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by Jim Riser
May 27th, 2002, 6:22 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Porper Copper Cups and Wand with Hardwood box
Replies: 21
Views: 989

Re: Porper Copper Cups and Wand with Hardwood box

Auctions are a wonderful place to learn about humanity. It is very interesting to watch the dynamics of an auction in progress (even on ebay). The reasons for bidding and the willingness to pay high dollar amounts are so varied. Some people want to complete a collection. Some want to actually use th...
by Jim Riser
May 26th, 2002, 2:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Porper Copper Cups and Wand with Hardwood box
Replies: 21
Views: 989

Re: Porper Copper Cups and Wand with Hardwood box

I'm not so sure that the final price for the Joe Porper collection was too much. If I was interested in obtaining this set, I might have gone higher. It must be understood that the final price was not just for a set of copper cups. Joe Porper is world famous for his beautiful cue sticks. In the futu...
by Jim Riser
May 24th, 2002, 3:18 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox Cups ARE CHEAP
Replies: 25
Views: 1604

Re: Paul Fox Cups ARE CHEAP

Michael and Pete; Sorry I have not kept up with this thread. I'm having modem problems - must be something it ate :( Michael, I am well aware of Joe Porper's great cue sticks and can appreciate the wand with the Porper Cups. I've even been offered the chance to purchase one of his lathes for making ...
by Jim Riser
May 22nd, 2002, 11:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: June Genii in the mail on Monday! Let me know when you receive yours. Thanks!
Replies: 52
Views: 4133

Re: June Genii in the mail on Monday! Let me know when you receive yours. Thanks!

Just bribe Pete Biro's mail carrier. He's in the Hollywood area - they'll do anything for a few extra bucks. Example - making chastity belts! :D ;)
by Jim Riser
May 21st, 2002, 11:11 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox Cups ARE CHEAP
Replies: 25
Views: 1604

Re: Paul Fox Cups ARE CHEAP

That settles it. I'm going to get some "plastic wrap" :D
by Jim Riser
May 20th, 2002, 3:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox and Jeff Buzzbee
Replies: 34
Views: 2210

Re: Paul Fox and Jeff Buzzbee

Blair; I have often wondered what happened to the Shazzam Show. I was fortunate enough to have caught John Daniel do it in the late 1960's. Excellent show then and it has obviously been added to since those earlier days. Regarding some history on the Paul Fox Cups, please see: <!-- m --><a class="po...
by Jim Riser
May 15th, 2002, 2:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Where are they now? The Keeners!
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Where are they now? The Keeners!

This is the word I received last December when tracking down Ed Keener's cups for my cups web pages.............. Ed and Nanci worked in Europe for 24 years and returned to the States about 1986. They are living in Las Vegas, no longer actively performing, but still working. Ed works at a casino ser...
by Jim Riser
May 11th, 2002, 9:00 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Bracos Floating Ball
Replies: 30
Views: 14474

Re: Bracos Floating Ball

Matt; "How else?" Perhaps real magic? Actually, the size of the ball gives things away. I hope that photo was not meant to make people want to buy this ball. It just looks like a guy blowing a huge soap bubble with his bubble pipe :D I do not think that I will add this to my collection of ...
by Jim Riser
May 10th, 2002, 8:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Polishing the Johnson's cups?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Polishing the Johnson's cups?

Bill; FYI - Yesterday MoFo (the name says much) made an extremely inappropriate comment here. Most of us are trying to help each other; but this comment was not about helping. The idea behind belonging to something like the Genii Forum is being part of a community. As part of a community, it is the ...
by Jim Riser
May 9th, 2002, 10:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Polishing the Johnson's cups?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Polishing the Johnson's cups?

Chris; If you can not remove the residue with a jewelers polishing cloth, you might take it to a metal finishing company or jeweler to have it rebuffed. If it has been etched, buffing will most likely be needed. When working with copper, brass, and nickel silver products, you really want to avoid an...
by Jim Riser
May 9th, 2002, 4:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: E-books and Integrity
Replies: 51
Views: 2478

Re: E-books and Integrity

Personally I feel that bringing this issue before the Genii Forum members is a good idea. This friendly reminder (believe me - this was friendly) is a good way to point out some of the problems involved with reprinting older works. There are many who might merely ignore the legal rights issues and j...
by Jim Riser
May 9th, 2002, 4:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ball & Vase
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: Ball & Vase

Graham; The three volume set of the Stanyon Magic Magazines has several variations of ball vases. One idea would not work, though. Apparently this was designed by someone who has no idea of how such an item would be constructed. There is lots of good historical stuff in this collection. Perhaps the ...
by Jim Riser
May 6th, 2002, 5:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Polishing the Johnson's cups?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Polishing the Johnson's cups?

Snatch;
I, of course, can buff mine when required. For others I would suggest getting a jewelers' polishing cloth and use it to give the cups a good rubbing when needed. If they are kept in a "Pacific Cloth" bag, tarnish will be slowed down.
Jim
by Jim Riser
May 5th, 2002, 6:51 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Johnny Platt Indian Style Cups and Balls
Replies: 19
Views: 772

Re: Wanted: Johnny Platt Indian Style Cups and Balls

Michael; Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh, he says red faced :o ..........I really ought to get out of the shop sometime and look at my own web pages :D Yes, that's a good picture of them. It's been too long since I assembled the various cup pages! I've made and handled a ton of cups since then. That set (includ...
by Jim Riser
May 5th, 2002, 4:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii in the mail!
Replies: 53
Views: 3909

Re: May Genii in the mail!

Thanks, Richard. Karl Germain has always been one of my "magic heros". Not only was he original in his methods, effects, and presentations; but very aware of what created good magic, mystery, and entertainment. The article in this months issue is extremely interesting to me. I must point o...
by Jim Riser
May 5th, 2002, 4:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Johnny Platt Indian Style Cups and Balls
Replies: 19
Views: 772

Re: Wanted: Johnny Platt Indian Style Cups and Balls

Michael; Thanks for the info on the ball tube. Why don't I know these things? I must spend too much time in the shop :eek: I think I'll turn myself a set of Platt style hindu cups and a make a ball tube to play with while on vacation in June. It could be interesting and will keep me out of trouble. ...
by Jim Riser
May 4th, 2002, 12:33 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox and Jeff Buzzbee
Replies: 34
Views: 2210

Re: Paul Fox and Jeff Buzzbee

Terry;
How about those who have been ripped off getting together and notifying the INS. Perhaps we could get Busby deported as an "undesirable"? The current timing and political climate seem good for success with this plan.
Jim
:D
by Jim Riser
May 3rd, 2002, 9:55 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox and Jeff Buzzbee
Replies: 34
Views: 2210

Re: Paul Fox and Jeff Buzzbee

For several auctions (about a year ago?) Busby was having ebay block all auctions for items that even vaguely looked like Paul Fox items. He had the wimps at ebay (and a lot of magic dealers) convinced that he owned the rights to all types of cups with curved tops. Since I was in the process of desi...
by Jim Riser
April 29th, 2002, 6:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ball & Vase
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Re: Ball & Vase

Graham;
I know someone who makes these little goodies ;-)

How soon did you think you needed them?

I might be able to turn you a couple in early June - after getting caught up on orders for my other items.
Jim
by Jim Riser
April 12th, 2002, 10:21 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox Cups
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Re: Paul Fox Cups

Rudy; This makes more sense. There were so very few of the "pre-Danny Dew" cups made and the ownership for them so well documented that I was surprised to hear of "new sets" poping up. I doubt that you will have any trouble selling your Danny Dew sets. Thanks for clarifying thing...
by Jim Riser
April 10th, 2002, 12:20 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Danny Dew
Replies: 2
Views: 516

Re: Danny Dew

OK, Pete; Over the past couple of weeks I have tried to get the REAL info on the Paul Fox/Danny Dew Cups history. The interesting facts that I have managed to collect so far are up and running. If you are considering buying a set of "pre-Danny Dew Paul Fox Cups", this info is a "must ...
by Jim Riser
April 5th, 2002, 4:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cups and Balls Thought
Replies: 42
Views: 2390

Re: Cups and Balls Thought

Curtis; During the same time period that I saw Johnny Platt do his routine at The Castle, I witnessed the first performance I had seen of the cups and balls with the chick ending. This was by "The Great Orlando". His last name was Bagley, as I recall. He was an elderly gent at the time and...
by Jim Riser
April 5th, 2002, 3:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cups and Balls Thought
Replies: 42
Views: 2390

Re: Cups and Balls Thought

Alpen; The production of a glass of liquid at the conclusion of a C&B routine has been around for quite a while. I clearly remember watching Johnny Platt doing his routine in the Close-Up Room at the Magic Castle in 1967 or 1968. His version was pure sleight of hand and the method I've used for ...
by Jim Riser
March 28th, 2002, 8:36 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox Cups
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Re: Paul Fox Cups

Rudy;
Would you please share with us when and where these pre - Danny Dew Paul Fox Cups were made and by whom? Thanks.
Jim
by Jim Riser
March 25th, 2002, 9:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cups and Balls Thought
Replies: 42
Views: 2390

Re: Cups and Balls Thought

I have been told that he (Tim Starr) is now selling real estate. FYI (update) - I have designed a cup insert which will automatically fill a small glass that is covered with the cup. Effect: small empty glass is momentarily covered with a cup. When the cup is lifted, the glass is full. I am consider...
by Jim Riser
March 24th, 2002, 9:03 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Kaminskas Cups Brass
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: Kaminskas Cups Brass

Yes, Pete. Most people have no idea of what is involved in making a good set of cups and how hard it is to keep them in stock. I have sold out every run of my minis and the first run of my jumbos. To be profitable (worth making) at all, the cups must be made in some quantity - not one set at a time....
by Jim Riser
March 24th, 2002, 7:44 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Kaminskas Cups Brass
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: Kaminskas Cups Brass

I've emailed Michael K. to find out if he has any cup sets left. The last time I wrote him about his cups he had only 17 sets. That was probably over two years ago. I would not count on it. As I indicated on my "Selecting a Set of Cups" web page, all of the cups shown will not always be av...
by Jim Riser
March 23rd, 2002, 3:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cups and Balls Thought
Replies: 42
Views: 2390

Re: Cups and Balls Thought

Michael; thanks for the extra background info on Rosini's use of the cups. A big reason that I do not want to utilize the National Magic method is that it will not effectively work with curved cups. It is much better suited to the tapered style of cup. A drawing of the cross section of both types of...
by Jim Riser
March 23rd, 2002, 1:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cups and Balls Thought
Replies: 42
Views: 2390

Re: Cups and Balls Thought

Michael; I'll take two sets ;-) Your price seems fair to me! The National Magic Cups are nice cups - my concern with the National Magic type of cups is the overall size of the cups, the reduced interior (attic) space, and the fact that the cups themselves just aren't ungimmicked. The goal is perfect...
by Jim Riser
March 23rd, 2002, 12:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cups and Balls Thought
Replies: 42
Views: 2390

Re: Cups and Balls Thought

As someone with an interest in cups and the equipment/skills to make what I need, I have "toyed around" with a liquid final load for the cups. I do not think that a gimmicked cup (as in the old National Magic Cups) is a viable solution to the problem. My current line of experimentation is ...
by Jim Riser
March 20th, 2002, 4:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Punch
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: Card Punch

Mike;
Just click on "Riser Card Punch" at the bottom of my original post. That's a link!
Jim
by Jim Riser
March 17th, 2002, 9:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Punch
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Card Punch

Recently several performers have asked me about my card punches. I have created a new web page to better explain what a card punch is and the idea behind its use. Enjoy. Jim
Riser Card Punch
by Jim Riser
February 28th, 2002, 9:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Johnson Products Cup chopped!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 721

A Johnson Products Cup chopped!!!

One of my customers wanted a Johnson Products Cup converted to a chop cup. For those interested in such things, I have made a web page describing the process. You may see it at: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.jamesriser.com/Magic/JohnsonChopped/Cup.html">http://www.jamesriser.com/Mag...
by Jim Riser
February 19th, 2002, 12:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Latest Post on Tony Giorgio's Website
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Re: The Latest Post on Tony Giorgio's Website

I do not think that fuzzy financial practices at The Castle are anything new. I joined as a regular member back in 1967 or 68 when I lived in the LA area. Later I was an out of state member. When Bill Lardsen died, The Castle (or Academy) tried to ding all of its members for an unsecured $200,000 lo...
by Jim Riser
February 12th, 2002, 11:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What happened to Milo???
Replies: 4
Views: 647

Re: What happened to Milo???

Unfortunately, I only saw them perform once in the late 1960's - before their act had completely evolved into the full masterpiece of comedy-magic. Are there any videos of their full act available?
Jim
by Jim Riser
February 8th, 2002, 4:57 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Frank Garcia Cups
Replies: 27
Views: 2427

Re: Frank Garcia Cups

Since we are discussing collectable cups here, I'll ask if anyone has information on gold plated Rings and Things cups (spun by Tim Starr)? I received a phone call the other night to inform me that such a set either was or will soon be up for private auction. If anyone is interested, email me privat...
by Jim Riser
February 7th, 2002, 10:09 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Frank Garcia Cups
Replies: 27
Views: 2427

Re: Frank Garcia Cups

A set of Joe Porper copper cups just sold by a dealer a few weeks ago for only $350! They're gone now - so do not ask. I can remember the days when he sold his quality items at Magic Castle swap meets. Nice stuff- any of it! BTW - The Stanley Cups that I have seen were all spun. Joe Porper sets that...
by Jim Riser
January 30th, 2002, 11:56 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Professional 3 Shell sets
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Re: Professional 3 Shell sets

Paul; Some of the nicest and most interesting shell sets I have ever seen can be found at: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://chefanton.com/">http://chefanton.com/</a><!-- m --> Click on School for Scoundrels then shell game. I especially like the turtle and scarab beetle sets. They also pro...
by Jim Riser
January 27th, 2002, 4:28 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Frank Garcia Cups
Replies: 27
Views: 2427

Re: Frank Garcia Cups

Brad; I have both the Harries standard and Bosco cups. In order to do the Johnny Paul routine you require a tapered cup with a slightly longer than "normal" taper. Pete's cups are correctly made with this long taper. The standard size cup from Harries has a rounded top and would most likel...
by Jim Riser
January 25th, 2002, 4:29 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Frank Garcia Cups
Replies: 27
Views: 2427

Re: Frank Garcia Cups

Hey, Pete - you left out a set! The "Garcia Cups" that I have handled were obviously designed as an item to be quickly made with a minimum of skill. The idea behind the dimples was apparently to avoid spinning the upper bead. Spinning this bead is problematic in any set of cups. The worst ...

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