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by Eric Fry
August 12th, 2012, 5:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Reformed medium
Replies: 0
Views: 383

Reformed medium

I was One of America's Top Psychics

It's all starts with a dancing cane...
by Eric Fry
July 9th, 2012, 7:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Novel featuring the Herrmann family
Replies: 5
Views: 825

Re: New Novel featuring the Herrmann family

Correct. It's not a legal question but perhaps an ethical question. Do authors of fiction owe anything to the reputations of dead people they incorporate in their work?
by Eric Fry
June 30th, 2012, 6:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Novel featuring the Herrmann family
Replies: 5
Views: 825

Re: New Novel featuring the Herrmann family

I've read it now. It's a shame the novelist didn't simply invent fictional magicians rather than use the names of Compars, Alexander and Adelaide Herrmann. He choose to drastically misrepresent their characters and history. In the novel, Compars is like a villain from a melodrama, seeking to destroy...
by Eric Fry
June 24th, 2012, 3:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 28498

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

Those are good points, Mr. Regal. But one of the reasons that laymen underestimate magicians' skill is that in many cases (not all) we hide our skill in order to create a mystery. In most cases, we want there to be no solution, including human expertise. In other words, magic's foundation really is ...
by Eric Fry
June 21st, 2012, 6:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 28498

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

To the extent that magicians are obsessed with secrecy, it's in relation to laymen, not other magicians. There are plenty of exchanges of information among magicians and plenty of innovation in magic. If some magicians are stuck in a rut, it's not because of secrecy but their own inclination not to ...
by Eric Fry
May 29th, 2012, 7:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What's the best magic book you've found at a bargain books store?
Replies: 29
Views: 5906

Re: What's the best magic book you've found at a bargain books store?

A paperback copy in excellent condition of "Cards as Weapons" for one dollar in a used-book store. Top that.
by Eric Fry
May 22nd, 2012, 5:46 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book for a Year – Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi
Replies: 133
Views: 75750

Re: Book for a Year – Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi

Sheesh. You'd think Watson would have gotten tired of hearing this. I prefer the quote about the residuum containing the truth. It seems to acknowledge that there might be many solutions that are improbable, not just one solution.
by Eric Fry
May 22nd, 2012, 4:02 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book for a Year – Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi
Replies: 133
Views: 75750

Re: Book for a Year – Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi

Thanks for the additional information. You are correct. I hadn't realized the same idea cropped up again. Eric
by Eric Fry
May 22nd, 2012, 11:19 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book for a Year – Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi
Replies: 133
Views: 75750

Re: Book for a Year – Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi

The quote isn't quite accurate. I wonder if Giobbi translated it from a non-English text. It occurs in "The Sign of the Four." Holmes is trying to explain how criminals entered a room whose door was locked and whose windows were inaccessible from the ground and which didn't offer a place o...
by Eric Fry
May 19th, 2012, 12:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has the Real Work on John Scarne's Ace Cutting Been Tipped?
Replies: 30
Views: 5371

Re: Has the Real Work on John Scarne's Ace Cutting Been Tipped?

The May 2003 Genii has a section on Tony Giorgio in which he gives Scarne's Card in the Mouth (while the performer stands).
by Eric Fry
April 27th, 2012, 7:29 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Adelaide Herrmann book in paperback
Replies: 0
Views: 610

Adelaide Herrmann book in paperback

I'm glad to see that the new book "Adelaide Herrmann Queen of Magic" is available in an affordable paperback with B&W illustrations. Just got a copy. Looks to be very enjoyable for anyone interested in Alexander or Adelaide Herrmann.
by Eric Fry
April 13th, 2012, 6:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Strike Second Deal
Replies: 23
Views: 4806

Re: Strike Second Deal

Wouldn't the brief depend on what honest deal you are imitating? If the honest deal is to draw off the top card with your right thumb without first pushing the card to the right with your left thumb, I'd think you'd want a tiny brief. But if the honest deal is to push the top card to the right at an...
by Eric Fry
March 26th, 2012, 11:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Elliott/Houdini pass?
Replies: 8
Views: 2108

Re: Elliott/Houdini pass?

I just noticed the reproduction of Elliott's Sphinx article in Culliton's "Houdini the Key." Elliott attributes the pass to William Frazier, a card player. The description of the move seems to apply to the card table, where the deck would be held horizontally. The gist of this pass is to l...
by Eric Fry
March 21st, 2012, 6:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Elliott/Houdini pass?
Replies: 8
Views: 2108

Re: Elliott/Houdini pass?

"Elliott's Last Legacy" has descriptions of what it calls the Elliott Pass and the Houdini Card Pass, so I assume they are different techniques. The descriptions are very hard to understand, in my opinion. "Magic Without Apparatus" in Hugard's translation has the Houdini pass in ...
by Eric Fry
February 5th, 2012, 12:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini, reincarnation, and a magician named Von Treck
Replies: 12
Views: 1837

Re: Houdini, reincarnation, and a magician named Von Treck

I think the likeliest explanation is Houdini was indulging in showman's license to make himself seem spooky. On the face of it, it's made up. When was he in China? When did he escape from an ancient jail in Russia or the Netherlands?
by Eric Fry
January 20th, 2012, 12:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for good pic of Randi from Monday's event
Replies: 15
Views: 2951

Re: Looking for good pic of Randi from Monday's event

I think that Gresham, as a novelist, captured a sense of what Houdini was like better than other biographers have done. His biography gives more space, proportionally, to Houdini's struggling days than do other bios, making it more of a dramatic story. My impression, probably from reading Gresham's ...
by Eric Fry
October 17th, 2011, 7:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magical new film from Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Replies: 20
Views: 4707

Re: Magical new film from Martin Scorsese - Hugo

Or Georges Mlis, the inspiration for the book.
by Eric Fry
October 9th, 2011, 11:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: 'The Story Of Magic' 2 part series narrated By Ricky Jay...
Replies: 7
Views: 1525

Re: 'The Story Of Magic' 2 part series narrated By Ricky Jay...

The Amazon listing appears to be for Part I only. Part II deals with American magic.
by Eric Fry
July 27th, 2011, 6:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Et, tu, Legerdemain?
Replies: 18
Views: 2821

Re: Et, tu, Legerdemain?

FYI: English dictionaries say "sleight" ultimately derives from the Old Norse word for "sly." The connotation of "sleight," of course, is dexterity in the service of deception. One of the meanings of "light" is to be capable of moving swiftly or nimbly, as in ...
by Eric Fry
July 1st, 2011, 2:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Simon Aronson's Undo Influence
Replies: 4
Views: 3128

Re: Simon Aronson's Undo Influence

Running the cards from hand to hand, I crimp two cards from a borrowed deck that has been shuffled by a spectator. The crimped cards start out in their correct places. I false-shuffle the deck after the selections have been made, followed by a cut that sets up the "undo influence" situatio...
by Eric Fry
May 23rd, 2011, 6:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Four-Minute Yeggs by Ricky Jay
Replies: 19
Views: 6043

Re: Four-Minute Yeggs by Ricky Jay

by Eric Fry
December 6th, 2010, 4:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Help finding Houdini & showgirl story
Replies: 11
Views: 1721

Re: Help finding Houdini & showgirl story

Gresham. Pg 27 in the hardback.
by Eric Fry
November 21st, 2010, 4:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7656
Views: 2387506

Re: Erdnase

Giobbi cites Selbit and "Elliott's Last Legacy," which Houdini fiddled with. Obviously, we can't trust the latter book. But I'm not sure that even Selbit credits Houdini for creating the move. What he really says is: "For the knowledge of the movement I am indebted to my friend Mr. Ha...
by Eric Fry
November 9th, 2010, 12:35 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Scarne in print
Replies: 16
Views: 5472

Re: Scarne in print

When you say that Braude and Rawson wrote his books, do you mean they did all of the work of choosing and compiling the material, as well as putting it into words? In other words, did Scarne do anything for "Scarne on Cards"? Also, I always wondered if the famous contributors really did pa...
by Eric Fry
November 8th, 2010, 12:05 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cardini question
Replies: 3
Views: 850

Re: Cardini question

I have no connection with the products I'm about to mention. There is only one book devoted to Cardini, John Fisher's, and it's hard to imagine a book doing a better job. It is written for magicians, so the author is free to discuss the methods of Cardini and others, and place him in the history of ...
by Eric Fry
October 27th, 2010, 3:31 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Sleight of Mind book
Replies: 4
Views: 1050

Re: Sleight of Mind book

Nope. Sorry I can't provide a link. Search it on Amazon. "Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, the founders of the exciting new discipline of neuromagic, have convinced some of the world's greatest magicians to allow scientists to study their techniques for tricking the brain. This book i...
by Eric Fry
October 27th, 2010, 1:51 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Sleight of Mind book
Replies: 4
Views: 1050

Sleight of Mind book

Amazon is pre-selling a book called "Sleights of Mind" that looks interesting. I wasn't able to provide a link without linking my own Amazon account.
by Eric Fry
September 8th, 2010, 3:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Beatles/Fred Kaps on Ed Sullivan
Replies: 11
Views: 3048

Re: The Beatles/Fred Kaps on Ed Sullivan

A hazard of the long salt pour.
by Eric Fry
September 8th, 2010, 2:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Beatles/Fred Kaps on Ed Sullivan
Replies: 11
Views: 3048

Re: The Beatles/Fred Kaps on Ed Sullivan

Urinating. A phenomenon described in books about the Beatles. Either because the girls were so excited or perhaps the physical effect of screeching for minutes at a time loosened their bladders.
by Eric Fry
September 8th, 2010, 1:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Beatles/Fred Kaps on Ed Sullivan
Replies: 11
Views: 3048

Re: The Beatles/Fred Kaps on Ed Sullivan

I don't know if Mr. Lee was joking, but the stains wouldn't have been ice cream. Wrong end of the body. It was a problem in other theaters, too.
by Eric Fry
September 2nd, 2010, 2:50 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: By Mr. Giobbi's request...
Replies: 16
Views: 4631

Re: By Mr. Giobbi's request...

One example is on Page 99 of "The Magic of Ascanio More Studies of Card Magic."
by Eric Fry
July 29th, 2010, 1:31 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who are Thirteen of Magic (Jinx) ?
Replies: 24
Views: 2933

Re: Who are Thirteen of Magic (Jinx) ?

Consdering how prevalent moustaches were in those days, it's odd that only Turban Guy has one. Only two wear glasses, which leaves out a lot of people. Is No. 8 supposed to be a person in costume as a Chinese magician? Al Baker wore glasses, so No. 5 seems to be out for him. No. 5 looks too old and ...
by Eric Fry
June 4th, 2010, 3:26 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magicians?? on Craig Ferguson last night
Replies: 28
Views: 5202

Re: Magicians?? on Craig Ferguson last night

He did bold effects that will leave the imitative duffers in the dust. It was good to see a master. He may have been a bit nervous but it came across as good energy.
by Eric Fry
December 15th, 2009, 3:09 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: The dream plot
Replies: 25
Views: 5704

Re: The dream plot

I don't have Gardner's book. How does a 1-0-1 deck fit with the concept of a borrowed deck? Do you ditch half, faro in your force cards and never return the borrowed cards?
by Eric Fry
September 15th, 2009, 12:50 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Great letter on Roger Ebert's site
Replies: 4
Views: 1474

Re: Great letter on Roger Ebert's site

Frankly, I think Ebert's letter writer is confused. The original concept of suspension of disbelief is that it was willingly granted by the reader. You knew you were reading a work of fantasy and therefore you didn't criticize it for a lack of reality. You could criticize it for other reasons but no...
by Eric Fry
September 4th, 2009, 12:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Most Powerful Card Tricks
Replies: 27
Views: 5903

Re: Most Powerful Card Tricks

Judging by audience reaction, which is the only way to judge this, I'd have to say a no-deck 52-card equivoque presented as a story that takes place in the spectator's imagination. The prediction, of course, has been in a spectator's keeping or in view from the beginning. Perfect for a one-person au...
by Eric Fry
July 22nd, 2009, 6:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar
Replies: 17
Views: 3814

Re: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar

The old New Yorker magazine writer A.J. Liebling had a perceptive and amusing take on interviewing. He said that when he started out as a young reporter in Providence he was very shy and didn't like asking questions. You'd think that would be a liability, he said. But if you ask questions, you only ...
by Eric Fry
June 25th, 2009, 12:16 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar
Replies: 17
Views: 3814

Re: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar

Back to the original question. You can let Ammar live. I think the answer is in The Vernon Touch: King considered the people she booked for private parties to be artists, and she expected the wealthy hosts to treat the artists like guests. For example, if the hosts expected the entertainers to enter...
by Eric Fry
June 24th, 2009, 8:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar
Replies: 17
Views: 3814

Re: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar

Then there are those interviewers who never stop talking. Essentially they interview themselves.

I wonder if Vernon explained King's high fees in The Vernon Touch? I don't have it in front of me.
by Eric Fry
June 21st, 2009, 3:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Books for Beginners
Replies: 35
Views: 9990

Re: Books for Beginners

Apropos of the list of books referred to in the original post, I'm always surprised that magicians think "Now You See It, Now You Don't" is a good book for beginners. Let's see, the first two card sleights he teaches are the palm and the pass. Are those what you'd recommend total beginners...

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