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by erdnasephile
August 22nd, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Legendary two weeks in September at the Castle
Replies: 0
Views: 12

Legendary two weeks in September at the Castle

I wanted to highlight the following two events:

Johnny Thompson (!) : September 13th and 14th special seminar
Allen Okawa (!) : September 24th lecture

(Thanks to Dustin for pointing these out... I can't get out of my stupid work schedule to fly out to attend, but I hope lots of you will.)
by erdnasephile
August 20th, 2017, 6:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Riser
Replies: 39
Views: 2467

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 erdnasephile
August 20th, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slipcases and Books
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Slipcases and Books

Slipcases always! Shrink wrap always! Bubble wrap / packing always! Nothing annoys more than a book with dents and dings - unavoidable in the pre-owned market but inexcusable when buying new. Andrew I agree with you 4 million percent Andrew! Amen! The other packing method that works are those singl...
by erdnasephile
August 20th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slipcases and Books
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Slipcases and Books

...Perhaps some books didn't need a slipcase such as one edition of the Goshman book. I suppose they added it to make it a truly deluxe edition. That being said, I like slipcases. I agree with erdnasephile that a slipcase protects the book but what protects the slipcase? I find it equally annoying ...
by erdnasephile
August 20th, 2017, 8:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slipcases and Books
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Slipcases and Books

Hi, Q: I'll take a stab at this. Slipcases do apparently add monetary value to a book set. However, for me, I like slipcases for the simple reason that they protect the books. I have received so many books with dented corners, so I have appreciated the slipcased books I own. I also had volumes damag...
by erdnasephile
August 19th, 2017, 5:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlie Miller letters sold for $40K
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Re: Charlie Miller letters sold for $40K

Vernon's correspondence with Faucett Ross: $42K

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/54 ... ss-letters
by erdnasephile
August 19th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlie Miller letters sold for $40K
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Charlie Miller letters sold for $40K

Original set of Charlie Miller correspondence: $40K
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/54 ... lie-miller

Original set of Csuri Notebooks: $25K
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/54 ... ypescripts

Wow!
by erdnasephile
August 18th, 2017, 7:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3118

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Wasn't it Leipzig who said that he only performed impromptu if he was asked twice?
by erdnasephile
August 18th, 2017, 6:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3118

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Thanks for the stories, Bill-- hilarious! I'm going to be at David Sandy's workshop this year, so I was interested to hear he did a workshop on doing a workshop. It's been several large conventions a row now where there hasn't been a strong hit trick of the convention in the dealer's room. I wonder ...
by erdnasephile
August 18th, 2017, 5:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Riser
Replies: 39
Views: 2467

Re: Ambitious Riser

If you are a Castle member and you wish to see "Raise Rise" in action by it's creator (PLUS an unpublished killer ending), see the Members Section of the AMA website and look under "From the Library--Video Series", Episode 15.

Dude still has the goods!
by erdnasephile
August 18th, 2017, 8:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3118

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Hi, Bill:

Thanks for your reports!

What was (were) the hot item(s) from the dealer room?

Did any "names" who normally don't go to conventions show up?
by erdnasephile
August 17th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 377: MAGIC Live! Day Four Podcast Update
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: 377: MAGIC Live! Day Four Podcast Update

Curious: Are these lecture notes? If so, why don't they just pass out the notes at the lectures that day? (As a side note: I can kind of see both sides of this. I sympathize with the medical aspects of the story and the original poster was trying to do a good deed, and ideally should not have been h...
by erdnasephile
August 15th, 2017, 10:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 375: MAGIC Live! Day Two Podcast Update
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: 375: MAGIC Live! Day Two Podcast Update

Thanks, Scott! I found Stan's commentary on women in magic very thought provoking. Trixie Bond was equally on point, and she's very cool!
by erdnasephile
August 15th, 2017, 5:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3118

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

The "Ask Me" button idea sounds really cool. Can't believe that Paul Gertner is walking around and no one is asking! (yet) Had lunch with Paul today and he showed something he's developed. Great lunch. Sweet! Is Paul showing around his new version of Unshuffled from "Fool Us"? (...
by erdnasephile
August 14th, 2017, 5:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3118

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

The "Ask Me" button idea sounds really cool. Can't believe that Paul Gertner is walking around and no one is asking! (yet)
by erdnasephile
August 14th, 2017, 8:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3118

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Appears to be road oriented. The signs include a "Route 17" logo, and the photo badges are in the style of a driving license. Tonight's party is titled "At the Hop," and we are encouraged to dress in a 1950s style. Given Stan's penchant for secrecy: Did they let you all know ahe...
by erdnasephile
August 13th, 2017, 8:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3118

MAGIC Live 2017?

Hi, all:

Just wondering if people might be willing to post their real time impressions of MAGIC Live's highs/lows for those of us who couldn't attend please.

Scott usually does a great job of this, but I'd also like to hear what ya'll think as well please.
by erdnasephile
August 12th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1005

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

To be clear: my comment was neither directed towards nor was about any particular ethnic demographic.

My point was that I didn't realize the video was apparently part of promoting his book, and that the principles he lays out are the same as described in his book.
by erdnasephile
August 12th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1005

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

Ugh...When I asked my question above, I failed to recognize the context of the video...

https://www.amazon.com/Spellbound-Princ ... spellbound

Doh! :oops:
by erdnasephile
August 11th, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 1442

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

I do that Ms. Hannigan did a very nice job during David Parr's piece last night. She was funny, engaging, and added a lot to the performance. (PS: FWIW, I reallly liked David Parr's spot. The presentation was charming and the effect was crystal clear. I could be totally off, but I think the underlyi...
by erdnasephile
August 11th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 129
Views: 22790

Re: The Works

AaronSmith wrote:Really like the newest offering that arrived in my inbox this morning.


I liked it! Very sneaky and practical.
by erdnasephile
August 10th, 2017, 11:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson book pre-order
Replies: 8
Views: 927

Re: Johnny Thompson book pre-order

In terms of the price--I agree--it is not inexpensive. However, when one considers this is the life's work of one of the greatest magicians of all time (and one of the few remaining links to Vernon, Miller, etc.), I think it will be a bargain--especially when one compares it to the prices of some ot...
by erdnasephile
August 10th, 2017, 11:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson book pre-order
Replies: 8
Views: 927

Re: Johnny Thompson book pre-order

He's also doing a special weekend session at the Castle in September.
by erdnasephile
August 10th, 2017, 12:00 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1005

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

I'm not sure who the intended audience is for these types of presentations.

Do they really help non-magicians appreciate magic more? Does it lead them to hire more magicians to entertain them?
by erdnasephile
August 9th, 2017, 3:00 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Can you please help me find this article?
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Can you please help me find this article?

Thanks, guys!
by erdnasephile
August 9th, 2017, 11:46 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Can you please help me find this article?
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Can you please help me find this article?

I believe there was an article in Genii where Milt Larsen discusses some of the gags to show your friends when you visit. However, for the life of me, I can't seem to find the article.

Can you please help?

Thanks!
by erdnasephile
August 9th, 2017, 9:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 24
Views: 2783

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

In 1988, having never heard of Mr. Burger, I purchased Secrets and Mysteries on a whim without even flipping through it. After reading the first couple of chapters, I went back the next day and bought every Eugene Burger book I could get my hands on. Over the subsequent years, he has changed the way...
by erdnasephile
August 8th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1997

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

Bill in Lemon.

It's one of those tricks we all performed as kids, yet continues to wipe out audiences.
by erdnasephile
August 6th, 2017, 9:22 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A lesson in adaptation...
Replies: 1
Views: 327

Re: A lesson in adaptation...

What a pro! Thanks for posting that!
by erdnasephile
August 5th, 2017, 9:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 1442

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

Hmmm....I haven't seen this weeks episode yet, so I'll watch for that. I just saw last week's episode. Shim Lim is fun to watch, and I remain impressed that the black art can look that good on a bright stage in HDTV. It really fools and kudos to the magic and stage crew for working that out so well....
by erdnasephile
July 31st, 2017, 1:46 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11142

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Incidentally I would never do the Dutch Looper in a performance for the public . This is an interesting statement to me. May I please respectfully ask for your thinking behind this? Is it due to the use of a gaffed card? If so, one could construct the routine to finish clean (e.g., Valentine) and/o...
by erdnasephile
July 30th, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11142

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

The two paragraphs at the end of the article from Genii seem transposed as originally published. It would seem to make more sense like this: We sat around my kitchen table, Phil Thomas, Henry Fetsch and I, and we tinkered with Paul Curry’s “Out of This World.” Mr. Curry’s trick is a fine one, and th...
by erdnasephile
July 29th, 2017, 12:20 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11142

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

...Furthermore--and I admit that I may well be wrong----I have a suspicion the gaff is just the usual Dutch Looper gaff. The type that I can make 14 out of in ten minutes. Oddly enough I do recognise the top of the pocket change which I use myself in Out of This World. I learned it from a classic b...
by erdnasephile
July 28th, 2017, 1:24 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11142

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

For reference:




Great routine: has a true ending and ends clean.
by erdnasephile
July 28th, 2017, 12:02 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11142

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Mr. Jeffers: is the gaff that you have something that could be made by yourself relatively easily? I'll answer my own question--Nope--unless you have some intermediate card gaffing skills. (I realized that I actually had this sitting on my shelf the whole time--ugh--getting old.) If you can't make ...
by erdnasephile
July 28th, 2017, 6:46 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11142

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

erdnasephile wrote:Mr. Jeffers: is the gaff that you have something that could be made by yourself relatively easily?


I'll answer my own question--Nope--unless you have some intermediate card gaffing skills.

(I realized that I actually had this sitting on my shelf the whole time--ugh--getting old.)
by erdnasephile
July 27th, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11142

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Mr. Jeffers: is the gaff that you have something that could be made by yourself relatively easily?
by erdnasephile
July 27th, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11142

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Thanks, Mr. Field--I had been wondering why the routine wasn't in the big book.
by erdnasephile
July 27th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11142

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Just to get back to the Dutch Looper: another related monte routine was Gaetan Bloom's Visible Monte. Different method but a similar idea. I bought this years ago--I remember Busby made the gimmick sound like a delicate swiss watch back in the day. The handling felt a bit awkward to me and I never ...

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