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by Jonathan Townsend
July 19th, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: "The Narrative Fallacy"
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: "The Narrative Fallacy"

Jack Shalom wrote:The power of the implicit over the explicit...let them complete the story.

If you've got a working narrative to work from - sure, edit out the words describing what they can figure out during and later.
by Jonathan Townsend
July 19th, 2018, 10:06 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: "The Narrative Fallacy"
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: "The Narrative Fallacy"

Are you suggesting a presentation theme? Introducing the audience to a "Black Swan" card as cue to turn over the rest of the Rainbow Deck to see they're all different backs? What patterns or presuppositions do you want challenged? We live inside narrative. The world gets dark and light so ...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 16th, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1095

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Genii Magazine January, 1976 The Vernon Touch! That’s their natural behavior, and they behave that way all the time which is very essential in doing magic — behave naturally. I would say that too many magicians defeat the purpose of their performances by not being natural. They imitate someone else....
by Jonathan Townsend
July 15th, 2018, 9:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 1495

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

If folks have their copies of Bobo's open to the Kort and then Judah items ...look at what Al's done for the trick. Getting the volunteer's hand into position by mirroring. The offbeat coin transfer. Removing the sleights done after the magical effect. How did Kort improve his routine after the item...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 15th, 2018, 7:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copyright infringement?
Replies: 14
Views: 781

Re: Copyright infringement?

Bill Mullins wrote:Example appears to be "Bill in Lemon". Did Tarbell ever publish that trick? If so, I can't find it.


Lesson 14, PRODUCING A CARD FROM A WHOLE ORANGE
by Jonathan Townsend
July 14th, 2018, 4:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copyright infringement?
Replies: 14
Views: 781

Re: Copyright infringement?

Thanks performer, that's an Uncommonly Good and apt poem. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
July 13th, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copyright infringement?
Replies: 14
Views: 781

Re: Copyright infringement?

The copyright status of the early volumes of Tarbell has come up in dialogue here before. https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=31360 It's come to my attention that someone in the U. S. is making enlarged watercolor versions of some of the trick diagrams from the Tarbell Course which they...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 13th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copyright infringement?
Replies: 14
Views: 781

Re: Copyright infringement?

Shouldn't we discuss the questions about fair use and derivative works before publicly shaming someone ?

Maybe we also need to discuss tortiuous interference?
by Jonathan Townsend
July 12th, 2018, 10:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Re: Simon Aronson's question

If they like you
and keep coming back for more
then you can do the "deceptive" thing when it serves the occasion ;)
by Jonathan Townsend
July 9th, 2018, 11:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011266

Re: ERDNASE

Another round of text analysis - soon?
https://blog.jonlu.ca/posts/the-federal ... clustering
by Jonathan Townsend
July 6th, 2018, 6:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 900

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

The act, defined and copyright - may be licensed.

This guy did the copyright and has not licensed others:
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/201 ... dow-trick/
by Jonathan Townsend
July 5th, 2018, 10:39 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More exposing on TV
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: More exposing on TV

Good to Orson... but there's so much to click on these days.

anyway who owns the rights to the Wells clip source? - If the rightsholder complains... :idea:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCij4W- ... 3W87H0l2kQ

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by Jonathan Townsend
July 5th, 2018, 10:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 900

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

I want to ask your opinion in this topic. On stage arts like dance and theater is completly normal that a work be played by different performers, even works originally staged for a specific performer could be played later by another one.... Magic is a performing art. There are basic rights associat...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 1st, 2018, 8:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 965

Re: RIP, CC

CC closed its shop a while ago but the media players are still active under the AGW brand.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 28th, 2018, 6:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2597

Re: Driebeck Die

Hi Bill, folks, It's a little late to say "thank you" to Lubor Fielder for the basic trick and Bob Driebeek for the kicker ending. Once the ideas of making a gift of the boxes and that feedback comment about the similarly sized color vision trick clicked... that's too good a visual to let ...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 28th, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2597

Re: Driebeck Die

I can't see any problem with you exploring the idea for your own personal use. Me neither since it's just for my own use and while not commercial it is a matter of public display of an artwork. It feels like a matter of courtesy to ask the inventor or their delegate about doing something with the a...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 27th, 2018, 8:47 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2597

Re: Driebeck Die

in the photos appears to be a set of Gozinta Boxes, the original idea of Lubor Fiedler. Yes, those are a small set of Gozinta boxes. I'd like to explore an alternative to the "chinese" design Bob Driebeek's item used for an ending, instead using large colored circles similar to the "...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 27th, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2597

Re: Driebeck Die

Who (and how) do I ask for permission to make a small Driebeek Die setup? That's for personal use. I finally thought of a patter/story for the thing. https://www.facebook.com/jon.townsend.148/posts/1993339227343446?comment_id=1997829500227752&notif_id=1530136309870000&notif_t=feedback_reacti...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 25th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1682

Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Starts tonight on the CW
:!:
by Jonathan Townsend
June 25th, 2018, 6:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1913

Re: You Tube exposure.

...So what do we do with... Nothing. As he said - let the bogons pile up and keep your goodies away from the marketplace unless you're okay with finding them on trivial pursuit cards within days of display/publication. Magic has its own great filter - an appeal to imagine others as somehow less wel...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 25th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1913

Re: You Tube exposure.

... in magic, the secret lies at the heart , and if that's not beating, then the routine construction, presentation and showmanship, no matter how great, are moot So what do we do with literature and videos which fail to reliably communicate that beating heart needed to effect magic for audiences? ...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 25th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1913

Re: You Tube exposure.

Mark, this discussion goes back a ways. A decade ago I asked the Wikipedia moderators to consider keeping the "method" discussion of a trick on a separate page from the "effect". I explained the why of it. I suppose I could have argued by way of the lines about boiling goats in t...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 24th, 2018, 9:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1913

Re: You Tube exposure.

Without sliding into the obvious reductio ad absurdum* ... There are larger social dialogues about who or what determines access to information while others insist on a panopticon for reasons of safety. Is a technical discussion of a sleight with video supposed to be flagged as "spoiler" o...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 23rd, 2018, 11:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1913

Re: You Tube exposure.

A similar argument was made to the folks who moderate/edit Wikipedia - that it's not useful to describe the method behind magic tricks in the same page as the effect. Here's the discussion
and a link to some of what went on then.
Let's see how this round goes.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 22nd, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: Who invented the Topit?

whoops, that reads as a cut/dry. Sorry. I'd like to read more about Comden and his tricks. In particular his "topic" <- was that word play with "top it"? For folks who got to see Patrick Page use the item - how did Comden's work compare?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 22nd, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: Who invented the Topit?

Maybe the name "topit" originates with Comden. The thing itself was public knowledge by 1891 and likely predates this book by a few generations. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/42628/42628-h/42628-h.htm ...Another of the poachers, nicknamed the "gentleman," was wont to attire him...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 7th, 2018, 9:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011266

Re: ERDNASE

I don't know what's "very secret" or what they mean by "breaks the case". The all caps disclaimer at the bottom was a fun read.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 7th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card to *really* impossible location
Replies: 18
Views: 1566

Re: Card to *really* impossible location

Brad Henderson wrote:medical school events
Not for reality TV show, magic related medical incidents, or psychic surgery gone wrong :D
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Art Emerson R.I.P.
Replies: 10
Views: 888

Re: Art Emerson R.I.P.

Writing up a some memories and formatting them as novelty cards could honor the guy.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 4th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Science Friction
Replies: 114
Views: 26539

Re: Science Friction

Jonathan; Email me your mailing address and I'll send you a few "slicker than normal" cards to add to Bob's mix. Red or blue backed bikes - your choice. I came up with the slicking method several years ago mainly to use for card identification/location by touch alone. It's a "product...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 29th, 2018, 9:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1249

Re: A Plunger Question

A question for the hive mind: who invented the effect in which you alternatively out-jog five cards and then plunge (push) them back into the deck, thus plunging out four cards. This is repeated, plunging out three, then two, and finally a single card, which is the selection. I can see an illustrat...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 29th, 2018, 4:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1249

Re: A Plunger Question

The five/three/one item is in Close-Up Card Magic?

The plunger principle... recalling a comment about the Stevens control.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 27th, 2018, 11:32 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Long ago in NYC on Saturdays, with cups
Replies: 6
Views: 3661

Re: Long ago in NYC on Saturdays, with cups

Did anyone happen to record Willy the Brooklyn Wizard's routine? He demonstrated what happens when you know a that well trick by doing...start at the start to find the place. Did he or his routine get published mention?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 27th, 2018, 10:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 14
Views: 2474

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

... there is something out there which meets the criteria you are looking for, and which is readily available and easily modified to suit your purposes. [-] Is the gaff you need a double ended Queen with windows? Any other criteria that are important? Yes, the window gaff to test a glide based tric...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 26th, 2018, 9:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th
Replies: 8
Views: 1456

Re: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th

Jack Shalom wrote:Does Doug Henning in The Magic Show ... at least a year and a half...
Something closer to three years - 1974-1977?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 24th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6848
Views: 2011266

Re: ERDNASE

... runs the gamut from weak to strong, the perception of which, as we have seen in this thread, can be very subjective. +1 What's coming into this discussion about people in the area at the time, writers of that time and other writings of that time are good background data. I'm tempted to buy a co...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 18th, 2018, 10:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 11025

Re: Theodore Deland

Richard Kaufman wrote:There are large photos of every card, in color, in the book. Every back design is shown (many of which are original with DeLand)...

How close does that get folks to being able to print up their own gaffs using the Deland artwork?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 18th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 11025

Re: Theodore Deland

Richard Kaufman wrote:... a particular trick of DeLand's.

One particular trick. What's involved in doing this trick in context? An extra deck carried set to go?
Introducing special cards on the fly can be a challenge - recall the Bob Elliot story about his set of Poor Charlie cards on a hot summer day ;)
by Jonathan Townsend
May 17th, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 11025

Re: Theodore Deland

This is going to be one of those "swing for the fences" type decisions for collectors and amateurs. Deland had a few card back designs that folks may have seen -pictures here: http://www.praestigiator.com/index.php?p=storia/2010/01/27/le_sorprendenti_creazioni_di_theodore_deland If the gaf...

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