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Re: 14-year old Moritz Mueller on Ellen.

He does a really great job of conveying that "innocent sense of wonder" ... he seems to be just as amazed as his audiences at whatever just happened ... almost like he stumbled upon a superpower that he still cannot believe he has. But rather than any whiff of a "ha! I fooled you!&quo...
by brianarudolph
12/04/14 12:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 14-year old Moritz Mueller on Ellen.
Replies: 5
Views: 1022

Re: Which Would You Rather Have: Black Friday or Cyber Monda

Why not combine the best of both into Cyber Friday. The crowds and the attitudes and the congestion and the attitudes and the attitudes and the attitudes put the "Black" in Black Friday. Stay at home, off work, haven't spent anything yet and not needing to go anywhere other than online to ...
by brianarudolph
11/23/14 09:55 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Which Would You Rather Have: Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
Replies: 19
Views: 1577

Re: an AI trick brain

I remember reading the Trick Brain many years ago when I first got into magic. When I told one of my fellow newbie magicians about it, he suggested we give it try. The trick ended up being an elephant vanish. The method suggested through the random generation process? A pull. My friend and I spent a...
by brianarudolph
11/17/14 03:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: an AI trick brain
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

And it's being published in a limited run of 600 deluxe copies.
by brianarudolph
10/31/14 02:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 92
Views: 7542

Re: Darren Romeo Opening in Big New Magic Show in Pigeon For

mrgoat wrote:Poor thing can't have seen many then...


Just a guess, but me thinks Darren was referring to the inside of the theatre.
by brianarudolph
10/23/14 07:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Darren Romeo Opening in Big New Magic Show in Pigeon Forge
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

Their Minister of Propaganda paid $50 to learn the thumb thing?

Someone's going to become a millionaire teaching this guy the ball vase, the color vision box, the spiked coin, penny to dime, and the Svengali deck.
by brianarudolph
10/12/14 08:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 23
Views: 2137

Re: Magi1 - University course for magicians

A magic course officially recognized and installed in the curriculum of an institution of higher artistic education. That means I have to say congratulations to PROFESSOR Stone and PROFESSOR Ståhl!
by brianarudolph
10/11/14 09:46 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magi1 - University course for magicians
Replies: 5
Views: 674

Re: Criss Angel - leaving Las Vegas (?)

Ted M wrote:Wow, InVegas magazine must be a very discerning, high-quality publication.


As of the time of this posting, guess whose ad appears on the InVegas website homepage - twice?

http://www.invegasmagazine.com

Which compels me to ask: What happened InVegas, staid InVegas?
by brianarudolph
10/04/14 07:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel - leaving Las Vegas (?)
Replies: 7
Views: 1212

Re: Some chest hair with your levitation ?

Re: the S & R photo: What is that woman supposed to be doing exactly? I think she's providing the motivation for Roy to stay up in the air. This one seems to have caused a hapless desert snake to turn into wood with a single glance - more than enough motivation to get anyone - man or woman - to...
by brianarudolph
09/25/14 09:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Some chest hair with your levitation ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1144

Re: Some chest hair with your levitation ?

Using IT under cover of chest hair to make the fan-of-wires method work... a harness with metal nipples... maybe for a new Dunninger's type book with false explanations? Ah ha ... that makes sense. And all this time I was suspecting the harness was connected to a small, motorized paint roller type ...
by brianarudolph
09/25/14 05:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Some chest hair with your levitation ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1144

Re: More Thumbs

And just wait until you see their next product: a perfectly circular 12" loop of chromed steel with a small gap that ensures you will never lose your car keys, house keys or other important keys ever again. Don't worry: the gap can be snapped closed so your keys won't fall off. It's unfortunate...
by brianarudolph
09/24/14 02:09 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: More Thumbs
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: More Thumbs

On the bright side, if a member of your audience ever does spot you wearing a thumb tip, you can just tell them that it's your rubbery sheath with conductive trace and tip for your phone. And it's just so darned natural that you forgot you were wearing it. So nothing to see here.
by brianarudolph
09/24/14 02:02 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: More Thumbs
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: Is it possible to learn sleights while you sleep?

While I cannot speak to the specific reasoning behind it, I have experienced this with a number of things, including magic sleights over the years. The subconscious mind loves working on problems even when we aren't consciously working on them. Hence the phrase "I'll sleep on it" since oft...
by brianarudolph
09/21/14 09:49 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is it possible to learn sleights while you sleep?
Replies: 15
Views: 1239

Re: Harry Lorayne's Wife Rene has Died

My deepest sympathies to you and to your son, Mr. Lorayne.
by brianarudolph
09/14/14 07:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne's Wife Rene has Died
Replies: 16
Views: 2146

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

Today I received a very short reply to my request via email stating that the event organizers are "unable to offer a refund." Well, of course they are able to offer a refund; they just refuse to. "Money lost is an educational investment" Bob Farmer Remember that quote the next t...
by brianarudolph
07/31/14 09:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 10667

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

I have seen, many many many times, people charge back memberships of websites up to 12 months after they joined. Monthly amounts going out. 12 payments. A year. And still they side with the buyer. And that wasn't false advertising. I'm not doubting for second that you have seen such, Mr. G. - but I...
by brianarudolph
07/31/14 08:37 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 10667

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

Yeah, I said if you used a "credit card" it would have been easy. Not so even then, unfortunately. The bank said that even if it was a credit card transaction, because of the number of charges authorized by the cardholder (they didn't seem to care that they were three payments for a singl...
by brianarudolph
07/30/14 10:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 10667

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

Double sigh.

Some people just don't get the difference between advertising a discussion on things that are related to magic but then not actually delivering on those discussions as advertised.

Those kind of folks should steer clear of things where reading comprehension is required.
by brianarudolph
07/29/14 07:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 10667

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

Seriously, I am trying to get my money back - as should everyone who paid good money and was severely disappointed by this event. Sadly, the narrow-mindedness of some non-attendee magicians posters to this thread never fails to astound. And disappoint. It appears as though some non-attendee posters ...
by brianarudolph
07/29/14 07:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 10667

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

If it only was that easy, Mr. G. I tried that before my post. I called my bank, but because I used their "payment plan" and authorized payments as they were billed in December, February and April, the bank is telling me that there is little that they can do besides open a fraud case - some...
by brianarudolph
07/29/14 05:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 10667

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

To get this thread back more directly on the subject of the Congress of Wonders, following the event I submitted a request asking for a refund of the registration-only cost as, although it did have an interesting moment here and there, I absolutely concur that it in no way lived up to the expectatio...
by brianarudolph
07/29/14 04:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 10667

Re: Best trick I've ever done

Now there's REAL magic!

Congratulations one and all.
by brianarudolph
07/23/14 07:28 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Best trick I've ever done
Replies: 24
Views: 1314

Re: The Brilliant Chinese Ballet Magician

While I really liked the entire act, I especially liked her change of the rainbow streamer into (see for yourself around mid-way through - I don't want to spoil it!)
by brianarudolph
07/23/14 08:07 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Brilliant Chinese Ballet Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 1253

Re: Magic Inc. Shindig July 17, 18, and 19

Maybe you don't know quite how rude it is then? It's really not a 'light hearted' word. It's way up there on the scale of offence. Believe me, Mr. grown-up (or not so grown-up, as the case may be) kid, the word "Wanker" itself is far more likely to be offended by its use in conjunction wi...
by brianarudolph
07/14/14 12:20 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Inc. Shindig July 17, 18, and 19
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

Re: Magic Inc. Shindig July 17, 18, and 19

Au contraire, great chin-bearded one ... they/we know EXACTLY what it means.
by brianarudolph
07/13/14 09:12 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Inc. Shindig July 17, 18, and 19
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

Re: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes

I was fortunate enough to snag my set at the IBM-SAM last week (thank you Dustin for re-opening at the last second for me!) And faced with a 14-hour roundtrip solo drive earlier this week, I had the pleasure of listening to all of the audio CDs in the set for my first run-through. And pleased I was....
by brianarudolph
07/09/14 05:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes
Replies: 61
Views: 8233

Re: IBM SAM Day 5

REUBEN MORELAND - USA ... here's an education. A cup & ball style routine done to a thinly veiled euphemism for oral sex in the form of Flo Rida's Blow my Whistle song. And our naive audience are completely oblivious - does the performer himself even know ? With Reuben being the antithesis of h...
by brianarudolph
07/06/14 11:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM Day 5
Replies: 5
Views: 1471

Re: Lecture by Norman Gilbreath

Yes. H&R has copies at their booth in the IBM/SAM Convention dealer's room. They will be shipping mail orders right after the convention.
by brianarudolph
07/03/14 10:23 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lecture by Norman Gilbreath
Replies: 11
Views: 2231

Re: Exposure as Team-Building

what of the magician who teaches a magic class? what if it is part of an after school program that does not target kids interested in magic per se? An after school magic class for kids not interested in magic? That must be where Criss Angel first learned how to use magic as a form of punishment. :D...
by brianarudolph
06/27/14 02:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure as Team-Building
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read

Awesome, Richard! I'm glad I saw a couple of pics of the content pages moments before I was going to place my order. Those definitely struck me as an "auction catalog" as well, so I was hoping to get a little more feedback first. Thankfully (but regrettably) I didn't place my order. But I ...
by brianarudolph
06/27/14 10:27 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read
Replies: 36
Views: 3093

Re: Exposure as Team-Building

why wouldn't the CEO also talk? If craig gives his performance once and another magic company produces ceo's dozens of times each year, does that mitigate things? Good question, Brad. Let's add in "Why don't the TV show hosts who are magically produced talk?" too. As I said, people talk. ...
by brianarudolph
06/27/14 09:49 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure as Team-Building
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: Do people still wear watches?

Brad sums up my position pretty clearly. I think jermar and I are both "right" but only while speaking of our own preferred focus. I choose to make magic the major (if not the only) art showcased in my performances. As such, I present myself as a magician in a magic show. If I elect to inc...
by brianarudolph
06/26/14 09:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 3863

Re: Exposure as Team-Building

The difference I see is that producing (and exposing the secret to) the ONE CEO to kickoff a major company event using ONE illusion is a lot different that teaching the whole damned company an entire show's-worth of effects that other actual magic professionals use under the guise of team-building e...
by brianarudolph
06/26/14 03:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure as Team-Building
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: Do people still wear watches?

jermar: thank you (and everyone) as well for a most interesting and intelligent discussion. And Brad: just to be clear, I think any performer who is willing to put the necessary time and effort into it can make it work - it's just that I think it actually takes a lot more time and effort than perhap...
by brianarudolph
06/26/14 02:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 3863

Re: Do people still wear watches?

… and it is quite obvious to most people that pickpocketing is terrific entertainment. Couldn't agree with you more on that, jermar. Pickpocketing is terrific entertainment. But so are juggling, ventriloquism, musical numbers (vocal or instrumental), acrobatics, tightrope-walking, and performing se...
by brianarudolph
06/26/14 01:35 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 3863

Re: A Little Old Fashioned Racist Magic ... for Kids!

Even one of our classics, although not visually offensive per se, is often still referred to (and often presented as) an effect with a distinctly specific ethnic name: http://tinyurl.com/pyr8e7w But when the specific ethnic name is used in performance, I have always interpreted the performer as resp...
by brianarudolph
06/25/14 12:18 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: A Little Old Fashioned Racist Magic ... for Kids!
Replies: 32
Views: 2967

Re: Do people still wear watches?

How about giving them something to hold in their hands that's appropriate to the effect being timed? For example, perhaps they'll need to hold the end of a rope with both hands ("Hold on tight - don't let go and make it easy on me!") if it's a rope trick, etc. Too tired to think of a real ...
by brianarudolph
06/24/14 11:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 3863

Re: Do people still wear watches?

SteveP, Thanks for your comments and especially for the additional insight into the Blackstone show. I was fortunate enough to see it three times in three different cities. I still have all three of the signed programs. I also used to chat with Harry Jr. a lot when he would come to Colon for the Abb...
by brianarudolph
06/23/14 02:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 3863

Re: Do people still wear watches?

Not to slightly divert this thread any further, but I've never seen Mac or Jeff's shows or their watch steal segments so I cannot comment on them other than to say what I already said: "That's not to say that combining them cannot be done - it just has to be done quite well and, preferably, bri...
by brianarudolph
06/23/14 10:39 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 3863

Re: Do people still wear watches?

This touched a bit of a nerve with me, so my apologies for the rant about to be typed. I mean no disrespect to Mr. Miles or his forthcoming release. These are only my personal opinions, but If I saw this effect presented by a magician live, it would make me want to reach for my wallet immediately. B...
by brianarudolph
06/23/14 08:22 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 3863
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