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by Joe Mckay
September 18th, 2020, 10:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now
Replies: 18
Views: 1408

Re: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now

I posted the TOC on a card magic blog I used to write for.

Nine years ago.

https://doubledeal.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/coming-soon/
by Joe Mckay
September 18th, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

Another nice thing about designing a trick, so it has a witty and surprising climax, is that it provides a reason for the trick to exist. You wanted to share something witty and surprising with the spectator. This removes the "sting" of magic which can occur when you perform a straight-lin...
by Joe Mckay
September 18th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

Just some housekeeping here. I want to link back to the other thread where I discussed Harry Anderson's lecture on Conceit & Instantiation. https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=52932 This is so that all my thoughts about the presentation of magic can be accessed from this th...
by Joe Mckay
September 18th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

One of my favourite directors is Edgar Wright. You can learn a lot about inventive, creative and smart directing from his films. It is this playful use of structure that magic needs more of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FOzD4Sfgag https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faMh6OYfuNE Structure can be defi...
by Joe Mckay
September 18th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

One of my heroes is Quentin Tarantino. I love his films. But even more I love hearing him discuss his passion for cinema. I suspect he is "on the spectrum" as well. He once said that most people who love cinema, really only love one or two genres of movie. But he was different. He loves al...
by Joe Mckay
September 18th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Rawson and Merlini
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Clayton Rawson was a wonderful creator of magic. Genii magazine had a great cover story on him about 20 years ago. A bunch of tricks were republished (including an additional one in the following months' issue - if I remember correctly). We all love Gaetan Bloom, and he is the only magician I have s...
by Joe Mckay
September 17th, 2020, 11:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

Thanks for calling me intelligent, Jonathan! I have had a crazy 18 months. I got diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Something I didn't even care about at the time since I distrust "labels". I had a breakdown. I got fired. I won my job back on appeal. Then my 3 year old niece died of cance...
by Joe Mckay
September 17th, 2020, 11:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

As for your wider point, Jonathan, I don't enjoy praise and I don't experience shared emotions. So - when it comes to performing - I need an intellectual reason to justify to myself why I am doing so. Otherwise it is like being paid in a currency for a country that no longer exists. This is why I pi...
by Joe Mckay
September 17th, 2020, 11:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

I am a big fan of Virtual Triumph. Here is a review I sent a friend: I got hold of Virtual Triumph by Adrian Lacroix. It is very good. Darwin Ortiz wrote once that publishing magic was tricky because sometimes a big change in a trick would only make a small difference in impact. And sometimes a smal...
by Joe Mckay
September 17th, 2020, 10:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

If we do not offer the audience something more interesting than the secret, guess what they are going to do? Dismiss the trick as a puzzle, and spend their time trying to figure out the secret. We have three weapons to stop this. Presentation. Performance skills. Plot. I think we need to pay more at...
by Joe Mckay
September 17th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

All credit is due to Michael Weber!
by Joe Mckay
September 17th, 2020, 9:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

I never got a chance to see most of these pop videos back in the 90's. And even when I did - you would only catch them occasionally. And for 3 minutes at a time. Now - with youtube - you can watch the same pop video on repeat, and get drunk at the same time. It is just the most intense and pleasurab...
by Joe Mckay
September 17th, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

Cheers, Joe!

My browser messes up my cut and pastes sometimes.

Annoying!
by Joe Mckay
September 17th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 17
Views: 840

The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

I just want to discuss this concept (from the wonderful Michael Weber) some more. This discussion builds on some of the ideas I explored in a previous thread (that was inspired by an excellent David Ben essay): https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=52725 This is a bit of a ramble....
by Joe Mckay
September 16th, 2020, 2:38 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 46
Views: 1468

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I haven't followed closely the approaches to this plot made by mathematicians. It seems to have become quite popular with mathematicians over the past ten years. In terms of magicians who have tackled this plot - I really like the work Alex Elmlsey had on this plot in The Looking Glass. Also - Lewis...
by Joe Mckay
September 15th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 46
Views: 1468

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Along similar(?) lines - you guys might like this automatic version of an unusual Bob Hummer trick:

https://wheelof.com/mindpower/
by Joe Mckay
September 14th, 2020, 11:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kozak
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: Kozak

Looking forward to reading this.

I saw an interview with Kozak recently over at Reel Magic (which is great!) recently, and he seems like a really cool guy.

I agree with you on this one, Chris!
by Joe Mckay
September 11th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

Strange - you can email me at joe_mckay@hotmail.com and I will send you it.

Same for anyone else reading this thread.
by Joe Mckay
September 11th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reference For A Fulves Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 636

Re: Reference For A Fulves Trick

I like the nomenclature, Bob!

A list of "High Baffle" tricks would be fun. I will put one together sometime.

Would also make a fun column for GENII magazine!
by Joe Mckay
September 10th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347745

Re: ERDNASE

I am out of the loop in these discussions.

Does anyone know anything about the new Todd Karr book? Also - does anyone feel like he will have finaly solved this mystery?
by Joe Mckay
September 9th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

Elizabeth clarified with me that these are actually lecture notes that Harry Anderson sold at his lectures. So - my initial link to them was based on a confusion. She is happy for the link to remain since she thinks this is a productive and useful thread for other magicians. I just wanted to pass al...
by Joe Mckay
September 9th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

I got a response from Harry's widow, Elizabeth, on Facebook. She granted me permission to share the notes I linked to with the rest of you. She also thanked me for asking. She told me that intellectual property was an area that Harry was very passionate about. As such - I want to thank the poster wh...
by Joe Mckay
September 9th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

Also - if anyone has an email address for her - could you please message me with it, so that I can follow up my request with an email (in case she does not log into Facebook very often). I will give it a couple of days. If I get no response - then please could somebody send me her email address? Tha...
by Joe Mckay
September 9th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

Okay - I have sent her a message on Facebook.
by Joe Mckay
September 8th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

ITALY LECTURE NOTES - "IMPOSSIBLE OBJECTS" They are very short. It is about 14 paragraphs in total spread over about 10 pages. But the information that is shared is superb. I don't think they were ever for sale. I stumbled across them online. I guess I got lucky. It may even just be some ...
by Joe Mckay
September 7th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

One of the most influential things I have ever come across in magic is Harry Anderson discussing the nature of conceit and instantiation. He discussed this on his Penguin Live lecture. But I also found some lecture notes where he wrote about it as well. He covered the exact same points, but it was n...
by Joe Mckay
September 7th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 877

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

Here is an idea from the famous mathematician (Kurt Godel) that shows time travel could actually be possible thanks to Einstein's theory of relativity (it is something to do with the rotation of the universe - I don't understand it). https://inference-review.com/article/time-travelers And here is a ...
by Joe Mckay
September 7th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Creators of forcing techniques
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: Creators of forcing techniques

Jamy Ian Swiss credited the circle/triangle force to... Uri Geller.
by Joe Mckay
September 7th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 93
Views: 16477

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

by Joe Mckay
September 7th, 2020, 2:11 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 877

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

Peter Duffie had an unusual Gilbreath effect which he used to give away free on his site. It was called EMIT . It is a Back in Time packet card effect: 1) You have a packet of 20 cards (just ordinary number cards) in RED/BLACK/RED/BLACK etc order. You show the spectator the cards in RED/BLACK/RED/BL...
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 877

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

That is a lovely story.

I recently saw a trick on a Murphy's At The Table lecture where a trick is done where you apparently make everybody in the room a couple of minutes younger. I think it was on the Danny Garcia lecture from a few years ago.
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reference For A Fulves Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 636

Re: Reference For A Fulves Trick

Max is the best!

I think I remember Max saying we were lucky that Dai Vernon chose to be an artist in our field, and not in something else. Since he could have have been a brilliant artist in whatever field he chose.

The same applies to Max.
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 877

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

The Racherbaumer book mentioned earlier is new to me. I am going to check it out.

Thanks!
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 877

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

Now - getting back to magic - 'Back In Time' by Jay Sankey is the best card trick ever invented.

It is a brilliant trick based around the concept of time travel.

Andy (over at The Jerx) has a few tricks exploring the concept of stopping time as well. They are all really great.
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 877

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

Back then I came up with a curious observation about the link between Relativity and Free Will. It turns out I had been beaten to this observation 40 years earlier. So - here is a link to the original argument: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rietdijk%E2%80%93Putnam_argument And here is my attempt at ...
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 877

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

I was always fascinated in topics like time. I then found that physics tend not to get into the philosophical weeds when it comes to analyzing the concept of time. Later I found that philosophy avoided the topic as well. It took me about 15 years of studying philosophy before I found a branch of phi...
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reference For A Fulves Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 636

Re: Reference For A Fulves Trick

Max Maven has a great use of this principle (Self-Duplicating Set-Ups) in Thabbatical.

It is a small packet version of the Sympathetic Suits that is totally self-working.

Check out Dupacetic on page 69 of that book. The construction of the method is very elegant.
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 93
Views: 16477

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Cheers for that. Yeah - I have been oveethinking things during the pandemic. And that was on the back of lot of stress over the past 18 months.

Also - I am 38 years old. My Dad thinks I am having an early mid-life crisis. lol
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 4:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 93
Views: 16477

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Apparently people are born with a "sixth sense" when it comes to readin body lanaguage and sensing the emotions of others. People with Asperger's syndrome don't have this mysterious sixth sense. So - it is not a case of being aware of these feelings and then ignoring them. It is about not ...
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2020, 3:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 93
Views: 16477

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

All my old friends - who have all dumped me - keep telling me what a terrible person I was in the past (pre-diagnosis). I find that a bit unsettling. But I don't mind cos they are all pretty dull people. Happily for me - I feel I have always bought my best self to the magic community. It seems that ...

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