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by Daniel Z
May 16th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 923

Re: P.T. Selbit

Hi Tom. I think you may be correct that David Ben's version was closer to the Wakeling than the Selbit. Of course with his own modifications both technical and in performance. For example, and perhaps most notably, in the spirit of Richardi, he doesn't restore the subject. Unlike Richard David's ver...
by Daniel Z
May 15th, 2018, 10:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 923

Re: P.T. Selbit

David Ben did a very clever version of the Selbit sawing in a number of his stage shows (he also did spirit painting routine in a few of them).
by Daniel Z
March 13th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: an online copy of Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft
Replies: 0
Views: 331

an online copy of Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft

From Frazer's Golden Bough, to Waddell's Buddhism of Tibet, the Princeton Theological Library makes available over 70,000 religious texts. including, Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft. https://tinyurl.com/yd37bx3z
by Daniel Z
March 5th, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Science of Magic documentary
Replies: 0
Views: 296

Science of Magic documentary

As mentioned on Genii Online https://tinyurl.com/ybjxu2px Our film Science and Magic will air in Canada, Sunday March 18 on the CBC. The name is a bit of a misnomer. Its not primarily about how magic uses science, or how science can cast light on how magicians do their trick. The focus of the film i...
by Daniel Z
February 25th, 2018, 9:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: Magic and Autism

Hello John. There's been little real research on this point but it is beginning. Below I'll attach a link to an article about an experiment carried out by Gustav Kuhn at Goldsmiths University of London. Professor Kuhn is accomplished cognitive psychologist. But he was first a magician, and is one of...
by Daniel Z
January 31st, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 21
Views: 3113

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

Got mine. Wouldn't miss it. Mr. Close is a talented, smart and very funny guy... for a piano player.
by Daniel Z
December 26th, 2017, 7:13 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Devil's Playthings from Magicana
Replies: 2
Views: 1157

Devil's Playthings from Magicana

This may not be everyone's idea of Christmas fare, but Magicana has posted a link to a rarely available 2013 short film I made with David Ben. "The Devil's Playthings" was only available online for a few days shortly after we finished it. If you weren't one of the lucky few who caught Davi...
by Daniel Z
November 24th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: A 1930's Harry Price ghost investigation revisited
Replies: 0
Views: 617

A 1930's Harry Price ghost investigation revisited

A new look at a "haunting" by Gef, a phantom talking mongoose on the Isle of Man. Really! https://tinyurl.com/y7va5ppw
by Daniel Z
November 22nd, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop

Yes the way he deals with the court cards is very clever. I'd say a definite improvement I learnt the mnemonic before learning any stack so I didn't have quite the same issues about things like f and v. But I did use the same f-8 shape association, then it was simply that v sometimes could be the sa...
by Daniel Z
November 22nd, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop

Hi again Bill. I see. I learned it as a phonetic code, so regardless of spelling a J is 6 if it sounds like a zh, or sh etc. and a hard g, c ,or k is 7, f would be 8 but so would v. The difference wasn't obvious to me. I thought by 1-t, 6-g and 7-k, 8-f etc you were listing sounds (or lose groups of...
by Daniel Z
November 22nd, 2017, 2:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: Geoff Williams Aronson Stack Workshop

Hi Bill. Thanks for the review. I was uncertain why you say "The only downside I can see to Geoff's system is that knowing the standard mnemonic associations between the digits and letters is very useful, and this will screw that up somewhat." The equivalences you give are the same one I l...
by Daniel Z
September 19th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Turnantula
Replies: 24
Views: 5959

Turnantula and Gaffus Max

Turnantula might be elusive but Gaffus Maximus has arrived. At least to my house. Thank you Mr. Farmer
by Daniel Z
September 15th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 3199

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

I found this online and it gives a glimpse of the board Bob is describing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm8Y_56xvu4
by Daniel Z
September 14th, 2017, 6:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 3199

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

Sadly (for me), I never saw his illusion show but I did see his hypno show. It stands out in my memory as being a wonderful act and much more sophisticated then many others.
by Daniel Z
August 28th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: One man's art is another man's...
Replies: 0
Views: 765

One man's art is another man's...

According to the online arts "magazine" Hyperallergic "The Transported Man, a group show at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, uses the mechanisms of magic as a means to analyze art." http://tinyurl.com/y7wzgbah
by Daniel Z
August 15th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 6035

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Bill. The line up last night was:
David Goldrake, Po-Cheng Lai, Levent, Simon Pierro, Jonathan Goodwin, Niek Takes.
Hosted by: The Passing Zone

Looking forward to running into you!
Daniel
by Daniel Z
August 9th, 2017, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 46
Views: 7909

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

The last time I saw him was early April of this year. My wife and I got to hang out with him over a few meals. He seemed to be in great shape. We made plans to get together in a few months. My sadness at the loss I felt on hearing the news was tempered by how glad I feel that I got to know him - eve...
by Daniel Z
July 29th, 2017, 10:22 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 97
Views: 19017

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Bob. You don't need me to add my praise for all this original and creative work. But you have it anyway, along with my thanks for stopping with this 8th addendum. It's all too much for my poor brain, and what you've put together so far will take me months (years) to work my way through.
by Daniel Z
July 17th, 2017, 9:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Science and Magic and Tamariz, Hartling, Fraps, Hilsum, and Bailey
Replies: 0
Views: 401

Science and Magic and Tamariz, Hartling, Fraps, Hilsum, and Bailey

Seats are very limited but if you're near London at the end of August there' an opportunity to see some great magic in a small venue and even participate in the second annual Science of Magic (SOMA) conference. We (Reel Time Images) will be filming there for our latest documentary. It's a project is...
by Daniel Z
July 15th, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 97
Views: 19017

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Just when you thought it couldn't get better/weirder...
When will this madness end?
Let's hope it is no time soon.
by Daniel Z
June 21st, 2017, 8:19 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 97
Views: 19017

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Mr. Farmer
Brilliant stuff and who else sends out updates on the ongoing advances and ideas instead of turning them into a 20$ single trick download?
Thanks again Bob (you mark).
by Daniel Z
June 20th, 2017, 8:14 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: That's something you don't read everyday.
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

That's something you don't read everyday.

I didn't know (until Wikipedia told me) that in 2002 Silvio Mantelli petitioned Pope John Paul ll to declare St. John Bosco the Patron St of stage Magicians. Today I saw a tweet from The Mysterium Show linking to this article with the wonderful subtitle "The brains of the patron saint of stage ...
by Daniel Z
June 17th, 2017, 11:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Poster Book
Replies: 25
Views: 3113

Re: Magic Poster Book

The McCord Museum is in Montreal and its prices are probably in Canadian dollars. Which might explain the price difference.
by Daniel Z
June 13th, 2017, 4:08 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 97
Views: 19017

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Bob. Mine arrived this afternoon. I look forward to dipping in.
PS. I'd like to thank Canada Post who as always seems to take the scenic route when delivering inside the country.
by Daniel Z
June 6th, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: DelGaudio Interview on the meaning of magic
Replies: 1
Views: 1011

DelGaudio Interview on the meaning of magic

Jamy Ian Swiss posted this link on FB http://tinyurl.com/ydb38m6x
by Daniel Z
June 6th, 2017, 1:23 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Conjuring Arts Research Center
Replies: 1
Views: 1237

Conjuring Arts Research Center

Here's an article on Atlas Obscura about the inimitable Bill Kalush and the Conjuring Arts Research Center http://tinyurl.com/yaeb8rts
by Daniel Z
June 1st, 2017, 12:08 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Hollow Men by Jonathan Pendragon
Replies: 5
Views: 2249

Re: The Hollow Men by Jonathan Pendragon

I thought the same when I read the article. It was courageous and important article from someone who has both suffered personal tragedies, and borne them with dignity.
by Daniel Z
May 19th, 2017, 9:10 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Shiva Wallet
Replies: 9
Views: 2719

Re: The Shiva Wallet

Bob's right. So get better. Remember I still owe you a beer.
best,
by Daniel Z
May 16th, 2017, 9:45 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 24
Views: 4818

Re: Steranko

Bob. ABE books shows 6 copies ranging from 50U$ to 113U$ (plus shipping)
see them here: http://tinyurl.com/l57ekm6
by Daniel Z
May 13th, 2017, 7:28 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 54
Views: 7863

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

I guess that should be Biggs. Yes - a great magician: skillful, knowledgeable and entertaining, and even rarer, a great person.
by Daniel Z
May 9th, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 54
Views: 7863

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Hi Daniel, have you ever seen any of Eugene Burger's work with Tarot cards? Hello Mr. Fish. I'm a big fan of Mr. Burgers and have had the pleasure of watching him work many times in different venues (my wife and I were known to have driven from Toronto to Chicago on occasion to watch him work when h...
by Daniel Z
April 24th, 2017, 9:19 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 54
Views: 7863

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Hi Mark. You can start here if you're interested in what's known about the original game. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot_card_games Apparently there's a lot of textual evidence in the historical record. I'd be happy to lend you a DVD of my documentary on the Tarot if we can figure out where and...
by Daniel Z
April 24th, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 54
Views: 7863

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

One book that explored the idea of magic trick using tarot cards was Stephen Minch's Book of Thoth (a title it shares with Crowley's book on the subject). It might be of interest to some to note, that while the tarot is understood as the ancestor of the playing card, modern scholarship has turned th...
by Daniel Z
April 2nd, 2017, 7:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic goes to war
Replies: 3
Views: 1128

Magic goes to war

An article on deception and illusion in WW1 at the Scientific American website. http://tinyurl.com/muw4mje
by Daniel Z
February 13th, 2017, 10:00 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon
Replies: 7
Views: 1416

Re: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon

As to the question of how he treated his friends. While you might get a better, and fuller answer from biographer David Ben, or those few of Vernon's confidants, like Persi Diaconnis, Max Maven, and Ricky Jay, who are still with us. You won’t get one as pithy as the statement by Persi that ends the ...
by Daniel Z
February 3rd, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 6036

Re: Charlie Miller

On the subject of Charlie Miller an incident that maybe of interest, though it is only my memory of an event that occurred in the late 90s (I’d have to check my production diary to know the exact date). I was with David Ben in LA filming, “Dai Vernon the spirit of magic”. One evening after we had fi...

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