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by JHostler
January 21st, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Man Who Was Erdnase, Mnemonica, Essential Houdin, Sankey Unleashed
Replies: 0
Views: 259

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

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. $85 “Sankey Unleashed” by Jon Racherbaumer (2004). Hardcover with dust jac...
by JHostler
January 9th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?
Replies: 20
Views: 544

Re: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?

Tom Mullica destroying (with laughter AND magic) a roomful of magis at a late '80s Midwest Magic Jubilee. The most entertaining thing I've ever seen in magic.
by JHostler
December 23rd, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Sunday Mischief - Firkin Funtime
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: Sunday Mischief - Firkin Funtime

Well, December 9 was fun (I even received some swell hate mail re the book's subtext!) - so consider today an encore. The discount is up... you'll see it after clicking the Firkin order button at http://www.absurdulous.com, through midnight tonight. Happy Christmas eve eve!
by JHostler
December 15th, 2018, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rapturous performance
Replies: 11
Views: 1463

Re: Rapturous performance

MagicbyAlfred wrote:I don't think it was hideous at all, and I am not surprised about the great reaction he got from Jennifer and everyone else in the room, for that matter...


Agreed. Who better to tap the "magician in trouble" theme than a non-magician - and one capable of acting.
by JHostler
December 9th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Daniel McCarthy
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: Daniel McCarthy

That obscure, huh? :?
by JHostler
December 9th, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Sunday Mischief - Firkin Funtime
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Sunday Mischief - Firkin Funtime

I thought it might be fun to replicate a recent Facebook experiment here on the forum. If inappropriate, may this post vanish in the twinkle of a moderator’s eye. From now through 3pm CST this afternoon, inquisitive Genii Forum readers can snag a 25% discount on the Firkin book (reviewed in this mon...
by JHostler
December 7th, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Lorayne, Marlo, Fox, & Smith
Replies: 0
Views: 289

Books by Lorayne, Marlo, Fox, & Smith

In celebration of Friday, everything's cheap. Add $3/book for media mail. Continental US shipping only: - Another Book by Karrell Fox (1979): Fantastic condition for its age. Hardbound with dust jacket. 320 pages. $23 - Best of Friends by Harry Lorayne (1982): Definitely a "reader's copy" ...
by JHostler
November 25th, 2018, 9:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 70
Views: 8754

Re: Ricky Jay Death

I never met him, but Ricky was where it all started for me. Saw him on the box in the mid-'70s and - having been bitten by the bug - never looked back.

So sad to hear this.
by JHostler
November 18th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Daniel McCarthy
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy published a number of books on close-up magic - primarily card work - throughout the '80s. Having just snagged a copy of "The Underground Hits Bottom," I'm struck by his heavy reliance on the side steal, culling under fire, faros, etc. and can only assume the man had some s...
by JHostler
October 7th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Banksy art performance
Replies: 15
Views: 4538

Re: Banksy art performance

Regardless of who was aware of what exactly when... this was a brilliant piece of theater. Has the winning bidder's identity hit the news yet?
by JHostler
September 30th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"

I've observed the same re Macdonald. He seems to enjoy "talking theory" in serious interviews, and never comes across as anything less than brilliant. I doubt most in his profession really think about what they're doing the way he does. It's funny... I posted something about [Samuel] Becke...
by JHostler
September 30th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"

A comedian I really like is Norm Macdonald. And he thinks Letterman is the most important comedian of the modern era. Because he created a template that most people copy without realising it. There is a lot of truth in that. If you look at a lot of the things Letterman was most famous for - you can...
by JHostler
September 29th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: "King of Hearts, Come Down And Dance"

Method #7 can be found on page 405 of M.I.N.T. volume 2. Brilliant.
by JHostler
September 22nd, 2018, 8:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Beckett on Naturalness
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Beckett on Naturalness

performer wrote:Did he ever do the sponge ball trick?


Yes, but without the sponge balls.
by JHostler
September 22nd, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Beckett on Naturalness
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Beckett on Naturalness

So... I'm spending a rainy day beating some old Samuel Beckett into my gray matter, and stumble upon the following: "To avoid the expansion of the commonplace is not enough; the highest art reduces significance in order to obtain that inexplicable bombshell perfection." The quote relates t...
by JHostler
September 16th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Bannon, Cervon, Fox, Schlutz
Replies: 0
Views: 416

Books by Bannon, Cervon, Fox, Schlutz

The winnowing continues. Now listed at https://www.ebay.com/sch/gratefuldad70/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= ... Ultra Cervon by Bruce Cervon - $12.99 Smoke and Mirrors by John Bannon - $79.99 Making the Cut by Ryan Schlutz - $12.99 Another Book by Karrell Fox - $12.99 All books are ...
by JHostler
September 1st, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Attribution Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 1116

Re: Attribution Needed

There's another Bob thread on this, but in recent years that tactic was reignited by PH's Las Vegas Leaper.

I strongly suspect, with no evidence whatsoever, that something so basic predates Gardner by several decades.
by JHostler
August 18th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Fox, Tappan, Schlutz, Lorayne, Smith...
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Books by Fox, Tappan, Schlutz, Lorayne, Smith...

In celebration of Saturday, everything's $23. Add $3/book for media mail. Continental US shipping only: - Another Book by Karrell Fox (1979) – Fantastic condition for its age. Hardbound with dust jacket. 320 pages. $23 - Making the Cut by Ryan Schlutz (2011) – Excellent condition. Hardbound (as issu...
by JHostler
August 12th, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Re: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted

By way of this post, the thread is hereby beaten dead: McCartney freebies shall be removed from https://www.absurdulous.com/hush in the next day or three. Last opportunity to snag them. But the real stuff finally hit https://www.lybrary.com/firkin-of-deipotent-trouvailles-p-922590.html (for those to...
by JHostler
July 30th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Fox, Tappan, Schlutz, Lorayne, Smith...
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Books by Fox, Tappan, Schlutz, Lorayne, Smith...

Classic Collection Vol. 3 is gone.
by JHostler
July 29th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books by Fox, Tappan, Schlutz, Lorayne, Smith...
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Books by Fox, Tappan, Schlutz, Lorayne, Smith...

“Thinning the herd” for the 48th time. Add $3/book for media mail. Continental US shipping only: - Another Book by Karrell Fox (1979) – Fantastic condition for its age. Hardbound with dust jacket. 320 pages. $25 - The Classic Collection Vol. 3 by Harry Lorayne (2010) – Virtually unread condition. Ha...
by JHostler
July 17th, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Late 19th-Century Playing Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Re: Late 19th-Century Playing Cards

Sorry so rude/blunt... moving too fast. Thanks for the response, EG!
by JHostler
July 17th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Late 19th-Century Playing Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Re: Late 19th-Century Playing Cards

Looking for authentic decks only. Zero interest in reproductions.
by JHostler
July 15th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Re: Ala McCartney Series Now Posted

Not sure if this is the proper area for posting... but you'll find a little celebratory discount for the above-mentioned book after clicking through. In honor of (and ending on) Jerry Garcia's upcoming birthday!
by JHostler
July 14th, 2018, 9:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1859

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Joe Mckay wrote:Michael Close made the excellent point that all coin magic is inherently unnatural since there is no logical reason to place a coin from one hand to another. It is an action that only ever takes place in the course of a coin trick.


The same point could be made about almost everything we do.
by JHostler
July 14th, 2018, 5:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1859

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Nothing contrived or unnatural in context. More power to the performer capable of re-setting norms or establishing an environment conducive to his/her astonishments. Take Slydini, Gagnon, etc...
by JHostler
July 14th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Late 19th-Century Playing Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Late 19th-Century Playing Cards

Seeking a reputable dealer of late-19th century decks - Doughertys, Harts, etc. Any recommendations (other than World Class Playing Cards, which I'm familiar with)?

John
by JHostler
April 28th, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 10
Views: 1995

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

Please forgive my ignorance, because I'm not privy to the background here. But what is the reason that the admin folks at the Green Diner are deleting these threads? Some little Cafe Critter - or admin - apparently whined about the book's political tinge. After the 5th or 6th attempt (exclusive of ...
by JHostler
April 24th, 2018, 10:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning
Replies: 10
Views: 1995

Re: Electronic Book [Reference] Burning

OK... the Cafe thrill is long gone. Buy the bloody book now so I can revel in sawbucks before someone mistakes me for a YETI cooler.
by JHostler
March 24th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: House of Cards - Nashville
Replies: 1
Views: 767

House of Cards - Nashville

by JHostler
March 10th, 2018, 9:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 2053

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Thanks John, Sawa has an Ace Assembly routine that uses something like that too :)


I claim nothing. Everything has already been invented!
by JHostler
March 10th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 2053

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

A variation you might find useful: - Starting point: Face-up deck (with reversed cards on bottom) in dealing position. - Magi stud deals a few face-down to table... momentarily sets deck on dealt pile while coaxing a spec to assist. - Magi retrieves face-up portion of deck, handing it to spec for de...
by JHostler
February 28th, 2018, 10:14 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus
Replies: 28
Views: 7118

Re: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus

Bob - Gotta slow down. I can't read this fast.
by JHostler
February 25th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Magic and Autism

Thanks, Daniel - excellent! I'll be interested in seeing/hearing more about S.O.M.A.'s work in this and other areas. You've got me on the mailing list...
by JHostler
February 25th, 2018, 9:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Magic and Autism

Are there tricks which deceive them which don't work with non-aspies? Good question. The kiddo is further into the spectrum than a typical aspie. That said, as someone who likely meets the higher-spectrum definition, I've not proven more "foolable" than peers in any particular corner of m...
by JHostler
February 25th, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Magic and Autism

Thanks, Erdnasephile - that's exactly the sort of material I'm looking for.

Bob - I'm not sure if it's an exaggeration of "typical" behavior or something completely different. Perhaps both... but it appears to be something well beyond the normal kid stuff!
by JHostler
February 25th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Autism
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Magic and Autism

Apologies if this has been posted in the wrong slot... but it's sort of a left-field inquiry inspired by minor events of this evening. Backstory: A year or two back, I launched a short-lived series of freebie magic PDFs with the request that those finding the material useful (or at least stimulating...
by JHostler
February 24th, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 47
Views: 7646

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Richard Kaufman wrote:Who's publishing de Cova's book in English?


Not sure; he just mentioned that summer was his target.

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