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by JFox
May 29th, 2018, 5:47 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "Wait for your Laugh"
Replies: 5
Views: 1195

Re: "Wait for your Laugh"

I saw it on "ME-TV" this past Sunday night, in Los Angeles (11PM - 1AM PST)....I'm sure it'll be repeated on that network. Although my early childhood was the 1960's, prior to Sunday - I knew nothing about Rose Marie, other than her role on the "Dick Van Dyke" Show. What an eye-o...
by JFox
March 11th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 2146

Re: Hmmmmm...

...this "squirting wand" could be used for any magician wanting to revive the Thurston "Water Fountains" stage illusion :-)
by JFox
February 27th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2231

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

The above film clip is from the 3-DVD "Don Alan's Magic Ranch" set. Himber's full segment is 13 minutes long. He performs: *Chinese Sticks *Menu Clock Vanish *Comedy Card Stab Through Body *Himber Pail *Linking (stage) Rings (aka: his "3 Ring Circus" rings) The information beneat...
by JFox
February 26th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2231

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

I am the first person to admit that, yes, Himber had the reputation of being a major A-Hole, especially with his practical jokes. Reportedly, only a handful of people from both the MUSIC and the MAGIC communities chose to attend his funeral (-H. Schwarzman) For Himber, apparently there were two side...
by JFox
February 26th, 2018, 4:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2231

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

It's a real shame that the name "Himber" means nothing more to this generation, than reference to a "finger ring" and a "wallet". Harry Lorayne, James Randi, Orson Welles, Merv Taylor, and Cardini all counted Richard Himber as one of their closest friends. His products ...
by JFox
February 7th, 2018, 2:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 63
Views: 4258

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

"it has appeared in print in a few books under different names" You ask: "I'm not sure who he'd be referring to"... .......................................................................................................................................................................
by JFox
January 19th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Gaughan's Original Chamber of Secrets
Replies: 3
Views: 586

Re: John Gaughan's Original Chamber of Secrets

If you're wondering why John quickly moved on past the "Houdini Trunk", and never even mentioned the name "Houdini" while Huell was asking questions about the famous "Water Torture Cell"...is because John knew that if he were to elaborate on the "Houdini" name...
by JFox
January 1st, 2018, 4:38 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Peter Warlock Mystery Glass Penetration
Replies: 13
Views: 5125

Re: Peter Warlock Mystery Glass Penetration

Hi.

To my surprise, I still receive requests for the workshop plans for the "Peter Warlock/Grant Glass Penetration".... so, please note My NEW E-mail Address:

joefox1031@gmail.com

Thanks---Joe
by JFox
December 31st, 2017, 9:20 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Index Wallet
Replies: 8
Views: 1774

Re: Index Wallet

"Thought Explosion Wallet" (Supreme Magic) "Miracle Wallet" (Tannen: Frank Garcia) "Any Card to Wallet" (C.W.) "Elite Himber Bomb(shell) Wallet" (Camirand Academy) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The first three wallet...
by JFox
November 17th, 2017, 6:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!
Replies: 10
Views: 2175

Re: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!

"Undercover Boss" is similar....The employees utilized on the program always have some heart-felt, sad life story to tell the Boss. But why not?...a TV audience doesn't want to see some wealthy and trouble-free person gifted with a 10K scholarship or a paid vacation, etc. For the most expl...
by JFox
October 12th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Don O'Neal & UF Grant?
Replies: 6
Views: 1101

Re: Don O'Neal & UF Grant?

Hi--I don't have that Bilbio., per se....but I believe that I would have a lot of that information scattered among my notes. btw - I think that even with the best of intentions, Don Tanner would have been hard pressed to list 100% ALL of the magic inventions & concepts published by Gen Grant dur...
by JFox
October 11th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Don O'Neal & UF Grant?
Replies: 6
Views: 1101

Re: Don O'Neal & UF Grant?

Hi: Don O' Neal and Don Tanner were most definitely two different people. Basically, in the early 1970's, Grant Magic was split up into two divisions: "smaller props" were handled by Gen...and the "larger props" were handled by their newly-formed MAK division. The last U.F. GRANT...
by JFox
July 21st, 2017, 12:20 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 3584

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

Hello Philippe: Yes, I was referring to the "Super-X" Suspension gimmick (The "Flying Box" certainly has its roots in that same-type gimmick). (btw--You didn't see the "Grant" name in the ad because Gen Grant was Percy's employee at the time, and although Grant was the ...
by JFox
July 20th, 2017, 7:47 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion
Replies: 24
Views: 3584

Re: question a bout the creator of: Flying Box Illusion

To cut to the chase...The "Flying Box" is simply a clever & brilliant application of the famous Abbott/Grant Suspension trick, circa 1941.
by JFox
March 31st, 2017, 2:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More Johnny Carson Notes (set the DVR!)
Replies: 28
Views: 7385

Re: More Johnny Carson Notes (set the DVR!)

Antenna-TV/Carson Productions have been re-broadcasting the same "repeats" that they had aired all last year.

....great if you missed them the first time, but there are so many, many, many more performances that I hope will be shown again.
by JFox
February 14th, 2017, 2:05 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Peter Warlock Mystery Glass Penetration
Replies: 13
Views: 5125

Re: Peter Warlock Mystery Glass Penetration

Fungineer:

RE: Warlock/Davenport Glass Penetration....
E-mail me at:
joefox@wgn.net
by JFox
January 11th, 2017, 6:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: carton box illusion
Replies: 3
Views: 1445

Re: carton box illusion

Hello.

Do you have a screen-shot of him that you can post for us to see?

Did you see him on American or European television?
by JFox
January 9th, 2017, 6:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: McDonald Birch
Replies: 21
Views: 4291

Re: McDonald Birch

McDonald Birch was certainly one of the classier magicians to appear on the "You Asked For It" TV series. His "5 Second Packing Box Escape" was incredible (a "secret" given to him by Houdini, so it is said). Imagine performing a wooden packing box escape while wearing s...
by JFox
December 14th, 2016, 7:51 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Ralph Adams Illusionist book
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Re: WTB: Ralph Adams Illusionist book

Hi again,

I have now located a seller, who has the Ralph Adams book for sale.

Re: The companion VHS tape...I am still looking for it.

Thanks.
---Joe Fox
by JFox
December 14th, 2016, 2:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Ralph Adams Illusionist book
Replies: 1
Views: 461

WTB: Ralph Adams Illusionist book

Hi:

Looking to buy:

"The Original Magic & Illusions of Ralph Adams" (1994)....... and/or the companion VHS tape.

Please advise if you have one to sell.

Thanks.

Joe Fox
Los Angeles, Ca. 90028
by JFox
December 6th, 2016, 2:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 13126

Re: Magicians Documentary

FYI---Also available now as a DVD, on Amazon. (includes Bonus Footage and Interviews).

I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
by JFox
September 28th, 2016, 1:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More Johnny Carson Notes (set the DVR!)
Replies: 28
Views: 7385

Re: More Johnny Carson Notes (set the DVR!)

Last night (Sept. 27), Johnny's guest was 4 year old child actor Miko Hughes (a 1991 episode). Miko talked about going to the Magic Castle, and being startled upon seeing a "witch's hand, with balls between the fingers, emerging from the wall, towards him" (he was referring to a spooky fra...
by JFox
September 18th, 2016, 7:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spike in magicpedia traffic after Penn and Teller episodes
Replies: 14
Views: 3381

Re: Spike in magicpedia traffic after Penn and Teller episodes

Selfishly, I wish that some of Penn's "clues" would be more subtle. i.e. The other night, he could have just said "Mercury" or "Planet Mercury"...instead of him actually saying "Mercury (card) FOLD". I like when the clues aren't overtly obvious, such as when a...
by JFox
August 25th, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller Fool Us
Replies: 24
Views: 8147

Re: Penn & Teller Fool Us

I hear that one of the big hits at Magic Live!...was the "UTP" clock trick that was being sold at a certain dealer booth. I wonder how the new purchasers of it feel about P&T (last night) subtlety tipping the gaffus on their TV show? Did the lay audience catch-on?...it's a "remote...
by JFox
August 22nd, 2016, 2:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How was MAGIC Live?
Replies: 11
Views: 3163

Re: How was MAGIC Live?

Personally, I would have killed to have seen the display of the RICHIARDI Buzz-Saw, Dekolta Chair, and Tip-Over Trunk!!! Seeing Richiardi perform at the "World Festival of Magic & Occult" - at the "Felt Forum" in NYC (Dec. 1973)...was simply "jaw-dropping inspiring"...
by JFox
July 15th, 2016, 7:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us - Season 3
Replies: 111
Views: 20528

Re: Fool Us - Season 3

I watch and enjoy this series, but its REAL obvious that now the show is little more than a "showcase" for magicians - who no longer have the goal or need to fool P&T. Fooling P&T with Passe Passe Bottles?...Nope. Fooling P&T with "illusion steps"?...Nope. Getting nat...
by JFox
June 15th, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Marble
Replies: 19
Views: 5094

Re: Marble

Perhaps the only "problem" is convincing spectators that it does NOT work via a hidden magnet.

That would seem to be the most plausible explanation, in their minds, no?
by JFox
March 18th, 2016, 8:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More Johnny Carson Notes (set the DVR!)
Replies: 28
Views: 7385

Re: More Johnny Carson (Harry Anderson)

On last night's airing (Thursday March 17, 2016), guest Harry Anderson presented Johnny with an Abbott catalog #6 (1940), which led to Carson reminiscing about ordering from Abbott's during his youth. Carson always mentioned Chicago Magic and National Magic. Harry read an item from the Abbott catalo...
by JFox
March 17th, 2016, 3:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More Johnny Carson Notes (set the DVR!)
Replies: 28
Views: 7385

Re: More Johnny Carson Notes (set the DVR!)

On last night's repeat of the Johnny Carson Show (Antenna-TV: Wed, March 16, 2016) - Dick Cavett was a guest, and he showed Johnny the NATE LEIPZIG "SUSPENDED CANE" routine (i.e. cane clings to fingers). (ala "A Few Grips with a Cane" - in Vernon's "Tribute to Nate Leipzig&q...
by JFox
February 3rd, 2016, 4:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Feb 2 - Brian Gillis on Johnny Carson
Replies: 3
Views: 1220

Re: Feb 2 - Brian Gillis on Johnny Carson

Thanks for the heads-up, Dustin. Brian Gillis killed (should we expect anything less?). Rapid fire miracle after miracle. Johnny didn't get a chance to assist in any of the routines, and he audibly said something like: "Hey, I'm here too, you know". Jay Leno's reputation for his distain fo...
by JFox
October 7th, 2015, 2:57 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Students met their demise via hypnosis
Replies: 9
Views: 3395

Students met their demise via hypnosis

http://gawker.com/school-board-to-pay-6 ... 1735168352



So bizzare for me to even guess if the above story is even real or not.
by JFox
September 28th, 2015, 7:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Al Seckel
Replies: 10
Views: 2125

Re: RIP Al Seckel

Al Seckel & I both graduated from New Rochelle High School (N.Y.) in 1976. We were minor friends throughout school, but he hung out with the real school brainiacs (i.e. the "A" science students)...definitely not my crowd. Al was the typical geeky school genius nerd...I did respect his ...
by JFox
September 16th, 2015, 5:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: magician graves
Replies: 4
Views: 1526

Re: magician graves

RE: Kellar - What's pictured on "Find A Grave" is only a "memorial plaque", and not where his actual final resting place is. RE: Percy Abbott: You'd think Percy Abbott's ashes would be at Lakeside, in Colon - but they're not. Oddly, I don't even think there's a "memorial sto...
by JFox
August 25th, 2015, 5:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 36225

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

I would be a little disappointed if the edit/cut-a-way between Josh first placing the single card face down on the table...and THEN having the TV audience see the reveal of the 4D, was a sneaky bit of TV magic. But still, P&T would have been keen about card switches (via an Index & 'Top Chan...
by JFox
August 13th, 2015, 2:05 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Sorcar not in MAGIC 1400's - 1950's ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2899

Re: Sorcar not in MAGIC 1400's - 1960's ?

The book is entitled: "Magic: 1400's - 1950's"

..but even so, Sorcar would certainly qualify.
by JFox
August 13th, 2015, 1:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Longtime Listener...etc. Have photos.
Replies: 2
Views: 1581

Re: Longtime Listener...etc. Have photos.

Robert: The answer to your inquiry about the skeleton - can be found in the Jan. 2003 issue of....GENII! ("The Magic Castle Turns 40!" issue) ...photo & brief description are on page 48. Basically, the life-size skeleton was one of the exhibits along the corridor of the "Haunted W...
by JFox
May 23rd, 2015, 4:32 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: question about mak bamboo milk chest
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Re: question about mak bamboo milk chest

Hi-- I have 3 versions of these instructions...All of them basically say, in regards to the visible "holder": "Explain that the purpose of the tube is to keep the glass from moving around inside the cabinet". However, I agree with you. It seems that the visible "cup holder&q...
by JFox
February 9th, 2015, 4:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A classic illusion..... sort of
Replies: 7
Views: 2113

Re: A classic illusion..... sort of

Judging by the girl's facial expression...I'd say she's HATING every second that she's in the box!

(I've never seen this 4-way Zig-Zag either)

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