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by Bill Mullins
May 26th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

Some background on David Hewitt.
by Bill Mullins
May 25th, 2017, 12:39 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 48
Views: 8275

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Some more videos have just been added. They include some short ones featuring impromptu tricks from Gardner's Encyclopedia by Mark Mitton, Dan Garrett, and Martin Gardner's son James.

(and speaking of Ed Asner, he has come up on the forum before)
by Bill Mullins
May 24th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 1034

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

Origami. It's on paper view.

It works better orally than when you read it.

(actually, I have seen a pretty good documentary on origami)
by Bill Mullins
May 24th, 2017, 10:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 1034

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

There's a new documentary out about origami . . . .

It's on pay-per view.
by Bill Mullins
May 21st, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 9
Views: 831

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

I'd like to order a copy. Can you ship it in a DVD case?
by Bill Mullins
May 20th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 48
Views: 8275

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

I'm not quite sure how to take that . . . (but I do hate spunk ) When I was younger, I used to get accused of looking like Ernie from "My Three Sons". Now, occasionally (and I don't get this and can't figure out why) people will tell me I look like Stephen King. In the past 5 years, I've h...
by Bill Mullins
May 19th, 2017, 11:14 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 48
Views: 8275

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

After you watch the Max Maven piece, click on "Gathering for Gardner" below the video to go to their page of youtube videos. There are many talks from not only the 12th conference in 2016, but also the 11th in 2014 (including one of some doofus talking about Theodore Deland). Ones of possi...
by Bill Mullins
May 18th, 2017, 3:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 21
Views: 1046

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

Jim -- you are probably right. I certainly have never seen it performed.

But I'm reminded of one of the things that Teller says that makes magic effective. Laypeople won't believe how far magicians will go to make a trick work.
by Bill Mullins
May 18th, 2017, 12:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 21
Views: 1046

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

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 explosion makes points of metal stick upwards, like a Kar...
by Bill Mullins
May 15th, 2017, 8:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1961

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

At least I don't know him so I can be unbiased. You continue to defend Kline, even though Oscar Munoz, Joe Turner, and Shawn Farquhar -- all of whom have specific knowledge of the facts -- have endorsed and supported Jade. You continue to diminish Jade, by calling her account "hoo-hah". Y...
by Bill Mullins
May 15th, 2017, 1:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1961

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

If I were in a position where I had to decide if someone should or should not work at an event I'm responsible for, "innocent or guilty" is the wrong mindset. I would think instead, "does this person enhance the quality of the attendees' experience?" And if any of the attendees a...
by Bill Mullins
May 14th, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1961

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

Since a man's livelihood is likely to be affected by this hoo-haa I think it is only fair we hear both sides of the story. So far I find it all one sided. If you are in a position to hire Kline, get his side first. But the issue at hand is if the IBM and SAM should hire him (or, rather, if their ag...
by Bill Mullins
May 14th, 2017, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1961

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

Crap like this has been going on forever. Other communities such as skeptics , comics fans , gamers , science fiction fandom , and others have all had to deal with public incidents of harassment and sexual assault in recent years, and it's surprising that magic has taken until now to have to deal wi...
by Bill Mullins
May 9th, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin work in American Gods
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

Re: Coin work in American Gods

I am now always careful about pop culture I mention as I got clobbered for talking about the Sixth Sense years ago. Someone saw my post somewhere and then screamed at me online about recommending a film that gave them nightmares. Some people need to be given at birth a card that says "Life is ...
by Bill Mullins
May 9th, 2017, 1:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1758

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

Is there a way to set it up in view of the spectator? I've never done it, but it always looked like something that you'd have to bring out with the works all set up.
by Bill Mullins
May 7th, 2017, 12:17 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Tony Giorgio on MST3K
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Tony Giorgio on MST3K

His most accessible role is in The Godfather , where he played Bruno Tattaglia. Bruno is the guy who garotted Luca Brasi, and sent him to "sleep with the fishes". Luca Brasi was strangled from behind at that bar in The Godfather . Giorgio's character held down Brasi's wrist while the Turk...
by Bill Mullins
May 6th, 2017, 5:15 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Tony Giorgio on MST3K
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Tony Giorgio on MST3K

Thanks, interesting to put a face & voice to the name. His most accessible role is in The Godfather , where he played Bruno Tattaglia. Bruno is the guy who garotted Luca Brasi, and sent him to "sleep with the fishes". He's also got a part in the second Dirty Harry movie, Magnum Force .
by Bill Mullins
May 4th, 2017, 3:04 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2896

Re: Penny punch

erdnasephile wrote:May I ask: where did you see the numbers? I see "James P. Riser" stamped on mine, but no number?


Hint:

Image
by Bill Mullins
April 30th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 922

Re: 3 Riddles

Richard Stokes wrote:The wrestler is strong and fit , but very tall - say 7 foot plus, so people offer him a seat so that he . . .

doesn't throw them out the window.
by Bill Mullins
April 29th, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 922

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: 3617

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: 446

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: 24
Views: 2173

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: 298

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: 42
Views: 2896

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: 1725

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: 1725

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: 1725

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: 344

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: 11920

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: 11920

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: 1281

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: 3201

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: 376

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: 376

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: 1953

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: 4794
Views: 1770315

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: 47
Views: 4329

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: 47
Views: 4329

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.

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