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by Leo Garet
February 28th, 2021, 10:23 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A new book about Kalanag
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: A new book about Kalanag

I have Val Andrews’ book ‘Seven Keys to Kalanag’ and I found it fascinating. There are elements to the story that are almost unbelievable nowadays. Kalanag’s dominance over the German magic scene was overwhelming thanks to his promotion by Hitler as a sort of ‘official overseer’. Looking back from ...
by Leo Garet
February 22nd, 2021, 10:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?
Replies: 26
Views: 1125

Re: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?

Anthony Vinson wrote:Answer to all questions posed: No. Done in one. You're welcome.


Seconded by everyone over here in the cheap seats.

;)
by Leo Garet
February 12th, 2021, 11:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here Be Bunnies - The Jerx
Replies: 13
Views: 1074

Re: Here Be Bunnies - The Jerx

The new book from Andy just arrived over here in the UK. Wonderful stuff. I am not a fan of The Beatles, but I remember an old guy telling me once that when The Beatles put a new record out - everybody rushed out to get it. Each record marked a moment where the entire direction of pop music was abo...
by Leo Garet
February 10th, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 47
Views: 2948

Re: The Magic University Journal

The quote from William Goldman refers to a successful Hollywood film. No one knows for sure what the ingredients are, and they screw up all the time even with the best intentions. But it has many ingredients, few if any of which are related to magic. If memory serves the full statement/quote includ...
by Leo Garet
February 10th, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 47
Views: 2948

Re: The Magic University Journal

The quote from William Goldman refers to a successful Hollywood film. No one knows for sure what the ingredients are, and they screw up all the time even with the best intentions. But it has many ingredients, few if any of which are related to magic. If memory serves the full statement/quote includ...
by Leo Garet
January 6th, 2021, 7:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Robin Robertson has passed away
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Robin Robertson has passed away

I have his Peter Duffie collaborations and I used to have what I think was his first book: "Card Modes," published in the early/mid 60s by Mickey Hades.

All good stuff.

RIP
by Leo Garet
January 6th, 2021, 6:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Characters on "Chinese" Coins
Replies: 21
Views: 1031

Re: Characters on "Chinese" Coins

I just call them fake (or reproduction) Chinese coins. As long as they don't say something actively offensive, I don't care. Good idea. I haven't used "coins" with lettering on for years, but when I did I mostly used the Eddie Gibson efforts mentioned earlier. I said they were supposed to...
by Leo Garet
December 31st, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Characters on "Chinese" Coins
Replies: 21
Views: 1031

Re: Characters on "Chinese" Coins

In one noted case, the symbols were a combination of the maker’s initials. When someone knocked it off, they did so replicating the initials and that was how they got busted. Here In England, Eddie Gibson did that. All his Chinese coins and coin boxes had EG inscribed on them. Very neatly done. If ...
by Leo Garet
December 30th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RiP William Link
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Re: RiP William Link

"One more thing..............."
by Leo Garet
December 30th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 33
Views: 2224

Re: Memorization

Max Maven wrote:Of course mnemonic systems work. You learned how to link images (that are now arbitrary) with phonetic sounds, including variations — which is how you are able to read this text.


Well, that settles it. Must be true. And yet..........

Here I am with no recollection at all of how I learned to read.
by Leo Garet
December 22nd, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A question about card magic
Replies: 12
Views: 1138

Re: A question about card magic

The late Kevin Fox knew Peter Kane very well. One day Kevin asked Peter for his thoughts about a handling of Jazz Aces that had been published by a well known card magician. Kane's reply was, "Do they not realise that I have thought through all variations and rejected all those they have come ...
by Leo Garet
December 15th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Fred Kaps Stage Money
Replies: 7
Views: 1028

Re: Fred Kaps Stage Money

I've got half a dozen or so of these somewhere about place, probably in the Box-That-Cannot-Be-Found. My old pal Arthur Day passed them on to me. He had more than several. He got them from his old pal, Ken Brooke. I have a happy-days photograph of Arthur and Ken, both wearing clown noses, actually r...
by Leo Garet
December 7th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle
Replies: 38
Views: 4299

Re: Article in LA Times about Magic Castle

Who are these predators/racists/nutjobs? Were they raised stupid or did they have to take a course? They seem to me to be losers who know they are losers, they cannot accept the fact and so they decide someone else made them that way. It's an innate "talent". Whoever they are they polish ...
by Leo Garet
December 1st, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59642

Re: Stewart James

Very interesting indeed - thanks both. I do remember Magic Books By Post and indeed purchased books from them back in the day. I had no idea who the proprietors were although I believe the business was taken over by others latterly. Andrew Indeed it was, two or three changes of ownership, in fact, ...
by Leo Garet
December 1st, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59642

Re: Stewart James

Lucas Maillard wrote:In Body Magic, John Fisher mentionned Betty and Donald Wallace in the "Acknowledgments" section.

Betty and Donald might be the persons who used to run Magic books by Post in the UK.

Hope this helps.

Lucas.


Which, give or take a comma or two is what I think I said. :) ;)
by Leo Garet
December 1st, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59642

Re: Stewart James

Thanks Mister Ben, this is great stuff. Just wondering, though, where does Ed Gein fit in all this "Psycho" stuff, if anywhere at all? Gein was the impetus for Psycho . The description of Stewart and his mother helped Bloch to flesh out the story. Sharp and succinct as always. And I had s...
by Leo Garet
December 1st, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59642

Re: Stewart James

AJM wrote:I acquired my copy of SJIP from the collection of John Fisher some years ago.

Any idea who Donald and Betty might be?

Cheers

Andrew

I have no idea, but I'd bet a shilling that it's Betty and Donald Wallace, the dynamic duo of "Magic Books By Post" in Bristol.
by Leo Garet
November 30th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 77
Views: 59642

Re: Stewart James

Thanks Mister Ben, this is great stuff.

Just wondering, though, where does Ed Gein fit in all this "Psycho" stuff, if anywhere at all?
by Leo Garet
November 28th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2230

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

If you don't give a $#!+ about others that's fine, but don't pretend there's some great intellectual argument to be made for it. Well put. So far I have seen nothing remotely resembling "intellectual" in Mister McKay's utterings. But then what do I know. I'm only here because my parents m...
by Leo Garet
November 27th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2322

Re: Card size survey

Some 20 or more years ago I worked a strolling gig at an eaterie in Leeds, and one of the groups of merrymakers was in town on some business jaunt. The make up of the citizenry ran a short gamut of Dutch, American, British in general and local Tykes. Some comment was made about the cards I was using...
by Leo Garet
November 27th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2322

Re: Card size survey

For a couple of years, circa 1959 early sixties, Harry Stanley at his Unique Studio had a deal with Alf Cooke in Leeds. They made matching fakes. And the real beauty and novelty of this was that the cards were available in Woolworths. In the 70s Ron MacMillan continued the trend with Waddingtons No1...
by Leo Garet
November 27th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2322

Re: Card size survey

Being English, I was brought up on the local brew. Waddingtons No1, Alf Cooke and from a bit further away, Thomas De La Rue, all bridge size. I tried poker size as they became more available in the UK, but they’ve never felt right; the key factor. So I never switched to poker size. I don’t feel depr...
by Leo Garet
November 27th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?
Replies: 33
Views: 2230

Re: Why are a lot of magicians boring when performing?

Joe Mckay wrote:I should add that I despise magic. It is so dull. Even the good magic - I can take it or leave it.


If Magic is so dull and you despise it, perhaps it's not so much boring magicians, but a dull subject that offend you?
by Leo Garet
November 25th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here's Johnny (Carney) on the December Issue of Genii
Replies: 13
Views: 1748

Re: Here's Johnny (Carney) on the December Issue of Genii

Well, it just goes to show.

And here's me thinking I'd nailed it when I said:

"Who knows? But on a truly deep and meaningful level....maybe he's having a bit of a giggle".

Hey ho.
by Leo Garet
November 24th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here's Johnny (Carney) on the December Issue of Genii
Replies: 13
Views: 1748

Re: Here's Johnny (Carney) on the December Issue of Genii

FYI I am the biggest John Carney fan ever I just honestly don’t understand the cover. Maybe the reason he doesn’t know comedy is he isn’t looking at the book. Just saying I can't see that there's anything to understand or not understand. For me it's just a photograph. I recognised John Carney and t...
by Leo Garet
November 19th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Pitch DVD/Book course
Replies: 30
Views: 12983

Re: Pitch DVD/Book course

Richard Kaufman wrote:He was banned again.


I'm sure most of us guessed that. Is it permanent? Or is there parole for good behaviour? If there is, he's bound to break it, but it'll be a chuckle for a while.
by Leo Garet
October 16th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ken Brooke book
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: Ken Brooke book

W. F. Giles Yep. Francis or as some knew him, Frank. Great bloke. He did more than umpteen silhouettes of magicians. The Great, the Good and the Rest. I'm in the rest. He did mine at the British Ring convention at Eastbourne in 1984. it took next to no time. Excellent job. His work crops up here an...
by Leo Garet
October 2nd, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Rawson and Merlini
Replies: 12
Views: 1278

Re: Rawson and Merlini

No magic in it, but I have a book edited by Otto Penzler, which features essays and whatnot by a collection of mystery writers, some mentioned earlier by Bob Farmer. "In Pursuit Of Spenser" is the title and the contributors are discussing Robert B. Parker and his Boston PI, Spenser. No fir...
by Leo Garet
September 30th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Nick Cave and magic
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Nick Cave and magic

Yep. I moved on when I discovered rock music and girls. I only came back to magic when in university I had a really boring job with the government one summer that left me alone in a file room with thousands of files from WWI. I was supposed to check each file. Boredom set in. I went out to lunch an...
by Leo Garet
September 24th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kind of negative, but here it is.
Replies: 17
Views: 2475

Re: Kind of negative, but here it is.

With all due respect to Genii, it’s hardly failure if you’ve never been on the cover. If it is, we’re all (almost) failures. For my sins I have been on the cover of Abra–-–way back when Stonehenge was a new build. And I managed a One-Man Parade in “Linking Ring” even earlier. I had a routine publish...
by Leo Garet
September 15th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Magic Researcher - History on The More Things Change by Jerry Sadowitz
Replies: 26
Views: 2306

Re: The Magic Researcher - History on The More Things Change by Jerry Sadowitz

"Seminal"? Apparently you haven't looked at the document. Read the 2nd paragraph. I've not only looked at the document, I've read it twice. This is the third forum I've seen it referenced. Disagree with me by all means, but please don't tell me what I (apparently) have or have not done.
by Leo Garet
September 15th, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Magic Researcher - History on The More Things Change by Jerry Sadowitz
Replies: 26
Views: 2306

Re: The Magic Researcher - History on The More Things Change by Jerry Sadowitz

Those interested in the history of the seminal effect "The More Things Change" by Jerry Sadowitz in Alternative Card Magic (1982) can find a detailed history here. There's a few things that may surprise you! https://themagicresearcher.wordpress.com/2020/08/19/the-more-things-change-pocket...
by Leo Garet
August 24th, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Campaign for a documentary about Bob Elliott
Replies: 4
Views: 1319

Re: Campaign for a documentary about Bob Elliott

I'm not sure that I knew about the Elliott/Lorayne connection, but Harry Lorayne has mentioned Ortiz and the Memory School from time to time. I think the first book I read where Ortiz is mentioned in this regard is "Afterthoughts". But not having attended the Memory School, I can't remembe...
by Leo Garet
August 24th, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Black Magic
Replies: 3
Views: 579

Re: Black Magic

Clearly not famous enough. :)

I've heard of it I've seen it. On TV years ago. I can't remember anything about it.
by Leo Garet
August 23rd, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What happened to Black Fox Magic and Trading Company?
Replies: 24
Views: 7836

Re: What happened to Black Fox Magic and Trading Company?

Richard, you may think Black Fox is "a really bad guy," but I'd suggest, that despite his conviction he could be a really good man. Circumstances! If I caught my wife foolin' around with "some guy," I shoot my wife, while most guys would shoot the guy makin' whoopie. Most people...
by Leo Garet
August 23rd, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings
Replies: 12
Views: 1714

Re: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings

Bob Farmer wrote:I do know of another famous magician who was so obsessed with magic he ended in therapy.


Obsession is always bothersome. I have a passion for Magic and, fortunately for me, the woman I married more than several years ago is my therapist.
by Leo Garet
August 22nd, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Return of Jonathan Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 1868

Re: The Return of Jonathan Creek

While I've enjoyed all the Jonathan Creeks, to my mind the best and most entertaining were the earlier episodes with Caroline Quentin as Maddy Magellan and Stuart Milligan as Adam Klaus. I didn't enjoy them all. It began its slide into nowhere after Quentin left. One or two decent bits following he...
by Leo Garet
August 20th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10852

Re: Fool US

Joe Lyons wrote:
Edward Pungot wrote:Teller's Secrets
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TLgwejKVI04


Great watch, thanks!

Agreed!
by Leo Garet
August 20th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10852

Re: Fool US

For what it's worth people with a genuine interest in Magic, and perhaps even some performing ability, do not lose either simply as a consequence of growing older. Nor do they lose the right to have a point of view. . I not understanding. You are saying Teller has not genuine interest in magics bec...
by Leo Garet
August 19th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 10852

Re: Fool US

Shin Lim is teaching nail writers and ruff and smooth cards on his videos and I don’t hear complaints about that. because of the people complain is older and not watching shin lim videos. they stay with there playing card vests and ties and "hold off your hand, no the clean one" stuff. We...

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