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by Jonathan Townsend
June 2nd, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Update - A Jinx item from October 1939, "Red and Blue Futurama" in issue 61 by J. G. Thompson has the display used to show the backs of a deck. The card case is blue, the top card is blue and "To all appearances the deck is blue. To heighten the effect..." Then he does the displa...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 2nd, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Not a fan of that direct a use of the shuffle either - just recalled the item from way back when. Here's the text about the discrepant display to show "all the same" from Royal Road All Change Here In this effective feat the Hindu shuffle is used to show that apparently every card in the d...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 2nd, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Aside from the overhand vs side grip, how do you distinguish the "Hindu" shuffle display (say from Royal Road to Card Magic 1948 - look at the second trick in the section) from the Flushtration count?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 1st, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Congratulations to Gustov Kuhn for another prestigious inclusion of magic into research literature. [digression][no muggles] @Bill, that puts magic literature into a paywall/firewall question. https://journalistsresource.org/tip-sheets/research/academic-research-free-journalists/ [/no muggles][/digr...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 30th, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Announcement from The Jerx
Replies: 55
Views: 3806

Re: Big Announcement from The Jerx

The Watson books look interesting. Thanks Joe. Maybe "Andy" stays up late some nights or his internet connection was in a different time zone. Looking at an earlier post from January 31 2017 you can find: http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/1/31/gardyloo-17 in the source: meta itemprop="...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 30th, 2020, 11:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wrist Watch "Quick Change"
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Re: Wrist Watch "Quick Change"

? You might want to ask Jeff Sherdian about your change. He has been doing something surprising with a wrist watch in one of his pieces for decades.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 28th, 2020, 10:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

He has an item called The Cheating Kit: https://davidregal.com/cheating-kit
by Jonathan Townsend
May 27th, 2020, 10:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Maybe the sight of openly displayed duplicates is so strange that the deal and turnover action goes by the same way we ignore blinks. And it is only an instant before two more duplicates are shown and again one goes face up then the next face down.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 26th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Oops, missed on DURATY and "globish" as relevant to card magic with an i place of the l. Sorry :( Talking about the cards as you display them makes sense. The procedure in Duraty's routine is sensible. Have you come across better? True story: Typing "globish to latin translation"...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 26th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

The patter and the display are eccentric. A few lines set the character and mood while the props are set in place. Opening email again today I found the text in English and briefly wondered if iphones now do that. Thank you again Philippe. What does Durarty say after the fake ten (AS) has ruined his...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2020, 8:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Okay Edward, where is that fan display setup published earlier? Let's not beat about the bush - citation?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Wild and Easy :) DURATY manages the packet display at the start without dealing cards to the table. He gets the premise and some humor started before showing the "wild" card. Bravo for him.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Yes please, I would like to read the original French. Thank you.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2020, 12:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

The count at the start of Dingle's routine looks challenging. About the Racherbaumer book - the Wild Card Kit: on Page 53 is an "easy" routine with no sleights and credits to Gene Castillion Mike Dubreuil. The one handed item on page 66 looks useful for starting a routine. The last item in...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 24th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Announcement from The Jerx
Replies: 55
Views: 3806

Who is The Jerx

Kudos to Andy. :ugeek: Ah the possibilities - https://www.cameo.com/johndavidson?fbcl ... 2Wjwn0WM0M

Starting to read like other "who wrote that" discussions. I am Spartacus.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 24th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 86
Views: 2399

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

I found that a french magician named DURATY described a solution without Hamman Count or glide in his book Frissons Magiques (Magic Thrills) published in 1980. It's very easy and ingenious. Please describe the outline of his approach?? At the moment I'm wondering about adding the wild card to the p...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 20th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 7904

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

Bob Farmer wrote:...There's a line and as soon as it becomes juggling it's not magic.
When the audience remembers the juggling rather than the magic?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 20th, 2020, 12:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 7904

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

Maybe if you look at the Genii article on Hofzinser which describes his shows you might find also more comfort with cardistry.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 17th, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

El Mystico wrote:McDonald had two routines with the Aces.
Was the other one a "cut to the aces" routine?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 11th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1513

Re: Magic is not theater

Joe, someone did a more pointed and less political version of that by having the gift be "nothing" and the giver be the devil himself. If the audience is with you - that stuff can work. Things changed greatly around the time of Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus. There was a time befo...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 11th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1513

Re: Magic is not theater

Broken magic was put on display as comedy by Carl Ballantine successfully. Johnny Thompson's act included what looked like broken magic. Penn and Teller have been performing effective magic while talking about magic being broken for years. Someone put out a book with yearly quotes about magic being ...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 11th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1513

On Performing Arts.

I think magicians with a theater background are harming magic with their ill-thought-out theories. The majority of advice I see given to magicians over the past two decades has stressed that magic is a branch of theater. It is not. Magic is one of the performing arts. The magical effect still needs...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 11th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1513

Re: Magic is not theater

You don't need to add story on top of that. You don't have to turn your wild card into some weird film homage monstrosity. I think you're being unfair to Peter Samuelson's routine. His character is understood as someone who likes movies and toys. The movies "Invaders from Mars" and "...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 8th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2279

Re: Frank Garcia Books

Richard Kaufman wrote:Jon Racherbaumer has already done that and it appears at the end of Million Dollar Secrets.
The note about Slydini and a slotted spoon?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 4th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Great find Ed! Interesting inventory too. https://www.winklersmagicwarehouse.com/product/antique-magic-cards/ A little bit of PC magic gets the image - up to our host if it's okay to post that. Not sure about "no gaffs" though. Or extra aces, or wax but folks seemed to like the trick at th...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 1st, 2020, 11:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude
Replies: 10
Views: 585

Re: The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude

Thanks for sharing the link to the film. Fine film! The performance was engaging both watching the performer and imagining the puppets. It was also interesting to watch the performer's face and eyes - for example when he was working with one eye or both open. Not sure who'd enjoy watching a film whe...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 1st, 2020, 2:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

... being contrarian for no reason whatsoever and accept that M.D. Smith met Erdnase in the cold hotel room and drew his hands... Gardner has the use of photos in his notes from discussion with Smith. Later on there's mention of pencil drawings which were inked after "Andrews" approved. D...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 30th, 2020, 8:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Incremental change: M. Zolta rides again
Replies: 14
Views: 917

M. Zolta does the disecto?

There's something dark and twisted about using the cards as bait to get a volunteer up to put their hand through the chopper. Kind of a magician's version of the monkey trap. Good luck.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 30th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Other than his name on the book, what evidence is there that Smith did any of the illustrations?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 28th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Absolute Magic by Darren Brown
Replies: 33
Views: 29410

Re: BoM: Absolute Magic by Darren Brown

If you just remove the 90% of magic that is either boring or that comes across as needy - your performances will be much more impactful. It is that simple. If you can notice that ten percent which works - great. Though being attentive to feedback on that other ninety percent... does not make the be...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 26th, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Given his stated motivation for publishing ... Or was this about the line from the text? "the primary motive of the author..." ^^This A page which reads as a nicely Americanized and somewhat tweaked version of an earlier text . A line from later in this text, which was available before &q...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 26th, 2020, 7:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Perhaps there was a process outside what M. D. Smith recalls, and some reason to believe there was at least one photo session ... maybe something involving transparencies showing groups of illustrations to have been done from the same perspective ... but the idea is to argue from evidence. The artis...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 26th, 2020, 2:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Occam's Saw applies to working theories. Unlike the Chicago Ball trick the idea is not to unnecessarily multiply entities. McKinney printed a book about card gambling and tricks. M. D. Smith has his name on that book as artist. Smith does not recall the artwork. So that leaves only the printers them...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 26th, 2020, 2:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Given his stated motivation for publishing ... J. McKinney & Co needed the money - and went out of business shortly thereafter. Or was this about the line from the text? "the primary motive of the author..." Fredrick Drake and Co seem a better match for the word 'publisher' in this co...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 24th, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2304

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Thanks, David Ben. ...for "flash powder". Say "Cheese !". So who was the photographer and from what studio, this seems an interesting next question. And ... we've got the Men In Black Neuralyzer which is why he only vaguely recalls one meeting in an empty room and nothing about t...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 22nd, 2020, 10:39 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Science Friction
Replies: 115
Views: 38063

Re: Science Friction

Jonathan; ... I came up with the slicking method several years ago mainly to use for card identification/location by touch alone. It's a "product looking for uses". I really do not do card tricks and have not played with it since development. Jim Perhaps antique square corner cards would ...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 18th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

I found this switch in a pamphlet entitled Aces High by S. Leo Horowitz and Dr. Jacob Daley. You can get a pdf of this pamphlet HERE . I have that product. From the text/pictures 2,3,4 and 5 (and the earlier description) it seems you are using both hands and moving them from horizontal to vertical ...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 14th, 2020, 8:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

... gives the trick a vertical dimension of presentation: Put each ace into a wine glass with their face towards the audience. ... That's much more classy and scales up the trick for larger audiences. :idea: Just the basic card change done under a handkerchief with the pack in a glass gets good rea...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 14th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Here is a sleight-of-hand switch that results in a switch of the real aces for the double-faced fekes. I found this switch in a pamphlet entitled Aces High by S. Leo Horowitz and Dr. Jacob Daley. Initial Arrangement: The real aces are held face up in the palm of the palm-up left hand. The feke card...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 14th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7355

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

@Bill, folks here are some options for how to handle that face up card and face down packet of three cards incoming; 1) Actually put the face down cards on top, pick up the packet and then mime a flip-over of that bottom card. It looks like a deliberate manipulative card reversal. 2) Use the three c...

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