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Re: Nice Girls Don't Explode

Thanks, AJM; but my question was really directed to people who have actually seen the thing; I thought that was obvious, but apparently not. A great site for rubbish titles is http://www.film.com/movies/worst-movie-titles It includes My Left Foot, which I think is a great film. (Curiously, Nice Girl...
by El Mystico
06/24/15 02:41 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Nice Girls Don't Explode
Replies: 14
Views: 1005

Nice Girls Don't Explode

This film, with a screenplay by Paul Harris, is described in Magicpedia as 'abysmal'. I was present when Paul was asked about his screenplay; he was so embarrassed by it he refused to name the film.

I like it. I've watched it several times.

Am I a lone idiot?
by El Mystico
06/24/15 01:09 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Nice Girls Don't Explode
Replies: 14
Views: 1005

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

Personal opinion - I think the humo(u)r aspect is related to the quality of the site. When mr_goat (formerly known as mrgoat) first joined this site, in my opinion he trolled too much, and sad to say I think we lost some good members as a result. The Cafe, though, is different; and I think there is ...
by El Mystico
06/24/15 01:02 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 40
Views: 3803

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

I think all this just goes to show that Max was right when he wrote "So, Damian, as you Brits so quaintly put it, stop whinging." In September 2014.
by El Mystico
06/05/15 11:50 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 191
Views: 28466

Re: Larry Jennings New Book?

Bad news!
by El Mystico
04/14/15 12:39 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Larry Jennings New Book?
Replies: 133
Views: 43359

Re: Larry Jennings New Book?

Great news!
by El Mystico
04/14/15 11:49 AM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Larry Jennings New Book?
Replies: 133
Views: 43359

Re: Dynamo really is bad without the stooges and camera tric

Matt; out of interest, would you recommend this clip of Dynamo to inspire someone interested in becoming a magician?
by El Mystico
04/09/15 07:37 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Dynamo really is bad without the stooges and camera tricks
Replies: 36
Views: 4205

Re: Bammo Goes BANG!

Will this book be available only from this site?
by El Mystico
03/30/15 01:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bammo Goes BANG!
Replies: 12
Views: 2160

Re: great trick

I was blown away when I saw Marc perform this.
by El Mystico
03/29/15 12:44 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: great trick
Replies: 2
Views: 1162

Magic Man

by El Mystico
03/07/15 06:30 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic Man
Replies: 0
Views: 282

Re: Morgan Fairchild performs the Bullet Catch Illusion

Morgan Fairchild did it for me.
Pretty sure she was on a Copperfield special too.
Is that why I got into magic? Hmmm....
by El Mystico
02/09/15 01:27 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Morgan Fairchild performs the Bullet Catch Illusion
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

Re: Cleanest Coin Bend Known To Man By Steven X

Maybe it should be called Cleanest Coin Disappearance known to Man
by El Mystico
02/07/15 06:10 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cleanest Coin Bend Known To Man By Steven X
Replies: 10
Views: 1796

Re: Wenk's Misled

"'Just Passin' Thru' was inspired by Timothy Wenk's 'Misled'"
That's from the instructions.
by El Mystico
02/07/15 06:08 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wenk's Misled
Replies: 7
Views: 1315

Re: Wenk's Misled

"just passing through is, if I remember correctly, a version of an older trick that was not misled. the creator mentioned it in the instructions. " So, yes, as Brad's review makes clear,the older trick was Wenk's Misled. Brad also says "the misled gimmick even if permanently attached ...
by El Mystico
02/06/15 03:38 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wenk's Misled
Replies: 7
Views: 1315

Re: Frank Garcia on David Susskind

Thank you for these.
by El Mystico
02/06/15 03:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on David Susskind
Replies: 25
Views: 3366

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

I don't recall seeing Alex writing that his count could not be used without his permission. So I don't see why you felt the need to ask for it. However; here is an interesting aspect of the discussion: I recently saw a well-known and well-respected magician perform his variation of an established ef...
by El Mystico
02/06/15 02:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 8671

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Not surprised Alex was 'surprised'. Like I said; the assumption is, if it is published, it is there to be used, unless otherwise stated.

Your line "I have no reason to believe I use it against anyone's will" covers this whole area pefectly.
by El Mystico
02/06/15 02:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 8671

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Seems clear enough to me; the majority of magic books are published so other magicians can use the routines. Here is a publication that lays restrictions on this. It isn't the first. I think if you discovered these restrictions only after buying it, you'd be right to be annoyed, but it seems here th...
by El Mystico
02/06/15 01:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 8671

Wenk's Misled

I've just dug out Misled. In the instructions he says that "a very well known...very prolific... figure in the magic world...widely recognised as a genius...is claiming that his creativity suddenly extends backwards in time". Anyone know what the story behind this is? Also, I note in his i...
by El Mystico
02/05/15 12:45 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wenk's Misled
Replies: 7
Views: 1315

Re: Card Tricks for a Work Meeting

My advice is - do something you know inside out.
The circumstances will be strange for you; you'll need to maintain control over two different audiences. So you don't want to be adding the effort of remembering details of a new routine.
by El Mystico
01/20/15 01:39 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Tricks for a Work Meeting
Replies: 19
Views: 1395

Re: 'Mind Probe'

by El Mystico
12/17/14 05:27 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'Mind Probe'
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: It takes a lot to surprise David Berglas ...

Joe: You say "Dynamo is not really a magician. He just plays one on TV." I suspect you are referencing Robert-Houdin's line, "The conjurer is an actor playing the part of a magician." In which case, surely you'd agree that Dynamo fits Robert-Houdin's description. Recently I've be...
by El Mystico
11/17/14 02:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: It takes a lot to surprise David Berglas ...
Replies: 16
Views: 2111

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Much as I admire David Ben and Lewis Ganson, I have to disagree with the idea that "Vernon is important...simply because he thought about magic more than any other person in the history of the art/craft." I am pretty damn sure that if I'd had the same opportunity to think about magic, I'd ...
by El Mystico
11/07/14 02:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13439

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Oh, I do hope "Into Thin Air" reappears somehow ...
by El Mystico
11/07/14 02:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13439

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I have a feeling that none of our posts is going to 'convert' Andrew; but it is proving to be an interesting discussion... Andrew's latest post focuses on dramatic plot. I'd urge him to watch the Revelations DVD set where he talks about the importance of the presentations for pieces like Triumph and...
by El Mystico
11/03/14 06:02 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13439

Re: Magic in the Moonlight

I loved it. But then I love Woody. No blockbusters, but always watchable, always, for me, better than the majority of Hollywood films (oh, I'm looking forward to next year's Star Wars and Bourne films; but very few films hit the Woody spot). I came out thinking - i wish this team had made a remake o...
by El Mystico
11/01/14 02:49 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in the Moonlight
Replies: 3
Views: 7293

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Having read some of Mike's writings on Vernon, I'd say this is essential for anyone interested in Vernon the man.
by El Mystico
10/31/14 04:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 13439

Re: Marlo variation on the Curry turn over change

Fred Robinson has a nice change, reminiscent of the curry change, in The Magic of Fred Robinson. No need to jam your finger under the top card.
by El Mystico
10/30/14 06:35 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo variation on the Curry turn over change
Replies: 12
Views: 1585

Re: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic

re: CO Williams Card To Pocket; it is worth tracking down the original write up, in Hoffman's Magical Titbits. Hugard and Braue introduced a few complications, and in trying to cover a palm with misdirection, added an illogicality.
See http://www.geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Magical_Titbits
by El Mystico
10/23/14 08:48 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 3460

Re: Derren's ACAAN from UKTV on Friday

The night I saw him, this went completely wrong. Wrong card. No out. Embarrassing.
by El Mystico
10/20/14 10:27 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Derren's ACAAN from UKTV on Friday
Replies: 4
Views: 853

Re: Psychics Buster

OK, but how would you see such a challenge?
by El Mystico
10/11/14 12:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychics Buster
Replies: 77
Views: 7486

Re: Camera tricks and stooges and ticket sales, oh my

Coming back to mrgoat's original post; it will be interesting to see how Dynamo's personality comes across in a big venue.
I think some of us feel that magic is less about the tricks per se and more about your personality.
by El Mystico
10/01/14 01:52 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Camera tricks and stooges and ticket sales, oh my
Replies: 14
Views: 2071

Dynamo ooops

Several people in the UK drew my attention to the several sites that covered this...

http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/28/dynamos-l ... s-4848504/
by El Mystico
08/29/14 05:27 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Dynamo ooops
Replies: 4
Views: 885

Re: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes

I had a couple of train journeys this weekend which gave me that chance to listen to a couple of the CDs. These are inspirational. Mike was so passionate about magic. I don't know why he was sharing so much with Allen - it seems that Allen was asking about some fairly basic stuff; but I understand A...
by El Mystico
07/27/14 09:13 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes
Replies: 61
Views: 9668

Re: Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2014

I've always been impressed by mentalism.
But I love these reviews of shows from Friday 27th July onwards.
Pure magic!
by El Mystico
07/11/14 02:31 PM
 
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1893

Re: Alan Alan R.I.P.

I knew Alan only as the slightly odd-looking magic shop owner. But, for a period in the 1980s, I worked a ten minute walk from his shop, and loved to visit it. In the pre-internet age, it was a Mecca for me. Sure he knew the importance of gags for the passing tourists - the buzzer, the pin through h...
by El Mystico
07/11/14 02:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alan Alan R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 2376

Re: The Professor

Oh! Thank you so much for posting that!
It's funny; it's a bit like Malini talking about "It's the eye"; when you are a beginner it is meaningless; but after many hours of thinking and practise, it starts to makes sense! (And in this case, the Genii column helps!)
by El Mystico
05/16/14 06:25 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Professor
Replies: 256
Views: 71954

Re: Chunneling By Joshua Quinn - Need some tips

Might be worth trying with an audience that can spell simple words like 'follow'.
by El Mystico
05/13/14 03:26 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Chunneling By Joshua Quinn - Need some tips
Replies: 2
Views: 1007

Re: Jonathan Townsend

What did happen to that Townsend guy???
by El Mystico
05/02/14 02:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jonathan Townsend
Replies: 51
Views: 8450

Re: Lecture by Norman Gilbreath

Is it true that the pages of the book have been riffle shuffled together, yet still come out in order?
by El Mystico
05/01/14 11:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lecture by Norman Gilbreath
Replies: 11
Views: 2463
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