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by Jack Shalom
March 22nd, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized Deck Question
Replies: 22
Views: 2075

Re: Memorized Deck Question

IIRC Doug Dyment's Mindsights booklet contains a trick with a similar plot, "The Immoderate Deception."
by Jack Shalom
March 21st, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is going on here?
Replies: 18
Views: 1628

Re: What is going on here?

Richard Kaufman wrote:Al, ignore the boobs.

Doesn't that belong in the cardman thread?
by Jack Shalom
March 19th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19024

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

What Jon said. It's way beyond magicians at this point. See latinx
by Jack Shalom
March 17th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8748

Re: The Magic Rainbow

I’m an open book so there is no need for her to spy on anything.

Who do you think has been reading your Tamariz?
by Jack Shalom
March 15th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 39
Views: 3667

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

Thanks, Mahdi. From your description, part of it is like Amazon's "people who read this book also enjoyed/ordered..." But the transcript analysis was new to me. Holy Batscript--I never noticed the transcript button before. And the frame by frame visual analysis--a few years ago I would hav...
by Jack Shalom
March 12th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The End Times Magazine
Replies: 62
Views: 9561

Re: The End Times Magazine

Ryan has just offered a free pdf of one of his publications to subscribers as a way of bridging the gap while he attempts to get the rest of the numbers out. I think this is a fair way to proceed and I thank him.
by Jack Shalom
March 9th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Passes
Replies: 20
Views: 3393

Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Oh my goodness. That's awful.
by Jack Shalom
March 8th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re-sale of digital media
Replies: 7
Views: 734

Re: Re-sale of digital media

Would I have to destroy my own copy if I sell it? Can i sell it more than once?
by Jack Shalom
March 8th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Marketing Riddle Magic Book
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Re: Marketing Riddle Magic Book

I think most magicians would not necessarily see how this would work in their acts. Maybe you could provide some examples of what you're offering?
by Jack Shalom
March 8th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not so secret anymore, huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 2803

Re: Not so secret anymore, huh?

When did it become innovative to pour wine into new hairstyles? It’s funny how those who believe they discovered the new path never consider if they headed further into magic or away from it. And if you get a tattoo of your secret club on youe hand, can you really be upset that people find out abou...
by Jack Shalom
March 8th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7117
Views: 2096254

Re: ERDNASE

Bob,

Does Erdnase use PALMING OFF a card, as opposed to just PALMING a card, anywhere?
by Jack Shalom
March 8th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re-sale of digital media
Replies: 7
Views: 734

Re: Re-sale of digital media

Very interesting. I really see good arguments on both sides of this. I don't know how I would rule on this if I were a judge, or what I think the best outcome would be, whether I be seller or consumer. I'd love to hear people's opinions.
by Jack Shalom
March 7th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Blackface

Yes! That's Gregory Bateson's theory about communication--that some of our communications are meta-communications about how to understand the context of subsequent communications. He specifically uses the example of dogs and play. So with that understanding, we might understand blackface in magic as...
by Jack Shalom
March 7th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Blackface

... put forth a hypothesis of existence, and then see if there is evidence to back it up. Some entertainers of that age put on blackface. Do we imagine a magician of that time would be less likely than a singer or comedian to use blackface? I wasn't sure--that's why I asked. Especially since magic ...
by Jack Shalom
March 6th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19024

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Cardman used to refer to an individual is irrelevant as one’s gender has no relevance on the condition of doing card magic. It injects information that in no way contributes to the understanding or discussion of one who does card magic. To clarify this point it might be helpful to substitute a diff...
by Jack Shalom
March 4th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier
Replies: 34
Views: 5234

Re: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier

When I saw this effect on Fool Us I thought to myself this is like doing a straitjacket escape behind a screen. I don't get the appeal to modern audiences. It's a bag. All sorts of things could be happening in there, even if I don't know exactly what. A magician could come up with a dozen possible s...
by Jack Shalom
March 1st, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Blackface

Thanks, Bill and Zig Zagger. I was familiar with a lot of the legit theater references and minstrel references, but not sure about magic.
by Jack Shalom
March 1st, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3090

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

I personally wouldn't use PATEO here, but look at, for example, Docc Hilford's E'voke and the work of David Berglas on equivoque.

Then repeat with a different object. The repeat is powerful if you're careful to pick different ways to eliminate from the first time.
by Jack Shalom
March 1st, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Blackface

Using "others" to discuss what we can't say about ourselves is a social mechanism. Very true. It is also true that the dominant culture uses the depiction of "others" to define "them" to be what "we" need them to be in order to keep its power. The whole issue...
by Jack Shalom
March 1st, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Blackface

Thanks, Brad--that kind of thing was popular in the movies and vaudeville as a gag; you can see that in a few Buster Keaton movies and it is pretty cringe inducing. Hmm...now i'm questioning my own premise; if magic is about power, then maybe the attribution of power to a Black man would in itself b...
by Jack Shalom
March 1st, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Blackface

After thinking about the numerous Caucasian magicians who performed magic as "Oriental" conjurers in yellow face, it occurred to me that it would be a very good bet that there were magicians who performed in blackface. Given the popularity of minstrelsy as popular entertainment throughout ...
by Jack Shalom
March 1st, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Li King Si
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: Li King Si

Actually, though he performed under the name "Farhat" his real name appears to be Edouard (Georges) Cassel, according to Magicpedia.
by Jack Shalom
March 1st, 2019, 12:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3090

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Write down "cell phone" on the back of my business card, put it on the table face down, then ask him to pull five objects out of his pocket and point to two of them...
by Jack Shalom
February 28th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Li King Si
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Li King Si

Saw a magician on YouTube billed as from the Orient named Li King Si in a 1957 Ernie Kovacs television Festival of Magic special. He did a credible Zombie. He and his female assistant looked...well let's just say Billy Robinson looked more the part. Turns out he was a Frenchman named Farhat. Anyone ...
by Jack Shalom
February 27th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 3350

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

With all this talk of art, what has *not * been mentioned is that not all art is created equal. There is good art, and there is bad art. Art, to my way of thinking is not about quality, but intention. I'd rather watch a good craftsman than a poor artist. On the other hand, a good artist beats a good...
by Jack Shalom
February 25th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Memories of Palisades Amusement Park
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: Memories of Palisades Amusement Park

Short Palisades Amusement Park video clip with sound, 1932:

https://jackshalom.net/2019/02/23/palis ... park-1932/
by Jack Shalom
February 23rd, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanish Magazine / The Goat Award
Replies: 14
Views: 1806

Re: Vanish Magazine / The Goat Award

Richard Kaufman wrote:Perhaps the GONAD* award would have been more appropriate.




That's *Greatest Of North American Deceptionists.

I understand that there has been some jockeying as well for the Best All-around Legend of Legerdemain and Sorcery award.
by Jack Shalom
February 22nd, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19024

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Cardiste has some history, for the effete.
by Jack Shalom
February 21st, 2019, 2:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congrats to Shin Lim!
Replies: 14
Views: 1737

Re: Congrats to Shin Lim!

True, cigs and such. Who would you name, Max?
by Jack Shalom
February 20th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congrats to Shin Lim!
Replies: 14
Views: 1737

Re: Congrats to Shin Lim!

I like him a lot.

I was trying to come up with the last time a professional stage magician made a career from nothing but cards. I had to go back to Cardini. Surely it can't be that far back, could it? Who else?
by Jack Shalom
February 18th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3313

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Lots of advances in mentalism methods--and I'm not talking about electronics. I don't know if this is within your intended scope.
by Jack Shalom
February 17th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?
Replies: 7
Views: 718

Re: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?

Jonathan Townsend wrote:That would be great to find a clip of Chaplin doing the switch.


If I knew it were in one of the feature films, I'd spend my time looking. But without knowing if it might be in one of the shorts, the best hope I have is running across it someday by accident.
by Jack Shalom
February 11th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8748

Re: The Magic Rainbow

The premise that a precedent has been created for the sale of $150 non deluxe magic books is faulty; the precedent that has been created is for $150 non deluxe 600 page *Tamariz* books.

I don't expect too many more of those.
by Jack Shalom
February 3rd, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Approach a layman, false transfer a small object, and make it vanish. He or she will say: "It's in the other hand." There are ways around that :) (For reference, I discussed this in depth, and my solution to it, in the (I think) October 2011 MUM column Basic Training). What if instead of ...
by Jack Shalom
February 1st, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: force creator
Replies: 6
Views: 790

Re: force creator

There's a funny story about the mathematician Gauss as a schoolboy concerning that. The eight-year-old Gauss won't shut up in class, so his teacher calls him to his desk and gives him an assignment to add all the numbers from 1 to 100 and find the result, thinking that would keep the voluble kid qui...
by Jack Shalom
February 1st, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dan White is scheduled to be on Fallon tonight
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Dan White is scheduled to be on Fallon tonight

He did a chair routine, with multiple matching outcomes. It was well done, but a little too procedural I thought for that late night venue. A routine like that takes a relatively long time for the payoff, and Fallon's show is more typically at the faster pace of a stand-up comedian, where there's a ...
by Jack Shalom
February 1st, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 21547

Re: The Jerx Year Three

The book is the best magic book I've read.

He was totally wrong about Tommy Wonder.

Both things can be true.
by Jack Shalom
January 30th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Gazzo's final loading sequence > 2:40 to 4:45. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxy8A2Yg75c What do you think? Thre's a difference between what Gazzo does and what a magician does. Gazzo's aim is to get the money, not to make magic. That may mean that absolutely "fooling" the audience is n...

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