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by MagicbyAlfred
October 26th, 2021, 9:49 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Bossie Cow
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Re: Bossie Cow

"Knock knock."

"Who's there?"

"Impatient Cow."

"Impatient c..."

"MOO!"
by MagicbyAlfred
October 24th, 2021, 12:39 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Why glossy pages?
Replies: 22
Views: 942

Re: Why glossy pages?

I greatly prefer glossy, and I believe that most magicians who love books do, as well. In addition to what Richard pointed out about photographs, there is a certain gravitas to books with glossy pages, and they ooze quality.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 23rd, 2021, 6:35 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ricky Jay's Collection
Replies: 28
Views: 3329

Re: Ricky Jay's Collection

Dustin Stinett wrote: I'd wager that if Ricky's ghost could make sure David couldn't get a single piece through the auction he would do it.


Ah, yes, Ricky's ghost. Raises some intriguing patter possibilities, specially around Halloween season....
by MagicbyAlfred
October 23rd, 2021, 2:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across Routine by Al
Replies: 35
Views: 1279

Re: Coins Across Routine by Al

T arotist Wrote: Here we are. I am just making this up as I go along. Completely spur of the moment. "the idea of the trick is to send these coins one at a time up my sleeve, across my right shoulder to my left shoulder, down my left sleeve and into my other hand. Watch and you might see them g...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 22nd, 2021, 6:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: tomframe.com
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: tomframe.com

Tom, a very striking and aesthetically pleasing site! I enjoyed reading your fascinating biography and part of your interview, your insights, and the various factors that motivated you towards psychology. I will circle back and finish reading the rest of the interview soon. Yes, a deck of cards most...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 22nd, 2021, 2:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across Routine by Al
Replies: 35
Views: 1279

Re: Coins Across Routine by Al

Originally, I sought to delete my posts, and I realize that Richard has provided the opportunity for that to be done upon request. I have decided, however, not to have my posts deleted in light of what I believe is Richard's correct observation that this thread "is a lesson for all of us in how...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 22nd, 2021, 11:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across Routine by Al
Replies: 35
Views: 1279

Coins Across Routine by Al

Honored members, I have been advised that my posts may contain content offensive to others. Although I had no intent to offend and was just trying to come up with some alternative patter, it appears that I may have nonetheless offended and unwittingly propagated objectionable stereotypes. I tried to...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 22nd, 2021, 5:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across Routine by Al
Replies: 35
Views: 1279

Coins Across Routine by Al

Three brothers from America were walking down the street in Shanghai, walked into a bar and grabbed a table. The brothers were all single, and craving some female companionship. They noticed a lovely Chinese woman sitting on the other side of the room, sipping on a Mai Tai... A bit of a revision to...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 21st, 2021, 9:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across Routine by Al
Replies: 35
Views: 1279

Coins Across Routine by Al

Three brothers from America were walking down the street in Shanghai, walked into a bar and grabbed a table. The brothers were all single, and craving some female companionship. They noticed a lovely Chinese woman sitting on the other side of the room, sipping on a Mai Tai...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 20th, 2021, 7:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across Routine by Al
Replies: 35
Views: 1279

Coins Across Routine by Al

I have had this out for some time. Perhaps most here have seen it. I have not discussed the handling anywhere. Ii have struggled with the main move for years and finally found a technique that makes it work. The routine was designed to be versatile. Just coins and guts. I have tested it on some lay...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 17th, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Do we see reality?
Replies: 64
Views: 2466

Re: Do we see reality?

I have a stuffed rabbit. He's my friend, and I talk to him.

Saves me a fortune on the cost of counseling (and drugs).
by MagicbyAlfred
October 15th, 2021, 2:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Do we see reality?
Replies: 64
Views: 2466

Re: Do we see reality?

Edward Pungot wrote:A cautionary note to the story.
I would not try this again.
I overdosed during the experience and spent 3 days in the hospital with an IV in my arm to flush it out of my system.


Wow! Glad everything turned out OK.

Even Timothy would be leary of such an experience.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 11th, 2021, 6:38 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 115
Views: 13155

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

chetday wrote:Alfred, thanks for the link to the video. That's exactly the kind of visual magic that I enjoy so much. :)


Chet, thank you very much! I'm happy you enjoyed it.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 11th, 2021, 9:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Elmsley" Is A Magic Word
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: "Elmsley" Is A Magic Word

Leo Garet wrote:“Collected Works,” Volume [1] Chapter One, paragraph [2].

“I didn’t set my standards very high. I tried to attain competence.”

Would that all “magicians” did that.


I daresay that he achieved far more than mere competence. Here's another great routine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su_JO7tRLxo
by MagicbyAlfred
October 10th, 2021, 9:24 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 115
Views: 13155

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Chet, thanks so much for your detailed, fascinating and thought-provoking response! Yes, I do like to wrap some of my magic in stories. But I kind of like to mix'em and match'em, sometimes using the very direct, straightforward approach you referred to, with very little patter, and sometimes, no wor...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 9th, 2021, 1:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rumour - Blaine headed for Vegas residency
Replies: 10
Views: 825

Re: Rumour - Blaine headed for Vegas residency

I don't understand how people would enjoy watching someone swallowing a frog(s) and/or regurgitating them, let alone paying money to see it. I think it's gross and inhumane.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 9th, 2021, 9:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Elmsley" Is A Magic Word
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: "Elmsley" Is A Magic Word

Actually Elmsley WAS a good performer! I was taken aback a bit when I first saw him perform because I assumed wrongly that he would be as dull as most magicians are when performing card tricks. He could actually entertain very well and had good presentational skills. As for the Elmsley count I have...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 8th, 2021, 9:28 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 115
Views: 13155

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

I revised my third novel off and on for over twenty years before finally putting together a Kindle version. I've been through that book, page by page, at least thirty times, and I'd bet a dime to a donut that if I read it again today I'd find at least one typo that I'd missed. It really is virtuall...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 8th, 2021, 11:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Elmsley" Is A Magic Word
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: "Elmsley" Is A Magic Word

Elmsley called his Count "The Ghost Count." It's a good thing that the "magical comunity" re-named it as "Elmsley Count" to honour him and relate his family name with the card magician's world ^_^ I like the name "Ghost count," and I may use it on Halloween t...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 7th, 2021, 9:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Elmsley" Is A Magic Word
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: "Elmsley" Is A Magic Word

When discussing issues such as "one of the greatest magical inventors of all time" (Bob says Elmsley qualifies for such a distinction), "the most valuable and useful sleight of all time" (Bob says it's the Elmsley Count), and "the greatest genius in the history of card magic...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 6th, 2021, 7:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Do we see reality?
Replies: 64
Views: 2466

Re: Do we see reality?

Brad Jeffers wrote:selective attention test


That is amazing! I didn't see the gorilla, but I thought I caught a flash of a banana. Just thought it was probably subliminal advertising by Chiquita or something...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 5th, 2021, 10:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 176
Views: 40441

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

The irony of it all is that the very posting of a comment (assuming it's the poster's own words and not merely a quotation of someone else's words) on the Magic Cafe, is precisely what gives rise to the poster's (not the Cafe's) copyright in the post as a matter of federal law in the U.S.. Copyright...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 5th, 2021, 6:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Do we see reality?
Replies: 64
Views: 2466

Re: Do we see reality?

The brain counteracts these movements by by steadying them and making everything appear smooth. While t he the brain is using saccadic movements to read, it searches for the the most important words and skips over the less important ones, and and fills them in using the words around it it and what t...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 5th, 2021, 4:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Do we see reality?
Replies: 64
Views: 2466

Re: Do we see reality?

The question is, do you agree with the explanation and the saccades thing. And how many saw the extra the in "Paris in the the Spring." Right now seeing the extra the is obvious. I did see the extra "the" upon my initial reading, and I do agree with the saccades thing. But I'm s...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 5th, 2021, 12:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Do we see reality?
Replies: 64
Views: 2466

Re: Do we see reality?

Was contemplating how this (colloquially speaking, lazy-brain) phenomenon might apply to spectators' observations (or lack thereof) of magic. Possibly in failing to catch discrepancies, such as in the Cross-Cut or Hindu Shuffle forces, the Olram Subtlety, the Flustration Count, Bill Simon's Business...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 5th, 2021, 11:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic Theory
Replies: 21
Views: 942

Re: Magic Theory

Tom Gilbert wrote:Alfred, that's called the "dead ant force."


:D
by MagicbyAlfred
October 4th, 2021, 12:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic Theory
Replies: 21
Views: 942

Re: Magic Theory

PressureFan wrote:Ken Brooke said you Classic Force with your feet.


Yes, but I always get such strange looks when I lay on my back and lift my legs/feet in the air to offer them a so-called "free choice."
by MagicbyAlfred
October 4th, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 218
Views: 36657

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Al, I'm sorry to hear of your disabilities, but happy to hear of your (at least partial) recovery, as I know the many others who appreciate you and your wonderful and innovative contributions to the art of magic must be as well.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 2nd, 2021, 5:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic Theory
Replies: 21
Views: 942

Re: Magic Theory

First, I want to say that IMHO, that was a very unique, clean and deceptive vanish Al showed on the video. Thanks for sharing it, and I agree what sells it is the fingers visibly closing, as well as the smoothness and invisibility of the steal. I think that's why vanishes where the coin is visibly p...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 23rd, 2021, 9:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obie O'Brien - RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 873

Re: Obie O'Brien - RIP

This is very sad news. My sincere sympathies to Obie's family and friends. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but the name "Obie O'Brien" has been a fixture and a legend in the magic community as far back as I can remember. I hope he is continuing to do what he loves and is "wor...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 14th, 2021, 9:22 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 33
Views: 18172

Re: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it

On Bill Malone's On the Loose DVD (Vol. 3) there is a routine (performed and taught) called "Standing Ovation Invisible Deck." This is an example (among many) showing that Bill is not only a grandmaster of sleight of hand and hilarious entertaining performer, but a brilliant thinker, as we...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 26th, 2021, 2:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Brad Burt
Replies: 6
Views: 1414

Re: RIP Brad Burt

PS Here is a very short video (26 seconds) featuring Brad doing some beautiful flourishes, including his one-handed triple cut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yp2Xbl68qA Watching it reminded me that I also learned the Giant Fan and springing the cards from him. Going forward, every time I do any o...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 26th, 2021, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Brad Burt
Replies: 6
Views: 1414

Re: RIP Brad Burt

I am very saddened to hear this news! My deepest sympathies to his family. I knew that he had some pretty serious and chronic health issues even 15-20 years ago that led him to close his brick and mortar shop in San Diego, but 68 is so young! Brad's wonderful VHS on card flourishes was the very firs...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 26th, 2021, 9:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Does anyone have any sad stories about magic or magicians?
Replies: 25
Views: 1412

Re: Does anyone have any sad stories about magic or magicians?

Alfred (with King of Hearts on his forehead smiling at his 5-year old volunteer and winking at audience): "Gosh I wonder where your card could be?" 5 year-old kid (not smiling): "That's not my card." (robust laughter from audience) Alfred: "You're kidding?" 5 year-old ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 25th, 2021, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Does anyone have any sad stories about magic or magicians?
Replies: 25
Views: 1412

Re: Does anyone have any sad stories about magic or magicians?

Alfred (with King of Hearts on his forehead smiling at his 5-year old volunteer and winking at audience): "Gosh I wonder where your card could be?" 5 year-old kid (not smiling): "That's not my card." (robust laughter from audience) Alfred: "You're kidding?" 5 year-old K...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 25th, 2021, 9:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Does anyone have any sad stories about magic or magicians?
Replies: 25
Views: 1412

Re: Does anyone have any sad stories about magic or magicians?

And what happened to Roy/Siegfried & Roy is surely a sad story by anyone's definition.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 24th, 2021, 9:23 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Fantasio candles
Replies: 13
Views: 3751

Re: Fantasio candles

Here is the Maestro himself at work over 50 years ago at F.I.S.M. Holland:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kmihF1RObI
by MagicbyAlfred
June 24th, 2021, 7:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?
Replies: 78
Views: 5958

Re: Opinions on Derren Brown quote?

That point really does strike a chord...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 24th, 2021, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11508

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

Zig Zagger wrote:I don't think so, Alfred, but Kalanag might have liked this sort of retro-fitting post-war excuse... ;)


I will defer to you on that one, Zig Zagger.

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