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by Zig Zagger
November 25th, 2016, 5:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeremy Le Poidevin R.I.P.
Replies: 6
Views: 1161

Re: Jeremy Le Poidevin R.I.P.

I am very saddened to hear and read about the sudden passing of Jeremy Le Poidevin. Not that I have known him well; but I have bought some fabulous children’s magic tricks from him, have corresponded with him on a few trick ideas and tips, and have always immensely enjoyed both his fireside chats (w...
by Zig Zagger
October 18th, 2015, 1:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 16
Views: 3718

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

For those of you who are interested, I have added about a dozen more stereotypical depictions of Chinese magi from the pages of various European magic catalogs. You can take a look at them here at my magic blog: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/stereotypes-in-magic-catalogs-2/ I am also pre...
by Zig Zagger
October 15th, 2015, 3:49 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1738

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

I have added quite a few more entries recently. As of now, these artists are mentioned in my link list: Ian Baker, Zakary Belamy, Derren Brown, Thomas Cameron, Chan Canasta, Dean Alan Carnegie, Steve Cohen, Daryl, Annabel de Vetten, Fabrini, Henry Hay, Alan Howard, Volker Huber, Glenn Kaino, Ken Kno...
by Zig Zagger
October 13th, 2015, 4:02 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Death Camp Magicians
Replies: 4
Views: 1383

Re: Death Camp Magicians

This is a wonderful story of hope and humanity from the darkest of times. It has apparently gained a lot of traction over recent years. You can read more about it on William V. Rauscher's website http://www.mysticlightpress.com/index.php?page_id=126 (this text pretty much covers his two articles fro...
by Zig Zagger
September 29th, 2015, 4:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Weird tricks that constitute "meta magic"?
Replies: 0
Views: 436

Weird tricks that constitute "meta magic"?

I'm sure you have already come across some of the following phenomena in your magic life. But I'm not sure though whether there is a name for these. For the lack of a better term, I will call this thing "meta magic". In a nutshell, meta magic is magic about itself, within itself or out of ...
by Zig Zagger
September 28th, 2015, 1:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Michael and I Tried
Replies: 46
Views: 9060

Re: Michael and I Tried

I have always found it remarkable that even top mentalists seem unable to predict the publishing dates of their forthcoming books correctly... So what can we expect from lesser minds? ;)
by Zig Zagger
September 28th, 2015, 1:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 16
Views: 3718

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

I have extracted a dozen of these Chinese depictions under discussion. So if you do not own any magic catalogs, you can have a look at them over at my magic blog: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/stereotypes-in-magic-catalogs/ As an extra, I also display “Eeny-Meeney-Miney-Mo!” presenting “...
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 12:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits
Replies: 11
Views: 1666

Re: New Version of Hippity Hop Rabbits

I agree, that's a wonderful design!

Her interesting performance style might be called Gothic Kids Magic...maybe the next big thing after decades of (1) Uncle Charlie magic and then (2) all these street-smart, hip-hop, new-kool-kids-on-the-magic-block majishuns lately? :o
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 11:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sleight-of-Tongue
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: Sleight-of-Tongue

Thank you for sharing your ideas, John!

I like the start and look forward to reading and seeing more of them.
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 10:03 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1738

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

Great find, Joe, thank you! I wasn't aware of this artist. Yet the first Cardini portrait looks familiar. Maybe from a book cover? From cover of Magic Magazine, August 2007: http://www.themagicdepot.com/product_info.php?products_id=6100 Ah, yes, even have it in my files! Also just noticed that the ...
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 9:57 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1738

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

Jack Shalom wrote:This may be of interest:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view ... 7&forum=32

You'll need to scroll down a bit.


Another great caricaturist! I will add Mr. Rubiales to my list. Thank you, Jack.
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 7:35 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1738

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

Great find, Joe, thank you!

I wasn't aware of this artist. Yet the first Cardini portrait looks familiar. Maybe from a book cover?
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 7:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Al Seckel
Replies: 10
Views: 1703

Re: RIP Al Seckel

A fascinating read, especially the Oppenheimer article, about a man who seems to have created an entire world of optical and verbal illusions around himself.

Thank you for sharing these links!
by Zig Zagger
September 27th, 2015, 7:09 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1738

Re: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

I have already managed to add a few more, including a three-dimensional portrait of Ricky Jay made out of playing cards by Glenn Kaino, a portrait of Roy Walton (recently mentioned in another thread here) by Thomas Cameron, and several great caricatures of Juan Tamariz. Check them out here: https://...
by Zig Zagger
September 26th, 2015, 12:23 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1738

Exploring Art in Magic and Magic in Art

Over the last weeks I have collected a few links and pieces of information on art in magic and magic in art for my English-German magic blog http://www.zzzauber.com (which translates like m-m-magic). The links include books, exhibitions and shops. I intend to expand this quite a bit in the near futu...
by Zig Zagger
September 20th, 2015, 12:47 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 16
Views: 3718

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

erdnasephile, I think almost any magic catalog will give you similar results, as it was common to reproduce the illustrations provided by the trick producers. I have before me Abbott's Catalog No. 6 from 1940, Tannen's Catalog No. 6 from 1966 and the Supreme Magic Catalogue from 1989. All of them fe...
by Zig Zagger
September 19th, 2015, 7:26 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism
Replies: 24
Views: 3879

Re: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism

Maybe Jiu-Jitsuism? I have just come across a list of almost 900 -isms in the English language (five of them beginning with 'j'): http://www.morewords.com/ends-with/ism/ I guess I have to accept that this has nothing to do with my initial post and the questions asked; yet it is quite fun and enlight...
by Zig Zagger
September 15th, 2015, 3:15 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism
Replies: 24
Views: 3879

Re: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism

Eventually, I will! (Only waiting for a rising Euro vs. Dollar.) Your reply is all about capitalism (which is fine). Since Buddhism is also about "cultivation of higher wisdom and discernment" (according to Wikipedia), I feel it would be nice to share some insights here, though. Any other ...
by Zig Zagger
September 14th, 2015, 3:38 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism
Replies: 24
Views: 3879

Re: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism

Valid point. I just started with the first -isms I could think of and developed the introduction from there. However, some of their cornerstones may apply to both Buddhism and Tenyoism as well.

I'm curious: What would be traits of Buddhism in your personal Tenyoism, Mr. Kaufman?
by Zig Zagger
September 14th, 2015, 1:48 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism
Replies: 24
Views: 3879

Magic's Plastic Religion: Tenyoism

In general, the suffix “-ism” tends to indicate the ending of a rather unpleasant word, think fascism, communism, racism, or FISM (disclaimer: no relations between these). Beyond that, many -isms seem to have in common that they describe a hierarchial belief system which is based on a strict yet sim...
by Zig Zagger
September 9th, 2015, 6:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Robert-Houdin books
Replies: 16
Views: 2695

Re: Robert-Houdin books

Just noticed the little irony that Torrini was supposedly a noble man by the name of de Grisy - and this thread was started by degrisy! :)
by Zig Zagger
September 9th, 2015, 5:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?
Replies: 19
Views: 4274

Re: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?

OK, so its use is not as thoughtless as I thought, but well-backed by The Great Google. Fine. (But this reminds me of the old ironic saying, "Eat s**t! Billions of flies can't be wrong!") Yet I cringe. And no, I do not expect anyone else to agree, to care, or to understand. It's just my pe...
by Zig Zagger
September 9th, 2015, 4:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Robert-Houdin books
Replies: 16
Views: 2695

Re: Robert-Houdin books

Thanks for that clarification. It is staggering to contemplate that one individual's clerical error led to profoundly altering not just one man's life, but the entire course of magical history. Yes, it is - if it is true. I think we must not forget that many autobiographies present a stylized and b...
by Zig Zagger
September 7th, 2015, 5:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?
Replies: 19
Views: 4274

Re: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?

Thanks ZigZagger, a thought-provoking question. Since you are looking for anything we might add to your already comprehensive and well-thought-out list, I would say VIDEO yourself repeatedly during practice/rehearsal sessions, stop each time, and watch the video. Then do this process again, and aga...
by Zig Zagger
September 7th, 2015, 4:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?
Replies: 19
Views: 4274

Re: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?

Come on, guys - any more comments, please? The grammar nazi in me cringed so much at your punctuation, I couldn't actually read the content properly. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/bullet-points Thank you for the link, mr_goat. There's obviously more to an English bullet-point than I had t...
by Zig Zagger
September 7th, 2015, 1:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?
Replies: 19
Views: 4274

Re: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?

Come on, guys - any more comments, please?

There surely must be more out there than what's on my list. (To quote my wife: I may be good but not that good... :oops:)
by Zig Zagger
September 7th, 2015, 1:01 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jeremy Weiss' ACAAN
Replies: 108
Views: 15905

Re: Jeremy Weiss' ACAAN

I like your outright modesty, performer.

With a bit more braggadocio and hubris, you might become the Shaum Quarqhtart of trick deck pitchers. :mrgreen:
by Zig Zagger
September 6th, 2015, 10:59 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jeremy Weiss' ACAAN
Replies: 108
Views: 15905

Re: Jeremy Weiss' ACAAN

If the spectator first has to peek at any card in the deck, I'd say that's a lot of money for a borrowed forcing deck...
by Zig Zagger
September 6th, 2015, 10:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?
Replies: 19
Views: 4274

Re: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?

That's absolutely right, and that's absolutely part of the problem... ;)
by Zig Zagger
September 6th, 2015, 10:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?
Replies: 19
Views: 4274

Re: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?

Thanks a lot, Jack! I appreciate your kind words.
by Zig Zagger
September 6th, 2015, 4:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?
Replies: 19
Views: 4274

Re: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?

Good point! Happy to add that to my list. Thank you, performer!
by Zig Zagger
September 6th, 2015, 4:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?
Replies: 19
Views: 4274

What Makes a Great Magician and Creates Greater Magic?

Celebrating the 50th post on my new entertaining and educational magic blog, http://www.zzzauber.com, here’s my take on the BIG QUESTION in a mere 25 lines: • Buying more tricks doesn’t. • Watching more videos doesn’t. • Reading more books and magazines doesn’t. • Talking more magic with other magic...
by Zig Zagger
August 7th, 2015, 8:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1737271

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, my reference to culture was mainly with respect to language. Father Bredeick the founder and main land owner you mentioned was German. St. John's taught German to their pupils. Many people there were first generation immigrants from Germany or children of those immigrants. That means many peo...
by Zig Zagger
February 28th, 2014, 1:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 42
Views: 12003

Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

Sad story indeed! And probably a sure winner for another Houdin Award or what not, for the longest running pre-sale announcement in recent magic history. Glad that I saved more than 50$ by not jumping on that train! Luckily I found an original copy for less than 70$ some time ago. Alas, as we all kn...
by Zig Zagger
February 28th, 2014, 12:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 19011

Re: Wonderball

Not sure, Craig.

Those wonderballs don't look like the real thing(s) to me. But if it helps pushing up sales...

In any case, this is probably the most risqué ad to appear in one of those prudent American magic magazines since the days of Melanie Kerr, isn't it?!
by Zig Zagger
February 26th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: anyone who knows this magician?
Replies: 7
Views: 1934

Re: anyone who knows this magician?

Close, but not quite right. I am pretty sure this is another German master from the 70s/80s, Manfred Cattarius, performing with his wife as "Les Cattarius". They won the German national championship of the Magic Circle in 1978 in the "general magic with music" category. (Incident...
by Zig Zagger
September 20th, 2013, 1:01 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo's Magical MRI Release for 2014...
Replies: 26
Views: 5009

Re: Tenyo's Magical MRI Release for 2014...

Maybe something like a sliding/retracting deck??
by Zig Zagger
September 20th, 2013, 12:55 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Help Us!
Replies: 66
Views: 15201

Re: Help Us!

Any news on this unnamed unnerving wallopy wallet??
by Zig Zagger
September 13th, 2013, 8:37 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Help Us!
Replies: 66
Views: 15201

Re: Help Us!

Hey, this is fun! How about... The Gargantuan Wallet The Carnivore Wallet The Tony Mony Wallet The Miller Killer Wallet The Miller WalLite The TRosieny Wallet The Waddayacallit Wallet The Whale of a Wallet The Cardiac Wallet The Cardiac Workers Wallet The After All Wallets Wallet La Walleta ??? Let'...
by Zig Zagger
November 29th, 2010, 1:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: November Issue of Genii Features Juan Tamariz!
Replies: 22
Views: 3673

Re: November Issue of Genii Features Juan Tamariz!

Urgh,

sadly, the November issue still has not appeared here in Cologne, Germany. (Instead, we got lots of snow.)

So still waiting for miGenii!

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