Search found 536 matches

by Curtis Kam
December 24th, 2010, 3:14 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Dare to be Remarkable by Andrew Murray
Replies: 14
Views: 3804

Re: Dare to be Remarkable by Andrew Murray

I appear to have inspired a misunderstanding. In this case, the phrase means what it says, neither wink nor cop-out intended. Obviously, and as Mr. Murray points out, I have not seen Mr. Murray's book, so cannot comment on how close the items are in effect, method, or presentation. Nor could I comme...
by Curtis Kam
December 23rd, 2010, 2:15 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Dare to be Remarkable by Andrew Murray
Replies: 14
Views: 3804

Re: Dare to be Remarkable by Andrew Murray

Tom, the Reset effect sounds identical to a well-known Jack Carpenter routine. I'm just sayin'.
by Curtis Kam
December 14th, 2010, 7:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Triumph II
Replies: 29
Views: 5752

Re: Triumph II

Of course it was the same card, it was the only one with a red back!
by Curtis Kam
December 11th, 2010, 7:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Cup Sound Gimmick - link request
Replies: 29
Views: 5132

Re: Coin Cup Sound Gimmick - link request

Maybe--and I may have suggested this before--this could be used in a standup/stage setting, where you're holding the glass up to the microphone? Alternatively, would it be possible to sample the sound, and make it my ringtone? I suppose it would be easier just to actually drop a coin and sample that.
by Curtis Kam
December 11th, 2010, 4:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Cup Sound Gimmick - link request
Replies: 29
Views: 5132

Re: Coin Cup Sound Gimmick - link request

Jon, If the gaff isn't producing enough sound, but it does produce a faint version of the desired sound, perhaps that can be used as the effect? I'm thinking of an extended version of the Tuning Fork routine you mentioned, where the glass captures the "faint echo" of the sound of the coins...
by Curtis Kam
November 30th, 2010, 11:07 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Curtis Kam Chicago Area Lecture Dec. 2
Replies: 4
Views: 1541

Re: Curtis Kam Chicago Area Lecture Dec. 2

And, if the above is not enough, I bring with me tales of the first ever European International Coin Magic Symposium. International intrigue, new and wonderful gaffs, the best darn burn on a retention I've ever seen, and more.

Be there, aloha.
by Curtis Kam
November 11th, 2010, 1:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 12 Minute Coin in Bottle Routine?
Replies: 18
Views: 3932

Re: 12 Minute Coin in Bottle Routine?

Master Payne, do you perform this routine for real audiences, or is it just something for magicians? I think the experience of being ripped off from an overhyped ad is universal, at least in the U.S. But even given that, there's a lot to get across before the lay audience will fully appreciate the h...
by Curtis Kam
November 10th, 2010, 10:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 12 Minute Coin in Bottle Routine?
Replies: 18
Views: 3932

Re: 12 Minute Coin in Bottle Routine?

Bravo! Far too short.
by Curtis Kam
October 25th, 2010, 2:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: You can't miss this hot brand-new Matrix came from Japan!
Replies: 12
Views: 2871

Re: You can't miss this hot brand-new Matrix came from Japan!

From a lay audience's point of view, what's the difference between transparent cards, and cards with holes in them? Or no cards at all? Is the "expose" assembly in this instance any more "visual" than David Roth's handling of Chink-a-Chink? From the perspective of wanting to have...
by Curtis Kam
September 29th, 2010, 4:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Fold references
Replies: 33
Views: 3981

Re: Coin Fold references

As pointed out by Bill Duncan, there's a very sneaky method for the fold, done in a dollar bill, by Steve Dusheck. It's in The New York Magic Symposium Close Up/Stage Collection Volume 2, or, along with a terrific lead-in production of a coin from a bill, in Mr. Duncan's "Coin, From Bill" ...
by Curtis Kam
September 15th, 2010, 2:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stand Up Deck Switch
Replies: 20
Views: 7840

Re: Stand Up Deck Switch

Tommy Wonder's method does. There's a Carl Cloutier method that uses a jacket, with a topit, but not pockets, per se. Actually, with a topit, several standing switches are possible. Ron Wilson published a good one. Without a jacket, Billy McComb had a switch that took place on the brim of a hat, the...
by Curtis Kam
July 17th, 2010, 3:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Golden Gate Gathering
Replies: 20
Views: 2105

Re: Golden Gate Gathering

I'll be there, with a contingent from Hawaii that might well number in the threes. (including me) Tony, nevermind the cookies, will there be wallet indexes?
by Curtis Kam
June 18th, 2010, 2:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dick Cavett
Replies: 25
Views: 3855

Re: Dick Cavett

Dodd, thanks very much for your podcasts, which have been an essential part of my listening routine. The interview with Dick Cavett is quite a coup, and eagerly awaited. Please do impress upon Mr. Cavett how much his efforts at preserving and celebrating Slydini's magic have meant to the magical com...
by Curtis Kam
June 15th, 2010, 3:35 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Calculator Force
Replies: 14
Views: 5232

Re: Credit for Calculator Force

David, I think this is one of those things about which Marc DeSouza knows all. Have you spoken with him?
by Curtis Kam
June 9th, 2010, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Farmer is a Busy Man
Replies: 8
Views: 1239

Re: Bob Farmer is a Busy Man

Rock on, Bob. Will we be seeing you on Rachel Maddow tonight?
by Curtis Kam
June 9th, 2010, 3:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Has Genii been hacked?
Replies: 38
Views: 5526

Re: Has Genii been hacked?

It was bound to happen, chix dig magic.
by Curtis Kam
June 4th, 2010, 5:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magicians?? on Craig Ferguson last night
Replies: 28
Views: 5101

Re: Magicians?? on Craig Ferguson last night

Bravo Jamy, great performance, and the first (recently) in which the magician had an actual dialogue, if not a conversation, on a talk show. What a concept. It was nice to see someone treat the host like an average enthusiastic layman, and the magic as if it naturally deserved to be on television. A...
by Curtis Kam
May 19th, 2010, 4:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Close-up Magic on Letterman
Replies: 155
Views: 26896

Re: Close-up Magic on Letterman

John Killed! He rolled with Letterman's comments, seemed perfectly at ease, did a truckload of magic, ended on time, and his choice of material was spot on. Based on past experience, Letterman was going to be an active participant, so it only makes sense to do something that's an interactive game. T...
by Curtis Kam
April 26th, 2010, 3:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Luna Shinmada, Holy Cow, floating linking rings,
Replies: 15
Views: 2960

Re: Luna Shinmada, Holy Cow, floating linking rings,

Well, I'm sure Victor Voitko (sp?) gets most of that credit.
by Curtis Kam
April 23rd, 2010, 8:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Luna Shinmada, Holy Cow, floating linking rings,
Replies: 15
Views: 2960

Re: Luna Shinmada, Holy Cow, floating linking rings,

This has nothing to do with Luna's take on the effect, (which is lovely, and well-structured, I thought) but it occurs to me that if you're making hoops float in the air, shouldn't you pass a woman over them? :)
by Curtis Kam
March 25th, 2010, 10:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Blue Crystal reference
Replies: 9
Views: 1654

Re: Blue Crystal reference

An earlier issue of Genii--it involved butterflies?
by Curtis Kam
March 25th, 2010, 5:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Perfect table for coin work
Replies: 12
Views: 3716

Re: Perfect table for coin work

Nicely done, but I prefer Cyril's for attention to detail, and knowing how much to show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YNfAS8-UYU
by Curtis Kam
March 19th, 2010, 9:35 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: TV psychic in trouble - big trouble.
Replies: 6
Views: 1956

Re: TV psychic in trouble - big trouble.

This just in..exclusive video footage of the trial.
by Curtis Kam
March 16th, 2010, 4:01 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Bottlecap Matrix
Replies: 19
Views: 4463

Re: Bottlecap Matrix

Isn't that Shigeo Takagi's strategy, as used by Bob Kohler?
by Curtis Kam
March 16th, 2010, 3:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)
Replies: 128
Views: 40331

Re: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)

Nonsense. There's at least one false transfer smack dab in the middle of Slydini's One Coin routine, and one at the end, (at least, as it's described in "Encores") both are "puts". And who in normal life transfers rolled up paper napkins from one hand to the other, and then point...
by Curtis Kam
January 30th, 2010, 6:50 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic Trick patent
Replies: 19
Views: 3034

Re: Magic Trick patent

Maybe it's me, but there are all sorts of things that aren't clear here, and they start before Jonathan's post-- This appears to be a US patent application, simply being reported on a UK service. Is this somehow indicative that there is a UK patent being granted here? This appears to be an applicati...
by Curtis Kam
January 22nd, 2010, 12:28 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Brian Miller's "The Choices We Can't See"
Replies: 15
Views: 3581

Re: Video of Brian Miller's "The Choices We Can't See"

Don't get me wrong, I like. As I said, I wonder if there's a way to make the audience appreciate the lack of equivocation without revealing that we utilize equivocation. (perhaps in an upcoming trick in the same set) If so, then your contribution to the trick will actually improve the effect on the ...
by Curtis Kam
January 21st, 2010, 12:35 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Brian Miller's "The Choices We Can't See"
Replies: 15
Views: 3581

Re: Video of Brian Miller's "The Choices We Can't See"

Okay, I read the article, and I see the difference. The problem is that most audiences won't have that background. As clever as this is, I wonder whether the audience can be made to appreciate the difference without exposing too much?
by Curtis Kam
January 21st, 2010, 4:13 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Brian Miller's "The Choices We Can't See"
Replies: 15
Views: 3581

Re: Video of Brian Miller's "The Choices We Can't See"

Seems awfully similar to the marketed effect, "Free Will". Compare and contrast,anyone?
by Curtis Kam
January 9th, 2010, 10:22 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Sumer The New Illusion
Replies: 40
Views: 7918

Re: Sumer The New Illusion

Whatever you do after this trick, it better not involve a thin base. This box seems designed to show the audience just how thin a space your assistant can fit into.
by Curtis Kam
January 5th, 2010, 5:10 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Little Man Demo
Replies: 52
Views: 8734

Re: Little Man Demo

The tacked-on flash paper revelation is just dopey. The trick is that the clay guy moves as if he were alive. The fact that he reveals your chosen card just suggests that the moving part is no big thing, probably some sort of mechanical trick. Sure the movement is disappointing to those of us who we...
by Curtis Kam
December 9th, 2009, 7:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Piet Forton
Replies: 21
Views: 8082

Re: Piet Forton

Was it a Pop-Up book?
by Curtis Kam
November 20th, 2009, 5:17 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: On Edge by Michael Paul
Replies: 2
Views: 1095

Re: On Edge by Michael Paul

Tom, I thought this was familiar. See Russ Walsh's "Flash Card Stab" from Tarbell 3.
by Curtis Kam
October 29th, 2009, 7:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Signed card
Replies: 7
Views: 2382

Re: Signed card

The original apears to be George Schindler's "Sealed Surprise", which George sells via Showbiz magic.

After that, people have performed either that method, or their own improvements or variations. Some are commercially available, and most are not. Sean Farquar's is not.
by Curtis Kam
October 27th, 2009, 8:21 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Blown Away by Michael Paul
Replies: 14
Views: 2618

Re: Blown Away by Michael Paul

Tom,

Youtube is down now so I can't check, but this sounds quite similar to Eric Jones' "JW meets Mutobe meets Ramsay". I don't suppose the credits indicate this?
by Curtis Kam
October 23rd, 2009, 6:37 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Amazing New iPhone Mentalism App!
Replies: 29
Views: 6272

Re: Amazing New iPhone Mentalism App!

There's more info on the Cafe. The food selection is from a fixed set of items. Not sure how many, but I recall being impressed with the range.
by Curtis Kam
October 6th, 2009, 2:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 24367

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Congratulations, Tom, the audience noticed and responded well to the fact that the coin was under the cork, instead of on top of it. Success! The ending also got the desired reaction, and the video is quite helpful for illustrating how you direct the audience's attention during the vanishing sequenc...
by Curtis Kam
October 5th, 2009, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Regal, Nate Kranzo, Aaron Fisher and Steve Dobson come to Portland, Sept 25 - 27
Replies: 11
Views: 2719

Re: David Regal, Nate Kranzo, Aaron Fisher and Steve Dobson come to Portland, Sept 25 - 27

Kudos to Rick on the win, and to the producers. Great to hear that there'll be another!
by Curtis Kam
October 1st, 2009, 10:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Chinese Classic
Replies: 8
Views: 1615

Re: A Chinese Classic

Nice, I liked that a lot, altho I miss the neat little bit you used to do with the odd coin. Tommy Wonder was right, there are too few subplots in coin tricks, and your odd coin handling was a nice one. You know, looking closer at the clip, there's nothing Chinese left in your version of this classi...
by Curtis Kam
September 30th, 2009, 2:52 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: OIATER
Replies: 36
Views: 10627

Re: OIATER

...And they hold "ONE" piece. What's with the quotation marks? Are they holding more than one? Who did the text for this, the people who write LOL Cats?

Thanks Tom. I think.

Go to advanced search