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by Joe Mckay
February 4th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Future of Magic Collectibles?
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: The Future of Magic Collectibles?

Penn Jillette described vising the Copperfield collection on an old podcast. The key point he made was that the tour would be ten times was if the collection was open to the public. Since security concerns would mean that everything would be behind glass cabinets. As opposed to the relaxed and infor...
by Joe Mckay
February 3rd, 2018, 7:50 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 6
Views: 1339

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

These are wonderful books. Michael Close is my favourite writer (and reviewer!) in magic. He puts so much thought into each of his effects. You see a similar thing with Simon Aronson as well. I love seeing Michael's brain at work as he irons out the problems in his tricks. Either one he has created ...
by Joe Mckay
January 31st, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 6
Views: 1339

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

Just ordered! Michael is a great writer and a wonderful teacher of magic. He always has something interesting to say when he puts pen to paper. And as with his buddy, Bob Farmer, he always buries interesting subtleties and ideas throughout his descriptions. Can't wait to start another treasure hunt ...
by Joe Mckay
January 27th, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1028

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

I was studying this trick a couple of weeks ago. I also stumbled across Dean's handling on Facebook. What is neat is that Dean adds a couple of little tweaks that really sells the effect. It took me a couple of viewings to see the touches Dean added to this trick. I was hoping to keep this trick hid...
by Joe Mckay
January 26th, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2681

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

Andres? About the Sands of the Desert trick. Did you ever see Andy's take on it. It is a version of the trick that you may have overlooked in since it is buried away on a blog:

http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2016/3/7/th ... s-in-water
by Joe Mckay
January 26th, 2018, 7:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2681

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

The importance of studying history to understand current events is something that really interests me. Since it is something I am sceptical about. Take for example the current occupant of the White House. In the last election cycle - half the country were half-worried he could be the next Hitler. An...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: THE CRIMP, Jerry Sadowitz
Replies: 40
Views: 19090

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Before I got burned out with cards, I had complete file of The Crimp . At point that added up to 47 issues - but more have come out since then. Wow - what a resource! Easily the most fun I have ever had in card magic. What is great about the magazine is that each issue might only be 6-8 pages long -...
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 39
Views: 4324

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Andy is back for another year. It is official! He will start again on Friday, February 9th. http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2018/1/24/xynlplmagfbrvxhx00np2dtoy9f21m And here are the rewards for those who want to sign up. And the best news is that Andy is writing another book! http://www.thejerx.com/seas...
by Joe Mckay
January 23rd, 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2681

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

Knowing magic history and the providence of ideas is a great way to discover tricks buried in print that will appeal to you. It is like an algorithm for discovering unknown unknowns . You won't know what you are looking for - but you will know when you have found it. It is a case of letting the tric...
by Joe Mckay
January 17th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3670

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Joe Mckay wrote:Andy over at The Jerx has yet to announce his plans for Season 3 of his blog. But there is always a chance that he may be working on another book as well.

Great news! He is planning on writing another book if Season 3 goes ahead!
by Joe Mckay
January 15th, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3670

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Andy over at The Jerx has yet to announce his plans for Season 3 of his blog. But there is always a chance that he may be working on another book as well.
by Joe Mckay
January 15th, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3670

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Here is what Vanishing Inc. has lined up for this year. Some new books in there as well. New Projects This is the most exciting part of this letter: where we can share just a TASTE of what’s in store for 2018. You may think it’s hyperbole, but keep track if you want: we currently have 86 projects in...
by Joe Mckay
January 15th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3670

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Apparently Richard Kaufman's Theodore DeLand book will be out in the first half of this year. I cannot wait!
by Joe Mckay
January 2nd, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3107

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Here is Tom Baxter discussing David Alexander's method on The Magic Cafe: I should also mention that David Alexander, who posts here, has an extraordinary version of his own for 51 Faces North. I've seen it in action, and the odd thing about David's unpublished variation is that the more that one kn...
by Joe Mckay
January 2nd, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3107

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

One of my favourite magician foolers is a version of the Open Prediction that makes clever use of a stooge.

Paul Gordon gave it away for free over here:

http://www.mallofmagic.com/free%20stuff/BTROMF.pdf
by Joe Mckay
January 2nd, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3107

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Here are a couple of "outs" in case you miss on the Psychological Stop force. They are taken from a blog I used to write for: The ASK ALEXANDER archive is an amazing resource. Recently I was using it to find variations on John Bannon’s DISCREPANCY CITY PREDICTION. This is a brilliant idea ...
by Joe Mckay
January 1st, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3107

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

It certainly IS possible to meet all 18 of Stewart James' conditions. Max Maven has such a method. He come up with it whilst jet lagged in a hotel room in Japan. If I remember correctly. He has not published it. But he did demonstrate it for Allan Slaight. This is all detailed in The James File. App...
by Joe Mckay
January 1st, 2018, 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 39
Views: 4324

Re: The Jerx Year Three

New post from Andy after his week off. http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/12/30/my-2018-focus He also details a fun (and macabre) presentation for Bob Farmer's legendary Little Hand effect. I always wanted to do this trick but wanted to make it more than just a throwaway gag. As such I was really plea...
by Joe Mckay
December 31st, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2017 In Review
Replies: 13
Views: 1467

Re: 2017 In Review

Yeah - weird thread. Not sure if anyone ever mentioned this in that thread - but Jerry Andrus had an obsession with never uttering a single lie when performing magic.
by Joe Mckay
December 31st, 2017, 8:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2017 In Review
Replies: 13
Views: 1467

Re: 2017 In Review

Great as always! Amazing how fast this year has flown by. Feels like only yesterday I was enjoying Dustin's take on 2016. Also - anyone know what thread Dustin is referring to here? With a Bullet … In less than a month, a single post made on November 24 turns into a thread with 15 pages totaling 575...
by Joe Mckay
December 31st, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3107

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

David Britland wrote an interesting blog post about the 51 Faces North effect. He also points out that one of Stewart James' published methods (method 8 from issue 3 of Ibidem magazine) already meets the criteria for the 51 Faces North effect. Hidden in plain sight - so to speak. http://cardopolis.b...
by Joe Mckay
December 25th, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 5246

Re: Magic Books 2017

That was a great story, Mark.

I had no idea who that French guy was. So I bow to your superior magic knowledge.
by Joe Mckay
December 23rd, 2017, 11:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1363

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

Yeah - this is a move to be done with the deck placed horizontally on the table. Sorry for not making that clear originally. The bevel is about half an inch. I just looked it up again in the magazine. The idea is that four fingers press down on top of the deck as the thumb goes beneath the deck. Gre...
by Joe Mckay
December 23rd, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3282

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

She won Asia's Got Talent a week ago. And has over 70 million views online! Really great stuff.
by Joe Mckay
December 23rd, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3282

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

Hey Mark,

Thanks for sharing that. Certainly something completely different.
by Joe Mckay
December 23rd, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1363

Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

Here is a great idea from an old issue of Precursor magazine. Don't have the reference to hand but I can dig it out if need be. Ever have trouble picking up a deck of cards from a polished table? Most people either slide it off the table (inelegant) or pick up the deck and then gather up the few tha...
by Joe Mckay
December 21st, 2017, 4:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 2060

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

For me Penn & Teller is about as good as it gets in magic. But my sense with P&T is they aspire to be entertainers rather than artists. Penn once said that art is easy. What is hard is entertainment. If you are playing to smart people - you have to work very hard when it comes to being enter...
by Joe Mckay
December 21st, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 2060

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

I don't think magic is an art. And if it was it wouldn't need legitimacy.

That said - Allan is one of the best people in magic. So I wish him well.
by Joe Mckay
December 10th, 2017, 8:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 33
Views: 11269

Re: Stewart James

UPDATE: Just had a look in the index for the large Stewart James books and there is no mention of the trick there either.
by Joe Mckay
December 10th, 2017, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 33
Views: 11269

Re: Stewart James

Just found a trick called 'My Answer' by Stewart James on page 5 of the October, 1988 issue of Precursor magazine. This is issue 21 and was a tribute issue to Howard P. Lyons. The trick in question is a book test using a Billy Graham book. I don't recognize the trick. So I think there is a good chan...
by Joe Mckay
December 8th, 2017, 12:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 39
Views: 4324

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I don't worship Andy. I worship Richard Dawkins. I am convinced he is the Son of God. As for what Andy is preaching. Well - let me see if I can find a post setting out his position. Actually - he had a post recently where he makes the point I want to make. In terms of how magicians (or virgin magic ...
by Joe Mckay
December 8th, 2017, 11:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 39
Views: 4324

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I read the latest issue (issue 11 - Dec) of JAMM last night. It is sad there is only one more issue to go. But then again - I am looking forward to getting them all printed off and bound. I never feel like I can properly process a work until I can hold it in my hands. Still - I am sure Andy has plen...
by Joe Mckay
December 7th, 2017, 10:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 39
Views: 4324

Re: The Jerx Year Three

He does a much better job with this performance on UK TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVWUHwLw4vc It is a nice balance of informal and scripted. It is a structured close-up performance where suddenly shifting to a scripted presentation is not as jarring as it was on the Dutch chat show in the cl...
by Joe Mckay
December 7th, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 39
Views: 4324

Re: The Jerx Year Three

About Tommy Wonder. I always felt he had poor advice when it came to doing impromptu magic. His advice was to pack a bunch of tricks in your pocket. And then wait at a party until somebody needed something. Such as a light for their cigarette or a pen or something. And when you had their attention -...
by Joe Mckay
December 6th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 39
Views: 4324

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Yeah - Andy thinks mental misdirection is the key. Spectators are always going to be suspicious. And that is not going to go away. So it is up to you to direct that suspicion somewhere . The post resonated with me in terms of The Too Perfect theory. My guess is that one side of the debate has this i...
by Joe Mckay
December 6th, 2017, 5:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 39
Views: 4324

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Something different from Andy today. Some interesting thoughts analyzing the concept of "misdirection". http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/12/5/redirecting-misdirection Andy takes issue with Tommy Wonder's discussion of this topic. So this post should be of interest to everyone. I am not sur...
by Joe Mckay
November 24th, 2017, 4:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 14
Views: 3342

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

Another comment from The Magic Cafe: I've binge watched the complete set. Now I'm very, very tired. By the way, "Pocket Nightmare" - undisclosed for nearly 40 years - is worth the price of "Kayfabe" alone. The material is top notch, ableit mostly based on cards. Most of the effec...
by Joe Mckay
November 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 39
Views: 4324

Re: The Jerx Year Three

In the post above, Andy touches on the Gilbreath Principle: This technique is an easy way to generate very intriguing implied methods. Let me put an example into Magician-ese. If I said, "I have a trick I want to show you. It's kind of based on the Gilbreath principle, but it starts with a borr...
by Joe Mckay
November 20th, 2017, 5:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 14
Views: 3342

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

Here is a clarification from Max (over at The Magic Café) about the contents of the DVDs. The person proclaimed that in the four-DVD set, “everything single thing he did was card magic, nothing else.” The set runs over nine hours. It includes two substantial routines of stage mentalism that involve ...
by Joe Mckay
November 19th, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 14
Views: 3342

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

Just saw this review on The Magic Cafe. Apparently some members of the EMC were sent the DVD's early. Well I got mine yesterday and thanks to a cold which robbed me of my voice, I had cancelled two gigs so was able to excitedly binge watch the four DVDs, seeing them as the best ever consolation for ...

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