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by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2018, 7:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 35
Views: 573

Re: You Tube exposure.

"...you have all seriously weakened it by not seeming to particularly care."

Not all, my good friend.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2018, 5:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 35
Views: 573

Re: You Tube exposure.

Um...excuse me...but has anyone taken a moment out of their busy arguing schedule to take a looksee at that link I placed above with a very delightful magic performance for that wonderful doggie yet? Anyone? It will warm the cockles of your heart... :D Yes, it's fabulous! Beautiful animal! And it d...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2018, 1:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 35
Views: 573

Re: You Tube exposure.

YouTube’s entire business is driving people to their website to watch the adverts that surround the videos they host; that is their reason for existing. The CEO has a legal obligation to promote and encourage the business’s actual business - ie it is her job to do anything she can (legally) to get ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 35
Views: 573

Re: You Tube exposure.

I congratulate Performer on his efforts and his sincere and passionate desire to do something about this issue. Very well-written letter, by the way! The exposure of secrets on YouTube is not the same as the posting of handyman and plumber and other such videos. No comparison at all. Magic stands as...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 21st, 2018, 10:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review

Tommy Wonder is one of the most brilliant magical performers I have ever seen. He had so much charm and charisma, which is a gift he used to great advantage. His knowledge of psychology, timing and misdirection, disarming manner and use of clever lines, combined with his fantastic ability to constru...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 20th, 2018, 8:00 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics
Replies: 7
Views: 412

Re: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics

It is readily apparent, from just the photos, that these are beautifully crafted works of art.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 17th, 2018, 9:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legend of Max Malini
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Re: The Legend of Max Malini

Thanks Mahdi - short but sweet - and inspiring.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 17th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?
Replies: 15
Views: 694

Re: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?

Brad Wrote : "second, don’t leave holes in your magic that force the audience to fill them in themselves. Ask yourself ‘how’ did this amazing thing allegedly occur? If the audience is clear on the power or reason the card changed from the point of view of the dramatic fiction (ie he snapped hi...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 17th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?
Replies: 15
Views: 694

Re: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?

Ralph, The most difficult part of being a performer is learning how to present the tricks. I am not talking about the mechanics, the moves, or sleight of hand (although that is obviously important) but the showmanship . so the path to becoming a great performer involves understanding how to captivat...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 13th, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't try this trick at home...
Replies: 3
Views: 430

Re: Don't try this trick at home...

Interesting to see if there is a lawsuit that comes on the heels of this. According to the article, "...the YouTube video that inspired him was labeled as a harmless magic trick..." I wonder what the next videos featuring "harmless magic tricks" will be? Bullet catch? Russian Rou...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 12th, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2390

Re: The Svengali Deck

He was, indeed, quite pleasant to watch. I daresay a totally unique, one-of-a-kind, inimitable performing style. And an encyclopedic knowledge of sleights, moves and tricks - and not just cards... He is greatly missed.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 11th, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2390

Re: The Svengali Deck

Performer Wrote : "Magicians don't realise the amount of sleight of hand that is at work with the svengali deck. They just underestimate the deck thinking it is just some silly trick deck of cards." If those magicians took the time to master the handling (the right handling as Performer d...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 9th, 2018, 11:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2390

Re: The Svengali Deck

I would guess the bit that gets the strongest reaction is the cutting sequence into multiple piles where the spectator is asked on top of which pile would they like the featured card to be, and it turns out to be all the piles.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 9th, 2018, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2390

Re: The Svengali Deck

Fascinating discussion.

I defer to Performer on all things "Svengali."

I will say, however, that it has been many a decade since the high profile "T.V. Magic" Cards, and like so many things in life, eventually the old becomes new again.
by MagicbyAlfred
April 17th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 21
Views: 2977

Re: Harry Anderson

I was saddened to hear this news. And only 65 years young. A great loss to the magic community and all the laymen who were yet to be entertained by this unique and engaging performer. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
by MagicbyAlfred
April 11th, 2018, 8:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin's Rising Cards
Replies: 2
Views: 308

Re: Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin's Rising Cards

Joe Mckay wrote:Quick question.

Was the effect or method ever published?


See Robert-Houdin, Les Secrets, p. 241 (invented by Professor Alberti)

See also Hugard, Expert Card Technique, p. 207, "The Mesmerized Cards" (Charlie Miller handling)
by MagicbyAlfred
April 10th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 905

Re: Public Service Announcement

You know, this has all got me to thinking that - gosh - maybe there is a good use for that whoopee cushion that's been relegated to the magical junk drawer for so many years...

But then again, with my luck, it would turn out to be the real IRS calling.
by MagicbyAlfred
April 10th, 2018, 5:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 905

Re: Public Service Announcement

Bob Wrote: "Usually they hang up before I get to the part about putting their hands up."

How rude of them! Some people just have no common courtesy.
by MagicbyAlfred
April 6th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 30
Views: 1880

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

Mahdi, there is a whole international community of custom card collectors, that is growing by the day. Some of them are magicians, others are cardists; some are both; and some are neither. In any event, I would think these collectors and connoisseurs of the art of fine playing cards are likely to ap...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 6th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 15199

Re: New John Thompson Book

John M. Dale wrote: "I'm not familiar with mule tipping..."

Well, from what I understand, it is highly encouraged. Once the mules have worked so hard to deliver such hefty volumes, stiffing them could be a real kick in (or, worse yet, by) the a _ s.
by MagicbyAlfred
April 5th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Harry Lorayne's Jaw Droppers Lecture
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Re: Review: Harry Lorayne's Jaw Droppers Lecture

Harry has candidly shared that he never once heard, in his childhood, the words, "I love you." That is so sad. The reality is that, in this life, people, even some we thought we were very close to, and to whom we gave of ourselves, will hurt us and let us down. So, I have learned that we m...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 5th, 2018, 5:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 30
Views: 1880

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

As i mentioned on the thread where Mahdi demonstrated his creative overhand shuffling technique, IMO, these are beautiful cards, and I sincerely hope the project gets the support it needs.
by MagicbyAlfred
April 1st, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research
Replies: 8
Views: 922

Re: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research

Be advised: the window pane acid is bad. I repeat, the window pane acid is bad. Gosh, Bob, i sure wish you would have said something sooner. Is this your idea of an April Fool's gag? BTW, the headline post here today looks suspiciously like one from December 21, 2013 re Villesville. As the great Yo...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 31st, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

No matter where the spectator, it is always a good motivation to return the card face-down onto the deck in order to "free" your other hand, so you can gesture at your spectator with your flat, now empty hand and ask him to hold out his hand accordingly. Then thumb off the top card onto h...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 31st, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Do you have any feelings about how to strengthen conviction and/or dispel suspicion, when a double lift or turnover is done. One way to strengthen conviction is to utilize an offset replacement technique, the most elegant of these being the one devised by Vernon. The Vernon method is used with a do...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 31st, 2018, 5:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Bill D and Zigzagger. Your posts make a lot of sense, and contain precisely the type of thinking and resourcefulness I was hoping this thread would evoke.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 30th, 2018, 11:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Just to clarify my thinking on this, I do think that the double lift and turnover is an exceedingly important and powerful tool - depending on when it is used, and also how often it is employed when performing for the same spectators. I think that the best way to avoid diminishing conviction, arousi...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 30th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

But they are watching carefully, without needing any invitation to do so. Thanks to exposers on television, YouTube and Google, what once flew by without suspicion is now a widely known quantity - including, but not limited to, the double lift.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 30th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Performer, my good friend, I have no reason whatsoever to doubt what you have said. However, many modern routines I have seen involve turning a card (really a double) face up and then (apparently) placing said "card" in the spectator's hand. In such a situation I don't believe there is a r...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 30th, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Magic is not logic. I believe that might be Vernon. The Double Turnover was invented by Arthur Findley. If it was good enough for Vernon, it's good enough for me. But I do a dozen different turnovers and lifts. Change them all the time. Magic may not be logic, but many of the laymen I've encountere...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 30th, 2018, 6:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Bill Duncan wrote: "If anyone is looking at the card to assess the manner in which it is turned face down, you've already failed." From my point of view it is not the "manner" in which it is turned face down that is at issue, but rather the fact that it is turned face down on the...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 30th, 2018, 5:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Why would it be "unnatural" to turn the card face down on the pack? Do laymen have protocols for looking at the face of a card? It looks a bit unnatural and suspicious if the card is displayed, then turned back face down and immediately dealt. Without an interim in between, a pause, or a ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 30th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

I have never seen anyone make a truly convincing argument against using a Double Turnover. Richard, I undestand that you have your subjective point of view (as I have mine). I am hoping you did not construe my post as an "argument" against using a double turnover. I am not seeking to uphe...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 30th, 2018, 4:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1602

The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Few who are into card magic would disagree that the double lift is a staple, and arguably indispensable to this branch of magic. IMO, it is overused, and a logical spectator is more than likely to deduce what is going on if there are too many repetitions within a routine, or in the course of tricks ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 25th, 2018, 10:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can People Learn My Techniques?
Replies: 5
Views: 752

Re: Can People Learn My Techniques?

That is some smooth, clean work, Mahdi. Aesthetically pleasing, and the cards are beautiful.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 24th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4932

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I once saw someone conclude their performance of Ultimate Monte by using the Eric Decamps ruse; which he employs in his Wild Card routine; of changing the gaffed cards into money. I liked it. Yes I can see why; it is a fantastic idea! Not only magical, but a perfect clean-up. Don't mean to be a nam...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 24th, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4932

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

It has been gently brought to my attention that I am not the first to think of the Himber wallet in connection with a clean-up for the Ultimate Monte. And now my frail ego is crushed (OK, just kidding, it's bigger than ever). I am told, that Michel Ammar, for one, has used the HW in his routine. Was...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 23rd, 2018, 8:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4932

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

That's a clever idea, Dave.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 22nd, 2018, 9:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4932

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

For some reason, I could not edit my prior post, but I wanted to add that needless to say, the gaffed cards would be kept in the Himber wallet and initially taken out from there at the start of the routine. Also, after the cards were tossed face up following the frustration count at the end, I would...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 22nd, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4932

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

The main difference is that the gaffed versions look nothing like the monte as played on the street (at all). So, if you are presenting something as representative of the 'three card monte', and referencing that game, then it would be strange to use a mid-pipped card. I agree with Ian's thinking on...

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