Talk:French drop

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Navy.enthusiast (talk) 00:22, 9 January 2008 (UTC)


The link to the forum doesn't really have anything to do with the article... if there is a specific thread about french drops that is of interest, having a link to that would be more appropriate. But just having this same link on a bunch of magic articles is pointless and can be seen as spamming... PaulC/T+ 22:28, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

Yes excuse me Psantora. I wrote this original article and the link leads to descriptions of the French drop. If you want to be constructive, please write your own articles. Thanks. --MagicValentina 00:10, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

uhh, ok? The fact that you may have "written this article" doesn't change the fact that the link you keep on trying to add is on pretty much every magic page in the encyclopedia and they all link to the same place. If there is a specific place on the forums where there are descriptions of the French drop, by all means please link specifically to that. Until then, it is spam. PaulC/T+ 04:28, 20 April 2006 (UTC)
I see, the specific information about french drops are hidden behind registration... I'll revert back to that version with information that registration is needed. PaulC/T+ 04:32, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

"Best performance of the French Drop was by Herbert L. Becker on the Maury Povich show in 1996." -- I think a citation or something is needed here. Who said it was the best performance? And why should we trust what they say? 09:04, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

It was said by David Copperfield, several times. Shearknown 13:57, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Method removed[edit]

I have removed the method from the article as it is unsourced. This is following the guidelines laid out in Wikipedia:WikiProject_Magic#Magic_Methods_and_Exposure. If the method can be properly sourced, then it can be re-added. StephenBuxton (talk) 16:49, 10 April 2008 (UTC)

NB: The material was removed in this diff and contained the following information:


The secret here is that the left hand never took the object in the first place. As the left fingers closed from above, the right thumb relaxed the grip so that the object fell into the base of the right fingers, while the left hand continues to close just as if taking the object. The right fingers and thumb are left in a position with a small gap between them just as if the left hand has actually taken the object. In skilled hands the illusion is perfect. Now the performer waves the left hand at the audience, misdirecting attention off the right which has finger palmed the object casually pointing at the left hand. Turning to the right the performer again waves the left hand, maybe pattering that the audience should watch the hand closely (more misdirection). At this moment the right hand is behind the body and the performer drops the object in a pocket. Another method is to openly put the right hand in a pocket to obtain a wand or some magic dust, but actually leaving the object behind.

Whichever method is used, the performer is now ready to show the disappearance of the coin or object from the left hand in the most theatrical and fitting way. The right hand can also be shown empty if the above methods have been followed. Since the object is ostensibly taken by one hand, this is known as a take vanish. Your audience will be shocked. Although simple, the vanish must be practiced many times for the combination of the misdirection, synchronization of the hands, and showmanship to be fully effective.

Editors are encouraged to restore the material when they find appropriate sources, or to restore the content if the original removal of the material was in error, and to correct any errors in the method described. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 21:28, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

Encyclopedic Tone[edit]

I overhauled the article to bring it inline with Wikipedia's guidelines on Tone, which state that Wikipedia is not a manual, as well as the first- and second-person perspective should not be used.

The link to a video on YouTube has been replaced with a more professional production.

Bobo References have been checked and used to inform the article updates:

PBMagi (talk) 22:08, 15 June 2017 (UTC)