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I understand this section is the place where we are supposed to talk about our favourite magicians. In that case I am ready to post a video of this illustrious person who naturally is myself. This is the one I mentioned on another thread. James Munton keeps posting rather awful edited versions to make me look silly. However, he has finally acquiesced in doing the whole thing almost properly. i say "almost" since he has insisted on altering the original music and for some odd reason which is beyond my comprehension intertwined various pictures of cats among the card tricks and coin tricks. Perhaps he is an animal lover-I have no idea. 

Anyway this lasts around 20 minutes and it shows me doing magic 25 years ago when I had hair and was not old and decrepit in the way that I am now.

I hope you enjoy it.

 

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I can't believe nobody has commented on this video. After all several people requested to see an unedited version of the full thing. That was it!
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Mark, I watched and thoroughly enjoyed it. The technique and presentation was very smooth. There are several subtle gags and wordplay--mainly in the form of questions--that really keep the spectator off balance. Well done sir!

Even though you warned me, I have to wonder what James Munton's intent was with the single frame images of cats*!?! There's more subliminal imagery in this video than The Excorcist! It certainly explains why--after watching the performance--I clawed the hell out of my easy chair, chugged an entire carton of half-and-half, and tore apart a sparrow with my bare hands.


*beware James Munton's feline subliminal seduction at 00:48, 03:19, 09:16, 12:04, 14:09, 16:12 and 18:20
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I can't believe nobody has commented on this video. After all several people requested to see an unedited version of the full thing. That was it!

I was too amazed and stunned to say anything. [smile]
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I was too amazed and stunned to say anything. [smile]

 

Since you appear to be a cat yourself I thought perhaps you might have some insight on the matter. However, I agree with Frederick. Munton is a demented scoundrel and I am going to summon him here to explain himself.

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Munton is a demented scoundrel and I am going to summon him here to explain himself. 


Use caution Mark... I not so sure any of us want to hear Munton's explanation for this:

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I didn't see that. Is it one of the fleeting images on my video?
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Since you appear to be a cat yourself I thought perhaps you might have some insight on the matter. However, I agree with Frederick. Munton is a demented scoundrel and I am going to summon him here to explain himself.


I'm not suppose to say anything, but it's all part of the cats' plan to take over the world. I think your friend is one of us! (Insert evil laugh here)
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Is it one of the fleeting images on my video?


It is indeed... I find it terrifyingly reminiscent of this fleeting image from Stanley Kubrick's Shining:

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I am in the middle of a trade show. Once I get it out of the way I shall demand Munton come here and explain himself.
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Thanks for sharing this video mark. your presentation style is one of kind, a joy to watch.
What is the name of the effect your doing around 9 minutes in?
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Thanks for sharing this video mark. your presentation style is one of kind, a joy to watch. What is the name of the effect your doing around 9 minutes in?

I must have done that trick about 40 times yesterday at a trade show! And I will probably be doing it about 40 times today! Unlike other trade show magicians who do only one or two shows an  hour I go pretty non stop all day. It is the svengali pitchman in me.

I have been doing that trick all my life. It is Now You See It from the Royal Road to Card Magic but instead of using four cards as in the original method I use five. I invented the variation you were seeing. Mind you, I often wonder if I should have kept to the original version since I got so much reaction out of it. In the old days I had a slower presentation where I would force the card behind my back in the way that is described in the Royal Road. And when you use four cards it is far more likely they will pick the correct one. Still, for trade shows you have to go at a quicker pace and I like the five cards rather than four so I am stuck with it.

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I was too amazed and stunned to say anything. [smile]

 

I do hope you were referring to the magic, my dear!  Your statement can be taken two ways you know!

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Mark, I thoroughly enjoyed your performance. Now both you and I have the same "favorite magician."  Your blend of clever patter, interaction with the spectator, gags, flourishes, and technique is wonderful, and IMHO, exemplifies what "entertaining" with magic should be.

While I had been aware that you have performed in Burlesque joints, I never realized until now that you have appeared at "cat" houses. Those felines seemed truly mesmerized and blown away.
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Mark, I thoroughly enjoyed your performance. Now both you and I have the same "favorite magician."  Your blend of clever patter, interaction with the spectator, flourishes, and technique is wonderful, and IMHO, exemplifies what "entertaining" with magic should be.

While I had been aware that you have performed in Burlesque joints, I never realized until now that you have appeared at "cat" houses. Those felines seemed truly mesmerized and blown away. 

 

Thank  you kindly. Naturally I share your opinion and consider you a man of astute judgement. Perhaps you could mention this on the Genii Forum where they have recently gone into a state of paralysis over the matter. I did put the video on there too but it seems they are not cat lovers. I started one thread and nary a word was said so naturally I started another one thinking they had missed it so I thought I would remind them. Alas not very much at all. The new thread was entitled " I think some of you missed this"

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I do hope you were referring to the magic, my dear!  Your statement can be taken two ways you know!


I meant that you were young and had hair, but the magic was pretty good too! LOL
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Ah, that explains it! But wait! Here is another one of me when I was young and had hair! I may have posted this already but I don't think so. I am not doing magic here. I am pretending to do graphology.

http://www.rte.ie/archives/category/entertainment/2016/0311/774168-graphology/

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Thank  you kindly. Naturally I share your opinion and consider you a man of astute judgement. Perhaps you could mention this on the Genii Forum where they have recently gone into a state of paralysis over the matter. I did put the video on there too but it seems they are not cat lovers. I started one thread and nary a word was said so naturally I started another one thinking they had missed it so I thought I would remind them. Alas not very much at all. The new thread was entitled " I think some of you missed this"



Mark, I have not been on the Genii Forum since I became a member here. You may remember me telling you how disillusioned I was after you had shared really valuable ideas from your card trick book, and virtually no one (except yours truly) expressed their appreciation or even acknowledged it. They seem to be too wrapped up in trivia, and maintaining a clique.  Regrettably, this is the case with many magicians.  Although this Forum is so much better than Genii and there are quite a few sincere, appreciative members, I have noticed that on several occasions when I have shared here, what I considered to be valuable tips, information, and experiences, and a video of my multiplying rabbit routine (which laymen love), these things more often than not elicited no appreciative comment or recognition from anyone. C'est lavie...
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Magic-Aly,
Are you talking about sponge rabbits? Because I would love to see your video of the multiplying rabbits. I tried searching for it, but I couldn't find it.

I honestly never get tired of watching sponge bunnies! It may be my favorite trick ever. [smile]
I definitely want to learn how to do a routine, but I have no idea where to start.
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Magic-Aly, Are you talking about sponge rabbits? Because I would love to see your video of the multiplying rabbits. I tried searching for it, but I couldn't find it. I honestly never get tired of watching sponge bunnies! It may be my favorite trick ever. [smile] I definitely want to learn how to do a routine, but I have no idea where to start.


MAGICAT, Since you have asked, I will post it.  I apologize in advance for the quality of the video as it was taken in a dark bar/restaurant with an iPhone.  Note, that I want to credit Chuck Smith with the idea of the theme, "Peter and Ruby and the Three Carrot Ring," although I have added to it my own original touches, lines and gags. The ventriloquist gag was inspired by a similar gag Bill Malone does in his matrix routine, and which Bill has no problem with me using. Hope you enjoy it.

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I hope Mark doesn't think that bunnies are taking over his topic!
I loved that video. Very funny, and I'm a sucker for puns. Thanks for posting.
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Very good interaction with the people there. I have always said magic is PEOPLE. And manipulating the people is more important than manipulating the props. You do that very well and the proof is the reaction from the PEOPLE.

I have often thought magicians underestimate the rabbit trick. They think of it as a magic shop novelty slum item. It is far more than that. And it probably isn't as exposed and hackneyed as the balls.

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MAGICAT, Since you have asked, I will post it.  I apologize in advance for the quality of the video as it was taken in a dark bar/restaurant with an iPhone.  Note, that I want to credit Chuck Smith with the idea of the theme, "Peter and Ruby and the Three Carrot Ring," although I have added to it my own original touches, lines and gags. The ventriloquist gag was inspired by a similar gag Bill Malone does in his matrix routine, and which Bill has no problem with me using. Hope you enjoy it.



That was a very charming and entertaining presentation! It's obvious by the reactions from those ladies that they were having a great time and enjoyed your magic!

Thanks for sharing this with us.

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Very good interaction with the people there. I have always said magic is PEOPLE. And manipulating the people is more important than manipulating the props. You do that very well and the proof is the reaction from the PEOPLE.

I have often thought magicians underestimate the rabbit trick. They think of it as a magic shop novelty slum item. It is far more than that. And it probably isn't as exposed and hackneyed as the balls.



I completely agree!

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MARK & RUDY,

Thank you for your kind comments, and for raising my spirits!  Having seen both of your work, the feeling is mutual.

And MagicCat, thank you, as well! Glad you enjoyed.
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There. I have always wanted to be part of a mutual admiration society. Now all we need is Munton to get here and spoil things. However, I want him to explain what all those bloody cats were all about! I have already given him a link to this forum twice and he is actually a member so I shouldn't have to. Alas he is too busy right now making websites of British cooking for some odd reason.
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I must have done that trick about 40 times yesterday at a trade show! And I will probably be doing it about 40 times today! Unlike other trade show magicians who do only one or two shows an  hour I go pretty non stop all day. It is the svengali pitchman in me.

I have been doing that trick all my life. It is Now You See It from the Royal Road to Card Magic but instead of using four cards as in the original method I use five. I invented the variation you were seeing. Mind you, I often wonder if I should have kept to the original version since I got so much reaction out of it. In the old days I had a slower presentation where I would force the card behind my back in the way that is described in the Royal Road. And when you use four cards it is far more likely they will pick the correct one. Still, for trade shows you have to go at a quicker pace and I like the five cards rather than four so I am stuck with it.



I like your version quite a bit. I was mesmerized by your unique handling of all those card tricks. I was thoroughly fooled by your magic and loved every minute of it.
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Thank you for your kind words, Charlie. Much appreciated.
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