-- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Ann" <awoelflebater@...> wrote:

I think your husband will love the book then.  It is an insider's view of magic 
from the perspective of a really smart guy who put off pursuing his physics 
masters degree to dive deeply into subcultures of magic that guys who are 
interested in magic have heard about, but most of us have never experienced. He 
also will give your husband some profound insider tips on magic like finding 
decks of cards that are cut the same as they were decades ago when they 
"behaved" more naturally in your hands.  It is worth the price of the book 
alone.  Through maniacal practice he is able to cut a deck of cards exactly in 
the middle again and again.  That leads to some amazing abilities with cards 
that seem supernatural.

Beyond that he discusses some of the insights into how we can understand our 
perception biases through studying what magicians know about the mind.  He is a 
very entertaining writer. Here he is discussing the book and some of its 


And here is a version of the card trick that Dai Vernon fooled Houdini with in 


> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "curtisdeltablues" <curtisdeltablues@> 
> wrote:
> >
> > That looks fantastic, I will track it down.  The experience sitting with 
> > closeup magicians like Doug and Ricky sounds like a peak experience.  That 
> > is the magic that amazes.  I finished this book recently and it talks about 
> > the genius of Dai Vernon and gives and insider's look at the magic scene.
> > 
> > Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers 
> > of the Mind
> Very cool. I will buy this book and suggest it to my husband. He was 
> fascinated with closeup magic for years and practiced and worked with a local 
> magician here in Victoria for a few years to learn more. I loved that about 
> him, that he was so attracted to magic and he was pretty good at it. I just 
> loved watching his hands as he worked, so smooth and beautiful. Watching a 
> good closeup magician is a really aesthetic experience. You can almost 
> transcend watching. So magic is fabulous on lots of levels! Thanks for the 
> recommendation. I'll also check out Barry's suggestion of the Ebert reviewed 
> documentary.
> > 
> > As you said there are magicians for the public whose attention can be 
> > predicted because they are naive to the techniques of magic, and then 
> > magician's magicians who follow how magicians think and fool them.  There 
> > is also a specialty of kid's magic which is surprisingly difficult because 
> > their attention jumps around unpredictably. Many skilled magicians bomb in 
> > front of kids because they don't remember that you put something in your 
> > hand so it should be amazing when it is not there.  You have to flow with 
> > their attention differently to fool them and have them experience wonder.  
> > 
> > Thanks for the heads up, Ricky Jay is great.  Great actor too, like in 
> > House of Games, one of my favorite movies. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, turquoiseb <no_reply@> wrote:
> > >
> > > ...posted here because I think Curtis will like it, and 
> > > because (for me, at least), there is a bit of a TM connection. 
> > > 
> > > http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/deceptive-practice-the-mysteries-and-mentors-of-ricky-jay-2013
> > > 
> > > I was introduced once to Ricky Jay at the Magic Castle in L.A.
> > > by Doug Henning. My roommate at the time designed costumes 
> > > and sets for Doug, so he often came over to the house and 
> > > invited us out to the Magic Castle (at the time, a private
> > > club for performing magicians, not open to the public...you
> > > had to be invited by a member to go there). 
> > > 
> > > Anyway, Ricky was sitting at the bar, entertaining fellow 
> > > magicians with some of his amazing card tricks. Doug intro-
> > > duced us, and I just sat back to watch a master at work. Just
> > > as with Doug, the real magic was in their close-up work, not
> > > the flashy stuff they did on stage to impress the rubes. Both
> > > were true masters of close-up magic. 
> > > 
> > > I'm going to try to track down this movie, because I suspect
> > > it'll talk about Dai Vernon, Doug's mentor and probably one
> > > of Ricky's. Dai was so good that at one point he stopped per-
> > > forming for the public because there was no challenge in it.
> > > He only performed for other magicians, and *they* couldn't
> > > figure out how he did what he did. 
> > > 
> > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai_Vernon
> > >
> >

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