Discover The Secret Of Immortality
The performer displays a jumbo deck of 52 playing cards, which he hands to the spectator for examination and mixing. When the spectator is satisfied that the cards are well mixed, the performer retrieves the deck and begins moving one card at a time, face down, from the top of the pack to the bottom, The performer explains that the lady, hopefully guided by her extraordinary intuitive ability, will call stop on the appropriate card. When she does, the top card of the shuffled and cut deck is removed and handed to the spectator who holds it close to her body so that no one can see which card it is. If you don't mind being a sexist pig, you can use that immortal David Copperfield line (I think it was his), you have just made a playing card very happy.
It should also be mentioned that since time immortal, there have been those who use cards for telling fortunes. Long before Tarot decks were so readily available, this was standard fare. Along those same lines, playing cards were often used to test ESP before the Rhine cards became more common.
Jacqueline, you've done brilliantly well. We've worked with coins, roulette, shapes and numbers. For your final psychic challenge, let's work with people. I'm going to imagine a famous person walking into this room, and you're going to guess whether this person is male or female. I'll tell you this person is no longer with us, but their name and image will live forever. It's someone that everyone has heard of, a star, an icon of the twentieth century. He or she still has millions of fans.
The Rising Card as described goes back to 1912 and was first mentioned by a man named Holden (not Max) in England. The Penetrating Card as used was a 1915 conception of Stanley Collins, an immortal principle finder also of England. For many years it was the favorite of the late Nate Leipzig. The Pocketbook Card was originated many years ago by Prof. Morris Loewy. Something like it appeared in Hatton 4 Plate s Magicians and Their Tri6ks but I lean towards Loewy because in his prime he came before the book, and it was his type of trick. Sam Horowitz learned it personally from Loewy and then Scarne did marvels with it because of a left hand palm to the right inside coat pocket which completely fooled you when watching for a right hand sleight. The version given here is mine, and while sleightless. other than the force, is perfectly practical for work before audiences and you can fool magicians with its boldness. (Sorry Loewy, Horowitz and Scarne) The Lord only knows who thought of...
The English word humble means being close to the ground. It comes via Old French's umble from Latin's humilis, low, lowly. The word derives from Latin's humus, earth, and is related to the English word human. In its original sense, being human meant being an earthly being, as opposed to being an ethereal, immortal god in the sky (Ayto 1990). The Indo-European root for man is *dhghom, for on the ground is *dhghm, and for earth is *dhghom-o (Susan N. Skomal, personal communication).
My favorite effects on these videos were Top Chrono, in which your wristwatch travels to the center of a knotted rope Bleached, an offbeat card location that has numerous applications The News, a card prediction that seems absolutely impossible Fifty-Fifty, an effect with a gambling theme Immortal, an evocative and memorable card trick Lasso, in which the magician lassoes a selected card in a hat (and the rope is ungaffed ) and the aforementioned Quarte. Here's the effect of Quarte. The magician brings out a slate. The lower portion of the slate is covered with a piece of newspaper, concealing a prediction. The slate is placed into a small stand. The Ace through Nine of Spades are removed from a borrowed deck and thoroughly shuffled by a member of the audience. At any time during the shuffling process another spectator shouts, Stop. The top card of the packet is shown. Suppose it is the Nine of Spades. The magician attaches the Nine to the top edge of the slate with a clothespin....
Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic is the sequel to the dynamic duo's best selling How to Play with Your Food, and it is written in the same irreverent, witty, and intelligent style as its predecessor. The theme here is tricks to do while on the road, although in this case the road could more accurately be defined as the journey of life, since the first trick involves death, immortality, and a cenotaph. You'll discover ways to torment the passengers in your car, produce a laugh and a possible upgrade at the airline ticket counter (courtesy of Tom Mullica), find a selected card using a Gideon Bible, prove that you are the God of Carbonation (using the Paul Harris Eric Mead Fizzmaster ), produce a spirit photograph of the Virgin Mary (although the image looks more like the Virgin Teller), romance your significant other from a great distance, and perform an amazing psychic effect at a random restaurant. (This last effect, although credited to a gentleman named Aye Jay, first appeared...
A collection of Egyptian invocations and spells which were used to do the most unlikely things. It was written between 1500 B.C. and 250 B.C. which just shows that the Egyptians were very slow writers. It was created at the time when eternal life was being democratised - i.e. it was no longer just the Pharoah
The seventies passed and Harris left magic for movie-making (creative people don't stop being creative, they just change media). But even if Harris never returns to magic - I have a feeling he might - his place in history is confirmed he has secured for himself a kind of immortality. For even now he leaves in his wake a whole generation of young performers who have grown up under his influence. And, it is they who will take us into the nineties.
This superlative idea comes from my close friend, Mike Bornstein. Back in the 40's he did a very clever and colorful Chinese act portraying the part of Kolma and appeared in the most prestigious night clubs, hotels and theatres. It was about this time that he gave up all the glamour and glitter to go into the retail business. Like a true magician, he disappeared from the Magic scene for about thirty years and, like the immortal Phoenix, rekindled his interest in Magic and came back. Although today he is a highly successful retailer, his interest and innovations show ideas off the beaten path and highly original.
Hearing of my deliberations, a magic friend called recently with another stunner on the 52 theme. Not only does the word 'fruit' appear 52 times in the Bible (what ) but, getting back to the immortal Bard, if you add Shakespeare's birthday to his deathday you get 46 (23+23). Turn to Psalm 46 (the Bible again), count 46 words and you will come to 'shake'. Count another 46, from the end this time, ignoring the final 'selah' or 'amen', and you will find 'spear'. Join them together to make Shakespeare Although it's a bit fiddly, there could be a patter story there . but what really gets me i who on earth thought of trying this out in the first place IDS
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