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by hugmagic
February 24th, 2016, 10:32 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Evening at Tomfoolery download proceeds to Tom's Estate
Replies: 1
Views: 795

Re: Evening at Tomfoolery download proceeds to Tom's Estate

I just downloaded it. Have not had time to watch it all. I hope I can figure out how to save it to a disc so if the computer crashes. I am new to this streaming stuff.
Richard
by hugmagic
February 24th, 2016, 10:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Battle Draws Near
Replies: 3
Views: 1123

Re: The Battle Draws Near

Sorry about the bad link. Here is the link I just used to log into...http://www.battleofmagicians.com/arpreach/a.php/l/c/9fqrmq/3af/2sc6ty It is being held the first weekend in May 5, 6 and 7, in Canton, Ohio. Again, apologizes for the problem with the link. I wanted to get something up before the e...
by hugmagic
February 24th, 2016, 2:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Cohen's Blog
Replies: 4
Views: 1637

Re: Steve Cohen's Blog

Very nice and interesting reading. Thanks for the Blog and letting us know about it.
Richard
by hugmagic
February 24th, 2016, 2:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Battle Draws Near
Replies: 3
Views: 1123

The Battle Draws Near

The 25th International Battle of Magicians is coming up soon in May. In 25 years, it has featured some of the top acts in magic.... sometimes before a National convention did even. This year is not exception we have some great acts that have agreed to appear for 25th Gala year (if we pay them). How ...
by hugmagic
February 18th, 2016, 10:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Mullica
Replies: 36
Views: 7373

Re: Tom Mullica

I was fortunate to spend some quality time with Tom backstage at Abbott's last summer. We sat at the side of the stage and jackpotted while others were teaching in. He said, "I had a cigarette act and now no one smokes. I did Red and know one knows who he was anymore. So this is a new act I am ...
by hugmagic
February 17th, 2016, 10:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Mullica
Replies: 36
Views: 7373

Re: Tom Mullica

I fondly remember the time I had with Tom this summer at Abbott's. While everyone else was teching in their acts, Tom and I sat at the side of the stage cutting jackpots.
Prayers are with him and Steven.
Richard
by hugmagic
December 19th, 2015, 9:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton's Oil and Cincinnati Reds???
Replies: 7
Views: 1204

Re: Roy Walton's Oil and Cincinnati Reds???

If you look on ebay at times, there are sets of uncut trading cards that were distributed by the Klosterman Baking Company. No, Ken does not have any more. I don't know the year off the top of my head but you could probably take those cards and cut them apart and use them. Since they are in a sheet ...
by hugmagic
November 24th, 2015, 8:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists in the UK - reviews
Replies: 16
Views: 1769

Re: The Illusionists in the UK - reviews

Yes Jinger and Sherrie are both in the 1903 version. All I can think is that how bad the New York papers panned this show last year. Yet, they set record numbers on Broadway and Touring. Maybe they know something the critics don't. It is a different type of magic show then most of us are used to. Bu...
by hugmagic
October 2nd, 2015, 7:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: hank lee out of jail
Replies: 78
Views: 12912

Re: hank lee out of jail

Good one Johnathan. unfortunately, neither was a joking matter.
by hugmagic
July 22nd, 2015, 11:32 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Cresey Mouth Coils...Gone Forever?
Replies: 4
Views: 1819

Re: Cresey Mouth Coils...Gone Forever?

Try contacting Cressey Directly. They have some stock but when it is gone that will probably be it. John Reid, the owner, is assessing what to do in face of the major capital investment he must make to continue to make the products. I can certainly understand that as I am caught in very much the sam...
by hugmagic
July 11th, 2015, 3:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 5
Replies: 51
Views: 16481

Re: FISM Day 5

Interesting on the Pole Vault. I do a lot of college track meets and in fact have the Number one male Division Vaulter in the Country that I officiate with all the time. Jonathan well have to talk pole vault someday. Your post was right on target. I have never seem the appeal of FISM. Just seems lik...
by hugmagic
June 25th, 2015, 9:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "American Pickers" & Houdini
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: "American Pickers" & Houdini

There was a guy in Atlanta years ago. I believe his name was Chandler who had a huge collection of magic. Of course, Abb Dickson had a lot of stuff that had been liquidated over the years. It was Abb's mother, Edith, that suggested at FDR travel to Warm Springs for his polio. He was a close family f...
by hugmagic
June 22nd, 2015, 7:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tim Deremer Has Died
Replies: 3
Views: 777

Re: Tim Deremer Has Died

Tim was a good friend and good magician. I remember the last time he worked Abbott's some guys in the wings saying "he is really good". Yes he was with good old fashioned family entertainment that he had performed and honed for years. Corny at time and full of puns, it was entertaining and...
by hugmagic
May 19th, 2015, 7:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Richard's birthday?
Replies: 5
Views: 999

Re: Richard's birthday?

Jack Benny did that for 39 years....he died at 78.
by hugmagic
April 12th, 2015, 7:39 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Medium's Table
Replies: 6
Views: 2343

Re: Medium's Table

This was a table developed by Roydon. The original is owned by Ken Klosterman. Permission was given to Joe Stevens recently to reproduce a limited number of these tables.
It is a very ingenious mechanism that is very practical in a medium's parlor for readings.
by hugmagic
January 21st, 2015, 8:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nudity in Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 9570

Re: Nudity in Magic

Remember Harry Anderson's legendary reply in Showtime's "Bare Touch of Magic" as he viewed a bare chested lady holding an Abbott's Botania...
"Topless, smoshless, you'vd seen two you have seen them both".

Richard
by hugmagic
January 1st, 2015, 7:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vic Trabucco
Replies: 11
Views: 2636

Re: Vic Trabucco

And he is a a heck of nice guy.
Richard
by hugmagic
December 27th, 2014, 11:39 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Laypersons love Ellusionists!
Replies: 10
Views: 2002

Re: Laypersons love Ellusionists!

You are correct. Gunsmoke was made with the Mattel cap pistol that shot little plastic bullets out of the brass cartridge. I remember playing with them as a kid. Imagine trying to make a toy like that now. Actually, the gun is worth more as a collectible than a magic trick. But as I said, it is stil...
by hugmagic
December 27th, 2014, 7:43 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Laypersons love Ellusionists!
Replies: 10
Views: 2002

Re: Laypersons love Ellusionists!

UF Grant made a thing called GunSmoke. I still have one. I use it Halloween some time. It shoots 6 rounds of fire with a puff of smoke at the end. Uses Flashpaper, paper caps, gunpowder, and couple of other things. Pretty neat and worked like a charm. I later used the same principle to modify anothe...
by hugmagic
December 26th, 2014, 9:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Heck with Reviews....
Replies: 50
Views: 10502

Re: The Heck with Reviews....

Very interesting concept Tim. Thanks for sharing.
Richard
by hugmagic
December 25th, 2014, 11:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Heck with Reviews....
Replies: 50
Views: 10502

Re: The Heck with Reviews....

The same still holds true with Houdin. The times have changed. The drawing room conjurer's would do an effect and then retire to allow the audience to discuss how it might be done. Obviously, that is not workable today either. Houdin did call magicians actors and a part of the theater. Theater has a...
by hugmagic
December 24th, 2014, 10:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Heck with Reviews....
Replies: 50
Views: 10502

Re: The Heck with Reviews....

Maybe because I am in a generous Christmas Spirit I not going to start flaming back on this last post. There is no point. The fact is this show is a change in the way most magic shows have been formatted in last 20+ years. It is making money and exciting the lay public to magic. I find it amazing th...
by hugmagic
December 24th, 2014, 2:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Heck with Reviews....
Replies: 50
Views: 10502

Re: The Heck with Reviews....

I wonder of how many of the 68% got bad reviews also?

Good for them and good for Magic.

Richard
by hugmagic
December 22nd, 2014, 10:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Heck with Reviews....
Replies: 50
Views: 10502

The Heck with Reviews....

In three weeks of performances, "The Illusionists..Witness the Impossible" has recouped it's 1.75 million dollar investment for the Broadway run. Plans are already made for a return next year. Last week, the gross was approximately 1,214,000 with 85% full houses. This week will start four ...
by hugmagic
December 21st, 2014, 11:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4632
Views: 1634491

Re: ERDNASE

I will add to the thought that I doubt if it was the original plates that were used. When I was in college, I took some graphic courses. It was near the near the end of the era of lead set type. We had a linotype machine which set the type for longer pieces of work, like newspapers, magazines, or bo...
by hugmagic
December 11th, 2014, 4:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists Reviews
Replies: 41
Views: 9118

Re: The Illusionists Reviews

To be honest, I think it is a very honest assessment. Trent is a very good performer, personable, engaging and technically sound. The "Futurist" is a marketing title and really should not be taken literally. At least, this reviewer was not so caught up in his own little world like most of ...
by hugmagic
December 7th, 2014, 9:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists Reviews
Replies: 41
Views: 9118

Re: The Illusionists Reviews

Richard is correct in that Merlin was a musical with magic but this is not and has not been billed that way. I watched many of the rehearsals here in Akron, Ohio. The show was constantly being tweaked and I imagine that it still continues to do so. I think the press night was a joke. 90% of the acts...
by hugmagic
October 10th, 2014, 12:03 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Siamese cylinders aka Kuma tubes
Replies: 4
Views: 1591

Re: Siamese cylinders aka Kuma tubes

Owen Magic still makes this.
Richard
by hugmagic
October 9th, 2014, 6:48 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bring Out Yer Dead ...
Replies: 2
Views: 822

Re: Bring Out Yer Dead ...

Phillip Morris called the Colon cemetary the "elephant graveyard".

Lots of magicians buried in one cemetary.
by hugmagic
October 7th, 2014, 8:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 34 Years of Back Issues Uploaded for Digital Genii Readers
Replies: 18
Views: 2172

Re: 34 Years of Back Issues Uploaded for Digital Genii Reade

I would also point out that as far as layman, it is overkill. Mike Caveney said when they showed (it to the Hooker grandchildren the famous card trick they heard so much about) they might as well have done a Devano deck for them. I did get to see. It was impressive but not as nearly as some of the o...
by hugmagic
September 30th, 2014, 10:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Mummy case illusion
Replies: 10
Views: 1966

Re: Mummy case illusion

I don't see a photo.
Richard
by hugmagic
September 16th, 2014, 10:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Phil Willmarth has passed
Replies: 12
Views: 1633

Re: Phil Willmarth has passed

I think I have known Phil for almost as long as I have been in magic. He was always around. Whether it was FFFF, Abbott's, IBM or smaller convention, he always sought me out so we could share some time together. Phil had told me of his illness over two years ago but preferred to keep it to just his ...
by hugmagic
August 21st, 2014, 1:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED!
Replies: 50
Views: 6481

Re: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED

Thanks Tom. You refreshed my memory that the original story plot creator was Oswald Williams.
by hugmagic
August 21st, 2014, 6:41 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED!
Replies: 50
Views: 6481

Re: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED

First off, I absolutely respect intellectual property and Tommy Wonder. There is a point that no one has addressed to this point. This effect is very old and has been in print prior to Tommy's books. I know Alan Shaxon had it in one of his books. I believe it was an old plot then when he published i...
by hugmagic
July 2nd, 2014, 9:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventor of this old trick? - Tube magic
Replies: 13
Views: 2406

Re: Inventor of this old trick? - Tube magic

It is called a Phantom or Ghost tube. It has been used to produce silks, birdcages and almost anything you can think of for eons.
Richard
by hugmagic
July 2nd, 2014, 1:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read
Replies: 36
Views: 5305

Re: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read

Obviously, Tauschen's books have set the bar very high in what we expect then seeing important images. But without a major distribution chain, it does not make economic sense to produce that kind of volume. I am not a cups and balls person but I commend Volker and those involved for producing this v...
by hugmagic
May 27th, 2014, 7:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Jay Palmer and Magic Kettle Act?
Replies: 4
Views: 1983

Re: Jay Palmer and Magic Kettle Act?

I believe he already has one. I have been helping him in his research for almost three years now and suggested Ask Alexander as a source for him.

Richard
by hugmagic
March 19th, 2014, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 23 Annual Battle of Magicians...Canton, Ohio
Replies: 1
Views: 321

Re: 23 Annual Battle of Magicians...Canton, Ohio

Just booked for the 26th Battle of Magicians in Canton, Ohio...the legendary Ward Hall. Master of the 10 in 1 sideshow. Ward still runs one of the last remaining sideshows in the country. He will do a formal presentation one night and be available the whole convention for jackpotting. He is a master...
by hugmagic
March 11th, 2014, 9:42 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers
Replies: 18
Views: 3291

Re: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers

Mike,
Tom as some very good points here but as I always told you. You have decide what to use and make work for you.
I have a couple of ideas on the tables that I will try to get sent out to you in the nect day or so.
Richard
by hugmagic
March 5th, 2014, 6:49 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Quieting a reel
Replies: 7
Views: 1680

Re: Quieting a reel

I have never found a reel that is a sealed unit. It is just that some are fit together very, very tight. The Kirkendall and P&L reel are two of the best and easiest to work on. George used to send instructions with every reel how to open it up and replace the thread and reset the spring. It is n...

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