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by MagicbyAlfred
January 15th, 2019, 1:53 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Slam Bang Universal Demo
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Re: Slam Bang Universal Demo

Very nice.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 14th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Joker Joker
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Joker Joker

I agree, Leonard - his stuff is great, and yes, quite devious. Take Entourage, for example. Although Eugene Burger called Brainwave the greatest packet trick of the 20th century, and notwithstanding the popularity of Twisted Sisters (it is good, and many argue stronger than Brainwave), IMHO, Entoura...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 14th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 11
Views: 742

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

That Jerry would agree to the distribution of the book only if the proceeds go to charity speaks volumes about the man. I, for one, have certainly been influenced by his posts on this Forum. And it was a great idea Jack had to compile Jerry's magic in book form. I had never been aware of the Open He...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 13th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?

Pabloin us: i enjoyed reading your post and I agree with everything you wrote. How in the world can magicians expect to be loved (or at least liked) and respected by the people they perform for if they do not even take enough pride in themselves to dress well, exercise good grooming and hygiene, dev...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 12th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 38
Views: 1481

Re: Untouched

I've not seen Daryl's presentation, or read it in print. However, I just watched Michael Ammar's presentation on YouTube. It struck me as odd that right before the spectator is asked to begin the initial dealing procedure, Michael holds up his hands (as if someone in a saloon in America's old west s...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 11th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?

The contemporary shows, however (e.g. Fool Us, America's Got Talent), have arguably improved the public image of magicians. And most of the magicians I have seen on these shows are personable and gracious, and do not engage in the corny weisenheimer sarcasm and insulting lines that have likely contr...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 11th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Joker Joker
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Joker Joker

There is a dealer out of the UK that apparently sells it, although it is currently "out of stock." They have a "notify me" button which they say they will notify you when back in stock if you click on it - and presumably enter your email. Here's the link the dealer's site and the...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 11th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?

Yes, I agree with your points, AV. And I would add that equally, if not more important than asking them where they learned those lines and blaming them for using them, would be to ask them why they have decided to parrot them. As Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." (o...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 10th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 38
Views: 1481

Re: Untouched

"At the end, the cards on top of the two piles are the original two cards of the deck. The basic method is to have the spectator deal cards one at a time into a pile, stopping anywhere. This pile is picked up and dealt into two piles. At the end, the cards on top of the two piles are the origin...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 10th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?

Secrets are not the stock and trade of a guitarist, so what would they care about telling someone how it was done? If people ask me how something was done, I actually tell them that I am bound by the magicians code, which I swore to abide by when I was 6 years old and started out as a magician, and ...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 10th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?

Conrejour Wrote : "I’ve found that men seem to love magic more than women and if given the choice women would much prefer a good palm reading." I was once engaged to perform at a Super Bowl party in Jupiter, Florida. At halftime, the men were primarily engrossed in a heated discussion abo...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 10th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?

The "gotcha" way in which magic is sometimes presented is off-putting to many people. People love magic if they're not made to feel foolish by the magician. Completely agree. Being able to fool people without making a fool of them is an art in and of itself. It is widely overlooked - prob...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 9th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?
Replies: 20
Views: 525

Re: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?

Pretty much anything I have seen Bill Malone or Chad Long do. As I mentioned on another thread recently, Johnny Palmer's final load of 3 live baby chicks in the cups and balls, followed by the production of a raven or vulture, stands in a class by itself, especially since it was done in a small inti...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 9th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1042

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

Good points, Dave. Especially in contemplating your excellent example of the crazy man's handcuffs, it occurred to me that the magician's "creation of a false assumption" in the mind of the spectator prior to the occurrence of the effect, would be an apt synonym for "one ahead" i...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 9th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Regarding the Pass
Replies: 20
Views: 724

Re: Regarding the Pass

You are most welcome, Conrejour. It is a pleasure to have a gracious person like you join the Forum, especially one who has generated a number of stimulating discussions on various aspects of magic.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 9th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Regarding the Pass
Replies: 20
Views: 724

Re: Regarding the Pass

Although I try to avoid telling anyone what they "should" do (in magic or life, at large), in response to the OP's original query on this thread, I would say, yes, it is likely to prove quite useful for a beginner to learn and master the pass. The caveat I would offer (and this is just I g...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 8th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1352

Re: The Glasgow Connection

Cleanest Push-through shuffle I've seen - and a very engaging manner.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 7th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1042

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

Jennings would say, for Triumph, that you secretly have half the deck reversed, and thus you are one ahead. And I would say to Larry that that is a pretty broad interpretation of one ahead. But if one ahead is to be defined as any secret artifice that enables an effect (be it a sleight, a move, or ...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 7th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1042

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

It may be a bit of an over-generalization to say that "everything" in magic is based on the one ahead principle. I don't see, for example, where effects such as Triumph, 3 Card Monte, Professor's Nightmare, Card to Ceiling, Cutting to the Aces, or even Larry's own That's Impossible - to na...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 7th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1420

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

The Cambridge Dictionary defines "juggle" as, "to throw several objects into the air, catch them, and keep them moving so that at least one is always in the air." The Oxford Dictionary defines "juggle" as to, "Continuously toss into the air and catch (a number of o...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 7th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1352

Re: The Glasgow Connection

I actually LOVE the tipping culture. I have it to thank for many dinners, decks of cards, magic books, paid electric bills, etc. etc.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 7th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1420

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

The booklet in question was co-written by Chris Kenner and Dan Garrett. It is not clear the effect was created by either of them, as it is reputed to be a stunt that has been around for ages. Dan Harlan subsequently taught the effect on one of the videos in his rubber band trilogy. Although I would ...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 7th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1420

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

I would have to say it was my own torn and restored New York City Yellow pages... OK, seriously, for me it was witnessing Johnny Ace Palmer's production of 3 baby chicks at the denouement of his cups and balls, and as if that weren't enough, before the shock could begin to wear off, he immediately f...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 7th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1352

Re: The Glasgow Connection

But would rules account for why Performer, when performing his Svengali routine, was never tipped in the British Isles, yet frequently tipped in Canada?
by MagicbyAlfred
January 6th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1352

Re: The Glasgow Connection

I can't help but wonder why there is such a dichotomy between people in Britain and Holland, on one hand, and Canadians, on the other. Why would one country's citizens be so demonstrably generous and the other - well - so cheap? I don't think it is a matter of ethnicity or DNA ,given that many peopl...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 6th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1352

Re: The Glasgow Connection

PERFORMER WROTE : "At first I used to refuse the tips but after a time I began to notice that the tips were quite large so I thought, 'what the heck! If they want to tip me for trying to rip them off with sub standard merchandise who am I to argue?'" I think it provides evidence for the t...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 6th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1352

Re: The Glasgow Connection

According to Wikipedia, the term, "Scottish Mafia," was also "used in politics to pejoratively refer to a group of Scottish Labour Party politicians and broadcasters who are believed to have had undue influence over the governance of England, such as the constitutional arrangement all...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 5th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Promystic Mentalism Masters Summit 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: Promystic Mentalism Masters Summit 2019

Looks like it will be an incredible summit for those who can afford the tariff. I cannot resist a plug for Promystic and the brilliant Craig Filicetti. I have purchased (and currently use) several of their products. They are super great quality and extremely reliable. The customer service is second ...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 3rd, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 764

Re: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

Just to set the record straight, Hubel and Wiesel were not psychologists. They did not receive a Nobel Prize for Psychology, nor is there any Nobel Prize awarded in the field of Psychology. The Nobel Prize is any of six international prizes awarded annually for outstanding work in physics, chemistry...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 2nd, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 764

Re: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

From today's Times: "Magicians who embellish their conjuring tricks with false scientific explanations are unwittingly spreading beliefs in pseudoscience, according to an expert in cognitive psychology." It is ironic that this "expert" in cognitive psychology accuses magicians (...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 2nd, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1368

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

Yes, but i was not referring to magicians...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 2nd, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1368

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

"Trick person." Is that the modern-day, politically correct term for a practitioner of the world's oldest profession?
by MagicbyAlfred
January 1st, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1368

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

I wish everyone a very happy and magical New Year! For performances I use Bicycle Rider Back. I find them to be of a bit higher quality than the Bike Standards, although I do sometimes use the Standards. I have a collection of high-end custom decks, which I really enjoy, but I have found that due to...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 31st, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4037

Re: Deaths in Magic

Richard Kaufman wrote:Ah, well then ... our own "Christmas Carol."


Yes, indeed. And he scared the Dickens out of us!

Happy he is out of Hospital and doing better.
by MagicbyAlfred
December 31st, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Britland on magic, attention and deception
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: David Britland on magic, attention and deception

Britland's article and the results of the studies cited in the article are fascinating. There is, however, one huge difference between the "distracting" events and tasks encountered by the test subjects in those studies, versus the situation that confronted the police officer (Conley) who ...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 30th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1864

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Thank you, Leonard! Also, thank you for sharing the Patrick Page story. And, yes, no question about it, the sponge balls are a consistent winner with laymen
by MagicbyAlfred
December 30th, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1864

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I have performed the Rising Cards a number of ways over the years. There is no question in my mind that it is one of the most (if not thee most) magical tricks one can perform with cards. It transcends being simply a "card trick" because an object moves apparently by itself in seeming defi...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 29th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1864

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Excellent logic.
by MagicbyAlfred
December 29th, 2018, 11:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1864

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I see your point, Bob.
by MagicbyAlfred
December 29th, 2018, 3:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1864

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

As those who are familiar with the effect know, the "Double Exposure" trick I mentioned in this thread uses the camera on their own cell phone. They pose for the picture holding a fan of cards which, from their vantage point, are mixed face-up/face-down, a la triumph. When they open the ph...

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