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Re: DeLand

In the 80s I worked at a magic shop that sold the DeLand Automatic Deck. The other demonstrator told me it was a marked deck and that's how we sold them, primarily to non-magicians who thought they wanted to cheat someone. One day during a lull I read the sheet and was blown away. I still have the d...
by Gordon Meyer
06/01/15 Yesterday 10:33 AM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 40
Views: 7114

Re: Crowdfunding websites and magic?

In my view, IndieGoGo has a model that is just ripe for disappointment, if not a scam. With Kickstarter, unless the project reaches its stated funding goal, none of the donors have to pay up on their promise. But with IndieGoGo, even if the project doesn't reach its goal, you pay anyway. This create...
by Gordon Meyer
05/12/15 09:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Crowdfunding websites and magic?
Replies: 8
Views: 596

Re: One Trick Phoney

I'm reminded of the sex workers in San Francisco who were demanding fair treatment -- their org was called COYOTE which stood for "Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics." As others have pointed out, not everyone agrees that what Uri has don't is somehow "wrong."
by Gordon Meyer
05/08/15 05:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 8257

Re: April is School Library Month - What was your favorite?

Dunninger's Encyclopedia was my fave library book. Loved the illustrations and (fanciful) methods


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by Gordon Meyer
05/02/15 04:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: April is School Library Month - What was your favorite?
Replies: 12
Views: 1311

Re: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice

This is lots of fun to discuss, but the reality is that usage evolves and eventually the non-gender singular "they" will win out. Some style guides already support it. You might as well get on board and then you can be smug about how you're living in the future. Even Grammar Girl thinks it...
by Gordon Meyer
03/28/15 01:20 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 37
Views: 4179

Re: Donation solicitation email from SAM?

The email stated that other organizations are passing on high costs of operations to their members, but "I don't want to do that." Then it goes on to ask me for money. Huh? If the organization is being so poorly managed that dues aren't covering expenses, explain the situation and raise th...
by Gordon Meyer
03/27/15 12:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Donation solicitation email from SAM?
Replies: 8
Views: 1135

Re: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice

I have been fighting for the gender-neutral, singular "they" for a long time Its time will come.
by Gordon Meyer
03/22/15 11:31 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 37
Views: 4179

Re: Real Secrets Becoming Real Dead Gone!

Hopefully not using Revizzit as they once attempted.
by Gordon Meyer
03/07/15 02:04 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Real Secrets Becoming Real Dead Gone!
Replies: 35
Views: 5363

Re: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect

For me it highlighted the difficulty that most of us amateurs face -- the presentation of magic outside of the context of a magic show or being known as a magician. It's easy for a trick to become an awkward, out-of-place thing that's not easy to interpret. That said, I thought it was great, and som...
by Gordon Meyer
02/24/15 10:13 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect
Replies: 24
Views: 3269

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Magic has a grand tradition of outright theft. The golden age is rife with stories of spies and backstage shenanigans to steal methods and presentations from other performers. (See the so-called Kellar Levitation). We have, I hope, largely grown past such blatant disregard. But magic is still a stra...
by Gordon Meyer
02/07/15 02:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 99
Views: 7251

Re: Card Tricks for a Work Meeting

I have experience in this area. it can be tricky in a work situation and may raise some unexpected emotions and feelings from your colleagues. (For example, at the next meeting, will Mary be asked to sing a song? Are you not working hard enough if you learned to do this?) I definitely recommend stic...
by Gordon Meyer
01/20/15 06:45 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Tricks for a Work Meeting
Replies: 19
Views: 1263

Re: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone

Joe, you sound like you'd be interested in Robert E. Neale's book, "The Sense of Wonder," which was recently published by The Theory & Art of Magic Press. Just a head's up in case you're not aware of it. About 400 pages exploring this very topic.
by Gordon Meyer
12/21/14 02:10 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 6958

Re: Is Amazon allowed to print the books it sells?

That's how print on demand works. It's printed when you order it.
by Gordon Meyer
11/05/14 09:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Amazon allowed to print the books it sells?
Replies: 5
Views: 840

Re: McCOMBICAL The Wit and Wisdom of Billy McComb

Ouch, that is a shame. I'd like to believe that a more complete publication would still sell.
by Gordon Meyer
10/26/14 08:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: McCOMBICAL The Wit and Wisdom of Billy McComb
Replies: 29
Views: 4045

Re: New: Roberto Giobbi's Secret Twitter

And let's just say thank heaves he's not using Revizzit. :)

I think it's a very clever approach, for not a lot of money, and he has a safety net in place for those who don't want to use Twitter, but you'll have to wait until later to get your tidbits all at once. I'm in.
by Gordon Meyer
10/20/14 07:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New: Roberto Giobbi's Secret Twitter
Replies: 44
Views: 5887

Re: New: Roberto Giobbi's Secret Twitter

I'm impressed with the idea of using Twitter's private message feature as a product distribution. Very clever and I haven't heard of this being done before. Neato. Although the marketing material doesn't make it very clear, it appears to me that what you're getting is a link to a page or graphic. So...
by Gordon Meyer
10/19/14 03:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New: Roberto Giobbi's Secret Twitter
Replies: 44
Views: 5887

Re: A New Attraction?

Check out the 2nd photo on the product page. It appears to be as thick as the old stuff, and they're using a huge piece on the single sheet of paper.

But in the grand tradition of magic, someone could repackage this at sell it at 400% markup. :)
by Gordon Meyer
10/19/14 03:53 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: A New Attraction?
Replies: 3
Views: 990

Re: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck

My question is, why does Penguin continue to sell it?
by Gordon Meyer
10/19/14 03:50 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck
Replies: 44
Views: 7360

Re: On The Level a New very kool Pocket Trick

If it's custom made, a color other than yellow might have been a better choice. It's flashing quite a bit in the video and I don't think the color is helping.
by Gordon Meyer
10/18/14 10:19 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: On The Level a New very kool Pocket Trick
Replies: 16
Views: 1503

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: 16377

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: 1449

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: 3563

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: 2278

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: 16377

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: 4058

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: 2864

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: 4292

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: 8764

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: 3038

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: 3038

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: 23
Views: 3061

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: 23
Views: 3061

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: 1901

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: 3348

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: 5930

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: 1681

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: 5930

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: 121
Views: 11103

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: 14173

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: 14173
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