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by Ray J
May 20th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Marshall Brodien
Replies: 9
Views: 1130

Re: Marshall Brodien

Everytime I seen Marshall he would invite me and my daughter to his home. We spent a good portion of the day in his basement which was an actual museum of his career and products. It was fascinating how much he had collected and was very well organized. Marshall was very kind and generous. He loade...
by Ray J
May 7th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7144
Views: 2121326

Re: ERDNASE

by Ray J
May 3rd, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Last magic shop in New England closes
Replies: 7
Views: 1088

Re: Last magic shop in New England closes

It is a world of instant downloads and mail order now. If you want those two shops to survive, visit and more importantly BUY something. If not, they might be following suit. Many magic shops stay afloat because they also sell costumes, gag gifts, etc. If they try to survive only on magic, it is a t...
by Ray J
April 25th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tractor Beam
Replies: 3
Views: 1140

Re: Tractor Beam

Yes, the effect is killer. I like the flexibility of doing a PK-type presentation or the card reveal. I can see it fitting right into a mentalism presentation along with spoon or key bending, etc.

Of course the method is obvious, invisible cats.
by Ray J
April 22nd, 2019, 11:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS
Replies: 10
Views: 1956

Re: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS

I should have never responded. Good luck!
by Ray J
April 22nd, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS
Replies: 10
Views: 1956

Re: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS

I was reluctant to jump in here but I wanted to at least point out one thing that doesn't make sense regarding the most recent post. There is no mention whatsoever of the word Foxy in the airship magic ad. None. That name is used on similar designs on the RNT2 website, a separate company. So I don't...
by Ray J
April 21st, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Public apology
Replies: 13
Views: 3346

Re: Public apology

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Never, ever a good idea. Help is always available. Glad to hear you are well!
by Ray J
April 18th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Long suspected, the truth is finally out!
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Re: Long suspected, the truth is finally out!

From Wikipedia... History The term "magic" etymologically derives from the Greek word mageia (μαγεία). In ancient times, Greeks and Persians had been at war for centuries, and the Persian priests, called magosh in Persian, came to be known as magoi in Greek. Ritual acts of Persian priests ...
by Ray J
March 20th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20029

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Brad, I have read many of your posts on this and other threads. You seem to love stirring things up. I have seen you given a time out and admonished to cool it. I think now is one of those times. I think I made many valid points. Many of which neither you nor Peter chose to address. You both picked ...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 11:00 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20029

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

It would be helpful if those determined to hang on to the past had a valid reason - or hell, ANY reason for doing so. As of yet, none have been offered. Not true, you just don't agree. I pointed out "Cardman" refers to a man who uses cards, specializes in card magic, etc. There is value i...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20029

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

So to me, it is not so much that some people support the use of sexist language so much as wanting to preserve the right of an author to use a term that aptly describes his or her subject. How does "cardman" more aptly describe the subject than card magician or card expert? When RK writes...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20029

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

It would be helpful if those determined to hang on to the past had a valid reason - or hell, ANY reason for doing so. As of yet, none have been offered. Not true, you just don't agree. I pointed out "Cardman" refers to a man who uses cards, specializes in card magic, etc. There is value i...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20029

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

the phrase tempest in a teapot comes to mind here.
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 5793

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

We tried having this discussion with the wikipedia folks a while ago - putting method discussion next to effect description. (see ambitious card) Since content gets indexed anyway - just flagging a high value dataset. By contrast: comedians and jokes. Usually folks don't interrupt to tell a story/j...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20029

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Threads of these tend to morph into a bunch of opinions, some straying pretty far from the original poster's question. I have read through many of the responses and there are couple of things that have become clear to me. These days, change is coming at us all at warp speed. That is one thing I thin...
by Ray J
March 18th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7144
Views: 2121326

Re: ERDNASE

far-fetched /ˌfärˈfeCHt/Submit adjective unlikely and unconvincing; implausible. "the theory sounded bizarre and far-fetched" synonyms: improbable, unlikely, implausible, scarcely credible, difficult to believe, dubious, doubtful, unconvincing, incredible, unbelievable, unthinkable, beyond...
by Ray J
March 11th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7144
Views: 2121326

Re: ERDNASE

Guess who! Can you provide a few examples of Benedict's writing to exhibit any syntactic similarities to Erdnase? Being a magician is only half the equation. If you click on the link that Zenner provided above and read it, there was a sylistic exercise performed in 2011 on 8 candidates for the iden...
by Ray J
March 10th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7144
Views: 2121326

Re: ERDNASE

Just to add one more data point, I am 58, an English teacher and writer, and I went to Blarney Castle in Ireland and kissed the Blarney stone. And I have never heard or read "the gift of the gab." I have only ever heard of "the gift of gab." Not sure if that's part of what you a...
by Ray J
March 7th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20029

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Vernon also had a card that simply stated his name and then Sleight of Hand underneath along with a phone number in the lower right corner. You can find it on the interwebs. I like the old flyers that spelled his name Vernen. There are examples of various cards he used during his life easily looked ...
by Ray J
March 6th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20029

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

One thing I've learned over time is not to let little things offend me. The other is to not ascribe motives where there are none. The last seems to have been lost in some of the discussion.
by Ray J
March 2nd, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20029

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Richard Kaufman wrote:Derek Dingle referred to himself as a "sleight of hand artist." I believe his business card had that expression printed on it.


Hyla M. Clark in " The world's greatest magic" says he called himself that but his card read Prestidigitator.
It is on page 42.
by Ray J
February 19th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Home made okito box and Boston box!
Replies: 19
Views: 2456

Re: Home made okito box and Boston box!

Oh now you doesn't has to call me Johnson! You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay or you can call me RJ but you doesn't has to call me Johnson....
by Ray J
February 18th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Home made okito box and Boston box!
Replies: 19
Views: 2456

Re: Home made okito box and Boston box!

Craig, please PM me information on your product. It is indeed a beauty.
by Ray J
February 18th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Home made okito box and Boston box!
Replies: 19
Views: 2456

Re: Home made okito box and Boston box!

Hi, I'm wanting to make my own okito box and Boston box, so the look identical, I'm not sure on brass or aluminium, and I'm not sure what currency or how many coins I want them to hold. I want to ask the question, what would be your ideal box set? Would a smaller box be a good or bad idea, maybe on...

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