December Issue of Genii in the Mail!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/13/04 09:48 PM

The December issue of Genii went in the mail on Friday. Magician Jon Armstrong is on the cover.
Our holiday gift to all of you is a DVD included with every single issue. Enjoy.
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Postby Guest » 11/14/04 10:21 AM

Wow! That sounds great. Many thanks Richard. Much appreciated.
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 11/14/04 11:02 AM

I recall reading in the Collected Almanac that very few (if any) gave RK any appreciation for the extras he would sometimes throw in. I'm glad he's giving it another try and I'll say even prior to getting the bonus that I think it's just great (and a lot of fun to get that little "something extra" in the mail).
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Postby David Acer » 11/14/04 08:10 PM

Haven't received the December issue yet, but we did just get December. IT'S COLD AND SNOWING!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGH!!!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/15/04 08:47 AM

That's what you get for living closer to the north pole!
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Postby BlueEyed Videot » 11/15/04 10:41 AM

How much you wanna bet my mailman folds the DVD to get it into my mailbox, the way he does everything else (that is, when he doesn't deliver it to someone else's address!)
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Postby Bill Wells » 11/15/04 12:49 PM

The December Genii has made it across the wide Potomac complete with DVD - I've only had time to scan Genii Speaks but the issue and DVD look great!

Richard - you do know what Max's major was in college don't you? (with regard to his "cold reading of Emma).
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Postby Pete Biro » 11/15/04 01:18 PM

I just got back from Disneyland :D
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/15/04 02:34 PM

Bill, no, I don't know what Max's major was ... food preparation? Child psychology?
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Postby Pete McCabe » 11/15/04 03:47 PM

David Acer:

If Richard hadn't bought Genii, you wouldn't have gotten December for a couple of months yet.
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Postby Bill Wells » 11/15/04 05:37 PM

You are way off on the former and close on the latter...

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Postby Pete Biro » 11/15/04 06:31 PM

Mine came today and I can tell you Jon was BURIED in a whole lot of cards for that cover shot... a ton... he's one cool dude too. Not only that funny with his shows.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/15/04 07:59 PM

You don't have to be a brain surgeon to be able to cold read that a kid's favorite food is ice cream ... but he knew his audience!
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Postby Bill Wheeler » 11/16/04 02:29 PM

Mine arrived today, along with the "Easy to Master Mental Miracles" by L&L....I am starting to feel sick, I better leave work early... *cough* *cough* :D
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Postby Steve Bryant » 11/16/04 10:11 PM

There are many fine things in the December Genii, but the real highlight is the Derek Dingle routine. Don't overlook it.
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Postby Bill Wells » 11/17/04 08:25 AM

Steve - I agree 100%
I remember Derek doing this routine and it is great to finally see it recorded.
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Postby Pete Biro » 11/17/04 10:08 AM

FYI... note how SHARP the face photos of Jon Armstrong are.. pores, hair and all... AND IS A DIGITAL CAMERA. (Nikon D100 - the inside shot was with a 10.5mm Nikkor fisheye lens).
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/17/04 01:01 PM

Anyone watch the DVD yet?
Your thoughts?
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Postby Steve Vaught » 11/17/04 01:24 PM

Yes!! I 've watched it two times through already. I noticed the second time I watched it, the CD went to something I did not see on the first viewing. I don't know if this is part of the code "MagicMakers" was talking about or not? By the way, that is VERY cool.

I usually devour those magazines! Sometimes you may see me ripping them from the mail persons hands, tearing the plastic, and reading until the shakes subside. Sooooooo, when I saw the CD, that sent me over the top. Thank you!

I did have a quick ambitious question. Maybe this part should go in the close-up section. I really liked the Garcia/Lorayne effect where the card is face-up in the middle and it appears on top face-up. I REALLY liked that. But after that type of color change could you then preform Braue's "pop-up move" to end the routine? Any advice on where that particular move (Garcia effect) would fit into a routine?

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Postby NCMarsh » 11/17/04 09:27 PM

The issue has yet to make its way across 50 to Annapolis -- but it is eagerly anticipated...the DVD addition is greatly appreciated...my curiousity is piqued -- what is contained on the DVD?

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Postby Jeff Eline » 11/18/04 07:04 AM

I received it in Baltimore. Another great issue.

I love Jon's column. You can always count on Jon to recommend interesting books and my Amazon.com wishlist thanks you.

I liked the DVD too. What a great marketing tool - an ad that will be refered back to for months as the secret codes are revealed. Very smart!
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Postby Rick Schulz » 11/18/04 08:39 AM

I watched the DVD last night and this morning before the A.M. commute. Simon Lovell is very entertaining (as always), and I picked up a few ideas and techniques. The DVD is a great idea! Richard, you are to be congratulated - just when I thought Genii couldn't get any better, you prove me wrong. :D

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Postby Guest » 11/18/04 07:00 PM

Just got mine in the mail today. Great issue. And thank you Richard for the early Christmas gift. I played around and found one of the bonus effects. :p Wonder how many more are on there?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/18/04 07:41 PM

I'm hoping that anyone who finds the Easter eggs will keep mum and not ruin the surprise for everyone else over the coming months.
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Postby John Pezzullo » 11/19/04 03:57 AM

Richard,

Is the bonus DVD included in those issues that are shipped to magic dealers around the world?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/19/04 08:53 AM

The DVD is included in EVERY issue, including those shipped to dealers. Those who buy their issue at a dealer will be surprised to find it in a polybag for the first time--that's necessary to keep the DVD from getting lost.
Many dealers have already sold out of their copies of the December issue and have reordered!
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Postby NCMarsh » 11/19/04 10:01 AM

In all honesty, I was delighted and disturbed to see the DVD -- delighted to have received a thoughtful gift, an increase in value...and disturbed to see the source of that gift..

it felt like times in the past when, as a gift, I had received dubbed copies of videos or manuscripts...I appreciate the thought, and am likely to watch/read them despite the urgings of my better angels, but I also feel imposed upon because I am expected to be grateful for an immoral gift...

For a long time I was ok with the increasing volume of advertisement for producers of shameless thefts...those who were willing to rob and stiff some of our best and brightest for their own profit...but the inclusion of this DVD shows an entirely new level of collaboration and is making me strongly consider the cancellation of my subscription...

It would be an extremely difficult decision -- given the quality of the magazine in the years since Richard has taken the helm...but one that may be inescapable if I want to support magic.

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Postby John LeBlanc » 11/19/04 10:12 AM

Originally posted by Nathan Coe Marsh:
In all honesty, I was delighted and disturbed to see the DVD -- delighted to have received a thoughtful gift, an increase in value...and disturbed to see the source of that gift..
Well, I guess than answers the question I've been pondering since the notice was posted that a DVD was included.

I haven't received my December issue yet (I haven't even received my November issue yet, for that matter) so I guess one surprise is revealed.

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Postby Guest » 11/19/04 03:18 PM

Can someone please tell me what the dvd contains please. Thanks
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Postby dvertucci » 11/19/04 04:14 PM

I haven't recieved my December issue yet. I believe it is usually delivered by this time each month . I hope I recieve my copy soon.
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Postby Guest » 11/19/04 07:58 PM

Hi Richard,

You had a great idea including a DVD with the December issue.

I only have one gripe :mad: and it's not directed at you but at my retailer. My retailer has charged me more than the usual cover price for the December issue. I live in Canada and instead of paying the usual $7.00 Cnd. he charged me $10.00 Cnd.

His reasoning was that a DVD was included. I told him the cover price had not changed but that did not seem to make a difference to him. Although I knew they were pulling a fast one, I still purchased the Genii issue because I was afraid it would sell out.

I know I get screwed at times by magic shops, but this is outrageous. If anyone should profit from the extra DVD it should be you. Is he allowed to do this?

I will contact the owner on Monday and tell him that I will no longer purchase Genii Magazine at his store if I do not get my money back for the overcharge.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/19/04 10:49 PM

Hi Pierre,
The dealers were not charged any more for the December issue of Genii than any other issue. All dealers get a discount of 50% (this is standard in our field) and pay $2.50 per copy. They also pay the postage, and must amortize that among the copies. (For dealers in countries outside the US, the postage can be a significant expense and they often increase the price accordingly.)
Dealers do not sell Genii to make money: they do it as a service to their customers and to bring customers into the store. They hope that once you're in the shop you'll buy something else from them.
Every dealer is free to charge whatever he or she likes for a copy of Genii, but the price of $5 US is printed right on the cover.
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Postby Pete Biro » 11/20/04 12:36 AM

JON ARMSTRONG was the big man at the Magic Castle today... wonder why? Heheheheh... :p
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Postby Guest » 11/20/04 01:52 AM

Received my copy today, and on page 11, was pleased to see that Diego Rivera is contributing stories of note.
Understanding is that Placidio Domingo will follow suit.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/20/04 09:14 AM

For those who don't understand Diego's post, in one of my more embarrasing moments as the editor of Genii I inadvertantly credited the Obit of Treva "Mel-Roy" Holley to Diego Rivera.
Diego Rivera, deceased since 1957, was a famous Mexican painter and husband of (among others) Frida Kahlo.
Obviously Mr. Rivera did not write the obit. Mr. Domingo did. I am very pleased to have this small piece by the famous opera star and hope to shortly publish his thoughts on what it's like to do card tricks for Luciano Pavorotti backstage between scenes.
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Postby Rick Ruhl » 11/20/04 11:30 PM

I was able to find 2 of the Easter Eggs tonight, but I ain't telling! LOL

Good show Richard!

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Postby Chris Aguilar » 11/21/04 12:17 AM

Arghhh. Got my issue today, and though the plastic was untouched, there was no DVD inside! Probably a packing error I'm guessing. I've sent an e-mail off to the Genii folks in the hope that they can get a copy of the dvd off to me.

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Postby Steve Cohen » 11/21/04 03:32 PM

I also received Genii without a DVD packed inside. The plastic wrapper was intact - no tears. Maybe there are more subscribers who experienced this problem?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/21/04 05:48 PM

If your issue had no DVD in it, contact the Genii office to arrange for a replacement.
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 11/21/04 07:10 PM

Richard,

Is genii@geniimagazine.com the correct contact address?
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