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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: 1234

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: 43
Views: 4069

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: 1768

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: 1768

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: 1768

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: 1768

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: 3647

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: 3647

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: 532

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: 2715

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: 2715

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: 1111

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: 690

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: 630

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: 2732

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: 450

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: 1267

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: 8470

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: 5910

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: 5910

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: 1819

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: 3173

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: 702

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: 5604

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: 3504

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: 1106

Re: Gaffed Coin Question

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


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by Curtis Kam
June 2nd, 2016, 3:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Notes "all done by coindness..." Now Available
Replies: 9
Views: 2154

Re: New Notes "all done by coindness..." Now Available

Thank you for your faith in my material, Joe, and for your kind review. I should mention that Kainoa Harbottle's column in Genii--I believe it was the most recent one--features a routine by Miguel Angel Gea that will please fans of Inferential Copper/Silver. Also, from my perspective, one of the ins...
by Curtis Kam
May 11th, 2016, 8:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card-wash Control
Replies: 13
Views: 4378

Re: Card-wash Control

Earliest reference I know of is the Schulien force, which necessarily includes a control. I'm not sure the description of the Malini routine in Stars really qualifies. As I recall, it's little more than the statement that you "follow" the card as you move it around. Not that I've checked, ...
by Curtis Kam
April 18th, 2016, 12:04 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?
Replies: 13
Views: 4496

Re: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?

Here's an odd and untested idea, at least, I've never tried it, but what about putting on a little show for the ones you're pre-showed? I'm thinking of making use of the same notepad, clipboard, etc. on stage, in a completely normal way? Write your predictions, or doodle impressions on it, or someth...
by Curtis Kam
March 25th, 2016, 8:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?
Replies: 16
Views: 5438

Re: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?

I think a lot depends on placing the lid at exactly the right spot so that your palm is contacting the coins when your fingertip touch the lid. That'll depend on the relative sizes of your coins, box, lid and fingers.
by Curtis Kam
February 22nd, 2016, 12:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thumb Tip Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 9411

Re: Thumb Tip Magic

My favorite example of a story based presentation was the "The Emperor's New Clothes" presentation I saw MarcoM do once. I believe it was his(?) and that the presentation might still be available.


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by Curtis Kam
February 10th, 2016, 11:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 'Shattering Coins' by Eddie Joseph
Replies: 7
Views: 2544

Re: 'Shattering Coins' by Eddie Joseph

Thank you, Joe, sneaky is a good thing. Sorry, though, I haven't gotten my version in print. Still exploring at the moment, and looking for opportunities to present.


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by Curtis Kam
February 9th, 2016, 10:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 'Shattering Coins' by Eddie Joseph
Replies: 7
Views: 2544

Re: 'Shattering Coins' by Eddie Joseph

Michael Vincent does a great job with this. I was delighted to see him doing it, since it has been a favorite of mine since I read the marvelous description of the Shattering Coins and Silver Balls. There is no gimmick, just sleight of hand and misdirection that's built into the procedure. Michael's...
by Curtis Kam
February 3rd, 2016, 4:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jerry Mentzer passed away
Replies: 9
Views: 3354

Re: Jerry Mentzer passed away

A fond aloha to Jerry. He was responsible for what most people know as my first (and only) book, Deceptions in Paradise. But also many of my real favorites, like The Magic of Paul Harris. (Wasn't this Paul's first book as well?) And the Cavalcade serieses. I'm pleased to know that the shop is in goo...
by Curtis Kam
December 11th, 2015, 4:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masuda's Liberty Vanish
Replies: 10
Views: 1986

Re: Masuda's Liberty Vanish

Full props for the vanish, on camera, at least, it looks very good. That's 99% of the effect, you don't really need to pull the little statue out of your pocket.

And as to any issues of cultural insensitivity, meh. I figure it's payback for years of things like the Vanishing Buddha Sword Box.
by Curtis Kam
December 6th, 2015, 4:45 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Origin of the Slot Coin Box?
Replies: 9
Views: 2697

Re: Origin of the Slot Coin Box?

To the reference in Conjuring Credits, I would add that in Wonderful Routines of Magic (1969) Ellison Poland is discussing the magnetic Okito box that he showed to a "well-travelled and knowledgeable" magician who he identifies only as his "informant". Poland then says, "My ...
by Curtis Kam
November 11th, 2015, 10:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penguin Live Lecture November 8
Replies: 8
Views: 2312

Re: Penguin Live Lecture November 8

Come for the tricks, stay for the stories about Jim Ryan, Jay Marshal and the virtual village of legends, friends, and mentors who got Tom to that moment. Oh, and the moment where Dan Harlan goes "Roooooaaahr".


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by Curtis Kam
October 30th, 2015, 4:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okito boxes
Replies: 24
Views: 6448

Re: Okito boxes

A while back, I showed my working Okito box, which had the pinhole in the lid and bottom, to a machinist. I was about to stumble through an explanation for why I wanted the hole to be there, when he said, "Oh, sure, to prevent suction". (I had already shown him the box with the lid on the ...
by Curtis Kam
September 28th, 2015, 5:36 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism Wallet?
Replies: 3
Views: 1634

Re: Mentalism Wallet?

Might be a Shogun wallet produced and sold by Allen Okawa.


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by Curtis Kam
June 20th, 2015, 1:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 11658

Re: Sachs and Sack's

Yup, Bill, that's the routine. Is it available from Vanishing Inc yet?


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