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by Joe Mckay
June 10th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 36
Views: 13785

Re: Stewart James

Bob Farmer recently emailed out a great version of Miraskill which takes the principle in a new direction. It was a freebie for those who have ordered from him before. Lovely thinking. A great addition to his previous work in this area that he contributed to The James File.
by Joe Mckay
June 9th, 2018, 4:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2375

Re: The Svengali Deck

Thanks for that, Ryan. I was kinda' hoping I was wrong when I posted up my theory (taken from Bill Duncan). I like the idea of performing the Svengali deck and it pleases me that, despite my concerns, it really can be effective for laypeople. Hopefully I am wrong and based on your input I will go aw...
by Joe Mckay
June 8th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2375

Re: The Svengali Deck

There are very few good performers in magic. Particularly close-up. I agree with Mark on that. Often the best performers in magic are those who don't particularly care for magic. Penn Jillette is one example. He was a juggler not a magician early on in his career. And Derren Brown came to magic from...
by Joe Mckay
June 1st, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Combined Card Sessions Peter Kane
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Combined Card Sessions Peter Kane

Kaymar Magic are in the process of reprinting an updated version of this book.

It is a great book.

It is worth signing up for their mailing list.

https://www.kaymarmagic.com/
by Joe Mckay
May 29th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6845
Views: 2006027

Re: ERDNASE

Hey John,

Thanks for the intelligent response. Very interesting.

Just curious if it would ruin the mystery for you if the identity of Erdnase was ever conclusively proven? Or would you enjoy finally having the matter settled?
by Joe Mckay
May 27th, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Penn Jillette interviews Johnny Thompson
Replies: 3
Views: 1317

Re: Penn Jillette interviews Johnny Thompson

In light of the new Johnny Thompson books I thought I would bump this thread.

Great episode for those looking to hear more from Johnny!
by Joe Mckay
May 26th, 2018, 9:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1085

Re: A Plunger Question

Eddie Fields has the best version of this trick.
by Joe Mckay
May 26th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6845
Views: 2006027

Re: ERDNASE

It sounds like John has a pretty cool collection. Penn & Teller are great. I am really interested in the "metaphysics" of collecting. One of the best books I have ever read was about the Beanie Baby craze: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Beanie-Baby-Bubble-Toy/dp/1591848008/ref=sr_1_1?ie=...
by Joe Mckay
May 25th, 2018, 3:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6845
Views: 2006027

Re: ERDNASE

Why do people pay so much for collectibles? Is it because they think they can flip it for more at a later date? I can understand buying secret notebooks that are not available anywhere else. But to spend thousands buying something when the information can be found cheaply elsewhere makes no sense to...
by Joe Mckay
May 21st, 2018, 5:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6845
Views: 2006027

Re: ERDNASE

What about Dr. James William Elliott (1874 - 1920).

Is that a silly suggestion?
by Joe Mckay
May 19th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6845
Views: 2006027

Re: ERDNASE

Richard published a theory once that T. Nelson Downs was actually Charles Jordan.

Is it possible that T. Nelson Downs (1867-1938) was Erdnase as well?

Maybe T. Nelson Downs was an incredible genius who published under multiple names?
by Joe Mckay
May 18th, 2018, 7:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Walter Blaney's Ladder Levitation
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: Walter Blaney's Ladder Levitation

I just stumbled across a gimmicked hoop that allows you to pass the hoop over a levitating lady. Without having to resort to the gooseneck double pass move. Check out The Hoop of Mercedese by Arthur Mosher. It is on page 68 of the June, 1909 issue of The Sphinx (Vol. 8 No. 4). This achieves the same...
by Joe Mckay
May 18th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 17
Views: 1041

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

I will email you Bob.
by Joe Mckay
May 18th, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

Re: P.T. Selbit

Cheers for that, Bill! Also - here are some comments from Geoffrey Durham. I am not sure how well known he is in America. But he is one of the all-time greats here in the UK. The Spirit Paintings is a lovely trick, but I didn't do a good job on the Best of Magic. I later revived it in my theatre sho...
by Joe Mckay
May 16th, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

Re: P.T. Selbit

In my unqualified opinion - I think Tom Moore is correct. The original leaves a bit more to the imagination. It is more engaging since you are trying to imagine where the assistant could be hiding. In the Selbit book - I am not sure if it is Selbit or another great of magic - but somebody in there s...
by Joe Mckay
May 16th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

Re: P.T. Selbit

Okay - I just found a couple of performances of the Wakeling Sawing by Paul Daniels.

I am gonna' watch them now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyJLUtZEuW0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2QXaMDoBEE
by Joe Mckay
May 16th, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

Re: P.T. Selbit

Has anyone got a link to the Wakeling version? I don't have an opinion on this yet since I am still new to the world of illusions. I just always imagined that the likes of Wakeling and Steinmeyer would have good reason for preferring the newer version. They are about as smart as you can get when it ...
by Joe Mckay
May 16th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

Re: P.T. Selbit

Here is another Selbit trick performed by Paul Daniels. The Bewildering Blocks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PfaaCemZe0 I know Geoffrey Durham performs this trick a lot as well. So I may find footage of him performing it somewhere as well. This trick is also covered in the Mike Caveney volume ca...
by Joe Mckay
May 16th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

Re: P.T. Selbit

The audio is a bit out of sync here. But this performance by Paul Daniels seems to be an updating of Selbit's Through The Eye of a Needle illusion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDhxEb6Ex7A I am noticing a lot of Paul's illusions on YouTube. So soon I will start another thread - just so I can gath...
by Joe Mckay
May 16th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

Re: P.T. Selbit

It was great seeing Paul Daniels do the Sawing in Half trick. Selbit said that his version was more of a puzzle effect (where is the girl hiding?) rather than a sawing effect. So his version has a much more relaxed feel to it compared to the versions that came after. It is great seeing so much magic...
by Joe Mckay
May 16th, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

Re: P.T. Selbit

Pete - P&T did do a feature on The Mighty Cheese on one of their TV shows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTrgdhq0vTw
by Joe Mckay
May 16th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

Re: P.T. Selbit

Thanks for that. Will watch it when I get home.

I always assumed the Wakeling version was an improvement though? I never hear magicians discuss it as a step backwards.
by Joe Mckay
May 15th, 2018, 7:43 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1842

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

It is like a 4D version of Roy Walton's Trigger move!
by Joe Mckay
May 15th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gypsy Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 4852

Re: Gypsy Thread

[Sorry for digging up an old thread] I was watching my favourite scene from The Young Pope. I love that show. Best TV show I have seen since Mad Men. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmFcUUIVIeQ Anyway - the phrase "invisible red thread" struck me from the scene above. So - I did a quick go...
by Joe Mckay
May 15th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1842

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

It is great seeing the video of this move.

It was proving impossible to visualize from the words and pictures alone.

Lovely move. Cheers, Bob!
by Joe Mckay
May 15th, 2018, 4:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 957

P.T. Selbit

Well - I tracked down the Eric Lewis/Peter Warlock book on P.T. Selbit. I am currently working my way through it. As such - I thought I would start a thread on him. I should wait until I finish reading the book before posting on him. But I just want to get the ball rolling now. No doubt that means I...
by Joe Mckay
May 12th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 10589

Re: Theodore Deland

Apparently the slow boat from China takes 3 months.

So maybe four months from now is a good estimate?

Middle of September?
by Joe Mckay
May 12th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 96
Views: 27514

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Thanks a lot for the information, Tom. It is nice to hear from somebody with real knowledge of this area. In case anyone is curious - I will give a quick outline of the Robert Harbin patent. The frame rate for a TV is 24 frames per second. Harbin's idea was that twelve of the frames are of a close-u...
by Joe Mckay
May 12th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 10589

Re: Theodore Deland

I just came across a remarkable rising card effect by Deland. Exactly the sort of thing you would expect to see to see from Lubor Fiedler. A principle not used before in magic. Although I don't think the materials will be easy to find. And as such - not many people will ever perform it. Still it whe...
by Joe Mckay
May 12th, 2018, 9:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 96
Views: 27514

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

A few years ago - this hack (by a computer scientist called Johnny Lee) for the Nintendo Wii went viral. Although sadly it seems Nintendo never did anything which this ingenious idea. It looks similar to what Tom describes in the post above. A way to create a 3D image without glasses. And you have f...
by Joe Mckay
May 12th, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 96
Views: 27514

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

I have Harbin x 2 which contains Early Harbin and Harbincadabra (all of the Harbin material from Abra magazine). Some books I can fully digest after a single read. Or two at most. But I am still trying to wrap my head around these books since they deal with the type of magic I am not used to reading...
by Joe Mckay
May 7th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 43
Views: 3394

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

You are my hero, Richard!

You have worked so hard for the overall benefit of magic!

I probably wouldn't even be posting on here today if it were not for the stellar efforts you have put into magic!

All the best,

Joe
by Joe Mckay
May 7th, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 43
Views: 3394

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

I am huge fan of Richard Kaufman!!!1 I think every serious magic organization in the world should be preparing a space for a statue for when he dies. Sad as that is to contemplate! I honestly don't think anyone has done more for magic than Richard Kaufman! Magic as we know it has only been around fo...
by Joe Mckay
May 6th, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2375

The Svengali Deck

I will wait for Mark to join us before continuing... . . . Okay - he is here now. Let's get on with this. I have spent a few weeks researching the Svengali deck. As well as studying different uses for the deck - I have been checking out a lot of different threads discussing the deck as well. One arg...
by Joe Mckay
May 5th, 2018, 3:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Walter Blaney's Ladder Levitation
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: Walter Blaney's Ladder Levitation

There is a lovely article about the illusion here.

http://www.ladderlevitation.com/magicol.html

http://magicol.magicana.com/feedback-from-no-181-2/

The article mentions that Johnny Carson was one of the first to be taught the secret to this illusion.
by Joe Mckay
May 3rd, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Thomas Tobin
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Re: Thomas Tobin

I am watching the Broken Wand Ceremony now.

It is introduced by Lance Burton and is followed by an excellent talk by Jim Steinmeyer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J2EJ1k4Md4
by Joe Mckay
May 3rd, 2018, 5:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Thomas Tobin
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Thomas Tobin

I have been learning a lot about illusions over the past few weeks. It has been great fun. My area of expertise is close-up magic, so this has all been new to me. In close-up magic - there are certain creative geniuses who somehow seem to have slipped through the cracks of magic history. Despite a c...
by Joe Mckay
May 3rd, 2018, 9:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1473

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Recently I came across an interesting story to do with patent law and prior art involving Donald Duck.

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2018/01/24/prior-art-2/
by Joe Mckay
May 3rd, 2018, 7:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1473

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Thanks for that, Noel. That was fascinating.

Joe

PS I really love your act. Once of the funniest people I have ever seen.

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