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

Believe me, not only could you still give 'The Reformation' away on VHS, you could likely still sell it for quite a lot. There were only 50 copies extant, and, to my knowledge, no one ever started illegally mass-producing them, or even made a pirated digital file available. Everyone was quite protec...
by Travis
08/25/14 08:25 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 86
Views: 3090

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

Can't say that I disagree with a single thing that you wrote, erdnasephile. It's still the best piece-by-piece torn and restored card, in my opinion. All those that came in its wake suffered in method, effect, or usually both. I've performed it in parlor settings, on stage, and even one-on-one, many...
by Travis
08/24/14 10:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 86
Views: 3090

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

This came up over at the green room, and I'm curious as to the more academic opinions likely to be found here. I am one of the those who purchased the original VHS teaching tape of 'The Reformation'. It was limited to 50 copies with the promise that it would never be released again. It was released ...
by Travis
08/24/14 09:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 86
Views: 3090

Re: Smoothini on AGT

I have to go with the others that this was not a strong performance for a whole host of reasons that are all quite clear. The 'version' of Pat Page's trick (it has it's roots there, but is far inferior) is something that was released by Justin Miller through Paul Harris Presents a couple of years ag...
by Travis
08/21/14 11:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smoothini on AGT
Replies: 54
Views: 4561

Genii back issues not available in iPhone app?

I noticed the back issues in the iPhone app seem to leap from the 50s to 2010. Are those in between not available for viewing on the app?
by Travis
08/07/14 12:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii back issues not available in iPhone app?
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Re: Seriously ? The Revollusionists ?

Jim Riser, I wholeheartedly concur with your thoughts regarding pyro. Overused and, most often, pointless and unnecessary.
by Travis
07/21/14 07:08 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Seriously ? The Revollusionists ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

While, technically, it constitutes using a confederate, Richard, it's clearly a 2-person code act. I'm not sure Glenn or Francis would have appreciated being referred to as 'stooges'. This is a brilliant system, and was later used for playing cards by Alan Wakeling in his Numerology act, as detailed...
by Travis
05/19/14 02:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure in Boing Boing
Replies: 20
Views: 2187

Re: Price Drop for Registration at Ricky Jay Congress of Won

Has this offer been rescinded? It was on the website yesterday, but now appears to have vanished.
by Travis
04/25/14 12:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Price Drop for Registration at Ricky Jay Congress of Wonders
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Re: Magic SMS - new iPhone app

That is great news, Angelo!
Cheers!
by Travis
04/09/14 11:05 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic SMS - new iPhone app
Replies: 45
Views: 8858

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Thank you, Jon, for the information about The Jonah Ploys.
Just got it. Love it.

cheers!
by Travis
04/05/14 06:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 5488

Re: Hustling America

Well, I can in Florida with a VPN... :)
by Travis
03/11/14 05:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hustling America
Replies: 5
Views: 804

Re: Hustling America

The first three full episodes can be viewed here:
http://www.channel5.com/shows/hustling-america/episodes
by Travis
03/09/14 01:22 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hustling America
Replies: 5
Views: 804

Re: Wonderball

This remains my favorite when it comes to Zombie presentations (the Zombie begins around the 2:40 mark, but the whole act is great).

http://youtu.be/mtbWMDRxLLY
by Travis
03/02/14 12:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 9738

Re: Sherlock fans, rejoice!

For you 'Dr. Who' and 'Sherlock' fans that might not have yet seen it, enjoy 'Wholock'. It's extremely well done:
http://youtu.be/q3bGYljQ5Uw

And if you're curious how he did it:
http://youtu.be/1Zrn37KzxuE
by Travis
01/15/14 07:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 3773

Re: THE MAGICIANS OF THE TED CONFERENCE

Looks like they forgot Apollo Robbins.
by Travis
01/15/14 03:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THE MAGICIANS OF THE TED CONFERENCE
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Sherlock fans, rejoice!

Excellent, Master Payne!
by Travis
01/10/14 05:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 3773

Sherlock fans, rejoice!

Having just finished the new Season 3 opener, I feel I can say safely say that, if you're a fan of the series, you'll be immensely satisfied. It's like watching a great magic trick, and one of our own even makes a brief appearance. Yes, I think this entire episode will have particular appeal to magi...
by Travis
01/02/14 12:30 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 3773

Re: White Magic

Couldn't agree more, and I hope to be able to attend one of Derren's live shows someday. No question that Andy plays a very important part. The absence of his talents from one of the previous stage productions (Svengali, I believe) was palpable. Derren was still in fine form and delivered a show bet...
by Travis
12/30/13 10:46 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: White Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

Re: White Magic

Having now seen the shows, I'll suggest that my earlier insight is more true than not. This format has worn out its welcome. I think it still works quite well for David Blaine because he essentially gave birth to it, on television anyway. Time for a new format, methinks. It's all just starting to ru...
by Travis
12/29/13 10:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: White Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

Re: White Magic

I wasn't able to see any of them. Been trying to find them online. I've seen JB Benn in past television specials and found him to be very underwhelming. I can't speak for Dan's show, but Dan is a very nice guy (we performed in a live show in the Dominican Republic). Having not seen it, but assuming ...
by Travis
12/27/13 11:30 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: White Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

White Magic

For those interested, Dan White has a show premiering tonight on The Travel Channel titled 'White Magic'. Two episodes will air back to back, followed by a couple of J.B. Benn's magic series episodes.
by Travis
12/25/13 09:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: White Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

Re: Do yourselves a favour

I was complaining? Not that I'm aware of. I'm interested. I like new ideas and improvements. I happen to think details do matter, in everything from presentation to props (the devil's in them, as they say). I was simply comparing my observations and experience. What is wrong with wanting to know mor...
by Travis
12/23/13 02:35 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Do yourselves a favour
Replies: 13
Views: 2484

Re: Do yourselves a favour

Thanks, Tony! Just what I was hoping for. Love the paperclip bit. While I recognize the fact that zippers, envelopes, etc. can be used to the point of overkill, I do think that some of those kinds of details and nuances do enhance the deception for an observant audience. One thing I was wrong about:...
by Travis
12/22/13 08:57 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Do yourselves a favour
Replies: 13
Views: 2484

Re: Do yourselves a favour

I'm not sold on the Speed Loader wallet, so sell me. The only time I've seen it is in a video of Aaron Fisher's routine (a nice routine by the way). He had the wallet wrapped in a couple of rubber bands (I assume this is the way it's meant to be used), but once it was opened the card was simply in a...
by Travis
12/22/13 01:06 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Do yourselves a favour
Replies: 13
Views: 2484

Re: The January 2014 Digital Issue of Genii is Now Live

Thanks to Dustin for the LA Conference article. I'm mighty jealous of the attendees!

Richard, the Astarte footage is fantastic!

Also, can you beg and plead with Jim for footage of the Morritt pieces? :)
by Travis
12/19/13 11:31 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The January 2014 Digital Issue of Genii is Now Live
Replies: 11
Views: 886

Whispering Imps

If you haven't seen them, and you love cards, check out these beautiful decks with artwork by Mark Stutzman.
I just received my first order. They're beautiful and I think they feel and handle great.

http://whisperingimps.com
by Travis
12/15/13 06:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whispering Imps
Replies: 1
Views: 306

Re: Derren Brown Retrospective

Derren represents the finest of our craft. Clever, charming, attractive, smart, and engaging. If you've not yet caught his tv special from last night (The Great Art Robbery), it's wonderful. A crash course in misdirection for viewers (Derren even teaches a basic watch steal, and quite in detail). I'...
by Travis
12/14/13 05:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown Retrospective
Replies: 1
Views: 331

The Science Behind the Ghost reprint (hardcover edition)

Just a heads up - if you've ever wanted to get your hands on this highly sought work by Jim Steinmeyer, he has just re-released it in a hardcover edition (the previous out-of-print incarnation was spiral bound). I just received my copy and it's a beautiful book brimming with wonderful insights. I ha...
by Travis
12/08/13 11:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Science Behind the Ghost reprint (hardcover edition)
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Re: Mike Caveney's new book

Great clips, Nathan.
And kick-ass ideas!
by Travis
11/28/13 10:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Caveney's new book
Replies: 95
Views: 13679

Re: Shin Lim performance

I agree with just about all of the comments here. I certainly wasn't putting this forth as brilliant routining. Simply noting some cool visuals.
by Travis
11/28/13 03:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim performance
Replies: 64
Views: 6723

Re: Shin Lim performance

Yes, I meant it figuratively. That is, he's released some items that people complained were misrepresented.
by Travis
11/26/13 12:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim performance
Replies: 64
Views: 6723

Shin Lim performance

I know this young man's burned himself a couple of times with items he's released in the community, but he does some pretty cool things in this live card performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfmKMV_a0nw
by Travis
11/26/13 09:40 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim performance
Replies: 64
Views: 6723

Re: New Blaine Special

I don't know JB Benn personally, but he seems like a skilled magician and nice guy. Unfortunately, everything I've seen him do on television just seemed like so much aping Blaine. And not very well, at that.
by Travis
11/21/13 05:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Blaine Special
Replies: 41
Views: 3876

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014

How does one get invited?
by Travis
11/16/13 09:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 4935

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014

Likewise, Richard.
by Travis
11/16/13 08:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 4935

Re: Mike Caveney's new book

Couldn't have said it better myself, Nathan. They are treasures.
by Travis
11/15/13 12:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Caveney's new book
Replies: 95
Views: 13679

Re: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?

God, I couldn't even get through the first two minutes of this insipid demonstration (I hesitate to call it a performance). This guy can't even construct a proper sentence whilst speaking, but I'm supposed to believe he can raise the dead? Okay, sure. The whole affair comes off like bad comedy. The ...
by Travis
11/14/13 11:11 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?
Replies: 37
Views: 7483

LA History Conference attendees, details please!

I'm dying to hear some reports from the LA Conference. Anyone there, please share some updates.
by Travis
11/10/13 11:55 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: LA History Conference attendees, details please!
Replies: 9
Views: 1455

David Blaine performs for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul

A clip from the upcoming David Blaine television special 'Real or Magic'.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0, ... 75,00.html
by Travis
11/10/13 02:42 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine performs for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
Replies: 0
Views: 174

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

Ugh.
Ellen is very high profile. I wonder if David will take action, even if only to ask Ellen to correct the record. She's a very big fan of magic.
by Travis
11/01/13 11:50 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 64
Views: 8303
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