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by Jonathan Townsend
June 11th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7158
Views: 2130927

Re: ERDNASE

Amusing digression: An example of what happens when historical research does not come up with the desired profound mythical ... https://www.tor.com/2019/06/11/the-green-man-when-is-a-myth-not-a-myth/#more-462640 I'm still conflicted about the "chesty" versus "common herd" discuss...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2019, 11:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 111
Views: 8381

Re: The Pass

If you have the pack in your hands when they take a card, and the pack is your hands when the card is replaced into the pack - why a pass and then a palm rather than a cull or steal? If you're at a card table and trying to maintain a stack... and normal procedure has them giving the pack a cut befor...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi
Replies: 17
Views: 1987

Re: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi

Thanks Bill, that's a relief. After the fuss with Piatnik cards I was worried all our cards would go that route.

Anyone have any items from their card magic offerings? How are the online instructions?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi
Replies: 17
Views: 1987

Re: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi

Any of their other products have that texture and finish we rely upon when doing magic?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 3rd, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 25
Views: 2274

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

...Remove the wallet and place it on the table. Now, as part of your patter, open the wallet to the empty side and point to the money you're going bet that you can locate the card. Etc. Thinking about a routine/premise for that. Kind of a magician's swear jar. Tell them that when practicing each ti...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 31st, 2019, 11:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tony Spina
Replies: 3
Views: 960

Re: Tony Spina

Tony showed me the Elmsley Count. He demonstrated Glorpy, Copenetro, the Astro Sphere floating ball and also did Eddie Joseph's Shattering Coins routine which requires a steady hand as you secretly transfer ten coins from hand to hand. He was nice to me even when he had reason not to. Thank you, Tony.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 30th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7158
Views: 2130927

Re: ERDNASE

Any collectors have correspondence about the "in-process" status of a book on card cheating technique or tricks using just sleight of hand? The passing mentions of writing up some sleights or assembling some material for a project... that kind of thing?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 29th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 25
Views: 2274

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

Agreed about effect in magic. And getting the deck out of your hands before the work with a "no-palm" wallet. I'd ask JM directly about his routine. Also keep in mind how the rest of the routine is set up to play for audiences. At the time that book came out there was not much mention of a...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 3rd, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 65
Views: 21927

Re: reading vs video

I like to see a thing used in context before discussing setup and procedure details. Ideas can be presented in context of demonstrations. With and without; distinctions which make a difference. Show rather than tell ;) We don't yet have working video hypertext. And the DVD collection is not yet onli...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 3rd, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: George Melies' Illusions
Replies: 15
Views: 2033

Re: George Melies' Illusions

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:msmNgb4H0nQJ:https://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/4435-7860+&cd=12&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-b-1-d https://www.google.com/search?q=Robert-Houdin+theater+show+review+1889&client=firefox-b-1-d&tbm=isch...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 3rd, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: George Melies' Illusions
Replies: 15
Views: 2033

Re: George Melies' Illusions

Great topic for some research - the guy owned the Robert-Houdin theater and was also the president of the local magicians social group so there is likely local literature to be found from the time. My French is not so good as to go reading there. Anyone from France care to have a look for show revie...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 30th, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15171

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

The Mora vanish (or equivalent) really balances that first ball sequence. You tip the ball off the bottom of the inverted cup into your hand and with a spin of the wand that ball vanishes. Repeat for each cup. Elegant. :) The earlier bits using cups let the audience see there's nothing in the cups b...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 30th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 42856

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

What is Bill Goodwin's finale ?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 29th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 42856

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

H. Sawa has a fun routine with patter about the trains in Japan. Joe Cole published some of his work - also looks fun. But if you want to play outside the usual box try Bob Farmer's Mojo Boogie Box routine. :) Rumor has it Curtis Kam is tipping some of his coinbox work in his current lecture. There ...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 19th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander
Replies: 27
Views: 2439

Re: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander

If Scott's got something usable on the monte - good for him.

A younger magician, Josh Silverstein (Superfluous), just released a different take on the trick that also avoids the alignment move.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 4th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 8419

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

What's this about letting things die? I'm just saying that if you really want to breed tame white lions and tigers it's going to take several generations and much selective breeding - as with the foxes.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 3rd, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 8419

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

gene mutation which improves odds of survival where they live. So for a specialized breed of captive lions and tigers maybe white fur and stunted skill/territorial (adult) behaviors ... Another ten generations of very selective breeding of the most domesticated of the litters and maybe they'd be big...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 3rd, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Noel Heath's ACE
Replies: 14
Views: 1951

Re: Noel Heath's ACE

? Where in Apocalypse?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 3rd, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 8419

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

...In an ideal world animals would have the ability to live safely in their native habitats. Cognitive dissonance ... combining the notions of living safely and native habitat as regards animals. Odd thing about PTSD and trauma in general - the inner damage is not entirely the blow or event but als...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 2nd, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Noel Heath's ACE
Replies: 14
Views: 1951

Re: Noel Heath's ACE

Tom, thanks for posting that video.
That was fun! The card seeming to jump from under his hand back onto the pack - wow! Wish I could bring that to an ambitious card routine. :) Bravo!
by Jonathan Townsend
March 29th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7158
Views: 2130927

Re: ERDNASE

How does the sleight of hand in Sachs's book compare with what's described in erdnase?
by Jonathan Townsend
March 26th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5954

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

Folks may not know about rule 34 . Charles Stross wrote a book with that title . I bring up the book (and the rule) to introduce one of the story elements - an AI (ATHENA) which links things together and also does tit-for-tat analysis. That's a step beyond what Mahdi is concerned about but hey some ...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 25th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5954

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

If (not sure about this) they have an algorithm to link video content - then we can ask that they not include "tutorial" and "reveal" to "performance" videos.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 25th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5954

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

Richard Kaufman wrote:Mahdi's analysis may be correct, but it's irrelevant to the reality of the situation.
Mahadi's suggesting we discuss how to approach posting videos and how to manage link/no-link as we post videos.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 25th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5954

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

Concerning our sometimes obsessive concerns about secrets, exposure, and curious laymen (yes!), I can only quote Jim Steinmeyer: "Magicians are guarding an empty safe."... Of course you also understand that's not an accurate statement. Look how long it's taken to get the Deland tricks int...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 22nd, 2019, 11:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5954

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_NaturallySpeaking Hey Siri/Okay Google/Alexa - show me a card trick. 3D barcodes, QR Codes, Google image search Twonky https://www.tor.com/2018/05/22/the-guile-ian-mcdonald/ How do you imagine discussing the matter without the transcription becoming part of the p...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 21st, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is going on here?
Replies: 18
Views: 1852

Re: What is going on here?

AV, folks - it's one in particular making comments on Al's videos. Here's one of those:
JasonBarton6 months ago
Pure garbage, if Joe Karson was alive he would smack you in the face.

The internet is vast and some folks choose to be unpleasant.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 21st, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is going on here?
Replies: 18
Views: 1852

Re: What is going on here?

Matrix did and still does just fine. There's an option in YouTube to keep folks from posting comments on your videos.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 20th, 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20698

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Is this about the role or the sex of the actor playing the role? Do we want awards broken down to "best actor playing the role of a fantasy transgendered character"?
by Jonathan Townsend
March 19th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20698

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

How are "the rest of us" held back by the writing habits of a few? Many, perhaps most, in our generation have already moved on to use and prefer inclusive language.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 19th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20698

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

@Brad; reasons include (but who's to decide upon validity?) inertia, habit, change provoked by outside interests taken as affront, unwillingness to participate in (what's the opposite of woke?) political correctness... Maybe other places, other peoples, other cultures have some useful terms we can l...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 19th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5954

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

We tried having this discussion with the wikipedia folks a while ago - putting method discussion next to effect description. (see ambitious card) Since content gets indexed anyway - just flagging a high value dataset. By contrast: comedians and jokes. Usually folks don't interrupt to tell a story/jo...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 17th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7158
Views: 2130927

Re: ERDNASE

How uncommon were those phrase/patterns at the time? Here's a finding for Twain on "moss-covered": https://books.google.com/books?id=0kJIHh0a4fUC&pg=PA469&lpg=PA469&dq=%22moss-covered%22+phrase+1900+text&source=bl&ots=zb2kBvbZPL&sig=ACfU3U2N3Z8j41ZUtGX-w3oBu5hJZ-njr...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 16th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5954

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

... Youtube (Google) can KILL magic in the next 20 years as the technology progresses. ...I don't think Google wants to unintentionally destroy an art form. Yeah it would be annoying for someone to take a short performance clip and have google return some clips of folks who are doing the trick bett...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 16th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7158
Views: 2130927

Re: ERDNASE

https://books.google.com/books?id=hsu47CBwJPUC&pg=PA169&lpg=PA169&dq=1822+palm+off+phrase&source=bl&ots=Z4rDNB3jpF&sig=ACfU3U1JsjwkLjiSkPcfo9LhEFJ5aaET5Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjBkpjJrYfhAhVjmuAKHfjnB3kQ6AEwEHoECAsQAQ#v=onepage&q=1822%20palm%20off%20phrase&...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 15th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5954

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

There are a few things you can do. But first, try looking at that same performance video on someone else's YouTube session/PC. Among other things you can do is upload "unboxing" videos with specious explanations - think bogons... (<-- yes that's a callback). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 13th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20698

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Peter Ross wrote:
Richard Kaufman wrote:It is neither inaccurate or irrelevant if it is applied to a man or men.


When there is no female equivalent, then the terms are exclusionary and inappropriate, which are worse.

We'll have more to discuss when a woman, transgender, genderfluid... decides to say how they'd like to be called.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 13th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7158
Views: 2130927

Re: ERDNASE

Literal is not the same as actual. Sentient is not the same as sapient. Subtle is not the same as blatant. But eventually burning wax candles will wane. Sometimes there's just not enough violins on TV. :)

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