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by Jonathan Townsend
April 24th, 2018, 10:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

...Who else but somebody capable working at a print shop could self-publish profitably? He could print the book on a budget for much less than anybody going to a printer as a regular customer. Imagine for a moment ... That's a sensible perspective. Also, good find on "Jack Pots". :) That ...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 21st, 2018, 11:11 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 88
Views: 25950

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Whoops, You're right performer. Here's a clip of his Aztec Lady
by Jonathan Townsend
April 17th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:...But we aren't relying on Smith for "intimate knowledge"; we are relying on him to report what he saw and heard. His account is first-hand...


Not sure what you mean by first-hand. Smith's attributed comments are as reported by Gardner.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 16th, 2018, 6:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

it seems some are content to make cases based on what was possible, disregarding the mandate to discover what is true. It does tend to make advancing a conversation difficult when folks sometimes seem to be just guessing at what they choose to post ... and are then willing to die on the hill that w...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 15th, 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

Was there anything in the Gardner interview that suggested the guy spoke or performed like what's in the book? Starting to think we're going Keyser Söze about the Gardner interview.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 12th, 2018, 6:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

@lybrary, your quote from the section on the Erdnase Shift-One Hand is interesting. The notion is also expressed earlier in the text in the section on Acquiring the Art: "The beginner invariably imagines his hands are too small or too large, but the size has little to do with the possibilities ...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 11th, 2018, 7:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Magic Without Indices
Replies: 4
Views: 363

Re: Card Magic Without Indices

There's a bit where you have a card with one spot on one side and four on the other - which then shows as three on one side and six on the other. If you're okay openly turning two cards back to back to start the trick... open season. :D
by Jonathan Townsend
April 11th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

lybrary wrote:.... Smith recognized this handwriting as his. Therefore he wrote those figure numbers. There is no other explanation ...

no chance of copy and paste?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 10th, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 581

Re: Public Service Announcement

Yes, fraud reporting hotline, how may we help you?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 8th, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

This guy? http://blog.mysentimentallibrary.com/20 ... ction.html
working on independent verification of the data. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
April 7th, 2018, 10:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Magic Without Indices
Replies: 4
Views: 363

Re: Card Magic Without Indices

Lubor Fiedler had a winner of a trick with his Royal Fantasy.
The chapter on mechanical cards in Roterberg's New Era Card Tricks is also a good reference.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 5th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

Working backwards - is there some evidence of the magic patter/presentations offered in Expert being used about the time of publication?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 5th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

performer wrote:In other words you are never going to find out who it is! Perhaps it is time to discuss double lifts once again!


It's fun to watch legends take shape. Recounted story as told by Vernon based upon ...
Look at item 5 ;)
https://www.wikihow.com/Write-Gothic-Fiction
by Jonathan Townsend
April 3rd, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6503
Views: 1977872

Re: ERDNASE

...The guy who empties the trash in my building calls himself a sanitation engineer. ... We're not so far away from having accredited universities offering advanced degrees in "Sanitation Engineering". No comment about folks claiming to be magicians. Let's stick to the text and its contex...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 3rd, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Silk to flower on Lapel
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Silk to flower on Lapel

There was a flower to silk item with a pin-on holder (almost a silk winder) that was used to let the performer pull the flower from his lapel and have it open up into a handkerchief. Doing that in reverse with a reel is more tricky - starting with the hank and ... well here's the latest update on th...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 30th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1067

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Mark, folks, the glossing over of an unmotivated action has been with us since Tarbell (volume 1 Lesson 10 rising card escape), with the top card displayed then replaced - rather than bringing up the pack to ask if their card is on the bottom of the pack. As Bill and others have pointed out, most ma...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 30th, 2018, 6:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1067

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Richard Kaufman wrote:I have never seen anyone make a truly convincing argument against using a Double Turnover.

It's not the turnover by itself - that could be a style thing.
Is your purpose to lose that card into the pack among others? To set it aside? ... much simpler to start with your scripted intent.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 30th, 2018, 4:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1067

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

You may as well as the "story" question - "so what's the worst that could happen if we did not turn the card face down again? " ;)
by Jonathan Townsend
March 24th, 2018, 9:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3717

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Darwin Ortiz published a Wildcard using a Himber Wallet (and other interesting ideas) back around 1977 in his first lecture. The blocking to get back to your wallet, envelope or deck at a time when folks are starting to reach for the cards is non-trivial. In Eric's Wildcard routine he's got his wall...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 22nd, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3717

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Is the audience supposed to watch you do the sleights which accomplish the effect - treating the performance as face-value skill demonstration? For example openly doing the turnover switch to show how a monte operator could handle someone pointing to the money card. Is the audience attending the per...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 21st, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8252

Re: The Jerx Year Three

The proof is in the pudding - in our craft that's the real-world-in-action performing utility of a routine.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 16th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8252

Re: The Jerx Year Three

MagicbyAlfred wrote:... blow a spectator's mind to kingdom come, nothing beats the iD. ...
These days it's really tempting to r/s a double deck to ...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 16th, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8252

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Perhaps part of the "Svengali Sucker" routine could play out as perverse magic - with the pack switched after the display of "all the same" - and the presentation claiming to have almost all of the routine ready to perform but getting stuck at the end. Tap the pack, it's back on ...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 14th, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8252

Re: The Jerx Year Three

jkeyes1000 wrote:... Switching the pack twice? That's just flouting!...
There are routines that casually mention deck switches in Hofzinser's Card Conjuring.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 14th, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8252

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Any source for "TV Magic" decks - the ungaffed ones - regular pack of cards. So far I've found the red Svengali and the blue stripper packs and the set of gaffs plus card box... but no ungaffed red backed deck. ??

Thanks in advance
by Jonathan Townsend
March 12th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3717

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Skinner did the monte non-gafffed on a tv show - and got a celebrity to do the corner bit.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 11th, 2018, 6:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3717

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Jon Tremaine's book "The Amazing Book of Card Tricks" has the item "The Pimpernel Queen" (page 52) which looks very good. Something like the Jennings Homing Card routine can work as a monte where you keep reducing the packet size from five cards down to two at the end. But again ...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 10th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 787

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

Thanks John, Sawa has an Ace Assembly routine that uses something like that too :)
by Jonathan Townsend
March 8th, 2018, 2:55 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1622

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

Richard Kaufman wrote:Every "requirement" in this rule is subjective, and thus has no substantive meaning.
...

It's an opinion - stated with "I feel".

Stating context in terms of working and technique looks like a way of enriching our craft and its literature.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 6th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 70
Views: 13820

Re: The Jerx Year Two

The water and dry erase markers I have didn't get that result. But... did get a surprise when trying the black marker. <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/comment_embed.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fjon.townsend.148%2Fposts%2F1464236733587034%3Fcomment_id%3D14642464402527...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 5th, 2018, 7:04 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1622

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

... If you practice sleight-of-hand diligently, you can get to the point where it happens without conscious effort... yet appear awkward and suspicious to an audience. From "erdnase" A much greater interest is taken in the tricks, and the denouement of each causes infinitely more amazemen...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 3rd, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 1606

it's trending - poo-rile :(

Seems it's a thing in toys this year somehow- purile - spelled with two o's ?

https://boingboing.net/2018/02/25/poo-y ... -fair.html

https://www.fastcompany.com/3037803/the ... to-america
by Jonathan Townsend
March 2nd, 2018, 10:15 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 1606

Re: Hmmmmm...

The ad's a fun read. Maybe a month early, agreed. Thanks... In the near future reference to this item could play for audiences - recall the fireball shooting wand?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 28th, 2018, 7:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Steven’s Cull
Replies: 14
Views: 976

Re: Steven’s Cull

Jordanjgunn wrote:... I’ve been practicing it...


If you post a link to a short clip of a routine you do using the control - folks will likely notice. Gotta start somewhere. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
February 27th, 2018, 6:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 1960

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

There are folks alive today who remember Richard Himber. What those who remember the guy choose to leave by way of stories and echoing what they saw him do and what they learned... that's up to them. In a way that's their legacy too. What's lost to the craft in terms of time and opportunity if not -...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 25th, 2018, 9:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Re: Magic and Autism

Are there tricks which deceive them which don't work with non-aspies?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 24th, 2018, 11:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 17
Views: 1035

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

Best of luck with your project.
The Burnaby Kid wrote:... Invisible Deck could be used to demonstrate Triumph.
:o what a sneaky application of the faro shuffle...
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: 17
Views: 1035

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: 17
Views: 1035

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.

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