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by Leonard Hevia
February 24th, 2019, 1:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 24658

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Nice routine Alfred! The components are there: The two bunnies are an inseparable male and female couple who wind up copulating inside the spectator's hand. Audiences can relate to this. I noticed one of the baby bunnies fell to the floor. It might be a good idea to get the spectator to hold her fis...
by Leonard Hevia
February 21st, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth
Replies: 8
Views: 1216

Re: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth

I am quite saddened to read that Joe Pecore has passed. I met him and spent some time with him at the first Genii convention, and corresponded occasionally since then. You mention his labors on Magicpedia, but you don't say just how much of him is in it -- hundreds of articles and thousands of edit...
by Leonard Hevia
February 20th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box
Replies: 25
Views: 3871

Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

David Kaplan wrote:Brad: Do you have any pointers on where to locate the Jonathan Neal manuscript? A Google search didn't turn up any results. Thanks -- David


JNeal's contact: wonderbiz@earthlink.net
by Leonard Hevia
February 18th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 24658

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

There must be something going on beneath the surface that makes the Sponge Bunnies appealing to audiences. Maybe the rabbits remind people of love, relationships, companionship, and having children. Those are things folks relate to. Songs have that power.
by Leonard Hevia
February 17th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 24658

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

On the subject of Frank Garcia and sponge balls, an effect that gets a strong reaction, a copy of Garcia's 1976 Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic is up on the eBay at an opening low bid. It appears to be in good condition: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1976-THE-ENCYCLOPEDIA-OF-SPONGE-BALL-MAGIC-by-Frank-...
by Leonard Hevia
February 17th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 46
Views: 8573

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

- Chapter on memdeck magic - If Max isn't going to publish a whole book on the Gilbreath principle, could he write a chapter on it for this book? - Torn & Restored Card, 10 Card Poker Deal, ACAAN need some strong representation - Pineapple Surprise does not need representation - Chapter on Vern...
by Leonard Hevia
February 17th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 88
Views: 11666

Re: The Magic Rainbow

You're a wise man Erdnasephile. It should be understood that the situation you pointed out applies to books of all subjects, not just magic. If all books that were published were read and absorbed by most of the world's population, instead of just sitting on shelves, or in recycling bins, the situat...
by Leonard Hevia
February 11th, 2019, 11:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 11867

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

Voracious readers understand when I say that those who don't read much live on a superficial level. That has to be, hands down, the funniest damn thing I have every read on Genii. Or in a book, or a blog, or the back of a cereal box, or on one of my three Kindles. Thanks Bill! Kind of you to say th...
by Leonard Hevia
February 11th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 11867

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

I'm thinking if I could spend JUST a $100 to have dinner with family/friends who are no longer here, or spend it on a book I will put on a shelf with the OTHER books, I would do the former...that additional book's presence on my shelf being of hollow reward. Books are for me far more than a hollow ...
by Leonard Hevia
February 10th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Good points again by the folks here. Brad and Al make a good observation that there are elements that go way beyond a good execution of the effect. The audience has to like you , or at least consider the performer affable before the magic begins. Garet's observation that a lot going on here is so un...
by Leonard Hevia
February 10th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician accused of sexual assault
Replies: 16
Views: 3143

Re: Magician accused of sexual assault

Ha, ha! That was hilarious Bill!
by Leonard Hevia
February 9th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Al Schneider wrote:Leonard Hevia
Did you perform the French Drop effectively?


It's as good as yours, if not better, and I learned from experience that the deception is a thin one.
by Leonard Hevia
February 8th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

the Spider Vanish succeeds cuz it's based on the observation that the dirty hand will be suspected after a false transfer. Forgive me, but I think this is not correct. The Spider Vanishes that I have seen succeed because they direct the spectators to suspect the dirty hand. Forgive me, but I think ...
by Leonard Hevia
February 7th, 2019, 10:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Great discussions here by all concerned. I agree with Erdnasephile that the Spider Vanish succeeds cuz it's based on the observation that the dirty hand will be suspected after a false transfer. When spectators are given a glimpse of the empty left hand, their assumptions experience a jolt. Even wit...
by Leonard Hevia
February 4th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: http://www.airshipmagic.com/ CHEATERS??
Replies: 15
Views: 2460

Re: http://www.airshipmagic.com/ CHEATERS??

Leonard Hevia wrote:Did the steel PF cups arrive, Marsel?


You still haven't answered my question. Never mind, I'll clue you in. It is my understanding that the cups arrived at your destination on January 24th, yet you refuse to acknowledge this. There does not appear to be any rip off here with your order--at all.
by Leonard Hevia
February 3rd, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box
Replies: 25
Views: 3871

Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Andy Greget in Arizona might have one. He stocks up on collectible old props. If not he might know somebody that has this.
by Leonard Hevia
February 3rd, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: force creator
Replies: 6
Views: 1026

Re: force creator

Did you receive your stainless steel Paul Fox cups from Airship Magic, Marsel?

Yes, or no?
by Leonard Hevia
February 3rd, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box
Replies: 25
Views: 3871

Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Thanks, Quentin, but I won't be at Blackpool. Leo, that one doesn't close properly (as noted). All right--what about this one? https://foliniandsons.ecrater.com/p/7544646/demon-wonder-box-hallmarked-vintage Or this one from Fantasma Magic in NY: https://fantasmamagic.com/products/demon-wonder-box?v...
by Leonard Hevia
February 3rd, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

If you accept that they saw the coin in the left hand, and you should, because they did, and do, then their “not much backtracking” must necessarily included the step “although I saw the coin in his left hand, he must have used some sort of technology or psychology that only made me see the illusio...
by Leonard Hevia
February 3rd, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box
Replies: 25
Views: 3871

Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Yes--Jonathan Neal Brown is a very talented and skilled magician.
by Leonard Hevia
February 3rd, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

It's not much backtracking to suspect the coin never really left the right hand when apparently placing it into the left. I'm not sure why the two girls in the shop did not pursue the guilty right hand. They may have suspected it and pretended not to notice, searching everywhere else to probably mak...
by Leonard Hevia
February 3rd, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

In my one-coin routine, there is always an immediate reappearance after a vanish. But the final move of the sequence is the silver dollar being apparently placed into the pocket after a French drop and the coin then apparently penetrates through the pocket. The hand that went into the pocket to app...
by Leonard Hevia
February 3rd, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I have always felt that this was the most important part of the discussion from Carneycopia: The action of transferring an object to the other hand is a trivial one, which should be viewed as incidental to the demonstration, registering only on the mental periphery. This is where "retention of...
by Leonard Hevia
February 2nd, 2019, 11:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

The appearing third ball on top of the cup from the opening sequence in Ammar' s routine. He does a wand spin with the left hand fairly extended while quietly depositing the ball on top of the third cup with the right hand. Is the misdirection too obvious here? If the audience catches on that they w...
by Leonard Hevia
February 2nd, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: http://www.airshipmagic.com/ CHEATERS??
Replies: 15
Views: 2460

Re: http://www.airshipmagic.com/ CHEATERS??

Did the steel PF cups arrive, Marsel?
by Leonard Hevia
February 2nd, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Glad to have cleared the Carney quote, Alfred. So according to Carney, you look at the object getting transferred? to the other hand. Then you look up at the audience while you make the transfer, then back down at the completion of the transfer to open the fingers and display the vanish. Be that as ...
by Leonard Hevia
February 1st, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Finally, I am not familiar with the quote you attribute to Carney: "When I was younger I thought that technique was everything, and misdirection was insurance against poor technique. Now I know that the opposite is true." So, if the opposite is in fact true, that would mean that "mis...
by Leonard Hevia
January 28th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: monte toss exposed
Replies: 28
Views: 3416

Re: monte toss exposed

The classic monte is definitely a demonstration of skill, as folks here pointed out. The beauty of it though is that it borderlines on magic. The boundaries can blur in the sequence where you show all three cards as queens, and when the corner bend mysteriously vanishes from the queen and winds up o...
by Leonard Hevia
January 28th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I remember reading about a debate once between two famous magicians. One was arguing that the final load had to be bigger than the cups themselves. The other was arguing the size didn't matter. All that mattered was that the final load was something visually surprising such as a lemon. The guy argu...
by Leonard Hevia
January 27th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I don't think the cup thru cup move was ever meant to garner applause. Hannibal paused after this segment in an applause cue, bit it isn't strong enough for that. That's why it fell flat. The wand thru cup, and cup thru cup are humorous asides, nothing more. When Skinner did the wand thru cup move i...
by Leonard Hevia
January 27th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Brian Watson has an interesting version of the cup thru cup move:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jN8mxjqWz6s
by Leonard Hevia
January 27th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

There you go Alfred! From this DVD, you'll be learning from the man, who taught the man, who taught you how to do the cups and balls. A sample:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHJ6iFopmwU
by Leonard Hevia
January 27th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: monte toss exposed
Replies: 28
Views: 3416

Re: monte toss exposed

The resourceful professional changes the method. Those who perform the classic version of 3 Card Monte might want to switch to a packet method primarily off the table--for a while. Packet methods are bountiful if you look around.
by Leonard Hevia
January 27th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

And that is beautifully written prose, Leo. Yes, White is a real pro, smooth as silk. Thank you Alfred! That is very kind of you. I really believe every magician who does the cups and balls or contemplating this effect should own a copy of White's cups and balls DVD. If nothing else, just to have f...
by Leonard Hevia
January 26th, 2019, 12:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Does anyone have a suggestion for a routine I could start with? Something to ease me in? Yes--get a copy of Bob White's cups and balls DVD. The routine he performs and teaches will get you going. Pay close attention to the reactions from the young couple sitting across the table from Bob. It is pri...
by Leonard Hevia
January 24th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Choosing a wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 3793

Re: Choosing a wallet

Gomez wrote:I just don't want to be disappointed.


Taking risks and disappointments are part of the game when purchasing magic. That will be one way you learn and grow, among others. Get used to the pain.
by Leonard Hevia
January 23rd, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Choosing a wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 3793

Re: Choosing a wallet

You want a wallet but have not specified its function. Are you looking for a peek wallet? Card to Wallet? A wallet with various pockets/outs for a mentalism effect?

A Himber wallet? You can get this now in a hip pocket design.
by Leonard Hevia
January 23rd, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obituary for Denny Haney
Replies: 17
Views: 2688

Re: Obituary for Denny Haney

Picked up a set of the Johnny Thompson books from his shop last year. It was a bit cheaper at the Frozen Bird but I wanted to give him my business. In hindsight I'm glad I did. It took about a year for the cigarette smoke odor to dissipate from the Mullica wallet I bought from him many years ago.
by Leonard Hevia
January 22nd, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 27514

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Just tried out something I had only previously done with a coin. Produced the ball for the chop cup out of the flames after lighting a piece of flash paper. I was worried about this when I first thought of it because I use the little knit sweater balls, but if you give the ball a little toss upward...

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