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FISM Registration for sale

Turns out I cannot attend FISM, so I have a registration for sale. I bought when they first went on sale, and so it comes with good seats in the theatre(s). According to the FISM website, registrations are sold out. So, if you waited to attend but hesitated, here's your chance. Selling for $700 (550...
by John Lovick
04/19/15 08:55 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FISM Registration for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 186

Want to Buy. Poorly printed Blue Bicycles.

I need some Blue Bicycles cards where the back design is printed off-center, i.e., there is a big discrepancy between the widths of the side (not end) borders. Quality control at USPCC is such that it shouldn't take much to find some. Anyone have such a deck I could purchase? Does not need to be a f...
by John Lovick
03/07/15 01:42 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Want to Buy. Poorly printed Blue Bicycles.
Replies: 0
Views: 313

Re: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer

Brad, I didn't think that you (or Dustin) were attacking him, but your message did read a little snarky. Your follow up makes it clear that that was not your intention. But there were points I wanted to make even if I hadn't sensed that.
by John Lovick
02/18/15 02:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer
Replies: 7
Views: 1114

Re: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer

This is almost too obvious to even write, but a subject has no control over what a reporter writes about him, or how s/he chooses to label him. That being said, I don't think I know anyone who embraces the label "magician" more fiercely than DelGaudio. When "Nothing to Hide" was ...
by John Lovick
02/18/15 01:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer
Replies: 7
Views: 1114

For Sale: Steranko Genii Escape Issue

I have for sale a copy of the 1964 Steranko Escape issue of Genii magazine.

It is in good condition. I am asking $75 plus $5 shipping.

Any questions, email me.

John Lovick
323-459-7671
Jack@Handsomejack.com
by John Lovick
08/25/14 06:06 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale: Steranko Genii Escape Issue
Replies: 0
Views: 188

Re: Academy of Magical Arts Awards Show in April

Craig Mitchell,

The dates for the 2015 Awards Show have not been set, and won't be until after this year's Awards Show. But they will almost certainly be in late March or early April. Is there a particular reason you want to know?
by John Lovick
02/21/14 09:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Academy of Magical Arts Awards Show in April
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Looking for magic quotes

I’m collecting quotes from pop culture and historical sources, etc. about magic and magicians. If you have favorite quotes, or things you’ve found in books, etc. Please send them to me at Jack@Handsomejack.com Here are some examples of the kinds of quotes I’m looking for. It’s in the very trickery t...
by John Lovick
01/29/14 02:47 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for magic quotes
Replies: 46
Views: 7033

WTB August M-U-M with Goudeau on the cover

Would like to buy the August 2013 M-U-M with Michael Goudeau on the cover.

If you have a copy you'd be willing to sell, please send me an email.

Thanks

John Lovick
Jack@Handsomejack.com
by John Lovick
10/05/13 05:22 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB August M-U-M with Goudeau on the cover
Replies: 0
Views: 150

Re: Stephen Hobbs' Labyrinth Magazine

It's hard to say what a full run of Labyrinth is worth because complete files so rarely come up for sale.
by John Lovick
06/18/13 01:40 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stephen Hobbs' Labyrinth Magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 1291

Re: Stephen Hobbs' Labyrinth Magazine

One of the reasons Hobbs is unlikely to reprint Labyrinth as a book is because a lot of the material was from Steve Mayhew, and later this year Stephen Minch (that's three Steves in one sentence!) is scheduled to publish a compilation of Steve Mayhew's card magic. (I compiled/wrote this book). Of co...
by John Lovick
06/18/13 01:37 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stephen Hobbs' Labyrinth Magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 1291

Re: Do you agree with Tamariz?

Interestingly enough, in "Deceptive Practice" the documentary about Ricky Jay, Ricky says almost the opposite. Don't have an exact quote, but he says he likes books but the only (or best) way to learn magic is one on one from a mentor.
by John Lovick
05/24/13 03:18 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Do you agree with Tamariz?
Replies: 30
Views: 4528

Re: Great Seats Released for Castle Awards

Here is just a partial list of the people who will be at the AMA Awards Show on Sunday. (Some of them will actually be in the show). Juan Tamariz, Siegfried, Dave Williamson, Johnny & Pam Thompson, Mac King, Norm Nielsen, Steve Valentine, Luis de Matos, Michael Weber, Jason Alexander, Neil Patri...
by John Lovick
04/01/13 02:56 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Great Seats Released for Castle Awards
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: Great Seats Released for Castle Awards

Just over a week away from the 45th Annual AMA Awards Show. Since it's the 50 year Anniversary, co-producer Rob Zabrecky and I have really gone out of our way to produce an exciting show with several surprises, including a couple once in a lifetime moments. There are still great seats at all price r...
by John Lovick
03/30/13 06:16 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Great Seats Released for Castle Awards
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: Dolts in the Media and Royal Road to Card Magic

I agree "sleights of hand" is weird, but it is not necessarily incorrect. Sleight of hand is the generic phrase to describe manipulative magic in general. But if you were speaking more specifically or particularly about certain moves, for example, then "sleights of hand" is the c...
by John Lovick
03/26/13 01:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dolts in the Media and Royal Road to Card Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Great Seats Released for Castle Awards

The 45th Annual AMA Awards Show is exactly one month away, and I have some exciting news. We were able to release a block of really great seats. The entire second row (fantastic seats!) are now available for sale. See the show up close amid all the nominees, performers, and presenters. You don't hav...
by John Lovick
03/08/13 12:48 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Great Seats Released for Castle Awards
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: 45th Annual AMA (Magic Castle) Awards Show

Tickets are now on sale. You can find them at TicketMaster.com.
Search "Academy of Magical Arts".
by John Lovick
02/16/13 03:25 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: 45th Annual AMA (Magic Castle) Awards Show
Replies: 2
Views: 626

45th Annual AMA (Magic Castle) Awards Show

Tickets for the 45th Annual AMA Awards Show go on sale TOMORROW (Feb. 15th). More info and a link to buy tickets will be up on the Castle's website tomorrow. <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.MagicCastle.com">www.MagicCastle.com</a><!-- w --> Co-producer, Rob Zabrecky and I are very exc...
by John Lovick
02/14/13 06:11 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: 45th Annual AMA (Magic Castle) Awards Show
Replies: 2
Views: 626

WTB Spirit Slates (Want to Buy)

I'm looking to buy a set of Bazar de Magia Spirit Slates. Looking for the original magnetic model (they have a newer version of the magnetic model). Email me if you have any for sale Jack@Handsomejack.com
by John Lovick
01/17/13 09:33 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Spirit Slates (Want to Buy)
Replies: 0
Views: 110

Re: 2012 In Review

Thank you Richard. And just once, I wish someone would accuse ME of being insane. It'd be a nice contrast to the labels usually hurled my way.
by John Lovick
01/02/13 07:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2012 In Review
Replies: 46
Views: 3489

Re: 2012 In Review

Richard, I have to get one more point off my chest. The notion that the only theatre that counts are New York/Broadway productions may have been true 100 years ago, but no informed person has believed that for the last 40 years. Even artists who only work on Broadway stopped believing that 20 years ...
by John Lovick
01/02/13 05:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2012 In Review
Replies: 46
Views: 3489

Re: 2012 In Review

Glad you clarified that everything you included was from stuff posted here. Puts things in a better context. Anyway, here's the thread <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=277718&Searchpage=1&Main=40634&Words=derek...
by John Lovick
01/02/13 04:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2012 In Review
Replies: 46
Views: 3489

Re: 2012 In Review

Richard, That's ridiculous. You thought a shorter, smaller informal version of this show that only ran for a few performances was important enough to run an entire article about in your magazine. But a much longer version with a very successful run at a legitimate theatre with rave reviews is not wo...
by John Lovick
01/02/13 04:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2012 In Review
Replies: 46
Views: 3489

Re: 2012 In Review

Dustin, I have to say I can't believe there was absolutely no mention of one of the bigger stories of the year. "Nothing to Hide" at the Geffen Theatre. The show completely sold out its six week run, and has extended four weeks (and will almost certainly extend beyond that). It was even re...
by John Lovick
01/02/13 03:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2012 In Review
Replies: 46
Views: 3489

Re: Card Warp

Got hold of an original manuscript. Got my question answered. Thanks to all who responded.
by John Lovick
12/20/12 11:29 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Card Warp
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Card Warp

Does anyone have the original Roy Walton manuscript for "Card Warp". I'm trying to confirm a few facts about it. Please email me at: Jack@Handsomejack.com
by John Lovick
12/20/12 05:30 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Card Warp
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Re: Bible, almanack, and prayer-book

I thought EVERYONE knew the number value of the joker is 1.24. It's obvious when you think about it.
by John Lovick
12/06/12 06:35 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Bible, almanack, and prayer-book
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Eleven Magic Books for Sale

Seven books left. LOWERING PRICES. Here is what is available. Classic Magic of Larry Jennings by Mike Maxwell. Dust Jacket Spine slightly faded. Inscribed by Larry Jennings. $50 Magic of Matt Schulien $50 Simon Says by Simon Lovell $30 Magic of Slydini $15 Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic $10 Fechter $1...
by John Lovick
11/16/12 02:43 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Eleven Magic Books for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 412

Eleven Magic Books for Sale

Selling the following 11 hardback books. Add $5 for shipping for one book. Will combine shipping for multiple books. John Lovick 3946 1/2 Fredonia Dr. LA CA 90068 <!-- e --><a href="mailto:Jack@Handsomejack.com">Jack@Handsomejack.com</a><!-- e --> 323-459-7671 Annotated Erdnase by Darwin Ortiz. Dust...
by John Lovick
11/14/12 10:44 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Eleven Magic Books for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 412

Re: Kreskin

Can anyone explain to me what CMA and APL were supposed to mean?
by John Lovick
11/12/12 10:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kreskin
Replies: 28
Views: 3182

Re: Kreskin

That was one of the worst predicitons or performances of mentalism I've ever seen in my life. Just awful and confusing and convoluted and unconvincing.
by John Lovick
11/12/12 10:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kreskin
Replies: 28
Views: 3182

Re: "too perfect" theory

"Too perfect" overlaps often with "too impossible", and discussions of too impossible are amusing for the same reasons. Can there be degrees of impossibility? Isn't it a binary proposition?
by John Lovick
10/23/12 01:37 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "too perfect" theory
Replies: 72
Views: 4267

Re: "too perfect" theory

I'm not certain if you're critical of the way Johnsson articulates the theory through his examples, or if you simply don't comprehend how the theory can be applied to other effects. Johnsson himself didn't comprehend how to apply the theory to other effects... because there is no theory. The ONLY i...
by John Lovick
10/21/12 06:27 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "too perfect" theory
Replies: 72
Views: 4267

Re: "too perfect" theory

You covered the first three pages. While those pages might not technically be the introduction, his "theory" is NOT spelled out in those first three pages. It comes half a page later. That theory -- which is the essence of the essay, and the things you wrote about are not; they are just th...
by John Lovick
10/21/12 05:01 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "too perfect" theory
Replies: 72
Views: 4267

Re: "too perfect" theory

This is what I learned by reading Johnsson's essay. There is nothing "muddling" nor "contradictory" about any of this.


All of what you quote is just the introduction. NONE of that are elements of his (contradictory) "theory".
by John Lovick
10/20/12 08:43 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "too perfect" theory
Replies: 72
Views: 4267

Re: "too perfect" theory

How is that card effect not perfect enough? If you keep reading in the essay, you will see exactly why that card effect isn't perfect enough. Because of the structure it's obvious that all the cards are the same, and the spectator figured it out. THAT'S how it's not perfect enough. If you could pro...
by John Lovick
10/20/12 08:29 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "too perfect" theory
Replies: 72
Views: 4267

Re: "too perfect" theory

To me, the issue was never "too perfect" - it was always "too obvious". I've always said the same thing. Rick Johnsson's original essay is a muddled contradictory bunch of ideas. In every one of his examples, the trick is never "too perfect" it is always not perfect en...
by John Lovick
10/20/12 02:05 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "too perfect" theory
Replies: 72
Views: 4267

Re: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder

Gibson's name for the Spider Vanish was the misdirection drop and it is in the February 1919 issue of The Sphinx.
by John Lovick
08/30/12 08:21 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder
Replies: 22
Views: 4582

Re: The Berglas Effect

Given a fixed deck size, the first choice would be 24/48, the second would be 23/47, the third 22/46,..., the last choice would be 1/25.


The last card (like every one before) is a fifty-fifty shot. How can you say the last choice would be 1/25?
by John Lovick
08/05/12 01:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Berglas Effect
Replies: 120
Views: 10369

Re: The Berglas Effect

No. 52 decks would do it, because each deck covers 52 possibilities. Therefore 52 decks would cover all 2704 (52*52) possibilities. Imagine the first deck is in new deck order. For the second deck move just one card from the bottom to the top, for the third deck move the two cards from the bottom to...
by John Lovick
08/04/12 03:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Berglas Effect
Replies: 120
Views: 10369

Re: The Berglas Effect

For a long time I thought the probability of ACAAN was 1/52*52, but then I had a Ph.D. genius friend of mine explain it to me. If you were to have a written prediction that said what card the spectator names and the number they call, then the probability is indeed 1/2704, but your prediction is a de...
by John Lovick
08/04/12 03:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Berglas Effect
Replies: 120
Views: 10369
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