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by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 4:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 40
Views: 4454

Re: The Jerx Year Three

It is interesting trying to find tricks that could go well with Google Home. My sense is that most self-working/mathematical card tricks will be able to be adapted in this way. Miraskill would be a good one to use in this way. Of course - dressing up an old mathematical card trick in this way is not...
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Okay - just found this.

Here is Richard Kaufman discussing the proposed Richard Himber GENII issue a few years ago:

https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=3443
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Here are a few interesting tidbits about Himber. In Hugard's Magic Monthly - Frederick Braue had a poll where he asked magicians to nominate their 5 favourite card tricks. Richard Himber's response was this: 1) OUT OF THIS WORLD 2) OUT OF THIS WORLD 3) OUT OF THIS WORLD 4) OUT OF THIS WORLD 5) OUT O...
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 1:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Hey Richard,

I read on the Magic Cafe (back in 2011) that you were once considering a GENII issue devoted to Richard Himber.

I think that would be a very good idea. He is a forgotten genius of magic.

Anyway - just wanted to start a thread to encourage you as regards that idea!
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Into The Copperfield Zone
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: Into The Copperfield Zone

I love reading about people's visits to this private museum.

Thanks so much for writing up your trip. I am going to savour it later on.
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 40
Views: 4454

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I just spent an enjoyable couple of works researching variations based around the hoary 'Trick That Fooled Einstein' principle. Which is pretty much one of the most uninteresting things you can do for a layperson compared to what else magic can offer. So if Andy is setting out to cure magician's of...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

The book Grant's Secret Service tips a sneaky method that Houdini used to escape from handcuffs that he felt were impossible to open.

U.F. Grant also tips a clever principle for finding a hidden object under challenge conditions that I have not seen before. He once used it to fool Houdini at a party.
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

The same issue has a handling for Paul Curry's Touch effect that turns it into a telephone trick using any randomly called spectators. It is always interesting how much more effective a trick can be when using spectators over the phone for part of it. This is also one of the best ways to perform the...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Here is another trick from the same issue. Have a bank of 13 cards in Ace to King order but in different suits at the bottom of the deck. Have a card selected - avoiding the 13 cards at the bottom of the deck. Cut off about 2/3 of the deck and have the card returned. This places the selected card un...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Here is something else from the Linking Ring issue mentioned before. It uses a Si Stebbins stack - although of course you memorized deck freakz can use a memorized deck instead. -------------- A magician leaves the room and a spectator cuts the deck and places the first card cut to in their left poc...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

In the same issue of the Linking Ring that Bob mentions above - there is a nice trick called Grant's Triple Stop With Cards. It is an application of the Roshomon principle most commonly seen in versions of the Tossed Out deck. A deck of cards is shuffled - 3 cards are freely chosen and then shuffled...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 19
Views: 541

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

I remember Ed Marlo saying that if you removed a sleight from a trick that was a good thing. But if you keep removing them until no sleights at all are needed - you are usually left with a self-working monstrosity.

Joe
by Joe Mckay
February 22nd, 2018, 4:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 13
Views: 448

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Can't wait to check out Alexander de Cova in GENII. He is a brilliant thinker!
by Joe Mckay
February 22nd, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 19
Views: 541

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

Yeah - Mike used to quote that rule a lot. I have such fond memories of his time at MAGIC magazine. He is my all-time favourite magic reviewer. I remember Darwin following it up by saying he didn't think making a trick easier was necessarily an improvement. Since how difficult a trick is should not ...
by Joe Mckay
February 21st, 2018, 9:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 27
Views: 4925

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Good call!

I read this awhile ago and really enjoyed it. He did a great job uncovering hidden gems.
by Joe Mckay
February 18th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 27
Views: 4925

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Indeed - here is a link to what Denis Behr has to say:

http://archive.denisbehr.de/list/person/832?highlight=37716
by Joe Mckay
February 18th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 27
Views: 4925

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

I just looked up Traveling Aces. I am pretty sure that is a Stewart James trick. Check out Simplicity Four-Ace Trick in 'Stewart James - The First Fifty Years.'
by Joe Mckay
February 16th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

http://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/search?keyword=weber+photocopier

Goodness I am giving away all the good stuff in this thread! Please forget I ever mentioned this trick.

Thankyou.
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

U.F. Grant's Cheek-To-Cheek deck is interesting. Not so much for the U.F. Grant version but for the routine using it that Michael Weber put together. It is one of the strongest tricks in magic.
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Remember To Forget next time. :-)
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

This control has a lot going for it. First of all - I would be tempted to use the advertising/poker rules card that comes with most decks of playing cards. It is usually a double-sided card, and you can pretend you left it in there by mistake. You would then cut the card to the top and remove it. Th...
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

The Whoops! Control Here is a sneaky card control by U.F. Grant from The New Phoenix. The bottom card of the face-down deck is secretly reversed. Dribble the cards and have a spectator choose one by calling slop during the dribble. As the spectators note the chosen card, replace the rest of the dec...
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 12:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4889

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Ha - you got me beat!
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4889

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Andy has some interesting thoughts about what makes a good souvenir for the end of a magic trick: http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/4/28/remembrance-of-things-past He also came up with the best souvenir in the history of magic. http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/3/15/pixelatedpixilated
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 10216

Re: Roy Walton

Thanks for the correction. I was sure you had grabbed a copy of the wrong magic magazine altogether!
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 27
Views: 4925

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

In the July, 1993 issue of MAGIC magazine - Michael Weber did something unusual with his product review column. Instead of reviewing the latest books - he recommended books that were published 40-50 years earlier that he felt more magicians should be familiar with. There is a lot of great material '...
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 10216

Re: Roy Walton

John Derris interviews Roy Walton in the October, 1999 issue of The Magic Circular. And it is the August, 1998 issue of GENII that has the cover story on Roy Walton. This is Volume 61, No.4. Dan Witkowski is on the cover of the April, 1988 issue of The Linking Ring. He has never been on the cover of...
by Joe Mckay
February 13th, 2018, 9:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 33
Views: 11323

Re: Stewart James

One of my main interests in magic is the study of principles, where they come from and how they can be applied in new ways. It is clear that this was Stewart's main goal in magic as well. More than inventing a new trick, new sleight or new effect - his main goal was to discover a new principle . And...
by Joe Mckay
February 11th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: David Williamson & Colin Cloud performance and interview for Google in London
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: David Williamson & Colin Cloud performance and interview for Google in London

Great to see David nail the Unshuffled routine. He also has the best presentation for this trick I have seen.
by Joe Mckay
February 10th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4889

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Joe Mckay wrote:The invisible deck. And it is one of the first tricks that most magicians learn in their first couple of months in magic.

Sorry - just wanted to correct my massive typo from earlier in the thread. Even though I am sure most people knew what I was trying to say!
by Joe Mckay
February 10th, 2018, 5:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4889

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I have this weird theory about magic. The invisible deck. And it is one of the first tricks that most magicians. As such - magicians spend most of their time learning tricks that interest them rather than tricks that will impress laypeople. Since any new trick they learn is bound to be weaker than t...
by Joe Mckay
February 9th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 10216

Re: Roy Walton

There was a brief Q&A with Roy in an old issue of Opus magazine. In a different issue there is a tribute from Roy to mark the death of Dai Vernon. Roy really admired Vernon. No surprise there. I am hoping the old issues of Opus issue will be scanned and available to download online sometime soon...
by Joe Mckay
February 9th, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 40
Views: 4454

Re: The Jerx Year Three

by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Lodestones
Replies: 13
Views: 8747

Re: Lodestones

Just realised that the Tommy Wonder deck switch is another example of Change Blindness in magic.
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2018, 1:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

'They're Off' by U.F. Grant and Frank Lane contains a sneaky principle that allows you to read cards as a spectator holds them. Recently I saw this same principle used by Tenyo in one of their Plus One mentalism effects.
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Zenith Master Mental Act contains a brilliant telephone trick designed to be done over the air on live TV. See page 5. You can find a free copy of the manuscript online over at the Australian state library of Victoria. http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au/view/action/singleViewer.do?dvs=1518026573057~821&a...
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Hey MagicbyAlfred - I just came across the advice you mentioned. You were right!

U.F. Grant did give the advice about building a career around mastering five good close-up tricks. See page 6 of Valuable Information For Magicians.
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2018, 11:59 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Future of Magic Collectibles?
Replies: 13
Views: 1012

Re: The Future of Magic Collectibles?

There is a great post over here about a magician's first visit to see Ken Klosterman's legendary collection:

http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/a-story-about-one-of-our-great-collectors-ken-klosterman-7939671

Ken seems like a very generous and very kind gentleman.

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