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Re: The Secrets of Houdini’s Ten Greatest Illusions

John, a topic on the site's support center (help.gawker.com) says the following: "If you hold the copyright to content published on one of the Gawker Media blogs please contact us immediately with a link to the content in question on our network and your claim." Gizmodo is one of Gawker's ...
by MManchester
11/24/14 04:56 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Secrets of Houdini’s Ten Greatest Illusions
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Magic set for kids...

We have four magic kits in the store at the moment, although the one in the center is actually intended for adults to perform magic tricks at their desk. I doubt any of these are very good. Generic retail product. Considering our selection of Melissa and Doug items I'm surprised we don't have their ...
by MManchester
11/23/14 12:57 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic set for kids...
Replies: 23
Views: 1037

Re: Criss Angel is the Biggest ...

I found the accompanying photograph more humorous. I appreciate that he appears in various stages of undress frequently because he has a nice body, though this photo might be a few years old. But for promotional purposes it says more male model than magician. Not quite sure who it's supposed to appe...
by MManchester
11/19/14 01:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel is the Biggest ...
Replies: 27
Views: 2592

Re: an AI trick brain

Joe Mckay wrote:Walt Lees had a nice essay on how to invent magic tricks.


I was just reading the April 2008 issue of Genii (Dr. Hooker on the cover). It includes an article by Guy Hollingworth titled Waiting for Inspiration: The Design Process from a Magician's Perspective. It begins on page 32.
by MManchester
11/17/14 01:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: an AI trick brain
Replies: 10
Views: 509

Re: ERDNASE

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ATuwZIDVEsU/TP0uCHlpNPI/AAAAAAAABMo/WD0Ib0ymC3I/s1600/AE.REV_red.jpg The PBS program American Experience describes itself as TV's most-watched history series. Admittedly the subject matter may be very esoteric, but it's a fascinating mystery. There are so many elements, wi...
by MManchester
11/12/14 03:48 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2989
Views: 1365453

Re: ERDNASE

But why the two days? That is to say, if you have two books to submit for copyright, why not submit them on the same day? Why submit one on Saturday and then wait until Monday to submit the other one? The Internet has made it possible to submit an application and make payment to the Copyright Offic...
by MManchester
11/12/14 03:18 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2989
Views: 1365453

Magic Circle's first female officer

"Megan Knowles-Bacon, 22, is the only female magician to be elected to the upper echelons of The Magic Circle. She talks to Radhika Sanghani about the lack of women in conjuring and how she uses her gender to her advantage." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11220882/Magic-Circl...
by MManchester
11/11/14 07:55 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Circle's first female officer
Replies: 0
Views: 235

Re: ERDNASE

Assumption 4: The author's reference(s) to "we" mean something.


Do you think that we could refer to a single author and the illustrator?
by MManchester
11/10/14 10:36 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2989
Views: 1365453

Re: Hello from Florida

Are you a Genii subscriber or did you just learn about the forum? Were you aware that there was an anniversary celebration in Orlando last year. Are you close? I envy anyone living in the state as it would have been easier to attend. I missed out but there is another one next year as well. Here's a ...
by MManchester
11/09/14 06:11 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Hello from Florida
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

Don't we see that in the show Frasier? Where, almost from the beginning, was a show about two gay men, except they were supposed to be straight. But, for all intents and purposes, were gay. Is this not also wearing a gay costume? No. What you're describing is the Bert and Ernie debate. Are these tw...
by MManchester
11/09/14 05:49 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 139
Views: 11673

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

How is this different from Modern Family where a straight male plays a flamboyant gay man for laughs. Are you offended by Modern Family? A very fair question and hopefully I'm able to address it. The difference is that on Modern Family the actor is depicting a gay character. The individual you are ...
by MManchester
11/09/14 03:37 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 139
Views: 11673

Re: Bad Writing

Reminds me of a great line used to promote a local radio show on the topic:

You don't want advertising. You want results.
by MManchester
11/08/14 01:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bad Writing
Replies: 23
Views: 2582

Re: Bad Writing

We Are Hardwired to Screw Ourselves Over Until the Day We Die "This doesn't only pertain to the old sleight of hand with diet and exercise or otherwise minor ethical considerations. A Business Insider piece from July of this year looked at the more insidious effects of all this mental magic.&qu...
by MManchester
11/07/14 09:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bad Writing
Replies: 23
Views: 2582

Re: The Art of the Con

Incredible, Bill. It's great to learn that so many others are as interested in magic's history that multiple meetings are organized to discuss it. Looking forward to visiting the Web sites you provided. @cardmaster The book you reference has only been reviewed on Amazon eight times. Such a small sam...
by MManchester
11/07/14 12:00 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 2615

Re: Ten Years ... !

Congratulations. Any especially fond memories or perhaps articles you would like to pursue.
by MManchester
11/06/14 03:55 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Ten Years ... !
Replies: 4
Views: 626

The Secrets of Houdini’s Ten Greatest Illusions

Gizmodo has reprinted a large portion of a lengthy article that first appeared on Listverse titled The Secrets Behind Harry Houdini’s Ten Greatest Illusions . They offer this explanation and justification. There is an unwritten rule among magicians never to reveal how a trick is done. So when a 2004...
by MManchester
11/04/14 07:50 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Secrets of Houdini’s Ten Greatest Illusions
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

This thread has me thinking about the possibilities of a magic family tree where teachers and students are identified showing how they influence and were influenced. This could take the form of a poster alone, or possibly combined with a digital version that would allow viewers to choose a name for ...
by MManchester
11/04/14 12:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 80
Views: 6005

Re: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card

I think JHostler was referring to the lack of naturalness in the presentation, not that the specific routine was performed by Vernon.
by MManchester
11/02/14 08:53 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card
Replies: 44
Views: 2662

Re: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card

Magicians tend to be more enamored with repetitive sequences than the folks they perform for.


Exactly. In the situation as it's presented in the video, most laymen would nod politely but they're keeping their eye on that last card waiting for the routine to end.
by MManchester
11/02/14 10:38 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card
Replies: 44
Views: 2662

Re: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card

I could do without the sound of explosions at the reveal. I don't like the way some magic videos manipulate our reaction to an effect. It's subtle, but influences our perception in a way that spectators don't experience. I enjoyed the routine but it's obviously repetitive. It would have been stronge...
by MManchester
11/01/14 11:28 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card
Replies: 44
Views: 2662

Re: The Genii Says Happy All Hallows Eve


by MManchester
10/31/14 03:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Genii Says Happy All Hallows Eve
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: ERDNASE

The discussion of Erdnase as a German word is fascinating and I find name reversal argument too easy. I groan every time I see a character named Alucard in a vampire story. This thread is enormous and it's been a while since I read the Genii article expounding on the W.E. Sanders research. Have ther...
by MManchester
10/28/14 02:54 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2989
Views: 1365453

Re: Psychics Buster

Nathan, I can find no indication that you've published anything. At the very least, I hope
you're considering it. Your eloquence compels you to extend your literary contribution to
magic beyond forum posts.
by MManchester
10/27/14 01:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychics Buster
Replies: 77
Views: 5193

Re: ERDNASE

I've e-mailed Prof Richard Wiseman hoping that he might offer his opinion as a psychologist about the debate regarding the pyramid and the hidden name. I have been unable to spell another name or word vertically as has been accomplished with WESANDERS. Luis' suggestion requires skipping a line which...
by MManchester
10/26/14 05:10 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2989
Views: 1365453

Re: Peter Pellikaan??

Ouch! I wasted my youth on packet tricks, but they were nothing like that. The video is titled 2014 and the trick appears to be taught on volume 8 of the DVDs available at pellikaanmagic.com. Rather awkwardly, individual DVDs can only be purchased by selecting the Contact link in the upper left. Set...
by MManchester
10/24/14 09:04 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Peter Pellikaan??
Replies: 22
Views: 2928

Re: ERDNASE

I wasn't aware that authorship was still being debated. This is starting to feel like the magic equivalent of denying climate change or claiming that the moon landing was fake. I'm certainly not an expert, but with an abundance of remarkable research as detailed in the Genii articles, if that's not ...
by MManchester
10/22/14 08:14 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2989
Views: 1365453

Re: Review of The Skinner Tapes on About.com

Is this a recent addition to renewal offers? I renewed on Sept 23 and don't recall any previous mention or I likely would have taken advantage of it.
by MManchester
10/22/14 05:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Review of The Skinner Tapes on About.com
Replies: 2
Views: 404

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

But the stereotypically effeminate behaviors attributed to gay men have been intended to demean, ridicule and isolate. Hobson's performance is part of that legacy, whether or not it is intended. In contrast, the Barneys of the world are an exaggerated ideal, the confident ladies man that every adole...
by MManchester
10/21/14 01:12 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 139
Views: 11673

Re: Torn and Restored Homeless Man's Sign

It does seem quite exploitive, as if their homelessness or misfortune are mere props for the magic performance.
by MManchester
10/15/14 10:22 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Torn and Restored Homeless Man's Sign
Replies: 16
Views: 1095

Re: Practicing magic helps stroke survivors

I bought a copy of Richard Kaufman/David Copperfield's book that is used for Project Magic. Would be interested in the book at some point, but Project Magic's order page isn't secured in the usual way. Is that how you ordered it? Also, a few harsh words on the Cafe about the current state of Projec...
by MManchester
10/13/14 10:35 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Practicing magic helps stroke survivors
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: 2015 Magic Calendars

If I wanted my own personal magic calendar, certainly there are many options for Print On Demand. As a Genii subscriber and fan of the publication, I was thinking that this was something that would be appropriate for the store and would appeal to others. The particular form the calendar would take i...
by MManchester
10/13/14 07:34 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: 2015 Magic Calendars
Replies: 23
Views: 2518

Practicing magic helps stroke survivors

Sounds similar to the benefits shown by David Copperfield's Project Magic to teach magic as a form of therapy. From the BBC: Rehabilitation and physiotherapy play a vital role in recovery, helping stroke survivors to maintain their independence. But it can be difficult to keep up enthusiasm for doin...
by MManchester
10/13/14 07:05 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Practicing magic helps stroke survivors
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: 2015 Magic Calendars

Any thoughts on this Richard? Zazzle's make your own calendar page specifically states No minimum orders • No setup fees • The most options! Although creating 12 unique pages would take more time to produce than artwork for a mug, I would think a calendar would be more lucrative. http://www.zazzle.c...
by MManchester
10/13/14 12:28 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: 2015 Magic Calendars
Replies: 23
Views: 2518

Re: 2015 Magic Calendars

Perhaps my last post was unclear. 500 was not a minimum requirement, it's an option. Mugs and mouse pads on Zazzle can both also be ordered in quanitites of 500. But the minimum for all products appears to only be 1, although it is more expensive to do so.
by MManchester
10/12/14 03:56 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: 2015 Magic Calendars
Replies: 23
Views: 2518

Re: 2015 Magic Calendars

I was looking on the part of the site where they have the products they will do for folks like Richard...is it different? The option for Make Your Own 2015 Calendar provides quantities as high as 500, much more than what a typical individual would want or need. This would seem to be geared toward c...
by MManchester
10/12/14 03:29 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: 2015 Magic Calendars
Replies: 23
Views: 2518

Re: 2015 Magic Calendars

Considering the announcement several months ago about the new Genii store offering "cool stuff", I'm disappointed by the lack of a calendar featuring contributors from our favorite magic magazine that we can purchase. This would be a big seller. http://www.alifeinthelibrary.com/fake_genii_...
by MManchester
10/11/14 11:32 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: 2015 Magic Calendars
Replies: 23
Views: 2518

Re: Pepper's Ghost

Have you carefully thought through what you want to accomplish? No. This thread is the first time I've thought of the project in six years. My very limited income and the technical requirements dissuaded me from pursuing it beyond the research stage and I moved on to other things. My interest remai...
by MManchester
10/10/14 11:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pepper's Ghost
Replies: 16
Views: 1368

Re: Pepper's Ghost

Was there a lot of trial and error involved or did you have prior experience? There is a dearth of quality reference material. It's a simple setup and there's a lot of information online, of course, but most people are just throwing things together for fun. I was always intending a display incorpora...
by MManchester
10/10/14 08:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pepper's Ghost
Replies: 16
Views: 1368

Re: Pepper's Ghost

Jim, is that just ordinary window glass? I found an e-mail from six years ago trying to source half-silvered mirror. As I recall my research indicated that this was supposed to be the best at reflecting an image but still be sufficiently transparent. The company rep had not heard of it. Perhaps I wa...
by MManchester
10/10/14 03:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pepper's Ghost
Replies: 16
Views: 1368

Re: Pepper's Ghost

There is a video about the illusions created for Ghost but only a brief demonstration of a PG type effect of the character walking through a door. So a pane of glass is still a viable method theatrically? There isn't a reluctance to use it because of size, weight, fragility? http://www.youtube.com/w...
by MManchester
10/10/14 12:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pepper's Ghost
Replies: 16
Views: 1368
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