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by Jack Shalom
July 15th, 2018, 2:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1049

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

There's lots in the acting literature about appearing truthful that applies to close up. Stanislavski's Method of Physical Actions is worth reading. It was a later development and a quite different approach from the Method popularized by Strasberg.
by Jack Shalom
July 13th, 2018, 2:06 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 44
Views: 5619

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

I asked Copperfield about arrangements for his collection after he passed. He gave a short vague non-answer and quickly changed the subject. I then asked one of his right -hand assistants the same question, and he said he didn't know what, if any, arrangements had been made. I interpret those replie...
by Jack Shalom
July 7th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric DeCamps 24 Karat Close Up
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: Eric DeCamps 24 Karat Close Up

I hope you were able to get in...
by Jack Shalom
July 6th, 2018, 1:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 891

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

Under capitalism, producers want interchangeable parts; performers want their names known. Stars are performers who can win that battle. In less capitalist markets, the collective concept can sometimes also produce great artistic merit, forfeiting personal immediate gain for collective gain. Who pro...
by Jack Shalom
July 6th, 2018, 1:13 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More exposing on TV
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: More exposing on TV

I forget who it was who said it, but I've long liked the comment that, "ESP is another name for paying attention." I think it was quoted in a Doug Dyment booklet.
by Jack Shalom
July 6th, 2018, 12:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield interview in NYC Saturday, June 16, 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Re: David Copperfield interview in NYC Saturday, June 16, 2018

Copperfield gave an unannounced tour of the exhibition at the press opening. You can listen to the audio of him I prepared, as broadcast yesterday on WBAI radio.

https://jackshalom.net/2018/07/06/a-cop ... tual-tour/
by Jack Shalom
July 1st, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 943

Re: RIP, CC

Bill Mullins wrote:
Leonard Hevia wrote:
15. Is that a Magnet implanted in your finger?

No, I'm just glad to see you.


LOL.

BTW, I posted a similar RIP, CC notice on the Magic Cafe. Of course, the humorless drones deleted it.
by Jack Shalom
July 1st, 2018, 11:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 943

RIP, CC

After four years, nine months and 3 days--over 4500 views and 226 pages--the climate change thread, an ever-reliable source of hot air at the Magic Cafe has passed on.

Climate change, we hardly knew Ye.

RIP.
by Jack Shalom
June 29th, 2018, 7:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Youtube Boobs
Replies: 21
Views: 1775

Re: Youtube Boobs

Another Farmer Fraud! Not what the title promised at all!
by Jack Shalom
June 25th, 2018, 6:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1887

Re: You Tube exposure.

this issue will literally define magic over the next few decades. "Define" might be too strong a word, but change, yes. Evolution happens. Punctuated equilibrium. Fact of life. Technology has caught up to magic. Not the first time, not the last time. That which seemed magical is no longer...
by Jack Shalom
June 23rd, 2018, 7:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1887

Re: You Tube exposure.

Mark, absolutely, I do not have the same at stake as yourself; and in no way do I mean to trivialize your concern, only to focus your efforts. This horse has left the gate long ago, and you are not the first to point it out or attempt to change it. What it may mean to the professional is perhaps a r...
by Jack Shalom
June 23rd, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: When Groucho Met Houdini
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: When Groucho Met Houdini

Thanks, Max and Joe. I wonder if Letterman's writers provided that "ad lib." Or even Teller himself. Or maybe it's just a comic opportunity that can't be resisted.
by Jack Shalom
June 23rd, 2018, 12:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: When Groucho Met Houdini
Replies: 7
Views: 463

When Groucho Met Houdini

by Jack Shalom
June 23rd, 2018, 12:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1887

Re: You Tube exposure.

YouTube exists to get views on their videos. You are simply making the case for her as to the desirability of the product. Without the threat of legal action--which is impossible in this kind of thing--you have nothing. Sorry, but that's what the platform is about. Her allegiance is to her stockhold...
by Jack Shalom
June 22nd, 2018, 9:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: You Tube exposure.
Replies: 70
Views: 1887

Re: You Tube exposure.

Orson Welles foresaw the eventual death of magic in 1947... Uh...I think over seventy years later, dear Orson will have to declare a statute of limitations on that prediction. Hasn't happened yet. Which reminds me of the following: A lecturing astronomy professor says to his class that in 175 trill...
by Jack Shalom
June 21st, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gone in 60 Seconds
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: Gone in 60 Seconds

I'd be curious to know how these experiences compare with other kinds of variety performers.
by Jack Shalom
June 19th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Karl Fulves Pubs
Replies: 53
Views: 12369

Re: New Karl Fulves Pubs

LOL.
by Jack Shalom
June 17th, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?
Replies: 17
Views: 986

Re: „Troll“-behavior of the audience - my fault?

Ralph, it would help if you gave us the context of your performing. Are these informal performances for friends? And what age are you and your audience approximately?
by Jack Shalom
June 13th, 2018, 11:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Spelling T-R-I-C-K
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: The Spelling T-R-I-C-K

Add David Williamson's version.
by Jack Shalom
June 13th, 2018, 8:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion Returns For Fifth Anniversary Season on The CW Network on Friday, June 29, 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Masters of Illusion Returns For Fifth Anniversary Season on The CW Network on Friday, June 29, 2018

Well, I am glad that I am preceded by others more brave on this. I was hesitating to be the first to post a negative comment. I find it unwatchable. Lots of good performers, and it's nice for them to get the work, but I actually wonder if this particular exposure actually does them any good. I guess...
by Jack Shalom
June 12th, 2018, 10:23 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The End Times Magazine
Replies: 47
Views: 3790

Re: The End Times Magazine

I'm enjoying this first issue. It's a large-sized (about the size of Genii , but a bit wider) nicely bound quality paperback format, with lots of clear black and white photos. It's all cards, with appealing plots. I like the effects that were mentioned in the post above. Other of my favorites includ...
by Jack Shalom
June 11th, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The End Times Magazine
Replies: 47
Views: 3790

Re: The End Times Magazine

Ah, thanks.
by Jack Shalom
June 10th, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The End Times Magazine
Replies: 47
Views: 3790

Re: The End Times Magazine

Still waiting here in Brooklyn...
by Jack Shalom
June 5th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Carson Passes Away
Replies: 73
Views: 9901

Re: Johnny Carson Passes Away

Mike Douglas was a nice guy. I don't know if his afternoon talk show ever went national. He broadcast out of Philadelphia if I recall, and he would have a co-host for the whole week. And the co-hosts would sometimes be big names like John Lennon. He was a crooner and an amiable softball interviewer....
by Jack Shalom
June 4th, 2018, 6:38 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

Paddle force...ugh.

Better to size up the spec and give each color an attribute (e.g. love, anger, honesty, sexiness, confusion, intelligence) with the required color given the attribute they would most likely choose.
by Jack Shalom
May 31st, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Animals
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: Magical Animals

Guy tell his friends he's got a talking dog. He insists. "Listen to him!" "Aces, what do you call the part of the house that's over your head?" "Ruff, Ruff." "Exactly, a roof. Aces, what's the opposite of smooth?" "Ruff, Ruff" "Exactly, rough is...
by Jack Shalom
May 30th, 2018, 7:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 1899

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

Maybe Mr. Farmer or some other consigliere can explain to this puzzled layperson how someone can be judged negligent but not liable? It doesn't make sense to me. How can someone be negligent but not liable?
by Jack Shalom
May 29th, 2018, 7:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th
Replies: 8
Views: 1429

Re: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th

You may be interested in reading my review of Derek DelGaudio's show, In & of Itself, here:

https://jackshalom.net/2018/05/29/in-of ... delgaudio/
by Jack Shalom
May 26th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th
Replies: 8
Views: 1429

Re: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th

Could be. I had read something that said he had taken a two month vacation in 1976, so I was trying to be conservative (Magic Cafe-ers will appreciate that this is the first time ever I have tried to be conservative.) BTW, I just saw In and Of Itself this evening, and it's an absolute must see. Ther...
by Jack Shalom
May 26th, 2018, 9:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th
Replies: 8
Views: 1429

Re: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th

Does Doug Henning in The Magic Show count? I'm not sure how long he was starring in the show before he was replaced, but I think it was at least a year and a half, which would make it at least 600 performances for a normal Broadway schedule.
by Jack Shalom
May 25th, 2018, 10:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June 2018 Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and in The Mail
Replies: 4
Views: 704

Re: The June 2018 Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and in The Mail

What a wonderful remembrance from Racherbaumer. Thanks, Richard, for stopping the presses.
by Jack Shalom
May 24th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sr. RAI has passed
Replies: 6
Views: 668

Re: Sr. RAI has passed

Thanks.
by Jack Shalom
May 23rd, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sr. RAI has passed
Replies: 6
Views: 668

Re: Sr. RAI has passed

What was his handle on the Magic Cafe?
by Jack Shalom
May 16th, 2018, 2:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection
Replies: 0
Views: 377

Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection

New-York Historical Society June 15, 2018-September 16, 2018 "Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection features highlights from the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, the incomparable trove of magical historical artifacts from the Emmy Award-winning ...
by Jack Shalom
May 15th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P.T. Selbit
Replies: 20
Views: 1044

Re: P.T. Selbit

Jose Antonio Gonzales Campos, I believe, from Panama. Went by the handle of Marko.
by Jack Shalom
May 13th, 2018, 10:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 50
Views: 4681

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

Investors even in a failed project have the right to know the truth about what went wrong. Until that happens at a minimum, it's a scam.
by Jack Shalom
May 12th, 2018, 1:35 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 96
Views: 27819

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

I just started reading Early Harbin. Man, that was one clever, out of the box (sorry) guy. Usually methods turn out to be humdrum in magic; but his were the kinds of methods that I fantasied as a kid.
by Jack Shalom
May 12th, 2018, 12:12 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buster and Magic
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Buster and Magic

You may be interested to view a 15 minute Buster Keaton short called Mixed Magic where Buster plays a magician's assistant. This seldom screened short was made in 1936 after Keaton's silent movie heyday.

https://jackshalom.net/2018/05/12/mixed-magic/
by Jack Shalom
May 11th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)

Ricky Jay, Thought Card Across (Warning: none of the spectators are wearing bikinis):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgqXdnwIoQM
by Jack Shalom
May 11th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)

Similar non-gaffed versions from Edward Brown, Bruce Bernstein, and Greg Chapman, though I don't believe any bikinis were involved.

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