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by Anthony Vinson
April 10th, 2018, 5:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Re: Public Service Announcement

Careful! Shortly after one of those scammers came close to talking my mother into giving them remote access to her computer, I received a similar call. Being indignant at their (yes, I personified them at a single entity for the purposes of my outrage) effrontery I launched into a diatribe that may ...
by Anthony Vinson
April 1st, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research

Two great big thumbs up, Quentin!
by Anthony Vinson
March 2nd, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 1590

Re: Hmmmmm...

Yeah, it's a gag, and a good one too!

From near the bottom of the ad: WARNING: people over 50 (or with any history of prostate issues) consider adding your all new Magic Wand Catheter and Bag Combo (SKU: SME-12764). Sold Separately.
by Anthony Vinson
January 24th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 3215

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

What they need to know is different from what they should want to know. As a young boy interested in magic I was fascinated by Houdini, Malini, Thurston, Chung Ling Soo, et al, and read all I could find at the local library. As I grew older and had money to spend on books, I purchased lots of magic ...
by Anthony Vinson
January 11th, 2018, 1:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hemp Playing Cards
Replies: 16
Views: 1093

Re: Hemp Playing Cards

According to a comment posted by someone with USPC, despite the branding, there's no actual hemp in the cards themselves. That means they would be perfect for false deals.
by Anthony Vinson
January 11th, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?
Replies: 10
Views: 929

Re: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?

Ditto what Pete said. Although I think calling them designer cards is a misnomer, they're just brands vying for consumer dollars. Bicycle-branded decks with varying back designs are hanging from store racks next to Duck Dynasty cards, WPT cards, Dragon Back, etc. I really don't think it's an issue a...
by Anthony Vinson
January 1st, 2018, 5:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2017 In Review
Replies: 13
Views: 1632

Re: 2017 In Review

Thanks, Dustin. I know it took at least tens times as long to put together as it for me to read and enjoy it.
by Anthony Vinson
December 6th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: December 2017 Issue
Replies: 2
Views: 618

Re: December 2017 Issue

And the irony is that those damn catalogs arrive unimpeded!
by Anthony Vinson
November 29th, 2017, 9:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 25875

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes1000 wrote:
jkeyes1000 wrote:If you folks want a bit of levity, perhaps I can afford it.


That's a start! Thanks for making the effort to provide insight into your assertion.

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by Anthony Vinson
November 29th, 2017, 9:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 25875

Re: Ennobling Magic

he is simply asking us to consider being more honest with our audiences and ourselves by avoiding direct lies, whenever possible or practical, without diminishing the impact of our magic. . but why? 1) the audience won't know 2) there is no evidence to suggest that if they did, they would care 3) h...
by Anthony Vinson
November 29th, 2017, 6:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 25875

Re: Ennobling Magic

All I think that he is trying to say is that he has no objections to deceptive techniques and even statements. Or perhaps even implied lies or lies that have nothing to do with the trick itself. It is merely that he feels uncomfortable with an outright barefaced lie in the performance of a magic tr...
by Anthony Vinson
November 29th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 25875

Re: Ennobling Magic

Wowsers. Can hardly believe this thread continues to unwind its way through the labyrinth. Can hardly believe that I just caught up by reading 3 pages worth of posts! I dropped in to say that I no longer believe Mr. Keyes is a troll. Like Mark, I believe his assertion is sound and not without merit....
by Anthony Vinson
November 26th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 25875

Re: Ennobling Magic

Magic, at least as defined by those of us who haunt this forum, is deception. False transfers, double turnovers, and paddle moves are all lies. To argue otherwise is to troll. I congratulate Mr. Keyes – His theme song should be Troll Over Beethoven Let Me Troll It! Bad logic. A lie may be a decepti...
by Anthony Vinson
November 26th, 2017, 8:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 25875

Re: Ennobling Magic

Magic, at least as defined by those of us who haunt this forum, is deception. False transfers, double turnovers, and paddle moves are all lies. To argue otherwise is to troll. I congratulate Mr. Keyes – His theme song should be Troll Over Beethoven Let Me Troll It!
by Anthony Vinson
November 20th, 2017, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ryan Matney's "Spoiler Alert" With an Introduction By John Bannon Can Now Be Ordered
Replies: 5
Views: 1101

Re: Ryan Matney's "Spoiler Alert" With an Introduction By John Bannon Can Now Be Ordered

My copy arrived today in central Georgia. Great looking book; wonderfully laid out. Can't wait to dig in, especially after Dustin's stellar review!
by Anthony Vinson
November 19th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 14
Views: 3536

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

Well I won't criticize you, Joe. I surfed over to the cafe using the link you provided and checked the poster's profile. He (or she) has posted only 31 times over the course of almost 4 years since joining. That may only mean he has little to say, but then again it could indicate that he is a part-t...
by Anthony Vinson
November 15th, 2017, 5:18 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Spoiler Alert
Replies: 12
Views: 2651

Re: Spoiler Alert

Still shipping this week?
by Anthony Vinson
October 19th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Magic and Beyond" series available on Amazon Prime
Replies: 4
Views: 792

Re: "Magic and Beyond" series available on Amazon Prime

Added to my Watch List - Thanks for the head's up!
by Anthony Vinson
October 5th, 2017, 6:59 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Flipper Coin
Replies: 6
Views: 1557

Re: Flipper Coin

IIRC magician's wax was the recommended adhesive when Flipper Coins were popular in the late 80s/early 90s. Johnson Product's website lists a contact phone number, so perhaps that might be the source for the best advice? 626/445/1411.
by Anthony Vinson
August 24th, 2017, 6:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Blue Crown - Help contact
Replies: 17
Views: 2623

Re: The Blue Crown - Help contact

Three weeks ago I emailed the contact I received through a PM. The magician replied instantly that sending him my order numbers he would see to it that I receive the links to my purchases. After waiting two weeks I sent him a reminder, but still nothing. It is Blue Crown, but wondering if I should ...
by Anthony Vinson
July 15th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones on AGT
Replies: 4
Views: 1310

Re: Eric Jones on AGT

That was well done! Thanks for posting the link.
by Anthony Vinson
May 22nd, 2017, 11:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 2950

Re: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?

Had one myself just last week - #14 molar. Pressure sensitivity lasted three days, but now it's all good and better than ever. Hang in there!
by Anthony Vinson
April 28th, 2017, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 2489

Re: 3 Riddles

The answers are posted and I peeked. I was correct on 1 an 2, but 3... Even knowing the answer I still want to argue about it! The wording is deceptive and the answer presupposes too many variables.
by Anthony Vinson
April 28th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 2489

Re: 3 Riddles

Hmm... I agree, the first two are easy enough - in fact the first has been around since at least the 1970s, but wrapped in a different narrative - but that pickle jar has me expending more brain cells that I think are necessary. Bet I'm overthinking it.

Fun distractions - Thanks for posting!
by Anthony Vinson
March 25th, 2017, 9:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 1807

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

Richard, FYI, the table of contents lists both Cardopolis and Dealing With It at page 32. Cardopolis is what appears. Guess we'll wait till May for Cross-Eyed Jacks? Or perhaps I was taken in by the April Fool's gag?! "Cross-Eyed Jacks" can be found in the "Dealing With It" colu...
by Anthony Vinson
March 24th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?
Replies: 6
Views: 1764

Re: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?

Just spoke to them by phone and suggested they weigh in on this thread.
by Anthony Vinson
March 20th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 1807

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

Richard, FYI, the table of contents lists both Cardopolis and Dealing With It at page 32. Cardopolis is what appears. Guess we'll wait
till May for Cross-Eyed Jacks? Or perhaps I was taken in by the April Fool's gag?!
by Anthony Vinson
March 4th, 2017, 9:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Scruffy
Replies: 4
Views: 1149

Re: Scruffy

Steven also hangs out over at themagiciansforum.com, where he is a frequent poster.
by Anthony Vinson
February 23rd, 2017, 2:48 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle
Replies: 3
Views: 1365

Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle

Kainoa, I am not a coin guy. Not even close. I carry a couple of impromptu coin tricks in my arsenal “just in case”, but none are any more demanding than a simple false transfer, finger palm, or Bobo Switch. That said, I have enjoyed reading your Genii columns under the banner By Means of Metal prim...
by Anthony Vinson
February 4th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 7815

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Big book by Ryan Matney? That's interesting. I thought he was set on publishing a series of small paperbacks on his own? I've purchased a couple and really like the guy's thinking and material, so I will most likely be pre-ordering.

BTW, thanks for the update, Richard!
by Anthony Vinson
January 25th, 2017, 7:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?
Replies: 22
Views: 3230

Re: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?

Perhaps it isn’t so much a matter of product as it is of market. The (now) constant and (mostly) generational debate of books versus videos serves as an example. Videos are cheaper to produce and generate far larger profit margins than books. (I base these assertions on casual study and anecdotal ev...
by Anthony Vinson
January 16th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 70
Views: 13791

Re: The Jerx Year Two

I finally decided to see what all the plaudits were about and read the latest post, "Young Reckless Hearts." Again, I mean no disrespect--just wanted to offer a few thoughts. (Let the flames begin! ;) ) Whew! And here I thought it was just me. Since I respect erdnasephile's opinions and m...
by Anthony Vinson
December 18th, 2016, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The January 2017 Issue of Genii is Now Online and In Your Mailbox
Replies: 1
Views: 789

Re: The January 2017 Issue of Genii is Now Online and In Your Mailbox

Excellent issue, Richard. Great kick-off to Genii's 80th year. Wonderful to see John Bannon's addition to the team!
by Anthony Vinson
December 14th, 2016, 8:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 3836

Re: 2016 tricks?

I am enjoying Ben Blau's Unfazed. Just two sets of Zener cards, so perhaps not adhering to the restrictions of something new insofar as props. The routine itself is excellent; streamlined, interesting, and compelling. Eugene Burger does a version using picture cards. My only complaint, and it really...
by Anthony Vinson
November 17th, 2016, 10:17 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine on TV - this week
Replies: 6
Views: 2599

Re: David Blaine on TV - this week

I found the special less than satisfying. The bullet catch was not suspenseful in the least. Nor was it theatrical. (Despite its reputation as a literal killer effect, it has become rather passe these days, don't you think?) Perhaps it was the quick camera cuts, the overabundance of spectator reacti...
by Anthony Vinson
November 15th, 2016, 5:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fool Us Nominated for a Critics' Choice Award
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Re: Fool Us Nominated for a Critics' Choice Award

Excellent! Congratulations and best of luck to everyone involved. It's a wonderful show and I would love to see it continue. Has it been picked up for another season?
by Anthony Vinson
November 7th, 2016, 10:48 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 9012

Re: Puzzles wanted

Will Shortz started a craze in Games Magazine in the early 80s with his Equation Analysis Test. Here's a link to the original list, although hundreds followed. Always loved these things! http://www.gamesmagazine-online.com/gameslinks/equationanalysis.html
by Anthony Vinson
October 25th, 2016, 3:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You Were a MAGIC Magazine Subscriber, You Can Roll it Over to Genii
Replies: 17
Views: 2753

Re: If You Were a MAGIC Magazine Subscriber, You Can Roll it Over to Genii

Received my email earlier this afternoon and opted to extend my Genii subscription by seven issues. Thanks for the generosity and camaraderie to the community, Richard.
by Anthony Vinson
September 23rd, 2016, 10:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big News from MAGIC Magazine and Stan Allen
Replies: 19
Views: 4000

Re: Big News from MAGIC Magazine and Stan Allen

Well that's too bad. Was really looking forward to Magic Legacy.
by Anthony Vinson
August 25th, 2016, 6:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stan Allen's BIG announcement ... MAGIC Mag is closing
Replies: 24
Views: 5891

Re: Stan Allen's BIG announcement ... MAGIC Mag is closing

Not sure this question is appropriate here, but when trying to sign up for this I realized that the credit card payment page is not secure on either Microsoft Edge, nor Firefox. I have already contacted Stan about this, but I was wondering if I was the only one where this is happening or if ya'll k...

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