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by Rafael Benatar
August 14th, 2002, 9:47 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Complete Works of Derek Dingle
Replies: 25
Views: 3718

Re: Complete Works of Derek Dingle

Glad you liked it Brad. It was actually a duplicate 5H, using only Hearts for the trick. The reason is that Hearts are better suited to that presentation (described at the end of this post for quick reference) and that the writing of the marker shows better on red cards. Also, I completely agree wit...
by Rafael Benatar
August 6th, 2002, 11:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Side Steal technique
Replies: 19
Views: 1572

Re: Side Steal technique

The LePaul description is one of my favorite.
by Rafael Benatar
August 6th, 2002, 8:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magician's Recipe
Replies: 48
Views: 2501

Re: Magician's Recipe

My handling of Spaghetti alla Carbonara Effect: An excellent dish for 2 people (with the quantities given), to astonish and delight those who think you can do just magic. Preparation: - Bring three top hats of water to a hard-boil in a large pan, adding a silver dollar of salt (mind you, not $1, jus...
by Rafael Benatar
August 4th, 2002, 8:56 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Complete Works of Derek Dingle
Replies: 25
Views: 3718

Re: Complete Works of Derek Dingle

Color Triumph, Collectors, Fabulous Jumping Card Trick (Ed Victor's 11-card trick). Quick D-Way is Johnny Thompson's All Backs (credited) with a minor change in handling. All wonderful tricks, most of which I often use.Also Too Many Cards. Incidentally, something seems to be missing in the patter fo...
by Rafael Benatar
July 30th, 2002, 7:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ace Vanishes
Replies: 19
Views: 1138

Re: Ace Vanishes

quoting from Trini's post: "When the so called "vanish" occurs, there are still 4 cards in each packet. The correct term should be that they "transpose" with the 3 X cards dealt onto the leader Ace." Right, that's more like a transposition but nothing wrong with that(an...
by Rafael Benatar
July 25th, 2002, 12:42 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Acer on Vernon
Replies: 23
Views: 2697

Re: Acer on Vernon

That's the Psychological Force and it's in ECT. For extra security, you can have the person hold out his/her two hands, arms outstreched under any pretense (i.e. "to make sure it's in the center of energy of this group"). After dealing a card or two, make a remark or two to everyone. Ascan...
by Rafael Benatar
July 22nd, 2002, 5:36 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Bill Goldman Travelling Tales
Replies: 43
Views: 9807

Re: Bill Goldman Travelling Tales

Bill,
One more happy reader here. I usually read your column the first day the magazine falls in my hands. Also enjoyed meeting you.
by Rafael Benatar
July 22nd, 2002, 2:17 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Acer on Vernon
Replies: 23
Views: 2697

Re: Acer on Vernon

Very interesting, Brad. Brilliant. Interesting to note that if you're betting you can afford to lose! (well, depending how much). For a more formal performance, any out must be the type where you convert it into another trick and a failure is not acknowledged (well, like most outs). In this case the...
by Rafael Benatar
July 22nd, 2002, 7:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Gregory Wilson
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: Gregory Wilson

e-mail him at <theothergw@oco.net>
Cheers
by Rafael Benatar
July 21st, 2002, 5:01 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Fohrman Cups
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: Fohrman Cups

Thank you, Robert. In the A-1 video I used the Bertram-Miller cups that were (or maybe still are) sold by Magic Inc. at a very reasonable price. They work well, but don't stack perfectly. The ones in the video cover are Monty cups. I'm doing basically the same routine now with a new presentation in ...
by Rafael Benatar
July 21st, 2002, 1:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Fohrman Cups
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: Fohrman Cups

Robert, can you post that www? Has anyone seen the ones at www.cupsandballs.nl
I'm told they were a sensation at the SAM centennial
by Rafael Benatar
July 21st, 2002, 8:03 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Egg Bag
Replies: 83
Views: 6274

Re: Egg Bag

Johnny Thompson created quite a stir with the egg bag at the Madrid club. That was, I think, around 1988, and we are still talking about it.
by Rafael Benatar
July 17th, 2002, 11:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Book Quote
Replies: 17
Views: 1444

Re: Magic Book Quote

or, there have been more books unread...
by Rafael Benatar
July 17th, 2002, 4:22 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Acer on Vernon
Replies: 23
Views: 2697

Re: Acer on Vernon

Still, you're in their hands and should have some kind of an out. You might wwant to check "Vernon Mental Force Handling" in "Marlo Without Tears", p. 47. In any case the principle at work here is that IF people have the chance to think, they'll pick the one card that seems to be...
by Rafael Benatar
July 12th, 2002, 5:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What makes you a professional magician?
Replies: 17
Views: 952

Re: What makes you a professional magician?

I agree with Larry that there's a double meaning here. The hard fact is whether you make a living, or people pay to see you. On the ohter hand being profesional is used as an adjective (Oh, he's very profesional). This second meaning is more pertaining to quality. we could put the question the other...
by Rafael Benatar
July 11th, 2002, 2:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: The Royal Road To Card Magic

I begun with this wonderful book and, without belonging to a magic club and with no other magicians to show me the sleights, I learned the basics from it. Some tricks I still do are: The Changing Card (I learned the top change with it and still do it at every close-up performance, evolved into my ow...
by Rafael Benatar
June 29th, 2002, 2:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ladies who drive a deck well?
Replies: 60
Views: 4215

Re: Ladies who drive a deck well?

We've had a similar forum in the Escuela Mgica de Madrid. Something that came up was that most women tend to learn only stuff they'll use in their act, whereas men like to play around more with moves and enjoy practice for its own sake. I think it's a matter of attitude rather than physical skill. A...
by Rafael Benatar
May 23rd, 2002, 3:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Torn ā€˜nā€™ Restored Cigarette Paper
Replies: 32
Views: 3269

Re: Torn ā€˜nā€™ Restored Cigarette Paper

I do it to music on stage, basically alla Leipzig. Regarding the unfolding: avoid ultra-thin paper. I use a rectangular Smoking brand, red cover, or Drum blue cover. This is how I prepare it: squeeze it the short way to make it look like a bow tie. It's a not so carefull accordeon pleat but done wit...
by Rafael Benatar
May 4th, 2002, 11:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What could this possibly mean?
Replies: 71
Views: 4177

Re: What could this possibly mean?

well, and I think it was Marlo's favorite card, wasn't it?
by Rafael Benatar
May 2nd, 2002, 8:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Problem
Replies: 17
Views: 1127

Re: Card Problem

As you spread the cards for a selection count 6 cards and hold them as a block in the fork of the right thumb as you continue spreading. Perform the actions of the Inmediate Bottom Placement only to the point where the selected card is disengaged from the spread. Secretly pull the selection under th...
by Rafael Benatar
April 1st, 2002, 5:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: coin in bottle
Replies: 20
Views: 1461

Re: coin in bottle

Bob Elliot does it sooo well.
by Rafael Benatar
March 29th, 2002, 12:46 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: JUAN TAMARIZ "Crossing the Gaze Switch"
Replies: 13
Views: 3485

Re: JUAN TAMARIZ "Crossing the Gaze Switch"

Tamariz does it all the time for 500 people and more. If your bill is folded in a small package it's not a problem. You just need to be able to... well, not palm it, but conceal it for an instant. With an unfolded bill you're in a different case. As the title of the move implies, where and when you ...
by Rafael Benatar
February 27th, 2002, 3:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Have you received your March issue yet?
Replies: 61
Views: 3852

Re: Have you received your March issue yet?

Got it today in Madrid. Looks great, again
by Rafael Benatar
February 18th, 2002, 1:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Smiling Mule
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Re: The Smiling Mule

An interesting aspect of the trick is that you make a promise that, by itself, is quite impressive. You don't really fulfil it right away, but at the end they will be satisfied and might remember just that: that a card named appeared between the two Aces.
by Rafael Benatar
February 17th, 2002, 4:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Complicated routines
Replies: 4
Views: 487

Re: Complicated routines

If this happens, it's a hint that you haven't practiced enough. If you practice enough, remembering steps and set-ups should take care of itself. If you've done the routine for yourself a hundred times (looking at the book if necessary) and still can't remember, try a thousand. If still can't rememb...
by Rafael Benatar
January 15th, 2002, 2:52 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox HEAVYWEIGHT Copper Cups for Sale
Replies: 10
Views: 1691

Re: Paul Fox HEAVYWEIGHT Copper Cups for Sale

I suppose in the heavyweight type you can still fit three 3/8" balls onto the bottom of a mouth-down cup, right?
I'd also be interested to see a picture. Come on, everybody: Picture! Picture!
by Rafael Benatar
January 4th, 2002, 7:01 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Johnson Cups and Balls
Replies: 27
Views: 2712

Re: Johnson Cups and Balls

or you could gather 3 people that use 2 cups and share 2 sets :)
by Rafael Benatar
January 3rd, 2002, 9:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Borderless cards?
Replies: 11
Views: 2808

Re: Borderless cards?

The pros of white borders far outweigh the cons, if any, when performing straight magic. For deals, well, cards without borders might make it more deceptive in a certain way, but that's in a small proportion to what good timing and proper misdirection will do. I'll mention a particular case as an ex...
by Rafael Benatar
December 26th, 2001, 9:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Has this ever happened to you?
Replies: 16
Views: 1069

Re: Has this ever happened to you?

I think it's a matter of being able to sell the effect before the result is revealed, as build-up is better than sheer surprise. You should never need to say, after the effect is over, "...and remember that you shuffled..."
by Rafael Benatar
December 25th, 2001, 4:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Has this ever happened to you?
Replies: 16
Views: 1069

Re: Has this ever happened to you?

Of course, such things do happen, in compliance with the odds. But it pays to be prepared for it or you 'll lose the effect. It's crucial to appear unaffected as if this is what you expected, even if you're more surprised than they are. Sometimes you can make more of a lesser effect because you have...
by Rafael Benatar
December 21st, 2001, 6:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Trick that uses the Elmsley Count
Replies: 80
Views: 18134

Re: Favorite Trick that uses the Elmsley Count

Walton's Illogical Conclusion is cool too, with Elmsley and Jordan
by Rafael Benatar
November 30th, 2001, 1:40 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Silent Script
Replies: 21
Views: 2109

Re: The Silent Script

For me, the silent script is something very subtle, almost a way of explaining something intangible. It's something you think about with the purpose of having it reflect on your expression. It's all about not overacting (which, in turn, has a lot to do with good acting). Sure, you can do without it ...
by Rafael Benatar
November 25th, 2001, 12:56 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Anyone have a copy of Hoffzinser's(sp?) Book?
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Anyone have a copy of Hoffzinser's(sp?) Book?

The Dover version. Is that the Sharpe translation? That's a "free" translation and quite different from the Ottokar Fischer book. If you can read Spanish, I translated the Fischer book from the German into Spanish and Reinhard Mller wrote an introductory study. Magic Christian is finishing...
by Rafael Benatar
November 13th, 2001, 1:52 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: looking for playing cards---
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: looking for playing cards---

And please let me know if you find Aristocrats or Bicycle fan back.

[ November 13, 2001: Message edited by: Rafael Benatar ]
by Rafael Benatar
November 13th, 2001, 1:51 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: looking for playing cards---
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: looking for playing cards---

I've never seen the Fournier Spanish cards sold in the US but the factory was bought several years ago by US Playing Card so you might want to ask them. I don't think they're better than good American cards but they have some interesting qualities. They have good quality control and it's rare to see...
by Rafael Benatar
November 13th, 2001, 1:37 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Revelations
Replies: 5
Views: 955

Re: Wanted: Revelations

I think Caveney has some copies signed by Vernon at $150, if I remember correctly
by Rafael Benatar
November 1st, 2001, 4:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Oil and Water
Replies: 39
Views: 3634

Re: Oil and Water

I also use the jennings-Kosby-Vernon routine from Thoughts on Cards. In the 1st phase I draw attention to the left hand and do the moves in the shadowy area as in-transit actions. Only after the first 2 moves are accomplished do I call attention to the fact that we're alternating the cards, i.e.: pu...
by Rafael Benatar
September 11th, 2001, 9:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: jay, diaconis, freeman
Replies: 24
Views: 3346

Re: jay, diaconis, freeman

Right. What secrets? I agree with some of the posts seen here (Blaze, Cutts, et al). I think it's more the mystery of the secrets than the information itself. There are many secrets that are published and we haven't had the time to process them. And if you're that curious, learn everything you're no...
by Rafael Benatar
September 8th, 2001, 6:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic Castle, and Why I Need Your Help
Replies: 25
Views: 3051

Re: The Magic Castle, and Why I Need Your Help

As a regular performer at the Magic Castle, I'd like to unreservedly express my support for Max running for the Board for the right reasons.
by Rafael Benatar
September 1st, 2001, 4:55 am
Forum: The Archives
Topic: Does anyone care about an Andrus book after 3 videotapes?
Replies: 18
Views: 40413

Re: Does anyone care about an Andrus book after 3 videotapes?

I'll buy a good Andrus book anytime no matter what. I agree with what Jon says.

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