These are The Magic Memories 66, gone online Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, at 0:07h sharp.
Prologue With Snow
As I got up this morning, this is what I saw by looking out of the window – the photo shows a view from my studio in the loft of our house, that’s what you would expect Switzerland to look, wouldn’t you 🙂 But this is not what we usually get in April, except in the Swiss Alps…
In any case, this is the perfect weather to write today’s blog!
Scoop at Neurosciences
In the preceding The Magic Memories (65) I made a bit of a harsh comment on the utility of neurosciences in regard to magic, so thought I should add that it was said in a humorous spirit, which reminded me of Woody Allen’s “magical” movie Scoop (USA 2006).
There, the Maestro himself plays Sid Waterman, aka “The Great Splendini”, a magician!
And although the movie received generally lukewarm reviews from critics, several of whom considered it one of Allen’s weakest efforts, they are of course completely wrong, as this is one of his best, for us magicians, I mean, simply because finally Woody Allen, who is an amateur magician, plays, well, a “magician”.
Anyway, in his shows and close-up performances in the movie (verrrry amusing!) he uses this line, and variations thereof, when addressing an assisting spectator and his audience: “I love you, really. With all due respect, you’re a beautiful person. You’re a credit to your race. And – I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, I mean this sincerely, I say this with all due respect, you’re a wonderful group, and a fantastic group of people, I love you.” So, if there is a neuroscientist among my readership, I love you, too 🙂
Needless to say, that I recommend watching Scoop if you are interested in both magic and motion pictures.
Preview to Card College 3&4 – Personal Instruction
For those who keep asking about Card College 3&4 – Personal Instruction: We’re proceeding quite well, and if we can keep up the editing, correcting, re-editing etc. at the current pacing, I should be able to have the complete course out before May.
In the event of you being new to the The Magic Memories I’ll inform you that this video course, similar to Card College 1&2 – Personal Instruction, reflects the content of Card College Volumes 3 and 4; it comprises 25 Lessons, 11 for CC3 and 14 for CC4, with a total of over 150 techniques and ca. 50 tricks, all demonstrated and explained in great detail and with 5 camera angles. I’ll have more detailed information about the content in the upcoming The Magic Memories 67 and 68.
As a thank you for following my largest video project to date, and as a “teaser”, this week’s contribution will be a clip of me presenting “The Triangle of Mystery”, an excerpt from Lesson 35, dedicate to specific forcing procedures, and along with “Novel Card to Wallet”, the other performance item, it illustrates how certain techniques are used in the context of a live performance.
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Here are a few comments, if I may: I have in various of my publications, interviews and posts repeatedly pointed out the importance of keeping a notebook, actually several (!), at least one of them about what I call “Presentational Problems”. “Problems” here in the sense of having a presentational idea – sometimes just a prologue, sometimes a complete plot – but no performance piece to go with it. My Agendas have dozens of such “Presentational Problems” that await being married to a good trick.
For years I’ve had several optical illusions on the back burner, one of my favorites being the “White Triangle”, see a version of it in the illustration below. The black lines, btw, are not even necessary.
The reason this illusion intrigues me more than most others, is that you can see something that is not even there. I mean, you don’t mis-read something or see something move that doesn’t etc., but you virtually see something that is not, a complete visual paradox, if you will.
I always knew that one day I’ll be able to use it as the presentational hook to some kind of trick, and that’s what’s happened here with “The Triangle of Mystery”, at least its a first satisfactory attempt (let me know if you agree).
The trick plot, to which I have finally managed to attach the white-triangle-illusion to, is a piece in the trick-family of “Everybody’s Card”, a beautiful plot that unfortunately has several technical and presentational problems.
The result you see is something I’ve made up recently, so doesn’t have the years of performance feedback I usually want for my publications, but I think it has several merits as a didactical piece, so that’s why I chose to include it in the course as part of the “Force” lesson.
Lots more to say, of course (as usual!), but let’s leave it at this.
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