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Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

I also agree with Dustin. Over the years, I always considered my writings to be stimuli or trigger points or flash points or prods...so that readers could take over and let their imaginations go wild. I wanted to coax readers to think and open themselves up for discovery. My next audio in Genii puts...
by Jon Racherbaumer
04/04/14 04:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 4762

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Do lay persons like the Ten-Card Poker Deal? It depends on how much of their skin is in the game. I saw Dick Ryan draw a huge crowd at a trade show by offering (from his client) an expensive car (which was next to him in the booth) if they won the POKER GAME they were going to play. What made it so ...
by Jon Racherbaumer
04/04/14 01:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 4762

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Ever since Ricky Jay performed the presentation he did on the Tonight Show I’ve been bombarded with queries about where this trick was published, where it may be available, and so on. If this info still interests you, the handling-method is available from me or Lybrary.com. Just drop me a note at Jo...
by Jon Racherbaumer
04/04/14 12:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 4762

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

The poker presentation that Ricky Jay performed on the Tonight Show is one that has been curiously overlooked. It was masterfully underplayed and its simplicity and directness was underscored, adding to its ultimate impact. Ricky Jay added a couple of nice touches, as well. The trick is based on “No...
by Jon Racherbaumer
04/01/14 02:24 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 4762

Re: D'Amico Change technical question

It should be pointed out that when Harry published the finesse in APOCALYPSE it was credited to Anonymous...because Harry was unsure of its provenance. Sometimes sleights back then made the rounds via a clumsy oral tradition. Much was then lost in this kind of transmission-translation. Add the pheno...
by Jon Racherbaumer
03/24/14 05:51 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: D'Amico Change technical question
Replies: 17
Views: 1098

Re: Book writing methodology

I agree with Tom regarding the order of writing text and shooting photos..when this is possible. Tom and I are attracted to the iconic rather than the textual. You must be able to handle the task if photos are done near the end. BTW, I'm working on three other books that explore aspects The Rachman ...
by Jon Racherbaumer
03/24/14 05:44 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Book writing methodology
Replies: 19
Views: 2419

Re: Book writing methodology

I love what Ernest Hemingway said about writing: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” I wish I could claim to be a “writer” (in the refined and proper way that title should be defined), but I consider myself a “recorder” and “re-arranger” and “compiler.” S...
by Jon Racherbaumer
03/24/14 12:20 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Book writing methodology
Replies: 19
Views: 2419

Re: D'Amico Change technical question

Ah, yes…the D’Amico-type Change! Although the rambling that follows likely falls under the heading of Too-Much-Information, but when one is faced with whirling factoids and fragmentary info, what’s a researcher to do? In this regard, interested parties may want to check out my manuscript titled LIPS...
by Jon Racherbaumer
03/24/14 11:58 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: D'Amico Change technical question
Replies: 17
Views: 1098

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

JEFF BUSBY’S DEPARTURE Schadenfreude becomes an unsatisfying exercise as a person nears his own death. Extinction seems to take the starch out of many things. What’s the phrase—“Revenge is a dish best served cold”? I never met Jeff Busby in person. We never interacted vis-à-vis in any manner. Nor di...
by Jon Racherbaumer
02/19/14 02:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 58
Views: 6153

Re: Aldo Colombini Suffers Catastrophic Stroke

I expect there will be a tsunami of outpourings to lament what has just occurred. Just yesterday I randomly pulled out a DVD to watch. It happened to be Aldo and I watched with delight, remembering how joyous he was in life and when he performed. He radiated glee, punctuated by whiffs of mischief an...
by Jon Racherbaumer
02/11/14 01:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Aldo Colombini Suffers Catastrophic Stroke
Replies: 31
Views: 3901

Re: Holy Heirophant! Jon Racherbaumer is 74 Tomorrow!

BELATED REMARKS I just checked these uplifting posts. Thanks, everybody... I guess being this age leads to a certain amount of dithering and doddering and downsizing? I was told by my children and grandchildren to avoid "cutting edges" and anything "topical" and "fast-breaki...
by Jon Racherbaumer
01/30/14 02:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Holy Heirophant! Jon Racherbaumer is 74 Tomorrow!
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: How long to finish/master Card College series?

When I was 17 and volunteered to join the Navy, my wistful goal was to be a member of a UDT team, which then was a forerunner of the Navy Seals. I was, as they termed it then, a gung-ho naif. (I had seen too many John Wayne movies.) Once in the service, I physically and mentally qualified. I was in ...
by Jon Racherbaumer
01/10/14 03:54 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How long to finish/master Card College series?
Replies: 29
Views: 3637

Re: Review: Opening Doors by Henry Evans

I have not seen the DVDs but I can attest to Henry's remarkable understanding of multiple end-points and spontaneous resourcefulness. When I was in Argentina, we discussed this approach and he demonstrated how many ways he could do this with élan and confidence and great facility. Henry also has a m...
by Jon Racherbaumer
01/03/14 01:48 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Review: Opening Doors by Henry Evans
Replies: 8
Views: 1724

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GENII "SLANTER" JON RACHERBAUMER

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM JON RACHERBAUMER TO ALL GENII AND SLANT READERS: Although I’m a reluctant huckster, I’ve been advised to alert brother and sister magicians about books being offered at a bargain price. In this case I’m referring to one of my OWN: MO: MODUS OPERANDI BOOK For those who may not know ...
by Jon Racherbaumer
12/22/13 01:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GENII "SLANTER" JON RACHERBAUMER
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

Re: New Blaine Special

THE BLAINE AND NOT-SO-SIMPLE TRUTHINESS I’ve written a lot about David in the past, most of it laudatory. He has true audacity and now he fully expresses what he (at his beginnings) intuitively understood. There is a new calm and congenial demeanor to his presence. He stands at the center of his own...
by Jon Racherbaumer
11/20/13 01:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Blaine Special
Replies: 41
Views: 3438

Re: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?

I asked a commonsensical friend of mine who doesn't know anything about Mr. Angel about this supposed feat. I also filled him in on Angel's forthcoming hiatus from the Vegas show. My friend dead-panned: "Why the _______doesn't he heal his torn shoulder? That would be child's play next to raisin...
by Jon Racherbaumer
11/06/13 02:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?
Replies: 37
Views: 6304

Re: John Calvert has Died

JOHN CALVERT En Passant in Blue This much is undeniable: John Calvert was All-and-Everything everyone he touched, influenced, taught, impressed, and inspired are now saying. Hundreds are currently praising, remembering and reciting their own, unique remembrances of him on Facebook and elsewhere. The...
by Jon Racherbaumer
09/30/13 06:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Calvert has Died
Replies: 9
Views: 1718

Re: Harry Garrison

Harry was a true character--a magician, musician, story-teller, gourmand, and blower of smoke rings. He played a part in a book I wrote with Giovanni Livera in 1997 called THE AMAZING CIGAR. To wit: HARRY GARRISON: LORD OF THE RINGS Jon Racherbaumer He looks like he stepped out of a book by Dickens....
by Jon Racherbaumer
09/30/13 06:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Garrison
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: John Rocks

I guess there is a first time for everything. Thanks, though, for the heads up regarding the peculiar messages that went out under my e-mail name. My AOL was hacked. I changed my password and all is apparently fixed. Sorry for the glitch. Otherwise all is well. I hope things on your end is okay, as ...
by Jon Racherbaumer
09/28/13 05:37 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: John Rocks
Replies: 6
Views: 944

R.I.P. David L. Bendix

I’m sad to report that David L. Bendix, best known as being the inventor of the “Bendix Bombshell Wallet,” died yesterday after a brief illness. Dave, an intensely private person, was very active in the New Orleans magic community from 1950-1980. Over the years, he contributed many effects, ideas, a...
by Jon Racherbaumer
08/09/13 03:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. David L. Bendix
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Re: Copying & plagiarising another's act

IMITATION SONGS, COPY-CAT BLUES “Imitation hearts Imitation minds Imitation truth I guess it takes all kinds (Oh yes it takes all kinds) Copycat ideas Virtuality Imitation games For you and me” -Imitation Song Inimitable: Incapable of being imitated or copied; surpassing imitation; matchless. “None ...
by Jon Racherbaumer
07/11/13 12:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copying & plagiarising another's act
Replies: 22
Views: 1257

Re: Five-Foot Shelf

Part of the criteria should be:

BOOKS ONE WILL LIKELY REREAD MANY TIMES...

...and upon each rereading, one discovers something new, novel, and stimulating.
by Jon Racherbaumer
07/10/13 12:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Five-Foot Shelf
Replies: 32
Views: 2413

Re: Lipstick Traces by Jon Racherbaumer

Just a quick note to advise that www.realworknow.com is up and running again. Sorry for the glitch. I also appreciate the heads up from everyone and I thank Tom for his informative and positive review.

Onward...
by Jon Racherbaumer
06/16/13 01:48 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Lipstick Traces by Jon Racherbaumer
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: Lipstick Traces by Jon Racherbaumer

Thanks for the heads up.
My Webmaster is on it. I'll keep you posted on the progress.
The only two place to get my manuscripts is at www.realworknow.com or at Lybrary.com.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Onward,

JR
by Jon Racherbaumer
06/14/13 02:16 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Lipstick Traces by Jon Racherbaumer
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: Now you (can) see first few minutes

This gloss-over was cobbled together on the day “Now You See Me” opened in theaters across the nation. As cyberspace momentarily gets windy and gaseous in certain tight quarters, it won’t take long for everybody who cares a whit about magic to weigh in about this film. All kinds of tweet twitching w...
by Jon Racherbaumer
06/01/13 03:48 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Now you (can) see first few minutes
Replies: 26
Views: 4169

Re: Death of Ernest Earick

Except for those living in the vicinity of Ernest Earick during the beginning of the 1990s, his name at the time was largely unknown to most cardmen. I had marginal knowledge of him (mostly due to information provided by Stephen Minch) and knew that a book was in the works. (Ernest did meet some hea...
by Jon Racherbaumer
05/01/13 12:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Ernest Earick
Replies: 15
Views: 2487

Re: The Magic Box

To Ian:

I agree with your "take," Ian, but I'm not referring to soft-focus, artsy, experimental stuff. I'm talking about using the form's power to enlighten. They do not exploit all those possibilities. I'm thinking Nova and other documentarians here...
by Jon Racherbaumer
04/25/13 04:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Box
Replies: 24
Views: 9379

Re: The Magic Box

Thanks, Paul.... This wonderful pantomime of actions, reactions, and facial expressions understates because there are no statements, no words. It does what film is meant to do, or as Stanley Kubrick once said, “A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression ...
by Jon Racherbaumer
04/25/13 12:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Box
Replies: 24
Views: 9379

Re: Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers

Jim is absolutely correct!
I'm now inspired to rethink the graphics aspect and not just the words...although I'm still a sloppy copy editor.
Jim, can you recommend a couple of good digital cameras?
Thanks.
by Jon Racherbaumer
04/01/13 01:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers

After posting my note about my manuscript, I heard from many magicians, including my colleague, Kozmo, that there is indeed a marketing project in the works to sell a tailor-made plunger (specifically for magicians) and a DVD. This troubled me insofar as I don’t want anyone to think that my manuscri...
by Jon Racherbaumer
04/01/13 01:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers

Jim is correct regarding the resolution of some photos in MYSTERIOUS ATTRACTIONS, although so much depends on how you correct matters in Photoshop. If you view the PDF on your computer, the photos are clear enough to understand and get "the picture." They are NOT of course high rez pics. I...
by Jon Racherbaumer
04/01/13 01:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers

A few weeks ago Seth Kramer, Danny Orleans, and Scott Tokar were in New Orleans for a trade show and they visited the local round table. During the session, the Mini Plunger routine popularized by Jon Armstrong was demonstrated. It's likely somebody will market the plunger itself, although the littl...
by Jon Racherbaumer
03/31/13 08:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?

Although I'm frequently told that I live in a banana republic, there appears to be lots of people here who seem to have taste and discernment? With much reluctance I ventured out to see what wonders there might be in the Wonderstone Experiment. Alas, I sat in a theater with 7 others. On the way out,...
by Jon Racherbaumer
03/29/13 03:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?
Replies: 60
Views: 4729

Re: A Magic Book?

There ARE actual books on how to REALLY physically disappear (off the gird). To wit: How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish without a Trace [Hardcover]
Frank M. Ahearn (Author), Eileen C. Horan (Author)

Onward,

JR
by Jon Racherbaumer
03/14/13 12:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Magic Book?
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Re: Triumph - Dai Vernon

Having written a compilation book on Triumph (which lists most of the many versions in print) doesn’t necessarily qualify me to say anything authoritative on the subject. However, I’ve performed most of the variations over the years for an eclectic bunch of people. Versions that have many face-up/fa...
by Jon Racherbaumer
03/12/13 01:06 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Triumph - Dai Vernon
Replies: 14
Views: 1091

Unbidden Notice to Card Guys

Because I've received a number of requests regarding my various, unadvertised booklets, I'm directing interested parties to check out <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.realworknow.com">www.realworknow.com</a><!-- w --> to check out three new ones: FINESSED CONTROLS (71 pages), CENTRIC D...
by Jon Racherbaumer
02/26/13 11:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Unbidden Notice to Card Guys
Replies: 1
Views: 403

Re: Oscar Chit Chat

The best thing about Oscar Night is the people who watched and endured it and then commented afterwards. This is when we all bond (like Bond on blondes).
I taped it so that I can fast-forward the entire marathon. I won't do this until the "water cooler babble" subsides.
Onward...
by Jon Racherbaumer
02/25/13 03:02 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Oscar Chit Chat
Replies: 16
Views: 770

Re: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic

DEFINING MAGIC IS VEXINGLY DEFYING The five-lettered word magic immerses us in an engulfing sea of definitions, meanings, and interpretations (including this banal metaphor). Several years ago I discovered STOLEN LIGHTNING, The Social Theory of Magic by Daniel Lawrence O'Keefe. This 581-pager will g...
by Jon Racherbaumer
02/01/13 02:48 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic
Replies: 45
Views: 1750

BOOK OFFERINGS from RACHERBAUMER COLLECTION

This is not so much about commerce per se (stuff I normally resist despite nags from practical people) as it is about finding new caretakers and giving them a run for their investment. That being said, here's the scoop: Im currently changing the make-up of my Reference Archive, which in the future w...
by Jon Racherbaumer
02/01/13 02:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: BOOK OFFERINGS from RACHERBAUMER COLLECTION
Replies: 0
Views: 275

RACHERBAUMER E-BOOK CATALOGUE

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AVAILABLE CATALOGUE Due to inquires over the last year regarding the availability of my various books, I finally put up my own catalogue. While my renovated and enhanced Website (<!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.JonRacherbaumer.com">www.JonRacherbaumer.com</a><!-- w -->...
by Jon Racherbaumer
01/18/13 05:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RACHERBAUMER E-BOOK CATALOGUE
Replies: 0
Views: 317
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