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by Charlie Chang
November 25th, 2002, 4:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which Triumph do you use??
Replies: 64
Views: 5634

Re: Which Triumph do you use??

I caught this discussion a little late! Here's what I think: For the classic Triumph effect, do Vernon's method. Use the presentation. I have been doing this for over fifteen years and have never found anything to improve upon it. Do not use any kind of "proof" to embelish the effect. It i...
by Charlie Chang
November 25th, 2002, 2:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: SUJBECT CHANGE: The New James Bond Movie Rocks!
Replies: 49
Views: 2623

Re: SUJBECT CHANGE: The New James Bond Movie Rocks!

For those that care: James Bond is, according to his creator, a cold blooded killer working for the British Government. He projects a cool, calm and charming facade but underneath it all he has the will to go where few fear to tread. He has what it takes to get the job done, no matter how distastefu...
by Charlie Chang
November 24th, 2002, 1:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Joker Routines
Replies: 29
Views: 2350

Re: Favorite Joker Routines

Years ago I played with a simple idea using a Joker. A card is placed face down on the table and I stand back and ask someone to name any card. They do so and I say, would you be amazed if I turned that over and it was your card? Flipping it over it proves to be a Joker. A speech balloon coming from...
by Charlie Chang
November 20th, 2002, 3:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which Triumph do you use??
Replies: 64
Views: 5634

Re: Which Triumph do you use??

I normally use A Flippant Triumph found in Earick's book.

Sometimes I'll use Last Man Standing because I love the Goodwin-Jennings display. :cool:
by Charlie Chang
November 12th, 2002, 6:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Invisible Deck
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Invisible Deck

Another vote for Darwin's STELLER routine.
by Charlie Chang
October 17th, 2002, 12:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Attn: LA and Orange County Magicians
Replies: 10
Views: 673

Re: Attn: LA and Orange County Magicians

Their phone number is (714) 738-6115. I had no idea they were in trouble of closing shop! Like those above, I too think Aladdin bookstore is a very unique place where I can spend hours digging and browsing through books/notes/etc. I'd always leave with more than I intended to buy, there's just too m...
by Charlie Chang
October 11th, 2002, 1:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's talk about Aaron Fisher's "The Paper Engine"
Replies: 53
Views: 2951

Re: Let's talk about Aaron Fisher's "The Paper Engine"

If you enjoyed Aaron's book, check out the special guest section of Steve Brooks' Magic Cafe.

So far the questions have brought up some fascinating stuff from all sides. It's almost an extension of the book itself.
by Charlie Chang
October 4th, 2002, 9:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: card flip over
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Re: card flip over

Originally posted by Joey Corpus:
I think the idea of doing Spring Set with 2 cards is Dominique Duvivier's. I haven't seen his 3 video set, the Magic of Dominique Duvivier, but I believe it can be found there.
I'm not sure what Duvivier calls it, but it is taught on the third volume.
by Charlie Chang
September 30th, 2002, 1:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Creating a new routine
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Creating a new routine

Dave, Just write the patter in a bare bones style. "Here is a bottle. I will also need to borrow a coin. Thanks. Look, the coin is too big to fit in the mouth of the bottle and cannot pass through the sides. If I use a little magic, however I could push the coin right through the glass....like ...
by Charlie Chang
September 29th, 2002, 6:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Creating a new routine
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Creating a new routine

Here's a simple path to take: What do you have to say to make each trick clear? Write this down in the SIMPLEST terms. Ensure that nothing is left to chance, that the effect will be clear from what you have written. Make sure you keep theis SIMPLE but CLEAR. Now, how would YOU say what you have writ...
by Charlie Chang
September 20th, 2002, 12:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's talk about Aaron Fisher's "The Paper Engine"
Replies: 53
Views: 2951

Re: Let's talk about Aaron Fisher's "The Paper Engine"

The Fisher book is important for several reasons. It tips some excellent routines and showcases Aaron's excellent construction. The book also describes Aaron's handling of several classic sleights and introduces a few new ones too. All of this makes for a great book but it is Aaron's attention to de...
by Charlie Chang
July 26th, 2002, 5:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three Fly
Replies: 166
Views: 18064

Re: Three Fly

As Peter Duffie correctly stated, I credit Gary Kurtz' routine as a direct influence on my handling. This credit appears in both Chaos Theories and The Little Black Book. That said, whilst my handling of Three Fly appeared first, i have since learned that several people have applied the same techniq...
by Charlie Chang
May 13th, 2002, 8:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Aaron Fisher Book
Replies: 17
Views: 1295

Re: Aaron Fisher Book

I can attest to the quality of this book. Aaron has worked very hard to commit more than just methodology to print, giving the text a remarkable feeling. In short, it's as much about the art of magic as it is about the craft. I won't say too much but the fact is, if you are serious about either clos...
by Charlie Chang
April 28th, 2002, 5:50 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Dai Vernon and the Center Deal
Replies: 21
Views: 10288

Re: Dai Vernon and the Center Deal

If you are interested, here is middle deal demonstration that I use for poker players. Have a deck shuffled and run through the cards face up until you spot any Ace around the middle of the deck. Point out this card in the middle, close up the spread taking a break one card beneath it, and perform a...
by Charlie Chang
April 4th, 2002, 2:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 16574

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

I just applied the Bible Code to "Natural Selections" Volumes One and Two with interesting results. Volume one translated into a complete copy of the communist party's manifesto for 1979, complete with an extra appendix and an errata sheet. Strangely, Volume Two translated as a recipe for ...
by Charlie Chang
April 2nd, 2002, 11:57 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: New Card Control Systems
Replies: 1
Views: 548

Re: New Card Control Systems

Anyone with a serious interest in card technique should have a copy of this. If you're the type of collector who craves the Fulves or Marlo shuffle manuscripts and you don't own this, you've let yourself down. More importantly, the material within. Would you like to stack four Aces during a shuffle ...
by Charlie Chang
April 1st, 2002, 10:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 16574

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Miranda, Theres some good advice in the replies to your post but I feel most of them miss the real point (which Matt Field touched upon). Royal Road is an excellent beginning for anyone in Card Magic. It teaches a new move in every chapter, several effects that use that move and a self working trick...
by Charlie Chang
March 23rd, 2002, 1:37 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS- Collectors Workshop Jumbo Sidekick
Replies: 3
Views: 625

Re: FS- Collectors Workshop Jumbo Sidekick

Michael,
could you email me privately - I'd like to ask you something.

I'm at impossible@ntlworld.com

cheers
by Charlie Chang
March 19th, 2002, 6:47 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: rising card questions
Replies: 111
Views: 29179

Re: rising card questions

Matt,
I thought that, at weekends, your name WAS Mary....
by Charlie Chang
March 19th, 2002, 12:49 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: rising card questions
Replies: 111
Views: 29179

Re: rising card questions

If you do own the crank version, here is a handling you might consider: Prepare for "On the up and up" (the card rise with a normal deck that I always think of as a Fred Robinson idea - Peter Duffie might be able to throw some light on that). The deck is in your left hand and ready for the...
by Charlie Chang
March 15th, 2002, 4:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Underground Change: New Manuscript
Replies: 86
Views: 7472

Re: The Underground Change: New Manuscript

I see your point of view but again (and this has been stressed on several occasions), Ackerman demonstrated his centre deal as a Curry type switch on his video Every Move's A Move, released by Mike Maxwell. He turns a tabled card and in the process, retains that card on top of the deck and switches ...
by Charlie Chang
March 15th, 2002, 2:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Underground Change: New Manuscript
Replies: 86
Views: 7472

Re: The Underground Change: New Manuscript

Well, no, that's not the best way. Some time ago, a certain Chicago magician cornered a British magician in the Magic Castle and asked him a similar question. The British idea was in print way before the Chicago magician published his and he did so with no credit. The British magician (who was put u...
by Charlie Chang
March 14th, 2002, 12:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Underground Change: New Manuscript
Replies: 86
Views: 7472

Re: The Underground Change: New Manuscript

Just to clarify - Ackerman published his one handed center deal in Here's My Card. He demonstrated it on a later video tape and also showed how he used it for a Curry-like switch from the middle of the deck. I believe THIS is what Rubyejane is refering to and he or she is quite correct in stating th...
by Charlie Chang
March 13th, 2002, 2:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Underground Change: New Manuscript
Replies: 86
Views: 7472

Re: The Underground Change: New Manuscript

Here are a few details that might be of interest. First of all, I have met Jamie Badman several times and he doesn't seem like the type of guy out to rip someone off (either for their ideas or their money). Never-the-less, I think a few facts should be stated to clear the air. First of all, the move...
by Charlie Chang
March 12th, 2002, 1:05 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Interesting MC bits
Replies: 12
Views: 3080

Re: Interesting MC bits

Hey Brad, I think Michael's Bunny Board is a terrific idea and very funny if presented properly and the "bag of introductions" is worth a fortune to any emcee who knows how to use it properly. Here's another bit I have used. Come onto stage carrying your mic, which should be a cable mic, n...
by Charlie Chang
December 30th, 2001, 5:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Diabolical Apparatus, But No Good Routine in 50 Years
Replies: 62
Views: 5686

Re: A Diabolical Apparatus, But No Good Routine in 50 Years

The "is it in my pocket or is it in the cup" approach seems to be described repeatedly as a problem. Could someone explain to me what the problem is? As already explained, experience boiled my routine down to the base elements. I kept what was strongest and the above premise works very wel...
by Charlie Chang
December 30th, 2001, 1:46 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Shot Glass Effects
Replies: 5
Views: 1133

Re: Shot Glass Effects

Brad - Alfonso has a superb shot class effect which he sells:

A genuine empty shot glass INSTANTLY fills with whiskey, which Alfonso then drinks. The glass can be used for any effect prior to and after this.
by Charlie Chang
December 28th, 2001, 11:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Diabolical Apparatus, But No Good Routine in 50 Years
Replies: 62
Views: 5686

Re: A Diabolical Apparatus, But No Good Routine in 50 Years

In response to the criticism by "crimper", might I make a few points that other reviewers of the Restaurant Act were able to perceive without prompting. The shoot for the Restaurant Act consisted of a dead audience of "magic veterans". Remarks by one of my "helpers" sho...
by Charlie Chang
December 25th, 2001, 2:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 1
Views: 507

Re: Roy Walton

Here are the ones I use regularly:

Pass At Red
Stage shout
Overworked Card
Oil And Queens
Collectors
The Arrangement
Back Into Time
Travellers In Time
Runaround
by Charlie Chang
December 25th, 2001, 1:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: lotion
Replies: 38
Views: 4780

Re: lotion

I too am a fan of Golden Touch and the glass of ice water. A few years back Earl Nelson introduced me to his favourite product - which was contained in a small white box. Earl told me that when he first lectured at the Castle he began by applying this substance before performing. It lasted very well...
by Charlie Chang
December 22nd, 2001, 11:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tenyo effect
Replies: 0
Views: 319

Tenyo effect

The new vanishing cube effect has interested me since it was first advertised. I knew immediately what the method was after reading the Tenyo blurb but, having performed the old trick with the glass penny and the water, I knew it could have quite an impact. Sadly, however, the idea is good but the h...
by Charlie Chang
December 22nd, 2001, 7:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Trick that uses the Elmsley Count
Replies: 80
Views: 18829

Re: Favorite Trick that uses the Elmsley Count

To me the list of finest uses for the Elmsley count would go like this:

Twisting The Aces
Elmsley's 4 Card Trick
Walton's Cascade
Williamson's 4 Card Repeat
Sadowitz' "Brothel"

I know there are more but I do all of these so they get my vote.
by Charlie Chang
December 19th, 2001, 3:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Twisting the Aces
Replies: 114
Views: 15131

Re: Twisting the Aces

A few of the comments in the last day or so have highlighted some of reasons why I believe that the Asher Twist is a superb effect to perform prior to Twisting The Aces. In both effects a card reverses itself magically by UNSEEN means. The natural conclusion in BOTH tricks is the simplest of deducti...
by Charlie Chang
December 17th, 2001, 12:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Twisting the Aces
Replies: 114
Views: 15131

Re: Twisting the Aces

The internet is a great medium for text, if not for communication. This dry text can not convey the tone of a conversation (unless you use those bloody awful emotion things). Gavin - here is my point of view again, in a different way: Fois Gras - it looks like a plate full of entrails swimming in a ...
by Charlie Chang
December 17th, 2001, 10:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Twisting the Aces
Replies: 114
Views: 15131

Re: Twisting the Aces

Whilst I can empathise with some of points made in this thread regarding the Asher Twist and Vernon's original Twisting, I would like to point out that, for the most part, those in support of Asher's Twist, myself included, are speaking from experience. I know it works because I use it. Because I us...
by Charlie Chang
December 16th, 2001, 5:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Twisting the Aces
Replies: 114
Views: 15131

Re: Twisting the Aces

This is a fascinating topic and I would like to add my thoughts to the mix. There have been a few comments criticising Lee asher's twist in this thread and I would like to address. To begin with I should say a little about how I use the asher Twist. As many will know I use it in my effect "Rico...
by Charlie Chang
October 10th, 2001, 1:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: mental card tricks
Replies: 46
Views: 5151

Re: mental card tricks

It's been mentioned only a few times so I will say it again: Out Of Sight Out Of Mind. It is one of the finest card tricks ever but it is also one of the finest mentalism effects too. The Ehler's effect with a stacked deck is mighty strong stuff. There's also a great thing in Aronson's books (one of...
by Charlie Chang
September 20th, 2001, 3:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: jay, diaconis, freeman
Replies: 24
Views: 3669

Re: jay, diaconis, freeman

The truth is that certain touches so closely guarded cannot be understood without a full appreciation of the original text - and precious few have that (referring to SWE).

Publishing is not the only way - so long as a way is found and sought by those involved.
by Charlie Chang
September 20th, 2001, 1:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: jay, diaconis, freeman
Replies: 24
Views: 3669

Re: jay, diaconis, freeman

There is a definite elitist air surrounding the people mentioned in this topic. Personally i am all for a magic underground. The problem is, and should be, getting in to the circle of confidence. Once there, secrets can circulate with confidence and trust. This does happen and I hope it continues as...

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