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by Jonathan Townsend
February 21st, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3159

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Bill Mullins wrote:...It's already described in the existing Greater Magic (see p. 424 of the K&G edition). ... I doubt there is much more to be said about it.
Just saying that almost a century later the trick and its secret are preserved.
by Jonathan Townsend
February 21st, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3159

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Back to updating the book: Livestock production was popular - including big cats - then phased out of most performances. The Hooker Rising Cards routine has been preserved. Recently performed with its secrets intact. We missed a few greats who traveled the world including Fred Kaps and Al Goshman. T...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 20th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3159

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

@Richard The sleeves figure in the coin section reminded me of Mickey Silver when does that trick passing the coin from hand to hand through his head.
The second picture, of the chopper, is "worse" in the sense that it's "chinese" caricature.
by Jonathan Townsend
February 17th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 100
Views: 10405

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Means and ends. It gets "better" when you hear what they think the story of a trick was.
by Jonathan Townsend
February 17th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3159

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Here's a short wish list: Through pageant and old wine to playing cards - so many items need context. Simonize? Can we get some perspective on the "oriental" habits of that age - and watch out for the religion of others? It is a time worn saying that the hand is quicker than the eye. This ...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 16th, 2019, 11:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?
Replies: 7
Views: 657

Re: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?

That would be great to find a clip of Chaplin doing the switch.

Tangentially... Houdini wrote as "nosey" in the same place as the ad for a book by "erdnase"? ?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 16th, 2019, 10:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 39
Views: 2627

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Carrying a glass is ... well they come in cases - Libby 7 ?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 14th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 17
Views: 3820

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Hi Bob, Guessing a small diameter hole about a half inch from the end, dead center and loop made from thread about two feet long? That way you have a little room to turn the card around and catch the loop on a button. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
February 13th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 39
Views: 2627

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

The card turning up on top of a different deck is a good idea. Not sure it's a climax for a theme though. What's the theme as far as the audience is concerned?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 11th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 150
Views: 34443

Re: DeLand

Changing card - December 11, 2018. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
February 7th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Origins of Miscalling a card
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: Origins of Miscalling a card

The kids in school use to play a game called "i doubt it" - (or BS) which involved miscalling cards and cheating using multiple lifts. ;)
by Jonathan Townsend
February 5th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician accused of sexual assault
Replies: 16
Views: 1935

Re: Magician accused of sexual assault

... Professor A. was so incensed by his arrest, that afterward meeting the barber who was the original cause of his prosecution, he so far forgot himself as to take the law in his own hands, and give the man a most unmerciful beating. He belabored him severely, disfiguring his face and eyes, and le...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 5th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12998

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

.... This tells us something about how the human brain works (and doesn't work). This idea of establishing a false premise strikes me as very powerful, a way to set up some stunning magic. I have heard and read more than once that magic takes place in the mind of the spectator. This is something I ...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 5th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12998

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

What you do tells the story. Let's say you do have a convincing false transfer and the audience is comfortable believing your procedure up to that point. They believe the coin is in your hand and you've got it in your other hand. You put the coin where you want it and the action continues. Okay now ...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 5th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12998

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

... my issues with the ROV move (and by association, any studied placement). I'm with you about separating mundane actions (to set the stage) and spotlight actions (to build up the magical effect) around an effect.. Separating physical cause from magical effect. There's video of John Ramsay doing t...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 2nd, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12998

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls

That sequence in the Vernon routine which starts with the balls on top of the inverted cups is elegant when using the wand spin vanish. I want them looking at my hands during the vanishes. During some action you use as cue for the magic? And/or during the sleight you used to set up showing an empty ...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 1st, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1657

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

by Jonathan Townsend
February 1st, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 20615

Re: The Jerx Year Three

So, what do you think of his latest book?
by Jonathan Townsend
January 29th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is Dead
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: Magic is Dead

http://www.ianfrisch.com/about/
Something to talk about Feb 26th. We're about a month early.
by Jonathan Townsend
January 28th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: monte toss exposed
Replies: 28
Views: 1281

Re: monte toss exposed

There is no social value from exposing the hype. It’s purely a prurient Act. Gratuitous. Not sure about that. Imagining one has as clue how a con is foisted is part of the bait into a con. But it will not make the innocent vicious, or transform the pastime player into a professional; or make the fo...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 27th, 2019, 11:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 20615

Re: The Jerx Year Three

It's okay to talk to the author if you disagree with a notion or argument or reference. The larger topic is how we treat each other. Must it be the flower or the fertilizer? If it reads as disrespectful call it out as abusive. Maybe we can call that the "A" word till folks get comfortable ...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 27th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 20615

Re: The Jerx Year Three

So you're saying Tommy Wonder's Tamed Card is a better example of how to bring magic into the moment. And there are better ways to fill the gaps of a discussion than r-rated digressions. Especially those referencing mysogeny or abuse. Also misdirection deserves a seperate discussion. Something more ...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 25th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 20615

Re: The Jerx Year Three

So The Jerx writing is spiced with r-rated imagery. Consistently. It's his brand. Okay it's more Goofus than Gallant but that's his brand of Highlights. Now let's look at the framing and content. Using that ambitious card example with some text bolded. ... And, as I've said before, in my experience,...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 25th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Choosing a wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: Choosing a wallet

There's no "rule" against having several wallets. .... I'd like it for CTW, peek, switch, index... Getting one function working for practical routines is not so easy. There are some nice dual function wallets BUT loaded indices are not so easy to handle when also doing a card to wallet. Yo...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 25th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Choosing a wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: Choosing a wallet

Is anyone familiar with the Leathercraft brand 5” by 3 1/2” Himber Wallet? If so, can you please evaluate it as far as quality, looks, and ability to be convincing as nothing more than a regular wallet? I only have use for a standard back pocket size wallet. I bought a couple when exploring. As a b...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 24th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 20615

Re: The Jerx Year Three

"Andy" posted an ethical opinion against actions which "...take advantage of the innocent and/or damage another human physically or mentally."
by Jonathan Townsend
January 22nd, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 29
Views: 6495

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

erdnasephile wrote:...Was that the one that ended with the picture of the skeleton hand and the card?
A small metal card box with magnetic gaff decorated in blue with a white dome on top - patter about x-rays.
by Jonathan Townsend
January 20th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12998

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

starting the routine along the lines of, "A trick using 3 cups and 3 balls," and just showing the spectators 3 balls that were apparently taken out of the pocket or one of the cups. I felt (and still do) that it's not very magical. The Vernon routine also has some play with the cups and t...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 16th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1427

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

It's in both Volume 1 and 2.
by Jonathan Townsend
January 16th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1427

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

My favourite quote is by Bob Farmer. It is buried away in Best of Friends - Volume 3 by Harry Lorayne. It is something along the lines of magic consisting of a series of events which make sense in order, but appear magical when presented in another order. There's something like that in Volume 2. It...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 15th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Bammo 666
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

Re: Bammo 666

Hi Bob, great to see Jackhammer and Victoria's Other Secret available. Any chance of a handling for Jackhammer using your Spiritu count?
by Jonathan Townsend
January 9th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Regarding the Pass
Replies: 20
Views: 788

Re: Regarding the Pass

The pass serves at least two distinct objectives. The first - as per the older books "pour faire sauter la coupe" to secretly undo a fair cut , and the second to get a card onto the top (or bottom) of the pack.
by Jonathan Townsend
January 8th, 2019, 11:22 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1427

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

Richard Kaufman wrote:Jennings would say, for Triumph, that you secretly have half the deck reversed, and thus you are one ahead.
How about at least 20 ahead in that example?
by Jonathan Townsend
January 8th, 2019, 11:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1524

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

...If you could provide the references on these I'd be interested in seeing them. The Leipzig mention is from Charlie Miller in Intermission page 426 October 1973 Genii Magazine. "From what I read about it the action is similar to spinning out a silver dollar in the manner of the late Nate Lei...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 8th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1524

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

There's comment about Nate Leipzig doing something similar using a coin. There's an item in the Ganson book about him doing similar animations with a coin dropped into a glass of beer. The rubber band dates back to the 1800s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_bands :) So maybe there's a reference ...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 8th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Nonsense in Mentalisim
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Nonsense in Mentalisim

Whose confirmation bias are you seeking to flatter?
by Jonathan Townsend
January 7th, 2019, 11:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1524

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

About the band trick - at a New York convention Weber performed the stunt. Here's some background on it: https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/vie ... 7&start=20
by Jonathan Townsend
January 3rd, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2102

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I'm looking for references for rising card methods that use any sort of cut-out in the deck. I recall seeing a method where a rectangular section was cut out of half the deck so a forefinger could poke in and push up a card, but anything like that would be of interest. Tarbell Volume 2 Lesson 27, R...
by Jonathan Townsend
January 3rd, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 823

Re: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

What's the problem with trendy pseudonews stories and infotainment? Before you shake your head or nod - notice the visual glitches. https://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/shake-your-head-from-side-to-side/ Is the Journal of Irreproducable Results still around? http://www.jir.com/history.html
by Jonathan Townsend
January 2nd, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 823

Re: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

Psychology is not Newtonian Physics. There were a few years between when people started charting the motion of stars and when Newton posited an inverse square law and argued by geometrical proofs. Does anyone here have questions about Pavlov's laboratory dogs salivating? Or questions about the reaso...

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