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by Carlo Morpurgo
January 25th, 2009, 11:32 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Hiro Sakai Magicana
Replies: 21
Views: 7054

Re: Hiro Sakai Magicana

Ok, I take the "human being integrity" back...but maybe not the magician's. I guess it's a question of points of view. For me resorting to cheap TV tricks goes against the magician's ethics, if you want to call it this way. Perhaps even worse is to justify one's sin by topping it or compar...
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 25th, 2009, 7:36 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Hiro Sakai Magicana
Replies: 21
Views: 7054

Re: Hiro Sakai Magicana

Henley wrote:He used a camera edit, whoop-de-doo.


Can you define "camera edit"? then we can discuss the "whoop-de-doo"
by Carlo Morpurgo
January 24th, 2009, 11:59 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Hiro Sakai Magicana
Replies: 21
Views: 7054

Re: Hiro Sakai Magicana

Impressive. However the one TV special when he walks through the table tells me a clear story about the integrity of the guy as a magician, and perhaps as a human being.
by Carlo Morpurgo
December 12th, 2008, 6:41 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: What are the odds
Replies: 6
Views: 1749

Re: What are the odds

No, there are 5x4x3x2x1 = 120 different orderings of the cards. Once the order is fixed by the first set, there's a 1/120 chance the 2nd pile will match. I think. Persi? That is correct...you don't need to be Persi for this one... If the argument above does not convince, think of 120 ways to lay do...
by Carlo Morpurgo
November 23rd, 2008, 1:25 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Lefthanded
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Re: Lefthanded

The lefties amongst us will vouch for the fact that a fair bit of extra work is required when learning sleights and routines from Dvdees and books. EVERYTHING must be turned around as it were. One effect that works in favour of the lefties is the swami writer.....the notepad is held in the left han...
by Carlo Morpurgo
October 13th, 2008, 8:06 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: New Forte GPS Trailer
Replies: 4
Views: 1703

Re: New Forte GPS Trailer

I'll be the first on the list! The Bullitt theme.....absolutely cool choice for this trailer....Can't wait.

Carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 25th, 2008, 7:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

Marco Pusterla wrote: I'm away from my library now but if I remember correctly, Gardner found the link to Andrews thanks to somebody tipping him about "Erdnase" being "Andrews" in reverse,


In the Genii article it's claimed that Gardner immediately recognized the Andrews anagram.

Carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 18th, 2008, 11:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website
Replies: 75
Views: 18208

Re: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website

I watched the disc with Martin Gardner's audio interview, and those with Richard Hatch. I thoroughly enojoyed them...I wanted to learn more about the mistery, and I certainly did. I am impressed by Hatch, the way he was able to give his presentation withouth editing (maybe a couple here and there). ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 16th, 2008, 9:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website
Replies: 75
Views: 18208

Re: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website

Second deal, same thing. In the demo he just uses a standard strike, not the method explained afterwards.

Carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 15th, 2008, 9:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website
Replies: 75
Views: 18208

Re: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website

There are people who do a push-out bottom, and people who just pull it out. Different strokes. Sure, but it seems to me that Ackerman is not using Erdnase's "push out" method in his first bottom dealing demonstration. I could very well be wrong, but this is what it looks like to me. Carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 15th, 2008, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website
Replies: 75
Views: 18208

Re: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website

Larry Jennings kept his fingernails a bit longer than most. So do I. So do some other magicians. It's a personal choice. I understand that. But AA's nails do not seem to be well groomed, some seem longer (left hand) some seem shorter, and they do not look so good on screen. Now, to deal with Carlo'...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 15th, 2008, 6:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website
Replies: 75
Views: 18208

Re: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website

and another thing is, if I play the videos on my pc, I notice a lot of blurred horizontal lines during motion. isn't this supposed to be in high definition? (or higher at least).

carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 15th, 2008, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website
Replies: 75
Views: 18208

Re: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website

Got my set too...thanks. I have not watched a lot of it, but enough say that that Ackerman should have trimmed his fingernails. It's the obvious thing to do if your hands are 98% of the time in close up.

Carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 12th, 2008, 3:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Who am I???
Replies: 27
Views: 4260

Re: Who am I???

Without knowing any of the folks mentioned here, the first person I thought of was Penn Gillette. Almost at a point that I could see him talking just like that....

Carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 2nd, 2008, 7:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

You didn't have to ask your Professor friend. Smith said he drew them from life and it is entirely feasible that he did so. judging from the thread, not everyone here has same faith as you in what's been claimed by Smith or Erdnase, or anyone else for that matter (that is a good thing....) by the w...
by Carlo Morpurgo
September 1st, 2008, 11:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

I asked a friend of mine (BA at Yale, major in Photography, M. Phil., Columbia Univ., and currently an Art History professor) whether it would have been possible to take photos of the hands holding a deck of cards like in the drawings, back in 1902. Beside the exposure time, I was not sure about clo...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 30th, 2008, 6:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

See page 25, footnote 2, Genii, January 2000. Richard sells back issues. Support Genii. I should not be expected to bring everyone up to speed if they're not willing to extend themselves by reading the literature on the subject. I guess this means that a discussion on what you wrote in that article...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 29th, 2008, 10:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

My particular favorite of these scenarios is that Erdnase had some rudimentary sketches already done, and asked Smith to either redraw, or match those drawings in style. This solves the "they didn't have time in one day" problem, But then how do we solve the "who did the rudimentary ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 29th, 2008, 10:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

"He placed the board on the table, using it as a surface for demonstrating sleights which Smith sketched rapidly in pencil." and "Smith took the sketches home, inked them in, and returned them to Andrews later." If Smith, the only first-party link who's ever really been quizzed ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 24th, 2008, 10:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

It seems to me that the quality of writing in "Expert at the Card Table" goes far beyond editing, or the ability of an editor to "buff" up an inferior writers material to make it read as "Expert" reads. Erdnase gives us original thinking, most of it seen for the very f...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 24th, 2008, 10:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

Much of this is rehashing discussions that have been gone through before in this thread and elsewhere. Sorry...as I said I did not read this thread regularly, nor have I read anything else other than the recent Genii article. In any case, it's not a bad thing to rehash discussions once in a while -...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 24th, 2008, 3:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

This disparity between the writing styles is what virtually requires MFA advocates to ring in an "editor" to polish his prose. Bart Whaley in TMWWE has a chapter giving the results of a computer analysis of the prose styles of Erdnase, MFA and their proposed editor, William Hilliar. The r...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 24th, 2008, 2:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

"Imperfect anagrams" and "potential anagrams." All words can be made into anagrams if one wishes them so, depending on how many letters are to be added or left out. True, even Alexander or Gardner or Dai Vernon all have "Erdna" inside them, so they can be made into Erd...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 24th, 2008, 11:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2371551

Re: ERDNASE

First of all, an anagram is defined as a word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase, such as satin to stain. Now we have the imperfect anagram, a device without a specific definition. Is an imperfect anagram defined as a rearrangement of letters in a word with one let...
by Carlo Morpurgo
August 9th, 2008, 6:03 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Olympics Opening Ceremony
Replies: 13
Views: 2527

Re: Olympics Opening Ceremony

FLYING FLYIN FLYING... BUT with the budjet (cost no object!!) they should have brought Johnny Gauhan in to make the gaffs invisible. The most creative live special effects ever... I taped it so we could see it again. The next country will have to change to small and tasteful. I just said the same t...
by Carlo Morpurgo
June 5th, 2008, 9:02 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Video du Jour • Coin Manipulation on the Promenade
Replies: 6
Views: 1934

Re: Video du Jour • Coin Manipulation on the Promenade

Nice...I am curious, can you do a complete coin roll with a whole dollar? (that fast I mean) Or you just chose not to do it.

Carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
May 25th, 2008, 11:54 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Questions about Bosco
Replies: 35
Views: 6347

Re: Questions about Bosco

Stepanov wrote:
5. Who now known like best specialist on Bartolomeo Bosco?


From the little I know I think that Silvan could be the person you are looking for....

Carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
May 24th, 2008, 3:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Replies: 57
Views: 7009

Re: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Sturgeon's law aside, there are other issues more germain to offering criticism published back when folks took the trouble to read. What, specifically, is gained in removing the surprises awaiting the reader/viewer of a novel work? Can one not simply state that one was not moved or felt shorted by ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
May 23rd, 2008, 10:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Replies: 57
Views: 7009

Re: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

You can always tell a poor critic: they're the ones who write a summary of the plot of the film that fills half (or more) of their so-called review. Giving a large plot summary is a crutch when you have nothing to actually say. I agree, and this is not the case for the reviewer in question. carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
May 23rd, 2008, 10:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Replies: 57
Views: 7009

Re: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW MENTIONED ABOVE. http://www.reelviews.net/movies/i/indiana... I am a big fan of Berardinelli, one of the best movie critics, in my opinion. I've never heard of Berardinelli, but whether he liked the film or not, I will never read a review by him again -- seein...
by Carlo Morpurgo
May 23rd, 2008, 12:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Replies: 57
Views: 7009

Re: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I'm not interested in getting into a debate, Carlo, since I am not a film critique. But after reading his review I think I'll stick with Roger Ebert. I like Ebert as well...in fact those two guys are the only movie critics I look.... In this case they seem to disagree, and it's not the only time. W...
by Carlo Morpurgo
May 23rd, 2008, 11:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Replies: 57
Views: 7009

Re: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Carlo, everything's off base in his review. He's fallen into the same trap as the other reviewers, and how anyone in his right mind could think that Temple of Doom is better than this new movie is beyond me. I think Temple of Doom is one of the worst movies Spielberg has ever made (and that takes s...
by Carlo Morpurgo
May 23rd, 2008, 7:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Replies: 57
Views: 7009

Re: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I've read lots of comments by film critics in the past few days and, after having seen the film, I can say that many of the criticisms are way off base. How about this review: http://www.reelviews.net/movies/i/indiana_jones4.html Anything off base there? I have not watched the movie yet, and I will...
by Carlo Morpurgo
May 13th, 2008, 4:26 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicians Week on Letterman
Replies: 42
Views: 10400

Re: Magicians Week on Letterman

Wow, I tip my hat to Penn for his honesty....to be honest myself though, I don't really think that slapping the pocket would have done it. The "smart" spectator could still think of a duplicate pair and that the glasses were either removed from the pocket or never put there to begin with. ...
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 28th, 2008, 12:25 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Hooker Article
Replies: 58
Views: 17086

Re: Hooker Article

I am a bit surprised about this comment, coming from a magician. The true magician should be fascinated by his own art at a level much higher than knowing or not a secret, in my opinion. A magician and true lover of the art of magic should be ALWAYS fascinated (by things that are worth it of course)...
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 27th, 2008, 11:08 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Hooker Article
Replies: 58
Views: 17086

Re: Hooker Article

Let me tell you a little story. One summer in the early 70's, perhaps 1971 (I was 10), I was on vacation in a little beach resort in Italy, and I was thrilled to hear that Silvan was going to perform in one of the local clubs, in the afternoon. He was my idol, and he was a rising celebrity in Italy....
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 27th, 2008, 9:23 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Hooker Article
Replies: 58
Views: 17086

Re: Hooker Article

I think a lot of energy on this subject has already been expended on the earlier threads. Steinmeyer's article is very wiley--it tells you no secrets, but tells you a lot more than you knew before. That is exactly my point. So much more information, so much more food for thought, whether it be deta...
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 27th, 2008, 6:42 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Hooker Article
Replies: 58
Views: 17086

Re: Hooker Article

This is it huh...is this how this thread is going to develop? What a shame...If I were Jim Steinmeyer I would be rather disappointed...

Carlo
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 19th, 2008, 9:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dr. Hooker is Coming!
Replies: 68
Views: 11438

Re: Dr. Hooker is Coming!

"It" means the routine. Certainly the Hooker Card Rise is more of a "they" than an "it", even if "they" are rolled up into one performance. Certainly there are several distinct effects, but speaking of " the secret" or "figuring out the method&...
by Carlo Morpurgo
March 19th, 2008, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dr. Hooker is Coming!
Replies: 68
Views: 11438

Re: Dr. Hooker is Coming!

Richard Kaufman wrote:Yes, that's correct. No one has come even remotely close to figuring it out.


Hmmmm....what do you mean by "it", Richard?

Carlo

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