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by erdnasephile
May 18th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Testimony
Replies: 11
Views: 1471

Re: DC Testimony

Thanks, guys--those are interesting perspectives.

I read somewhere that juries vote with their hearts and use their minds to support what they feel. Sounds like if they decide they hate your lawyer you are fighting an uphill battle.
by erdnasephile
May 18th, 2018, 9:23 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steve Valentine's DVD sale
Replies: 0
Views: 177

Steve Valentine's DVD sale

Just saw this: https://www.stevevalentine.com/store/c1/shop Great discounts on Cloth, C2P, etc. direct from the creator. I think Steve Valentine is a brilliant thinker and a great performer. The amount of research he does on his routines is humbling, and the DVD's are funny, educational and inspirat...
by erdnasephile
May 16th, 2018, 9:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 93
Views: 9852

Re: Theodore Deland

Richard:

Not sure if this is cost feasible, but here goes:

Can the cards with the gaffed faces only be in Rider Backs, and the cards that need gaffed backs be Mandolin?
by erdnasephile
May 16th, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Theodore Deland
Replies: 93
Views: 9852

Re: Theodore Deland

Here's a goofy (but practical) question: I need to make a gaffed envelope with rubber cement and the author of the book said to use a "high quality" rubber cement. I thought all rubber cements were the same---are there any particular brands that are considered better for an application lik...
by erdnasephile
May 14th, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 47
Views: 3732

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

I hear you Richard, and I think your point about self-regulation is an good point. However, some magic people have taken money for projects (publications, for example), never completed the subscription run, and still went on to produce more projects. Whether people are buying them, I don't know, but...
by erdnasephile
May 14th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 47
Views: 3732

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

In my list of good guys (RK and MA), I neglected a big one, Stan Allen. When Magic Legacy didn't pan out, he gave a 100% refund plus a copy of Square One to everyone who prospectively subscribed to his proposed project. It would be, of course, easy to say: "Well, Stan was running a successful m...
by erdnasephile
May 13th, 2018, 11:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 47
Views: 3732

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

I think this article is relevant to the discussion: http://time.com/money/3419108/kickstarter-backers-are-investors-and-its-time-they-got-used-to-it/ For context, the Time Magazine article was published before the two court decisions cited above. Perhaps it's becoming not as cut and dried anymore, ...
by erdnasephile
May 13th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 47
Views: 3732

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

Just to add to the discussion--perhaps there is more legal liability for non-delivered projects than commonly thought (at least in one American state): http://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-makes-crowdfunded-company-pay-shady-deal In addition, it appears that UK law may be starting to evolve a...
by erdnasephile
May 8th, 2018, 8:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 47
Views: 3732

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

The rub here is that Dave Forrest isn't exactly a stranger in the magic world, and he maintains quite a high profile (recently performing at the Magic Castle). It's a bit shocking that Forrest isn't doing more to protect his personal reputation ... although to be realistic, the somewhat severe dama...
by erdnasephile
May 8th, 2018, 6:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bonsalopes?
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Re: Bonsalopes?

Excellent! Thank you, Q!
by erdnasephile
May 7th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bonsalopes?
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Bonsalopes?

All: Anyone had any real world experience with Bonsalopes? I was wondering: 1. Are they truly deceptive and secure or do spectators glom onto the gaff? 2. Do they still seal well in humid environments? 3. Do they stay sealed over time? I've had spectators want to keep the envelope and I'd rather not...
by erdnasephile
May 7th, 2018, 9:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 15
Views: 3788

Re: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?

FWIW, looks like the Quartet cards are "temporarily unavailable" again

http://guyhollingworth.wixsite.com/conjuror/products-3
by erdnasephile
May 7th, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?
Replies: 15
Views: 3788

Re: Has anyone succeeded 'Cards by Martin'?

Thanks for posting this!

(For some reason, that link was broken for me. I think this one works: https://throwingcards.blogspot.com/sear ... y%20Martin )

Neil Lester was always really nice to me.
by erdnasephile
May 6th, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deju Vu (Harry, too)
Replies: 1
Views: 442

Deju Vu (Harry, too)

Comedian Kim Jeong was doing a standup set yesterday when he thought he was being heckled. It turned out an audience member was having a seizure: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/05/06/ken-jeong-stops-standup-comedy-routine-give-woman-medical-assistance/584891002/ Almost 50 years ago,...
by erdnasephile
May 5th, 2018, 9:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Topit Thievery
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Topit Thievery

We know the Topit started life as a tool for theft before folks like Page, Kaps, and Ammar put it to more benign uses.

Looks like a couple of shoplifters are going old school this year: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/cr ... 11484.html
by erdnasephile
May 5th, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Walter Blaney's Ladder Levitation
Replies: 5
Views: 697

Re: Walter Blaney's Ladder Levitation

I first saw this when Copperfield did it on TV--had no clue whatsoever. Perfect medley of personality, music, and a killer effect. Felt great to be baffled so badly. One of the worst magic days of my life was getting excited to watch a cruise ship magician perform this great illusion. Then he comple...
by erdnasephile
May 5th, 2018, 2:06 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic Island to return?
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Re: Magic Island to return?

Ugh--the vandalism makes me mad. I wish the owner well and hope he and his team succeed!
by erdnasephile
May 5th, 2018, 1:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bikes and Sharpie Company in Trouble?
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Bikes and Sharpie Company in Trouble?

I'm no financial analyst, but I thought this article https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-megadeal-joined-sharpie-markers-and-crock-pots-what-could-go-wrong-a-lot-1525280516?emailToken=24c57f8474be2d2c48bf7d0545184bf1IBiWWVLJ6mvDIvruIiy%2BsCqmfUSMwet31u8r3y2HJJik95RdDahDG94tmtL73NOTiCSb8HjgL%2B9vis%2Fc0aS...
by erdnasephile
May 4th, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint
Replies: 29
Views: 1531

Re: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint

Brad Jeffers wrote:
erdnasephile wrote: I couldn't bear to use a highlighter in any of my books.

Remember that book where Michael Ammar saved you the trouble ...


Arrgh! My eyes! My eyes! ;)
by erdnasephile
May 4th, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint
Replies: 29
Views: 1531

Re: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint

You would pass out if you saw the books I have written in. The funny thing is that to another magician, or my son should I be so lucky that he takes up this hobby, my annotations add value to the reader but I guess not to eBay. That's how I look at it. I understand Christopher's rationale (especial...
by erdnasephile
May 4th, 2018, 12:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint
Replies: 29
Views: 1531

Re: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint

Fair point. Bouncing off of that: The thing about these books is that it seems clear that once Mr. Thompson decided to release the good stuff, he wanted it to be out there, not limited to just a selected few (as long as they are serious students and can pony up the $300 presumably). Accordingly, pra...
by erdnasephile
May 4th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint
Replies: 29
Views: 1531

Re: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint

Since it looks like this set is going to sell well over retail, I suspect that there is going to be a deal to be had when several more folks seeking to turn a quick profit put their copies up for auction right after this one. This, coupled with the spreading word of the second printing, would seem l...
by erdnasephile
May 3rd, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 31
Views: 2198

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

Yuuuuuge Greater Magic?
by erdnasephile
May 2nd, 2018, 8:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 31
Views: 2198

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

I never got round to owning a copy of Greater Magic before. So I look forward to buying a copy of this edition. Just wondering - the magician OCD part of me is wondering - will I also need to track down the 1994 reprint as well? Or will this edition include the extra material from that reprint as w...
by erdnasephile
May 2nd, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 31
Views: 2198

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

This is very exciting--may I ask: will the additional material be typeset or facsimile?
by erdnasephile
May 2nd, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1305

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Yep...the fingers have a generous blood supply--it's not trivial to make them stop bleeding sometimes. I'm glad you suffered no permanent damage (hopefully).
by erdnasephile
May 2nd, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1305

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

I'm pretty sure there's a similar routine in Abbott's; I know I did it in my first ever street shows but I don't have the book any more, so I can't check. My recollection is that the rope is cut, the knot slides to the centre of the rope, where it is snipped down until it vanishes and the rope is r...
by erdnasephile
May 1st, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 117
Views: 14032

Re: New John Thompson Book

Matthew Field wrote:The DeLand book is mind-blowing. The man was a (troubled) magical genius.

Matt Field


Sometimes I wonder if there is any other kind, as the obsessiveness that often comes with that level of achievement frequently exacts a great price. Sounds like a fascinating book.
by erdnasephile
May 1st, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1305

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

One of the most practical I've read seems to be the Steinmeyer version, but I have never seen it done. Have any of you used this?
by erdnasephile
April 30th, 2018, 12:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 117
Views: 14032

Re: New John Thompson Book

Good to see there will be a second printing but as a purchaser of the first edition (paid for the day it was announced) I'd suggest there be some difference, such as no signed copies, as a gesture to those who put their hands in their pockets first. Agreed. Not happening. Second Printing? Yes . . ....
by erdnasephile
April 29th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1305

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Jack Shalom wrote:stooge?


Wasn't that the original Curry two assistant version on the video? If so, I'm pretty sure that doesn't require a stooge.
by erdnasephile
April 29th, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 117
Views: 14032

Re: New John Thompson Book

Q. Kumber wrote:Good to see there will be a second printing but as a purchaser of the first edition (paid for the day it was announced) I'd suggest there be some difference, such as no signed copies, as a gesture to those who put their hands in their pockets first.


Agreed.
by erdnasephile
April 29th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1305

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Great trick! (and it's kind of cool how Henning and Landon had matching hair).
by erdnasephile
April 29th, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 117
Views: 14032

Re: New John Thompson Book

Ian Kendall wrote:Given how the price of the Colour Books of Mentalism crashed when Prism was published, I think magic book speculation is a risky business...


I think the same could be said of publishing expensive magic books as well!
by erdnasephile
April 29th, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cellphone magic
Replies: 12
Views: 707

Re: Cellphone magic

I have watched the videos linked above--thanks for the references. I'm sure those are fine tricks and am glad you have had success with the latter. However, I would like to consider just the bare bones plot of the first video: Magician tells spectator to search for any subject on their phone and the...
by erdnasephile
April 27th, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Daryl's Estate Sale
Replies: 0
Views: 435

Daryl's Estate Sale

As an FYI, Daryl's Estate sale (Part 1) is going on at Hocus Pocus.

It's interesting to see what books and props he kept. (One of them is the super hard to find "Italian" version of the fnger chopper).
by erdnasephile
April 24th, 2018, 9:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Do You Know Dave Forrest From Whitchurch UK?
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: Do You Know Dave Forrest From Whitchurch UK?

it’s my understanding that kickstarter is a bit of a buyer beware scenario. You are taking a known risk in supporting a new product which may not work as expected or be released at all. i’ve bought a few things through them. Some better than others. All have been delivered or are still in progress....
by erdnasephile
April 24th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 21
Views: 2902

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

Very strong positive review of these books in this month's Genii by John Lovick. I disagree a bit with Mr. Lovick in one respect--I actually think abbreviations make reading easier when reading technical literature. However, I am used to this convention from the scientific literature and I'm sure pr...
by erdnasephile
April 24th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Do You Know Dave Forrest From Whitchurch UK?
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: Do You Know Dave Forrest From Whitchurch UK?

Oddly enough I was reading an article about this the other day. It seems that this situation is not uncommon on Kickstarter. Backers often get sidelined and not receive what they expect. It was stated that this was a different situation than paying for merchandise and not receiving the goods. It sa...

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