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by Bill Mullins
January 10th, 2003, 12:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 27096

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

I just read a chapter of John Cornelius' new book while sitting in the smallest room of my house (the one with the porcelain seat). It was the right amount of reading for the activity in question, and when I was done, I put the book back on the shelf. I can't do that with an e-book. On the other han...
by Bill Mullins
January 9th, 2003, 10:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon performance tapes
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: Dai Vernon performance tapes

Also Michael Ammar's Cups and Balls video set has
Vernon performing the Cups and Balls.
by Bill Mullins
January 9th, 2003, 9:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Close-up Card Magic
Replies: 39
Views: 1606

Re: Close-up Card Magic

If the 1962 edition is in fact in the public domain (and it sounds to this non-lawyer like it is), then doesn't it seem ethically squishy for Lorayne to threaten those who could legally reprint it? To use the courts to intimidate someone who would undertake a wholly legal activity? I'm no fan of the...
by Bill Mullins
January 7th, 2003, 2:54 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: New E-zine: Artefact. Check it Out!
Replies: 22
Views: 2155

Re: New E-zine: Artefact. Check it Out!

Originally posted by Jeff Eline: I like the site. One question... I saw the essay from Eugene Burger is from a Genii issue. Who owns the content after it's published? Genii or Eugene? Just curious how the business works... Thanks It will be interesting to see what Richard replies, but typically a m...
by Bill Mullins
January 5th, 2003, 12:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What do spectators think?
Replies: 17
Views: 758

Re: What do spectators think?

Alain -- Any chance your friends are engineers, or other types of techies? I live in Huntsville, AL, a town full of engineers (including yours truly), and we are notorious for wanting to figure it out instead of enjoying the magic. I don't do tricks at work.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
January 3rd, 2003, 10:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Wanted: Info on The Lean (Vaudeville Stunt)
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Wanted: Info on The Lean (Vaudeville Stunt)

See U.S. Patent # 5,255,452 at

http://www.uspto.gov/

Yes, the inventor is _that_ Michael Jackson.
by Bill Mullins
January 2nd, 2003, 11:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: bad audiance
Replies: 8
Views: 749

Re: bad audiance

Originally posted by neil atherton:
dose anyone have any really adult (dirty) type tricks!
Contrast this request with Leipzig's statement that people like to be fooled by a gentleman.
by Bill Mullins
January 2nd, 2003, 11:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Trimming Playing Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Trimming Playing Cards

So, Jim, when can we expect "Riser (TM) Trimmers"? I can see them now, the brass will be highly polished, the steel blades tempered just so. And then the web pages that describe how to make the jigs that hold the frames that make the tools necessary to make the trimmers. Sign me up for the...
by Bill Mullins
January 2nd, 2003, 11:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Greedy Bastard on eBay
Replies: 42
Views: 2104

Re: Greedy Bastard on eBay

How long ago was it that someone who would try to sell a set of Paul Fox cups for $200 would be thought of as a greedy bastard?
by Bill Mullins
January 2nd, 2003, 8:30 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 28545

Re: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic

In Cliff Green's book, he introduces Henry Christ's four ace routine by saying it was to have been one of the Stars of Magic routines. Why wasn't it? Are there other published routines that fall into this category?
by Bill Mullins
January 1st, 2003, 9:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mr. Racherbaumers new forum?
Replies: 74
Views: 3775

Re: Mr. Racherbaumers new forum?

Originally posted by Scott: People take "ownership" of it when they post on a PRIVATELY OWNED board. This is the conundrum. Clearly this board is Richard's to do with as he sees fit (and it is my favorite magic community, despite my criticisms above). He pays for the server, the hosting s...
by Bill Mullins
January 1st, 2003, 12:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mr. Racherbaumers new forum?
Replies: 74
Views: 3775

Re: Mr. Racherbaumers new forum?

Not all posts that get deleted are offensive or stupid. Some of the interchange about who was able to buy some of RK's rare books disappeared, and the worst you could say about it was that it was banal. The Genii Forum is becoming a record of the early 21st century community of magic. There's some t...
by Bill Mullins
December 28th, 2002, 10:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Southeren California Magicians!!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 802

Re: Southeren California Magicians!!!!

Chris -- Don't let Dustin's skepticism (or your youth) keep you from trying something that could be great. You'll need: 1. A room 2. Tables and Chairs 3. Coffee 4. Snacks 5. Enough magicians to make a critical mass (finding critical magicians is easy; likewise massive ones. It's the combination that...
by Bill Mullins
December 26th, 2002, 11:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: must have books
Replies: 32
Views: 916

Re: must have books

Originally posted by Jay Wethington:
I will add to this short and incomplete list anything by Dr. Suess

How did Dr. Suess help you in magic?
by Bill Mullins
December 21st, 2002, 12:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Improving Magic Conventions
Replies: 54
Views: 3801

Re: Improving Magic Conventions

Originally posted by Peter Marucci: I would add one thing: Big conventions (and they are too big now) are 'way too cheap. The registration should be at least doubled to stay in line with conventions in other fields -- medical, insurance, academic, etc. conventions. Usually attendees at the types of...
by Bill Mullins
December 21st, 2002, 11:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Gripes versus Vital Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 401

Re: Gripes versus Vital Discussion

Since I am one who has chided Darwin publicly about the way in which he handled the sales of his book, let me also publicly state that I went to my PO Box last night, and there it was. I haven't had a chance to read it in detail, but it looks every bit as good as "At the Card Table" and &q...
by Bill Mullins
December 18th, 2002, 3:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gripes versus Vital Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 401

Re: Gripes versus Vital Discussion

Another (closed) topic has been making much of the delays in sending out a magic book, for which orders were taken during the summer. I was one who ordered from the author, and have been a little disappointed with his lack of pro-activeness (is that a word?) in notifying me of when I'll get the book...
by Bill Mullins
December 18th, 2002, 2:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: needle through hand.
Replies: 25
Views: 7101

Re: needle through hand.

Plus, it puts you at risk for tetanus, hepatitis, and other nasty things.
by Bill Mullins
December 17th, 2002, 4:47 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: How to sell my self in a new area
Replies: 6
Views: 645

Re: How to sell my self in a new area

Originally posted by Mike Brown: I am working on a pitch, photo, and a ppage of benifits. Don't give anyone a "ppage of benifits" without having it proofread by someone who can spell. I'm not trying to be snide here -- the more polished and professional you appear to a potential client, t...
by Bill Mullins
December 17th, 2002, 4:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: David Ben's New Version of The Conjuror has a Rave Review
Replies: 25
Views: 967

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

Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer: When claims begin to outweigh grounds, my suspicion heightens. Assertions are fine, but they beg more substantiation than the ones teasingly promised. This is an arena, not a playground for taunting games of hide-and-seek. Onward... For those who don't speak R...
by Bill Mullins
December 17th, 2002, 8:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Advice on organizations/magazines/etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Advice on organizations/magazines/etc.

IBM vs. SAM -- I prefer the Linking Ring (IBM magazine) to MUM (SAM magazine). Our area has an IBM Ring, but no SAM Assembly. So I've let my SAM membership lapse. Genii and Magic are the two major slick magic general interest magazines, and both are worth getting, but I've come to like Genii much mo...
by Bill Mullins
December 17th, 2002, 8:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wizards Hollywood
Replies: 18
Views: 1894

Re: Wizards Hollywood

Originally posted by David Alexander:
and a large portion of the public that doesn't have enough experience to know quality from the mediocre.
If an audience can't tell the difference, doesn't that mean that there is no difference, at least under the only standard that should matter?
by Bill Mullins
December 17th, 2002, 7:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dustin Stinett is second in command here---so watch out!
Replies: 21
Views: 1570

Re: Dustin Stinett is second in command here---so watch out!

Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer: "Genii is a bit like the Cosa Nostra. When you're in...you're in. Once you start, you ain't getting out of nut'in!" In fact, RK just gave me another offer I couldn't refuse. In the Godfather, when Luca Brazzi wouldn't turn traitor to the Corleones, T...
by Bill Mullins
December 16th, 2002, 2:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road...
Replies: 9
Views: 3409

Re: The Royal Road...

How many DVDs will it be? Will there be a package deal, including the book?
by Bill Mullins
December 11th, 2002, 7:30 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who killed Houdini?
Replies: 40
Views: 2935

Re: Who killed Houdini?

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Really, Houdini was such an idiot: like Mike Skinner, he died because he was stubborn and wouldn't go to a doctor. How can such gifted people be so stupid? Didn't Skinner have some emotional/mental difficulties? I don't think it's fair to call someone with his ...
by Bill Mullins
December 6th, 2002, 8:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Video format change/ ethical dilemma
Replies: 28
Views: 1129

Re: Video format change/ ethical dilemma

Originally posted by Mike Powers: I don't think the technology exists yet that can copy a tape directly to DVD in real time. Sure there is, and it doesn't use the computer. I can go right now to Circuit City, Best Buy, or any other big consumer electronics store and buy a box that is a VCR except i...
by Bill Mullins
December 6th, 2002, 8:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Video format change/ ethical dilemma
Replies: 28
Views: 1129

Re: Video format change/ ethical dilemma

Originally posted by Jonathan Townsend: http://www.cni.org/Hforums/cni-copyright/2001-01/0129.html above is a link of interest to those who whish to relate their 'best intentions' to 'knowlege' in this matter. [/QB] The copyright statutes (referenced above) treat libraries/archives explicitly and c...
by Bill Mullins
December 5th, 2002, 12:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: New Magic From The Camirand Academy
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: New Magic From The Camirand Academy

"Control Freak" was the name of Aaron Fisher's first video tape.
by Bill Mullins
December 4th, 2002, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Teller and Penn in newest HP commercial
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: Teller and Penn in newest HP commercial

The spot is for HP Multimedia computers; the waiting room is filled with acts/entertainers which could conceivably appear on your computer. Another short interplay has Teller sitting next to a man in convict stripes, wearing a ball & chain. This person is in black and white (everything else is i...
by Bill Mullins
December 4th, 2002, 3:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2451

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

Thanks very much. As with many subjects, I know just enough to be wrong.
by Bill Mullins
December 4th, 2002, 9:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2451

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

This discussion is bringing to mind the metallurgy classes I took 20 years ago. It's scary how much one can forget. but, I think I remember that annealing allows stresses to dissipate, by allowing large crystals to form in the metal. Doesn't quenching tend to reverse this process? What if a soldered...
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2002, 11:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Upccoming Cellini Lecture
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Upccoming Cellini Lecture

The Huntsville Magic Club is hosting Cellini for a lecture on Thursday, 5 Dec., 7:00 pm. Come learn about Street magic from a legend. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://hometown.aol.com/magiclecture/cellini.html">http://hometown.aol.com/magiclecture/cellini.html</a><!-- m --> Location: Bill ...
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2002, 7:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Need more help from you veterans
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: Need more help from you veterans

The Dover edition of Expert Card Technique is pretty cheap, and available through any big bookstore (they may even have it on the shelf). It has a pretty good explanation of a two-card push off. Simon Lovell's first book, and his notes on second dealing, both describe a way to learn a two card push ...
by Bill Mullins
December 2nd, 2002, 10:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: contacting memebers
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: contacting memebers

Bruce Barnett, moderator of the Electronic Grymoire, used to send out regular membership lists. Then spammers started using it for mailing lists, and ruined it for everyone. The same thing would most likely happen with an address list of Genii Forum members.
by Bill Mullins
November 28th, 2002, 12:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Balls for the cups and balls
Replies: 46
Views: 2451

Re: Balls for the cups and balls

Originally posted by Harold Cataquet: This was easy given the two half magnets, but sadly he never made them, Half magnets? I thought if you break a magnet in half, you get two smaller magnets, each with a north and a south pole. If you've invented a magnetic monopole, the Nobel Committee would lik...
by Bill Mullins
November 27th, 2002, 12:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: It takes two...
Replies: 15
Views: 840

Re: It takes two...

I've been following this and the closed Cellini thread with much interest for several reasons (we're hosting Cellini next week being one of them, having booked him through John Luka with no minimum attendance specified or required). I book most of the lectures for our club, and am the closest to a &...
by Bill Mullins
November 27th, 2002, 8:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THE MOST AMAZING CARD TRICK EVER FINALLY REVEALED
Replies: 18
Views: 1446

Re: THE MOST AMAZING CARD TRICK EVER FINALLY REVEALED

Originally posted by cheezymagic:
Sounds Kewl.
Dear Magical, Dan, Cheezy, Roney, TraceyG401, or whoever you are, welcome back.

We've really missed your scintillating posts during the few short hours you were deleted.
by Bill Mullins
November 27th, 2002, 7:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Erdnase historical questions
Replies: 5
Views: 774

Re: Erdnase historical questions

I always believed this was an "editorial we". Certainly it would be appropriate for this style of writing (somewhat formal and reserved) from this era.
by Bill Mullins
November 26th, 2002, 3:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jonathan Townsend
Replies: 51
Views: 11065

Re: Jonathan Townsend

Originally posted by Aaron Shields: In 1951, Elsworth Lyman published a grip called the Cloyes Palm. This grip is the same as the conventional lateral palm, except that the corner closest to the palm is shifted down to between the third and fourth fingers, rather than the second and third. From p. ...
by Bill Mullins
November 26th, 2002, 9:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: SUJBECT CHANGE: The New James Bond Movie Rocks!
Replies: 49
Views: 2245

Re: SUJBECT CHANGE: The New James Bond Movie Rocks!

Originally posted by bill mullins:
Was it just me, or did this Bond film pay homage to several of the previous ones?
It wasn't just me. The internet movie database lists homages to each of the preceding Bond movies:

http://us.imdb.com/Trivia?0246460

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