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by Alain Roy
March 5th, 2011, 10:40 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 3367

Re: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?

Thanks for the tips, I appreciate it! I'll try loosening them up a bit, as you recommend. I'll also investigate making them myself. I had always assumed that it would be too hard to make good quality ones.

Thanks!
-alain
by Alain Roy
March 2nd, 2011, 9:33 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 3367

Re: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?

Hi,

The one in question is from David Cresey Products. I've had this batch for a few years (since I don't perform often).

Thanks,
-alain
by Alain Roy
February 28th, 2011, 6:51 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 3367

Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?

Hi everyone, I'm an occasional performer: I did two (successful) shows for kids last year. I did half of a show yesterday (I split the bill with another local magician), and it was a lot of fun. I have a mouth coil routine that goes over very well, but had a problem with it. While pulling out the mo...
by Alain Roy
August 27th, 2008, 12:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Brown Passed Away this morning
Replies: 28
Views: 7394

Re: Bob Brown Passed Away this morning

Bob Brown was one of my favorite people in the world. For a while we traded magic lessons for computer help, but he almost never asked me for computer help. An unequal trade perhaps, but a sign of his generosity with his time and talents. I'll miss Bob.
by Alain Roy
January 6th, 2006, 2:01 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Arthur Watson's article
Replies: 8
Views: 3445

Re: Arthur Watson's article

Thanks, I appreciate the background information!

-alain
by Alain Roy
January 5th, 2006, 4:17 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Arthur Watson's article
Replies: 8
Views: 3445

Re: Arthur Watson's article

I should clarify--as much as I am interested in reading Bob Read's work, I'm curious about the original 1909 article that spawned so much research.

-alain
by Alain Roy
January 3rd, 2006, 1:27 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Arthur Watson's article
Replies: 8
Views: 3445

Arthur Watson's article

In the article on the LA Conference on Magic History, it states: "... his attempt to research the author of an article on conjurers on which every other author, since 1909, has relied." What article is this? Where can I learn more about the article? Can I read the article somewhere? Everyo...
by Alain Roy
January 3rd, 2006, 1:24 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: LA Conference on Magic History
Replies: 0
Views: 818

LA Conference on Magic History

In the introduction to the article on the LA conference on Magic History, you say "We've never convered a convention thi way before...". I really liked your coverage. For any conference as interesting as this one is, I think it was a good way to cover it. I wish I could go sometime--thanks...
by Alain Roy
August 17th, 2005, 6:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: September Genii arrived
Replies: 48
Views: 4158

Re: September Genii arrived

The September 2005 issue of Genii arrived in Sun Prairie, WI (near Madison) on 16-Aug-2005.

-alain
by Alain Roy
August 9th, 2005, 8:27 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Classic Collection
Replies: 30
Views: 12876

Re: Classic Collection

You are correct--my typo. Sorry!

-alain
by Alain Roy
August 7th, 2005, 12:45 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Classic Collection
Replies: 30
Views: 12876

Re: Classic Collection

On the back jacket cover of my copy of Classic Collection, I see a younger Harry Lorayne. Large glasses, a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He's doing an in-the-hands riffle shuffle and the cards are face-up. He looks like he could be standing behind a counter in a magic store, but that's just a ...
by Alain Roy
June 19th, 2005, 6:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: July Issue of Genii Mailed--Have you Received It?
Replies: 94
Views: 10099

Re: July Issue of Genii Mailed--Have you Received It?

It arrived on Friday, June 17th, in Sun Prairie, WI. (Near Madison) It looks look a good issue, but I haven't yet had time to read it.

-alain
by Alain Roy
May 10th, 2005, 11:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Multiple Magazine Subscription Question!
Replies: 12
Views: 1168

Re: Multiple Magazine Subscription Question!

I agree with Dustin--it depends on your needs (or perhaps wants). I have less money to spend on magic these days, and less time to read. (It often takes me two weeks to read all of Genii. I probably need to get a serious caffeine habit so I can do more stuff.) Therefore I only get one magazine, Geni...
by Alain Roy
April 20th, 2005, 10:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii ALREADY!
Replies: 21
Views: 1095

Re: May Genii ALREADY!

I showed the wand to my daughter, who is 16 months old. She loved it. I kept rolling it up and giving it to her to throw. She would throw it or paw at it, and it would suddenly expand into a full-sized wand, making her laugh. It was great. Thanks! I'm thinking of buying a bunch to hand out to kids t...
by Alain Roy
March 31st, 2005, 7:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Search engine not working properly?
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: Search engine not working properly?

I used Google to do the search, and it found the thread in question. You can tell Google to return search results from just a single site. This is the exact search I did: site:geniimagazine.com cremer It won't just search the forum, but the entire geniimagazine.com web site. Also, I don't know how f...
by Alain Roy
January 16th, 2005, 8:06 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Email to contact Abbott Company
Replies: 1
Views: 528

Re: Email to contact Abbott Company

I don't know about an email address, but their web page has a phone numnber:

http://www.abbottmagic.com/
(269)432-3235

-alain
by Alain Roy
September 23rd, 2004, 7:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: OCTOBER ISSUE OF GENII IN THE MAIL!
Replies: 50
Views: 3425

Re: OCTOBER ISSUE OF GENII IN THE MAIL!

I got my magazine on October 21st. I'm really enjoy the Cervon article--it's a very good issue.

A little question: was it a typo that Max Maven's "Inquisition" ends on an unusally charming note? I thought it was a bit grim myself.

-alain
by Alain Roy
September 2nd, 2004, 6:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Where to buy poster reproductions?
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Where to buy poster reproductions?

Thank you for all of the recommendations! I appreciate it, and soon my office will be better decorated. Someone in private email pointed out that Barnes and Noble online (<!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.bn.com">www.bn.com</a><!-- w -->) also has magic posters. I think I'll start by su...
by Alain Roy
September 1st, 2004, 2:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Where to buy poster reproductions?
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Where to buy poster reproductions?

Hi Everyone, Where is a good online store to buy magic poster reproductions? I'm not looking for originals or really expensive reproductions, but relatively inexpensive ones that I can pin to my office walls. I already have a couple of magic poster reproductions, and I would like to extend my collec...
by Alain Roy
August 31st, 2004, 10:42 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Mnemonica Review
Replies: 42
Views: 5818

Re: Mnemonica Review

Steve Mills wrote: Am I the only one disappointed when an entire column is taken up with one review, such as Jamy Swiss' review of Mnemonica? I too was disappointed, but for a slightly different reason. I thoroughly enjoyed the lengthy review. I would have enjoyed a few more long reviews tossed in t...
by Alain Roy
August 5th, 2004, 11:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: NO CARDS - NO COINS
Replies: 52
Views: 3725

Re: NO CARDS - NO COINS

David Regal wrote:
The nut and bolt effect (where the nut is threaded on the bolt, covered, then magically comes off - I hate the uncovered versions).
Why do you hate the uncovered versions?

-alain
by Alain Roy
August 5th, 2004, 11:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Collusion in Magic
Replies: 27
Views: 1405

Re: Collusion in Magic

David Grove wrote: For example, I disliked it when David Copperfield used to use women who were obviously models but passed them off as randomly chosen volunteers. You could see the lie all over their face, their dress, their muted reactions, everything. Did you dislike the use of false volunteers i...
by Alain Roy
June 26th, 2004, 6:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Venues in Chicago
Replies: 3
Views: 770

Re: Magic Venues in Chicago

Madison is a wonderful town. It's good for many things, but magic is not its strong point--you won't find much here. I think there are a couple of people that perform in restaurants, but I'm out of touch and can't tell you which ones. You can try contacting the local IBM ring, and they may know more...
by Alain Roy
June 26th, 2004, 6:06 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Gusias Article Rocks
Replies: 8
Views: 5966

Re: Gusias Article Rocks

In the article about Gusias, it said: [The Irelands] purchased many of Gusias' "Electric Decks".

This sentence isn't clear to me. Did Gusias invent the electric deck, or merely make them?

Thanks,
-alain
by Alain Roy
May 20th, 2004, 11:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Mentalist
Replies: 24
Views: 2446

Re: The Mentalist

Martin, "The Mentalist" is Gerry McCambridge. You can find out more about him at his web site.

http://www.mentalist.com/

-alain
by Alain Roy
May 20th, 2004, 10:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Is this how businesses treat their customers?
Replies: 38
Views: 2810

Re: Is this how businesses treat their customers?

Bobby wrote: Ill assume none of you purchase books from Amazon.com for fear of closing the local bookstores. Ill bet none of you purchase travel from online travel discounters because you want to help the local travel agency. In fact, when I can support a local bookstore that isn't just a huge chain...
by Alain Roy
May 20th, 2004, 9:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: JUNE GENII IN THE MAIL
Replies: 28
Views: 1763

Re: JUNE GENII IN THE MAIL

My copy arrived on May 17th, I think. I was travelling, and my wife mixed it in with the newspapers so I didn't see it immediately when I got home. I've only had a very brief time to look at the magazine, but it looks good so far.

-alain
by Alain Roy
May 14th, 2004, 10:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Mentalist
Replies: 24
Views: 2446

Re: The Mentalist

I enjoyed the show, because it made me reflect on showing mentalism on television. I'm an expert on neither, so my thoughts may demonstrated that, but I appreciated the opportunity. I watched the show without a critical eye and thought that it was fun. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and assumed...
by Alain Roy
May 14th, 2004, 10:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Do Pages Come off the Staples in Your Genii?
Replies: 24
Views: 2424

Re: Do Pages Come off the Staples in Your Genii?

I don't have the June issue yet, but it didn't happen to my May issue, nor any issue before that.

Perhaps I am just too gentle with the magazine.

-alain
by Alain Roy
May 2nd, 2004, 1:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Roy Horn in Reader’s Digest
Replies: 2
Views: 572

Re: Roy Horn in Reader’s Digest

According to the Reader's Digest web site, you can receive reprinted articles directly from them. Just call 800-289-6457.

-alain
by Alain Roy
April 24th, 2004, 6:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: MAY GENII IN THE MAIL A WEEK AGO!
Replies: 75
Views: 5476

Re: MAY GENII IN THE MAIL A WEEK AGO!

My first reaction when I noticed that Jamy Ian Swiss only wrote one book review was sadness. I enjoy his book reviews. Then I noticed that he wrote one of the Derek Dingle memorial (it was most excellent) and I thoroughly enjoyed the one book review he did. All sadness left me. I find his reviews to...
by Alain Roy
April 24th, 2004, 6:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic for the primitives
Replies: 37
Views: 2743

Re: Magic for the primitives

David,

When you return from your trip, will you tell us how it went?

-alain
by Alain Roy
April 22nd, 2004, 6:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: MAY GENII IN THE MAIL A WEEK AGO!
Replies: 75
Views: 5476

Re: MAY GENII IN THE MAIL A WEEK AGO!

My copy of the May Genii arrived yesterday, April 21st, in Sun Prairie, WI. (That's near Madison.) I haven't read the entire issue yet, but so far I like the new layout. There was one spot where an article was completely in a sans serif font, and I found it a bit harder to read. But that's really a ...
by Alain Roy
April 18th, 2004, 7:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic for the primitives
Replies: 37
Views: 2743

Re: Magic for the primitives

I haven't a clue what I would perform--I know nothing about Vanuatu. I would probably spend my time studying the culture of Vanuatu, so that I would have a better understanding of what might be appreciated, what would be taboo, and what might be appropriate. I would also bring some 10-year aged Wisc...
by Alain Roy
April 10th, 2004, 2:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lessig's Free Ebook
Replies: 51
Views: 3876

Re: Lessig's Free Ebook

Bob Farmer wrote: The professor can put out his free book because he probably has tenure and a guaranteed income until he retires. Did you read the article linked to from the original post? He both sells the book and gives it away. He claims that offering it for free will increase interest in the bo...
by Alain Roy
April 6th, 2004, 11:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Walk around
Replies: 17
Views: 1440

Re: Walk around

David, Thanks for the thoughtful novel. That was useful. There is an approach that apparently works for some people. (I'm not speaking from experience here.) If my memory serves me correctly (I'm not at home to double-check) Eugene Burger talks about putting a small card on the table to let people k...
by Alain Roy
March 21st, 2004, 2:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Slow, Slow, Slow
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: Slow, Slow, Slow

Yes, everything seems faster now. Many thanks!

-alain
by Alain Roy
February 29th, 2004, 6:57 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Life Savers
Replies: 30
Views: 20097

Re: Book of the Month: Life Savers

I bought this book when Dustin announced it, then had no time to post anything. I found the story in "Directory Assistants" slightly disturbing. He didn't realize in advance that calling random people in the middle of the night might be a poor idea? Oh well, I've made worse mistakes, and h...
by Alain Roy
January 24th, 2004, 6:58 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Learn to Juggle: Get More Brains
Replies: 10
Views: 796

Re: Learn to Juggle: Get More Brains

I've offered to teach Steve V how to juggle on more than one occasion, but he has never taken me up on it. Hmph. I don't know if learning to juggle increased grey matter in my brain, or if that grey matter mattered to anything other than my juggling ability. But I know that juggling deeply changed m...
by Alain Roy
January 18th, 2004, 7:55 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: How to protect a visual act?
Replies: 42
Views: 2932

Re: How to protect a visual act?

Jacky-- If you are lucky, among the readers of your post you will find a lawyer experienced in protecting visual arts. I suspect most of the people reading your posts will be magicians who are not also lawyers. I suspect that if you want to properly protect your act, you will have a good long chat w...

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