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by Philippe Billot
September 9th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon on the "mem deck"?
Replies: 25
Views: 3233

Re: Dai Vernon on the "mem deck"?

Vernon had a trick with a Stacked Deck in Dai Vernon's Further Inner Secrets of Magic (1961)
See Matching Any Number of Cards, page 71.
by Philippe Billot
September 5th, 2019, 2:40 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 57
Views: 4879

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

I read that Houdini used a double-back card and a double turnover to accomplish the feat. There are several descriptions in print with much overlap around the use of a gaff and the card being placed second from the top. Looking at the matter as potential history rather than lore - When was the firs...
by Philippe Billot
September 4th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 57
Views: 4879

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Jack Shalom wrote:
In both accounts, Ben's and Vernon's, the card is placed second from the top, not in the middle.


Is it possible he was using the Depth Illusion?


Impossible! The Tilt was created by my great grand father in 1875 (and he has jealously keep it for him, of course!).
by Philippe Billot
August 26th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

Let's take this opportunity to pay tribute to our beloved Big Chief who had the joly good idea to re-publish The Magic of the Hands Trilogy in 1995.
by Philippe Billot
August 25th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

On the other hand, Edward Victor described a Convincing Control BEFORE Edward Marlo!!!
by Philippe Billot
August 25th, 2019, 4:04 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

Excerpt from The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley (written by Stephen Minch), Tome 1, 1991, page 26. "When Mr. Elmsley published his count, he cited Edward Victor's E-Y-E count and a false count devised by Eric de la Mare (see p. 232) as important sources for elements of the sequence (the block ...
by Philippe Billot
August 25th, 2019, 2:12 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

Eleven Card Trick (1951) is an excellent (and now classic) trick CREATED by Edward Victor. "My Rope Routine" (1937) is an ORIGINAL cut and restored rope mystery by Edward Victor but a" three as four count " was described in 1910 by Ellis Stanyon and the Tilt (or "Deepth Illu...
by Philippe Billot
August 24th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with a glimpse reference please
Replies: 7
Views: 847

Re: Help with a glimpse reference please

I haven't the english edition, I have just the french translation. I have tried to deduce the page compared to the french edition but if you have the first edition, I think your page is correct. The glimpse is described in the trick entitled Do As I Do. I can't give you advices because I don't pract...
by Philippe Billot
August 23rd, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with a glimpse reference please
Replies: 7
Views: 847

Re: Help with a glimpse reference please

I made a mistake. It's not page 35, it's in the trick Do As i Do, page 150.
by Philippe Billot
August 23rd, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with a glimpse reference please
Replies: 7
Views: 847

Re: Help with a glimpse reference please

George Kaplan described a glimpse of that kind in his book The Fine Art of Magic (1948).

It can only be done with the left hand so you can look at the index.

See page 35
by Philippe Billot
August 22nd, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: Who invented this control?

Thanks everybody !

All these informations are interesting but give no "key" for the creator.

It seems Scalbert was the originator of "Sunken Key" in the 50s

I continue the research
by Philippe Billot
August 21st, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: Who invented this control?

Pete McCabe wrote:I've also seen this kind of thing called a "Floating Key", so that might be worth looking for also.


I think you read this in a book (or magazine) by Karl Fulves but I don't remember which one.
by Philippe Billot
August 21st, 2019, 1:28 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: Who invented this control?

I just discover that this kind of key is named a Remote Key (dixit Hugard in Royal Road to Card Magic - 1948) and Horowitz used it in 1934 (See The Linking Ring, Vol. 65, no. 7, July 1985, page 69).
by Philippe Billot
August 21st, 2019, 12:56 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: Who invented this control?

Thanks Edwin, Yes, it is that Paul Stadelman wrote in 1934 in his book Sandu Writes Again. He reprint his trick "So Simple" in The Sphinx in 1949 (as you write it) but I read all the books of Ralph W. Hull and I can't find this control. For me, it's a variation of old mathematical tircks (...
by Philippe Billot
August 16th, 2019, 4:04 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Who invented this control?

You have a key, say in 26th position. For instance the AS. A spectator cut a small packet. You cut a bunch past the 26th card. You spread your cards face up until you see the AS. You count the cards from then on. Suppose you count TEN cards. Substract TEN from TWENTY-SIX (key position) and you have ...
by Philippe Billot
August 9th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 5 Things 3 Ways
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: 5 Things 3 Ways

You can find it in The Art of Eddie Joseph (1978)
by Philippe Billot
August 9th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 5 Things 3 Ways
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: 5 Things 3 Ways

Ergo it seems to be Thought Reflection, his trick marketed in 1953 and published by Max Andrews
by Philippe Billot
August 9th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 5 Things 3 Ways
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: 5 Things 3 Ways

In his book Magic of the Mind (1952), he has a trick named The Three Objects but if there are three colors, there are only three objects.

Are you sure of the number of objects ?
by Philippe Billot
July 14th, 2019, 3:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 60
Views: 4932

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Skmayhew2 wrote:Dingle’s card on forehead reference:


Side note: is the pop up move Braue’s? Or Vernon’s?


It was attributed to Braue because it's described in Expert Card Technique but perhaps Vernon (or Miller) did it before.

The truth is out there... (music)
by Philippe Billot
July 12th, 2019, 3:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shoving a Straw Through a Potato
Replies: 14
Views: 1465

Re: Shoving a Straw Through a Potato

Sounds absurd, but if you're old enough you may remember this effective stunt (you really do thrust a paper straw through a potato). Instructions can be found in Harry Lorayne's "The Magic Book." I know ... I drew the potato! or in The New Phonix no. 324, march 1955 entitled Holy Potatoes...
by Philippe Billot
July 10th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Graham Adams Card Magic & Erdnase
Replies: 48
Views: 4575

Re: Graham Adams Card Magic & Erdnase

In The Pentagram, The Card Work of Graham Adams begins vol. 13, no. 6 and ends vol. 14, no. 3.
by Philippe Billot
July 10th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 23
Views: 4741

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

I believe most of "Aces High" was Horowitz's, and possibly only the final phase was contributed by Daley. It was sold as a booklet and you should be able to find it without much problem. You are right, Richard. Here is an excerpt: "I am indebted to Dr. Jacob Daley for his kind permis...
by Philippe Billot
July 10th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 23
Views: 4741

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

Long time ago I had an idea about it. A card magician friend of mine told me that he saw that idea published, but didn't remember where. The idea is as follow: Perform "Triumph" with the four gaffed Aces, which is very easy, and follow your show with MacDonald's Aces. To finish, you can t...
by Philippe Billot
June 20th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Subtle Card Creations - Volume 7
Replies: 7
Views: 1189

Re: Subtle Card Creations - Volume 7

I collected all Nick Trost's contributions for The New Tops. The result is a 484-page book that I titled TINT (Trost In New Tops). It's MY volume 7.
by Philippe Billot
April 16th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaff credit?
Replies: 7
Views: 1474

Re: Gaff credit?

This trick comes from The Jinx, no. 7, april 1935 and is a variation of A Day-Time Nightmare published in Annemann's Card Miracles in 1929
by Philippe Billot
April 13th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Hardcover Quality Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1306

Re: Hardcover Quality Magic

Certes ! (in French in the text)
by Philippe Billot
April 13th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Hardcover Quality Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1306

Re: Hardcover Quality Magic

Ah! Ah! You are very demanding!
by Philippe Billot
April 13th, 2019, 2:49 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Hardcover Quality Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1306

Re: Hardcover Quality Magic

1000 copies. 12$50 in 1986
by Philippe Billot
April 11th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaff credit?
Replies: 7
Views: 1474

Re: Gaff credit?

See also Uniflight by Orville Meyer in The Jinx no. 34, july 1937, page 231.

It's a card across effect with only one fake card.
by Philippe Billot
April 11th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaff credit?
Replies: 7
Views: 1474

Re: Gaff credit?

It seems that all begins with The Ever-Ready Forcing Pack by Dr. Ford B. Rogers marketed in 1912.
by Philippe Billot
April 10th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 1st TV magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1065

Re: 1st TV magic

In The Magician Monthly, Vol. 26, no. 2, January 1930, page 17, we can read :

Members of the Magicians' Club met at the Baird Television Studios in Long Acre and demonstrated the art of magic by means of television. HERMALIN who has the honour of being the first magician to conjure for television...
by Philippe Billot
March 31st, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Hugh Laurie
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: Hugh Laurie

In Dr. House, Hugh Laurie did some "moves" in differents episodes.
by Philippe Billot
March 12th, 2019, 3:45 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTD: Martin Gardner's Skeleton Key
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: WTD: Martin Gardner's Skeleton Key

It's a very old trick!

First ad in The Conjurors' Magazine, september 1946. Sold by Montandon Magic.
by Philippe Billot
March 10th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 3358

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

TRICK-KARDS (1982) 'Trick-Kards" was a result of trying to simplify Ed Hollins' "Flipped Out," a trick marketed by Emerson & West. (Hollins' trick, in turn, is an ungimmicked version of Sam Schwartz's "Back Flip.") "Trick-Kards" was a great favorite with Roy Ki...
by Philippe Billot
March 2nd, 2019, 3:15 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 3358

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

The fulves’s version, like the kaps, is very similar to the particular version I learned, but the handling is still different. Having said that, I think it’s fair to consider this and the Searles contenders for the earliest version of the trick - though the nebula card handling adds the ability to ...
by Philippe Billot
March 1st, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 3358

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

Back Flip was described in Epilogue no. 19 and created by Sam Schwartz.

Reversing Aces was dated July 1969. Ralph Gironda is one of the pen name of Karl Fulves.
by Philippe Billot
March 1st, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 3358

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

I think it's Marlo who, the first, used an extra card to do some one at a time reverse with a small packet of four or five cards but he didn't describe a changing color back at the end.

Ses The Linking Ring, september 1963.
by Philippe Billot
February 28th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3956

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Ion Man was described in MAGIC, vol. 21, no. 6, february 2012

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