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by Ray Banks
September 29th, 2013, 1:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Calvert has Died
Replies: 9
Views: 2468

Re: John Calvert has Died

The first time I met John Calvert was when he was "just a kid" at 94. I met him at the Invisible Lodge Convention in Fort Smith Arkansas. Besides a lecture and a performance he did a blindfolded drive through the downtown streets of Fort Smith----during rush hour. I was able to visit with ...
by Ray Banks
May 5th, 2013, 6:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mr. Goat Got Married
Replies: 22
Views: 2555

Re: Mr. Goat Got Married

Congrats.

I heard a guy once say this "I never understood women until I got married...........and then it was too damn late!"
by Ray Banks
March 13th, 2013, 11:37 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: SandorMagic: Worth a try?
Replies: 5
Views: 1184

Re: SandorMagic: Worth a try?

Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic is still in print and is one of the best references for all kinds of magic. I see it at Barnes & Noble and it is frequently at used book stores as well. A new copy is about $20. There is not a better gift for the budding magician.
by Ray Banks
September 19th, 2012, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Let Me Know if Your October Issue of Genii Has Arrived!
Replies: 73
Views: 7285

Re: Let Me Know if Your October Issue of Genii Has Arrived!

Got mine yesterday
by Ray Banks
August 30th, 2012, 11:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting intellectual property suit
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: Interesting intellectual property suit

Pot calling the Kettle Black?
by Ray Banks
January 11th, 2012, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New FFFF Book By H&R
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: New FFFF Book By H&R

He and Charlie help out at the H&R booth if they are at the show.
by Ray Banks
December 25th, 2011, 1:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Broken Wand - Ruth Pitts
Replies: 1
Views: 475

Broken Wand - Ruth Pitts

I was informed yesterday that Ruth Pitts, wife of IBM Past International President Bill Pitts passed away on the 22nd. I knew Ruth through visiting with her at the Cavalcade of Magic that she and Bill put on in Arkansas and at various meetings of the Invisible Lodge of which she was a member. It was...
by Ray Banks
October 29th, 2011, 5:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dove Banned
Replies: 13
Views: 1282

Re: Dove Banned

Richard Kaufman wrote:of TSA's rules which seem to change from day to day.


I thought they changed them hour to hour
by Ray Banks
June 22nd, 2011, 11:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Caution RIP OFFS of Porper's items
Replies: 27
Views: 4219

Re: Caution RIP OFFS of Porper's items

Jonathan Townsend wrote:BTW, how many here have read that Cervantes story?



I have and saw the musical a time or two
by Ray Banks
April 22nd, 2011, 10:39 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Trying To Print..
Replies: 6
Views: 1373

Re: Trying To Print..

Try this program from Chris Wasshuber of Lybrary.com

http://www.lybrary.com/card_designer/
by Ray Banks
October 21st, 2010, 11:33 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Double Envelope Question (and Koran)
Replies: 3
Views: 1261

Re: Double Envelope Question (and Koran)

Martin Lewis has a double envelope template with his Pocket Technicolor Prediction. In the video that comes with the routine he also demonstrates, but doesn't explain the Five Star Prediction. His envelopes prevent the need for double backers. The Pocket Technicolor Prediction is a good trick itself...
by Ray Banks
August 13th, 2010, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians in Trouble
Replies: 72
Views: 8866

Re: Magicians in Trouble

What about the release of a convicted sex offender? Haven't they "paid their penance" and be able to rejoin "the herd"? What about the notion that because they share our interests that we should encourage them to re-associate after the "debt" has been paid... They may ...
by Ray Banks
June 15th, 2010, 3:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Stone's Throw ... July Issue of Genii on its Way to You
Replies: 28
Views: 2460

Re: A Stone's Throw ... July Issue of Genii on its Way to You

Mine got to Houston today
by Ray Banks
May 4th, 2010, 11:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: CHANGE- a new release from JOHN B. BORN
Replies: 12
Views: 1549

Re: CHANGE- a new release from JOHN B. BORN

John, looks like a very handy utility item. I would suggest that you invest in a clip-on microphone when you shoot your video so you can be more easily heard. The rest of the production is glossy, but the sound is poor--I had a hard time hearing what you were saying. I can't tell whether the specta...
by Ray Banks
January 26th, 2010, 12:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The February Issue of Genii is Coming Your Way!
Replies: 19
Views: 2080

Re: The February Issue of Genii is Coming Your Way!

My plastic cover was also opened but I didn't worry.

I don't think any of the workers at my post office can read!
by Ray Banks
November 8th, 2009, 10:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Magic Menu
Replies: 185
Views: 32649

Re: The Magic Menu

I guess my two cents is that if Nathan or anyone else doesn't think that the Magic Menu is a worthwhile journal---then don't subscribe and/or don't read it but that will be your decision so please spare us the discussion. I happen to be a subscriber and I do read it. I still reference the old Magic ...
by Ray Banks
October 12th, 2009, 4:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Card Peeling
Replies: 22
Views: 3744

Re: Card Peeling

Basically you just put a piece of DMT between the sides of the card and apply heat through an iron or somethibng. I use a heating iron I got from a hobby shop (one that sells RC airplanes and the like).

Probbaly a Google for Dry Mount Tissue will lead to some directions for use.
by Ray Banks
October 9th, 2009, 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Card Peeling
Replies: 22
Views: 3744

Re: Card Peeling

absoulute wrote:Does the martini dvd cover DMT at all? What are the main differences between the two (besides the cleanliness)?


I haven't looked at the DvD in some while but I don't think he mentioned DMT.
by Ray Banks
October 8th, 2009, 10:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Card Peeling
Replies: 22
Views: 3744

Re: Card Peeling

The main difference betweel Martini's DvD method and Gaff Factory is the way they "glue" the pieces together.

Martini uses rubber cement, and Gaff Factory uses dry mount tissue. Either method works well.
by Ray Banks
October 8th, 2009, 10:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gluing Cards Together
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Re: Gluing Cards Together

I have tried the dry mount method a few times and I like it better than rubber cement.

The ebook mentioned has a lot of good information in it if you want toget into making your own gaffs.
by Ray Banks
April 28th, 2009, 11:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii
Replies: 21
Views: 2846

Re: May Genii

Ray, this is what I wrote: "Most movies involving magicians as characters are poor. Film makers and screen writers rarely understand magic and they often have their magician-characters behave absurdly. The Illusionist, with Edward Norton (covered extensively in our October 2006 issue) is an ex...
by Ray Banks
April 25th, 2009, 6:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii
Replies: 21
Views: 2846

Re: May Genii

The issue is great! BUT..referring to Richard's "Genii Speaks" column...I seem to remember Michael Caine in "The Prestige", not "The Illusionist". Both excellent films, none the less.
by Ray Banks
March 25th, 2009, 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now In the Mail--Featuring Andy Nyman!
Replies: 63
Views: 8118

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now In the Mail--Featuring Andy Nyman!

Mine got to the worst post office in the world yesterday (24th) in Houston
by Ray Banks
February 19th, 2009, 10:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Digital TV Recording
Replies: 14
Views: 1230

Re: Digital TV Recording

Huh? 1080P TV broadcasts are 20 years old? Well, not 1080P. 1080P 60 (60 frames per second) is only about 3 or 4 years old, I got to see the very first 1080P 60 camera and monitor in a closely guarded room at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting. Both were prototypes. HDTV, however has ...
by Ray Banks
November 7th, 2008, 9:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Stencel Passes...
Replies: 19
Views: 3021

Re: Bob Stencel Passes...

I was staying at the smae hotel s the magicians for Magic at the Manor. I noticed Bob Stencel sitting at a table in the lobby while I was checking out and introduced myself. I spent about a half hour talking with him and he showed me a better way to one of my card tricks and, of course, did Stencel'...
by Ray Banks
October 14th, 2008, 2:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magician in Space
Replies: 26
Views: 4616

Re: Magician in Space

Here's some more data on Richard's space trip.

http://www.nasawatch.com/archives/2008/ ... iot_1.html
by Ray Banks
October 1st, 2008, 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magician in Space
Replies: 26
Views: 4616

Re: Magician in Space

He made most of his money designing computer games. Then sold his company for a lot of money. Then went back to designing games and made lots of money. There was an article on him a couple of months ago in MUM.
by Ray Banks
September 30th, 2008, 4:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magician in Space
Replies: 26
Views: 4616

Re: Magician in Space

I heard that he might do some magic while in space but I'm not sure when it would be.

When I find out I will post it here.
by Ray Banks
September 30th, 2008, 2:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magician in Space
Replies: 26
Views: 4616

Magician in Space

Richard Garriot, amateur magician and SAM member from Austin, TX will launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on 12 October at 2:01 AM CDT. He will dock at the International Space Station on 14 October at 3:38 AM CDT. Both events will be carried on NASA Television. If your version of cable does not have NA...
by Ray Banks
September 8th, 2008, 9:43 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Invite to Boomer's in Vegas next week?
Replies: 2
Views: 966

Re: Invite to Boomer's in Vegas next week?

Usually "starts" around 10:30 and ends when the last one leaves.

However some nights they have lectures so if you get there by 1030 it's best.
by Ray Banks
August 21st, 2008, 10:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CLOSURE OF SAMTALKING
Replies: 169
Views: 22521

Re: CLOSURE OF SAMTALKING

opie wrote:Sad but true...

opie

"We fired our cannon till the barrel melted down, so we grabbed an alligator and we fired another round....."


You left out the "powdered its behind" part
by Ray Banks
August 12th, 2008, 10:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Ackerman's "Expert at the Card Table" DVD+ Sale on His Website
Replies: 75
Views: 14605

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

I heard someone else tried making a dvd of expert at the card table but I don't think it was as good. Magic Makers has a 7 DVD set out on Erdnase. I'm sure it was rushed to beat Ackerman's work to the market. I have not seen it nor will I because I ordered the Ackerman set. I feel certain that the ...
by Ray Banks
July 22nd, 2008, 11:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sleights and effects named after their inventors
Replies: 65
Views: 7436

Re: Sleights and effects named after their inventors

Olram (Marlo) Subtelety
Ramsey Subtelty
by Ray Banks
July 18th, 2008, 12:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Nagler vs Brad Henderson - suing for writing a negative review
Replies: 37
Views: 12388

Re: Bill Nagler vs Brad Henderson - suing for writing a negative review

Larry Barnowsky wrote:A Crackpot And A Noodnik

Who was the lawyer to took this case? Maybe he wasn't familiar with that obscure document known as The Bill of Rights.

Unbelievable


And if he took on a contingency fee, he was REALLY stupid!
by Ray Banks
July 17th, 2008, 10:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Nagler vs Brad Henderson - suing for writing a negative review
Replies: 37
Views: 12388

Re: Bill Nagler vs Brad Henderson - suing for writing a negative review

If Henderson doesn't live in Michigan why sue in Michigan? Nagler lives in Michigan. The suit was filed in federal court, not state court. I seem to remember that disputes between parties in different states are filed in federal court. If Brad had lost, Nagler could have recovered damages. I'm not ...
by Ray Banks
July 1st, 2008, 3:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: close-up in Las Vegas
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: close-up in Las Vegas

I don't doubt that in the least. I think there is some relationship.

Should have just asked him the last time we visited.
by Ray Banks
July 1st, 2008, 9:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: close-up in Las Vegas
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: close-up in Las Vegas

Lon Chaney, Jr had two sons born in 1928 and 1930. Neither of them was Earl and both are deceased.

Do try Denny & Lee's. I was there in April. It's a nice shop.
by Ray Banks
June 10th, 2008, 5:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: June Genii arrived in mailbox
Replies: 34
Views: 4236

Re: June Genii arrived in mailbox

Well, I went back to the post office after I had checked earlier and sent the post.

Guess what? It was there! So much for the "we have all the box mail put up by 10 AM" sign.

Looks like another excellent issue.

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