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For anyone interested in mentalism and memory effects using cards, make certain you look into the work of Karl Fulves - he has two very interesting manuscripts titled Combo 1 & 2, and another called 'Word Play'.

You can find reviews for the two combo books at the following links:

https://headinside.blogspot.com/2005/03/self-working.html

https://headinside.blogspot.com/2007/02/review-combo-ii.html?showcomment=1343591243800
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Thanks Socrates!
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Fulves has contributed a great deal to the field and is sort of an unsung hero. Similar to the mysterious J.K. Hartman, Fulves is pretty much unknown to most, except through his many books and manuscripts. 

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For anyone interested in mentalism and memory effects using cards, make certain you look into the work of Karl Fulves - he has two very interesting manuscripts titled Combo 1 & 2, and another called 'Word Play'.

You can find reviews for the two combo books at the following links:

https://headinside.blogspot.com/2005/03/self-working.html

https://headinside.blogspot.com/2007/02/review-combo-ii.html?showcomment=1343591243800


Much easier said than done.

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Much easier said than done.


Did you have problems with the links? I checked them and they worked for me.

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Did you have problems with the links? I checked them and they worked for me.

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Sorry, I should have been clearer. Dealing with Karl has become more and more difficult over the years. At this point he appears totally unreachable. At least, to me.

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Ah, okay. I've read similar comments about him through the years.

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People can get to a point where all they want, is to be left alone.

Sad when that happens, as man is a social animal.

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Karl has been the subject of many conversations over the years. His contributions to magic are legendary on one hand while he has raised the ire of countless magicians on the other. Perhaps Harry Lorayne can add to the discussion. I don't think Harry is a huge fan of Fulves.

I do think it is possible that Karl responds to those he has a track record with. Sales and subscriptions, etc.
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Matthew Fields did some research into who was the most prolific writer of magic. Max Maven came to mind as did Ed Marlo. But Karl Fulves won hands down.

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   I'm the opposite of "a huge fan," Rayj.   (In my personal experience - years past - he's a thief!!)
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As part of the research I do for my Linking Ring column, I have read through a LOT of Fulves material. I can see where Harry is going with this. His crediting in his books and journals that he had edited was spotty, to say the least. Non-crediting in published material is akin to claiming authorship. Yes, there is a lot of good stuff in his "Pallbearer's Review," and originator names are occasionally supplied, but compare that to , for example Harry's writing, re-writing and editing for Apocalypse and even many of his books (I'm thinking 'Best of Friends' series). Credit is very clearly given. In fact, Harry only claimed, in those instances, to provide the written instructions for the effects (and sometimes just editing the instructions passed along), and certainly any mods made to the method or effect (even then, they were sequestered in his "Afterthoughts" paragraph.) Harry did publish a great volume of his original magic from "Apocalypse" in a separate book ("Just My Apocalypse").

Look ... there's a lot of material out there and coming up with new methods or effects is a very difficult thing to do. Writing them up too is a challenge ... but Jon Racherbaumer has taught me the importance of doing your research and establishing the proper "provenance" if you plan on writing up an effect, method or sleight and even considering calling it your own.

Otherwise, you are a thief.

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Since Mr. Fulves is not a member here and can’t defend himself (not that I don’t trust or believe Harry), I’ll go ahead and close out this thread.

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