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by Jim Riser
June 28th, 2015, 11:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin and Cylinder
Replies: 20
Views: 7557

Re: Coin and Cylinder

dazm123 wrote:Hi does any one know where I can find a good set of coins for the coins to cylinder routine?

Thanks for help


You could make your own ...
http://jamesriser.com/Magic/RiserCoinStack/Stack.html
Jim
by Jim Riser
June 27th, 2015, 9:02 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Why all the gimmicks?
Replies: 7
Views: 2912

Re: Why all the gimmicks?

To me it matters not how many gimmicks might be in use. If the performer pulls out a notepad that he/she writes on, I quit watching.
Jimws
by Jim Riser
May 13th, 2015, 11:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Australians have gone crazy - rabbit escape plans ;)
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Re: The Australians have gone crazy - rabbit escape plans

Rabbits are classified as pests and as such, the proper forms for recapture must be filed. Makes sense to me. Follow the laws of your locality.
by Jim Riser
February 11th, 2015, 2:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alan Shaxon's "Hour of Destiny"
Replies: 1
Views: 1185

Re: Alan Shaxon's "Hour of Destiny"

I have received a few emails regarding such a hunter style watch and opening the front. FYI - the correct way to open the front is to press down on the lever release button on top of the crown. The spring hinged cover will spring open. Catch the cover with your fingers to prevent shock to the case. ...
by Jim Riser
February 11th, 2015, 1:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alan Shaxon's "Hour of Destiny"
Replies: 1
Views: 1185

Alan Shaxon's "Hour of Destiny"

Those who have a copy of the new book "Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer" and wish to add his "Hour of Destiny" routine to their repertoire might be interested in considering this watch. See what type of watch will work here http://jamesriser.com/Magic/Pocket/Watch.html Th...
by Jim Riser
January 3rd, 2015, 12:46 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Reviewers and Objectivity
Replies: 20
Views: 10435

Re: Reviewers and Objectivity

I agree with Tony on this issue. Most reviewers do not know enough to really judge the merits of the materials used nor workmanship involved. If you have not gotten your hands dirty making the object, you are not actually aware of the variables involved in the manufacturing processes. I term such re...
by Jim Riser
December 26th, 2014, 9:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Heck with Reviews....
Replies: 50
Views: 13797

Re: The Heck with Reviews....

Tim; Thank you for sharing the clip. That show is good on so many levels! Yep, the old format works fine. A number of friends are currently doing well with the old parlor format. Technology changes but the human remains the same. Nice! Your selection of material for the working conditions was perfec...
by Jim Riser
December 26th, 2014, 5:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Heck with Reviews....
Replies: 50
Views: 13797

Re: The Heck with Reviews....

There must be something in the water in Texas causing self appointed magic experts to "review" items never seen. A buffoon in Houston on the green cesspool "reviewed" an item of mine never having seen nor touched the item. He did not have a clue as to how the item had been made. ...
by Jim Riser
November 14th, 2014, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Pepper's Ghost art toy
Replies: 23
Views: 6104

Re: New Pepper's Ghost art toy

Since a camera obscura was mentioned (though not the principle behind the toy), I will note that there used to be a wonderful camera obscura at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. You went into a building with a 10 foot diameter viewing screen about waist high. The roof mounted 13' focal len...
by Jim Riser
November 14th, 2014, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Pepper's Ghost art toy
Replies: 23
Views: 6104

Re: New Pepper's Ghost art toy

This is nothing new. In my youth such things were made from squares of wood, wooden dowels, and a small angled piece of glass mounted within one of the wooden blocks. The reflecting glass need not be very large if it is close to the eye. On the old ones you looked into a hole in the top wooden block...
by Jim Riser
October 10th, 2014, 9:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pepper's Ghost
Replies: 15
Views: 4313

Re: Pepper's Ghost

MManchester, if you plan on using two HD monitors, you might want dimming monitors rather than lighting. Have you carefully thought through what you want to accomplish?
Jim
by Jim Riser
October 10th, 2014, 8:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pepper's Ghost
Replies: 15
Views: 4313

Re: Pepper's Ghost

Tom, What really contributes to the problem is that this unit was made to be self contained without the unfolding "box" for the fake. Everything is in the front 3"-4" depth. The much lower box structure of the original Thayer version avoids the show through - mostly. It can even ...
by Jim Riser
October 10th, 2014, 3:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pepper's Ghost
Replies: 15
Views: 4313

Re: Pepper's Ghost

MManchester, yes, plain glass. 1/8" float glass with no silvering was used. It works fine except for a very little see through of the real head. The reflection off of the fake heads tends to slightly illuminate the real head. There can be some ghosting of the real head through the brightly lit ...
by Jim Riser
October 10th, 2014, 2:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pepper's Ghost
Replies: 15
Views: 4313

Re: Pepper's Ghost

Having played with the Pepper's Ghost principle, I have seen many of the difficulties which crop up when mounting such a setup. Here is a very modified version that I built of the old Thayer Reincarnation Illusion. http://jamesriser.com/Magic/RiserReincarnation/RiserReincarnation4999.jpg This item u...
by Jim Riser
September 30th, 2014, 4:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Mummy case illusion
Replies: 10
Views: 3058

Re: Mummy case illusion

The OP is asking about the Mummy Case Illusion NOT a Mummy Levitation. The photo appears to be built from the old Thayer plans but the natural wood being visible seems to present a mystery as to the actual builder. Re: Levitations Not all current versions are AGA or static models. About 20 years ago...
by Jim Riser
September 23rd, 2014, 9:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: How to Make an Inexpensive Floating Skull - epublication
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

Re: How to Make an Inexpensive Floating Skull - epublication

Rick;
All sources and stock numbers are in the pdf.
Jim
by Jim Riser
September 23rd, 2014, 2:37 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: How to Make an Inexpensive Floating Skull - epublication
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

How to Make an Inexpensive Floating Skull - epublication

This epublication explains how to modify a commonly available plastic skull into a full stage type of floating skull. This year the perfect skull for such modifications is available during the Halloween season. I doubt if this particular skull will still be around next year. I am offering only the i...
by Jim Riser
September 10th, 2014, 1:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Video of a Magic Act You Can NOT Miss!
Replies: 4
Views: 1434

Re: A Video of a Magic Act You Can NOT Miss!

Amazing, people were clapping! A good act probably would have been booed off the stage. This video says as much about the current level of audiences and it says about the performers. Sad.
Jim
by Jim Riser
August 30th, 2014, 10:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Himber Porta-Copier
Replies: 3
Views: 1348

Himber Porta-Copier

I have a fellow who would like me to make one of these for him but I have no idea of who currently holds the "rights" - nor do I know the history behind this item. I do not want to spend time and money making up the required steel plates and wallet until I know the "rights" situa...
by Jim Riser
August 10th, 2014, 2:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone: Runes of Tomorrow
Replies: 17
Views: 4408

Re: Tom Stone: Runes of Tomorrow

I can not believe we are discussing cost per effect! Tom's publications are food for the creative mind. The value is in direct proportion to the creativeness of the reader. I wrote this earlier today to Tom and thought I would share it here: Fatalistic Orb... I feel this idea could really work. The ...
by Jim Riser
July 27th, 2014, 2:46 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Carney Returns locked too soon!
Replies: 2
Views: 4164

Carney Returns locked too soon!

I fear this topic was locked prematurely. As one who creates and markets items, I would like to know exactly why folks seem to feel it is their duty to try to tell someone else how to run their business. John's material is his and he has a right to keep it to himself or market it as he sees fit. If ...
by Jim Riser
July 19th, 2014, 9:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Seriously ? The Revollusionists ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2703

Re: Seriously ? The Revollusionists ?

Some older magicians said the same thing when Doug Henning started. I'm older but always liked Doug Henning. Older folks at The Magic Castle were helping Doug way back then - so not all older folks said "the same thing". Doug gave a good show. If you want to see fireworks, go for it. I'd ...
by Jim Riser
July 19th, 2014, 8:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Seriously ? The Revollusionists ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2703

Re: Seriously ? The Revollusionists ?

Pyro is a big part of what is wrong with most newer illusion shows. Fire, sparks, etc. for no reason at all. I will NOT be seeing this new show. I would rather see theatre, good dancing, great sets, great lighting, new illusions, good magic, great presentations, humor, drama than silly flashes of fi...
by Jim Riser
July 5th, 2014, 12:51 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: A few items FSH
Replies: 0
Views: 641

A few items FSH

I am making a little space in my workshop for raw material storage and have a few items for sale. You may see them here:
http://jamesriser.com/Magic/UsedMagicSmall/Items.html

Jim Riser
5635 E. Fairmount St.
Tucson, AZ 85712
520-eight eight 5-3667
jriser@jamesriser.com
by Jim Riser
May 20th, 2014, 12:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure in Boing Boing
Replies: 23
Views: 5833

Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

Actually, I appreciate the Boing Boing post for what it is - a respectful reference to a great code system. The individual poster has obviously given no little thought to bringing the system up to date. Following the suggestions given could lead a new breed of "mentalists" on their way to ...
by Jim Riser
May 5th, 2014, 3:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 154
Views: 31442

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

Todd; There is NO WAY that those who can not or do not make the items will ever understand the amount of time and money that go in to developing a product. They do not have the experience to comprehend. They just want the latest item at the cheapest price (if possible) no matter who made it. And the...
by Jim Riser
May 1st, 2014, 12:13 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Three ideas for magic use
Replies: 11
Views: 3824

Re: Three ideas for magic use

Don,
PM sent. You will like this stuff.
Jim
by Jim Riser
April 30th, 2014, 1:39 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Three ideas for magic use
Replies: 11
Views: 3824

Re: Three ideas for magic use

The "sticky" pads are better described as friction pads - the stop things sliding around on your dashboard, they hold quite well up to 45 degrees but beyond that angle gravity wins. Tom; This NOT a mere friction pad as you suggest. This thing is STICKY! Here are a couple pictures just for...
by Jim Riser
April 30th, 2014, 12:15 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Three ideas for magic use
Replies: 11
Views: 3824

Re: Three ideas for magic use

Kent Gunn wrote:I pick number three.

Currently on the hunt for something like this.


Kent;
Try a small piece of this on your holdout for coins or dice etc.
Jim

BTW - I found this at a stationery store.
by Jim Riser
April 30th, 2014, 11:57 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Three ideas for magic use
Replies: 11
Views: 3824

Re: Three ideas for magic use

Jim, I've seen "sticky pads" like that. But my impression was that they are made to keep things from sliding off of them. Are they sticky enough to hold something upside down? In other words, could I buy one, cut two pieces out of it, and glue them together sticky sides out, and have some...
by Jim Riser
April 30th, 2014, 4:48 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Three ideas for magic use
Replies: 11
Views: 3824

Three ideas for magic use

While on an exploratory outing, I ran across three items which could be used in magic by a creative individual. The first are beer glasses with sealed in "beer". The interior of the glasses could hold dry production items. These really look like mugs and pilsners of beer. http://jamesriser...
by Jim Riser
April 28th, 2014, 3:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers
Replies: 17
Views: 4622

Re: Heads up for Mini-Plunger Fiddlers

I know it has been a while since this was discussed. A client asked me about how I do this and I put together a very short pdf explaining my method. I do not know if Jon R. did any more work with the effect since I bought his Miraculous Attractions pdf but this might be of interest to some of you. h...
by Jim Riser
April 17th, 2014, 1:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 154
Views: 31442

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

Roger M. wrote:Brooks doesn't "get" sarcasm.

So one has to be up front with him, like this:

[i]"Brooks, -SNIP- Please state honestly -SNIP-


Roger, Roger, Roger ...."honestly"???

That will not happen (based upon previous behaviors).
Jim
by Jim Riser
April 17th, 2014, 12:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 154
Views: 31442

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

SNIP- Steve is in the pocket of the advertisers. he lets them lie outright to their customers, his members, and even allows documented historical records to be deleted when they prove said lies. Heck, look how he handled the WMS nonsense. Any one not paying him money would be long gone. No wonder t...
by Jim Riser
April 3rd, 2014, 4:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Wallet
Replies: 4
Views: 991

Re: Coin Wallet

The Murse - a real man's coin purse.
Jim
by Jim Riser
April 1st, 2014, 11:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3D printed magic tricks
Replies: 28
Views: 6403

Re: 3D printed magic tricks

There is a whole slew of items which could be made and successfully marketed using the current level of sophistication of 3D printers. There are key elements to the success of such a project: 1. Take advantage of the "roughness" 2. Take advantage of currently available colors 3. Combine ma...
by Jim Riser
March 31st, 2014, 11:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Prince Rupert Drops
Replies: 1
Views: 2252

Prince Rupert Drops

We used to make these when I worked as a glassblower. This is cool photography.

Click here.http://io9.com/meet-prince-ruperts-drop-its-about-to-blow-your-mind-458693550/all

Jim
by Jim Riser
March 26th, 2014, 12:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Egg Bag History
Replies: 39
Views: 12352

Re: Egg Bag History

I have included the Egg Bag in every paid show that I did to work my way through college and to later help support my family. It followed my vanishing birdcage. To my way of thinking, it is the perfect trick. Over the years, I have handled a variety of bags. The "hot" bag today is the Mali...
by Jim Riser
March 23rd, 2014, 2:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Copentro
Replies: 17
Views: 5863

Re: Copentro

Re: coin shooter There are basically two types of coin shooters used in magic. The simplest is the type used by Hughes and Kline. In the second type, the coin is propelled by two flat springs which essentially pinch the coin by the edge to propel it. The latter is most commonly seen in a sleeve shoo...
by Jim Riser
March 15th, 2014, 12:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the KOORNWINDER KAR...
Replies: 71
Views: 19862

Re: Let's discuss the KOORNWINDER KAR...

I actually consider the Kar to be a perfect piece of magic. I love what I term "stupid magic tricks". Having a little toy driven by a spectator find a selected card is about as good as it gets. Magicians should be grateful to Dick for inventing and sharing this item. Such appreciation for ...

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