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Re: C4 - Amazing new visual magic

The video describes this as a color changing card case and concludes with the promise of multiple handlings. Do you see the possibility of extending the effect in other areas if card effects aren't a part of someone's routine? For example, I was thinking that someone could stage a photograph showing...
by MManchester
08/19/14 Yesterday 02:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: C4 - Amazing new visual magic
Replies: 9
Views: 484

Re: The Genii Store is OPEN

The new $35 digital-only price is a significant reduction for international subscribers, and if memory serves also now less expensive for USA subscribers as well. Dare I say too inexpensive considering the extras that accompany each issue. You've commented in the past Richard (I can't recall the exa...
by MManchester
08/16/14 07:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Genii Store is OPEN
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: performing for teenagers

The other thread I originally mentioned cites Jewish teenagers as a particularly challenging audience. Forgive my ignorance, but if the show is for a Bar Mitzvah are they gender specific events. Can girls attend? Has anyone performed for a single gender and would consider this to be a factor in how ...
by MManchester
08/13/14 05:59 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: performing for teenagers
Replies: 16
Views: 592

Re: performing for teenagers

What about the cups and balls? Too classy?
by MManchester
08/13/14 05:00 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: performing for teenagers
Replies: 16
Views: 592

performing for teenagers

A thread discussing the B'Wave deck included some intriguing, albeit brief, mentions of performing magic for teenagers. I'm hoping to inspire those writers and others to provide more specific anecdotes. I worked with a group of teenagers for a year in a non-magical capacity in a library and found th...
by MManchester
08/12/14 09:21 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: performing for teenagers
Replies: 16
Views: 592

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Great info from Tom and Brad. I did a search and the title of this two volume set is Harbin X 2 available from many online sellers typically for only $120, a fraction of what the Harbin-authored book is going for on eBay. Funinc.com has this description: Volume 1 is a brand-new compilation, Early Ha...
by MManchester
08/12/14 08:59 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 69
Views: 11592

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Mike Caveney published The Genius of Robert Harbin by Eric Lewis that includes "66 of Harbin's most astonishing tricks including a number of previously unpublished illusions." Is anyone familiar with both books and can describe the similarities/differences? How many effects are in the Harb...
by MManchester
08/11/14 04:08 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 69
Views: 11592

performing magic for animals

A Finnish magician has created a video showing him levitating sausages in front of dogs to get their reaction. I wonder to what extent dogs really understand that something that levitates is impossible and thus a magical event. Some don't act very surprised, although others do seem scared. http://ww...
by MManchester
08/10/14 11:30 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: performing magic for animals
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films

Roger, one of the forum's most knowledgeable and esteemed contributors felt it was relevant when he posted a link to a similar story on August 6. Alex's comment is an unnecessary duplication, but he's not the only one to fail to give full attention to all the comments in this thread.
by MManchester
08/10/14 06:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Be Amazed Kickstarter To Preserve Magic Films
Replies: 34
Views: 2320

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

I am convinced that in another 15 years publishers will primarily worry about the digital formats, because they will make them the bulk of their profit, and they will print books as an add-on for those who want them and who are willing to pay more for them. But there were a number of articles last ...
by MManchester
08/06/14 12:09 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 106
Views: 12945

Re: Adult Magic... Hogwarts coat-tails style book for Adults

Speaking of coat-tails... I've been reading a new children's book that features a character of a magician. It reminded me of stories I read when I was younger (pre-Harry Potter) that reinforced my interest in magic. Specifically, A House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs was a particular fa...
by MManchester
08/05/14 04:03 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Adult Magic... Hogwarts coat-tails style book for Adults
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: Tom Stone: Runes of Tomorrow

You have to admire Tom for not abandoning digital publishing despite having had his material shared illegally in the past. If I got burned too many times I'd likely give up. But I have to quibble with your assessment of the e-book as "ridiculously inexpensive" when compared with his other ...
by MManchester
08/03/14 11:45 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone: Runes of Tomorrow
Replies: 17
Views: 1750

Keith Brown's Exchange - Fringe Festival show

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtFsypdIcAAvU4z.jpg:large I wanted to promote Keith Brown who resides nearby in London, Ontario and has been receiving high praise for his Exchange show that has been touring North American Fringe Festivals to sold out performances. There has been only one previous menti...
by MManchester
08/01/14 03:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Keith Brown's Exchange - Fringe Festival show
Replies: 0
Views: 169

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

During the three days of Mystery School everyone performed. The feedback was limited to the instructors. Bob, I am a little surprised by this because Eugene has said in the past that not everyone is called to perform. Was this a requirement or an expectation by those in attendance? I would love to ...
by MManchester
07/30/14 10:59 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 108
Views: 8743

Re: Persi Diaconis Radio Interview

Many thanks for this! My preferred walk is an hour and a half round trip and I'm running out of magic-related audio to listen to, having exhausted the Magic Newswire podcasts that appeal to me. A long interview readily available as a download is fantastic. If anyone has other suggestions they would ...
by MManchester
07/24/14 12:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Persi Diaconis Radio Interview
Replies: 13
Views: 1096

Re: Carney 2013 Returns!!!

Personally, I would have favored downloadable audio of the Skinner Tapes both to reduce cost and to save the hassle of having to rip the CDs, although this likely would have excluded the video portion. So many people now consume audio using MP3 players that physical media seems antiquated. Digital a...
by MManchester
07/24/14 12:30 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Carney 2013 Returns!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 1533

vanishing a drone with live video?

Daves killer magic shop, mentioned in an earlier thread, has video of the store filmed by a drone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92War-EMXcY I didn't want to hijack that thread so I thought I'd post a thought here. Wondering if anyone has incorporated drones into a performance? I was thinking of an...
by MManchester
07/21/14 02:02 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: vanishing a drone with live video?
Replies: 1
Views: 417

Re: Dave's Killer Magic Shop

And their Web site is: http://www.killermagicshop.com/
by MManchester
07/21/14 01:14 PM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Dave's Killer Magic Shop
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

I'm organizing a Congress of Blunders


And will the beautiful keepsake of the event will be a Motel 6 towel or washcloth?
by MManchester
07/20/14 09:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 108
Views: 8743

Re: When Houdini walked through a brick wall

From your Web site: "As he had done with his Water Torture Cell, Houdini copyrighted his new effect by writing it into a short playlet he called (what else?), 'Walking Through A Brick Wall.' Intellectual property has been discussed here before and I don't want to open that debate again. But it'...
by MManchester
07/13/14 05:35 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Houdini walked through a brick wall
Replies: 2
Views: 603

Re: Dani DaOrtiz on TV

I think clink-a-clink does a better job of suggesting the sound coins make when connecting. Those who are old enough will know the reference but it removes the potentially offensive term for current generations. For any object that doesn't make a sound, matrix would seem suitable or offer a more cre...
by MManchester
07/11/14 02:32 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dani DaOrtiz on TV
Replies: 14
Views: 2125

Re: Dani DaOrtiz on TV

The matrix portion was so fluid that it really did look like real magic. Indeed. Being unable to understand Spanish, the visual strength of the matrix was much more satisfying despite ACAAN getting so much attention in recent years. I'm most familiar with the use of cards in a matrix effect. Magicp...
by MManchester
07/10/14 09:41 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dani DaOrtiz on TV
Replies: 14
Views: 2125

Re: Underground Playing Cards: Diamond Edition-- My first KS

She's not selling magic. She's selling a deck of cards which are not inherently magical. If it wasn't for the fact she's a junior Castle member there would really be no reason to post here. The world doesn't need another deck of cards. Original attempts at magic, no matter how cringe-inducing, are i...
by MManchester
07/07/14 07:54 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Underground Playing Cards: Diamond Edition-- My first KS
Replies: 29
Views: 1613

Re: iGenii app on the iPad stops at 72%

Another user had the same problem and that thread is discussed here:

viewtopic.php?t=44767
by MManchester
07/07/14 07:12 PM
 
Forum: iGenii
Topic: iGenii app on the iPad stops at 72%
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Underground Playing Cards: Diamond Edition-- My first KS

I remember many of my ill-advised projects. I wanted to be a filmmaker and wrote many bad scripts. I actually had Tony Curtis phone me after contacting him about a role in a film. Only then did I realize that the script was garbage. When we're young, we think we know more than we actually do. It's t...
by MManchester
07/07/14 02:34 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Underground Playing Cards: Diamond Edition-- My first KS
Replies: 29
Views: 1613

Re: Jim Steinmeyer's incredible flying carpet

Here's a video of the carpet during a Disneyland California performance that was uploaded to YouTube in March of last year, but I'm assuming it's the same illusion.


by MManchester
07/06/14 11:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Steinmeyer's incredible flying carpet
Replies: 6
Views: 750

Re: documentary on Tannen's Magic Camp

The documentary has just been added to Netflix Canada. Perhaps subscribers in other countries can indicate whether it is also available there.
by MManchester
06/20/14 01:13 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: documentary on Tannen's Magic Camp
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Re: are there any books and dvds on how to make illusions

In particular I would recommend the Jack Hughes trilogy I'm certainly not a magic expert but I've never heard of Jack Hughes before today. The brief mentions of him on Lybray and Magicpedia both suggest he merits a lot more attention and recognition. Lubor Fiedler was another name that came to my a...
by MManchester
06/16/14 09:13 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: are there any books and dvds on how to make illusions
Replies: 8
Views: 884

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

I wish video was available for those of us too destitute to attend. I realize it adds another level of complexity, but these are important events. It would be great to document them. Attach a wireless mic, set a camera on a tripod and hit record. I know that's an oversimplification but it doesn't ne...
by MManchester
06/09/14 09:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hold On! Second Genii Convention Coming in Oct. 2015
Replies: 90
Views: 7865

Re: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians

roger's point is undercut by the he fact that magicians are lampooned almost anytime they are referenced in popular culture. An interesting exception is Eminem who included a brief reference in the first single off his most recent album. From Berzerk: "Like a magician, critics I turn to cricke...
by MManchester
05/30/14 01:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians
Replies: 30
Views: 2500

Re: Magician on Britian's Got Talent

Likely the most coverage magic has received here in Canada for some time. But I wish it wasn't a dove act. I don't favor the use of animals in entertainment because there's too much potential for abuse no matter how unintentional it might be. Especially true when multiple birds are involved. And the...
by MManchester
04/21/14 09:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician on Britian's Got Talent
Replies: 24
Views: 2352

Re: Spend Easter with Max Maven

Too bad that a living legend needs such a lengthy introduction, although his many accomplishments deserve to be recognized. I think Penguin Magic appeals to the younger demographic, so I wonder if decades-old quotes from Orson Welles and Muhammad Ali have much resonance. How many would also ask who ...
by MManchester
04/20/14 05:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spend Easter with Max Maven
Replies: 5
Views: 956

Re: Need Help on Frame Of Destruction

I regret giving the impression that I was trying to dictate how the forum should operate. I would delete my previous comment but subsequent remarks would lack context. I apologize.
by MManchester
07/17/13 09:12 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Need Help on Frame Of Destruction
Replies: 15
Views: 1291

Re: Need Help on Frame Of Destruction

Laymen don't come here and read this stuff! It's boring to them. But Genii forum posts do appear as Google and Bing search results. Type in tenyo frame of destruction in Google and a previous Genii forum topic appears on the first page as the fourth result. This one will eventually as well. Laymen ...
by MManchester
07/16/13 11:04 AM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Need Help on Frame Of Destruction
Replies: 15
Views: 1291

Re: Need Help on Frame Of Destruction

Jackie's question brings up an important consideration for this, or any, magic forum. To what extent is the discussion of an effect's method permitted? I had planned to post a video of my handling and patter for Sakkaku scale. I could get into a discussion of a difference between my approach and tha...
by MManchester
07/15/13 08:04 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Need Help on Frame Of Destruction
Replies: 15
Views: 1291

Re: American Masters : Johnny Carson

For U.S. residents, the complete American Masters episode is available to watch on the PBS Web site.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/johnny-carson-king-of-late-night/watch-the-full-documentary/2093/
by MManchester
07/08/13 11:11 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: American Masters : Johnny Carson
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: American Masters : Johnny Carson

For additional Carson reminiscences, Scott Wells' most recent Magic Word podcast includes an interview with Dean Dill who met Johnny and taught him magic. (13:37 - 29:00)

http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/2013/6/14/my-week-at-hollywoods-famed-magic-castle
by MManchester
07/08/13 10:59 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: American Masters : Johnny Carson
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: Women and Harassment in Magic

My book of literacy magic tricks was written for children's librarians, and the profession is overwhelmingly female. I briefly addressed the issue of few women in magic. I think Darwin Ortiz made a great observation and I quoted him in the introduction. In most stage magic acts, the only role played...
by MManchester
07/05/13 11:19 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Women and Harassment in Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 1824

Re: Rabbit Police

Animal cruelty has a long and sad history in all forms of entertainment. During one his Reel Magic DVD segments, David Kaye spoke about dove pans and the number of animals who have died a slow death after being left in one during a hot afternoon performance. How can anyone be so indifferent? Part of...
by MManchester
07/05/13 11:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rabbit Police
Replies: 11
Views: 1634

Re: Teaching Magic To Bullied Chidren

Further to my previous post. Essential Magic Conference 2011, disc 5, Magic for Kids roundtable. 12:24 - 13:25 (some comments omitted) Prof. Richard Wiseman: "So we went into schools, with the help of Marvin's Magic, Marvin gave us the props to do this, and taught kids magic. We saw a massive i...
by MManchester
07/04/13 12:17 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Teaching Magic To Bullied Chidren
Replies: 11
Views: 1815
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