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by erdnasephile
June 21st, 2018, 5:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gone in 60 Seconds
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Re: Gone in 60 Seconds

Interesting idea for a podcast, Scott. Good stories, but sort of depressing. Big takeaway for many of the anecdotes is: don't leave stuff in your car. (That and don't bring your magic stuff to the porn shop). A GF Forumite and I were recently discussing this topic as well, but in the context of magi...
by erdnasephile
June 20th, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: July Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Re: July Issue

Apparently sold out around May 29
by erdnasephile
June 20th, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: July Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Re: July Issue

Hiding in the PO Box today was the July issue. Genii Speaks mentioned Asi Wind's new book, Repertoire , being sold out, and I hadn't even known it was printed yet. Missed it. I missed it too. I think it was announced back in the Fall of 2017. Pretty quiet launch, but I do note there was a thread at...
by erdnasephile
June 16th, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Videos of All 6 New Tenyo Items for 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Re: Videos of All 6 New Tenyo Items for 2019

How does this look in person? Does it appear similar to what's on the video?
by erdnasephile
June 14th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater
Replies: 43
Views: 3405

Re: Greater Magic to Become Even Greater

Not sure of the price. When I first reprinted the book in 1994, I charged $75, which was less than the $10 retail price (adjusting for inflation) when it was originally published. And that was for one volume.' This time I believe that it will be two volumes, possibly in a slip case, and the second ...
by erdnasephile
June 13th, 2018, 2:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't try this trick at home...
Replies: 3
Views: 430

Don't try this trick at home...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 697708002/

Not cool at all...Hope the kid recovers.
by erdnasephile
June 11th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney Magic Themed Ornament
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: Disney Magic Themed Ornament

Excellent! Good catch, Mr. Reisz!
by erdnasephile
June 11th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2388

Re: The Svengali Deck

Mr. Lewis: May I ask what the error is please? Thanks!
by erdnasephile
June 10th, 2018, 9:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 36
Views: 13800

Re: Stewart James

Bob Farmer = the gift that keeps on giving :D

Bravo, Sir!
by erdnasephile
June 10th, 2018, 1:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2388

Re: The Svengali Deck

Just to bring things in this thread, if not full circle, perhaps then a small side loop: It turns out that one of the big inspirations that started Daryl in magic was the Svengali deck, (which is why his favorite card throughout his life was that very same duplicate card from that deck.) Before his ...
by erdnasephile
June 10th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney Magic Themed Ornament
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Disney Magic Themed Ornament

I still remember the Sears Roebuck "Wish Book" my family used to have years ago. I used to page through it for hours dreaming about what it would be like to afford such wonders. For me, the modern version of the "Wish Book" is the Hallmark Keepsake Dream Book ornament catalog. So...
by erdnasephile
June 7th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 21
Views: 2974

Re: Harry Anderson

That video was so great! (and includes the most convincing Needle Through Arm footage ever ;) )

Thanks for posting the link!
by erdnasephile
June 7th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2388

Re: The Svengali Deck

I would agree that many Ambitious Card routines go on too long. (I think I read that Sol Stone judges how good a magician is by how short his AC routine is). However, to add context, I wanted to respectfully point out that Daryl (RIP) rarely performed his full AC routine. Rather, he simply expanded ...
by erdnasephile
June 6th, 2018, 1:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Art Emerson R.I.P.
Replies: 10
Views: 737

Re: Art Emerson R.I.P.

When I was a kid, I cut my teeth on plenty of Emerson and West goodness. I'm also performing a variation of one of his routines in a show next week. Thanks for all the joy you've provided me, Sir! R.I.P. PS: Here's an interesting pictorial thread on Lugimar's E & W packet trick collection: http:...
by erdnasephile
June 2nd, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Jacob Daley
Replies: 16
Views: 4079

Re: Jacob Daley

In the introduction to Volume One of the recent 'Castle Notebooks' there is something of interest. It is mentioned that a future publication to do with the Daley Notebooks is being planned . Details were very scant - but reading between the lines - I think it is an annotated re-print of the Daley N...
by erdnasephile
May 30th, 2018, 9:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 1817

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

I still don't understand why, as a British citizen with full health care for free, he moved to the USA and then spent $400,000 on health care. Has anyone figured out why he moved here after he was injured? Or am I misunderstanding something. Several articles have quoted him as saying the wait for s...
by erdnasephile
May 30th, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 1817

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

The only thing that was revealed in the court case was that in 2018 ... we don't yet have Star Trek transporters as a part of our daily lives. Exactly, but honestly--the run around thing was kind of a "How else?" (apologies to Carl Ballantine) moment. Did the general public really think i...
by erdnasephile
May 28th, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Lee Noble Himber Wallet
Replies: 1
Views: 375

Re: WTB: Lee Noble Himber Wallet

Still looking. If you'd like to sell, please PM me. Thanks!
by erdnasephile
May 28th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Penn Jillette interviews Johnny Thompson
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Re: Penn Jillette interviews Johnny Thompson

Dodd Vickers has a great podcast with Johnny Thompson, Harry Riser, and Bob White all telling great stories Re: Charlie Miller.

http://www.linkingpage.com/magicnewsfee ... iller.html
by erdnasephile
May 24th, 2018, 8:45 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steve Valentine's DVD sale
Replies: 1
Views: 382

Re: Steve Valentine's DVD sale -- Sale Over

Looks like the sale is over.
by erdnasephile
May 18th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC Testimony
Replies: 11
Views: 1686

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: 1
Views: 382

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: 94
Views: 10609

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: 94
Views: 10609

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: 4221

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: 4221

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: 4221

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: 4221

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: 4221

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: 470

Re: Bonsalopes?

Excellent! Thank you, Q!
by erdnasephile
May 7th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bonsalopes?
Replies: 2
Views: 470

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: 3944

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: 3944

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: 550

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: 505

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: 869

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: 403

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: 517

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: 1739

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: 1739

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...

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