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by Richard Stokes
January 3rd, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 823

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: 823

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: 823

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: 823

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: 4610

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: 790

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: 7008
Views: 2077866

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: 1989

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: 7008
Views: 2077866

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: 7008
Views: 2077866

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: 655

Re: Uppity Vents

by Richard Stokes
July 4th, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harlan Ellison
Replies: 9
Views: 897

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: 1183

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: 947

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: 947

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: 790

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: 790

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: 3229

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: 677

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: 765

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: 2482

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: 2225

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: 2225

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: 2225

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: 4175

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: 2935

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: 1708

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/
by Richard Stokes
March 26th, 2017, 10:08 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Kellar's Self-Decapitation
Replies: 2
Views: 1273

Kellar's Self-Decapitation

Is there an explanation of Kellar's Self-Decapitation Mystery in print?

I've read that J. Steinmeyer recreated the illusion at the 2015 LA Magic History Conference.

Thanks for any guidance on this.
by Richard Stokes
March 15th, 2017, 9:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 14543

Re: Magicians Documentary

The documentary presented a pessimistic but plausible narrative implying that many of us lead lives of 'quiet desperation'.

This could well be true for most of us (whatever our profession). Life is a struggle - even in my sleepy, well-mannered, home town of heritage-drenched Stamford.
by Richard Stokes
February 17th, 2017, 5:45 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Contents of The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 58
Views: 23635

Re: The Contents of The Secrets of So Sato

Last year Mark Elsdon emailed a recommendation - a blast from the past - about a powerful trick which had been overlooked. This was Horse Race by Nick Trost (see pages 91 to 93 of the Card Magic of Nick Trost). I checked this reference out and discovered it was quite a gem. I loved the way it could ...
by Richard Stokes
February 13th, 2017, 1:21 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Direct Triple Prediction by Harapan Ong
Replies: 1
Views: 2646

Re: Direct Triple Prediction by Harapan Ong

Even though it's disguised, it still has enough elements of the ancient one-ahead trick to un-baffle the spectators. I don't have my copy in the UK, but I prefer a trick in Randy Wakeman Presents where spectators mysteriously locate their own cards as the magician spreads the deck in his hands. From...
by Richard Stokes
January 26th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Talking Dead: Spirits in the Ether
Replies: 0
Views: 1909

The Talking Dead: Spirits in the Ether

Spirits in the ether: Oliver Lodge and the physics of the spirit world 7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 1 February, Royal Institute of Science, London. "Oliver Lodge was a pioneering physicist of the 20th Century, who made key breakthroughs in the development of radio. However,in an age obsessed wit...
by Richard Stokes
January 2nd, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Replies: 5
Views: 4506

Re: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Actually, I mentioned this book earlier in 2016 on the Forum. I've repeated the post in case you missed it: "This ingenious crime novel by Soji Shimada was published back in 1981, and only translated into English in 2004. The book became quite rare and expensive on the 2nd hand market. Fortunat...
by Richard Stokes
December 26th, 2016, 12:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Season's greetings from Little Egypt
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

Re: Season's greetings from Little Egypt

Yes, a great site, but I almost came a cropper when I showed my 'picture' of a Scorpion Moth (July 2013) to my friend. She shrieked and the contents of her wine glass went flying everywhere including over her laptop. Fortunately, I was able to clean the keyboard before it did any damage. A narrow es...
by Richard Stokes
December 25th, 2016, 7:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rapturous performance
Replies: 11
Views: 1481

Rapturous performance

Chris Pratt performed a hideous bloated card trick on the Graham Norton show.
Surprisingly it got a strong reaction from Jennifer Lawrence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zQOb6-xu18

If only a raptor had jumped up halfway thru the routine and chomped his hand off...
by Richard Stokes
December 23rd, 2016, 5:09 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Orson Welles in Rome
Replies: 9
Views: 1863

Re: Orson Welles in Rome

Thanks for that useful information.
The film was shot in November and early December of 1948, so the dates provided make sense.
by Richard Stokes
December 22nd, 2016, 3:16 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Orson Welles in Rome
Replies: 9
Views: 1863

Orson Welles in Rome

The Blu-Ray edition of The Third Man recounts how difficult it was to persuade Orson to show up in Vienna for his role as Harry Lime. It says he kept moving back and forth to various hotels in European capitals and refused to take calls. Eventually they managed to lure him out of his hotel in Rome b...
by Richard Stokes
October 12th, 2016, 7:07 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Low status of magicians?
Replies: 2
Views: 1562

Low status of magicians?

Everyone must be aware of the growing Creepy Clowns crisis. Netflix chat show host Chelsea Handler warned us that genuine clowns need to be protected. She rephrased a famous poem by concentration camp survivor Martin Niemöller. The original poem went: "First they came for the Socialists, and I ...
by Richard Stokes
October 7th, 2016, 8:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spoonfed Uri Geller Trilogy
Replies: 0
Views: 887

Spoonfed Uri Geller Trilogy

"Five hours of insight, advice and incredible stories by one of the most fascinating geniuses of the last one hundred years." BONUS! A special gift for those who will act fast enough to purchase this very limited edition of DVDs. You will receive a special spoon, personally bent and signed...
by Richard Stokes
October 3rd, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Male Paranoia
Replies: 4
Views: 1707

Re: Male Paranoia

Thanks. I'll have to take a closer look at Reginald Scot's writings.

There's a fairly new book by Philip Almond - England's First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and 'the Discoverie of Witchcraft' - maybe I'll start there.

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