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by Joe Mckay
August 17th, 2019, 12:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 13173

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

This is a brilliant article about Aspergers syndrome. It is too good not to share. It takes a look at the rise of Aspergers syndrome from a fairly skeptical point of view. The article tries to drill into the idea of how many people have a disability and how many just hide behind the label to justify...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I went through the Tarbell books recently. Not a lot jumped out at me. But there is so much in there it really depends what you are looking for. That said - the basis of a lot of things can be traced back to there. So it depends from what perspective you view the material. I am probably too jaded to...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

That Eddie Fetcher trick is very good. So is the Fred Braue (although I think I saw it credited to Vernon once?) bent card finish for the Ambitious Card. I remember Blaine doing that finish for the Ambitious Card on a talk show once. I had been studying magic for about 5 years and had never actually...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

How come the most famous magicians in the world - the ones regularly on TV - are performing the visual one-trick download type material that I praise in the posts above?

I never see them dig out something by Jennings, Cervon or Vernon.
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I don't like The Beatles either. I find it really hard comparing stuff from the past with the best of today.
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I am prepared to be wrong in this argument. In fact I would be delighted to be wrong.

So line up and take your best shots.
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

haha - yes - well of the old dudes I do prefer those lot. I think Jerry Sadowitz is the best card magician America has ever produced. Elmsley is the best card magician Scotland has ever produced. And Walton is the best card magician England has ever produced. So - I do have one American in my list. ...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Final post: If you are only interested in ungaffed card magic - then books are the way to go. But looking at magic as a whole, I think a lot of book snobs (and I am one of them) are missing out on some real miracles that are being released into the magic marketplace. Sure there is a lot of rubbish. ...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Here are a couple of other posts I made to help make this argument: I do keep up to date with the latest tricks. I never really buy any of them. But since so few magic books are released these days (although things are starting to pick up), I like to keep an eye on what creators are bringing to the ...
by Joe Mckay
August 11th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Magicians go mad when I make this point. I made the same point on the Conjure Nation back in 2015. Here is what I wrote back then. I started a thread called 'Magic books = weaker magic?" Here are the main posts I made in that thread. Here was my opening post: Like all you guys, I love magic boo...
by Joe Mckay
August 10th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Anyway - the above is irrelvent in any case. The young kids of today are streets ahead of anything the old dudes came up with. The internet has bought an exponential increase in creativity over the past 20 years. As such it is hard to get excited about dusty old notebooks from 50 years ago. Although...
by Joe Mckay
August 10th, 2019, 11:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 76555

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I think they were a disappointment because Vernon, Cervon and Jennings are kinda' overrated.

A book of unpublished ideas from the likes of Alex Elmsley, Jerry Sadowitz or Roy Walton would be far more exciting.
by Joe Mckay
August 10th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 13173

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I think Jack makes a good point. Children are often smarter than they let on. And would rather screw around with an experiment by pretending to be dumber than they really are. Apparently this is quite common. I heard that from the age of 6 onwards - kids are smart enough to pretend they still believ...
by Joe Mckay
August 8th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 5 Things 3 Ways
Replies: 8
Views: 2269

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Cheers Craig!
by Joe Mckay
August 6th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 2269

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 86
Views: 13173

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: 2365

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: 14
Views: 3858

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: 2365

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: 14
Views: 3858

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: 6023

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: 6023

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: 6023

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

I would love to see that Mark. Please try and find it. Cheers!

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