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by performer
April 21st, 2018, 7:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6436
Views: 1974666

Re: ERDNASE

Bloody hell! All this fighting about who is the author of a book written about a hundred years ago! A war over trivialities. I swear magicians are completely bonkers !
by performer
April 21st, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Re: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick

Alas you only have to reveal part of the secret for laymen to be satisfied that they know all there is to know. Come to think of it I don't think I would relish rushing through unfamiliar terrain either. I can quite see someone slipping and hurting themselves. I am surprised it hasn't happened alrea...
by performer
April 20th, 2018, 7:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 87
Views: 25760

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Jonathan Townsend wrote:the zigzag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTdjbgb9OHA


Too late! I was first! I have already posted that one!
by performer
April 19th, 2018, 5:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cellphone magic
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: Cellphone magic

Instinctively I have although thought that tricks with cellphones are bloody ridiculous especially to people like me who barely know what a cellphone is and what I do know is that I detest the bloody things and consider them a menace to humanity even worse than the magicians who use them. In fact I ...
by performer
April 18th, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Hard to find books about magicians
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: Hard to find books about magicians

Oh, those people are all dead! I can thoroughly recommend this one. And the author is more or less alive. I have known him for years.

https://www.marklewisentertainment.com/ ... cians.html
by performer
April 17th, 2018, 11:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 14
Views: 617

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

I should keep well clear of gypsy curse associations. People can take them quite seriously you know.
by performer
April 17th, 2018, 11:11 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Designing Miracles
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: Review: Designing Miracles (Darwin Ortiz)

I have only looked at Designing Miracles cursorily so I can't really comment on it. Mind you, I don't remember doing backward somersaults over it either. However, I have indeed read Strong Magic and despite my usual cynical and negative nature I was forced to concede that it was quite excellent. I t...
by performer
April 16th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6436
Views: 1974666

Re: ERDNASE

You know, the "need the money" comment may have just been a little joke by the author and you may all well be reading too much into it. Come to think of it I suspect that you may all be reading too much into about 50% (or probably much more) of the various "clues" that you have a...
by performer
April 15th, 2018, 10:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History
Replies: 12
Views: 3313

Re: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History

I always liked the Gen magazine. Odd that nobody ever talks about it any more.
by performer
April 14th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 87
Views: 25760

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

It was indeed Jim Sommers. I remember it well. Harbin was furious and that was the reason he put out his book. I think that made things worse. Cutting off the nose to spite the face. I remember seeing vividly the first time it was ever performed at the London Palladium. I saw it on Television and it...
by performer
April 14th, 2018, 1:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning

Oh, ask David Ben. That is probably more his cup of tea.
by performer
April 13th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning

In that case perhaps there should be two conferences. He may have "made it big" in America but nobody has ever heard of him there now except magicians but of course they don't count. However, in Canada not only did he make it big he is still known among the public. Laymen mention him to me...
by performer
April 13th, 2018, 5:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning

My feeling is that any event should be held in Canada. That is where he hails from.
by performer
April 12th, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slight Club
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Slight Club

He has informed the multitude that he is spelling in this strange manner quite deliberately although I am not quite sure why. At first I thought it was merely because he did not have a British education.
by performer
April 12th, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Do You Know Dave Forrest From Whitchurch UK?
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: Do You Know Dave Forrest From Whitchurch UK?

Oddly enough I was reading an article about this the other day. It seems that this situation is not uncommon on Kickstarter. Backers often get sidelined and not receive what they expect. It was stated that this was a different situation than paying for merchandise and not receiving the goods. It sai...
by performer
April 10th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 568

Re: Public Service Announcement

by performer
April 10th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 568

Re: Public Service Announcement

The best and most fun solution to these matters is Lenny. Have you ever heard of him? Here he is:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-styl ... 13081.html
by performer
April 6th, 2018, 12:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 77
Views: 9636

Re: New John Thompson Book

I actually saw the book yesterday. It is actually two books. It is still a horrific price but I am glad to say not quite as horrific as before. I do hope the fact that it is two books is mentioned a little more often. Better for business that way. I think what I would have done is included a couple ...
by performer
April 6th, 2018, 12:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 14
Views: 617

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

I asked Mahdi about the lack of indices and he told me that this enables tricks from centuries ago to become alive again. Interesting.
by performer
April 5th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Harry Lorayne's Jaw Droppers Lecture
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Review: Harry Lorayne's Jaw Droppers Lecture

To me Harry can do no wrong. I owe him a lot. His books made me a better magician. And yet you claim card magic books published after Royal Road and Expert Card Technique are inferior and not on the same level as these two classics. I have consistently said for years on end that Harry Lorayne is an...
by performer
April 5th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Harry Lorayne's Jaw Droppers Lecture
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Review: Harry Lorayne's Jaw Droppers Lecture

To me Harry can do no wrong. I owe him a lot. His books made me a better magician.
by performer
April 5th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6436
Views: 1974666

Re: ERDNASE

This semantic stuff and comparison to writing styles seems very tenuous to me. I would like some REAL evidence! In other words you want to see a smoking gun. Sure, folks here have been looking for that for quite some time. The trail is too obscure for that to be easy. What seems tenuous to you is a...
by performer
April 4th, 2018, 9:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6436
Views: 1974666

Re: ERDNASE

This semantic stuff and comparison to writing styles seems very tenuous to me. I would like some REAL evidence!
by performer
April 4th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6436
Views: 1974666

Re: ERDNASE

I am amused at all the vitriol expended over the inconsequential matter of who wrote a book written about a hundred years or more ago when the author himself plainly didn't want you all to know in the first place. Indeed I have heard rumblings from the spirit world over the matter. The author himsel...
by performer
April 3rd, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6436
Views: 1974666

Re: ERDNASE

I found this bit interesting. If Sanders was "to a certain extent wealthy" why would he say in the Erdnase book that he "needed the money"? That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. The author must have felt he needed to give a reason to his readers for the existence of the book. ...
by performer
April 3rd, 2018, 1:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6436
Views: 1974666

Re: ERDNASE

[ And I don't understand the (lack of?) importance you place in Sanders' career as a mining engineer. He was successful in the sense that he eventually found large deposits of precious metals that made him to a certain extent wealthy. In the end, that is the goal of a miner: to ascertain where the ...
by performer
April 3rd, 2018, 1:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 51
Views: 16319

Re: reading vs video

I am not sure technology is such an advantage. I used to give cassette tapes of my psychic readings to my clients but nobody has tape recorders any more so I can't do that now. It is an infernal nuisance. Some of my psychic colleagues went on to give CDs instead. I was about to purchase an expensive...
by performer
April 3rd, 2018, 1:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 51
Views: 16319

Re: reading vs video

I DETEST e-books! I will never read one. I think they are horrible things against the laws of nature. Ironically I have a few of my own on Amazon. I have never actually seen them in that form myself. God alone knows what they look like!
by performer
April 2nd, 2018, 11:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 51
Views: 16319

Re: reading vs video

You are correct. I just found it funny! In any event I far prefer books. They are far more convenient for one thing. DVDs and videos are such a hassle to watch. And 90% of the time the performer is bloody awful even if the material is wonderful. It does discourage the learning process somewhat. At l...
by performer
April 2nd, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 51
Views: 16319

Re: reading vs video

I agree with him. However the irony of it all is he is telling us all that in a video!
by performer
April 1st, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6436
Views: 1974666

Re: ERDNASE

I neither know nor care who Erdnase was but one thing I can tell you. Card sharks generally speaking know very few sleights. Perhaps 3 at the most and even that is a stretch. They don't need to know any more than that. No card cheat would ever know let alone write up all those dozens and dozens of s...
by performer
April 1st, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6436
Views: 1974666

Re: ERDNASE

Oddly enough I have always thought it was Vernon who wrote the book even though it can't be. Great minds think alike it seems. Maybe the book came out later than we think.
by performer
April 1st, 2018, 9:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research
Replies: 8
Views: 763

Re: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research

I have invented a method of doing this trick which gets away from this silly nonsense of making it all up as you go along. That can sometimes be wonderful or sometimes end up as bloody awful. I prefer it to be wonderful all the time. It looks exactly the same as the usual Vernon procedure but is act...
by performer
March 31st, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1058

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Can the double turnover be considered the best method for effecting a card change in the spectator's hand? In his essay "Gaff Versus Skill" Jamy Swiss believes that if the practitioner possesses equal facility with both the top change and double turnover, the former is the superior method...
by performer
March 31st, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1058

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

I swear that the reason people who decry the double lift is simply that they can't do the bloody thing! They get caught all the time so they blame the sleight rather than their execution of it. It drove me nuts when I was young because 1 person out of three would know I was doing it so I can sympath...
by performer
March 31st, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1058

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

No matter where the spectator, it is always a good motivation to return the card face-down onto the deck in order to "free" your other hand, so you can gesture at your spectator with your flat, now empty hand and ask him to hold out his hand accordingly. Then thumb off the top card onto h...
by performer
March 30th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1058

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

But it is ALREADY on the deck! It seems perfectly natural to me to turn it face down where it already is! That is if you are using the Finley turnover. But even if you are using a double lift with no Finley aspect there is still no problem if you gesture to the spectator with the right hand but in o...
by performer
March 30th, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1058

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

As a result of this thread I have been going over some of the tricks I do where the double lift is necessary. Without fail every single one of them has a reason to turn the card face down. I can't believe that this is just me. I must be missing something somewhere. Unless I have just coincidentally ...
by performer
March 30th, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Double Lift or Double Turnover
Replies: 32
Views: 1058

Re: The Double Lift or Double Turnover

Oddly enough the double lift was one of the most difficult sleights I ever had to learn! It took me years before I could do the damn thing properly without getting caught whereas for some odd reason I learned the pass within ten minutes despite the books telling me it would take months! I did start ...
by performer
March 25th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can People Learn My Techniques?
Replies: 5
Views: 644

Re: Can People Learn My Techniques?

I can see potential for all sorts of false shuffling, injogging, keeping cards on bottom, keeping them on top etc; I don't know if you already incorporate that stuff but it doesn't look that hard to adapt it. It could open up a lot of possibilities for you such as card controlling etc;. Maybe you do...

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