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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: 247

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: 31
Views: 1343

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: 247

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: 132
Views: 12075

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: 132
Views: 12075

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: 1484

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: 1484

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: 104
Views: 4093

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: 510

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: 752

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: 752

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
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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: 752

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: 976

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: 976

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: 976

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: 2769

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: 470

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: 9896

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: 1367

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: 729

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: 729

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. $...
by JHostler
January 21st, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Man Who Was Erdnase, Mnemonica, Essential Houdin, Sankey Unleashed
Replies: 2
Views: 729

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: 1362

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: 3
Views: 1367

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: 1868

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: 703

Re: Daniel McCarthy

That obscure, huh? :?
by JHostler
December 9th, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Sunday Mischief - Firkin Funtime
Replies: 3
Views: 1367

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: 411

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: 80
Views: 16660

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: 703

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: 5739

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: 1246

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: 1246

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: 1246

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: 1307

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: 1307

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: 519

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 ...

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