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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby derrida » 12 Oct 2010, 03:20

i dont think he knows how he does it (even thought he has said he is not a card guy)
but he is got to pretend he does to mantain his ¨magic mantra¨

another solution..
(im not saying that´s how he does it but it could work)
just put a little bea wax in your nail when you put it back smear the wax in the card.. that way you mark it..
there´s plenty of solutions for this card trick
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby caniswalensis » 12 Oct 2010, 03:31

derrida wrote:i dont think he knows how he does it (even thought he has said he is not a card guy)
but he is got to pretend he does to mantain his ¨magic mantra¨

another solution..
(im not saying that´s how he does it but it could work)
just put a little bea wax in your nail when you put it back smear the wax in the card.. that way you mark it..
there´s plenty of solutions for this card trick


Nope, in this particular case it was not done with beeswax or any form of card marking. It can be done on the spot with an ordinary deck of cards and no special preperation.

I can vouche for craig's knowledge of this trick. His answer to my PM agreed with the answer I recieved from the man in the video. (I also sent him an email.)
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby Craig Browning » 12 Oct 2010, 03:46

derrida wrote:i dont think he knows how he does it (even thought he has said he is not a card guy)
but he is got to pretend he does to mantain his ¨magic mantra¨

another solution..
(im not saying that´s how he does it but it could work)
just put a little bea wax in your nail when you put it back smear the wax in the card.. that way you mark it..
there´s plenty of solutions for this card trick


Let me put it this way, I've offered a few methods for replicating what this guy is doing. No, I'm not a card guy, but I'm not stupid about what is possible either... but I do think you're over complicating things (or he is) if using wax or a marking method... that's absolutely ignorant for such an easy to do bit.

My "Magic Mantra" as you call it, Jr. envelopes a bit over 4 decades of studying magic let alone working as a pro designing and developing magic for some of the top names in the biz. It is very rare I encounter many that understand the areas of my particular focus as well as I do. However, quite common to find those that do close-up (as an example) that do know way more than me... not my field and thus, I prefer to leave it alone so I still have an aspect of the craft I can enjoy...at least, when I see a good magician working. Sadly, it's far easier to find good sex vs. good magic. :?
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby derrida » 12 Oct 2010, 09:20

we agree on that one

by the way
i never said thats how he did it
im just offering solutions
that´s it
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby Scepcop » 12 Oct 2010, 21:44

derrida wrote:i dont think he knows how he does it (even thought he has said he is not a card guy)
but he is got to pretend he does to mantain his ¨magic mantra¨

another solution..
(im not saying that´s how he does it but it could work)
just put a little bea wax in your nail when you put it back smear the wax in the card.. that way you mark it..
there´s plenty of solutions for this card trick


Darryl said many times in the comment section of YouTube that he did not mark the cards in any way or bend them.

Craig, why don't you explain how he did it or PM it to me?
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby derrida » 13 Oct 2010, 06:32

scescop
why do you want to know?
do you wanna perform the trick or is it just curiosity?
sometimes the sense of wonder is way better..
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby Scepcop » 13 Oct 2010, 16:56

derrida wrote:scescop
why do you want to know?
do you wanna perform the trick or is it just curiosity?
sometimes the sense of wonder is way better..


I'm a truth seeker. Why don't Craig Browning reveal the trick if he knows it?

Craig, can you perform the same trick and do a video of it to show us?
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby Craig Browning » 13 Oct 2010, 20:12

Scepcop wrote:
derrida wrote:scescop
why do you want to know?
do you wanna perform the trick or is it just curiosity?
sometimes the sense of wonder is way better..


I'm a truth seeker. Why don't Craig Browning reveal the trick if he knows it?

Craig, can you perform the same trick and do a video of it to show us?


No, no...Craig don't do youtube exposure videos... any legit magic love will NEVER do such a thing. But, I was riding bicycles blindfolded back in the 70s and was, featured on the old "San Jose, You're OK" News Magazine driving a van from San Jose to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco... the blindfold consisted of medical tape, two half dollars embedded (taped) into my eye sockets to as to prevent any kind of cheat with the bandage & bandana's wrapped around my head.

I also did a blindfold drive through Reno, NV for BUZZ AM Radio back in April of 2002...

Do I need to list other examples on that front?

What I will tell you is that the trick in question, worked from very basic methods and not some kind of complicated handling, fancy cuts, shuffles, etc. It was far simply than than in my opinion or, at minimum, could have (and therefore "should have") been... in magic it's not the method as much as it is the presentation that counts and for every effect/demonstration there's easily a dozen ways of replicating it using any number of alternative handlings.
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby derrida » 14 Oct 2010, 11:42

Craig Browning wrote: the trick in question, worked from very basic methods and not some kind of complicated handling, fancy cuts, shuffles, etc. It was far simply than than in my opinion or, at minimum, could have (and therefore "should have") been... in magic it's not the method as much as it is the presentation that counts and for every effect/demonstration there's easily a dozen ways of replicating it using any number of alternative handlings.


totally agree
like i said there´s many handlings for this trick.

was the blindfold that you used craig, in any way similar to the one the late Fankelstein used?

winston
i think if you are indeed a seeker of truth then go and pick some giobbi card college.. sure youll find your answer
thats way better than asking people on the internet
also magic will open up a door to think more skeptical (or should open that door anyway)
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby ProfWag » 14 Oct 2010, 20:42

Winston,
Craig's right, there's no need to discuss how card tricks are done. I used to dabble with cards myself and although I know most of the methods involved that doesn't mean some pieces of magic can be replicated by even the best. Case in point - the greatest card magician alive is Ricky Jay (at least in my humble opinion.)
Watch this short video of the master of card manipulation doing one of his best (search youtube for "Ricky Jay" for more if you'd like)

Okay, I'm going back into hiding now... :-)
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby derrida » 14 Oct 2010, 21:02

ricky jay is indeed a great showman
thats why tickets for his shows are so expensive

my personal favorite is Lennart Green
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby Craig Browning » 14 Oct 2010, 22:49

derrida I've used a wide range of blindfold systems including one that is based more on what the great Kuddha Bux did vs. Glenn's various masks... though I did speak with Frances at one point, about the style Glenn was using in his latter years... he will certainly be missed. :(

Now days I believe that less is more; there are too many half-wit magicians that THINK they are "Mentalists" running around with steel masks, duct tape and a wide variety of other extremes to prove, beyond a shadow of doubt, that they cannot possibly see a thing. Psychic's on the other hand, just pick up a couple of napkins or handkerchiefs and make up a blindfold on the spot... some just have a person behind them with their hands over the his/her eyes... simple & direct makes things far more valid in the mind of the laity; when you start proving everything to be perfect, ungimmicked, etc. you are proving that a trick is involved... or so says the reason of experience. ;)

... and it's not fair, placing footage of two card gods in the thread vs. an aspiring wannabe :lol:
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby derrida » 15 Oct 2010, 01:39

you are right
i never understood the osterlind metal blindfold..
screams gimmick to me..
coicidently.. in the lennart green clip.. he puts own a blindfold in the end of the routine.. with aluminum paper and tape.. is hilarious and deceptive... he tip off the method on the EMC, not sure if you bought it.. but it was pretty cool
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby ProfWag » 15 Oct 2010, 03:10

Yes, yes, Lennart is quite a master himself.
Bottom line point I'd like to make is to watch and appreciate their talents as an artist. One doesn't need to try to figure out how it's done, just appreciate the beauty in the performance if you can.
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Re: Craig Browning, how does he do this card trick?

Postby Craig Browning » 16 Oct 2010, 23:08

ProfWag wrote:Yes, yes, Lennart is quite a master himself.
Bottom line point I'd like to make is to watch and appreciate their talents as an artist. One doesn't need to try to figure out how it's done, just appreciate the beauty in the performance if you can.


Knowing the secrets can be a curse; one that makes you far more critical/cynical when it comes to watching others work. I've deliberately not studied a large amount of the close-up category simple so I could view some aspects of the art that I'm purposely ignorant of for the sake of entertainment and being able to re-experience (at least to some degree) the enchantment I knew as a kid, seeing magic for the first time.

I want to enjoy more than the skill of a performer; I've seen many that lacked in skill when it came to technique and the mechanic's behind an effect and yet, they were mesmerizing as a personality and showman, which is far more important to me though that isn't an excuse when it comes to sloppiness in one's work. But personality is what makes one great. I remember watching the late Albert Goshman doing bits in the Hat & Hare pub (Magic Castle show room)... I could see most all of his moves and some of them were exceptionally bold and obvious (to the trained eye), but the audience never caught them simply because of how Albert was able to enchant and amuse them... misdirection via patter & personality. I think you'll find that this is the formula of success in most every trade but especially in show biz.
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