Let me hasten to add that the foregoing remarks do not apply to Gordon who is welcome wherever he happens to be and that one top flight magician, a stickler for magical eihics gave him the lowdown on one of his pet close-up effects proves a point. One that I have eventually succeeded in making.
A professional double bass player with the Scottish National Orchestra his work occasionally brings him to London where we discuss the important things in life — like persuading him to release sufficient material for a complete issue of Pabular. On the last two occasions we have been joined by Alex Elmsley who is still way ahead of most, showed some unpublished near miracles to prove it.
Having made only one appearance this side of the border at a magical function, and not being a member of any magical society, Gordon is perhaps better known for his excellent illustrative work in Andrew Galloway's The Ramsey Classics. Furthermore, prior to this issue few of his ideas have reached the printed page. It is a personal pleasure to have the opportunity to make better known a close-up performer who has long been known only to a few.
One of the most entertaining card effects to appear in this magazine was Jan Heins Terragram which required that a card be secretly placed under a person seated on a chair. This simple matter, when performing impromptu becomes more of a problem in a set routine. Jan has sent the following methods which provide a solution. For the first method reserve a chair by putting a magazine or paper, with the card beneath, on the seat. When offering your helper a seat remove the magazine, keeping her (ladies are best for this trick) eyes averted as you assist her into the seat. In the second method you precede the trick with a prediction effect. With the prediction in a sealed envelope request your helper to sit on it — the card is hidden beneath it. When ready to reveal your prediction move close to lady and ask for the envelope, and immediately she stands take the envelope leaving the card behind. Actually the lady only leaves the seat for a few inches, and when you have possession of the envelope ask her to sit down again. No-one will see the card.
Jan's gag with the mouse and flycatcher caught the imagination of Simon Lovell who is working it in conjunction with R.A.R's King Rat Effect. Simon is working both close-up and cabaret in Berwick on Tweed during the summer season. Make a point of having a word with him if you are in that area.
Brian Glover writes to say that Piet Forton included 'Triple Flip' (see February issue) in his mini-lecture at the Hughes Weekend — very effective, was his verdict. He was full of praise for the work of Derek Dingle — aren't we all. I missed the function but caught Derek in London and during a session asked "What do you do for laymen?" He responded immediately by asking one of that ilk to think of a card which was later found in an otherwise empty card case. Next a chosen card was found underneath the helpers beer glass. That was all — just a couple of tricks — and all over in about three minutes. Simple plots which are instantly understood by laymen were required in that particular situation and that was provided by one who has found by experience what really entertains non-magicians.
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