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Postby Tabman » 01/04/10 12:46 PM

500 new (old) messages from Kevin Curtin, Max Maven, Pete Biro, Geno Munari, Frank Zak, Steve Bryant, Evan Katz, Scott Alcalay, Bill Wells, Cy Keller, T A Waters, Burton the Bizarre, Charlie Randall, Michael Ammar, David Lichtman and Tabby Crabb; just some of the magic names in this latest upload bringing the total of messages in the historic pre-internet MAGIC! archive to 37,500 messages with many more to go.

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It's freezing in the deep south today and probably all week and it's just too cold to work in the shop today so I'm updating the archives.

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Postby Tabman » 01/10/10 02:26 PM

1000 more messages uploaded today.

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Postby Joe Mckay » 01/10/10 08:15 PM

Hey Tabby,

I really enjoy the work you have done with the Sefalaljia set... I just thought you might want to check out the second Sefalaljia routine which Stewart James put out. It is a whole other routine using simialr props. It was marketed by Jeff Busby and then later re-printed in THE JAMES FILE. It is a great addition to the original routine (from THE JINX magazine)...

Keep up the great work!

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Postby Tabman » 01/11/10 12:51 AM

Joe, thank you for the kind words.

Theres good news surrounding the 1939 version I am making. David Ben is going to add the El Tab prototype kit to the Stewart James holdings as soon as I am done using it. I think the weather is going to start warming back up in the south and I can get back to work on it.

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Postby Tabman » 01/14/10 12:17 PM

Just uploaded 1000 more messages while Im waiting for the shop to warm up. I eyeballed the messages while I was formatting them and was happy to see some really interesting conversations with T A WATERS. I always loved TA and was happy that he participated with us on MAGIC! along with Max, Pete, and all the others.

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Messages From Beyond The Web - almost 40,000 online so far.

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Postby Tabman » 01/15/10 12:39 PM

OK, 500 more just now for a total of 40,000. T A Waters was very active during these and cryptic as usual. Man, I miss T A.

Now, Im starting to wonder what will become of the archives when I go?? Guess I better start figgering it out.
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Postby Tabman » 01/20/10 10:33 PM

Magic!-81 and Magic!-82 just uploaded to the MAGIC! Archives. This makes I think 41,000 messages now online.

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Postby Tabman » 01/25/10 02:55 AM

Magic!-83 and Magic!-84 just uploaded to the MAGIC! Archives. This makes I think 42,000 messages now online.

As I checked through them I noticed conversations with Cy Keller, T A Waters, Max Maven, Kevin Curtin, Pete Biro and others.

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Postby Tabman » 01/31/10 02:11 PM

Magic!-85 just uploaded to the MAGIC! Archives. This makes I think 42,500 messages now online. The conversations are starting to get interesting as we approach the final year of operation of MAGIC! with hackers and a sabateur plus Lynn Healy checking in from the Netherlands. Healy of course is Jeff Busby's former wife. There was a feud between Busby and TA Waters who Lynn got to serve Jeff with divorce papers. What a tangled web

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Postby Tabman » 02/05/10 12:42 PM

Magic!-86 from the first week of Febuary 1992 just uploaded to the MAGIC! Archives.

This makes I think 43,000 messages now online. Has it really been 20 years ago???

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Postby Tabman » 02/17/10 12:03 PM

500 more up today. 43,500 messages archived now.

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Postby Tabman » 02/21/10 12:13 PM

500 more up this morning before I head over to the shop, featuring conversations involving Michael Ammar, Cy Keller, Kevin Curtin, Scott Alcalay, T A Waters, Arnaud Vanrietschoten, Bill Wells, and the usual cast of characters.

44,000 now in the archive.

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Postby Tabman » 03/01/10 12:16 PM

500 messages added to the archives this morning.

The late T A Waters was especially chatty in this group of messages. It seems there was a controversy involving the wording in an ad for the Desert Magic Seminar. Also Kevin Curtin, Max Maven, Pete Biro, Bill Wells, Michael Ammar, Geno Munari, Steve Bryant and others.

44,500 now in the archive.

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Postby Steve Bryant » 03/01/10 03:40 PM

"Also Kevin Curtin, Max Maven, Pete Biro, Bill Wells, Michael Ammar, Geno Munari, Steve Bryant and others."

Seven guys (and others) who needed a life! It was fun though, and seemed friendlier back then.
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Postby Tabman » 03/02/10 11:19 PM

Steve Bryant wrote:"Also Kevin Curtin, Max Maven, Pete Biro, Bill Wells, Michael Ammar, Geno Munari, Steve Bryant and others."

Seven guys (and others) who needed a life! It was fun though, and seemed friendlier back then.


It was life as well as a great time, I agree; friendlier and many of us developed real friendships that exist even today. Many of the friends I cherish in magic, like you, I developed because of MAGIC! I feel a real loyalty to David Lichtman and his dream of a magicians only bbs. He was really forward thinking and made it possible for most of us to communicate on a daily basis making magic bigger.
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Postby Tabman » 03/04/10 12:31 AM

500 more messages join the archive tonight.

The controversy with the ad for Desert Magic Seminar continues with T A Waters taking the lead.

45,000 messages online now.

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Postby Tabman » 03/11/10 01:02 PM

500 more messages join the archive while its raining today.

Featuring Geno Munari (Geno was four walling a show), Kevin Curtin, Max Maven, Pete Biro, Cy Keller, Steve Bryant and the rest of the cast.

45,500 messages online now.

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Postby Tabman » 03/14/10 09:08 PM

500 more messages join the archive.

46,000 historic messages online now.

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Postby Tabman » 03/23/10 10:57 AM

500 more messages join the archive.

46,500 historic messages online now.

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Big discussion on Himber Rings.
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Postby mai-ling » 03/23/10 02:27 PM

I've been to the archive a few times
and i'm confused by the messages magic archive.

are these letters or emails between magicians and such?
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Postby Tabman » 03/23/10 05:11 PM

MAGIC! was a magicians only forum much like Genii and the Magic Cafe became. They are in numeric order but can be sorted into thread order too. Somebody showed me how to do it earlier. I'll have to look back and see if I can find it.

There was no internet available and we all called into the BBS (bulletin board system) via telephone and phone modem - very slow primative modems too. It was a first for magicians. You can see all the "names" associated and excited to be talking to each other.

There were also nodes in the Netherlands and New Zealand.
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Postby mai-ling » 03/25/10 01:08 PM

ahhh i see.

thanks for explaining.
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Postby flynn » 03/26/10 04:08 AM

I spent the entire evening reading one the archive page. Pretty neat. I got to read some discusions bout the Elmsley Count, impresions of a young Cyril at Day of Magic at UCLA, many tips on handling of effects and also Max Maven claiming that Magicians are easier to fool than Laymen. After thinkin bout it some, I think he's right in it that we get lead down "the garden path" easily.
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Postby Steve Bryant » 03/26/10 11:01 AM

Wow, fascinating to go back and read about Cyril at 17. This is in "issue" 24.
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Postby Tabman » 03/26/10 12:10 PM

Inspired by yalls comments I just formatted and uploaded Issue #94 to the archives.

Also, and yall all are probably way ahead of me but if you're a Windows Explorer user, in your browser controls you can go to File "Edit" then "Find on this Page" and search by name, subject, thread or whatever you want. I cant believe it took me this long to start doing that. Live and learn, I guess.

Back then, Jerry Burton the Bizarre developed a "MAGIC! Reader", I dont remember what he called it. He later became a major robotics guru and built a huge domed complex on Colorado's high plains but Ive lost touch. Many of us love Burton dearly but I'm afraid he has passed on.

47,000 historic messages online now.

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The big discussion on Himber Rings continues. Just trying to keep the torch lit...
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Postby Joe Pecore » 03/26/10 12:40 PM

Don't forget, I also set you up a custom Google search for searching your archives: http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=00127 ... ffj8_bcllk

For example, you can quickly find that cyril was mentioned in #24, #25 and some others:
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Postby Tabman » 03/26/10 08:56 PM

Joe Pecore wrote:Don't forget, I also set you up a custom Google search for searching your archives: http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=00127 ... ffj8_bcllk

For example, you can quickly find that cyril was mentioned in #24, #25 and some others:
http://www.google.com/cse?cx=0012745596 ... ffj8_bcllk


Joe, thanks for reminding me. Ive just added the link to the Archives page. Thanks for setting that up.

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Postby Tabman » 04/11/10 11:54 AM

500 more uploaded today.

47,500 historic messages from 20 years ago online now.

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Cy Keller, Frank Zak, Bill Wells, Kevin Curtin, Pete Biro, Steven Youell and more ...
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Postby Tabman » 05/15/10 10:26 PM

I'll be super busy in the shop for the next few weeks so I thought Id better add another 1,000 messages to the MAGIC! Archives while Ive got a little time. This makes 48.500 historic messages from the leaders in magic.

Cy Keller, Max Maven, Tommy Wonder, T A Waters, Pete Biro, Tabby Crabb and many more in daily conversation on all things topically magic.

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