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by Bill Mullins
April 29th, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: 3 Riddles

John -- that assumes that the amount of money accumulated in the jar is the right amount to pay for a meal. But the premise doesn't lead to that -- it only says that the length of time to fill the jar is when meals are bought. The jar may have well in excess of the amount to pay for the steak, or no...
by Bill Mullins
April 29th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Card Trick Source
Replies: 16
Views: 3427

Re: Mathematical Card Trick Source

There is a Wikipedia game that sure seems related to the Kruskal principle.
by Bill Mullins
April 28th, 2017, 10:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Mamet-->Ricky Jay's Director
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: David Mamet-->Ricky Jay's Director

Steve Martin is doing a class as well.
by Bill Mullins
April 27th, 2017, 12:43 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 14
Views: 1223

Re: Steranko

In his comic books, he used to hide in the background art (you'd have to hold the book at an angle) the words, elongated to the point that you couldn't tell they were letters when looked at head-on, A Steranko Effect. It wasn't Steranko who did that, it was Neal Adams, doing an homage to Steranko.
by Bill Mullins
April 25th, 2017, 12:28 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Shrunken Ned
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Shrunken Ned

Our host has another post up at Boing Boing, not surprisingly about Disneyland.

Richard, you show a fortune card from Ned. Isn't the "die of a misprint" line one of Bob Read's?
by Bill Mullins
April 23rd, 2017, 12:50 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 25
Views: 1501

Re: Penny punch

That's hardly a fair comparison. Pennybiz machines make product in the tens (hundreds?) of thousands, Jim will sell dozens. Plus, the average penny smasher has no quality control. Coins come out off-center, have the thickness dialed in wrong, and have the dies misaligned. Jim won't release a bad coi...
by Bill Mullins
April 21st, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 21
Views: 1378

Re: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox

The intro and outro music for the Busby tapes was taken from Dave Grusin's soundtrack to "The Firm", with no "copyright Paramount Pictures" statement or credit or anything like that. I wonder if the Mayette DVDs have the same music. It struck me as ironic when I noticed it, becau...
by Bill Mullins
April 20th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 21
Views: 1378

Re: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox

My copies of the Derek Dingle and the Larry Jennings Mayette videos are from the VHS days, and all three have the Jeff Busby logo on them.

There are lots of negative things you could say about the late Mr. Busby, but he did release some good magic over the years.
by Bill Mullins
April 20th, 2017, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 21
Views: 1378

Re: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox

erdnasephile wrote: Normally, I like to buy direct from the creators


Kinda hard to do that with a Derek Dingle video nowadays.
by Bill Mullins
April 18th, 2017, 11:49 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Psychics on the radio
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Psychics on the radio

I'm listening right now to "On Point", an NPR radio show. The subject is current psychic research programs. Guests include Annie Jacobsen, who wrote a book about US govt research programs into psychic programs; and Hal Putoff, a Stanford physicist who has conducted research with Uri Geller...
by Bill Mullins
April 16th, 2017, 7:43 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic 1400s-1950s
Replies: 57
Views: 11516

Re: Magic 1400s-1950s

And here is Taschen's description of the book.
by Bill Mullins
April 16th, 2017, 7:27 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic 1400s-1950s
Replies: 57
Views: 11516

Re: Magic 1400s-1950s

Taschen also has done a huge book on animated Disney films -- The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968 (18.8 x 2.5 x 12.8 inches, 15 lbs).

Amazon currently has it on sale for $68. List price is $200.
by Bill Mullins
April 16th, 2017, 10:38 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1130

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

I thought Allen Shaw invented the coin roll.
by Bill Mullins
April 15th, 2017, 2:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 2903

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

Geez, can someone post a link to whatever it is that he's supposedly done?
by Bill Mullins
April 15th, 2017, 12:32 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: This Day in Magic History
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: This Day in Magic History

Also, on Apr 14 1912, British magician Harry Woodley should have been sailing across the Atlantic as part of his day job working for the White Star Line. He was rescheduled, though, and missed the trip. Magician Howard Carter had tried to book passage on the same vessel, but it was too full to accom...
by Bill Mullins
April 15th, 2017, 12:11 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: This Day in Magic History
Replies: 2
Views: 313

This Day in Magic History

Harry Cooke was a 19th century magician and a very early escape artist. Born in 1844, he performed on stage much of his life. He retired in Los Angeles in 1907 and became head of the Los Angeles Society of Magicians. He was a Union soldier in the Civil War and even then showed some facility with bei...
by Bill Mullins
April 13th, 2017, 2:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 1812

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

From the Genii report of Bill Taylor's talk on the cups at the LA Magic History Conference in 2011: George Karger had two sets made, and arranged for them to be smuggled to America. Vernon got a set and Karger got a set. After Karger retired as a photographer, he ran an antique store in New York. Di...
by Bill Mullins
April 10th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4793
Views: 1759060

Re: ERDNASE

Potter & Potter's auction over the weekend included a Drake HB edition with the pictorial cover that went for $4800 plus fee. I believe this is a record for a non-first edition (and it wasn't that long ago that it would have been a record, period). And their Gambling auction in early May include...
by Bill Mullins
April 10th, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 3140

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Richard Kaufman wrote:I thought that Vanishing Inc. reprinted those.


[In best Ed McMahon voice] You are CORRECT, sir!
by Bill Mullins
April 10th, 2017, 12:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 3140

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Ted M wrote:
Q. Kumber wrote:PRISM is being reprinted.

And apparently Act Two and Curtain Call as well.

Do you know about any non-mentalism Hermetic Press titles being reprinted?


They've brought out new editions of Secrets of a Puerto Rican Gambler and For Your Entertainment Pleasure.
by Bill Mullins
April 9th, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

If you find four sorts to be too many for 12 cards, you can (by doing base-3 math) reduce it to 3 sorts, at the expense of slightly more complicated mental gymnastics and card manipulation. Instead of holding a packet and upjogging some to separate them into two groups, you upjog and downjog to make...
by Bill Mullins
April 9th, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

As comments in the blog you linked to indicate, Tim has reinvented "Patience Sorting". And (surprise, surprise), Persi Diaconis has been there before him:
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6578/2c451aadb336125462027d99349035c28b80.pdf
by Bill Mullins
April 9th, 2017, 12:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2212

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

A thermos is even more amazing.

It keeps hot stuff hot and it keeps cold stuff cold. How does it know?
by Bill Mullins
April 9th, 2017, 12:24 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

Above, where I said "smallest power of 2 is that is still greater than the number of cards", I should have said "smallest power of 2 is that is still greater or equal to than the number of cards". Sorting 16 cards takes 4 sorts.
by Bill Mullins
April 9th, 2017, 12:07 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

Imagine five cards in order, A, B, C, D For non-Canadians, five cards would be A, B, C, D, and E. I think mixing English and French confuses things. For 4 cards A, B, C, D, randomly mixed, and assuming that you are holding them as a packet in your hands -- 1st. Upjog B and D, strip them out, and mo...
by Bill Mullins
April 8th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 3140

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

So everyone can see his webbed toes?
by Bill Mullins
April 8th, 2017, 2:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 3140

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Bob Farmer's doing a book on the eleven card poker deal (it's the same book as before, he just keeps a 3 of spades in his shoe while doing the trick).
by Bill Mullins
April 7th, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 3140

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Ricky Jay and Persi Diaconis are going to do a Penguin Live lecture.
by Bill Mullins
April 6th, 2017, 2:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 14
Views: 1223

Steranko

I note that Steranko will be appearing as a dealer at the Windy City Pulp and Paper show in a couple of weeks. I met him once, 40 years ago, and he was (and probably still is) a character. If I lived nearby, I'd go. http://windycitypulpandpaper.com/home/ There is a lot of intersection between the pu...
by Bill Mullins
April 5th, 2017, 8:41 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic goes to war
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Magic goes to war

Jonathan Townsend wrote:I heard some army hid soldiers in a wooden horse


It wasn't a horse, it was a rabbit.
by Bill Mullins
April 5th, 2017, 4:12 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Grandma does a magic trick
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Grandma does a magic trick

by Bill Mullins
March 31st, 2017, 5:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4609

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Pardon my ignorance concerning effects that require a perfect faro shuffle, but just how might one determine that it were perfect during the course if a performance? I mean, you can't stare at the deck and scrutinise it. Would an imperfect faro ruin the outcome? Or is it possible that some of us ar...
by Bill Mullins
March 30th, 2017, 10:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More Johnny Carson Notes (set the DVR!)
Replies: 28
Views: 5475

Re: More Johnny Carson Notes (set the DVR!)

Tonight's rerun had Dick Cavett, who suspended a cane on his flat, vertical palm.
by Bill Mullins
March 28th, 2017, 11:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: an old favourite
Replies: 8
Views: 903

Re: an old favourite

Or maybe Sefalaljia where you shove the dog and a leash into a doghouse, and the dog comes out wearing it.
by Bill Mullins
March 27th, 2017, 7:51 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Bob Hummer book
Replies: 2
Views: 626

Bob Hummer book

My copy of the Fulves book, Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets (2nd edition), jumps from page 87 to 89. The text looks like there is nothing missing -- it flows smoothly from one page to the next. Is this just a numbering mistake? Does anyone else's copy do this?
by Bill Mullins
March 27th, 2017, 11:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24526

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Mostly, I agree. But I also note that it's never the Pakistanis or Hindus or Mongolians whom I hear being offended -- it's always some white person taking offense on their behalf.
by Bill Mullins
March 26th, 2017, 8:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24526

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Temple of Benares, Whit Haydn's Mongolian Pop Knot, the Afghan Bands, the Hindu Shuffle, Houdini's Hindoo Needle Trick, the Coney Island Fakir, Okito's Gobi Bowls (and his stage name), Chinatown Half, Chinese Sticks, Siberian Chain Escape, Gypsy Thread -- Daryl wasn't the first to play off the stere...

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