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by merenkov2
March 1st, 2017, 11:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 41751

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

There’s no easy way to make a living in this world, but I think it’s especially hard when you’re attempting it on your own. Having a partner, though, can help through the inevitable ups and downs. I think Penn & Teller have the right idea. I think Josh Jay & Andi Gladwin, Chef Anton & Wh...
by merenkov2
March 1st, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 41751

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

erdnasephile wrote:I've never donated that way before. Does paypal take a cut of the money if you send that way?

There is no charge for the 'Friends and Family' payment option in the US if you either: 1) use funds from your Paypal balance; or 2) use funds from a bank balance.
by merenkov2
February 26th, 2017, 9:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 41751

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Financial problems are often transitory, and there are creative solutions to things like college tuition (scholarships and student loans and such). It’s all quite heart-breaking if this was the main source of his angst. And if it turns out that he obtained an expensive life insurance policy a couple...
by merenkov2
February 26th, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 41751

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

It would appear the writer of the Reuters story was misinformed when he described Daryl’s death as “accidental”. The official coroner’s report states that it was a suicide by hanging. You can view the on-line Case Detail here: http://mec.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/mec/main/home/caseinformation/casedeta...
by merenkov2
February 25th, 2017, 1:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 41751

Re: Daryl Committed Suicide at The Magic Castle

This is terrible and shocking news. I understand the depression and pain part, but I don’t understand why someone would choose to do such a thing in a public venue. What could possibly motivate someone to do this in such a public way?
by merenkov2
February 12th, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood
Replies: 5
Views: 1260

Re: Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood

The interior shots look beautiful. In fact, judging by the various websites, all of the Houston Hospitality clubs look classy and upscale. La Descarga (their pre-Castro Havana-themed club) and Pour Vous (Parisian themed) both have dress codes that require collared shirts, encourage sport coats and d...
by merenkov2
January 16th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers
Replies: 19
Views: 2541

Re: Feld and/or public sloughs Ringling Brothers

Does anyone remember Barnum’s Kaleidoscape show (circa 1999-2000)? It was fantastic, a one-ring circus that toured with its own tent. More like a European-style circus, it featured legendary Italian clown David Larible. The only animals I remember were a team of beautiful white horses and maybe some...
by merenkov2
August 25th, 2016, 7:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Fakini 1" Manipulation Balls (white)
Replies: 0
Views: 673

Wanted: Fakini 1" Manipulation Balls (white)

If you have a set of these that you'd like to sell, please send me an email:
robertmerrill@austin.rr.com

I'd prefer white ones, and would also prefer to buy a set that includes the plastic tube they were originally packaged in.



Robert Merrill
1122 Colorado Street #1208
Austin, TX 78701
by merenkov2
July 25th, 2014, 1:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alan Greenberg Has Died
Replies: 10
Views: 3097

Re: Alan Greenberg Has Died

I'm sure you must have been very close to him, Richard, so my condolences to you. I for one would be very interested in hearing more about your partnership with Mr. Greenberg, how it evolved, how involved he was, etc. I'm in the financial industry myself, and have always been intrigued by the man an...
by merenkov2
May 5th, 2014, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 154
Views: 31524

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

What a fascinating turn this thread has taken. Todd, you seem to be focusing here on one particular set of gimmicked coins that you feel you have special creative rights to. Yet your website (as well as Schoolcraft’s) features many kinds of gimmicked coins and sets, such as: Copper/Silver/Brass; Sco...
by merenkov2
April 17th, 2014, 12:34 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Several OOP books: Ammar, Shiels, Minch, etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 850

Re: FS: Several OOP books: Ammar, Shiels, Minch, etc.

Price drop for the remaining books ($5 for shipping and insurance still applies): 1) The Cantrip Codex, by Tony ‘Doc’ Shiels, $55 2) The Chop Cup Book, by Mark Wilson, $90 3) The Complete Cups and Balls, by Michael Ammar, $90 4) Magic and Adventures Around the World, by John Calvert (signed by the a...
by merenkov2
April 17th, 2014, 12:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 154
Views: 31524

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

Every single owner of an internet message board I've encountered eventually becomes drunk with their own “power”, every single one of them…
by merenkov2
April 14th, 2014, 8:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Several OOP books: Ammar, Shiels, Minch, etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 850

Re: FS: Several OOP books: Ammar, Shields, Minch, etc.

Both 'The Man Who Was Erdnase' and 'Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus' have sold.
by merenkov2
April 12th, 2014, 5:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Several OOP books: Ammar, Shiels, Minch, etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 850

FS: Several OOP books: Ammar, Shiels, Minch, etc.

Please add $5.00 for shipping and insurance in the USA: 1) The Cantrip Codex, by Tony ‘Doc’ Shiels, $65 2) The Chop Cup Book, by Mark Wilson, $100 3) The Complete Cups and Balls, by Michael Ammar, $100 4) Daryl’s Ambitious Card Omnibus, by Stephen Minch, $100 5) Magic and Adventures Around the World...
by merenkov2
April 7th, 2014, 4:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC magazine & iPad - no longer ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1629

Re: MAGIC magazine & iPad - no longer ?

I spoke to Magic Magazine, and they confirmed that they've taken their app down from the Apple store. They plan to introduce some new format in the next few weeks. Maybe Stan got tired of giving Apple 30% of each sale? Anyway, if you have the old app on your iPad, it's still usable. I just downloade...
by merenkov2
April 4th, 2014, 1:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 53
Views: 17957

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

I’ve become obsessed with the 10-card poker deal, and I put the blame squarely on Bob Farmer. I recently ran across his 5-part series on the topic in the January-May 1994 issues of Magic Magazine (the April issue included a list of over 60 references to the trick if you really want to go down the ra...
by merenkov2
April 2nd, 2014, 12:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 53
Views: 17957

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Jimmy Fallon played the perfect foil during the routine - he let Ricky do his job and it was entertaining and funny. If Ricky tried this with David Letterman, Dave would spend the entire time asking him why he couldn't take one of the center cards.
by merenkov2
March 26th, 2014, 7:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 53
Views: 17957

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Whenever I'd see a magician as a guest of either Letterman or Leno, it would remind me of just how much I missed Johnny Carson. I have a feeling Jimmy Fallon is going to be more like Carson, though, just gracious and fun. Regarding the extras on the Deceptive Practices DVD, my favorite was the autom...
by merenkov2
February 24th, 2014, 2:20 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: The Man Who Was Erdnase
Replies: 4
Views: 770

Re: FS: The Man Who Was Erdnase

I teed that one up for you Bill. :)
by merenkov2
February 24th, 2014, 11:53 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: The Man Who Was Erdnase
Replies: 4
Views: 770

Re: FS: The Man Who Was Erdnase

Thanks for that very helpful comment, Richard. An early working title of the book was ‘The Man Who Was a Nerd in Ways Who Shot Liberty Valance’, but it was deemed too long (not to mention confusing), so they changed it. Anyway, it's still available...
by merenkov2
February 23rd, 2014, 7:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: The Man Who Was Erdnase
Replies: 4
Views: 770

FS: The Man Who Was Erdnase

The source material for Guy Hollingworth's amazing one-man show, 'The Expert at the Card Table'. Written by Jeff Busby, Martin Gardner and Bart Whaley. Long out of print, asking $75, shipped in the US.
by merenkov2
February 4th, 2014, 5:45 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Merrill Color-changing knives plus climax mini-knives
Replies: 1
Views: 433

FS: Merrill Color-changing knives plus climax mini-knives

Beautiful set of three knives, all in excellent condition, including: 1) one black stag-handled (both sides); 2) one pearl-handled (both sides); and 3) one with pearl on one side, black stag the other (a perfect set for Whit Haydn's 'Infinite Web of Distraction' routine). The pearl sides have almost...
by merenkov2
July 21st, 2013, 4:57 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Scotty York 3-DVD set: The Silver Fox Series
Replies: 1
Views: 453

FS: Scotty York 3-DVD set: The Silver Fox Series

[image]http://images.penguinmagic.com/images/soc_products/original/dvdsysetscottyyork-full.jpg[/image] Asking $25, shipped, for Scotty York’s Silver Fox DVD set , which includes: Volume 1: Professional Tricky Bartender Volume 2: Hisownself Volume 3: Strikes Again Highlights of this set include: an i...
by merenkov2
June 3rd, 2013, 11:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Too Hot for the Devil
Replies: 3
Views: 1640

Re: Too Hot for the Devil

Tom once mentioned in a thread here that he planned to write a book devoted to magic at the pool table, a special interest of his. Will this new book include any of his pool table magic?
by merenkov2
August 18th, 2012, 12:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Red Mirror DVD
Replies: 6
Views: 1486

Re: Question about Red Mirror DVD

I just ran across this thread. I recently purchased a used copy of this DVD, and the case and disc resemble erdnasephile's description: thin plastic case, a cover that does not include "Dan and Dave Present", and a disc with purplish coloring on the back. I've also had a couple of problems...
by merenkov2
July 19th, 2012, 9:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Moleskine Journal ideas?
Replies: 6
Views: 2373

Re: Moleskine Journal ideas?

I love the idea of hollowing out a Moleskine, Dan, it would be a great way to carry small props as you suggest (the Major Arcana of a Tarot deck come to mind). As for Carl's suggestion, is there a specific attribute of a Moleskine Journal that lends itself to the Cassidy effect, or could he have cho...
by merenkov2
June 25th, 2012, 10:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Moleskine Journal ideas?
Replies: 6
Views: 2373

Moleskine Journal ideas?

Just curious if there are any other Moleskine journal fans around here, and how you might use them with your magic. They've become so ubiquitous, it would be a shame not to exploit them in some devious fashion. Right now I just carry a 3-card monte set and some extra Loops in the inner pocket of min...
by merenkov2
June 23rd, 2012, 11:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin's levitation
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

Re: Justin's levitation

I watched Jimmy Fingers perform his levitation (if we are indeed talking about the same thing) in the lobby of a hotel during a magic convention in Texas. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen in magic.
by merenkov2
May 23rd, 2012, 5:29 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ammar's Complete Cups and Balls Collector's Edition available
Replies: 112
Views: 11254

Re: Ammar's Complete Cups and Balls Collector's Edition available

This is one of my favorite Genii Forum threads of all time. I hope it never ends. :)
by merenkov2
May 17th, 2012, 11:24 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Gold Ninja Rings, circa 2003
Replies: 2
Views: 578

Re: FS: Gold Ninja Rings, circa 2003

SOLD
by merenkov2
May 14th, 2012, 11:26 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Gold Ninja Rings, circa 2003
Replies: 2
Views: 578

Re: FS: Gold Ninja Rings, circa 2003

Price drop to $50, shipped.
by merenkov2
May 11th, 2012, 9:48 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Gold Ninja Rings, circa 2003
Replies: 2
Views: 578

FS: Gold Ninja Rings, circa 2003

Gold Ninja Rings, unused, still in the box from around 2003 (the box has the 2003 date, and the bag for the rings has a "The Ninja 2003" label on it). Asking $55, shipped in the USA. I am not including the little clasp for the rings (hey, you'll want to get yourself one of those sweet bags...
by merenkov2
February 4th, 2012, 6:04 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Pressley Guitar catalog or price list
Replies: 0
Views: 220

Looking for Pressley Guitar catalog or price list

I know this is an odd request, but does anyone happen to have an old price list or catalog of Pressley Guitar items from the late seventies or early eighties? I've started collecting some of his things, and I'm curious as to what exactly he used to make and sell. If anyone has any ideas on this, ple...
by merenkov2
August 1st, 2011, 4:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Red Streamlined Conv; Prohibition; Jennings on Cards dvd
Replies: 0
Views: 277

FS: Red Streamlined Conv; Prohibition; Jennings on Cards dvd

I was asked to consolidate these listings into one post. Prices have been lowered from original asking price. Now asking $10 each plus $2 shipping in the USA (if you buy more than one, shipping is still only $2): Larry Jennings, Thoughts on Cards DVD More info here Red Streamlined Convertible, by Da...
by merenkov2
August 1st, 2011, 1:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Bye George
Replies: 3
Views: 970

Re: FS: Bye George

This item has sold.
by merenkov2
July 31st, 2011, 11:24 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Bye George
Replies: 3
Views: 970

Re: FS: Bye George

Oops, forgot my contact info:

bobmerrill@gmail.com, or
Robert Merrill
1122 Colorado Street #1208
Austin, Texas 78701
512-478-1366
by merenkov2
July 31st, 2011, 12:15 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS: Bye George
Replies: 3
Views: 970

FS: Bye George

Excellent production of four quarters from a dollar bill. Asking $13 plus $2 shipping in the USA.
More info and video performance here
by merenkov2
June 2nd, 2011, 6:20 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Pressley Guitar leather chop/dice cup
Replies: 1
Views: 561

WTB: Pressley Guitar leather chop/dice cup

I make this request every few years. These are hard to come by, and I'm prepared to pay accordingly. I believe Pressley included a chopped die with these cups. If you have one you would like to sell, please email me at: <!-- e --><a href="mailto:bobmerrill@gmail.com">bobmerrill@gmail.com</a><!-- e -->

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