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by MagicbyAlfred
February 28th, 2022, 7:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Johnathan
Replies: 4
Views: 1139

Re: RIP Amazing Johnathan

Sincere condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed.

I'm sure there's a bunch of angels splitting a gut as we speak.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6P1QRqFeww
by MagicbyAlfred
February 6th, 2022, 10:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Word Magic
Replies: 42
Views: 1810

Re: The Word Magic

Would someone define the word magic for me. Before I take a crack at offering my own subjective definition, I will preface it by saying that there are probably at least as many different definitions of magic as there are magicians. OK, here goes: Magic is the art of creating false premises in order...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 5th, 2022, 9:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Insane ACAN method
Replies: 32
Views: 6184

Re: Insane ACAN method

Oh, just use a svengali deck and be done with it! Fan the deck in front of someone's eyes so that only the key card shows. Of course you will have to buy my book to find out how to do that. Say to the spectator, "Think of any card you see. Don't move a muscle---don't say anything. Just think o...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 5th, 2022, 4:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin

In the mid 90s I did a cut down version of Flourious that I called Flour. I really enjoyed messing around with the jumbo coins, but stopped a while back. Still can't remember why... Never too late to get back into it. I often work in some noisy places and it's nice to be able to have something wher...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 4th, 2022, 4:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin

Roy M. McIlwee wrote:Alfred, You have me dusting off my Jumbo Coins and pulling out "Unexplainable Acts" by Kurtz. I forgot how much fun that was to work on.



Great to hear, Roy! It is good clean fun, gratifying, and those you perform it for will love it too!
by MagicbyAlfred
February 4th, 2022, 6:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin

I've just watched it with my family ^_^ My son (8) told me: "how the hell does he hide such a big coin?!" So you can be sure you did a really good performance job! :-)) My wife said: "that nice music fits very well" I immediately pushed the thumb-up bottom as I love the routine ...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 30th, 2022, 10:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin

Very smooth. The musical accompaniment is great. Thank you for your kind words, Ketterfelto! I originally did a couple takes with my phone camera with no music and then realized that some uptempo jazz would probably be a good accompaniment to the brisk pacing. Since I did this little video, which w...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 29th, 2022, 12:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin

Very, very nice. Thank you very much, Roy! *By the way, based on your recommendation on another forum a year or so ago, I purchased "Little Bunny's Card Trick," by Goldman. The routine provides a splendid opportunity for loads of gags and entertainment -- and strong magic too. I had long ...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 28th, 2022, 9:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin
Replies: 10
Views: 807

A Little Sleight of Hand with a Big Coin

I recently received a lovely replica of a U.S. Morgan Silver Dollar, in jumbo size, as a gift from my friend, Tom Ladshaw, who is a fine professional magician and ventriloquist. So I was inspired to work out a quickie little routine using just the jumbo coin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzxM6YZp...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 15th, 2022, 9:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic
Replies: 80
Views: 3964

Re: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic

The only thing that makes magic special is that it is YOUR field of activity, you think that YOU are special and therefore you extrapolate that your peers are particularly different to the rest of humanity in their unique inferiority...The only thing that is truly unique about magic is that it's fu...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 15th, 2022, 6:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Script Ocean
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: Script Ocean

Al Schneider wrote:I will not do the bunnies. I will not be an old fart grabbing someone’s wrist, hand, and fingers forcing something unseen into their hand and holding onto it so they won’t peek inside prematurely. I find that disgusting and so do a lot of women.


B.S.

That stands for "Bunnies Slay."
by MagicbyAlfred
January 15th, 2022, 1:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Script Ocean
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: Script Ocean

Reminds me of Karrel Fox talking about a gig he did for some bankers. He says he drew a bill in a slip of paper and folded it in a set of Buddha papers. When he opened it, the paper was a thousand dollar bill. Then he said, "Oops, I put the decimal point in the wrong place." You don't thi...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 14th, 2022, 11:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Script Ocean
Replies: 15
Views: 994

Re: Script Ocean

One night I was performing strolling magic at a very well-to-do club on Hutchinson Island, Florida. Several times during the event, I performed a routine that was one of my favorites, and always well-received. To summarize (without going into the plot/patter here), each of the four queens turned fac...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 14th, 2022, 7:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bending Single Card For Glimpse
Replies: 25
Views: 1765

Re: Bending Single Card For Glimpse

The two parts of Farelli's Card Magic are excellent books in any form. Until I did a little reading up, I didn't realize that Farelli was a student of Devant. I'm not usually a fan of download Ebooks, but Vanishing Inc. is offering both parts, in that format, for a grand total of $5.99! https://www...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 13th, 2022, 2:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Mathe-Magic Book?
Replies: 24
Views: 4568

Re: Best Mathe-Magic Book?

Self-Working Number Magic: 101 Foolproof Tricks , by Karl Fulves (which includes 98 illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt), is available dirt cheap in paperback (Dover) from a variety of online vendors. I gave my copy away to a young kid/aspiring magician a couple years ago, and I will be replacing it...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 12th, 2022, 5:27 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Easy to Make Children's Magic Props
Replies: 13
Views: 1007

Re: Easy to Make Children's Magic Props

Ironically, in the wake of this thread, I just learned from watching a Netflix documentary ("The Lion's Share") that Disney, itself, was sued by the heirs of a poor South African migrant worker (Saloman Linda), who, back in the Apartheid days, composed and recorded the song, "Mbube,&q...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 12th, 2022, 4:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bending Single Card For Glimpse
Replies: 25
Views: 1765

Re: Bending Single Card For Glimpse

When I was a little boy, in the fifties, I learn this glimpse and I simply bent the card hold by the ends. But some years later, someone (?) show me a tip to do this glimpse in a more subtle way. You hold the card with the right hand, and with your left forefinger, you brush the face of the card, s...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 12th, 2022, 1:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic
Replies: 80
Views: 3964

Re: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic

Tarotist Wrote: "I really think America should apply to come under British rule once again. Alas, I don't think we want them any more."

Somehow, in some way (although therapy may well be needed), I think we will be able to live with that.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 12th, 2022, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic
Replies: 80
Views: 3964

Re: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic

Joe McKay Wrote: "It seems to be this weird elitist New Yorker snobbish type attitude that is common amongst the upper classes over in America. Maybe it is because American is such a young country? As such, people seek a sense of identity in "taste" rather than history." Maybe it...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 12th, 2022, 9:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic
Replies: 80
Views: 3964

Re: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic

However, nobody actually likes the cello (just as nobody really likes card tricks). Your theory falls apart right here, twice. Yes. For example a certain band from Liverpool (I believe that's in the UK), whose music was (and arguably still remains) the most popular music in history, seemed to like ...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 10th, 2022, 3:35 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Easy to Make Children's Magic Props
Replies: 13
Views: 1007

Re: Easy to Make Children's Magic Props

There are really two separate issues here: one practical: the other legal. As a practical matter, although Disney is known to be super-aggressive in protecting its intellectual property, it is highly unlikely that it would come after some kid who makes a set of cards for a magic trick using the imag...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 10th, 2022, 10:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic
Replies: 80
Views: 3964

Re: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic

I was once given some very valuable advice by an incomparably superb magician and performer: "Alfred, no matter what level you achieve, or are on, don't ever start thinking that you are "there," or how "good" you are, because that will be the beginning of a precipitous decli...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 9th, 2022, 3:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic
Replies: 80
Views: 3964

Re: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic

I don't think Ricky Jay owes magicians a damn thing! Why the hell should he?. It bothered him deeply and profoundly that, relatively speaking, very few magicians set such standards for themselves. . I feel the same way. I shouldn't but I do. From the aforesaid New Yorker article : T.J. Waters (then...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 9th, 2022, 3:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic
Replies: 80
Views: 3964

Re: Ricky Jay - his legacy in the world of magic

I don't think Ricky Jay owes magicians a damn thing! Why the hell should he?. Ricky Jay didn't think so either. The fact is that he he held the vast, overwhelming majority of magicians in complete and utter contempt. An in-depth profile on Ricky published in the New Yorker magazine back in 1993 rev...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 5th, 2022, 9:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cross Cut Force Science
Replies: 102
Views: 4966

Re: Cross Cut Force Science

I keep getting a psychic vibe from my spirit guides. They keep saying to me, "If it ain't broke don't fix it" Well yes, there's that. But then my spirit guides (Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker) are telling me that if I didn't write something, this fascinating thread would fade away into ob...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 5th, 2022, 6:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cross Cut Force Science
Replies: 102
Views: 4966

Re: Cross Cut Force Science

I've not done the Jaks/Elmsley "What Card" or the Voodoo Spirit Trick (although I did clumsily stick myself with a pin recently). But, like Tarotist, I would be inclined to go with the Voodoo Spirit. It strikes me as a more vivid contrast and mystical effect for an image to appear on a com...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 3rd, 2022, 4:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Armando Gutierrez
Replies: 4
Views: 799

Re: RIP Armando Gutierrez

I have searched the Web in vain for any video footage there might be of Armando performing his magic, or even some written biographical info. However, it warmed my heart to learn that Armando had lectured at "Magic Galore & More," a brick and mortar magic shop in Westminster, Californi...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 1st, 2022, 10:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Old Man Doing an Old Trick
Replies: 6
Views: 697

Re: Old Man Doing an Old Trick

Very nice.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 1st, 2022, 8:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cross Cut Force Science
Replies: 102
Views: 4966

Re: Cross Cut Force Science

OK, bringing sponge bunnies into this discussion crosses the line, is an unkind cut, and forces me to respond. Please do not malign one of, if not thee , most entertaining and beloved trick ever created. Well, to be fair, maybe not beloved by most magicians, just by laymen -- but we all know they do...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 31st, 2021, 1:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cross Cut Force Science
Replies: 102
Views: 4966

Re: Cross Cut Force Science

It's interesting to consider, in light of Brad's thoughts on the cross cut force (with which I agree), that, even assuming some time delay is necessary or optimal to take attention away from what transpired, it could (ironically) undermine or even nullify whatever benefit there may be to the time mi...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 31st, 2021, 12:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cross Cut Force Science
Replies: 102
Views: 4966

Re: Cross Cut Force Science

To correct a possible ambiguity in my previous post, where I wrote: "Yes, virtually no magician (or even layman) would argue that Matrix qualifies as a great trick, but unlike the overwhelming majority of scientists, Al is not merely a scientist, but a talented magician and magical thinker, as ...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 31st, 2021, 10:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cross Cut Force Science
Replies: 102
Views: 4966

Re: Cross Cut Force Science

I am repeating my old song. I maintain that humans have a huge library of "video clips" in their head. Real world events trigger these video clips so what a spectator "sees" is not what actually happens. The actions in the cross cut force are so common in our everyday activity t...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 30th, 2021, 11:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: magic set as a Christmas gift
Replies: 36
Views: 1993

Re: magic set as a Christmas gift

If I recall from the Canadian documentary on Vernon, when Mrs. Verner wanted the kids to do something in the household and they refused to comply, she threatened them with having them go watch one of their father's card tricks. I guess when magic is everyday, it ceases to be special. Apparently the...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 29th, 2021, 9:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Armando Gutierrez
Replies: 4
Views: 799

Re: RIP Armando Gutierrez

Very sad news! I met Armando back in the 90's at the Magic Castle. We sessioned, and we hit it off immediately. He had beautiful smooth card handling technique, and was passionate about magic. After that, we kept in touch by letter. Most importantly, as Dustin noted, he was a very nice person. What ...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 29th, 2021, 5:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: magic set as a Christmas gift
Replies: 36
Views: 1993

Re: magic set as a Christmas gift

Paco, that's great that you gave your son a magic set. It's interesting how some of us are immediately attracted to magic at a young age when we are exposed to it in some way, whether it's a trip to the magic shop (that was my case), or getting a magic set (that was also my case, as I received a mag...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 28th, 2021, 3:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cross Cut Force Science
Replies: 102
Views: 4966

Re: Cross Cut Force Science

Brad Jeffers Wrote [quoting from the paper] "Empirical studies have shown that this force was successful 45% of the time, and participants reported the same amount of freedom for forced choices and unforced choices." I'm not sure exactly what they meant by this. Normally if someone told m...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 28th, 2021, 1:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: magic set as a Christmas gift
Replies: 36
Views: 1993

Re: magic set as a Christmas gift

This is the David Nixon magic set I remember from back in the day. As mentioned earlier, the box was in the style of a briefcase. Andrew Examining the multiplicity of various images, it appears that it even included an egg bag with (probably) a plastic egg, and a pair of paddles. Also the obligator...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 27th, 2021, 3:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: magic set as a Christmas gift
Replies: 36
Views: 1993

Re: magic set as a Christmas gift

It depends upon the era. When AC Gilbert was the biggest toy company in America, and they were putting out between four and eight new sets every year, MORE people got started in magic by receiving a magic set because the sets were of great quality. I think fewer people who get a magic set with chea...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 27th, 2021, 9:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cross Cut Force Science
Replies: 102
Views: 4966

Re: Cross Cut Force Science

To comment on ‘marking the cut’ is pointless. It calls attention to the cards when you don’t want to call attention to the cards. That's precisely what I realised many years ago, when I first used this force. So I simply perform the process, but make no commentary on what we're doing. Good thinking...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 26th, 2021, 3:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cross Cut Force Science
Replies: 102
Views: 4966

Re: Cross Cut Force Science

Another excellent point, Brad.

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