cards I got, some as present additions, include one of Dorothy Dietrich
who was the first woman to saw a man in half (lower left) and doing the
dangerous bullet catch in her mouth, and Lady Burdell a sales woman of
snake oil by doing snake handling (second from the top left).
Proceed with caution: New Orleans police rap sheet and mug shot of Castro, clipping from the Sydney Bulletin and a photograph of the tupilac found by Professor Webb! The piecing together of message contained in dissociated knowledge in evidence with these objects will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
Last summer, I got to fly back from San Francisco to KainsaiInternationalAirport near home in KobeJapan by United business class. Best flight
I ever had. I was given the amenities pack above containing the usual goodies:
sleeping mask, ear plugs, walk around socks, toothpaste, toothbrush and so
forth. Arriving home I saw how fine the pack itself was and was loath to throw
it away so I though of ways I could use it. I came up with the United Card
Now the pack contains four decks of
cards, a pack of Major Arcana Tarot cards and a deck of ESP cards (invisible behind
the Tarot cards in the picture on the right), two packet tricks in a folder
& a cue card with all the routines for each pack spelled out.
I take the pack everywhere with me. If
asked to do a trick or two, I'm set to go. If asked for more, I can continue in
a variety of ways. If asked to do a complete close up show, I am ready as well.
I use a Karnival as a quick opener and
eye opener showing the amazing cards in the deck. Switch to an ordinary Bicycle
deck to do a set that can be done impromptu, then do two packet tricks, then do
an effect with a full pack special pack, switch to another regular looking pack
(note the word "looking") and then conclude with tricks that include
Tarot reading and a finale that tests the spectator and my own ESP
This is the epitome of packs small
plays big, but only in a close up situation. It could work seated in a parlor
setting but certainly not on stage.
Notice there are three switches to full
packs, but all are motivated, go to ordinary cards cause the Karnival are too,
creepy, after packets it is natural to go to a ordinary full deck though the
cards are unusual in some way, return to an "ordinary" deck is then
Effects come for the standard
literature and marketable items, as well as from or via Richard Osterlind, Paul
Harris, Michael Ammar, Aldo Colombini, Mike Mansfield, Gene Maze, Boris Wild,
Daryl, Max Maven, and me.
I thank my good friend Brad for
allowing me to add to the magic lessons. I am living in Japan and have
been doing mostly shows for the young ones – birthdays, fairs at schools and
holiday shows, Easter, Christmas, at the international clubs here. I started
doing real shows rather late in my career and never had any personal
instruction or any magical friends to share ideas and techniques with. So, as
self-taught, I learned a lot through experience in doing shows.
The most rewarding moments I ever
had in doing magic was seeing the look on people’s faces when they were
astounded. I remember doing a trick with changing color CDs, a sucker trick,
and when this little girl called me on the method and I showed she was wrong
and her face went into shock my work was rewarded more than any fee for the
show. (A sucker tick is an effect that seems transparent to the audience. They
all see that the magic was done in a simple way and they call the magician on
it and he reveals that the method that seemed obvious was completely wrong. Fradie
Cat Rabbit is a good example.)
But in the early years of doing
shows, I was just doing this trick and then that and no good segue from one to
the other. So I decided to make shows based on a single theme. I tried many.
One theme was “Magic of Color.” In that show, there were lots of color changing
effects. Another was “You are a Magician.” In this show, almost all the tricks
involved the spectators actually doing the magic. One more was called, “The
Forgetful Magician.” Obviously, each trick had something to do about
As a magician, I am supposed to be
perfect. But in this show, I was forgetting everything. I used the Lota Bowl
and between tricks I asked the audience if I emptied it or not, I forgot. They
said yes, and I emptied it again and again with lots of laughs. Not all tricks
were about forgetting, but in one way or another I referred to forgetting. One
trick I introduced with, “Here is something you will never forget.”
The point is a theme helps to keep
a show coherent and memorable. Michael Ammar has a series of Easy to Master
Card Magic DVDs, and he teaches a trick called “Further Than That.” An
excellent trick and easy to do, but what makes it memorable is the repetition
of “Further Than That” several times. This catch phrase makes the trick all the
more memorable. As in advertisements, repeating a catch phrase makes people
remember the product and they will buy it.
Do this with your shows. If your
shows are a half-hour to forty-five minutes, have a single theme. If you have a
longer show, divide your entertainment into two, three, or more parts each
having a particular theme. I mentioned earlier my “Forgetful Magician” show. I
did that once. Here in Japan, I have the same kids in the shows as audience
again and again, so I have to make up a new show each time and cannot do the
same show here and there at different schools, for instance.
Well, I did this show one year once
for youngsters, seven to ten
or twelve. Three years later I was setting up a birthday show. One boy came to
me and asked if I was the Forgetful Magician. That floored me. Here is a little
boy, maybe nine or ten when I did the Forgetful Magician show and three years
later he saw my face and remembered I was the Forgetful Magician. He remembered
me and the show because a theme made the show memorable. You should do the same
in your shows. You will make an impression that will stay with your audience
Lifted from frankness, Trails away the road, Past stumps, and rock, The shapes of past thoughts.
Slept I did, soundly, Before the stones, Blocked my path, That eldritch night.
Stones in a circle, Or nearly, But perfect in fit, Forgotten truth.
The moon unseen, In tune with the stones, Forgot to shine, New it was, too long.
Hovering in the darkness, Over the halo of stone, A deeper darkness, Then the brightness of light.
Orbs hover in that abyss, A place to bury memories, Or forgotten tosses, Of sleepless nights.
And sleepless then I was, And am now, My gaze forever lost, In that inky chasm.
-- Ron St. Pierre
America's Stonehenge is an archaeological site consisting of a
number of large rocks and stone structures scattered around roughly 30
acres (120,000 m2) within the town of Salem, New Hampshire
in the northeast United States.
A number of hypotheses exist as to the origin and purpose of the
structures. One viewpoint is a mixture of land-use practices of local
farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries and construction of structures by
owner William Goodwin in the 1930s.Other claims that the site has pre-Columbian origins are usually regarded as controversial, possibly pseudoarchaeological or the result of an early-20th century hoax. Among structures at the site are standing stones that may have been erected to align with astronomical events.
The site was first dubbed Mystery Hill by William Goodwin, an insurance executive who purchased the area in 1937. This was the official name of the site until 1982, when it was renamed "America's Stonehenge", a term coined in a news article in the early 1960s, in an effort to separate it from roadside oddity sites and reinforce the idea that it is an ancient archaeological site.
A Legend of Lac-St. Pierre
On wan dark night on Lac St. Pierre,
De win' she blow, blow, blow,
An' de crew of de wood scow "Julie Plante"
Got scar't an' run below--
For de win' she blow lak hurricane
Bimeby she blow some more,
An' de scow bus' up on Lac St. Pierre
Wan arpent from de shore. De captinne walk on de fronte deck,
An' walk de hin' deck too--
He call de crew from up de hole
He call de cook also.
De cook she's name was Rosie,
She come from Montreal,
Was chambre maid on lumber barge,
On de Grande Lachine
Canal. De win' she blow from nor'-eas'-wes,'--
De sout' win' she blow too,
W'en Rosie cry "Mon cher captinne,
Mon cher, w'at I shall do?"
Den de Captinne t'row de big ankerre,
But still the scow she dreef,
De crew he can't pass on de shore,
Becos' he los' hees skeef. De night was dark lak' wan black cat,
De wave run high an' fas',
W'en de captinne tak' de Rosie girl
An' tie her to de mas'.
Den he also tak' de life preserve,
An' jomp off on de lak',
An' say, "Good-bye, ma Rosie dear,
I go drown for your sak'." Nex' morning very early
'Bout ha'f-pas' two--t'ree--four--
De captinne--scow--an' de poor Rosie
Was corpses on de shore,
For de win' she blow lak' hurricane
Bimeby she blow some more,
An' de scow bus' up on Lac St. Pierre,
Wan arpent from de shore.
Now all good wood scow sailor man
Tak' warning by dat storm
An' go an' marry some nice French girl
An' leev on wan beeg farm.
De win' can blow lak' hurricane
An' s'pose she blow some more,
You can't get drown on Lac St. Pierre
So long you stay on shore.
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So enjoyed Paul Wilson's lecture here in Osaka on November 23. He was entertaining and instructive in his magic and teaching and personable in conversation. I hope someday to see another lecture of his.