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by erdnasephile
June 23rd, 2017, 7:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 108
Views: 15202

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

I was longtime haunter of ebay for cups. I can't recall the years, but at some point when magic interest started to be on an upswing, so did prices on cups. In those days you could see who was bidding for what and it was always the same 3-4 people bidding. Paul Fox cups became very popular. I bough...
by erdnasephile
June 22nd, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 108
Views: 15202

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

The Chief Genii mentioned that incident in the Spring 1985 issue of Richard's Almanac . Lyons must have felt a bit bad about that because he contacted the Chief Genii afterwards. In the following issue of the Almanac , the Chief writes: Regarding the anecdote I related last issue about P.H. Lyons d...
by erdnasephile
June 22nd, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Library Search Engine
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Library Search Engine

Many of us got our start in magic at the public library This may be old hat to you folks, but when searching the internet for an out of print book recently, I came across this site: http://www.worldcat.org/ The site allows you to search libraries worldwide for specific books and other media. I was s...
by erdnasephile
June 21st, 2017, 6:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4184

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Richard Kaufman wrote:We are planning on taking the photographs for Mr. Jennings Takes It Easy before the end of the year. The text itself is essentially finished.


Whoop!!! :D
by erdnasephile
June 21st, 2017, 7:55 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 1981

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Here's Tom London a mentalist from last night:




Comments?
by erdnasephile
June 21st, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 1981

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

David and John are Moscow Art Theater artistes compared to this stuff. Really, normally I would say the Oliver clip is a clever satire, but it's just the straight up reality of the show. Just awful inserts and phony scripted dialogue and contrived settings for the material. Why can't they just trus...
by erdnasephile
June 20th, 2017, 11:59 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 1981

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Brad Henderson wrote:i think this says everything that needs to be said

https://youtu.be/WYe41ET4vGw


Funny! (I half expected David and John from L & L to make an appearance... ;) )
by erdnasephile
June 19th, 2017, 11:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets package?
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: Real Secrets package?

Thanks for checking, guys...it turns out that that the new Paul Vigil project is shipping now.
by erdnasephile
June 19th, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets package?
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Real Secrets package?

All:

Did anyone else get an email "package sent" notification from "Real Secrets" this week?
by erdnasephile
June 18th, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Unmasking of Bill Malone
Replies: 8
Views: 800

The Unmasking of Bill Malone

I just wanted to comment on this article in the latest Genii (July, 2017). Just an absolutely wonderful article---the writing (by Charlie Frye) was insightful, detailed, witty, and with a point of view. None other than Steve Forte chipped in some hilarious personal remembrances as well. But the part...
by erdnasephile
June 17th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 108
Views: 15202

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

I do not wish to open old wounds, but has Michael Weber ever officially published his Card Warp ending?
by erdnasephile
June 16th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 1981

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

What do you do for a follow-up? Good point. Running out of "A" material before the finale afflicts many of the magicians on these contest shows. Watch the Derek Hughes interview in the most recent Reel Magic to hear his counter-intuitive solution to the problem...a really great interview ...
by erdnasephile
June 16th, 2017, 8:42 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 1981

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

What do you do for a follow-up? Good point. Running out of "A" material before the finale afflicts many of the magicians on these contest shows. On a somewhat related note: although I really enjoy watching some of the great performances on television, I can't help but wonder if the increa...
by erdnasephile
June 16th, 2017, 7:59 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 1981

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

performer wrote:I should have mentioned that they had the same mother and same father. I knew I missed something out.


That's a bit wonky, Sir! ;) Half-brothers is a viable answer under the initially proposed puzzle as well.
by erdnasephile
June 15th, 2017, 12:04 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 1981

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by erdnasephile
June 14th, 2017, 9:15 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 1981

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Two thumbs up for that one! Bravo!
by erdnasephile
June 12th, 2017, 8:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 108
Views: 15202

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Ever since Busby died, I've been wondering what would become of his book collection, which had a number of very interesting items ( although some apparently were of dubious provenance . . .) . I even tracked down his widow's work phone number to ask about it, but never got as far as making the call...
by erdnasephile
June 9th, 2017, 10:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 5711

Re: America's Got Talent performance

More food for thought Re: "Too Perfect" In the classic "Magic with Faucett Ross", Mr. Ross relates an amusing story (pg. 160) entitled "Still Too Good" (recounted by Ken Krenzel in Genii April, 2007, pg 35) wherein Mr. Ross created a mystery so profound that an audience...
by erdnasephile
June 9th, 2017, 8:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 5711

Re: America's Got Talent performance

As a more general note; a large chunk of my consulting work involves surveying and polling audiences to work out what they really think during a performance. I've had big name magicians in tears as we broke the news to them that things they were adamant were "fooling" an audience actually...
by erdnasephile
June 8th, 2017, 9:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 5711

Re: America's Got Talent performance

fooling is the lowest of the bars. I agree with you, Brad, but I was specifically addressing that issue with regard to the statement that the performance led to disclosure of the method. With regard to the rest of the performance, I think Tom Stone has made really excellent points about the scripti...
by erdnasephile
June 6th, 2017, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 5711

Re: America's Got Talent performance

When considering the sub-optimally named "Too Perfect Theory" in practical terms, for me, it largely comes down to conviction. (Close, Ortiz, and Racherbaumer have written better than I can on this point) That is: does the amount of conviction (made possible by the method) support the leve...
by erdnasephile
June 3rd, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 5711

Re: America's Got Talent performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7wrfzpjf9U That was very smart magic done well--he knew that everyone would be watching the big screen (by necessity) and designed something incredibly magical that would look great on camera. It really looked like trick photography--quite amazing. My one, tiny nitpi...
by erdnasephile
May 29th, 2017, 8:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4004

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

When I was a shy teen, I went into well-known magic-shop-not-to-be-named and asked for a book by Richard "Cowf-man" The guy behind the counter scolded me for allegedly mispronouncing RK's surname. "It's 'Cough-man'," he sneered, rolling his eyes. I was gratified years later to fi...
by erdnasephile
May 29th, 2017, 4:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 57
Views: 4767

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

I have a question about all of this. I have finally settled on a one cup routine. I have decided to use the bag on a spectator's hand. Then do the routine on their hand. From this thread, it appears my idea is not original. My worry is that my entire routine is old hat. The routine appears as follo...
by erdnasephile
May 28th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Magic by a Master
Replies: 2
Views: 869

Coin Magic by a Master

From Todd Lassen's blog: https://coolotis.wordpress.com/2017/03/ ... ning-mail/

Really great...
by erdnasephile
May 24th, 2017, 10:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 24
Views: 2746

Re: Steranko

I forgot about this Steranko magic-related art: http://miraclefactory.net/zenstore/inde ... cts_id=426
by erdnasephile
May 22nd, 2017, 8:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 1664

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

Since Steve Martin is a magician, this seems somehow darkly appropriate:


by erdnasephile
May 18th, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 21
Views: 1503

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

This is great info--thanks, Mr. Riser!
by erdnasephile
May 17th, 2017, 6:34 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Shiva Wallet
Replies: 9
Views: 1184

Re: The Shiva Wallet

One left! ;)

(Penguin and MJM also have them in stock)
by erdnasephile
May 17th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "Expurgated" Greater Magic?
Replies: 7
Views: 844

Re: "Expurgated" Greater Magic?

When this was first published, a buddy of mine somehow ended up with one of these. He didn't recognize the significance of what he had and traded it back in!
by erdnasephile
May 17th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1
Replies: 7
Views: 871

Re: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1

Good for you, Brad! I was going through Dingle's Deceptions when I was in 7th grade. I didn't know better, so I just learned the routines. It's a tribute to how clearly Mr. Lorayne writes--I always felt like he made the tough things sound like you could actually do them, and he took the time to desc...
by erdnasephile
May 16th, 2017, 8:53 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 19380

Re: The Works

As an FYI: The Works - Number 6 arrived today, along with the ad for The Works - Number 7

The method for 6 uses a unique item from the box and a clever method. 7 is a tribute to another mentalist.
by erdnasephile
May 14th, 2017, 10:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 2507

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

As an FYI: S.A.M. has an official response (from Jeff Sikora, S.A.M. National President; Steven A. Spence, Ethics Chair, S.A.M. and Mark Weidhaas, S.A.M. Conference Executive) posted in the comments section of Jade's Facebook post. (It was posted by Mark Weidhaas about half-way through the comment s...
by erdnasephile
May 13th, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 2507

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

Sad situation--glad to see that something was done.

Official statement from Oscar Munoz of the IBM: http://www.magician.org/blog/statement- ... blogid=380
by erdnasephile
May 10th, 2017, 3:23 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 19380

Re: The Works

I totally understand (and sometimes feel the frustration as well). There are several big names who owe me stuff (some of which is likely never, ever coming--with no refunds forthcoming either. I'm not happy about that, but on balance, the excellent products I've received largely outnumber the few th...
by erdnasephile
May 9th, 2017, 7:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike O'Dowd Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

Re: Mike O'Dowd Has Died

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. O'Dowd at SAM/IBM--heck of a nice guy. RIP, Sir.
by erdnasephile
May 9th, 2017, 1:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 2495

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

Andi Gladwin published a clever version in his first (or one of his first) Magicana columns (I think--not near my stack of Genii's at this time). The routine allows one to show the penetrating coin as separate from the rubber sheet.
by erdnasephile
May 8th, 2017, 10:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1841

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

Michael Perovich's book is another worthy look at Vernon from the Castle's golden era.
by erdnasephile
May 8th, 2017, 1:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1841

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

Another resource on Dai Vernon that crossed my desk recently is Steve Spill's wonderful, " I Lie for Money ". As a close friend of Mr. Vernon, Mr. Spill offers some unique takes on what it was like growing up knowing and being mentored by the Professor. Further, Larry Jennings was quoted i...

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