I've always been fascinated by magicians and people in general that have a passion for a specific subject. I think it is incredible how dedicated and serious you are about your work. The sheer volume of your collection of books and antiques is impressive.
What drives you to keep working and teaching these moves even after 20 years? And where do your draw your passion for collecting?
Do you ever need to take breaks after vigorous practice from difficult moves?
Could you see yourself doing any other job or profession for the rest of your life?
1. What is it like learning from the man himself Steve Forte? I can't even fathom that.
2. Do you think there is a trend with the new generation of magi, wherein people tend to shy away from old books such as Expert at the Card Table, to instead learn from more modern resources and from younger, less experienced magicians?
3. Your status is near legendary Jason, what is it like being (at your young age) "an underground legend"?
Hey Jason, I have but the utmost respect for your work and your teaching methods and I really enjoyed SHADE. My questions to you are:
1. Aside from practice, what would you say is the most important factor in deceiving someone at the card table. Would it be confidence? or perhaps a certain calmness with a touch of misdirection?
2. In the Zarrow Shuffle 1-on-1 you use classical bee playing cards because thats what Zarrow used, but my question is that would you find an all over back pattern more deceptive than lets say Bee Stingers? Could you please tell me your personal opinion and what you prefer.
3. In the movie SHADE, Sly Stallone uses an up the sleeve card holder and a Juice deck. I know they must exist in the con mans arsenal and I have seen many sites offering juiced decks with variable printing options but, my question is could you tell me the best place to go to for such items for my collection?
Thanks again J. Bayme and Jason England.. I appreciate these 1-on-1s the most but am still missing some that I want. Thanks and hope to see more in the future! - Lane
1. what sleights would you currently call your "workhorses"? as in you use them in more than any other sleight you know.
2. how do you practice these amazingly difficult things you do? do you like spend hours alone in a dark mysterious candle lit room flinging cards around, or sit and watch t.v. while flinging cards around, and indulging in your favorite kind of pizza, or something entirely different?
3. because you do gambling/cheating/card sharp demonstrations. do you feel that the study of acting and performance theory is still important to your art?
1. You have a large collection of gambling objects, i.e. loaded dice, a joker from a bicycle deck from the late 1800's, etc. I was wondering what is your favorite piece in your collection?
2. The gambling moves that you show in the 1-on-1's are very difficult to master and take years of dedication. So knowing this, compared to other types of card manipulation (magic, flourishing, etc.), what made gambling sleights more appeling to you?
3. Have you ever, in the past, used any of these techniques in a casino?