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by MagicbyAlfred
April 17th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 2336

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: 275

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: 711

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: 711

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: 29
Views: 1366

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: 117
Views: 14005

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: 554

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: 29
Views: 1366

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: 858

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 694

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: 4234

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: 4234

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: 4234

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: 4234

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: 4234

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...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 21st, 2018, 4:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4234

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Congratulations Performer! Sometimes the tendency is for us to go the safe route, you know tried and true. But that can be the beauty of these these kinds of discussions. They can be a catalyst to motivate us out of our comfort zone, to be creative, to come up with and boldly try out new ideas. In m...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 20th, 2018, 5:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 26
Views: 1597

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

Maybe it was an age thing but I don't think Vernon did the move very smoothly in that video. But in any event you don't have to use the method he published anyway. You can do all sorts of colour changes and pull the pip off. And more angle proof too. Come to think of it virtually any colour change ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 17th, 2018, 6:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4234

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Indeed it does, El Mystico.

I wonder if it provides any kind of clue for the Erdnase sleuths on the other thread?
by MagicbyAlfred
March 17th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4234

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

This truly has been a fascinating thread (well, certainly for me, given my fascination with 3 Card Monte and every aspect of it. I realize there may be others who do not share that fascination). Although this thread has gotten many views and quite a few replies, it would be a shame to see it die out...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 16th, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8531

Re: The Jerx Year Three

So many card guys spend years studying magic and learning difficult sleight of hand. Yet there is a very good chance they will never perform a trick as astonishing as the Svengali deck. I always found that a fascinating proposition. And it was Mark's book on the subject that first opened my eyes to...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 16th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4234

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Personally, I always do the mix, regardless of whether I toss fairly or do the hype. But then, as El Mystico noted, that is important if your routine is oriented toward a demonstration of the scam, which mine primarily is, although I do like to incorporate some magic in explaining how the mark belie...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8531

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I have never met Alfred. I don't even know where he lives. However, here is proof of his identity. He has his own you tube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnrrtigPWFhL98XdTvjRccQ Well, until a few months ago, it was Santa Rosa, California; now it's Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If anyone ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4234

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I think he may be using gaffed trustworthiness.

Isn't this just good, clean fun?
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2018, 5:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4234

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Not even close to being true - and you can quote me...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2018, 4:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8531

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Methinks that AJM might be lacing that peppermint tea Performer mentioned with a wee bit of Glenlivit. I understand that the combination has hallucinogenic properties. And perhaps he is listening to that Beatles song as he does so - you know, the one that goes: "I am he As you are he As you are...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2018, 4:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4234

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I actually did comment on Performer's (i.e., not my) handling of the 3 Card Monte today but it happened to be on the Jerx thread earlier today, where I wrote, in pertinent part: " In fact, he took the time...to make and post a video, which in my view, proves the important point he made that goi...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4234

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

One of the definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary for "cozy" is: "marked by or suggesting...connivance." So, yes, I guess, by that definition, one could argue that virtually every effect done by a magician is cozy, given that there is some kind of connivance involved. Howe...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4234

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I can't believe the link to the "cheating" video was real. Much less all the filming, the crowd including the op were well dressed. Staged??? As for the gimmicked/non-gimmicked, I just feel the gimmicked versions can look a little too cozy. Agreed regarding "too cozy." I don't k...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2018, 7:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8531

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Gosh, AJM, I think that thou doth protest too much. I don't know what it was about my post that led you to believe I thought you did not know what "hackneyed" meant. The fact that I succinctly defined it (in a parenthetical) for context of my point, does not logically imply that you did no...

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