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by Steve Bryant
January 20th, 2017, 11:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The February Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Re: The February Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

I'm with Richard: the Festalboard was great. And a super bargain back in the day. Here are Bill Larsen's words from a November 1971 newsletter: Dinner is served at the Magic Castle from 6:30 until 10:30, Tuesday through Saturday and from 5:30 until 9:30 on Sunday. The price for the complete dinner i...
by Steve Bryant
December 24th, 2016, 10:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ho Ho Ho from The Chief Genii
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Ho Ho Ho from The Chief Genii

I ordered the Pooh book as soon as Richard mentioned it. Delightful. Peace to all,
by Steve Bryant
December 23rd, 2016, 11:57 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Need Reference: impromptu one way back - white borders
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: Need Reference: impromptu one way back - white borders

Steranko on Cards has a routine (Fantasy Card Routine) that makes use of the faces being offset. He mentions the backs version, but his exploits the faces.
by Steve Bryant
December 9th, 2016, 1:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Season's greetings from Little Egypt
Replies: 4
Views: 936

Season's greetings from Little Egypt

Season's greetings from Little Egypt Magic. I posted early this month at the usual http://www.littleegyptmagic.com/magic.html. I don't usually like to call attention to my site here, but this month's contains a timed offer (free shipping from Magic Inc.) that some of you may want to take advantage o...
by Steve Bryant
November 27th, 2016, 11:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prior Commitment as part of a routine
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Re: Prior Commitment as part of a routine

Q: What great card tricks can be done with exactly nine cards? Any ideas?

A: David Regal's Journey to Love (A, 2, 3, ..., 8, 9). See Constant Fooling, volume 2. You can also find a version in the new Handsome Jack book.
by Steve Bryant
November 1st, 2016, 10:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 3328

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

Dang. These were great. I should have saved them locally. Didn't realize there was a potential problem.
by Steve Bryant
October 30th, 2016, 7:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 3328

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

Thanks, Joe, these are wonderful. I'm surprised that this is the first I have heard of John Lenahan. His delivery and sense of humor are so similar to that of Harry Anderson. (That's a good thing.) I also really enjoy the opening and closing credits.
by Steve Bryant
October 27th, 2016, 11:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig
Replies: 22
Views: 3914

Re: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig

Hi, Ian. I had a similar but less creepy experience. At a funeral for a young cousin's grandma, I learned that the kid was interested in magic, so I sent him a book via Amazon. Unfortunately, he had previously used his dad's credit card and ordered a couple of hundred dollars worth of Pokemon cards....
by Steve Bryant
October 24th, 2016, 9:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Name of this effect ?
Replies: 4
Views: 773

Re: Name of this effect ?

It sounds like a favorite of mine from Aldo. Here's the name and a description: Draw a Blank -- Another Aldo Colombini winner. Any card is freely named, such as the three of diamonds. From a blank deck, both sides, you extract four "threes," even though they are also blank both sides. The ...
by Steve Bryant
October 24th, 2016, 1:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Spill in HuffPo ...
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: Steve Spill in HuffPo ...

Awesome article! BTW, a very young Steve Spill (16) was a major contributor to Talisman, which I've gotten around to rather late. Great book, don't overlook it.
by Steve Bryant
September 18th, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 48
Views: 11841

Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Thanks, Richard, for the list. I just remembered to check my own notes, and he also did Magic Slap. (Very well!)
by Steve Bryant
September 16th, 2016, 9:33 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 48
Views: 11841

Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Just for the record, does anyone remember what tricks So Sato performed at the Genii convention? I mainly remember the Follow the Leader trick. Richard? All in all, the show was a close-up highlight.
by Steve Bryant
September 11th, 2016, 4:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Remembering the SS Adams Company
Replies: 32
Views: 4713

Re: Remembering the SS Adams Company

Check the book LIFE OF THE PARTY/A Visual History of SS Adams by Kirk Demarais. Also check MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES, also by Demarais and reviewed here: littleegyptmagic.com/magic_october2011.html. Perhaps the best memoir along these lines is the chapter "The Whole Fun Catalog of 1929" in Jean...
by Steve Bryant
August 29th, 2016, 11:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How was MAGIC Live?
Replies: 11
Views: 2403

Re: How was MAGIC Live?

Lupe, your review is brilliant and I hope Stan runs the whole thing, especially the photos, in issue one of Legacy. You made what I think is an error, the same Scott Wells has been making in his podcast coverage with no one correcting him: 2016 was the 8th MAGIC Live, not the 7th. I have reviewed th...
by Steve Bryant
August 12th, 2016, 11:23 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Tom Stone’s Bluff Finesse
Replies: 2
Views: 1337

Re: Tom Stone’s Bluff Finesse

I like it too, but be careful. The text refers to the left hand holding the deck etc. but the photo shows the right hand holding it. The instructions are reversed relative to the photos. (I think!)
by Steve Bryant
August 10th, 2016, 10:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaëtan Bloom's 3 Card Monte
Replies: 3
Views: 1026

Re: Gaëtan Bloom's 3 Card Monte

Check Full Bloom volume 2 for The Escorial Monte. Great set of books.
by Steve Bryant
August 9th, 2016, 4:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Replies: 18
Views: 4202

Re: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Just finished reading the Harry Potter play. It's a nice tight story, and it was fun to try to link Randy's article to the magic in the lines and stage directions. Love to see this play! (Perhaps Stan will surprise us by flying the cast over for MAGIC Live.)
by Steve Bryant
August 1st, 2016, 10:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Replies: 18
Views: 4202

Re: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

The obvious starting point is Randy Pitchford's article on the subject in the August 2016 Genii. So jealous!
by Steve Bryant
June 29th, 2016, 11:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 40381

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

This is the last week that you can arrange to purchase The Jerx Vol 1 for the "low" price of $260, or perhaps at any price. As I haven't read the book yet, I can't unequivocally argue that you should do so. But, wow, I really enjoyed one of Andy's most recent posts, I'll Be My Mirror. It's...
by Steve Bryant
June 25th, 2016, 11:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Spirit / seance cloth learning resources?
Replies: 2
Views: 875

Re: Spirit / seance cloth learning resources?

I published a very simple, basic routine (yet effective and spooky) called "Seance" in The Little Egypt Book of Ghosts. Ah, but I published it first in Genii in the June 1989 issue, so you can look it up if you are a subscriber.
by Steve Bryant
June 14th, 2016, 8:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Help with castle pass
Replies: 18
Views: 4168

Re: Help with castle pass

Also, Mike, unless the rules have changed recently (Dustin?), brunch is different from normal evenings. Even if you have a guest card, a member must phone and make the reservation for you. It can be made in your name and secured with your credit card number, but the member needs to set it up for you.
by Steve Bryant
June 11th, 2016, 5:49 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: New Book: Magic Square Methods and Tricks
Replies: 18
Views: 5173

Re: New Book: Magic Square Methods and Tricks

If you go to the Joe Stevens web site (stevensmagic.com), you can find a wealth of information in the Gemini Archives. One of my favorite contributors was Mike Rogers. Here is his work on the magic square:

https://www.stevensmagic.com/1995/mike- ... logy-hoax/

-- Steve
by Steve Bryant
June 5th, 2016, 1:23 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mentalist on the Rifleman
Replies: 13
Views: 2738

Re: Mentalist on the Rifleman

I've been catching up on the original Maverick series on cable with James Garner, Jack Kelly, and Roger Moore. Fun to see budding actors such as Troy Donahue, Robert Redford, and Adam West and, boy, do I ever still love Connie Stevens. Lots of glamorized poker games, elaborate scams, etc.
by Steve Bryant
May 17th, 2016, 9:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June 2016 Digital Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 6
Views: 1338

Re: The June 2016 Digital Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

Yes, big news from Max. Plus, elsewhere, mention of a book by Angelo Carbone!
by Steve Bryant
May 14th, 2016, 12:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Karl Fulves Pubs
Replies: 42
Views: 7690

Re: The Lowdown

Bingo! The primary magazine is The Lowdown. There will be 10 issues plus 10 supplements. The material was written in 2013, printed in 2015, and is now being distributed. The first batch included issues 1 of The Lowdown (32 pp), Errata (36 pp), Early Indications (material Karl developed from age 5 to...
by Steve Bryant
May 13th, 2016, 9:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Karl Fulves Pubs
Replies: 42
Views: 7690

Re: The Lowdown

No correct answers yet.
by Steve Bryant
May 11th, 2016, 2:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Karl Fulves Pubs
Replies: 42
Views: 7690

The Lowdown

Some of you are in for a big surprise in the mail. I'll merely titillate at this point. Details in a couple of weeks or until someone else spills the beans first.

I love magic.
by Steve Bryant
March 27th, 2016, 9:20 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Genii Archive Question
Replies: 43
Views: 15766

Re: Genii Archive Question

I recall a New Yorker cartoon where somebody is watching another spin cards across the room into a hat. The caption read, "Of course it's hard. Anything worth doing is hard."
by Steve Bryant
March 26th, 2016, 3:46 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Genii Archive Question
Replies: 43
Views: 15766

Re: Genii Archive Question

I'm having the same problem -- on my desktop computer. But, if you know which issue you want (the computer search engine seems to run fine), you can then turn to your iPad and click Issues, and all those lovely covers pop up, all the way back to 1936. I just spent a most pleasant afternoon tracking ...
by Steve Bryant
March 18th, 2016, 5:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now in the Mail and Live Online!
Replies: 3
Views: 1123

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now in the Mail and Live Online!

This is a lovely issue of Genii, under the circumstances.

In case anyone missed them way back when, I re-published some photos of Irene from the Genii bash (this time in color) at my current Little Egypt Magic web site (littleegyptmagic.com/magic_march2016.html).
by Steve Bryant
March 18th, 2016, 3:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek Verner (Dai Vernon's Son) Has Died
Replies: 13
Views: 3581

Re: Derek Verner (Dai Vernon's Son) Has Died

I have never read anything about the Professsor's grandchildren. Does anyone know about their lives and whether they took any interest in, or even met, their grandfather?
by Steve Bryant
March 18th, 2016, 11:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Daniels Has Passed Away
Replies: 11
Views: 2977

Re: Paul Daniels Has Passed Away

Check out Scott Wells' themagicwordpodcast.com podcast with Paul, titled Tea Time with Paul Daniels, here:

http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwel ... ul-daniels

Paul has a really funny joke in there. About orgasms.
by Steve Bryant
March 8th, 2016, 2:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 2532

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (March 2016)

Who's Hoo was a terrific perk for us out-of-towners. Gary and Rob did a great job, and I hope it returns.
by Steve Bryant
March 3rd, 2016, 2:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 279: The Cardini Connection with Randy Pitchford
Replies: 7
Views: 2136

Re: 279: The Cardini Connection with Randy Pitchford

Did he buy Dustin as part of the deal?
by Steve Bryant
March 2nd, 2016, 9:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 11817

Re: New release of Cervon Notebooks

A little more than 10 percent? I had been routinely receiving number 34 of "limited collector's edition of 500" but failed to order on time to get my preference for Volume 3. Instead I eventually received number LVIII for that volume.
by Steve Bryant
February 29th, 2016, 7:42 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Cheating at bridge
Replies: 10
Views: 2351

Re: Cheating at bridge

No. It concentrates on cheaters who have elaborate methods to signal each other.
by Steve Bryant
February 29th, 2016, 5:49 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Cheating at bridge
Replies: 10
Views: 2351

Cheating at bridge

The Mar 7 issue of The New Yorker has an interesting article on cheating at professional bridge, titled "Dirty Hands," by David Owen.
by Steve Bryant
February 18th, 2016, 10:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 2
Views: 801

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

The best news was that John Guastaferro is taking over Magicana. I hope he saves some space for his own material.
by Steve Bryant
February 11th, 2016, 12:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Under the Skin
Replies: 5
Views: 1320

Under the Skin

I finally managed to watch (it's on Amazon Prime) the dark, moody, hard-to-understand sci-fi movie UNDER THE SKIN, starring Scarlett Johansson. Scarlett plays an alien who has inhabited an earthling's body and who lures single young men to their doom with sex. The magic connection? Every time she is...
by Steve Bryant
February 8th, 2016, 9:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magi-Fest
Replies: 0
Views: 756

Magi-Fest

I recently returned from Magi-Fest in Columbus (where the head Genii was signing up subscribers and parting with Tenyo-ism books) where I had an awesome time with old and new friends. My complete report just went up at Little Egypt Magic (http://littleegyptmagic.com/magic.html). I am mentioning it h...

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