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Illucifer
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I don't think I like Dan's alteration of the table. It does not strike me as an improvement.
It's all in the reflexes.
Jay Mahon
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I agree sir, but I do believe that Dan is a very good builder.

It would be nice to see one as designed exactly by Steinmeyer.

J
Illucifer
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No argument on Dan's skills as a builder. I was simply commenting on his aesthetic choices.
Didn't Craig mention that he's building one of these? Perhaps his conforms to the original book design.
It's all in the reflexes.
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You're right Illucifer, Craig did mention in another thread that he was building it. Since he's a personal friend of Jim's, I would assume that his build wouldn't stray from the original book design. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one in action!
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Craig,
Can we get an update?

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Just finished reading the book in its entirety. And it is exactly what I expected it would be: pure genius from cover to cover. As incredible as all the illusions are, I would behoove those who may have skipped over the essay portions to delve into them. This is some of the most intelligent THINKING that you'll ever be likely to come across. And of course thinking is what is missing from most practitioners of the magical arts. This has been money well spent!
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Frank,

It's funny, Jim has published amazing brilliant material and essays yet he still remains kind of a secret in magic. People know of him. But they don't really have the books to boot.

More for us!

J
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Frankly, I didn't buy the book for the essays and I had planned to skip past them and go right into the illusions. But the first paragraph caught my eye and I was hooked from there. I just had to devour every single word, every page- in order from beginning to end. And I'm so glad I did because the information he has shared is valuable. In fact, I plan to read the essays again this weekend to make sure I haven't missed anything!

Like Frank says, definitley worth the price.

James
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For fans of the book, as well as those who've not yet read it, you'll find a treat in this month's issue of GENII Magazine; an illusion that didn't make the final cut of "Technique & Understanding". It's called "The Four-Three Screen". It's a very nice, direct appearance of a person from a folded screen, but much better than some of the existing concepts (such as a Bryce Screen).
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James FX
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Great idea, to put an illusion that didn't make it into the book out there for all to use. Jim said that Kaufman (GENII's editor) suggested it as these techniques may be of value, and he thanked Kaufman "for twisting my arm." lol

Jim mentions in GENII that "about three" effects didn't make it to his book. I wonder if we'll see any of these in future issues. Let's hope so!
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Can anyone describe "The Travel" in this book or even email me
a scan of this part of the book to me?
you will remember my name

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Bump
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Saw it.
fabulous in description
and respect.
you will remember my name

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Ironicly I am getting a copy of the book, compliments of Jim.
I can't wait to see it in my hands now.
and the other pieces he writes about.

He really good to dad and admires him lots.
You can tell.

I'll write my thoughts when I have really looked it over.
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This is a fantastic book. I don't do illusions, but reading about Jim's theories and how he puts them in to practice is fascinating stuff.
Jay Mahon
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Has anyone taken a shot at building The Unexpected Illusion? or The Fabric Cabinet Solution?

I'm currently preparing cut lists for some beautiful Baltic Birch Ply (got em for 20 bucks a sheet! what a steal!)and wanted to see if anyone else has taken a chance with these two pieces?

J
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I've Just ordered the new book, well not so new now but having it shipped to the UK so hopfully a few more days wait.
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I am curious about the Sudoku trick, any thoughts?
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On 2010-09-28 11:44, nostrings wrote:
I am curious about the Sudoku trick, any thoughts?


I have built this and I hoped to perform it last week, but things just didn't work out. I have always shied away from the Magic Square, simply because the majority of the viewing audience was unfamiliar with the concept. Almost everyone is familiar with Sudoku puzzles, however.

It seems nearly impossible, because the audience selects numbers and the order in the starter square, and the magician builds the Sudoku from there, while an audience member is holding onto the starter square.

Aesthetically, it is also an attractive piece.
Things are more like they are today than they've ever been before...
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After reading all the positive posts I cant help but order this book. So there I go again mortgaging my future for more magic.
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