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by Matthew Field
June 22nd, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 11
Views: 273

Re: Who invented the Topit?

That's the story I know -- a shoplifter's under-the-coat bag. I saw Pat do many things with (and without) the Topit.

But who is this Harold Comden?

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by Matthew Field
June 22nd, 2018, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 11
Views: 273

Who invented the Topit?

At the recent History Gathering @ The Magic Circle, attendees received a small gift or two on exiting. Mine was a copy of the July 1924 "Magician Monthly", a rather mediocre slim magazine published by Hamleys, a London department store with a large magic department. In one of their house a...
by Matthew Field
June 22nd, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review
Replies: 5
Views: 580

Re: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review

Some of the content reflects Tommy's ideas from "Books of Wonder," but that's just the beginning. The material in this book is much expanded, with exercises and in-depth analysis, as befits the advance-level course this was used in.

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by Matthew Field
June 21st, 2018, 6:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review
Replies: 5
Views: 580

Misdirection Does Not Exist - review

I’ve got my personal heroes in magic, a relatively short list which includes past masters Vernon and Marlo, of course, as well as Tony Slydini, Alex Elmsley, Patrick Page and someone I was proud to call a friend, Tommy Wonder. Tom Stone recently published, through his WARG on-line shop, a book title...
by Matthew Field
June 20th, 2018, 5:21 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Re: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics

Jenzo's products are works of art. The craftsmanship and design are wonderful. I love his work and he is a good friend of mine.
by Matthew Field
June 19th, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Karl Fulves Pubs
Replies: 53
Views: 12188

Re: New Karl Fulves Pubs

The research I did for my Karl Fulves talk at The History Gathering at The Magic Circle and the European Magic History Conference several years ago gave Fulves' birthdate as 27 July, 1939, which would make him 78. (I don't remember where I found the date.)
by Matthew Field
June 10th, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Circle History Gathering
Replies: 1
Views: 194

The Magic Circle History Gathering

I spent yesterday, Saturday June 9, at The Magic Circle in London attending the History Gathering there. I had a great time. Hosted by magic historian Dr. Eddie Dawes and Magic Circle Executive Librarian Peter Lane, there was a record crowd in attendance to hear talks from Peter Brunning on Jardine ...
by Matthew Field
June 3rd, 2018, 5:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.C. Sorcar Story on BBC Website
Replies: 4
Views: 295

P.C. Sorcar Story on BBC Website

There's a story about P.C. Sorcar Sr. on the BBC website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-44316854.

Unfortunately, the "expert" author cites Sammy Smith as the editor of Genii, rather than The Linking Ring.


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by Matthew Field
May 16th, 2018, 3:42 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1849

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

"I live to serve."
Farmer

I serve liver.
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by Matthew Field
May 15th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1849

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

Turnantula confused and amused me for years. I asked Bob repeated for a video and explanation. It only took 12 years, but, at last, here it is. I've made up the practice deck as Bob suggests and, at my advanced age, am learning a new sleight. That's how good it is. If you love great card magic, get ...
by Matthew Field
April 24th, 2018, 4:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 15197

Re: New John Thompson Book

The DeLand book is mind-blowing. The man was a (troubled) magical genius.

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by Matthew Field
April 15th, 2018, 3:11 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 19
Views: 1849

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

DO NOT walk by the biker babes, you fool.

CHEAT is brilliant thinking about one of my favorite effects, the Christ Aces. Bob has reimagined this with a ton of brilliant innovations.

Highly recommended.

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by Matthew Field
February 11th, 2018, 3:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 6811

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

For me, "The Magic Bullet" aka the Gun Trick by Ken Krenzel.
by Matthew Field
February 10th, 2018, 5:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 11293

Re: Roy Walton

That was at the Blackpool magic convention in Feb. 2008. I interviewed Roy for a cover feature in the magazine I was editing, The Magic Circular (June 2008). I had a question for Roy about his move Trigger that I was having trouble with, and he showed me several effects using it which blew me away.
by Matthew Field
February 9th, 2018, 3:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 18
Views: 2092

Re: Cy Endfield

Ask Michael Vincent.
by Matthew Field
February 5th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention
Replies: 11
Views: 1028

Re: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention

Well, I'll be there next week and I'm looking forward to it. So we'll see.

You can be funny, though, Quentin.
by Matthew Field
February 5th, 2018, 3:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention
Replies: 11
Views: 1028

Re: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention

"Blackpool has plenty of fine places to eat" Ha ha ha ha ha ha hah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha ha hah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Quentin, you are so funny. Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 6th, 2017, 5:47 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Jenzo effect : The Guiding Hand
Replies: 2
Views: 357

Re: New Jenzo effect : The Guiding Hand

"Jenzo's" magic effects are the most beautiful I've seen. Amazing craftsmanship with excellent magic principles. Highly recommended!

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by Matthew Field
October 26th, 2017, 3:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 22
Views: 2608

Re: Magic on Demand

Grey elephant in Denmark has worked for me.
by Matthew Field
October 18th, 2017, 12:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 2 Jenzo Harmonics Items for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Re: 2 Jenzo Harmonics Items for sale

Jenzo Harmonics products are things of beauty, and oh so clever. Highly recommended.

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by Matthew Field
October 6th, 2017, 7:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Andy Nyman's "Ghost Stories" Film Review
Replies: 0
Views: 526

Andy Nyman's "Ghost Stories" Film Review

My pal Andy Nyman's new film, "Ghost Stories", got a great review in The Guardian over here in the U.K. He stars in and directed it, as well as co-wrote it and for all I know developed the film. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/05/ghost-stories-review-martin-freeman-paul-whitehous...
by Matthew Field
September 26th, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus
Replies: 28
Views: 5965

Re: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus

See? That's what I'm talkin about. And "Tarodictiion Toolbox" was called "Tarodiction Tonite."
by Matthew Field
September 26th, 2017, 3:39 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus
Replies: 28
Views: 5965

Re: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus

Bob -- You left out "Alice in Wonderland."
by Matthew Field
September 25th, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus
Replies: 28
Views: 5965

Re: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus

This is one of the most enjoyable, and amazing, books I've ever edited.

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by Matthew Field
September 15th, 2017, 8:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Matt's Been Hacked
Replies: 1
Views: 640

Matt's Been Hacked

Apologies to anyone who got an email from me saying HELP. it's not legit -- I was hacked.

Hopefully it's now under control.

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by Matthew Field
August 31st, 2017, 9:15 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August
Replies: 9
Views: 1573

Re: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August

And a Smokey Stover to you, Bill.

FOO.

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by Matthew Field
August 27th, 2017, 3:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kevin King
Replies: 0
Views: 941

Kevin King

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death by suicide of Kevin King. Kevin was a hilariously creative magician who was a cancer survivor and clever close-up and stage magician. I knew and liked him, although I can't call him a true friend. He was troubled by many things, including a recent situation...
by Matthew Field
August 24th, 2017, 9:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Patrick Harris Crossword in NY Times
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Neil Patrick Harris Crossword in NY Times

Ingrid Spangler, a photographer who was a dear friend of my late buddy Prof. Bobby Baxter, writes to tell me that there's a crossword puzzle by Neil Patrick Harris in today's (Aug 24) New York Times. Has anyone seen it?

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by Matthew Field
August 19th, 2017, 3:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 6039

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

This thread makes me sick.
by Matthew Field
August 9th, 2017, 8:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 46
Views: 7917

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

I edited several of Eugene's books, and he and I were friendly. We often spoke about things spiritual -- he knew I am a Tibetan Buddhist (of the atheist variety). He was a man who cared deeply about magic, and who was committed to expressing his insights into aspects of magic theory, along with the ...
by Matthew Field
July 27th, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 15057

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Patrick Page's "Kitson Miracle" is a fabulous version of the Monte trick. You can show the fronts and backs of all three cards. I pleaded with him to include it in "Magic Page by Page", which I edited, but to no avail. The trick is marketed by Patrick Page Magic, based in England...
by Matthew Field
July 19th, 2017, 3:29 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 19249

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Let me tell you-- Addendum #8 to the Tarodiction Toolbox contains what I consider to be one of the finest tricks in the toolbox -- "Tarodiction Tantalizer." I'd say more but I don't want Farmer's head to be even more swelled than it already is. This trick will win someone an award on AGT, ...
by Matthew Field
July 13th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 19249

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

I'm not inclined to make over the top statements, but the trick ""Messcal" in Addendum #5 to Bob's Tarodiction Toolbox is one of the strongest tricks I can think of, impossible-looking on many levels but just about self-working in reality. If you like card magic, do yourself a favor a...
by Matthew Field
July 12th, 2017, 3:54 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 58
Views: 22924

Re: DeLand

I edited this book so long ago that in my advanced years I remember little. So can't wait to read it!
by Matthew Field
June 27th, 2017, 5:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 3896

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

Mike and Lisa did a fabulous job reinventing M-U-M. Mike brought in a team of expert reviewers, got columns and stories from and about important personalities in magic (not just the newly elected Sergeant-at-Arms somewhere in Iowa), instituted the Book Nook excerpts from new and classic magic books,...
by Matthew Field
June 15th, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 19249

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Bob is continuing to make discoveries about his system, and these are very exciting.

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by Matthew Field
June 11th, 2017, 6:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Circle History Gathering 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 677

Magic Circle History Gathering 2017

Saturday, June 10, The Magic Circle hosted the 2017 History gathering to a large group of enthusiasts from around the world. After morning coffee and a welcome from Magic Circle President Scott Penrose. Ian Keable gave a most interesting talk on the 1749 performance of the Bottle Conjuror, who promi...
by Matthew Field
June 8th, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 19249

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

I serve liver.

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by Matthew Field
June 1st, 2017, 9:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 6773

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

I pronounce "____________" as "underline."

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by Matthew Field
May 1st, 2017, 5:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: On Magic in Las Vegas
Replies: 2
Views: 854

Re: On Magic in Las Vegas

I tried. I really did. But listening to these two guys was, for me, impossible. Unorganized, a million "like, like" in their speech, giggling at themselves ... what "Wayne's World" was burlesquing.

Yeah, I know. I'm old.

Matt Field

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