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by performer
February 22nd, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: when to start?
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: when to start?

It does NOT need work! I am psychic and know these things. I have heard people say that Vernon and Slydini needed "work". It is in the DNA of magicians to criticise whether justified or not. You must always ignore what biased magicians say. Show your stuff to LAYMEN. If they say that they ...
by performer
February 22nd, 2018, 12:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for good lecturers
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Looking for good lecturers

No. They all bore me no matter how good they are. I suppose my problem is that I know everything anyway. I do try to be very polite during the lectures and always manage to sit behind a very fat member of the audience so the lecturer cannot see me reading a book. One does have to show some courtesy ...
by performer
February 22nd, 2018, 12:02 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: when to start?
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: when to start?

Ignore the opinion of magicians. They really don't count.
by performer
February 21st, 2018, 1:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for good lecturers
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Looking for good lecturers

I am different from most magicians. I DETEST watching lectures. They bore the crap out of me. I haven't the attention span for them. If I need to learn magic (and I constantly study it) I learn it from a book.
by performer
February 21st, 2018, 1:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 32
Views: 700

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

I must say that Alfred is very astute in these matters.
by performer
February 20th, 2018, 10:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 32
Views: 700

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

By all means use mirrors and web cameras. I have done so myself. However there comes a point when you need to get away from it as soon as possible. You can have too much of a good thing and if you overdo it then it can affect your work adversely.
by performer
February 20th, 2018, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 32
Views: 700

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

Mirrors are useful but you don't want too much of it.
by performer
February 20th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for good lecturers
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Looking for good lecturers

I should really start doing lectures for magicians. I would need bodyguards though....................................
by performer
February 18th, 2018, 10:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How your character influences your material
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: How your character influences your material

Your character is VERY important. Far more important than the trick itself. Without an interesting persona you may as well not bother. Of course that means that most "magicians" shouldn't bother! 90% of them in fact. Still, I will kindly allow them to bother as long as they realise that th...
by performer
February 14th, 2018, 6:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4859

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I really wish I could find that lukewarm evaluation of the theory that tricks done in the hand are better. I swear it was Eugene Burger who wrote it. I am going to keep looking.
by performer
February 13th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4859

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Experience probably IS the best teacher but I have even seen that theory debunked! The logic was that by the time you get the experience you are too old and decrepit to put it into action! I will concede that this wasn't iin a book about magic and it wasn't quite the way the author put it but I know...
by performer
February 13th, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Lawyers specializing in the public domain?
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: Lawyers specializing in the public domain?

Just write the idea up in your own words. Ideas are not copyright. The actual wording is. You can still credit the originator.
by performer
February 12th, 2018, 10:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4859

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

OK. I have searched and can't find it. And I read it fairly recently. I suppose I can't swear to it but I am almost certain it was Eugene Burger who was somewhat lukewarm about the principle that tricks done in the hands of a spectator were stronger. Mind you, he also thought the double lift was &qu...
by performer
February 11th, 2018, 11:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4859

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I agree with this but I swear I read somewhere recently someone notable debunking this. I wish I could remember who it was.

Uh oh! I have a suspicion and a vague memory who it was! I had better check first in case I have it wrong.
by performer
February 11th, 2018, 5:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4859

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I hate having cards signed because it slows up the action of the trick and in many hands can be a bit boring. Besides I hate to destroy cards that haven't done anybody any harm. It is like killing a member of the family. However, if you have to do it there is a way to do so without committing murder...
by performer
February 11th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4859

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I have seen the Gold pins thing and think I even purchased it at one time. It doesn't mean a thing to me for some reason. Possibly because the things aren't examined and it is so simple a routine that I think the secret is obvious. And it isn't a patch on the Andrus Linking pins which I regard as te...
by performer
February 10th, 2018, 6:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4859

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Actually, Joe--the svengali deck is NOT the strongest trick I perform. It is merely the one I do the most and the best one I can do for trade show work for various reasons. I do a lot of card tricks with a regular deck which get terrific reactions such as 3 cards Across, Tipsy Trick, Poker Player's ...
by performer
February 10th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4859

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

The Goshman thing was probably a one off reaction. I am quite sure that 95% of the time he did very well with the sponge balls. Once in a blue moon things don't work out. You only need to worry if it happens on a consistent basis. I have been doing Expansion of Texture for decades. However I do like...
by performer
February 9th, 2018, 4:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 10135

Re: Roy Walton

I still remember Howard Lyons being frustrated that he could never get Roy Walton to do a lecture. He tried and tried and tried and Roy always refused. I think I mentioned this to Roy and he just smiled. I always used to go into Tam Shepherd's magic shop when I was in Glasgow. Roy amused me greatly ...
by performer
February 9th, 2018, 12:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15848

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

I have done coins across. It does not have the same impact as cards across and you can't do it on a stage. However, if a trick doesn't suit you then it just doesn't suit you. Mind you, cards across can be far funnier if you have the right presentation. I have another version which has gags every few...
by performer
February 8th, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 18
Views: 1478

Re: Cy Endfield

I just realised that I have been performing a Cy Endfield trick for decades on a reasonably frequent basis. It is not a card trick so that is probably why I didn't remember where I learned it or who invented it. However, the other day I rediscovered the source. It is in a tiny Ganson book called &qu...
by performer
February 8th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15848

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

[quote="MagicbyAlfred" It also flows quite nicely from the predecessor (6-Card Repeat) routine. [/quote] As for the Six Card Repeat I always hated the trick but the late Harry Stanley insisted I open my act with it. He taught me his version and I hated the corny story that went with it and...
by performer
February 8th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15848

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Alfred. You must remember that I am psychic and know what number they are going to say!
by performer
February 7th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15848

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

This is my version of Three Cards Across. It is not that different from Ponsin's version in the century before last.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlN3dR_al7Q
by performer
February 7th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946932

Re: ERDNASE

I would find it hilarious if, after all this fuss and time spent on the matter, if it were to be discovered without all doubt that the author's real name was S.W. Erdnase all along!
by performer
February 7th, 2018, 12:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15848

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Never understood the appeal of Cards Across. Paul Potassy warned that modern audiences don't have the attention span to sit thru this effect. I certainly understand the appeal of 3 cards across. I have two excellent versions one of which I have been doing nearly 60 years. The effect is very strong ...
by performer
February 6th, 2018, 4:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15848

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

I have no idea what this thread is about since I haven't read it. However, not only do I think most of the "legends" in magic were not flawless I think most of them were crap. Not that I am of a cynical nature of course...........
by performer
February 5th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1321

Re: Deck Recommendation

I must have done more faro shuffles than any other magician in history with the worst quality cards too. And yet I have never done a trick with the faro shuffle.
by performer
February 5th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention
Replies: 11
Views: 798

Re: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention

I used to live in Blackpool. A truly awful place and I learned all my evil ways there. It is a den of wickedness. I loved the place more than anywhere else I ever lived. Ten times better than Vegas and far more entertainment. And of course the drunks spewing up in the streets are merely part of the ...
by performer
February 5th, 2018, 4:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention
Replies: 11
Views: 798

Re: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention

At least British trains don't get derailed quite as often as Amtrak trains do.
by performer
February 5th, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 14609

Re: Magicians in Trouble

Anyway, I have no particular interest in the rather seamy topic under discussion but since I am here it does bring something to mind that I often think about. I did once know an amateur magician who later became a member of the British House of Lords and a man of great influence in British politics....
by performer
February 5th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 14609

Re: Magicians in Trouble

American versions have no importance whatsoever. After all they are a most peculiar country and besides we British are an older nation and therefore our versions naturally take precedence. Besides what do neighbourhood busybodies have to do with being a home owner? In any case I DO believe the term ...
by performer
February 4th, 2018, 11:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention
Replies: 11
Views: 798

Re: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention

Q. Kumber wrote:



Morning! It’s Friday, I’m up, have only a little bit of a hangover and I’m ready to start!




Morning… I have a hangover, but I’m up and I’m ready to go!


- Q


Quentin Reynolds and hangovers sound a very odd combination to me.
by performer
February 4th, 2018, 10:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 14609

Re: Magicians in Trouble

This is the first time I have ever looked at this thread. I thought it was about Sucker Tricks! If you're going to resurrect an eight year old thread, couldn't you find something better than this? Jeffers old chap. If you are so disapproving of this thread you shouldn't have clicked on it in the fi...
by performer
February 2nd, 2018, 9:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3276

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

Here is the exact sentence from Expert Card Technique which gives the secret of developing an interesting character and maintaining it. "The longer you live with the character you are creating, the more real that character becomes, very much like interest compounding in a bank" There. Now ...
by performer
February 2nd, 2018, 12:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3276

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

One problem with certain people is that in some cases being yourself is not necessarily a good thing. It is all fine and dandy if your natural personality is an interesting one. The problem arises if the normal personality is on the dull side. That means you have to work harder at making it interest...
by performer
February 1st, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 83
Views: 14609

Re: Magicians in Trouble

This is the first time I have ever looked at this thread. I thought it was about Sucker Tricks!
by performer
February 1st, 2018, 5:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3276

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

The Sacred Riana illustrates a greater truth about magic. 99% of magic is the persona of the performer, not the trick. If only more magicians understood this. I have ALWAYS understood this! Right from the very, very beginning. The trick is of no consequence whatsoever. It is the MAN (or in this cas...
by performer
January 29th, 2018, 9:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2666

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

I like the story part of history and am always open to reading about it. However, I haven't the slightest interest in who invented what and I suspect only the inventor and his mother really care about it. Or busybody magicians who have too much time on their hands. That kind of history is boring to ...
by performer
January 25th, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2666

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

You can't force history on people. I just personally find it fascinating and interesting in itself to see what the personalities were up to and arguing about in those days. Oddly enough not a lot has changed! Human nature is human nature!

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