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by Jim Riser
June 6th, 2003, 6:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Have you heard?
Replies: 81
Views: 9448

Re: Have you heard?

Tom, welcome to the large club who have received nasty email and threats from the Alaskan wonder! Is it any wonder why I dislike the guy? He appears to be nothing more that the playground bully grown up. Snatch, you asked if anyone keeps their word anymore. Yes, some of us do - and this misrepresent...
by Jim Riser
June 5th, 2003, 5:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Have you heard?
Replies: 81
Views: 9448

Re: Have you heard?

NOTE: If you can not stand confrontation, avoid reading this post. Quote from Tim Trono: Today's CNC lathes have pneumatic chucks that automatically sense minor variations in diameter and thickness of a workpiece (coin) and compensate for those variations. They use constant closed-loop feedback sys...
by Jim Riser
June 5th, 2003, 12:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Have you heard?
Replies: 81
Views: 9448

Re: Have you heard?

A little clarification might be helpful here... CNC lathes are programmed in what is termed G code. The speed, feed rates, depth of cuts, etc. are all programmed by a programmer. For making gaffed coins, a number of coins are all carefully measured to determine maximum and minimum dimensions. In the...
by Jim Riser
June 4th, 2003, 10:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 8808

Re: Crochet Balls

Actually, Pete's Johnny Paul Cups are quite nice and a steal at his price ;)
Jim
by Jim Riser
June 3rd, 2003, 7:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 8808

Re: Crochet Balls

Originally posted by Pete Biro: RISER... LET'S MAKE SOME OF THESE UP FOR VARIOUS CUP SIZES. :genii: Pete; What's this "LET'S" stuff? Why is it that most of the time we is spelled with an "m"? I'm looking at the practical side of making these for several different types of cups. ...
by Jim Riser
June 2nd, 2003, 10:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 8808

Re: Crochet Balls

Harold;
The dice were clear silicone(?) (in colors) and looked exactly like the hard plastic dice normally seen. I ran across them at a gift trade show; but got distracted and never got around to ordering a gross or so. I have not seen them since.
Jim
by Jim Riser
June 2nd, 2003, 9:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 8808

Re: Crochet Balls

Harold; Kenton's Krystal Balls are cool. A final load ball of real Austrian cystal would be a knock out! Geoff, yes a 1" ball becomes 1 1/8" with a crocheted covering. Mouse balls would make good cores. I love the weight. They might work well with no covering at all. BTW - all of the croch...
by Jim Riser
June 1st, 2003, 9:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 8808

Re: Crochet Balls

Originally posted by wcb39: <snip> But our balls suck, that's a technical term (;-). You have all seen the leather juggling balls; small seams, easy to handle, great colors. Why can't we in the magic kingdom create some elegant balls using their techniques? OK,guys; Describe to me what would make t...
by Jim Riser
June 1st, 2003, 9:00 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Al Baker Rice Bowls
Replies: 39
Views: 3437

Re: Al Baker Rice Bowls

Pete;
Magic of Hoyam for the fountain load. Abbotts used to market an inferior version in a set of bowls - a rubber bulb.
Jim
by Jim Riser
June 1st, 2003, 1:00 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Remote Show Control - updated
Replies: 10
Views: 773

Re: Remote Show Control - updated

Jeff;
This is one of the most useful bits of info I've seen lately. My thanks to you for digging up all of the necessary components and making them easy for others to get through your web site. Excellent!!!
Jim
by Jim Riser
June 1st, 2003, 12:28 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Al Baker Rice Bowls
Replies: 39
Views: 3437

Re: Al Baker Rice Bowls

Pete;
Shades of Anverdi with the disc. It works only with flat surfaces having the hole and best with a recessed flat surface which Brahma rice bowls do not have. The recess keeps it from getting rubbed off and helps to hide the hole.
Jim
by Jim Riser
June 1st, 2003, 12:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 8808

Re: Crochet Balls

Harold;
Notably missing is a 3/4" size which makes a 7/8" ball when covered with crochet work. Neos are not offered in the 7/8" size to use directly without covers. It can all be rather frustrating when trying to get the largest size of ball possible with a particular set of cups.
Jim
by Jim Riser
June 1st, 2003, 5:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 8808

Re: Crochet Balls

Geoff; Believe it or not, getting cork balls is not as easy as it used to be. Also, cork is not necessarily any better than something else for a core. The first balls were cork and people seem to think that is what must be used. I needed something more durable than cork for the tiny balls for our Ri...
by Jim Riser
May 31st, 2003, 5:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 8808

Re: Crochet Balls

by Jim Riser
May 31st, 2003, 2:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 8808

Re: Crochet Balls

Michael; No, I'm reading ;) OK, so I modify the coffee cup shape slightly to allow for the drum head ring.... You know, what I like is that I can actually go out to my shop and make a set of these whenever all of you guys finish telling me what I need to add. So far we have a Brahma type coffee cup ...
by Jim Riser
May 30th, 2003, 7:37 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Al Baker Rice Bowls
Replies: 39
Views: 3437

Re: Al Baker Rice Bowls

Above Pete mentions his "price tag" method for uncovering the hole on Brahma type rice bowls. My method has always been to use clear tape (Scotch Magic is great) to seal the hole. Before covering the hole with the tape, I fold about 1/4" of one end back on itself. This forms a tab whi...
by Jim Riser
May 29th, 2003, 6:08 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Al Baker Rice Bowls
Replies: 39
Views: 3437

Re: Al Baker Rice Bowls

Question:
If I were to tool up to spin sets of "Brahma type coffee cups", would anyone really be interested? I would not want to invest in tooling costs for making something people would not necessarily want.
Jim
by Jim Riser
May 24th, 2003, 5:35 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Brett Sherwood Cups
Replies: 55
Views: 3929

Re: Brett Sherwood Cups

Michael;
It seems to work perfectly for me (as much as I have tested). Try:

http://www.sherwoodmagic.com/

Sometimes the newer sites require the "http://"
Jim
by Jim Riser
May 19th, 2003, 7:25 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Brett Sherwood Cups
Replies: 55
Views: 3929

Re: Brett Sherwood Cups

OK, cup fans; I just received a selection of images from Brett showing his new cups in all of their glory. I'll try to get these compressed and posted on my "Selecting a Set of Cups" web page late this evening. Check after 11 pm Tucson time. I do not think there has ever been a more beauti...
by Jim Riser
May 18th, 2003, 10:47 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Brett Sherwood Cups
Replies: 55
Views: 3929

Re: Brett Sherwood Cups

FYI - In September, 2001 I was in contact with Brett Sherwood regarding the development of these cups. At the time he was trying to contact and get approval from the Dai Vernon Estate. He really appeared to be trying to do it all correctly and bring out a quality product. He had run a sample set for...
by Jim Riser
May 15th, 2003, 8:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Brett Sherwood Cups
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: Brett Sherwood Cups

Geoff; Those cups are about the same size as my Riser Standards. I would consider that weight to be in the appropriate range for a spun cup of that size. Remember that the real heavy cups are CNC machined - which need to be heavy due to the process itself. There is a limit to how thick a cup of a gi...
by Jim Riser
May 6th, 2003, 5:14 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale: Magic Inc copper Miller Cups for cups and balls
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: For Sale: Magic Inc copper Miller Cups for cups and balls

For the story on these cups feel free to check out: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.jamesriser.com/Cups/RossBertram.html">http://www.jamesriser.com/Cups/RossBertram.html</a><!-- m --> Are you certain that the cups for sale are brass? I was not aware that any but copper were made. Jim
by Jim Riser
May 3rd, 2003, 10:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Very large magic books
Replies: 78
Views: 3684

Re: Very large magic books

Another aspect of this conversation which has not been touched upon is the reason for buying either a book or ebook. Some books I buy are the deluxe version like Todd's publications. I buy these as much for the content as for the pleasure of touching of the finely printed page. For other books I rea...
by Jim Riser
April 30th, 2003, 1:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 6-5-4 cheating paraphernalia
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: 6-5-4 cheating paraphernalia

Mark; Whenever I consider investing in some magic related item, my first question is: "What would I have to charge if I were to make this?" The second question is: "Do I want to go to the bother?" I would be surprised if you could have the set made any cheaper. If you really use ...
by Jim Riser
April 24th, 2003, 6:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Cups Available in May
Replies: 1
Views: 250

New Cups Available in May

For those interested...... I will be spinning a run of my new Riser Standards Cups in May. The cups are sized between my mini-cups and jumbos. The set of three hand spun copper cups are $235 + $6.70 shipping. The 1 1/8" diameter crochet covered set of 4 balls are available as an option for $22 ...
by Jim Riser
April 19th, 2003, 12:14 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Vanishing Bird Cage
Replies: 9
Views: 6205

Re: Vanishing Bird Cage

Russell;
Here's a "Baby Lindhorst" I made for my own use:
http://jamesriser.com/Magic/image120.gif

Jim
by Jim Riser
April 6th, 2003, 12:10 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Smoke In Glass
Replies: 11
Views: 1352

Re: Smoke In Glass

Dustin;
I don't know why I'm getting double posts. On the HCl, only a few drops are used - no where near an ounce :eek:

And yes, everything should be handled with proper precautions.
Jim
by Jim Riser
April 5th, 2003, 11:28 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Smoke In Glass
Replies: 11
Views: 1352

Re: Smoke In Glass

Pete;
Try ammonia and hydrochloric acid for your two chemicals.
Jim
by Jim Riser
March 28th, 2003, 5:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: silver cups
Replies: 22
Views: 1212

Re: silver cups

Pete; I don't know why that double posted - something to do with the preview window being open. Geoff, the spinning chuck for my "standards" is machined and just sitting there awaiting its turn. I need to finish up the jumbos, more minis, more micro chop cups, and some wood turning before ...
by Jim Riser
March 28th, 2003, 1:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: silver cups
Replies: 22
Views: 1212

Re: silver cups

Glenn; All of the special order custom work that I do cuts into my cup spinning time (a hint as to why things take so long at times). :) Believe it or not, I am actually working my way down the long lists. I've started on this years run of jumbos and am notifying people as sets get finished. Not eve...
by Jim Riser
March 27th, 2003, 3:21 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: silver cups
Replies: 22
Views: 1212

Re: silver cups

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Brownbeauty, sir... how the hey do you load them big mutha's of all cups??? :p
Pete;
Rudy has a 400 pound table with three hydraulic elevators for loading the big cups during use :D

The hydraulic pump is noisy; but Rudy just turns the music up!
by Jim Riser
March 26th, 2003, 10:49 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: silver cups
Replies: 22
Views: 1212

Re: silver cups

Hi Bill;
All of the "silver cups" that I have seen were copper with silver plating. I've considered spinning a few sets of my cups from sterling silver discs; but the cost of just the metal would make the final cup cost a tad bit expensive.
Jim
by Jim Riser
March 22nd, 2003, 11:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Question about Manufacture's Responsibilities?
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Question about Manufacture's Responsibilities?

Scott; As a manufacturer, I feel that the maker of the trick is ultimately responsible for the quality of the products that they put out. If you had been able to return the item to the dealer from which you purchased it, the dealer would have had to work things out with his supplier or the maker dir...
by Jim Riser
March 18th, 2003, 1:38 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Tale of the Buzbee for sale!
Replies: 43
Views: 2742

Re: The Tale of the Buzbee for sale!

Current status: I have not heard back from ebay's lawyer. I'll keep you posted. Paul Fox's daughter told me that she is interested in selling her father's (the real Paul Fox) tux with all of its secrets pockets, etc. I told her that I would handle notifying people on this forum that it was available...
by Jim Riser
March 18th, 2003, 11:39 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox Cups
Replies: 11
Views: 553

Re: Paul Fox Cups

Pete; The reference in Bob Bluemle's letter to the Paul Fox spinning chucks being ruined by water damage is a highly questionable claim by Busby to me. After Busby took the chucks for spinning, he apparently tried to have someone spin the cups. The results were extremely poor and my guess is that th...
by Jim Riser
March 18th, 2003, 9:20 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Paul Fox Cups
Replies: 11
Views: 553

Re: Paul Fox Cups

Michael is most likely right on the quantities of the brass cups made vs. the number of silver plated cups. Cups are not particularly easy to spin and brass is more time consuming to spin than copper. Brass tends to work harden more often during the spinning process and requires much more frequent a...
by Jim Riser
March 17th, 2003, 1:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Other magic boards
Replies: 60
Views: 4252

Re: Other magic boards

It is very possible that Todd can not even read the posts on the Magic Cafe forum. Even though he was banned and their software set to dis-allow his signing in, his computer might well retain a cookie from their forum. If Todd could find the correct cookie and remove it, then he should be able to re...
by Jim Riser
March 17th, 2003, 8:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Other magic boards
Replies: 60
Views: 4252

Re: Other magic boards

As someone who can and does make gaffed coins (only to go with other apparatus that I manufacture), I can state that IMHO Todd's coin work is the best - bar none. I have seen them all and Todd's attention to detail is superb. There are many factors that most people never even consider involved in ma...
by Jim Riser
March 17th, 2003, 7:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: ruffing (roughing?) fluid
Replies: 46
Views: 10269

Re: ruffing (roughing?) fluid

Back in 1971 I was at Ron Haines' House of Cards in Norwood (where my grandmother lived). It was his house, of course, and card motif was seen everywhere - even in the refrigerator. Ron was an amazingly nice person. Anyway, Ron was thinking of retiring and hoping I'd be interested in buying his busi...
by Jim Riser
March 14th, 2003, 12:02 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Tale of the Buzbee for sale!
Replies: 43
Views: 2742

Re: The Tale of the Buzbee for sale!

Guys; We may actually have caught ebay's attention in the Buzz Bee matter. I just received an email from ebay's in-house lawyer wanting to get in touch with Paul Fox's heirs. I gave him Paul's daughter's email address and warned her of the message she would be getting. Things are looking up! I'd lov...

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