Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The famous Dr. Jaks


Linking Ring Vol. 88 Nr. 2 - Febrary 2008 p. 58 - Article by S. P. Smith

Monday, October 27, 2014

About the secret "Odd Man"

We first heard about "The Odd Man" as Rob Zabrecky's character - kind of creepy, kind of spooky, kind of funny. But afterwards we came into knowledge that Blake Vogt is also performing his as "The Odd Man". And that's really odd. But what's really odd is that Jay Sankey ALSO is the odd man: his comedy act was called "The Little Odd Man". Isn't all this odd?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Murphy's Law - Invented by Maskelyne

We were checking out some things about the "Murphy's Law" and according to wikipidia, one of the sources is nothing less than J.N. Maskelyne.


Alas, we don't have the original article in "The Magic Circular". We checked in AskAlexander Database, but couldn't find it. Maybe one of the readers can help...

Docc Hilford's Pearls Nr. 3 - new issue

Post image for PEARLSA new issue of Docc Hilford's "magazine" Pearls is ready. It's the best of the 3, so far, in our opinion. Docc advertised this several weeks ago but only now is ready. Anyways, the wait was worth it.

The guy is a genius. We always said it.

Plus, there is a link to the free preview call for "Son of Anubis". 70 mins of Docc Hilford - free! AND there is a very interesting presentation for the "Cut and Restored Rope".

Check them out!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kenton Knepper's Inner Sanctum - Review

A couple of months ago Kenton Knepper sent a question formulary for his readers to ask what exactly people want to learn.

A couple of weeks later the "Inner Sanctum" was born. If it was a direct cause of the marketing research or not - we don't know.

It's a private FaceBook group where you join, and you have access through a web site to several files which include / may include PDF's, audios and videos.

Each month a certain subject is selected and Kenton distributes files associated with that subject, and members get to discuss the subject (among other things) in the FB group.

The contents are extracted from earlier Kenton's work, plus updates and new or updated tricks and effects. Sometimes members also contribute as well.

The subjects are deep. They are not disclosed in the advertising page.

It's nice and recommended. If you already have the works it's a tiny less recommended, but still of you are a fan, it's still worthwhile. If interested, you may try it for a month and see for yourself.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

You don't know Dr. Lynn?

You never heard about magician Dr. Lynn? Don't know who he is? Well, you should. Somehow he was the indirect cause that 

Monday, July 21, 2014

More on Paul Harris creativity

I'm surprised to find that someone wrote something along the lines I wrote earlier about PH's creativity.

What makes surrealism different from other art genres is that it is not a way of painting but a way of life. Surrealism is a way of thinking, a way of being. Once that mental threshold is crossed, which has happened to most people quite accidentally, there is no going back. Connections and patterns that are unseen by ordinary people are suddenly revealed. 

Surrealism is a higher way of thinking, the addition of a new thin layer of consciousness that grants the surrealist a vision, and additional control, of his or her mental states. On top of the conscious mind, the subconscious realm of dreams, and the unconscious lies a translucent white veil of mind, a new conscious that can observe and guide the others.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Simon Lovell Exposed!

Simon published his "Pen thru Tongue" in "Simon Says" in the 90's, and recently explained it fully (with Dan Harlan's comments) in his Penguin Live Lecture. However, pay attention to this please:

this is from The Sphinx from March 1902...!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

L. W. de Laurence


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chandu's Psychoanalysis

Ad - The Linking Ring for May 1951

David Britland said you can find a "cheap" copy of this. A search on the Internet, at least, reveals that there are no copies available, and the ONLY copy available is at 33 EUROS (plus shipping).

The effect is described in Dariel's Fitzkee review-column in Genii for May 1951:
"George Armstrong of London, publisher of The Magic Wand, The Wizard, Pentagram, and numerous books, has issued a unique presentation giant on a mental act. It is in the form of a 12-page printed booklet
bound in boards. It is entitled CHANDU'S PSYCHOANALYSIS and was written by Mr. Armstrong to describe this young Hollander's original routine. The booklet contains the introductory lecture,, a description of the effect, detailed instructions on giving the "analysis," a list of the required materials and details of the
routine. In effect, roughly, a spectator freely selects certain picture cards mentally. The performer, taking down notes himself or using another spectator as a secretary, machine-guns questions at the first spectator in a pseudo association-of-ideas manner. By studying the notes of the spectator's responses, he apparently
"analyzes" what picture or pictures the specttor selected mentally. I think this idea is extremely clever.
I do not know the price but, quite probably, the item will be offered for sale by dealers in this country."
This is EXACTLY the same effect as Docc Hilford's Psychoddodle. Docc's effect is cheaper than the used copy, and probably, up to date in terms of modern audience.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Who was "Doc" Mahendra?

* Work in progress *

"One, this material has been used by magicians for centuries, and in fact shows up in as prestigious a tome as Greater Magic, in which Doc Mahendra's presentation for the coin routine involving three coins and three spectators offered by Baker and Record was given with four variations" - Perennial Mystics N. 16, p. 11

"Bill gave us a brief lesson on the history of the Presidents of Ring 18, noting that we have had 47 different Presidents since the Ring was formed in 1941. Doc Mahendra, our namesake, was president six times" - Linking Ring, Vol. 80 nro. 20, p. 121 (December 2000)

Pictures from the Past - Linking Ring, Oct. 2000
"Certainly most of you will recognize the white-haired gentleman in the pin stripe suit. But, what about the other two - man and wife, both superb mentalists, and he was an author, and Linking Ring columnist in the 1940s. He was president of the Playing Card Collectors Association and his own collection numbered more than 8,000 playing cards. He was an excellent cook and she was a fine dancer, performing as such in their act for many years. Older Chicago and Texas magicians have the best chance of knowing this couple. Answer on page 71" - Linking Ring, Oct. 2000 pag. 43

ANSWER TO PICTURES FROM THE PAST Harry Blackstone, Sr. is the man in the pin stripe suit, of course. The couple is Ann and M.S. "Doc" Mahendra (a.k.a. Frank Sterling). Frank authored Modern Card Miracles (with Hugh R. Johnston, vaudeville card man; Amazing Card Miracles, He Can't Read My Mind, Mahendra's Mind Reading Dope, and Crystal Gazing Act. A member of the I.B.M. Executive Committee in the 1940's, he appeared on the cover of the October, 1940 issue of our journal. While his early days were spent in Chicago, and a goodly portion of his life was spent on the road, "Doc" and Ann ended up in Texas,
where they were very much a part of the magic scene as, indeed, they had always been." - Linking Ring, October 2000, pg. 71

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Feng Shui

Feng shui Luopan compass
Feng shui Luopan compass (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It has ocurred to us that the wisdom known as "Feng Shui" could be used and applied to magic. How to arrange your stage or your "close up pad" to generate relaxation, etc.?
We don't know enough of thi field to talk about. Maybe the readers could provide us more information?


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The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience

The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience 2 volume set

This seems to be a must-have for magicians. There is a chapter on Uri Geller also!

The 7 "Forbidden Arts"

English: From Mal Corvus Witchcraft & Folklore...
English: From Mal Corvus Witchcraft & Folklore artefact private collection owned by Malcolm Lidbury (aka Pink Pasty) Witchcraft Tools http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39NzdEVyfY8 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Geomancy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomancy
  1. necromancy
  2. hydromancy
  3. aeromancy
  4. pyromancy
  5. chiromancy (palmistry), 
  6. spatulamancy (scapulimancy)

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Secret of Paul Harris Creativity

On creativity
On creativity (Photo credit: Bohman)
For some readers this will sound like an obvious and absurd thing to say, but for some it will be a complete revelation. The secret of creativity is many times (and specially, when presented with a revolutionary creative person or with a very high output of creative stuff) a completely different world view, or better said, a completely different perception of reality. It is not simply the act of sitting and thinking, it's the act of perceiving a completely different world.

That Paul Harris perceives reality in a very different way is an understatement.

There are some clues in Paul's books as to what are his sources of inspiration. We could find at least 4, and here they are:
  • Zen stuff
  • Ripley's Belive it or Not
  • Escher's drawings
  • Cliff Pickover. There used to be a link to his site in the Paul Harris Presents page, but now it seems that is was removed.
I don't know if Paul received any influence, but Charles Fort seems to be Paul's kind of guy. They also have a magazine called "Fortean Times" with interesting stuff.

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