Friday, 17 September 2010

Double speak

Just found this thread. Interesting post by Barry Allen

I think his blog died a couple of years ago.

To be honest, I did purchase a couple of his booklets and they weren't very good. He was a very competent card handler (evident from his video clips) but his material consisted of bog standard effects achieved with a raft of overly complicated sleights to achieve the desired outcome.

I did find this strange given that Euan was always attacking others for publishing material that consisted of other people's effects albeit using a different 'modus operandi'. Ironically, his own efforts consisted of just that! - Barry Allen Sep 25 2010

That's funny I could of sworn this guy sent me an email raving about the booklets he bought from me. Oh wait, he did! Here it is...

Got home last night around 1am after a pretty good show with adrenaline still pumping; dunno if it was the gig or some C**t that nearly put me into the centre reservation of the M25 half hour ago!

Poured a large scotch and opened a packet on the side that dropped through my letterbox Thursday morning having travelled down from Scotland.

Inside two small books; nothing that looks too 'wow' but they look nicely put together (most often, its these kind of books I enjoy most; good material doesn't need glitz and glamour production).

Well what more can I say Mr. B other than 7 hours later, a few more scotches and 20 B&H, I've now got to crash out but not before having read some of the most inspiring and creative card magic material that it's been the pleasure to study for a very, VERY long time.

I had you all wrong mate; I thought that you are a card nut that simply focussed on magician's magic with little idea of what works in the real world. I've never doubted your skill; I've seen your clips on your site. However, I didn't think you ever worked commercially....maybe you don't. Nevertheless, can I just say that I've spent 7 wonderful hours getting half pissed and smoking myself to death reading some of the most commercial, workable material it's ever been my pleasure to study.

I can't stay awake any longer but just wanted to drop you a quick eMail Euan and offer my thanks. 'She who must be obeyed' won't be too happy as she wanted to go Christmas shopping at 9......oh well.

Listen, if I don't get the chance to write before the holidays have a great one mate. Rest assured, I'll keep reading the site and no doubt purchase your remaining works early in the New Year. I prefer to take time working through things rather than buying for buying sake but there are certainly 3 workers I've read that will be used shortly.

Sincere regards and thanks Euan.

Barry Allen
EssexCardSharp Dec 17, 2006

Empty praise though, being that one of his magic idols is Paul Gordon. Of course, he could have been taking the piss (and I'm sure that's what he'll say if he sees this) either way, he's still a ****!