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by Steve Mills
January 12th, 2018, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?
Replies: 10
Views: 816

Re: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?

Go to your local drugstore or Target/Walmart etc. Have a look at the decks of cards for sale. You will see Bicycles and lots of other kinds. That's what your audiences are used to—lots and lots of different back designs. Only magicians are suspicious of non-Bicycle cards. If you want to prevent peo...
by Steve Mills
December 5th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: December 2017 Issue
Replies: 2
Views: 530

December 2017 Issue

I seem to recall a general rule to determine if an issue is lost, but I can't find it. My December issue hasn't arrived. at what point is it considered lost?

Thanks
by Steve Mills
November 24th, 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop

Is this the system that he teaches in his Dummies book, which seems to longer be available in electronic form on Amazon.
by Steve Mills
November 19th, 2017, 4:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The December Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 14
Views: 1352

Re: The December Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

You married well!
by Steve Mills
November 19th, 2017, 9:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The December Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 14
Views: 1352

Re: The December Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

David Ben's Penguin Live lecture receives a well-deserved rave review for the second consecutive month! Not that my 2 cents adds anything, but this was terrific. Just the performance of the knives was worth the price of admission. Of course the explanation was more good information than most books ...
by Steve Mills
October 30th, 2017, 10:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 36
Views: 4627

New John Thompson Book

I see the pre-pub pricing on this ends tomorrow.

Am I the only one that thinks $300 bucks is a little over the top?

Just curious. Out of my price range in any case.
by Steve Mills
October 27th, 2017, 1:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Champions Of Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Champions Of Magic

The local theater here (St Charles, IL) is advertising a show for 11/1 called "Champions of Magic". No names, unfortunately. Is anyone familiar with the show? Here's the advertising poop: Direct from a hit season in London’s West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions...
by Steve Mills
September 22nd, 2017, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Our New Website GeniiOnline has Debuted!
Replies: 12
Views: 1963

Re: Our New Website GeniiOnline has Debuted!

Steve Bryant wrote:There are general interest ads on the new site. I appreciated the algorithm that showed me a Barns&Noble ad that highlighted one of my novels. Nice targeting!


I got Rush Limbaugh and an ED ad. It's hell being old and getting targeted ads.
by Steve Mills
August 11th, 2017, 10:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 2813

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

No problem with it, just wondering about the norm. It's hard to remember that when you bid $400, you are paying $500. Makes a difference to a poor guy like me with a limited budget. Just for comparison, Heritage charges a buyers premium of 17.5% and a variable sellers premium of approximately 15% - ...
by Steve Mills
August 10th, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 2813

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

I certainly don't begrudge Gabe anything he can make out of this auction, but it seems the buyer fee is 25% on many, if not most, items. I have no experience here, as my only experience is coins and, generally, they are considerably less than that.

Is this the norm for magic?
by Steve Mills
July 24th, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 35
Views: 5801

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

While there is often some wording in the contract a dealer has to sign about not selling copies (the legal issues are murky, trust me--it's generally not a simple answer), it is usually ignored. We try to do better at the Genii convention where possible. The older I get, the more I appreciate this ...
by Steve Mills
July 23rd, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Live Tickets For Sale
Replies: 13
Views: 1354

Re: Magic Live Tickets For Sale

I wonder if the Genii Convention is making a difference. I doubt I'm the only one that can't afford both.

Maybe some were bought as "investments".
by Steve Mills
June 25th, 2017, 11:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: "Derek Dingle in Paris France" DVD now available in US!
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: "Derek Dingle in Paris France" DVD now available in US!

Not that it matters, at all, but the Jennings DVDs were labeled "Derek Dingle" when p;produced. I wonder is the Dingle DVD says "Larry Jennings".
by Steve Mills
June 23rd, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 23676

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Due to my advanced years, it probably makes sense to close the book on my magic related published output. I make claim to the following: 1. A minor change (I think an improvement) to One Eyed Jack Sandwich in The Talisman . 2. The first public use of Buzzbee when referring to the unlamented and rece...
by Steve Mills
June 22nd, 2017, 11:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Library Search Engine
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: Library Search Engine

Thanks for that.

Seemingly comprehensive and fast.
by Steve Mills
June 3rd, 2017, 4:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need help from a video poobah
Replies: 2
Views: 1064

Need help from a video poobah

I can't believe I can't find the right software for this. These mp4 files drive me crazy since they, by definition, have no markers or chapters. In the past I would have opened the file in Ulead Movie Factory, make a quick menu, name the chapters, then export to a DVD or, preferably, ISO. Ten minute...
by Steve Mills
May 29th, 2017, 8:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 6263

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Full-ves (the last syllable rhymes with yes) This means nothing, but I always thought his last name was a single syllable until I read one of Harry Lorayne's counter attacks in the Hierophant, I believe. I forgot how he spelled the name, but it had a "p" in it. As I often tell my kids, it...
by Steve Mills
May 28th, 2017, 5:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Two rules I won't violate again
Replies: 6
Views: 1570

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: 1570

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: 1542

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: 2878

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: 95
Views: 16081

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: 144
Views: 29259

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: 144
Views: 29259

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: 3007

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: 17759

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: 53
Views: 26261

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: 53
Views: 26261

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: 53
Views: 26261

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: 54
Views: 6663

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: 5920

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: 5920

"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: 1740

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: 457
Views: 127126

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: 793

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: 773

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: 68
Views: 13017

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: 3344

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: 57
Views: 7940

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: 3749

Re: 2016 tricks?

Any of the Chris Philpott stuff float your boat?

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