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No idea where to put this post.  But it sure is about card sleights!

I can't exactly trace why I looked for this, but the book in the subject line (available new) is amazing. I just got it.  I have not read it cover to cover; but I have read a bit.

This book is about Ernest Earick.  Mr. Earick passed at an early age... very sad. His work lives on which is great.  

Apparently when first published folks thought the book was a joke (per a video by Mr. Tony Chang on Vanishing, Inc. where the book lives.)   That is very funny.  Mr. Earick's moves are so hard that no one believed they could be done.  A few folks have shown the beauty of the tricks, so they certainly can be done.  Mr. Chang is one who demonstrates in the video on Vanishing Inc

I like to try moves.  

There is something... a je ne sais quoi that I feel when I "get something."  And believe me, my moves are FAR from perfect.  I do have fun with them though!  

No doubt many folks on this forum are well aware of what I have just written about Mr. Earick and Mr. Minch.  But if you like moves that are challenging, uh... this is the place to go.  Same with "Impossible Card Magic" by Ray Kosby.

These folks could easily have been micro surgeons and I really believe that.

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I agree that these moves are difficult to master. If one can indeed master them, then they are in a small elite class. Good luck on this wonderful and fun adventure.



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Thanks Trini. This is like being a physics fan and getting Dr. Feynman's red books... to look at, read what one can, and to have.

Don't think I'll be mastering anything, not even getting close. But it's fun to see genius.

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Tough material, indeed.

Denis Behr, among others, performs some Ernest Earick's sleights/effects wery well: http://www.denisbehr.de/clips.html
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Thanks Claudio.  I know this post is rather esoteric.  But it celebrates the art (the real moves to the extreme) I think (at least I wanted it to).  I have seen some of Denis's videos and will watch the one you posted - thanks.

And while we're on Denis, I have written to him and told him that his index is so very much appreciated.  I have a folder in my browser so I can look there first when I have an unknown question.  Chances are... Denis has it and many sources.  And since I went (and am going) the binge stage, usually I have one!

So. Just to continue about Mr. Earick and Mr. Minch.  I was reading the first effect in the book.  My analogy above stands!  btw Richard Feynman was a certified genius in physics... Maybe Mike Powers will see this and comment on my comparison!

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Barrett,

Not all sleights in "By Forces Unseen" are beyond the reach of an averagely skilled cardician. I perform his convincing control (can't remember its name as I am away from home at the moment). It's very convincing and does not require a huge amount of practice.

What's this business with asking Mike Powers? Is he a physicist? a genius? both? [smile]
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Far from a genius! But I do have a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame. In fact, we used the red Feynman books. And, there is no doubt that Richard Feynman was a genius. He was the youngest physicist on the Manhattan Project to create the first atomic bomb. Do some research on him. He's a fascinating character.

I was lucky to have met Earnest Earick. It was at Dan Block's Buffalo convention. Earest was the guest lecturer. He explained that he was out of practice and then performed all his stuff flawlessly. I have some photos I'll post when I get back home. I'm in Sonoma CA right now.

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Thank you Mike  I am not sure you can say you are not a genius.  I have to ponder a bit on that one.  The double negatives in my sentence are intentional.  I have a brother-in-law who did use the red books as well as an MS student.  He ended up as a lawyer [smile] but he was in the field of electronics for a while.

My point was, why did I, who is rather new to cards, buy such a book?  And the answer was, same reason I'd get the red books.  But I neglected to go into an explanation.  I mentioned Mike because he has the background to comment on my comparison of physics and cards.  My background is neither in physics proper nor is it in magic for a lifetime.  But... I enjoy both!  

Sorry Claudio... my mistake for not explaining.  Mike and I had briefly discussed Dr. Feynman a long time ago (Mike may not remember).  

I certainly am going to try some of the stuff in the book.  And I did not mean to indicate that no one can do these things.  In fact my first post says exactly that ... they can be done.  But they are tough and I like to examine this stuff.

There is a tribute site out there for Ernest Earick which contains a video.  I cannot post it here.  But you can Google it.

Hope this makes sense and the book is very cool.

And thanks for the responses!  Fun stuff.

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I do remember discussing RF a while back, Barrett. Did you ever read the book he wrote? Not the text book, but a little biography. His genius showed up early as it often does. Isaac Newton invented Calculus to do the heavy lifting with the physics he invented. He was around 21! Gravity, a theory of how light works and calculus in his early 20s. Yiikes...

I think the physics background helps magic by fostering a problem solving mentality. How do I get from point A to point B using my toolkit and my wits? Creating a new concept or idea like Newton did is the most difficult and creative enterprise. But figuring out how to accomplish something is very important too. I think that that is my forte and why the physics background helps.

BTW those Feynman red books really kept us up late at ND - especially the 2nd one on Electricity and Magnetism.We did Maxwell's equations in their full vector calculus form. Yikes!

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I really enjoyed his autobiographical books "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" and "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" - actually quite inspirational.   I never went far enough in Physics to try reading his technical writing ... I did pick up "Six Easy Pieces" several years ago but never got around to reading it.
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Cool.  More physics folks!  Hi Robin.

Yes Mike, I have read many RF books and have seen documentaries.  He's my favorite!  I think the most memorable by him for me is "QED."  And of course "Genius."  And yes the big "events" come to folks in their 20's.  I never had one of those ...

Anyway, I am getting a kick from the Ernest Earick book.  That video "out there" is indicative of this gentleman's perfection and just raw talent.

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I'm going to have to revisit both Feynman and Earick when I get back home. The only bio oriented item I read was "Surely You're Joking Mr. F"

Much fun!

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It's worth noting that this was intended to be a sleight book, but fearing people wouldn't buy that, Minch created alot of the tricks in the book (as I heard it).
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Thank heavens Ernest Earick's brilliance was documented so meticulously by Stephen Minch! I love this book and feel I have only scratched the surface. Each discovery leads me down a new path of exploration and application. What might have remained "unseen" by all but a few is living proof that the art and craft of close-up will continue to grow.

Mr. Earick's work on the obscure and antique Goldin Snap Change prompted me to add new dimension to some of my pet routines. It is so visual, and unlike so many color changes in our universe, it doesn't look sneaky, washy or contrived.

For those considering the book, this video from Charles Hsu proves that the difficult work can be worth the time:

The Goldin Change is featured at 1:45



Dennis Behr's demonstration of House Guest is so clean... and utilizes a devious and baffling method for card to box:



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Just thought I'd add a link to Ernest Earick's tribute page on Bill Goodwin's website here: http://billgoodwinmagic.com/earick.html

In there you can see a video of him doing some stuff [smile]
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