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Re: Kudos for Kainoa Harbottle

Seconded. That was a fantastic column (coming from a stage guy).
by NCMarsh
05/07/15 08:23 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Kudos for Kainoa Harbottle
Replies: 2
Views: 408

Re: C4 - Amazing new visual magic

Wanted to take a second to chime in as I just received C4 from Mr. Levit (and fantastic customer service, there was a hiccup in the process that was not his fault and he handled it in an incredibly classy way), and wanted to take a second to rave about the quality of this. This is clearly the result...
by NCMarsh
04/29/15 06:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: C4 - Amazing new visual magic
Replies: 22
Views: 3446

Re: C4 - Amazing new visual magic

This looks fantastic -- and I echo Brad's appreciation of the way the trailer has been shot. For strolling work, what kind of reset considerations are there? Can this be handled in a way that allows you to go from group to group or would it necessitate stealing a few private moments?
by NCMarsh
04/03/15 08:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: C4 - Amazing new visual magic
Replies: 22
Views: 3446

Re: Blaine at New York Public Library, Monday

P.T.,

Thanks for the great account of this.
by NCMarsh
03/17/15 03:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine at New York Public Library, Monday
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

P.T.Widdle wrote:No exposure, but also only hints at what the effects are. A longer version with demos of the tricks might of have been more interesting for the lay viewer, maybe not.


Ah, but that presupposes that the person selling the tricks is capable of performing them...
by NCMarsh
03/12/15 02:43 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure in Boing Boing
Replies: 23
Views: 3165

TrueMirror

NPR's RadioLab just re-aired a program on symmetry, as part of it they did a fascinating segment on the creator of a product called TrueMirror -- essentially a mirror that does not flip the image http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSxCZCy5Wsk While not magic (and video is certainly a much better practic...
by NCMarsh
02/28/15 04:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TrueMirror
Replies: 0
Views: 353

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

After all this heated discussion can anybody prove it is NOT in print? The issue isn't about whether or not it is in print (which didn't seem to be anywhere on your radar in the Original Post). The issue was about process. You saw something, and decided to take it because you could deconstruct it. ...
by NCMarsh
02/17/15 01:44 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10468

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Re: creativity and theft; the distinction I've often found helpful: stealing many elements from one artist is imitation; stealing one element from many artists is influence. Its also about expanding the field of your influences: art, film, literature, history...that's what makes the Blue Oyster Cult...
by NCMarsh
02/17/15 01:21 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10468

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

That would include things like Mike Caveney's "Coffee" juggling trickd I wanted to follow-up on this particular reference for a selfish reason. I put together a hoop and glass routine after reading Mike's book(and putting in 100 hours of throwing that hoop up and down before the stunt was...
by NCMarsh
02/16/15 07:42 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10468

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Re-constructing others' work to perform is not cool. I'm surprised that would be controversial. In what other part of our lives would we be ok with that behavior? "That woman I don't know is beautiful. I'm going to grope her." "What a nice television, I'm going to take it." Desir...
by NCMarsh
02/16/15 06:47 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10468

Re: David Copperfield Saves America!

Honestly, I was too busy cringing to laugh. It felt like Sarah Palin going on SNL to show how hip she was... Magicians grovel in insecurity about the cultural perception of magic -- and we largely oscillate between two extremes of response to the stereotypes: a. we get pretentious, wax on about sham...
by NCMarsh
02/06/15 05:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield Saves America!
Replies: 6
Views: 1352

Re: Mac King photo idea was really kind of mine.

Hi Steven,

Can you give some context about what photo you're talking about?

Best,

N
by NCMarsh
12/19/14 05:18 AM
 
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Mac King photo idea was really kind of mine.
Replies: 14
Views: 2417

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

It's not "plagiarism," which is a legal term defining theft. "Plagiarism" is not a legal term and does not appear in any current statute, criminal or civil (source: Green, Stuart P. (2002). "Plagiarism, Norms, and the Limits of Theft Law: Some Observations on the Use of Cri...
by NCMarsh
11/26/14 12:20 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 2534

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

The overwhelming majority of lay people have never seen Ricky Jay perform his Ace routine using the Erdnase patter. And if they did, do you honestly think laymen remember the patter to most tricks? The overwhelming majority of lay people have never seen Duchamp's "Fountain" -- that doesn'...
by NCMarsh
11/25/14 11:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 2534

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

Speaking of Mike Caveney, he's written some words which I think might apply: (edited for space) "Harry could not believe that any working magician would actually want to perform the Needle Through Arm...He has done thousands of performances...[and he]...has performed it repeatedly on televisio...
by NCMarsh
11/25/14 06:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 2534

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

Nobody "owns" patter from public domain books. Ricky Jay owns "The Exclusive Coterie" in the same sense that Marcel Duchamp owns urinals. Duchamp didn't build the urinal, urinals were certainly around (and under) other artists and anyone else could have created "Fountain.&q...
by NCMarsh
11/25/14 01:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 2534

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

I watched the far less ambiguous case of a performer taking Jay's Cups and Balls routine, word for word in a paid performance for the general public. Here was my response from that night (via Facebook): Awkward experience for the week: sitting next to the family of a performer after having a great c...
by NCMarsh
11/25/14 12:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 2534

Re: Psychics Buster

Re: Heinous rumors; I don't think they are what Brad is referring to. Also, a little googling shows that -- while it is the sort of thing where all the coverage is weighted toward one side or another -- there has not been an actual victim coming forward to make accusations, Randi has a reasonable ex...
by NCMarsh
10/30/14 02:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychics Buster
Replies: 77
Views: 7439

Re: NPH to host variety on NBC!

For those of us on the less mature side of the pond, a friend sent me this which is apparently the English show on which this will be, however closely or loosely, based:




I can definitely see NPH being a fit...
by NCMarsh
10/28/14 11:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH to host variety on NBC!
Replies: 7
Views: 881

Re: NPH to host variety on NBC!

I may have jumped the gun -- the article quotes an NBC exec: "a real blend between comedy, game and musical variety. And it has this fast pace and irreverence to it." I heard variety and thought "variety acts" -- but that may not be the case... Congrats to NPH regardless. Cheers, N
by NCMarsh
10/28/14 01:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH to host variety on NBC!
Replies: 7
Views: 881

NPH to host variety on NBC!

For too damn long variety artists on TV have been reduced to game show contestants or had to pretend to be normal people (The Tonight Show's "Does this amuse..." segment -- good that there's some variety there, but I wish they'd just book the acts to do the acts rather than making a world ...
by NCMarsh
10/28/14 01:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH to host variety on NBC!
Replies: 7
Views: 881

Re: Psychics Buster

Nathan, I appreciate your plea for love and understanding in a debate It wasn't a plea for love and understanding; it was pointing out that whatever the validity of your points may be, the way you communicate them hurts your message and makes it far less likely to be adopted. The tendency of the sc...
by NCMarsh
10/28/14 11:44 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychics Buster
Replies: 77
Views: 7439

Re: Psychics Buster

your position only encourages people to take the path you abhor. The first step an artist takes is often to explore that which they are told they shouldn't. Brad is not alone in this feeling. It is a cliche because it is true: people remember how you made them feel long after they've forgotten what...
by NCMarsh
10/27/14 11:16 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychics Buster
Replies: 77
Views: 7439

Re: Torn and Restored Homeless Man's Sign

Viral video is one of the great opportunities of our time. You don't have to wait for the gatekeepers at Ed Sullivan or Johnny Carson to bless you -- create something that is compelling enough that people want to share it with their friends, and you can be in front of an audience of millions and it ...
by NCMarsh
10/15/14 11:25 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Torn and Restored Homeless Man's Sign
Replies: 16
Views: 1355

Re: Magic Business/Non Profit Reference Material

Michael, Love the vision. Love that you recognize what you're called to do. You wouldn't be coming back to it if you weren't. Honestly, our brains are wired so that doing the thing we're born to do scares the hell out of us. It feels like a massive risk, and our brain wants us to be comfortable -- b...
by NCMarsh
09/26/14 02:30 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Magic Business/Non Profit Reference Material
Replies: 2
Views: 1154

Re: hank lee out of jail

Almost deserved to be in the same cell as Mr Lee on account of his stupidity. Hell no. Crime is never the victim's fault. It may be unwise for me to leave my door unlocked -- but if I'm robbed another human being made a conscious, deliberate decision to take what didn't belong to him. That person i...
by NCMarsh
09/23/14 10:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: hank lee out of jail
Replies: 69
Views: 7778

Re: hank lee out of jail

A second vote that the individual involved is far from a fool. Brilliant, bold, kind, innovative. You don't wish this on any one, but when I heard who was targeted I was even more outraged.
by NCMarsh
09/23/14 09:36 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: hank lee out of jail
Replies: 69
Views: 7778

Re: Derren Brown - Infamous - Aired Last Night

I loved this line from The Independent:

At this point in Derren Brown's showman career, if he turned out to have genuine psychic powers it would actually be less impressive.
by NCMarsh
09/23/14 09:26 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Infamous - Aired Last Night
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

It has the same basic flaw as all other dancing canes - the performer never knows when to quit. However, I am surprised that the drummer didn't have "dancing drumsticks." THAT would be original and could stand going on for an extended period of time. Irrelevant. What's being sold is the t...
by NCMarsh
09/13/14 03:54 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 10599

Re: $550 book

Andrew,

The audience members understood the effect clearly.


by NCMarsh
09/10/14 12:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 6206

Re: $550 book

Dustin,

Sometimes I wish we had a "like" button here...

N
by NCMarsh
09/09/14 04:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 6206

Re: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!

If it sends a "user dead" notification every time its taken off...that's an issue ;)
by NCMarsh
09/09/14 02:59 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!

The taptic feedback also seems to have a ton of possibilities for remote cuing...
by NCMarsh
09/09/14 02:28 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!

I'm sure I wasn't the only magician who cracked a big smile when they showed the magnetic fastener on the apple watch...this may well be the easiest watch ever for a watch steal...We should all send Johnny Ive and Tim Cook a thank you note...
by NCMarsh
09/09/14 02:17 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: $550 book

The notes of prior explorations of the principle for magic are important -- I know I, and I'm sure others, were under the impression that Philpott was the first to go there. It is clear, and also important, that Philpott has put a helluva lot of work into a.) developing damn fine applications of the...
by NCMarsh
09/09/14 01:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 6206

Re: $550 book

I wonder why it's going to take them years to create additional hybrid images. Where are you getting "years" from? And more to the point, why take it upon yourself to expose a crude version of the principle behind a commercial release in this forum? Someone has put a ton of thought into i...
by NCMarsh
09/09/14 01:46 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 6206

Re: $550 book

I liked their transparency about the reason both for the publication and the pricing -- Chris has published a new and great principle and, the magic-industrial complex being what it is -- you could see the potential for others to jump out and sell a ton of stuff based on the principle that Chris had...
by NCMarsh
09/08/14 09:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 6206

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

As for not being funny: In the history of television, there has been one -- and only one -- woman who has been given the desk of a late night show on one of the big four networks: Joan Rivers. It didn't come at a time when there was pressure to be diverse. It came because she was f*cking good. Today...
by NCMarsh
09/06/14 02:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 3905

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

Joan was, to borrow a phrase from our world, a "worker." She was unafraid, hilarious, loved connecting with a live audience, and was by many accounts -- despite her on-stage persona -- a kind and classy woman. As for her supposed meanness: we, of all people, should know that the appearance...
by NCMarsh
09/06/14 05:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 3905

Re: Eric Mead performing Conover's "Cylinder & Coins"

Like a Tibetan Mandala or life itself, some things are beautiful -- in part -- because they aren't around forever... That said, Eric did this routine at the Genii Convention (where it was a personal highlight) -- perhaps as the book comes closer to completion there will be other opportunities (I've ...
by NCMarsh
09/04/14 06:41 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Eric Mead performing Conover's "Cylinder & Coins"
Replies: 14
Views: 2635
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