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by Jonathan Townsend
July 19th, 2021, 4:39 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Mysteries & Secrets Revealed by Loren Pankratz, PhD
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: Mysteries & Secrets Revealed by Loren Pankratz, PhD

Heard that term on TV last night in reference to ideas or information online which ...

How is the tone of the book. A fun read?
by Jonathan Townsend
July 19th, 2021, 10:51 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Mysteries & Secrets Revealed by Loren Pankratz, PhD
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: Mysteries & Secrets Revealed by Loren Pankratz, PhD

Thanks Bob.
Does he discuss "disfavored content" too? :D
by Jonathan Townsend
July 15th, 2021, 12:32 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Cherchez La Femme
Replies: 6
Views: 313

Re: Cherchez La Femme

Pat Page had a version where the frame was misindexed.
by Jonathan Townsend
July 3rd, 2021, 6:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Matriz Imposible - Miguel Fernandez
Replies: 15
Views: 856

Re: Matriz Imposible - Miguel Fernandez

Fine demonstration of gesture and attention as applies to misdirection. Tamariz and Slydini influences? Someone used to insist that confusion is not magic. Perhaps comedy. Making the props invisible is an interesting setup for the coin assembly routine. I'm curious what Miguel does with the effect f...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 24th, 2021, 10:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?
Replies: 70
Views: 4559

Re: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?

The face up spread version feels like a different effect. A packet of face up aces is shown and somehow one of the aces turns face down. Which one is face down changes each time the cards are displayed. After the fourth display the cards are again shown to be face up. When the cards are turned over ...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 22nd, 2021, 6:56 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Demon Trap
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Re: Demon Trap

The pens are fun. They also make highlighters. https://store.stonecoldmagic.com/l/ebooks-pdfs/stone-frixion-fire-pdf-only And from the other side of hot/cold - special printing. No ideas for HOT pens (yet) :) https://www.hhgrfx.com/special-effects-screen-printing-uv-coating-blog/business-cards-too-c...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 21st, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 8532

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

Hi Richard, what time is your discussion repeated? I looked in at 8am and 9am EST - ???
Thanks,
JonT
by Jonathan Townsend
June 18th, 2021, 11:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanilla Ice and magician who steal material
Replies: 11
Views: 1143

Re: Vanilla Ice and magician who steal material

@Jon, this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-1_9-z9rbY ? Don't let the copyists, or those who promote or publish them, get you down. Vanilla Ice... oh boy :( claiming invention was not such a good idea. He lost me on SNL with "word to your mother" in rhinestones on his jacket. Contex...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 16th, 2021, 8:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 8532

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

The United Magicians for the World schedule has been posted online (subject to change without notice) and the good news is that many of the presentations will be replayed 12 hours after the livestream including my conversation with Dr. Herwig on the topic of "Was Kalanag a Nazi and does it mat...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 2nd, 2021, 10:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Mascot Moth
Replies: 15
Views: 3904

Re: The Mascot Moth

Brad, do you perform the illusion? Asking as Paul Daniels and (as Jon Pendragon reported above) those who used the trick likely wanted it to look as magical as possible. In theory maybe if the lighting is just right and the oil-smoke inside the costume sits there looking opaque as the tube retracts ...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 1st, 2021, 6:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 8532

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

Notice the open eye and most of the smile in red 8-) Who gets kudos for the cover design?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 28th, 2021, 7:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Mascot Moth
Replies: 15
Views: 3904

Re: The Mascot Moth

Paul Daniels standing in front of the moth right before the vanish looks similar to a moment in the (bad) movie Wild Wild Planet where the bad guy shrinks someone then puts the miniature into a suitcase.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 27th, 2021, 8:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 8532

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

Thank you for publishing the article. And to the author for making book excerpts available. Magic does not need to carry NSDAP/nazi or racist baggage. That name is right from Kipling's story. How could we pretend* to be as innocent as young Toomai and somehow forget that elephant's participation in ...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2021, 2:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 8532

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

The politically astute captive elephant which participated in elephant hunts.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2021, 1:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 8532

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

Please explain about the reference to an old servile elephant and the child he takes to see the elephants dance. Is this about the elephant making sure the next generation of human masters treats him well?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 24th, 2021, 3:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 8532

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

Any enhancements of the images to clear up wand or 'not wand'... and side by side comparisons of the club and party badges? Odd mention of Harbin in the article. He put a "dream" item into his Demon Magic book? Also, by the way, if you look in that book at the pincushion trick it uses desi...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 24th, 2021, 3:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My Little Pony + Mr Monopoly = Illusionists for Little People
Replies: 1
Views: 2273

Re: My Little Pony + Mr Monopoly = Illusionists for Little People

If it weren't for the history of Monopoly or the awkward involvement of adults with the pony dolls...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 18th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7757
Views: 2603049

Re: ERDNASE

Are the achieves of the Chicago Tribune available for electronic search?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 17th, 2021, 3:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magnetic Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 2502

Re: Magnetic Magic

If you'd like to try DIY floating... have at: https://www.instructables.com/DIY-Elect ... evitation/
by Jonathan Townsend
May 17th, 2021, 11:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magnetic Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 2502

Re: Magnetic Magic

A shimmed object will be attracted to a magnet. The trick to flipping an item using magnets is to have small magnets in the target and flip the larger magnet on suddenly, but just for an instant. The metal in an electromagnet will attract other magnets so you need to balance that force with a little...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 15th, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magnetic Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 2502

Re: Magnetic Magic

Magnets have a north/south. That can be edge or side.
You can make things using small neo magnets which have their n or s sides outermost - say a ball for a chop cup.

There are all sorts of goodies to be found here: https://www.kjmagnetics.com/categories.asp?cat=9
by Jonathan Townsend
May 14th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: A writer on magic and being special
Replies: 5
Views: 3734

Re: A writer on magic and being special

If you're looking for insight into magic from a writer's perspective - they seem to like this line from Bagehot "... is to be reverenced, and if you begin to poke about it you cannot reverence it…Its mystery is its life. We must not let in daylight upon magic." Ted Chiang's comment about b...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 11th, 2021, 10:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gerald Deutsch
Replies: 12
Views: 3384

Re: Gerald Deutsch

I hope this next generation, with the help of the elders still around, can keep the Saturday gatherings pleasant and welcoming for visitors. Sol, Ken, and Jerry did that so well.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 11th, 2021, 2:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gerald Deutsch
Replies: 12
Views: 3384

Re: Gerald Deutsch

Jack Shalom wrote:He will be missed.
Sigh. :( The Saturday afternoon gatherings ... :( Who's left? Harry and Wesley?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 10th, 2021, 9:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Crossword
Replies: 38
Views: 5838

okito pills

Stomach, but aren't they all? :D
by Jonathan Townsend
May 7th, 2021, 3:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 8044

Re: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic

The color changing wallet solves the knife problem... and could be mentioned in context. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
May 6th, 2021, 11:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 8044

Re: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic

There was also a very good routine with a cake spreader published in a magazine in the 90's, but the reference escapes me. You may be referring to Genii's 2006 July edition. Thanks! I saw someone doing that basic handling using a plastic prop at Tannen's long ago. It's a fine use of the paddle move...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 6th, 2021, 11:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 8044

paddling along

The pen knife routine makes lots of sense for the magician. Fun to practice and sensible to perform. You get some magical looking changes for the effort. Spellbound with much less worry about flashing or dropping the props. That's using two, or if you carry the extra for that cardwarp visible change...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 6th, 2021, 9:53 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: A writer on magic and being special
Replies: 5
Views: 3734

A writer on magic and being special

Some words from a writer about the notion of magic and its relationship to the practical: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/podcasts/ezra-klein-podcast-ted-chiang-transcript.html Magic as means versus what magic means :) Of course it's okay to go out and prank, use magic in place of short stories/j...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 5th, 2021, 4:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 8044

Re: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic

Was the palm to palm switch for dice in GM? I'd like to see some mention of the chop cup. Also some mention if not discussion of the vanish of a (blue) ball from the table in Kent Gunn's routine. This might also be an occasion to honor the folks who worked on the three ball routine including that do...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 1st, 2021, 12:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 8044

Re: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic

@Illusions and stage magic ++Don Wayne's work. His Dancing Handkerchiefs using a bottle . The cabinet guys have kept working from Jarret's time. Including the team who got David Copperfield flying, preserved the Hooker Card rise and Robert-Houdin's Portfolio... Be nice to mention the career guys inc...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 30th, 2021, 3:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 8044

Re: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic

There's brief mention of how to make double backed cards on page 83 about locator cards.

"New Locator Cards" from page 478 (by Will De Sieve??) revisits the theme of locator cards - this time using a coin to make the impression that... :)
by Jonathan Townsend
April 30th, 2021, 12:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 8044

Re: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic

Was the Han Ping Chien coin sleight in Greater Magic? That, along with the Inertial Transfer (Dan Sylvester taught this) expanded practical coin magic. Would H. Sawa be up for sharing some rope magic ideas? Was the explanation of "Find the Lady" in GM entirely correct? I vote for some addi...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 29th, 2021, 6:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 8044

Re: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic

Women in magic. The long list of past greats has gotten longer - Lubor Fiedler, Fred Kaps, Dai Vernon.... Fake orientalism, be that Chinese or Arabic, is awkward. Understood most were trying to present the exotic and novel. Tattoos are almost mainstream. Animals as mistreated objects are just about ...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 23rd, 2021, 6:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Trick Energy
Replies: 20
Views: 4655

Re: Big Trick Energy

A relief from the news. Looks like they are having fun.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 21st, 2021, 9:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Turn of the 20th century stage magician historians?
Replies: 59
Views: 9015

Re: Turn of the 20th century stage magician historians?

I prefer Christopher Priest as Science-fiction writer, in particular his The Inverted World (I don't know if it's the real title in english. I have translated the French Title: Le Monde Inverti) The Inverted World it is. Tempting to ask you about his Jules Verne story. haha. :) The Prestige was mor...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 27th, 2021, 7:09 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Paddle magic this way comes
Replies: 3
Views: 2468

Re: Paddle magic this way comes

That's a modern interpretation of the paddle - bravo!
Good contrast between the printed plastic and the metal bold too.

Recalls H. Sawa's routine with a small branch and appearing ladybugs. :D
by Jonathan Townsend
March 18th, 2021, 11:15 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Magicians at War by H. Wayne Capps (2020) / A Slightly Biased Review
Replies: 18
Views: 10224

Re: Magicians at War by H. Wayne Capps (2020) / A Slightly Biased Review

Thanks I did some work in this area a few year back for an issue of the American art and culture quarterly 'Cabinet', dedicated to magic. See 'Deceptionists at War' (2007): http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/26/allen.php Thanks! The comic book may have inspired a magician working at Marvel Comics...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 9th, 2021, 4:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards
Replies: 34
Views: 5242

Re: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards

AJM wrote:...Have you considered Unconscious Bias training?
That would be Out Of This World. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
March 9th, 2021, 3:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards
Replies: 34
Views: 5242

Re: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards

The trick is usually done as play and humor. The Lin Searles item is set up as humor. If you want to introduce gravitas and get people to wail and bemoan the loss cards before you relieve the angst by showing their cards somewhere safe (come on - you know you want to produce them mulched from the ca...

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