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by Pete McCabe
February 15th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 33
Views: 2165

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Joe, Good job on your script. I hope you find the process useful. It certainly helps me to make suggestions when I can see the big picture. What shined to me was the line “it refuses to stay in the middle of the deck.” The card flies from the deck physically, and then rises to the top. I like the id...
by Pete McCabe
February 15th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 33
Views: 2165

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

I personally don't care much for anthromorphic presentations—like the Jacks are the detectives, etc.. But one day we were talking about the ambitious card, and I asked myself: what would it mean if a playing card were genuinely ambitious? It seems to me that the only playing card that can get promot...
by Pete McCabe
February 14th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 17
Views: 3752

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Bob, I had a look at Magigram in the Castle library yesterday. Went over a half-dozen of Billy's columns, but none of them had any tricks at all. That doesn't seem to be that column was about. Also it's not in any of Billy's books, and it wasn't in the Potter index either. If you have any other sugg...
by Pete McCabe
February 12th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 17
Views: 3752

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Yes! What I would really love to see is the reaction shots of Mary, Murray, and Lou watching from the bullpen.
by Pete McCabe
February 11th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 150
Views: 34288

Re: DeLand

Richard Leach wrote:Where do I look for a sheet of clear acetate that can be copied on, and what type of copier ink will I need that will adhere to acetate.


Go to Amazon and search for "overhead transparency sheets for laser printers," or go to any office supply store and ask for the same.
by Pete McCabe
February 9th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12850

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

Perform a stand alone French Drop vanish for your students. All of them will scream at your other hand. Although young, they did not fall off the turnip truck yesterday. My go-to trick when a student asks me to do something is a standalone French Drop vanish. So far, in 14 years, no student has eve...
by Pete McCabe
February 8th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12850

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

the Spider Vanish succeeds cuz it's based on the observation that the dirty hand will be suspected after a false transfer. Forgive me, but I think this is not correct. The Spider Vanishes that I have seen succeed because they direct the spectators to suspect the dirty hand. The observation that the...
by Pete McCabe
February 8th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Home made okito box and Boston box!
Replies: 8
Views: 1122

Re: Home made okito box and Boston box!

My suggestion would be to think about what you are going to say when you first introduce the box. What is it supposed to be? Where did you supposedly get it? Then make it to match those qualities.
by Pete McCabe
February 6th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician accused of sexual assault
Replies: 16
Views: 1914

Re: Magician accused of sexual assault

I am just finishing up reading World of Wonders , the third book in Robertson Davies' Deptford trilogy. In that book, Willard the Wizard appears as a character. He is a pedophile and drug addict, who rapes and abducts the main character Eisengrim. I was pretty surprised to find this kind of extremel...
by Pete McCabe
February 6th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 150
Views: 34288

Re: DeLand

I have held the original gaff and my 50% gray version next to an actual spread of cards. The lighting of the real spread matters a lot in terms of how dark (and how thick) the edges look, but the 50% looked noticeably better in every lighting condition I could find. Of course, that doesn't mean the ...
by Pete McCabe
February 6th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 150
Views: 34288

Re: DeLand

I was playing around with the Phantom gaff, and I found that the fake edges are too dark. So I made my own, but I set the fake edges as 50% gray. This looks much better to my eyes. If you have a color printer and minimal proficiency with any graphics program (I used Illustrator), this is not hard. F...
by Pete McCabe
February 3rd, 2019, 1:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12850

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

I have always felt that this was the most important part of the discussion from Carneycopia: The action of transferring an object to the other hand is a trivial one, which should be viewed as incidental to the demonstration, registering only on the mental periphery. This is where "retention of ...
by Pete McCabe
January 31st, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12850

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

I've seen Gazzo live twice, both times in the Parlour at the Castle. The first show, all his rude material went over well, and everyone laughed—a great show. The second show, for one of the opening bits he interacted with me, in the audience, and did a few jokes about how I was gay, or looked gay, s...
by Pete McCabe
January 28th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12850

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

This past Wednesday, I saw Jared Kopf do a cups and balls routine in the close-up gallery at the Magic Castle. In that routine he did the cup-through-cup move. It fooled every non-magician in the audience. There were several gasps of amazement. So, maybe it has something to do with how well you perf...
by Pete McCabe
January 25th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Choosing a wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 891

Re: Choosing a wallet

Gomez, You said you are pretty new to magic. All the tricks you are describing are very difficult. Some are difficult technically, and some require excellent audience management and presentation skills. You might be better off saving your money until you have more experience and know more precisely ...
by Pete McCabe
January 24th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Choosing a wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 891

Re: Choosing a wallet

You sound like an amateur magician (like me), so I recommend: 1) Get a wallet that will be your everyday wallet. 2) I would recommend getting a wallet that does one thing very well. If you do three different tricks and they all involve your wallet, people are going to be suspicious. 2a) For Card to ...
by Pete McCabe
January 16th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 17
Views: 12418

Re: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

So can I just buy some cellophane and cut my own with a scissors? Or should I get something other than cellophane?
by Pete McCabe
January 13th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Website for buy and sell used magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 1067

Re: Website for buy and sell used magic?

Pete, Is that an endorsement of the group, or just informational? Bill, Well, I can't say I'm endorsing the entire group, since it's just a loose collection of people. But I've bought and sold items through it without any trouble, and I don't hear of people having problems. The moderators are prett...
by Pete McCabe
January 12th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Website for buy and sell used magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 1067

Re: Website for buy and sell used magic?

There is a group on Facebook called "Surplus Magic Exchange" dedicated to just this purpose.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/surplusmagicexchange/?ref=bookmarks
by Pete McCabe
January 12th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 38
Views: 1685

Re: Untouched

Eugene's handling (of Maurice Fogel's version) of this method has a neat idea. Instead of having the spectator deal until they feel like stopping (or similar), you have them just think of a number from 1 to 52 and deal that many cards. At the end, you casually mention "You thought of a number, ...
by Pete McCabe
January 12th, 2019, 2:32 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 38
Views: 1685

Re: Untouched

MagicbyAlfred wrote:I am assuming that the word "top" was inadvertently left out between the word "original" and the word "two" in the above description.


Quite right, thanks.
by Pete McCabe
January 9th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7008
Views: 2076105

Re: ERDNASE

Just to add one more data point, I am 58, an English teacher and writer, and I went to Blarney Castle in Ireland and kissed the Blarney stone. And I have never heard or read "the gift of the gab." I have only ever heard of "the gift of gab." Not sure if that's part of what you al...
by Pete McCabe
January 7th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7008
Views: 2076105

Re: ERDNASE

I have the gift of gab. I got it when I kissed the Blarney stone. This is not a joke, by the way.
by Pete McCabe
January 7th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 38
Views: 1685

Re: Untouched

The basic method is to have the spectator deal cards one at a time into a pile, stopping anywhere. This pile is picked up and dealt into two piles. At the end, the cards on top of the two piles are the original two cards of the deck. This is a very deceptive procedure that can be used to force any n...
by Pete McCabe
January 7th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1510

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Anyone trying to learn this is advised to pay attention to the size of the rubberbands, which must be just right for it to work.
by Pete McCabe
January 5th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Poker Con
Replies: 9
Views: 1361

Re: A Poker Con

Actually I was referring to the link to the excerpt. Either way, thanks for the tip. It's on my kindle.
by Pete McCabe
January 4th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Poker Con
Replies: 9
Views: 1361

Re: A Poker Con

Bill, when I click on your link it doesn't take me to an excerpt, just the home page.
by Pete McCabe
January 2nd, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sucker Punch Split Issues. Anybody else?
Replies: 5
Views: 515

Re: Sucker Punch Split Issues. Anybody else?

I haven't had any problems with different colors being visible. I did have to practice a bit to make sure they line up properly, but more for the appearance of the edge than any color flash. One thing I found was that if I was having trouble splitting, the harder I pushed, the more they stuck togeth...
by Pete McCabe
January 1st, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sucker Punch Split Issues. Anybody else?
Replies: 5
Views: 515

Re: Sucker Punch Split Issues. Anybody else?

I had similar issues getting the coins to split easily. Sometimes while practicing I would have to push really hard, which looks lousy. What works for me is just making sure my fingers are not too dry. Just breathing on my hands is plenty for me, so I haven't had to try any of the various fingertip ...
by Pete McCabe
December 26th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pete Biro - R.I.P.
Replies: 11
Views: 1388

Re: Pete Biro - R.I.P.

What a loss. A great guy, a great friend, a great magician. Creative and generous. We'll miss you, Pete.
by Pete McCabe
December 24th, 2018, 2:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick
Replies: 12
Views: 785

Re: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick

The Decagon House Murders has one of the best examples of this type of twist in any mystery I've read.
by Pete McCabe
December 17th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 150
Views: 34288

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: 9737

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: 5009

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: 729

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: 7008
Views: 2076105

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: 652

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: 652

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: 4768

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: 1416

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...

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