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by performer
January 8th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 14
Views: 1015

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

This is a very good thing. This kind of thing should be set down in hard print making it more permanent. I strongly suspect more people will read it that way.
by performer
January 8th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Nonsense in Mentalisim
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Nonsense in Mentalisim

I consider NLP to be an abbreviation for Not a Lot of Plausibility. I did see one of the founders wandering around a psychic fair once. I don't know if it was Bandler or Grinder. He had a pony tail haircut and that put me off him right away. Besides I did hear that one of them was charged with murde...
by performer
January 7th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1292

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

I think it sort of makes sense. After all the magician is in possession of secret knowledge that the spectator doesn't. Thus he is one ahead of them. Mind you they will soon catch up on him if they look it up on You Tube after the performance.
by performer
January 6th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: The Glasgow Connection

Ian Kendall wrote:For the record; while those of us north of the border are aware of the name 'Scottish Mafia', I'm not aware of anyone using it to describe the group from within. .


Perhaps it should be called the Walton Mafia...................
by performer
January 6th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: The Glasgow Connection

I can't help but wonder why there is such a dichotomy between people in Britain and Holland, on one hand, and Canadians, on the other. Why would one country's citizens be so demonstrably generous and the other - well - so cheap? I don't think it is a matter of ethnicity or DNA ,given that many peop...
by performer
January 6th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: The Glasgow Connection

All I can tell you is that after thousands upon thousands upon thousands of demonstrations in the UK, Ireland and even Holland not a single person every offered me a tip. And possibly millions of people have seen me work over the decades. It just wouldn't have occurred to them. They would certainly ...
by performer
January 6th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: The Glasgow Connection

When I lived in the UK I justified my reluctance to leave tips by saying, "When I sell svengali decks nobody leaves me a tip". However, to my astonishment when I came to Canada I found that people DID leave me a tip when I sold the cards. At first I hated it and felt like a beggar. I used ...
by performer
January 6th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: The Glasgow Connection

Bobby Bernard used to call the Glasgow card magicians "The Scottish Mafia". I suppose I should really be among them since I actually come from Glasgow too!
by performer
January 5th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 109
Views: 14624

Re: Royal road to card magic

Although I mentioned previously that I have never done the Conus Ace trick in my life I have just discovered that I have indeed been doing it without knowing I have been doing it. I don't have the book to hand but there is an ace trick in the Paul Le Paul trick which is basically a sort of backwards...
by performer
January 3rd, 2019, 10:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1933

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

For impromptu card work I favour the plunger version described in Expert Card Technique. It is completely angle proof unlike some of the dafter versions that are around. I don't squeeze and bend the cards as described in the book. I just use pressure at the sides. However, there is a very amusing ve...
by performer
January 3rd, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 771

Re: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

I have written many horoscopes for Irish newspapers. The deal was that they would give me free advertising of my psychic phone lines in exchange for the horoscopes. At one point I got fed up with the tedium of it all and since I was moving to Canada told one paper that I didn't want to do it any mor...
by performer
January 2nd, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1415

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

I think you are far better off if they do not think you are using trick cards. If they do think that then the effect you have on them is diluted. That is why it is a very good thing to use a borrowed deck if possible. Of course most of the time it isn't possible! Who the hell carries a deck of cards...
by performer
January 1st, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?

Koran would not be the first mentalist who had a disdain for some magicians, as some magicians do for mentalists. Whether Koran had similar feelings for those who were successful professionals, might be another thing. But these anti-mentalist, anti-magician attitudes have been going on for generati...
by performer
January 1st, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?

To say medicine hasn't cured anyone is ridiculous. Different types of cancers that were once death sentences for many, are now treated/removed every day. The Koran Medallion: The use of words in the presentation is definitely a key factor. However I do remember when Al Koran was on The Ed Sullivan ...
by performer
January 1st, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 109
Views: 14624

Re: Royal road to card magic

I have finally started on the final chapter of the Royal Road. The first trick is the Conus Aces and since I have never done the bloody trick in my entire life I couldn't figure out what to say about it. It is a great trick but for some reason I never got around to the damn thing. Anyway I forced my...
by performer
December 31st, 2018, 7:23 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 40
Views: 6535

Re: The Lives of a Showman

I found more about Johnny Giordmaine here and found it fascinating. I have heard a lot about him from old timers and even Canadian immigration officials in London! I wish I had a chance to see him work. I do see evidence in this article that it bothered him that people would purchase his magic and n...
by performer
December 31st, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

I can do without that last one thank you.
by performer
December 31st, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1415

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

I personally am of the old fashioned school of thought that it is wise to hide your skill as much as possible. The audience will still be vaguely aware that you have it but I think it is better policy not to be too overt about it. And to this end I will often mix the sleight of hand with as much sub...
by performer
December 30th, 2018, 6:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

If Mark's personality starts changing, I for one will feel very cheated...which come to think of it would have made the old Mark very happy. Both personalities have always been there from the beginning. You just didn't realise it. It is just that one personality had a higher profile since in this h...
by performer
December 30th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

I enjoyed your interactive C&B. Nice. Got me on the last phase. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk It is a simple routine (almost self working) designed for pitch purposes. However, I have recently added another phase for more normal performance. Very powerful but no final loads. Too much hassl...
by performer
December 30th, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Britland on magic, attention and deception
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Re: David Britland on magic, attention and deception

I am glad that David is doing well. I happen to know who was the first magician he had ever set eyes on.
Me.
I do hope he has recovered from the experience.
by performer
December 30th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1415

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

I find it interesting that Jason gets through about 700 to 800 decks a year. I get through about ten. And I have carried a deck of cards on my person for nearly every day of my life. That means that Jason gets through approximately two decks a day whereas I get through one deck a month (actually I t...
by performer
December 30th, 2018, 12:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

Something happened to me in there. I can't explain it. I was nearly dead from it but yet I was the healthiest person in there. I saw homeless sick people in there with their minds as well as their bodies broken. One guy in a very bad state but at least he had his loving family around him fighting on...
by performer
December 29th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

The nurse just came to my house. She is going to come every day it seems. You know socialised medicine is pretty good when I think about it. A week in hospital and a nurse visiting me every day would probably cost me thousands of dollars in the Excited States. I have always said that it is the docto...
by performer
December 29th, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

I am out of there but still feel pretty rough. I am not out of the woods yet. Just out of the hospital.
by performer
December 28th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1933

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I avoid doing any magic effect that utilizes a technological device, which in it's normal everyday use, does things that are more amazing than the trick I am doing with it. Therefore, I would also be inclined to avoid using any patter that makes an allusion to such devices. I think I agree with thi...
by performer
December 28th, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Berglas MBE
Replies: 2
Views: 572

Re: David Berglas MBE

David spent an evening coaching me on magic at the home of Greville Janner (later to be Lord Janner) when I was a teenager. He didn't know who either I or Greville was at the time. He just did it at Greville's request to help and encourage a young magician. I remember the evening vividly particularl...
by performer
December 28th, 2018, 6:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

Tomorrow. I have been in hospital an entire week and feel sick and exhausted. However, I have reason to believe that I am still alive.
by performer
December 28th, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vic Perry Pickpocket
Replies: 16
Views: 3588

Re: Vic Perry Pickpocket

Vic Perry was what grafters call a "fanny merchant". Nothing to do with anatomy. I shall translate later for the less worldly wise among you.
by performer
December 28th, 2018, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

I believe that I am in a better position than anyone else to give updates on this vitally important matter.
by performer
December 22nd, 2018, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

In the States I would be dead by now. I am well aware how good Canadian health care is. I would have to pay a massive bill in the US and wouldn't have insurance. Horrible system you have. Anyway here is the latest update: I just got a call from the head of the intensive care unit BEGGING me to come ...
by performer
December 22nd, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

They did take care of me earlier and made things worse. They kept telling me I was seriously ill when I felt perfectly fine. So I wasn't psychologically ready for their torture chamber. Most people enter these torture chambers when they are well aware they are ill. These bastards have now made me il...
by performer
December 22nd, 2018, 8:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

In that case I had better find a doctor on a Saturday. I suppose I could phone the horror chamber and beg to be let in again. I really don't want to though. All it would do is prove to them that I am still alive. Not much of a victory though.
by performer
December 22nd, 2018, 4:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

https://i.imgur.com/pWsHLRN.jpg That picture is EXACTLY what the place looks like! It has scared me off going back and has brought back horrible memories involving genitals which are most discouraging. I wish to announce that I am still alive but there have been rather unhappy results with my eyesi...
by performer
December 21st, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

Mark, I'm not keen on doctors or hospitals, either, but my wife's been a Type 1 diabetic for fifty years, and if you're having serious blood sugar issues that you've not been able to normalize on your own, it probably is best to get back to the hospital where hopefully you'll receive the care you n...
by performer
December 21st, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

I think I am going up for easy disposal at the moment. Despite my seeming jocularity I am really not very well.
by performer
December 21st, 2018, 11:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

I was NOT wearing that vest when I landed up at the hospital. I do realise that amater magicians of little experience in the ways of the world do not appreciate the reasons for that vest. I have never used it until the last few years when I did find it far more useful than I imagined. The more astut...
by performer
December 21st, 2018, 10:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

I DID take my medicine and that was a great part of me deciding to leave the intensive care unit as soon as possible. Now let all the kind spirited gentle people who care for my welfare know what the medicine was and they can let me know if they would be out of that intensive care unit as fast as po...
by performer
December 21st, 2018, 4:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

Incidentally, the last move in that routine was invented by a female magician who worked with me . It easily gets the best reaction in the video. However the person in question will be furious if I announce her name so I am not going to mention it and take the credit all for myself. Serves her right...
by performer
December 21st, 2018, 3:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4069

Re: Deaths in Magic

It was a medical person who told me I would die if I came off the life intensement treatment. The trouble was that they never got around to telling me I was in a liife intensive unit until I demanded to go home. I figured that dying of boredom would be even worse than dying at home. and so far I am ...

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