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Re: Coin and Cylinder

Jim Riser's generosity knows no bounds. His knowledge and technical prowess are second to none and I consider him to be a gift to magic like no other...

Thanks again, Jim, for supporting our community and providing the perfect balance of technology and arcane knowledge...
by Andrew Pinard
06/29/15 09:51 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin and Cylinder
Replies: 19
Views: 1266

Re: Arrows

This was wonderful... Love the use of conflict as a motivating factor...
by Andrew Pinard
06/07/15 12:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Arrows
Replies: 4
Views: 602

M-U-M to be reduced to 10 issues each year.

I thought this was newsworthy (at least to members of the S.A.M. and interested parties): According to the minutes of the March national meeting, S.A.M. members will be getting two less issues every year of M-U-M beginning in July 2015. I guess two of the ten issues are going to be "double issu...
by Andrew Pinard
06/03/15 11:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: M-U-M to be reduced to 10 issues each year.
Replies: 7
Views: 1002

Re: Greatest magic books ever written

“Elevator Routine” was published in “New Phoenix,” in May 1964. Out of curiousity, I looked up the routine (p. 384) and compared it to the one listed in Bob Wagner's Master Notebook of Magic . It looks as if the Glover piece is incorporated into a larger routine ("The Enchanted Pack of Cards&q...
by Andrew Pinard
04/24/15 08:41 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Greatest magic books ever written
Replies: 23
Views: 3125

Re: Greatest magic books ever written

You mentioned the Rice Silk books as being one of two sets in a handwritten font. What's the other? Q. hit it: I was thinking of Wagner's Master Notebook, although I believe that the last Bill Tarr book (published by Kaufman & Greenberg) utilized hand-lettering that was digitized as a font and ...
by Andrew Pinard
04/22/15 08:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Greatest magic books ever written
Replies: 23
Views: 3125

Re: Greatest magic books ever written

I tackled a "list" on my magicmatters blog... You can find it here: http://magicmatters.com/?p=174

Most recently I have been posting on the literature of card magic which might also be of interest...
by Andrew Pinard
04/20/15 09:33 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Greatest magic books ever written
Replies: 23
Views: 3125

Re: magic book exhibition

Mariano: That was truly a wonderful experience. I am sorry I wasn't able to attend the lecture, but sharing your presentation online is generous beyond words. I was truly astonished and filled with joy by not only the scholarship, but also the beauty of the slideshow, the reflection of your deep pas...
by Andrew Pinard
03/14/15 09:55 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: magic book exhibition
Replies: 10
Views: 1526

Re: Claude Crowe

I'm so sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed my talks with Claude at The Yankee Gathering and on the phone. I was disappointed not to see him in November... He will be missed.
by Andrew Pinard
03/10/15 03:48 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Claude Crowe
Replies: 11
Views: 2402

Re: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum

I want to express my gratitude for all of Tom's work as well... Being an online reviewer may not be as sexy as being the reviewer in the magazine, but the reviews live a lot longer (and never see the bottom of a dove cage)...

Thanks, Tom and best wishes!
by Andrew Pinard
03/04/15 09:38 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum
Replies: 69
Views: 15850

Re: ERDNASE

Marty: Darned OpenFace automatically inserts the ligatures (I forgot to turn that option off). I ran the "What the Font" app on the title on page 13 (CARD TABLE ARTIFICE.) and it returned five recommendations, the closest was Millesime which is based on an old French-style typeface. Here i...
by Andrew Pinard
03/04/15 03:44 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3195
Views: 1415733

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins might find this of interest: https://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/results?ch%5B0%5D=C&ch%5B1%5D=A&ch%5B2%5D=R&ch%5B3%5D=D&ch%5B4%5D=T&ch%5B5%5D=A&ch%5B6%5D=B&ch%5B7%5D=L&ch%5B8%5D=E&ch%5B9%5D=A&ch%5B10%5D=R&ch%5B11%5D=T&ch%5B12%5D=I&ch%...
by Andrew Pinard
03/04/15 11:50 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3195
Views: 1415733

Re: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum

Richard Kaufman wrote:Brent, you're a magic dealer and thus immediately disqualified from reviewing products here because of potential conflicts of interest. No personal slight intended, but it even the appearance of a conflict isn't good.


Wait, didn't we cover this in another thread? It's all about trust! ;O)
by Andrew Pinard
03/02/15 06:07 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum
Replies: 69
Views: 15850

Re: MagicPedia hits 8,000 articles!

Congratulations! It is a wonderful resource and I was able to actually edit some articles recently (when I finally remembered my password)... Thanks for all your hard work...
by Andrew Pinard
01/31/15 10:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MagicPedia hits 8,000 articles!
Replies: 1
Views: 338

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

SO pleased to hear this. I know that all the owners will benefit from reading this book. I hope that there will be a second printing so that more people can dive into Michael's world...
by Andrew Pinard
01/28/15 10:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Re: Ellen performs Head Shrinker

It was a couple minutes of my life I will never see again...
by Andrew Pinard
01/15/15 03:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ellen performs Head Shrinker
Replies: 4
Views: 681

Re: Ellen performs Head Shrinker

She did not perform "Head Shrinker" (whatever that is), she used a hypnotic spinning disk in a bit (and not the popular marketed version). No attempt at getting audiences to experience anything associated with the disk. You can ignore the clip...
by Andrew Pinard
01/15/15 09:48 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ellen performs Head Shrinker
Replies: 4
Views: 681

Re: Reviewers and Objectivity

No one (especially me) is suggesting that Britland is "rolling over" for anyone. This is about editorial policy. If you are comfortable having contributors reviewing products that they were involved with, go to town. Just don't be surprised when people stop looking to your periodical for u...
by Andrew Pinard
01/06/15 09:30 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Reviewers and Objectivity
Replies: 20
Views: 2937

Re: Reviewers and Objectivity

It is more than trust, it is also about value. A qualified, fresh set of eyes go further to provide a consumer's perspective on an item and provide the information they need to discern whether it will have value to them. Third party review with no prior personal interactions with the producers might...
by Andrew Pinard
01/06/15 08:38 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Reviewers and Objectivity
Replies: 20
Views: 2937

Re: Reviewers and Objectivity

While I understand the difficulty of finding qualified people to write reviews, I have to agree with Marty on this one. There were several other people who are writing reviews (for Genii no less) that were eminently qualified to review this book (and not involved in the production of the book). I ag...
by Andrew Pinard
01/06/15 08:05 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Reviewers and Objectivity
Replies: 20
Views: 2937

Re: Jim Alfredson has Died

So sorry to hear that. Jim was the guest of honor at The Yankee Gathering in 2012 and was always interested in helping out others interested in magic history and collecting. I had the great pleasure of spending some time with him in 2012 and truly enjoyed our time together. He will be deeply missed...
by Andrew Pinard
01/05/15 06:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Alfredson has Died
Replies: 5
Views: 888

Re: Slippery fingers

I have used this for over a decade. A quick spritz, and slightly moisturized hands with no greasy feel and no noticeable scent. It is like a miracle...

http://www.amazon.com/Twinlab-Na-PCA-Non-Oily-8-Ounce/dp/B007K8Q6CQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420173392&sr=8-1&keywords=NaPCA
by Andrew Pinard
01/02/15 12:38 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Slippery fingers
Replies: 9
Views: 1306

Re: 2014 in Review

Thank you Dustin, I always appreciate your efforts... It is a great reminder of the wonders that are available to us each and every moment...

Happy New Year!
by Andrew Pinard
01/01/15 10:50 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2014 in Review
Replies: 21
Views: 3365

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

It has been many years since I have sat down and read a magic book from cover to cover in only a few days, but it happened with Michael Perovich's The Vernon Companion . The book arrived Saturday, I started reading Saturday evening and finished the book this morning. I read it in fifty- to sixty-pag...
by Andrew Pinard
12/16/14 11:50 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Re: the "marbled" endpapers... The "quotes" were intentional. They appear to be printed facsimiles of marbled paper rather than actual marbled paper (which would have been prohibitively expensive). That being said, I want some of the paper to make troublewit with... I love the si...
by Andrew Pinard
12/14/14 06:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Michael Perovich's The Vernon Companion arrived yesterday (two days earlier than expected) and I took it with me to my performances yesterday to read before while I awaited the opening of the event. I am about a quarter of the way through now and have to say that this is likely going close to the to...
by Andrew Pinard
12/14/14 10:19 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Re: Goethe and magic

For Edwin Corrie (if you are reading this):

Thanks for bringing the troublewit reference to my attention! I have corresponded with Wittus Witt and have the reference from his book on magic sets, but will check the article out as well...

Back to Goethe!

ajp
by Andrew Pinard
12/13/14 10:28 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Goethe and magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1756

Re: The Art of the Con

Andrew is no doubt referring to the Yankee Gathering , the convention of the New England Magic Collectors Association . He did a write-up for last (2012) meeting that was in Magicol, so perhaps his report on this one will appear there as well. Other magic historical meetings include the LA Magic Hi...
by Andrew Pinard
11/09/14 03:50 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 3821

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Thanks to David for a thoughtful reply. It is not enough that Vernon thought about magic, but he put it into practice (something he mentioned in one of his earliest "Touches")... Appreciating this thread more and more...
by Andrew Pinard
11/05/14 10:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Re: The Art of the Con

My copy is scheduled to arrive tomorrow and I have delayed my departure to a magic history conference (in part) so I can bring it to read... Congrats to Paul for what looks to be a remarkable book (or a very effective scam)...
by Andrew Pinard
11/04/14 10:59 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 3821

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I continue to appreciate the thoughtful (and enlightening) responses. I deliberately made a choice to revisit Vernon yet again and I started with "The Vernon Touch" (and a couple of the video links posted). Every time I dip my toes into the Vernon pool I have a different experience and my ...
by Andrew Pinard
11/03/14 05:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I appreciate Ted's thoughtful response and his analysis of where my interests lie certainly reveal my level of appreciation. He has helped to provide some perspective. I never claimed to not be influenced by Vernon; I have stated that I have studied his work and have not been able to fully comprehen...
by Andrew Pinard
11/03/14 12:28 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

The Yankee Magic Collector #16 available this week...

In my capacity as editor of The Yankee Magic Collector , I have been very fortunate over the years to work with some of the most thoughtful (and thorough) magic historians on the planet. The latest issue of The Yankee Magic Collector will be released at The 15th Yankee Gathering which opens this wee...
by Andrew Pinard
11/02/14 10:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Yankee Magic Collector #16 available this week...
Replies: 0
Views: 270

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

It was Vernon who almost singlehandedly kept the magic of S. W. Erdnase, Malini, Leipzig, Keane, Gray, Finley, and other greats alive for subsequent generations to profit from. As a historian, he secured place in the cannon of magic literature by recalling and documenting their magic. Regarding mag...
by Andrew Pinard
11/02/14 07:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Leonard: That was David's answer. I read the book twice. Didn't get it. I would read it again, but I'm not sure it will answer all of the questions on my third reading. Maybe Volume Two will have the answers I seek! ;) I do appreciate you all for trying to enlighten me. It may be that I seek somethi...
by Andrew Pinard
11/02/14 05:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I've talked with both John Carney and David Ben about Vernon and what his significant contributions to magic are (and how they stand out from his predecessors). Both failed to satisfy my sincere request (and answered essentially "read my book" or "you either get it or you don't")...
by Andrew Pinard
11/02/14 03:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

In my desire to understand, Why Vernon, I have placed my order. My appreciation is deepening, but I still don't have the reverence that some have for Vernon. I hope that this will help clarify the cult-like obsession some have for Vernon...
by Andrew Pinard
11/02/14 02:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13427

Woody Pittman has died

Very sad news. Woody Pittman passed away this afternoon, 10.24.2014 at 3:00pm in Los Angeles after a three-year battle with cancer. Woody was a creative force with a gentle and warm character and a playful, inventive mind. As a performer he enchanted and delighted audiences. He will be missed terrib...
by Andrew Pinard
10/24/14 10:05 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Woody Pittman has died
Replies: 4
Views: 1479

75 Years of Genii

Just got an email from lybrary.com that announced that 75 volumes of Genii was available for sale as a bundle of PDF volumes for $249: http://www.lybrary.com/genii-the-conjurors-magazine-volumes-1-75-p-576309.html Is this a Genii Corporation product being distributed through lybrary.com?
by Andrew Pinard
10/22/14 08:17 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: 75 Years of Genii
Replies: 16
Views: 3151

Re: Digital Edition of Genii's November Issue Now Live!

Thanks to Dustin for clarifying that....
by Andrew Pinard
10/22/14 06:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Digital Edition of Genii's November Issue Now Live!
Replies: 10
Views: 950

Re: Digital Edition of Genii's November Issue Now Live!

It might just be me, but the digital (iGenii) version viewed through Chrome seems to end on page 107...
by Andrew Pinard
10/22/14 05:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Digital Edition of Genii's November Issue Now Live!
Replies: 10
Views: 950
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