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by billmccloskey
March 6th, 2017, 5:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 10274

Re: Magicians Documentary

I found the documentary to be both brave and depressing. Very unblinking eye at the reality of magic as a profession. In many ways, Magic is the hardest of all the entertainment professions. Like stand up comedy, unless you are part of a team, it is long hours alone, on the road, and the skill requi...
by billmccloskey
March 1st, 2017, 4:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 29311

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Many thanks. Just bought his 4 volume sponge balls and his 2 volume cups and balls. His teaching will live on forever.
by billmccloskey
March 1st, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 29311

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Is anyone aware whether you can still order products through Daryl's website. I'd like to purchase some of his products to help with the family.
by billmccloskey
February 27th, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 29311

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

"It seems they are trying to change the cause from suicide to accident"

I believe the coroner's report says suicide and the case has been closed.
by billmccloskey
February 27th, 2017, 12:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 29311

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

How incredibly sad. I got started in magic in the 90's after walking into a vegas magic shop and picking up the first volume of Daryl's Encyclopedia of card sleights. The circumstances surrounding his death sound odd and I personally would hesitate to infer a motive. As we learned from the suicide d...
by billmccloskey
January 18th, 2016, 12:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Marcelo Mauras rumored to be stealing videos.
Replies: 9
Views: 2192

Re: Marcelo Mauras rumored to be stealing videos.

EITHER: the videos are not in the public domain, in which case neither you, nor Marcelo have the right to post them on youtube. OR: the videos are in the public domain, which would mean that anyone can use them. Nothing you have mentioned would entitle you to any ownership of the videos, so no theft.
by billmccloskey
January 15th, 2016, 4:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne's New Home
Replies: 9
Views: 2930

Re: Harry Lorayne's New Home

Harry,

You've done everything else. It is about time you moderated a magic forum. Who better?
by billmccloskey
January 15th, 2016, 2:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne's New Home
Replies: 9
Views: 2930

Re: Harry Lorayne's New Home

Richard,

Many of the great magicians who have been banned by the Magiccafe are welcome here. Thanks to your moderation. Keep up the great work.
by billmccloskey
January 15th, 2016, 2:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne's New Home
Replies: 9
Views: 2930

Harry Lorayne's New Home

Some of you may know that Harry Lorayne was recently banned on The MagicCafe for defending himself against a troll (in true Harry Lorayne style of course). Then I was banned for calling attention to Harry's ban. Happy to say that someone was mad enough about it to start a new alternative to the Magi...
by billmccloskey
January 6th, 2016, 12:09 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 19
Views: 5271

Re: Harry Anderson

For those interested, you can read most of the Harry Anderson interview via google: http://onlyoi.info/1IQXR3t
by billmccloskey
January 2nd, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 270: Apollo Robbins on the Other Side of the Record
Replies: 84
Views: 12970

Re: 270: Apollo Robbins on the Other Side of the Record

Ever since Marc Maron got his fledgling podcast written up in the New York Times after he put Carlos Mencia and Robin Williams on the hot seat for allegedly stealing material, I think it has become the thing to get folks in a particular industry to talk [censored] about each other. As far as I can s...
by billmccloskey
December 30th, 2015, 9:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4829
Views: 1802873

Re: ERDNASE

"Jack, I saw Richard Burton in Equus on Broadway. I wonder which of us saw the better show?"

I did. :)

Because when I saw Equus the second time, I was on the stage sitting next to Tony Perkins who played the doctor both times I saw it.
by billmccloskey
December 4th, 2015, 12:46 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Best book of 2015
Replies: 38
Views: 10739

Re: Best book of 2015

"Why does there have to be a "book of the year" or an anything-else "of the year"? Life is not a competition. No one makes books for that reason." Because people like lists and it is a good marketing tactic. I like "best of" pick the year type lists because us...
by billmccloskey
November 24th, 2015, 9:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 20370

Re: DelGaudio Sez

"you seem to be arguing from ignorance - 'if I can't determine the intention, there must not be one.' you also seem to have an misunderstanding on what intention is - as many magicians do. " Arguing from the experience of being an artist for the last 40 some years as a painter, writer, and...
by billmccloskey
November 23rd, 2015, 4:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 20370

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Jonathan, my point is that when we talk about art, the viewer is as much a part of the experience as the creator. for the performing arts, less so. When I see someone sawing a woman in half, all things being equal, I'm going to have the same experience of the illusion as anyone else. The experience ...
by billmccloskey
November 23rd, 2015, 4:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 20370

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Love to hear it Richard. I'm willing to bet that everyone reading it will have different mileage. What was John Cage's intention behind the 2 hour piano piece I sat through that was based on star charts or Thereou drawings? No idea. But it was incredibly meaningful for me none the less, even though ...
by billmccloskey
November 23rd, 2015, 3:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 20370

Re: DelGaudio Sez

"the intention is to willfully manipulate symbolic structures (color, sound, light) to convey a feelingful response. " "IIRC it was a commissioned portrait. Aside from a demonstration of Leonardo's ability to create a sense of detail on a small canvas it included a technical trick to ...
by billmccloskey
November 23rd, 2015, 2:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 20370

Re: DelGaudio Sez

"art having no intention may be the wrongest thing I have ever read about art "

ha.

I know the intention of Penn & Teller. What was the intention of Mona Lisa?
by billmccloskey
November 23rd, 2015, 1:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 20370

Re: DelGaudio Sez

For me, the question of "what is art" comes down to "intention". Art has no intention. The performing arts entire raison d'ĂȘtre is intention: the intention to entertain, the intention to mystify, the intention of making us think or feel certain emotions. In the performing arts, w...
by billmccloskey
November 11th, 2015, 6:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save 66% on Paul Wilson's Film "Our Magic" Just for Genii
Replies: 3
Views: 1102

Re: Save 66% on Paul Wilson's Film "Our Magic" Just for Geni

For those that have Amazon Prime, you can stream this film for free. FYI.
by billmccloskey
October 23rd, 2015, 4:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Close Up Pad
Replies: 27
Views: 5214

Re: Close Up Pad

Sure I am Mark. You keep me laughing.
by billmccloskey
October 23rd, 2015, 1:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 119714

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Picked up the book on a vacation to Vegas last week Bob. Really enjoying it.
by billmccloskey
October 23rd, 2015, 1:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Close Up Pad
Replies: 27
Views: 5214

Re: Close Up Pad

Man, it seems like yesterday rather than 18 years ago when Mark first threatened to sue me. What was it, some Yahoo magic group I think. This has to be the record for the longest running joke in magic.
by billmccloskey
March 9th, 2015, 10:13 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Entire book collection for sale. Selling Individually now.
Replies: 13
Views: 4002

Re: Entire book collection for sale. Selling Individually no

Sorry chad, one strike and you're out, jerk wad.
by billmccloskey
February 24th, 2015, 2:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect
Replies: 24
Views: 5853

Re: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect

"Bravo to NPH for getting the producers to let him include it at all."

I would have prefered if the winners had been able to include all of their acceptance speeches.
by billmccloskey
February 23rd, 2015, 12:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect
Replies: 24
Views: 5853

Re: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect

Only a magician could have liked that bit. It fell incredibly flat, took up too much time, and was a long way to go for some dumb jokes. I thought it was a complete disaster. Fortunately, the show was so incredibly boring, I'm sure few but the diehards were awake to see it.
by billmccloskey
January 7th, 2015, 1:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 162
Views: 31989

Re: Respect for Doug Henning

" No one is performing in that style today. "

Well, you would know better than me, but in my opinion Jeff McBride is directly from the Henning tradition.
by billmccloskey
December 9th, 2014, 9:34 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Cafe Edison closing
Replies: 10
Views: 5897

Cafe Edison closing

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/12/08/369359855/dont-let-the-kasha-vanish-diners-band-together-to-save-caf-edison?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr The landmark, the Cafe Edison, is on the brink of closing after 35 years. I believe a regular group of magicians would meet there for...
by billmccloskey
November 28th, 2014, 9:38 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Xeroxed Marlo Magazine: What would you do?
Replies: 37
Views: 9720

Re: Xeroxed Marlo Magazine: What would you do?

This was a one sided, very poor xerox shoved into a black binder.
by billmccloskey
November 9th, 2014, 12:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 141
Views: 27115

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

I made this reply before but no one picked up on it, so I'll try again. How is this different from Modern Family where a straight male plays a flamboyant gay man for laughs. Are you offended by Modern Family? If not, how is Modern Family different; the show plays up to all the gay stereotypes. And n...
by billmccloskey
November 7th, 2014, 4:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 96
Views: 20556

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

"If you "have it" - that's great for you - and if you have language you can also give "it" to others."

Wouldn't it be great if that were true.
by billmccloskey
November 7th, 2014, 4:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 96
Views: 20556

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

"What does that mean?"

I think he is referring to Vernon's well documented failures as a husband and father. the idea being that few of us would abandon our love ones and responsibilities and only think about magic to the exclusion of everyone else in our world.
by billmccloskey
November 7th, 2014, 10:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 96
Views: 20556

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

The problem is: how do you make evident something to someone who just doesn't get it when to you it is self evident. To use your music analogy, how do explain to someone how great and influential someone like Bach is to someone who doesn't like or understand Bach? I don't think you can. I think your...
by billmccloskey
October 30th, 2014, 11:53 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Harry Lorayne Classic Collection Volume 1
Replies: 4
Views: 1087

Re: WTB Harry Lorayne Classic Collection Volume 1

Have you tried reaching out directly to Harry?

Is Volume 1 out of print?
by billmccloskey
October 21st, 2014, 10:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 141
Views: 27115

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

Do you find the Cameron Tucker character on Modern Family offensive? Here we have a straight man playing a flamboyant gay man on TV.
by billmccloskey
October 18th, 2014, 10:59 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck
Replies: 44
Views: 14467

Re: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck

What damian forgot was that most reviews of the lecture were 5 stars.

But since the once pleasurable genii forum has become the Mr. Goat show, I'll now take my leave.
by billmccloskey
October 18th, 2014, 10:58 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck
Replies: 44
Views: 14467

Re: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck

was very impressed with Bob's lecture. Bob is a man who knows what he is talking about. He provided valuable information along with presentation ideas and the reasons why he does certain things. He is a man who tells it like it is and he doesn't hide his persona. His attitude; "I'm old so I don...
by billmccloskey
October 18th, 2014, 10:57 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck
Replies: 44
Views: 14467

Re: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck

All I can say is Bob Cassidy is THE MAN! What more could you ask for. You have a guy who's been doing this in the real world since he was a kid. Loves what he does. He's a great thinker who is constantly tweaking his ideas and presentations. What an explosive combination... and it's all handed to yo...
by billmccloskey
October 18th, 2014, 10:56 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck
Replies: 44
Views: 14467

Re: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck

It's always a treat to watch Dr. Bob pontificate. He has a wealth of experience and is willing to share the insights gathered through a long and rich career. If you are interested in the real work of mentalism, this lecture is a chance to listen in on a master. Dan Harlan provides an excellent foil ...
by billmccloskey
October 18th, 2014, 10:55 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck
Replies: 44
Views: 14467

Re: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck

i have a feeling what was shared and taught might be over-looked by some...this was a lecture by a master mindreader, someone who has performed for decades under all kinds of circumstances...listen and learn from his hard won experience.... Routines Techniques Methods Stories Experience Money doesn'...

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