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by Waterman
January 11th, 2015, 2:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nudity in Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 13803

Re: Nudity in Magic

Several years ago I was the president of a local magic club. Like most magic related fraternities the club was comprised of mostly men in their 70's who performed the same tricks each month during the "Showtime" portion of the meeting agenda ( I believe we set the worlds record for having ...
by Waterman
January 10th, 2015, 3:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 4935

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

Grant's "Cheek to Cheek" is a rip-off of Theodore DeLand's trick "Inverto." Date put on the market: 1914. "Inverto" was the first trick known in the United States in which a double-backed card was used in combination with a deck of cards, and only the second trick in w...
by Waterman
January 10th, 2015, 12:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 4935

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

I saw Penn & Teller on this morning's The Late Late Show with Drew Carey. From what I can tell they did the card trick, "Cheek to Cheek." I was surprised that they used such an old marketed trick, one I've used for over 25 years I believe, but they had a really awesome presentation. T...
by Waterman
December 24th, 2014, 1:15 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Capehart's THE RINGS
Replies: 7
Views: 4306

Re: Capehart's THE RINGS

I saw Chris years ago at Bob Little Super Sunday. For years seasoned magicians told me to forget about the linking rings...they are boring to audiences and have been over performed by thousands of magicians. After Chris' handling of the rings I learned that seasoned magicians are not always seasoned...
by Waterman
November 30th, 2014, 2:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Some Fun New Magic Themed T-shirts
Replies: 23
Views: 6886

Re: Some Fun New Magic Themed T-shirts

mrgoat wrote:I wonder how many more he'd sell if he charged a reasonable price for them?


Bah humbug.
by Waterman
November 19th, 2014, 12:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is a camera trick?
Replies: 45
Views: 11358

Re: What is a camera trick?

Camera tricks or not, how many televised prime-time magic programs have appeared on U.S. network television over the past 12 months? I recall only the Blaine special several months ago, but I'm sure there have been more (excluding shows like Penn and Teller's Fool Us ).
by Waterman
November 15th, 2014, 10:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Now THIS IS HOW DICE STACKING should look!
Replies: 12
Views: 4366

Re: Now THIS IS HOW DICE STACKING should look!

honestly, I've never understood what's impressive about die stacking. It leaves me totally cold. Is it a UK/USA thing? Usually more than one die is stacked. Stacking more than one can be considered somewhat skillful in certain circles. I think it might be entertaining to a less sophisticated audien...
by Waterman
November 11th, 2014, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 141
Views: 30057

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

John Cleese has an opinion on the politically correct perception of comedy in the latest issue of Time.
by Waterman
November 2nd, 2014, 3:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card
Replies: 53
Views: 14844

Re: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card

It's probably safe to say that very few laypeople ever see any variation of Wild Card...or any of the thousands of card effects we share with each other as magicians. It's pointless to assume the position of a non-magician's perception of a card trick...especially given the fact that many laypeople ...
by Waterman
October 11th, 2014, 3:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: M0-FLY by Moritz Mueller
Replies: 29
Views: 8459

Re: M0-FLY by Moritz Mueller

...nearly 350 views and as of this post only 2 replies. Interesting. When a kid this age demonstrates the type of skill and natural charm Moritz displays, it would be nice for some experienced magicians to recognize his accomplishments.

I humbly add a well deserved bravo.
by Waterman
October 5th, 2014, 12:29 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: David Neighbors at Portland Magic Jam 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1725

David Neighbors at Portland Magic Jam 2015

David will be joining Bill Malone at the 2015 Portland Magic Jam. Details regarding ticket information, lodging, and additional events will be forthcoming.
by Waterman
August 31st, 2014, 1:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with The Fine Art of Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 4141

Re: Help with The Fine Art of Magic

Do you know what chapter it might be in? I'm skimming through my copy and getting that needle in a haystack feeling.
by Waterman
August 30th, 2014, 3:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 18383

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

I cant say that Ms. Pendragon's performance/promotional vid was any better or any worse than those put out by hundreds of magicians who similarly self-promote themselves. It was creepy , humorous and, dare I say, entertaining in it's own unique way. And despite what a few friends have said who have ...
by Waterman
August 13th, 2014, 1:05 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: performing for teenagers
Replies: 26
Views: 16994

Re: performing for teenagers

As a public school teacher I have been performing for teenagers for over twenty plus years. Thanks to my teaching position I have always been fortunate to have an audience at my disposal to try out new effects or polish up routines that are a mainstay of my close-up act. I'll be the first to admit t...
by Waterman
July 28th, 2014, 9:12 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Bill Malone at Portland Magic Jam 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1573

Bill Malone at Portland Magic Jam 2015

Bill has agreed to be our first guest magician for our 2015 (April 3rd, 4th, and 5th) Portland Magic Jam. He has some great ideas on how to make this years convention..."different from what folks are typically used to when attending a magic convention." More details to follow regarding tic...
by Waterman
July 21st, 2014, 11:25 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Dave's Killer Magic Shop
Replies: 5
Views: 4198

Re: Dave's Killer Magic Shop

I am looking for a Reverse Svengali deck and Dave's is one US place that sells them. Has anyone out there bought a RS deck from Dave's? Is it of good quality and cut well? (I've seen some hatchet jobs done on some of these shaved and short decks from other manufacturers). Many thanks! I have one an...
by Waterman
July 21st, 2014, 12:16 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Dave's Killer Magic Shop
Replies: 5
Views: 4198

Dave's Killer Magic Shop

...hard to find a magic shop in this day and age that's comparable to Dave's Killer Magic Shop in Vancouver, Washington. If you happen to be in the Pacific Northwest for business or pleasure, the shop is located at 1707 Main Street,Vancouver WA,98660. 15 minutes from downtown Portland OR. and a coup...
by Waterman
July 8th, 2014, 3:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Magicians Dilemma.
Replies: 2
Views: 1675

Re: A Magicians Dilemma.

Has your pal considered doing performances for charitable foundations? It sounds like he wants a more sophisticated audience, so perhaps he should pick some more mature, developed charities in his home town or area. Those that would have access to venues that would donate the performance space. Thi...
by Waterman
July 6th, 2014, 1:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Magicians Dilemma.
Replies: 2
Views: 1675

A Magicians Dilemma.

At 37 years of age, my friend Marcus has been an ardent student of magic for over 3/4 of his life. His technical skills are limited to what many would consider "beginner level", but what he does with those skills is a true testament of less-is-more thinking when applied to the art of close...
by Waterman
June 21st, 2014, 1:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Altman on Letterman
Replies: 8
Views: 2439

Re: Jeff Altman on Letterman

I shared this clip with my wife. She knew Jeff personally when he used to warm-up audiences for Kool and the Gang back in the late 80's...She and Jeff became friends and during the months they both toured with Kool and the Gang, she never had any idea that Jeff did magic...what she does remember is ...
by Waterman
June 14th, 2014, 6:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: More on Smoothini
Replies: 2
Views: 1481

More on Smoothini

I have the utmost respect for any magician who decides to take the leap into performing magic on television. Smoothini is the latest magician to showcase his talents on the AGT stage and by all accounts continues the tradition of criticism and/or praise from those of us who chat on-line about magic ...
by Waterman
June 11th, 2014, 10:00 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For -- The Looking Glass
Replies: 4
Views: 1367

Re: Looking For -- The Looking Glass

...sent you an e-mail.
by Waterman
June 1st, 2014, 5:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Little Man
Replies: 28
Views: 7232

Little Man

Curious...this effect had an add campaign that was impressive. Anyone performing this or know of anyone who is? My limited research showed mostly disappointed opinions , but there are always two sides to everything put out to the magic community.
by Waterman
May 31st, 2014, 12:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spectators Suspision of Bicycle Deck
Replies: 7
Views: 2876

Spectators Suspision of Bicycle Deck

I was watching a magician perform for the general public at a fundraising event. His close-up card set ended to a well deserved round of applause. While making my way to the bar I overheard two college aged spectators remarking on the magicians card routine. The question came up as to whether the de...
by Waterman
April 27th, 2014, 3:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Fire Wallet
Replies: 0
Views: 808

Fire Wallet

I'm lucky to be able to get 2-3 walk around gigs a month despite being a full time educator and part time small business owner. Last night I spent 90 minutes at a black tie fundraising affair. I decided to test run an effect I created for a fire wallet I came up with after receiving it as a gift fro...
by Waterman
April 14th, 2014, 11:47 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Paul Romhany at 2014 Portland Magic Jam
Replies: 1
Views: 1753

Re: Paul Romhany at 2014 Portland Magic Jam

Unfortunately Paul notified us via Facebook (?!) a week before the event that he was going to back out and commit to another offer. No worries Paul! The Portland Magic Jam was a success! Thanks to Simon Lovell, Garret Thomas, Kozmo, and Max Krauss for making it one of the best Jams ever!!!
by Waterman
April 4th, 2014, 12:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Al Schneider One Cup and Three Balls routine
Replies: 5
Views: 2213

Re: Al Schneider One Cup and Three Balls routine

His hand looks more empty than most with it comes to handling the final load ball. Yesterday evening I asked a visitor to watch the video fullscreen and I watched their reactions to the magic - it worked for them. Kudos to Al for showing that four can be surplus to requirements and that a utility s...
by Waterman
March 16th, 2014, 1:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Phase 1, Phase 2, ....
Replies: 75
Views: 10753

Re: Phase 1, Phase 2, ....

the problem isn't the method or number of cups, the problem is motivation. Why should the audience care that you can make a ball disappear and appear under the cup? My suspicion is those who cannot answer that question for the first phase cannot answer it for the others. if the magician doesn't kno...
by Waterman
March 15th, 2014, 2:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Phase 1, Phase 2, ....
Replies: 75
Views: 10753

Phase 1, Phase 2, ....

Perhaps, like many of us, I am overexposed to routines that require multiple phases with traditional effects (cups and balls, linking rings) which are developed with the intention of winning a competitive magic contest. My wife, on the other hand, is not. Her main critique of magicians performances ...
by Waterman
March 14th, 2014, 12:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: George Olsen
Replies: 3
Views: 889

George Olsen

George Olsen passed away this afternoon after a long battle with emphysema and cancer. Many may have known George personally or through his posts on the GeniiForum. I met George when I first moved to Oregon 10 years ago. A sign advertised a weekend magician at a popular pub where it was George who p...
by Waterman
March 9th, 2014, 8:56 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers
Replies: 18
Views: 5014

Re: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers

Thanks for sharing that Mike. Nicely done.
by Waterman
March 9th, 2014, 2:36 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Paul Romhany at 2014 Portland Magic Jam
Replies: 1
Views: 1753

Paul Romhany at 2014 Portland Magic Jam

Dave from "Dave's Killer Magic Shop" has just released this info regarding the latest addition to the 2014 Portland Magic Jam, April 11-13th (Portland, Oregon for those need clarification as to which Portland the jam is held in). Paul is joining Simon Lovell, Garrett Thomas, and Max Krause...
by Waterman
March 9th, 2014, 2:22 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers
Replies: 18
Views: 5014

Re: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers

Personally I feel that TWO dove pan productions. The first of warm unwrapped caramels which are given to the kiddies, The second consists of a bunny production. Said bunny is then passed to the children to pet along with a few tubes of glitter. Now THAT is entertainment! Yeah...that's a pretty clev...
by Waterman
March 8th, 2014, 1:29 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers
Replies: 18
Views: 5014

Re: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers

Mike...listening to the reactions of the children in the audience one could say that your flower act is fine the way it is. From the watchful eye of an experienced magician it would be easy to constructively criticize several areas regarding the flow of your act.Personally I think having an assistan...
by Waterman
March 5th, 2014, 11:18 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Portland Magic Jam 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1899

Re: Portland Magic Jam 2014

It was originally proposed to be held in Portland, Maine but there are only three magicians who reside within a 200 mile radius( as well as one birthday party clown).
by Waterman
March 5th, 2014, 11:13 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Bently by Chris Hanowell
Replies: 18
Views: 7685

Re: Bently by Chris Hanowell

To propose to have the power to bend metal objects and thereby prove such power by bending...a paperclip? Sounds like the type of stunt one would perform after making an egg stand upright on a pile of salt. To each his own.
by Waterman
March 2nd, 2014, 9:44 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Portland Magic Jam 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1899

Portland Magic Jam 2014

April 11,12,and 13...Portland Magic Jam....Simon Lovell...Kozmo...Garrett Thomas...Max Krause...The biggest little magic convention on the planet...no egos...just good times and great magic!!!
For more details call 503-258-7627.
Geni Forum members receive discounted admission for this 3 day event.
by Waterman
January 30th, 2014, 8:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't Trust Andrew Mayne
Replies: 14
Views: 3386

Re: Don't Trust Andrew Mayne

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Waterman wrote:Where is the best place to showcase magic to the general public?
...


Who do you want hiring you to work where?


Once I get an answer to my question I'll let you know.
by Waterman
January 29th, 2014, 10:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't Trust Andrew Mayne
Replies: 14
Views: 3386

Re: Don't Trust Andrew Mayne

Where is the best place to showcase magic to the general public? Television has seemed to be the least favorite for many due to the inherent use of camera trickery. Its been many years since a touring illusion show has visited where I live and the restaurant scene is hit or miss (mostly miss) when o...

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