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Hideo Kato
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I want to make one thing clear.

I did not write about 'Flash' to criticize the performance. Although most of you don't know, I can say I am a student of Larry Jennings. Moreover I can say Larry is my good friend. (I stayed his house for 2 weeks, learned Card Magic from him and wrote a Card magic Book in Japanese which is the best seller Card Magic book still today).

In any magicians at his prime time, he is possible to make a mistake. I did not point that mistake, but I pointed it is a pity thing for a magic lover that he/she uploaded that video on internet.

I sincerely wish you understand my sentiment.

Hideo Kato

P.S.

Taking this occasioin, I would like to explain a little more about me and Larry.

When Larry Jennings visited Japan first time together with Dai Vernon, I have escorted them as their interpreter for 2 weeks while they toured in Japan to give lectures. (This lecture was organized by Tenyo Co. I was Tenyo's creator).

Most impressive moment in their tour was when Dr. Sawa Hiroshi performed his Magic for us in Palace Hotel room. Dr. Sawa's magic made both two great magicians cry. They shut the room door and did not come out from the room for 2 hours to disscuss about Sawa's magic. The rumor about Sawa started from Professor and Larry, and Sawa debuted in American magicians scene soon.

When Larry visited Japan second time, I was visiting other contries and only had last day to meet Larry. I hurriedly went to airport and made a hug with Larry and had only 30 minutes Card Session. That was my last memory with Larry as he passed away a few years later.

I am very lucky that I have a friend who truly loved Card Magic.
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It has always been clear Hideo San. How I wish I was there during those times.

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Some things:

1. How many people are that confident to throw a double to the table without both the cards showing? In front of an audience? Up close? *** that's hard. I've been trying that for a long time now and I can't do it close to 100%. I thought his whole timing, cardhandling and stuff was as natural and perfect as it comes. The flash, well, I think it's a magicians flash. Audiences may think it's the same card as the whole card is not visible at that moment (if I remember correctly).

2.I've shown this clip to my girlfriend, who knows how the tricks works, sort of. My fault, I know. She didn't notice the flash but she absolutely loved the performance. First thing she said when she heared Larry talk: "He got a nice style, he seems so nice!". I think that's a big accomplishment, if you can do that for your audience in a second or two.
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To me, the flash was no big deal, and hardly noticable. Since most of us know the method being used, it's easy for us to pick-up on that sort of thing. I believe a true lay person wouldn't. Having said that, what I liked the most about this was his pace and his handling. Not too slow, and not too fast, just perfect enough to enjoy the magic. All to often I see guys doing invisble palm rather fast and handling the cards in wierd ways. To me, too much handling would draw suspicion from a lay person. So, even though they may not know how your doing it, by handling the cards too much they might think that has something to do with it. I thought Jennings did a great job in this regard.

BTW - Rather than start a new thread, there are also Tommy Wonder clips on youtube. Just type in Tommy Wonder in the search and you'll get a few clips that show up. His presentation of Wild Card is excellent!
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Hideo Kato,

You are one of the greats that I spoke of. A person can't buy the memories that you have in magic. The Café is a MUCH better place with you sharing your knowledge, and by the way, thanks for all of the wondeful handlings of your effects that you have shared here over the years. I have found some real gems looking back through the handlings that you have given away here.

The story you shared above is wonderful as well, thank you my friend.

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Thank you Clark-san for the warm words.
Your words are gem to me.

Sincerely,

Hideo Kato
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Tielie - handling double cards comes with practice. But remember practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Make sure you understand the technique then practice. I think "Jenning's 67" has the best description of how Larry handled the doubles. Beyond that learn how to handle a double. It's kind of strange once you get the knack you wonder how you got along without it.
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Yeah that's probably it but still... I think it's harder than 99% of all the moves out there. Pure beauty.
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I don't think practice never make a sleight better if you are practicing wrong way. Particularly in this case of turning double cards on the table, you can do it very easily if you know correct hight and correct rotation degree. If rotation is too much, the cards bounce on the table. It is most important to land cards as flat as possible.

Test different hight and rotation degree, and soon you will find the correct way.

One more point to be remembered is that Larry Jennings soon squared the cards after dropping double. It is for the case cards separated.

After knowing correct way, keep bdekolta-san's sugestion, practice, practice and practice.

Hideo Kato
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That was great to watch, Thanks for letting us know that it was up on that site.
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That was a wonderful performance. Flashes don't matter. What matters is what is conveyed through the performance. That was incredibly magical. Technical skill is one thing. But it is nothing without a good performance. All of you criticizing the flash, which, by the way, I didn't notice should really take a look at what makes the routine work: timing, confidence, motivation, relaxation and engagement and many other factors that I'm leaving out. I'd like to see half the people on this thread do an invisible palm that looks nearly as magical as that.
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Oh, and the oil and water was pretty great too.

What do people expect?... Oh, I know, demo videos which look perfect... shot in someone's bedroom where they have hours to perfect moves just for a camera and no pressure of performing in front of real people.

Thanks, but I'll take Larry Jennings performing for real people any day.
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Where can I learn this version of Oil and Water?
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On 2006-09-21 11:17, cfrancis wrote:
All of you criticizing the flash,

I re-read all posts in this thread and found no criticism on Flash. It's only Hideo Kato who pointed it, and he mentioned it not to criticise. Please read his posts again.

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On 2006-09-21 19:24, edh wrote:
Where can I learn this version of Oil and Water?
Perhaps Hideosan can concur, but I believe it's "KJV Oil & Water" in his "Up in Smoke" book. Konichiwa, Hideosan you have an eagle's eye and I myself did notice a flash but it didn't "click" until you pointed it out. For a layman it would have been difficult to distinguish it. So with that, I am glad you did point it out and I understand that you did not intentionally critisize Mr. Jennings performance.
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On 2006-09-21 11:17, cfrancis wrote:
All of you criticizing the flash,

I re-read all posts in this thread and found no criticism on Flash. It's only Hideo Kato who pointed it, and he mentioned it not to criticise. Please read his posts again.

Hideo Kato

Hideo-san,

Your point is well taken. We understand, I think, that you were sad to see the less than perfect video of Larry, since so many people will be seeing him for the first time that way. Those of us lucky enough to have seen Larry live know the way it felt to watch him perform, and how different it was from that video representation. Don't worry, Hideo, no one thinks you are critical of Larry, only supportive, and wishing to show your respect and to honor him. For that, I have great respect for you...

Best, PSC
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Thank you very much Chosse-san for understanding my feeling.
My mind is settled now and I can see Larry is smiling.

Sincerely,

Hideo Kato
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So KJV Oil and Water is in his book Up In Smoke?
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Hideo-san. I apologize.

I certainly was not refering to you. I let me emotions get the better of me because I read a few posts by other people (and in retrospect, it was only a few) which had, to my mind anyway, a very snide tone. And it made me very upset because in the videos, one is obviously seeing a master at work. I just couldn't believe the attitude I was sensing from some people. Of course, I didn't think this of any of your posts.

Of course, I didn't read carefully enough. I thought other people were criticizing the flash. I never meant to drag you into my tirade. I realize you were not criticizing the video at all.

I know your reputation and have all the respect in the world for you. Please accept my apology.
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Thanks cfrancis-san for explaining the reason of your former post. I understand and accept your sincere apology. Please feel reliefed.

Sincerely,

Hideo Kato
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