Improve your Baseball Swing
EFFECT The performer looks at his watch and excitedly announces that is time for Indoor Baseball. He offers a deck of cards for examination and gives a spectator a magic marker with which to write his name across the face of any card. The signed card is then shuffled into the deck. The performer introduces the playing surface a dart board which has a baseball game on one side of the board. After taking the deck, the magician scales a couple of cards at the board. Not being happy with the results, he throws the entire deck at the board only to have all of the cards scatter everywhere except one. The signed card is seen to be nailed to the board with its face and signature plainly visible. The card is torn from the board and given to the spectator as a memento of his first major league Indoor Baseball game. COMMENTS Indoor Baseball has several important features which make it outstanding. (4) Finally, it gives the spectators a memory hook by which to remember you. They remember the...
A young boy is struggling to learn to play baseball. He wants to be on a team with his friends, but is unable to throw or catch well, and is frightened by the ball. As the team practices continue, he becomes increasingly discouraged. He tells his coach that he plans to quit because he is a bad ballplayer. The coach replies, There are no bad ballplayers, there are only people who are not confident in their ability to learn. The coach stands facing the boy and puts the ball in the youth's glove, and has the boy take it out and hand it back to him. He then takes one step back and gently tosses the ball into the boy's glove, and has the boy toss it back. Step by step, the coach moves a little farther away, until the boy is throwing and catching the ball at a distance with ease. With a sense of confidence that he can learn, the boy returns to practice, and eventually becomes a valuable player on his team.
Interested in such things, the idea came to me while browsing through a sports memorabilia store. I was looking at a large display of baseball cards in a showcase when I noticed that many of the players were depicted in different poses on several cards. I also noted that the manufacturers of the cards were different from one another. I immediately asked the store manager if the annual boxed collections from each manufacturer contained the same players. He acknowledged that they did. I purchased four sets, representing each of the major manufacturers of baseball cards, Fleers, Don Russ, Topps and Score. After several days of arranging close to 4000 cards in alphabetical order, the dining room table was completely covered with cards as I began to make up 8-card sets. It was quite a chore. After making up several hundred sets, I visited the local Walmart store to purchase some baseballs. I inquired how many they had in stock. The manager asked how many I needed About 300 I replied. I'll...
For example, think about the baseball player Sammy Sosa. He may not be able to control whether he can hit a home run every time. The ball may spin a certain way, hit a jet stream, or an outfielder may climb the wall and catch it. There are an infinite number of variables which he can't control. He can focus on the process putting a pure, sweet swing on the ball.
For men, wearing a baseball cap says I belong to a team. Although caps display the emblems of professional ball clubs, in a deeper sense the group they most accurately refer to is the generic association of men. Unlike women's hats which are designed to show individuality, men's hats are part of a uniform to show membership on a team (thus explaining the standardized design of turbans, fedoras, fezzes, and military caps). CapII. Wearing a baseball cap (the biggest selling U.S. hat) helps a man feel stronger. On the isopraxic principle of same behavior (see REPTILIAN BRAIN), cap wearers draw strength a. from nonverbal bonds to fellow cap-wearers, and b. from the psychic power of male bonding in team sports. There is no better sign for judging a man's unspoken allegiances with other men than through the messaging features of his cap. Brim. A hat brim suggests masculine fierceness by visually enlarging a man's bony brow ridges (which are natural signs of strength in the male...
If you don't have these qualities, your ego is nothing more than a hanging softball waiting to be knocked out of the park What to do Get a smile or a long eye contact that signal's she's interested and willing to listen to your 'sales pitch' before moving on her verbally. Protect yourself from a nasty bout of toxic shame and back off with your dignity still intact if you can't get the proper signal. Unless, of course, you feel like taking a risk that day (never a bad deal the ultimate in high status male behavior). Then don't let me stop you go for it
Which is all that maleness and femaleness really represents in nature, you know two diverse yet complimentary strategies for reproduction. You see, men have plenty of sperm to spread around so our strategy involves attempting to inseminate as many females as we possibly can until we drop dead. Sheer chance will then assure that some of them will survive and prosper and become world leaders or major league baseball pitchers, and the more and varied the females that we can inseminate the greater our chances of successfully spreading our genes around become. Society doesn't like our biological strategy any more. They feel it's corrupt and have instituted something called marriage to put a stop to it.
The second video, World-class Magic contains nine routines from Mr. Cloutier's repertoire. All these routines make extensive use of the sleeves and the Topit. Of these, I found To Bounce or Not to Bounce to be the most useful for the average magician. The premise is funny, and the sleeves are used just once. The other routines simply look cumbersome. For example, why use the sleeves to accomplish the effect of the 100 Bill Switch The effect is not improved at all. Other effects include a method for Pencil Through Coin, a routine in which a golf ball transforms into a miniature baseball, basketball, and soccer ball, a version of the Lit Cigarette in Coat, and a Single Cup and Balls routine. This latter routine simply requires more balls than I possess. (I should probably re-write that last sentence. Nah.)
I keep my final loads in my right pants pocket as my pants are loose fitting and do not show any unsightly bulges (not from the final loads at least). I place the loads into the pocket in this order. First the base ball which goes to back of the pocket, the lemon which I place in front of the baseball with the hole facing up and the little u shaped door hinged open. On top of the two loads are the magnetic ball and the different colored ball. In my left jacket pocket is a sharp pocketknife. Setting the cup on the table (dislodging the magnetic ball) I put the red ball in my pocket. I put the base ball in my right hand in my pocket ready for the first final load, the left hand lifts the cup tapping the ball slightly forward as I load the baseball underneath the cup. Before I left he said I couldn't win guessing the cup because nothing could fit in the cup with the baseball in the way. The left hand lifts the cup and places it into the right hand loading the lemon into the cup and...
A 'daddy's girl' is a woman who had a very close relationship with her father when she was a little girl. He was loving and caring. He believed in her and supported her. He may have even taught her how to throw a baseball or throw a punch. She thus grew up with a high self esteem, a healthy relationship with men, and a good sense of
Long-distance throwing places a heavy strain on the arm, shoulder and elbow. Particular care must be taken to avoid injury or a condition known as tennis elbow is likely to occur. This phenomenon, called tenosynovitis by the knowledgeable, is also common to baseball pitchers. It occurs when there is an undue strain on the musculature in a specific area. The best defense against this discomfort and pain is warming up properly, and careful attention to one's daily practice habits. If this condition should occur, the best possible way
Now, in just 5 minutes, you can learn to correctly predict the winners of elections, baseball, football, ice hockey, basketball games and more Days, weeks, even months in advance without fail or your money back Thanks to the inventive genius of one of the world's foremost mentalists, you can now share in the secret of the century. Imagine being able to correctly predict the outcome of events, anytime EVERY time. And that includes prize fights, baseball games, elections, football games, tennis matches, basketball games, even the flip of a coin. There's NO guesswork involved. It's INFALLIBLE Your friends will be absolutely amazed. In fact, just for the fun of it, you can offer ridiculous odds like 500 to 1. It doesn't really matter, there's no way you can lose.
Usage II Holding objects tightly (e.g., steering wheels, posts, and handrails) is curiously pleasurable (perhaps as a holdover from our primate past and penchant for climbing trees see PRIMATE BRAIN). Thus, power-gripping sports such as baseball, tennis, and golf are very popular today (see BRANCH SUBSTITUTE). Semantics. 1. In a conversation about throwing a baseball, we may mime the motion with our hands. 2. Mime cues depict a. relationships among objects (e.g., closer than, as big as, heavier ), b. attributes (e.g., flat, long, rounded ), and c. action sequences (e.g., I pick up snow, form a snowball, and
Remember to always look your best when you're out and about, as the opportunities to meet women always seem to occur when you least expect it. You can dress casual but try to show some style. Lose the sweat pants and the reversed baseball cap, especially if you're over 30 (you're just making an ass of yourself). Not being afraid to act appropriate for one's age is a clear sign of high male status. A man who's going up the socio-economic ladder finds the journey exhilarating and can't wait to get there He embraces and revels in the changes brought about by the march of years realizing that men can get sexier as they get older due to the accumulation of experience, expertise, power and money. Status typically rises with age. If you've got the world by the tail, why bother to cling to the past So don't be afraid to give yourself the advantage of reveling in your current level of maturity. Just don't shuffle around looking like a sullen, vanquished bum. Be aware of the visual you project...
I have a bit of a dislike for those who do Tarot tricks and know nothing but the most inane explanations of these complex symbol patterns. One huge tip off is when a supposed expert pulls out a Witch Tarot , Baseball Tarot , or Same Sex Tarot saying it is TAROT. This bothers me only as such things may be in fact divination decks but that hardly makes them Tarot . Tarot is a specific system of symbols and the utter lack of these symbols and concepts in many tarot decks is absurd. Please if you use Tarot , learn all you can from those who know - which usually means not so-called experts from mentalism , but from actual Mystery Schools that study Tarot. Or read books from such places. Lest I be misunderstood, I am not suggesting you must join a Mystery School or subscribe to their beliefs. But if you are playing with Tarot, you are playing on their playground - pure and simple. Check magical history if you are unsure.
Ross Jeffries Flowers work wonders on young chicks, especially if you give them to her in front of her friends. Always let her friends know (by being, not saying) you are a great guy. Never ever underestimate a girl's desire to make her friends jealous of her man. In addition to that, always let her think her friends want you. Perceived value is why only some baseball cards are worth more that the store you bought them in, when they are all printed on worthless cardboard. And if you want to put a cherry on top you can make slight comments that make her think that just maybe there is the smallest chance you'll go for one of her friends if she doesn't do right by you. Or you can go the other way and do things like say, You friend Sarah has a huge ass you're so much better looking than her etc. A girl's
The diabolical method is so simple, I'd better get it out of the way so we can get on with the really important stuff - the presentation To begin, you'll have to obtain eight (8) baseball trading cards. Check your local stamp & coin shop or see if you have a sports memorabilia store in town. Specifically, what you must obtain are any four cards representing any four major league baseball players. The remaining four cards are a different story. They must be four different baseball cards depicting the same player. In other words, there are four or five major producers of baseball trading cards. Each manufacturer's photographic version of each major league ballplayer features a different photo. Just be sure that you select a player whose four shots are as different as possible relative to pose, uniform, etc. You will also need a new Rawlings professional baseball which is available at any sporting goods store. Then, simply sign your force player's name as an autograph on the ball using a...
Your use of baseball cards stimulated me to develop a whole routine of close-up magic with baseball cards and baseball related magic. Anyhow, here's my version of the All-Star Miracle I went to a baseball card shop and selected twenty-two cards of famous players (such as Jose Canseco, Ryne Sandberg, Darryl Strawberry, Wade Boggs, etc.). Since there are at least four companies that make baseball cards (Fleer, Donruss, Score and Topps), it is easy to get new cards for just a few cents each. Then I picked out eight different cards of the same player. This is easy to do since four companies make the cards. It is also easy to find cards of the same player from different years. (Author's note It was this discovery that originally led me to develop the All-Star Miracle). Here's my patter When I was a kid, I used to call the corner grocery store and ask if they had Prince Albert in a can If they said, yes, I'd say, Then you'd better let him out before he suffocates Well, I don't have an old...
It's also possible to purchase eight basketball trading cards and eight football trading cards and you'll be set for a one ahead triple prediction effect. Simply make a written prediction, filling in the name of the force baseball player. Fold the slip and drop in a goblet. Now, show the eight basketball cards and have one selected by having someone call out any number from one through eight. The card at the selected number is shown and placed aside. A second prediction is written and the name of the selected basketball player is placed on the second slip. After folding this slip, it is also dropped in the goblet. The eight football trading cards are shown and someone is asked to shuffle the eight cards. A one-under, one-dealt procedure is followed until only one card is left. This card is also placed aside. Finally, the procedure noted for the performance of All-Star Miracle is followed. First, however, a third prediction is written naming the freely selected football player. This...
Just as chimpanzees gather to eat crunchy foods, Americans consume bread sticks and party nuts, and shell peanuts together at baseball games. In Africa, chimpanzees shell panda nuts together under treetops in the Tai forest of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The chimps socialize as they crack the hard shells with pieces of wood, carefully placing each panda nut in a knothole before smashing it.
You can only imagine what a company might pay to get an ex-politician such as Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton to speak. A current baseball star or professional golfer commands huge fees. If you move into that area, the meeting planners are used to paying big bucks A fee that might seem totally extravagant to you will probably seem like a bargain to them. You have a benefit as you are going to do something rather than just speak. But your speaking qualities and personality have to match what they are used to getting in those other speakers. You have to be able to fit in and that is where the real challenge is.
In this manner she takes up from 12 to 30 minutes. She also makes predictions on weather, crops, baseball, sporting events, describes some person who has died, names the relatives who are perhaps amongst the audience, etc. In the performance, she first calls the persons by name and then describes the relative that died, even naming the age and perhaps the cause of the death. She can also describe many other notable happenings of that particular town. Old papers will give all this information. My advance agent used to mail all this information to me before I played the town. The predictions are about the same. The daily papers generally tell how baseball teams are running and who is near the pennant, or who is near the championship in prize fights, races, elections, etc.
For instance, knowing how to keep a conversation going. This requires switching topics from time to time once a conversation has run its course. After all, there's only so long you can talk about baseball until it gets boring, right So have a wealth of things to talk about and throw them out to see what the other person responds to.
If the above description sounds familiar, it is because Guy's handling exactly duplicates the torn-and-restored baseball card that David Copperfield performed a few years ago. The big difference is that Guy's method can be done anywhere, anytime, standing or seated, with the spectators a foot or so away. In other words, it is a real-world method. Around the time that Copperfield performed this trick on television, there was advertised something called Torn Asunder, which supposedly was the work on the baseball card trick. There is some conjecture as to whether anyone actually received this trick, and to this day there is still discussion concerning it. (Tony Giorgio mentioned it in his column. There was a want ad in the December1995 issue of Genii for someone looking for this trick, and I even got a letter from a man who had apparently purchased the trick for 250 at a swap meet, but lost the instructions, and could I fill him in on the details of making the gaff. ) Whether or not Torn...
A game of skill tnat can be found on almost any midway is one in which the player throws a baseball to try to tut a stuffed cat. Usuallv the player gels three balls for his dollar and must succeed in knocking over three cats to win a large prize, in some versions, the player wins as long as he can gel the cat to fall over. In other versions, the player wins only if he succccds in knocking the cac completely off the shelf. If the cat falls over but remains on the shelf, the pitch is a loser
he I hree-Pin Game The three-pin game has been around lot a long time and is still going strong Three small tenpins or beer bottles are set in a triangle, two in front and the third behinc. I he player is given a baseball which he rolls along the counter in an eliorl to knock down all three pins. If the two front pins arc set farther apart than the diameter of the ball, it is impossible to knock down al three of them. When the alibi agent wants to show you how easy it is, he sets the two pins ever so slightly eloscr.
There are quite a few other routines that are off-beat and seem as if they would be great fun to perform Baseball Diamond, a mental effect with a surprise kicker Frog Hair, an ungaffed method for causing a card to turn over on your hand Whatever it Takes, a prediction effect with some funny spectator interaction and The Birthday Bill, an effect in which a personalized message appears punched-out in a dollar bill. There are
A spectator freely selects one of eight Baseball trading cards. Believe it or not, the chosen player's autograph is found on a regulation baseball that's been in full view throughout. Also included is an entertaining presentation by Roger L. Omanson.
We exaggerate sexual identity to make our gender messages absolutely clear. Grooming signals (e.g., makeup, hair cues, facial hair) and apparel (e.g., high heels, baseball caps, scarves) embellish natural signs to make our sexual preference obvious at a glance.
Ihis game should probably be called hustler's choice considering lhc opportunities for cheating it creates. The limiting factor lor a card mechanic is usually the cull. Sometimes, he just won't be able to cull as good a hand as he would like. But in dealer's choice, he can turn a weakness into a strength just by picking the right game. Suppose the best he can do is a pair ot threes. All he has lo do is call for seven-card stud, low caid in the hole wild This is a common dealer's choice game in which each player's lowest hole earc is wild for liiui and so is every other card of thai rani in his hand. If the cheat gives himself thai pair ot threes back to Sack, he will he. assured of at least three of a kind. If all the hustler can gel is a pair of nines, he can call for Baseball (stud pokci with nines wild) and give those nines to his partner.
Baseball For Boys
Since World War II, there has been a tremendous change in the makeup and direction of kid baseball, as it is called. Adults, showing an unprecedented interest in the activity, have initiated and developed programs in thousands of towns across the United States programs that providebr wholesome recreation for millions of youngsters and are often a source of pride and joy to the community in which they exist.