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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: 928

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: 928

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: 928

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: 2641

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: 426

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: 9244

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: 971

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: 695

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: 695

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: 695

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: 1097

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: 971

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: 1742

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: 652

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: 971

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: 378

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: 14910

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: 652

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: 5160

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: 1166

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: 1166

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: 1166

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: 666

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: 666

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: 497

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: 1513

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: 705

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: 1158

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: 705

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: 705

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: 775

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: 775

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: 1158

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: 2606

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: 2606

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: 775

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: 3315

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 ...

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