Search found 1375 matches

by Joe Mckay
March 11th, 2018, 12:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8526

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I was quite dumb as a kid. As such - I had no idea that the Svengali deck I had consisted of long and short cards. It made the deck much more magical to me since I honestly had no idea how it worked. I knew every other card was the same. But I couldn't figure out why the deck worked the way it did j...
by Joe Mckay
March 10th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8526

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Yes - yes... I am sure I have heard this accusation before I just happen to be Andy's No. 1 Fan. I can see why people mix that up with regular people. As it is - I would happily admit to being Andy - if I happened to be Andy. Ironically - Mark sold my Mum a Svengali deck when I was 7 years old. And ...
by Joe Mckay
March 10th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8526

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I always said that my favourite example of Dual Reality in magic was 'Freak Out' by Joshua Logan. But I think Andy's latest offering pips it. I assume the "Pray the gay away" plot is a new one in magic? And it makes a for wonderful (and funny) use of Dual Reality. http://www.thejerx.com/bl...
by Joe Mckay
March 6th, 2018, 11:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8526

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Something I have been thinking about is how to apply Andy's "Jerx" style approach to magic rather than just mentalism type effects. I really love Andy's ambitious presentations. There is nothing else like it in magic. But since Andy is a big fan of the interaction made possible with mental...
by Joe Mckay
March 6th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 70
Views: 14184

Re: The Jerx Year Two

That is great. Thanks for that Jonathan!
by Joe Mckay
March 5th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

The Encyclopedia of Rope Magic by Stewart James contains a great handling of the Grandmother's Necklace principle by U.F. Grant.

Believe it or not - this version makes use of doughnuts!
by Joe Mckay
March 3rd, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 42
Views: 5490

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

It is March already! I was really hoping the book would be out by now.

Can't wait for the Deland book. I know you are always super busy, Richard. Just hoping it is not gonna' be long now.
by Joe Mckay
March 3rd, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Hacking the Lottery
Replies: 6
Views: 820

Re: Hacking the Lottery

Reminds me of a cool story I read a few years ago:

https://www.wired.com/2011/01/ff-lottery/
by Joe Mckay
March 1st, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1771

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

There is a difference between pretending to struggle and actually struggling. If you pretend to be undertaking a great effort - you will draw attention - but you won't get busted because you are not actually carrying out any secret moves. Whereas if you really are struggling - as you focus on the me...
by Joe Mckay
February 27th, 2018, 9:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2113

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Wow - that is a great story, James. haha
by Joe Mckay
February 27th, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2113

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Thanks for that, Mark!

Never thought I would get to see Richard Himber perform.

Very interesting.
by Joe Mckay
February 26th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2113

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Double Detection by Richard Himber is one of the best self-working card tricks in the world. You can find it in Tarbell. Jon Racherbaumer has a great story about this trick in an old issue of MAGIC magazine. He was performing this trick in a bar where the legendary Chan Canasta was present. As Jon g...
by Joe Mckay
February 26th, 2018, 12:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

I just finished reading The Medium's Scrapbook by U.F. Grant. There is a lovely use of a stooge in this book. I can't work out if it combines the stooge with the one-ahead principle or the two-behind principle.
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 10:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2113

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

In The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser , there is this note about the Hofzinser Card: One of the few uses of such a "transparent card" in a marketed trick is Richard Himber's "Telestar Card" (rumored to have been created by Persi Diaconis) first advertised in Genii, Vol, 27, No.2...
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 10:11 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Into The Copperfield Zone
Replies: 9
Views: 732

Re: Into The Copperfield Zone

That was a great read.

Thanks for sharing an amazing experience with the rest of us!
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 6:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2113

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Fair enough! Also - Richard Himber was behind my favourite routine by David Copperfield. Himber filmed an interactive magic trick with Orson Welles (who talks to the camera). Copperfield got hold of the film and used it on one of his TV specials. It is an incredible routine. Absolutely wonderful. ht...
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 4:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8526

Re: The Jerx Year Three

It is interesting trying to find tricks that could go well with Google Home. My sense is that most self-working/mathematical card tricks will be able to be adapted in this way. Miraskill would be a good one to use in this way. Of course - dressing up an old mathematical card trick in this way is not...
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2113

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2113

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Okay - just found this.

Here is Richard Kaufman discussing the proposed Richard Himber GENII issue a few years ago:

https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=3443
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2113

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Here are a few interesting tidbits about Himber. In Hugard's Magic Monthly - Frederick Braue had a poll where he asked magicians to nominate their 5 favourite card tricks. Richard Himber's response was this: 1) OUT OF THIS WORLD 2) OUT OF THIS WORLD 3) OUT OF THIS WORLD 4) OUT OF THIS WORLD 5) OUT O...
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 1:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2113

Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Hey Richard,

I read on the Magic Cafe (back in 2011) that you were once considering a GENII issue devoted to Richard Himber.

I think that would be a very good idea. He is a forgotten genius of magic.

Anyway - just wanted to start a thread to encourage you as regards that idea!
by Joe Mckay
February 25th, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Into The Copperfield Zone
Replies: 9
Views: 732

Re: Into The Copperfield Zone

I love reading about people's visits to this private museum.

Thanks so much for writing up your trip. I am going to savour it later on.
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 8526

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I just spent an enjoyable couple of works researching variations based around the hoary 'Trick That Fooled Einstein' principle. Which is pretty much one of the most uninteresting things you can do for a layperson compared to what else magic can offer. So if Andy is setting out to cure magician's of...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

The book Grant's Secret Service tips a sneaky method that Houdini used to escape from handcuffs that he felt were impossible to open.

U.F. Grant also tips a clever principle for finding a hidden object under challenge conditions that I have not seen before. He once used it to fool Houdini at a party.
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

The same issue has a handling for Paul Curry's Touch effect that turns it into a telephone trick using any randomly called spectators. It is always interesting how much more effective a trick can be when using spectators over the phone for part of it. This is also one of the best ways to perform the...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Here is another trick from the same issue. Have a bank of 13 cards in Ace to King order but in different suits at the bottom of the deck. Have a card selected - avoiding the 13 cards at the bottom of the deck. Cut off about 2/3 of the deck and have the card returned. This places the selected card un...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Here is something else from the Linking Ring issue mentioned before. It uses a Si Stebbins stack - although of course you memorized deck freakz can use a memorized deck instead. -------------- A magician leaves the room and a spectator cuts the deck and places the first card cut to in their left poc...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

In the same issue of the Linking Ring that Bob mentions above - there is a nice trick called Grant's Triple Stop With Cards. It is an application of the Roshomon principle most commonly seen in versions of the Tossed Out deck. A deck of cards is shuffled - 3 cards are freely chosen and then shuffled...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1771

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

I remember Ed Marlo saying that if you removed a sleight from a trick that was a good thing. But if you keep removing them until no sleights at all are needed - you are usually left with a self-working monstrosity.

Joe
by Joe Mckay
February 22nd, 2018, 4:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Can't wait to check out Alexander de Cova in GENII. He is a brilliant thinker!
by Joe Mckay
February 22nd, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1771

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

Yeah - Mike used to quote that rule a lot. I have such fond memories of his time at MAGIC magazine. He is my all-time favourite magic reviewer. I remember Darwin following it up by saying he didn't think making a trick easier was necessarily an improvement. Since how difficult a trick is should not ...
by Joe Mckay
February 21st, 2018, 9:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 30
Views: 6071

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Good call!

I read this awhile ago and really enjoyed it. He did a great job uncovering hidden gems.
by Joe Mckay
February 18th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 30
Views: 6071

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Indeed - here is a link to what Denis Behr has to say:

http://archive.denisbehr.de/list/person/832?highlight=37716
by Joe Mckay
February 18th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 30
Views: 6071

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

I just looked up Traveling Aces. I am pretty sure that is a Stewart James trick. Check out Simplicity Four-Ace Trick in 'Stewart James - The First Fifty Years.'
by Joe Mckay
February 16th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

http://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/search?keyword=weber+photocopier

Goodness I am giving away all the good stuff in this thread! Please forget I ever mentioned this trick.

Thankyou.
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

U.F. Grant's Cheek-To-Cheek deck is interesting. Not so much for the U.F. Grant version but for the routine using it that Michael Weber put together. It is one of the strongest tricks in magic.
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Remember To Forget next time. :-)
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

This control has a lot going for it. First of all - I would be tempted to use the advertising/poker rules card that comes with most decks of playing cards. It is usually a double-sided card, and you can pretend you left it in there by mistake. You would then cut the card to the top and remove it. Th...
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4038

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

The Whoops! Control Here is a sneaky card control by U.F. Grant from The New Phoenix. The bottom card of the face-down deck is secretly reversed. Dribble the cards and have a spectator choose one by calling slop during the dribble. As the spectators note the chosen card, replace the rest of the dec...

Go to advanced search