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by Curtis Kam
September 6th, 2012, 8:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman
Replies: 20
Views: 4490

Re: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman

Speaking of unpublished Tenkai material, you may know that Tenkai was a "guest" of the US government during WWII, and he was interned in Hawaii. Local magicians Bill Murata and Jimmy Yoshida visited with him frequently, and Jimmy kept a notebook of the tricks Tenkai taught them. That noteb...
by Curtis Kam
September 6th, 2012, 8:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Thai (Mc)Bride
Replies: 5
Views: 995

Re: Thai (Mc)Bride

Especially the ad for Mens' Underwear as he wass strapping on the big red shoulderpads.
by Curtis Kam
July 21st, 2012, 6:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Kellar quoted on This America Life
Replies: 6
Views: 1331

Re: Harry Kellar quoted on This America Life

Two thngs to add to this: the story of Mary Archibold is an effective answer to anyone who wonders if the audience might notice that he's wearing a plastic thumb.

Second, along with Jim Steinmeyer, Glass credited Alex Stone for the magic research. Ugh.
by Curtis Kam
July 13th, 2012, 5:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faux Switchblade?
Replies: 10
Views: 2532

Re: Faux Switchblade?

Looks like it to me, and they've still got the instructions. Tom, let me know if you still want me to bring mine. I'm travelling with three other knives already.
by Curtis Kam
July 12th, 2012, 3:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faux Switchblade?
Replies: 10
Views: 2532

Re: Faux Switchblade?

Done. But you might also want to follow up on the hints in this thread: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=199876">http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubb ... ber=199876</a><!-- m --> Apparently it was called a "Click K...
by Curtis Kam
July 12th, 2012, 12:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faux Switchblade?
Replies: 10
Views: 2532

Re: Faux Switchblade?

Tom, if you want mine, I'll bring it to GGG. You'll have to be well-supplied in rust remover, though.
by Curtis Kam
July 12th, 2012, 12:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faux Switchblade?
Replies: 10
Views: 2532

Re: Faux Switchblade?

I bought a knife like this, with an instruction booklet second hand, some 30 years ago. It apparently was sold by Magic Christian. Mine was painted a florecent pink, for some reason. I was surprised to see these turn up again in the dealer's room at WMS 2 or 3 years ago. One of the European dealers ...
by Curtis Kam
July 3rd, 2012, 3:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Poor Man's Cups & Balls
Replies: 5
Views: 1068

Re: Poor Man's Cups & Balls

Definitely better for people familiar with the C&B, but I hope you'll keep at it. And I hope you'll get permission to use the Brett Sherwood cups as models for the illustrations, since that way, I can finally afford to perform with a set of Sherwoods.
by Curtis Kam
June 15th, 2012, 5:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ultimate Book Test
Replies: 74
Views: 11621

Re: Ultimate Book Test

Richard, I was there at Magic Con--that was Karl Hein who was nailing folks with this app, and now would everybody please shut up about it?
by Curtis Kam
May 31st, 2012, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What's the best magic book you've found at a bargain books store?
Replies: 29
Views: 5672

Re: What's the best magic book you've found at a bargain books store?

@BillDuncan: Ditto. Magic Digest is amazing.
by Curtis Kam
March 21st, 2012, 6:14 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Norm Barnhart Chicago Area Lecture-March 21 Midwest Magic
Replies: 5
Views: 1486

Re: Norm Barnhart Chicago Area Lecture-March 21 Midwest Magic

Norm Rocks. Go if you can, you will not be disappointed. Nor unamused. Neither will you be uninspired nor unimpressed. Which is not to say that you won't find yourself nonplussed. And that's about as "negative" a review as I can give.
by Curtis Kam
March 17th, 2012, 3:36 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of This "Coin Shooter"
Replies: 23
Views: 3203

Re: History of This "Coin Shooter"

What name would you suggest. JT? The "Bronze Age"?

Cf the current incarnation: http://www.stevensmagic.com/index.php?m ... _id=112408
by Curtis Kam
February 3rd, 2012, 10:43 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: OIATER
Replies: 36
Views: 10629

Re: OIATER

Jon (Elion) You're right, of course, there should be a few B's to mix with the R's. Since we culled 8 cards, 4R and 4B, at the start of the trick, and we've put two cards back FU onto the deck, (one R and one B) I deduce that the makeup of the cards in your hands at this point must be three R and th...
by Curtis Kam
December 20th, 2011, 5:47 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 53
Views: 21520

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Just wanted to mention, until the Maven work is out, there's a very interesting essay on this principle (unifying the "two" principles) in Woody Aragon's "A Book in English".
by Curtis Kam
December 8th, 2011, 7:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dai Vernon Baseball Cap....I am not kidding.
Replies: 13
Views: 2427

Re: Dai Vernon Baseball Cap....I am not kidding.

It's being sold by a guy named Brandon Delgado, who will also sell you a beer stein with Dai Vernon's classic portrait image on it.

Here's his email: bdelgado@watson.wustl.edu
by Curtis Kam
August 30th, 2011, 10:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7174
Views: 2194682

Re: ERDNASE

And come on, there's a discussion going on between Erdnase and Wesley James. That alone is worth a peek.
by Curtis Kam
August 30th, 2011, 4:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My New Act
Replies: 14
Views: 2608

Re: My New Act

In keeping with the original post, you guys ain't seen nothin' `till you've seen Sittah's Angels:

Holland's got talent. We got nothin.
by Curtis Kam
August 26th, 2011, 3:27 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Magician's Manifesto
Replies: 8
Views: 2818

Re: A Magician's Manifesto

The fonts `n all seem sort of funky for a formal "manifesto". More like a Tee-shirt, really, and I'm sure that's on purpose. Hmmm, I wonder what name it spells if you slide the lines of text around?

I'm guessing, Andy Rooney?
by Curtis Kam
August 25th, 2011, 3:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thanks to Mr Gunn
Replies: 34
Views: 5522

Re: Thanks to Mr Gunn

Nobody has yet mentioned Chuck Smith's handling, so I will. It is one of the few to take an entirely different tack, and it does so in a devious way.
by Curtis Kam
July 25th, 2011, 8:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: This Looks Damn Good ...
Replies: 10
Views: 1675

Re: This Looks Damn Good ...

Looks good. All in all though, it's kind of a lame super power.
by Curtis Kam
July 5th, 2011, 5:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Aloha, Jimmy Yoshida
Replies: 11
Views: 3416

Aloha, Jimmy Yoshida

Sad news here in Hawaii: over the weekend (July 3rd) magic dealer, master magician, mentor, mischief-maker and friend to everyone in the magic world Jimmy "Tengu the Magician" Yoshida passed away quietly after dinner. Official word and details will probably come from his grandaughter, Kris...
by Curtis Kam
May 11th, 2011, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Great newspaper article on Richard Hatch
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: Great newspaper article on Richard Hatch

Bravo, it's great to see the whole family involved, and the Cups and Balls Board at work. It's got to drive the kids nuts, since they can see, but can't touch.

And thanks to this article, my new word of the day is "Utahn".
by Curtis Kam
May 6th, 2011, 6:11 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Performing the Multiplying Bottles.
Replies: 10
Views: 2618

Re: Performing the Multiplying Bottles.

Tom, your comment on adapting effects made me realize that Dean Dill's "Explosion" is the multiplying bottles done with coins. Not really relevant here, I'm just sayin'. Curtis, in addition to the fine advice above, here's what I saw: -At the end, you're shooting for a clear display of a t...
by Curtis Kam
May 5th, 2011, 4:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Magic - Help Wanted - the coin stand
Replies: 5
Views: 991

Re: Coin Magic - Help Wanted - the coin stand

Remember the suggestion--I forget where--that in such situations, one could use the decorative band around the outside of a hat as a coin stand? Perhaps that's where this should be headed, as the Fedora replaces the Top hat. Maybe even a baseball cap could be pressed into service? Or one's wallet? O...
by Curtis Kam
April 11th, 2011, 8:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across w/ ring
Replies: 11
Views: 2486

Re: Coins Across w/ ring

Hmm, Dave's description sounds like Scotty York's coins across with ring, as described in Scotty's "Coins" lecture notes.
by Curtis Kam
April 7th, 2011, 10:31 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Last Week's The Mentalist
Replies: 2
Views: 1115

Re: Last Week's The Mentalist

Don't know about the coin trick, because I haven't watched it yet, but if you're looking to see the episode again, try: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/the_mental ... p?season=3
by Curtis Kam
March 27th, 2011, 7:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the proper name of this card technique
Replies: 21
Views: 3879

Re: What is the proper name of this card technique

You know, if you just do a pass the top three cards will be in the middle. I suppose you need to move just those cards?
by Curtis Kam
March 27th, 2011, 7:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steve Mayhew DVD
Replies: 29
Views: 10976

Re: Steve Mayhew DVD

In related news--it rocks.
by Curtis Kam
February 17th, 2011, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chinese Activists Demand to Know Secret
Replies: 20
Views: 4842

Re: Outrage over Chinese magician's synchronized fish

As to animal rights activists in China, I know, right? I mean, we're the people (them more than me, personally) who gave the world this: Eating a fried fish while still alive

After that, the only reason making fish swim in formation is objectionable is because it's playing with your food.
by Curtis Kam
February 16th, 2011, 2:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chinese Activists Demand to Know Secret
Replies: 20
Views: 4842

Re: Chinese Activists Demand to Know Secret

Wait--there are animal rights activists in China? Who knew?

And they're upset over what might be going on during a magic trick? Hope they never see Mac King's act.
by Curtis Kam
February 12th, 2011, 5:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPR interview includes two Steinmeyer effects
Replies: 2
Views: 913

Re: NPR interview includes two Steinmeyer effects

Bravo, nicely done, and the Steinmeyer material is excellent. It's great to hear about what you're up to, and please add my best wishes for your academy. As it happens, I sometimes teach at a magic school run by a friend here in Hawaii. Maybe we can arrange for a field trip? Or better, a competition...
by Curtis Kam
February 8th, 2011, 11:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Losing sleep over a card trick!
Replies: 11
Views: 2608

Re: Losing sleep over a card trick!

Hmmm, probably close enough.

See: Mastermind Deck
by Curtis Kam
February 8th, 2011, 10:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase Two Handed Transformation, Second Method
Replies: 12
Views: 4132

Re: Erdnase Two Handed Transformation, Second Method

Zach, years ago, I asked that same question of Allen Okawa, who had spent many years studying with The Professor. He showed me how Malini executed the sleight and the change, and from that I can attest that it probably did "look natural" when Malini did it. I can't explain the whole thing ...
by Curtis Kam
February 8th, 2011, 10:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Losing sleep over a card trick!
Replies: 11
Views: 2608

Re: Losing sleep over a card trick!

Was Sinatra's card the three of Hearts?
by Curtis Kam
February 5th, 2011, 3:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Was this trick successful?
Replies: 5
Views: 1265

Re: Was this trick successful?

Huh, I had a nice, neat reply composed, that vanished when I posted it. Whatev, this'll have to do: Read on, she discounts the "tells" claim, mostly so that she can riff on the old "if you can really do this, why ain't you rich" gag, to which she adds "sexy". And the &q...
by Curtis Kam
February 4th, 2011, 10:50 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: what's in the bag?
Replies: 1
Views: 532

Re: what's in the bag?

Makes for an alternative explanation for costume changes, I guess. Could it be used to seal up a slit in a drape? And consider, the "Shadowbox in a Can"? Seriously, it might make for an interesting production. Setup the framework on a base, spray on the covering, and magician appears from ...
by Curtis Kam
February 4th, 2011, 3:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Was this trick successful?
Replies: 5
Views: 1265

Re: Was this trick successful?

The trick was sucessful. She discounts the one-way deck and also the "tells" as explanations, yet feels that they are the only explanations. Sounds like Whit's "dilemma" to me. The magician, perhaps, not so much. She didn't remember his name. But that's likely intentional. The po...
by Curtis Kam
January 27th, 2011, 4:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Being Sunk by a (False) Transfer
Replies: 70
Views: 11162

Re: Being Sunk by a (False) Transfer

I'm with Mr. Davis of the previous page. Naturalness is not a goal in itself, it's just a means to an end. The Crawford Illusive pass is another way to skin the same cat. It is certainly possible to convince an audience that a coin is in your (say) left hand by: 1)arranging things so that the coin i...
by Curtis Kam
January 5th, 2011, 4:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Resources to Learning Coin Magic
Replies: 12
Views: 3800

Re: Resources to Learning Coin Magic

I generally recommend the Futagawa book precisely because it does take a pedagogic approach. As I recall, Shigeo teaches one or two moves, then applications for those, before moving on to the next moves, where the process is repeated. I found the descriptions in the Tarbell series to be a bit terse ...

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