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by Gordon Meyer
September 15th, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1329

Re: Strange Brew

I'm not much of a coffee drinker. Are there considerations for the beverage, such as wine or soda, other than being opaque?
by Gordon Meyer
August 29th, 2017, 5:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 43
Views: 4947

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

I discussed this change in viewpoint with Eugene and, as I recall, there were a couple of important nuances involved. First, coming up with one's own presentation can be an obstacle, for many students, to working on the trick. If you use the creator's presentation, you can start performing it sooner...
by Gordon Meyer
August 20th, 2017, 11:38 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 53
Views: 4358

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

It appears the Arcana tarot deck might not have been mentioned yet in this thread.

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by Gordon Meyer
July 18th, 2017, 2:30 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 94
Views: 12034

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Bob's post-sale addenda include more great material than some books do in their entirety. Thanks for the updates, sir.
by Gordon Meyer
July 18th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Pogue on why products fail.
Replies: 6
Views: 940

Re: David Pogue on why products fail.

Ironically, Pogue's "missing manual" series fell into the very same Upgrade Paradox trap, eventually becoming parodies of themselves.
by Gordon Meyer
June 29th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2963

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

I like how in the job posting there are a bunch of requirements (50 hours a week, etc) but comparatively little mention of compensation or benefits.
by Gordon Meyer
March 9th, 2017, 11:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Himber Wallet Recommendation
Replies: 11
Views: 1874

Re: Himber Wallet Recommendation

I don't know if they are still available, but David Solomon's "Time Warp Wallet" is well worth looking into.
by Gordon Meyer
March 6th, 2017, 5:31 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: San Francisco Airport
Replies: 3
Views: 923

Re: San Francisco Airport

No, just one ticket. You can transfer between terminals once you're in one.

The Ouija exhibit is fantastic. So many boards, and the text/history portions are interesting. Definitely worth perusing if you're able.
by Gordon Meyer
February 6th, 2017, 4:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Houdini poster sets record price at auction
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: Houdini poster sets record price at auction

There are fine art moving services that deal with high-value and hard to move paintings, sculptures, and so on. The poster is huge, and framed, so it seems like a logical guess.
by Gordon Meyer
December 7th, 2016, 3:09 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Genii Archive Question
Replies: 43
Views: 18716

Re: Genii Archive Question

I hope that at some point you'll provide the newer issues in PDF for offline use. Look at this way, you get to sell them to me all over again if you do this. :)
by Gordon Meyer
December 7th, 2016, 3:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 10768

Re: Magicians Documentary

I rented it and watched on iPad during a recent flight. Of all the magician documentaries, I found it to the most interesting. It also had the fewest cringe-worthy moments (Jan footage notwithstanding). I recommend the movie, but I'm not sure a lay person would enjoy it as much.
by Gordon Meyer
November 29th, 2016, 5:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spike in magicpedia traffic after Penn and Teller episodes
Replies: 14
Views: 2718

Re: Spike in magicpedia traffic after Penn and Teller episodes

JFox wrote:Selfishly, I wish that some of Penn's "clues" would be more subtle.


The word "subtle" in reference to Penn is oxymoronic. :)
by Gordon Meyer
October 28th, 2016, 5:13 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Genii Archive Question
Replies: 43
Views: 18716

Re: Genii Archive Question

Are there any plans to extend the PDF lybrary version past 2012?
by Gordon Meyer
August 21st, 2016, 2:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stan Allen's BIG announcement ... MAGIC Mag is closing
Replies: 24
Views: 5225

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: 1608

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: 7103

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: 5994

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: 5994

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: 3385

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: 1890

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: 982

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: 44
Views: 10258

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: 46
Views: 8959

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: 11573

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: 11573

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: 2665

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: 536
Views: 63428

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: 536
Views: 63428

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: 536
Views: 63428

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: 16257

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: 536
Views: 63428

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: 7975

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: 16257

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: 54
Views: 19224

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: 1412

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: 16100

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: 2890

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: 18803

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: 2025

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...

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