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by IanLand
August 15th, 2016, 11:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 12433

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

I'd vote for Marlo, simply by volume of material (and a large percentage of it is good stuff, for sure). But Roy Walton should probably be on the list, as should Alex Elmsley. They have both contributed huge numbers of plots and ideas which have entered into wide circulation.
by IanLand
August 2nd, 2016, 9:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 142545

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

I'm reading it now instead of doing things I should be doing. Outstanding book, Bob.
by IanLand
August 1st, 2016, 10:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 142545

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

My copy is due to arrive tomorrow. I'm quite excited.
by IanLand
August 1st, 2016, 10:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cannibal Cards bibliography: request for help
Replies: 26
Views: 10244

Re: Cannibal Cards bibliography: request for help

A quick update. This idea isn't dead, but it has been sleeping quite heavily. Lots of other things got in the way. But it's coming back to the top of the list. It may end up as an ebook rather than a printed book, however. Will keep everyone posted.
by IanLand
February 25th, 2015, 4:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blackpool Videos posted on You-Tube
Replies: 23
Views: 6309

Re: Blackpool Videos posted on You-Tube

Richard's description of Blackpool as a bleak and cold pisshole is very unfair. During the summer it is a bleak and sometimes warm pisshole.
by IanLand
February 20th, 2015, 10:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Still - it is deeper than that. Since magic is not a display of skill. But an attempt to fool people. And when you are successfully fooled - you are at a complete loss as to what the explanation could be. As a sideline, one thing I find interesting is how much card magic has changed in the last 30 ...
by IanLand
February 20th, 2015, 7:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 142545

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Yowsah. It's my birthday in March too.
by IanLand
February 20th, 2015, 7:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Most of what we consider outright "theft" occurs at the hobbyist level... a level often so deficient in skill that the their material would be unrecognizable when well executed. Fortunately, only friends and family are typically subject to this "singing in the shower." That's la...
by IanLand
February 17th, 2015, 6:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Neither of them had a decent Triumph routine, I know that much.
by IanLand
February 17th, 2015, 3:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Richard, do you know if there's video of Derek doing it? Google doesn't find anything.
by IanLand
February 17th, 2015, 2:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Looking at the Ammar performance again, the Triumph bit of the kicker does get a bit lost in the Ace/flush production, it almost doesn't need to be there. I think this was always my doubt about the routine. Having said that, the kicker plays stronger in his hands than it read to me on the page, for ...
by IanLand
February 17th, 2015, 12:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Just found the Ammar Tonight Show performance on YouTube. Yeah, nothing wrong with that.
by IanLand
February 17th, 2015, 11:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

I've never seen anyone perform Rollover Aces, I don't think. I admit it didn't grab me when I read it. No doubt Derek made it great. Shame I never got to see him.
by IanLand
February 17th, 2015, 8:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Looking back through my old notebooks I'm guilty of shoe-horning Triumph onto a whole range of other effects, thus weakening the impact of both for no great purpose :-)
by IanLand
February 17th, 2015, 8:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Hahaha. That gets complicated...
by IanLand
February 17th, 2015, 8:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

I suspect it's virtually impossible to combine Triumph and riffle stacking in a way which is original. Both elements have many well-documented methods, and the likelihood is any method will simply be a mash-up of what's already in print somewhere. Even if the specific use of this Triumph with that r...
by IanLand
February 16th, 2015, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 65
Views: 24382

Re: reading vs video

In Thee Olden Dayes of Yore (1980s) I rarely got to see any of my heroes actually perform, unless they lectured in London. I remember seeing the Marlo video in 1982 and being ridiculously excited to finally get a chance to see him work, to hear him speak. The only person I knew who had a video playe...
by IanLand
February 16th, 2015, 9:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30037

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Leaving aside presentational questions, there are so many possible ways to do this effect - combine Triumph with some stacking - that it seems unnecessary to want to reproduce somebody else's method. Better to find your own handling. Although I agree with Richard it's not that strong an effect. Rick...
by IanLand
February 11th, 2015, 5:19 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26118

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Exactly right. Even when the cane or the card productions are done flawlessly, or with presentations which attempt to do something new with them, the basic problem is that these are no longer magic effects, because absolutely everybody can tell how they are done. When I first got into magic over 40 ...
by IanLand
February 10th, 2015, 11:29 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26118

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

I'm in the meh camp. Has anyone ever been fooled by a dancing cane routine? Impressed, maybe, by the technical aspects, but fooled? To be honest, the same goes for a few classic staples.
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 5:15 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book
Replies: 47
Views: 20264

Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

I'm 50 in as few weeks, can I have a copy as a present?

(Worth a try...)
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 4:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Thanks for the apology Tom, it is very much appreciated.
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 3:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Tom Stone wrote:Yes, and that generosity means nothing to you?


I really have no idea how you can conclude that from anything I have said.

To be clear: I am enormously grateful to all those who have published their inventions. They enrich magic by doing so. It's why I'm scrupulous in crediting.
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 2:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

I bought my original 1967 copy of Elmsley's 4 Card Trick ms. from Davenport's in about 1977. When I asked Alex to sign it for me when I first met him around 1980 I commented that I was probably one of a very small number of people who used his count who had actually paid him to do so (assuming he wa...
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 12:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

El Mystico wrote:Meanwhile - is that the Ian Land who used to publish in Pabular etc? You seem to have been gone for a long time - welcome back.


It is, thanks for the welcome. Life got in the way for a long time, but I'm working on stuff again.
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 10:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Thank you Richard, your intervention is appreciated.
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 9:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Have you ever done an Elmsley Count, or a classic pass, or a top palm, or a Charlier Pass, or a Mexican Turnover, or a Jordan Count, or performed a routine not entirely of your own devising? If yes, do you have explicit written permission in every case to do this? Of course you don't, and I don't be...
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 9:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

OK, that's interesting, and I didn't know that. Doesn't change the basic point, however. Generally speaking what Bill says holds true, as far as I know.
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

In that case you too are a crook. Unless you want to claim that you have never adapted a routine you read in a book, or you want to claim that you have invented every move you use in every routine you have devised. We all use things we have read, all the time. Sorry, but you simply have a completely...
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 8:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

"One country out of 160+ is considered the real world?" The law Bill cites is the same in the UK and also in most of Europe. Provided you pay the relevant royalties, you generally do not have to seek permission from the writer of a published piece of music before recording your own version...
by IanLand
February 6th, 2015, 6:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

"Ah, so you are one of those dishonest crooks? Good to know!" "No, it the most reasonable assumption. Ian Land's post tells me he's a person that can't be trusted with anything not nailed down". Tom, you might want to apologise to me for libelling me twice on a public forum. Luck...
by IanLand
February 5th, 2015, 6:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

I doubt very much those rights limitations are enforceable That is a thought that likely only occur to those who want to ignore the rights limitations. Honest people don't search for loopholes like that. There's nothing dishonest about upholding your consumer rights. If a performer doesn't want oth...
by IanLand
February 5th, 2015, 6:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

I doubt very much those rights limitations are enforceable Maybe not, but making it explicit that you "agree" to the terms when you purchase probably helps their case. I don't know about US law, but I think in the UK at least agreeing to terms which are not enforceable makes no difference...
by IanLand
February 5th, 2015, 5:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

I doubt very much those rights limitations are enforceable
by IanLand
February 5th, 2015, 5:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on David Susskind
Replies: 25
Views: 6500

Re: Frank Garcia on David Susskind

Great stuff. Susskind seems pleasantly oiled.
by IanLand
February 5th, 2015, 4:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: McCOMBICAL The Wit and Wisdom of Billy McComb
Replies: 29
Views: 8662

Re: McCOMBICAL The Wit and Wisdom of Billy McComb

I met Billy when I was about 13, in the late 1970s. I lived in London, and my parents signed me up for a day school at a central London theatre. There were about 20 kids there that day. Billy was the teacher. The first trick he taught us was a torn and restored napkin which to this day I still somet...
by IanLand
February 5th, 2015, 8:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 20354

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

"Digital cameras and home-based software became tools accessible to the majority of people, and, therefore, publishing became something easy and affordable to almost everyone, without the involvement of any third party." While there's a lot of rubbish on YouTube, and far too many effects, ...
by IanLand
February 4th, 2015, 6:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: YOUR Input Needed for Genii Convention
Replies: 19
Views: 5403

Re: YOUR Input Needed for Genii Convention

Have you considered a meat raffle?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meat_raffle
by IanLand
January 26th, 2015, 1:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Oldest full deck of cards
Replies: 7
Views: 2691

Re: Odest full deck of cards

How well do they faro?

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