Can anyone confirm the news today about Bernard Bilis?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/30/02 07:48 PM

There is a rumor today that Bernard Bilis has died. If anyone can, hopefully, confirm that the rumor is false, please do so.
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Postby Guest » 10/01/02 05:46 AM

A friend of mine called Bernard Bilis a couple minutes ago and Bilis was very surprised -if not amused- to learn that he had passed away... especially since it wasn't the first phone call of this kind since this morning.

Learning you're dead - always a great way to start the day!

Keep the great info coming, Richard! ;)

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Postby Guest » 10/01/02 06:01 AM

I am glad to hear that this rumor is false.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/01/02 07:17 AM

Thank you, Sebastien, very glad to hear the rumor is false.
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Postby Guest » 10/01/02 11:07 AM

Bernard Bilis is my favorite close up magician.
I almost died my self when I read it.
Please try to check before you post things like that.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/01/02 11:11 AM

Maxim: it was posted as a question, NOT as fact. I posted it for the very purpose of finding an answer--I posted it in order to "check" on it.
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Postby Guest » 10/01/02 12:51 PM

Well
I think it was a mistake.
You can call some friends before making such a post.
Maxim
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Postby Guest » 10/01/02 08:32 PM

<I think it was a mistake.
You can call some friends before making such a post.
Maxim >

Maxim,
Remember where you seen this QUESTION posted i.e. Gossip and Rumors.
Thankfully it has been dispelled but remeber this isn't called Facts and Truths.
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Postby pduffie » 10/02/02 01:38 AM

Hi

First, I didn't see anything wrong with Richard posing the Bilis question. It certainly prompted me to make enquiries. In the end the rumour was quashed quickly. Probably far quicker than had Richard emailed individuals.

However, regarding this section of the board "Gossip & Rumors": This is subheaded
"Discuss the latest news and rumors in the magic world," and is it the only section for news I can see.

For example, I recently posted the results of a communication I had with Martin Breese and the Pabular CDROM. These were the facts as they were given to me. They were neither gossip nor rumour. But I could see no other section to post NEWS.

To Richard: It might be beneficial if this section were renamed News, Gossip & Rumors, as I did feel a little uneasy posting facts here.

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Postby Guest » 10/02/02 05:50 AM

I will tell why I think it was a mistake.
When someone like Richard ,Which I respect very much, write something like that, I was sure it was true.
This subject is to sensitive to publish before you know the facts.
I am sure that a lot of Billis friends felt very bad.

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Postby Guest » 10/02/02 05:55 AM

I agree. There are many ways to handle this situation that would have caused less tension amongst the community. Having said that, I would also be willing to bet that Richard's intent was to find out if what he heard was true and not to intentionally stir up trouble. I guess we should chalk it up to social clumsiness.
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Postby Matthew Field » 10/02/02 06:34 AM

Richard said it was a rumor. He's a journalist, checking his facts. Thankfully, Bernard Bilis, a magician whose work I admire, is OK.

He's feeling alright. I'm not feeling that good myself.

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Postby Guest » 10/02/02 08:36 AM

Must be me.
So many people think it was OK to act like Richard did.
I was wrong.
I am sorry for my remarks.

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Postby Guest » 10/02/02 01:42 PM

hello everybody! here I am...
thanks to all the persons that supported me.
I feel good,and my girlfriends are taking care of me...
a long time ago you could enjoy the column"vernon touch"in genii,with accuracy and sublety,but now everything is different;
now unfortunately only remains the kaufman
touch...
my dear richard,next time you want to post something about me"for the very purpose of finding an answer,and to check on it"just give me a call
since you perfectly know that you have my phone number.
greets
bilis touch
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/02/02 01:57 PM

Sorry Bernard, but I haven't had your phone number for several years. Glad to hear your health is good and that you have so many girlfriends.
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Postby Lance Pierce » 10/02/02 02:20 PM

I, for one, am quite happy to hear that Bernard is a-okay. Now, my concern is that I've been hearing rumors lately that I'm dead, and I was wondering if there is any truth to that. If anyone can, hopefully, confirm that this rumor is false, please, please do so.

Thanks,

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/02/02 02:24 PM

Lance, do you see dead people?
I think you must be okay because I don't know any dead people who can type.
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Postby Lance Pierce » 10/02/02 02:30 PM

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
Lance, do you see dead people?
I think you must be okay because I don't know any dead people who can type.
Do I see dead people? Do I see DEAD PEOPLE? You must not have gone to any conventions this year!

And az for mi tipng, thet remanze to bee seeen.

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Postby Guest » 10/02/02 06:21 PM

Richard, we know that you were not motivated by malice against Bernard in making your post. Whoever started the rumor, however, almost certainly was.

I know from a mutual friend that Bernard is eager to track down the source of this rumor. You could help by posting whom you heard the rumor from. (So far, no one else seems to have heard it but you.) If you don't want to post the person's name publicly, perhaps you could e-mail it to Bernard.

I also want to thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/02/02 07:12 PM

I think it's enough to say that, happily, Bernard is alive and well and living in Paris. Let's close the topic and move on without turning it into some sort of melodrama.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/02/02 07:16 PM

I mean, really, what could someone gain by spreading the rumor that Bernard had died? In the age of the internet it was easily disproven in a few hours.
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Postby Ryan Matney » 10/02/02 08:39 PM

Not only is he alive and well, He must be the James Bond of magic. :D
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Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » 10/02/02 09:44 PM

Originally posted by Ryan Matney:
Not only is he alive and well, He must be the James Bond of magic. :D
But...but...but...

I thought that was Jamy Ian Swiss. :confused:

*Sigh* My whole world is shattered...

-Jim ;)

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Postby Guest » 10/02/02 10:07 PM

Bernard, is it true that you died? :rolleyes:

Just kidding...I'm also glad to hear you're ok.

Lance said:
And az for mi tipng, thet remanze to bee seeen
That reminds me, Lance...when is your next book coming out?

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Postby Guest » 10/02/02 10:30 PM

He's a journalist...
He can't tip his source...

end of topic :) :) :)
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Postby John Pezzullo » 10/03/02 03:25 AM

Can someone confirm or deny the rumour that Bernard Bilis, Jean-Jacques Sanvert, and Dominique Duvivier are all French?
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Postby Lance Pierce » 10/03/02 05:15 AM

Lance said:
And az for mi tipng, thet remanze to bee seeen
That reminds me, Lance...when is your next book coming out?

Rick[/QB]
Well,I...heeeeeeey, wait a minute!

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Postby Guest » 10/06/02 01:56 PM

Let's see...fake ayour death. get resurrected...get the chicks...very cool Bernard!

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Postby Guest » 10/07/02 07:37 AM

Lance,
I know this is off topic, and may actually have been brought up elsewhere: any date planned on the Malone book?
I said before that the Klause book is one of my favorites, and if the Malone book is anything like that, I'm sure it will be also.
just aksin'
Rick ;)
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Postby Lance Pierce » 10/07/02 07:52 AM

Originally posted by Rick Green:
Lance,
I know this is off topic, and may actually have been brought up elsewhere: any date planned on the Malone book?
I said before that the Klause book is one of my favorites, and if the Malone book is anything like that, I'm sure it will be also.
just aksin'
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The WHO book?

Oh. Him.

Well, we've just started, really. We're in the "material-gathering stage." So far, I have Sam the Bellhop. He's promised me more. I'm debating whether to put thirty routines in one book or sell thirty pamphlets at $15 a piece. What do you guys think?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/07/02 09:09 AM

Bill told me that L&L's option had expired and the book had been cancelled.
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Postby Guest » 10/07/02 12:06 PM

Maybe you can write a book about Bernard Bilis? :p
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Postby Lance Pierce » 10/07/02 12:12 PM

Well, I wrote him about it, but my letter came back to me: "Returned to Sender: Deceased."

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Postby Matthew Field » 10/07/02 01:21 PM

I'm not dead (yet) but this thread is killin' me.

Enough, already.

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Postby Lance Pierce » 10/07/02 01:27 PM

In the words of Beethoven:

"Shhhh. I'm decomposing."

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Postby Doomo » 10/07/02 02:29 PM

Ode to the decomposing composers... Mr. Idle would be so proud... But this parrot IS DECEASED!
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Postby Lance Pierce » 10/07/02 02:37 PM

No, no...it's PINING!

Pining for the fjords!

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Postby Doomo » 10/07/02 02:52 PM

PININ' for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did he fall flat on his back the moment I got 'im home?
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Postby Lance Pierce » 10/07/02 02:53 PM

Poor Matt was already going nuts. Shall we run through the entire skit for him?

Matt? Matt? You okay, there, buddy?

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Postby Doomo » 10/07/02 03:08 PM

Perhaps you are right enough about the parrots. Besides, I always wanted to be ..A LUMBERJACK!
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