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by MagicbyAlfred
December 21st, 2017, 9:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 2345

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

My understanding of Performer's point is that magic is always an art, but that it is rarely artfully performed.
by MagicbyAlfred
December 21st, 2017, 9:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 6787

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Jack,

Have you done any performing with the Brainwave deck? If so how would you compare the reactions to it with those to Ultra Mental?
by MagicbyAlfred
December 21st, 2017, 7:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 2345

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

I am persuaded by Performer's defense of magic as an art, and completely agree with his arguments. If the fact that there are individuals who do a particular endeavor poorly, or even fail to do it skillfully or beautifully, eliminates that endeavor from being considered an art, then nothing is an ar...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 21st, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 6787

The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I thought it might be interesting to pose this question: What trick or routine that you do gets the best reaction for laymen? It can be a well-known or obscure trick, published or unpublished, original or not, or a trick or routine to which you have done your own modifications and/or variations. And...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 18th, 2017, 6:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27387

Re: Ennobling Magic

as someone said, give them an experience they value more than knowing the method and they will work to maintain that experience - they will strive to maintain the deception even becoming willfully complicit to it It is an important point, and one which would seem to be solidly supported by the Cana...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 17th, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27387

Re: Ennobling Magic

Another version of Chan's book test, post retirement: https://youtu.be/5jqiQ2kr3Os?t=1m58s Okay, so Chan must have had the gift where people wanted to believe in him to the point where they would ignore that which could be discerned by simple observation and/or common sense. I mean, after Chan aske...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 17th, 2017, 2:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27387

Re: Ennobling Magic

Jolly good stories and observations, Performer, about this fascinating man, who as you say, was "absolutely riveting." The secret to his being such a hit despite (or perhaps, in part, because o f) 75% of his tricks going awry? Perhaps his name provides a clue to the formula for his success...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 16th, 2017, 12:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 5963

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

First, let me say that I do not have even the shadow of a doubt that the Poker Player's Picnic, in its original form, has worked like a charm for Performer in the 60 some years in which he has been performing it and that no one has ever questioned the procedure. Still in all, there are times when th...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 14th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 5963

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Where would Chapter II go in the reformatted scheme of things?
by MagicbyAlfred
December 10th, 2017, 11:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27387

Re: Ennobling Magic

It may be that the most important and effective "lies" of a magician are the ones he tells to himself. We must convince ourselves that the empty hand is holding the coin, come as close as possible to believing it with the utmost conviction, and convey that belief and conviction to the spec...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 8th, 2017, 6:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 119
Views: 9026

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I think Gilbreadth can be fascinating and entertaining to a layman if presented in a a fascinating and entertaining way, and one which destroys any suspicion that mathematics could be at work. I like to explain how when times were lean I could get by, by playing a gambling game in which the odds of ...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 6th, 2017, 9:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mahdi is THE AMAZING MAGICIAN! 超凡魔术师
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

Re: Mahdi is THE AMAZING MAGICIAN! 超凡魔术师

Hard to find the words, but two that come to mind are, fantastic & inspiring.

As Mahdi said, don't believe them when they tell you it's impossible...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 5th, 2017, 6:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 362
Views: 170143

Re: Perverse Magic

Gerald, Thanks for posting this wonderful variation, and for your inspiring vision in magic! Previously, I had always been turned off to this trick precisely because “...they always are wrong" and "they begin getting more befuddled each time.” In my personal view, as originally conceived a...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 29th, 2017, 6:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27387

Re: Ennobling Magic

Jackpot Wrote : "Alfred thank you for your well thought out post. You have told me what you think, but more importantly backed up what you said with clear examples. Based on my experience what you say makes a great deal of sense. Thank you for sharing." Thanks for your acknowledgement of ...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 29th, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27387

Re: Ennobling Magic

Pondering the many thoughts that have been offered on this thread, it gave me a clearer understanding of why (in my opinion) the use of ordinary objects is very desirable in magic. I think that while people don't like being overtly lied to, they don't like to be deceived in general, whether or not i...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 27th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27387

Re: Ennobling Magic

This thread, coupled with Performer bringing up the Gray's Spelling Trick, has reminded me of a sweet little trick I used to do called, "Lie Detector." It almost always got an excellent reaction. The version I know uses 8 cards, one of which is selected by the spectator and then "lost...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 26th, 2017, 9:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Grays after spelling trick.
Replies: 12
Views: 1283

Re: Grays after spelling trick.

Performer wrote: "He will be a bit nonplussed by this so you offer to give him a clue by naming your card. Of course you say any card at all! He will probably look a bit puzzled as to how to proceed at this point. He may even turn the pack face upwards to start to look for the card. If he does...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 26th, 2017, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27387

Re: Ennobling Magic

Performer wrote: "I really wish I could see this as an ethical dilemna but alas I can't. I just can't. I want to though. I hate to see everyone ganging up on one person." I agree with what Performer is saying. But I will say that at least the OP has stimulated a lively and intriguing disc...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 26th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 27387

Re: Ennobling Magic

Tom Moore wrote : "A magician with terrible BO who forces his performance on a group of spectators who just want to be left alone; performs old material with terrible cliched patter whilst also hitting on the spectator he has a crush on but who is literally telling the truth in everything he s...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 25th, 2017, 3:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dealt: Richard Turner
Replies: 6
Views: 902

Re: Dealt: Richard Turner

Jack, fascinating interview! I really enjoyed it, and can't wait to see the film. It is mind-boggling what Richard Turner has been able to accomplish in his life (and I will not say, "for someone who is blind") I mean for ANYONE! Thank you for posting the interview. I highly recommend!
by MagicbyAlfred
November 23rd, 2017, 5:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at Genii
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Re: Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at Genii

Thanks, Richard, same to you and yours.
by MagicbyAlfred
November 21st, 2017, 7:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay
Replies: 6
Views: 1290

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay

The current bid is currently up over $1300. A bit rich for my blood, but to a collector with the cash, probably a bargain. Tommy is one of the all-time GREATS, and that routine was unbelievable! For me, I will just stick with the very sophisticated and stylish watch I've been wearing for a long time...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 14th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 82
Views: 10688

Re: Royal road to card magic

Having followed Performer for quite some time now, it seems to me that he is not just a grafter, author and entertaining magician, but a psychic who sincerely wants to be a positive force for people and give them hope. The common denominator is that grafter, author, magician, or psychic, one must pa...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 12th, 2017, 11:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6839
Views: 2005468

Re: ERDNASE

Isn't there the story that Canada Bill offered to pay the railroad agents for the right for him to play on the trains exclusively, with his promise that he would only cheat people of the cloth? Yes, Jack, there is indeed such a story. It first appeared in print in an article entitled, "Three K...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 11th, 2017, 10:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Lewis - A Study in Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 848

Re: Martin Lewis - A Study in Experience

I am looking forward to listening to this podcast - thanks for bringing these to us. Has anyone seen Martin's take on the chop cup, using a (I think "Green Giant") pea can for the cup and a simulated pea for the ball? I saw it on a DVD on the chop cup I bought many years ago. Very creative...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 11th, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 82
Views: 10688

Re: Royal road to card magic

It has been said that Rome wasn't built in a day, and that all roads lead to Rome (which would include the Royal Road). I congratulate Performer on his progress, and will look forward to reading his work, which will undoubtedly be excellent.
by MagicbyAlfred
November 8th, 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What ever happened to John Cornelius?
Replies: 7
Views: 1790

Re: What ever happened to John Cornelius?

He is highly inventive and a very smooth performer - immaculate technique. Years ago, he custom made a "Pen through Anything" for me with a Mont Blanc pen! I have never had a better tip-maker. Borrowed a $20 and more often than not got to keep it. Very rarely does anyone ever ask to see t...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 8th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What ever happened to John Cornelius?
Replies: 7
Views: 1790

Re: What ever happened to John Cornelius?

He is highly inventive and a very smooth performer - immaculate technique. Years ago, he custom made a "Pen through Anything" for me with a Mont Blanc pen! I have never had a better tip-maker. Borrowed a $20 and more often than not got to keep it. Very rarely does anyone ever ask to see th...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 7th, 2017, 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Devilish
Replies: 21
Views: 2186

Re: Devilish

According to Samuel, Lawrence R. (2011), Supernatural America: A Cultural History , at the age of seventeen Dunninger was invited to perform at the home of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay and at the home of the inventor Thomas Edison, both of whom were avid admirers of Dunninger, and President Fran...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 5th, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Devilish
Replies: 21
Views: 2186

Re: Devilish

Here's a website showcasing many of the classic posters to which Jack is no doubt referring. It is uncanny how many of the most illustrious magicians of yesteryear featured these imps and devils on their posters. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/757167756071838461/ Furthermore, from perusing the site, ...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 4th, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fascinating Concepts
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: Fascinating Concepts

Just a few thoughts for some other possible premises:

Artificial intelligence

Communication with deceased loved ones

Aliens

Mind control

Technology coming to life and manifesting will

Imparting magical powers to the spectator

How to attract wealth or love
by MagicbyAlfred
October 31st, 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 22
Views: 2601

Re: Magic on Demand

Performer iso a rare breed of magician. And I, for one, like it!

I am surprised that more magicians have not seen fit to share what they would do in the impromptu scenario suggested...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 29th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 22
Views: 2601

Re: Magic on Demand

Good thoughts, Performer. I agree.

Erdnasephile, I did not literally mean "demand," in the sense of someone demanding you show a trick. I meant when someone requests. It was a figure of speech.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 28th, 2017, 11:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 22
Views: 2601

Re: Magic on Demand

Either: (1) A complete vanish of a borrowed coin. I reimburse them with a coin that is in the zipped change compartment of my wallet. If they believe it's their original coin, all the better (I certainly don't try to dispel that belief); or (2) A torn and restored bill using their bill - I use a ver...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 26th, 2017, 1:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 22
Views: 2601

Magic on Demand

You run into a friend or acquaintence on the street, or even a stranger that somehow knows you are a magician. You don't have a deck of cards or packet trick on you, or any playing cards, for that matter. There is no table or working surface accessible. You are not carrying any "tricks" or...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 10th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Beginning of the Sentence
Replies: 14
Views: 1608

Re: The Beginning of the Sentence

It is a fascinating question, but of course, any opinion is by definition, a totally subjective one, as undoubtedly was the famous magician's at the convention (whatever said opinion might be). I will limit my own opinion to Close-Up, since that's the branch with which i have the most experience. Im...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 1st, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 362
Views: 170143

Re: Perverse Magic

Fantastic :o
by MagicbyAlfred
September 30th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Monte
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Re: Monte

Jack, that is a beautiful piece; thanx for sharing it. You are a superb writer. Really fascinating portrait of the psychological and theatrical aspects of this notorious and nefarious scam that has parted many a fool and his money. If I was pressed to say what the strongest and most entertaining car...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 29th, 2017, 2:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mentalist receives death threats
Replies: 4
Views: 1093

Re: Mentalist receives death threats

Well, if he's really good, then at least he will know ahead of time when and where someone might be coming after him...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 28th, 2017, 2:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6839
Views: 2005468

Re: ERDNASE

@Roger M: "...Indeed the substance of my comments relates to Gallaway, and how he should be viewed in light of the evidence presented. If you choose to be offended on behalf of Gallaway, 'OK'!"

OK, my apologies, no offense intended, nor taken.

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