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by Rafael Benatar
December 23rd, 2005, 1:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Jack Birnman
Replies: 27
Views: 9240

Re: Jack Birnman

I met him in the early 90's when he came to my lecture in Baltimore with Richard Kaufman. I had read about him in John Bannon's book and it was exciting to meet him. He was very warm and generous. We corresponded a couple of times and in less than a month I was overwhelmed to read (in one of his let...
by Rafael Benatar
November 8th, 2005, 2:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Originator of card move
Replies: 15
Views: 4108

Re: Originator of card move

This move appeared in one of Frank Garcia's early books (not that this clarifies the crediting).
by Rafael Benatar
October 21st, 2005, 6:24 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Who is the greatest today
Replies: 34
Views: 7034

Re: Who is the greatest today

That's the greatest reply
by Rafael Benatar
September 14th, 2005, 4:12 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: routines related to the 5 senses
Replies: 11
Views: 1278

Re: routines related to the 5 senses

There is a convention, run by my friend Mago Migue, related to the five senses. Each year, one of the senses is the main theme, mainly for the ads and posters, but some of it trascends to the magic . Check www.hocuspocusfestival.com
by Rafael Benatar
September 6th, 2005, 2:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The essence of *Close up magic*...
Replies: 15
Views: 1990

Re: The essence of *Close up magic*...

Well, maybe we're getting somewhere. As Harold said, it's a terminology thing (BTW, what is ASDIU?). If a term means something to everybody, even adding "to me," as you (Werner) did in your last message, can be misleading, as is the case with your term "real magic." Magic exists ...
by Rafael Benatar
September 5th, 2005, 3:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The essence of *Close up magic*...
Replies: 15
Views: 1990

Re: The essence of *Close up magic*...

What you mean is the essence of impromptu magic, not of close-up magic. And even then, it's a terminology thing. For magic to be impromptu in the strictest sense, you'd be finding stuff that's around you and do whatever you can, and even then your background is there for you to help. Then there is i...
by Rafael Benatar
September 2nd, 2005, 5:04 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Ascanio spread
Replies: 37
Views: 12623

Re: Ascanio spread

Hi John. It spells "El Culebreo" and could translate as "the Wriggle," It was Fred Kaps who called it Ascanio Spread. I am already working on the translation of the next volume of The Magic of Ascanio by Etcheverry, which includes all the versions and handlings of the Ascanio Spr...
by Rafael Benatar
August 19th, 2005, 1:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: S,W.E shift -help.
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: S,W.E shift -help.

Howie Schwartzman (I checked my spelling on this) e [/QB]
Should be Schwarzman, check again :)
by Rafael Benatar
July 20th, 2005, 7:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Another List of No Value
Replies: 12
Views: 922

Re: Another List of No Value

A true killer.
by Rafael Benatar
July 19th, 2005, 5:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Another List of No Value
Replies: 12
Views: 922

Re: Another List of No Value

Speaking of Marlo, I love a humorous thing of his with 4 Aces from "35 Years Later". Makes the spectators think "Does he think hes fooling us?" to later realize it's all a joke. It was the very first thing I ever did for Juan Tamariz. The 14-14-14 Prediction from "Without Te...
by Rafael Benatar
July 19th, 2005, 4:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Another List of No Value
Replies: 12
Views: 922

Re: Another List of No Value

Hi David, So glad you liked it. When I showed it to Ascanio, he said: "That combination of the Double Lift and the Second Deal is deadly!" I enjoy showing it to other magicians, while explaining the moves, pretending to be serious, and see how they gradually begin to catch up. Here is a sm...
by Rafael Benatar
July 19th, 2005, 4:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Another List of No Value
Replies: 12
Views: 922

Re: Another List of No Value

Pete,
The pics are incredible. The girls jumping rope is a beauty.
by Rafael Benatar
July 18th, 2005, 7:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Another List of No Value
Replies: 12
Views: 922

Re: Another List of No Value

None. If they don't like it, I already don't like it... or it's not a trick. On a humorous vein, I have a thing I call "The Unambitious Magician", which appeared in my Linking Ring Parade (April 1994). It's inspired by a premise Herb Zarrow told me about: "Sleights that Accomplish Not...
by Rafael Benatar
July 9th, 2005, 2:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What's the least number of props you've ever taken to a gig?
Replies: 34
Views: 3149

Re: What's the least number of props you've ever taken to a gig?

Maybe it's time to go back and look at the original question. "The least number of props you've taken to a gig" is not the same as "the least number of props you've managed to get away with." If you are trying to do your best gig, you bring what you need. Maybe hte question relat...
by Rafael Benatar
July 1st, 2005, 2:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings - Oil and Water - variations needed
Replies: 61
Views: 2714

Re: Larry Jennings - Oil and Water - variations needed

Thank you, Denis, for making me aware of this thread. I'll make some comments pertaining to several things that have been posted. I'll start with a joke from the act of Verdaguer, one of the greatest South-American stand-up comedians ever. He used it to open one of his monologues: "They say in ...
by Rafael Benatar
March 19th, 2005, 12:04 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 6976

Re: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic

Ascanio book is here and it's beautiful. Great production value. I am now in LA and have some copies with me. I'll be presenting it at the Castle Sunday 5 p.m. at the Peller Theater. If someone wants a copy shipped in the US, e-mail me at <!-- e --><a href="mailto:rbenatar@teleline.es">rbenatar@tele...
by Rafael Benatar
March 17th, 2005, 4:42 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 6976

Re: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic

I'll have some books in LA tomorrow. On Sunday I'll do a presentation at the Magic Castle. Time yet to be confirmed but I think it's gonna be 5 p.m. at the Peller Theater.
by Rafael Benatar
March 4th, 2005, 3:15 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 6976

Re: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic

Hi JR,
Thanks for your comments. The book almost made it to Blackpool. The editor tried but some printers took about 3 weeks to give a quote after the book was ready to go to press. Good to meet you, and give my regards to the music lady, and tell her I'm flattered by her permission.
by Rafael Benatar
March 3rd, 2005, 5:11 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 6976

Re: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic

I'll be in LA next week. I'l probably have some with me and will get more directly from Spain, a few days later. It came out of the printers today.
by Rafael Benatar
March 2nd, 2005, 6:45 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 6976

Re: The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic

Out of the printers about tomorrow, in Spain. It is expected to be generally available in the US sometime in March.
by Rafael Benatar
February 16th, 2005, 5:33 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The new Ascanio book
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: The new Ascanio book

An American printer kept the publisher waiting too long after the book was ready to go to press. It will finallly go to press in Spain about right now and should be available in the US in about a month.
by Rafael Benatar
February 16th, 2005, 2:15 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Pinky Count
Replies: 85
Views: 6164

Re: Pinky Count

I use the PC regularly (although I have a Mac), and I'd say, apart from the sheer technique, it is impossible to keep the hand totally relaxed so, compared to the other sleights mentioned, it calls for more cover. The Top Change can be done totally relaxed and needs good cover. After all, you're get...
by Rafael Benatar
February 15th, 2005, 5:10 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Benatar's Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Replies: 18
Views: 1881

Re: Benatar's Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Well, it will take some time to go through this material. Lots of interesting ideas. I like Carlo's openness. All recipes in the world have developed in order to please people's tastes. While I am very fond of cultural traditions, we can also contribute to these developments. Maybe we end up with so...
by Rafael Benatar
February 14th, 2005, 4:48 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Benatar's Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Replies: 18
Views: 1881

Re: Benatar's Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Franco Marenghi, director of the magazine "L'Accademia Italiana della Cucina" does use butter and cream (Tuttopasta, 1990, Ed. Mondadori). I suppose there are more versions of Carbonara than towns in Italy.
by Rafael Benatar
February 13th, 2005, 1:02 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Benatar's Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Replies: 18
Views: 1881

Re: Benatar's Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Mind you, I don't really throw the pasta. It's just part of the show. Suggestions from such qualified sources are appreciated. I'll try it all. Thank you guys.
by Rafael Benatar
February 1st, 2005, 1:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gaeton Bloom
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: Gaeton Bloom

For a better search, make sure you spell his name right. It's Gaetan.
by Rafael Benatar
February 1st, 2005, 1:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Antonio Romero
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: Antonio Romero

On behalf of Antonio, his new website address is www. themagicworkshop.com and his e-mail is www.magontonio@terra.es
by Rafael Benatar
January 9th, 2005, 1:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's definition of magic
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: Vernon's definition of magic

This is how I put it at the end of my promo folder: "If it were possible to accomplish the impossible by genuine powers, the impossible would not be impossible anymore, and therefore wouldn't be magic. That's why magic is an art: the art of creating the illusion of the impossible." The cha...
by Rafael Benatar
January 5th, 2005, 12:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How do you handle an obnoxious spectator
Replies: 16
Views: 708

Re: How do you handle an obnoxious spectator

Don't lose sight of your actual goal, which is to carry on with your performance without undue interruptions, and not to "defeat" the guy. There are different kinds of hecklers who heckle for different reasons. The know-it-all type that you describe, it appears, is what I call "the in...
by Rafael Benatar
December 30th, 2004, 2:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Artificial rubber fruit load
Replies: 6
Views: 1055

Re: Artificial rubber fruit load

I often use two fake loads, say potato and lemon, and a real onion where they can see the skin almost peeling off, for a touch or reality. But there is nothing like the real thing when you can manage it and find the right shapes and sizes. As to the sticker bit, I don't know... Even if I don't expec...
by Rafael Benatar
December 21st, 2004, 11:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What are the odds?
Replies: 16
Views: 1542

Re: What are the odds?

Thank you guys. Brilliant. So I guess the derangement, when applied to cards, is the number of ways the deck can be cut without altering its cyclic sequence, right?
by Rafael Benatar
December 20th, 2004, 4:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What are the odds?
Replies: 16
Views: 1542

Re: What are the odds?

Yeah, the Washer formula looks great. Even better if it holds true. Without attempting to get to the bottom of this, here is a hint of how complex the precise calculation can get: Say that after the shuffling, the top card of deck A is the Ace of Spades. Given that, the chances that the top card of ...
by Rafael Benatar
December 8th, 2004, 4:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro Shuffle detail
Replies: 26
Views: 5385

Re: Faro Shuffle detail

Some decks, depending the way the cards are cut, faro better from the top down. This is true, at least for me, of the Spanish Fournier decks, but also occasionally of some American decks. So I have learned to do the faro both ways and it hasn't been extra work, but the opposite, since it makes life ...
by Rafael Benatar
December 8th, 2004, 12:36 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Scripting help
Replies: 23
Views: 1551

Re: Scripting help

Never thought I was disagreeing with you, Ken, but simply making a similar point in a different way.
by Rafael Benatar
December 8th, 2004, 3:20 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Scripting help
Replies: 23
Views: 1551

Re: Scripting help

No matter what you do, the right-left ambiguity doesn't fly as described. If you had a row of 4 cards and asked for a number from 1 to 4, then started counting from your left or have the facing spectator count from his left, and if this were only a step toward an effect which is not centered on that...
by Rafael Benatar
December 6th, 2004, 4:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: best way to apply roughing spray?
Replies: 2
Views: 504

Re: best way to apply roughing spray?

Try Rough King spray and follow the instructions on the can.
by Rafael Benatar
November 7th, 2004, 1:25 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon, Marlo - mutual respect?
Replies: 17
Views: 2426

Re: Vernon, Marlo - mutual respect?

They appear together in a picture (with Charlie Miller and Ron Bauer) in p. 216 of the Vernon Chronicles Vol. 2. Always thought their faces, as well as their positions in the picture, speak for themselves.
by Rafael Benatar
October 20th, 2004, 1:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 'Twisting' Variations
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Re: 'Twisting' Variations

Same here. I have gone through many variations and still do the first. Ascanio used to say, regarding Vernon material in general, that he often searched for ways to improve a trick and, after going through it all, there was Vernon waiting at the end of the corridor, smoking his cigar.
by Rafael Benatar
July 29th, 2004, 6:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: La Magia de Ascanio: Any Word on Publication?
Replies: 9
Views: 814

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

In Ascanio's book there will be no major differences. The Mnemonica book, however, has been thoroughly revised and cross-referenced by the editor and the translator. Spanish speakers that are seriously interested and who own the original will be tempted to buy the translation. A minor spelling item ...

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