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by MagicbyAlfred
September 14th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Malone and Charlie Frye & Company - Seriously Funny!
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Re: Bill Malone and Charlie Frye & Company - Seriously Funny!

Bill is not only hilarious but one of the consummate magicians (and I'm not just talking cards) of the modern age. And a GREAT guy - very thoughtful and kind - who lives and loves Magic. The first time I ever saw Bill perform was when he came to my table at Cafe 66 in Ft. Lauderdale in the mid-ninet...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 9th, 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

Al wrote : "I think a magician should talk in a way to keep the audience comfortable with the performance." Yes, in my opinion, this is very important. So much of what I have learned about performing has been through trial and error. What works for one magician may not work for another be...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 8th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Resuscitating Old Cards?
Replies: 17
Views: 1584

Re: Resuscitating Old Cards?

Some great tips on here for resuscitating old cards.

Personally, I just use CPR (Card-io Pulmonary Resuscitation).
by MagicbyAlfred
September 7th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

"But when he [Sankey] would perform it, some people would respond with 'that's pretty cool,' assuming he was just actually doing it. One person said 'I just assume you magicians can do that.'" These stories I have been reading on this thread are causing me to rethink some of my presentatio...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 7th, 2018, 12:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

i would advance the theory that magicians themselves, by the fanciful patter they use, often (not always) may be responsible for creating those odd perceptions on the part of spectators, who in some cases, may take what the magician says quite literally. How many times have we heard a magician say i...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 6th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Legend of "Pop" Haydn
Replies: 1
Views: 338

Re: The Legend of "Pop" Haydn

Thanks for making this available Scott, as you have done with numerous other luminaries. Pop Haydn, what a great character and performer! When Michael Finney (speaking of great performers) introduced Pop at the IBM comedy magic event, he noted how Pop (a/k/a Whit by birth) had invented the Pop chara...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 6th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 1491

Re: Penn & Teller

WOW that's quite a list. I guess it comes down to who has the time/availability at any given point (or, in the case of executive producers, the money). Or, as was pointed out on this thread, who might be willing to take less compensation in exchange for a "producer" credit. That's Show Biz...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 5th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

i agree with Bill's point about false memories. The irony is that while intended to boost astonishment, they can instead destroy credibility. There are enough true memories that can be instilled to create conviction and strengthen a trick such that trying to hoodwink the spectator with false ones is...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 5th, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

Al, I see the point you are making - also you alluded to it in a prior post. An important distinction.

Richard, I figured as much, and thanks for clarifying the record. I used Skinner Monte for easy reference since most or many magicians know it by that moniker.
by MagicbyAlfred
September 5th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

The too perfect theory has been a topic of much lively discussion on here for a long time, in connection with a number of different threads. Whenever it comes up, I always find my mind gravitating to the gaffed monte marketed as the Ultimate Skinner Monte. I have seen the routine performed by repute...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 4th, 2018, 9:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

I have long believed that magic is a path to self discovery, and that the greatest gift we can give to our audiences is our authentic self. If we try to copy or become a clone of any one else, we will lose our way, and fail to give our audiences what they deserve - the best of ourselves. PS E. I thi...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 4th, 2018, 1:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

Totally agree on Magic Alfred Point of explaining very explicitely the starting point and the procedure and reinforcing at each step. Just one point it is "coup de grâce" (decisive blow). the coup de gras means "fat blow". :-> Thank you for your post (Merci beaucoup), and for co...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 4th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

I read somewhere years ago (It may have been in the Stars of Magic, but I am away from home right now and cannot check) that Francis Carlyle was a big proponent of emphasizing the procedure and the situation to spectators so that they would be optimally prepared to perceive and appreciate the effect...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 3rd, 2018, 4:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Once in a lifetime moment
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Once in a lifetime moment

NICE.

(I would be graciously willing to split it with you)
by MagicbyAlfred
September 3rd, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

"So this aims at the question this thread is posing: how many magicians know what their audiences are seeing." It is indeed an intriguing and important question. I learned the fine points in the presentation of Matrix, and importantly, the creation of the perception of the effect, that Al ...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 3rd, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Once in a lifetime moment
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Once in a lifetime moment

Yes, one of the once in a lifetime moments that comes to mind for me was when I was performing aboard the Lady Windridge circa 1997 in Ft. Lauderdale. I was on the top deck performing (standing) my Ambitious Card Routine while surrounded by about 30 guests. I was being pretty severely heckled by a s...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 2nd, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Attribution Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 690

Re: Attribution Needed

Legend also has it that one night when the cannibals were having dinner together, one of them announced, "I hate my mother-in-law!" --

-- to which one of the others responded, "So try the potatoes."
by MagicbyAlfred
September 2nd, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Video
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: New Video

But it quite possibly may be the only video in magical history that involves a display of both stacking the deck and stacking the decks.
by MagicbyAlfred
September 2nd, 2018, 3:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Video
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: New Video

E X C E L L E N T

I enjoyed it, and it inspired me to want to practice more.
by MagicbyAlfred
September 1st, 2018, 7:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Attribution Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 690

Re: Attribution Needed

Lynn Searles used that principle as a force (Jinx 1936) and later on as a change/vanish method in his Cannibal Cards. Where do we draw a line between between the open card turnover display and the older/classic "faciing the pack" switch where you secretly turn over the pack? Different mea...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 1st, 2018, 3:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

This is a fascinating discussion - the kind I have long wished we could have more of on here. Interesting reading all the members' various takes on this issue. I have generally found something to agree with in most every post. In regards to reactions, I think it is true that we should not feel disap...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 30th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

I would like to hear more about the experiments and the results/findings, as I am always seeking to learn how to improve as a performer. In my own personal performing philosophy (and I am not promoting this for anyone else), my primary goals are two-fold: (1) to do strong, mystifying, magic, smoothl...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 29th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Glenn Bishop Performing At The Magic Castle
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Glenn Bishop Performing At The Magic Castle

Nice job, Glenn! Thank you for sharing that. And the cups and balls is always a good choice for a finale.
by MagicbyAlfred
August 29th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3636

Re: About doing magic

Al Wrote : "Some of my friends from where I worked were in attendance. They were programmers. During this guy’s presentation, my friends could see how the effect was proceeding and told the performer where the counter would end up moves before the end of the effect. During the evening the deal...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 26th, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4448

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

"You should remember that the object of a conjurer is not PRIMARILY to deceive. That is his secondary object--his first being to ENTERTAIN"

And above all, the conjuror should not deceive him/herself.
by MagicbyAlfred
August 25th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4448

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

Performer Wrote: "Besides whether you are an amateur or professional you should still be entertaining. If you aren't then there is absolutely no point doing magic in the first place." I agree. I have found that about 1/3 of the people actually like being fooled; about 1/3 of the people ha...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 19th, 2018, 7:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4448

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

Performer Wrote: "I take the middle position with this. Some sleights require misdirection and some don't...the double lift doesn't except perhaps for the get ready if you use one." I agree, and time misdirection is what I find best after employing the get ready, that is to say, there sho...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 17th, 2018, 10:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Finding a mentor
Replies: 25
Views: 1237

Re: Finding a mentor

I still have so much to learn, but I don't think I would have gotten as far as I have in magic without having the great fortune to find an incredible mentor who helped me beyond my wildest dreams. That being said, I now have many, many mentors, who are my best teachers - the laymen for whom I perform.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 16th, 2018, 8:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1514

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Transferring a coin from one hand to the other is unnatural only if there is not a natural motivated reason for doing so. As one example among many possible ones, it is natural (or at least it appears so, and that is what counts) to place a coin into my left hand with the right hand if I need the ri...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 8th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Punched out gambling demo
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Punched out gambling demo

I have long maintained that a magician who has excellent people skills, a pleasing and charming personality, is great at presentation and showmanship and understands how to entertain, can be a smashing success doing nothing more than self-working tricks. And it's funny, in my experience, self-workin...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 8th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Punched out gambling demo
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Punched out gambling demo

I enjoyed the shell game performance. Smooth and clean, the shells themselves were very nice, and the shell under the glass ending was killer. Yes, I agree with your philosophy that what is important in entertaining laymen with gambling routines with cards is being able to convey the impression of g...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 7th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Punched out gambling demo
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Punched out gambling demo

I thought maybe he was your Dad. Not many people can say that their favorite magician is their Dad. Other than Bill (who, incidentally gave me my first restaurant job, as well - Malone's Magic Bar, Boca Raton Florida), my favorite magician is my Uncle Alfred - my Dad's Brother. He was a superb sleig...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 7th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Punched out gambling demo
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Punched out gambling demo

Very nicely done!

Obviously the cliche about magicians not reacting at all to a great trick, when laymen would go wild over it, and magicians being terrible audiences, is regrettably true. I apologize for the lack of courtesy of my compatriots on here.

Is Billy Bishop your dad?
by MagicbyAlfred
July 7th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Punched out gambling demo
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Punched out gambling demo

Bish Wrote : "Thanks for the kind words... You should friend me on facebook." You are most welcome - well deserved. I may be one of the few people left not on Facebook. I was for a while, but then, constantly getting hit up by world class card men for advice and guidance became a distract...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 6th, 2018, 9:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Punched out gambling demo
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Punched out gambling demo

Glenn, I watched the video. Thank you for sharing it. It was outstanding and I really enjoyed it. You are obviously recovering quite well after your setback in 2014. Inspiring! I'm sure Jack Pyle is proud, and I can see why Jay Marshall wanted to publish it. Jimmy Cards Molinari may not be well know...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 6th, 2018, 7:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1073

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

OBSERVER WROTE : "Like Bozo the Clown? That character was franchised in several cities in the USA and in Mexico and in Brazil as well." So, is Bozo the Clown a registered trademark? I have seen many clowns twisting up balloons at restaurants and special events under the moniker of "B...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 5th, 2018, 10:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1073

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

Theater and dance are group endeavors, where the individual is only a component and is subordinated to the greater good and success of the company, cast or troupe. Magic is almost universally an individualistic pursuit ("The Illusionists" being one prominent exception). Thus, with magic, t...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 4th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Genii Wishes All of You a Happy July 4th
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: The Genii Wishes All of You a Happy July 4th

Thank you! The same to you and your family.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 3rd, 2018, 9:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Brian Gillis
Replies: 7
Views: 1286

Re: RIP Brian Gillis

I am saddened by this. Sincere sympathies to his family. I met him back at Malone's Magic Bar around 1996. He was there with a group at a table, and I had no idea who he was - had actually never heard of him. When I had finished my set, one of the other magicians told me, "Hey, you just perform...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 1st, 2018, 7:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 1189

Re: RIP, CC

Leonard Hevia wrote:
Brian Douglas wrote:If you are not buying (or drinking the Kool Aid) they don't want you there.


Concisely put Brian. The Kool Aid is flowing there like wine in the Roman Coliseum.


Yes, and many a Gladiator has fought valiantly and fallen...

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