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by Kent Gunn
May 24th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2406

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: 86
Views: 2406

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: 86
Views: 2406

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: 622

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: 947

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: 307

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: 307

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: 917

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: 917

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: 917

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: 13
Views: 760

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: 917

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: 917

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: 917

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: 917

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 28438

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: 28438

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: 1455

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: 1455

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
by Kent Gunn
February 27th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Does anyone here speak French?
Replies: 43
Views: 4566

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: 16
Views: 2517

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: 16
Views: 2517

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: 13
Views: 2687

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: 1857

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: 1986

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: 155441

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: 155441

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: 158
Views: 21882

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: 4686

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: 1455

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: 5549

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: 5549

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: 5549

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: 1351

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: 103
Views: 13325

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: 103
Views: 13325

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: 103
Views: 13325

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...

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