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by Richard Kaufman
July 16th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hofsinzer leaping card
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: Hofsinzer leaping card

I'm sure someone has, but don't recall any specific names. Here is the problem with that: the cards will fall on the floor and can't be seen unless you are in a sitting room situation where you are standing and the seated audience is a distance back from you. Vernon used the principle in a trick whe...
by Richard Kaufman
July 16th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 26
Views: 914

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

It's not exactly what people think.
by Richard Kaufman
July 16th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Final thoughts
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: FISM 2018 - Final thoughts

I'm pretty sure that Dustin will be at FISM in Quebec.
by Richard Kaufman
July 16th, 2018, 2:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 26
Views: 914

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

I sat and talked with Vernon at length about what he meant by being "natural." I should turn that into a Genii article.
by Richard Kaufman
July 15th, 2018, 11:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 41
Views: 969

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

You don't do a "routine," you do an effect--they change places once.
by Richard Kaufman
July 15th, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 26
Views: 914

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

I learned much at the Stella Adler Conservatory that is applicable to magic, whether stage or close-up.

But here's a smell test.
Is something unnatural? You know it when you see it.

Is something natural? You know it when you don't notice it.
by Richard Kaufman
July 14th, 2018, 8:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 41
Views: 969

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Al is far far from a boring performer. He is charming and crafty in a quiet way. He does not jibber-jabber as Mark does.
by Richard Kaufman
July 14th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The world in play
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Re: The world in play

by Richard Kaufman
July 14th, 2018, 1:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 41
Views: 969

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

And what, Leonard, do you do if you don't have an extra coin or a gaff? Al's routine is perfect.
by Richard Kaufman
July 14th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Six
Replies: 18
Views: 1084

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Six

Thanks for all the updates, Craig!
by Richard Kaufman
July 13th, 2018, 8:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 16
Views: 908

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

For decades it has always been a question among convention organizers in the US (and probably in Europe, too) whether to hold a convention that comes immediately before or after FISM.

The general consensus is, among convention organizers in the US (at least), that it doesn't make any difference.
by Richard Kaufman
July 13th, 2018, 4:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 16
Views: 908

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

It's becoming apparent (at least to me) that for many smaller conventions--a category which now includes the IBM and SAM--that it doesn't matter what talent is booked. They have become regional conventions that attract mostly a local group from nearby states.
by Richard Kaufman
July 13th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copyright infringement?
Replies: 14
Views: 749

Re: Copyright infringement?

Certainly the original Tarbell System is now in public domain. The copyright was not renewed.
Whether The Tarbell Course in Magic is in public domain, I don't know.
But you could certainly colorize and sell any illustration from the original System.
by Richard Kaufman
July 12th, 2018, 5:08 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Re: Slydini's material

There are only four books:
The Magic of Slydini
Slydini Encores
The Best of Slydini
The Magical World of Slydini.

You need all of them.
by Richard Kaufman
July 12th, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 goes to Canada!
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: FISM 2021 goes to Canada!

The dates for FISM in Quebec are July 26 to 31, 2021. (The email sent out today to those who registered misidentifies the dates as May 3-6, 2019). It's nothing like the Genii convention. FISM is centered around its contests, which take up a good chunk of the day. It's also not like any other convent...
by Richard Kaufman
July 11th, 2018, 12:25 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Mentalist Robert Nelson Office Mural Repro
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Mentalist Robert Nelson Office Mural Repro

Diego, this sounds interesting, but I think prospective buyers would like to see it.
by Richard Kaufman
July 10th, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 goes to Canada!
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: FISM 2021 goes to Canada!

That's a surprise!
by Richard Kaufman
July 9th, 2018, 12:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day One
Replies: 7
Views: 908

Re: FISM 2018 - Day One

Craig, someone from Italy was posting live on Facebook and said the line for registration on Monday morning was over three hours.
by Richard Kaufman
July 4th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Genii Wishes All of You a Happy July 4th
Replies: 6
Views: 345

The Genii Wishes All of You a Happy July 4th

From all of us to all of you, relax and have a good day.
by Richard Kaufman
July 4th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 164
Views: 35353

Re: The Works

I hope to receive some news shortly.
by Richard Kaufman
July 4th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I Know the Secret of the Berglas Effect!
Replies: 122
Views: 39866

Re: I Know the Secret of the Berglas Effect!

Nobody does this trick like David Berglas.
by Richard Kaufman
July 3rd, 2018, 5:10 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 164
Views: 35353

Re: The Works

Don't give up hope.
by Richard Kaufman
July 2nd, 2018, 1:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 15
Views: 1313

Re: Gravity Holdout

Kent, what's a holdout?
by Richard Kaufman
July 1st, 2018, 10:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 936

Re: RIP, CC

Steve Brooks was kind enough to comp me that small add, which I thought was extremely generous.
by Richard Kaufman
July 1st, 2018, 5:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 15
Views: 1313

Re: Gravity Holdout

I've seen what Kent does with the holdout. It cannot be replicated by sleight of hand--that's why he uses the holdout!
by Richard Kaufman
July 1st, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 936

Re: RIP, CC

Jack, what is the point of your post? Why would a climate change thread have any place on The Magic Cafe in the first place?
by Richard Kaufman
June 30th, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some cup and ball ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 626

Re: Some cup and ball ideas

I think: GOOD!
moobooks@verizon.net is where you'll find me.
by Richard Kaufman
June 29th, 2018, 11:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some cup and ball ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 626

Re: Some cup and ball ideas

Hey Al, it's great! It's time for you to do a new series of columns in Genii. :)
by Richard Kaufman
June 28th, 2018, 1:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1649

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

I use Imgur to attach photos in posts.
by Richard Kaufman
June 25th, 2018, 11:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 15
Views: 1313

Re: Gravity Holdout

Not the same thing at all.
by Richard Kaufman
June 24th, 2018, 5:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Grand Illusions - Jonathan Pendragon CD ROM
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: Grand Illusions - Jonathan Pendragon CD ROM

That should be the first thing you think of.
by Richard Kaufman
June 24th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Grand Illusions - Jonathan Pendragon CD ROM
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: Grand Illusions - Jonathan Pendragon CD ROM

Why don't you contact the publisher, Todd Karr at Miracle Factory.
by Richard Kaufman
June 22nd, 2018, 9:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1873

Re: You Tube exposure.

I agree.
It is but one of thousands of the unintended consequences of the internet.
by Richard Kaufman
June 22nd, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who invented the Topit?
Replies: 14
Views: 639

Re: Who invented the Topit?

THE MAGICIAN MONTHLY, February 1920 Top-it. IS IT A MIRACLE? WHAT ? ? "TOPIT" The wonderful Vanishing Pack of Cards, Invented by HAROLD COMDEN. A most Peculiar, Puzzling, Perplexity and Curious, Convincing, Conception. An ordinary pack of cards after being shuffled, is held in the hand in...
by Richard Kaufman
June 21st, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magazines
Replies: 8
Views: 681

Re: Magazines

Correct: you can't give them away. And no one wants to pay the postage even if they're free.
by Richard Kaufman
June 20th, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The July Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and In Your Mailbox
Replies: 3
Views: 339

The July Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and In Your Mailbox

http://i.imgur.com/V38faOm.jpg The July issue of Genii, the greatest magic magazine in the world, is now available online and in your mailbox. Join us at http://www.geniimagazine.com Genii’s cover story this month is an excerpt from The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art, ...
by Richard Kaufman
June 20th, 2018, 11:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: July Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: July Issue

The digital issue always goes live the 20th of the month: today.
We got the paper issue to the printer a bit early last month.
by Richard Kaufman
June 19th, 2018, 4:02 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics
Replies: 9
Views: 605

Re: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics

Many of his items are not related at all to Tenyo products. Regardless, it's not illegal, and Jenzo has been doing this for many years with no protest from Tenyo or anyone else. Since he tends to make only between 6 and 12 of an item that is far removed in materials from the original, there doesn't ...
by Richard Kaufman
June 19th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics
Replies: 9
Views: 605

Re: Parlour Tricks by Jenzo Harmonics

The Genii highly recommends all of Jenzo's products!

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