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Re: The Genii compilations

I think such a project would work better electronically rather than hard copy. While there are many rather outstanding (indeed, seminal) routines published in Genii's history, not all is first class. You'd have to sift through a lot of average stuff to find the gems. An electronic medium would make ...
by erdnasephile
11/21/14 Yesterday 02:08 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: The Genii compilations
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Re: Magic set for kids...

I think it's hard to do the cups and balls well at any age. However, I'm glad that my magic sets included a set. I may not been able to do them as well at the time, but all of those principles inherent in the trick were somehow not lost on me and led to a lifetime of joy. My favorite kids magic sets...
by erdnasephile
11/21/14 Yesterday 11:05 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic set for kids...
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Must have books (for me) in this month's Genii

Yes, I figured they weren't making money on shipping--just the cost of doing business these days.
by erdnasephile
11/19/14 12:07 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Must have books (for me) in this month's Genii
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller Fool Us Both Renew

Got it--thanks!
by erdnasephile
11/18/14 09:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller Fool Us Both Renewed!
Replies: 21
Views: 1014

Must have books (for me) in this month's Genii

In this month's Genii, Will Houstoun reviews two must have books (for me): the Marty Demarest edited "The Expert at the Card Table" and the Alan Shaxon book. Both look terrific! I immediately ordered Mr. Demarest's project, but paused at the high (but I'm sure it's fair) shipping price for...
by erdnasephile
11/18/14 08:15 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Must have books (for me) in this month's Genii
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller Fool Us Both Renew

Thanks for the correction, Tom.

So, how does that work exactly--do Penn and Teller just fly to different countries to watch various acts in front of an audience?
by erdnasephile
11/18/14 08:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller Fool Us Both Renewed!
Replies: 21
Views: 1014

Re: Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller Fool Us Both Renew

I really like that Fool Us will continue to be produced in England, since it lets me see a bunch of guys whose work I am not always familiar with. It would be kind of cool if the show could make a guest stop in other European countries that are hotbeds of magic (e.g., Spain). Tamariz, Da Ortiz, et a...
by erdnasephile
11/18/14 06:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller Fool Us Both Renewed!
Replies: 21
Views: 1014

Re: 75 Years of Genii

Downloaded the files directly to local hard drive from the website. Once I set the Adobe software correctly, search works great!
by erdnasephile
11/18/14 12:49 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: 75 Years of Genii
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: 75 Years of Genii

A tip for searching PDFs. If you use Adobe Reader (a free software) you can search in all of the Genii PDFs (or any other collection of PDFs) in one swoop. Here is how you do it: - Open Adobe Reader - Go to Edit->Advanced Search - You will see "Where would you like to search?" Select 'All...
by erdnasephile
11/17/14 11:10 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: 75 Years of Genii
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: It takes a lot to surprise David Berglas ...

Cool surprise!

In normal years, does Mr. Berglas have final say over who gets the award named after him?
by erdnasephile
11/17/14 06:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: It takes a lot to surprise David Berglas ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1069

Re: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

Those are neat props.

I wonder if that "forgotten craft" will rise again as 3D printers become more ubiquitous.

Hopefully so!
by erdnasephile
11/17/14 10:52 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 860

Re: Now THIS IS HOW DICE STACKING should look!

One other tip off for a John Woo film is that it contains at least one slow motion shot of birds flapping their wings.
by erdnasephile
11/15/14 07:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Now THIS IS HOW DICE STACKING should look!
Replies: 12
Views: 866

Re: Now THIS IS HOW DICE STACKING should look!

I thought it was a John Woo deal as well (especially with the kick the gun off the floor bit), but it was directed by someone else (Jing Wong AKA Wong Yat Cheong)

From imdb: "Both Chow Yun-fat and Andy Lau did their own card manipulations"

That could be interesting.
by erdnasephile
11/15/14 08:06 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Now THIS IS HOW DICE STACKING should look!
Replies: 12
Views: 866

Re: Magic Catalogs

What I have always loved about the Steven's catalogs were the funny pictures with Joe Stevens (and friends). In my youth, it was my version of the Sears Roebuck wishbook for when my parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I also remember how my parents thought I was nuts for sending Tannen's $...
by erdnasephile
11/10/14 01:50 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Magic Catalogs
Replies: 5
Views: 591

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

I misread and misinterpreted JHostler's post above. I sincerely apologize.
by erdnasephile
11/09/14 04:28 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 139
Views: 11384

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

So, because I as an Asian person don't enjoy being mocked, I'm somehow less sophisticated, have worse taste, and have more lagging expectations than the general public? I'm not speaking as a magician. Magic, in fact, has nothing to do with this for me. I just not terribly fond of any art form that d...
by erdnasephile
11/09/14 12:29 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 139
Views: 11384

Re: Bad Writing

Bad writing can be irritating. What irritates me more is bad advertising, especially in magic magazines. Just open the pages of any magic magazine including GENII and it is full of ads with a nebulous graphic and a website. Absolutely no information about the product, no incentive to buy, just a fo...
by erdnasephile
11/08/14 10:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bad Writing
Replies: 23
Views: 2546

Re: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...

I'm glad Mr. Hobson came in to comment. I'm not sure why I would bother replying, except that from a perspective of a minority in this country, I find having members of the majority race telling me what should or should not offend me somewhat disconcerting. I actually think some racial humor is funn...
by erdnasephile
11/05/14 07:27 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hobson's Illusionarium getting good reviews ...
Replies: 10
Views: 1966

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I think Bob White also spent time with Charlie Miller as well.
by erdnasephile
11/04/14 10:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 80
Views: 5849

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I'll be curious to see how quickly the book sells out (or if it does). I think Hermetic Press is printing 600 of them (100 more than Max's previous limited edition that sold out rather quickly as I recall). I think the magic family tree chart would be interesting magazine article, but there will be ...
by erdnasephile
11/04/14 03:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 80
Views: 5849

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

There are still some first- and second-generation Vernon students on the planet. Many of them don’t talk very much about what they know. In particular, no one has established himself as the focal point of magic in the United States the way Vernon did (and the way Juan Tamariz has in Spain). I'm won...
by erdnasephile
11/04/14 12:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 80
Views: 5849

Re: FSH: Kaufman Ed. Greater Magic (incl. Expurgated Ed.)

Bob: (From Magicpedia) Expurgated Edition When Richard Kaufman reprinted Greater Magic, one of the various editions was an homage to Carl Jones' famous "expurgated edition." Jones had many non-magic friends to whom he wished to give a book, but didn't want them to see any of the secrets. S...
by erdnasephile
11/03/14 08:32 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH: Kaufman Ed. Greater Magic (incl. Expurgated Ed.)
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I think it's entirely possible to appreciate what Vernon brought to magic, without worshipping him. He was a genius in magic, but a man, nonetheless--just as frail and fallible as the rest of us. What I think tends to draw the sternest responses from acolytes is the implication that this was some so...
by erdnasephile
11/03/14 11:42 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 80
Views: 5849

Re: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card

I think for a repetitive routine (Wild Card/Oil and Water/ACR) to be most effective, the various changes/separations/rises should build in apparent difficulty or visual nature. I also agree that all too frequently, these types of routines are often way too long for my taste. In addition, the thing I...
by erdnasephile
11/02/14 09:04 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card
Replies: 44
Views: 2518

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I think one thing that will always make me appreciate Dai Vernon is the incredible depth of thought he put into his magic. He took centuries old concepts and routines and pushed them a quantum leap forward by leaving no detail untouched in his quest for naturalness. In almost every Vernon routine, t...
by erdnasephile
11/02/14 04:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 80
Views: 5849

Missing Link by Alexander/Kohler

http://www.bobkohlermagic.com/products/ ... ssinglink/

Will look forward to see the professional reviews on this one.

(Still waiting for the granddaddy of them all to be released: BC's version).
by erdnasephile
11/01/14 04:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Missing Link by Alexander/Kohler
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: 75 Years of Genii

I just bought this---what a terrific resource! The Adobe search engine works very well, and it's nice to have everything quickly available off line. It does take quite a while to download everything even with a really fast computer and connection. You do have to download each file separately (until ...
by erdnasephile
10/31/14 09:16 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: 75 Years of Genii
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

New book: The Vernon Companion

http://www.hermeticpress.com/product_in ... cts_id=105

A new book by Mike Perovich--looks great!
by erdnasephile
10/31/14 11:20 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 80
Views: 5849

Re: Credit for this line please

OK, you guys are killing me! :mrgreen:

Sorry for the dumb question--public domain it is.
by erdnasephile
10/30/14 01:22 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit for this line please
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Credit for this line please

All:

Does anyone know the origin of the line (when displaying a deck of cards): "They're all here. They're all different" or is this line in the public domain?

Thanks!
by erdnasephile
10/30/14 09:43 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit for this line please
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: FS: Miller's Dice -- Unavailable for a long time

And for what it's worth, Christian Chelman's book Hauntiques has an alternate routine for the dice. Oh, dear--that brings a certain Genii Forum zombie thread to mind! :mrgreen: Here's another review reference: Sisti, Jim (editor): The Magic Menu The International Journal for Professional Restaurant...
by erdnasephile
10/27/14 12:21 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Miller's Dice -- Unavailable for a long time
Replies: 6
Views: 794

Re: Amazing Jonathan announces he has a year to live

Definitely not new "news." Heard about this at least two years ago, and not as if it was a secret. No chance for a heart transplant for reasons unclear to me . http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/entertainment/amazing-johnathan-works-around-health-problems According to this article...
by erdnasephile
10/25/14 09:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Amazing Jonathan announces he has a year to live
Replies: 9
Views: 1324

Re: FS: Miller's Dice -- Unavailable for a long time

PM sent
by erdnasephile
10/25/14 12:01 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Miller's Dice -- Unavailable for a long time
Replies: 6
Views: 794

Re: 75 Years of Genii

Chris:

Does this product consist of 75 separate files (one for each volume)? How much hard drive space does the entire project take?

How much extra does it cost to get the file(s) via the flash drive that Richard mentions?

thanks!
by erdnasephile
10/23/14 04:57 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: 75 Years of Genii
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: 75 Years of Genii

Wow--if that is an authorized product by Richard, I may spring for that.
by erdnasephile
10/22/14 08:47 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: 75 Years of Genii
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

AJM wrote:Do you know if previous purchasers will receive a replacement disc?

Andrew


That is my understanding.
by erdnasephile
10/22/14 12:18 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 93
Views: 9412

Re: Gotham

I really, really want to like this show. However, for some reason, I find Bruce whiny and Bullock tiresome.

To me, the most watchable parts of the show are when the Penguin is on screen--very compelling character, and the casting was perfect.
by erdnasephile
10/22/14 10:44 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gotham
Replies: 2
Views: 400

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

I just heard from D and D customer service. The sound errors are fixed and the corrected disc was sent back to the replicators, but D and D haven't received the new discs yet.
by erdnasephile
10/22/14 10:41 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 93
Views: 9412

Re: Exposing the gaff during the effect

...The idea that this impossible object may have contributed to the method is actually eliminated by its obviousness. If you want to hide it, paint it red. What magician would show you how the trick worked? The idea that the magician would wave the method in front of your face points the suspicious...
by erdnasephile
10/21/14 07:10 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Exposing the gaff during the effect
Replies: 29
Views: 2178

Re: Exposing the gaff during the effect

...Without the pseudo explanation of the fake egg and the extra silk, there isn't much of an effect. The pseudo explanation is required here in order to take the audience down the garden path and spring the surprise. Nevertheless, it feels out of place to me in Vernon's "Cups and Balls" r...
by erdnasephile
10/20/14 11:25 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Exposing the gaff during the effect
Replies: 29
Views: 2178
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