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by Leonard Hevia
January 20th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Cups for Sale Here Rnt, RNT2, Johnson, James Riser
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: Cups for Sale Here Rnt, RNT2, Johnson, James Riser

Jim Riser wrote this on his website:

No cup sets are available...nor are any planned for the future.

Anyone who is contemplating about obtaining a set of Riser standards might want to contact Mr. Phillips.
by Leonard Hevia
January 15th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 28
Views: 1967

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

El Mystico wrote:Bruce Cervon's book should be out this year.


That's news to me. Do you know who is authoring and publishing it? I wonder if it will include his linking finger ring routine. I was told by people who witnessed it that it was indeed the best linking finger ring routine they had ever seen.
by Leonard Hevia
January 14th, 2018, 10:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hemp Playing Cards
Replies: 16
Views: 765

Re: Hemp Playing Cards

"Behind every good man there is a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and everyday George would come home, she would have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he come in the door, man, she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man." Dazed and Confused. I knew I had heard this line ...
by Leonard Hevia
January 14th, 2018, 10:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 15
Views: 916

Re: Cy Enfield

I had no idea Cy directed Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island. This film enchanted me as a child, and it still does. There are some movies that transport you out of the TV room and into another world. This is one of them.
by Leonard Hevia
January 14th, 2018, 9:14 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

I recently discovered the 24 page Karl Fulves manuscript 51 Faces North in my library and read several methods that do meet all of James' conditions. The hands off force of the prediction that's credited to Lin Searles is very interesting. There must have been a time when solutions to this effect we...
by Leonard Hevia
January 14th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5471
Views: 1935258

Re: ERDNASE

Why would the president of a bank need the money, as Erdnase noted in the book? Of course, that might have been a lie on author's part. That's a high profile job, he took a risk publishing that book if he was the author.
by Leonard Hevia
January 13th, 2018, 11:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?
Replies: 10
Views: 698

Re: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?

I'm more concerned about the faces than the back design and prefer the look of Bicycles. The court cards are beautifully designed and the number cards have a nice symmetry. They have a classic appeal that goes back a long time. There are designer decks on the market with strange looking court cards ...
by Leonard Hevia
January 5th, 2018, 8:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bob Swadling Changing Card
Replies: 15
Views: 1324

Re: Bob Swadling Changing Card

I recently got my hands on one of these gimmicked cards. It really is a thing of beauty, which leads me to believe that Erdnasephile is a connoisseur of the good stuff. The illusion is perfect of the card changing in mid air. This probably works best in a multiple selection routine where one card is...
by Leonard Hevia
January 3rd, 2018, 11:29 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

It seems there are two choices here: (1) An effect which, under the stated conditions, "seems impossible" (by the OP's own admission) is, in fact, impossible; or (2) although the effect seems impossible, it actually is possible because it's alleged creator and his (as yet unknown) support...
by Leonard Hevia
January 3rd, 2018, 1:33 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Tom's effect does not use a stooge (instant or otherwise), nor does it use a switch or any gaffs/gimmicks, etc. Based on what he says, it also meets all 18 of Stewart's conditions. It also does not, as I mentioned earlier to you, use a nail writer, as the predicted card is known to all before the d...
by Leonard Hevia
January 2nd, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

David Alexander noted: 'It takes an audience of magicians to really know how impossible 51 Faces North is." This really is an impossible effect without a stooge or some other contrivance like a switch, nail writer, or a gaffed card. One can try it and get lucky if done cleanly but it's a one in...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2018, 11:54 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Interesting that Baxter supposedly wrote the name of the card down openly, but we are never told the identity of that card. If the identity of the card was openly revealed to all, it should have stayed in memory. How about a nail writer? It's so devious it just might work. You pretend to write down ...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

It certainly IS possible to meet all 18 of Stewart James' conditions. Also - I agree with the comment above. One of Stewart's biggest talents was his ability to write ad copy. It is part of the charm of his approach to magic. You can meet all of Stewart's conditions with the solution published in P...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

It's quite possible David used a stooge or some other method. I don't believe it is possible to perform 51 Faces North and meet all 18 of Stewart's conditions. A borrowed deck and allowing the spec to handle the deck at all times without touching any card puts this in the impossible category. The on...
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2017 In Review
Replies: 13
Views: 1321

Re: 2017 In Review

Joe Mckay wrote:Yeah - weird thread. Not sure if anyone ever mentioned this in that thread - but Jerry Andrus had an obsession with never uttering a single lie when performing magic.


Somebody did mention that in the thread.
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 8:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2017 In Review
Replies: 13
Views: 1321

Re: 2017 In Review

Also - anyone know what thread Dustin is referring to here? With a Bullet … In less than a month, a single post made on November 24 turns into a thread with 15 pages totaling 575 replies and over 15,500 views (and continues growing). I’d be lying if I claimed to agree with the initial statement. Th...
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 1:33 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

I looked over it, yes. David mentioned how 30-40 magicians have seen his effect, several of which post here. But I did not find any further comments by any of them. You looked it over but you didn't actually read the entire thread. There is a difference between skimming and reading. Here is what Th...
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 1:24 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

David's method remains unpublished. Thomas Baxter compiled a book with great methods called The Open Prediction Project. You can obtain it at Penguin and Vanishing Inc. http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=26593 I know David's method was never published. I was just wondering if the effec...
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2447

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

David's method remains unpublished. Thomas Baxter compiled a book with great methods called The Open Prediction Project. You can obtain it at Penguin and Vanishing Inc.

viewtopic.php?t=26593
by Leonard Hevia
December 30th, 2017, 11:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2814

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

The Sacks dice routine has never failed to garner great reactions. The dice are kosher and can be examined afterwards. Once you get it down pat, it will stay with you for a lifetime. And the pocket space is minimal.

Daryl's packet version of OOTW is called Out of This Hemisphere.
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2017, 11:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5471
Views: 1935258

Re: ERDNASE

Leonard Hevia wrote:
observer wrote:Being unknown is all that whoever he is has going for him. Without that, he's a nobody.


Ben Earl included a relevant Erdnase passage in the final chapter of his new book. He still has much going for him beyond the mystery of his true identity.
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2017, 11:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5471
Views: 1935258

Re: ERDNASE

observer wrote:Being unknown is all that whoever he is has going for him. Without that, he's a nobody.


Ben Earl included a relevant Erdnase quote in the final chapter of his new book. He still has much going for him beyond the mystery of his true identity.
by Leonard Hevia
December 27th, 2017, 2:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2204

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

My limes look perfect, and as Erdnasephile pointed out, it's a bit darker than the older version. These Fab Fruits are a bit on the oblong side but as E points outs, just load it along the axis of the fruit. Real limes and lemons are usually oblong shaped and loading them can present the same proble...
by Leonard Hevia
December 26th, 2017, 4:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas loot description thread
Replies: 21
Views: 1320

Re: Christmas loot description thread

Brad Jeffers wrote:Was there a Caveney edition?
Mike Caveney edited the CARC edition.
There is a Mickey Hades edition in paperback.


It was always the CARC edition edited by Caveney, but the cover of the copies that went on sale back in June is different from the copies currently on the CARC website.
by Leonard Hevia
December 26th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2204

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

Ammar's newest version of his Fab Fruit gets my vote for best magic accessory of 2017. The lemons and limes are bit larger and more shinier than the old incarnations that he used to sell. 3 thumbs up!
by Leonard Hevia
December 26th, 2017, 3:48 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Christmas Carol
Replies: 1
Views: 419

Re: A Christmas Carol

“Christmas is a poor excuse every 25th of December to pick a man's pockets.”

― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
by Leonard Hevia
December 25th, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas loot description thread
Replies: 21
Views: 1320

Re: Christmas loot description thread

Richard Kaufman wrote:Ben Earl's book is very good.


It is indeed and the first order of business for me will be to revisit Henry Christ's routine to understand where Earl made his changes.
by Leonard Hevia
December 25th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas loot description thread
Replies: 21
Views: 1320

Re: Christmas loot description thread

Ben Earl' s Less is More and Ask Roberto.
by Leonard Hevia
December 24th, 2017, 7:55 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4543

Re: Magic Books 2017

Thanks for the clarification, Leo. I started reading the unmasking several months ago and was impressed with the writing style and the level of research and investigation that went into it, but then got busy with other things. Fascinating!. I am looking forward to returning to it. Not many magician...
by Leonard Hevia
December 24th, 2017, 7:30 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4543

Re: Magic Books 2017

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Did Houdini also have a ghost writer(s) for his expose on Robert-Houdin?


No, Harry wrote The Unmasking himself, but as time went on he gave the writing chores to others.
by Leonard Hevia
December 24th, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4543

Re: Magic Books 2017

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Absolutely! Magical enough for Houdini to write a whole book on "Paper Magic."


How true Alfred, except Houdini had his books written for him by magicians like Walter Gibson, and Oscar Teale.
by Leonard Hevia
December 24th, 2017, 12:39 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4543

Re: Magic Books 2017

Thanks for the great review Erdnasephile! My copy of the January 2018 issue isn't here yet. Read it online -- it's been up for a couple of days. No thanks Bill, I'd rather keep my Genii experience on paper. There's something magical about that as there is in reading a physical book. Paper itself is...
by Leonard Hevia
December 23rd, 2017, 4:18 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4543

Re: Magic Books 2017

Thanks for the great review Erdnasephile! My copy of the January 2018 issue isn't here yet.
by Leonard Hevia
December 23rd, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1171

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Thanks Leo! Have a Happy Holiday and a Magical New Year!



You too my friend!
by Leonard Hevia
December 23rd, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1171

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

A great tip Joe! The beveling idea is in one of the Giobbi Card College books. That's another great tip Alfred!
by Leonard Hevia
December 23rd, 2017, 9:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2814

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Think a Card--when I've hit it, and Total Killer have garnered great reactions. I stick with the Think a Card with outs from The Complete Works of Derek Dingle and Total Killer is R. Paul Wilson's version of KK.
by Leonard Hevia
December 22nd, 2017, 7:58 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4543

Re: Magic Books 2017

Less Is More by Ben Earl is an elegant, thoughtful study of cutting four aces. Henry Christ's Fabulous Four Ace trick is his starting point. From there he incrementally modifies the trick to remove weaknesses, to enhance the revelations, to allow the spectator to shuffle... until the effect becomes...
by Leonard Hevia
December 20th, 2017, 8:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5471
Views: 1935258

Re: ERDNASE

Potter & Potter sold a moderately rough condition 1st edition copy today, for $5k plus bidder's premium. And another copy sold on eBay today for less that 1/10 that price! Someone's getting a nice Christmas present (not me, alas!): https://www.ebay.com/itm/True-first-printing-of-Erdnase-The-Exp...
by Leonard Hevia
December 17th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2204

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

Ammar's Fab Fruit gets the job done at a fair price and the transaction is stateside. I think his limes look pretty good and that's from his old stock. I haven't seen the new ones yet but the fake I own is indistinguishable from a real lime. In any case, the final loads are not left on the table for...
by Leonard Hevia
December 14th, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2204

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

After scanning all 7 pages of that Japanese website I didn't see any lemons, limes, tomatoes, or turnips. I stuck with Ammar and picked up some limes. They look very realistic.

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