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Re: Respect for Doug Henning

I'm wary of raw big-data search results. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_Pie_the_Magician for example. Or John Lennon fans from after his passing. Kinda interseting to ask "what if" of Doug Henning and Peter Max enjoying a surge of popularity. Or perhaps Henning gets a haircut, and chan...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/25/14 03:57 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 154
Views: 16192

Re: faro shuffle

here http://magiki.wikispaces.com/Faro+Shuffle, there is a reference of a book from 1726 entitled Whole Art and Mystery of Modem Gaming but I can't cheek because I haven't this book. Great finding. I suspect our current generation of serious students is about ready to scan and wiki up older referen...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/24/14 10:56 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: faro shuffle
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Re: Respect for Doug Henning

... a little more respect for Doug Henning in the magic history press is in order. Folks who care have lots of respect for what he did. Some carry the way he did it as a best practice model for attitude about magic. Those who want to explore the past of magical entertainment will meet Doug Henning ...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/23/14 09:10 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 154
Views: 16192

Re: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone

Leonard Hevia wrote:...this is a feature and not a bug in the human brain...


it's about how they feel while you exploit some of those hacks/features - ie what's in it for the audience?

brain or mind?
by Jonathan Townsend
12/23/14 02:22 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 2460

Re: Respect for Doug Henning

Richard Kaufman wrote:All of those things may be true, John, but none of them are reasons why any laymen should remember who he is at this late date.


Richard, I was under the impression that most of magic's history is kept among magicians - brought before laymen in context of raw material for presentation.
by Jonathan Townsend
12/23/14 01:51 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 154
Views: 16192

Re: Respect for Doug Henning

He's gone. That boat has gone. Saving bits of the pier or building a shrine where the pier was is ... misdirection. What the hell does that mean? That we should't write about dead magicians? To start - maybe focus on eliciting that sense of wonder. Writing is optional - it tends to be about the wri...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/23/14 01:38 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 154
Views: 16192

Re: Respect for Doug Henning

Folks liked him. What folks picked up and carry forward is up to them. He's gone. That boat has gone. Saving bits of the pier or building a shrine where the pier was is ... misdirection.

PS - expressing that sense of wonder and how to communicate that sense of wonder - useful. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
12/23/14 11:42 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 154
Views: 16192

Re: Respect for Doug Henning

... Doug Henning offered a specific way of delivering wonder with a smile. Indeed, and isn't that something special that should be preserved...instead of making him vanish without a trace. Things change character when preserved. As flowers lose their vitality when pressed into pages to become ephem...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/23/14 10:03 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 154
Views: 16192

Re: Respect for Doug Henning

The Beatles were very well produced and looked after as a business.

Doug Henning offered a specific way of delivering wonder with a smile.
by Jonathan Townsend
12/22/14 03:16 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 154
Views: 16192

Re: Larry Jennings book

AJM wrote:And would it be considered to be as valuable as the price suggests?


What's it worth to gloat?
by Jonathan Townsend
12/22/14 02:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Larry Jennings book
Replies: 7
Views: 650

Re: The Carbonaro Effect

Question: In order to televise any particular segment the "mark" has to be told it was a trick. How do you think the layman experiences the magic after the fact? How is the experience different if at all? First - it's pranking. Look this defective pen squired ink all over your shirt ... h...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/17/14 09:17 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Carbonaro Effect
Replies: 26
Views: 3574

Re: ERDNASE

The idea of having printed yet unbound pages used later on is intriguing. Are we at a point where it can be explored? Is there a catalog of page/line/item defect (inking, damaged letter/line...) for the book so folks can explore what changes over the years/editions? What's the variance of defects wi...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/16/14 07:46 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3045
Views: 1373547

Re: Was not sure where to post

An odd take on haunted deck with no threads, loops or sleights and the deck is borrowed. I wanted to get the extension effect. http://youtu.be/x2_MMZv2vTo Tony Hi Tony, the video is not showing - also a version of the Haunted Pack that happens out of the performer's hands was marketed by Ken Brooke...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/16/14 02:21 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Was not sure where to post
Replies: 3
Views: 892

holiday floating candles

set up as Harry Potter type Christmas tree -
Work in progress with pictures
posted here: http://www.epbot.com/2014/12/harry-pott ... ating.html
by Jonathan Townsend
12/12/14 10:47 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: holiday floating candles
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Re: Imagination Deck??

Richard Kaufman wrote:Why do you need a gimmicked deck to perform that trick?


To go with the case and gaff?
by Jonathan Townsend
12/10/14 09:09 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Imagination Deck??
Replies: 5
Views: 891

Re: The Carbonaro Effect

What episode number is the light bulb? The credit card?
by Jonathan Townsend
12/10/14 08:57 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Carbonaro Effect
Replies: 26
Views: 3574

Re: What is a camera trick?

Why so coy about post production cleanup?
by Jonathan Townsend
12/09/14 11:25 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is a camera trick?
Replies: 45
Views: 3766

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 Jonathan Townsend
12/08/14 11:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists Reviews
Replies: 41
Views: 4590

Dowsing down under

looking for a chance to exercise some skillz?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-20/n ... ng/5822472

they want to spend money on dowsing technology.

have at
by Jonathan Townsend
12/05/14 01:23 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dowsing down under
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: Goethe and magic

To describe magic as folly is something of an improvement from Lucilius on trickery. "Not to know them does no harm, and mastering them does no good."
by Jonathan Townsend
12/05/14 09:48 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Goethe and magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1235

Re: ERDNASE

Would anyone over in Britain care to comment on number of copies of the book available at the time? That is probably an unanswerable question. It's not like there some master list of copies of Erdnase in Great Britain ca. 1991. I'd like to stick with positive/evidence based history. I suspect there...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/03/14 10:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3045
Views: 1373547

Re: ERDNASE

... f irst editions of The Expert seem to be more common in Britain than in the U.S."[/i]... Where and how is this claim substantiated? They didn't offer their evidence as part of the footnote.... Would anyone over in Britain care to comment on number of copies of the book available at the tim...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/03/14 07:25 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3045
Views: 1373547

Re: Coins thru silk

? Amazon sheer scarf about seven dollars.
??
by Jonathan Townsend
12/03/14 07:12 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins thru silk
Replies: 14
Views: 1649

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. wrote:... first editions of The Expert seem to be more common in Britain than in the U.S."[/i]...


Where and how is this claim substantiated?

What other books on card sleights were in common use in England around 1900?
by Jonathan Townsend
12/03/14 12:24 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3045
Views: 1373547

Re: Goethe and magic

I think Johann Wolfgang von Goethe loved magic. ... What led you think he liked magic as distinct from the mysteries of nature or the human heart? Newton, Goethe and Albers all worked at exploring the notion of color. Of the three it seems only Newton was privately open to pondering the intent/will...
by Jonathan Townsend
12/03/14 08:57 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Goethe and magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1235

Re: The Magic Cafe Down

Larry Barnowsky wrote:The Magic Café is down (9AM EST 11/29). Getting "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded" message. :o


Z nation alert? They're coming?
by Jonathan Townsend
11/29/14 01:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Cafe Down
Replies: 4
Views: 807

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

“There’s no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity,” said Ms. Hegemann in a statement released by her publisher ... this is through the publisher. odd how on one hand we don't have the tools for making magic taught reliably and on the other we have folks well worn material getting into...
by Jonathan Townsend
11/26/14 11:54 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 1900

Re: What is a camera trick?

who = politics if a film student (think average movie goer/gamer these days) can sense or detect out-of-frame methods in use - FAIL edits out of continuity risk taking a viewer out of the realtime experience. my favorite example of camera "trickery" is where serveral cameras are viewing a ...
by Jonathan Townsend
11/26/14 09:22 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is a camera trick?
Replies: 45
Views: 3766

Re: Magic set for kids...

http://marksetteducati.com/?p=237

you can find copies of this around

:)
by Jonathan Townsend
11/25/14 02:25 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic set for kids...
Replies: 24
Views: 2095

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

Imitation is a part of learning. Usually before notions of choice, context and precedent in ones craft. Not so sure cut-and-paste merits consideration as literature more than as collage. Or perhaps publishing such as performance art? Is one then expected to take a few pages and send them off to be a...
by Jonathan Townsend
11/25/14 01:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 1900

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

Brad Jeffers wrote:...the type of plagiarism we sometimes see in the magic community...


Plagiarism in magic... perhaps showing a dupe of a selected and signed card that has your signature instead of the volunteer's?
by Jonathan Townsend
11/25/14 11:28 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 1900

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

Owning a text that's long out of copyright protection... tiresome. Makes for a cute one liner about playing a part in Midsummer Night's Dream. What do you have that improves on the Hofzinser trick? Her story - at a glance reminds me of this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiane_F. without a p...
by Jonathan Townsend
11/25/14 10:10 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 1900

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

“There’s no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity,” said Ms. Hegemann in a statement released by her publisher after the scandal broke. The world of fiction has its own battles about originality: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/world/europe/12germany.html?_r=3& Borges touched up...
by Jonathan Townsend
11/25/14 09:37 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 1900

Re: Criss Angel is the Biggest ...

Banachek wrote:... silly teenager behaviour I see so prevalent in these forums...


may be what drives this niche market
by Jonathan Townsend
11/21/14 01:59 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel is the Biggest ...
Replies: 27
Views: 3347

Re: What is a camera trick?

Brad Henderson wrote:... about audience expectations and assumptions...


Sure, start by describing the audience.

magicians with political (within magic) gripes are not exactly the biggest advertiser demographic for a network when picking programs to show.
by Jonathan Townsend
11/20/14 12:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is a camera trick?
Replies: 45
Views: 3766

Re: What is a camera trick?

So this is not about video/movie magic but instead about what cues some people (here?) to complain "camera trick" . Okay, but that's close to politics. Good luck with the rationalizing.
by Jonathan Townsend
11/20/14 09:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is a camera trick?
Replies: 45
Views: 3766

Re: What is a camera trick?

...So i'll ask the question again (since no-one has answered it yet) - what IS a "camera trick" something other than realtime camera video feed. editing is "movie magic" where a shot of someone exiting a set cut with a shot of someone walking away from an outside door is interpr...
by Jonathan Townsend
11/19/14 06:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is a camera trick?
Replies: 45
Views: 3766

Re: What is a camera trick?

Consider a live show as seen by the audience as present. Let's say some of them are streaming what they see via Google Glass or equivalent - IE their perspectives are available to a director. Ideally some selection of those video streams would be the TV program. Saving those data feeds and composing...
by Jonathan Townsend
11/19/14 09:09 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is a camera trick?
Replies: 45
Views: 3766

Re: an AI trick brain

There was an item on the market which involved a pull (okay a reel) and a small figure of an elephant.

Perhaps with a feedback process of youtube "like" for performances there could be some development...
by Jonathan Townsend
11/17/14 04:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: an AI trick brain
Replies: 10
Views: 593

Re: an AI trick brain

I was under the impression the "trick brain" was a way to take one's special context for a show and generate ways to use ones tricks on hand. from CPU to magic shop... somehow not surprised. Is there an Ed Marlo type vetting program to make sure the generated items are not already in print...
by Jonathan Townsend
11/17/14 11:52 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: an AI trick brain
Replies: 10
Views: 593
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