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by Mahdi Gilbert
January 8th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 43
Views: 5744

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

I would hope so. My playing cards are expensive though compared to a regular pack of Bicycles so you may want to only invest once you get a better grasp on sleight of hand.
by Mahdi Gilbert
January 7th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 43
Views: 5744

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

I would recommend my own playing cards: http://beforemagic.com/store I created Hidden Leaves with a Bee stock that is crushed thin and has a smooth finish. Emanations has a Bee stock with a smooth finish. I was somewhat inspired by Richard Turner and did a lot of research on what I needed in a deck ...
by Mahdi Gilbert
January 7th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 218
Views: 19610

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

The idea that he is protecting the Chinese public by exposing magic is absurd. People in China present, watch, and engage with performances of magic very much like they do in the West. Where is the proof that China has a history of magicians performing magic as occult demonstrations? I would very mu...
by Mahdi Gilbert
September 7th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 218
Views: 19610

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Hi, feel free to ask me specific questions and I will do my best to answer. Also, I disagree with almost all of the statements made. One statement which I am considering is: "Shun all people who disrespect magic and its creators, who expose, steal, copy and sell other people's intellectual prop...
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 29th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 218
Views: 19610

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

I made two videos on these topics.

How Magic Became a Clown Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35lWAQeBdHI

How The Magic Community LOVES Exposing Magic to the Public & It's Consequences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzVmgORsYps
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 28th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 218
Views: 19610

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

“In China's second and third-tier cities, there are no (magic) classes, while traditional masters only have one or two disciples," says XX, who is from a small town in the southern Chinese province of Jiangsu.” There are no magic classes in most of the world. In China, every single book, VHS an...
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 22nd, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 218
Views: 19610

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

I would say guard your secrets as the vaults of the Bank of England are guarded. If rivals or even members of your audiences happen to see the way you are doing your tricks, you will have to scrap your whole show and start all over again. - Jasper Maskelyne Houdini's secrets have never been authenti...
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 13th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 218
Views: 19610

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

"It's absolutely pointless to link to Asian exposure sites. In doing so you're projecting Western ethics on a culture that doesn't remotely partake of the same line of thinking." The link I posted was to Youtube which is an American company owned by Google. The text that was in Chinese is ...
by Mahdi Gilbert
March 25th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

My name is Mahdi. Not Mahadi. Also, it seems from the discussion that no one understands or is interested in what I wrote about. Almost every single response is completely irrelevant to what's happening with the Youtube algorithm. It is just a good reminder for me to give up on trying to have intell...
by Mahdi Gilbert
March 22nd, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

I made a video to explain it in more detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr8A2UruqQk
by Mahdi Gilbert
March 19th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

To keep this on topic I would like to suggest a course of action. I believe it is possible to work together with Youtube for magic's benefit. I propose: I. A meeting of magicians + people who understand the technology. The goal would be to develop a strategy based on technological solutions that You...
by Mahdi Gilbert
March 16th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

Magic faces an existential threat with Youtube's emerging artificial intelligence. It is not only linking videos of magic performances with explanation videos, it is PAIRING them! It's like a puzzle/riddle (the magic) + with the solution (explanation). Youtube is packaging them together. All short v...
by Mahdi Gilbert
March 15th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

My point is, Mahdi, that there is nothing we can do about it. That's not true. They adapt based on the pressure that is applied to them. For example, gun videos used to be very popular on Youtube but then they had a lot of pressure to remove firearm videos from the platform. Now they have special g...
by Mahdi Gilbert
March 15th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

You can be watching a magic video anonymously (meaning from a public/borrowed device not associated to you or your magic interest) with the same results.

Every single video of a magic performance is being linked to videos exposing that very same magic effect.
by Mahdi Gilbert
March 15th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

Richard Kaufman wrote:Mahdi, and your point is?


You are right. Nothing to see here folks. Move along. Nothing to see.
by Mahdi Gilbert
March 15th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

http://beforemagic.com/themagicway/2019/3/15/youtube-algorithm-linking-performance-amp-exposs Youtube Algorithm Linking Performances & Exposés Part of a series on what I’m calling The War On Magic. This all started with a click. Someone sent me a link to a Youtube video. I clicked it and watched...
by Mahdi Gilbert
December 9th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Book Club
Replies: 0
Views: 595

Book Club

Hi everyone, I just finished the first year of my personal Book Club. You can join the upcoming season (2019): https://www.patreon.com/mahdithemagician or buy the first season: http://beforemagic.com/video-store/book-club-season-one Thank to everyone who took part! Mahdi CONTENTS MALINI AND HIS MAGI...
by Mahdi Gilbert
November 23rd, 2018, 9:13 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas
Replies: 23
Views: 5188

Re: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas

Going to be a good one!
by Mahdi Gilbert
October 26th, 2018, 5:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Caged Canary
Replies: 0
Views: 676

The Caged Canary

Hi everyone, I've started a podcast to share my thoughts on a wide range of topics in magic. The Catalog: http://beforemagic.com/the-caged-canary-podcast The most current episode: http://beforemagic.com/radio/ https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56dd8d2860b5e9cd549bd1ed/5bd1cc02e4966bef0e0c880b/5...
by Mahdi Gilbert
September 1st, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Animals
Replies: 16
Views: 2842

Re: Magical Animals

Here's an update on Akaba. He's 7 months old and we're training to make him into a magic assistant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qPoonpDnso
by Mahdi Gilbert
August 10th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: My EG Conference Presentation
Replies: 2
Views: 740

My EG Conference Presentation

Thought I'd leave this here for you to watch. Includes card magic, an interview by Eric Mead and card manipulation from Erdnase.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F9GdV7DUM4
by Mahdi Gilbert
August 7th, 2018, 8:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How To Become A Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 4527

How To Become A Magician

Hi everyone,

I just started a podcast for my website, Before Magic called The Caged Canary and our first episode is how to become a magician. I'd thought I'd leave it here for your enjoyment: http://beforemagic.com/the-caged-canary ... a-magician

Best,
M
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 31st, 2018, 11:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: H.G. Wells wrote a magic book
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

Re: H.G. Wells wrote a magic book

When I was in University I had a course on Science Fiction Literature and the story was in an anthology I read. It's very rare for me to come across magic in books outside of magic so it really stuck out in my mind. I also just loved everything about the logic of the characters. I feel that we, as p...
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 30th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: H.G. Wells wrote a magic book
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

H.G. Wells wrote a magic book

Hi everyone, For those of you who know of H.G. Wells you know how influential he has been on the world of literature, fantasy and science fiction. Many of his popular works have been turned into major motion picture films such as The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of ...
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 17th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 34
Views: 7102

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

Hi, I am currently writing the secrets out and will update people who purchase when they become available. M Many of Hofzinser's finest deceptions were only possible because of the playing cards of the era. Hidden Leaves playing cards feature no indexes just like playing cards used to be made. This ...
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 11th, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cardini
Replies: 2
Views: 859

Cardini

"Twice wounded in France and shell-shocked, I was in a military hospital in Liverpool. All day long I practiced tricks. Indeed I was so constantly manipulating cards that the doctors, thinking I must be insane, put me in a mental ward." - Richard Valentine Pitchford Read the new article I ...
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 11th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Animals
Replies: 16
Views: 2842

Re: Magical Animals

I do but I keep them in a little open shoulder bag and because we were sitting on the ground he would have been trying to get in nonstop so I left it at home. :) Mahdi Do you reinforce good behavior with occasional treats? I didn’t see you give him any in the video. I agree with you 100% about kill ...
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 10th, 2018, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Animals
Replies: 16
Views: 2842

Re: Magical Animals

Also, here's an update on me and Akaba : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzlCBW67Nv0

Enjoy!
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 10th, 2018, 8:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Animals
Replies: 16
Views: 2842

Re: Magical Animals

I have many ideas that I think are original and would love great on stage. Does anyone know of any world class animal trainers?
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 10th, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legend of Max Malini
Replies: 2
Views: 1423

Re: The Legend of Max Malini

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Thanks Mahdi - short but sweet - and inspiring.


Glad you like it. :)
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 10th, 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 2727

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Edward Pungot wrote:"Magicians are considered to be the scientists of show business."
--Milbourne Christopher
[ Stewart James The First Fifty Years ]


What does that mean?
by Mahdi Gilbert
July 9th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 2727

Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Hi,

This is a question that has been bothering me and discussed a lot. So I wrote an article with my thoughts on what it means to be natural and do natural magic.

http://beforemagic.com/modern-magic/201 ... de-ascanio

Please let me know what you think.
by Mahdi Gilbert
June 22nd, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magical Atmosphere of FRED KAPS
Replies: 0
Views: 1027

The Magical Atmosphere of FRED KAPS

Hi everyone, I wrote this article on Fred Kaps for my magic website, Before Magic. Enjoy!

http://beforemagic.com/modern-magic/201 ... -fred-kaps
by Mahdi Gilbert
June 16th, 2018, 1:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 34
Views: 7102

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

Hidden Leaves have just been launched and are available for purchase here: http://beforemagic.com/store/
by Mahdi Gilbert
June 16th, 2018, 1:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legend of Max Malini
Replies: 2
Views: 1423

The Legend of Max Malini

Hi everyone, I made this post about The Legend of Max Malini as told by David Blaine.

I can't format it here but you can read & watch it here: http://beforemagic.com/golden-age/2018/ ... max-malini
by Mahdi Gilbert
June 16th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Animals
Replies: 16
Views: 2842

Re: Magical Animals

Thank you for all your kind messages. Any magic literature on animals though?
by Mahdi Gilbert
June 11th, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mahdi is THE AMAZING MAGICIAN! 超凡魔术师
Replies: 7
Views: 2389

Re: Mahdi is THE AMAZING MAGICIAN! 超凡魔术师

Hi! My deck was fully designed at this time but I didn't have the funds to print them (hence the Kickstarter) which is why I used a Bicycle deck in the performance. The people on the show (including Lee Asher) knew that I was making a deck and they loved the artwork. They originally offered to PRINT...
by Mahdi Gilbert
May 31st, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Animals
Replies: 16
Views: 2842

Magical Animals

Hello, I just got an Australian Cattle Dog a few months ago. I'm working hard on training him to be able to perform magic. I am familiar with Ricky Jay's book on Learned Pigs but is there any other animals mentioned in the literature of magic who have graced the stages in the annals of magic? P.S. H...
by Mahdi Gilbert
May 11th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 34
Views: 7102

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

SATURDAY MAY 19 at 2PM I will be performing and teaching a few tricks at Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto. This is not a lecture but rather an informal performance. "We will be celebrating the launch of Mahdi's brand new Hidden Leaves Playing Cards. The cards will be on sale that day at the sh...

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