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by Max Maven
November 29th, 2016, 5:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions

The trick you're looking for was Roydon's "Fantastic."
by Max Maven
October 16th, 2016, 5:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!
Replies: 18
Views: 2001

Re: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!

The basic puzzle was created by Winston Freer. It requires opaque pieces that are hollow so additional pieces can be hidden inside. Tenyo's new version by Komichi Komiya works very differently: the puzzle pieces are transparent. It's a huge innovation on the original. Sorry, Richard. Your informati...
by Max Maven
September 19th, 2016, 5:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 15
Views: 3168

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Don't forget Fredric Brown's Madball.
by Max Maven
July 25th, 2016, 9:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: milk pitcher principle
Replies: 9
Views: 2004

Re: milk pitcher principle

I'd be interested in a citation regarding Stanley Collins in this regard.

So far as I know, the precursor to the Milk Pitcher was the DeMuth Milk Bottle, devised in the early 1930s. The pitcher format was claimed by Richard Himber, who marketed it in 1943.
by Max Maven
July 22nd, 2016, 3:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick
Replies: 7
Views: 1215

Re: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick

It is embarrassing that I can provide information on this. The trick began as a feature in the act of Howard Brooks, in the late 1930s. After U.F. Grant marketed it, other dealers put it out (it was relatively easy to make), and there were other claimants (Eddie Cochran in the U.S., Vivante in Engla...
by Max Maven
July 10th, 2016, 8:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel Called Out for Copying Other Vegas Magician's Tricks
Replies: 3
Views: 896

Re: Criss Angel Called Out for Copying Other Vegas Magician's Tricks

Actually, the guy with the eyepatch is the doyen of Las Vegas showbiz writers, Norm Clarke. But, Mike Weatherford is probably the most highly positioned reviewer.
by Max Maven
July 6th, 2016, 1:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Is It With Florida?
Replies: 7
Views: 2377

What Is It With Florida?

Recent court ruling regarding copyright issues, citing a particularly foolish decades-old case involving magic;

http://www.billboard.com/files/pdfs/Bul ... lletin.pdf
by Max Maven
June 26th, 2016, 11:10 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Elephant hotel
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: Elephant hotel

Yesterday I was walking down the street in Seoul, with Satoshi Onosaka. We passed a restaurant called "Hotdog New York" which prompted him to say that the hot dogs in Manhattan tasted better than anywhere else, which got me reminiscing about the Nathan's on 42nd street, years ago, that sol...
by Max Maven
June 22nd, 2016, 6:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Joy of Slum Magic
Replies: 56
Views: 7652

Re: The Joy of Slum Magic

The soft/hard corner idea is properly known as the Tan/Fillman Principle.
by Max Maven
April 23rd, 2016, 9:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?
Replies: 19
Views: 3488

Re: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?

If there really was a trend or pattern based on "generational" celebrities, then 2015 would have also been filled with such deaths. But it wasn't.
by Max Maven
April 23rd, 2016, 2:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Some Like It Hot?
Replies: 13
Views: 2921

Re: Some Like It Hot?

Not that obscure a story. Donna Delbert was favorably reviewed in various magic magazines in the 1940s and '50s, and the army problem was also reported in several magic journals, as well as major newspapers. As of the mid-1970s, she was still performing. I saw her MC and do fire-eating at a Larry We...
by Max Maven
February 11th, 2016, 9:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIchard Ross---Jumbo Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 2312

Re: RIchard Ross---Jumbo Cards

Richard Hatch wrote:Dr. Zina Bennett of Detroit was noted for his manipulation of jumbo cards.


Plus he married well.
by Max Maven
February 8th, 2016, 6:08 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Submitted for your Consideration
Replies: 15
Views: 4699

Re: Submitted for your Consideration

Joe Mckay wrote:You can see the interactive routine using hands here. I think it is a Max Maven idea. But I am not sure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXyT9dxH5xo



Not mine.
by Max Maven
December 9th, 2015, 3:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 14098

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

Taped at the first Gathering for Gardner in 1993.
by Max Maven
December 7th, 2015, 12:51 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Clayton Rawson movie
Replies: 5
Views: 1246

Re: Clayton Rawson movie

One of three movies based on Merlini novels -- although in one of them, the story was tweaked to be about a different and better known print detective.
by Max Maven
November 26th, 2015, 2:22 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Source for this peek
Replies: 16
Views: 4199

Re: Source for this peek

Just to clarify the chronology, Dan Tong developed his book test using this methodology in the 1950s or early 1960s. It was eventually published in the New Jinx ; I believe the title was "Teletact." Related work appeared in the Linking Ring in the 1950s, by Charles Miller (not Charlie; I t...
by Max Maven
October 8th, 2015, 6:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: question about Persi and Gadner
Replies: 5
Views: 1398

Re: question about Persi and Gadner

Pace Richard Hatch, but your message suggests that Persi Diaconis was the first to bring Prevost to the attention of English-speaking magicians. That credit is too broad. It is, however, fair to say that although many knew of the book, few had much knowledge of its contents, given that to understand...
by Max Maven
October 5th, 2015, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven is okay
Replies: 11
Views: 2716

Re: Max Maven is okay

My thanks to the many people who sent messages during my unexpected four-day stay in the hospital this past weekend. Not how I'd planned to experience Orlando... But although I'm still in the process of recovering, the worst is over, and I'm feeling better with every passing hour. Sorry I was unable...
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2015, 12:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...
Replies: 13
Views: 3644

Re: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...

But Lee Noble's wallet was not the original Himber design...
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2015, 10:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...
Replies: 13
Views: 3644

Re: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...

Nobody ever topped the Lee Noble Himber. Those old enough to remember it will know what I mean.
by Max Maven
September 15th, 2015, 7:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Are The Most Used Gimmicked Cards? [NEED HELP]
Replies: 25
Views: 3210

Re: What Are The Most Used Gimmicked Cards? [NEED HELP]

I’m surprised that no one has mentioned Syl Reilly’s Fa-Ko Deck, marketed in 1928. While there have subsequently been other gaff assortments on the market, all of them built on this one. It was later revised and sold by Ronald Haines, in 1962. That incarnation begat a companion booklet, published in...
by Max Maven
August 25th, 2015, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 62
Views: 10589

Re: [censored] Troll Forum

performer wrote:[I]t should be carefully noted that I NEVER ATTACK ANYONE UNLESS THEY ATTACK ME FIRST.


I will politely comment that while this may be currently so, it has not been true in the past.
by Max Maven
July 24th, 2015, 1:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Card Trick Source
Replies: 13
Views: 2664

Re: Mathematical Card Trick Source

I would frame it this way: A "Restricted Kruskal" is to the Kruskal Principle as a Perfect Faro is to a Riffle Shuffle.
by Max Maven
July 23rd, 2015, 2:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Card Trick Source
Replies: 13
Views: 2664

Re: Mathematical Card Trick Source

A few days ago, Colm e-mailed me this same question. This is what I wrote in reply: Hi, Colm. While I have not seen this precise trick, the method is not new. One might define it as a Restricted Kruskal Principle. One of the earliest related items in print is an effect by Karl Fulves entitled (if me...
by Max Maven
May 17th, 2015, 1:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 14195

Re: One Trick Phoney

Karl Fulves has written a couple of books exploring his work and it seems clear that he admires his approach to creating effects that feel as real as possible. That comes through to me despite the fact that Fulves using a slightly crude pseudonym to try and mock Gellar. The "Uriah Fuller"...
by Max Maven
May 2nd, 2015, 1:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?
Replies: 15
Views: 3010

Re: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?

Agreed, the established term "ditch" is much nicer. While the term is not much more than a hundred years old, the concept is clearly older, and surely predates the existence of pockets. The pocket, as an item built into a garment, seems to have come along in the late 17th century, but of c...
by Max Maven
April 23rd, 2015, 3:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Renner as Annemann...kind of.
Replies: 7
Views: 1988

Re: Renner as Annemann...kind of.

Ah.

The film takes place in 1921, at which time Annemann was fourteen.
by Max Maven
April 21st, 2015, 9:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Renner as Annemann...kind of.
Replies: 7
Views: 1988

Re: Renner as Annemann...kind of.

Just curious: What is the link to Annemann? Other than the pencil moustache, nothing in the trailer suggests a connection.
by Max Maven
April 6th, 2015, 11:28 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Hakone 2015, Japan
Replies: 7
Views: 2542

Re: Hakone 2015, Japan

It was indeed a lovely convention. One correction: The Taiwanese performer was not named Yu Ho Jin (that's the name of the wonderful Korean manipulator who is the current FISM Grand Prix champion, among many stellar credits). The young man from Taiwan, who makes jumbo cards transform into regular si...
by Max Maven
February 19th, 2015, 2:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer
Replies: 7
Views: 1707

Re: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer

And we appreciate your inconsistency.
by Max Maven
January 29th, 2015, 2:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tom Mullica's godfather?
Replies: 4
Views: 2202

Re: Tom Mullica's godfather?

I was just talking about Jim Carazini the night before last. Amazing act. He would walk into the venue a minute before showtime, and walk directly onto the stage. No costume, no make-up, no set-up. (Remind me some time, and I'll tell you about his offstage smoking habit.) And the "godfather&quo...
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 6:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 9186

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

Then aspire toward Dali, not Dangerfield.
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 4:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 3974

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

Far more likely than DeLand stealing "Inverto" from Finley, would be that Finley bought one and then fooled Vernon with it. Do you really imagine that Dai Vernon was not aware of the latest marketed card magic? My assumption is that Finley told Vernon that he had come up with the idea pri...
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 4:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 9186

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

The lack of an official comment should not be misinterpreted. The situation has not gone "unnoticed." It is under discussion. Until the show has been viewed by the members of the AMA boards (I, for example, have not yet seen it), it is obviously not viable for us to make an informed respon...
by Max Maven
January 13th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 3974

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

I was referring to the gimmicked deck known as "Inverto" or "Cheek to Cheek."

Pray tell, given the message to which I was responding, what was unclear?
by Max Maven
January 12th, 2015, 4:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 3974

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

Dai Vernon emphatically credited Arthur Finley with this invention. In 1914, Finley was in his late teens -- which does not rule out the possibility.
by Max Maven
December 28th, 2014, 3:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who invented the water in newspaper trick?
Replies: 4
Views: 1550

Re: Who invented the water in newspaper trick?

Fascinating information, Richard.

Source?
by Max Maven
December 22nd, 2014, 8:51 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 14492

Re: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone

Speaking of Mr. Maven, I seem to recall him saying something to the effect of: an artist doesn't give the audience what they want. Rather, the artist gives them what they don't know that they want yet. I have avoided joining this thread, as I did its predecessor, for fear my head will explode. But,...
by Max Maven
November 26th, 2014, 2:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 4210

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

"Legal" and "ethical" are not synonymous.

There used to be something known as Professional Courtesy.
by Max Maven
October 23rd, 2014, 9:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad to report that Larry Weeks passed away
Replies: 6
Views: 1788

Re: Sad to report that Larry Weeks passed away

Wow. I do not usually comment on death notices, but -- wow.

A remarkable link to the past. I met Larry in 1964. He sold me a plastic tray for 25¢, which was my introduction to Equivoque. Best quarter I ever spent.

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