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by Bill Mullins
January 8th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1862

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Don Cox says : "Back in 1978 I learned two ways of doing what I called "The Boomerang Rubberband". I learned one way from my brother-in-law, Claud York, of Old Hickory, TN and learned another method from Ron Estes, of Nashville, TN. I eventually taught Claud's version to Dan Garrett a...
by Bill Mullins
January 8th, 2019, 12:38 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1862

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Weber's handling is also written up in Scot Morris's "Games" column in Omni, 5/1985.
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1862

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

From memory, not research, the “returning Rubber Band” did appear in Magicana, probably in the 70’s. It involved hooking the band over the nail of your little finger. Originally mentioned in Genii Oct 1973, p 426; with further commentary in Jan 1974, p. 23 (letter from Don Cox); July 1974 p 293 (le...
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1862

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Pete McCabe wrote:Anyone trying to learn this is advised to pay attention to the size of the rubberbands, which must be just right for it to work.


And, when they are relaxed, they should form a nice oval/round shape (no permanent bends in them).
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1862

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Bob Farmer wrote:This is juggling, not a magic effect, so doesn't qualify as an "effect."


Depends on how you present it . . .
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1862

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

Wasn't Weber the first person to demonstrate a practical solution to the boomerang band effect? (i.e., I thought the method published in Magicana was non-viable, and Weber figured out a way to actually do it). Possible source: An Omni magazine profile of Weber. The Apr 1983 Genii, in Magicana, has ...
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1862

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

One night at the local club meeting, at performance time several regulars did some card tricks, which was pretty routine. Then a guy stood up and did "Blockhead". Nothing could follow that.

(He also brought a real shrunken head to a meeting once. Again, show stopper.)
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7160
Views: 2133133

Re: ERDNASE

I am wondering, Bill, whether you inadvertently transposed the stats. I did not. NGram viewer shows "gift of the gab" to be more common; Chronicling America shows "gift of gab" to be more common. Newspapers.com, delimited from 1600 - 1902, shows "gift of gab" as more c...
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 2:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on German TV in 1989 and a 1972 B&W TV appearance
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: Ricky Jay on German TV in 1989 and a 1972 B&W TV appearance

And for $100, you can license a 1971 clip of Ricky.
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2019, 2:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7160
Views: 2133133

Re: ERDNASE

You can view frequency of usage over time of "gift of the gab" and "gift of gab" in the Google Books NGram viewer. And doing so shows that from the early 1800s, until just before WW2, "gift of the gab" is more common that "gift of gab". In the Library of Cong...
by Bill Mullins
January 5th, 2019, 12:08 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Poker Con
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: A Poker Con

by Bill Mullins
January 4th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)
Replies: 10
Views: 1124

Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

I wonder if Steve Martin was involved in this book -- he and Einstein were friends when they wrote for the Smothers Brothers (see Martin's book Born Standing Up).
by Bill Mullins
January 4th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Poker Con
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: A Poker Con

A good article about Maurer: "con artistry is entertaining."
by Bill Mullins
January 4th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)
Replies: 10
Views: 1124

Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Is that presidential candidate Pat Paulsen who is sweeping up?
by Bill Mullins
January 1st, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?
Replies: 10
Views: 702

Re: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?

It is my contention that medicine has never actually cured anyone of a disease. Joe -- Antibiotics have cured many people of many diseases (for example, gonorrhea and other venereal diseases) . Quinine and other anti-malarials have cured malaria patients. Many cancer patients have been cured by che...
by Bill Mullins
January 1st, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 In Review
Replies: 11
Views: 1214

Re: 2018 In Review

As always, the magical year isn't really over until Dustin reviews it. Always appreciated, Dustin. (now if only Steve Bryant would revive his annual verses . . .) January -- if you liked the Buster Keaton linked video, you might also like this one December -- While Dealt may not be available on Netf...
by Bill Mullins
December 26th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7160
Views: 2133133

Re: ERDNASE

Chris Wasshuber comments in his latest newsletter (which is worth subscribing to, for several reasons) that Erdnase copied tricks and descriptive language from Hoffmann's More Magic . THE TRAVELING CARDS: - Erdnase: "Sleights: Masterly feats of Palming and Unflinching Audacity." CARDS PASS...
by Bill Mullins
December 26th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 183
Views: 43757

Re: DeLand

A bookstand for only one book? Pfah.

Thomas Jefferson could read 5 books at once.
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by Bill Mullins
December 26th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2439

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Groovy, man.
by Bill Mullins
December 26th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pete Biro - R.I.P.
Replies: 11
Views: 1589

Re: Pete Biro - R.I.P.

How sad. He used to be an active participant here on the Forum, but I haven't seen him post in some time. I always enjoyed what he had to say.
by Bill Mullins
December 25th, 2018, 7:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dave Williamson reaps praise in Circus 1903
Replies: 1
Views: 466

Re: Dave Williamson reaps praise in Circus 1903

David Williamson is all kinds of great, but he does not have Sam Elliott's voice.
by Bill Mullins
December 24th, 2018, 10:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick

Spoiler warnings for a movie that's still at the theaters is one thing, but Magic came out 40 years ago and The Usual Suspects is 23 years old. If you don't know what's going on in them by now, you aren't paying attention or don't really care.
by Bill Mullins
December 23rd, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick

They tried to do it in the Bruce Willis movie "The Color of Night", but it was so bad on so many levels that whether or not this narrative trick "worked" is moot.
by Bill Mullins
December 22nd, 2018, 9:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 24 hours of close up from Spain - live streaming
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: 24 hours of close up from Spain - live streaming

This is happening RIGHT NOW.

Per Jim Krenz on the Magic Pebble, the main link is down. Here is a backup.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtsKTSw4GPA
by Bill Mullins
December 22nd, 2018, 8:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: M.D. Smith Artwork
Replies: 1
Views: 373

Re: M.D. Smith Artwork

Look in that second floor window. It's hard to tell, but I believe I can see a guy dealing seconds.
by Bill Mullins
December 21st, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 183
Views: 43757

Re: DeLand

Copy #34 of the Deluxe edition arrived in Huntsville today. Holy cow, what a book. How many words did the final manuscript end up being?
by Bill Mullins
December 19th, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11850

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Not every review was stellar - - - - "The crowd was ready for a good rock show, as evidenced by the predominance of pot smoke and disdain expressed toward the opening act, magician-comedian Ricky Jay. I'm not into variety shows too much, and Ricky Jay didn't much seem like he was either. He wor...
by Bill Mullins
December 15th, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 3122

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

performer wrote: I do not mean talking in one act and silent in another. I was referring to both in the same act. First the magician works silently as an opening segment then stops to talk. I have never seen anyone doing it effectively.


Jason Alexander's Magic Castle act?
by Bill Mullins
December 14th, 2018, 3:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Altman
Replies: 1
Views: 455

Jeff Altman

What is Jeff Altman up to? This.
by Bill Mullins
December 7th, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Congressional Conjuring
Replies: 13
Views: 1240

Re: Congressional Conjuring

Richard Kaufman wrote:For reasons of privacy, I never disclose who gets Genii.


The question was rhetorical. I wouldn't expect you to say.

But it's interesting to muse about the workers in the mail room at the U.S. Capitol, sorting Genii into Pocan's inbox, wondering "what the heck is this?"
by Bill Mullins
December 7th, 2018, 3:26 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Congressional Conjuring
Replies: 13
Views: 1240

Congressional Conjuring

Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan does a magic trick. (and not too shabby!)

His twitter feed includes #MagicMonday in which he (or someone he links to) does a trick. I wonder, does he subscribe to Genii?
by Bill Mullins
December 7th, 2018, 2:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11850

Re: Ricky Jay Death

And here is a wonderful interview with Ricky at the NYPL, from four years ago. You can listen to it or download a transcript and read it. One of his less-familiar (and earliest) acting credits is as Philostrate in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The DVD of the production is avai...
by Bill Mullins
December 6th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 126
Views: 18180

Re: Royal road to card magic

The Burnaby Kid wrote:
performer wrote:[The double lift] wasn't mentioned in Erdnase or any of the standard books of the day.


It's in Erdnase. It's not mentioned by name but the technique is used.


Erdnase handles two cards as one in the Palm Change (p. 148).
by Bill Mullins
December 4th, 2018, 12:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11850

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Conversation between Art Speigelman and Ricky Jay. Podcast about his "Congress of Wonders." "Bullseye" is an NPR podcast/show where Jesse Thorn interviews people. Ricky was on it several times. The most recent episode looks back on those interviews and excerpts several of them. ...
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 10:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11850

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Behind the scenes footage from "Sink or Swim"/"Hacks" with Ricky.

On Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 9:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11850

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Lawrence Weschler remembers Ricky. If you are concerned about link rot with respect to the various youtube and other videos posted here (anyone seen Ricky's performance of "The Laughing Card Trick" online lately?), this downloader does a good job of turning the online videos into MP4 files...
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Mysterious (?) Vernon book
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Mysterious (?) Vernon book

Does anyone know what this Vernon book is, pictured here:
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/ ... ures-2.jpg
(from a selection of works by Patrick Reagh, who printed Jay's Journal of Anomalies).
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11850

Re: Ricky Jay Death

From the guy who translated Erdnase into Italian. . .

https://boingboing.net/2018/12/03/the-great-ricky-jay-was-the-ma.html
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship

Brad Henderson wrote:Bill, i believe there was also a my favorite martian magic set.


Perhaps.

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by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship

The obvious magic connection for this is David Copperfield. The second magic connection is that "My Favorite Martian" star Bill Bixby went on to star in "The Magician". The third connection is that the Martian, Ray Walston, played a magican named Jasper in another Bill Bixby seri...

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