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by Jack Shalom
September 15th, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 422

Re: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?

Wow. And it doubles as a Zig-Zag?
by Jack Shalom
September 15th, 2020, 9:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now
Replies: 18
Views: 1408

Re: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now

Server seems slow--far slower than the Genii forum. I can't get to the site.
by Jack Shalom
September 14th, 2020, 11:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kozak
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: Kozak

Steve Spill did an amazing job with this.
by Jack Shalom
September 14th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Craig Petty is Back
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Craig Petty is Back

But no one mentioned the best part--his 8 year old son Ryland, who is wonderful. He does memdeck stuff!
by Jack Shalom
September 12th, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bud Abbott
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Bud Abbott

by Jack Shalom
September 9th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

I attended a lecture by Harry at TAOM in 2013 on the same topic. Most of what was in the notes above match my fairly indecipherable at this point notes. But I see that I also have a note which says, "The audience can't lose. They can't be foolish. It's a little game with winners or losers. They...
by Jack Shalom
September 6th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 877

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

Here's the title of a book I owned that fascinated me that's probably still sitting at the bottom of some cardboard box in some abandoned NYC apartment that used to be rented out to college students back in the 70s: https://www.amazon.com/Direction-Time-Dover-Books-Physics/dp/0486409260/ref=sr_1_3?d...
by Jack Shalom
September 6th, 2020, 4:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 93
Views: 16477

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

How many people have you murdered lately, Joe, despite feeling murderously angry?

I suspect zero, although almost everyone gets murderously angry at times.

I have a feeling there are many, many social norms you do not rebel against. It's a nonsense designation.
by Jack Shalom
September 5th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4254

Re: Multum im Parvo

Charming June McComb--Billy's wife--performing Multum im Parvo among other effects in her nightclub act:

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/girl-magician/
by Jack Shalom
September 2nd, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Event
Replies: 42
Views: 3292

Re: New David Blaine Event

For me, it was one of the most thrilling things I've seen. Kept me glued for 3 hours. That amazes me more than Blaine's actual stunt. After the amazing bit of red bull sponsored derring do eight years(!) ago (supersonic freefall) can't say I found much thrill or magic value in whatever Blaine was d...
by Jack Shalom
September 2nd, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Event
Replies: 42
Views: 3292

Re: New David Blaine Event

For me, it was one of the most thrilling things I've seen. Kept me glued for 3 hours.
by Jack Shalom
September 1st, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interupption of Service on Monday August 31
Replies: 13
Views: 997

Re: Interruption of Service on Monday August 31

Ted M wrote:The Erdnase thread is a good piece of test data.

Even its oldest and newest pages, 17 years apart, contain blank posts.

Some posts by a given author are blank, while others by the same author are fine.


And those were precisely the posts that revealed the true identity of Erdnase. Coincidence...?
by Jack Shalom
August 25th, 2020, 1:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Watch The Magic Castle Awards Show For Free
Replies: 18
Views: 1385

Re: Watch The Magic Castle Awards Show For Free

That was fun. Well done, all involved.
by Jack Shalom
August 23rd, 2020, 10:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What happened to Black Fox Magic and Trading Company?
Replies: 24
Views: 7061

Re: What happened to Black Fox Magic and Trading Company?

Thanks for the clarification, Alfred.
by Jack Shalom
August 23rd, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What happened to Black Fox Magic and Trading Company?
Replies: 24
Views: 7061

Re: What happened to Black Fox Magic and Trading Company?

I wonder if this is the same James Clark that used to sign his posts at the Magic Cafe as

James Clark, MBA
President, Blacks Magic Group, Inc.
by Jack Shalom
August 23rd, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Black Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 277

Black Magic

Black Magic 1949 starring Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Raymond Burr based on Dumas' Cagliostro

The full movie here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozo21CPuBEc

I'd never heard of it before.
by Jack Shalom
August 21st, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 20
Views: 685

Re: Survey on magic principles

Tom (Stone), with all due respect, the average magician does equivoque poorly.
by Jack Shalom
August 21st, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 20
Views: 685

Re: Survey on magic principles

A suggestion to improve the survey: include a comments section. Equivoque is an art that includes many subtleties, not just a series of binary decisions. The variables being looked at are not necessarily the most important ones in persuading a spectator that the choice was fair. Because of that, whi...
by Jack Shalom
August 19th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dove Pan Card Tricks
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: Dove Pan Card Tricks

The Piano Card Trick. You've got to get the scripting right, and if you do, it's very deceptive and impressive to an audience.

And of course Poker Players Picnic.

And most Ambitious Card phases.
by Jack Shalom
August 17th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney's Magic Camp
Replies: 20
Views: 1293

Re: Disney's Magic Camp

Hmm.. not really "cancel culture," as I understand the term. More like repercussions of the MeToo movement. "Cancel Culture" generally refers more to freedom of speech issues--"I don't like what person X professes, therefore I will not support the invitation of X to speak at...
by Jack Shalom
August 17th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 16
Views: 6364

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

How do people determine the authenticity of such silhouettes?

I have one I bought years ago, touted as Vernon's, but I have no idea if it's authentic or not.
by Jack Shalom
August 14th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: In Prison, Learning Magic by Mail
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: In Prison, Learning Magic by Mail

Great article. Thank you.
by Jack Shalom
August 13th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: out of this world handling
Replies: 10
Views: 677

Re: out of this world handling

I don't think there's much original about this: the two main strategies he uses, I've certainly seen before. Perhaps that particular combination of the two strategies is original, but I would be surprised if it were.
by Jack Shalom
August 12th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 5036

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

1. Performance theory informs performance, and feedback from the next performance then informs a new performance theory. 2. The performer has a theory of performance whether s/he acknowledges it or not. 3. It's easy to get stuck on one side of the Performance/Theory equation looking for answers when...
by Jack Shalom
August 12th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Little Egypt Magic at 25
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: Little Egypt Magic at 25

Congratulations, Steve.
by Jack Shalom
August 12th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 5036

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

Mamet tells us that Drama is wanting something and not being able to get it. How would you put this into play in magic? Magician wants something, magic helps him get it. Magician wants something, magic keeps him from getting it. Spectator wants something, magician or magic helps him get it. Spectat...
by Jack Shalom
August 11th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney's Magic Camp
Replies: 20
Views: 1293

Re: Disney's Magic Camp

Harmless fun. Evidently one of the drafts of the script was written by Steve Martin.
by Jack Shalom
August 3rd, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic at wakes?
Replies: 8
Views: 1057

Re: Magic at wakes?

There was a guy who worked at Tannen's who once told me he had done funerals. I think he was serious.
by Jack Shalom
July 31st, 2020, 8:17 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1357

Re: "Primes"

Rather than thinking of ways in which you can criticise the methodology, think about how to use these findings to create new effects. If it’s possible to prime the 3 of Diamonds what other primes could be used for other cards, or concepts? The force was only successful 20% of the times, but it migh...
by Jack Shalom
July 31st, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1357

Re: "Primes"

I recommend you read the paper again. In the results section we clearly state that "Next, we examined whether the force relied on real social interaction (Figure 2). Contrary to our prediction, participants did not choose the target cards significantly more often during the live performance co...
by Jack Shalom
July 31st, 2020, 1:13 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1357

Re: "Primes"

I’m not aware of any published data on Derren Brown force and I would be very grateful if you could let me know where I can find a report on the force. With regards to the blanked criticisms, I wonder whether you have actually read the scientific paper. In the paper we report much more than simply ...
by Jack Shalom
July 29th, 2020, 9:48 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1357

Re: "Primes"

If the object of the study was to see if it can be done, we already had proof of that since at least 2002. The way the experiment was designed, all it told it was about the ability of a particular person, Alice Pailhès, to influence some people. What possible generalizations could be made that could...
by Jack Shalom
July 29th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1357

Re: "Primes"

I see Max didn't even deign to call it an "experiment."
Really poorly designed with meaningless conclusions. And for what purposes...? She hints at it...for better false interrogations.
by Jack Shalom
July 29th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 8837

Re: Fool US

Jack, I am trying to understand the counter-argument. Are you saying that because knowledgeable magicians are often fooled, that is a sound argument justifying exposure to millions of laymen? There is an argument that exposing a sleight like the French Drop introduces the whole idea of false transf...
by Jack Shalom
July 27th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 8837

Re: Fool US

The counter-argument is this: knowledgeable magicians, even P&T, are fooled all the time. Discuss.
by Jack Shalom
July 21st, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spell to ANY named card--Mnemonica edition
Replies: 4
Views: 609

Spell to ANY named card--Mnemonica edition

Okay, people have asked for this, so here it is. I think the spells work out even better for Mnemonica than for Aronson. They name any card and, with a little coaching, they spell to it.

https://jackshalom.net/2020/07/21/remem ... ards-past/
by Jack Shalom
July 21st, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin
Replies: 24
Views: 957

Re: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin

Bill, thanks, but Step 6 is not clear to me. Did you mean, "Look at your palm up right hand"?
by Jack Shalom
July 19th, 2020, 10:23 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4254

Re: Multum im Parvo

I remember this effect from the magic catalogues. Does the effect go from big to small, or small to big? Or neither?
by Jack Shalom
July 19th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Origins of the Through the Fist Flourish?
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: Origins of the Through the Fist Flourish?

I think it's more deceptive when it's done legitimately at first, to implicitly "prove" the move's turnover function to the audience, and then later illegitimately to put the performer's knowledge of the true condition of the packet ahead of the audience's.

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