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by Bill Mullins
February 16th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Fine Art of Magic Listing
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: Fine Art of Magic Listing

These are the links you are looking for.
by Bill Mullins
February 13th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 27
Views: 6497

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Here's a nice association copy of Nightmare Alley for auction.
by Bill Mullins
February 12th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 58
Views: 4150

Re: The Magic Rainbow

I just find it a bit ironic that we are rather passionately discussing something that 99% of us haven't even read yet. Some are discussing the specific book and whether it is too expensive or not; and some are discussing the broader principles (for which discussion you don't have to read The Magic ...
by Bill Mullins
February 11th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 17
Views: 3763

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

I would love to see Ted Baxter do the Rising Cards. Or any other magic effect.
by Bill Mullins
February 11th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: The blink shift
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: The blink shift

The publication in Genii said there was also a bad description of it in New Tops. The only thing I find that looks like it may be it is written up as a color change, and yes, it is a poor description.
by Bill Mullins
February 11th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 58
Views: 4150

Re: The Magic Rainbow

His recent DVD set is also $150. Which would cost more to produce? Which would have more/better content?
by Bill Mullins
February 11th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 8170

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

Another post on collecting, copied with permission from the author (Walker Martin) from another forum. Is it tongue in cheek? You be the judge . . . XXXX's question may seem innocent after my tales of midnight smuggling but he has a point. Where can a non-collecting spouse live when the other spouse...
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician accused of sexual assault
Replies: 16
Views: 1917

Re: Magician accused of sexual assault

It didn't say so in the articles, but I have the impression that the policeman may have been involved in the extortion. If that were the case, it may have influenced any decisions not to prosecute Anderson for assault (the cop may have decided not to press charges, the local district attorney may ha...
by Bill Mullins
February 6th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Georges Melies
Replies: 5
Views: 1564

Re: Georges Melies

The trophy presented by the Visual Effects Society to people behind films and shows with outstanding visual effects may look familiar.
by Bill Mullins
February 6th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Needs a New Writer for "The Eye"
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Re: Genii Needs a New Writer for "The Eye"

The former publisher of a magazine that Bill Mullins wrote for 25 years ago will tell you (emphatically) that Bill Mullins does not deal well with monthly deadlines. (But I appreciate the endorsement.)
by Bill Mullins
February 6th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician accused of sexual assault
Replies: 16
Views: 1917

Re: Magician accused of sexual assault

Richard Kaufman wrote:Wasn't dueling still legal at that time?


This wasn't a duel. It was a good old country ass-whooping.
by Bill Mullins
February 6th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 150
Views: 34316

Re: DeLand

What I did for the Phantom was print the four-face gaff and glue it onto the back of a regular card. Add a double-facer and you are good to go. I haven't gotten too far into the book, but I'm pretty sure I could recreate most of the gaffs in a similar fashion. If you are willing to do the arts-and-...
by Bill Mullins
February 5th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician accused of sexual assault
Replies: 16
Views: 1917

Magician accused of sexual assault

It happened 158 years ago. The magician was Professor John Henry Anderson, the "Wizard of the North". The earliest coverage I can find is from the Buffalo NY Commercial , 13 April 1861: EXCITING AFFAIR IN TROY -- ARREST OF PROF. ANDERSON THE MAGICIAN Professor ANDERSON, whose necromantic e...
by Bill Mullins
February 4th, 2019, 12:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: force creator
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: force creator

marselmarsel wrote:Bill i can understand your joke?


George Lucas is the writer/director of the movie Star Wars, where The Force is important.
by Bill Mullins
February 3rd, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12853

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I have learned far more from laymen about what is convincing and what actually works and what does not work on a practical (not theoretical) level, than from all the magicians I've met, those whose writings I've read, and all the people who are deified by magicians as luminaries in "the magic ...
by Bill Mullins
February 1st, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: force creator
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: force creator

George Lucas created the Force.
by Bill Mullins
January 31st, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "The Magician" needs a star...
Replies: 4
Views: 563

Re: "The Magician" needs a star...

Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame probably has more to do with someone rounding up $40,000 and participating in the unveiling ceremony than whether the honoree is actually famous.
by Bill Mullins
January 29th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 13
Views: 4535

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

From a 1938 interview in the Houston Chronicle with Irving Lunt, a contemporary Texas silhouette artist: "Vernon of New York is the tops in silhouette cutting in the United States. We silhouette artists all dream of some day attaining the skill and speed of Vernon."
by Bill Mullins
January 28th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Andrew Wimhurst
Replies: 17
Views: 1776

Re: Andrew Wimhurst

Wasn't he banned from the Forum years ago? Something about whether or not Vernon was talked into holding back of some of the commentary on the original Revelations.
by Bill Mullins
January 28th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 20479

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Jokes? No. Certain things arent funny. You say that as if there was a bright objective line, and things on one side of it are funny, and things on the other side aren't. Comedy doesn't work that way. De gustibus non est disputandum. I was at MagiFest last weekend. There was a certain amount of cont...
by Bill Mullins
January 28th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12853

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Ian Kendall wrote:One thing that I think is quite important - the technique used to demonstrate the false transfer, or French Drop (or whatever) needs to be shockingly bad; so obvious that when done for real, it will fly by.


Ricky Jay agrees.
by Bill Mullins
January 25th, 2019, 12:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 12853

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I don't think I've ever laughed harder at a magic routine than at the first time I saw Stephen Bargatze do his chop cup.
by Bill Mullins
January 25th, 2019, 12:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 20479

Re: The Jerx Year Three

NASA was set up by a literal Nazi war criminal. I never let the truth get in the way of a good story. But seriously - Wernher von Braun was evil. And he was the most important person in the early days of NASA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun You are pretty much wrong on all counts. ...
by Bill Mullins
January 24th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 20479

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Joe Mckay wrote: NASA was set up by a literal Nazi war criminal.


Come again?
by Bill Mullins
January 23rd, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obituary for Denny Haney
Replies: 17
Views: 1518

Re: Obituary for Denny Haney

About 15 years ago I had a business trip to Washington DC. Somehow I found out that Jim Krenz had a lecture at Denny & Lee's in Baltimore. I had a car and nothing to do that evening, so I got a map and took off. I got there maybe 45 minutes early, so I just looked around the shop for a while. I ...
by Bill Mullins
January 23rd, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Oliver Arrested for Alleged Child Sexual Assault
Replies: 6
Views: 1380

Re: David Oliver Arrested for Alleged Child Sexual Assault

So SYM has known about this since September?
by Bill Mullins
January 23rd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Diagnosis: Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: Diagnosis: Magic

I believe I've read that Dick Van Dyke was member # 1000 of the Magic Castle.
by Bill Mullins
January 23rd, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Transforming Box
Replies: 4
Views: 444

Re: Transforming Box

Blake Vogt just did this in his show at MagiFest (or at least, something close -- I don't think it had a trap door with a rabbit puppet.)
by Bill Mullins
January 16th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: wallet origins?
Replies: 5
Views: 759

Re: wallet origins?

This forum doesn't allow you to upload pictures. The best you can do is upload them to a hosting sight (like Google Drive) and then embed a link to them so they appear in your post.
by Bill Mullins
January 16th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 71
Views: 9217

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Somehow, I missed reading Michael Close's December newsletter. In it he linked to a really good interview with Ricky from Believer magazine.
by Bill Mullins
January 10th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?
Replies: 20
Views: 571

Re: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?

Conrejour wrote:
AJM wrote:Bob Read’s wine bottle production.


That I’ve never witnessed sounds wonderful


The International Magic 4 DVD set on Bob Read includes several presentations of it. It is my favorite magic video ever released.
by Bill Mullins
January 9th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?
Replies: 20
Views: 571

Re: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?

Johnny Thompson doing the egg bag.
by Bill Mullins
January 9th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7008
Views: 2076226

Re: ERDNASE

New newsletter from Chris today. Does he even read the forum anymore? He said, "Some folks took issue with me calling the phrase "gift of the gab" uncommon. However, nobody has offered data to support their claims." Bob Coyne used Google N-Gram, and I reported statistics from sev...
by Bill Mullins
January 8th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1514

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Jonathan Townsend wrote:There's comment about Nate Leipzig doing something similar using a coin. There's an item in the Ganson book about him doing similar animations with a coin dropped into a glass of beer.


If you could provide the references on these I'd be interested in seeing them.
by Bill Mullins
January 8th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1514

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Don Cox says : "Back in 1978 I learned two ways of doing what I called "The Boomerang Rubberband". I learned one way from my brother-in-law, Claud York, of Old Hickory, TN and learned another method from Ron Estes, of Nashville, TN. I eventually taught Claud's version to Dan Garrett a...
by Bill Mullins
January 8th, 2019, 12:38 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1514

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Weber's handling is also written up in Scot Morris's "Games" column in Omni, 5/1985.
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1514

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

From memory, not research, the “returning Rubber Band” did appear in Magicana, probably in the 70’s. It involved hooking the band over the nail of your little finger. Originally mentioned in Genii Oct 1973, p 426; with further commentary in Jan 1974, p. 23 (letter from Don Cox); July 1974 p 293 (le...
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1514

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Pete McCabe wrote:Anyone trying to learn this is advised to pay attention to the size of the rubberbands, which must be just right for it to work.


And, when they are relaxed, they should form a nice oval/round shape (no permanent bends in them).
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1514

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Bob Farmer wrote:This is juggling, not a magic effect, so doesn't qualify as an "effect."


Depends on how you present it . . .

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