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Re: Delightful Derren Drawing Dupe

I just had one of the creepiest sensations I can remember. As I was watching the video, I put myself into the host's place, and imagined what I would have drawn. I started out with a tree in my mind, and suddenly I started thinking about a pyramid . "Yeah, that's easier to draw anyway," I ...
by Rich Cowley
07/11/12 02:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Delightful Derren Drawing Dupe
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (January 2012)

I just want to add, that the show Helder and Derek are doing in the Peller this week is sensational . I love that moment, just before a trick ends, when you think "No, there's no way this is gonna end like this" - and then it does . These two guys give you that sensation again and again du...
by Rich Cowley
01/14/12 03:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (January 2012)
Replies: 8
Views: 1048

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (October 2011)

Just one slight clarification: Rob Zabrecky is the regularly-scheduled performer in early close-up,while Deadeye is only filling in for him on Monday and Thursday.
by Rich Cowley
10/26/11 10:11 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (October 2011)
Replies: 21
Views: 2080

Re: Hank Moorehouse has Died Suddenly

I'm so sorry to hear this news! Hank was one of those rare people who could teach a blockbuster lesson with a single sentence. I speak from experience; I remember Hank giving a lecture back in the late 70's, when I was a teenager: - He held up three ropes and said, "Here's what I do at kid's sh...
by Rich Cowley
07/03/11 02:02 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Moorehouse has Died Suddenly
Replies: 9
Views: 3231

Re: Magic Castle difficulties

Your points are well taken, Richard. And, please realize, I compare the two forums with all possible respect to both.
by Rich Cowley
05/28/11 11:48 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle difficulties
Replies: 277
Views: 47782

Re: Magic Castle difficulties

Sorry you feel that way, Roger. But, if you're suggesting that, because I'm an officer in the AMA, I'm also obligated to respond to anyone who a) isn't a member or b) is a member, but isn't interested in using his own name to prove same, then I would disagree with you, strongly. But, hey, I could be...
by Rich Cowley
05/28/11 11:14 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle difficulties
Replies: 277
Views: 47782

Re: Magic Castle difficulties

The fact that people persist in posting these "castle dirty laundry" threads here and not on the official Castle forums tells us that Mr. Crowley and those in charge are failing miserably in making said forums more conducive to that type of discourse. Chris, I would (slightly) disagree wi...
by Rich Cowley
05/28/11 10:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle difficulties
Replies: 277
Views: 47782

Re: Magic Castle difficulties

Erdnasephile, please don't misunderstand me; I added to this conversation only to lighten the mood a bit. At the risk of sounding rude: While I admit to "lurking" in this thread, I have no intention of contributing substantially to the conversation. The way I see it, the Academy of Magical...
by Rich Cowley
05/27/11 12:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle difficulties
Replies: 277
Views: 47782

Re: Magic Castle difficulties

I just had an flashback to that scene in 'Spartacus', where all the slaves on the hillside start standing up and confessing...

"I am undercut."

"No, I am undercut!"

{wink!}
by Rich Cowley
05/26/11 05:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle difficulties
Replies: 277
Views: 47782

Re: Rich Cowley, having no evidence for his phony Grievance against Bill McIlhany, writes

You're right, Houdini's Ghost; this is getting nasty. I have no intention of discussing here, the details of the ethics grievance I've filed against Mr. McIlhany. (IMHO, the facts speak for themselves but, of course, thats for the AMAs Ethics Committee to decide.) I'm sorry (in this thread and in ot...
by Rich Cowley
01/13/11 05:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rich Cowley, having no evidence for his phony Grievance against Bill McIlhany, writes an a
Replies: 10
Views: 2763

Re: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley

As many of you know, I no longer participate much in magic forums. But, a few things have been said here that I feel I have to respond to. Yes, I filed an ethics grievance recently against Mr. McIlhany, but I had no interest in making that matter public, nor will I comment now on the full extent of ...
by Rich Cowley
10/29/10 01:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle Grievance filed against Bill McIlhany by Rich Cowley
Replies: 206
Views: 39558

Re: Shaq and Teller

Where do they discuss their thought/design process? In his book 'Scripting Magic', Pete McCabe includes a (IMHO) great interview with Teller, where they discuss The Care And Feeding of the Creative Mind. If you don't have this book - get it. If you already have this book - read it again. Either way...
by Rich Cowley
08/13/10 10:06 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shaq and Teller
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Magic Castle has been sold?

(And now, folks, you see why I don't post on threads like this very much...) Steve, thanks for calling my perspective "crazy" and "nuts". It's always nice to know one is loved. If AMA members like you can't be bothered with attending a General Meeting (either in person, or online...
by Rich Cowley
04/08/08 01:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle has been sold?
Replies: 84
Views: 28570

Re: Magic Castle has been sold?

Steve, I'm the guy who suggested that AMA members watch the Webcast of the General Meeting. I'm not sure I "stretched any logic" when making that suggestion; if Joe Member were to get involved more (instead of waiting for information to be spoon-fed to him/her in multiple media), our Board...
by Rich Cowley
04/08/08 12:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle has been sold?
Replies: 84
Views: 28570

Re: Simon Winthrop on Wayne Brady..Friday

After seeing Simon's performance, I'm wondering if we're seeing a new trend in magic, brought on by too much MTV: forget about blending one effect into the next with some type of continuity, just rat-a-tat the audience with one unrelated effect after the other. [I know, I know. That's not a trend; I...
by Rich Cowley
05/24/04 09:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Simon Winthrop on Wayne Brady..Friday
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: Penn & Teller mentioned in strange story...

Two gags come to mind when I read this thread: - A friend of mine worked in a cubicle farm, where one of his co-workers had the steadfast habit of breaking for lunch at 12:00 sharp, eating his (brown bag) lunch in about 10 minutes, then put his feet up on the desk to nap for the rest of the hour. Hi...
by Rich Cowley
01/08/04 09:54 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller mentioned in strange story...
Replies: 9
Views: 163

Re: Speaking of Siegfried...

While we're on the subject of Jason Latimer, I'd like to add a very important point: Jason is one of the most easy-going, friendliest, and enthusiastic performers I've ever met. (I've conversed with many magicians with twice Jason's ego, but only a fraction of his accomplishments!) It's "kids&q...
by Rich Cowley
11/04/03 10:25 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Speaking of Siegfried...
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Blaine the Messiah

Harry: I'm not extremely versed in history, and so I ask: was escapology tied as closely to magic before Houdini "lost the plot a little" (your phrase) back in his day? My point was, magicians often display other skills than those strictly meant to "entertain, amuse and baffle" (...
by Rich Cowley
10/07/03 01:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine the Messiah
Replies: 38
Views: 1072

Re: Blaine the Messiah

Originally posted by harry patter: I have a degree of respect for David Blaine and I believe he has done a great deal to promote magic, but has he not lost the plot a little? I became a magican to entertain, amuse and baffle. I'm not sure that David Blaine's current line of stunts do that. ... Mayb...
by Rich Cowley
10/06/03 07:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine the Messiah
Replies: 38
Views: 1072

Re: Two years ago today...

I was in southern California at 6AM that morning, leaving the house to go to a technical seminar. Hopped in to the car, turned on NPR, and started listening to a reporter telling what he was looking at first-hand... I remember thinking, "Hey, this is pretty cool - somebody's updated the Mercury...
by Rich Cowley
09/11/03 11:28 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Two years ago today...
Replies: 15
Views: 652

Re: Book of the Month: Strong Magic

Originally posted by WarlockDrummer:
Rich--please clue us in. It sounds so powerful.

No chance, WD. You'll just have to read the book, and come up with the sentence(s) that work for *you*...!
by Rich Cowley
05/30/03 09:52 AM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Strong Magic
Replies: 53
Views: 16644

Re: Book of the Month: Strong Magic

Lisa Cousins and I seem to have had the same experience with Strong Magic. It opened my eyes wide, and sometimes the incoming light was *intense*! For those that only read the commentary in this forum and have yet to read SM itself, I will tell you this: I took a *single sentence* out of the book (I...
by Rich Cowley
05/19/03 08:44 PM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Strong Magic
Replies: 53
Views: 16644

Re: Three Coins in the Hat

Bill Duncan writes: Is there a reason that "Three Coins in the Hat" must be done with a hat? Other than the obvious one, I mean? A comment and a question from me, I guess: - In my street-performer days, I wore a top hat (for looks, for my 3C&H routine, and for -most importantly- reven...
by Rich Cowley
03/07/03 11:28 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three Coins in the Hat
Replies: 33
Views: 570

Re: Book of the Month: Greater Magic

I just want to thank everyone who posted on this topic so far. I've toyed with buying a copy of GM for years, but never got the proverbial 'Round Tuit'. After reading John Carney's challenge in "Secrets" ("For every magic video you watch, read two classic books"), I felt a twinge...
by Rich Cowley
03/04/03 07:04 PM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Greater Magic
Replies: 117
Views: 41685

Re: Favourite PR stunt by a magician?

One of my favorite stunts was pulled decades ago by Arnold Furst, I think. (If I remember correctly, Furst describes it in more detail in his book...) He was flying L.A.-to-Hawaii, and phoned ahead to ask a reporter in Honolulu to go out and buy a fresh deck of cards, shuffle them thoroughly, and re...
by Rich Cowley
02/19/03 10:35 AM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Favourite PR stunt by a magician?
Replies: 4
Views: 245

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