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Re: Magic for a 14 YO?

I'll chime in with another vote for Knack Magic. It has a good selection of tricks with different props and skill levels. I bought the book because I was hired to give some lessons and I had never really learned beginning magic. I ended up using the trick called 'Mix Em Up' (Will the Cards Match?) i...
by Mark Collier
03/02/14 04:34 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic for a 14 YO?
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

If I had paid for a regular edition, I would have asked for a refund years ago because I could still buy the book when/if it finally comes out. However, I paid for 1 of 125 deluxe editions and I would rather have the book than a refund. I think it would be reasonable for Todd to offer a refund with ...
by Mark Collier
03/01/14 04:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 20
Views: 2396

Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

Thank you for the update Todd. I am a customer of The Miracle Factory and I've bought several of your books. I have received some ebooks but not the preview chapter you mentioned. It's encouraging to see you respond here. If I didn't believe the book would eventually come out and be very well done, ...
by Mark Collier
02/28/14 08:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 20
Views: 2396

Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

I asked Todd about the status of this book at Magic Live! last August. He said that he is making progress and hopes to have the book out this year. He said that (in this thread) over 4 years ago and has been saying some version of 'within a year' ever since. Is there some reason to believe that thi...
by Mark Collier
02/28/14 03:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 20
Views: 2396

Re: Martin Gardner and Todd Karr

Thanks for the info Joe and Ted. The problem with taking money years in advance of publishing the book is that the money is long gone by the time you really need it to pay the printer. I don't think it was his intent to take money years in advance but he has been promising "6 months" for 9...
by Mark Collier
11/23/13 02:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner and Todd Karr
Replies: 46
Views: 7204

Re: Martin Gardner and Todd Karr

I also think Todd is an honest guy. I don't want a refund....I want the book. Although I think he is honest, I don't think it is good business to take pre-orders when you don't have a realistic timeline for when the book will be finished. How many years has he been taking payment for this book? It i...
by Mark Collier
11/23/13 01:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner and Todd Karr
Replies: 46
Views: 7204

Re: Martin Gardner and Todd Karr

When did he start taking pre-orders for this? He's had my money for 6 1/2 years. I would advise anyone to be skeptical before placing a pre-order. He puts out great books but this is ridiculous.
by Mark Collier
11/23/13 12:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner and Todd Karr
Replies: 46
Views: 7204

Re: Urgent---Need Academy of Magical Arts Sponsor Today

How did it go Joe?
by Mark Collier
10/08/13 12:13 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Urgent---Need Academy of Magical Arts Sponsor Today
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Magic Castle Audition Advice

You don't have to be a performing magician to be awarded magician member status. I would recommend going in and talking about your collection, knowledge of magic history, books you've read and generally try to demonstrate that you are a serious student of magic. Of course, it would be nice to demons...
by Mark Collier
09/24/13 04:01 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic Castle Audition Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 885

Re: Help Us!

The Honey Badger Wallet

Here's why:

http://youtu.be/4r7wHMg5Yjg
by Mark Collier
09/12/13 04:19 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Help Us!
Replies: 66
Views: 6290

Video of recursive hand illusions

by Mark Collier
05/03/13 11:37 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Video of recursive hand illusions
Replies: 0
Views: 234

Re: Card to case

Jim Krenz once showed me a great method using Juan Tamariz' Perpendicular Control. The card is loaded from under the spread as the cards are spread from hand to hand.
by Mark Collier
03/07/13 04:11 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Card to case
Replies: 9
Views: 2551

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (February 2013)

Thanks Dustin. One small correction is that I am working the W.C.Fields Bar Friday, Saturday AND Sunday this week. I'm not sure if that is true for the Peller show.
by Mark Collier
02/26/13 03:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (February 2013)
Replies: 13
Views: 872

Re: Who is renewing Real Secrets?

Of course....the answer to life, the universe and everything isn't 42...it's google.
I should have known that.
Thanks.
by Mark Collier
02/01/13 09:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is renewing Real Secrets?
Replies: 255
Views: 14123

Re: Who is renewing Real Secrets?

How do you download the video?
by Mark Collier
02/01/13 08:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is renewing Real Secrets?
Replies: 255
Views: 14123

Re: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic

Trying to come up with a universal definition of magic is a worthwhile exercise in futility. It causes us to think about what we do, why we do it and what were trying to accomplish but no definition will ever be sufficient. This reminds me of the time I was at a magic convention and a couple of Myst...
by Mark Collier
02/01/13 03:00 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic
Replies: 45
Views: 1750

Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

I don't think he's a thief either. I have had long delays waiting for other orders to be filled but not like this. As I told him after several unanswered emails, "You have great products but your customer service sucks."

Six years (for me, almost seven for others)....seriously?
by Mark Collier
01/29/13 02:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 20
Views: 2396

Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

Disclaimer:
I've complained and he's given me some free ebooks but that's not what I paid for and not what I want. I want the damn book. He puts out some great products but I'm not feeling the love on this one.
by Mark Collier
01/29/13 03:32 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 20
Views: 2396

Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

I paid $300 for a Limited Edition on April 25th,.....wait for it.....2007

Almost 6 years.

wtf

??????
by Mark Collier
01/29/13 03:26 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 20
Views: 2396

Re: Miracle Factory e-Books

Makes me nervous. He's had my money for the Impromptu book for years. I'm on the fence about asking for a refund because I'd rather have the book if it ever comes out.
by Mark Collier
01/28/13 05:36 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Miracle Factory e-Books
Replies: 17
Views: 1276

Re: Our Culture's Venue?

I think birthday parties are an overlooked place to practice adult entertainment. Assuming you don't work 'blue' and the kids are 9 yrs old or more, you don't have to treat them as children for the whole show. Most of my stand-up material is appropriate for a family audience where the kids sit in fr...
by Mark Collier
01/14/13 03:49 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Our Culture's Venue?
Replies: 13
Views: 740

Re: Announcement of a Secret Project

Later this year is pretty soon....
by Mark Collier
12/28/12 05:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement of a Secret Project
Replies: 198
Views: 12842

Re: Flash Contests Coming SOON on The Genii Forum

I say 'thank you' as well. I almost didn't get through with the crappy cell reception. Richard kept patiently saying, "Hellloooo?"
by Mark Collier
12/19/12 02:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Flash Contests Coming SOON on The Genii Forum
Replies: 115
Views: 6097

Re: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?

Tom Mullica's character driven magic was very disarming.
by Mark Collier
12/18/12 05:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who are your favorite "innocent appearing" magicians?
Replies: 21
Views: 1685

Yann Frisch

I'm not sure the audience is fooled by the end (lots of lapping) but this is a fun video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUv-Q6EgEFI
by Mark Collier
12/07/12 12:54 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Yann Frisch
Replies: 20
Views: 1564

Re: Mickey O'Malley tickles

His son, Michael Ostaski, is an artist as well. He used to live in Santa Barbara and was doing artistic construction projects like custom hot tubs, remodels etc. Then he got into painting with airbrush and now he is doing performance painting:

artexplosion.us/
by Mark Collier
11/27/12 12:29 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey O'Malley tickles
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Re: Alex Stone does magic on Face the Nation on Sunday

Interesting as the host says he usually likes to read non-fiction and lumps Stone's book in with fiction. I was alone with a washing machine that was in German, a stove that was in German and burned everything... OMG A guy writing about what a mother does. Then the host says: "I'm old enough t...
by Mark Collier
11/27/12 02:21 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alex Stone does magic on Face the Nation on Sunday
Replies: 10
Views: 1022

Re: Top Notch Act with Enormous Assets!

Interesting version of Prostitutes Nightmare.
by Mark Collier
11/21/12 03:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Top Notch Act with Enormous Assets!
Replies: 18
Views: 1378

Re: Card Trimmer Assortment Update 10/26/12

That's a great idea. I very much appreciate your contributions and workmanship.
by Mark Collier
10/31/12 05:04 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Card Trimmer Assortment Update 10/26/12
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

Re: Charlie Miller Bio?

Love and Devotion (Christian Zechner Dub Mix)
Three Faces Feat. Tim Besamusca
by Mark Collier
05/18/12 05:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlie Miller Bio?
Replies: 17
Views: 1249

Re: Britain's Got Talent

by Mark Collier
05/07/12 03:34 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Britain's Got Talent
Replies: 3
Views: 610

Re: Another Magician Ripped Off...

J-Mac wrote:Hidden well or not, signed blank checks? Definitely not smart!

Jim
Obviously easier to track than cash would have been.
by Mark Collier
05/01/12 03:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Another Magician Ripped Off...
Replies: 7
Views: 1375

Re: Hank Lee

Oddly Bent wrote:What can you get for $1.00?


He just showed you :)
by Mark Collier
04/03/12 04:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 68156

Re: The Top 10 Reasons a Magician has the Tarbell Course in Magic on His Bookshelf

#11. Where else can you actually learn to pull a rabbit from a hat?
by Mark Collier
04/01/12 01:00 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The Top 10 Reasons a Magician has the Tarbell Course in Magic on His Bookshelf
Replies: 20
Views: 2464

Re: Hank Lee

Ouch!
I can't imagine providing federal investigators with a bunch of falsified invoices thinking I was going to get away with it.
by Mark Collier
03/31/12 04:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 68156

Memorize a deck in under 60 seconds

by Mark Collier
03/23/12 05:19 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Memorize a deck in under 60 seconds
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: Estate Sale

I sent an email about the hat.
by Mark Collier
03/02/12 06:48 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Estate Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 977

Re: The Berglas Effects

Congratulations on your success.
by Mark Collier
03/02/12 02:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Berglas Effects
Replies: 3
Views: 847

Re: The Berglas Effects

Are you reprinting the Deluxe Edition as well?
by Mark Collier
03/02/12 02:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Berglas Effects
Replies: 3
Views: 847

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

I should add that companies pay a lot of money to get the kind of feedback expressed in this thread. It is called a focus group. They are getting it for free. Indeed. I have expressed skepticism but that doesn't mean I'm not on the fence about subscribing. I would like to think that the reason the ...
by Mark Collier
02/28/12 11:45 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63250
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