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by Jack Shalom
September 21st, 2017, 3:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dealt: Richard Turner
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Dealt: Richard Turner

I saw the film Dealt today, the new documentary by Luke Korem about Richard Turner. It's a wonderful film. It's a film even your magic-neutral Significant Other will enjoy. Yes, it's about card magic, seconds, false shuffles, but it's so much more. It's a movie about card magic the way Searching For...
by Jack Shalom
September 10th, 2017, 8:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stack copyright question
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Stack copyright question

Over at the Green Place there is a discussion going on whether a stack arrangement such as Aronson or Tamariz can be copyrighted. Clearly books, instructions describing the stack can be copyrighted, but what about the stack itself? My understanding about copyright is that it only protects a specific...
by Jack Shalom
September 2nd, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bill Bixby The Magician
Replies: 23
Views: 2963

Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

One of the Amazon comments: "Ordered my set straight from VEI, and got it on August 21. Print quality is quite good, particularly given that they squeezed 6 episodes on to each disc. Normal amount of visual artifacts for material of this vintage (actually, less than I would have expected). Epis...
by Jack Shalom
August 31st, 2017, 12:59 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August
Replies: 9
Views: 664

Re: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August

British cryptic style puzzle clue:

gen=information (yup, look it up)
11=eleven
genii=spirits
by Jack Shalom
August 30th, 2017, 7:37 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August
Replies: 9
Views: 664

Re: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August

gen(11)
by Jack Shalom
August 23rd, 2017, 6:45 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1646

Re: Stars of Magic

Photoshop magic no help here? No customized plug-in for this kind of thing? Just asking.
by Jack Shalom
August 18th, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 1976

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

You can do what Simon Lovell used to do--do the whole shuffled deck story impromptu for real. I saw him do it twice in a row.

By the way didn't he also have a story deck for children--Who Killed Lilly Longlegs or something like that?
by Jack Shalom
August 15th, 2017, 9:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hip Hip Replacement!
Replies: 15
Views: 1506

Re: Hip Hip Replacement!

Best of luck. May it go smoothly.
by Jack Shalom
August 12th, 2017, 9:12 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1274

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

Or is creating videos exposing to the "method = secret crowd" considered just another way of "performing magic?"

That sounds about right to me.
by Jack Shalom
August 9th, 2017, 8:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 2736

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

It might be a nice impromptu restaurant or coffee house trick if done with sugar packets, although the thickness and height of the piles might give it away or facilitate counting. (Or, perhaps artificial sweetener packets might be better than sugar, since they are thinner). Has anyone ever done it ...
by Jack Shalom
August 9th, 2017, 8:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson book pre-order
Replies: 8
Views: 1170

Johnny Thompson book pre-order

It ain't cheap, but it may be my only magic purchase for 2017:

http://www.magicana.com/buy/publication ... ublication
by Jack Shalom
July 29th, 2017, 12:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Details of Deception
Replies: 0
Views: 407

Details of Deception

Hi,

You may be interested in my review of Greg Chapman's new book, Details of Deception, which I just posted here:

https://jackshalom.net/2017/07/29/givin ... deception/
by Jack Shalom
July 21st, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 23906

Re: Jennings 67

I liked some of his Monte moves.
by Jack Shalom
July 17th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Landau
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Re: Martin Landau

Weren't they married to one another?
by Jack Shalom
July 16th, 2017, 6:19 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 94
Views: 11999

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

IT'S A COOKBOOK!
by Jack Shalom
July 14th, 2017, 7:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 2085

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

Wow. Breathtaking.

If the copyright holders were generous enough to consider publication, it would keep Richard busy for at least another dozen decades.
by Jack Shalom
July 13th, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 54
Views: 19217

Re: DeLand

Nice to hear. Thank you.
by Jack Shalom
July 12th, 2017, 6:58 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 54
Views: 19217

Re: DeLand

Richard,

Back in the halcyon days of 2012 you mentioned that the book would include a 56 card deck. Is that still in the works?
by Jack Shalom
July 11th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 3271

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

I suspect the Jack was for our benefit. As were the saliva and the corner displays. :)
by Jack Shalom
July 8th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Catalogue Writers
Replies: 0
Views: 257

Catalogue Writers

Who wrote the copy for the Tannen's catalogues and Top Hat Topics in the 60s? Did the manufacturers supply it, or did someone in-house do the write-ups?
by Jack Shalom
July 4th, 2017, 6:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2957

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

Maybe they should have added a tag line to the ad saying something like: "Beats working on a prison chain gang in Mississippi..."

You really think they should lie about it?
by Jack Shalom
July 3rd, 2017, 8:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4485

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Lots of iPad and screen/live performer synchronization magic going on today.

No idea if Copperfield's Portal actually uses camera trickery, but evidently the possibility is strong enough to kill the enjoyment for some.
by Jack Shalom
July 3rd, 2017, 6:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4485

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

So anyone want to take on Copperfield and the Statue of Liberty? Any different from erasing the statue from the video in post-production?
by Jack Shalom
July 2nd, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4485

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Certainly Mark Wilson offered disclaimers about camera trickery, and Marc Salem offered $10000 to those who could prove the use of stooges in his show. And for some--but not all--of the public, those distinctions continue to be important for their enjoyment. From my perspective, what guys like Zach ...
by Jack Shalom
June 25th, 2017, 3:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 21369

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Didn't know Jim Croce was into magic :D
by Jack Shalom
June 21st, 2017, 12:48 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3807

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 trust...
by Jack Shalom
June 20th, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3807

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Is it just me or has this show become unwatchable? I found tonight's show excruciating in the producer's shameless and cheesy emotional manipulation.
by Jack Shalom
June 16th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3807

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 Jack Shalom
June 15th, 2017, 8:22 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3807

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Uhh.. I think the answer was already given by a certain landmark.
by Jack Shalom
June 15th, 2017, 5:42 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3807

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Steve Bryant wrote:What do you do for a follow-up?

Triplets? :o
by Jack Shalom
June 14th, 2017, 9:11 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3807

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Except for some clumsy matching issues with the balloons, I really enjoyed that. Thanks.
by Jack Shalom
June 8th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7978

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 Jack Shalom
June 7th, 2017, 2:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7978

Re: America's Got Talent performance

He didn't fool them (in any magic sense) he dazzled them, wowed them, showed them something they'd never seen before but 10 seconds looking at the online public comments shows that he didn't fool them. So which of those posts were correct, since many contradicted one another, or couldn't have been,...
by Jack Shalom
June 6th, 2017, 6:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7978

Re: America's Got Talent performance

I don't agree that in Tsai's case non-magicians are led to the method. I am not even convinced that magicians know the full method. Yes, magicians can probably speculate correctly on some of the principles used, but does anyone think they have a blow by blow account of what happened? I think there's...
by Jack Shalom
June 4th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: David Blaine
Replies: 3
Views: 923

Re: David Blaine

Very interesting. Thanks.
by Jack Shalom
June 4th, 2017, 8:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5072

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

But even that example misses the point. It is common for a language to use words from another and to adapt them to the sound of the borrower's language; what is unique here (very unique?) is wanting to pronounce the word in some way that is imagined to be more authentically like the source language,...
by Jack Shalom
June 3rd, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5072

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

I think Max Maven once said, perhaps with tongue in cheek, that even though the English word is pronounced ek-wi-voke, when using it in the conjuring sense, wouldn't it be nice to reserve the fake French pronunciation for the magical meaning.
by Jack Shalom
May 31st, 2017, 8:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5072

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Marlo. Stress on first or second syllable?

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