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by Pete McCabe
April 19th, 2016, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 74
Views: 18782

Re: Mark Lewis Troll Forum

Just an FYI: the new forum software has an ignore feature, in your user control panel under "Friends and Foes". So if you find Mark Lewis (or me or anyone else) a troll, you can list him as a foe and none of his posts will show up. Well, you can see that he made a post but not the content.
by Pete McCabe
April 19th, 2016, 10:59 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Passover Friendly Magic tricks?
Replies: 26
Views: 11044

Re: Passover Friendly Magic tricks?

Non-Passover-Friendly magic tricks:

Pig Zag
Water into Swine
Lubor Fiedler's trick with Dental Ham
by Pete McCabe
April 8th, 2016, 5:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: New P&T Magic Set
Replies: 65
Views: 16776

Re: New P&T Magic Set

I.M. Magician wrote:Perhaps it would have been more worthwhile if Teller wrote a book with his ideas for classic props like Money Maker, Penetration Frame, and the other items in the magic set.


Based on this thread it sounds like that's exactly what this is. Or am I confused?
by Pete McCabe
March 26th, 2016, 9:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You
Replies: 16
Views: 5602

Re: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You

The bag looks normal in everyday life. But Tom is demonstrating a cups and balls, which is not really an everyday-life trick. In any kind of formal show it would look weird for anyone, man or woman, to wear a handbag, unless it was part of a costume. I bet the same techniques could be used to create...
by Pete McCabe
March 26th, 2016, 2:53 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Replies: 1
Views: 1927

Re: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

I read this on your recommendation and it was great. I thought the ending was extremely satisfying, both in the solution and in how you figure it out.
by Pete McCabe
March 17th, 2016, 6:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pocket magic
Replies: 26
Views: 7813

Re: Pocket magic

Pete, I think your magician identification assertion applies to close-up magic, yes? Because in general I believe most people still identify a magician as someone who does magic on a stage. I am not trying to make an assertion about close-up magic, or stage magic. My assertion is about audiences. I...
by Pete McCabe
March 17th, 2016, 2:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pocket magic
Replies: 26
Views: 7813

Re: Pocket magic

I think that when people identify with a magician—when they imagine being able to do magic (i.e. perform magic tricks, not have actual magical powers)—the thing that is most attractive is being able to grab something handy and do a trick. That's what seems coolest about magic. The idea of spending t...
by Pete McCabe
March 17th, 2016, 12:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pocket magic
Replies: 26
Views: 7813

Re: Pocket magic

The best thing about using ordinary, ungimmicked objects is that they can be gimmicked and no one will suspect.
by Pete McCabe
March 14th, 2016, 5:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mystery vs Suspense
Replies: 13
Views: 4305

Re: Mystery vs Suspense

I was just posting the Vonnegut quote because I thought it provided another perspective on a topic which, I think, depends mostly on perspective. If it got Jonathan to admit that something he wrote was obtuse, that's a bonus.
by Pete McCabe
March 10th, 2016, 3:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hard questions
Replies: 13
Views: 5952

Re: Hard questions

"what is the last name of the guy from canada whose nickname was like a teacher?"

One nice thing about this problem is you can just google the question and see if the bots will be able to answer it. It looks like this one is beyond them, for now at least.
by Pete McCabe
March 9th, 2016, 5:05 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mystery vs Suspense
Replies: 13
Views: 4305

Re: Mystery vs Suspense

"Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense."
—from "8 Rules for a Good Story" by Kurt Vonnegut
by Pete McCabe
February 26th, 2016, 12:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Irene Larsen, 1936 – 2016
Replies: 15
Views: 5903

Re: Irene Larsen, 1936 – 2016

Another sad day. She truly was #1 at the Magic Castle.

The email from the AMA mentions "The family has asked that in leui of flowers, donations be made to Last Chance for Animals, or any animal welfare organization of your choice. Irene supported them all."
by Pete McCabe
February 18th, 2016, 3:26 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis
Replies: 37
Views: 23245

Re: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis

I occasionally tear a trick or article out of my paper Genii and save it in a file. The David Ben/Ross Bertram issue is the only one I've ever kept the entire issue.
by Pete McCabe
February 18th, 2016, 12:54 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Reflection by Bill Goodwin
Replies: 2
Views: 1410

Re: LF: Reflection by Bill Goodwin

I spoke with Bill at the Castle last night. You can get most of his stuff at his website:

http://www.billgoodwinmagic.com/

But for the Reflection DVD, he is directing people to the Dan and Dave site.

http://shop.dananddave.com/reflection.html
by Pete McCabe
February 12th, 2016, 2:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Automata convention in NJ
Replies: 9
Views: 2809

Re: Automata convention in NJ

I bought this paper automata at Grand Illusions. It arrived yesterday and I haven't even opened the package yet, but if anyone is interested in automata this might be worth checking out. They have a few other models. http://www.grand-illusions.com/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?REFPAGE=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2egrand...
by Pete McCabe
February 11th, 2016, 5:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 65
Views: 20228

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

Terri Rogers' Blockbuster and the Anverdi trick with a pin are very different. I had an Enchanted Ring and there's a wooden block with a slot. You slide the bracelet in the slot and lock it in place with a pin running across. This bracelet passes through the pin and everything can be examined. In Bl...
by Pete McCabe
February 11th, 2016, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Contact info for Pete McCabe?
Replies: 1
Views: 1205

Re: Contact info for Pete McCabe?

I sent Joe an email.
by Pete McCabe
February 5th, 2016, 3:24 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo using 3D printing?
Replies: 25
Views: 10174

Re: Tenyo using 3D printing?

Tom I have no idea how many "3D cad draughstman, designers and engineers all who work in an entirely 3D computer design" are employed by Tenyo, but I think it's beside the point. The vast majority of magicians and magic producers do not fit this description. For them, the availability of 3...
by Pete McCabe
February 5th, 2016, 12:32 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo using 3D printing?
Replies: 25
Views: 10174

Re: Tenyo using 3D printing?

I made a series of gimmicks for Michael Weber's "Thinkerprint" effect, which were 3D printed. I created the design(s) using the free google Sketchup program, and had them printed by a few different online services. They are all quite durable for their purpose, and since they are never seen...
by Pete McCabe
February 2nd, 2016, 6:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 18981

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

Brad Henderson wrote:What else could possible be in the box that is relevant to a real person?


A trapdoor.
by Pete McCabe
February 2nd, 2016, 2:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 18981

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

I've always thought examinability is a professional/amateur divide. Professionals do a trick and put the props away. People aren't asking "can I see that box" as you put it away, and if they do, you can easily decline because you are moving on to the next trick. If the spectator handles th...
by Pete McCabe
January 22nd, 2016, 10:50 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Do you remove your dust jackets? I need one!
Replies: 7
Views: 2543

Re: Do you remove your dust jackets? I need one!

Jason,

Pretty sure I still have mine—have to check when I get home—and you are welcome to it. If you are at the Castle next Wednesday I can give it to you there, or I can leave it with Billy. Let me know.
by Pete McCabe
January 16th, 2016, 2:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thumb Tip Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 9973

Re: Thumb Tip Magic

Scripting Magic includes Eric Henning's presentation for this trick, which is a wonderfully engaging routine developed for use in family restaurants. Very clever with handling for the appearance and vanish that I've never seen anywhere else. The book is out of print but when I finish Scripting Magi...
by Pete McCabe
January 12th, 2016, 3:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Long haul - smooth pull
Replies: 12
Views: 3730

Re: Long haul - smooth pull

I would have a look at Steve Fearson's Vectra Cobra. I don't have one but I think it might do what you want.
by Pete McCabe
January 8th, 2016, 2:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wronglsley's count / almost beaten
Replies: 13
Views: 3833

Re: Wronglsley's count / almost beaten

The Spring 96 issue of The Looking Glass has a piece called "Rolling Elmsley" that shows both sides of all cards, with no discrepancies, and hides the bottom surface of the third card. Handy for "printing" a business card from a stack of blanks. JT and other interested parties sh...
by Pete McCabe
January 3rd, 2016, 6:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposure
Replies: 111
Views: 14283

Re: A Thought To Help Complicate Location of Internet Exposu

But it seems difficult not to conclude that the "magicalness" of their experience will ultimately be at least somewhat diminished if and when they pull back the proverbial curtain. Nelms and I disagree with you: "There is a tremendous difference between even short-lived illusions and...
by Pete McCabe
December 10th, 2015, 3:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: getting the most from a c/s/b gaff
Replies: 11
Views: 2945

Re: getting the most from a c/s/b gaff

Say you hold your hand out and ask someone to pick Copper, Silver, or Brass, and they pick brass, and you pull a brass coin out of your hand. That is not a magic trick if your hand isn't otherwise empty.
by Pete McCabe
December 10th, 2015, 3:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: getting the most from a c/s/b gaff
Replies: 11
Views: 2945

Re: getting the most from a c/s/b gaff

I saw someone—I think it was Doc Hillford but I'm only about 60% confident—do a routine where he told a story of three leaders from history: Genghis Kahn, Queen Elizabeth, and John F. Kennedy. At the end the spectator chose one, and he reached into his hand and pulled out a coin that represented tha...
by Pete McCabe
December 5th, 2015, 5:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Incredible Auction Next Week!
Replies: 16
Views: 4507

Re: Incredible Auction Next Week!

Thanks for the help, Richard and Bill. I had to leave before I saw your post, and the item ended up selling for less than I would have gone, so I missed out on the chance to bid. Next time.

I might as well mention I was going to bid on a Harry Eng bottle. If anyone has one for sale, let me know.
by Pete McCabe
December 5th, 2015, 2:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Incredible Auction Next Week!
Replies: 16
Views: 4507

Re: Incredible Auction Next Week!

So I'm watching the auction, which is live. I'd like to bid on #352. Currently they are at 217. I have to leave the house in 45 minutes. Doesn't look like I'm going to make it. I have never bid online but I recall you could put in an absentee bid before the auction. My question is: 1) Can I do that ...
by Pete McCabe
December 1st, 2015, 12:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: MacDonald's Aces Handlings
Replies: 54
Views: 15896

Re: MacDonald's Aces Handlings

I haven't read it but I've heard Scotty York has an Ace Assembly with a poker theme, in Revolutionary Routines with Aces.
by Pete McCabe
November 30th, 2015, 11:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: MacDonald's Aces Handlings
Replies: 54
Views: 15896

Re: MacDonald's Aces Handlings

I've seen George Tovar do this several times in the Parlor at the Castle and his routine is outstanding. I don't know if it's in print or if it's even George's or someone else's but then I'm not always all that helpful. My handling and routine are in Scripting Magic. My version has the gaffs in the ...
by Pete McCabe
November 29th, 2015, 3:04 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Marvin's iMagic
Replies: 5
Views: 4419

Re: Marvin's iMagic

I checked costco in Simi Valley, no luck. If anyone sees one in the west valley (LA) or Ventura county, give a shout.
by Pete McCabe
November 22nd, 2015, 12:40 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Richard Hatch's Cups and Balls
Replies: 8
Views: 2896

Re: Richard Hatch's Cups and Balls

I particularly like the vanish at 1:22 (and other places). I believe Richard credited it to Neil See (sp?) when I saw him do it at the Castle some years back.
by Pete McCabe
November 5th, 2015, 2:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 19939

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

According to usps.com, my copy was delivered today and is sitting on my front porch.
by Pete McCabe
November 4th, 2015, 3:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7177
Views: 2203878

Re: ERDNASE

Sworn Lip(s) wrote:By 1905, Cobb became one of the Supreme 9 in the International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo.


This is the greatest sentence in the history of the Genii Forum.
by Pete McCabe
November 2nd, 2015, 2:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7177
Views: 2203878

Re: ERDNASE

Good lord. If Smith was a friend of Erdnase and possibly assisting him in remaining anonymous, then all his evidence is in question. What would that do to the entire field of Erdnase research?
by Pete McCabe
October 31st, 2015, 2:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC for $18!
Replies: 22
Views: 5877

Re: MAGIC for $18!

I ordered a weight-lifting program for home delivery. The first week they sent 5 pound weights. The next week I got 10 pound weight. The week after that, 20 pound weights. It really works—you should see the muscles on my mailman. —some standup comic I can't remember from decades ago, google shows n...
by Pete McCabe
October 22nd, 2015, 6:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Close Up Pad
Replies: 27
Views: 6553

Re: Close Up Pad

I used one of Pattrick's mats for my latest and it's excellent.

Note: Most mats have rounded corners. If so you will have to cut it down to square the corners for the frame. Take that into account when you pick a size.
by Pete McCabe
October 21st, 2015, 4:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Close Up Pad
Replies: 27
Views: 6553

Re: Close Up Pad

Buy a pad and a wooden picture frame. Take the glass/plastic off the frame and put in the pad. I just made one with a $25 frame from Michael's (art supply store) that came out very nice.

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