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by Kent Gunn
February 27th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Does anyone here speak French?
Replies: 22
Views: 488

Re: Does anyone here speak French?

Mark,
There are dozen of French to English translators on the web.

Type translate French to English into a search engine.

Or you can just click on this link.

https://translate.yandex.com/translator/French-English
by Kent Gunn
February 24th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Who Are Your Major Magical influences?
Replies: 12
Views: 448

Re: Who Are Your Major Magical influences?

Alfred, Bob's day job is pretty darned cool. Influences, for me, were mostly books. My magical beginings were shaped by three real people though. Demonstrators at the magic shops I found 1. Marvin Lovestedt at The Fun Shop in Ogden, Utah. 2. Earl Nelson at Loftus in Salt Lake City. 3. Paul Chosse at...
by Kent Gunn
February 23rd, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Who Are Your Major Magical influences?
Replies: 12
Views: 448

Re: Who Are Your Major Magical influences?

Alfred,
I get to hang out with Corey, quite regularly. He is a fantastic magician. Sounds like you've had some great inspirations.

It's too bad you've left Coral Springs there's a great magic crew that gets together there.
by Kent Gunn
February 17th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: RCT back in stock?
Replies: 6
Views: 543

Re: RCT back in stock?

ksevile,

What do you think the standard price should be?

150 bucks for RCT, well after it's publication, is a pretty modest uptick, especially since you can caress the faux leather cover.
by Kent Gunn
February 2nd, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Do You Really Know Your Playing Cards? / A Test in Inattentional Blindness
Replies: 12
Views: 600

Re: Do You Really Know Your Playing Cards? / A Test in Inattentional Blindness

I don't think which way a playing card's head faces falls under the label of Inattentional Blindness. It's trivia. The recently named label has to do with an unperceived stimulus. My life is pretty goddamn dull, but not even I consider any of the items you enquired about to be very stimulating. Of c...
by Kent Gunn
January 30th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Trying to find Childhood Optical Illusion Book. Any Idea?
Replies: 9
Views: 666

Re: Trying to find Childhood Optical Illusion Book. Any Idea?

Chris,

Type The Magic Eye book into Google.

It's for sale several places, including Amazon.

I'd have put in a link straight to the book but there are many to choose from.
by Kent Gunn
January 28th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 466
Views: 147125

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Oh, he was calling us whores.
by Kent Gunn
January 28th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 466
Views: 147125

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Farmer gets the award for "Tossing off the most literary reference of the week" award for . . .

Using the word demimonde.

Jesus . . .
by Kent Gunn
January 24th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 157
Views: 14887

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

Well, there goes 300 bucks. I guess I'll have to wait a while before feeding my Lego addiction.
by Kent Gunn
January 23rd, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 52
Views: 2277

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

I say "I'll do you one better and show you how to do 3 tricks" and then perform/teach 3 self working tricks. If I have time to adjust the deck I'll do Pokers Players Picnic; but not teach them how that one works. Brian, do you realize this quote was written about magicians like you? "...
by Kent Gunn
December 19th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A tv appearance
Replies: 14
Views: 1217

Re: A tv appearance

That was great. I enjoyed the performance.
by Kent Gunn
November 18th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: On The Slant
Replies: 37
Views: 2795

Re: On The Slant

Mark, I'm so glad you're back. Your posturing and opinionated drivel is always welcome. I'm quite certain you neither block nor script your shows. Carry on! Mediocrity is a way of life for most magicians. I have the luxury of having had a a series of jobs that allowed me to retire. I knew, from an e...
by Kent Gunn
November 18th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: On The Slant
Replies: 37
Views: 2795

Re: On The Slant

kevinm,

Lemme make a phone call to McGowan. He's my Racherbaumer expert/summoning machine.

I'll let you know.

KG
by Kent Gunn
November 18th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: On The Slant
Replies: 37
Views: 2795

Re: On The Slant

Kevin, If you subscribe to Genii, you have access to all of Mssr. Racherbaumer's great articles. With some elementary Google-fu all the articles by him with 21 in the text would lovingly unfold before you. Ah, but that's not the best answer. You want to find a copy of 7-7-7 by Mssr. Racherbaumer. It...
by Kent Gunn
October 21st, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Institutes of a Coin Magic Fan
Replies: 2
Views: 1274

Re: Institutes of a Coin Magic Fan

I know my word does not carry the weight of a Tom Dobrowolski or a review in Genii magazine. Jerimiah has discovered a coin sleight I think is ground-breaking, called "The Drop". He expands on the basic idea and has created some innovative material. If you're coin magic fan, you should con...
by Kent Gunn
October 20th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 10972

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Flount should be flout. My abject apologies.
by Kent Gunn
October 20th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 10972

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Brad, I can't imagine a world where high school students teach one another about Joyce. I'm certain your lecture was well-intentioned. I hope, looking back you know now how little we understood about anything at sixteen. Effing modernist authors . . . Flounting perfectly reasonable rules, designed t...
by Kent Gunn
October 19th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 10972

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Brad, I watched some of Shin Lim's video clips. I don't understand how what he is doing is so very different than other magicians. I'm not a fan of some of the techniques he uses, at all. I don't see how what he does deserves a category all his own. The vignettes I watched were all brief, perhaps th...
by Kent Gunn
October 18th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 10972

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Brad,

If you can capitalize Germain, capitalize Shin Lim. It wasn't an oversight. You're being petty.
by Kent Gunn
October 18th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 10972

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Brad,

Germaine was a magician. Using his name is not germain as you used it. Damned homophobes.
by Kent Gunn
October 1st, 2019, 12:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Regal Book Coming in September
Replies: 43
Views: 9713

Re: New David Regal Book Coming in September

David,

Will you be at Genii, with copies of the book?

I'd like to buy one.

KG
by Kent Gunn
September 21st, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Nazi Sympathizer (Just a coin trick)
Replies: 1
Views: 1161

Nazi Sympathizer (Just a coin trick)

https://youtu.be/GczwSkBBn6E

This crazy thing started when I read Kaufman's Coin Magic, thirty-five years ago. Read through the copper silver stuff last night.

I have corrupted the original beyond measure, sorry.
by Kent Gunn
September 13th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii 2019 Convention
Replies: 27
Views: 4915

Re: Genii 2019 Convention

I have a list of two dealers.

Me and RFA Productions. (That's Tony Miller and Rosie Rings)
by Kent Gunn
August 20th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic in Arizona
Replies: 7
Views: 1963

Re: Magic in Arizona

FYI: Williams Magic is open again, but they've relocated to Trail Dust Town. They're just outside the steak place now. It's been a while since I posted on this thread. I don't know where Trail Dust Town is. This makes the steak place reference even more obtuse. I'll see if the Internet can help. Th...
by Kent Gunn
August 18th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Are you reaching your goals?
Replies: 1
Views: 972

Re: Are you reaching your goals?

I am reaching my goals, thank you for asking.
by Kent Gunn
August 8th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

I.M.

Madame Z is from Poughkeepsie: born and raised.
by Kent Gunn
August 7th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

Someone said, "Hey you took down the video!"

I did. I toy with these things, this is what it looks like now.

https://youtu.be/VEwstGtt4b4
by Kent Gunn
July 31st, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Color Changing Knives
Replies: 0
Views: 1133

Color Changing Knives

The Kopf/Buck set showed up at the house. They are the most realistic, non-magic prop looking set I own. Trouble is, the only routine I know needs the ability to discern knives, by touch. I ordered the Lovins set. I really like them. This routine I found in my notebooks from the 70s. I'm going to po...
by Kent Gunn
July 26th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What kind of dealing grips are you using?
Replies: 14
Views: 1884

Re: What kind of dealing grips are you using?

Love me some Strunk and White. Neither of them would have considered an Erdnase grip. Brad I don't think Strunk and White applies to Ian's version of English. It's their damned language. I don't know the U.K. style standards for pluralizations. England and the U.S.; two countries separated by a comm...
by Kent Gunn
July 17th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madam Zolta meets Bob Farmer and Jon Townsend.
Replies: 1
Views: 1117

Madam Zolta meets Bob Farmer and Jon Townsend.

https://youtu.be/p2PUkCb155o

Jon and Bob had some great ideas on this. To punish them, they got cameos in the video.

I've locked this trick down. Instructions are written and printed. I'll have sets at the Genii Convention.

I really am charging 40 bucks. Convention price is way better.

KG
by Kent Gunn
July 9th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Chompy - More magic from the Fun Shop
Replies: 8
Views: 2383

Re: Chompy - More magic from the Fun Shop

The very first Chompy is being put on a Greyhound with some salami sammiches. He's being adopted by a good family in NYC.

He comes with directions for Stabbed!

Adoption paperwork can be filled out online. Let me know if you need a link.
by Kent Gunn
July 9th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

Aha,

After wrasslin' with Performer on this very topic, my what's funny filter got a little fogged up.

Here is some not safe for work/home/anywhere footage of me doing There and Back Again at a private venue. IF COARSE LANGUAGE OFFENDS YOU don't follow this link.

https://youtu.be/wRZYHuhAqR0
by Kent Gunn
July 9th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

Bill, I'm pretty sure Mr. Lyons was kidding and perhaps mocking my political correctness attempts. Madame Zolta was a character in an I Dream of Jeannie episode. After her fame died down, she retired in Cocoa Beach and ekes out a living doing birthday shows, balloon animal twisting and the occasiona...
by Kent Gunn
July 9th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

She's not a fortune teller, she's a birthday party performer. It's like drag queens and transvestites, I can't tell the difference, but it's important to them

The performance has been approved by the Romani, anti-defamation league. They're huge, here in Florida.
by Kent Gunn
July 8th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

https://youtu.be/37BHPFE1j_w


Wildcard has always been a Shaggy Dog Story of a trick, to me. I firmly believe that if you watch this version all the way through, you'll be rewarded with an actual punchline.
by Kent Gunn
July 4th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

Richard,

You're not helping. I dodged that title in Madame Zolta's listing of precedents on purpose. I love that version of the trick. Ron Bauer had a really good write-up in one of his booklets.
by Kent Gunn
July 4th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

https://youtu.be/c9ox2cmrZu0 Come to the Genii Convention's dealers room. Madame Zolta will put in an appearance. I recently was informed my previous line of patter was racist. Not being known for political correctness, I blew it off. BUT, after doing some research, my caricature of a Romani was rea...
by Kent Gunn
June 24th, 2019, 11:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 29610

Re: The Pass

Mark,
Hope all is well in Canada. I understand you were in the hospital for a spell. I hope whatever affliction that had the temerity to accost you has passed.

You argued your points very well. Now this is the Mark Lewis I've come to admire and despise. Bloody better.

KG

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