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by Eric Fry
June 15th, 2009, 1:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: False Counts
Replies: 18
Views: 2336

Re: False Counts

Uh, that post needs editing unless you're referring to transvestites.
by Eric Fry
May 28th, 2009, 6:39 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Fuzzy Logic by Tom Stone
Replies: 23
Views: 14111

Re: Fuzzy Logic by Tom Stone

As a hobbyist I only perform sitting down and I do top changes regularly. Just did two in Everywhere and Nowhere a few days ago. But I should add that the spectators and myself are sitting around a coffee table. That means I have freedom to move my arms and my torso. I can't imagine doing it at a di...
by Eric Fry
May 20th, 2009, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Riffle Shuffle Work Using The Triumph Shuffle
Replies: 352
Views: 85841

Re: Riffle Shuffle Work Using The Triumph Shuffle

Houdini was an intelligent, self-educated, creative, very hard-working person blessed with charisma and a striking appearance. He didn't reach the top quickly. He worked in beer halls, dime museums, a traveling medicine show, a circus, a burlesque show, as a phony medium, an acrobat, a Punch & J...
by Eric Fry
May 20th, 2009, 2:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Riffle Shuffle Work Using The Triumph Shuffle
Replies: 352
Views: 85841

Re: Riffle Shuffle Work Using The Triumph Shuffle

This is a long way from a riffle shuffle, but I don't mind meandering conversations. Here's the thing about Houdini. I don't think the hard-headed, hard-hearted people who ran vaudeville circuits would have paid him a headliner's salary for 20-plus years if they didn't feel he was worth the money, b...
by Eric Fry
May 18th, 2009, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NY Times card trick
Replies: 6
Views: 1827

NY Times card trick

by Eric Fry
April 23rd, 2009, 12:14 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: PK toys
Replies: 1
Views: 905

PK toys

If you haven't already, take a look at: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/04/22/ST2009042204139.html?sid=ST2009042204139">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 9042204139</a><!-- m --> Toys to demonstrate controlling objects with brainw...
by Eric Fry
March 28th, 2009, 12:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quote
Replies: 184
Views: 51523

Re: Best Quote

I tracked down the scrap of paper on which I wrote the author's comment. I'm sorry I can't name the author. I hope I didn't misrepresent the gist of it. The actual wording, which is better-stated than my paraphrase, is: "The eyes see in things only what they look for, and they look for what is ...
by Eric Fry
March 25th, 2009, 2:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quote
Replies: 184
Views: 51523

Re: Best Quote

I once read something by a psychologist that is pertinent to magic, although he wasn't writing about magic. The comment was something like this: We see what we expect to see, and what we expect to see is what we already know. In other words, as I interpret it: We have a hard time truly noticing some...
by Eric Fry
March 23rd, 2009, 3:45 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Houdini Murder Theory
Replies: 17
Views: 3457

Re: The Houdini Murder Theory

Sorry if my comments about the punches missed the point. I assumed the murder rumor was related to his known cause of death, peritonitis. If you think the mediums murdered Houdini, does that mean you don't think he died of peritonitis, or do you think he did die of peritonitis but the mediums caused...
by Eric Fry
March 23rd, 2009, 12:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Houdini Murder Theory
Replies: 17
Views: 3457

Re: The Houdini Murder Theory

It's safe to assume Houdini's ghost would be a chronic liar. That would be hilarious, wouldn't it? Ghosts do exist but they're the same unreliable people that living people are. You know, I can imagine some circumstances in which Whitehead could be said to have murdered Houdini. I don't know what Ca...
by Eric Fry
March 23rd, 2009, 12:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Houdini Murder Theory
Replies: 17
Views: 3457

Re: The Houdini Murder Theory

Milbourne Christopher's biography of Houdini says Houdini asked Rosenblatt to care for Bess when she came down with ptomaine poisoning in Providence in October. Christopher said Rosenblatt had previously worked for Bess as a nurse. He said Rosenblatt was with Houdini, who had a broken ankle, when he...
by Eric Fry
February 2nd, 2009, 1:01 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler
Replies: 28
Views: 8769

Re: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler

Hi. Thanks for corresponding! I do what you do. After tossing down the selected card using your excellent method, I hold a break over the 4H (and any other cards left in the packet) at the bottom of the deck, as you do. Then I spread out the spec's four face-down cards, as you do, and I do that exce...
by Eric Fry
February 2nd, 2009, 12:00 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler
Replies: 28
Views: 8769

Re: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler

For me there's another benefit of not doing the kicker: You don't need the mates, which means you don't need to switch packets, do the "drop" move or a false count -- or even displace the 4H when you're running through the deck. And you don't have to worry about someone noticing that the f...
by Eric Fry
February 2nd, 2009, 10:13 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler
Replies: 28
Views: 8769

Re: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler

I echo everyone else's appreciation of Mr. Hostler's generous offer and the quality of the e-book production and its content. But in the spirit of Mr. Hostler inviting comments: in Five Card Mental Leap I'm wondering whether producing the mate card at the end is an anti-climax rather than an effecti...
by Eric Fry
February 1st, 2009, 5:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251688

Re: ERDNASE

I don't think there's a description of Houdini's card act in any of the biographies. My guess is it was a manipulative act of fancy cuts, shuffles, and back palming. Conceivably, color changes would fit that mode. The well-known poster from the mid-1890s as the king of cards shows him doing ribbon s...
by Eric Fry
January 30th, 2009, 7:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2251688

Re: ERDNASE

Just curious. How did Farelli's description of the move differ from Selbit's? I have no reason to doubt that Houdini originated the move. It sounds like Farelli says as much. But I notice that the wording in Selbit's "The Magician's Handbook" doesn't quite say that Houdini originated the m...
by Eric Fry
January 26th, 2009, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric Mead in The Aspen Times
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Re: Eric Mead in The Aspen Times

Mead's comparison between magic and music, in the last paragraph, was very interesting.
by Eric Fry
January 17th, 2009, 9:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini's Last Photograph
Replies: 67
Views: 18468

Re: Houdini's Last Photograph

I believe you're thinking of "The Truth About Houdini," a 1971 BBC documentary. It has interviews with Gibson, Milbourne Christopher and Randi. However, the person getting out of the straightjacket is Sidney Radner. Good recollection of the diving suit.
by Eric Fry
December 31st, 2008, 5:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry versus 'magic'
Replies: 49
Views: 7784

Re: Cardistry versus 'magic'

Hi. Some of you are mistaking my point. I don't mean the violinist does something to display odd skills, or even performs one of those virtuoso violin pieces to jig up applause. I simply mean that we understand that playing classical violin well takes skill, and seeing a skilled person is part of ou...
by Eric Fry
December 31st, 2008, 3:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry versus 'magic'
Replies: 49
Views: 7784

Re: Cardistry versus 'magic'

OK. I'll play the devil's advocate. Aren't there magicians who openly display their skill and are well-received by audiences of laymen? How about Ricky Jay? He establishes himself as an expert in card cheating, openly demonstrates false dealing, and gets great responses -- not only for the dealing b...
by Eric Fry
August 1st, 2008, 1:12 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Courses on Card Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 3543

Re: Courses on Card Magic

Card College is so extensive it serves the different stages of beginner, intermediate and advanced as long as you work through it in order.
by Eric Fry
July 31st, 2008, 8:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fox News & Criss Angel's 'escape' revealed
Replies: 15
Views: 3206

Re: Fox News & Criss Angel's 'escape' revealed

It's intertesting how Fox justifies its coverage: Angel presents himself as a skeptic (I assume they mean toward psychic phenomena) and therefore he invites or deserves skepticism toward his own performances. I think that's especially true with all these "death-defying" stunts that take pl...
by Eric Fry
July 5th, 2008, 3:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay in today's L.A. Times
Replies: 5
Views: 795

Re: Ricky Jay in today's L.A. Times

Was that because people used to share hotel rooms?
by Eric Fry
July 4th, 2008, 11:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay in today's L.A. Times
Replies: 5
Views: 795

Re: Ricky Jay in today's L.A. Times

I notice Jay slyly tells about himself the Billy O'Connor anecdote about 52 hotel rooms. (It's mentioned in Card College 3.)
by Eric Fry
June 26th, 2008, 11:15 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Harper's Magazine
Replies: 30
Views: 7409

Re: Harper's Magazine

I saw the magicunlimited web site and posted a response there. Stone shows up on a Columbia U. web site as a grad student, and he may be the Alex Stone who publishes a short column in Discover magazine, a science publication. But I don't think it's correct to characterize him as a journalist who was...
by Eric Fry
June 26th, 2008, 8:20 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Harper's Magazine
Replies: 30
Views: 7409

Re: Harper's Magazine

I don't think so. Has SAM commented on the article, does anyone know? Is Alex Stone well known? Is he, in fact, a professional, as his blurb claims? How did he get picked for FISM? Did he go to FISM for the sole purpose of writing the article? It contains so many details that I have to think he took...
by Eric Fry
June 25th, 2008, 1:09 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Harper's Magazine
Replies: 30
Views: 7409

Re: Harper's Magazine

I've just read the article and I found myself angry to a surprising degree. I don't usually care about exposure, and I know all the arguments about why it doesn't matter. But this article was such a continuous betrayal on a personal level of the author's fellow competitors and the SAM leadership, wh...
by Eric Fry
May 7th, 2008, 1:57 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: HoudiniĀ“s Tribute
Replies: 4
Views: 1259

Re: HoudiniĀ“s Tribute

Hi. I agree with Jonathan's history lesson approach. Take a look at how Paul Daniels presented a program about Malini. It was a combination of sharing his own insider's appreciation as a magician for Malini, along with some historical and biographical background, and a bit of an impersonation (a vag...
by Eric Fry
March 30th, 2008, 11:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cutting on the ace
Replies: 79
Views: 15190

Re: Cutting on the ace

Pg. 155 of Lost Inner Secrets Vol. I has The Unadulterated Cutting the Aces, which uses single cuts. The book says it appeared, minus a few touches, in the January 1965 Genii.
by Eric Fry
March 21st, 2008, 3:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Criss Angel
Replies: 150
Views: 32173

Re: Criss Angel

Angel's audience is a generation that willingly pays big bucks to see "concerts" in which the singer is merely dancing and lip-synching to recorded music. The audience knows this -- and is perfectly satisfied. They simply don't want from a concert what an earlier generation would expect: s...

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