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by MagicbyAlfred
July 3rd, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Tom Blue
Replies: 3
Views: 476

Re: RIP Tom Blue

I disagreed with the Vietnam War, but have never questioned the courage and patriotism of those who have served in the armed forces and who risked (and, in so many cases, gave) their lives for what they believed was a greater good. As another 4th of July (America's Independence Day) dawns, it is a t...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 3rd, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Brad Jacobs RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: Brad Jacobs RIP

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Jacobs! I had no idea who he was until I watched this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20YUxmWmYG8 Now I do. And I feel a sense of loss. Clearly a gentleman who loved and dedicated himself, heart and soul, to magic and magicians. He deserves our a...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 29th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 3159

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Richard Kaufman wrote:Is this really what this conversation has devolved into?


I would think it is far better and more interesting than talking trash about magic publications, especially since the vast majority of them are exceedingly well done - present company included.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 29th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 3159

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Although Merriam and Webster are not members of this esteemed Forum, and probably could not do a convincing double lift or top change, I'm sure the consensus would be that they know a bit of something of words and their etymology. Here is their multi-faceted definition of the word, "decimate.&q...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 28th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Remembering Louis Falanga
Replies: 13
Views: 1143

Re: Remembering Louis Falanga

You are most welcome, Jim, and it was thoughtful of you to give David Acer that credit. (Thinking back now, I believe you did so on the video, as well). But your performance sold me, and if I am not mistaken (it's been eons since I've watched the video) I picked up a cool control you did in conjunct...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 28th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Remembering Louis Falanga
Replies: 13
Views: 1143

Re: Remembering Louis Falanga

Heartfelt condolences to Louis's family and friends - I was saddened to read this. Jim, thank you for sharing that wonderful tribute and bio. BTW, I have done a lot of restaurant magic over the years, and you have helped me greatly. To this day I still frequently perform a fabulous card trick of you...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 27th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Was Houdini aware of the Centre Tear?
Replies: 8
Views: 501

Re: Was Houdini aware of the Centre Tear?

I don't know of any direct evidence that would prove beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law that Houdini knew of the center tear (e.g. any indication in his writings espousing such knowledge, or of any eyewitness testimony, such as X claiming, "I saw Houdini perform a feat using the center...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 26th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 25
Views: 1608

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

Paco, I admire your graciousness and open-mindedness, two valuable traits for a magician. Yes, the admonition, "Don't make unimportant things important" is -- well -- important. According to Jamy Ian Swiss, in his insightful and thought-provoking book, Devious Standards (Hermetic Press), t...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 25th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 25
Views: 1608

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

I think that we, as magicians, oftentimes feel a need to provide a justification for certain actions or procedures when none is needed. I believe that a justification is necessary only when the person(s) to whom it is provided would entertain a suspicion or question what takes place absent the justi...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 24th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Retirement lecture Free Watch online Anytime
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: The Retirement lecture Free Watch online Anytime

Thank you, Tom!
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 25
Views: 1608

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

One of my favorite card tricks has long been "A Poker Player's Picnic." I learned it from the RRTCM, but typically, it is uncredited therein. To the best of my knowledge, it was created by Steven Belchou. I always got very good to excellent reactions with it. But I did not get super phenom...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 22nd, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 25
Views: 1608

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

Jack Shalom: I really enjoyed your post. Superb points and eloquently stated.

Three very important words come to mind: psychology, psychology, psychology!
by MagicbyAlfred
June 22nd, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 25
Views: 1608

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

I highly recommend David Ben's Penguin Live lecture where you will learn more about excellence in magic than discussing it here. https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8486 I highly recommend reading and listening to everyone's point of view - especially NON-magicians - if one wishes to improve as a magica...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 22nd, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 25
Views: 1608

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

Dave's interesting story of the photo and newspaper reminded me of an important aspect of my own anecdote I had forgotten to mention. Another point my girlfriend made was that although she had no idea of the method I used for the force, people would be likely to deduce the "predicted" card...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 21st, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 25
Views: 1608

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

If I may humbly say so, I believe this thread and the various sources cited within it, highlight an important issue relevant to anyone, whether amateur or professional, who performs magic, of any kind, for people. I think we as magicians (well, speaking for myself, at least) tend sometimes to be lik...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 16th, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dover Books on Magic
Replies: 17
Views: 8751

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Nooooooooooooooooo! No worries, Ted, in all likelihood they will survive. It's a Chapter 11 reorganization and restructuring, as opposed to a belly-up Chapter 13 complete (go-out-of-business) bankruptcy. Under the Chapter 11 scenario, debts to creditors are paid or partially repaid, on a manageable...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 16th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 3159

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

If a writer wishes others to read and appreciate their written work then they owe it to themselves, and their readership, to ensure, at the very least , that it is free of typographical errors. This applies to all published works of course, more so when it comes to those magic books which cost seve...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 16th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

Derren Brown Fast Company Interview https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CxFsQN1swpM This was a fascinating interview, thanks for posting it. It is often hard to avoid labels or the habit of using them, but it seems clear from the interview that Derren uses both magic and mentalism in his shows. This blen...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 15th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?

Joe Wrote : "Also - is it safe to store flash paper in the house? Or is it one of those things that you need to constantly keep an eye on? Or can you put it in a box and forget about it?" WARNING Flash paper is what is nowadays known as nitrocellulose. Normal cellulose is similar to cotto...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 15th, 2020, 3:14 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

Paco, I agree 100%. Clarity of effect and the avoidance of confusion or ambiguity are of paramount importance. This is where the patter/scripting, the ability to communicate effectively, and the setting of the conditions, all work hand in hand to frame the effect. In addition to the fact that learni...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 14th, 2020, 10:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?

Richard is probably right about the tin instead of the aluminum - metallurgy is clearly not my thing. I better stick to quantum physics. Note that the slide in the photo on the site I sent the link to is face down in the photo, so you cannot see the slide itself. That little piece (sort of a hook) y...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 14th, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?

Joe, the coin slides typically are included with the old trick where a marked coin is found in a little cloth or vinyl bag sealed with a rubber band, which, in turn was inside a closed match box sealed with rubber bands, which in turn was inside a bigger match box sealed with rubber bands. It is ess...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 14th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

This has been a thought-provoking thread for me. (No pun intended). As I think about the various posts and the issue of what my relationship to the spectator will be in mental effects, the distinction between exerting influence and/or control over a spectator's mind, perceptions, emotions, or behavi...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 13th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

What you are describing is “the Derren Brown style” - from the beginning his shows have been based on the premise that he’s making you do stuff rather than just passively reading minds. Every mentalist out of Europe in the past 20 years has followed this style that he popularised. And from what I u...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 13th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

If someone says, "Tell me what I'm thinking right now," here are a few of the lines I have used with success: 1. "I KNEW you were going to ask me that question." 2. (Place hand to forehead, close eyes, and pretending to concentrate) "Woah! I think we'd better keep that our ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 13th, 2020, 1:11 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

i should have given these credits in my previous post: "Gemini Twins" - Karl Fulves, More Self Working Card Tricks 1984, p. 1. According to Conjuring Credits, the placement system used in this trick originally appeared as “Stopped Twice” in Fulves' Impromptu Opener, 1979, p. 2, and may hav...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 12th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

You are very welcome Paco! Your Book, The Passion of an Amateur Card Magician , has been very helpful to me , as well. If someone says, "Tell me what I'm thinking right now," here are a few of the lines I have used with success: 1. "I KNEW you were going to ask me that question."...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 12th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

Here is an example of what I am talking about: The Invisible Deck. Rather than setting up the effect as showcasing my amazing powers of prediction or premonition, I like to present it, as noted above, as a test of their abilities. So I tell them I am act going to send the image of a playing card to...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 11th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

Paco, You raise an intriguing issue. My own understanding of mentalism is that it his very broad and can include any type of extra-sensory perception (ESP?), such as mind reading, mental telepathy (sending or transmitting a thought to another), predicting the future, and yes, as you suggest, exertin...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 10th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Juan Tamariz's Flamenco by Hermetic Press
Replies: 7
Views: 3034

Re: Juan Tamariz's Flamenco by Hermetic Press

Juan is obviously an extraordinarily deep thinker. I would imagine that, like a fine wine, his thoughts become even more refined and improve vastly with age.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 9th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Happenings in Arizona - Past & Present
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: Magic Happenings in Arizona - Past & Present

I am really saddened to hear of the closing of Wacky Zacks. Every time I see or hear of a brick and mortar magic shop closing, I feel like I've lost a part of my soul. It all started for me at age 6 in Brooklyn when I went to my first magic store (as I've mentioned more than once, so please forgive ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 7th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Happenings in Arizona - Past & Present
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: Magic Happenings in Arizona - Past & Present

You are most welcome, Christopher. Here's something else, as well, the Bert Early/Danny Dew IBM Ring in Phoenix (Ring 55). You may already have known of it, but in any event, here's the link:

http://ring55.org
by MagicbyAlfred
June 7th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Happenings in Arizona - Past & Present
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: Magic Happenings in Arizona - Past & Present

Christopher, I have not lived in Arizona, only passed through a couple times, so I cannot give you any first-hand info. You may already be aware of the following, but in case not: There's a brick and mortar magic shop (an endangered species) in Glendale (about 9-10 miles from Phoenix), called Wacky ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 5th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 61
Views: 13322

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

Very thought-provoking post! Happy to hear Richard and Diego and families are OK. That had to be a scary or at least quite an unsettling experience! If I felt I needed to leave my home quickly with little, if any, time to pack up anything, I would probably take the things that are always on my menta...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 4th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card stacking
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: Card stacking

Next time somebody asks what to do with old decks, instead of giving the usual "Mercury fold!" and "T&R practice!" responses, you can point them here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/cardstacking-pro-explains-how-he-turns-simple-playing-cards-into-masterpie...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 3rd, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3143

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Yes, Jack, that ploy definitely makes a lot of sense in the context of the Hamman-like display for Wild Card. It is very often a great subtlety, or you could say a diabolical form of misdirection, to prove something indirectly by doing a maneuver that is completely unrelated to that which you wish t...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 3rd, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How will magic change after COVID?
Replies: 33
Views: 1926

Re: How will magic change after COVID?

Bill Mullins wrote:
Steve Mills wrote:This crowd is so predictable.


I knew you would say that . . .


Clearly, Bill has a predilection for wit.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 2nd, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3143

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

I know this is straying away from the core topic of this thread, but what the hey, it's magic. So while we're on the topic, as you may already be aware, Jonathan, a third sibling in this family of artifices, is to swing cut small packets, each time turning the wrist to show the underside (i.e. the s...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 2nd, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3143

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Aside from the overhand vs side grip, how do you distinguish the "Hindu" shuffle display (say from Royal Road to Card Magic 1948 - look at the second trick in the section) from the Flushtration count? They clearly do bear some similarities, and both are based on creating an illusion of &q...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 2nd, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3143

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Bill Mullins Wrote : "Kuhn, at least, is plugged into the magic community sufficiently that he should know about Magicpedia, which is where I found the references to Houghton and Hamman (and it took only 30 seconds or so to do so)." Absolutely. In fact, it would have been even easier than...

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