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by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Looking for the Tenyo Magic Puzzle Bank
Replies: 6
Views: 333

Re: Looking for the Tenyo Magic Puzzle Bank

Richard Kaufman wrote:I've never seen this. It will be extremely difficult to find in the US. Look in Japan.


I thought you ended up acquiring one of everything when you were writing the big Tenyo Book.
by Bill Mullins
September 14th, 2019, 3:23 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 39
Views: 3610

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

It seems odd to me that if this happened as reported at a SAM banquet, full of other magicians, that no one mentioned it at all for decades. Consider, if Vernon was doing this trick for Houdini in a room full of magicians multiple times, you know he would have drawn a crowd. Think about your own exp...
by Bill Mullins
September 12th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 39
Views: 3610

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Did you find anything written during Houdini's lifetime about meeting Vernon or the card trick? PS to the CA folks, will figure out a twelve+ char password and then subscribe. -J Not, not in conjuring literature or in lay sources (newspapers, etc.) The earliest I see it is in 1938, in newspaper art...
by Bill Mullins
September 12th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouette studio
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Vernon's Silhouette studio

Used to, Billboard Magazine ran a lot of information on magic and magicians. Bill Sachs had a long-running column full of news and gossip. On more than one occasion, he mentioned that Dai Vernon and Larry Grey had a studio in Manhattan where they would cut silhouettes for walk-ins. As you might gues...
by Bill Mullins
September 10th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dying on stage
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Re: Dying on stage

If you are going to be creepy, then exquisitely creepy is the way to go.
by Bill Mullins
September 10th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 77
Views: 13586

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Richard Kaufman wrote:By David Mamet in today's New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/28/thea ... e=Homepage


Another Mamet reminiscence I just ran across.
by Bill Mullins
September 10th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dying on stage
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Dying on stage

Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns have a new book, The Show Won't Go On , about people who have died on stage. Writer Mark Evanier (who is an amateur magician, and knows more about pop culture than just about anyone) will interview them in Burbank on 9/21. The book mentions Tommy Cooper, Washington Irvin...
by Bill Mullins
September 5th, 2019, 12:23 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 39
Views: 3610

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Looking at the matter as potential history rather than lore - When was the first published report? Are there diary entries of that time by those present? The Sphinx May 1930 "I shall never forget, for some time at least, the time Roterberg fooled Houdini with the pencil and loop trick in the c...
by Bill Mullins
August 30th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with a glimpse reference please
Replies: 7
Views: 840

Re: Help with a glimpse reference please

erdnasephile wrote:PS: I just looked up Fine Art of Magic on ebay---Wow! It's a great book, but why so much? I think I got mine for $30.

Didn't Tamariz speak very highly of the book?
by Bill Mullins
August 28th, 2019, 1:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2170603

Re: ERDNASE

More anagrammatic pseudonyms: Science Fiction author Hugo Gernsback (for whom the Hugo Award is named) wrote under the names Grego Banshuck, Greno Gashbuck, Kars Gugenchob, Gus N. Habergock & Beno Ruckshagg. Mort Weisinger wrote under the name Tom Erwin Geris. And for those of you scoring at hom...
by Bill Mullins
August 26th, 2019, 12:11 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

Has Mr. Charming's account been deleted?
by Bill Mullins
August 24th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Ebook from Michael Close
Replies: 7
Views: 1212

Re: New Ebook from Michael Close

Hi Bill: In the great tradition of magic dealers of the past, I was intentionally vague. The meaning of T.O.M. is given in the product description of the ebook, which is the second link in my original post. Thanks -- my statement came off more snarky than I meant. But after looking at your second l...
by Bill Mullins
August 24th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

Putting a card in from the side isn't "Tilt", and the Elmsley count isn't done with three cards.
by Bill Mullins
August 24th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Ebook from Michael Close
Replies: 7
Views: 1212

Re: New Ebook from Michael Close

"“T.O.M.” is an acronym for an insurmountable limitation of the magic creative process. "
This would have been a really good place to say what "T.O.M." is an acronym for.
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 2394

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

In 1981 I was working at a used records/comic book store in Nashville. One day, a co-worker nudged me and said, "Mark Hamill's standing over there." I looked up and there he was. He had been in Chattanooga filming The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia , and took a day to drive up to loo...
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2019, 11:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: FISM Invention Award Winners (List in Progress)
Replies: 9
Views: 1579

Re: FISM Invention Award Winners (List in Progress)

Is Mr. Mysto's "Any Fluid Called For" on the list?
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2310

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Jack Shalom wrote:I missed it, but wasn't there a recent movie about a woman who forged letters from famous authors? Sounded like fun.


Can You Ever Forgive Me?
by Bill Mullins
August 20th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2310

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Would you also care to comment on the Voynich article and the Erdnase parallel? You deserve a straight answer to your question. This quote from the article certainly rings true: my public comments are not always accepted in the constructively critical spirit in which they are given. And so does thi...
by Bill Mullins
August 20th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2310

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Would you also care to comment on the Voynich article and the Erdnase parallel? Edward Galloway didn't write the Voynich manuscript, either. Bill, that's exactly what happened---already accessed my quota of freebies from the WP. I tried incognito, but I guess I have to deep six the cookies as well....
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2310

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Hi, it's behind a pay wall. Can you summarize it please? If you are in Chrome, try opening it in an incognito window. MS Explorer/Edge and other browsers have a similar window. I hit the paywall with Firefox on my desktop PC but had no problem accessing the article via iPad/Safari. Whether or not y...
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2310

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Jack Shalom wrote:Hi, it's behind a pay wall. Can you summarize it please?


If you are in Chrome, try opening it in an incognito window. MS Explorer/Edge and other browsers have a similar window.
by Bill Mullins
August 16th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 2394

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

My post above shows the Beatles/Kaps episode of Ed Sullivan as 9/20/1964. That was a repeat of a show originally broadcast on 2/9/1964.
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 2394

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

An article about Fred Kaps at a 1978 magic convention.
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 2394

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

Kaps was on Sullivan on 4/15/1956 (with Grace Kelly, Ralph Meeker, comic-ventriloquist Rickie Layne, opera star Helen Traubel, comedian Ed Gardner, Naval Academy Glee Club, and a salute to Connie Mack); 1/6/1963 (with Sammy Davis Jr., Vaughn Meader, the Barry Sisters (jazz/Klezmer singers), Pat Carr...
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2019, 12:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here
Replies: 4
Views: 694

Re: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here

If he's half as good as he was at the first Genii Bash, it will be well worth your time.
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here
Replies: 4
Views: 694

Re: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here

Sounds like a great weekend packed full of great magic. I'm wondering what exactly is Basic Training Breakfast with Ian Kendall? A meal of sausage and eggs, then calisthenics till you barf. Or maybe it is fundamental sleights and tips on how to execute them, like his old column in MUM. One or the o...
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2514

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

Bill, your comments are interesting because at least three other people told me the close-up was fantastic. But I can understand the fire alarm causing a ruckus. Brad is correct. The Close Up show (which I saw on Monday) was excellent; the final stage show (on Wednesday) was the one with problems. ...
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2019, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lance Burton - TeePee No More
Replies: 6
Views: 1160

Re: Lance Burton - TeePee No More

CraigMitchell wrote:it gave me a chance to talk about some of my ancestors who were Cherokee (according to family tradition.)


Hereafter known as the "Warren Caveat".
by Bill Mullins
August 13th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 40
Views: 3395

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

I'm not an aficianado of decks like some folks, but I do like Cartamundi's Ace decks. Good quality, inexpensive, and easily available (Dollar General stores near me carry them.)
by Bill Mullins
August 13th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2514

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

This was one of the acts on the Monday night show. Best show of the convention was Guy Hollingworth in the Parlor Show. Jade did a thumb tie, which was an odd choice -- if you were going to see her, it's not what you'd want to see, and if you wanted to see a thumb tie, she wouldn't be the performer...
by Bill Mullins
July 31st, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 147
Views: 13222

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Richard Kaufman wrote:The United States does not subscribe to the Berne Convention.


Are you sure about that?
by Bill Mullins
July 28th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Hitchens quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 2136

Re: Peter Hitchens quote?

The Peter Hitchens quote seems to come from The Daily Mail, 1 May 2010.
by Bill Mullins
July 28th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Hitchens quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 2136

Re: Peter Hitchens quote?

My favorite Christopher Hitchens - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_oR5Oonq5A

On Bill Maher with Salman Rushdie and Mos Def (who he calls "Mr. Definitely")
by Bill Mullins
July 24th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: science of coin through rubber sheet
Replies: 16
Views: 1538

Re: science of coin through rubber sheet

I learned a new word: "invagination". I haven't figured out where to use it yet, though.
by Bill Mullins
July 23rd, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 147
Views: 13222

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

You keep using these words "ethically" and "artistically". I do not think they mean what you think they mean.
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2019, 2:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: August 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 440

August 2019

The Aug 2019 issue arrived today. Also the Summer 2019 issue of Gibiciere. Both well worth reading.
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2019, 1:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 147
Views: 13222

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Peter -- part of the problem with your argument is that you only can express it as a possibility -- "what if there was another way". You don't offer any examples of spectators whose magical or artistic experience was enhanced by knowing the secret. Whereas every performer knows from experi...
by Bill Mullins
July 19th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Slydini Quote, please
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Re: Help with Slydini Quote, please

The earliest I find it is in reference to the Duke of Wellington, since he had forced Napoleon's hand into combat at Waterloo. The earliest I see the quote is in an essay in 1870: "It was said of the Duke of Wellington that months before the Battle of Waterloo he had picked out the field of Mon...
by Bill Mullins
July 19th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 147
Views: 13222

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Have you considered that maybe explaining secrets is, in fact, adding value to the art form? I don't want to speak for Brad (although someone should -- he is very shy), but I believe he thinks more about magic than most. I'm sure he has considered this, and that he has come to the same conclusion t...

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