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by erdnasephile
October 12th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 705

Re: Copperfield Interview

Edward: Thanks for posting this---what a treat to gain some insight into Mr. Copperfield's genius. (It's always been baffling to me that some magicians look down on grand illusion and illusionists. Listening to Mr. Copperfield describe what really goes into what appears to be a simple television com...
by erdnasephile
October 11th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mendoza Tribute and interesting news
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Re: Mendoza Tribute and interesting news

Hi, Bill: Thanks for the suggestion. I did reach out to CARC: they said they are considering various options of what to do with the Mendoza material and physical publication is certainly a possibility (albeit not before next year).
by erdnasephile
October 7th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Boris Wild Kills on Fool Us
Replies: 16
Views: 1419

Re: Boris Wild Kills on Fool Us

He beat me big time!
by erdnasephile
October 6th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mendoza Tribute and interesting news
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Re: Mendoza Tribute and interesting news

Ted M wrote:I presume CARC will be making them available as PDFs?


You may be right--I hadn't considered that and had assumed (perhaps falsely) that they would be physical books.

If they are just going to be pdfs, that'd be disappointing to me.
by erdnasephile
October 6th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mendoza Tribute and interesting news
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Mendoza Tribute and interesting news

https://conjuringarts.org/2020/08/john-mendoza/ A nice tribute and exciting news. Hopefully, The Book of John and John: Verse Two will finally get the treatment they always deserved. Sadly, Mr. Mendoza won't be around to see it. On a related note: I realize the value of original source documents; ho...
by erdnasephile
October 6th, 2020, 6:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Latta Pass
Replies: 11
Views: 728

Re: Latta Pass

AFAIK, Latta's pass has not been taught in any video that is commercially available. (However, it is on the underground "Pink Purse" video according to JIS.). There is one trick of Latta's in print that includes several specialized passes. (in "Spectacle" by Stephen Minch). Take ...
by erdnasephile
October 4th, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scottish Card Expert Eddie McColl's VLOG
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Scottish Card Expert Eddie McColl's VLOG

If you love card magic, I'll bet you'll love this: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDx3IG ... zW64AmcTWg

I really enjoy Mr. McColl's thoughts on magic, and his tutorials (on his website) are excellent!
by erdnasephile
September 27th, 2020, 1:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicana has landed!
Replies: 2
Views: 1416

Magicana has landed!

What a wonderful surprise was waiting when I walked through the door... I just randomly flipped open to a page: the Jennings/Wilson Chop Cup Routine. Second random flip: Miller on the Two Handed Pass (!) The third: Scotty York's Two Copper, One Silver routine. This is a treasure trove! Foreword by J...
by erdnasephile
September 26th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kind of negative, but here it is.
Replies: 17
Views: 1949

Re: Kind of negative, but here it is.

ejay1118: Thank you for sharing. I suspect that probably more than a few readers can empathize with what you are saying. The wistful view of a path not taken can often be a source of profound regret as we transition between stages of life. My hope is that going forward all those happy smiles and squ...
by erdnasephile
September 22nd, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

Understood. Thank you!
by erdnasephile
September 22nd, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

What is your opinion of the writing, Richard? Elliott described it as "sufficient to convey the performer's intentions" but "not necessarily elegant." I was hoping that the book would contain all the technical and presentational details that make the routines real-world "wor...
by erdnasephile
September 22nd, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

Thank you, Dustin.
by erdnasephile
September 22nd, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?
Replies: 6
Views: 861

"Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-books/distilled-ryan-plunkett/ I am not familiar with Ryan Plunkett or his work, but this book has received some very strong reviews and I am intrigued. Given COVID-19, I don't think I'm going to be able to travel to see him in person any time soon. If you'd b...
by erdnasephile
September 20th, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Ordering Details in More Detail
Replies: 5
Views: 992

Re: Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Ordering Details in More Detail

I love that wonderful cover photo. Did you take that, Richard?
by erdnasephile
September 20th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 66
Views: 2724

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

There's one on ebay now: https://www.ebay.com/itm/John-Mendoza-Miracle-Poker-Machine/184454902200?hash=item2af25e71b8:g:6bwAAOSwRxBfZnKd The seller is unsure if it works...who is willing to bet $300 plus on an old calculator? Incidentally, I’m not sure a device with A, J, Q, K & suit stickers o...
by erdnasephile
September 20th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 66
Views: 2724

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

BTW, Mr. Mendoza's statement about protection that I referred to earlier is from the instructions: "The programs used in this machine are copyright and protected and any attempt to extract or transfer any or all of them will be prosecuted. The hardware for this has been modified to prevent and ...
by erdnasephile
September 16th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now
Replies: 18
Views: 1715

Re: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now

OK--where are all of those people from the 6 pages of the "Where's the Jennings' Book thread?" ;)
by erdnasephile
September 15th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 66
Views: 2724

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

It also occurred to me that if you did the routine with a modern smartphone, it seems that a spectator might suspect that the smart phone's camera might have something to do with the initial stages of the routine. They'd be wrong, of course, but today's tech is so strong, they'd probably just jump t...
by erdnasephile
September 15th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 551

Re: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?

Congrats, Alfred! I store my props in a Sears Craftsman Tool Cabinet. I do have some bigger props on overflow shelves. Books and DVD's are on shelves and organized in alphabetical order. I keep track of them with BookCat. If I win the lottery one day, I'd love to have a room dedicated to a floor to ...
by erdnasephile
September 15th, 2020, 9:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now
Replies: 18
Views: 1715

Re: My New Book Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy Can Be Preordered Now

I'm in! Thanks, Richard!

(582 pages...Wow!!!!)
by erdnasephile
September 15th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 66
Views: 2724

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I have created a method for the Magic 8 Ball that will do something like that but at this point it's only a pipe dream. If you read the reference I provided above, it should be a simple matter for a programmer to create something that would work on a smart phone. Actually John Mendoza talked about ...
by erdnasephile
September 15th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 66
Views: 2724

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

FaloneMarco wrote:Hi erdnasephile,
you want to sell your poker machine?


Thank you for asking. I plan to hang on to it for the time being.
by erdnasephile
September 12th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question about Michael Skinner's Notebooks
Replies: 11
Views: 1562

Re: A question about Michael Skinner's Notebooks

Thanks, Brad!
by erdnasephile
September 12th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 66
Views: 2724

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Hi, Joe: The model I have is the TI-85. John Mendoza once wrote on one of the forums that he had put safeguards in the program so if anyone tried to copy it to another calculator it would fail. I don't know much about TI-85 programming, but is that even possible? I also looked into at one time how t...
by erdnasephile
September 12th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 66
Views: 2724

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

I sympathize with Roger M. I got lax and didn't change my batteries regularly, and had to send mine back for reprogramming. However, that was honestly, on me---if I had followed John's instructions to the letter, I don't think it would have happened. After that incident, I put reminders in my calend...
by erdnasephile
September 9th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1340

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

Thanks for asking, Joe, and thanks to Elizabeth for granting permission.
by erdnasephile
September 8th, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson
Replies: 17
Views: 1340

Re: Conceit & Instantiation in Magic - Harry Anderson

Frank Yuen wrote:Reads to me like a transcription of the lecture.


If that's the case, I wonder if it might be more appropriate to reach out to Harry's widow to ask permission before posting on the Internet?
by erdnasephile
September 8th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9725

Re: Fool US

I thought Daniel K was terrific. Not only was his performance a hit, but he did exactly what I aspire to. He dug out a old published trick from the 80's, added a slum prop that is languishing in a lot of magic drawers, combined them in an original and surprising, yet logical fashion, added loads of ...
by erdnasephile
August 29th, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jason Latimer's Impossible Science News
Replies: 1
Views: 441

Re: Jason Latimer's Impossible Science News

I LOVE this project and I wish Mr. Latimer the very best and hope the channel succeeds wildly. (I also applaud the safety tips included in the video. That said, I've taken care of a lot folks with finger injuries over the years, and the idea of people (even adults) drilling angled holes in pencils f...
by erdnasephile
August 26th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Drive-in Haunted House
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Re: Drive-in Haunted House

I like how you can purchase the "Extra Blood" bonus package for $9
by erdnasephile
August 25th, 2020, 10:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9725

Re: Fool US

I am not a particular fan of quick-change acts (which often look like Ralphie's little brother in "A Christmas Story").

However, Lea Kyle's is the best quick-change act I've ever seen! I especially liked the D'lite sequence.
by erdnasephile
August 25th, 2020, 9:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question about Michael Skinner's Notebooks
Replies: 11
Views: 1562

Re: A question about Michael Skinner's Notebooks

Nine effects from the repertoire of Michael Skinner The first of these nine effects is ... "INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS - Michael's brilliant "wild card" routine that is a superb study into how Skinner thought...every single aspect of this trick is explained...and learn a handling...
by erdnasephile
August 24th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Watch The Magic Castle Awards Show For Free
Replies: 18
Views: 1574

Re: Watch The Magic Castle Awards Show For Free

I'm a long-time member of the AMA but have never been to the Awards show, but have read the written reports about them for years. The impression I got was that they tended to vary in quality a bit, with many flashes of brilliance interspersed with somewhat flatter notes (like most live awards shows)...
by erdnasephile
August 19th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9725

Re: Fool US

Alfred: Given that John Thompson worked very closely with Penn and Teller (and voluntarily appeared on the Genii cover where P & T mocked the notion of "exposing" the thumb tip) I suspect that Mr. Thompson did not consider what P & T choose to do as the same as the exposure he decr...
by erdnasephile
August 18th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9725

Re: Fool US

Everyone is obviously entitled to their opinion. However, no one is ever going to convince me that exposure is OK, no matter what kind of justification they offer. The French drop is a fantastic sleight, used by many professionals and excellent amateurs, and the thumb tip, which P & T also expo...
by erdnasephile
August 17th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney's Magic Camp
Replies: 20
Views: 1500

Re: Disney's Magic Camp

I saw the movie last night with my family. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed it... Stuff I liked: Real magic tricks done by the actors themselves: From what I could tell, the card handling was done by the teen stars and done pretty darn well in many cases. The stage illusions and dove act were also...
by erdnasephile
August 15th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9725

Re: Fool US

To continue the thought: do you feel Richard Turner's demonstrations constitute exposure? In a similar vein, where does a routine like "The Vegas Shuffle" (Ortiz) fall on the scale of exposure when the theme of the trick are various "true" false shuffles before ending with an imp...
by erdnasephile
August 15th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9725

Re: Fool US

Alfred, how do you feel about gambling expose routines?

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