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by Joe Mckay
August 17th, 2018, 5:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6890
Views: 2025011

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.
by Joe Mckay
August 17th, 2018, 5:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6890
Views: 2025011

Re: ERDNASE

John Moehring had an interesting article about these tobacco cards in the June 2001 issue of MAGIC magazine. Check out page 52.
by Joe Mckay
August 14th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 28
Views: 1492

Re: Slydini's material

David Harkey (who is a magic genius!) has the best handling for the Andrus linking pins. He totally reworks the effect into a completely different trick. You can see it performed on Japanese TV over here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_-KSyGUWsY I wish David Harkey would come back to magic and sh...
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2018, 7:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6890
Views: 2025011

Re: ERDNASE

Leo - check out the April & May (1971) issues of The Linking Ring.

PM me if you need copies of the magazines.
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 51
Views: 13964

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

I guess we all know that if a deck of cards is riffle shuffled into another deck of cards (that is in reverse order) - and the combined deck of 104 cards is cut exactly in half - you are left with two decks of 52 different playing cards. It was one of the first (and still most interesting) uses for ...
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6890
Views: 2025011

Re: ERDNASE

Following on from what Mark says - I think T. Nelson Downs could be a good shout.

I wonder if the T. Nelson Downs/Edward Tex McGuire Letters would throw up any light? I remember reading them a few years ago. It was a reprint of a 2 issue article from The Linking Ring magazine. Back from around 1971.
by Joe Mckay
August 4th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB - Chuck Fayne booklet - 'The Rat Trap...'
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: WTB - Chuck Fayne booklet - 'The Rat Trap...'

I have bought a copy now.

Cheers!
by Joe Mckay
August 1st, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB - Chuck Fayne booklet - 'The Rat Trap...'
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: WTB - Chuck Fayne booklet - 'The Rat Trap...'

Yeah - I was hoping to get the booklet first.

But if not, I will get the DVD.

Cheers!

Joe
by Joe Mckay
July 31st, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB - Chuck Fayne booklet - 'The Rat Trap...'
Replies: 3
Views: 267

WTB - Chuck Fayne booklet - 'The Rat Trap...'

Hey everyone, I will pay 45 bucks for a copy of the booklet 'The Rat Trap and other snappy effects you can do with your little deck' by Chuck Fayne. I will also pay postage to the UK. My address is: JOE MCKAY FLAT 5, THE GREY HOUSE, PRINCES STREET, DURHAM CITY COUNTY DURHAM DH1 4RP UNITED KINGDOM TE...
by Joe Mckay
July 31st, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 63
Views: 2785

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

John Carney also believes that misdirection (attention control?) should be built into every sleight.

No matter how well you do a move it will be much more deceptive if the spectator is not focusing on your hands.
by Joe Mckay
July 30th, 2018, 4:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 63
Views: 2785

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

It can be used when an Elmsley count is used to displace 4 face-down cards. In order to rearrange them in the order they need to be for the next stage of the trick. I don't have many other examples off the top of my head since I am not really a card guy anymore. Anyway - I have just looked up Bill G...
by Joe Mckay
July 30th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 63
Views: 2785

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

Andy had a useful post once on improving Elmsley counts as well: http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2015/7/15/practical-magic-week-part-4-fixing-your-elmsley-count Another useful tip I saw Bill Goodwin give once (in The Penumbra magazine) can be used from time to time as well (depending on the purpose of t...
by Joe Mckay
July 30th, 2018, 7:01 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 1760

Re: A.Bandit

Sounds like Teller is referring more to Robert E. Neale and, maybe, Lawrence Hass as well. You can see a bunch of their magic theory over here: https://www.theoryandartofmagic.com/index.php?cPath=35 Robert Neale is a brilliant creator of magic. At least some of the time. But the theory stuff doesn't...
by Joe Mckay
July 30th, 2018, 1:19 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 1760

Re: A.Bandit

Penn & Teller are the best magicians in the world. I think they do just fine when it comes to talent and artistic vision.

And Teller is a great writer on magic. You should check out his essays in the David P. Abbott book from The Miracle Factory.
by Joe Mckay
July 22nd, 2018, 1:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 121
Views: 10616

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Andy's work in this area reminds me of an early trick of his where he found a clever way of ramping up the impact of the classic one-ahead principle. Instead of predicting three random choices - he turned the trick into a quasi-test of the superhuman powers that the spectator was momentarily blessed...
by Joe Mckay
July 21st, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 121
Views: 10616

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Andy has a great trick here. And he introduces a new concept for predicting random information that makes it much more personal and compelling. This one simple idea is worth its weight in gold. http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2018/7/17/the-distance-you-can-be-from-your-son Andy also makes use of a Lubor...
by Joe Mckay
July 17th, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 65
Views: 17877

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

I came across something interesting today. For a couple of years - I have been aware of an interesting magic effect that is often sold to the public. It is very cheap (a couple of dollars) but is actually very clever. It is a simple effect but is a fooler. And because the trick is 100% self-contain...
by Joe Mckay
July 14th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1406

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Michael Close made the excellent point that all coin magic is inherently unnatural since there is no logical reason to place a coin from one hand to another. It is an action that only ever takes place in the course of a coin trick.
by Joe Mckay
July 14th, 2018, 8:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15791

Re: Stewart James

I wonder if Mark Lewis has the Moving Pencil force in mind? You ribbon spread a face-up deck of cards on the table and you have a force card towards the end of the spread. You hold a pencil about 18 inches above the table. You pass the pencil over the deck as you ask the spectator to call stop. When...
by Joe Mckay
July 14th, 2018, 8:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 31
Views: 6829

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

This thread contains notes by Fred Braue giving his thoughts on the tricks that were published in the early volumes of Hugard's Magic Monthly.

https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=10506
by Joe Mckay
July 8th, 2018, 4:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15791

Re: Stewart James

At the start of The James File - Allan Slaight describes how he started up a correspondence with Stewart James. His opening letter to Stewart James mentions a trick that Allan had heard described at the local magic shop. It is the same trick that Mark Lewis refers to (a stripped down version of The ...
by Joe Mckay
July 7th, 2018, 7:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15791

Re: Stewart James

I remember a boring card trick that Karl Fulves taught in The Pallbearer's Review. It was created by George Sands. Fulves actually said it was one of the greatest card tricks ever invented. But since the effect was pretty minimal - and involved a lot of boring dealing - I couldn't understand where h...
by Joe Mckay
July 3rd, 2018, 7:50 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I Know the Secret of the Berglas Effect!
Replies: 122
Views: 40559

Re: I Know the Secret of the Berglas Effect!

Mark? Do you ever perform Out of This World? I am just curious what you think of the trick? I am not sure I have seen you discuss it before.
by Joe Mckay
June 30th, 2018, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some cup and ball ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 777

Re: Some cup and ball ideas

Al? Do you like Peter Kane's 3 cup handling? Tommy Wonder features it in the Books of Wonder. I don't know much about the Cups & Balls - but I always liked that Peter Kane strategy.
by Joe Mckay
June 27th, 2018, 8:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15791

Re: Stewart James

Andy over at The Jerx has a great presentation for Miraskill over here:

http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2018/6/26/the-harmony-ritual

It explores similar ideas to a version of Miraskill using coins that David Blaine had in his Mysterious Stranger book (which was written for the public).
by Joe Mckay
June 25th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 2226

Re: You Tube exposure.

To follow on from what Jack said. That is one of the interesting avenues that Andy is exploring over at The Jerx.

Jack is a fan of Andy's work as well. So I am sure he had Andy in mind when he wrote that.
by Joe Mckay
June 24th, 2018, 11:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 2226

Re: You Tube exposure.

Here is another idea. Why not nominally transfer all the broadcast rights to marketed tricks to a magic charity? Those rights would not be exploited for commercial reasons. But it would allow that charity to request the removal of videos exposing secrets on YouTube? A bit like how there are 2-3 gian...
by Joe Mckay
June 24th, 2018, 11:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 2226

Re: You Tube exposure.

Ask Michael Close to ask Penn Jillette to ask Sergey Brin? It is hard to make direct contact with people like Sergey Brin. Or maybe we could ask David Ben to ask Allan Slaight to ask Sergey Brin? He is very rich and may have a connection to Sergey Brin. Plus it would fit in with the ethos of the wor...
by Joe Mckay
June 24th, 2018, 5:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 2226

Re: You Tube exposure.

Penn Jillette was chatting to Sergey Brin (one of the co-founders of Google) a few years ago. And by chance - Sergey had become really interested in the faro shuffle. So they ended up chatting about that for a bit. So perhaps Sergey has a minor interest in magic to be interested enough to take this ...
by Joe Mckay
June 24th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 2226

Re: You Tube exposure.

I didn't see Mark's latest post before typing the above. So apologies for making some of the same points as him!
by Joe Mckay
June 24th, 2018, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 2226

Re: You Tube exposure.

I agree 100% with Mark Lewis on this. This is a massive problem facing magic, and like gravity, it cannot be ignored. Whether you like it or not - this issue will literally define magic over the next few decades. Kids these days have smartphones. They have the internet in their pocket. And they are ...
by Joe Mckay
June 24th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Grand Illusions - Jonathan Pendragon CD ROM
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Grand Illusions - Jonathan Pendragon CD ROM

Good idea.

I have sent him an email.

Thanks!
by Joe Mckay
June 24th, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Grand Illusions - Jonathan Pendragon CD ROM
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Grand Illusions - Jonathan Pendragon CD ROM

Quick request. I am having problems getting my copy of this CD ROM to play. I believe it contains a 300 page pdf interview with Jonathan Pendragon giving his thoughts on the world of illusions. I contacted Penguin Magic and they sent out a replacement CD ROM. And that one won't play either. There is...
by Joe Mckay
June 23rd, 2018, 5:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: When Groucho Met Houdini
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: When Groucho Met Houdini

I remember Penn once saying (or writing?) that he and Teller were once on the Letterman show. They did the Needles trick and Letterman examined Teller's mouth at the start of the trick. He was asked if he could find anything inside the mouth? Letterman responded, "Nothing except possible halito...
by Joe Mckay
June 10th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 15791

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: 2937

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: 2937

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: 558

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/

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