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Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

It was held this past weekend. I did not attend, but would love to hear some reports. Has anyone got any news??
by Ken Trombly
07/15/14 01:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 60
Views: 4659

Re: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read

Richard, Glad to hear that. You made my day! Kind of reminds me of another Bob Read scenario, when I bought a video of some of his routines, years ago....only to later learn that a more comprehensive video came out later. So, it is a kind of weird Bob dejavu where history may kind of repeat itself! ...
by Ken Trombly
06/27/14 12:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read
Replies: 36
Views: 2701

Re: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read

I received my copy of the book yesterday. First let me say that I have always been drawn to cups and balls imagery. I heard Bob Read lecture a couple of times at magic collector gatherings, and found him totally approachable and knowledgeable. In fact, he inspired me to begin collecting cups and bal...
by Ken Trombly
06/27/14 09:15 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read
Replies: 36
Views: 2701

Re: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?

This whole thing is so pathetically stupid. And look at the typically cornball magic shop props that line the walls of the room in which CA sits when interviewed. CA has become a parody of himself.
by Ken Trombly
12/05/13 03:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?
Replies: 37
Views: 7243

Re: LA History Conference attendees, details please!

Daniel, Thanks for an excellent write-up! I agree that the Saturday night illusions were absolutely sensational. Astarte blew me away. And I wonder if Carter and others performed the spirit cabinet in a similar fashion, with the spirit coming out of the cabinet and over the audience. Extraordinary! ...
by Ken Trombly
11/12/13 12:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: LA History Conference attendees, details please!
Replies: 9
Views: 1396

In today's Huffington Post

by Ken Trombly
11/11/13 06:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: In today's Huffington Post
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Needless exposure by Criss Angel

Apparently bereft of an interesting anecdote, the always articulate Mr. Angel resorted to gratuitous exposure of a widely used magic principle to close out his recent interview on KATIE. You can watch it here and decide for yourself. Unfortunately, you have to listen to him for a bit until you get t...
by Ken Trombly
10/10/13 02:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Needless exposure by Criss Angel
Replies: 6
Views: 875

DC Magic History Conference now up to 23 Dealers!

Next week's Washington Symposium on Magic History just signed up its 23rd dealer! So the current roster is Mario Carrandi, Dave Haversat, Gabe Fajuri (Potter Auctions), George Daily, Kevin Connelly, Arthur Moses, Magic Warehouse, Angelo Iafrate, Ray Goulet, Charles Greene III, Tom Ewing, Signature P...
by Ken Trombly
04/18/13 02:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Magic History Conference now up to 23 Dealers!
Replies: 0
Views: 214

Re: Dante Poster attached - Is it a sole survivor?

Phil is still very much alive. While I am not in touch with him, I believe that his old friend Byron Walker is. You can google Byron, who lives in CA and find his contact info. He should get you to Phil. As to the poster, while I have a number of Dantes and have seen many more over the years, I do n...
by Ken Trombly
04/18/13 01:51 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dante Poster attached - Is it a sole survivor?
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Former-CIA Chief to speak @ DC Magic Confernce

The Washington Symposium on Magic History , set for April 25-27, is pleased to announce the addition of two new speakers; John McLaughlin , Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, former Acting director of the CIA, former Deputy Director of...
by Ken Trombly
04/04/13 04:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Former-CIA Chief to speak @ DC Magic Confernce
Replies: 5
Views: 393

It looks like another great auction of magic collectibles

SOME GREAT STUFF IS BEING CONSIGNED FOR THE AUCTION set at next month's WASHINGTON SYMPOSIUM ON MAGIC HISTORY. Some highlights so far include a "Great Leon" 3 sheet Fire and Water poster mounted on linen, a Houdini letter, a 19th century cup and call print, a Chung Ling Soo poster and much...
by Ken Trombly
02/23/13 02:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: It looks like another great auction of magic collectibles
Replies: 0
Views: 170

Re: Magicians at Inaugural Balls?

It was an absolutely wonderful event. Four years ago, after we produced an Obama fundraiser featuring close-up magicians, - an evening of "A-Barack-Cadabra" - I was offered the chance to put together a group of 20 magicians to do strolling magic at the American Legion's Salute to Heroes Ba...
by Ken Trombly
01/23/13 02:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians at Inaugural Balls?
Replies: 20
Views: 1505

DC Magic History gathering announces some speakers

As registrations come in for this April, 2013 convention in DC - The Washington Symposium on Magic History - we are announcing some of our planned speakers. Dale Salwak , who visited North Korea as a guest of that government as part of a small delegation of magicians, is going to "pull back the...
by Ken Trombly
01/09/13 11:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Magic History gathering announces some speakers
Replies: 0
Views: 201

Re: Alan J. Kanter poster auction

In discussions with a number of serious collectors who would have otherwise bid in this auction, the sentiment was fairly unnanimous....that they were scared off by the unrealistically high estimates. So, Richard, I do not think that the value of posters has plummeted. I think that this was an aberr...
by Ken Trombly
12/28/12 02:49 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Alan J. Kanter poster auction
Replies: 17
Views: 1295

Alex Stone does magic on Face the Nation on Sunday

Like him or dislike him, Alex Stone did some cardwork on Bob Schieffer's Face the Nation program this past Sunday. His performance is near the end of the show. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50135807n">http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50135807n</a><!...
by Ken Trombly
11/26/12 02:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alex Stone does magic on Face the Nation on Sunday
Replies: 10
Views: 1039

Carl Williams & Nick Ruggiero to be honored at DC Magic History Symposium

I am pleased to announce that the Washington Symposium on Magic History will be honoring two amazingly talented and creative builders of magic apparatus.....Carl Williams and Nick Ruggiero! Come help us honor these two stalwarts of the magic community at the second ever DC area magic history and col...
by Ken Trombly
11/19/12 04:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Carl Williams & Nick Ruggiero to be honored at DC Magic History Symposium
Replies: 0
Views: 214

DC Magic History Symposium..Registration now on-line

The Washington Symposium on Magic History, set for April 25-27, 2013 is now accepting on-line registrations,at <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicposters.com">www.magicposters.com</a><!-- w -->. Styled very much like the famed LA Conference on Magic History, this three day east coas...
by Ken Trombly
11/12/12 05:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Magic History Symposium..Registration now on-line
Replies: 0
Views: 179

Thornton Watch Ladder for sale!

At the upcoming October 27, Potter & Potter sale, one of only two known Thornton Watch Ladders is included in the auction (lot 245). The other is in a private collection and like a lot of Abbotts items is a little different from th eone in the upcoming sale! The hardware on the back of the piece...
by Ken Trombly
10/17/12 01:14 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Thornton Watch Ladder for sale!
Replies: 0
Views: 142

A Magic History & Collecting Conference in DC in 2013

The Washington Symposium on Magic History will be April 25-27, 2013 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in North Bethesda, MD In the coming weeks we will set up Internet links for registering for the convention and for booking rooms at the special symposium rate But for now ...
by Ken Trombly
09/06/12 11:38 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Magic History & Collecting Conference in DC in 2013
Replies: 1
Views: 355

Magic posters, original engravings, useful links and more!

I have recently added some Chung Ling Soos and several other vintage posters for sale or trade - as well as original engravings here to my website, <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicposters.com/abracagraphics/index.html">http://www.magicposters.com/abracagraphics/index.html</a><!--...
by Ken Trombly
05/30/12 05:18 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic posters, original engravings, useful links and more!
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: Thurston Posters Are they real?

Ricky Your dimensions sound about right, alhtough the second one would be a window card (on kind of a cardboard stock) rather than a poster. are they mounted? if so, how? Perhaps you can post some good photos?? Yours in magic posters, Ken Trombly <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicp...
by Ken Trombly
12/08/11 04:43 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Thurston Posters Are they real?
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Buying Talisman when renewing Genii for 3 years

While I note that the Genii website says that Talisman is now available for $15 to someone who renews for three years, the on-line Genii e-store does not seem to give that as an option when renewing. My subscription runs out with this issue, and I would like to re-up for three years, and purchase th...
by Ken Trombly
06/19/11 09:18 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Buying Talisman when renewing Genii for 3 years
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Chung Ling Soo, Blackstone and much more for sale!

I have added a load of engravings, ephemera and posters to my website, magicposters.com. So come by for a visit! <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicposters.com/main/index.html">http://www.magicposters.com/main/index.html</a><!-- m --> And if you are at the LA Conference on Magic His...
by Ken Trombly
11/03/09 02:55 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Chung Ling Soo, Blackstone and much more for sale!
Replies: 0
Views: 355

Cape Town, South Africa

Is anyone aware of magic shops, magic clubs or collectors in this beautiful city? I will be there for ten days, and when we tire of beaches and mountain hikes, I will be itching for a magic fix!
by Ken Trombly
03/04/09 03:02 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Cape Town, South Africa
Replies: 1
Views: 662

Al Cohen just married

A big Mazel Tov to Al Cohen, who married his lovely Rita this past weekend. May their marriage be full of sweetness, joy and magic!
by Ken Trombly
06/23/08 11:16 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Al Cohen just married
Replies: 2
Views: 504

Re: Lithograph Prices Falling?

I think that with the Internet becoming the primary venue for magic poster sales,the transprency of ebay and others has resulted in the average poster collector becoming more knowledgeable and sophisticated. However, there certainly are aberrations from time to time, such as when an anonymous phone ...
by Ken Trombly
06/16/08 02:57 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lithograph Prices Falling?
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

It isn't magic but.....

Those who were present at the Library of Congress's unprecedented special exhibit of magic books, posters and epehemera that their Rare Book Division arranged for the 2006 Magic Collectors Convnetion in DC may recall the very affable Mark Dimunation, who heads that division. Mark is on the front pag...
by Ken Trombly
04/11/08 10:23 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: It isn't magic but.....
Replies: 0
Views: 318

DC Magic Collectors' Schedule now out

Here is the schedule for the upcoming (March 30-April 1) Magic Collectors' Gathering, set for the DC area. You can still register at http://www.magicposters.com/convention/index.html Please note that if you have registered or are thinking of doing so, that the convention hotel expects to run out of ...
by Ken Trombly
03/06/06 11:37 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Magic Collectors' Schedule now out
Replies: 0
Views: 66

Re: Pics of Klosterman Collection

Awesome pics! Thanks Tom. If you want to totally immerse yourself in more of the same, you might consider the upcoming Magic Collectors' weekend in DC,(March 30-April) where Ken Klosterman will be doing a power point presentation on some of the pieces in his collection - joining a dozen or so other ...
by Ken Trombly
03/02/06 10:17 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Pics of Klosterman Collection
Replies: 8
Views: 116

2006 Collectors' Convention- pay via paypal

If you did not get everthing you were hoping for in your Christmas or Channukah stocking, now is a chance to correct that deficiency by signing up for the 2006 Magic Collectors' Weekend........You can access the registration form online and pay via paypal at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http:...
by Ken Trombly
12/30/05 02:26 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 2006 Collectors' Convention- pay via paypal
Replies: 0
Views: 79

Re: Conjuring Arts Research Center Site

Clay, et al. I joined on line and received my Gibeciere within a day or two - and it is a thing of beauty. I have only read the first article in it so far, and it was excellently done....the quality and feel of a scholarly journal. Bill Kalush and his staff have much of which to be proud. What with ...
by Ken Trombly
12/23/05 02:59 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Conjuring Arts Research Center Site
Replies: 41
Views: 6527

Original Magic collectibles in D.C.

While you can spend your days developing carpal tunnel syndrome as you peck away at your computer, searching for magic posters, books and apparatus on ebay-----how would you like to walk into a room filled with tables laden with orignal and one-of-a-kind magic items from around the world available f...
by Ken Trombly
12/13/05 09:12 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Original Magic collectibles in D.C.
Replies: 0
Views: 31

2006 Collectors' Convention in DC area !

If you read about the LA and Vegas Collectors' conventions with some envy, here is a chance to not miss the next one. The 37th Annual Magic Collectors' Association [MCA] Gathering is set for March 30-April 1 of next year in Rosslyn, Virginia. It will feature a one-time magic exhibit at the Library o...
by Ken Trombly
12/06/05 10:24 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2006 Collectors' Convention in DC area !
Replies: 0
Views: 91

Re: Houdini sale today on Ebay, flopped???

Having decided not to go to the LA conference, and in need of a collecting fix,I was apparently one of the few collectors who actually bid and purchased items in this auction. It appears that the auctioneer naively thought, much to my benefit, that simply running the sale as an "ebay live"...
by Ken Trombly
11/14/05 09:45 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Houdini sale today on Ebay, flopped???
Replies: 18
Views: 294

Re: INCREDIBLY RARE MAGIC POSTERS!!!!!

Yikes! Those were absolutely awesome. Thanks Clay!

Ken Trombly
magicposters.com magicposters.com
by Ken Trombly
11/01/05 06:33 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: INCREDIBLY RARE MAGIC POSTERS!!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 551

Re: Mindfreak I and II

The "I know it when I see it" quote was from Justice Black. While I am not big on magic that at least seems to be dependent on camera angles, I do agree that a magician who gets on TV and has a contemporary slant is basically good for magic. That said, I wish A & E would not keep rebro...
by Ken Trombly
07/27/05 10:39 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mindfreak I and II
Replies: 189
Views: 16990

Bruce Averbook in Cleveland Plain Dealer

Magician/surgeon/collector and all around great guy, Bruce Averboopk, is profiled in a charming article, which is linked here. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/living/112021059862570.xml?lxoth&coll=2&thispage=1">http://www.cleveland.com/sear...
by Ken Trombly
07/01/05 07:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Averbook in Cleveland Plain Dealer
Replies: 0
Views: 109

Re: Food For Thought ....

I remember when Lund gave that speech at one of the Chicago collectors' conventions, when he was the "honored guest" that year. I think that the point he was making was not so much to 'put down' or subordinate collectors, as to underscore, by comparison, the importance of the performers an...
by Ken Trombly
06/27/05 08:10 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Food For Thought ....
Replies: 23
Views: 260

Ricky Jay in NYT

The uniquely multi-talented Mr Jay is featured in a New York Times on-line article that you can see at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/18/arts/18jay.html?ex=1119758400&en=9bb4da826224a67d&ei=5070&emc=eta1">http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/18/arts/ ... 0&a...
by Ken Trombly
06/18/05 09:43 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay in NYT
Replies: 0
Views: 62

Re: John Moehring to Leave MAGIC and become the New Editor of MUM

That is great news. The mag, which has unfortunately been in the doldrums for a long time, was ready for a dramatic change.
Congratulations John!
by Ken Trombly
05/26/05 07:14 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Moehring to Leave MAGIC and become the New Editor of MUM
Replies: 31
Views: 413
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