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Always wanted to get this book and found it used on eBay. This is called Another Place in Time. Hope you guys like it.

             First time I ever heard of Steve Pressley was in Harry's Apocalypse. 
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Nice! Lots of fun built into the presentation. Thanks for sharing!

I'm curious, what camera set-up do you use to video your tricks? I'm looking into setting up something simple and easy to use, probably my iPhone and some inexpensive software. 

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Nice!  What's the book?  Endless Possibilities?
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Something weird on the Internet (what a surprise)!

When I Googled Steve Pressley, one of the first hits was this:

https://www.magicalapparatus.com/hurricane-change/steve-pressley.html

which details a nice impromptu double card prediction effect.  The article is written in the first person and could possibly have been written by Mr. Pressley - I am not familiar with his writing style.

But there are some odd things about this site:

On the page just mentioned, about half way down, the phrase
"ask the first spectator 10 place his packet of cards on top of the packet"
appears, which is fine but the word "to" has been replaced by "10".  This is not a typical typo, but it is the sort of error that often occurs when character-recognition software is used to convert a printed page into a text file (or MS Word file, etc.)

Sure enough, checking other pages on the site reveals lines like
"Perhaps ihe most popular kind ot peek sf ore is Ihe clothespin joint."  Here the software has failed twice on the word "the", once on "of" and once on "store" - which is rendered as "sf ore"

So these pages seem to be a collection of scanned and converted pages from other sources - probably without permission of the original authors.  Copyright violations.

But the strangeness comes from the main content of the site https://www.magicalapparatus.com

Despite its name it is not really a site devoted to magic at all.  It seems to be a blog devoted to self-help and dating advice, focused on astrology, pseudo-science and pop psychology - along with a mish-mash of magic-related essays and (as above) reproduced material from other sources.  The blog author, a gentleman named James Propst, flogs a lot of books with titles like "Easy Money Blackjack", "The Aphrodisiac Secret" and "How to Stop Blushing".

I anticipate a backlash about listing the link to this page, and if the moderators want to remove it, that's fine. (I've made my opinions on the "sites that must not be named" philosophy clear in other threads.)  But it's not an "offshore" site - authors of the copied material may have some recourse.

And it's just strange.
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Anthony,

                I just have a Samsung Tablet that faces me. I don't know much about this tech stuff but this is pretty easy, just hit the camera button and push record then share it to YOU TUBE.

Robin, 

                Yes, but it's out of print. Saw it on eBay and grabbed it. I believe he passed away but not sure of the year. 

                
     
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First time I ever heard of Steve was from his one man Issue of Trapdoor magazine by Steve beam. I was ulterly blown away by his subtleties and thinking, many of the items I read always made me say to myself: "darn! Why didn't I think of that" . I've read many literatures in magic and his tricks always had a place in my repertoire(check out his Below control in Semi automatic card magic, one of the most clean and straight forward control I've ever seen)

I'm sad that he pass away so young and not many people get to see his works but at the same time I'm happy that Steve beam leave his legacy for the next generation to come.

Great work on Steve's trick btw, although I don't perform this trick but the presentation I've adopted to my biddle trick and it always got a great reaction.
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                    Thanks. I think I saw his work first in Apocalypse and from the Beam website mentioned he had written a book but was now out of print. Happen to be going thru EBAY and saw it there for $15 or Best Offer. I've done two other effects on video, Interlaced Precision from that book and Completed Masterpiece out of Harry's Apocalypse.
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    So many, who were unheard of then, became "heard of" in APOCALYPSE --- I was always pleased about that then, and am now.
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First time I ever heard of Steve was from his one man Issue of Trapdoor magazine by Steve beam. I was ulterly blown away by his subtleties and thinking, many of the items I read always made me say to myself: "darn! Why didn't I think of that" . I've read many literatures in magic and his tricks always had a place in my repertoire(check out his Below control in Semi automatic card magic, one of the most clean and straight forward control I've ever seen) I'm sad that he pass away so young and not many people get to see his works but at the same time I'm happy that Steve beam leave his legacy for the next generation to come. Great work on Steve's trick btw, although I don't perform this trick but the presentation I've adopted to my biddle trick and it always got a great reaction.


Steve Pressley was my father, and we have recently had another batch of his books printed up if anyone is interested. It can be found at http://www.stevepressley.com. Thanks for the kind words and support! I dabbled in magic in my teen years, and enjoyed it but haven't done much since. After I couldn't hang out with Dad at IBM meetings anymore, my interest faded. I still have a few card handling skills though! ;-)

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I hope some of you guys pick this up. On my You Tube channel I also did two other effects from the book. One was "Completed Masterpiece" which you can probably tell was my first  you tube video and also from the book one named "Interlaced Precision", a nice sandwich effect. It's a really good book.
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I hope some of you guys pick this up. On my You Tube channel I also did two other effects from the book. One was "Completed Masterpiece" which you can probably tell was my first  you tube video and also from the book one named "Interlaced Precision", a nice sandwich effect. It's a really good book.


That's the one I practiced like crazy. :-) I can still perfectly interlace 2 halves. Sadly, that's about all I can still do.

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Steve Pressley was my father, and we have recently had another batch of his books printed up if anyone is interested. It can be found at http://www.stevepressley.com. Thanks for the kind words and support! I dabbled in magic in my teen years, and enjoyed it but haven't done much since. After I couldn't hang out with Dad at IBM meetings anymore, my interest faded. I still have a few card handling skills though! ;-)


mpressley, I’m so glad that you’re making your dad’s books available (and glad that you’ve joined us).
I’ll head to the website now and pick something up.

rready, Thanks for sharing this little gem with us! Good job!

Rudy



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