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by JHostler
May 14th, 2021, 9:38 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF Steve Spill - How to Make Love the Steve Spill Way
Replies: 0
Views: 25

LF Steve Spill - How to Make Love the Steve Spill Way

Looking for a reasonably priced hardcover edition of "How to Make Love the Steve Spill Way." PM me if you have something to offer. Many thanks!
by JHostler
May 8th, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books - Bobby Bernard, Jon Allen, & Concertos
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: Books - Bobby Bernard, Jon Allen, & Concertos

Books saved from the clink. Thanks!
by JHostler
May 8th, 2021, 8:17 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books - Bobby Bernard, Jon Allen, & Concertos
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: Books - Bobby Bernard, Jon Allen, & Concertos

Last post before these poor books land in the box of misfit literature - a sentence deserving of endless appeals, given the material. $55 postpaid to the lower 48.
by JHostler
May 1st, 2021, 7:25 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Books - Bobby Bernard, Jon Allen, & Concertos
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Books - Bobby Bernard, Jon Allen, & Concertos

Lot of three books in VG-Excellent condition: - Experience - The Magic of Jon Allen (softback edition) - Concertos for Pasteboard, edited by Oliver Erens (hardcover with dust jacket) - The Coin and Card Magic of Bobby Bernard by Val Andrews (hardcover, no dust jacket). I suspect it's that third rari...
by JHostler
April 23rd, 2021, 8:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Trick Energy
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Big Trick Energy

Sounds like a sad ripoff of Impractical Jokers (which can be hysterically funny).
by JHostler
December 30th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 33
Views: 3059

Re: Memorization

Mnemonics and peg systems just don't work for me, I've tried numerous times. I need a stack that uses rules/math and then that blends into memorization. Haven't played with a stack in quite a while though. Same here. Without Joyal's book, I doubt I ever would have committed a stack to memory. (And,...
by JHostler
December 27th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Holiday Treats(?)
Replies: 1
Views: 820

Re: Holiday Treats(?)

Thanks to those intrigued enough to take a look. Still "on the house" until midnight CST tonight.

Cheers,

Hostler
by JHostler
December 23rd, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?
Replies: 7
Views: 2678

Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

I've noticed nothing unusual about the writing. Fairly "in the pocket" for books of its kind. Photo-illustrated in full color. Fine piece of wordage; worth the $$$ for genuinely road-tested material.
by JHostler
December 23rd, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Holiday Treats(?)
Replies: 1
Views: 820

Holiday Treats(?)

As an antidote to dreary "heartland" weather - and in celebration of 2020's demise (may we never speak of her again) - a couple of pandemic holiday treats. Gratis. Message me if interested... "Of Tactics, Touches, and Tells" (aka “Lucky Chip”) - A little miracle with a poker chip...
by JHostler
December 22nd, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 33
Views: 3059

Re: Memorization

Mnemonics and peg systems just don't work for me, I've tried numerous times. I need a stack that uses rules/math and then that blends into memorization. Haven't played with a stack in quite a while though. Same here. Without Joyal's book, I doubt I ever would have committed a stack to memory. (And,...
by JHostler
November 26th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2845

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

To use magic (or anything theatrical) as the springboard for a "conversation" or a larger point, the latter must be somewhat coherent and emotionally aligned with the springboard. Suggesting that you're OK with "trashing the planet" and not recycling because this changes the cour...
by JHostler
November 25th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Matt Field Has Died
Replies: 12
Views: 1571

Re: Matt Field Has Died

Really enjoyed the music-related chats I had with Matt. A genuinely nice guy whose interests and talent extended well beyond magic.
by JHostler
November 25th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2845

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

Only a small percentage of practitioners understand magic as a performing art, and even fewer are any good at it. Meanwhile, the sheer volume of material - and number of folks (especially young folks) capable of advanced sleight of hand - has exploded. I don't think personality has much to do with i...
by JHostler
September 26th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7752
Views: 2489944

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: 7752
Views: 2489944

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: 613

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: 480

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: 1642

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: 11580

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: 11580

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: 2645

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: 484

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: 484

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: 5762

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: 5762

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: 5762

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: 284

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: 4280

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: 4280

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: 4280

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: 4280

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: 799

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: 799

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: 799

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: 7752
Views: 2489944

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: 2527

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: 2527

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: 600

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

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