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by Dave Shepherd
January 6th, 2004, 6:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How Do Other Pros Feel About This?
Replies: 42
Views: 2034

Re: How Do Other Pros Feel About This?

Originally posted by Terry Terrell: Talk about taking a giant leap. Undermines the efforts of those who earn their livelihoods...mind explaining how? This is a guy offering a performance video on EBay. He is not booking Radio City Music Hall. Well, as a matter of fact, it is you who are taking a gi...
by Dave Shepherd
January 5th, 2004, 2:44 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Decisions, decisions
Replies: 14
Views: 1104

Re: Decisions, decisions

I think I might recommend Eugene Burger's "Mastering the Art of Magic" over Nelms for good, accessible insight into performance. Nelms can be a bit forbidding, even to someone trained in acting as I am. A lot of magicians I know find it difficult to apply much of Nelms to the everyday worl...
by Dave Shepherd
January 3rd, 2004, 7:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: magic book finalist in prestigious book award
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: magic book finalist in prestigious book award

Congratulations, Chris. The eBook of CC1 is indeed a great piece of work.
by Dave Shepherd
January 3rd, 2004, 7:21 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Newbie - How long does it take ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Newbie - How long does it take ?

Squeed, I think you are on the right track. Certainly by surfing over to this Genii Forum, you have associated yourself with a lot of people who know a lot. Concentrate on the books, and take your time. I can't emphasize the second part of this enough. Sit with the books and take your time and work ...
by Dave Shepherd
January 1st, 2004, 9:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How Do Other Pros Feel About This?
Replies: 42
Views: 2034

Re: How Do Other Pros Feel About This?

Oh, this thing is totally ridiculous. Don't you just LOVE the elegant costume? I especially like the very expensive cape. This is the kind of junk that, if somebody buys it, they deserve to have lost fifteen bucks. No, in my experience, this is not what magic is coming to. This is what Internet auct...
by Dave Shepherd
December 30th, 2003, 3:33 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lotsa Magic for sale from my friend, Alan Bursky
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Re: Lotsa Magic for sale from my friend, Alan Bursky

:confused:

If he is only selling the entire list, why does he give individual prices per item?
by Dave Shepherd
December 24th, 2003, 2:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Heads Up! The January issue is in the mail.
Replies: 64
Views: 4035

Re: Heads Up! The January issue is in the mail.

Originally posted by Matthew Field: I'd like to add some words of praise for the Art Direction of Liz Kaufman. She has given Genii a new, exciting, distinctive look. I want to second this. The look of Genii since Richard took it over is about as classy as a magazine can be, and the look of the mag ...
by Dave Shepherd
December 23rd, 2003, 9:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Heads Up! The January issue is in the mail.
Replies: 64
Views: 4035

Re: Heads Up! The January issue is in the mail.

Vienna, Virginia (but yes, within the Washington Metrorail system): Monday, 12/22/03.
by Dave Shepherd
December 22nd, 2003, 2:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: One Card Changes
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: One Card Changes

Anybody use the Palm Change, from Erdnase?

It's very straightforward and relatively angle-proof. (Not absolutely angle-proof, but certainly better than a change that leaves you in Tenkai palm.)

I think it's described in the Legerdemain section.
by Dave Shepherd
December 18th, 2003, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine to Spider Hole?
Replies: 74
Views: 3498

Re: Blaine to Spider Hole?

People (audiences at paying gigs) ask me about Blaine frequently. He's the magician most of them know. They never compare me unfavorably with Blaine. They're impressed with their memory of what he did on TV, and then they're even more impressed when the card I just gave them changes on the palm of t...
by Dave Shepherd
December 18th, 2003, 3:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Good beginners Magic book
Replies: 13
Views: 927

Re: Good beginners Magic book

My wife picked this up this past summer, thinking it would be a good gift for a nephew later on. I glanced at the cover and didn't think much about it. Later on I looked at it again more carefully. It really is an excellent introductory text. Very colorful, clear photographs and to-the-point text in...
by Dave Shepherd
December 13th, 2003, 4:58 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Best online source for Magic supplies and products?
Replies: 12
Views: 1756

Re: Best online source for Magic supplies and products?

What exactly are you looking for? If you are lookng for the CHEEEEEEPEST price, then there are a bunch of internet-only (or primarily internet) dealers who will sell things to you CHEEEEP. Woe betide you, though, if you have a problem or question. In the meantime, your insistence on buying things at...
by Dave Shepherd
December 10th, 2003, 3:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dyslexia trikcs
Replies: 18
Views: 1408

Re: Dyslexia trikcs

Ooh! Ooh! Palindrome Cards! One of my favorite tricks for a very small group, or one person, from a shuffled deck in use. At Card Clinic this past April in Santa Barbara, Roberto Giobbi eased into Palindrome Cards after dinner, just for the small circle of folks at his table. He blew our minds with ...
by Dave Shepherd
December 6th, 2003, 8:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic In Wash DC
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: Magic In Wash DC

The nice thing this time, though, is that Washingtonians are not freaking out at this snow--no insane supermarket runs on toilet paper and milk. I think all the snow we got last winter trained people. JR, if you're here on Wednesday, I do close-up at Mama's Italian Restaurant in Fairfax (about 15 mi...
by Dave Shepherd
December 5th, 2003, 4:37 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Best online source for Magic supplies and products?
Replies: 12
Views: 1756

Re: Best online source for Magic supplies and products?

There are a lot of good dealers who also have web sites, but in the U.S., I'd have to say that the leader is Denny & Lee Magic Studio, located on the web at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://dennymagic.com">http://dennymagic.com</a><!-- m --> . Denny is based in Baltimore, and also has ...
by Dave Shepherd
November 29th, 2003, 7:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Killer reactions
Replies: 49
Views: 3696

Re: Killer reactions

Point taken, but maybe you've just seen bad actors. When a performance is overloud and artificial, it means that it is a bad performance, whether the performer has had acting training or not. Acting training teaches a performer to react naturally and sincerely to changes, to avoid anticipation of cr...
by Dave Shepherd
November 28th, 2003, 3:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Killer reactions
Replies: 49
Views: 3696

Re: Killer reactions

I have recently moved Boleslavsky's Acting: The First Six Lessons to my magic shelf. It resides between J.B. Bobo and Derren Brown. It's not that it's such a great book (written by a disciple of Stanislavsky to try to instill some of the master's ideas in a movie-actor readership), but more to remin...
by Dave Shepherd
November 22nd, 2003, 1:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Magic Scene gets 3/4 pg in SunNYTimes
Replies: 20
Views: 1227

Re: NY Magic Scene gets 3/4 pg in SunNYTimes

Well, for the morbidly curious here is a LINK TO THE ARTICLE , so you can tell first-hand.

It seems to be a rather sneering screed depicting magicians as socially inept geeks interested in a hobby that is dying.

Not very uplifting at all.
by Dave Shepherd
November 18th, 2003, 5:52 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: AFTRA and other organizations
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Re: AFTRA and other organizations

But after joining, you will, of course, NEVER take a non-AFTRA television or radio job.

Doing non-union work when you're a member of the AAAA unions (including Actors Equity, SAG, and AFTRA) is a big no-no.

At least that was the case back in the 80s when I was an active member.
by Dave Shepherd
November 17th, 2003, 5:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thread Recommendation Wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Thread Recommendation Wanted

If you're using your black pants for camouflage, then wouldn't regular sewing thread do the trick?

I think Eugene Burger describes just tying a regular piece of black cotton thread on. His Haunted Pack is great, and nearly impromptu (if you've prepared right! ;) ).
by Dave Shepherd
November 17th, 2003, 5:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thread Recommendation Wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Thread Recommendation Wanted

Yep, you might be right. Esoteric's pretty close to invisible thread, just designed for a longer pull. Back in the day they used to use silk thread. However, whenever I go to G Street Fabrics (upscale fabric shop in the DC area), the silk thread I get looks pretty much like regular sewing thread. An...
by Dave Shepherd
November 17th, 2003, 3:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thread Recommendation Wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Thread Recommendation Wanted

Pete, the thread supplied by Stevens Magic with the Finn Jon trick "Esoteric" is very thin, but a good deal thicker than "invisible thread" taken from pantyhose, etc. I don't know whether it would suspend a half dollar, but it will not break as quickly as IT will. Jamy Ian Swiss ...
by Dave Shepherd
November 14th, 2003, 2:25 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: JAM AUCTIONS
Replies: 75
Views: 33871

Re: JAM AUCTIONS

Okay, Louis. Whatever. I'll have to find a way to go on living without the two of you telling me what you know, I guess. Randy, I have absolutely no interest in "post counts." I responded with a post that tried to shed some light on the darkness. I do appreciate your own insights, which we...
by Dave Shepherd
November 14th, 2003, 12:09 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: JAM AUCTIONS
Replies: 75
Views: 33871

Re: JAM AUCTIONS

All right, fine. Geez, you ARE tedious. We know from the above that "jam auction" is the American term for what the British call a "run out." I just did an online search in the Oxford English Dictionary online, and discovered that a "run out" is a type of "mock auc...
by Dave Shepherd
November 14th, 2003, 7:33 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: JAM AUCTIONS
Replies: 75
Views: 33871

Re: JAM AUCTIONS

Jacky wrote:
sorry, maybe a stupid question... what is a jam auction?
Not a stupid question at all. Thank you for asking it.

I was wondering the same thing myself this morning while reading this thread.
by Dave Shepherd
November 3rd, 2003, 5:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three Shell Game
Replies: 24
Views: 1120

Re: Three Shell Game

Originally posted by Psychic: I see that Steve is getting all excited and Pete is getting all confused.... The Steve I was referring to is the one who is not dead at the moment. Some time ago I asked if he was the famous glass through table Steve Shepperd. He replied that he did glass through table...
by Dave Shepherd
November 3rd, 2003, 5:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: David Ben's new book
Replies: 31
Views: 2093

Re: David Ben's new book

Very nice, thank you, John.

Now, in the looking-a-gift-horse-in-the-mouth department, could you edit your post and make those two clickable hot links?

But thank you, thank you, thank you! :D
by Dave Shepherd
November 3rd, 2003, 2:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: David Ben's new book
Replies: 31
Views: 2093

Re: David Ben's new book

Originally posted by Gabe Fajuri: If I find any glitches, I'll post again here. Gabe, I too am having trouble seeing the clips on a Mac. I'm using a PowerBook, under Mac OSX 10.2.6, in the Safari browser. Likewise using IE 5.0. I was able to open them this afternoon at work under Windows 2000 Profe...
by Dave Shepherd
November 3rd, 2003, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?
Replies: 85
Views: 9020

Re: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?

Originally posted by Lee Darrow: Attacking someone who has SEEN a product LIVE when you haven't is a slippery slope to try to stand on. Your information is incomplete from an "experiencing it" point of view. Theirs isn't. Well, wait a second. We critiqued the routine based on the only inf...
by Dave Shepherd
November 3rd, 2003, 11:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?
Replies: 85
Views: 9020

Re: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?

I noticed the "grayed-out" letters right away, but my wife did not perceive them at all. I guess I was looking for them. Opus's suggestions are quite nice indeed, I think. In addition to using an eraser for some "shade," it occurred to me that one might contrive to "accident...
by Dave Shepherd
November 2nd, 2003, 5:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?
Replies: 85
Views: 9020

Re: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?

Okay, now here's an interesting insight: I just showed my non-magician wife (who knows a thing or two, but still has both feet planted in layman-land) the video. She said it was an impressive trick, that it went on too long... ...and she described the method to me, saying that at the beginning she a...
by Dave Shepherd
November 2nd, 2003, 4:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?
Replies: 85
Views: 9020

Re: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?

As one of the first critics, let me say that Adam Grace's response was, well, graceful. As weak as the presentation is on the demo video, clearly there are strong possibilities with this method. Lee Asher's response was puzzling. After reading it again a couple times, it feels as though I, as an aud...
by Dave Shepherd
November 1st, 2003, 8:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: ambi magicians
Replies: 14
Views: 1149

Re: ambi magicians

But I think the point John makes about this (and it's John's point, not mine) is that he's chosen to use his dominant hand to hold the deck, rather than doing what most right-handed magicians do: hold the deck in the left (weak) hand. I think John would likewise suggest that left-handed magicians gi...
by Dave Shepherd
November 1st, 2003, 8:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?
Replies: 85
Views: 9020

Re: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?

Incidentally, here's a link to the video demo, so you can see whether we're being too harsh:

Stained Glass demo
by Dave Shepherd
November 1st, 2003, 7:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?
Replies: 85
Views: 9020

Re: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?

I'm afraid Shawn's light sarcasm might have escaped you guys.

I think Shawn feels the same about this product as most of the rest of us do. Read all the way into the second paragraph and you'll get it.
by Dave Shepherd
October 31st, 2003, 7:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?
Replies: 85
Views: 9020

Re: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?

Well, Bill, if you get a chance to view the demo on a broadband connection, you ought to take a look. I think Andy's initial assessment was really on the money. I don't think the method of this trick would fool a very young child...at least not the way it's presented on the video. And I think the fa...
by Dave Shepherd
October 31st, 2003, 7:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: ambi magicians
Replies: 14
Views: 1149

Re: ambi magicians

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Dave, we both attended the same lecture, however you misunderstood: Carney is LEFT-handed. I've written up many of his tricks, and in fact his one-man issue of Richard's Almanac is a "left-handed" issue. Well, I deliberately asked John the question at...
by Dave Shepherd
October 31st, 2003, 4:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: ambi magicians
Replies: 14
Views: 1149

Re: ambi magicians

John Carney (a righty) has some very interesting thoughts in his lecture, and in the Book of Secrets, about using one's strong hand to hold the deck, thus making many moves easier.
by Dave Shepherd
October 31st, 2003, 3:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?
Replies: 85
Views: 9020

Re: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?

I looked at the video too. All I can say is: "WOW". My favorite line in the presentation is "Now, I'm going to turn the thing over for the first time today." Let's see, if I can get the audience to look up at my face, maybe they'll forget what my hand might be doing. I'm with you...
by Dave Shepherd
October 27th, 2003, 3:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Carney's Lecture in Washington DC and more
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: John Carney's Lecture in Washington DC and more

Yes, I was at the DC lecture. (Hi, RK!) I got quite a lot out of it. I will say that I don't think John presented this material as if it were a "show," but rather that he wanted to focus on the important matters of deceptive magic: timing, gaze management, rhythm. He presented several item...

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