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Re: Magicians Week on Letterman

Agreed, Dustin. I was commenting more on the poor taste and shortsightedness of Cirque.

Any gig where you can leave for work at 12:15-ish, be home by 5:00PM if traffic is with you, and make a zillion dollars yearly is a gig to hang onto!
by JimChristianson
05/08/08 04:29 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicians Week on Letterman
Replies: 42
Views: 6847

Re: Magicians Week on Letterman

Mac's set was a sterling example of how terrific magic on TV can be without any enhancement in post, super-restrictive camera angles, or stooges.

And Criss Angel gets the mega-Cirque show? Bah!
by JimChristianson
05/07/08 04:29 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicians Week on Letterman
Replies: 42
Views: 6847

Re: Magicians Week on Letterman

Paris Hilton/Steve Wyrick, Jim. It could only have been funnier if the bookings had also been Meryl Streep/Lance Burton, and Tina Fey/Mac King. See?
by JimChristianson
05/07/08 04:26 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicians Week on Letterman
Replies: 42
Views: 6847

Re: Magicians Week on Letterman

Thursday, May 8
Paris Hilton
Magician Steve Wyrick

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Ahhhh, the deliciousness of the irony!

On the bright side, Mac killed, and deservedly so.
by JimChristianson
05/07/08 04:22 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicians Week on Letterman
Replies: 42
Views: 6847

Re: Darwins Bottom run up

I'll never forget the first time I saw Darwin run up a bottom! It was smoooooth.
by JimChristianson
05/07/08 04:19 AM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Darwins Bottom run up
Replies: 49
Views: 11839

Re: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah

As for being a "big bore", well, watching David set a world record was a heck of a lot more interesting than a certain "illusionist" at WMS the other day.
by JimChristianson
05/04/08 03:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah
Replies: 47
Views: 4374

Re: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah

David's hair was dry after they came back from commercial. Clearly, they took a break after the stunt for him to get made-up for the interview segment. It's TV. That's what they do. It's no indication of fraud.
by JimChristianson
05/04/08 03:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah
Replies: 47
Views: 4374

Re: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah

I really enjoyed the whole thing. It wasdevoid of the bombast that usually accompanies a Blaine endurance event. And you have to admire the guy's dedication to training and preparation. It's hard to see how he could have made any money off of this particular stunt, so why does he do it? Simply becau...
by JimChristianson
05/01/08 06:09 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine's Breathless Stunt on Oprah
Replies: 47
Views: 4374

Re: looking for trick inventors

I have a new trick. Any card called-for rises from a shuffled deck out a houlette. Even the face card of the pack. The houlette can be suspended from ribbons. Doesn't travel well, has only been performed a couple of times in the last 60 years or so... Interested? Email me at <!-- e --><a href="mailt...
by JimChristianson
04/28/08 05:56 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: looking for trick inventors
Replies: 16
Views: 3464

Re: Celebracadbra Premiers on VH1 Sunday Night at 9pm!

Steve Wyrick is a judge in a later episode when McBride is absent. >>>>

What? They couldn't get a magician?
by JimChristianson
04/28/08 01:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Celebracadbra Premiers on VH1 Sunday Night at 9pm!
Replies: 12
Views: 4167

Re: Just How Bad is Criss Angel's Press?

....or Funeral du Soliel, if you will.
by JimChristianson
04/25/08 07:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Just How Bad is Criss Angel's Press?
Replies: 15
Views: 2177

Re: Just How Bad is Criss Angel's Press?

I'd venture to guess that, while Criss "can't be replaced" per the contract, there's a sunset provision for that particular clause if he quits by his own volition. Cirque would be idiots if there isn't. Failing that, I'm sure they've already figured out ways to alter the show with existing...
by JimChristianson
04/25/08 07:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Just How Bad is Criss Angel's Press?
Replies: 15
Views: 2177

Re: CELEBRACADABRA

Carnie: "Well, f$%k me!" An instant classic!
Right behind, "SHUFFLE those bastards!"

These folks deserve all kinds of kudos for even attempting the stuff they're doing. And with only one day's rehearsal? Brava, Carnie!
by JimChristianson
04/24/08 07:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CELEBRACADABRA
Replies: 214
Views: 43341

Re: Patrick Martin Feature

One of the absolute BEST definitions of magic I have ever read is at the end of the side-box regarding the monks. I'm deliberately NOT quoting it here, and I'll throttle anyone who does.

This issue of Genii is worth buying for that one sentence alone.
by JimChristianson
04/24/08 07:09 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Patrick Martin Feature
Replies: 12
Views: 4306

Re: Magic Cafe down again!

Every time the Cafe goes down, an Angel gets it's wings.
by JimChristianson
04/24/08 02:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Cafe down again!
Replies: 14
Views: 2278

Re: Watch the First Episode of Celebracadabra Now!

Episode Three. ROCCO: "Ant is a pimp. He never could've outfought Santino. But I didn't know until this day that it was Howell all along." HAL: "What?" ROCCO: "So, Kimberly will move against you first. She'll set up a meeting with someone that you absolutely trust guaranteei...
by JimChristianson
04/22/08 06:27 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Watch the First Episode of Celebracadabra Now!
Replies: 46
Views: 7349

Re: Watch the First Episode of Celebracadabra Now!

...oh, and, I'd like to publicly offer Kimberly the opportunity to try to break my wand.

Is that wrong?
by JimChristianson
04/22/08 02:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Watch the First Episode of Celebracadabra Now!
Replies: 46
Views: 7349

Re: Watch the First Episode of Celebracadabra Now!

I loved it when Rocco said, "It would be unfortunate should youse let me down, Hal. I know where your family lives." I predict Hal will be too scared to screw up.
by JimChristianson
04/22/08 02:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Watch the First Episode of Celebracadabra Now!
Replies: 46
Views: 7349

Re: Wow - he kept THAT quiet.

He's gay!?!?!?!?!?
by JimChristianson
04/22/08 04:50 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wow - he kept THAT quiet.
Replies: 25
Views: 2860

Re: The Professor

Anybody seen the Nova presentation on the life of Einstein? They make a womanizing ne'er do well out of him. Off-topic, but still interesting: In Shelley Winter's autobiography, she tells of her days as a struggling young actress, and her friendship with another struggling young actress, Marilyn Mo...
by JimChristianson
04/22/08 04:36 AM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Professor
Replies: 255
Views: 67344

Re: Wow - he kept THAT quiet.

Cugel wrote: It always amazes me that this can be a surprise, considering the number of famous magicians who are gay.


There's one that would stun you. S-T-U-N you!

Further, this deponent sayeth not.
by JimChristianson
04/22/08 04:17 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wow - he kept THAT quiet.
Replies: 25
Views: 2860

Re: Wow - he kept THAT quiet.

First reaction: So?
Second reaction: Good for him! The 'perfect relationship' is hard to come by.
by JimChristianson
04/21/08 01:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wow - he kept THAT quiet.
Replies: 25
Views: 2860

Re: Houdini...The Musical

I hear Criss Angel has already threatened to "kick the producer's asses" if they use the word "BELIEVE" anywhere in the show.

allegedly.
by JimChristianson
04/18/08 01:16 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Houdini...The Musical
Replies: 1
Views: 459

Re: Criss Angel's New Show - Believe

Interestingly, if you go watch the Youtube vid of Criss anno9uncing the name of the show, and IF you make it all the way to the end, the logo has his name on top in letters half the size of "BELIEVE" with is centered directly underneath. In "BELIEVE the "BE" and "VE&quo...
by JimChristianson
04/18/08 01:14 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel's New Show - Believe
Replies: 14
Views: 1725

Re: Criss Angel's New Show - Believe

If they were going for historical accuracy, shouldn't they have called it, "I'm tired of fighting. I guess this thing is going to get me."?
by JimChristianson
04/18/08 01:07 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel's New Show - Believe
Replies: 14
Views: 1725

Re: Harry Lorayne's "Goin' Fishin'"

....what Harry said.
by JimChristianson
04/17/08 04:42 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Harry Lorayne's "Goin' Fishin'"
Replies: 17
Views: 4875

Re: Harry Lorayne's "Goin' Fishin'"

In a routine? No. As an out, yes. I'm probably an odd case, though. Close-Up Card Magic was my first magic book! I bought it at Tannen's at age 12, and had Harry autograph it on the spot. (There's nothing like jumping in the deep end, I guess...) I figured the Turnover Change was as basic as a doubl...
by JimChristianson
04/17/08 04:41 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Harry Lorayne's "Goin' Fishin'"
Replies: 17
Views: 4875

Re: Harry Lorayne's "Goin' Fishin'"

I'm with Pete and Harry, on this one. Moving Pencil KILLS. Everytime. I once had someone challenge me to do it without being able to see. So a woman appointed by the challenger stepped behind me and put her hands over my eyes, leaving a half-dollar sized gap. Great gal, she! About Close-Up Card Magi...
by JimChristianson
04/17/08 01:42 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Harry Lorayne's "Goin' Fishin'"
Replies: 17
Views: 4875

Re: I need your help/vote!

I dunno....do you wear a flag lapel pin? Even though you're Canadian?


Ah well.......DONE! Good luck!
by JimChristianson
04/17/08 01:32 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: I need your help/vote!
Replies: 15
Views: 1618

Re: What happens in Vegas...

Criss should LOVE Norm. He's the only person Criss can successfully misdirect.
by JimChristianson
04/14/08 01:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What happens in Vegas...
Replies: 13
Views: 2266

Re: Help with stage effect.

How many photos to choose from?
by JimChristianson
04/12/08 02:03 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Help with stage effect.
Replies: 7
Views: 1731

Re: Remember any magazine page...

You might also check my memory piece at the end of Vol. 4 of my "Best Ever" DVD set. HL >>>>

GREAT IDEA! Now where did I put that.....?
by JimChristianson
04/09/08 07:27 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Remember any magazine page...
Replies: 10
Views: 2423

Re: Magic Castle has been sold?

"Welcome to MCB&B! Would you like a complimentary double undercut with your turndown service?"
by JimChristianson
04/09/08 05:35 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle has been sold?
Replies: 84
Views: 28529

Re: Bullet Catch Illusion!??

Brandon, how is that different from ANY trick with implied danger. Buzzsaw, Guillotine, Spike Table, etc, ad nauseum?
by JimChristianson
04/09/08 05:29 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Bullet Catch Illusion!??
Replies: 20
Views: 5893

Re: Wisconsin

Scouts? Blue Stars? Bah!

VELVET KNIGHTS, BABY!!!!!!!
by JimChristianson
04/09/08 01:41 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Wisconsin
Replies: 20
Views: 3751

Re: Bullet Catch Illusion!??

Look, no one's ever died from "Buzz Saw Gone Bad" to my knowledge.

The Bullet Catch HAS killed people, and is therefore GREAT theater if you've got the guts to do it.
by JimChristianson
04/07/08 06:59 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Bullet Catch Illusion!??
Replies: 20
Views: 5893

Re: Bullet Catch Illusion!??

If it's not dangerous, why are you doing it? >>>>

Why do ANY trick that looks dangerous? Any kind of Sawing, Spike Table, Lance and his Roller Coaster, etc., ad nauseum.
by JimChristianson
04/07/08 06:57 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Bullet Catch Illusion!??
Replies: 20
Views: 5893

Re: Tell all Siegfried and Roy book due out...

>>>I bought the Sig and Roy book Mastering the Impossible, and really thought that wasn't worth two dollars. It was empty.>>>

It was a blueprint for how to contol your public image by two of the best. Well, for those who had eyes to see, anyway...
by JimChristianson
04/07/08 06:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tell all Siegfried and Roy book due out...
Replies: 19
Views: 2257

Re: Tell all Siegfried and Roy book due out...

Even if all the above is true, so what? Roy, himself, has taken personal responsibility for the attack. And the rest is just life.
by JimChristianson
04/06/08 02:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tell all Siegfried and Roy book due out...
Replies: 19
Views: 2257

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

I would point out that Seriously Silly isn't a book of theory. It's a book of practical application gleaned from countless shows.

Andrew, congrats on your decision to turn pro! Best of luck to you!
by JimChristianson
04/05/08 02:48 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29694
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