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by Joe Mckay
January 14th, 2021, 7:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad news - Siegfried has passed away
Replies: 5
Views: 732

Re: Sad news - Siegfried has passed away

This is so sad... about nine months since Roy Horn died.

So tragic.

RIP
by Joe Mckay
January 13th, 2021, 10:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Interview with David Regal
Replies: 12
Views: 829

Interview with David Regal

Here is a new interview with David Regal.

He is one of the most creative people in the history of magic.

It is always a joy listening to him talk about magic - there is nobody I enjoy listening to more than David.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEJHou3MTEQ
by Joe Mckay
January 12th, 2021, 1:15 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Equivoque force: psychology paper
Replies: 29
Views: 1271

Re: Equivoque force: psychology paper

The Jerx had some interesting thoughts that are related to this area.

https://www.thejerx.com/blog/2018/7/1/the-tit
by Joe Mckay
January 6th, 2021, 6:22 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Linking Ring Magazine on CD-Rom
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Re: LF: Linking Ring Magazine on CD-Rom

If you join Ask Alexander - you will get access to this online.
by Joe Mckay
January 1st, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2020 In Review? Really? (Yes.)
Replies: 10
Views: 1033

Re: 2020 In Review? Really? (Yes.)

Amazing job as always.

Great work Dustin!
by Joe Mckay
December 27th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”
Replies: 36
Views: 2742

Re: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”

Hey Bob,

Teller gives you a shout-out here!

https://discourseinmagic.com/a-life-of-magic-with-teller/

Check out the 1hr 25mins 20secs mark.

It is a great interview.
by Joe Mckay
December 24th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: In Memoriam: Matthew Field
Replies: 2
Views: 940

Re: In Memoriam: Matthew Field

Matthew was a great guy.

His name was the first thing I would come across at the start of so many of my favourite magic books.

He was an important voice behind the scenes throughout the remarkable run of books that Richard Kaufman has created.
by Joe Mckay
December 23rd, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1186

Re: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?

Yes - I am. But in quite an unusual way.

Think The Amazing Johnathan meets Arthur Schopenhauer.

I think life is so meaningless that it is hilarious.

So - my worldview is rooted in that.
by Joe Mckay
December 14th, 2020, 2:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Re: Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)

Thanks Quentin!
by Joe Mckay
December 13th, 2020, 10:28 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Annemann's Practical Mental Effects (with Comments by Max Maven)
Replies: 42
Views: 45189

Re: Book of the Month: Annemann's Practical Mental Effects (with Comments by Max Maven)

Sorry for digging up an old thread! There was a discussion about the classics of mentalism (Corinda and Practical Mental Magic) on Facebook. And I just wanted to share what I wrote here as well, since I think there is a lot of confusion around exactly how magicians should "tackle" these tw...
by Joe Mckay
December 13th, 2020, 3:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Re: Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)

I am a big fan of her work. Strangley - I don't recognise this trick from her books. So that is odd.

Thanks for pointing this one out to me!
by Joe Mckay
December 12th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1186

Re: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?

Thanks for the suggestion - I will add it to my list. Cheers!
by Joe Mckay
December 12th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Re: Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)

Those are all new to me. Thanks a lot!
by Joe Mckay
December 12th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Looking for "korn" (aka comedy magic bits)

My vision for my close-up magic is really coming together well. I won't go into all the details just yet - but part of the structure will involve having something to "bounce" off. And some of that will consist of magic "gags". I am talking about the stuff that Karrell Fox and Bil...
by Joe Mckay
December 11th, 2020, 11:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Conflict in Magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1412

Re: Conflict in Magic?

That is brilliant - thanks for the reference!

I will go look up her work.

Any ideas I have are worthless until I get a chance to perform them. So, I appreciate the forbearance of those posters on here with more performing experience than I could ever hope to attain.

Thanks again!
by Joe Mckay
December 11th, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Conflict in Magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1412

Re: Conflict in Magic?

Spike Lee has an interesting critique of the trope used in the movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance. That said - I have never seen the movie. I came across his critique because I was researching a different movie trope - The Manic Pixie Dream Girl. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manic_Pixie_Dream_Girl
by Joe Mckay
December 11th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Best Movies You’ve Never Seen About Magicians
Replies: 3
Views: 1065

Re: Best Movies You’ve Never Seen About Magicians

One of my favourite movies is Rope by Alfred Hitchcock. I remember Penn Jillette saying it was his favourite movie as well. It is the only movie I have seen that plays out like a series of small magic tricks. It is delightfully ingenious. I must have watched it a hundred times now. The plot is simpl...
by Joe Mckay
December 11th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Conflict in Magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1412

Re: Conflict in Magic?

My goal is to perform real magic. Strong magic. This is not about playing a spoof magician who messes things up. I am just looking to couch the magic in a "low status" character who still loses even when he wins. By which I mean - because he is obsessed with acheiving a non-magic goal - he...
by Joe Mckay
December 11th, 2020, 3:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Conflict in Magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1412

Re: Conflict in Magic?

The successful completion of a magic trick is a "high status" move. So - if you are a "low status" character - there must be some goal you are trying to achieve that is more important to you than simply fooling people. And by failing in that bigger goal - you can bury your "...
by Joe Mckay
December 11th, 2020, 2:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Conflict in Magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1412

Re: Conflict in Magic?

I am thinking of reading a book called Impro by Keith Johnstone. It is a famous book and I believe he is also considered the "founder" of improv theatre. I saw him give a TED talk once as well - interesting guy. I was checking out some book reviews, and Keith seems to have some interesting...
by Joe Mckay
December 10th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1186

Re: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?

Thanks for the recommendations everyone. I am also about to read BE MORE FUNNY by Christopher W. Barnes. This book is specifically aimed at magicians and is devoted to adding humour to your magic. And thanks for that suggestion, Andrew. I think the subtext to that comment is that I am an idiot. I th...
by Joe Mckay
December 9th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1186

Re: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?

Sorry if I have asked this before. Yeah - I have found the Steve Spill books to be very helpful. Pretty much the only books that really discuss this issue in the way that appeals to me. I am a big fan of Penn & Teller, and The Amazing Johnathan. But they haven't published much on how to apply co...
by Joe Mckay
December 9th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1186

Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?

I am interested in reading more about adding comedy to your magic. I am pretty well read in magic, but this is not a topic I have researched before. As such - I am wondering if anyone has any good pointers for this sort of thing? I think comedy is generational. As such - the comedy I most enjoy is f...
by Joe Mckay
December 1st, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59125

Re: Stewart James

Here is an interesting observation given to the late Bob Cassidy by a friend of his. It is about how to add a Logical Disconnect to one of the phases of Sefalaljia. I always thought that Stewart James' “Sefalaljia” [see Annemann's “Practical Mental Effects”] was a terrific effect and I'm strictly ta...
by Joe Mckay
December 1st, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59125

Re: Stewart James

It always felt odd how you had to leave your order on an answerphone. I spent so much money with those guys. Still - the service they provided was always excellent. They were a real lifesaver before ordering online took off.
by Joe Mckay
December 1st, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Satanic Cards Kickstarter Live !
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Satanic Cards Kickstarter Live !

Satanism crops up a lot in Bob's magic. I think it is great.

Is this a deliberate artistic choice, Bob?
by Joe Mckay
December 1st, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59125

Re: Stewart James

That shop was incredible. It did more for British magic than The Magic Circle.
by Joe Mckay
November 30th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Satanic Cards Kickstarter Live !
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Satanic Cards Kickstarter Live !

Also - you could then use a Fire Wallet as you place the three 6's away into your wallet?
by Joe Mckay
November 30th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Satanic Cards Kickstarter Live !
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Satanic Cards Kickstarter Live !

Jay Sankey has a trick I like. For some reason it never made its way into any of the Sankey books. He has 3 cards selected and uses the Vernon strip-out switch to switch them for the three 6's. He then shows the cards and tells them that choosing 6-6-6 is not a good sign. He then looks through his d...
by Joe Mckay
November 30th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Help with 2 Houdini quotes
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: Help with 2 Houdini quotes

The Houdini lists I have looked up are not helping me out. Although I did find some bonus quotes that I like.
by Joe Mckay
November 30th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Help with 2 Houdini quotes
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: Help with 2 Houdini quotes

Google is chucking up lots of results for the Houdini Needle trick (which uses thread).

And nothing is coming up when I search for the other quote. It uses too many ordinary words to really stand out.

I will try searching for lists of famous Houdini quotes, and see if that works.

Cheers!
by Joe Mckay
November 30th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Help with 2 Houdini quotes
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Help with 2 Houdini quotes

I am trying to track down the exact wording for a couple of Houdini quotes. Please help. 1) Does anyone know the exact quote where Houdini says something along the lines of: The hardest thing to escape from is a thread two inches long tying your thumbs behind your back. 2) Does anyone know the quote...
by Joe Mckay
November 30th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59125

Re: Stewart James

Thanks so much for the extra information. Stories like this add a wonderful depth to magic history.

You and Max are both tremendous scholars of magic.

Thanks again!
by Joe Mckay
November 29th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59125

Re: Stewart James

That is fantastic. Thanks a lot!
by Joe Mckay
November 28th, 2020, 10:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59125

Re: Stewart James

I heard that the character of Norman Bates in the 1959 novel Psycho (that later became the famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock) was actually based on Stewart James. Or more specifically that the relationship between Norman Bates and his domineering mother was based on the relationship that Stewart Jame...
by Joe Mckay
November 27th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2065

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

I agree with those who think my nihilism is a bit too weird. Unless you fully commit to some kind of gonzo outsider art - it will probably alienate rather than entertain. David Regal gave some advice in a recent lecture that really struck home with me. It is simple advice, but I have never seen it e...
by Joe Mckay
November 27th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2065

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

I have had some new ideas for a totally different conceit/persona that I am really pleased with. It also means I don't have to explore dark ideas. So, I will run with that one for now rather than try and turn my magic act into some weird existential nihilist rant. It helps unblock my brain by gettin...
by Joe Mckay
November 26th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2065

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

I should add that I despise magic. It is so dull. Even the good magic - I can take it or leave it. Still - I enjoy studying it. And I want to try and give back in terms of creating something interesting and original. That is an interesting challenge. I wonder if other magicians ever feel like they h...
by Joe Mckay
November 26th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2065

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

That's exactly what I'm saying. The act of being selfish ultimately causes more good than bad. I should add that the reason I don't care about climate change is because I will never have kids. I just have no interest in having kids. Ironically that is the single best thing you can do to prevent clim...
by Joe Mckay
November 26th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving from Us to You
Replies: 3
Views: 464

Re: Happy Thanksgiving from Us to You

This must be a hard time for you Richard. Sending you good wishes from this side of the big pond.

2020 sucks.

Over here - in the UK - we celebrate Thanksgiving on July 4th. :-)

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