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Re: Castle Notebooks full set, same number

Price reduction. Now $900.
by billmccloskey
12/02/13 01:36 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Castle Notebooks full set, same number
Replies: 1
Views: 427

Castle Notebooks full set, same number

I have a full set of Castle Notebooks, all with the same number. $950 plus shipping (CONUS Only)

Bill McCloskey
262 South Blvd
Nyack, Ny 10960
917-696-3790
bill@onlyinfluencers.com
by billmccloskey
11/24/13 01:50 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Castle Notebooks full set, same number
Replies: 1
Views: 427

Re: Floating Table spam

The suggestion not to unsubscribe from all spam is an outdated one. It might have had some legitimacy in their early 2000's but today there is little downside in unsubscribing. If the "spam" is delivered by any of the major Email Service Providers (ESP's) then you will be unsubscribed. Rea...
by billmccloskey
12/31/12 10:27 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Floating Table spam
Replies: 62
Views: 4810

Re: A new Magical way to hand out your business card

Jesus, TWO Damians? I wouldn't pay the goat any mind mr Surr, he is the self appointed police of the magic world. Without even seeing his posts (I have him blocked) I'm sure he has accused you of being some sort of scam artist.
by billmccloskey
12/10/12 04:59 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A new Magical way to hand out your business card
Replies: 23
Views: 2241

Re: BOOKS WANTED: Please help me build my collection again

I'd be willing to sell my entire collection at once (which includes a number of the books you are looking for). I you are interested, contact me and I can discuss terms.
by billmccloskey
11/28/12 06:09 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: BOOKS WANTED: Please help me build my collection again
Replies: 8
Views: 985

Re: Magical Ice Cream

Yes, sorry, The Amazing Race, not The Great Race.
by billmccloskey
11/14/12 02:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magical Ice Cream
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Magical Ice Cream

This is a "Thing" that is popular in some country. It was featured in a recent episode of The Great Race. The contestants all had to get ice cream from a vendor and ALL the vendors did this. It is a tourist attraction. It is not just this guy.
by billmccloskey
11/14/12 01:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magical Ice Cream
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Breaking Magic

Done. The air smells sweeter. Why anyone would feel it necessary to give us all a lecture on copyright theft because someone mentioned a show on the Discovery Channel is sooo far beyond me.
by billmccloskey
11/11/12 05:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Breaking Magic
Replies: 16
Views: 1249

Re: Breaking Magic

Thanks Chris. I wasn't aware the forum had that feature.
by billmccloskey
11/11/12 05:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Breaking Magic
Replies: 16
Views: 1249

Re: Breaking Magic

God, the Damian police are tiresome.

One of the main reasons I hardly stop by this forum.

Is that ALL you do: monitor this forum and reply all day?

Do what you want, but it seems such a waste of a life.

Show me the exit, please.
by billmccloskey
11/11/12 03:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Breaking Magic
Replies: 16
Views: 1249

Re: "too perfect" theory

I think that most lay people, when presented with a magic trick, are less concerned with how they did it, and more concerned with when it's going to be over.
by billmccloskey
10/22/12 03:03 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "too perfect" theory
Replies: 72
Views: 4087

Re: Wanted: Triumph Shuffle DVD by Glenn Bishop

Wow. the insensitive bullying and level of immaturity is astounding. Honestly, makes me ill. I don't know how you get to the point where cruelty is so cavalierly and thoughtlessly dispensed. I'm quite sure some of you won't be satisfied until someone has done irrevocable damage to themselves. I gues...
by billmccloskey
10/21/12 05:58 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Triumph Shuffle DVD by Glenn Bishop
Replies: 22
Views: 1872

Re: David Blaine

"What is widely popular is very rarely 'good'." by your standards I assume. Things that are widely unpopular are rarely good as well. Performance has only one critical criteria as far as I'm concerned: popularity. If a lot of people like it, it is good (regardless of what you think of it)....
by billmccloskey
10/11/12 02:52 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine
Replies: 22
Views: 1826

Re: David Blaine

"My interest in this stunt and all of his other stunts is nil. I would definitely prefer to watch his regular magic." My interest in stage performers like Copperfield and Lance Burton is nil as well. But it doesn't prevent lots of people from seeing them. I'd rather watch close up. But I c...
by billmccloskey
10/11/12 02:15 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine
Replies: 22
Views: 1826

Re: David Blaine

"So you think watching David Blaine in a block of ice, or a fish tank, or buried alive, or electricity running through him and him standing there with that "DUH" dopey look on his face is entertaining." ah..yep! "He has no personality and people watch him only because people...
by billmccloskey
10/08/12 03:31 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine
Replies: 22
Views: 1826

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

"so doctors aren't idiots after all!" I think there has been only one idiot identified so far in this thread. :) "Shame, not a single double blind peer reviewed paper amongst them, let alone one published in a respected medical journal. " Hahaha...jesus dude, you really are a mor...
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 12:10 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

"the question is clinical efficacy.' The question isn't clinical efficacy at all. Hypnotism wasn't introduced because it was more effective than standard anesthesiology, it was because is was SAFER. During the 50's and 60's the rate of anesthesialogical complications was quite high. The attempt...
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 12:02 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

My guess on why you don't see more of this is that the risks of anesthesiology are not as great as they where back in the 50's and 60's. I'm not a doctor but that is my guess. The Mayo Clinic became famous because they used hypnotic induction with every patient and dramatically reduced the rate of p...
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 11:42 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

For those interested I'd recommend the Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors by Dr. Corydon Hammond. Many many citations and studies on pain management. I'd also recommend: Techniques of Hypnotic Pain Management: Dr. Josephy Barber, Ph.d Altering the Quality of Discomfort: Example of leg Pa...
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 11:25 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

Hardly the odd book. Shows your ignorance.
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 11:05 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

Jonathan, Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman is a good source to start if you are really interested in this subject. If you are looking for validation of Elman's techniques, there is more than enough evidence if you want to search it out. Personally, why would I care if you believe it or not? I don't. Belie...
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 11:01 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

" I'd like to see a peer reviewed, double blind, research paper published in a respected medical journal. But I cannot find one. It must be a cover up, or most doctors are idiots." Ha.. I can just imagine how much you've researched it. Believe what you want friend. It is not my job to educ...
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 10:55 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

Quick search on the internet reveals many doctors using hypnosis for pain relief. I quick search on hypnothoughts.com have many current videos of doctors using hypnosis for pain relief and painless child birth. so I guess "the entire" medical community are not idiots. :)
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 10:31 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

Damian, Do you have a medical degree? Are you speaking because you have done research in this area? While hardly an expert, I've been studying hypnosis for about 4 months now pretty intently. How do you know hypnosis is not being used currently? Are are you just talking through your hat. As for hypn...
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 10:23 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

I don't know Damian. I do know that Dave Elman's work is well documented and there are many case studies of painless childbirth and surgery using hypnosis. As to why it isn't more widely used, I would assume it has to do with it not being taught in medical schools and without someone like Elman arou...
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 09:59 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

"Surely drug free painless surgery would be lapped up by the medical community?" Hypnotism has been used quite successfully for pain free operations. Feel free to read Dave Elman's Hypnotherapy. Dave Elman only taught to physicians and dentists for specifically in the use of hypnotism for ...
by billmccloskey
09/24/12 09:25 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 3096

Re: Berglas Reprint Now in Stock and Ready to Ship

I guess that is going to take the wind out of this guys sale: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-David-Berglas-Effects-Kaufman-Tamariz-Card-Magic-Tricks-ACAAN-DVDs-3-D-Rare-/170826816914?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c6125d92#ht_16874wt_1052">http://www.ebay.com/i...
by billmccloskey
04/25/12 03:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Berglas Reprint Now in Stock and Ready to Ship
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: Hank Lee

As Sammy Davis Jr said: "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime." One is always sorry as hell when one gets caught. Unfortunately, some have to learn the hard way. I feel sorry for people who have bad luck befall them due to something that is beyond their control. This? Sorry Hank, y...
by billmccloskey
04/23/12 02:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 68704

Re: BE A STAR IN THE MAGIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

Colon, Michigan is the magic capital of the world?

Here I thought it was Lower Intestin, Wisconsin.
by billmccloskey
04/14/12 10:14 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: BE A STAR IN THE MAGIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: Is Magic Getting Boring (or is it me)

Doc, I'd say the audience was polite but not overly enthusiastic.
by billmccloskey
04/12/12 11:16 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Magic Getting Boring (or is it me)
Replies: 25
Views: 1979

Re: Hank Lee

"though I'm sure all the armchair justices here feel much better about themselves having sufficiently bashed the pled-guilty." On the contrary, he deserves more bashing. He harmed his customers, other dealers, the magic community as a whole. I haven't seen anything written here that was no...
by billmccloskey
04/12/12 08:46 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 68704

Re: Is Magic Getting Boring (or is it me)

I'm not interested in exposing the venue or performers.
by billmccloskey
04/12/12 08:36 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Magic Getting Boring (or is it me)
Replies: 25
Views: 1979

Is Magic Getting Boring (or is it me)

Perhaps I'm becoming jaded. Recently I saw a magic show at one of the finer bars/hotels in Manhattan. The event featured table hoppers, a master of ceremonies that did an opening act, and then the headliner - a well known person in the magic community. And it was not only an expensive evening out, i...
by billmccloskey
04/11/12 04:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Magic Getting Boring (or is it me)
Replies: 25
Views: 1979

Re: Hank Lee

Joel, I'm sure Bernie Maddoff did "right" by some folks as well. It is how a con is perpetuated over a long period of time: some people make money or are treated well, or receive their products so that they can talk about the positive experience. In the mean time, the real targets are set ...
by billmccloskey
04/11/12 10:09 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 68704

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

I'll say one thing. Magicians are the biggest suckers for marketing on the face of the planet. :)
by billmccloskey
03/01/12 09:31 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63802

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Personally I have enough real secrets sitting on my bookshelves that I haven't gotten around to reading yet.
by billmccloskey
02/28/12 06:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63802

Re: Tragedy for Steve Brooks

Steve, There are no words to express how deeply sorry I am that this has happened. I cannot fathom the depth of the grief you are going through. My thoughts are with you and I"m am so incredibly sorry to hear about your loss. As a parent myself, losing a child is the one thing in life we all ho...
by billmccloskey
02/28/12 02:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tragedy for Steve Brooks
Replies: 34
Views: 4386

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

I should add that companies pay a lot of money to get the kind of feedback expressed in this thread. It is called a focus group. They are getting it for free.
by billmccloskey
02/28/12 11:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63802

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

"But the constant negatives here must be dishearteneing to people who are starting a new business, especially in the small world of magic. Without a product to write about, we are left with a small detail to harp on." Quite the opposite. Negatives are the only way for a small business to k...
by billmccloskey
02/28/12 10:50 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63802

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Well, I can weigh in here, since I create these types of sites for a living. Auto-renewal is necessary in order to avoid a administrative nightmare at renewal time but I have never heard of anyone requiring that you keep it on to be a member. That is crazy and would never join any site that required...
by billmccloskey
02/27/12 06:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 63802
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