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by Joe Mckay
October 14th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3956

Re: About doing magic

I do enjoy seeing psychology used as part of the method for a trick. This is a great example. Tamariz cajoles the spectators with his repetitive (and slightly confusing) questions. This causes them to switch off allowing him to get away with a sneaky bluff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnOy4vWbsXA
by Joe Mckay
October 14th, 2018, 9:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The end of a magic institution
Replies: 2
Views: 300

Re: The end of a magic institution

It is a fascinating show. I always seem to find myself catching it on TV whenever I am in Europe. I am not really a fan of Variety (I don't even like watching magic) - but the idea of a regular pan-European show always intrigued me. There was always something very soothing about that show.
by Joe Mckay
October 13th, 2018, 12:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 54
Views: 16994

Re: Stewart James

A friend sent me this.

It might take awhile to grasp (at least it did for me) but the following mathematical tidbit is actually an offshoot of the Miraskill principle.

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2018/09/16/turn-turn-turn-6/
by Joe Mckay
October 13th, 2018, 7:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 45
Views: 12106

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

A friend asked me for my handling. So I have spent some time reconstructing it since I had forgotten the details. Here are the details: 1) REVERSE 3RD CARD FROM BOTTOM OF THE DECK. 2) SPREAD DECK AND HAVE A CARD TOUCHED. APPARENTLY FLIP OVER THIS CARD. IN FACT YOU DO THE GOODWIN TWO TON TURNOVER MOV...
by Joe Mckay
October 13th, 2018, 5:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 45
Views: 12106

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

One gaffed deck that comes to mind is the Invisible Deck. I remember the Triumph effect that makes sneaky use of this gaffed deck by Bob Farmer/Michael Close/David Ben/Michael Weber. They snuck it into print in Apocalypse magazine hidden behind a pseudonym. So the concept here would be a triumph rou...
by Joe Mckay
October 13th, 2018, 5:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 45
Views: 12106

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

I have played around some more with this handling and it feels/looks very nice. Cheers again, Bob! A handling I like is Simply Shuffled by Steve Beam. In that handling you start with a card already reversed at the bottom of the deck. I like that approach since I would rather preset a reversed card t...
by Joe Mckay
October 4th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: He's Baaaack ...
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: He's Baaaack ...

Order in the universe is restored.
by Joe Mckay
October 4th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 45
Views: 12106

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

Wow - that is very kind of you, Bob! Thanks so much.

I am in a rush now - so I will get back to you on your handling when I have a chance to play with it. But I cannot wait to check it out properly.

Thanks once again!
by Joe Mckay
October 4th, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 46
Views: 3004

Re: Geoff Latta book

Richard Kaufman made a good point once. He felt card magic is easier than coin magic because there are 52 objects to keep track of with card tricks. And that confusion allows you to use a lot of subtle (and easy to do) moves that you cannot use in coin magic.
by Joe Mckay
October 3rd, 2018, 2:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 45
Views: 12106

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

I've got a really simple way to get into the set-up for the Jennings-Goodwin display. I'll post it here shortly. Bob???? I have a nice way of getting into this using Bill Goodwin's Two-Ton Transpo move. I have ordered a DVD by Michael "Six" Muldoon with his use for this move. He seems to ...
by Joe Mckay
September 30th, 2018, 8:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"
Replies: 11
Views: 458

Re: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"

I am currently listening to Penn Jillette on the Penn's Sunday School podcast. The one that went out on August 19, 2018. In passing - Penn mentions that he doesn't understand Satire. I am with him on that one. If you have something funny to say about some one - just say it. Parodying somebody instea...
by Joe Mckay
September 30th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"
Replies: 11
Views: 458

Re: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"

As a huge Norm fan myself, I find this fascinating. It took me YEARS to "get" him - precisely because I didn't have a feel for his delivery. Great comedians, like great magicians, can breathe life into material ill-suited for mere mortals. Macdonald is a genius in this regard... as was St...
by Joe Mckay
September 30th, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"
Replies: 11
Views: 458

Re: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"

I am familiar with Steve Martin's work. You make an interesting point about the "anti-comedy" style. In the modern era that is a bit of a crutch at times for unfunny people to try and be funny. So I guess it loses its impact when you are watching a clip from 35 years ago. A bit like with A...
by Joe Mckay
September 29th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"
Replies: 11
Views: 458

Re: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"

I don't get this this. I see it so much on US talk shows. Smart people being silly. And that is supposed to be comedy? It seems to be an America tradition. Over here in the UK - it is different. Maybe because we don't have thousands of hours of talk shows each year, leading to a desperate search for...
by Joe Mckay
September 23rd, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 123
Views: 11463

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I have an artist friend who is also interested in magic. But since he is not actually magician, he often asks for my take on things in the world of magic. He asked me for my thoughts on the Nate Staniforth book called This is Real Magic . You can see a nice trailer for the book here which makes use ...
by Joe Mckay
September 6th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3956

Re: About doing magic

I agree. Tom Stone has the best analysis of the "Too Perfect" theorem. I remember when GENII devoted an issue to this topic (August 2001). And then a couple of months later - an essay by Tom Stone was published on the same topic which was the best of the lot. It was a great essay. Check ou...
by Joe Mckay
September 5th, 2018, 5:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 11950

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Captain Disillusion (my favourite YouTuber) did a brilliant take down on Will Tsai's performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dSp_f0f9gE
by Joe Mckay
September 4th, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
by Joe Mckay
September 4th, 2018, 4:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3956

Re: About doing magic

You make a couple of statements and ask them to confirm them - for example, "You shuffled the cards. Correct? You had a free choice. Correct?", and so on...
by Joe Mckay
September 4th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3956

Re: About doing magic

This thread might be of interest. It is a discussion on the role of Assumptions in magic.

https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=29325
by Joe Mckay
September 4th, 2018, 12:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Index to Genii
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Index to Genii

Over at lybrary.com - you can see an index for each volume of GENII magazine. For example - here is the first volume: https://www.lybrary.com/genii-volume-01-p-461190.html One of the great things about Chris Washuber's site is that he provides comprehensive indexes for every book and magazine he sel...
by Joe Mckay
September 4th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Index to Genii
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Index to Genii

This site is very useful:

http://genii.somee.com/
by Joe Mckay
September 4th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3956

Re: About doing magic

Summing up the conditions of a trick definitely increases the impact of the climax. That is one of the first lessons you learn in magic. But it cannot be empathized enough. You are using the spectator's own words to trap them. It is also a great way of implanting false memories. This is something Ju...
by Joe Mckay
September 3rd, 2018, 10:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3956

Re: About doing magic

What's funny is that the aces being there "by accident" is the effect. You have somehow bucked the 1 in 270,725 odds of this happening. A once in a lifetime occurrence. A minor miracle! The mathematics of the situation being lost on the woman, I wonder what kind of response Jennings would...
by Joe Mckay
September 2nd, 2018, 5:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin Willman's Magic For Humans
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Justin Willman's Magic For Humans

The new Justin Willman show is interesting but also a bit weird. I am a big fan of Justin Willman. But editing together TV magic means that, methodologically, you can pretty much do anything. To then combine that with Jerx style thinking. Well - it is hard to wrap my head around. There are a million...
by Joe Mckay
September 2nd, 2018, 1:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy

haha
by Joe Mckay
September 2nd, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Strange story of genuine(?) telepathy

Just to be clear - I don't believe in psychic phenomena.

That said - the following story is very intriguing. I am curious as to what others think about it?

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2018/08/29/self-care/
by Joe Mckay
August 31st, 2018, 5:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3956

Re: About doing magic

Al? I just checked out your Cups and Balls routine. You have excellent chops! I don't know much about this trick but since I am a big fan of Peter Kane, I was recently studying his excellent three cup load. It appears in the Books of Wonder (Vol. 2). It is an excellent idea that is worth playing wit...
by Joe Mckay
August 31st, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3956

Re: About doing magic

Hey Al, Mark Lewis really is a fan of your work. https://youtu.be/0vYiairhhoI?t=23m9s I am gonna' check out your theory book as well. I should pick up your QM book as well. Speaking of QM - I am convinced there is a really simple way to explain Bell's Theorem to laypeople. A lot of people have given...
by Joe Mckay
August 30th, 2018, 2:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Banachek on the JRE Podcast
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Banachek on the JRE Podcast

I almost don't want to watch it. But not for the reasons you give. Often these kind of informal interviews become quite awkward when you introduce magic tricks to the equation. It changes the dynamic from relaxed to a challenge situation (if that is the way the host decides to play it). It feels dem...
by Joe Mckay
August 29th, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Banachek on the JRE Podcast
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Banachek on the JRE Podcast

This looks fun. Banachek is the guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. I am not sure how many of you guys know about Joe Rogan. But his podcast is the most popular in the world among the young folks. His 2-3 hour interviews are always very interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9M4DT8nieM
by Joe Mckay
August 29th, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3956

Re: About doing magic

Why is it that a lot of dull magicians are actually interesting and entertaining in a non-magic context?

Why does performing magic bring out the worst in them?
by Joe Mckay
August 27th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for David Harkey's "Point of No Return"
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Looking for David Harkey's "Point of No Return"

I have some information to add for those following this thread.

Here is what a friend has told me -"The instructions for Point of No Return are actually shorter than what was in the Linking Ring. There are a few less details. But it's basically the same."
by Joe Mckay
August 26th, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4670

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

Tommy Wonder makes a similar point in his The Three Pillars essay. It is one of the best essays I have ever read.
by Joe Mckay
August 26th, 2018, 2:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 1574

Re: Penn & Teller

Cheers, Mike!
by Joe Mckay
August 26th, 2018, 7:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 1574

Penn & Teller

I read about a P&T routine once. Where they performed a trick and then exposed it on stage. Except they offered the audience the choice of watching the exposure - or closing their eyes to keep the mystery alive instead. I am just wondering if they have ever performed this routine on TV (eg Fool ...
by Joe Mckay
August 23rd, 2018, 9:04 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for David Harkey's "Point of No Return"
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Looking for David Harkey's "Point of No Return"

Yeah.

I always thought it was the same trick. But who knows? Maybe Harkey changed something for the marketed release?
by Joe Mckay
August 23rd, 2018, 4:36 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for David Harkey's "Point of No Return"
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Looking for David Harkey's "Point of No Return"

I can send you a pdf of the instructions if you want? The trick originally appeared in The Linking Ring (where it won an award).

And then all you need to do is find some Jerry Andrus Linking Safety Pins. These turn up quite often on Ebay (it is worth placing an Ebay alerts for the item).
by Joe Mckay
August 18th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2876

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

Can't wait for this book. It will be fascinating to learn the full story of DeLand and his wonderful ideas.

Thanks so much for all your efforts!
by Joe Mckay
August 17th, 2018, 5:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2037312

Re: ERDNASE

The article is in three parts. The second part is in the July 2001 issue of MAGIC. Check out page 54.

And the third part is in the August 2001 issue of MAGIC. Check out page 50.

There isn't really much information in the articles. It is mainly devoted to reproductions of the tobacco cards.

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