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by Jack Shalom
January 17th, 2021, 8:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: It's Contest time again!

Well I screwed up big time. I overlooked an entry that had been sent to me by MagicbyAlfred before the contest deadline, but I put in the wrong folder and never got to read it. It was an excellent submission! Here it is: https://jackshalom.net/2021/01/17/contest-correction/ Further amends will be fo...
by Jack Shalom
January 16th, 2021, 1:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Faro Fundamentals
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Re: Faro Fundamentals

Thanks, Alfred.

And re the contest--I'm an idiot. Check your PMs, please.
by Jack Shalom
January 16th, 2021, 6:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Faro Fundamentals
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Faro Fundamentals

You may enjoy reading my review of Greg Chapman's new faro shuffle primer, Faro Fundamentals:

https://jackshalom.net/2021/01/16/faro- ... g-chapman/
by Jack Shalom
January 15th, 2021, 12:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 25
Views: 2325

Re: RIP David Roth

Oh, how awful. At Fantasma he destroyed me with a cheek to cheek deck. I was looking for the sleights...
by Jack Shalom
January 10th, 2021, 9:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 30
Views: 1813

Re: Memorization

Note that in this system, unlike others, each name keys the value then the suit. In the Aronson stack, it's the other way around (e.g., the 9C is CaNnibal) and I always found that confusing. Yes, exactly, and that's why I used your system to memorize Aronson. I always recommend your system to peopl...
by Jack Shalom
January 7th, 2021, 4:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Happy Hindu Shuffle!
Replies: 20
Views: 1267

Re: Happy Hindu Shuffle!

I like the idea of bringing in the left forefinger to point.
by Jack Shalom
January 7th, 2021, 7:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Happy Hindu Shuffle!
Replies: 20
Views: 1267

Re: Happy Hindu Shuffle!

Anyone try turning over *both* hands after the stop? Keep the right hand's packet below the left's. I think it may enhance the illusion a bit.
by Jack Shalom
January 4th, 2021, 12:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

Greg Chapman has some beauts in both of his books, The Devil's Staircase and Details of Deception . And here's some very good news: he just released a monograph on the faro shuffle, highly recommended, called Faro Fundamentals , which as a bonus includes one faro routine from each of those two books.
by Jack Shalom
December 27th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”
Replies: 36
Views: 2742

Re: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”

Bob, your link got cut off. Here it is again:

https://www.lybrary.com/the-red-predict ... 24058.html
by Jack Shalom
December 24th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Steranko on Cards is Available Again!
Replies: 8
Views: 1369

Re: Steranko on Cards is Available Again!

Thank you.
by Jack Shalom
December 16th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "Modern Wonder" Penguin download
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: "Modern Wonder" Penguin download

I'd say not ridiculous. There's a pretty detailed description of each effect where one can decide for oneself if the various updates are suitable. For example, there's a no-pocket version of an effect which may suit the clothing requirements of some. The tone of the ad and video seem quite respectfu...
by Jack Shalom
December 16th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy is Here!
Replies: 18
Views: 2060

Re: Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy is Here!

Wow, thanks for the pictures. But really, it's ridiculous to think that in the 21st century, no one can think of a way to secure the containers better? I assume it's a function of trying to squeeze more containers on a ship at the risk of accident.
by Jack Shalom
December 15th, 2020, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy is Here!
Replies: 18
Views: 2060

Re: Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy is Here!

I didn't know this kind of thing happened post 1492 or so. I could understand if the whole ship went down, but some containers fell overboard? Sounds strange. They didn't secure them correctly or something?
by Jack Shalom
December 11th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Conflict in Magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1412

Re: Conflict in Magic?

The observation about low vs high status as being a source of comedy I think is a really good one. In comedy, there is often one goal being pursued obsessively, being frustrated each time by some obstacle; the performer returns each time to the task with a newer, even more absurd approach. Here's De...
by Jack Shalom
December 9th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 1185

Re: Comedy & Magic - book/DVD recommendations?

I think you asked this before, so this isn't really for you but for someone who has the same question, two words:
Steve Spill.
by Jack Shalom
December 5th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bev Bergeron Has Died
Replies: 8
Views: 1422

Re: Bev Bergeron Has Died

Thanks for the video. Got to admit that last phase of the ring on stick routine was a fooler--it looked and sounded perfect. And for the first time in my life I've enjoyed an egg bag routine. One with an ending. Was he the one who came up with the orange juice production? Maybe something even more r...
by Jack Shalom
December 4th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Probabilistic Combinatorics
Replies: 4
Views: 1096

Re: Probabilistic Combinatorics

Bill Mullins wrote:Someone should teach Dr. Diaconis how to use Power Point.


On the contrary, Bill, I'm always happy to see successful people with handwriting nearly as bad as my own :)
by Jack Shalom
December 3rd, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421116

Re: ERDNASE

I wasn't aware that the article wasn't signed. That puts a different light on it. But if it were found to be Gallaway's, then while not confirmatory evidence, I think it's a strong piece of evidence. As I said, much like WE Sanders decks of cards. It shows a strong interest in these kinds of matters...
by Jack Shalom
December 3rd, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 1599

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

Steve, it makes sense if understood that Wynn had been mistaken for the original El-Wyn, and he wasn't going to disabuse anyone of the notion.
by Jack Shalom
December 3rd, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421116

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, I received on 12/2 11:47 am NYC time newsletter #957 which is dated 12/3.

Odd, I don't see it posted on the website either. Maybe he doesn't post the current copy and waits until the next week?

Leave me your email in a PM and I'll forward a copy to you.
by Jack Shalom
December 2nd, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 1599

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

The article that Bill quotes artfully absolves Ed Wynn of cribbing the name: The designer had taken my scribbled signature to read not Ed Wynn but El Wyn and that is how every bit of the advertising material read. So Wynn iis not claiming to have originated the name of El-Wyn--rather that the design...
by Jack Shalom
December 2nd, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421116

Re: ERDNASE

I had not been much convinced by Chris W's defense of Gallaway before, but his latest newsletter contains some persuasive pieces of information which make me much more inclined to view Gallaway as a credible candidate. As a teen-ager, Gallaway had written up a newspaper story on con games at the loc...
by Jack Shalom
November 28th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 34
Views: 6129

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

Sorry for another crass commercial--but this one is just too good to not mention. The folks at Lulu are giving 30% off all books and calendars only this weekend until Monday November 30th. Use discount code BFCM30 What a great time to pick up a holiday present for yourself or someone who will really...
by Jack Shalom
November 27th, 2020, 11:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2065

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

That's exactly what I'm saying. The act of being selfish ultimately causes more good than bad. A boring and silly idea when Ayn Rand wrote boring and silly books about it, and still boring. Unless you define altruism as selfishness in which case it becomes a tautology, and hence, still boring, as t...
by Jack Shalom
November 25th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2065

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

Being on a stage or performing before a public feels inherently unsafe. Fear of failing, fear of being found inadequate, fear of rejection. All reasonable fears. How to protect oneself? Imitate others who seem to have been successful. Grasp at the time-tested cliche. Play the form, even if you don't...
by Jack Shalom
November 18th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”
Replies: 36
Views: 2742

Re: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”

Make sure the Ace is face up and the six face down. If one red card is in the middle of one of the two horizontal rows, and the other red card is at the end of a row, there are lots of possibilities: Roll a one or a six, simply turn over the appropriate card to show red. Roll a two or a five, and co...
by Jack Shalom
November 15th, 2020, 10:47 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Genii Magazine May 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: WTB: Genii Magazine May 2020

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by Jack Shalom
November 15th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: In the realm of the strange - Dynamo sues KFC
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: In the realm of the strange - Dynamo sues KFC

This happened 3 years ago, and he's just now considering legal action?


No disrespect to KFC, but it probably took that long to digest it.

Now he's got the evidence.
by Jack Shalom
November 13th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now
Replies: 16
Views: 1660

Re: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now

Randy, I saw the show, too in NY, and believe me, you will enjoy the film. It captures the show beautifully. I am so glad that this film exists--I was afraid that documentation of it would disappear. It's only $12 and more than worth it. It helped me re-live the memories rather than spoil them.
by Jack Shalom
November 12th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now
Replies: 16
Views: 1660

Re: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now

I saw the original stage show and just watched the film.

The film is a magnificent seamless re-creation of the stage experience. Really well done. It's only running until November 19th. Highly recommend it.
by Jack Shalom
November 8th, 2020, 1:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: It's Contest time again!

by Jack Shalom
November 7th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How do you use magic to communicate an idea?
Replies: 10
Views: 654

Re: How do you use magic to communicate an idea?

To tag along with Jon, re communication:
What,
Why, and also very important,
Why now?
by Jack Shalom
November 4th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: The Tenyo Tricks for 2021
Replies: 16
Views: 2289

Re: The Tenyo Tricks for 2021

Ah, that's a game changer.
by Jack Shalom
November 4th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: The Tenyo Tricks for 2021
Replies: 16
Views: 2289

Re: The Tenyo Tricks for 2021

Can American coins and bills be subbed for the Tweezer effect?
by Jack Shalom
November 4th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: It's Contest time again!

Okay, that's a wrap. Everyone who entered should have gotten an email acknowledgement from me that I received your entry. If not, please contact me ASAP at the email address listed in the contest description. It looks like there are some excellent replies! I'll probably be a little slower reporting ...
by Jack Shalom
November 2nd, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: It's Contest time again!

by Jack Shalom
November 1st, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: NY Times article about magicians in the pandemic
Replies: 2
Views: 710

Re: NY Times article about magicians in the pandemic

Thanks. A fair, intelligent article with a nice mix of sources.
by Jack Shalom
October 31st, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 34
Views: 6129

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

Wow!! Only until tomorrow November 1--20% off all Lulu print products with discount code BIGTREAT20

https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/gerald- ... p5rn5.html

Don't miss this.
by Jack Shalom
October 30th, 2020, 9:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: It's Contest time again!

This weekend is the deadline. Accepting entries until Monday, November 2, 11:59PM, EST or your time zone whichever is later.

https://jackshalom.net/2020/10/03/the-s ... c-contest/

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