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by Brad Jeffers
January 12th, 2019, 1:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Leave the Blindfold Drive to the magicians
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: Leave the Blindfold Drive to the magicians

Is the blindfold drive really impressive these days, in a world where cars can drive themselves?
by Brad Jeffers
January 11th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 38
Views: 1535

Re: Untouched

Daryl’s specific contribution was the presentation that justified each and every action of the routine. I’ve seen a lot of people do the trick and they miss parts of it. I looked for a video of Daryl performing this trick but the closest I could find was Michael Ammar performing Daryl's Untouched ....
by Brad Jeffers
January 8th, 2019, 3:34 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1442

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Here is Don Cox teaching the method he learned from Ron Estes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBj3rIGOxsM. And here is Al Angello teaching the method he learned from Don Cox (who learned it from Ron Estes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E8knp2uxn0. And here is Chris Kenner teaching a different met...
by Brad Jeffers
December 31st, 2018, 4:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

The finest cut stripper deck I ever had was a Bicycle deck which I purchased at a grocery store.
It wasn't supposed to be a stripper deck, but due to poor quality control it was!
by Brad Jeffers
December 31st, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Britland on magic, attention and deception
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Re: David Britland on magic, attention and deception

... if such evidence had been presented, there would have been more than enough for reasonable doubt and an acquittal of Mr. Conley on the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Conley was sentenced to 34 months in prison. After a lengthy process of appeals the charges were eventually dismi...
by Brad Jeffers
December 29th, 2018, 2:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What did you receive for the holidays?
Replies: 9
Views: 634

Re: What did you receive for the holidays?

For Christmas I was given tickets to The World of Illusion magic show at the Savannah Theatre. The Savannah Theatre is a wonderful venue, having been in continuous operation since 1812. It's on Chippewa Square, which was the location for this famous movie scene . About six steps away from the where ...
by Brad Jeffers
December 28th, 2018, 2:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I avoid doing any magic effect that utilizes a technological device, which in it's normal everyday use, does things that are more amazing than the trick I am doing with it.
Therefore, I would also be inclined to avoid using any patter that makes an allusion to such devices.
by Brad Jeffers
December 24th, 2018, 10:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick
Replies: 12
Views: 762

Re: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick

I still remember the shock of this identity revelation when we learn that **** and *** are one and the same. I don't see how a film director can overcome this identity problem. This trick cannot logically be captured on film without destroying the surprise element. How about the character V******t ...
by Brad Jeffers
December 20th, 2018, 5:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 70
Views: 8672

Re: Ricky Jay Death

by Brad Jeffers
December 20th, 2018, 4:21 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: split manipulation tecnique who created?
Replies: 9
Views: 981

Re: split manipulation tecnique who created?

"The first time I ever saw Split Fans, which was before I ever met Cardini and probably before Channing Pollack was even born, was shown to me by a fellow named Ardo the Frog man. He was an Australian contortionist who dressed like a frog and acted like a frog all through the act, but his hobby...
by Brad Jeffers
November 26th, 2018, 4:23 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4754

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Peter Ross wrote:A ten-year-old girl does not want to grow up to be a cardman, or a spaceman for that matter.
I would like to get this person's opinion.
by Brad Jeffers
November 25th, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4754

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Maybe this will help you, Bill: http://www.writinghelp-central.com/gender-neutral.html I don't think Bill needs any help, but this list does give plenty of fodder to those trying to point out the ofttimes inherent ridiculousness in trying to replace commonly used words with gender-neutral substitut...
by Brad Jeffers
October 12th, 2018, 4:44 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 12
Views: 4288

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

Vernon once told me that he had cut silhouettes on Broughton Street here in Savannah. David Ben gives the date as Dec. 4, 1929. I would be interested if anyone could tell me the exact address of the Broughton Street storefront from which Vernon worked. (When I say anyone, I really mean Bill Mullins ...
by Brad Jeffers
October 5th, 2018, 6:03 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: looking for a specific card deck...
Replies: 11
Views: 7036

Re: looking for a specific card deck...

The one Mastermind deck I purchased does indeed not spread evenly.
For me, this makes the deck useless.
by Brad Jeffers
October 1st, 2018, 1:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Magic Venue in London
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: New Magic Venue in London

... to compete for fame and fortune. Fame & Fortune! When it comes to fortune, I believe no magician will ever surpass the accomplishment of David Copperfield. His record in that department will stand until the end of time. When it comes to fame however, Houdini has a lock on that. A hundred ye...
by Brad Jeffers
September 29th, 2018, 2:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7008
Views: 2066662

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. wrote:In reality neither Richard or I are any more right or wrong than the other.
No, in reality one of you is right and one of you is wrong.
by Brad Jeffers
September 25th, 2018, 1:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1925

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

A Google search will lead you to THIS.
by Brad Jeffers
September 22nd, 2018, 9:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Large Collection of Marlo Personal Archives for Sale Ebay
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: Large Collection of Marlo Personal Archives for Sale Ebay

Sold for $1277.52
You never answered Mr. Charming's question.
I am curious also.
by Brad Jeffers
September 7th, 2018, 4:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 5120

Re: About doing magic

I have also encountered two people that, upon observing an ambitions card routine, expressed the thought that, “… that is how cards behave.” I'm thinking of appropriating this for use as a tag line when doing a series of card tricks. When I finish the first trick I will explain that of course I don...
by Brad Jeffers
September 5th, 2018, 3:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 5120

Re: About doing magic

The Too Perfect principle is Too Silly. Magic generally requires five steps: Precondition, change, post condition, review, conclusion. In Too Perfect tricks, one or more of these steps are missing. Please give an example of a "too perfect trick" and point out which of the five steps is mi...
by Brad Jeffers
September 3rd, 2018, 6:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 5120

Re: About doing magic

What's funny is that the aces being there "by accident" is the effect. You have somehow bucked the 1 in 270,725 odds of this happening. A once in a lifetime occurrence. A minor miracle! The mathematics of the situation being lost on the woman, I wonder what kind of response Jennings would ...
by Brad Jeffers
September 3rd, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 5120

Re: About doing magic

Once I watched Larry Jennings do a card trick for a young lady. He had her cut the deck into four stacks. Then the top cards were turned over to reveal aces. She did not respond. Larry inquired and the lady said the aces were there by accident. The lady could have been right. Read this blog post fr...
by Brad Jeffers
September 2nd, 2018, 7:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin Willman's Magic For Humans
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Re: Justin Willman's Magic For Humans

But magic on TV is like ventriloquism on the radio. It is hard to engage with since it doesn't truly deceive you. Does ventriloquism in person truly deceive anyone? Children perhaps. However, ventriloquists unlike magicians do not rely on deception to create a magical experience. There's something ...
by Brad Jeffers
August 31st, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 5120

Re: About doing magic

Al Schneider wrote:Now the same routine can be done in your birthday suit.
I plan on making a video of it and sharing here.
:o
by Brad Jeffers
August 24th, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 3392

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

I agree with Ian.
Using the sword analogy, the effect of mental floss is like sword swallowing, whereas the effect of blockhead is a little closer to sword through the neck.
Given the method used in blockhead, what is the purpose of THIS ?
by Brad Jeffers
August 20th, 2018, 2:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 5426

Re: -on Natural Double Lifts

Is the intention to mime sliding the top card over using the left thumb? Where's the performer's eye contact/focus during these actions? My focus during these actions is on the cards and my hands, as that is where I want the audience's focus to be. Done correctly, the double lift creates a perfect ...
by Brad Jeffers
July 30th, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 5426

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

Another useful tip I saw Bill Goodwin give once (in The Penumbra magazine) can be used from time to time as well (depending on the purpose of the move). The idea is that as the second card (actually a double card) arrives in your hand - you spread it to show 2 cards. And as the final 2 cards arrive...
by Brad Jeffers
July 26th, 2018, 12:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Purse Frames
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: purse frames

I was just recently looking around for a good purse frame and ended up buying 5 of THESE.
I was very pleased.
I like the way they look, and the quality is a notch above those I've purchased from magic dealers in the past.
by Brad Jeffers
July 23rd, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7008
Views: 2066662

Re: ERDNASE

Bjorn Hanson wrote: so E. S. Andrews is a "semordnilap".
I prefer the more mellifluous term anadrome to the clever but rather clunky semordnilap.
by Brad Jeffers
July 23rd, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3239

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Danny Cole fooled them with this very neat trick.
Apparently thread was not used, in which case it fooled me too.
Really beautiful.
by Brad Jeffers
July 23rd, 2018, 4:18 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 22
Views: 3422

Re: psychology of a standing ovation and little tricks on it

On volume one of Trilogy of Magic, consummate professional Johnny Ace Palmer gives a standing ovation technique which he developed for use in his award winning close-up act.

You can see it in action HERE.
by Brad Jeffers
July 12th, 2018, 4:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 1339

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: 1339

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: 2595

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: 1377

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: 1959

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 ~

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