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Postby 000 » 05/17/08 01:06 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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Postby Bob Postelnik » 05/17/08 01:24 AM

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Postby Matthew Field » 05/17/08 06:06 AM

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


By Max Maven, or Eugene Burger?

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Postby Max Maven » 05/17/08 06:12 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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Postby 000 » 05/17/08 06:38 AM

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

SEEING IS BELIEVING?
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Postby David Alexander » 05/17/08 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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Postby 000 » 05/17/08 11:37 AM

Wow!
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Postby MagicBilly » 05/17/08 02:15 PM

"Thank you for teaching me the magic. I didn't know." D. Henning
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Postby Magic Mike » 05/17/08 02:33 PM

Magicians guard an empty safe. - Jim Steinmeyer
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Postby Bill Duncan » 05/17/08 02:37 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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Postby Cugel » 05/17/08 06:28 PM

Who said this, and what was he referring to:

A bad campfire story, followed by a self-working trick.
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Postby Bob Gerdes » 05/17/08 07:17 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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Postby Pete Biro » 05/17/08 07:27 PM

Look. Watch. (Slydini)
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Postby Edward » 05/17/08 08:45 PM

Pete Biro wrote:Look. Watch. (Slydini)


I thought that was David Blaine ;)
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Postby castawaydave » 05/18/08 01:19 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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Postby swamy » 05/18/08 01:49 AM

"Magic is about achieving illogical things through logically means"

"Magic is imposition of impossibility"

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Postby Adrian Kuiper » 05/18/08 08:09 AM

"Nobody knows" (while doing Gypsy Thread)


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Postby DrDanny » 05/18/08 12:45 PM

"A witty saying proves nothing."
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Postby Green Skittle » 05/18/08 05:00 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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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/18/08 05:11 PM

Thanks for noticing that--it's one of my favorites, too.
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Postby Tom Dobrowolski » 05/18/08 05:17 PM

"All Done By Kindness." David Devant
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Postby Brad Jeffers » 05/18/08 06:14 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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Postby Mallakite » 05/18/08 08:01 PM

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

"Magicians guard an empty safe"
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Postby Richard Hatch » 05/18/08 08:11 PM

I believe that is from Jim Steinmeyer.
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Postby Jim Maloney » 05/18/08 08:15 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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Postby 000 » 05/19/08 05:30 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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Postby 000 » 05/19/08 06:45 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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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/19/08 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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Postby Pete McCabe » 05/19/08 01:29 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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Postby Andrew Pinard » 05/19/08 02:43 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.

My second favorite book.
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Postby Bill McFadden » 05/19/08 05:02 PM

"Take is better than put."
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Postby Brian Morton » 05/19/08 09:45 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

"[Magic] is a terribly hard art form ... to compose a new tune in magic, you don't just write the notes, you build the piano." - Teller

Scully: "So, who do we arrest? David Copperfield?" Mulder: "Yes. But not for this." -- The X-Files.

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Postby 000 » 05/20/08 01:55 AM

Good one Brian.

NO HONOUR AMONGST THIEVES

To all performers, dealers and manufacturers who rip off ideas of others and seek to profit from them

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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Postby Randy » 05/20/08 03:56 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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Postby 000 » 07/15/08 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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Postby Tom Frame » 07/15/08 01:18 PM

"Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to slice roast beef." --- Tom Robbins
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Postby Doc Eason » 07/15/08 01:31 PM

Magic does indeed have many rooms, some of which are padded.
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Postby 000 » 07/15/08 02:00 PM

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

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Postby mai-ling » 07/15/08 03:54 PM

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

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Postby Darryl Harris » 07/15/08 03:57 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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