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by Randy Naviaux
November 2nd, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 34
Views: 3161

Re: New John Thompson Book

Man! Now I can't wait to receive this book. Going to be a great late x-mas present to myself.
by Randy Naviaux
October 30th, 2017, 4:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 34
Views: 3161

Re: New John Thompson Book

And ordered:)
by Randy Naviaux
October 21st, 2017, 10:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The First Michael Vincent/Darwin Ortiz Workshop Ever
Replies: 3
Views: 829

Re: The First Michael Vincent/Darwin Ortiz Workshop Ever

I second that question!
by Randy Naviaux
December 12th, 2016, 9:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Denny's Magic Shop in Las Vegas Has Changed Hands
Replies: 11
Views: 1724

Re: Denny's Magic Shop in Las Vegas Has Changed Hands

Denny is a somewhat bitter guy. If you went into his store in Baltimore (not the current one, but the one before) it was filled with guys smoking. The fact that it's a violation of the law aside, it made the place and anything you purchased in it stink. I stopped going to the store because of that-...
by Randy Naviaux
October 14th, 2016, 3:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Helder Guimarães's Show Verso Coming to New York
Replies: 13
Views: 3193

Re: Helder Guimarães's Show Verso Coming to New York

I saw this show last night which got a standing ovation. Very professional and was quite enjoyable. However...there is a problem. (Not just with this show but with all magic shows I watch now.) I saw Helder and Derek perform together at the castle several years ago. That was the single best performa...
by Randy Naviaux
August 29th, 2016, 1:03 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 48
Views: 15419

Re: The Secrets of So Sato

What a splendid collection of material! Just finished watching the included DVD. Haven't been fooled so many times in a row as long as I can remember. Although it was in Japanese I don't think that detracted in the least. Such a calm performance of the material. He really let each effect stand on it...
by Randy Naviaux
July 29th, 2016, 2:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us - Season 3
Replies: 111
Views: 18780

Re: Fool Us - Season 3

Richard Kaufman wrote:Andrew, Goat is long gone.

Randy, if you had come to the 2015 Genii convention you would have seen Mahdi Gilbert live! :)



That would have been great. Forty years in magic and I have never attended a convention. I really want to do that someday!
by Randy Naviaux
July 28th, 2016, 4:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us - Season 3
Replies: 111
Views: 18780

Re: Fool Us - Season 3

Just saw Mahdi perform. I was fooled. I had the same solution as Penn and Teller. (It took several viewings to figure out what was going on method wise.) Thoroughly enjoyable presentation of a simple effect handled with a top level skill set.
by Randy Naviaux
July 14th, 2016, 4:09 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 48
Views: 15419

Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Got my order in!
by Randy Naviaux
October 1st, 2015, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Labyrinth is Coming!
Replies: 81
Views: 19379

Re: Labyrinth is Coming!

Got my copy about a week ago. (Regular edition) Thoroughly enjoying this. Once again kudos to Mr. Kaufman for providing great products for us - whether its reprints of material I would never had been able to get my hands on or new tomes. He definitely gets my vote for most influential person in the ...
by Randy Naviaux
June 8th, 2015, 3:44 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 195
Views: 55462

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

Got my replacement last week and watched it over the weekend. I'm happy:)

I love the approach to Cannibal Cards (which was the only effect that had sound issues in the original disc) and hope to do it justice when I perform it for the first time.
by Randy Naviaux
June 1st, 2015, 1:08 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 195
Views: 55462

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

Just got an email telling me replacement disc is on the way. Am happy:)
by Randy Naviaux
February 26th, 2015, 2:57 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 195
Views: 55462

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

ok - Sent email to address given above and got a prompt reply from Syd.
by Randy Naviaux
February 12th, 2015, 11:49 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 195
Views: 55462

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

I gotta admit that I am a bit stumped. I sent that last email last Friday and still haven't heard back from D&D. (Been checking spam folder as well just in case.) (I've been using the sites "contact us" email form so it is possible that that isn't working correctly.) How are people suc...
by Randy Naviaux
February 6th, 2015, 4:16 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 195
Views: 55462

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

I'm glad I checked this thread again so I can send a fifth email about this issue. (But to be clear I did not include a confirmation # with my previous four emails on the subject.)

Best,

Randy
by Randy Naviaux
February 3rd, 2015, 1:30 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 195
Views: 55462

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

I emailed them about getting the link but still haven't gotten a reply.
by Randy Naviaux
October 21st, 2014, 6:18 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 195
Views: 55462

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

I'm not worried about the navigation of these discs. I per-ordered these and got them right when they came out as a result. I ran into a couple issues with chapter skipping and sound which I emailed the Dan and Dave site right away about. The issue with chapter skipping was resolved by changing to a...
by Randy Naviaux
December 9th, 2012, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Unreal Work Vol. 2 - Jason England and Paul Wilson
Replies: 55
Views: 9140

Re: The Unreal Work Vol. 2 - Jason England and Paul Wilson

Very nice material in Vol 2. Have only glanced at Vol 1 so can't comment upon that.

Super cheap price for all the material you are getting.
by Randy Naviaux
November 20th, 2012, 2:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The BIG DOUBLE 75th Anniversary Issue of Genii is On its Way to YOU
Replies: 55
Views: 6888

Re: The BIG DOUBLE 75th Anniversary Issue of Genii is On its Way to YOU

Came in the mail last Saturday here in Utah. (11/17)
by Randy Naviaux
August 3rd, 2012, 7:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Berglas Effect
Replies: 120
Views: 15596

Re: The Berglas Effect

This has to be a troll but not the first time I have seen someone give very "learned" opinions on a subject that they haven't even read the book for. I was very skeptical about purchasing the book as I could only imagine the solution being a certain thing/procedure. I found I was right and...
by Randy Naviaux
August 2nd, 2012, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Berglas Effect
Replies: 120
Views: 15596

Re: The Berglas Effect

Having studied the book I was interested in jkeyes post and looked over his blog. Interesting idea I have thought of myself but couldn't see how to make it work in the context of being an amateur. In addition, I must admit my eyes glazed over when I started to read the chapter on the roulette system...
by Randy Naviaux
July 16th, 2012, 5:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Helder and Derek are returning to the Magic Castle
Replies: 6
Views: 1570

Re: Helder and Derek are returning to the Magic Castle

I find it interesting that out of all the acts I have seen at the Castle recently that I can remember with complete clarity (at least I think I can) all the routines in Helder's and Derek's show. Not to belittle the other acts I have seen as they were all enjoyable but the clarity with which the mat...
by Randy Naviaux
July 1st, 2012, 8:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final five
Replies: 34
Views: 4552

Re: Final five

No problem about being off topic. I frequently go OT myself. Part of what Geller will lecture about is how to achieve what he has. It seems to me that there's a real interesting difference between the way magicians romance the lives of people who cheat at gambling, while simultaneously condemning p...
by Randy Naviaux
June 28th, 2012, 9:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Berglas Reprint Now in Stock and Ready to Ship
Replies: 8
Views: 1263

Re: Berglas Reprint Now in Stock and Ready to Ship

Recently purchased book. (Didn't get it when it first came out.) There are two things I would like to first mention about this book: 1. Mr. Kaufman did an excellent job with presenting this book. To simply say he published or authored it is a disservice to him as it is clear from this work that it w...
by Randy Naviaux
June 13th, 2012, 12:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (June 2012)
Replies: 27
Views: 4232

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (June 2012)

I've been a couple of times already; but I do intend to exploit my new press credential to linger imperiously around the entrance, chatting with fellow elites, and hoping an attractive female guest mistakes me for someone of actual prominence. Not that anyone actually does that. And I'll avoid Sund...
by Randy Naviaux
June 9th, 2012, 4:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (June 2012)
Replies: 27
Views: 4232

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (June 2012)

I was able to get in to see Guimares & DelGaudio on Thursday night. (Flew all the way in from Utah so I could catch their performance.) It was worth it.
by Randy Naviaux
August 24th, 2011, 6:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield is a dad...since last year!
Replies: 18
Views: 4560

Re: David Copperfield is a dad...since last year!

Hmmmm...must have been a glitch or something. (In regards to NSFW comment)
by Randy Naviaux
August 15th, 2011, 2:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield is a dad...since last year!
Replies: 18
Views: 4560

Re: David Copperfield is a dad...since last year!

Thanks a lot for the NSFW warning.
by Randy Naviaux
June 8th, 2010, 1:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What REALLY Happened in the Steve Forte Case
Replies: 3
Views: 1169

Re: What REALLY Happened in the Steve Forte Case

Great object lesson in how altered something can get via media channels and the net.
by Randy Naviaux
January 27th, 2010, 11:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield Accuser Charged With Lying To Police.
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: David Copperfield Accuser Charged With Lying To Police.

Checking that link out and whose picture do you see? Mr. Copperfield's of course.

You gotta love journalism.
by Randy Naviaux
January 20th, 2010, 11:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Michael Close DVDs at L&L
Replies: 8
Views: 2141

Re: New Michael Close DVDs at L&L

Ahhh...going to have to add this to the top of my list. ...I couldn't think of any of his published work that needed the purchase of a special prop or trick, and I was trying to make the point that the reason for buying Michael's DVDs wasn't to learn how to do a specific trick, and that deciding to ...
by Randy Naviaux
September 23rd, 2009, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2 Four DVD Set Now Available for Preorder
Replies: 38
Views: 11699

Re: Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2 Four DVD Set Now Available for Preorder

The producers have not posted any hype here (I'm not one of them). I disagree that the DVDs are "merely" (which is the subtext of your statement) compantions to the books. For many, the DVDs will be a superior way to learn. And, of course not every item from the books is on the DVDs. But ...
by Randy Naviaux
September 22nd, 2009, 4:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2 Four DVD Set Now Available for Preorder
Replies: 38
Views: 11699

Re: Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2 Four DVD Set Now Available for Preorder

I couldn't believe how much faster I could learn some sleights when I bought my first video in 99. There is no doubt in my mind that these videos will save untold hours in trial and error for aspiring card workers. If it was no more than a demonstration of how something should look it would be worth...
by Randy Naviaux
July 21st, 2009, 5:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is Genii getting smaller?
Replies: 25
Views: 3430

Re: Is Genii getting smaller?

The page count of Genii (and MAGIC magazine) varies depending upon the amount of advertising we are able to include each month. When we had 55 or 60 pages of advertising, the magazine was 120 pages. We have less advertising now, and so Genii has fewer pages. I try to keep the ratio of content vs. a...
by Randy Naviaux
June 23rd, 2009, 1:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?
Replies: 454
Views: 95882

Re: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?

I totally get where you are coming from Mr. Kaufman. Sure wish I could do something to help out.
by Randy Naviaux
June 23rd, 2009, 12:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?
Replies: 454
Views: 95882

Re: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?

"The appearance of all my copyrighted books as pdf downloads on torrent sites, books on which I worked for many years, makes me sick. I have no pity whatsoever for the people who scan and post my copyrighted work: they should be publicly named. If they're not ashamed, well, so are lots of other...
by Randy Naviaux
June 22nd, 2009, 9:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?
Replies: 454
Views: 95882

Re: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?

"Believe what you want, but I challenge you to find one ipod without bootlegged music on it." Good point. Probably be pretty hard to do. Unless you came to my house. I don't allow it in my house at all. I either have the cds of music I purchased or they are itunes purchases. I listen to my...
by Randy Naviaux
June 18th, 2009, 8:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?
Replies: 454
Views: 95882

Re: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?

I know this idea will probably be laughed at but for about 10 years now I have had the idea that the internet should allow no anonymous activity whatsoever. What you say and do should be open to all to see. Be interesting to see how many members of the local magic club have engaged in the activities...
by Randy Naviaux
June 11th, 2009, 11:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?
Replies: 454
Views: 95882

Re: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?

I must admit when I first got online over a decade ago I downloaded a couple songs via Napster. I immediately realized that what I was doing was stealing and deleted the program from my computer. I have worked in the computer industry off and on ever since. It blows my mind how acceptable people fin...

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