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by Ted M
December 30th, 2018, 9:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1368

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

Can any of the old-timers describe the quality of Bicycle cards in prior decades? Say, in the 60s through 90s? There was a period in there when both red and blue backs were very light shades of those colors, yes? Photos from 70s books show a wide variety of different backs in use. This suggests that...
by Ted M
December 23rd, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger: The Last Lesson
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Eugene Burger: The Last Lesson

The Last Lesson

"Perhaps my role in life, my last role in life, is to teach my friends how to die."

https://therosenkranzmysteries.com/honoring-eugene/
by Ted M
December 21st, 2018, 12:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nick Diffatte is on the Cover of the January 2019 Genii
Replies: 1
Views: 410

Re: Nick Diffatte is on the Cover of the January 2019 Genii

Plus a new Stephen Minch book hidden in More Genii Speaks: Giacomo Bertini's System for Amazement...

I wasn't familiar with Giacomo Bertini, but here's a video of him that (almost) makes me want to do coin magic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM79nf1BMeE
by Ted M
December 16th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 132
Views: 31591

Re: DeLand

Arrived safely in Madison, WI on Sat Dec 15. Thus far I have only had time to marvel at the packing.

I hope everybody has adjustable shelves -- with the slipcase, this is extra tall!
by Ted M
November 24th, 2018, 9:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 70
Views: 8434

Re: Final Curtain - Ricky Jay

(This thread title is more literary than the other one, so I'm posting here.) It was Mark Singer's lengthy 1993 New Yorker profile of Ricky Jay that rekindled my childhood affinity for magic and inspired my study and explorations of the field as an adult. He brought artistry and respect to a field w...
by Ted M
November 24th, 2018, 9:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cyber Monday and Mr. DeLand
Replies: 7
Views: 806

Re: Cyber Monday and Mr. DeLand

I've heard the Genii grants all wishes!
by Ted M
November 24th, 2018, 6:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cyber Monday and Mr. DeLand
Replies: 7
Views: 806

Re: Cyber Monday and Mr. DeLand

Will there be a video of the Buck twins doing moves with these cards?
by Ted M
October 1st, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

I’d love to hear from the guys that get this book and also have the Luis Piedrahita book and their thoughts of both. Seems like two huge contributions to the coin magic library of must haves. Peace, Joe Michael Close has a detailed review of the Latta book in his October newsletter. Kainoa Harbottl...
by Ted M
September 24th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column
Replies: 14
Views: 4664

Re: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column

I recall much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth when magicians discovered that the first effect on Max's Multiplicity DVD was not explicitly explained.
by Ted M
September 24th, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Stodare: The 14th Doctor?
Replies: 1
Views: 272

Stodare: The 14th Doctor?

Stodare's TARDIS:
https://youtu.be/DzANSnyLiDk


Timelord engineering video:
https://youtu.be/NyfnDzy4LDg
by Ted M
September 13th, 2018, 9:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New ACAAN
Replies: 16
Views: 1350

Re: New ACAAN

See Genii May 2007 Thanks Philippe. I do remember this account of the deck being chosen from an assortment in a china cabinet drawer, but I thought there was another one of Berglas performing it for Richard in a car. I'm also surprised it's so late as 2007. I'd thought it appeared several years ear...
by Ted M
September 12th, 2018, 7:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New ACAAN
Replies: 16
Views: 1350

Re: New ACAAN

I'm not exactly sure when all the interest developed in the Berglas Effect and the popularity of what is now known as ACAAN, new versions going out weekly. I'd say it is within the last twenty years that it has become mainstream..." I thought the 15-year ACAAN craze was sparked by Richard Kauf...
by Ted M
September 11th, 2018, 9:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please
Replies: 15
Views: 1895

Re: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please

What was the name of the guy with the zebra act?

This is a different guy with a zebra act, right? https://youtu.be/x-SRA47S0JA?t=1m25s
by Ted M
September 6th, 2018, 1:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 1720

Re: Penn & Teller

Looked like the producers anticipated diminished viewing figures for the Labor Day broadcast, and stacked the deck accordingly.

Those producers earn their money.
by Ted M
August 31st, 2018, 11:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Latta Book Sighting
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: Geoff Latta Book Sighting

Penguin purchased Hermetic Press, so keep an eye on http://www.penguinmagic.com/

To stay excited in the meantime, we can all re-read Kainoa Harbottle's review of the book in the August issue of Genii (pp. 104-6).
by Ted M
August 24th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 3376

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

The blockhead effect is not about the nasal passage at all.

The blockhead effect is that the performer pounds a spike into his face.
by Ted M
August 23rd, 2018, 6:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 3376

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

That's great -- anonymous and a person of no fixed abode, extra hard to track down. I'll make use of that next time I want to steal somebody's act.

What? This floating violin? Taught to me by a sailor!
by Ted M
July 29th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 2270

Re: A.Bandit

I bought and read mine from Amazon around December or January. It read smoothly enough.
by Ted M
July 24th, 2018, 10:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Two
Replies: 22
Views: 2694

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Two

I hadn't gone looking for the judges' scores before now, but Ed's post prompted me to seek them out. Scores for all competitors at FISM 2018 are here: https://fism.org/latest-news/fism-2018-contest-results/ Considering it was scored as "BFL", Craig's evaluation of the act in question seems...
by Ted M
July 24th, 2018, 12:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Two
Replies: 22
Views: 2694

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Two

Ed,

There are nearly 30 acts from Day Two evaluated on this page.

Do you really want to bring everyone's focused attention to a particular one among them?
by Ted M
July 12th, 2018, 12:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Three
Replies: 4
Views: 2327

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Three

Thanks again for these reports!

Just checking:

> *Nicolas dutel - General - Canada
> Houdini’s clock shop with multiplying clocks, vanishing clocks, jumbo coins as clocks, lots of clocks.

Houdini's clock shop? Or Robert-Houdin's clock shop?
by Ted M
July 9th, 2018, 2:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day One
Replies: 7
Views: 1311

Re: FISM 2018 - Day One

Thanks for your honest writeups, Craig.

Every time FISM rolls around, I look forward to them.
by Ted M
June 22nd, 2018, 10:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 2554

Re: You Tube exposure.

Image
by Ted M
June 22nd, 2018, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The July Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and In Your Mailbox
Replies: 3
Views: 482

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

Wow, the Robert-Houdin excerpt from the new Steinmeyer/Lamont book is pretty iconoclastic.

Is it a complete chapter that you've printed, or is there more material surrounding it in the same chapter?
by Ted M
June 20th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The July Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and In Your Mailbox
Replies: 3
Views: 482

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

Ooh, that was an enticing flip through the color photocopy version of DeLand...
by Ted M
June 18th, 2018, 12:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Karl Fulves Pubs
Replies: 53
Views: 13444

Re: New Karl Fulves Pubs

It's a year later...

Has anyone heard from Karl Fulves in the past year or so?
by Ted M
May 30th, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 2351

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

Even at the end of the trial, NPR (on which I appeared and explained that the illusion had not been exposed), reported incorrectly that Copperfield had been forced to reveal the secret of the illusion. [...] This same nonsense has been repeated in virtually every media story on the trial. [...] Of ...
by Ted M
May 30th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Book "Handcrafted Card Magic 3" (Denis Behr)
Replies: 7
Views: 2014

Re: New Book "Handcrafted Card Magic 3" (Denis Behr)

Contents Foreword by David Williamson Introduction Routined Arith-Mate-ic An ingenious Elmsley principle is reworked into an astonishing three-phase routine. Set-Up from Tamariz Stack Extended Gambling Demonstration You want to be able to do anything with a deck of cards? Your audience will believe ...
by Ted M
May 24th, 2018, 3:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 47
Views: 7586

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Call me Scoop!
by Ted M
May 24th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 47
Views: 7586

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art by Peter Lamont (Author), Jim Steinmeyer (Author) Scheduled release: July 17, 2018 Two renowned historians of stage magic team up to produce this definitive, engaging history of stage magic, from Ancient Egypt to David Copperfield. Thi...
by Ted M
May 21st, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 173
Views: 44275

Re: The Works

17 ACROSS: occurring, coming, or being after the usual, proper, or promised time
by Ted M
May 17th, 2018, 12:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 94
Views: 13817

Re: Theodore Deland

The MAIDEN design was the one I had in mind and was talking about because it looks more like the Rider back. It almost looks identical! ...which would seem to undermine USPCC's efforts to not dilute their own trademark by not printing modified Rider backs, no? I'd be curious to hear Bob Farmer's vi...
by Ted M
May 6th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 44
Views: 5364

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

Well, so it is.

Please make sure to spell my name right on the check.
by Ted M
May 5th, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 44
Views: 5364

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

Had Hoffmann's cue been followed, the 1994 expanded edition could've been More Greater Magic.

And 2018 would bring us Later Greater Magic...
by Ted M
April 11th, 2018, 11:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Complete Jarrett - Jim Steinmeyer
Replies: 23
Views: 2648

Re: The Complete Jarrett - Jim Steinmeyer

Joe Mckay wrote:A paragraph later, there is this lovely quote from Henry Hay:

As Henry Hay wrote: "The decline of the waistcoat has affected magic more than the invention of the communications satellites."

Magic maybe, but mentalism...
by Ted M
April 1st, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Out!
Replies: 20
Views: 2185

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Out!

I enjoyed the Mike Pisciotta article, but was puzzled by missing text at the 28-30, 30-31, 32-33 page breaks. My wife refers to the new layout template as "knockoff Mondrian." Coincidentally, Todd Karr notes in The Eye that his is one of those estates who will "sue your pants of for u...
by Ted M
March 23rd, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Out!
Replies: 20
Views: 2185

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Out!

Richard Kaufman wrote:There is no review of the book in the paper issue. I have to wait until a release date is announced (and a price).

Yep, I read the table of contents. I was speaking strictly of the book preview that's found only in the More Genii Speaks video, with you showing us the cover and some interior pages.
by Ted M
March 23rd, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Out!
Replies: 20
Views: 2185

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Out!

I'm mostly waiting for the paper issue to arrive, but that sure was a tantalizing preview of the new Hermetic Press book in the More Genii Speaks video!

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