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Topic: Wesley James-Stop fooling us Lecture notes
Message: Posted by: kakronen (Oct 15, 2002 08:16AM)
Has anyone seen these notes? What is the content of them?

thanks
Message: Posted by: Thomas Wayne (Oct 15, 2002 03:27PM)
Wesley James "Stop Fooling Us" contents:

WJ Travellers [sic] - Four Aces to pockets

Kannibal Kings & Koins - Standard Cannibal Kings plot; the four Kings "eat" selected cards. The "Koin" aspect is a kicker ending wherein the "Kings "eat" a silver dollar

Ascanio Spread - A very clean handling of this standard sleight/display

Coins Thru Table - Very nice handling of this classic effect that eliminates many of the fishy counts and recounts so common for this effect

WJ Click Lap - original lapping technique
WJ Sweep Lap - original lapping technique

WJ Snap Retention Pass - A very clean retention pass of a coin that is a bit knacky (that means I haven't mastered it yet)

Bill Flite - a borrowed bill transposition involving a spectators hand and your own (ala sponge balls)

Spread Cut Aces - Spectator cut to the Aces

L.S.D. Aces - Very fun Ace assembly with a surprise ending; so named because the Aces "take a trip". My all-time favorite impromtu Ace assembly

Forgery - A card effect that is apparently not a card trick so much as magic performed with the spectator's signature

Jack Off - the magical penetration of a punched playing card through the ribbon it's threaded on (and Lee Asher thought HE invented riske titles). Includes a nice one-of-two-selections force - the James/Crandall Force

Notes are recommended for close-up workers who want to study the real thing from an expert.

Regards,
Thomas Wayne
Message: Posted by: JimMaloney (Oct 15, 2002 04:21PM)
Though I haven't picked up this set of notes yet (I'll be getting them from him soon), I have met Wes in person as well as chatted with him online on many occasions. Wes is a terrific magician and really understands how magic works. I'd recommend checking out anything he puts out, because I know there is always a tremendous amount of thought behind what he does.

-Jim
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Oct 16, 2002 03:54AM)
Great, thorough review, Thomas! Are the notes detailed enough to be able to learn the material without having attended the lecture? And where are they available? Your review has me intrigued.

I'm a fan of Wes' stuff fromthe fulves publications and elsewhere, and this sounds like a great collection.
Message: Posted by: JimMaloney (Oct 16, 2002 09:26AM)
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On 2002-10-16 04:54, Scott F. Guinn wrote:
And where are they available? Your review has me intrigued. [/quote]

You can purchase this, as well as Wes's other products, from his Magical Tools website: http://members.aol.com/magictools/

I believe he will be moving it to a different address in the near future, but I can't remember what that address is off the top of my head. I'll post it here when I get it.

-Jim

The new address for the Magical Tools website is here: [url=http://www.pipeline.com/~magicaltools/]Magical Tools[/url]

-Jim
Message: Posted by: Thomas Wayne (Oct 17, 2002 03:15PM)
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On 2002-10-16 04:54, Scott F. Guinn wrote:
Great, thorough review, Thomas! Are the notes detailed enough to be able to learn the material without having attended the lecture? [...]
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I know Wesley only through email and snail-mail; we've never met in person and I've never seen him lecture. So everything of his that I've learned (and even some of the stuff I haven't learned) I got strictly from his writings. I consider it to be clearly and thoroughly taught from the text and illustrations.

Regards,
Thomas Wayne