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by Ian Kendall
August 16th, 2016, 6:04 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ebay - Paul Harris: The Art of Astonishment Vol 1 (signed/numbered)
Replies: 10
Views: 756

Re: Ebay - Paul Harris: The Art of Astonishment Vol 1 (signed/numbered)

To be fair, the Art of Astonishment videos were not sold as part of the books, but separately with much of the same material.

So to say the video 'came with the books' is not quite correct, in the way that modern books often have DVDs tipped into the covers (eg the Berglas book).
by Ian Kendall
July 30th, 2016, 4:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 53
Views: 8414

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

I remember that coin through glass routine from Davenport's in 1986. I never bought one, but Larry Barnes let me try it out a few times.

If you used a 50p piece, which has seven sides, the falling through is a very nice moment.
by Ian Kendall
June 29th, 2016, 2:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 3238

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

Starting from scratch is a daunting prospect! I tend to do things in the background on a different machine (the advantage of having seven or eight computers...). I'll set something going in the corner, and then get on with my life. I did the same with VHS tapes; set the capture system up, run the ta...
by Ian Kendall
June 28th, 2016, 2:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 3238

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

Playing Devil's Advocate, very few magic DVDs have DRM...
by Ian Kendall
June 27th, 2016, 5:04 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Contents of The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 55
Views: 7969

Re: The Contents of The Secrets of So Sato

As much as I'm interested to see this, it does demonstrate the bugbear I have with naming magic tricks. There's not a lot to go on :)
by Ian Kendall
June 26th, 2016, 5:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 3238

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

There's a big difference between pressed and burned DVDs when it comes to longevity.

While I've had several burned discs fail (usually after ten to fifteen years), I've had no pressed DVDs fail through old age (scratching is another matter...)
by Ian Kendall
June 24th, 2016, 8:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 3238

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

Depending on the format of the download, yes; it's quite easy. You'll need a DVD mastering app, and then you just add the MP4 file as a video clip, and set up a menu as needed. Then compile and burn the project.
by Ian Kendall
June 24th, 2016, 1:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 3238

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

Nope, but that happened after I left :)

In fact, back in 2001, I was responsible for keeping the place open :) Fact.
by Ian Kendall
June 24th, 2016, 10:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 3238

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

I have two 2TB network drives sitting behind my sofa, linked to my gigabit backbone. I don't use a cloud backup because ugh. I'm not excessively worried about drive failure; if for some reason things _do_ go pear shaped, I still have all the DVDs, so it's just a matter of transferring them again. I ...
by Ian Kendall
June 23rd, 2016, 7:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 3238

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

Are you on a Mac or PC?

I back up my discs using DVD Decrypter, but it's hard to find these days. I then take the files and archive them on a NAS box. They play normally in a DVD player app (just open the .IFO file).

If you have a Mac, someone else should be able to help.
by Ian Kendall
June 23rd, 2016, 7:05 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Pitch DVD/Book course
Replies: 22
Views: 2935

Re: Pitch DVD/Book course

Heh. I know that when David Cronin trained me he bought the decks in for 10p each, and sold them for £2.99 - and that was in the mid 80s.
by Ian Kendall
June 22nd, 2016, 3:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic in the Mission:Impossible TV Series
Replies: 8
Views: 1008

Re: Magic in the Mission:Impossible TV Series

There was one in a casino where Tony Giorgio played a bust out dealer (as I recall).
by Ian Kendall
June 14th, 2016, 2:53 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: How to replace curtains in Dean's Box please?
Replies: 8
Views: 1209

Re: How to replace curtains in Dean's Box please?

For a while I would iron the curtains with a small travel iron before shows. Not ideal, but a solution in the short term.

The other solution is to replace the ring phase, which is where things were most visible.
by Ian Kendall
June 13th, 2016, 3:09 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: How to replace curtains in Dean's Box please?
Replies: 8
Views: 1209

Re: How to replace curtains in Dean's Box please?

As far as I know, the only difference with the curtains was the colour (I replaced mine a couple of years ago, so I had an original set, and one of the newer ones). The problem with mine was that the edges at the opening curled, which meant you could see inside the box from the sides. If you are mak...
by Ian Kendall
June 13th, 2016, 2:25 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: How to replace curtains in Dean's Box please?
Replies: 8
Views: 1209

Re: How to replace curtains in Dean's Box please?

Changing the curtains is not a hard task; If you lie the box with the lid up, and open it, you can see the wooden slats that hold them in place. These are attached with very short pins, so if you get a small flat head screwdriver you can lever them up bit by bit (just remember to do a millimeter on ...
by Ian Kendall
June 10th, 2016, 10:54 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: New Book: Magic Square Methods and Tricks
Replies: 16
Views: 3081

Re: New Book: Magic Square Methods and Tricks

Hi Jim, Thanks for the reply. I have to ask, though - on the cover of the book, one of the squares shows 00. Now, one could argue that this is not a valid entry into a magic square; is this something that happens often, or is that a one off? Thanks, Ian Edit: I was lucky, and got a copy of Chuck's m...
by Ian Kendall
June 10th, 2016, 5:58 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: New Book: Magic Square Methods and Tricks
Replies: 16
Views: 3081

Re: New Book: Magic Square Methods and Tricks

The one on the cover of the book has 00 in one of the squares... Part of me is curious as to what new methods have been discovered (as Chris suggests, I've read most of what Werner has published, with pretty much all the others), but the rest of me is probably going to stick with Chuck Hickok's (whi...
by Ian Kendall
June 10th, 2016, 5:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 9656

Re: New release of Cervon Notebooks

Does anyone know what became of those video cassettes?


My understanding was that Jim Patton was transcribing them.
by Ian Kendall
June 8th, 2016, 6:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 9656

Re: New release of Cervon Notebooks

Somewhat tangentially relevant; a couple of years ago, when the books were fresh, I remember reading about a closed group of people who were typing out the notebooks. The idea was that you proved that you owned the books, and typed up a few of the routines, adding to the collection. That work entitl...
by Ian Kendall
June 2nd, 2016, 2:52 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: America's Got Talent 2016
Replies: 24
Views: 5008

Re: America's Got Talent 2016

Or Sam Wills (The Boy with Tape on his Face)?
by Ian Kendall
May 6th, 2016, 3:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 25
Views: 3568

Re: Laypeople

I'm with Brad (however strange that sounds...)

I call them 'real people'.
by Ian Kendall
May 4th, 2016, 6:18 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: To legally buy used Precursor PDF
Replies: 45
Views: 5509

Re: Wanted: To legally buy used Precursor PDF

Not really. Chris has a contract with Martin Breese to buy all his rights, which included Pabular. I have no reason to disbelieve him, since I was on Martin's mailing list, and he mentioned the sale several times before he died. Chris has already mentioned why he doesn't want to go to court (legal c...
by Ian Kendall
May 4th, 2016, 4:51 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: To legally buy used Precursor PDF
Replies: 45
Views: 5509

Re: Wanted: To legally buy used Precursor PDF

Not wanting to muddy the waters much more, but something seems to be clear; Chris owns the copyright to Pabular, having bought Breese's business. Anyone else selling the contents of Pabular, either digital or hardcopy, will not have the copyright.

Not sure how that's in dispute.
by Ian Kendall
May 3rd, 2016, 8:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Confused How to do this?
Replies: 6
Views: 1259

Re: Confused How to do this?

You want to know how to embed a Youtube link?
by Ian Kendall
March 21st, 2016, 7:50 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED: Steve Bedwell's "In Over Your Head"
Replies: 7
Views: 1434

Re: WANTED: Steve Bedwell's "In Over Your Head"

Funny. I never had that problem...
by Ian Kendall
March 17th, 2016, 12:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Daniels Has Passed Away
Replies: 11
Views: 2492

Re: Paul Daniels passed away.

Quentin suggested that I paste in a couple of stories that I put on my Facebook this morning... A Paul Daniels story This is a bit long. Indulge me. Many years ago Michael Ammar came over to London to visit with Paul. For those of you who are not part of the obsessive guild, Mike's signature effect ...
by Ian Kendall
March 9th, 2016, 12:10 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Cheating at bridge
Replies: 10
Views: 1664

Re: Cheating at bridge

There's a lovely Roald Dahl story called 'My Lady Love, My Dove' which concerns cheating in high stakes home games.
by Ian Kendall
February 29th, 2016, 5:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 9656

Re: New release of Cervon Notebooks

My understanding was that volume one and two sold out fairly quickly, so following the 'overrun' scenario, there should only be three volumes...
by Ian Kendall
February 29th, 2016, 12:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 9656

Re: New release of Cervon Notebooks

That's going to p1ss off a lot of people who paid the premium price for the information on the understanding that is was going to be somewhat exclusive...
by Ian Kendall
February 17th, 2016, 3:42 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: What is this called?
Replies: 10
Views: 2180

Re: What is this called?

$110 from me :)
by Ian Kendall
February 10th, 2016, 4:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 53
Views: 8414

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

As an aside; I bought a bewildering amount of things from Abra in the 80s, most of which covered the entire spectrum from dreck to sh1te. Now I'm wondering how many of them were Mark's... I took one thing into Harrod's to show David Cronin (old school pitchman who taught me the Sven pitch). He looke...
by Ian Kendall
February 10th, 2016, 4:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 53
Views: 8414

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

During the Genii cataloging a few years ago I was assigned the 80s, so I had to read through every issue from that decade. One thing that helped to pass the time was looking at the ads for the hot tricks of the day; if you want to get a feel for what was around back then, it's a good place to start,...
by Ian Kendall
February 4th, 2016, 1:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcing Ultramodern.
Replies: 29
Views: 6360

Re: Announcing Ultramodern.

As has probably been mentioned, there are no upfront costs with POD printing. My experiences with Lulu have been favourable; I upload the book PDF and a cover (don't use their cover designer!), set the price and it's all ready. Then, once a month, I get some money (if I've sold any that month, natch...
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2016, 11:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for a New Editor for "Magicana" in Genii
Replies: 17
Views: 3136

Re: Looking for a New Editor for "Magicana" in Genii

Thanks for the comments :) I'm not sure a non-native speaker is optimal; writing technical prose is hard enough, it must be a nightmare to do it in a second language (Tom Stone notwithstanding). I think a more practical approach would be to have several curators in other language areas, who feed bac...
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2016, 3:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for a New Editor for "Magicana" in Genii
Replies: 17
Views: 3136

Re: Looking for a New Editor for "Magicana" in Genii

Here's another idea: having a non-North American Magicana editor might help open up a whole new world of talented creators to a wider audience. To a certain extent, you had that for the last few years with Andi and me. While your point has merit, with the global communication through the web these ...
by Ian Kendall
February 1st, 2016, 3:45 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo using 3D printing?
Replies: 25
Views: 5401

Re: Tenyo using 3D printing?

I wonder how long before people start selling STL files for consumers to print at home? It amuses me that everyone I have spoken to who owns a 3D printer has admitted that the first thing they made was a Tommy Wonder hold out lock :) The TnR holdout from Lybrary is, I think, a good example of the su...
by Ian Kendall
January 30th, 2016, 6:34 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Quiz of the day
Replies: 7
Views: 1442

Re: Quiz of the day

I read through all the Bonds a couple of years ago (after my first teenage encounter). I remember thinking, at the time, that Fleming had got hold of a copy of Scarne on Cards and just listed the contents page...
by Ian Kendall
January 22nd, 2016, 5:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey MacDougall on To Tell The Truth
Replies: 9
Views: 2014

Re: Mickey MacDougall on To Tell The Truth

There are a number of photos in Gamblers Don't Gamble, so I was prepared :)
by Ian Kendall
January 20th, 2016, 2:14 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A very bad gig
Replies: 11
Views: 2310

Re: A very bad gig

That's when you need Writ and Intent. Basically, you need a witness (or these days, an email trail).
by Ian Kendall
January 20th, 2016, 6:46 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A very bad gig
Replies: 11
Views: 2310

Re: A very bad gig

Yes. An oral contract is worth the paper it's written on. Happily in Scotland, verbal contracts are binding. As long as you can show 'writ and intent', you are good to go. Writ and intent are the important bits; if I were to say 'I'll give you a million pounds to paint my house', any reasonable per...

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