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Re: David Blaine tonight

Blaine's lack of expression is a performance choice (and it works for him). That he now throws in a smile shows more of a performer secure in his skin than in his younger day. He admits in this Yahoo interview that he adopts this affectation for a reason: "Even though I do magic and I'm always ...
by Brian Morton
11/21/13 12:02 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine tonight
Replies: 13
Views: 1476

Re: 1st ed. Absolute Magic, 3rd ed. Pure Effect (eBay Auction)

After doing a little research, I just want to point out that each of these books by themselves (and as reprints) go for $200 apiece at H&R Magic Books (when they are in stock, which right now, they are not). At present there are only three bids on this auction. It ends Thursday night. brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
02/19/13 10:23 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 1st ed. Absolute Magic, 3rd ed. Pure Effect (eBay Auction)
Replies: 1
Views: 209

1st ed. Absolute Magic, 3rd ed. Pure Effect (eBay Auction)

Like new editions of Derren Brown's Absolute Magic and Pure Effect, up for auction at eBay. 1st edition Absolute Magic is the rare edition Brown self-published and sold off his password-protected website back in the early 2000s. This book has material that the later (green covered) editions don't ha...
by Brian Morton
02/14/13 06:03 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 1st ed. Absolute Magic, 3rd ed. Pure Effect (eBay Auction)
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: Open Audition Calls in LA and Elsewhere for the Next Season of America's Got Talent

Anyone considering applying needs to think about a few things: 1) Other than the million-dollar carrot at the end of the maze, they don't compensate you for squat . You travel to the audition city, you put yourself up, you pay for all your meals, you cover all your own expenses. They claim they &quo...
by Brian Morton
11/02/12 07:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Open Audition Calls in LA and Elsewhere for the Next Season of America's Got Talent
Replies: 12
Views: 735

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

"I am not exposing the weaknesses of magicians; I am revealing their strengths. This book has been written with a spirit of respect and admiration for the great men and women of magic whose methods are described within these pages. An art form is only as great as the innovative people who crea...
by Brian Morton
06/21/12 11:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15107

Re: Wanda Sykes

by Brian Morton
06/07/12 11:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wanda Sykes
Replies: 14
Views: 1592

Re: Question about Blackstone Jr.

But Harry didn't start out with a big show. He didn't have his father's props as those were sold off years earlier. He was working small venues with the cage, the hanky, the committee and maybe the lightbulb. He worked at The Tropicana in Vegas as one of the acts in between the dance numbers. When ...
by Brian Morton
05/14/12 09:07 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Question about Blackstone Jr.
Replies: 44
Views: 5710

Re: Fire breathing?

Jeffrey Cowan wrote:Nope, it does read that way, Doc. Really funny -- but it would be funnier if there wwere a monkey perched on it.


Oh, I am SO taking a lighter to the cover of my copy now. ;)



brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
04/14/12 01:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fire breathing?
Replies: 10
Views: 783

Re: Harbin Bow Sawing - Portable Spectator Sawing in Half

I love this trick; I've been doing it for about nine years now.
by Brian Morton
02/01/12 08:52 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Harbin Bow Sawing - Portable Spectator Sawing in Half
Replies: 5
Views: 656

Re: Auckland magicians fail to see the funny side

The Onion couldn't have written this any better.
by Brian Morton
07/27/11 10:05 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Auckland magicians fail to see the funny side
Replies: 1
Views: 517

Re: Moon Landing Anniversary

My parents were stationed with the US embassy in Bogota, Colombia at the time. My dad woke us up (long past our bedtime) and we all went into the TV room where the Colombian national station had picked up the feed from the US. We sat there watching the grainy black and white picture from the moon wh...
by Brian Morton
07/22/11 10:39 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Moon Landing Anniversary
Replies: 24
Views: 2043

Re: Martin Gardner at a Strip Club

Gordon Meyer wrote:Well, Brian, it was the MCA convention. I've attended several and it always surprises me how very little magic is performed in general, not just for laymen who happen to be nearby.


Well, the ladies were rather disappointed, thinking they'd at least get to see someone do something.
by Brian Morton
07/12/11 01:34 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Martin Gardner at a Strip Club
Replies: 18
Views: 2504

Re: Martin Gardner at a Strip Club

There were two very lovely models standing around for photos. Surrounded by magicians performing moves and flourishes, the models were totally ignored. In 2006, Ken Trombly hosted the Magic Collectors Association in Roslyn, VA, just across the Potomac from DC. Big convention full of the heaviest hi...
by Brian Morton
07/11/11 11:09 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Martin Gardner at a Strip Club
Replies: 18
Views: 2504

Re: Magic Castle difficulties

Frankly, I saw a lot more blatant theft of material from performers working the rooms than people holding up the lines doing tricks. The most glaring example I saw: David Malek, working the close-up room all week. The Monday after the changeover to a new act? There's a member down in the Hat & H...
by Brian Morton
06/11/11 01:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle difficulties
Replies: 277
Views: 47649

Re: Michael Weber 101

Loved, loved, LOVED the Michael Weber talks.
by Brian Morton
04/15/11 04:37 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Michael Weber 101
Replies: 2
Views: 901

Re: [censored] Book!

I think [censored]'s next book can be a compendium of aliases.
by Brian Morton
04/15/11 09:31 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: [censored] Book!
Replies: 72
Views: 11634

Re: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS

Wow.
by Brian Morton
04/06/11 02:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS
Replies: 181
Views: 23323

Re: New Martin Nash Book

I think I found it hidden away on Denny Haney's side shelf; I doubt if I paid more than 30 bucks for it.
by Brian Morton
03/18/11 07:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Martin Nash Book
Replies: 20
Views: 2715

Re: New Martin Nash Book

Yupcame out in 2003. I've got #21.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
03/18/11 02:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Martin Nash Book
Replies: 20
Views: 2715

Re: Las Vegas Economy in Tatters

Well, there's nothing like publicizing leather-covered walls and a 26-head shower in hard times to garner empathy from an audience in hard time.

brian :whistle:
by Brian Morton
03/13/11 10:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Las Vegas Economy in Tatters
Replies: 13
Views: 1674

Re: Hold 'Em Magic

Actually, people in basements and backrooms all over the country play nickel-dime-quarter poker and they don't play hold 'em. Just because people like to watch high-end games doesn't necessarily mean they want to play them. Sometimes stud, draw, Omaha and hi-lo are good enough.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
03/11/11 10:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hold 'Em Magic
Replies: 68
Views: 11898

Re: Academy of Magic Arts Final Award Nominees

Diamond Jim Tyler wrote:Most of us out-of-towners can only afford to go and work the Castle once every few years. Whenever I can save up enough money I'll go and work it again!


Some of us are still trying to save up enough to work it the first time.

brian ;)
by Brian Morton
03/02/11 12:18 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Academy of Magic Arts Final Award Nominees
Replies: 7
Views: 1610

Re: Latest Criss Angel News

The "Elite Diamond Merlin Award?"

Oy. It hurts.


brian :cry:
by Brian Morton
02/26/11 05:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Latest Criss Angel News
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Re: Picky about mentalism

Isn't that sort of like walking into a room full of pros and asking, "Hey guys, can you create an act for me?"

brian :cool:

P.S.: Oh, and Martin Nash was the Charming Cheat.
by Brian Morton
02/09/11 12:06 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Picky about mentalism
Replies: 4
Views: 1350

Re: Jay Chou, card guy?

Okay, I went back and found it: Chou is doing kind of a Chink-A-Chink move on the seat of a director's chair on the set. It's at 2:45 on the #13 video in the list; "The Cast Talks To Yahoo." (Christoph Waltz is saying how Chou "is like the most amazing magician you've ever seen")...
by Brian Morton
01/16/11 05:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jay Chou, card guy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1580

Re: Jay Chou, card guy?

Another one of the Yahoo behind the scenes on-set promos has a few seconds of Chou squatting down and doing what looks like Shadow Coins on the vinyl seat of a desk chair. Looks like in addition to a musician and actor, he's a magician. And I'm gonna wait for the movie to hit Netflix, since I was ce...
by Brian Morton
01/16/11 04:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jay Chou, card guy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1580

Jay Chou, card guy?

In a promo trailer for the new Green Hornet movie, there's a short bit where Jay Chou (Kato) is wowing Cameron Diaz with what is obviously an Ambitious Card routine. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://blog.movies.yahoo.com/blog/409-the-asian-justin-timberlake-hits-america-in-green-hornet">ht...
by Brian Morton
01/15/11 01:28 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jay Chou, card guy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1580

Re: www.CheatingAtTexasHoldem.com

I've heard of Norman Beck. I heard of him twelve years ago.

I've never heard of John Born.

brian
by Brian Morton
11/16/10 09:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: www.CheatingAtTexasHoldem.com
Replies: 137
Views: 17271

Re: Scary Rumors Regarding the Magic Castle

"Not even God himself could sink this ship."
-- Employee of the White Star Line, at the
launch of the Titanic, May 31, 1911
by Brian Morton
11/10/10 02:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scary Rumors Regarding the Magic Castle
Replies: 38
Views: 7065

Re: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley

I think it would be appropriate to move the discussion of a new level of castle membership to a new thread, as it's not necessarily germane to the topic at hand. But on that subject: I was a non-resident magician member of the Castle from 1996 to 2005 (#10943, one number behind Andrew Goldenhersh, w...
by Brian Morton
11/03/10 06:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley
Replies: 206
Views: 38532

Re: New Book Coming on the Card Magic of David Berglas

How 'bout I just send you the money now and we call it a deal? :grin:


brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
11/01/10 08:37 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: New Book Coming on the Card Magic of David Berglas
Replies: 706
Views: 188410

Re: I think this qualifies as magic porn

Frankly, she's got pretty damn good delivery; I've seen a lot worse of people trying to give out that volume of information.

And if you want porn, I hear if you go to the Rio in Las Vegas, you can see "Two Old Guys, Three Cups."

brian :grin:
by Brian Morton
10/13/10 09:10 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I think this qualifies as magic porn
Replies: 79
Views: 7821

Re: How many books/DVDs do you own

"You've been doing magic for four years and you only have two books?"

Richard, if I spent my first four years in magic with just Erdnase and Expert Card Technique, I think I'd probably be a helluva better magician than I am now.

brian :grin:
by Brian Morton
09/16/10 09:29 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How many books/DVDs do you own
Replies: 105
Views: 13820

Re: Visit Jeff Busby Magic Today!

FREAKING HILARIOUS.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
07/29/10 02:36 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Visit Jeff Busby Magic Today!
Replies: 26
Views: 2926

Re: Is Magic A "Red Flag" When You're Dating?

It should be remembered that the comment Brian quoted came from a frustrated puppeteer who created "Winter Steele" for Liquid Television and continues on her search for relevance in a world that largely ignores her. David, It's true that Cintra Wilson is a bitter, bleached-blonde, high-sc...
by Brian Morton
07/28/10 12:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Magic A "Red Flag" When You're Dating?
Replies: 26
Views: 1214

Re: Is Magic A "Red Flag" When You're Dating?

"There has always been something grimy about magic. Even at its very best, it is a long con. Magic is based on tricks and secrecy, so traditionally, only pathetic, lonely people ever want to lie that much to get attention. Magicians are historically a sorry-assed lot, who keep company with fla...
by Brian Morton
07/27/10 06:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Magic A "Red Flag" When You're Dating?
Replies: 26
Views: 1214

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

The AMA is in fact a California not for profit mutual benefit corporation.
As such under Ca law "all accounting books and records" are available for inspection by any member.


I don't think this worked out too well when Tony Giorgio tried it a few years back.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
07/27/10 06:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 32027

Re: David Blaine :: Magic Teacher

Like I said once before , the man does a pretty damned good stud double lift.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
07/23/10 11:06 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine :: Magic Teacher
Replies: 2
Views: 349

Re: Close-up case?

I've spent most of my professional career working my way down to the point where I am working with as little as I can and out of my pockets as often as possible. That said, a good working case is an essential item, because as it has been said before, working with too much in the pockets will make yo...
by Brian Morton
07/17/10 08:19 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Close-up case?
Replies: 36
Views: 5838

Re: Magicians?? on Craig Ferguson last night

Curtis Kam wrote:I guess Vernon's claim that for some strange reason, nobody picks the nine of diamonds just isn't true anymore.


Let us recall that for a Scot, historically the Nine of Diamonds is not your ordinary card.

And yes, Jamy kicked ass. :)

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
06/05/10 05:25 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magicians?? on Craig Ferguson last night
Replies: 28
Views: 3072
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