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by David Kaplan
December 17th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Last 24 Hours: Reader's Marked Tarot Deck
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Last 24 Hours: Reader's Marked Tarot Deck

Check out this beautiful set of marked tarot cards from Italy's Matteo Filippini on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/471236307/readers-tarot-deck/description . The set currently includes the marked major arcana, 6 special cards (described on the Kickstarter page), and a Wild Card se...
by David Kaplan
November 18th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The December Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 11
Views: 918

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!
by David Kaplan
October 27th, 2017, 6:38 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1138

Re: Prague/Vienna/Budapest suggestions?

In Budapest, birthplace of Houdini, check out the House of Houdini.

Two other attractions in Budapest that aren't magic, but which most magicians would enjoy:

>>> Hungarian State Circus
>>> Pinball Museum
by David Kaplan
October 20th, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Magic and Beyond" series available on Amazon Prime
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Re: "Magic and Beyond" series available on Amazon Prime

some of the vintage footage of Blackstone, etc. is interesting That's very true. My father used to tell stories of seeing Kalanag at the Alhambra Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa. So it was interesting to see Kalanag's extended (and very leisurely) levitation sequence in Episode #2. Maybe I'll wa...
by David Kaplan
October 19th, 2017, 10:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Magic and Beyond" series available on Amazon Prime
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Re: "Magic and Beyond" series available on Amazon Prime

Slow, boring, hackneyed tricks set to cheesy music and a laugh track. Watched the first two episodes, and I'm done.
by David Kaplan
October 7th, 2017, 8:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 32
Views: 2422

The Jerx Year Three

Great news for followers of The Jerx: Andy's latest post, Harvest Time, confirms that he'll be back for another year. Meanwhile, The Jerx Year Two still has several months to run.
by David Kaplan
October 7th, 2017, 7:56 am
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Ride
Replies: 5
Views: 909

Re: Ride

Lynx route 42 also does the run between the Florida Mall and the Orlando airport.

http://www.golynx.com/core/fileparse.php/97651/urlt/link_42.pdf
by David Kaplan
October 2nd, 2017, 7:29 pm
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Ride
Replies: 5
Views: 909

Re: Ride

Also good to know that there's an express bus that goes from the airport to the mall that's attached to the hotel. I took it two years ago, and it was convenient, easy and cheap. Look for Bus 111 at the Orlando airport bus stand. Fare is just $2.00; cash only. Schedule: http://www.golynx.com/plan-tr...
by David Kaplan
September 28th, 2017, 9:55 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: HOME in Boston
Replies: 0
Views: 431

HOME in Boston

I highly recommend Geoff Sobelle's HOME playing at ArtsEmerson in Boston for just this week. "On an empty stage, a house is conjured from thin air. Residents move in, move out, clean up, burn down, sweep under, paint over, fence off and move on — and all the while, they live among the traces of...
by David Kaplan
March 13th, 2017, 7:58 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Harbin: Eight inches of thread
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Re: Harbin: Eight inches of thread

Thanks for the reference Joe. Harbin's finesse evidently improved on Dexter by 1 inch!
by David Kaplan
March 13th, 2017, 3:49 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Harbin: Eight inches of thread
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Harbin: Eight inches of thread

One of my very early magic books was Robert Harbin's, "How to be a Wizard". (Oldbourne Press, London, 1957) Harbin wrote something in a chapter on escapology that caught my attention and which puzzles me to this day: "I could teach you a way to tie up a person with eight inches of but...
by David Kaplan
March 5th, 2017, 2:24 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: San Francisco Airport
Replies: 3
Views: 1083

San Francisco Airport

Two exhibitions at SFO that may be of interest to magicians: In Terminal 3 until June, 2017: "Games of Chance - Gambling Devices of the Mechanical Age" http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/games-chance-gambling-devices-mechanical-age In Terminal 2 until May, 2017: "The Mysterious ...
by David Kaplan
December 10th, 2016, 7:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 68
Views: 12046

The Jerx Year Two

Great news: The Jerx Year Two has met its subscriber goal! Publishing begins January 9th. If you haven't yet subscribed, maybe you should: http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2016/10/30/coming-soon

-- David (No connection to Andy, or idea who he is.)
by David Kaplan
September 27th, 2016, 11:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Jerx, Volume One
Replies: 16
Views: 3889

Re: The Jerx, Volume One

Jonathan Townsend wrote:The book remains in its mailer keeping its secrets...


Funnily enough, I also resisted opening the mailer for 10 days before giving in. Echoes of Schrödinger's cat, but with a happy outcome!
by David Kaplan
September 26th, 2016, 5:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Jerx, Volume One
Replies: 16
Views: 3889

Re: The Jerx, Volume One

Ian is correct. After thinking it over, I gladly signed up to support Andy's writing. The inspiration and entertainment of his blog was easily worth the $5/week. I honestly feel I received my money's worth even before the book arrived. The book and app are fantastic and delightful bonuses. Some of y...
by David Kaplan
January 10th, 2016, 4:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo
Replies: 7
Views: 2827

Re: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

It's a great story! I was told the tale by a friend who said he knew the person showing Vernon the Australian countryside. If only it were true!

http://www.snopes.com/critters/malice/kangaroo.asp
by David Kaplan
September 25th, 2015, 9:20 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii Convention - shuttle from airport to hotel
Replies: 12
Views: 4533

Re: Genii Convention - shuttle from airport to hotel

Uber estimate is $14-$20 one way.

My Delta flight is due into MCO at 10:40am on Wednesday. Anyone arriving around that time who'd like to share a ride to the hotel?
by David Kaplan
September 17th, 2015, 8:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention in your pocket
Replies: 34
Views: 7783

Re: Genii Convention in your pocket

Crashed my iPhone 5s.
by David Kaplan
September 4th, 2015, 10:03 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books on Riffle culling/stacking
Replies: 13
Views: 2507

Re: Books on Riffle culling/stacking

It's out of print, but try to get a copy of "New Card Control Systems" by Joseph K. Schmidt, and published by Kaufman and Greenberg. US Toy Magic seems to have a copy: http://ustoymagic.com/new-card-control-systems-by-joseph-schmidt So does Denny & Lee: http://dennymagic.com/store/new-...
by David Kaplan
June 16th, 2015, 12:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Magic
Replies: 39
Views: 8282

Re: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Mag

Tom Jorgenson described a shorthand system in his manuscript, "Shaman". It's available for $2.25 on Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/shop/tom-jorgenson/ ... 45378.html . (I have no vested interest.)
by David Kaplan
April 23rd, 2015, 10:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: Greatest magic books ever written
Replies: 23
Views: 5970

Re: Greatest magic books ever written

I tackled a "list" on my magicmatters blog... You can find it here: http://magicmatters.com/?p=174 . You mentioned the Rice Silk books as being one of two sets in a handwritten font. What's the other? There's also "Some Manuscriptricks", an interesting handwritten booklet by Hol...
by David Kaplan
March 20th, 2015, 8:58 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: offline access on the iPad app
Replies: 22
Views: 7367

Re: offline access on the iPad app

Here's what I find curious: I'm having the same problems as others have described here... But only with recent issues. No problems with the Alex Elmsley and Billy McComb issues from several years back.
by David Kaplan
March 2nd, 2015, 11:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dealers at 2015 Genii Convention
Replies: 0
Views: 954

Dealers at 2015 Genii Convention

Richard, Please would you give us a preview of who we might see in the Genii Convention dealers room. Thanks! -- David
by David Kaplan
February 2nd, 2015, 8:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Collection Pre-Listing Protocols
Replies: 6
Views: 1818

Re: Magic Collection Pre-Listing Protocols

It would be fascinating to know which 12 books you've decided to keep, and the reasons for your choices. -- David
by David Kaplan
December 11th, 2014, 10:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vale Steve Walker
Replies: 3
Views: 1764

Re: Vale Steve Walker

Saddened beyond words. Farewell my good friend.
by David Kaplan
May 30th, 2014, 12:09 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Piddingtons
Replies: 0
Views: 1302

The Piddingtons

NPR's Radiolab has a great story about the Piddingtons this week. "You Are The Judge" features their grandson Jesse Cox, with additional comments by Jim Steinmeyer.

Listen to it here: http://www.radiolab.org/story/you-are-judge/
by David Kaplan
February 25th, 2014, 1:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Highlight of this Year's Blackpool Gala Show
Replies: 15
Views: 3015

Re: Highlight of this Year's Blackpool Gala Show

Was that Bill Killip working without his lovely assistant, Steve Walker?
by David Kaplan
February 12th, 2014, 7:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Aldo Colombini Suffers Catastrophic Stroke
Replies: 31
Views: 7414

Re: Aldo Colombini Suffers Catastrophic Stroke

Sad news. I learned my first "real" card magic from Aldo's columns in Magigram, when he was still using Fabian as his stage name.
by David Kaplan
March 8th, 2013, 7:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here
Replies: 81
Views: 6695

Re: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here

The old system had an RSS feed which allowed me to see new posts in Google Reader. Is there a similar feature in the new forum system?

Thanks,
David
by David Kaplan
January 15th, 2013, 11:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Archer - Supply Teacher
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: John Archer - Supply Teacher

Translation: "Supply teacher" = "Substitute teacher"; "Still" = "Season 2".

The program is aimed at young kids. John Archer and others do magic while posing as substitute teachers.
by David Kaplan
October 11th, 2012, 10:38 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Effect with socks by Alì Bongo?
Replies: 24
Views: 7576

Re: Effect with socks by Alì Bongo?

At Genii 75, Tomo Maeda performed and taught the exact routine described by the original poster.
by David Kaplan
September 12th, 2012, 10:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 96669

Re: Hank Lee

Steve Kradolfer: 100% ethical, smart and funny. Knowledgeable and accomplished magician. Regular performer at the Mystery Lounge in Harvard Square.
by David Kaplan
September 10th, 2012, 7:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 96669

Re: Hank Lee

I think MagicMan's "nicest guy" comment referred to RG; not to Hank.
by David Kaplan
April 3rd, 2012, 4:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Wisch's "Slydini-The Lecture" U.S. Tour 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1240

Re: Bill Wisch's "Slydini-The Lecture" U.S. Tour 2012

I saw Bill Wisch give his Slydini lecture when he visited Ray Goulet's Magic Art Studio last April. Mr Wisch was a student of Slydini, and the tricks he showed were excellent. Even better were his fascinating recollections and stories of the master. There was one moment in the lecture that sent shiv...
by David Kaplan
April 3rd, 2011, 9:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Book!
Replies: 72
Views: 14799

Re: Mark Lewis Book!

Andrew is goading and being deliberately incendiary. I don't know about the rest of you, but I think gratuitous insults like these are really uncool and not to be condoned.

-- David
by David Kaplan
September 13th, 2010, 9:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Pogue
Replies: 10
Views: 1893

Re: David Pogue

"...people that love magic, but who are better recognized for their pursuits outside of magic."

I'd love to hear from Carl Kasell, who until recently read the news on NPR's "Morning Edition" and is now the judge on "Wait Wait - Don't Tell Me!"
by David Kaplan
June 30th, 2010, 7:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: RSS feed problem?
Replies: 1
Views: 821

RSS feed problem?

Is anyone else having a problem with the Genii Forum's RSS feed? It looks like it hasn't updated since June 22.

feed://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/cac ... l_rss1.xml

Thanks,
David
by David Kaplan
May 26th, 2008, 3:35 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Guilt and Pleasure - the Magic Edition
Replies: 25
Views: 6941

Re: Guilt and Pleasure - the Magic Edition

Of course, you can still access the content on the Internet Archive here: http://web.archive.org/web/200502032144 ... ll_mag.asp
by David Kaplan
May 26th, 2008, 10:14 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Guilt and Pleasure - the Magic Edition
Replies: 25
Views: 6941

Re: Guilt and Pleasure - the Magic Edition

Jews in Magic was a fascinating resource, but it hasn't been active for quite a while.
by David Kaplan
May 17th, 2005, 7:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ordering from Bob Cassidy
Replies: 19
Views: 2257

Re: Ordering from Bob Cassidy

Bob's stuff is always great and he's been extremely generous in his personal email exchanges with me. There's no doubt that he sometimes seems to disappear for months at a time; when orders and emails aren't promptly responded to. But check the magic bulletin boards: He always comes through in the e...

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