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by Al Schneider
March 31st, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9029

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

The single absolute truth is that we don't know.

But we do the best we can.
by Al Schneider
March 30th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9029

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

I enjoyed reading this. I knew there was a difference between the actual events and what we were told. And I always thought it odd those cats were allowed to be on stage. I thought that was nuts. I feel a circle has been completed. Thank you erdnasephile for posting.
by Al Schneider
March 24th, 2019, 4:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 6604

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

During the last many years I think every kid has gotten a magic kit teaching the classics of magic including the linking rings.
I still open my act with it.
Al
by Al Schneider
March 21st, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is going on here?
Replies: 18
Views: 1983

What is going on here?

This was buried in one of my Youtube videos?????? JasonBarton 3 days ago (edited) Jesus [censored] Christ, are you still going on about how the world owes you something for Matrix, get it through your thick [censored] head, matrix is just a minor variation of the effect by Yank Hoe. And frankly, if ...
by Al Schneider
March 19th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 6604

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe a new class of magician will emerge. Maybe they will call themselves wizards. Only a wizard knows how a specific effect is done. And, maybe watching it over and over again will not reveal the workings. Maybe this all is the dawn of a new wizard age. Can you accept t...
by Al Schneider
March 16th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 6604

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

My point is that this problem with magic has been going on before I was born. The technology is making it more pervasive or perhaps bringing it more attention. And it hasn’t really changed magic that much. There are clubs that will go into the street and bring in people to join THE CLUB. I am a comp...
by Al Schneider
March 16th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 6604

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

Well, for me it already started. I came up with Matrix when I was 17. Many people ripped it out of my hands. Some time ago, Richard put it in Genii and allowed me to write up its true history. Thanks to that, I think my name is associated with Matrix. I am indebted to him for that. Sorry, I am getti...
by Al Schneider
March 16th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 6604

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

About 15 years ago I lived in Hopkins, a suburb of Minneapolis. There was a coffee shop on Main Street where I did magic Friday night. I had a small table in the back and invited people back there to watch a bit of magic. One evening a boy of about ten years old was sitting at the table. I did some ...
by Al Schneider
March 16th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 6604

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

I invented Matrix. How many times has Matrix been performed, exposed, and taught? Do you have any idea how that makes me feel? Some punk puts out a card trick and calls it Matrix. I posted a comment about the right to use that name. His response was, “Who the hell are you?” One day a pic of someone ...
by Al Schneider
March 2nd, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5837

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Well, I am not real fast with all this. At 76 I am constantly telling myself to take it easy. I am switching to working on the haunted concept. There is a lot of research to do. The final product must be durable. Also I must select materials that will not disappear from the market. Then, I must make...
by Al Schneider
March 2nd, 2019, 5:38 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5837

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Thanks for your reply. Nope, not as things stand now. As it is the best could be the deck is set on the table and it cuts itself to the chosen card. However, the mechanism could be modified to do rising and haunted. It would be cool. Three cards selected and inserted into the deck. Like in the norma...
by Al Schneider
March 2nd, 2019, 1:49 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5837

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Hi guys. I have posted this question a couple of times but never got a good answer. I am building a rising card system I hope to sell. This question is seeking what the magic community would think of this idea. In theory it is not innovative. However, it is intended to be stable and very useable. I ...
by Al Schneider
February 25th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18553

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I am confused. Most here seem to talk about magic technique. The beginning of this thread asks the question, “The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen?” I think this question is very misleading. My point is that the quality of the magic has little to do with the performance of magic in the ...
by Al Schneider
February 23rd, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18553

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Alfred I looked up the use of double quotes on a single word on the internet. This is what I found. “Quotation marks around single words can occasionally be used for emphasis, but only when quoting a word or term someone else used. Usually, this implies that the author doesn’t agree with the use of ...
by Al Schneider
February 23rd, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18553

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Ok guys, here I go again; trying to be real in a universe of imagination and “Entertainment.” I once lived in LA. I was a member of the Magic Castle. One evening I took a date to the castle. She was a lovely lady that happened to be a director of a legal department at some medical company in the LA ...
by Al Schneider
February 20th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 38
Views: 3875

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

A thought

Here is a dream I have had for some time.

This book is a wonderful idea. My dream is to make it really smashing.

Produce a DVD to go along with it. Even if just a performance set.

As you are in the early stages, maybe it could be part of the process.

Just a thought.

Al
by Al Schneider
February 10th, 2019, 5:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I would like to go back to the initial post for this thread and address the question of natural props or magic props. My point of view is the result of my recent performing venues. Most of my performing recently has been in coffee shops. My habit is to set up a table away from the center of the shop...
by Al Schneider
February 9th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Well said. I said "Methinks there is something very deep going on here. Why does the audience applaud when they see a possible solution?" because I think there is more to be understood about the audience than most magicians are aware of. I am curious about that. I have always said the perf...
by Al Schneider
February 9th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I have been involved with magic for 59 years. I am amused when I see a magician do some kind of false transfer and the spectator reacts to the false transfer. Then they applaud when the performer shows the other hand MT. Well, sometimes. Methinks there is something very deep going on here. Why does ...
by Al Schneider
February 9th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Leonard Hevia A-Ha Your statement suggests you are performing a French Drop. You are not performing a vanishing coin. You probably say, "Watch, I'll make this coin disappear." Then you do the French Drop. The point is that you are performing a move and focusing the attention of your studen...
by Al Schneider
February 8th, 2019, 11:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Leonard Hevia
Did you perform the French Drop effectively?
by Al Schneider
February 8th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

In general people use logic when they observe magic. However, that is not dependable. We use logic when building a magic trick. But the audience does not necessarily observe with logic. Here is an extreme example. If the audience does not like the magician, the audience will never see magic. That is...
by Al Schneider
February 4th, 2019, 4:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Thank you Mr. Kam.
by Al Schneider
February 3rd, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

An event occurred early on in my magic career that remained a lesson up to now. I have related this story many times before. Bob Stencel of Detroit showed me a sequence in which one pretended to pick up a coin but left it on the table it was resting on. The pretend coin was placed into the other han...
by Al Schneider
February 3rd, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Leonard Hevia, astute observation. Your point of view is certainly a possibility. Did you consider another possibility. Maybe most false transfers are crummy making it easy for the spectator to think it is in the other hand. I'm doing what you are doing. Just looking at possibilities. Now I'm just s...
by Al Schneider
February 3rd, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Karrel Hovland and I were playing around with sophisticated routines with the ball and vase. Karrel worked in a magic shop in Hopkins, MN. One day two teenage girls strolled into the shop to see what they could see. Karrel was behind a counter and decided to show them his latest ball and vase routin...
by Al Schneider
February 3rd, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Here is a video you may find fascinating. http://www.worldmagiccenter.com/SecretStuff/SloMoROV.mp4 I was working on an ROV move to show the kids I could do it to. Maybe even better. I normally go through moves in slow motion to master the move. I video taped this practice session for giggles. It loo...
by Al Schneider
February 3rd, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I agree with the above. And we can continue that with more operational data. One thing I like to add is that the transfer should somehow be imprinted on the mind of the spectator so they realize the object was transferred into the other hand. (Ergo, I try to keep the attention of the spectator on th...
by Al Schneider
February 2nd, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

For what it is worth.
I have devoted my life in magic (59 years) developing effects wherein spectators look directly at the move being performed.
by Al Schneider
January 30th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

All of this has taken an interesting turn. I have somewhat studied this problem for some time and came up with a kind of explanation. It is presented in my book The Theory and Practice of Magic Deception. An attempt at an explanation is by organizing magic into clown magic, theater magic, and virtua...
by Al Schneider
January 28th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

While we are on the subject. I personally have a feeling of loss that the cup through cup does not seem to go well for there is power in the move. One of the cups can hold a large ball while doing that move. One can show one of the cups MT then push a cup through it that has a large ball. After the ...
by Al Schneider
January 27th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

A long time ago I was dating a very sophisticated lady. One day at a party I performed the cups and balls. I, of course, did the penetrating cups. She looked at me with beautiful eyes and said, "Al, that is beneath you." I have never done it since then.
by Al Schneider
January 23rd, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17252

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Early in my magic career, a friend hired me to work his booth at a trade show. He was selling financial services. He was also a magician. While running the booth we had trouble getting people stopping to see magic. So, he went out and bought a candle and some flash paper. He believed that could brin...
by Al Schneider
December 29th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2596

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Mr. Farmer
I believe your last post is spot on.
Also, the philosophy you present is a cornerstone of my approach to magic.
Al
by Al Schneider
December 29th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2596

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I had always assumed that the art of magic was concealing the technology behind the effect. A comment here suggests that that is not the case. However, the beginning of this thread was about rising cards. So, I thought I would dive in. At one time I had a Devano deck. I had one with pins and one wit...
by Al Schneider
December 28th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2596

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I have thought a lot about that. While I have found solutions, none are realistic.
by Al Schneider
December 28th, 2018, 6:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2596

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Curious if anyone would care about this. Actually, I would appreciate input on this. I am presently constructing a rising card deck. It is computerized. Technology is such today that it is feasible. There would be two tiny motors in the deck. There would be a 40 megahertz computer in the deck. There...
by Al Schneider
October 30th, 2018, 8:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier
Replies: 34
Views: 8181

Re: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier

I never thought of it any other way.
by Al Schneider
October 30th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier
Replies: 34
Views: 8181

Re: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier

Thank you for pointing out that this is not my kind of trick. Contrary to the first post in this thread that suggests that the dear readers of this forum should see the bag trick as some kind of must do miracle. I simply wish to point out that such is not my opinion. The first post suggests that we ...

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