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by JHostler
May 30th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wrist Watch "Quick Change"
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Re: Wrist Watch "Quick Change"

Jack Shalom wrote:I wonder if the watch change would register...unless the watch turned out to be the spec's...


A simple pre-change cue sets it up. ("Why on earth did I buy a [color] watch? Can you help me...") That part isn't my worry. The credit police, though... those guys are terrifying.
by JHostler
May 30th, 2020, 8:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wrist Watch "Quick Change"
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Wrist Watch "Quick Change"

So... back in the dark ages when I first learned Rollover Aces, I thought it might be fun to time the sequence (as other performers have) but with a little twist. The gist of it is that I'd complain about my wrist watch being hard to read, have an audience member time the thing with their own, and t...
by JHostler
May 25th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Announcement from The Jerx
Replies: 55
Views: 3804

Re: Big Announcement from The Jerx

You're all so quick to write off the most obvious conclusion: Derren has an identical (and rather mischievous) twin, also named Derren.
by JHostler
May 24th, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Announcement from The Jerx
Replies: 55
Views: 3804

Re: Big Announcement from The Jerx

According to his 5/27/15 post, the original MCJ ended at "a very busy time in my life." This would have been in the thick of "Trick of the Mind." He drops another bit of relevant info in that post as well. (There's also a mathematical/numerological/vitamin B2-infused proof... but...
by JHostler
May 24th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Announcement from The Jerx
Replies: 55
Views: 3804

Re: Big Announcement from The Jerx

Holy cow. Assuming this isn't a huge put-on, it feels really weird having had email conversations with the man - who at one point referred to himself as "nobody of any consequence." If "Andy" HAS managed to fabricate this... well, major kudos!
by JHostler
May 23rd, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ramon Rioboo's Second Thoughts (and Cy Endfield... and Karrell Fox...)
Replies: 1
Views: 213

Ramon Rioboo's Second Thoughts (and Cy Endfield... and Karrell Fox...)

For your consideration… A near-mint copy of Ramon Rioboo’s “Second Thoughts.” Hardcover, 356 pages. Low-sleight material from another master of the Spanish school. (This is the 2019 English language Hermetic Press edition…) As a quarantine bonus, I’ll throw in a copy of Karrell Fox’s AbraKFox (compl...
by JHostler
May 15th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

Your quotes may have been accurate, but not your interpretation. In the US, if I own rights to a video of your performance, only I have legal recourse for the theft or unauthorized use of that content. Not you. You forfeit those rights to me upon purchase, unless otherwise specified. That's only wh...
by JHostler
May 15th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

but US law is what it is. I just quoted the US law above... There's no need to take my word for it, when you can read it for yourself. Why is it that in the whole world, it is only on the Genii forum that people stand up and shout "I DO NOT OWN MY OWN WORK!!!" ? Your quotes may have been ...
by JHostler
May 15th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

Tom, I have no idea what you are talking about. That's all I'm going to say. If you had read just a few words more, you would have found the relevant section. In short, you have the exclusive rights to authorize someone else to display or air your work. No need at all to transfer your copyright - t...
by JHostler
May 14th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s
Replies: 51
Views: 2875

Re: My magic videos from 70s. 80s and 90s

If Dimmare was on a Luis de Matos show, I wouldn't think he owned the copyright -- de Matos would. And therefore he wasn't in a position to claim the youtube video infringed him. Of course, it depends on the contracts, to which I am not privy. An artist obviously own the copyright to their own work...
by JHostler
April 24th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Miss Smyth - IMO John Prine
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: Miss Smyth - IMO John Prine

Last call for Mrs. Smyth. (She "married well" last week.) Just shoot an email to hostlerj at geemail dot com before the happy couple jets to the glass spheres of Kakslauttanen on Sunday.
by JHostler
April 14th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Miss Smyth - IMO John Prine
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: Miss Smyth - IMO John Prine

Thanks, Daniel (and the other folks who have provided kind feedback). While born of the need for some serious distraction, this was a blast to think through. I'm surprised more hasn't been written about / done with the secondary mathematical principle involved.
by JHostler
April 11th, 2020, 9:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Miss Smyth - IMO John Prine
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Miss Smyth - IMO John Prine

Available to any serious magicians who may be interested... "Miss Smyth," a new take on ye ol' Smith Myth. No force. No setup. No charge. No nothin'.

In memory of the greatest American[a] songwriter of our time, John Prine.

Email me if interested.

JMH
hostlerj at geemail dot com
by JHostler
March 1st, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7596
Views: 2312195

Re: ERDNASE

After wading through quite a bit of Steve Forte's Erdnase section, I keep coming back to two statements near the beginning. Both reflect key themes running throughout the text. The first (page 611) implies that Steve's core finding - that SWE was not a professional card cheat - is inconsistent with ...
by JHostler
February 23rd, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: A White Sport Coat
Replies: 7
Views: 2144

Re: A White Sport Coat

Bob Farmer wrote:Not a Parrothead! Before Jimmy there was Marty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD8MnvyAi6I


I have been schooled - the strangest part being, I know the song well. Just never made the connection!
by JHostler
February 23rd, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: A White Sport Coat
Replies: 7
Views: 2144

Re: A White Sport Coat

A Rush guy AND Parrothead? You never cease to amaze!
by JHostler
February 8th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lot of 11 Books - Parr, Fayne, Mann, Minch, etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 568

Re: Lot of 11 Books - Parr, Fayne, Mann, Minch, etc.

Decided to have some fun with this. Now listed on eBay (24-hour auction) at $49.99.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/164073385869
by JHostler
February 8th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 40
Views: 5193

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

"The Legendary Kabbala"
by JHostler
February 8th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lot of 11 Books - Parr, Fayne, Mann, Minch, etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 568

Lot of 11 Books - Parr, Fayne, Mann, Minch, etc.

My asking price of $75 (this INCLUDES media mail shipping to the continental US) reflects the generally “used” condition of this lot. I’ve highlighted the conditional quirks of a few books, but this shouldn’t be considered an exhaustive description: • Brain Food by David Parr (hardcover with dust ja...
by JHostler
February 1st, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 158
Views: 21880

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

This is really simple. ... 4) The obvious solution to the current "issue:" Steve could hand-number each book in the current run of 1000. He'll be signing most of them anyway. ... Hm, reminds me of expensive art prints, where a certain quantity are uniquely numbered (and perhaps signed) wh...
by JHostler
February 1st, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 158
Views: 21880

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

This is really simple. 1) Producing something as a limited edition DOES add value and drive demand. That's why it's done. 2) Producing something as a limited edition DOES obligate the seller (ethically, if not legally) to maintain the edition's limited status. 3) Both sellers and buyers should exerc...
by JHostler
December 30th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Book(s) of the Year
Replies: 22
Views: 3213

Re: Book(s) of the Year

FWIW, there was apparently an episode of "Magic Newswire" where Johnny Thompson, Harry Riser and Bob White discussed the Miller/Vernon material in ECT (http://magicnews.libsyn.com/mnw336-redux-the-charlie-miller-interview). A few hints can be found here >> https://www.magicana.com/news/blo...
by JHostler
December 28th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Book(s) of the Year
Replies: 22
Views: 3213

Re: Book(s) of the Year

Five years late to the party, but Steve Mayhew's "What Women Want" caught me by surprise. Definitely a case of "don't judge a book by its cover" (which is beyond awful). Great stuff.

As for books published in 2019: Nothing (unless you count DeLand).
by JHostler
December 22nd, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 109
Views: 9813

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

I'm addicted to being fooled... LOVE being fooled. But (as for most of us) this has become a much rarer occurrence over the years... so it's a strange sort of determination that feeds on itself. (Of course I also enjoy being "entertained," but can just as easily pluck the mandolin, listen ...
by JHostler
December 20th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Magic of Fred Robinson
Replies: 0
Views: 578

The Magic of Fred Robinson

The Magic of Fred Robinson by Peter Duffie (2009)
This 286-page hardcover is used but in great condition. The last of my "herd" for thinning...
$85

https://www.ebay.com/itm/163989430549
by JHostler
December 14th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lot of Seven Books by Various Dudes of Prestidigitorial Bent
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Lot of Seven Books by Various Dudes of Prestidigitorial Bent

More lots now listed to make room for Richard's stuff: Close-Up Cavalcade set by Jerry Mentzer ($19.99) Book lot #2: A Clockwork Apple (Chris Mayhew), Three Degrees (Harvey Berg) and The Close-Up Magician by Bert Allerton ($15.99) https://www.ebay.com/sch/johos-7566/m.html?item=163989068054&rt=n...
by JHostler
December 8th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lot of Seven Books by Various Dudes of Prestidigitorial Bent
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Lot of Seven Books by Various Dudes of Prestidigitorial Bent

I forgot this was posted! Suppose it's time for a December sale: $65 includes postage to the lower 48.

PM me if interested...

John Hostler
76 Lil ac Ln
Carbond ale, IL 62903
hostlerj [attt] gmail [dottt] com
615- 90 6 - 8 5 02
by JHostler
November 23rd, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Lot of Seven Books by Various Dudes of Prestidigitorial Bent
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Lot of Seven Books by Various Dudes of Prestidigitorial Bent

OK… one man’s trash yadayadayada. But I’m far too lazy to sell this stuff piece-by-piece. So here’s the deal: consider all of these books “used.” They’ve been read. That said, they’re in more-than-respectable shape and would sit well in an equally respectable (or even disreputable) magician’s librar...
by JHostler
June 1st, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books - Ross Bertram, Steve Draun, Simon Lovell, Sadowitz/Duffie
Replies: 2
Views: 1026

Re: Books - Ross Bertram, Steve Draun, Simon Lovell, Sadowitz/Duffie

Draun is sold – and a few additional price tweaks below. PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING (continental US only): - Card Zones by Jerry Sadowitz & Peter Duffie (2001). Hardcover, 250 pages, no dust jacket. Minor corner bumps, but in otherwise great condition. $33 - Simon Says by Simon Lovell (1997). Hardc...
by JHostler
May 25th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books - Ross Bertram, Steve Draun, Simon Lovell, Sadowitz/Duffie
Replies: 2
Views: 1026

Re: Books - Ross Bertram, Steve Draun, Simon Lovell, Sadowitz/Duffie

A few tweaks below. PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING (continental US only): - Card Zones by Jerry Sadowitz & Peter Duffie (2001). Hardcover, 250 pages, no dust jacket. Minor corner bumps, but in otherwise great condition. $35 - Simon Says by Simon Lovell (1997). Hardcover, 242 pages, with dust jacket. In...
by JHostler
May 11th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books - Ross Bertram, Steve Draun, Simon Lovell, Sadowitz/Duffie
Replies: 2
Views: 1026

Books - Ross Bertram, Steve Draun, Simon Lovell, Sadowitz/Duffie

A few out-of-print books for your consideration. PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING (continental US only): - Card Zones by Jerry Sadowitz & Peter Duffie (2001). Hardcover, 250 pages, no dust jacket. Minor corner bumps, but in otherwise great condition. $40 - Simon Says by Simon Lovell (1997). Hardcover, 24...
by JHostler
May 4th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elizabeth!
Replies: 15
Views: 2892

Re: Elizabeth!

Wonderful stuff. I suspect she has her next step or two at the ready...
by JHostler
April 13th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Full Bloom, Devil's Staircase, Less is More, Duffie's Compulsions
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Full Bloom, Devil's Staircase, Less is More, Duffie's Compulsions

All books are in excellent, nearly unread condition. PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING (continental US only): - Full Bloom by Gaetan Bloom (two-volume hardcover set). 736 pages of magical madness. $109 - The Devil’s Staircase by the gifted Greg Chapman. 223-page hardcover with dust jacket. $39 - Duffie’s Card...
by JHostler
March 30th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 10405

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

The stroke story was absurd from the beginning - not even deserving of the description "cover up." This news (?) shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, though the source is mildly intriguing.
by JHostler
March 3rd, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Sunday Mischief - Firkin Funtime
Replies: 3
Views: 2033

Re: Sunday Mischief - Firkin Funtime

Another dreary Sunday... more mischief. First, the 25% discount is back. Second, the Firkin book officially goes OUT OF PRINT circa midnight (CST) tonight. No reprints in any form - paper or electronic. Collectors and others "on the fence" can snag a copy at http://www.absurdulous.com . On...
by JHostler
February 2nd, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Man Who Was Erdnase, Mnemonica, Essential Houdin, Sankey Unleashed
Replies: 2
Views: 787

Re: Man Who Was Erdnase, Mnemonica, Essential Houdin, Sankey Unleashed

Erdnase and Mnemonica sold.

Sankey Unleashed and a few other books (all $14.99) are now listed at https://www.ebay.com/sch/gratefuldad70/ ... 7675.l2562
by JHostler
January 26th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Man Who Was Erdnase, Mnemonica, Essential Houdin, Sankey Unleashed
Replies: 2
Views: 787

Re: Man Who Was Erdnase, Mnemonica, Essential Houdin, Sankey Unleashed

Houdin is sold and prices have been docked (first, last, and only time): Books seeking new homes. Shipping to the continental US only. Add $3 P&H per book... “The Man Who Was Erdnase” by Jeff Busby and Bart Whaley (1991). Hardcover, 434 pages, with original Busby bookmark. Excellent condition. $...

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