Search found 1086 matches

by Jim Riser
March 13th, 2014, 10:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Miracle Gro commercial
Replies: 2
Views: 569

New Miracle Gro commercial

FYI - Miracle Gro has a new commercial with a very quick clip of Jack Gwynne doing botania.
Jim
by Jim Riser
March 7th, 2014, 9:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 24788

Re: Wonderball

Jon, You are welcome but that is not the latest work. That was from 7 years ago. At that time, the gazing ball linked to above was not readily available. A solid ball is easily obtained. The question is "can you lift a solid 4 inch ball?". Such items can quickly smash a finger or foot. The...
by Jim Riser
March 7th, 2014, 3:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 24788

Re: Wonderball

Well, Brad, were you able to hear the difference between Doc's trumpet playing and yours? Or can we assume that you heard no differences and decided to take up magic instead? :lol:
Jim
by Jim Riser
March 7th, 2014, 11:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 24788

Re: Wonderball

Jim,
Small ball = 4.2 oz.
Large ball = 6.9 oz.
Jim
by Jim Riser
March 7th, 2014, 10:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 24788

Re: Wonderball

Tom, My goal was certainly not to become "the first". Such things are of little concern to me. I was interested only in exploring something different with a floating ball. I can do it - so I experiment. Time consuming, yes, but such extra work is what what moves one beyond the common. Jim
by Jim Riser
March 7th, 2014, 10:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 24788

Re: Wonderball

Folks, this may be of interest to some of you:

http://jamesriser.com/Magic/SSBalls/Demo.html

Enjoy.
Jim
by Jim Riser
December 30th, 2013, 3:52 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Silver Dollar sized Okito Coin Box
Replies: 12
Views: 2449

Re: WTB: Silver Dollar sized Okito Coin Box

Some of you might want to see how I was making such boxes in 2003. I have varied the methods slightly since then with the acquisition of additional machinery. The set shown had a plain Okito Box, a Boston Box, and a solid brass slug which matched the two boxes. All shared the same lid as the boxes w...
by Jim Riser
December 29th, 2013, 10:25 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Silver Dollar sized Okito Coin Box
Replies: 12
Views: 2449

Re: WTB: Silver Dollar sized Okito Coin Box

Paul ; Mr. Miller brings up a good point. Whoever makes your dollar sized coin box will need to know if it is just for coins or is to also handle an expanded shell, recess in bottom, how many coins, etc. All of these affect the making of a box set (regular, Boston, slot, etc.). If a matched set is ...
by Jim Riser
December 21st, 2013, 3:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Magic of Alan Wakeling
Replies: 10
Views: 2054

Re: The Magic of Alan Wakeling

As Herman Munster would say on the slot machine "I'm rich, I'm rich!". As on the slot machine, reality would soon set in and all of that imagined wealth would vanish. Greed is one thing, but one must wonder if the hopeful but delusioned seller has any touch with reality. Greed, if to be fu...
by Jim Riser
December 18th, 2013, 10:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The End of Paper Currency in the UK
Replies: 28
Views: 4444

Re: The End of Paper Currency in the UK

Folding a bill is not necessary for an effective bill change. I need to find a couple plastic bills to play with. One of the accessories I made for my previous holdout was for a bill switch using a rolled bill. Look at this as an opportunity for new development.
Jim
by Jim Riser
November 26th, 2013, 8:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Caveney's new book
Replies: 98
Views: 34467

Re: Mike Caveney's new book

Nathan;
Thank you for posting this. Your prediction and cell phone ideas are pure gold!

Since this is a very special time - the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who, why not make a miniature TARDIS to illustrate that it is larger on the inside.
Jim
by Jim Riser
November 19th, 2013, 8:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Hofzinser book by Magic Christian
Replies: 56
Views: 12525

Re: Hofzinser book by Magic Christian

I find it very interesting that many folks are surprised at an installment option for purchasing expensive magic items. I thought such things were common - especially when buying from the producer/manufacturer/publisher of the item. I do know that I have extended payment plans to a number of clients...
by Jim Riser
November 19th, 2013, 2:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Book Sale CONTINUES ON TUESDAY
Replies: 26
Views: 6069

Re: Kaufman and Company Book Sale CONTINUES ON TUESDAY

All went smoothly. :D Now, where to put that stack of books when they arrive! Thanks, Margret and Richard.
Jim
by Jim Riser
October 21st, 2013, 1:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hofzinser's Rose Mirror
Replies: 18
Views: 4352

Re: Hofzinser's Rose Mirror

Masa, You options seem to be three: 1. Buy a previously made mirror 2. Have one custom made 3. Make your own If you have someone make one for you, will you have a dimensioned drawing for how you want it made? If so, and you want it mechanized, does your drawing reflect the actual sizes of the motive...
by Jim Riser
October 16th, 2013, 4:39 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Halloween Change Bag Idea
Replies: 0
Views: 925

Halloween Change Bag Idea

I ran across this skeleton bag the other day. With about an hours work it could become a perfect change bag for your Halloween shows. There would be no need to feel that you need to explain the "why" of this bag in your performance. Enjoy. Jim The pics: http://jamesriser.com/Magic/Skeleton...
by Jim Riser
October 9th, 2013, 2:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dodgy magic photos
Replies: 44
Views: 10272

Re: Dodgy magic photos

The standing closely behind a spectator of any gender or age while I was performing is something that I would not be comfortable doing. I have my "space" and I respect the "space" around others. This is exactly why I did not purchase an otherwise excellent egg bag routine recentl...
by Jim Riser
September 22nd, 2013, 5:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Caveney's new book
Replies: 98
Views: 34467

Re: Mike Caveney's new book

Has no one else noticed the houndstooth check inside the slip cover? This alone hints at the sense of humor to be found in the routines described the the two books, as well as, the author's attention to the smallest details. There is much more than meets the eye in this set. There are the lessons fo...
by Jim Riser
September 12th, 2013, 1:45 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Help Us!
Replies: 66
Views: 20487

Re: Help Us!

The Doomo Dragon
by Jim Riser
August 21st, 2013, 1:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Digital September 2013 Issue of Genii Now Live
Replies: 29
Views: 4446

Re: Digital September 2013 Issue of Genii Now Live

Will not auto update Genii issues on my android tablet or phone. Both running up-to-date android with no problems.
Jim
by Jim Riser
August 18th, 2013, 12:58 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: lean illusion
Replies: 5
Views: 1203

Re: lean illusion

Someone was not too careful with the search when this patent was run through. Bert Easley used the lean in his drunk act long before Jackson was even born. The idea was not new then either.
Jim
by Jim Riser
August 15th, 2013, 11:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: September Issue
Replies: 15
Views: 4500

Re: September Issue

Arrived in Tucson today.
by Jim Riser
August 15th, 2013, 1:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Help with Chop Mug
Replies: 11
Views: 4234

Re: Help with Chop Mug

There have been a number of companies that embedded a light activated electronic music box in the coffee mug bottom recess. Pick up the mug and the music plays. The same method was copied to make chop mugs. All such items will have limited shelf life as the casting resin used to embed items will shr...
by Jim Riser
August 14th, 2013, 12:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Caveney's new book
Replies: 98
Views: 34467

Re: Mike Caveney's new book

The books arrived in Indiana today, and Indiana is very happy. Easily the most beautiful magic books I own. Steve: I hope you'll please consider reviewing the books in the next issue of "Little Egypt Magic" (pretty, please? :) ) erdnasephile, There is no need for a review. This set is wor...
by Jim Riser
August 11th, 2013, 3:56 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: LCD pad for impression work
Replies: 3
Views: 2245

Re: LCD pad for impression work

Dan,
A fingernail will even work! (Hint at another use) These are available all over the internet at much lower prices. Some models will even save drawings. These versions that can save would work for input from several spectators.
Jim
by Jim Riser
August 10th, 2013, 7:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Caveney's new book
Replies: 98
Views: 34467

Re: Mike Caveney's new book

My copy just arrived. WOW!!! This production will certainly jump start the "little gray cells". These two books are full of history and creative thoughts put into action. Mike, great job and thanks for making this material available. Folks, my suggestion - get this while it is still availa...
by Jim Riser
August 4th, 2013, 1:35 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Flip over box - "free"
Replies: 1
Views: 715

Re: Flip over box - "free"

On hold.
Jim
by Jim Riser
August 3rd, 2013, 9:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Flip over box - "free"
Replies: 1
Views: 715

Flip over box - "free"

I have a flip over box for vanishing a dove, small bunny, or spring animal. Mechanically the box is fine but it needs to be stripped and repainted. I can put it in a large flat rate box for CONUS shipping for $15. If you want it, you can have the flip over box for free - just pay shipping. Jim Riser...
by Jim Riser
July 31st, 2013, 8:14 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar
Replies: 18
Views: 6174

Re: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar

Doug,
Cut and restored spark plug wire.
Jim
by Jim Riser
July 31st, 2013, 8:11 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar
Replies: 18
Views: 6174

Re: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar

Doug,
Use an auto floor mat with logo on it as your close-up pad.
Jim
by Jim Riser
July 31st, 2013, 8:09 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar
Replies: 18
Views: 6174

Re: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar

Doug,
You can always pick up three truck hub caps and do a cup and ball routine or convert one of the caps into a chop cup. These are the cup sized center hub caps. Many have the brand name on them. This brings in the brand sold by the dealer.
Jim
by Jim Riser
July 30th, 2013, 7:03 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: LCD pad for impression work
Replies: 3
Views: 2245

LCD pad for impression work

I just ran across an interesting item of use to those doing "mental magic". It is an LCD pad that could be used like a carbon paper pad. If the top graphics were covered with a label and top perforated paper was clipped on to the LCD pad, it would appear to be merely a small clip board wit...
by Jim Riser
July 26th, 2013, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gripe - what do you think fellow & ladies
Replies: 11
Views: 2448

Re: Gripe - what do you think fellow & ladies

Raleigh, Try to not make this into a personal issue. Rejection due to price is part of being in business. I receive emails all of the time asking if an item is in stock or the price for such an item. After responding to their request, I never hear from them again. I term such folks "inventory t...
by Jim Riser
July 19th, 2013, 11:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to butcher Interlude on national television
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: How to butcher Interlude on national television

Richard; I still would like to know who built that prop. We all know who built the versions that you mentioned. They are reliable for years plus the performers are solid. it was not a good choice on her part. Has anyone seen her do anything else ? Jim There's some video (under the "press"...
by Jim Riser
July 19th, 2013, 4:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to butcher Interlude on national television
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: How to butcher Interlude on national television

Richard;
I still would like to know who built that prop. We all know who built the versions that you mentioned. They are reliable for years plus the performers are solid.

it was not a good choice on her part. Has anyone seen her do anything else?
Jim
by Jim Riser
July 19th, 2013, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to butcher Interlude on national television
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: How to butcher Interlude on national television

I thought that she looked great but needed a better builder. Things happen when working live and I would not condemn her on this performance. I do not know her nor have I seen her performances elsewhere. She has obviously had a tough time getting established in magic and this will be a setback. She ...
by Jim Riser
July 18th, 2013, 9:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Cups and Balls ca. 1963
Replies: 20
Views: 6537

Re: The Cups and Balls ca. 1963

Kent,
I like the slow and deliberate presentation. No fast moves. No banging on cups.

Cups and balls is a tough number to pull off on video due to the nature of the medium. You succeeded. Well done. Technique has improved vastly in this presentation.
Jim
by Jim Riser
April 25th, 2013, 2:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Take-up Reels and Birdcages
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: Take-up Reels and Birdcages

Richard; My latest cage experiment is a 9" wide by 6"high by 5"deep cage freely shown between the hands by the magician to contain a live dove. Without any covering, the cage instantly vanishes and the dove flies away. The live bird will be completely unharmed. The magician??? Due to ...
by Jim Riser
April 23rd, 2013, 4:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Take-up Reels and Birdcages
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: Take-up Reels and Birdcages

Richard; I'm not certain how many people really care about the Frakson handling for the Martin cages. If things are not quick, cheap (rip-offs are OK), easy, use invisible thread, or on YouTube, they do not seem to interest those who should be studying the past. It is sad. I'll write it up one of th...
by Jim Riser
April 20th, 2013, 5:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Take-up Reels and Birdcages
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: Take-up Reels and Birdcages

Yes, but at least David's cage setup has a good home again. Perhaps we will see it performed again in the not too distant future.
Jim
by Jim Riser
April 20th, 2013, 1:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Take-up Reels and Birdcages
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: Take-up Reels and Birdcages

Richard; I am considering including my new method for being able to freely remove the coat after the vanish ala Frakson. This duplicates (without the extensive hookup) what took Frakson two Martin reels to accomplish. I'll have to see if there is enough interest to go to the bother of including it -...

Go to advanced search