Jim Steinmyer ROCKS!

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Postby Guest » 10/18/03 04:23 PM

I love the way he thinks about magic.
The excerpt from his book, Hiding The Elephant...
The interview...
The three tricks...

My favorite issue for some time now.
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Postby Guest » 10/18/03 11:06 PM

Does anyone do the Steinmeyer trick with salt and pepper? I don't know the name, but it's similar to "Powers of Darkness," in which everyone sees how it's done except the onstage volunteer.

Postby Guest » 10/19/03 01:54 AM

Dear David,

I do a variation of the piece called 'Five Senses'. I have performed it for one week last year in the Parlour of Prestidigitation at the Magic Castle.

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Postby Guest » 10/19/03 03:40 PM

"Five Senses" is a SUPERB routine (you have good taste Sir Groves!)

Anyone that likes &/or performs "the paper balls over the head" would do well to research this brilliant construction. The effect is as super-strong and Steinmeyer's typically brilliant presentation is icing on the cake.

Doug Conn

PS: Jim printed this in an old "Conjuring" column in Magic mag. It's also in a set of his lecture notes (the name of which escapes me.)

Postby Guest » 10/19/03 10:34 PM

I read "The Five Senses" in Magic magazine and loved it.

I tried to work it up on the street, but found that it didn't work when the slightest wind swept up, because the blindfolded volunteer could smell the pepper. Then I realized that I already had an exposure trick in my repertoire (Paper Balls Over Head), so I let it drop. But it's a great piece, and the construction is, as you say, brilliant.

Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/20/03 08:24 AM

Has anyone else received the November issue yet?
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Postby Bill McFadden » 10/20/03 09:36 AM

Yes, RK. It arrived in Annapolis on Saturday, 10/18. Please don't overlook "Genii Speaks," as it frames the Steinmeyer text beautifully. Also, a great "keeper" from Roberto Giobbi. :D
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Postby Tommy Brown » 10/20/03 09:40 AM

My issue arrived in Chattanooga, TN over the weekend. I'm really wanting to try "Through the Trap Door." Thanks, Richard.

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Postby Dave Shepherd » 10/20/03 10:52 AM

Steinmeyer arrived in Vienna, VA (Fairfax county suburbs) on Saturday 10/18.

Since I know it doesn't come from DC, I presume that's helpful info.
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Postby Frank Yuen » 10/20/03 03:54 PM

Recieved today in Winfield, IL approximately 30 miles directly west of downtown Chicago.

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Postby David Garrity » 10/20/03 05:07 PM


November's Genii issue arrived today in CT.

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Postby Jerry Harrell » 10/20/03 05:17 PM

And today in Norfolk, Virginia. Glad to see Mr. Steinmeyer in the pages of this magazine.
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Postby Steve Hook » 10/20/03 06:43 PM

New Genii in Cape Canaveral as of Monday.
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Postby Raj Madhok » 10/20/03 07:52 PM

Reached Minneapolis today, Oct. 20th.
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Postby James » 10/20/03 08:51 PM

Novermber issue of Genii arrived in southern Oregon on 10/20/03. Great issue as usual.

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Postby Bill Wheeler » 10/21/03 08:56 AM

November issue arrived in Naperville, IL yesterday. I haven't had time to read it thoroughly, but it looks like another robust issue.
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Postby Guest » 10/21/03 09:07 AM

Received in Dallas, TX yesterday.

Postby Guest » 10/21/03 10:25 AM

Arrived Sarasota Florida today
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Postby Pete Biro » 10/21/03 10:28 AM

Where is mine? ARgh... I wanna see how the photos came out. :eek:
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Postby Steve Bryant » 10/21/03 10:32 AM

I just finished reading the interview. While I don't envy David Regal having to do all that typing, it's fun when what you are typing is pure gold. What a great, fun career Jim Steinmeyer is having.

And Pete, the photos are really gorgeous.
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Postby Jon Racherbaumer » 10/21/03 11:17 AM

Read the interview, read Jim's new and mind-tweaking book, reread the interview, and then spend a year in deep meditation.
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Postby Lisa Cousins » 10/21/03 12:04 PM

I haven't received the issue, but I finished reading the book last night. Superb. Each chapter begins with a quotation from a magician or magic thinker, and the chapter entitled "Solomon" quotes David Devant:

"A conjuring performance cannot be properly appreciated by anyone who does not know something about the art."

I truly believe this. No, it's beyond a "belief" - I know it from personal experience. I was an indifferent magic audience before I took up the study of magic. The craze for "secrets" - the idea that ignorance is the basis of wonder - robs people of a knowledge of one of magic's fundamental beauties. Magic is more wonderful, more impressive, when you have some idea of the thinking and creativity behind it.

Every magician should read this book and be perfectly conversant with its contents, and recommend it to laypeople, and give it out as a holiday gift. It's the perfect antidote to masked-magician shows. You get the "secrets of magic" all right, but set in their proper context within magic's rich history, and explained by a knowledgeable, personable, respectful guide.
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Postby Guest » 10/21/03 12:14 PM

Arrived in Lexington,MA on 10/21/03.

Postby Pete Biro » 10/21/03 04:29 PM

Jim hit my porch today... have to take a break from reading... Regal MUST HAVE a voice recognition system, right?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/21/03 09:47 PM

Because of Regal's new writing gig on the TV show "Whoopi," and the time frame, David's wife Leslie did the transcribing. The transcription was then reviewed and edited by David, myself, and finally Jim Steinmeyer.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 10/21/03 10:07 PM

I know of at least one other person who reviewed this great interview, but humility prevents ME from saying who.

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Postby Pete Biro » 10/21/03 10:41 PM

So, Regal has succumbed to MONEY... where are his ethics? :D
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Postby Arthur Martello » 10/22/03 12:16 PM

Got my issue in the Catskill Mountains, NY today. I got the Steinmeyer book a few days ago and can't wait to read it.
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Postby Robert Allen » 10/22/03 02:20 PM

Got my issue in the San Francisco bay area today.

The article on Jim Steinmeyer was awesome. I've only been subscribed to Genii now for about 5 issues. I used to buy it at the local store but the depth and breadth of articles didn't keep me buying it, let alone subscribing. Genii under the new ownership is simply amazing.
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Postby Erik Hemming » 10/22/03 02:28 PM

Got it yesterday.

Read it yesterday.

Still grinning today.

Thanks, Richard!
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Postby Richard Hatch » 10/22/03 07:56 PM

H & R's shop copies arrived via UPS today. Great issue!
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Postby Tom Dobrowolski » 10/23/03 06:21 AM

Mine arrived October 22.
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Postby Guest » 10/24/03 03:27 AM

Dropped through the letterbox this morning. :cool:

Postby Guest » 10/24/03 08:58 PM

Can someone give me the heads up as to what issue of Magic the Steinmeyer routine (salt & pepper) is in?

Postby Jon Elion » 10/25/03 05:27 AM

Originally posted by Fraser Gould:
Can someone give me the heads up as to what issue of Magic the Steinmeyer routine (salt & pepper) is in?
"Salt and Pepper" is written up the July 1997 issue. There is also a MAGIC issue with Jim as the cover story (September 1996). You can order back issues from the MAGIC website (click on the BACK ISSUES link there to get to the page to order it).

Jim Steinmeyer\'s web site gives a full list of his articles.

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Postby John Smetana » 10/25/03 09:48 AM

Steinmeyer issue received in Morganville, NJ on 10/24..Great one as always..Many thanks and,

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Postby Guest » 10/25/03 04:57 PM

Thanks Jon,

My collection of Magic Magazine starts in 1998 (the year I moved to Japan). I'll add that particular issue (along with the Michael Finney and David Williamson issues) to the list of back issues that I will someday get around to ordering.

Postby Chance Wolf » 10/25/03 08:34 PM

"Jim Steinmeyer ROCKS" is well said but he rocks for more than just the reasons posted in this thread.
As a creator of magic as well, I have found Jim to be the "Kingpin Creator" as well as a darn good guy. He was kind enough to take time from his busy day and respond, IN DETAIL, to a few of my emails giving me support and killer advice.
For a gentleman, at his level, to give back the way he does, is just as cool as it gets...and ROCKS!
Thanks Jim for everything you do for this insane industry.
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Postby Lisa Cousins » 10/28/03 09:07 AM

I'm such a night-owl that the only possible way for me to witness a sunrise is to become so absorbed by something that I just don't bother going to bed at all.

The Jim Steinmeyer issue of Genii arrived yesterday.

What a sunrise!
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Postby Jeff Eline » 10/28/03 02:25 PM

What an issue! What a year! The Al Baker issue. The Ross Bertram issue and now the one with Jim Steinmeyer. Really, really good. No need for a December - I've gotten my money's worth already. Thanks!
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