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by MJLauck
November 9th, 2014, 11:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Live magic is on the rise ... the Supernaturalists
Replies: 48
Views: 10427

Re: Live magic is on the rise ... the Supernaturalists

I am kind of interested to see how Cosentino goes over in the US. If the tour comes anywhere near me I will probably try to see it. I guess this means Brett Daniels' Revolussionists (or is it Revollusionists?) in Branson is not touring.
by MJLauck
October 16th, 2014, 9:46 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: 2015 Magic Calendars
Replies: 23
Views: 4884

Re: 2015 Magic Calendars

Thanks for posting this... It will replace this year's Nintendo desk calendar.
by MJLauck
October 16th, 2014, 9:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 24
Views: 4252

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

That is actually a great question. I was there working in the pro-audio electronics industry, and although assigned a translator at work, found that she did not know many of the engineering terms that I needed and had picked up myself (not just concepts, but names of parts such as IC, diode or vacuu...
by MJLauck
October 15th, 2014, 11:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 24
Views: 4252

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

[the state controls everything and it does little to nothing to stop piracy. And that the state is apparently running magic is the point of this thread. That is sadly true.... Hollywood movies that came out in the US on the day before I left were being sold on the street as DVDs in full color cases...
by MJLauck
October 15th, 2014, 11:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 24
Views: 4252

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

If you want to be technical it is probably most often called "guo yu" (with the appropriate tone marks), which means "the national language" as Mandarin is a western term... but we are speaking English! Standard is often, at least in my experience dealing with people in Taiwan, t...
by MJLauck
October 14th, 2014, 10:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 24
Views: 4252

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

In all seriousness, the Chinese people love magic. I did some work in China a few years ago and spent almost three weeks in Shanghai. Every single day I was able to find magic on television, despite having a limited amount of channels. Every day, even though I did not have a TV guide! I hope that gu...
by MJLauck
October 10th, 2014, 10:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Thumb Tip Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 7757

Re: Thumb Tip Magic

Not trying to be funny or anything, but it is such a straight forward effect why do you need any patter at all?

Go silent.
by MJLauck
October 6th, 2014, 8:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lots About "Houdini" with Writer Nicholas Meyer
Replies: 1
Views: 711

Re: Lots About "Houdini" with Writer Nicholas Meyer

He's kind of an interesting guy; I will admit that Houdini did not make me stop thinking of him as the guy behind some of the greatest of the Star Trek movies, though. I am intrigued by the alternate cut on the Blu Ray release. He indicates that he feels it is a better version.
by MJLauck
September 26th, 2014, 10:13 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Magic Business/Non Profit Reference Material
Replies: 2
Views: 2543

Magic Business/Non Profit Reference Material

I am looking seriously at returning to performing professionally again (I stopped years ago due to health issues which are now clearing up nicely now that I have the right diagnosis!) and maybe even starting a non-profit to provide character development/educational magic shows to schools. I have run...
by MJLauck
September 22nd, 2014, 11:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is it possible to learn sleights while you sleep?
Replies: 20
Views: 4859

Re: Is it possible to learn sleights while you sleep?

Don't just sleep on it; embrace the benefits of visualization. Imagine yourself doing the sleights correctly over and over and it will help you. Here are some tips: http://www.sportpsychologytoday.com/sport-psychology-for-coaches/the-power-of-visualization/ They are sports related but still applicab...
by MJLauck
September 7th, 2014, 3:20 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: vanishing Elephant
Replies: 2
Views: 4174

Re: vanishing Elephant

If you haven't read Hiding The Elephant , you really should. Because it got a fairly wide release, there are cheap copies to be found on Amazon and most local libraries can get you a copy through inter-library loan if they do not already have one. It is funny because I have not seen Houdini yet (sto...
by MJLauck
September 4th, 2014, 10:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smoothini on AGT
Replies: 58
Views: 10902

Re: Smoothini on AGT

In all fairness, that guy had the dog and a puppy.
by MJLauck
August 22nd, 2014, 9:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smoothini on AGT
Replies: 58
Views: 10902

Re: Smoothini on AGT

I am a friend of his, so feel free to take this with a grain of salt. I've seen his live show, he holds a crowd for about 75 minutes without a single prop larger than a wine glass (unless you count the DJ) and then goes around and performs table to table. He throws a party and everyone is invited. T...
by MJLauck
August 18th, 2014, 12:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: MC'ing a magic contest
Replies: 11
Views: 1940

Re: MC'ing a magic contest

What I learned at the last IBM/SAM was the MC has a difficult job. There may be quite a bit of time between acts as they set up, but the MC should not talk about the acts, for fear of influencing the results, or perform any magic while filling that time. The only thing left to do was to make fun of ...
by MJLauck
August 9th, 2014, 6:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 36
Views: 5519

Re: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

Mr Goat, I have a tangential question for you: are you able to access the streaming media services Netflix or Hulu in the UK (I assume you are in the UK)? In case you are not familiar with them, each is a pay service that allows users to stream movies, television and original content to computers, m...
by MJLauck
August 6th, 2014, 7:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 36
Views: 5519

Re: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

Has anyone actually contacted Be Amazed about any of this or is everyone making assumptions? When I spoke with Ariann, her prime interest seemed to be old film footage owned by performers. She wanted to preserve it before it degraded and pay royalties to the owners. All this talk about television sh...
by MJLauck
August 5th, 2014, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 36
Views: 5519

Re: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

And yet preservation has to start somewhere, even if it is running as much old film as possible through whatever the currently EPA approved equivalent of Renovex is... How many films have been lost to time? How many Super 8 and 16mm reels are already in landfills and how many others are getting too ...
by MJLauck
August 4th, 2014, 11:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 36
Views: 5519

Re: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

I am not affiliated with Be Amazed, so I can not answer all of these questions. I do know though, that home movies (many of these works may fall under that category) have a different set of rules than other movies and that they are paying royalties for many of these films. I would suggest you listen...
by MJLauck
August 4th, 2014, 8:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 36
Views: 5519

Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

If you haven't seen it yet, Be Amazed TV (the online all-magic channel) has launched a Kickstarter to raise the money necessary to buy the equipment necessary to preserve old magic films and convert them to digital formats. If you read the old magazines, you will often see references to clubs shooti...
by MJLauck
August 2nd, 2014, 6:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Series of Master of Magic Starts August 1 (CW Network)
Replies: 11
Views: 3307

Re: New Series of Master of Magic Starts August 1 (CW Networ

You probably ain't going to like this version either!

I'm sure I'll end up watching it each week (thanks, DVR) but the pace seemed rushed. One less illusion and a little more introduction may have made for a better show.... There were some odd audience reaction shots as well.
by MJLauck
August 2nd, 2014, 6:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's Fool Us -- US broadcast
Replies: 10
Views: 2521

Re: Penn & Teller's Fool Us -- US broadcast

I believe that the first episode in the original UK release also ran over an hour, too. CW is leaning on it rather heavily as they ran the same episode twice in three days!
by MJLauck
July 26th, 2014, 6:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Series of Master of Magic Starts August 1 (CW Network)
Replies: 11
Views: 3307

Re: New Series of Master of Magic Starts August 1 (CW Networ

I believe it is the same production company as the previous two incarnations. I am not sure whether that means the same directors are involved. It is a 30 minute show now instead of a 60 minute format which may affect the presentation as well.
by MJLauck
July 25th, 2014, 9:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn's newest television show.
Replies: 3
Views: 1448

Re: Penn's newest television show.

Bad news, the "US version" is the "UK version" with a bit of editing to make the pilot fit into an hour time slot.
by MJLauck
July 11th, 2014, 10:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Impressions of IBM/SAM 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 7747

Re: Impressions of IBM/SAM 2014

Perhaps Wizard Wars, premiering next month on SyFy, will be the show you want!
by MJLauck
July 10th, 2014, 3:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Impressions of IBM/SAM 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 7747

Re: Impressions of IBM/SAM 2014

Did I skim this too quickly or has there not been a mention of the "3D Lecture?" It was a lecture on kids' shows that actually bussed in children for a mini-performance by each of the lecturers to highlight children's reactions to the material. It was a really good idea and I found it a va...
by MJLauck
July 7th, 2014, 1:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Helping Joanie Spina
Replies: 2
Views: 1456

Helping Joanie Spina

I am not sure if this has been posted yet, if it has please forgive me. I asked those collecting money at the IBM/SAM Convention if there was a website or way to make online donations that I could pass along. There really is not a website yet, but PayPal donations can be made through at least the en...

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