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by Rafael Benatar
August 30th, 2001, 4:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Seconds, Bottoms
Replies: 22
Views: 2034

Re: Seconds, Bottoms

Carl, Regarding your post (scrolling 5 down) "Pat Page does his top change by placing the card on top of the deck and removing another card from the bottom." Page actually puts the card on the bottom and removes the top card. "If you're feeling lucky, toss the Ace into the air and cat...
by Rafael Benatar
August 28th, 2001, 11:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Seconds, Bottoms
Replies: 22
Views: 2034

Re: Seconds, Bottoms

Right. There are many factors other than finger technique. Here is something I also use for other sleights. Sometimes you may want to deal a bottom but are not dealing a round or a row of cards. You need a way to move the left hand away with a valid reason that looks natural. A natural way is, inste...
by Rafael Benatar
August 28th, 2001, 8:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Seconds, Bottoms
Replies: 22
Views: 2034

Re: Seconds, Bottoms

Interesting comment Carl, I'll think about it. Actually the exposed side is covered by the right hand taking the card if you time it properly. Also, the bottom is more deceiving when the right hand takes the card and the left hand moves away. This happens automatically when dealing yourself a bottom...
by Rafael Benatar
August 27th, 2001, 6:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Seconds, Bottoms
Replies: 22
Views: 2034

Re: Seconds, Bottoms

Forte is out of the question, of course. Now I find there is too much talk about the best of this and best of that. We don't even need to know who is the best. The important thing, in my opinion are the things (deals, gaffed and ungaffed tricks, magicians, books) that are brought to our attention. I...
by Rafael Benatar
August 17th, 2001, 9:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Learning The Hard Way
Replies: 4
Views: 1242

Re: Learning The Hard Way

Interesting comments, Larry. You may want to look at a great article on the subject by Jack Merlin. It's titled "The Pulse of the Public" and it's in p. 89 of his book "...and a Pack of Cards."
by Rafael Benatar
August 16th, 2001, 2:29 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Jamy Ian Swiss review of "Annotated Slydini"
Replies: 51
Views: 6031

Re: Jamy Ian Swiss review of "Annotated Slydini"

Regarding Larry's comments on prices of books, I'd give a big no to soft-cover, unless a book is published in both formats. One thing to consider is too many books lie unread in our libraries. There are just too many. To really get the return for your investment, you gotta read the book. If you actu...
by Rafael Benatar
August 16th, 2001, 2:11 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Jamy Ian Swiss review of "Annotated Slydini"
Replies: 51
Views: 6031

Re: Jamy Ian Swiss review of "Annotated Slydini"

Hi, David. I'm not against it but I think it might change the informal mood of the forum, which is more like talking among friends than writing something that will go on record.
by Rafael Benatar
August 13th, 2001, 7:38 pm
Forum: The Archives
Topic: Dream books!
Replies: 32
Views: 12016

Re: Dream books!

I think Paginas (Laura Avils) wants to print the books in Spain and then sell them through a distributor, but I think she hasn't decided yet.
by Rafael Benatar
August 13th, 2001, 7:32 am
Forum: The Archives
Topic: Dream books!
Replies: 32
Views: 12016

Re: Dream books!

I knew Ascanio very well and absolutely agree with what Richard says. The same thing happened with Frakson Books. After his death, however, Laura Avils from Paginas (what used to be Frakson Books) managed to make a deal with Ascanio's widow. On the other hand Jess Etcheverry, from Bilbao, a close fr...
by Rafael Benatar
August 9th, 2001, 4:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Too Many Tricks?
Replies: 13
Views: 2084

Re: Too Many Tricks?

In Ascanio's words, 1989: "...And that's precisely how each one's magic should develop. Not anymore taking a trick from here or there, but above all concepts that enlighten our path." Anyway I'd keep the tricks. I almost said otherwise and going through the thread gave me wonderful insight...
by Rafael Benatar
August 8th, 2001, 9:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Most Powerful Card Tricks
Replies: 27
Views: 5484

Re: Most Powerful Card Tricks

In regard to understanding understanding OOTW, too many people snap their fingers before revealing the separated colors, which doesn't make sense in this case. It's a common misunderstanding. You are not supposed to transform the cards. The spectator is the one who managed to segregate the colors, m...
by Rafael Benatar
August 8th, 2001, 12:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon's "Royal Monte": Fixes?
Replies: 7
Views: 1601

Re: Dai Vernon's "Royal Monte": Fixes?

Great idea. Here's a first attempt, to get the ball rolling. At the beginning, the extra cards are in a Gambler's-Cop-ish position, concealed under the fan, and the handling is somewhat contrived. This is covered by the patter ("how amusing it is... to watch the average player inspect his hand&...
by Rafael Benatar
August 6th, 2001, 5:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed
Replies: 45
Views: 4642

Re: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed

quoted from Richard's post I've never actually seen ANYONE perform Vernon's Royal Monte, and it's one fo the few things in Stars of Magic that I've never fiddled with. How good is it? Thanks to Roger Klause's post, I've fiddled with it for the first time and here is what I think. It's deviously clev...
by Rafael Benatar
August 6th, 2001, 4:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: VOTE: should Genii have film reviews?
Replies: 21
Views: 2628

Re: VOTE: should Genii have film reviews?

It's definitely out of place in the magazine. In the forum, if a few guys feel like discussing movies, it's no big deal to scroll down half an inch, which will take about 0.000004 seconds. On the other hand, if a brother magician tells you something about a movie, it has a different meaning than if ...
by Rafael Benatar
August 3rd, 2001, 2:18 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Is "Jarrett" the book of the year?
Replies: 11
Views: 2018

Re: Is "Jarrett" the book of the year?

I proof-read the first draft of >Tamariz's book 6 years ago. Much later, since it took so long to finish, he decided to re-do the whole thing, and the process became longer because of that. And I'd say most of what he does, and made his memorized-deck reputation with, is there.
by Rafael Benatar
August 3rd, 2001, 5:38 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Fitch's new race of super magicians
Replies: 34
Views: 3769

Re: Fitch's new race of super magicians

I think there might be a conceptual misunderstanding here when referring to the fourth wall. I'll tell what it means to me and you guys please correct me if you think I'm wrong. To start with, the 4th wall is nothing you really "use" or something that "happens", though some of yo...
by Rafael Benatar
August 1st, 2001, 4:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Repeated forcing of a card
Replies: 11
Views: 1909

Re: Repeated forcing of a card

Neither for nor against. I agree with Brian. If you think of it, it's the most direct way to do "Open Prediction", which is basically an announced force.
by Rafael Benatar
July 30th, 2001, 12:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed
Replies: 45
Views: 4642

Re: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed

Thanks, Richard, for the info on Ambitious Card Classic. I'd call it a Jennings effect then. Here's a presentation I sometimes use for somebody's birthday: Use 1 thru 5 of Hearts and a duplicate 5H in which you have written: "Happy Birthday whoever". Begin the effect and, noticing you don'...
by Rafael Benatar
July 26th, 2001, 5:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Focus & Creating Routines
Replies: 7
Views: 734

Re: Focus & Creating Routines

Yeah, knowing the whys is very important. If you see a trick you like and learn it, fine. But if you strive to learn why something works, why is it impressive, why something makes someone laugh, why does it fool them, and why is it done the way it's done, then you should be able to apply that knowle...
by Rafael Benatar
July 23rd, 2001, 7:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Tricks for Kids
Replies: 15
Views: 2811

Re: Card Tricks for Kids

Try Close's Clones.
by Rafael Benatar
July 23rd, 2001, 7:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Welcome to our discussion boards!
Replies: 26
Views: 3882

Re: Welcome to our discussion boards!

Regarding the subject of things that go out of control in the Internet, last November I worked at a trade show for a Spanish company in Germany. The following week the president of the company who hired me told me: "We got a call from one of our best customers. He liked your magic so much that ...
by Rafael Benatar
July 22nd, 2001, 7:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed
Replies: 45
Views: 4642

Re: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed

How about Too Many Cards, which I think is Dingle's version of Jennings' Ambitious Classic. Does anyone knows anything else about the origins of that trick? I would also include Twisting the Aces in its original form. Does Oil and Water count? My favorite versions are those of Ascanio and Tamariz. A...
by Rafael Benatar
July 22nd, 2001, 5:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Now Let's Try: Best GAFFED Packet Tricks
Replies: 120
Views: 29358

Re: Now Let's Try: Best GAFFED Packet Tricks

Printing, Call of the Wild, Close's Clones (for the right crowd), Limited Edition. Regarding the comment of bradmagic on the "internet version" of Limited Edition, this is, of course, the Princess Card Trick, and LE is the cleverest subtlest version I know. The drawback in the Internet ver...
by Rafael Benatar
July 22nd, 2001, 4:48 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Books vs. Videos
Replies: 42
Views: 4852

Re: Books vs. Videos

A joke Ascanio used to tell:
One magician tells another:
- I was puzzled to see you perform. The first trick you're quiet, the next one you were a riot, then you turned poetical, and suddenly you're funny. Why is that?
- I learned from different videos.
by Rafael Benatar
July 22nd, 2001, 4:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Welcome to our discussion boards!
Replies: 26
Views: 3882

Re: Welcome to our discussion boards!

Congratulations. Well done. I'll tell my friends.

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