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Re: Criss Angel performs mentalism while blindfolded by his

Banachek wrote:... and this here is a rabbit orgy of contempt.


I'm somehow missing the connection here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cykocurt/5611975327

:D :D :D
by brianarudolph
07/17/15 02:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel performs mentalism while blindfolded by his hair
Replies: 42
Views: 3724

Re: Dannemora Prison Break As A Magic Trick

Note to future prisoners who decide to treat any escape they're planning as a magic trick: practice, Practice, PRACTICE that bullet catch finale.
by brianarudolph
06/30/15 09:16 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Dannemora Prison Break As A Magic Trick
Replies: 14
Views: 1223

Re: Trailer for Lance Burton's Film Billy Topit Master Magic

So in this film we have a magician playing a magician.

Or to go full Robert-Houdin: in this film, Lance is an actor playing the part of a magician playing the part of an actor playing the part of a magician.
by brianarudolph
06/09/15 10:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Trailer for Lance Burton's Film Billy Topit Master Magician
Replies: 6
Views: 1039

Re: houdini v Copperfield rap battle - worth watching

Will: the next time you're in the LA area, be sure to tune in to Hollywood's 24/7 rap station. Its call letters are K-R-A-P. That's K-RAP: all rap, all the time. :D
by brianarudolph
06/09/15 05:50 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: houdini v Copperfield rap battle - worth watching
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Trailer for Lance Burton's Film Billy Topit Master Magic

As much as I admire Lance as well, I'm afraid VOD may very well be its destiny ... presuming there's any actual OD. To that end, I also hope that there are no characters with the following names (or similar) in the film: Maggie Magnet Kevin Keyring Paula Pull Sergi Servante Sheila Shell Tom Thumbtip...
by brianarudolph
06/07/15 10:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Trailer for Lance Burton's Film Billy Topit Master Magician
Replies: 6
Views: 1039

Re: The Passing of Stan Kramien (1925-2015)

Sad news, indeed. My sympathy to all of his family and friends. When I was just beginning my journey in magic and thrilled to find myself attending my first Abbott Get Together in the late 1970s, a fellow attendee approached me in the elementary school dealer showroom when I was sitting by myself th...
by brianarudolph
03/28/15 04:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Passing of Stan Kramien (1925-2015)
Replies: 3
Views: 912

Re: Columbo - "Now You See Him"

A true classic episode from the series, Dustin. Jack Cassidy was the perfect casting choice for the guest villain's role (and of course Peter Falk always was for Columbo.) Jack's Great Santini conveyed just the right amount of veiled contempt for Falk's Columbo ... which of course attracts Columbo l...
by brianarudolph
03/28/15 03:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Columbo - "Now You See Him"
Replies: 14
Views: 2173

Robot Chicken: Freakin' at Hogwarts

When Snape can't teach class ...


by brianarudolph
03/06/15 10:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Robot Chicken: Freakin' at Hogwarts
Replies: 0
Views: 216

Re: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect

http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/video/n ... vi-BBhSkh7

It doesn't sound like NPH himself is all that excited about hosting the Oscars again. But he did leave the door open just a bit.
by brianarudolph
02/27/15 07:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect
Replies: 24
Views: 3542

Re: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect

I have to concur with Roger M, erdnasephile and bill mccloskey. I was also expecting NPH to integrate a lot more magic throughout the show, not only in any big production numbers but also in some clever bits of business as host. While a lot of laypeople are familiar with NPH's love of magic, perform...
by brianarudolph
02/23/15 03:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH blows the Oscar audience away with a mental effect
Replies: 24
Views: 3542

Re: A classic illusion..... sort of

First time I've ever seen this classic in a 4-part version. I must be woefully behind on my stage illusions.


by brianarudolph
02/09/15 01:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A classic illusion..... sort of
Replies: 7
Views: 1059

Re: Dean Dill

Here's Dean's performance on The Tonight Show. But be sure to watch the video from Dean's website that erdnasephile posted first, however, to get the story behind this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNeFfOFJqEE I only knew Dean through his inventiveness, but like many others here I am quite saddene...
by brianarudolph
02/08/15 10:47 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dean Dill
Replies: 14
Views: 2160

Lose Your Illusion Segment on The Daily Show

by brianarudolph
02/04/15 12:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lose Your Illusion Segment on The Daily Show
Replies: 0
Views: 273

Re: YOUR Input Needed for Genii Convention

I like Brian's ideas. How about this: For the dealer's room auctions, how about you get 1 raffle ticket for every $10 you spend in the dealer's room. The dealer's themselves would issue the tickets. Every couple of hours, the tickets all get rounded up and the raffle occurs in the dealer's room. In...
by brianarudolph
02/04/15 12:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: YOUR Input Needed for Genii Convention
Replies: 19
Views: 2308

Re: YOUR Input Needed for Genii Convention

Here are a few thoughts in no particular order: - in general, the raffle is good idea (most people love the chance to win cool stuff) - I like the idea of having a raffle of a few prizes at each session (and of prizes reasonably pertaining to each particular session) So give away some Dani DaOrtiz s...
by brianarudolph
02/03/15 10:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: YOUR Input Needed for Genii Convention
Replies: 19
Views: 2308

Re: Zig Zag with a French Fry at McD's

Very cool! Wish I'd thought of that presentation! (Still not sure if the cigarette or the french fry is more hazardous to one's health though :) )
by brianarudolph
01/28/15 02:42 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Zig Zag with a French Fry at McD's
Replies: 21
Views: 2552

Re: Penn & Teller on CBS Sunday Morning 1/25/15

I love just about everything P&T do and have enjoyed their show immensely on numerous occasions over the years. But despite the long and dangerous history associated with the effect (and I'm sure the deep reverence and respect that P&T have held for that in the creation of their modern perfo...
by brianarudolph
01/26/15 11:53 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller on CBS Sunday Morning 1/25/15
Replies: 21
Views: 2464

Re: Penn & Teller on CBS Sunday Morning 1/25/15

So if I can coin a term for that, Richard, would "micro-prestige" sort of capture it?
by brianarudolph
01/25/15 04:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller on CBS Sunday Morning 1/25/15
Replies: 21
Views: 2464

Re: Criss Angel review

From ticket tricks to seat fillers for shows broadcast live to taped for broadcast, of course it's a sell out! (And here comes a quotable for you) Chris Angel: Master of the Sell Out! As far as seating in Las Vegas goes, I always thought those skinny tables and the awkward chair positioning was the ...
by brianarudolph
01/23/15 04:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel review
Replies: 8
Views: 1198

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

Thanks so much, Tom, for detailing the work of a professional Magic Advisor / Magic Consultant. It sounds like exactly the kind of thing I had hoped it would be and you covered the reasons for having a MA/MC and the latitude one would expect that they would have in realizing the overall creative vis...
by brianarudolph
01/16/15 08:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 5858

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

... the crux of some people's legitimate livelihoods shouldn't be just given away for free In no way is the secret to the Thin Model Sawing, the crux of Jonathan Pendragon's livelihood. Never said it was. But to the magician whose show may only feature one or two stage illusions, it very well could...
by brianarudolph
01/16/15 12:43 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 5858

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

While the show runners, directors, and writers of any show have a responsibility to tell the best story that they can, I do not automatically accept that if that plot line includes exposure that it must entail the exposure of an actual illusion used by many magicians to earn their livelihood. You d...
by brianarudolph
01/15/15 07:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 5858

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

But what of the responsibilities of the showrunner, the director, and the writers of AHS? They have a responsibility to tell the best story they can, and if that includes exposure, so be it. We don't know what dramatic purpose was served by their exposure, but I'll be it was for a reason more sophi...
by brianarudolph
01/15/15 12:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 5858

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

I think it's important to note that Neil Patrick Harris isn't exactly "one of us, one of us..." He is, above all, an actor. He didn't write the script, and he didn't direct the episode. He was an actor playing the part of a magician. And I think he did it better most magicians could. He s...
by brianarudolph
01/15/15 12:38 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 5858

Re: The Incredibly Modest Criss Angel

P.T. Murphy wrote:"And I ran, I ran so far away. I just ran, I ran all night and day. I couldn't get away."


Who knew the second guy's song would lyricize what folks feel about the first guy? (And that "I'm looking at you through a keyhole" haircut doesn't help lessen one's flight urge.)
by brianarudolph
01/13/15 11:09 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Incredibly Modest Criss Angel
Replies: 5
Views: 1058

Re: Nudity in Magic

Brad Jeffers wrote:How about these blokes ...

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I sure hope this doesn't give Vernet any ideas about extending their product line (so to speak.)
by brianarudolph
01/11/15 05:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nudity in Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 7345

Re: The Incredibly Modest Criss Angel

He also now holds the unofficial world record for the Number of Times Anyone Has Said the Word "venue" while being Quoted in a Puff Piece in the very prestigious Less Than Ten Lines or One Hundred Words subcategory. And I'm sure he'll be contacting the gurus at Guinness to make it official...
by brianarudolph
01/10/15 06:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Incredibly Modest Criss Angel
Replies: 5
Views: 1058

Re: ERDNASE Hardcover. Pre-Pub Offer

And Josh and Andi at Vanishing, Inc. are releasing a limited edition of TEATCT too. I don't think it's the same one, but I could be wrong (and usually am):

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic ... hardcover/
by brianarudolph
01/07/15 10:11 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: ERDNASE Hardcover. Pre-Pub Offer
Replies: 31
Views: 5767

Re: An Odd Poster

They're so avant-garde you can't tell what the shell they're about.

And I was initially a little upset/concerned by the first one - seemed to be borderline exposure. With that graphic, it was only a "Fakini" or a "Schoolcraft" or a "Chanin" away from removing all doubt.
by brianarudolph
01/05/15 07:01 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: An Odd Poster
Replies: 3
Views: 867

Re: Watch Hans Klock Have Magical Diarrhea!

I had the "pleasure" of seeing Klock's show in Las Vegas, when he had Pamela Anderson, a true freak of nature, for mis-direction, and this is what he did there. Don: So you're a Klock-watcher from way back, eh? :D What'd he do for the other hour and 25 minutes - just have everyone stare a...
by brianarudolph
01/03/15 06:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Watch Hans Klock Have Magical Diarrhea!
Replies: 10
Views: 1425

Re: Slippery fingers

I've been using something called Magician's Choice Emerald Formula - something I came across at a couple of local Chicago magic shops but I've seen for sale at several online shops too. About $9-$10 for a 2 oz. bottle but a very little goes a long way.
by brianarudolph
01/01/15 10:28 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Slippery fingers
Replies: 9
Views: 1360

Re: 2014 in Review

Had I not known about the data disaster, I would have presumed that this was just your usual incredibly awesome annual recap, Dustin.

You certainly put magic into writing about magic!

Thanks as always,

Brian
by brianarudolph
01/01/15 12:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2014 in Review
Replies: 21
Views: 3641

Re: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone

My goal is not to present a show that the audience would want to see - why on earth would I want to set my goals that low? My goal is to present a show that I would want to see... and hopefully I will reach that goal some time in the future. I recall the great Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones bein...
by brianarudolph
12/21/14 09:17 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 7843

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: 1285

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: 2628

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: 836

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: 102
Views: 13686

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: 704

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: 24
Views: 2978

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: 910
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