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by Curtis Kam
February 16th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?

Philippe Billot wrote:In the SECOND issue of The Mahatma (April 1895), page 3.


Oops. Thank you, Philippe.


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by Curtis Kam
February 15th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?

That switch also appears in the first issue of Mahatma, done with slates.


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by Curtis Kam
February 6th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1653

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

Or, consider this “conspiracy theory”: Simon’s criticism is spot on, and Oake’s lack of engagement with the audience was what prevented him from doing better in BGT. If that’s the case, isn’t that the sort of note that the producers would pass on to the performer in private? Why do it in front of—he...
by Curtis Kam
February 5th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1653

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

Okay, as Richard reminds us, the performance we’re talking about is on a spin-off of a television contest show. Except for those whose entire performing career occurred on AGT itself (is there anyone really like that?) I seriously doubt anyone performs live with exactly the same presentations we see...
by Curtis Kam
February 4th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12954

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

I’m certainly not saying that spectators never suspect the other hand. They usually do. What I’m saying is that with a properly executed toss or drop retention pass (I’m not even going to expand that to the more typical TJ Crawford-style retention) they don’t, in my experience. So please don’t confu...
by Curtis Kam
February 3rd, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12954

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

It's not much backtracking to suspect the coin never really left the right hand when apparently placing it into the left. Really? Keep in mind that the false transfer here is one of Mr Schneider’s excellent toss/drop retention passes. It creates the illusion that the audience Sees the coin drop int...
by Curtis Kam
February 3rd, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12954

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

Karrel Hovland and I were playing around with sophisticated routines with the ball and vase. Karrel worked in a magic shop in Hopkins, MN. One day two teenage girls strolled into the shop to see what they could see. Karrel was behind a counter and decided to show them his latest ball and vase routi...
by Curtis Kam
February 1st, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1653

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

All valid points, to which I would only respond: Alfred, the difference is that your audiences had probably never seen a floating dollar bill before. But the AGT audience has probably seen magicians float ladies in the air before, and often in a cheesy over dramatic way. Ephile, I think you’re missi...
by Curtis Kam
February 1st, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1653

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

That was a terrific trick. Well executed, and Simon is 1) pushing his brand, 2) leaving room for another magician with a lesser trick, but more personality, and 3) speaking as someone without much experience in presenting magic. There are times when a whole lot of “showmanship” just gets in the way....
by Curtis Kam
January 7th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1523

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

From memory, not research, the “returning Rubber Band” did appear in Magicana, probably in the 70’s. It involved hooking the band over the nail of your little finger.


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by Curtis Kam
December 27th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2101

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Interesting reference to Ray Grismer, Bob, I’ve never heard of that routine. More commonly, I’ve heard “Aces Front” On p. 230 of The Magic of Alan Wakeling to be the source. This is a gaffed card handling, and traces its roots to Germain as well.


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by Curtis Kam
November 6th, 2018, 7:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sympathetic Aces
Replies: 7
Views: 875

Re: Sympathetic Aces

It was re-released a few years ago as a trick with Queens. If you can find that, the instructions should be the same.

See, for instance,

https://youtu.be/dSSW6pAnRGw

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by Curtis Kam
October 12th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Creative Global Sales Manager search - for D.Robbins/ E-Z Magic - A Once in a Lifetime Posting.
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Re: Creative Global Sales Manager search - for D.Robbins/ E-Z Magic - A Once in a Lifetime Posting.

Did anyone actually click on that link? Let us know how it goes.


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by Curtis Kam
August 22nd, 2018, 5:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!
Replies: 6
Views: 792

Re: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!

Tom Stone wrote:Five female magicians!

That is progress! Just a few years ago, it was rare with even one.



Still no Chinese American Coin Box workers, male or female. So no progress on that (those) front(s).

Actually, I was there last time, so it’s a step backwards?




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by Curtis Kam
June 17th, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?
Replies: 17
Views: 2144

Re: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?

I believe two things about this: 1. People who know you, your friends and family, are the toughest audience. They attack without hesitation because they aren’t afraid of alienating you. 2. If the only thing that you’re presenting is the trick, or the problem, itself, then the audience has nothing el...
by Curtis Kam
May 2nd, 2018, 9:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 45
Views: 6240

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

In keeping with the current political rhetoric, the new edition should be called “Great, Great Magic” or “Very, Very, Greater Magic”.


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by Curtis Kam
May 2nd, 2018, 5:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 2467

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Oh, possibly. But that wouldn’t give you much movement for the knot. On the other hand, it might make for an amusing version of the sticks.


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by Curtis Kam
May 1st, 2018, 10:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 2467

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Yes, that would be optimal, but it’s much easier if you start with the rope already apparently tied to each mic stand, and you start by separating them.


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by Curtis Kam
May 1st, 2018, 5:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 2467

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Yes, “weights” that’s what they are.


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by Curtis Kam
May 1st, 2018, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 2467

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

I have loved this effect ever since seeing Doug Henning do it on television. There’s power in the simplicity of the thing, and with such modest props, the performer might actually get some credit for the magic. In that, I prefer this to, say, a card trick done on camera. In the ms for this effect, t...
by Curtis Kam
February 21st, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 4037

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

I just want to add that the gateway to my magic addiction was magic magazines. Genii, in fact, was pivotal. I had read Magician’s Magic from the library, and the backstories Curry provided were interesting, but what really got me as a young man was not stories of the past, but rather, the thought th...
by Curtis Kam
January 23rd, 2018, 11:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 4037

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

The average new magician needs to know the history of any effect he’s interested in, if only to confirm that the method he’s about to learn/buy/perform (let’s say “invest in”) is the best available to him. If he can’t, or doesn’t, do this research, he’s at the mercy of those who do. The CREATIVE new...
by Curtis Kam
December 14th, 2017, 2:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Circus 1903 out - "Inferno" magic show in
Replies: 1
Views: 570

Re: Circus 1903 out - "Inferno" magic show in

Well at least this guy’s got a Merlin award.


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by Curtis Kam
December 2nd, 2017, 9:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2953

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

You know, performing for a larger group, where people might not be able to see how many coins are inside the silk, would motivate removing the coins from inside the silk each time, as you do in the Ammar routine, but not the Powers. Use coins dollar sized, or bigger, make full use of sound, and emph...
by Curtis Kam
November 29th, 2017, 2:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2953

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

Yes, JT, “Hanketration”, it’s credited to Ed Marlo and Takeshi Nemoto. One of the “Flicking Fingers” guys published a version in Genii (I think) using a woman’s sheer nylon stocking instead of a transparent hank. Harold Cataquet has a handling of this with a clear plastic bag. The performer’s hand i...
by Curtis Kam
November 24th, 2017, 3:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Movie Magic: The Larry Thornton Collection
Replies: 10
Views: 1215

Re: Movie Magic: The Larry Thornton Collection




I saw that one immediately, for some reason. Chick loads are easy. Comedy is hard.


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by Curtis Kam
October 3rd, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allen Okawa Lecture
Replies: 2
Views: 735

Re: Allen Okawa Lecture

I was there. I’m too partial to write a review, but I can tell you that he tipped a brand new double lift that’s as casual as stretch denim pajamas. It looks like you’re just tipping over a card in the middle of the spread deck, barely touching it. Oh, and he did this thing, with a rock. Sent from m...
by Curtis Kam
October 1st, 2017, 7:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Batman knows Coins
Replies: 1
Views: 654

Re: Batman knows Coins

What can I say? It’s not like the big blue boyscout could do that. Balls radical.


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by Curtis Kam
August 27th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 3669

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

This issue has been a part of the linking rings for generations. See, for instance, the Laurant routine in Tarbell 4, and more recently, this wonderful approach:

https://youtu.be/Slq959dZ1Z0


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by Curtis Kam
July 27th, 2017, 4:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Curtis Kam will Lecture at the Genii Convention in October
Replies: 1
Views: 484

Re: Curtis Kam will Lecture at the Genii Convention in October

And, if this don't get your attention, you haven't read The Jerx for Wednesday!


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by Curtis Kam
May 20th, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Chicago Magic Lecture by Tom Dobrowolski May 22 Chicago Area
Replies: 4
Views: 1895

Re: New Chicago Magic Lecture by Tom Dobrowolski May 22 Chicago Area

The title needs no explanation. This lecture is a "Deep Dish".


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by Curtis Kam
April 26th, 2017, 6:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 57
Views: 8942

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

Gregg, see below. https://youtu.be/_txoK8WPZeA


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by Curtis Kam
April 10th, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 6881

Re: 101 Deck

Sorry all, my reference to "Continental divide", supposedly in Greater Magic was misplaced, possibly mythical. And "The Prize Winner" isn't quite it. I was put onto all this by Christian Chelman who uses this 101 principle in a wonderful routine from Capricornian Tales. And I hav...
by Curtis Kam
April 4th, 2017, 11:03 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 6881

Re: 101 Deck

Bob, doesn't Continental Divide in Greater Magic feature that alternating force procedure?


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by Curtis Kam
January 28th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Houdini became the King of Cards
Replies: 11
Views: 2109

Re: How Houdini became the King of Cards

Sorry, nope. It was Arno the Frogman.


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by Curtis Kam
November 19th, 2016, 2:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 3317

Re: Rope With Magnet

There are other people making the Swing a Ring props available. Fantasma put one out, and I've seen Andy Comic branded sets. I had no idea it was a UF Grant conception.



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by Curtis Kam
November 10th, 2016, 2:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: It's not magic, but...
Replies: 1
Views: 733

Re: It's not magic, but...

Iguana Jones and the Vipers of Doom. You know, when it got to the top and there was another iguana just standing there watching the whole thing, there was a snappy line.


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by Curtis Kam
October 30th, 2016, 5:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 5876

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

Thank you Joe, but I think you've buried the lead. In the first show of the ones you designated as featuring Jerry Sadowitz, there is the unique and remarkable experience of Rene Lavand, performing partially in English, to the theme from Shaft!


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by Curtis Kam
July 7th, 2016, 4:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Is It With Florida?
Replies: 7
Views: 3803

Re: What Is It With Florida?

It truly is odd seeing a case involving magi cited in order to protect someone's intellectual property rights. The local common law rule they describe is something of a Catch 22: one could lose copyright protection through public showings? What good is copyright protection if it's only effective if ...
by Curtis Kam
July 2nd, 2016, 2:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffed Coin Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1163

Re: Gaffed Coin Question

Craig Ousterling ran across a coin like that at the bank once. Maybe he can compare


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