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by MagicbyAlfred
March 8th, 2021, 8:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 691

Re: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards

I like Paco's thinking and his plot. I think the use of "pygmies" as the food, in the paradigm of today's society, could be interpreted as racist. But, hey, use whatever patter you like. My girlfriend has a saying that has always resonated with me: "Everybody gets to do what they want...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 7th, 2021, 1:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 691

Re: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards

On Ammar's routine, he specifically refers to the cannibals' favorite food as being pygmies. Missionaries is better, and commonly used, but I think that might rub some people the wrong way too. I still like big game hunters as the food for the cannibals. I don't know of anyone else using that patter...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 6th, 2021, 1:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 691

Re: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards

Tamariz's version is also on his "Lessons in Magic" videos, I believe. That's right, and its available as a download (along with 3 other routines contained in "part 2") for only 15 bucks! What a deal! https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/card-magic-downloads/lessons-in-magic-downlo...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 6th, 2021, 11:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 691

Re: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards

That's a great lesson in why you should NEVER hold a break at the inner end with your right thumb. Use the Verdnase break instead. Absolutely! BTW, Now watching the routine again with a fresh eye, years later, I will say that I am not fond of Michael's patter concerning the Cannibals' favorite food...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 6th, 2021, 11:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 691

Re: Tamariz's Cannibal Cards

That was great fun to watch, but I sure wish I knew Spanish so I could also enjoy the story. I love his energy and interaction with his audience. Thanks for posting this video. Hi Chet, It is truly difficult to conceive of a more diametric opposite to Juan Tamariz than Michael Ammar. Nevertheless, ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 5th, 2021, 5:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?
Replies: 35
Views: 1569

Re: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?

I have found that most monkeys (at least the ones I have known) are far better Shakespearian actors than writers. Especially in the more dramatic and passionate roles - they go absolutely bananas!
by MagicbyAlfred
March 4th, 2021, 8:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Sol Stone
Replies: 6
Views: 665

Re: R.I.P. Sol Stone

Very sad news. But if he was suffering, it may have been a blessing in a way - especially passing peacefully in his sleep. And he did have an extraordinarily long life on this plane. Hopefully he's sessioning with Roth in the next...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 1st, 2021, 2:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Danger With inpromptu Magic is The Performer Won't Know When To Stop
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: The Danger With inpromptu Magic is The Performer Won't Know When To Stop

Just a postscript to my prior post: Oftentimes, I will just ask them to name any card in the deck in lieu of having them touch a face up card. This brings it even further away from any resemblance to the "pick-a-card" syndrome. When they name the card, I mention that I feel they may have a...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 1st, 2021, 10:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Danger With inpromptu Magic is The Performer Won't Know When To Stop
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: The Danger With inpromptu Magic is The Performer Won't Know When To Stop

In my personal opinion, in a social situation, with family, friends or new acquaintees, the most desirable situation is for them to ask me to do some magic. That way, I know they will be receptive and they tend to appreciate and value what I have to offer more than if I am the initiator. The excepti...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 9th, 2021, 3:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Whiskey playing cards
Replies: 1
Views: 183

Re: Whiskey playing cards

The cards are beautiful - the card handling even more so...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 3rd, 2021, 7:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 2872

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

So, to perform the Gun Trick, you tilt the outjogged part of the telescoped deck to the RIGHT (not the left, as Krenzel states in the book). This gives it the proper gun shape when held in the left hand. The outer telescoped half should not be interlaced too much with the deck. Only a quarter inch....
by MagicbyAlfred
February 3rd, 2021, 5:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?

Like Tom Frame, I'm going to go with Shuffle-Bored. This is one of the hardest hitting card routines I've ever performed, based on both laymen and magician reactions. I, myself, was floored by it a few years back, when a magician from out of town came into the bar and did it. He told me it was a Sim...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 1st, 2021, 7:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?

Yup, and undoubtedly dreaming about card tricks...

(and that kiss).
by MagicbyAlfred
January 31st, 2021, 4:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sawing In Half Never Gets Old - NY Times
Replies: 6
Views: 594

Re: Sawing In Half Never Gets Old - NY Times

i once sawed a lady in half - now she lives in Los Angeles and New York.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 31st, 2021, 8:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sawing In Half Never Gets Old - NY Times
Replies: 6
Views: 594

Re: Sawing In Half Never Gets Old - NY Times

The stage name of the magician who is widely (but not undisputably) credited with inventing the Sawing in Half Illusion was, of course, P T Selbit. But did you know that this name was an anagram? Well, minus one letter. His birth name was Percy Thomas Tibbles.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 30th, 2021, 8:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 2872

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

Wow, that's far beyond the comparatively simplistic way I've done the trick. I'm going to give it a try and see if I can pull it off using Richard's very clear description...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 30th, 2021, 12:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 2872

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

This discussion has jogged my memory (not sure whether an in-jog or out-jog, though). I learned the Gun Trick from a Frank Garcia video (probably VHS format) I had purchased in the early 90's. Of course, he did not credit Krenzel. He had the spectator cut to the 4 aces and then went into the trick, ...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 30th, 2021, 5:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 2872

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

PS In regard to the Gymnastic Aces (again, if it's the effect I'm thinking of), I misspoke; there needn't necessarily be a perfect Faro of the top 8 cards, but only of the 8 cards at the point in the deck where cards are interlaced with the aces.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 30th, 2021, 4:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 2872

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

Alfred, do you know Krenzel's Gun Trick or LePaul's Gymnastic Aces? Both very commercial effects. I used them for people for years. Ah yes, Richard, I overlooked these in my comment. Ironically, I used to perform both effects years ago. They certainly are commercial, and I should start doing them a...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 29th, 2021, 6:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 2872

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

The only trick I've ever seen using a Faro Shuffle that's truly commercial (and thus appealing to laymen) is Gertner's Unshuffled. But the Faro is a very cool flourish and impressive to laymen, whether perfect or not (that is, if it's not overdone, which it all too often is). Of course, if your thin...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 28th, 2021, 9:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Impromptu Coin Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Re: Impromptu Coin Magic

Here are some of my favorite impromptu tricks using ordinary coins. Some require a table; others don’t: No Table Required : 1. The Complete Vanish of a quarter that a spectator places into my hand, and which the hand slowly and unmistakably closes upon. (To the best of my knowledge, I came up with t...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 27th, 2021, 7:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Impromptu Coin Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Re: Impromptu Coin Magic

Most routines done with ungimmicked coins can be done with borrowed quarters. There are many routines like this in Rubinstein Coin Magic. Here are a few routines that I recently recorded that (although done with half dollars here) can be performed with borrowed coins. https://youtu.be/Zzmik83QFHE h...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 27th, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Impromptu Coin Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Re: Impromptu Coin Magic

Tom Gilbert wrote:Tenkai Pennies.


It is very deceptive. I wish I could back-palm a coin, but I couldn't to save my life.

Here is the incomparable Daryl's presentation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aKoZfnsRcg
by MagicbyAlfred
January 27th, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Impromptu Coin Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Re: Impromptu Coin Magic

Flame bait: The purest magic effect possible is the vanish of a single coin. I think there is really something to that. Also, among the most impressive to a lay person -- especially a complete vanish. And I believe it is because many people, if not most, primarily associate magic with making someth...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 26th, 2021, 10:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Impromptu Coin Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Impromptu Coin Magic

Based on the years I've been a member of this esteemed forum, my sense (well, what little I have) is that card magic is the most popular branch of close-up magic with the members here. Of course, I'm speaking in generalities, because while there are there those of us who perform predominantly, or al...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 25th, 2021, 11:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 15
Views: 1921

Re: It's Contest time again!

Gosh Paco, Thanks! You've got me blushing more than the back of a card in Red Hot Mama!

And yes, ha ha, you are right about that milk!
by MagicbyAlfred
January 24th, 2021, 8:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 15
Views: 1921

Re: It's Contest time again!

Zig Zagger,

You are thoughtful and kind! Thank you!

I am happy you enjoyed reading the stories
by MagicbyAlfred
January 23rd, 2021, 10:12 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 82
Views: 4612

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I noticed that in phase 1 on the video, the name of the hole card is audibly announced by the magician before the machine makes its revelation of that card. I was curious as to whether it was necessary to do it that way, since it might raise suspicion that the machine was audibly cued as to the car...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 23rd, 2021, 8:51 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 82
Views: 4612

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I noticed that in phase 1 on the video, the name of the hole card is audibly announced by the magician before the machine makes its revelation of that card. I was curious as to whether it was necessary to do it that way, since it might raise suspicion that the machine was audibly cued as to the card...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 22nd, 2021, 9:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Mark Wilson
Replies: 13
Views: 1186

Re: RIP Mark Wilson

PS On second thought, as the cobwebs begin to clear away from my memory banks, I believe "You must Have Been Drinking" was actually created by Jerry Somerdin , not Nick Frost (no buckle counting in the handling). It was a commercially marketed packet trick that I purchased in the early 90'...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 22nd, 2021, 6:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Mark Wilson
Replies: 13
Views: 1186

Re: RIP Mark Wilson

I met Larry Jennings that night, and mustered up the courage to do a trick for him at the bar. It's an old packet trick called "You must Have Been Drinking." I doubt it fooled him, but he said he liked it and that he’d never seen it. I love that trick, and still perform it to this day. Th...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 22nd, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Mark Wilson
Replies: 13
Views: 1186

Re: RIP Mark Wilson

...I receive my junior membership card in the mail from the Magic Castle personally signed by Mark Wilson. I was lucky to be around the Castle when wizards roamed the halls. Everything about their persona imbued the magical. Mark Wilson was one of those figures, along with Billy McComb. The same gl...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 22nd, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Mark Wilson
Replies: 13
Views: 1186

Re: RIP Mark Wilson

An irreplaceable loss to our community! Deepest sympathies to Mark's loved ones. I just recently picked up another copy of his complete course to replace the one I'd given away to a young aspiring magician years ago. A tremendously valuable resource. Bev Bergeron Siegfried, George Goebel, Joe Porper...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 21st, 2021, 8:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 41
Views: 5207

Re: RIP David Roth

Who knew that what catapulted Roth into magic was that when he was about 10 years old, a friend of his dad's pulled a coin out of his ear? He said it had a "tremendous effect" on him. Here's a short but sweet interview with David: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKyfp-ZS1mk I don't think I...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 21st, 2021, 4:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 41
Views: 5207

Re: RIP David Roth

I actually thought that Letterman was funny in that segment. Although I understand what you are saying Alfred and do agree to some extent, I can imagine how annoying it would be if I was on national television and the host was interfering with my performance. No doubt about it, I.M. When a host cro...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 21st, 2021, 2:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 41
Views: 5207

Re: RIP David Roth

As immaculate as David was in his technique, the reality is that his performing style was very deliberate and expository, and the patter very descriptive and explanatory. So, while not necessarily a justification for the antics of Letterman and Klein (because it can be taken too far and become a dis...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 21st, 2021, 11:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 41
Views: 5207

Re: RIP David Roth

Roth is to coin magic what Vernon, Marlo and Bill Malone are to card magic. I learned my basic coin sleights by studying David back in the early and mid-nineties. My most valuable takeaway was the importance of mastering the fundamentals (still a work in progress, ha ha). It's amazing what you can d...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 18th, 2021, 9:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Joe Porper
Replies: 4
Views: 881

Re: RIP Joe Porper

Very saddened to hear of this!

This beautiful portrait of Joe is guaranteed to move you and touch your heart:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSqo47rP0UI
by MagicbyAlfred
January 17th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 41
Views: 5207

Re: RIP David Roth

I am now praying that someone loving takes ownership and excellent care of his cat Neppi. If I could adopt Neppi, I surely would but circumstances do not allow for that to happen unfortunately. That is a kind sentiment, I.M. Cats are the cat's meow! And great news, Michael, your post must have done...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 17th, 2021, 11:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 15
Views: 1921

Re: It's Contest time again!

Thank YOU, Jack!

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