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Re: My Personal Message: Boycott Verizon Wireless

According to NBC News, ATT has had their share of "mis-steps". True that, at least here in Georgia. We bopped into a local AT&T Store to upgrade after receiving a letter informing us that as "valued customers" we were eligible for early upgrades. Since my wife needed a new p...
by Anthony Vinson
11/05/14 06:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My Personal Message: Boycott Verizon Wireless
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: DelGaudio Sez

What is art? Who can say? I have a friend who considers Ayn Rand’s novels art. Seriously. He finds them beautiful and moving and inspirational. He means it. Personally I think they are overwritten, under-edited, self-indulgent bovine feces. Who’s right? We both are. It’s really a matter of context, ...
by Anthony Vinson
11/04/14 11:09 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 101
Views: 5173

Re: What the Name of this Card Principle?

According to Roberto Giobbi in Card College Lightest, the method was devised by Henry Christ and first publish without attribution in Scarne on Card Tricks, then later published by Martin Gardner with credit to Christ. It was published in the Scarne book under the title Mathematical Finder. See Nume...
by Anthony Vinson
09/28/14 02:05 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: What the Name of this Card Principle?
Replies: 14
Views: 1483

Re: AGT......Lessions???

Million dollar acts? Nah, not nearly. But the acts have been entertaining as evinced by the reactions from the judges and audiences. It is interesting that we do not see more polished acts featured as contestants, but obviously that's by design. I am grateful that the judges and producers are at lea...
by Anthony Vinson
09/10/14 11:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: AGT......Lessions???
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Smoothini on AGT

I, too, enjoyed his set. Earthshaking? No, far from it. Rehearsed? Deliberate? Entertaining? Yes, yes, and yes. He "worked" for the judges while still maintaining a connection with a theater audience. Sponge balls?! Seriously?! Yeah, seriously. Who amongst us doesn't recall the sense of wo...
by Anthony Vinson
06/13/14 08:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smoothini on AGT
Replies: 58
Views: 5631

Freak Out?

Anyone else out there in Genii-land who regularly listens to the Freakonomics podcast? It’s good stuff if you enjoy that sort of stuff. At any rate, the latest show features magician and author Alex Stone gleefully and unnecessarily exposing both the double lift and thumb tip. Yeah, no biggie as the...
by Anthony Vinson
05/29/14 09:21 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Freak Out?
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: This is a smart idea

::Snort:: One of the questions from the FAQ page: "What if I can't throw or catch?" Anybody remember the joke that end's with the punch line, "That's okay, we just want to use him for home plate."?
by Anthony Vinson
11/14/13 12:08 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: This is a smart idea
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?

That was hilarious! More cheese than the Wisconsin State Fair! It was also pathetic how it was played straight. I was reminded of the silly little "houses of horror" we used to set up as kids. It would've been much better had he revealed the whole thing as a goof at the end by having the b...
by Anthony Vinson
11/14/13 12:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?
Replies: 37
Views: 7951

Re: November 2013 issue of Genii

Is it me, or are the contributions from Simon Aronson (I Already Told You) and Dani DaOrtiz more than worth the yearly subscription cost of Genii? Just damn!
by Anthony Vinson
10/25/13 10:19 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: November 2013 issue of Genii
Replies: 24
Views: 4672

Re: Moderators

Richard Kaufman wrote:Ugh, the first thing I see after a 20 hour trip back from Japan is [censored] on the Forum. Be gone bastard!


Thank you!
by Anthony Vinson
10/21/13 11:45 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Moderators
Replies: 29
Views: 3554

Re: Talking Bad with Magicians

I don't Skype, but I do have a thought or three if it helps. 1. WW is no more, only Heisenberg remains. (Duh.) 2. He's going after Frank and the boys. (Duh!) 3. When he discovers that Jessie is alive, they join forces. 4. Lydia is there when the defecation hits the rotary oscillator. 5. Jesse takes ...
by Anthony Vinson
09/25/13 02:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Talking Bad with Magicians
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: Food

The first thing that comes to mind is the old chestnut (food pun intended) in which a banana is secretly sliced into a number of pieces by way of needle and thread. I think this thing was even in the booklet of extra tricks that came with my TV Magic Set back in the early 70s. Anyway, slice the bana...
by Anthony Vinson
09/22/13 10:01 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Food
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Re: October 2013 Issue with Eugene Burger

Actually arrived in central Georgia last Saturday! (The 18th). Love all the hidden-in-plain-sight Halloween icons. A nice touch to a great issue.
by Anthony Vinson
09/20/13 06:45 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: October 2013 Issue with Eugene Burger
Replies: 31
Views: 3894

Re: Miss Manners on Street Magicians

I used to love Miss Manners and even have a couple of her books. Witty, sarcastic, and so adept at wordplay. Plus she offers excellent advice. Thanks for the link.
by Anthony Vinson
08/15/13 09:28 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Miss Manners on Street Magicians
Replies: 1
Views: 425

Re: Examples wanted ... Cutting edge / fresh approach to mag

I agree with Dustin, but my analysis differs. Performers will increasingly find the need to be more character-driven not only more important, but also necessary. With the ease of access to methods thanks to the Internet, magicians must work harder to become more accessible and likeable to the genera...
by Anthony Vinson
08/06/13 08:47 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Examples wanted ... Cutting edge / fresh approach to magic
Replies: 19
Views: 1918

Re: New Subscription Offers for Genii! Free STUFF!

Order up! Good deal, Richard, so how could I refuse? I'd have certainly renewed anyhow in November, but probably only for one year, but now I'm in for two. Thanks.
by Anthony Vinson
08/06/13 07:18 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: New Subscription Offers for Genii! Free STUFF!
Replies: 8
Views: 1603

Re: Teaching Magic To Bullied Chidren

Ian Kendall wrote:Didn't do me any good.

That's not to say that it wouldn't work, it's just from a personal perspective.


Ditto. In fact, magic might even make one more of a target, so it would need to be taught within the right context; as a confidence builder rather than a panacea.
by Anthony Vinson
08/01/13 04:04 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Teaching Magic To Bullied Chidren
Replies: 11
Views: 1926

Re: "Theft" or Just Another Version of Confabulation?

Did the judges vote Collins Key on to the next level of competition? If so it might be worth Justin Wilman's time contacting the show's producers. Seems like last season on AGT there was some bozo country singer who tried to pass himself off as a war hero in order to generate a sympathetic, patrioti...
by Anthony Vinson
07/27/13 03:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Theft" or Just Another Version of Confabulation?
Replies: 18
Views: 2102

Re: Gripe - what do you think fellow & ladies

@Donhdunn - Snort! Word is that Keillor dislikes storytellers in general and has consistently declined opportunities to appear at the National Storytelling Festival. Personally I find the guy boring, even though I recognize the talent. I was referring to Donald Davis.
by Anthony Vinson
07/27/13 07:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gripe - what do you think fellow & ladies
Replies: 11
Views: 1010

Re: Gripe - what do you think fellow & ladies

For the past two and a half years, after being corporately downsized, I have made a decent living as a freelance trainer and entertainer (speaker and storyteller, not magician). In both markets I do my best to remain competitive, but it is a tough proposition. Even figuring out an equitable pricing ...
by Anthony Vinson
07/26/13 10:40 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gripe - what do you think fellow & ladies
Replies: 11
Views: 1010

Re: The August Issue of the Digital Genii is Now Live

Yesterday in central Georgia.
by Anthony Vinson
07/18/13 04:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of the Digital Genii is Now Live
Replies: 35
Views: 2219

Re: Has someone googled a trick on the Internet in front of

Sort of... While doing a couple of card tricks for my nephew and a group of his friends, all in their late teens. I performed a Nick Trost effect with an Out of This World flavor. Seems one of the urchins had briefly caught the magic bug at some point in the past and assured me that he knew "ho...
by Anthony Vinson
07/18/13 09:40 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Has someone googled a trick on the Internet in front of you?
Replies: 6
Views: 740

Re: This should be backed...

Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or serious...

The story appears to have been clumsily cobbled together using a collection of cliches and stock characters. Or perhaps that's the idea?
by Anthony Vinson
06/28/13 10:55 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: This should be backed...
Replies: 3
Views: 430

Re: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?

Early morning transcontinental flight - San Diego to Atlanta. Upgraded to First Class thanks to wife's frequent flyer points. Movie choices included The Incredible Burt Wonderstone so I gave it a go. It didn't suck too bad at 30,000 feet; maybe the cabin was slightly depressurized? I am happy that I...
by Anthony Vinson
06/20/13 09:08 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?
Replies: 60
Views: 5122

Re: Now you (can) see first few minutes

The movie is currently at 41% on Rotten Tomatoes... Too bad.
by Anthony Vinson
05/30/13 06:10 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Now you (can) see first few minutes
Replies: 26
Views: 4499

Re: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here

Richard,

For what it's worth, I was unable to edit a post earlier this week while using Firefox on my PC. Since it was a minor matter I chalked it up to middle age and moved along.

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by Anthony Vinson
05/30/13 08:15 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here
Replies: 145
Views: 11390

Re: Criss Angel to Be Alligator Bait

Afterward, will he change his name to Amos Moses?
by Anthony Vinson
05/26/13 05:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Be Alligator Bait
Replies: 12
Views: 983

Re: Woody Harrelson - does a book test

Having the stars perform a trick or two during publicity appearances is no big deal so long as they respect the magic, which seems to be the case with Harrelson and Fischer. Why in hell "they" opted to have the other kid try some fairly advanced sleight of hand is beyond me - Why not just ...
by Anthony Vinson
05/24/13 02:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Woody Harrelson - does a book test
Replies: 17
Views: 1114

Re: Now you (can) see first few minutes

Don't think this is what Robert-Houdin meant when he wrote about an actor playing the part of a magician... :?
by Anthony Vinson
05/19/13 09:32 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Now you (can) see first few minutes
Replies: 26
Views: 4499

Re: Now you (can) see first few minutes

Mixed feelings here... I think it's going to be a slick flick with lots of action and fun to watch - A real summertime popcorn movie. But I also get the feeling that we magicians will once again be painted as arrogant, dishonest (as opposed to entertainingly deceptive, of course), and slimy. But the...
by Anthony Vinson
05/09/13 09:47 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Now you (can) see first few minutes
Replies: 26
Views: 4499

Re: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky J

Drove into Atlanta yesterday from my exurban paradise specifically to see the film and it was well worth the trip. I've been a fan and admirer of Ricky's since seeing him perform on various talk shows and variety shows during the 1970s. Of course I also recall his appearance on Doug Henning's second...
by Anthony Vinson
05/09/13 09:32 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Replies: 42
Views: 8986

Re: The Magic Box

Wow. That was truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
by Anthony Vinson
04/25/13 10:38 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Box
Replies: 24
Views: 9393

Re: Cards to eyeglasses

Not sure if you're seeking provenance or method, but if the latter, Daryl performs and explains a version on Volume 2 of his Card Revelations DVD set called Two Cards in the Eyeglasses.
by Anthony Vinson
04/08/13 05:21 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cards to eyeglasses
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Re: The April Issue will be Mailed on Monday

3/21 in central Georgia.
by Anthony Vinson
03/24/13 10:58 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The April Issue will be Mailed on Monday
Replies: 72
Views: 6043

Re: The April Issue will be Mailed on Monday

Still awaiting my print issue, but jumped online last night to check out the video supplements. Richard, it is refreshing to see that you don't mind acting a little silly - So many "of our age" have forgotten how important it is to continue doing so. The Zabrecky puppet dance was funny as ...
by Anthony Vinson
03/21/13 08:49 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The April Issue will be Mailed on Monday
Replies: 72
Views: 6043

Re: "Now You See Me" Appearing Sooner!

Saw the trailer over the weekend. Appears to me to be more of a sci-fi/caper film than a magical heist film. My impression was that a teleportation machine of some sort is disguised as a magical illusion ala Clarke's Third Law. Still, it did look interesting and I'm anxious to see how it's received ...
by Anthony Vinson
03/12/13 08:23 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Now You See Me" Appearing Sooner!
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: The Digital Version of the March Issue of Genii is Now Live

The March issue arrived in central Georgia this morning.
by Anthony Vinson
02/16/13 12:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Digital Version of the March Issue of Genii is Now Live
Replies: 32
Views: 1206

Re: Wonderball

So, what's up with the porn soundtracks on the videos? Seriously. I'm neither casting aspersions nor drawing inferences, but the soundtracks serve only to illuminate the silliness of the actual videos. It's almost parody.
by Anthony Vinson
01/21/13 07:42 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 10101

Re: Is magic an art?

What makes this craft different from what the monologuist or storyteller (or theatrical producer) offers? Well for one thing, at least in my experience, most magicians are lousy storytellers. As a professional storyteller I frequently encounter magicians, usually while working for libraries during ...
by Anthony Vinson
01/16/13 08:12 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is magic an art?
Replies: 52
Views: 3063

Re: Is magic an art?

Gary Plants nailed it - it depends on what your definition of 'art' is. There are several definitions of art; several definitions of artists, several definitions of art form, and several definitions of artistic. Without a generally accepted definition of these terms, the question is pointless. This...
by Anthony Vinson
01/14/13 12:30 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is magic an art?
Replies: 52
Views: 3063
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