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by Joe Mckay
September 10th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dying on stage
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Re: Dying on stage

You can see the clip of him dying on stage here. The audience thought it was part of the act. RK EDIT: IT'S DISGRACEFUL THAT THE CLIP OF COOPER DYING FOUND ITS WAY OUT OF THE VAULT AND I HAVE REMOVED THE LINK. COOPER DESERVES SOME DIGNITY, WHICH DOESN'T INCLUDE PEOPLE GAWKING AND WATCHING HIM DIE ON...
by Joe Mckay
September 1st, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Here is Max Maven writing about Richard Kaufman. This is from the Nov/Dec 2012 special double issue of Genii magazine to celebrate its 75th anniversary. So, he certainly had the knowledge and skills to take over the editorial reins of Genii. The question, as many openly wondered, was if he had the t...
by Joe Mckay
August 30th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Jonathan Pendragon is another magician who has spoken about having Asperger's syndrome.
by Joe Mckay
August 30th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I just finished reading a book about Asperger's syndrome. In there is a fascianting detail. Basically a simple typo back in the 90's when DSM III was published led to a massive increase in the number of people being diagnosed with autism. The gist of it is this. The word "and" was accident...
by Joe Mckay
August 30th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn Jillette on the Joe Rogan podcast
Replies: 0
Views: 339

Penn Jillette on the Joe Rogan podcast

Penn Jillette just did a 2 hour interview on the Joe Rogan podcast. It is the biggest podcast in the world and these interviews always have a very different flavour to the more formal one you see on TV. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet but it should be good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by Joe Mckay
August 28th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Steve Cohen profile
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Steve Cohen profile

Steve Cohen is a genius. I think a lot about his work. Mark Levy is one of the smartest people in magic and I am sure a lot of Steve's success is due to their fruitful collaboration. Genii magazine had a great profile on Steve Cohen about ten years ago (September 2008). The recent booklet from Vanis...
by Joe Mckay
August 24th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I just watched a bunch of talks given by people with Asperger's syndrome.

God they are annoying. I can see now why I irritate so many people.
by Joe Mckay
August 22nd, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

Re: Who invented this control?

Here is a cool version of The Open Principle. It makes sneaky use of the PM Principle and works great as a magician fooler.

http://www.mallofmagic.com/free%20stuff/BTROMF.pdf
by Joe Mckay
August 21st, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 12
Views: 1293

Re: Who invented this control?

Harry Riser has a really cool trick using this principle. It also uses a faro shuffle and the combination will definitely end up fooling you. It is just impossible to work out why it works. The trick is called The Forgotten Sunken Prediction and it is in the March 2006 issue of MUM. It is described ...
by Joe Mckay
August 20th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Digital May Issue of Genii Now Live Online
Replies: 10
Views: 2343

Re: Digital May Issue of Genii Now Live Online

Great stuff Tom! Really cool seeing that routine come to life.
by Joe Mckay
August 17th, 2019, 1:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

One hpothesis I have is that people with Aspergers syndrome are drug addicts. And the drug is intellectual stimulation. As such the reason they ignore social niceties is because they find them boring and tiring. And would rather engage in social interactions that are riskier but more stimulating. So...
by Joe Mckay
August 17th, 2019, 12:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

This is a brilliant article about Aspergers syndrome. It is too good not to share. It takes a look at the rise of Aspergers syndrome from a fairly skeptical point of view. The article tries to drill into the idea of how many people have a disability and how many just hide behind the label to justify...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I went through the Tarbell books recently. Not a lot jumped out at me. But there is so much in there it really depends what you are looking for. That said - the basis of a lot of things can be traced back to there. So it depends from what perspective you view the material. I am probably too jaded to...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

That Eddie Fetcher trick is very good. So is the Fred Braue (although I think I saw it credited to Vernon once?) bent card finish for the Ambitious Card. I remember Blaine doing that finish for the Ambitious Card on a talk show once. I had been studying magic for about 5 years and had never actually...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

How come the most famous magicians in the world - the ones regularly on TV - are performing the visual one-trick download type material that I praise in the posts above?

I never see them dig out something by Jennings, Cervon or Vernon.
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I don't like The Beatles either. I find it really hard comparing stuff from the past with the best of today.
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I am prepared to be wrong in this argument. In fact I would be delighted to be wrong.

So line up and take your best shots.
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

haha - yes - well of the old dudes I do prefer those lot. I think Jerry Sadowitz is the best card magician America has ever produced. Elmsley is the best card magician Scotland has ever produced. And Walton is the best card magician England has ever produced. So - I do have one American in my list. ...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Final post: If you are only interested in ungaffed card magic - then books are the way to go. But looking at magic as a whole, I think a lot of book snobs (and I am one of them) are missing out on some real miracles that are being released into the magic marketplace. Sure there is a lot of rubbish. ...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Here are a couple of other posts I made to help make this argument: I do keep up to date with the latest tricks. I never really buy any of them. But since so few magic books are released these days (although things are starting to pick up), I like to keep an eye on what creators are bringing to the ...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Magicians go mad when I make this point. I made the same point on the Conjure Nation back in 2015. Here is what I wrote back then. I started a thread called 'Magic books = weaker magic?" Here are the main posts I made in that thread. Here was my opening post: Like all you guys, I love magic boo...
by Joe Mckay
August 10th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Anyway - the above is irrelvent in any case. The young kids of today are streets ahead of anything the old dudes came up with. The internet has bought an exponential increase in creativity over the past 20 years. As such it is hard to get excited about dusty old notebooks from 50 years ago. Although...
by Joe Mckay
August 10th, 2019, 11:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 74990

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I think they were a disappointment because Vernon, Cervon and Jennings are kinda' overrated.

A book of unpublished ideas from the likes of Alex Elmsley, Jerry Sadowitz or Roy Walton would be far more exciting.
by Joe Mckay
August 10th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I think Jack makes a good point. Children are often smarter than they let on. And would rather screw around with an experiment by pretending to be dumber than they really are. Apparently this is quite common. I heard that from the age of 6 onwards - kids are smart enough to pretend they still believ...
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 5 Things 3 Ways
Replies: 8
Views: 1062

Re: 5 Things 3 Ways

Bob? Did you see this post???
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

If there was a cure for Asperger's syndrome - I wouldn't take it. It offers a lot more positives than downsides. I just found the diagnosis helpful since it made me realise that my preferences are deep-seated ones. And not irrational ones that I can "manage" away by looking at things diffe...
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I would love to hear Richard discuss his thoughts on Aspergers as well.

No problem if he is not interested. I guess it is a bit of a personal subject.
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Thanks to the responses from those who knew Stewart James well who have doubted my "diagnosis" of him. I thought there would be more takers for my suggestion. But nevermind. As an earlier poster said - a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. It is not a case of "projection" on m...
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Are we doing jokes now? Here is my favourite joke.

Why is divorce so expensive?

Because it is worth it.
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

There is an ingenious test used on children to see if they have grasped the concept of Theory of Mind. If they fail the test then it is a powerful indicator that they may be Autistic. http://www.educateautism.com/infographics/sally-anne-test.html I was really captured by how simple and clever this t...
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

That was very much my reaction as well Jack when I got diagnosed. I felt it was just a meaningless label. But I do think it goes a bit deeper than that. It is a common misconception that everyone is a "little bit autistic". An important point to remember is that people on the spectrum have...
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 1:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Apologies if the above comes across as a bit strong David! That was not my intention. I just had a lot of points to cover and I am about to go to bed, so I don't have time to write it all down in a way that makes me sound more composed! :-)
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 1:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

David Ben says that he never saw Stewart James being distressed by certain sounds. But we have it from Stewart James himself that he was. So that is not even an issue up for debate. Also - I know from my own experience that it is very easy to hide a sensitivity to something. Most people don't know I...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

My favourite way to listen to music is by watching music videos on YouTube. I really like the interplay between a great song and an equally great video. In light of my diagnosis - I have noticed something interesting. A music video is scripted to communicate the emotion of a song. As such - with the...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

In my opinion, people with Aspergers tend to be a little less creative than normal people. But they make up for in several ways such that they end up being perceived as more creative than normal people. People with Aspergers tend to think in terms of connections. So if you ask them a question - that...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Cheers Craig!
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I remember Michael Close saying a similar thing. He described himself as having perfect pitch. Not just musically (since he is an accomplished pianist) but in terms of seeing what is wrong with a trick. Honing in on the part of a trick that needs fixing, removing or justifying. It is one of those od...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Here is an interesting hypothesis as to why hyperfocus may have evolved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_vs._farmer_hypothesis What is a little depressing about hyperfocus is that you can be very smart and very hard working. But only in areas that absorb you . As such - a lot of people in this ...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5465

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I remember Richard Kaufman writing about Larry Jennings. He wrote about Larry's unabashed love for magic. He followed this up with a comment about how magic was like an addiction or illness for a lot of magicians. I forget the exact wording. But it is a comment I have always thought about. Perhaps w...

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