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by McKitterick
March 27th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 17
Views: 1354

Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Richard Kaufman wrote:How can they do that, Bill?

A bit further information:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-tu ... everywhere
by McKitterick
March 10th, 2020, 9:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Women’s Day 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 3479

Re: International Women’s Day 2020

But let’s stick to the issue: exactly how has your internet posting here Tom Stone made a positive change in the quest for more equitable participation of women in magic conventions? If we can agree that "Knowing there is a problem is the first step to recovery" - https://www.youtube.com/...
by McKitterick
November 23rd, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 52
Views: 14519

Re: Laypeople

performer wrote:Perhaps times have changed ...

Richard Kaufman wrote:Yes, times have changed.

chetday wrote:I'll say times have changed.

Indeed ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlPV4wtZ6HE
by McKitterick
August 26th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 13255

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Today's Guardian happens to have some thoughts regarding the breadth of the autism spectrum:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/26/autism-neurodiversity-severe

Nothing to say on the magic angle though.
by McKitterick
July 24th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: This is What the Food Critic of the NY Times Thinks of The Magic Castle
Replies: 12
Views: 2044

Re: This is What the Food Critic of the NY Times Thinks of The Magic Castle

Jonathan Townsend wrote:How does his review compare to his other reviews?


Indeed, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

https://www.nytimes.com/by/tejal-rao
by McKitterick
November 26th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 30538

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Coincidentally, I presume, today's daily quote from the Economist Espresso app:
"Time changes all things; there is no reason why language should escape this universal law."
- Ferdinand de Saussure
by McKitterick
July 16th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 2989

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Here are two other references to check out when revisiting our shelves of magic books: The section "On Being Natural" in He Fooled Houdini: Dai Vernon A Magical Life , Volume 4 of the Vernon Chronicles, and the last few paragraphs of Chapter 1 of Dai Vernon's Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic...
by McKitterick
May 30th, 2017, 9:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 8434

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

As a matter of interest my recollection is that David Letterman always introduced Andy Kaufman with the pronunciation "cowf-man". Truth be told, I thought it was an affectation of Letterman's but now realize that wasn't the case. So as not to be accused of going off-topic by bringing Andy ...
by McKitterick
April 30th, 2017, 2:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 11
Views: 2528

Re: Probability Question

Point of order: It may have been a typo in the original post but for the sake of accuracy in calculations with respect to this probability question, 15! actually works out to equal 1,307,674,368,000.
by McKitterick
August 17th, 2014, 4:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 28054

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

Richard Kaufman wrote:I just read somewhere, ...


Perhaps @ http://nyti.ms/1sHB531
by McKitterick
January 4th, 2014, 7:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: martin gardner auto-biography reviewed
Replies: 2
Views: 924

martin gardner auto-biography reviewed

From the pages of tomorrow's New York Times Book Review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/books ... books&_r=0
by McKitterick
December 29th, 2013, 5:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jerry Andrus Dinosaur Optical Illusion
Replies: 4
Views: 1787

Re: Jerry Andrus Dinosaur Optical Illusion

As the video makes its way around the World Wide Web, Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy fame not only gives Jerry Andrus due recognition but also provides an explanation why our brains are fooled: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/12/29/another_brain_melting_illusion_the_dragon_that_follows_yo...
by McKitterick
August 18th, 2012, 7:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About my For Sale list!
Replies: 4
Views: 933

Re: About my For Sale list!

Specifically, here's where it can be found:

http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubb ... Post272293
by McKitterick
December 27th, 2010, 5:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Boxing Day
Replies: 7
Views: 2311

Re: Happy Boxing Day

mai-ling wrote:its a candian holiday the day after xmas.


Some think of it the other way around: Christmas is a Canadian holiday before Boxing Day. ; - )
by McKitterick
February 14th, 2010, 6:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Wizardry
Replies: 48
Views: 5340

Re: Mathematical Wizardry

I surrender! There's just no way I can keep this thread on te main page so that I can possibly get a reaction to what I need a reaction to. HL. (But I will keep trying.) Harry, Your reference to the "main page" gives me an idea as to what your problem may be. The main page does indeed sho...
by McKitterick
October 21st, 2009, 6:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Banned from Blackpool for my "Safety"
Replies: 556
Views: 212052

Re: Banned from Blackpool for my "Safety"

For every person who thinks the thread should be locked, there are an equal amount (or more, according to the number of views) who are reading it with great interest. I'm guilty as charged, Richard. Similarly when driving I have a bad habit of slowing down to look at car accidents, even those that ...
by McKitterick
October 2nd, 2009, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: the real work
Replies: 4
Views: 1086

Re: the real work

Pretty good, but he was wrong on the second deck bit. :) True. Perhaps it was a way of avoiding issues associated with the "too perfect" theory. ;) In reference to Rachel Maddow's comment at the beginning of the YouTube clip, whether or not we consider magic to be as reliable a source of ...
by McKitterick
September 30th, 2009, 7:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: the real work
Replies: 4
Views: 1086

the real work

With all due respect, Derren Brown's lottery prediction has nothing on this:

http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2009/09/g ... -ever.html
by McKitterick
July 31st, 2009, 4:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: exposure of a different sort
Replies: 10
Views: 1780

exposure of a different sort

It seems that internet exposure is the cause of some concern not just in the world of magic but also among our friends who are engaged in the field of Psychology. ... the psychologists object whenever diagnostic tools fall into the hands of amateurs who havent been trained to administer them. Our et...
by McKitterick
June 18th, 2009, 5:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?
Replies: 454
Views: 102218

Re: Why do people think it's okay to upload magic DVDs?

With all due respect to Edgar Allan Poe, quantum cryptography suggests the possibility of an unbreakable code. That being said, I don't think it's the solution to the problem being discussed here. Although the consensus in this thread is that the music industry is far removed from the world of magic...
by McKitterick
May 19th, 2009, 9:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: for anyone out there planning a scam ...
Replies: 3
Views: 824

Re: for anyone out there planning a scam ...

probably also want to know about this which cuts it all down to one sentence. Hello, Jonathan. I believe, to quote the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz, that you're talking about a horse of a different colour there. The purpose of that link seems to be to promote a $23 "updated and expanded MP3...
by McKitterick
May 19th, 2009, 8:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: for anyone out there planning a scam ...
Replies: 3
Views: 824

for anyone out there planning a scam ...

... you might find some useful information in The psychology of scams: Provoking and committing errors of judgement, available here.
by McKitterick
May 14th, 2009, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Canadian Press Loves Ricky Jay!
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: The Canadian Press Loves Ricky Jay!

A couple of full-length interviews leading up to the opening of Ricky Jay's A Rogue's Gallery in Toronto tonight. The first, a radio interview from the May 13 edition of Q, starts at 24:30. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.cbc.ca/q/pastepisodes.html">http://www.cbc.ca/q/pastepisodes.ht...
by McKitterick
April 12th, 2009, 3:00 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Hitler on Criss Angel
Replies: 49
Views: 8825

Re: Hitler on Criss Angel

Happy Easter, Mats.

For what it's worth, you've touched on two of the three topics best avoided on these boards: politics, religion and the musicals of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
by McKitterick
March 28th, 2009, 8:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Monday Night Magic Press Event for Ringing Brothers Zingmaster Alex Ramon on Monday!
Replies: 11
Views: 1938

Re: Monday Night Magic Press Event for Ringing Brothers Zingmaster Alex Ramon on Monday!

@ Richard Perrin Augusta has the Gold unit - <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.ringling.com/TourSchedule.aspx">http://www.ringling.com/TourSchedule.aspx</a><!-- m --> @ Craig Mitchell Check out - <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/24/theater/24ring.html?p...
by McKitterick
February 6th, 2009, 2:05 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cool new juggling idea
Replies: 11
Views: 2614

Re: Cool new juggling idea

Michael Moschen at a TED Conference:

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/mich ... otion.html
by McKitterick
February 6th, 2009, 1:42 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicans magic goes very Wrong (fatal)
Replies: 9
Views: 8977

Re: Magicans magic goes very Wrong (fatal)

You may get better results with these links, Richard: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWTaVjX9TR4">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWTaVjX9TR4</a><!-- m --> <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KMwrFKrM3U">http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by McKitterick
January 24th, 2009, 7:04 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler
Replies: 28
Views: 8801

Re: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler

Thanks, Tom, for reviewing this book and bringing its unique method of distribution to the forum's attention. And of course thanks to John for authoring the book and e-publishing it. I'm not sure of its origin but there is a saying to the effect that the motivation for most of the things we do is ei...
by McKitterick
January 8th, 2009, 8:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fire breathing resources?
Replies: 12
Views: 1711

Re: Fire breathing resources?

The Surgeon General-designate of the United States makes it look easy enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9buzKIjYOg&eurl DISCLAIMER: This link is provided for informational purposes only ... I am not - repeat, I am not suggesting that anyone should attempt to learn fire breathing techniques...
by McKitterick
December 26th, 2008, 11:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bogus Website Alert: Magical University
Replies: 29
Views: 6055

Re: Bogus Website Alert: Magical University

David Vamer wrote:Oh GREAT!!! Next you're going to tell me that Magicaluniversity is not accredited, and that my degree is no good....


Although the Magical University's academic credentials are questionable, I understand they have one heck of a football program.
by McKitterick
December 26th, 2008, 11:37 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: a marc salem performance
Replies: 0
Views: 601

a marc salem performance

For your holiday viewing pleasure:

http://gelconference.com/videos/2006/marc_salem/
by McKitterick
December 2nd, 2008, 2:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel Believe Buzz
Replies: 446
Views: 147908

Re: Criss Angel Believe Buzz

Salut, Michel.

The English word you may be looking for is one we have taken from French: ensemble.
by McKitterick
November 30th, 2008, 6:44 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: If you buy only one magazine this month ...
Replies: 16
Views: 3021

Re: If you buy only one magazine this month ...

... I have no desire to crash and burn in front of an audience. I can identify with that. ; - ) Thanks for sharing the trick, Tom. Of course presenting a card trick as an experiment may lead others to present an experiment as a card trick ... something like this: http://www.quirkology.com/USA/Video...
by McKitterick
November 26th, 2008, 10:44 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: If you buy only one magazine this month ...
Replies: 16
Views: 3021

Re: If you buy only one magazine this month ...

McKitterick - what Ms Silverman got and some here may have missed is the clear distinction between tricks and magic. Hello, Jonathan. It seems to me that tricks are a part of magic ... definitely not all that there is to magic but an essential part of it ... so perhaps that's why I may have missed ...
by McKitterick
November 25th, 2008, 6:45 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: If you buy only one magazine this month ...
Replies: 16
Views: 3021

Re: If you buy only one magazine this month ...

I don't think that Silverman's comment is quite right. I'd argue that the "underlying assumption" of the Scientific American article is not that "the point of magic, the whole purpose, is to trick people". But rather that, whatever magic's point might be, tricking people ... or t...
by McKitterick
November 23rd, 2008, 4:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magician in Space
Replies: 26
Views: 5883

Re: Magician in Space

A belated congratulations on Richard's safe return to the Earth a month ago.

Does anyone have any updates on what [s]tricks[/s] effects he might have done on the Space Station?
by McKitterick
November 23rd, 2008, 4:00 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: If you buy only one magazine this month ...
Replies: 16
Views: 3021

If you buy only one magazine this month ...

... it will of course be Genii.

If you go for a second, you might want to pick up the December Scientific American with an article Magic and the Brain: How Magicians "Trick" the Mind.

For the time being, it's available online: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=magic-and-the-brain
by McKitterick
October 31st, 2008, 8:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DISAPPEARING FINES
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Re: DISAPPEARING FINES

I don't think Detective Bookman would be very impressed with Mayor Menino's policy on library fines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF2gZu3y ... re=related

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