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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 Yesterday 05:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes
Replies: 22
Views: 2346

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: 1126

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: 10
Views: 1530

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: 747

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: 2340

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: 747

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: 2750

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: 747

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: 2750

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: 2750

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: 2294

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: 2750

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: 2750

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: 2750

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: 2750

Re: Go Best Express Shuttle for St. Louis IBM/SAM

I can't agree more with SteveP's assessment of Imo's so-called "pizza" (even with the quotes I feel it necessary to offer my profuse apologies to real pizza.) How to make Provel cheese: 1. Extract the absolute best tasting parts of cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheese 2. Throw those parts a...
by brianarudolph
06/19/14 10:45 PM
 
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Go Best Express Shuttle for St. Louis IBM/SAM
Replies: 18
Views: 1221

Re: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes

by brianarudolph
06/16/14 02:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New from Kaufman and Company: The Skinner Tapes
Replies: 22
Views: 2346

Re: Smoothini on AGT

Yes, unfortunately for the "winner" the money is paid out over 40 years, meaning you get $25,000 per year. A nice bonus if you are already employed, but not exactly an annual salary in and of itself that will sustain much of a lifestyle, especially in Las Vegas. This is what makes folks ru...
by brianarudolph
06/15/14 12:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smoothini on AGT
Replies: 44
Views: 3539

Re: Denny Haney's newsletter

Denny nails it 100% regarding magic, technology and magic+technology.
by brianarudolph
06/14/14 02:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Denny Haney's newsletter
Replies: 7
Views: 697

Re: Spend Some Time With Ricky Jay: The Congress of Wonders

One last chance: although the all-inclusive packages are sold out, those wishing to attend but make their own food and lodging arrangements can do so for a $1,000 registration fee. Don't know how long it will last; rumor has it that they intend to cap it at not too much beyond 100 attendees of any s...
by brianarudolph
06/11/14 09:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spend Some Time With Ricky Jay: The Congress of Wonders
Replies: 12
Views: 2081

Re: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015

While that may very be true, I sure hope I'm around to see what happens for the 100th!
by brianarudolph
06/07/14 10:33 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015
Replies: 90
Views: 6949

Re: Jettin' with Dave...

He stopped flying after he learned that he had been charging himself all sorts of exorbitant fees for carry-ons and oversized luggage, in-flight meals, priority takeoffs and landings, on-board entertainment and Wi-Fi service. But the poor frequent-flyer program was his last straw. Still, you would h...
by brianarudolph
06/05/14 04:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jettin' with Dave...
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Re: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015

If another Genii-sponsored convention is our second wish, let's make our third wish for another 10 wishes - and guess what the 10th wish will be? Yes, we could wish for infinite wishes, but why be greedy? (At least all at once?) The entire month of OCTOBER 2015 has just been blocked out on my calend...
by brianarudolph
06/04/14 05:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015
Replies: 90
Views: 6949

Re: Specators Suspision of Bicycle Deck

Spectators say the durnedest things, don't they? Sounds like they were fooled badly and had to resort to the "trick deck" theory to give their troubled minds some semblance of a little peace - as if they wouldn't subject any brand of cards used by a magician to the same suspicion. Spectato...
by brianarudolph
05/31/14 01:47 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spectators Suspision of Bicycle Deck
Replies: 7
Views: 891

Re: Attention H&R Magic Books Customers

I've ordered from Marshall, spoken to Marshall, and met Marshall on numerous occasions. I echo all the positive sentiments here and more. He is a top-notch dealer and person - and my heart goes out to him in this difficult time.
by brianarudolph
05/25/14 12:43 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Attention H&R Magic Books Customers
Replies: 3
Views: 745

Re: Presenting The Lady Magician!

Richard: I'll go ahead and presume you learned of this "deluxe collector figure" because someone exercised a very … uh … shall we say … "loose" interpretation of the standing call to send tricks to Genii for review. :) :) :)
by brianarudolph
04/26/14 12:14 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Presenting The Lady Magician!
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Magician on Britian's Got Talent

I thought he did well all things considered. Very glad to see the final production instead of the typical vanishing cage. I just wish the clip also included the judges' feedback and voting. [Dan and Dave and Doves = Dovestry? Birdistry? Fine feathered flourishing? "And here's one we call the 'B...
by brianarudolph
04/21/14 10:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician on Britian's Got Talent
Replies: 24
Views: 2249

Re: Rob Zabrecky Dances with the Dead

Talk about casting against type. It's really good to see Rob taking risks and stepping out far beyond his comfort zone of unicorns and rainbows. :) I truly love Rob, of course, and he is so talented that I would bet he could follow this film up with one about the aforementioned unicorns and rainbows...
by brianarudolph
04/16/14 01:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rob Zabrecky Dances with the Dead
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

Given the dozens of decks found in an actual magic shop, aren't the vast majority of them are already in the same order? :)
by brianarudolph
04/14/14 11:15 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 5958

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

We'll have enough of that behaviour here if you don't mind.


Oh, admit it, AJM: you know that none of us can ever get enough. ;)
by brianarudolph
04/11/14 06:23 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 5958

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

@Brian, but is the deck of cards as seen by one person necessarily the same as the deck as seen by another, or even the same person at a different time? Trying to sneak a countable infinity under the rug? No I wasn't, but if we are going to go into vision (the stimulation of your photoreceptors / r...
by brianarudolph
04/10/14 07:54 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 5958

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

Bill, I totally agree with you on orientation. When not explictly stated or implicitly inferred, it must be established. I also agree that the deck itself makes a good (but only partial) reference. If I may be so bold, a deck held “face-down” in dealing position is the usual frame of reference for o...
by brianarudolph
04/09/14 06:12 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 5958

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

I respectfully disagree, Bill. What you have is a reflection or complementary arrangement of the original, but it is not the same arrangement since the cards are always (for example) being numbered from 1 to 52 going top to bottom. Flipping the randomly ordered deck over and giving it an end-for-end...
by brianarudolph
04/08/14 10:54 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 5958

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

Factoring in Jonathan's concern for one-way backs - meaning we are now accounting for the sequence of each card in terms of its face value, the "major" orientation of each card face-up vs. face down, and the "minor" orientation of each card as "right side up" or "u...
by brianarudolph
04/08/14 05:33 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 5958

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

One more thing: that number I just gave is written with the American system. Folks elsewhere in the world would say/write the same number differently.
by brianarudolph
04/07/14 01:34 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 5958

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

I'm probably wrong on this, but wouldn't allowing for face-up or face-down just introduce another factor of x 2 after every card in the original calculation? In other words, take 52! and allow for each card to be in one of two positions, i.e.: Total combinations = 52! x 2^52 = 52 x 2 x 51 x 2 x 50 x...
by brianarudolph
04/07/14 01:29 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 5958

Re: The Other Memory Champ and Memorized Deck

And that's exactly my point, Richard. A memorized deck is a magic method, yet despite all the people memorizing decks in public it is not (or at least very rarely) suspected as a magic method. I was concerned that the more deck memorization is publicized/performed, the more likely laypeople will beg...
by brianarudolph
03/30/14 07:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Other Memory Champ and Memorized Deck
Replies: 2
Views: 292

The Other Memory Champ and Memorized Deck

Not that anyone will ever replace Harry Lorayne, Juan Tamariz, Simon Aronson, and the rest: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/u-s--memory-champion-nelson-dellis-shares-his-secrets-for-strengthening-your-mind-194920556.html While there's no connection mentioned to magic, I was initially concerned ...
by brianarudolph
03/30/14 11:08 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Other Memory Champ and Memorized Deck
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Aldo Colombini Suffers Catastrophic Stroke

Quite devastated to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with Aldo & Rachel too.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Aldo several times over the years and seeing him work. So much sincere joy in himself that he always generously shared with everyone.
by brianarudolph
02/11/14 02:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Aldo Colombini Suffers Catastrophic Stroke
Replies: 31
Views: 4021

Re: Where the streets have magicians' names

Looks more like Norman Bates' mother. And about as lively.
by brianarudolph
01/29/14 09:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Where the streets have magicians' names
Replies: 23
Views: 1900
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