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by Joe Mckay
March 16th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8748

Re: The Magic Rainbow

"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." - Warren Buffett
by Joe Mckay
March 16th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 39
Views: 3667

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

Andy over at The Jerx has some interesting thoughts on this discussion.

I linked to them as part of a post I wrote on this topic.

https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=50842&start=40#p346132
by Joe Mckay
March 6th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steven Youell is in a bad place
Replies: 11
Views: 3307

Steven Youell is in a bad place

A friend of Steven's asked me to get the word out on this.

If anyone wants to help - here is the link:

https://www.gofundme.com/wife-took-all-the-money-and-left
by Joe Mckay
February 20th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth
Replies: 8
Views: 991

Re: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth

He never ages! That is his best trick right there.

Wait a minute. No - The Reformation is his best trick.

Still not a bad second best trick to have in your act!
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?
Replies: 7
Views: 718

Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?

Here is an interesting tidbit from The Book of Numbers - Volume 3 by Docc Hilford. This is from page 47. Now, perform the envelope switch. The history of this move goes back to a gag used by Charlie Chaplin. It's contemporary use is based on a gypsy envelope switch used in a con game, but I've seen ...
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5133

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Hey Bob,

The method you mentioned sounds like a tweak to the David Britland approach to the rising cards plot (using elastic loops).

https://www.lybrary.com/angel-card-rise-plus-p-33329.html

https://www.lybrary.com/card-kinetics-p-245836.html
by Joe Mckay
February 13th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8748

Re: The Magic Rainbow

The Deland book was under-priced.

200 bucks would have been a fairer price.
by Joe Mckay
February 11th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 151
Views: 35196

Re: DeLand

Here is the video of Richard Kaufman demonstrating The Perfection Changing Card by Theodore Deland.

It is something he uploaded to Facebook a couple of months ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6pQeRXZsCA
by Joe Mckay
February 8th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Paul Harris had a wonderful bluff vanish. The great thing with Paul is you can spend years re-reading his stuff, and eventually you discover another wonderful idea that you had somehow missed all these years. This is because his books are packed with great ideas. I will keep the name of the trick se...
by Joe Mckay
January 29th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Cheers, Leo!

What a great story. Pete Biro was the best.
by Joe Mckay
January 28th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I remember reading about a debate once between two famous magicians. One was arguing that the final load had to be bigger than the cups themselves. The other was arguing the size didn't matter. All that mattered was that the final load was something visually surprising such as a lemon. The guy argui...
by Joe Mckay
January 28th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

The Japan Ingenious book has an interested magic trick (using gimmicked cups) based on the penetrating cup through cup flourish/optical illusion.
by Joe Mckay
January 27th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Does the cups penetrating each other really fool people?

I have always doubted that.
by Joe Mckay
January 27th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

What is the logic behind the false explanation?

Can somebody give me a quick run though?
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 11:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

My favourite routine by Ricky Jay was his cups & balls.

It is beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwF1ec4Ji7Y
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 11:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I don't perform the Cups & Balls, but I still have a recommendation. You see - I am a big fan of Peter Kane. And as part of my study of his work I discovered a very clever cups & balls sequence he put together. The construction is sneaky. Tommy Wonder was a big fan of it as well and he teach...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The end of a magic institution
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Re: The end of a magic institution

I knew nothing about the show the first few times I saw it. I just kept thinking it was a strange coincidence that I kept finding myself watching variety shows the first night I watched TV anytime I arrived somewhere in Europe. This must be the show Tommy Wonder had in mind when he spoke about the r...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Newspell by Martin Gardner
Replies: 3
Views: 557

Re: Newspell by Martin Gardner

Here is a card speller I like. It is clever but also a bit dumb. It is a Bob Hummer idea. It is called The Puzzling Speller. Have six extra cards that match your deck such that they spell out with 10-11-12-13-14-15 letters. For example AC-6H-JS-8H-9D-QD. Go through the deck and take out these cards ...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Cheers, magicfish.

Your passion for magic comes through in everything you post. And I respect that. Hopefully we can have more productive conversations elsewhere on the forum.

Agreeing to disagree is a sensible way to draw a line under all this.

Have a great weekend!
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Andy doesn't hate women.

You have to separate out humour from reality.

People saying stuff to be funny is not the same as them setting out their ethical code or worldview.
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I read a lot as well. It helps not having a TV. But I think the internet is effectively the new TV these days. And I spend a lot of time on there. Or should I say - on here...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

magicfish? If you email Andy he will happily post any criticisms you have on his site. Although he will probably comment on what you wrote and point out anything silly you say. He has done this before with other critics who have contacted him in order to vent. He is pretty relaxed about having peopl...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

My big problem with the "Aristrocrats" documentary was that there was no racism. Not a single shred of it. And I was really annoyed at that. The whole point of this so-called legendary joke is to be as offensive as humanly possible. Rape, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, the holocaust - lit...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I am not super knowledgeable about NASA or the Nazis. But my understanding is that von Braun should have been hanged as a war criminal. However he was too valuable to the Americans who recruited him instead as part of Operation Paperclip. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

But seriously - Wernher von Braun was evil. And he was the most important person in the early days of NASA.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I look at magic like a fractal. You can zoom in as much as you want. And you can zoom out as much as you want. But it makes no difference. At every level you will find something about this multi-faceted art that is fascinating. So if your magic microscope is not set to the same focal length as Andy'...
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Fair point!
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

A lot of people are overlooking the serious issue of the extreme (and insane) lengths the Magic Cafe were planning on going to in order to pull down his old blog.
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

All this talk about sexual predators reminds me of my favourite piece of comedy magic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNQ6_1GCVVA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRxAkNvnxhI
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

As for Andy's blog. Something that has become clear to me is that Andy gets more excited when he hears feedback from people who have performed his work, and are in a position to offer interesting feedback. And perhaps further suggestions. Here is a quote from his blog: This year was really the firs...
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

If people want to attack Andy - that is fine by me. Andy is more than capable of defending himself. And I am more than capable of sticking up for him as well since whilst he has been involved in a number of feuds/controversies over the years - it is clear to me that his behavior has been reasonable ...
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

One other thing. Would it be possible to lock this thread? Year Three of The Jerx is finished. And hopefully Year Four will be starting soon. If magicfish wants to attack Andy he can start a new thread specifically for that purpose. Rather than clutter this one up. Andy feels there is too much discu...
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

magicfish appears to have a grudge with Andy. He probably has some kind of connection to The Magic Café. It is all very confusing. But I just want to remind people that Andy & me are two different people. This is something else magicfish appears to be confused about. magicfish is also (deliberat...
by Joe Mckay
January 16th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1532

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

Cheers, Jonathan! I used the start of the quote you gave to carry out a search on google. I then came across the quote from the book on a different forum: "When I asked Bob why he’s still a magic buff his answer, in part, was “I know the usual rationale for magic interest is related to ego, but...
by Joe Mckay
January 16th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1532

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

My favourite quote is by Bob Farmer. It is buried away in Best of Friends - Volume 3 by Harry Lorayne. It is something along the lines of magic consisting of a series of events which make sense in order, but appear magical when presented in another order. I have probably butchered this quote. Any ch...
by Joe Mckay
January 13th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 18
Views: 1685

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

Here is a fun illusion by Charles Waller called Transmogrification.

It appeared in Greater Magic, GENII and the Mark Wilson Book of Magic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KzXMhKUuI4
by Joe Mckay
January 13th, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 18
Views: 1685

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

Charles Waller was very interesting. I never understood why his work is not discussed more often. I first heard about his work after Jeff Busby reviewed one of his books in an old newsletter advertising a mixture of old & new books. He said he was the Paul Harris of his day, and that was more th...
by Joe Mckay
January 9th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1532

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

He probably meant this to be taken in a very straightforward way. A bit like when comedians talk about the rule of three. Sure there are exceptions. But even then - you can usually find a way to make it fit the rule if you want to force the point.
by Joe Mckay
January 8th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1593

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Does anyone know which is the best method to learn?
by Joe Mckay
January 7th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1532

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

I first came across this quote in Jennings '67.

It is a very interesting quote. Both smart & stupid at the same time. I often find myself mulling over it.

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