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by Roger M.
September 17th, 2017, 3:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2102

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

Being a master chess player and being a master showman are not mutually exclusive. Koltanowski's performance was definitely designed to entertain an audience of paying patrons. You think he did this for free!? It was how he made his living. This is a R.I.P. Peter Reveen thread . A way to remember t...
by Roger M.
September 16th, 2017, 11:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2102

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

Great story Bob! My strongest recollection of the actual Reveen shows I was involved with revolve around the fact that I always thought of hypnosis as "an entertainment", and nothing more than that. On three occasions, two when Ty was acting as Peter's assistant, and the last tour Peter di...
by Roger M.
September 15th, 2017, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2102

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

It never surprises me when threads like this (a Peter Reveen thread) eventually receive the post along the lines of "oh yeah ... well I saw a Knights Tour that Reveen's Knights Tour couldn't have been as good as, performed by ?????? ..." But in this case, and although I've never seen Kolty...
by Roger M.
September 14th, 2017, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2102

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

You read about a lot of performers who aspire to command the stage.

Peter COMMANDED the stage from start to finish, and his "Knights Tour" on a really good night (IMO) can never be equaled.

To Arnaud above: I don't think there's any footage online of Reveen doing the Knights Tour.
by Roger M.
September 13th, 2017, 12:03 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Stripper Jig Card Trimmer
Replies: 10
Views: 2481

Re: Stripper Jig Card Trimmer

...I'm not sure why you'd ever want to put one into every card in an entire deck... Eoin explains why you'd want to do that on his website. Indeed. I read that. It still doesn't really make any sense in terms of how a breather crimp is used. Putting the work into every single card in the deck creat...
by Roger M.
September 11th, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Stripper Jig Card Trimmer
Replies: 10
Views: 2481

Re: Stripper Jig Card Trimmer

You can put an invisible breather crimp in with your fingers in less than 2 seconds. I'm not sure why you'd ever want to put one into every card in an entire deck, as a breather is usually (but not always) a single card. A breather isn't dependant on the crimp "being in the same place" on ...
by Roger M.
September 9th, 2017, 11:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 383: The Expert - New Documentary: Looking for S.W. Erdnase
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: 383: The Expert - New Documentary: Looking for S.W. Erdnase

Well, you don't have to remain mum Richard ... you could tells us more! :)
by Roger M.
September 8th, 2017, 5:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 383: The Expert - New Documentary: Looking for S.W. Erdnase
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: 383: The Expert - New Documentary: Looking for S.W. Erdnase

This project has some pretty authoritative names associated with it (heavyweights if you will)! It certainly looks well thought out, and although it may not present anything particularly "new" about Erdnase, it certainly breaks new ground in the presentation of the information acquired by ...
by Roger M.
September 7th, 2017, 6:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813861

Re: ERDNASE

This is all so similar to the Gardner/Busby/Whaley declaration that Milton Franklin Andrews was "for sure" Erdnase ... only to have that theory dismissed out of hand on multiple occasions by those who bothered to actually examine the writing style of both parties. Even Gardner began to hav...
by Roger M.
August 10th, 2017, 7:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Houdini's diaries?
Replies: 21
Views: 3773

Re: Houdini's diaries?

I had assumed (first mistake) that the references to Kalush looking through Houdini diaries were making reference to the few diaries that are owned by others, and tend to show up here and there in Houdini museum displays and such. If Kalush did get a look at the Ernst diaries, it would be interestin...
by Roger M.
August 10th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Houdini's diaries?
Replies: 21
Views: 3773

Re: Houdini's diaries?

I hadn't realized that Ken Silverman passed away until last night, when I finally picked up my Aug issue of Genii for a full read. Interestingly, Richard notes in his magazine column that the Silverman Houdini book will never be reprinted, and that folks should consider purchasing used copies before...
by Roger M.
July 6th, 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4392

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

jkeyes1000, you've really got to first get a better handle on who it is you're arguing your point with before you start going punch to punch with them! ;)

(unless you just enjoy arguing ... something for which I have personal sympathy, as it's a character flaw of my own).
by Roger M.
July 2nd, 2017, 8:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813861

Re: ERDNASE

a bit? Perhaps I was being overly enthusiastic. But seriously, their lives overlapped, there was a deep similarity in how they viewed playing cards, and perhaps most importantly - the world was a much smaller place in the early 1900's, inasmuch as folks with similar interests could, in a big city l...
by Roger M.
July 2nd, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813861

Re: ERDNASE

Anything is possible. In this very thread, Richard Hatch posted this a while back: “Vernon also speculated that he might perhaps have met the mysterious author as a youth while studying magic books at the library in Ottawa. A stranger with a red beard engaged him in conversation about card work and ...
by Roger M.
June 20th, 2017, 6:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 21341

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

I hear ya' Jim.
by Roger M.
June 20th, 2017, 10:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 21341

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Busby's dead.

Civil society lets the dead rest in peace.

I know he's despised here in the Forum, but civility requires some compromise of ones baser instincts.
by Roger M.
April 21st, 2017, 9:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813861

Re: ERDNASE

magicfish wrote:I still cherish my Coles edition. I found it in a bargain bin for $2.00 in a used book store.


The Coles edition has the only known photograph of Erdnase - right there on the cover
by Roger M.
April 14th, 2017, 11:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 4271

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

OK, let me get this equivocation correct. Christian released a CARD TRICK that was missing some possible, or definitive crediting that some here feel needed to be there ... or perhaps Cardshark needed to withdraw the trick from the market ... but he didn't And for that, the release of an uncredited,...
by Roger M.
April 10th, 2017, 12:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 4271

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

Brad Henderson wrote:karma is a bitch.


I'm not following this, and it seems somewhat of a harsh comment?

Have I missed something?
by Roger M.
April 6th, 2017, 10:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8647

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

As you also mention if Roger can indeed do table faro's and never miss then he is one hell of a card worker ..... I didn't, and would never say any such thing. Actually, you said exactly that. "I can hit a table faro, or an in the hands faro 100% of the time." -RogerM Or is this the part ...
by Roger M.
March 31st, 2017, 6:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8647

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

After the fact you can tell just by looking at the halves prior to pushing them together.

Realistically (and with a bit of experience) you actually know the moment you've missed a card.
by Roger M.
March 30th, 2017, 11:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8647

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

As you also mention if Roger can indeed do table faro's and never miss then he is one hell of a card worker ..... I didn't, and would never say any such thing. I still can't do a deceptive pass - despite 25+ years of trying. ...So there's that. Good at one thing doesn't always translate into good a...
by Roger M.
March 30th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8647

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

performer wrote:Not with the cheap Chinese cards I use for svengali decks you couldn't!

I shall concede that point to you Mark :)

I try to use my own Bee deck, or choose another trick to show folks.
by Roger M.
March 30th, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8647

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I can hit a table faro, or an in the hands faro 100% of the time. I've been able to do so for 25+ years. I would posit that there are many hundreds, if not thousands of other card guys who can do exactly the same. Definitive statements, made broadly, or made in passing in a demonstration video proba...
by Roger M.
March 29th, 2017, 9:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8647

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Jason England has been heard saying that he doesn't hit a table faro every time. I would say he is a very fine card handler Jason is a great guy, and a fine card handler indeed. But you need to distinguish between Jason (perhaps) saying that "he" can't hit a faro every time, and you extra...
by Roger M.
March 29th, 2017, 8:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8647

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I think we all strive for a perfect faro every time ..... impossible?.... maybe so. Absolutely not impossible at all , thus folks who can't hit 100% should keep practicing - or choose another trick that doesn't depend on some derivative of a perfect faro. Well maybe I do need to practice more then ...
by Roger M.
March 29th, 2017, 8:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8647

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Christopher1979 wrote: I think we all strive for a perfect faro every time ..... impossible?.... maybe so.

Absolutely not impossible at all, thus folks who can't hit 100% should keep practicing - or choose another trick that doesn't depend on some derivative of a perfect faro.
by Roger M.
March 29th, 2017, 7:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8647

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

One area I don't and haven't tried (much) is Faro shuffles because I've seen almost all of the above people MISS at one time or another and pull out and start again I wish others would follow your lead. I've always maintained that nobody should undertake any faro work for any reason whatsoever that...
by Roger M.
March 22nd, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6437

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

DaveBonsall wrote:
Roger, you should not judge without knowing the full story! Why so keen on putting others down and getting involved in other peoples disputes, there are far better things to be doing with your time.


Ethical advice from you seems a tad misplaced, but I'm glad you came clean.
by Roger M.
March 22nd, 2017, 2:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 29972

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Online after several days they changed it to 'accidental death' and I haven't figured out what that means or meant. I'm going to check on the web to see what they've said more recently there. In terms of "information", all anybody needs is this: http://mec.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/mec/main...
by Roger M.
March 21st, 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6437

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

If people get crap both before and after amending a troublesome situation, then there's little impetus to agree to any mediation. Let's celebrate the commendable outcome instead. In general I agree Tom, however the poster I responded to could spare us the suggestion that we don't really understand ...
by Roger M.
March 21st, 2017, 7:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6437

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

I have to say that Dave is one of the most genuine and generous people I have met in the magic scene. He also seems quite willing to rip off an effect not of his own creation, and then stall giving credit or recompense until he's "outed" in one of the two large magic forums in the United ...
by Roger M.
March 21st, 2017, 4:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6437

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

I don't want to say that there's a "type" who rip people off, and as their excuse for ripping people off they offer up the old nugget "yeah ... well you ripped me off" . ----but there's a type.... That the accusation (actually, the excuse) was pointed at Richard borders on utter ...
by Roger M.
March 13th, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.
Replies: 12
Views: 1843

Re: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.

I figured it was likely the "hanging upside down" part that was likely to rush the blood to ones head, and make it more likely one would pass out. But you're right that Houdini didn't spin. However watching them both, Houdini definitely didn't wiggle around as much, and looked far more cla...
by Roger M.
March 13th, 2017, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.
Replies: 12
Views: 1843

Re: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.

Of the hundreds of times Houdini did his upside down straightjacket escape, I don't recall ever reading anything about him passing out?

May just prove that Angel most definitely ain't no Houdini!
by Roger M.
March 7th, 2017, 11:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 10753

Re: Magicians Documentary

As someone who didn't know about Jan Rouven, I don't see that the allegations regarding his behavior relate to the movie. Really? How about the concept that, while the filming was actually taking place , JR was perpetuating abuse against children? You don't think that's incredibly relevant to JR's ...
by Roger M.
March 7th, 2017, 8:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 10753

Re: Magicians Documentary

agree 100% with Richard. Even with the four magicians chosen, the film could have been edited to highlight the positive elements of their lives, and if done with enough commitment on the part of the filmmaker and editor- it would have been an entirely different (uplifting) film. The "lonely los...
by Roger M.
March 7th, 2017, 12:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 10753

Re: Magicians Documentary

It could have been clever editing, but the almost immediate foreshadowing of the failure of Jon's marriage, the obvious dysfunction in Brian Gillis's relationship, and the incredibly uncomfortable to watch banter between JR and his manager was strong enough that it became pretty apparent early in th...
by Roger M.
March 6th, 2017, 10:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Computer beats Pro Poker Players
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Computer beats Pro Poker Players

Ahhh, thanks for that, re-reading the articles they do indeed reference no-limit as the final test, after they had conquered limit. My misread. My next question then, would be who were the "pros" that the computer beat? No names were given, and player skills vary widely, with many who cons...
by Roger M.
March 5th, 2017, 4:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Computer beats Pro Poker Players
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Computer beats Pro Poker Players

I wonder how the computer would fare in a "No Limit" game?

I suspect they choose "Limit Poker" for their demo for this reason.

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