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by Bill Mullins
March 1st, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Blackface

Yes, there were blackface magicians: "Harry Lathrop, well known in the profession as Harry Eugene St. Cyr, a magician and black-face comedian, died in Auburn, N. Y., on January 21." Sphinx Feb 1905 From Variety Apr 13 1907, a listing of the acts performing at the Empire in Frankford, PA sa...
by Bill Mullins
February 26th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2907

Re: More on the Science of Magic

I content that the common definition of misdirection among magicians is far too limited in scope. My definition includes, but is not limited to, aural misdirection, verbal misdirection, kinesthetic misdirection, visual misdirection, psychological misdirection, rhetorical misdirection, and even tact...
by Bill Mullins
February 25th, 2019, 11:35 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic of Robert Harbin OOP
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Re: Magic of Robert Harbin OOP

by Bill Mullins
February 25th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 198
Views: 65024

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

I got an email today from Vanishing Inc alerting me to this. "Only a handful" it said.
by Bill Mullins
February 25th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2907

Re: More on the Science of Magic

I'm not sure magic without misdirection is possible. Can anyone come up with an example of a trick or illusion not requiring misdirection? Coin through dental dam Most mentalism Illusions like Steinmeyer's Interlude Hmm... I guess it depends on our definition of misdirection, then. Does not the nat...
by Bill Mullins
February 25th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2907

Re: More on the Science of Magic

I think that when Andrus made these comments, he wasn't using "misdirection" with the same meaning that it is generally understood today. I get the impression he was using the word to mean something like "overt distracting movements that draw the spectator's conscious attention away f...
by Bill Mullins
February 25th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2907

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Anthony Vinson wrote:I'm not sure magic without misdirection is possible. Can anyone come up with an example of a trick or illusion not requiring misdirection?


Coin through dental dam
Most mentalism
Illusions like Steinmeyer's Interlude
by Bill Mullins
February 25th, 2019, 12:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2907

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Andrus Deals You In (1978 edition)
p. 56: "Left little finger now takes over as the right hand reaches to the right as misdirection."
p. 83: "In my opinion this [half pass] is not at all an invisible sleight and must be done with misdirection or the hands in motion."
by Bill Mullins
February 24th, 2019, 11:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2907

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Look at 1:15 in this video of "Zone Zero," when his gaze goes from the apparatus up to the audience. Is this not classic Ramsay misdirection? And at 6:01 in the same video, he uses the appearance of the ball on our left to misdirect from the load of the ball on our right.
by Bill Mullins
February 24th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: More on the Science of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2907

Re: More on the Science of Magic

Soon, a new book by Dr. Gustav Kuhn will appear on our bookshelf, Experiencing the Impossible: The Science of Magic. From the sales page for the book: "Drawing on the latest psychological, neurological, and philosophical research, he suggests that misdirection is at the heart of all magic tric...
by Bill Mullins
February 23rd, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

Jim Riser wrote:Richard, here is one: https://haversatewing.hibid.com/catalog ... 2/?cpage=2


It went for $82.
by Bill Mullins
February 21st, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congrats to Shin Lim!
Replies: 14
Views: 1737

Re: Congrats to Shin Lim!

Darwin Ortiz? Jason Ladanye? (but I wouldn't categorize either of them as "stage" magicians)
by Bill Mullins
February 21st, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3313

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Back to updating the book: The Hooker Rising Cards routine has been preserved. Recently performed with its secrets intact. It's already described in the existing Greater Magic (see p. 424 of the K&G edition). "All in all I can only report that this exposition of the Rising Cards is the nea...
by Bill Mullins
February 21st, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Swain in the News
Replies: 11
Views: 2211

Re: Jim Swain in the News

Max Maven wrote:The Billy Cunningham books outshine the Valentine series. You’ll like.


Currently working my way through C. J. Box's "Joe Pickett" series. Mr. Swain will be up next.
by Bill Mullins
February 20th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth
Replies: 8
Views: 991

Re: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth

Dustin Stinett wrote:
Peter Ross wrote:Again with the "cardmen."

You must read the article then, so you can learn about the billiard balls and bunny rabbits.


Can you just do a search and replace -- take out "cardmen" and put in "persons of the pasteboard persuasion."
by Bill Mullins
February 20th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth
Replies: 8
Views: 991

Re: The March Issue of Genii is All About Guy Hollingworth

I am quite saddened to read that Joe Pecore has passed. I met him and spent some time with him at the first Genii convention, and corresponded occasionally since then. You mention his labors on Magicpedia, but you don't say just how much of him is in it -- hundreds of articles and thousands of edits...
by Bill Mullins
February 20th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Swain in the News
Replies: 11
Views: 2211

Re: Jim Swain in the News

I read all the Tony Valentine books when they came out, but somehow I missed this. It turns out he's written a bunch of fiction in the last decade.
by Bill Mullins
February 20th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3313

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Jonathan Townsend wrote: And notice the illustration Figure 1. under Using the Sleeves.

What's wrong with it? Fig 1 on p. 966 is worse
by Bill Mullins
February 20th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3313

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

More possibilities: Coins -- - Three Fly and variations (Townsend, Kurtz, Kenner, Kohler, etc.) - Flurry-type routines - Fickle Nickel - coin through dental dam - modern versions of matrix (Yank Hoe's Sympathetic Coins and Crawford's Migratory Coins is already in GM ) Ropes - Professor's Nightmare -...
by Bill Mullins
February 19th, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3313

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

There is so much that has come along since the original that deserves to be in a book called "Greater Magic" - breather crimp - false tabled shuffles -- Zarrow - false in-the-hands shuffles -- del Gaudio -- Lennart Green -- Hein -- etc. - card revelations -- hot shot cut -- Martin Lewis ca...
by Bill Mullins
February 18th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Home made okito box and Boston box!
Replies: 19
Views: 2308

Re: Home made okito box and Boston box!

Richard Kaufman wrote:Ray J, I don't suppose your last name is Johnson?


Why do you ask?
by Bill Mullins
February 17th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 36
Views: 3313

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Gooder Magic
by Bill Mullins
February 16th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Fine Art of Magic Listing
Replies: 3
Views: 474

Re: Fine Art of Magic Listing

These are the links you are looking for.
by Bill Mullins
February 13th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 29
Views: 6827

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Here's a nice association copy of Nightmare Alley for auction.
by Bill Mullins
February 12th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8748

Re: The Magic Rainbow

I just find it a bit ironic that we are rather passionately discussing something that 99% of us haven't even read yet. Some are discussing the specific book and whether it is too expensive or not; and some are discussing the broader principles (for which discussion you don't have to read The Magic ...
by Bill Mullins
February 11th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor
Replies: 27
Views: 5134

Re: The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

I would love to see Ted Baxter do the Rising Cards. Or any other magic effect.
by Bill Mullins
February 11th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: The blink shift
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: The blink shift

The publication in Genii said there was also a bad description of it in New Tops. The only thing I find that looks like it may be it is written up as a color change, and yes, it is a poor description.
by Bill Mullins
February 11th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8748

Re: The Magic Rainbow

His recent DVD set is also $150. Which would cost more to produce? Which would have more/better content?
by Bill Mullins
February 11th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 8367

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

Another post on collecting, copied with permission from the author (Walker Martin) from another forum. Is it tongue in cheek? You be the judge . . . XXXX's question may seem innocent after my tales of midnight smuggling but he has a point. Where can a non-collecting spouse live when the other spouse...
by Bill Mullins
February 7th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician accused of sexual assault
Replies: 16
Views: 2019

Re: Magician accused of sexual assault

It didn't say so in the articles, but I have the impression that the policeman may have been involved in the extortion. If that were the case, it may have influenced any decisions not to prosecute Anderson for assault (the cop may have decided not to press charges, the local district attorney may ha...
by Bill Mullins
February 6th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Georges Melies
Replies: 5
Views: 1616

Re: Georges Melies

The trophy presented by the Visual Effects Society to people behind films and shows with outstanding visual effects may look familiar.
by Bill Mullins
February 6th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Needs a New Writer for "The Eye"
Replies: 5
Views: 1046

Re: Genii Needs a New Writer for "The Eye"

The former publisher of a magazine that Bill Mullins wrote for 25 years ago will tell you (emphatically) that Bill Mullins does not deal well with monthly deadlines. (But I appreciate the endorsement.)
by Bill Mullins
February 6th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician accused of sexual assault
Replies: 16
Views: 2019

Re: Magician accused of sexual assault

Richard Kaufman wrote:Wasn't dueling still legal at that time?


This wasn't a duel. It was a good old country ass-whooping.
by Bill Mullins
February 6th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 151
Views: 35212

Re: DeLand

What I did for the Phantom was print the four-face gaff and glue it onto the back of a regular card. Add a double-facer and you are good to go. I haven't gotten too far into the book, but I'm pretty sure I could recreate most of the gaffs in a similar fashion. If you are willing to do the arts-and-...
by Bill Mullins
February 5th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician accused of sexual assault
Replies: 16
Views: 2019

Magician accused of sexual assault

It happened 158 years ago. The magician was Professor John Henry Anderson, the "Wizard of the North". The earliest coverage I can find is from the Buffalo NY Commercial , 13 April 1861: EXCITING AFFAIR IN TROY -- ARREST OF PROF. ANDERSON THE MAGICIAN Professor ANDERSON, whose necromantic e...
by Bill Mullins
February 4th, 2019, 12:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: force creator
Replies: 6
Views: 790

Re: force creator

marselmarsel wrote:Bill i can understand your joke?


George Lucas is the writer/director of the movie Star Wars, where The Force is important.
by Bill Mullins
February 3rd, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 180
Views: 13743

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I have learned far more from laymen about what is convincing and what actually works and what does not work on a practical (not theoretical) level, than from all the magicians I've met, those whose writings I've read, and all the people who are deified by magicians as luminaries in "the magic ...
by Bill Mullins
February 1st, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: force creator
Replies: 6
Views: 790

Re: force creator

George Lucas created the Force.

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