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Re: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In

Houdini as one of characters of a Multiple, another being Franz Kafka... now we're getting somewhere. Did they leave messages to each other via Ouija board?
by Jonathan Townsend
09/01/14 Yesterday 01:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In
Replies: 16
Views: 856

Re: Almost telepathy

Let us suppose the guy on the sending side sent an instruction to the guy on the receiving side so pick up a camera and take a selfie...

On a more intriguing note, Peter Watts' latest book, Echophraxia, came out earlier this week. B2B becomes more relevant
by Jonathan Townsend
08/30/14 06:59 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Almost telepathy
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

The performer in black thing was big in the mid 1990s. Are there technical reasons for choosing a dark production design, especially for costume?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/30/14 12:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 76
Views: 3250

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

Richard Kaufman wrote:Your thoughts?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRqBhyI3fHo


Thoughts - how to describe a sense of awkward about a place where something seems to be missing?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/30/14 12:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 76
Views: 3250

Re: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!

Bill Marquardt wrote:Hopefully, someone will come along to tell us what is wrong with Derren's video how it could have been made better.


Kinda light out for 3am - day for night

:) liked the bicycle gag.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/28/14 12:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 127
Views: 5462

Re: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!

Sound - fury - signifying?

still, it's an hour strut.

I hope the Hollingworth material gets a good audience.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/25/14 04:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 127
Views: 5462

Re: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!

Maybe some folks will want it for the packaging and discover the work behind the tricks later on.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/25/14 12:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 127
Views: 5462

Re: Jerry Andrus - Harvard Lecture Notes - Wanted

Does the recent Tenyo Flying Carpet trick qualify?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/20/14 05:46 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Jerry Andrus - Harvard Lecture Notes - Wanted
Replies: 32
Views: 2130

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

I went to the local Barnes & Noble to look for current fiction - opened a book and saw a little almost transparent critter running around the page. No it was not a floater but a critter. Then recalled stories about items disintegrating inside museum drawers. There's nothing like a book. And if y...
by Jonathan Townsend
08/20/14 02:14 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 13612

Re: magic on npr

that would be tonight(tuesday) on syfy - 10pm EST with a repeat later
by Jonathan Townsend
08/19/14 08:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: magic on npr
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: Unbelievable Price for a Comic

First, they're sealed up - and some old ones are taken apart and treated to stop the acid ...

anyway it's about that "collector" thing - having it.

impressive artwork in the S&S issues. the Fleischer cartoons tried for something like the original aesthetic.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/18/14 05:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Unbelievable Price for a Comic
Replies: 5
Views: 453

street magic for pictures

step on up and get your pic taken with an illusion

http://www.streetartutopia.com/?p=14675

:)
by Jonathan Townsend
08/18/14 02:42 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: street magic for pictures
Replies: 0
Views: 104

floating speakers?

looks like magic - no idea about the sound quality

http://www.omone.com/om-one

we're likely to see more such products
by Jonathan Townsend
08/15/14 02:57 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: floating speakers?
Replies: 0
Views: 217

Re: Shocking magic episode on AGT?

Richard Kaufman wrote:In the parallel universe where obnoxious jerks are kings.
Oh, wait ... we live in that parallel universe!


More from that parallel universe: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/docu ... perations/

page 50

??
by Jonathan Townsend
08/15/14 01:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shocking magic episode on AGT?
Replies: 54
Views: 3591

Re: Shocking magic episode on AGT?

I.M. Magician wrote:Well, he has vanished. I suppose he is shocked.


Super Mike is gone from the competition?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/13/14 10:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shocking magic episode on AGT?
Replies: 54
Views: 3591

Re: Shocking magic episode on AGT?

Not sure magic act routines are supposed to stand up to critical scrutiny of that kind. @Diego; reality is catching up with fantasy on this one. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/13/smart-mannequins-hateful-shopping-experience who's selling those magic rings? (enabling) ;) sorry to r...
by Jonathan Townsend
08/13/14 03:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shocking magic episode on AGT?
Replies: 54
Views: 3591

Incomplete stories

This is almost magic. The trick has to do with distinguishing condoning a thing and being complicit in the matter.

http://narrative.ly/shark-week/the-secr ... a-con-man/

There will be more. Narrative. A tale told to a fool - who wishes to believe in nothing more than the moment.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/13/14 09:50 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Incomplete stories
Replies: 0
Views: 144

Re: B'Wave

Q. Kumber wrote:There is no stronger test of material than performing for teenagers, especially Jewish teenagers, the latter being particularly perceptive for some reason...


agreed that teenagers in their cohort can offer useful feedback.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/12/14 11:36 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: B'Wave
Replies: 19
Views: 1151

The Invisible Returns

Looks like what we know is there yet can't see is back in the news

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/a ... ure-unseen

almost impossible to ignore while being almost impossible to see.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/12/14 10:06 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Invisible Returns
Replies: 0
Views: 132

Re: B'Wave

Whose is the item where you have the four card packet in an envelope and can show any suit at the odd colored reversed card in the packet (but no blank faces to finish)?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/12/14 09:22 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: B'Wave
Replies: 19
Views: 1151

Re: performing magic for animals

? use meaningful props? like these for the socks trick?

http://boingboing.net/2014/08/11/sushi-socks.html
by Jonathan Townsend
08/11/14 03:11 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: performing magic for animals
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Paul Fox Cups and Balls

A polite email to the host of the cups and balls museum might get you some history and a view of the items in question. A quick search should bring you to something about his "miracle gimmick" and a sense that he was a clever magician from early last century. About the cups he had made: In...
by Jonathan Townsend
08/07/14 07:57 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Paul Fox Cups and Balls
Replies: 13
Views: 1082

Re: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

The arguments over copyright get better or more complicated depending...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/n ... ns-it.html
by Jonathan Townsend
08/06/14 05:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 37
Views: 2631

Re: Rough and Smooth effects

Sean-Dylan wrote:With the recent acquisition of “The Roughing Stick” by Harry Robson, I have taken a renewed interest in effects that use the principle. ...



look back a little ways to "science friction".
by Jonathan Townsend
08/05/14 07:53 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rough and Smooth effects
Replies: 2
Views: 415

Re: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

MJLauck wrote:...It has to start somewhere. Personally, I'd ...


Post what's yours on YouTube if you wish - and perhaps by your example others may reconsider their own position on what to do with their property.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/05/14 07:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 37
Views: 2631

Re: Adult Magic... Hogwarts coat-tails style book for Adults

I enjoyed The Magicians and his brother's books too.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/05/14 05:42 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Adult Magic... Hogwarts coat-tails style book for Adults
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

While the project sounds very worthwhile, there's no mention (that I see) on their site concerning how they intend to deal with copyrighted film. I get the impression that not all of the film they intend to save is necessarily in the public domain. You'd think the "let's get that slydini video...
by Jonathan Townsend
08/04/14 11:31 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 37
Views: 2631

Re: NFL Football...

geeze... issues.

probably not the best time to ask about bronies.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/04/14 11:11 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NFL Football...
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner

Roger M. wrote:I smell an agenda.


Agreed. :(

But at least this thread recalled the guy, seeing him perform and seeing one of his students do some of that material. Pleasant memories.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/02/14 11:49 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner
Replies: 43
Views: 2910

Re: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner

no. it means that the wife of Christian Fechner, who has no reason to give a flying flip what you think, has decided it is not worth her time and energy to deal with something that to her is likely of complete irrelevance. ... There's been little mention here of anyone making offers, much less what...
by Jonathan Townsend
08/02/14 09:36 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner
Replies: 43
Views: 2910

Re: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner

Tom Gilbert wrote:I had also heard Slydini wanted them released after his death.


And what arrangements did he make to have that happen? Contracts? Funding? Rights assignment?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/02/14 09:32 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner
Replies: 43
Views: 2910

Re: New Series of Master of Magic Starts August 1 (CW Networ

Richard Kaufman wrote:The leisurely cutting of the old days won't hold a young audience anymore.


First one needs to engage the audience. What's the underlying appeal?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/02/14 01:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Series of Master of Magic Starts August 1 (CW Network)
Replies: 11
Views: 1553

Re: 13 More "Masters of Illusion" TV Shows Coming

Thanks! Great to see Jonathan Pendragon performing on TV.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/01/14 08:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 13 More "Masters of Illusion" TV Shows Coming
Replies: 10
Views: 1367

Re: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner

One could as well ask: How specifically is it in the interest of someone who does have the video you'd like to watch - to make the video available to you? The serious wannabe Slydini student could have already looked to find some of Slydini's students and asked them politely and privately for some h...
by Jonathan Townsend
08/01/14 06:51 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner
Replies: 43
Views: 2910

Re: Cyril's New Japanese TV Special

http://courses.hamilton.edu/dhi-class-1/sarah/the-art-of-setsumei or http://books.google.com/books?id=hFxwX-dM008C&pg=PA66&lpg=PA66&dq=benshi+political&source=bl&ots=e1gc1b9sYm&sig=prIOFUCHLe3mRkPFzanLiM-bbCY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QsDbU5fZOYGQyATs0ILoCQ&ved=0CGEQ6AEwC...
by Jonathan Townsend
08/01/14 12:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cyril's New Japanese TV Special
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner

My friend Pierre Mayer has the videos. Some years ago, at Blackpool, I asked him (begged him!) about releasing them and he said he knew he should but . . . but what? he does not own the rights to the video? he does not have a video player and a PC to digitize them and upload them onto YouTube to ma...
by Jonathan Townsend
07/31/14 11:05 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner
Replies: 43
Views: 2910

Re: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner

claiming ignorance as entitlement is scary

ask the owners directly
by Jonathan Townsend
07/31/14 10:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner
Replies: 43
Views: 2910

Re: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner

Do not you think people who have historical tapes that are well guarded magic in 35 mm film thinking that having them stored in a dry well abitacion and while neither remember the material they have, believe it will last for a lifetime. Here are wrong in the case of material Slydini ... I don't ima...
by Jonathan Townsend
07/31/14 02:50 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner
Replies: 43
Views: 2910

Re: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner

Not so much the craft as being able to enjoy some memories of they guy. Just days ago a non-magician brought up Slydini doing a "sewing a button" bit. ****************** There's been a long history of confusing form/function - personality/workable technique in the "how to" part o...
by Jonathan Townsend
07/31/14 10:10 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Lost Videos Slydini Christian Fechner
Replies: 43
Views: 2910

Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Magic gets another boost on BoingBoing

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/30/the-ma ... ality.html
by Jonathan Townsend
07/30/14 12:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure in Boing Boing
Replies: 20
Views: 2196
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