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Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

...Penn's flub in referencing "Wheaton" (instead of Wheatley) was a bit odd , but Mac rolled with it , obviously knowing what Penn was referring to. An even better inside reference was Penn talking about taking Jonathan Ross out to lunch to discuss Norman Ng's trick and that was enough to...
by erdnasephile
07/31/15 02:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 22
Views: 2716

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

Mac King was great (as usual). Really funny stuff, and his oatmeal tub routine is fine example of how a pro molds a standard to fit himself. Interestingly, at this point, I didn't think "Colonel Sanders" fit Mac quite as well as "Skippy" fit Harry. Mac's version was still super, ...
by erdnasephile
07/30/15 05:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 22
Views: 2716

Magicians pictured in CNN Tiger story

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/28/world/tigers-us-pets/index.html Not sure how the proposed legislation would affect magicians with big cats. (Sounds like some would be grandfathered in.) I do think lumping all private owners into one category really isn't fair. For example, from everything I've seen/re...
by erdnasephile
07/29/15 07:42 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians pictured in CNN Tiger story
Replies: 0
Views: 143

Re: Big Bang Loading Theory for Chop Cup

That's very helpful--I assume the rest of the close-up set also has audible punctuation marks as well to establish the pattern? That makes a lot more sense than just isolated hits. In studying Tommy Wonder, although he avoided the audible in his loading, he incorporated his habit/manner of leaning o...
by erdnasephile
07/29/15 06:57 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Big Bang Loading Theory for Chop Cup
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Re: Young Magicians "Bomb" News Report

I think the little camera zoom at the end is what really sells it. Funny stuff!
by erdnasephile
07/28/15 05:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Young Magicians "Bomb" News Report
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Big Bang Loading Theory for Chop Cup

Don Alan was a famous proponent of the big bang theory of chop cup loading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owxXuRhvxUA I have studied the Ron Bauer manuscript where this loading theory is discussed and have watched Don Alan's explanation on his Steven's video. Briefly, based on an Ed Marlo observati...
by erdnasephile
07/28/15 05:12 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Big Bang Loading Theory for Chop Cup
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Re: What should I see in Las Vegas?

I would definitely recommend "The Mac King Show". Terrific magic that will fool you badly and leave you in stitches. Family friendly, and very reasonably priced as well.
by erdnasephile
07/27/15 06:43 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What should I see in Las Vegas?
Replies: 10
Views: 796

"Con Men" Trailer (R. Paul Wilson's film)

Here is the trailer for "Con Men", R. Paul Wilson's new film:


by erdnasephile
07/25/15 12:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Con Men" Trailer (R. Paul Wilson's film)
Replies: 0
Views: 205

Re: Handsome Jack Fools 'em

I have read Mr. Lovick for years but had never seen Handsome Jack. It was strong magic from a funny,original, well-defined character. (I also liked the chop cup load technique in the intro).
by erdnasephile
07/24/15 07:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Handsome Jack Fools 'em
Replies: 14
Views: 2211

Re: History of David Copperfield's Magic Underground Restaur

I just remembered another: Warren & Annabelle's in Maui since 1999.
(I'm going to be in Hawaii next year. Has anyone been to Warren & Annabelle's?--is it worth it?)
by erdnasephile
07/24/15 04:48 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: History of David Copperfield's Magic Underground Restaurant
Replies: 15
Views: 1232

Re: History of David Copperfield's Magic Underground Restaur

Thanks, RK--interesting read. Question: Has there ever been a primarily magic-themed, non-restaurant attraction that has survived long term in the US? (I'm excluding Disney's Magic Kingdom and the Harry Potter Theme Park). The only one I can think of is The Magic Castle (which I don't consider to be...
by erdnasephile
07/23/15 06:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: History of David Copperfield's Magic Underground Restaurant
Replies: 15
Views: 1232

Re: M0-FLY by Moritz Mueller

Love this kid's work. Here he is on Ellen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au2gNnZO-yc Wow! Only 2 years experience? That is mind blowing. (I was also impressed when Shin Lim said on "Fool Us" that he'd only been a magician for 7.) These guys are really talented, hard working magicians--s...
by erdnasephile
07/20/15 06:40 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: M0-FLY by Moritz Mueller
Replies: 29
Views: 3971

Re: M0-FLY by Moritz Mueller

I think that soft touch is what sets him apart, especially for his generation where much of sleight of hand is from the "snap, crackle, and pop" school. (Nothing wrong with that, of course: it's just Mortiz' handlings have that old school feel). I'd be curious to know: did he learn predomi...
by erdnasephile
07/20/15 10:04 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: M0-FLY by Moritz Mueller
Replies: 29
Views: 3971

Re: Profile on Boswick The Clown

Dustin Stinett wrote:Oh, and my son was terrified of clowns when he was a small child. Today, he has a license plate frame that reads, "Can't Sleep: Clowns Will Eat Me."


Ha!
by erdnasephile
07/15/15 01:13 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Profile on Boswick The Clown
Replies: 7
Views: 1381

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

Quick personal opinions on 2/1: I thought that Mr. Armstrong was the class of the show. Very polished, professional, and likable. I had read all of the reviews of the routine when it first came out and thought it sounded boring--boy, was I wrong! I hope he sells a bunch of the plungers (although par...
by erdnasephile
07/13/15 08:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 22
Views: 2716

Re: Richard Turner card manipulator

Richard Turner has also published a monograph on his Three Card Monte routine.
by erdnasephile
07/05/15 10:40 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Richard Turner card manipulator
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Ron Wilson chop cup magnet

I am researching chop cup routines.

Has anyone successfully made up a Ron Wilson chop cup? If so, may I please ask what size, type and strength of magnet did you use? The ones I've found around here are either way too strong/weak for the typical crocheted balls.
by erdnasephile
07/04/15 09:27 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ron Wilson chop cup magnet
Replies: 0
Views: 319

Re: Coin and Cylinder

I found an old MC thread from 2010 where Pete Biro mentioned that Dean Dill had some great work on C & C. Does anyone know if Dean ever released it?
by erdnasephile
07/03/15 03:13 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin and Cylinder
Replies: 20
Views: 2655

Re: Labyrinth is Coming!

Matthew Field wrote:I've got a set of the originals and they're fabulous!

Matt Field


That sounds strangely like a certain Seinfeld episode.
by erdnasephile
07/02/15 03:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Labyrinth is Coming!
Replies: 20
Views: 3227

Re: Labyrinth is Coming!

That is just awesome! Thanks, Stephen and RK!
by erdnasephile
07/02/15 02:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Labyrinth is Coming!
Replies: 20
Views: 3227

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

For those interested, this month's MUM has an article on the production of Season 2 from an insider's (Michael Close's) point of view. Judging from some of the magic stars in the pictures accompanying the article, it's gonna be real good!
by erdnasephile
06/29/15 06:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 22
Views: 2716

Re: Al Schneider Seeks Your Opinion

Mr. Schneider: I respect you greatly and (legitimately) own several of your works. I also sympathize with you and am irritated that you are getting ripped off. However, I wouldn't care for a system that would require me to keep track of one more dongle in order to simply use it. As Chris and RK have...
by erdnasephile
06/29/15 04:45 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Al Schneider Seeks Your Opinion
Replies: 20
Views: 1906

Re: FS. More books on eBay

There are some really good books here including one that is very underrated IMHO and not that easy to find.
by erdnasephile
06/29/15 10:03 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS. More books on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: Coin and Cylinder

Has anyone witnessed the Wilson/Porper version--I've heard it's an excellent routine with wonderful props (not sure how it compares to the 5 X 5 routine). I have been entertained by the routines of Mead and Carney. As Q implies, I do think C & C has become sort of a litmus test for conjuring cho...
by erdnasephile
06/28/15 06:38 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin and Cylinder
Replies: 20
Views: 2655

Re: Why all the gimmicks?

dazm123:

It sounds like you might enjoy Max Maven's "Nothing" DVD set and Jim Steinmeyer's "Nothing but Mystery" book. (Although Mr. Steinmeyer would quickly challenge the notion that having lots of props is a bad thing.)
by erdnasephile
06/27/15 11:17 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Why all the gimmicks?
Replies: 7
Views: 910

Re: Criss Angel - the hero

I certainly hope Mr. Horsman is OK. I was wondering something though. The article says that the mishap occurred during rehearsal. Therefore, how did this video get out? (Maybe I'm wrong, but I assume they don't allow unofficial photographers to film rehearsals, right?) If this is a real accident and...
by erdnasephile
06/25/15 12:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel - the hero
Replies: 1
Views: 401

Re: Using the Aronson Stack

The late Dennis Loomis used to have a lot of really practical, interesting material on the memdeck. Sadly, the site is no more. (I tried that Wayback machine thing for http://www.loomismagic.com but I couldn't get it to work) Fortunately, some of Mr. Lommis' articles appear here: http://www.themagi...
by erdnasephile
06/19/15 11:08 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Using the Aronson Stack
Replies: 10
Views: 891

Re: Using the Aronson Stack

The late Dennis Loomis used to have a lot of really practical, interesting material on the memdeck. Sadly, the site is no more. (I tried that Wayback machine thing for http://www.loomismagic.com but I couldn't get it to work) Fortunately, some of Mr. Loomis' articles appear here: http://www.themagic...
by erdnasephile
06/19/15 06:08 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Using the Aronson Stack
Replies: 10
Views: 891

Re: Ultimate Ambition Improved or "You can teach an old dog.

Yep. It's half the size of the original.
by erdnasephile
06/19/15 03:12 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ultimate Ambition Improved or "You can teach an old dog..."
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Ultimate Ambition Improved or "You can teach an old dog..."

Like many of you, I have used Daryl's Ultimate Ambition for formal close-up shows since it first came out some 20-30 years ago. It killed. When Daryl released his improved version a few years ago, I bought one and threw it in a drawer. After all, why change something that had been working so well? E...
by erdnasephile
06/19/15 09:34 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ultimate Ambition Improved or "You can teach an old dog..."
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: Using the Aronson Stack

Mr. Siegel: Please see: "The Wishing Trick" (from Workers 5) which Mr. Close designed to help him get comfortable with memdeck work. I highly recommend buying "The Complete Workers" ebook, but "Workers 5" is also available separately. http://www.michaelclose.com/collect...
by erdnasephile
06/18/15 03:11 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Using the Aronson Stack
Replies: 10
Views: 891

Re: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Mag

HTDASPM? Yikes! I feel like I'm reading my kid's text messages! Off on a slightly related tangent: here is another abbreviation abomination the age of Twitter has wrought: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/3-and-h8-emoji-speak-versions-of-shakespeare-have-been-published-unfo...
by erdnasephile
06/18/15 03:01 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Magic
Replies: 39
Views: 3352

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

I would echo what Richard said about Crescendo, and I regret if my comments implied otherwise.

The quality of paper and size of the book is very similar to that of "Quarterly", although the weight of the paper and cover stock feels a touch heavier with "Crescendo".
by erdnasephile
06/18/15 02:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 9068

Re: The Digital Issue of Genii is Now Available to Subscribe

The most surprising thing about this issue to me is the bad penny who turns up in the first half of Mr. Giobbi's list of great, little known cardmen. ;)
by erdnasephile
06/17/15 11:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Digital Issue of Genii is Now Available to Subscribers!
Replies: 16
Views: 1565

Re: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Mag

What I would rather see is a consistent way of naming the fingers, the parts of the hand, and the motions of the upper extremity; however, that sounds a lot easier than I think it would be in practice. Don't the endpapers to Giobbi's Card College books give a standard set of names for the fingers/h...
by erdnasephile
06/17/15 05:13 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Magic
Replies: 39
Views: 3352

Re: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?

Here's a quick take on Crescendo: I think that Crescendo is an extremely powerful 9 card multiple selection routine. The routine uses a gambit which I had never seen applied to this type of routine before. This results in the most fair appearing selection/card losing phase I've ever encountered. In ...
by erdnasephile
06/16/15 10:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man ... Your Thoughts?
Replies: 105
Views: 9068

Re: Question: Re: The Magic Castle

Yes--that makes perfect sense. (I should have been more clear: I meant the staircase to the old library starts on the 2nd floor on that map). One last question please: the old Vernon couch was near where the Close-Up gallery exit is now, right? How did they have room for the card tables that used to...
by erdnasephile
06/16/15 05:00 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Question: Re: The Magic Castle
Replies: 17
Views: 1256

Re: Question: Re: The Magic Castle

Dustin to the rescue (again!) Yay! Now it all makes sense--Thanks!

(I assume the old library used to be up that unmarked staircase on the 2nd floor?)
by erdnasephile
06/16/15 02:12 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Question: Re: The Magic Castle
Replies: 17
Views: 1256

Re: Question: Re: The Magic Castle

The Palace and the Parlor are next to one another on the second floor of the Castle. The Hat and Hare Pub is below the first floor. I must be completely misremembering. I thought as you exit the Palace, there's a bar area to the left as you head to the Parlour. There was a small close-up table ther...
by erdnasephile
06/16/15 12:19 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Question: Re: The Magic Castle
Replies: 17
Views: 1256

Re: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Mag

While I think this is an interesting idea, I'm not in favor for two reasons. 1. The world is already overrun with abbreviations, jargon, and acronyms. In my own field, keeping track of the latest multicenter trial acronyms actually requires a reference book. Worse, the multitude of abbreviations can...
by erdnasephile
06/16/15 12:16 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question for Richard re: Standard Notation for Card Magic
Replies: 39
Views: 3352
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