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Topic: Shawn Farquhar.
Message: Posted by: Sir Richard (Sep 16, 2010 04:34PM)
I just saw Shawn Farquhar do his cups & balls routine at a lecture our club held last night! What a pro! He blew me away! :cups:

Sir Richard.
Message: Posted by: Mark Ross (Sep 16, 2010 04:47PM)
I saw his cups routine and lecture at FFFF. Great material and a great personality , too.

Mark
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Sep 16, 2010 07:53PM)
He says he may market it if he can find the right maker.
Message: Posted by: Sir Richard (Sep 16, 2010 09:32PM)
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On 2010-09-16 17:47, Mark Ross wrote:
I saw his cups routine and lecture at FFFF. Great material and a great personality , too.

Mark
[/quote]Yes, a very nice guy as well as brilliant! It was a highly enjoyable time for all!

Sir Richard

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On 2010-09-16 20:53, Pete Biro wrote:
He says he may market it if he can find the right maker.
[/quote]He seems to be quite the inventor! I usually don't care for poker chips, but wound up buying his "Matrix Express" trick! The quality of his props is excellent; he's such a perfectionist!

Sir Richard.
Message: Posted by: dannywhit (Sep 17, 2010 08:50PM)
I talk about this brilliant C&B routine quite a bit ever since I saw Shawn perform it. It absolutely fried me! I could not help but try to reconstruct this routine in my head later that night but, I hit a dead end. This is a fantastic, extremely well constructed, and entertaining routine. Shawn has added some very common C&B moves in his routine that will come back to haunt you just when you think you are on to his method.
Message: Posted by: Sir Richard (Sep 17, 2010 11:28PM)
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On 2010-09-17 21:50, dannywhit wrote:
I talk about this brilliant C&B routine quite a bit ever since I saw Shawn perform it. It absolutely fried me! I could not help but try to reconstruct this routine in my head later that night but, I hit a dead end. This is a fantastic, extremely well constructed, and entertaining routine. Shawn has added some very common C&B moves in his routine that will come back to haunt you just when you think you are on to his method.
[/quote]Not to mention using solid cups as opposed to hollow ones, and where did those little cups come from?

Sir Richard.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Sep 18, 2010 02:12AM)
Shawn's lecture was excellent! Even after two hours, we were up for another couple hours. He told some great stories and the magic is stuff that I'm dying to try. I'll be ordering some of his products before too long.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Sep 19, 2010 07:35PM)
I saw Shawn rock out the Close Up Show at World Magic this past February/March. I even got yanked up to help with his sealed deck routine (and a photo of that made MAGIC Magazine too...lol!). His C&B routine kicked me in the teeth HARD! Never saw that coming.

Shawn is awesome!

Christopher
Message: Posted by: DLarkins (Sep 22, 2010 05:56PM)
I've met Shawn a couple of times and I've bought just about everything he has. Not only is he fantastically clever, he's a great showman, and above all, he's one heck of a nice guy.

He's my favorite. ;-)
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Sep 22, 2010 11:23PM)
I've seen Shawn do that cups and balls routine three times. It blew me away each time. He has been very careful not to let it go on youtube. Wise move, really.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Sep 23, 2010 07:39PM)
Shawn is a credit to the magic profession. A great ambassador...
Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Sep 23, 2010 10:44PM)
I haven't seen Shawn's cups and balls, but I have seen him do much of his other stuff. Just incredible. My "Tagged" gimmick disappeared at a wedding. I wrote Shawn about it, then ordered another one. He sent two tags for the price of one, just in case I lost another one. What a class act!

Sammy
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Sep 23, 2010 10:56PM)
You guys better be careful what you say about Shawn on the Café. He checks occasionally.

Seriously, Shawn's work always exhibits really strong forward thinking. He is also one of the nicest guys in the business.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Sep 24, 2010 12:40AM)
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On 2010-09-23 00:23, Bill Palmer wrote:
[...] He has been very careful not to let it go on youtube. Wise move, really.
[/quote]

I'd agree; I've looked for his routine since first hearing about it - no luck.
Message: Posted by: Sir Richard (Sep 24, 2010 06:48AM)
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On 2010-09-24 01:40, Mr. Muggle wrote:
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On 2010-09-23 00:23, Bill Palmer wrote:
[...] He has been very careful not to let it go on youtube. Wise move, really.
[/quote]

I'd agree; I've looked for his routine since first hearing about it - no luck.
[/quote]He's keeping the C & B routine to himself! Wise move for sure! At the lecture he did it but didn't divulge anything!

Sir Richard.
Message: Posted by: DLarkins (Sep 24, 2010 07:16AM)
Torn 2 pieces is one of my favorite effects of his. I use picture of my kids dressed up as magicians holding wands and cups.
Message: Posted by: dannywhit (Sep 26, 2010 08:33AM)
I hope Shawn never releases his C&B routine. It is nice to witness an effect that reminds you why you got interested in magic in the first place. I know that a certain something takes place during the routine but I have no idea when it takes place. I love being fooled.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Sep 26, 2010 12:28PM)
It takes place long before you think it does and shortly after you thought you knew.
;)
Message: Posted by: panlives (Sep 29, 2010 01:44PM)
It is great to see Mr. Farquhar receive so much approbation in this thread, after the avalanche of vicious opprobrium following his FISM 2010 win.

He is a consummate performer with a warm, engaging personality. In addition to his terrific Cups routine, his “Thread of Life” is a case-study in story-telling, connecting with an audience and making everyone feel united by a shared, genuine experience:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcgFcpkpDzA
Message: Posted by: Sir Richard (Sep 29, 2010 04:06PM)
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On 2010-09-29 14:44, panlives wrote:
It is great to see Mr. Farquhar receive so much approbation in this thread, after the avalanche of vicious opprobrium following his FISM 2010 win.

He is a consummate performer with a warm, engaging personality. In addition to his terrific Cups routine, his “Thread of Life” is a case-study in story-telling, connecting with an audience and making everyone feel united by a shared, genuine experience:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcgFcpkpDzA
[/quote]Jealousy perhaps?

sir Richard.
Message: Posted by: panlives (Sep 30, 2010 10:08AM)
Jealousy, backbiting, envy and spite – in the world of magic?

I am shocked, Sir; shocked that you would sully the pristine oasis of our magical domain!
Message: Posted by: Sir Richard (Sep 30, 2010 08:12PM)
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On 2010-09-30 11:08, panlives wrote:
Jealousy, backbiting, envy and spite – in the world of magic?

I am shocked, Sir; shocked that you would sully the pristine oasis of our magical domain!
[/quote]Yeah, but it's true isn't it? :innocent:

Sir Richard.
Message: Posted by: Ron Giesecke (Dec 27, 2010 08:33AM)
Everything I've ever seen Shawn do is top shelf. I've never seen his Cups routine. And from what it sounds like, I never will . . . unless I see him do it live. And I agree, keeping one's killer stuff off YouTube confines the intellectual property thieves to ripping off cups and balls moves and jokes that have already been ripped off by people who saw other people rip them off.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 27, 2010 11:45AM)
He's a longtime friend and great performer... his new material, cups, etc. has moved him higher up the ladder.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 27, 2010 01:37PM)
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On 2010-12-27 09:33, Ron Giesecke wrote:
Everything I've ever seen Shawn do is top shelf. I've never seen his Cups routine. And from what it sounds like, I never will ... unless I see him do it live. And I agree, keeping one's killer stuff off YouTube confines the intellectual property thieves to ripping off cups and balls moves and jokes that have already been ripped off by people who saw other people rip them off.
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One of the best ways to combat this is to use the comments box below the youtube videos.

Posted: Dec 27, 2010 2:39pm
Shawn spends his entire day eating, sleeping and thinking magic. I think he has always been like that. He has an excellent, outgoing performance persona that isn't all that different from himself. This really makes for a killer combination.

Shawn is one of the best. Period.
Message: Posted by: Ron Giesecke (Dec 27, 2010 01:50PM)
I'm looking forward to seeing his routine one day. And Bill, you are most certainly correct.
Message: Posted by: panlives (Dec 27, 2010 01:58PM)
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On 2010-12-27 14:39, Bill Palmer wrote:
Shawn spends his entire day eating, sleeping and thinking magic. I think he has always been like that. He has an excellent, outgoing performance persona that isn't all that different from himself. This really makes for a killer combination.

Shawn is one of the best. Period.
[/quote]

That is amazing praise.

Thank you, Bill, for spreading such good vibes!
Message: Posted by: Denis Bastible (Dec 27, 2010 04:04PM)
I understand that he is also quite generous with his time teaching young magicians. I don't think he sleeps!
Message: Posted by: nonvpro (Dec 27, 2010 04:58PM)
Recently, I an opportunity to deal with Shawn and his deck switch. He responded to my emails in a speedy fashion and resolved my issue. Stand-up guy.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 27, 2010 06:46PM)
That deck switch is the berries -- the cat's pajamas -- the bee's knees.

Or as you young whippersnappers say -- way cool! ;)
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 28, 2010 07:59PM)
Does Shawn teach his C&B routine on DVD?
Message: Posted by: MarkinMadison (Dec 28, 2010 08:00PM)
Saw his lecture at the IBM convention last July. Awesome! From his deck switch to torn photo to poker chip magic - great commercial material.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 28, 2010 10:12PM)
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On 2010-12-28 20:59, Dynamike wrote:
Does Shawn teach his C&B routine on DVD?
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No. He hasn't released it yet.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Dec 28, 2010 11:05PM)
His thread of life story works based on the fact that it shares a metaphoric generous experience with the audience, more than just the emotional remembrance of a sweet person and pleasant facts: the thread of life.

Very smart. I hope that his take on the C&Bs (which I still have the pleasure to wait for discovering) is as meaningful, simple and direct
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 28, 2010 11:26PM)
Good look'n, Bill.
Message: Posted by: Matthew Jones (Dec 30, 2010 04:56AM)
I am so glad that I'm a member of the IBM Ring that he goes to, I've had the great pleasure to see it I think 2 or 3 times now in the past few months now and it is absolutely amazing, too bad I can't convince him to become my mentor so 1 day I might be as popular as he is right now ;)
Message: Posted by: Sir Richard (Dec 30, 2010 09:29AM)
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On 2010-12-29 00:05, Lawrence O wrote:
His thread of life story works based on the fact that it shares a metaphoric generous experience with the audience, more than just the emotional remembrance of a sweet person and pleasant facts: the thread of life.

Very smart. I hope that his take on the C&Bs (which I still have the pleasure to wait for discovering) is as meaningful, simple and direct
[/quote]You will not be disappointed! He starts off his lecture with his C & B routine, not to reveal how it's done, but to show everybody that he knows what he's talking about. it works!

Sir Richard.
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Dec 30, 2010 01:29PM)
You can see Shawn here in March.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=393616&forum=31&9