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by Kardova
May 20th, 2011, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: eBooks: The Transition REALLY Begins
Replies: 39
Views: 4617

Re: eBooks: The Transition REALLY Begins

Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
by Kardova
May 12th, 2011, 1:21 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: 2/2 : Nova Science Now: Magic & The Brain
Replies: 14
Views: 1973

Re: 2/2 : Nova Science Now: Magic & The Brain

It's funny really, because it seems that the schizos should be the sane ones for seeing the illusion for what it really is.

But what do I know, I'm just part of the herd who thinks the few outliers are the crazy ones.
by Kardova
May 12th, 2011, 1:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Genii is Shortly Going to Publish a New Book ...
Replies: 75
Views: 9236

Re: Genii is Shortly Going to Publish a New Book ...

BOO! (but I do enjoy the suspense) I know Kaufman has a thing for Cliff Green, but that expanded, annotated version will probably go under Kaufman & Co. So my guess, considering the page count and Geniis past publications/compilations is Charlie Miller, Charlie Miller, Charlie Miller. Or second ...
by Kardova
May 12th, 2011, 10:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: SECRETS OF THE PLAYING CARD
Replies: 0
Views: 398

SECRETS OF THE PLAYING CARD

Secrets of The Playing Card:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clqp8DzpPXg
by Kardova
May 12th, 2011, 12:13 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: 2/2 : Nova Science Now: Magic & The Brain
Replies: 14
Views: 1973

Re: 2/2 : Nova Science Now: Magic & The Brain

To hell with the layers. Just throw in a couple of jokes and theyll cover-up the discrepancies.
by Kardova
May 11th, 2011, 4:39 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: 2/2 : Nova Science Now: Magic & The Brain
Replies: 14
Views: 1973

Re: 2/2 : Nova Science Now: Magic & The Brain

After the magic segment, I believe they went into other aspects of the mind and how it processes information. I found this particular bit quite interesting (see link below): how the brain's already stored information overrides certain outside stimuli that contradicts previous experiences and expecta...
by Kardova
May 11th, 2011, 11:52 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magical Realism
Replies: 0
Views: 454

Magical Realism

I consider magicians storytellers. So I thought this link would be of interest to some of you out there in Genii Land. The program features 13 half-hour videos, which move from The Epic of Gilgamesh (circa 2500 BCE) through Garca Mrquezs One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967). Each video is accompanie...
by Kardova
May 9th, 2011, 10:16 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: China's answer to Ricky Jay
Replies: 2
Views: 743

Re: China's answer to Ricky Jay

With all these got talent shows popping-up all over the world it seems as though Vaudeville is back in business.
by Kardova
May 9th, 2011, 2:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Originality vs. Novelty
Replies: 15
Views: 3653

Re: Originality vs. Novelty

Thanks for the input everyone. Very much appreciated.
by Kardova
May 9th, 2011, 2:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS
Replies: 181
Views: 26969

Re: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS

Ive tried to avoid this thread, because, frankly, its sad. When I was a junior I would always hear a loud audible <sigh> when Castle politics was brought up by the grown-ups. It appears that nothing has changed. But isnt this the vast majority of cases with BoDs out there? Isnt it all just a microco...
by Kardova
May 9th, 2011, 11:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Originality vs. Novelty
Replies: 15
Views: 3653

Re: Originality vs. Novelty

I guess whats on my mind is the classics in magic and whats associated with them--why I prefer them to the majority of effects/actsthat attempt to be different for difference sake. Often novelty and the attempt to be original and improve something only turns-out a curiosity like a three-ring circus ...
by Kardova
May 8th, 2011, 7:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Agony Of Defeat- A little story...
Replies: 11
Views: 2284

Re: Agony Of Defeat- A little story...

"Failure only makes the successes more exciting." --Chan Canasta When I was auditioning for the Magic Castle Juniors for the second time many years ago (I was not accepted the first time), I somehow managed to place myself at the end of the audition line feeding into the Parlor of Prestidi...
by Kardova
May 6th, 2011, 11:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball
Replies: 94
Views: 7922

Re: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball

All else is is semantic wrangling/wankery. Wankery, ha, I like that word. Not all historians are wanks are they? Just like magicians need patter to fill up dead time and justify their tricks, don't historians need something intelligent to say to write books and articles? Is wankery and patter synon...
by Kardova
May 6th, 2011, 10:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball
Replies: 94
Views: 7922

Re: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball

Thanks David & John: I must humbly confess and admit that my mind is less cluttered now than when I first entered this thread. Thanks again for the clarifications and succinctness of response.
by Kardova
May 6th, 2011, 10:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Originality vs. Novelty
Replies: 15
Views: 3653

Originality vs. Novelty

Over the past 2-3 weeks I have been following the genii forum threads with some consistency and this topic has entered my consciousness and consideration. I would like to hear some of your thoughts on this as my own are still a bit unclear and it is my hope that some dialogue on this issue may shed ...
by Kardova
May 5th, 2011, 7:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball
Replies: 94
Views: 7922

Re: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball

Tasteless. . . Tasteless? I completely agree with you. You've changed my mind. I'm on your side now. In several weeks, months, years, this little trifle will just be a hiccup in the grand scheme of our lives. And in retrospect, we (or rather I (I can't speak for all of us)) will look back on this a...
by Kardova
May 5th, 2011, 6:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball
Replies: 94
Views: 7922

Re: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball

You know about the rumors of the subliminal things they edit in the movies right? Maybe they are flashing the F-word to her subconscious. Damn pervert editors. j/k (but I think it's true)
by Kardova
May 5th, 2011, 6:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball
Replies: 94
Views: 7922

Re: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball

Watch any Disney movie and I'm sure you will find several adult references and innuendo thrown in there for the adults. Go to Disneyland here in California and you will find a secret adult spot in New Orleans Square set aside just for the adults called Club 33 where hard liquor is served. The number...
by Kardova
May 5th, 2011, 5:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball
Replies: 94
Views: 7922

Re: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball

Obviously, the piece did its job. Critical thinking is such a rare commodity these days, especially for children. Every day, marketers peddle them things that they often buy without much thought about why they want it. When a piece of art gets one to think and start a dialogue, than to me, it has do...
by Kardova
May 5th, 2011, 1:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball
Replies: 94
Views: 7922

Re: Astonishingly bad taste at the Skirball

Yes (to answer Dustin's question)! The whole sub-text of Houdinis art was defying death (a.k.a. challenging God). I fully agree with Kaufman on this. I think it is in the style of Harry's self confidence. The fact that he is Jewish makes the statement all the more provocative. Even Christ doubted hi...
by Kardova
May 4th, 2011, 10:55 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Performing the Multiplying Bottles.
Replies: 10
Views: 1976

Re: Performing the Multiplying Bottles.

Slaughterhouse-Five Excerpt read by Alec Baldwin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw6e4wqtjCE

Punctuation Tips from a Pro
by Kardova
May 4th, 2011, 7:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Today is Harry Lorayne's Birthday!
Replies: 14
Views: 1938

Re: Today is Harry Lorayne's Birthday!

In my mind I have two Harrys forever hard-wired in my brain as it relates to magicyou and Anderson. Thanks for all the wonderful books on magic and memory. Happy Birthday Mr. Lorayne! https://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/special/BrainFreeLecture.aspx "What would man be without his capacity to re...
by Kardova
May 4th, 2011, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Summer Blockbusters
Replies: 0
Views: 204

Summer Blockbusters

B/W Richardsons third book and the Berglas book on cards, the summer heat will find me under the cool shade of these great, grand gentlemen of magic. http://www.hermeticpress.com/product_info.php?products_id=65 The book by Swiss looks equally delightful. http://www.hermeticpress.com/product_info.php...
by Kardova
May 2nd, 2011, 2:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Håkan Berg in Sweden got Talent
Replies: 1
Views: 688

Re: Håkan Berg in Sweden got Talent

There is a fine line in these sorts of presentations. But it seems to work when a smart angle and approach is implemented and taken into consideration. There seems to be balance that needs to be achieved between levity and mystery in both character and choice of effects. We have our Great Tomsoni, M...
by Kardova
May 2nd, 2011, 12:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Naughty Swedish Boy
Replies: 40
Views: 5843

Re: Naughty Swedish Boy

Whether or not you choose to associate with him is a personal and private matter, you have been forewarned. As far as what he did on the television show was truly in bad taste, knowingly perfectly well that such behavior is uncalled for in the magic community. My suggestion is to let your magic budd...
by Kardova
April 28th, 2011, 12:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Naughty Swedish Boy
Replies: 40
Views: 5843

Re: Naughty Swedish Boy

About 10-15 years ago, Teller lectured at Brookledge for the Magic Castle Juniors. There is a glow that radiates off Teller as he humbly and openly shares and talks about the process and discovery of creating and solving new ideas in magic and fleshing them out. To those who express a genuine intere...
by Kardova
April 23rd, 2011, 2:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stepping on toes?
Replies: 5
Views: 1707

Re: Stepping on toes?

Hi Darren, When it comes to your own personal advancement and performance of a trick just remember Dai Vernons two maxims, Be yourself and Use your head. It appears that you have already done both of these in your fleshing-out a wonderful presentation and context to your performance of a classic tri...
by Kardova
April 22nd, 2011, 1:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Open Triumph
Replies: 8
Views: 2811

Open Triumph

Very refreshing. Bravo Dani DaOrtiz and the Twins for sharing this.

http://store.dananddave.com/open-triump ... ortiz.html
by Kardova
April 22nd, 2011, 1:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: An early version of the "Card Stab"
Replies: 2
Views: 944

Re: An early version of the "Card Stab"

Bill Mullins wrote: Didn't Penn & Teller do this trick?


1985 PBS Special - Penn & Teller Go Public

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