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by erdnasephile
May 23rd, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted - The Card Wizard 1949 Bill Turner
Replies: 7
Views: 473

Re: Wanted - The Card Wizard 1949 Bill Turner

That was my first real magic book. (I knew it as "How to do Tricks with Cards"). Super book--anything with Hahne illustrations has gotta be good! For some reason, I always loved this line: "I'd rather watch the kid next door mystify people with the Twenty-one Card Trick than see Ringl...
by erdnasephile
May 21st, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlie Miller's "Magicana" Book is Coming
Replies: 8
Views: 1731

Re: Charlie Miller's "Magicana" Book is Coming

I'm in! What a great, fabulous resource this is going to be!
by erdnasephile
May 20th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii is Now Alive and Well!
Replies: 2
Views: 563

Re: The June Issue of Genii is Now Alive and Well!

THIS is what I've been waiting for! Piedrahita is the bomb and it's nice to see he is finally getting the Genii treatment.
by erdnasephile
May 14th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4059

Re: Razor Blade illusions

Groin punching drunks. Hostile cops. That all seems so crazy!

I really respect pros like Ian who deal with this mess for the sake of their profession and passion.
by erdnasephile
May 14th, 2019, 3:43 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4059

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I've never had a spectator cut themselves, hopefully because of the way I hand them the blades. At that particular point in the routine, it would be difficult for them to deviate from what's happening. (I have, however, been punched in the groin at that point, with two sharp blades in my mouth, whi...
by erdnasephile
May 13th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 8277

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

Was that written by "the" Steve Martin?
by erdnasephile
May 10th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tim Conover Project
Replies: 11
Views: 3546

Re: Tim Conover Project

Latest update from a few months ago: http://www.timconover.com/feb-2-2019-book-update/
by erdnasephile
May 9th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4059

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I've been doing the razor blades since 1992, initially in street shows, and then in comedy clubs and up. I'm just back from the Baltic, and closed my second show with the blades. FWIW, I use unblunted Wilkinson Sword blades (after a conversation with Amazing Jonathan in 93), and I've had a couple o...
by erdnasephile
May 8th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: AMA Awards
Replies: 2
Views: 714

Re: AMA Awards

It's really nice that the AMA members chose to give Brian Gillis a posthumous award during the same (award) year he passed.
(Has that ever happened before?)
by erdnasephile
May 7th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mnemonica Miracles Sale: April, 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1415

Re: Mnemonica Miracles Sale: April, 2019

Just wanted to add this: the DVD's arrived quickly and they were in good shape. However, the DVD slipcase and the DVD case itself were crushed at the top. I inquired about this, and Tannen's informed me that part of the reason there is such a steep discount on the set is because all of the DVD cases...
by erdnasephile
May 7th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4059

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I'm not sure what's more disturbing: the fact that Michael Meyer can't die or that Richard thinks about it "often" ;)
by erdnasephile
May 7th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4059

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I think that sounds correct---the way it's often presented, it doesn't seem consistent with traditional American-type magic (just like Blaine ramming a needle through his hand isn't either). However, isn't invulnerability to harm part of some shamanistic traditions? Would this possibly be perceived ...
by erdnasephile
May 5th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4059

Re: Razor Blade illusions

What's interesting to me in this nearly 13 year old thread is an objection to the effect given the prevalence of people who cut themselves. I've taken care of lots of those folks, but never made the connection between the their mental illness and what effect witnessing this routine might have on the...
by erdnasephile
May 3rd, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 65
Views: 21569

Re: reading vs video

I appreciate the different viewpoints from all. Mr. Mills makes a great point. Some material reads poorly, but looks amazing and vice-versa. Seeing it in action from the creator can sometimes help evaluate it more accurately. There are caveats, of course, especially when the creator isn't a strong p...
by erdnasephile
May 3rd, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Newspaper Article on Gordon Bruce of Scotland
Replies: 4
Views: 1092

Re: Newspaper Article on Gordon Bruce of Scotland

In my search for the Gordon Bruce Okito material, I found this article from a couple of years later: https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle-2-15039/why-are-scotland-s-magicians-in-crisis-1-476852 (It includes a grim joke from our own, Ian Kendall -- hopefully, things are a bit better for magicians in Sc...
by erdnasephile
May 2nd, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 42336

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

Mr. Kam:
Thanks so much for that reference---gonna track that down.

I would love to see a large book of Mr. Bruce's material someday....or a large video (Hi, Kent! ;) )
by erdnasephile
May 1st, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 65
Views: 21569

Re: reading vs video

Just for the record, if you ask a professional teacher like me what is the best way to learn anything, we will tell you that 1) different people learn best through different modalities, and 2) different subjects are best taught through different modalities. Anybody who says Books are better is wron...
by erdnasephile
May 1st, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 3710

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

Interesting point. To perhaps shed a slightly different light on this: to view all of the P & T Master Class lessons, it will cost $180. Actually, if I read this correctly it is only $90 for P&T. (Still enough to keep out the merely curious).It is $180 for every class on the site. I am wait...
by erdnasephile
May 1st, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 3710

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

Interesting point. To perhaps shed a slightly different light on this: to view all of the P & T Master Class lessons, it will cost $180. Anyone who is willing to pay that price is probably really interested in magic. I seem to recall that the so-called P & T "exposures" that made p...
by erdnasephile
April 30th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mnemonica Miracles Sale: April, 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1415

Mnemonica Miracles Sale: April, 2019

On 4/30/19, Tannen's has this 5 DVD Set on sale for $50 plus shipping.
by erdnasephile
April 29th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 42336

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

I don't like Okito boxes. I owned a Johnson box until I dented the lid. There are a few effects I like though. Chad Long's backfire in Okito Reverse-Embly on DVD 1. Chastain Chriswell's "Outside the Box" especially when all the coins go back into the box at once. Bill Goodwin's finale. Mo...
by erdnasephile
April 28th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man?
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Half Half Man?

I was reading a Genii Speaks column from 2015. What ended up happening to the halfhalfman company? Is it still operational?
by erdnasephile
April 25th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cards as Revenge...
Replies: 1
Views: 493

Cards as Revenge...

by erdnasephile
April 23rd, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5613

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

What I think was the real shame of the "Impromptu" project was that in 2013, a sample pdf was produced which showed what the project could have been. Things were typeset and the new stuff was integrated with the old. It's really too bad that this fell through as it could have been really g...
by erdnasephile
April 20th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View: Daryl's Amazing Acrobatic Knot rerelease
Replies: 3
Views: 791

Re: One Man's View: Daryl's Amazing Acrobatic Knot rerelease

Hi, nice review. Many thanks. Could you describe the basic effect(s) in the routine? Thanks for the kind words, Jack. Sure, I'd be happy to describe the effects! In the advanced routine, Daryl shows a white rope and a red rope. He ties the "Amazing Acrobatic Knot" in the white rope. He tw...
by erdnasephile
April 20th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View: Daryl's Amazing Acrobatic Knot rerelease
Replies: 3
Views: 791

One Man's View: Daryl's Amazing Acrobatic Knot rerelease

(I do not wish to mutate into an annoying amateur reviewer of magic items, but I owe Daryl a lot, and I just couldn't pass up a chance to make a comment on this posthumous rerelease of a classic routine.) I have performed Daryl's great routine for Pavel's "Fantastic Knot", "The Jumpin...
by erdnasephile
April 18th, 2019, 2:58 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Coins Have Hidden Booby Traps And Secret Levers
Replies: 3
Views: 643

Re: Coins Have Hidden Booby Traps And Secret Levers

Watching this was blowing me away already, but when I saw the notation about "freehand" I just about died!

Thanks for sharing this!
by erdnasephile
April 16th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A great book seller rides off into the sunset
Replies: 10
Views: 2731

A great book seller rides off into the sunset

I've been a happy customer of H & R magic books for more years than I can remember. Honest, knowledgeable and helpful, they have always come through for me and were the first place I'd look for books that I needed---first, with Richard and Charlie and later with Marshall. Sadly, I received an em...
by erdnasephile
April 15th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anthony Owen Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 6895

Re: Anthony Owen Has Died

Here's Andi Gladwin's tribute: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/blog/anthony-owen/

Mr. Gladwin says that the profits from the sales of Mr. Owen's outstanding book, Secrets, are going towards a youth magic scholarship.
by erdnasephile
April 15th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 8413

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Are there any big stars in Vegas that are not 4-walling?
by erdnasephile
April 13th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anthony Owen Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 6895

Re: Anthony Owen Has Died

Oh, man! I was a big fan of his work. This happened way too soon... So sad.
by erdnasephile
April 13th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kreskin reference on Comic Book Men
Replies: 0
Views: 227

Kreskin reference on Comic Book Men

For you comics fans, on Season 6, Episode 15 of Comic Book Men (available on Amazon Prime), the old Kreskin ESP game makes an appearance (6:09). I mention it only because Ming and Walt do a mind reading "experiment" which is more entertaining than a lot of mentalism I've seen. (In addition...
by erdnasephile
April 12th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 8413

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Bob-- if you're going to go that far, you gotta apologize for the Biebs too!
by erdnasephile
April 11th, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Attaching a photo to a post
Replies: 8
Views: 1237

Re: Attaching a photo to a post

Hi, Tom: I think tinypic http://tinypic.com/ is a very easy, free image hosting site. You just upload your picture and it gives you the link you need to post a picture on a forum. Just copy the link that the tiny pic site gives you after uploading and then paste it into your Genii forum post and voi...
by erdnasephile
April 11th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaff credit?
Replies: 7
Views: 1273

Re: Gaff credit?

Here's a related Conjuring Credits article on the topic that confirms Mr. Billot's post:

https://www.conjuringcredits.com/doku.p ... hort_cards
by erdnasephile
April 9th, 2019, 11:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 8413

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

You're 100% right, RK. I'm embarrassed to say I skipped right over that without reading it thinking it was one of those embedded click bait ads that I avoid like the plague. The fact the author put that ridiculous image in the article is deplorable.
by erdnasephile
April 9th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 8413

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Thanks! Enjoyed the article (except for the gratuitous shot at flyover country ;) ). Sounds like a case of only the strong survive in a cutthroat business. To be honest, I stopped going to Vegas years ago. As Nevada's economy tanked, some of the tourist areas just seemed to be getting more and more ...
by erdnasephile
April 8th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jason Ladanye on The Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series
Replies: 5
Views: 1093

Re: Jason Ladanye on The Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series

Sounds exciting!

On a non-related topic, I checked out the link at the bottom of the post "Magic of Japan", but ended up on a page with lots of random text. It did not seem like a malware link, but not sure what it is.
by erdnasephile
April 4th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Buddy vs. Duff features Penn & Teller
Replies: 0
Views: 339

Buddy vs. Duff features Penn & Teller

The new Food Network series, Buddy vs. Duff, features Penn & Teller this coming Sunday (April 7, 2019, Food Network, 9 pm/8 central) https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/buddy-vs-duff/episodes/donuts-and-magic https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/buddy-vs-duff/photos/meet-the-judges--buddy-vs--duff (T...
by erdnasephile
April 3rd, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Noel Heath's ACE
Replies: 14
Views: 1908

Re: Noel Heath's ACE

Thanks for the reference! I can see how that technique could account for some of what we're seeing, but at 00:15--- that's different than what's in Apocalypse, right?

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