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by observer
May 24th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sr. RAI has passed
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Sr. RAI has passed

Jack Shalom wrote:What was his handle on the Magic Cafe?


Senor Rai

(two words, init caps, no tilde over the n)

11 pages of posts, all but 2 posts are from Feb-April 2009.
by observer
May 20th, 2018, 12:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

...just look at what he emphasizes. In the legerdemain section (less than half of the book), over half is concerned with sleights. He describes patter as only needing to be some bit of "nonsensical clap-trap," and overall there's comparatively little about performance issues that concern ...
by observer
May 3rd, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magicpedia
Replies: 9
Views: 680

Re: Is Magicpedia gone forever?

I just now entered "magicpedia" on google, second item on the results page was "Magicpedia - Genii", I clicked on that & was taken to the magicpedia "Main Page". Just to make sure everything was working I clicked at random on one of the links on the main page (some ...
by observer
April 30th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: a view from the "layman" seats ...
Replies: 0
Views: 308

a view from the "layman" seats ...

from the Acoustic Guitar Forum:

"I've seen folks palm a pick (like a magician) while they are fingerpicking ..."
by observer
April 21st, 2018, 4:30 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick

The real point is, never ask a spec to do anything more demanding than selecting a card and remembering it. And even then, have them hold the card up for the rest of the audience to see, so that when they freak out at the idea of being on stage and forget it, at least a few people will know what it ...
by observer
April 20th, 2018, 2:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cellphone magic
Replies: 12
Views: 733

Re: Cellphone magic

I would like to just say that I agree with all the responses so far.

Which is sort of a boring thing to post, but there you go.

Would it help if I admitted that I clicked on this thread because I thought it was going to be about cellophane magic?
by observer
April 11th, 2018, 7:26 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Alan Shaxon/ Mr Bean
Replies: 1
Views: 503

Alan Shaxon/ Mr Bean

Just to mention that Alan Shaxon appears as magician "Eddie Spangle" on Mr Bean season 1 (1995) episode 4.
by observer
April 10th, 2018, 2:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "Magic and Beyond" TV Show
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Re: "Magic and Beyond" TV Show

Thought this might be useful since - as pointed out I believe in Dustin Stinett's 2017 roundup - the amazon prime listings for individual episodes don't say who the performers are. The show is free on prime, by the way, that's how I found it. 26 Episodes. Copyright 1999. All episodes with introducti...
by observer
March 17th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Channing Pollock - playwright
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: Channing Pollock - playwright

Thanks Brad! There was a vague memory of that in the back of my mind. Also thanks for the recommendation!
by observer
March 17th, 2018, 4:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Channing Pollock - playwright
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Channing Pollock - playwright

https://www.amazon.com/Gallery-Direct-Road-Show-Attraction-Channing/dp/B014AG3MFY/ref=sr_1_cc_3?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1521275553&sr=1-3-catcorr&keywords=channing+pollock Was looking to see if amazon might happen to have "European Nights" on DVD. They don't. But a search there o...
by observer
March 14th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4331

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Bob Farmer wrote:The real thing is so boring.


That's OK, as long as it doesn't use gaffed cards the purity shines thru.
by observer
March 12th, 2018, 8:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4331

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Performers can keep their monte routine as "pure" as pure can be and it'll still be BS because they'd get eaten alive on the streets.

(With the exception of Performer, who has been there.)
by observer
March 11th, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 4331

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Well, since real monte as "played" on the streets for money, and magician's monte are entirely different things, it seems pointless for a magician to affect any sort of purity of method. In a show, the objective is to knock the spectators' eyes out, and the performer absolutely should gaff...
by observer
March 9th, 2018, 8:10 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic trivia question
Replies: 8
Views: 773

Re: Magic trivia question

By the way, if anyone is interested in the history of pro wrestling as a branch of show business - indeed, perhaps an "allied art" insofar as it involves surviving and/or escaping from potentially dangerous situations - Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George by Joe Jares (Prentice-Hall, 1974...
by observer
March 8th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic trivia question
Replies: 8
Views: 773

Re: Magic trivia question

The definition looks fine to me. An example (one of many) of "gimmick" in a wrestling context:

https://www.thesportster.com/wrestling/ ... icks-ever/
by observer
March 6th, 2018, 3:19 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "Magic and Beyond" TV Show
Replies: 1
Views: 472

"Magic and Beyond" TV Show

This was referenced in the 2017 roundup I think. I found it because it's free to watch on Amazon Prime. Historically pretty interesting, with a number of 1990s acts I have not seen before. Plus archive-type footage of e.g. Houdini, Hardeen, etc. Thought I'd mention it because I just finished watchin...
by observer
March 2nd, 2018, 3:35 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 1899

Re: Hmmmmm...

Accidentally listed one month prematurely? I think so ... even though those quotations at the end are mighty persuasive -- especially the one about increasing bookings by 800% ........
by observer
February 25th, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2132

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Himber was apparently a huge big deal in the swing band world - to the point where I at one point was under the impression that his magic stuff was just meant as PR fodder for his bands. I guess that wasn't the case, but I think I remember murmurs that he did not himself come up with all the magical...
by observer
February 12th, 2018, 3:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Voronin what a wonderful comedy act!
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: Voronin what a wonderful comedy act!

The issue with the bra trick is not that it shows a bra, but that it is embarrassing to the female volunteer. Ditto for the version with panties. There are times when I know the trick will go over well. I had a friend who was one act in a drag show. You knew it was going to be a crazy crowd. So I s...
by observer
February 7th, 2018, 11:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

"... the signature of Boz. This was the nickname of a pet child, his youngest brother Augustus, whom in honour of The Vicar of Wakefield he had dubbed Moses, which being facetiously pronounced through the nose became Boses, and being shortened became Boz." from The Life of Charles Dickens...
by observer
February 7th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

"Boz" was the childhood nickname of Dickens' little brother. Originally "Mose", then "Boz", as in Mose pronounced with one's nose stuffed up from a cold. No connection with any surname. Wikipedia states 'apparently adopted'. In other words they don't know for sure. Nob...
by observer
February 7th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

pen-name: Boz (reversed Zob which is a valid family name https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=40&rank=1&new=1&so=3&MSAV=0&msT=1&gss=genfact&gsln=Zob&uidh=000 ) real name: Charles Dickens The last one is particularly interesting because Gallaway's favorite a...
by observer
February 6th, 2018, 6:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: "A ghost story" movie with Zabrecky and Kopf
Replies: 1
Views: 590

Re: "A ghost story" movie with Zabrecky and Kopf

Cool, thanks. "A Ghost Story" is available for free viewing to those who have Amazon Prime. The amazon viewer ratings are sort of interesting:

***** 35%
**** 9%
*** 6%
** 7%
* 43%
by observer
February 5th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention
Replies: 11
Views: 993

Re: A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention

Q. Kumber wrote:While it is fair to say the range and level of restaurants has improved in Blackpool, I'm not aware of any gourmet ones.


Yorkshire Fisheries, 16 Topping Street
Fresh Fish and Chips, 110 Lytham Road
Bentleys Fish & Chip Shop, 131 Bond Street
by observer
February 3rd, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

Here is a counter-example. You gotta be kidding. From Wikipedia: "Trebor was a 14th-century composer of polyphonic chansons, active in Navarre and other southwest European courts c. 1380-1400." That is 500 years before the time we are talking. Of course, there is a lot less known about pe...
by observer
January 25th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Is "The Sympathetic Clubs" stolen?
Replies: 41
Views: 7354

Re: Is

What ever happened to "Guest"? He sure posted a lot in the early years, sometimes even responding to his own posts.
by observer
January 15th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hemp Playing Cards
Replies: 16
Views: 1123

Re: Hemp Playing Cards

Anthony Vinson wrote:According to a comment posted by someone with USPC, despite the branding, there's no actual hemp in the cards themselves. <>.


Seems like they missed a bet there. Maybe they should get in touch with these guys:

http://www.greenfieldpaper.com/hemp_paper.asp
by observer
January 12th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommend me a dove act!
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

Re: Recommend me a dove act!

Celeste Evans. http://celesteevansmagic.com/photogallery/celeste-red1.JPG That link worked perfectly well when I tested it after posting but is now blocked by what sure looks like some sort of scam site. So, check out the photo gallery at her web site, celesteevans.com , if interested. Photo was of...
by observer
January 11th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Recommend me a dove act!
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

Re: Recommend me a dove act!

by observer
January 8th, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3820

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

Thanks for pointing out this magician to me. I love the characterization and - as others have commented - the commitment to it. It's brilliant. I wish more magicians would perform with more specifically defined characterizations. However, I wonder if we can remark on her contributions and innovatio...
by observer
December 29th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

Brad Jeffers wrote: Originally it was about the book ...



Ah, yes ... my grandfather used to tell us kids about the early days of this thread, how he would read the latest posts by the flickering of a kerosene lamp after a hard day at the covered wagon factory ...
by observer
December 29th, 2017, 2:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

Being unknown is all that whoever he is has going for him. Without that, he's a nobody. Ben Earl included a relevant Erdnase quote in the final chapter of his new book. He still has much going for him beyond the mystery of his true identity. Fweeet ! Ten yard penalty for goalpost moving. This discu...
by observer
December 28th, 2017, 11:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

A new Genii cover story? Mmh. Maybe a paragraph in The Eye. Being unknown is all that whoever he is has going for him. Without that, he's nobody. It's like the Cubs. Once they served out their 107-year sentence for stealing the 1908 pennant from the Giants and won a World Championship, people stopp...
by observer
December 28th, 2017, 3:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

Now, don't get me wrong: I don't believe there is such a thing as "useless knowledge".

That said -- suppose that at some point the identity of "Erdnase" is established beyond a reasonable doubt.

Then what?
by observer
December 26th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kelton Garwood?
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: Kelton Garwood?

Thank you Brad, jkeyes, Max!
by observer
December 25th, 2017, 2:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kelton Garwood?
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Kelton Garwood?

Anybody know of a magician with this (somewhat unlikely) name?

He played a mediocre magician (quite convincingly) in Season One, Episode 18 of Peter Gunn (only the best private eye TV show ever!).
by observer
December 15th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 26473

Re: Ennobling Magic

<> far more interesting to watch than some sober, competent but pedestrian magician who does his tricks well but does not grab our attention because of the dullness of his or her personality. <>. Well, but there are hundreds of things of which that would be true. I have no idea about "hundreds...
by observer
December 15th, 2017, 1:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 26473

Re: Ennobling Magic

performer wrote:<> far more interesting to watch than some sober, competent but pedestrian magician who does his tricks well but does not grab our attention because of the dullness of his or her personality. <>.


Well, but there are hundreds of things of which that would be true.
by observer
December 14th, 2017, 3:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 26473

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes1000 wrote:
performer wrote:<>this is a silly argument because nobody lies that much when performing anyway! <>


Yours is The Voice Of Reason, Mark! I will accept this as the final word if everyone else will.


Will accept!
by observer
December 13th, 2017, 12:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6783
Views: 1994172

Re: ERDNASE

<> I don't see why he would ever use 'Penuckle', unless of course ... That's exactly what Foster would have done if he were trying to throw people off the scent. In which case, he is so diabolically clever, that we will never figure out who he is! Well remember that we're talking about someone clev...

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