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by Gordon Meyer
August 21st, 2016, 2:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stan Allen's BIG announcement ... MAGIC Mag is closing
Replies: 24
Views: 3477

Re: Stan Allen's BIG announcement ... MAGIC Mag is closing

http://www.magicmagazine.com/w/legacy/ for those that don't have the link to the announcement. I guess the pledge never to resell MAGIC "in any form" precludes a bound reprint or ebook of all the issues. Hmmm, that's not my reading of the sentence. What I read is that MAGIC won't be sold ...
by Gordon Meyer
June 30th, 2016, 12:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicana's "The Magic Palace" on-line exhibition
Replies: 8
Views: 1247

Re: Magicana's "The Magic Palace" on-line exhibition

This is really great. Thanks, Magicana!
by Gordon Meyer
June 26th, 2016, 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 4427

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

Mac users interested in this should investigate "DVDremaster". I use it to convert DVDs for watching on my iPad, but it also has settings that preserve the original format and menus.
by Gordon Meyer
June 23rd, 2016, 6:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Secrets of a Peurto Rican Gambler and For Your Entertainment Pleasure!
Replies: 23
Views: 3893

Re: Secrets of a Peurto Rican Gambler and For Your Entertainment Pleasure!

Funny, I devoured these books in my youth. Not saying I mastered any of it, but I worked on every routine. Then I got a copy of Harry Lorayne's Quantum Leaps and felt completely completely over my head.
by Gordon Meyer
June 20th, 2016, 3:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Secrets of a Peurto Rican Gambler and For Your Entertainment Pleasure!
Replies: 23
Views: 3893

Re: Secrets of a Peurto Rican Gambler and For Your Entertainment Pleasure!

Some of my favorite books, and definitely a big influence when I was young. I'm also a bit sorry to see them come out again, but the work here by Daryl, and the great writing by Minch, do deserve a new audience.
by Gordon Meyer
June 5th, 2016, 9:10 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mentalist on the Rifleman
Replies: 13
Views: 2013

Re: Mentalist on the Rifleman

Or, it could have been the actor who had seen someone do that act, which he used to inform his character.
by Gordon Meyer
June 5th, 2016, 9:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: About Randy Pitchford, the New Owner of Genii
Replies: 7
Views: 1456

Re: About Randy Pitchford, the New Owner of Genii

Ha! The article's use of "Frisco" was really grating on my nerves until I realized they were talking about some town in Texas, not San Francisco. The site does a pretty good of assuming you already know where the center of the universe is. :)
by Gordon Meyer
May 20th, 2016, 4:27 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Great glasses for Poker Sized Cards
Replies: 1
Views: 435

Re: Great glasses for Poker Sized Cards

Good tip, thank you.
by Gordon Meyer
May 12th, 2016, 1:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Karl Fulves Pubs
Replies: 41
Views: 6005

Re: The Lowdown

The final issue of Antinomy?
by Gordon Meyer
May 4th, 2016, 2:49 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: To legally buy used Precursor PDF
Replies: 45
Views: 5871

Re: Wanted: To legally buy used Precursor PDF

There's another very interesting question that's getting lost. Is it legal/ethical to resell a PDF that you have purchased? In the digital world outside of magic there is usually an agreement that would answer that question with a big fat "no" because you're technically not buying anything...
by Gordon Meyer
March 10th, 2016, 12:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: This New Blue Board
Replies: 70
Views: 7744

Re: This New Blue Board

Aha! Active Topics is in the site navigation, not the board navigation. Hidden plain sight. Thank you, Bill.
Sing along with me..."one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong..."
by Gordon Meyer
March 10th, 2016, 12:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: This New Blue Board
Replies: 70
Views: 7744

Re: This New Blue Board

I came here to bemoan the loss of Active Topics. But apparently it's here, just hiding. For the life of me, I can't find it. Is it a button? A word link? Where? I feel like such an old man... Thanks.
by Gordon Meyer
December 16th, 2015, 12:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Steve Bryant hits 20 years!
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Re: Steve Bryant hits 20 years!

Agreed! Steve's site is an all-time favorite with trusted reviews and news.
by Gordon Meyer
August 16th, 2015, 6:11 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 534
Views: 50799

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

I think it's fair to describe those who stick with magic after they are exposed to it as being 'called to it'. No need to get all religious about it. But I feel like that obscured my point. Call it what you want (pun intended), I feel no obligation to encourage others to learn magic. So saying that ...
by Gordon Meyer
August 15th, 2015, 3:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 534
Views: 50799

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

Unless your a magic dealer (or publisher), why is it a goal to attract new people to magic as a hobby? I don't understand this sentiment, outside of the obvious commercial interests. I have no desire to convince or extol the merits of the hobby/pursuit. You're either called to it, or you're not. I d...
by Gordon Meyer
June 23rd, 2015, 6:42 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 534
Views: 50799

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

If someone shows an interest in magic, I'm all for leading them to water so they can drink. I disagree that's what he did with the post about one-way decks. I think our differing perspectives are that I believe one should express an interest in magic before being taught, whereas I think your perspec...
by Gordon Meyer
June 22nd, 2015, 10:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 12472

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Thanks for the clarification, Richard. I meant relatively cheaper to produce, but my preference for hardcovers is clearly showing trough.


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by Gordon Meyer
June 22nd, 2015, 10:14 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 534
Views: 50799

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

I recognize that Mark is a fellow enthusiast, but I find much of his exposure to be gratuitous. For example he recently wrote about a new deck design that he really liked. Then he continued on about the principle of a one-way deck and linked to YouTube videos about it. Granted the videos already exi...
by Gordon Meyer
June 18th, 2015, 7:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Magic
Replies: 39
Views: 5919

Re: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Mag

Arcane abbreviations serve no one but the lazy writer. The point of describing a process is to educate and clarify, not obfuscate. (Professional technical writer and instructional designer, here.) --Gordon
by Gordon Meyer
June 18th, 2015, 7:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 12472

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Quarterly #2 only started shipping in the last few days. If it's like the first issue, it will take some time to form an opinion. (And mine hasn't arrived yet.) Regarding Crescendo being a perfect bound book, I am dismayed that this might become a trend. Paul Vigil's very expensive book was also a c...
by Gordon Meyer
June 1st, 2015, 10:33 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 45
Views: 14355

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
May 12th, 2015, 9:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Crowdfunding websites and magic?
Replies: 8
Views: 1076

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
May 8th, 2015, 5:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 13486

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
May 2nd, 2015, 4:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: April is School Library Month - What was your favorite?
Replies: 12
Views: 2294

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
March 28th, 2015, 1:20 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 47
Views: 14665

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
March 27th, 2015, 12:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Donation solicitation email from SAM?
Replies: 8
Views: 1749

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
March 22nd, 2015, 11:31 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 47
Views: 14665

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
March 7th, 2015, 1:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Real Secrets Becoming Real Dead Gone!
Replies: 35
Views: 8205

Re: Real Secrets Becoming Real Dead Gone!

Hopefully not using Revizzit as they once attempted.
by Gordon Meyer
February 24th, 2015, 9:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect
Replies: 24
Views: 4929

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
February 7th, 2015, 1:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 12472

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
January 20th, 2015, 5:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Tricks for a Work Meeting
Replies: 19
Views: 2723

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
December 21st, 2014, 1:10 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 13820

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
November 5th, 2014, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Amazon allowed to print the books it sells?
Replies: 5
Views: 1237

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
October 26th, 2014, 8:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: McCOMBICAL The Wit and Wisdom of Billy McComb
Replies: 29
Views: 6222

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
October 20th, 2014, 7:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New: Roberto Giobbi's Secret Twitter
Replies: 44
Views: 8585

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
October 19th, 2014, 3:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New: Roberto Giobbi's Secret Twitter
Replies: 44
Views: 8585

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
October 19th, 2014, 3:53 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: A New Attraction?
Replies: 3
Views: 1770

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
October 19th, 2014, 3:50 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck
Replies: 44
Views: 11046

Re: Bob Cassidy Drunk Train Wreck

My question is, why does Penguin continue to sell it?
by Gordon Meyer
October 18th, 2014, 10:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: On The Level a New very kool Pocket Trick
Replies: 16
Views: 2286

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
August 20th, 2014, 10:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 22499

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...

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