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by Anthony Vinson
September 6th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 40
Views: 3411

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

Tom Gilbert wrote:Good question Pete. I just bought a deck of 310's and wasn't impressed. On the other hand I like the Bicycle Elite cards and some hate them.


I like 'em too. They handle nicely, and the price is right.

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by Anthony Vinson
August 16th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is there a method similar to this double lift turnover?
Replies: 12
Views: 1685

Re: Is there a method similar to this double lift turnover?

Paul Diamond demoed what appears to be similar, if not the same, back in the mid-80s. I've used it ever since. To the best of my recollection he called it a slippery double, but don't quote me. I don't recall him sharing any provenance.

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by Anthony Vinson
April 14th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 9590

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Richard Kaufman wrote:Can someone please explain to me what is going on in this thread?


It was invaded from the Great White North by a Canadian prog-rock band.
by Anthony Vinson
April 13th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 9590

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Tom Frame wrote:After losing the original album and then CD years ago, I received 2112 last week. Ah....bliss.


Just never gets old, does it? The entire album rocks. Same for Hemispheres.

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by Anthony Vinson
April 12th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 9590

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Roger M. wrote:Rush too .... those metal-heads ... right Bob?


Okay, I know you're just baiting Bob, but no apologies will ever be required for Rush. None. Ever. :D

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by Anthony Vinson
April 4th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9037

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

Sirius/XM or Sirius/XM app subscribers: Though he is doubtless appearing elsewhere as well, Chris Lawrence, the bean-spilling tiger trainer, is a guest on the Michael Smerconish radio program tomorrow (4 April) in the 11:00 am hour EDT on the POTUS channel. The interview was interesting, if only fo...
by Anthony Vinson
April 3rd, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9037

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

Sirius/XM or Sirius/XM app subscribers: Though he is doubtless appearing elsewhere as well, Chris Lawrence, the bean-spilling tiger trainer, is a guest on the Michael Smerconish radio program tomorrow (4 April) in the 11:00 am hour EDT on the POTUS channel.

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by Anthony Vinson
March 25th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 6610

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

I dunno, Mahdi. This thread is already at two pages, so there's certainly interest. And if almost every single response is irrelevant to what's happening with the YouTube algorithm, that's probably because, as has been pointed out by some, there's nothing we can do about it. Nothing. Of the 7.5 or s...
by Anthony Vinson
March 21st, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is going on here?
Replies: 18
Views: 1986

Re: What is going on here?

Nah, that's not an example of Dunning-Kruger, it's trolling plain and simple. It's best to ignore such comments, if you can. Al, to paraphrase something often - perhaps erroneously - attributed to Dr. Seuss: Those who matter know; those who don't matter don't.

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by Anthony Vinson
March 17th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Any Blackpool Highlights ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2731

Re: Any Blackpool Highlights ?

I'm thinking, "Yeah, so what.", and then BOOM, you blew my mind. Very cool!

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by Anthony Vinson
March 9th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Passes
Replies: 20
Views: 3850

Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Sigh. RIP, sir.
by Anthony Vinson
March 8th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re-sale of digital media
Replies: 7
Views: 1078

Re: Re-sale of digital media

Would I have to destroy my own copy if I sell it? Can i sell it more than once? Good questions. There are answers. Digital watermarks, for instance. Limited sharing is another. With some, but not nearly enough, Kindle ebooks I can share with another Kindle user for two weeks at a time. At the end o...
by Anthony Vinson
March 8th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steven Youell is in a bad place
Replies: 11
Views: 3636

Re: Steven Youell is in a bad place

I was on the fence, but Alfred's earlier post inspired me to provide a little help, so obviously I agree with him. Not everyone is in a position to provide monetary support, but there are other ways. As for anyone concerned about GoFundMe, I know that several folks have made payments to Steven direc...
by Anthony Vinson
March 8th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Marshall Brodien
Replies: 9
Views: 1336

Re: Marshall Brodien

Aw man. He got me started in magic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihN1JLsrVe8

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by Anthony Vinson
March 8th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re-sale of digital media
Replies: 7
Views: 1078

Re: Re-sale of digital media

Thank you for posting this article. I have long been irked about DRM and the fact that I do not really own a large portion of the digital media I purchase.

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by Anthony Vinson
March 7th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steven Youell is in a bad place
Replies: 11
Views: 3636

Re: Steven Youell is in a bad place

Point well made, Alfred. Thanks for making it.

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by Anthony Vinson
March 6th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23079

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Interesting example, which led me to a search . Turns out women have actually been banned from serving in combat since they've been allowed in the army; this ban has been lifted in 2016 but is still being implemented, and essentially women as still not considered equal to men when it comes to comba...
by Anthony Vinson
March 6th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not so secret anymore, huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 3147

Re: Not so secret anymore, huh?

Aw man, I'd petition to join, but there's no Joker!

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by Anthony Vinson
March 6th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23079

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I was in the U.S. Army in 1978, when the Women's Army Corps was disbanded and integrated into the regular army. This was a paradigm shift and required changes in mindset and thinking for everyone. Suddenly the old male-centric cadence calls were considered offensive - okay, many of them were offensi...
by Anthony Vinson
March 4th, 2019, 4:55 am
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

Yes! Another great one, but only if seated at a table. Or perhaps you've figured ways around that? (If so, I would love to hear.) I like your idea of allowing the spectator to keep the coin they imagined into existence. That makes it magical. In a situation where a table is unavailable I have one o...
by Anthony Vinson
March 4th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Deep into Dr. Kuhn's book and thoroughly enjoying it. This book is written for magicians; non-magicians will likely find it tedious. I am gratified to discover that he and some of his colleagues have determined that misdirection is far more encompassing than previously understood. He writes, "....
by Anthony Vinson
March 3rd, 2019, 8:30 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

Since I usually carry the setup with me, John Bannon's Ion Man - his version of Max Maven's Positive/Negative. (I am not and do not aspire to be a pro, but that would end with them having a business card/souvenir to take along.) Barring that, I think a brief one-coin routine. I like "Fading Co...
by Anthony Vinson
March 3rd, 2019, 7:39 am
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

Sounds very intriguing. I am not familiar with it. So, you would need nothing more than a business card (or other writing surface) and a pen to do it? "PATEO" is Pick Any Two, Eliminate One. If you have a group of objects and you want to force one, Spec pics a pair, and you eliminate one ...
by Anthony Vinson
March 2nd, 2019, 10:36 am
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

Write down "cell phone" on the back of my business card, put it on the table face down, then ask him to pull five objects out of his pocket and point to two of them... Excellent choice! The PATEO principle seems underrated and underused. Powerful stuff! I particularly love Michael Weber's...
by Anthony Vinson
March 1st, 2019, 1:02 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

Write down "cell phone" on the back of my business card, put it on the table face down, then ask him to pull five objects out of his pocket and point to two of them... Excellent choice! The PATEO principle seems underrated and underused. Powerful stuff! I particularly love Michael Weber's...
by Anthony Vinson
February 28th, 2019, 2:34 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

I am not familiar with "Ion Man," Anthony, but I am certain it's a winner since you carry it with you. Where did you learn it from? And speaking of Max, Eugene Burger made no bones about the fact that he considered "Brainwave" the greatest packet trick of the 20th century; he al...
by Anthony Vinson
February 28th, 2019, 1:27 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

Since I usually carry the setup with me, John Bannon's Ion Man - his version of Max Maven's Positive/Negative. (I am not and do not aspire to be a pro, but that would end with them having a business card/souvenir to take along.) Barring that, I think a brief one-coin routine.
by Anthony Vinson
February 28th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 55
Views: 11489

Re: Geoff Latta book

O'Keefe's Working Hands is excellent. But start with a tiny amount; just like Brylcreem, a little dab'll do ya. Too much and your hands are tacky enough to climb rough walls!

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by Anthony Vinson
February 27th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

I am excited about the possibilities for our art in light of continuing discoveries in the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics, social psychology, et al. I neither conflate nor confuse misdirection with deception. Based on my understanding, what we magicians have long referred to as misdire...
by Anthony Vinson
February 26th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Why do you think this to be the case (that the common definition is too limited)? All of the concepts that you mention as being included in your own definition are known to magicians and are in use -- would magicians be better able to use or understand them if they were lumped in with "traditi...
by Anthony Vinson
February 26th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

This use is a grammatical problem, a verb taken out of context and into a brand or trademark. It's not ubik. It's not something you sprinkle on the way we talk about woofle dust. Closer to the notion of background music in movies...if you can even sense its presence it's incorrect. Broken schemata,...
by Anthony Vinson
February 26th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Can anyone come up with an example of a trick or illusion not requiring misdirection? One of the strongest illusions in magic is created with the El Torero devise which is essentially a $3 toy. Where is the misdirection in this trick? The sentence you quote above supported the one before it, and is...
by Anthony Vinson
February 26th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Bill Duncan wrote: Call it what you want, unless you're saying "watch me do this invisible pass" you're probably (mis)directing them.


Yes. I would agree. Until recently our understanding of the full scope of misdirection has been limited. The more you know...

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by Anthony Vinson
February 25th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Bill, I do not think my definition is expansive, but rather inclusive. From discussions with other magicians I realize that I am in the minority, but I believe that we are far too myopic in regards to the role and full scope of misdirection. Take the example of the dental dam trick. I do not imply t...
by Anthony Vinson
February 25th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

If you're going to extend the common definition of misdirection from attention (and possibly cognition) to base perception - sure. Surely folks recall Alice talking to Humpty Dumpty about words and meanings. :) What's proposed seems to broaden the term to include fakes (which misdirect mental model...
by Anthony Vinson
February 25th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

I'm not sure magic without misdirection is possible. Can anyone come up with an example of a trick or illusion not requiring misdirection? Coin through dental dam Most mentalism Illusions like Steinmeyer's Interlude Hmm... I guess it depends on our definition of misdirection, then. Does not the nat...
by Anthony Vinson
February 25th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Memories of Palisades Amusement Park
Replies: 7
Views: 956

Re: Memories of Palisades Amusement Park

As a kid growing up in Georgia, I often saw ads for Palisades Park in DC Comics titles. Superman, or another DC hero, would be featured in the ads, offering discount coupons. It always sounded like such a cool place.

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by Anthony Vinson
February 25th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

A new, longer re-titled and substantially different US/International version is on its way to our distributor. Happily both versions are hosted by our lovely and talented friend Julie Eng. I'll let you know if, when and where it is available outside of Canada. That looks fascinating. I have a passi...
by Anthony Vinson
February 25th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

I'm not sure magic without misdirection is possible. Can anyone come up with an example of a trick or illusion not requiring misdirection?

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by Anthony Vinson
February 24th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 3360

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Looks interesting. Unless Tom Stone's blurb is bought and paid for, it's a selling point for me. Already available over at Amazon, though currently there's no discount, and the Kindle price exceeds that of the hardcover. Only by .04, but still...

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