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by performer
October 19th, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: split manipulation tecnique who created?
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: split manipulation tecnique who created?

It seems this has already been discussed:
viewtopic.php?t=10848

It seems that Richard used to think it was Cardini.
by performer
October 18th, 2018, 2:06 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: split manipulation tecnique who created?
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: split manipulation tecnique who created?

I swear I read somewhere it was Paul Le Paul. One moment please and I will check. I have been and I have seen. Alas I was wrong but almost right. He was one of the first to use it professionally but he didn't invent it. He found it described in a British manuscript published it 1916. A vague descrip...
by performer
October 16th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How to Introduce Your Kid to Magic
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: How to Introduce Your Kid to Magic

I don't like the article because it exposes the French Drop. However, in any case there are enough atrocious "magicians" in the world without adding any more. The less kids learning magic the better. They should be out shoplifting and breaking windows like other kids do instead of inflicti...
by performer
October 14th, 2018, 10:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

Well, at least he is "bringing them into it" as I have just been preaching. It is of course important not to throw people off balance too much otherwise they might get confused and not follow the effect. You don't want to break a linear sequence and distract people from the path their mind...
by performer
October 14th, 2018, 10:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

I don't like it at all and I haven't even seen it yet. I suppose I had better have a look.
by performer
October 14th, 2018, 6:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 45
Views: 12118

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

One little known advantage of the Tipsy Trick/ Slop Shuffle version is that it can be used for quite large audiences. I have done it in small theatres, night clubs and other stand up venues. In those circumstances it has gone over quite well.
by performer
October 14th, 2018, 6:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The end of a magic institution
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: The end of a magic institution

A great pity. I have never seen a bad act on that show.
by performer
October 12th, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Blurry svengali video
Replies: 0
Views: 164

Blurry svengali video

Some of you have seen this but some of you haven't. It is a very blurry video on my website. Since I barely know what a website is and have utterly no idea what it is for I decided to put it on You Tube instead so the entire universe can see it in all its blurriness. I think it is a very useful vide...
by performer
October 11th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 12
Views: 619

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

There are very few silhouette artists around nowadays. There used to be one I worked with on Central Pier, Blackpool years ago. His name was Lester. He used to do cigarette tricks I remember. Anyway, I was told that Vernon was just as well known among silhouette artists as he was among magicians. I ...
by performer
October 9th, 2018, 12:36 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 39
Views: 6037

Re: The Lives of a Showman

Alas technology is beyond me and I haven't the slightest idea what MP4 format even means but I shall take your word that you do therefore I will indeed contact you on facebook for the link. I will never put it on the website because I am not even quite sure what websites are for but at least I will ...
by performer
October 8th, 2018, 6:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 39
Views: 6037

Re: The Lives of a Showman

There is one more move with the svengali deck which is not shown in the video. I hardly ever use it but it may be of interest nevertheless. Alas I cannot reproduce illustrations of the move but they are in my most wondrous "The Long and the Short of It" book on the svengali deck. Here is t...
by performer
October 8th, 2018, 6:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 39
Views: 6037

Re: The Lives of a Showman

Oh, and I can do the pitch in Russian too! However, I wish to deny any suggestion that I have been interfering with the US election processes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5QIAVxICJk
by performer
October 8th, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 39
Views: 6037

Re: The Lives of a Showman

In that case I suppose I had better show you my routine. All sorts of unusual moves that I have stolen from various sources. Oh nice! Thanks for sharing that. Actually that video does not show you all the weird and unusual moves I stole after all. However, I do have another alternative. If you go t...
by performer
October 8th, 2018, 4:40 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 1137

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

I do not agree with this rather silly and overly rude Aguilar personage who as a magician couldn't make the contents of an empty box disappear. I appreciate these reviews which are very thorough and a hell of a lot shorter than the reviews I used to read by Jamy Ian Swiss in the Genii magazine. If h...
by performer
October 1st, 2018, 10:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bad habits to avoid as a magician
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Bad habits to avoid as a magician

Oddly enough I was reading the excellent John Booth book "Forging Ahead in Magic" where he actually has an entire chapter on methods of inducing applause. He thinks that applause cues are very important. He basically says that there are two reasons why audiences don't applaud magicians. On...
by performer
October 1st, 2018, 10:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

This De Land/ Skinner/ Taytlebaum kind of 3 card monte is fine and dandy as far as it goes. However, if I were going to use gaffed cards for the trick then I would use the Dutch Looper which is far more effective depending on which routine you use. I actually have 3 routines depending on who is in f...
by performer
October 1st, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bad habits to avoid as a magician
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Bad habits to avoid as a magician

As for asking for applause it can actually be a very good thing but it has to be done in a subtle way rather than the awful examples that Jason has described. I have actually seen a well known trade show magician beg for applause in that way telling the people how hard he had worked (as if they care...
by performer
October 1st, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bad habits to avoid as a magician
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Bad habits to avoid as a magician

I more or less agree with the statements made in the blog particularly the first one. Still, there are exceptions to every rule and no one size fits all. For example I DELIBERATELY use "uhms" and "ahhs" in certain situations. Still, at least I know I am doing it and I do it for a...
by performer
September 24th, 2018, 6:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 39
Views: 6037

Re: The Lives of a Showman

In that case I suppose I had better show you my routine. All sorts of unusual moves that I have stolen from various sources.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... MacPlKVKQo
by performer
September 22nd, 2018, 8:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How To Become A Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 788

Re: How To Become A Magician

Oddly enough although I have known the meaning of "tyro" for years I just realised that I think that the only place I have ever read the word is in magic books!
by performer
September 22nd, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Beckett on Naturalness
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Beckett on Naturalness

Ah! A bit like the invisible deck trick......................
by performer
September 22nd, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Beckett on Naturalness
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Beckett on Naturalness

Did he ever do the sponge ball trick?
by performer
September 21st, 2018, 11:53 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jim Temple - Color Monte
Replies: 15
Views: 1234

Re: Jim Temple - Color Monte

I have a very short routine of the three card monte. It lasts about a minute. It is actually the Vernon routine described by Lewis Ganson.
Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SJExUhy9YY
by performer
September 21st, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: Shin Lim

I make loads of nine of hearts appear too with the svengali deck! Oddly enough the nine of hearts is the standard key card with most decks that I use. And I produce just as many nine of hearts from nowhere as Shin Lim does! I will concede however that his version of the trick is a bit fancier than m...
by performer
September 21st, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jim Temple - Color Monte
Replies: 15
Views: 1234

Re: Jim Temple - Color Monte

I shall watch the Rudy Hunter one. He used to work for me. There. I just watched it. And I watched the other one too. Both are equally boring. I shall stick to the regular version with regular cards, thank you. But at least I now know what Colour Monte is. I am sure it works well for those that like...
by performer
September 20th, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: Shin Lim

I prefer him when he works silently. Jibber-Jabber is not his speciality.
by performer
September 16th, 2018, 5:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Potassy has passed away
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Re: Paul Potassy has passed away

He has the best version of the razor blades I have ever seen. One of his famous feature signature tricks. But here is my favourite video of him. The pickpocketing is fantastic. His fluency in Spanish is nearly as amazing as his magic. I have seen him chatter away in German with equal fluency. I am i...
by performer
September 16th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Potassy has passed away
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Re: Paul Potassy has passed away

I have seen him seen him on 4 different occasions performing in French, German, Spanish and English. A different language on each occasion all with equal fluency. Here he is working in English at 85 years old!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uXWeFBHFw8
by performer
September 15th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Potassy has passed away
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Re: Paul Potassy has passed away

I am really, really sorry to hear this. I have very, very, very, very few heroes in magic. He was one of them.
by performer
September 11th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

I do find it very frustrating reading the twaddle written about magic and how to allegedly present it and seeing examples of the blind leading the blind in these matters all the time and have done so for years. Incompetent performers abound in magic to an alarming extent and have done so for years, ...
by performer
September 11th, 2018, 5:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

And sometimes it doesn't. You NEED decent presentation to go with it. If the trick alone is getting you applause then it is the inventor of the trick who deserves the accolades rather than yourself. The trouble is that most amateur magicians rely on the trick alone to do the heavy lifting. They don'...
by performer
September 9th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

Strong magic is not strong magic if it is not presented in an entertaining manner. Nobody cares how strong it is if they are bored watching it in the first place. In fact weak magic presented entertainingly is far preferable to strong magic presented in a dull flat manner. I learned that when I was ...
by performer
September 7th, 2018, 12:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

Al Schneider wrote:I watched some Tamariz clips on Youtube. I found myself thinking, "No he didn't," several times.


I found myself thinking, "excitable chap. I wish he would calm down a trifle"
by performer
September 6th, 2018, 3:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Resuscitating Old Cards?
Replies: 17
Views: 1617

Re: Resuscitating Old Cards?

I turn all my old cards into Dutch Loopers and sell them. Not that this idea will be of any use to anyone here.
by performer
September 5th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Joe Stuthard radio interview
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: Joe Stuthard radio interview

I have listened to it again. It has lessons for me that it would not have for anyone else. I wish I had heard it 50 years ago. It would have altered my approach. Too late now of course. All I really know about Stuthard are things a couple of grafters told me about him. One was by an old timer who us...
by performer
September 5th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

Oh, on second thoughts I won't bother discussing Wilfrid's excellent coin trick since I have just discovered we have been down that road before:

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=49683&start=40
by performer
September 5th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

Oh, as I said--I don't care that much. It happens rarely and when it does I know it. And whoever writes it up usually has a good solution for it. I am not going to drive myself nuts worrying about it. Let me worry in your place then! Which are the few tricks you know suffer from being too impossibl...
by performer
September 4th, 2018, 11:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

Oh, as I said--I don't care that much. It happens rarely and when it does I know it. And whoever writes it up usually has a good solution for it. I am not going to drive myself nuts worrying about it.
by performer
September 4th, 2018, 11:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

Nope. Whenever it seems to be valid, it always turns out that the real problem is that the audience doesn't perceive the effect you've intended. Tom. I can assure you that I am never wrong. I do know absolutely everything about magic after all. However, I have been backed up by such people as Wilfr...
by performer
September 4th, 2018, 10:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 3969

Re: About doing magic

Summing up the conditions of a trick definitely increases the impact of the climax. That is one of the first lessons you learn in magic. But it cannot be empathized enough. You are using the spectator's own words to trap them. It is also a great way of implanting false memories. This is something J...

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