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by Brian Douglas
June 24th, 2017, 4:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 1807

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

When I meet new people (my last job we had a new rotation of military every 6 months) I would perform 6 tricks for them. Three that I would explain, and three that I would not. The three would explain were basic introductions to magic tricks; such as the 21 card trick, a story trick with 4 Jacks, an...
by Brian Douglas
May 22nd, 2017, 2:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 2540

Re: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?

Two weeks ago, while in the Philippines, I had a molar removed. At the same time I had my teeth cleaned and 2 cavities filled. The fun started while the dentist was removing my molar and it broke (crown came off). He had to drill away part of my jaw bone get at the roots. Five hours later and a seco...
by Brian Douglas
May 1st, 2017, 12:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Inheritance magic episode tonight
Replies: 2
Views: 973

Re: Strange Inheritance magic episode tonight

Here you go...

https://youtu.be/6oGFT5eFelc?list=PLv1q ... Ijhxu-8dEm

Never mind, that is just another preview.
by Brian Douglas
April 30th, 2017, 4:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1236

Re: Probability Question

The probability will be 50 - 50. Either it will happen or it won't.


Everything else is horseshoes and hand grenades.
by Brian Douglas
April 29th, 2017, 5:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 1734

Re: 3 Riddles

That was a rather weak answer for a riddle that had multiple possibilities...
by Brian Douglas
April 28th, 2017, 2:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 1734

Re: 3 Riddles

About how long will it be until then? I think this is the key to solving number 3 but I may be wrong. That phase sits awkward. I have a possible solution, but it is a solution with me taking a lot of liberties with the scenario. I just hope it doesn't turn out that the blind man is robbing him,that...
by Brian Douglas
April 28th, 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 1734

Re: 3 Riddles

The first two were easy, the pickle one is rather abstract but I'm still working on it.
by Brian Douglas
April 24th, 2017, 2:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychedelic Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 561

Re: Psychedelic Magic

I was piqued until I read that you blow into a tube to rotate the device. That prevents it from being used as a prop.
by Brian Douglas
April 20th, 2017, 6:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back
Replies: 6
Views: 1490

Re: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back

That reminds me, I'm going to be publishing my new book "The Lives of a Showguy" next week. It's an incredible tale about how I started out over 50 years ago. Hard to pull that one off as I'm only 50 but that is just one my impossibilities that I have achieved. Next month I will releasing ...
by Brian Douglas
April 15th, 2017, 12:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 4400

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

really, my decision not to buy something i don't need or want from someone who has a history of what many considered unethical choices will bring the wrath of karma? nice try. you have some dirt of something on your nose there Huh? Karma has no wrath. The decision to or not to is not Karma but rath...
by Brian Douglas
April 15th, 2017, 4:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 4400

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

Playing Devil's Advocate for Karma:

Karma had nothing to do with his warehouse burning down and I'm pretty confident that he had insurance.

Karma comes into play when you decide to or not to buy his discount vouchers and the energy you put into that process.
by Brian Douglas
April 12th, 2017, 10:32 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More on Bob Cassidy
Replies: 6
Views: 2213

Re: More on Bob Cassidy

I'm intrigued. I do a lot of routines based upon images myself.
by Brian Douglas
March 25th, 2017, 1:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joto - a robotic drawing board on Kickstarter
Replies: 1
Views: 471

Re: Joto - a robotic drawing board on Kickstarter

Yeah... I see this being hacked when put in use. With amusing and not so amusing outcomes.
by Brian Douglas
March 4th, 2017, 12:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 11307

Re: Magicians Documentary

Unfortunately here in the U.S. if you get old and are still poor, god help you. There's no national health care on your way to getting old, and once you get there, Medicare isn't great. There is no real concept of a public dole to retire on, not even a small one. Social security will only continue ...
by Brian Douglas
February 27th, 2017, 11:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 31545

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Depression is like a heavy weight on your chest. It can wake you from a sound sleep. You may appear to be functioning well by others, but one aspect of your life may be in constant failure and that is all that you can focus on. To the casual observer it may not even be noted. Depression is to sadnes...
by Brian Douglas
February 25th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 31545

Re: Daryl Committed Suicide at The Magic Castle

Repeat a lie long enough and it becomes true... well it does if you are a news agency.

Fact checking is no longer a part of news reporting.

Remember all the news reports about Deez Nuts?

All the news agencies were repeating what they heard from each other.
by Brian Douglas
February 25th, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 31545

Re: Daryl Committed Suicide at The Magic Castle

I only knew him through his DVD's; specifically the 3 card Monte.

I recall his optimism and dedication to repetitiveness (muscle memory). I applied that concept to a lot of my routines.
by Brian Douglas
February 25th, 2017, 9:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 31545

Daryl Commited Suicide at The Magic Castle

I'm waiting for the facts to come out. TMZ is more concerned about getting hits on their site instead of posting facts.

For the rest, fact checking unfortunately went out the window a long time ago.
by Brian Douglas
February 22nd, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention
Replies: 23
Views: 3350

Re: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention

Since when has Blackpool hosted the Darwin Awards?
by Brian Douglas
February 1st, 2017, 1:33 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Steve Valentine on Supergirl
Replies: 2
Views: 1108

Re: Steve Valentine on Supergirl

Lunapic will do it for you free. You can either upload from an URL or your computer. Next, click on Imgur and it will provide you a link to post.

http://www168.lunapic.com/editor/
by Brian Douglas
December 31st, 2016, 3:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hahahahahahahah
Replies: 11
Views: 1544

Re: Hahahahahahahah

I couldn't find The Onion logo on the site...
by Brian Douglas
December 25th, 2016, 5:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why more women don't go to magic clubs
Replies: 37
Views: 3055

Re: Why more women don't go to magic clubs

These are not Victorian times, and women are not delicate little fragile flowers who need to be sheltered from all that is crude or offensive. Maybe not. But most of the female magicians I know have a sizeable collection of unwanted d*ck pics. The amount in my collection is zero. How many in your c...
by Brian Douglas
December 25th, 2016, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why more women don't go to magic clubs
Replies: 37
Views: 3055

Re: Why more women don't go to magic clubs

Agreed. I was discussing this subject with some Airmen just a short time ago. I did some magic for them and taught them some basic card tricks. I stressed that you never want to embarrass your volunteers and if anyone has to be the buffoon let it be yourself. Getting a laugh at the expense of anothe...
by Brian Douglas
December 25th, 2016, 3:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why more women don't go to magic clubs
Replies: 37
Views: 3055

Re: Why more women don't go to magic clubs

The silk to bra springs to mind...
by Brian Douglas
December 25th, 2016, 3:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What'd ya'll get?
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: What'd ya'll get?

A large credit card bill.
by Brian Douglas
December 25th, 2016, 5:02 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Young psychic impresses
Replies: 30
Views: 4428

Re: Young psychic impresses

Were you just providing free readings at the moment or did you sense something from that one individual prior to doing a reading?
by Brian Douglas
December 25th, 2016, 4:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Finger Chopper - method?
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Re: Finger Chopper - method?

Richard Kaufman wrote:These were originally put out by Vienna Magic.
You squeeze both sides just below the hole while pulling the blade upward.



EXPOSURE! ;)
by Brian Douglas
December 25th, 2016, 4:33 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Young psychic impresses
Replies: 30
Views: 4428

Re: Young psychic impresses

Mark,

Have you ever refused a payment after a reading?
by Brian Douglas
December 25th, 2016, 4:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ho Ho Ho from The Chief Genii
Replies: 5
Views: 1130

Re: Ho Ho Ho from The Chief Genii

You too.

I'm working today as to give Fred the day off to spend with his family.

I don't mind as I get to eat turkey with the works all day for free.
by Brian Douglas
December 25th, 2016, 4:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why more women don't go to magic clubs
Replies: 37
Views: 3055

Re: Why more women don't go to magic clubs

... I always pick the person in the audience who I think would be the most suitable and don't even consider gender in the equation. It doesn't even cross my mind. Agreed. I base my volunteers upon reactions while doing strolling prior to the show. Fred and I compare notes before we start and 'rando...
by Brian Douglas
December 22nd, 2016, 9:21 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I know all, see all and will tell all!
Replies: 60
Views: 7704

Re: I know all, see all and will tell all!

Mark, didn't you once have clients mail scans (copy machine) of their palms to you? With the technology of high resolution cameras in all the smart phones that this would be a viable option as a after the reading service via email. Sort of a souvenir and follow up with clients. This way you could ma...
by Brian Douglas
December 19th, 2016, 10:10 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I know all, see all and will tell all!
Replies: 60
Views: 7704

Re: I know all, see all and will tell all!

I use these for those who are looking for something different. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51GcnpfJLWL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg Nice artwork, but the card stock is not Tarot quality. More like playing card stock. Clicking on the picture will take you to Amazon.
by Brian Douglas
December 11th, 2016, 5:45 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I know all, see all and will tell all!
Replies: 60
Views: 7704

Re: I know all, see all and will tell all!

It is irrelevant who wrote the meanings. The first thing an aspiring reader should do is rip up the little white book of instructions that come with the tarot. YOU write the meanings! There are NO standard meanings! What you do is find space on your own. Take each card and meditate on it and think ...
by Brian Douglas
December 6th, 2016, 2:05 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I know all, see all and will tell all!
Replies: 60
Views: 7704

Re: I know all, see all and will tell all!

Yes Mark, the willpower tell. Quick way to test susceptibility and resolve. If those are the correct words.
by Brian Douglas
December 6th, 2016, 1:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 5266

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

E-books have their place. A few plus years ago as I was transferring from an undisclosed location I mailed my library to what would be my current location. Relatively short distance considering only a 3 hour fly time, but the powers that be left all the mail bags exposed on the flight line while it ...
by Brian Douglas
December 6th, 2016, 12:42 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I know all, see all and will tell all!
Replies: 60
Views: 7704

Re: I know all, see all and will tell all!

I believe every performer; be it Mentalist or Magician, should begin with palmistry when first starting out. I've noticed one of the biggest obstacles for most novices to overcome is physical contact with their volunteer/spectators. Sometimes you need to position people be it their standing position...
by Brian Douglas
November 27th, 2016, 6:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 11307

Re: Magicians Documentary

Available to rent $3.99 and buy $9.99 Standard Definition on ITunes. Available to rent $4.99 and buy $12.99 High Definition on ITunes. In an ironic twist - Jan Rouven who the movie ostensibly shows to be the most 'successful' has just plead guilty ... http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/cr ... 6216...
by Brian Douglas
November 22nd, 2016, 5:22 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Squares (presentation etc.)
Replies: 40
Views: 11954

Re: Magic Squares (presentation etc.)

Brian Douglas wrote:My routine is done on a dry erase board, so the post-its work. I'll post a linked pic once I get home (work firewall blocks my image host site).


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by Brian Douglas
November 22nd, 2016, 12:25 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Squares (presentation etc.)
Replies: 40
Views: 11954

Re: Magic Squares (presentation etc.)

My routine is done on a dry erase board, so the post-its work. I'll post a linked pic once I get home (work firewall blocks my image host site).

I'm checking out Tenyo's "Miracle Magic Square" in the mean time.. Thanks for the suggestion.
by Brian Douglas
November 22nd, 2016, 8:36 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Submitted for your Consideration
Replies: 15
Views: 6568

Re: Submitted for your Consideration

Steinmeyer's Conjuring book may be all you need. It is a collection of magazine columns of platform/stand-up/parlor magic. Lots of good material in there. Also, look for Barrie Richardson's books ( Theater of the Mind , Act Two and Curtain Call ). They are full of strong platform material, often me...

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