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by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 5 Things 3 Ways
Replies: 8
Views: 1542

Re: 5 Things 3 Ways

Bob? Did you see this post???
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

If there was a cure for Asperger's syndrome - I wouldn't take it. It offers a lot more positives than downsides. I just found the diagnosis helpful since it made me realise that my preferences are deep-seated ones. And not irrational ones that I can "manage" away by looking at things diffe...
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I would love to hear Richard discuss his thoughts on Aspergers as well.

No problem if he is not interested. I guess it is a bit of a personal subject.
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Thanks to the responses from those who knew Stewart James well who have doubted my "diagnosis" of him. I thought there would be more takers for my suggestion. But nevermind. As an earlier poster said - a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. It is not a case of "projection" on m...
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Are we doing jokes now? Here is my favourite joke.

Why is divorce so expensive?

Because it is worth it.
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

There is an ingenious test used on children to see if they have grasped the concept of Theory of Mind. If they fail the test then it is a powerful indicator that they may be Autistic. http://www.educateautism.com/infographics/sally-anne-test.html I was really captured by how simple and clever this t...
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

That was very much my reaction as well Jack when I got diagnosed. I felt it was just a meaningless label. But I do think it goes a bit deeper than that. It is a common misconception that everyone is a "little bit autistic". An important point to remember is that people on the spectrum have...
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 1:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Apologies if the above comes across as a bit strong David! That was not my intention. I just had a lot of points to cover and I am about to go to bed, so I don't have time to write it all down in a way that makes me sound more composed! :-)
by Joe Mckay
August 7th, 2019, 1:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

David Ben says that he never saw Stewart James being distressed by certain sounds. But we have it from Stewart James himself that he was. So that is not even an issue up for debate. Also - I know from my own experience that it is very easy to hide a sensitivity to something. Most people don't know I...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

My favourite way to listen to music is by watching music videos on YouTube. I really like the interplay between a great song and an equally great video. In light of my diagnosis - I have noticed something interesting. A music video is scripted to communicate the emotion of a song. As such - with the...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

In my opinion, people with Aspergers tend to be a little less creative than normal people. But they make up for in several ways such that they end up being perceived as more creative than normal people. People with Aspergers tend to think in terms of connections. So if you ask them a question - that...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Cheers Craig!
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I remember Michael Close saying a similar thing. He described himself as having perfect pitch. Not just musically (since he is an accomplished pianist) but in terms of seeing what is wrong with a trick. Honing in on the part of a trick that needs fixing, removing or justifying. It is one of those od...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Here is an interesting hypothesis as to why hyperfocus may have evolved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_vs._farmer_hypothesis What is a little depressing about hyperfocus is that you can be very smart and very hard working. But only in areas that absorb you . As such - a lot of people in this ...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I remember Richard Kaufman writing about Larry Jennings. He wrote about Larry's unabashed love for magic. He followed this up with a comment about how magic was like an addiction or illness for a lot of magicians. I forget the exact wording. But it is a comment I have always thought about. Perhaps w...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Thanks for the insights David!
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 5 Things 3 Ways
Replies: 8
Views: 1542

Re: 5 Things 3 Ways

Hey Bob,

Is this the principle you are talking about?

http://www.archive.denisbehr.de/list/book/1831?highlight=80643

If so Barrie Richardson has some work on it in one of his books as well.
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

A friend asked me why I felt Stewart James had Aspergers Syndrome? Well the key thing with being an aspie is that you are always super sensitive in one or more of your five senses. As such - rather than working through dozens of things that might suggest somebody has Aspergers Syndrome - it is easie...
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7635

Aspergers and Magic?

I recently got diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Although that term isn't really used any more. Instead the term is Autistic Spectrum Condition. My sense is that it is quite common in a "geeky" field like magic. Indeed - one of my heroes in magic - the chief GENII himself (RK) also has th...
by Joe Mckay
July 30th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pieces of Strange
Replies: 18
Views: 2190

Re: Pieces of Strange

I am interested in the Feng Shui trick. Has anyone seen it? -------------- Feng Shui With Feng Shui, you help your spectator find the imbalance in his own home and prove you are right with amazing and hilarious results. When your spectator goes to examine the room he chose for himself, he discovers ...
by Joe Mckay
July 28th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Hitchens quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 2454

Re: Peter Hitchens quote?

Thanks for that! Peter says he felt his family lost Christopher after he went to university. His head was turned by been an "intellectual star" at Cambridge university. And in the decades that followed - he focused more on living a glamorous lifestyle than keeping in touch with his family....
by Joe Mckay
July 27th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pieces of Strange
Replies: 18
Views: 2190

Re: Pieces of Strange

RK? What did you think of the new Tarantino film?
by Joe Mckay
July 26th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Hitchens quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 2454

Re: Peter Hitchens quote?

Does anyone know where the Peter Hitchens quote I started this thread asking about is?

I know it is in the David Berglas book somewhere. But I cannot find it now and it is annoying me.

Does anyone have any pointers?
by Joe Mckay
July 4th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 3772

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

Yeah - that advert would definitely have worked on me as well when I was younger. No doubt.

Excellent work!
by Joe Mckay
July 4th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 3772

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

Here it is from page 164 of the 24th August, 1974 issue of Abra. DIRECT FROM AMERICA! Deland's Automatic Playing Cards The last word in Reader Decks! Not only can you tell what the top card is, you can also tell the name of the bottom card. Yes, that's right, the BOTTOM CARD! But that's NOTHING. You...
by Joe Mckay
July 4th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 3772

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

I would love to see that Mark. Please try and find it. Cheers!
by Joe Mckay
July 3rd, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Impossible Crime Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1802

Re: Impossible Crime Fiction

I sometimes use crime as an analogy when discussing magic with friends. You have certain magic creators who each have a distinctive style they bring to their solutions to magic problems. And I imagine them all tackling the best way to carry out a bank robbery. Lubor Fiedler would create create a hol...
by Joe Mckay
July 3rd, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Impossible Crime Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1802

Re: Impossible Crime Fiction

I have just ordered the Robert Adey book though.

Cheers Bob!

I was going to pick it up years ago but it was super expensive back then. Hopefully this book will allow me to appreciate the ingenious solutions without getting bogged down in extraneous plot.
by Joe Mckay
July 3rd, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Impossible Crime Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1802

Re: Impossible Crime Fiction

I love the idea of impossible crime fiction. It is the closest you can get to learning the secret behind a cool magic trick without picking up a magic book. Sadly though - I hate fiction. I am a bit autistic and just hate fiction. I love non-fiction. I read all the time. But as soon as a story is ma...
by Joe Mckay
July 3rd, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 3772

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

Get cheapo secondhand copies of the 1995 edition here: https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Sell-Street-wise-Paperback-original/dp/000638465X/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=hard+sell+colin+clark&qid=1562198799&s=gateway&sr=8-2 [AMERICA] https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hard-Sell-Street-wise-Paperback-original/dp/00...
by Joe Mckay
July 3rd, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 3772

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

You want the 2013 edition. Not the 1995 edition. I have read the 1995 edition and have now ordered the newer edition. The 2013 edition was reasonably priced over on amazon.co.uk. I bought a copy of the newer edition the other day for about 10 quid. Sadly that was the last reasonably priced copy. The...
by Joe Mckay
July 3rd, 2019, 3:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 3772

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

Following Mark's recommendation I read that book a few years ago. It is very good. It seems the old fashioned markets were a form of street theater where the working classes saw shopping at the markets as partly a form of entertainment as well. My Dad used to love those markets when he was a boy.
by Joe Mckay
July 2nd, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 3772

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

Thanks for the clip Mark. Fascinating. It is amazing to think most of these grafters selling boring items are actually more entertaining than most professional magicians. For some reason - magicians do tend to be very dull people. I think it is because they are usually more interested in the secrets...
by Joe Mckay
June 29th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 3772

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

Thanks for the answer Richard! By the way - a friend asked me for my thoughts on the DeLand book (and the magic of DeLand). This is what I sent him. It is a great book. I don't really have a formal review of the book yet. My sense is that he was a creative genius. But perhaps history bent in such a ...
by Joe Mckay
June 29th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 3772

Theodore DeLand question for RK

Hey Richard,

What was it that really attracted you to the work of Theodore DeLand? I really enjoyed your book on DeLand, but I felt this part of the equation was only briefly touched on. I am just curious how the work of DeLand fits in with the things that most interest you about the study of magic?
by Joe Mckay
June 20th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield's patriotic trick on Flag Day
Replies: 3
Views: 679

Re: David Copperfield's patriotic trick on Flag Day

There is a podcast interview with David Copperfield tomorrow (Friday). It will be well worth checking out.

It is the 100th (and final) episode. The entire series has been brilliant.

https://magicianspodcast.podbean.com/
by Joe Mckay
June 20th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield's patriotic trick on Flag Day
Replies: 3
Views: 679

Re: David Copperfield's patriotic trick on Flag Day

That was very well done. Copperfield is great at this sort of thing. So much class.
by Joe Mckay
June 20th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 53
Views: 21877

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Here is an unusual Gilbreath principle trick. It is from an academic journal that set itself the task of using a computer system to aid in the design of a new magic trick.

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0181877
by Joe Mckay
June 19th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 25699

Re: The Pass

An old pro magician told me recently, "In twenty years time magic will be very different. It won't necessarily die but it will be different. And not in a good way" I still remember what John Scarne wrote in a book years ago. He said words to the effect, "A good trick is like a precio...
by Joe Mckay
June 19th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 25699

Re: The Pass

John Lovick said something very interesting recently. It was on an episode of Penn's Sunday School podcast. It is the most profound thing I have heard about magic in years. John was teaching magic for some kind of magic college course, and he said the method to a trick simply allows a trick to be po...

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