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by Marco Pusterla
September 10th, 2016, 9:54 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Tommy Wonder Photo
Replies: 0
Views: 162

Wanted: Tommy Wonder Photo

I was wondering if anybody has an advertising photo of Tommy Wonder , from the late eighties-early nineties, preferably a 8x10", for sale or trade. I'm not interested in the "no photos" photo and would prefer if Tommy's coat was red (!). A reply here or a PM will be great. Many thanks...
by Marco Pusterla
August 31st, 2016, 7:08 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting
Replies: 0
Views: 338

Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting

The latest issue of Ye Olde Magic Mag is now out, with its usual collection of articles on less-known (or totally obscure) magicians of times gone by, and with an eye on the market of magic collectibles, with an overview of some unusual items sold in the past quarter (including a review and analysis...
by Marco Pusterla
June 1st, 2016, 11:13 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: America's Got Talent 2016
Replies: 31
Views: 6345

Re: America's Got Talent 2016

Thommy Ten and Amelie: 1st prize winner in Mentalism at last year's FISM: http://www.theclairvoyantslive.com/
by Marco Pusterla
March 27th, 2016, 9:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You
Replies: 16
Views: 3651

Re: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You

Tom has always very interesting ideas to share and this solution to a problem (performer without pockets/need pockets for set) is both practical and clever. But this is not a solution that is suitable to every performer, in every circumstance, for every effect. If the performer doesn't have (for his...
by Marco Pusterla
March 14th, 2016, 4:19 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Extra loop advantage for Siberian chain escape?
Replies: 6
Views: 1244

Re: Extra loop advantage for Siberian chain escape?

When I was younger, I did perform the Siberian Chain Escape with a long chain, which was wrapped around the arms. The weight of the chain slows you down, and the escape takes time and will probably require to be covered (the performer hidden from the audience) as you need to obtain sufficient slack ...
by Marco Pusterla
March 2nd, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Help Needed for LJ Trick
Replies: 5
Views: 1272

Re: Help Needed for LJ Trick

Hi Richard,

Check your email...
by Marco Pusterla
October 31st, 2015, 8:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 13133

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

I ordered the book only earlier this month (October), once I got an email from Todd that the book was at the printers. As far as I know, I will get the book I paid for, not something that may have been promised a decade ago. Having bought all books Todd published, I had my share of waiting and I wil...
by Marco Pusterla
September 26th, 2015, 1:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay
Replies: 34
Views: 4173

Re: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay

I suppose it will end up in Copperfield's warehouse (pictured above). Other collectors apply :) These objects, until Mr. Wonder was alive, were tools. They were used to create the illusion of magic. Without Mr. Wonder behind them, the cards, cups, box, etc. are just useless pieces of wood, tin, pap...
by Marco Pusterla
September 26th, 2015, 8:50 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay
Replies: 34
Views: 4173

Re: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay

And, at the end of the day, this box and the tools that once had created Wonder and mystery in the eyes and minds of audiences, will end up in somebody's collection: an anonymous box among many others, the magic of the objects never again to be shared with an audience. http://wetwebworkcomimg.s3.ama...
by Marco Pusterla
July 16th, 2015, 2:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM
Replies: 12
Views: 2337

Re: FISM

Indeed, a book about FISM and its history has just been published.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/FISM-The ... 2561034427

The book (a coffee table book) replies to most questions and examines all previous issues of the World Championship of Magic as well, with numerous photos.
by Marco Pusterla
July 14th, 2015, 3:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fism day 6 and off to Korea
Replies: 12
Views: 4120

Re: Fism day 6 and off to Korea

Thank you, Craig, for your reports, which I thoroughly enjoyed also during the convention. As hard as I tried, I didn't spot you anywhere... I was looking for a leopard :D However, there is one comment I would like to make: In the cards category - Woody Aragon did a superb act– but was clearly overt...
by Marco Pusterla
July 14th, 2015, 3:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 5
Replies: 51
Views: 17040

Re: FISM Day 5

Richard, Seats behind the middle of the auditorium WERE on risers, I believe two levels up. I've been sitting at the back (last row or thereabouts) for most of the events in the "Piazza" and I can confirm there were risers. I think that the issue had more to do with the width of the audito...
by Marco Pusterla
June 30th, 2015, 11:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: kloAsking About Alexander
Replies: 8
Views: 1506

Re: kloAsking About Alexander

Yep, both Alexander and CARC's sites are down (and also the other addresses that map to the same IP used by Kalush's domains).
by Marco Pusterla
December 30th, 2014, 4:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Amy Dawes
Replies: 4
Views: 1122

Re: Amy Dawes

Very sad to hear this: I know she had not been well for a while but the news is certainly unexpected and upsetting.

My sincere condolences to Eddie and his family.

R.I.P.
by Marco Pusterla
December 26th, 2014, 3:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What Magic Item did You Get for the Holidays?
Replies: 33
Views: 5222

Re: What Magic Item did You Get for the Holidays?

Vernon Companion
Classic Correspondence II
John Henry Anderson book
by Marco Pusterla
November 30th, 2014, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The first magic magazine ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1177

Re: The first magic magazine ...

Indeed: Italy did not publish the fist magazine dedicated to magic as conjuring. This was The Conjuror's Magazine, published in 1791 by one William Locke in England. Magicpedia is correct in this instance and perhaps Mr. Ghiurmino could indicate in his blog that L'Illusionista was the first ITALIAN ...
by Marco Pusterla
November 13th, 2014, 3:59 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Ye Olde Magic Mag by Marco Pusterla
Replies: 1
Views: 2240

Re: Ye Olde Magic Mag by Marco Pusterla

Hi Tom, Many thanks for the nice review: the prices for the digital and for the print editions are on the last page of the magazine, inside the "editorial box" at the left hand bottom corner. They are, respectively, £5 and £9, and the latter includes worldwide postage. You're not the first...
by Marco Pusterla
October 23rd, 2014, 3:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: 75 Years of Genii
Replies: 16
Views: 4428

Re: 75 Years of Genii

What about current and future volumes? Will they be available for sale in the future? When will they be available? We are now almost at the end of vol. 77 and I see that vol. 76 is not included in this product.

Many thanks.
by Marco Pusterla
September 30th, 2014, 3:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction
Replies: 7
Views: 1877

Re: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction

In regards to Mr. Maven's post above, it would be interesting to hear a clarification about what the position of the AMA is in regards to the awards given to recipients who have died. The object itself has passed to the family/estate: is the family under the same obligations as the original recipien...
by Marco Pusterla
August 13th, 2014, 3:16 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 77
Views: 21633

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

I completely agree with Tom about the material in the green book and the reasons for its publication: the story has been said more than once and, in a nutshell, had to do with Robert Harbin being "annoyed" at some American magician who had copied his Zig-Zag illusion, which Harbin was also...
by Marco Pusterla
August 2nd, 2014, 9:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: New discovery by Bill Kalush?
Replies: 3
Views: 2096

Re: New discovery by Bill Kalush?

Bill Kalush managed to borrow some of Houdini's diaries from a private collector and presented a talk on the material therein. This included the revelation of how much Houdini paid his secret assistants, plus unpublished photos, etc.
by Marco Pusterla
July 7th, 2014, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Wohl passes at the age of 77
Replies: 12
Views: 2148

Re: Ron Wohl passes at the age of 77

What a sad news. I had met Ron a few years ago at some convention and our paths crossed at many magic history conventions in Europe and the USA. The last time we met was at the Magic History Convention in Los Angeles at the end of last year and, on the last night, he told me that it would have been ...
by Marco Pusterla
June 27th, 2014, 3:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read
Replies: 36
Views: 5774

Re: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read

But unlike most auction catalogs, every item has an image. I beg to differ. Just some random examples (by opening at random pages): 2115 2125 2130 3330 (that's fine, as it's the same as another one, illustrated) 3355 5331 5859 1747 etc. The book is a reference catalog of prints with a magical subje...
by Marco Pusterla
June 7th, 2014, 11:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii June 2014 Just Arrived
Replies: 6
Views: 2038

Re: Genii June 2014 Just Arrived

Q. Kumber wrote:Arrived today in Manchester, England.

Ditto in Suffolk, England.
by Marco Pusterla
May 3rd, 2014, 4:09 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Lodestones
Replies: 12
Views: 6430

Re: Lodestones

Tom, Your column is often the best one in the magazine: the ideas you submit are both original, practical and stimulating, and for most (if not all) of your tricks, mystery is the main element - something often missing from many other effects, in many magazines. In regards to the "wrong" p...
by Marco Pusterla
April 23rd, 2014, 1:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Roxy Award on Magic History
Replies: 0
Views: 467

Roxy Award on Magic History

The second edition of the Roxy Award for Research on Magic History is getting close and if you have a research on a magic history subject, you may want to consider to submit it for consideration for the award. Information on the award, rules, jury, etc. is here: http://www.RoxyAward.com The award wa...
by Marco Pusterla
April 18th, 2014, 4:53 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Trouble getting paid from Murphy's Magic?
Replies: 6
Views: 3721

Re: Trouble getting paid from Murphy's Magic?

Never had a problem either.
by Marco Pusterla
April 18th, 2014, 4:48 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steal these Cervon Castle Notebooks again!
Replies: 18
Views: 2864

Re: Steal these Cervon Castle Notebooks again!

Richard Kaufman wrote:Then you didn't buy my book Lim-tricks. :lol:

I bought two of them!!!

But my daughter enjoys them, so they can't be that bad :mrgreen:
by Marco Pusterla
April 7th, 2014, 2:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Magic Convention in Italy
Replies: 1
Views: 653

Re: Masters of Magic Convention in Italy

The convention is held in the mountains of North Italy and it attracts every year thousands of attendees, mostly from Italy and France. The previous editions have all been spectacular and this coming one (at the end of May) promises to be amazing too. The convention is held in a luxury hotel (two ye...
by Marco Pusterla
April 5th, 2014, 4:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 8815

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Brad Jeffers wrote:Where exactly in CARD CONTROLL is this located?


It's only in the second edition, not in the Dover reprint...
by Marco Pusterla
March 6th, 2014, 3:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: March Digital Issue of Genii Now Live!
Replies: 8
Views: 1399

Re: March Digital Issue of Genii Now Live!

Ditto in Suffolk - still in the East of England :D
by Marco Pusterla
March 1st, 2014, 10:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: who invented the paper balls over the head?
Replies: 24
Views: 3650

Re: who invented the paper balls over the head?

Bill Mullins wrote:Ten years ago David Alexander mentioned a Paper Balls routine from M-U-M. It looks to have been "PAPER BALLS OVER THE HEAD" by Dr. James S. Taylor, M-U-M Mar 1962, p. 574.


It is in vol. 52, n. 10, March 1963.
by Marco Pusterla
February 21st, 2014, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 58
Views: 10047

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

"Into the 4th Dimension" was published by Lloyd E. Jones in 1973 and required four duplicate cards to perform the whole routine. The first phase of the routine was the "card warp" effect, where a card folded in half and slid behind the fingers, turned inside-out for half of its l...
by Marco Pusterla
January 20th, 2014, 3:26 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Brian McCullagh
Replies: 5
Views: 1375

Re: Brian McCullagh

Sad to hear that: I never had the opportunity to meet/talk with Mr. McCullagh, but I have been reading his publications and using them as a research aid. Only a few weeks ago, I tried to get in touch with him, but was not surprised not to hear back.

My condolences to the family.
by Marco Pusterla
January 18th, 2014, 3:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alexander de Cova's Scrapobook Magazine
Replies: 6
Views: 1024

Re: Alexander de Cova's Scrapobook Magazine

Ordered the magazine yesterday and I received immediately the mail with the link and, in any case, the link was available straight away in the "thank you" page that came after the payment. The magazine is very nice, like Fulves' Chronicles or Pallbearer's Review: the sort of magazines my g...
by Marco Pusterla
January 15th, 2014, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Inspiration? Copy?
Replies: 2
Views: 542

Re: Inspiration? Copy?

LOL: I did a search, but evidently with the wrong terms.

Moderators: please remove this thread.
by Marco Pusterla
January 15th, 2014, 11:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Inspiration? Copy?
Replies: 2
Views: 542

Inspiration? Copy?

Just seen this: http://www.isocdn.com/SMV.mp4

Nothing new under the sun, isn't it? I don't know what Mss. McBride, Copperfield, Penn, Teller, King think, but I could make a prediction...
by Marco Pusterla
January 9th, 2014, 3:12 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: On misdirection
Replies: 2
Views: 1085

On misdirection

I think this video (magic performed for a chimpanzee) is very interesting on many levels: from an "aww how cute" level, to an appreciation to misdirection and on how some tricks/handlings may be obvious in their mechanics... In any case, have fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmsCPiRoViU
by Marco Pusterla
December 29th, 2013, 12:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So What Did You All Get From Santa?
Replies: 18
Views: 2703

Re: So What Did You All Get From Santa?

Hofzinser (from the missus) and a magic poster from 1911 (from me). I also renewed my subscription to Genii and got "Jennings '97" - but this cannot be considered as a "Christmas Present" as I would have re-subscribed anyway ;)
by Marco Pusterla
December 23rd, 2013, 10:34 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Hofzinser in Villesville
Replies: 16
Views: 5777

Re: Hofzinser in Villesville

The set arrived in England today but - d*mn! - I can't look at it! As it is a Christmas present from the missus, she wrapped it up and put it under the tree... Ok, only 2 sleeps to Christmas... but still!!! :D

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