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by Chris Aguilar
December 16th, 2018, 6:16 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 74
Views: 26785

Re: DeLand

My copy is expected to arrive here in Sacramento on 12/19 (Wednesday) per Fedex. Making some room on the top shelf of my bookshelf for this highly anticipated book.
by Chris Aguilar
December 9th, 2018, 8:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Daniel McCarthy
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Re: Daniel McCarthy

I met him at the 2017 Golden Gate Gathering, had a bit of nice conversation with him and bought an 80 page book from him called "Sly Glances" in which he inscribed his e-mail address in case I had any questions.
by Chris Aguilar
December 9th, 2018, 3:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!
Replies: 41
Views: 3837

Re: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!

I place no stock in anonymous reviews. Is there a writer mentioned? I checked the site and noted that it most (all?) of the product seems to be comped by Murphy's, Most of the reviews (ads?) are pretty generic "Rah Rah, this is great" (with a vast majority of the reviews rated 8,9 or 10 (...
by Chris Aguilar
December 8th, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)
Replies: 16
Views: 1555

Re: RE: Re: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)

Did you purchase this product or was it provided to you for free in return for review? Neither. I received it as a gift from a friend who knows I love card magic. Ah, suspected this wasn't something you paid for out of pocket. Is that the case for most of your reviews? Are you still soliciting peop...
by Chris Aguilar
December 8th, 2018, 5:05 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)
Replies: 16
Views: 1555

Re: RE: Re: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)

You immediately lost me with your recommendation of the Oz Pearlman DVD. I didn't recommend it. I said that it's popular, and I said that you might consider it. But what I'm recommending is Giobbi. Just the comparison alone is enough to make me question if you have any useful insight here on the pr...
by Chris Aguilar
December 8th, 2018, 3:52 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)
Replies: 16
Views: 1555

Re: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)

You immediately lost me with your recommendation of the Oz Pearlman DVD.
by Chris Aguilar
November 27th, 2018, 5:18 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4318

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Conju-Gal ;-)
by Chris Aguilar
November 26th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: who pays "re-shipping" cost on lost items?
Replies: 5
Views: 560

Re: who pays "re-shipping" cost on lost items?

Sounds like exceptionally poor customer service to me. I guess the vendor isn't expecting to have any repeat business from you.
by Chris Aguilar
November 26th, 2018, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cyber Monday is HERE!
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Cyber Monday is HERE!

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Looks like Richard is pointing to the Joker. Automatic Card markings can be easily read at a good distance.
by Chris Aguilar
November 26th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cyber Monday is HERE!
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Cyber Monday is HERE!

If anyone wants to see how the decks look (spoiler.... Great!) head over the current online issue of Genii (Dec. 2018) and watch Richard's "Genii Speaks" video.

I believe that the complete instructions on how to use both decks are included the book.
by Chris Aguilar
November 25th, 2018, 6:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cyber Monday and Mr. DeLand
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: Cyber Monday and Mr. DeLand

I can't imagine what it would have taken for Deland to create these with the printing tech of the day (plates). Over 3000 unique data points in the automatic deck orchestrated by Richard, composed (lovingly/somewhat painfully) by me (via spreadsheets, vector editing, etc) and carefully doubled check...
by Chris Aguilar
November 3rd, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Game Changer is finally here!
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: Game Changer is finally here!

I bought Jason's first book, but will probably pass on this one.
by Chris Aguilar
October 29th, 2018, 3:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier
Replies: 28
Views: 3452

Re: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier

Surprised that P&T didn't closely examine the (presumably gaffed) deck afterward, as they have done with many other acts.
by Chris Aguilar
October 19th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!
Replies: 41
Views: 3837

Re: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!

I've enjoyed many of Jason's clips online (e.g his very nice take on Jennings Open Travelers) and own his first book) . However, this particular presentation leaves me cold. The presentation doesn't seem very compelling (at least not spread out over nearly 6 minutes) and the method seems a bit cozy...
by Chris Aguilar
October 9th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why don't you attend local magic clubs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1537

Re: Why don't you attend local magic clubs?

I'm sure that a good number of people (myself included) just aren't into joining clubs (any kind of club) in general.

I still enjoy going to the occasional convention or hanging out informally with other magic enthusiasts if the opportunity presents itself.
by Chris Aguilar
October 7th, 2018, 11:31 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Jack Shalom wrote:
Okay, I figured I'd stop whining and do something. So here's a Reel Magic index of the contents of all 50 issues in Excel spreadsheet form, sortable by issue #, author, type, and topic. Bonus: everything Regal reviewed is there by name as well.

Nice work! Thanks for taking the time. :D
by Chris Aguilar
October 5th, 2018, 1:48 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magic Magazine
Replies: 24
Views: 4836

Re: Magic Magazine

Richard Kaufman wrote:Browser or app?

Browser (firefox), Windows 10. The other issues load fine.
by Chris Aguilar
October 4th, 2018, 10:19 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magic Magazine
Replies: 24
Views: 4836

Re: Magic Magazine

Philippe Billot wrote:Hi Mr. Kaufman,

I inform you that Magic Magazine May 2001 has only the first three pages visibles.

I just verified the issue (online archive).

Can only see the three first pages of this issue (Billy McComb on the cover). Other issues seem to work fine.
by Chris Aguilar
September 23rd, 2018, 12:38 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Houdini's The Master Mystery at UCLA
Replies: 11
Views: 655

Re: Houdini's The Master Mystery at UCLA

Very interesting! Enjoyed reading your article about this John.
by Chris Aguilar
September 22nd, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

My issue with a review this long is that I will dismiss it outright without reading it simply due to its length. It may contain worthwhile information, but I won't benefit simply because I'm not going to invest the time. How about some highlights and post the War and Peace best somewhere else with ...
by Chris Aguilar
September 22nd, 2018, 3:36 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Leonard Hevia wrote:
I would categorize your commentaries on EndersGame's reviews as more vicious than "constructive."

I don't value your opinion at all in that regard.
by Chris Aguilar
September 22nd, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Leonard Hevia wrote:
I enjoy EG's reviews and I want to continue reading them.

No one suggested you shouldn't.

The constructive commentary was meant for the anonymous "ender" not that Hevia fellow. 8-)
by Chris Aguilar
September 22nd, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Agreed Richard. No reason he shouldn't post his reviews, but damn, if he's going to actively solicit product for review... "Want me to write a review of your playing cards or magic? Contact me via Private Message." ...I would hope he would have an interest in improving his attempts at doin...
by Chris Aguilar
September 22nd, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

I greatly enjoy Reel Magic . What would make it even better is an index of magicians and effects. So many times I'm rummaging around, find a great effect or move, and then lose it the next time I'm on the site. It's a big job I know, but not a huge one; it would increase the value of an already ver...
by Chris Aguilar
September 22nd, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

I was initially inclined to agree with Chris's post. (Much of EndersGame's review is cut and pasted from the source material.) You gave him some legitimate focused criticism, and he responded graciously. But then, Chet gave you some legitimate, focused criticism, and you snapped back at him. Take a...
by Chris Aguilar
September 22nd, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Hey Chet, I don't care what you think.

Feel free to admire yourself in that shiny "White Knight" gear while getting your knickers in a twist over how I chose to express myself.
by Chris Aguilar
September 22nd, 2018, 12:59 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

7000+(!) words for this review alone, very little of that exhibiting any unique or useful insight. Any pro reviewer (and even some non-pros) could impart more to the reader in a fraction of that. In the case of Reel Magic (which I subscribe to and really like) I think most users would only need a li...
by Chris Aguilar
September 21st, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Re: Shin Lim

erdnasephile wrote:I'm happy that he won--his dexterity is amazing, and he seems like a nice guy. He's made my eyes bug out many times before.

However, to be honest, this left me cold:

Watched with my wife and daughter and we thought this piece (artistically) was one of his best.
by Chris Aguilar
September 21st, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2826

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

I think I could have watched every Reel Magic video in the time took me to slog through your review. Sometimes (OK, often!) at least some attempt at brevity is appreciated. Does adding all the photos and other non commentary type text really add anything except padding? In a case like this, the link...
by Chris Aguilar
September 19th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Set of Four DeLand Decks and Uncut Sheets Now Available: Only 100!
Replies: 10
Views: 1616

Re: Set of Four DeLand Decks and Uncut Sheets Now Available: Only 100!

I know we discussed other potential back colors for the "Automatic Deck" Richard, but (seeing how striking the backs look in conjunction with Mrs. Kaufman's groovy custom card box design) I think "Black" is exactly the right look for that particular deck.
by Chris Aguilar
September 9th, 2018, 12:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4909

Re: About doing magic

Hi Al, If you want to effectively ignore Mark Lewis (and instantly cause the cumulative IQ of the forums to rise quite in response to his absence), just click on his username "Performer" and when his profile page appears, click "Add Foe". You no longer have to put up with his chi...
by Chris Aguilar
August 22nd, 2018, 10:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 3174

Re: RE: Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

kevinm wrote:The Deluxe Edition is signed by whom?
Erdnase.
by Chris Aguilar
July 14th, 2018, 11:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copyright infringement?
Replies: 14
Views: 975

Re: Copyright infringement?

observer wrote:
BlueEyed Videot wrote:.jpg file showing modified Tarbell diagrams for sale.

https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BA25EA8



Yeah, it's Randi Rain.
by Chris Aguilar
July 14th, 2018, 4:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copyright infringement?
Replies: 14
Views: 975

Re: Copyright infringement?

Copyright aside (because, as Richard notes, it doesn't really apply here) the truly appalling aspect of this situation is the sheer ugliness of that colored illustration.

Or the expectation that someone might actually fork over some of their hard earned cheddar for one of those monstrosities...
by Chris Aguilar
June 5th, 2018, 4:47 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 30
Views: 2177

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

I'm not sure any company has ever done more to rip off creators than Magic Makers have. But as noted above, do we really need a review of a Hot Rod in this forum? ... I mean really ... a Hot Rod? I also take issue with the burgeoning multitude of "magic reviewers" who have tag lines simil...
by Chris Aguilar
April 29th, 2018, 9:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 18387

Re: New John Thompson Book

Good to see there will be a second printing but as a purchaser of the first edition (paid for the day it was announced) I'd suggest there be some difference, such as no signed copies, as a gesture to those who put their hands in their pockets first. Agreed. Not happening. Second Printing? Yes . . ....
by Chris Aguilar
April 29th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 18387

Re: New John Thompson Book

2nd printing coming July 2018: http://www.magicana.com/buy/publications/magic-johnny-thompson And now the speculators get confused because they don't know whether to quickly try to dump their current copy at arbitrage pricing or perhaps double down and order more copies. https://media.giphy.com/med...
by Chris Aguilar
March 1st, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus
Replies: 28
Views: 6903

Re: RE: Re: The Bammo Gaffus Maximus

JHostler wrote:Bob - Gotta slow down. I can't read this fast.
So much great stuff... So little time...
by Chris Aguilar
February 26th, 2018, 5:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive
Replies: 25
Views: 2365

Re: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive

Having decent luck with the Android app. However, the desktop /web works great for Genii issues but for magic issues it's either ungodly slow or won't load it all for many issues.

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