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by troublewit
August 19th, 2004, 2:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Classics of Matchstick Men
Replies: 16
Views: 1290

Classics of Matchstick Men

Hello, I am researching and trying to compile some of the best routines with matches. (Paper matches in matchbooks.) I am using matchbooks for a routine suggested by David Ben..."Matchless Psychometry", and I have the Encyclopedia of Impromptu at hand as well. I know there are a plethora o...
by troublewit
August 15th, 2004, 7:41 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: The Secret Ways of Al Baker
Replies: 15
Views: 16268

Re: BoM: The Secret Ways of Al Baker

Al Baker's handling of the dye tube is a joy to perform. (His dye tubes are still available from Rice Silk King Studios) The ditch is made at the perfect time, and I love Al's admonition about the timing for the move: "He who hesitates is lost." Look at the reactions of the children on pag...
by troublewit
June 3rd, 2004, 8:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: SHADE Release
Replies: 28
Views: 2472

Re: SHADE Release

A question.....in the special features section of the dvd, Paul Wilson performs a very visual transformation of a fan of "indifferent cards" into the royal flush in spades. Is this move in print somewhere? It looks like trick photography. Thanks
by troublewit
April 29th, 2004, 3:31 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Butterflies on fan
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Butterflies on fan

Thanks, Carl. I appreciate the info.
by troublewit
April 28th, 2004, 6:41 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Butterflies on fan
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Butterflies on fan

Hello...I am researching methods for "dancing butterflies." Ross Bertram performed the effect in a tribute to Tenkai and oriental magic. Also, is anyone making die cut paper butterflies in "snowstorm" type packets? Thanks, Christopher
by troublewit
March 9th, 2004, 6:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Abbott's Snake puppet in a basket
Replies: 0
Views: 174

Abbott's Snake puppet in a basket

Anybody have one of these they would be willing to sell? Thanks
by troublewit
December 5th, 2003, 1:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Goldman search
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: Bill Goldman search

Thanks Steve,
Bill returned from the lecture tour and emailed me yesterday soon after I posted here. I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my search.
by troublewit
December 4th, 2003, 4:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Goldman search
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Bill Goldman search

:help: Does anybody know if Bill Goldman is still doing business, or have a phone number with which to reach him? I placed an order on his website a week and a half ago, and he has not responded or acknowledged my order and payment after 3 emails. His website has a mailing address, but no phone numb...
by troublewit
November 28th, 2003, 12:42 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: The Magic of Alan Wakeling
Replies: 22
Views: 21653

Re: Book of the Month: The Magic of Alan Wakeling

This book has been a constant companion for several months while learning the Benson/Wakeling Billiard balls routine. I have never seen it performed by Alan although the "stills" in the book as well as Jim Steinmeyer's excellent silhouettes make me feel as though I have. Will we ever see t...
by troublewit
November 2nd, 2003, 5:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: The venerable equivoque
Replies: 7
Views: 338

Re: The venerable equivoque

At steb 2b, try saying, "and which one would you like ME to have?" This way, if she gives you the force book, you display it with emphasis, and say "Allright, I'll use this one." If she gives you the neutral book, you thank her and put it down along with the other neutral book, a...
by troublewit
October 12th, 2003, 7:59 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ace of Clubs significance
Replies: 4
Views: 838

Re: Ace of Clubs significance

Thanks for the replies. Tongas answer seems plausible enough. I just thought it had some "insider" significance. Thanks again :)
by troublewit
October 12th, 2003, 6:51 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ace of Clubs significance
Replies: 4
Views: 838

Ace of Clubs significance

I was just noticing how many pictures I have seen over the years with magicians posing with an Ace of Clubs....Dai Vernon, Al Baker, and several others. What's the significance?
by troublewit
September 2nd, 2003, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Chapeaugraphy anyone?
Replies: 13
Views: 3898

Chapeaugraphy anyone?

Hi Richard......just wondering if any new installments of the Chapeaugraphy (spelling?) feature are in the makings? I really have enjoyed them, as well as the rest of your magazine. Kudos...Christopher
by troublewit
July 21st, 2003, 8:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ruffing (roughing?) fluid
Replies: 46
Views: 9933

Re: ruffing (roughing?) fluid

Originally posted by Bob Farmer: I like the hairspray method best, but don't forget the other half of the equation -- you have to also make some surfaces slippery. I've tried various things, including auto wax with teflon (however this tends to take some of the ink off). The traditional, "fann...
by troublewit
June 17th, 2003, 9:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for a nice routine using Jardine Ellis Ring
Replies: 20
Views: 2157

Re: Looking for a nice routine using Jardine Ellis Ring

There's a nice presentation for the JE Ring in Barrie Richardson's book Theater of the Mind.
by troublewit
June 17th, 2003, 9:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your best video
Replies: 24
Views: 2122

Re: Your best video

Johnny Thompson's Commercial Classics. Great routines steeped in a rich tradition with wonderful pedigrees for all the moves by a man who knew many of the originators well.
by troublewit
June 16th, 2003, 4:40 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: The Book of Secrets
Replies: 30
Views: 21065

Re: Book of the Month: The Book of Secrets

For my part, I enjoyed the Profiles in the book which featured the distinguishing touches of the past masters, as well as the theory which saturates the book. I immediately began working on the two Linking Ring moves John contributed, and after much clanging of metal and bruising of flesh, I am deli...
by troublewit
May 27th, 2003, 4:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Al Baker has arrived!
Replies: 37
Views: 2341

Re: Al Baker has arrived!

I am thoroughly enjoying my copy of the Baker book. The most delightful sections so far have been Al's Magazine contributions (Letters to Harold), and the way Al takes Magicians to task for being unimaginative and or boorish. And he does it in a most entertaining style. If you haven't purchased this...
by troublewit
May 14th, 2003, 11:09 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Strong Magic
Replies: 53
Views: 35394

Re: Book of the Month: Strong Magic

Strong Magic was an exciting "first" read for me, as many ideas and philosophies resounded and illustrated principles which I already knew to be true. On the second and third times through, I found myself highlighting some quotes and passages. I also checked out several of the books and au...
by troublewit
May 8th, 2003, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Very large magic books
Replies: 78
Views: 3627

Re: Very large magic books

Rich, at www.bookgem.com there is a bookholder which is very compact, and works like a charm. I can vouch for it's practicality and sturdiness. I have used it to hold open books as heavy as the Slydini book (newer release from L&L) which is quite heavy, even towards the end of the book where all...
by troublewit
May 4th, 2003, 3:38 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Adult Volunteers
Replies: 21
Views: 1477

Re: Adult Volunteers

I like to follow the advice and example of Magicians who never open with an audience volunteer effect. Rene Lavand does a "my credentials" effect, and I always try to establish myself to an audience as someone who is competent and friendly before asking for volunteers. Especially in a venu...
by troublewit
April 30th, 2003, 1:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: favourite illustrations
Replies: 58
Views: 6487

Re: favourite illustrations

Don't forget Sandra Kort. She's a gem.
by troublewit
April 19th, 2003, 7:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii in the mail on Friday April 11th!
Replies: 67
Views: 4663

Re: May Genii in the mail on Friday April 11th!

Arrived 4/19 in Griffith, Indiana (Chicago area).
by troublewit
April 17th, 2003, 5:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ring on Ribbon...
Replies: 6
Views: 853

Re: Ring on Ribbon...

Troy Hooser has some very nice handlings in his book"desTROYers" in which he uses Chinese coins instead of a ring. It includes variations and touches by Clifton, Harvey Rosenthal, and Sol Stone. Jay Sankey has a nice move with a key instead of a ring. I believe this was published in Genii ...
by troublewit
March 25th, 2003, 3:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Children magic
Replies: 23
Views: 2029

Re: Children magic

Sorry, my response didn't accompany the above reply...I suggest UNO Cards for cards across for kids. They are easily recognizable (RED 1,BLUE 5, etc.)They also have "Wild Cards", and some other "special" cards which you can work into your presentation. By the way, Gene Gordon, in...
by troublewit
March 25th, 2003, 3:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Children magic
Replies: 23
Views: 2029

Re: Children magic

Originally posted by Muscarella: Saw this thread and thought I'd drop in. I promised my daughter that I'd perform some magic for her 3rd grade class and I'm thinking about adapting my regular Cards Across routine. Can anyone recommend children's Game Cards that could substitute for regular playing ...
by troublewit
March 24th, 2003, 3:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: one hundred bill switch
Replies: 32
Views: 1518

Re: one hundred bill switch

To return to the topic of presentation ideas for the effect, Allan Zola Kronzek published a delightfully logical plot in his booklet "Destiny, Chance, and Free Will" called "Hypnotizing Ben". I adapted and personalized this presentation for an installation ceremony of a new Postm...
by troublewit
March 10th, 2003, 6:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Take a look at your library
Replies: 37
Views: 2797

Re: Take a look at your library

I already posted in this thread regarding a book. (Bro John Hamman) For video, I submit the Commercial Classics of Johnny Thompson 4 Volume set on L&L video. I don't like learning from video...I much prefer books. This was an exception. The Balls and Net routine, for example, has touches and han...
by troublewit
March 9th, 2003, 3:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Named card at any number? Research?
Replies: 20
Views: 2110

Re: Named card at any number? Research?

Barrie Richardson was already mentioned in this thread for his methods in his modern classic "Theatre of the Mind"....He also has a modified handling in his lecture notes.."Concepts and Deceptions" called "Untouched Card at any Number". You will need "Theatre"...
by troublewit
March 6th, 2003, 4:18 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Top 5 Books on Platform Magic
Replies: 7
Views: 701

Re: Top 5 Books on Platform Magic

My Favorites for platform material: 1. Magic of Alan Wakeling (Steinmeyer) 2. Magic of Faucett Ross (Ganson) 3. Theatre of the Mind (Richardson) 4. Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic. (4 volumes) 5. Encyclopedia of Egg Magic (Calucci) To these, I'd like to add Billy McComb's book, Harry Anderson's &q...
by troublewit
March 6th, 2003, 4:02 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Greater Magic
Replies: 119
Views: 71494

Re: Book of the Month: Greater Magic

Find a nice colored glass miniature vase in an antique shop. Give the inside a nice spray of dark paint. Cut a little round piece of cork. Snip off a length of rope. Rediscover the many ways you could mystify with these common objects in Greater Magic's Selected Tricks section, and you'll find, (as ...
by troublewit
March 2nd, 2003, 3:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Recommended performance (only) videos for study
Replies: 7
Views: 507

Re: Recommended performance (only) videos for study

The Magic Ranch tapes, (which are Performance only) not only give Don Alan's delightful material and performance style, but also includes footage of Al Flosso, Karrell Fox, Jack Gwynne, Senator Crandall, George and Betty Johnstone, Richard Himber, Jay Marshall (no Lefty or Juan, but vintage Jay),and...
by troublewit
February 25th, 2003, 5:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Early Candidates for Book of the Year 2003
Replies: 8
Views: 445

Re: Early Candidates for Book of the Year 2003

I ordered "Book of Secrets" The day it was announced. I know they are still "in the mailstream", and every day I call my wife from work and ask..."Any mail for me today....like, maybe...a book?" I know it will be worth the wait, and the anticipation when it finally arri...
by troublewit
February 25th, 2003, 5:04 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Johnny Thompson's egg bags
Replies: 9
Views: 776

Re: Johnny Thompson's egg bags

Thanks everyone for the help, and Lynetta, I'll be in touch soon. Chris
by troublewit
February 25th, 2003, 11:59 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Johnny Thompson's egg bags
Replies: 9
Views: 776

Johnny Thompson's egg bags

Hello, When Johnny lectures, he sells egg bags made by the magic seamstress. Does anyone know how to contact Johnny or the seamstress for purchase of one of these bags? I seem to remember ads in Genii for the seamstress, but they are from old issues, and the contact info is outdated. Thanks. Also an...
by troublewit
February 24th, 2003, 2:23 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Greater Magic
Replies: 119
Views: 71494

Re: Book of the Month: Greater Magic

A word of warning....don't put your copy on a shelf if you have small pets in the house. I thought our corgi went to that great gig in the sky when my tome fell to the floor right in her favorite resting place. Fortunately, she was not around at the time. My 8 year old daughter tried in vain to pick...
by troublewit
February 18th, 2003, 2:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thanks for the Ross Bertram Issue
Replies: 32
Views: 1779

Thanks for the Ross Bertram Issue

Thanks for the Ross Bertram issue. A year or so ago, David Ben and Teller were in Chicago for a lecture..(David lectured, Teller was in the audience), and afterwards, I asked David about where I could find some of the ring on stick moves he taught that night (in print.) He said that Richard was afte...
by troublewit
January 20th, 2003, 4:41 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Annemann's Practical Mental Effects (with Comments by Max Maven)
Replies: 41
Views: 36657

Re: Book of the Month: Annemann's Practical Mental Effects (with Comments by Max Maven)

What a delightful book. Just some random thoughts....For the "Phantom Artist", There is a plethora of scrollsaw patterns available with portraits, and well known objects in this style. One source is Judy Gale Roberts Studios. You can cut a dozen or so of these "cutouts" at a time...
by troublewit
January 19th, 2003, 5:33 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Mephisto's Journey review..sounds familiar
Replies: 0
Views: 356

Mephisto's Journey review..sounds familiar

After reading David Oliver's review for the newly marketed Docc Hilford routine.."Mephisto's Journey", I find it bears a striking resemblance to a routine published by Arthur Monroe called "Voodoo", (dark room, green light and all). This was originally published in the Jinx, and ...
by troublewit
January 17th, 2003, 4:44 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Coins through table with a transparent handkerchief as table
Replies: 6
Views: 1011

Re: Coins through table with a transparent handkerchief as table

Ammar...Coins Thru Silk...A thing of beauty.

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