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by Dave Le Fevre
December 3rd, 2017, 5:06 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes
Replies: 17
Views: 1701

Re: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes

the sort of people who can’t tell the difference between red wine and white wine with dye in it Surprisingly, many people when tasting a wine while blindfolded are unable to state correctly whether the wine is white or red. S<>Dave ??? Mr Keyes didn't say anything about a blindfold. When people tas...
by Dave Le Fevre
December 2nd, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes
Replies: 17
Views: 1701

Re: "Water Into REAL WINE" by John Keyes

the sort of people who can’t tell the difference between red wine and white wine with dye in it Surprisingly, many people when tasting a wine while blindfolded are unable to state correctly whether the wine is white or red. So while we'd all like to think that we can "of course" distingui...
by Dave Le Fevre
November 8th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Devilish
Replies: 21
Views: 1479

Re: Devilish

performer wrote:informed me that he did not believe in spirit communication which I found rather odd considering the circumstances of the conversation

Thanks for making me laugh out loud, Mark
by Dave Le Fevre
October 30th, 2017, 4:09 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1135

Re: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?

I suppose that if ever there were an Elmsley Street, it would have four houses, numbered 1, 2, 4, 1
by Dave Le Fevre
October 28th, 2017, 4:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 22
Views: 1647

Re: Magic on Demand

I have a couple of one-coin routines of my own devising. And the presentational premise of one of them is that I have no props with me.
by Dave Le Fevre
October 27th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1135

Re: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?

We went to Vienna Magic, which Chris has mentioned. Also not to far to walk to the amazing Hundertwasserhaus.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
August 8th, 2017, 4:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 3696

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

An effect that would amaze the current President of the US?

Hmm, let's see .....
by Dave Le Fevre
June 9th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

I've had big name magicians in tears as we broke the news to them that things they were adamant were "fooling" an audience actually weren't Some years ago, a well-known mentalist lectured at my magic club. He performed a numerical effect, and said that the method fooled everybody. The met...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 7th, 2017, 5:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

When I got round to watching Will Tsai’s performance, my reaction was wow, that’s absolutely magical, and utterly beautiful. However, somewhere in my reaction there was also a “but …” . And I’ll try to crystallise it. Consider Al Schneider performing Matrix . Our reaction (well, my reaction, anyway)...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 6th, 2017, 4:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

any card trick which requires a card to be signed is a badly structured trick I can think of several examples that would appear to disprove that. But maybe I'm coming at the problem in the wrong direction, maybe it simply proves that they're bad tricks. Shawn Farquhar performed something for Penn &...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 5th, 2017, 4:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5638

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Thanks Max. I'd assumed that it had to be something like that. Though I must say that I'd never ever heard it. And sitting in a café with some friends yesterday, we were discussing language, so I mentioned pince-nez . And none of them had ever heard it pronounced other than the French way. Such mang...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 4th, 2017, 3:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5638

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

the huge differences between the French and English pronunciations of pince nez I'm intrigued. Contrary to the world-wide view that the UK lives in a Charles Dickens novel (smile), pince nez is a term that I encounter rarely. But when I do, it's pronounced pans-nay. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 3rd, 2017, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5638

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

the fake French pronunciation of equivoke I’d say that there’s nothing fake about pronouncing it as if it were a French word. In French, equivoqué would be pronounced eh-kwi-vok-ay, and equivoque would be pronounced eh-kwi-vok. There is no acute accent on the final e , and therefore it’s pronounced...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 3rd, 2017, 4:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

I think that one can dislike a performance without being jealous. There's a conjuror friend of mine whose performances I often dislike. It's just a personal opinion, and it doesn't affect our friendship. And conjurors can so often be the worst judges of what a lay audience will or won't like. We ten...
by Dave Le Fevre
May 30th, 2017, 5:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5638

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

I just learned yesterday that Anais Nin's first name is pronounced Ahna-eeess. Anais is usually written with a diaeresis over the i . Unfortunately, it's a nuisance to type such accents etc, so in these electronic days such aids to pronunciation are often lost. (And it isn't helped by the fact that...
by Dave Le Fevre
May 29th, 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5638

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

I know that Leipzig was Swedish, but his surname looks German. And in German, IE or EI are always pronounced as the second letter of the pair. So I'd always assumed that it was Lipe-Sig.

(That pronunciation rule doesn't appear to be well known, since many people mispronounce riesling.)
by Dave Le Fevre
May 26th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 13
Views: 2094

Re: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!

One of the first bits of magic that I bought, about 55 years ago, was Joe Stuthard's Trilby Deck. The Bi-Co Trilby Deck, actually. Bought it in Gamages. I really liked it, and I still have it somewhere. I never realised how crudely it was manufactured until decades later when I saw a Svengali Deck w...
by Dave Le Fevre
May 10th, 2017, 6:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 3520

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

You don't need a bottle, cork, or anything else to set the coin up. Balance the coin on your second or third fingertip and stretch the damn out with the thumbs and fingers of both hands. Your finger pushes the coin upward. That's how I've done it for 50 years. I found that to be the easiest way (fo...
by Dave Le Fevre
May 2nd, 2017, 9:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Winding up the deck
Replies: 12
Views: 1518

Re: Winding up the deck

I learned this is the early 1960s. Cannot remember where, though. Unless it's in ECT?

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
April 30th, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Re: Probability Question

What Jack said. 1 in 15! , or 5! cubed in 15!, depending on your criteria.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
April 9th, 2017, 3:07 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 1610

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

What is this process called? It's a sorting algorithm. My approach was a simple one, since there were only four cards. (Yes, I'd noticed the four-five discrepancy, but had decided not to mention it.) For more cards, other algorithms are no doubt far more efficient, so I suggest that you go with Bil...
by Dave Le Fevre
April 8th, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 1610

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

Space characters at the beginning of a line of text, in order to indent it
by Dave Le Fevre
April 8th, 2017, 2:04 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 1610

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

With only four cards, a simple logical sequence would be as follows. Assume that the desired order of the face-down packet is ABCD, and that you have the cards spread face up in your hands. You therefore wish to end up with ABCD from left to right. while order is not ABCD Upjog A if B is to the righ...
by Dave Le Fevre
April 7th, 2017, 5:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 5554

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Tom Moore wrote:There's a clear divide in my client base between people who perform something within days of getting it and others who spend 6 months working on it before putting it on the stage.

I consider myself to be primarily a hobbyist. But by that criterion, I'm a professional.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
April 3rd, 2017, 4:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 9492

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

performer wrote:I wanted to do it badly

You should have asked me, Mark.

I can usually find a way of performing any trick badly.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
January 11th, 2017, 3:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Origami Wallet - Fujiwara Kuniyasu
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: Origami Wallet - Fujiwara Kuniyasu

Automatic Ace Triumph is a lovely effect. (In addition to those other sources, it's also in Japan Ingenious.)

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
January 10th, 2017, 5:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Origami Wallet - Fujiwara Kuniyasu
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: Origami Wallet - Fujiwara Kuniyasu

Also in Five Times Five.

Unsurprisingly, considering the title, he has five effects in there.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
January 1st, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!
Replies: 30
Views: 4783

Re: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!

I am very selfish and pragmatic over these matters. Who the hell cares if the bloody thing works? Referring to it as Tilt rather than Depth Illusion appears to irritate some people. And I can understand why. I find it even more annoying when the mis-credit includes the name of the wrong person, suc...
by Dave Le Fevre
December 25th, 2016, 8:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Finger Chopper - method?
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Re: Finger Chopper - method?

When you’ve lifted the handle up, and while doing so you’ve set the blade (as Richard has explained), you’ll have felt the click and you’ll know that it’s therefore safe to use. Despite that, I prefer to be doubly safe. So I move the handle down slightly until it will go no further. Since the handle...
by Dave Le Fevre
December 20th, 2016, 1:48 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Need Tenyo Instructions
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: Need Tenyo Instructions

Found it. PM me your e-address.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
December 20th, 2016, 3:46 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Need Tenyo Instructions
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: Need Tenyo Instructions

I probably have Invisible Zone somewhere. If so, I can scan it and e-mail it to you.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
November 19th, 2016, 1:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2941

Re: Rope With Magnet

When I bought Swing-A-Ring years ago, I found one part of the instructions extremely confusing. Probably that was just me.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
November 12th, 2016, 7:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 11744

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

is it better to have access to tons of great material all at once, or a single book which you devour and truly come to understand ? When I started in magic, I bought one or two books. I read them from beginning to end. Later, I was often surprised when others who owned those same books were ignoran...
by Dave Le Fevre
November 7th, 2016, 5:11 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 7928

Re: Puzzles wanted

Just saw this one https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... o-oxbridge, it may be of interest.

Surprisingly easy, given the headline.
by Dave Le Fevre
November 5th, 2016, 4:44 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 7928

Re: Puzzles wanted

I'd posted three puzzles here. Incidentally, I didn’t actually post them for people here to solve them, I posted them because Bill asked for puzzles for his colleagues. A PM dialogue about the boy-born-on-a-Tuesday puzzle has persuaded me to suggest that it's not suitable for Bill's purpose, because...
by Dave Le Fevre
November 4th, 2016, 6:27 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 7928

Re: Puzzles wanted

A guy is doing a door-to-door survey “Excuse me madam, I'm sorry to bother you, but could I ask whether you have any children?” “Why yes, I have three children” “Could you tell me their ages, please?” “If you multiply their ages together, you get 36” He smiles, and says “Well, that doesn't tell me h...
by Dave Le Fevre
November 4th, 2016, 6:26 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 7928

Re: Puzzles wanted

A mother is 21 years older than her son

In 6 years, she will be 5 times her son's age

Where is the father?


(An easy one)
by Dave Le Fevre
November 4th, 2016, 6:24 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 7928

Re: Puzzles wanted

I have two children.

One is a boy who was born on a Tuesday.

What is the probability that I have two boys?
by Dave Le Fevre
October 19th, 2016, 4:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss empties Paris Jackson's Mind.
Replies: 6
Views: 1415

Re: Criss empties Paris Jackson's Mind.

Travis wrote:What I thought it said, at a glance, was 'Paris Hilton', so I made a (rather obvious) joke.

When it was initially posted, I'd misread it exactly the same way. And the same (rather obvious) quip immediately came to mind.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
October 17th, 2016, 11:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Monte makes a return to NYC
Replies: 10
Views: 1764

Re: Monte makes a return to NYC

Interestingly, I was strolling down La Rambla in Barcelona this summer expecting to see a lot of scam artists, but didn't see one. My wife and I were there in 2010, and Las Ramblas had a couple of teams of scam artists every day. No noticeable police presence. So you're probably right about cause a...

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