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by John Smetana
June 29th, 2005, 6:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Winchell
Replies: 7
Views: 349

Re: Paul Winchell

I was lucky enough to belong to a informal lunch group that Bob attended on a regular basis.I got the opportunity to know him quite well, and he really a terrific guy with strong convictions about childrens entertainment. I've heard from very reliable sources that Bob's full page ad in the NY Times,...
by John Smetana
June 21st, 2005, 5:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: July Issue of Genii Mailed--Have you Received It?
Replies: 94
Views: 9126

Re: July Issue of Genii Mailed--Have you Received It?

Received in NJ this past Saturday, in perfect condition.

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
June 14th, 2005, 12:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Harry Blackstone, Jr. on tape
Replies: 6
Views: 536

Re: Wanted: Harry Blackstone, Jr. on tape

I had the pleasant opportunity to see Blackstone at the now defunct Playboy Club in NYC, in the mid or late 70's I believe. The "Pickpocket" routine was hilarious and got a great response. The thing that stcks in my mind however, is "The Floating Lightbulb". It was, to use a much...
by John Smetana
June 13th, 2005, 6:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Golden Opportunity: Part time summer job at Magic Inc, Chicago
Replies: 12
Views: 839

Re: Golden Opportunity: Part time summer job at Magic Inc, Chicago

I wish Magic, Inc. nothing but the greatest of good fortune and success.

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
May 31st, 2005, 6:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: ebay fraud alert!
Replies: 19
Views: 1257

Re: ebay fraud alert!

It pays to look at a seller's feedback prior to bidding. At last look this person had 13 negatives..several of them complaining about pirated/copied material.That was fair warning.
If a seller has a lot of negatives, I won't do business regardless of the deal.

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
May 30th, 2005, 8:12 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Looking for Information on Alwyn (Al) Stevenson
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Looking for Information on Alwyn (Al) Stevenson

Hi Steve,
Contact Don Drake (sorry don't have his address but a google search will help). Don has written a lot about Al on Shadow Net. He worked for him at the 42nd St shop for quite a while. I'm sure he could help you.

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
May 25th, 2005, 6:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Bert Reese information
Replies: 13
Views: 3445

Re: Bert Reese information

Al Mann wrote a treatise on Reese. Sorry I can't recall the title. I'm sure someone on this board would know it.

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
March 25th, 2005, 5:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: WANTED: Remembrences of Danny, the Macy's Magician
Replies: 19
Views: 8282

Re: WANTED: Remembrences of Danny, the Macy's Magician

He also sold the Adams Money Maker..he could make that look like a miracle also


All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
March 25th, 2005, 3:42 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: WANTED: Remembrences of Danny, the Macy's Magician
Replies: 19
Views: 8282

Re: WANTED: Remembrences of Danny, the Macy's Magician

I recall buying one of those boards almost every time he demo'd it. Everyone's right..it was magic. Richard, I'm sure you already know that there was an article about Dan in April 1973 Genii, with some great photo's. One of them shows him with the board and the shot glass. What great memories..I'm l...
by John Smetana
March 25th, 2005, 8:29 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Price help needed
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Price help needed

I have a copy of Joe Dunninger's "What's On Your Mind" that is inscribed by him to his aunt. It reads" To Aunt Madge(not sure of this name) With all best wishes, Dunninger. It was inscribed with a fountain pen, black ink. Any ideas as to the value of this piece? Thanks in advance, All...
by John Smetana
March 23rd, 2005, 9:46 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Haunted Key
Replies: 52
Views: 9822

Re: The Haunted Key

Just a request from the wilderness..PLEASE, don't take something as special as The Haunted Key, and turn it into a card trick.

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
March 9th, 2005, 12:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Presley Guitar Phenolic Balls...
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: Presley Guitar Phenolic Balls...

Hey David...I've got three...my mother was ashamed but my daddy was proud.

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
February 20th, 2005, 11:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Harris....(info on him)
Replies: 34
Views: 2092

Re: Paul Harris....(info on him)

I think a reading of his essays in the A of A triology will give you some valuable insight into his thinking. Just my opinion..

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
February 16th, 2005, 11:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: VOTE FOR REGAL'S RAYMOND
Replies: 32
Views: 1669

Re: VOTE FOR REGAL'S RAYMOND

Done David..Best wishes for a spot in the top 5


John Smetana
by John Smetana
January 26th, 2005, 6:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Daryl's Color Changing Knives
Replies: 12
Views: 4591

Re: Wanted: Daryl's Color Changing Knives

Originally posted by Brad A.: With great dismay, the Oakland International Airport made me "surrender" my set of [b]Daryl's Color Changing Knives. Does anyone have a set they'd be willing to sell? -Brad :genii: [/b] Hey Brad..I have a set around here somewhere.E mail me with your offer pl...
by John Smetana
January 21st, 2005, 8:46 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Ultimate Svengali
Replies: 3
Views: 1249

Re: Ultimate Svengali

I have no idea who Blue Lady is, but I do know she doesn't respond to the requested e mails. I sent her a note when this item first appeared and have heard nothing.

all the best,
John

PS- I have no doubt that Mark knows all about this
by John Smetana
December 29th, 2004, 8:26 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini Auction
Replies: 42
Views: 3134

Re: Houdini Auction

An excellent article on the aution Michael..thanks


All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
December 22nd, 2004, 10:22 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Repeat of Jason Randall on Letterman
Replies: 34
Views: 7923

Re: Repeat of Jason Randall on Letterman

I'll put my order in right now..Jason... if you read this..publish the book.

Happy Holidays to all,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
December 13th, 2004, 4:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Carnivale
Replies: 7
Views: 519

Re: Carnivale

Steve, if you go to the HBO website you can download a neat screensaver with scene cuts from the series. It will give you an idea of the mood of the show..Looks great to me. I'll no doubt get a set for my shelf.

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
December 10th, 2004, 1:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: An eBay Warning: Fraudulent Second Chance Offers
Replies: 21
Views: 1024

Re: An eBay Warning: Fraudulent Second Chance Offers

Ahhh...but a Corvette isn't complete without a beautiful lady in the cockpit.

All the best,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
December 1st, 2004, 5:59 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Sylvia Browne - Real or Fake?
Replies: 106
Views: 10837

Re: Sylvia Browne - Real or Fake?

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: [QB] Of course she's a damn fake: what kind of crap is this? Please don't tell me that anyone on this Forum is stupid enough to think that anyone can talk to the dead. NO ONE CAN TALK TO DEAD PEOPLE. Wake the hell up! QUOTE] Paging Dan Rather..Paging Dan ...
by John Smetana
October 23rd, 2004, 5:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ken Brooke Material
Replies: 0
Views: 139

Ken Brooke Material

Just a note to let you know that I have a package of Ken Brooke flyers, catalogs etc. listed on e bay. Current bid is a bit over $14.00 and the auction ends tomorrow. Here's the link : <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6125006018&...
by John Smetana
October 22nd, 2004, 11:16 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Next Biggest Thing In Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: The Next Biggest Thing In Magic

I wish you and your team every success in this exciting new venture and as always,

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
September 21st, 2004, 1:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: OCTOBER ISSUE OF GENII IN THE MAIL!
Replies: 50
Views: 2849

Re: OCTOBER ISSUE OF GENII IN THE MAIL!

Got mine yesterday..excellent mag as always

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
July 31st, 2004, 7:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: About David Hoy
Replies: 9
Views: 2256

Re: About David Hoy

David, I'd suggest you find a copy of Hoy's bio "SUPER PSYCHIC-THE INCREDIBLE DR.HOY" by John Godwin.Published in 1974 by "Pocket Books"


Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
July 29th, 2004, 7:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Link to Fun Photos
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Link to Fun Photos

Thanks for letting us all know about this site Pete.Great pics..

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
July 8th, 2004, 12:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magazine info needed
Replies: 0
Views: 303

Magazine info needed

Is there anyone among this eclectic group that would have any info regarding a short lived non magic magazine titled "MILTON" This publication consisted of only two issues, if I'm not mistaken, and then went "belly up" for one reason or another. The magazine was apparently an hom...
by John Smetana
July 8th, 2004, 12:11 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Frederick Braue
Replies: 32
Views: 12512

Re: Frederick Braue

Although not biographical in nature, Fred Braue did write a column (news/etc) in Hugards Magic Monthly newsletter. There are also, the famous Braue Notebooks..somebody out there may have info on them.

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
June 10th, 2004, 3:59 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: For my next book......
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Re: For my next book......

I would strongly recommend MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT by Ken Weber. This is a must have book for any entertainer, and for a mentalist or magician it is an invaluable work.

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
May 9th, 2004, 9:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: JUNE GENII IN THE MAIL
Replies: 28
Views: 1534

Re: JUNE GENII IN THE MAIL

I second the Tabman's comments..Take a break Richard..fantastic...don't know how you do it..

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
May 2nd, 2004, 9:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: SHADE Release
Replies: 28
Views: 2051

Re: SHADE Release

Originally posted by R P Wilson: Personal note: While I can't blame fellow magicians for downloading or buying pirate copies (I would no doubt do the same) I was VERY disappointed to hear that a certain UK magician had gone so far as to make copies and sell them at a recent UK convention. P. [/QB] ...
by John Smetana
April 14th, 2004, 11:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Stanley's Unique Magic Studio
Replies: 12
Views: 900

Re: Harry Stanley's Unique Magic Studio

I also have a stack of instructions..let me know if I can help.

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
April 13th, 2004, 1:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement (re: eBay)
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: Public Service Announcement (re: eBay)

When I get these I reply with this response_

"Have you always been an [censored] or did you just start today?"

Probably doesn't help at all but makes me feel better.

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
April 10th, 2004, 6:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Fooled bad for 10 years!
Replies: 12
Views: 699

Re: Fooled bad for 10 years!

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
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Also, the Moretti's damnable box was absolutely astonishing. Where the hell was he, anyway? [/QB]
I really don't want to know..it's just too good.

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
March 31st, 2004, 6:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Annemann's life and death
Replies: 11
Views: 1068

Re: Annemann's life and death

THis info is paraphrased, and taken from an article by Vincent H Gaddis: Although Annemann was not a smooth performer, his was an "in demand" act despite the economic conditions of the time. He appeared before foreign embassies in Washington, and in the homes of Alred E Smith, Herbert Hoov...
by John Smetana
March 29th, 2004, 8:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: World's Best Linking Rings Performers?
Replies: 71
Views: 5856

Re: World's Best Linking Rings Performers?

I had an opportunity to see Richard Ross, only once, and his rings were pure poetry, IMO. Not too long..smooth and easy..a real treat to see.

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
March 29th, 2004, 3:30 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Annemann's life and death
Replies: 11
Views: 1068

Re: Annemann's life and death

Although I don't have a copy, I understand that the Max Abrams book about Annemann has a lot of bio material.

Best thoughts,
John Smetana
by John Smetana
March 29th, 2004, 2:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for certain photos
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Looking for certain photos

Originally posted by Glenn Farrington: Ok gang, here's what I'm looking for to finally wrap up the documentary on black american magicians. Photos of the following people: Albert Young Marcellus R. Clark Clarence "Chandu" Hunter Alonzo Moore M. H. (Milton Hutchin) Everett If you have any ...
by John Smetana
March 28th, 2004, 4:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Query for the Forum
Replies: 10
Views: 845

Re: Query for the Forum

Originally posted by Pete Biro: Johnny Thompson for sure... Paul Daniels is currently making his living telling those kinds of stories. I would also venture to say that Charles Reynolds could well do the same, as could Pat Page. Many thanks Pete. I already have Reynolds, Daniels and Page on my list...
by John Smetana
March 28th, 2004, 3:02 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Query for the Forum
Replies: 10
Views: 845

Re: Query for the Forum

Thank you Quentin..I really appreciate your input.

Best thoughts,
John Smetana

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