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by observer
September 5th, 2018, 12:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller
Replies: 20
Views: 1573

Re: Penn & Teller

A Producer credit might bring in more money over the course of time. I know from reading about Gilligan's Island - which was re-run over and over and over and … - that the producers/writers/directors got residuals forever, whereas the actors only got anything for the first four or five (something li...
by observer
August 19th, 2018, 12:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6979
Views: 2037042

Re: ERDNASE

The Erdnase/tobacco cards possible connection begs the question: Were the card tricks on those tobacco trading cards popular effects with card magicians in the late 19th century? Much like the packet trick craze of the 1970s. I think they are (mostly) more or less "standard" tricks, popul...
by observer
August 10th, 2018, 10:43 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Emile Clifton's COIN IN BEAN BOX-rare
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: Emile Clifton's COIN IN BEAN BOX-rare

What's a bean box?
by observer
August 1st, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB - Chuck Fayne booklet - 'The Rat Trap...'
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: WTB - Chuck Fayne booklet - 'The Rat Trap...'

Don't know if this is any help, but The Rat Trap and some other card effects are on this DVD:

https://www.mymagic.com/p/dvds/chuck-fayne-live
by observer
August 1st, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How To Make Love...
Replies: 3
Views: 531

Re: How To Make Love...

Jack Shalom wrote:The Steve Spill Way.

You may be interested in reading my review here:

https://jackshalom.net/2018/07/31/how-t ... spill-way/



Great cover, you can almost hear Barry White in the background . . .
by observer
July 14th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Six
Replies: 18
Views: 1588

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Six

CraigMitchell wrote:FISM Korea 2018 - Final Result

<Stage>
[Grand Prix]
Miguel Munoz - Spain


As predicted by … Craig Mitchell! TA-DA!
by observer
July 14th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copyright infringement?
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Copyright infringement?

BlueEyed Videot wrote:.jpg file showing modified Tarbell diagrams for sale.

https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BA25EA8



Example appears to be signed "Randi" … ?
by observer
July 13th, 2018, 10:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Five
Replies: 2
Views: 1141

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Five

FISM 2018 - Day Five *Nathalie Romier - General - France A French songstress faces her arch nemesis of a toy chicken in a fun act that will never have me look at a rubber chicken the same way again All these reports have been fascinating but for some reason that item caught my attention …. https://...
by observer
July 12th, 2018, 12:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 1043

Re: Simon Aronson's question

I don't really see any antithesis between entertaining and deceptive , as such. Perhaps between "dexterity" and "entertainment"? Over on the Café I have seen quite a few posts over the years that include expressions such as " of course, if 'entertainment' is all you care abo...
by observer
July 11th, 2018, 5:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 1043

Re: Simon Aronson's question

Perhaps some examples of magicians who changed their acts to make them less deceptive but more entertaining, or vice versa, would help the discussion along?
by observer
July 11th, 2018, 1:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Two
Replies: 22
Views: 2596

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Two

… and the Endurance is caught fast in the merciless sea ice - will her hull be crushed? Or will she survive and rebound? Perhaps Day Three will tell ...
by observer
July 9th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day One
Replies: 7
Views: 1253

Re: FISM 2018 - Day One

I had totally forgotten that FISM was starting so soon so finding this post this morning came as a very pleasant surprise.

I love FISM reports, they are always such a combination of "The Wizard of Oz" and Shackleton's Endurance expedition.
by observer
July 6th, 2018, 3:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

I think this is a different question. More along the lines of... ...let's say you have an unique act, and that you are beginning to get more bookings than you can handle. At that point, it might feel reasonable to hire another performer, teach that performer your act, and send that performer out on...
by observer
July 5th, 2018, 8:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More exposing on TV
Replies: 5
Views: 868

More exposing on TV

by observer
June 7th, 2018, 12:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Carson Passes Away
Replies: 73
Views: 10326

Re: Johnny Carson Passes Away

Would it be weird if I suggested starting a new thread with a title maybe like "Great Johnny Carson video", rather than re-using "Johnny Carson Passes Away"? Heck, it's the internet, of course some people will say "Yes, it is!" But I'm going to suggest it anyway.
by observer
June 3rd, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick
Replies: 13
Views: 1828

Re: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick

The ‘vent’ David Copperfield found fame in the 80’s in a BBC sketch show called Three of a Kind, which also starred (Sir) Lenny Henry and Tracey Ullman. While the latter pair went on to bigger and better things, the British DC disappeared into obscurity. Andrew Born Stanley Barlow. Doing speaking n...
by observer
June 3rd, 2018, 3:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.C. Sorcar Story on BBC Website
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: P.C. Sorcar Story on BBC Website

I never saw Sorcar work although he used to bombard me with magic posters and publicity about his show in the mail. I could never figure out why he would send them to me but I suppose he would send this stuff out to all and sundry if they happened to be in the magic business. Sorcar was indeed know...
by observer
May 24th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sr. RAI has passed
Replies: 6
Views: 762

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: 6979
Views: 2037042

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: 1951

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: 667

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: 13
Views: 1828

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: 1398

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: 832

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: 823

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: 507

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: 507

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: 6656

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: 6656

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: 6656

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: 1127

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: 1127

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: 823

"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: 2856

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: 2660

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: 1432

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: 6979
Views: 2037042

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: 6979
Views: 2037042

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: 6979
Views: 2037042

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: 855

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%

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