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by MagicbyAlfred
March 23rd, 2017, 12:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

That was a great summary of Jim's life. Thank you! Yes, it was! Thanks! And thanks to Bill for his original posting that started this thread, giving us a chance to honor another bright Star in the Galaxy of Magic, who has left us to go to the Unknown Great Beyond, and who will definitely be missed
by MagicbyAlfred
March 21st, 2017, 12:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3373

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Ian, Happy (belated) Birthday; I will be sure to have a minimum of 3 fingers of Glenlivet 18 year old in your honor at my Bar gig tomorrow night...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 19th, 2017, 2:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

GOOD IDEA, LEONARD. THANKS! AND I DO OFTEN USE THE GAG WHEN I PLACE MY CLOSE UP MAT DOWN ON TABLE OR BAR, "THIS IS MY LITTLE STAGE. I ALSO SELL JEWELRY ON HERE - WHICH I GOT FROM THE OTHER TABLES - ALTHOUGH THEY MAY NOT KNOW IT YET." SO THAT WOULD COALESCE NICELY WITH THE JEWELER PATTER.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 19th, 2017, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

All right--thank you for clarifying that! Sure thing! I'm glad I could make it crystal clear. PS Yes, Leonard was correct in pointing out that Jim Zachary invented the hot rod. And an epic magical invention it was. It is nice that on the page for the color changing hot rod, Rings and Things gives c...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 19th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

It is definitely pink. I thought the same thing when I saw the photo. But no worries; it's as pink as pink can be.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 19th, 2017, 12:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

Leonard, Here is the link to the page from which I ordered my hot rod. https://www.rnt2.com/steel-hot-rod-color-changing-crystals.html Note that there is a drop-down menu on the page entitled, "CRYSTAL COLOR" from which you can select from the following colors for your color change: Blue ,...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 19th, 2017, 11:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

Thanks Leonard!
by MagicbyAlfred
March 19th, 2017, 12:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3373

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Ha! Go figure! I should have known!
by MagicbyAlfred
March 18th, 2017, 11:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3373

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Bob, Perhaps you should make another version of the Little Hand, except with the thumb, first finger, third finger and pinkie clenched in a fist, and send it to him as a "new prototype," custom made just for him, with your compliments. (Although he might well try to copy it and market it, ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 18th, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

Yes, RIP to Jim Zee. In addition to being a phenomenal dice stacker (he could routinely stack 15 or more dice) and the author of The Art of Dice Stacking , Jim was reputed to have made beautiful brass coin boxes. He also made many hot rods in his shop in Connecticut. For a good long time (I believe ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 18th, 2017, 2:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

Painting with an overly broad brush. Nice metaphor in a discussion about art. I don't think that anyone has suggested that art is not capable of definition, but rather that what constitutes art is inherently subjective and personal. Case in point: the differing viewpoints on this very thread as to w...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 18th, 2017, 1:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

Yes, understood, Bill. I think I was probably unduly defensive, in any event. And i completely agree with your point that any definition of art is personal and subjective.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 17th, 2017, 7:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

PS And in saying "I respect anyone else's right and freedom to express themselves in any way imaginable - or unimaginable etc." I mean the freedom of composer, pianist and audience of 4'33 as well as that of those expressing themselves on this Forum.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 17th, 2017, 7:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

oh, but i think you are mistaken. play the piece again and tell me honestly that there is 'no sound' i can tell you that is patently untrue. And must be untrue - in any condition on earth. the thing is, you may have listened. you definitely didn't hear. But sound is there.really listen. if you need...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 17th, 2017, 7:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

Arguing about "what is art" is pretty pointless, unless you know the other party wants to argue. If Alfred thinks Cage's piece isn't art, then it isn't art to him . But he doesn't get to make that call for anyone else. Here's another potential definition. Art is what an Artist uses to con...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 17th, 2017, 4:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

Just to clarify. I realized my opinion may have been too strongly stated and unduly harsh. I respect anyone else's right and freedom to express themselves in any way imaginable - or unimaginable (except of course the aforementioned serial killers(
by MagicbyAlfred
March 17th, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

why is it not music? what is music but sound organized by time? what makes art art? according to duchamp and others it is the artist's intention that conveys the condition of art. when we place a frame around an object it becomes something more than the object. is a birds song not music? what if th...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 17th, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

Richard, when you say a "piano performance" I must admit that I am confused. The "pianist" sat at the piano for over 6 minutes and never played a single note. I do not know what the point of this "performance" (actually non-performance) was. I am comfortable in saying i...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 17th, 2017, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

Alfred, I don't pretend to understand Derek's intent with "184 seconds" and haven't experience a performance of it, but when reading about it, it reminded me of one of composer John Cage's most famous compositions, "4' 33"". Here's a youtube video of a piano performance of ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 16th, 2017, 8:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

The extraordinarily lengthy New York Times Article in question begins as follows: "The magician Derek DelGaudio sat in a Hollywood art gallery with several decks of cards before him. It was a February evening in 2011, and he faced a well-dressed audience of art-world people, whom he was keen to...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 15th, 2017, 4:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

@Erdnasephile: "The one thing that bothers some folks about the Puerto Rican Triumph display is that it looks just a little too neat." I would presume that those folks are magicians, as opposed to layman. Neat or not, it reinforces what the spectator has just apparently witnessed: cards in...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 14th, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Bill Mullins wrote:
MagicbyAlfred wrote:
Bill Mullins wrote:Not really relevant to depression, though.


So then give us something that is.


I don't want to argue with you about it, so I'll just let the statement stand as it is. (which isn't really like me . . . )


But, you see, the statement you're letting stand was argumentative.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 14th, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: RE: Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

: "To go into a little more depth on these matters I would say that a person is hurt not so much by what happens as by their opinion of what happens. In other words it is not the situation that is important so much as how you perceive that situation. Your opinion of that situation. And your op...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 14th, 2017, 11:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

: "To go into a little more depth on these matters I would say that a person is hurt not so much by what happens as by their opinion of what happens. In other words it is not the situation that is important so much as how you perceive that situation. Your opinion of that situation. And your op...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 14th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Bill Mullins wrote:Not really relevant to depression, though.


So then give us something that is.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 14th, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

: "To go into a little more depth on these matters I would say that a person is hurt not so much by what happens as by their opinion of what happens. In other words it is not the situation that is important so much as how you perceive that situation. Your opinion of that situation. And your op...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 13th, 2017, 8:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Performer Wrote : "To go into a little more depth on these matters I would say that a person is hurt not so much by what happens as by their opinion of what happens. In other words it is not the situation that is important so much as how you perceive that situation. Your opinion of that situat...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 12th, 2017, 10:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1480

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

@Jkeyes1000: "Even if I managed to make good money I still wouldn't get the satisfaction of truly blowing people away."

IMHO, both are attainable...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 12th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1480

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

Erdnasephile, Yes, if we possessed real magical powers, it would indeed impact the choice of effects we would do. That is why I commented that I believed the strongest effects were those that come the closest to looking like real magic. In other words, we are attempting to simulate real magic withi...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 12th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1480

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

Erdnasephile, Yes, if we possessed real magical powers, it would indeed impact the choice of effects we would do. That is why I commented that I believed the strongest effects were those that come the closest to looking like real magic. In other words, we are attempting to simulate real magic within...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 11th, 2017, 7:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1480

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

I can only speak from my own personal experience (about 25 years) as a professional magician. Spectator reaction is generally the strongest to those tricks that come the closest to looking like what real magic would look like. When I say "come the closest" I mean that in very few, if any, ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 9th, 2017, 9:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

What I have learned, Jonathan - both factually about Daryl being abused as a child, and also about the psychological repercussions of such abuse - has helped me to understand how what at first seemed an inexplicable act could have occurred. While there are those of our members who have characterized...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 9th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

According to Daryl's wife, Daryl suffered horrendous physical abuse as a child at the hands of his mother, and suffered from severe depression, requiring medication throughout the 20 years of their relationship. I am no psychologist, but when I did some research into this issue, I learned that this ...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 4th, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Jonathan Townsend Wrote : "[Daryl's] triumph had that six way cut display that impressed folks." Yes, impressive to magicians, most all of whom do some iteration of Triumph. But a priceless weapon in the card arsenal for a magician performing for laymen. I can think of no better convincer...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 2nd, 2017, 9:05 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buying magic now, vs. then.
Replies: 8
Views: 442

Re: Buying magic now, vs. then.

I don't really know that the quality of the magic available in the brick and mortar stores has really gone downhill, and certainly there are a host of high quality magic books continuing to be written. I think it is more the entire holistic experience and the mystique of being physically able to vis...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 1st, 2017, 7:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Got choked up again reading that one. Michael Ammar - so classy and eloquent, another of our unique and special treasures...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 1st, 2017, 6:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: All Backs Routine
Replies: 40
Views: 4061

Re: All Backs Routine

My Favorite is "Shuffling Off the Spots," by Bill Malone - It's on Volume 1 of his 3-volume DVD, "Here I Go Again." Technically, it is an all-backs and all-faces routine. Can be done anywhere, anytime, with any deck. Like most everything Bill does, in his hands, it looks like a M...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 1st, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 9448

Re: Cups and Balls

... What prompted you to wonder or consider the idea of the 4 balls stuck together in the shape of a pyramid as a load? I've been going back to basics and looking for the magic in the tricks. I was thinking of the story about a youngster who takes off his hat and finds another underneath... - about...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 28th, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

I hadn't seen this particular performance in quite a while. It is Daryl at his most upbeat, charming, and entertaining best. Watching it again brought a big smile to my face. The Fooler Dooler video was one of my best all-time acquisitions in magic. This presentation definitely had an influence on m...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 28th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 164
Views: 20916

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

You are in a thick, heavy fog. Stay in bed. Pull the covers over your head. Don't want to hear words of encouragement. Especially from those you love. No one understands. Nothing brings pleasure. Robbed of things you once loved to do. Hopeless and overwhelmed. Things won't change. You just want the...

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