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by castawaydave
March 26th, 2012, 8:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Online and Winging Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 14
Views: 2017

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now Online and Winging Its Way to Your Mailbox

Arrived in Central California today.

VIVA Tony Giorgio and Dr. Krenzel!!
by castawaydave
March 24th, 2012, 1:35 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Derek Dingle, John Scarne
Replies: 52
Views: 7057

Re: Derek Dingle, John Scarne

EHO posted: "But is there any other field where you can participate in a de facto conversation like this one, with people of similar stature?"

Well observed, Sir.
by castawaydave
March 23rd, 2012, 5:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS:Houdini, Weber, Garcia, Jennings, Klause,
Replies: 3
Views: 1220

Re: FS:Houdini, Weber, Garcia, Jennings, Klause,

Both Michael Weber items, and Guy Hollingworth VHS tape "Routines" have all sold. Many thanks gentlemen.

Watch this space for price reductions and several new items coming soon!
by castawaydave
March 12th, 2012, 12:06 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS:Houdini, Weber, Garcia, Jennings, Klause,
Replies: 3
Views: 1220

Re: FS:Houdini, Weber, Garcia, Jennings, Klause,

Both Michael Weber items on hold.
by castawaydave
March 10th, 2012, 6:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS:Houdini, Weber, Garcia, Jennings, Klause,
Replies: 3
Views: 1220

FS:Houdini, Weber, Garcia, Jennings, Klause,

For Sale here: 1. The first lecture ever given by the "Literary Fellowship" winning Michael Weber took place in 1982 at a charming, lamented, one-day convention, formerly held in the small Northern California town of Penngrove. Offered here: a true coup for Weber collectors and aficionados...
by castawaydave
April 11th, 2011, 8:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across w/ ring
Replies: 11
Views: 2256

Re: Coins Across w/ ring

I have a clip of Doug Henning on Merv Griffin circa 1978, performing 3 coins across; each traveling invisibly one at a time from hand to hand to join his "magic ring" with a clink. He finishes w/Han Ping Chien causing three to fly at same time--Merv is stunned, and Angie Dickinson audibly ...
by castawaydave
March 25th, 2011, 3:15 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Jonathan Pendragon's T&R Cig paper
Replies: 0
Views: 2287

Jonathan Pendragon's T&R Cig paper

Wanted to say how much I'm enjoying learning Mr. Pendragon's treatment of this classic; a real example of how little things add up (when all those little things have been so carefully thought out & so suavely orchestrated) to make something really impactful and memorable. Thanks very much for ex...
by castawaydave
March 3rd, 2011, 4:36 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH: Michael Weber's "Open & Shut Case"
Replies: 1
Views: 759

FSH: Michael Weber's "Open & Shut Case"

For Sale One "Open & Shut Case" by Michael Weber--includes zippered leather case, mini pad-lock w/key, and red instruction sheet signed by Mr. Weber. Condition is like new. $125.00 + $5.00 shipping in U.S. (International shipping cost would be calculated if necessary.) Paypal preferred...
by castawaydave
March 3rd, 2011, 4:12 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 2764

Re: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?

Weak to begin with, if the tissue gets too much moisture on it (i.e., in mouth too long before production) spots along the streamer can turn to mush and be damnedly hard to unfurl intact.
by castawaydave
January 26th, 2011, 9:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam goes to Bimbos
Replies: 15
Views: 2854

Re: Sam goes to Bimbos

Kent: thank you for that. :^D Speaking as a guy who was practically weaned on Herb Caen (admittedly not a pretty image but True); --a guy who spent at least some part of most of the best dates in his life on the steps--one side or the other--of Telegraph Hill (here's one for those who remember: The ...
by castawaydave
January 9th, 2011, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: From Swazi Observer; "The Kingdom's lone magician..."
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Re: From Swazi Observer; "The Kingdom's lone magician..."

Indeed, have come to learn that Swaziland is in the south of Africa, nearly surrounded by South Africa, and at only 8,300 miles (13,300 kilometers) away, is practically next door. :^D
by castawaydave
January 8th, 2011, 6:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: From Swazi Observer; "The Kingdom's lone magician..."
Replies: 2
Views: 639

From Swazi Observer; "The Kingdom's lone magician..."

An interesting article from the Kingdom of Swaziland, South Africa--with a good closing line :grin:

http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=19542
by castawaydave
December 14th, 2010, 10:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Amazon: "$80 sell back Taschen MAGIC book"
Replies: 2
Views: 1323

Amazon: "$80 sell back Taschen MAGIC book"

Received an email from Amazon this morning offering me $80 if I would sell my copy of the Giant Taschen book MAGIC 1400-1950s
by castawaydave
October 10th, 2010, 2:52 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH: Rare Michael Weber "Open & Shut Case", and others
Replies: 1
Views: 750

Re: FSH: Rare Michael Weber "Open & Shut Case", and others

These items are no longer for sale.
by castawaydave
October 9th, 2010, 3:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH: Rare Michael Weber "Open & Shut Case", and others
Replies: 1
Views: 750

FSH: Rare Michael Weber "Open & Shut Case", and others

For sale here: Michael Weber's "Open & Shut Case", in like-new condition. --Includes small zippered leather pouch, mini padlock, key, and red instruction sheet signed by Mr. Weber. These are very rarely offered for sale. This one was obtained the day of Mr. Weber's 1st lecture which to...
by castawaydave
August 17th, 2010, 3:34 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Question: prices for Houdini, early Weber items?
Replies: 0
Views: 341

Question: prices for Houdini, early Weber items?

Hoping this is the proper place to ask If anyone can help estimate reasonable values/prices for the items below. Any and all guidance would be greatly appreciated.* Three early Michael Weber items: --1st lecture notes: "The Penngrove Connection" (1983); printed on red paper to thwart the x...
by castawaydave
May 16th, 2010, 7:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Whatever Became of the Genii Forum?
Replies: 50
Views: 6962

Re: Whatever Became of the Genii Forum?

"writers who are willing to post something of value"--ouch

In the old days the Dark Fascist Overlord used to call this a non-sequitor video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wfamPW3Eaw
by castawaydave
May 5th, 2010, 7:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vortex by Tom Stone
Replies: 33
Views: 8044

Re: Vortex by Tom Stone

Thank you erdnasephile, *BUMP* made my day.

Tom Stone KICKS ASS!
by castawaydave
April 14th, 2010, 2:36 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: My Show Name (Tom Stone's challenge from his February column)
Replies: 43
Views: 14281

Re: My Show Name (Tom Stone's challenge from his February column)

I'm in: "Lessons from a Life Behind Bars"

Thank you Tom!
by castawaydave
September 2nd, 2009, 4:34 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magician (almost nightly) in Visalia California
Replies: 1
Views: 681

Magician (almost nightly) in Visalia California

Greetings fraters! I am pleased to announce that I am now tending bar and (when time allows) doing close-up magic at "Jack and Charlie's"--a cool little art deco speakeasy in the basement of the old county jail, at 204 East Oak Avenue, Visalia California (559) 738-5752. All magicians who l...
by castawaydave
February 21st, 2009, 3:37 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: David Regal's "Approaching Magic"
Replies: 89
Views: 36444

Re: David Regal's "Approaching Magic"

"Amstel Heavy" is my new opener: "The Good Sh**" is a sure-fire laugh, it packs flat, is easy to do, and kills spectators dead.

What a great book. Thank you David.
by castawaydave
February 11th, 2009, 6:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who will be the next David Copperfield?
Replies: 132
Views: 23857

Re: Who will be the next David Copperfield?

What betting-line can we get for the proposition that "the Kid talking about his purchases from Penguin" defies the odds and ends up becoming the next David Copperfield? We've all heard of the diehard fan (or Vegas tourist on a whim) who puts down a little bet on some obscure team at huge ...
by castawaydave
February 11th, 2009, 3:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quote
Replies: 184
Views: 46874

Re: Best Quote

"Classic: a book which people praise and don't read." --Mark Twain in "Following the Equator". [In a 1900 speech called "The Disappearance of Literature" he also said, "A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."] Thus, ...
by castawaydave
February 5th, 2009, 8:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cool new juggling idea
Replies: 11
Views: 2333

Re: Cool new juggling idea

The juggling inside a cone reminded me of this other chap juggling inside a triangle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjHoedoSUXY
by castawaydave
January 30th, 2009, 4:25 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Librarium Magicum: A Visit to the Old Bailey – Parts III & IV
Replies: 9
Views: 2080

Re: Librarium Magicum: A Visit to the Old Bailey – Parts III & IV

Indeed, thank you--very interesting. "... after my watch was gone, I could get from them very easy then." Classic. Matthew Buchinger was mind-boggling BEFORE reading the above. Each new thing one learns about him FURTHER boggles the mind; an endlessly fascinating character. --And what must...
by castawaydave
January 27th, 2009, 12:57 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: N.Y. Times review of new documentary "Man on Wire"--about Philippe Petit & twin towers
Replies: 14
Views: 7004

Re: N.Y. Times review of new documentary "Man on Wire"--about Philippe Petit & twin towers

Monseur Petit is scheduled to appear on "The Colbert Report" tonight.
by castawaydave
January 15th, 2009, 9:09 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: But if leading experts agree that...
Replies: 2
Views: 1133

Re: But if leading experts agree that...

Jonathan: I was going to thank you for that article, which struck me as interesting--instead, will wait and gauge reaction.
--Later you'll either get kudos and thanks OR a tongue lashing for linking such a horrible article.
by castawaydave
January 7th, 2009, 3:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry versus 'magic'
Replies: 49
Views: 6762

Re: Cardistry versus 'magic'

Originally posted by Spike: "...a classic pass while somersaulting over the spectator".

Ingenious: The BIG move really would cover the small move. --With the right dismount, you could fry people.
by castawaydave
January 6th, 2009, 1:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry versus 'magic'
Replies: 49
Views: 6762

Re: Cardistry versus 'magic'

Originally posted by Cugel, "(gag)". Well put. Stephen Minch wrote what may be the definitive essay on this subject, "In Praise of the Lowly Flourish". It is in a very good but long out-of-print and now forgotten little book of magic by Daryl called "For Your Entertainment P...
by castawaydave
January 2nd, 2009, 4:27 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Unwedding Ring (January 2009) - video
Replies: 6
Views: 4286

Re: Unwedding Ring (January 2009) - video

Thank you Joe; very nice indeed.

Jim was right about Mr. Gardner's chuckle...and I'll wager you'll never forget, "Whose is that?" "That's mine." "That's great!"
by castawaydave
December 30th, 2008, 3:03 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: "Magicians Only" clip from "Arrested Development"
Replies: 3
Views: 1518

"Magicians Only" clip from "Arrested Development"

Hee hee--A friend just sent this:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/1958/arrested ... s-p9-st-i1

--Is the "chanukkah cookie from eye" effect in print anywhere? :^D
by castawaydave
December 30th, 2008, 2:40 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Best trick published in Genii, 2008
Replies: 10
Views: 4027

Re: Best trick published in Genii, 2008

John Ramsay's "Partial Penetrating Coin", pg. 58, November 2008 issue.
by castawaydave
December 30th, 2008, 2:38 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Favorite issue of 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 4392

Re: Favorite issue of 2008

The Patrick Martin issue.

--w/Steve Cohen and Dai Vernon issues tied as very close runners up.

A difficult question:
2008 may have been the best year of Genii ever.
by castawaydave
December 21st, 2008, 6:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel Believe Buzz
Replies: 446
Views: 139164

Re: Criss Angel Believe Buzz

Criss Angel is #5 on a list of 10 items in an "L.A. Times" article called "Best & Worst 2008: The Year in Vegas"... A photo (linked below) is accompanied by this blurb: "The most anticipated show of the year was the collaboration between Cirque and new-wave magician Cris...

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