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Best Wishes for Patrick Albanese

Spotted this on MSNBC.com. I had no idea this happened to poor Patrick. Let's wish him all the best!: THE LINK <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27774859/">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27774859/</a><!-- m --> THE STORY Hand model, magician sues over snipped finger Iowa m...
by malbright
11/18/08 08:38 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Best Wishes for Patrick Albanese
Replies: 0
Views: 866

TV Magician Almost Raped at Magic Castle Hotel

So says the headline on TMZ.com. Yikes. Story goes on to read: TMZ has learned that a female magician -- part of an ensemble of magicians who were supposed to teach celebrities magic tricks -- was a victim of attempted rape at a landmark Hollywood hotel. The cast and crew were staying at the Magic C...
by malbright
09/21/07 07:29 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TV Magician Almost Raped at Magic Castle Hotel
Replies: 22
Views: 817

Re: Bruce Cervon Has Died

The first time I ever saw a magic show in-person I was almost 12 years old. A magician who befriended me snuck me into the Castle on a Sunday night, where I waited in the backstage area of the Close-Up Gallery until each show began. That magician was Bruce, and his was the first show of the evening....
by malbright
05/26/07 02:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon Has Died
Replies: 28
Views: 9397

Jerome Murat Performance

A friend sent me this link to a rather lovely performance, and I thought you folks might enjoy it. If it's old news, please forgiveI have never seen him before: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=748_1178887991">http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=748_1178887991</a><!-- m ...
by malbright
05/12/07 05:59 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jerome Murat Performance
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Magicians sue over revealed tricks

Just saw this on the wire: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_on_re_as/japan_angry_magicians_1">http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070501/ap_ ... agicians_1</a><!-- m --> Assuming they were to win, the 49 magicians will be splitting $16,000, which works out to about...
by malbright
05/01/07 06:15 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians sue over revealed tricks
Replies: 14
Views: 1115

Re: Max Maven to Undergo Heart Surgery Monday

Max,
My very best thoughts are with you, my friend. Wishing you a speedy and comfortable recovery and looking forward to an even stronger and more vociferous Max than ever.

With much affection ...

- Michael
by malbright
04/22/07 01:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven to Undergo Heart Surgery Monday
Replies: 133
Views: 30394

Re: Magic Fungus

After I decided to take the wise advice offered on this Forum, I researched dehumidifiers like crazy and finally settled on this model: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.amazon.com/Soleus-Air-CFM-40-Dehumidifier-Humidistat/dp/B00009RAVO/ref=pd_bbs_10/104-6152150-9630330?ie=UTF8&s=ho...
by malbright
04/01/07 07:56 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Fungus
Replies: 26
Views: 578

Re: Magic Fungus

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who responded. You were a major help. I purchased dehumidifers and humidity gauges, and it's made a world of difference. I was fortunate in that the infestation was minor, but it was definitely on the road to being a major disaster. As usual, the Genii comm...
by malbright
03/10/07 09:45 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Fungus
Replies: 26
Views: 578

Re: Magic Fungus

OK, now we're getting somewhere. Dehumidifiers. Check.

Any other thoughts? How do the rest of you deal with this, and how do you clean it off/kill it?

Thanks!
by malbright
02/17/07 10:43 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Fungus
Replies: 26
Views: 578

Re: Magic Fungus

Actually, I live pretty close to the beach so humidity is a big problem. As is the fact that I have enormous bookshelves all over the house. I'm thinking I should encase the place in a giant ziploc house bag with several thousand silica pouches. Mr. K: That mold on the old issues of The Conjurer. If...
by malbright
02/17/07 09:48 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Fungus
Replies: 26
Views: 578

Re: Magic Fungus

Expert Coin Magicespecially the clamshell.

Most of the affflicted books have exiled to another part of the house and hermetically sealed, so at the moment I can't recall if there are any others ... but probably. :(
by malbright
02/17/07 03:26 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Fungus
Replies: 26
Views: 578

Magic Fungus

Several of my contemporary books are starting to develop those dreadful small white patches of fungii on the covers. What do you recommend to get rid of it, and how do you prevent it? I've learned a lot through my googling, but I would be interested in hearing from you collectors out there what your...
by malbright
02/17/07 02:59 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Fungus
Replies: 26
Views: 578

Re: The Vernon Touch

Following up on my last posting, Mr. Verner and Mr. Ben were kind enough to send us their comments and corrections pertaining to a number of captions in the book. Neither individual has gone through the volume with a fine tooth comb, but they obviously spent some serious time putting together their ...
by malbright
10/18/06 04:23 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Vernon Touch
Replies: 70
Views: 10266

Re: The Vernon Touch

Mr. Verner, My apologies. Earlier you said the book was "far from error free" and that many of the captions are "screwed up." That did not sound microscopic to me. Nor has our team nor our readers been able to find a plethora of errors. We have found 13 typos and 1 factual error,...
by malbright
10/18/06 07:08 AM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Vernon Touch
Replies: 70
Views: 10266

Re: The Vernon Touch

Ted, Happily. Other than what Mr. Verner might point out, here's a complete list of all the factual errors we have found so far: On page 275 the caption says, "1942." It should say, "1932." When I have compiled the other revisions, I will make sure to advise everyone of anything ...
by malbright
10/17/06 08:10 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Vernon Touch
Replies: 70
Views: 10266

Re: The Vernon Touch

Mr. Verner, I was part of the large team that put this book together. It was a great honor to be involved. We would be extremely appreciative to learn about any errors or omissions you find. Your comments would be invaluable! Rather than post your corrections here, I invite and encourage you, and an...
by malbright
10/17/06 05:57 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Vernon Touch
Replies: 70
Views: 10266

Re: The Vernon Touch

I'd like to second Richard's comment. We care deeply about every error. The book has over 280,000 words and hundreds of captions. Between Dai's erratic spellings, factual or descriptive inaccuracies and the detritis of OCR, there were literally thousands upon thousands of errors in the text that had...
by malbright
10/16/06 07:32 AM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Vernon Touch
Replies: 70
Views: 10266

Re: Al Schneider's beautiful "Osmosis"

Al,
Love your routine.

Can you cite any printed reference to the snap vanish you briefly described in Genii?

Thank you!
by malbright
05/10/06 08:13 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Al Schneider's beautiful "Osmosis"
Replies: 38
Views: 6816

Re: LePaul Notebook on exhibit

Excellent point, Dustin. You're absolutely right. In May, 1982, Vernon writes, "Might mention here that I saw Ardo, the frogman, perform Split Fans at least half a dozen years before Cardini and others exhibited it." Seems like The Professor is trying to underscore the credit he's giving t...
by malbright
03/19/06 03:48 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: LePaul Notebook on exhibit
Replies: 14
Views: 321

Re: LePaul Notebook on exhibit

My money's on Ardo too. Here's what The Professor wrote in his November,1969 Vernon Touch column in Genii: The first time I ever saw Split Fans, which was before I ever met Cardini and probably before Channing Pollock was even born, was shown to me by a fellow named Ardo the Frog Man. He was an Aust...
by malbright
03/19/06 02:01 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: LePaul Notebook on exhibit
Replies: 14
Views: 321

Steve Forte, Earl Nelson, Vernon and much more

Greetings,
A number of nice auctions ending tomorrow ... including a great deal on the Forte tapes, plus the four wonderful and hard to find tapes from Earl Nelson, a signed copy of Revelations ... and more!

Forte, Earl Nelson and more. Many bargains.
by malbright
10/14/05 09:23 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steve Forte, Earl Nelson, Vernon and much more
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Re: Even More Great Videos at Giveaway Prices - Most $1.49

Me again. A lot of these auctions are ending as early as tomorrow. Okay. Back to your regularly scheduled programming. Thanks.
by malbright
10/08/05 07:15 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Even More Great Videos at Giveaway Prices - Most $1.49
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Even More Great Videos at Giveaway Prices - Most $1.49

If you're looking for great videos at rock bottom prices (most starting at $1.49), here's your link. Just posted a lot more, too. Includes Vernon, Steve Forte's Gambling Protection Series, Eugene Burger and many more. Thanks for looking!

Videos for Sale and I Mean Dirt Cheap
by malbright
10/03/05 10:32 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Even More Great Videos at Giveaway Prices - Most $1.49
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: Vernon Touch - Help Wanted

Greetings,
Happily, I received a number of emails from volunteers. Unhappily, in the last 24 hours I had a severe system crash and lost all my emails. So ... if you wrote about this project, could you please forward me your emails again? Sorry for the bother! Thanks.
by malbright
08/19/05 06:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vernon Touch - Help Wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Vernon Touch - Help Wanted

Richard, Dustin, myself and others have been at work on the new Vernon book, a compilation of all his columns in Genii. The book looks to be a whopper. Many hundreds of pages and tons of wonderful photos you've never seen before. It's a massive undertaking, but coming along inch by inch. However, on...
by malbright
08/18/05 03:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vernon Touch - Help Wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Videos at really good prices

Hi folks, Getting rid of a bunch of videos on eBay and I think there's some good bargains to be had. Roth, Darwin, Lennart, Jennings, Swain...and more coming. Check out: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZoddballia">http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZoddballia</a><!--...
by malbright
05/18/05 05:18 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Videos at really good prices
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Re: eBay auction for RARE 1st edition Erdnase signed by Dai Vernon

Richard, Can't wait to see how high this goes! Say, I do know of one other first edition signed by The Professor, as well as several other notables. I bought it myself from a bookstore in Boston about 7 or 8 years ago for $3,500 (A steal!). Then, I got a call from the bookstore saying the book turne...
by malbright
10/11/03 12:18 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: eBay auction for RARE 1st edition Erdnase signed by Dai Vernon
Replies: 6
Views: 1193

Note for Dustin

Dustin, Really, really sorry to hear that your Mom is having health problems. Just wanted to extend my very best wishes for a smooth recovery. The both of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all your hard work and insightful essays. I think you're one of the best reasons to be on t...
by malbright
10/09/03 06:09 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Note for Dustin
Replies: 7
Views: 257

Re: Roy Horn in Critical Condition

by malbright
10/03/03 10:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roy Horn in Critical Condition
Replies: 77
Views: 1354

Re: Tannen's is a ripoff - Be Warned

Actually, I waited 3 months to "slam" Tannens, Max. Regardless of the product, or even the return policy of the shop, there is no excuse for lying, not caring and basically, taking someone's money for nothing. I cannot understand why anyone would want to let these guys off the hook? Is it ...
by malbright
08/17/03 06:38 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tannen's is a ripoff - Be Warned
Replies: 29
Views: 1797

Re: Tannen's is a ripoff - Be Warned

Having lived in NY for years, and still traveling there often, I can assure you that the employees of Tannen's were just plain rude and thoughtless. It wasn't a misinterpretation due to the way New Yorkers "are". In fact, most New Yorkers I know are direct and to the point--for some this c...
by malbright
08/16/03 08:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tannen's is a ripoff - Be Warned
Replies: 29
Views: 1797

Tannen's is a ripoff - Be Warned

Thought fellow board members should know...Tannen's just ripped me off. I shouldn't say just--it's taken three months. Ordered Paul Harris' "Lip Smacker" in May. It arrived broken, and the product/gaff was flawed, making the trick totally unusable. (I understand a lot of the first ones wer...
by malbright
08/16/03 06:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tannen's is a ripoff - Be Warned
Replies: 29
Views: 1797

Re: "Other" Magazines

Richard- I love what you have done with Genii, of course, and yes, it's quite different than MAGIC. That's why I was distressed to receive the last issue. Your graphics are becoming more contremporary, "trendy", "hip" and a lot more like the design of MAGIC. This is a shame. You ...
by malbright
03/31/02 09:46 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: "Other" Magazines
Replies: 20
Views: 567

Re: Faucett Ross

Hi John- That phrasing is what is called "irony", or in less polite circles, sarcasm. I did not intend to attack Mr. Biro, just his criticism of someone who, at present, is not in a position to defend himself and who did nothing any different than hundreds of other magicians I've seen thro...
by malbright
01/31/02 08:06 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Faucett Ross
Replies: 19
Views: 559

Re: Faucett Ross

Hate to ask negative questions, but if Mr. Biro genuinely hates to post negative stuff, then why did he post his message at all? What purpose does it serve? Frankly, I've seen many magicians tip tricks while layman watched, including the Professor and Jennings. What conclusion is Mr. Biro expecting ...
by malbright
01/30/02 03:48 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Faucett Ross
Replies: 19
Views: 559

Re: Magazine reviews

Thanks for the pointing me in the right direction, Richard.

Not a single letter?? People should really give publications more respect!

Hrrumph.
by malbright
12/02/01 09:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magazine reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Magazine reviews

Richard, just curious why magazines rarely, if ever review each other's contents? You review books, videos and tricks, and it helps us ferret out the good from the poop. Why not publications? It would be interesting to hear your reviewers' opinions on the contents of other periodicals, especially th...
by malbright
11/11/01 10:51 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magazine reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Earl Nelson & Variations

I obviously can't speak for Earl, but he's certainly an artist who does not stand still or rest on past accomplishments. I interpret Earl's remark to mean, simply, that for him it's ground already covered. I'm certain Earl wasn't saying the material is outdated or no longer good, just that he has go...
by malbright
11/11/01 09:25 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Earl Nelson & Variations
Replies: 7
Views: 508

Re: HOW LOW CAN A HUMBUG GO

Some idiot executive finally figured out that it might not be such a good idea:
http://www.tvinsite.com/broadcastingcable/53386.htm
by malbright
10/25/01 11:46 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: HOW LOW CAN A HUMBUG GO
Replies: 7
Views: 297

Wanted: Ramsey Cylinder & Coins

Anybody got a pristine set they want to part with?

Silver dollar size preferred, but anything is better than nothing!

Thanks.
by malbright
10/11/01 10:35 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Ramsey Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 57
Views: 1736
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