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by Q. Kumber
July 20th, 2017, 8:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question Re: Conway Cigarette Case
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Question Re: Conway Cigarette Case

According to the write-up in his book, The Pat Way To Con , it is based on the Allerton case with the important addition that the case can be opened by a spectator, without concern of them finding anything they shouldn't. I see no reason why other items can't be used instead of cigarettes. However s...
by Q. Kumber
July 20th, 2017, 6:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 22
Views: 1382

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

I know of two companies who have large stocks of old photos, images, postcards etc. that they rent out or get royalties from. They would not be the original owners, but now the legal owners of the items.
by Q. Kumber
July 19th, 2017, 1:34 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Abbott's Magic Sword Thru Neck
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: Abbott's Magic Sword Thru Neck

Two tape measures taped together to the right length.
There's a fun routine in the book, Gene Gordon's Magical Legacy.
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Richard Kaufman wrote:And can you see the cover now?


YES!
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Quentin, you have access to the digital edition. Are you just referring to the photo I have in my post above? Photobucket doesn't charge me anything. Yes, the image above which has the wording, "Please update your account to enable third party hosting." I always browse through the digital...
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 4:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Jeff Haas wrote:Photobucket until recently let you upload a picture on their site so it could be seen on another site for free. That is no longer free, you have to subscribe to a plan and pay for the usage.


Thank you Jeff. I'll wait for the hard copy! ;)
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 4:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

What's the 3rd party hosting to do with this?
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 6:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 22
Views: 1382

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 Q. Kumber
July 16th, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond
Replies: 3
Views: 360

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

Lucky you Brad having two sets. I only have one. Incidentally the trick originally appeared in Abra . Peter Diamond was quite a character and loved theatre and showbiz. He must have seen every summer show that appeared in Blackpool during his adult life. He was also good friends with John Inman (Mr....
by Q. Kumber
July 16th, 2017, 7:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond
Replies: 3
Views: 360

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

Sad to report that Ian Ogilvy passed away in Spain on Monday 10th July. I first met Ian in the 70's when he was working the Fiesta nightclub in Dublin along with his then wife Lan Sharon (daughter of Jack Hughes). He later ran PROPS, making high quality magical apparatus before running a number of j...
by Q. Kumber
July 10th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Levante Book
Replies: 12
Views: 1339

Re: Levante Book

Yesterday I worked a carnival with Andrew Van Buren. He performed Levante's original Belisha Beacon illusion. It was made in 1928 and sold to Jeffrey Atkins in 1958. Andrew acquired it from Jeffrey's widow, and refurbished it. As Andrew performs it, a vertical cabinet stands on a flat base with a do...
by Q. Kumber
July 9th, 2017, 12:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: John Moehring Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 828

Re: John Moehring Has Died

Very sorry to hear this. I knew him first through his book, Texan Trixter, and later I met him in Las Vegas. One of those who contributed more to magic than he got from it.. R.I.P.
by Q. Kumber
July 7th, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A study has found that using music to learn a physical task significantly develops an important part of the brain.
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: A study has found that using music to learn a physical task significantly develops an important part of the brain.

There was a similar report about 30 years ago which suggested listening to Baroque music while practising a physical task would help.
by Q. Kumber
July 6th, 2017, 4:23 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: davidregal.com
Replies: 12
Views: 772

Re: davidregal.com

The first time I tried the search, it brought up the same outside site, playmath. When I tried it the second time, it worked as it should.
Definitely needs attention by the owner.
by Q. Kumber
July 5th, 2017, 5:10 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: davidregal.com
Replies: 12
Views: 772

Re: davidregal.com

The midwest magic site opened up OK for me. I clicked on some of their link pages and all opened as they should except for the CD-ROM button which took me to a games site which I closed. When I clicked on the CD-ROM button again it worked fine, staying within the site. I'm on a mac computer.
by Q. Kumber
July 5th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: davidregal.com
Replies: 12
Views: 772

Re: davidregal.com

It's working for me, no problem.
by Q. Kumber
July 2nd, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Eddy Taytelbaum
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: LF: Eddy Taytelbaum

Apart from the props he made for sale, Eddy invented many moves and tricks, especially with small packets of cards. Often they have been credited to others. I'm fortunate to have visited him a number of times at his home and he showed me many of the new moves he developed. I encouraged him to record...
by Q. Kumber
July 1st, 2017, 4:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2642

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

Richard Kaufman wrote:There really is no way to make this type of job sound exotic and interesting. After the first year or two it becomes very difficult to keep the quality up on a monthly basis.


Richard, you are doing an excellent job with GENII. It keeps getting better.
by Q. Kumber
June 29th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2642

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

You raise an interesting point but I think that the editor of any specialised magazine really needs to come from within the industry for many reasons, the most basic being the need to understand the technical jargon specific to that field.
by Q. Kumber
June 26th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: I need instructions for 2 tricks
Replies: 2
Views: 667

Re: I need instructions for 2 tricks

Cube in a Tube was invented by Arthur Setterington and first appeared in Abra.

Setterington also invented the trick now known as Crazy Man's Handcuffs.
by Q. Kumber
June 26th, 2017, 5:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 1211

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

That kind of session sounds like a very rewarding experience, Q! On a related note, the tricks I do all have scripts (Thanks, Mr McCabe!) that are geared towards laypeople. In a session, I'd likely default to those presentations, as it's hard for me to just go through the moves without the presenta...
by Q. Kumber
June 25th, 2017, 5:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 1211

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

Sometimes you will have a very mixed (in competence and knowledge) group at a session. I always make a point that each and everyone of us will have to do something. It could be a trick, a move, or simply asking for feedback on an item they are working on. But everyone has to do something. Now one or...
by Q. Kumber
June 22nd, 2017, 12:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 64
Views: 14864

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

Tom Gilbert wrote:I got to see Petrick and Mia demo a bunch of their items and also bought a number. Whatever happened to them?


So what did happen to them?
by Q. Kumber
June 20th, 2017, 5:46 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Unmasking of Bill Malone
Replies: 8
Views: 1541

Re: The Unmasking of Bill Malone

So how come Bill got to read the July issue before anyone else?

Now that it is online I've had a quick browse. When I saw the review of Magicians In Action, I first thought it was about magicians in the armed services. It isn't.
by Q. Kumber
June 16th, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19378

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Bob Farmer wrote:I'll have to publish my Cardwarp routine at some point. Part of it is a single card version and the handling is smooth and angle-proof.


I'll have to publish mine too. It has the best ending of any such routine to date.
by Q. Kumber
June 8th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Re: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?

I recall this as proposed by Arthur C. F. Carter, specific to the Dennis Wheatley novel To The Devil A Daughter . No anagram required, as there are only four names in the entire book. Appeared in Magigram in the 1970s. As I was reading down the posts, I was going to mention the Arthur Carter routin...
by Q. Kumber
June 5th, 2017, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7135

Re: America's Got Talent performance

The argument about an effect being "too perfect" or "too proppy" is an incredibly modern one that most magicians don't even begin to understand, much less have a clear reasoned personal decision as to their stance on the matter. From what I've read over the years about prominent...
by Q. Kumber
June 3rd, 2017, 8:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7135

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Some years ago Brian Glover, Walt Lees and a layperson were judges at a magic society close-up competition. One of the performers did a Fiber Optics rope routine and had a good presentation for it. Another performer did the Victor C&R Rope with a pretty bland presentation. When the judges got to...
by Q. Kumber
June 3rd, 2017, 3:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okito boxes
Replies: 24
Views: 4659

Re: Okito boxes

I'm very new to working with coin boxes but recently bought the Sinbad Max Okito Box, and I'm very pleased with it.

https://lostartmagic.com/shop/physical/ ... cba1185463
by Q. Kumber
May 25th, 2017, 2:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 13
Views: 1558

Re: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!

What an interesting and well researched article. Dr Ian Ellis-Jones has done his homework.
by Q. Kumber
May 24th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 13
Views: 1558

Re: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!

The best stand-up card magician I have seen was Johnny Hoffman who mostly performed with carnivals in the summer and schools and halls in the winter. He died in Ireland in 1975. I never saw him do any close-up but he could and did do 30-40 minutes with just a deck, using mostly the pass, the classic...
by Q. Kumber
May 21st, 2017, 6:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP James Hamilton
Replies: 2
Views: 731

Re: RIP James Hamilton

Deeply saddened to read this. James was delightful company and a good friend.
by Q. Kumber
May 19th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Glossy billets needed...
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Re: Glossy billets needed...

Try using index cards, cut to size.
by Q. Kumber
April 21st, 2017, 4:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 353: Jarrett & Raja - New Kids on the Strip
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Re: 353: Jarrett & Raja - New Kids on the Strip

They did a season at Blackpool's Hilton Hotel about ten years ago. While I enjoyed the show, there was never a reason given as to why a classical pianist was working with a magician. A possible explanation would be for Jarrett to say, "I was walking along the beach and found this old bottle in ...
by Q. Kumber
April 21st, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 1754

Re: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots

Here's a clip of Terry Herbert performing a different paddle trick, sold by Ken Brooke. As a teenager Terry Herbert learnt from legendary magic dealer Ken Brooke a great close-up trick by R.M. Jamison, the Spot Sticks. At the time Terry was so influenced by Ken's presentation, he still performs it i...
by Q. Kumber
April 12th, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 2574

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

The first thing Paul Daniels did when he started using the Chop Cup was to dull the finish. It reflects light. I think using brightly polished cups is a daft idea, even in close-up as, it attracts the eye too much and reflects the light. The cups are props and should not be the main focus of attenti...
by Q. Kumber
April 11th, 2017, 9:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 4220

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

This quote from Ludwig Van Beethoven might help clarify the difference between consummate performers, be they amateur or professional, from everyone else in the same discipline. Noah Levine's article on David Ben in the April GENII is well worth reading for the thoroughness a professional will go to...
by Q. Kumber
April 8th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 4282

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

Every single one of them is recognisable by the general population, even if not regularly used. And besides, a bit of thought and some good patter will cover almost anything. I've a feeling that Vernon would no longer say, "Magicians stop thinking too soon," and instead say, "Magician...
by Q. Kumber
April 8th, 2017, 2:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 3989

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Now Brian, you are disagreeing with TWO magical icons.

And if I were an icon, that would be three. ;)
by Q. Kumber
April 7th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 6314

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

PRISM is being reprinted.

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