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Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby KPPfeiffer » November 22nd, 2008, 2:47 pm

I'm searching for the magazines Karl Fulves published/publishes. The ones that came after Chronicles and Pallbearers Review under various names. Some years ago I read some rave reviews about them in the Linking Ring.
I haven't seen them on dealers websites. Since I live in Germany, it seemed very complicated to subscribe. Mr. Fulves seems to have no website, email, etc.
Can anyone be of help to get the current (if still published) or older issues?
Thanks in advance
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Joe Pecore » November 22nd, 2008, 2:59 pm

You can see a list of all his published material on MagicPedia: http://geniimagazine.com/wiki/index.php/Karl_Fulves
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Steve Bryant » November 22nd, 2008, 3:02 pm

The only way to deal with Karl Fulves directly is to write him an old-fashioned letter, to Karl Fulves, Box 433, Teaneck NJ 07666. He is currently, slowly, publishing a magazine called Prolix, advertised as "New Periodical. All-star material. Each issue 70 pages. Ten issues. $150.00" The price is probably higher for overseas. Although he is several issues into the magazine, he advertised the entire run, along with currently available books, on a sheet included with the most recent issue.

Karl always requests that you include a self-addressed stamped envelope for reply.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 22nd, 2008, 3:30 pm

I enjoy Prolix very much and recommend it.
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Matthew Field » November 24th, 2008, 3:55 am

Richard Kaufman wrote:I enjoy Prolix very much and recommend it.


It's very highly recommended.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby KPPfeiffer » November 25th, 2008, 4:42 am

Thank you everyone for the reply. In MagicPedia I read, that some other magazines are not complete. Since I subscribed to and payed in full for several magazines during my magic life which did'nt fulfill their promised amount of issues, I'm a bit hesitant.
Any advice here? Any source I can buy the old issues of e.g. Fine Print, Discoverie etc.?
Can you hint on some content in Prolix?

Thanks again
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Jeff Pierce Magic » January 3rd, 2009, 9:33 am

KPPfeiffer,
I have these complete sets available from Fulves.

Off the Books- 10 issues complete
Discoverie/Charletan 10/10 issues complete
Rigmarole/Verbatim 10/10 issues complete
Swindle Sheet/Cheat Sheet 10/10 issues complete
Underworld/The Fine Print 10/10 issues complete

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Brad Henderson » January 3rd, 2009, 8:41 pm

I would buy these from you:

Discoverie/Charletan 10/10 issues complete
Rigmarole/Verbatim 10/10 issues complete
Swindle Sheet/Cheat Sheet 10/10 issues complete
Underworld/The Fine Print 10/10 issues complete

email me with a price.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Evan Shuster » January 22nd, 2009, 10:56 pm

Has anyone subscribed to Prolix or communicated with Mr. Fulves recently? I sent a check for my subscription (to begin with issue #1) two months ago. The check has not been cashed, and I have not received any communication regarding my request (despite including a SASE). Is the address that Steve posted above still current? Is there any other method of communication that any of you might recommend?

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Richard Hatch » January 22nd, 2009, 11:42 pm

Evan, I wouldn't worry too much. Mr. Fulves is likely in Florida (or elsewhere) for the winter and will probably promptly attend to your order upon his return. This has been our experience in ordering books from him. He generally doesn't cash the checks until he is ready to fill the order, so monitoring that would give you a good idea of when to expect to receive your order. I'm not sure if his mail gets forwarded. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to communicate with him other than by letter, by his own choice. But we have always found him scrupulously honest in his business dealing, one just has to be very patient!

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Evan Shuster » January 23rd, 2009, 8:36 pm

Thanks Richard. I hadn't considered the fact that he spent winters away, but given the conditions of Winter in Jersey it makes a whole lotta sense. Thanks for the reassurance!

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Matthew Field » February 24th, 2009, 12:03 pm

Evan -- Prolix issue 5 just arrived. It's got material by John Scarne, Ross Bertram, Slydini, Martin Gardner, Roy Walton, Sam Schwartz, Gene Maze and many others, plus two issues of "X-Tra Credit" and apparatus for a rope and ring trick.

Anyone interested in Karl Fulves's outstanding new magazine (it will run for 10 issues) or any of the material he has in print is advised to send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Karl Fulves, P.O. Box 433, Teaneck, NJ 07666.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 24th, 2009, 1:34 pm

Matt, I am amazed that you would receive Prolix in England before I get it in Washington, since Karl does send it first class in the US.
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Steve Bryant » February 24th, 2009, 1:36 pm

Grr. You also beat out Indiana. Karl must like you best!

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Matthew Field » February 25th, 2009, 4:23 am

Karl had a question he wanted me to help him answer, so perhaps that's why I received it early.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Evan Shuster » February 25th, 2009, 11:45 am

Thanks Matt! I'll give it another couple of weeks before I give up on my check having gotten to him.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Steve Bryant » February 26th, 2009, 2:28 pm

Prolix arrived in Indiana today.
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 26th, 2009, 5:22 pm

Arrived in DC yesterday.
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby dzejdzej » March 6th, 2009, 8:28 am

I tried to contact Fulves several times, but never got respond from him. Any of you have his newest catalog and can help me to get some stuff from Fulves?

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Evan Shuster » April 23rd, 2009, 11:58 pm

So... it turns out that my first check never made it to Mr. Fulves (serves me right for trusting the post office during the holiday season). I wrote to KF and he promptly responded, letting me know that the check was not received. I sent another check and he followed up, letting me know that he got it and would send the first five issues by end of week (which he did, even prior to my check clearing the bank). I received the issues (et al) a few days later. Terrific value coupled with great customer service!

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Matthew Field » April 24th, 2009, 4:36 am

dzejdzej wrote:I tried to contact Fulves several times, but never got respond from him. Any of you have his newest catalog and can help me to get some stuff from Fulves?


Did you enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope? And I presume you're in the U.S. (since there's no info in your profile.) Outside the U.S. is a lot more complicated.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Mats Kjellstrom » April 25th, 2009, 3:15 pm

I think someone should donate a laptop to Mr Karl for easy business.
And, setup a paypal account .... his business should get very lucrative very quickly.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Matthew Field » April 26th, 2009, 6:39 am

"Mr. Karl" worked in the computer industry. He doesn't wish to be on line.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Richard Kaufman » April 26th, 2009, 9:09 am

The only way to contact Fulves is by snail mail. That's the way he's always wanted it, and there's little use speculating why or discussing it further.

If you want to buy something from him, just send him a letter.

If you can't be bothered, he doesn't care.
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Dale Shrimpton » May 6th, 2009, 7:24 am

ive sent him a letter... it's not an order, it's just a letter.
And i'm not expecting a response. I just wanted to write and tell him how greatful i am, for his millions of wonderfull words.

Sometimes, we forget to say thanks.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Richard Perrin » May 6th, 2009, 9:27 pm

Just wanted to know...
Does Karl Fulves get his Genii magazine? Other magic relate magazine?

I am thinking about subscribe from him.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Jonathan Townsend » May 6th, 2009, 9:43 pm

Richard Perrin wrote:Just wanted to know...
Does Karl Fulves get his Genii magazine? Other magic relate magazine?

I am thinking about subscribe from him.


How could anyone else know?
But you can if you write to him and ask
- and enclose an envelope with postage for his reply. :)

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Mats Kjellstrom » May 7th, 2009, 7:15 am

Can anyone recommend a good shop with many titles published by K.F. ?!

And, what is your favourite effect by Mr Fulves?

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Jonathan Townsend » May 7th, 2009, 8:37 am

Karl used to deliver his works to Tannen's every few weeks. There was a wall with his books on one side and a freestanding kiosk with his magazines on the other side of the shop.
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Mats Kjellstrom » May 7th, 2009, 12:13 pm

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Karl used to deliver his works to Tannen's every few weeks. There was a wall with his books on one side and a freestanding kiosk with his magazines on the other side of the shop.


I searched for Fulves on this website, no Fulves products, hmm. http://www.tannens.com/

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 7th, 2009, 12:41 pm

H&R books used to stock many items from Fulves. Hatch reads these boards, so he might respond. Otherwise, you can e-mail H&R books and ask.
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Mats Kjellstrom » May 7th, 2009, 3:02 pm

H&R have many Fulves books, sure.
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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Roger M. » June 24th, 2009, 6:35 pm

I attempted to get Karl's 'catalog' by sending him a self addressed envelope with international postage coupons (I live in Canada)twice now, and must presume Karl doesn't do international postage coupons.

Has anybody from out of the U.S. managed to get a hold of Karls latest catalog?

Even better, does anybody have a copy of that catalog they could scan and email me?......I'd be most appreciative.

I'm assuming that appropriate postage for various countries is indicated in Karl's catalog, which can be added to the cheque paying for the order, and Karl will mail away.

I don't fault the guy for wanting to be a ludite with the email thing, but it's starting to seem a tad difficult getting a hold of a catalog as a non U.S. resident.

Regardless, his stuff is brilliant.

(The H&R web site is out of most everything of Fulves but the "easy to do" card tricks you see at bookstores).

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby the Larry » June 25th, 2009, 5:37 am

The last time I mailed Fulves with an international order he said he stopped mailing internationally.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Sebastien L. » June 25th, 2009, 7:49 am

All in all H&R are short on Fulves materials and haven't gotten stock in a long time (I've been on the lookout for a few), Karl does not distribute his publications to dealers, and he will not mail outside of the US (it seems).

So here I sit perfectly willing to pay for the items but completely unable to buy them except at exhorbitant prices on ebay or other sites.

I find such a situation really sad, but I imagine Mr. Fulves couldn't care less.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Richard Hatch » June 25th, 2009, 10:20 am

We stock most Fulves' privately published titles about once every two years. The last time we did, we sold out in about 48 hours of having posted them on our website.
A reasonable question to ask is, if they sell so well for us, why don't we restock more frequently...
Well, we can't simply call or email Karl, we have to write him a letter, something we have almost forgotten how to do, alas. And we have to enclose payment in advance, with an estimate of the shipping costs. Then we sit back and wait. Sometimes for several months. By time the order arrives (and it always does eventually), most of the titles are pre-sold and we need to restock, but it takes about two years for the pressure to do so to build up to the level where we sit down and do something about it... If we could simply call or email him with an order on an open account (or make payment by credit card or paypal), we'd have his titles in stock continuously...
We are getting close to placing an order with him now, so if you have a list of Fulves titles you are wanting us to include in our order, you might send me a private email and I'll try to prioritize placing the order after the upcoming IBM convention (back on July 5th...). We do respond well to persistence, and we are happy to ship internationally.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Roger M. » June 25th, 2009, 11:27 am

Thanks Dick, I'll send you a short list of what Fulves material I'm after via email.

Karl's aversion to phone orders, email orders, international shipping, etc really is his own business, but it does tend to make things difficult for folks out of country who seek access to some of his more vertical material.
Seems it makes it difficult for his only retail outlet (H&R) as well!

The funny thing is that his "Easy" card trick books show up on the shelves of almost every single small and large bookstore in the English speaking world.
I would hazard a guess (based on what I've seen in bookstores in various cities) that Fulves is perhaps the most widely available author of magic books in North America.......and yet you can't get your hands on his "Gamblers Third Lesson" without selling your first born :)

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Sebastien L. » June 25th, 2009, 11:29 am

Richard, I had sent you an email about some Fulves materials I was looking for a year ago now. I keep visiting your site and never saw them come in stock. If they were restocked and disappeared quickly, well, I guess I wasn't on the list, and none of my visits fell in that very short period.

If it's possible I'd be perfectly willing to just send you the money and let you take care of the details of getting my order in with Mr. Fulves, and I don't mind waiting for it as long as it gets to me. Heck, I've been waiting over a year already with nothing to show for it, sending advance payment for the boon of not having to look at ebay every 2 days, finding something once every 6 months, and being outbid by crazy amounts 5 seconds before the auction ends, well, that sounds good to me.

I will send you an email about it and keep my fingers crossed.

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Joe Mckay » June 25th, 2009, 1:27 pm

If a magic dealer just specialised in selling Karl Fulves' stuff over the internet they would make a killing. Demand would be through the roof and they could make practically as much profit as they wanted (have you seen the Ebay prices for Fulves' stuff?). I don't live in the US - so I hope somebody else can fill the MASSIVE gap in the market for this service...

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Re: Karl Fulves Magazines

Postby Bob Farmer » June 25th, 2009, 1:48 pm

If all the secrets of magic were this hard to acquire we'd have fewer and better magicians, and more mysterious and more impressive magic. In his own way, Fulves has damned the internet and all the scamsters, pirates and thieves who roam there and all those overpriced, dumb one-trick DVDs and self-published books by people who've been in magic for two weeks.

Don't complain about how difficult it is to find his stuff -- that's why it's valuable.

I have the Gambler's Third Lesson and I'm not sharing it.


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