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by Brad Henderson
July 16th, 2017, 9:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond

i have alway loved ian's blocks of san ye. i own two sets. years ago at the eastbourne convention i sat down next to a man and we started talking. turned out it was ian. we chatted and he was happy to learn where two of his boxes were.
by Brad Henderson
July 15th, 2017, 10:29 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 72
Views: 21564

Re: Jennings 67

this may be a small drop in the bucket but i feel like it should be said the first time i ever worked the castle i arrived early to find bruce and jim patton having a chat at the owl bar. He introduced himself, we spoke a bit, and then he took me all the way through the castle and walked me through ...
by Brad Henderson
July 12th, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A New Angle drops...
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: A New Angle drops...

it appears to have been fixed. thanks.
by Brad Henderson
July 11th, 2017, 8:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2568

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

you're too kind, kent. happens to be a principle that destroyed me when i was young and is always one of the first that crosses my mind as a possibility.

won't say who that performer who destroyed me was, but you're in good company.

good work on the stab.
by Brad Henderson
July 11th, 2017, 8:19 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A New Angle drops...
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: A New Angle drops...

you can add to cart but i can't seem to find how to find the cart and check out.
by Brad Henderson
July 10th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2568

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

suddenly craving a deep fried ham and cheese sandwich from the new orleans cafe at disneyland.
by Brad Henderson
July 7th, 2017, 9:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

again, you attempt to tell me what i think instead of asking me. you do that a lot. you say magicians in the past did something and yet have nothing to back it up this is not a matter of taste. this isn't 'i don't like rap so rap isn't music'. this is a matter of address what an art is and what it d...
by Brad Henderson
July 6th, 2017, 10:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

chris, a better way of putting it is that a painting of a pipe is not a pipe. a film of a magic trick is not a magic trick. it is a film of a magic trick. while we can capture the essence of the magic on film, we are indeed capturing something. the media magician captures nothing but creates the mag...
by Brad Henderson
July 6th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

Mr. Mullins, I have no intention of wasting my time, researching the history of stage magic for the sake of this meaningless point. 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 effec...
by Brad Henderson
July 5th, 2017, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

clearly the idea that magic is supposed to be supernatural is nonsense. many magic effects do not ascribe themselves to supernatural causes nor do many of them achieve a phenomena that transcends into supernaturalness in effect. BUT by your definition a spirit medium who did not tricks would be cons...
by Brad Henderson
July 5th, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

the danger in relying on non industry-art based sources for definitions specific to an industry or art leads to the problem you find yourself in let's look at another source, one you likely found but conveniently ignored. - webster. i suppose this is of equal authority to the two you mentioned. http...
by Brad Henderson
July 5th, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

When discussing technology, we ought to focus on the principles and the mechanics rather than the artistic mode by which they are employed. says who? you seem to want to force us to accept a definition of magic that no one else in the world agrees to. by defining magic solely by the techniques whic...
by Brad Henderson
July 4th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

what you fail to grasp is that the creation of an illusion is not sufficient for an act to be 'magic'. a pick pocket uses sleight of hand but we don't call him a magician. a snake oil salesman uses deception but he is not considered to have practiced magic. many broadway shows use some of the techni...
by Brad Henderson
July 4th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

i wish my iphone would automatically capitalize like it used to. it no longer does. grrr
by Brad Henderson
July 3rd, 2017, 11:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

You are obviously striving to gain the upper hand in this forum, to prove yourself the sharpest. Yet you perpetually misrepresent and mischaracterise my statements. no. i'm merely pointing out that your positions are groundless. is that gives me the upper hand, that's the fault of your position not...
by Brad Henderson
July 3rd, 2017, 1:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

The use of rear screen projection, matte paintings, superimpositions, clever makeup and even robotics (automata) have all been employed by magicians. And my point is that the use of other visual deceptions, such as those involving mirrors, are in essence, the same. They all create a false image. Th...
by Brad Henderson
July 3rd, 2017, 8:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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 Brad Henderson
July 2nd, 2017, 10:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

No, my friend. In order to define Magic to the exclusion of camera tricks, one would need to forbid the use of other kinds of visual deception. no. you wouldn't. why would you even think you would have to? In short, you would have to restrict the future development of the craft, and prohibit the us...
by Brad Henderson
July 2nd, 2017, 7:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

No, my friend. In order to define Magic to the exclusion of camera tricks, one would need to forbid the use of other kinds of visual deception. no. you wouldn't. why would you even think you would have to? In short, you would have to restrict the future development of the craft, and prohibit the us...
by Brad Henderson
July 2nd, 2017, 6:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

Richard Kaufman wrote:Brad, Derek Dingle's business card and promotional material always contained the phrase "sleight of hand artist."


yes. which is my point. unlike the claim to which i responded many magicians have happily made known the means through which they produce their magic.
by Brad Henderson
July 2nd, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

you underestimate the ability of some to define. music has a clear definition that eliminates the subjectivity of taste. a con man uses deception and illusion and is not magic, nor would anyone confuse it for such. the use of illusion is not the defining element of magic. there are ways to define th...
by Brad Henderson
July 2nd, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

this seems true to you only because you have a sloppy definition of what constitutes magic. a careful definition can preclude and or address the use of camera tricks. and i disagree that being open about methods makes it easier to deduce. look at derren brown - he managed to fool even self proclaime...
by Brad Henderson
July 2nd, 2017, 9:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

No matter how we may despise camera tricks, none of us is ever going to successfully define the art of magic in a way that disqualifies them. why not? it's a perfectly simple task and one that has already been done (and if not disqualifying them, at least taking them in account for what they are an...
by Brad Henderson
July 1st, 2017, 7:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3844

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

i have long advocated for accepting and promoting a genre of magic which is magic for media. this would solve so many issues among magicians. it would allow those interested in that type of magic to embrace it and all the techniques at their disposal openly and fully. it would eliminate the back and...
by Brad Henderson
June 30th, 2017, 12:48 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Eddy Taytelbaum
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: LF: Eddy Taytelbaum

i have several items. have a duplicate bomba atomica i would sell or trade. looking for one of his jacob ladder based tricks and coin slide.
by Brad Henderson
June 23rd, 2017, 9:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19337

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

i leave for my summer tour tomorrow or would hunt down my tale of Buzzy the Bee and Paul the Fox. if i find it, i will post it. Jeez Brad, i'ts not like you have to plow through cartons of loose papers to find it. This is the 21st century after all ;) . The Tale of Buzzy the Bee and Paul the Fox . ...
by Brad Henderson
June 22nd, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19337

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

going through old papers in childhood home and found a review i wrote in a notebook for busby's who's who in magic. i was probably 20 years old

1) i was a condescending ass even then
2) even then i knew busby had his issues.
by Brad Henderson
June 20th, 2017, 11:50 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3127

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

you mean they weren't reacting to the chicken which was edited into the clip?!?

hmm. or maybe they were reacting to the production assistant who was standing onstage telling them to react.
by Brad Henderson
June 20th, 2017, 11:09 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3127

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

i think this says everything that needs to be said

https://youtu.be/WYe41ET4vGw
by Brad Henderson
June 19th, 2017, 6:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19337

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

i leave for my summer tour tomorrow or would hunt down my tale of Buzzy the Bee and Paul the Fox. if i find it, i will post it.
by Brad Henderson
June 16th, 2017, 11:06 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3127

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

I might be imagining this but I suspect that Simon Cowell is enjoying magic much more than he used to. I bet it is the close up magicians he has been seeing lately that have changed his attitude. There is nothing stronger than magic done right up close under your eyes, preferably with the most mund...
by Brad Henderson
June 11th, 2017, 2:38 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5071

Re: Penny punch

one of these is now selling on a facebook magic sales forum for $20
by Brad Henderson
June 8th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7082

Re: America's Got Talent performance

fool can be both a critical bar to jump and still be the lowest as magicians we must coney the sense of the impossible. but that just the bar to make what we do qualify as magic and not something else. but that's akin to saying one needs a print of some type for there to be photography or paint for ...
by Brad Henderson
June 7th, 2017, 9:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7082

Re: America's Got Talent performance

fooling is the lowest of the bars.
by Brad Henderson
June 7th, 2017, 2:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7082

Re: America's Got Talent performance

"That is the greatest close up magic I have ever seen in my life," said a judge. Either he was "fooled" (no, I don't like the word, either) or at least was entertained, as apparently were the rest of the audience. Unless, of course, the whole thing was a put on. they wouldn't ca...
by Brad Henderson
June 6th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7082

Re: America's Got Talent performance

the movies have already figured this out. spielberg and scott both learned that to show the entire creature (the shark or the alien) was to kill the horror factor. when we can see something clearly we either accept or reject it. when we create it in our own minds it remains partly undeniably real. t...
by Brad Henderson
June 5th, 2017, 5:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7082

Re: America's Got Talent performance

tom is correct.
by Brad Henderson
June 3rd, 2017, 7:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7082

Re: America's Got Talent performance

tom, why would you think del would love this routine? speaking on behalf of dead people is problematic, don't you think? did you know del well? speak to him often about magic? or are you just guessing.
by Brad Henderson
May 18th, 2017, 12:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 21
Views: 1863

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

back of hand is way to go. false transfer then as your fingers stroke the back of the alleged receiving hand you stick the coin in place. it doesn't hurt. far less than the rising pencil at least.

you can also deposit it on the back of an audience member standing or seated beside you.

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