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Re: Gripe - what do you think fellow & ladies

Anthony Vinson, I did not know that's how Garrison Keillor sets his fee!
by Donhdunn
07/26/13 01:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gripe - what do you think fellow & ladies
Replies: 11
Views: 983

Magician and Swindler?

Hey, guys and gals, as the author of the first biography of Charles Ponzi, the legendary swindler in Boston over a six-month period 1920-1921, I was naturally intrigued at a story hitting the internet today about a swindler in North Carolina who seems to have made off with $600 million from a millio...
by Donhdunn
03/30/13 02:16 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Alexander
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Re: Ricky Jay - Card Flying Move

Hey, Jonathan, not so fast! Did you check the prices on copies of Jay's book that have recently been SOLD? One went for $21.50 and others have gone for $60-$80 or thereabouts. An autographed copy did get $150. And, hmmm, I see the Magic Castle Library unloaded a copy for $100. Who knew the librarian...
by Donhdunn
01/25/13 05:12 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ricky Jay - Card Flying Move
Replies: 15
Views: 1523

Re: WANTED: Phoenix Bound Issues 101-150

You know they're all available on a CD ROM, including the New Phoenix, and it's searchable.? If you see something you like, you can print out the pages.
by Donhdunn
01/15/13 06:31 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED: Phoenix Bound Issues 101-150
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: Worst Torn & Restored I've Ever Seen

Matt, whaddayamean "Rube Goldberg?" I've been doing it that way for years even though I have to spend ten, twelve hour getting the rubber band in the precise place.
by Donhdunn
11/23/12 05:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worst Torn & Restored I've Ever Seen
Replies: 1
Views: 501

Re: Floating Table spam

Hey, guys, there's a difference between spam (such as magicians getting emails pitching Viagra, diet pills, and the like) and magicians getting one pitch for a product they might actually be interested in. I'm willing to be none of you received an email from VanDoren before and certainly won't get a...
by Donhdunn
11/18/12 07:05 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Floating Table spam
Replies: 62
Views: 4421

Re: REVEALATION EFFECT

As Richard Kaufman told the young man above, you don't sound like a magician either!
by Donhdunn
11/04/12 04:22 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: REVEALATION EFFECT
Replies: 16
Views: 1140

Re: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

Thanks for the notice here. I usually don't know it's available online until the print issue arrives days later. Looks good although I find (re the Malini feature) that it's even harder to find a cigar to float these days than a cigarette. Looking for something similar. A banana? Too heavy. A pen? T...
by Donhdunn
09/15/12 07:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 22
Views: 2440

Re: Poll: With which magician would you like to spend an evening talking magic?

I tossed $15 toward Vanishing, Inc., and last week downloaded Williamson's 90-minute lecture to some group...funny, informative, his story about Vernon practicing a top change is hysterical...great salt/thumbtiip routine, just a few effects but great listening/watching all the way through. Oh, but h...
by Donhdunn
08/21/12 03:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: With which magician would you like to spend an evening talking magic?
Replies: 83
Views: 8058

Re: Seeking Houdini Seance (?) Article

There have been numerous Genii articles about the seance -- about Edward Saint pleading, "Harry, manifest yourself. Shoot the gun, ring the bell, unlock the slates,do something" -- but Ask Alexander turns up nothing when the search terms are "sleeping with Bess."
by Donhdunn
08/19/12 03:54 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Seeking Houdini Seance (?) Article
Replies: 9
Views: 1299

Re: penn and teller show

Hi, Idan. Why take the deck out of the refrigerator. It's a good idea to never turn your back on the audience -- very obvious that you are "doing something." Effect would be better, in my humble opinion, if you first came up with the wrong card and stuck it on the dart board and angrily th...
by Donhdunn
08/03/12 02:51 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: penn and teller show
Replies: 4
Views: 787

Re: Video of Cameron Francis's "Reswindled Again"

Hi, and welcome to the forum from just another magic-maker. And do not apologize for your English. If we Americans could speak even a bit of another language, we'd be quite happy. Not sure why you see "mistakes" in the routine or are confused by it. The magicians evidently puts four kings ...
by Donhdunn
08/03/12 02:32 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Cameron Francis's "Reswindled Again"
Replies: 3
Views: 1139

Re: History of St. Louis Magicians: & more...

Hi, Don...Around 1946-47-48, I and a couple of other teenagers (we were 16-17, maybe younger) hung out at Will Lindhorst's magic shop every Saturday afternoon. One of the gang was Harley Day, who's now in Pensacola and a member of the IBM Ring 287 there. I think I might have been the youngest member...
by Donhdunn
07/18/12 06:45 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of St. Louis Magicians:
Replies: 40
Views: 6724

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

Pretty sure she says Henry Houdini, not Howard Houdini. And I dunno whether he's doing a French Drop or Retention of Vision vanish or whatever with that coin, but I've certainly seen it done a lot better. Luckily, he says he's a writer, not a magician.
by Donhdunn
07/16/12 02:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15118

Re: David Copperfield on Oprah Winfrey's Show "Next Chapter"

by Donhdunn
07/16/12 02:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield on Oprah Winfrey's Show "Next Chapter"
Replies: 17
Views: 3041

Re: Looking For a Gag

Hi, Brad et al., Youtube has several videos of the mongoose boxes made by various kids...search "mongoose cage joke" and I'll bet anyone handy with a box and a spring rat-trap could build one. Not sure it's funnier than petting Rocky Raccoon and then tossing it toward the spectator a la Wi...
by Donhdunn
06/11/12 06:15 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For a Gag
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: FSH-Upton/Smith Rising Cards-Brand New

Maybe it's a coincidence, but when I logged on to this page, an ad for the Upton rising cards was in the lower right-hand corner under the Vortex ad. Clicking on it brought me to a pic and description. Looks good.
by Donhdunn
05/19/12 04:37 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH-Upton/Smith Rising Cards-Brand New
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Re: The juiced deck.

Not all magic societies require an audition. For most, a sincere interest is enough to earn a membership card.
by Donhdunn
01/31/12 01:31 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The juiced deck.
Replies: 58
Views: 4153

Re: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)

Frank, just another thought. Picked up 3 Budweiser caps at dinner a minute ago (yes, I drove home okay -- only two of them were mine) and they are red with silver printing and say "Budweiser (in large script)Flavor Lock Crown (in smaller type)." You know, some bottlers change designs every...
by Donhdunn
12/11/11 08:51 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)
Replies: 8
Views: 1468

Re: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)

On second thought, just mailing address needed. Just watched the video and see what you need. Looks magnet involved, but whatever, stay tuned.
by Donhdunn
12/11/11 03:11 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)
Replies: 8
Views: 1468

Re: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)

On second thought, just mailing address needed. Just watched the video and see what you need. Looks magnet involved, but whatever, stay tuned.
by Donhdunn
12/11/11 03:10 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)
Replies: 8
Views: 1468

Re: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)

Hmm, I see the problem now. Am assuming you've checked out some local bars with no luck and don't want to buy six-packs and invite your friends over. I work near a bar/restaurant and will see what I can come up with for you during the week. Will have to check whether Bud has different cap than Bud L...
by Donhdunn
12/11/11 03:02 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)
Replies: 8
Views: 1468

Re: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)

What the heck kind of beer do they sell in Southern California anyway?
by Donhdunn
12/10/11 05:59 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Weirdest request ever! (probably not)
Replies: 8
Views: 1468

Re: How did The Billboard/Amusement Business mags affect you?

After my highschool (Beaumont) in St. Louis let out each day and during the summer months, I clerked at a cigar store/gift shop/magazine stand in the lobby of the Title Guarantee building. Among the dozens of magazines we got in each week (including Sexology, anyone remember that?) were Variety and ...
by Donhdunn
12/10/11 05:57 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: How did The Billboard/Amusement Business mags affect you?
Replies: 8
Views: 1697

Re: How did The Billboard/Amusement Business mags affect you?

After my highschool (Beaumont) in St. Louis let out each day and during the summer months, I clerked at a cigar store/gift shop/magazine stand in the lobby of the Title Guarantee building. Among the dozens of magazines we got in each week (including Sexology, anyone remember that?) were Variety and ...
by Donhdunn
12/10/11 05:57 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: How did The Billboard/Amusement Business mags affect you?
Replies: 8
Views: 1697

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