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by Brad Jeffers
December 4th, 2002, 3:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which Double Lift is best
Replies: 45
Views: 3164

Re: Which Double Lift is best

Which double lift is best? ... An often asked question. Here is the answer. If you perform a double lift and your audience truely believes that you have been handling a single card, then my friend, you have done the best double lift possible. It matters not, which of the dozens (mabey hundreds?) of ...
by Brad Jeffers
November 24th, 2002, 8:16 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 39729

Re: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic

Stars of magic ... what a great book! The first trick I ever learned to do well enough to show anyone, was Scarne's three ball routine. However, it was the Vernon material that got me to purchase the book in the first place. I became a big Vernon fan, through reading his monthly column, The Vernon T...
by Brad Jeffers
November 22nd, 2002, 8:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which Triumph do you use??
Replies: 64
Views: 5533

Re: Which Triumph do you use??

Interesting thoughts from everyone. As I said, I think a face down spread creates a much stronger impact (for all the reasons given in Lance's post). I would agree with all Lance said, except I don't particularly like the idea of seperating the revelation of the selection and the righting of the dec...
by Brad Jeffers
November 20th, 2002, 8:10 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Audio tape wanted : From the End of My Cigar
Replies: 0
Views: 163

Audio tape wanted : From the End of My Cigar

I saw this item listed on the H&R website, but was told that it had already been sold. It is an audio tape by Dai Vernon and Pat Page. Does anyone have this, or know where I can locate it? Thanks, Brad Jeffers
by Brad Jeffers
November 20th, 2002, 7:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which Triumph do you use??
Replies: 64
Views: 5533

Re: Which Triumph do you use??

Of course, the method published in Stars of Magic is not the exact method that Vernon used himself. He used a push-through shuffle, rather than what has come to be known as the "Triumph" shuffle. The idea was that the Triumph shuffle, being easier to master, would make the effect more mark...
by Brad Jeffers
September 20th, 2002, 8:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: peanut butter and jelly
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: peanut butter and jelly

Actually, Scott's peanut butter and jelly is a sponge ball routine. I suspect, that isn't what Michael was refering to.
by Brad Jeffers
September 16th, 2002, 3:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bill Malone coin box routine
Replies: 0
Views: 225

Bill Malone coin box routine

In a recent L&L catalog, there are a couple of pages of photos showing various performers during the shooting of their upcoming videos. Among them are two pictures of Bill Malone seated at the close-up table, with a coin box and coins in front of him, yet as far as I can tell, there are no coin ...
by Brad Jeffers
September 16th, 2002, 3:29 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: re: Joe M. Turner's review of the Munari published Mike Skinner Home Movies
Replies: 28
Views: 3394

Re: re: Joe M. Turner's review of the Munari published Mike Skinner Home Movies

I am planning a release on DVD as we speak ...
Geno - you're killing me! It's been eight months already. How much longer? :(
by Brad Jeffers
August 29th, 2002, 8:55 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Classic Secrets of Magic
Replies: 88
Views: 53480

Re: Book of the Month: Classic Secrets of Magic

If anyone knows where I can get a copy of this book, please let me know. Thanks :)
by Brad Jeffers
August 20th, 2002, 2:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: CARD CRAFT by J.K. HARTMAN for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: CARD CRAFT by J.K. HARTMAN for sale

I wish, that when someone had an item to list in this particular forum, they would just list the item and the price they want for it. This is not an auction site. But that's just my opinion.
by Brad Jeffers
August 14th, 2002, 4:02 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Complete Works of Derek Dingle
Replies: 25
Views: 3968

Re: Complete Works of Derek Dingle

I love that trick! It's a variation of Larry Jennings "Ambitious Classic", but was inspired by Dingle seeing Bruce Cervon perform his version, which he calls "A Matter of Psychology". I like Dingle's version best, however, when I do the trick, I handle the last two cards in the s...
by Brad Jeffers
August 14th, 2002, 3:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mel Gibson interested in magic?
Replies: 83
Views: 6495

Re: Mel Gibson interested in magic?

Dick Van Dyke's billiard ball routine on that episode was good, but not "excellent". He did a 1 to 4 multiplication. Each ball was produced between the first and third fingers of the right hand, then the left hand would reposition it a notch up, so the next ball could again be produced bet...
by Brad Jeffers
August 14th, 2002, 2:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of Hot Rod wanted
Replies: 54
Views: 6847

Re: History of Hot Rod wanted

Jim, I have seen some dealers who, when demo'ing hot rod, will finish by changing one side back to the multicolored stones, so they can hand the rod out for examination. To me this doesn't seem good, as you are placing to much information in their hands (literally). But of course, their main goal is...
by Brad Jeffers
August 14th, 2002, 1:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of Hot Rod wanted
Replies: 54
Views: 6847

Re: History of Hot Rod wanted

It was interesting to learn that Jim Zee invented the hot rod. The first time I saw a hot rod was about 30 years ago at Al's Magic Shop in D.C. I still clearly remember the demo, so you know this has to be a powerful effect! If you are considering getting a hot rod, be sure to get one manufactured b...
by Brad Jeffers
August 6th, 2002, 10:56 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Circles: For Jon Racherbaumer
Replies: 12
Views: 1001

Re: Circles: For Jon Racherbaumer

BTW, I just finished a book about PHILOSOPHY AND THE SIMPSONS.
Jon, because it's you I have to ask - finished reading it, or writing it? :)
by Brad Jeffers
August 6th, 2002, 10:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: A brief thought about the presentation of magic
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: A brief thought about the presentation of magic

Or you could just do a few card tricks ... people like that too. ;)
by Brad Jeffers
August 6th, 2002, 10:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dazzle
Replies: 6
Views: 1083

Re: Dazzle

You can get them from www.cardsbymartin.com
by Brad Jeffers
July 31st, 2002, 5:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Under Glass
Replies: 18
Views: 1807

Re: Card Under Glass

I agree with TenCard. The card under glass may not be the most magical of effects, but it sure can provide a great deal of entertainment, especially in a bar setting, where most are so inebriated, that a trick with a simple plot is all they can follow anyway!
by Brad Jeffers
July 31st, 2002, 5:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ace Vanishes
Replies: 19
Views: 1251

Re: Ace Vanishes

I agree that the correct term to use, when two objects exchange places is a transposition, however, when transposing two objects via magic, the transposition consists of the vanish (or as Charlie Miller would say, the envanishment) and reappearance of the two objects simultaneously. In MacDonald's A...
by Brad Jeffers
July 30th, 2002, 5:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ace Vanishes
Replies: 19
Views: 1251

Re: Ace Vanishes

Ahh ... but you are vanishing the aces! A transposition consists of two vanishes and two reappearances, done simultaneously.
by Brad Jeffers
July 30th, 2002, 5:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stevens Magic Emporium
Replies: 121
Views: 21531

Re: Stevens Magic Emporium

To pick up on something that Jim Riser said - "... it cost me over $10,000 to make my first spun cup ..." - I've heard this before. It is used to justify the high cost of a set of cups these days (not that anyone who manufactures a good set of cups has to justify anything to anyone). It ju...
by Brad Jeffers
July 27th, 2002, 1:30 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Splittant
Replies: 6
Views: 871

Re: Splittant

Or for a laugh, you could split the seven of clubs into two three and a halves. :rolleyes:
by Brad Jeffers
July 23rd, 2002, 3:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ace assemblies
Replies: 18
Views: 1544

Re: Ace assemblies

Another nice assembly that utilizes odd colored aces is Bruce Cervon's "The Red Backed Aces", from "UltraCervon". The use of odd colored backs in an ace assembly was, I believe, originated by Lin Searles. I recently came across a list of writers of western novels, that included t...
by Brad Jeffers
July 23rd, 2002, 2:43 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Acer on Vernon
Replies: 23
Views: 2961

Re: Acer on Vernon

Vernon said that before the publication of The Twenty Dollar Manuscript, he would often bet $20 on the successful outcome of this effect. I don't doubt that he made an overall net profit! A wager assures that the victim - uh, I mean spectator - will really want to succeed, and this determination to ...
by Brad Jeffers
July 22nd, 2002, 1:56 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Acer on Vernon
Replies: 23
Views: 2961

Re: Acer on Vernon

Concerning Vernon's Five Card Mental Force - When I first read this effect in Early Vernon, I thought the patter seemed very suspect. I am refering to where, after laying out the five cards, you say, "For example, here's the ace, a conspicuous card, that occupies the central position. For that ...
by Brad Jeffers
July 17th, 2002, 2:50 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Flash Costume Change
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Flash Costume Change

I have seen this couples act twice on the Spanish language network UNIVISION. It was very good. Variety shows are quite popular on the UNIVISION network, so you will see a lot of magic acts there - some good, some not so good.
by Brad Jeffers
July 10th, 2002, 3:23 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Mr. Gadfly
Replies: 44
Views: 4748

Re: Mr. Gadfly

Brian, I understand your position. I too, hate the use of pseudonyms on these forums, but I would have to disagree with you when you say "until you stop posting under a name that could be anybody, the moderator has the full right to delete your posts." The moderator does have the right to ...
by Brad Jeffers
July 10th, 2002, 2:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You're Reading it Here First: David Blaine Barred from SAM Con. Dealers Room!
Replies: 76
Views: 6695

Re: You're Reading it Here First: David Blaine Barred from SAM Con. Dealers Room!

(as entertainers) we are not equal, and as such the same rules cannot apply. What a bunch of crap! While the "rules" are indeed, often applied differently, based on one's celebrity status, to say that "the same rules cannot apply" is hogwash! Just ask Jim Zee! Obviously he could...
by Brad Jeffers
July 3rd, 2002, 3:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay:On the Stem
Replies: 58
Views: 5196

Re: Ricky Jay:On the Stem

Brian, Thanks for the info. For those interested in trying The Knight's Tour for themselves, go to http://home.earthlink.net/~tfiller/knight.htm#
by Brad Jeffers
July 3rd, 2002, 1:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay:On the Stem
Replies: 58
Views: 5196

Re: Ricky Jay:On the Stem

Could one of you who attended the show, elaborate a little on Mr. Jay's presentation of the Knight's Tour. I had the pleasure of seeing George Koltanowski do this back in the 80's. In his presentation, Mr. Koltanowski would have members of the audience fill in the 64 squares of the chessboard with b...
by Brad Jeffers
June 26th, 2002, 4:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Stars Of the U. S. A. 21st Century
Replies: 50
Views: 3932

Re: Card Stars Of the U. S. A. 21st Century

In that case, I nominate Neil Foster, who bought me my first beer, when I was 17. But Neil's not with us anymore so I guess that doesn't count ... Oh well, I don't care - I nominate him anyway! Cheers!
by Brad Jeffers
June 26th, 2002, 4:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: WARP WRAP
Replies: 28
Views: 2057

Re: WARP WRAP

Remember, Close's version (Dr. Strangetrick) uses a bill, so you can't really pivot the card in the way you can, when using two cards. What he does however, is to fold down the two corners of the end of the bill which covers the card. This exposes more of the surface area of the card. This gives you...
by Brad Jeffers
June 26th, 2002, 2:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Man Who Was Erdnase
Replies: 23
Views: 2408

Re: The Man Who Was Erdnase

I'm with you Denis - I would have thought that someone would have published a 100th anniversary edition of Erdnase. You know, a nice, high quality leather bound limited edition type of thing. As to "The Man Who Was Erdnase" - I enjoyed that book immensely! Although the authors failed to pr...
by Brad Jeffers
June 26th, 2002, 1:50 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magical Walking Tours
Replies: 12
Views: 1141

Re: Magical Walking Tours

And don't overlook placing a chalk outline on the sidewalk, to denote the actual spot where world famous magician David Blaine entertained the nation, by falling face down and remaining perfectly still, for an incredible 90 seconds! :)
by Brad Jeffers
June 25th, 2002, 4:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: WARP WRAP
Replies: 28
Views: 2057

Re: WARP WRAP

Pat, Your discovery has indeed already been discovered! Michael Close described this move to me a while back, and I believe it is covered on one of his L&L tapes. It is not original with him, but was discovered by someone else, through a misinterpretation of the original instructions for Dr. Str...
by Brad Jeffers
June 19th, 2002, 1:34 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Magicana in the Real World
Replies: 35
Views: 3833

Re: Magicana in the Real World

I would agree with the verbose Mr. Racherbaumer - very little of what is published in Magicana is of real use to me. However, even if I were to use but one effect from every two or three years of Genii, I would consider that to be a good value. I don't subscribe to Genii for the tricks, but I still ...
by Brad Jeffers
June 12th, 2002, 2:34 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: memorized deck
Replies: 67
Views: 14122

Re: memorized deck

Skinner has a brief but interesting section on the memorized deck, in "Classic Sampler". One of his ideas was to memorize a deck after four or five faro shuffles. With this, you are able to break open a fresh pack, openly stack it via the faros, proceed with one or two memorized deck effec...
by Brad Jeffers
June 10th, 2002, 4:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How much is overkill?
Replies: 13
Views: 764

Re: How much is overkill?

Lennert Green said something to the effect of this : it is interesting how in the world the men who use their hands to dig ditches, build things, etc. are generally ignored, while the people who use their brains to create things are praised. Yet in magic the opposite is true. We in magic tend to ad...
by Brad Jeffers
June 1st, 2002, 2:36 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Mickey MacDougall's Four Ace Routine
Replies: 0
Views: 250

Mickey MacDougall's Four Ace Routine

I am looking for a copy of "My Favorite Four Ace Routine" by Mickey MacDougall (sometimes titled, "Mickey's Four Ace Routine"). This is one of a series of phamplets put out by MacDougall in the 1930's. Thanks

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