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by Curtis Kam
October 8th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii 2019 Convention
Replies: 27
Views: 3733

Re: Genii 2019 Convention

I thought the show was better balanced with Raymond Crowe there. He brought some light and innocence that would have been lacking if Rob had been there instead. It would have still been a great show, but it would have been darker. Jeff, not to make you feel worse about it, but this happened. A lot, ...
by Curtis Kam
September 15th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Casting A Chinese Curse
Replies: 10
Views: 2030

Casting A Chinese Curse

How’d that curse work out? Craig Ousterling, the guy who turns out those fabulous Brass Boxes one at a time, the hands and brains behind the boxes I use, is interested.

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by Curtis Kam
September 8th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Schrodinger's Coin (Pete McCabe)
Replies: 11
Views: 5614

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

We had that as, of course, a card trick since the 1980’s.


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by Curtis Kam
September 5th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is there a method similar to this double lift turnover?
Replies: 12
Views: 1738

Re: Is there a method similar to this double lift turnover?

The “floating double lift” was briefly described in Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic. More details appear in the Chronicles.


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by Curtis Kam
August 18th, 2019, 11:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is there a method similar to this double lift turnover?
Replies: 12
Views: 1738

Re: Is there a method similar to this double lift turnover?

Without the move being in frame, and the get-ready, if any, shown, it’s hard to distinguish this lift from the technique described as “soft double” in Roger Krause in Concert, which I’ve been told is a Vernon handling of the double lift.


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by Curtis Kam
July 22nd, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: This is What the Food Critic of the NY Times Thinks of The Magic Castle
Replies: 12
Views: 1848

Re: This is What the Food Critic of the NY Times Thinks of The Magic Castle

And since his description of the food he eat is as inaccurate and un-insightful as his description of the magic he saw, one wonders if he hadn’t been drinking heavily throughout the evening.


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by Curtis Kam
July 1st, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Curtis Kam LIVE ACT - One Day Left for Discount!
Replies: 3
Views: 833

Re: Curtis Kam LIVE ACT - One Day Left for Discount!

Reviews like that make the whole effort worthwhile. Thanks enormously for that.




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by Curtis Kam
June 1st, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Curtis Kam LIVE ACT - One Day Left for Discount!
Replies: 3
Views: 833

Re: Curtis Kam LIVE ACT - One Day Left for Discount!

Thank you for the reminder! Yes, this is the most exciting magic news since Penguin released my first Live lecture.

Speaking personally, of course, YMMV.



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by Curtis Kam
May 28th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 3423

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

Or use Michael Skinner’s strategy: palm the card, but only for a couple of seconds, and not while there’s heat on you.


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by Curtis Kam
May 4th, 2019, 3:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 45181

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

Jack, you’re right, although I never quite realized it. And I’ve enjoyed Andy’s writing since the MCJ days.


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by Curtis Kam
May 2nd, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 45181

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

Brad, The short answer is, no, the handling’s a bit different. Paul’s was published in Apocalypse. The handling attributed to Billy Goodwin is, as far as Craig Ousterling and I can tell, Gordon Bruce’s. I’m told it appeared in a little manuscript or lecture notes that I’ve not seen. It’s the most el...
by Curtis Kam
May 2nd, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 45181

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

Oh, you’re gonna hate my routine then. I tell ‘em that it’s an Okito Box from a magic store. If I were at all concerned about making the box a “normal thing”, I suppose, in this day and age, it would be as simple as delivering a line or two from The Matrix and opening the box to reveal a red pill an...
by Curtis Kam
May 2nd, 2019, 5:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 45181

Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

Sorry I missed that question. Yes, rumor confirmed. The longest Okito Box routine you’ve ever seen is now performed, explained, and in the hands of the fine folks at Penguin. Jon, to answer the other question, I suspect the finale mentioned above is Bill’s sequence where the coins, the box,and the l...
by Curtis Kam
April 1st, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander
Replies: 27
Views: 3053

Re: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander

The alignment move bothered me as a kid. Not enough to make me want to switch to stripped cards, but enough to add a line that “explains” the move, and frankly, moves the script along. I’ve added that line whenever I’ve taught the trick to someone. It’s simply this: as you do the move, (which bears ...
by Curtis Kam
March 1st, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 3428

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

I thought that approach to the twist was Bro.John’s. What’s the Fulves reference?


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by Curtis Kam
February 24th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3397

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Bill Mullins wrote:
From the sales page for the book: "Drawing on the latest psychological, neurological, and philosophical research, he suggests that misdirection is at the heart of all magic tricks".


Pity they didn’t draw on magical research, or they might have encountered Jerry Andrus’ work.
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: 960

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: 960

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: 2138

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: 2138

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: 186
Views: 17954

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: 186
Views: 17954

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: 186
Views: 17954

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: 2138

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: 2138

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: 2281

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: 2651

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: 1201

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: 1155

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: 8
Views: 1367

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: 20
Views: 3720

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: 8266

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: 3584

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: 3584

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: 3584

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: 3584

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: 4620

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: 4620

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: 625

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: 3318

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...

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