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Best Quote

Postby 000 » May 17th, 2008, 1:06 am

As a light diversion Id be interested in your BEST QUOTE describing the Art of Magic, could be from Genii, or anywhere else. Here is mine.

THE HOUSE OF MAGIC HAS MANY ROOMS, by MAX MAVEN.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Bob Postelnik » May 17th, 2008, 1:24 am

Pick a card, any card...boring Magician
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Matthew Field » May 17th, 2008, 6:06 am

000 wrote:THE HOUSE OF MAGIC HAS MANY ROOMS, by MAX MAVEN.


By Max Maven, or Eugene Burger?

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Max Maven » May 17th, 2008, 6:12 am

The quote is Eugene's.

My corollary is: "But not all of them are decorated to the same level of taste."

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » May 17th, 2008, 6:38 am

Apologies for wrongly attributing it( the quote) to Max Maven....who said this?

SEEING IS BELIEVING?

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Re: Best Quote

Postby David Alexander » May 17th, 2008, 10:01 am

000 wrote:Apologies for wrongly attributing it( the quote) to Max Maven....who said this?

SEEING IS BELIEVING?


Not a magician. From the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs:

SEEING is believing
1609 S. Harward MS (Trinity College, Cambridge) 85
Seeing is leeving.

1639 J. Clarke Parmiologia Anglo-Latina 90
Seeing is beleeving.

1712 J. Arbuthnot Lewis Baboon iv.
There's nothing like Matter of Fact; Seeing is Believing.

1848 J. C. & and A. W. Hare Guesses at Truth (ed. 2) 2nd Ser. 497

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » May 17th, 2008, 11:37 am

Wow!

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Re: Best Quote

Postby MagicBilly » May 17th, 2008, 2:15 pm

"Thank you for teaching me the magic. I didn't know." D. Henning
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Magic Mike » May 17th, 2008, 2:33 pm

Magicians guard an empty safe. - Jim Steinmeyer

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Bill Duncan » May 17th, 2008, 2:37 pm

The last paragraph on page 54 of David Regal's Approaching Magic, from the essay "Goodwill." Also, from that essay:

The love of an audience is a wonderful and precious thing.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Cugel » May 17th, 2008, 6:28 pm

Who said this, and what was he referring to:

A bad campfire story, followed by a self-working trick.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Bob Gerdes » May 17th, 2008, 7:17 pm

Cugel wrote:Who said this, and what was he referring to:

A bad campfire story, followed by a self-working trick.


I believe that is Jeff Hass's definition of bizarre magic.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Pete Biro » May 17th, 2008, 7:27 pm

Look. Watch. (Slydini)
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Edward » May 17th, 2008, 8:45 pm

Pete Biro wrote:Look. Watch. (Slydini)


I thought that was David Blaine ;)

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Re: Best Quote

Postby castawaydave » May 18th, 2008, 1:19 am

Good quotes kick ass, and you can quote me on that.

There's a really good one--exactly what 000's looking for--in the Patrick Martin cover feature, but we are under penalty of throttling if we reveal it.

These aren't what 000 had in mind, but here are a few about magic "in general". All are by non-magicians, coincidently enough:

"If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic." --Tom Robbins

"Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable." --Margot Fonteyn

"Only after looking and listening closely can one make these various subtleties work magic." --Lu Chi

"I see painting as an evocative magic, and there must always be a random factor in magic, one which must be constantly changed and renewed." --William S. Burroughs

"Magic is a matter of focusing the disciplined Will. But sometimes the Will must be abandoned. The secret lies in knowing when to exercise control and when to let it go." --Marion Bradley

-on royalty
"Its mystery is its life. We must not let in daylight upon magic." --Walter Bagehot

"An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it." --William Bernbach (Ain't it the truth!)

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Re: Best Quote

Postby swamy » May 18th, 2008, 1:49 am

"Magic is about achieving illogical things through logically means"

"Magic is imposition of impossibility"

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Adrian Kuiper » May 18th, 2008, 8:09 am

"Nobody knows" (while doing Gypsy Thread)


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Re: Best Quote

Postby DrDanny » May 18th, 2008, 12:45 pm

"A witty saying proves nothing."
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Green Skittle » May 18th, 2008, 5:00 pm

"One thing that Larry Jennings is known for having are titanic balls: Immense, fearless orbs of strength" -RK, in one of the most bad-ass descriptions of a man I have ever read.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 18th, 2008, 5:11 pm

Thanks for noticing that--it's one of my favorites, too.
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Tom Dobrowolski » May 18th, 2008, 5:17 pm

"All Done By Kindness." David Devant

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Brad Jeffers » May 18th, 2008, 6:14 pm

There is an Indian proverb that says "Magic is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe".

O.K., the proverb actually refers to the game of Chess ("Chess is a sea ..."), but I think you can substitute the word Magic.

It's akin to the Burger "many rooms" quote.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Mallakite » May 18th, 2008, 8:01 pm

I'm not sure who said this, maybe someone here knows.

"Magicians guard an empty safe"

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Richard Hatch » May 18th, 2008, 8:11 pm

I believe that is from Jim Steinmeyer.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Jim Maloney » May 18th, 2008, 8:15 pm

Mallakite wrote:I'm not sure who said this, maybe someone here knows.

"Magicians guard an empty safe"

Check the first page of this thread. ;)

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » May 19th, 2008, 5:30 am

My own favourite quote, after performing at a correctional intitute ( read prison) as I regularly do.

I HAD A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » May 19th, 2008, 6:45 am

Before I forget, my own final favourite quote is

HELL KNOWETH NO FURY AS THE MAGICIAN WHOSE PROPCASE IS STOLEN FROM THE CARBOOT PRIOR TO THE PERFORMANCE

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 19th, 2008, 11:47 am

That's what happened to Bob Read and he never performed his "Penultimate Cups and Balls" for many years after his props were stolen.
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Pete McCabe » May 19th, 2008, 1:29 pm

"My main goal is to fascinate the audience
into thinking that they are dreaming,
even if this is only for a few seconds."
--Juan Tamariz


This quote encapsulates everything I believe about magic.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Andrew Pinard » May 19th, 2008, 2:43 pm

Harry Brandon to his son Arthur Brandon (Milo of Milo & Roger):

"Arthur, I see that magic is really just a lot of [censored]."

"Yes, Pop, you've got it. It is," young Arthur Brandon rejoined. "But you've got to know just how to shovel it."

From Milo & Roger: A Magical Life by Arthur Brandon. Published by Hermetic Press, page 113.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Bill McFadden » May 19th, 2008, 5:02 pm

"Take is better than put."
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Brian Morton » May 19th, 2008, 9:45 pm

"The profession of magician is one of the most perilous and arduous of the imagination. On the one hand, there is the hostility of God and the police to be guarded against; on the other, it is as difficult as music, as deep as poetry, as ingenious as stagecraft, as nervous as the manufacture of high explosives and as delicate as the trade in narcotics." William Bolitho, English author, 1890-1930

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » May 20th, 2008, 1:55 am

Good one Brian.

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To the Chief Genii....what about printing a little booklet ( for the loo) 101 magical quotes or something like that...im sure theres many more good ones around....I know id buy one....just a thought Chief.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Randy » May 20th, 2008, 3:56 pm

John Carney once gave me advice that I believe he got from Dai Vernon. The quote was simply "Attitude". Before taking the stage, remind yourself to have that "attitude" of confidence, fun and of loving your audience. It's a thought that has carried me far beyond magic and that I try to apply to life in general. A simple, one word thought that conveys so much.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » July 15th, 2008, 12:43 am

by Jamy ian Swiss ( Penguin Magic interview)

'Eugene Burger says that that the house of magic has many rooms, but many of magic's enthusiasts are locking themselves into their own rooms and barely bumping into anyone else in the hallway'

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Tom Frame » July 15th, 2008, 1:18 pm

"Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to slice roast beef." --- Tom Robbins

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Doc Eason » July 15th, 2008, 1:31 pm

Magic does indeed have many rooms, some of which are padded.
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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » July 15th, 2008, 2:00 pm

Money and fame are not goals: money and fame are things you may receive for achieving other actual goals

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Re: Best Quote

Postby mai-ling » July 15th, 2008, 3:54 pm

dad always said this when used the bang gun without the bang
didn't work.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Darryl Harris » July 15th, 2008, 3:57 pm

"The object of art is to evoke an emotion. All art is drama. Technique is what allows us to bring drama to it maximum intensity." ~ Wynton Marsalis
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