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by Pete McCabe
May 8th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2403

Re: Frank Garcia Books

Somebody ought to go through the books and make a list of every trick, and what was the original name of the trick, who created it, and where was it originally published. Then we wouldn't need those books.
by Pete McCabe
February 25th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7600
Views: 2321008

Re: ERDNASE

Another possibility is for people who have not received their books to just not read this thread until their book arrives.
by Pete McCabe
February 12th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 40
Views: 5319

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

There is no need to make an exception for PressureFan. You can use all of Giobbi's techniques to switch one half deck for another.
by Pete McCabe
February 7th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Three mini-reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 1954

Re: Three mini-reviews

I teach English, and when I call on kids, I have a deck of cards with each kid's name on a card. I go through the deck until each kid is called on, and then shuffle and start again. So for a few minutes five times a day, I'm standing in front of 40 kids with a deck in my hand. Then I started practic...
by Pete McCabe
February 6th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7600
Views: 2321008

Re: ERDNASE

I believe we will know the true identity of Erdnase before we know the true meaning of Jonathan Townsend's posts.
by Pete McCabe
February 4th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit help
Replies: 28
Views: 3212

Re: Credit help

One of the interesting features of this trick—the Bannon version, anyway—is that it seems like a prediction without requiring a prediction. The spectator mixes a bunch of cards, and at the end, there are four cards face up, and they're all aces. This factor might be lessened if the cards are all dif...
by Pete McCabe
January 28th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: DMCA Takedown Notice H*ll
Replies: 27
Views: 9368

Re: DMCA Takedown Notice H*ll

If I may, that is not what you need to know. You need to know whether this copying of your kindle books is a) hurting your sales, b) is having no effect, or c) is helping them. Based on everything I have seen, both inside and outside of magic, I think the answer is, most likely, either b or c. Not e...
by Pete McCabe
January 3rd, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Question about how to ask for advice on here
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

Re: Question about how to ask for advice on here

I wonder what an audience would think you are doing. Would they think you were displaying the top card and dealing it to the table? I doubt that very much. I suspect they would be confused, and not know what you are doing. I suspect that would be true for that move no matter how many repetitions you...
by Pete McCabe
December 5th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Symbol Deck
Replies: 13
Views: 3941

Re: Symbol Deck

You already have a sample of a printerstudio.com deck, by the way. Remember the Dealer Test deck I sent you (from the Tarotdiction toolbox)? Printerstudio.com made that.
by Pete McCabe
December 4th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Symbol Deck
Replies: 13
Views: 3941

Re: Symbol Deck

printerstudio.com will print a complete custom deck of cards—you can upload images for both the face and back of every card—for about $20. Pretty good price for a single deck. The quality is not quite USPCC but it is close enough for most purposes, including sleight of hand. I've used them several t...
by Pete McCabe
November 27th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dan Garrett's Underhanded Overhand Shuffle
Replies: 12
Views: 2293

Re: Dan Garrett's Underhanded Overhand Shuffle

I've been working in this area for the last couple of years. Here's a very nice Red-Black shuffle based on the same techniques. Say we have Reds on top. Start by shuffling freely for about a third of the deck. On the next chop, the third of the deck in your left hand is kind of jammed into your righ...
by Pete McCabe
November 18th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: On The Slant
Replies: 37
Views: 5628

Re: On The Slant

The book I am currently reading, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker, explains how to do this same trick while bringing the selection to any number from 1 to 21 (or 27, if you prefer), turning it into a sort of ACAAN. (BTW this is NOT a magic book.) Requires some mental gymn...
by Pete McCabe
November 4th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viva Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 2213

Re: Viva Las Vegas

Mac King.
by Pete McCabe
September 9th, 2019, 2:19 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Schrodinger's Coin (Pete McCabe)
Replies: 11
Views: 7406

Re: Video of Schrodinger's Coin (Pete McCabe)

It's nice to have a thread like this pop up after 8 years. FYI David Acer gets credit for the name. I have one of the Blackout coins, which I bought for this trick. It's great—the beveled edge is a big plus. This trick got the best reaction I've ever received. (Keep in mind I am not a pro.) Standing...
by Pete McCabe
August 29th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Ebook from Michael Close
Replies: 7
Views: 1507

Re: New Ebook from Michael Close

Michael Close wrote:The good news is, my new ebook isn't about the Assumptive Trinities.
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by Pete McCabe
August 21st, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 43
Views: 8907

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

Richard,

Murphy's shows a Copag 310 deck for sale right now—is it the "old" one? Any way to tell when the new ones come out?
by Pete McCabe
August 21st, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 16
Views: 4518

Re: Who invented this control?

I think you read this in a book (or magazine) by Karl Fulves but I don't remember which one. I have seen "Floating Key" used in several places. Bannon has a trick with a floating key in one of his books. I think I've read something by Racherbaumer with the same name. Dave Solomon's name s...
by Pete McCabe
August 21st, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"
Replies: 14
Views: 1866

Re: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"

At the time—this was at least 15 years ago—I had no idea that I would ever have an opportunity to see it again. YouTube did not exist. But I don't like to suggest that this was some great achievement. I know the secrets of lots of magic tricks. One more or less is just not that big a deal. The self-...
by Pete McCabe
August 21st, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 16
Views: 4518

Re: Who invented this control?

I've also seen this kind of thing called a "Floating Key", so that might be worth looking for also.
by Pete McCabe
August 15th, 2019, 4:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"
Replies: 14
Views: 1866

Re: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"

I saw it live and kept my eyes closed. I haven't watched the episode of FU, but I am looking forward to finally seeing it. This piece came up when I interviewed Teller for Scripting Magic. Pete Let’s take “Honor System.” In 1975 you had the concept of the audience keeping their eyes closed. What did...
by Pete McCabe
August 8th, 2019, 3:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 15595

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Joe,

BTW, your comment that connections isn't true creativity is wrong. That's exactly what creativity is.
by Pete McCabe
August 8th, 2019, 3:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 15595

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

How many mice does it take to screw in a light bulb? Two.
by Pete McCabe
August 4th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Regal Book Coming in September
Replies: 43
Views: 10555

Re: New David Regal Book Coming in September

I helped proofread the book. Highest recommendation.
by Pete McCabe
July 13th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Hokasen
Replies: 7
Views: 7764

Re: Hokasen

I've had Clown loaches, Kuhlie loaches, and Skunk loaches in my fish tanks over the years. But I don't think I've ever seen a fish for sale just called "loach." In a travelogue, Michael Palin visits a restaurant in Japan that has been owned by the same family, in the same location, for 600...
by Pete McCabe
July 13th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 27
Views: 8645

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

In Drawing Room Deceptions, in the chapter on the clip, Hollingworth describes how to ditch the gaffs used in the ace assembly, using the clip.
by Pete McCabe
July 9th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Handing the spectator a knife question
Replies: 6
Views: 2928

Re: Handing the spectator a knife question

Plus if you travel with a knife, airport security is another potential problem.
by Pete McCabe
July 6th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Floating Aces - Cervon
Replies: 19
Views: 3666

Re: Floating Aces - Cervon

This is not heresy. It's just common sense. This is heresy: Jazz Aces is a bad plot. I've seen it done at least 10 times, always by excellent performers, and it's always confusing. Halfway through there is a pile of three cards, where the aces are gathering, and two other face down aces on the table...
by Pete McCabe
July 3rd, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Impossible Crime Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 2971

Re: Impossible Crime Fiction

For anyone on this board who is interested in exploring this genre, I suggest you check out The Great Merlini, the collected stories of Clayton Rawson. "Off the Face of the Earth" is one of my very favorite mystery short stories, mostly because the solution is so perfectly suited to a stor...
by Pete McCabe
July 3rd, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is Revizzit still working?
Replies: 14
Views: 4226

Re: Is Revizzit still working?

It just goes to show that regardless of the platform, if you buy from someone with integrity like John Carney, he will take care of you.
by Pete McCabe
June 30th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 27
Views: 8645

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

For anyone who pulls down their copy of the Complete Dingle, it seems to me that the illustrations on page 94 are misnumbered; one is two and two is one.
by Pete McCabe
June 25th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Devin Knight's baby gag
Replies: 6
Views: 1090

Re: Devin Knight's baby gag

That is the best advertisement I have ever seen on the Genii Forum.
by Pete McCabe
June 24th, 2019, 1:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: On Tommy Wonder's Tamed Card
Replies: 27
Views: 8249

Re: On Tommy Wonder's Tamed Card

I am currently playing around with the color changing glue and I think it is worth pursuing for this routine. It is very much easier to apply consistently than wax or any glue stick, and performs very similarly. The question is how does its performance last over many performances, which I can't ever...
by Pete McCabe
June 15th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 36521

Re: The Pass

erdnasephile wrote:Hi, Pete:
Here's the reference:
"Convincing Tilt" (Daryl Martinez), The Last Hierophant, pg 39 (June, 1979)

Thanks for the reference.
by Pete McCabe
June 11th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 36521

Re: The Pass

Pete, you're assuming that the Depth Illusion is bullet proof in terms of convincing people that the card goes into the center of the deck. Maybe not! You may be right, but that's true of any move so I'm not sure how to use that information. You may be assuming the Pass is bullet proof, but I have ...
by Pete McCabe
June 6th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 36521

Re: The Pass

A sandwich effect quickly loses its effectiveness without a Pass to trap the selection. What would the plan be without a Pass? Cut and shuffle the deck so that the mates can trap the selection? That won't work very well. How else would a face up card travel to the top in an Ambitious Card routine? ...
by Pete McCabe
June 4th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 36521

Re: The Pass

I don't do the pass myself, so I'm certainly not an expert. But I have not heard of doing the pass to control the card to the top, and then openly shuffling the deck. Why wouldn't you just hold a break and shuffle the card to the top? This was one of Daryl's favorite controls, and it looked very dis...
by Pete McCabe
May 30th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 4618

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

Of course, you can do a great routine with a Mullica wallet, where the audience will not notice the wallet coming to the deck. But you can also do a great routine with a double-back card in your wallet or anything, remove it to the deck, and double-turnover to show it’s the signed selection. To me t...
by Pete McCabe
May 29th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 4618

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

The whole point of magic is to produce the best effect. If a Mullica wallet is enhanced by palming, which I believe it is, who cares what the original point of the prop was?
by Pete McCabe
May 29th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 4618

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

Or you can use a gambler's cop and the Mullica wallet.
by Pete McCabe
May 21st, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Key Mysteries
Replies: 16
Views: 9085

Re: Key Mysteries

Steve, I would be interested to know how you reveal the information you have acquired. How does the patient believe you acquired the information? Do you acknowledge that you acquired it secretly by a magical method, or do you present it as something you acquired by a supernatural method, or what?

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