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by Philippe Billot
November 11th, 2019, 3:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Track of a certain card routine
Replies: 4
Views: 328

Re: Track of a certain card routine

Paco Nagata wrote:You are a true encyclopaedia of magic, Philippe!


No, Alas! There are still too many books that I have not read for lack of money!
by Philippe Billot
November 10th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Track of a certain card routine
Replies: 4
Views: 328

Re: Track of a certain card routine

This trick was described in Trucki-Carto-Magia, written by Tamariz & Varela and published in 1970.

And I think that the basic idea come from Martin Gardner or Paul Curry. See The case of the Missing Hat.
by Philippe Billot
November 7th, 2019, 3:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 73
Views: 5882

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

My bad! In the third edition (which is the one I have) Hugard credited most of the sleight to Vernon. Nontheless it's not specified exactly which of them. Hence, the misteries that Philippe Billot is talking about. Excerpt from Racherbaumer's Facsimile number four (1996): CHARLIE MILLER’S MATERIAL ...
by Philippe Billot
November 7th, 2019, 3:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 73
Views: 5882

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

webbmaster wrote:Did anyone say Paul Harris's Color Stunner ?



Isn't it rather a technicolor Triumph? (If you speak about Color Stunner in The Magic of Paul Harris by Jerry Mentzer, published in 1976)
by Philippe Billot
October 24th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 22
Views: 1762

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

It seems that Ed Victor created the impromptu method for "The Magnetic Cards." The effect appeared in "New Era Card Trick" as "Gravity Defied," but not impromptu. It's about keeping ALL the cards spread stuck on the magician's palm. It is quite interesting being able t...
by Philippe Billot
October 14th, 2019, 2:59 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: George Melies' Illusions
Replies: 19
Views: 3325

Re: George Melies' Illusions

by Philippe Billot
October 12th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For -- Abstract by Richard Kaufman
Replies: 5
Views: 698

Re: Looking For -- Abstract by Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman wrote:Good luck!



Is it your first Lecture Notes, Richard ?

Was it in 1983 or 1984 ?
by Philippe Billot
October 11th, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Who Originated This Card Routine?
Replies: 21
Views: 2449

Re: Who Originated This Card Routine?

Paco Nagata wrote:You must be a really hard worker. I wish you luck! If you have any special difficult passage, paragraph, expresion, etc. I'll be pleased to help you by PM using my poor English.
Anyway, a great book lover like you may not need any help ;-)



Your english is, at least, as good as mine !
by Philippe Billot
October 10th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Who Originated This Card Routine?
Replies: 21
Views: 2449

Re: Who Originated This Card Routine?

Do you know if El Brujo en Sociedad (por D.J. Mieg) has been translate in French or English ? A year late, Philippe. Sorry! But I'm so new in this forum... I'm afraid this book is not translated (yet) as far as I know. But, anyway, if you are specially interested in something about that book, you c...
by Philippe Billot
October 9th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Origins of Miscalling a card
Replies: 9
Views: 1150

Re: Origins of Miscalling a card

Thanks Bill for this reference.

This trick remember me The Card in the Case by Walter Gibson described in Popular Card Tricks published in 1928.
by Philippe Billot
October 9th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Origins of Miscalling a card
Replies: 9
Views: 1150

Re: Origins of Miscalling a card

Here is the conclusion of the trick :

Concluding Observations: This ingenious subtlety of miscalling a card, without showing its face, is a valuable artifice and can be made the basis of many other surprising effects.
by Philippe Billot
October 9th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Origins of Miscalling a card
Replies: 9
Views: 1150

Re: Origins of Miscalling a card

In Greater Magic (1938), William McCaffrey used this subtlety in his trick Card to Pocket II, page 256.
by Philippe Billot
September 9th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon on the "mem deck"?
Replies: 25
Views: 3420

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: 67
Views: 6485

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: 67
Views: 6485

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: 22
Views: 1762

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: 22
Views: 1762

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: 22
Views: 1762

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: 22
Views: 1762

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: 943

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: 943

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: 943

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: 1571

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: 1571

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: 1571

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: 1571

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: 1571

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: 1164

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: 1164

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: 1164

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: 73
Views: 5882

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: 1501

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: 4779

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: 5148

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: 5148

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: 8
Views: 1662

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: 1529

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: 1394

Re: Hardcover Quality Magic

Certes ! (in French in the text)

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