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by Roger M.
September 5th, 2021, 12:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why I'm Leaving Magic; Not Renewing Genii
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Why I'm Leaving Magic; Not Renewing Genii

Certainly the unfortunate resurrection of this thread will once again fulfil the OP's search for attention, whether he's aware of it or not ... and remind us all of the massive amount of hubris required to pull a loud and unsolicited airport style departure from an otherwise uninterested internet fo...
by Roger M.
August 12th, 2021, 1:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

Chris Aguilar wrote:so.. your point is what exactly?
.....so not sure why you'd want to go out of your way to shade that in some way.


I though my point was pretty clear ... I'm sorry you missed it.
The website has been "down" for more than two weeks, simply stating a fact.

Anyway, back to Erdnase.
by Roger M.
August 11th, 2021, 3:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

Some changes are definitely afoot, albeit not directly related to publishing books:
http://magictimes.com/my-magic-acquires ... of-tricks/
by Roger M.
August 11th, 2021, 12:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

True Chris, although in my personal experience with large, commercial websites, whomever is developing the "new" website most often has it completely ready to go before the old site is retired. Thus a break of a day or two might be expected in order to populate the new site onto DNS server...
by Roger M.
August 11th, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

A couple (or more) of weeks later, Todd Karr's "Miracle Factory" website is still offline. I wonder if any of the folks who pre-ordered his Erdnase tomes are getting nervous yet? I guess, if Karr is a one-man operation, he could have shut down the website for a summer vacation, albeit that...
by Roger M.
August 5th, 2021, 1:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

I just popped by Todd Karr's Miracle Factory website for my quarterly update on his Erdnase book, and the site is down with one of those "we'll be back soon" placeholder pages.
I wonder how long it's been offline?

https://www.miraclefactory.net
by Roger M.
July 30th, 2021, 12:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why I'm Leaving Magic; Not Renewing Genii
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Why I'm Leaving Magic; Not Renewing Genii

Good grief ... so many new Genii Forum members power-hating on magicians and magic! (3 posts and 1 post). Would it be too obvious to suggest that you two goobers immediately depart from all internet magic forums, and seek another outlet for your (apparently) all-consuming hatred of all things conjur...
by Roger M.
July 28th, 2021, 11:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why I'm Leaving Magic; Not Renewing Genii
Replies: 36
Views: 3522

Re: Why I'm Leaving Magic; Not Renewing Genii

tomyleft wrote:..... Genii is a fine magazine, and I have enjoyed it. But I'm leaving magic..........


OK ... "bye"
by Roger M.
July 20th, 2021, 10:22 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Corner Rounder
Replies: 18
Views: 2192

Re: Corner Rounder

The handheld variety can be better for rounding a card that’s been stripped, as it allows for the card to be manually “squared up” so the newly rounded corner doesn’t accentuate the stripped edge. But otherwise, the Kadomaru gives the easiest and cleanest cut by far … even better than some of the ra...
by Roger M.
June 20th, 2021, 3:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Wasshuber achieves a somewhat endless "button pushing" poker effect, but that's the only similarity it shares with the Poker Machine, which is a work of sheer genius.
by Roger M.
June 18th, 2021, 11:32 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Yes, it is now consigned to the trash. My efforts to date to contact Al Stranger about the programming have produced no replies, and John didn't share the re-programming instructions with purchasers of the machine. I suppose it would be prudent to hang onto dead Poker Machines for a while in case so...
by Roger M.
June 5th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mac King's Show Reopening at New Hotel
Replies: 3
Views: 978

Re: Mac King's Show Reopening at New Hotel

I've worked in the live entertainment and production field for the past 45 years, and my visit to Mac's show with my daughter exposed us both to an undisputed master of the live stage . Sure, it's a family magic show at heart ... but if you're at all involved with live entertainment or production .....
by Roger M.
May 21st, 2021, 11:16 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB:The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick
Replies: 7
Views: 4483

Re: WTB:The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick

I'd be more confident when a reference shows up on HC's website, or the Vanishing Inc website!
by Roger M.
April 15th, 2021, 6:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

Just popped by the Miracle Factory website to check on the status of Todd's upcoming two volume Erdnase set ... and (unfortunately) it's still listed as "coming soon" . Granted it's really only been "coming soon" since the summer of 2020 ... but I won't put my order in until &quo...
by Roger M.
March 22nd, 2021, 10:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

I thought David was kidding?
David supports E.S. Andrews quite strongly as his candidate ... so maybe there's an E.S. Andrews connection to this book sale?
by Roger M.
February 23rd, 2021, 12:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?
Replies: 26
Views: 2348

Re: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?

Will Power wrote:A few questions I have regarding the recent introduction of gender neutral playing cards:

Will.

You really needn't worry. It's all be "OK".
by Roger M.
January 23rd, 2021, 12:11 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I get that the same basic math is happening, but the vibe of this device is (to me) very different from the Poker Machine. One major element that seems at first blush to be "the same" is really quite different procedurally and optically ... and that's the inability to enter playing cards d...
by Roger M.
January 17th, 2021, 10:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

There may be the possibility of a connection, but only if you believe Milton Franklin Andrews is a viable candidate for Erdnase. A lot of folks have written off Milton completely as an Erdnase candidate for a variety of reasons, most of which were either first expressed, or were reported in this ver...
by Roger M.
January 17th, 2021, 10:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Joe Porper
Replies: 4
Views: 1034

Re: RIP Joe Porper

That's very sad.
Joe made some amazing things, most of them far better than they'd ever been made before.

Condolences to Joe's family.
by Roger M.
January 10th, 2021, 10:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: George Goebel has passed away.
Replies: 7
Views: 1824

Re: George Goebel has passed away.

Confused, I thought as I read this "I thought he passed away years ago" ... and ... "I didn't think he was a magician".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gobel

Wrong George Gobel.

Rest in Peace George F. Gobel.
by Roger M.
December 21st, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: In Memoriam: Matthew Field
Replies: 2
Views: 2817

Re: In Memoriam: Matthew Field

This is so sad. Matthew was always incredibly positive here in the forum, really never a bad word about anybody, and never a bad thought about any given situation. I didn't know Matthew, but he seemed to be many authors choice of "guest editors" for their publications. Condolences to all w...
by Roger M.
December 21st, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: LA Times #2: Magic Castle followup article
Replies: 4
Views: 1204

Re: LA Times #2: Magic Castle followup article

Boards of Directors don't always represent the most accurate "in the trenches" knowledge of any given enterprise ... but they do tend to represent their members and/or shareholders interests far more equitably than does their single employee ... usually an Executive Director, General Manag...
by Roger M.
December 7th, 2020, 9:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

Chris doesn't do "research", he tells fantastical yarns based on bits and pieces of information he's dug up and stitched together with nothing more than a desire to stitch those yarns together. He does this all with the specific goal of fulfilling his own personal confirmation bias regardi...
by Roger M.
November 18th, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Pitch DVD/Book course
Replies: 30
Views: 15621

Re: Pitch DVD/Book course

Has anybody heard from Mark?
He hasn't been around the forum since the middle of March.
by Roger M.
October 12th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: Copperfield Interview

That was a great interview. I've seen DC multiple times on tour, and in Vegas ... and that interview certainly helps put his onstage personality and performing style into perspective. Unlike a lot of DC interviews, that one really comes across as spending a few minutes with the "real" DC. ...
by Roger M.
October 12th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Let's make it crystal clear for those who might consider such eBay offerings as are referenced above. John, at no point in time , sent the programming information to anybody . Nobody but John (and perhaps Stranger) possess the information required to program the device such that it becomes the Poker...
by Roger M.
October 8th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Just a quick note to let owners of the Poker Machine know that, although his address was shared in confidence, and thus I can't share it ... I did try to contact Al Stranger a few weeks ago now, and he has chosen not to respond. I was specific in that contact, clarifying that John's passing results ...
by Roger M.
September 24th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kind of negative, but here it is.
Replies: 19
Views: 3777

Re: Kind of negative, but here it is.

I'm not a performer at all, but I do enjoy spending months (if not years) researching magic related topics, and then showing them to my daughter, or the folks at work. Design, research, creation, history ... all aspects of magic that don't require professional performance, but can bring a lifetime o...
by Roger M.
September 17th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber
Replies: 18
Views: 2329

Re: The Inevitable Surprise - Michael Weber

...My hobby other than magic is getting drunk by myself and watching pop videos on youtube.... Hey wait a minute! ... that's my "other" hobby as well! Folks should try it before they knock it though, especially when if done later in the evening it results in nodding off while humming a ca...
by Roger M.
September 16th, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

I'm sure there's more to the story. A detailed explanation from one side of a divorce, while the other side of the divorce remains silent doesn't really offer anything you might call a fact. Regardless, I'd never purchase the book simply on principle ... at least until I knew more about the accuracy...
by Roger M.
September 12th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Would someone kindly inform me what this poker machine is? It appears to do the bloody impossible, which is predict a card which has not been seen, and (to a viewer) simply cannot under any circumstances be known. The "low-tech" charm over something like an iPhone is quite disarming, as m...
by Roger M.
September 12th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

The machine dumps the program entirely when the back-up battery dies. Joe's advice is excellent though, for those whose batteries haven't yet died! If I had followed John's instructions to the tee, as erdnasophile notes ... I wouldn't have my current issue :) ... but ... "human nature and forge...
by Roger M.
September 12th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 89
Views: 6605

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Marco, with John Mendoza now sadly passed away, there is nobody left to program these machines should the battery die ... and trust me, regardless of how carefully you monitor the two batteries, they will die, and you will lose the programming. There is no instruction manual provided to re-program, ...
by Roger M.
September 10th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

I am out of the loop in these discussions. Does anyone know anything about the new Todd Karr book? Also - does anyone feel like he will have finaly solved this mystery? I would guess it's going to depend almost entirely on the veracity of the evidence Karr is promising to present to the readers of ...
by Roger M.
September 9th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for "Monte Gras" by Harry Anderson
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: Looking for "Monte Gras" by Harry Anderson

Thanks Sean, email on the way.
by Roger M.
September 9th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for "Monte Gras" by Harry Anderson
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Looking for "Monte Gras" by Harry Anderson

I'm looking to purchase a Monte Gras card set as made by Harry.
I'm after a complete package ... so original folder, instructions, and cards.
If you have one to sell, please let me know (shipping to Canada).
by Roger M.
September 8th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Roy Horn - Tiger attack
Replies: 1
Views: 1682

Re: Roy Horn - Tiger attack

I don't get all the presumed mystery surrounding Roy's accident. He was attacked by one of his tigers at a point in the act where he began ad libbing his normal movements (confirmed by multiple sources) ... at this point (and very quickly) the tiger became unpredictable. Whether the unconfirmed info...
by Roger M.
August 6th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

So ... the "Hilliard is Erdnase" theory?

I believe this has been posited by a few others over the years as well.
It may prove to be an enlightening read.
by Roger M.
August 6th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

Richard will have to confirm what he actually meant, but I do agree that it seemed his multiple Shakespeare "interviews" are somehow involved. All the contributors to Cardmagic weren't yet born in 1902, so pretty safe bet (if there is any such thing when it comes to Erdnase) that the refer...
by Roger M.
August 6th, 2020, 2:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656838

Re: ERDNASE

Todd certainly does know how to research the crap out of any given subject matter, so this should be interesting.
https://www.miraclefactory.net/product/erdnase/

Can't find any clues in Richard's Cardmagic though? :)

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