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by Rafael Benatar
July 26th, 2004, 9:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: La Magia de Ascanio: Any Word on Publication?
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: La Magia de Ascanio: Any Word on Publication?

Laura Aviles, from Paginas (<!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.librosdemagia.com">www.librosdemagia.com</a><!-- w -->), has the rights to the Carroll books but I haven't heard about plans to reprint in English. She's also the one who would publish the Ascanio books in English - vol. 1 pr...
by Rafael Benatar
July 21st, 2004, 8:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: La Magia de Ascanio: Any Word on Publication?
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: La Magia de Ascanio: Any Word on Publication?

Eventually, I guess, but I dont think there are immediate plans. The two Spanish books were beautifully redone, together in one volume, with some interesting additions, including a list of his most typical one-liners.
by Rafael Benatar
July 18th, 2004, 5:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: La Magia de Ascanio: Any Word on Publication?
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: La Magia de Ascanio: Any Word on Publication?

Volume 1 was finished, at least my part, several months ago. Since the editor doesnt speak English, I need to look at the typeset text once again, just in case. We have a meeting next week to discuss the other two volumes, and maybe the knife book.
by Rafael Benatar
April 24th, 2004, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: CUPS EXPERTS
Replies: 69
Views: 3834

Re: CUPS EXPERTS

The Van Dokkum are, I think, in the $200 and something range. The Johnsons are about the best in their price range. I tested them when Paul Green lent me several sets of cups, and they were about perfect, though I also have a thing about the brass. Miguel Puga was with me and he bought the Johnsons ...
by Rafael Benatar
April 24th, 2004, 3:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: CUPS EXPERTS
Replies: 69
Views: 3834

Re: CUPS EXPERTS

Hola Carlos, You might want to take a look at the Dutch van Dokkum cups. I have a mini-set and they're wonderful. The regular-sized ones as just as good. Also, although I haven't had them in my hands, I would also check the new Sherwood cups (which come in different materials) and are being adversti...
by Rafael Benatar
April 13th, 2004, 9:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Flippant tips?
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Re: Flippant tips?

Make sure you know what is supposed to happen. Here it is, at least for the way I do it: The left edges of the 2 cards are in alignment with the left edge of the deck and held there, in position by the tip and the ball of the left thumb. You have a small break on the right side by pressing softly (n...
by Rafael Benatar
April 3rd, 2004, 11:31 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Need help doing Gemini move for twins, etc.
Replies: 18
Views: 2396

Re: Need help doing Gemini move for twins, etc.

Ascanio's sleight is pretty much the same move and developed independently. For the Twins routine, I worked out a version using Larry Jennings' Rhythm Count instead. I find it makes the routine flow more smoothly and needs less resetting.
by Rafael Benatar
March 13th, 2004, 6:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Madrid
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: Madrid

Thank you, guys, for all the words of solidarity and for the many e-mails and phone calls from friends that just wanted to make sure we are still around. There is a general feeling of solidarity here, and the mood that life must continue no matter what. Last night I had a gig. It was pretty much a r...
by Rafael Benatar
December 10th, 2003, 3:30 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics

Do you mean stitched as opposed to glued? Have you considered making leather cones (for Ball and Cone)as well?
by Rafael Benatar
November 26th, 2003, 2:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Need Patter for Ambitious Card Routine
Replies: 23
Views: 2193

Re: Need Patter for Ambitious Card Routine

In a new lecture I have been putting together about patter, I use the Ambitious Card as an example of a trick that doesnt depend on patter. This, of course, doesnt mean it doesnt need one. If you do it silently, the effcet is understood (which would not happen, for example with Hammans Twins). You c...
by Rafael Benatar
November 5th, 2003, 6:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Fastest Faro" trivia
Replies: 26
Views: 1188

Re: "Fastest Faro" trivia

That kind of Olympics does exist in Japan, as I recently learned in an interesting conversation with Shoot Ogawa. Actually, they don't have the faro in it but he was going to suggest it. They have several categories, with judges and everything and awards of, I think, $1000 each. And people strive to...
by Rafael Benatar
October 28th, 2003, 5:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stuart Gordon Double Turnover?
Replies: 10
Views: 2722

Re: Stuart Gordon Double Turnover?

The Cardwright includes a version done with two overlapping doubles. Incidentally, Ascanio liked that turnover so much he used to say he wished he had invented it, because it can follow the Ascanio Spread so smoothly.
by Rafael Benatar
August 24th, 2003, 6:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Question for guitar playing magicians
Replies: 60
Views: 4817

Re: Question for guitar playing magicians

Hello Dan, Thoroughly enjoyed your act at FISM. I can't see how a guitar-playing callous can affect your pinkie count. I do the pinkie count with the inner part of the finger, and it's not even the tip. If counting many cards (many being about 15), the counting point gradually shifts towards the mid...
by Rafael Benatar
August 17th, 2003, 1:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Broken arm
Replies: 21
Views: 1381

Re: Broken arm

Sorry to hear that, Gary and best wishes from Spain. Roberto Giobbi once broke an arm and saved some gigs with the Expert Card Technique chapter on one-hand card magic. Get well soon and break a leg.
by Rafael Benatar
August 17th, 2003, 1:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Question for guitar playing magicians
Replies: 60
Views: 4817

Re: Question for guitar playing magicians

I agree with Jon. The first couple of years of guitar playing is when you get the harder calluses. With time, you learn to apply just the right amount of pressure. Never had a problem with second dealing (at least not for that reason). However, if you bevel the deck slightly to the right, you should...
by Rafael Benatar
July 13th, 2003, 8:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Baseball
Replies: 25
Views: 1425

Re: Magic Baseball

utility defensive player: Eddie Fields
by Rafael Benatar
July 13th, 2003, 8:46 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Worst Illusion??
Replies: 32
Views: 2993

Re: Worst Illusion??

How about the sword box and the person vanishing? Two good effects that don't make any sense when put together.
by Rafael Benatar
July 2nd, 2003, 4:16 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Trick and Presentation Names
Replies: 20
Views: 2471

Re: Trick and Presentation Names

Hi Lee. Yes, we agree on all that. Card in Forehead is a funny example. People often ask me to the trick with the potato and the onion (cups and balls). Thus, a booklet I wrote years ago on the C&B is titled: Transit Cups and Balls, or The trick with the Frui...don't say it. I call the guy who a...
by Rafael Benatar
July 2nd, 2003, 4:04 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Trick and Presentation Names
Replies: 20
Views: 2471

Re: Trick and Presentation Names

That's an interesting issue, Bill, and one I have strong feelings about. To begin with, you should be able to tell if the titles are meant for magicians. An obvious case is "Pinkie Does It" from Royal Road, where the title gives the method away. As opposed to classical music, where you say...
by Rafael Benatar
May 21st, 2003, 4:45 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Obtaining Duplicate Signature
Replies: 8
Views: 4878

Re: Obtaining Duplicate Signature

That's Juan Carlos Rodarte.
by Rafael Benatar
May 8th, 2003, 1:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii in the mail on Friday April 11th!
Replies: 67
Views: 4623

Re: May Genii in the mail on Friday April 11th!

it arrived today and looks great
by Rafael Benatar
May 7th, 2003, 2:19 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Adult Volunteers
Replies: 21
Views: 1456

Re: Adult Volunteers

For some reason, I find people in Europe are more reluctant to volunteer than in the US, and every magician develops a strategy. Think of the 3-card Monte guys. They can win someone's money before they realize they were betting. The whole ploy is brilliantly explained in Darwin Ortiz's Gambling Scam...
by Rafael Benatar
May 7th, 2003, 1:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii in the mail on Friday April 11th!
Replies: 67
Views: 4623

Re: May Genii in the mail on Friday April 11th!

The issue with Giorgio on the cover hansn't yet arrived in Madrid
by Rafael Benatar
April 12th, 2003, 2:20 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Deck Murderer
Replies: 13
Views: 1535

The Deck Murderer

A serial killer in Spain, operating in the outskirts of Madrid, leaves playing cards out of a Spanish 40-card deck next to his victims. He's using the suit of "Copas" (cups) and has gone from Ace to Five. He's become known as "El asesino de la Baraja" (The Deck Murderer).
by Rafael Benatar
April 10th, 2003, 5:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dr Daley' Last Trick
Replies: 45
Views: 10149

Re: Dr Daley' Last Trick

I use Jennings' version from The Cardwright. It's technically more demanding but does away with the discrepancy through a triple lift and a double (top/bottom) deal.
by Rafael Benatar
April 7th, 2003, 10:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic joke
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: Magic joke

A magician, who preferred using condoms for his balloon animals, goes to a drugstore and buys 100 condoms. He went back at the drugstore the next day and complained: - I bought 100 condoms but I counted them and there were only 98. The pharmacist left or a minute and came back: - Must have been a mi...
by Rafael Benatar
March 16th, 2003, 8:11 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Screwing with their heads too much?
Replies: 56
Views: 6004

Re: Screwing with their heads too much?

I guess its about time to speak up. Though I had been tempted to do so before, I chose to let the thread follow its natural course. With due respect to everybodys opinion, I would like to set some facts straight. Ian asks: Is David's description accurate? If the dialogue is as reported, how much of ...
by Rafael Benatar
February 14th, 2003, 6:42 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Art of Practicing
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Re: The Art of Practicing

Thank you. That sounds interesting. Also along those lines, I mean on the meaning of practice, see Timothy galwey "The Inner Game of Tennis". It's been so succesful that the author has collaborated with specialists for similar titles in golf, skiing music and other things. I liked the tenn...
by Rafael Benatar
January 23rd, 2003, 4:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Simon Aronson Lecture (Sat. Jan 25)
Replies: 13
Views: 1481

Re: Simon Aronson Lecture (Sat. Jan 25)

Damn! I'm in Madrid.
by Rafael Benatar
January 21st, 2003, 4:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser's Card Tricks
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: Hofzinser's Card Tricks

FYI (ICYDNK) The Sharpe-Fischer translation is full of inaccuracies, sometimes attrocities, and lots of arbitrary stuff without warning. I was once asked to translate from the Sharpe into Spanish for Frakson Books (Paginas, by the time the translation appeared). Reinhard Mller had given me his annot...
by Rafael Benatar
January 5th, 2003, 4:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: when are you ready?
Replies: 13
Views: 717

Re: when are you ready?

Do it 50 (or 20 or whatever, but do count) times for yourself to get acquainted and to be able to do it without thinking. after those , say 50 times, stop and think, make adjustments, and ask yourself. Is it any better now? It will be. Then go for another 50 and so on. When you can do it 50 times wi...
by Rafael Benatar
January 2nd, 2003, 6:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Bannon's Wedding
Replies: 7
Views: 843

Re: John Bannon's Wedding

Congratulations to John, and remember to keep Spain in mind for a honeymoon
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by Rafael Benatar
January 1st, 2003, 3:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Happy New Year
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Re: Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the runner up.
by Rafael Benatar
December 19th, 2002, 6:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thoughts on Forcing the same card over and over and over....
Replies: 27
Views: 1081

Re: Thoughts on Forcing the same card over and over and over....

In a way, it's the most direct version of the Open Prediction
by Rafael Benatar
December 14th, 2002, 3:31 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Piet Forton
Replies: 21
Views: 8057

Re: Piet Forton

I think he's planning to write a Pop-up book before he gets into that other project.
by Rafael Benatar
November 28th, 2002, 2:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2652

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

Thanks, Jonathan. I'll look it up.
by Rafael Benatar
November 28th, 2002, 2:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2652

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

Hi Jonathan. What's the title of that O'Henry story. Did I miss anything?
by Rafael Benatar
November 23rd, 2002, 5:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Joker Routines
Replies: 29
Views: 2204

Re: Favorite Joker Routines

LArry Jennings' Mystery Card
by Rafael Benatar
October 15th, 2002, 5:33 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Estate sale
Replies: 17
Views: 804

Re: Estate sale

please send me a list at: rbenatar@teleline.es
by Rafael Benatar
August 24th, 2002, 10:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Immediate Bottom Placement
Replies: 15
Views: 1054

Re: Immediate Bottom Placement

When performing surrounded or with people looking over my shoulder, I spread the cards into the left hand, which rocks up and down from the wrist in such a way that it creates a somewhat diagonal unsquared spread (outer left to inner right direction). This will screen the riding card completely from...

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