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Re: Street Magician Beheaded in Syria...

The numerous accounts I've read on the internet appear to be based solely on a Daily Mirror article. This tabloid newspaper is not exactly on a par with The Times. I would like to see a more credible independent source. At the Cheltenham Session this weekend, the organisers even made reference to th...
by Richard Stokes
01/13/15 02:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Street Magician Beheaded in Syria...
Replies: 4
Views: 783

Re: Magic in the Moonlight

I thought it was a decent film.
The reviews were a bit harsh, but I ignored the critics and saw it at my local arts cinema and was pleasantly surprised.
by Richard Stokes
10/31/14 06:05 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in the Moonlight
Replies: 3
Views: 6994

Re: Gone Girl

The book was an interesting experiment in dual narrator unreliability.
by Richard Stokes
10/31/14 05:59 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Gone Girl
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: Bad Writing

"I could have been a Judge, but I never had the Latin..." Peter Cook's miner monologue

As a Brit raised on Latin, I automatically associate insidious with 'ambush'.

'Ambush sleight of hand' sounds like a reasonable combination to me.
by Richard Stokes
07/26/14 01:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bad Writing
Replies: 23
Views: 2806

Re: Sherlock fans, rejoice!

Rather than reshoot the stories within the Victorian era, the team behind Sherlock preferred a Holmes that was contemporary and up-to-date. This, after all, was how he appeared to readers when the stories were first published. Sherlock was not meant to be from the past. For the original readers and ...
by Richard Stokes
01/21/14 07:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 3915

Re: The End of Paper Currency in the UK

Innovia, the company that produces the plastic notes, could be bought up soon by Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman.
Maybe I'm xenophobic, but I don't like the idea of British Pounds being manufactured by billionaire kleptocrats from overseas.
by Richard Stokes
12/25/13 07:12 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The End of Paper Currency in the UK
Replies: 28
Views: 2116

Richard Matheson

Legendary writer Richard Matheson has passed away. "In popular culture of the past 60 years, few writers deposited more images of dread in the cultural consciousness than Richard Matheson, who died Sunday June 23 at his Calabasas, Cal., home at the age of 87." http://entertainment.time.com...
by Richard Stokes
07/01/13 02:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Matheson
Replies: 2
Views: 516

Re: A Man Beyond Our Small World Leaves a Large Legacy

Mukherjee's book, The Emperor of All Maladies (A Biography of Cancer) is worth reading in its own right.
Unfortunately, while there are undeniable heroes like Frei, there are unforgivable charlatans such as South African Werner Bezwoda, the discredited god of megadose chemotherapy...
by Richard Stokes
05/05/13 09:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Man Beyond Our Small World Leaves a Large Legacy
Replies: 2
Views: 526

Re: New U.K. TV Series with Benjamin Earl

I liked the bit when Ben regurgitated the shredded bank statement.
by Richard Stokes
04/27/13 01:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New U.K. TV Series with Benjamin Earl
Replies: 9
Views: 1204

Re: Max and Magic Movies

I also enjoyed Max's audio report. Even the film's title 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' sounds off-putting. Given the intense competition in movie land and the diminishing likelihood that any screenplay, no matter how well written, will ever be adopted, one would expect that the majority of films...
by Richard Stokes
04/26/13 03:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max and Magic Movies
Replies: 13
Views: 656

Re: Derek Lever ... Discriminating Against Deaf Magicians

By the way, does anyone have a link to an independent blog that covers the 2013 Blackpool Convention?
I'd like to read up on how it's going.
by Richard Stokes
02/23/13 07:38 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek Lever ... Discriminating Against Deaf Magicians
Replies: 170
Views: 13593

The Session, Cheltenham, January 2013

Just returned from the U.K. Session which is now held in Cheltenham. (From my hotel window I could see the doughnut shaped spy headquarters of GCHQ, the British equivalent to NSA.) The annual Session gathering is organized by Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay from Vanishing Inc. I remember seeing Josh , t...
by Richard Stokes
01/15/13 09:34 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Session, Cheltenham, January 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 748

Re: Recall by Tom Crosbie and Wizard Fx Productions

Brad is rather contrarian. Has he actually watched the dvds? Perhaps he could try to explain and teach the 'braino count' in words alone? I don't think it's possible. You really have to see the count in action to believe it. It's a visual illusion. Text and drawings by themselves won't capture it.
by Richard Stokes
12/20/12 01:10 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Recall by Tom Crosbie and Wizard Fx Productions
Replies: 30
Views: 4144

Re: Recall by Tom Crosbie and Wizard Fx Productions

This is an under-appreciated collection.
The earlier (rather harsh) comments initially put me off.

I've finally got round to viewing the dvds I purchased.

Lots of bonus utility moves and impossible effects.

Good stuff, Tom!
by Richard Stokes
12/20/12 07:45 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Recall by Tom Crosbie and Wizard Fx Productions
Replies: 30
Views: 4144

Re: Full Review of London's International Magic Convention

Yes, to be fair to Rob, the outrageous probabilities are in the original manuscript. Rob's presentation modified them. P.S. I bumped into the 'statistician' at the weekend convention. I said something subtle like: "aren't you the guy who sabotaged the evening show earlier this week?" He's ...
by Richard Stokes
11/25/12 12:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Full Review of London's International Magic Convention
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: Full Review of London's International Magic Convention

Oops, you're right. Got her last name mixed up.
That's Ace though.
by Richard Stokes
11/24/12 05:27 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Full Review of London's International Magic Convention
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: Full Review of London's International Magic Convention

Yes, I attended the weekday festival and the weekend convention and found it exhausting but very worthwhile. Spanish magicians Woody Aragon and Juan Tamariz dominated proceedings with their highly entertaining lectures and mystifying evening shows. Americans Rick Merrill and Steve Bargatze produced ...
by Richard Stokes
11/24/12 03:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Full Review of London's International Magic Convention
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

New Silent Clown Act

This new American clown looks interesting. I'll try to catch him when he performs in London next month: Breathtakingly brilliant clown Doctor Brown wins comedy award (Aug 25th) In a big year for physical comedy at the Fringe, Doctor Brown has won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award. The American perf...
by Richard Stokes
08/25/12 03:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Silent Clown Act
Replies: 2
Views: 624

Re: EMC DAY 3

Mr Goat, In his interview, Dynamo said his early guerilla release, Underground, did not fare well. Apparently, Richard Kaufman said it was so bad that it made Chris Angel (?) look like Einstein. Dynamo said this in itself would be a pretty good trick. He then added that Richard was now wanting him f...
by Richard Stokes
07/30/12 04:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: EMC DAY 3
Replies: 34
Views: 3665

Re: FISM 2012 - my experience.

Today's London Times had coverage of the Blackpool gathering;

The Secret World of the Magician by Damian Whitworth:

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by Richard Stokes
07/16/12 11:24 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2012 - my experience.
Replies: 53
Views: 10523

Re: FISM 2012 - my experience.

Thanks, Dumpster. You've given us a fair taste of Derek Lever's JISM.
by Richard Stokes
07/16/12 03:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2012 - my experience.
Replies: 53
Views: 10523

Re: Science Friction

"I will donate $100 to the charity of your choice if an objective third party can tell the difference by sight, smell or feel of cards I have prepared with Science Friction and Plasti-Dip." And then it came to pass: "All the treated cards were correctly identified." Er, wot? So y...
by Richard Stokes
02/28/12 11:04 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Science Friction
Replies: 113
Views: 15547

Re: Wayne Dobson has been manipulated

Even Fabio Capello has resigned in protest...
by Richard Stokes
02/08/12 09:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wayne Dobson has been manipulated
Replies: 105
Views: 17579

Re: Legend by Justin Miller

Well, they use different methods, of course, but they are surely similar in structure. The magician isolates a card from the rest of the deck and, in doing so, appears to miraculously anticipate the spectator's pure mental selection. Now if it was real magic, the spectator would a) not reveal the id...
by Richard Stokes
10/05/11 04:11 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Legend by Justin Miller
Replies: 40
Views: 4968

Re: Legend by Justin Miller

Well, I gave Legend a good review at the magic cafe. And I enjoyed Justin's web workshop even though it was 2.30 am for me. The Frame review was somewhat harsh. For example, I wonder what Mr Frame thinks of the classic Crystal Thought (from Expert Card Technique). This has similar presentational dif...
by Richard Stokes
10/05/11 09:36 AM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Legend by Justin Miller
Replies: 40
Views: 4968

Craptacular Goodies

http://io9.com/5845715/did-the-x+ray-sp ... oodness-no

Mail-Order Mysteries!

Could Ray Milland really see thru women's blouses?
by Richard Stokes
10/03/11 06:01 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Craptacular Goodies
Replies: 0
Views: 169

Re: Scammed!

Here's more: "SCAMMED unpacks the history of cons and con artists. There are essentially five cons that are the basis for every swindle since man walked upright. For example, today's Nigerian email scam is nothing more than a derivation of a Spanish Conquistador's bait and switch con that start...
by Richard Stokes
09/15/11 05:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scammed!
Replies: 9
Views: 3011

Re: DC - King of Magic

These silly sycophantic awards devalue the art of magic. 'Barnum delusions' of this calibre once promoted Michael Jackson as the' Artist of the Century'. Jacko went further and even accidentally awarded himself 'Artist of the Millennium.' Check out this ludicrous award ceremony: <!-- m --><a class="...
by Richard Stokes
09/14/11 07:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC - King of Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 854

Re: a question about Ethics in Mentalism

Simone, I wonder if you are prepared to concede that clinical psychology is itself partly based on pseudo-scientific principles? For example, classical learning theory, which underpins 'scientific psychology' is somewhat moth-eaten for the modern era. Furthermore, clinical psychology tends to be har...
by Richard Stokes
09/11/11 01:15 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: a question about Ethics in Mentalism
Replies: 35
Views: 4540

Andrew Nyman's new film

Andy Nyman's new film, The Glass Man, was shown at the London Fright Festival this weekend in Leicester Square and got a good reaction from the audience. Nyman has the main role as Martin Pyrite. A man unfairly dismissed from work, heavily in debt, marriage falling apart, life imploding, no solution...
by Richard Stokes
08/30/11 04:59 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Andrew Nyman's new film
Replies: 1
Views: 286

Re: The Essential Magic Conference July7,8,9 2011

The Lu Chen performance of the Berglas effect was quite a fooler!
Is this version covered in Richard's new book?

The only (lame) explanation I could come up with was complicity on the part of the third spectator (David Britland) but his handling of the deck looked clean.
by Richard Stokes
07/09/11 05:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Essential Magic Conference July7,8,9 2011
Replies: 28
Views: 4851

Fool Us (F.U.) 2

After the success of the pilot show earlier this year, Penn & Teller's 'Fool Us' had its first follow-up episode on ITV (U.K.) last Saturday night. Cheeky veteran Graham Jolley outsmarted them with Aronson's Prior Commitment, a self-working, but highly deceptive, countdown trick with whispering ...
by Richard Stokes
06/20/11 03:15 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us (F.U.) 2
Replies: 0
Views: 306

Blackpool's chemistry!

Always wondered why Blackpool makes you feel so depressed? We can't blame it all on comedian George King. Check out this article from the Guardian: Blackpool: England's antidepressant capital Fading seaside resort of Blackpool has highest rate of anti-depressant prescribing in England and Wales <!--...
by Richard Stokes
03/05/11 07:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blackpool's chemistry!
Replies: 9
Views: 1231

Re: New Book Coming: Sleights of Mind

Sleights of Mind got a big plug in today's Times. The Eureka Science supplement had a six page extract plus a cover graphic: "NOW YOU SEE IT. How Magic Works." It exposes a basic Ambitious Card trick. Magicians use a a double-lift. Two cards are made to look like one. Cor blimey! Thanks to...
by Richard Stokes
02/03/11 02:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Book Coming: Sleights of Mind
Replies: 20
Views: 2801

Re: Hold 'Em Magic

Tom, I really look forward to a book of this kind.
The old poker routines performed by magicians have largely been rendered obsolete because they are based on a dead format.
Hold Em is the dominant variant ...
by Richard Stokes
02/01/11 08:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hold 'Em Magic
Replies: 68
Views: 11920

Psycho Automaton

Reuben Hoggett has a very interesting website on early automata. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://cyberneticzoo.com/">http://cyberneticzoo.com/</a><!-- m --> He has a section on Psycho, J.N. Maskelyne's Whist Playing automaton. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://cyberneticzoo.com/?...
by Richard Stokes
02/01/11 08:16 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Psycho Automaton
Replies: 1
Views: 767

Re: Australia's Flooding?

Regarding the Courier Mail clip:
Tim, loved the way the female journalist refers to her mode of transport: 'we were just in a tinny'...
I thought for a second she might be floating along in a giant can of Fosters or XXXX, then I realised she must be referring to an aluminium boat not a can of beer.
by Richard Stokes
01/13/11 08:15 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Australia's Flooding?
Replies: 9
Views: 1737

Re: P&T Fool Us

Penn & Teller were on ITV , not BBC.
by Richard Stokes
01/11/11 03:54 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: P&T Fool Us
Replies: 10
Views: 1358

Re: Penn & Teller 'Fool Us'

Yeah, this was entertaining stuff.
Much better than the messy BBC show last week!
Good to see Earl and Archer get wider recognition.
by Richard Stokes
01/07/11 07:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller 'Fool Us'
Replies: 197
Views: 34351

Re: Honey West is Dead ... Crap!

Impressive list, Bill. I could have sworn half of these 'immortals' were already pushing up daisies By the way, I loved Ethel Merman's heart-warming account of her marriage to Borgnine. A deliberate blank page in her memoirs. And in a legendary interview she came up with the best retaliatory put-dow...
by Richard Stokes
01/04/11 07:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Honey West is Dead ... Crap!
Replies: 10
Views: 1513
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