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by brianarudolph
March 4th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 8439

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

JustinM wrote:I'd rather watch good cardistry than this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZg-ypZhy8U


Well he was right about one thing: that was ridiculous.
by brianarudolph
February 11th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Prices Slashed!
Replies: 2
Views: 1698

Re: Prices Slashed!

Richard,

Can you tell us a little bit about the differences between the two presentation copies themselves and also the regular deluxe editions?

Brian
by brianarudolph
January 27th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2350483

Re: ERDNASE

by brianarudolph
January 21st, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London
Replies: 27
Views: 2685

Re: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London

Davenport's has always been a bucket list item for me and unfortunately every time I began planning my first-ever trip to London, life would invariably throw a wrench in my plans. And while I would have loved to visit them in the Charing Cross location, I was actually quite relieved when I read the ...
by brianarudolph
December 17th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: GoDice on Kickstarter
Replies: 0
Views: 607

GoDice on Kickstarter

Check this out: https://tinyurl.com/vqzeshg I see both a ton of magic/mentalism possibilities with these as well as spectators who are aware of them thinking it is the method you might be using. Just posting to spread the word that these exist to the magic fraternity as I think we need to be aware o...
by brianarudolph
December 15th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 13498

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

In my experience there is an analogous situation with smart people and dumb people: the former are easy to fool because they pick up all the cues they are supposed to and they understand what is and isn't possible, whereas the dumb guy misses the cues and sometimes doesn't realize what the "ma...
by brianarudolph
October 30th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: My Latest Listings on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 1455

Re: My Latest Listings on eBay

Just a quick bump/reminder that most of my latest auction listings end tonight October 30th moments after 6:00pm Pacific Time.

https://www.ebay.com/str/briansmagicandcollectibles

Thanks again as always to everyone for taking a look!
by brianarudolph
October 28th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: My Latest Listings on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 1455

My Latest Listings on eBay

I have put another batch of magic items on eBay. As before, most of these items are in either excellent to near mint condition in their original packaging or are brand new and still sealed in their original shrink wrap and packaging. These are more of the duplicate items that I’ve accumulated over t...
by brianarudolph
September 8th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Schrodinger's Coin (Pete McCabe)
Replies: 11
Views: 7560

Re: Video of Schrodinger's Coin (Pete McCabe)

Jonathan Townsend wrote:A NYC artist, Adam Rubin, has transparent on one side business cards. Wonderful!
https://www.instagram.com/p/42AciyqNUh/


So what exactly is that material/is it called? It's AWESOME!!!
by brianarudolph
July 28th, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Las Vegas Swarming With ...
Replies: 0
Views: 736

Las Vegas Swarming With ...

Come on, world! Just because it has a pyramid doesn't make it Egypt.
What's with this biblical plague ahead of Magic Live! ??? :o

https://tinyurl.com/yxll58yy
by brianarudolph
June 26th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Kaufman Wins Second Allan Slaight Award
Replies: 10
Views: 1871

Re: Richard Kaufman Wins Second Allan Slaight Award

Congrats AGAIN Richard!

I sense a three-peat coming on ... :D :D :D
by brianarudolph
June 25th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: My Next eBay Listings on June 25, 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 467

Re: My Next eBay Listings on June 25, 2019

My items are now going live on eBay. You can check them out at: https://www.ebay.com/str/briansmagicandcollectibles

Thanks in advance for taking a look!
by brianarudolph
June 24th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: My Next eBay Listings on June 25, 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 467

My Next eBay Listings on June 25, 2019

This is a heads-up that my next listing of magic items for sale on eBay will happen at 8:00pm Central Time on Tuesday June 25, 2019. This batch will include some more DVD sets/bundles along with several books/book bundles and a few miscellaneous items of interest as well. Most will again be related ...
by brianarudolph
June 7th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: eBay Magic Items For Sale Coming on June 7th
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

eBay Magic Items For Sale Now Available

My Buy-It-Now magic items are officially live on eBay at: https://www.ebay.com/sch/brianarudolph/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= along with a couple of already-in-progress auctions for an Apple-Branded leather pocket notepad + pen + key ring set and a couple of Ernest Hemingway first ...
by brianarudolph
June 7th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: eBay Magic Items For Sale Coming on June 7th
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

Re: eBay Magic Items For Sale Coming on June 7th

John Bowden wrote:Don't forget to link here as soon as you post items on eBay


Don't worry, John - I have more alerts and alarms set to remind me to do that tonight than if my bank was going to start selling dollar bills for 50¢ a piece then.
by brianarudolph
June 7th, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: eBay Magic Items For Sale Coming on June 7th
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

eBay Magic Items For Sale Coming on June 7th

This is a heads-up that I will be listing somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 or so magic items on eBay at 8:00pm Central Time on Friday June 7, 2019. This first batch will primarily be DVD sets/bundles related to card magic, but there will be a couple of other items (a few collectible) in there too...
by brianarudolph
April 18th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Long suspected, the truth is finally out!
Replies: 6
Views: 1459

Re: Long suspected, the truth is finally out!

For nearly 50 years I've wanted a demon to grant me the ability to make playing cards and compact discs appear at my fingertips. In my book, that's some REAL power right there.
by brianarudolph
April 10th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not David Copperfield ...
Replies: 3
Views: 921

Re: Not David Copperfield ...

I.M. Magician wrote:For me, the satire of Copperfield going on too long itself went on too long. Five minutes would have done the trick.


I think this is called "recursively ironic humor" - a term I just totally made up.

But I hear you on all of your points, I.M.!
by brianarudolph
April 10th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not David Copperfield ...
Replies: 3
Views: 921

Not David Copperfield ...

... but Harry Shearer as David Copperfield.

Never seen this clip before, but I found it quite homage-ly hilarious and thought I'd pass it along for anyone who has never seen it before either:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHxoQVV84WY

Don't miss the circle of physics!
by brianarudolph
April 3rd, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Great magic shops - Past and present
Replies: 46
Views: 17019

Re: Great magic shops - Past and present

Growing up in Northern Ohio in the 70's I would make regular trips to a magic shop in downtown Cleveland. I unfortunately cannot remember its name (or names; I vaguely recall it changing hands at least once.) It was on the second floor of a downtown building complex. You had to walk through the door...
by brianarudolph
March 21st, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is going on here?
Replies: 18
Views: 2309

Re: What is going on here?

Although this one applies to so many things in so many fields, I think it's especially apropos in magic: modifying, tweaking, tinkering with, and otherwise changing something is comparatively easy; creating something - something truly worthwhile to begin with - is hard. You've created an amazing amo...
by brianarudolph
March 10th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Passes
Replies: 20
Views: 4557

Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

The few times over the years I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of minutes chatting with Johnny were indeed honors. Johnny was so approachable and so knowledgeable that each time it felt like, for just the few moments I talked with him, I had walked through a secret back door into the world of...
by brianarudolph
March 8th, 2019, 1:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not so secret anymore, huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 3657

Re: Not so secret anymore, huh?

The transporter would make vanishes, appearances, transformations, and teleportation effects obsolete. Think of a Card will still be with us, as will other mentalism effects. Levitations, and suspensions won't be going anywhere either. Card locations, and poker deal effects will also be around. The...
by brianarudolph
March 7th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not so secret anymore, huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 3657

Re: Not so secret anymore, huh?

Even if there really were such things: ;) ;) You put the props in the "magic box", misdirect them (badly) as you press the remote control activate button (so they don't notice the little light blink twice), and then continue your patter about antique mysteries... :roll: and when doing the...
by brianarudolph
March 6th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not so secret anymore, huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 3657

Re: Not so secret anymore, huh?

Magic will only truly be "dead" when science finally creates Star Trek's transporter. Here "dead" means that no matter what effect you present, a layperson will able to claim you just have someone in the back operating a transporter for you to accomplish all of your effects - thu...
by brianarudolph
February 27th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skew Dice
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: Skew Dice

If they ain't square, they ain't fair. See Persi's video on YouTube (2 parts) Part 1 is here. https://youtu.be/G7zT9MljJ3Y Thanks for that, Bill. Very interesting! As Professor Diaconis points out in that video, they identified 30 classes/families of fair dice. The skew dice are in the family of fa...
by brianarudolph
February 26th, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanish Magazine / The Goat Award
Replies: 14
Views: 2323

Re: Vanish Magazine / The Goat Award

I can certainly see how they might have convinced Criss easily enough that GOAT really does mean "Greatest Of All Time." Maybe next year they'll present him with the "American Sophisticated Sorcerer" award. Or the "Definitive Original Unsurpassed Conjuring Hotshot Entertaine...
by brianarudolph
February 26th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skew Dice
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: Skew Dice

The only time I have ever used them for magic is to transform normal dice into them.

Because they are not cubes like regular dice, there's no way I can use them for rolling numbers without arousing tremendous suspicion on the part of the spectators - even though they are actually 100% fair.
by brianarudolph
February 20th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth
Replies: 8
Views: 1273

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

Mr. Hollingworth did an absolutely superb Sunday workshop at Magi-Fest last month. His attention to detail and deep, comprehensive thinking really came through. When you add his poise, sophistication, approachability and genuineness as the epitome of a modern English gentleman, the entire workshop w...
by brianarudolph
January 28th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Masked Singer Magic connection
Replies: 5
Views: 961

Re: The Masked Singer Magic connection

Hi, Brian: I thought for sure the Peacock dude explicitly said in the first episode that he was in a magic act during the stage interview. I agree though: Donny Osmond seems likely. I bet you're right, erdnasephile - I've only been watching clips here and there ... haven't had time to watch entire ...
by brianarudolph
January 27th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Masked Singer Magic connection
Replies: 5
Views: 961

Re: The Masked Singer Magic connection

AJM wrote:Tom Jones is 78 - he’s had at least one hip replacement and walks with a cane.

Andrew


Precisely what I was alluding to after I check up on him via google.
by brianarudolph
January 27th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Masked Singer Magic connection
Replies: 5
Views: 961

Re: The Masked Singer Magic connection

Not sure it's a magic connection as much as a Las Vegas connection as one of the judges notes. Initially I thought the Peacock might be Tom Jones because of the deep voice. But after watching the Peacock's clues video and watching the Peacock's performance of Counting Stars, I (like many others) am ...
by brianarudolph
January 1st, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy New Year Fellow Forumites!
Replies: 6
Views: 650

Re: Happy New Year Fellow Forumites!

Mark Tams wrote: Thanks Richard for the idea . . . as I've gotten older, this feat will be much easier to do! :lol:


I think the ones Richard was referring to belong to 2019, Mark. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Nevertheless, Happy New Year Everyone. Let's do our best to make it that way.
by brianarudolph
October 29th, 2018, 8:01 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: From Magic to Self-Defense
Replies: 6
Views: 5012

Re: From Magic to Self-Defense

Richard Kaufman wrote:I am a pacifist.


But don't screw with me.


Sounds like Richard sure puts the "fist" in "pacifist."
by brianarudolph
October 19th, 2018, 8:58 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: From Magic to Self-Defense
Replies: 6
Views: 5012

Re: From Magic to Self-Defense

erdnasephile wrote:That's not magical self-defense.


Not anymore it's not.
by brianarudolph
October 18th, 2018, 11:11 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: From Magic to Self-Defense
Replies: 6
Views: 5012

From Magic to Self-Defense

This seems familiar ... trying to put my finger on it ...

https://outdoorlancastor.com/products/p ... tal-staff#

Somebody in Marketing must have been watching Bill Bixby in The Magician.
by brianarudolph
September 28th, 2018, 7:13 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 55
Views: 15980

Re: Geoff Latta book

Bill Duncan wrote:It would be awesome if this sold out in the first run. It's such a wonderful tribute to an amazing artist.


I just did my part to advance that very mission.
by brianarudolph
July 31st, 2018, 7:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Uppity Vents
Replies: 4
Views: 864

Re: Uppity Vents

Vents are the only people who can be lying when their lips are moving and when they are not.
by brianarudolph
July 16th, 2018, 12:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPS CELEBRATES THE ART OF MAGIC
Replies: 2
Views: 855

Re: USPS CELEBRATES THE ART OF MAGIC

Same here, Eric!

And I'll also take "FOREVER USA" as an extra special shout-out to our art in addition to noting the stamp's value as it always does!!!

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