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Re: Tim Star interview

Bob, on a slightly related note, Tim had experimented once upon a time with making flaming thimbles! I saw some prototypes and used to have 4 aluminum, knurled thimbles that he had developed along the way. I believe he stopped his efforts before he perfected them, but that would have been awesome. I...
by Tortuga
06/08/14 09:43 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tim Star interview
Replies: 4
Views: 1074

Re: Tim Star interview

John, thanks so much for posting these interviews. I knew Tim when he first came to St. Louis and I can tell you he was a very nice man. Very generous with his input. He helped me improve my technique on a silk routine I used to do. I was at the Midwest Jubilee that he referenced in the interviews. ...
by Tortuga
06/06/14 10:43 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tim Star interview
Replies: 4
Views: 1074

Re: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians

I'm sure I'm in the minority in that I had never heard of that show and barely know of Sarah Silverman. Never heard of Chelsea Handler. What I will say is that some people have never been privy to a performance by a seasoned pro. So perhaps they view all magicians in a distorted way. I myself have s...
by Tortuga
05/29/14 11:47 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians
Replies: 30
Views: 2202

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

Another solution would be to say "An American coin here and two foreign coins over there." No mention of what the coins are made of.
by Tortuga
05/24/14 08:02 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 32
Views: 5141

Re: The Professor

Loved the clip. What year was that Jubilee? I enjoyed seeing a very young Danny Fleshman standing against the wall. Brings back good memories of growing up in St. louis with him, Chris Kenner and others.
by Tortuga
05/19/14 08:11 AM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Professor
Replies: 255
Views: 64854

Re: Miscellaneous Vintage Cards for Sale

Looks like I have a taker. Thanks to everyone for looking.

Tortuga
by Tortuga
02/27/11 01:20 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Miscellaneous Vintage Cards for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Miscellaneous Vintage Cards for Sale

I have a group of cards that I'd like to sell. Prefer to sell as group but will consider selling separately. Here's the group: New, unopened Bicycle New Fan Back circa 1979 (3 red/3 Blue) New, unopened Angel Back Squeezers (1 blue) awesome cards New, unopened Blue Ribbons circa 1981 (1 blue) ditto a...
by Tortuga
02/26/11 06:51 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Miscellaneous Vintage Cards for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Re: MidWset Magic Jubilee history

Don, I was at the Jubilee in St. Louis in 1981, I believe. I took second place in the teenage close up competition. I believe that was the year that Slydini performed his close up act as well as his stage act. He was as incredible as everyone says, if not more so. I also attended the one in 1979, I ...
by Tortuga
12/03/10 08:50 PM
 
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MidWset Magic Jubilee history
Replies: 7
Views: 1233

Re: raise rise performance?

Re: Matt Richman's comments above: I much prefer Tony Chang's rendition. The card rises to two positions in the deck before ending up on top. That, to me, is the best approach. The original video that started this thread shows one jump and then directly to the top. That's o.k., I just like it the wa...
by Tortuga
09/07/09 10:19 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: raise rise performance?
Replies: 22
Views: 1807

Re: misspotted dice

Found some blank dice at U.S. Toy and Magic in Leawood, KS.

They have a website if you want to try them.
by Tortuga
09/07/09 10:02 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: misspotted dice
Replies: 21
Views: 3420

Re: raise rise performance?

The card needs to rise more times. You need to set the stage and make sure that the conditions are understood. You are putting the card down very close to the bottom and if you watch closely you can see it slowly rise a little at a time until it makes its way to the top. If someone watched your perf...
by Tortuga
09/06/09 08:36 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: raise rise performance?
Replies: 22
Views: 1807

Re: raise rise performance?

It's. Principle.
by Tortuga
09/06/09 08:33 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: raise rise performance?
Replies: 22
Views: 1807

Re: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?

Funny, I never get questioned on whether I'm using trick cards. I'm sure it happens to others, perhaps the spectator once owned TV Magic Cards at one time? Regarding old cards that I'd like to see come back, I agree that Aristocrat's were very nice. Especially if you prefer a smooth finish, which I ...
by Tortuga
09/05/09 11:21 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?
Replies: 22
Views: 4490

Re: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?

I saw the Phoenix design on the Cafe and I thought they looked pretty good. They have a built-in, one-way design that is visible on the edges so that it can be seen in a spread. There is another one-way mark in another area of the card. Very subtle though. The Phoenix box looks great, pretty much li...
by Tortuga
09/04/09 09:23 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?
Replies: 22
Views: 4490

U.S. Toy Co. Leawood, KS

Hey, if you are passing through the Kansas City, MO area, make sure to budget some time in to stop by U.S. Toy Co. The shop is in Leawood, KS which is just over the Mo/Kan state line. In fact, it is just off of Stateline Road and I-435. If you go in the late afternoon, there are several young magici...
by Tortuga
09/03/09 09:36 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: U.S. Toy Co. Leawood, KS
Replies: 0
Views: 505

Re: Best cups

I have several sets of original RNT cups, but my favorite would have to be the chrome-plated steel cups similar to what Dr. Danny described above. They are not stainless, so they actually have a little surface corrosion on the interior. The finish is awesome, however. The chrome plating is superb an...
by Tortuga
09/03/09 08:22 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best cups
Replies: 8
Views: 862

Re: David Roth Expert Coin Magic / Coin box suggestions?

Seuss, personally, I like the Jim Zachary boxes. Jim Zee as he is referred to, makes a beautiful coin box. He produces a "Roth-style set", including the Boston, slot box, a regular box and lid. I like the oversized lid for certain moves. I also like how the boxes are "rounded". G...
by Tortuga
08/31/09 08:56 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: David Roth Expert Coin Magic / Coin box suggestions?
Replies: 18
Views: 2817

Re: Please read

Methinks thou dost protest too much. Rather than take a weak shot at Mr. Kaufman, why not answer some of the questions that have been raised in previous posts. Like, why was Jordini displaying false information in his posts? Is the name really Rosenberg? Which is it? Are you dating Jord Rosenberg? W...
by Tortuga
08/23/09 02:39 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Please read
Replies: 33
Views: 2134

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Curtis, regarding your idea of an "expanding" item to place on top of the coins, perhaps a sponge ball? That would possibly peek out the top of the cylinder and still easily compress into the stack. The idea of no cover over the cork is very bold. Reminds me a little of card under glass an...
by Tortuga
08/12/09 09:08 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 13612

Re: Where can I get those half dollars...

Andrew, Chris appears to be using old Barber halves in that routine. The coins don't matter for that routine, as you probably know. Chris sometimes uses Walking Liberty halves, he just happened to use the Barbers for that trick. The coins for that routine are ungimmicked. It is all sleights. If you ...
by Tortuga
08/11/09 10:20 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Where can I get those half dollars...
Replies: 2
Views: 948

Re: Most common card choice

Jager, there is probably material written up on this question, but I cannot cite any references. I would look at works on mentalism for starters. Probably Max Maven has explored this question. It used to be cliche that the ace of spades was frequently chosen. Don't know how accurate it is. Never has...
by Tortuga
08/11/09 10:07 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Most common card choice
Replies: 12
Views: 1862

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Koudai, that was very nice. Probably would be even better if you weren't forced to sit in front of a camera and keep your gestures confined to such a small space. Saw a slight flash of the stack in the initial loading sequence, but then again, I was prepared and was looking for it. Certainly no laym...
by Tortuga
08/08/09 10:41 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 13612

Re: Diagonal Palm Shift

Matt, I think that the action is pretty smooth. Good job. What I think is missing and I'd like to see is, what do you do after the steal? In other words, your clip ends with the card in palm and the hand on the table in a position that frankly screams "it is over here now." Don't take this...
by Tortuga
08/02/09 05:13 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Diagonal Palm Shift
Replies: 18
Views: 2622

Re: ERDNASE

One final thing regarding memory. I once attended a large, company-wide sales meeting and the featured speaker put everyone on the spot by asking a question. He said, "I want all of you to write the answer to this question down on paper and don't cheat by looking at your neighbors." "...
by Tortuga
07/28/09 06:41 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2759
Views: 1328123

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, I agree. That is why IF he was the "author", it was ghost-written. MFA seemed to be the opposite of suave and refined. Also, as for memories and their reliability, there is no question that time causes one to lose details or "misremember" something. As the police are fond o...
by Tortuga
07/28/09 06:36 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2759
Views: 1328123

Re: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar

As a former "interviewer" on radio in the '80's I can empathise a little with Ammar. He probably had a a set "script" of questions that he wanted to cover and knew that Vernon was verbose, so he was prepared to interrupt and redirect in order to cover everything that he felt need...
by Tortuga
07/22/09 09:50 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar
Replies: 17
Views: 2353

Re: Info needed on Vernon Lecture Notes

Jeff, you probably already own the booklet put out by Magic, Inc. in 1970, but just in case: Dai Vernon's Expanded Lecture Notes Begins with Cups and Balls then covers The Changing Cards Name a Number Thought Card from Pocket Hints on the Side Steal The Migratory Cards Bluff Card to Pocket The G.W. ...
by Tortuga
07/22/09 09:36 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Info needed on Vernon Lecture Notes
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: ERDNASE

Actually, depending on what type of "machinist" he was, he very well could have had "soft hands". Ed Marlo was a machinist, a tool-and-die man from what I recall. No problem with his tactile abilities! My uncle was a tool-and-die man for Carter Carburetor in St. Louis for many ye...
by Tortuga
07/16/09 11:39 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2759
Views: 1328123

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

Nobody has mentioned the original Rings 'N Things Long John Silver Okito Coin Box. Magnetic box with some really beautiful effects possible. Should have bought one when I had the chance, but that was in the 80s, and as a teenager, was a lot of money. One of the nicest boxes that I saw was made perso...
by Tortuga
07/14/09 08:37 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 119
Views: 24720

Re: steve shufton okito coin box

Just went and looked at Steve's Okito Box on his website. Looks beautiful. Either way you will have a box to last a lifetime.
by Tortuga
07/08/09 02:00 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: steve shufton okito coin box
Replies: 13
Views: 1503

Re: steve shufton okito coin box

Not familiar with it. Personally, I use the Jim Zee boxes. You can expect to pay around $20.00 per box. Not sure of the web address, you can search for it. Zee's boxes are superb and have thick sides and also work with shells. He has matching slot boxes and Boston boxes also. He sells a set that inc...
by Tortuga
07/08/09 01:52 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: steve shufton okito coin box
Replies: 13
Views: 1503

Re: Is this the year that "America's Got Magic?"

I hadn't seen any of the performances before reading this thread tonight. Based upon the youtube clips, I would say that one of the biggest issues had to be personality. Thomas and Mattioli were instantly likeable. Yes, I do believe that there is such a thing. Mr. Brill was not. I'll leave it at tha...
by Tortuga
07/03/09 12:05 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is this the year that "America's Got Magic?"
Replies: 28
Views: 3434

Re: Help locating trick Die/Dice

Based upon your question, I'm not sure if this is what you want or not. Check out this link:

http://www.gamblingcollectibles.com/specials.html

Otherwise, Google is your friend.
by Tortuga
06/18/09 09:31 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help locating trick Die/Dice
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: Card Workers: Are you a magician or just good with numbers?

That post by David should be printed out and reviewed frequently by anyone doing magic in front of the public. In any type of venue. Another thing to add, and this obviously would have to fit the situation you are working in, but the idea of table tents always impressed me as something that would he...
by Tortuga
06/15/09 09:01 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Workers: Are you a magician or just good with numbers?
Replies: 16
Views: 1148

Re: Card Workers: Are you a magician or just good with numbers?

Hear hear! I for one, am never ashamed to tell people that I am a magician. If you are, I would ask why? Perhaps it is as David said above, it's in your approach. Michael Skinner was a master at approaching tables, often bypassing some when he could tell that they just weren't up for it. All perform...
by Tortuga
06/13/09 05:58 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Workers: Are you a magician or just good with numbers?
Replies: 16
Views: 1148

Re: fixing a small mead notebook

Eric Mead! Notebook humor, who'd a thunk it?

Seriously, how about loosening the ends a bit and bending the end over a little and soldering it? Is it the ends that are bothersome?
by Tortuga
06/09/09 04:27 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: fixing a small mead notebook
Replies: 7
Views: 892

Re: card to pocket

Card Finesse, pp. 158 titled 'Next to Impossible Card to Wallet'. Said to be a variation of Marlo's 'No Palm Aces To Pocket" from 'Amazing, Isn't IT? (1941) and was worked out by Danny Korem, who kept it sub rosa. The beauty is that the left hand holds the deck, while the right hand, seemingly ...
by Tortuga
06/04/09 08:50 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: card to pocket
Replies: 12
Views: 1723

Re: Riffle Shuffle Work Using The Triumph Shuffle

David, that was one of the best examples of the Steven's Cull that I have witnessed. The actual shuffling technique was so much better than the tripe that one usually sees, bending the cards too much to obviously see the indices--along with an obvious break in rhythm and dropping of blocks, etc. Tha...
by Tortuga
06/03/09 10:28 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Riffle Shuffle Work Using The Triumph Shuffle
Replies: 352
Views: 70472

Re: Hidden Backs Ace Productions

One reference would be 'The Automatic Deck' in The Book of John by John F. Mendoza with modifications. Simply begin with the aces reversed on bottom, cut to top with an 'X' card above them, faro shuffle and go into the routine. You have to modify the routine as written as in the published routine, t...
by Tortuga
05/27/09 03:48 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hidden Backs Ace Productions
Replies: 7
Views: 959

Re: Looking for a multi-phase mis-made ...

Phase 1. Produce the three silks. Phase 2. Notice that one is red, one is blue and one is yellow. Make reference to the American flag. Change the color of the yellow one to white. Phase 3. Perform blendo with the red, white and blue silks to transform them into a flag.
by Tortuga
05/19/09 01:33 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Looking for a multi-phase mis-made ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1269
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