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by erdnasephile
March 29th, 2017, 11:41 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Best Books for Character Building?
Replies: 4
Views: 1236

Re: Best Books for Character Building?

If you want a reference on performing for kids, I'd recommend, "Seriously Silly" by David Kaye
by erdnasephile
March 28th, 2017, 5:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 6
Views: 372

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

I know better than to underestimate Blaine, but I am curious how he will do in this setting since it's so different than his usual performance venues. Curious how the locations for the tour were scheduled--he ends up skipping some pretty large metro areas around my neck of the woods to play in reall...
by erdnasephile
March 27th, 2017, 9:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Inheritance magic episode tonight
Replies: 0
Views: 141

Strange Inheritance magic episode tonight

Tonight on "Strange Inheritance" (Fox business Network) they feature an amazing magic book collection:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/201 ... ppear.html

Gabe Fajuri and Bill Cook appear.

Really interesting, even to a non-collector like me!
by erdnasephile
March 27th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 625

Re: Question for full-time performers

Andrew Pinard wrote:Stagnation can certainly be a problem, but it is usually one of the performer, not of the material.


All: are there any tips/strategies you might be willing to share to help stave off stagnation please?
by erdnasephile
March 27th, 2017, 2:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: On the Pass

Whoop!!!! :D
by erdnasephile
March 26th, 2017, 10:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22536

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Actually, with respect, I don't believe the dealers (or the PCP) were responsible for the title change. It's Daryl who changed the title: http://www.daryl.net/product_detail.php?id=542 Back in the day, he had a phase where some of his trick titles followed the same pattern: "The Mysterious Cros...
by erdnasephile
March 26th, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 741

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

I'm no pro, but I would think the consummate pro would also need to be a great businessperson. (Perhaps that is included in what Q is referring to?).
by erdnasephile
March 26th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22536

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Jack Shalom wrote:Excellent tributes to Daryl in the current Genii. Thanks to Dustin, Richard, and Michael Ammar.


Agreed--thanks to RK for printing these.

Michael Close also has a personal take on Daryl in his column in MUM this month, which I found very helpful.
by erdnasephile
March 24th, 2017, 11:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?
Replies: 6
Views: 765

Re: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?

Terrific! So glad to hear this! I was hoping things were OK as I'm a past customer and they've been great! I will try again.
by erdnasephile
March 23rd, 2017, 6:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?
Replies: 6
Views: 765

Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?

All: I was wondering if anyone knew if "The Magic Warehouse" in Owings Mills, MD was out of business. I have been trying to contact them by phone and email with no success. If not, does anyone know of an alternative way to reach them other than phone or email? Thanks in advance for your he...
by erdnasephile
March 21st, 2017, 4:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3782

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Ian Kendall wrote:Well, if we can clear up any amount of unpleasantness, that's a good enough birthday present for me :)


Thank you--I wish more disputes in magic could be reconciled as effectively.
by erdnasephile
March 20th, 2017, 9:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3782

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

PropDog has changed the text on the site again: http://www.propdog.co.uk/little-hand-gimmick
by erdnasephile
March 19th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 923

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

Curtis Kam has some great work on the Jumping Gems effect that would go very well with the "jeweler's mat" idea. (It's in "Deceptions in Paradise").
by erdnasephile
March 18th, 2017, 9:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 923

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

He was a really nice guy when I bought some coin boxes from him when he was still making them. He made it clear to me that he had great interest in making sure every purchaser was going to know how to use (and actually use) his boxes. The fact that he cared so much made a very positive impression on...
by erdnasephile
March 18th, 2017, 1:38 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Vernon Chronicles
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: Vernon Chronicles

Denny has a set listed on his site: http://dennymagic.com/store/dai-vernon-chronicles-deluxe-signed-editions.html You might even consider calling L and L directly if you haven't yet--I seem to recall they were able to find a few deluxe remainders of some of their other deluxe publications in the pas...
by erdnasephile
March 17th, 2017, 4:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6842

Re: Magicians Documentary

That's the problem with the documentary: not all magicians are lonely losers by any means. That's the director's agenda: to portray magicians as living "quiet lives of desperation." Totally agree--many magicians do not fit the "lonely losers" stereotype. We talked earlier about ...
by erdnasephile
March 16th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Bob Koch's Sticks
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Bob Koch's Sticks

Thanks, Richard-- I was playing around with the Millward sticks last night--that gravity move is indeed pretty noisy with them at the end unless you are really careful.
by erdnasephile
March 16th, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22536

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Thanks, for clearing up that story behind the Triumph display, Richard. It's interesting to me how these stories get started. Question: in Daryl's first book, Stephen Minch wrote something about how Sam Schwartz was involved in spreading the rumor about a Puerto Rican gambler with regards to the dis...
by erdnasephile
March 15th, 2017, 11:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22536

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Daryl used to like to tell the story about how he developed his Triumph display and it started getting around. Subsequently, when he visited NYC for the first time, Darwin Ortiz showed him his very own display, claiming that he (Darwin) learned it from a "Puerto Rican Gambler". Thus, a leg...
by erdnasephile
March 14th, 2017, 2:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.
Replies: 12
Views: 1271

Re: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.

Huh...maybe Angel should talk to Stallone about how he managed his blood flow to his head when he was not eating: ;)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRgpdvkDVJx/
by erdnasephile
March 14th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Bob Koch's Sticks
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Bob Koch's Sticks

Hi, Richard: Great practical review! Thanks! Question: What kind of plastic are the screws in the Koch sticks made of? Are they durable appearing? Are they replaceable with a more sturdy screw? Do you happen to know if Millward sells a single stick to those who already have the American Sticks?
by erdnasephile
March 13th, 2017, 3:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.
Replies: 12
Views: 1271

Re: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.

Angel blames poor diet, dehydration, and lack of sleep:

https://gma.yahoo.com/illusionist-criss ... ment.html#

Apparently, he got "so angry" and signed out against medical advice.
by erdnasephile
March 13th, 2017, 3:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Law Suit?
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Re: Copperfield Law Suit?

More details: http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/columns-blogs/doug-elfman/man-says-he-s-exposing-david-copperfield-illusion-slip-and-fall For context: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0jfXUsncAE Interestingly, he makes sure to ask for sober, non-attorney adults who are in "good health". ...
by erdnasephile
March 13th, 2017, 6:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1532

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

The level of respect I gain from this approach is far greater than anything I ever felt when presenting myself as a magician. I exceed their expectations far more now . Which is why I am reluctant to return to the profession. I fear it would be a let down. Even if I managed to make good money I sti...
by erdnasephile
March 12th, 2017, 11:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1532

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

all that matters is how you make them feel. if you want them to feel respect, make choices that convey that feelingful respnse. method is irrelevant unless you choose to make it so Brad: I concur, but I'd like to please raise a question into the discussion: Is method completely irrelevant? Doesn't ...
by erdnasephile
March 11th, 2017, 7:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1532

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

To offer a respectful dissent to Mr. Keyes' post: this classic routine is accomplished with very clever gimmicks, skill, and a winning presentation. However, I suspect the spectators are very willing to give Lu Chen "credit" because he's the one who created this very magical moment for the...
by erdnasephile
March 11th, 2017, 6:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6842

Re: Magicians Documentary

Since we are mentioning other magic documentaries we like, one of my favorites is: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1541136/ (but I am biased since they are part of my history) Also, R. Paul Wilson's Our Magic is outstanding: https://www.amazon.com/Our-Magic-Johnny-Thompson/dp/B00W8EVMZ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UT...
by erdnasephile
March 11th, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6842

Re: Magicians Documentary

I watched "Magic Camp" last night. I liked seeing the dedication of the counselors at the camp--Hiawatha plays a big role, and David Oliver also gets a lot of screen time. They really are committed to the young people and to magic. They are certainly not shy about dishing out the "tou...
by erdnasephile
March 10th, 2017, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22536

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

We could discuss integrity/despair and how to elicit a condition of cognitive dissonance ... Back to our shared world of magic : That six way display stuck with me - and in terms of fun magic... been tempted to get that sound transposition trick he offered using squeaky toys. Of the items he showed...
by erdnasephile
March 9th, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6842

Re: Magicians Documentary

I just found out that "Magic Camp: Hogwarts for the Real World " is on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Camp-Hogwarts-Real-World/dp/B06X91KRQC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1489071206&sr=8-2&keywords=magic+camp There apparently is also another movie entitled, "Magic Cam...
by erdnasephile
March 8th, 2017, 5:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Himber Wallet Recommendation
Replies: 11
Views: 1015

Re: Himber Wallet Recommendation

I think the secret of the classic Himber wallet has been widely exposed, both in children's toys, late night television ads, crafters websites, and stores like JCrew. I was even in a well-known luggage shop (recommended by Rick Steves) in Florence last year, and they had stacks of "magic wallet...
by erdnasephile
March 7th, 2017, 10:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician proves sobriety
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Magician proves sobriety

Something to keep in mind the next time you get stopped... ;)

http://www.kmov.com/story/34681850/watc ... ids-ticket
by erdnasephile
March 7th, 2017, 7:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6842

Re: Magicians Documentary

One of the things that became apparent to me after watching this film in a venue filled with mostly non-magicians, and listening to the questions posed to the filmmakers afterward, is that (as Marcie Hume said to me during one of our interviews) the laity and magicians do not receive this film the ...
by erdnasephile
March 6th, 2017, 11:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Computer beats Pro Poker Players
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Computer beats Pro Poker Players

Fair point--the quality of competition is central to this study. Like most research studies, the names of the subjects were not disclosed: " We evaluated DeepStack by playing it against a pool of professional poker players recruited by the International Federation of Poker (36). Thirty-three pl...
by erdnasephile
March 6th, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Computer beats Pro Poker Players
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Computer beats Pro Poker Players

I think in the study the authors stated the game the computer played was Heads-up no-limit Texas hold’em (HUNL).
by erdnasephile
March 5th, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Computer beats Pro Poker Players
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Computer beats Pro Poker Players

Here's a link to actual research article: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/e ... m6960.full
by erdnasephile
March 5th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Computer beats Pro Poker Players
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Computer beats Pro Poker Players

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technolo ... ar-AAnKcBD

(If you have Al Stanger's trick, there are interesting patter possibilities suggested by this current news story)
by erdnasephile
March 3rd, 2017, 11:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6842

Re: Magicians Documentary

I, too, liked the movie, but my mind processed it as: "Magic as a profession aversion therapy". More than a few might think that a good thing. I hope that's not specifically directed at my performing skills! ;) Seriously, though--while I suppose that we could make a movie conveying that m...
by erdnasephile
March 3rd, 2017, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6842

Re: Magicians Documentary

I, too, liked the movie, but my mind processed it as: "Magic as a profession aversion therapy".

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