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Re: Chinese Rip-Off of Tenyo Tricks

Richard, this trick looks great! Can you recommend a safe place in the U.S. to purchase one from?

Thanks,

Robert
by Robert Allen
03/21/13 11:38 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chinese Rip-Off of Tenyo Tricks
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: Morgan Strebler signs 10 year deal...

Uh a rising tide floats all boats? Old time hockey?
by Robert Allen
07/11/11 10:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Morgan Strebler signs 10 year deal...
Replies: 11
Views: 1855

Re: I Never Would Have Believed This ...

I just added it to my wish list. ...and I wish "they" would re-release the next book in the Martin Gardner series (they being a such and such university press I can't recall the name of...)
by Robert Allen
07/06/11 04:29 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Never Would Have Believed This ...
Replies: 23
Views: 3754

Re: Max Maven at the Skirball

Thanks for posting that, I found it quote interesting.
by Robert Allen
06/01/11 11:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven at the Skirball
Replies: 3
Views: 798

Re: The Skirball does the right thing.

Oh..wow. What a super "connection."
by Robert Allen
05/07/11 02:29 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Skirball does the right thing.
Replies: 18
Views: 1569

Re: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball

Funny that the above mentioned thought bubble art isn't shown anywhere in the advertising collateral or coverage, while lots of kids are.
by Robert Allen
05/05/11 01:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball
Replies: 94
Views: 6505

Anyone seen Unspeakable Acts (book :) )

There's a new book out, Unspeakable Acts , about Tony Andruzzi. I'm wondering if this is a book of previously unpublished material, or if a large part of it is reprinted from other books. Has anyone here read it yet?

Thanks,

Robert
by Robert Allen
03/18/11 03:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anyone seen Unspeakable Acts (book :) )
Replies: 3
Views: 869

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

/batter up!
by Robert Allen
01/09/11 11:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12821

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

Wise words indeed Brad. I too am a skeptic. I'm more likely to believe in a case like this that the testers could detect after images on the screen, or hear disk acess clicking differently, or simply a bad random number generator was used. But, since it doesn't hurt me one way or another, I keep an ...
by Robert Allen
01/09/11 11:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12821

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

It's nice that I can lead in something :)
by Robert Allen
01/09/11 10:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12821

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

Here's the Jonathan TOwnsend approved version of my post:

"I knew Daryl Bem briefly 35 years ago and he's a skilled amateur magician as well as being a very smart guy. And a nice guy to boot."
by Robert Allen
01/09/11 10:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12821

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

"The C.I.A. studied ESP, etc. to try and develop a new weapon they could use."

Yes, and gov't research into exactly the kind of experiment Daryl Bem describes was funded by a gov't agency at least through the 1980's.
by Robert Allen
01/09/11 10:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12821

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

LMAO. Jonathan, I was waiting to see if you were going to psyically intuit the link I was thinking of :)

Here it is:
http://topsmag.com/Newest_Tops/?p=637
by Robert Allen
01/09/11 10:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12821

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

I find it strange that neither the article nor people here know that Daryl Bem is a longtime amateur mentalist/magician. He was a member of the SAM group in Palo Alto CA back in the 1970's. This is the same group and time frame that had as other members Roger Pierre, Ormond McGill, and Byron Walker,...
by Robert Allen
01/09/11 10:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12821

Re: Thinking About Friends This Evening...

I'm sorry for your loss Richard.

None of us want to be the first to go in our circle of friends. No one wants to be the last one either though :(.
by Robert Allen
12/31/10 05:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Thinking About Friends This Evening...
Replies: 7
Views: 1319

Re: Gallium melting spoons

Our body internal temp is 98.6. I'll bet with a bit of friction you could do an awesome spoon bending.
by Robert Allen
12/14/10 05:35 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Gallium melting spoons
Replies: 15
Views: 2436

Re: Paul Harris?

What is the issue with the Little Man effect? The demo looked sort of cool as I recall.
by Robert Allen
12/01/10 02:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Harris?
Replies: 10
Views: 1356

Re: Bill Self has Passed Away

I just watched the original The Thing and William Self is credited as Corporal Barnes.
by Robert Allen
11/25/10 08:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Self has Passed Away
Replies: 8
Views: 1275

Re: Off Magic: Horror Star Ingrid Pitt Dies

Last movie I saw her in was Wild Geese 2 IIRC. That was the 80's and she was still look'n goooood.
by Robert Allen
11/24/10 12:15 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Off Magic: Horror Star Ingrid Pitt Dies
Replies: 12
Views: 1121

Re: Short childhood anecdote

That was too far in the distant past to remember. I DO however recall the first magic book I saw. It was by Ian Adair and was in the library. I have a copy around here somewhere........but I can't find it. I recall it had a photo on the dust jacket of a tube, a silk, maybe a ball and a dove. Inside ...
by Robert Allen
11/22/10 01:38 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Short childhood anecdote
Replies: 2
Views: 988

Short childhood anecdote

As a young boy I, as many of us were, was introduced to magic by a magic set. No doubt I browbeat my dad to get me the largest set at the store, probably an Adams kit. Mostly junk. My introduction to magic was when I tried using the "vanisher", which you would all now recognise as a black ...
by Robert Allen
11/21/10 05:16 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Short childhood anecdote
Replies: 2
Views: 988

Amazing demos of artist Kuntz' automatons!

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by Robert Allen
11/21/10 04:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Amazing demos of artist Kuntz' automatons!
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Re: Off Magic: A Horror Film Produced by Magicana Creater Bill Woodfield

What a coincidence, I just watched this last night. It's one of the press-on-demand DVD-R's you can order from Warner Bros now. Along with Zeppelin, The Green Slime, and many other hard to find films. The Eye is a very strange film. I bought it because it has Alison Hayes in it and she was an amazin...
by Robert Allen
11/21/10 01:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Off Magic: A Horror Film Produced by Magicana Creater Bill Woodfield
Replies: 2
Views: 356

Re: New TSA Security Procedures

Now cough.
by Robert Allen
11/17/10 07:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New TSA Security Procedures
Replies: 177
Views: 21053

Re: New TSA Security Procedures

Yes and let's not forget that Senator Ted Kennedy ended up on the no fly list. The many possible jokes aside, that did not exactly give one confidence in the validity or utility of said list. Back in either 1985 or 1987 (I forget which) a group based around the terrorist Abu Nidal blew up the TWA te...
by Robert Allen
11/16/10 01:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New TSA Security Procedures
Replies: 177
Views: 21053

Re: New TSA Security Procedures

Ok, my tendency for jokes aside; the terrorists won. America, and the American gov't, live in fear. That said, though I haven't pondered this much, given the existance of underwear bombs, I can sort of see why this latest search is necessary. Probably a lot more necessary than other things the TSA h...
by Robert Allen
11/16/10 12:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New TSA Security Procedures
Replies: 177
Views: 21053

Re: New TSA Security Procedures

Personally I'm holding out for the anal probes. I just hope they don't charge me too much to get one :)
by Robert Allen
11/15/10 11:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New TSA Security Procedures
Replies: 177
Views: 21053

Re: Fire aboard David Sandy's "Magic Cruise"

by Robert Allen
11/10/10 07:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fire aboard David Sandy's "Magic Cruise"
Replies: 50
Views: 5901

Re: New Max Maven DVD - Multiplicity

Richard, If you need a different Max you can go read his reasoned response to the guy over in the magic castle thread who suggested that we should just film performers w/out permission and see how it goes ;) It was one of the most droll yet biting responses I've seen in years. It made me smile a lot...
by Robert Allen
11/08/10 11:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Max Maven DVD - Multiplicity
Replies: 52
Views: 12913

Charles Reynolds obit in NY Times today

by Robert Allen
11/08/10 03:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charles Reynolds obit in NY Times today
Replies: 0
Views: 238

Re: Obscure magic stuff surfing/bidding withdrawl.

I've occasionally entertained a theory I call the Conservation of Magic theorem: new generations acrete old magic, and that generation has to get old(er) before they start to liquidate their collections :)
by Robert Allen
11/07/10 05:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obscure magic stuff surfing/bidding withdrawl.
Replies: 2
Views: 471

Re: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley

"And in the worst case, you can just aim your video camera at the screen and press record. I just tried it and it looks great."

Or reroute your computers video to HDMI out and run it right into a device. I forget if HDMI supports DRM. if it does, use VGA and audio out jacks.
by Robert Allen
11/07/10 02:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley
Replies: 206
Views: 39062

Re: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley

All data comes into a computer over the network. Since the client is fully controlled by the would-be pirate, any software up to and including the OS can be hacked. The packets can also be intercepted on the recieving LAN side. The only question then is a) is it encoded and if so, how hard is that t...
by Robert Allen
11/07/10 02:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley
Replies: 206
Views: 39062

Obscure magic stuff surfing/bidding withdrawl.

I've been watching ebay (as always) and I'm pretty sure it's finally almost dead, at least with respect to magic items sold there. Sure, you can buy as many copies of The Magic Ding Dong as you want, but the days when interesting, obscure, collectable, and rare items would show up on a semi regular ...
by Robert Allen
11/07/10 02:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obscure magic stuff surfing/bidding withdrawl.
Replies: 2
Views: 471

Re: New Max Maven DVD - Multiplicity

Some years ago I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Eugene Burger in San Francisco. The majority of time was spent on equivoque based on requests from us. After having personal instruction from Eugene on how to do this, and despite going in knowing how it was supposed to work, I still didn't ge...
by Robert Allen
11/06/10 09:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Max Maven DVD - Multiplicity
Replies: 52
Views: 12913

Re: New Max Maven DVD - Multiplicity

Richard, which new Berglas book please?
by Robert Allen
11/06/10 06:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Max Maven DVD - Multiplicity
Replies: 52
Views: 12913

Re: F/S 100% Sterling Silver Engraved Sherwood Cups & Balls

Soooo tempting...But I must resist.
by Robert Allen
11/01/10 10:44 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S 100% Sterling Silver Engraved Sherwood Cups & Balls
Replies: 5
Views: 1351

Re: Penn and Teller - UK TV special

The sense of wonder when being "fooled" is truly a wonderful thing. I remember the first time I saw Michael Close perform close up. Awesome.
by Robert Allen
10/30/10 03:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn and Teller - UK TV special
Replies: 11
Views: 1395

Re: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley

"Robert -- make up your mind -- American English or British English! Get Organiszed!!!!!!!!"

Doh! LOL!
by Robert Allen
10/30/10 01:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley
Replies: 206
Views: 39062

Re: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley

I'm now certain that I will never, every, join and organisation that feels a need to have an "Ethics Committee". If an organization needs one, that tells me it must be full of unethical members. No wonder magicians and mentalists over the years have gone on record as saying they avoided as...
by Robert Allen
10/29/10 11:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley
Replies: 206
Views: 39062
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