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Re: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History

Even if I never get to attend such a cool gathering of magical minds, it's still reassuring and nice to know that people can concert their efforts to bring about such a wonderful event. It's things like this convention and the Magic Castle which help make me feel proud to consider myself a "mag...
by Dave Mithaca
11/15/09 11:53 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History
Replies: 50
Views: 9725

Re: I am bored stiff!

Great stuff, Mr. Lewis. A lot of this philosophy could be used by teachers (such as myself) to good effect in a classroom. I especially like your explanation of "suspension of disbelief." Thanks for sharing!
by Dave Mithaca
11/04/09 07:55 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: I am bored stiff!
Replies: 247
Views: 37640

Re: ConCam Monte by R Paul Wilson

I recently received my "ConCam Monte" (thanks Magic Apple) and I'm quite pleased with everything about the effect. I recall Paul stating that when he places the name "ConCam" onto something it's because he considers the effect to be extra special. I've been working on a couple ot...
by Dave Mithaca
10/19/09 06:17 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: ConCam Monte by R Paul Wilson
Replies: 12
Views: 3089

Re: Has Hollywood Magic Vanished?

I've always had great dealings with Hollywood Magic. There's a lot of magical history associated with that store and some real good guys working there were always helpful during my trips there. I hope it's only a temporary thing.

Dave<-----Hoping for the best!
by Dave Mithaca
10/19/09 06:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has Hollywood Magic Vanished?
Replies: 42
Views: 12395

Re: ConCam Monte by R Paul Wilson

I've been looking forward to Paul's release since he mentioned it on TMC a while back. Thanks for the good news. I'll be placing an order tomorrow.

Best,

Dave
by Dave Mithaca
10/07/09 07:21 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: ConCam Monte by R Paul Wilson
Replies: 12
Views: 3089

Re: On Coin Shells

I've got a Dean's Set from Schoolcraft which I believe came with an "unexpanded" shell. The unexpanded shell helps by allowing the face of the coin to look exactly like the regular coins. The shell sits perfectly on any of the coins that came with the set. It doesn't look like a little hat...
by Dave Mithaca
09/21/09 01:02 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: On Coin Shells
Replies: 7
Views: 1415

Re: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?

Wow, I've got several routines which rely upon gaffed cards which I really have grown to enjoy performing over the years. I may have to stock up on a few extra sets of my favorite gaffed cards just in case there's something to the idea that these cards may become increasingly more difficult to obtai...
by Dave Mithaca
09/11/09 06:40 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?
Replies: 22
Views: 4504

Re: Dean Dill

Good thoughts, indeed.

Thanks for the update. Hang in there.

God Bless.

Dave<----Who's always been a big fan of Dean Dill!
by Dave Mithaca
09/06/09 01:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dean Dill
Replies: 15
Views: 4241

Re: Anyone Wantto Tell Us What Happened at Magic Live?

Thanks for the updates!

By the way, the Mike Giusti blog in the link above was from the 2004 Magic Live, not this year's event. It was fun to read anyways.
by Dave Mithaca
08/20/09 04:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anyone Wantto Tell Us What Happened at Magic Live?
Replies: 29
Views: 3750

Re: Magic Live! Day 1

On the bright side you are now immune and therefore won't need the vaccine when it becomes available this fall when the second wave of the Swine Flu, which is predicted to be pretty strong, hits the country.
by Dave Mithaca
08/18/09 02:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Live! Day 1
Replies: 14
Views: 2196

Re: FS Fitch/Kohler holdout

Holy Cow! What a price for such a fabulous system. The FKHO is made in small batches from what I've heard, so jumping on this would be a great investment for somebody. One of the most informative things I've read about the FKHO was posted by Mr. Kohler himself: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="ht...
by Dave Mithaca
08/13/09 04:04 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS Fitch/Kohler holdout
Replies: 39
Views: 3760

Re: Robert Neale's Bill Braid

I'll take a look at those. Thanks!
by Dave Mithaca
07/08/09 03:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Robert Neale's Bill Braid
Replies: 12
Views: 3261

Re: Robert Neale's Bill Braid

Thanks for the indepth review! I saw the booklet at a local magic shop recently and was intrigued. I didn't realize that a DVD was available to supplement the written instructions; but now that I know, I'll probably pick this item up the next time I make a trip to the big city. I've always liked Nea...
by Dave Mithaca
07/06/09 10:54 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Robert Neale's Bill Braid
Replies: 12
Views: 3261

Re: The "Levit Wand" - Handcrafted magic wands

Wow, those are some nice looking wands pictured on the website. I've already got several Joe Porper full size wands, but a nice pocket size wand is something I've wanted for many years. I think I just found what I'd like for my upcoming birthday. By the way, the quote about Jonathan's dad being his ...
by Dave Mithaca
06/24/09 05:25 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The "Levit Wand" - Handcrafted magic wands
Replies: 9
Views: 1103

Re: The Essential Dai Vernon - New at L&L Publishing

Thanks for the info about the "signings"! I'm glad some people have the foresight for things that may take a decade or more to come to fruition.

Dave<---Who just recently purchased a Joe Porper card clip with Dai Vernon's silhouette.
by Dave Mithaca
06/12/09 10:11 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Essential Dai Vernon - New at L&L Publishing
Replies: 17
Views: 4439

Re: The Essential Dai Vernon - New at L&L Publishing

Steve, could you elaborate on the "signed" by Vernon inclusion.

Thanks!
by Dave Mithaca
06/11/09 04:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Essential Dai Vernon - New at L&L Publishing
Replies: 17
Views: 4439

Re: Arlene Louie, DeYip Loo's wife :: My Mom's Health

Your blog was very touching. It's very apparent that your mom was a great mother. My condolences to you and your family.
by Dave Mithaca
06/02/09 01:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Arlene Louie, DeYip Loo's wife :: My Mom's Health
Replies: 16
Views: 1606

Re: John Born video - magical marriage proposal!

That was cool!

Thanks.
by Dave Mithaca
05/26/09 06:22 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Born video - magical marriage proposal!
Replies: 4
Views: 1175

Re: The Steel Ball Routine DVD finally released! Special discount valid thru April 10, 200

I've heard a lot of great things about this routine, so I ordered this yesterday and received it today! Now that is fast customer service. I look forward to watching the DVD over the weekend and working on the routine. Hi Sonny, I couldn't help but notice your last name and the view of Earth from t...
by Dave Mithaca
05/09/09 07:43 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Steel Ball Routine DVD finally released! Special discount valid thru April 10, 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 5060

Re: John Calvert

My favorite Calvert story was reading how he was in his yacht during a hurricane and after being unsuccessful at trying to rope it in (or something like that), he decided to ride out the storm.

The real life John Wayne of magic!
by Dave Mithaca
05/09/09 07:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Calvert
Replies: 14
Views: 3218

Re: Rising Card Trick

Interesting question, Jon. I would think that after having a normal deck in play, using one of Bob Fitch's wonderful deck switches (topit) would be a nice way to go. I've got Angelo's Notion of Motion from several years ago and I keep it in a nice leather jewelry case along with John Kennedy's Fligh...
by Dave Mithaca
04/20/09 11:44 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rising Card Trick
Replies: 61
Views: 10094

Re: The Steel Ball Routine DVD finally released! Special discount valid thru April 10, 200

Hi Lou, I hope that you also think about releasing your wonderful animated/floating bill trick. It's one of the best versions I've ever had the pleasure of watching!
by Dave Mithaca
04/19/09 11:15 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Steel Ball Routine DVD finally released! Special discount valid thru April 10, 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 5060

Re: Viking Himber rings experience?

The Genii magazine issue with Bruce Cervon on the cover from several years ago has an excellent article where he mentions his routine. I think what makes his performance of the linking finger rings the best I've ever seen (alhtough I have heard great things about other routines) is how Cervon manage...
by Dave Mithaca
04/14/09 05:09 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Viking Himber rings experience?
Replies: 10
Views: 2571

Re: Viking Himber rings experience?

I am another user of the Biro/Porper set of linking finger rings. I was thrilled when I found out that this was being made. I was lucky enough to see Bruce Cervon perform his routine a number of years ago and remember thinking that this was one of the greatest illusions ever. Thanks Pete!
by Dave Mithaca
04/09/09 10:35 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Viking Himber rings experience?
Replies: 10
Views: 2571

Re: New Review of Copperfield in Vegas

Thanks for posting the review. I think that the Statue of Liberty vanish and walking through the Great Wall will go down in history as two of the greatest grand illusions of all time, but the license plate trick is one of the coolest effects in a theatre ever. I hope that Copperfield continues doing...
by Dave Mithaca
04/03/09 05:35 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Review of Copperfield in Vegas
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Re: Wooden Cigars

And that reminds me...

...of the last joke in Mike Close's wonderful book.
by Dave Mithaca
04/02/09 05:14 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Wooden Cigars
Replies: 27
Views: 4463

Re: Wooden Cigars

I got a set of the 4 inch and a set of the 3 1/2 inch cigars several years ago from John Rogers. They're weighted for easy sleeving/topiting. Highly recommended. I've never seen Eric DeCamps' routine with the cigars. I can only imagine it's as magical as everything else he does. Something to look fo...
by Dave Mithaca
03/15/09 10:55 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Wooden Cigars
Replies: 27
Views: 4463

Re: Interesting performance of Tarantula

Guys, the individuals in the video created a mini-spoof of Yigal Mesika's newly released "Tarantula." The guy throwing the spider was Magick Balay who is a talented magician in New York city and who frequently comes up with funny bits like this one. The "victim" here was acting. ...
by Dave Mithaca
03/14/09 05:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting performance of Tarantula
Replies: 8
Views: 1617

Re: CNN Article on David Shimshi

The idea that Shimshi isn't out looking for welfare, but rather is trying his best to make the best of a bad situation speaks volumes about his character.
by Dave Mithaca
03/05/09 02:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CNN Article on David Shimshi
Replies: 43
Views: 12028

Re: FSH: Escolano LePaul Card To Wallet & More, Brand New

If I didn't already have two, one black and one brown, I would get the Escalano wallet. Whoever buys this will be happy with the purchase. Highly recommended!
by Dave Mithaca
03/03/09 06:14 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH: Escolano LePaul Card To Wallet & More, Brand New
Replies: 3
Views: 1022

Re: Josh Jay

Josh did a great job getting the show back on track; however, as an arm chair QB, I wish that he would have used the method that Doc Eason uses of having both cards placed back into the deck for the fusion. Going back to the deck while the supposed signed cards are being held, even if not to do anyt...
by Dave Mithaca
12/18/08 11:57 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Josh Jay
Replies: 205
Views: 71360

Re: R Paul Wilson's Predator Wallet

Wow, that was a great price for such a strong item! I have three Predators (one that is the same as the one pictured above, black lizard skin, and a regular black leather). I bought them in order to have backups in case I lost one or due to wear and tear. However, they all look as good as the day I ...
by Dave Mithaca
11/26/08 12:45 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: R Paul Wilson's Predator Wallet
Replies: 3
Views: 1038

Re: New Copperfield TV Special

Edited or not, I feel that Copperfield's television specials will go down in history as the benchmark that everything else is compared to.

If I could only bring my family to see one live magic show, it would be Copperfield's. I'd love to see another TV special.
by Dave Mithaca
11/05/08 12:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Copperfield TV Special
Replies: 103
Views: 10404

Re: 30 min Set, # of effects?

I can see from the original post that the idea of "variety" is the overriding theme, so I'll address that idea: Personally, my favorite close up shows have a lot of variety. The shows that stand out in my mind are by guys such as Johnny Ace Palmer, John George (who incidentally is a good f...
by Dave Mithaca
10/30/08 11:02 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 30 min Set, # of effects?
Replies: 20
Views: 2507

Re: Barry Price

Just came across this. I'm sorry to say I didn't hear of Mr. Price's passing until recently. Watching some of his color changes at a Castle Swap Meet several years ago was a highlight of the day which I'll never forget. RIP
by Dave Mithaca
10/27/08 02:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Barry Price
Replies: 4
Views: 3548

Re: WTB: Hocus Pocus Tape on Barry Price Wallet

Just saw this message. I actually bought a couple of these wallets from Hocus Pocus and each came with a certificate of authenticity and the video. I was so pleased with the wallet that I purchased a back up. I'll PM you with info about the tape.
by Dave Mithaca
10/27/08 01:39 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Hocus Pocus Tape on Barry Price Wallet
Replies: 8
Views: 534

Re: Another Use for your Sharpie

When I had my appendix removed the physician saw that there was a "You will pick the six of hearts" written with a Sharpie on the incision site. Earlier I had forced the 6H on the doctor. Well, maybe not, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it...
by Dave Mithaca
10/23/08 10:20 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Another Use for your Sharpie
Replies: 14
Views: 1057

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