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by jwalkmagic
July 3rd, 2013, 1:56 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Restless Plots
Replies: 0
Views: 354

Restless Plots

I have A copy of Restless Plots by Mark Edward. I am trying to figure out if it is a first edition.

Some sights list a first edition date of 1979 while others list it as 1997-1998. My copy has 1997-1998 on the copyright page.

Thanks

Joe :?:
by jwalkmagic
April 4th, 2013, 7:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting NPR piece on Knock Off Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 369

Interesting NPR piece on Knock Off Magic

This was on NPR today. Very interesting comments from Losander, Jeff McBride and Kevin James.

http://www.theworld.org/2013/04/magician-jeff-mcbride/
by jwalkmagic
February 19th, 2013, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

I would agree about those of us who have more experience should smell a rat but to neophytes who have not yet learned about this practice there is little protection and I fear to say that this may turn many of them away from magic. Even those of us who are more experienced can have difficulty in dis...
by jwalkmagic
February 18th, 2013, 1:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

I kinda disagree with that. Unfortunately the old brick and mortar magic shop is increasingly becoming anachronistic for most people. More and more magic is being sold either over the internet or from chain pitch shops in tourist areas. It is difficult enough for anyone to know if an item is genuine...
by jwalkmagic
February 8th, 2013, 2:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

I've already told you what I would do, set up a blog, set up twitter, send out press releases. Have you tried any of that yet or are you just content to moan about the situation whilst not actually doing much? Well as far as I know Genii Forum is one of the largest magic boards on the internet so I...
by jwalkmagic
February 8th, 2013, 2:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

This does seem to be a big part of the problem. Like the guy who buy a hot diamond ring rationalizing that he was not the one who stole it. If this dealer keeps sending you abusive emails don't bother naming him - report him to his ISP and if necessary the proper authorities. It does not take a lot ...
by jwalkmagic
February 6th, 2013, 11:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Kartis Okito Box by Tango?
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

Re: Kartis Okito Box by Tango?

That appears to be a demo of Tango's standard Okito labeled as the Kartis.

I was hoping someone had experience with one and could share their insights.
by jwalkmagic
February 5th, 2013, 3:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Kartis Okito Box by Tango?
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

Kartis Okito Box by Tango?

Curious about The Kartis Okito Box by Tango.

Mostly is it worth the price? Much of what I see in the demos on line it looks like a Boston Box.

I already have standard Okito, Boston and Slot Boxes so I don't see the need to get this one unless it is something quite different.

Thanks
by jwalkmagic
February 3rd, 2013, 12:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

Several years ago I started a blog called MAGIC FAKERS http://magicfakers.blogspot.com.au/ to bring this issue to the attention of the magic community. At the time, several well known US magic companies were commissioning knock offs of top selling tricks and releasing them as cheaper "new"...
by jwalkmagic
February 1st, 2013, 1:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

Start a campaign, send press releases to all the magic websites, they will all run it. Set up a wordpress blog and get support. I'm not cursing the darkness, but think trying to fight such activity is futile as it won't be stopped. However, rallying support for complaining is made VERY easy with th...
by jwalkmagic
February 1st, 2013, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

I have filled out the form on the ICE web sight.

Like I said I am only one voice. Unless those who create the magic and the rest of us choose to follow through then we are truly just cursing the darkness.
by jwalkmagic
February 1st, 2013, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

We are not talking here about one magician copying the work of another. In the two tricks I have sighted we are talking about the copyrighted intellectual property of creators being copied in a foreign country and imported wholesale into the United States. In this case it would be ICE and not the FB...
by jwalkmagic
January 31st, 2013, 5:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

Bill Mullins wrote:
jwalkmagic wrote:Unlike shouting into the wind the authorities are required by law to investigate all legitimate complaints.


What you said there is funny.


In what way?
by jwalkmagic
January 31st, 2013, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

Unlike shouting into the wind the authorities are required by law to investigate all legitimate complaints.
by jwalkmagic
January 31st, 2013, 4:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

It cost nothing to file a criminal complaint.
by jwalkmagic
January 31st, 2013, 3:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

Is not the unauthorized production and importation of copyrighted material a violation of federal criminal law? That's what it says on every DVD I own.
by jwalkmagic
January 31st, 2013, 3:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: News: Harry Levy sells counterfeit basketball tickets
Replies: 1
Views: 584

Re: News: Harry Levy sells counterfeit basketball tickets

This Harry Levy is 26. Next generation?
by jwalkmagic
January 31st, 2013, 11:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

Richard Kaufman wrote:When original instructions get copied verbatim, or original video footage is used, then you have copyright law on your side.


Then I have to wonder why more creators of magic don't pursue using copyright law? Since so many of these items are imported I.C.E. would be the investigating agency.
by jwalkmagic
January 29th, 2013, 12:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

Support the artists directly by buying directly through them or the publishers that they have partnered with. Edward This was a case of me buying what was represented as used magic. This is something we all do. When it comes to new magic I try to stick to dealers who have a proven track record.
by jwalkmagic
January 29th, 2013, 12:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

Re: What can be done about counterfeit magic?

While I think the items in question probably originated in China the dealer in question is located in the USA. In the seller on eBay is supposed to be in Las Vegas while the items shipped from a shop in Texas. In looking at the web sight of this shop he does list The Whole Thing on his page at a hug...
by jwalkmagic
January 29th, 2013, 11:51 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Climax Coins By Jerry Mentzer
Replies: 0
Views: 236

Climax Coins By Jerry Mentzer

I have been clearing my shelves of of items that have been collecting dust for far too long. One of those is a copy of "Climax Coins By Jerry Mentzer" In trying to research a value I find a price range from different sellers from $5.00 to over $150.00 Anyone have a take on what is the more...
by jwalkmagic
January 29th, 2013, 11:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What can be done about counterfeit magic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6010

What can be done about counterfeit magic?

This problem just seems to be getting worse and worse. I recently bought a small lot of Daryl items on eBay - where else. As soon as I opened the package it was clear that one item - "The (W)hole Thing" was a counterfeit. I won't even grace it to say knock off. I contacted the seller and h...
by jwalkmagic
January 14th, 2013, 2:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Red?
Replies: 15
Views: 2502

Re: Why Red?

You made me go through my various double backers to check on this. I can say I do not observe this in any cars I own but it does rebind me of a blankface deck in red I got some years back. The backs were many shades lighter than the standard decks I was buying at the time as to be unusable. I think ...
by jwalkmagic
January 12th, 2013, 11:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Red?
Replies: 15
Views: 2502

Re: Why Red?

My curiosity here is in part as a historian (the job I am currently paid to do) and partly as someone who was paid to light theatrical stages for most of my adult life. And yes I am an amateur/enthusiast about magic but it has been a lifelong passion and opened many of the doors to where I am now. I...
by jwalkmagic
January 11th, 2013, 2:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Red?
Replies: 15
Views: 2502

Re: Why Red?

I wonder why that is. Blue is the harder color for the human eye to focus on.
by jwalkmagic
January 11th, 2013, 1:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Red?
Replies: 15
Views: 2502

Why Red?

In another thread about Rising Cards (Devano) it occurred to me that red Bicycle backs seem to have become the standard for card magic. I even notice that many gimmicks seem to be made in red Bicycle.

Now the Bicycle part is easy but I have to wonder why red over blue?

Any thoughts?

Joe
by jwalkmagic
January 7th, 2013, 5:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?
Replies: 30
Views: 5785

Re: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?

I wouldn't mind a Tally Ho option but red or blue Bicycle would be great.
by jwalkmagic
January 7th, 2013, 12:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Card Trimmer Assortment Update 10/26/12
Replies: 13
Views: 2886

Re: Card Trimmer Assortment Update 10/26/12

I just stumbled on to this thread. Gotta tell you I love the info on a DIY card cutter. I may have to clear some space on the ol workbench and try it out.

Joe
by jwalkmagic
January 7th, 2013, 9:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?
Replies: 30
Views: 5785

Re: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?

The first one I had did use sticky stuff but otherwise worked like a charm. I don't know who made it. I bought it from Hank Lee when he was still in the cramped little walk up on Lincoln St. It was made in poker size Aviators and as I recall had two rather widely spaced monofilament lines to do the ...
by jwalkmagic
January 6th, 2013, 5:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?
Replies: 30
Views: 5785

Re: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?

So Jim if only some highly skilled magic craftsman would decide to manufacture such a thing................
by jwalkmagic
January 6th, 2013, 12:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?
Replies: 30
Views: 5785

Any decent Arne or Devano card rise out there?

Can't seem to find a decently made Arne or Devano card rise out there. Does anyone know of a decent one on the market?

Joe
by jwalkmagic
December 15th, 2012, 12:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Did I buy some Knock Off DVDs?
Replies: 3
Views: 843

Re: Did I buy some Knock Off DVDs?

Thanks. They were purple in color. I have already returned them for a refund. The owner of the place hemmed and hawed for a moment - gave me the usual "can't return a secret" line but I reminded her that selling these was against the law so she acquiesced. Turns out that they had been purc...
by jwalkmagic
December 14th, 2012, 11:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Did I buy some Knock Off DVDs?
Replies: 3
Views: 843

Did I buy some Knock Off DVDs?

I recently purchased a set of Early Ammar DVDs from a local magic dealer. OK not so much a dealer as a joke/sex toys shop that has a magic counter. I normally only purchase the occasional item there if I don't have time to wait for mail order to arrive. When I was buying some sponge balls I spotted ...
by jwalkmagic
October 26th, 2012, 9:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee's to Close
Replies: 38
Views: 10430

Re: Hank Lee's to Close

If you are in the area I would wait to see what the liquidators decide to do with the stuff.
by jwalkmagic
April 18th, 2012, 1:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 104264

Re: Hank Lee

<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://lexington.patch.com/articles/magic-factory-hearing-rescheduled-4e0c9809">http://lexington.patch.com/articles/mag ... d-4e0c9809</a><!-- m --> Harry Levy has had his date in court rescheduled. The owner of the Hank Lee's Magic Factory, Levy has admitted to m...
by jwalkmagic
March 31st, 2012, 8:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 104264

Re: Hank Lee

I will always have very fond memories of my first visit to Lank Lee's as a teenager when he was in the tiny walk up on Lincoln St. I walked in as he and Phil Goldstein were in the process of editing the Magic Factory's first catalog. At last there was a real magic shop in Boston and not a joke shop ...
by jwalkmagic
January 5th, 2012, 3:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini: Murdered?
Replies: 23
Views: 3513

Re: Houdini: Murdered?

Oh my. The History Channel again. I work for Plimoth Plantation and the History Channel is the biggest source of mis-information we have to deal with.

Even when they seek our advice they always go for the most sensational interpretation.

Joe
by jwalkmagic
January 5th, 2012, 2:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question About Knock Offs - Extractor
Replies: 10
Views: 1793

Re: Question About Knock Offs - Extractor

Unfortunately the only brick and mortar magic shop near me is actually a sex shop that sells overpriced magic and jokes so they can get around the towns bylaws. I agree that it is better to do business with someone you know but I guess I was blinded by the chance for what I thought would be a bargai...
by jwalkmagic
January 4th, 2012, 2:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question About Knock Offs - Extractor
Replies: 10
Views: 1793

Question About Knock Offs - Extractor

I recently purchased The Extractor off of eBay. I did not notice until after I paid that it was being shipped from Hong Kong - a red flag for knock off magic. I conduct all my eBay searches for North America to avoid hassles like this but for some reason this dealer came up anyway. The combination o...
by jwalkmagic
March 19th, 2011, 12:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Packet tricks / R&S
Replies: 10
Views: 1417

Re: Packet tricks / R&S

OK - Rough and Smooth.

Forgive me. I have seen in other forums posters were flamed for giving away secrets when spelling it out so I thought I would take the cowards way out. I figured most folks in here would know what I meant.

Joe

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