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by Anthony Vinson
July 15th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones on AGT
Replies: 4
Views: 487

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: 2108

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: 1475

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: 1475

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: 1572

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: 1224

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: 1572

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: 940

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: 822

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: 38
Views: 5052

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: 2542

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: 60
Views: 9854

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: 575

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: 3048

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: 1882

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: 992

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: 6392

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: 2283

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: 3666

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: 5150

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: 5250

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: 5250

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: 5250

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: 6151

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: 6329

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: 1091

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: 165
Views: 75268

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.
by Anthony Vinson
May 10th, 2016, 5:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hello...Hello...Hello
Replies: 12
Views: 3850

Re: Hello...Hello...Hello

Perhaps we've come to the end? It's all been said. Sigh. If only Richard would get those Jennings books finished then we'd have something to talk about! Uh, Richard, just in case it failed to translate, that was intended to be humorously ironic - Or ironically humorous - since were you so recently c...
by Anthony Vinson
May 10th, 2016, 5:33 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Larry Jennings New Book?
Replies: 165
Views: 75268

Re: Larry Jennings New Book?

Richard Kaufman wrote:Yes, I've been working on them.


::Snicker::
by Anthony Vinson
May 5th, 2016, 11:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 27
Views: 6562

Re: Laypeople

Would you prefer Muggles? By definition the word laity fits; it's generally understood, and acts only to differentiate and not to denigrate. Is it overused? Perhaps, but so are countless other words and phrases.
by Anthony Vinson
May 3rd, 2016, 9:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Confused How to do this?
Replies: 6
Views: 2264

Re: Confused How to do this?

The real difficulty is coordinating the left and right hand finger movements to create the illusion of a tiny hot dog floating in the air between the tips. Once you get that down, the rest is a piece of cake.
by Anthony Vinson
April 29th, 2016, 6:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 35
Views: 9868

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

While perhaps not the most technically demanding version, I have long been partial to John Bannon's Play it Straight Triumph from Impossibilia. Performed correctly it kills. I also like his in-the-hands version, Last Man Standing, from Dear Mr. Fantasy. It, by the way, uses the Jennings/Goodwin disp...
by Anthony Vinson
April 23rd, 2016, 3:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?
Replies: 19
Views: 4200

Re: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?

Randomness is clumpy.
by Anthony Vinson
April 6th, 2016, 10:00 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Loner
Replies: 2
Views: 1903

Re: Loner

Question: Have you considered running for club president? Perhaps the organization has slipped into a rut and needs fresh leadership? If you are not yet ready for president, then perhaps toss your top hat into the linking ring for VP or sergeant at arms or even treasurer if you've got the right skil...
by Anthony Vinson
March 25th, 2016, 6:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The evolution of magic in the 20th century
Replies: 9
Views: 3299

Re: The evolution of magic in the 20th century

Joe, Interesting thoughts. Great fodder for discussion and debate. Have there not always been amateurs? Those who pursue magic as a pastime rather than fulltime vocation? And isn’t it often those amateurs who end up contributing tremendous volumes of work to the art? They have the time to fiddle aro...
by Anthony Vinson
March 18th, 2016, 7:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pocket magic
Replies: 26
Views: 6236

Re: Pocket magic

I used to love props and shelled out beau coups bucks for them at ye olde tyme brick and mortar magic shops. I had a great deal of fun performing with my pockets full of props, but eventually realized that impromptu effects with ordinary objects had far greater impact. This pushed me not only to pra...
by Anthony Vinson
March 4th, 2016, 6:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains
Replies: 10
Views: 3752

Re: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

Interesting news. Congratulations, Richard. Glad you are remaining as Chief Genii and look forward to the new direction. Oh, and also looking forward to John G taking the helm at Magicana.
by Anthony Vinson
March 2nd, 2016, 11:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: JC Doty
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Re: RIP: JC Doty

Outstanding! Thanks to both Brad and Gary.
by Anthony Vinson
March 2nd, 2016, 7:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: JC Doty
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Re: RIP: JC Doty

One of my fondest and funniest memories of the man is hearing him tell a story (at Tom's request) using what he referred to as the L-F language. Hilariolfuks!
by Anthony Vinson
February 18th, 2016, 1:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Mullica
Replies: 36
Views: 10936

Re: Tom Mullica

Sad news. Had never heard of the guy, but back home on leave in what, 1979 I think it was, my sister told me about this magic bar in town that everyone was talking about. Yep, it was the Tom Foolery. Saw Tom there and my world was rocked - magic could be so much more than I'd imagined. His inspirati...

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