Search found 2099 matches

by performer
September 20th, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Blue Crown - Help contact
Replies: 16
Views: 1673

Re: The Blue Crown - Help contact

I see they have a facebook page where various people are complaining but there are also people giving advice on computer matters to get things to work. It might be worth those of you who have issues to give that place a visit. Perhaps you can even send them a facebook message. Aha! I have an idea! I...
by performer
September 20th, 2017, 6:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Blue Crown - Help contact
Replies: 16
Views: 1673

Re: The Blue Crown - Help contact

What the hell is wrong with them? They are going to go out of business very soon if they carry on like that. If and probably when they do I would advise them to start up under another name and get it right the next time.
by performer
September 18th, 2017, 10:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Blue Crown - Help contact
Replies: 16
Views: 1673

Re: The Blue Crown - Help contact

I am astonished at how many people sell magic merchandise online end up not sending the goods. It is incredible how frequent it is. And it is nothing new either. Even before the internet there were very established names in magic selling their material by mail order and not sending the goods. It is ...
by performer
September 16th, 2017, 8:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2054

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

I have done literally hundreds of stage hypnotism shows and naturally am rather good at it. I am no Reveen but I get by very well indeed. In fact i sell a course on the matter for a mere $150. It is a hard copy set of three DVDs and an audio CD. Just contact me privately. However, if you wish to mak...
by performer
September 16th, 2017, 8:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2054

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

Bob Farmer wrote:
I don't know why the Hypnosis Act was repealed, but maybe I had a bit to do with that.


Actually no. I got the law repealed single handedly. I have powers you know. The whole story is described in my most worthy memoirs, "The Lives of a Showman.
by performer
September 16th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Skinner in Europe 1974
Replies: 4
Views: 863

Re: Skinner in Europe 1974

I think that the closest you will get to information on the lecture is from the pdf that is included with The Skinner Talks Set that Richard Kaufman released a few years back. As for pictures from the lecture etc.. I don't remember ever seeing any. That doesn't mean that there weren't any taken of ...
by performer
September 16th, 2017, 4:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rachel Colombini...
Replies: 9
Views: 1594

Re: Rachel Colombini...

You know, there is just a chance, perhaps only a small one that she is still alive and reading this. If she is still in a state of grieving and distress then this is what I would suggest to her. Losing a spouse is a terrible thing and can turn your entire life upside down. You just might want to get...
by performer
September 15th, 2017, 1:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"

Damn! I wish there were English subtitles so I could understand that! I can actually do the svengali deck in Dutch but I had no idea what the hell I was saying. The Dutch found it amusing though and THEY understood it! But alas I cannot speak Dutch and although I know a few words they were both spea...
by performer
September 15th, 2017, 12:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Misdirection does not exist"

I actually purchased a book once owned by him. It was the "Magician Nitely" by Jerry Mentzer based on the work of Eddie Fechter. I bought it from a magic dealer in Haarlem near Amsterdam. It was second hand. I saw the handwritten inscription inside with the name and address of Josh Bemelma...
by performer
September 14th, 2017, 9:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2054

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

I heard that his hypnotism show always went well particularly in the Maritimes but for some reason the results in Toronto were more lukewarm. Or so I was told by people that knew him. I am not sure if they were referring to the show itself or the box office receipts. It seems he preferred to do the ...
by performer
September 14th, 2017, 5:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rachel Colombini...
Replies: 9
Views: 1594

Re: Rachel Colombini...

Maybe it is just me but there is something about the tone of this thread which is making me uncomfortable.
by performer
September 14th, 2017, 3:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2054

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

Yep. I actually saw Reveen do the Knight's tour live. It was the best I have ever seen do it. Mind you the fact that I have never seen anyone else do it may have some bearing on that matter! However, I do have a little story regarding the matter. It happened a long, long time ago at some convention ...
by performer
September 13th, 2017, 12:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2054

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

I never saw his hypnosis show but I certainly saw his illusion show. I thought it was easily the best full evening illusion show I had ever seen. Far better than John Calvert or Sorcar Jr. The only thing I have seen to match it was Kio at the Moscow State Circus which I was enthralled at as a kid.
by performer
September 13th, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Most if not all of the card sleights I do can be done at the dinner or in fact any kind of table. Offhand I can't think of any that can't. It has never even crossed my mind.
by performer
September 11th, 2017, 4:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is the Florida Hotel being affected by the hurricane?
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: Is the Florida Hotel being affected by the hurricane?

I couldn't live in places like Texas and Florida. Apart from the danger of getting shot too many hurricanes for my liking. At least in Canada you only die from frostbite and hypothermia.
by performer
August 29th, 2017, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4849

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

The worst thing someone can do and unfortunately, do all too often, is to talk themselves to death which tortures the audience. The magician may like their story but it's selfish to make your audience listen to it. Just do the darn trick already and stop boring those poor people! :roll: I believe t...
by performer
August 29th, 2017, 1:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4849

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

My first instinct was to say that you should never recite patter you have learned from a book but then I suddenly realised that I do not practice what I preach. To my alarm I have noticed that I do use rather a lot of the patter in the Royal Road to Card Magic. However, the difference is that I do n...
by performer
August 27th, 2017, 7:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1087

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

This issue has been a part of the linking rings for generations. See, for instance, the Laurant routine in Tarbell 4, and more recently, this wonderful approach: https://youtu.be/Slq959dZ1Z0 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I HATE that approach! Magic is supposed to be a secret art. I keep thinki...
by performer
August 27th, 2017, 6:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1087

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

I think it is better if a layman doesn't know there is a slit in the first place. Of course I am not practicing what I preach since this place comes up in search engines and I have just given the game away. Still, I am getting old and will be dead soon so I don't give a stuff any more. Now the Richa...
by performer
August 26th, 2017, 9:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1087

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

I haven't read the article thoroughly but will later. However, T.A. Waters may well have had a point. When I was around 12 years old before I even took up magic I saw a magician do the rings on stage. He did not have them examined in the same way that Richard Ross in the linked video did not have th...
by performer
August 24th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Blue Crown - Help contact
Replies: 16
Views: 1673

Re: The Blue Crown - Help contact

They must know about this thread by now. Why don't they respond on here? The worst thing you can do in these kind of situations is say nothing. Customers will put up with a lot but one thing makes them more agitated than anything and that is silence. Even if you explain there has been a screw up or ...
by performer
August 23rd, 2017, 5:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 1891

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

I suspect it was compiled by Rufus Steele and WRITTEN by Robert Parrish. This blurb about another book where Steele and Parrish were involved seems to confirm this. Here is the relevant paragraph: "The prolific author of conjuring Robert Parrish is credited with only editing the book, but it wa...
by performer
August 23rd, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 1891

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

I once read somewhere that Robert Parrish wrote at least some of the Rufus Steele books. I have no idea if this is true or not.
by performer
August 23rd, 2017, 12:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 1891

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

I swear I read it or something similar in Scarne on Card Tricks but I may be imagining it. I will have to check.
by performer
August 23rd, 2017, 12:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 1891

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

The main thing is to have the second deck handy. Oddly enough for psychological reasons this makes it more unlikely you will fail the first time since you will have more confidence since you know that you have a back up if all else fails.
by performer
August 22nd, 2017, 10:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 1891

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

I thought I answered this. Have an extra deck all set up, make some excuse and then start again with the fresh deck and try not to screw it up this time. What excuse you may say? Dunno. I shall leave that up to you. Any bloody thing. As I am typing I am thinking of something now. Just say "ouch...
by performer
August 21st, 2017, 4:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

[quote="MagicbyAlfred"][b And I would wager 10 desserts that Performer would have won her over within 30 seconds.[/quote I have done it many times. And on the rare occasion (I don't remember any) that I haven't I would cut my losses. If there was no reaction before 45 seconds at the most I...
by performer
August 21st, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Another small but important point seems to have been missed. Naturally not everyone has my wonderful talent of getting reactions from laymen in under 30 seconds and having them worship me and want to build statues in my name. So why didn't they cut their losses when they could see quite quickly that...
by performer
August 21st, 2017, 6:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Dear Bill, Please do not regret your post. What it raised is a very important point that deserves its own thread. Earlier I mentioned that it is the context of the situation that we often fins ourselves in. Here it is being in the position of 'A Performing Pig'. "Right Magic Boy, show me a tri...
by performer
August 21st, 2017, 5:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I 3. My reluctance to post further on the event is because no matter what I say, I fully expect Mark to pontificate further about how he is a master at reading an audience and getting a reaction and is an all-around better magician than anyone else in the world, and this wouldn't have happened to h...
by performer
August 21st, 2017, 5:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

PickaCard wrote:Nothing is quite a low as being asked to take your card that appeared from the magician's butt... Derek Hughes did it a Genii... Disgusting.


I feel quite faint...............................
by performer
August 20th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Oh, don't mention that utterly horrific ding dong trick! That is even worse that the card from fly! I still remember Glenn Bishop relating a tale of how his father was hired for a trade show that Albert Goshman had worked the year before. Goshman was no longer hired since he was daft enough to show ...
by performer
August 20th, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Both Mac King and Tom Mullica do (did) the Card from Fly. It is/was a highlight in their acts. I don't give a stuff whether it was a highlight in their act or not. Bad taste is bad taste. I feel very strongly about this. I don't care how successful a performer is or how much money he makes ,the ver...
by performer
August 20th, 2017, 8:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Both Mac King and Tom Mullica do (did) the Card from Fly. It is/was a highlight in their acts. In the context of a professional performance. I don't care whether it is a professional performance or not. It is dowright disgusting and should never be done under any circumstances no matter how much th...
by performer
August 20th, 2017, 8:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

AJM wrote:I always thought the Card from Fly looked a little out of place in Mac's show.

Andrew


Agreed. Quite disgraceful.
by performer
August 20th, 2017, 6:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I am still unclear about one little detail. Bill's description was actually quite good and I could visualise the scene quite well particularly as I have seen the performers in question work. However, there was one tiny detail which was unclear and I would appreciate clarification. When the cashier w...
by performer
August 19th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Matthew Field wrote:This thread makes me sick.


Indeed. I get the same feeling when I visit the Magic Circle.
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 9:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I am sure I will get all beaten up by criticizing these famous magicians, but why the hell would you do a pick/remember a card trick in this situation?! If a beginner in magic does that I understand. But these pros? If you want to do a card trick in this situation you do a color change, or a twisti...
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

It sounds like the cashier's focus was diverted when Williamson offered a bet that would allow him to escape paying for part of his bill. From that point on, her focus may well have been entirely on her register not coming up short of its expected cash total, which depended on her not being tricked...
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 3878

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I know it may sound odd coming from me of all people but the key to this particular situation is humility. You don't show how good you are. You show how humble you are. Even how slightly embarrassed you are. You let them underestimate you and then you go in for the kill. But I lied when I said this ...

Go to advanced search