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by Bill Mullins
December 14th, 2018, 3:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Altman
Replies: 1
Views: 172

Jeff Altman

What is Jeff Altman up to? This.
by Bill Mullins
December 7th, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Congressional Conjuring
Replies: 13
Views: 870

Re: Congressional Conjuring

Richard Kaufman wrote:For reasons of privacy, I never disclose who gets Genii.


The question was rhetorical. I wouldn't expect you to say.

But it's interesting to muse about the workers in the mail room at the U.S. Capitol, sorting Genii into Pocan's inbox, wondering "what the heck is this?"
by Bill Mullins
December 7th, 2018, 3:26 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Congressional Conjuring
Replies: 13
Views: 870

Congressional Conjuring

Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan does a magic trick. (and not too shabby!)

His twitter feed includes #MagicMonday in which he (or someone he links to) does a trick. I wonder, does he subscribe to Genii?
by Bill Mullins
December 7th, 2018, 2:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

And here is a wonderful interview with Ricky at the NYPL, from four years ago. You can listen to it or download a transcript and read it. One of his less-familiar (and earliest) acting credits is as Philostrate in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The DVD of the production is avai...
by Bill Mullins
December 6th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 101
Views: 13377

Re: Royal road to card magic

The Burnaby Kid wrote:
performer wrote:[The double lift] wasn't mentioned in Erdnase or any of the standard books of the day.


It's in Erdnase. It's not mentioned by name but the technique is used.


Erdnase handles two cards as one in the Palm Change (p. 148).
by Bill Mullins
December 4th, 2018, 12:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Conversation between Art Speigelman and Ricky Jay. Podcast about his "Congress of Wonders." "Bullseye" is an NPR podcast/show where Jesse Thorn interviews people. Ricky was on it several times. The most recent episode looks back on those interviews and excerpts several of them. ...
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 10:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Behind the scenes footage from "Sink or Swim"/"Hacks" with Ricky.

On Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 9:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Lawrence Weschler remembers Ricky. If you are concerned about link rot with respect to the various youtube and other videos posted here (anyone seen Ricky's performance of "The Laughing Card Trick" online lately?), this downloader does a good job of turning the online videos into MP4 files...
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Mysterious (?) Vernon book
Replies: 2
Views: 416

Mysterious (?) Vernon book

Does anyone know what this Vernon book is, pictured here:
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(from a selection of works by Patrick Reagh, who printed Jay's Journal of Anomalies).
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

From the guy who translated Erdnase into Italian. . .

https://boingboing.net/2018/12/03/the-great-ricky-jay-was-the-ma.html
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship
Replies: 7
Views: 798

Re: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship

Brad Henderson wrote:Bill, i believe there was also a my favorite martian magic set.


Perhaps.

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by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship
Replies: 7
Views: 798

Re: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship

The obvious magic connection for this is David Copperfield. The second magic connection is that "My Favorite Martian" star Bill Bixby went on to star in "The Magician". The third connection is that the Martian, Ray Walston, played a magican named Jasper in another Bill Bixby seri...
by Bill Mullins
December 2nd, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky Jay gave one of the the best comeback lines ever: Ricky told me in the late 1970's, theater director Andre Gregory asked him to help with a new play he was directing. Ricky said working with him was a very rewarding, learning experience, that he always valued. A few years later, (1981) the mo...
by Bill Mullins
December 1st, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: December AMA Newsletter Editorial
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: December AMA Newsletter Editorial

erdnasephile wrote:We can yip and yap about how this television show, this exposure, etc. harms magic, but ridiculous rubbish like this just kills it.


Yes. This is similar to a point I tried to make in the "Cardman" thread.
by Bill Mullins
December 1st, 2018, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky Jay did not often speak of his father. But on occasion . . . "He made his debut as a magician at the age of 7 on a New York TV show called 'Time for Pets.' 'As I recall,' Jay says, 'they announced "Now it's 'Time for Pets,' featuring George the St. Bernard and also Ricky Jay." I...
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

More from NPR: 4/17/2013: Deceptive Practice review 11/8/2010: RJ on death of Charles Reynolds 12/26/2009: Rogue's Gallery 3/4/2007: Ricky Jay Plays Poker 5/10/2005: Talk of the Nation , when Extraordinary Exhibitions was released 8/27/2003: Fresh Air : Dice: Deception, Fate and Rotten Luck 12/28/20...
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 5:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

In regards to the Charlie Rose interview, I felt sorry for Ricky having to go through that. Is it me or did Charlie have a difficult time transitioning to a variety of pertinent questions? Was it painful for Ricky to endure that? Am I missing something or did Charlie Rose struggle to conduct the in...
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky Jay on Charlie Rose. https://charlierose.com/videos/2520
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Another great reminiscence, this time from a (layperson) personal assistant to Ricky.
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 12:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky's girl friend during the "Cards as Weapons" era was Tracy Newman (SNL actress Laraine Newman's sister) (I believe she appears in the book) (she's talented in her own right -- she got an Emmy for writing the "coming out" episode of Ellen in 1997, and was a founding member of...
by Bill Mullins
November 29th, 2018, 11:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Thanks, Max, for posting these.

Ricky Jay's top ten films.
by Bill Mullins
November 29th, 2018, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

An early (1975) Ricky Jay profile
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by Bill Mullins
November 28th, 2018, 3:33 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 30
Views: 2273

Re: Slydini's material

But I want to throw into the mix that Jack Chanin used to do a routine with a regular (ungifted) large safety pin and he'd pin it to a handkerchief (borrowed) then slide it far to a different spot and not rip the handkerchief, yet it would be pinned through the cloth again. I think it is old. It's ...
by Bill Mullins
November 28th, 2018, 2:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/ricky-jay-magic-tricks-best-videos.html

And a tribute from the costume designer of Sneaky Pete. Jason, I seem to remember you mentioning that consulting gig at MagicLive last year.

"Every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man . . . "
by Bill Mullins
November 28th, 2018, 2:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

A Peanuts "Cards as Weapons" tribute to Ricky?
by Bill Mullins
November 28th, 2018, 12:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky Jay's final acting role.
by Bill Mullins
November 27th, 2018, 5:05 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4214

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

last night on my flight into columbus the flight attendant (formerly known as stewardess) addressed those of us in the exit row as ‘you guys’. The woman sitting next to me shrugged and said ‘hello?!?’. She was not a guy. and while i’m sure the flight attendant (formerly known as stewardess) meant n...
by Bill Mullins
November 27th, 2018, 2:46 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4214

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Bill Duncan wrote:Is there a special name for men who knit,

Rosey Grier
by Bill Mullins
November 26th, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: who pays "re-shipping" cost on lost items?
Replies: 5
Views: 546

Re: who pays "re-shipping" cost on lost items?

Your job is to get payment to them. Their job is to get the item to you.
by Bill Mullins
November 26th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Found on Instagram:
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by Bill Mullins
November 26th, 2018, 12:44 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4214

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

We are trying to move away from that way of thinking. If you think that I am just a man, telling you what women find offensive, you should try listening to what women have to say on the subject. I would welcome any comments from women, and would much prefer to read/hear them, than to be told by men...
by Bill Mullins
November 26th, 2018, 1:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Washington Post obit

The only survivor I've seen mentioned is his wife, Chrisann Verges. If AskAlexander is to be believed, he did a number of shows ca. 1958 with his sister, Cathy. I wonder if he was estranged from her, as he seemed to be from his parents, and if she still lives.
by Bill Mullins
November 25th, 2018, 11:23 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4214

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

From the article I linked to: "... as a culture develops, she added, gender is often an irrelevant detail that limits the scope of discussion. Whether a doctor is a man or a woman is not so important as whether they are a good doctor. " The academic being quoted is a sociolinguist advocat...
by Bill Mullins
November 25th, 2018, 10:51 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4214

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I’m sorry you’re so offended by any respectful and civil criticism of magic terminology that involves gender. Even if I were to concede that your post was "respectful and civil", yes, I'm still offended to be told "you're doing it wrong". Especially given that I don't agree with...
by Bill Mullins
November 25th, 2018, 8:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 66
Views: 7222

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Los Angeles Times obit.

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by Bill Mullins
November 25th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4214

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Language police lead to ridiculousness like referring to the wearers of brassieres as "big-breasted people" instead of "women". Julie Eng refers to herself as a "magicienne" (see Genii 12/2016 p. 80) -- but go ahead and tell her that "there is no place for the femi...
by Bill Mullins
November 25th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4214

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

1. The use of "man" to refer to (generically, without respect to gender) a member of the human race goes back to early Old English, well over a thousand years ago and is completely standard English. The idea that when a speaker or writer does so, he (or she) is being deprecative of females...
by Bill Mullins
November 22nd, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at Genii
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at Genii

I'm thankful for Genii and those who produce it. And for the Genii Forum, and the many friends I've made here. I never go to a magic convention without someone coming up to me and saying "I recognize you from the Forum! And you're shorter than I would have thought!" Even the people with wh...
by Bill Mullins
November 21st, 2018, 4:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Trigger warnings for magic shows?
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: Trigger warnings for magic shows?

Bob Farmer wrote:WARNING: Satanic involvement and possibility you will lose your soul to the fires of Hell. Soul insurance is available at the box office: coverage for loss of half a soul is only $10; loss of a complete soul, only $25.


Too bad I spent all my extra money on Robot Insurance.

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