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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
03/25/14 03:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The David Neighbors Project, Vol. One
Replies: 0
Views: 134

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
03/25/14 03:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 4320

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
02/05/14 10:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 4320

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
02/05/14 06:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 4320

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
02/05/14 05:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 4320

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
02/03/14 04:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for magic quotes
Replies: 46
Views: 5908

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
01/31/14 04:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend 2014
Replies: 42
Views: 4320

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
01/31/14 03:56 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for magic quotes
Replies: 46
Views: 5908

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
12/26/13 06:37 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Hofzinser in Villesville
Replies: 16
Views: 2675

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
12/18/13 02:45 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Hofzinser in Villesville
Replies: 16
Views: 2675

Re: Mr. Hollingworth Responds re Quartet!

The Genii grants all wishes. Thanks, RK. I have already thanked Mr. Hollingworth.
by Bill McFadden
10/29/13 09:08 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Mr. Hollingworth Responds re Quartet!
Replies: 1
Views: 355

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
10/27/13 01:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

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
10/26/13 04:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

Re: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?

Wrote to the barrister the other day. Guy? Guy? Mr. Hollingworth?
by Bill McFadden
10/25/13 12:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

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
10/23/13 12:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

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
10/22/13 04:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

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
10/05/13 03:29 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magicol 185!
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

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
10/04/13 05:47 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magicol 185!
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: October 2013 Issue with Eugene Burger

Forgot to tell you: mine arrived about 9/18.
by Bill McFadden
10/04/13 05:43 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: October 2013 Issue with Eugene Burger
Replies: 31
Views: 3349

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

Thank you. I appreciate the caveat.
by Bill McFadden
10/04/13 05:41 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted : Impossible Penetration (Clarence Miller/Viking)
Replies: 3
Views: 128

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
10/04/13 04:05 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted : Impossible Penetration (Clarence Miller/Viking)
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Help Us!

The Buckeye Wildebeest . . . the Woody Hayes of utility wallets.
by Bill McFadden
09/13/13 09:34 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Help Us!
Replies: 66
Views: 6273

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
09/13/13 05:49 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roger Klause Sun and Moon Question
Replies: 3
Views: 553

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
08/21/13 11:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nobody asked me, but . . .
Replies: 11
Views: 1389

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
08/21/13 05:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nobody asked me, but . . .
Replies: 11
Views: 1389

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
08/21/13 02:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nobody asked me, but . . .
Replies: 11
Views: 1389

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
08/16/13 11:09 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: September Issue
Replies: 15
Views: 2513

Re: Help with Chop Mug

Whoops! If anyone is interested in buying, details are as follows:

Bill McFadden
623 Harbor Drive
Annapolis, MD 21403
410-320-1143
Bilmcfdn@comcast.net
by Bill McFadden
08/15/13 11:57 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Help with Chop Mug
Replies: 11
Views: 2396

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
08/15/13 11:55 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Help with Chop Mug
Replies: 11
Views: 2396

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
08/13/13 03:53 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 14
Views: 1776

Re: Beckett and Bushmiller

Bill, if nobody told you today you're the greatest, please allow me to be the first!
by Bill McFadden
07/05/13 03:47 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Beckett and Bushmiller
Replies: 1
Views: 424

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

It arrived in Dopeytown, USA today 06/15.
by Bill McFadden
06/15/13 04:15 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The July Issue of Genii is on Its Way to You!
Replies: 43
Views: 5415

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
04/09/13 10:04 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Stewart James In Print The first 50 years.....
Replies: 11
Views: 975

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
04/08/13 08:24 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Stewart James In Print The first 50 years.....
Replies: 11
Views: 975

Re: Roger Ebert passes

A Pulitzer Prize and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls." He was a wonderful writer with a keen sense for irony. Not too many film critics will be memorialized in film history. Roger Ebert will.
by Bill McFadden
04/04/13 08:37 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Roger Ebert passes
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Rob Zabrecky article coming soon

Perhaps I'm missing a thread on this somewhere else on the redesigned Forum, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading every word on the Rob Zabrecky section of this month's issue. I'm also grateful that RK gave ample space for Robert Byrnes mini-biography of this performance artist for the 21st Century. I f...
by Bill McFadden
04/03/13 06:33 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Rob Zabrecky article coming soon
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Re: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here

All better now. Thank you.
by Bill McFadden
03/27/13 11:15 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here
Replies: 145
Views: 9980

Re: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here

Same issues as the gentlemen preceding this post. What to do?
by Bill McFadden
03/26/13 08:11 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here
Replies: 145
Views: 9980

Re: The April Issue will be Mailed on Monday

Saturday, the 23rd here in MD. Another substantive beaut of an issue.
by Bill McFadden
03/25/13 05:16 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The April Issue will be Mailed on Monday
Replies: 72
Views: 5654

Re: What has your experience been?

Jon Hendricks was from Toledo, Ohio. In reality, it was Nona Hendryx: Keep It Confidential . . .

P.S. Click-bang, oh what a hang; your daddy done shot poor me.
by Bill McFadden
01/25/13 01:35 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: What has your experience been?
Replies: 11
Views: 1210
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