Thoughts of a Magical Scrivener -- Jon R.

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Postby Matthew Field » 12/26/01 02:42 PM

It is definiely worth your time to head on over to the main Genii site (the uber-url which hosts the Genii Forum) to check out Jon Racherbaumer's January essay (in the "Columns" area, under "Editor's Notes." It touches on several interesting subjects including David Blaine, the marketing of magic secrets to the Unwashed Masses, and lots more.

Great writing, Jon, and great reading for the rest of us.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/26/01 05:09 PM

I'd like as many people as possible to respond HONESTLY.
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Postby Jon Racherbaumer » 12/26/01 06:04 PM

It feels odd for me to respond to this particularly thread; however, I'm doing so to thank Matt for his steadfast support and boosting words. I suspect that we writers and scribblers often wonder if anyone reads what we try to memorialize in words. It is not about "back patting" or "stroking to please" as much is it's about whether or not "connections" are made--connections that count. After all, you readers are the ones who perpetuate and promulgate and pass on the tricks, ideas, and so on... Otherwise, writing exercises (such as the ones I do on the Genii WEbsite)only create rhetorical cul-de-sacs.

RK, being a servant to his own obsessions (as well as to his Genii readership) wants to fill the available space of the domains he controls with "content" his consumers will enjoy and actually use. Otherwise...

...he will fill them will something else.

Being a publisher, especially in magicdom, is sometimes like painting a baroque room in complete darkness.

Onward...(somewhat blindly)
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Postby Geno Munari » 12/26/01 07:46 PM

I read everything Jon has posted with anticipation and receptiveness.

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Postby cwilcox » 12/26/01 08:27 PM

I read Jon's essays. They are a large part of what keeps me coming back to the Genii site.

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Postby Dave Shepherd » 12/26/01 08:57 PM

I read them when I am reminded of them.

I enjoy them and get much from them, but I haven't yet set a bookmark to get there. I think I will do so now.

Of course, I follow my bookmark to the Genii forum a couple times a day, because it changes constantly. Since Jon's essays are monthly, I don't prompt myself to go to the site regularly.

I'll go there now, however!
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Postby Bill Duncan » 12/27/01 12:22 AM

Love reading JR. Need to be reminded when new articles are posted.
Perhaps a new thread about the topic of each one as it is posted akin to the "Genii has shipped" posts?

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Postby Guest » 12/27/01 04:45 AM

There are Racherbaumer essays on the Genii website?

Postby Guest » 12/27/01 04:46 AM

I am joking. I read them too.

Postby Guest » 12/27/01 01:46 PM

Love Jon's essays.

Postby Guest » 12/27/01 02:04 PM

After checking the online essay time and again, and seeing that it didn't ever seem to change (Lorayne Storm), I've stopped even looking.

Postby Bill Mullins » 12/27/01 03:20 PM

Yes I read Jon's essays.

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Postby Jon Racherbaumer » 12/27/01 04:02 PM

The plan was to post a NEW bunch of mini-essays every 2-3 weeks. I originally sent the current group to RK on November 20; however, end-of-year festivities and deadlines delayed their posting. I think that RK or Brad will mention something on the Forum to alert interested readers to check out the section.

In the meantime, we appreciate the positive feedback.

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Postby Dan Magyari » 12/27/01 05:42 PM

Yes, I read them - they just don't come often enough.

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Postby Pete Biro » 12/27/01 07:31 PM

Uh, isn't this the Genii site?
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Postby Guest » 12/27/01 09:08 PM

I've read many of them, hadn't checked recently though.

Postby Steve Hook » 12/28/01 12:30 AM

Yes, I read them all but I agree it's good to be reminded there's ANY new posts on the homepage.
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Postby Jim Morton » 12/28/01 01:15 PM

I absolutely read them. :)

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Postby Gordolini » 12/28/01 03:43 PM

Jon's posts are always highly anticipated and thought provoking. Keep 'em coming. :p
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Postby Tom Dobrowolski » 12/28/01 04:10 PM

I do read Jon Racherbaumers' essays when I access the forum.
I would propose that an additional column written by several contributors on a rotating basis be added. (or an occasional guest writer for the existing "Editor's Notes Column?) You would get a wider variety of subjects and opinions that would lead to more discussion. Many of the members posting on this forum would be good candidates for contributing an essay or two. (i.e. Pete Biro, Peter Duffie, Steve Bryant,R P Wilson to name a few) That way it could be updated more frequently with less pressure on any one writer and create renewed interest on who will be contributing next and what they may have to say. It could also be an opportunity for lesser known magicians to contribute.
Agree with them or not, I always like to hear and read new opinions and thoughts. Variety after all is the spice of life.
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Postby Gordolini » 12/28/01 04:28 PM

Tom, at the risk of stating the obvious, the Genii Forum provides an excellent outlet for different views and opinions, expert and less so, current and topical, already. Perhaps this is an invitation to encourage more topic starters on these web pages?
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Postby Tom Dobrowolski » 12/28/01 07:23 PM

Gordon in my view there is a distinct difference. The column allows for a much longer formalized approach to an idea or opinion. Something not usually able to be done on these boards. It also gives it more of a sense of importance as a column then just another post. Also most people take more time reading and absorbing the information in a column then on a bulletin board. Don't get me wrong I wish more topics would be started on here for a lively exchange of ideas but I still think they are seperate and distinct.
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Postby Van » 12/29/01 01:23 PM

I read the January column & then went back and reread all the others.

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Postby Guest » 01/02/02 12:50 PM

I always read Jons' Stuff. But only when I have: A good 20 minutes (or more) of free time, a Webster's handy, and when I'm sober.

Otherwise I would have to read it a second time to fully appreciate it. (Which I do anyway.)

It's all good.

Postby Ruben Padilla » 01/02/02 01:25 PM

Jon is one of the most intelligent writers in magic, and I always read his essays. It is my hope that he continue to write more essays more often. Jon, ever consider a book of theory, ala Strong Magic? If this thread is any indication, you'd have a devoted band of readers.
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