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by Randy
February 23rd, 2009, 10:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Philippe Petit performs a Coin illusion on the Oscars
Replies: 23
Views: 3142

Re: Philippe Petit performs a Coin illusion on the Oscars

Although not loosley associated with Magic as NPH or Jason Alexander, I think Martin Short could do a great job too. Maybe not as relevent as he used to be, but he has a wide range of possibilities.
by Randy
February 23rd, 2009, 9:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Philippe Petit performs a Coin illusion on the Oscars
Replies: 23
Views: 3142

Re: Philippe Petit performs a Coin illusion on the Oscars

Watching the Oscars last night got me to thinking that Neil Patrick Harris would be a GREAT host for the annual show. He is very multi-talented, does not take himself (or Hollywood) too seriosly, is widely well received, etc. Also, what about Jason Alexander as a possible host. Great comic, can sign...
by Randy
January 9th, 2009, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: BIG change at the Magic Castle
Replies: 36
Views: 5780

Re: BIG change at the Magic Castle

As a Magic Castle member I too appreciate the message and info n Roberts announcement. I do, however, have concerns on the issue of having a "large contingent of security" that needs to now be present at the Castle. Just what are they thinking could possibly happen? The only heat I hope pe...
by Randy
November 12th, 2008, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Let this be a lesson to us all...
Replies: 22
Views: 1748

Re: Let this be a lesson to us all...

This appears to be in the Pellar Theater downstairs next to the Castle Library. Lot's of impromtu shows, special events, smaller lectures, etc. take place down there.
by Randy
November 11th, 2008, 7:35 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Help! Preschool children
Replies: 65
Views: 11063

Re: Help! Preschool children

Might be a great time to do the "Training Bra Trick".....it kills.

Before you throw stones...I was just kidding. Have a great night.
by Randy
November 7th, 2008, 2:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Copperfield TV Special
Replies: 103
Views: 11655

Re: New Copperfield TV Special

Orignally posted by Smokemist: "He is not doing it for the money. He's doing magic to elevate his personal status, confidence, pride, self-esteem, etc...."

Although I don't know him personally, I get the feeling DC does not suffer from a lack of confidence or self-esteeem.
by Randy
October 23rd, 2008, 2:41 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Re: Hello Everyone

Since there was such a mad rush to welcome you, I'm glad I could fit in my best wishes (heavy sarcasm intended).

Welcome to the forum. Always nice to have a newbie join the fold. Looking forward to your posts and offerings from a young (hopefully unjaded) mind.
by Randy
September 19th, 2008, 6:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Great magic shops - Past and present
Replies: 32
Views: 9290

Re: Great magic shops - Past and present

And to follow on the tails of Naphtalia's message, you might as well drive north about 30 miles from Orange County to visit the famous and long-standing "Hollywood Magic" on Hollywood Blvd in, you guessed it...... Hollywood. If walls could talk...
by Randy
September 18th, 2008, 6:52 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Advice on Castle Auditions
Replies: 7
Views: 2188

Re: Advice on Castle Auditions

As Brian noted above, don't be thrown off when you hit your applause cue and you hear nothing but silence. Don't take it personally, it is what it is....an audition. Also, don't start to freak if they cut you off half-way through you set. Once they have seen enough (either good or bad) they've seen ...
by Randy
August 7th, 2008, 7:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Visiting the Magic Castle
Replies: 18
Views: 5301

Re: Visiting the Magic Castle

More than you could ever read in a lifetime.
by Randy
June 25th, 2008, 3:40 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Ethical considerations - Should I cite references/originators in my book?-
Replies: 17
Views: 3393

Re: Ethical considerations - Should I cite references/originators in my book?-

Dear Magicbar, With regards to listed a reference, you mention a couple of times in your post that you would do it "if I think it matters to the reader" and "Does it matter to the public". My question to you is do you think it matters to the creator? Just something to think about...
by Randy
June 12th, 2008, 1:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vanishing sock
Replies: 18
Views: 2484

Re: Vanishing sock

I'm not sure if this is the same premise but I saw Derek Delgaudio perform a routine recently at The Magic Castle involving socks. He had two separate piles of different colored socks....each colored pair separated into those two piles. In the end, one sock was missing leaving it's colored mate all ...
by Randy
June 4th, 2008, 6:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: who is the lecturer YOU want to see
Replies: 22
Views: 4718

Re: who is the lecturer YOU want to see

Tom Mullica
John Gaughn
by Randy
May 20th, 2008, 3:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quote
Replies: 184
Views: 43618

Re: Best Quote

John Carney once gave me advice that I believe he got from Dai Vernon. The quote was simply "Attitude". Before taking the stage, remind yourself to have that "attitude" of confidence, fun and of loving your audience. It's a thought that has carried me far beyond magic and that I ...
by Randy
May 14th, 2008, 1:23 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicians Week on Letterman
Replies: 42
Views: 7800

Re: Magicians Week on Letterman

Well if Dai Vernon and Jim Riser say it, enough said. I've always just heard the thought that a magician should come on stage and do a nice, strong solo effect to establish him or herself before "going into the crowd". Same with the finale, that you should end your show solo on stage to re...
by Randy
May 13th, 2008, 6:26 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicians Week on Letterman
Replies: 42
Views: 7800

Re: Magicians Week on Letterman

Having never had the pleasure of seeing P&T live, I find it interesting that this has been the "opening effect" in their show. Interesting not from the effect standpoint (good effect) but from a "textbook performance" standpoint. As magicians, should we not come out and do a ...
by Randy
April 30th, 2008, 12:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah
Replies: 47
Views: 5288

Re: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah

You know, when Houdini did the Milk Can Escape, he knew how to entertain by creating drama and emotion. Reports are that audience members were truely freaking out to the point of panic when Houdini did this. Just wondering if he was able to actually entertain Oprah's audience for the 17+ minutes hol...
by Randy
April 29th, 2008, 2:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah
Replies: 47
Views: 5288

Re: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah

Yeah, my kid can hold her breath for a while too when she doesn't get what she wants............boooorrrrriiiinnnngggg.
by Randy
April 23rd, 2008, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic & the Pee Pee dance
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

Magic & the Pee Pee dance

Ahhhhh, show business. I had an intersting show last night that made me wonder what unusual performing circumstances others have faced. I did a show for a local Boy Scout troop. There were about 30 scouts and another 30 or so parents. The show was going very smooth and the boys were all entertained ...
by Randy
April 21st, 2008, 7:37 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: AWESOME!! EXTREME MAGIC!!!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 2647

Re: AWESOME!! EXTREME MAGIC!!!!!!!

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are fantastic. I really miss that show. You see Bob pop up in all sorts of roles and it's always a treat as you know he's going to play whatever role just right.
by Randy
April 18th, 2008, 5:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mac King to Appear on David Letterman!
Replies: 2
Views: 1109

Re: Mac King to Appear on David Letterman!

Great News. Mac is so great live and I just hope the Letterman director shots his segment in the best way possible.
by Randy
April 18th, 2008, 12:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician's Assistant School in Atlanta may 17th
Replies: 7
Views: 1466

Re: Magician's Assistant School in Atlanta may 17th

It shouldn't cost that much to go. If you are a true magician's assistant, you don't even need to purchase a seat....just stuff yourself in the overhead compartment then pop out (in a different outfit of course) once you land. TA-DAAAAAAA
by Randy
April 7th, 2008, 5:53 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: NORTHWEST AIRLINES - MAGIC FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Replies: 3
Views: 953

Re: NORTHWEST AIRLINES - MAGIC FLIGHT ATTENDANT

It's nice that the airline co allows her to take the time to do this. I still love how the guy in the very first seat RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER does not have the manners to put his magazine away for a few minutes. Momma didn't teach him nothin'. Now, if she can make the food taste better as her closer.....
by Randy
March 21st, 2008, 1:52 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Here's A Strange One
Replies: 16
Views: 2680

Re: Here's A Strange One

It would be great to place a coin in the closed hand and have the tiny little thumb/hand hold a small wand that taps the closed fist before the coin vanishes. Lots of sick & twisted ideas are sure to come.
by Randy
March 14th, 2008, 4:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Berglas Effect .... WOW...
Replies: 97
Views: 34175

Re: Berglas Effect .... WOW...

Originally posted by Bob Coyne: "The chance is 1/52 for a chosen card to be at a chosen number". Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that for a chosen card to be at a chosen number, the odds are MUCH higher than that. 52 cards to chose from located at 52 positions to chose from.......I'm...
by Randy
March 14th, 2008, 12:46 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Red Carpet - Jason Palter
Replies: 2
Views: 1539

Re: The Red Carpet - Jason Palter

Bueller.................Bueller..........???

Still hoping somebody can give me some feedback either way. Thanks again.
by Randy
March 13th, 2008, 6:42 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Red Carpet - Jason Palter
Replies: 2
Views: 1539

The Red Carpet - Jason Palter

I am looking for any feedback about this stage/parlour mentalism effect on the market. At it's fairly large price-tag, I was hoping that someone can give me some input (audience reaction, quality of props, etc). I thank you in advance.
by Randy
March 13th, 2008, 1:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone can now register on the GENII forum
Replies: 36
Views: 4785

Re: Anyone can now register on the GENII forum

Thanks for your reconsideration Richard. As one of the "brick & Morter" guys who may buy 6 or 7 Genii's per year from the local dealer, I appreciate this change of heart........or mind.
by Randy
March 10th, 2006, 11:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: A real head turner
Replies: 2
Views: 179

A real head turner

Check out this cool little illusion at:

www.ebaumsworld.com/videos/headturning.html
by Randy
March 8th, 2006, 4:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is a perfect coins across?
Replies: 50
Views: 1723

Re: What is a perfect coins across?

Mr. Schneider, Sorry to hear that you feel your were "slammed into a wall" by some of our responsed. I can only speak for myself when I say that I greatly respect your work and in no means was trying to be flip or disrespectful. Just a small joke. Anyway, back to your original question. My...
by Randy
March 8th, 2006, 9:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is a perfect coins across?
Replies: 50
Views: 1723

Re: What is a perfect coins across?

It's only perfect if their coins end up in my pocket :p
by Randy
March 3rd, 2006, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cesaral Melting Point
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

Re: Cesaral Melting Point

Jeffmagic,

Without necessarily giving away the method, would you say that this is (1) fairly impromtu and workable and (2) something you would use, ie, worth the money to spend on the DVD? Thanks for the input.
by Randy
February 23rd, 2006, 4:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cesaral Melting Point
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

Re: Cesaral Melting Point

Don't want to open a can of worms here, but there is a video demonstration of Melting Point at www.penquinmagic.com

And no, I do not work for or have any affiliation with any magic dealer. Just passing along info.
by Randy
February 16th, 2006, 2:22 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Best Magic Trick Ever !
Replies: 12
Views: 1210

Re: Best Magic Trick Ever !

Yet another ethics problem. I actually invented this trick back in the 60's but, instead of having the spectators close their eyes, I would just turn around for a second. Now, with one little change, this guy calls it a "new" trick. Oh, the nerve.
by Randy
February 15th, 2006, 11:27 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Egg Trick comments
Replies: 13
Views: 1266

Re: Egg Trick comments

A gentleman like Tony Brent is the reason this is the best forum on-line. No whining or name calling in this thread, just a working pro offering his proven work on handling to another magician. Thanks for sharing Tony. Bravo.
by Randy
December 23rd, 2005, 9:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dead today
Replies: 6
Views: 265

Dead today

OK. Not what you think. The OFFICE is dead today so I thought I would take the time to wish all on the forum a very Merry Christmas. If this offends anybody, no harm was intended....only best wishes.
by Randy
December 19th, 2005, 1:22 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: looking for books dvds and videos on John Carney,David Williamson and Paul Gertner
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: looking for books dvds and videos on John Carney,David Williamson and Paul Gertner

If you want used (or "previously owned" as the car dealers refer to it) material, sounds like your next stop is Ebay. Good luck and Merry Christmas.
by Randy
December 8th, 2005, 4:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cheating at Hold'em (The Essentials) with David Malek
Replies: 6
Views: 2689

Re: Cheating at Hold'em (The Essentials) with David Malek

You can find out about this and more at: www.cardcheaters.com

Click on David's name to learn more.
by Randy
December 8th, 2005, 12:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Most engaging presentations
Replies: 23
Views: 1442

Re: Most engaging presentations

A very engaging presentation is the award winning close-up act of Johnny Ace Palmer. I've seen the act many times and now just enjoy the look of wonder on the spectator's faces as Johnny makes them all feel that they are the most special people in the room....which, IMHO, is "real" magic.

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