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Re: What books (magic & allied) are you currently reading?

I just finished the copy of Talisman I received on renewing my subscription. I recommend the book highly. Though no Apocalypse, it's got a lot of fun ideas, essays as well as tricks, and it gives a great impression of their magic scene at the time. It was a freakin' WEEKLY in the days of typewriters...
by Marc Rehula
03/22/12 10:35 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: What books (magic & allied) are you currently reading?
Replies: 19
Views: 1868

Re: What books (magic & allied) are you currently reading?

I'm reading the book of all issues of 'Talisman' magazine published by Genii. (I renewed for three years and got it for $15!) I'm going through it and taking notes. Although not revolutionary, it's got some interesting ideas sprinkled throughout.
by Marc Rehula
02/22/12 05:16 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: What books (magic & allied) are you currently reading?
Replies: 19
Views: 1868

Re: OIATER

I'm glad that I already have a copy. It's a killer approach to this classic effect. Plus, it's just fun to read.
by Marc Rehula
02/02/12 02:01 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: OIATER
Replies: 36
Views: 7627

Re: Will Houstoun Chicago Area Lecture Monday April 25!

I agree, it was great. The appeal of the subject wasn't universal (this lecture was actually part lecture!), but I'm so glad that there are Will Houstouns in this world, people who are willing to devote real energy to diving into older texts, mining them for valuable information. It was really impre...
by Marc Rehula
04/27/11 05:33 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Will Houstoun Chicago Area Lecture Monday April 25!
Replies: 4
Views: 933

Re: The Jack the Ripper seance book... Paul Voodini.

I bought Paul's 'Hypno-Mental Self-Working Card Tricks' almost on a whim (how could you resist a title like that?!?!), and thought it was excellent. The 'self-working' wasn't the best part, it was the 'hypno-mental': very, very cool effects. I expect that this one is great too: how could you resist ...
by Marc Rehula
10/12/10 02:45 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Jack the Ripper seance book... Paul Voodini.
Replies: 12
Views: 2939

Re: Martin Nash DVDs

An excellent and generous teacher as well.
by Marc Rehula
09/22/10 09:22 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Martin Nash DVDs
Replies: 15
Views: 3240

Re: My HaLo Cut

You demonstrate it several times on your DVDs, or would there be copyright issues?
by Marc Rehula
02/10/10 02:00 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: My HaLo Cut
Replies: 59
Views: 4481

Re: Why is the magic community so adverse to change?

Smoothini wrote:I have recieved some very heated messages concerning a Bill in Lemon routine that I posted on youtube.


How cutting edge is a magician who does Bill in Lemon?
by Marc Rehula
12/03/09 11:21 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Why is the magic community so adverse to change?
Replies: 20
Views: 3627

Re: Banachek's Psychological Subtleties 2 & 3

PS1 is out of print. But last year I read that it was being reprinted, the same format as PS2.

But now PS3 is out and PS1 is still not reprinted.

Anyone know the status of the PS1 reprint?
by Marc Rehula
11/11/09 12:19 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Banachek's Psychological Subtleties 2 & 3
Replies: 3
Views: 1930

Re: Having trouble with passes...

My pass is a personalized approach learned from reading as many sources as I could, especially Expert Card Technique, Kaufman's DVD, and Steve Draun's work on the pass in Kaufman's book. Unlike many other sleights, in the end a pass is what makes sense to your own hands.
by Marc Rehula
09/17/09 09:59 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Having trouble with passes...
Replies: 18
Views: 1318

Re: NEW COIN MAGIC SUGGESTIONS

For me, good old fashioned Copper-Silver-Brass is the best coin magic. It's not so challenging for those interested in coin manipulation, but it packs a big punch. I think the basic plots are still the best: give me a good straight forward Gadabout Coin presentation and I'm happy.
by Marc Rehula
09/03/09 09:58 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: NEW COIN MAGIC SUGGESTIONS
Replies: 16
Views: 2138

Re: September Issue of Genii Now in the Mail.

Still haven't received it in Chicago, yet, but that's typical. However, I did receive Magic Magazine yesterday, NOT typical. This is the first time Magic came before before my Genii. My mail service has been been wildly inconsistent for years. I just got it. I didn't mean to sound like I was compla...
by Marc Rehula
08/26/09 09:22 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: September Issue of Genii Now in the Mail.
Replies: 32
Views: 1648

Re: Hello... yes... you don't say...

a 'tool' is someone who uses it to get out of a boring situation
by Marc Rehula
08/25/09 04:47 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hello... yes... you don't say...
Replies: 2
Views: 491

Re: September Issue of Genii Now in the Mail.

Still haven't received it in Chicago, yet, but that's typical. However, I did receive Magic Magazine yesterday, NOT typical. This is the first time Magic came before before my Genii. My mail service has been been wildly inconsistent for years.
by Marc Rehula
08/25/09 04:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: September Issue of Genii Now in the Mail.
Replies: 32
Views: 1648

Re: sleeve change

Wait a minute, who invented the sleeve change where you rub a card on your sleeve and the sleeve changes? Now that's what I'd like to see.
by Marc Rehula
08/04/09 12:03 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: sleeve change
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Cartel Coins

First of all, I assume you mean 12:01 am JUNE 30th, not July 31st.

Second of all, I assume you'll be communicating when you ship them. You may be waiting to get our feedback, but we're waiting to get the coins!
by Marc Rehula
06/30/09 01:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cartel Coins
Replies: 21
Views: 3777

Re: Michigan, NYC, DC, Chicago

Chicago is blessed with the legendary Magic, Inc., as well as the best stocked magic shop in the world, Midwest Magic in nearby Franklin Park (and just featured in Genii, June 2009).
by Marc Rehula
06/24/09 03:34 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Michigan, NYC, DC, Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 1211

Re: Free Simon Aronson ebook

'Memories Are Made of This' is what convinced me to memorize the Aronson stack. I recommend all of Simon's material wholeheartedly. (There are quite a few things of his that STILL mystify me even AFTER I learned how to do them!) But what's great is that there is so much material the doesn't need any...
by Marc Rehula
06/16/09 11:17 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Free Simon Aronson ebook
Replies: 2
Views: 424

Re: Midwest Magic Shop Franklin Park, Illinois

I've been to several lectures there -- why couldn't they have used a photo that contains the back of MY head? It's the only way I'll ever make the pages of Genii . . .

Great article, great shop, congratulations!
by Marc Rehula
05/19/09 08:16 AM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Midwest Magic Shop Franklin Park, Illinois
Replies: 2
Views: 831

Re: We're Getting Closer ...

Although more and more of my reading is done online, I still love to read physical magazines and books. I get tired of sitting at my computer after a while and would prefer to sit on a couch and read at my leisure. I guess I'm old school, but I hope Genii magazine never goes away. Well... at least ...
by Marc Rehula
05/08/09 05:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: We're Getting Closer ...
Replies: 36
Views: 2913

Re: looking for a rope routine?

I like John Zanders Loose Ends routine. It's not difficult, and there's lots of room for personalizing the routine, as well as improvising around it so that it can be as long or as short as you'd like. Sander's rope DVD is full of cool moves, but I don't have time to pick and choose. Loose Ends is a...
by Marc Rehula
04/17/09 02:10 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: looking for a rope routine?
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: HOLIDAY Super Sale: All Kaufman and Company Books 25% Off Until Dec.31

Magic Randy wrote:I purchased a book at 25% off.


What did you buy? I finally got Jennings 67, a book I've been thinking about for a long time, to be prepared when the new Jennings book comes out. A major chunk of a legend's work -- well worth more than $30!
by Marc Rehula
12/30/08 02:30 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: RIDICULOUS Super Sale: Kaufman and Company Book Sale 25% Off EXTENDED Until Jan.31
Replies: 28
Views: 6704

Re: VHS - RIP

I think there will be a big difference with DVD's demise: I expect that DVD's will continue to be playable on computers for the foreseeable future. Requiring a separate machine is what led to VHS's demise. If something does 'catch on' and take over the DVD market, I don't expect to mourn my DVD coll...
by Marc Rehula
12/30/08 02:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: VHS - RIP
Replies: 22
Views: 1477

Re: Mr Sankey To Lecture!!!

I'm looking forward to seeing him tonight at Magic Inc in Chicago. He'd better not have jet lag crossing the country.
by Marc Rehula
11/14/08 09:37 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mr Sankey To Lecture!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 737

Re: Herb Zarrow Book by David Ben

I got my copy on Saturday (November 8). High quality publication, high quality magic. I wasn't able to really dive into it, but I read the first routine, and it blew my mind.
by Marc Rehula
11/10/08 10:06 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Herb Zarrow Book by David Ben
Replies: 9
Views: 3387

Re: 30 min Set, # of effects?

cardstuntman: can you please use capital letters in your posts. They make it easier to read. Thank you thank you thank you for saying this, Richard. I fear how effortlessly our culture is slipping into a Blackberry Age of writing. As for the original question, how many effects in a thirty minute se...
by Marc Rehula
10/29/08 03:53 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 30 min Set, # of effects?
Replies: 20
Views: 2503

Re: Herb Zarrow Book by David Ben

Now I know what I'm getting for Christmas!
by Marc Rehula
10/06/08 11:40 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Herb Zarrow Book by David Ben
Replies: 9
Views: 3387

Re: Coin Magic

Buy my books CoinMagic and David Roth's Expert Coin Magic. :) You do not need a DVD. You do not need a DVD. You do not need a DVD. You do not need a DVD. If you're ready for CoinMagic and Expert Coin Magic, you DON'T need a DVD. However, the question is about beginner to intermediate stuff. I agree...
by Marc Rehula
09/10/08 11:49 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Coin Magic
Replies: 22
Views: 3982

Re: Paul Cummins / fasdiu.com

It seems to be fixed! Excellent news if you're looking for top drawer material in that challenging area of card magic From A Shuffled Deck In Use.
by Marc Rehula
09/09/08 01:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Cummins / fasdiu.com
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Re: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website

Mine arrived yesterday (9/2) in Chicago. I'm still trying to figure out how I've gotten such a high quality set for only $130. Obviously a lot of work went into it, and if the first DVD is any indication, it's one of, if not the, best magic set ever produced.
by Marc Rehula
09/03/08 01:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website
Replies: 75
Views: 13347

Re: Getting more audience experience, advice?

Some excellent and sober advice, Dick, thank you. I also would have expected more people would have responded. My situation is similar to Doug's. I've taken up magic only a few years ago (though I'm in my mid-forties), and almost everyone I know hates magic. As for magic clubs, I'm rather self-consc...
by Marc Rehula
09/02/08 05:28 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Getting more audience experience, advice?
Replies: 3
Views: 1057

Re: culling - the frustration mounts!

Cummins is awesome. His work is very clear AND entertaining.

Cullfather, Roadrunner Cull, Cummins's notes . . . and I still can't cull yet. Maybe with another couple years of practice.
by Marc Rehula
08/28/08 03:54 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: culling - the frustration mounts!
Replies: 43
Views: 3341

Re: WANTED: Online Product Reviewers for the Genii Forum

I wish I were qualified to take it on (I definitely have my opinions!). It's an outstanding idea. I like to read about things I can before I buy. I look forward to reading!
by Marc Rehula
08/28/08 03:44 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: WANTED: Online Product Reviewers for the Genii Forum
Replies: 19
Views: 2597

Re: Looking for possible lecture spots in Northeast

How about coming to Chicago again? You're effects are direct, your methods are clear, and you're an inspiring teacher. Book him, New England, you won't be sorry!
by Marc Rehula
08/21/08 02:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for possible lecture spots in Northeast
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: Erdnase FOUND! New book to be published this year!

Typical. Over three years later, and it's still not published . . .
by Marc Rehula
08/08/08 11:40 AM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Erdnase FOUND! New book to be published this year!
Replies: 25
Views: 7482

Re: Favorite Kaufman Book

I'd say Secrets Draun From Underground.

The material is excellent, and Kaufman's descriptions are very clear. So clear that I know EXACTLY why . . . I'll probably never be good enough to perform the material.

Think I'll hold off on the Dingle book for awhile.
by Marc Rehula
07/15/08 01:42 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Favorite Kaufman Book
Replies: 74
Views: 14182

Re: Why You Should Subscribe to Genii if You Want Us To Stay in Business

So, there maybe those who prefer web-based magic info, but there are still many (hallelujah) who prefer hardcopy! Paul Gordon Absolutely. I recently received and am enjoying my REAL BOOK copy of the Cardiste that you are selling. I'm planning on keeping my subscriptions to Genii and Magic for the f...
by Marc Rehula
07/15/08 01:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why You Should Subscribe to Genii if You Want Us To Stay in Business
Replies: 70
Views: 7405

Re: Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants Returns to the Stage

Surely he's taking the show on the road and stopping in Chicago. Surely. Right? Aw, come on, please?
by Marc Rehula
06/12/08 10:29 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants Returns to the Stage
Replies: 13
Views: 1890

Re: Allan Ackerman's EATCT Pre-orders

What an awesome project and awesome deal! I got my confirmation email, so I'll just go sit my my mailbox now . . .
by Marc Rehula
06/12/08 10:27 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Ackerman's EATCT Pre-orders
Replies: 31
Views: 3346

Re: Rick Maue Lecture Tour

Rick's lecture was the best lecture I've been to. His material is top notch, but is well within the abilities of anyone. IF you can actually interact with your audience. Very insightful and inspiring. Plus, everything I've read by Rick (including the hot-off-the-presses PsiWave and Raw) are so thoro...
by Marc Rehula
03/25/08 11:23 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rick Maue Lecture Tour
Replies: 6
Views: 655
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