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by BarryAllen
April 2nd, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 150
Views: 18391

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

If I was doing the Michael Skinner version; or any other gimmicked card version; where possible, I'd probably go down the line of palming (or add via a pocket) them to a similar backed deck you'd already used. There would have been every chance that a spectator had already seen or shuffled the deck ...
by BarryAllen
April 2nd, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 150
Views: 18391

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

What do you do during the 'down time' whilst someone examines them? Recite Shakespeare or Byron? I have never allowed people to dictate to me what they want to do. If people in the past have asked to examine stuff, I've just looked them straight in the eye and said "no, you can't". You are...
by BarryAllen
March 31st, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 150
Views: 18391

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Just as an aside, Bicycle Jumbo Cards generally handle better than Piatnik Jumbo's; as they are made of sturdier card stock. However, I used to notice that under lighting conditions in cabaret, etc. they tended to stick together; so I reverted back to flimsier Piatniks. Didn't Bicycle change to thi...
by BarryAllen
March 30th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 150
Views: 18391

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I did the Riding version. It is a great routine and, as you say, can be done with regular or large cards. It can indeed Bob - although I've always performed it with Jumbo Cards; even in Close-up. The appearance of the Jumbo Cards from your inner pocket always raises a laugh with the right gag.........
by BarryAllen
March 30th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 150
Views: 18391

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I've regularly performed Joe Riding's 'Irish 3 Card Trick' (as it was always sold by him to the Non-PC amongst us) since 1981. I used to buy boxes of Jumbo Piatnik decks so that I could always use the best cards for it - in my view, contrasting Aces and Queens. There are a number of superb Monte eff...
by BarryAllen
March 15th, 2020, 5:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 40
Views: 5019

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

A pack of Waddingtons and the Royal Road.

If I got sent back again, a pack of Waddingtons and Expert Card Technique.
by BarryAllen
March 12th, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 211
Views: 57057

Re: Royal road to card magic

Although vehemently against the idea of eBooks, I've just had to purchase Mark's Annotated Royal Road. The book is a true classic of card magic literature; and anything Mark can add to it has got to be worth a punt! I'll add a honest review if people think it would help; although it may take a few w...
by BarryAllen
July 6th, 2016, 6:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: New P&T Magic Set
Replies: 65
Views: 17048

Re: New P&T Magic Set

Not wanting to go off track but I just wanted to add my tuppence worth about Thumb Tips. Yes, they are probably known by SOME non-magicians. But the fact remains that apart from them being so readily visible in magic sets, joke shop windows, etc. over many, many years - magicians must take a conside...
by BarryAllen
December 20th, 2012, 4:49 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Bess Houdini's hair
Replies: 2
Views: 1000

Re: Bess Houdini's hair

What's even freakier, is that 44% of people in the poll deemed it to be 'Find of the Century'!

Some people really need to get out more often.
by BarryAllen
August 9th, 2012, 10:43 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of Edward Victor's Bat Trick
Replies: 6
Views: 1408

Re: History of Edward Victor's Bat Trick

You could be right John.

Just to add that Ken Brooke used to dem 'I'll Start Again' brilliantly. Would we have expected anything less? ;)
by BarryAllen
August 8th, 2012, 6:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The quality of the bicycle standard deck.
Replies: 41
Views: 9085

Re: The quality of the bicycle standard deck.

Must admit that I was pretty excited when the USPCC re-released Aristocrat Banknote backs last year. However, I was pretty peeved when I realised that the red back had become a shade of maroon, and that the red pips are a lot darker - as with casino decks. The problem is that in badly lit environmen...
by BarryAllen
August 7th, 2012, 10:07 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of Edward Victor's Bat Trick
Replies: 6
Views: 1408

Re: History of Edward Victor's Bat Trick

A further point of reference, re: Edward Victor can be found in his booklet 'More Magic Of The Hands Part 2' (pages 140-141) released by Davenports, London in 1938. Here, Edward Victor explains an effect titled 'An Impromptu Knife And Salt Trick' whereby salt poured onto a table knife vanishes and r...
by BarryAllen
August 7th, 2012, 9:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: RFC - Bernard Box principle and credit history
Replies: 5
Views: 1208

Re: RFC - Bernard Box principle and credit history

Hi Jon/Richard, Well first and foremost, the Bernard Coin Box has been around (to my knowledge) since the early 1960's. However, Bobby didn't get these produced in great numbers and sold them only to friends at the Magic Circle or to his students. At one time, Pat Page was actually having them manuf...
by BarryAllen
August 7th, 2012, 8:23 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: RFC - Bernard Box principle and credit history
Replies: 5
Views: 1208

Re: RFC - Bernard Box principle and credit history

Jon,

I realise that your request is quite old but if you still need information about the Bobby Bernard Coin Box, then by all means PM me.

Suffice to say it's been ripped off countless times (and only a few days ago saw it for sale via a dealer your side of the pond).
by BarryAllen
August 7th, 2012, 7:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Alan Alan
Replies: 19
Views: 5024

Re: Alan Alan

Couldn't just read this thread without adding a few comments. Alan Alan - wow what can you say about this man.......and his shop. First and foremost, as a magical demonstrator, I'd actually put him on par with Ken Brooke. I must have got on his good side pretty early on - as he was always polite and...

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