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by brianarudolph
March 26th, 2017, 9:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 767

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

I have heard that story told many, many times. And attributed to many different magicians. David Devant being the main contender. A bit before your time I imagine. As for Blackstone Junior his father the senior Blackstone was an amateur at heart and probably knew a hell of a lot more than twelve tr...
by brianarudolph
March 26th, 2017, 10:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 767

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Agreeing with all of the foregoing, I'll add another point made by Harry Blackstone Jr. Blackstone was talking to folks after a performance in Cleveland and autographing posters and programs. When a kid (mid-teens) in line ahead of me was getting his stuff autographed, he told Harry "I'm a magi...
by brianarudolph
March 2nd, 2017, 10:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buying magic now, vs. then.
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Buying magic now, vs. then.

I agree with everyone here. I miss that sense of wonder that going into a brick and mortar magic shop used to evoke. I still get s faint twinge of it nowadays when I do, but's it's very faint compared to what it used to be. And that's not a slam on the brick and mortar shops at all. The world (espec...
by brianarudolph
March 2nd, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buying magic now, vs. then.
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Buying magic now, vs. then.

They do it this way now because they can. There wasn't much recorded (video) magic instruction for sale prior to the home VCR that I'm aware of (did anyone ever sell magic instruction on 8mm film or such? Certainly couldn't have been too widespread a practice if they did.) What used to be a serious ...
by brianarudolph
February 27th, 2017, 7:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 27
Views: 5358

Re: Laypeople

I generally refer to the farternity as Magicians and magic club members, although not all members of the faternity are magic club members. No offense meant here, Leo ... with everything going on I'll take some humor anywhere I can find it now. That said, and while I'm sure they're both typos, I've ...
by brianarudolph
February 25th, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22631

Re: Daryl Committed Suicide at The Magic Castle

Like everyone else, I was and am completely stunned to see this on my first visit to the forums today. I have had several opportunities throughout my life in magic to benefit from Daryl's experience, wit and charm. From when I first got into magic when I was in high school, his performances and lect...
by brianarudolph
February 8th, 2017, 10:22 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Magician TV Series Bill Bixby Playing Cards
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: The Magician TV Series Bill Bixby Playing Cards

I don't understand what you're offering ... is this the promotional deck created when the TV show was originally telecast, or is this a later reproduction from some unknown source? I am the proud (and fortunate) owner of the last full deck of these that John Parnell had. John even saw to it that mi...
by brianarudolph
January 5th, 2017, 5:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 15
Views: 1235

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

And that is how you replace subtext with exposition. At least now (hopefully) it will now get through to the right people, performer. Thanks!
by brianarudolph
January 5th, 2017, 3:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 15
Views: 1235

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

I looked at that. I just can't enjoy doing something poorly. I just can't. If I can't master something I just give up. I can certainly try hard but if it is not to be it is not to be. And I surrender. My sarcasm via the despair poster was not meant for folks like you who will work to achieve master...
by brianarudolph
December 31st, 2016, 10:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hahahahahahahah
Replies: 11
Views: 1125

Re: Hahahahahahahah

PS And, of course, as many here are acutely aware, even virtually every new magic trick is billed as the Holy Grail I was stunned/disappointed/pissed off by a recent ad that included an endorsement blurb touting how the purchaser performed the effect in a show on the same evening he received it. Wo...
by brianarudolph
December 31st, 2016, 10:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hahahahahahahah
Replies: 11
Views: 1125

Re: Hahahahahahahah

And let's not forget that other great advertising device of "limited edition." Thankfully, I do find that it is used far more often much more accurately in the magic world than in the rest of the world. So we still got that going for us.
by brianarudolph
November 30th, 2016, 7:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers
Replies: 12
Views: 1529

Re: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers

Tim Ellis wrote:"He performed his prior Vegas show, BeLIEve, to over a million paying customers and generated over $150 million dollars for the Luxor in one year. "


Most likely from all of the early theatre exits back into the casino.
by brianarudolph
November 30th, 2016, 2:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers
Replies: 12
Views: 1529

Re: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers

Criss probably suspects that a good portion of DC's followers are just misguided fans of English literature as well.

And "bot clusters" sounds like something to talk to your doctor about.
by brianarudolph
November 16th, 2016, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 7806

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Ditto.

Looks and sounds incredible.
Very high production quality.
And less than 300 1st edition copies remaining.
by brianarudolph
November 5th, 2016, 1:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4456

Re: Puzzles wanted

The two children one on Tuesday is a stumper. One year at the Gathering for Gardner, Gary Foshee did a talk on this one. This is a room with a couple of hundred high-powered mathematicians (John Conway, etc.), and I'm not sure he convinced everyone. Like the Monty Hall problem, people gonna argue n...
by brianarudolph
November 4th, 2016, 11:01 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4456

Re: Puzzles wanted

What about this one? http://www.puzzles.com/PuzzlePlayground/Giraffe/Giraffe.htm Too easy - just look for four matches that already have symmetry as a group and move the other one. Actually, Martin Gardner wrote of this item: "I consider this the finest of all toothpick puzzles." ( Improm...
by brianarudolph
November 4th, 2016, 3:30 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4456

Re: Puzzles wanted

erdnasephile wrote:What about this one?

http://www.puzzles.com/PuzzlePlayground ... iraffe.htm

Too easy - just look for four matches that already have symmetry as a group and move the other one.
by brianarudolph
November 3rd, 2016, 8:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Penn's puff piece on Criss Angel
Replies: 9
Views: 1358

Re: David Penn's puff piece on Criss Angel

performer wrote:Oh, I think Criss Angel could do with a puff piece. I wouldn't begrudge him one. After all he gets so few of them..............................

Criss puffs a lot of pieces.
by brianarudolph
November 3rd, 2016, 8:09 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4456

Re: Puzzles wanted

Bit of a paradox with the 2s in that one... Only with the 2's, Ian? Obviously there's at least 1 of everything in the sentence ... but then all those 1's you put in the blanks alter the number of 1's in the sentence. So then you have to adjust that. And don't forget that if you write a number like ...
by brianarudolph
November 3rd, 2016, 4:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4456

Re: Puzzles wanted

Using only numbers expressed with Arabic numerals, fill in the blanks in the following statement so that it is true: "This sentence contains _____ 0's, _____ 1's, _____ 2's, _____ 3's, _____ 4's, _____ 5's, _____ 6's, _____ 7's, _____ 8's, and _____ 9's." There are TWO correct solutions. G...
by brianarudolph
October 29th, 2016, 6:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: magician attacks audience member - maybe
Replies: 7
Views: 989

Re: magician attacks audience member - maybe

CraigOusterling wrote:What's an audience "memeber"?


Someone who attends your show then goes home and spends all night creating internet memes playing off things you said and possibly some covertly-snapped pictures.
by brianarudolph
October 23rd, 2016, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne's New Book
Replies: 7
Views: 1415

Re: Harry Lorayne's New Book

Received a number of very nice fan letters - one person said that he'd already put together three separate close-up card "shows" with effects/routines out of ONLY MY APOCALYPSE. He listed one of those "shows": The Sting, Double Saltless, Matchmakers Chart Variation, My Second Ke...
by brianarudolph
October 23rd, 2016, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne's New Book
Replies: 7
Views: 1415

Re: Harry Lorayne's New Book

Received a number of very nice fan letters - one person said that he'd already put together three separate close-up card "shows" with effects/routines out of ONLY MY APOCALYPSE. He listed one of those "shows": The Sting, Double Saltless, Matchmakers Chart Variation, My Second Ke...
by brianarudolph
October 11th, 2016, 4:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?
Replies: 37
Views: 4583

Re: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?

erdnasephile wrote:(Sadly, only one of my boyhood sports heroes ever signed for me...)


Sadly? You got Nordberg's autograph before he became Nordberg! (And IIRC, before he became something else ...)
by brianarudolph
September 14th, 2016, 9:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel Cleans Up
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Criss Angel Cleans Up

by brianarudolph
September 13th, 2016, 3:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 8248

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

Starting to think back to packet tricks - Ron Frost, Emmerson and West... Who's the guy who put the most of those little wallets with printed cards into magicians hands? Color Monte? Nick Trost had tons of them. Phil Goldstein released many back in the day as well. Nutshell Monte and Pointer were t...
by brianarudolph
September 10th, 2016, 9:02 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Why does this bother me?
Replies: 31
Views: 4280

Re: Why does this bother me?

It won't make the slightest difference because 99% will not read them. To learn practically any of Vernon's routines properly, you have to do more than read, you have to study. I agree with Mr. Kumber. The overwhelming majority of these kids would not read them (let alone actually study them.) It's...
by brianarudolph
September 9th, 2016, 9:23 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Why does this bother me?
Replies: 31
Views: 4280

Re: Why does this bother me?

Mark: perhaps the best response is not to try to figure it out. To quote Alfred speaking to Batman regarding the Joker's motivations "Some men aren't looking for anything logical like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.&...
by brianarudolph
September 8th, 2016, 10:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 9230

Re: Jason Ladanye

I really like the premise of Jason's Best for Last. It was actually the effect that made me buy his book when it came out a while back. But it still amazes me how his cadence and voice is eerily like Darwin's. Just to experiment I closed my eyes for a few seconds during a couple of his presentations...
by brianarudolph
September 1st, 2016, 1:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 9230

Re: Jason Ladanye

Video is a double-edged sword. There's a fine line between putting out enough stuff to get some attention versus overdoing it. When in doubt, less is more. As one of my mentors said years ago after reading a 10-page resume someone submitted with their job application to our search committee: "H...
by brianarudolph
August 31st, 2016, 5:53 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 48
Views: 12489

Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Richard Kaufman wrote:Tell your friends!

This is one of those cases where I both want to and I don't want to!!!
by brianarudolph
August 30th, 2016, 12:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 9230

Re: Jason Ladanye

Alas there is something missing. Something not quite right. Possibly the descriptive patter. Possibly performing AT the people rather than with them. Possibly this, possibly that. I can't quite put my finger on it. Still, he is young and will probably make it in the end. I think another part of it ...
by brianarudolph
August 30th, 2016, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Birthday Jay!
Replies: 3
Views: 757

Re: Happy Birthday Jay!

In honor of Jay's birthday, here's a joke as per the tradition at Magic, Inc. before a magic lecture or presentation: Did you hear about the couple who didn't know the difference between Vaseline and window caulking? Their windows fell out. Rather tame by Jay's standards, I admit, but I want to pres...
by brianarudolph
August 30th, 2016, 10:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 9230

Re: Jason Ladanye

He also falls prey to one of my pet peeves - almost all of his words are in the future tense. That was certainly a part of my reaction to his presentation too. If we could eliminate future tense along with the unnecessarily narrative style of patter ("I'm going to take this ball and put it in ...
by brianarudolph
August 29th, 2016, 10:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 9230

Re: Jason Ladanye

"Guerilla marketing" -- I have this mental image of Che Guevera pushing Amway. American Tourister tried something like guerrilla marketing years ago. It was just spelled a little differently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C-e96m4730 Jason's performing personality is not exactly my cup ...
by brianarudolph
August 23rd, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardtoon - magic exposure
Replies: 33
Views: 4536

Re: Cardtoon - magic exposure

There is no protection from any half-determined google search. As performer notes, all they have to do is to type in a description of the trick and they'l find it. That said, there's also no reason we should make it even easier for these gaggles of googles by calling our effects by their names as th...
by brianarudolph
August 23rd, 2016, 8:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dee_Snider_for_Criss_Angel
Replies: 1
Views: 466

Re: Dee_Snider_for_Criss_Angel

I've never been a Criss Angel magic fan, but I have to say that Criss and Dee have achieved something quite akin to actual magic for me here.
by brianarudolph
August 19th, 2016, 1:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 8248

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

Marty Jacobs wrote:[*] The Pioneer Age
[*] Victorian Age
[*] Platinum Age
[*] Golden Age
[*] Atom Age
[*] Silver Age
[*] Bronze Age
[*] Copper Age
[*] Modern Age[/list]


Great. Since we're talking magic here, now we have to worry about a copper and silver transposition.

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