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by MagicbyAlfred
October 29th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Paul Cummins
Replies: 16
Views: 1656

Re: R.I.P. Paul Cummins

Jack, that is a clever subtlety you've come up with. It is one that may prevent or diminish suspicion, thus strengthening the routine. In fact, it gives the performer the bona fide opportunity to reinforce the impossibility of the conditions by being able to point out that both the magician and the ...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 27th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Three-faced
Replies: 11
Views: 777

Re: Three-faced

...but only one possibility if you allow for a certain (unnamed) magician who uses a double-sided coin when flipping with his friend to determine who buys drinks at the pub that night.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 27th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Paul Cummins
Replies: 16
Views: 1656

Re: R.I.P. Paul Cummins

Below is a delightful performance by Paul from 2005. Very clean and straightforward. I had never seen him perform before and really knew hardly anything of him. I regret that I have learned of some excellent magicians and watched their work only after their obituary on here prompted me to do so - bu...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 26th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anyone attending the Experts at the Card Table event?
Replies: 4
Views: 750

Re: Anyone attending the Experts at the Card Table event?

Bill Mullins Wrote: "I'm concerned that Jason's tour will mostly just be him petting his dogs."

Well, all joking aside, those two distinguished canines happen to be the two top sleight-of-paw experts in the world. I wish my pass looked anything close to what they can do...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 24th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 2505

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

Well, I daresay that nobody in the real world gives a toss about almost anything we post or discuss on here...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 24th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Crazy 4-day round-the-clock online magic event this week
Replies: 6
Views: 956

Re: Crazy 4-day round-the-clock online magic event this week

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that ACAAN, or virtually any trick in existence, can be made memorable or meaningful. IMHO, the essence of what makes a trick or routine impactful on the audience lies far less in the bones of it, than how the plot is framed and the trick presented. For exa...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 23rd, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 2505

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

Geller was amazing at the first Genii convention. I don't think anyone who watched his lecture will forget it. Praise for Geller, but no words at all paying respect for James Randi in a thread titled "RIP Amazing Randi." Even considering past grievances, that's pretty cold. I don't think ...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 23rd, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 2505

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

Here's a few fun factoids regarding the amazing one (they are all verifiable with primary sources, but I'm not going to take the time to post those here, as I am feeling exceptionally UN-academic at the moment.) The italicized comments are my own: During Alice Cooper's 1973–1974 Billion Dollar Babie...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 22nd, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Garrett Thomas on Fool Us
Replies: 10
Views: 1175

Re: Garrett Thomas on Fool Us

P & T somehow overlooked the obvious. They asked him if the ring was gimmicked (his answer is between him and God), but it was actually his hand that was gimmicked. The fingers come apart from the hand. He even showed them and they still missed it. Go figure... By the way, to those who have watc...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 22nd, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 2505

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

I was sad to hear of the Amazing Randi's passing to the great magical beyond. My sincere condolences to his loved ones. A one-of-a-kind figure, he was remarkably multi-faceted: magician, mentalist, escapologist, prolific author, lecturer, creator, TV and radio personality, debunker of those claiming...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 19th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Amusing Slydini
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Re: Amusing Slydini

Reverse Retro Time Travel https://www.pinterest.com/pin/39125090483147701/ Back when Gerald did the trick for Slydini, smoking was commonplace and socially acceptable, even indoors in public places, in cars, in planes etc. And, I could be wrong, but I believe that Tony, himself, was a smoker. I am ...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 19th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Amusing Slydini
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Re: Amusing Slydini

What a wonderful story! And what a great memory that must be! Thanks for sharing it.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 15th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Spooky Lady Prediction
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: Spooky Lady Prediction

But can she do Hyrum the Haunted Hank?
by MagicbyAlfred
October 14th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Another magic and Psychology article but this time... animal psych,
Replies: 18
Views: 585

Re: Another magic and Psychology article but this time... animal psych,

Oh I didn't know that. So I couldn't have been "dancing" around it. If that's what happened, that's horrible and obviously totally unacceptable. Maybe that's why I stick to fruit and large balls for my final loads. But the bottom line is that the treatment of chickens (and many other defen...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 14th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Another magic and Psychology article but this time... animal psych,
Replies: 18
Views: 585

Re: Another magic and Psychology article but this time... animal psych,

Further, Gali-Gali "carried a card from the Royal S.P.C.A. of England, certifying that no cruelty, only dexterity is used in handling the baby chicks. And while appearing in New York City, the local S.P.C.A. would send an officer each week to pick up the chicks, and retire them to a farm."...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 14th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Another magic and Psychology article but this time... animal psych,
Replies: 18
Views: 585

Re: Another magic and Psychology article but this time... animal psych,

Just as long as [Elias Garcia-Pelegrin, dressed in penguin costume] doesn't do the Galli-Galli cups and balls. Jack's post got me wondering what the "Galli-Galli cups and balls" are. According to Magicpedia: "Luxor Gali-Gali (1902-1984) was noted for his cups and balls finale produci...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 14th, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Another magic and Psychology article but this time... animal psych,
Replies: 18
Views: 585

Re: Another magic and Psychology article but this time... animal psych,

Elias Garcia-Pelegrin learned to perform magic as an undergraduate student studying drama at University College London (UCL). Upon graduating—and realizing that acting wouldn’t pay the bills—he worked as a bar magician. He also took a job as a zookeeper in an aquarium and grew fascinated with the p...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 12th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: My First Mentalism Performance
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: My First Mentalism Performance

Good job! I enjoyed it, and it looks like the audience did too. The best way to improve is to perform for people; there's no doubt about that. Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 10th, 2020, 6:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic & Charisma
Replies: 52
Views: 1528

Re: Magic & Charisma

Joe McKay Wrote : "Osterlind spoke about how annoyed he got when magicians were asked about a famous magicians tricks. He said the worst thing you could do was try and boost your own ego by saying you knew how the other magician's tricks were done. He felt it reduced the sense of mystery and e...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 9th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Boris Wild Kills on Fool Us
Replies: 16
Views: 1492

Re: Boris Wild Kills on Fool Us

What if he had two stooges?
by MagicbyAlfred
October 7th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Boris Wild Kills on Fool Us
Replies: 16
Views: 1492

Re: Boris Wild Kills on Fool Us

Holy COW

No, that's not the word I was looking for.

Holy MOSES

Nope, that's not it either.

Holy GUACAMOLE

Ah, close, but no cigar.

Holy...

G R A I L !!!!!!!
by MagicbyAlfred
October 7th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Latta Pass
Replies: 11
Views: 780

Re: Latta Pass

mrmagik68 wrote:It's hard to understand that Mr. Latta never put his pass on video.
Roberto


Maybe he did, but it was so good, no one knew it.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 5th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scottish Card Expert Eddie McColl's VLOG
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Scottish Card Expert Eddie McColl's VLOG

Although I had heard of Eddie McColl before, I had never met him or seen him - even on video. This thread got me curious, so before bed last night, I watched some of his YouTube videos. I must say I was very impressed. This is a magician who has a lot of knowledge and wisdom to share, and not just a...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 3rd, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Rubinstein -OR- Giacomo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

Re: Rubinstein -OR- Giacomo?

My uncle Alfred, a fabulous, entertaining amateur magician, and my first inspiration and teacher in magic, joked that he started learning tricks with a single coin because during the depression he (like many people) "didn't have two nickels to rub together." As a matter of fact, the first ...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 1st, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Follow Up To Harry Lorayne's Mated
Replies: 3
Views: 1013

Re: Follow Up To Harry Lorayne's Mated

Very nice idea. Thank you. I would think this handling would also work well for a stand-alone multiple selection trick for 4 spectators. Of course, the cards would need to be inserted face-down so as not to be seen by the magician. This means that following the multiple shift, the selections would b...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 28th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 89
Views: 4166

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

I'm going to speak to Persi about all of this when he comes over for his Math lesson this week...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 27th, 2020, 5:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scientists Should Use Magic to Study Animal Intelligence
Replies: 9
Views: 1046

Re: Scientists Should Use Magic to Study Animal Intelligence

I suspect the tracking mechanism of a cat is a lot more sophisticated than that of mere humans. The reactions of the cats to the magic in this entertaining video are priceless. At 1:40 the cat turns the tables and performs an impressive piece of mentalism, by looking away while the cups are being r...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 18th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 18
Views: 1464

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

All credit is due to Michael Weber! Michael Weber is undoubtedly an exceptionally creative and innovative magical thinker. But just as undoubtedly, he has learned from others who came before, as they from those before them. In the ideas and concepts Joe has reiterated on this thread, much of it cou...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 17th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 18
Views: 1464

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

IMHO the ideas and concepts expressed in Joe's post are profoundly important ones for anyone who cares about being a successful magical performer. They deserve to be studied carefully and thoughtfully.
by MagicbyAlfred
September 16th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7655
Views: 2375948

Re: ERDNASE

Brad Jeffers wrote:Complicated indeed.

David does not even give a mention to Sarah on the page where he thanks a few people "for their input and tolerance during my very intense creation period of this book".

Cold!


Wouldn't it be ironic if he forgot?
by MagicbyAlfred
September 16th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 581

Re: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?

Well, Paco, I don't know how much I deserve it, but, yes, she certainly did hit the nail on the head. What a fantastic trick she performed by making it appear out of nowhere (and I remember she had her sleeves rolled up that day!) The wooden trunk you received as a gift from your friend sounds like ...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 16th, 2020, 4:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 581

Re: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?

Efendi, thank you for your good wishes. That's a lovely collection of coins, and now you have given me a great idea for organizing my own coins. I enjoyed watching your excellent coin magic on the thread you posted recently. Erdnasephile, thank you, as well. The Craftsman is a neat idea for storage/...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 15th, 2020, 9:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 581

Re: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?

Jack Shalom wrote:Wow. And it doubles as a Zig-Zag?


:lol:
by MagicbyAlfred
September 15th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 581

How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?

Personally, I keep mine in an old lamp and just rub it and say "Open Seasame," when I'm ready to do a miracle. Well, I think I may have mixed my metaphors somewhere there. But aside from that, I recently received one of the greatest birthday gifts I have ever gotten. My girlfriend decided ...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 15th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 66
Views: 2830

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

This is ingenious. If it was marketed again I'd get one, as long as it didn't have the chance of losing the programing when the batteries drain out. Absolutely, Leonard. So would I. You would think that with all the amazing programmers and tech people and companies in this day and age, someone shou...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 14th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Craig Petty is Back
Replies: 3
Views: 502

Re: Craig Petty is Back

Thanks for the post, Zig Zagger. In addition to being spawned by today's online "culture," the instant [gratification] download craze is an unfortunate by-product of the demise of brick and mortar magic shops. Now an endangered species, or worse yet, a dying breed, there are very few left....
by MagicbyAlfred
September 13th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 66
Views: 2830

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I first witnessed the Poker Machine years ago when I acquired John Mendoza's "My Best" DVD set. John performs it on Volume 3 (performance only, no explanation). To this day, it is the number one most miraculous card trick I have ever seen performed. Everything I have seen Bill Malone do wi...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 12th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More on Bob Cassidy
Replies: 17
Views: 9274

Re: More on Bob Cassidy

Well, I think this is as good a time and place as any to announce that I am to be honored with the "Psychic Entertainer of the Year" award...

...for the year 2029.
by MagicbyAlfred
September 12th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More on Bob Cassidy
Replies: 17
Views: 9274

Re: More on Bob Cassidy

I have no reason to doubt that ESP is real or that many (perhaps even all) people have it. But that's interesting about Sherlock Holmes - I had never thought in terms of him using ESP in connection with solving the crimes; more that he had extraordinary powers of observation (EPO?), and a brilliant ...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 9th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

Harry was such a splendid, entertaining magician! This is a wonderful performance. Notice the subtlety in the presentation in terms of how he solidly ingrains what he wants us to perceive and remember, thus beautifully setting up the conditions and framing the effect. By the way, does anyone know t...

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