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by Daniel Z
May 19th, 2017, 9:10 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Shiva Wallet
Replies: 9
Views: 820

Re: The Shiva Wallet

Bob's right. So get better. Remember I still owe you a beer.
best,
by Daniel Z
May 16th, 2017, 9:45 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 24
Views: 2221

Re: Steranko

Bob. ABE books shows 6 copies ranging from 50U$ to 113U$ (plus shipping)
see them here: http://tinyurl.com/l57ekm6
by Daniel Z
May 13th, 2017, 7:28 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 1815

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

I guess that should be Biggs. Yes - a great magician: skillful, knowledgeable and entertaining, and even rarer, a great person.
by Daniel Z
May 9th, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 1815

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Hi Daniel, have you ever seen any of Eugene Burger's work with Tarot cards? Hello Mr. Fish. I'm a big fan of Mr. Burgers and have had the pleasure of watching him work many times in different venues (my wife and I were known to have driven from Toronto to Chicago on occasion to watch him work when h...
by Daniel Z
April 24th, 2017, 9:19 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 1815

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Hi Mark. You can start here if you're interested in what's known about the original game. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot_card_games Apparently there's a lot of textual evidence in the historical record. I'd be happy to lend you a DVD of my documentary on the Tarot if we can figure out where and...
by Daniel Z
April 24th, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 1815

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

One book that explored the idea of magic trick using tarot cards was Stephen Minch's Book of Thoth (a title it shares with Crowley's book on the subject). It might be of interest to some to note, that while the tarot is understood as the ancestor of the playing card, modern scholarship has turned th...
by Daniel Z
April 2nd, 2017, 7:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic goes to war
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Magic goes to war

An article on deception and illusion in WW1 at the Scientific American website. http://tinyurl.com/muw4mje
by Daniel Z
February 13th, 2017, 10:00 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon
Replies: 7
Views: 682

Re: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon

As to the question of how he treated his friends. While you might get a better, and fuller answer from biographer David Ben, or those few of Vernon's confidants, like Persi Diaconnis, Max Maven, and Ricky Jay, who are still with us. You won’t get one as pithy as the statement by Persi that ends the ...
by Daniel Z
February 3rd, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 3787

Re: Charlie Miller

On the subject of Charlie Miller an incident that maybe of interest, though it is only my memory of an event that occurred in the late 90s (I’d have to check my production diary to know the exact date). I was with David Ben in LA filming, “Dai Vernon the spirit of magic”. One evening after we had fi...
by Daniel Z
January 17th, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers
Replies: 19
Views: 1427

Re: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers

Thanks Mark I'll check out those links. Meanwhile, back at the circus... I have heard similar tales and I knew one elephant trainer who suffered a similar fate, apparently because he tended to harass his charges, and one of them just got tired of it. As I understand it the elephant just stopped what...
by Daniel Z
January 17th, 2017, 10:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers
Replies: 19
Views: 1427

Re: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers

I agree Mark. Seeing the animals confined in small cages is disturbing to most of us. I feel the same way about animals in the zoo, even in landscaped containment. But really I'm not sure that they feel the same -- though I prefer to err on the side of leaving them alone. Of course, though I hope it...
by Daniel Z
January 17th, 2017, 10:04 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: More Lives of a Showman
Replies: 2
Views: 398

Re: More Lives of a Showman

The first one was a surprisingly moving read. Standing by for vol 2.
by Daniel Z
January 16th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Flea circus movement
Replies: 10
Views: 1173

Re: Flea circus movement

Thank you Mr Riser.
by Daniel Z
January 16th, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers
Replies: 19
Views: 1427

Re: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers

In 2000 and 2001 I travelled two seasons with The Garden Bros, (at that time) the largest and oldest Canadian circus. I was directing a documentary TV series and was accompanied by two three person crews as well as by my two children. My 16 year old son, a vegetarian since he was 8, worked as a prod...
by Daniel Z
December 11th, 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Edition of Shigeo Takagi's One Cup Routine Now for Sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1486

Re: New Edition of Shigeo Takagi's One Cup Routine Now for Sale

Yes Bob Farmer you did. A short and sweet description in Flim Flam, in Genii Volume 68, Number 2 - February 2005
by Daniel Z
November 8th, 2016, 5:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 15
Views: 2060

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

FYI There's a copy listed at ABE.com for U$425.00
by Daniel Z
October 3rd, 2016, 10:23 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Male Paranoia
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

Re: Male Paranoia

Claims of shrinking and vanishing penises, and related accusations of witchcraft occur around the world, not just in Europe or in the past. A few years ago there was a lot of press about attacks on penis stealing witches in West Africa. Similar cases have also reported in various Asian countries. Th...
by Daniel Z
September 22nd, 2016, 2:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in Frontiers in Psychology
Replies: 2
Views: 933

Re: Magic in Frontiers in Psychology

Another article on magic in Frontiers of Psychology. This time an editorial on the topic of "Psychology of Magic and the Magic of Psychology"
http://tinyurl.com/zkuydj6
by Daniel Z
September 2nd, 2016, 9:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: carnival ghost trains
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Re: carnival ghost trains

And thanks for that. Amazing.
by Daniel Z
September 2nd, 2016, 9:43 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: carnival ghost trains
Replies: 2
Views: 755

carnival ghost trains

For lovers of the carnival and/or posters
http://tinyurl.com/hxkp6hm

from hyperallergic.com
by Daniel Z
August 16th, 2016, 6:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Our FIRST Ad! Let us know watcha think!
Replies: 4
Views: 1538

Re: Our FIRST Ad! Let us know watcha think!

The ad looks good. If I didn't have one of yours (well more than one) I'd buy it right away. I'm only hesitating because I'm not sure what the difference is (if any) between versions 1 & 2. On a related note, buyers should know that not only are all of the Millers' products first rate, they are ...
by Daniel Z
July 28th, 2016, 4:07 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Fitzkee Redux
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Fitzkee Redux

It does seem to me that all available evidence supports both Mr. Mullins and Mr. Farmer's contentions.
by Daniel Z
July 21st, 2016, 8:37 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Fitzkee Redux
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Fitzkee Redux

Another article at the same source http://tinyurl.com/zgqqxgd by Smith, Dignum and Sonenberg also deals with magic but this time looking at an: "analysis of conjuring tricks that seeks to understand the experience of impossibility that they produce".
by Daniel Z
July 21st, 2016, 7:20 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Fitzkee Redux
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Fitzkee Redux

Frontiers of Psychology published an article by Williams and McOwen titled "Manufacturing Magic and Computational Creativity" http://tinyurl.com/joy6af8 They say: "This paper describes techniques in computational creativity, blending mathematical modeling and psychological insight, to...
by Daniel Z
July 1st, 2016, 12:57 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Potter & Potter online store
Replies: 0
Views: 711

Potter & Potter online store

Quicker than the Eye is Potter & Potter auctions new online store specializing in magic and gambling: collectibles, ephemera, posters, books and memorabilia

https://www.quickerthantheeye.com
by Daniel Z
June 27th, 2016, 1:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Siegfried and Roy Biopic?
Replies: 0
Views: 651

Siegfried and Roy Biopic?

UFA Fiction announced it is in prep for a biopic about Siegfried & Roy http://tinyurl.com/z53o6wr
by Daniel Z
January 29th, 2016, 5:48 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 59092

Wilfrid Jonson book

Mr. Perfomer

A copy of Wilfrid Jonson's Lets Pretend is available for download from State Library of Victoria in Australia http://tinyurl.com/h348or2

I haven't seen the other one you mentioned.
by Daniel Z
January 5th, 2016, 5:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 270: Apollo Robbins on the Other Side of the Record
Replies: 84
Views: 12150

Re: 270: Apollo Robbins on the Other Side of the Record

Genii Strikes First! Purely by chance I stumbled on a proposal made in Genii #1 dated Sept. 1936 You will find, under the heading Special Announcements, a proposal for a Registration Service: “…we should like to run a department devoted to the registration of magic tricks, acts and writings… “ The n...
by Daniel Z
December 12th, 2015, 2:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Steve Bryant hits 20 years!
Replies: 10
Views: 2304

Re: Steve Bryant hits 20 years!

Congratulations on a real accomplishment. Well done.
by Daniel Z
December 9th, 2015, 10:31 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: wanna see a trick
Replies: 8
Views: 1969

wanna see a trick

From the Guardian. An orang-utan enjoys a little magic.
http://tinyurl.com/nuc6ske
by Daniel Z
December 9th, 2015, 2:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 15974

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

Along with those classic blunders memorialized in sayings like "never get involved in a land war in Asia” and "never going up against a Sicilian when death is on the line” we should include “never argue facts with Max Maven”. However in all humility I must say that I believe I made this fi...
by Daniel Z
October 9th, 2015, 12:58 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: director Guillermo del Toro's House of Horrors
Replies: 3
Views: 1260

Re: director Guillermo del Toro's House of Horrors

I wish I still had mine Richard. But I did have the pleasure of hanging out with Forest J Ackerman one afternoon (we interviewed him for a film and took him to some of his old haunts). It was like getting to hang out with one of those mythical, supernatural critters he brought to us all -- but not s...
by Daniel Z
October 7th, 2015, 8:47 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: magic video on Scientific American blog
Replies: 0
Views: 601

magic video on Scientific American blog

Scientific American has a 6 minute video up about the neuroscience of magic. Nothing new here but some might find it of interest. http://tinyurl.com/pl5w9dw
by Daniel Z
September 23rd, 2015, 4:21 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: time for mentalists to find new trade?
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

time for mentalists to find new trade?

welcome to the future! Scientists have linked brains allowing someone to know what is on anothers mind. http://tinyurl.com/nd5be6y
by Daniel Z
August 31st, 2015, 5:56 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Zetetic Scholar
Replies: 35
Views: 5940

Re: Zetetic Scholar

Sleep? I'll look it up and get back to you about that. I was going to add that, as you pointed out, this unconscious processing of information might be the same as what Mark refers to as intuition. Re: literary origins of cold reading. Marcello may well have been thinking about Conan Doyle. As a soc...
by Daniel Z
August 31st, 2015, 5:13 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Zetetic Scholar
Replies: 35
Views: 5940

Re: Zetetic Scholar

Hello. I am convinced (from my own research) that Mark is 100% right when he says most psychic readers are true believers and do not use cold reading or think in those terms. As for how "psychic" readings work, to what degree are they "real", etc. I for one have not the slightest...
by Daniel Z
August 30th, 2015, 8:03 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Zetetic Scholar
Replies: 35
Views: 5940

Re: Zetetic Scholar

It looks like that beginning in the late 18th century the European occult tradition held that Tarot came first and was a book of wisdom. Most historians hold that the evidence supports the opposite idea: that playing cards came first and the occult meanings were superimposed first as fortune telling...
by Daniel Z
August 29th, 2015, 11:12 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Zetetic Scholar
Replies: 35
Views: 5940

Re: Zetetic Scholar

Hi Mark. The film got made. It was part of the Enigma series that we did a range of stuff from, magicians like Jeff McBride and Max Maven to various objects like the Tarot to characters like Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons. Murphy's used to distribute some of those DVDs. Those films are currently ...
by Daniel Z
August 29th, 2015, 4:26 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Zetetic Scholar
Replies: 35
Views: 5940

Re: Zetetic Scholar

Hello Brad and Performer. Brad: Sorry about the confusion in my answer. I guess some lingering element of my childhood dyslexia had me reading G4G as G4G Four. Oh well. Anyway, it wasn't me. Mark: Of course I remember the psychic fair. We there filming Tarot readers for a project on the history of t...

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