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by erdnasephile
February 23rd, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Hatch (Part One) - Searching for S.W. Erdnase
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Re: Richard Hatch (Part One) - Searching for S.W. Erdnase

Dick Hatch is a terrific magician and a great guy! For those interested, the book that he references in the video can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/148027478X/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 The annotated version: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/148263869X/r...
by erdnasephile
February 22nd, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 121
Views: 7281

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Fair point, Mr. Ross. I appreciate your respectful reply (and thanks for teaching the next gen!). If I came across as disrespecting anyone's intelligence or right to debate here, I clearly made an error in doing so and I certainly apologize for that. I support people, regardless of gender, who wish ...
by erdnasephile
February 22nd, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 121
Views: 7281

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I reread this entire thread just because I haven't had a headache in a while and I thought it might be as fun as I remembered--I was wrong. ;) With respect to all, I think the overarching point is fair when considering the use of a more inclusive term to refer to a group. IMHO, there is certainly no...
by erdnasephile
February 21st, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congrats to Shin Lim!
Replies: 14
Views: 1654

Re: Congrats to Shin Lim!

Bill Mullins wrote:Darwin Ortiz? Jason Ladanye? (but I wouldn't categorize either of them as "stage" magicians)


Earlier in his career, Jon Armstrong wrote he performed exclusively cards, but I think he was close-up and parlour mostly as well.
by erdnasephile
February 21st, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congrats to Shin Lim!
Replies: 14
Views: 1654

Re: Congrats to Shin Lim!

Anthony Vinson wrote:Ricky Jay?


I thought of him as well, but remembered he featured also cups and balls, flea circus, etc.
by erdnasephile
February 21st, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 121
Views: 7281

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Jackpot wrote: An alien with tentacles is most certainly a spaceman, but he can't hold a little finger break so not all spacemen can be cardmen.


Hold on a second.

"SpaceMAN?" I'm not sure aliens from another planet would like that term. ;)
by erdnasephile
February 21st, 2019, 3:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Swain in the News
Replies: 11
Views: 2088

Re: Jim Swain in the News

Max Maven wrote:The Billy Cunningham books outshine the Valentine series. You’ll like.


Mr. Maven, is there a particular Billy Cunningham book you'd recommend starting with or should they be read in order? (I have an upcoming trip and I'm looking for something to read on the plane). Thanks!
by erdnasephile
February 20th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth

Looks great! Mr. Hollingworth is one of my heroes!
by erdnasephile
February 19th, 2019, 2:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congrats to Shin Lim!
Replies: 14
Views: 1654

Congrats to Shin Lim!

by erdnasephile
February 18th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Home made okito box and Boston box!
Replies: 19
Views: 2093

Re: Home made okito box and Boston box!

Craig makes outstanding Okito boxes, worth checking into if interested in coin box effect. Craig's a great guy too (Craig send the $5 to my Paypal please). Amen, to that--- As I've written previously, Craig made a set for me that is just amazing. They not only look great, but they handle perfectly....
by erdnasephile
February 18th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3175

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

RK:
Do you envision the original material being kept separate from the new material or will new items be included in some of the original chapters? Will the original format of the material remain or will there be a new format throughout?
by erdnasephile
February 18th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3175

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Ugh...sorry...no offense intended. (I actually like that book)

Regardless, I look forward to the new Greater Magic!
by erdnasephile
February 18th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3175

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Hmmm...this project sounds like it's being done in the spirit of what Harry Lorayne did with Tarbell 7 back in the day--bringing into the light some of the yet to be published original stuff, but lots of current stuff described in stylistically consistent manner. Sounds exciting! Just spitballin' he...
by erdnasephile
February 17th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 60
Views: 4508

Re: The Magic Rainbow

I just read what I wrote yesterday, and I hate it. If I take those arguments to their conclusion, then maybe they should just price it at $10,000 to keep it out of the hands of the "animals" (to quote a certain alleged conversation) or maybe never publish it at all. The landscape of magic ...
by erdnasephile
February 16th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 60
Views: 4508

Re: The Magic Rainbow

I would gladly stipulate than 1) the whole is greater than the cost of the parts and 2) the creators deserve to try to earn as much money as possible for their efforts. Given that, I have a question: would it have been better for the state of magic as a whole if the book were priced lower to allow a...
by erdnasephile
February 16th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Andrew Wimhurst
Replies: 19
Views: 2225

Re: Andrew Wimhurst

Hi, Andrew -- welcome, and thanks for the update!
by erdnasephile
February 15th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final Curtain - Gary Darwin
Replies: 6
Views: 938

Re: Final Curtain - Gary Darwin

I believe he was also a champion body builder in his youth as well.
by erdnasephile
February 14th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Website for buy and sell used magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 1150

Re: Website for buy and sell used magic?

Strangely, I can't get the link to work---did they move?
by erdnasephile
February 12th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 60
Views: 4508

Re: The Magic Rainbow

I just find it a bit ironic that we are rather passionately discussing something that 99% of us haven't even read yet. Some are discussing the specific book and whether it is too expensive or not; and some are discussing the broader principles (for which discussion you don't have to read The Magic ...
by erdnasephile
February 12th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 60
Views: 4508

Re: The Magic Rainbow

Richard: Will Genii possibly be publishing an excerpt of this book? I hope so, as having a taste of the contents might provide some context for the discussion. Right now, all most of us have are non-specific magic celebrity endorsements and previous works to go by. (Am I the only person who finds so...
by erdnasephile
February 10th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Soft Morgan Expanded Shell Set
Replies: 0
Views: 162

WTB Soft Morgan Expanded Shell Set

Hello:
Looking for a Soft Morgan Expanded Shell Set. Specifically, I'm looking for a set made by either Lassen or Schoolcraft.

If you have a set in great shape, please PM me and perhaps we can make a deal!

Thanks!
by erdnasephile
February 9th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Home made okito box and Boston box!
Replies: 19
Views: 2093

Re: Home made okito box and Boston box!

It seems that Steve Shufton asked many of the same questions when designing his box: https://www.shufton.com/Magic/Okito_Box/okito_box.html You may wish to consider his thoughts as you design your own. Also, as a respectful counterpoint, Roth doesn't even try to explain what an Okito Box is: in his ...
by erdnasephile
February 6th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Needs a New Writer for "The Eye"
Replies: 5
Views: 1001

Re: Genii Needs a New Writer for "The Eye"

Since you asked for suggestions: if he has the time, I think that Bill Mullins would be superb!
If not Bill, then Dodd Vickers comes to mind.
by erdnasephile
February 5th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

Hi, Curtis: Points well taken. (The reason why I assumed he used the same presentation in his shows is due to the clip that JT posted above from Oake's own ITV Christmas special, which seemed to be a very similar presentation to that used on AGT. Granted, this was also TV, so maybe live, he does use...
by erdnasephile
February 5th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

Curtis: I have been thinking about your last comment for several days. You are correct: it did not occur to me the Blaine's deadpan presentation was part of what got the reactions. So, that made me think about the differences between Blaine and the presentation under discussion. I think one of the b...
by erdnasephile
February 5th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13002

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

This is very helpful to me. So, if I am reading this correctly: a well-executed, casual, toss transfer, coupled with a presentation/construction that doesn't make the important into something important will go a long way to short circuiting the innate suspicion of the other hand. I have some specifi...
by erdnasephile
February 4th, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards
Replies: 22
Views: 2315

Re: Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards

If you are interested in this effect, you may want to check out Kenna Thompson's website auction site today.
by erdnasephile
February 4th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13002

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

OK, let's stipulate the spider grip vanish is "bloody horrible" for purposes of the question. Nevertheless, there are some very accomplished coin magicians: Roth, Latta, Swiss, Kohler, Gallo, Skinner, Dingle, Bertram, etc. who have used it to great effectiveness. If we are to accept that a...
by erdnasephile
February 4th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13002

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Fascinating discussion--very much enjoying this.

I have question: if it is true that spectators do not immediately suspect the other hand after a coin vanish, then wouldn't the spider grip (double feint) vanish be ineffective?
by erdnasephile
February 2nd, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13002

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Glad to have cleared the Carney quote, Alfred. So according to Carney, you look at the object getting transferred? to the other hand. Then you look up at the audience while you make the transfer, then back down at the completion of the transfer to open the fingers and display the vanish. Be that as...
by erdnasephile
February 1st, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

The link isn't working for here in the UK. What magician are you referring to, please? Darcy Oake. He did a really impressive suspension, with little to no presentation. Curtis: My perception of Blaine was that he was successful because he used minimal presentation to allowed the home audience to f...
by erdnasephile
February 1st, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Has Simon read Vernon?

I'll start by saying that Mr. Oake is a talented, successful guy and he's fooled and entertained me several times when I've seen him. However, in his evaluation at the end of the act, self-proclaimed magic lover, Simon Cowell makes an spot-on observation: https://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/vide...
by erdnasephile
February 1st, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dan White is scheduled to be on Fallon tonight
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Dan White is scheduled to be on Fallon tonight

For reference: https://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/vi ... ts/3900355

I generally enjoy the Dan White spots, and I'm pleased that Fallon lets him on The Tonight Show regularly (since Jay was not a magic fan).
by erdnasephile
January 31st, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "The Magician" needs a star...
Replies: 6
Views: 810

"The Magician" needs a star...

...on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

At least according to his TV son: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/t ... -Hollywood

I always liked Bill Bixby as an actor and was surprised to learn he doesn't have a star.
by erdnasephile
January 31st, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13002

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I believe in the Vernon routine an appearance of a ball always immediately precedes the load. This makes sense: if a cup is lifted and there is nothing there, the audience has literally nothing to focus on and its attention is defused. If a ball has appeared, then there is a subject for focus combi...
by erdnasephile
January 30th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13002

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I think it's what I've lost as a magician. Stuff like 4:20 (and the seemingly unmotivated reaching into the Gib to adjust the melon in preparation for the load) are what looks funny to me. If I were a layperson who sat down to think about this later, would I connect it to those actions? I can't say ...
by erdnasephile
January 29th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13002

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Thanks, Mr. Kendall, for your real world perspective on this! I appreciate this very much.
by erdnasephile
January 29th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is Dead
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: Magic is Dead

Didn't Max Maven already write that one? ;)
by erdnasephile
January 29th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13002

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Final loads serve two purposes; on the first hand, they are a visual shock which is the main part of the magic effect. A secondary effect is that they would not fit into the cups. I'm not a fan of the load being physically larger than the cup (for reasons best not started here), but it's impossible...
by erdnasephile
January 28th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: monte toss exposed
Replies: 28
Views: 1282

Re: monte toss exposed

For those that are into one of the in the hands monte routines, I wanted to mention this. In "Mo Monte" Max Maven has published two lines that may be of use to you. One is a perfect justification to do an in the hands routine. The second is a presentational justification for getting gaffed...

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