Yeah, it's unfortunate that us mere mortals will probably just have to keep guessing at Forte's methods, He can do some freaky stuff. I know Doc mentioned on the cafe a while ago that he and Forte worked on the riffle cull for a bit but ultimately thought that it took too many shuffles to cull and stack the key cards. They stopped working on it for that reason so I am slightly skeptical that it was a riffle cull in the video, though it is certainly not beyond his skill... that man can do anything. My gut intuition from watching the video is that he probably used some variation of a stacked deck, false shuffles and a location.
That's true, he is probably the guy that can handle a deck of cards the best, alive, today. But why can`t he have used a stevens cull?
To be honest, depending on your expectations, you might be disappointed. Most people (and I'm not saying you) get it after hearing high praise about it and find it a bore, the technical language hard to digest, the moves difficult and with no obvious application. The truth is that there are no secret techniques, no hidden principles that will make you invincible overnight, but it will help you develop attributes that will make you better. Attributes like knowing and understanding the pressures involved in a shift, the timing and rhythm to different techniques, Ross Bertram used to say that Erdnase teaches your hands to work together.
Thank you, I heard it was complicated, and now you're confirming it, that's why I wanted to get a DVD covering it, from what you said, I think that I should probably get the Ackerman's one, haha
Because Wesley James cannot do almost anything in the book properly. In alot of cases, he'll completely disregard a technique taught in the book, and substitute it for one of his own, which is frankly, inferior. He barely stumbles through simple techniques, his performances of effects are littered with instances of pauses, minute long silences while he performs a mental calculation, his shifts are accompanied by rapid sudden jerks and inappropriate rhythms,... and on and on. He doesn't show any understanding or respect for much of the material. Compare his SWE shift to let's say, Chris Kenner's, and you'll see a marked difference.
I wonder why he went for such a challenge if he isn`t able to do it, his reputation would just go down.
Charlier cut from Wesley James' DVD'shttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0nSH96G ... re=related
Denis Behr's parody video (he's not exaggerating on how bad the DVD's are)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHw57ulY ... re=related
maybe he should stick with the old way of doing it
I don't really know what you mean by false cull, but I'll describe what the Steven's Cull does. Let's say you have four key cards, scattered randomly throughout the deck. You don't know what positions they are in. You cut the deck, do a few riffle shuffles (theoretically you cull one desired cards per shuffle), and viola, the four cards are on top of the deck. It's a way to spot, block off, and cut to the desired card, and shuffle so that they end up on top. It's a very very very difficult technique.
Oh, I meant that I thought that you already kind of knew where the cards were, and estimated, or something like that, when their are not actually completely lost, but from what you wrote, it is lost/real.
David Ben is Ross Bertram's sole protege. He is one of the sleight of hand giants of our time, he's an incredible technician, a great performer, and very very knowledgeable. He doesn't tip much, but he's very well respected and widely regarded as a creative genius.
Ben and Shane are two local magicians in Toronto. Shane has probably the best SWE shift in the world. Chris Kenner invited Shane into his home after seeing it. Ben is very well educated in magic, and an up and coming figure in the magic scene (published in MAGIC magazine awhile back), very well connected.
Very cool to know that these people live less than 1/2 an hour from me,
. I don't need much help right now, but when I do, I know who to ask, thank you.
This is the Stevens cull thread on Genii I was talking about:http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubb ... d=1#import
David Ben contributes significantly to it, so I'd pay attention to what he says. The Genii forums revamped a few years back, so all the usernames are gone, but you can easily guess who's David.
I wasn`t able to read all of this, because it is late here, and I have to go to sleep, but I`ll read it another day.
You're welcome. Let me know if this helps any.
Off course it help!