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by JHostler
September 26th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2369237

Re: ERDNASE

... I wondered why he would have had the book printed in Chicago, when he could have done it in house. I assume for the same reason he used a pseudonym. Upstanding member of the community etc. etc. The nine-year age difference doesn't bother me so much; a man in good health at 49 could pass for 40....
by JHostler
September 26th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7651
Views: 2369237

Re: ERDNASE

Has anyone ever looked into newspaperman Eber S. Andrews? He certainly had the writing chops, publishing know-how, and financial means necessary to pull off the first edition. What he lacked was everything else - any known connection to gambling or magic.
by JHostler
August 22nd, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pricey Magic?
Replies: 1
Views: 456

Pricey Magic?

Not long before COVID-19 upended planet earth, there was much grousing concerning the steady stream of huge, "over-priced" books hitting the magic market. So I had some fun with an inflation calculator this afternoon... • Nemo 500 & Kaps wallets from Joe Stevens - $75 each in 1983 ($19...
by JHostler
August 9th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books - David Roth, John Born, Michael Murray, Simon Lovell
Replies: 1
Views: 435

Books - David Roth, John Born, Michael Murray, Simon Lovell

A few books for your consideration, all in great condition. Add $3 per book for media mail to the lower 48 United States: David Roth’s Expert Coin Magic (1st edition with slipcase) - $99 Meant to Be by John Born (1st edition, 3rd printing; hardcover with no dust jacket – I believe “as issued”) - $69...
by JHostler
August 2nd, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP John Mendoza
Replies: 11
Views: 1366

Re: RIP John Mendoza

Very sad to hear this. Seeing John at the shop in St. Louis was a treat and - though he never knew it - one of the reasons I'm still in magic today. Re-reading Portfolio #1 at the moment. RIP...
by JHostler
July 29th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9732

Re: Fool US

…once again proving Charlie Miller’s old maxim, “As logicians and philosophers, magicians make great cat sitters.” That performance was nothing less than a love letter to future magicians. The premise of the show is superb, both the hosts and producers want nothing but the best for magic as an art/c...
by JHostler
July 27th, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9732

Re: Fool US

MagicbyAlfred wrote:... When they inevitably expose the double lift...


This "simple" sleight (and even moreso its sister "double turnover") is performed so poorly by even seasoned magicians that I'd say we've already exposed the heck out of it. :shock:
by JHostler
June 27th, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Remembering Louis Falanga
Replies: 16
Views: 2241

Re: Remembering Louis Falanga

Louis was apparently a pretty well-rounded guy. I just now made the connection that he was the same Falanga well-known in concert taping and Grateful Dead circles. RIP.
by JHostler
May 30th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wrist Watch "Quick Change"
Replies: 3
Views: 413

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: 413

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: 4784

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: 4784

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: 4784

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: 262

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: 3422

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: 3422

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: 3422

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: 3422

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: 698

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: 698

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: 698

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: 7651
Views: 2369237

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: 2271

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: 2271

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: 586

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: 5579

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: 586

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: 22929

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: 22929

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: 3502

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: 3502

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: 10494

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: 638

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: 866

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: 866

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: 866

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: 1069

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...

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