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by Jim Riser
December 4th, 2002, 8:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Working Professional's Cups
Replies: 13
Views: 950

Re: Working Professional's Cups

Ron; It is my understanding that these great cups are no longer being made. The last I heard was that Hank Lee in the Boston area had the few remaining sets for sale. Whatever the case, you may rest assured that a "Paul Fox conflict" with Busby is not the reason the cups would have been di...
by Jim Riser
December 3rd, 2002, 11:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2814

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

Geoff; The "standards" will look like the Minis and Jumbos; but be in between in size. There is no picture of them yet because I have not yet finished making the steel spinning chuck for them :) Bronze....ah yes, I've considered spinning bronze; but have not been able to get the alloy that...
by Jim Riser
December 2nd, 2002, 10:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2814

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

Originally posted by Geoff Latta: Jim, Thanks for the pointer to Mr. Evans. BTW yourself, I found your website about choosing a set of cups both helpful and fascinating from a historical and technical perspective, as well as very entertaining. Have you ever considered making a "medium" si...
by Jim Riser
December 2nd, 2002, 9:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2814

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

Geoff;
Thanks for the thinking behind your wishes on a C/S and the ball sets.

BTW - Eric Evans posted this:
Eric Evans Post on Balls
by Jim Riser
November 27th, 2002, 8:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2814

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

Geoff;
Just out of curiosity, what, in your opinion, makes a "decent Copper/silver coin" and exactly what are you looking for in balls for cups? Thanks.
Jim

BTW - I believe Mike's widow is still supplying the baseballs through Joe Stevens.
by Jim Riser
November 24th, 2002, 2:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cellini, what a shame!
Replies: 43
Views: 2433

Re: Cellini, what a shame!

Carlos; The situation you have described is very unfortunate for all concerned. We all go to magic lectures with certain expectations. I was fortunate enough to have been in the audience for Jim Cellini's recent lecture here in Tucson. I went to the lecture fully expecting to purchae the Cellini Boo...
by Jim Riser
October 30th, 2002, 9:24 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Robert-Houdin
Replies: 42
Views: 2129

Re: Robert-Houdin

To those of you who just can not comprehend how this discounting hurts magic - Richard is right! You who do not create, design, develop, experiment, invest thousands of dollars, invest your time - your life, organize all elements involved, and all the other little things necessary in bringing a new ...
by Jim Riser
October 22nd, 2002, 3:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Melinda Saxe
Replies: 61
Views: 12466

Re: Melinda Saxe

OK, guys, here's a response....... When I was last in Vegas (July), I was surprised to see her listed in the magazines as being at the Venetian - for a hefty price, too. She is not a big enough drawing card to work the Venetian which needs to ask the higher prices for admission. I think that at a le...
by Jim Riser
October 22nd, 2002, 9:37 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Robert-Houdin
Replies: 42
Views: 2129

Re: Robert-Houdin

Originally posted by MaxNY: Please explain how chronic price cutters hurt magic... Max; Please explain how they help magic by lowering the status of magic marketing to a Wal-Mart mentality. Believe me, you do not want to hear what I think of the chronic price cutters. I know how they hurt magic; bu...
by Jim Riser
October 21st, 2002, 1:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Robert-Houdin
Replies: 42
Views: 2129

Re: Robert-Houdin

$200 for a set of books sounds like quite a bit of change. But I do like quality and these books will have the look and feel of quality. When the Albo books came out, I was unable to afford them (young children and working on Masters degree). They sounded expensive then; but now they are out of my r...
by Jim Riser
October 14th, 2002, 2:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steel ball bearings for closeup magic ?
Replies: 8
Views: 807

Re: Steel ball bearings for closeup magic ?

David; I'm not certain what size balls you desire; but solid stainless steel balls 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", and 1" diameters are readily available. Hollow stainless steel balls (1/8" thick wall)with a 3/16" centering hole are easily available in 1", 1 1/2", 2", ...
by Jim Riser
October 11th, 2002, 2:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Card Punch Booklet
Replies: 0
Views: 124

Card Punch Booklet

Those of you who have purchased or are interested in the Riser Card Punch and its use may download a booklet (in pdf format)on my card punch and 13 ideas for its use. The booklet is FREE :D Yes, the man said FREE! There is only one hitch, you must email me a response concerning how you might use the...
by Jim Riser
October 9th, 2002, 8:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: position available
Replies: 9
Views: 1110

Re: position available

Originally posted by Tim Trono: Murphy?s Magic Supplies, Inc. has an immediate opening for our Manufacturing Manager position overseeing our Manufacturing Department. The individual must be willing to relocate to the Sacramento, California area and be willing to work Monday through Friday from 8:30...
by Jim Riser
October 2nd, 2002, 8:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: tipover trunk or plans..
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Re: tipover trunk or plans..

Steve;
Without a doubt, the best info on this is to be found in "The Magic of Alan Wakeling" as part of "The Elusive Clown" illusion sequence. :D
by Jim Riser
September 26th, 2002, 1:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Micro Chop Cup for stand-up work available
Replies: 18
Views: 1645

Re: Micro Chop Cup for stand-up work available

Originally posted by Dennis Loomis: To Keven, You're absolutely right of course. But Stainless Steel is also non-ferrous and not affected by a magnetic field. [/URL] Kevin and Denny; Not quite right....the stainless steel alloys which are suitable for spinning are nonmagnetic in their annealed (sof...
by Jim Riser
September 25th, 2002, 11:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Al Baker Returns
Replies: 19
Views: 1522

Re: Al Baker Returns

Originally posted by Craig Matsuoka: Todd, Thanks for the great news. I have mixed emotions about this reprint. "Pet Secrets" and "Magical Ways" are two books I've deeply treasured. Craig; I, also, have the originals. I feel certain that our coveted secrets in the Al Baker books...
by Jim Riser
September 22nd, 2002, 8:45 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Micro Chop Cup for stand-up work available
Replies: 18
Views: 1645

Micro Chop Cup for stand-up work available

Several of the Genii Forum members have asked me to post a short notice when the James Riser/Dennis Loomis Micro Chop Cup was ready. Well, Dennis and I are ready. Those interested may see images and purchase options at: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.jamesriser.com/Magic/Micro/CupOpt...
by Jim Riser
September 16th, 2002, 1:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: So how do we protect creations?
Replies: 12
Views: 659

Re: So how do we protect creations?

Protecting an original idea or product is indeed a major problem. This problem is world wide in all businesses and not merely a magic concern. There are whole countries living off of the thefts of original ideas and products. If Microsoft can not stop this world wide theft, the small time magic deve...
by Jim Riser
September 15th, 2002, 12:47 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Impaled
Replies: 34
Views: 7929

Re: Impaled

Seth; I do not think there are any plans available for this illusion. Owen Magic Supreme in Azusa has made several versions. See: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.owenmagic.com/Illusions/Impailed_1/impailed_1.html">http://www.owenmagic.com/Illusions/Impa ... led_1.html</a><!-- m --> I'...
by Jim Riser
September 14th, 2002, 10:04 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Impaled
Replies: 34
Views: 7929

Re: Impaled

Seth; Unlike many illusions, this illusion is potentially an injury producing illusion and not something I would want left to inexperienced builders. If you really want this illusion to look different from others, this can be done by the experienced builders. I'd suggest contacting the inventor and ...
by Jim Riser
August 31st, 2002, 11:30 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Sound Advice? Don't Think So!
Replies: 38
Views: 6914

Re: Sound Advice? Don't Think So!

My question - Why is it taking David Oliver so long to respond? The longer it takes, the more suspicious things look. Is he trying to "cover his posterior"? I have other concerns about such a so-called review appearing in a magazine for which I paid. Such sloppy reporting makes me question...
by Jim Riser
August 24th, 2002, 11:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Slydini on video
Replies: 24
Views: 1787

Re: Wanted: Slydini on video

I believe I have an old 8mm silent (but color) movie of part of Slydini doing linking rings and his flight of the paper balls from an old It's Magic show (Wilshire Ebell Theatre in LA)- probably 1967. Any interest in seeing a copy of this? As I recall John Daniel, Max Hapner/Sally were also on the f...
by Jim Riser
August 16th, 2002, 3:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stevens Magic Emporium
Replies: 121
Views: 21519

Re: Stevens Magic Emporium

Bill; "Why's everybody always pickin' on me"? Your example with my Riser Mini-Cups illustrates part of the problem with "rights". Looking over my web pages showing all the various types/designs of cups over the years, it is obvious that there is still room for new cup designs. Ea...
by Jim Riser
August 16th, 2002, 9:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stevens Magic Emporium
Replies: 121
Views: 21519

Re: Stevens Magic Emporium

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Pete Biro: Now we have another deceased magician's effect in question. We all know Ken Brooke paid for the rights for the Driebeek Die and that Stevens Magic has the rights to the Ken Brooke line in this country. Now I see a dealer advertising, with full page color, the D...
by Jim Riser
August 13th, 2002, 10:54 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: A Loaded Question for the Readers of Genii
Replies: 136
Views: 39641

Re: A Loaded Question for the Readers of Genii

Originally posted by David Acer: Originally posted by David Acer: I would love to see other countries better represented in the mix. What hidden treasures lie in British, German, Japanese and French books, for example, the contents of which we in North America would be less familiar with. David, to...
by Jim Riser
July 29th, 2002, 9:39 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Darren Romeo in Las Vegas - a review
Replies: 5
Views: 1119

Darren Romeo in Las Vegas - a review

Darren Romeo in Las Vegas - a review Wednesday July 24, 2002 at the Mirage Ever since I had heard that Darren Romeo would be performing his own full show in Las Vegas while I would be there this summer, I was convinced that my wife and I would catch his show. I could find no info about it on the int...
by Jim Riser
July 28th, 2002, 11:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stevens Magic Emporium
Replies: 121
Views: 21519

Re: Stevens Magic Emporium

Bill and Scott; FYI - Bob Keyser does own the legal trademarks for P&L items. Therefore, he owns the rights to the P&L Cups. I do agree that the "rights" situation in magic is ridiculous. One particular dealer claims the rights to whatever is currently being discussed - what a joke...
by Jim Riser
July 27th, 2002, 11:52 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Ramsey Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 57
Views: 4896

Re: Wanted: Ramsey Cylinder & Coins

Sorry to be so late in joining this discussion - I've been on the road with rather iffy internet connections. I'll add a little info about the gimmicks....... I've machined quite a few sets over the years and am currently making a small quarter size for a dimunitive female performer (very small hand...
by Jim Riser
July 26th, 2002, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stevens Magic Emporium
Replies: 121
Views: 21519

Re: Stevens Magic Emporium

Wait a minute - the subject is not quite closed yet, Pete :) Geno mentioned above that the "Johnny Paul Cups" that you are supplying to Joe Stevens are not like the actual set that Johnny Paul gave to him (Geno). Having seen and handled both sets of cups - your version and the original Joh...
by Jim Riser
July 14th, 2002, 12:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Card trimmer for sale on ebay
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: Card trimmer for sale on ebay

Gary; I missed seeing the corner cutter sale. Yup, you had the complete set. The set you have appears to be just like my set. BTW - Joe Berg used to have an all brass set rather than the cast iron/brass sets. In the late 1960's he could often be found cutting cards in his shop on Hollywood Blvd. You...
by Jim Riser
July 13th, 2002, 11:24 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Card trimmer for sale on ebay
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: Card trimmer for sale on ebay

Gary;
What you are selling is half of a card trimmer set. The complete set includes a corner cutter to "reround" the corners flattened by the side trimmer. Either part is rather difficult to find with the corner cutter being the rarer of the two. Your reserve seems reasonable to me.
Jim
by Jim Riser
July 1st, 2002, 8:33 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: JES magic Paul Fox Cups
Replies: 9
Views: 671

Re: JES magic Paul Fox Cups

Jon's JES Squatty cups are a very good spun cup which will be very difficult to tell from a Paul Fox Cup. I li ke the set I own. You would not go wrong with them.
Jim :)
by Jim Riser
June 21st, 2002, 11:43 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: rising card questions
Replies: 111
Views: 28882

Re: rising card questions

Re: Neyhart Houlette Having worked on three of these now (soldering parts, etc.), I'm convinced that they could work if built to a slightly different design. The big problem is slipping of the thread "belt" and the tiny "V" pulleys. I have toyed around with the idea of making sev...
by Jim Riser
June 20th, 2002, 9:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Looking for P&L illustrations
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: Looking for P&L illustrations

Glenn;
I'd check with Bob Keyser who owns all of the P&L trademarks, etc. I believe he has all of the original artwork.

You might try:
Bob Keyser <pl_collector@yahoo.com>

That's the last address I had for him. Nice guy, BTW ;)

Jim
by Jim Riser
June 7th, 2002, 10:37 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Gallo Ball and Vase Routine
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: Gallo Ball and Vase Routine

Larry; It may not have been published in a Genii issue. There is a big gap in my Genii collection. I know it is in at least one hardbound book (I do not have that book in my collection to cite, though). I bought my copy of the routine from Denny Haney (Denny and Lee)- complete with an expertly craft...
by Jim Riser
June 3rd, 2002, 4:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shiners
Replies: 12
Views: 4053

Re: Shiners

Too late now. All shiners are spoken for. BTW - I am also enclosing FREE a 7/8" shiner as shown at: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://jamesriser.com/Magic/ShinersSm/InUse.html">http://jamesriser.com/Magic/ShinersSm/InUse.html</a><!-- m --> This should be enough to get you started playi...
by Jim Riser
May 30th, 2002, 9:19 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Mike Rogers mini chop baseball set
Replies: 11
Views: 543

Re: Mike Rogers mini chop baseball set

Michael; I have not opened my Mike Rogers regular and chop ball sets to determine core material; but having experimented with chop cup/balls I can comment on materials. The "rubber" core tends to be heavier than solid wood and cork cores (needs stronger magnet). Lately, the cork cores are ...
by Jim Riser
May 29th, 2002, 9:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shiners
Replies: 12
Views: 4053

Re: Shiners

Right, Michael - If someone were to use one of my holdouts, shiners, and card punches in a real card game, this individual might well win a set of "concrete overshoes" and a piece of real estate at the bottom of a local river :D But, such goodies can help present apparent miracles in the h...
by Jim Riser
May 29th, 2002, 3:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shiners
Replies: 12
Views: 4053

Re: Shiners

OK, cheap shiner seekers. I will make up to 15 (no more before I hit the road for two monnths) 5/8" diameter convex metal shiners with a 1/2" tack pooint on the back for sticking where you need it for $7.50 each postpaid. The hitch...I need payment no later than June 5th. If interested, co...

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