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by Max Maven
February 28th, 2021, 9:16 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A new book about Kalanag
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: A new book about Kalanag

Kalanag’s affiliation with the Nazi party was known and discussed in English-language magic literature since before the start of the war. After the war, he made efforts to spin the historical record. This worked for some; for example, in Abra magazine, editor Goodliffe declared himself a Kalanag sup...
by Max Maven
February 27th, 2021, 6:00 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magicians come to life!
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Magicians come to life!

The Uncanny Valley Cultural Society
by Max Maven
February 10th, 2021, 11:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 47
Views: 2948

Re: The Magic University Journal

The Season is the lowest point in William Goldman’s writing career. Worth avoiding.
by Max Maven
February 10th, 2021, 11:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ramsay for J. Townsend
Replies: 8
Views: 1030

Re: Ramsay for J. Townsend

A pleasing detail: On the title card, the handwritten lettering is recognizably by Sid.
by Max Maven
January 5th, 2021, 3:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Characters on "Chinese" Coins
Replies: 21
Views: 1031

Re: Characters on "Chinese" Coins

On U. F. Grant’s otherwise splendid Temple Screens, one side shows utterly inappropriate images of the Buddha. The other side has Chinese ideograms, which are poorly rendered, but legible: “No Smoking.”
by Max Maven
December 29th, 2020, 11:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 33
Views: 2224

Re: Memorization

Mnemonics and peg systems just don't work for me, I've tried numerous times. I need a stack that uses rules/math and then that blends into memorization. Haven't played with a stack in quite a while though. Same here. Without Joyal's book, I doubt I ever would have committed a stack to memory. (And,...
by Max Maven
December 11th, 2020, 11:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Conflict in Magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1545

Re: Conflict in Magic?

While Keith Johnstone’s work on improv is important, I feel the work of Viola Spolin (whose work predated Johnstone’s by about two decades) is better. Magic shares similarities with group improv comedy, but the rules are different. Good improv teamwork requires sharing the narrative. A magician inte...
by Max Maven
December 10th, 2020, 2:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle
Replies: 38
Views: 4299

Re: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle

I started writing more replies, but it’s simpler to accept that I’m a disappointing coward.

And meanwhile, I’ve got work to do, and problems to continue trying to fix.
by Max Maven
December 9th, 2020, 2:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle
Replies: 38
Views: 4299

Re: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle

A few replies: Steve, there was no cap on attendance at Sunday’s meeting. Almost 500 members did. I don’t know what caused the problem in your case, but as was mentioned above, the entire three-hour Town Hall is now available for viewing in the Members Only area of the magiccastle.com website. To th...
by Max Maven
December 8th, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle
Replies: 38
Views: 4299

Re: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle

The amount of venom in this thread is startling. I am the Vice President of the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle), albeit only since late March. As I stated during a Town Hall Zoom meeting on Sunday, the most painful thing about the Los Angeles Times article is that some of it is true. There ar...
by Max Maven
November 30th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59642

Re: Stewart James

Leo Garet wrote:Thanks Mister Ben, this is great stuff.

Just wondering, though, where does Ed Gein fit in all this "Psycho" stuff, if anywhere at all?


Gein was the impetus for Psycho. The description of Stewart and his mother helped Bloch to flesh out the story.
by Max Maven
November 29th, 2020, 4:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59642

Re: Stewart James

It is mentioned in the January 2005 Genii on page 15.
by Max Maven
November 25th, 2020, 12:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2322

Re: Card size survey

Oddly, in light of the Charlie Miller comments mentioned above, Dai Vernon (at least in his later years) said that Poker-sized cards were better than Bridge-sized because the former were closer to the Golden Ratio! He was wrong. The Golden ratio proportions lie between those two standard card sizes....
by Max Maven
November 15th, 2020, 4:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians with Bacon / Erdos / Sabbath numbers
Replies: 12
Views: 1631

Re: Magicians with Bacon / Erdos / Sabbath numbers

As I mentioned to Bill in e-mail correspondence when this thread began, my BES number is six.
by Max Maven
November 14th, 2020, 5:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now
Replies: 16
Views: 1756

Re: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now

Apologies to Joe Lyons.

To Joe McKay: Welcome aboard.
by Max Maven
November 13th, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now
Replies: 16
Views: 1756

Re: IN & OF ITSELF Streaming Now

Joe Lyons wrote:Who says Magic isn't an Art?


You do.

Glad you’re changing your mind.
by Max Maven
November 12th, 2020, 3:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Walter Blaney
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: RIP Walter Blaney

He spelled it “Zaney”...

(RIP, Walter.)
by Max Maven
October 12th, 2020, 11:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 887

Re: Copperfield Interview

Here is the Graffiti mentalism trick I mentioned earlier. https://youtu.be/8CehjowD-Xw?t=614 Except that is not the trick discussed in the newspaper review cited by Waters. The reviewed trick was Andre Kole’s “Dream Vision” which, in the 1980s, was a staple of David Copperfield’s touring show. It w...
by Max Maven
September 22nd, 2020, 8:17 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 89
Views: 4959

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Brad Henderson wrote:Look under the section on counting.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_number


First published use of Bell numbers in magic: "Belling the Catch" in Ibidem 3, Aziz & Beyond, 2003.
by Max Maven
September 20th, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Rawson and Merlini
Replies: 12
Views: 1278

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Regarding the Witchdoctors' bylaws, a later version had this for #14: "Any Witchdoctor who utters the name Milbourne Christopher shall be obliged to pay everyone's check."
by Max Maven
September 8th, 2020, 12:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Creators of forcing techniques
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Creators of forcing techniques

The proper way might have been to mention the person who had actually done the research, instead of dropping that name from your cut-and-paste.
by Max Maven
September 7th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Creators of forcing techniques
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Creators of forcing techniques

Sorry, but going to a couple of websites that have compiled work by others does not qualify as "research."
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 10856

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

“Magic is like conceptual art. Every magician has their own vision.” — Actually, few people, let alone magicians, have any vision of Conceptual Art. “My vision of magic is based in the ironic outlook I have towards life. I think by not shooting directly for High Art you have better chance of actuall...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 10856

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

If you've decided that magic is not a high art, then for you it never will be.
by Max Maven
August 30th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2871

Re: 3MW

Didn’t expect to find Polari referenced on this site. On YouTube there’s a clip from British television some years back, which shows a full conversation in Polari that is impenetrable.
by Max Maven
August 30th, 2020, 1:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Academy of Magical Arts Award Winners for 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1244

Re: Academy of Magical Arts Award Winners for 2019

I was not directly involved, but they told him they wanted to give him the award; he turned it down; they gave it anyway.
by Max Maven
August 28th, 2020, 4:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Academy of Magical Arts Award Winners for 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1244

Re: Academy of Magical Arts Award Winners for 2019

Last year, Derren had a run on Broadway.
by Max Maven
July 31st, 2020, 12:05 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1826

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: 1826

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: 5397

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: 874

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: 749

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: 3404

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: 2612

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: 3103

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: 893

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: 2192

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: 1064

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: 1447

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: 1447

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...

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