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Please reserve me the Ramsay Reunion Tapes. I enclose Cheque/P.O./Cash/lnternational Money Order. I understand these will be sent to me as soon as possible.
To Vic Pinto we owe an apology, in fact, more than one. We failed to credit him for the pictures which appeared in last months issue, I (not we) failed to ensure that his name appeared with the photograph which accompanied Walt Lees report in INFO, and on the front page of ABRA. We also apologise in advance for any pictures which may appear in the GENII. No provision had been made to get a pictorial record of the Ramsay Reunion, so without the ones taken by Vic, who is a leading commercial photographer, there would have been an irreplaceable gap in the records of the event.
A report that Andy Galloway performed at the Ramsay Reunion may be puzzling some of those who attended the event. He did perform some of John Ramsay's favourite effects privately for the Professor, Fred Kaps and David Roth and not as the report seemed to indicate as part of the programme
One who did appear was Doug Alker. He recently slipped over to Holland for the Dutch Convention where his distinctive style and dramatic ability plus a pack of cards won for him the close up competition. Congratulations.
Rovi was also there lecturing and no doubt performing close up magic wherever two or three were gathered together. He recently made TV appearance performing cut and restored handkerchief, unlinking ropes and card tricks. The camera was angled to give an excellent view of the table top and the properties used. Never did we get a full face view of the performer and we only saw the backs of the spectators assisting with the tricks. It was a perfect example of how not to use the camera when presenting intimate magic to the faces of those assisting in the audience. The success of any kind of television programme in which people are involved depends entirely upon how well the personalities of those taking part comes over to the viewers. In this particular instance the personality of Rovi, and he has plenty of that valuable commodity, never came over for the very simple reason we never really saw his face, the chief indicator of anyone's personality. Indeed it was difficult for his friends (of which I am/was one) to recognise him.
Still with television, John Fisher the BBC TV producer and knowledgeable in matters magical has been busy recording acts for future magic shows. There were three sessions in all which included only one which may be regarded as strictly close up — A1 Goshman. Entirely from memory, the others were Paul Daniels — Jay Marshall — Marvin Roy — Bob Harbin — Moretti's — Valerie — Flip — Johnny Thompson — those I missed — and Harry Blackstone Junior. Personal favourite effect Blackstone's Dancing Handkerchief.
Eddie Dawes makes an interesting observation when referring to the routine titled The Card Expert in which it was suggested "should be presented as an exhibition of technical skill." This routine includes the Four Aces, Ambitious Card, Reverses and a Colour Separation and Eddie writes 'certainly the "magic" will have been effectively removed from any other card effect shown.' Few would disagree with this statement and in most instances it is a valid one, but there are exceptions, and it is actually possible to enhance the "magic" of a card effect by preceding it with a display of technical expertise.
Using the routine in question as an example omitting only the Colour Separation, let us assume the point in the effect has been reached when the four eights have been dealt on to the table. Instead of putting the balance of the cards in a separate pile on the table drop them on top of the other face down packet.
Your display of skill is now over, you indicate that you will show something a little different. Pick up all the face up cards, with the "exception of a red and black eight, and push them into the face down packet apparently haphazardly, but making sure that the red cards go into red half and the black into the black half.
As most readers will have now realised the next trick will be Paul Curry's 'Out of this World' and it has been my experience that the greatest impact is achieved with this effect if it is performed immediately after a display of digital skill. To include it among other effects it becomes just another card trick.
It is of course possible to leave the display of royal flushes and the four eights and perform the Curry effect with the remaining cards. A description of Out of thi World can be found in Paul Clive's book, Card Tricks without Skill, or it may be possible to obtain it as a separate trick from your magical dealer.
Had several sessions recently with Darwin Ortiz a New Yorker over here to lecture at Jack Hughes' Wizard's Weekend. His speciality is riffle stacking. Here is a 'for instance'. With the four aces and four kings on top of the pack someone suggests the number hands to be dealt, three to seven inclusive, and which hand is to receive the kings. The dealer will get the aces. Darwin obliges after giving the pack four riffle shuffles.
With him and performing incredible dice stacking came Jim Zachary who is seeking a copy of Clayton Rawson's Death from a Top Hat. Would be pleased to hear from anyone with a copy to spare.
Charlie Miller also in town joined us and did a card trick. He stayed with us until the early hours even though he claims to have given up magical sessions.
The increase in space allotted to advertisements in this and subsequent issues will not push the Page Boy out nor reduce the number of tricks etc. There will be an increase in the number of pages in some issues and this may be one of them.
Four items for review this month and all from Busby Enterprises. The first and the one most likely to appeal to magicians is Larry Jenning's 'On Card and Coin Handling' price Ten Dollars. Divided into three sections the first deals with coins and explains five effects which are a Copper and Silver effect using two coins, a spectator's hands and the Dobrina palm. Coins through the table with four coins and a whiskey glass. A 'stand up' three coin routine with a handkerchief serving as table. Four coins pass from hand to hand. A coin vanishes and appears in a pack of cards next to a selected card.
The card section has fourteen tricks which include a cards to pocket effect in which two selected cards find their way into pockets selected by a spectator. Follow your Leader, a Slow Motion Four Aces, and an effect in which all the cards in the pack change colour except the three previously chosen, a couple of small packet effects etc.
Section Three is exclusively devoted to Larry Jennings excellently routined and original version of A1 Wheatley's Chop Cup. It was first published in the Genii and although the text in this description is much the same, there are additional line drawings which make some of the moves easier to understand. The routine is intended to be performed seated at a table and as a result of this re-publication many will be inspired to add the effect to their programme.
All the material has previously been in print "either in magazines or lecture notes but it is doubtful if many, especially those outside the U.S., will be acquainted with all the material offered. The gathering of so many of the originations of Larry Jennings within the pages of one book will be particularly welcomed by the many admirers of his work who have been unable to gain access to, or unaware of, some of the effects described therein. To those, and others, who enjoy performing magic of the kind that requires some effort — though there are a few 'self-workers' — will find many hours of pleasure within the 67 pages of this book of clearly explained practical close up magic. The fine illustrations of Ken Taylor which supplement thq text cannot be allowed to pass without mention. Recommended without reservation to all who love magic sufficiently to give it some practise time.
The Secret Tricks of Bending Metal Objects with JUST Your Mind, or How Those Big Time "Psychics" on TV Fool You Every Time. Distributed entirely by Busby Enterprises. Four dollars plus, 50 cents postage. The title is almost a review in itself, and what follows on the front cover of this book with pages the size of this magazine, tells us that you can amaze your friends, astound your relatives, etc. etc., for hours as you bend door keys, car keys, spoons, knives, forks, coins, nails and other metal objects. Conjurers who have kept abreast with the literature of 'bending' methods will find little new in this respect. It may be possible to astound at least one of your relatives if you are the small son of a doting and gullible mother, but married men will be unlikely to meet with similar success when trying to convince their wives that a bent piece of cutlery is a result of their psychic powers. Purporting to have been written by a professional psychic who had decided to give up the "racket" and when ready for publication, reversed his decision to give up the profession and as a result elected to remain the 'Anonymous Psychic Bender'.
Amusingly written it does give the lowdown on what is required to achieve success in the field of 'psychic bending' and as such will meet with, the approval of anyone considering embarking on such a career.
For the next few months Busby Enterprises will have the exclusive distribution rights of Baccarat Fair and Foul by Professor Hoffman. Published by The Gambler's Book Club priced Two Dollars plus postage, it is a reprint of the original first published in 1891 and made possible with the help of Jeff Busby who also provides an interesting and informative introduction. In common with their previous reprints the title page of the original has been reproduced.
The first nineteen pages are devoted to explaining the games of Baccarat, of which there are two, Baccarat Chemin de Fer and Baccarat Banque. The remaining 34 pages cover the various fraudulent methods used by both bankers and punters.
We are informed that one of the most popular methods of cheating was the secret arrangement of a number of cards which were then added to the top of the pack immediately before the deal. The methods used to make this secret addition axe varied and interesting and in the words of the Professor, "An immense amount of perverse ingenuity has been directed to covering this particular manoeuvre."
As can be expected second dealing, marked cards, secret telegraphing and methods of secretly adding or subtracting money from the stake after the cards aré dealt receive attention. Purchasers of similar books in this series will certainly wish to add this new item to their collection.
How to Control Fair Dice. Two dollars plus postage published by Busby Enterprises is a reprint from the K.C. Card Co. edition of the thirties, and previously sold at prices varying from five and twentyfive dollars. Some of the shots have appeared in 'Scarne on Dice' but should be of interest to gambling collectors as it contains material not published elsewhere.
If you do a stop trick routine, here is an alternative handling you may like to try. The effect incorporates a fancy deal the origin of which escapes me, but the idea must be very well known nevertheless. The effect is similar to most stop tricks, a chosen card being returned to the deck and lost, the cards being dealt singly until the card chooser calls "STOP" the card being dealt at that time when "STOP" is called is then proved to be the original chosen card.
In this method, the cards are held in the right hand as (Fig.l), the first finger pushes off the top card as illustrated in (Fig.2), the card then lies in position roughly 90 degrees at an angle from the deck proper, the ri^ht hand passes across the left hand palm as (Fig.2) then returns towards the body, during this return the singly pivotted card is caught by the left raised thumb which causes the card to align with the cards in the left hand, this is the deal action, each card going through the above motions and arriving into the left hand.
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