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Re: Egg Bag History

Hi I recognize that this is an old thread, so the information is probably of no use now, but I wanted to add that, I believe (without checking my reference books) that the major innovation of the Tarbell egg bag is the use of plaid material. I can only assume that Tarbell introduced this variant. Ob...
by Gary Brown
01/26/14 10:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Egg Bag History
Replies: 39
Views: 6753

WWII Map Cards from USPCC

Okay, so there's an effect in here someplace. I just can't figure it out. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Mgstfa7uCEI/UgJymFKpdRI/AAAAAAAAEQA/nb2jvctNXR0/s1600/Bicycle+escape+box.jpg USPCC is selling a bicycle deck inspired by the WWII escape decks that were distributed via the Red Cross to Allied POWs. H...
by Gary Brown
12/15/13 12:53 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: WWII Map Cards from USPCC
Replies: 0
Views: 954

Re: Kineti-Key Jr.

Just a follow-up on this item, which is very nicely crafted. At this time of year, it can be pitched as "Santa's Key" - a key that changes shape to allow Santa to get into houses and apartments with different kinds and sizes of locks. It makes a nice story particularly for kids who don't h...
by Gary Brown
12/15/13 12:37 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Kineti-Key Jr.
Replies: 1
Views: 678

Re: New York Post review of "Nothing to Hide"

I got to see this show last evening. It is unbelievable. About a half-dozen vignette set pieces -- all card magic -- with two superlative performers. Reminded me a bit of some of Ricky Jay's best work. It's only running a short time, so if you have the chance, don't miss this one!

Gary Brown
by Gary Brown
11/10/13 02:44 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Post review of "Nothing to Hide"
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Chazpro Color Changing Card Knives

I came across a reference on a web site reviewing lots of color changing knife sets to the Chazpro knives that were produced a few years back and are no longer being made. The review site is here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e99d/ . After searching around a bit, I was able to scare up a set of ...
by Gary Brown
09/12/13 10:18 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Chazpro Color Changing Card Knives
Replies: 0
Views: 274

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

Hello all, I was pleased to come across this post, as several months back, I treated myself to a Jim Zee slot Boston box. It is a gem. The workmanship is impeccable, right down to Jim's tiny signature Z inside the box. It is made with such precision that even someone who isn't very good at coin work...
by Gary Brown
09/12/13 09:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 125
Views: 27183

Help with Chop Mug

After a very long search, I finally obtained one of the chop mugs designed by David Bonsall and Jamie Raven. Well, it showed up today, the bottom had a price sticker that, according to the instructions, was intentionally added for "authenticity." Well, because the cup is a few years old, t...
by Gary Brown
05/10/13 10:37 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Help with Chop Mug
Replies: 11
Views: 2549

Deceptive Practice - The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Hello all, I had the great good fortune to attend the NYC debut showing of this film, and it's really worthwhile. Deceptive Practice is a thoroughly researched and exquisitely produced documentary of one our greatest magicians, and the rich tradition and history behind his career. Over the next few ...
by Gary Brown
04/20/13 02:01 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Replies: 42
Views: 8988

Re: Professor Krieger

Hi

I was pleased to be able to include a section on Krieger in The Coney Island Fakir (which is available for the Kindle). Jackie Flosso had some great material about his grandfather, and I found some additional information from magic magazines of the time.

Hope this helps.
by Gary Brown
02/08/13 11:09 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Professor Krieger
Replies: 5
Views: 640

Re: Magic Happenings in Washington DC?

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I wound up attending a meeting of Ring 50, which meets just outside of DC in Alexandria. It's a terrific, vibrant group with a large membership. Everyone went out of their way to make an out of towner feel welcome. Many thanks to all the members I met, as well...
by Gary Brown
10/12/12 09:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Happenings in Washington DC?
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Magic Happenings in Washington DC?

Will be in Washington DC during the 1st week of October. Any magic happenings go on worthy of note? Any shops worth a visit? Thanks in advance for any advice.
by Gary Brown
09/28/12 11:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Happenings in Washington DC?
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Max Maven – Off Broadway

Just caught the show this evening. Several notables in the audience, including Eugene Burger and Steve Rodman. Max is amazing. I brought three non-magicians with me, and they couldn't get over it. For the magicians, it's a stark demonstration of how one really makes magic. It's a very limited run, s...
by Gary Brown
06/24/12 01:51 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven – Off Broadway
Replies: 26
Views: 3802

PK Ring Magic: The Missing Manual

I am pleased to announce that PK Ring Magic: The Missing Manual is now available for the Kindle. This is something I put together a few years ago, and I am proud to be able to release it for only $2.99 It can be found at the following link: PK Ring Magic: The Missing Manual at Amazon.com The product...
by Gary Brown
05/05/12 09:41 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: PK Ring Magic: The Missing Manual
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Looking for an auto part that makes a good coin pull

This is an odd question. Some years ago, I was in a magic shop when Presto was showing a few British magicians how to construct a coin pull from a small wire device attached to a length of elastic. (I had the pleasure of telling the British guys just who it was that had just taught them an amazing e...
by Gary Brown
02/25/11 01:31 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for an auto part that makes a good coin pull
Replies: 1
Views: 586

Kineti-Key Jr.

I haven't been able to find a thread on this effect. Having just picked this up and showed it off a few times, it's a beautiful prop that's easy to use and provides remarkable impact. In my opinion, it makes a great opener for a close-up set.
by Gary Brown
02/25/11 01:26 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Kineti-Key Jr.
Replies: 1
Views: 678

Re: Pawn Stars: Are they Houdini Handcuffs?

A few abstract questions: 1. Do you think it's possible that Hardeen owned restraints that were never touched by his brother? Nothing abstract about that question. While writing The Coney Island Fakir Jackie Flosso provided a very interesting answer to that question, which I included in the book. I...
by Gary Brown
01/25/11 12:35 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Pawn Stars: Are they Houdini Handcuffs?
Replies: 26
Views: 9237

Re: What to do with Double-Faced Cards

Denis - thanks for the references. I guess I should have thought about opening some of my books! Now off to grab Greater Magic and Expert Card Technique . . .
by Gary Brown
10/24/10 10:11 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What to do with Double-Faced Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

What to do with Double-Faced Cards

I just bought a deck of standard, double faced USPCC cards. My intention was to use them for a variant of McDonald's Aces -- I wanted to set up a deck with the Jacks, Kings and Queens face up, allow the spec to choose which set to work with, and then do a McDonald's routine. Unfortunately, the faces...
by Gary Brown
10/22/10 11:56 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What to do with Double-Faced Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

Re: The Coney Island Fakir Released on Kindle!

Wow! Thank you all for your enthusiasm and your kind words. I just got a Kindle myself and find it quite amazing. These platforms provide a remarkable opportunity for those of us with specialized interests -- offering greater flexibility for authors and readers of works that aren't economically feas...
by Gary Brown
10/18/10 09:42 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The Coney Island Fakir Released on Kindle!
Replies: 14
Views: 1823

The Coney Island Fakir Released on Kindle!

I am pleased to announce that The Coney Island Fakir: The Magical Life of Al Flosso has been released for the Kindle. It can be found at the following URL: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00472O7L0 The book is now out-of-print, so the Kindle offers a great opportunity to access the Coney Island Fakir at a...
by Gary Brown
10/16/10 10:04 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The Coney Island Fakir Released on Kindle!
Replies: 14
Views: 1823

Re: Favorite issue of 2008

Mine was the June Celebracadabra article. I explain why here.

Gary Brown
by Gary Brown
12/27/08 12:49 AM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Favorite issue of 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 3329

Re: Book of the Month: Greater Magic

I have a Greater Magic question about which I have long wondered. In the rising card section of the book, there's a very clever method using a gaffed drinking glass. I won't spell out the method here, but for those familiar with it, here's the question: Did anyone ever manufacture or release this pr...
by Gary Brown
12/05/08 01:44 AM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Greater Magic
Replies: 117
Views: 40097

Re: Steve Cohen Article

This was a fabulous article, and long overdue. Amazingly, the mainstream press has covered Steve extensively, yet magic publications have scarcely covered his work. I thought this extremely well done. And what a cover!!

Gary Brown
by Gary Brown
09/11/08 12:36 AM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Steve Cohen Article
Replies: 26
Views: 6165

Re: Jack Adams

How wonderful to find two people I haven't spoken to in many years in the middle of this thread! Jen and Bob -- I hope you are both well. Jen, I flipped back through the Flosso book in which I mentioned your dad and the Magic Mountain Hotel. The person who had the best recollection regarding Magic M...
by Gary Brown
08/21/08 12:42 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Jack Adams
Replies: 5
Views: 900

Re: sawing a lady in half

There are some assistants that are not lost to history -- some have become significant figures in magic. Several, such as Gay Blackstone and Swan Cardini, were lifelong assistant who became celebrities in their own right. John Thompson's assistant, Pamela Hayes, is a well-known performer who plays a...
by Gary Brown
07/17/08 10:19 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: sawing a lady in half
Replies: 6
Views: 3104

Re: Address of Howard Thurston

Robert

I think it was in Whitestone, but don't have the street address. It may appear in some of his pitch books.

Gary
by Gary Brown
07/15/08 10:25 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Address of Howard Thurston
Replies: 2
Views: 697

Re: sawing a lady in half

Though I've done some research on this, can't say I've ever come across the name of any of the sawn-through assistants. Two interesting, somewhat related, points: 1. Goldin reportedly first sawed a man into two, but found he got better results sawing a woman. 2. According to Charles Reynolds, the fl...
by Gary Brown
07/15/08 10:13 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: sawing a lady in half
Replies: 6
Views: 3104

June/David Regal Issue

Just wanted to note that the June issue of Genii featuring David Regal is among the best ever! For those of you that don't subscribe, there's an effect David reveals that, standing alone, is worth many times the price of the magazine. The article on Celebracadabra is top-flight, and the features abo...
by Gary Brown
05/29/08 11:22 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: June/David Regal Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 1121

Transatlantic Houdini

Here's something neat: <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.ellisisland.org">www.ellisisland.org</a><!-- w -->, a fantastic site archiving immigration records generally used for genealogical research, can be utilized for more than looking up one's family tree. After a free registration, yo...
by Gary Brown
05/10/08 09:02 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Transatlantic Houdini
Replies: 1
Views: 468

Re: New Luke Jermay Book

Luke is perfectly articulate, he just needs an editor like most writers. I edit his column for Genii and you haven't found any problems there, have you? Well, I haven't found any grammatical errors, which is obviously the point of the comment. However, there was a problem with the very first column...
by Gary Brown
04/23/08 11:20 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: New Luke Jermay Book
Replies: 8
Views: 4157

Re: 10 VERY best you've ever seen

Okay, I'll try, but I'm sure I'm forgetting some:

Blackstone, Jr.
Jeff McBride
Doug Henning
Penn & Teller
Todd Robbins
Ricky Jay
David Copperfield
Nicholas Night
Presto
Meir Yedid (at the Magic Townehouse)
by Gary Brown
03/21/08 09:53 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 10 VERY best you've ever seen
Replies: 78
Views: 8084

Philadelphia, PA - Loss of A Magical Place

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Philadelphia with some friends and my godson, who shares my passion for magic. Looking around the web for some place to visit, I turned up some very interesting descriptions of Irv Furman's Hocus Pocus Magic Shop, so we planned an excursion. I called the place sever...
by Gary Brown
03/18/08 12:20 AM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Philadelphia, PA - Loss of A Magical Place
Replies: 0
Views: 538

A Magic Night for Sylvia

In July 2005, Dr. Sylvia Tracz successfully defended her doctoral thesis in Chemistry at SUNY Stony Brook. Colleagues considered Sylvia a truly great thinker, having thrived in a field dominated by men. Sylvia conducted advanced research on the role of hormones in type-II diabetes and had accepted a...
by Gary Brown
03/05/06 09:59 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Magic Night for Sylvia
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Re: Alexander

I've got one to add. In the late 1990s, I heard some buzz and was eventually contacted by some studio representatives concerning Jar of Fools , Jason Lutes fantastic comic strip turned graphic novel which features Flosso as a major character. (If you'd like details, stop by the Flosso site . Their r...
by Gary Brown
01/28/06 09:28 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Alexander
Replies: 12
Views: 310

Museum of Throwing Cards

For those of you who don't make it to the History and Anecdotes forum, I wanted to mention the throwing cards site I recently set up. It can be found at www.throwingcard.com . Please visit and provide comments.
by Gary Brown
01/18/06 09:59 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Museum of Throwing Cards
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Magic Ephemera for Trade

Please check out the trading page at www.ThrowingCard.com for a number of interesting items available for trade. Items currently posted include original ephemera featuring T. Nelson Downs, Dell O'Dell, Flosso, Blackstone Jr., Jeff McBride, Cyril Yettmah and Dante.
by Gary Brown
01/13/06 12:01 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Ephemera for Trade
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Re: Notebooks of Harry Stork

Jim-

In preparing the Harry Stork page for ThrowingCard.com, I came across the same passages in Greater Magic. They certainly are enticing. That said, I can't shed any light on the mystery.

Gary
by Gary Brown
01/12/06 09:21 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Notebooks of Harry Stork
Replies: 6
Views: 117

Re: Who Killed Magic History & Anecdotes?

Now that is interesting. I was checking for a number of years with magic book dealers -- including two well known dealers -- neither of whom could come up with any copy and one of whom told me that they never become available. Mine is, in fact, a Treasure Library reprint without a d/j. When I referr...
by Gary Brown
01/12/06 09:19 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who Killed Magic History & Anecdotes?
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: Who Killed Magic History & Anecdotes?

Not exactly a follow up, but you've inspired me to ask a question: What makes Jasper Maskelyne's White Magic so very hard to find? I recently obtained a copy of the 1950s era hardback in good shape, but that was after years of looking and with several dealers telling me that they never come across i...
by Gary Brown
01/11/06 09:17 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who Killed Magic History & Anecdotes?
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: ThrowingCard.com debut

Thanks for the comments. I'm particularly indebted to Jim for the birth and death dates for Harry Stork -- couldn't find those anywhere. I'm hoping that folks out there can point me to similar information about some of the relatively obscure magicians depicted on some of the cards displayed on the s...
by Gary Brown
01/02/06 12:13 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: ThrowingCard.com debut
Replies: 7
Views: 360
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