Martin Gardner at a Strip Club

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Postby Bill Mullins » 06/25/11 09:28 PM

HERE
That would be Martin on the left, I believe.
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Postby Richard Hatch » 06/26/11 10:57 AM

Yep, that's a great George Karger shot that Gardner (who was publicity chairman for the convention) suggested and set up. Johnny Platt is holding the billiard balls.
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Postby David Linsell » 06/27/11 11:13 PM

Yes, and that would be Paul Stadelman in the middle.
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Postby Richard Hatch » 06/28/11 01:05 AM

Who's the gal doing the double lift?
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Postby Garry Hayes » 07/09/11 10:35 AM

Who cares about the gal. Everybody is looking at Stadelman's Balls.
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Postby J Christensen » 07/11/11 07:13 AM

That's pretty funny, Richard!
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Postby mrgoat » 07/11/11 07:38 AM

What a wonderful picture!

Magic triumphing over boobies.

A rare thing!
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Postby Ian Kendall » 07/11/11 10:00 AM

I've been meaning to talk to you about that...
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 07/11/11 11:10 AM

Caption could have read "magicians engage in fore-play at strip club".
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Postby Kent Gunn » 07/11/11 11:21 AM

Jon,

There's no hyphen in foreplay. Unless that was intended as verbal foreplay.

Is there a hypen in anal-retentive?

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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 07/11/11 11:43 AM

golfballs -> fore play
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Postby mrgoat » 07/11/11 12:47 PM

Jonathan Townsend wrote:golfballs -> fore play


Very good!

Thing is, I didn't get that gag, and I fear every single one of your posts has a gag or reference I fail to get.

Someone should do an Annotated Townsend.

:)
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Postby Kent Gunn » 07/11/11 03:55 PM

I sit corrected, and humbled.

Nicely played through.

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Postby John Signa » 07/11/11 08:15 PM

mrgoat wrote:What a wonderful picture!

Magic triumphing over boobies.

A rare thing!


Then you would have appreciated MagicCon 2010's welcoming party. There were two very lovely models standing around for photos. Surrounded by magicians performing moves and flourishes, the models were totally ignored.

Then the models started handing out D&D playing cards, and the magicians were on them like locusts on a corn field. But as soon as the cards ran out, the models were ignored again.
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Postby Brian Morton » 07/11/11 11:09 PM

John Signa wrote:There were two very lovely models standing around for photos. Surrounded by magicians performing moves and flourishes, the models were totally ignored.


In 2006, Ken Trombly hosted the Magic Collectors Association in Roslyn, VA, just across the Potomac from DC. Big convention full of the heaviest hitters in magic and magic history. In a room downstairs, he set up his beautiful $28K levitation, and hired two beautiful young models to staff the thing so that anyone who wanted to could come get their picture taken while standing behind it looking like Thurston or someone of that era.

Late in the weekend, I wandered in and did ten minutes of stand-up card tricks for the ladies and wouldn't you know itthey told me not one person before me during the whole weekend had performed anything for them.

In other words, I'm not surprised.

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Postby Gordon Meyer » 07/12/11 11:10 AM

Well, Brian, it was the MCA convention. I've attended several and it always surprises me how very little magic is performed in general, not just for laymen who happen to be nearby.
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Postby Brian Morton » 07/12/11 01:34 PM

Gordon Meyer wrote:Well, Brian, it was the MCA convention. I've attended several and it always surprises me how very little magic is performed in general, not just for laymen who happen to be nearby.


Well, the ladies were rather disappointed, thinking they'd at least get to see someone do something.
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Postby mrgoat » 07/12/11 07:00 PM

Brian Morton wrote:
John Signa wrote:There were two very lovely models standing around for photos. Surrounded by magicians performing moves and flourishes, the models were totally ignored.


In 2006, Ken Trombly hosted the Magic Collectors Association in Roslyn, VA, just across the Potomac from DC. Big convention full of the heaviest hitters in magic and magic history. In a room downstairs, he set up his beautiful $28K levitation, and hired two beautiful young models to staff the thing so that anyone who wanted to could come get their picture taken while standing behind it looking like Thurston or someone of that era.

Late in the weekend, I wandered in and did ten minutes of stand-up card tricks for the ladies and wouldn't you know itthey told me not one person before me during the whole weekend had performed anything for them.

In other words, I'm not surprised.

brian :confused:


Great story. So, is it the magicians are more interested in watching each other's sleights, or too scared to converse with the ladies in tights?
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Postby erdnasephile » 07/12/11 09:06 PM

You see the same phenomenon at comic conventions or at any other gathering with a high geek quotient. (or at any high school for that matter :) ).
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