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Re: Who is renewing Real Secrets?

"Great things coming next year?" Like what, a bar betcha with several piles of matchsticks? "Imagine never-before-seen miracles delivered every month directly to your mailbox. Imagine no further Real Secrets is here." I gave them a $144 chance, and they had 12 months to deliver ...
by RobertAllen
02/03/13 02:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is renewing Real Secrets?
Replies: 255
Views: 14409

Re: Origina MINT Ross Bertram Cups for Sale Here

Ahh, the brotherhood of magic :)
by RobertAllen
10/31/12 12:36 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Origina MINT Ross Bertram Cups for Sale Here
Replies: 9
Views: 883

Neat shots of John Calvert, 101 years old, in Oakland CA

by RobertAllen
10/12/12 03:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neat shots of John Calvert, 101 years old, in Oakland CA
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Re: Banned from Blackpool

We need a "Like" button. Sadly I will be surprised if the desired de-parasitization occurs. Persons like this often attract like minded followers.

"Hey check out my French Drop!"

"Man, you flashed! But check out my double lift!"
by RobertAllen
10/12/12 12:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Banned from Blackpool
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: Banned from Blackpool

Fweedom!
by RobertAllen
10/12/12 12:50 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Banned from Blackpool
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: We're Back From the Genii Bash!

"Just one, with a gift bag that could never be duplicated and a line-up of performers that could never be duplicated." I wasn't there, but I say to this "Yes yes yes!" Single events of the success this sounds like it was define for me the meaning of the word "magic". Co...
by RobertAllen
10/10/12 02:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: We're Back From the Genii Bash!
Replies: 106
Views: 13062

Re: Criss Angel Calls out Dynamo as Copycat

A rising tide floats all boats?
by RobertAllen
08/30/12 01:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel Calls out Dynamo as Copycat
Replies: 17
Views: 3398

Piff the magic dragon...is awesome :)

Check out this video: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk5xfK0ovrk&feature=youtu.be">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk5xfK0o ... e=youtu.be</a><!-- m --> I looked up his website and found this: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.piffthemagicdragon.co...
by RobertAllen
08/30/12 01:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Piff the magic dragon...is awesome :)
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: FISM 2012 - Day Five

What, no J.C. Penn-ay jokes at the gala?
by RobertAllen
07/14/12 01:22 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2012 - Day Five
Replies: 14
Views: 5357

Re: FISM Starts off with a Narcissistic Bang

by RobertAllen
07/13/12 05:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Starts off with a Narcissistic Bang
Replies: 37
Views: 7173

Re: FISM Starts off with a Narcissistic Bang

I swear this thread needs video accompaniment. Perhaps Hitler running around the dealers room, or the Fawlty Towers Hitler scene, to the accompaniment of the Benny Hill theme.
by RobertAllen
07/13/12 03:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Starts off with a Narcissistic Bang
Replies: 37
Views: 7173

Re: Has the Real Work on John Scarne's Ace Cutting Been Tipped?

Hmm, I could be mis-remembering...but I don't think so. The trick described would be the card to mouth. And it would be the later edition since it was in English, and I'm sure I would never have had an original. The one I had was in English, hardcover, with a paper dustjacket showing a pair of hands...
by RobertAllen
05/17/12 04:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has the Real Work on John Scarne's Ace Cutting Been Tipped?
Replies: 30
Views: 2909

Re: Has the Real Work on John Scarne's Ace Cutting Been Tipped?

In Gautiers Magic Without Apparatus what is claimed to be Scarnes card to mouth is described. I don't have the book anymore to look up if Cutting the Aces was included.
by RobertAllen
05/17/12 02:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has the Real Work on John Scarne's Ace Cutting Been Tipped?
Replies: 30
Views: 2909

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

I got curious by the gossip and sent them $160 on faith alone. That wasn't good enough, so it was refunded with the motivation that I should have been prescient enough to be aware of a mandatory requirement that they had kept secret. Fair enough, I guess.


mrgoat wrote:Ah that makes more sense.


It does?
by RobertAllen
03/15/12 03:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Arthur, King of the Britains!
by RobertAllen
03/13/12 02:05 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Method for apparently burning a banknote?

Another, I think from Scarnes book (?) is to sew a rolled up bill into the hem of a kercheif or silk. Then roll the target bill into a tube, switch under the cloth and have the spectator hold it until the last moment, then you grab a corner and flick the cloth, vanishing the bill.
by RobertAllen
03/06/12 09:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Method for apparently burning a banknote?
Replies: 5
Views: 382

Re: Santiago Wills on Q on CBC

Magic shops are disappearing because of the Internet, Roth said during one of my visits while he extended his calloused hands toward the roof. This place is an oddity.


David Roth has "calloused" hands?
by RobertAllen
03/01/12 07:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Santiago Wills on Q on CBC
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Just remember what Groucho Marx said.
by RobertAllen
03/01/12 12:25 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Well, presumbly it's a matter of trust, of a known quantity. But I admit, it's disorganized.
by RobertAllen
02/29/12 11:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Sooo they had people lined up for the intro letter who either backed out or were never involved. Or "endorsed" means "who Real Secrets is made up of", not who's actually creating it.

I'm not trying to beat a dead horse, but this thing gets more and more bizarre/poorly run.
by RobertAllen
02/29/12 09:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Oh--I should mention that I was also informed that Steve Brooks has absolutely nothing to do with any aspect of this project. I just looked and now it's hard to tell; Smurfs post mentioned Steve Brooks and I believe others who are no longer mentioned on the website's front page. I checked the Inter...
by RobertAllen
02/29/12 08:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

There does not appear to be a limit as to how many subscriptions they are accepting. Given that I don't see how they can have
... well over two years content completed, manufactured, and ready to share with our community.
by RobertAllen
02/29/12 04:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Items currently on eBay

You might want to update your auction to let prospective buyers know if it does or does not include the necessary dye tube, lest you get a buyer giving you bad feedback.

Robert
by RobertAllen
02/29/12 04:21 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Items currently on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

I have been told that all the apparatus for the entire first year of effects has already been manufactured. I've also been told by someone I trust that this is very "cool" stuff and they expect to exceed everyone's expectations. If so then that's very, VERY, tempting! But personally I'll ...
by RobertAllen
02/29/12 03:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

The Larry, he hasn't saved you money. If anything, Robert's advice will cost you money if you decide to try and hunt down someone's resold items later on because it's more than likely they will be resold at a much higher price. Remember, you're paying $12 for each trick you receive. It's highly unl...
by RobertAllen
02/29/12 03:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

I hope the stuff will be great. We'll see in April. Given how they're treating people, how good could it be to make up the treatment? This is starting to remind me of a Shaggy Dog story. I'll wait to see the items sold on ebay by people either disappointed with what they got, or looking to double t...
by RobertAllen
02/29/12 01:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

RobertAllen wrote:[size:11pt] We can tell you that it is people you know and trust. People like Steve Brooks....[/size]


Sounds like that know and trust thing isn't working out so well...

The best way to sucker magicians in to something is to say it's a big secret, and to charge a high price. It never fails.
by RobertAllen
02/27/12 01:42 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Smurf wrote:[size:11pt] We can tell you that it is people you know and trust. People like Steve Brooks....[/size]


Well there's a marketing faux pas.
by RobertAllen
02/25/12 01:57 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63797

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (November 2011)

Might I ask what Philip Morris had to say? Did he supply the costume?
by RobertAllen
12/02/11 05:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (November 2011)
Replies: 39
Views: 3214

Re: Canada Goes for Plastic Currency

my damn pocket swings like a second scrotum with all those damn heavy coins in it! There's a delightful simile. Forget simile, I think Richard is bragging. My, cough, 1st scrotum does not swing like a heavy sack of coins :) Dustin, two of the reasons Americans "hate" the dollar coins are:...
by RobertAllen
11/24/11 05:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Canada Goes for Plastic Currency
Replies: 13
Views: 777

Re: Fire at The Magic Castle?

by RobertAllen
10/31/11 06:34 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Fire at The Magic Castle?
Replies: 54
Views: 7434

Re: Conjurer Dick

Having read this thread I will just say, Phew! I was afraid this was about some ailment magicians might be prone to. Like Tennis Elbow.
by RobertAllen
10/28/11 01:22 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Conjurer Dick
Replies: 7
Views: 835

Re: Burton Sperber has Crossed Over

I'm sorry for your loss :(.
by RobertAllen
09/30/11 11:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Burton Sperber has Crossed Over
Replies: 21
Views: 2633

Re: A "BRA" CADABRA

OOps, I double posted about this. I should have known people would be on top of this story as it burst out of the headlines. Found video of him doing a cut and restored rope. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.abingtoncam.org/apps/videos/videos/show/14869462-school-committee-meeting-8-30...
by RobertAllen
09/30/11 11:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A "BRA" CADABRA
Replies: 21
Views: 1028

Re: The map of Andrea Ghisi's Laberinto

Thank you very much for posting this!
by RobertAllen
09/30/11 11:39 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The map of Andrea Ghisi's Laberinto
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

Re: Pat Metheny on Magic

I like Abba. More than that, I like their Voulez Vous album. I don't care if it's crap or not, I just like it :) I like Bacon Western Cheeseburgers too.
by RobertAllen
05/22/10 06:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pat Metheny on Magic
Replies: 70
Views: 2705

Re: Remembering Doug.

I teach college. A couple weeks ago I mentioned famed test pilot Chuck Yeager and one of the students said "Who?"
by RobertAllen
05/04/10 03:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Remembering Doug.
Replies: 61
Views: 4753

Well that was pretty bad.

"The 2009 World Magic Awards" was on local TV last night. I tried to watch it, but between the opening act, "The Twins" two guys with horrible haircuts, and the other random act I tuned in to later showing a poorly done and flameless version of the Cremation illusion, I'm just ba...
by RobertAllen
04/30/10 01:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Well that was pretty bad.
Replies: 0
Views: 418

Info requst:: CW Moth in Wallet trick.

I'm looking for any information about a rumored Collectors Workshop trick called the moth in wallet. I'm assuming this is something like the butterflies and fan, but with a wallet and moth. Right now all I have is the name, and I'd like to know more.

Thanks,

Robert
by RobertAllen
04/29/10 04:36 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Info requst:: CW Moth in Wallet trick.
Replies: 1
Views: 515

Re: Bamboo

This reminds me of Captain Kirk vs the Gorn using his bamboo cannon. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxQqJbW-ohw">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxQqJbW-ohw</a><!-- m --> There has to be a story here for the enterprising performer using chopped "diamonds"...
by RobertAllen
04/21/10 03:32 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bamboo
Replies: 45
Views: 4510
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