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by erdnasephile
July 15th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1095

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Oddly enough I was reading in one of Jamy Ian Swiss's books recently (I can't remember which one) quite a long dissertation of what Vernon meant by "be natural" . I remember there was some discussion about the contradiction between the unnatural flat hand position in Vernon's Spellbound c...
by erdnasephile
July 12th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Re: Simon Aronson's question

What if we consider the question not in terms of a single routines, but rather in terms of a performer's overall performance. For example, many have talked about how they "hate the sponge bunnies" because they don't feel it's particularly deceptive. Yet, many of these same folks admit they...
by erdnasephile
July 11th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Re: Simon Aronson's question

I realized I may have conflated "magician-fooler" with deceptiveness. One can certainly be one without the other (or not) depending on how you define the terms.
by erdnasephile
July 11th, 2018, 6:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Re: Simon Aronson's question

One example that comes to mind from the published literature is Chris Kenner (MAGIC, August 2006). When he first started at Illusions, he quickly dumped "half" of his magician-fooler stuff and learned to entertain. (To be fair: he did say "I always had to fool the magicians in my hear...
by erdnasephile
July 11th, 2018, 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 753

Simon Aronson's question

Recently, I was reading the September, 2006 issue of MAGIC (pg. 102) and came across this quote from one of magic's real thinkers, Simon Aronson: " ...There's an interesting hypothetical that I sometimes pose to people: if you had a choice of doing something that makes your act more entertainin...
by erdnasephile
July 9th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day One
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: FISM 2018 - Day One

Thanks for your honest writeups, Craig. Every time FISM rolls around, I look forward to them. Ditto--appreciate the straight scoop, Craig. PS: If you would please consider a request: would you please comment on what (if anything) emerges as a hit from the dealer's room as the convention progresses?...
by erdnasephile
July 8th, 2018, 8:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 17
Views: 1056

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

Scott: Follow up question: In your talking to folks, have you heard how are the dealers doing there? (Please forgive me if you have already addressed this in one of your podcasts--I haven't finished them yet) If the attendance is that low, it would seem to be a not insubstantial risk for the IBM and...
by erdnasephile
July 8th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: 3 of Clubs Convention (Seattle)
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: 3 of Clubs Convention (Seattle)

I've seen Mike Pisciotta lecture in person. He is really great--extremely talented, funny, and is a very patient teacher. I've not met the other performers, but it sounds like a great weekend convention.
by erdnasephile
July 6th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 900

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

Not quite the same, but Doug Henning's "The Magic Show" had a West Coast touring company with some other person playing Doug's role.
by erdnasephile
July 6th, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1682

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5 -- Episode 2

Did anyone catch episode 2?

Overall, while I thought the idea of an entire show of former foolers was a great idea, I enjoyed Eric Jones' turn the best. (I also think Paul Gertner was an inadvertent victim of a unfortunate close-up camera shot.).

What did you think?
by erdnasephile
July 6th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cool stuff in the in box today
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: Cool stuff in the in box today

I would like to please respectfully add one more thing if I may.... If you do choose to sign up for these great resources, please consider spending some of your hard-earned on Mr. Close's and Mr. Farmer's products. Not only will you get a quality manuscript that's going to be worth to you many times...
by erdnasephile
July 5th, 2018, 9:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cool stuff in the in box today
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Cool stuff in the in box today

Usually my email flood contains mostly dreck, but today was an exceedingly good day: 1. Another free (and really good!) trick from the brilliant Bob Farmer---Long live the Bammo Magic Club!!! 2. Michael Close's newsletter arrived. One of the best kept secrets in magic. This issue would have been wor...
by erdnasephile
July 3rd, 2018, 7:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harlan Ellison
Replies: 9
Views: 674

Re: Harlan Ellison

While reading Bill's link to Mark Evanier's tribute to Brian Gillis, I spotted the following Harlan Ellison story:

https://www.newsfromme.com/2018/06/30/a ... son-story/

(If you have not read the Detective Comics issue referenced in the anecdote, I'd recommend hunting it down--it's great!)
by erdnasephile
July 3rd, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Brian Gillis
Replies: 7
Views: 1004

Re: RIP Brian Gillis

I remember watching Mr. Gillis live on The Tonight Show during one of his many performances. I still have it on tape--what a great set he did. Nothing terribly novel in terms of plot or methodology, but you knew you were watching a confident pro, the product of thousands of performances. Classic mag...
by erdnasephile
June 30th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some cup and ball ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 632

Re: Some cup and ball ideas

That is just terrific! So natural and magical.
by erdnasephile
June 29th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harlan Ellison
Replies: 9
Views: 674

Re: Harlan Ellison

In addition to the Harlan Ellison works mentioned, I always liked this one too: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5zbqzf
by erdnasephile
June 28th, 2018, 8:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1682

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Speaking of the "do it yourself" aesthetic: Since you already have the sawhorses there, it would have been kind of cool if maybe the performer could have quickly sawn the plank from a bigger piece of wood and then cut a big pole into two. That would have gone along with the theme and the s...
by erdnasephile
June 28th, 2018, 8:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1682

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

I generally don't favor the broom suspension-type tricks (I think Jerry Andrus referred to them as a physics lessons), but the kicker was fun (I first saw Stan Allen and Tina Lenert do this on an "It's Amazing" show). It's funny you mention him, because while I was watching it, I thought ...
by erdnasephile
June 26th, 2018, 9:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: question about trick and who does
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: question about trick and who does

John Carney uses that move in his routine "Soft Glass" from Carneycopia; however, the move certainly predates that publication. (No references for the move were included in the write up).
by erdnasephile
June 26th, 2018, 4:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1682

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Thanks for the comments, Mr. Moore. You are, of course, correct. I should have made clear in my post that "Ethereal Suspension" is a Robert-Houdin creation. What I've always thought interesting is how Curry's "Magician's Magic" tries to "correct" the original Robert-Hou...
by erdnasephile
June 26th, 2018, 2:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1682

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Yes--Andrew Evans--he was very good. I generally don't favor the broom suspension-type tricks (I think Jerry Andrus referred to them as a physics lessons), but the kicker was fun (I first saw Stan Allen and Tina Lenert do this on an "It's Amazing" show). There's a cool illustration of Robe...
by erdnasephile
June 25th, 2018, 9:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 23
Views: 1682

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

I really enjoyed Matt Marcy and Andrew Evans because they showed how classics become yours when you truly put yourself into the routines.

However, my very favorite part was the "Squire"---I busted a gut laughing!
by erdnasephile
June 21st, 2018, 5:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gone in 60 Seconds
Replies: 5
Views: 466

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: 411

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: 411

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: 1129

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: 3745

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: 502

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: 345

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: 2595

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: 53
Views: 15086

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: 2595

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: 345

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: 3195

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: 2595

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: 888

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: 4198

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: 1917

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: 1917

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...

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