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by Brisbin
May 30th, 2012, 11:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: BLATANT RIP-OFF
Replies: 121
Views: 16843

Re: BLATANT RIP-OFF

Jim raises (no pun intended) a valid point, one that I have given a lot of thought. Nationally and internationally, there is a vast number of people who have now grown up with the internet, and have developed a sense that all information (there's a difference between information and knowledge) shoul...
by Brisbin
May 30th, 2012, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Broken Wand : Tony Blanco (Fresno)
Replies: 4
Views: 1178

Re: Broken Wand : Tony Blanco (Fresno)

So sad. It seems like there has been a number of good people in the magic world die recently. Cherish your friends while they're here...I'm going to call a couple of mine today. Aloha, Tony B
by Brisbin
May 30th, 2012, 9:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What's the best magic book you've found at a bargain books store?
Replies: 29
Views: 5733

Re: What's the best magic book you've found at a bargain books store?

I found a copy of John Booth's "Marvels of Mystery" for a couple of bucks in a used bookstore in my old hometown. Turned out to have the bookplate of one of my childhood mentors inside, dated decades earlier. A sentimental and professional find.
by Brisbin
November 12th, 2009, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has Hollywood Magic Vanished?
Replies: 42
Views: 15857

Re: Has Hollywood Magic Vanished?

Any updates available on Hollywood Magic from our SoCal friends?
by Brisbin
July 20th, 2009, 12:07 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: MILLARD GRUBB'S RETIREMENT PACKAGE?
Replies: 6
Views: 3701

Re: MILLARD GRUBB'S RETIREMENT PACKAGE?

$547.00 for the course - unbelievable. May do wonders for Grubb's (an appropriate surname) retirement package but will likely only result in a lower checking balance for the buyer. All of these success peddlers are the lightning rod salesmen in the field of magic. Why the vitriol? We still live in ...
by Brisbin
June 10th, 2005, 12:19 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: jap box
Replies: 48
Views: 10712

Re: jap box

Originally posted by RogerI: The use of the term "Jap" is derogatory towards Japanese Americans. However, among Japanese people, the use of the term Jap is used AMONG themselves. We just don't like non Japanese people to refer to us with the term Jap. Thanks, Roger A Japanese American I h...
by Brisbin
June 10th, 2005, 2:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sylvester The Jester has a fallout with the Magic Castle
Replies: 44
Views: 4995

Re: Sylvester The Jester has a fallout with the Magic Castle

Amen to Robert Allen. Any voting in showbiz should be done by casting your money. Support the shows/acts you like. It's no different at the Magic Castle. It just doesn't make much sense to mount letter campaigns if you are not directly involved. On an only slightly related note, I would support any ...
by Brisbin
May 11th, 2005, 11:04 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Vernon Touch column from Genii
Replies: 60
Views: 9940

Re: The Vernon Touch column from Genii

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
... then the Reel Works?
Pete, I'd reely like to see them in one collection! :D
by Brisbin
May 11th, 2005, 1:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Become A Magician: Get Rich Quick
Replies: 26
Views: 3179

Re: Become A Magician: Get Rich Quick

I tried to refrain from chiming in on this topic, I really did. However, since fiduciary matters are on the top of my consciousness at the moment, this discussion is timely. I'll work to be concise. The title of this thread was, "Become a Magician: Get Rich Quick." Certainly many will agre...
by Brisbin
February 25th, 2005, 3:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Brooke's Stuff Available Again
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Re: Ken Brooke's Stuff Available Again

You can't go wrong w/ any of the items from Ken Brooke's Magic Range. I don't know how Joe & crew managed to revive the line, but I'm glad they did. Some of the items require some practice, so many will overlook them or put them away. That's OK with me. Thanks to Paul Green for steering me to so...
by Brisbin
September 2nd, 2004, 6:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Sealed Red Jerry's Deck for trade
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: Sealed Red Jerry's Deck for trade

You're absolutely right in pointing out the Bee connection. Thank you. (May I call you "New?") They have worn/lasted well, especially since I keep mine in the refrigerator. My wife loves the fact that I have half of one shelf full of fresh or re-freshed decks. Thanks again. This is an inte...
by Brisbin
September 2nd, 2004, 12:08 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Sealed Red Jerry's Deck for trade
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: Sealed Red Jerry's Deck for trade

George, I sent you a PM on Endfield's books. I have my own thoughts on magicians' current fascination with Jerry's cards, and the enterprising capitalists who are happy to supply them at a premium. Aside from the fact that luminaries like the Professor, Earl Nelson, Ray Grismer, Allan Ackerman, and ...
by Brisbin
August 3rd, 2004, 11:07 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Do Bookplates, etc. Deface a Book?
Replies: 2
Views: 427

Re: Do Bookplates, etc. Deface a Book?

The easy answer to this is that the bookplates affect the value of your books positively IF you are famous. If not, it's probably a minus to a majority of book collectors. Like you, I think it is interesting and important to see bookplates from the previous owners. I enjoy knowing that a book came f...
by Brisbin
July 30th, 2004, 6:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best set of Cups for cups and balls
Replies: 22
Views: 2992

Re: Best set of Cups for cups and balls

RE: Paul Chosse's post - Wow Paul, thanks for writing about the Magic Inc. cups. I've used them as "workers" for a while, but typically any discussion I've seen tends to focus on them being inexpensive knockoffs of the Ross Bertram cups. Well, others know the history of that better than I,...
by Brisbin
July 28th, 2004, 4:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: More on the Chop cup
Replies: 36
Views: 3082

Re: More on the Chop cup

Curtis, Do I understand that you don't use a ball or similar small object in the opening phase of your routine? Interesting...it's got me thinking about the presentational rationale for introducing a cup. I've also been thinking about how to go south with the cup. I'm working to avoid lapping, so se...
by Brisbin
July 27th, 2004, 4:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: More on the Chop cup
Replies: 36
Views: 3082

Re: More on the Chop cup

Jacky's list left me speechless. Great tip on John Bannon's routine, Frank. This is the kind of discussion I really appreciate: thinking beyond the instructions.
by Brisbin
July 23rd, 2004, 6:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: More on the Chop cup
Replies: 36
Views: 3082

Re: More on the Chop cup

I found one answer to my own question: When in doubt, check with Ken Brooke...I went back and reviewed my library. Ken's routine in "Ken Brooke's Magic The Unique Years" is a good routine without the "guess where it is now?" approach.
by Brisbin
July 23rd, 2004, 12:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: More on the Chop cup
Replies: 36
Views: 3082

Re: More on the Chop cup

This is one of my favorite effects, but I've struggled with the guessing game approach. I would really be interested in a discussion of other plot lines for the chop cup. Anyone else?
by Brisbin
June 18th, 2004, 11:32 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Million Dollar Card Secrets
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: Looking for Million Dollar Card Secrets

Glenn, It happens when you let magicians into your library. :whack:
Best of Luck with the search.
by Brisbin
June 8th, 2004, 11:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cellini in Atlanta - the sequel
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Re: Cellini in Atlanta - the sequel

Joe, thank you for posting a fair review of Cellini's lecture in Atlanta. It was a classy thing to do.

Sincerely,

Vic Brisbin
by Brisbin
June 7th, 2004, 10:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Solid Cone routines
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Re: Solid Cone routines

While not a "solid cone" routine per se, if you have access to "The Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi," (another fine book from Richard Kaufman), see "The Solid Cup" routine pp.26 to 31. Many of the sequences could be applied to a solid cone routine. Other routines cite...
by Brisbin
June 3rd, 2004, 12:48 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Inc. Special
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: Magic Inc. Special

Sign up for Magic Inc.'s e-mail list, and they send you the monthly specials. Paul is right, this is a great offer.
by Brisbin
June 3rd, 2004, 12:39 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Shade Web Site -- whose hands?
Replies: 5
Views: 739

Re: Shade Web Site -- whose hands?

Just watched the Shade DVD, and want to highly recommend it. It's a fun, sometimes dark, ride, and I got a huge kick out of it. You will too. (Your non-magician friends will enjoy it despite all of the hip insider magic references.)
by Brisbin
May 5th, 2004, 11:21 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: It's wrong to teach kids Prof's Nightmare
Replies: 22
Views: 6343

Re: It's wrong to teach kids Prof's Nightmare

Several wrote that the "Professor's Nightmare" is available in public library books, and therefore "public domain." According to "Gene Gordon's Magical Legacy," the rights to the effect belong to Karl Norman. I would bet that if Mr. Norman had a nickel for every time th...
by Brisbin
March 17th, 2004, 11:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Swap Meet
Replies: 10
Views: 952

Re: Magic Castle Swap Meet

Is the Castle Swap Meet worth the time? Expense of travel? The five bucks to get in if you're not a member? I fly down from Boise, but there are magicians that travel from the East Coast, Japan, Europe, etc. More idols and illuminati per square foot buying, selling, etc. in the Magic Castle! Of cour...
by Brisbin
January 14th, 2004, 10:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: laugh out loud funny - magic cafe fight
Replies: 38
Views: 6005

Re: laugh out loud funny - magic cafe fight

Bob, please - there's more than one "guy in Idaho." THE guy in Idaho, Ray Grismer, told the funniest story (albeit maybe a recycled tale) about the guy in Boise who advertised himself as "Idaho's Best Magician." After performing for the kids in a summer recreation program run by ...
by Brisbin
December 22nd, 2003, 11:52 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Monte Tickets
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Monte Tickets

Interesting timing in asking about the tickets, Whit. I've been reading George Devol's "40 Years" book on my Palm Pilot, and had wondered what those tickets looked like myself. A quick review of my admittedly small collection of books on cards and frontier gaming revealed only representati...
by Brisbin
December 22nd, 2003, 11:33 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Great promotional item from Stevens Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 917

Re: Great promotional item from Stevens Magic

Bob is right. This is a great item. I liked it so much, I became a dealer! :D You can find it at Stevens Magic Emporium, Hocus Pocus Magic, and even from yours truly. I am also in the promotional advertising business, and this is an instant attention getter, with even more applications than mentione...
by Brisbin
November 19th, 2003, 11:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bush - Blaine - Jackson
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Bush - Blaine - Jackson

Originally posted by Psychic: I predicted trouble though. I know all, see all and tell all. It doesn't require psychic ability to predict that one. I thought one of the characteristics of a "reverend," even in a spiritualist church, was a measure of confidentiality. You not only "tel...
by Brisbin
November 6th, 2003, 6:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greatest Opening Lines in Magic
Replies: 26
Views: 1983

Re: Greatest Opening Lines in Magic

Originally posted by andrew martin: L.L.Henri who was well known for his card fan act and being kicked out of magicians homes.(something that he was proud of) :D I have to ask...what did Henri do to get kicked out? I've known several magicians who never knew when to go home, and a couple who were &...
by Brisbin
November 6th, 2003, 6:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Jumbo Sidekick For Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: Jumbo Sidekick For Sale

This item has been sold. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest.
by Brisbin
October 29th, 2003, 6:52 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Jumbo Sidekick For Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: Jumbo Sidekick For Sale

Sorry I haven't checked this thread after it originally ran. Please e-mail me with your questions if you're still interested. Hi George. Great to hear from you. Yep, I bought Mark Allen's DVD on the bill trick. Great to see the work that sparked so much interest and activity (?). <!-- e --><a href="...
by Brisbin
October 15th, 2003, 3:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: D.C. to move into Mirage?
Replies: 9
Views: 652

Re: D.C. to move into Mirage?

All kidding aside, Mr. B makes a good point. As long as the theatre is dark at the Mirage, the economic effects are going to be harsh. Not only for the corporation, but for the many who lost their jobs.
by Brisbin
October 15th, 2003, 3:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Photcopying of out of print books
Replies: 20
Views: 1697

Re: Photcopying of out of print books

The timing of this thread is interesting. A well-known purveyor of new and used magic sent me an e-mail offering today. The list included a "poor photo copy" of the Harbin book for $9.00! If it wasn't true it would be funny dept. - Michael Close's story of having someone (I'd bet more than...
by Brisbin
October 14th, 2003, 12:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Jumbo Sidekick For Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Jumbo Sidekick For Sale

Collectors Workshop Jumbo Sidekick, previously used in professional performances, and in working order. Complete with starter gun and supply of blanks, a new replacement card, brand new jumbo "pop-eyed popper" forcing deck, original instructions, and protective padded aluminum carrying cas...
by Brisbin
October 6th, 2003, 5:41 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Fechter: The Magic of Eddie Fechter
Replies: 51
Views: 36849

Re: Book of the Month: Fechter: The Magic of Eddie Fechter

My entry in the "Guess the Errors" contest is the repeated spelling of "Binghamton" NY as "Binghampton." This did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. While I could not pull off some of Eddie Fechter's gags, I enjoyed reading about The Forks Hotel, and gaining a...
by Brisbin
September 3rd, 2003, 10:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby email?
Replies: 69
Views: 3498

Re: Busby email?

Now I'm in misery, with magic-themed verses of showtunes stuck in my head. The image of Genii's illustrious publisher as the singing leader of The Jets must be some kind of karma for featuring a magical crooner on the cover some months back. ;)
by Brisbin
August 21st, 2003, 11:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magi on Reno 911
Replies: 3
Views: 421

Re: Magi on Reno 911

The magician wss Murray. I think it is hilarious that the blonde female officer, "Clementine Johnson," told him to knock off the tricks, because she had been a magician's assistant for many years. (For those who haven't seen Reno 911, "Clementine" is sort of a one-woman welcome w...
by Brisbin
August 17th, 2003, 10:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dan Huffman??
Replies: 12
Views: 1138

Re: Dan Huffman??

Just want to add that the Dan Huffman parade issues are among the few Linking Rings that I have warned my wife not to throw out. Nice to know you're around, Dan. Does anyone know what happened to Geoff Williams, the author of "Gathering Dust?" There is also another Geoff Williams who perfo...
by Brisbin
July 1st, 2003, 10:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Aloha to a dining favorite
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Aloha to a dining favorite

Was anyone else introduced to pate' at the MC Festalbord? :D

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