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by Anthony Vinson
December 6th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: December 2017 Issue
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: December 2017 Issue

And the irony is that those damn catalogs arrive unimpeded!
by Anthony Vinson
November 29th, 2017, 9:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 506
Views: 12451

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes1000 wrote:
jkeyes1000 wrote:If you folks want a bit of levity, perhaps I can afford it.


That's a start! Thanks for making the effort to provide insight into your assertion.

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by Anthony Vinson
November 29th, 2017, 9:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 506
Views: 12451

Re: Ennobling Magic

he is simply asking us to consider being more honest with our audiences and ourselves by avoiding direct lies, whenever possible or practical, without diminishing the impact of our magic. . but why? 1) the audience won't know 2) there is no evidence to suggest that if they did, they would care 3) h...
by Anthony Vinson
November 29th, 2017, 6:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 506
Views: 12451

Re: Ennobling Magic

All I think that he is trying to say is that he has no objections to deceptive techniques and even statements. Or perhaps even implied lies or lies that have nothing to do with the trick itself. It is merely that he feels uncomfortable with an outright barefaced lie in the performance of a magic tr...
by Anthony Vinson
November 29th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 506
Views: 12451

Re: Ennobling Magic

Wowsers. Can hardly believe this thread continues to unwind its way through the labyrinth. Can hardly believe that I just caught up by reading 3 pages worth of posts! I dropped in to say that I no longer believe Mr. Keyes is a troll. Like Mark, I believe his assertion is sound and not without merit....
by Anthony Vinson
November 26th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 506
Views: 12451

Re: Ennobling Magic

Magic, at least as defined by those of us who haunt this forum, is deception. False transfers, double turnovers, and paddle moves are all lies. To argue otherwise is to troll. I congratulate Mr. Keyes – His theme song should be Troll Over Beethoven Let Me Troll It! Bad logic. A lie may be a decepti...
by Anthony Vinson
November 26th, 2017, 8:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 506
Views: 12451

Re: Ennobling Magic

Magic, at least as defined by those of us who haunt this forum, is deception. False transfers, double turnovers, and paddle moves are all lies. To argue otherwise is to troll. I congratulate Mr. Keyes – His theme song should be Troll Over Beethoven Let Me Troll It!
by Anthony Vinson
November 20th, 2017, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ryan Matney's "Spoiler Alert" With an Introduction By John Bannon Can Now Be Ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 896

Re: Ryan Matney's "Spoiler Alert" With an Introduction By John Bannon Can Now Be Ordered

My copy arrived today in central Georgia. Great looking book; wonderfully laid out. Can't wait to dig in, especially after Dustin's stellar review!
by Anthony Vinson
November 19th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 14
Views: 2925

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

Well I won't criticize you, Joe. I surfed over to the cafe using the link you provided and checked the poster's profile. He (or she) has posted only 31 times over the course of almost 4 years since joining. That may only mean he has little to say, but then again it could indicate that he is a part-t...
by Anthony Vinson
November 15th, 2017, 5:18 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Spoiler Alert
Replies: 12
Views: 1866

Re: Spoiler Alert

Still shipping this week?
by Anthony Vinson
October 19th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Magic and Beyond" series available on Amazon Prime
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: "Magic and Beyond" series available on Amazon Prime

Added to my Watch List - Thanks for the head's up!
by Anthony Vinson
October 5th, 2017, 6:59 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Flipper Coin
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Re: Flipper Coin

IIRC magician's wax was the recommended adhesive when Flipper Coins were popular in the late 80s/early 90s. Johnson Product's website lists a contact phone number, so perhaps that might be the source for the best advice? 626/445/1411.
by Anthony Vinson
August 24th, 2017, 6:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Blue Crown - Help contact
Replies: 17
Views: 2283

Re: The Blue Crown - Help contact

Three weeks ago I emailed the contact I received through a PM. The magician replied instantly that sending him my order numbers he would see to it that I receive the links to my purchases. After waiting two weeks I sent him a reminder, but still nothing. It is Blue Crown, but wondering if I should ...
by Anthony Vinson
July 15th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones on AGT
Replies: 4
Views: 982

Re: Eric Jones on AGT

That was well done! Thanks for posting the link.
by Anthony Vinson
May 22nd, 2017, 11:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 2637

Re: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?

Had one myself just last week - #14 molar. Pressure sensitivity lasted three days, but now it's all good and better than ever. Hang in there!
by Anthony Vinson
April 28th, 2017, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 2009

Re: 3 Riddles

The answers are posted and I peeked. I was correct on 1 an 2, but 3... Even knowing the answer I still want to argue about it! The wording is deceptive and the answer presupposes too many variables.
by Anthony Vinson
April 28th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 2009

Re: 3 Riddles

Hmm... I agree, the first two are easy enough - in fact the first has been around since at least the 1970s, but wrapped in a different narrative - but that pickle jar has me expending more brain cells that I think are necessary. Bet I'm overthinking it.

Fun distractions - Thanks for posting!
by Anthony Vinson
March 25th, 2017, 9:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 1719

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?! "Cross-Eyed Jacks" can be found in the "Dealing With It" colu...
by Anthony Vinson
March 24th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?
Replies: 6
Views: 1412

Re: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?

Just spoke to them by phone and suggested they weigh in on this thread.
by Anthony Vinson
March 20th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 1719

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?!
by Anthony Vinson
March 4th, 2017, 9:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Scruffy
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: Scruffy

Steven also hangs out over at themagiciansforum.com, where he is a frequent poster.
by Anthony Vinson
February 23rd, 2017, 2:48 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle
Replies: 3
Views: 1110

Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle

Kainoa, I am not a coin guy. Not even close. I carry a couple of impromptu coin tricks in my arsenal “just in case”, but none are any more demanding than a simple false transfer, finger palm, or Bobo Switch. That said, I have enjoyed reading your Genii columns under the banner By Means of Metal prim...
by Anthony Vinson
February 4th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 6858

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Big book by Ryan Matney? That's interesting. I thought he was set on publishing a series of small paperbacks on his own? I've purchased a couple and really like the guy's thinking and material, so I will most likely be pre-ordering.

BTW, thanks for the update, Richard!
by Anthony Vinson
January 25th, 2017, 7:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?
Replies: 22
Views: 2909

Re: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?

Perhaps it isn’t so much a matter of product as it is of market. The (now) constant and (mostly) generational debate of books versus videos serves as an example. Videos are cheaper to produce and generate far larger profit margins than books. (I base these assertions on casual study and anecdotal ev...
by Anthony Vinson
January 16th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 68
Views: 11992

Re: The Jerx Year Two

I finally decided to see what all the plaudits were about and read the latest post, "Young Reckless Hearts." Again, I mean no disrespect--just wanted to offer a few thoughts. (Let the flames begin! ;) ) Whew! And here I thought it was just me. Since I respect erdnasephile's opinions and m...
by Anthony Vinson
December 18th, 2016, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The January 2017 Issue of Genii is Now Online and In Your Mailbox
Replies: 1
Views: 657

Re: The January 2017 Issue of Genii is Now Online and In Your Mailbox

Excellent issue, Richard. Great kick-off to Genii's 80th year. Wonderful to see John Bannon's addition to the team!
by Anthony Vinson
December 14th, 2016, 8:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 3463

Re: 2016 tricks?

I am enjoying Ben Blau's Unfazed. Just two sets of Zener cards, so perhaps not adhering to the restrictions of something new insofar as props. The routine itself is excellent; streamlined, interesting, and compelling. Eugene Burger does a version using picture cards. My only complaint, and it really...
by Anthony Vinson
November 17th, 2016, 10:17 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine on TV - this week
Replies: 6
Views: 2164

Re: David Blaine on TV - this week

I found the special less than satisfying. The bullet catch was not suspenseful in the least. Nor was it theatrical. (Despite its reputation as a literal killer effect, it has become rather passe these days, don't you think?) Perhaps it was the quick camera cuts, the overabundance of spectator reacti...
by Anthony Vinson
November 15th, 2016, 5:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fool Us Nominated for a Critics' Choice Award
Replies: 4
Views: 1131

Re: Fool Us Nominated for a Critics' Choice Award

Excellent! Congratulations and best of luck to everyone involved. It's a wonderful show and I would love to see it continue. Has it been picked up for another season?
by Anthony Vinson
November 7th, 2016, 10:48 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 7920

Re: Puzzles wanted

Will Shortz started a craze in Games Magazine in the early 80s with his Equation Analysis Test. Here's a link to the original list, although hundreds followed. Always loved these things! http://www.gamesmagazine-online.com/gameslinks/equationanalysis.html
by Anthony Vinson
October 25th, 2016, 3:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You Were a MAGIC Magazine Subscriber, You Can Roll it Over to Genii
Replies: 17
Views: 2546

Re: If You Were a MAGIC Magazine Subscriber, You Can Roll it Over to Genii

Received my email earlier this afternoon and opted to extend my Genii subscription by seven issues. Thanks for the generosity and camaraderie to the community, Richard.
by Anthony Vinson
September 23rd, 2016, 10:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big News from MAGIC Magazine and Stan Allen
Replies: 19
Views: 3848

Re: Big News from MAGIC Magazine and Stan Allen

Well that's too bad. Was really looking forward to Magic Legacy.
by Anthony Vinson
August 25th, 2016, 6:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stan Allen's BIG announcement ... MAGIC Mag is closing
Replies: 24
Views: 5586

Re: Stan Allen's BIG announcement ... MAGIC Mag is closing

Not sure this question is appropriate here, but when trying to sign up for this I realized that the credit card payment page is not secure on either Microsoft Edge, nor Firefox. I have already contacted Stan about this, but I was wondering if I was the only one where this is happening or if ya'll k...
by Anthony Vinson
August 24th, 2016, 2:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardtoon - magic exposure
Replies: 33
Views: 5595

Re: Cardtoon - magic exposure

Out of curiosity what is the difference between a hobbyist and an amateur? This is a distinction I have not come across. Well, for me the difference is as explained, with the amateur possessing a real love for the craft, while the hobbyist's pursuit is more casual; an amateur performs, while a hobb...
by Anthony Vinson
August 24th, 2016, 8:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardtoon - magic exposure
Replies: 33
Views: 5595

Re: Cardtoon - magic exposure

Illusionist Greg Frewin appeared on a recent episode of P&T's Fool Us. Upon learning that he had failed to fool the dynamic duo he asked a critically important question, "But did I entertain you?" Therein, I think, lies the crux of the problem: many hobbyists never achieve the insight ...
by Anthony Vinson
August 22nd, 2016, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardtoon - magic exposure
Replies: 33
Views: 5595

Re: Cardtoon - magic exposure

I stopped using the names of tricks a couple years back. If someone asks, "what's that called?", I generally offer one of two responses depending on my mood. The first, if I am feeling generous, is to cite the creator of the effect - "That's a John Bannon effect from one of his earlie...
by Anthony Vinson
July 11th, 2016, 12:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Behind the Scenes of "Fool Us"
Replies: 18
Views: 6751

Re: Behind the Scenes of "Fool Us"

Nathan,

I've enjoyed the first three parts of your P&T memoir and look forward to the fourth. Best of (retrospective) luck!
by Anthony Vinson
July 3rd, 2016, 3:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong
Replies: 31
Views: 6588

Re: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong

Agree with Bill: Why indeed. And why did it take them so long to cut? Surely the PD didn't think it was a goof?!
by Anthony Vinson
May 23rd, 2016, 12:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield in Newsweek
Replies: 4
Views: 1126

Re: David Copperfield in Newsweek

The article seems primarily an agenda-driven promotional piece for DC’s Vegas show and his upcoming sequel, Now You See Me 2. Nothing inherently wrong with that, however… The cited resolution introduced into the U.S. Congress to recognize magic as “a rare and valuable art form and national treasure ...
by Anthony Vinson
May 10th, 2016, 5:42 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Larry Jennings New Book?
Replies: 168
Views: 79253

Re: Larry Jennings New Book?

Richard Kaufman wrote:If you understood the titanic nature of the job, you wouldn't snicker.


The snicker was related to your reply, which I found funny. I have nothing but respect for the work that goes into your books.

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