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The Magic Memories (123)

Hello everyone!

Today’s topics are: The Acrobat family video clip – a different handling; Pause for travel to Morges and Italy.

These are The Magic Memories 123, gone online Sunday, May 7th, 2023, at 0:07h sharp.

All The Magic Memories from 2021, 2022, including the Magic Advent Calendar from 2020, can be found HERE.

This week’s The Magic Memories will be short as I’m on the road lecturing at the one-day event “Les Anneaux Magiques” in Morges, Switzerland, an invitation-only high-caliber competition.

After that I’ll head to Cherasco to visit Don Silvio Mantelli who has a magic museum and one of the largest magic libraries (I’ve reported about this before), this together with my friend José Ángel, the organizer of Magialdia, the world’s most remarkable convention (my opinion, of course). Then a quick visit to Walter Rolfo’s Masters of Magic convention in Torino, and back to Switzerland for an evening of magic for the “Kulturverein Muttenz“.

Hopefully I’ll find time to tell you about my adventures abroad in The Magic Memories 124… else, it will be in The Magic Memories 125.

The Acrobat Family

Here is a little video clip you might enjoy: It is a really simple and straightforward trick, purely for laymen, based on the “Elevator” plot, as dealt with in the Chapter 8 on the Glide in Card College Volume 1.

Obviously, at such an early stage in the Card College course, I was forced to stick to the techniques that had been taught up to that point, which were not many. But I still think that the original as described in Card College using the Glide is an interesting use of that almost-forgotten sleight.

The version you’ll see in the video uses a more advanced technique, the Braue Addition (Card College 1, Chapter 14). Note how the “Space-Information Continuum” explained in Sharing Secrets is applied to make the position of the cards crystal-clear and thus enhance the effect.

Also observe how the pacing is an important part of the performance, with the hesitation at the end, in order to break monotony, boosting the curve of interest and adding suspense before the final reversal is revealed, a slight variation in effect, all previous ones being penetrations, a little-used phenomenon in card magic. There are indeed a lot of details in this little piece…

Ref. Glide I remember an anecdote with Juan Tamariz. Years ago, we were sessioning at Juan’s home in San Fernando, in the south of Spain. Several renowned performers were present, each performing his latest ideas. Imagine…

At some point the discussion came to the Glide. Most opined that the sleight was old-fashioned and not very useful and natural. Juan, as usual, did not agree, and defended the Glide passionately, also bringing up the original handling described in Scot’s Discovery of Witchcraft (look it up!).

A little later we went for dinner. And to prove his point about the effectiveness of the Glide, after dinner Juan did a 20-minute show (at least!) for the waiters of the restaurant, in which he used the Glide in every trick! Now even the most sceptic had been converted. Such is the power of Tamariz…

To watch the video CLICK HERE.

Wish you all an excellent week!

Roberto Giobbi

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