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by Jack Shalom
June 20th, 2021, 11:51 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Lazy Man
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Lazy Man

I know there must be a thread that talks about the history and crediting of "Lazy Man's Card Trick," but I can't seem to find it today. Today I ran across a reference to a card trick and I wondered if the following trick has ever been mentioned as a precursor to Lazy Man. On page 8 of Mart...
by Jack Shalom
June 19th, 2021, 10:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit information for quartet transposition
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Re: Credit information for quartet transposition

Wow. That was very impressive to me. Thanks.
by Jack Shalom
June 3rd, 2021, 5:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven
Replies: 42
Views: 4171

Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Get well soon, Max
by Jack Shalom
May 23rd, 2021, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times
Replies: 14
Views: 4622

Re: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times

The writer is under the odd impression that "The Berglas Effect" has never been explained and is not explained in my book. There are 75 pages devoted to it. That was strange. And not known for sleight of hand?!! But it was nice to see the article anyway. I am trying to understand what the...
by Jack Shalom
May 15th, 2021, 9:01 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Magic Library Books
Replies: 16
Views: 3131

Re: Magic Library Books

The Leeming books, the Bill Severn books, and the book that enticed me to get an adult card: Professional Magic Made Easy by Bruce Elliott. Thank you, Brooklyn Public Library, Branch #48!
by Jack Shalom
May 9th, 2021, 1:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gerald Deutsch
Replies: 12
Views: 2289

Gerald Deutsch

I'm sorry to report that I have heard from Jerry's wife, Linda, that Jerry has passed away after a long illness. I never got to meet him, but in all our correspondence and phone calls, it was immediately apparent that he was a kind, honest, loving gentleman, very knowledgeable about magic. He wanted...
by Jack Shalom
May 5th, 2021, 9:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Wondering
Replies: 0
Views: 1965

Wondering

I was watching an old Esther Williams film (don't ask) and in the film credits: Tommy Wonder!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039898/?r ... flmg_act_2

But not our Tommy.

Did Mr. Bemelman know?
by Jack Shalom
April 30th, 2021, 10:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 6909

Re: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic

A section on Equivoque. Some interesting work has been done on this in the last few decades. Max, Berglas, Dan Harlan, Derren Brown...
by Jack Shalom
April 29th, 2021, 4:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic
Replies: 65
Views: 6909

Re: Your Suggestions for the New Edition of Greater Magic

Replace cigarette magic with the similar but more modern Sharpie sleights.
by Jack Shalom
April 9th, 2021, 10:29 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Law Enforcement Magicians
Replies: 11
Views: 3633

Re: Law Enforcement Magicians

Fred Kaps, too, I think.
by Jack Shalom
March 10th, 2021, 4:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?
Replies: 21
Views: 22172

Re: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?

Zig Zagger wrote:
Q. Kumber wrote:The best piece of advice for learning new tricks came to me from Eric Sharp. "Don't learn a trick that if you don't do it for a month you have to relearn it."


LOL. That means I'm left with the 21 Card Trick--or was it 27?
by Jack Shalom
March 8th, 2021, 3:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards
Replies: 34
Views: 4299

Re: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards

I say it's spinach and the hell with it.
by Jack Shalom
March 2nd, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magicians come to life!
Replies: 31
Views: 3255

Re: Magicians come to life!

Just pointing out the kind of data they're collecting as a company. It's pretty interesting what the hedge fund who bought Ancestry is planning to do with "their" DNA...

https://www.komando.com/security-privac ... ow/748931/
by Jack Shalom
March 2nd, 2021, 3:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?
Replies: 43
Views: 3175

Re: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?

Quick question - I had an idea (inspired by reading the book) for a Rube Goldberg machine. At the end - a butterfly would be released into the world. This plays into the idea of chaos theory and the butterfly effect. If you think about it - the butterfly effect is like a giant Rube Goldberg machine...
by Jack Shalom
March 1st, 2021, 1:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magicians come to life!
Replies: 31
Views: 3255

Re: Magicians come to life!

So let's see, a site *that collects DNA* and brings photos to life...you do the math.
by Jack Shalom
March 1st, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns
Replies: 25
Views: 2552

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns

I Dream of Genii in Brooklyn, but not here yet.
by Jack Shalom
February 25th, 2021, 9:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?
Replies: 43
Views: 3175

Re: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?

Implicit versus explicit. Even in matters of deception, the former is more powerful and convincing.
by Jack Shalom
February 24th, 2021, 8:55 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Vernon's silhouettes
Replies: 71
Views: 26487

Re: Vernon's silhouettes

Did David ever publish the silhouette book? Or do we know what may have happened with his manuscript?
by Jack Shalom
February 24th, 2021, 12:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Great Bombo
Replies: 1
Views: 1404

The Great Bombo

The great Chuck McCann as The Great Bombo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5g4YW-6HsA
by Jack Shalom
February 16th, 2021, 10:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins pictured in SOM "Kangaroo Coins"?
Replies: 15
Views: 2812

Re: Coins pictured in SOM "Kangaroo Coins"?

I played around with the contrast of the photo; the top word looks like ULTRA to me, though I wouldn't swear it.
by Jack Shalom
February 10th, 2021, 6:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 7999

Re: The Magic University Journal

Goldman also wrote a book called The Season, about the Broadway stage. And though it's been a long time also since I've read that book, he makes essentially the same point about hit plays as well--no one really has THE formula for success. Even the best fail.
by Jack Shalom
February 10th, 2021, 6:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here Be Bunnies - The Jerx
Replies: 13
Views: 1496

Re: Here Be Bunnies - The Jerx

Only about a third of the way in, but it's very good. He's pulling together a lot of strands he has written about in the past into a coherent whole about how to maximize the impact of amateur performance for informal social situations. No tricks; it's kind of Maximum Entertainment for amateurs. He h...
by Jack Shalom
February 6th, 2021, 10:41 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Old movies featuring magic..
Replies: 15
Views: 4866

Re: Old movies featuring magic..

I was watching TV just now and Eternally Yours came on; on a hunch I checked YouTube--it's there.

Paul LePaul for 30 seconds at the 1 hr and 2 minutes mark:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NHiXMBw9V0
by Jack Shalom
February 4th, 2021, 2:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?
Replies: 21
Views: 22172

Re: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?

Jack, I really love Past, Present, Future. Methodologically it's just so beautiful. I've not done it for real audiences though, did you find the length of the procedure problematic, or does the pay off justify the procedure? Any one else do this? I wonder the same for TopsyTurvey too, which is also...
by Jack Shalom
February 4th, 2021, 8:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?
Replies: 21
Views: 22172

Re: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?

For non-memdeck, my favorite is "Shuffle-Bored."
For memdeck, "Past, Present, Future."

(Not impossible BTW to go from the latter to the former in a killer 2 trick set.)
by Jack Shalom
January 31st, 2021, 9:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How would you place these cards?
Replies: 6
Views: 1678

Re: How would you place these cards?

Is it not enough to start with one card on top, one on the bottom, and do 4 in-faros?


Doesn't that put the top card at position 16? And the bottom at 37? Or am I miscalculating?
by Jack Shalom
January 30th, 2021, 12:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How would you place these cards?
Replies: 6
Views: 1678

Re: How would you place these cards?

I'm no expert, but Simon's solution: selected cards start on top and bottom. Deck face up, push off 17 cards onto the right hand from the left ( 5 sets of 3 then two more). Then on top of the 17 cards in your right hand, push off another 18 cards (6 sets of 3). Remainder of cards in the left hand go...
by Jack Shalom
January 28th, 2021, 2:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 6147

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

Well, yes. You could collect footage of failed Double Lifts or Classic Passes as well. Doesn't mean that they should never be attempted. It means practice until you don't fail.
by Jack Shalom
January 27th, 2021, 10:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Impromptu Coin Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 2437

Re: Impromptu Coin Magic

Then there is Gregory Wilson's A Questionable Trick - definitely a coin trick by any definition, and an excellent impromptu miracle to boot.


Yes, this and Greg's 3/4 Across are my two go-to coin tricks.
by Jack Shalom
January 24th, 2021, 2:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: In and of Itself
Replies: 6
Views: 1347

Re: In and of Itself

Here's a review of the stage version I did when it ran in NYC back in 2018:

https://jackshalom.net/2018/05/29/in-of ... delgaudio/
by Jack Shalom
January 23rd, 2021, 9:20 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 5805

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I understand how this might be interesting to the mathematically inclined who understand the mathematical difficulties of cueing here, but the rest of world? I confess that I'm not even sure what the effect is here. "Look what this older piece of electronics can do"? Doesn't feel much like...
by Jack Shalom
January 17th, 2021, 8:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 15
Views: 3783

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: 1595

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: 1595

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: 49
Views: 8977

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: 33
Views: 4672

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: 23
Views: 3578

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: 23
Views: 3578

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.

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