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by pixsmith
September 26th, 2017, 5:29 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon
Replies: 37
Views: 24089

Re: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon

I have to say I think that the year this came out, it may have been the best magic book published. It's been a great read a number of times for me. I was very pleasantly surprised when I was talking to John Moehring one evening, and he said the best book of that year didn't have one trick in it. He ...
by pixsmith
August 26th, 2017, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slipcases and Books
Replies: 15
Views: 1743

Re: Slipcases and Books

For what it might be worth, I've done this in the past. Take a piece of at least 1" grosgrain ribbon that will go all the way around the book with a little left over - maybe 4-6" extra total. When you put the book back into the case, put the center of the ribbon across the front of the boo...
by pixsmith
August 6th, 2017, 1:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: My secrets are online
Replies: 11
Views: 2218

Re: My secrets are online

So sorry to hear this It was great meeting you at AbraCornDabra last May, and I can honestly say you are one of the nicest and most generous folks I have met. In particular, your short discourse on magicians and their embracing of new media was great and thought-provoking. I thought it was one of th...
by pixsmith
July 12th, 2017, 11:28 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A New Angle drops...
Replies: 4
Views: 1516

Re: A New Angle drops...

I let Ryan know there was a problem, and he said at the moment, if you're on a mobile device, changing to landscape mode should help. He planned to have it addressed by this morning, but if there's an issue, drop him a note.
by pixsmith
July 11th, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: John Moehring Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 1578

Re: John Moehring Has Died

John was a great guy. I was very pleased to be able to feature him on the cover of Genii. Nice humble man and also a straight shooter. His piece on the farce Criss Angel perpetrated when he supposedly floated from the top of the Luxor hotel was fabulous--he described what the people who were there ...
by pixsmith
July 11th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A New Angle drops...
Replies: 4
Views: 1516

A New Angle drops...

Very excited that my buddy Ryan Plunkett (with Michael Feldman) has received copies of their book, A New Angle , published by Magic, Inc. with a foreword by Lance Pierce. I was fortunate enough to be around from the initial idea, and I think they've produced an elegant looking book that calls back t...
by pixsmith
March 28th, 2016, 10:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6890
Views: 2025079

Re: ERDNASE

That is interesting, in many ways. That location is in Paris Texas, which is northeast of the Dallas area. The contact phone is actually listed in a book sale here on the Genii forum, so it's a magician of sorts undertaking this quest. I've watched less interesting and more cryptic TV premises, so I...
by pixsmith
March 4th, 2016, 2:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains
Replies: 10
Views: 4098

Re: Genii Has a New Owner, and The Chief Genii Remains

This ought to be a great thing for magic! Plus, he's just a really great guy. Congratulations all around.
by pixsmith
August 24th, 2014, 11:40 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: TAOM - interesting side trip
Replies: 0
Views: 3189

TAOM - interesting side trip

For those of you coming to TAOM this week, there's a hidden gem about 15 minutes from the convention, with a heck of a lot of history attached. "Vegas before Vegas" Beulah Adams Marshall bought land here along the Bankhead Highway in the early 1920s and opened a tea room, hosting teas and ...
by pixsmith
April 2nd, 2013, 11:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here
Replies: 147
Views: 29415

Re: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here

Just a note.

In Opera Mini the new mobile style looks great, and loads very quickly. Haven't tried it on the native Android Browser yet, but even switching back and forth between styles works well for me in Opera.

Nice job!
by pixsmith
March 29th, 2013, 10:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here
Replies: 147
Views: 29415

Re: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here

I am viewing the forum on Opera Mini, and it formats nicely and loads quickly. Opera Mini (and the desktop browser for that matter) is free, comes with a lot of nifty features, and Opera has been a favorite of mine since the desktop version 3 way back in Win 3 days. Might be worth a look, I have a s...
by pixsmith
March 7th, 2013, 6:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here
Replies: 81
Views: 7965

Re: NEW FORUM: Post your problems/issues here

I'll second an earlier request for smaller headlines, and the one for a one or two line preview as well. In fact, for me, the "look" of the old forum was terrific. I could read stuff efficiently and quickly, and the colors and contrast were great. On this one, the fonts seem a bit light, a...
by pixsmith
December 7th, 2012, 1:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Restaurant workers - any Olive Garden experiences?
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

Restaurant workers - any Olive Garden experiences?

I'm looking for folks who may have worked Olive Garden, and wondering if I could ask a few quick questions.

Thanks for your time -- PM me and I can email you back if that's easier.

Cheers,

Pix
by pixsmith
November 21st, 2012, 5:16 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Egg Trick with Johnny Carson and Dom Deluise
Replies: 7
Views: 2232

Re: The Egg Trick with Johnny Carson and Dom Deluise

This is truly one of my favorite clips from the Tonight Show. I will never forget seeing it the first time it aired, and how grateful I was that it made many "Best of..." shows.

Thanks for the terrific clip. Two very talented and funny people at their funniest.
by pixsmith
November 4th, 2012, 12:12 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Free-Public Domain
Replies: 40
Views: 4532

Re: Free-Public Domain

John -

Just tried to sign up just as a sign up, and it keeps telling my my image file (of which there is none) isn't valid. Looks like it wants to require an image of some kind, and alas, I have none.

Just a note. I know it's a process...
by pixsmith
September 23rd, 2012, 1:15 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Merv Taylor and Kinson items...
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Merv Taylor and Kinson items...

And the Vampire Record is sold, many thanks! Still that Por Mor Fil Mor stuff avaialable though...
by pixsmith
September 17th, 2012, 6:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Merv Taylor and Kinson items...
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Merv Taylor and Kinson items...

And $75 by 6:30 will get it in the evening mail!
by pixsmith
September 17th, 2012, 1:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Merv Taylor and Kinson items...
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Merv Taylor and Kinson items...

A follow-up to the last question -- the glass is marked Kar-Lac Mix Serv on the bottom. I know it's the same glass used in the original effect. And it is either Hazel Atlas or Anchor Hocking -- I have seen both credited .... guess Anchor Hocking did a successful job of brand awareness with me! In ca...
by pixsmith
September 16th, 2012, 7:50 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Merv Taylor and Kinson items...
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Merv Taylor and Kinson items...

So you have! Excellent question too -- I responded via email, but it's the exact same glass as the original -- I am pretty sure it's Anchor Hocking, but I can double check it tomorrow.\ It is the glass used in the mixer when you order a malt, and I dug around until I found a duplicate to the broken ...
by pixsmith
September 16th, 2012, 3:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Merv Taylor and Kinson items...
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Merv Taylor and Kinson items...

Thought this might be the best venue for folks with an appreciation for the craftsmanship and the coolness of these two items... First up, a beautiful set of some props for Merv Taylor's liquid mystery, Por Mor Fil Mor. I have a couple for some reason, so here is one... The measure, with hallmark, a...
by pixsmith
August 29th, 2012, 10:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP - Ye Olde Magick Blogge
Replies: 39
Views: 6352

Re: RIP - Ye Olde Magick Blogge

It was quite interesting to read -- I really enjoyed his self challenge last year to post daily -- there were some great thoughts there.

I am sorry to see that he has discontinued it. It's worth searching to see if it was ever archived, too. As I said, some interesting thinking there.
by pixsmith
August 2nd, 2012, 2:01 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Faced pack - explorations
Replies: 6
Views: 1772

Re: Faced pack - explorations

It is, I think, "Mentalivity" in the Reverses section. It's a pretty good starting point for tricks of that ilk.

Pix
(who has too much free time and too many things cluttering his brain)
by pixsmith
July 23rd, 2012, 10:15 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum
Replies: 96
Views: 34608

Re: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum

This is a terrific feature of the forum. I love reading the reviews, and thanks to Tom for 150, and to Richard for the bandwidth!

Pix
by pixsmith
June 8th, 2012, 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6890
Views: 2025079

Re: ERDNASE

I was lucky enough to read the blog before it was private, and it was terrific. It's amazing how much really great magical advice was written in all the early literature, and especially in Erdnase. Bob White has mentioned several times that in Erdnase is almost everything you need to know about not ...
by pixsmith
April 29th, 2012, 10:35 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Mobile format
Replies: 60
Views: 10527

Re: Mobile format

fwiw, I use opera mini and the forum works and looks great just as is. I know the Android app is small and speedy, can't speak for other platforms though.
by pixsmith
April 25th, 2012, 7:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help: I have lost my memory
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Re: Help: I have lost my memory

Morris Stein and RM Jamison took idea and instead of writing on cards, used blank cards on which to write the prediction. Stein's marketed as "Predicto". And IIR, I think this particular incarnation of the trick caused quite a stir in the magic publications of the day, proving that Karr w...
by pixsmith
March 23rd, 2012, 1:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fees
Replies: 11
Views: 2157

Re: Fees

Fees are a touchy subject for most people. My opinion is that most performers undervalue their product; clients benefit... I think there is a tendency, as a good friend and excellent show "business" person, told me once, for performers to fail to capitalize their talent and experience. Th...
by pixsmith
December 24th, 2011, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dai Vernon’s Revelations – 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box Set
Replies: 60
Views: 14403

Re: Dai Vernon’s Revelations – 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box Set

i think that the point of this discussion is a broader one, and it does relate to Richard's comment about understanding customer psychology. I am a fan of hearing the thinking and the reasoning behind lots of things -- including magic, purchasing decisions, and even marketing choices. I'd have a tou...
by pixsmith
September 20th, 2011, 9:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scammed!
Replies: 9
Views: 3651

Re: Scammed!

Still couldn't like the show as much as I wanted to, but it's fine. I have to weigh the "good for magicians" against the "ack -- I hate this style of 'reality' tv,' and the magic won. Thought it was tolerable, not great, but better than most anything else that was on my other 459 chan...
by pixsmith
September 16th, 2011, 12:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scammed!
Replies: 9
Views: 3651

Re: Scammed!

Operacion Repo meets the Sting.
there's kind of a tru tv vibe to this show

i made it through about twenty minutes at the first sitting. the narration and the camera work were a little wearying. ill try to give it more of a look later.

Anyone else watch it?
by pixsmith
August 26th, 2011, 2:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thanks to Mr Gunn
Replies: 34
Views: 5311

Re: Thanks to Mr Gunn

Curtis Kam wrote:Nobody has yet mentioned Chuck Smith's handling, so I will. It is one of the few to take an entirely different tack, and it does so in a devious way.


I had actually thought about it several times, but it's pretty good, and I got selfish...
by pixsmith
February 26th, 2011, 12:26 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dunninger broadcasts
Replies: 0
Views: 503

Dunninger broadcasts

Dunninger The Mentalist #42 - 7/26/44 is airing online on yesterday USA radio. Very interesting to hear him work, and amazing how entertaining this is to listen to. I think it's rebroadcasting over the week, so see if you can catch it.
by pixsmith
December 31st, 2010, 3:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Del Ray
Replies: 69
Views: 14619

Re: Del Ray

Just finished this book while visiting family in Las Vegas. Kudos to both John and Gary, and David Ben as well, for a beautifully researched, well-written, and compelling story of a man completely driven by magic. The book is almost impossible to put down, and like all good biographies, makes me wis...
by pixsmith
November 28th, 2010, 4:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: From the cabbies' points of view...
Replies: 2
Views: 870

Re: From the cabbies' points of view...

It's possible. It is hard to tell from some of the other posts -- but I would think that they would be hard pressed to really find enough magicians to get a good sample of bad tipping. Though I know some waitresses at our regular hangouts that know all too well.... Thanks -- I meant to mention that,...
by pixsmith
November 28th, 2010, 10:57 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: From the cabbies' points of view...
Replies: 2
Views: 870

From the cabbies' points of view...

Interesting post on one of the blogs I follow. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://lasvegas-taxidriver.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=95&sid=ecb6c00955bcbe4affa9b1110b426306">http://lasvegas-taxidriver.com/board/vi ... 110b426306</a><!-- m --> If you don't read these, and you spend any...
by pixsmith
October 3rd, 2010, 11:20 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB What If Lecture notes
Replies: 3
Views: 720

Re: WTB What If Lecture notes

I think that they may still be available from Chuck himself. Norman Beck would know if anyone does though.
by pixsmith
September 18th, 2010, 12:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TAOM 2011 Convention-San Antonio, Texas
Replies: 4
Views: 1667

Re: TAOM 2011 Convention-San Antonio, Texas

It was in Market Square. I remember the Joske's downtown from many visits to my godparents in SA. I actually saw parts of the hotel being built, and then begged and wheedled for about a solid year to get to go to Hemisfair. It was amazing, especially to 9 year old eyes, and in retrospect, my mother ...
by pixsmith
September 16th, 2010, 9:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TAOM 2011 Convention-San Antonio, Texas
Replies: 4
Views: 1667

Re: TAOM 2011 Convention-San Antonio, Texas

Interesting hotel, that was a completely modular build, constructed in about 200 days when HemisFair (where I saw an amazing Mark Wilson magic show that might have been sponsored by SW Bell, but I forget) was in San Antonio in 1968. The rooms were build and furnished down to the carpeting, as I reca...
by pixsmith
September 5th, 2010, 9:53 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: powerball 60
Replies: 38
Views: 7349

Re: powerball 60

Steve --

Got to come down on Brad's side here, and he is correct. He also mentioned it in in the review of the product in Magic.

It has been an interesting personal look for me, at the world of commercial magic and its purveyors.
by pixsmith
August 27th, 2010, 3:50 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Knife Throwing Gaff?
Replies: 6
Views: 2905

Re: Knife Throwing Gaff?

I have a puppet knife throwing act, designed by Joe Owens and built by Fred Cowan, that uses a spring loaded knife that shoots out into position. For larger, real scale things, though, I would securely fasten that sucker to a rat trap spring and inset it into whatever it has to come out of. You can ...

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