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by Brad Jeffers
July 12th, 2018, 4:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 732

Re: Simon Aronson's question

I don't really see any antithesis between entertaining and deceptive , as such. Nor do I. I cannot think of any example of a trick or routine becoming more entertaining, by virtue of being made less deceptive. Not one. However, as to any Simon Aronson hypothetical, I will of course give deference t...
by Brad Jeffers
July 12th, 2018, 4:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 732

Re: Simon Aronson's question

Here's an example of a magician who sacrificed deceptiveness

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for entertainment

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by Brad Jeffers
July 1st, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1897

Re: You Tube exposure.

it's interesting that a magic shop owner would have the opinion concerning exposure of magic secrets that rpmagicshop has. Every magic catalog I ever owned had something similar to this (from Louis Tannen catalog #10) ... Important Notice Please be very careful in your selection of tricks from this ...
by Brad Jeffers
July 1st, 2018, 7:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 953

Re: RIP, CC

The Magic Cafe has 66,906 registered members.
At any given time, there will be about 14 of those members browsing.

I see Genii has a banner add there.

Money well spent!
by Brad Jeffers
July 1st, 2018, 7:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 15
Views: 1342

Re: Gravity Holdout

The Stealth Professional Gravity Holdout is invisible, comfortable, flexible, and durable.
It's 35 times better than the Jack Miller holdout.

~ consider this an unsolicited endorsement ~
by Brad Jeffers
June 28th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2566

Re: Driebeck Die

Stevens Magic has been selling the Driebeck Die for many years.
by Brad Jeffers
June 27th, 2018, 11:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1662

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

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by Brad Jeffers
June 27th, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1662

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

erdnasephile wrote:There's a cool illustration of Robert-Houdin doing this "Ethereal Suspension" in Christopher's Panorama of Magic, which also includes the kicker.
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by Brad Jeffers
June 25th, 2018, 4:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review
Replies: 9
Views: 945

Re: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review

The Wikipedia article on misdirection states that "misdirection is the central secret of all magic" and goes on to describe the basic way of misdirection as being "to encourage the audience to look away for a fleeting moment, so that the sleight or move may be accomplished undetected&...
by Brad Jeffers
June 8th, 2018, 6:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010946

Re: ERDNASE

Why is the Marshall Smith info posted next to a photo of someone else's grave?
by Brad Jeffers
June 4th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 13
Views: 678

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

EndersGame wrote: what do you think of the idea of 'painting' just one side red after showing both sides restored as coloured, and then handing it out for examination?

A terrible idea, probably thought up by a dealer so the ad copy could say that the rod could be "handed out for examination".
by Brad Jeffers
May 25th, 2018, 1:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010946

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:The Gardner-Smith Correspondence has long been out of print, and copies don't often come up on the secondary market
Here's one
by Brad Jeffers
May 18th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 18
Views: 1301

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

The most famous version is “The Book of Fortunes,” by Alex Elmsley (pp. 347-351, The Collected works of Alex Elmsley, Volume 1 by Stephen Minch, L&L Publishing 1991) Elmsley's The Book of Fortunes is something different. I believe what you mean is Fate's Datebook , Elmsley's opening trick from ...
by Brad Jeffers
May 18th, 2018, 2:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 10979

Re: Theodore Deland

I am faced with the following options for a particular trick of DeLand's. 1. Use DeLand's original cards so what you will get is a reproduction of an antique. I assume that the book will contain photos of all of Deland's original gaffs, so reproductions of these as actual cards (that I will not use...
by Brad Jeffers
May 11th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)
Replies: 11
Views: 914

Re: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)

Ricky Jay's methodology in this trick, is arguably superior to the others. If one however, were to make the claim that it is definitely superior, they would get no argument from me. What is definitely not debatable is that Mr Jay's performance is far superior to the others, be it Blaine, that guy on...
by Brad Jeffers
May 4th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint
Replies: 29
Views: 1926

Re: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint

erdnasephile wrote: I couldn't bear to use a highlighter in any of my books.

Remember that book where Michael Ammar saved you the trouble ...

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by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 15702

Re: New John Thompson Book

There are important things to take into consideration when deciding whether to reprint or not. The most important is the value of a person's work and making sure as many people who want to know about it can know about it. It's very kind of them to reprint the book so that I too may be able to own a...
by Brad Jeffers
April 23rd, 2018, 5:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010946

Re: ERDNASE

Well at least jkeyes maintains a good sense of humor.

In his praise of Chris
jkeyes1000 wrote:He keeps his emotions under control better than most of you.

:lol:

British wit.
I love it!
by Brad Jeffers
April 23rd, 2018, 2:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010946

Re: ERDNASE

... since both worked at the circus during the same time the chances of them having met and struck up a friendship is much higher than any other random guy like Sanders or E.S. Andrews. You keep referring to Gallaway and Houdini as having worked at "the" circus, as if there were only one....
by Brad Jeffers
April 15th, 2018, 11:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: This Day in Magic History
Replies: 8
Views: 1720

Re: This Day in Magic History

Let's see if we can find one thing for each day.

April 15, 1934
Benjamin Ruker aka Black Herman dies of a heart attack after collapsing on stage during a performance in Louisville KY.

OK ...

I've done my part. :geek:
by Brad Jeffers
April 9th, 2018, 12:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!

Christopher,
I see you have these up for sale on Ebay.
Looks like someone is going to get a good deal!
By the way, the four colored dice in the wooden box is Tony Curtis's Die-Abolical, a collectible Magic Wagon item.
by Brad Jeffers
April 8th, 2018, 11:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010946

Re: ERDNASE

I take the length of the hand and multiply it by ten to get the height of the person.
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by Brad Jeffers
April 6th, 2018, 4:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 14
Views: 2460

Re: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?

Jon,
Mahdi Gilbert's playing cards should be exactly what you've been looking for.

Poker size, no indices, white borders.

Case closed!
by Brad Jeffers
March 31st, 2018, 6:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1807

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Do you have any feelings about how to strengthen conviction and/or dispel suspicion, when a double lift or turnover is done. One way to strengthen conviction is to utilize an offset replacement technique, the most elegant of these being the one devised by Vernon. The Vernon method is used with a do...
by Brad Jeffers
March 24th, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 5288

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I once saw someone conclude their performance of Ultimate Monte by using the Eric Decamps ruse; which he employs in his Wild Card routine; of changing the gaffed cards into money.

I liked it.
by Brad Jeffers
March 22nd, 2018, 1:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!

The last two pictures are Jack Avis's Poker Pot.
It's a neat variation of Chink-A-Chink.
A complete set has four dice and two of the little metal boxes.
by Brad Jeffers
March 17th, 2018, 5:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Channing Pollock - playwright
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Channing Pollock - playwright

Our Channing Pollock was in fact named after the other Channing Pollock. His pregnant mother, met the famed Broadway playwright and essayist whom she admired greatly, and as the story goes, it was the playwright himself who suggested naming the new baby "Channing". PS - You can get a DVD o...
by Brad Jeffers
March 11th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multiplying Balls - Vernet VS Fakini
Replies: 21
Views: 10488

Re: Multiplying Balls - Vernet VS Fakini

JC225 wrote: I think it is safe to say that I was in the right place at the right time for these. It was a deal that I could not refuse.

Was it as good a deal as THIS ?
by Brad Jeffers
March 1st, 2018, 2:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Searching for the Zen Spread
Replies: 16
Views: 1559

Re: Searching for the Zen Spread

Things would become greatly complicated and tedious if you needed to get permission every time you wanted to teach something that you learned from reading books and magazines.
by Brad Jeffers
February 23rd, 2018, 1:50 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 2203

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

But I think making something easier has to always be an improvement. If you are speaking of making something easier by practicing the difficult until it becomes no longer difficult, then that is always an improvement. If however you are speaking of making something easier by replacing the difficult...
by Brad Jeffers
February 23rd, 2018, 1:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 35
Views: 1798

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

As we know, time/tech changes (sometimes for the better) and I feel certain that at least some of the masters would avail themselves of video if they were alive today because of some of the distinct advantages. And if the internet had been around in 1932, Vernon could have saved himself a great dea...
by Brad Jeffers
February 22nd, 2018, 12:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 35
Views: 1798

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

HERE is one from Jason Ladanye that looks really good.
I might get one of these myself.
by Brad Jeffers
February 18th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 31
Views: 3005

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

Kaminskas has a tendency to sell out fast

Apparently, as they're sold out right now.
by Brad Jeffers
February 17th, 2018, 5:23 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: New marked ESP cards
Replies: 1
Views: 735

Re: New marked ESP cards

There are a lot of ESP tricks that involve a cube, like THIS,
THIS,
& THIS.
It would be nice, if in addition to the five standard ESP symbols, your cards also included the sixth symbol used on these cubes (usually a triangle, but sometimes the infinity symbol).
by Brad Jeffers
February 5th, 2018, 3:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 15671

Re: Magicians in Trouble

Jeffers old chap. You really are an awful busybody you know. No doubt you are in charge of your local neighbourhood watch committee. You are correct sir. For a while I even had one of those neighborhood watch signs in my front yard. I had to remove it however, as people kept knocking on my door wan...
by Brad Jeffers
February 4th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010946

Re: ERDNASE

lybrary wrote: It prevented the situation where he sits at a gambling table, introduces himself as E.S. Andrews, and is immediately associated with the book.

I have played poker five days a week for over ten years and not once has anyone ever introduced themselves by anything other than their first name.
by Brad Jeffers
February 3rd, 2018, 4:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 15671

Re: Magicians in Trouble

performer wrote:This is the first time I have ever looked at this thread. I thought it was about Sucker Tricks!

If you're going to resurrect an eight year old thread, couldn't you find something better than this?
by Brad Jeffers
January 12th, 2018, 12:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommend me a dove act!
Replies: 17
Views: 1266

Re: Recommend me a dove act!

Susan Arendt wrote:The few I've seen have all been nearly identical and also...well, corny is the only word that fits.

What is it about dove acts that you consider to be "corny"?
by Brad Jeffers
January 7th, 2018, 2:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010946

Re: ERDNASE

Pete McCabe wrote: On the last page of the Other Connections section, there's a photo of an article from The Blue Pencil Club Magazine that mentions TEATCT.

Where exactly in THIS ARTICLE is there any mention of TEATC?
by Brad Jeffers
December 29th, 2017, 4:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010946

Re: ERDNASE

This discussion is about the identity of "Erdnase" not about the book somebody wrote under that alias. Originally it was about the book ... I'm ready to resume my study of "The Expert". My question is how does one properly study Erdnase? Should I start with the Legerdemain secti...

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