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by JHostler
February 18th, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted

Thanks, Tom. You've blown my plans to "hide the firkin' material in print." As for your unsolicited counsel, I'll see what I can do... 8-)
by JHostler
February 17th, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Ala McCartney Series Now Posted

Taking full advantage of the fact that I now have a website to play with... last year's "Ala McCartney" series of free magic downloads has been posted here in its entirety --> https://www.absurdulous.com/hush . I don't think you'll have any problem with the password hint. Considering the c...
by JHostler
February 8th, 2018, 6:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

...and it's gone.
by JHostler
February 7th, 2018, 10:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

This is almost comical. I'm getting my time and money's worth just messing with the Cafe. Latest post ( in its entirety ): "...posts regarding the new Firkin book of magic (at http://www.absurdulous.com) have disappeared twice without explanation. Nevertheless..." Let's see how quickly the...
by JHostler
February 5th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

Just went over and looked. It's exactly what you think it is!
by JHostler
February 5th, 2018, 9:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2136

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

I cannot cite the source for this, but many, many years ago I read a piece by (as far as I can remember) was by U.F. Grant. At least he is the one I have always attributed it to. It was along the lines of the Five Tricks that Can Take You Around the World, or similar theme. The gist of it was that ...
by JHostler
February 5th, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

What to make of this? The mere mention of a certain new relatively low-profile magic book (yes, mine) results in an immediate post purge over at the Green Diner. While the rejection feels strangely validating, the sheer efficiency of these deletions is downright eerie. It's like they've got a guy as...
by JHostler
February 4th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946363

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:
AJM wrote:It's starting again...


As Al Pacino once said . . . .

link


As Wallace Shawn once said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2y40U2LvKY
by JHostler
February 3rd, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lot of 4 Books - Ammar, Craven, Duffie, Jones
Replies: 0
Views: 262

Lot of 4 Books - Ammar, Craven, Duffie, Jones

The following four books (all in used but respectable condition) are listed as a lot on the Big Bay in the Sky: Aspen Bar Magic (Magical Arts Journal Special) – Michael Ammar, 80 softbound pages (1990) My Almost 50 Years in Magic – Tom Craven, 190 hardbound pages (2011) Applications – Peter Duffie, ...
by JHostler
February 3rd, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946363

Re: ERDNASE

I just heard this portion of the Erdnase thread has been nominated for the Vizzini Award! :) But point taken...
by JHostler
February 3rd, 2018, 4:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946363

Re: ERDNASE

In cases like this, the author wished to remain pseudonymous, As I've said a couple times before (and Richard seems to be saying above), this is an assumption. We know the author used a pseudonym; what we don't know is why, or (specifically) if he cared if anyone knew what his real name was. Many a...
by JHostler
January 31st, 2018, 8:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3626

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

On a much smaller scale, the Firkin book is finally here (at www.absurdulous.com). Shameless, yes!!
by JHostler
November 4th, 2017, 1:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Dylan
Replies: 1
Views: 455

Penn & Dylan

Bob Dylan. Images and impressions conjured by the mere sight of this artist's name speak to his near-miraculous impact on modern culture. I happen to be one huge fan... so imagine my surprise, upon cracking open his latest "Bootleg Series" release, to find liner notes written by our very o...
by JHostler
October 14th, 2017, 6:43 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Scotty York Knives, Daryl Deluxe Edition, Heart Attack Wallet, etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 418

Re: Scotty York Knives, Daryl Deluxe Edition, Heart Attack Wallet, etc.

Apologies - while photographing the York knives, I noticed a minor manufacturing flaw in one. Knocking off $20 for anyone interested.
by JHostler
October 14th, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Scotty York Knives, Daryl Deluxe Edition, Heart Attack Wallet, etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 418

Scotty York Knives, Daryl Deluxe Edition, Heart Attack Wallet, etc.

Daryl Deluxe Signed Set – SPR Gambler & FYE Pleasure This is the signed & hand-numbered leatherette edition with slipcase (as issued by Vanishing Inc.) - #120 of 250. Includes both Secrets of a Puerto Rican Gambler and For Your Entertainment Pleasure. The whole set is in fantastic condition....
by JHostler
September 10th, 2017, 11:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stack copyright question
Replies: 4
Views: 1110

Re: Stack copyright question

lybrary wrote:My understanding is that you cannot copyright a stack in the US. You could copyright the instructions and description of it. But the arrangement of cards in a particular order is not something a copyright would protect. This would fall under patents...


Correct (in the U.S.).
by JHostler
September 4th, 2017, 6:23 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Vernon, Nuzzo, Schmidt
Replies: 1
Views: 505

Re: Books by Vernon, Nuzzo, Schmidt

Just took the lot online for $39.99:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Book-Lot-Expe ... Swd7xZrc5X
by JHostler
September 4th, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Vernon, Nuzzo, Schmidt
Replies: 1
Views: 505

Books by Vernon, Nuzzo, Schmidt

All prices include shipping to the continental US (lower 48 only): Dai Vernon / Lewis Ganson - Inner Secrets of Card Magic (1959) - $24.99 Hardcover with dust jacket. Super condition. First Supreme Magic edition (1971). Ed Marlo and Jimmy Nuzzo / Jon Racherbaumer - Art and Ardor at the Card Table (2...
by JHostler
September 4th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 19
Views: 4153

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

52 chances?..i dont think so.. because this magician sell this.. Incorrect. I'll repeat (with emphasis): This can be done exactly as depicted roughly once in every 52 performances. There is no "holy grail" of ACAAN and never will be - not under true test conditions (with the deck complete...
by JHostler
September 3rd, 2017, 5:24 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 19
Views: 4153

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

Yes, this can be done exactly as depicted. And 100% reliably... roughly once in every 52 performances.
by JHostler
August 27th, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 2003

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

Gimmicks, trick props, sleight of hand, mathematics, optical illusions. Awfully broad "solutions," but spoilers nonetheless. If an audience dials into any of these as the obvious (or only) method, a piece of magic is relegated to little more than "trick" status. Specifics are lar...
by JHostler
August 20th, 2017, 12:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Riser
Replies: 42
Views: 4213

Re: Ambitious Riser

Apologies for the "topic creep," but with the millions (literally, millions) of pages of magic in print, what psychological imperative compels us to invest months or years in others' moves - largely (if not exclusively) to impress other magicians? That year of practice could be put to muc...
by JHostler
August 20th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Riser
Replies: 42
Views: 4213

Re: Ambitious Riser

Apologies for the "topic creep," but with the millions (literally, millions) of pages of magic in print, what psychological imperative compels us to invest months or years in others' moves - largely (if not exclusively) to impress other magicians? That year of practice could be put to much...
by JHostler
August 6th, 2017, 12:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 2069

Re: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13

I was surprised when Penn & Teller failed to spot the Tamariz displacement ruse when Siegfreid Tieber performed an updated version of Tamariz's Neither Blind nor Stupid. +1 Damn fine variation of both the trick, and of Juan's persona. I'd like to see more of this guy... +2. Fun seeing P&T f...
by JHostler
July 15th, 2017, 12:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Daryl Deluxe Signed Set - SoPRG & FYEP
Replies: 0
Views: 355

Daryl Deluxe Signed Set - SoPRG & FYEP

I'm really torn between letting this go and living with the memory of Daryl's death lurking in this "Deluxe" two book set. This is the signed & hand-numbered leatherette edition with slipcase (as issued by Vanishing Inc.) - #120 of 250. Includes both Secrets of a Puerto Rican Gambler a...
by JHostler
June 11th, 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bertram OSoH, Hooser's Destroyers, & Dobson's $Mine$
Replies: 1
Views: 481

Re: Bertram OSoH, Hooser's Destroyers, & Dobson's $Mine$

Both books are gone. "$Mine$" still available.
by JHostler
June 11th, 2017, 9:18 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bertram OSoH, Hooser's Destroyers, & Dobson's $Mine$
Replies: 1
Views: 481

Bertram OSoH, Hooser's Destroyers, & Dobson's $Mine$

For your rummaging pleasure. Photos available upon request… Bertram on Sleight of Hand by Ross Bertram (1983, first edition) A heavy hardcover book with dust jacket… 255 pages of card and coin handling. Features original Lee Jacobs Productions sticker(!) Very good condition. $35 shipped anywhere in ...
by JHostler
May 22nd, 2017, 9:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Variation 9000
Replies: 0
Views: 600

Variation 9000

In celebration of Richard's endodontic adventure... if nothing else... "Variation 9000" is here. What the heck is it? The third installment of ye ol' "ala McCartney" series. What the heck is that? Bang-bang magical development... at about the same pace Paul cranks out a new tune ...
by JHostler
May 13th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books Books Books
Replies: 6
Views: 1615

Re: Books Books Books

All sold!
by JHostler
May 13th, 2017, 9:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: FISM '85 Medallion
Replies: 1
Views: 844

FISM '85 Medallion

Recently discovered on the Big Bay in the Sky: A heavy brass(?) medallion, roughly 2" in diameter, with a top hat and "FISM '85" on one side and "Asociacion Magica Aragonesa" + Aragon coat-of-arms on the reverse. Any idea how many of these were created, and to whom they were...
by JHostler
April 30th, 2017, 11:25 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Marlo's Magazine #5
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Re: Marlo's Magazine #5

SOLD
by JHostler
April 30th, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Marlo's Magazine #5
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Marlo's Magazine #5

Due to unforeseen mandolin-related circumstances, a numbered, signed, and inscribed Marlo's Magazine #5 is now available for your consideration. Very good condition... photos available upon request... $199 includes shipping to any of the lower 48 states. PM me if interested... John Hostler 305 Mill ...
by JHostler
April 8th, 2017, 9:15 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ahead of the Pack by Lewis Jones & Jack Avis
Replies: 1
Views: 628

Re: Ahead of the Pack by Lewis Jones & Jack Avis

This book has been "disappeared!"
by JHostler
April 2nd, 2017, 6:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vantablack
Replies: 8
Views: 1530

Re: Vantablack

Surrey NanoSystems' non-nanotube version is (according to the first video I linked) much more handling-tolerant. I suppose at some point we'll see...
by JHostler
April 1st, 2017, 8:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vantablack
Replies: 8
Views: 1530

Re: Vantablack

That first link is actually a Vantablack variation.

Here's another story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JNc6NAsf4U
by JHostler
April 1st, 2017, 7:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vantablack
Replies: 8
Views: 1530

Vantablack

Apologies if this has been discussed... but my wheels are spinning off their axes. Oh, the applications... if only it were readily available. Calling Dr. Pellikaan...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v0_fID_jvA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOSWHyCVX-o
by JHostler
April 1st, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ahead of the Pack by Lewis Jones & Jack Avis
Replies: 1
Views: 628

Ahead of the Pack by Lewis Jones & Jack Avis

"Ahead of the Pack" by Lewis Jones & Jack Avis (2002) 288 pages of pasteboard bliss. Hardcover with dustjacket. Long out of print... excellent condition... $32 shipped anywhere in the continental US (lower 48). PM me if interested… John Host ler 305 Millh ouse Drive Fran kiln TN 3 7064...
by JHostler
March 25th, 2017, 2:41 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Various Great Books and Gibeciere
Replies: 1
Views: 684

Re: Various Great Books and Gibeciere

These items have now gone to the great Bay in the sky...

http://www.ebay.com/sch/gratefuldad70/m ... 7675.l2562
by JHostler
March 23rd, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Various Great Books and Gibeciere
Replies: 1
Views: 684

Various Great Books and Gibeciere

For your procurement pleasure. All prices include shipping to the continental USA (lower 48)… Gibeciere journals – Summer and Winter 2011. Beautiful condition. $39 for the lot. Wonders of Magic by John Booth – Inscribed. Cover very slightly wavy, but in otherwise excellent condition. $28 Mathematica...

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