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Re: FISM Starts off with a Narcissistic Bang

Just read the welcome note from the FISM program. What a whiney insecure little man Derek Lever is. I'm appauled that FISM leaders allowed that defamous article to be printed in the program.
by MagicBilly
07/10/12 11:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Starts off with a Narcissistic Bang
Replies: 37
Views: 7350

Re: Insurance question

Jim,

In my case the insurance company needed an art appraisal to set the premium, but again both pieces were over the value to cover it under the homeowners policy.

db and photos are used if/when the insurance co challenges the claim.
by MagicBilly
05/18/11 05:47 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Insurance question
Replies: 6
Views: 1490

Re: Insurance question

What Dustin said. I just went through a similar review of coverage. Most insurance companies cover incidentals under the homeowners policy. When individual items exceed $10k, they place it under a special policy (jewelry, art, etc.) Dustin's database and photographs is a valuable way to support any ...
by MagicBilly
05/18/11 09:46 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Insurance question
Replies: 6
Views: 1490

Re: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS

I find the red ink issue to be very disturbing... About two year's ago, the focus was to build a cash war chest and they did that well. To see a huge drop in cash over last year is disconcerting, especially with MacPherson out of the picture. If I recall correctly, the AMA controller said throughou...
by MagicBilly
04/23/11 03:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS
Replies: 181
Views: 23669

Re: Magic Castle

I miss the Castle. Where else can you go in the world to see stellar magic 6 hours a night, 7 days a week, near 365 a year - and I ain't just talking showrooms! I first saw Steve Valentine before his Crossing Jordan days. Let's just say, I saw him more than once that night - out the door and back in...
by MagicBilly
03/01/11 12:13 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Castle
Replies: 1
Views: 600

R.I.P - Charles "Prentice" Taylor

A dear friend of mine and wonderful magician, collector and lover of magic, Prentice Taylor, passed away in Dec. 16, 2010. He was 79. I first met Prennie at a family party when I was a young kid of 10. He was the first to pull a coin from my ear and every meeting thereafter, I eagerly awaited his ne...
by MagicBilly
01/03/11 04:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P - Charles "Prentice" Taylor
Replies: 3
Views: 1150

Re: Accessing the Genii Forum

...So I wonder what the issue is? Hi Richard, I too have noticed a slower than usual page loads for > 4 mo's (Firefox). When I look deeper into this matter from my side, I found the added time is tied to the sidebar ads/content. An additional second or two isn't a problem for me, but as you raise t...
by MagicBilly
12/14/10 03:50 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Accessing the Genii Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 3136

Re: I think this qualifies as magic porn

I think thumbtip magic qualifies more than this infomercial, but yes, cute young women will attract more young teenage magic geeks.

JMHO
by MagicBilly
10/07/10 07:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I think this qualifies as magic porn
Replies: 79
Views: 7910

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

Alan, don't compromise with me--it's my board! People will just grow tired of you and your complaints. Save it for when you have some actual news to report. Good point Richard...and on that note. With respect to Alan's opening post, which infers AMA's control over Milt's ability to improve the Cast...
by MagicBilly
09/01/10 12:40 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 32210

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

Robert L is a smart man and saavy businessman.

I doubt highly he is not fully aware of the situation and owner of the anonymous post. I suspect the BoD must talk and agree prior to posting/discussing anything.
by MagicBilly
08/09/10 01:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 32210

Re: How to make money doing close up magic!

looking forward to a repeatrepeathustler post.
by MagicBilly
08/09/10 01:46 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: How to make money doing close up magic!
Replies: 22
Views: 3748

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

...there is no need for Cabaret shows or any Non Magic Events...except for special occasions... I must disagree Liderc. All things aside, there is a pressing need to increase revenue and sadly magic has not and highly probably alone cannot support this current need. That said... There's the piano t...
by MagicBilly
07/22/10 08:25 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 32210

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

Spot on Jim, speculation leads nowhere. I personally dislike feeding the rumor mill and hence my post.
by MagicBilly
07/17/10 02:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 32210

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

Ahhh, cryptic messages - Alan you take the cake. Lisa thanks for clarifying. New times, a new lease quandry and the economy has pushed the AMA into a different, let's say more structured business model. While I wholeheartedly support MAGIC FIRST (thanks Max for the succinct-ness of this message), th...
by MagicBilly
07/17/10 11:39 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 32210

Re: Well, This Will Be Interesting ...

I can see it now. For Sale: Vintage Genii e-zines in rare PDF format. Add to your already wonderful paper collector's edition with this electronic version of... Opening bid $0.32 --------- Now with respect to codec's, every electronic publisher will now be expected to maintain their archives in the ...
by MagicBilly
06/25/10 10:12 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Well, This Will Be Interesting ...
Replies: 94
Views: 5375

Re: Luigi

I do not know.
by MagicBilly
05/24/10 01:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Luigi
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Luigi

A sad note (quote) from Milt Larsen, "Luigi,the parrot and the best part of Dana Daniels act, passed away yesterday at the brunch shows. He had been with Dana for 29 years. In the best show business tradition, he gave his last for his last performance. Our sympathies with Dana and his family. A...
by MagicBilly
05/24/10 12:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Luigi
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Re: Best books relating to theory behind deception in magic

uuuuuhhhhh, Fitzkee trilogy
by MagicBilly
03/28/10 11:00 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Best books relating to theory behind deception in magic
Replies: 6
Views: 1642

Re: And the Academy (Magic Castle) Award Nominees Are...

Hi mai-ling, The Academy of Magical Arts is the organization and the Magic Castle is their clubhouse. Anyone can become a member though magician members must pass the audition process. One does not have to be a member to perform at the Castle. The awards in question are given out by the Academy to t...
by MagicBilly
03/23/10 11:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: And the Academy (Magic Castle) Award Nominees Are...
Replies: 26
Views: 2321

Re: And the Academy (Magic Castle) Award Nominees Are...

Clearly my error in putting too many commas too close to all those periods.

Score another for Dustin. Those eligible for fellowships, Magician of the Year, et al don't necessarily perform during the nomination year.

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by MagicBilly
03/23/10 10:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: And the Academy (Magic Castle) Award Nominees Are...
Replies: 26
Views: 2321

Re: And the Academy (Magic Castle) Award Nominees Are...

mai-ling, IMO, you are essentially correct. The terminology is misleading as these are awards given by the Academy of Magical Arts for acts performed at the Magic Castle. It is kinda synonymous with baseball's World Series in that not all countries participate. There are though fellowship, lifetime ...
by MagicBilly
03/23/10 08:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: And the Academy (Magic Castle) Award Nominees Are...
Replies: 26
Views: 2321

Re: And the Academy (Magic Castle) Award Nominees Are...

Correct me if I'm wrong Mark... The intention of the Blue Ribbon Committee, of which I was a member, was designed to limit nominations, not voting, to a select few (25 or so) members who regularly visited the Castle and had seen the actual performance/lecture that year. How reasonably could the enti...
by MagicBilly
03/22/10 11:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: And the Academy (Magic Castle) Award Nominees Are...
Replies: 26
Views: 2321

Idle time - can you beat Jeff or Julianna

Through a neat search engine (<!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.stumbleupon.com">www.stumbleupon.com</a><!-- w -->) I came across this site to amuse and burn up precious time. <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.cardtoss.com">www.cardtoss.com</a><!-- w --> Hummm...Genii Forum...
by MagicBilly
03/11/10 04:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Idle time - can you beat Jeff or Julianna
Replies: 0
Views: 197

Re: What are for you the main ingredients for good magic?

Hi Philippe, For me, anything (words, effect, moment, etc.) that creates a feeling or emotional response the audience or audience member wants is my key ingredient. Kinda like tugging at one's heart strings, though I have seen it backfire (e.g. calling back dead relatives, etc.). Affecting emotions ...
by MagicBilly
03/01/10 04:38 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: What are for you the main ingredients for good magic?
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Origin of Abracadabra

Found this out on the web. Thought it interesting.

"The magic word "Abracadabra" was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever."
by MagicBilly
03/01/10 04:31 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Origin of Abracadabra
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: RE: Help converting VHS to DVD - Money in YOUR pocket

For what it's worth... An brief update on my adventures in VHS/audio tape -> digital conversion. After talking briefly with Damian off-line, reading more and contacting Elgato sales, I took the leap and purchased the EyeTV250 Plus - first considered Elgato's Video Capture device. It does everything ...
by MagicBilly
02/14/10 01:30 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: RE: Help converting VHS to DVD - Money in YOUR pocket
Replies: 29
Views: 3167

Re: Shameless Plug!

I haven't even watched it yet and shout to the world that Suzanne is a wonderful performer. I have had the opportunity to watch her perform her act at the Castle for many years while I lived in L.A.. Trust me, it ain't just the Cups and Balls that shines in her performance. Just and all around great...
by MagicBilly
02/07/10 10:52 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Shameless Plug!
Replies: 9
Views: 1510

Re: RE: Help converting VHS to DVD - Money in YOUR pocket

Thx mrgoat, you've helped me in figgering out all this stuff.

Jonathan - for me, I am archiving 1) primarily for longevity (tape degredation and stretch) and 2) to avoid dragging a VHS machine where ever I want to watch them.
by MagicBilly
02/02/10 10:42 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: RE: Help converting VHS to DVD - Money in YOUR pocket
Replies: 29
Views: 3167

Re: RE: Help converting VHS to DVD - Money in YOUR pocket

I too have been looking for a device to archive tapes (audio and video) to a digital format. I've been relatively apprehensive about dongle devices I've seen on the net, but want one given their compact size. You've got the windows only, win/mac and mac only devices, so which you choose I've found t...
by MagicBilly
02/02/10 02:28 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: RE: Help converting VHS to DVD - Money in YOUR pocket
Replies: 29
Views: 3167

Re: Are you a member of The Magic Circle?

Me too, but stopped after feeling a bit disconnected and disenchanted living across the pond. Was in London once during my membership but missed the Monday gathering. Hindsight, I wish I had made it to their headquarters. I was fortunate to be proposed and tested by a wonderful group of MIMC's and w...
by MagicBilly
11/13/09 09:50 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Are you a member of The Magic Circle?
Replies: 134
Views: 15044

Inquiry - Johnson Card Shuffler

Hi everyone, I'm not sure if I posted this in the right category, if not would the admins please re-categorize. I picked up a vintage Johnson Card Shuffler at a local town swap meet and am curious about it. I googled it and found this picture and brief dscription of it Card Shuffler . A hand-crank, ...
by MagicBilly
09/12/09 06:02 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Inquiry - Johnson Card Shuffler
Replies: 1
Views: 888

Re: WTB: Finger Choppers!

The brand of finger chopper I purchased was SKIL. Clean, quick, but unfortunately the blood loss was more than my liking, so I had the orthopedist close it back up.

At least no one can tell me to pull my thumb out of my arse.
by MagicBilly
06/13/09 04:06 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Finger Choppers!
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: Sigfried and Roy on 20/20 Tonight!

Thank you Siegfried and Roy for your years of dedication to magic and entertainment.
by MagicBilly
03/07/09 04:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sigfried and Roy on 20/20 Tonight!
Replies: 10
Views: 1766

Re: Who will be the next David Copperfield?

Ken Northridge wrote:Well said David.

Give Chris credit where its due though, he is a master at publicity...


Don't you mean, Chris' publicist is a master at publicity?
by MagicBilly
02/19/09 10:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who will be the next David Copperfield?
Replies: 132
Views: 18481

Re: Magic in the Philippines

You probably already found this on the net, but just in case...

http://www.pro-magic.net/performers/?co ... hilippines
by MagicBilly
02/10/09 12:50 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic in the Philippines
Replies: 1
Views: 723

Re: CA visits Hogwarts

It was great
by MagicBilly
02/10/09 12:19 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: CA visits Hogwarts
Replies: 2
Views: 834

Re: Tax Time Tips for Magician's

Some great pointers; however... From the CPA world, one of the top five deductions that increase the risk 10-fold that your return will be flagged for review and possible audit is claiming home ofice deductions. Legit expenses or not, the rules around claiming home office deductions are quite narrow...
by MagicBilly
02/05/09 12:37 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Tax Time Tips for Magician's
Replies: 3
Views: 1177

Re: Cups and Balls

A bit of a loaded question, but I have always been a fan of Johnson cups, primarily for that heavy feel. For larger loads, I have heard nothing but good things about Gazzo cups.
by MagicBilly
02/03/09 03:54 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 17
Views: 3513

Re: Mac King at the Magic Castle

If memory serves, there was a $20 charge for the two shows. Max recommended that these funds be set aside to establish a lodging fund for travelling performers. Bravo.
by MagicBilly
01/27/09 02:06 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Mac King at the Magic Castle
Replies: 3
Views: 1094

Re: BIG change at the Magic Castle

Does "did not happen" mean not yet or won't ? Only a handful know, so speculation is futile. Thinking simply here. Until escrow closes, the Glovers own the property. Albeit the lease expired 12/31/08, the Glovers remain in control as to who there lessee is. Though intertwined, that and who...
by MagicBilly
01/04/09 12:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: BIG change at the Magic Castle
Replies: 36
Views: 4803
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