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by Bill McFadden
September 5th, 2015, 3:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob White Penguin Lecture August 30th!
Replies: 16
Views: 2190

Re: Bob White Penguin Lecture August 30th!

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5771 I have no financial connection to this lecture, but I love Bob White and his magic! He's a true master who is a direct link to the Erdnase/Vernon/Miller asthetic, and is a terrific teacher. (Plus, he'll fool you blind--witness his torn and restored tissue routine)...
by Bill McFadden
March 18th, 2015, 3:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March issue of Genii is Now Live Online for Subscribers
Replies: 5
Views: 722

Re: The March issue of Genii is Now Live Online for Subscrib

" . . . put in the countless hours you need to practice." " . . . in order to do it well, you really have to put in a tremendous amount of practice." " . . . I just didn't have the time. You really need a concert pianist's dedication to that." -- Woody Allen on close-up...
by Bill McFadden
November 20th, 2014, 3:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Must have books (for me) in this month's Genii
Replies: 5
Views: 1426

Re: Must have books (for me) in this month's Genii

I very much enjoyed Will Houstoun's reviews in the December issue. Does anyone know whether the paperback edition of Marty Demarest's Erdnase will be available from sources other than Amazon? Barnes & Noble only has the Nook edition. Couldn't find it anywhere else in a quick search. It's agin' m...
by Bill McFadden
April 28th, 2014, 8:31 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Our first commercial.
Replies: 9
Views: 3506

Re: Our first commercial.

"Will it core a apple, o' Chef of the Future?"
by Bill McFadden
March 25th, 2014, 3:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The David Neighbors Project, Vol. One
Replies: 0
Views: 218

The David Neighbors Project, Vol. One

Last Friday, this magnificent book arrived in my mail. Take it from me, it is bee-you-tee-full! Thick and rich with Mark Tams' excellent descriptions of Dave's creativity, thinking and techniques. My first impressions indicate that Dave's approaches and thinking with coins is not unlike another Dave...
by Bill McFadden
March 25th, 2014, 3:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 6022

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014

Gentlemen, my apologies for apparently having walked away from this useful discourse. One of the reasons for the delay was the need to organize my thoughts properly and avoid the "knee-jerk" reaction evidenced in my first post on the subject. Indeed, that reaction (not response) was an ins...
by Bill McFadden
February 5th, 2014, 9:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 6022

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014

Thanks, Richard. Your kindness means a great deal to me, and I'm sure we'll cross paths at some point. I re-read my post and noticed the system replaced an 8-letter word for drinks made with liquor: "censored parties." That's stricter than my 2nd grade nun. I neglected to acknowledge that ...
by Bill McFadden
February 5th, 2014, 5:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 6022

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014

To Messrs. Hughes and Shevlin, Points taken, Gentlemen. The pushback was anticipated. Let's test your assumptions In a nutshell: In the mid-1970's I became a manager of conventions, conferences, and trade shows for a professional association; this expertise was utilized for subsequent employers unti...
by Bill McFadden
February 5th, 2014, 4:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 6022

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014

A Duke Ellington Study Group Conference eh? I'm going to try that one on Mrs AJM the next time I try and convince her that I need to spend the weekend in Amsterdam. :D Andrew HA! Good luck with that, Andrew. The Conference is held biennially, rotating among in major cities in Europe and NA. 2014 ma...
by Bill McFadden
February 3rd, 2014, 3:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for magic quotes
Replies: 46
Views: 7753

Re: Looking for magic quotes

A quote which I remember, yet cannot attribute goes something like this: "A gentleman is an individual who professes to know a good many card tricks but does not offer to demonstrate any." Who the bloody hell said it? I don't know but it sounds a bit like Chesterton to me. Or Conan Doyle?
by Bill McFadden
January 31st, 2014, 3:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 6022

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014

Great. Another closed "convention." If it's an issue of space, just limit the registration. This invitation only thing is a slap in the face to those who aren't invited. God forbid new people should be brought into the field. If you want to hold a private party, fine, but don't advertise ...
by Bill McFadden
January 31st, 2014, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for magic quotes
Replies: 46
Views: 7753

Re: Looking for magic quotes

A quote which I remember, yet cannot attribute goes something like this: "A gentleman is an individual who professes to know a good many card tricks but does not offer to demonstrate any."

Who the bloody hell said it?
by Bill McFadden
December 26th, 2013, 5:37 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Hofzinser in Villesville
Replies: 16
Views: 4727

Re: Hofzinser in Villesville

Greetings all, I sincerely hope that your holidays are all that you want them to be, and more. I am very grateful for the replies to this thread. My remarks warrant clarification, and I finally have a chance to do so. RK, as usual, you're correct: I drew an unfair comparison. Please know that I comp...
by Bill McFadden
December 18th, 2013, 1:45 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Hofzinser in Villesville
Replies: 16
Views: 4727

Hofzinser in Villesville

Non Plus Ultra arrived on Monday in pristine condition; no bumps on any of the slipcase corners. THRILL: That these beautifully composed, important books are finally here. What's most important, of course, is content. And what content in both volumes! DISAPPOINTMENT: That the books were printed and...
by Bill McFadden
October 29th, 2013, 9:08 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Mr. Hollingworth Responds re Quartet!
Replies: 1
Views: 590

Re: Mr. Hollingworth Responds re Quartet!

The Genii grants all wishes. Thanks, RK. I have already thanked Mr. Hollingworth.
by Bill McFadden
October 27th, 2013, 1:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 2349

Re: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?

Richard, thank you for your generous effort. As is the case with most hard-to-find magic items, patience is most likely the best strategy. Of course, I make that statement in spite of being a native Philadelphian, where the motto is, "Money talks. [censored] walks."
by Bill McFadden
October 26th, 2013, 4:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 2349

Re: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?

Erdnasephile is correct: that bucket's got a hole in it. It don't work no more.

Anybody out there know Lord Hollingworth and can find out what the deal is? Looks like no deal . . .
by Bill McFadden
October 25th, 2013, 12:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 2349

Re: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?

Wrote to the barrister the other day. Guy? Guy? Mr. Hollingworth?
by Bill McFadden
October 23rd, 2013, 12:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 2349

Re: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?

GH's website was checked before I did any other looking. I get the impression that one can no longer buy directly from Mr. H. Nevertheless, I'll write to him, and let you all know how it goes. Thanks for the replies/suggestions.
by Bill McFadden
October 22nd, 2013, 4:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 2349

Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?

What prompts the question is a desire to find additional (Guy Hollingworth) Quartet cards. There's a card maker in Germany, Bernd Maucksch who does nice work, at least from his web page. However, has no Quartet cards available. Any other card craftspersons out there? Of course, Gary Plants comes to ...
by Bill McFadden
October 5th, 2013, 3:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magicol 185!
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

Re: Magicol 185!

I forgot to mention that gently faded Kodakcolor snapshot of Vernon. I don't recall ever seeing it until now.
by Bill McFadden
October 4th, 2013, 5:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magicol 185!
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

Re: Magicol 185!

Mine arrived today. Thanks and congratulations to all the beautiful people who contributed, collaborated and published. Tremendous historical resource in a concise package (and oh what a package!) as always.
by Bill McFadden
October 4th, 2013, 5:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: October 2013 Issue with Eugene Burger
Replies: 31
Views: 4675

Re: October 2013 Issue with Eugene Burger

Forgot to tell you: mine arrived about 9/18.
by Bill McFadden
October 4th, 2013, 4:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted : Impossible Penetration (Clarence Miller/Viking)
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Re: Wanted : Impossible Penetration (Clarence Miller/Viking)

This is very weird, Alan, because I was thinking today about posting WTB the same item - you are referring to the item by its correct name. I was going to ask for a Clarence Miller "finger chopper."

Okay, Forumites, now there are TWO of us wanting to buy. Alan goes first . . .
by Bill McFadden
September 13th, 2013, 9:34 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Help Us!
Replies: 66
Views: 11826

Re: Help Us!

The Buckeye Wildebeest . . . the Woody Hayes of utility wallets.
by Bill McFadden
September 13th, 2013, 5:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roger Klause Sun and Moon Question
Replies: 3
Views: 886

Re: Roger Klause Sun and Moon Question

RK is right: the coins are hard to find. Some time ago, Todd Lassen made me a set: Walking Liberty half/unexpanded copper shell/cut-down c/s. Unfortunately, you cannot do the trick with a standard expanded shell over a c/s coin. I know Todd was making them for a while, but don't recall seeing any po...
by Bill McFadden
August 21st, 2013, 11:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nobody asked me, but . . .
Replies: 11
Views: 1670

Re: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Bill, if you watched "Zotz!" you have my condolences. I saw "Zotz!" as a wee lad during its first run, 1962. As with all of William Castle's pictures, it was hyped relentlessly on local Philadelphia TV, and opened city-wide in neighborhood theaters. My buddies and I skipped the ...
by Bill McFadden
August 21st, 2013, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nobody asked me, but . . .
Replies: 11
Views: 1670

Re: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Point taken, Brother Bill. It's not really about learning tricks for me, so much as watching someone I admire perform and then, well, lecture about it. But if a lecture is cover for a couple hours of product demonstration, there's nothing substantive gained. Admittedly, my motivation for attending M...
by Bill McFadden
August 21st, 2013, 2:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nobody asked me, but . . .
Replies: 11
Views: 1670

Nobody asked me, but . . .

I just finished reading Professional Secrets by Geoffrey Durham. I've had it on my shelves for a couple of years, owing to a highly persuasive recommendation by Denny Haney. Check out Eric Meade's review in the June 2010 Genii (Hooker's Rising Cards cover). Not only was it far better than I had imag...
by Bill McFadden
August 16th, 2013, 11:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: September Issue
Replies: 15
Views: 3035

Re: September Issue

Showed up in my Villesville mailbox on Monday, August 5. Dustin hit another one out of the park with the Caveney feature, and the issue is chock full o' other good stuff.
by Bill McFadden
August 15th, 2013, 11:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Help with Chop Mug
Replies: 11
Views: 2690

Re: Help with Chop Mug

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by Bill McFadden
August 15th, 2013, 11:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Help with Chop Mug
Replies: 11
Views: 2690

Re: Help with Chop Mug

I have one of Wayne's "Coffee Chop" mugs, purchased from TW at the 2003 WMS. Never used, it stayed in the box pretty much since purchase. BUT, the epoxy/acrylic used to secure the gimmick has yellowed badly, and there is a hairline crack around the circumference where it has separated from...
by Bill McFadden
August 13th, 2013, 3:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 27
Views: 4534

Re: Sachs and Sack's

Now that's a keeper! Thanks, Bill, for your diligent research. Like I keep sayin' - you're the greatest!
by Bill McFadden
July 5th, 2013, 3:47 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Beckett and Bushmiller
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Re: Beckett and Bushmiller

Bill, if nobody told you today you're the greatest, please allow me to be the first!
by Bill McFadden
June 15th, 2013, 4:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The July Issue of Genii is on Its Way to You!
Replies: 43
Views: 7157

Re: The July Issue of Genii is on Its Way to You!

It arrived in Dopeytown, USA today 06/15.
by Bill McFadden
April 9th, 2013, 10:04 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Stewart James In Print The first 50 years.....
Replies: 14
Views: 1545

Re: WTB Stewart James In Print The first 50 years.....

Denis Behr wrote:Absolutely not. There are not only things from other magazines (Linking Ring, Sphinx, marketed items), but the material is presented with extensive additional commentary.


Denis, I thank you for your definitive reply.
by Bill McFadden
April 8th, 2013, 8:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Forum on Your SmartPhone: 2 Ways, Take Your Choice!
Replies: 26
Views: 155393

Re: Forum on Your SmartPhone: 2 Ways, Take Your Choice!

FWIW, Tapatalk is well worth the measly three bucks. The Forum now looks and works beautifully on Android browser (free), or through Tapatalk.
by Bill McFadden
April 8th, 2013, 8:24 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Stewart James In Print The first 50 years.....
Replies: 14
Views: 1545

Re: WTB Stewart James In Print The first 50 years.....

Not sure this is the correct place to ask a dumb question, but if one owns The James File, all three volumes of Ibidem, Pallbearers I, and The Chronicles, would one essentially have the material published in The First 50 Years? Thanks for your help.
by Bill McFadden
April 5th, 2013, 4:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Forum on Your SmartPhone: 2 Ways, Take Your Choice!
Replies: 26
Views: 155393

Re: Forum on Your SmartPhone: 2 Ways, Take Your Choice!

Guys, I was joking (trying to imply that I wasn't a "good, thoughtful" poster). Chris got me signed up right away. If you have to explain it, it probably wasn't funny to start with . . . It was as a measure of respect, Mr. M., that I took you seriously. Now it's funny, as I dig where you ...

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