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by mike cookman
December 11th, 2008, 2:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is your favorite torn and restored card effect?
Replies: 88
Views: 13634

Re: What is your favorite torn and restored card effect?

Jonathan, I chose the Williamson torn and restored because I like how it presents a magician in trouble sort of scenario, and getting out of it would seem impossible, yet you do get out of it and there seems to be no explanation other than magic. Also, you tear up the card that was produced, the wro...
by mike cookman
December 9th, 2008, 10:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is your favorite torn and restored card effect?
Replies: 88
Views: 13634

Re: What is your favorite torn and restored card effect?

David Williamsons torn and restored is fun and magical.
by mike cookman
December 14th, 2005, 7:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive
Replies: 25
Views: 4455

Re: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive

Yes, Declan McManus is Costello's real name. His real middle name is Patrick. Declan Patrick McManus.
by mike cookman
December 3rd, 2005, 9:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive
Replies: 25
Views: 4455

Re: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive

Michael, he woked there awhile after me. And his name isnt Patrick, it's Declan. :p
by mike cookman
December 2nd, 2005, 6:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive
Replies: 25
Views: 4455

Re: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive

OK, just finished the article.Thats definitly him. He always pretended to be of Irish heritage. I always wanted to stomp his guts out.
by mike cookman
December 2nd, 2005, 6:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive
Replies: 25
Views: 4455

Re: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive

By the way, his real named is alleged to be Richard Ottierre, not sure of the spelling. Pronounced OTEEAY.
by mike cookman
December 2nd, 2005, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive
Replies: 25
Views: 4455

Re: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive

Before he opened a kiosk in Florida he had one in Tysons Corner. I know because he hired me to demonstrate for him, which I did, working with 3 or four other guys. This was right around when he left for Florida and he never paid us. Then the Feds got him. A then 15 year old named Brian who worked wi...
by mike cookman
November 18th, 2005, 10:42 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Darwin Ortiz @ Magic Inc.
Replies: 3
Views: 429

Re: Darwin Ortiz @ Magic Inc.

Darwin Ortiz. Hey, that guy is pretty good.
by mike cookman
August 19th, 2005, 10:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Carney Rocked Magic Inc. Hard!
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: John Carney Rocked Magic Inc. Hard!

Just his talking on misdirection was worth the price of admission. And he signed my copy of Carneycopia.
by mike cookman
June 22nd, 2005, 4:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dear Mr. Fantasy . . .
Replies: 33
Views: 4496

Re: Dear Mr. Fantasy . . .

Wait Until Dark is great. And I, too, like the Bullet Train stuff.
by mike cookman
March 26th, 2005, 3:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Question for Richard K.
Replies: 12
Views: 443

Re: Question for Richard K.

I think it's funny in the movie how the person Hopkin's manager is trying to talk into watching the nightclub act reacts with disgust at the thought of seeing a magician. And didnt Hopkins do a coinroll in the taxi cab?
by mike cookman
February 24th, 2005, 11:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: card fixes
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: card fixes

I think Card Fixes is cool. It gets you thinking creatively.
by mike cookman
February 18th, 2005, 3:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Pinky Count
Replies: 85
Views: 3570

Re: Pinky Count

I like to do the pinky count with coins.
by mike cookman
November 23rd, 2004, 1:37 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: COINMAGIC by Richard Kaufman
Replies: 6
Views: 679

Re: COINMAGIC by Richard Kaufman

Lots of good stuff in that book. Marlo, Roth, Latta...some good Wild Coin stuff, The Panda's Purse...
by mike cookman
November 23rd, 2004, 1:32 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: David Roth Expert Coin Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

Re: David Roth Expert Coin Magic

I perform Shell Coins Across, a couple of the Wild Coin effects and when Im feeling really bold, the Stonehenge Coin Assembly. although I use postcards of Chicago, and talk about how to get around in the windy city. Great book.
by mike cookman
April 13th, 2004, 1:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)
Replies: 128
Views: 32211

Re: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)

I, too, would like to learn Mickey's retention vanish stuff. Watching him on the tape made me smile at how much he fooled me. That was really fun.
by mike cookman
January 22nd, 2004, 7:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Birthday Jon Racherbaumer!
Replies: 13
Views: 506

Re: Happy Birthday Jon Racherbaumer!

Hi Jon, happy birthday! Just got a copy of The Last Hierophant from Magic Inc here in the windy city. Lots of good stuff. One of my all time favorite card trick is your Make Mine Dunbury Well, from Card Magic. Well, hope you have a fun day.
by mike cookman
December 26th, 2003, 6:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Merry christmas!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Merry christmas!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Lisa, Andrew, and Steve, and everyone else out there in magic land!
by mike cookman
December 22nd, 2003, 11:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: One Card Changes
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: One Card Changes

Bill Spooner has a good change in a book called Wonderful Routines of Magic.
by mike cookman
December 4th, 2003, 7:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity 1/2 Pass
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Gravity 1/2 Pass

I use it for an Aldo Columbini trick, I cant think of the name. It's a revelation of two selected cards that ends up as a sort of in the hands Triumph. It's on one of his videos. Anyway, the grip works out well. And I like Aaron's Simple Sandwich from his book.
by mike cookman
November 30th, 2003, 5:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Xmas Wishlist
Replies: 12
Views: 604

Re: Xmas Wishlist

Wishlist, eh? Let's see, the entire David Roth dvd collection, the new John Carney book, the entire Paul Harris Art of Astonishment series. That should do for a while. Merry Xmas.
by mike cookman
November 25th, 2003, 11:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Need Patter for Ambitious Card Routine
Replies: 23
Views: 935

Re: Need Patter for Ambitious Card Routine

I like Gary Kurtz's trick, Hypothetical Possibllities, which is a sort of ambitious card with a time travel theme. Hey, Happy Thanksgiving all! :)
by mike cookman
October 30th, 2003, 9:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Radiation
Replies: 14
Views: 956

Re: Radiation

Thanks, Tommy. And George, you sure did tell me so. That frame they nailed to my head was the only thing I didnt much care for, because I had to sit with it for a few hours before the proceedure. But they did have to plan the thing out, so it's better I be uncomfortable for a while than they zap som...
by mike cookman
October 30th, 2003, 8:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Radiation
Replies: 14
Views: 956

Re: Radiation

Hey guys, thanks for all the nice thoughts and wishes. The gamma knife proceedure really isnt that bad, and unlike an MRI it is very quiet. If fact, they let me listen to cd's the whole time. It's amazing, they work on your brain on Tuesday and Im sitting here at home on Thursday and I'll be back to...
by mike cookman
October 27th, 2003, 7:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Radiation
Replies: 14
Views: 956

Radiation

I hope I am not out of line here, but I'm going for some radiation tomorrow for a tumor in my brain and I'm kind of scared, so I just want to say that I enjoy this forum so much that I look forward to logging in each day and communicating with so many magical pals. I'll be gone for a few days, but w...
by mike cookman
October 27th, 2003, 6:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Books vs. Videos
Replies: 12
Views: 673

Re: Books vs. Videos

I like both books and videos.
by mike cookman
October 26th, 2003, 6:40 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: New Low in Magic
Replies: 7
Views: 508

Re: New Low in Magic

Yes, and Mr. Allen's point was that any bozo can do that.
by mike cookman
October 20th, 2003, 7:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Okay, Blaine's out of the box: what do you think of the stunt?
Replies: 70
Views: 2233

Re: Okay, Blaine's out of the box: what do you think of the stunt?

Im one of those who doesnt "get " it. Blaine has accomplished one thing, anyway, which is that a lot of us are talking about him. But I still dont "get" it.
by mike cookman
October 19th, 2003, 6:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across
Replies: 29
Views: 1248

Re: Coins Across

Thanks, Bill. I'll be sending you a check soon for the tubthumping book with the coins across and stuff.
by mike cookman
October 18th, 2003, 8:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question: Close-up Pad; Coin Box
Replies: 43
Views: 1680

Re: Question: Close-up Pad; Coin Box

I enjoy practicing some of David Roth's Okito box stuff but I've never performed any of it for people, because I dont practice enough. I always use a close up pad. Maybe it's a security blanket. Maybe I just like close up pads.
by mike cookman
October 18th, 2003, 8:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is That Guy Still In The Plastic Box?
Replies: 27
Views: 769

Re: Is That Guy Still In The Plastic Box?

Like Geoff said, at least Houdini did something when he was in a box suspended over a river. Did Blaine even take a magic book and a deck of cards with him to practice, since he had nothing but time? :rolleyes:
by mike cookman
September 29th, 2003, 6:07 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: How Long Did You Mispronounce Acer?
Replies: 18
Views: 7909

Re: How Long Did You Mispronounce Acer?

Some people, when speaking of Richard Kaufman, pronounce his name as "Coffman," which I happen to know is not correct. It's more like "Cowfman." Just so you know. :)
by mike cookman
September 29th, 2003, 5:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine the Messiah
Replies: 38
Views: 1662

Re: Blaine the Messiah

Blaine is certainly good at self promotion and he has somehow entertained people on those television specials with close up magic. And now I must reveal my ignorance: what does his hanging out in a box over a river in England have to do with magic? Is it supposed to have something to do with magic? ...
by mike cookman
September 23rd, 2003, 10:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pure, Pristine, and Powerful Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Pure, Pristine, and Powerful Magic

I like Richard's idea of publishing the item in Genii. :)
by mike cookman
September 12th, 2003, 12:38 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: brain scans to eliminate tells?
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: brain scans to eliminate tells?

I dont know. I've had lots of MRI's over the last couple of years, and I dont see how it's possible. But this does make for some interesting patter for a mentalism effect.
by mike cookman
September 12th, 2003, 11:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Two years ago today...
Replies: 15
Views: 1040

Re: Two years ago today...

I,too, was in Evanston, Illinois. I work at the Evanston Borders Books and Music. It was, of course, a very strange day. People were calling the store to ask various questions like, "did you hear anything about a plane crash in New York?" And as we all know, it just got worse and worse. It...
by mike cookman
September 4th, 2003, 6:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: favourite coin video
Replies: 8
Views: 3889

Re: favourite coin video

Check out David Roth's video Live in Philly. Plenty of good stuff.
by mike cookman
September 4th, 2003, 6:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: One handed coin vanish
Replies: 28
Views: 1132

Re: One handed coin vanish

In his routine Misty Like a Dream, Gary Kurtz teaches a rendition of a Latta one handed vanish, and it looks very magical. It does not suit all of the requirements mentioned above...but it will appear that way to the audience.
by mike cookman
August 27th, 2003, 9:47 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Simon Aronson makes front page of Chicago Tribune
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Simon Aronson makes front page of Chicago Tribune

That was a great article. People where I work read the piece and asked me if I'd seen it and if I know him. i don't know him, but he and I have met at some lectures and such, and he's a heck of a nice guy. Just so you know.
by mike cookman
August 27th, 2003, 8:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across
Replies: 29
Views: 1248

Re: Coins Across

Bill, your psychological coins across sounds like fun, I wouldnt mind learning it. Jeff, thanks for the heads up on Sankey's routine in Genii. David and Oz, I am also a big fan of Sankey's stuff, but Tenkai pinch type of things scare me. Looks awesome when Sankey does it, and I'll bet it looks aweso...

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