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by Jim Riser
March 13th, 2003, 4:18 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; I have tried to dig out as much factual material as possible regarding the Danny Dew/Paul Fox relationship concerning the Paul Fox Cups and have posted it on my cups site. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.jamesriser.com/Cups/PaulFox.html">http://www.jamesriser.com/Cups/PaulFox.ht...
by Jim Riser
March 10th, 2003, 3:54 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 100 Years of Magic Posters (Reynolds)
Replies: 14
Views: 1064

Re: 100 Years of Magic Posters (Reynolds)

Michael;
That does it. I'll sell my copy for only $1000. Shipping and handling are a bit more, of course.
Jim
by Jim Riser
March 6th, 2003, 11:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: fox cups
Replies: 32
Views: 1950

Re: fox cups

Hi Bill;
Before claiming ownership of something, it is customary to pay for it - in full!
Jim
by Jim Riser
March 5th, 2003, 9:16 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Dental Dam
Replies: 62
Views: 34531

Re: Dental Dam

Frank; I've always bought it in a 6" wide roll rather than in precut 6" square sheets. Re: The incorrect spelling of sleight....the number of "magicians" who spell performing as preforming bothers me at least as much. If you are a supposed performer, you certainly should know how...
by Jim Riser
February 24th, 2003, 12:28 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Was Vernon a success
Replies: 91
Views: 8506

Re: Was Vernon a success

IMHO Dai Vernon (as related to magic) was a success. I vividly remember seeing him perform live and briefly chatting with him several times at The Castle. He was always in his regular seat. BTW - Listening to Vernon and Kuda Bux chatting while playing cards up in the library was a hoot. The long las...
by Jim Riser
February 23rd, 2003, 6:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Quality Wood Close Up Wand
Replies: 35
Views: 4858

Re: Quality Wood Close Up Wand

Thanks for the kind words and interest in my wands. If I may, I'd like to say a couple things about exotic hardwood wands that everyone does not seem to understand. The wand parts are cut from exotic hardwood flat boards then turned into "dowels" by hand on the wood lathe. These dowels are...
by Jim Riser
February 19th, 2003, 8:41 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Bertram's Ring on Stick
Replies: 13
Views: 1415

Re: Bertram's Ring on Stick

David;
The loop of fabric for the ring support is a nice touch. Thanks for sharing all (and the kind words). The "be confident" is all too key to such effects. Again, thanks.
Jim
by Jim Riser
February 19th, 2003, 10:11 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Bertram's Ring on Stick
Replies: 13
Views: 1415

Re: Bertram's Ring on Stick

Dave; One acceptable way to do this is to use a patterned hank with one corner folded up just enough to make a pocket to conceal a duplicate ring. It is folded from the edge not straight in from the corner. Very little cloth is required for this. This is then stitched to seal in the ring. A hank pre...
by Jim Riser
February 11th, 2003, 7:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I might get burned for this, but what the heck...
Replies: 19
Views: 1207

Re: I might get burned for this, but what the heck...

Dustin;
Perhaps I can help. You can just send me your unopened copy of The Book of Secrets before you are tempted to perform anything from within its covers. This would save you a lot of time and frustration. Your small audiences and I both thank you in advance. ;)
Jim
by Jim Riser
February 10th, 2003, 5:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Copyright Extended to Performance
Replies: 98
Views: 8305

Re: Copyright Extended to Performance

Originally posted by Brad Jeffers: Any day now, I expect to see some enterprising individual repackaging the $50 Jack Miller hold-out with the following add copy ... "You've seen similar items advertised for $1800! Now you can get the Original Jack Miller Hold-out for a mere $99.99! That's rig...
by Jim Riser
February 10th, 2003, 8:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Robert-Houdin Books Arrive in America!
Replies: 26
Views: 1563

Robert-Houdin Books Arrive in America!

FedEX just delivered my copy of "The Magic of Robert-Houdin An Artist's Life" - direct from Paris. The quality of this book set is outstanding. It's amazing to see how many things that Robert-Houdin was involved in. This will certainly be interesting and beautiful reading. As always, Todd ...
by Jim Riser
January 31st, 2003, 8:29 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Ramsey Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 57
Views: 4896

Re: Wanted: Ramsey Cylinder & Coins

Dan;
Thanks for the informative review. I always enjoy seeing how others solve various construction concerns. Thomas can be counted upon to do an excellent job and it looks like he has come through again. The real question: Have you mastered the routine with Thomas' equipment yet?
Jim
by Jim Riser
January 26th, 2003, 9:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Morrison Pill Box History
Replies: 12
Views: 2277

Re: Morrison Pill Box History

Michael Edwards; You are one of the reasons that The Genii Forum is the best magic forum on the web. The experts are here and willling to share. Thanks for filling in the picture with the correct info. I should have checked my Hoffmann books; but they reside behind too many wood and metal working te...
by Jim Riser
January 24th, 2003, 9:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Morrison Pill Box History
Replies: 12
Views: 2277

Re: Morrison Pill Box History

Originally posted by Michael S: Hi Jim, <snip> Thats great to know. I do not suppose you have any of your Pill Boxes for sale right now? <snip> Michael; I keep thinking I'll get time to turn some more; but other projects have kept me making different items. I could put you on the "waiting list...
by Jim Riser
January 24th, 2003, 9:17 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Morrison Pill Box History
Replies: 12
Views: 2277

Re: Morrison Pill Box History

Asrah;
I've seen it spelled both ways in books. Stanyon's books (closer to the time period) spell it with two r's.
Jim
by Jim Riser
January 24th, 2003, 3:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Morrison Pill Box History
Replies: 12
Views: 2277

Re: Morrison Pill Box History

Michael; During Victorian times, pills were kept out on a table in a decorative hand turned pill box. Indeed, I have made several friends such decorative pill boxes. Such items were common at the time. It is my understanding that a well known pill maker of the time was named Morrison and his pills w...
by Jim Riser
January 21st, 2003, 8:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Bosco's fold up chair.
Replies: 19
Views: 1848

Re: Bosco's fold up chair.

There is currently a chair to suitcase (Bland) on ebay.

If interested, see:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... tegory=427

Jim
by Jim Riser
January 10th, 2003, 7:20 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted Multiplying Candles
Replies: 4
Views: 548

Re: Wanted Multiplying Candles

There seems to have been an evolution of the Loyd style of multiplying candles over the years. Just last month an early version of supposed Loyd candles sold on ebay. It consisted of 6 candles - two hinged as a pair and the remaining four all hinged together an in an Earl Morgan Nesto Candle set. I'...
by Jim Riser
January 8th, 2003, 3:41 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Greedy Bastard on eBay
Replies: 42
Views: 2261

Re: Greedy Bastard on eBay

Originally posted by Michael Canick: Greetings: As a dealer in magic books, not to mention the author of "A Price Guide to Magic Books," I wanted to address a few points that I think have been overlooked in this discussion, plus offer an example that I think will astound you. First, there...
by Jim Riser
January 4th, 2003, 10:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Trimming Playing Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 473

Re: Trimming Playing Cards

Originally posted by g garcia: i'm in the market for a corner rounder. if anyone knows where i can get one pls let me know. i've seen the one that joe stevens is carrying but its a set with the trimmer and a little too pricey for my blood....thanks Try: http://www.creativememories.com/collleft.asp?...
by Jim Riser
January 4th, 2003, 9:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is your favorite coin trick without the table?
Replies: 38
Views: 2808

Re: What is your favorite coin trick without the table?

When I was doing lots of shows about 20 years ago, I developed a platform/stage version of coin on rope. I used a large oriental looking brass coin with center hole, a shell to match, and still another coin on a Jack Miller type holdout. The weight of this heavy brass "coin" was perfect fo...
by Jim Riser
January 2nd, 2003, 11:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Trimming Playing Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 473

Re: Trimming Playing Cards

Hi Bill; Even though I have been asked several times to make card trimmers, I most likely never will. I believe Joe Stevens does supply a working reproduction set of the old card trimmers. Make certain you are seated when you view the price. The old cutters are even more expensive! At one time, ther...
by Jim Riser
January 2nd, 2003, 8:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Trimming Playing Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 473

Trimming Playing Cards

I have posted a brief overview of card trimming which may be of interest to some of the Genii Forum members.

You may see it here:
http://www.jamesriser.com/Magic/Card/Trimmer.html
by Jim Riser
December 21st, 2002, 6:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gripes versus Vital Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 475

Re: Gripes versus Vital Discussion

I think that communication is the key in such circumstances. An example of good communication is when I pre-ordered the Karl Germain book last spring from Todd Karr of The Miracle Factory. At the time of ordering, I indicated to Todd that I would be on the road when it came out and to please hold it...
by Jim Riser
December 20th, 2002, 11:50 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: The Trick I Hate Most is....
Replies: 32
Views: 2656

Re: The Trick I Hate Most is....

Denny and Gale; Square Circle: In the mid 1960's I designed, made, and published (in Linking Ring) a fishbowl production based on the square circle idea; but without the square. Black art. It worked great. The square circle idea is good; but what is being sold in shops and how they are being used is...
by Jim Riser
December 19th, 2002, 2:29 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: The Trick I Hate Most is....
Replies: 32
Views: 2656

Re: The Trick I Hate Most is....

Pete; There is a current thread on building a deceptive square circle on the Magic Cafe Forum. I just skip over it. I think the apparatus can built so that it can fool people; but I classify it as a "who cares" effect. This is my measuring tool for any effect. If I feel the audience will b...
by Jim Riser
December 18th, 2002, 10:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jigger Vanish Help
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: Jigger Vanish Help

Dave;
Check your email.
Jim
by Jim Riser
December 17th, 2002, 10:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: David Ben's New Version of The Conjuror has a Rave Review
Replies: 25
Views: 985

Re: David Ben's New Version of The Conjuror has a Rave Review

This is cruel, guys! There is only one magic show that I would *really* like to see and it is David Ben's. Here I am in my shop with orders to fill, relatives on the way (for extended visits), a son about to get married, no time to leave town, and you guys are seeing the show, reading reviews, and w...
by Jim Riser
December 17th, 2002, 10:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jigger Vanish Help
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: Jigger Vanish Help

Pete is absolutely correct about using the Squash gimmick for a production. I well remember Johnny Platt vanishing a shot glass before his cups and balls routine. At the conclusion of his routine he "reproduced" the full shot glass as his final cup load - a perfect ending! And, yes, he use...
by Jim Riser
December 16th, 2002, 10:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Cheat Tool
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: Card Cheat Tool

Nelson;
Perhaps this is what you are looking for:
http://jamesriser.com/Magic/ShinersSm/InUse.html
Jim

Pete - I just returned and am "checking in" :)
by Jim Riser
December 16th, 2002, 10:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wizards Hollywood
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Re: Wizards Hollywood

I agree completely with David. For over 35 years my policy has been simply that if anyone associated with the production gets paid, I get paid - what I'm worth. The only thing David did not mention is the offer of a "free meal" in exchange for your show. This way the establishment owner do...
by Jim Riser
December 11th, 2002, 10:09 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Bosco's fold up chair.
Replies: 19
Views: 1848

Re: Bosco's fold up chair.

One of these sold on ebay about a month ago. I saved the picture(s). When I get back home in a about a week I can dig up the jpg, if people are still interested. It looks like a straight forward construction job to me. Someone remind me next week. The real question is not where the hinges go or wher...
by Jim Riser
December 9th, 2002, 12:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine
Replies: 60
Views: 3001

Re: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine

Well, it looks like we will not have to wait too long for that upcoming issue of Genii - Richard wrote "later this year" :D

There are only a few weeks left. Perfect timing!
Jim
by Jim Riser
December 8th, 2002, 7:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine
Replies: 60
Views: 3001

Re: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine

Pete and Jonathan; I also saw the book on ebay and noticed the cups. I've put out a "feeler" for a clean copy of the book. If nothing comes of it, I may bid. Anyway I see what the cups look like. I have an idea for making a set of metal cups to the original design. I'll sit on it until I s...
by Jim Riser
December 7th, 2002, 10:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: muscle pass
Replies: 14
Views: 1342

Re: muscle pass

Dan;
Nice site :)
Jim
by Jim Riser
December 6th, 2002, 11:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Phoenix Cups and Balls - Are they worth the price
Replies: 18
Views: 2178

Re: Phoenix Cups and Balls - Are they worth the price

Pete hit the nail on the head. Unless you are into collecting cups, it is best to have some idea of how/where you want to use your cups. Many types of cups were designed for special conditions and may not be suited to your needs. Re: The Phoenix Cups IMHO - The biggest flaw in their design is that t...
by Jim Riser
December 6th, 2002, 11:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine
Replies: 60
Views: 3001

Re: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine

Jonathan; I received a jpg of the spun Ramsay cup from Pete. It is beautifully spun; but ugly as sin. The design needs work. I've got to try to locate a copy of the Ramsay routine/book soon. I want to see the requirements of the cup before trying to work with the design. The cup Pete has really look...
by Jim Riser
December 6th, 2002, 2:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine
Replies: 60
Views: 3001

Re: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine

Pete; FYI - instead of mere silver paint on your plactic cups, you could use chrome paint for a "classier" look :D Yup, first cup's cost is a real killer :eek: If you spread the cost of the chrome spray paint over twelve cups, the first cup's cost will not seem quite as bad. That would giv...
by Jim Riser
December 5th, 2002, 9:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine
Replies: 60
Views: 3001

Re: John Ramsay's Cups and Balls Routine

Jonathan;
I might be able to make the cups you need; but I need to see exactly what they look like and know the sizes involved.
Jim
by Jim Riser
December 4th, 2002, 9:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2814

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

Bill; The newer clad coins all have a copper core. Copper is annealed by heating to a glowing red. It can be quenched or not, it will still be in the annealed (soft) state after this heating. The only way to reharden it is by working it. It could be stamped, hammered, or spun etc. Quenching will har...

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