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by Robert77
January 5th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.
Replies: 9
Views: 736

Re: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.

Now down another $1k to $6,000. Maybe he has some Xmas bills to pay.
by Robert77
December 28th, 2017, 11:01 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.
Replies: 9
Views: 736

Re: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.

I am amazed on a weekly basis at some of the prices people ask for items. A prime example was a guy on ebay who was asking $1600 for the Juan Tamariz book Mnemonica. I got in contact with him and said that the book new normally sells for about $60. He replied and said i was wrong and there was 2 co...
by Robert77
December 28th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.
Replies: 9
Views: 736

I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.

There's a fellow on eBay who's been trying to sell a collection of admittedly rare Bizarre Magic books by Tony Andruzzi for some years now. For $13,000. That's for the Scroll, the Negromicon, and Daemon's Diary. I corresponded with him, suggesting his price is a bit high, but he was confident. It ha...
by Robert77
December 25th, 2017, 2:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Fox dead at 64 :(
Replies: 3
Views: 591

Re: Johnny Fox dead at 64 :(

Richard Kaufman wrote:Johnny died weeks ago. A great pity.


Dec. 17, so, 1 week ago when I posted it. It takes that long for the news to publish such things.
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 10:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Robert77 Wrote: "Well for one thing there's not an objective way to rate/grade/understand magic. Unless you're a magician." But could not the same thing be said about music - that there's not an objective way to rate/grade/understand music unless you're a musician? But that fact would not...
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 8:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

, how can magic not be considered an art? Well for one thing there's not an objective way to rate/grade/understand magic. Unless you're a magician. I have an inexpensive print of Jerome's hanging on my hallway wall. https://image.invaluable.com/housePhotos/sothebys/04/106204/H0046-L00502526.jpg Now...
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Eugene Burger videos per Genii Speaks?
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Eugene Burger videos per Genii Speaks?

In the December issue there's a note that says: For the next three issues we will continue to remember Eugene Burger by running three videos he prepared for columns he was unable to complete before his death. I've looked around the Table of Contents of the December issue and have missed finding this...
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 3:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

And let's not forget: There are two kinds of people; those who separate people into groups, and those who don't.
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

This is true for all of the "arts." Most practitioners are not artists--that designation applies only to a select few. Using the example of Albert Goshman, given above, I can make a good argument that he was an artist (as a magician). Slydini was an artist. Rene Lavand was an artist. Juan...
by Robert77
December 21st, 2017, 5:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

I'm curious as to what makes magic a craft, and say, painting, an art?
by Robert77
December 16th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Making Audience Members Uncomfortable
Replies: 4
Views: 660

Re: Making Audience Members Uncomfortable

The Maître d’ was presented as a silent, creepy East German man. He took several women from the audience and danced uncomfortably with them, leaning far into them, pretending he was trying to get a kiss. This reminds me of an open air performance seen in Palo Alto, CA about 15-20 years ago. City hi...
by Robert77
December 14th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2133

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

Bill Mullins wrote:
Richard Kaufman wrote:The Japanese products are heavy.
This is what you want: https://fakefoodjapan.com/collections/all


I want my final load to be a Boiled Egg in Soy Sauce Ear Pick.
"This is a great looking boiled egg for the ear pick enthusiast in your family."


Two words: Paddle move ;)
by Robert77
December 14th, 2017, 2:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2133

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

There is an entire neighborhood in Tokyo devoted to making realistic food of all kinds out of plastic. It's used in the window of almost every restaurant in the country. I suggest searching online for one of those Japanese companies. Everyone that I've ever seen selling fake fruit or food is buying...
by Robert77
December 14th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4931

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Counts, Cuts, Moves, and Subtlety, a book of basic card techniques, by Jerry Mentzer.

73 pages, softcover, inexpensive, and worth it.
by Robert77
December 12th, 2017, 4:16 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 4749

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

After watching the video and seeing them 'load the item' my first thought was, for that much money why is there only a pitiful manual load chamber, the use of which completely defeats the purpose of the table?

Is the material itself ultra expensive?
by Robert77
December 12th, 2017, 3:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Need help with a Clarence Miller item
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Re: Need help with a Clarence Miller item

Sent you a PM.
by Robert77
September 11th, 2017, 2:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bill Bixby The Magician
Replies: 23
Views: 3659

Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Received mine on Saturday and am into the 2nd disc. Had forgotten many of the episodes. You beat me to it Terry :) Last night I watched the pilot and the first episode. The transfer is very very good. I've seen transfers from filmed (not video'd) TV series in the 80's that weren't this crisp, parti...
by Robert77
August 9th, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 46
Views: 7154

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Years ago Eugene presented a lecture at The Mansions Hotel in San Francisco. One of the topics covered in the lecture was Equivoque. Eugene first demonstrated it using an attendee as the spectator. Then he explained it in some detail. Then he showed it again now that we supposedly knew how it worked...
by Robert77
July 4th, 2017, 3:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Color Changing Knives
Replies: 10
Views: 1626

Re: Color Changing Knives

Richard Kaufman wrote:It's always a problem when there's blood ...


...thus was Bizarre Magic born :)
by Robert77
June 23rd, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 23342

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

The price of the Bertram cups went way up due to an eBay auction where 3 people decided they wanted Bertram cups a number of years ago. That auction closed at something like $2200. Pete Biro put his up and got $1500, so figuring there were 3 people I put my set up for $1700 and they were gone in an...
by Robert77
June 22nd, 2017, 5:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 23342

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Now, the Chief Genii did own a set of brass Busby cups back then and believed them to be smaller that the original Danny Dew cups because the final load ball that fit comfortably in his PF/DD cup would not fill well inside the Busby cup. This topic triggered me to go try something out with three se...
by Robert77
March 11th, 2017, 9:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 12160

Re: Magicians Documentary

I remembered when Burt Wonderstone was released and magicians exploded. As an amateur ballet dancer I saw the same reaction with Black Swan. All my friends got offended by the movie. I think I was the only one that liked it. I just watched Burt Wonderstone on DVD and loved it. It's sort of the magi...
by Robert77
March 9th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 33160

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

We have already stated the facts here: 1. Daryl was fully dressed. 2. He did not die in a closet, but in the curtained area behind the performance area of the Parlour. 3. He committed suicide, it was not an accident. Richard, there's more to the message than merely those 3 things. I suggested that ...
by Robert77
March 9th, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 347: Bob Kohler - The Man Behind the Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 587

Re: 347: Bob Kohler - The Man Behind the Magic

As mentioned, Bob was good friends (and for a short time, business partners) with Daryl. He will be missed by the entire international magic community. But I received a note from Phoenix, AZ magician, Jerry Ferguson, who recently spoke with Daryl's widow, Alison. I received the text of his conversa...
by Robert77
March 9th, 2017, 12:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 12160

Re: Magicians Documentary

Remarkably sensitized? Are you kidding me? Do you mean he shouldn't be? Lord help us. BTW you do know he had in his possession films of children as young as 3 or 4 according to authorities. Sensitized! "Sensitized." Yes, it's a word. It's in the dictionary. Since I'm sure you don't seriou...
by Robert77
March 7th, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 12160

Re: Magicians Documentary

The magicians selected for the film, and the versions of their lives shown in the film, are all choices made by the film maker. The film has that "lonely loser" tone because that's what the film makers chose to portray. They can claim otherwise, but I don't buy it. The fact that no tag li...
by Robert77
March 7th, 2017, 4:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 12160

Re: Magicians Documentary

One of the things that became apparent to me after watching this film in a venue filled with mostly non-magicians, and listening to the questions posed to the filmmakers afterward, is that (as Marcie Hume said to me during one of our interviews) the laity and magicians do not receive this film the ...
by Robert77
March 7th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 12160

Re: Magicians Documentary

Richard, given that many who've watched this have said that while it's a downer (for magicians at least), it seems somewhat accurate, how is it non objective?
by Robert77
March 6th, 2017, 6:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Access questions about digital vers. of Genii
Replies: 2
Views: 861

Access questions about digital vers. of Genii

I'm thinking of subscribing to the digital version so I can read it on my PC (not a Mac, not an iPad.) On the front page there's reference to downloading a demo, but I've looked around including searching the Forums and can't find any other reference to it. So, is there a downloadable demo? Is there...
by Robert77
March 6th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 12160

Re: Magicians Documentary

The first is "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay", and the second is "Tim's Vemeer" -- both of which I've seen, and Jonathan (perceptive as always) is correct in his assessments. But I don't know what he is talking about with respect to the third one, and...
by Robert77
March 6th, 2017, 3:58 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: San Francisco Airport
Replies: 3
Views: 1165

Re: San Francisco Airport

Those displays look fascinating. Unfortunately both of them are "post-security" which means you'll have to have a plane ticket to see them. Two plane tickets actually since they are in different terminals :(
by Robert77
March 6th, 2017, 1:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention
Replies: 23
Views: 3492

Re: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4248480/Drunken-magician-plummets-25ft-ceiling.html "Heart-stopping moment a ‘drunken’ magician survives plummeting 25ft onto a tile floor while ‘monkey-barring’ across ceiling rafters at a convention" Since this thread was opened the word "plu...
by Robert77
March 6th, 2017, 12:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 12160

Re: Magicians Documentary

Jonathan, if you can, when it's convenient, I'd appreciate leads on the titles of any of those movies you mentioned.

Thank you,

Robert
by Robert77
March 5th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: One of those days (mentalism books)
Replies: 1
Views: 2652

One of those days (mentalism books)

Late last night I was surfing ebay and suddenly two Bob Cassidy books popped up; The Art of Mentalism and The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy, both on Buy It Now for about cover price. I didn't have either and wanted both so I rushed to buy them. *POW* someone beat me to the punch on Artful Mentalis...
by Robert77
March 4th, 2017, 3:59 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Supreme Magic
Replies: 21
Views: 3474

Re: Supreme Magic

I've always loved Supreme Magic. As an adult I still find their tricks for kid shows to be fascinating to look at, due to the art. Back in the day I'm pretty sure I was ordering silk magic from them. It was expensive due to the pound vs. dollar, but they used high quality silks.
by Robert77
March 4th, 2017, 3:30 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mystic Descendant
Replies: 3
Views: 1881

Re: Mystic Descendant

The first 'issue' is out. Any reviews on it?

The concept reminds me a bit of the old Snake Oil Almanac, which I enjoyed.
by Robert77
March 4th, 2017, 12:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 12160

Re: Magicians Documentary

Oddly enough I didn't think they were struggling that much. A little certainly but I know of people who struggled far more. It looked like they were getting some sort of living and were doing reasonably well. No fortunes but getting more or less by. I somewhat see your point. Unfortunately here in ...
by Robert77
March 3rd, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 12160

Re: Magicians Documentary

erdnasephile wrote:I, too, liked the movie, but my mind processed it as: "Magic as a profession aversion therapy".


More than a few might think that a good thing.

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