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Save a Magic Landmark

There's a magic landmark in Chicago that's in danger of demolition, but you could help save it. Here's the story: the building at 1800 Halsted that once housed the original Schulien's is at risk of being demolished and is on the official list of Most Endangered Historic Sites in Illinois. You know t...
by Necromancer
04/16/14 03:42 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Save a Magic Landmark
Replies: 0
Views: 478

Re: Raymond Crowe - Unusualist

Brilliant in so many ways! Just look at this thought process: by making the floating object a borrowed jacket instead of a silver ball, Raymond (1) automatically increases audience engagement, (2) creates a comedic situation between himself and the lender and (3) adds a layer of mystery to the levit...
by Necromancer
11/11/13 12:54 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Raymond Crowe - Unusualist
Replies: 3
Views: 2053

Re: Tiny Séance - May 2013

After changing the props a bit more to suit my presentation, cutting extra phases, and altering the method, it played great on TV last week! Take a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlRSS4povag

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
11/05/13 11:38 AM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tiny Séance - May 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 2393

Re: Tiny Séance - May 2013

After reading Jim's ingenious routine, I was left wanting to turn the tables on the greater audience that's been laughing knowingly at this succession of clever mediumistic tricks. My goal was to give the piece a stronger ending button that vindicated the onstage participant (at whose expense much o...
by Necromancer
09/24/13 12:35 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tiny Séance - May 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 2393

Re: Tiny Séance - May 2013

Great idea, Jim! Thanks for sharing it.
Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
09/22/13 10:32 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tiny Séance - May 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 2393

Re: Merlin Cover May 2013

I gave a copy of this issue to the director of the Chicago production of Barnum that I advised, since I thought he'd enjoy Genii's coverage of his show. But I'm not sure he ever made it past Jim's incredible Merlin memoir. What an important piece of history—not only of magic, but of the Broadway sta...
by Necromancer
09/22/13 09:42 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Merlin Cover May 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 3157

Re: Beyond Brookledge Article: A Clarification

Amazing article, Dustin. Thanks for letting us live vicariously through you.

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
09/22/13 09:15 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Beyond Brookledge Article: A Clarification
Replies: 6
Views: 2226

Caleb Wiles "Ringside" Column: Eye of Tyr

In the 9/13 issue of Genii , Caleb Wiles had an interesting effect in his Ringside column called Eye of Tyr, adapted from a Wiseman and Lamont Color-Changing Deck effect with an assist from Matt Mello's "Stop." I like it; but for my own uses, I think it would be stronger if it were tighten...
by Necromancer
09/20/13 01:05 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Caleb Wiles "Ringside" Column: Eye of Tyr
Replies: 1
Views: 1284

Re: Brain damaged man-magician

Incredible. Thanks for posting this.

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
12/05/11 05:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Brain damaged man-magician
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Magic in American Theatre Magazine.

It's so exciting to finally see this in print (or pixels) -- and to be in such august company.

May this lead to greater understanding and respect for magic within the theatre world at large. (Hey, it's a start.)

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
12/01/11 05:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic in American Theatre Magazine.
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: Necromancer on NPR

Hey, I'm certainly not complaining :)
by Necromancer
10/28/11 03:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Necromancer on NPR
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Black Sharpie/Red Ink -- What trick is this?

I know it as a throw-off for a One Ahead or Confabulation.

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
10/28/11 03:31 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Black Sharpie/Red Ink -- What trick is this?
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Necromancer on NPR

Hey gang, Here's the radio show I was on this morning, on Chicago's National Public Radio affiliate, WBEZ. I went in fully expecting to talk about the subjects I cover in my long-running show, Supernatural Chicago -- you know, Chicago paranormal history and other spooky topics -- but somehow ended u...
by Necromancer
10/27/11 07:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Necromancer on NPR
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Unspeakable Acts

Thank you so much to Jamy Iam Swiss for his kind review of Unspeakable Acts: Three Lives and Countless Legends of Tom Palmer/Tony Andruzzi/Masklyn ye Mage in the May 2011 issue of Genii . It has been an honor to be part of this project, and deeply gratifying to hear that we have done justice to the ...
by Necromancer
04/21/11 12:32 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Unspeakable Acts
Replies: 0
Views: 547

Re: Anyone seen Unspeakable Acts (book :) )

It can also be ordered from Lulu.com and from your favorite magic shop (distribution is being handled by Stevens Magic).

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
03/19/11 12:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anyone seen Unspeakable Acts (book :) )
Replies: 3
Views: 869

Re: The Scroll of Maskylene y Mage: what does it sell for these days?

This looks pretty convincing to me.

http://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=full&key=1755

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
03/17/11 10:07 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Scroll of Maskylene y Mage: what does it sell for these days?
Replies: 12
Views: 1488

Re: Water Torture Cell coming to L.A.

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
JohnCox wrote:Magician's Code! ;)


Penguin or elusionist?


That was brilliant. Thanks, Jon.

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
03/16/11 10:56 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Water Torture Cell coming to L.A.
Replies: 34
Views: 4934

Re: March Genii has arrived

I greatly enjoyed meeting Eddie Dawes through this month's cover article. Thank you, Richard.

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
03/15/11 11:16 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: March Genii has arrived
Replies: 15
Views: 2597

Re: The Biography of Tony Andruzzi is Out!

This just in --

Unspeakable Acts: Three Lives and Countless Legends of Tom Palmer/Tony Andruzzi/Masklyn ye Mage is now available from Lulu.com or your favorite magic dealer (via Stevens Magic).

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
03/15/11 10:22 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Biography of Tony Andruzzi is Out!
Replies: 8
Views: 2004

Re: Magicians fight Hitler

Inexplicable Basterds?
by Necromancer
03/08/11 11:34 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians fight Hitler
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: A gag I had not seen before that kills

Hey there, Umpa -- It sounds like you put on a real kid-pleasing show. Congratulations! About the bunny-on-the-head gag: it was part of the award-winning act that went on to inspire Johnny Thompson and Kole and Company, among others; published as The Comedy Act of and by Tom Palmer , it remains in p...
by Necromancer
03/06/11 09:59 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: A gag I had not seen before that kills
Replies: 4
Views: 1732

Re: The Biography of Tony Andruzzi is Out!

There's far more on it in the book than what appeared in the Genii sidebar or the Magic article. I think you'll enjoy the surprises.

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
03/03/11 09:20 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Biography of Tony Andruzzi is Out!
Replies: 8
Views: 2004

Re: The Biography of Tony Andruzzi is Out!

Jeffrey Cowan wrote:Fascinating.


You could say that again. What a life!

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
03/02/11 01:54 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Biography of Tony Andruzzi is Out!
Replies: 8
Views: 2004

Re: What is a magical stand up trick and/or a closer?

Jim Steinmeyer's Conjuring Anthology exists to answer this question.
by Necromancer
02/08/11 01:14 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: What is a magical stand up trick and/or a closer?
Replies: 9
Views: 2180

Re: Works of William Larsen: 3 vols were planned...

Why let logic stand in the way of a perfectly comfortable opinion?
by Necromancer
02/02/11 03:48 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Works of William Larsen: 3 vols were planned...
Replies: 7
Views: 1977

"7 Years of Bad Luck" Birthday Show

Somebody at Chicago's Excalibur nightclub must have broken a mirror. Because on Friday, February 11th, the landmark space's ongoing one-man show, SUPERNATURAL CHICAGO, is about to celebrate seven years of performances. For guests celebrating the show's "7 Years of Bad Luck" Birthday, that ...
by Necromancer
02/01/11 11:49 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: "7 Years of Bad Luck" Birthday Show
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Last Supernatural Chicago show of 2010 this Friday!

If you haven't yet seen this long-running magical performance in Chicago -- currently in its SEVENTH straight year of performances -- don't miss it! Friday, November 19th is our last show before going dark in December. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://SupernaturalChicago.com">http://Supern...
by Necromancer
11/15/10 10:29 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Last Supernatural Chicago show of 2010 this Friday!
Replies: 0
Views: 210

Gig Fraud

Hey gang, Any of you get this email? The poor spelling and bizarre grammar immediately say "Nigeria" to me. Thanks, Neil Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:15:33 -0700 From: <!-- e --><a href="mailto:k.max101@yahoo.com">k.max101@yahoo.com</a><!-- e --> Subject: hello To: <!-- e --><a href="mailto:n...
by Necromancer
09/20/10 09:12 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Gig Fraud
Replies: 7
Views: 1989

Re: David Pogue

Federal Judge Loren Smith
George W. Bush
Dick Cavett
Kenneth James Gray, former Congressman (IL)
Maurice McTeague, QSO, former member of the New Zealand Parliament
Shirrel Rhoades, former EVP of Marvel Entertainment
by Necromancer
09/13/10 04:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Pogue
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Friday the 13th is the gift that keeps on giving

And it's the first Metromix Pick of the day today on the Theater page!
http://chicago.metromix.com/theater
by Necromancer
08/13/10 12:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Friday the 13th is the gift that keeps on giving
Replies: 1
Views: 213

Friday the 13th is the gift that keeps on giving

Every Friday the 13th, Supernatural Chicago gets a little share of the media limelight: because that's when the audience gets free devil's food cupcakes with admission! Here's the latest press: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.thechiguide.com/beta/event/Nightlife/Supernatural-Chicago-F...
by Necromancer
08/11/10 02:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Friday the 13th is the gift that keeps on giving
Replies: 1
Views: 213

Re: buried alive

Banachek has done this on Television in the USA and Japan and is an excellent consultant (has worked for Penn & Teller, Criss Angel, Uri Geller, etc.). He can be reached through his website http://www.banachek.com My thoughts exactly! I emailed him with Banachek's contact info a few hours ago :...
by Necromancer
07/23/10 11:55 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: buried alive
Replies: 26
Views: 2143

Post That! by Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian

First of all, this is one entertaining card sequence! I don't generally do non-mental card stuff, but this one tickles me. Thanks for printing it. About the spider drawing (for people whose nicknames aren't Spidey): since Paul the Psychic Octopus has gotten so much international press these days, ma...
by Necromancer
07/22/10 12:10 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Post That! by Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian
Replies: 7
Views: 1404

Re: Museum Exhibit: History of Magic in Chicago

Newsflash: the Chicago Sun-Times calls the Magical History Tour at the Elmhurst Historical Museum "Highly Recommended!" <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/2501690,071610-Kid.article">http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/w ... id.article</a><!...
by Necromancer
07/20/10 05:08 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Museum Exhibit: History of Magic in Chicago
Replies: 11
Views: 1310

Re: A To Z Of Well-Known Magicians

Hi CardioJest,

Sixteen magicians don't exactly constitute an A-Z listing. But it's a nice start.

Could you please remove the links to the exposure videos? The one at the bottom, for instance, was invented by Sean Fields and is his intellectual property.

Thanks,
Neil
by Necromancer
07/16/10 09:34 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A To Z Of Well-Known Magicians
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

Here's an overview of critical responses:
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sorcerers_apprentice/

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
07/14/10 11:48 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: Museum Exhibit: History of Magic in Chicago

The exhibit's opening day made the front page of the local paper with this hilarious photo! Check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5 ... 0643437233

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
07/09/10 12:21 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Museum Exhibit: History of Magic in Chicago
Replies: 11
Views: 1310

Re: Museum Exhibit: History of Magic in Chicago

Thank you, P.T.! It was a ton of work, but I'm so glad to see Chicago's magical history finally getting this kind of public attention.

Best,
Neil
by Necromancer
07/07/10 05:38 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Museum Exhibit: History of Magic in Chicago
Replies: 11
Views: 1310

Re: The JINX BROADCAST

Also will include an explanation of my Women & Gin false shuffle for mentalists. So named because no matter how distracted you are by either Gin or Women you can still do this shuffle. (There will also be a video of the shuffle posted to the Jinx forum). (Companion video featuring Gin and Women...
by Necromancer
07/06/10 08:22 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The JINX BROADCAST
Replies: 10
Views: 1901

Re: The #1 Mentalism And Mind Reading Trick - The Revelation Technique.

If you go to their main page you will see it is no longer being sold: http://therevelationtechnique.com But the link posted this morning by magicirens (total number of posts: one) wasn't to this page; it linked directly with the page containing the "download now before July 4th" offer. Th...
by Necromancer
06/29/10 03:41 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The #1 Mentalism And Mind Reading Trick - The Revelation Technique.
Replies: 9
Views: 2047
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