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by Richard Kaufman
March 29th, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Mosquito's Parade - The Lost Vernon Footage
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: Mosquito's Parade - The Lost Vernon Footage

David Ben would know. If he shot it in England, then it might have been for British Pathe.
by Richard Kaufman
March 29th, 2017, 4:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Michael Weber Workshop at The Genii Convention Will Include ...
Replies: 2
Views: 238

The Michael Weber Workshop at The Genii Convention Will Include ...

... More than a dozen astounding effects and deceptive techniques, most of which have never been published, sold, taught, explained or revealed anywhere before. Workshop participants will each receive a collection of special exclusive props and 120 minutes of personal instruction from one of magic's...
by Richard Kaufman
March 29th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Re: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him

Do you have permission to reproduce John's private email to you here?
by Richard Kaufman
March 29th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1960

Re: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

"McDonald's Aces" was created by Johann Hofzinzser in the early to mid 1800s and called "The Power of Faith" (or "Belief"). End of story. Even the one-handed toss of the cards to show that the Ace has vanished from the packet comes from Hofzinser.
by Richard Kaufman
March 28th, 2017, 10:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: an old favourite
Replies: 6
Views: 331

Re: an old favourite

Cats can do anything better than doggies,
Cants can do anything better than you.
No they can't.
Yes they can.
No they can't.
Yes they can!
by Richard Kaufman
March 27th, 2017, 10:40 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Bob Hummer book
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: Bob Hummer book

Does the number 88 have any significance in the world of Hummer?
by Richard Kaufman
March 27th, 2017, 7:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 636

Re: Question for full-time performers

What Brad said.
Each interaction is a new one. Each time you communicate with a spectator that's a new interaction: if you pay attention to the people and their reactions, and interact with them, you won't get bored.
by Richard Kaufman
March 27th, 2017, 2:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: On the Pass

We have an article on the Pass by Jim Swain coming up in the May issue.
by Richard Kaufman
March 27th, 2017, 12:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22631

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Three is no point in speculating why Daryl changed the titles of his tricks: he is not here to tell us, so let that be an end to that discussion. I just received an email from Bill Ragsdale, president of the SAM assembly in California, which fills in some more of Daryl's magic-related bio from his e...
by Richard Kaufman
March 26th, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Kellar's Self-Decapitation
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Kellar's Self-Decapitation

Steinmeyer did recreate it at the last LA History Conference. It's a version of The Blue Room illusion. There is no black art.
by Richard Kaufman
March 26th, 2017, 12:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

No April Fool's gags.
by Richard Kaufman
March 25th, 2017, 11:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

It takes a long time to get 301 issues of a magazine into the online archive. No further update at this time.
by Richard Kaufman
March 24th, 2017, 7:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

Thanks Mr. Q.
by Richard Kaufman
March 24th, 2017, 5:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

I'm really enjoying the Bob Read columns. How did you come to get these? I'm surprised he had so many written without them having been published already. Bill, Bob wrote about 20 of these columns. I don't know why they were never published. He also wrote about 200,000 words for his book on Cups and...
by Richard Kaufman
March 24th, 2017, 5:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

Richard, FYI, the table of contents lists both Cardopolis and Dealing With It at page 32. Cardopolis is what appears. Guess we'll wait till May for Cross-Eyed Jacks? Or perhaps I was taken in by the April Fool's gag?! If you look at the table of contents on the printed page in the magazine, it's co...
by Richard Kaufman
March 22nd, 2017, 11:18 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5803

Re: Excusing bad writing?

He was a superficial writer.
by Richard Kaufman
March 22nd, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5803

Re: Excusing bad writing?

The level of technical detail at which we now write, which I think can be traced pretty much to John Northern Hilliard, was lacking from most of the books written before the first half of the 20th century with the notable exceptions of those by Hilliard (The Art of Magic and Greater Magic), but most...
by Richard Kaufman
March 22nd, 2017, 7:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3812

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

I'm not going to defend Dave, particularly in light of his initial reaction to Bob Farmer's assertion of IP. That said, since this item has been ripped off by the Chinese (whose concern for Intellectual Property can be summed up by the expression "Huh?") and can be found in so many places,...
by Richard Kaufman
March 22nd, 2017, 4:19 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Geoff Latta book from Hermetic Press
Replies: 1
Views: 403

Re: Geoff Latta book from Hermetic Press

Likely in the autumn.
by Richard Kaufman
March 22nd, 2017, 4:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22631

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

For the LAST time: it was not an accidental death--that was an error. It was suicide. End of story.
by Richard Kaufman
March 21st, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3812

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

I'm still waiting for an apology for being called a "thief."
by Richard Kaufman
March 21st, 2017, 4:05 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1960

Re: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

Oscar lived in New York City, and hung out with the regulars. I would imagine (and David Ben could likely confirm this from letters in his possession) that Vernon was doing it prior to that date.
by Richard Kaufman
March 21st, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3812

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

And now I have paid for the item on your website. I'm waiting for your apology.
by Richard Kaufman
March 21st, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3812

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Ironic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agxmRG3A1LU You say Ironic Richard, but you stole from me at the Session Convention 2016!! You asked to take a pack of my Bonsalopes and said that you would bring the money over in a few minutes. You never came back and when I went to find you on your stand, ...
by Richard Kaufman
March 20th, 2017, 9:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Video of the Old House of Magic at Walt Disney World
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Video of the Old House of Magic at Walt Disney World

For those east-coasters looking for a nostalgic treat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFCAfJwOCcU
by Richard Kaufman
March 20th, 2017, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 896

The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

Our 80th anniversary year here at Genii continues with our cover story on master magician David Ben and his recent show Hocus Pocus in Toronto. Magic seems to be flourishing almost under the radar with numerous shows in smaller venues. David has done many short-run productions and appeared on our co...
by Richard Kaufman
March 20th, 2017, 2:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3812

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Because I'm the moderator and I chose to delete it.
by Richard Kaufman
March 19th, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: new edition?
Replies: 1
Views: 322

Re: new edition?

Tomorrow.
by Richard Kaufman
March 19th, 2017, 11:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3812

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Bob, if the tricks weren't good, nobody would be interested in them.
by Richard Kaufman
March 19th, 2017, 12:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3812

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Mr. Bonsall has already marketed that classy item with the extended middle finger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLGtun8T-Ow
by Richard Kaufman
March 18th, 2017, 9:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Law Suit?
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: Copperfield Law Suit?

I think it will get tossed as a "nuisance" suit.
by Richard Kaufman
March 18th, 2017, 8:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Law Suit?
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: Copperfield Law Suit?

Tom, have you seen the current show? He has spectators on stage quite a few times.

I don't think he took "13" out because of this lawsuit, but simply because he'd done it for over 10 years.
by Richard Kaufman
March 15th, 2017, 10:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6878

Re: Magicians Documentary

That's the problem with the documentary: not all magicians are lonely losers by any means. That's the director's agenda: to portray magicians as living "quiet lives of desperation."
by Richard Kaufman
March 15th, 2017, 7:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22631

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

McKay: don't post on here when you're drinking or hungover. You display a startling lack of understanding of depression. I'm now going to delete your silly posts from this thread. Now, let me sort out this story. Derek showed me the Triumph cutting display and swore up and down that it was his. He i...
by Richard Kaufman
March 13th, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Law Suit?
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: Copperfield Law Suit?

David hasn't done "13" in YEARS. This news is old, and the suit is old news. It has probably been resolved long ago.
by Richard Kaufman
March 13th, 2017, 5:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.
Replies: 12
Views: 1279

Re: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.

Roger, the reports above suggest that it's a "spinning" escape. I haven't read about Houdini doing such an escape while the rope was spinning.
by Richard Kaufman
March 11th, 2017, 11:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wildcard... plot published precedence
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: Wildcard... plot published precedence

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