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Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (August 2015)

Now Showing The schedule commencing yesterday, August 3: The Close-Up Gallery Fr.Jim Blantz Jonathan Pendragon David Stryker (5-7 p.m. Thursday - Sunday) The Parlour of Prestidigitation Arthur Trace David Regal The Palace of Mystery The NO Show with Dana Daniels and Richard Allen W.C. Fields Bar (T...
by Dustin Stinett
08/04/15 Yesterday 03:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (August 2015)
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Houdini's Death "Embarrassing"(?)

"They led their lives in a highly dignified fashion, distinguishing themselves so well that history continues to remember them. But all these important figures died in really embarrassing ways." (Kind of like this guy's writing ...) Houdini makes KC Morgan's list (and is the cover shot) of...
by Dustin Stinett
08/04/15 Yesterday 02:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini's Death "Embarrassing"(?)
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: Mat Franco - The Human Connection

The Las Vegas beat writer for the OC Register has some nice things to say in her August 2nd column about Mat Franco (without seeing the show, which hasn't opened), and Franco's face appeared on the front page--albeit below the fold--of the paper's "Travel" section. The headline is not abou...
by Dustin Stinett
08/04/15 Yesterday 01:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mat Franco - The Human Connection
Replies: 8
Views: 799

Re: F/S Vernon Touch unopened

Add your phone number please.
by Dustin Stinett
08/02/15 05:55 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S Vernon Touch unopened
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Re: Paul Harris - script work on Mission Impossible film?

"Thomas Crown And The Missing Lioness" (a sequel to the 1999 remake) was planned but went dormant.
by Dustin Stinett
08/02/15 01:56 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Paul Harris - script work on Mission Impossible film?
Replies: 5
Views: 477

Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (August 2015)

AN EDITORIAL RESPONSE Trial Balloons: Fortunately They Are Not Made of Stone The editor of the AMA Online Newsletter, Ben Roman, floated a trial balloon in his comments in the August issue: the possibility that, beginning in 2016, the Newsletter will go to an every-other-month format—or perhaps eve...
by Dustin Stinett
08/01/15 03:19 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (August 2015)
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Re: Dana Daniels v AGT "Judges"

I.M. Magician wrote:For me, AGT has become unbearable to watch. The two hours seem like four.

I DVR it so it takes about 20 minutes to watch the acts. I ignore all the blah-blah-blah and only watch the "backstories" for the magicians.
by Dustin Stinett
07/30/15 10:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dana Daniels v AGT "Judges"
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Dana Daniels v AGT "Judges"

Did anyone notice Dana Daniels on AGT the other night? First of all, his "audition" segment was never aired (Dana verified this). So typical of AGT that they show so much BS, particularly about the judges, that what they all claim the show is "all about" suffers--the performers. ...
by Dustin Stinett
07/30/15 08:59 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dana Daniels v AGT "Judges"
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Automaton

He has been talked about here before (when the film "Hugo" came out and interest was high). I wrote a piece for MAGICOL last year about several writing automata that included this piece: http://www.magicana.com/buy/publications/magicol/magicol-no-187-may-2014-theo-bamberg-thurston-great-ma...
by Dustin Stinett
07/30/15 08:35 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Automaton
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re: Penn & Teller Doing Swell Business on Broadway

Ranked number 7 of 28 shows on Broadway. I think that qualifies it as a "hit"!
by Dustin Stinett
07/30/15 02:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller Doing Swell Business on Broadway
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Lee Grabel - RIP

There are reports that Lee Grabel has passed away.
Our condolences to his family and friends.

http://www.leegrabelmagic.com/biography.html
by Dustin Stinett
07/28/15 07:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lee Grabel - RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Young Magicians "Bomb" News Report

A pair of young illusionists added a touch of magic to a Sky News report. Watch the left part of the screen (though it's hard to miss):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqD_1TFhJdw
by Dustin Stinett
07/28/15 04:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Young Magicians "Bomb" News Report
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (July 2015)

Now Showing The performers’ schedule commencing July 27: Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. —John W. Whitehead It is “Future Stars Week” at the Magic Castle. All of the venues will be taken over by the talented youngsters of the Junior Program while the WC Fields Ba...
by Dustin Stinett
07/28/15 01:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (July 2015)
Replies: 6
Views: 1200

Re: Maurine Christopher Swindled?

Patrick, is it possible it was Hardeen and she was just mistaken?
by Dustin Stinett
07/28/15 12:24 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Maurine Christopher Swindled?
Replies: 5
Views: 743

Re: A nice interview with Teller

P.T.Widdle wrote:Don't forget, Dustin, that Penn comes back at the end of Floating Ball and "cuts" the thread (a beautiful touch), thereby cementing it as a P&T piece, so to speak.

He didn't do that in the show I saw at the Rio. I saw it on the tube and figured it was a new bit.
by Dustin Stinett
07/27/15 07:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A nice interview with Teller
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Re: A nice interview with Teller

A fine read. And I think only they can do it because Teller (let's face it, it's mostly Teller and I'd hope that Penn agrees) knows right where that fine line exists. When I saw him do the Floating Ball in their show a couple years ago, and Penn said at the outset that it is done with a thread, I wi...
by Dustin Stinett
07/27/15 03:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A nice interview with Teller
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Re: Handsome Jack Fools 'em

Jack is great. He has THE single best premise for introducing the Spirit Slates that you'll ever want to steal.
by Dustin Stinett
07/24/15 07:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Handsome Jack Fools 'em
Replies: 14
Views: 2418

Re: Handsome Jack Fools 'em

Yes, I agree, a great, very cool and confident performance. And forgive me, but I couldn't help but wonder if that's in John's book... If it appears, I suspect that it will be in the same manner that it appears in Wise Guy , without a lot of detail. The prop is unique as far as I know. John purchas...
by Dustin Stinett
07/21/15 03:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Handsome Jack Fools 'em
Replies: 14
Views: 2418

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (July 2015)

Now Showing The performers’ schedule commencing July 20: The Close-Up Gallery Diamond Jim Tyler Boris Wild Mahdi Gilbert (5-7 p.m. Thursday - Sunday) The Parlour of Prestidigitation J. Neal Robert Dorian The Palace of Mystery Greg Otto (Monday) Matt Marcy (Tuesday - Sunday) Chris Randall Joseph Tra...
by Dustin Stinett
07/21/15 02:05 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (July 2015)
Replies: 6
Views: 1200

Handsome Jack Fools 'em

Congratulations to Genii's own John "Handsome Jack" Lovick on fooling Penn & Teller on "P&T: Fool Us" tonight. Yes, that's Harry Anderson's torn & restored banknote "grappler" equipment that Jack acquired from The Hat his own self. But Jack's superb routine ...
by Dustin Stinett
07/21/15 01:38 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Handsome Jack Fools 'em
Replies: 14
Views: 2418

Baline Likes Pluto ... What About Goofy?

Oh: The (dwarf) planet! That's different.

David Blaine, the incredible Pluto mission, and magic appear in the Washington Post. Please to enjoy:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/spea ... o-mission/
by Dustin Stinett
07/20/15 02:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Baline Likes Pluto ... What About Goofy?
Replies: 0
Views: 226

Re: ERDNASE

Curious ...

"Erdnase" can be linked to "digging in the dirt."

Poker experts: when did "digging in the dirt" (using discards to create a stock of cards) make its way into the lingo?
by Dustin Stinett
07/19/15 11:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3699
Views: 1452653

Re: Mat Franco - The Human Connection

Interesting, but not "very unique." Nothing is "very unique." It is either unique or not. (Sorry Craig, that phrase is my biggest bugaboo, and I am guilty of using it in some of my early writing.) I'd never heard of the Linq Hotel and Casino, so my initial thought was "off t...
by Dustin Stinett
07/18/15 04:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mat Franco - The Human Connection
Replies: 8
Views: 799

Re: For Sale: Books, Magazines, and Lecture Notes

Richard, He asked and I gave him permission. He has a good reason; I know Nick and can vouch for him.
by Dustin Stinett
07/18/15 12:33 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale: Books, Magazines, and Lecture Notes
Replies: 3
Views: 561

Re: Criss Angel performs mentalism while blindfolded by his

Ding, ding, ding!

Okay, everyone back to their corners and take a breather.
As PT Widdle said, let us get back on his original topic: funny hair. (I still say it reminds me of Sam Sheepdog ...)
by Dustin Stinett
07/17/15 05:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel performs mentalism while blindfolded by his hair
Replies: 42
Views: 4625

Marge Albo - RIP

I just heard that the widow of Dr. Robert Albo, Marge, has passed away, a victim of cancer.

Our condolences to the family and many, many friends of the Albos.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate ... =175246575
by Dustin Stinett
07/17/15 05:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Marge Albo - RIP
Replies: 0
Views: 223

Re: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff

Just watched the (DVRed) episode of AGT in which Piff the Magic Dragon (and Mr. Piffles) was put directly through to Radio Music Hall by "guest judge" NPH. Huzzah!
by Dustin Stinett
07/17/15 01:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff
Replies: 3
Views: 898

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (July 2015)

Sorry for the delay, but I feel like I have had two Mondays this week, so I’m metaphorically on time. Now Showing The performers’ schedule commencing July 13: The Close-Up Gallery Tom Frank Steven Himmel Bill Bentz (5-7 p.m. Thursday - Sunday) The Parlour of Prestidigitation Chris Capehart Rafael Be...
by Dustin Stinett
07/15/15 01:36 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (July 2015)
Replies: 6
Views: 1200

Re: June - Stan Allen

In all seriousness, it is up to Richard to answer that IF he wants to. But the article does allude to the fact that the rift was two-sided and was not just about any one thing.

Thanks to everyone for the kind words.

Dustin
by Dustin Stinett
07/14/15 02:44 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: June - Stan Allen
Replies: 7
Views: 1434

Re: June - Stan Allen

No ... because I never wrote for MAGIC ...
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Dustin Stinett
07/14/15 02:09 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: June - Stan Allen
Replies: 7
Views: 1434

Re: Break a Broadway leg, P&T

The take of The Guardian's Alexis Soloski:

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/j ... view-magic
by Dustin Stinett
07/13/15 09:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Break a Broadway leg, P&T
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: Break a Broadway leg, P&T

Really? A clever headline, but another "witticism" is less so. P&T rank near the top in all of entertainment. Mention glitches in shows, yes. But call an entire show "drab" because of one (just so you can do a poor Woollcott imitation)? Meh ... http://www.nydailynews.com/ente...
by Dustin Stinett
07/13/15 08:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Break a Broadway leg, P&T
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: Fism day 6 and off to Korea

As always, Craig, thank you for your opinions and insights. We at The Genii Forum are happy that you choose our site for your terrific reporting.

Dustin
by Dustin Stinett
07/13/15 05:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fism day 6 and off to Korea
Replies: 12
Views: 3070

Re: ERDNASE

Marty, I was very careful not to delete anything that added to the ERDNASE narrative, even in an ephemeral manner. What was deleted could have (and should have) been private correspondence. This thread will in no way suffer from the loss of the two full posts and the partial deletion of what may as ...
by Dustin Stinett
07/13/15 03:39 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3699
Views: 1452653

Re: ERDNASE

Roger M. and Clay Shevlin: Knock it off. If you have issues with each other, use the PM system. Better yet, ignore each other.
by Dustin Stinett
07/13/15 02:20 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 3699
Views: 1452653

Re: FISM Day 5

Brad, read my post again. $1,200 is the baseline . The conferences were usually four days/three night max: the usual being three days/two nights. They sold one-day registrations, but at premium prices. Now, tack on additional per lecture costs of anywhere from $50 to $150 each (with scheduling confl...
by Dustin Stinett
07/12/15 10:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 5
Replies: 51
Views: 11018

Re: Masters of Illusion 2015

I'm shocked, SHOCKED ...

My cable system's description of the old "Karate Kid" movie has the late Pat Morita's character as a "Chinese Master."
by Dustin Stinett
07/12/15 08:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion 2015
Replies: 4
Views: 810

Re: FISM Day 5

Brad, if you think you can host a six day magic event--using professional event organizers to run every aspect of it--for just (about) $1,000 per person, please by all means do it.
by Dustin Stinett
07/12/15 07:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 5
Replies: 51
Views: 11018

Re: FISM Day 5

I dug out an old expense report for the last corporate event I went to (2010). It was held in the Chicago area. My expenses, which included the hotel, registration, one "session," food (a dinner was included in the registration fee), taxi, and my flights was just over $1,800. Not bad in th...
by Dustin Stinett
07/12/15 07:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 5
Replies: 51
Views: 11018

Potter & Potter MAGIC Live Auction

The catalog for the "sampler" auction that the boys from Potter & Potter will be conducting at MAGIC Live is available for purchase or free download:

http://www.potterauctions.com/auctions/upcoming

It looks like a another great little auction; I'm looking forward to it!
by Dustin Stinett
07/12/15 06:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Potter & Potter MAGIC Live Auction
Replies: 0
Views: 215
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