Anyone Getting Magic Stuff for the Holidays?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/11/10 04:12 PM

Just wondering if any of you know if you're going to receive (or have already received) any cool magic-related stuff for the holidays?
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 12/11/10 06:15 PM

Christmas will bring "The Davenport Brothers"(book) 1869, some 1920's escape artist photos and of course, Houdini.

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Postby erdnasephile » 12/11/10 08:26 PM

Word is that Santa is bringing me the new Giobbi book.
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Postby Joe Naud » 12/11/10 09:04 PM

Oh freaking yea. I bought a Nu-Power Card Rise and a Johnson Products coin wand for my wife to give me via John Mendoza and eBay. The tough part is they are in their postage boxes sitting in the garage with "do not open until Xmas" written all over them. Ugh. I only wish I could be 12 again and find a way to open my boxes on the sly. Santa was very good to me this year after being out of work for 20 months. Merry Christmas to all.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/11/10 09:27 PM

One year at age 12 or so, I actually opened a few of my presents under the tree in advance by skillfully peeling back the scotch tape. Within five minutes I felt guilty as hell. When I think back on it, I'm still mortified.

I keep hoping that someone out there on Planet Earth will make a damn Devano Deck that works out of bikes! There's a gift I'd like to get.
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Postby Steve Bryant » 12/11/10 09:56 PM

My letter to Santa requests Giobbi's Secret Agenda and Derren Brown's Confessions of a Conjuror (plus, weirdly magic related, Steve Martin's new novel and The Art of Tim Burton).
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Postby Ted M » 12/12/10 12:51 AM

My letter to Santa requested:

- The Collected Phil Goldstein
- The Collected Max Maven
- Gilbreath Opus by Max Maven
- Bammo Ten Card Poker Deal Book by Bob Farmer

But it was bounced back to me with "ha! ha! ha!" scrawled on it.

I thought the jolly guy was supposed to use a different vowel.
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Postby Paul Green » 12/12/10 01:24 AM

Richard,

You stated, "I keep hoping that someone out there on Planet Earth will make a damn Devano Deck that works out of bikes!"

What are you trying to say? Please let me know.

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Postby Ian Kendall » 12/12/10 06:33 AM

Keith Bennet makes a good Devano block from Bikes - I got one of the prototypes at Blackpool last year. I understand that they should be available throught Alakazam at some point.

He used a very interesting pulley system and a heavy weight, so the action is nice and smooth.

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Postby timbrown » 12/12/10 10:08 AM

I'm getting the Del Ray book!!
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Postby Glenn Bishop » 12/12/10 10:48 AM

No magic books, DVD's or props on my Christmas list.
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Postby Tom Frame » 12/12/10 11:00 AM

I'm twitching and thrashing in anticipation of devouring the book about my favorite magician, Del Ray!
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Postby Jim Riser » 12/12/10 02:59 PM

A large part of Devano deck workability is dependent upon how you want to use it. While in college (1960's), I wanted a reliable Devano deck for my show aimed at audiences from 50-150. I made my own with a heavy lead weight and silicone rather than a pin for the "card grabber". This system would not be suitable for close-up as in Goshman's routine but was always 100% reliable for platform working.

To get a reliable Devano deck decide first on how it will be used. If the cards are to rise from the deck in its box, you can control things by pressure. The very thin gimmicks with light weight weights are not overly reliable. I found sticky silicone more reliable than the usual pin.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/12/10 03:52 PM

Jim, that's very interesting. Every pro I've ever known who used a Devano deck swore by the pins because they didn't fail (like sticky stuff). They were all using it in close-up situations.
I bought an original Devano deck recently and it works so easily and well that it's remarkable. Unfortunately it's made with a bridge sized Waddington's deck that has indices on all four corners!
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Postby mrgoat » 12/12/10 04:14 PM

I think Keith's devano deck uses a kind of slightly naturally tacky thin hardish foamy disc.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 12/12/10 04:59 PM

Yep, but it does work. I replaced it with sticky stuff, though.
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Postby mrgoat » 12/12/10 05:09 PM

It does work, I had one years ago, but lost it.
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Postby Jim Riser » 12/12/10 05:26 PM

Richard;
The stuff I used was silicone as in aquarium sealer. It is not the sticky stuff or double stick tape you often see on Devano decks. The silicone remains tacky (not sticky) for years. I used the same stuff on my Gwendolyn card duck for years.

Perhaps humidity is a factor. It is seldom over 10% here in Tucson. Cards slide off well. For close-up work the thickness of the deck in the box is much more critical than for platform work. I never had to adjust thickness one card at a time.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/12/10 05:52 PM

50% humidity here in DC.
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Postby Pete Biro » 12/12/10 10:44 PM

I have a poker size and a jumbo deck made by Howard Bammann (he made Don Alan's stuff) and they still work perfectly after at least 20 years.
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Postby Edward » 12/12/10 10:46 PM

I'm hoping I get the Berglas Book. :)
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Postby Pete McCabe » 12/13/10 12:50 AM

I heard a rumor that in 3 days Genii will announce that all subscribers get a copy of The Berglas Book. Apparently Richard was inspired by an episode of Oprah.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/13/10 01:08 AM

All subscribers to Genii will have the opportunity to PURCHASE a copy of the Berglas book. :)

It would be my pleasure to be inspired by Oprah if I was a billionaire like Oprah.
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Postby Don Hendrix » 12/13/10 01:47 AM

So far, I have received the Del Ray book (wonderful), ordered the limited Berglas book, ordered Andy Nyman's Bulletproof, registered for the Juan Tamirez workshop after the World Magic Seminar (I got the LAST seat), Bill Abbot's Celebrity Smart Ass, and a twin pack of GTR ITR's. On my list for about the third Christmas in a row is the limited edition of Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic, which I paid for a long time ago, but I fear that Santa will stiff me on this one again this year. Poor Martin and Jay didn't live long enough to see it. Now, I fear that I won't. Santa has already been very good to me this year

And I, and a lot of you, shouldn't forget access to the digital Genii. Thank you Santa Richard.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/13/10 02:01 AM

Santa will have another goodie for all of you on Tuesday.
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 12/13/10 12:28 PM

Travis,

I looked at the book and there is no author. It has Ira Davenport entering it in District Court in Mass.

Hope this helps.

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Postby Dustin Stinett » 12/13/10 02:59 PM

I asked for Mac King's new book. I certainly don't need another Slap Chop.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/13/10 04:08 PM

What new book? And what the heck is a slap chop?
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 12/13/10 04:32 PM

I thought slap chop was on last year's list? I see them on TV now for $9.95.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 12/13/10 04:45 PM

That's my point: I got that last year even though I asked for some Mac King stuff; so I don't need another one. We'll see how it goes!

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Postby Don Knox » 12/13/10 05:41 PM

Look out! The only way I got away from the Slapchop site was to use Task Manager to kill it.

It didn't die easy!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/13/10 05:56 PM

"Chops Nuts in one Slap."
I can see the benefit of that.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 12/13/10 06:34 PM

I would like some spare time so I can read the Taschen book I got last year...
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Postby Doc Dixon » 12/13/10 06:50 PM

Ian Kendall wrote:I would like some spare time so I can read the Taschen book I got last year...


That and about a dozen other books.
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Postby Terry » 12/13/10 08:22 PM

Richard Kaufman wrote:"Chops Nuts in one Slap."
I can see the benefit of that.


You and Lorana Bobbitt
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 12/13/10 09:36 PM

I killed that Slap Chop link. Sorry if it caused issues for anyone!
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Postby Don Knox » 12/14/10 12:15 AM

Dustin,

It was not that much of an issue - I just felt like I fell into a Firesign Theater skit - which is pretty much how I feel at any time of the day anyway.


*If you catch the Firesign Theater part you may remember the '60s but not remember being there.

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Postby Tom Frame » 12/14/10 01:19 PM

Rocky Roccoco at your cervix!
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Postby Don Knox » 12/14/10 01:50 PM

Hail Commie Martyr High!

I knew there were Firesigners out there!

Originally I was just going to say: "I'm getting the Taschen Circus book - new edition - $44.00 at Amazon.

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Postby Ted M » 12/14/10 02:46 PM

Thanks Don for the heads up on this new, smaller and slightly slimmer edition of the Circus book. I think I'll be ordering one.

Here's a roundup of the various editions:

2008 edition:
Title: The Circus: 1870-1950
Hardcover: 670 pages
ISBN-10: 3822851531
Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.5 pounds

2009 edition published by Barnes & Noble
384 pages
Other specs eluding me at the moment

2010 edition ("Taschen 25"):
Title: The Circus Book: 1870-1950
Hardcover: 544 pages
ISBN-10: 3836520257
Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 10.9 x 2.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 11 pounds (though Amazon says 2 lbs)
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