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by cardmaster
November 7th, 2014, 2:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 96
Views: 23481

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Oh, I do hope "Into Thin Air" reappears somehow ... I think I would be in paradise if that was somehow resurrected! Sadly, I think it never will be. It would have been more than 50 years ago. Perhaps some persistent researcher with TV connections could dig it up from the archives. I think...
by cardmaster
November 7th, 2014, 1:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 7837

Re: The Art of the Con

James Munton wrote:Oh do stop it, Mother.


Very well, James. I will remove myself from this thread. It doesn't seem to be productive. Perhaps we should let them discuss Paul's book and leave it at that.
by cardmaster
November 7th, 2014, 1:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 7837

Re: The Art of the Con

Somehow I have never thought of veteran police officers as being "fawning sycophants" but perhaps I am not a very good judge of these things. Oddly enough I have seen Roger himself frequently praise one of the people he mentions in his post on here but I would not have thought that means t...
by cardmaster
November 7th, 2014, 2:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 7837

Re: The Art of the Con

On reflection, I think this is all my fault for mentioning Munton's book in the first place. We should really have been talking about Paul's book and I should not have distracted the conversation. It was just that I didn't expect the negative reaction since James's book has gotten such a great react...
by cardmaster
November 7th, 2014, 1:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 7837

Re: The Art of the Con

You are both reviewers for the Linking Ring, aren't you? I find this vaguely amusing and ironic. How about you review Paul's book and Roger reviews yours? Oh perhaps not............
by cardmaster
November 7th, 2014, 1:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 96
Views: 23481

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I have actually seen Vernon perform in his younger years on television. He was indeed excellent. It was on a British television production of decades ago. It was black and white television. It was a gem of a programme featuring 3 wonderful magicians. Slydini, Vernon and Cy Endfield. I think it was c...
by cardmaster
November 7th, 2014, 12:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 7837

Re: The Art of the Con

Yes indeed. I do own the Fooling Houdini book and am well aware that it has received "blistering reviews" from the magic community. However, I am also well aware that the book wasn't written for the magic community in the first place and was aimed at a far wider target market. It seems to ...
by cardmaster
November 6th, 2014, 3:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 141
Views: 31130

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

As a result of this topic I have had a look at some videos of Mr Hobson. It may not be my cup of tea but there is no doubt of his professionalism, stage presence and timing. Oddly enough I was reading yesterday an article he wrote decades ago before he was even known in the business. In fact I got t...
by cardmaster
November 6th, 2014, 2:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 141
Views: 31130

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

Quite frankly I don't like Mr Hobson's act, his humour, his material and most of all insulting behaviour towards his volunteer as explained in that cruise ship review. The passenger was not complaining about the gay aspect of things but the fact that he felt abused and insulted with remarks about hi...
by cardmaster
November 6th, 2014, 9:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FFAP changes venue for FISM Europe - no longer on the high seas
Replies: 17
Views: 3996

Re: FFAP changes venue for FISM Europe - no longer on the hi

I am sure that you will all be delighted to hear that FISM is back in Blackpool in 2017.
by cardmaster
November 5th, 2014, 4:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 7837

Re: The Art of the Con

Here is another book along the same lines by another magician (James Munton) ......... Not a book along the same lines at all. Paul actually has a proven depth of knowledge on the subject matter - and knows what he's speaking and writing about. I haven't seen Paul's book but I am sure it is excelle...
by cardmaster
November 5th, 2014, 8:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 7837

Re: The Art of the Con

Here is another book along the same lines by another magician (James Munton) and in fact I have seen him post on this very forum. I own this book and it is pretty good and well researched.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Con-Vulnerabl ... 1442207310
by cardmaster
November 5th, 2014, 8:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 24585

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Maybe we should just call it a performing art and leave it at that.
by cardmaster
November 4th, 2014, 7:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: One Handed Card Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 4783

Re: One Handed Card Magic

And of course if you like that sort of thing there is extensive treatment regarding one handed cuts in one of the Ross Bertram books. Alas I have forgotten which one of the two he wrote. Very good books too if you are not afraid of a bit of practice. The one handed cuts are in Bertram on Sleight of...
by cardmaster
November 4th, 2014, 6:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 24585

Re: DelGaudio Sez

I knew Henry. He could pitch magic too although he was not a magician. He must be dead now. He was never healthy and had a hole in the heart condition. It is true that he was superb with the bird warbler and I only knew one man who could match him with it. His name might surprise you. It was Paul Cl...
by cardmaster
November 3rd, 2014, 9:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: One Handed Card Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 4783

Re: One Handed Card Magic

There is actually an entire chapter in Expert Card Technique by Hugard and Braue on one handed card magic. And of course if you like that sort of thing there is extensive treatment regarding one handed cuts in one of the Ross Bertram books. Alas I have forgotten which one of the two he wrote. Very g...
by cardmaster
October 28th, 2014, 9:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychics Buster
Replies: 77
Views: 13467

Re: Psychics Buster

Here is something that might interest you especially if you believe in conspiracy theories. I don't believe it myself but here it is for what it is worth. Someone I know who is very well known in the magic world told me that a friend of his overheard a telephone conversation between Randi and Geller...
by cardmaster
October 22nd, 2014, 12:11 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Derren's ACAAN from UKTV on Friday
Replies: 4
Views: 1802

Re: Derren's ACAAN from UKTV on Friday

I am afraid that I didn't like that at all. Too long winded for me and I found some of the remarks a bit sleazy and low class. But worst of all was the disgusting profanity half way through the trick.
by cardmaster
September 25th, 2014, 3:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 31
Views: 11830

Re: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic

Yes indeed. I mentioned Steve Belchou myself in my earlier post. Perhaps Sebastian missed it. However, I do thank Mr Maven for confirming it. Incidentally although he was not the inventor I do believe Oscar Weigle first popularised it. But here is another one that is not credited. The version of the...
by cardmaster
September 12th, 2014, 11:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 34
Views: 10313

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

She may not have been negative in front of other magicians and that is understandable even for Joan Rivers. However, she was certainly negative about him in print. I remember reading it in a book she wrote, possibly her autobiography. Of course he fired her and that may have had something to do with...
by cardmaster
September 11th, 2014, 11:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 34
Views: 10313

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

Many years ago I read what she wrote about Kuda Bux. I am afraid she wasn't terribly complimentary. She said he didn't shower and he smelled.
by cardmaster
August 27th, 2014, 9:18 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: performing for teenagers
Replies: 26
Views: 19984

Re: performing for teenagers

They can. And they should. And they do. But it should be SECONDARY. Laughter, silliness and participation is FAR more important.
by cardmaster
August 27th, 2014, 5:19 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: performing for teenagers
Replies: 26
Views: 19984

Re: performing for teenagers

Performing for teenagers is no big deal. You just show them the same material you do for adults.And virtually the same presentation. Naturally you avoid innuendo and tasteless remarks but I believe you should do that with adult audiences anyway. Now, teenagers are a little more rumbunctious than reg...
by cardmaster
August 27th, 2014, 5:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kreskin in Toronto
Replies: 1
Views: 1140

Re: Kreskin in Toronto

Yes indeed. Despite what I said on another thread about performers becoming less effective as they get older I am happy to report that Kreskin is as good as he always has been.
by cardmaster
August 27th, 2014, 5:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alan Alan R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 4003

Re: Alan Alan R.I.P.

Fogel was EASILY the greatest mentalist I have ever seen. And I have seen most of the famous ones. Perhaps he had an off night the time Mr Kaufmann saw him. And of course it was only a few years before he passed away. The older you get, in many cases, the less effective you get. As for Alan Alan I h...
by cardmaster
August 10th, 2014, 7:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 31
Views: 11830

Re: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic

Oh, and with regard to the original question I have no idea where 99% of the tricks in the Royal Road originate but I do know that Poker Players Picnic was invented by Steve Belchou. The Card to Pocket thing was invented by C. O. Williams from Cardiff, and I am pretty sure that Everywhere and Nowher...
by cardmaster
August 10th, 2014, 7:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 31
Views: 11830

Re: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic

I don't know about a "dissertation" but I will be happy to give you my take on it. I like both effects. However, I would tend to present Triumph in a quieter more attentive atmosphere. I find Tipsy Trick more practical for general use. Here is where I see that the advantage lies with the R...
by cardmaster
August 5th, 2014, 1:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 31
Views: 11830

Re: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic

Topsy Turvy Cards is the first trick in the book and was not invented by Sid Lorraine. However, a somewhat similar effect later on in the book entitled "A Tipsy Trick" certainly was. Or at least the shuffle was. I am not sure if the revelation of the selected card was devised by Sid but I ...

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