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by jamessmith
November 4th, 2017, 3:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Daring Escapes and Sensational Illusions
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Daring Escapes and Sensational Illusions

Hi John. This is a great book but has been available for a few months already. See the thread http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=49717&p=336363&hilit=mccord#p336363 here for more info. Certainly a recommended buy, especially for the price currently on Amazon.
by jamessmith
September 6th, 2017, 7:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 39
Views: 3457

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

There are so many facets to collecting that there are probably as many answers to "what's the point" as there are collectors. The real problem is that, regardless of your own personal "point", it is easy to forget what that point is and become totally absorbed! The reason is that...
by jamessmith
June 23rd, 2017, 5:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Library Search Engine
Replies: 3
Views: 658

Re: Library Search Engine

Libraries that are specifically strong in magic include: The British Library - not only many early imprints but also the Evanion collection - http://explore.bl.uk/ The Library of Congress - Houdini and McManus-Young collections - https://catalog.loc.gov/ Glasgow University - the Ferguson collection ...
by jamessmith
June 23rd, 2017, 4:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Library Search Engine
Replies: 3
Views: 658

Re: Library Search Engine

Worldcat is very useful but is not perfect. Quite often a library is recorded as having a copy of a book when it might, in fact, just be a microfilm or digitalised version. Always check the underlying library's own catalogue to make sure there is a physical book present (usually a call / shelf numbe...
by jamessmith
June 20th, 2017, 9:12 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Poster Book
Replies: 25
Views: 2628

Re: Magic Poster Book

I ordered the book from Amazon a couple of weeks ago and, as others have said, can confirm it is the same as the one available from the McCord Museum. There are in fact two different books available but the only difference is that one is in English and the other in French. Everything else about the ...
by jamessmith
May 1st, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Inheritance magic episode tonight
Replies: 2
Views: 964

Re: Strange Inheritance magic episode tonight

Does anyone know if this episode is available for playback anywhere? All I can find is the trailer.
by jamessmith
April 8th, 2017, 8:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 7177

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

And the point of a post that tells us nothing is?....
by jamessmith
August 29th, 2015, 11:24 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Robert-Houdin books
Replies: 16
Views: 2997

Re: Robert-Houdin books

He went into the bookshop to purchase Berthoud's Treatise on Clockmaking and ended up with the Dictionnaire Encyclopedique des Amusemens des Sciences, Mathématiques et Physiques.
by jamessmith
July 22nd, 2015, 6:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: David Copperfield Magic Museum Tour
Replies: 27
Views: 6094

Re: David Copperfield Magic Museum Tour

Hi Bill, I don’t disagree with any of your points. I am a collector of sorts (books too) but have not been at it as many years as most others I know so have only a very small number. I don’t doubt that any collector enjoys what they have (otherwise why would they bother?) and I have exactly those me...
by jamessmith
July 21st, 2015, 8:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: David Copperfield Magic Museum Tour
Replies: 27
Views: 6094

Re: David Copperfield Magic Museum Tour

Thank you, Richard. My "all and sundry" reference was meant to refer to the fact that Copperfield appears to collect across a wide range of materials (apparatus, books, posters, correspondence, association pieces) as opposed to Jay who (I think) primarily specialises in printed matter. It ...
by jamessmith
July 21st, 2015, 7:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: David Copperfield Magic Museum Tour
Replies: 27
Views: 6094

Re: David Copperfield Magic Museum Tour

A few years ago I read that Ricky Jay once said of the David Copperfield collection: "It's like an Elvis imitator owning Graceland." Don't blame Jay for someone else's words. The quotation, in context , should read: "A friend of Jay’s who also knew Copperfield said to me later, “Davi...
by jamessmith
July 25th, 2014, 7:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bad Writing
Replies: 23
Views: 5499

Re: Bad Writing

If you spend any time researching old newspapers you will find magical terms misused left, right and centre. The phrase "political legerdemain" is particularly annoying and goes back to the 17th century even though it has nothing to do with actual sleight of hand. Annoying, I know, but not...
by jamessmith
July 25th, 2014, 7:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conjuring Credits Website
Replies: 10
Views: 3049

Re: Conjuring Credits Website

This is a really important contribution to magic's history and the provenance of effects. Thanks to Denis Behr and the other contributors. An open question to all involved: is it possible to upload images? I would be happy to upload copies of original (out of copyright) sources that I have and it wo...

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