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by Philippe Billot
June 22nd, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: Who invented the Topit?

performer wrote:Oh, I looked it up on Google. It seems that Harold Comden invented it and George Davenport made it famous.


Yes, this is reported by Patrick Page in his book entitled Topit, published in 1966.
by Philippe Billot
June 22nd, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: Who invented the Topit?

MAGIC (Stanyon) JANUARY 1920, page 27 Topit,” The Wonderful Vanishing Pack of Cards.--Invented by Harold Comden. Is it a Miracle - or What ? Any pack of cards, shuffled and examined by the audience, vanishes like a flash, without cover of any kind. Clap hands, it’s gone. No “ pulls ” of any kind use...
by Philippe Billot
May 29th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1249

Re: A Plunger Question

Wait and see!

Thank Brad
by Philippe Billot
May 29th, 2018, 1:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1249

Re: A Plunger Question

Robert-Houdin had a rising card but not with the plunger principle not according to ron wohl. He showed me a handling that was attributed to Robert Houdin, and it was very nicely put together. Perhaps this was one of those things that has just circulated off the printed page. I'll be curious to rea...
by Philippe Billot
May 28th, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Plunger Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1249

Re: A Plunger Question

Robert-Houdin had a rising card but not with the plunger principle
by Philippe Billot
April 26th, 2018, 6:16 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: card trick prediction using a newspaper
Replies: 5
Views: 757

Re: card trick prediction using a newspaper

According to the Potter's Index, Edward Bagshawe and D. Dickens were the first to describe a "Card revealed by Paper Tearing" in The Magicien Monthly, Vol. 19, no 5, april 1923, page 62 under the title A Card and Tissue Mystery (Bagshawe) and page 63 under the title An Effective Card Illus...
by Philippe Billot
March 25th, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: question about this book
Replies: 1
Views: 526

Re: question about this book

See here :

http://www.conjuringcredits.com/doku.ph ... ver_head&s[]=gilles

This book is very difficult to find. Even me, I haven't it and it is not scan in Gallica
by Philippe Billot
March 11th, 2018, 7:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 1277

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

Not exactly. Neal Elias explains a new sleight which he named "A Reverse Sleight" then he suggest that you can use it for the Martin Gardner's Trick Vanishing and Reappearing Card. With his sleight, it's not necessary to have a reversed card at the beginning because you simply control le c...
by Philippe Billot
March 10th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 1277

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

See in Twelve Tricks with a Borrowed Deck (1940) by Martin Gardner, Vanishing and Reappearing Card, page 20.
by Philippe Billot
March 7th, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: References for Drunken Poker Deals (long!)
Replies: 12
Views: 2865

Re: References for Drunken Poker Deals (long!)

Here is my list: The Phoenix 23 27 11 1942 95 Scarne's Drunken Deal - Scarne John 52 Amazing Card Tricks 1949 42 The Drunken Deal - Scarne John Scarne on Card Tricks 1950 124 Scarne’s Drunken Poker Deal - Scarne John Expert Card Conjuring 1968 63 Guyatt’s Drunken Cut Improved - Guyatt Terry The Card...
by Philippe Billot
March 5th, 2018, 5:12 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magic Magazine
Replies: 18
Views: 3677

Re: Magic Magazine

HAL Bundy?
by Philippe Billot
March 4th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Searching for the Zen Spread
Replies: 16
Views: 1575

Re: Searching for the Zen Spread

Oyez ! Oyez !

Digital Genii 35$+ 52 Memories 50$. Two opportunities to learn the Zen Spread for 85$
by Philippe Billot
February 26th, 2018, 12:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive
Replies: 25
Views: 2021

Re: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive

Same thing for me. It's impossible to read a full issue. Some pages can't be load.
What can we do?
by Philippe Billot
February 25th, 2018, 8:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 17
Views: 1517

Re: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle

Yes! "The Pack that Shuffles Itself"

Marlo used the same idea to do a version of OOTW entitled Psi Color in Magick, Vol. 10, no 243, october 26, 1979.
by Philippe Billot
February 23rd, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 17
Views: 1517

Re: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle

Bill Mullins wrote:Jon -- can you point me to that trick? is it in either the Card Conjuring book (I've got the Dover reprint), or the big Magic Christian book?


See Domination of Thought, the last page of the trick (p. 84)
by Philippe Billot
February 21st, 2018, 7:31 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Re: Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade

May be The Duplicount described in Pabular, Vol. 5, no 5, May 1979, page 682.
by Philippe Billot
February 15th, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4465

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Thanks Alfred. Now I remember. Frank Garcia in Super Subltle Card Miracles! When I bought Card College, I updated the index (made by Stephen Minch?) and corrected the reference. But now, I have a problem because Grant wrote he described this subtlety before Greater Magic (1938) but Eliminators was p...
by Philippe Billot
February 14th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4465

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

There is a funny thing about this "Misdirection Pass" as Grant called it. In the next issue of the New Phoenix (no 352 de décembre 1960) Stewart James send a letter to Don Tanner (the editor) and write that this force was is Greater Magic (1938) and a lot of magicians know it. Grant reply ...
by Philippe Billot
February 11th, 2018, 4:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 7201

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Yes but Denis Behr writes :" inspired by Peter Kane Single Shot. So Peter Kane was the creator. But in that same window concerning the trick, Denis Behr also writes " Creators : Peter Kane, Ken Krenzel and Francis Carlyle." My understanding of the word "creator" is that it ...
by Philippe Billot
February 11th, 2018, 1:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 7201

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Yes but Denis Behr writes :" inspired by Peter Kane Single Shot. So Peter Kane was the creator.
by Philippe Billot
February 11th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 7201

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Was Francis Carlyle also a co-creator of the gun trick?

Peter Kane described The Shooting Joker in Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol. 20, no 8, April 1963 and then in A Card Session with Peter Kane in 1967.

Why do you think Francis Carlyle can be the co-creator ?
by Philippe Billot
February 11th, 2018, 2:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 7201

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

MagicbyAlfred wrote:
Philippe Billot wrote:Hi Al,

Have you a strong reaction with your "Matrix"?


Was this meant to be a rhetorical question?


A strong reaction from laymen, of course!
It was a literal translation. There is no implication. But as you ask the question, I realize that there may be an "implied".
by Philippe Billot
February 10th, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 7201

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Hi Al,

Have you a strong reaction with your "Matrix"?
by Philippe Billot
February 7th, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4465

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Is the book G&M Magic Course still available ? Or is it a PDF sells with a DVD ? Check Lybrary.com's Learned Pig section -- bunch of public domain books there. Thanks. I find it. I can't find the date of publication but there is a lot of tricks explained in Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (1948-1...
by Philippe Billot
February 7th, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4465

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Of course, Jean Hugged has rarely mentioned anybody (See, e.g., The Royal Road to Card Magic ). Don't be so severe. In Card Manipulations and More Card Manipulations, Hugard named some creators. For instance, in Card Manipulations 4, U.F. Grant is named for The Control with a Reversed Card (page 94...
by Philippe Billot
February 7th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4465

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Is the book G&M Magic Course still available ?
Or is it a PDF sells with a DVD ?
by Philippe Billot
February 7th, 2018, 6:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4465

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

There is an anteriority quote by Jon Racherbaumer in Dust Motes in the Gird (2000).

Card Manipulation 4 (1935) by Jean Hugard: An Effective Poker Deal, page 108, but he doesn't mention U.F. Grant.
by Philippe Billot
February 7th, 2018, 4:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4465

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

I guess. It seems bizarre that he'd make a special point out of saying he'd originated it, though, and leave it ambiguous which books he's alluding to ("a few books" vs. "a few of his books"). The Marlo/Gardner Poker Routine was published in Let's See the Deck in 1942. I find &q...
by Philippe Billot
February 6th, 2018, 5:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 17965

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Where is that original handling? I have the Davenports manuscript. It describes the trick as staring with a piece of cardboard folder (you can use a playing card) and a playing card that is prepared by carefully folding and .... See in The Linking Ring, Vol. 54, no 6, June 1974, page 78. Inspired b...
by Philippe Billot
February 6th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 17965

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

...Card Warp ... the standard routine with two unprepared cards (incidentally, not many people know that Roy's original handling used unprepared cards as well; the work was put in to make things easier for people less comfortable with sleight of hand). ... Where is that original handling? I have th...
by Philippe Billot
February 6th, 2018, 2:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4465

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Improved Rising, Floating and Dancing Silk was marketed in 1932 then explained in Grant's Annual of Magic in 1935 (and reprint in 1964 as Grant's Annual of Magic).

The Slow Motion Serpent Silk was in Tops, Vol. 6, no. 6, June 1941.
by Philippe Billot
January 23rd, 2018, 2:51 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Draun Control
Replies: 17
Views: 5823

Re: Draun Control

Thank you, Denis.
by Philippe Billot
January 22nd, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Draun Control
Replies: 17
Views: 5823

Re: Draun Control

Is it described in The Magic of Steve Draun published in 1987? (page 6)
by Philippe Billot
January 6th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit Card To Wallet
Replies: 20
Views: 1992

Re: Credit Card To Wallet

Also in Best of Friends, Vol. 3, there is a trick named Restored Card to Wallet by Ammar & Plants in which a tear card becomes a credit card and the mutiled card is restored in the wallet.
by Philippe Billot
January 6th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit Card To Wallet
Replies: 20
Views: 1992

Re: Credit Card To Wallet

In New York Magic Symposium, Collection Two, Paul Harris has a trick named License (page 87) in which there is a transposition betwen spectator's license and magician's license with the help of the magician's wallet. Perhaps, it's adaptable to your project ? If you haven't this book, you can find th...
by Philippe Billot
December 15th, 2017, 5:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the name of this effect?
Replies: 12
Views: 1709

Re: What is the name of this effect?

marselmarsel wrote:Houdin or Hofzinser idea?


I don't know but if you have a reference which comes from the public record, I'll be happy to know it.

Thanks in advance.
by Philippe Billot
December 13th, 2017, 8:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the name of this effect?
Replies: 12
Views: 1709

Re: What is the name of this effect?

It's one of the many variations of Robert-Houdin's trick : Double pensée prévue (1868)
by Philippe Billot
December 3rd, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 3 card monte
Replies: 15
Views: 2002

Re: 3 card monte

The Trick was first marketed in 1934 by Frank Lane. See The Linking Ring, Vol. 14, no 3, may 1934, page 236. In Genii, January 1953, DARIEL FITZKEE in Paper and Ink, page 204, writes : I am not sure, but I think I mentioned that Frank Lane's GRANDFATHER TRICK is again available through Weiner. $1.00...
by Philippe Billot
November 25th, 2017, 6:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 3 card monte
Replies: 15
Views: 2002

Re: 3 card monte


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