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by Jim Riser
November 10th, 2017, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: McIlhany Magical Mysteries Auction #2
Replies: 3
Views: 726

Re: McIlhany Magical Mysteries Auction #2

Link does not work.

Try:
https//www.magicauctioneer.com/uploads/1/0/7/7/107784289/mcilhany auction_2_ catalog.pdf

Love the talking skull. It is the sort of item I like to examine to see how the builder solved the programming problems.
Jim
by Jim Riser
September 11th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 39
Views: 3468

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

I do not collect as a goal. It just seems to happen. My magic items merely accumulate. At first I acquired magic as tools in my performances. Books were bought for information as they still are. The only book regrets I have are the Albo books. When they were available, I was putting a couple guys th...
by Jim Riser
August 8th, 2017, 1:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 1640

Re: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13

snip... I hate to say it, but Hannigan continues to prove herself the weak link. Awkward, unfunny--everything just seems forced. She just looks like she doesn't want to be there. I have to disagree here. I feel that Alyson Hannigan is a perfect hostess. I enjoy her contribution to the show and woul...
by Jim Riser
July 19th, 2017, 11:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 2285

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

[quote="erdnasephile"]Thanks for those links, Bill--the pictures are very helpful (Darn! I would have gone for that Tabman table if not for the bumped corner!) If I wanted the Tabby table, I would bevel all four corners and apply purfling strips to cover and protect the bevels. It would, o...
by Jim Riser
July 18th, 2017, 2:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 2285

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

Bill Mullins wrote: Paging Jim Riser. If you look at lots 41 and 42, you can see the original tooling and dies for spinning the Paul Fox style cups. The dies include the beads. After you roll the metal of the cup down onto the beads, how the heck do you get the cup off the die? It looks as if the be...
by Jim Riser
July 14th, 2017, 4:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 2285

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

Paging Jim Riser. If you look at lots 41 and 42, you can see the original tooling and dies for spinning the Paul Fox style cups. The dies include the beads. After you roll the metal of the cup down onto the beads, how the heck do you get the cup off the die? It looks as if the bead on the die would...
by Jim Riser
July 8th, 2017, 10:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Color Changing Knives
Replies: 10
Views: 1459

Re: Color Changing Knives

Hi Doug, I think that most of us seek out knives with certain characteristics which make for good handling. I ran across these knives at a trade show around 10-12 years ago and bought a supply as the Merrill knives had been discontinued and I wanted to produce a nice replacement. After marketing the...
by Jim Riser
July 7th, 2017, 7:08 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Color Changing Knives
Replies: 10
Views: 1459

Re: Color Changing Knives

For those who have emailed me about color combinations....what is available may be seen here:
http://jamesriser.com/Magic/JamesRiserMagic.html
Jim
by Jim Riser
July 3rd, 2017, 6:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Color Changing Knives
Replies: 10
Views: 1459

Re: Color Changing Knives

It's always a problem when there's blood ... 40+ years ago I was in the audience in the close-up room at The Magic Castle. The performer had just finished a nice color changing knife routine and placed the two knives down on the table. No sooner than they were on the table, the lady on the right qu...
by Jim Riser
July 3rd, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Color Changing Knives
Replies: 10
Views: 1459

Re: Color Changing Knives

To answer a question, yes, these are the unsharpened knives as they come from the maker. With these dull blades, spectators do not get blood on your apparatus or close-up pad.
Jim
by Jim Riser
July 3rd, 2017, 12:33 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Color Changing Knives
Replies: 10
Views: 1459

Color Changing Knives

For sale - 3 sets of color changing knives (3 knives per set). $60 per set + $7 USA shipping. See both sides of the knives at: http://jamesriser.com/RedGreen.jpg http://jamesriser.com/PurpleYellow.jpg http://jamesriser.com/BlueYellow.jpg Payable by PayPal to jriser@jamesriser.com Jim Riser 5635 East...
by Jim Riser
June 13th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

That reminds me, I never received mine - maybe those are the ones on eBay! Andrew Andrew; Yours shipped out April 29 to West Lothian. They were mailed in a standard small letter envelope. Everyone else in Europe has received theirs. If you do not get it in the next couple weeks, email me. It might ...
by Jim Riser
May 22nd, 2017, 12:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 2810

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

OK, here is the third vanish I used to do with my hooked half. The coin is placed on the second joint of the left hand middle two fingers - pin up and at 6 o'clock. The breast pocket handkerchief is removed and given a quick shake to open it out. The left hand is covered with the pocket square. As s...
by Jim Riser
May 21st, 2017, 1:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 2810

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

Third word in above post should be received - tablet auto correct strikes again!

I have one more variation on the hooked coin vanish that I will post later when I have time.
Jim
by Jim Riser
May 21st, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 2810

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

I have receive several emails from old magic friends who remember when I was actively doing magic rather than making it. Yes, I did a variation with the hooked coin where I hooked it on the back side of my necktie. No loop on the coin with this version. The Hooked Half Dollar was shown on the palm o...
by Jim Riser
May 19th, 2017, 8:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 2810

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

John;
The pm has vanished. Perhaps I never hit submit??? I'll chalk it up to old age. Now try your email :lol:
Jim
by Jim Riser
May 18th, 2017, 7:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 2810

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

John,
Check your pm box.
Jim
by Jim Riser
May 18th, 2017, 1:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 2810

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

Bill, I do not think this method is cost effective :D Jim You hooked it into your hand? Wow. This reminds me of the trick by Al Jaffee in The Mad Book of Magic . You hollow out the inside of a coin, put a drop of nitroglycerin in it, and seal it back up. When it's laying on a table, you slap it. The...
by Jim Riser
May 18th, 2017, 1:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 2810

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

John, I file a small "V" notch and precision weld the pin into position. No solder is used. The steel needle and coin metal form a new alloy under an argon gas shield. The downside to this great technique is the $8,000 price of the welder! Jim Thanks for this information, Jim. Johnson Prod...
by Jim Riser
May 18th, 2017, 12:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 2810

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

Bill, I had a hooked key too way back when I was a kid. I attached a loop of thread from a nylon hose to it. The thread loop went over my right thumb. Pin on key was down as I openly placed the key onto left hand. The fingers were closed over the key. The key was withdrawn. Right hand placed on spec...
by Jim Riser
May 4th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Brett;
Great use for a Penny Punch! I like the original thinking, well done. BTW - the blister works on well on other things besides cards - like paper money. Experiment...
Jim
by Jim Riser
May 2nd, 2017, 6:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Update: All of the penny punches have now been mailed. Those who beat the deadline, enjoy your new tool against the unsuspecting spectators. Thanks for your participation and feedback during this experiment.
Jim
by Jim Riser
April 30th, 2017, 4:56 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Brad Jeffers wrote:So what did you learn?
What did your experiment in "typical magician's behavior" prove?
Did you win your wager?


Results are for internal use only. Yes, I easily won my wager.
by Jim Riser
April 30th, 2017, 3:02 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

This Penny Punch marketing experiment has now concluded. No more requests will be accepted. Thank you for your participation.
by Jim Riser
April 29th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Thanks! Just so I understand, the nylon washer goes on one side of the leather, and the punch goes on the other side, correct? (Sounds like I might need to find a thick washer) Yes. Hardware stores like ACE have a variety of nylon washers that would work. You could easily do a "reverse blister...
by Jim Riser
April 28th, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Thanks! Just so I understand, the nylon washer goes on one side of the leather, and the punch goes on the other side, correct? (Sounds like I might need to find a thick washer) Yes. Hardware stores like ACE have a variety of nylon washers that would work. You could easily do a "reverse blister...
by Jim Riser
April 28th, 2017, 8:47 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

For leather you will achieve much better results with a tool called "dimple pliers". These are typically used for jewelry work, but also used with leather work. Dimple pliers will not reach down into the tight corner of a wallet pocket of a good Himber wallet. If you want to rip the seams...
by Jim Riser
April 28th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Two ordered---the envelope marking applications and the portability sold me--plus, I want to support this worthy experiment. Mr. Riser: I've been looking for a way to mark the sides of a leather Himber wallet so they can be told apart by feel. Can these punches do that? If you slip the Penny Punch ...
by Jim Riser
April 28th, 2017, 12:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Mr. Riser, after reading your last post here I am thinking that I have misperceived the purpose of the penny punch. I was under the impression that the device was to be used "on the fly" so to speak, or in other words used in performance to surreptitiously mark a card, possibly from a bor...
by Jim Riser
April 28th, 2017, 1:34 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Got the two I'd ordered today and am glad I did order two. Not just for the great price and the expectation that I'll lose one, but they nest nicely, so by putting one on top of the card and the other beneath, you can get a nice card bump by squeezing the two pennies together with the card sandwich...
by Jim Riser
April 25th, 2017, 9:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

The first two rounds of the Penny Punches are currently arriving at their destinations. Feedback on them has all been positive to date. Please feel free to let me know how this card punch works for you and if you have come up with any novel uses. Remember - This should be quite handy for mentalist e...
by Jim Riser
April 23rd, 2017, 3:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Brad; The impressed penny you show is a token - a souvenir. The Penny Punch is a tool for real performers. The Penny Punch can help a person earn a living. A token sits in a drawer. Imaginative folks will comprehend the differences. BTW - the Penny Punch is not rolled onto the coin. The real questio...
by Jim Riser
April 23rd, 2017, 12:56 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Re: Penny punch

Jeepers, what a bargain! Yep, way too cheap. I am doing a marketing experiment to determine if it is possible to give magic away. The $5 covers the materials (coins, envelopes, tape, postage) coin modification time, internet time, wrapping/addressing the coin punches time, time/gas to post office. ...
by Jim Riser
April 22nd, 2017, 1:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5880

Penny punch

For years I have made my Penny Punches for close friends. Due to requests, I am making them available to others for a short time. Please see: http://jamesriser.com/Magic/CoinPunch/RiserCoinPunches.html Riser Coin Punch ... $5 each postpaid (until April 30, 2017) payable by PayPal to jriser@jamesrise...
by Jim Riser
January 29th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Chopping board to stab on?
Replies: 12
Views: 3183

Re: Chopping board to stab on?

Back in the 1960's when working my way through college doing magic, I often featured this effect. Since I was operating on a limited budget, I did not like the idea of having to constantly replace a piece of wood with numerous knife stabs in it. I preferred to spend the cash on the fairer sex. My so...
by Jim Riser
January 16th, 2017, 9:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Flea circus movement
Replies: 10
Views: 1804

Re: Flea circus movement

Several folks have asked how we are getting the fleas to activate the various events in the circus. The flea power is being harnessed by Arduino with an emergency pause/resume button. This will allow the presenter to concentrate on the presentation and not have to constantly reach behind the circus ...
by Jim Riser
January 3rd, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Flea circus movement
Replies: 10
Views: 1804

Flea circus movement

I am helping a friend build a new flea circus. He decided to utilize small solenoids to activate several of the circus events. I put together a short description of how the solenoids were modified to allow attaching the required mechanisms for the desired movements done by the "fleas". I t...
by Jim Riser
December 2nd, 2016, 3:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2893

Re: Rope With Magnet

Bob;
OK, no velvet tubing for you! Actually a shoe lace is a good item to use (and tubular). Yes, this item is rather cool. Thanks for the heads up.
Jim
by Jim Riser
November 25th, 2016, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jacosa kato RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 1873

Re: Jacosa kato RIP

This is terrible news. My sympathy to West, her family, and Jonathan.

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