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by Matthew Field
January 23rd, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obituary for Denny Haney
Replies: 14
Views: 553

Re: Obituary for Denny Haney

Don't know enough to do an obit, but Denny was one of my favorite performers and favorite people in magic. He will be sorely missed.
by Matthew Field
January 11th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: GeniiOnline is BACK and Online!
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: GeniiOnline is BACK and Online!

The new Genii Online is back and it's good! Toilet roll liner on hand, ready to go! (If you know what I mean.)
by Matthew Field
January 10th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Ghost Stories" on UK Netflix
Replies: 0
Views: 135

"Ghost Stories" on UK Netflix

An alert to magicians and those wanting to watch a clever thriller -- "Ghost Stories" starring my friend Andy Nyman, who co-wrote and co-directed the film with Jeremy Dyson, is now on Netflix here in the UK. Yow!
by Matthew Field
January 6th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1383

The Glasgow Connection

I don’t often recommend DVDs, but here’s one for serious card aficionados that’ll keep you busy. It’s “The Glasgow Connection” by Eddie McColl, containing 9 effects using moves like the Push-Through Shuffle and lots more, plus thorough explanations of the moves used. One of the effects, No Rollover ...
by Matthew Field
January 1st, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 In Review
Replies: 11
Views: 887

Re: 2018 In Review

Thank you, Dustin. And a Happy New Year to you and your family.
by Matthew Field
December 30th, 2018, 11:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Dealt" on Netflix in UK
Replies: 3
Views: 321

"Dealt" on Netflix in UK

Not sure about the U.S., but "Dealt", the Richard Turner movie, is on Netflix in the U.K.
by Matthew Field
December 26th, 2018, 12:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pete Biro - R.I.P.
Replies: 11
Views: 1341

Pete Biro - R.I.P.

Just read on Facebook of the death of Pete Biro, after a stroke a while ago. A talented race car photographer and magician. I considered him a friend although we were miles apart politically. There are some hilarious stories around him out there.
by Matthew Field
December 19th, 2018, 11:27 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Cheat: The Prelude
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: Cheat: The Prelude

This is a bargain! Just 63.15% as expensive as the equally inexpensive "Cheat"! Wowsers! No bulky paper to clutter your office, it's electronically delivered. A downtown motherlode. How you say . . . no skill required. Nothing for you to mess up, like you usually do. It's very clever, ente...
by Matthew Field
December 19th, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'
Replies: 10
Views: 3202

Re: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'

The new version of "Beat 'Em…" is bigger, better, meatier.

I had a small hand in the new version. You might even say a "Little Hand"!

Har har -- Little Hand! Bob Farmer! Get it?!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 25th, 2018, 5:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 70
Views: 8754

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Very sad to learn of this. I loved Ricky's writing and saw both of his off-Broadway shows in New York, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants" and "On the Stem." My friend David Roth was Ricky's 53rd Assistant. He made appearances on Simon Drake's "Secret Cabaret" on British TV, co...
by Matthew Field
November 24th, 2018, 3:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ring & Chain trick - Is this a new principle?
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: Ring & Chain trick - Is this a new principle?

Those interested in topological puzzles might do well to check out the magazine The Metagrobologist.

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by Matthew Field
October 15th, 2018, 3:45 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'
Replies: 10
Views: 3202

Re: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'

This new edition of "Beat 'em … " has a ton of new material and is very highly recommended! And it's ridiculously cheap!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 5th, 2018, 3:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: He's Baaaack ...
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: He's Baaaack ...

Who's this Stinnett guy and what is he bitching about?
by Matthew Field
October 4th, 2018, 12:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: goodby and welcome
Replies: 7
Views: 803

Re: goodby and welcome

I've known Margret for quite a few years and she has been very helpful to me. I consider her a wonderful, talented and efficient woman, and a friend. I know she's got things she wants to accomplish outside of Genii, and I wish her magical things in her future. Love you, Margret!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
September 20th, 2018, 5:25 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 30
Views: 2831

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

I worked for 5 or 6 years for a large New York City home furnishing department store as their advertising director. Some of my co-workers knew of my interest in magic and wold ask me to "show them something." I'm basically a card guy, so I carried several "pocket tricks" with me,...
by Matthew Field
September 14th, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 30
Views: 2831

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

This thing is eight inches long! Where are you supposed to carry it?
by Matthew Field
September 11th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: a magic wallet on kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 855

Re: a magic wallet on kickstarter

By the way, it's Hen Fetsch, with an "s".
by Matthew Field
September 10th, 2018, 3:16 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: a magic wallet on kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 855

Re: a magic wallet on kickstarter

It's called a "magic wallet," but no magician will be interested in it.
by Matthew Field
August 27th, 2018, 3:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Secret Has Two Faces
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: A Secret Has Two Faces

I understand your scepticism, Mr. Charming. But Kaino and DelGaudio are not "comparing" themselves to Ms. Abramovic; they are citing her as one of their inspirations. What's wrong with that? They are not copying her. They are trying to apply some of the principles of performance art to the...
by Matthew Field
August 26th, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 1729

Re: Penn & Teller

Perhaps it's the trick where Teller gets himself into a cabinet shaped like a rocket ship and then gets sliced into parts, his head is removed (trapped in the front section of the rocket) to a table, things happen, then he gets his head portion put back on and is shown restored. The exposure is Tell...
by Matthew Field
August 26th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Secret Has Two Faces
Replies: 4
Views: 656

A Secret Has Two Faces

Having read (devoured is more like it) the article about “In & Of Itself Derek DelGaudio and Glenn Kaino in the August Genii Magazine, I wanted more. Much more. Because I’m retired and living in England, it was impossible for me to visit my home town of New York City to see Derek’s performance, ...
by Matthew Field
August 21st, 2018, 5:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!
Replies: 6
Views: 782

Re: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!

Extraordinary! What a line-up!
by Matthew Field
August 18th, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 3406

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

I did some editing of this material over the past NINE years. Do not miss this extraordinary achievement by Richard Kaufman describing the magic of a troubled genius, Theodore DeLand. It contains great magic and an amazing story. And a deck of gaffed cards!
by Matthew Field
July 27th, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: China Doll
Replies: 6
Views: 738

Re: China Doll

Al -- The aspects of presentation you are considering are what makes your magic so effective. It is the Art, which is missing from so much magic today. Your false transfers and Hang Ping Chien moves are nothing less than inspiring. So, yes, please please please put these in the new Genii column. Mat...
by Matthew Field
July 23rd, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 22
Views: 3462

Re: psychology of a standing ovation and little tricks on it

The late Professor Bobby Baxter was a friend of mine and his specialty was his Standing Ovation act. He talked about his grandson Timmy who was quite ill. As he was leaving the house to perform that evening, Timmy asked the Professor if he was looking forward to the show. Yes, answered Bobby, very m...
by Matthew Field
July 14th, 2018, 6:37 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Art of Palming by Adelaide Herrmann
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Re: The Art of Palming by Adelaide Herrmann

Thank you for this, Bill.
by Matthew Field
July 10th, 2018, 5:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stacking the Deck
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Re: Stacking the Deck

Thank you, Jason.
by Matthew Field
July 8th, 2018, 10:27 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 25
Views: 5457

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

A long, long time ago (maybe 30 years) and far, far away (in Canada) a magician named Bob Farmer decided to apply his creative powers to inventing card magic moves and tricks. These things were distributed to his friends as typewritten manuscripts, since these were the days B.C. (Before Computers). ...
by Matthew Field
July 7th, 2018, 6:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's Building An Act
Replies: 0
Views: 316

Tommy Wonder's Building An Act

Several weeks ago I recommended a book to magicians titled “Misdirection Does Not Exist” by Tommy Wonder, annotated by Tom Stone. Tom Stones website, WARGmagic.com, has another book, “Tommy Wonder’s Building An Act” that I’d like to similarly recommend. I’ve been involved in theatre and magic for mu...
by Matthew Field
July 6th, 2018, 3:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 17
Views: 1355

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

With an attendance of 250, it would be even more intimate.
by Matthew Field
June 23rd, 2018, 3:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 14
Views: 912

Re: Who invented the Topit?

Thank you Richard, Philippe, Tom and the others contributing to the answer to my query.

I love this Forum.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
June 22nd, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 14
Views: 912

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?

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
June 22nd, 2018, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 14
Views: 912

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: 9
Views: 1270

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.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
June 21st, 2018, 6:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Misdirection Does Not Exist - review
Replies: 9
Views: 1270

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: 9
Views: 976

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: 13523

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: 409

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: 540

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.


Matt Field
by Matthew Field
May 16th, 2018, 3:42 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 25
Views: 5457

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

"I live to serve."
Farmer

I serve liver.
Field

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