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by mike cookman
August 26th, 2003, 9:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across
Replies: 29
Views: 1867

Coins Across

I love a good coins across effect. I am partial to David Roth's Shell Coins Across, David Regal's 41/2, and Chris Kenners OOSPCA. Anyone else have a favorite Coins Across?
by mike cookman
August 19th, 2003, 8:57 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac
Replies: 32
Views: 3392

Re: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac

Good points about those negative reviews, Dave. Not only are his variations good, but he explains his reasons for coming up with his routines. And he never comes across as though his were the "ultimate" of anything. Rather he is very good natured and fun to read, and his variations are goo...
by mike cookman
August 17th, 2003, 10:08 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Out of Control and Totally Out of Control
Replies: 11
Views: 1507

Re: Out of Control and Totally Out of Control

I like that book, too. It includes his handling of Three Fly, plus lots of other good stuff, like a great Underground Transposition type of card routine called Twister.
by mike cookman
August 17th, 2003, 9:56 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Out of Control and Totally Out of Control
Replies: 11
Views: 1507

Re: Out of Control and Totally Out of Control

I like that book, too. It includes his handling of Three Fly, plus lots of other good stuff, like a great Underground Transposition type of card routine called Twister.
by mike cookman
August 16th, 2003, 12:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Depp - Coin Magician(?)
Replies: 17
Views: 2050

Re: Johnny Depp - Coin Magician(?)

Loved that Pirate movie. But if you want to see an actor do a coin roll watch Val Kilmer in Tombstone or Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 2, or Anthony Hopkins in Magic... :)
by mike cookman
August 16th, 2003, 12:26 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac
Replies: 32
Views: 3392

Re: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac

Smoke and Mirrors, such a great book, with so much good stuff. Heart of the City, Tattoo You, Masquerade, Boogie Woogie Aces, Ton-Toid..I am definitly looking forward to a new book by John Bannon.
by mike cookman
August 10th, 2003, 12:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An impossible Effect
Replies: 30
Views: 1546

Re: An impossible Effect

Hi Dave. I know nothing about that trick, but remember me? I used to work at Magic Masters in DC. I recall you were playing keyboards in a production of Cats, which I also recall was not your favorite musical. My email is <!-- e --><a href="mailto:mcookman@sbcglobal.net">mcookman@sbcglobal.net</a><!...
by mike cookman
July 6th, 2003, 9:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ace Assembly...disturbed undercurrent
Replies: 17
Views: 1205

Re: Ace Assembly...disturbed undercurrent

Jack Carpenter has a good one in which you lay out the four card packets, and when an ace vanishes there are only three cards in the packet. It's a reverse assembly, so the aces end up back in the packets. It's in his Expert's Portfolio No. 1.
by mike cookman
July 5th, 2003, 10:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your best video
Replies: 24
Views: 2122

Re: Your best video

I like two Gary Kurtz videos, Creating Magic and Let's Get Flurious.
by mike cookman
June 23rd, 2003, 8:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: DC magicians
Replies: 16
Views: 921

Re: DC magicians

Here's some DC magicians: Darwin Ortiz, Richard Kaufman, David Williamson, Mark Phillips, Karen Berris, Scotty York, Ray Kosby...
by mike cookman
June 16th, 2003, 8:27 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Leading With Your Head?
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: Leading With Your Head?

Yeah, Joe Stevens stocks it. Leading With Your Head is a great book. Everybody should read it.
by mike cookman
June 5th, 2003, 3:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Class of Genii
Replies: 23
Views: 1268

Re: The Class of Genii

Sorry Richard. What I meant was that Genii has taken a turn for the great these past few years.
by mike cookman
June 5th, 2003, 9:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Class of Genii
Replies: 23
Views: 1268

Re: The Class of Genii

That wrestler didnt just "become" a governer, he was elected by the people, and I dont think they were liberals.
by mike cookman
June 3rd, 2003, 10:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What would magic like on its tombstone?
Replies: 55
Views: 2211

Re: What would magic like on its tombstone?

Yes, because the individual item is cheaper than the book. I still dont see any "selling out" here. If you dont want the item, dont buy it.
by mike cookman
June 2nd, 2003, 8:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Are you working June 20th,round midnite?
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: Are you working June 20th,round midnite?

I'll be performing at Borders Books and Music in Evanston, Illinois at that time. I've worked Harry Potter events before, and I find those kids to be nice and fun, and they love magic.
by mike cookman
June 2nd, 2003, 8:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dave Letterman's Top 10 Magician Pet Peeves
Replies: 17
Views: 1185

Re: Dave Letterman's Top 10 Magician Pet Peeves

Johnny Carson treated his guests with respect. When Paul Gertner appeared on The Tonight Show he ended with his great routine "That's Ridiculous," and the audience went wild. That would never happen on Letterman's show. Letterman would just make fun of him the entire time, and the audience...
by mike cookman
May 27th, 2003, 11:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Blizzard
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

Re: Blizzard

What's wrong with the trick as explained in the instructions by Dean Dill?
by mike cookman
May 26th, 2003, 10:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The new Dai Vernon
Replies: 23
Views: 1050

Re: The new Dai Vernon

Hi Geoff. "The Sting" is just what I was thinking. I heard that John Scarne did the card work in that movie, in the scene where Gondorf is showing Hooker some card stuff.
by mike cookman
May 26th, 2003, 10:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What would magic like on its tombstone?
Replies: 55
Views: 2211

Re: What would magic like on its tombstone?

Jay Sankey has "given up and sold out.." what the hell does that mean?
by mike cookman
May 26th, 2003, 8:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: The new Dai Vernon
Replies: 23
Views: 1050

Re: The new Dai Vernon

An amazing aspect of Vernon's creativity is that he did all that he did before there were tons of books and videos on the market. He was a true creator. And I still think Paul Newman should play him in a movie.
by mike cookman
May 19th, 2003, 8:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opening Attention Getting Ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: Opening Attention Getting Ideas

I like to start with John Carney's production of a deck of cards from Carneycopia. Chill Pack, I think he calls it.
by mike cookman
May 4th, 2003, 10:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Playing the nines
Replies: 0
Views: 269

Playing the nines

John Bannon once published a great trick called Playing the nines, and I remember that I really liked it, but I cannot recall where I saw it. It may have been in Genii or one of his lecture notes...I just dont remember. Seems I am in need of a Harry Lorayne memory course. Anyone know about this grea...
by mike cookman
April 18th, 2003, 1:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Explosion by Dean Dill
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Explosion by Dean Dill

I'm not exactly sure what Explosion is, but I believe Mr. Dill offers a variation on his Intimate Coin Miracles video, which does not require spending a thousand bucks on coins. Either way, it's a really good video, with lots of good coin stuff. :)
by mike cookman
April 15th, 2003, 2:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Embarrased to admit it...
Replies: 35
Views: 2566

Re: Embarrased to admit it...

Thumb tip and a silk, vanish the silk. Good attention getter. And I, too, like the Gemini Twins.
by mike cookman
March 13th, 2003, 1:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Matrix - which do you recommend
Replies: 70
Views: 4910

Re: Coin Matrix - which do you recommend

I really like David Roth's Stonehenge coin assembly.
by mike cookman
March 13th, 2003, 12:45 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Ortiz's Scams & Fantasies with Cards
Replies: 29
Views: 4369

Re: Ortiz's Scams & Fantasies with Cards

I like The Color of Money and The Brush. I have not gone through the whole book yet, but so far those two routines are terrific.
by mike cookman
February 14th, 2003, 5:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cannibal Presentation
Replies: 24
Views: 1916

Re: Cannibal Presentation

Thanks, Kevin. And say, maybe Hopkins would be interested in all this. He did play a magician in the movie, Magic. You can see him do a coin roll in that flick.
by mike cookman
February 14th, 2003, 4:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Into the Woods
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: Into the Woods

That's great! Into the Woods is my favorite musical ever. There are giants in the sky.
by mike cookman
February 14th, 2003, 4:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Copyright Extended to Performance
Replies: 98
Views: 8217

Re: Copyright Extended to Performance

I perform magic at Borders Books and Music in Evanston, Illinois every other Sunday, and guess what? I've performed stuff I got out of magic books.
by mike cookman
February 12th, 2003, 4:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cannibal Presentation
Replies: 24
Views: 1916

Re: Cannibal Presentation

I would think that with the popularity of Hannibal Lechter the Cannibal Cards presentation would go over well. I wouldn't know, because I never do any Cannibal Cards routines. I also think it's true that Darwin was encouraging everyone to be creative with their magic.
by mike cookman
February 12th, 2003, 4:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Popular misconceptions
Replies: 24
Views: 1093

Re: Popular misconceptions

I think a trick, whether easy or not easy, should always require a good presentation. And it should always look easy to the audience.
by mike cookman
February 5th, 2003, 5:37 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Collected Almanac
Replies: 65
Views: 38296

Re: Collected Almanac

I like Gary Kurtz' Penny Lane in The Collected Almanac. Lots of great stuff in that book.
by mike cookman
February 5th, 2003, 5:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Regal photos in LL Publishing Catalog
Replies: 21
Views: 1830

Re: David Regal photos in LL Publishing Catalog

Hey David, your coin trick Four Plus Four from Close Up and Personal puts a smile on my face. Great routine. Thanks.
by mike cookman
January 31st, 2003, 5:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Phil Goldstein/Max Maven bibliography
Replies: 16
Views: 1877

Re: Phil Goldstein/Max Maven bibliography

For what it's worth, I think Phil Goldstein's Focus is a great book.
by mike cookman
January 30th, 2003, 6:17 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon, the person and the magician
Replies: 45
Views: 5026

Re: Dai Vernon, the person and the magician

I watched a show on PBS one night and part of it featured Dai Vernon, and on it he made a red ball vanish as he was sitting there talking to whoever was interviewing him. I've seen a lot of magic, but that one simple vanish floored me. A book or movie about him would be fascinating, I would think. H...
by mike cookman
January 29th, 2003, 2:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Vernon's Single Greatest Contribution
Replies: 27
Views: 1941

Re: Vernon's Single Greatest Contribution

I've always thought Twisting the Aces is the perfect card trick. Of course, there have been many variations, but I don't think I've seen any "improvements." Just a thought...
by mike cookman
January 22nd, 2003, 3:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Wishes to Jon Racherbaumer...
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Best Wishes to Jon Racherbaumer...

Happy birthday, Jon. Sounds like you had fun. By the way, I like Card finesse 2 and Card Fixes.
by mike cookman
January 16th, 2003, 4:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dunbury Delusion
Replies: 38
Views: 6260

Re: Dunbury Delusion

Jon Racherbaumer's Make Mine Dunbury Well, in Cardmagic is really good.
by mike cookman
January 15th, 2003, 2:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Phillips is a DAD!
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Re: Mark Phillips is a DAD!

Congratulations Mark! Sabrina is a lovely name.
by mike cookman
January 15th, 2003, 2:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: David Solomon's East Coast Lecture Tour
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Re: David Solomon's East Coast Lecture Tour

Hey, aren't you going to lecture at Magic Inc?

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