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by Jonathan Townsend
February 24th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle

... the strategy of having an indifferent item and switching it out for the actual item to effect a straight-up unambiguous teleportation shows up in a bunch of more modern stuff, but I can't seem to find it in anything older than Grippo/Carlyle. Hofzinser - Three Powers - first phase (page 175 of ...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 23rd, 2018, 11:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle

Bill Mullins wrote:... the Mexican Turnover? I didn't know it was that old.


Yes, in that routine to maintain the "isolation" of a card - to seemingly turn a tabled card face up without touching it directly.
by Jonathan Townsend
February 23rd, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 14
Views: 332

Re: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle

? Hofzinser's prediction trick using a tabled card? He uses what we'd call a Mexican Turnover done with "no direct contact" and a card a spec hands him at the last moment. ;)
by Jonathan Townsend
February 21st, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade

Thanks Ian, Doing some homework/review here on basics. Very long ago, with four of a kind in hand - while practicing double turnovers and the Ghost Count... discovered that double turnovers between Ghost Counts alternated face up and face down displays. That and a little work on playing up a paintbr...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 21st, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade

This comes in context of the "Cascade" effect- turning one card face up and then having the rest of the packet magically flip over underneath that card. The Duplicount looks to be a way of showing a packet as duplicate cards. Roy Walton credits the plot idea to Gordon Bruce at the start of...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 20th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade

Hi Folks,

In Roy Walton's Cascade - he mentions "the plot sequence in which a card..." basic effect as coming from Gordon Bruce.
I'd like to follow up on that trail - where is the Gordon Bruce item in print?

Thanks in advance,

JonT
by Jonathan Townsend
February 17th, 2018, 7:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 27
Views: 4919

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Evan Shuster wrote:Gordon,
Check again. I am able to view that issue.


Can you see all the pages? I can't.
by Jonathan Townsend
February 16th, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2399

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

So you carry a full page scanner/photocopier in your closeup kit - what an idea for an act. Bravo! :)

Though these days phones have a 'selfie' mode so you could capture a video ;)
by Jonathan Townsend
February 16th, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 57
Views: 2399

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

Joe Mckay wrote:... the routine using it that Michael Weber put together. It is one of the strongest tricks in magic.


URL or citation?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 12th, 2018, 8:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 9
Views: 1432

Re: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?

Hi Folks, has anyone here made the window gaff described in Hamman's Wild All the Way? I'm getting tripped by USPC court card indices being smaller than the spot cards. Ideas? Once upon a time one of the younger card guys was exploring a routine using a (different kind of card gaff) ... to date - th...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 11th, 2018, 6:23 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 604

Re: The Chinese Bit

Yes, the routine was Joe Riding's (patter about being in the RAF etc) - credited as such. The post gaff... tough call. Is there a contact/delegate for Eddie Gibson's tricks?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 11th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 604

Re: The Chinese Bit

The routine is a ken brooke item. The post coin gaff ... an Eddie Gibson question?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 9th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15863

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Going from that comment about the coins across... how many folks have you seen perform the Robert-Houdin coin casket item? Audiences presume the entertainer is competent. If a magician, that they've successfully completed their basic education in doing magic. Of course you could present yourself as ...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 8th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15863

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Just for fun... what effects/moves/sleights/etc. published by a legend of magic (Vernon, Marlo, Hamman, etc.) was, in your mind, a complete dud :) Until something connects the procedure of a trick to a story or idea I'd like to share with an audience ... they're all "maybe someday/somehow"...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 8th, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1947119

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:Are you suggesting he did card magic at a professional level in 1923? Odd that there is no record of it, then.


What sort of record/publicity would a working card shark desire?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 7th, 2018, 1:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1947119

Re: ERDNASE

... if it were to be discovered without all doubt that the author's real name was S.W. Erdnase all along! Just a few scraps of paper found in the right archives... ( have a look at Caleb Carr's story ;) ) Any clues to what was supposed to be a suitable beginner and basic schooling in the finer poin...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 7th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15863

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Never understood the appeal of Cards Across. Paul Potassy warned that modern audiences don't have the attention span to sit thru this effect. As compared to the coins across trick? It seems to have played for audiences since Ponsin's time. Making the trick entirely about the performer and having ca...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 7th, 2018, 8:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1947119

Re: ERDNASE

[quote="jwjmcd"]Another anagram of S.W. Erdnase is the word “answered”.
...
That appears to get us "W. ERDNASE" - missing an S
by Jonathan Townsend
February 6th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15863

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

...Card Warp ... the standard routine with two unprepared cards (incidentally, not many people know that Roy's original handling used unprepared cards as well; the work was put in to make things easier for people less comfortable with sleight of hand). ... Where is that original handling? I have th...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 5th, 2018, 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

The ad copy for your book was a fun read - I placed an order.
Looking forward to reading your approach to spelling names.
And ... making a card invisible on one side. :) :D
by Jonathan Townsend
February 5th, 2018, 8:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Electronic Book Burning

Yet they don't seem too quick to delete posts by "The Magical Horse *****r"... today at least...

stranger things happen?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 4th, 2018, 11:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 14627

Re: Magicians in Trouble

David Alexander's article can be read here:
http://www.theescapist.com/archive-givingthedevil.htm
by Jonathan Townsend
February 4th, 2018, 7:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Future of Magic Collectibles?
Replies: 13
Views: 1010

Re: The Future of Magic Collectibles?

reburbia wrote:Thank God I've done nothing "noteworthy," because seeing a collection like that without ever being able to own any of the pieces sounds like torture


There are other rewards for doing noteworthy work in magic. And it's okay to decline the offer of a tour if that comes your way.
by Jonathan Townsend
February 3rd, 2018, 6:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Buster Keaton disappears
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Re: Buster Keaton disappears

Who was doing that bit in vaudeville?
by Jonathan Townsend
January 31st, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1947119

Re: ERDNASE

It is unreasonable to demand evidence that nobody has any reason to believe exists. In cases like this, the author wished to remain pseudonymous, so the "burden of proof" needs to slack off. ... We have reason to believe the books first edition came from a specific printing company. After...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 31st, 2018, 12:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

Would that perception of deep understanding communicate to the casual viewer of a YouTube video? If so then performance video showing the same "trick" played to different effect might inspire the curious to read on from there.
by Jonathan Townsend
January 31st, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

...how does one teach someone to "really love magic"? ... How magic affects others? How performing magic affects the magician? How tales and artifacts affect the student of this craft? Not sure it's ecological to teach others "to really love magic" until knowing what those other...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 31st, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

... They may have wonderful performance and delivery skills or just the rudiments, but they inherently understand the yin and yang of performance and “trickery”. Like skills, this understanding may only be rudimentary, but these magicians are keen to learn magical history... How did you get from th...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 30th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

... the solution is to embrace the dark side and rely on the greatest motivator that magic has always been built from - copycatting. ... That works if you avoid emotional investment in 'exclusive' or 'secret' as links go up offering limited edition copycats with free shipping - and much less than p...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 30th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

Here's another link to our past - some two thousand years ago - and how one performer made an impression upon a writer: https://books.google.com/books?id=4MadhPG1HncC&pg=PA21&lpg=PA21&dq=alciphron+Napaeus+to+Creniades.&source=bl&ots=XBm8X0-kRu&sig=UNwRq49UHexdvMUzaNg_ZYWLNsI&...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 30th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

It might be useful if new magicians were reminded about the lines from Seneca - about enjoying knowing there's deception but not being interested in explanation. Here's some advice from long ago: Vices creep into our hearts under the name of virtues, rashness lurks beneath the appellation of bravery...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 27th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

Supposing you're a newcomer to magic - and looking for a nice trick to show at a party next month... so you find the genii site and get distracted for a moment looking at the page..

What specifically do you imagine would interest you?
by Jonathan Townsend
January 26th, 2018, 12:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Is "The Sympathetic Clubs" stolen?
Replies: 41
Views: 6941

Re: Is

Yes, safetypin in place - take an hour to find where to place... per Ken Brooke's instructions.
by Jonathan Townsend
January 26th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Is "The Sympathetic Clubs" stolen?
Replies: 41
Views: 6941

Re: Is

Dinner plans cancelled so I had a chance to capture a note on this trick. The effect as designed is over once you start pulling cards into display. At that point it's not a buildup but rather a prolonged "prestige" / applause cue. But there's not much of a "cause" offered to appl...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 25th, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Is "The Sympathetic Clubs" stolen?
Replies: 41
Views: 6941

Re: Is

observer wrote:What ever happened to "Guest"? He sure posted a lot in the early years, sometimes even responding to his own posts.


Some information on user names was lost - one "Guest" was Paul Chosse, and he's missed. He closed with PSC
by Jonathan Townsend
January 25th, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Is "The Sympathetic Clubs" stolen?
Replies: 41
Views: 6941

Re: Is

I might have an idea on doing this trick. Finally. Only been thirty years... we'll see. Back to counting the cards.

memory jogger - remember CID? ;) :D
by Jonathan Townsend
January 25th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

lay people find magic history fascinating because much of it is fascinating... Really? What's the frequency, Kenneth? C'mon, you can tell me ... is there an elevator under the floor by your table or just a trap door? Is that home grown or imported woofle dust there? I can keep a secret - you can te...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 25th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

... care at all about magic history at baseline?...references to people and events that are meaningful only to them and other magi. Every spec of dust has a tale to tell. What tale would you like to tell your audience? Meaningful to who and in what context? Unless specifically hired to educate - we...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 24th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

... videos and film of real magic artistry, in all its glorious diversity,... Agreed. Show rather than tell. Short videos with clickbait. Here's the show - and this link takes you to the free book (something public domain) chapter with the tell - see if you can find it. :) A five second clip of Ver...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 24th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

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

Maybe you can get the rights to include a couple of minutes of Alex Elmsley talking about his count and a performance of his four card trick?

Roy Walton is around - maybe he'd like to offer a clip of something about his Card Warp routine.

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