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by Matthew Field
June 27th, 2017, 5:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 2
Views: 605

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

Mike and Lisa did a fabulous job reinventing M-U-M. Mike brought in a team of expert reviewers, got columns and stories from and about important personalities in magic (not just the newly elected Sergeant-at-Arms somewhere in Iowa), instituted the Book Nook excerpts from new and classic magic books,...
by Matthew Field
June 15th, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 48
Views: 5289

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Bob is continuing to make discoveries about his system, and these are very exciting.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
June 11th, 2017, 6:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Circle History Gathering 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 308

Magic Circle History Gathering 2017

Saturday, June 10, The Magic Circle hosted the 2017 History gathering to a large group of enthusiasts from around the world. After morning coffee and a welcome from Magic Circle President Scott Penrose. Ian Keable gave a most interesting talk on the 1749 performance of the Bottle Conjuror, who promi...
by Matthew Field
June 8th, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 48
Views: 5289

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

I serve liver.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
June 1st, 2017, 9:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4241

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

I pronounce "____________" as "underline."

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
May 1st, 2017, 5:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: On Magic in Las Vegas
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: On Magic in Las Vegas

I tried. I really did. But listening to these two guys was, for me, impossible. Unorganized, a million "like, like" in their speech, giggling at themselves ... what "Wayne's World" was burlesquing.

Yeah, I know. I'm old.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
April 30th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Probability Question

When I do that 15! bit I always use the out "Off by 1."

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
April 16th, 2017, 3:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tim Conover Project
Replies: 10
Views: 2295

Re: Tim Conover Project

Tim was a fabulous magician and a wonderful human being. I am so looking forward to this, Eric.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
April 8th, 2017, 3:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 5980

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Ha ha, Bill. The joke's on you. Bob doesn't wear shoes.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
April 7th, 2017, 3:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 5980

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Dustin's news is crap compared to the news I heard, which I cannot divulge.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
April 6th, 2017, 3:28 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 2189

Re: 101 Deck

on page 2 and 3 of Korans 50 miracles with a 5 Star Miracle Deck (1985) he talks about "Audley Walsh and Al Baker as well as Richard Himber and himself. No mention of Lorayne. Perhaps that was an over site. The Walsh and Baker citations refer only to a Bank Deck, not the 1-0-1 principle. Harry...
by Matthew Field
April 5th, 2017, 2:51 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 2189

Re: 101 Deck

The Koran Deck is a Bank Deck, described by Audley Walsh in the Jinx. Not the same as the 1-0-1 Deck, but similar.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
March 29th, 2017, 4:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 14
Views: 1512

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

Kesey says "It opens up a crack" that lets "the light get in", and that's precisely what I love about magic. Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." Our demonstrations, our trickery, shows that everything is not rational. ...
by Matthew Field
February 11th, 2017, 4:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Raymond Smullyan
Replies: 5
Views: 912

Re: Raymond Smullyan

I am saddened to hear this news. I was a great admirer of Raymond Smullyan. His puzzle books provided me with a great deal of pleasure. His insights into what make logic and chess puzzles entertaining was nonpareil.

He will be greatly missed.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
February 7th, 2017, 5:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mastermind by Chris Kemnworthy
Replies: 7
Views: 1291

Re: Mastermind by Chris Kemnworthy

The version I have has no date on the deck or the instructions. The instructions say, "Routine for Mastermind by Chris Kenworthy and Hiro Hirata." They also contain "Routine for Any Card at Any Number" by Kenworthy. I believe the basic idea is in Annemann's book "202 Methods...
by Matthew Field
January 28th, 2017, 7:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Racherbaumer's Slant
Replies: 2
Views: 651

Racherbaumer's Slant

So Jon ends his excellent (as always) February "On the Slant" column with a quiz of sorts, the answer to which is a subject dear to my heart. Ralph Gironda et al are pseudonyms of a prolific magician about whom I have given several talks, to The Magic Circle History Gathering and the Europ...
by Matthew Field
January 24th, 2017, 3:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 1938

Re: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died

I am deeply saddened by the loss of this talented and wonderful man. My heart goes out to Julie, who gives so much to others, on her great loss. We love you, Juiie!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
January 4th, 2017, 7:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Flea circus movement
Replies: 10
Views: 1360

Re: Flea circus movement

Many thanks for this, Jim!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 31st, 2016, 12:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!
Replies: 30
Views: 3928

Re: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!

One of the books I'm proudest to have worked on for the Chief Genii.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 23rd, 2016, 5:46 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Orson Welles in Rome
Replies: 9
Views: 1206

Re: Orson Welles in Rome

Thank you Marco!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 22nd, 2016, 9:49 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Happy Birthday, Corinda!!
Replies: 6
Views: 3313

Re: Happy Birthday, Corinda!!

I spent two years working closely with Patrick Page on his book "Magic Page by Page" and Pat hated the process of going over everything multiple times. So he'd try and distract me by playing DVDs, showing me tricks and moves and stuff in his collection of props, and telling stories. I sure...
by Matthew Field
December 21st, 2016, 7:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 9507

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Looking forward to receiving my copy -- it's a Christmas present from my wife!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 18th, 2016, 5:16 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: limited edition mirror question
Replies: 9
Views: 1596

Re: limited edition mirror question

Schwarzman.
by Matthew Field
December 13th, 2016, 6:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 2950

Re: 2016 tricks?

Tom Stone's "Factory Blanks" is brilliant in the right setting.

I just ordered my own Christmas present, Wayne Fox's "5221" (52 to One). Wayne did it for me at The Magic Circle Dealers Day and I loved it.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 12th, 2016, 5:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How is Simon Lovell doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1100

Re: How is Simon Lovell doing?

I'm in fairly regular touch with Simon, who seems to be doing well over here in England. He has been concentrating on making art and selling it, and Magic Circle member Lee Hathaway visited Simon and showed him how to use his smart phone to connect to Facebook. Sandy and Susan Marshall visited Simon...
by Matthew Field
December 7th, 2016, 3:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cat Hulbert
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Cat Hulbert

Female card hustler Cat Hulbert speaks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38103674

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 5th, 2016, 12:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Peter Samelson in this month's MUM
Replies: 2
Views: 620

Re: Peter Samelson in this month's MUM

Samelson.
by Matthew Field
November 27th, 2016, 5:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Riser RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 1884

Re: Harry Riser RIP

I am very sorry to learn of Harry Riser's death, even though I knew his health was frail. I edited "Feints and Temps" and it's one of only a small handful of the more than 85 books I edited which I consider a favorite. The subtleties he included in his magic is worth looking at again and a...
by Matthew Field
November 19th, 2016, 10:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2568

Re: Rope With Magnet

There was also an effect I bought at Tannen's years ago which was a ring and short velvet rope. The rope had a magnet embedded at the midpoint. You could hold the rope in one hand between the spread fingers and toss the ring at it. With practice, the ring landed under the rope's center, attracted to...
by Matthew Field
November 9th, 2016, 1:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 15
Views: 2336

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

I've found many bargains for sale in The Magic Circle library, such as "The Card Magic of E.G. Brown." And I bought another volume there on Monday for which I've long searched, "Magical Adventures and Fairy Tales" by Punx. These books are duplicates from collections that have bee...
by Matthew Field
November 8th, 2016, 8:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 15
Views: 2336

Fulves "Aftermath"

I went to The Magic Circle in London to see the lecture by David Stone (he was fabulous and the pace was jam-packed). I got there early and went down to the library, I place I love to be, and there I discovered on the 'sale' shelves a book for which I've been searching for more than 30 years. I'm a ...
by Matthew Field
November 6th, 2016, 5:33 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: THE CRIMP, Jerry Sadowitz
Replies: 35
Views: 17138

Re: THE CRIMP, Jerry Sadowitz

Paranoia is an awful condition to suffer with and, in my opinion, Jerry suffers mightily with it. He sees everything as a conspiracy to keep him from being successful, led by those who are successful. Oh, and he hates Americans. He has never been able to "break through" to the top tier of ...
by Matthew Field
November 5th, 2016, 5:24 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 5871

Re: Puzzles wanted

Here's another punctuation problem. Punctuate the following so it makes (some) sense:

That that is is that that is not is not is not that that is not that that is not is not that that is not not that that it it is


Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 4th, 2016, 1:44 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 5871

Re: Puzzles wanted

Punctuate the following so it makes sense:

Time flies we cannot their flight is too swift

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 3rd, 2016, 9:09 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 5871

Re: Puzzles wanted

Bill -- an oldie, but a goodie.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 3rd, 2016, 4:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Penn's puff piece on Criss Angel
Replies: 9
Views: 1643

Re: David Penn's puff piece on Criss Angel

There are few places for Criss Angel to appear in a magic magazine, so the Vanish story must feel good to him. Unfortunately, the free magazine is worth every penny it charges.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 30th, 2016, 1:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 4228

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

John Lenahan was readmitted to The Magic Circle a bit over a year ago and I enjoy spending time with him on Mondays when he attends.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 9th, 2016, 3:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5373

Re: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?

Garsh, Joe. Thanks for the kind words.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 8th, 2016, 3:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5373

Re: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?

I'm already half dead now, Joe. And thank you for the kind words, Richard. Maybe I'll write a sidebar for the Genii some day, like November.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 8th, 2016, 6:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5373

Re: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?

October's M-U-M arrived in the post yesterday here in the U.K. and I had a chance to read Norman Beck's column. I read it every month and usually find it opinionated (which is fine) and preachy (which is not). Mr. Beck often relates how he manipulates people and situations to get what he wants, ofte...

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