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Official Joanie Spina Release

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson This morning, my dear friend, an angel on earth, Joanie Spina became a true angel. She passed away at 11:35am central time, peacefully, with friends and loved ones at her side. I have been asked to write this noti...
by David Oliver
08/17/14 03:08 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Official Joanie Spina Release
Replies: 1
Views: 585

Re: LET'S DO MAGIC FOR DAVID OLIVER

Thank you for the kind words, and again, for everything you have done on my behalf, Eric. You are a true friend! (I posted the following on FaceBook, and thought it would also be appropriate to do it again here for those who are not on FaceBook, yet were also at the event, or helped in any way.) The...
by David Oliver
01/22/13 07:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: LET'S DO MAGIC FOR DAVID OLIVER
Replies: 4
Views: 681

Re: Announcement of a Secret Project

Hmmmm. I have living relatives, and, well, I'm not dead yet...
by David Oliver
01/14/13 11:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement of a Secret Project
Replies: 198
Views: 13209

Re: Announcement of a Secret Project

I hear rumors that "Mr. Fingers" may be back in the mix...
by David Oliver
01/11/13 01:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement of a Secret Project
Replies: 198
Views: 13209

Re: 2012 In Review

Thank you, Dustin. You continue to keep us informed, entertained and enlightened. You always bring a smile and a tear to my face. Thanks!

Here's wishing you and yours the best in 2013, my friend!
by David Oliver
01/02/13 02:55 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2012 In Review
Replies: 46
Views: 3354

Re: Wayne Houchin severely injured in Dominican Republic

This idiot needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
by David Oliver
11/30/12 01:33 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wayne Houchin severely injured in Dominican Republic
Replies: 71
Views: 11769

Re: Wayne Houchin severely injured in Dominican Republic

This just in from my friend, Jason Wethington's FaceBook page... CURIOSIDADES OFFICIAL STATEMENT:: Dear friends: As you have noticed, starting Monday 26th of November, our messages to our fans have decreased significantly. Unfortunately our team was criminally assaulted in the person of Wayne Houchi...
by David Oliver
11/29/12 01:53 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wayne Houchin severely injured in Dominican Republic
Replies: 71
Views: 11769

Re: Wayne Houchin severely injured in Dominican Republic

I don't know any further details. So, I have no answer for you Richard, until Wayne tells more. My initial guess was that, there may have been some other stunt or effect he did previously (on this show or another that the host saw), and the host attempted some impromptu surprise "challenge"...
by David Oliver
11/28/12 10:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wayne Houchin severely injured in Dominican Republic
Replies: 71
Views: 11769

Wayne Houchin severely injured in Dominican Republic

Terrible news, all. Reports are coming in from all over. I first received word directly from Wayne's Twitter account. While filming his new TV show in the Dominican Republic, the host of the show grabbed a handful of some liquid, set it aflame and threw it at Wayne's head. Wayne was stunned. This wa...
by David Oliver
11/28/12 09:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wayne Houchin severely injured in Dominican Republic
Replies: 71
Views: 11769

Re: Irv Weiner

Hi, Thomas S. - I had previously opened your video link to watch my old friend, Irv perform at his sister's 70th party. It was a wonderful trip down memory lane. I tried to open the link today, to share it with someone who just asked me about Irv, and the link is no longer viable. Is it linked elsew...
by David Oliver
10/09/12 06:59 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Irv Weiner
Replies: 70
Views: 13712

Re: Eric DeCamps Pure Magic Comes to Chicago

A class act himself, Eric DeCamps is a sophisticated entertainer who brings an elegant touch and honest approach to his performances. I've enjoyed seeing Eric's work mature over the past twenty-five or so years, and have the honor of calling him my friend. That being said, nothing could prepare me f...
by David Oliver
10/08/12 02:21 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric DeCamps Pure Magic Comes to Chicago
Replies: 37
Views: 4961

Re: Genii Convention Schedule Online

Hi Jeffrey - Yes, it would have been great to finally meet in person. However, the recent and rapid decline of my health situation has forced me to stop all traveling and to also give up many things. I'll drop you a note soon, and keep you posted. Thanks for the message. Have a fantastic time at the...
by David Oliver
10/01/12 05:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Schedule Online
Replies: 40
Views: 3772

Re: Genii Convention Schedule Online

To everyone attending the Bash, here's hoping you all have an amazing time. Unfortunately, due to my current health status, I will not be able to join you. I certainly wish I could be there. The line-up and schedule that Richard has put together look unbelievable. This will be THE convention to talk...
by David Oliver
10/01/12 03:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Schedule Online
Replies: 40
Views: 3772

Re: Let Me Know if Your October Issue of Genii Has Arrived!

Landed south of Boston today (Mon).
by David Oliver
09/24/12 06:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Let Me Know if Your October Issue of Genii Has Arrived!
Replies: 73
Views: 5518

Re: Please Post Your Get-Well Wishes for Michael Weber Here

Best wishes for a full and uneventful (if not speedy) recovery, Michael!
by David Oliver
09/12/12 01:10 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Please Post Your Get-Well Wishes for Michael Weber Here
Replies: 55
Views: 6150

Marcelo Contento passes

Saddened to report the passing of yet another dear, and multi-talented friend, Marcelo Contento, on the morning of Tuesday, July 3rd. Marcelo was a world-renown percussionist, master magician and legendary hand-shadow artist. His artistry was second to none. He was one of the original performers in ...
by David Oliver
07/05/12 12:08 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Marcelo Contento passes
Replies: 7
Views: 1133

Re: Max Maven – Off Broadway

I was there the same night as the head Genii, and I also thought it was a stupendous show. The material was strong, the set uncluttered yet intriguing, the lighting was spot on (I especially enjoyed one moment when Max stood behind a seated spectator, and only his hands and trademark peak were lit -...
by David Oliver
06/30/12 01:21 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven – Off Broadway
Replies: 26
Views: 3799

Todd MacDonald passes away at 39

At a little after 12:47 this morning, my dear friend, my pal, my little brother, Todd MacDonald, with his parents, sister and brother at his side, took his last breath surrounded by love. He was only 39 years old. Twenty-eight years ago, I invited a young kid up on stage with me, to help with a magi...
by David Oliver
05/14/12 12:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Todd MacDonald passes away at 39
Replies: 1
Views: 647

Re: Dick Clark is off the air at age 82.

I also seem to remember that Bob Kohler (who is also an accomplished musician) played in Dick Clark's traveling show band.
by David Oliver
04/18/12 06:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dick Clark is off the air at age 82.
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Dick Clark is off the air at age 82.

It has been reported on multiple news outlets in the past 30 minutes, that "America's Oldest Teenager," Dick Clark, has passed away from a heart attack at age 82. I know that he was a huge fan of magic, from all of the magicians he continually showcased on his various television shows and ...
by David Oliver
04/18/12 04:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dick Clark is off the air at age 82.
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: Hank Lee

I'm not one to usually disagree with Mr. Biro, however... the actual final moments of St. Elsewhere consisted of the hospital in a snowstorm, the camera moving out, only to find a young, silent, autistic child holding a snow globe with a miniature hospital inside, and we, the audience are led to bel...
by David Oliver
04/17/12 05:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69072

Re: April issue cover

April arrived today in Boston! Excellent choice for cover story. I spent some time with her while she was living near Poughkeepsie, NY for the past year and a half. We've been friends for years, and only saw each other at conventions. So it was nice to be able to spend non-convention time with each ...
by David Oliver
03/15/12 05:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Online and Winging Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 14
Views: 1189

Re: Happy News: Jonathan Pendragon and West Flannagan are Engaged!

And "West Yarbrough" would sound like a sweet little vacation town on Cape Cod.

(Congrats to you both!)
by David Oliver
03/13/12 12:26 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy News: Jonathan Pendragon and West McDonough are Engaged!
Replies: 18
Views: 2574

Re: FS: Nielsen Vanishing Dove Cage

This cage is now SOLD. Thanks!
by David Oliver
03/11/12 03:56 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Nielsen Vanishing Dove Cage
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: FS: Nielsen Vanishing Dove Cage

This cage is back for sale. Once again, I've had a few serious inquiries that did not pan out. So, I'm listing the cage back on the market. Price is now $2,600. Photos available.

-David Oliver
by David Oliver
03/07/12 05:17 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Nielsen Vanishing Dove Cage
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: John Blake RIP my friend

John was a gentle giant and good friend. This is sad news, indeed. Rest in peace, John.
by David Oliver
03/06/12 04:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Blake RIP my friend
Replies: 13
Views: 1169

Re: Tragedy for Steve Brooks

An unimaginable loss. My heart aches for you and your family, Steve. My sincere condolences.
by David Oliver
02/28/12 05:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tragedy for Steve Brooks
Replies: 34
Views: 4390

Re: The Proverbial Hole

I had to watch it twice before I saw both the guy in the gorilla suit walk across in the background, and the toddler try to climb into the fireplace, while Francesco pretended nothing was happening.
by David Oliver
02/02/12 03:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Proverbial Hole
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe

For a man who claims he abhors violence, and that he would never condone punching anyone in the face, this was an odd thought for him to include (virtually) in the same breath... "Why hit Hawkings anyway -- more fun to dump him out of his wheel chair or shove him in front of a bus." Bizarre.
by David Oliver
01/05/12 05:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The really odd things one finds on the Cafe
Replies: 38
Views: 5786

Re: Magical new film from Martin Scorsese - Hugo

Just saw Scorsese's new film, "Hugo." What a wonderful film. Best 3D I've ever seen (no headaches, no need to squint, no blurry-fast motions, etc.), partly because it was shot in 3D, not post-produced in 3D (as Travis noted above). Story was engaging, emotional and entertaining. We went wi...
by David Oliver
11/25/11 12:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magical new film from Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Replies: 20
Views: 2831

Re: "BLiNK! - An Evening of Award-Winning Comedy & Magic!" opens DEC. 15th near Disneyland...

I've seen "BLiNK!," and was thrilled and honored to be a part of it when it was on it's East Coast leg of touring. Chipper puts on one amazing show, with an astounding cast of performers. You'll laugh, you'll applaud, you'll be amazed. It's a show for the entire family, so bring the kids, ...
by David Oliver
11/20/11 05:24 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "BLiNK! - An Evening of Award-Winning Comedy & Magic!" opens DEC. 15th near Disneyland...
Replies: 5
Views: 1413

Re: Genii: The Conjurors' CONVENTION in 2012

Two evening shows; one stage, one close-up. One or two, keynote speakers; Big name, not-so-big name, but big topics or ideas. And a surprise guest keynote speaker - everyone loves surprises. Four specific lectures on Genii readers favorite topics. A dealers' room of course. No competition. But perha...
by David Oliver
11/04/11 05:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii: The Conjurors' CONVENTION in 2012
Replies: 113
Views: 9848

Re: Disecto gone wrong?

Richard Kaufman wrote:Cut it out, please.


"Cut" it out, please.

I get it.

Clever... or is that... cleaver?
by David Oliver
11/04/11 03:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disecto gone wrong?
Replies: 22
Views: 1234

Re: Dove Banned

"Was unaware of their pet policy." Yup. That'll win in court. <Insert sarcastic sneer here> Ignorance is not a defense.
by David Oliver
11/02/11 01:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dove Banned
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Re: Genii: The Conjurors' CONVENTION in 2012

Andrew Pinard wrote:You could come up to the Boston area... I know a place with really great rates and decent proximity to the airport.


Sounds good to me.
by David Oliver
10/31/11 06:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii: The Conjurors' CONVENTION in 2012
Replies: 113
Views: 9848

Re: Genii: The Conjurors' CONVENTION in 2012

The same unique elements that separate Genii from the other magazines, is what should separate the Genii convention from other conventions.
by David Oliver
10/30/11 12:23 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii: The Conjurors' CONVENTION in 2012
Replies: 113
Views: 9848

Re: Dove Banned

The rules do change regularly - and usually it's changed by the individual airlines own rules. Many bird workers don't bring their own birds anywhere they have to fly anymore, choosing instead, to borrow or rent birds at their destinations. Before I had to give up the birds (see Genii August 2011), ...
by David Oliver
10/29/11 09:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dove Banned
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Re: NY Library Magic Event

Quite the collection of consummate conjurors to represent the various disciplines in our industry. All are articulate, informed and entertaining. Wish I could be there to support their efforts. They will certainly make the rest of us look great! Best wishes to my friends for a successful event.
by David Oliver
10/24/11 03:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Library Magic Event
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Re: Matt Field Honored

Matthew Field wrote:I would like to thank Viscount Stinnett and Chancellor Oliver for their help in this.

And Vassel Farmer, the garbage will be ready for you to take to the dump this afternoon.

Baron Field


"Chancellor Oliver?" I could get used to that.
by David Oliver
10/19/11 12:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Matt Field Honored
Replies: 17
Views: 959

Re: Matt Field Honored

Dustin Stinett wrote:Perfect!!!

And by the Power Vested to Me as the Dark Fascist Overlord, Baron Field's title has been bestowed! (Look under his sign in name.)


So mote it be.

(Just remember who to thank, Baron!) ;)
by David Oliver
10/17/11 11:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Matt Field Honored
Replies: 17
Views: 959
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