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Re: Books by Steve Hamilton & Terry Seabrooke

The Hamilton book is sold. Seabrooke remains...
by JHostler
07/21/15 09:09 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Steve Hamilton & Terry Seabrooke
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Books by Steve Hamilton & Terry Seabrooke

Here ya go... The Magic of Steve Hamilton by Douglas Cameron. Hardcover with dust jacket, 174 pages, 1st edition. Great condition. $19 shipped anywhere in the continental US. Seabrooke's Book (Around the World in a Baking Tin). Hardcover with dust jacket, 112 pages, 2nd printing. Also great conditio...
by JHostler
07/18/15 10:38 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Steve Hamilton & Terry Seabrooke
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: Criss Angel performs mentalism while blindfolded by his

"I just don't get it" and there is your answer why Criss is having the success he is and doing an article for Rolling Stone and you are writing negatives things on a magic board. Well, no. Not really. What I said I "don't get" has nothing to do with his money or his new show. It...
by JHostler
07/09/15 11:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel performs mentalism while blindfolded by his hair
Replies: 42
Views: 3822

Re: Criss Angel performs mentalism while blindfolded by his

A 47-year-old man making like a punk version of Justin Bieber? I just don't get it.
by JHostler
07/07/15 10:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel performs mentalism while blindfolded by his hair
Replies: 42
Views: 3822

Re: RG Location vs. Aronson's UnDo Influence

Hi I'm new here and I hope that the way I revive the topic is ok. In fact, I would like to know if some of you would be interested in a generalization of the UnDo Influence control to three and more cards ? I prepared a text and some tricks around it and close to something I could send around. Than...
by JHostler
06/28/15 08:33 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: RG Location vs. Aronson's UnDo Influence
Replies: 7
Views: 1698

Re: Now You See Me 2

Setting aside all the magician-y issues, much criticism of the original NYSM can be attributed to Jesse Eisenberg's godawful performance and a script that traded in the absolute worst cliches Hollywood has offer. The flick was tailored for the very lowest common denominator.
by JHostler
06/13/15 10:15 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now You See Me 2
Replies: 14
Views: 1311

Re: One Trick Phoney

Going back a few decades...

When magicians did their thing, I typically just wanted to know how.

When Geller did his thing, I wanted to believe. I wanted it to be real. And I made myself see that spoon bend.

You [not you, Jon!] may not see something to be admired in that. I do.
by JHostler
05/17/15 05:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 8922

Re: One Trick Phoney

Imagine just how much more famous Derren Brown would be if he claimed his mental effects "were genuine". It's a quick path to fame (just ask John Edwards) and a line that the majority of magic performers choose not to cross. Tim - I'm not going to comment on or dispute anything else in yo...
by JHostler
05/09/15 09:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 8922

Re: One Trick Phoney

Brad Henderson wrote:they turned to a psychic because they thought he might be able to help. how different is that from someone promising the secrets of success?


Nothing to add. I just love the parallel!
by JHostler
05/07/15 07:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 8922

Re: One Trick Phoney

Peter Sterling, of mining company Zanex, reportedly paid Geller a decent sum (but far less than $1m) to help locate gold in the Solomon Islands. That was sometime in the mid-'80s, and Sterling had been advised by numerous folks that this wasn't a particularly good move. The other company reported to...
by JHostler
05/07/15 07:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 8922

Re: One Trick Phoney

Magicians do stunts to promote themselves like blindfold driving, jumping off bridges and escaping, and freezing in blocks of ice. Psychics do promotional stunts like going on Twitter and claiming to have powers to supernaturally find a missing airplane. No difference? The line you still see betwee...
by JHostler
05/07/15 08:02 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 8922

Re: One Trick Phoney

"Professional illusionist Uri Geller ..." Works for me. ...Re-labeling himself a "professional illusionist" is an insult to legitimate professional illusionists... Uhhh.... well, in the grandest sense of the term, I think he created a pretty darn good illusion. Name one magician...
by JHostler
05/06/15 09:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 8922

Re: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?

Joe Mckay wrote:It is not a sleight. But I feel this idea is powerful enough to deserve a name. And an appropriate credit to whoever came up with it.


You may need to consult a cave drawing for that credit!
by JHostler
05/01/15 06:38 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?
Replies: 15
Views: 1522

Vis a Vis by Jack Avis and The Card Magic of Edward Marlo

For your consideration, two large hardback books: Vis a Vis by Jack Avis (Kaufman and Company, 1998) - Very good condition, with dust jacket. Original owner's name printed inside front cover. The Card Magic of Edward Marlo (L&L, 1993) - Very good condition, with dust jacket. Dust jacket may have...
by JHostler
03/22/15 11:45 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Vis a Vis by Jack Avis and The Card Magic of Edward Marlo
Replies: 0
Views: 415

Re: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum

Fredrick wrote:
JHostler wrote: I nominate Miller!


Charlie, Jack or Mitch?


There is but one Anthony.
by JHostler
03/04/15 08:04 AM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum
Replies: 69
Views: 17368

Re: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum

Richard Kaufman wrote:Bummer! We need a replacement!
Talk among yourselves and send me some suggestions.
Thanks, Tom.


I nominate Miller!
by JHostler
03/03/15 10:03 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum
Replies: 69
Views: 17368

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

My point in differentiating between hobbyists and professionals is the way in which their magic is used. Professionals are the ones usually performing for the lay public in formal situations and on TV. Hobbyists are usually doing tricks for family and friends. Hobbyists are unlikely to cause any ri...
by JHostler
02/20/15 08:11 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10881

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

For Nigh to use Jay's material is damaging right now to Jay. Really? I don't see how. If what has been written so far in this thread doesn't convince you, then I doubt anything I could write would. However, http://www.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_main/public/migration/PriMigrationsVivvo...
by JHostler
02/18/15 10:14 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10881

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Richard Kaufman wrote:...Rollover Aces. The latter is a killer routine for laymen; for some reason people think it's a magician's only trick. Nothing could be further from the truth.


I think anyone who witnessed Ammar's brilliant Tonight Show performance would agree!
by JHostler
02/17/15 12:31 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10881

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

This is a serious question ... Would it still be deemed unethical to perform Ricky Jay's material after he has shuffled off this mortal coil? This really is a great question, and - by Ricky's own apparent standard - the answer would be "possibly." There's a fuzzy line between legitimate a...
by JHostler
02/16/15 07:56 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10881

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

To the OP: One damn method to check out would be David Bendix's "Sloppy Drunk Poker." You can find this in Kabbala; it's an overhand shuffle (sort of) version of the Diaconis thing.
by JHostler
02/15/15 11:25 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10881

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

The point of linking the NYT article is to show that Jay (rightly so) feels that material that he has made his own, is in fact his own. The presentations, not the effects or methodology. "Alaskan Poker" ultimately derives from work by Vernon, Diaconis, Nash, and a million others. Of cours...
by JHostler
02/15/15 11:00 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10881

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

There's nothing unethical about working out a version of something you've seen performed. I think Mr. Jay would disagree with you. That NY Times piece had absolutely nothing to do with working out the method of a specific effect, or even developing a presentational variation of a classic trick. It ...
by JHostler
02/15/15 09:48 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 146
Views: 10881

Re: RG Location vs. Aronson's UnDo Influence

Thanks, Joe & Leonard. Time to start sifting through pubs!
by JHostler
01/25/15 08:59 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: RG Location vs. Aronson's UnDo Influence
Replies: 7
Views: 1698

Re: Penn & Teller on CBS Sunday Morning 1/25/15

"The Bullet Catch fools more people than any trick we've ever done"

A comment likely referencing magicians, but certainly intended for lay consumption. I doubt Penn put more than a nanosecond of thought into it.
by JHostler
01/25/15 08:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller on CBS Sunday Morning 1/25/15
Replies: 21
Views: 2464

RG Location vs. Aronson's UnDo Influence

Having abandoned (to my regret) a copy of Aronson's "Try the Impossible" many moons ago, I lack an immediate reference... but don't recall the book crediting Richard Goldshot's "RG Location" (from the 9/84 issue of Apocalypse) as a precedent for "UnDo." The mathematical...
by JHostler
01/25/15 12:19 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: RG Location vs. Aronson's UnDo Influence
Replies: 7
Views: 1698

WTB: Samuel Hart Crown 444's

Looking for a complete pack (including box & Bowers) of Samuel Hart Crown 444's. Please PM me if you've got one to spare!

Thanks,

John Hostler
by JHostler
01/19/15 08:19 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Samuel Hart Crown 444's
Replies: 0
Views: 202

Re: Respect for Doug Henning

In my opinion, Doug Henning's impact on magic from the mid 1970s on cannot be dismissed at any level. I am among those who believe he saved a floundering craft. And I'm fairly certain I am not alone in that belief. ... I say Doug Henning was damned important to the history of magic and deserves a h...
by JHostler
12/23/14 10:38 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 162
Views: 22802

Re: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone

Time for pith.

An intelligent magician knows good magic when they see it.

An intelligent audience knows good magic when they feel it.

How you get there is your choice.

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by JHostler
12/22/14 10:15 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 7850

Re: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone

No, it is not. It is the approach that gives the most artistic freedom. I have a few creations that I really like (Benson Burner, Of Dice and Men, Mr. Fogg...), and others seem to like them too - well, none of them would have been created if I had wasted time on trying to create something that woul...
by JHostler
12/22/14 08:13 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 7850

Re: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone

We offer wonder and magic. But to the audience - they still mostly see magic as a puzzle to be solved. Who cares how the audience views it? They are not participating in the creation of the pieces. Well, that might be true if there was no audience - in which case you'd be performing entirely for yo...
by JHostler
12/21/14 07:22 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 7850

Re: The Illusionists Reviews

Everyone in the audience believes that Hobson is gay, that's one reason his act received no ridicule by the critics or public. Good lord, what is this supposed to mean? Are you actually saying that if a magician is gay/perceived to be gay, then critics and the public are less likely to "ridicu...
by JHostler
12/07/14 09:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists Reviews
Replies: 41
Views: 7199

Re: The Illusionists Reviews

Everyone in the audience believes that Hobson is gay, that's one reason his act received no ridicule by the critics or public. Perhaps, but the jury is still out on how your typical theatergoer would react if Jeff was "outed" (so to speak). I suspect (humble opinion caveat and all) you'd ...
by JHostler
12/07/14 12:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists Reviews
Replies: 41
Views: 7199

Re: The Illusionists Reviews

Interesting that the Hobson folks here find so bloody offensive was generally well-received (and with none of the same vitriol) in these write-ups. At the same time, "our" predilection for cheesy dance and choreography - not to mention the new superhero angle - is [yet again] being called ...
by JHostler
12/07/14 10:26 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists Reviews
Replies: 41
Views: 7199

Re: ERDNASE

John, I think this is a very good point. Being able to demonstrate a move for an illustrator and actually using a move under fire are two entirely different things. He invented most of the moves Chris (and John) ... think about that for a second. Not necessarily. He just published them. But let's s...
by JHostler
11/12/14 08:15 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3558
Views: 1443107

Re: ERDNASE

... similarities in the the style and content of EATCT's "Preface" versus those of other Drake publications (when Drake purportedly played no role in the book's development). This is interesting and something I don't remember seeing. Do you have any examples of these other Drake prefaces ...
by JHostler
11/12/14 07:44 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3558
Views: 1443107

Re: ERDNASE

Some thoughts (and please don't take this as "tomato hurling") If it was a "house job" by Drake, why did they not publish it as a Drake imprint? Why did they apply for copyright in the name of "Erdnase"? (And were such statements made under penalty of perjury?) Is ther...
by JHostler
11/12/14 06:29 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3558
Views: 1443107

Re: ERDNASE

Just a quick thought on all the speculation concerning how much time it would have taken "Erdnase" (if there was such a fellow) to master the material contained in EATCT: What evidence suggests "he" had mastered it all? First, a successful cheat would never require so many "...
by JHostler
11/12/14 05:23 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3558
Views: 1443107

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. - Your entire Erdnase "worldview" - like that of many others - is based on an unproven assumption: that there was but a single primary author. M.D. Smith has informed us that he sat down in a Chicago hotel room with the sole author, S.W. Erdnase and drew a few pictures of his han...
by JHostler
11/12/14 08:01 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3558
Views: 1443107

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. - Your entire Erdnase "worldview" - like that of many others - is based on an unproven assumption: that there was but a single primary author. And how can you be 100% certain that Roterberg played absolutely no role when there's so little to be certain about across the board ? Jon...
by JHostler
11/11/14 10:39 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3558
Views: 1443107
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