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by performer
March 18th, 2020, 10:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interesting articles on False Solutions
Replies: 18
Views: 2215

Re: Interesting articles on False Solutions

What do I think of it? A daft and unnecessary idea! However, I do think your quoted piece from Expert Technique to be vitally important. They SHOULD remember the magician when they have forgotten his tricks. Mind you, having said that I recently came across some laymen on Facebook who remembered bot...
by performer
March 18th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Diamond Jim - The Bamboozler
Replies: 1
Views: 699

Re: Diamond Jim - The Bamboozler

He does the Dr Sack Dice Trick too! I wish James Munton was here to comment on the matter. He hates the trick with a passion. Here is Diamond Jim doing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB3n2QTwfvM There is a most amusing discussion on the Genii Forum concerning this particular item. https://forum...
by performer
March 18th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2550

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

. I hate stereotypes, but along performers words on Copperfield I do wonder whether some acts or artists are actually perceived very differently in different cultures or regions--and why, precisely? All I know is that David got so frustrated that I heard he took out a full page advertisement in a B...
by performer
March 18th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2550

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

Aha! I see a You Tube video has been made of the performance. I can hear it much better now! I shall now watch as much as I can of it. Providing it is not too dreadfully vulgar I might even like it. In fact I have been trying to like it for a few days but haven't quite managed it yet. In her lecture...
by performer
March 18th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2550

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

Joe Lyons wrote:Most importantly, her paying customers enjoyed her act.


I agree with that. At least on that occasion anyway.
by performer
March 18th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2550

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

For goodness sake, talk about 'getting on with it' - can 'performer' not just watch the whole thing then perhaps give us his brief views afterwards? I did see the Lucy Darling performances at Genii IV and have to admit I wasn't entirely bowled over. Andrew I shall review things as I see fit. Howeve...
by performer
March 17th, 2020, 11:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2550

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

I watched some more of her and still couldn't make out what she says. That fake voice irritates me probably because I heard her real voice when she lectured. Or should I say tried to hear her real voice. I wonder how she would go over with an audience using her real personality rather than the fake ...
by performer
March 17th, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interesting articles on False Solutions
Replies: 18
Views: 2215

Re: Interesting articles on False Solutions

The trouble with many of these people is that they are psychologists. I find that psychologists are the least qualified people to talk about psychology especially where magic is concerned. It always seems to be non performers who talk about psychology in magic. The REAL psychologists in magic (and t...
by performer
March 17th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2550

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

I watched the "patter pandemic" for the first two and a half minutes. I will try to watch more of it later. All I can do is reserve judgement for the moment. The trouble is that I STILL can't hear her properly! She talks a little too fast and in a fake voice that I can't quite hear properl...
by performer
March 17th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indulgence with Lucy Darling
Replies: 27
Views: 2550

Re: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

I saw her lecture a couple of weeks ago in Toronto. I couldn't hear her properly even though I was in the front row. I do wish lecturers would speak up when there is a chance deaf old magicians might be watching. The little I did hear made me think she was highly intelligent and I liked the way she ...
by performer
March 17th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interesting articles on False Solutions
Replies: 18
Views: 2215

Re: Interesting articles on False Solutions

...in the back section of Expert Card Technique... Gonna guess it's the part about performing and audiences around page 300. Yes? :) Here's a relatively new addition to our vocabulary, Imaginary Audience . That's been a notion in their research for a generation now. It likely applies to effect desc...
by performer
March 17th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Thomas Baxter
Replies: 4
Views: 1812

Re: Thomas Baxter

I know a bit more now. Tom passed away from leukemia the other day. He was known on this group as "Entity" and was a good friend of David Alexander. I knew him for 40 years and I had no idea he was sick. It was a bit of a shock for me.
by performer
March 17th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Interesting articles on False Solutions
Replies: 18
Views: 2215

Re: Interesting articles on False Solutions

I have read a lot of books on magic theory. I used to believe every word in them. Now I tend not to. I find them in the main to be a load of hogwash. I did like the Strong Magic book by Darwin Ortiz but it seems that others found that to be hogwash instead of me. I still say that the best advice I h...
by performer
March 15th, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bob White Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 2046

Re: Bob White Magic

I'm not surprised that Bob procured enough material to make up to 50 more egg bags. He held the trick in such high esteem. Years ago, I got Bob's DVD on the Malini Egg Bag. Bob says on the video that if he were to take a trip around the world doing magic and could take only one trick, it would be t...
by performer
March 15th, 2020, 9:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 40
Views: 5591

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

Waddingtons Number One cards were the ones I used for decades. They even manufactured fake cards for International Magic if my memory is correct. Then I went to Canada and I heard that British magicians were using poker size cards all of a sudden and usually American brands like Bicycle. I couldn't ...
by performer
March 14th, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Thomas Baxter
Replies: 4
Views: 1812

Thomas Baxter

I was quite shocked and surprised to read this on the Magic Cafe. I had no idea that Tom was sick. Does anyone have any further information about this?

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/vie ... 9&forum=15
by performer
March 14th, 2020, 9:17 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: new Houdini biographies review in WSJ
Replies: 10
Views: 1866

Re: new Houdini biographies review in WSJ

The famous escapologist Murray used to get highly irritated with all the biographies about Houdini. He used to complain to me "All these people writing about Houdini didn't even know Houdini!" He felt that disqualified them from writing about him. There was actually a rather inadequate bio...
by performer
March 12th, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5927

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Didn't Frances Marshall do that once or am I imagining it? I swear I read it somewhere.
by performer
March 12th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 213
Views: 64390

Re: Royal road to card magic

I would appreciate that. A lot of the books have been sold but apart from the mentions above I haven't heard a thing. Just an ominous silence. I have utterly no idea what the readers of the book think about it. At least Harry Lorayne seemed to like it and gave it a fantastic foreword. That alone is ...
by performer
March 11th, 2020, 11:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5927

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Law of averages. Obviously if there are male magicians than female those are more likely to get booked. I wouldn't really care one way or the other whether they were male or female. It wouldn't even cross my mind. All that I would be concerned with is whether they are any good or not. Anyway this mi...
by performer
March 11th, 2020, 10:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5927

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

I am trying to imagine my reaction if I was in charge of booking entertainers at a convention if I got a letter like that. I would probably be so annoyed that I would unwisely send a letter back telling the sender to go and play in the traffic and enclose the original letter torn into pieces. Of cou...
by performer
March 11th, 2020, 9:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 8743

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

I have been doing the boomerang card for decades. I use it to draw a crowd either when I am grafting or when I am performing at a trade show. I often say to a wandering spectator, "Oops! You nearly lost an ear there". In my younger days when I was a tad more ruthless than I am now I would ...
by performer
March 11th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review
Replies: 61
Views: 10489

Re: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review

It seems that I have used the same cover in the past! No wonder I didn't sell any!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HV7O3MG

Perhaps this video might help!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQIhl8GbG0k
by performer
March 11th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review
Replies: 61
Views: 10489

Re: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review

Thanks Chet. I will certainly check it out. However, about an hour or so it occurred to me that a crappy cover might actually help me to sell MORE books. I will let the various geniuses here figure out why I say that.................... I did look at the pictures you linked to. They are very good. B...
by performer
March 11th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review
Replies: 61
Views: 10489

Re: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review

It wasn't designing the cover that was the problem. It was trying to find some damn picture that Amazon wouldn't reject. In the end I got so fed up with it that I decided to use any bloody picture I could find. I thought a magic wand was better than nothing. Still, I thank you for the link and I wil...
by performer
March 11th, 2020, 5:41 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review
Replies: 61
Views: 10489

Re: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review

Richard. Do you really have to be so vulgar? Since you run this place you really should set a better example.
Anyway I tried all sorts of pictures but Amazon wouldn't accept them for technical reasons which are beyond my understanding.
by performer
March 11th, 2020, 5:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 8743

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

Yes. That comes under category number two. A flourishy revelation that should be done sparingly. I have no problem with that if there isn't too much of it. When he used to do the boomerang card I would consider that category number one. A flourish (and a good one) which is spectacular in its own rig...
by performer
March 10th, 2020, 10:22 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review
Replies: 61
Views: 10489

Re: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review

I took in my sole copy of the book today to the magic shop and was greeted by great gusts of laughter by the human beings that inhabit the place when they saw the cover. It seems they were not impressed by it. I told them that it nearly didn't have a cover at all since trying to make one drove me up...
by performer
March 10th, 2020, 10:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5927

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

"especially if the women booked are unheard of or fail to deliver a performance worthy of paying the ticket price."

I think the women are far more likely to deliver a "performance worthy of paying the ticket price" than the men are!
by performer
March 9th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 8743

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

Okay, so I have done flourishes. Here's is my Squist move being used by Harapan Ong: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8oQ68upmwA/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link That trick proves my point. If flourishes were done before it was performed a lot of the effect would be diluted because people would suspect sle...
by performer
March 9th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 8743

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

I watched that video. I am not sure whether to term that stuff awfully pretty or pretty awful. It all depends on the context. If they stick to that and keep it away from the card tricks then I think it is awfully pretty. If they mix it in with the card tricks and do them within the card tricks thems...
by performer
March 9th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5927

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

The book was published in 2011 and was started a few years before that. In fact I think around 2007 so I suspect when I wrote those words it was pretty accurate. It was only an estimate. Come to think of it from what I see in Toronto I suspect it is still accurate. I do notice however, that in the a...
by performer
March 9th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5927

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

I am not sure this is anything to agonise over. If women want to do magic let them. If they don't then allow them not to. Just let nature take it's course. And it works the same in reverse. I haven't seen too many men take up knitting.......................... Oddly enough I devoted a short paragrap...
by performer
March 9th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 8743

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

That "isolations" video doesn't show much of a flourish. It seems pretty boring and pointless to my cynical nature. If you have to do a flourish at least make it a spectacular one. Spring the cards (and make it a long spring) or do the turnover on the arm which for some reason (possibly di...
by performer
March 9th, 2020, 12:10 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review
Replies: 61
Views: 10489

Re: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review

I have been reading my own book today and while doing it I realised that physical books have one advantage over e-books that never seems to get mentioned possibly because I am imagining it but I don't think so. Somehow the printed word seems more authoritative that words written on a computer screen...
by performer
March 8th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 5927

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

Some of them don't really need any help to "give them a voice". I know one who is perfectly capable of looking after herself. I better not name her as she is of a somewhat irritable nature if I mention her publicly and I do wish to live. However, I did mention her in my literary masterpiec...
by performer
March 8th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 8743

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

Dave Le Fevre wrote:
Richard Kaufman wrote:everyone should know that this is a very US-centric attitude
Living in the UK, I had not been aware of that. Thanks for the information - as always, I live and learn.


I was going to say that!
by performer
March 7th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Monthly Magic Demonstration
Replies: 6
Views: 1793

Re: Monthly Magic Demonstration

I think I've got worse with age! You must remember that more recent video you saw was me pitching magic which of course I can do in my sleep. It doesn't really count. However, in April and May I will be doing more normal close up magic on that site so it won't look quite so good. I am having difficu...
by performer
March 7th, 2020, 8:34 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review
Replies: 61
Views: 10489

Re: Mark Lewis eBook - A Review

I am doing things one at a time. I am not overly computer savvy and I want to be careful since the Annotated Royal Road is an important book and I don't want to screw it up with my incompetence. There is a learning curve for me to go through so this is what I have planned. I am first going to experi...
by performer
March 7th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Monthly Magic Demonstration
Replies: 6
Views: 1793

Re: Monthly Magic Demonstration

Yes. I do own "Stooging Around" and base my tie cutting routine on what I read in that book. Interestingly enough it seems that Ricky Dunn did too. There is also some good pickpocket information in the book. I did meet an old grafter magician who knew Stuthard and told me that for years Jo...

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