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by Pete McCabe
August 29th, 2001, 2:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Future Articles
Replies: 66
Views: 6311

Re: Future Articles

The Earl Nelson article mentioned his classic and out of print book "Variations". I've always wanted to see this book! Also I recently read Eugene Burger's "Mastering the Art of Magic" in which he revisits old tricks from his repertoire and tells how they have changed, improved, ...
by Pete McCabe
August 29th, 2001, 2:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Who is number six?
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Who is number six?

Just a little nod to fellow fans of "The Prisoner."

But seriously though, I can't help but notice that Richard Kaufman, the many who owns Genii for chrissakes, is member number 3.

Who then, I wonder, are numbers 1 and 2?

I apologize if this thread has been done to death already.
by Pete McCabe
August 29th, 2001, 1:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9678

Re: Mental Magic

I can't tell if people are agreeing with me or not. For example, Curtis Kam seems (to me) to be indicating that he disagrees with me. Then he says: Anyone wanna tell me that Rene Levand's "three bread crumbs" isn't meaningful if no one is hungry? Isn't this exactly my point? Making food mu...
by Pete McCabe
August 28th, 2001, 2:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Out Of This World
Replies: 14
Views: 1504

Re: Out Of This World

I've been doing OOTW for about 25 years now. The biggest improvement I have made in that time is to eliminate the marker cards. I just give the spectator a deck of cards and ask them to deal it into two random piles. I do not mention separating the cards by red and black at all. The spectator's (ost...
by Pete McCabe
August 28th, 2001, 2:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Ace Assembly
Replies: 53
Views: 14288

Re: Best Ace Assembly

I too have always heard it said that assemblies appeal to magicians only and not lay audiences. But I never understood why. I do two assemblies (one gaffed and one ungaffed) and they consistently get a great reaction. However having seen several other magicians get less than strong reactions with ac...
by Pete McCabe
August 28th, 2001, 2:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9678

Re: Mental Magic

I have the utmost respect for Tom Stone. We haven't met in person, but I think of him as a friend. But I don't agree with him on this one at all. The magic should be meaningful to the magician. That is the most important bit, and nothing else matters much. It is pointless to design effects to be mea...
by Pete McCabe
August 27th, 2001, 11:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9678

Re: Mental Magic

BTW I should point out that I had meant to post my message in the thread on Gary Kurtz, but obviously I'm still learning my way around the Genii Forum.
by Pete McCabe
August 27th, 2001, 6:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mental Magic
Replies: 52
Views: 9678

Mental Magic

One of the factors that affects an audience's response to our magic is how meaningful it is to them. I know many magicians think meaning is irrelevant, but it does seem to matter to the audience, who consider many magicians are irrelevant. There are only a few "magic" tricks which are in a...

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