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by Matthew Field
March 29th, 2017, 4:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

Kesey says "It opens up a crack" that lets "the light get in", and that's precisely what I love about magic. Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." Our demonstrations, our trickery, shows that everything is not rational. ...
by Matthew Field
February 11th, 2017, 4:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Raymond Smullyan
Replies: 5
Views: 694

Re: Raymond Smullyan

I am saddened to hear this news. I was a great admirer of Raymond Smullyan. His puzzle books provided me with a great deal of pleasure. His insights into what make logic and chess puzzles entertaining was nonpareil.

He will be greatly missed.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
February 7th, 2017, 5:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mastermind by Chris Kemnworthy
Replies: 7
Views: 849

Re: Mastermind by Chris Kemnworthy

The version I have has no date on the deck or the instructions. The instructions say, "Routine for Mastermind by Chris Kenworthy and Hiro Hirata." They also contain "Routine for Any Card at Any Number" by Kenworthy. I believe the basic idea is in Annemann's book "202 Methods...
by Matthew Field
January 28th, 2017, 7:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Racherbaumer's Slant
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Racherbaumer's Slant

So Jon ends his excellent (as always) February "On the Slant" column with a quiz of sorts, the answer to which is a subject dear to my heart. Ralph Gironda et al are pseudonyms of a prolific magician about whom I have given several talks, to The Magic Circle History Gathering and the Europ...
by Matthew Field
January 24th, 2017, 3:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 1516

Re: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died

I am deeply saddened by the loss of this talented and wonderful man. My heart goes out to Julie, who gives so much to others, on her great loss. We love you, Juiie!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
January 4th, 2017, 7:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Flea circus movement
Replies: 10
Views: 931

Re: Flea circus movement

Many thanks for this, Jim!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 31st, 2016, 12:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!
Replies: 30
Views: 3105

Re: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!

One of the books I'm proudest to have worked on for the Chief Genii.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 23rd, 2016, 5:46 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Orson Welles in Rome
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Orson Welles in Rome

Thank you Marco!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 22nd, 2016, 9:49 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Happy Birthday, Corinda!!
Replies: 6
Views: 3078

Re: Happy Birthday, Corinda!!

I spent two years working closely with Patrick Page on his book "Magic Page by Page" and Pat hated the process of going over everything multiple times. So he'd try and distract me by playing DVDs, showing me tricks and moves and stuff in his collection of props, and telling stories. I sure...
by Matthew Field
December 21st, 2016, 7:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 7807

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Looking forward to receiving my copy -- it's a Christmas present from my wife!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 18th, 2016, 5:16 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: limited edition mirror question
Replies: 9
Views: 1413

Re: limited edition mirror question

Schwarzman.
by Matthew Field
December 13th, 2016, 6:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 2291

Re: 2016 tricks?

Tom Stone's "Factory Blanks" is brilliant in the right setting.

I just ordered my own Christmas present, Wayne Fox's "5221" (52 to One). Wayne did it for me at The Magic Circle Dealers Day and I loved it.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 12th, 2016, 5:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How is Simon Lovell doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 931

Re: How is Simon Lovell doing?

I'm in fairly regular touch with Simon, who seems to be doing well over here in England. He has been concentrating on making art and selling it, and Magic Circle member Lee Hathaway visited Simon and showed him how to use his smart phone to connect to Facebook. Sandy and Susan Marshall visited Simon...
by Matthew Field
December 7th, 2016, 3:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cat Hulbert
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Cat Hulbert

Female card hustler Cat Hulbert speaks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38103674

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 5th, 2016, 12:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Peter Samelson in this month's MUM
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Peter Samelson in this month's MUM

Samelson.
by Matthew Field
November 27th, 2016, 5:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Riser RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 1652

Re: Harry Riser RIP

I am very sorry to learn of Harry Riser's death, even though I knew his health was frail. I edited "Feints and Temps" and it's one of only a small handful of the more than 85 books I edited which I consider a favorite. The subtleties he included in his magic is worth looking at again and a...
by Matthew Field
November 19th, 2016, 10:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2205

Re: Rope With Magnet

There was also an effect I bought at Tannen's years ago which was a ring and short velvet rope. The rope had a magnet embedded at the midpoint. You could hold the rope in one hand between the spread fingers and toss the ring at it. With practice, the ring landed under the rope's center, attracted to...
by Matthew Field
November 9th, 2016, 1:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 15
Views: 1803

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

I've found many bargains for sale in The Magic Circle library, such as "The Card Magic of E.G. Brown." And I bought another volume there on Monday for which I've long searched, "Magical Adventures and Fairy Tales" by Punx. These books are duplicates from collections that have bee...
by Matthew Field
November 8th, 2016, 8:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 15
Views: 1803

Fulves "Aftermath"

I went to The Magic Circle in London to see the lecture by David Stone (he was fabulous and the pace was jam-packed). I got there early and went down to the library, I place I love to be, and there I discovered on the 'sale' shelves a book for which I've been searching for more than 30 years. I'm a ...
by Matthew Field
November 6th, 2016, 5:33 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: THE CRIMP, Jerry Sadowitz
Replies: 35
Views: 16448

Re: THE CRIMP, Jerry Sadowitz

Paranoia is an awful condition to suffer with and, in my opinion, Jerry suffers mightily with it. He sees everything as a conspiracy to keep him from being successful, led by those who are successful. Oh, and he hates Americans. He has never been able to "break through" to the top tier of ...
by Matthew Field
November 5th, 2016, 5:24 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4456

Re: Puzzles wanted

Here's another punctuation problem. Punctuate the following so it makes (some) sense:

That that is is that that is not is not is not that that is not that that is not is not that that is not not that that it it is


Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 4th, 2016, 1:44 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4456

Re: Puzzles wanted

Punctuate the following so it makes sense:

Time flies we cannot their flight is too swift

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 3rd, 2016, 9:09 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4456

Re: Puzzles wanted

Bill -- an oldie, but a goodie.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 3rd, 2016, 4:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Penn's puff piece on Criss Angel
Replies: 9
Views: 1359

Re: David Penn's puff piece on Criss Angel

There are few places for Criss Angel to appear in a magic magazine, so the Vanish story must feel good to him. Unfortunately, the free magazine is worth every penny it charges.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 30th, 2016, 1:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 3590

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

John Lenahan was readmitted to The Magic Circle a bit over a year ago and I enjoy spending time with him on Mondays when he attends.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 9th, 2016, 3:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?
Replies: 37
Views: 4584

Re: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?

Garsh, Joe. Thanks for the kind words.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 8th, 2016, 3:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?
Replies: 37
Views: 4584

Re: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?

I'm already half dead now, Joe. And thank you for the kind words, Richard. Maybe I'll write a sidebar for the Genii some day, like November.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 8th, 2016, 6:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?
Replies: 37
Views: 4584

Re: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?

October's M-U-M arrived in the post yesterday here in the U.K. and I had a chance to read Norman Beck's column. I read it every month and usually find it opinionated (which is fine) and preachy (which is not). Mr. Beck often relates how he manipulates people and situations to get what he wants, ofte...
by Matthew Field
October 5th, 2016, 12:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Conjuring Arts Book Club
Replies: 113
Views: 11764

Re: Conjuring Arts Book Club

Thanks to Mahdi and Bill Kalush at Conjuring Arts for their generosity. I am, admittedly, a magic book kinda guy so I am especially glad to see these rare books made available. And Conjuring Arts has lots of other material that I suggest you check out -- http://www.conjuringarts.org . Matt Field
by Matthew Field
September 23rd, 2016, 2:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne and The Magic Circle Award
Replies: 9
Views: 1306

Re: Harry Lorayne and The Magic Circle Award

Pat Page was kicked out of the British Ring of the IBM, never The Magic Circle. They later reinstated him. John Lenahan was reinstated in The Circle some years ago and is a frequent Monday night attendee (and a friend). Others, such as Anthony Owen, were also reinstated. The reversals of the silly e...
by Matthew Field
September 17th, 2016, 3:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any Card at Any Number
Replies: 11
Views: 2271

Re: Any Card at Any Number

The ignorance on display here is mind boggling. David Berglas performed this effect for me and blew me away. Much of what is described in the above posts is not the effect as performed by him (and described in Richard Kaufman's "The Berglas Effects." All I can say is that Mr. Berglas's per...
by Matthew Field
September 8th, 2016, 11:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 9230

Re: Jason Ladanye

Richard K. -- I associate the "spreading action", "the right hand is held so the palm faces left, and the lower side of the hand descends onto the double card, when the hand is turned palm down and lowered the cards will spread", with Larry Jennings himself. I've shown it to many...
by Matthew Field
August 27th, 2016, 4:38 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: The Magic Path
Replies: 7
Views: 2014

Re: The Magic Path

Bob speaks Spanish as good as he does English. He's fluid in Spanish.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
August 26th, 2016, 11:47 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: The Magic Path
Replies: 7
Views: 2014

Re: The Magic Path

Ooooooh. In the original Spanish, is it. Aren't we posh.

Matt Field (I'm from The Bronx, thank you)
by Matthew Field
August 14th, 2016, 12:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Racherbaumer's Okay!
Replies: 1
Views: 895

Racherbaumer's Okay!

When I read of the flooding in Louisiana, I wrote to Jon Racherbaumer to see how he might have been affected. He assures me that all is well -- the flooding was to the north and west of his home. Thought you might like to know.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
July 31st, 2016, 3:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 23
Views: 5485

Re: Theodore Deland

This is one of the most interesting and magical books I have ever had a hand in.

Deland was a genius, albeit a troubled one.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
July 13th, 2016, 10:34 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: "Thoughts of Tom Jacobsen" Life Savers
Replies: 11
Views: 2264

Re: "Thoughts of Tom Jacobsen" Life Savers

Tomo Maeda does a version of it, which he performed on one of my "Face to Face with Genii Magazine" interviews. He winds up with two unmatched socks, then holds up his feet which shows him wearing the mates to that unmatched pair.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
June 28th, 2016, 3:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Awards
Replies: 4
Views: 1244

Re: Allan Slaight Awards

Congratulations to all, but especially to my friends Ton Onosaka and Richard Kaufman, my best buddy.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
June 16th, 2016, 8:39 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Favourite Examinable Tenyo trick?
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

Re: Favourite Examinable Tenyo trick?

Crystal Cleaver.
by Matthew Field
June 7th, 2016, 3:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card-wash Control
Replies: 13
Views: 3570

Re: Card-wash Control

Karl Fulves describes it in one of his Slydini double volumes, I think "The Best of Slydini and More." I asked Slydini about it and he denied that it was something he ever did!

Matt Field

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