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by erdnasephile
September 19th, 2017, 12:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller Fool Us
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: Penn & Teller Fool Us

I really respect PG for taking his classic routine, and adding a new twist to try to fool P & T. I kind of wish they hadn't had music during the routine, though--I found it a little distracting. The act I liked best was Liberty Larsen. I had never seen her perform before, and I thought she was c...
by erdnasephile
September 17th, 2017, 9:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Strange Brew

I should clarify: I guess by "clean up" I meant, if you pour real cream in the coffee, it's going to turn the coffee a milky brown. (The strange brew effect would still work of course.) I just thought it would be nice touch to make the cream vanish as well using the "Coffee Time"...
by erdnasephile
September 15th, 2017, 4:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Strange Brew

Another thought would be to use this in conjunction with Mr. Kennedy's "Coffee Time". That would allow the "clean up" from the coagulated cream idea to be taken care of quite easily.
by erdnasephile
September 13th, 2017, 9:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4843

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

I look forward to reading it, Richard.
by erdnasephile
September 13th, 2017, 7:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4843

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Just received this month's Linking Ring (Sept 2017). Lawrence Hass wrote an "In Memoriam" piece on Mr. Burger, which is followed by eulogies from many of his friends (compiled by Simone Marron). I like the concluding story from Tod Gerard the best.
by erdnasephile
September 12th, 2017, 4:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Strange Brew

Would it be possible to have a piece of coffee-colored acetate rise just below the surface? If so, I wonder if you could bring out the coffee, stir in some cream, and then have the plastic rise to give the idea that the cream was arranging itself or parting to reveal the chosen card. Either that, or...
by erdnasephile
September 12th, 2017, 1:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 36
Views: 2106

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

...As for the big collections, I like looking over items to see how builders in the past solved the problems. Such info leads to new and better magic items for the next generation. To me these big collections are reference libraries... That is a fascinating comment to me--I never considered this. M...
by erdnasephile
September 12th, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Strange Brew

Bob Farmer's Little Hand also comes to mind.

Mr. Kennedy: can two objects be caused to rise out of the coffee?
by erdnasephile
September 11th, 2017, 9:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: Strange Brew

I like the spooky face!
by erdnasephile
September 5th, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 36
Views: 2106

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

These possessions everyone is so quick to contemn ... well, I've never had one rip me off or disappoint me or take advantage of me or try to stab me in the back. I've often smiled just at the sight of one, remembering good times. People , on the other hand ... Agreed. It's not the possessions thems...
by erdnasephile
September 5th, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 36
Views: 2106

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

In thinking about this, it's not too surprising that a lot of magicians have made no provisions for their magic stuff. According to many estimates, only about 50 to 55% of Americans have a will. Even less have an advance healthcare directive.
by erdnasephile
September 4th, 2017, 8:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 36
Views: 2106

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

This is a story that an acquaintance told me. There was a collector who desperately wanted something my friend had. My friend refused to sell. The collector was insistent to the point of being obnoxious (actually, the guy was famous for being obnoxious). My friend gets a phone call: it's the collec...
by erdnasephile
September 4th, 2017, 4:29 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 36
Views: 2106

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

Hi, Diego: Thank you for your post. I have certain magic items that I enjoy collecting. However, when I get my priorities skewed, my job helps knock some sense into me: I've never had anyone who was busy dying ask to see their Sherwood Cups one last time or wish they had spent just a little more tim...
by erdnasephile
September 2nd, 2017, 3:38 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Lee Noble Himber Wallet
Replies: 0
Views: 159

WTB: Lee Noble Himber Wallet

Hello:

Looking for a Lee Noble Himber Wallet in excellent condition please.

If you have one you are willing to sell, please kindly PM me.

Many thanks!
by erdnasephile
August 31st, 2017, 9:18 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Original Lee Noble Wallet
Replies: 37
Views: 5002

Re: Original Lee Noble Wallet

Here's a picture of the Ross Bertram wallet (in a post from Glenn Farrington)

viewtopic.php?t=24042
by erdnasephile
August 31st, 2017, 3:32 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August
Replies: 9
Views: 640

Re: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August

Ah, I get it! Very clever!
It's like those "British Crosswords" clues that GAMES magazine used to have.
by erdnasephile
August 30th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Stripper Jig Card Trimmer
Replies: 10
Views: 2447

Re: Stripper Jig Card Trimmer

Wow--that site is really something. Some sneaky tools there.
by erdnasephile
August 29th, 2017, 8:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4843

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Here is a fine remembrance published in the Chicago Tribune about 10 days ago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertain ... story.html
by erdnasephile
August 29th, 2017, 8:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4843

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Very interesting-- I think RK might've made a similar argument to Sam Sharpe's in the "Great Patter Debate" vs. Mr. Burger all those years ago in MAGIC. In thinking about Mr. Burger's revised view of the issue, I would suspect the key part is the last part--that the performer eventually ma...
by erdnasephile
August 29th, 2017, 1:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4843

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

“... Don't listen to those voices who assure you that if a routine is in print it isn't stealing to do it. Yes, it's true, if a routine is in print then it is not stealing, but if you do it the way it is written it is still copying and imitating and looking to others, rather than to ourselves, for ...
by erdnasephile
August 28th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician friends in Texas?
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Magician friends in Texas?

Just heard from Marshall at H & R Books in Texas who suffered tree vs. roof water damage, but despite this, is still getting ready to go down with a rescue group to help those less fortunate. (Good on you, Marshall! -- gonna place an order soon to support your efforts) Was wondering how those of...
by erdnasephile
August 28th, 2017, 11:51 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: Stars of Magic

This is not my auction, but looks like a good deal at this time:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stars-Of-Magic- ... Sw9ENZoFpp
by erdnasephile
August 27th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1087

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

most magicians who perfect the rings fail to do so adequately - and by that i mean deceptively (and i include myself in that lot.) i have however seen it done and i will confess, i was even fooled at times. Sure i knew what was at work, but the handling was so casual and open that there were many t...
by erdnasephile
August 27th, 2017, 4:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slipcases and Books
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: Slipcases and Books

What would make those slipcases more useful for heavy volumes would be if there were a divider as wide as your thumb between each volume. This, coupled with a notch on either side of the volume, would allow one to easily grasp the volume you want and slide it out. It would also make the slipcase mor...
by erdnasephile
August 26th, 2017, 5:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1087

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

I agree with Leo. While it is true that magicians do a superb job of fooling themselves, I think that smart magicians: 1) don't underestimate the intelligence of their audiences and 2) use their audiences' prior knowledge and assumptions against them to wipe them out. For example, Harry Riser fooled...
by erdnasephile
August 25th, 2017, 7:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (August 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (August 2017)

That was a nice story--great to see the author's dream come true. From the article: " I think we've seen enough ." I recall that happening to the guy who in front of me at the audition. I understand why the committee would want to do that given the number of applicants and limited time, bu...
by erdnasephile
August 24th, 2017, 10:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Patrick Harris Crossword in NY Times
Replies: 2
Views: 388

Re: Neil Patrick Harris Crossword in NY Times

Here is another interesting analysis of the puzzle. It includes a list of the clues and answers, as well as the filled-out grid. There are some very clever features in the puzzle.

https://www.xwordinfo.com/Crossword?date=8/24/2017
by erdnasephile
August 24th, 2017, 1:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Patrick Harris Crossword in NY Times
Replies: 2
Views: 388

Re: Neil Patrick Harris Crossword in NY Times

I wouldn't look at this site: http://rexwordpuzzle.blogspot.com/
until after you have done the puzzle yourself (to avoid spoilers)

However, the referenced site does contain a bit of a commentary on NPH & Steinberg's work, including noting an extremely cool feature Re: 58 Across.
by erdnasephile
August 23rd, 2017, 10:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: Stars of Magic

Yes, I've seen both red and black covers on the originals as well.
by erdnasephile
August 23rd, 2017, 9:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: Stars of Magic

Another question, if I may please:

Even with modern tech, we still see books where the photos that appear over/under exposed when printed. Is this something that typically occurs as a result of a design error when constructing those original pdf proofs or a problem in the printing process?
by erdnasephile
August 23rd, 2017, 7:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: Stars of Magic

Thanks, Richard--your explanation was really clear for a novice like me and made total sense!

Am I correct in assuming that people don't have those issues with digital photos, since you just import those into whatever publishing software the publisher is using so they will always look pristine?
by erdnasephile
August 23rd, 2017, 5:08 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1589

Re: Stars of Magic

Hi, all: I don't want my comments to affect anyone's sale, but when I compared the photos in my Tannens hardcover with the Yedid hardcover. While some of the photos in the Yedid version looked a little better, overall, I honestly didn't see huge magnitudes of difference. OTOH, I acquired a few of th...
by erdnasephile
August 22nd, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Legendary two weeks in September at the Castle
Replies: 0
Views: 350

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: 2723

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: 15
Views: 1153

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: 15
Views: 1153

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: 15
Views: 1153

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: 725

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: 725

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: 3872

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Wasn't it Leipzig who said that he only performed impromptu if he was asked twice?

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