In the Lounge yesterday: Roni Shachnaey, Roger Curzon and Peter Zenner enjoying a traditional Magic Lounge lunch and discoursing widely on mentalism, cold reading, and bizarre magick, at one end of the room. At the other end Steve Brownley nimbly ranged over Marlo and recent Blackpool bar stunners… with historical perspectives and excellent biscuits from Les Johnson.

Seems to have been a resurgence of interest again in the Rings. Thanks to Todd Karr for this link. Though probably more Jackie Chan than Dai Vernon…

And let’s not forget the Weekly Wheeze this time or I’ll get more complaints…

So Adam says to the Gym instructor, “Can you teach me to do the splits?”

“How flexible are you?” he asks.

Adam replies, “I can’t make Thursdays.”

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Packed with Loungers as usual this Saturday. Mindreader/Hypnotist Peter Zenner was in and the discussions turned to psychokinesis as a vehicle for mentalism. Roger Curzon felt that to display too wide a range of pseudo-psychic abilities could be counter-productive. Interesting point.

I’ve played around with invisible threads and ITRs, and have had some success with a floating banknote routine. But that’s clearly a magic trick (though not to everyone, I recall!). For me, something subtler works better; a slight twitch or a slow movement rather than a full-bodied float? Have been using Andrew Gerard‘s Energy Bill for a little while now. (Available on DVD.) Not sure it would work with non-US currency, but it does! Excellent, impromptu, no gimmicks. Effective? Ask Peter.

A range of Kenton Knepper DVDs arrived recently. Includes one on the magnetic attraction business with canes. Not seen this for years, but it’s something I remember Peter used to use very successfully.

Mustn’t forget Adam’s Weekly Wheeze this time:

All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.

Well, it has the merit of relevance.