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by Kent Gunn
September 23rd, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign
Replies: 28
Views: 4018

Re: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign

They're beautiful. You'll sell them easily.
by Kent Gunn
August 29th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2079

Re: 3MW

Ok, now I'm on a goddamn mission. Leet - (in England) a yearly or half-yearly court of record that the lords of certain manors held. That's not the definition my esteemed magic buddies were using. I had no idea what leet meant. Luckily I have access to the internet. Having to decode other people's e...
by Kent Gunn
August 27th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2079

Re: 3MW

Joe,

I have been reading Rex Stout novels recently; good catch.

I knew Jon would chime in. I'm now officially lost. Number sequence looks to be an IP address. I don't do Q-codes. The only links I like are sausages.

Stay weird.

KG
by Kent Gunn
August 27th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2079

Re: 3MW

Bill, you have won.

Trendy? I think so. Oddly, I remembered the letters. Your missive was more communicative than this thread's title.

200 points to Gryffindor!

Jon and I, both being from Slytherin choose to mock you all in Parseltongue.

KG
by Kent Gunn
August 26th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2079

Re: 3MW

Brad, I saw 3MW and in my head I said Three Mew. Mewthree is a thing. One's Pokemon knowledge expands with the advent of grandchildren. Mssr's Pungot's initialism was so obscure, until I clicked on the link I had my only my Pokemon-related guess. He communicated so poorly I mistook Mr. Weber for a P...
by Kent Gunn
August 26th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2079

Re: 3MW

Edward, WWWD? If you can't communicate in writing with some degree of consistent clarity, even when gently chided, stop. Did you mistype some other obscure set of capital letters? Is that supposed to be What Would Weber Do? The use of acronyms has grossly increased with online communication. Adding ...
by Kent Gunn
August 25th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2079

Re: 3MW

I detest obscure acronyms. For those with my affliction, 3MW refers to Michael Weber podcasts. I know I'm being grumpy. I know podcasts be are all the rage. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Mr. Weber's works. I detest being read to. That's simply how podcasts affect me. I also dislike magic video i...
by Kent Gunn
August 12th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Little Egypt Magic at 25
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Little Egypt Magic at 25

Steve is one of the nicest magicians I've met. Little Egypt is a beacon of positive writing about our little world.

Great stuff! Congratulations on your blog's silver anniversary.

KG
by Kent Gunn
August 6th, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob White - A remembrance
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: Bob White - A remembrance

I didn't know him well. I have a memory though. Bob, who's a working pro from Dallas came out to the Golden Gate Gathering one year. I knew him only by his reputation and I'd seen his DVDs. They are all simply awesome. Bob's take on the laundry ticket, egg bag and cups/balls is world-class stuff. If...
by Kent Gunn
July 25th, 2020, 7:10 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4340

Re: Multum im Parvo

Joe,

Technically, perhaps you're wrong. I am, however, most certainly a jerk on a regular basis.

Your sense of humor shines through my clouds of trivial nonsense.
by Kent Gunn
July 24th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4340

Re: Multum im Parvo

Yes, there is a famous fourth in Paris.

Nope, Latin had long devolved and was not spoken outside of churches by the middle ages.
by Kent Gunn
July 20th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4340

Re: Multum im Parvo

Did no one take Latin in high school?

There's no im in Multum in Parvo.

Oh, wait, nobody cares about stuff like this. I'll break out some unedited magic books I have. They'll have many more egregious errors.
by Kent Gunn
July 19th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tabman tables Tennessee, are they still in business?
Replies: 17
Views: 1102

Re: Tabman tables Tennessee, are they still in business?

I bought a table from Tabman. Sent him the money. Sent him the money as he was getting ill. No table . . . A pal told me Ray Witkowski had taken over for Tabman. Ray sent me a table. I've had and used it for years. Ray got ALS, long ago. He had to stop making tables. No one, as far as I know is maki...
by Kent Gunn
July 13th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Story Trick, set in San Francisco
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Story Trick, set in San Francisco

Francisco, Alfred, Thank you both for your feedback. I do love my hometown, as well. When I'm lucky enough to do this, live for those with memories of The City by the Bay, I can see their eyes light up. I've gotten some great inspiration and lines from my audiences on this one. Stay in, stay safe. K...
by Kent Gunn
June 15th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Really?
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Re: Really?

I think Curtis has taken this to a really solid place.
by Kent Gunn
June 11th, 2020, 11:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Really?
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Really?

This is a Curtis Kam trick, married to a Mark Mason effect. I might call it Kamason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdGzeOD_QAA
by Kent Gunn
May 24th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3484

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

I never thought a layman would question whether he'd ever seen all the faces, during Wildcard. (Which is different from Gyp$y Curse) During the revelations of the cards changing, you clearly show all the faces. Quit worrying about how lousy the Hamman Count is. Dispatch it to the rubbish heap where ...
by Kent Gunn
May 23rd, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3484

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Ian,

To quote an amateur magician,

A Hamman count can be done flawlessly,

Your handling looks great.
by Kent Gunn
May 23rd, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3484

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Do this.

https://youtu.be/JTpNTWVlC-E

Plus, at 1:54 you can see all the backs again.

Just sayin'

PS. All tricks are imperfect. Pick your battles. A Hamman count can be done flawlessly, just not by me.
by Kent Gunn
May 14th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians united
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Magicians united

Awesome!
by Kent Gunn
May 13th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Peter Samelson - Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Replies: 6
Views: 1230

Re: Peter Samelson - Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Joe,

You can see a performance here.

https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/4834

It's too bad magic isn't theater. At least you shone a light on a great magician and this great routine. You may still believe magical performances are not related to theater, but, your post generated a lot of drama.
by Kent Gunn
May 8th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: All Backs cleaner, tighter and shorter.
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: All Backs cleaner, tighter and shorter.

I should have put Super Subtle Card Miracles in frame. That's where I learned the trick in the early seventies.
by Kent Gunn
May 7th, 2020, 10:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: All Backs cleaner, tighter and shorter.
Replies: 3
Views: 378

All Backs cleaner, tighter and shorter.

https://youtu.be/BByvyYTpsh8 I've gotten this to a point where I've locking down the sequence. Figured out how to incorporate the display that's new, to me, and get out of it, far more cleanly. I realize I've posted an earlier version that was pretty awkward. I think this one is a real improvement. ...
by Kent Gunn
May 6th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again

Paco,

Your English is far superior to my Spanish. ;)

I have no verb choices to make outside of English.

I don't know how much a non-magician audience would be deceived by the bit at the end. I'm happy with the overall trick. More rehearsals should smooth it out more.

Thank you
KG
by Kent Gunn
May 5th, 2020, 9:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again

Joe, reads backwards!

Good catch.
by Kent Gunn
May 4th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again

Jon,
I don't own an arm chopper. I never work for children. I rarely add to my routines from on-line suggestions.

I think we're safe.

Alfred, no slight intended, herein. Just chillin'. Stay tuned, a routine from the little-known brother of Madam Zolta; Elpmas Loots.
by Kent Gunn
May 4th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's the one time I just had to admit defeat
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Here's the one time I just had to admit defeat

Great story!

I never perform for children. I haven't since mine would ask me to do card tricks for their friends.

I never ran into one as clever as the one in your story.
by Kent Gunn
April 29th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again

Alfred,

At the end the cards can be examined. I fear your interlude with a wrist chopper might seem a little off-handed, to the overall effect.
by Kent Gunn
April 26th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again

Paco, Give away the cards? Do you know how hard it is to find duplicates or decks of duplicates? I own all of Ace of Diamonds forcing decks Card Shark had in the US. Letting them be examined now, this I agree is a good thing. Still trying to improve the mechanism that allows their being examinable. ...
by Kent Gunn
April 20th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again

For really, no good reason, I made up a bunch of these. You can get one here:

https://www.thefunshopcups.com/product-page/madam-zolta

US shipping is included. If you're elsewhere, it will be more.
by Kent Gunn
April 20th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again

I continue to work on the weird stuff that pops out of my addled mind. Using the AD makes unintended reversals end. Killed the Veeser count with a subtlety. Worked on the script to get under 3 minutes. https://youtu.be/JTpNTWVlC-E Is this continuing tweaking something you do? Do you ever get to a po...
by Kent Gunn
April 4th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Take a Deep Breath
Replies: 16
Views: 1213

Re: Take a Deep Breath

Jack, Denis' site is where I always start. Sold my Pallbearers to a pal, years ago, so I can't get to those, right now. Bob, I agree most versions are patently obvious. I'm looking for non- obvious methods? Overlap gaffs and envelope cards are paths I'm on, right now. Burger's version is sublime. Le...
by Kent Gunn
April 4th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Take a Deep Breath
Replies: 16
Views: 1213

Re: Take a Deep Breath

Richard, I found the Jennings version. It is different from the Ascanio/Apex aces standard. That guy was huge and smooth. Jon, I'm still on the hunt for the original. Any ideas on how to find it? Ian, between Kabbala and Apocalypse I there's more than ten versions. I don't see two sets or classes of...
by Kent Gunn
April 3rd, 2020, 10:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Take a Deep Breath
Replies: 16
Views: 1213

Re: Take a Deep Breath

I'm researching Cannibal Cards. Found the big blue Kabbala volume is chock full of examples. Apocalypse has a bunch, as well.

Video compendium from Vanishing Inc. was a good deal. Eugene Burger had an awesome version.

Hoping Bob Farmer might have something on this. ;)
by Kent Gunn
March 31st, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 29984

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Alfred,

Your cup routine looks like it entertains the snot out of your audience. Don Alan's simplicity and direct plot comprise one of Magic's most seminal pieces. You do it with an easy mastery.

KG
by Kent Gunn
March 29th, 2020, 8:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 29984

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

You guys are firmly in the two cup camp. You're all about impromptu props. I know the cups routine I do, with three cups would not work table hopping. I LOVE the Carl Andrews routine and how it segues into sponges. For me, the cups and balls have real gravitas. I did the Vernon routine since high sc...
by Kent Gunn
March 17th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Close II
Replies: 6
Views: 1534

Re: Close II

Phillipe,

I didn't mean to lead you astray. The first three tricks in Kardma are all using the same basic idea. That's where I started. The giant fan thing, as far as I know is not in print outside of my office.


KG
by Kent Gunn
March 16th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Close II
Replies: 6
Views: 1534

Close II

Been doing this for a long time. In Las Vegas Kardma, the first section has Allan's superior versions.

I finally got this where I'm happy with it.


https://youtu.be/U5pGoanHpv4

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