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by John M. Dale
April 13th, 2018, 10:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slight Club
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: Slight Club

Mahdi Gilbert wrote:Hi,

I call it "Slight" as a pun because I don't have hands.

Best,
Mahdi



Thank you, Mahdi!

I haven’t laughed that hard in a while.

JMD
by John M. Dale
April 4th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 83
Views: 10166

Re: New John Thompson Book

I just received my copy, or rather copies, since there are two massive volumes. It took three Fedex drivers and four mules to haul it out of the truck and up to my house. This has got to be the bargain of the century. I hope you remembered to tip the mules. I'm not familiar with mule tipping. Is it...
by John M. Dale
February 20th, 2018, 10:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 35
Views: 1215

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

It's pricey but Rings-N-Things has one:

https://www.rnt2.com/magicians-practice-mirror.html

JMD
by John M. Dale
February 10th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini Decks Now Available
Replies: 15
Views: 1440

Re: Cardini Decks Now Available

Yes, times have changed. i just bought 14 dozen packs of bikes from Sam's club at less than 13 bucks per dozen. They are currently on sale. Not the same, but as the others are sold out this may prove a small consolation for those who missed out. I've been getting Bikes at Costco for years. They wer...
by John M. Dale
December 29th, 2017, 7:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 5930

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

In my limited experience, my three phase "Crazyman's Handcuffs" (based on the write up in the Ammar book with the last phase having the band on the spec's hands) pretty much always kills and gets me the most requests to show their friends.

JMD
by John M. Dale
July 5th, 2017, 12:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 5939

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Brad Henderson wrote:i wish my iphone would automatically capitalize like it used to. it no longer does. grrr


Maybe this will help, Brad:

https://www.technipages.com/iphone-ipad-ipod-touch-enabledisable-automatic-capitalization

JMD
by John M. Dale
May 20th, 2017, 12:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 3859

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

Jim Riser wrote:John;
The pm has vanished. Perhaps I never hit submit??? I'll chalk it up to old age. Now try your email :lol:
Jim



Got it. Sent a reply.

Thanks,
JMD
by John M. Dale
May 19th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 3859

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

John, Check your pm box. Jim Jim, I'm seeing nothing in my PM inbox. I've checked all of the forum settings and it looks like I have them set correctly. There was a problem with the PM system a while back but I thought it was resolved. If you would be so kind, please send the information to hardeen...
by John M. Dale
May 18th, 2017, 4:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 3859

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

John, I file a small "V" notch and precision weld the pin into position. No solder is used. The steel needle and coin metal form a new alloy under an argon gas shield. The downside to this great technique is the $8,000 price of the welder! Jim Well, I'm not going to spend $8000 for a tool...
by John M. Dale
May 18th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 3859

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

Thanks for this information, Jim. Johnson Products could learn from this. I bought one of their Kennedy half hooked coins many years ago and it was made using the first method in your PDF. About a month after I bought it the needle point fell out. I can't tell for sure but to me it looks like your e...
by John M. Dale
May 9th, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 4139

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

I posted this info on the Forum back in 2009: I looked up Patterson Dental Supply online, but they don't have a location very close to me and, although they do sell online, the registration to get an account in order to place an order had required fields that I couldn't fill in because I'm not a den...
by John M. Dale
April 27th, 2017, 11:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 9704

Re: On the Pass

If using a regular deck, this would necessitate _ a _ m _ n _ Palming is the word your looking for. I felt sure it was daemons. That's ok Brad. My first thought for: (3) f _ r _ i _ g, the card in the first instance. Was "farting" which made no sense at all unless it's a unique misdirecti...
by John M. Dale
April 26th, 2017, 10:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 9704

Re: On the Pass

IMHO, the best (I'm not so sure I will go so far as to say "only") way to satisfy the spectator(s) that the card is truly lost is to hand the deck to them to shuffle to their heart's content. If using a regular deck, this would necessitate either (1) _ a _ m _ n _ or (2) putting a c _ i _...
by John M. Dale
April 8th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 6278

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

What age group are we talking about. Does anyone under the age of 35 or 40 know that half dollars exist? Where would they have seen them? Ditto for silver dollars. If you're asking me, 25 to about 70. I'm completely amateur and perform mostly impromptu. I'm a member of a bar league team that shoots...
by John M. Dale
April 8th, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 6278

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

But most are aware that they existed which is why I switched from Kennedy Halves to Walkers. JMD I do still carry one Kennedy that I do Roth's Karate Coin with for old timers like me. Not only are half dollars unknown, the majority don't recognize Kennedy or know who he was, which blows my whole pr...
by John M. Dale
April 8th, 2017, 5:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 6278

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

What laymen in the United States has ever seen a half dollar? Very few! But most are aware that they existed which is why I switched from Kennedy Halves to Walkers. I just patter about the cool old coins I've collected. They go nicely with the 1890's Queen Victoria English pennies I mix them with. ...
by John M. Dale
April 8th, 2017, 2:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 1807

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

YMMV, but I've used the trapdoor gimmick and, after doing the initial penetration, casually (but quickly) turned the "clean" side around facing me for an instant, flashing the "dirty" side. I have the trap hidden and the solder blob on the back of the gimmick flashes enough silve...
by John M. Dale
February 27th, 2017, 11:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 34538

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Tom Stone's post above is a good reason not to lock the thread. I only made that comment due to the motive second guessing that had been going on. I'm very close to someone who spent 5 years in and out of hospitals due to major depression and attempted suicide multiple times. Anyone who hasn't expe...
by John M. Dale
February 27th, 2017, 7:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 34538

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Maybe it's just me but since the case is closed isn't it about time to lock this thread?

RIP Daryl

JMD
by John M. Dale
February 24th, 2017, 4:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 15069

Re: Cups and Balls

IIRC tarantulas are fragile and might not do well being transported/packaged or loaded in context of a cups routine. May as well ponder doing a chop cup with a small shell and then having it crawl away inhabited by hermit crab... not so real-world practical. :) Jonathan, I appreciate your concern, ...
by John M. Dale
February 24th, 2017, 2:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 15069

Re: Cups and Balls

Didn't Lance Burton do the C&B with a white mouse as the 4th load. Using a very surprising 4th load would give it "punch". Along the same lines, Paul Gertner's 4th load in his Steel C&B is too big to fit back in the cup. I considered using a live turantula as the 4th load (my secre...
by John M. Dale
February 3rd, 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: MagicSale.com
Replies: 1
Views: 775

MagicSale.com

I've seen a couple of things that I'm interested in listed on http://www.magicsale.com.

However, with a 1998 copyright and a website design that reflects that date, I wonder if it is active.

Has anyone done business with them?

JMD
by John M. Dale
December 17th, 2016, 3:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?
Replies: 30
Views: 4829

Re: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?

The Douglas-Wayne built Devano deck works reliably and well. Haven't seen them for sale for quite some time, however. According to http://www.thebestmagic.com/content/douglas-wayne-illusioneering , George Richbark was one of the founders of Douglas-Wayne. Maybe the one you describe was built by him...
by John M. Dale
December 17th, 2016, 2:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?
Replies: 30
Views: 4829

Re: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?

Tom Gilbert wrote:Marty Martini does make a good deck, but email him and see what you think.

Thanks for the recommendation, Tom. I'll check it out.

JMD
by John M. Dale
December 14th, 2016, 10:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?
Replies: 30
Views: 4829

Re: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?

Good Devano Deck: 1. Gaffed block not too thick. 2. Weight sufficient to raise the cards at an even pace, even when the deck is tilted slightly as it might be in a glass or if the spectator is holding it. 3. Pins, not stucky stuff, to raise the cards. The pins should be just long enough that if you...
by John M. Dale
December 14th, 2016, 1:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?
Replies: 30
Views: 4829

Re: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?

Good Devano Deck: 1. Gaffed block not too thick. 2. Weight sufficient to raise the cards at an even pace, even when the deck is tilted slightly as it might be in a glass or if the spectator is holding it. 3. Pins, not stucky stuff, to raise the cards. The pins should be just long enough that if you...
by John M. Dale
November 26th, 2016, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 332: Jason Latimer - Inspiring Mystery
Replies: 2
Views: 778

Re: 332: Jason Latimer - Inspiring Mystery

Cool info.

However, your second link ("http://TheMagicWordPodcasst.com") is misspelled and is returning "can't find server".

JMD
by John M. Dale
November 4th, 2016, 4:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: No Get Ready Double - Bro. John Hamman
Replies: 9
Views: 1913

Re: No Get Ready Double - Bro. John Hamman

performer wrote:I find the pages far too wide in that book.



Wait, how would you know? It was written after 1954. Or did you divine it using your incredibly powerful psycho abilities?

JMD
by John M. Dale
September 30th, 2016, 9:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Uri spills the beans??
Replies: 3
Views: 1217

Uri spills the beans??

Got an email from Viking advertising this: https://www.vikingmagic.com/product/uri-geller-reveals-all-limited-edition/

Curiouser and curiouser. Would you buy a used car from this man"

JMD
by John M. Dale
December 10th, 2015, 12:58 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Easy Magic to Fool Your Friends
Replies: 1
Views: 1503

Easy Magic to Fool Your Friends

An excellent example of simple sleight of hand used to make a lasting impression. I wonder if he got started on BoingBoing?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/dec/09/orangutan-magic-trick-funny-video

JMD
by John M. Dale
September 25th, 2015, 2:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Two in the hand and one in the pocket
Replies: 24
Views: 4318

Re: Two in the hand and one in the pocket

While I know it is a classic, I've always thought it was a pointless trick which made the audience look stupid. "Wrong … wrong again … still wrong, you schmuck." I agree if you present it that way, which is how I used to do it. "How many are in my hand now? Wrong!" I changed my ...
by John M. Dale
August 26th, 2015, 1:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 35937

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

If by your comments you mean that the volunteers (without quotation marks) were in on any aspect of Jay's or Shin Lim's act, that is not correct. In each case, there is stuff going on behind the table that the volunteer does not see, but has to be pre-set at the beginning, privately. Obviously, thi...
by John M. Dale
August 26th, 2015, 12:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 35937

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

The thing that caused me a bit of concern about his performance here, however (to echo one of Sam M.'s comments) was the pre-selected/pre-seated spectator. But my concern is not whether or not that this had anything to do with the method per se. My concern is simply that it was so out of place/unus...
by John M. Dale
August 16th, 2015, 12:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionist Squad
Replies: 6
Views: 1982

Re: The Illusionist Squad

Fair enough. I hadn't thought of that angle.

JMD
by John M. Dale
August 15th, 2015, 6:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionist Squad
Replies: 6
Views: 1982

Re: The Illusionist Squad

Hi, Tim, I know this is going to sound a bit confrontational, so I apologize in advance. But, given your outspoken opinions regarding rip-off magic copies and intellectual property (which I generally agree with), I'm curious about the "Illusionist Squad" logo at the end of the video. It's ...
by John M. Dale
August 13th, 2015, 12:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6468
Views: 1976341

Re: ERDNASE

It's funny how, with 50,000 source words and over a century to look at them, we can't figure out who Erdnase was, but you can spot M.ark L.ewis after only a few posts. You're not implying that ML is currently lurking around here are you? Certainly not as a "performer"? Surely, since he is...
by John M. Dale
March 15th, 2015, 9:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin Board
Replies: 23
Views: 9979

Re: Coin Board

Here you go, Bill: 1/2 dollar size http://midwestmagic.net/shop/item.aspx?itemid=4003 & https://www.daytonamagic.com/panel-board-penetration-i-007c.html Quarter http://midwestmagic.net/shop/item.aspx?itemid=4066 This looks like a pitch version at $4.50: http://www.showbizmagic.net/magic.html (MI...
by John M. Dale
November 20th, 2014, 5:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 74
Views: 21207

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

Wow, this guy is really creative. He also designed this: http://www.morphsuits.com/falling-head-costume & this: http://www.morphsuits.com/severed-hand-rahat-costume

:roll:

JMD
by John M. Dale
November 14th, 2014, 6:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Pepper's Ghost art toy
Replies: 23
Views: 5733

Re: New Pepper's Ghost art toy

If you're ever in San Francisco:
http://www.giantcamera.com

JMD

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