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by Joe Mckay
June 13th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interview With Teller
Replies: 2
Views: 492

Re: Interview With Teller

It is the best series of podcasts in magic. There is a hundred in total, and the 100th one (next week) will be an interview with David Copperfield. What is nice about these podcasts is that they are carried out in person rather than by phone. It makes for a much richer experience. The inteerview wit...
by Joe Mckay
June 5th, 2019, 1:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 126
Views: 17991

Re: Royal road to card magic

Along with your annotations to the Royal Road To Card Magic series!
by Joe Mckay
June 5th, 2019, 1:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 126
Views: 17991

Re: Royal road to card magic

It is great to have Mark back. Welcome back Mark!

All those BS doctors telling you were gonna' die - sod them. They are idiots! I just hope you hang around long enough to write your second set of memoirs.
by Joe Mckay
May 24th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 48
Views: 4092

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Here are the references to the stories about Richard Himber in Apocalypse magazine: Apocalypse Vol 1 No 8 August 1978 - Page 95 - Out to Lunch: Richard Himber story, working for tips Apocalypse Vol 2 No 12 Dec 1979 - Page 288 - Out to Lunch: dangers of working bars, Richard Himber story Apocalypse V...
by Joe Mckay
May 5th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: GENII column Alexander de Cova
Replies: 17
Views: 6292

Re: GENII column Alexander de Cova

Alexander has quit Facebook. Chris Wasshuber is helping him with the book now. This is what Chris posted today on The Magic Cafe. "Folks, just wanted to comment publicly. First of all, I can confirm that Lybrary.com, and with this I myself, stand behind Alexander de Cova's Notas book and we wil...
by Joe Mckay
May 4th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: GENII column Alexander de Cova
Replies: 17
Views: 6292

Re: GENII column Alexander de Cova

Any updates on the book, Alexander??

Cheers!
by Joe Mckay
May 2nd, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)
Replies: 8
Views: 1290

Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

That is sad.

I often thought about Piet due to something Richard Kaufman once wrote. He wrote that Piet was working on a very ambitious magic project that he wasn't sure was possible to pull off.

I always wondered what that was - and I wonder now if we will ever know at all?
by Joe Mckay
April 25th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5730

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

In my earlier days I used to think The Jinx was quite a dull magazine. But in many ways it is a victim of its success. Miraskill was a marketed trick (I believe?), but didn't become well known until it appeared in The Jinx. Stewart James's Sefaghjlia routine and Dai Vernon's Brainwave debuted there ...
by Joe Mckay
April 25th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5730

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

I was just chatting with a friend about The Jinx. And that conversation reminded me of a long email discussing The Jinx that I sent to a friend about a year ago. I thought I would share it in this thread as well since some of it may be of interest. What prompted the original email was a discussion a...
by Joe Mckay
April 21st, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5730

A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

Interesting new book announced from The Miracle Factory. https://www.miraclefactory.net/product/annemann/ I already have the Max Abrams book on Annemann. That book is not a beautiful book in the way Todd Karr's products are. So this will be a nicer compilation of Annemann material. But since there w...
by Joe Mckay
April 17th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A great book seller rides off into the sunset
Replies: 10
Views: 2762

Re: A great book seller rides off into the sunset

The end of an era!

What an amazing shop.

I wonder what bought this about? Do younger magicians not read as many magic books these days?
by Joe Mckay
March 29th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7158
Views: 2130928

Re: ERDNASE

I am listening to Scott Wells' interview with Guy Hollingworth. https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/479-guy-hollingworth Guy has an interesting (and wild) idea about the possible candidate for Erdnase. He speculates that there may have been two authors. One for the gambling section a...
by Joe Mckay
March 16th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 88
Views: 10012

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: 45
Views: 5954

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: 3472

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: 1044

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: 817

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: 5462

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: 88
Views: 10012

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: 181
Views: 42890

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: 183
Views: 15171

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: 183
Views: 15171

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: 183
Views: 15171

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: 183
Views: 15171

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: 183
Views: 15171

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: 183
Views: 15171

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: 183
Views: 15171

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: 183
Views: 15171

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: 1478

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: 609

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: 23656

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: 23656

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: 23656

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: 23656

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: 23656

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: 23656

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: 23656

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: 23656

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: 23656

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: 23656

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.

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