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Magic Chris
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Here you can see a demo of Paul Wilson's "Unholy Gathering"

http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=289


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Great Trick! Vistited with Michael Close at the Houdini Lounge in Vegas and requested this trick from him while he was table hopping. He did Gary Plants Magnetized Card, Dean's Box, and closed with the pothole trick which blew my friend away. Since that night almost 5 years ago I still perform the Pothole trick every chance I get. Easy to do and gets great reactions.
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I just checked out the pot hole trick yesterday. Similar method to R. Paul Wilsons effect, however I prefer the pot hole trick since there is no switches. However one question to those of you who performs it on a regular basis. Michael Close said on the DVD, that never ever has he experienced anybody who wanteds to see the original map (the first introduced business card). I understand that all the attention and heat is on the spectators map (draw on the other business card), but still? Have you experienced anybody requesting to see the original business card???

I always loved the effect from R. Paul Wilson, I just never liked the wrist killing actions and the switch. The Pot hole trick solves this, I'll put it into action after thorough rehearsal and practice.
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My effect "Holey Terror" came out in 1981. The effect is a "hole matrix" plot using a signed card. This plot was accidentally re-invented by Paul Wilson without credit to the original routine. "Holey Terror" does not use the method employed in Pot Hole and in Mr. Wilson's routine which is, BTW, an invention of Mike Weber who applied it to a ticket. In Weber's routine the movement of the hole from one ticket to another makes complete sense. You have two used tickets (a hole in each one) and you move a hole from one ticket to the other. Now you have a doubly punched ticket and one with no hole that now becomes useable. Good plot.

BTW - With Holey Terror there is no switch at the end. After the last hole moves, the card is removed (with no switch) and given away.

I hope to have a DVD out this year with 4 moving hole effects. One is completely impromptu.


In 1991 my video, "Top Secret Close Up" came out. It has a business card version of the Holey Terror (hole matrix) plot. Again, the card is signed and there is no switch out at the end. There is also motivation both for punching the holes and for their movement. Check my website out at: http://www.mallofmagic.com for the tape. "Business Card Terror" is also described in my lecture notes, also available on the site. The video also contains "Swinger" which is more approriate to this thread. This is a killer ending for a ring and string routine where the ring is actually swinging on the string as the spectator takes it into her hand. With no moves, the string (shoe lace) penetrates.


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Michael Weber's effect is in his book LifeSavers.
If you like the plot you can buy a whole roll of tickets at a
craft store and have a lifetime supply.
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I any one wants to see a great business card " hole" effect
check out Steve Dusheckes business card routine he is the genius of magicial effects,,,,,,,
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Quote:
On 2005-02-05 13:31, funstuff wrote:
Is it suitable for a beginner?


For such a great routine, it should be shared with those that
in my opinion, have a great respect for magic and it's secrets.
Do beginners share that respect? Often they do. Often they do not.
It is not just a matter of "how hard is it to do?". That question
scares me. Think about the linking rings for god's sake. How hard
is it to link 2 rings together? So.. is it suitable for a beginner?

I just remembered.... at the end of the video that this effect was found on,
I believe Mr. Close had grave reservations about releasing it, however, better
to release it, than have it be released by someone else as "theirs".

I believe his last words on the subject were, and I paraphrase...

"Please keep the secret to yourself, and please treat it with the respect it deserves"

To me, that means to keep your mouth shut about how it works
and DO NOT ATTEMPT to perform this effect until you are assured of it's success,
meaning you've practiced it many, many, many times.
Also, don't recommend the effect to magicians of any calibar that do not
share your respect for magic and the respect this effect commands.

Seems kind of harsh as I re-read it but if the pothole tricks becomes
as well known as "taking your thumb off" by your Uncle Harry, I'll scream.
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On 2005-03-11 17:28, Frank Starsini wrote:
Quote:
On 2005-02-05 13:31, funstuff wrote:
Is it suitable for a beginner?


I believe his last words on the subject were, and I paraphrase...

"Please keep the secret to yourself, and please treat it with the respect it deserves"

To me, that means to keep your mouth shut about how it works
and DO NOT ATTEMPT to perform this effect until you are assured of it's success,
meaning you've practiced it many, many, many times.
Also, don't recommend the effect to magicians of any calibar that do not
share your respect for magic and the respect this effect commands.

Seems kind of harsh as I re-read it but if the pothole tricks becomes
as well known as "taking your thumb off" by your Uncle Harry, I'll scream.




Think that should go for all magic, even the simplest of magic. Don't reveal any secrets, just direct fellow magicians to the sources, and lets see if they are willing to study it them selves. However, as we grow up and mature in magic we tend to forget how much fun we had in the beginning with the simplest of tools/gaffs. And in pure arrogance magicians starts to reveal secrets.

Worst example of a life time: When Pen and Teller gave away a TT to the entire audience on TV and showed them how to perfrom the vanishing silk. A total arrogance, ruining so much magic for beginners and also professionels. The worst part was actually that they took the magic away from the audiences, once revealed the trick looses it's magic. Simply a disgrace to the magic community and its audiences. And still a lot of magicians cheers Pen and Tellers and treat them as "hero's". I don't get it. Never cheer a ĺperson who reveals the tricks of the trade.

I think I need some strong coffee.
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My first vote goes to Mike Powers' Holy Terror - it's great.I did this 10 years ago and motivated the routine by 'punching' a hole in my business card everytime they saw a trick - kind of like a coffe bean or subway club card. After 4 punches I discovered that I punched right through my contact info in the corners of the card, and then slid the holes to one corner - then they'd have no excuse not to call me!
Then. . . I discovered menny Lindenfeld's Hollow - Wowee zowee! This became my favorite because it's so fast and quck - ideal for walk around. and by far the most visual of any traveling hole routine ever. sure, it's gaffed and kinda pricey, but the effect is worth it. there's a video floating around somewhere on it.
I like Mike but. . Close's routine is just too boring for me. Takes too long to draw the map and haven't got that type of time while I'm working. Wilson's routine isn't as clean as either Holy Terror or Hollow.
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I also have the Holey Terror, and love it! Since reading the above, I ordered Vol 1 of the Michael Close DVD "Workers" series from L & L Publishing, and am ordering Vol 2 next week! The Pothole trick is everything you guys said it is...this shall become a treasured effect.

I've heard of Michael Close, but have never seen any of his stuff until now, and I have you guys to thank for it! I shall soon have all 4 vol's!

The Pothole Trick is JUST EXACTLY what I've been looking for! Mucho thanks!

Doug
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All of Michael Close's books and DVDs/Videos are great. I made sure I got them all.
Sometimes you can get one of the books off ebay. I think that's where I got all of them. One at a time.
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For those of you that perform The Pothole Trick I have a question... Do you have any difficulty with the setup, i.e. the prep of the cards? If you know what I mean...

You may need to PM me if this is too much detail for this form.

Thanks, - Nicodemus
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Difficulty in prepping, or acquiring the tools? I would imagine both. You are going to spend some money. I would suggest doing exactly as Mike dictates, buying what he suggests, and making the necessary modifications. You would do well investing in a Dremel tool. Precision is the key, here. Once that's done, get a leather case, and put your modified "items" away safely. Your Dremel tool will come in handy later, believe me. I swear to you, you will use it for other things, and you will love it.

This is not a trick to shortcut or fudge, and say "good enough". I hope this one stays among the elite, and does not become common. I, for one, WILL NOT perform it until perfect, or as close to perfect as possible. Then, only as a "special". A reputation-maker. It's too good!

Doug

Just curious...

If you do this trick often, have you ever been busted, or has someone correctly guessed the method? Still waiting for the right moment to show this...

Doug
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