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by David Britland
February 24th, 2007, 4:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Next step in ebook evolution
Replies: 48
Views: 2006

Re: Next step in ebook evolution

Has anyone considered the irony of the anti-ebook argument being made on the internet, read on a computer screen and typed on querty? ;)
by David Britland
December 20th, 2006, 9:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton Bibliography?
Replies: 55
Views: 3607

Re: Roy Walton Bibliography?

There was an effect called Kaleidoscope invented by Roy Walton. I remember having it back in the 70s. I just checked Ask Alexander and there are adverts from Davenports for the effect in Abra from 1975.

David
by David Britland
August 27th, 2006, 5:19 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Channing Pollock film on You Tube
Replies: 4
Views: 2842

Re: Channing Pollock film on You Tube

The clip on You Tube is the one in which we see that even the greats have off nights.

Watch the dove to silk effect that climaxes the act. Where did that dove come from that the assistant picks up off the floor? :)
by David Britland
August 22nd, 2006, 10:55 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "The Greatest Cardtrick Of Our Time"...not the one you think!
Replies: 28
Views: 3529

Re: "The Greatest Cardtrick Of Our Time"...not the one you think!

Philippe Billot's description of the pack suggests something similar to the handling of the Tossed Out Deck.

I think a Ford Roger's deck designed to force two cards instead of one (by turning the deck end for end) would do the job. Perhaps that's why the deck was described as elaborately contrived.
by David Britland
August 16th, 2006, 6:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "The Greatest Cardtrick Of Our Time"...not the one you think!
Replies: 28
Views: 3529

Re: "The Greatest Cardtrick Of Our Time"...not the one you think!

I'm sure David Alexander is right in saying that Holden's hype is based on the fact that he was selling the effect. Using Ask Alexander at www.conjuringarts.org I found mention of The Bombay Mystery in The New Tops (1981) where Tom Hubbard says that he purchased the trick for $5. "The idea was ...
by David Britland
June 27th, 2006, 5:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss angel--the new masked magician.
Replies: 179
Views: 28501

Re: Criss angel--the new masked magician.

Pepke said: "What concerns me more is the fact that the idea of doing this trick with lipstick was on a video by Greg Wilson a few years ago. I wonder if he was contacted. My guess is no." I produced a UK television magic show featuring Danny Buckler back in 1998. Danny performed the ash t...
by David Britland
June 12th, 2006, 8:22 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Channing Pollock film on You Tube
Replies: 4
Views: 2842

Channing Pollock film on You Tube

The Channing Pollock sequence from the movie Europe by Night is now on You Tube. It includes the slow motion back and front palm sequence.

Channing Pollock on You Tube
by David Britland
May 31st, 2006, 12:35 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The man who fooled the man who fooled Houdini?
Replies: 42
Views: 9941

Re: The man who fooled the man who fooled Houdini?

In the Downs/McGuire correspondence (reprinted in the Linking Ring April/May 1971) Downs wrote to McGuire on 12th April 1925 saying: "When you go to N.Y. be sure to get in touch with Dai Vernon & Sam Horowitz, they are the two cleverest card men in N.Y. on close up stuff. Vernon fooled me w...
by David Britland
May 25th, 2006, 6:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Chris Bliss Diss
Replies: 212
Views: 37318

Re: Chris Bliss Diss

The new Fatboy Slim video featuring Chriss Bliss is now on YouTube.

That Old Pair of Jeans Video
by David Britland
May 17th, 2006, 5:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Chris Bliss Diss
Replies: 212
Views: 37318

Re: Chris Bliss Diss

Looks like Chris Bliss had the last laugh on this one. The video scored a phenomenal amount of hits on the web. Some sources talk of 20 million in 40 day period. As a result Chris is featured in the latest Fatboy Slim video which just aired on Channel 4 in the UK. Link to Fatboy Slim Press Release W...
by David Britland
September 22nd, 2005, 10:19 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Google Magic!
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Google Magic!

Hi Richard Hatch I think the Google Print idea is a great one. As I understand it publishers need to consent to its use unless the book is out of copyright. There'll need to be a judgement made as to what constitutes 'Fair Use,' a process that I believe enables researchers to benefit from the new te...
by David Britland
September 22nd, 2005, 6:51 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Google Magic!
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Google Magic!

Google Print, the new service from search engine wizards Google, looks like being a valuable resource for magicians. With it you can search for keywords through thousands of online books. And it appears that many of those books are on the topic of magic. These include the Karl Fulves publications fo...
by David Britland
March 24th, 2005, 8:40 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Eddie Joseph
Replies: 22
Views: 2758

Re: Eddie Joseph

Eddie Joseph also released Premonition through Harry Stanley. In that manuscript Joseph described the original effect and his New Premonition. There is no date on the mss but Joseph says it is now 19 years since the release of the original trick. The New Premonition is very different from the origin...
by David Britland
February 3rd, 2005, 6:29 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: The New Talon
Replies: 5
Views: 1139

Re: The New Talon

Hi John No very little of that material has been published. Martin Breese has offered to publish a collection and at some point we hope to make that happen. Meanwhile I do occasionally post odd items on a blog I have: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.cardopolis.blogspot.com/">http://ww...
by David Britland
February 2nd, 2005, 5:49 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: The New Talon
Replies: 5
Views: 1139

Re: The New Talon

Hi John

There were only three issues of New Talon. So quite easy to build an entire run!

Best Wishes
David
by David Britland
January 24th, 2005, 9:57 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician Who Invented Day Glo
Replies: 0
Views: 392

Magician Who Invented Day Glo

There's an article in the Guardian Weekend Magazine about magician Bob Switzer and the invention of Day Glo paint. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,1389496,00.html">http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story ... 96,00.html</a><!-- m --> All new to me. A...
by David Britland
December 31st, 2004, 11:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben - exposer
Replies: 150
Views: 14198

Re: David Ben - exposer

The secret of the Tossed Out Deck was actually revealed to the general public back in 1974 by none other than David Hoy. See Hoy's biography Super-Psychic. If you don't have the book to hand see my very occasional (i.e. hardly ever updated :) ) blog for details: Cardopolis Happy New Year to Everyone...
by David Britland
April 18th, 2004, 3:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The War Magician
Replies: 17
Views: 1331

Re: The War Magician

Anyone interested in a more accurate picture of Jasper Maskelyne's contribution to desert warfare should read Richard Stoke's excellent series of articles in 'Geniis Magic Journal.' That's 'Geniis' not 'Genii.' The articles begin in the January 1994 issue (Vol 5, No 1). The real story is absolutely ...
by David Britland
April 1st, 2004, 5:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fred Kaps on DVD
Replies: 59
Views: 6095

Re: Fred Kaps on DVD

Hi Graham I don't think Kaps performed the ring routine on The Parkinson Show though he did perform Chink a Chink and a wonderful silver/copper transposition that finished with four Chinese coins. The ring to glass stem routine may have been featured on The Fred Kaps Magic Show, a special produced f...
by David Britland
March 9th, 2004, 6:53 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The concept of spoonbending
Replies: 10
Views: 760

Re: The concept of spoonbending

Despite all the claims for metal bending effects prior to Geller, I believe that Uri Geller deserves full credit for creating the spoon bending effect as we now know it. It would be interesting to know what inspired Uri Geller to create this effect. Maybe one day we'll find out. It is possible to fi...
by David Britland
July 29th, 2003, 12:25 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Swiss on Gazzo
Replies: 48
Views: 5019

Re: Swiss on Gazzo

Hi Martin >> Actually I did not know that Britland went out of his way to present Gazzo as Gazzo.<< Basically anything you see in quotations marks is reported speech. I thought, especially in the case of Walter Scott, it was a way of letting readers get a flavour of his character. Scott, incidentall...
by David Britland
July 12th, 2003, 2:09 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Swiss on Gazzo
Replies: 48
Views: 5019

Re: Swiss on Gazzo

>>I have not seen Gazzo but I found the writing in the book low class, street venue talk and Britland to my dismay was willng to use his name as editor and let this stuff pass.<< How eloquently put. I only wish I had Martys unique command of the English language and facility for spelling. Alas, I pr...
by David Britland
July 2nd, 2003, 2:00 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Swiss on Gazzo
Replies: 48
Views: 5019

Re: Swiss on Gazzo

Hi David Walter Scott's account of those days is taken from his own words and I have those audio tapes and am satisfied that it is indeed Scott on them. Much of the rest of the story is taken from correspondence of that era and that too seems genuine enough. Gazzo's story is, of course, taken from G...
by David Britland
June 24th, 2003, 1:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Credit Check
Replies: 21
Views: 1593

Re: Credit Check

Hi David

Noel is correct. I remember Steve's version of the Coin in Balloon. Don't know the date he put it out but do remember that Supreme Magic used to market a Silk in Balloon production and I think that inspired Steve's work on Coin in Balloon.

David
by David Britland
June 22nd, 2003, 4:36 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Phantoms at the Card Table
Replies: 40
Views: 4392

Re: Phantoms at the Card Table

Hi Bob >I'm trying to understand what was unique about Scott's second. Was it the fact that he did a strike second at all and magicians at the time were not familiar with it, or was it the fine points of the technique that were new? Or was it the skill he performed it with?< I think the answer to th...
by David Britland
June 21st, 2003, 5:29 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Phantoms at the Card Table
Replies: 40
Views: 4392

Re: Phantoms at the Card Table

Hi Bob Glad you're enjoying the book. >>Has Scarne's technique for the push-off second been published? Or is Vernon's remark all that is known about it? << The letter to Horowitz asked Scarne to get in touch with Vernon so that Vernon could pass on some tips about the handling. Horowitz knew Scarne....
by David Britland
June 21st, 2003, 2:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Phantoms at the Card Table
Replies: 40
Views: 4392

Re: Phantoms at the Card Table

Re Bob Coyne's question: >>I've rarely seen the push-off second performed, but I've seen many necktied strike deals. I think the explanation is that it's rather easy to do a mediocre strike, but a push off (at least the Erdnase technique) takes much more control and practice. I don't know why Britla...
by David Britland
December 14th, 2002, 2:07 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brooke
Replies: 177
Views: 46369

Re: Ken Brooke

Hi Pete >>Another gag of Ken's was a gaffed card he called "The Cridge Card."<< I think the Cridge Card was Bob Ostin's idea. It began as a spoof, in Abra perhaps, and later Bob created a gimmicked card to demonstrate the legendary "Cridge." A number of Bob's tricks were marketed...
by David Britland
July 24th, 2002, 5:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mel Gibson interested in magic?
Replies: 83
Views: 6310

Re: Mel Gibson interested in magic?

Re Jude Law's coin roll in the movie Road to Perdition, this was taught to him by Guy Hollingworth who was taken on as a consultant to the project. So not sure it represents some real magical interest on Jude Law's part. I have heard that Eric Clapton is interested in coin tricks and can thumb palm ...
by David Britland
March 3rd, 2002, 8:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most rude talk show hosts
Replies: 45
Views: 3332

Re: Most rude talk show hosts

The award for the rudest TV host I've ever seen has to go to an Australian interviewer on a breakfast show. The magician started by displaying a packet of cards and made the mistake of saying something along the lines of, "Here's a trick with eight cards." "Eight?" said the host,...

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