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by erdnasephile
April 10th, 2021, 11:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Entourage (Gordon Bean)
Replies: 1
Views: 815

Question about Entourage (Gordon Bean)

All:
I have a question about Entourage by Gordon Bean.
If you perform this trick for real people and are willing to discuss, would you kindly please send me a PM?
Many thanks!
by erdnasephile
April 9th, 2021, 6:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Law Enforcement Magicians
Replies: 10
Views: 953

Re: Law Enforcement Magicians

Norman Beck was also a police officer.
I believe John Archer was as well.
by erdnasephile
March 29th, 2021, 12:41 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Anything new about the "Mr. Jennings takes it easy"?
Replies: 4
Views: 4503

Re: Anything new about the "Mr. Jennings takes it easy"?

Such great news! Norman Beck has a really positive review in M.U.M. Really looking forward to digging into this one! (PS: So happy that the books weren't affected by the Suez canal debacle).
by erdnasephile
March 12th, 2021, 12:57 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Kaufman on Who Books That?
Replies: 6
Views: 1136

Re: Kaufman on Who Books That?

What a wonderful, entertaining interview! The three most flabbergasting things to me were: 1) How RK's passion for writing daily hasn't abated after all these years 2) How amazingly sharp Harry Lorayne is at 95, and 3) How people would actually cancel a Genii subscription because of RK's efforts at ...
by erdnasephile
March 9th, 2021, 8:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Searching for a New Eye
Replies: 3
Views: 846

Re: Searching for a New Eye

I'm sorry to hear this--I really enjoyed Ms. Olewitz's work on "The Eye".
by erdnasephile
March 1st, 2021, 4:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 49
Views: 7244

Re: RIP David Roth

I was just informed that the Conjuring Arts Research Center is hosting a David Roth memorial over Zoom hosted by Asi Wind on March 13, at 2:30 pm EST. I would suggest contacting CARC for details if you are interested.
by erdnasephile
February 28th, 2021, 7:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns
Replies: 25
Views: 2189

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns

Richard Kaufman wrote:Which month?

I think we all know the post office is officially screwed up.


Hi, RK: March 2021
And yes, I concur---I was just wondering if everyone was getting theirs already except for me ;)
by erdnasephile
February 28th, 2021, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns
Replies: 25
Views: 2189

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns

Have others besides Mr. Terrell received their mailed copy of this month's Genii in CONUS?
by erdnasephile
February 18th, 2021, 12:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins pictured in SOM "Kangaroo Coins"?
Replies: 15
Views: 1200

Re: Coins pictured in SOM "Kangaroo Coins"?

Thanks, all! Mystery solved!
(I wonder if they used silver coins for the photoshoot to avoid the contrast issues with the copper coins they experienced in the first Scarne series)
by erdnasephile
February 16th, 2021, 5:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins pictured in SOM "Kangaroo Coins"?
Replies: 15
Views: 1200

Re: Coins pictured in SOM "Kangaroo Coins"?

Hi, Mr. Piper: Appreciate the reply! I have a bunch of those old pennies. They are really cool. I couldn't make out the coins in that figure in my Tannen's reprint, so I pulled out my SOM originals and took a look. Here's a picture: https://i.postimg.cc/j5bzBfCf/IMG-1829.jpg They don't look like any...
by erdnasephile
February 16th, 2021, 11:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins pictured in SOM "Kangaroo Coins"?
Replies: 15
Views: 1200

Coins pictured in SOM "Kangaroo Coins"?

I was studying Stars of Magic and have a couple of silly questions please: In "Kangaroo Coins" in Stars of Magic (pg 38, Figure 2) the coins pictured do not match the description in the text. From what I can find, the Australian half dollar sized coins from that era are copper with a big k...
by erdnasephile
January 28th, 2021, 8:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 3150

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

Coincidentally, there is a relevant quote from the excellent David Kovac article in the latest Genii (Feb 2021, pg 29): "How many times have we seen magicians keep trying something over and over---like a Faro Shuffle. It's torturous for an audience." (PS: FWIW, there is a ton of really gre...
by erdnasephile
January 22nd, 2021, 1:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Mark Wilson
Replies: 13
Views: 1270

Re: RIP Mark Wilson

Another legend---this one really, really hurts.
If Mark Wilson wasn't there on Magic Circus inspiring me as a kid, I don't know whether I would have ever become a magician (and my life would have been all the poorer for it).
My sincere condolences to Ms. Wilson, Greg, and Mike.
by erdnasephile
January 21st, 2021, 1:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 49
Views: 7244

Re: RIP David Roth

I am now praying that someone loving takes ownership and excellent care of his cat Neppi. If I could adopt Neppi, I surely would but circumstances do not allow for that to happen unfortunately. That is a kind sentiment, I.M. Cats are the cat's meow! And great news, Michael, your post must have done...
by erdnasephile
January 15th, 2021, 10:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 49
Views: 7244

Re: RIP David Roth

The greatest coin magician I have ever seen and a fantastic teacher of magic. Gone way too soon.

RIP, Mr. Roth.
by erdnasephile
January 9th, 2021, 2:36 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: DC breaks down his most iconic illusions (2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 1691

DC breaks down his most iconic illusions (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCBUx4g5H04

Although this is over a year old, I hadn't seen it yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of behinds the scenes stories and insights told first hand.
by erdnasephile
January 8th, 2021, 3:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Elizalde is on the Cover of the January 2021 Genii
Replies: 5
Views: 905

Re: Mike Elizalde is on the Cover of the January 2021 Genii

I really enjoyed that article--Mr. Elizalde really overcame a lot to reach his dreams. One thing that impresses me about him is how he channeled his passion and excellence in his chosen profession into creating a magic performance good enough to wow everyone at the Castle. In that respect, he's a lo...
by erdnasephile
January 7th, 2021, 3:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Characters on "Chinese" Coins
Replies: 21
Views: 1250

Re: Characters on "Chinese" Coins

Thanks, Bill--appreciate the info. One thing that is puzzling to me: Why would a company copy the coins with the stylized initials and then after they get caught out, turn around and then copy the coins with the actual Chinese words? That seems weird and illogical. With regards to Mr. Guitar: here i...
by erdnasephile
January 6th, 2021, 10:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Characters on "Chinese" Coins
Replies: 21
Views: 1250

Re: Characters on "Chinese" Coins

In one noted case, the symbols were a combination of the maker’s initials. When someone knocked it off, they did so replicating the initials and that was how they got busted. ...Brad Henderson, I believe you are referring to the Presley Guitar CBS set, which was copied by Johnson Products. That's a...
by erdnasephile
January 3rd, 2021, 2:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 3150

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

Hi folks, just wondering if anyone would be up for sharing their favourite faro-based tricks, and sources for them is so? I finally have it clicking and want to start looking for rep this opens up. thanks! The most entertaining routine I've seen that depends on perfect Faros is Paul Gertner's "...
by erdnasephile
January 1st, 2021, 11:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Characters on "Chinese" Coins
Replies: 21
Views: 1250

Re: Characters on "Chinese" Coins

I appreciate the comments and the points of view. One thing I should clarify: when I have had Chinese speakers comment on coins, I truly believe they weren't trying to "bust" me or were unduly fixated on the prop. Rather, when one is a minority in a country, it's natural for our attention ...
by erdnasephile
January 1st, 2021, 11:13 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Name of a cut
Replies: 14
Views: 1308

Re: Name of a cut

The best description (of which I am aware) of the Piet Forton Pop-out Move can be found here: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/card-magic/versatile-card-magic-revisited/ It includes lots of little details that other descriptions omit. Another really good description can be found in here: https://ww...
by erdnasephile
January 1st, 2021, 11:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2020 In Review? Really? (Yes.)
Replies: 10
Views: 1247

Re: 2020 In Review? Really? (Yes.)

Always my favorite way to begin the New Year....thanks, Dustin --I really needed this!
by erdnasephile
December 30th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Characters on "Chinese" Coins
Replies: 21
Views: 1250

Characters on "Chinese" Coins

We've all seen the props of old where either phony or inappropriate Chinese characters were used. I can remember using some of those in my youth as well, even though I should have known better. Years ago, I was performing and an Asian spectator took one of the coins and translated it during the perf...
by erdnasephile
December 22nd, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A question about card magic
Replies: 12
Views: 1314

Re: A question about card magic

The late Kevin Fox knew Peter Kane very well. One day Kevin asked Peter for his thoughts about a handling of Jazz Aces that had been published by a well known card magician. Kane's reply was, "Do they not realise that I have thought through all variations and rejected all those they have come ...
by erdnasephile
December 21st, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: LA Times #2: Magic Castle followup article
Replies: 4
Views: 1064

Re: LA Times #2: Magic Castle followup article

Since the last time I posted on this subject, I have had a chance to do my homework on the issue. I appreciate very much the hard work the BOD is doing in a tough situation. They have my full support (and thanks) going forward.
by erdnasephile
December 21st, 2020, 3:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Good video camera to use online
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Good video camera to use online

To further expand Bill Mullins' point.

It is possible to have HD Group Meetings in Zoom, but you need to have a certain kind of account and also make sure the settings are selected properly. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articl ... 82d68f2260
by erdnasephile
December 19th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Good video camera to use online
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Good video camera to use online

I'm looking for a good video camera to use with my computer to possibly record some of my stuff and post them online. What is a really good camera with good resolution? IMHO, it really boils down to what quality you want and how much you are willing to spend. The "all in one" standard for...
by erdnasephile
December 19th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P Al Cohen
Replies: 18
Views: 1998

Re: R.I.P Al Cohen

Joe Lyons wrote:
erdnasephile wrote:For those who might be interested in some of the items that Al Cohen put in print:
https://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/person/1390

Does anyone know if he ever published his color changing knife routine?
Looks like it is on page 35 of this.


You are awesome, Joe--thank you!
by erdnasephile
December 18th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P Al Cohen
Replies: 18
Views: 1998

Re: R.I.P Al Cohen

Joe:
Thanks!

Unfortunately, that page is his "shrinking knife" move, but but not his routine.
by erdnasephile
December 18th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P Al Cohen
Replies: 18
Views: 1998

Re: R.I.P Al Cohen

For those who might be interested in some of the items that Al Cohen put in print:
https://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/person/1390

Does anyone know if he ever published his color changing knife routine?
by erdnasephile
December 14th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P Al Cohen
Replies: 18
Views: 1998

Re: R.I.P Al Cohen

So said to hear this about Mr. Cohen. My teacher, Brad Burt, always talked about this great book you could never find a copy of. He raved about how Father Jim Blantz did a routine at the Castle exactly as written and fooled everyone . When I asked Brad for the name of this legendary tome, he dropped...
by erdnasephile
December 7th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Giant Cups and Balls - Charlie Frye
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Giant Cups and Balls - Charlie Frye

So many routines I've seen these days are just minor personalizations of the Vernon routine.

Not this one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML7SxBIH3nk

So cool!
by erdnasephile
December 4th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle
Replies: 38
Views: 4464

Re: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle

The BOD sent a statement to members today saying (in part) that they "did respond to queries but were not fully represented...[in the article]" They also stated that they are "working with a management consulting firm to assist us in implementing the resulting recommendations...[from ...
by erdnasephile
November 26th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2519

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

To piggyback on Mr. Moore's point: perhaps the underlying answer to the "Why are we boring?" question is aptly summed up by a quote from the ultimate amateur: "If people just cannot derive pleasure and satisfaction from practice and are not prepared to expend the time and thought and ...
by erdnasephile
November 25th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Matt Field Has Died
Replies: 12
Views: 1535

Re: Matt Field Has Died

This is just crushing.

I found Mr. Field to be a talented, thoughtful, and really decent guy. His gigantic contributions to the literature are legion and inspired me.

My thoughts are with all of you who knew and loved him.
by erdnasephile
November 23rd, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Maas of David & Dania Passes Away
Replies: 4
Views: 953

Re: David Maas of David & Dania Passes Away

So sad--he was only 57. RIP, Mr. Maas.
by erdnasephile
November 20th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: DMCA Takedown Notice H*ll
Replies: 26
Views: 11332

Re: DMCA Takedown Notice H*ll

I avoid that nonsense altogether by only owning physical media of items I want to watch, listen to, or read. That doesn't completely avoid the nonsense. The process of watching a movie on a legally-owned DVD is so time-consuming and painful (stepping through FBI warnings, "Don't Copy This"...

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