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Re: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card

I never tire of hearing laymen say 'do that again!'.
by PapaG
11/02/14 10:31 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card
Replies: 44
Views: 3330

Re: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card

Do you think that is a magician or layman's point of view?
by PapaG
11/02/14 10:11 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card
Replies: 44
Views: 3330

Re: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!

Of all the products to accuse of overhype and it is what is in effect the collected works of Guy Hollingworth that gets singled out as an example....

Would still like a list of actual new content though.
by PapaG
08/27/14 12:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 127
Views: 8414

Re: Penn & Teller's Fool Us -- US broadcast

I can't stand it. Reduces magic to a puzzle.
by PapaG
08/02/14 10:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's Fool Us -- US broadcast
Replies: 10
Views: 1704

Re: Lennart Green is Seriously Ill

Lennart's breathtaking card magic was what got me hooked.

Wishing Lennart a speedy recovery.

Mark
by PapaG
07/06/14 01:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lennart Green is Seriously Ill
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

Re: Smoothini on AGT

@shattererdorbit
Quite. Intentional or not, it definitely all added to the impact.
by PapaG
06/18/14 02:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smoothini on AGT
Replies: 58
Views: 5665

Re: Smoothini on AGT

Approaching the judges at their desk was a really smart thing to do. It brought an intimacy that would have been completely lacking if a spectator had been asked up onto the stage (which would look a bit hokey and 'here we go again, another bloody magician'....) It also put Smoothini on the same lev...
by PapaG
06/18/14 11:48 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smoothini on AGT
Replies: 58
Views: 5665

Re: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes

Any further details on the contents of the discs?
by PapaG
06/16/14 10:54 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes
Replies: 61
Views: 8304

Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

GlennWest wrote:Bumping this in case anyone missed it. Hobbs is posting some terrific stuff!


Quite. The stuff is great. And incredibly generous of him.
by PapaG
06/06/14 03:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!
Replies: 29
Views: 4255

Re: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015

As far as Jennings, I am not writing the books simultaneously. "EZ" has been 99% written for several years. Only about 150 page of "Tough" have been written. Sorry, my mistake. I thought I remembered you saying in an an older post that working on 'Takes It Easy' inevitably leads...
by PapaG
06/06/14 02:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015
Replies: 90
Views: 8806

Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Jonathan Townsend wrote:They seem to like magic

from today: http://boingboing.net/2014/06/06/magic- ... death.html

:)



Maybe a touch over-egged, but still very nice. Amazing how some thoughtful patter can transform a simple trick into a piece of entertainment.
by PapaG
06/06/14 12:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure in Boing Boing
Replies: 20
Views: 2380

Re: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015

....and 'Tough' - you are writing them simultaneously, right? ;)
by PapaG
06/06/14 11:28 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015
Replies: 90
Views: 8806

Re: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015

Robert Meisch wrote:Also, Could this be the debut party for Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy?
-Robert


I like your thinking.
by PapaG
06/06/14 10:27 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015
Replies: 90
Views: 8806

Re: Lodestones

Lodestones is one of the best things about Genii. Even with the occasional inaccurate drawing of drawers.
by PapaG
05/02/14 10:53 AM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Lodestones
Replies: 12
Views: 3356

Re: Magicians stealing

At the risk of breaking taboos and straying into the realms of common sense for a minute: why the hell shouldn't Paul Daniels sell films of his own performances? I don't mean legally, I mean morally and ethically. I have lawyers on all sides of the family, it's not the legal issue I'm thinking of. ...
by PapaG
04/23/14 07:32 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magicians stealing
Replies: 76
Views: 6744

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

I don't judge ethics by those standards. But surely you must be able to distinguish speculation from divination? It must be very strange living a life with absolutely no guage of verisimilitude. I can't imagine the difficulty you have with the most simple of tasks. This has all been said before in t...
by PapaG
03/31/14 05:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 13262

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Sorry, you've lost me there mate. What exactly is your question?
by PapaG
03/31/14 05:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 13262

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Yes I do. Anyone who disagrees with me is mentally ill. I am the true source of reality. And I have the power to heal. I'm thinking of starting a cult. A nominal subscription fee of course.

I'll give you a discount.
by PapaG
03/31/14 05:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 13262

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

what of all the sincere psychics out there? people who believe they have the gift because many in their lives have told them so? Yes, there are lots of mentally ill people in the world. it's one thing to claim that the snake oil is medicine, but should we shoot the doctor who gives the patient the ...
by PapaG
03/31/14 04:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 13262

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

want people to stop listening to psychics - give them something more than ridicule, derision, and disillusionment. Because right now, that's all your side seems to be offering. I am not claiming, or have ever claimed in this conversation, that the problem is that people listen to psychics. Even Con...
by PapaG
03/31/14 02:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 13262

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

I just hope you never hold public office.
by PapaG
03/31/14 12:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 13262

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Now that IS an ad hominem fallacy. How anyone can be blind to the immorality of pretending to be able to find a lost passenger plane through 'psychic' powers is beyond me. These people's relatives are presumably DEAD. Do you really need an argument? The level of blind obsequiousness and tasteless 'i...
by PapaG
03/31/14 12:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 13262

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

And you must have been on the beer.
by PapaG
03/30/14 12:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 13262

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Magic Fred, P.T. Widdle and Tom Pilling: I have nothing more to add to what's been said other than to say I wholeheartedly agree with you.
by PapaG
03/24/14 06:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 13262

Re: Michael Skinner/Cups & Balls/Tonight Show

Effortlessly entertaining and charming. Thanks for pointing out the footage Dustin.
by PapaG
09/16/13 01:52 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Michael Skinner/Cups & Balls/Tonight Show
Replies: 9
Views: 1461

Re: Ways of Seeing ▲ John Berger

It's a great book too.
by PapaG
06/10/13 11:01 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Ways of Seeing ▲ John Berger
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Do you agree with Tamariz?

I'm paraphrasing but Ken Krenzel, on his Pass video, says something along the lines of 'no one has ever learnt to perform a good-looking pass only from a book'.
by PapaG
05/24/13 01:34 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Do you agree with Tamariz?
Replies: 30
Views: 4450

Re: What American Idol has to do with magic

Obviously I'm not the target audience. The problem is that society is conditioned by what it is exposed to. It becomes conditioned to hear everything Autotuned. Not surprisingly that means that over time, anything that is not pitch perfect becomes jarring to the average listener. It is a vicious cir...
by PapaG
05/14/13 06:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What American Idol has to do with magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1469

Re: What American Idol has to do with magic

Problem? For whom? For me. As a producer, musician and lover of music. Most of the artists I love would never have even been signed, let alone have had any mainstream exposure, in this 'American Idol' culture. And those that did would have been forced to be AutoTuned to within an inch of their live...
by PapaG
05/14/13 04:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What American Idol has to do with magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1469

Re: What American Idol has to do with magic

Today's 21st Century culture values instant, superficial flash over depth and substance. That is the problem.
by PapaG
05/14/13 10:36 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What American Idol has to do with magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1469

Re: Should you still use material that you've sold?

Just for the intellectual exercise - what about sport? As an example, it is widely regarded that Pakistani spin bowler Saqlain Mushtaq invented a delivery known as the 'doosra'. If, as you are saying, it is exactly the same process, no matter what area, is his innovation also covered by copyright an...
by PapaG
04/13/13 10:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Should you still use material that you've sold?
Replies: 127
Views: 4363

Re: NEW JIMMY GRIPPO'S VIDEO(S)

If I'm reading that other thread correctly, the real work on the Grippo index hasn't ever been fully tipped. Is this correct?
by PapaG
04/11/13 01:07 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: NEW JIMMY GRIPPO'S VIDEO(S)
Replies: 9
Views: 2154

Re: NEW JIMMY GRIPPO'S VIDEO(S)

Beautiful. Having only seen the Orson Welles footage, great to be able to watch this. Love the respect and affection the host Merv Griffin shows towards the art. No doubt a different era.

Thanks for the share.

Now, whatever happened to the Grippo book....
by PapaG
04/10/13 02:55 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: NEW JIMMY GRIPPO'S VIDEO(S)
Replies: 9
Views: 2154

Re: Books I'm Currently Working On

Awe Man.... No Mr. Jennings Takes it easy?


.... you beat me to it.
by PapaG
03/12/13 01:36 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Books I'm Currently Working On
Replies: 11
Views: 3988

Re: Who is renewing Real Secrets?

Just want to apologise to Tom Stone for a couple of posts earlier.

Clearly I wasn't paying close enough attention to what was going on the MB forum.

Everything he referred to was happening in the public domain and no private confidences were betrayed.
by PapaG
03/03/13 03:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is renewing Real Secrets?
Replies: 255
Views: 15376

Re: Who is renewing Real Secrets?

Correct me if I'm wrong Brad. Has the original poster actually destroyed any surprises? I thought he was commenting on tricks that you'd already received. If he has access to future items before you then you have a point about surprises being 'destroyed'. And your ridiculing of the movie analogy wou...
by PapaG
03/02/13 02:35 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is renewing Real Secrets?
Replies: 255
Views: 15376

Re: Who is renewing Real Secrets?

Maybe it should have remained in private. Mark, Since you have read the thread on the Bunny, you will know that I have tried to conduct myself with restraint, often in the face of insult and abuse. The exchange of messages with Mike pushed that restraint to the limit, and I chose to remove myself f...
by PapaG
03/02/13 02:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is renewing Real Secrets?
Replies: 255
Views: 15376

Re: Who is renewing Real Secrets?

Do not argue with an idiot they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. Mark Twain

P!ss in the wind mate. I'm taking the advice given earlier. Bye bye.
by PapaG
03/02/13 02:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is renewing Real Secrets?
Replies: 255
Views: 15376

Re: Who is renewing Real Secrets?

Maybe it should have remained in private.
by PapaG
03/02/13 01:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is renewing Real Secrets?
Replies: 255
Views: 15376

Re: Who is renewing Real Secrets?

That's pretty sick Tom. I like your books and work. Don't destroy the respect I have for your authorial voice.
by PapaG
03/02/13 01:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is renewing Real Secrets?
Replies: 255
Views: 15376
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