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Re: $5000 ad for a "magician"

I think the condemnation/acclamation thing is true from both directions in multiple situations. That being said, just using magicians at business events is not a key to business success. The successful businesses use magic successfully and choose credible presenters. There are certainly many more ex...
by Joe M. Turner
05/07/12 03:16 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: $5000 ad for a "magician"
Replies: 16
Views: 1646

Re: $5000 ad for a "magician"

Just for clarity - I'm not overlooking the intrinsic value of entertainment. Heck, I am 12 years into a fulltime career based largely on the intrinsic value of entertainment. I have written on it before. The two blog posts on my blog immediately prior to the one linked above delve into that very ide...
by Joe M. Turner
05/07/12 09:41 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: $5000 ad for a "magician"
Replies: 16
Views: 1646

Re: $5000 ad for a "magician"

Frankly, I think they're right to question having anyone with the title "magician" at the conference. Left or right, the fact is that "magician" and even "mentalist" are terms that drip with low-end entertainment kitsch, and do not sound like value-adds for a business c...
by Joe M. Turner
05/07/12 08:22 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: $5000 ad for a "magician"
Replies: 16
Views: 1646

Re: $5000 ad for a "magician"

Eric Henning was quoted in a Politico article addressing this issue yesterday: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://goo.gl/BIXwc">http://goo.gl/BIXwc</a><!-- m --> I am quoted extensively in an article in Government Executive magazine today: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://goo.gl/ye...
by Joe M. Turner
05/04/12 05:28 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: $5000 ad for a "magician"
Replies: 16
Views: 1646

Re: Hank Lee

I think there is a world of difference between being willing to examine potential motivations for crimes and actually morally excusing them. Nobody here is excusing or justifying the crimes that were committed. I don't like it when people put words in my mouth - I can only imagine the Chief Genii fe...
by Joe M. Turner
04/02/12 12:42 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 68735

Re: Hank Lee

I spoke to RG in person today in Atlanta while at the Gathering for Gardner. As I was told, at multiple steps along the timeline of the legal proceedings RG apparently offered to settle the whole matter for pennies on the dollar. It is utterly incomprehensible to me why this went all the way to fede...
by Joe M. Turner
03/31/12 11:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 68735

Re: Genii’s Joe Turner Atlanta Magician-o-the-Year

Thanks guys!
by Joe M. Turner
01/13/11 12:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii’s Joe Turner Atlanta Magician-o-the-Year
Replies: 2
Views: 637

Re: Shenanigans the Irish Magic Convention

Good call!

"Shenanigans" was also the name of my one-man parlor show that played for over 2 years in Atlanta (Buckhead). It's a word I don't see often, so it caught my attention!
by Joe M. Turner
01/11/11 10:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shenanigans the Irish Magic Convention
Replies: 27
Views: 3799

Re: Shenanigans the Irish Magic Convention

Nice name.
by Joe M. Turner
01/10/11 09:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shenanigans the Irish Magic Convention
Replies: 27
Views: 3799

Re: Genii Staff Member Elected to Magic Circle

Thanks everyone!
by Joe M. Turner
02/09/10 10:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Staff Member Elected to Magic Circle
Replies: 6
Views: 868

Re: David Berglas, eat your heart out.

Never mind.
by Joe M. Turner
11/14/09 03:46 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: David Berglas, eat your heart out.
Replies: 43
Views: 4053

Re: David Berglas, eat your heart out.

I was thinking in terms of "easy outs" - just enough to get through that moment and then move on to another routine. In my mind, I was thinking to cull the named card into position to get ready for a top change or more likely a color change ("Actually, this really is the 2 of clubs......
by Joe M. Turner
11/13/09 09:27 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: David Berglas, eat your heart out.
Replies: 43
Views: 4053

Re: Home Video of Gary Ouellet on Youtube

One of my favorite close-up magic books! Thanks for the link, David.
by Joe M. Turner
11/12/09 07:45 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Home Video of Gary Ouellet on Youtube
Replies: 7
Views: 1507

Re: David Berglas, eat your heart out.

The guy wasn't being belligerent. It's not like he violently wrested the cards from my hands - he asked for them before he took them from me. I was in a 4-hour hospitality setting and he was in the mood to be mildly challenging with the magician... a little assertive, but definitely from a "I c...
by Joe M. Turner
11/11/09 03:00 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: David Berglas, eat your heart out.
Replies: 43
Views: 4053

Re: David Berglas, eat your heart out.

Richard: I appreciate your observation. I think if you had been there, you might have a different take on how I was handling myself and the spectators. This was an unusual circumstance, he was being a bit pushy but not super negative, and I was confident enough in my ability to reach a successful co...
by Joe M. Turner
11/11/09 12:12 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: David Berglas, eat your heart out.
Replies: 43
Views: 4053

David Berglas, eat your heart out.

Over the past few years I have been performing a couple of versions of the Berglas effect, aka "Any Card at Any Number." I also perform some other card routines that have certain elements in common with that effect, which allows me some useful leeway in various situations. Monday night I p...
by Joe M. Turner
11/11/09 08:37 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: David Berglas, eat your heart out.
Replies: 43
Views: 4053

Re: Magic Christian Trick?

I believe at least one of them is designed to bend when placed on your palm, a la the "Fortunetelling Fish."
by Joe M. Turner
09/03/09 09:04 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Christian Trick?
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Noteworthy show October 8-11 in Chattanooga, TN

I know that many of you will be interested in this. On October 8-11, illusionist Ken Hartley is doing a show in Chattanooga, TN. Ken is a minister by vocation, and he's also an excellent actor and illusionist. (In fact, we first met when we were both cast in a musical theater production in Atlanta.)...
by Joe M. Turner
08/31/09 01:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Noteworthy show October 8-11 in Chattanooga, TN
Replies: 0
Views: 142

Re: Magic stores in Atlanta?

Eddie's is in Marietta and in Duluth. There is no magic shop in the city proper. Magic Masters has no retail locations in metro-Atlanta anymore. The SAM meets Tuesday night the 14th. I have a gig and will not be there. I do have a show Saturday midday but could probably squeeze in a visit in the aft...
by Joe M. Turner
04/08/09 01:04 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic stores in Atlanta?
Replies: 8
Views: 4357

Re: World Magic Seminar

Somebody explain the bad Sinatra impersonator at a magic convention??????????????? Strange indeed. At another magic convention last weekend (Winter Carnival in Pigeon Forge, TN), there was also a Sinatra act... although I don't think 'impersonator' is accurate as he looked, dressed, and sounded not...
by Joe M. Turner
03/09/09 11:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: World Magic Seminar
Replies: 32
Views: 8331

Re: Ali Bongo - R.I.P

Heard the news via Facebook this morning while departing the Winter Carnival convention in Tennessee. Needless to say, magician after magician reacted with sadness at the news followed by words of immense respect for his work and gratitude for having known him. I shared his company on several occasi...
by Joe M. Turner
03/08/09 04:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ali Bongo - R.I.P
Replies: 42
Views: 7472

Re: Copperfields Set List

My favorite DC illusion is The Voyeur. Is he still doing that one?
by Joe M. Turner
02/22/09 07:01 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Copperfields Set List
Replies: 8
Views: 1878

Re: World's Greatest Potential Sleight of Hand Artist Just Born

Don't tease the boy. I'm sure some day he'll make some woman very happy.

I think he wins the contest for best use of the pointer anomaly.
by Joe M. Turner
02/01/09 11:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: World's Greatest Potential Sleight of Hand Artist Just Born
Replies: 15
Views: 1549

Re: The New Edition of Steve Forte's Gaming Protection Series is IN MY HANDS!

I received a copy here in the metro-Atlanta area today. Haven't popped it in to view yet, but the packaging reeks of thoughtfulness and thoroughness. This was obviously done with attention to fine details. I am anxious to start watching!
by Joe M. Turner
01/24/09 10:29 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The New Edition of Steve Forte's Gaming Protection Series is IN MY HANDS!
Replies: 9
Views: 2184

Re: Kid talking about his purchases from Penguin

I love "I've been in magic three days...I'm really good...." I really hope it is satire...then again, for a while I held onto the hope that Sarah Palin was actually a brilliant improvisational comic and that the couric interviews were performance art...we'll see with this kid.... N. Natha...
by Joe M. Turner
01/13/09 04:24 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Kid talking about his purchases from Penguin
Replies: 30
Views: 4556

Re: Josh Jay

FYI -- Josh announced via his Facebook status today that he will be on Good Morning America on Monday and "this time he ain't takin no [censored]."

There you have it!
by Joe M. Turner
01/08/09 03:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Josh Jay
Replies: 205
Views: 71174

Re: Rare & OOP books for sale - FREE shipping!

No worries! Just wanted to make sure I had done everything right on my side...
by Joe M. Turner
01/06/09 05:10 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Rare & OOP books for sale - FREE shipping!
Replies: 15
Views: 1455

Re: Rare & OOP books for sale - FREE shipping!

I have sent payment for several of these which are not yet marked sold. Is everything okay?
by Joe M. Turner
01/06/09 03:50 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Rare & OOP books for sale - FREE shipping!
Replies: 15
Views: 1455

Re: BIG change at the Magic Castle

My anonymous source relays the following: As of 1/2/09: - MFB and AMA did not reach an agreement - Property sale did not happen - AMA has changed the locks, taken control of food & beverage service, and has removed MFB from the building - A hearing is set for Monday - Current MFB staff (bar, ser...
by Joe M. Turner
01/04/09 12:21 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: BIG change at the Magic Castle
Replies: 36
Views: 4749

Re: BIG change at the Magic Castle

Huge. Thanks for letting us know...
by Joe M. Turner
01/03/09 07:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: BIG change at the Magic Castle
Replies: 36
Views: 4749

Unwedding Ring (January 2009) - video

For those interested, I've uploaded a video of the "Unwedding Ring" move. (It's 50MB, about 6 minutes.) This is some of the same footage I shared with David Acer when he was writing up the move. I thought it might be helpful if anyone wanted to see it. I'm especially proud of the footage a...
by Joe M. Turner
12/31/08 11:11 AM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Unwedding Ring (January 2009) - video
Replies: 6
Views: 3478

Re: Suitcase sizes for airtravel

I've used Charvet tables in my acts for the last 5 years or so... one of the better investments I've made. In the most recent case where I had tight turnarounds, I shipped a duplicate set of props to the hotel prior to the show. I flew from a prior gig with only a carry-on bag... left the airport, s...
by Joe M. Turner
12/30/08 11:04 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Suitcase sizes for airtravel
Replies: 16
Views: 5487

Re: "Magicians Only" clip from "Arrested Development"

The Cooks of Wonder, volume 2.
by Joe M. Turner
12/30/08 08:43 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: "Magicians Only" clip from "Arrested Development"
Replies: 3
Views: 972

Re: [censored] on You Tube!

Opie, I invite you to re-read what I wrote. You are certainly implying that I said something unkind or dismissive. What I know of [censored] and his personality totally supports my expectations as to his likely reaction. The thing that is strange is that you seem to have a predilection for dropping ...
by Joe M. Turner
12/30/08 12:21 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: [censored] on You Tube!
Replies: 27
Views: 5915

Re: Cryptic Crosswords

Josh, I enjoyed it a lot. I had to peek at the solution a couple of times until I got the hang of it but now that I "get it," I'm looking forward to the next puzzle!
by Joe M. Turner
12/28/08 12:00 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Cryptic Crosswords
Replies: 12
Views: 2020

Kudos to Michael Close - January 2009 MUM!

Just got the January 2009 MUM -- it looks great and I'm impressed by several of the new ideas that Michael is bringing to the publication. I remember how exciting it was when John Moehring took the helm and really propelled the magazine forward in so many ways. I have that same feeling now. I've alw...
by Joe M. Turner
12/27/08 02:45 PM
 
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Kudos to Michael Close - January 2009 MUM!
Replies: 5
Views: 2059

Re: [censored] on You Tube!

Knowing you're still being discussed on a board from which you've been repeatedly banned: Priceless.
by Joe M. Turner
12/27/08 12:51 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: [censored] on You Tube!
Replies: 27
Views: 5915

Re: Magic memory square..

RE: Anderson's square availability

I don't know. I have not seen his notes or the props marketed outside his lecture.
by Joe M. Turner
12/27/08 10:10 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic memory square..
Replies: 35
Views: 1851

Re: Magic memory square..

The magic square I use is the first item in The Lost Notebooks of John Northern Hilliard. It does require mnemonics for each square, but I like the fact that all the numbers end up close -- there are no obvious outliers. I saw Harry Anderson's lecture on the topic and I admire his work. His presenta...
by Joe M. Turner
12/26/08 08:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic memory square..
Replies: 35
Views: 1851

Re: Merry Christmas Eve Day from the Folks at Genii

Awaiting Santa duty... I just want to wish everyone the blessings of the holy season, and offer my fondest wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2009.

Merry Christmas!
by Joe M. Turner
12/24/08 09:12 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Merry Christmas Eve Day from the Folks at Genii
Replies: 6
Views: 1227
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