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by Richard Stokes
October 21st, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Catch Me and Win
Replies: 0
Views: 263

Catch Me and Win

When I first saw What's the Catch? in Apocalypse, way back in 1991, I negligently skipped to the next trick. However, when I eventually saw the Harry Lorayne demonstration on the Gene Maze videotape I realised that this was a classic. I just had to have it. Fortunately, my partner Niekie generously ...
by Richard Stokes
July 18th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Amazing Jonathan
Replies: 1
Views: 672

Amazing Jonathan

What's really going on with the Amazing Jonathan? I saw his comedy act in Sydney in the 1990s. I almost seized up with laughter. I heard a few years ago about his illness. Cardiomyopathy. Some are now saying he fabricated this diagnosis. Is this Hulu documentary on the level? https://www.youtube.com...
by Richard Stokes
July 2nd, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Impossible Crime Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1490

Impossible Crime Fiction

At the Bodies from the Library conference at the British Library (June 29th 2019), Jim Noy & Daniel Curtis gave a wonderful presentation on the 10 Types of Impossible crime: Sealed Room Murder; Room That Kills; Physical Acts; Psychological; Invisible Murderer; No Footprints; Vanishing; Materiali...
by Richard Stokes
June 17th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Escapology Death
Replies: 6
Views: 959

Escapology Death

Indian magician feared dead in Houdini-style river stunt
Divers in Kolkata search river for Chanchal Lahiri as he fails to surface in escapology stunt

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... iver-stunt
by Richard Stokes
June 15th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dylan and Melies
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: Dylan and Melies

Scorsese plays a few narrative tricks on his viewers in this Dylan compilation!
by Richard Stokes
June 15th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: George Melies' Illusions
Replies: 19
Views: 3010

Re: George Melies' Illusions

Melies appears in the new Netflix film of Bob Dylan & the Rolling Thunder Revue
by Richard Stokes
March 19th, 2019, 3:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Alistair Maskelyne
Replies: 7
Views: 1608

Re: Death of Alistair Maskelyne

After the war Alistair Maskelyne resigned from the NZ Co and was determined to remain in London and see his mother’s illness through to the end. “My father revived his pre-war magic show. I assisted for a short time as stage manager. There was plenty of money and not much entertainment in those days...
by Richard Stokes
March 17th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Alistair Maskelyne
Replies: 7
Views: 1608

Re: Death of Alistair Maskelyne

Alistair Maskelyne obituary April 15, 1927 – Feb 22, 2019 Part One Alistair Maskelyne was the rebellious son of the famous British stage magician Jasper Maskelyne. As a child Alistair witnessed the inner workings of the Maskelyne magical dynasty at St. George's Hall in London: “I well recall the fas...
by Richard Stokes
March 15th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 88
Views: 10809

Re: The Magic Rainbow

A friend who works for a specialised book publisher in London gave me some inside figures. A 1500 print run would cost them 2-4 euros for a paperback and 5-7 euros for a hardback. Even a monster oversized hardback of 600 pages on a limited print run of 500 would cost only 21 euros. She was flabberga...
by Richard Stokes
March 9th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Alistair Maskelyne
Replies: 7
Views: 1608

Re: Death of Alistair Maskelyne

Apologies. I've been sidetracked by a browser hijacker which infected my iMac. Finally got rid of it by deleting my hard disk and reinstalling Mojave. I'll post my 'In Memoriam' tribute to Alistair by end of next week.
by Richard Stokes
March 5th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 88
Views: 10809

Re: The Magic Rainbow

Juan Tamariz was supposedly a radical film maker and opponent to General Franco in his student days. Couldn't the publishers at least hold the price down to $75 ? That's still a lot of money for students of magic. Economies of scale would mean the publishers should still break even and eventually ac...
by Richard Stokes
March 4th, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 88
Views: 10809

Re: The Magic Rainbow

Cancel all previous protestations! I can buy Monograph by Chris Ware for under £30 via Amazon UK. "A flabbergasting experiment in publishing hubris." It's such a huge volume that it won't even fit into my bookcase. It props up my sofa. A five star retrospective by a distinguished graphic a...
by Richard Stokes
March 3rd, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Alistair Maskelyne
Replies: 7
Views: 1608

Death of Alistair Maskelyne

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light". Obituaries: Brisbane Courier-Mail, Australia 2019: Alistair Jasper MASKELYNE, 

Ex Papua New Guinea aviator and New Zealand Merchant Mariner, departed this life 22nd February, 6 weeks shy of 92. A family service was held on the 27th February at ...
by Richard Stokes
January 3rd, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 1051

Re: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

On a more serious note, there has been a wide-ranging debate about the apparent replication crisis in Experimental Psychology. This seems to be mainly a problem within social psychology. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/11/psychologys-replication-crisis-real/576223/ In my day, the bi...
by Richard Stokes
January 3rd, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 1051

Re: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

The Times also has a more conventional horoscope column which appears each week in one of its supplements.
Supposedly compiled by 'Shelley von Strunckel' - which sounds rather like a femme fatale from The Young Frankenstein (Frankensteen)?

She claims to be real, though.
by Richard Stokes
January 3rd, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 1051

Re: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

The Times has a horoscope column, but, as you can see, it is of a heretical nature! "Here I present your horoscopes for 2018, as based on astrology, the ancient art of waffling nebulously while hoping that some of it will hit home, as some of it has to, surely. There are those who will say that...
by Richard Stokes
January 2nd, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 1051

Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

From today's Times: "Magicians who embellish their conjuring tricks with false scientific explanations are unwittingly spreading beliefs in pseudoscience, according to an expert in cognitive psychology." Derren Brown is criticised for the false solutions he offers his audience. For example...
by Richard Stokes
January 2nd, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Banksy art performance
Replies: 15
Views: 5119

Re: Banksy art performance

Joe,
Was there an independent qualified observer present at the burning?
Like those suited officials who appear when someone tries to qualify for the Guiness Book of records.
How do we confidently rule out hoax?
by Richard Stokes
December 23rd, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick
Replies: 12
Views: 1001

William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick

In his tribute to the late novelist and screenwriter William Goldman, Richard Kaufman raises an important point about how Goldman made use of a literary trick to misdirect his readers. Even though I read Marathon Man way back in 1975 I still remember the shock of this identity revelation when we lea...
by Richard Stokes
December 1st, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7166
Views: 2183826

Re: ERDNASE

The reviewer Craig Brown is one of my favourite comedy writers. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/4257746/A-cycle-of-Pedantry.html https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3615766/Way-of-the-world.html I suspect Craig lost interest and didn't read the final chapter which discusses Erdnase.
by Richard Stokes
December 1st, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Story of Magic
Replies: 1
Views: 2752

Re: Story of Magic

I think you have made a valid point. I saw Peter give an interesting lecture in London a couple of years ago where he convincingly demolished those examples documented earlier by Sidney Clarke. Afterwards, I thought he might have pushed his argument too far. Those from an experimental psychology per...
by Richard Stokes
November 30th, 2018, 7:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7166
Views: 2183826

Re: ERDNASE

A few months ago I noted that John Olsson, the Forensic Linguist (hired by Chris Wasshuber) has now written a sequel to Wordcrime.
The final chapter of More Wordcrime examines the possible identity of Erdnase.
by Richard Stokes
August 6th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7166
Views: 2183826

Re: ERDNASE

John Olsson, the Forensic Linguist (hired by Chris Wasshuber) has written a sequel to Wordcrime : "Grammatical curiosities, lexical quirks, typographic stylings and patterns of use can all give away even the most hard-bitten and careful of criminals. And Olsson doesnt stop there. From the givea...
by Richard Stokes
August 1st, 2018, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Uppity Vents
Replies: 4
Views: 756

Re: Uppity Vents

by Richard Stokes
July 4th, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harlan Ellison
Replies: 9
Views: 1170

Re: Harlan Ellison

I remember a short story 'Croatoan' where an aborted human foetus is flushed down a toilet in New York (?) or somewhere similar. This primeval organism somehow survives in the underground sewers and gradually grows into a deadly monster with a thirst for human blood. A macabre re-working of the 'bab...
by Richard Stokes
April 3rd, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Maskelyne's African Patrol (1958)
Replies: 0
Views: 2119

Maskelyne's African Patrol (1958)

For those who might be interested in what happened to Jasper Maskelyne after he settled in Kenya: Well, he does show up briefly in African Patrol (1958) a tv series which was filmed on location there. Jasper appears as Carl at 4m 8secs and reappears at 7m 30 secs in 'No Place to Hide'. (Still scribb...
by Richard Stokes
December 29th, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven & Donald Trump?
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Re: Max Maven & Donald Trump?

It's not meant to be a political post. The Telegraph is a conservative newspaper, not a 'liberal' paper by the way. I'm just wondering if covfefe could be kayfabe? And I was not aware of the expression kayfabe until I came across Max Maven's new DVD release. It's about modern slang and its possible ...
by Richard Stokes
December 29th, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven & Donald Trump?
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Max Maven & Donald Trump?

Daily Telegraph, London: “Covfefe” is the winner of our online poll of the word of the year, receiving 27 per cent of the vote and pushing “Maybot” into second place on 17 per cent. “Bitcoin” came third on 16 per cent. Covfefe, for the uninitiated, was invented by President Donald Trump. In May he t...
by Richard Stokes
December 19th, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dynamic Breakfast
Replies: 4
Views: 866

Re: Dynamic Breakfast

Cripes! This predates even the birth of Frank Sinatra.

I look forward to the DeLand book.
by Richard Stokes
December 19th, 2017, 1:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dynamic Breakfast
Replies: 4
Views: 866

Dynamic Breakfast

Dynamo performed the 52-1 card effect on ITV Good Morning Britain last week. He was there to promote his new book, but this 'think of a card' routine had a strong impact on Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid, the two hosts. I re-examined my own deck and realised that if you can 'breathe more life' into t...
by Richard Stokes
December 11th, 2017, 3:45 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Printing from Recent Issue
Replies: 8
Views: 4154

Re: Printing from Recent Issue

Can the full page be selected easily and automatically?
I find it quite tricky to play around with the elusive expanding/shrinking selection rectangle.
Have I missed something?
by Richard Stokes
December 4th, 2017, 7:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne - Indefatigable!
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Harry Lorayne - Indefatigable!

I woke to find this in today's Daily Mail (UK): Never forget a name again Harry Lorayne says his system helps him to remember up to 1,500 names He advises using a substitute word connected with a memorable feature He believes the more you use his system the better your memory will become By Harry Lo...
by Richard Stokes
August 18th, 2017, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren cancels show without warning
Replies: 1
Views: 833

Derren cancels show without warning

Today I drove to Cambridge with three friends (non-magicians) who were keen to see Derren Brown's latest show. En route, we dropped by the American WW2 Cemetery near Madingley. Later, while downing a pint in the famous Eagle Pub (where Watson and Crick announced their discovery of the structure of D...
by Richard Stokes
August 5th, 2017, 5:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 2780

Re: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13

I was surprised when Penn & Teller failed to spot the Tamariz displacement ruse when Siegfreid Tieber performed an updated version of Tamariz's Neither Blind nor Stupid.
by Richard Stokes
July 28th, 2017, 7:24 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Pogue on why products fail.
Replies: 6
Views: 2896

Re: David Pogue on why products fail.

I think I'm gradually mastering Sierra.

But now I've learned that High Sierra will soon be released.

Where will it end?

K2? Everest?
by Richard Stokes
July 22nd, 2017, 11:21 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Pogue on why products fail.
Replies: 6
Views: 2896

Re: David Pogue on why products fail.

Having upgraded to Sierra, I was quite annoyed this morning to find that my Canon IXUS compact camera can no longer download pictures to my iMac either by USB cord or wirelessly. On Yosemite it was automatic and idiot-proof. Fortunately, I have an old Yosemite based laptop so I was able to download ...
by Richard Stokes
July 13th, 2017, 10:06 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Pogue on why products fail.
Replies: 6
Views: 2896

David Pogue on why products fail.

I've just updated my Mac to the Sierra operating system. So I also bought David Pogue's massive guide to Sierra from Amazon. I then came across Pogue's TED talk on 'Why Products Fail' which is amusing in its own right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dEHB9OBNlc#t=288.151523084 He discusses the Upgr...
by Richard Stokes
July 4th, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 4483

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

Does anyone know why he resigned?

Was it the itty-bitty Assembly News?

I really like Antonio Cabral's column on card magic.

And the Product Reviews are strong
by Richard Stokes
April 30th, 2017, 12:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 3525

Re: 3 Riddles

These riddles can have multiple solutions.
For example, Number One.
The wrestler is strong and fit , but very tall - say 7 foot plus, so people offer him a seat so that he can sit down and have a more comfortable train ride.
by Richard Stokes
April 5th, 2017, 7:43 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic goes to war
Replies: 3
Views: 2446

Re: Magic goes to war

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra has a photographic archive which many researchers in the USA and UK have overlooked.
The dummy WW1 tanks built by Aussie engineers for the Western Front in 1918 look impressive.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/E04933/

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