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Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

It's not entirely about having backups, it's the format the bits themselves. Although PDF seems ubiquitous now, 100 years from now it will an unreadable blob of 1s and 0s. (You can experience this already, try to open a WordStar file, or even a 1996 "interactive" PDF. They can barely be re...
by Gordon Meyer
08/20/14 10:27 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 14152

Re: B'Wave

Sadly, there are "B'Wave refill sets" on the market that come with Jokers. They also don't include instructions. And, I presume, no financial arrangement with Maven or Minch.
by Gordon Meyer
08/11/14 05:33 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: B'Wave
Replies: 19
Views: 1289

Re: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

beamazed.tv wants only $10 a year for access to their archives. I'll say that again, ten dollars for a whole year! For 2,500 videos in 6 major languages. It occurs to me that raising the price might be something to consider if they are cash-poor.
by Gordon Meyer
08/11/14 05:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 37
Views: 2881

Re: Tom Stone: Runes of Tomorrow

(sigh) "PDF with limited production costs." Yes, bits are free, and distributing them is relatively low cost, but perhaps not as cheap as you think. But creating the material, writing, proofreading, and illustrating the book are not "limited costs" by any means.
by Gordon Meyer
08/06/14 03:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone: Runes of Tomorrow
Replies: 17
Views: 1930

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

It is difficult to generalize from the broader "printed books" market to our tiny niche. Overall, it seems that book reading (in any format) among adults is depressingly low. But when it comes to magic books, the picture might be quite different.
by Gordon Meyer
08/06/14 03:21 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 14152

Re: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner

Pierre is a very smart man and collector. Please stop assuming they aren't in good hands and assigning motivations/attitudes you know nothing about.
by Gordon Meyer
07/31/14 11:02 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner
Replies: 43
Views: 3300

Re: Carney 2013 Returns!!!

Vanishing Inc's digital editions are provided in industry-standard non-DRM format. That's why I buy them. Revizzit, on the other hand, is wrapped in Adobe Air so even aside from the DRM issue you're hoping that Air, as a technology, lives on. No thanks.
by Gordon Meyer
07/24/14 01:48 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Carney 2013 Returns!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 1736

Re: Do people still wear watches?

Some people suspect that magicians are jerks. Stealing their watch removes all doubt.
by Gordon Meyer
06/19/14 04:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 3575

Re: New Genii Website Up and New Digital July Edition Live

Yes, resetting the password and using an email address worked for me. (There's really no way you could transfer my user ID and password for Ask Alexander from CARC to the new system, so this isn't unexpected.) Is there a non-Flash version for desktop web browsers? I'm not a fan because of the awkwar...
by Gordon Meyer
06/15/14 12:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Genii Website Up and New Digital July Edition Live
Replies: 114
Views: 7726

Re: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians

I think her points were clear, and not unique to her, either:

1) The conceit of "being magic" rings false because if it were true, you wouldn't waste it doing tricks.

2) If the performer's attitude is "I can do something you can't do" the performer is an ass.
by Gordon Meyer
05/30/14 12:26 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians
Replies: 30
Views: 2579

Re: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians

Well, she's got a point.
by Gordon Meyer
05/29/14 07:22 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians
Replies: 30
Views: 2579

Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

And more magic on BoingBoing. This time, in their "Gadgets" podcast they cover Mind Control.

http://boingboing.net/2014/05/29/pizza- ... -game.html
by Gordon Meyer
05/29/14 07:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure in Boing Boing
Replies: 20
Views: 2204

Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

I don't think this is the first time, and it's less surprising when you notice that it's written by an editor of MAKE, which has published numerous magic tricks for people who aren't interested in magic. This is pretty much just method-porn, as hardly any magician will bother to learn a two-peson co...
by Gordon Meyer
05/19/14 10:07 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure in Boing Boing
Replies: 20
Views: 2204

Re: Odd Ball 2 / Body Language / Lie Detector? Who owns thes

Right, Odd Ball was the little red ball in a clear plastic box. Man, I sold a bunch of those at the Fun Shop. I think ours was made by Fun, Inc, if I remember correctly. Something about the little box really made it mystifying.
by Gordon Meyer
05/06/14 06:35 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Odd Ball 2 / Body Language / Lie Detector? Who owns these?
Replies: 9
Views: 1725

Re: Forum suggestion

If clicking a different button is too burdensome (I right-click on my Mac, by the way), you can always use a bookmarklet that changes all links on a page so they open in a new windows or tabs. The "target new window" bookmarklet on this page is an example. https://www.squarefree.com/bookma...
by Gordon Meyer
05/02/14 12:48 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Forum suggestion
Replies: 29
Views: 3049

Re: Magic Magazine Digital versus Genii

So basically the MAGIC "digital edition" is just a website? Definitely sounds like a step backwards.
by Gordon Meyer
05/02/14 12:39 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Magazine Digital versus Genii
Replies: 45
Views: 5203

Re: Real Secrets Bonus April

My package contents were the same as described by Richard. While I can appreciate the bonus trick, I can't think of a single place that I go where it could be used. I guess I don't frequent the right type of establishments, or I'm blissfully ignorant of the requisite item's availability. Fun to read...
by Gordon Meyer
05/02/14 12:26 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Real Secrets Bonus April
Replies: 14
Views: 1419

Re: Magic Magazine Digital versus Genii

If there's no offline support, it's not so appealing to me. I've been a digital-only subscriber to MAGIC for I guess a couple of years now (since they started offering it, whenever that was) so I too am a little concerned about how I continue to access the back issues I've already paid for, let alon...
by Gordon Meyer
04/25/14 11:10 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Magazine Digital versus Genii
Replies: 45
Views: 5203

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

Wow. Q.E.D.
by Gordon Meyer
04/17/14 06:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 122
Views: 10047

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Wow, the amount of name calling in this thread is disheartening. To sit in judgement of others and deem them "a-holes, charlatans, and con-artists" because they don't share your definition of morality is the ultimate form of egomania. I'm sorry it offends you if everyone doesn't see the wo...
by Gordon Meyer
03/27/14 11:17 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 12676

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

I'm starting a drinking game based on this thread. Every time somebody is called an "arsehole" for having a different option and definition of morality--take a swig. See you on the floor. In all seriousness, those of you imposing your definition of morality, theatrical choices, and ethics ...
by Gordon Meyer
03/25/14 11:21 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 12676

Re: Book writing methodology

Although writing magic books is not my job, I do write scads of other technical material. And I also write it completely before adding any illustrations (or, in my case often, screen shots). I feel it leads me (the writer) to a better understanding of where illustrations can be used for the greatest...
by Gordon Meyer
03/25/14 10:49 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Book writing methodology
Replies: 19
Views: 3649

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Our little world has become one where we pretend to do the impossible, then immediately admit we're faking it, often in the very next breath. Geller is a magician who's not afraid of Magic. So yeah, I agree that he's one of the greatest of our time. I'm sorry I didn't get to attend the bash and meet...
by Gordon Meyer
03/23/14 06:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 12676

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

He was reportedly sought out, and asked to help, by the Malaysian government. This is not the same as chasing a publicity opportunity; it's picking one up that's left at your feet. Now go ahead and cast your stones.
by Gordon Meyer
03/17/14 07:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 12676

Re: Obama tossing the Ladies Magazine cover

Bah, clearly the Aces should be of the same color.
by Gordon Meyer
03/11/14 01:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obama tossing the Ladies Magazine cover
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: Quieting a reel

If you have Tourette Syndrome, or your performing persona does, you could exclaim something inappropriate at the appropriate moment. This is also useful for covering a shift, by the way.
by Gordon Meyer
03/03/14 11:53 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Quieting a reel
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Peter Warlock Mystery Glass Penetration

I don't know what the effect is, but Warlock performs some sort of glass penetration on this video, per the description.

http://llepub.com/index.php?main_page=p ... cts_id=485
by Gordon Meyer
02/19/14 03:30 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Peter Warlock Mystery Glass Penetration
Replies: 10
Views: 934

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Does this trick (in general, not this video specifically) actually fool anyone? It seems like it's full name should be: "The Dancing Cane, or Newton's Third Law of Motion Demonstrated."
by Gordon Meyer
02/14/14 01:38 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 65
Views: 4296

Re: Magi Fest News!

Great write-up, Steve. Nice job capturing the feel of a great conference. But you also pointed out some things I missed in the dealer's room, darnit. It was so crowded at times it made just moving around a challenge.
by Gordon Meyer
02/06/14 12:49 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magi Fest News!
Replies: 11
Views: 3176

Re: Where the streets have magicians' names

Right you are, Richard. One wonders if another hobby wouldn't have drawn so much ire. Sounds like he has done a fantastic job for the housing department aside from this silliness.
by Gordon Meyer
01/28/14 09:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Where the streets have magicians' names
Replies: 23
Views: 1949

Re: How do you print a Collection?

Yup, back in the day this used to be possible. Then some leeches screwed it up for the rest of us. Note that the technically inclined will still be able to accomplish a D.I.Y. version, but it's definitely not a simple thing any more.
by Gordon Meyer
01/08/14 03:02 PM
 
Forum: Ask Alexander
Topic: How do you print a Collection?
Replies: 3
Views: 1723

Re: Michael Ammar Live Lecture for just $1

Is this a Vanishing Inc event? I thought it was, but I also received an email from Big Blind Media selling the same thing, including the $1 price, and describing it as a "Murphy's lecture."
by Gordon Meyer
01/06/14 06:35 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Ammar Live Lecture for just $1
Replies: 11
Views: 1142

Re: Advice on using Ask Alexander

Create your collection before you find the first item you want to add to it. That's my best tip.
by Gordon Meyer
12/09/13 01:50 PM
 
Forum: Ask Alexander
Topic: Advice on using Ask Alexander
Replies: 10
Views: 3173

Re: Library Organization and Software Recommendations Please

Bookcat has now been abandoned by its maker, per their website. (As has my beloved Bento.)

http://www.fnprg.com/index.html
by Gordon Meyer
12/04/13 01:20 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Library Organization and Software Recommendations Please
Replies: 45
Views: 5794

Re: Martin Gardner and Todd Karr

Maybe if Todd shared the sample PDF with non-purchasers, he'd get a few more pre-orders.
by Gordon Meyer
11/22/13 01:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner and Todd Karr
Replies: 46
Views: 7401

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Roberto Giobbi deserves mention in any discussion of magic's great technical writers.
by Gordon Meyer
11/22/13 01:43 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 17
Views: 2128

Re: Esquire and Criss Angel's New Haircut

I learned two things from this article:

1) The author finds Angel's magic so uninteresting (apparently) that personal grooming is a better topic to write about.

2) It's not just magicians who can be catty about Criss Angel. It's a bandwagon that anyone can jump on!
by Gordon Meyer
10/21/13 09:32 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Esquire and Criss Angel's New Haircut
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: November 2013 issue of Genii

Take heart, Bill, the IRS is probably listening to those numbers too. :D
by Gordon Meyer
10/17/13 03:09 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: November 2013 issue of Genii
Replies: 24
Views: 4480

Re: Eugene Burger - 2 effects - help me find them again

I believe you're referring to Eugene's version of Fading Coin by Tomoyuki Takahashi.
by Gordon Meyer
10/13/13 01:31 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Eugene Burger - 2 effects - help me find them again
Replies: 7
Views: 3937

Re: Haunted Ketchup Pack

It's when they changed their name from Kentucky Fried Chicken to just "KFC." If you don't know why they did that, a Google search will tell you. :lol:
by Gordon Meyer
09/30/13 04:41 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Haunted Ketchup Pack
Replies: 5
Views: 1050
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