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David Parr
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Jonathan, the booklet on The Last Dream is not available on my website; it has been out of print for years.
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Jonathan Townsend
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After working out how to do that count as display, did you change the way you handle cards in general?
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On Mar 23, 2018, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
After working out how to do that count as display, did you change the way you handle cards in general?


Not sure I understand the question. That approach doesn’t really work for most card magic, which generally involves a full deck.
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Hi Jonathan,

With reference to Joe Riding. The initial release used the Elmsley Count (in both Joe's and Ken Brooke's written instruction) - which for cabaret, meant counting the cards parallel to the floor; and to the side of the body. This looked awkward, as well as creating a visibility issue for those spectators sitting to the other side of your body - i.e. with the cards being counted on your right side, the only folk to see them clearly would be those on your right, and to the centre of the audience.

The count that Joe came up with, was a more natural count for stage work. It wasn't an Elmsley Count as such - it was more of a switch (with the assistance of a finger-held break). Joe started using this around 1995; and explained it when he was at 4 F's in 2000.

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Barry
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