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by Brad Jeffers
February 23rd, 2018, 1:50 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 19
Views: 502

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: 846

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: 846

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: 2544

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: 316

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: 14620

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: 5542
Views: 1947050

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: 14620

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: 1084

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: 5542
Views: 1947050

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: 5542
Views: 1947050

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...
by Brad Jeffers
December 26th, 2017, 3:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas loot description thread
Replies: 21
Views: 1540

Re: Christmas loot description thread

Was there a Caveney edition?
Mike Caveney edited the CARC edition.
There is a Mickey Hades edition in paperback.
by Brad Jeffers
December 25th, 2017, 4:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kelton Garwood?
Replies: 4
Views: 492

Re: Kelton Garwood?

Kelton Garwood, also going by the name Jonathan Harper, was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 21,1928. He went to Ohio State University, where he appeared in college plays and as an amateur magician. He became a student teacher and floor manager for a local TV station in Cleveland. He acted in everythin...
by Brad Jeffers
December 25th, 2017, 3:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4872

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

When it comes to sponge balls routines, I have never seen one better than THIS.
by Brad Jeffers
December 15th, 2017, 2:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23170

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes1000 wrote: Thus I logically infer the finger.
I think you may logically infer the finger from all of Brad's posts in this thread.
by Brad Jeffers
December 9th, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1947050

Re: ERDNASE

Yes, he would, and did, use it in the Hoyle book as would be expected. But in other contexts, I think he would probably use the more common and familiar 'Pinochle'. I don't see why he would ever use 'Penuckle', unless of course ... That's exactly what Foster would have done if he were trying to thro...
by Brad Jeffers
December 9th, 2017, 4:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23170

Re: Ennobling Magic

Brad Henderson wrote:and finally ...
Really?
by Brad Jeffers
December 9th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23170

Re: Ennobling Magic

Just before the reveal, I say, “You shuffled the cards (Lie #1 not these cards), I shuffled the cards” (Lie #2 It was a false shuffle) As I interpret jkeyes position, I don't think these two statements would be considered to be lies. Lies would be, "You shuffled these cards" and "I l...
by Brad Jeffers
December 9th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1947050

Re: ERDNASE

In the 1909 edition of Foster's Complete Hoyle , he uses "binocle" as the preferred spelling, and lists "pinochle" and Erdnase's "penuckle" only as variant spellings, suggesting perhaps that Foster did not write Expert . He does not characterize binocle as the preferre...
by Brad Jeffers
December 5th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23170

Re: Ennobling Magic

Damn! You are now on page eight while I am still stuck on Chapter 7. I cannot allow this lead to stand and tomorrow I will try to catch up. Mark, I am assuming that in each chapter of your book you try to put forth new information and ideas, rather than merely repeat what you have said in previous ...
by Brad Jeffers
November 17th, 2017, 12:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bob Swadling Changing Card
Replies: 15
Views: 1409

Re: Bob Swadling Changing Card

erdnasephile wrote:Or if there is another preferred gimmick that will allow a card to change while throwing it in the air, I would appreciate that reference as well. Thanks!

Hondo Chen's Modern Flap Card.
by Brad Jeffers
November 16th, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Geraldine Larsen/"Magic Lady and Boko"
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Re: Geraldine Larsen/"Magic Lady and Boko"

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by Brad Jeffers
November 7th, 2017, 5:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938
Replies: 5
Views: 670

Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938

If you would be interested in hearing an interview with Mickey MacDougall from 1938, click HERE . Scroll down and click on "Rudy Vallee - Royal Gelatin Hour" (fourth from the bottom). Scroll down to the episode from 38-04-28 (Guest - Ezra Stone). Vallee's interview of MacDougall begins at ...
by Brad Jeffers
November 5th, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Devilish
Replies: 21
Views: 1854

Re: Devilish

These imps have been trying to influence me for quite sometime now ...

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by Brad Jeffers
November 1st, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 36
Views: 4639

Re: New John Thompson Book

Michael Close wrote:Just thought you might like the opinion of someone who knows the man and who is familiar with the material.

When someone writes a book, the opinion of their close friends is always helpful.
by Brad Jeffers
October 29th, 2017, 6:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series
Replies: 19
Views: 1760

Re: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series

Christopher1979 wrote: I have seen two sets, one is called series "Y" and another set called series "C".

WHY would anyone pay $1900 for the Y set once they SEE that the C set can be had for $725? ;)
by Brad Jeffers
October 29th, 2017, 5:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series
Replies: 19
Views: 1760

Re: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series

Quoting from this listing on Ebay ... "Offered here is a complete set of the Cervon Castle Notebooks in absolutely LIKE NEW condition with three of the volumes still in their original shrink wrap. A group of 26 sets, known as the Alphabet Series, were put aside by Bruce's Widow & L&L fo...
by Brad Jeffers
October 16th, 2017, 11:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?
Replies: 19
Views: 1865

Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

If someone wants to solve this mystery and get to the truth, here's a cover card copy for only $37.
by Brad Jeffers
October 12th, 2017, 1:28 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Original Stars of Magic in Binder
Replies: 8
Views: 931

Re: WTB: Original Stars of Magic in Binder

You will be able to bid on this nice one in 16 days 9 hours and 31 minutes.
by Brad Jeffers
October 12th, 2017, 1:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 1544

Re: Forces

Besides I don't trust his "test" even if it exists in the first place which I highly doubt. I somewhat doubt it myself. On a scale of 0-100 I would rate my level of doubt at around 45. If someone cares to delve more into this scientific study of "the most free and fair" selectio...
by Brad Jeffers
October 8th, 2017, 10:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Beginning of the Sentence
Replies: 14
Views: 1475

Re: The Beginning of the Sentence

The strongest effect in magic is the creation of life.
by Brad Jeffers
September 29th, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Casual Card Count? question
Replies: 14
Views: 1866

Re: The Casual Card Count? question

Just curious ...
What trick that utilizes an Elmsley count, do you think would be improved by using an "Elmsley shuffle"?
by Brad Jeffers
September 25th, 2017, 4:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 9
Views: 1430

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

Jon, Must I do all the legwork for you!? :) The url of the picture of the cards that I suggested, should have led you to HERE . From there you translate the page to English and then click on Paitnik playing cards (unless you are fluent in German - then you skip the translation and go directly to Pai...
by Brad Jeffers
September 22nd, 2017, 2:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 9
Views: 1430

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

You can find a pack to match the Royal Fantasy cards HERE.

Why you would want to do so is beyond me, as the back design on these cards is without a doubt the ugliest I have ever seen!

I suggest you find a deck of THESE and make your own gaffed court card.

That's what I did.
by Brad Jeffers
September 17th, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2997

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

and although I've never seen Kolty perform the Knights Tour, I would posit that he, being a chess player as opposed to a performer capable of the absolute command of any given stage, likely couldn't hold a candle to Peter Reveen when speaking of a PERFORMANCE of the Knights Tour that was designed t...
by Brad Jeffers
September 15th, 2017, 3:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2997

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

I actually saw Reveen do the Knight's tour live. It was the best I have ever seen do it. Mind you the fact that I have never seen anyone else do it may have some bearing on that matter! I too have only seen one performance of the Knight's tour. It was not done by a magician, but by Chess Grandmaste...
by Brad Jeffers
August 19th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 3300

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

If you perform Sam the Bellhop, how do you cover an occasional goof, like one card in the wrong place? It is not possible to have just one card in the wrong place. The smallest number of misplaced cards you can have is two. The most likely scenario is that if you turn up one wrong card, there will ...

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