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by MagicbyAlfred
June 19th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 115
Views: 8524

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: 115
Views: 8524

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: 25
Views: 2267

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: 25
Views: 2267

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: 25
Views: 2267

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: 115
Views: 8524

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: 25
Views: 2278

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: 126
Views: 17993

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: 126
Views: 17993

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: 126
Views: 17993

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: 6
Views: 1130

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: 963

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: 3882

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: 5
Views: 1202

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: 3472

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: 2435

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: 3472

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: 3577

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: 3472

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: 3472

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: 20700

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: 3472

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: 20700

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: 3486

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: 10012

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: 3486

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: 37
Views: 3486

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: 37
Views: 3486

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: 37
Views: 3486

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: 37
Views: 3486

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: 5462

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: 37
Views: 3486

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: 37
Views: 3486

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: 691

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: 37
Views: 3486

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: 37
Views: 3486

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: 13923

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: 13923

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: 244
Views: 20700

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: 13923

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...

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