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by brianarudolph
September 14th, 2016, 9:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel Cleans Up
Replies: 2
Views: 514

Criss Angel Cleans Up

by brianarudolph
September 13th, 2016, 3:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 46
Views: 5277

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

Starting to think back to packet tricks - Ron Frost, Emmerson and West... Who's the guy who put the most of those little wallets with printed cards into magicians hands? Color Monte? Nick Trost had tons of them. Phil Goldstein released many back in the day as well. Nutshell Monte and Pointer were t...
by brianarudolph
September 10th, 2016, 9:02 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Why does this bother me?
Replies: 31
Views: 1981

Re: Why does this bother me?

It won't make the slightest difference because 99% will not read them. To learn practically any of Vernon's routines properly, you have to do more than read, you have to study. I agree with Mr. Kumber. The overwhelming majority of these kids would not read them (let alone actually study them.) It's...
by brianarudolph
September 9th, 2016, 9:23 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Why does this bother me?
Replies: 31
Views: 1981

Re: Why does this bother me?

Mark: perhaps the best response is not to try to figure it out. To quote Alfred speaking to Batman regarding the Joker's motivations "Some men aren't looking for anything logical like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.&...
by brianarudolph
September 8th, 2016, 10:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 5304

Re: Jason Ladanye

I really like the premise of Jason's Best for Last. It was actually the effect that made me buy his book when it came out a while back. But it still amazes me how his cadence and voice is eerily like Darwin's. Just to experiment I closed my eyes for a few seconds during a couple of his presentations...
by brianarudolph
September 1st, 2016, 1:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 5304

Re: Jason Ladanye

Video is a double-edged sword. There's a fine line between putting out enough stuff to get some attention versus overdoing it. When in doubt, less is more. As one of my mentors said years ago after reading a 10-page resume someone submitted with their job application to our search committee: "H...
by brianarudolph
August 31st, 2016, 5:53 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 48
Views: 8705

Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Richard Kaufman wrote:Tell your friends!

This is one of those cases where I both want to and I don't want to!!!
by brianarudolph
August 30th, 2016, 12:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 5304

Re: Jason Ladanye

Alas there is something missing. Something not quite right. Possibly the descriptive patter. Possibly performing AT the people rather than with them. Possibly this, possibly that. I can't quite put my finger on it. Still, he is young and will probably make it in the end. I think another part of it ...
by brianarudolph
August 30th, 2016, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Birthday Jay!
Replies: 3
Views: 525

Re: Happy Birthday Jay!

In honor of Jay's birthday, here's a joke as per the tradition at Magic, Inc. before a magic lecture or presentation: Did you hear about the couple who didn't know the difference between Vaseline and window caulking? Their windows fell out. Rather tame by Jay's standards, I admit, but I want to pres...
by brianarudolph
August 30th, 2016, 10:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 5304

Re: Jason Ladanye

He also falls prey to one of my pet peeves - almost all of his words are in the future tense. That was certainly a part of my reaction to his presentation too. If we could eliminate future tense along with the unnecessarily narrative style of patter ("I'm going to take this ball and put it in ...
by brianarudolph
August 29th, 2016, 10:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 5304

Re: Jason Ladanye

"Guerilla marketing" -- I have this mental image of Che Guevera pushing Amway. American Tourister tried something like guerrilla marketing years ago. It was just spelled a little differently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C-e96m4730 Jason's performing personality is not exactly my cup ...
by brianarudolph
August 23rd, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardtoon - magic exposure
Replies: 33
Views: 2516

Re: Cardtoon - magic exposure

There is no protection from any half-determined google search. As performer notes, all they have to do is to type in a description of the trick and they'l find it. That said, there's also no reason we should make it even easier for these gaggles of googles by calling our effects by their names as th...
by brianarudolph
August 23rd, 2016, 8:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dee_Snider_for_Criss_Angel
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: Dee_Snider_for_Criss_Angel

I've never been a Criss Angel magic fan, but I have to say that Criss and Dee have achieved something quite akin to actual magic for me here.
by brianarudolph
August 19th, 2016, 1:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 46
Views: 5277

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

Marty Jacobs wrote:[*] The Pioneer Age
[*] Victorian Age
[*] Platinum Age
[*] Golden Age
[*] Atom Age
[*] Silver Age
[*] Bronze Age
[*] Copper Age
[*] Modern Age[/list]


Great. Since we're talking magic here, now we have to worry about a copper and silver transposition.
by brianarudolph
August 18th, 2016, 2:25 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Contents of The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 55
Views: 9157

Re: The Contents of The Secrets of So Sato

Mine just arrived too!
by brianarudolph
August 18th, 2016, 11:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 46
Views: 5277

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

I'm getting ahead of things with this next thought and I don't want to derail this discussion by any means, but once there is some consensus on the eras of card magic themselves, it'd be interesting to start nominating effects that are great examples of that era - both by the person the era was name...
by brianarudolph
August 17th, 2016, 3:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 46
Views: 5277

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

I always have a problem with these kinds of polls since there seems to be a natural bias towards those whose works appeared earlier in the time period rather than later; such folks are able to exert a naturally "greater" influence because they existed first. Recognizing that "what com...
by brianarudolph
August 10th, 2016, 4:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Something magic manufacturers have in common with academic book publishers
Replies: 14
Views: 1320

Re: Something magic manufacturers have in common with academic book publishers

Chris publishes many many non-magic ebooks, so would only be asking for all the magic stuff (I assume). Yes. I was inquiring about all of the magic stuff. Although now that you reminded me, Richard, I need to go look some more ... >sigh< (of overwhelmed, likely financially-impossible-for-the-moment...
by brianarudolph
August 10th, 2016, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Something magic manufacturers have in common with academic book publishers
Replies: 14
Views: 1320

Re: Something magic manufacturers have in common with academic book publishers

Aren't we fortunate in magic that some crazy Austrian almost 17 years ago decided to make reality for magicians, what you are outlining for university students? Today Lybrary.com offers almost 6000 ebooks and download videos for magicians. You could fit all of that on one device and have it availab...
by brianarudolph
August 10th, 2016, 10:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Something magic manufacturers have in common with academic book publishers
Replies: 14
Views: 1320

Re: Something magic manufacturers have in common with academic book publishers

There's no reason - well, other than GREED - that textbooks cannot be made available electronically for download or via PDF/flashdrive/DVD. Charge a reasonable price with a reasonable markup and the overwhelming majority of students will buy them outright rather than seek other alternatives or resor...
by brianarudolph
August 9th, 2016, 4:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 6313

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

After reading erdnasephile's quote from the Scientific American article, I was reminded of something I used to do when I was a college professor back in the day teaching computer science. I always made sure that I never presented the examples in the textbook wherever possible (some "classics&qu...
by brianarudolph
August 4th, 2016, 2:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine freaks Google Execs by Regurgitating a frog!
Replies: 3
Views: 519

Re: David Blaine freaks Google Execs by Regurgitating a frog!

Note to Mr. Blaine:

You weren't supposed to take Brian Tracy literally!!!
But at least you didn't procrastinate. :D :D :D

http://tinyurl.com/hjazzhg
by brianarudolph
July 23rd, 2016, 7:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne Live Online Lecture
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: Harry Lorayne Live Online Lecture

Great idea. Harry always gives tremendous value. However the link is not the easiest path to follow. The text on the webpage is white on black. Not easy to read especially when half of it is over a photo of Harry's head. It's also not obvious how to scroll down to read the text. Plus the link to re...
by brianarudolph
July 19th, 2016, 3:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Abb Dickson - RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

Re: Abb Dickson - RIP

Abb is another exceptional person I'll always remember from my earliest days in magic. I will never forget the genuine fun I could tell he was having when I would see him on stage, in the dealers area, and everywhere else at Abbott Get-Togethers. My parents, who were not involved in magic (save for ...
by brianarudolph
July 14th, 2016, 2:14 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Behind the Scenes of "Fool Us"
Replies: 18
Views: 3583

Re: Behind the Scenes of "Fool Us"

Enjoyed seeing your presentation, Nathan.
Very well received by the audience, too!

Looking forward to part four once you have it available.
by brianarudolph
July 14th, 2016, 1:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Karrell Fox on The Magic Palace
Replies: 2
Views: 427

Re: Karrell Fox on The Magic Palace

I always loved and admired Karrell's ability to both entertain and mystify an audience - as well as his ability to leave us rolling in the aisles. Thanks for posting that link, Q. It was a sad day for magic when the Foxy Follies were no longer permitted to close the Saturday evening show at the Abbo...
by brianarudolph
July 11th, 2016, 11:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings
Replies: 30
Views: 3800

Re: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings

Not sure I agree with you on this, performer (and Maurice Fogel.) In many cases in mentalism it is not terribly difficult to recast one effect as a completely different effect with some dressing and presentation, at least from an audience's perspective. Done even moderately well the two effects will...
by brianarudolph
July 11th, 2016, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong
Replies: 31
Views: 4154

Re: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong

This can be applied to other effects too: Ring Flight comes to mind. In fact, any effect using a borrowed ring. Ring Flight? The only way to end up in the hospital after screwing up Ring Flight is if you fail to instantly offer to fully replace the ring you inadvertently destroyed and you fail to t...
by brianarudolph
July 10th, 2016, 7:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong
Replies: 31
Views: 4154

Re: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong

When I read that notice a while back I was repulsed a bit. I realize there are layers of legal responsibility at play, but the purist in me expects the performer to demonstrate professionalism in the structure and performance of each trick. I'm glad Jonathan piped up because his article is the firs...
by brianarudolph
July 10th, 2016, 5:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings
Replies: 30
Views: 3800

Re: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings

And to top it all off, there's now a "parapsychologist" currently spamming the Internet offering his "astrological services" to anyone who takes the bait. Q: What name is he using? A: Chris Angel Maybe Criss Angel will sue him. (You'd think someone trying to capitalize on name co...
by brianarudolph
July 4th, 2016, 11:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong
Replies: 31
Views: 4154

Re: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong

I was at least somewhat relieved when I heard that the Academy of Magical Arts banned the performance of such presentations at The Magic Castle. There's plenty of other ways to present an engaging 1-of-3, 1-of-5, or 1-of- x prediction effect without literally risking life and limb - especially that ...
by brianarudolph
July 1st, 2016, 6:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: (Optical) Illusion of the Year Finalist
Replies: 0
Views: 339

(Optical) Illusion of the Year Finalist

If you can't trust a reflection, what can you trust?

http://www.cnet.com/news/watch-this-ill ... your-mind/
by brianarudolph
June 22nd, 2016, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic in the Mission:Impossible TV Series
Replies: 8
Views: 1145

Magic in the Mission:Impossible TV Series

I was reminded of this by the posts in the America's Got Talent 2016 auditions thread. I recently started watching the Mission: Impossible TV series courtesy of Amazon Prime. I was too young when the episodes with Steven Hill as Dan Briggs (the leader of the IMF before Peter Graves' Jim Phelps took ...
by brianarudolph
June 22nd, 2016, 8:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Joy of Slum Magic
Replies: 56
Views: 6462

Re: The Joy of Slum Magic

Another one that will always have a special place in my heart is the Spiked Coin. When I got my first magic set at six years of age, there was a picture of the Spiked Coin on the box along with a few words saying something like "shove spikes through a half dollar!" or some such. So without...
by brianarudolph
June 21st, 2016, 6:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Joy of Slum Magic
Replies: 56
Views: 6462

Re: The Joy of Slum Magic

Classics indeed! A few weeks ago I had a small display table at our local library's "creative faire." I did a lot of such stuff and got great reactions. As far as the magic sword goes, I suspected how it worked but was never able to see it with my own eyes - and I still cannot. The only wa...
by brianarudolph
June 18th, 2016, 12:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Club Libraries
Replies: 3
Views: 640

Re: Magic Club Libraries

I haven't read Close's Bad Karma piece but, like Chris, I think there's a vast difference between libraries when they loan digital content and when they loan traditional physical content. Besides being illegal and unethical, the copying of digital content from a library (in all but the most exceptio...
by brianarudolph
June 5th, 2016, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Asrah" The Ghost
Replies: 0
Views: 291

"Asrah" The Ghost

Yeah, it's bad editing/bad photoshopping/etc. (watch the framed picture in later repeat viewings) but the overall premise is hilarious:

https://www.facebook.com/jasper.cabahug ... 544808927/
by brianarudolph
May 17th, 2016, 2:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Re: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig

Brian: Jim Sisti has a detailed article on this subject in the September 2002 issue of MAGIC (pg 92-93) that you might find useful. In addition to his thoughts on the subject in general, he details a routine that starts as an explanation of a simple mathematical trick and ends with a magical climax...
by brianarudolph
May 16th, 2016, 12:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig

On those occasions where you have been asked to "teach a trick or two" as part of your performance (often for a small/parlor-sized group of spectators in my case) which effect(s) have you elected to teach? I frequently have gotten this request for kids shows, but lately I've noticed that I...

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