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by Bill Mullins
September 19th, 2020, 10:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347745

Re: ERDNASE

If you have Amazon Prime, here is a few minutes of the late Denny Haney on Erdnase.
by Bill Mullins
September 19th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now
Replies: 18
Views: 1408

Re: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now

See here for TOC, and minor updates.
by Bill Mullins
September 18th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Rawson and Merlini
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Otto Penzler must be a magic fan. From the sample pages, linked above: "Anyone would have enjoyed this private performance [by Rawson] but I particularly love magic shows, still go to them whenever I can, and performed in one at the age of eight in a school talent show. The best trick (think l...
by Bill Mullins
September 18th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Rawson and Merlini
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Rawson and Merlini

Otto Penzler is a big name in detective/mystery fiction. He's a collector and dealer (owns The Mysterious Bookshop , specializing in 1st editions, rare volumes, etc in mystery books), and editor of numerous collections of mystery short stories. The first two parts of the auction of his personal coll...
by Bill Mullins
September 16th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347745

Re: ERDNASE

There is some complicated publishing history behind the graphic novel Bob just linked to.

(Sarah and David Trustman were responsible for the Memory Arts book about memorizing a deck.)
by Bill Mullins
September 13th, 2020, 1:05 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bud Abbott
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Bud Abbott

That's it! Thanks very much, Jack.
by Bill Mullins
September 12th, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Bud Abbott
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Bud Abbott

Somewhere lately I saw online an article that mentioned that Bud Abbott (of Abbott and Costello) had worked for a time with Jackie Flosso in a pitch act. I didn't record the link, and don't remember where it was. Did anyone else see it? Can you direct me to it?
Thanks
by Bill Mullins
September 11th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Larry Wilmore performs card magic on his show
Replies: 4
Views: 787

Re: Larry Wilmore performs card magic on his show

Wilmore has a new show coming up.
by Bill Mullins
September 11th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Trevor Dawson library
Replies: 0
Views: 213

Trevor Dawson library

Books from Trevor Dawson's library are currently being auctioned by Lyon & Turnbull.
by Bill Mullins
September 9th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347745

Re: ERDNASE

by Bill Mullins
September 1st, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2036

Re: 3MW

Today Dictionary.com announced a number of new words that they are including. One of them is "zhuzh", a Polari word meaning "to make (something) more lively and interesting, stylish, or appealing, as by a small change or addition (usually followed by up)". https://twitter.com/mas...
by Bill Mullins
August 31st, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interupption of Service on Monday August 31
Replies: 13
Views: 997

Re: Interupption of Service on Monday August 31

For what it's worth, I can post if the message is simple text. I don't seem to be able to post with a link in it, though.
by Bill Mullins
August 31st, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2036

Re: 3MW

Polari draws somewhat from theatrical and Punch and Judy slang, so it comes up from time to time in conjuring history. For example, in the British magazines you might read about a "cod" performance or show. "Cod" is a Polari word meaning "bad".
by Bill Mullins
August 30th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2036

Re: 3MW

Dave Le Fevre wrote:Or that they wish specifically to exclude a broader audience.

Terms like 1337 are used to keep the right people in and to keep the wrong people out.


Which is exactly the purpose of cant and slang in general. The best example probably is Polari, but carny slang is also a good example.
by Bill Mullins
August 28th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Search
Replies: 8
Views: 545

Re: Search

The link included the words "wrist" and "watch" jammed together, thus making the string t-*-*-t, which is a vulgarism in American English (I hear it often enough in UK English that I assume it isn't as taboo there.) The text at the link is: "Card under Wrist watch Bernard Bi...
by Bill Mullins
August 27th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2036

Re: 3MW

Jonathan Townsend wrote:When did morse/teleptype shorthand get trendy?


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by Bill Mullins
August 25th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Return of Jonathan Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Re: The Return of Jonathan Creek

No, but I do . . .
by Bill Mullins
August 25th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Return of Jonathan Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Re: The Return of Jonathan Creek

My wife just asked me if there is some sort of symbology in the logo for Jonathan Creek. Is there?
by Bill Mullins
August 23rd, 2020, 10:48 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic in Sparks video
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Magic in Sparks video

Since the previous link drew such an enthusiastic response, here is Rik Mayall doing a coin roll.
by Bill Mullins
August 22nd, 2020, 12:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Return of Jonathan Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Re: The Return of Jonathan Creek

My wife just asked me if there is some sort of symbology in the logo for Jonathan Creek. Is there?
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Mary Hartline
Replies: 1
Views: 773

RIP Mary Hartline

Mary Hartline died on Aug 12, age 92. She was an early star on TV, as the bandleader in 1952's "Super Circus". But of greater interest was her show "Princess Mary's Magic Castle" (1957-58), which she hosted along with Don Alan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOF_A_cKkoI
by Bill Mullins
August 16th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 16
Views: 6364

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

Somebody got a good deal.
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347745

Re: ERDNASE

I hope it is obvious that my preceding 3 posts were made tongue in cheek. Some of the "proofs" of earlier candidates have been anything but. I anticipate that the evidence that Todd will eventually show for Hilliard, or whoever it turns out to be, will be somewhat stronger.
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347745

Re: ERDNASE

Hilliard's poem, "The Train to Trundlebed", published in the travel magazine The Four-Track News, speaks to his years on the railroad, fleecing passengers and becoming an artist with cards.

Do you need Fox Mulder to show you that THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE?
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347745

Re: ERDNASE

Hilliard's play, "A Tale of Hoffmann", is an obvious tribute to Professor Hoffmann, from whom he learned so much.

Need I say more?
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347745

Re: ERDNASE

Erdnase features a trick in which the queens represent high society, or "the smart set."

J. N. Hilliard wrote a poem, "Her Barrette", which appeared in the Mar 1910 issue of (get this!) --- The Smart Set.

My work here is done.
by Bill Mullins
August 13th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: canned drink sleeve
Replies: 0
Views: 317

canned drink sleeve

There's a magic trick buried in this.
by Bill Mullins
August 12th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic in Sparks video
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Magic in Sparks video

In 1982, the band Sparks, along with Jane Wiedlin (hubba-hubba!) did a video in which keyboardist Ron Mael does some magic (sort of . . . ).
by Bill Mullins
August 12th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 5036

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

Mamet tells us that Drama is wanting something and not being able to get it. How would you put this into play in magic? Magician wants something, magic helps him get it. Magician wants something, magic keeps him from getting it. Spectator wants something, magician or magic helps him get it. Spectato...
by Bill Mullins
August 12th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Little Egypt Magic at 25
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: Little Egypt Magic at 25

That's one hell of a body of work, Steve. For over twenty years I've been reading each new issue as it came out, and it never disappoints. Congratulations.
by Bill Mullins
August 10th, 2020, 3:00 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic on the Moon
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Magic on the Moon

Zig Zagger wrote:Sadly, the lunar lander crash-landed . . .

I wonder whether Uri Geller had passed this chance for extraterrestrial fame...


Well, if he knew it was going to crash, there would have been no reason to participate.
by Bill Mullins
August 9th, 2020, 2:17 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic on the Moon
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Magic on the Moon

Today I learned that an Israeli unmanned lunar lander had an archive of human knowledge on board, including "A collection of proprietary technologies developed by the magician, David Copperfield; the secrets behind his famous illusions".
by Bill Mullins
August 5th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2347745

Re: ERDNASE

I just learned that Erdnase has been translated into Czech.
by Bill Mullins
August 4th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob White - A remembrance
Replies: 8
Views: 906

Re: Bob White - A remembrance

Thanks very much, Jordan. This was great to read.

JordanB wrote: In the early 1980’s, Bob learned to cut silhouettes,

Can you speak any more about this? Was Bob self-taught, or did someone teach him? Was this something he just did for fun occasionally, or did he do it professionally?
by Bill Mullins
August 3rd, 2020, 12:11 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1357

Re: "Primes"

I've been offline a couple of days, and I'm sorry that a link to a paper that I thought might be of interest has blown up so, and that a comment I made may have contributed to that. I've corresponded with him about a Flushtration Count paper of his that was mentioned here on the Forum not too long a...
by Bill Mullins
July 28th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1357

Re: "Primes"

Max Maven wrote:This useless survey is based on a false premise.


That very thought nags me most of the time when I read about academics and psychologists reporting on their newest insights about conjuring.
by Bill Mullins
July 27th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1357

"Primes"

Essentially, a psychological force and/or Wonder Words.

Never heard this word used this way before . . . .

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-07-psychologists-embedding-primes-person-speech.html
by Bill Mullins
July 26th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Misty Lee
Replies: 2
Views: 514

Misty Lee

You may know Misty Lee from her regular appearances at the Magic Castle, or her Unicorn Wednesday magic videos. But she also is an animated cartoon voice artist, and here she is on a panel from the virtual San Diego Comic Con talking about that work.
by Bill Mullins
July 24th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1161

Re: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?

Some folks believe that wearing a helmet fashioned out of tin foil will protect them from all of life’s ills, including the government’s thought control experiments. Foil hats haven't worked since the 1960s, when Control started bouncing the mind beams off the floor so they come up from below. You ...
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2020, 1:16 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Comic-Con program
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Comic-Con program

The San Diego Comic-Con is virtual this year, and they have released their program book as a PDF. The cover art is by William Stout, who is familiar to magicians from his posters for the LA History Conference and his illustrations for Jim Steinmeyer's Hiding the Elephant . This year is the hundredth...

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