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by Pete McCabe
December 17th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 75
Views: 26990

Re: DeLand

My copy arrived here in Simi Valley, CA today. The beautiful looking book (haven't opened it yet) and a "Mystery and Madness" deck (ditto). I ordered on Cyber Friday or something, so I believe I'm getting two other decks shipped separately. Can't wait to officially "get" this boo...
by Pete McCabe
November 29th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 39
Views: 9090

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Speaking of the linking rings, I think a great climax would be to put away all but two ungimmicked rings. Have them examined, then take them back and immediately link them, using the Caveney method. I don't do the rings but if I did, I would definitely try this. I think it would be a great finish; s...
by Pete McCabe
November 26th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4326

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

The use of "man" to refer to (generically, without respect to gender) a member of the human race goes back to early Old English… …when women were literally property. We are trying to move away from that way of thinking. If you think that I am just a man, telling you what women find offensi...
by Pete McCabe
November 20th, 2018, 2:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The 8 of Diamonds "Secret"
Replies: 4
Views: 691

Re: The 8 of Diamonds "Secret"

Interesting. I wish it wasn't the same card. Reminds me of the first time I saw the arrow in the FedEd logo.
by Pete McCabe
October 12th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2055827

Re: ERDNASE

As an interested bystander to the Erdnase question, the view is getting more interesting all the time. I must say, the idea that Marshall Smith could have had some reason to keep Erdnase's identity secret means a jolly huge amount of reconsidering of evidence.
by Pete McCabe
September 27th, 2018, 6:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Trying to contact Mac King
Replies: 2
Views: 599

Re: Trying to contact Mac King

I've gotten in touch with Bill Herz, who is taking care of it.
by Pete McCabe
September 27th, 2018, 3:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Trying to contact Mac King
Replies: 2
Views: 599

Trying to contact Mac King

I ordered a couple of things from the Mac King store. The Paypal charge went through but I never got an email receipt. And I can not find any contact information anywhere on the site. Does anyone know who I should contact? TIA, Pete.
by Pete McCabe
September 24th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column
Replies: 14
Views: 4407

Re: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column

I think Max's Juan Tamariz story shows another important way that magicians can be blind. As soon as we know how a trick is done, we don't think of it as such a good trick. Of course, people are going to think the ones he didn't teach were the best, because they don't know the method. One time John ...
by Pete McCabe
September 13th, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New ACAAN
Replies: 16
Views: 1285

Re: New ACAAN

Bob: In John Gaughan's workshop he has a beautiful table that was an "any named card rise" from a deck in a houlette on the table. Built into the table is a carousel, like a slide projector, with 52 cards in it. An assistant offstage pulls a thread to rotate the carousel, while watching th...
by Pete McCabe
September 12th, 2018, 4:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New ACAAN
Replies: 16
Views: 1285

Re: New ACAAN

First, I should have written, the deck was on the bar until I had named both card and number. Sorry—I can't find the edit post button.

Yes, just once.
by Pete McCabe
September 12th, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New ACAAN
Replies: 16
Views: 1285

Re: New ACAAN

A few years ago, I walked up to Paul Wilson sitting at the main bar at the Castle. I told him I heard he had a great version of ACAAN. He immediately asked me to name a card and a number, which I did. Then he picked up a deck from the bar, dealt to that number, and there was my card. That's the comp...
by Pete McCabe
September 7th, 2018, 3:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4910

Re: About doing magic

Al you are right as usual. Jay Sankey (I think) has a trick where you flip a finger ring in the air, spinning (like flipping a coin), and then stab your finger through it as it flies. Like some handlings of the Karate coin. But when he would perform it, some people would respond with "that's pr...
by Pete McCabe
September 6th, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4910

Re: About doing magic

I'm with Tom Stone. In his original essay, Rick Johnsson gave an example of a trick that was "too perfect," and which a spectator would know had only one possible solution. He then proposed a couple of things you could do to make it less perfect, and hence more effective. But the trick he ...
by Pete McCabe
September 6th, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Resuscitating Old Cards?
Replies: 17
Views: 1901

Re: Resuscitating Old Cards?

Jonathan,

Just FYI you can get business cards printed on playing card stock at:

https://www.makeplayingcards.com/design/fi-8343.html

They're not as cheap as regular business cards, but you can get small runs for cheap and they handle like playing cards.
by Pete McCabe
September 5th, 2018, 3:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: WTB: a blank WOW (by Masuda) set
Replies: 0
Views: 301

WTB: a blank WOW (by Masuda) set

I am looking for Masuda's WOW trick in blank. To clarify: I have a standard WOW gimmick. It shows either an empty sleeve, or a Six of Diamonds. So you can insert a Five of Clubs card in the sleeve, and when you show it, the spectators see a Six of Diamonds. As they watch, the card visibly changes in...
by Pete McCabe
August 25th, 2018, 9:44 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

Re: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone

I appreciate the suggestions. I'm with Erdnaseophile—it has to be something revealed in a natural gesture.
by Pete McCabe
August 24th, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wenk's Misled
Replies: 19
Views: 3101

Re: Wenk's Misled

When I was in Maui recently, sessioning with David Kuraya, Tom Gaddis, and Curtis Kam, there was a possibility that Tim Wenk was going to join us. He ended up not being able to make it, so I never got to meet him. But I think he's in Maui, or at least Hawaii.
by Pete McCabe
August 24th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

Re: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone

Several well-respected (by me) magicians were seen walking out of the Vanishing Inc booth at Magic Live with one of these. A true classic routine. I have by now seen this performed several times at the Castle and it has always gotten a huge response. I just wish I could perform it for my middle scho...
by Pete McCabe
July 20th, 2018, 1:58 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Updated PM Card Mark ebook
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: Updated PM Card Mark ebook

It may take them a bit to process the update—I'm not sure what's involved for them. I should probably have waited a bit before announcing it.
by Pete McCabe
July 17th, 2018, 6:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 2498

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Al, I have always felt that you have been the champion of the style of naturalness so strongly associated with Vernon. I think this is why I have always been so drawn to your magic. To me, the best compliment is "But you didn't do anything." Super Nova is beautiful. It fooled me, and I kno...
by Pete McCabe
July 17th, 2018, 6:05 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Updated PM Card Mark ebook
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Updated PM Card Mark ebook

Hi all. I recently sent out the v1.2 update of my PM Card Mark ebook to everyone who has bought the book from me. I hope I got everybody, but if you bought the ebook and didn't receive the update, please let me know and I'll take care of you. If you bought from Vanishing Inc, you'll get the update f...
by Pete McCabe
June 27th, 2018, 2:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3142

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

While watching this show I had an idea for the moment at the end of the suspension where you have to raise the person before lowering them. The idea is, as you walk around, showing the suspension, etc., you end up standing behind (from the audience's perspective) the suspended legs. So to walk to th...
by Pete McCabe
June 18th, 2018, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Videos of All 6 New Tenyo Items for 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 2036

Re: Videos of All 6 New Tenyo Items for 2019

I wonder how it would look if the screen had a photo of someone with, say an open mouth, with the silk disappearing into it. Or some sort of sci-fi vortex thing. It could be animated. Lots of possibilities.
by Pete McCabe
May 23rd, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2055827

Re: ERDNASE

To be a "pretty standard technique", one would have to be able to offer numerous examples of false names, containing real names concealed within - but with those "real names" not being the name of the actual author? Can you offer up any authors, books, or "false names"...
by Pete McCabe
May 22nd, 2018, 4:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2055827

Re: ERDNASE

The author must have had a reason to use that pseudonym, and providing a credible reason for a candidate to do so, based on known facts without speculation or leaps of faith, strengthens that candidate's case. Isn't it possible that the pseudonym was created to include the reversal to Andrews delib...
by Pete McCabe
May 22nd, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2055827

Re: ERDNASE

Bob Coyne wrote:The probability of a pseudonym spelling out another name backwards is extremely low and just wouldn't happen by chance.


But that does not mean that it spells out the author's name.
by Pete McCabe
May 21st, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6987
Views: 2055827

Re: ERDNASE

I'm very surprised to hear people say that to be credible, a candidate's name must be "connected" in some way to the pseudonym S.W. Erdnase. If you were using a pseudonym for a serious reason, the last thing you would do is connect it to your name. To discount a candidate because his name ...
by Pete McCabe
May 17th, 2018, 5:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Testimony
Replies: 11
Views: 2165

Re: DC Testimony

I was foreman on a civil trial in New York in the mid 80s. One of the attorneys was rude, belligerent, and attacked several witnesses quite strongly. He lost. It wasn't close. We all thought that his antagonism was a substitute for a case, not an enhancement to it. I was on another jury in a very si...
by Pete McCabe
May 17th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 13314

Re: Theodore Deland

Between Maidens and Mandolins, I pick Maidens. We're still talking about playing cards, right? I can see adding a Maiden gaff to a Bicycle Rider deck and doing a trick. To be honest, if there's a gaff I want to use, I'll just buy a Maiden deck, but to experiment I would add it to a Rider. I would no...
by Pete McCabe
May 16th, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 1491

Re: P.T. Selbit

I'm fascinated by Selbit as well. I have a copy of the Mighty Cheese poster on my wall (one of the very few magic posters that does not show the magician). I think it would be great if, say, Penn and Teller brought this trick back, getting professional wrestlers to wrestle the cheese. With regard to...
by Pete McCabe
May 9th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 18402

Re: New John Thompson Book

I am only up to his version of the Universal Card, but gosh that's brilliant.
by Pete McCabe
May 2nd, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 2120

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

You could always do the standard C&R rope where you pull up the middle, switch it for near the end, and cut that. Tie it, move the knot near the end, and untie it there. This is by far the most practical method (of the original sliding knot effect). I wonder how many people in the audience could...
by Pete McCabe
May 1st, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 2120

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

I recently bought Knot Unexpected 2.0, Tony Clark's (authorized) version of the Steinmeyer trick. It's very nearly as perfect as the Curry method, and requires no assistants (other than spectators to hold the rope). Haven't tried it out, but I am planning on doing at least one thing differently than...
by Pete McCabe
April 27th, 2018, 3:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 74
Views: 16314

Re: Mark Lewis Troll Forum

Why would Bob Farmer regret starting this thread? It's working out exactly as he hoped.
by Pete McCabe
April 19th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 18402

Re: New John Thompson Book

I ordered a home delivery body-building course. First the mailman brought me 10 pound weights. Then he brought me 25 pound weights. Then he brought 50 pound weights. It really worked—you should see the muscles on my mailman.
by Pete McCabe
March 19th, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 26
Views: 2923

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

I learned the Berg knot from the description in Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic. It was not difficult to learn. You might want to try there.
by Pete McCabe
March 19th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 26
Views: 2923

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

It's a bit hard to see, but here Vernon doesn't use the throwing motion. Instead he puts the removed pip on the table and flicks it away with his middle finger.
by Pete McCabe
March 5th, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 3283

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

…the method should be effortless (either because the trick is simple or because you are very skilled) - with the idea that the presentation should make the magic appear effortless. I can fully understand that some magicians may wish to sell the idea that the magic process is not as effortless as si...
by Pete McCabe
March 1st, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 3283

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

This is important because magicians forget that magic should literally come across as being effortless. I agree with most of what you said, Joe, but not this. Sure, you can present your magic as being effortless. But why is that the only option? Why can't your magic powers be difficult to execute? ...

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