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by Bill Hallahan
May 4th, 2011, 7:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Today is Harry Lorayne's Birthday!
Replies: 14
Views: 2918

Re: Today is Harry Lorayne's Birthday!

Happy Birthday Harry! May you have many more!
by Bill Hallahan
July 6th, 2005, 4:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stem cell's for Roy?
Replies: 18
Views: 1212

Re: Stem cell's for Roy?

Doomo, According to the NCB news story at the link posted by Jim Maloney, Roy is not having the contraversial stem cell treatment that involves cells from fetuses. From http://www.nbc4.tv/news/4668038/detail.html: Dr. Albert Scheller told the German Press Agency that Horn "is undergoing stem ce...
by Bill Hallahan
February 20th, 2005, 5:28 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Just Bitching
Replies: 15
Views: 1620

Re: Just Bitching

The advantage of modern technology is that anyone can publish.

The disadvantage of modern technology is that anyone can publish.
by Bill Hallahan
January 30th, 2005, 6:12 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Pendragons
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Re: Pendragons

I agree. I saw their Cyrano de Bergerac card routine last year. That routine is great. Every routine the do is great. And their presentation of the standard stage illusions that they perform is unique. And of course, their presentation of Houdinis Metamorphosis is stunning. I also like that you get ...
by Bill Hallahan
December 14th, 2004, 5:19 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Improving your Magic by Harold Cataquet Genii December 2004
Replies: 19
Views: 6048

Re: Improving your Magic by Harold Cataquet Genii December 2004

My major issue with this article is that Mr. Cataquet places people into classifications without even taking into consideration that fact that we as Magicians are first and foremost humans, and as a part of human nature we want to be involved with people who have the same likes interests as we do. ...
by Bill Hallahan
December 8th, 2004, 10:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Smith Myth principle
Replies: 14
Views: 1670

Re: The Smith Myth principle

This is the Roshman Principle.

The routine The Linking Rings, where three borrowed rings are linked uses this principle.
by Bill Hallahan
December 2nd, 2004, 1:45 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Sylvia Browne - Real or Fake?
Replies: 106
Views: 12894

Re: Sylvia Browne - Real or Fake?

I make a distinction between people's belief in the Eastern philosophy of the uncaused cause, whether their belief is in a sentient being (or beings) or some other form of metaphysics and the belief in the abilities of specific people. People can be tested. The reluctance of most purported psychics ...
by Bill Hallahan
November 14th, 2004, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion
Replies: 57
Views: 4490

Re: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion

I expect you are correct that my figures are low. Thanks for the correction. I was responding with figures recalled from my youth. My Dad was the director of libraries in two cities. Both cities were smaller than Huntsville. Perhaps he said "...on the order of 100,000 books." I was respond...
by Bill Hallahan
November 12th, 2004, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion
Replies: 57
Views: 4490

Re: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion

Magicam, If you read my second to last post, at the top I was writing what I believe will happen eventually, so what can exist now isn't really relevant to my previous arguments. Chris responded to many of your points. I'll address some of your other points out of context. First, a typical city libr...
by Bill Hallahan
November 12th, 2004, 4:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Pals around with Woody...
Replies: 67
Views: 6475

Re: David Blaine Pals around with Woody...

I do think Blaine is a good artist. I dont discount the opinion of the masses readily when the longitudinal cross section includes inner city kids, college students, corporate guys wearing suits, and some supermodels. :) To be sure, the masses prefer the Beatles to J.S. Bach. Theres something to be ...
by Bill Hallahan
November 11th, 2004, 3:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion
Replies: 57
Views: 4490

Re: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion

mrgoat wrote: And I bloody love the smell of my Greater Magic! My copy of Greater Magic makes me sneeze. :) I think I have to put it in the sun for a few hours! After all my ramblings in my posts above, I am glad I have a hardcover edition of that book! Still, I consider this an irrational feeling. ...
by Bill Hallahan
November 11th, 2004, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion
Replies: 57
Views: 4490

Re: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion

There are two things being discussed here. Whats going to happen soon, and what will happen eventually. Below, Im writing about what I believe will happen eventually. Magicam wrote: Faulty analogy or not, there are functional aspects to a book which will I doubt will ever be replaced by an electroni...
by Bill Hallahan
November 10th, 2004, 6:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Sylvia Browne - Real or Fake?
Replies: 106
Views: 12894

Re: Sylvia Browne - Real or Fake?

Fake!

To me, all the purported psychics appear similar to someone who predicts the name of a person who's wearing a nametag. Do I believe theyre psychic? No way.
by Bill Hallahan
November 9th, 2004, 12:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion
Replies: 57
Views: 4490

Re: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion

I have read entire books using my Palm handheld at night. It has the advantage of a built in light source and I can lay my head on the pillow and read. I do have a handheld with a 320 X 480 pixel screen with adjustable brightness. That helps make using a handheld bearable. As I wrote in my last post...
by Bill Hallahan
November 1st, 2004, 11:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion
Replies: 57
Views: 4490

Re: e-books - the last 5 years - your opinion

Real books are currently much more portable. You can take a book with you from room to room or even on a trip and easily continue to read it. Also, you dont have to worry about the battery life of a book. There are some new screen technologies that use very little power, but currently they sacrifice...
by Bill Hallahan
October 30th, 2004, 9:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Green backed Bicycle deck
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Re: Green backed Bicycle deck

You can get them here:

Green Backed Bicycle Cards
by Bill Hallahan
October 20th, 2004, 2:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2004 LVMI Schedule UPDATED
Replies: 40
Views: 2253

Re: 2004 LVMI Schedule UPDATED

Wow, I can't believe you don't know Jim Sisti. He published the Magic Menu, one of the premier magic publications for restaurant magicians. He has performed, lectured, published, and been involved in the magic scene for over 25 years, perhaps longer. He is on the list of Internations Stars of Magic....
by Bill Hallahan
October 20th, 2004, 12:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Open for discussion, interpretation etc
Replies: 43
Views: 2690

Re: Open for discussion, interpretation etc

Michael Close has stated several times in his review columns that his standard for whether something should be published is if it is an improvement in "effect, presentation, or method". This is interesting as this is Maskelyne and Devant's discriminator for Normal Art. However, if the ori...
by Bill Hallahan
October 12th, 2004, 1:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Seamless T&R card
Replies: 36
Views: 5255

Re: Seamless T&R card

I like it. Nice routine.

A hypothetical "real" magician would do a seamless total restoration, so I think this looks great.

I like Paul Harris's routine too.

Update: I think I do like J.C. Wagner's Torn and Restored best... so far.
by Bill Hallahan
October 4th, 2004, 11:09 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician on Letterman
Replies: 27
Views: 2723

Re: Magician on Letterman

The audience thought he was great. I thought he was great too. Of course we saw the methods but clearly the audience didn't so his technique, however imperfect, was good enough. And I also agree he did well under adverse circumstances. Exposing that cards are palmed didn't bother me. Many non-magici...
by Bill Hallahan
September 21st, 2004, 9:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?
Replies: 52
Views: 3324

Re: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?

Thanks Clay. I enjoy debating, but sometimes I'm overly argumentative and I lack the sense to stop. For the record, I have never invested in any magic related items. Anything I sold related to magic was always sold for less than I originally paid for it, at least so far. I've lost in many eBay aucti...
by Bill Hallahan
September 20th, 2004, 11:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?
Replies: 52
Views: 3324

Re: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?

Reread my previous post with the following in mind. - The long-term goal of all investors is to make a profit. The word invest means: 1 : to commit (money) in order to earn a financial return 2 : to make use of for future benefits or advantages If they aren't going to try to make a profit then they ...
by Bill Hallahan
September 20th, 2004, 10:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?
Replies: 52
Views: 3324

Re: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?

And thus why I wrote that "... while equilibrium exists in theory, it rarely occurs [i.e., we rarely know it or can determine it] in real life." Something occurring and knowing about that occurrence are different things. In a free market economy (and that qualification is necessary) equil...
by Bill Hallahan
September 20th, 2004, 6:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?
Replies: 52
Views: 3324

Re: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?

Magicam, Imagine an investor in an investment chat room complaining about hobbyists driving down the profit on their investment by driving up the price of an item. Would they be wrong? Why? Magicam wrote: If I recall my econ classes, "artificially" high prices on supply and demand curves j...
by Bill Hallahan
September 16th, 2004, 1:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roy Horn in Critical Condition
Replies: 77
Views: 5269

Re: Roy Horn in Critical Condition

True, cats dont bite the necks of their young, but felines do pick up their young by the skin just above their neck towards their head, sometimes perhaps even on their head. The skin is very loose there in a cat. Its not in a person. I also read this tale of accidental injury previously. Someone had...
by Bill Hallahan
September 8th, 2004, 11:15 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Contacting Robert Swadling
Replies: 4
Views: 2633

Re: Contacting Robert Swadling

I don't know his e-mail address, but from this article by Wesley James I learned that Robert Swadling is in England and also that Mr. James provided Robert Swadling's phone number to David Roth who then called him. Here's where I found this. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.cs.wisc.edu...
by Bill Hallahan
September 2nd, 2004, 9:02 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Effect Recommendations Needed
Replies: 20
Views: 2538

Re: Effect Recommendations Needed

How about converting a small insect into a large one? Perhaps a radiation leak causes this! The tiny bug goes into the illusion and a giant bug, i.e. a person in a bug suit comes out. Theres a topic somewhere in here about producing a corporate executive. That topic provides several relatively inexp...
by Bill Hallahan
September 1st, 2004, 4:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three Fly?
Replies: 106
Views: 10566

Re: Three Fly?

The coins being visible and at the fingertips does take the effect of Coins Across to an entirely new level. Surely we all agree with that. And I have seen Jonathan Townsend credited with that idea in print. Magicians often hide effects with the hands, handkerchiefs, and boxes, usually because they ...
by Bill Hallahan
July 13th, 2004, 11:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Who is Peto Biro?
Replies: 49
Views: 4611

Re: Who is Peto Biro?

Pete Biro doesn't know me at all, but Ive been a huge fan of his for a long time, even though Ive never met him. Ive only seen his online posts. He knows what to write, how to write it, and when to write it. Hes got a great sense of humor. He never has a bad thing to say about anyone. I have the fee...
by Bill Hallahan
June 30th, 2004, 10:25 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Radio blockers
Replies: 11
Views: 1064

Re: Radio blockers

Conus is correct. It's illegal in the United States to use the cell phone blockers. The relevant statute refers to "intentional interference." If it could be proved you used anything, even a drill, to intentionally interfere with radio signals, then that could incur a 10,000 dollar fine an...
by Bill Hallahan
April 25th, 2004, 9:07 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: STREAMLINED DISCERNMENT-OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
Replies: 15
Views: 9469

Re: STREAMLINED DISCERNMENT-OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

Mr. Racherbaumer, Thanks, thats a fantastic post! I only have one thing to add. Youre correct that the effect predated Erdnase. The effect and part of the method used in "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" goes back at least as far as the year 1740 when it was described in Nouvelles Recreations, P...
by Bill Hallahan
July 16th, 2003, 7:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Pals around with Woody...
Replies: 67
Views: 6475

Re: David Blaine Pals around with Woody...

David Blaine might not be a F.I.S.M. World champion like Michael Ammar, but his magic isn't bad. It's not the difficulty of the sleights that matters. It's whether you astonish people. David Blaine does astonish people, he astonishes them a lot. I know several non-magicians who think he is amazing. ...

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