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Re: Lower and Lower The Ultra Tube Tumbles!

Richard Kaufman wrote:There are also jerks who will buy duplicates, triplicates, and even quadruplicates just to prevent others from having them. Unfortunately, in the Tenyo collecting world, there are a few who are notorious for doing just that.

Shhhh! You're giving away my plan to corner the market on China Surprise.
by John Signa
02/22/15 04:23 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Lower and Lower The Ultra Tube Tumbles!
Replies: 9
Views: 807

Re: reading vs video

The only really bad thing about video is that it's more difficult to learn from because the footage goes by so fast. Many DVD players have slow-motion capability. When I want to learn a move from a DVD, I watch it on my computer where I use an app I created to control DVD player using voice commands.
by John Signa
02/15/15 08:44 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 33
Views: 2593

Re: A classic illusion..... sort of

I thought she was just a future Robert Palmer model.
by John Signa
02/09/15 07:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A classic illusion..... sort of
Replies: 7
Views: 860

Re: Get Your Act Together

Sounds like it is in the same vein as the "Circus of the Stars" from 30-40 years ago.
by John Signa
01/18/15 08:17 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Get Your Act Together
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: Mac King photo idea was really kind of mine.

And I was thinking the inspiration was They Saved Hitler's Brain:
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by John Signa
12/20/14 08:32 PM
 
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Mac King photo idea was really kind of mine.
Replies: 14
Views: 2032

Re: The Illusionists Reviews

Yes, closes January 4 when it begins its US tour.
http://www.theillusionistslive.com/tickets/north-america/washington
by John Signa
12/09/14 11:30 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists Reviews
Replies: 41
Views: 6247

Re: Magic on South Park

In order for the gag to work, all of the tricks Cartman performed had to be recognizable by the viewer as real world, stock magician's tricks. Time to retire coin in bottle as cliche?
by John Signa
11/15/14 10:07 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic on South Park
Replies: 4
Views: 1113

Re: New Pepper's Ghost art toy

Yes, I meant left/right, not right/right. I had one too many ginger ales after dinner.
by John Signa
11/15/14 09:44 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Pepper's Ghost art toy
Replies: 23
Views: 2014

Re: New Pepper's Ghost art toy

Actually, in Peppers Ghost, the image is reversed and the "ghost" needs to be reversed to take that into account. If the ghost is supposed to raise his right hand, the actor raises his right.

If you don't, you might wind up with ghosts waltzing in the wrong direction...
by John Signa
11/15/14 12:57 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Pepper's Ghost art toy
Replies: 23
Views: 2014

Re: New Pepper's Ghost art toy

Glenn is correct in that there is no projection. Check out the video at :30 when overhead view of drawing in action... no projected image on the paper.

This is a variation of a camera lucida. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_lucida.
by John Signa
11/14/14 06:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Pepper's Ghost art toy
Replies: 23
Views: 2014

Re: New Pepper's Ghost art toy

This looks very similar to an art toy that I had as a kid.

No projection is involved. You're looking at the object to be drawn through a darkened piece of plastic at an angle that reflects your drawing.
by John Signa
11/14/14 03:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Pepper's Ghost art toy
Replies: 23
Views: 2014

Suggestions for Toronto

Am in Toronto, Canada for the next 7 days...

Any suggestions for must-see/do?
by John Signa
11/13/14 02:41 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Suggestions for Toronto
Replies: 5
Views: 743

Re: WTB Tenyo Telesphere...gimmick

by John Signa
10/24/14 03:33 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Tenyo Telesphere...gimmick
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Sorry to interrupt

Yes, I saw Fingers.
by John Signa
10/22/14 02:16 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Sorry to interrupt
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

Richard, so I take it you are offended by Neil Patrick Harris playing a Barney on "How I Met Your Mother?," a gay guy playing a caricature of a straight guy?
by John Signa
10/20/14 11:30 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 141
Views: 15455

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

And every morning and afternoon they had to refill the box of $2-looking appearing canes.
by John Signa
10/12/14 11:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 24
Views: 2707

Re: 2015 Magic Calendars

by John Signa
10/12/14 11:51 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: 2015 Magic Calendars
Replies: 23
Views: 2917

Re: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes

As I slowly go through downloading them to my own iTunes, I'll try to remember to commit them back up. The listing of topics don't quite line up to the tracks. Some tracks have multiple topics, some topics cross into multiple tracks and sometimes you have to back up to the previous track to find ou...
by John Signa
07/28/14 07:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes
Replies: 61
Views: 8831

Re: New App Issues

The Flash player integrated with Chrome is the same software that is in the Flash plugin, just different loading/update methods.
by John Signa
07/23/14 11:46 AM
 
Forum: iGenii
Topic: New App Issues
Replies: 32
Views: 4849

Re: Tenyo knockoff - Mirror Mate

Watching your reaction made it the best $5 I spent at the convention.
by John Signa
07/22/14 01:29 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo knockoff - Mirror Mate
Replies: 5
Views: 783

Re: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes

When imported into iTunes there were several tracks (like 40) but no album name. As such I could not find a practical way to add them to my iPod without renaming each track. It was not worth the hassle. Standard audio CDs do not contain track and artist names. When iTunes rips a CD, it uses select ...
by John Signa
07/18/14 01:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes
Replies: 61
Views: 8831

Re: Go Best Express Shuttle for St. Louis IBM/SAM

We have included a full page of nearby eateries in the convention program along with a map that shows their location. The digital convention guide also has listing of eateries, including ones mentioned here. However, bit tricky to find. For those that have downloaded the guide: Tap Where, then tap ...
by John Signa
06/19/14 06:16 PM
 
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Go Best Express Shuttle for St. Louis IBM/SAM
Replies: 18
Views: 4326

Re: Great Tenyo on eBay

Richard Kaufman wrote:Erm..wait a minute...I'm sure there was just one more thing...

There always is.
by John Signa
06/11/14 06:02 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Great Tenyo on eBay
Replies: 4
Views: 901

Re: Why FISM?

I've seen this happen repeatedly at Disney events and it really makes people angry. Ugh! I had almost forgotten about "that" event. For a company that seems to have line management down to a science in the parks, the management at D23 Expo was some of the worst I'd ever experienced. Time ...
by John Signa
06/06/14 05:51 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Why FISM?
Replies: 30
Views: 3336

Re: A Note from Stereo about his Tenyo Blog

Aaaaannnnnnnd gone.

The thread on the Cafe is no longer.
by John Signa
05/27/14 03:42 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: A Note from Stereo about his Tenyo Blog
Replies: 27
Views: 4705

Re: The Haunting

Richard Kaufman wrote:"The Haunting" was directed by Robert Wise in 1961 or so and is regarded as classic.


Wasn't that one the inspiration for the hallway in the Haunted Mansion?
by John Signa
05/08/14 03:50 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: The Haunting
Replies: 20
Views: 2928

Re: You bastards!

I cringed first time I saw it posted followed by a "Whaaaa?" When it "sold" for $165. Looks like the first buyer came to his senses.
by John Signa
05/06/14 10:36 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: You bastards!
Replies: 32
Views: 4281

Re: Magicians stealing

I'd be more concerned about trademark infringement. Doesn't matter if the trademark is reproduced or cut & pasted, when applied to a different product, if it could be confused as a Simpsons product.
by John Signa
04/16/14 02:24 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magicians stealing
Replies: 76
Views: 6987

Re: Best Version of Lubor Fiedler's Gozinta Boxes EVER

Brad Henderson wrote:seems a waste to not have sometbing special waiting inside the innermost box. With a flat load one can even repeat that when the boxes are opened the second time!

As in Tenyo's Parabox?
http://tenyo-magic.blogspot.com/2010/05/t-161-parabox.html
by John Signa
04/04/14 07:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Best Version of Lubor Fiedler's Gozinta Boxes EVER
Replies: 66
Views: 6088

Re: Live Update from the MAGIC magazine convention in Las Ve

Actually the MAGIC Live from 13 years ago!
by John Signa
03/26/14 01:47 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Live Update from the MAGIC magazine convention in Las Vegas!
Replies: 14
Views: 2509

Re: Geometrick and Dragon Altar in the Package!

Last couple listed on eBay with packaging sold for for $109 & $122
by John Signa
03/18/14 06:07 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Geometrick and Dragon Altar in the Package!
Replies: 34
Views: 2926

Re: Geometrick and Dragon Altar in the Package!

Final price: $231
by John Signa
03/17/14 08:37 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Geometrick and Dragon Altar in the Package!
Replies: 34
Views: 2926

Re: You bastards!

Once infected, Tenyoitis never goes away. I thought it started for me back in the late 90's when I was traveling to Tokyo couple times a year. Each trip I would pick up a couple tricks. Then I decided to cure myself of the silly "toys" and sold them off at club flea market for few bucks ea...
by John Signa
03/14/14 12:40 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: You bastards!
Replies: 32
Views: 4281

Re: Frakson

Intentionally messy as their intention is to sell you a clean copy.
by John Signa
03/10/14 02:32 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Frakson
Replies: 17
Views: 1420

Paul Harris True Astonishments 9DVD Set on eBay

Selling a like-new Paul Harris True Astonishments

9 DVDs in the original wooden locking puzzle box
With all of the gently-handled props

Selling on eBay starting at $149

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221376567566
by John Signa
02/18/14 01:04 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Harris True Astonishments 9DVD Set on eBay
Replies: 0
Views: 190

Re: Can Rob Zabrekcy Rock it or What?

The video is just a small part of Pharrell William's 24 hour long music video at http://24hoursofhappy.com where same song is repeated with different dancers (professional, nonprofessional, celebrities, Minions, etc). Rob is at 10:12. Most of the hour he's in takes place at Union Station.
by John Signa
02/17/14 05:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can Rob Zabrekcy Rock it or What?
Replies: 6
Views: 716

Re: Innercircle

Would someone explain to me the advantage of keeping your loops in a custom-made carrying case "specially engineered" to look like a credit card? I've never seen one, only have the patents for reference... The case is designed to hold multiple loops to keep them separated and protected fr...
by John Signa
02/16/14 01:27 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Innercircle
Replies: 16
Views: 1845

Re: Innercircle

Reviewing Mesika's patents, I don't see any for loops. In fact, his patent for an elastic thread container states "Elastic loops have long been known in the art."

He does, however, have a registered trademark on "LOOPS"
by John Signa
02/14/14 07:24 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Innercircle
Replies: 16
Views: 1845

Re: Magic in the Tokyo/Yokohama areas

If you plan on visiting Magic Land, be warned that they moved about 1.5 years ago and all of the English websites with directions are out of date. I found out the hard way after walking directly to their old location and finding things weren't right. Found the map on their website http://magicland.j...
by John Signa
01/02/14 01:45 AM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic in the Tokyo/Yokohama areas
Replies: 18
Views: 5003

Re: HUGO and Georges Méliès

For those of you in the U.S. with iPads and iPhones, today's 12 Days of Gifts gift is the movie Hugo. To get the movie you'll need to first download the 12 Days of Gifts app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/12-days-of-gifts/id777716569?mt=8 (requires iOS 7).
by John Signa
12/30/13 12:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: HUGO and Georges Méliès
Replies: 69
Views: 5347
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