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by Max Maven
July 31st, 2020, 12:05 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1272

Re: "Primes"

Here is one of the underlying problems: The probability figures you cite presume that the chance of a person naming the three of diamonds at random is 1/52. But most people do not name random cards. MagicbyAlfred acknowledges this when he repeats the claim that the three of diamonds is "not a c...
by Max Maven
July 28th, 2020, 2:53 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1272

Re: "Primes"

This useless survey is based on a false premise.
by Max Maven
July 12th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Index of Dover Magic Books
Replies: 22
Views: 4830

Re: Index of Dover Magic Books

Unfortunately, Dover has a long history of playing loose with images. Years ago, when they put out a reprint of Will Goldston’s Exclusive Magical Secrets , they chose to put a Houdini poster on the cover. That particular poster was rare, and the image they used was of the poster Jay Marshall owned. ...
by Max Maven
June 26th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Was Houdini aware of the Centre Tear?
Replies: 8
Views: 584

Re: Was Houdini aware of the Centre Tear?

Richard Stokes, it would appear that you didn’t pay attention to my lecture.

Several of your questions were, in fact, addressed in my lecture.

While I gave Al Mann deserved credit for his published research, it was filled with errors and false assumptions.
by Max Maven
June 3rd, 2020, 1:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Article
Replies: 3
Views: 676

Re: Magic Castle Article

Lots of inaccuracies, as one might expect from the Daily Mail. But the PR is good, and the clips from the film that I’ve seen lead me to expect that the full documentary will be terrific.
by Max Maven
May 21st, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buster and Magic
Replies: 7
Views: 2606

Re: Buster and Magic

“Professor Spumoni” looks like Sir Felix Korim!
by Max Maven
May 11th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is not theater
Replies: 42
Views: 1812

Re: Magic is not theater

Joe, there is so much ignorant nonsense in your posts, it would be a time-consuming burden to respond. So, I’ll only post one response. You write: ”Dai Vernon used to say that the best advice he ever gave magicians was to go out and f**k more women. He was speaking to the same deeper truth that I am...
by Max Maven
May 9th, 2020, 12:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2456

Re: Frank Garcia Books

I liked Frank. He was a charming fellow, and a really good magician. But, it's clear that he had a condition that could be described as "intellectual kleptomania." This is made clear by the use of the Kaps quotes, which Frank put into his publicity brochure. It was totally unnecessary. If ...
by Max Maven
May 1st, 2020, 11:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude
Replies: 10
Views: 635

Re: The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude

Quite wonderful, Quentin.

I have always found it perversely charming that such traditional British children’s entertainment is built around a sociopathic protagonist.
by Max Maven
April 16th, 2020, 7:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jay Marshall
Replies: 14
Views: 1846

Re: Jay Marshall

Jay did not publish much trick material. He put out only a few marketed items (such as "The Jaspernese Thumb-Tie"). He did write a number of historical articles, mostly in Magicol magazine. You can find a basic biography in the article I wrote for Genii that was the cover story, twice. For...
by Max Maven
April 13th, 2020, 1:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Spanish Flu pandemic
Replies: 9
Views: 680

Re: Spanish Flu pandemic

The English-language magic literature of that era does not contain a lot of information about the Spanish flu in regard to magicians. Most references concern club meetings and shows being postponed or canceled. A few magicians were identified as having had the illness, but surviving: David Bamberg, ...
by Max Maven
April 10th, 2020, 11:15 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Age Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 913

Re: Magic Age Cards

Tom Stone wrote:
Bob Farmer wrote:I like the idea of getting the cues from the cards they don't use.

I believe Max was the first to code the discards. In "Racer's Edge" (Violet Book of Mentalism/PRISM).


Thank you for noticing, Tom.
by Max Maven
April 8th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Age Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 913

Re: Magic Age Cards

A mysterious friend reminded me that the triangular trick I mentioned above was not from Bob Stull. Rather, it was from Bob Page, a very clever fellow from Southern California. The trick was called "Weighing Your Thought," and copyrighted in 1966. I still don't know if it was ever marketed...
by Max Maven
April 7th, 2020, 12:41 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Age Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 913

Re: Magic Age Cards

No idea what you mean, Bob.

Bob Stull (as in the watch) had a fascinating version that used triangular window cards, hence a lot of information. He had them printed up, but I’m not sure they were ever marketed. I have a set he gave me, but I’m not sure where they are at the moment.
by Max Maven
March 28th, 2020, 3:15 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Read My Mind Magic Boy!
Replies: 5
Views: 886

Re: Read My Mind Magic Boy!

Very nice, Bob. I've been performing a version of this for decades. Back in the late 1980s I wrote a computer program that could perform the bet for a spectator sitting at the keyboard. Martin Gardner's "Brainpopper" ran in the March 1961 Ibidem . It soon appeared in his "Mathematical...
by Max Maven
February 20th, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 30
Views: 10461

Re: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it

It wasn’t pathetic. It was a comedy routine that was knowingly over the top.
by Max Maven
February 18th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 30
Views: 10461

Re: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it

The son in Bobby Baxter’s routine was named Tommy.
by Max Maven
February 18th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 71
Views: 5002

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

In fact, the city has improved. When I was there in 2012, many shops were boarded up. This time I only saw one empty storefront. As Ian mentioned, the BLVD hotel (which opened just a few months ago) is actually a really nice place; one would be pleased to stay there in any major city. I also went to...
by Max Maven
November 29th, 2019, 2:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fred Keating
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Re: Fred Keating

Wow, thanks for posting the link! Anyone know what film this is from (assuming it is from a longer feature length film)? Keating was a student of Nate Leipzig and demonstrates some of those skills at the end of this. Fred Keating made about thirteen movies. I’ve managed to see most of them. Usually...
by Max Maven
November 26th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 2909

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

I believe the first what we would consider an actual magic lecture was given by Harlan Tarbell. Nope. The information can be found in the April 1997 issue of Genii , page 31. I’ll spare you the effort of looking it up. The first magic lecture in the modern sense was delivered in New York by August ...
by Max Maven
November 23rd, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 2909

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

Entirely up to whoever wants to book me...
by Max Maven
November 23rd, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 14738

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

While Vernon had no problem using an impromptu double-backer, he preferred using the actual gaff. Back in the 1920s, he used to carry around a batch of double-backers — six or more, to cover the common back designs in both blue and red — and took great delight in ringing them into borrowed decks.
by Max Maven
November 23rd, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 2909

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

The tour came about this way: Dai Vernon attended the 1974 SAM convention in Boston. Herb Zarrow said, “It’s a waste having the Professor present and not learning from him.” So, a late-night lecture was arranged, with an entrance fee of something like ten dollars (remember, this was ‘74). The room w...
by Max Maven
October 7th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 14738

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

A few weeks ago I found Dani DaOrtiz' version of this effect, based on a concept by Tamariz. Basically, Tamariz told DaOrtiz that Vernon didn't used an actual double back card, but rather, two cards facing together. In this case, Juan is wrong. Back at that time, the Professor had double-backers to...
by Max Maven
September 14th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 14738

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

As to why the Professor did not use “The Man Who Fooled Houdini” as a PR tag line earlier, it’s worth noting that he did not really like the phrase, as he had relatively little respect for Houdini. It was at the urging of others that he adopted the billing, and he understood its commercial appeal, b...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Great Magician (film)
Replies: 1
Views: 1373

Re: The Great Magician (film)

I spoke about this film in a Genii audio column several years ago. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is perhaps the only actor I’ve ever seen who, in playing the part of a magician, handles his props as if he is completely familiar with them. Moreover, according to Chinese sources I asked, he had no experience wi...
by Max Maven
September 3rd, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 14738

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

No.
by Max Maven
August 16th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 3358

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

Dick Koornwinder wrote:Most of the time I agree with Max but not this time.


Thank you for the correction, Dick.
by Max Maven
August 13th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 3358

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

IWas the Beatles/Kaps insert recorded for a specific Sullivan show? Or was it a performance that was already in the can, available, and convenient? Then slotted in to a show that just happened to feature The Beatles. Fred was booked for that specific show. (He had appeared on the show previously, s...
by Max Maven
August 12th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 3358

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

Whoever came up with the gag put in the effort to find out that the act who followed the Beatles that night was Fred Kaps, but not enough effort to learn that Fred’s performance was pre-taped. (The producers realized that no one deserved to have to perform in front of that particular live audience, ...
by Max Maven
August 8th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 15728

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Joe, I have known quite a few people with Asperger’s, including some good friends (Hi, Moo). I do not believe I have any bias against that condition. That said, I knew Stewart James, and I do not think he was on the spectrum. He was a brilliant person, but a shy man who was psychologically and emoti...
by Max Maven
July 20th, 2019, 4:09 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Penn on magic in the movies
Replies: 4
Views: 2076

Re: Penn on magic in the movies

Alan Shaxon devised the disc vanish that Tom Cruise performed in the first Mission Impossible movie, and clearly Penn doesn’t know the method.
by Max Maven
July 14th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Hokasen
Replies: 7
Views: 7885

Re: Hokasen

Paco Nagata wrote:the oldest Japanese magic book known, date from 1696 (October). Its title is "Shinsen Gejutsu”


As discussed in the July 1994 issue of Genii.
by Max Maven
July 8th, 2019, 11:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Redefining Broadway and Boob Jokes: Criss Angel in NYC
Replies: 7
Views: 1504

Re: Redefining Broadway and Boob Jokes: Criss Angel in NYC

From deadline.com: The week’s Lunt-Fontanne residency was Criss Angel (critics not invited), playing seven performances without conjuring much of the green stuff: With an average ticket price of $49, Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged grossed $434,072 about 31% of a potential $1.4M. Still, 90%...
by Max Maven
June 30th, 2019, 5:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Simon Movie
Replies: 1
Views: 770

Re: Frank Simon Movie

It’s a remarkable time capsule.
by Max Maven
April 8th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Koornwinder Kar without cards
Replies: 3
Views: 953

Re: Koornwinder Kar without cards

Yes.
by Max Maven
March 31st, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander
Replies: 27
Views: 3786

Re: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander

In 1983 I ran into Larry Jennings at the Magic Castle. He told me he’d come up with a version of Marlo’s “Quick Three-Way” where each display action was uniform. When he demonstrated it for me, I said, “I think it’s really good. I thought so when I came up with it some time back, and it was publishe...
by Max Maven
March 25th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: One Man's View: Brad Henderson LIVE ACT
Replies: 9
Views: 4292

Re: One Man's View: Brad Henderson LIVE ACT

Thanks, Bill. Actually, if you go to the ConjuringCredits.com site and search for “re-deal force” you’ll find, in addition to the Fetsch credit (just added), a 1954 version by Bill Simon, and two precursors by Dr. Reed Rockwood, published in 1923. In fact, I’d forgotten that the person who found the...
by Max Maven
March 23rd, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: One Man's View: Brad Henderson LIVE ACT
Replies: 9
Views: 4292

Re: One Man's View: Brad Henderson LIVE ACT

Brad, I have not yet had the chance to watch your video. But, I assume you’re talking about the dealing force used to arrive at two cards. If so, the credit belongs to Al Leech. I came up with applications, some of which I published. Once I determined that it was Ray Goulet had added a valuable subt...
by Max Maven
February 28th, 2019, 1:22 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTD: The Book of Thirty-One by Toto
Replies: 7
Views: 1396

Re: WTD: The Book of Thirty-One by Toto

Different Toto.

The one who wrote The Book of 31 was based in Massachusetts, then Southern California.

I don’t know that he is still around, but there is a copy of the book on sale at H&R Books http://www.magicbookshop.com

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