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by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 43
Views: 2364

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I feel confident that both David Williamson and Mac King have all of the knowledge, skills and ability to do that, and more.

What is in doubt is my ability to convey what happened in a way that makes you realize that they were both doing good magic, and that the spectator was not receptive to it.
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 43
Views: 2364

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Well, that's on me and my descriptive abilities. Both of them were doing a fine job of presenting a pick-a-card trick on the spur of the moment.
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 43
Views: 2364

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I never explained the Sunday night puzzle: California: MOPMN Tina Lenert California: BEM1NE Steve Valentine Illinois: YZONE ("Wise One") Eugene Burger Maryland: ESPDUO Evasons Massachusetts: UNSHFLD Paul Gertner Michigan: TRNPAPR Gene Anderson Nevada: ANDCO Thomsoni and Co. Nevada: TGWTR S...
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 43
Views: 2364

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Hot items -- hard to say. I don't buy that much new product. I know that Vanishing Inc seemed to have a full booth all the time. I know that Richard Kaufman and Dustin Stinnett sold a ton of Kaufman books and Genii subscriptions (Richard had marked down the prices heavily on many of his old books an...
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2017, 1:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 43
Views: 2364

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I was asked offline about the swag. Nothing spectacular -- a tote bag with the Magic Live logo, and a T-shirt. There was a nice box for putting the notes and program in. Penguin was giving away their new marked deck via a coupon which was easy to get, so this was swag-ish. The opening party had milk...
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2017, 1:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 43
Views: 2364

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Last night was the opening party. The mixer game was as follows: Each attendee was given an envelope with nine license plates (cardboard), each identical. You were to ask around and swap with others to get a full set of nine. Each of the license plates referred to a magician, and you were invited to...
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 43
Views: 2364

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

we were forewarned in an email.
by Bill Mullins
August 13th, 2017, 8:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 43
Views: 2364

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Appears to be road oriented. The signs include a "Route 17" logo, and the photo badges are in the style of a driving license. Tonight's party is titled "At the Hop," and we are encouraged to dress in a 1950s style.
by Bill Mullins
August 9th, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1986

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

I will not stultify you with specifics, but without these sort of “sidetracks”, it would be all but impossible to achieve the effect. Unless you did Hoy's "Bold Book Test". (Same effect, a lot less messing around.) Hoy's method is similar up to a point, Bill. The point where the performer...
by Bill Mullins
August 9th, 2017, 5:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1986

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

jkeyes1000 wrote:I will not stultify you with specifics, but without these sort of “sidetracks”, it would be all but impossible to achieve the effect.


Unless you did Hoy's "Bold Book Test". (Same effect, a lot less messing around.)
by Bill Mullins
August 8th, 2017, 4:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1986

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

Philippe Billot wrote:Is it reasonable (or conceivable) to present the Piano Trick with pairs of socks?


You mean like this?
by Bill Mullins
July 26th, 2017, 9:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: An Update in the Marketplace Rules
Replies: 11
Views: 119905

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: 23385

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: 1806576

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: 1065

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: 25
Views: 1937

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: 1065

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: 560

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: 1538

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: 560

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: 560

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: 1806576

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: 25
Views: 1937

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: 25
Views: 1937

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: 2916

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: 4245

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: 4245

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: 2807

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: 4245

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: 4245

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: 4245

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: 616

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: 138
Views: 20896

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: 4245

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: 4245

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: 2807

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: 1806576

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: 1806576

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: 1806576

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...

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