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Re: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice

I remember being force fed Skunk & Blight at an American prep School. It never really gained credibility over in England. "Its advice ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense" "both authors were grammatical incompetents." "a bunch of trivial don't-do-this pre...
by Richard Stokes
05/15/15 04:56 AM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 37
Views: 3971

Re: One Trick Phoney

“I don’t take myself seriously. I’m a showman, don’t you get that?" If I were to recall TV events in the 20th Century that had the greatest emotional impact on me, I'd choose: 1/ July 1966 England beating Germany in the World Cup Final. 2/ November 1973 Uri Geller appearing live on the David Di...
by Richard Stokes
05/09/15 12:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 6925

Re: Wolf Hall "Three Card Trick"

Yes, Wolf Hall is a great series. My grandad, Fred Revell, used to perform the following trick in the 1950s when relatives visited: He removed the four queens from the deck, and told some fanciful story linking them to famous Queens in history, e.g. Queen Elizabeth 1st, Anne Boleyn, Queen Victoria, ...
by Richard Stokes
04/08/15 01:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wolf Hall "Three Card Trick"
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

Thanks, Mr Goat, for pointing that connection out.
by Richard Stokes
03/26/15 04:50 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 176
Views: 24758

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

I've always been impressed by the downloads on the Dan & Dave website - for example, the Cherry control by Rick Smith. I also enjoyed their appearance at the Session (UK) a few years ago. A minor quibble is their use of the word 'curate' on their homepage. It's somewhat pretentious and arty-fart...
by Richard Stokes
03/24/15 07:40 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 176
Views: 24758

Re: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice

Their time will come, surely?
by Richard Stokes
03/23/15 02:44 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 37
Views: 3971

The Boring Conference

I recently came across James Ward's blog 'I LIKE BORING THINGS'. James has written a book "Adventures in Stationery- A Journey Through Your Pencil Case." Every year James organises a Boring Conference in London: "The Boring Conference is a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordin...
by Richard Stokes
03/23/15 02:39 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Boring Conference
Replies: 0
Views: 448

Re: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice

"When someone comes up with a new non-gender specific pronoun that is as functional as “he”, I’ll consider it..."

What about using 'they' in the singular?

Would this solve it?
by Richard Stokes
03/21/15 08:37 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 37
Views: 3971

Elements of Eloquence

I appreciate Will Houston's recent review of Mark Forsyth's The Elements of Eloquence. I raved about this book to my friends over Xmas. Those unfamiliar Ancient Greek terms like polyptoton, merism, aposiopesis, hyperbaton , anadiplosis, hendiadys seem daunting. But you know many of them already with...
by Richard Stokes
03/20/15 08:13 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Elements of Eloquence
Replies: 1
Views: 587

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Looks like a wonderful collection! But Poker Cheat by Gary Jones & Chris Congreave has one of the best endings. Has anyone else thought of five aces? By the way, Mr Farmer's name may well be a pseudonym. If this link is valid, he might have to change his name to Mr Tax Collector... http://blog.i...
by Richard Stokes
02/02/15 06:23 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 390
Views: 65243

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: 891

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: 7210

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: 555

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: 2992

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: 3978

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: 2157

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: 528

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: 533

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: 1213

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: 664

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: 13864

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: 823

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: 4225

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: 4225

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: 1174

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: 1174

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: 1174

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: 625

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: 3703

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: 10575

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: 10575

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: 15943

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: 17711

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: 5068

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: 5068

Craptacular Goodies

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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: 3012

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: 855

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: 4564

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: 289
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