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Re: Good wax for spreading double cards?

Great! Thanks--I'll hunt down and try those suggestions.
by erdnasephile
04/10/15 11:15 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Good wax for spreading double cards?
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: Good wax for spreading double cards?

Thanks, guys: I should have mentioned, for part of the trick, I need to be able to drop the waxed cards on the table and not have them spread. I tried the chapstick--not quite sticky enough.
by erdnasephile
04/10/15 06:53 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Good wax for spreading double cards?
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Good wax for spreading double cards?

All: I want to do a routine where I have a waxed double card where the wax holds them together, but the cards are easily spread when I want them to. I've read that certain wax ear plugs work nicely for this, but haven't been able to find a specific brand that works well in the US. I've also tried th...
by erdnasephile
04/09/15 09:58 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Good wax for spreading double cards?
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Penn weight loss story in People

by erdnasephile
04/09/15 03:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn weight loss story in People
Replies: 1
Views: 510

Wolf Hall "Three Card Trick"

Was watching a commercial for PBS yesterday. Apparently this week's episode of the BBC series, "Wolf Hall" is entitled "Three Card Trick". In the trailer, there was a brief flash of what looks like a Three Card Monte sequence. (I haven't been able to find the exact trailer on-lin...
by erdnasephile
04/07/15 08:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wolf Hall "Three Card Trick"
Replies: 15
Views: 1001

Re: Original sign for Merlin's Magic Shop on ebay

Dave: That's an awesome story--thanks for the post and the information!
by erdnasephile
04/07/15 08:05 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Original sign for Merlin's Magic Shop on ebay
Replies: 20
Views: 1923

Re: Blaine does ice pick for Baldwin

Still the undefeated champion:


by erdnasephile
04/07/15 07:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine does ice pick for Baldwin
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: Blaine does ice pick for Baldwin

"On the show, Baldwin explained that, years ago, Blaine got an MRI to find a spot on his hand where a puncture wound would cause the least damage." That may be true, but from a medical point of view, that's not necessary. There are several places on the hand you could go and avoid signifi...
by erdnasephile
04/07/15 04:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine does ice pick for Baldwin
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Easy to Master Supervillainy?

I was watching an episode of CW's "Arrow" tonight and was amused to find out that they named the super villain, Michael Amar: http://cwtv.com/shows/arrow/the-offer/?play=d90087e9-bc69-47a0-856c-e63e173ca7e0 Here's the episode synopsis: Still weighed down by his last meeting with Ra’s al Gh...
by erdnasephile
04/07/15 12:29 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Easy to Master Supervillainy?
Replies: 0
Views: 220

Re: And the nominees are ...

Even though I'm a Lifetime member of the AMA, I do not vote because I have seen virtually none of these performers at these particular performances. I wonder how many other members can make the same statement? As an out of state member, I also don't vote for that very reason. I note in that in the ...
by erdnasephile
04/06/15 10:16 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: And the nominees are ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1202

Re: Donation solicitation email from SAM?

I got the email about 2 hours ago asking for a $10 donation to the general fund. The note from President Kendrick Ice McDonald gave instructions on how to find the donation link on the SAM site and also how to mail a check to their headquarters. Here's a direct link to the donation page: http://www...
by erdnasephile
03/26/15 08:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Donation solicitation email from SAM?
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Donation solicitation email from SAM?

All: Did anyone receive a donation solicitation email from SAM today? It appears legit, but I wanted to make sure it wasn't some phishing email, as I could not find mention of the solicitation on the official website. (In addition, I couldn't find a way to donate by paypal on the official site, as r...
by erdnasephile
03/26/15 06:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Donation solicitation email from SAM?
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: Michael Weber & Co. Discoverie of Witchcraft Magic Set

I just did a double take when I saw the first picture of the auction. At first glance, I thought it was a set of interrogation devices!
by erdnasephile
03/26/15 06:00 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Michael Weber & Co. Discoverie of Witchcraft Magic Set
Replies: 2
Views: 502

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

Yay! Thanks, Ms Eng!!!
by erdnasephile
03/22/15 11:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

New EATCT book by David Ben

Was delighted and surprised to read about David Ben's new interpretation of EATCT in the latest issue of MAGIC. Went to the Magicana website, but couldn't find info there yet. This book looks like a must get if you love studying Erdnase.
by erdnasephile
03/22/15 09:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

Richard Kaufman wrote:erdnasephile, why didn't you ask him why Weber's name was removed from all promotional material?


I should've asked--was time pressed and forgot to ask.
by erdnasephile
03/18/15 11:22 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 36
Views: 4928

Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

I emailed Mr. Karr. He says the Weber material is in the book, the edits are done, and the layout is in progress. He is hopeful the book will see print in the next few months. He also offered me a refund if I needed it. (I do not know why the ad was changed).
by erdnasephile
03/18/15 06:24 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 36
Views: 4928

Re: McCord Museum Acquires "Significant" Collection

I'm very pleased these treasures will be available to be seen by the public and scholars. Thank you to Ms. Gattuso and Mr. Slaight (and to the seller) who made this possible!
by erdnasephile
03/16/15 02:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: McCord Museum Acquires "Significant" Collection
Replies: 21
Views: 2489

Re: Coin Board

Didn't Larry Becker also used to sell a prop years ago (a checkerboard tray, I think) that worked on a similar principle?
by erdnasephile
03/15/15 11:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin Board
Replies: 22
Views: 2167

Re: Coin Board

Is this coin board the same as one of David Copperfield's back up tricks when something goes wrong?
by erdnasephile
03/14/15 07:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin Board
Replies: 22
Views: 2167

Running Charlatan

In this community, when we think of con men, we generally think of people such as card mechanics, faith healers, and those that claim to talk to the dead. I recently had occasion to read this article from The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/08/06/marathon-man which details the exp...
by erdnasephile
03/12/15 10:43 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Running Charlatan
Replies: 2
Views: 624

Re: Real Secrets Becoming Real Dead Gone!

Travis wrote:And how do I learn now (having not subscribed previously) of these wonderful variants of Shuffle-Bored noted above by Bibliophage?
Anyone? Anyone?


Keep your eye on ebay--I'm fairly certain that RS material will begin to show up soon.
by erdnasephile
03/10/15 10:40 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Real Secrets Becoming Real Dead Gone!
Replies: 35
Views: 4033

Re: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis

On a related note, has anyone read and enjoyed the Ireland Yearbooks?
It looks like the collected editions are no longer available. Perhaps Magic, Inc. will consider printing a new edition of the bound collection.
by erdnasephile
03/08/15 12:41 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis
Replies: 17
Views: 1651

Re: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis

I like reading loose issues, as they are convenient to carry around and leaf through while doing other things like eating, etc. I don't like doing this with large bound books. Joe: thanks a lot for those links--looks like I'm late to the party with this thread, but since I don't frequent the green p...
by erdnasephile
03/08/15 12:29 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis
Replies: 17
Views: 1651

Re: Cool Stuff in Old Genii's

Steve Hook wrote:Old Geniis.


Noted and corrected.
by erdnasephile
03/08/15 04:43 AM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis
Replies: 17
Views: 1651

Cool Stuff in Old Geniis

I end up reading past Genii issues on a daily basis (mainly due to Mike Caveney's strategy Re: reading old magazines ;) ). It's amazing how many truly wonderful articles are there waiting to be rediscovered. I thought it might be fun to start a thread listing a few of the best articles in old Geniis...
by erdnasephile
03/07/15 07:16 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis
Replies: 17
Views: 1651

Re: No more Magic Castle?

Ugh. Sounds like a mess.
by erdnasephile
03/04/15 03:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: No more Magic Castle?
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

You should just put "I've seen you work, this book is not for you" on a page in the intro, then sign under that. It would also make a great ad headline. Great idea! I think the Flicking Fingers' "The Book" had an "autograph" page with a check box next to the printed si...
by erdnasephile
03/03/15 03:23 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 295
Views: 54290

Re: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum

Thank you, Tom--a job very, very well done!
by erdnasephile
03/03/15 11:42 AM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum
Replies: 69
Views: 13802

Is it helpful to fiddle with cards while working?

by erdnasephile
03/03/15 11:40 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is it helpful to fiddle with cards while working?
Replies: 1
Views: 441

Re: Zig Zag with a French Fry at McD's

I dunno--there's something about performing magic with my hands all greasy that gives me the willies.
by erdnasephile
03/02/15 10:31 AM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Zig Zag with a French Fry at McD's
Replies: 21
Views: 1997

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

My wife had an excellent idea on this. Given my unreadable handwriting, she said that after three or four books, the inscription would be reduced to a meaningless scrawl. She suggested I use a stamp reading, "I've seen you work, this book is not for you." I think I'll go with that. The st...
by erdnasephile
03/01/15 03:35 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 295
Views: 54290

Re: seeing that as blue

Tom Moore wrote:Go google "samoiloff effect" for a not dissimilar principle and some real world applications

T


Here's a NY Times article (circa 1921) where Mr. Samoiloff discusses his principle:

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-fr ... 838A639EDE
by erdnasephile
02/28/15 09:24 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: seeing that as blue
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: seeing that as blue

The WSJ had a slightly more detailed, scientific explanation of the dress paradox. http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-dress-a-black-and-blue-debate-over-the-color-of-a-dress-stirs-social-media-1425063162?mod=rss_asia_whats_news This article also includes a picture of the blue/black dress in different l...
by erdnasephile
02/28/15 07:30 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: seeing that as blue
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

If anyone wants my pathetic signature, add that as a note to the order or let Magicana know and I'll add a signature. Usually, I sign all my books this way: "To (insert name of magician). "I've seen you work. This book is not for you. "Sincerely, Bob Farmer, Life Coach." Whoo Ho...
by erdnasephile
02/28/15 05:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 295
Views: 54290

Leonard Nimoy dead at 83

OK, so as far as I know Mr. Nimoy was not a magician. However... 1. I'll bet he helped inspire more than a few of us to pursue our current career choice. 2. We've probably all used the "transporter" motif at least once in our magic presentations. And last, but not least... 3. He played one...
by erdnasephile
02/27/15 03:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Leonard Nimoy dead at 83
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Bob:

Is there an option to purchase an autographed copy please? (Just hoping)
by erdnasephile
02/26/15 10:48 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 295
Views: 54290

WSJ: Experiencing Awe

http://www.wsj.com/articles/researchers-study-awe-and-find-it-is-good-for-relationships-1424717882?mod=trending_now_9 If magic helps audiences experience awe (wonder), is it helpful? The "data" cited in this article are hardly robust, but I thought it was an interesting read (and perhaps a...
by erdnasephile
02/25/15 10:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: WSJ: Experiencing Awe
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: Jim Swain in the News

I'm really pleased Mr. Swain is performing for the public regularly again--I think he's terrific! (and I think I just figured out a way to schedule a business trip to Tampa!) :D
by erdnasephile
02/25/15 05:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Swain in the News
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Al Schneider needs help with Cups and Balls

Al Schneider wrote:...(Ask me about the rings)


Hi, Mr. Schneider. Would you please tell us about the rings?

Many thanks!
by erdnasephile
02/25/15 07:33 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Al Schneider needs help with Cups and Balls
Replies: 23
Views: 2403
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