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by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 19
Views: 1977

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

In 1981 I was working at a used records/comic book store in Nashville. One day, a co-worker nudged me and said, "Mark Hamill's standing over there." I looked up and there he was. He had been in Chattanooga filming The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia , and took a day to drive up to loo...
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2019, 11:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: FISM Invention Award Winners (List in Progress)
Replies: 9
Views: 1273

Re: FISM Invention Award Winners (List in Progress)

Is Mr. Mysto's "Any Fluid Called For" on the list?
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Jack Shalom wrote:I missed it, but wasn't there a recent movie about a woman who forged letters from famous authors? Sounded like fun.


Can You Ever Forgive Me?
by Bill Mullins
August 20th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Would you also care to comment on the Voynich article and the Erdnase parallel? You deserve a straight answer to your question. This quote from the article certainly rings true: my public comments are not always accepted in the constructively critical spirit in which they are given. And so does thi...
by Bill Mullins
August 20th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Would you also care to comment on the Voynich article and the Erdnase parallel? Edward Galloway didn't write the Voynich manuscript, either. Bill, that's exactly what happened---already accessed my quota of freebies from the WP. I tried incognito, but I guess I have to deep six the cookies as well....
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Hi, it's behind a pay wall. Can you summarize it please? If you are in Chrome, try opening it in an incognito window. MS Explorer/Edge and other browsers have a similar window. I hit the paywall with Firefox on my desktop PC but had no problem accessing the article via iPad/Safari. Whether or not y...
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 21
Views: 1770

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Jack Shalom wrote:Hi, it's behind a pay wall. Can you summarize it please?


If you are in Chrome, try opening it in an incognito window. MS Explorer/Edge and other browsers have a similar window.
by Bill Mullins
August 16th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 19
Views: 1977

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

My post above shows the Beatles/Kaps episode of Ed Sullivan as 9/20/1964. That was a repeat of a show originally broadcast on 2/9/1964.
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 19
Views: 1977

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

An article about Fred Kaps at a 1978 magic convention.
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 19
Views: 1977

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

Kaps was on Sullivan on 4/15/1956 (with Grace Kelly, Ralph Meeker, comic-ventriloquist Rickie Layne, opera star Helen Traubel, comedian Ed Gardner, Naval Academy Glee Club, and a salute to Connie Mack); 1/6/1963 (with Sammy Davis Jr., Vaughn Meader, the Barry Sisters (jazz/Klezmer singers), Pat Carr...
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2019, 12:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here

If he's half as good as he was at the first Genii Bash, it will be well worth your time.
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here

Sounds like a great weekend packed full of great magic. I'm wondering what exactly is Basic Training Breakfast with Ian Kendall? A meal of sausage and eggs, then calisthenics till you barf. Or maybe it is fundamental sleights and tips on how to execute them, like his old column in MUM. One or the o...
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2357

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

Bill, your comments are interesting because at least three other people told me the close-up was fantastic. But I can understand the fire alarm causing a ruckus. Brad is correct. The Close Up show (which I saw on Monday) was excellent; the final stage show (on Wednesday) was the one with problems. ...
by Bill Mullins
August 14th, 2019, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lance Burton - TeePee No More
Replies: 6
Views: 1037

Re: Lance Burton - TeePee No More

CraigMitchell wrote:it gave me a chance to talk about some of my ancestors who were Cherokee (according to family tradition.)


Hereafter known as the "Warren Caveat".
by Bill Mullins
August 13th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2752

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

I'm not an aficianado of decks like some folks, but I do like Cartamundi's Ace decks. Good quality, inexpensive, and easily available (Dollar General stores near me carry them.)
by Bill Mullins
August 13th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2357

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

This was one of the acts on the Monday night show. Best show of the convention was Guy Hollingworth in the Parlor Show. Jade did a thumb tie, which was an odd choice -- if you were going to see her, it's not what you'd want to see, and if you wanted to see a thumb tie, she wouldn't be the performer...
by Bill Mullins
July 31st, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 140
Views: 11596

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Richard Kaufman wrote:The United States does not subscribe to the Berne Convention.


Are you sure about that?
by Bill Mullins
July 28th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Hitchens quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 2078

Re: Peter Hitchens quote?

The Peter Hitchens quote seems to come from The Daily Mail, 1 May 2010.
by Bill Mullins
July 28th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Hitchens quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 2078

Re: Peter Hitchens quote?

My favorite Christopher Hitchens - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_oR5Oonq5A

On Bill Maher with Salman Rushdie and Mos Def (who he calls "Mr. Definitely")
by Bill Mullins
July 24th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: science of coin through rubber sheet
Replies: 16
Views: 1487

Re: science of coin through rubber sheet

I learned a new word: "invagination". I haven't figured out where to use it yet, though.
by Bill Mullins
July 23rd, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 140
Views: 11596

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

You keep using these words "ethically" and "artistically". I do not think they mean what you think they mean.
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2019, 2:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: August 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 419

August 2019

The Aug 2019 issue arrived today. Also the Summer 2019 issue of Gibiciere. Both well worth reading.
by Bill Mullins
July 21st, 2019, 1:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 140
Views: 11596

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Peter -- part of the problem with your argument is that you only can express it as a possibility -- "what if there was another way". You don't offer any examples of spectators whose magical or artistic experience was enhanced by knowing the secret. Whereas every performer knows from experi...
by Bill Mullins
July 19th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Slydini Quote, please
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Help with Slydini Quote, please

The earliest I find it is in reference to the Duke of Wellington, since he had forced Napoleon's hand into combat at Waterloo. The earliest I see the quote is in an essay in 1870: "It was said of the Duke of Wellington that months before the Battle of Waterloo he had picked out the field of Mon...
by Bill Mullins
July 19th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 140
Views: 11596

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Have you considered that maybe explaining secrets is, in fact, adding value to the art form? I don't want to speak for Brad (although someone should -- he is very shy), but I believe he thinks more about magic than most. I'm sure he has considered this, and that he has come to the same conclusion t...
by Bill Mullins
July 19th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Penn on magic in the movies
Replies: 4
Views: 829

Penn on magic in the movies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3vTld5pNlI

He critiques scenes of magic from several movies.
by Bill Mullins
July 18th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Slydini Quote, please
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Help with Slydini Quote, please

Robert Giobbi quotes him saying this in Card College 2, p 432. He might be able to lead you to a more direct citation.
by Bill Mullins
July 17th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 140
Views: 11596

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Is it proprietary? Has a particular performer made it his own? Is the inventor still trying to hold it? Selling a floating zombie ball is one thing; selling a floating table (like Losander) or violin (like Norm Nielsen) is another. Selling sponge balls is one thing, selling Tom Stone's "Benson ...
by Bill Mullins
July 16th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 140
Views: 11596

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Peter Ross wrote: I wonder, would the show be the same hit if it was just "P&T Presents Magic," or some such?


For one thing, they wouldn't be able to have a trophy with a big "F U" on it.
by Bill Mullins
July 15th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tom Selwyn-Conjuror & Expert Card Manipulator
Replies: 7
Views: 1184

Re: Tom Selwyn-Conjuror & Expert Card Manipulator

His obituary, from the Hobart (Tasmania) Mercury , 27 Jan 1950. SELWYN. -On January 26, 1950, at Repatriation Hospital, Hobart, Lieut. Tom, dearly beloved husband of Effie Isabel Selwyn, of 99 Derwent Park Rd., Moonah, late of Roaches Beach. Late 13th and 40th Battalions, 1st A.I.F. And a note from ...
by Bill Mullins
July 15th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 140
Views: 11596

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Are they not also supporting capitalism by allowing the little prick to profit from it?
by Bill Mullins
July 9th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 1936

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

Joe Lyons wrote:Kent,

I'm pretty sure Mr. Mullins is in on the joke.



I am in on some jokes, and oblivious to others. But Kent's magic is always good.
by Bill Mullins
July 9th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 1936

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

Joe Lyons wrote:Instead of Madame Zolta can you use Smith or Jones.


Zolta recalls Zoltar from the movie "Big" (and elsewhere).

Smith or Jones doesn't carry the same connotations.
by Bill Mullins
July 8th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Haptic illusion?
Replies: 28
Views: 3182

Re: Haptic illusion?

Does the box enable the objects to be switched?
by Bill Mullins
July 8th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Haptic illusion?
Replies: 28
Views: 3182

Re: Haptic illusion?

Boretti version...via Martin's Magic, though not in stock... https://www.martinsmagic.com/allmagic/stage/borettis-sensitive-box-by-boretti/ "...which was invented by T.S. Ransom c. 1954 and was featured in The New Phoenix, July 23rd, 1954." Boretti improved on it. Martin's Magic is saying...
by Bill Mullins
July 5th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Graham Adams Card Magic & Erdnase
Replies: 48
Views: 4491

Re: Graham Adams Card Magic & Erdnase

(And for what it's worth, yesterday [July 4] was aphelion -- the moment when the Earth was farthest from the Sun in its orbit.)
by Bill Mullins
July 5th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Graham Adams Card Magic & Erdnase
Replies: 48
Views: 4491

Re: Graham Adams Card Magic & Erdnase

Erdnase, Another View by Thomas A. Sawyer, 1991. 67 pp. Erdnase, Another View (2nd ed., revised and enlarged) by Thomas A. Sawyer, 1997. 77 pp. Comments on the Powner Editions of the Expert at the Card Table , Thomas A. Sawyer, 1991 Further Thoughts on S. W. Erdnase , Thomas A. Sawyer, 1991, 16 pp....
by Bill Mullins
July 3rd, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Impossible Crime Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: Impossible Crime Fiction

Charles T. Jordan wrote some really bad mysteries.
by Bill Mullins
July 2nd, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: You bastards!
Replies: 33
Views: 9022

Re: You bastards!

Richard Kaufman wrote:Tenyo did not invent "What's Next."
They stopped selling it years ago.


Ireland was selling it as "The Changing Spot Card" in 1938.

The principle involved goes back to More Magic and Hoffmann, if not earlier.

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