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by Bill Marquardt
April 12th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 8527

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

For what it is worth, Las Vegas is pretty much the bowling capital of the world. I'd rather go bowling than to stand for a show.
by Bill Marquardt
March 22nd, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is going on here?
Replies: 18
Views: 1853

Re: What is going on here?

Al - You should see some of the comments I have received (and deleted) from my videos. Idiocy abounds. Ignore the fools.
by Bill Marquardt
January 11th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?
Replies: 20
Views: 1414

Re: Are magicians mostly universally disliked?

There seems to be a lot of disdain toward magic and magicians on television going back at least fifty years. I remember a Patty Duke Show (yes, I am that old) where a girl called someone to come over and rescue her teenage party that had sunk to the level of "Marty doing his stupid magic tricks...
by Bill Marquardt
January 2nd, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 33
Views: 2925

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

In my experience, Bicycle Standards from Sam's or Costco are okay but seem to always have a few decks with off-center backs or slightly rough edges. Phoenix decks handle great and Card-Shark makes a number of gaffed cards. Magicians argue about such things as "what is the best brand?" freq...
by Bill Marquardt
November 29th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20777

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

... The "PC" stuff was done on South Park. Did it involve the character named "Cartman?" :) I know that no one gives a hoot about what I think, but frankly I find this whole discussion silly. When I was much younger, it was common to see employment want ads requesting applicants...
by Bill Marquardt
November 26th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20777

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I suggest that "women's socks" should simply be called "socks." Plain black women's knee high socks are much softer and more comfortable to wear than "men's socks" while remaining relatively thin, and are for the most part undetectable.
by Bill Marquardt
November 6th, 2018, 9:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Today’s Quiz
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Today’s Quiz

I see at the end of a crypt cross words, an English puzzle.
by Bill Marquardt
October 26th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier
Replies: 34
Views: 6611

Re: A TRUE FOOLER -CIB, by Dominique Duvivier

Methinks I have discerned the method. Lips are sealed.
by Bill Marquardt
October 25th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cookie warning...
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Re: Cookie warning...

It seems okay now. Must have had something to do with upgrading to Mojave O.S. :) Say what you want, but Apple computers drive me crazy. I also had an icon for an anti-virus program that repeatedly showed up in the dock even after I told it not to in the settings. I had to delete the app to get rid ...
by Bill Marquardt
October 25th, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cookie warning...
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Cookie warning...

Richard, every time I open the forum I see a message at the bottom of the screen asking me to agree to the use of cookies on this site. Even after I click on "I Agree" I see the message again next time I open the forum.

Is this the way it is supposed to work? I am using Safari on an iMac.
by Bill Marquardt
October 16th, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'
Replies: 10
Views: 3542

Re: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'

Pardon me for asking, but this is a printed book, not a download, correct?
by Bill Marquardt
September 14th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7160
Views: 2132726

Re: ERDNASE

From the Moline, IL Dispatch , of 8 March 1946. ARREST CARBON CLIFF MAN ON DRIVING COUNT Silvis -- E. Erdnase of Carbon Cliff was arrested last night and jailed on a charge of reckless driving. The Carbon Cliff motorist was still in jail this morning awaiting arraignment before Magistrate Lawrence ...
by Bill Marquardt
August 28th, 2018, 12:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 1953

Re: Penn & Teller

Bill, you may be thinking of an opener that is similar to Honor System in that it involves the audience inspecting an empty wooden crate prior to the show. Then when show starts Teller appears from the crate. There is no reveal, just the sudden appearance. If I recall correctly, in Honor System the...
by Bill Marquardt
August 27th, 2018, 4:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 1953

Re: Penn & Teller

The trick is called Honor System. Teller escapes from a secured wooden crate that has been thoroughly examined by audience members (during the preshow music). The audience can then decide whether to close their eyes or keep them open to see how the effect works. Sounds like the show opener at the R...
by Bill Marquardt
June 30th, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Farmers in the Lybrary
Replies: 25
Views: 6797

Re: Farmers in the Lybrary

I went to Farmersonly.com but that was a whole different thing. Liked the talking horses, though.
by Bill Marquardt
January 30th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7160
Views: 2132726

Re: ERDNASE

Forgive me for posting a non-contributory message, but I was just thinking how cool it would be if Erdnase and Jack the Ripper turned out to be the same person. Two mysteries solved at once some day, perhaps. I believe the chronology fits, assuming Jack emigrated to the States after his misdeeds in ...
by Bill Marquardt
December 6th, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mahdi is THE AMAZING MAGICIAN! 超凡魔术师
Replies: 7
Views: 1980

Re: Mahdi is THE AMAZING MAGICIAN! 超凡魔术师

Fantastic.
by Bill Marquardt
November 29th, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 34078

Re: Ennobling Magic

Would it not have been better to assert that "it is generally better to show rather than tell," (advice one sees often in the magic world) rather than to declare that any time a magician lies he creates a negative image of himself; that he should never ever lie? While performing the first ...
by Bill Marquardt
November 29th, 2017, 8:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 34078

Re: Ennobling Magic

Bob Farmer wrote:This is looking more and more like answering an argument that the earth is flat: it's a waste of time and energy.


But no one yet has directly mentioned the "lie of omission."
by Bill Marquardt
November 28th, 2017, 8:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 34078

Re: Ennobling Magic

Mr. Keyes, I am no master of debate, therefor I can only proffer an opinion. I believe the notion that a magician should never lie in a performance is ridiculous. When I tell the story of my grandfather and the "Gypsy's Curse" it is a bald faced lie. I am pretty sure the audience is aware ...
by Bill Marquardt
October 28th, 2017, 12:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7160
Views: 2132726

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote: Even if Gallaway was a barker during "Showtime," when it came time to move from city to city, it was "all hands on deck." He would have been raising canvas and pulling ropes just like everyone else.


He wore gloves, maybe?
by Bill Marquardt
October 4th, 2017, 6:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 4
Views: 1326

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

Was there a delay in sending out the print version? Have not yet received mine.
by Bill Marquardt
August 13th, 2017, 9:41 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: question about Uncle Sam & Houdini
Replies: 7
Views: 3587

Re: question about Uncle Sam & Houdini

It looks like Uncle Sam is wearing a thumb tip.
by Bill Marquardt
July 19th, 2017, 5:07 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 26080

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Okay, but I am running out of printer paper.
by Bill Marquardt
July 18th, 2017, 7:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 21
Views: 2481

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

I see it.
by Bill Marquardt
July 17th, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 98
Views: 26080

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

How to Cook Forty Humans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxI7B758XBQ In keeping with our tradition of proper crediting: From Wikipedia - "To Serve Man" is episode 89 of the anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on March 2, 1962 on CBS. The story is based on the 1950 shor...
by Bill Marquardt
July 11th, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (July 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 1238

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (July 2017)

Soapy Smith Night was a great deal of fun, as usual. Nice to see the auctions bringing in money for the Dai Vernon Fund.
by Bill Marquardt
July 3rd, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 6892

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Over the last several years, I have come to learn that magicians are a peculiar lot. Not so long ago, a video appeared on the internet showing a magician performing coin sleights that seemed impossible, even to magicians, some of whom questioned the performance as being camera trickery. Just for kic...
by Bill Marquardt
July 1st, 2017, 10:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 4321

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

Wouldn't it be something if M-U-M became a subsection of Genii? Not an unprecedented type of event, I believe.

Yeah, I know. Not going to happen.
by Bill Marquardt
June 9th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 12835

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Bill- at no point in any of the judges comments did they say he "fooled" them. They say how impressed they were, how spectacular and unusual and visual what they had just seen was but they never say the F word so I am confused why you keep asserting that they were? I assume you are referr...
by Bill Marquardt
June 7th, 2017, 12:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 12835

Re: America's Got Talent performance

"That is the greatest close up magic I have ever seen in my life," said a judge. Either he was "fooled" (no, I don't like the word, either) or at least was entertained, as apparently were the rest of the audience. Unless, of course, the whole thing was a put on. At any rate, he w...
by Bill Marquardt
June 7th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 100
Views: 12835

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Could it not be simply stated that Will was not performing for magicians? He did not "fool us." He fooled "them."
by Bill Marquardt
May 18th, 2017, 11:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 5535

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

I had a key with the same gimmick when I was a very young magician, bought from the Douglas catalogue. I believe the instructions were to attach it to the back of one hand while showing the palms empty and slip it into one hand while turning the hands over to show the backs. I never thought of attac...
by Bill Marquardt
May 1st, 2017, 9:33 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 8841

Re: Penny punch

:oops: Okay, I was sort of right. There is a trick on Page 7 of 50 Tricks with a Thumb Tip by Melbourne Christopher titled "Living or Dead" and a following trick titled "Cards Controlled." The magician is told to prepare a thumb tip by tapping the inside with a nail.
by Bill Marquardt
May 1st, 2017, 9:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 8841

Re: Penny punch

I seem to recall that there was at one time a thumb tip available that performed the same function. I have not seen anything like that in a while. I could be wrong. Getting old, you know. TT's were made from metal when I was younger.
by Bill Marquardt
April 29th, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7160
Views: 2132726

Re: ERDNASE

Frank Yuen wrote:The hunt for Erdnase inspires the latest episode of Elementary.

http://www.cbs.com/shows/elementary/vid ... deception/


Amusing that they chose the name "Elmsley" as the pseudonym of the book's author.
by Bill Marquardt
April 28th, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 8841

Re: Penny punch

Mr. Riser, after reading your last post here I am thinking that I have misperceived the purpose of the penny punch. I was under the impression that the device was to be used "on the fly" so to speak, or in other words used in performance to surreptitiously mark a card, possibly from a borr...
by Bill Marquardt
April 19th, 2017, 2:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back
Replies: 6
Views: 1927

Re: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back

Richard Kaufman wrote:Why would I post this?


I presume, because the story describes activity that seems quite similar to what goes on within the magic world.
by Bill Marquardt
April 12th, 2017, 5:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 7799

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

Are coin purses more common in Europe? (I think John Bannon published some routines using these: https://www.marcopoloni.com/TACCO-italian-leather-coin-purse.htm Lance Pierce also has an outstanding routine using one as well.) I would not doubt that someone somewhere uses a form of coin purse, but ...

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