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Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

Roger M. wrote: The issue of the out of sync audio is disappointing indeed (despite Max stating we had no right to be disappointed).


I never questioned anyone's right to be disappointed. In fact, I don't think that idea had ever even occurred to me before you made your assertion.
by Max Maven
09/17/14 08:17 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 80
Views: 3620

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

The sync issues being reported seem more than disappointing when forking out that sort of money. Comments such as this always seem to imply that the producers (in this case, the Buck twins) are "trying to get away with something." No one wants to put out a bad product. (Yes, I've seen the...
by Max Maven
09/15/14 08:41 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 80
Views: 3620

Re: $550 book

Coincidentally, Marlo described his own massive collection of distance illusions in an unpublished 1956 letter to Neal Elias.
by Max Maven
09/11/14 07:32 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 2807

Re: Now You See Me 2 Coming

Note the director's credits include the sequels to Step Up and G.I. Joe. My enthusiasm for this new project is about the same as it was for those two.
by Max Maven
09/10/14 07:51 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now You See Me 2 Coming
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Re: A Video of a Magic Act You Can NOT Miss!

Context is everything. This was part of the annual "Two Minutes Contest" at the Taiwan Magicians Association convention. Contestants are expected to put together brief routines that are silly. This one clearly fit the premise, hence the great reaction. Had it been done in the actual contes...
by Max Maven
09/10/14 07:46 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Video of a Magic Act You Can NOT Miss!
Replies: 4
Views: 549

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

Someone has to say, and I'll be the one. Joan Rivers was a very funny and talented comedian--30 years ago. For the past several decades she has embodied everything that is vile about American culture. She looked like a freak from the plastic surgery in a quest not to look her age, and she was a mea...
by Max Maven
09/05/14 08:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 2494

Re: Lubor Fiedler Has Died

Dustin, no need to apologize. Lubor knew, and that's more important than being mentioned on a list that was written when you were reeling from this unwelcome news. I'm still stunned. That said, I'm in Spain, having just spent three days visiting Juan in Cadiz; now in Madrid, surrounded by wonderful ...
by Max Maven
09/05/14 07:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lubor Fiedler Has Died
Replies: 29
Views: 2349

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

For Bill Mullins:

You might alter your opinion if you watch the 2010 documentary about her, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work -- particularly the scene during a casino performance where an audience member angrily denounces one of her jokes. Her reply is, in several ways, quite beautiful.
by Max Maven
09/05/14 02:21 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 2494

Re: George Jason

So far as I know, no film or video of George Jason exists. There is an audiotape of one of his shows; I heard it back in the 1970s. However, at this point I have no recollection as to who owned that recording. One significant legacy from Jason that is largely forgotten is the idea of MCing a magic c...
by Max Maven
08/24/14 06:53 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: George Jason
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: B'Wave

Any set using jokers rather than blanks is not an authorized "B'wave" packet.

John Bannon's "Twisted Sister," a variant that was authorized, did use jokers -- so perhaps someone split up TS sets and sold them as "B'wave" sets for increased profits.
by Max Maven
08/11/14 07:59 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: B'Wave
Replies: 19
Views: 1290

Re: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic

It was invented by Steve Belchou, and first appeared in The Dragon in 1939.
by Max Maven
08/10/14 05:51 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 12
Views: 1118

Re: Cyril's New Japanese TV Special

There are precedents to this in Japanese culture, that became common long before television -- e.g., the format that was used during the showing of silent movies, which included live commentary.

The cultural reasons for this are complicated enough that I won't address them here.
by Max Maven
08/01/14 10:20 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cyril's New Japanese TV Special
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: Best trick I've ever done

Relieved to see that she takes after her mother.

Congrats.
by Max Maven
07/23/14 06:23 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Best trick I've ever done
Replies: 24
Views: 1246

Re: the matrix lean in vietnam

Not as much as he admires Danny Cole.
by Max Maven
07/08/14 03:31 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: the matrix lean in vietnam
Replies: 2
Views: 785

Re: A Little Old Fashioned Racist Magic ... for Kids!

Brad Henderson wrote:Did Max give a talk or write an article on racism in magic props/names?


I did, in a "Parallax" column, over twenty years ago. Made no difference.
by Max Maven
06/28/14 04:33 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: A Little Old Fashioned Racist Magic ... for Kids!
Replies: 32
Views: 2762

Re: Magic Apparatus Used in Movies...

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ib Melchoir in front of an audience at the Magic Castle. He directed the 1964 film The Time Travelers, in which almost all of the special effects were accomplished using magic props. Great fun.
by Max Maven
06/18/14 10:02 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic Apparatus Used in Movies...
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Why?

Mr. J, your information is off. American attendance at FISM has been substantial during the past couple of decades.

Of course creating alternative domestic events scheduled just a few months later is not a helpful element in that regard.
by Max Maven
06/04/14 09:57 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Why FISM?
Replies: 30
Views: 3151

Re: Spend Easter with Max Maven

Thank you for the kind words. Various projects afoot, not all of them easily accessible. About to go to Taiwan, then Italy. There are some forthcoming print efforts; the next issue of Gibecière will contain the second installment of my "slum magic" series, which came together in a rather p...
by Max Maven
05/09/14 02:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spend Easter with Max Maven
Replies: 5
Views: 965

Re: Richard advertises, then teases.

DonB wrote:Then, he allows Max to write a HUGE teaser regarding Tenyo items, with a feature story on Shigeru Sugawara, and all of the Tenyo items he has created.!


He "allowed" me? That's an interesting interpretation...
by Max Maven
04/20/14 07:32 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Richard advertises, then teases.
Replies: 15
Views: 3566

Re: Derek DelGaudio to produce new Disney movie

Dammit, Richard. Why do you force me to take an optimistic stance? Derek has already accomplished something worth celebrating. And, whether it gets done, and whether it's good, are not based on probability statistics. The results have much more to do with the source of the ideas. My money is on Del ...
by Max Maven
04/07/14 01:55 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Derek DelGaudio to produce new Disney movie
Replies: 22
Views: 2926

Re: I have a couple questions about Lifesavers

That row of numbers indicates the printing, not the edition. Thus, if the number sequence is missing the 1, it's the first edition, second print run. If it's missing the 1 and 2, it's the first edition, third print run. And so on.
by Max Maven
03/12/14 07:32 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: I have a couple questions about Lifesavers
Replies: 7
Views: 1691

Re: FSH: Phil Goldstein's Para-Sight

One.
by Max Maven
03/07/14 05:12 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH: Phil Goldstein's Para-Sight
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Re: Wonderball

The performer was Bernard Whitman.
by Max Maven
02/28/14 08:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 9827

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

There was a story that he once put T.A. Waters out of his car on the way to a magic convention, because he took umbrage as Waters didn't list Busby as one of the top card magicians. Is that true? It was in the 1980s. Jeff was driving Thomas back from attending a lecture in San Francisco to Oakland ...
by Max Maven
02/19/14 06:10 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 58
Views: 7267

Re: On misdirection

The anthropomorphizing of the chimp's reactions is augmented by the speech balloons, which further define the reactions.
by Max Maven
01/13/14 03:16 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: On misdirection
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Re: Oh Reallys...

The statement is only ridiculous if you came up in magic after around 1970. Prior to that, the standard thumb tip was metal, and smaller than those used today, only coming down to the first knuckle. This meant it was used differently than the in the post-Vernet era. So, the statement is not ridiculo...
by Max Maven
11/22/13 06:16 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Oh Reallys...
Replies: 14
Views: 1782

Re: And He Never Said Goodbye...

That's because I'm not done yet.

(It's a work in progress.)
by Max Maven
11/18/13 07:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: And He Never Said Goodbye...
Replies: 2
Views: 400

Re: Who invented What's Next?

Different trick, but same method: "Domi-No" by Tom Barker, Abra #1131, September 30, 1967.
by Max Maven
10/04/13 03:22 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented What's Next?
Replies: 30
Views: 3332

Re: Siegfried & Roy Article

What an insightful article. Their fame was "atmospheric."
by Max Maven
09/27/13 02:50 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Siegfried & Roy Article
Replies: 10
Views: 786

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

I am so tired of this conversation, which has gone around in circles ceaselessly for the past century. There is a difference between what is legal and what is ethical. The laws of intellectual property are necessarily complex, but in the specific world of magicians, the basic rules are simple and es...
by Max Maven
09/19/13 11:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 64
Views: 8438

Re: Opening Credits of Desperate Acts of Magic

The idea was used in the opening credits of the 1972 French comedy Le Grand Blond Alec une chaussure noire ("The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe"). The film was remade in America in 1985 as a vehicle for Tom Hanks. However, the shoe was changed to red and the card magic opening credits ...
by Max Maven
09/13/13 09:06 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Opening Credits of Desperate Acts of Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 841

Re: World's Greatest Magic TV specials contact

You aren't likely to get a reply from ABC; the special aired on NBC.

The show was a co-production between the Pudney Organization and Hearst Tribune Media. Some form of that production entity must still exist, because the shows are still generating royalty checks.
by Max Maven
08/28/13 07:56 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: World's Greatest Magic TV specials contact
Replies: 3
Views: 898

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Koran was sloppy about titles (e.g., when he erroneously applied the "Princess Card" appellation to a completely different trick). Given that his marketed "Jonah Card" had no similarity of plot or method to the Ten-Card Deal, I would assume that either it was purely a coincidence...
by Max Maven
07/14/13 05:57 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 160
Views: 30209

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Why "Jonah"? It seems like "Judas" would make more sense -- whoever receives the card is betrayed by it. There's nothing about the story of Jonah that makes the allusion logical. "Jonah" is old nautical slang, meaning someone or something that brings bad luck. In the b...
by Max Maven
07/13/13 09:49 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 160
Views: 30209

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Ted M wrote:What next, word that Max Maven's long-anticipated book on the Gilbreath principle, Terrifying Beauty, is being readied for press as well?!


Keep the faith.
by Max Maven
07/13/13 09:44 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 160
Views: 30209

Re: Harry Anderson quoted by Goldberg

The gag is employed with perverse charm in the 2012 film John Dies at the End.

It was also the foundation of a celebrated blog by Penn Jillette regarding the rock band named (coincidentally) Molly Hatchet.
by Max Maven
07/10/13 02:51 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson quoted by Goldberg
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: Accordion Force Credit?

U. F. Grant.
by Max Maven
07/05/13 04:46 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Accordion Force Credit?
Replies: 1
Views: 992

Re: Annemann cover story?

Richard, your memory is slipping. I had nothing to do with the November 1992 issue, which was edited by Dante Larsen. I did contribute to the October 2009 issue that had a substantial amount of Annemann commentary, guest-edited by Harry Anderson and Jon Racherbaumer. Come on, Richard -- that was les...
by Max Maven
07/02/13 11:57 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Annemann cover story?
Replies: 5
Views: 1254

Re: Houdini Play in the UK

Back in December 1966, I saw a West End musical entitled "Man of Magic" -- a Houdini bio. One can only hope that this forthcoming musical will be better...
by Max Maven
06/26/13 05:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Play in the UK
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: Looking For: Aqua Cups

The trick was marketed as a separate item by Tannen's in 1967. No inventor's name was provided. Price was $2.50.
by Max Maven
06/19/13 04:10 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For: Aqua Cups
Replies: 3
Views: 295
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