As you may also remember from previous years I am often in contact with some of the dealers and at the end of the convention they hand over their leftovers to Mike Miller who generously carries them across the world, I then make a 180 mile round-trip to Pennsylvania and have lunch with him where I also get tipped off on the latest trends.
I have noticed over the years that there are two hidden methods that fool me more that any other. Thread and math.
This weekend I picked up a carload of Joker Magic products. Of the more than 50 different items, many of them are difficult to find in the US.
Since we had a lot of free time together, we started to discuss the machinery he has at his workshop and the products he could produce made out of wood, plastic, and other similar materials.
Higar patented his discovery and this is one of the few times, in my lifetime, that the adage by Arthur C. Clarke is true, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
If you are not familiar with Glorpy it is an iconic trick where a handkerchief seems to come to life. What makes it an interesting shirt is the weird name and even stranger graphic.
This week’s video download is a routine I have been performing and refining since I was a teenager. It was one of the hits of my Gene Maze Tribute lecture.
Put & Take is a gambling game using a Dreidel or Top and is part of the Teetotums family of games which have been around since the sixteenth century.