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by Gary Freed
May 27th, 2003, 9:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ten-Card Poker
Replies: 76
Views: 15583

Re: Ten-Card Poker

I've worked with many 10 card poker deals but have grown to prefer the "floating Jonah" used in the 20( ;) ) card poker deal. There is no key card to keep track of and spectator can do all the shuffling! The Cincinnati Kid (Binarelli) is the starting point for a routine I've modified and b...
by Gary Freed
May 15th, 2003, 2:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dr. Strangetrick
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Re: Dr. Strangetrick

I have been using the finish from "Ultra Cervon" for years...I never liked showing the card in half and half position as in the original. The in the bill turnover is a beautiful and ultra-clean finish..
by Gary Freed
April 9th, 2003, 11:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A question that needs....
Replies: 20
Views: 1329

Re: A question that needs....

Twisting Arm Illusion and Garrett Thomas'"Ring Thing"...The "Ring Thing" is wonderful eye candy and I have been wearing a ring on my index finger since the day Garrett taught this to me a year ago.
by Gary Freed
January 30th, 2003, 10:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro Shuffle
Replies: 36
Views: 2174

Re: Faro Shuffle

I use unshuffled in every paid performance with the clients name on the deck. The only drawback seemed to be the need for an extensive reset, not easy in walk-around situations. I purchased Doc Dixon's "Everything's Funnier with Monkeys" just for his no reset unshuffled..This has been in m...
by Gary Freed
December 20th, 2002, 11:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The close-up trick I hate most:
Replies: 106
Views: 8144

Re: The close-up trick I hate most:

If there is a worse moment in close-up magic than when the magician says during Hot rod "six, okay s....i...x" I would love to hear it(then again, maybe I don't want to hear it!)
by Gary Freed
November 24th, 2002, 11:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which Triumph do you use??
Replies: 64
Views: 4789

Re: Which Triumph do you use??

Originally posted by Curtis Kam: Bill, I go sans selection more often, for the same reason that you give. Next most likely, I do Paul Harris' "Joker Poker" from "The Magic of Paul Harris", becuse it kills. It also doesn't exactly have a selected card. Wow...This is the first I h...
by Gary Freed
November 24th, 2002, 11:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Joker Routines
Replies: 29
Views: 2059

Re: Favorite Joker Routines

Bill Goldman's "Monkey in the Middle" has,for me,the most astonishing moment in card magic. Am also partial to NFW, but that's hardly objective. :D
by Gary Freed
November 16th, 2002, 7:02 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Fooler Doolers
Replies: 0
Views: 140

Fooler Doolers

Due to an ordering snafu,I have an extra set of The New Fooler Dooler DVDs for sale for $80 including priority postage. Any one interested, please email me privately.
by Gary Freed
November 8th, 2002, 5:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Funny news story
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: Funny news story

Originally posted by Terry Terrell:
Looks like P.T. Barnum was right...There is one born every minute!
..And two to take him. ;)
by Gary Freed
October 28th, 2002, 8:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Ending
Replies: 35
Views: 1670

Re: Ambitious Ending

I use Sankey's #$*&(*$ as a finish. I put the clip down at beginning of the trick with a $20 folded around it, so the card cannot be seen. For the climax, I have the spectator pull the bill off, exposing the card (for the first time) in the clip.. The actual climax seems to occur right then! Mos...
by Gary Freed
September 30th, 2002, 8:15 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Paperclipped (#@!*)
Replies: 56
Views: 4292

Re: Paperclipped (#@!*)

I have the clip inside a folded bill from the outset. I explain that I got this money clip for my x-wife....best trade I ever made..The card is not showing....At the end of my ambitious routine, the clip is pulled from the bill and the folded card seen....At this point, quite often they don't even c...
by Gary Freed
September 27th, 2002, 10:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Are thumb tips obsolete?
Replies: 20
Views: 908

Re: Are thumb tips obsolete?

obsolete? Aside from a deck of cards, it the TT is the one item I always carry...Bill Switch, Bob Elliot's Pen Vanish..I often wear it just walking around and have never had anyone notice it was there...I'd give up 99% of my purchased props before giving up my $5 Thumb tip..
by Gary Freed
August 26th, 2002, 7:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: One Non-Card Trick
Replies: 20
Views: 1936

Re: One Non-Card Trick

Mike,
Was this by any chance the early 80's at FFFF? I remember as it was my first time there, between Jusitce and Sid Lorraine, one of the funniest shows I recall seeing.
by Gary Freed
August 25th, 2002, 8:43 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: John Edward, Crossing Over
Replies: 133
Views: 16238

Re: John Edward, Crossing Over

A year ago,when John Edwards was all over TV, Larry King etc., I thought one question by King would end this charade.."okay, John, Is Chandra Levy dead, and if so, ask her what happened?" PS. For what it's worth, I was friends with,and graduated High School with James(Jimmy back then) VanP...
by Gary Freed
August 23rd, 2002, 6:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: One Non-Card Trick
Replies: 20
Views: 1936

Re: One Non-Card Trick

I have done $100 bill switch and given away the larger bill..(I used a twenty as the gig was not "that" big)..I was working a function where the Governor of NY was attending and was prepared change his bill to $100 and just let him keep it. The opportunity did not come up that evening, but...
by Gary Freed
August 20th, 2002, 8:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Penny trick
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Re: Penny trick

I don't know if it's in print or even if it's his own version, but several years ago at the IBM convention in Buffalo, Giovanni closed with this and "Killed!"
by Gary Freed
August 10th, 2002, 7:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 4th great lie
Replies: 3
Views: 265

4th great lie

So, is the 4th great lie "There will be children there, but you'll be performing mostly for the adults"? Heard during the first 5 minutes after arrival: "Honey, you all go over there while Mommy and Daddy have a beer" "I know that one" as soon as a deck of cards is disp...
by Gary Freed
July 29th, 2002, 12:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Most Valuable Time Spent
Replies: 41
Views: 2129

Re: Most Valuable Time Spent

Faro shuffle, if only for "Unshuffled".
Zarrow shuffle
Elmsley Count, because it's used in almost every one of the hundreds of packet tricks I have in my drawer.
by Gary Freed
July 24th, 2002, 4:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Now Let's Try: Best GAFFED Packet Tricks
Replies: 120
Views: 28535

Re: Now Let's Try: Best GAFFED Packet Tricks

Paul,
My bias may be showing, but ask those that perform NFW regularly...They don't grab for the cards!
by Gary Freed
July 22nd, 2002, 6:59 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Bill Goldman Travelling Tales
Replies: 43
Views: 9487

Re: Bill Goldman Travelling Tales

Bill,
I thoroughly enjoy your column. I don't know how many years ago it was, but "Hark,I Hear the Cannons Roar!" still brings tears to my eyes..Also, Monkey in the Middle is one of the top effects with cards in the last 20 years! Please keep up the good work!
by Gary Freed
July 16th, 2002, 5:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: August issue in the mail! Time for the monthly heads up.
Replies: 64
Views: 4263

Re: August issue in the mail! Time for the monthly heads up.

Received 7/15 at 11:45 AM..Phone off the hook from 11:50 AM until 1:00 PM..I hate when paying clients try to interrupt more important pursuits.
by Gary Freed
July 15th, 2002, 12:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: WARP WRAP
Replies: 28
Views: 1382

Re: WARP WRAP

Bruce Cervon published a routine with a bill and card that was far from extraordinary except for the ending..He has a display of the whole card in the bill just before the tear that is beautiful. He goes on to do two tears, which I found to be one tear too many..The display is great though. It looks...
by Gary Freed
July 15th, 2002, 10:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frog Prince "top change"
Replies: 44
Views: 3021

Re: Frog Prince "top change"

First...Thank you Mike Close. The Frog Prince is one of my favorite routines. As one who is terrified of Top Changes, I have substituted the following..As the chosen cards is being exposed, I turn over the top card of the deck against my leg, so it is now face up. I then add the chosen card face up ...
by Gary Freed
July 15th, 2002, 10:49 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Deep Astonishment
Replies: 88
Views: 8488

Re: Deep Astonishment

I use blank backed cards and I find the effect much stronger...There can be no connection in the audience's mind between the prediction cards and the deck!..
by Gary Freed
July 13th, 2002, 4:53 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Deep Astonishment
Replies: 88
Views: 8488

Re: Deep Astonishment

Pete,
Try the memory system in the directions..It took me less than half an hour to get the hang of and I can barely remember my Social Security number..Once you get the hang of it,it's much faster than the crib sheet!
by Gary Freed
July 13th, 2002, 5:18 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Deep Astonishment
Replies: 88
Views: 8488

Re: Deep Astonishment

After receiving Deep Astonishment and seeing the writing on the blue backed cards,I immediately made up another deck with blank backed cards...Wow, what a difference! Now the prediction cards are beautifully clear and have no resemblence at all to playing cards. I think I have also solved the wallet...
by Gary Freed
July 8th, 2002, 1:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: mini-jumbo decks
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: mini-jumbo decks

Steve(and anybody else who might be interested),
The decks I found come in two color backs, red or gray. As with all things in this kind of store, who knows how long they'll be around..
by Gary Freed
July 7th, 2002, 7:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting
Replies: 55
Views: 5133

Re: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting

Hi Steve,
Welcome to the forum..It's been too long since we've seen your name!
by Gary Freed
July 1st, 2002, 4:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: mini-jumbo decks
Replies: 2
Views: 266

mini-jumbo decks

If any of you are like me,you know it's not easy to pass a "dollar store" without going through it and finding numerous pieces of junk that you think you can use in some effect. I just found decks of cards, 4"x 5 3/4". I can't vouch for the quality, but the size may be terrific f...
by Gary Freed
April 29th, 2002, 11:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: FFFF
Replies: 10
Views: 685

FFFF

Just got back from FFFF in Buffalo..Of those of you who were there,what did you feel were the highlights (and lowlights)of the convention?..Performances, effects, etc...
by Gary Freed
September 26th, 2001, 4:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Finding Tom Mullica
Replies: 18
Views: 2064

Re: Finding Tom Mullica

What timing. I just saw Finding Forrester last Sunday with my daughter....had her rewind when I saw Mullica (ashamed to say I was waiting for him to pop a bunch of cigarettes in his mouth)
I haven't seen him in a movie before..would like to know it he's been hidden in others as well.
by Gary Freed
August 12th, 2001, 7:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Name of the effect
Replies: 3
Views: 870

Re: The Name of the effect

Sounds a lot like Capitulating Queens....from his book "Don't Blink"..........Great trick!
by Gary Freed
July 29th, 2001, 8:47 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Too-Perfect Theory
Replies: 48
Views: 4706

Re: Too-Perfect Theory

Just an aside on the "Too Perfect Theory" contribution of Mike Close in the current Genii..He uses the Frog Prince (one of my favorite Close effects) as an example.."a signed card vanishes..... frog..unfolded, it is the signed card". In the versions I have read and seen, the card...

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