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Re: Original sign for Merlin's Magic Shop on ebay

That was a great post Erdnasephile! Andy Greget used to work at Merlin's in Disneyland in the early 1970s and mentioned that Steve Martin had worked there a year or two before he arrived there. Martin would perform a simple but effective card transposition effect behind the counter utilizing the Dow...
by Leonard Hevia
09/19/14 10:56 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Original sign for Merlin's Magic Shop on ebay
Replies: 13
Views: 469

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

This item is on my bucket list. I don't consider the lack of menus as a negative. On the contrary, it will recreate that feeling of watching it on videotape as I did the first time I purchased them. Pressing a few extra buttons to arrive at a favorite effect on a DVD is no more annoying to me than s...
by Leonard Hevia
09/19/14 08:26 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 82
Views: 3800

Re: Good use for that spare sixth finger

Vernet is really getting better...I can't tell the difference.
by Leonard Hevia
09/10/14 02:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Good use for that spare sixth finger
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: Walter Gibson's Encyclopedia of Magic & Conjuring

Here's what I would do. I'd dive into the Genii archives for 1976, the year this book was published and search for any reviews in the book review section. Other magic magazines such as Linking Ring might also have this for its 1976 run.
by Leonard Hevia
09/10/14 01:59 AM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Walter Gibson's Encyclopedia of Magic & Conjuring
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In

I am sure that some hard-core experts on Houdini could have written a much more accurate story, but...would that have been as entertaining ? Yes, if well written it would have been even more entertaining than the claptrap you saw. Houdini had an incredible, and interesting life without any embellis...
by Leonard Hevia
09/09/14 12:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In
Replies: 42
Views: 3318

Re: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In

When I first read about Houdini later in my life, I was shocked to learn that he often used hidden keys to open the locks. How else Bill? You didn't believe he used real magic did you? If you read Doug Henning's book, you will find a newspaper article from the San Francisco Examiner titled Expose o...
by Leonard Hevia
09/06/14 06:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In
Replies: 42
Views: 3318

Re: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In

Kevin Connolly wrote:Brad gets the today's Winning Post Award! :D


Hear, hear. Brad articulated my thoughts about this film in just 3 images. The fate of Houdini in the last illustration should be reserved for the writer, director, and producers of this debacle.
by Leonard Hevia
09/04/14 01:10 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In
Replies: 42
Views: 3318

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

It might be hard to distinguish the Al Mann copy from the original just by looking at the cover photos the seller puts up. I would ask the seller specific questions that would clarify that matter. I was also shilled on eBay few years ago. It was a book or a prop, I don't remember anymore. The only ...
by Leonard Hevia
08/31/14 08:56 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 76
Views: 13251

Re: Remarkable Magic: An Interesting Blog by Nick Lewin

Thanks for posting that erdnasephile! Nick's blog entry on the Magic Castle was an interesting read. It's enjoying a kind of renaissance with heavy attendance by the young and affluent who see it as a trendy destination spot. I've notice that here as well with new higher end restaurants that are pat...
by Leonard Hevia
08/31/14 05:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Remarkable Magic: An Interesting Blog by Nick Lewin
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Re: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In

The trailers that John Cox posted on his Wild About Harry blog look interesting. The actress who played Bess did a heck of a lot of research with the help of John and Tom Interval to learn more about her. There appear to be embellishments in Houdini's life that never happened, as in other Houdini bi...
by Leonard Hevia
08/31/14 05:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In
Replies: 42
Views: 3318

Re: Lost Houdini scrapbook discovered in CA

Is it worth it to her (or rather to you and me, as we are the ones being solicited for funding) to restore Houdini footage that already exists in this format ...


You got that right...
by Leonard Hevia
08/25/14 09:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lost Houdini scrapbook discovered in CA
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Lost Houdini scrapbook discovered in CA

Brad--the link you posted referred to another thread here on the Genii Forum, in which Black did not specifically state that there was 9 hours of never before seen Houdini footage. You did not post the link to Black's Kickstarter page. On her Kickstarter page Ariann Black states ... "Be Amazed ...
by Leonard Hevia
08/25/14 02:35 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lost Houdini scrapbook discovered in CA
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Lost Houdini scrapbook discovered in CA

Arian Black did not write that it was 9 hours of "never before seen Houdini footage." Black actually wrote: The 9 hours of Houdini footage we recently acquired is falling apart and has to be restored from scratch. I'm willing to bet that footage is comprised of his motion picture films and...
by Leonard Hevia
08/25/14 01:28 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lost Houdini scrapbook discovered in CA
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

I've seen those really tiny critters inside books. What the heck are they? We speak as if our human lifespans will go on for centuries. If we lived for 200 years, I would be worried about information storage. So far, my CDs and DVDs are working fine, but I try to keep them in a climate controlled en...
by Leonard Hevia
08/20/14 03:31 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 14165

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

Here is the full text of the article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/08/18/340716269/how-long-do-cds-last-it-depends-but-definitely-not-forever The Comments section is the best part. A few commentators noted that the article does not differentiate between factory pressed CDs and bur...
by Leonard Hevia
08/20/14 02:13 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 14165

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

It might be hard to distinguish the Al Mann copy from the original just by looking at the cover photos the seller puts up. I would ask the seller specific questions that would clarify that matter. I was also shilled on eBay few years ago. It was a book or a prop, I don't remember anymore. The only o...
by Leonard Hevia
08/19/14 11:37 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 76
Views: 13251

Re: Joanie Spina 1953-2014

The way I've always remembered Joanie was at a Copperfield show at the Warner theater around the winter of 1985. Along with several other dancers, she did pirouettes down into one of the walking aisles between the seats as part of an illusion presentation. I could not take my eyes off of her. RIP Jo...
by Leonard Hevia
08/17/14 04:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joanie Spina 1953-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1524

Re: B'Wave

The two sets I own have instructions from Phil Goldstein, so I would hope they came from him, but I'm not sure. If the original uses blanks then that would be fine as well, as long as I could have two same-color backed sets, one with red queens and one with blacks. The reason being, and I'm sure th...
by Leonard Hevia
08/11/14 08:25 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: B'Wave
Replies: 19
Views: 1293

Re: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes

Don Hendrix wrote:I assume that the following ebay offering is bogus:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Michael-Skinner-Professional-Close-Up-Magic-1-2-3-4-DVD-10-hour-of-instruction-/111427979188?pt=Classic_Toys_US&hash=item19f1a007b4
Am I correct?


They're Malaysian copies. Four DVDs for $30.00--a dead giveaway.
by Leonard Hevia
08/11/14 01:39 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes
Replies: 58
Views: 6933

Re: Paul Fox Cups and Balls

The late J. P. Jackson coined the "Paul Faux" name for the Chinese copies that began to stream in around 10 years ago.
by Leonard Hevia
08/10/14 01:52 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Paul Fox Cups and Balls
Replies: 13
Views: 1282

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

That was a great link Cardmaster on e-books and its relation to the publishing industry. Thank you for posting it. You haven't been here on the Forum for very long but your few other posts are well written and informative. Whoever you are, I salute you.
by Leonard Hevia
08/09/14 04:51 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 14165

Re: Paul Fox Cups and Balls

When he published The Very Best of Cups and Balls in 1979, Frank Garcia wrote "In doing the Cups and Balls, one may use almost any set of cups and balls. For practical reasons, the Paul Fox cups are definitely the best because of their design. They appear to be smaller than what they really are...
by Leonard Hevia
08/08/14 01:10 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Paul Fox Cups and Balls
Replies: 13
Views: 1282

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

Today I received a very short reply to my request via email stating that the event organizers are "unable to offer a refund." Well, of course they are able to offer a refund; they just refuse to. "Money lost is an educational investment" Bob Farmer
by Leonard Hevia
07/30/14 11:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 108
Views: 9166

Re: The vernon touch book

Cervon's highly acclaimed Linking Finger Ring routine is also slated for release sometime in the future.

Too bad the Vernon Touch won't be reprinted. There were errors in the photo captions that slipped through the editors. A subsequent reprint could have corrected those.
by Leonard Hevia
07/21/14 11:07 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The vernon touch book
Replies: 33
Views: 4383

Re: The vernon touch book

There's a copy up on eBay with a starting bid for $14.95 plus $5.95 shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/THE-VERNON-TOUCH-DAI-VERNON/281388115641?_trksid=p2045573.c100034.m2102&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D23848%26meid%3D8390380134380988125%26pid%3D100034%26prg%3D10181%2...
by Leonard Hevia
07/21/14 08:34 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The vernon touch book
Replies: 33
Views: 4383

Re: The vernon touch book

There's a copy up on eBay with a starting bid for $14.95 plus $5.95 shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/THE-VERNON-TOUCH-DAI-VERNON/281388115641?_trksid=p2045573.c100034.m2102&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D23848%26meid%3D8390380134380988125%26pid%3D100034%26prg%3D10181%26...
by Leonard Hevia
07/17/14 09:20 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The vernon touch book
Replies: 33
Views: 4383

Re: Underground Playing Cards: Diamond Edition-- My first KS

If this deck comes with a white boarder and Bicycle 808 faces, I'm in. I like the fact that there aren't too many lines and circles all over the back as if it was made with a Spirograph. I also see the possibilities for these cards in packet tricks where the backs magically change as in Jim Swain's ...
by Leonard Hevia
07/09/14 09:17 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Underground Playing Cards: Diamond Edition-- My first KS
Replies: 29
Views: 1783

Re: The Badger

I recently picked up one of Tony's Complete Peek Wallets and his no longer made Heart Attack Wallet. They are absolutely killer! Hey lady, let him out of the basement already...
by Leonard Hevia
07/09/14 08:57 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Badger
Replies: 8
Views: 2348

Re: Weird Card Cheating site

This isn't your grandfather's cheating shop. You won't find clunky and obsolete holdouts here.
by Leonard Hevia
07/04/14 11:40 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Weird Card Cheating site
Replies: 1
Views: 594

Re: Houdini's Harlem House

That doesn't sound...kosher. According to Silverman in Houdini!!! : "Located across Morningside Park across from Columbia University, it was one of many handsome new town houses and small apartment buildings in Harlem that beckoned to successful Jewish immigrants, who moved there in droves.&quo...
by Leonard Hevia
07/01/14 12:51 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini's Harlem House
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Re: Register NOW for the 2015 Genii Convention

It would be great to see: 1. The Hooker Rising Cards. 2. Steve Freeman perform and discuss Vernon. 3. Roberto Giobbi perform and lecture on Vernon. 4. David Ben perform something from The Conjurer and lecture on magic history. 5. Lance Burton. 6. Johnny Thompson...and Pam? 7. Mike and Tina Caveney. ...
by Leonard Hevia
06/28/14 09:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Register NOW for the 2015 Genii Convention
Replies: 19
Views: 1777

Re: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes

What is the pre-publication deadline for the Skinner material?

I still haven't renewed my subscription to Genii. The Bob Read cups and balls book, the republished Tamariz book. Another Tony Miller wallet ordered. A stampede of magic flowing through the pipeline...
by Leonard Hevia
06/22/14 01:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes
Replies: 58
Views: 6933

Re: Horrible Wallets

Farmer wrote about his unpublished Bendix Bombshell wallet routine. Will that see the light of day?
by Leonard Hevia
06/20/14 10:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Horrible Wallets
Replies: 59
Views: 3787

Re: New Thinking on the "Houdini Estate" in Laurel Canyon

I knew it had to be a mistake. Houdini haunting the wrong house? By the way, those pool photos appeared before in a History Channel Houdini documentary that Houdini's Ghost appeared in. I suppose it was a matter of identifying Walker's pool at 2400 in the photos.
by Leonard Hevia
06/13/14 11:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Thinking on the "Houdini Estate" in Laurel Canyon
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Denny Haney's newsletter

I read that last night. Killer. Stay thirsty my friends...
by Leonard Hevia
06/13/14 11:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Denny Haney's newsletter
Replies: 7
Views: 786

Re: Looking for Photos of Michael Skinner

Scanned snapshot photo sent. Hope it helps.
by Leonard Hevia
06/06/14 01:17 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for Photos of Michael Skinner
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Re: Little Man

The last I heard Little Man was subjected to a humiliating search by the TSA at some undisclosed airport. Possibly caught with too much cash in his carry on. His waddle is due to the punishing hits he endured from a previous career as a kick returner for the Electric Football League: https://www.you...
by Leonard Hevia
06/05/14 11:24 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Little Man
Replies: 28
Views: 2943

Re: WTB Stewart James In Print The first 50 years.....

by Leonard Hevia
06/03/14 01:19 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Stewart James In Print The first 50 years.....
Replies: 14
Views: 1427

Re: Specators Suspision of Bicycle Deck

Interesting that our usual train of thought is to use Bicycles to allay suspicion instead of some strangely colored Tiger deck. This makes sense because most of the decks I see on supermarket and drugstore shelves are Bees and Bicycles. Spectators will sooner or later theorize about out magic. The h...
by Leonard Hevia
05/31/14 03:02 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spectators Suspision of Bicycle Deck
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

Re: Slippery Rocks

You're welcome Matt! Where the heck did that milk go? That was my favorite effect on this video.
by Leonard Hevia
05/18/14 04:56 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Slippery Rocks
Replies: 8
Views: 1623
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