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by Ian Keable
August 17th, 2015, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff
Replies: 20
Views: 3408

Re: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff

Brad and Tim may both be right (in theory). Unfortunately matters are rather different in reality. A few years ago I wrote a book called Stand-Up, A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic. One of my chapters was on Involving Assistants and had sections such as 'Destruction of Property' and 'Deliberate E...
by Ian Keable
August 16th, 2015, 12:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff
Replies: 20
Views: 3408

Re: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff

then what's the point? It's the same point as borrowing a watch and supposedly smashing it; the audience don't really believe the watch is broken - but they still laugh because part of them wants to believe that maybe it is broken and the potential embarrassment it causes both the magician and the ...
by Ian Keable
August 12th, 2015, 3:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff
Replies: 20
Views: 3408

Re: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff

fundamentally piff is a likeable character. People want to like him. Putting a dog in danger is an Unlikable act.


Maybe in the US - in the UK, that's funny! Perhaps because audiences in the UK know the dog isn't really in danger...
by Ian Keable
April 10th, 2015, 3:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spend Some Time With Ricky Jay: The Congress of Wonders
Replies: 16
Views: 4121

Re: Spend Some Time With Ricky Jay: The Congress of Wonders

Anyone know about the book Ricky Jay talks about in this interview: The Greatest German Living: Matthew Buchinger, 1674 - 1739?
by Ian Keable
February 8th, 2015, 6:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: McCOMBICAL The Wit and Wisdom of Billy McComb
Replies: 29
Views: 5772

Re: McCOMBICAL The Wit and Wisdom of Billy McComb

As someone who has taken the extremely risky step of producing another book on Charles Dickens as a magician ( http://www.iankeable.co.uk/charles-dickens-magician-conjuring-in-life-letters-and-literature.html ), soon after Trevor Dawson's book on the same subject, I am well aware of the problems of ...
by Ian Keable
January 8th, 2015, 3:16 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Reviewers and Objectivity
Replies: 20
Views: 5182

Re: Reviewers and Objectivity

Bill Mullins wrote: I've ordered your new book (haven't received it yet) and I assume you have expanded on this there. Thanks for that - the book has indeed been sent; I'll email you separately about that. How do you think Jay "got it wrong"? The book explains exactly where Ricky Jay, in m...
by Ian Keable
January 7th, 2015, 3:48 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Reviewers and Objectivity
Replies: 20
Views: 5182

Re: Reviewers and Objectivity

Just to pick up on a couple of points from Andrew Pinard's very erudite postings. There were several other people who are writing reviews (for Genii no less) that were eminently qualified to review this book (and not involved in the production of the book). Not sure if this is entirely true - given ...
by Ian Keable
January 6th, 2015, 4:26 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Reviewers and Objectivity
Replies: 20
Views: 5182

Re: Reviewers and Objectivity

I don't want to comment on Marty's viewpoint with regard to the review of my book as my thinking has been that once you've written a book you should leave it to the readers to have their say; you've had your say in the book itself. However when it comes to reviews generally, I have noticed that some...
by Ian Keable
April 11th, 2013, 8:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joel Bauer
Replies: 4
Views: 962

Re: Joel Bauer

Thanks for the response - but if you check out both those websites I think you will find they don't have an email contact for him. Also, it would appear, that they haven't been updated for some time. So he seems to have vanished from Internet contact; unless anybody else can help?
by Ian Keable
April 8th, 2013, 9:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joel Bauer
Replies: 4
Views: 962

Joel Bauer

Does have anybody have a contact detail for Joel Baurer, author of Hustle, Hustle and How to Persuade People who don't want to be Persuaded. His website doesn't seem to be functioning too well and I'm having no luck with his contact details on there. If you want to email me off this site, that's fin...
by Ian Keable
July 22nd, 2012, 3:42 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Eric Mead: More Than a Review
Replies: 9
Views: 3165

Re: Eric Mead: More Than a Review

Please pass on my thanks for Eric's gracious and clearly sincere apology, which of course is fully accepted.
by Ian Keable
July 21st, 2012, 1:08 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Eric Mead: More Than a Review
Replies: 9
Views: 3165

Re: Eric Mead: More Than a Review

I recall many years ago Martin Gardner giving an excellent review of a book by John Fisher - principally because he had extracted much of it from Gardner's own book. In similar vein I must congratulate Eric Mead for his excellent review of Charles Dickens : Conjurer, Mesmerist and Showman by Trevor ...
by Ian Keable
May 20th, 2012, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Review of Performing Magic by Tony Middleton
Replies: 4
Views: 1309

Re: Review of Performing Magic by Tony Middleton

Zebra Magic have now addressed my review, although in my view they haven't actually found any inaccuracies. Their comments, and my response to them, can be found as a postscript to my original article...<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://iankeable.blogspot.co.uk/2012_04_01_archive.html">http...
by Ian Keable
May 16th, 2012, 4:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Book on Charles Dickens
Replies: 0
Views: 492

New Book on Charles Dickens

Anybody who has bought the new book on Charles Dickens and his magic - Charles Dickens, Conjurer, Mesmerist and Showman by Trevor Dawson, which was launched at the Magic Collectors Weekend held in Chicago on May 10th to 12th, may want to contact me for an important addendum to the book. If you email...
by Ian Keable
April 30th, 2012, 10:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Review of Performing Magic by Tony Middleton
Replies: 4
Views: 1309

Review of Performing Magic by Tony Middleton

This is a book that has caused quite a bit of discussion in the UK thanks to the magicians (who include David Berglas, Paul Daniels, Jeff McBride, Michael Finney and David Stone) who have endorsed the book. Its price of 69-97 + shipping has also caused some raising of eye brows, given that the autho...
by Ian Keable
February 5th, 2012, 2:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wayne Dobson has been manipulated
Replies: 105
Views: 19307

Re: Wayne Dobson has been manipulated

I saw the original clip by David Penn & Craig Petty on their Wizard Product Review - and now have had the chance to view the Jeff McBride routine which has caused the controversy (Youtube footage. It comes in about half way through this: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com...
by Ian Keable
January 15th, 2012, 6:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magicians (BBC)
Replies: 18
Views: 2341

Re: The Magicians (BBC)

Well I stand corrected if Penn & Teller Fool Us has been recommissioned. And I look forward to the Latimer show on prime time British TV!
by Ian Keable
January 13th, 2012, 5:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magicians (BBC)
Replies: 18
Views: 2341

Re: The Magicians (BBC)

You're unaware of Penn and Teller? David Blaine? Copperfield? All seemed to do rather well on British telly as I recall. My point was more about British TV companies making programmes starring American magicians - similar to The Paul Daniels Magic Show or Derren Brown shows. I concede that this has...
by Ian Keable
January 11th, 2012, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magicians (BBC)
Replies: 18
Views: 2341

Re: The Magicians (BBC)

It must be remembered that the show is basically aimed at a family audience - it's 6-30 on a Saturday night - where the whole family can sit down together and watch it. Most magicians are agreed that magicians having to work with a celebrities doesn't enhance the magic: but, there again, without the...
by Ian Keable
January 6th, 2012, 12:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill in lemon
Replies: 52
Views: 4059

Re: Bill in lemon

Referring back to the original posting, I used to produce a glass, some fake ice, a small bottle of tonic water and finally the lemon. At one show, my volunteer had previously placed the corner of the bill in his mouth. When I produced the bottle, he took the top off with his mouth and drank the ent...
by Ian Keable
February 21st, 2011, 12:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jay Marshall: Beating a Dead Horse
Replies: 24
Views: 5035

Re: Jay Marshall: Beating a Dead Horse

Probably sacraligious to say so but I found 'Beating a Dead Horse' rather disappointing. There wasn't that much about Jay's working act - I would have loved to had read more about his repertoire and in particular his patter: I didn't really come away understanding why for a time he was absolutely at...
by Ian Keable
August 4th, 2009, 1:11 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: What is "classic magic"?
Replies: 16
Views: 3391

Re: What is "classic magic"?

Ian, Out of respect for the originator, it would be nice if you would post all of his thesis, not just the parts you agree with. To be fair to myself, I only quoted the first five because that was all I had taken notes of (they were intended to be referenced in my book on Stand-Up; but I decided no...
by Ian Keable
August 2nd, 2009, 6:35 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: What is "classic magic"?
Replies: 16
Views: 3391

Re: What is "classic magic"?

Charles Harrison, at The Magic Circle in April 1954, did a lecture titled The Qualities of a Classical Feat of Magic: and in it he attempted a definition of a classic trick. This lecture was written up in full and given away as an insert in The Magic Circular, the magazine of The Magic Circle. Harri...
by Ian Keable
July 23rd, 2009, 6:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin A. Nash Has Passed Away
Replies: 35
Views: 14155

Re: Martin A. Nash Has Passed Away

Martin Nash was one of my earliest heroes in magic as a result of his great books Ever So Sleightly, Any Second Now and Sleight Unseen. I still perform his $10,000 Ace routine the best version I know of the four ace assembly routine and his Aces for Experts Only. I am looking at the three books now ...
by Ian Keable
October 21st, 2008, 10:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Extensive list of Hoffmann, Goldston, Devant etc books for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 448

Extensive list of Hoffmann, Goldston, Devant etc books for sale

I have a long list of second hand books I am selling listed on my website. Please click on Ian Keable's 2nd Hand Books to view them.
by Ian Keable
September 21st, 2008, 6:00 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: David Devant
Replies: 6
Views: 1083

Re: David Devant

Actually David Devant got kicked out of The Magic Circle twice! Both times because articles from his books were published in magazines of the day. The more controversial ousting was following publication of his book Secrets of Magic in 1936, when he was in the Putney Home for the Incurables. However...
by Ian Keable
July 2nd, 2008, 6:38 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Magic Magazine: 10 Funniest Magicians
Replies: 26
Views: 7717

Re: Magic Magazine: 10 Funniest Magicians

Doesn't the choice come down to when and where you see a particular performer? From a British perspective the final top ten list looked out of sorts with the absence of Paul Daniels and Wayne Dobson; but I suspect many of the final contributors never saw Paul Daniels and Wayne Dobson at the peak of ...
by Ian Keable
June 22nd, 2008, 6:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Questions about Dr. Jaks
Replies: 21
Views: 4120

Re: Questions about Dr. Jaks

There is one book written in English which I know of. One of the Al Mann booklets, The Incredible Dr Jaks by Phantini which describes Dr Jaks' stage act in pretty good detail.
by Ian Keable
May 25th, 2005, 3:18 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Edward George Brown
Replies: 18
Views: 1111

Re: Edward George Brown

He was a bank manager - I suspect he did!
by Ian Keable
May 25th, 2005, 7:26 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Edward George Brown
Replies: 18
Views: 1111

Re: Edward George Brown

Richard writes: You might note that, with the exception of Jim Alfredson (who's too nice a guy to write someone a letter saying their book was junk), that all of the positive comments Gordon listed were from fellow Brits. That's no argument Richard. Couldn't you say exactly the same about the quotes...
by Ian Keable
July 5th, 2003, 5:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: magicians' quotable quotes
Replies: 47
Views: 2856

Re: magicians' quotable quotes

Great thread Mitsunobu. I have often thought the same thing about magic quotes and what a great little book it would make. My two favourite are: 'The presentation of the trick is everything; the little secret around which the performance has been woven is comparatively unimportant.' (David Devant fr...

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