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by erdnasephile
April 20th, 2018, 10:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 77
Views: 9468

Re: New John Thompson Book

As of the time of this posting, Penguin and The Magic Apple still have some sets. Vanishing, Inc. and H & R are sold out. If you are a Castle Member, John Thompson will be doing a book signing (with a limited amount of sets for sale) on April 23rd.

Good hunting!
by erdnasephile
April 20th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 2
Views: 97

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

That is a great cover shot--even the chosen depth of focus tells a story.
by erdnasephile
April 19th, 2018, 7:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cellphone magic
Replies: 8
Views: 223

Re: Cellphone magic

Jack Shalom wrote:
So, my question for the group is: what's the best way to present tricks involving cell phones without causing the audience to jump right to a tech method


Have them end up in the guts of a dead fish?


Ha! I had forgotten about that!
by erdnasephile
April 19th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cellphone magic
Replies: 8
Views: 223

Cellphone magic

I recently was present at a non-magic function. The night's entertainment was a magic act which consisted of almost 100% tricks with cellphones and other technological devices. The show was professional, high energy, and well performed, albeit a bit repetitive. The audience response was enthusiastic...
by erdnasephile
April 18th, 2018, 8:28 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 10
Views: 2044

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

And finally (really!), please allow me to address another issue. I'm sure some might be balking at the price tag, especially because no physical product is being traded for your 80 large. I get it: they ain't cheap in this economy, and I love slipcased beauties as much as the next fella'. However, c...
by erdnasephile
April 18th, 2018, 7:06 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 10
Views: 2044

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

I have been remiss in that I should have been one of those 5 star reviews, but, like Penn, I've just made my way through the first volume, and I wanted to wait until I had read the whole thing. However, what follows are some preliminary impressions. (I hope that if someone is on the fence on these, ...
by erdnasephile
April 18th, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Harry Anderson

I also found Harry's thoughts about stage fright (in Part 2) really interesting.
by erdnasephile
April 17th, 2018, 3:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Harry Anderson

Really enjoyable interview, Dodd--vintage Harry. Loved his description of his relationship with the Professor and the Castle gang.
by erdnasephile
April 16th, 2018, 9:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Harry Anderson

This is how I'm always going to remember him:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/ ... ogue/n9337
by erdnasephile
April 16th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Harry Anderson

Confirmed by a local news affiliate:

http://www.wspa.com/news/night-court-ac ... 1126241637

Too early. So sad. RIP, Mr. Anderson.
by erdnasephile
April 16th, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Complete Jarrett - Jim Steinmeyer
Replies: 23
Views: 1280

Re: The Complete Jarrett - Jim Steinmeyer

A few years ago at IBM/SAM, I was completely fooled by the Steinmeyer version of Jarrett's "Sawing an Egg" (performed by Alex Ramon).

https://vimeo.com/85210408
by erdnasephile
April 14th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 87
Views: 25686

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Is it true that each legit copy of the Harbin book has the purchaser's name and the book number hand written in the book?

If that's so: for those of you who have seen the phony Sander/Mann abominations, did they just omit that page or are those lines left blank?
by erdnasephile
April 14th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 87
Views: 25686

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Caveney published an article in Magic years ago about that Zig Zag controversy. A magician here in the U.S. built a version sometime around the early 1970s? and began to perform it without Harbin's permission. Caveney also published an article in Magicol about that pirated copy of the Harbin book a...
by erdnasephile
April 14th, 2018, 11:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: SAM dues increase
Replies: 2
Views: 261

SAM dues increase

Just got a email that dues are increasing to $79/yr, but if you renew now, you can renew at the old rate ($65) and save some money. I think you can also renew for up to 3 years at the old rate and save even more. Paperless is going up from $45 to $55. I can certainly understand the rationale for the...
by erdnasephile
April 13th, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Doug Henning's The Magic Show on Amazon Prime
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Doug Henning's The Magic Show on Amazon Prime

Cool. Thanks, Bill!
by erdnasephile
April 12th, 2018, 9:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Doug Henning's The Magic Show on Amazon Prime
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Doug Henning's The Magic Show on Amazon Prime

Thanks, guys! (Was Peter De Paula a magician who acted in the show or primarily an actor? What ever happened to him?)
by erdnasephile
April 12th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Doug Henning's The Magic Show on Amazon Prime
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Doug Henning's The Magic Show on Amazon Prime

I wish I had seen the show with Henning in New York. I saw it when it came to LA, but the lead was being played by some other dude (Dino?)
by erdnasephile
April 11th, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Doug Henning's The Magic Show on Amazon Prime
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Doug Henning's The Magic Show on Amazon Prime

Eric Mead's twitter feed had this great tidbit:

https://twitter.com/meaderic/status/984134452661059584

Thanks, Mr. Mead!
by erdnasephile
April 10th, 2018, 9:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 77
Views: 9468

Re: New John Thompson Book

If I have time, or if anyone else has time, here's a project: there are so many tips about various sleights throughout the books, an index would be helpful. Marlo's Simple Shift: here's how Johnny does it. etc. Denis Behr's legion of indexers be advised. Great idea! (My favorite non-sleight tip in ...
by erdnasephile
April 10th, 2018, 6:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Public Service Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 564

Re: Public Service Announcement

As funny (and perhaps satisfying) as Bob's reply is, answering the phone can cause your number to be flagged as "live" on spammer lists. I favor Google voice, as it can be set to automatically block a huge percentage of spam calls. In addition, Nomorobo is a phone spam blocking service (fr...
by erdnasephile
April 7th, 2018, 10:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 77
Views: 9468

Re: New John Thompson Book

Joe Naud wrote:What carrier did you use?


Mine came via USPS.
by erdnasephile
April 6th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 77
Views: 9468

Re: New John Thompson Book

The set is finally here! Years ago, I was made aware of one particular routine that Mr. Thompson had said was going to be included in the books. So, at that time, I gathered the necessary props and they have been waiting ever since in a cabinet---waiting for the publication of these books and the pe...
by erdnasephile
April 2nd, 2018, 8:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research

Well played, Sir!
by erdnasephile
March 30th, 2018, 9:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Out!
Replies: 20
Views: 1494

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Out!

Thank you, Richard!
by erdnasephile
March 29th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Out!
Replies: 20
Views: 1494

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Out!

I got to meet Mike Pisciotta last fall so the cover article was a real treat and captured his personality well, IMHO. I was able to watch him work several times, and he is a GREAT performer, with a very pleasing, mellow--yet confident--style. He was a marked contrast to the brash, in your face, styl...
by erdnasephile
March 27th, 2018, 6:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Out!
Replies: 20
Views: 1494

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Out!

I really like the new design. It reminded me of this guy and his cycling team from back in the day: http://velojerseys.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/21.jpg Nice work, Mrs. K! --------------------------------------------------- PS: What's the deal with the image tags--they don't seem to work anymore...
by erdnasephile
March 24th, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3672

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Brad Jeffers wrote:I once saw someone conclude their performance of Ultimate Monte by using the Eric Decamps ruse; which he employs in his Wild Card routine; of changing the gaffed cards into money.

I liked it.


Agreed. I think Bill Malone mentions that on his DVD.
by erdnasephile
March 24th, 2018, 6:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3672

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I believe the idea was published by Michael Close in his Workers series.
by erdnasephile
March 22nd, 2018, 12:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3672

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Just saw this thread. Amazing to me - all these knowledgeable card people and not one mention of Monte Plus, Monte Monte Plus - which I originally published in APOCALYPSE (1978) and in a couple of my books - SPECIAL EFFECTS, ONLY MY APOCALYPSE. A wonderful, different, great, impromptu 3-card monte,...
by erdnasephile
March 22nd, 2018, 11:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3672

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

The main difference is that the gaffed versions look nothing like the monte as played on the street (at all) . So, if you are presenting something as representative of the 'three card monte', and referencing that game, then it would be strange to use a mid-pipped card. Dr. Gene Mastuura gave a fasc...
by erdnasephile
March 22nd, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3672

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

With respect, I am not sure if that's quite what Mr. Ortiz meant. You're right, and I concur that I didn't represent his position entirely accurately. You must have missed my follow-up post here (which is just ahead of yours ), in which I already corrected this point. Yes--sorry--our posts crossed ...
by erdnasephile
March 22nd, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3672

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

With respect, I actually think the level of difficulty isn't considered particularly important in Mr. Ortiz' selection of methods. For example, here are some excerpts from the "Picking the Best Method" section of the book, under the heading of "Difficulty" ( Designing Miracles , ...
by erdnasephile
March 22nd, 2018, 6:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 51
Views: 16311

Re: reading vs video

The only really bad thing about video is that it's more difficult to learn from because the footage goes by so fast. Many DVD players have slow-motion capability. When I want to learn a move from a DVD, I watch it on my computer where I use an app I created to control DVD player using voice command...
by erdnasephile
March 22nd, 2018, 6:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Reviews
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: Reviews

I would suggest posting in the "Light From the Lamp" section

viewforum.php?f=5
by erdnasephile
March 19th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 26
Views: 1491

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

Groovemaster:

If you go to llepub.com, you can search for the Dai Vernon Revelations instant downloads. Once you browse through the volumes of this set to find what you want (each volume listing has a table of contents), you can get an instant download of the video you want.

Good luck!
by erdnasephile
March 18th, 2018, 9:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3672

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Thought I would mention this for anyone interested in Moser Monte in the future: Since I'm studying this topic, I bought a set. The trick DVD is often advertised as having "Bicycle Cards", but they are currently Bicycle Mandolin cards. (Refills are also in Mandolin. I think they also offer...
by erdnasephile
March 18th, 2018, 9:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 26
Views: 1491

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

Appreciate Leo's explanatory comments.

I realize this thread refers to Dai Vernon's technique, but I thought I'd mention that Geoff Latta's technique for the effect (described in wonderful detail by Stephen Minch in The NY Magic Symposium, Collection 4) is really excellent.
by erdnasephile
March 16th, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3672

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Addendum: Just watched the Vernon performance of his monte routine on the "Revelations" DVD set. It appears that he either had added a a complete phase to his published monte routine or perhaps got a bit turned around and repeated a phase. (He still included the exposure of the hype in thi...

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