The other side of the story ...
Just to clarify I am Shawn Farquhar and I have replied to each and everyone of SUUX88's PM's on the Cafe and he in turn tried to get me to explain my method. Chris's (SUXX88) method is the one published by Greg Gleason on his two DVD set. Chris knows this and has said so in PM's to me. He also claimed on the Cafe that he knows my method but in private apologized for writing that as he does not know.
Please don't encourage this individual. He used an alias to contact Greg Gleason to try to trick him into something he refers to as "a trap" in his PM's to me.
I have attached the PM's for all to see:
Posted: Fri, Apr 10th, 2009 - 5:49 PM (EST)
I know you have performed a signed card in sealed Deck and wondering if you would check out my video
to tell me if the method is original or not, or if it's yours.
I have yet to see your performance and only based it off of Cyril's performance
Posted: Sun, Apr 12th, 2009 - 2:05 AM (EST)
I watched your video. First it isn't Cyril's trick. Cryil's effect is mine and he and most of the magic world is aware of this. I have presented it and won multiple awards at FISM, IBM and SAM using this effect and technique.
That said, I think you may in fact be the closest if not dead on to my method. All the moves seem the same and the gimmick to cover is identical to mine. If it is the same I would not be able to tell unless I saw the case a little slower in the presentation.
I am curious why you spent so much time to recreate something that already exists, when you obviously have the talent and ability to create something of your own? I look forward to seeing whatever you create next using your own imagination.
My effect, Signed, Sealed and Delivered will be released following FISM 2009 in China this Summer.
Thanks for writing and I wish you all the best with your next endeavour.
Posted: Sun, Apr 12th, 2009 - 2:22 AM (EST)
For mine, all I will say is rubber cement
Would you kindly link or send me a video of your performance as I have yet to get an opportunity to witness.
Posted: Sun, Apr 12th, 2009 - 6:54 PM (EST)
I took the time to search and if my method is as yours, it is apparently not new and you can find at this DVD "Greg Gleason - Theater Close Up vol2".
Posted: Sun, Apr 12th, 2009 - 8:31 PM (EST)
Greg and I are great friends and have been for a long time. His method is good but mine is better. In fact the video for the DVD was shot by my friend, Todd Noel and it was filmed in the Stardust theatre ... where I am sitting right now.
Greg's routine did not use the cover card idea which is a new use for Paul Harris's gimmick. His takes place in a paper bag and the rotuine deals with two different colored decks. His loading of the card is great but mine is different.
Oh and although the idea of having a sealed deck may have been an old idea, before me it was never done with the card returning the correct position, let alone being able to give the box out at the end. Mine by the way can have the box examined to the hilt following the routine and nothing will be found. The rubber cement was an early version I used but it can be done better.
I saw the thread and the discussion and just want you to understand my position. I don't believe I have to market or publish my method to still hold the rights to the routine I created. An example of this would Michael Ammar's card in lemon, an effect he performs regularly but has never published or sold. It's his, anyone who re-created it would be infringing on his rights and I would consider unethical if they were to publish, market or even give away the idea. But then that's just my opinion.
I have spent my life as a magician and want to be a magician others respect until I die and for that reason this is how I operate.
Sorry I don't share my card routine video with others. The performance is available however on a new DVD put out by International Magic of London from my championship performance in December in the UK.
Posted: Wed, Apr 15th, 2009 - 11:33 PM (EST)
Listen, I think we got off on the wrong foot with this Tim business etc. and I think we should be helping each other out magician to magician.
Nonetheless I want to inform you I have a couple of contract offers... but I am still sensitive to how sour things have become.
I would like you to convince me my method is in fact inferior to yours, and if so I will drop out pursuing this effect entirely and personally pave the golden road for you.
The improvement is most likely re-stickable spray adhesive from a can, which will sustain it's sticking power months after application w/o surface contact.
That's besides the point..
If you want to convince me by discussing methods, feel free to begin with how examinable your cellophane actually is.
Posted: Thu, Apr 16th, 2009 - 2:18 AM (EST)
I will not discuss my method with you. I have no interest in discussing this further with you. It is my understanding that you have contacted Greg Gleason in a devious manner and that in itself speaks volumes. I think if you decide to pursue this endeavor it will most likely bite you in the arse, but that is your prerogative.
In the thread you wrote you knew my improvements which is not true. In fact you wrote: "I know what Shawn's improvement is, but it's messier and harder to work with, so it's hardly an improvement if any." This is an out right lie and you know it. Where do you get off writing something like that? I hope you understand that whatever you write on this forum will be here forever. It never gets erased and will last for your lifetime. If you want a future in magic, as much as I do, you may want to chose what you post more carefully.
Tim Jahn did not chose so wisely and look at what he happened to him and his existence in the magic community and the Café. I will write this again so you understand my position.
I congratulate you on reconstructing and effect with a possible solution. In fact the solution you created is most likely, if not definitely Greg Gleason's which is already published and available on the market. The only addition you have is the PH gimmick which is part of my version, a version presented by Cyril ... so you have brought nothing new to the table and should be happy you figured out a method and leave it at that. Unfortunately in the process you hurt Tim Jahn who for some reason tired to defend your absurd claim of ownership.
As for you question about how examinable the cellophane actually is, all I can tell you is that at the end of my routine I give the box, still with cellophane on the bottom portion of the case, to a spectator to keep as a souvenir and nothing, and I mean nothing will ever let them know how it was accomplished. I do this in every presentation of the routine and no one has ever reconstructed my version.
This should be our final discussion on this matter. I would however request that you correct the statement you made about knowing my method on the thread. If you don't I will be forced to purse the matter in a more vigorous manner than I have to this date. I understand how easy it is to get all caught up in the situation but facts are facts and you you don't know my method and as such should make the other members of the Café aware of the truth.
I look forward to your next post on the thread in the foreseeable future.
Posted: Thu, Apr 16th, 2009 - 2:36 AM (EST)
Doesn't matter, I'll apologize for saying I knew your method, but that thread just ****ed me off so much, and some comments you made about the slit, and publicizing PM's
FYI, Greg was a ******, he screened my e-mails for several days, in that sense you are much more professional than he will ever be. I used an alias making it obvious for him to figure out, too bad he was too stupid and fell for the trap and made himself look stupid and then he got all defensive.
You don't have to worry about seeing me ever again
I don't care about my rep as a magician, I am not a creator nor do I try to be, I just got lucky and my studies as a med student far out way magic by a long shot
I hope to witness your routine one day
Posted: Fri, Apr 17th, 2009 - 3:59 AM (EST)
So when will you be posting the correction in the thread? I thought you might have done that today.
Just for clarification, I don;t think Greg screens his email, he just lives on a cruise ship and internet and email is expensive and rare. I sometimes take me days or weeks to reply when I am on tour. He said you sent him an email asking for rates and availability for May, like you were a prospective client. If that's the case you really stepped over that line ...
Well, I will wait another day to see your posting correcting your earlier post.