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by David Acer
August 10th, 2010, 2:12 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Yannick Lacroix's Bermuda Triangle
Replies: 4
Views: 2424

Re: Video of Yannick Lacroix's Bermuda Triangle

Jeff Haas wrote:Now that's fun. Thanks for the preview!


My pleasure, and I forgot to mention that this youtube clip only shows the first of two phases that comprise Yannick's full routine, all taught in the next (i.e., September) Genii.
by David Acer
August 10th, 2010, 1:46 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Post That! by Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian
Replies: 7
Views: 2285

Re: Post That! by Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian

This is suspiciously similar to David Harkey's "Simply Divine" published in 1991 in his book "Simply Harkey". I haven't read "Simply Harkey" so I can't speak to the similarity of the tricks, but suspicion isn't part of the equation - at worst Spidey has inadvertently r...
by David Acer
August 8th, 2010, 10:48 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Yannick Lacroix's Bermuda Triangle
Replies: 4
Views: 2424

Video of Yannick Lacroix's Bermuda Triangle

Here's a sneak peek at Yannick Lacroix's coin trick, "Bermuda Triangle," coming soon to a September 2010 Genii magazine near you:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6JqYhYs6uo
by David Acer
July 25th, 2010, 6:44 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Furniture for Magicians
Replies: 1
Views: 797

Furniture for Magicians

Any magicians looking for furniture that reflects their vocation might want to check this out: www.oddee.com/item_97140.aspx . The "Grand Illusion Table" is particularly appropriate.
by David Acer
July 24th, 2010, 9:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ed Marlo and copyright
Replies: 123
Views: 14813

Re: Ed Marlo and copyright

Version 2: You write "boil" on a piece of paper and drop that paper into a glass of water, and it boils How about writing the word "Jello" on a small envelope, then opening it and pouring a non-specified powder from it into a bowl filled with 4 cups of a non-specified clear liqu...
by David Acer
July 22nd, 2010, 6:03 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Post That! by Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian
Replies: 7
Views: 2285

Re: Post That! by Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian

Necromancer wrote: About the spider drawing (for people whose nicknames aren't Spidey): since Paul the Psychic Octopus has gotten so much international press these days, maybe draw him instead?


Love it. And I'm not just saying that because my father was a psychic octopus.
by David Acer
July 19th, 2010, 1:00 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Spellbound Using Listerine Pocket Paks
Replies: 2
Views: 1726

Re: Spellbound Using Listerine Pocket Paks

Last week, Brian won the 2010 Presidential Award at the SAM Convention in Atlanta, as voted on by his fellow contestants. He also has a great two-in-the-hands, one-in-the-pocket routine in the new (August) issue of Genii ("Death by Peanut").
by David Acer
July 14th, 2010, 12:16 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Dr. Sawa in Genii
Replies: 6
Views: 1770

Re: Dr. Sawa in Genii

Submarine Coins is a thing of beauty. I agree, and I think "magicianism" did a great job with it in this clip. He takes his time without being slow, which defuses all those potential "I don't know what he did but I know he did something" moments that often arise in coin magic.
by David Acer
July 13th, 2010, 9:25 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Dr. Sawa in Genii
Replies: 6
Views: 1770

Dr. Sawa in Genii

I just became reacquainted with a handful of great routines by Dr. Sawa that are being performed on youtube as we speak, and two of the most visually striking ones were published in Genii. If you haven't had a chance to watch these, they're worth a look: WHY A BIG PURSE? (Genii, November, 2002) Perf...
by David Acer
July 6th, 2010, 6:25 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Mid-Air Card Stab
Replies: 10
Views: 3624

Re: Mid-Air Card Stab

David, do you know with Sankey's routine, is it impromptu or are there gimmicks involved? I'm not asking for the secret, I just don't want to buy the book and read that you have to have 2 years of 'shop class' to rig up the thing. Steve V (the other one) It isn't impromptu (i.e. there's a set-up), ...
by David Acer
July 4th, 2010, 1:47 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Mid-Air Card Stab
Replies: 10
Views: 3624

Re: Mid-Air Card Stab

Jay Sankey published a mid-air card stab that uses a butter (or steak) knife in Sankey Unleashed (Squash Publishing, 2004).
by David Acer
June 29th, 2010, 9:46 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Glorpy plus Spoon Bending
Replies: 3
Views: 1479

Re: Glorpy plus Spoon Bending

Ted Lesley has a similar idea in his Paramiracles but he uses an air bladder under the table cloth. Great - thanks! Not an answer to your question, but another question: if you put a spoon inside a handkerchief and then push on the spoon, it moves in a way that's very similar to a Glorpy. So if you...
by David Acer
June 28th, 2010, 11:05 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Glorpy plus Spoon Bending
Replies: 3
Views: 1479

Glorpy plus Spoon Bending

Hi Folks, Is anyone out there aware of published precedent for combining spoon bending with Glorpy? i.e., a handkerchief is laid on the table, a spoon is placed at the center, the corners are folded over the spoon, there's some mysterious movement in the handkerchief, then the corners are unfolded, ...
by David Acer
June 20th, 2010, 2:10 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Jet Coins from Oct 2002 Genii
Replies: 1
Views: 1252

Video of Jet Coins from Oct 2002 Genii

If you've never seen Akira Fujii's unique coins across routine, Jet Coins, published in the October, 2002 issue of Genii, four different magicians have now posted clips of it on youtube, including Akira himself: Akira Fujii performs Jet Coins: <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.c...
by David Acer
June 20th, 2010, 1:58 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Calculator Force
Replies: 14
Views: 5267

Re: Credit for Calculator Force

Max, do you know who came up with the idea of using a scientific calculator to force a large number - i.e., in performance, a handful of audience members improvise a complex equation, but when they press the equal sign, the number that comes up is actually one you stored in the memory. Any help woul...
by David Acer
June 17th, 2010, 4:38 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Celebrity Prediction Gag?
Replies: 29
Views: 6127

Re: Credit for Celebrity Prediction Gag?

mrgoat wrote:I've always thought it was a [censored] joke. So there you go.


I realize this isn't what you mean, but it's the kind of joke stand-up comedians hate magicians for because it doesn't require any investment on the part of the teller.
by David Acer
June 17th, 2010, 2:50 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Celebrity Prediction Gag?
Replies: 29
Views: 6127

Re: Credit for Celebrity Prediction Gag?

Hi again folks,
Thanks for the information. Marc DeSouza has an interesting take on the gag that should run in the September Magicana.
by David Acer
June 16th, 2010, 6:04 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Celebrity Prediction Gag?
Replies: 29
Views: 6127

Re: Credit for Celebrity Prediction Gag?

It's described in Ken Brooke and Friends (1986), page 172, The Baby Gag but as I haven't this book, I don't know if there is a date. Thanks Philippe. I don't have that book either, but if there's someone out there who does, I'd appreciate it if you could tell me whether The Baby Gag falls under &qu...
by David Acer
June 16th, 2010, 3:31 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Celebrity Prediction Gag?
Replies: 29
Views: 6127

Credit for Celebrity Prediction Gag?

Does anyone know who came up with the old celebrity prediction baby gag? All I could find was an envelope with a photo of the originator... at three months old.
by David Acer
June 15th, 2010, 4:20 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Calculator Force
Replies: 14
Views: 5267

Re: Credit for Calculator Force

Curtis Kam wrote:David, I think this is one of those things about which Marc DeSouza knows all. Have you spoken with him?

Hi Curtis,
Ironically, this is for a trick of Marc's that I'm writing up. He says Bob King first published the idea in the early 1980s, but doesn't claim to have invented it.
by David Acer
June 15th, 2010, 1:46 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Calculator Force
Replies: 14
Views: 5267

Re: Credit for Calculator Force

The one where you mislabel one of the keys? (m- to =) No, the one where, prior to the show, you enter the force number, then press +, then 0, then X as in multiply, then ( as in the "open paranthesis" symbol. This will save your force number in the memory. During the actual performance, a...
by David Acer
June 15th, 2010, 1:26 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Calculator Force
Replies: 14
Views: 5267

Credit for Calculator Force

Does anyone know who came up with the idea of using a scientific calculator to force a large number - i.e., in performance, a handful of audience members improvise a complex equation, but when they press the equal sign, the number that comes up is actually one you stored in the memory. Any help woul...
by David Acer
June 1st, 2010, 1:50 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Jeff Prace Performs Scribbles of Destiny
Replies: 0
Views: 1050

Jeff Prace Performs Scribbles of Destiny

Using nothing more than a computer with a webcam and an editing program, Jeff Prace has somehow posted a performance of his trick "Scribbles of Destiny" on youtube. You can read the work in the January, 2010 issue of Genii: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by David Acer
May 23rd, 2010, 10:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: little paddles - coffee stir
Replies: 6
Views: 1392

Re: little paddles - coffee stir

Richard Tremblay wrote:For reference but they are made of wood:
Automatic Coffee Stirrer by Guy Camirand
http://www.camirandmagic.com/rt_002.html
Richard


As a sidenote, Guy Camirand recently gave me permission to write up his Automatic Coffee Stirrer routine for Magicana. I've always liked it.
by David Acer
May 3rd, 2010, 11:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Acer in Washington D.C. - Lecture 5/19
Replies: 5
Views: 981

Re: David Acer in Washington D.C. - Lecture 5/19

I will also demonstrate my uncanny ability to change four nickels into four dimes merely by covering them with a small brass cap.
by David Acer
May 2nd, 2010, 3:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube
Replies: 8
Views: 2407

Re: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube

More clips have recently gone up on the Camirand Academy youtube channel. Here's the complete list to date (new clips in red): *[color:red]DESOUZA, MARC - QUAD-RINGLE PLUS (finger ring and rope routine from DESOUZA'S DECEPTIONS): <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzT...
by David Acer
April 28th, 2010, 1:47 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Spellbound Using Listerine Pocket Paks
Replies: 2
Views: 1726

Spellbound Using Listerine Pocket Paks

I'm not bragging, but I was able to record Brian Roberts performing "Breathless" in the lobby of the hotel during 4F using my Sony High 8 cassette camera. (that part I'm bragging about) The routine is explained in the latest Magicana (i.e., May 2010): <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="ht...
by David Acer
April 27th, 2010, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FFFF's 40th Anniversary
Replies: 6
Views: 1416

Re: FFFF's 40th Anniversary

Obie and the organizers really put on an amazing 40th anniversary bash. Non-stop shows, world-class magic, and so many Europeans somehow making it despite having to pass through one of the seven signs of armageddon (I mean Bill Malone walking around the lobby shirtless).
by David Acer
March 16th, 2010, 6:18 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Jeff Prace's Scribbles of Destiny
Replies: 1
Views: 1529

Video of Jeff Prace's Scribbles of Destiny

A magician named Curtis has youtubed some nice work on Jeff Prace's iPhone trick, "Scribbles of Destiny," published in the January, 2010 Magicana. And yes, I used youtube as a verb. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_aWFdbg0qY">http://www.youtube.com/watch...
by David Acer
March 15th, 2010, 9:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube
Replies: 8
Views: 2407

Re: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube

Demos for Gary Ouellet's THINGAMAJIG and Jean-Pierre Vallarino's RUMBA PRINT have just been added to the Camirand site: Gary Ouellet performs THINGAMAJIG: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpvQx6C21sY">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpvQx6C21sY</a><!-- m --> Gary per...
by David Acer
March 8th, 2010, 9:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube
Replies: 8
Views: 2407

Re: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube

Jeff Haas wrote:I think I bought almost all of that stuff when it was new.


Me too. And here's another one that just went up:

Gary Ouellet performs Mehdi's DYNASWITCH, a self-contained bill change:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvLIGDBLkyY
by David Acer
March 6th, 2010, 6:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube
Replies: 8
Views: 2407

Re: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube

Michel Huot wrote:Thanks David
fun seeing those
:)


I agree. In particular I found myself going back to watch the Infidel Change on that Close-Up Illusions montage more than once. From an aesthetic stand-point (if not a practical one), it's about as perfect a coin change as I've ever seen.
by David Acer
March 5th, 2010, 3:49 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Martin Nash False Cut from 1994 Genii
Replies: 0
Views: 1382

Martin Nash False Cut from 1994 Genii

Gary Ouellet performs Martin Nash's "Very Best Tabled False Cut," from his Fulminations column in Genii magazine (December, 1994).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv2-_tJXL_A
by David Acer
March 2nd, 2010, 3:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube
Replies: 8
Views: 2407

Re: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube

This just added to the Camirand youtube channel:

Gary Ouellet demonstrates some techniques from his 1994 book, THE PASS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMs30EwEVzM
by David Acer
February 23rd, 2010, 3:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube
Replies: 8
Views: 2407

Camirand Academy Tricks on Youtube

In an attempt to move, if not into the 21st century, at least into the late 1990s, I've begun posting video clips on youtube of some of my tricks produced (or otherwise published) by The Camirand Academy. Here's the first batch for anyone who might be interested: * NOMEN OMEN: <!-- m --><a class="po...
by David Acer
February 9th, 2010, 3:09 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Cameron Francis Performs "Business Burn"
Replies: 0
Views: 1042

Cameron Francis Performs "Business Burn"

Merely by clicking on the link below you will be transported instantly to a video clip of Cameron Francis performing his business-card printing effect, "Business Burn," from the December, 2009 Genii. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoXgG67bNxw">http://www...
by David Acer
January 21st, 2010, 6:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Workers are IN!!
Replies: 114
Views: 16893

Re: The Workers are IN!!

Around the same time Mike starting popularizing the term "workers," Richard Sanders and I tried to get our own term into the vernacular - whammybammers. So far, no luck.
by David Acer
January 21st, 2010, 12:18 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Brian Miller's "The Choices We Can't See"
Replies: 15
Views: 3630

Video of Brian Miller's "The Choices We Can't See"

Despite its potential to cripple the minds of non-believers, Brian Miller has posted a video of "The Choices We Can't See" (a.k.a. "Your Coins, Your Choice"), from the February, 2010 Magicana. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rqMPulmems">http://...
by David Acer
January 12th, 2010, 12:31 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Larry Jennings' Single Cup and Balls Routine
Replies: 20
Views: 5589

Video of Larry Jennings' Single Cup and Balls Routine

First published in Charlie Miller's Magicana column in the May, 1970 issue of Genii:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ic9qpdN478
by David Acer
January 4th, 2010, 2:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whats Next for 2010?
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Whats Next for 2010?

Jay Sankey and I have been working hard to finish a DVD of our search for the legendary Fingerpalm Johnson. Vernon hinted at his existence, people believe he's still alive, and, without giving too much away, we made some amazing discoveries. As Richard Sanders said after screening the preview, "...

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