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by MagicbyAlfred
July 4th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician sighting
Replies: 5
Views: 932

Re: Magician sighting

Love it! Can't beat a good confederate - Especially one with good horse sense. [*Insert groans here ________________]

BTW, I use that triple f _ l _ _ cut credited to Jay Ose all the time. It's a winner!
by MagicbyAlfred
July 2nd, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 150
Views: 23190

Re: Royal road to card magic

All good points. Also, I would add to Harry's admonition, that magicians worry too much about things a layman doesn't give a darn about, the corollary - that oftentimes, magicians don't worry about the things a layman does give a darn about.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 2nd, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 150
Views: 23190

Re: Royal road to card magic

My personal view on the subject is that the spectator should be the one to remove the cards. First, this makes the procedure fair and above board. Second, it involves the spectator. Third, it is not that long and cumbersome a procedure for the spectator to remove 10 cards, or especially 7 cards as s...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 1st, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 150
Views: 23190

Re: Royal road to card magic

Performer Wrote: "I think it is going to be a good book." I would bet on it!

It's also been nice kind of following Performer's journey, as he proceeds down the Royal Road - not something that one ordinarily gets to do...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 28th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

I see the point that Erdnasephile is making, and yes from an efficiency standpoint it makes sense. From my point of view, the overriding issue with any card control after a card has been selected is instilling conviction in the spectator that (1) you are not manipulating him or her to place it back ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 28th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Kaufman Wins Second Allan Slaight Award
Replies: 10
Views: 1517

Re: Richard Kaufman Wins Second Allan Slaight Award

Congratulations to Richard! A well-deserved award and recognition - and an enviable prize!
by MagicbyAlfred
June 28th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

I think that was my point. And the best (indeed, the only) way "to get them to feel they shuffled their card into the pack," is for them to shuffle
by MagicbyAlfred
June 28th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

If you palm well, nothing can instill stronger conviction in a layman/woman that a card is truly lost and out of the magician's control, than palming off the card controlled and relinquishing the deck to the spectator to shuffle. For all but the most cynical of spectators, this extinguishes any poss...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 27th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

I know that this is a hot button topic, with fervently held views on both sides of the issue. But I'm going to agree with Performer. Why? Well, there is always the "magician's perspective" on a move, and then there is the magian's perspective on how he/she believes a layman will perceive s...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 26th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqHLl88vJek Gives away a good trick, Tilt and talks about palming cards off. I guess this is OK? Certainly not OK in my book! It irritates the living hell out of me that professional magicians are exposing core secrets to the world. I definitely do not believe this i...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 26th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

I was shocked to see that there is a video on YouTube by an established professional/cruise ship magician, Christopher James, revealing the Miser's Dream. Ironically, he also has a performance video of himself doing the routine in a professional show. It appears that even professional magicians have...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 22nd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

The best "performances" of the Pass are never "seen" And, as such, are few and far between I have worked with professional magicians at paid events who might as well have been openly cutting the selection to the top in plain view, and yet they thought they were getting over.... T...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 20th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

Performer is absolutely right - I can never give up my beloved sponge rabbits. I would only be a mere shadow of a man...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 19th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

Where there's a will, there's away. And there are still ways to fool laymen and not have them find it on YouTube. It's just up to us to find them and/or devise them. Annemann chronicled 202 ways to force a card, and many of them are not even known by magicians, let alone the little adolescent p _ i ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 19th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

Precisely, and this is why my practice/rehearsal regimen includes videoing myself, or better yet, having someone else do it from a number of angles. I have had people come back and tell me that they watched the video over and over and over trying to see how it was done (e.g. "how you got those ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 18th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

irrespective of how incredible any of the bygone luminaries previously mentioned may have been doing sleight of hand in person, if one's pass or (or any other move) can be seen on video, then it shouldn't be done. Not in this day and age; the game has changed. It's a different world now, where peopl...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 18th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 26
Views: 3227

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

I've never heard a bad word about Roy Kueppers and the stuff he's made for me and others is world-class. Plus he thinks like a magician. The making of world-class stuff part - that's good to hear. The thinking like a magician part - IMHO, that is not necessarily a plus -- unless one performs primar...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 14th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 26
Views: 3227

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

The Chinatown coins made by Johnson are not deceptive. The depth is all wrong. This is what happens when a design error is never corrected. Roy Kueppers made mine to custom specs and they look perfect. This is not my personal experience. However, I bought mine 25 years ago. Funny, never seemed to g...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 13th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 26
Views: 3227

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

i still use coin sets/coins i bought from Johnson 25 years ago (e.g. Silver, Copper, Brass Tansposition, Scotch & Soda,The Coin from Chinatown, expanded half dollar shell). Consistently high quality, highly durable, and better than anything I've had "custom made" (won't mention any nam...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 8th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18811

Re: The Pass

Performer Wrote: "I feel guilty every time I do it since I am breaking all sorts of rules in magic which I won't get into right now. And one of the rules I break is that at one point I say, "The six of diamonds is a very strange card. Even though I am shuffling the cards it never likes to...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 4th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 3327

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

This has morphed into a nice discussion about aspects of Card to Wallet in general. My two cents, for what it's worth (and I pray it's more than two cents!): 1. If any ruse is to be employed in the palming method, I recommend having a card already inside the inside breast pocket. After the selection...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 3rd, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 150
Views: 23190

Re: Royal road to card magic

Oh, perhaps I misunderstood longtime lurker. If so I apologise. I thought he was referring to the Lives of a Showman. Just to clarify a bit further, when I said, "my friend" in the last post, I was referring to Performer. I don't know lurker or who he is... But I would give him the benefi...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 3rd, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 150
Views: 23190

Re: Royal road to card magic

I'm pretty sure my friend knew what I was referring to specifically when I mentioned that it was wonderful that his own writings will finally have the chance to see the light of day. But just to clarify, I was specifically referring to his statement that "I shall also add in as an appendix the ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 3rd, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 150
Views: 23190

Re: Royal road to card magic

This is a very ambitious project that Performer has undertaken, undoubtedly entailing a lot of analysis and hard work, and I congratulate him for it. Also, it is wonderful that his own writings will also be included - that they will finally have a chance to see the light of day and, I am sure, be a ...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 30th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: John Mendoza
Replies: 8
Views: 1888

Re: John Mendoza

Obviously the Chief Genii is in a far better position to address this question than I, if in fact, it is a question that has an answer. Furthermore, I presume that the predecessor publishers of Genii are not around or available to attempt to answer the question, once again, if it has one. This said,...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 22nd, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Werner Reich - Death Camp Conjuror
Replies: 4
Views: 1039

Re: Werner Reich - Death Camp Conjuror

Scott Wells Wrote : "Werner was not a magician in the camps, but he met and was inspired by another prisoner (Levine) who apparently stayed alive by entertaining the SS with magic. He taught Werner a trick that kept his mind occupied during the horrific days in interment." It is a moving ...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 10th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 4435

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

Richard is more than capable of speaking for himself, but the question was raised here whether exposure videos on YouTube are not really exposure videos anymore? No. Exposure videos on YouTube always have been, still are, and always will be, exposure videos. The overwhelming majority of viewers have...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 9th, 2019, 11:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Brainwave deck - your favourite presentation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1645

Re: Brainwave deck - your favourite presentation?

I present it as a straight mentalism effect - specifically, as an experiment in mental telepathy. A sealed envelope is introduced and given to a spectator to hold. I tell the spectator that I am going to attempt to telepathically communicate to him or her the name of a certain playing card from a de...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steven Youell is in a bad place
Replies: 11
Views: 3628

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: 2595

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: 3628

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: 3846

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: 3628

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: 3628

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: 244
Views: 23059

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: 3628

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: 244
Views: 23059

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: 37
Views: 3954

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: 88
Views: 10674

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: 37
Views: 3954

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...

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