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by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steven Youell is in a bad place
Replies: 11
Views: 3223

Re: Steven Youell is in a bad place

A friend of Steven's asked me to get the word out on this. If anyone wants to help - here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/wife-took-all-the-money-and-left Update: There has now been $855 donated out of the $10,000 goal. I don't have anything to say that I or others haven't already said on thi...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 11th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Dusheck Passes
Replies: 16
Views: 2287

Re: Steve Dusheck Passes

Very sorry to learn of this...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 10th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steven Youell is in a bad place
Replies: 11
Views: 3223

Re: Steven Youell is in a bad place

Whoops. Correction: Just $9400 to go ($10,000 - $600 = $9400).

Meanwhile, check out Steven performing using the classic force. Quite astonishing, actually. You couldn't even do this with stooges, and these people are definitely not stooges!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKeVZI9In1k
by MagicbyAlfred
March 10th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Passes
Replies: 20
Views: 3342

Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Very saddened by this...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 10th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steven Youell is in a bad place
Replies: 11
Views: 3223

Re: Steven Youell is in a bad place

I was gratified to see today that there has now been $600 contributed by 19 people since March 8th (the time of the original post concerning Steven's plight), and that ain't bad. Just $9,600 to go...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 8th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steven Youell is in a bad place
Replies: 11
Views: 3223

Re: Steven Youell is in a bad place

I do not know Steven personally. But I felt this thread needed a bump, because out of the $10,000 goal, there has been only $400 contributed, much of which has come from generous Forum members. Some people may be cynical of the gofundme process or site, or worried about using their credit card to ma...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 7th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 217
Views: 16761

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

My guess is that Vernon wrote "New York Card Expert" because it sounded impressive to be a card expert in New York. Yes I would agree, it is known that Vernon had some premium gigs entertaining high society people in New York. I'm sure those engagements paid well, were super-enjoyable, op...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 7th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steven Youell is in a bad place
Replies: 11
Views: 3223

Re: Steven Youell is in a bad place

My post here may be many more times valuable than the modest contribution I could afford and just made on the gofundme site. I saw that there had only been $265 so far in donations out of the target amount of $10,000 Steven will need for a used car to get himself to and from the job he has been (for...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 6th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 217
Views: 16761

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

It's now official. Reported in today's Conjuring Times : The Term, “Cardman,” Retires The term, "cardman" is now reported to be retired, living down in Florida in a senior condominium, collecting social security, approved for Medicare, and an avid shuffleboard player. (Banned, however, fro...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 5th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

I would also consider the Sachs dice routine as performed by James Lewis. It's a killer and all you require are two standard dice in your pocket. A prop everybody instantly recognizes. Again, an item that packs small and plays BIG! :o I've always liked James Lewis; he has nice creative presentation...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 4th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8634

Re: The Magic Rainbow

Aside from Brad's well-taken point that the Ware book is likely to enjoy a significantly higher volume of sales than The Magic Rainbow , it seems like kind of an apples-to-oranges comparison. Juan's book contains profound specialized knowledge and insight that is bound to elevate the performance and...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 4th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

AV Wrote: "David Parr's Proof Positive is another one that, properly performed, requires little and delivers a lot." For sure. The outcome that occurred in the demo video I saw of David performing the effect is the most optimal, where the spectator chose the coin he had under his hand. Tha...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 3rd, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Great story Alfred! I remember reading about doing the Card on Ceiling thru the ceiling fan blades while they were revolving. Could have been Doc Eason who did this. Thanks Leo! Yes, I seem to have the same recollection that it was Doc Eason. At one time, when I was really working on getting the tr...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 3rd, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Effect number 2: I would call out the name of the bartender (who, at this point, was 15-20 feet away behind and at the other end of the bar) and ask him if he had any idea what happened to the spectator's card. He would turn around and start walking toward us shrugging his shoulders, with the card ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 3rd, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

I love card to forehead. I had an ongoing conspiracy with the head bartender (no pun intended) where I would indicate to him prior to having a card "selected" which card it would be. He would get that card ready out of the Bicycle Deck I had given him. After controlling spectator's card to...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 2nd, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Thanks, Bill. It is clever.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 2nd, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5067

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

Brilliant! I wholeheartedly encourage this. And when it comes to the Rising Cards (arguably the greatest effect in card magic), stability and usability are of paramount importance.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 1st, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Write down "cell phone" on the back of my business card, put it on the table face down, then ask him to pull five objects out of his pocket and point to two of them... Excellent choice! The PATEO principle seems underrated and underused. Powerful stuff! I particularly love Michael Weber's...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 1st, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Leonard Hevia Wrote : "Milt Kort's U.F. Grant Bill Transposition. Burger was fond of this effect and figured out how to present it with the newer bills. I found an older Lincoln $5 dollar bill and use that." Yes, very strong for a layman. I remember when I met the great Roger Klause at a ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 1st, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A Magic Mount Rushmore?
Replies: 7
Views: 609

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Since the OP stipulated great magicians of the past for the Magical Mt. Rushmore, all four of my choices are masters who have passed into the great magical beyond: H o u d i n i H e r r m a n n t h e G r e a t T h u r s t o n B l a c k s t o n e (S e n i o r) A few interesting facts: Both Houdini an...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 28th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Since I usually carry the setup with me, John Bannon's Ion Man - his version of Max Maven's Positive/Negative. (I am not and do not aspire to be a pro, but that would end with them having a business card/souvenir to take along.) Barring that, I think a brief one-coin routine. I am not familiar with...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 28th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3022

What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Imagine that you were a guest at a party and did a few close-up tricks throughout the evening for various guests, who really seemed to enjoy the magic. (For purposes of this question, it makes no difference whether you are an amateur or pro). As the party is drawing to a close, you are approached by...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 28th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12375

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Just as a postscript to my comments above, I should mention that I am no longer performing at Ricardos after being abruptly and unceremoniously escorted out by the bouncers. One of my rabbits mouthed-off to a customer and I was blamed. OK, just kidding, there are no bouncers and I did not get thrown...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 27th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12375

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I am confused. Most here seem to talk about magic technique. The beginning of this thread asks the question, “The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen?” I think this question is very misleading. My point is that the quality of the magic has little to do with the performance of magic in the...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 25th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 217
Views: 16761

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Interesting that she used that term, since the term, "Prestidigitator," itself, is gender-neutral. But she was clearly trying to make a point, and it is understandable why she would be, particularly within the context of her background and era. She was born of Belgian parents in London, En...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 24th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12375

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

@Leonard:"You're welcome Alfred! As a precaution you might want to keep the male and female bunny in separate parts of your close up case, for obvious reasons. You don't want to deal with a problem of Tribble like proportions." Sounds like a very sensible precaution, Leo, although they are...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 24th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12375

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Nice routine Alfred! The components are there: The two bunnies are an inseparable male and female couple who wind up copulating inside the spectator's hand. Audiences can relate to this. I noticed one of the baby bunnies fell to the floor. It might be a good idea to get the spectator to hold her fi...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 23rd, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12375

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

For what it's worth, this is the routine I do with the bunnies, with credit to magician Chuck Smith for the basic plot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVjLHcz9w1w
by MagicbyAlfred
February 23rd, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12375

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Bill Duncan Wrote : "Certainly, if you goal is for people to laugh, have a good time, and book you again (or return to your venue) then some version of the sponges is warranted. I wonder why the standard Copper/Silver isn't stronger than the Bunnies... it sure seems like it should be. Unless I...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 23rd, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12375

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I am not sure that I understand whether the word "Entertainment" in between quotation marks is being distinguished from what is "real" in the performance of magic. I can only say, based on my personal experience, that the sponge balls and rabbits (and of course the magician doing...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 22nd, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 217
Views: 16761

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I kind of like "Cardologist." Just think how impressed laymen would be when we told them that after earning a "B.S." in Prestidigitation, we graduated, with honors, from Magical School with a degree in Cardology.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 21st, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 217
Views: 16761

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

An alien with tentacles is most certainly a spaceman, but he can't hold a little finger break so not all spacemen can be cardmen. That's a good one , Jackpot. You are such a card, man! It should be pointed out, however, that the alien with tentacles may have a formidable repertoire of self-workers ...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 20th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 33
Views: 2604

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

Very informative. Interesting that Harry Lorayne always stipulates that the host is to provide two new decks, one red, one blue, and announce to the guests at the beginning of the performance that he/she is providing the decks. Harry said he used to give away the deck(s) at the end of a gig, but tha...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 18th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12375

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Bill Duncan Wrote : "People who haven't seen them before find them delightful, not because they are strong magic, but because they aren't." Bill, I think you made some really good, even profound, points and observations in your post. However, as the saying goes, two things can be equally ...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 18th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12375

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

J. C. Wagner used to bemoan the fact that you study SOH for years, all the tough moves, and all they care about is the f+++++ rabbits. An excellent example highlighting the differences between what magicians like, versus what appeals to laymen. The day I decided to keep the rabbits as a staple of m...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 16th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 39
Views: 2745

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Enjoy Joe! Your audience is going to love it!
by MagicbyAlfred
February 16th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 39
Views: 2745

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

I like it a lot!
by MagicbyAlfred
February 15th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 39
Views: 2745

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

I have it in mind that, for the denoument, it would be very magical if the whole deck was shown to have changed to a different color than the ambitious card and deck you had been using throughout the routine. I haven't thought about a method for it though. A servante under my poker table...……………………...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 15th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 39
Views: 2745

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

I have it in mind that, for the denoument, it would be very magical if the whole deck was shown to have changed to a different color than the ambitious card and deck you had been using throughout the routine. I haven't thought about a method for it though.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 13th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 39
Views: 2745

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

There are so many options ... Does anyone else use a different colored deck for the finale? I had never seen or heard of that for the finale, but it strikes me as a wonderful finish. It must get a great reaction, right? I wouldn't think you necessarily need anything else after that. But if you do c...

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