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Re: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum

Glad I was able to have my book reviewed while you were still able to do them. Doesn't sound like Framework is any nearer to completion. Can you describe the book. Cards? Coins? Or everything in between?
by MManchester
03/02/15 Yesterday 04:02 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum
Replies: 59
Views: 11595

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

I know that smoking is very common in Asian countries. But has there been any indication of sensitivity to the issue or plan to rerelease it without the cigarette element. The video wonderfully demonstrates an alternative. Did this ever come up in discussion for the Tenyo book. Were there really no ...
by MManchester
03/02/15 Yesterday 12:35 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Zig Zag with a French Fry at McD's
Replies: 21
Views: 1606

Re: Sad to report ---- RENE LAVAND

The amount of coverage in the general Spanish language media seems like a testament to how much he was admired and respected as a performer. Nice to see that his passing is being recognized outside of the magic community. https://www.google.ca/search?q=rene+lavand&hl=en&gl=ca&authuser=0&...
by MManchester
02/08/15 07:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad to report ---- RENE LAVAND
Replies: 10
Views: 1476

Re: Richard Wiseman: The Incredible Candles video

It also illustrates the problem of high definition video and the ability to make it full screen. Any imperfections become large and noticeable, immediately drawing attention to the method.

But thank you for embedding the video. Saves a couple of steps.
by MManchester
02/05/15 09:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Wiseman: The Incredible Candles video
Replies: 2
Views: 404

Researcher studies psychology of magic

http://storage.vancouver.24hrs.ca/v1/dynamic_resize/sws_path/suns-prod-images/1297660945995_ORIGINAL.jpg?quality=80&size=650x&stmp=1423179461579 Full text of the article follows: Researcher studies psychology of magic http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/02/05/researcher-studies-psychology-of-mag...
by MManchester
02/05/15 08:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Researcher studies psychology of magic
Replies: 0
Views: 175

Re: Mark Setteducati - Profile

This page of his Web site lists many of his inventions, although most appear to be older and unavailable commercially. http://marksetteducati.com/?page_id=29 There is a small selection on eBay at the moment: http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313&_nkw=Mark+Setted...
by MManchester
02/02/15 07:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Setteducati - Profile
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: Congrats to Will Houstoun!

Jonathan Townsend wrote:The Impact of Professor Hoffman on Magic Literature


I don't care for the title. It was once pointed out to me that impact refers to objects physically colliding. Now, every time someone uses the word when they actually mean influence of affected, I notice it.
by MManchester
01/28/15 11:28 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congrats to Will Houstoun!
Replies: 20
Views: 2008

Re: Congrats to Will Houstoun!

Matthew Field wrote:...his thesis was on Prof. Hoffmann.


I've read about people having a thesis bound, but are they ever made publicly available? I'd like to read it but don't know if he would share it or where to look.
by MManchester
01/27/15 01:27 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congrats to Will Houstoun!
Replies: 20
Views: 2008

Re: iGenii Archive/Search

I'm afraid I can't be a lot of help except to acknowledge reading it recently and I'm about a year behind on back issues. I would guess mid to late 2013. I opened a couple of issues hoping to get lucky to no avail. Lack of time prevents a more thorough search of each issue.
by MManchester
01/14/15 12:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: iGenii Archive/Search
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Nudity in Magic

I'll give you my opinion when I get the chance to see male nudity in magic. Please provide a link to a video. :D
by MManchester
01/11/15 04:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nudity in Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 5855

Re: What is Classic Correspondence

Dustin Stinett wrote: Mike makes history come alive with his insightful and humorous comments


And it's a shame that so many of his magic history books are out of print.
by MManchester
01/08/15 10:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is Classic Correspondence
Replies: 21
Views: 2162

Re: Auction of JP Jackson's Stuff!

What would we do without you, Bill? Thanks for the tip. Didn't think those photos could get any better but they did. Many years ago I had a download manager that made it possible to download all the contents of a Web site, both images and HTML pages. It would have been invaluable for archiving these...
by MManchester
01/06/15 11:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Auction of JP Jackson's Stuff!
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Auction of JP Jackson's Stuff!

I was in awe by page sixteen and there were still 100 more pages to go. It's like a museum of magic. It's too bad an institution wouldn't purchase it for a permanent display. I know there is a magic museum in Michigan. Aside from that, how many are there in the country that are open to the public. T...
by MManchester
01/06/15 10:41 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Auction of JP Jackson's Stuff!
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: The Spiritual Stage

You might want to add more details about the book to your Web site. For example hardcover or paperback, page length, with or without illustrations or photographs. Good luck.
by MManchester
01/06/15 10:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Spiritual Stage
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: Josh Jay Spends $200 and Makes Kids Scream

...on both occasions he chose to perform effects other than those explained in the books he was promoting. That was my thought at the conclusion. Not familiar with the book, but any adult watching who might buy it for a child is going to know that these effects aren't taught. It gives the impressio...
by MManchester
01/03/15 06:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Josh Jay Spends $200 and Makes Kids Scream
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

It's meant to hearken back to EATCT, and a dustjacket would have been out of place, IMHO. My suggestion that it was a missed opportunity implies a mistake and there's no denying that any book by Hermetic will be a quality publication. Maelstrom and Vortex have two of the most striking covers I have...
by MManchester
12/14/14 05:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 11930

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Does the book arrive as depicted on the Hermetic press Web site with a plain green cover and gold lettering, or has a dust jacket been added? The reviews are great and they're no doubt proud of the result. But with magic book sales declining you have to make that extra effort to get attention and th...
by MManchester
12/14/14 11:37 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 102
Views: 11930

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

From their Web site, dananddave.com/coffee: Coffee with Dan & Dave is our weekly show, where we answer questions, give product updates, and hold special contests, so you can interact with us on a personal level and learn about something very important to us, as well. Join us on our YouTube chann...
by MManchester
12/09/14 09:33 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 163
Views: 19878

Re: For Sale HERE: Kranzo DVD lot

On this download Nathan Kranzo will take you through the history of the Newspaper Test...


Just to be clear, are you selling commercially available DVDs or downloads that you are burning to DVD?
by MManchester
12/08/14 10:38 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale HERE: Kranzo DVD lot
Replies: 5
Views: 684

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (December 2014)

29, 30, 31 – Petit Sirloin & Scampi
Vegetarian: Vegetable Lasagna Marinara
Vegan: Parmesan Vegetable Ratatouille


As a vegan, I appreciate the obvious attention that has been given by Magic Castle staff to various dietary needs. However, parmesan is cheese and vegans don't eat cheese.
by MManchester
12/01/14 09:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (December 2014)
Replies: 6
Views: 838

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: 883

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: 24
Views: 2526

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: 3761

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: 687

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: 3065
Views: 1386186

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: 3065
Views: 1386186

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: 299

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: 3065
Views: 1386186

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: 8
Views: 1453

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: 141
Views: 15415

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: 141
Views: 15415

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: 2848

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: 2848

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: 3443

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: 6
Views: 1686

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: 883

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: 102
Views: 11930

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: 4130

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: 4130

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: 4130
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