks Andrew.
Now I'm really feeling gypped :(
by Brad Jeffers
March 3rd, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE
Replies: 50
Views: 6262

Re: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE

I see from my new arrivals that Steve must have finally baulked at the idea of signing two thousand books. Yes, I just received my books and see that in lieu of the promised signature there is an enclosed playing card signed "Thank You! Steve Forte". I'm feeling a little bit gypped, but I...
by Brad Jeffers
March 3rd, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 115
Views: 10305

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

webbmaster wrote: Hey, I'd like to see when Mike Skinner was on the Tonight Show
HERE YOU GO...
by Brad Jeffers
February 28th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Magic List of Appreciation for Some World Wide Wizards
Replies: 13
Views: 2166

Re: A Magic List of Appreciation for Some World Wide Wizards

The pioneers in this field are discussed in detail by Scott Wells and Jim Sisti in
A Brief History of Magic on the Internet.
by Brad Jeffers
February 28th, 2020, 1:09 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Best Illusion ever!!
Replies: 48
Views: 11772

Re: Best Illusion ever!!

Brad Henderson wrote:I believe you are thinking of an illusion which used Jarrett’s ingenious pedestal.
Mark Wilson is auctioning off many of his props and illusions this weekend.
A John Gaughan built Jarrett Tube is among the items for sale.
Here's the catalog.
by Brad Jeffers
February 24th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 158
Views: 21880

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

Christopher1979 wrote: You could wait for the second printing but collectors always pay a premium for a 1st edition.

Like I said, a little daft.
If any collectors want to purchase my 1st edition for $500 consider it sold. You will have to wait until I receive it however.
I will settle for a copy of the second printing.

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