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by MagicbyAlfred
July 16th, 2018, 8:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1062

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: 753

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: 753

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: 753

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: 753

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: 753

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: 753

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: 895

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: 895

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: 346

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: 998

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: 948

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...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 1st, 2018, 2:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

How would it not matter one bit if, let's say, one perfected his technique with the ID, but the spectator(s) had already seen an exposure video of it on YouTube?
by MagicbyAlfred
June 29th, 2018, 10:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some cup and ball ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 630

Re: Some cup and ball ideas

FABULOUS & INSPIRING!
by MagicbyAlfred
June 29th, 2018, 5:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Youtube Boobs
Replies: 21
Views: 1781

Re: Youtube Boobs

Jack Shalom wrote:Another Farmer Fraud! Not what the title promised at all!


That's funny, Jack! Good to see you're keeping abreast of things.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 25th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

... in magic, the secret lies at the heart , and if that's not beating, then the routine construction, presentation and showmanship, no matter how great, are moot So what do we do with literature and videos which fail to reliably communicate that beating heart needed to effect magic for audiences? ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 25th, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

Curious who might see an ethical issue with YouTube allowing the posting of the reveal/exposure videos? Laypeople don't -- it's only magicians who do. And so magicians come off looking self-interested when they complain about it, rather than defensive of some generally-recognized principle. As Perf...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 25th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

Jonathan T. Wrote : "It seems the folks who do regular theater have much to teach us about how to get a show produced, working, costume and set building... and the folks I've met in that profession are good about not discussing 'how to'... so maybe it's our own problem - and maybe it's a probl...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 24th, 2018, 9:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

Joe McKay Wrote : "Penn Jillette was chatting to Sergey Brin (one of the co-founders of Google) a few years ago. And by chance - Sergey had become really interested in the faro shuffle. So they ended up chatting about that for a bit. So perhaps Sergey has a minor interest in magic to be intere...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2018, 10:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

"...you have all seriously weakened it by not seeming to particularly care." Not all , my good friend. So why do you care and they don't? I suppose the obvious answer is that magic is not as important to them as it is to us. I care because I love magic. I have from the time my Mom took me...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2018, 7:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

"...you have all seriously weakened it by not seeming to particularly care."

Not all, my good friend.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2018, 5:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

Um...excuse me...but has anyone taken a moment out of their busy arguing schedule to take a looksee at that link I placed above with a very delightful magic performance for that wonderful doggie yet? Anyone? It will warm the cockles of your heart... :D Yes, it's fabulous! Beautiful animal! And it d...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2018, 1:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

YouTube’s entire business is driving people to their website to watch the adverts that surround the videos they host; that is their reason for existing. The CEO has a legal obligation to promote and encourage the business’s actual business - ie it is her job to do anything she can (legally) to get ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1893

Re: You Tube exposure.

I congratulate Performer on his efforts and his sincere and passionate desire to do something about this issue. Very well-written letter, by the way! The exposure of secrets on YouTube is not the same as the posting of handyman and plumber and other such videos. No comparison at all. Magic stands as...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 21st, 2018, 10:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review
Replies: 9
Views: 945

Re: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review

Tommy Wonder is one of the most brilliant magical performers I have ever seen. He had so much charm and charisma, which is a gift he used to great advantage. His knowledge of psychology, timing and misdirection, disarming manner and use of clever lines, combined with his fantastic ability to constru...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 20th, 2018, 8:00 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics

It is readily apparent, from just the photos, that these are beautifully crafted works of art.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 17th, 2018, 9:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legend of Max Malini
Replies: 2
Views: 565

Re: The Legend of Max Malini

Thanks Mahdi - short but sweet - and inspiring.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 17th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?
Replies: 17
Views: 991

Re: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?

Brad Wrote : "second, don’t leave holes in your magic that force the audience to fill them in themselves. Ask yourself ‘how’ did this amazing thing allegedly occur? If the audience is clear on the power or reason the card changed from the point of view of the dramatic fiction (ie he snapped hi...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 17th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?
Replies: 17
Views: 991

Re: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?

Ralph, The most difficult part of being a performer is learning how to present the tricks. I am not talking about the mechanics, the moves, or sleight of hand (although that is obviously important) but the showmanship . so the path to becoming a great performer involves understanding how to captivat...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 13th, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't try this trick at home...
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: Don't try this trick at home...

Interesting to see if there is a lawsuit that comes on the heels of this. According to the article, "...the YouTube video that inspired him was labeled as a harmless magic trick..." I wonder what the next videos featuring "harmless magic tricks" will be? Bullet catch? Russian Rou...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 12th, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2576

Re: The Svengali Deck

He was, indeed, quite pleasant to watch. I daresay a totally unique, one-of-a-kind, inimitable performing style. And an encyclopedic knowledge of sleights, moves and tricks - and not just cards... He is greatly missed.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 11th, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2576

Re: The Svengali Deck

Performer Wrote : "Magicians don't realise the amount of sleight of hand that is at work with the svengali deck. They just underestimate the deck thinking it is just some silly trick deck of cards." If those magicians took the time to master the handling (the right handling as Performer d...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 9th, 2018, 11:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2576

Re: The Svengali Deck

I would guess the bit that gets the strongest reaction is the cutting sequence into multiple piles where the spectator is asked on top of which pile would they like the featured card to be, and it turns out to be all the piles.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 9th, 2018, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2576

Re: The Svengali Deck

Fascinating discussion.

I defer to Performer on all things "Svengali."

I will say, however, that it has been many a decade since the high profile "T.V. Magic" Cards, and like so many things in life, eventually the old becomes new again.
by MagicbyAlfred
April 17th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 21
Views: 3175

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: 322

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: 999

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: 999

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: 34
Views: 2210

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: 118
Views: 15691

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.

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