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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: 2609

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: 80
Views: 5982

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: 2609

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: 80
Views: 5982

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: 80
Views: 5982

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: 186

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: 80
Views: 5982

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: 80
Views: 5982

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: 80
Views: 5982

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: 80
Views: 5982

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: 888

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: 14
Views: 1450

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: 755

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: 755

Phil Willmarth has passed

Sammy Smith just posted on his Facebook account that Phil Willmarth passed away this morning (09.16.14). According to Sammy: "Phil was Assistant Editor and Executive Editor of The Linking Ring for almost thirty years." He leaves behind his devoted wife, Robbie. I had the pleasure of meetin...
by Andrew Pinard
09/16/14 10:52 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Phil Willmarth has passed
Replies: 12
Views: 1075

Re: $550 book

Sorry Andrew, I presumed you had actually seen the video before you commented on it. My mistake. No problem, I responded solely to the one line of yours that I quoted. Having now seen the video, I can say that, while I stand by (once again) the response to your sentence, I get why you wrote what yo...
by Andrew Pinard
09/10/14 04:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 3763

Re: $550 book

I can't speak to the performance, as I did not see it. I stand by my assertion. If audience members don't understand what happened, they likely did not experience magic. I'm very familiar with multiple reality "interpretation" and included it heavily back when I designed my "An Evenin...
by Andrew Pinard
09/10/14 12:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 3763

Re: $550 book

You know you've got a winner when the finale is followed by the specs involved in the effect legitimately asking each other "what just happened?" While I never met Vernon, I think he might not view that as success. What was it that he said? Oh, yes. "Confusion is not magic." Or ...
by Andrew Pinard
09/10/14 08:16 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 3763

Re: Troublewit research en Français

They are more architectural forms for paper sculpting (like origami but... bigger?). I haven't played with them yet, but hope to in the fall...

Thanks as always for your continued help...
by Andrew Pinard
07/19/14 10:18 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 16884

Re: Troublewit research en Français

Hi Bill! John and I exchanged emails a while back (March 2013). He used the term troublewit in a book title, but when asked he said that he thought that accordion-folded paper technique was troublewit. He appeared to be unaware (or could not recall) troublewit as an act and I gave him the 1676 refer...
by Andrew Pinard
07/19/14 05:35 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 16884

Re: Ron Wohl passes at the age of 77

I'm very sad to hear this... I would spend time with Ron every Yankee Gathering. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of magic and con games and an insatiable appetite for learning coupled with a generous soul who loved to share what he'd gleaned over the years. He was a remarkable resource to many of u...
by Andrew Pinard
07/07/14 08:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Wohl passes at the age of 77
Replies: 12
Views: 1159

Re: Inventor of this old trick? - Tube magic

I was going to point out Whaley, but the inestimable Matt Field beat me to it.

Back to stuffing my Ghost Tube...
by Andrew Pinard
07/04/14 04:10 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventor of this old trick? - Tube magic
Replies: 13
Views: 1420

Re: Register NOW for the 2015 Genii Convention

Why?!?! Why?!?! Why must you schedule this convention during one of the busiest times for professional performers? Ah, well. I missed the last one. I'll have to miss this one (which wasn't going to happen, so when you do the next one, I'll have to miss that too, should it, of course, be scheduled in...
by Andrew Pinard
07/02/14 08:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Register NOW for the 2015 Genii Convention
Replies: 19
Views: 1915

Re: Simon Lovell has Fallen Ill

I spoke with Simon on the phone for about fifteen minutes today. He seemed weak but alert. He is in a resident facility that is helping him with some of the issues he has experienced lately, with a goal towards getting him well enough to be on his own. He is optimistic, but also aware that he will l...
by Andrew Pinard
06/30/14 02:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Simon Lovell has Fallen Ill
Replies: 14
Views: 4577

Re: Book on Bob Read's collection

Apparently I missed an earlier thread on this topic:

Follow this link: http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=44770
by Andrew Pinard
06/27/14 05:56 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Book on Bob Read's collection
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Book on Bob Read's collection

Has anyone else seen this yet? http://conjuringarts.org/2014/06/new-and-limited-the-oldest-trick-in-the-book-by-bob-read/ It looks like there will only be 300 printed and only 100 available through Conjuring Arts... I ordered mine at the pre-publication price. I would be surprised if any sell at the...
by Andrew Pinard
06/23/14 09:56 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Book on Bob Read's collection
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Re: New Genii Website Up and New Digital July Edition Live

I was able to log in using the email I supplied to Genii as a subscriber (even though I had to reset the password). I can never recall my Conjuring Arts login/password, I let the computer take care of that. In browsing in the new format, I could not locate an option to show one page at a time. Curre...
by Andrew Pinard
06/16/14 04:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Genii Website Up and New Digital July Edition Live
Replies: 114
Views: 7929

Re: Simon Lovell has Fallen Ill

I spoke briefly with Simon yesterday and he seemed pretty clear in our brief conversation. We didn't talk about his medical issues other than me wishing him well. In the short term, he is going to be busy recuperating and waiting for the testing to come back and his doctors to establish baselines an...
by Andrew Pinard
06/10/14 09:39 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Simon Lovell has Fallen Ill
Replies: 14
Views: 4577

Robert L. "Bob" Bluemle passed away - May 8th, 2014

I met Bob in person just after he moved to Burlington, VT. He was an angel (in the theatrical sense of the word), sponsoring not only theatrical events but magical ones as well. As a writer, he contributed to most of the major magic magazines and many of the niche efforts as well (especially if they...
by Andrew Pinard
05/21/14 09:27 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Robert L. "Bob" Bluemle passed away - May 8th, 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 572

The Yankee Magic Collector 16: Request for Submissions

Thanks once again to Richard for allowing us to post this here. Anyone interested in back issues can find them at http://www.nemca.com Andrew ------------------------- THE YANKEE MAGIC COLLECTOR A publication of the New England Magic Collectors Association ANDREW PINARD, EDITOR Dear Magic History En...
by Andrew Pinard
05/12/14 09:36 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Yankee Magic Collector 16: Request for Submissions
Replies: 0
Views: 546

Re: A Little Promotion

Congratulations, Dustin! I hope this also merited a bump in your pay... ;O)
by Andrew Pinard
04/17/14 10:22 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A Little Promotion
Replies: 11
Views: 2481

Re: Visual Puns

Quentin's piece is lovely (thanks for sharing it, I really enjoyed revisiting it). Some of the other shapes that can be made with napkin folding include the Lady Fatima and chicken/turkey. There are many books regarding napkin folding and a number of books recently on towel folding (which basically ...
by Andrew Pinard
04/06/14 08:01 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Visual Puns
Replies: 12
Views: 2057

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

Slightly more ways than you can turnover a card: How many combinations are possible in a simple shuffled deck of 52 playing cards? 'Tis but a factorial of 52 (52 x 51 x 50 x 49 x 48 x ...) The number? 52! Otherwise known as: 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,...
by Andrew Pinard
04/06/14 07:49 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 6307

Re: Visual Puns

I think I get where Bill is going; please correct me if I'm off base. I think what is being referred to is the process of manipulating an apparently simple object to represent/infer other objects/experiences/concepts. Another example would be the "ten minutes with a handkerchief" whereby t...
by Andrew Pinard
04/04/14 10:22 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Visual Puns
Replies: 12
Views: 2057

Re: Visual Puns

Allied Arts.... I would include Chalk Talk, Sand Art, and Rag Pictures in that list. I don't believe that there is a specific term to lump them together, but ambiguous art is about as close as I can think of... Andrew (BTW: I got your emails, Bill, just haven't had a moment to get back to you. I wil...
by Andrew Pinard
04/02/14 04:44 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Visual Puns
Replies: 12
Views: 2057

Re: To tell before or not?

I was about to post the third option, but Pete beat me to it!
by Andrew Pinard
03/18/14 03:59 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: To tell before or not?
Replies: 5
Views: 1505

Re: The Berglas Effects - Deluxe Edition

You made the regular edition too "special" by including the DVDs....
by Andrew Pinard
03/17/14 09:14 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Berglas Effects - Deluxe Edition
Replies: 19
Views: 1600

Re: George Olsen

George was a very kind, unassuming, and generous man. Though we never met in person, George and I had many wonderful conversations about magic, Chicago and Don Alan. He surprised me one day by sending me a troublewit that was owned and used by Don. I was overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness... He will ...
by Andrew Pinard
03/14/14 07:29 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: George Olsen
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: Magician killed by autopsy...

You should see the photo of Bishop (post mortem) and his mother... Deliciously creepy. She testified to Congress about his death and wrote a book about it (very hard to find)....
by Andrew Pinard
03/12/14 12:17 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magician killed by autopsy...
Replies: 7
Views: 974

Re: Frakson

But wait, I thought copyright was copyright regardless of whether the material was published or not. As of 1975, every new work of art was considered to be under copyright protection regardless of registration or publishing status. Just because a work in not in print does not mean it loses its copyr...
by Andrew Pinard
03/10/14 11:31 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Frakson
Replies: 14
Views: 868
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