Geoff Latta book

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Re: Geoff Latta book

Postby Joe Mckay » October 4th, 2018, 5:24 pm

Richard Kaufman made a good point once. He felt card magic is easier than coin magic because there are 52 objects to keep track of with card tricks. And that confusion allows you to use a lot of subtle (and easy to do) moves that you cannot use in coin magic.

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Re: Geoff Latta book

Postby Jonathan Townsend » October 4th, 2018, 10:34 pm

We don't have so many routines where you mix a marked coin into a pile of pocket change...
... then later that coin is found among the "change for a dollar" we gave someone at the start of the routine.
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Re: Geoff Latta book

Postby erdnasephile » October 5th, 2018, 10:48 am

Latta book just arrived: For me, part of the enjoyment of the book has to do with the aesthetics, so I wanted to say a quick word about this. The physical plant of the book is interesting: 6 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 1 The profile of the book is reminiscent of the title. I haven't had a chance to start studying it yet, but after a quick flip-through, the one thing that stands out to me are the clear Anderson and Ellenbogen photos. Black and white instructional photos of coin magic are easy to do poorly and the contrast on these looks just right (IMHO, they came out much better than those in the Piedrahita book). I could have done without the ghostly naked people decorative edges, as they look pretty, but take up 1/2 inch of space on each page. I would have preferred using that space to have increased the font size a bit; however, to each their own of course. The Pink Purse DVD is in a loose envelope in the back of the book that is not glued in (which I prefer). Finally, nearly every Hermetic Press book has a classy embossed decoration underneath the dust jacket. This tome is no exception. Looking forward to digging in!

PS: Leo: From your description, I don't think the Pink Purse footage is the same as the video that you have.

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Re: Geoff Latta book

Postby Richard Kaufman » October 5th, 2018, 11:42 am

Personally, I would have preferred to see the photos reproduced at a larger size.
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Re: Geoff Latta book

Postby erdnasephile » October 5th, 2018, 11:43 am

Richard Kaufman wrote:Personally, I would have preferred to see the photos reproduced at a larger size.


Agreed.

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Re: Geoff Latta book

Postby webbmaster » October 17th, 2018, 1:08 pm

Yes the tape looks just like Geof did in his prime. By-the-way, notice the use of the "rest position" which by itself helped hide or execute various transfers etc. I asked Steve Minch if he had heard whether David Roth liked the book. He hadn't heard yet at the time I asked. Regards, Gregg Webb. p.s. I can't do the "pressure pickup" of a shell. Maybe I could have when I was younger and moister but not now. One thing I find myself doing is this; instead of starting clean like Geof liked to do in certain routines, and then ring in the gaffs, one can start with the gaffs in already, in some cases, since no one is chasing us...then try to end clean.

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Re: Geoff Latta book

Postby Bill Duncan » October 17th, 2018, 10:22 pm

A handy glass with a bit of condensation on the outside, or a discrete "cough" into your fist can provide the necessary moisture for the "dime pickup." You might also try using quarters, as the shells are considerably lighter.


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