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by Steve Mills
May 28th, 2017, 5:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Two rules I won't violate again
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Re: Two rules I won't violate again

I used to do printed instructions. But then I was told that you folx wanted dvds, ......... I don't know what you think is so terrible about them. But they have allowed me to constantly update my effects. Online is fine and updating is admirable, although many, not speaking of you, promised ongoing...
by Steve Mills
May 27th, 2017, 10:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Two rules I won't violate again
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Two rules I won't violate again

I don't need more magic, especially at my age, but sometimes I'm intrigued and just want to play with something new - sue me. For many years, I have followed 2 rules before making a purchase: 1. Find out how it works first - I make no apologies for doing this by hook or crook. Too much garbage out t...
by Steve Mills
May 27th, 2017, 10:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So you want to do a lecture.
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: So you want to do a lecture.

Al, it must be about 40 years ago, that I saw you lecture in Chattanooga, TN. I still recall how many of us were impressed with the slow, precise handling of coins and actually seeing the "matrix guy" perform his baby. A lot has changed in 40 years. I think the main reason there are so man...
by Steve Mills
May 23rd, 2017, 7:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

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

Worse than yours - I had to change cable providers and deal with Comcast.
by Steve Mills
May 20th, 2017, 10:16 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 9
Views: 879

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

At the risk have having the obvious pointed out, is this a DVD, booklet, book etc? I assume it's not a real tool box.

Thanks
by Steve Mills
May 13th, 2017, 12:02 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17962

Re: The Works

If one pays for something one should receive what is expected. and promised. I couldn't agree more. I recall subscribing to something called Cogitations some years back and the less was delivered than advertised. My biggest arguments were with those enablers stating they had received their moneys w...
by Steve Mills
May 11th, 2017, 11:04 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17962

Re: The Works

I recall 40 years ago, I bought one of my first "real" magic books "The Book Of John". I remember reading the Foreword and thinking "Sheesh! What a Dick!". Here some guy is delivering a book, apparently very late and was less than promised and the basis he took the mone...
by Steve Mills
April 21st, 2017, 9:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

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

...... back when Busby was being such a jerk to people ........... That would be 1954 - 2014! (Personally, when I sit down and list my least favorite people, Buzzbee is certainly in the front row of the hypothetical team picture. I just read his biography on http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Jeff...
by Steve Mills
April 20th, 2017, 11:42 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis
Replies: 37
Views: 14174

Re: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis

I discovered a great Dai Vernon trick there, mentioned in my current littleegyptmagic.com/magic.html. Good article. I need to be reminded once in a while about Little Egypt. If something doesn't come in on my RSS feed, I tend to forget it. (The only problem with RSS is it doesn't know about your ig...
by Steve Mills
April 19th, 2017, 5:42 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 51
Views: 20350

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

Ian, Thank you so much! Very kind of you to take the time and trouble to do that. I can already see some improvement, especially when I tilt as you suggested. Steve PS The more I work on this, the more I think the glass is part of the issue. I believe what I have may be too small in diameter. What i...
by Steve Mills
April 18th, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 51
Views: 20350

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

Embarrassingly, I have. Many times. It seems he gives the glass a quick jerk and it flips 180 neatly. Ii shouldn't be tough!
by Steve Mills
April 18th, 2017, 8:13 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 51
Views: 20350

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

Sorry to revive this thread, as I'm sure a trick this old is now considered antiquarian. Anyway, I'm have a devil of a time making the initial flip in the glass a sure thing. Maybe I've got the wrong glass or maybe I'm just a klutz. Is anyone that is performing this willing to give me a tip or two? ...
by Steve Mills
April 13th, 2017, 6:32 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 1875

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Richard Kaufman wrote:Who is "Daryl Copperfield"?


Ooh! Ooh! Can I be first?

His other brother.....

Thank You
by Steve Mills
April 9th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2780

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

Leonard Hevia wrote:
People recoil from a small pocket pen knife Erdnasephile? I don't believe that.


You must be lucky enough not to hang around a bunch of yuppies!
by Steve Mills
April 8th, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2780

"Everyday" objects that aren't any more

I really like the discussion at http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=49523 . It got me thinking........ One of the reasons we like to use everyday objects is it reduces the heat on the props. I began thinking of items that old farts like me think of as everyday objects , which no ...
by Steve Mills
April 8th, 2017, 8:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 826

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

I kinda like David Williamson's Fuzzy Pencil. As a long time coin collector, I've long realized people pay very little attention to their coins. Just as most anyone who is on the dime or quarter. You might be surprised how few know. (Right now - which Roosevelt is on the dime?) While I loathe the &q...
by Steve Mills
February 8th, 2017, 10:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 114061

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Does anyone have a link to Ricky Jay's TV performance of End Poker?

Every link I've tried has gotten a 404.

Thanks.....
Steve
by Steve Mills
January 28th, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Classic Magic VHS Tapes - HUGE sale - $3.00
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: Classic Magic VHS Tapes - HUGE sale - $3.00

I was recently converting some tapes when my VCR crapped out. I picked up a couple at the local Goodwill for 2.95 each - including remote. Not sure they had ever been used. Attached an analog/digital converter and finished the job. I did take the time to create menus and chapters, but that's just me...
by Steve Mills
January 28th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Racherbaumer's Slant
Replies: 2
Views: 576

Re: Racherbaumer's Slant

Joe Mckay wrote:"In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake. That is why academic politics are so bitter."- Wallace Sayre


NEW - to me - I love it!
by Steve Mills
January 16th, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 59
Views: 7587

Re: The Jerx Year Two

....... I recognize the approach I've taken with magic is probably an anathema to the author (and to others as well). I want my magic to appeal to people who think critically because if I fool them, chances are good that I'll get the others as well. However, my preferences have little bearing on ho...
by Steve Mills
December 26th, 2016, 2:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why more women don't go to magic clubs
Replies: 37
Views: 2195

Re: Why more women don't go to magic clubs

Could it be because men insist on beating to death boring, insignificant crap?"
by Steve Mills
December 13th, 2016, 12:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 41
Views: 2617

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

Brad Henderson wrote:Loomis (Dennis?) had an in the hands chip cup routine that was reviewed in several of the magazines. Uses one of those micro cups. sold as a manuscript n


I believe Jamie Grant bought the rights and has issued a new edition.
by Steve Mills
December 12th, 2016, 7:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 2485

Re: 2016 tricks?

Any of the Chris Philpott stuff float your boat?
by Steve Mills
December 6th, 2016, 2:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 4266

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

I also hate how there is no sense of progress when reading an ebook. You don't feel like you are moving forward or drawing to a conclusion. it's all sameness Brad, I think you hit on something very real there. That progress slider across the bottom just isn't the same. Although technology has been ...
by Steve Mills
December 3rd, 2016, 5:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 4266

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

And why should it? Most people buy magic books to learn a new routine or move, or just to appreciate the method or cleverness of the material described, or they want to learn about history, or about a particular performer, not to make a financial investment. You may be right today, but I believe th...
by Steve Mills
December 3rd, 2016, 1:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 4266

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

That's interesting. Nobody seems to be buying used magic books at the Green Monster. Lots of great books available at bargain prices on the Buy and Sell menu and almost nothing moves. Perhaps literacy is a problem there. I don't think this is related to literacy, but just the way things are now. Us...
by Steve Mills
November 29th, 2016, 6:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 1135

Re: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions

Thanks, Max.

I'll run down the instructions.
by Steve Mills
November 29th, 2016, 1:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 1135

Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions

Still cleaning and moving and ran across one of my very first tricks. I believe I bought it at the state fair 50 or 60 years (damn!) ago. I can't remember how the routine goes, but I do recall how gobsmacked I was when I saw it. It's 2 rectangular pieces of cardboard. One of which has a magnet embed...
by Steve Mills
November 22nd, 2016, 6:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 8605

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Thanks, Tom, but it's either UK or Italy as far as I can find.
by Steve Mills
November 22nd, 2016, 3:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 8605

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Anybody got a good US source for Coccoina?

Thanks.....
by Steve Mills
November 21st, 2016, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 8605

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Thanks, Bill.

It certainly wouldn't be my 1st choice.

At least I'm a little smarter that I woke uop this morning - assuming I didn't have too many brain cells die....
by Steve Mills
November 21st, 2016, 4:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 8605

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Just got man and I'm seriously disappointed in the production. The part of the book opposite the spine (text block?) is so rough I can't even thumb through the book. Here's what it looks like: http://stevemills.com/Bossi.jpg I've written to Penguin, but the one other occasion I had to contact them w...
by Steve Mills
November 16th, 2016, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 8605

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

It's a name I've heard, but know nothing about.

Can someone enlighten me?

Thanks!
by Steve Mills
November 6th, 2016, 6:31 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: THE CRIMP, Jerry Sadowitz
Replies: 35
Views: 16706

Re: THE CRIMP, Jerry Sadowitz

performer wrote:.....There is a good and bad side to all of us.


The older I get, the less I can accept this.

Some people are just BAD.
by Steve Mills
October 28th, 2016, 11:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 43630

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

Andy has come to the end of his run. For now........ Joe, I hope you're right, but I doubt it. I've followed Andy since well before The Great Cafe Castration and have always found him entertaining and intelligent with a worthwhile slant on certain magic presentations. Right now he's flopping around...
by Steve Mills
September 5th, 2016, 4:29 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 48
Views: 13156

Re: The Secrets of So Sato

This is a terrific book and the DVD is certainly a bonus. I believe I have every Kaufman book except 3 (Tenyo, Perverse and England) and consider them some of the real centerpieces of my small library. If I have a criticism, I always felt that the approach was a little "clinical" and at ti...
by Steve Mills
August 26th, 2016, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller Fool Us
Replies: 24
Views: 6342

Re: Penn & Teller Fool Us

I hear that one of the big hits at Magic Live!...was the "UTP" clock trick that was being sold at a certain dealer booth. I wonder how the new purchasers of it feel about P&T (last night) subtlety tipping the gaffus on their TV show? Did the lay audience catch-on?...it's a "remot...
by Steve Mills
July 6th, 2016, 11:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Automated Card Shuffler
Replies: 4
Views: 1184

Automated Card Shuffler

I just ran across a battery powered card shuffler on Amazon for 10 bucks. While I'm not naive enough to think no one ever thought of it, I can see real possibilities in a magic setting. Curiosity Misdirection Deck Switch Add-On These things come to mind. I'm tempted to get on and play with it. Is an...
by Steve Mills
July 1st, 2016, 12:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Congrats to the Chief Genii
Replies: 2
Views: 1481

Congrats to the Chief Genii

I hadn't seen any mention that fearless leader was a recipient of an Alan Slaight award. Without groveling too much, I personally can't think of a more deserving recipient - author, publisher and editor. (Even the DVDs I just ran into while digitizing are rather good). My Kaufman books are probably ...
by Steve Mills
July 1st, 2016, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 6397

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

I convert many of my DVD's to digital format and stream to my iPad or tv. I usually use handbrake (or similar program) on the Mac to rip the DVD's and often will also create a disk image of the entire DVD using Disk Utility on the Mac. I highly recommend using a Synology network drive to store mana...

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