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by Rafael Benatar
June 1st, 2007, 4:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox cups
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Re: Paul Fox cups

Well, about two years ago I bid $850 for an identical set and was outbid. A set from the Jay Marshall collection went for $1500 last month.
by Rafael Benatar
June 1st, 2007, 12:56 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox cups
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Re: Paul Fox cups

Paul Fox original chrome set of cups, auction on EBay ends today.
by Rafael Benatar
May 27th, 2007, 9:25 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox cups
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Re: Paul Fox cups

Hi Bob. I left the cups with my friend Marty Kaplan in the US. If you buy them, he could bring them to Spain in early July and I'll ship them from here. This will save you a few bucks on shipping, as well as eventual custom charges, if you don't mind the wait.
by Rafael Benatar
May 26th, 2007, 5:50 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox cups
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Paul Fox cups

A set of original chrome Paul Fox cups is now on EBay. My friend Marty Kaplan is doing this for me so they would be shipped from the US. Here is the link: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=paul+fox+cups&category0=">h...
by Rafael Benatar
May 15th, 2007, 4:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Gardner's Encyclopedia - auction notice
Replies: 0
Views: 176

Gardner's Encyclopedia - auction notice

Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic on EBay. Good condition - ships from the US (starting at $1, ends May 22): <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://cm.ebay.com/cm/ck/1065-29296-2357-0?uid=298422&site=0&ver=LCA080805&item=150122977284&lk=URL">http://cm.ebay.com/cm/c...
by Rafael Benatar
April 22nd, 2007, 10:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven to Undergo Heart Surgery Monday
Replies: 133
Views: 35205

Re: Max Maven to Undergo Heart Surgery Monday

Hi Max
Wishing you all the best and a prompt recovery.
Rafael
by Rafael Benatar
April 18th, 2007, 3:14 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Paul Fox Dye Tube
Replies: 17
Views: 1452

Re: Paul Fox Dye Tube

A few years ago, Roger Klause, who owns a tube that Vernon gave him, had a dye tube in the market, following the barrel-shaped concept. He had them manufactured by Mystique Silks Mfg. who made beautuful silks. I used that tube all the time until I lost the two that I had (I suspect one of them is lo...
by Rafael Benatar
March 30th, 2007, 2:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stuart Gordon double turnover
Replies: 16
Views: 934

Re: Stuart Gordon double turnover

Ascanio taught me the move, crediting to Stuart Gordon, maybe before it appeared in The Cardwright and he did tell me he wished he had invented it because it was so suitable for following an Ascanio Spread. Ascanio had a habit of toying with just two cards while he talked and this is something he di...
by Rafael Benatar
February 5th, 2007, 2:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jennings Recommendation
Replies: 48
Views: 2063

Re: Jennings Recommendation

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by Rafael Benatar
January 5th, 2007, 10:21 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 44
Views: 5128

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Whoever it is and whatver the method, the handling is about as good as it gets. Very relaxed, no unnecessary acquitments. The loading by the waiter from behind seems unlikely to me. Maybe some gimmick attached to her palm (the palm is never seen) or, why not, the real thing. A fine performance anyway.
by Rafael Benatar
December 14th, 2006, 1:58 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Books/courses/etc. on concentration and focus
Replies: 10
Views: 652

Re: Books/courses/etc. on concentration and focus

The Inner Game of Tennis - even if you don't play tennis
The Inner Game of Golf - even if you don't play golf and have read the Inner Game of Tennis
Both by Tim Galwey (there is a whole "Inner Game" Series but those 2 are my favorite).
by Rafael Benatar
December 12th, 2006, 4:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: magic table
Replies: 10
Views: 1356

Re: magic table

The "futuristic" thing you describe sounds like the Spider table from Germany.
by Rafael Benatar
December 5th, 2006, 11:36 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Ascanio Volume 2-Studies of Card Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1471

Re: Ascanio Volume 2-Studies of Card Magic

Hi Ozzie. Good to hear. Please don't forget to give credit to Jess Etcheverry for his monumental compiling and re-writing effort. BTW, if someone needs a copy I can have one sent from the US (to the US) at $60 postpaid. Just PM me.
by Rafael Benatar
December 5th, 2006, 4:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Egyptian Pocket References
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: The Egyptian Pocket References

I perform a trick using that technique (see "Right Between the Eyes", Genii March 2005). When Billy McComb saw me do it at the Magic Castle years ago, he brought me a photocopy of a trick titled "The Egyptian Pocket" from an old Linking Ring. I don't have it handy right now, but ...
by Rafael Benatar
November 30th, 2006, 2:57 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Ascanio spread
Replies: 37
Views: 12621

Re: Ascanio spread

The basic concept of the Ascanio Spread is fairly simple and, as such, it is likely to have been invented long before and bound to being reeinvented. The important thing Ascanio contributed is his particular handling. The same happens with other moves like the Shuttle Pass. What David Roth contribut...
by Rafael Benatar
November 24th, 2006, 9:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: You may be valued
Replies: 24
Views: 1171

Re: You may be valued

Sure, he could hae tilted the odds with a number of resources, but he was supposed to be doing it for practicing the retention vanish done the same way. At any rate, I can't imagine him beating his son all the time and having to let him win "at least once."
by Rafael Benatar
November 24th, 2006, 12:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: You may be valued
Replies: 24
Views: 1171

Re: You may be valued

Originally posted by Dave Le Fevre: But surely he wouldn't be guessing - if one watches a well-executed false transfer then one "knows" where the coin is ..... but one's mistaken. Dave [/QB][/QUOTE] II'll try to make my point clearer. If you make a just-OK false transfer in real life, say...
by Rafael Benatar
November 21st, 2006, 11:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: You may be valued
Replies: 24
Views: 1171

Re: You may be valued

Mr. Verner, Vernon tells a story (Chronicles Vol. 4) of him practicing his retention vanish on his son with a dollar. If he guessed right (in which hand it is)he would give him the dollar. Then he supposedly said somethig like: "I'd always let him win at least once so he'd walked away with a do...
by Rafael Benatar
November 21st, 2006, 5:12 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Canceling Methods, first mention?
Replies: 28
Views: 5431

Re: Canceling Methods, first mention?

Hi Jonathan, let me give it a try. 1) to cancel out the stripper is the most difficult one and hardly necessary but you could turn half the deck around before riffle-shuffling, several times 2) to cancel a deck switch, keep attention focused on the deck, reducing handling to a minimum. 3) added card...
by Rafael Benatar
November 21st, 2006, 12:08 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Canceling Methods, first mention?
Replies: 28
Views: 5431

Re: Canceling Methods, first mention?

Another aspect is that the cancelling may be done a) by repeating the effect using a different method, or b) by performing a single effect and proving all possible solutions wrong. An example of "a" is The Ambitious Card. From a laymen's perspective, if they believe something is impossible...
by Rafael Benatar
November 20th, 2006, 11:38 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dr. Daley's happy moment
Replies: 40
Views: 1955

Re: Dr. Daley's happy moment

Hello, Mr. Verner - a thrill to have you here with us. Hello, Doug. Well, thanks for informing us of the jargon. I thought that was all there was to it. You can question what might have happened (and write your own book, as Derek says) but, even if you don't trust Derek's memory, you can't change wh...
by Rafael Benatar
November 19th, 2006, 10:34 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Canceling Methods, first mention?
Replies: 28
Views: 5431

Re: Canceling Methods, first mention?

I also saw it first in Daryl's Secrets of a Puerto Rican Gambler. The concept has certainly been around for centuries, but Daryl might have been the first to actually formulate it as a concept and to give it a name.
by Rafael Benatar
November 16th, 2006, 12:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Three Japanese Magicians Arrested for Gimmicked Coins
Replies: 27
Views: 3178

Re: Three Japanese Magicians Arrested for Gimmicked Coins

Earlier this year I met a guy called Tageshi from Osaka (where The French Drop is) who makes gimmicked coins and I was very impressed by the quality of his work. He also did incredible card flourishes on the side. Hope it's not him.
by Rafael Benatar
November 6th, 2006, 1:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ideas for a wedding
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: Ideas for a wedding

I've heard of someone who had the actual wedding rings "himberized".
by Rafael Benatar
October 27th, 2006, 11:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Practicing Cards Anywhere
Replies: 40
Views: 2546

Re: Practicing Cards Anywhere

Yeah, good to read you here Glenn. Hope to see you again sometime soon. Try boomerangs or knife throwing. Or, even more dangerous, practice with one hand and hold your girlfriend's hand with the other. Linking rings should be a blast, too.
by Rafael Benatar
October 27th, 2006, 3:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Practicing Cards Anywhere
Replies: 40
Views: 2546

Re: Practicing Cards Anywhere

Hi Jason. Thanks for your comments. Yeah, saxophone is different, LOL. You'd have to think something up. There should be a way. Maybe blinking at regular intervals keeping your eyelids relaxed, without altering the action if you play a loud note. It's about doing something different that is continuo...
by Rafael Benatar
October 27th, 2006, 10:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Practicing Cards Anywhere
Replies: 40
Views: 2546

Re: Practicing Cards Anywhere

Well, do it in the upbeat of the movie or use an easy movie or a video that you can rewind (I actually do that sometimes). Now seriously, that's the whole point. When I first learned the Overhand Shuflle, I did the exercises described in the Royal Road and some variations of them. And I did them whi...
by Rafael Benatar
October 25th, 2006, 11:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Practicing Cards Anywhere
Replies: 40
Views: 2546

Re: Practicing Cards Anywhere

Turn over the to card and pinky-count to 13 four times. You can even do this in places where movement is restricted such as inside the pocket of your winter coat. After 4 times, look at the deck and enjoy the relief if you see the reversed card on top... even if it happened because your mistakes can...
by Rafael Benatar
October 10th, 2006, 4:11 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Ascanio Volume 2-Studies of Card Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1471

Re: Ascanio Volume 2-Studies of Card Magic

Due to an error while lecturing in the US last month, I sent a copy of Ascanio Vol. 2 to somebody who had already bought it at my lecture. That copy is for sale. First come first served. You would have to send a cheque for $60 to me (c/o a NY address I'd give you), and another cheque for $5 to the p...
by Rafael Benatar
August 12th, 2006, 3:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cellini's new book
Replies: 8
Views: 905

Re: Cellini's new book

A true artist. His lecture was, for me, a FISM highlight. I got the book and I'm about to read it.
by Rafael Benatar
August 12th, 2006, 3:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David and Dania Quick change artists
Replies: 62
Views: 10425

Re: David and Dania Quick change artists

You can see several videos in their site at:
http://www.costumechange.com
by Rafael Benatar
July 13th, 2006, 4:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ascanio books?
Replies: 13
Views: 793

Re: Ascanio books?

Volume 2 is at the printers and should be out in a week or two. The website shows it as available because they're updating it ahead of time . The book will be first released at FISM, and shortly after in the US. I'll have some copies to sell at TAOM (Sep 1-4) and at my lecture at the Magic Castle on...
by Rafael Benatar
May 30th, 2006, 11:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2009 poll
Replies: 13
Views: 469

Re: FISM 2009 poll

Spell it Granada.
by Rafael Benatar
April 30th, 2006, 9:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Billy McComb has Died
Replies: 80
Views: 25694

Re: Billy McComb has Died

Very sad. I am flying to CA tomorrow and was looking forward to see him. During the last couple of years when someone said to him "Hi, Billy. Nice to see you," he would reply with his Irish accent: "Nice to be seen, when you're my age. In the performers dining room, backstage at the M...
by Rafael Benatar
March 14th, 2006, 10:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TIPS for booking your air tickets to FISM!
Replies: 16
Views: 1002

Re: TIPS for booking your air tickets to FISM!

You guys might want to check the connections. I paid about $240 round trip Madrid-Stockholm, and I know someone who booked earlier and paid less. If you combine it with a good rate US-Spain, maybe I'll but you a beer at the airport.
by Rafael Benatar
February 23rd, 2006, 1:51 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Name Pronunciations
Replies: 44
Views: 5097

Re: Name Pronunciations

in French Buatier
in Spanish: Buati
In English I guess it's something like: boo-ah-tee-a
by Rafael Benatar
February 7th, 2006, 3:08 pm
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: FISM 2006
Replies: 13
Views: 3449

Re: FISM 2006

I'm registered.
by Rafael Benatar
January 21st, 2006, 3:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Trick that uses the Elmsley Count
Replies: 80
Views: 18332

Re: Favorite Trick that uses the Elmsley Count

A couple more:
Ascanio's Oil and Water
Roy Walton's Illogical Conclusion
by Rafael Benatar
January 5th, 2006, 2:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Show Must Go On
Replies: 33
Views: 2858

Re: The Show Must Go On

Three months ago, the show had to go on for me. I was working at a restaurant, at one end of a long table, for a group of 20 pharmaceutical people. 5 minutes thru my show, I cut my thumb tip or, rather, the tip of my thumb during a rope routine. I was feeling so confident with the routine that I loo...

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