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by Bill Mullins
July 26th, 2017, 9:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: An Update in the Marketplace Rules
Replies: 11
Views: 119522

Re: An Update in the Marketplace Rules

I hope you don't end up deleting many old ads. They are a valuable archive of what stuff sells for. There have been many times that I've been interested in buying a book or something, and have been able to review previous sales on the Genii Forum and get some idea of what the market value is.
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2017, 5:18 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 22710

Re: Jennings 67

Terry wrote:I did like the DVD of Larry at Louis' house too.

Which video is this? (What is the title?)
by Bill Mullins
July 19th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4829
Views: 1802917

Re: ERDNASE

In Lybrary.com's weekly newsletter, Chris Wasshuber often discusses Erdnase and Gallaway. Despite my belief that the likelihood of Gallaway having been Erdnase is zero, Chris continues to probe the theory and bring up new ways of looking at it. If you are interested in this thread, you should get on...
by Bill Mullins
July 19th, 2017, 9:39 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: "Derek Dingle in Paris France" DVD now available in US!
Replies: 13
Views: 1002

Re: "Derek Dingle in Paris France" DVD now available in US!

mrmagik68 wrote: I'll wait patiently for Vanishing Inc. to restock.


Nothing wrong with buying from Josh and Andi, but Haines is a reputable dealer, and I've bought things from them with satisfaction.

It depends on how fast you want it, I guess.
by Bill Mullins
July 18th, 2017, 11:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 22
Views: 1448

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

I believe that all works published in the United States before January 1, 1923, are in the public domain. And even for letters written after that date, what Mike does to them is so transformative that the copying is classic Fair Use. I love the Classic Correspondence books, but what does Mike do to...
by Bill Mullins
July 18th, 2017, 10:32 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: "Derek Dingle in Paris France" DVD now available in US!
Replies: 13
Views: 1002

Re: "Derek Dingle in Paris France" DVD now available in US!

Penguin and Vanishing, Inc. also have it on their webpages, but both list it as sold out/out of stock. Haines seems to have some. More information here: http://www.mayette.com/produit/derek-dingle-in-paris-france/344464/ He is performing in English to native French speakers, so his speech is somewha...
by Bill Mullins
July 17th, 2017, 4:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Landau
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: Martin Landau

Yes they were, for a while, and Space:1999 did run in the U.S. It's the first place I remember seeing Landau (I didn't see MI until later reruns). He was also awfully good in Tucker and Ed Wood and Rounders.
by Bill Mullins
July 17th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1338

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Seems to me that there was a mention of the Phantom in some magic column. I was thinking maybe Frank's column in Tannen's Magic Manuscript, but the show aired in 1980 and the Manuscript didn't start until 81. So possibly Genii? Sid Lorraine in New Tops , June 1980: "Frank Garcia's presentation...
by Bill Mullins
July 17th, 2017, 11:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Landau
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: Martin Landau

I never made that connection myself, but now that you point it out . ..

Odd coincidence, Landau was a cartoonist before he was an actor.
by Bill Mullins
July 17th, 2017, 9:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Landau
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Martin Landau

Martin Landau, who played magician Rollin Hand on the 1960s version of Mission Impossible, died Saturday. He was one of those actors who, no matter what he was in, made it more interesting to watch.
by Bill Mullins
July 14th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4829
Views: 1802917

Re: ERDNASE

From a letter by Martin Gardner to Jeff Busby, in Lot #97 of the current Potter and Potter auction: My craziest conjecture (surely extremely unlikely) is that [Milton Franklin] Andrews and Mark Twain were friends. They both lived in Hartford at the same time, and we know Twain was fond of pool and t...
by Bill Mullins
July 14th, 2017, 6:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 22
Views: 1448

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

And even for letters written after that date, what Mike does to them is so transformative that the copying is classic Fair Use.
by Bill Mullins
July 14th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 22
Views: 1448

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 Bill Mullins
July 14th, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 20
Views: 2843

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

There's a copy of this in the Potter and Potter Busby auction.
by Bill Mullins
July 7th, 2017, 1:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3923

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

As I said, the only relevance to this thread is that magicians have always and will always avail themselves of any and all technologies in order to achieve their effects. The optical techniques we are talking about were common to virtually all forms of theatre, which would naturally include magicia...
by Bill Mullins
July 5th, 2017, 5:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3923

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

And “much of movie magic came from stage magic”. Which is self evident. You keep saying this, but you never provide examples of the magicians who used the techniques I listed here to create magical illusions before they were used by filmmakers. Early film techniques consisted of Fading (got from st...
by Bill Mullins
July 5th, 2017, 2:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2661

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

I get this mental image of Richard as one of the prisoners in Cool Hand Luke, and Strother Martin saying "If anyone misses a credit, they Spend the Night in the Box!"
by Bill Mullins
July 4th, 2017, 7:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3923

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

I don’t think you can quote me as having said that magicians invented the “stage magic technology” that they used. You said that movie magic came from the stage magic. From context, I took you to be referring to the techniques used to implement movie special effects. I listed a number of such techn...
by Bill Mullins
July 4th, 2017, 3:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3923

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Though both Mr. Henderson and Mr. Mullins are being petty in their scepticism of my contention that the principles employed in motion picture special effects originated much earlier, I'm not being sceptical of that , I'm saying that you were wrong when you said "Much of 'movie magic' came from...
by Bill Mullins
July 4th, 2017, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3923

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

There are many magicians that have used mattes and rear screen projection. Only a fool would doubt it. I doubt it. Name a single magician who has used matte screens for the creation of an illusion. Or link to a video showing it done. Or quote from the conjuring literature where it is discussed. Bes...
by Bill Mullins
July 3rd, 2017, 12:07 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Printing from Recent Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 541

Re: Printing from Recent Issue

I was able to make it work this way. First, get to the page with the thumbnails for every page in the issue. Select a page to print (I'll use p 75, the portrait of Derek DelGaudio, as an example). Click it once, and you should get a screen where p 75 is on the left, and the table of contents of the ...
by Bill Mullins
July 2nd, 2017, 10:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19414

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Honored by the National Park Service. (Part of the Natchez Trace Parkway and National Scenic Trail)
by Bill Mullins
July 2nd, 2017, 10:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3923

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Much of "movie magic" came from stage magic technology, and much of it is essentially still related. Don't think so. When Georges Méliès created the first movie special effects, he was specifically doing things with film that he could not do as a magician. And that has been the trend ever...
by Bill Mullins
July 2nd, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3923

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

do musicians zip their lips about autotune? They certainly lie about and downplay their use of lip synching. Ten or so years ago, a mentalist (Craig Karges? hard to remember) did a show at the local university for the student body. He offered a significant cash reward to anyone who could prove he w...
by Bill Mullins
June 30th, 2017, 12:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2661

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

The job posting.

Of the skill sets involved, I suspect that a talented editor with so-so magic abilities would be better for the magazine that a great magician with so-so editorial abilities. But both would be necessary.
by Bill Mullins
June 29th, 2017, 1:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4829
Views: 1802917

Re: ERDNASE

"Subterfuge" does appear in Roterberg: Latter Day Tricks (1896) p. 72 "The attempted balance of the glass on the edge of his knife is only a subterfuge . . ." (Note that this book is priced on the title page, a feature which you claim to be very uncommon."I am certain that l...
by Bill Mullins
June 28th, 2017, 3:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4829
Views: 1802917

Re: ERDNASE

Another subject, so another post. Despite my disagreement with Chris Wasshuber's conclusions about who Erdnase was (see above), I continue to follow with interest his thoughts on the subject in his weekly newsletter. The most recent one mentioned his belief that Figs. 99 and 100 in Expert (pertainin...
by Bill Mullins
June 28th, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4829
Views: 1802917

Re: ERDNASE

But I don't think the concept makes a lot of sense for a book that largely consists of fairly repetitive technical descriptions where one has to constantly reuse words. To make the descriptions clear one is forced to use consistent terminology. Isn't this an argument against all forensic examinatio...
by Bill Mullins
June 27th, 2017, 12:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4829
Views: 1802917

Re: ERDNASE

I wonder what Erdnase's cinnamon words are?
by Bill Mullins
June 25th, 2017, 6:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19414

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

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by Bill Mullins
June 25th, 2017, 2:32 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Poster Book
Replies: 25
Views: 2035

Re: Magic Poster Book

Shame on me for not mentioning the Potter&Potter Nielsen books. Today (well, yesterday, it's after midnight) is my birthday, and one of my presents was the McCord book. I mentioned it to my wife during the week, and Amazon brought it this afternoon while my son and I were at the movies (Wonder W...
by Bill Mullins
June 24th, 2017, 12:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Poster Book
Replies: 25
Views: 2035

Re: Magic Poster Book

So what is your favorite magic poster book?

This one
The big Taschen book
The Dover book that you can't find any more
100 Years of Magic Posters by Charles Reynolds
other
by Bill Mullins
June 23rd, 2017, 5:36 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Unmasking of Bill Malone
Replies: 8
Views: 1560

Re: The Unmasking of Bill Malone

Q. Kumber wrote:So how come Bill got to read the July issue before anyone else?


I didn't go looking for it until I saw Erdnasephile's post. So I didn't get to read it before anyone else.
by Bill Mullins
June 22nd, 2017, 10:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19414

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Bob Farmer wrote:I have a set of Ross Bertram cups, with the bag and the balls Ross supplied. Gathering dust here, if anyone is interested. I have no idea of the value.


Like these? (which sold for $650 plus buyer's premium)
by Bill Mullins
June 21st, 2017, 8:29 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: That's something you don't read everyday.
Replies: 4
Views: 649

Re: That's something you don't read everyday.

But not the patron saint of quality footwear.
by Bill Mullins
June 19th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Unmasking of Bill Malone
Replies: 8
Views: 1560

Re: The Unmasking of Bill Malone

I did read it.

Just not closely enough.

Max did a wonderful job. I'm sure John will continue the tradition.
by Bill Mullins
June 19th, 2017, 1:23 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Unmasking of Bill Malone
Replies: 8
Views: 1560

Re: The Unmasking of Bill Malone

Another great issue.

I notice that there is no "Speaking of Max" audio column, but there is one from John Lovick. Will Max be back (and if so, can John stick around, too?)
by Bill Mullins
June 19th, 2017, 1:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Is this really Suzy Wandas?
Replies: 25
Views: 5621

Re: Is this really Suzy Wandas?

Todd Karr's latest "The Eye" column in Genii confirms that this is indeed Suzy Wandas. And that it was not filmed at the Ambassador, but at the Lido Room in the Knickerbocker Hotel.
by Bill Mullins
June 17th, 2017, 2:23 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Poster Book
Replies: 25
Views: 2035

Re: Magic Poster Book

Good to know it is available. I knew one existed, but figured that I'd have to go (online) to the museum gift shop to locate one.
by Bill Mullins
June 17th, 2017, 12:36 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Poster Book
Replies: 25
Views: 2035

Magic Poster Book

This looks like it might be worth picking up.

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