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by Bill Mullins
September 25th, 2021, 11:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656857

Re: ERDNASE

An association copy of the 1st edition of some significance is currently at auction.
by Bill Mullins
September 15th, 2021, 11:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 32
Views: 15878

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Vanity Fair article about the del Toro movie.
by Bill Mullins
September 11th, 2021, 4:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Carson Podcast
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Carson Podcast

I just found out about the Carson Podcast. A few episodes talk about magic and magicians who appeared with Johnny.
by Bill Mullins
September 11th, 2021, 4:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Art Metrano
Replies: 1
Views: 819

Art Metrano

Art Metrano, who used to do a little magic, has passed away at age 84.
by Bill Mullins
September 10th, 2021, 10:44 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Least favorite mental effects
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: Least favorite mental effects

Jamy Swiss, Genii, Jan 2010:
Teller once commented to me, many years ago, that the reason mentalism is so boring is because it largely concerns itself with the revelation of proper nouns, "a job best left to museums."
by Bill Mullins
August 28th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Bill Taylor
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: RIP Bill Taylor

Dustin -- do you know how long ago this happened? I only me him once, at the final LA Magic History Conference, where (as you say) he was quite kind to provide me with copies of the photos he took of me speaking. Straight-up gentleman. I showed them to my wife, and explained who he was and we looked...
by Bill Mullins
August 28th, 2021, 2:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven
Replies: 73
Views: 9789

Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Max gave us a status tweet last night.
by Bill Mullins
August 25th, 2021, 12:27 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Moving books
Replies: 0
Views: 407

Moving books

My library isn't this big, but I bet there are forum members here who can relate.
by Bill Mullins
August 23rd, 2021, 2:21 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: magician business card
Replies: 5
Views: 3473

Re: magician business card

Lior Manor (and a couple of other magicians I have seen) have the design used by Tenyo's "Moon Spinner" on their card, so they can do the trick, produce a nickel, and hand out their card (the design of the illusion goes back way before Tenyo).
by Bill Mullins
August 19th, 2021, 11:15 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Caravaggio's "Cardsharps"
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Caravaggio's "Cardsharps"

The museum's commentary on this painting (ca. 1595) says that one of the players wears gloves with "the fingertips exposed, better to feel marked cards".

Is this consistent with what we know about tactile markings? What is the earliest record of pegged cards?
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2021, 11:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Introductory book
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Re: Introductory book

All good suggestions, although some are written at more of a juvenile level -- my friend is a retired PhD. And at Abebooks when searching for Henry Hay , I find Amateur Magician's Handbook , Cyclopedia of Magic , and (from Dover, which is usually a good sign) Learn Magic . Are all of these the same ...
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2021, 5:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Introductory book
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Introductory book

I mentioned to a former boss, a retired physicist, my interest in magic. He said that he used to have a book on the subject, loaned it away, never got it back, and would I recommend something. I'm taking the request to be for a good broad-based book on magic (although, to be honest, Herbert Becker's...
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2021, 5:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FOR SALE: Slow Dance (Craft Pine model, brand new condition) optical illusion frame by Wonder Machines
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Re: FOR SALE: Slow Dance (Craft Pine model, brand new condition) optical illusion frame by Wonder Machines

I was not familiar with this.

The linked web page says that ""Slow dance” is a picture frame that makes real objects appear to move in slow motion."

The stop-motion pictures below, though, show actual movement.

Can you describe what it does with a little more specificity?
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2021, 5:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for article from MAGIC magazine
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Looking for article from MAGIC magazine

Marian Call has done a number of "house concerts", which is the musical equivalent. See here for her FAQ on the subject.
by Bill Mullins
August 13th, 2021, 3:01 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Abbott's
Replies: 15
Views: 1525

Re: Abbott's

I sincerely question the common sense of anyone (vaccinated like my family or not ) who would choose to risk attending large scale gatherings of any type at this particular moment in time. People are notoriously bad at judging risk. You and I have come to different conclusions. I've been vaccinated...
by Bill Mullins
August 10th, 2021, 6:27 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Abbott's
Replies: 15
Views: 1525

Re: Abbott's

I don't think it ever got as low as 10%, but I wasn't counting. I've been vaccinated. Everything I've read says, yes, it is theoretically possible for a vaxxed person to get Covid and spread it, the chances of it actually occurring are vanishingly small. So while I wore my mask some, I didn't wear i...
by Bill Mullins
August 8th, 2021, 10:19 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Abbott's
Replies: 15
Views: 1525

Re: Abbott's

Yes. The High School had signs posted "Masks STRONGLY Suggested", and a number of folks were wearing them inside. The only place I saw that required mask wearing was the Methodist Church which offered a spaghetti supper (excellent!) on Thursday night.
by Bill Mullins
August 8th, 2021, 1:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656857

Re: ERDNASE

Speaking of Elmsley, the manual for the Panasonic DVD Home Theater Sound System
Model No. SC-PTX7 includes a hypothetical playlist of songs that you can store on it:

I can feel love by Don Alan
Christmas by John Carney
True White by Alex Elmsley
Summer vacation by Slydini
Playhouse by Slydini
by Bill Mullins
August 8th, 2021, 1:51 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Abbott's
Replies: 15
Views: 1525

Abbott's

Currently on the way home from the Abbott's Get-Together. This was my first time to this convention. Minuses: a very weak dealer room, a couple of blocks of time with too little in the way of scheduled events, and lodging far from the action. Pluses (which overcame all of the minuses): a talent line...
by Bill Mullins
August 2nd, 2021, 11:39 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Modern Magic (Hoffman) editions
Replies: 9
Views: 5632

Re: Modern Magic (Hoffman) editions

Will Houstoun is very knowledgeable about Hoffmann.
by Bill Mullins
July 30th, 2021, 3:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy is Here!
Replies: 33
Views: 5022

Re: Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy is Here!

I recently ordered a small tool from Banggood, out of China. It took four days to get from China to Atlanta. Then it sat in the post office in Atlanta for 10 days before it eventually came to Huntsville, AL.
by Bill Mullins
July 30th, 2021, 1:21 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Vernon's silhouettes
Replies: 74
Views: 31928

Re: Vernon's silhouettes

Well, so it is.

Derp, derp, derp
by Bill Mullins
July 29th, 2021, 5:45 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Vernon's silhouettes
Replies: 74
Views: 31928

Re: Vernon's silhouettes

ebay shenanigans

This Vernon silhouette supposedly sold for $200 a few weeks ago.

Now the same seller has it for sale again, for $400.
by Bill Mullins
July 22nd, 2021, 9:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 68
Views: 14981

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Making a sandwich is too much trouble. Try a whole can of Pringles.
by Bill Mullins
July 19th, 2021, 2:38 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Mysteries & Secrets Revealed by Loren Pankratz, PhD
Replies: 7
Views: 1213

Re: Mysteries & Secrets Revealed by Loren Pankratz, PhD

Bob -- The communists are responsible for flouridated water. Credit chlorinated to the Tri-Lateral Commission.
by Bill Mullins
July 17th, 2021, 11:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Another Genii Convention in 2022?
Replies: 14
Views: 934

Re: Another Genii Convention in 2022?

Suggest you put a clause about micturition into the performance contracts?
by Bill Mullins
June 29th, 2021, 11:49 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: David Alexander silhouettes book?
Replies: 18
Views: 18161

Re: David Alexander silhouettes book?

There are currently a couple of silhouettes cut by David Alexander available on ebay (the price -- $250 for the pair -- seems high, but what do I know?).
by Bill Mullins
June 29th, 2021, 2:57 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Okito timeline question
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: Okito timeline question

Bill Sachs column "Magic and Magicians" Billboard 5/29/1937 "OKITO, magician, is at the Empire in Brussels, Belgium." Variety , 6/2/1937 -- a review of the show at the Empire, in Paris, May 24 "Okito's magic garners the best hand in the first half. His string of Oriental mys...
by Bill Mullins
June 25th, 2021, 12:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Does anyone have any sad stories about magic or magicians?
Replies: 25
Views: 1352

Re: Does anyone have any sad stories about magic or magicians?

Joshua Jay wrote "Tragic Magic" in Gibiciere about magicians who died doing magic.

I think what magic ended up doing to Vernon's family is pretty sad.
by Bill Mullins
June 22nd, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Golden Gate Gathering returns, but in a new place.
Replies: 7
Views: 922

Re: Golden Gate Gathering returns, but in a new place.

If what you are used to is large conventions like the Genii Bash or MagicLive or MagiFest, the vibe with a small one is completely different (and in a good way). I've had great fun at big and small conventions. Consider going to this.
by Bill Mullins
June 18th, 2021, 7:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

He did, but it uses different hardware.
by Bill Mullins
June 18th, 2021, 4:18 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Can anyone write new code to do the same things?
by Bill Mullins
June 17th, 2021, 12:29 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dove to silk originator?
Replies: 15
Views: 1442

Re: Dove to silk originator?

Newspaper TV listings show Pollock was on Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" on Mar 7 1954 (Mar 14 in some markets).
by Bill Mullins
June 8th, 2021, 12:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Collected Works of Alex Elmsley Vol. 1
Replies: 4
Views: 5395

Re: Collected Works of Alex Elmsley Vol. 1

Somebody got a deal . . .
by Bill Mullins
May 27th, 2021, 12:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times
Replies: 14
Views: 7762

Re: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times

If you've already read your free quota of NYT articles, try here.

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