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by Luigi Anzivino
March 6th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 240
Views: 36283

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

This morning, after catching up on this thread, I went to the Army's website and looked up the title for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 11B. In my days the designation was Infantryman. Thirty-three years later, despite there now being no restrictions for women in combat arms jobs, it remains...
by Luigi Anzivino
March 5th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 240
Views: 36283

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Magician works. Do we say actor or do we divide the notion into actor, actress and await a deluge of genderjargon?


The point is: we don't refer to actors as acting men.
by Luigi Anzivino
March 5th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 240
Views: 36283

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I agree that there are conditions that exclude women. But that is not the issue which has been raised. We are being told that the term cardman (when used to describe a man who performs card tricks) is a huge obstacle which prevents women from participating in magic. I believe you are being intentio...
by Luigi Anzivino
November 29th, 2018, 11:30 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 240
Views: 36283

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

As another contestant in the "Re-name Game," I nominate "Human Race" "Human" (Adjective) - "mid-15c., humain, humaigne, 'human,' from Old French humain, umain (adj.) 'of or belonging to man' (12c.), from Latin humanus 'of man, human.' " (Online Etymology Dict...
by Luigi Anzivino
November 28th, 2018, 6:26 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 240
Views: 36283

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

It's amazing how hard some will work not to understand something fairly plain. I believe Peter's point, which he has stated repeatedly, can be succinctly put this way: When writing about a specific person, it's appropriate to use whatever term best describes them . Charlie Miller therefore could app...
by Luigi Anzivino
November 25th, 2018, 2:12 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 240
Views: 36283

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

PS - Maybe this will help you, Bill: http://www.writinghelp-central.com/gender-neutral.html Thank you for bringing this up, I think it's a very good point, and the list helpful. Based on substitutions from the list, and some of my own devising, we could have: Card expert Card artist Cardhand Card m...
by Luigi Anzivino
December 28th, 2017, 12:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 31
Views: 4382

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

My lime is greener than the previous version, but it still looks like the limes in my grocery store. It fooled family members when I showed it to them. My lime definitely doesn't fool… I may have gotten a dud. Ok, I'll see if I can get a replacement… In terms of shape, that's a fair point. I've fou...
by Luigi Anzivino
December 27th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 31
Views: 4382

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

I just got mine in the mail as well, they all look great except for the lime, which is duller and a slightly unrealistic color compared to the others, which are indistinguishable from the real thing. Is this normal or did I get a dud? Also, one small quibble: considering they can be made of any shap...
by Luigi Anzivino
July 10th, 2017, 1:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 6641

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

If this is so, perhaps we are talking two magnetic cards (one of them being the flat blue back one) which would explain how he makes the stabbing look so darn easy! Mmm… I think it's simpler than that. Bob nailed it, ultimately (wink wink) the clue is in the way the 2H is displayed both times. Or t...
by Luigi Anzivino
July 10th, 2017, 1:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 6641

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Bob Coyne wrote:Nice trick/method. My assumption is a gaffed deck...clue is the way the 2H is displayed/held.


That's my guess too… I think that's the big lie: it's not a borrowed deck!
by Luigi Anzivino
July 10th, 2017, 12:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 6641

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

This is… devious and wonderful! But unless I'm mistaken (and I probably am) you told one great big lie which is having all the magicians scratching their heads.
by Luigi Anzivino
March 9th, 2017, 1:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 19666

Re: Magicians Documentary

The magicians selected for the film, and the versions of their lives shown in the film, are all choices made by the film maker. The film has that "lonely loser" tone because that's what the film makers chose to portray. They can claim otherwise, but I don't buy it. The fact that no tag li...
by Luigi Anzivino
March 1st, 2017, 4:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 49080

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Excellent, Mark, really insightful. Thanks. No, Mark, this is ignorant and inappropriate. One's choice of career is no more responsible for their depression than it would be for their peanut allergy or suffering from lupus. This type of thinking, besides being unsupported by evidence, leads to blam...
by Luigi Anzivino
February 4th, 2016, 1:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 20035

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

For reference, here is Fred Kaps performing the Bruno Hennig method for Brother John Hamman.


by Luigi Anzivino
February 4th, 2016, 12:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 20035

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

I'm sorry--I misinterpreted your post--I thought that the spectator reactions as described meant that they did not perceive the effect as you had intended. (Perhaps "busted" was a poor choice of words) In any event, no offense intended, sir. (PS: I'm not meaning to come across as "ho...
by Luigi Anzivino
February 3rd, 2016, 11:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 20035

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

First of all, I'm sorry to hear you got busted--that is never fun. PS: I decided to put my money where my mouth is and bought the download. Once I have a chance to study it, I'll report back. I'm not sure where you got the idea I got busted, but I am curious what you think once you study the materi...
by Luigi Anzivino
February 3rd, 2016, 11:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 20035

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

:shock: why would you ... why on Earth would anybody .... what were you hoping to accomplish when you did this? Sorry, maybe I didn't express myself clearly: I performed it once for each group, of course. So, twice total. There's a massive difference between getting "honest reactions" and...
by Luigi Anzivino
February 3rd, 2016, 6:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 20035

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

For what it's worth I performed this twice today for two groups of kids where I work; these are smart, college-educated twenty-somethings who know me well enough to not be afraid of reacting honestly and also know each other very well so they had some good off-the-cuff vocal reactions after the effe...
by Luigi Anzivino
February 2nd, 2016, 3:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 20035

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

Whatever this is, it doesn't smell like crap. Yeah, it isn't crap. I have no stakes in this other than I've actually purchased and tried the methods taught, and I found the principles very interesting. It is a series of utility moves, as the description says, that allow you to load and unload a reg...
by Luigi Anzivino
February 2nd, 2016, 1:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 20035

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

Brad Henderson wrote:I have no doubt that this is the kind of product magicians will love.


Brad, I am curious as to why you seem to be so reflexively hostile to a trick you seem to have not seen performed or studied? Would a discussion of the actual method and/or effect be more productive?
by Luigi Anzivino
February 21st, 2013, 5:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind
Replies: 37
Views: 5868

Re: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind

My thinking is much in line with Michael, so I will also stop reiterating the same argument, except to note that we should set our expectations appropriately with regards to what hard science can successfully "explain". Science in general, and neuroscience in particular, are reductionist b...
by Luigi Anzivino
February 14th, 2013, 9:39 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind
Replies: 37
Views: 5868

Re: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind

Our displeasure at Sleights of Mind has nothing to do with the few tricks revealed. It has to do with the fact that these scientists are imposing nonsense neuroscience "facts" about what we do in a book that laymen who don't know any better will read. Magic is not about neuroscience. It i...
by Luigi Anzivino
February 14th, 2013, 3:09 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind
Replies: 37
Views: 5868

Re: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind

I'm a bit surprised and saddened to see this backlash against the book on this forum and in the comments sections of Boing Boing and other blogs. I think they come across as petty and do magic a disservice. As an (amateur) magician and a full-fledged (former) neuroscientist, I think the book is not ...
by Luigi Anzivino
January 29th, 2013, 5:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Perception Of Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 1782

Re: The Perception Of Magic

The video has been Boing Boing-ed:

http://boingboing.net/2013/01/29/how-th ... magic.html

The comments make for an interesting read...
by Luigi Anzivino
December 14th, 2011, 9:49 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube
Replies: 25
Views: 9757

Re: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube

Ok, I understand what the transferring of 7cards procedure accomplishes. I guess the reason I don't like it and am hesitant to use it is that, out of the whole effect, it's the only procedure that "reads" like the only reason it's there is to make the trick work. I'm trying to look at the ...
by Luigi Anzivino
December 14th, 2011, 1:50 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube
Replies: 25
Views: 9757

Re: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube

Got it, thanks! So the transferring procedure accommodates for different spectators having different numbers of pieces in their hands. But will it work if spectators are allowed to choose how many pieces to exchange with each other? That would be amazing, if I could say "you can pass either 1, ...
by Luigi Anzivino
December 14th, 2011, 1:16 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube
Replies: 25
Views: 9757

Re: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube

Amazing. I was on the fence about buying Woody's book, and this performance convinced me. The trick is just... you will do it to yourself and be fooled, how often does that happen? ;) For the math inclined (which I am not), in the description in the book, just before the down-under deal, Woody has y...
by Luigi Anzivino
November 17th, 2011, 1:18 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Theory11s New T&R // Restored by Lloyd Barnes
Replies: 40
Views: 8051

Re: Theory11s New T&R // Restored by Lloyd Barnes

I always thought that a torn and restored plot would make sense in the context of Tommy Wonder's Deja Reverse routine, to restore the second spectator's card after the reveal. Is there any work in that direction?

Luigi
by Luigi Anzivino
November 10th, 2010, 5:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Book Coming: Sleights of Mind
Replies: 20
Views: 3871

Re: New Book Coming: Sleights of Mind

I think the focus of the authors is not to explain how magic works through cognitive devices, but how our minds work, using magic effects as starting points. In their book they start from a magic effect, but really spend the majority of time and effort talking about how the brain processes informati...
by Luigi Anzivino
October 1st, 2010, 5:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Book Coming: Sleights of Mind
Replies: 20
Views: 3871

Re: New Book Coming: Sleights of Mind

I just started reading an advance copy of this book this morning. It's too soon for me to give a review of any sort, but so far the thrust of the book seems to be this: visual illusions can give us clues about how the human visual system works by pointing out where the system "breaks". Sim...
by Luigi Anzivino
June 12th, 2010, 1:07 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: close up problem
Replies: 23
Views: 3363

Re: close up problem

Hi WJ, Have you thought about not fighting it? My hands often shake noticeably when I perform (although not if I perform for children, strangely), and I found it works well to incorporate it into my performing persona, rather than trying to hide it. I come across as a nervous and slightly under-prac...
by Luigi Anzivino
August 25th, 2009, 7:46 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Dan Trommater helps spectator pop the question with magic
Replies: 0
Views: 502

Dan Trommater helps spectator pop the question with magic

That would have been a bad final load to misplace...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXtWN69Af-s

:)

Luigi
by Luigi Anzivino
April 3rd, 2009, 11:35 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Misdirection and the Mind
Replies: 24
Views: 4379

Re: Misdirection and the Mind

I am a scientist with a strong interest in magic (or a magician with a strong background in science, take your pick), and have been thinking about how to talk about the science of magic in an accessible and interesting way that won't become about exposing methods, but about exposing psychological ph...
by Luigi Anzivino
March 30th, 2009, 6:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Misdirection and the Mind
Replies: 24
Views: 4379

Re: Misdirection and the Mind

How about the very old bit where you instruct everyone to follow your lead and cross their arms, thumbs pointing down, and intertwine their fingers? Then show that they are all locked in place like that, while you're able to twist your arms back to a straight position. I'm sure you know what I'm tal...
by Luigi Anzivino
January 5th, 2009, 11:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 2 card/ 3 card monte
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

Re: 2 card/ 3 card monte

Mmmm... it might make more sense to go the other way around. "Maybe using three cards is too confusing. Here, I'll make it more fair, I'll get rid of one..." However, it seems redundant to me. Pick one or the other, and maybe do something else of a conman nature, like the shell game, or th...
by Luigi Anzivino
December 4th, 2008, 6:42 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Fringe 12/02/08
Replies: 12
Views: 3208

Re: The Fringe 12/02/08

iTricks.com reports the hand-in to be Doug McKenzie:

http://itricks.com/news/?p=5624
by Luigi Anzivino
November 26th, 2008, 2:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: the "pop" in decks
Replies: 10
Views: 2930

Re: the "pop" in decks

I've always thought that it is cold temperatures that warp decks in that way. Leaving a deck of cards sitting outside of the box on a chilly day will make them "pop".
by Luigi Anzivino
November 19th, 2008, 1:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Name of card trick?
Replies: 4
Views: 1240

Re: Name of card trick?

Yes, it definitely is Title Bout, on Easy to Master Card Miracles vol. 3. Although the handling taught there is easier, as it befits a course aimed at beginners, the effect is really quite strong. I find it to be a very nice trick for when someone in the audience goes: "I wouldn't want to play ...
by Luigi Anzivino
October 31st, 2008, 11:37 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Android by Jay Crowe
Replies: 12
Views: 2730

Re: Android by Jay Crowe

This strikes me as a terrible concept for a trick, actually... Most people today (and the adolescent target audience for sure) are aware of automated text message responding systems. You can send a text message to GOOGLE with your area code, and get back a list of movies playing near you. You can ev...
by Luigi Anzivino
October 3rd, 2008, 6:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: THE BEST EXECUTER OF THE TWO HANDED SHIFT
Replies: 75
Views: 12549

Re: THE BEST EXECUTER OF THE TWO HANDED SHIFT

Richard: He didn't say what the actual word was, I assume you're correct. Chad felt sheepish enough saying "damn" because there was an 11 year old kid (or thereabout) present... I wish I could convey how great it looked in Chad's hands, with his genuine expression of frustration and his wh...

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