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by JHostler
July 15th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted

Not sure if this is the proper area for posting... but you'll find a little celebratory discount for the above-mentioned book after clicking through. In honor of (and ending on) Jerry Garcia's upcoming birthday!
by JHostler
July 14th, 2018, 9:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 984

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Joe Mckay wrote:Michael Close made the excellent point that all coin magic is inherently unnatural since there is no logical reason to place a coin from one hand to another. It is an action that only ever takes place in the course of a coin trick.


The same point could be made about almost everything we do.
by JHostler
July 14th, 2018, 5:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 984

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Nothing contrived or unnatural in context. More power to the performer capable of re-setting norms or establishing an environment conducive to his/her astonishments. Take Slydini, Gagnon, etc...
by JHostler
July 14th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Late 19th-Century Playing Cards
Replies: 0
Views: 64

Late 19th-Century Playing Cards

Seeking a reputable dealer of late-19th century decks - Doughertys, Harts, etc. Any recommendations (other than World Class Playing Cards, which I'm familiar with)?

John
by JHostler
April 28th, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

Please forgive my ignorance, because I'm not privy to the background here. But what is the reason that the admin folks at the Green Diner are deleting these threads? Some little Cafe Critter - or admin - apparently whined about the book's political tinge. After the 5th or 6th attempt (exclusive of ...
by JHostler
April 24th, 2018, 10:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

OK... the Cafe thrill is long gone. Buy the bloody book now so I can revel in sawbucks before someone mistakes me for a YETI cooler.
by JHostler
March 24th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: House of Cards - Nashville
Replies: 1
Views: 448

House of Cards - Nashville

by JHostler
March 10th, 2018, 9:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 1247

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Thanks John, Sawa has an Ace Assembly routine that uses something like that too :)


I claim nothing. Everything has already been invented!
by JHostler
March 10th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 1247

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

A variation you might find useful: - Starting point: Face-up deck (with reversed cards on bottom) in dealing position. - Magi stud deals a few face-down to table... momentarily sets deck on dealt pile while coaxing a spec to assist. - Magi retrieves face-up portion of deck, handing it to spec for de...
by JHostler
February 28th, 2018, 10:14 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus
Replies: 28
Views: 6077

Re: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus

Bob - Gotta slow down. I can't read this fast.
by JHostler
February 25th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Magic and Autism

Thanks, Daniel - excellent! I'll be interested in seeing/hearing more about S.O.M.A.'s work in this and other areas. You've got me on the mailing list...
by JHostler
February 25th, 2018, 9:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Magic and Autism

Are there tricks which deceive them which don't work with non-aspies? Good question. The kiddo is further into the spectrum than a typical aspie. That said, as someone who likely meets the higher-spectrum definition, I've not proven more "foolable" than peers in any particular corner of m...
by JHostler
February 25th, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Magic and Autism

Thanks, Erdnasephile - that's exactly the sort of material I'm looking for.

Bob - I'm not sure if it's an exaggeration of "typical" behavior or something completely different. Perhaps both... but it appears to be something well beyond the normal kid stuff!
by JHostler
February 25th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Magic and Autism

Apologies if this has been posted in the wrong slot... but it's sort of a left-field inquiry inspired by minor events of this evening. Backstory: A year or two back, I launched a short-lived series of freebie magic PDFs with the request that those finding the material useful (or at least stimulating...
by JHostler
February 24th, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 47
Views: 6505

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Richard Kaufman wrote:Who's publishing de Cova's book in English?


Not sure; he just mentioned that summer was his target.
by JHostler
February 24th, 2018, 3:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 47
Views: 6505

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Two more for 2018, both of which I'm looking forward to: Tom Gagnon's latest and Alexander de Cova's "Notas."
by JHostler
February 18th, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted

Thanks, Tom. You've blown my plans to "hide the firkin' material in print." As for your unsolicited counsel, I'll see what I can do... 8-)
by JHostler
February 17th, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Ala McCartney Series Now Posted

Taking full advantage of the fact that I now have a website to play with... last year's "Ala McCartney" series of free magic downloads has been posted here in its entirety --> https://www.absurdulous.com/hush . I don't think you'll have any problem with the password hint. Considering the c...
by JHostler
February 8th, 2018, 6:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

...and it's gone.
by JHostler
February 7th, 2018, 10:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

This is almost comical. I'm getting my time and money's worth just messing with the Cafe. Latest post ( in its entirety ): "...posts regarding the new Firkin book of magic (at http://www.absurdulous.com) have disappeared twice without explanation. Nevertheless..." Let's see how quickly the...
by JHostler
February 5th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

Just went over and looked. It's exactly what you think it is!
by JHostler
February 5th, 2018, 9:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4442

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

I cannot cite the source for this, but many, many years ago I read a piece by (as far as I can remember) was by U.F. Grant. At least he is the one I have always attributed it to. It was along the lines of the Five Tricks that Can Take You Around the World, or similar theme. The gist of it was that ...
by JHostler
February 5th, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

What to make of this? The mere mention of a certain new relatively low-profile magic book (yes, mine) results in an immediate post purge over at the Green Diner. While the rejection feels strangely validating, the sheer efficiency of these deletions is downright eerie. It's like they've got a guy as...
by JHostler
February 4th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010268

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:
AJM wrote:It's starting again...


As Al Pacino once said . . . .

link


As Wallace Shawn once said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2y40U2LvKY
by JHostler
February 3rd, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lot of 4 Books - Ammar, Craven, Duffie, Jones
Replies: 0
Views: 375

Lot of 4 Books - Ammar, Craven, Duffie, Jones

The following four books (all in used but respectable condition) are listed as a lot on the Big Bay in the Sky: Aspen Bar Magic (Magical Arts Journal Special) – Michael Ammar, 80 softbound pages (1990) My Almost 50 Years in Magic – Tom Craven, 190 hardbound pages (2011) Applications – Peter Duffie, ...
by JHostler
February 3rd, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010268

Re: ERDNASE

I just heard this portion of the Erdnase thread has been nominated for the Vizzini Award! :) But point taken...
by JHostler
February 3rd, 2018, 4:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2010268

Re: ERDNASE

In cases like this, the author wished to remain pseudonymous, As I've said a couple times before (and Richard seems to be saying above), this is an assumption. We know the author used a pseudonym; what we don't know is why, or (specifically) if he cared if anyone knew what his real name was. Many a...
by JHostler
January 31st, 2018, 8:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 47
Views: 6505

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

On a much smaller scale, the Firkin book is finally here (at www.absurdulous.com). Shameless, yes!!
by JHostler
November 4th, 2017, 1:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Dylan
Replies: 1
Views: 490

Penn & Dylan

Bob Dylan. Images and impressions conjured by the mere sight of this artist's name speak to his near-miraculous impact on modern culture. I happen to be one huge fan... so imagine my surprise, upon cracking open his latest "Bootleg Series" release, to find liner notes written by our very o...
by JHostler
October 14th, 2017, 6:43 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Scotty York Knives, Daryl Deluxe Edition, Heart Attack Wallet, etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 464

Re: Scotty York Knives, Daryl Deluxe Edition, Heart Attack Wallet, etc.

Apologies - while photographing the York knives, I noticed a minor manufacturing flaw in one. Knocking off $20 for anyone interested.
by JHostler
October 14th, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Scotty York Knives, Daryl Deluxe Edition, Heart Attack Wallet, etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 464

Scotty York Knives, Daryl Deluxe Edition, Heart Attack Wallet, etc.

Daryl Deluxe Signed Set – SPR Gambler & FYE Pleasure This is the signed & hand-numbered leatherette edition with slipcase (as issued by Vanishing Inc.) - #120 of 250. Includes both Secrets of a Puerto Rican Gambler and For Your Entertainment Pleasure. The whole set is in fantastic condition....
by JHostler
September 10th, 2017, 11:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stack copyright question
Replies: 4
Views: 1236

Re: Stack copyright question

lybrary wrote:My understanding is that you cannot copyright a stack in the US. You could copyright the instructions and description of it. But the arrangement of cards in a particular order is not something a copyright would protect. This would fall under patents...


Correct (in the U.S.).
by JHostler
September 4th, 2017, 6:23 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Vernon, Nuzzo, Schmidt
Replies: 1
Views: 535

Re: Books by Vernon, Nuzzo, Schmidt

Just took the lot online for $39.99:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Book-Lot-Expe ... Swd7xZrc5X
by JHostler
September 4th, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Vernon, Nuzzo, Schmidt
Replies: 1
Views: 535

Books by Vernon, Nuzzo, Schmidt

All prices include shipping to the continental US (lower 48 only): Dai Vernon / Lewis Ganson - Inner Secrets of Card Magic (1959) - $24.99 Hardcover with dust jacket. Super condition. First Supreme Magic edition (1971). Ed Marlo and Jimmy Nuzzo / Jon Racherbaumer - Art and Ardor at the Card Table (2...
by JHostler
September 4th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 19
Views: 4651

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

52 chances?..i dont think so.. because this magician sell this.. Incorrect. I'll repeat (with emphasis): This can be done exactly as depicted roughly once in every 52 performances. There is no "holy grail" of ACAAN and never will be - not under true test conditions (with the deck complete...
by JHostler
September 3rd, 2017, 5:24 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 19
Views: 4651

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

Yes, this can be done exactly as depicted. And 100% reliably... roughly once in every 52 performances.
by JHostler
August 27th, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 2500

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

Gimmicks, trick props, sleight of hand, mathematics, optical illusions. Awfully broad "solutions," but spoilers nonetheless. If an audience dials into any of these as the obvious (or only) method, a piece of magic is relegated to little more than "trick" status. Specifics are lar...
by JHostler
August 20th, 2017, 12:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Riser
Replies: 42
Views: 5037

Re: Ambitious Riser

Apologies for the "topic creep," but with the millions (literally, millions) of pages of magic in print, what psychological imperative compels us to invest months or years in others' moves - largely (if not exclusively) to impress other magicians? That year of practice could be put to muc...
by JHostler
August 20th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Riser
Replies: 42
Views: 5037

Re: Ambitious Riser

Apologies for the "topic creep," but with the millions (literally, millions) of pages of magic in print, what psychological imperative compels us to invest months or years in others' moves - largely (if not exclusively) to impress other magicians? That year of practice could be put to much...
by JHostler
August 6th, 2017, 12:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 2227

Re: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13

I was surprised when Penn & Teller failed to spot the Tamariz displacement ruse when Siegfreid Tieber performed an updated version of Tamariz's Neither Blind nor Stupid. +1 Damn fine variation of both the trick, and of Juan's persona. I'd like to see more of this guy... +2. Fun seeing P&T f...

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