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by Steve Mills
October 20th, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 6458

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

^ Excellent point. Mr. Henderson's initial posts in this thread were, to be kind, provocative. He has been backing away from his initial tone as the thread has progressed. It's too bad that he has alienated many, what he has written since then makes sense. Believe me, life is better when he's on &q...
by Steve Mills
September 26th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Nestor Hato on Fool Us
Replies: 9
Views: 1459

Re: Nestor Hato on Fool Us

Camera tricks. If memory serves me well, Nestor's trick was marketed some ten years ago under the name of "Nestorized". The DVD was directed by Jean-Luc Bertrand, who also directed some other nice DVDs such as David Stone's and Yannick Chrétien's. Just curious. Was this already sold out o...
by Steve Mills
September 23rd, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Copag 310 Slimline cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1565

Re: Copag 310 Slimline cards

rpmagicshop wrote:They also have a gaff deck to use along with these decks.


From what I can tell, the gaff cards are regular and not slimline. Am I reading that correctly?
by Steve Mills
September 9th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicflix
Replies: 5
Views: 1031

Re: Magicflix

Magicflix isn't the worst idea ever, but I can't imagine the breadth/longevity of such a service would be long lasting. I suspect they'll get decent initial signups followed by a marked decline in memberships over a few years time until it's no longer cost effective to run the service. The propriet...
by Steve Mills
August 26th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Steve Cohen profile
Replies: 4
Views: 1234

Re: Steve Cohen profile

Very woke!
by Steve Mills
August 25th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5967

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Ian Kendall wrote:Brad, just stop. You're making yourself look even more of an arse.


Impossible!
by Steve Mills
June 18th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 30
Views: 4104

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

The coins sold by Mark Mason are very nice.

I believe they are made by Bob Swadling. The shell work is particularly impressive, I think.
by Steve Mills
June 17th, 2019, 11:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season Six
Replies: 7
Views: 2175

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season Six

Am I getting jaded or did they, basically, mail that one in?
by Steve Mills
June 16th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Reviews on books regarding Mnemonics
Replies: 23
Views: 2587

Re: Reviews on books regarding Mnemonics

I picked up one of Lorayne’s audio books for a recent trip. He was the reader and it was surprisingly effective. It was, I believe, his memory for old people book. I’m old and found it good. I think even you kids would find it worthwhile.
by Steve Mills
June 15th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 30
Views: 4104

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

Always a fan of Todd Lassen and have a number of his coins. My last order sat for 14 months and was never filled. I gave up and went to Schoolcraft and got a great custom set in a few weeks. Jamie appears to be the last great craftsman in the business.
by Steve Mills
June 7th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi
Replies: 17
Views: 2264

Re: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi

Coming to every deck of cards you buy in the future:

Made in China

Anybody want to bet against it?
by Steve Mills
May 3rd, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 65
Views: 24564

Re: reading vs video

Videos tend to expose the performer, both as a person and as a performer. This craft, if you will, is loaded with self important, pompous jackasses and watching them on video can only serve to confirm that and make what they say completely meaningless. Having said that, if one takes the time to weed...
by Steve Mills
March 25th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 6856

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

My name is Mahdi. Not Mahadi. Also, it seems from the discussion that no one understands or is interested in what I wrote about. Almost every single response is completely irrelevant to what's happening with the Youtube algorithm. It is just a good reminder for me to give up on trying to have intel...
by Steve Mills
March 12th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23826

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

It’s somewhat pathetic that looking forward to the death of those in disagreement is the ultimate conclusion here.
by Steve Mills
March 8th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Dusheck Passes
Replies: 16
Views: 2694

Re: Steve Dusheck Passes

When reading magic forums, it's pretty easy to forget how many good, humble people are among us.

He was one of them.

R.I.P., Steve
by Steve Mills
February 21st, 2019, 1:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!
Replies: 44
Views: 13912

Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

What's an "iso"? I know this was answered, but I doubt it was clear why I find this important. An iso is an image of a dvd and can be played as a virtual dvd by most programs like VLC just like a physical DVD. Over a network you can use Kodi to play the file. This way, you have full acces...
by Steve Mills
February 20th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!
Replies: 44
Views: 13912

Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

This wonderful set is currently on sale at Vanishing inc. for only $25! https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/magic-dvds/technical-toolbox/ A small word of warning. The set I got from them was computer burnt and not factory pressed. It's their product and they can do as they please and I was told...
by Steve Mills
February 11th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 88
Views: 10915

Re: The Magic Rainbow

Leaving potential future customers a feeling of being gouged is never a good thing.
by Steve Mills
February 9th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The End Times Magazine
Replies: 72
Views: 16950

Re: The End Times Magazine

The flippant dismissal of pre-paid commitments (by you, and by too many others) damages the magic marketplace for everybody. When you decide to take people's money, you have the obligation to say what you mean and mean what you say. I also didn't subscribe and I'm not sure that is even germane. My ...
by Steve Mills
January 27th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 223
Views: 29112

Re: The Jerx Year Three

The Burnaby Kid wrote:And THAT is how you kill a conversation!


Seemingly!
by Steve Mills
November 27th, 2018, 3:39 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23826

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Those trying to constantly show how woke they are have problems, from my perspective.
by Steve Mills
October 31st, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: And Finally! by Harry Lorayne
Replies: 6
Views: 3231

Re: Review: And Finally! by Harry Lorayne

Steve Bryant wrote:Loved the book. My two cents are at Little Egypt Magic:

http://littleegyptmagic.com/magic.html


Steve, always enjoy and appreciate your reviews.

I was interested in this summary. I kind of felt you were a little lukewarm towards it. Obviously, I misinterpreted the review.
by Steve Mills
October 24th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!
Replies: 43
Views: 5693

Re: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!

What am I missing here? I'm just an old, nobody hobbyist, but I rarely see this kind of vitriol directed at a trick that I see here. Even on The Genii Forum. This trick was whizzed on within nanoseconds of the original post. Yeah, I get a little tired of the OP always hawking something any time I se...
by Steve Mills
July 31st, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Repertoire by Asi Wind
Replies: 1
Views: 1049

Repertoire by Asi Wind

The review in Genii said this was being reprinted.

Any of you well connected insiders have any poop on this?
by Steve Mills
July 24th, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 4277

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Personally, I thought last night’s show was one of the weakest of the entire series, until P & T did the egg bag. Now it’’s one of my favorites.
by Steve Mills
July 16th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Reruns
Replies: 0
Views: 764

Magic Reruns

Does anyone else find the "reissue" of old magic somewhat deceptive? I'm not talking about things like "L&L World's Greatest" or pulling certain routines from existing DVDs and issuing them as standalone items when this is disclosed. Right now, I'm a little steamed about a &q...
by Steve Mills
January 12th, 2018, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?
Replies: 10
Views: 1308

Re: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?

Go to your local drugstore or Target/Walmart etc. Have a look at the decks of cards for sale. You will see Bicycles and lots of other kinds. That's what your audiences are used to—lots and lots of different back designs. Only magicians are suspicious of non-Bicycle cards. If you want to prevent peo...
by Steve Mills
December 5th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: December 2017 Issue
Replies: 2
Views: 870

December 2017 Issue

I seem to recall a general rule to determine if an issue is lost, but I can't find it. My December issue hasn't arrived. at what point is it considered lost?

Thanks
by Steve Mills
November 24th, 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop
Replies: 8
Views: 1088

Re: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop

Is this the system that he teaches in his Dummies book, which seems to longer be available in electronic form on Amazon.
by Steve Mills
November 19th, 2017, 4:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The December Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 14
Views: 1867

Re: The December Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

You married well!
by Steve Mills
November 19th, 2017, 9:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The December Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 14
Views: 1867

Re: The December Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

David Ben's Penguin Live lecture receives a well-deserved rave review for the second consecutive month! Not that my 2 cents adds anything, but this was terrific. Just the performance of the knives was worth the price of admission. Of course the explanation was more good information than most books ...
by Steve Mills
October 30th, 2017, 10:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 26318

New John Thompson Book

I see the pre-pub pricing on this ends tomorrow.

Am I the only one that thinks $300 bucks is a little over the top?

Just curious. Out of my price range in any case.
by Steve Mills
October 27th, 2017, 1:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Champions Of Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Champions Of Magic

The local theater here (St Charles, IL) is advertising a show for 11/1 called "Champions of Magic". No names, unfortunately. Is anyone familiar with the show? Here's the advertising poop: Direct from a hit season in London’s West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions...
by Steve Mills
September 22nd, 2017, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Our New Website GeniiOnline has Debuted!
Replies: 12
Views: 2553

Re: Our New Website GeniiOnline has Debuted!

Steve Bryant wrote:There are general interest ads on the new site. I appreciated the algorithm that showed me a Barns&Noble ad that highlighted one of my novels. Nice targeting!


I got Rush Limbaugh and an ED ad. It's hell being old and getting targeted ads.
by Steve Mills
August 11th, 2017, 10:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 4598

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

No problem with it, just wondering about the norm. It's hard to remember that when you bid $400, you are paying $500. Makes a difference to a poor guy like me with a limited budget. Just for comparison, Heritage charges a buyers premium of 17.5% and a variable sellers premium of approximately 15% - ...
by Steve Mills
August 10th, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 4598

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

I certainly don't begrudge Gabe anything he can make out of this auction, but it seems the buyer fee is 25% on many, if not most, items. I have no experience here, as my only experience is coins and, generally, they are considerably less than that.

Is this the norm for magic?
by Steve Mills
July 24th, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 35
Views: 6257

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

While there is often some wording in the contract a dealer has to sign about not selling copies (the legal issues are murky, trust me--it's generally not a simple answer), it is usually ignored. We try to do better at the Genii convention where possible. The older I get, the more I appreciate this ...
by Steve Mills
July 23rd, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Live Tickets For Sale
Replies: 13
Views: 1874

Re: Magic Live Tickets For Sale

I wonder if the Genii Convention is making a difference. I doubt I'm the only one that can't afford both.

Maybe some were bought as "investments".
by Steve Mills
June 25th, 2017, 11:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: "Derek Dingle in Paris France" DVD now available in US!
Replies: 13
Views: 2076

Re: "Derek Dingle in Paris France" DVD now available in US!

Not that it matters, at all, but the Jennings DVDs were labeled "Derek Dingle" when p;produced. I wonder is the Dingle DVD says "Larry Jennings".
by Steve Mills
June 23rd, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 27938

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Due to my advanced years, it probably makes sense to close the book on my magic related published output. I make claim to the following: 1. A minor change (I think an improvement) to One Eyed Jack Sandwich in The Talisman . 2. The first public use of Buzzbee when referring to the unlamented and rece...

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