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by chetday
May 6th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4336

Re: Razor Blade illusions

Pretty obviously, the idea of pointed needles in your mouth and sliding down your through is pretty horrifying. If I were to present the trick today, I would do it as a piece of Bizarre Magick. I'd like to see what Elizabeth (that magician who did the creepy but excellent piece on the British "...
by chetday
May 5th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elizabeth!
Replies: 15
Views: 2414

Re: Elizabeth!

Darn, that was great.
by chetday
April 18th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Coins Have Hidden Booby Traps And Secret Levers
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Re: Coins Have Hidden Booby Traps And Secret Levers

Now that's real magic. Thanks for sharing the link.
by chetday
April 13th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED. MARLOS MAGAZINE VOL. 4
Replies: 11
Views: 2113

Re: WANTED. MARLOS MAGAZINE VOL. 4

Total of six were published by Marlo with help from David Solomon. I have 2-5 but, alas, Marlo passed before I could buy No. 1 from him. In those days, $50 was hard for me to come by so I bought them one at a time in reverse order over a period of a couple of years as I had the extra moola, if I rec...
by chetday
April 9th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 181
Views: 42782

Re: DeLand

My Dollar Deck arrived in today's mail. Thanks, Richard.
by chetday
March 31st, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 8416

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

"Be that as it may, I try to keep Gustave Flaubert's quote in mind: "There is no truth. There is only perception"

Or, as Hamlet observes to Rosencrantz, "for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
by chetday
March 29th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine UK Tour
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Re: David Blaine UK Tour

Read Jon Racherbaumer's piece about Blaine in a back issue of Genii (I forget the issue date), and I suspect you'll be willing to do just about anything to see his Real or Magic show. If I had the money, I'd fly myself to England to see it because it sounds like a once in a lifetime experience.
by chetday
March 17th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Any Blackpool Highlights ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2601

Re: Any Blackpool Highlights ?

That's remarkable! Best Sunday morning viewing I've had in ages. Thank you, Angelo.
by chetday
March 9th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re-sale of digital media
Replies: 7
Views: 878

Re: Re-sale of digital media

As a novelist who has always resented the fact that my work can be purchased once and then loaned out forever by libraries or sold repeatedly by used book sellers without me ever seeing another darn dime for all the time, guts, heart, and sweat I pour into my work, I'm 100% with Richard's comments. ...
by chetday
March 9th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7151
Views: 2129728

Re: ERDNASE

I don't think the links below add much (if anything) to the "palm off" discussion, but I'll post them anyway on the off chance that they might be helpful somehow: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/palm_off https://www.etymonline.com/word/palm I was going to snoop around in the OED to try to h...
by chetday
January 19th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 22
Views: 2644

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

Jack and Jerry, my copy of Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years arrived yesterday, and it's a really nice addition to my library. I especially appreciate the way the pages open and lay flat so it's super easy to read and practice the effects without having to constantly move a cast iron bacon pre...
by chetday
January 10th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 22
Views: 2644

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

Thanks so much, chetday and Mark. Chetday and Brian, if you get a chance after reading the book, it would be nice if you could comment on your impressions of the book. Jack, I'll be happy to share my impressions of the book and will do so as soon as possible after it lands in my mailbox or on my fr...
by chetday
January 8th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 22
Views: 2644

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

I just ordered my copy of this worthwhile win-win-win project for everyone involved. In this day and age of unrelenting money grabs, it's refreshing to support a worthy cause while also scoring a terrific new book to add to my magic library. (Given the fact that I turn 71 this Sunday, I keep vowing ...
by chetday
December 29th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4919

Re: Deaths in Magic

performer wrote:I am out of there but still feel pretty rough. I am not out of the woods yet. Just out of the hospital.

Great news. Get plenty of rest, Mark, and here's hoping you're back to feeling great in the near future.
by chetday
December 24th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4919

Re: Deaths in Magic

I don't think his mobile is working, and I'm not sure the hospital is too happy with people phoning the ward as the phone is in the next room (if you can get through, and anyone answers). I know he's had a couple of visitors today, but I'm not sure of his condition now. Ian, thanks for this informa...
by chetday
December 24th, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4919

Re: Deaths in Magic

Ian, thanks for the update on Mark. I'm very glad to hear he's out of the intensive unit. Hopefully, he's on the royal road to recovery and will soon be back online. I was going to try to give Mark a call from North Carolina, but I don't know his cellphone number (couldn't find any contact info on h...
by chetday
December 22nd, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4919

Re: Deaths in Magic

Mark, I'm so glad to hear that you've checked back into the hospital. From my own experience with my wife's diabetes, you absolutely did the right thing. I'd come visit you in a heartbeat if I didn't live in North Carolina. Alas, I do live in North Carolina, so I'll have to settle for sending good v...
by chetday
December 21st, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Cheat: The Prelude
Replies: 4
Views: 639

Re: Cheat: The Prelude

CHEAT: THE PRELUDE Simple and practically self-working unlike your lazy brother who hasn’t worked for months. I'll be 71 in three weeks, and I've never read or heard the lazy brother bit before. I actually spit on my monitor with a guffaw that rocked my little home office. Thanks for the chuckle, B...
by chetday
December 21st, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4919

Re: Deaths in Magic

Mark, I'm not keen on doctors or hospitals, either, but my wife's been a Type 1 diabetic for fifty years, and if you're having serious blood sugar issues that you've not been able to normalize on your own, it probably is best to get back to the hospital where hopefully you'll receive the care you ne...
by chetday
December 21st, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 181
Views: 42782

Re: DeLand

Richard, thank you so much for the thoughtful packing of the Deland book. My deluxe edition arrived in NC yesterday afternoon during a pounding rain. Alas, the not-so-thoughtful delivery person put the package between our screen door and front door but didn't ring the darn doorbell, so I almost [cen...
by chetday
December 8th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11555

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Herb, thanks for posting that link. I really enjoyed reading Roth's memories of Ricky Jay. Richard, here in rural North Carolina, I'm more likely to pluck diamonds off the back of a toad than I am to find a theater to view some of Shakespeare's magic, but, with that said, I continue to dive deep int...
by chetday
November 25th, 2018, 11:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11555

Re: Ricky Jay Death

This sure is sad news. I've been entertained by Ricky Jay for most of my life. I wish I'd been able to see his shows in person, but that wasn't in the cards (so to speak). But I have repeatedly enjoyed his work in Mamet's films, as well as his much-too-limited role in Deadwood, where, darn it, the d...
by chetday
November 20th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 8948

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

Bill, thanks for posting that extremely informative article written by the British bookseller. Now that I'm stumbling my way into my 70's, though still healthy, I find myself on occasion pondering what to do with not only my personal collection of magic books but also the hundreds of non-magic books...
by chetday
November 12th, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The DeLand Book Reviewed by John Lovick
Replies: 10
Views: 2309

Re: The DeLand Book Reviewed by John Lovick

Excellent review. I'm sure looking forward to receiving my copy.
by chetday
October 29th, 2018, 7:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 104
Views: 7726

Re: The Pass

I can't do a flawless pass to save my life, but I can write, and I'll second Richard's comment about burrowing into a project and then working in a frenzy until it's done. I spent something like five years fiddling around with my first novel back in the early 80's. I'd work on it for an hour a day f...
by chetday
October 20th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Large Collection of Marlo Personal Archives for Sale Ebay Round 2!
Replies: 6
Views: 941

Re: Large Collection of Marlo Personal Archives for Sale Ebay Round 2!

Here's a direct link to the sale: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Massive-Collection-ED-MARLO-Original-PHOTOGRAPHS-NEGATIVES-ILLUSTRATIONS-MAGIC/263994766166?hash=item3d77507356:g:QIwAAOSwFCpbx2vZ:rk:2:pf:0 I appreciate you putting the link up but the link you put up is just for one listing. I have 32 Mar...
by chetday
October 8th, 2018, 4:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for the Johnny Brown Books
Replies: 14
Views: 2125

Re: Looking for the Johnny Brown Books

Dog in a box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwslOZhA9bY Jack, thanks for sharing the link. I usually get bored in a hurry with routines like this one, but, gosh, Johnny Brown hooked me from the start because of his enthusiastic personality, which appeared to be utterly genuine. Seeing a magician ...
by chetday
September 22nd, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 3319

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Chris, I don't understand why you're jumping on EndersGame's reviews, which I find interesting and useful for the most part. He has his style of reviewing products; I have mine; you have yours (at least I assume that's the case since I've not actually read any reviews written by you). I'm not trying...
by chetday
September 6th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Resuscitating Old Cards?
Replies: 17
Views: 2116

Re: Resuscitating Old Cards?

I use an old method that has stood me in good stead for almost five decades. I rub each card, both face and back, on the leg of my jeans. Seriously. Go through the entire deck a card at a time, giving each side five or six rubs. Richard, thanks for this tip, which I'm going to try with several of m...
by chetday
June 1st, 2018, 11:57 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Grandma does a magic trick
Replies: 5
Views: 2792

Re: Grandma does a magic trick

Though her presentation could use some polish, the ending sure makes up for the magic word silliness.
by chetday
June 1st, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Animals
Replies: 16
Views: 2169

Re: Magical Animals

Madhi, my blue heeler is 17 years old and slowing down now, but she's been the most wonderful companion imaginable. I hope you have the same experience with your cattle dog.
by chetday
April 28th, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 74
Views: 17417

Re: Mark Lewis Troll Forum

performer wrote: Who is Ronnie McLeod?

Isn't he the guy Trump put forward to head the Veterans Administration? My sources tell me he does a mean strike style bottom deal.
by chetday
January 11th, 2018, 1:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hemp Playing Cards
Replies: 16
Views: 1445

Re: Hemp Playing Cards

Q: How do you get a one-armed stoner out of a tree?

A: Wave.
by chetday
December 26th, 2017, 2:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 33981

Re: Ennobling Magic

Brad Henderson wrote:jack for the win


I don't know about that, Brad. At least for this thread, I think Mark may end up with the win because of his various asides, interesting stories, and advantageous poking to keep things stirred up.
by chetday
December 24th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 4402

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

Her performances and character appear to me to owe quite a bit to the Silent Hill video game series.
by chetday
December 22nd, 2017, 4:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 13907

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Al Schneider's "Matrix" almost always generates a great response. Ditto for "Poker Player's Picnic." I personally hate sponge ball routines because I almost choked on one once while doing a variation of a sword swallowing bit, but I think Richard's right in putting it at the top ...
by chetday
December 15th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 9110

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Gerald, I learn a lot from your Perverse Magic Thread. Thank you. Mark, I also learn a lot from your posts and get more chuckles from your sense of humor than I do from watching old episodes of The Little Rascals. Thank you. I treasure The Royal Road and return to it often. As the greatest cardman i...
by chetday
December 15th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 33981

Re: Ennobling Magic

My personal sense of morality forces me to pose the following question to perhaps generate new substance and insights to this most remarkable philosophical discussion:

Is Brad lying because he fails to capitalize the first word of his sentences?

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