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by Jack Shalom
September 10th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Cards in a watermelon "pachydermous hide"
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Cards in a watermelon "pachydermous hide"

Awesome, thanks. I'd pay to see that.
by Jack Shalom
September 10th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Cards in a watermelon "pachydermous hide"
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Cards in a watermelon "pachydermous hide"

"The film that inspired Wang to begin practicing, From Vegas to Macau is a Hong Kong-Chinese crime comedy film."

Any ID on that?
by Jack Shalom
September 7th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Larry Jennings New Book?
Replies: 186
Views: 104660

Re: Larry Jennings New Book?

Brad's comment was a joke.
by Jack Shalom
September 7th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Is My Weed
Replies: 1
Views: 500

Magic Is My Weed

You may enjoy reading my review of Steve Spill's new book, Magic Is My Weed:

https://jackshalom.net/2019/09/07/high- ... eve-spill/
by Jack Shalom
September 3rd, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 57
Views: 5023

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

In both accounts, Ben's and Vernon's, the card is placed second from the top, not in the middle.


Is it possible he was using the Depth Illusion?
by Jack Shalom
September 3rd, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 57
Views: 5023

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

David Ben places the event on Feb 6, 1922 after a Chicago SAM convention where the two were introduced by Sam Margules. Bess was present. See Ben's bio, pgs 79-85. It's not clear to me from his endnotes what his source(s) are for this description. His wife Jeanne's memoir is referenced in this secti...
by Jack Shalom
September 1st, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Two great performances on "Fool Us"
Replies: 13
Views: 1944

Re: Two great performances on "Fool Us"

Michael, did P&T give a more extended explanation to Tom that was cut out? It felt a bit unsatisfying for me as an audience member to feel that Tom didn't really have an opportunity to hear what P&T gave as an explanation.
by Jack Shalom
August 25th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Shahade "Shady" Mansur
Replies: 1
Views: 545

Re: Shahade "Shady" Mansur

I had a great-uncle named Shahade. He was originally from Syria; I believe it was a fairly common name in the Levantine. In America the name was often Anglicized to Charles for some reason.
by Jack Shalom
August 22nd, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 13
Views: 1420

Re: Who invented this control?

Simon Aronson uses the Floating Key as well in some of the effects in Simply Simon, e.g. "Past, Present, Future."
by Jack Shalom
August 21st, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2360

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

I missed it, but wasn't there a recent movie about a woman who forged letters from famous authors? Sounded like fun.
by Jack Shalom
August 19th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2360

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Thanks, Zig, for the quotes.

Bill, that's exactly what happened---already accessed my quota of freebies from the WP. I tried incognito, but I guess I have to deep six the cookies as well.
by Jack Shalom
August 17th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5494

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

As in any other science or technology - things really do head in the direction of progress. That's a misunderstanding of (scientific and genetic) evolution. Not necessarily progress, but adaptation to the existing local environmental conditions. With regard to magic, those conditions presently incl...
by Jack Shalom
August 17th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2360

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Hi, it's behind a pay wall. Can you summarize it please?
by Jack Shalom
August 15th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Joe Ovette - Dr./Medical Practitioner?
Replies: 9
Views: 716

Re: Joe Ovette - Dr./Medical Practitioner?

Keep in mind there were several mindreaders who were using the "Marjah" name, to feed off the success that Ovette had created for the name. Could have been someone else. True. From The Sphinx: "Marjah (Joe Ovette) says that so many mindreaders have taken the name of (Marjah) that he ...
by Jack Shalom
August 15th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 2432

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

Thanks for that insight!
by Jack Shalom
August 15th, 2019, 12:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"
Replies: 14
Views: 1569

Re: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"

I tried it both ways. Frankly, "the box was gimmicked" wasn't exactly a thunderous revelation. It was supposed to be underwhelming. It's supposed to show the audience that magicians' secrets are often banal, that choosing not to know the workings can be more interesting and textured and e...
by Jack Shalom
August 13th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"
Replies: 14
Views: 1569

Re: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"

LOL.

I tried it both ways. Frankly, "the box was gimmicked" wasn't exactly a thunderous revelation.
by Jack Shalom
August 12th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lance Burton - TeePee No More
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

Re: Lance Burton - TeePee No More

Class response from Mr Burton.
by Jack Shalom
August 12th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 2432

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

I saw that the other night and wondered if Will Ferrell was a known magic fan. Anyone know anything further?
by Jack Shalom
August 9th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5494

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Clever Hans, yes that is certainly one big problem. But I think a larger unexplored problem in these kinds of tests is this: The experimental context is always a piece of fiction. Even a five year old understands that the nice adult in the white coat is telling a story. The questions that begin, &qu...
by Jack Shalom
August 7th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5494

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I think that probably qualifies as the World's Longest Punchline.
by Jack Shalom
August 7th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5494

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

There is an ingenious test used on children to see if they have grasped the concept of Theory of Mind. If they fail the test then it is a powerful indicator that they may be Autistic. http://www.educateautism.com/infographics/sally-anne-test.html I was really captured by how simple and clever this ...
by Jack Shalom
August 7th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5494

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I don't know. I'm starting to feel a Forer effect in these descriptions. Seems to pretty much apply to everyone to some degree. I'm not sure how useful these labels are.
by Jack Shalom
July 30th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 147
Views: 13304

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Most of the people on this board watch a magic performance of one kind or another almost every day. So clearly magic performances can be "consumed" in many ways. No one is forcing anyone to go to XX's site; so that is a free choice about how that audience member wishes to enjoy the previou...
by Jack Shalom
July 29th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Fred Kaps
Replies: 1
Views: 491

Fred Kaps

I ran across this Fred Kaps facebook page today, put together by his family, that I thought people would enjoy:

https://m.facebook.com/FredKaps19261980/
by Jack Shalom
July 26th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What kind of dealing grips are you using?
Replies: 14
Views: 1009

Re: What kind of dealing grips are you using?

Yes, but Mechanics, Mechanic's, or Mechanics' Grip? And should it be upper or lower case?
by Jack Shalom
July 25th, 2019, 11:34 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: science of coin through rubber sheet
Replies: 16
Views: 1544

Re: science of coin through rubber sheet

I hesitate to ask this--but if the rubber breaks during the invagination, are sponge bunnies the result?
by Jack Shalom
July 24th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perfect timing
Replies: 9
Views: 1611

Re: Perfect timing

Oh, grow up.
by Jack Shalom
July 24th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: science of coin through rubber sheet
Replies: 16
Views: 1544

Re: science of coin through rubber sheet

I find Martin Gardner's explanation ( see the end of the paper) more plausible--or at least more understandable.
by Jack Shalom
July 24th, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perfect timing
Replies: 9
Views: 1611

Re: Perfect timing

I sort of feel the same about myself : nothing is perfect, except for my bottom.
by Jack Shalom
July 22nd, 2019, 11:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18578

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I think it's been said that it's easier to teach an actor to perform magic than to teach a magician to act. There may be some truth in that. I would say that in your list above, misdirection is the one area where the magician's special knowledge supersedes the stagecraft knowledge of the actor. But ...
by Jack Shalom
July 21st, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perfect timing
Replies: 9
Views: 1611

Re: Perfect timing

LOL. Thanks for sharing that, Jerry.
by Jack Shalom
July 19th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18578

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Focus is more important than originality; he's put together a series of articles that focuses on how to deal with the fleeting nature of Surprise, and steps the performer can take to extend the feeling of a magical experience in the spectator. Not easy otherwise to find much coverage of that issue i...
by Jack Shalom
July 19th, 2019, 12:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18578

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

"What Paul Harris calls “astonishment,” and what I’ve been calling “initial astonishment” is really just, Surprise. Surprise is typically an involuntary, fleeting feeling. In a matter of seconds, the spectator’s mind will attack that feeling of surprise and subject it to all the brain’s critica...
by Jack Shalom
July 18th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18578

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I strongly recommend The Jerx's series on exactly this issue. It begins here:

http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2019/6/23/c ... tonishment
by Jack Shalom
July 12th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 60
Views: 4933

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

I’ve never seen a routine that combined ambitious card with rising or haunted, but with the presentation you’re using, I think you could make the audience feel that it was all one trick. I would love to see that. So, at the end of the stated routine I place the cards in a houlette to the side, seem...
by Jack Shalom
July 9th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Redefining Broadway and Boob Jokes: Criss Angel in NYC
Replies: 7
Views: 1285

Re: Redefining Broadway and Boob Jokes: Criss Angel in NYC

An average ticket price of $49 for a Broadway house?
Wow. That barely pays the salary of a Broadway union ticket taker. Someone took a huge pay cut or lost a lot of money.
by Jack Shalom
July 9th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Nothing Here Is Real
Replies: 0
Views: 468

Nothing Here Is Real

You may enjoy my radio interview with magician/mentalist Gary Ferrar, whose new show Nothing Here is Real is now playing in NYC. As a bonus, Gary does an on the air mentalism effect for me.

https://jackshalom.net/2019/07/09/nothing-here-is-real/

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