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by Bill Mullins
June 12th, 2002, 4:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Lecture Offer
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Lecture Offer

Our club (Huntsville AL) has been offered a lecture by Kostya Kimlat, a Ukrainian magician living in Florida. We've never heard of him -- any opinions??

Thanks
Bill
by Bill Mullins
June 11th, 2002, 3:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Great Minds Think Alike
Replies: 7
Views: 2341

Re: Great Minds Think Alike

Aaron Fisher's C&R gum is called "Eleanor Wrigley" and is in his notes "The Sleight Album". Bedwell's Walkman routine is shown (Performance Only) on his A-1 tape from 1995 "Steve Bedwell Taped". It includes a series of challenge "object under hat" moves th...
by Bill Mullins
June 11th, 2002, 3:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What could this possibly mean?
Replies: 71
Views: 4350

Re: What could this possibly mean?

Were you going to tattoo "9S" or "Eleven of Diamonds"? What size font?

Welcome to Jamaica, Have a Nice Day

Bill
by Bill Mullins
June 8th, 2002, 11:24 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Penomenon, good trick?
Replies: 29
Views: 2756

Re: Penomenon, good trick?

All right , so where does one get a pocket charger??

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
June 6th, 2002, 10:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Debate
Replies: 111
Views: 7762

Re: Debate

Originally posted by Tom Cutts: If crediting had been established in the 1900s would more lay people know who "The Greats" of close-up magic are. I say yes, especially if that carried over onto television. Are any magic creators members of the Screenwriters Guild? The SGA contracts with m...
by Bill Mullins
June 5th, 2002, 10:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: card stab routine
Replies: 42
Views: 2472

Re: card stab routine

Texas
by Bill Mullins
June 5th, 2002, 3:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Darwin Ortiz's new card book
Replies: 99
Views: 9983

Re: Darwin Ortiz's new card book

Received an email from Mr. Ortiz today; he said "My new book should be out in a few weeks."

Straight from the source . . .

Bill
by Bill Mullins
June 4th, 2002, 8:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: card stab routine
Replies: 42
Views: 2472

Re: card stab routine

Before you go looking for the perfect Card Stab Routine in print, consider this:

Bob Sheets' Card Stab routine is very good.
Therefore, either the Card Stab routine is very good, or ---

Bob Sheets is very good.

I vote for the latter (although his routine
is pretty good).

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
June 4th, 2002, 8:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Credit Controversy
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Credit Controversy

I've got this one credit card from the Bank of Denmark that no one will take . . . .

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
June 3rd, 2002, 4:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How to Turn Off Your E-mail Notifications
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: How to Turn Off Your E-mail Notifications

I think Steve's question might have been more along the lines of: If I posted a reply and left "Email Notification" checked ON, and decide later that I want to turn it off, how do I do that? Do I have to do a new, null posting, and uncheck it? If this isn't Steve's question, then it is min...
by Bill Mullins
May 31st, 2002, 2:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Giving Credit
Replies: 15
Views: 1130

Re: Giving Credit

Originally posted by Steven Youell: Originally posted by Tom Stone: [b] To perform an effect is one thing, but to teach and/or publish an effect involves certain responsibilities. Among those are to provide the lineage of the effect's evolution. Who says? Where is that rule written? [/b] I paid goo...
by Bill Mullins
May 28th, 2002, 9:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Have you been Ripped Off?
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: Have you been Ripped Off?

Add Bob LaRue to this list. Where is the remainder of my subscription to his Infinity magazine? He claims he sold the assets of the magazine to Sean Popp, but never notified subscribers nor provided us with any evidence. Bob LaRue owes me $20 (not a huge amount, but stealing is stealing). Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
May 24th, 2002, 9:28 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Electronic Airborne Coke
Replies: 33
Views: 2617

Re: Electronic Airborne Coke

Under what circumstances would an Aussie use beer for something as mundane as a magic trick? What a waste!!!

Bill
by Bill Mullins
May 24th, 2002, 8:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: New David Blaine Trick
Replies: 11
Views: 704

Re: New David Blaine Trick

Originally posted by Steve Spicer:
The downside is one lady wanted a twenty spot and when I gave it to her they all wanted one.
Take the videotape of you passing out $20s, and run it backwards. Everyone's tipping you!!

Oh wait, camera tricks are wrong . . .

Bill
by Bill Mullins
May 21st, 2002, 7:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The underhand shuffle
Replies: 40
Views: 6555

Re: The underhand shuffle

Steve Beam demonstrates his false shuffle in video on his website -- take a look. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.stevebeam.com/movies.html">http://www.stevebeam.com/movies.html</a><!-- m --> Isn't the Gordon Bruce shuffle in one of Richard's books, 5 x 5 from Scotland?? A somewhat si...
by Bill Mullins
May 19th, 2002, 12:48 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: memorized deck
Replies: 67
Views: 13852

Re: memorized deck

Originally posted by Dennis Loomis:
I had done mneumonics before.
Mneumonics: tricks to help you remember if your tires are properly inflated.
by Bill Mullins
May 17th, 2002, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Value of Companion Videos
Replies: 21
Views: 1102

Re: The Value of Companion Videos

Originally posted by Chris Wasshuber: You can't buy a PC-XT anymore, even if that is all you need. . . . One comment to the digital projection. The benefit there is not image quality improvement. It is much easier and cheaper distribution. [/URL] The "benefit" of digital is both a blessin...
by Bill Mullins
May 17th, 2002, 10:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why's everyone wearing black?
Replies: 31
Views: 2038

Re: Why's everyone wearing black?

Originally posted by John Blaze:
Most magicians are fat bastards, and the black helps them look a bit less fat.
I was wearing black one day, and a co-worker asked "Are you wearing black to help you look smaller?" I said yes, and he said "It ain't black enough".

Bill
by Bill Mullins
May 13th, 2002, 11:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: E-books and Integrity
Replies: 51
Views: 2697

Re: E-books and Integrity

Kudos to Chris W. for resolving this. It's easy to make a mistake (particularly when you've got the whole Genii Forum willing to pick you apart), but one measure of a man is what he is willing to do fix the problem, and it looks like Chris has done all that's required by law, and then some. It must ...
by Bill Mullins
May 13th, 2002, 11:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: E-books and Integrity
Replies: 51
Views: 2697

Re: E-books and Integrity

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Scott, it is not easy to spot a pirated manuscript for many people. They may think they're buying the real thing. Boy, you got that right. When Allan Hayden lectured here in 1997, the lecture notes he was selling appeared to be 4th or 5th generation copy of a c...
by Bill Mullins
May 10th, 2002, 3:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Aaron Fisher's video or the Sleight Album
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: Aaron Fisher's video or the Sleight Album

I'm pretty sure Denny & Lee's stocks them.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
May 10th, 2002, 3:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: E-books and Integrity
Replies: 51
Views: 2697

Re: E-books and Integrity

Originally posted by Chris Wasshuber: Bob, But the law states that minor changes do not constitute a new copyright not even for the changes. http://www.lybrary.com/ A translation from one language to another, even a literal word-for-word one, isn't a minor change. Ask Richard Hatch if his work on C...
by Bill Mullins
May 10th, 2002, 7:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Polishing the Johnson's cups?
Replies: 11
Views: 973

Re: Polishing the Johnson's cups?

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
Goodbye, MoFo.
What is this? Did MoFo just get bounced from
the forum?
Bill
by Bill Mullins
May 9th, 2002, 4:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Aaron Fisher Book
Replies: 17
Views: 1230

Re: Aaron Fisher Book

In the mean time, his lecture notes "The Sleight Album" are somewhat available, and his video tape and his one-man issue of Labyrinth are less so. But they contain some killer stuff -- his "Illusion Control" does the same thing as Tilt, only more convincingly (the spectator can i...
by Bill Mullins
May 9th, 2002, 4:24 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: memorized deck
Replies: 67
Views: 13852

Re: memorized deck

Boris Wild lectured here (Huntsville, AL) last night (a great lecture, catch him if you can). A couple of effects were based on his memorized deck, which is really more of a system to calculate positions of cards in the stack, than it is a memorized stack. In other words, simple rules allow you to e...
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2002, 3:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three shells
Replies: 8
Views: 604

Re: Three shells

The Travel Channel had a special a couple weeks ago, "Magicians of the Street" with Bob Sheets in Santa Monica and Allan Hayden in Venice Beach, and with Michael Ammar and Johnny Ace Palmer working upscale sidewalk bistros. Sheets's set include his shell game -- is this a demo of the move ...
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2002, 2:56 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Abbott's Magic Trading Cards
Replies: 0
Views: 288

Abbott's Magic Trading Cards

For a while, Abbott's sold a set of trading cards (called "Off the Wall at Abbott's", I think), featuring pictures of magicians taken from pictures on the wall at Abbott's. They sold them for a while, and since they didn't sell well, they started throwing a set into orders. Well, now they'...
by Bill Mullins
April 26th, 2002, 12:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I need to get in touch with Allan Ackerman!
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: I need to get in touch with Allan Ackerman!

I think he is (or was) on the faculty at UNLV (mathematics dept???); I found an email address for him on their website about a year ago, but never used it.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
April 20th, 2002, 11:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Danny Tong
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Danny Tong

I don't think he is online. We are hosting him here for a lecture in Huntsville, AL on 25 April, and I'm waiting for a call from him so we can tell him the venue and hotel room. I don't know much about his magic, and am looking forward to the lecture.] Email me if you want to come, all magicians are...
by Bill Mullins
April 20th, 2002, 11:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine's Ice stunt melted by Fox PR
Replies: 47
Views: 3660

Re: Blaine's Ice stunt melted by Fox PR

Originally posted by Pete McCabe: His audiences definitely believe in magic. How many magicians want audiences that "definitely believe in magic"? Isn't that just a little, well, like a snake oil salesman? Isn't part of the implied contract that most magicians want to have with their audi...
by Bill Mullins
April 17th, 2002, 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: dilbert
Replies: 0
Views: 328

dilbert

dilbert does black art -- Omar Pasha, beware!

http://umweb1.unitedmedia.com/comics/di ... 20417.html
by Bill Mullins
April 17th, 2002, 2:52 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: The Left Handed Force
Replies: 6
Views: 1045

Re: The Left Handed Force

Hasn't Simon Lovell made reference, somewhere, to making a spec. use his foot or something to select a forced card?

Bill
by Bill Mullins
April 17th, 2002, 7:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting
Replies: 55
Views: 5546

Re: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting

If it captures with commentary, then the commenter has done the research, and everyone else is taking advantage of it ("copying" it may be a better way of phrasing). What I mean is that the _process_ of researching is invaluable, not just the results. Copying lineage from database will giv...
by Bill Mullins
April 16th, 2002, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting
Replies: 55
Views: 5546

Re: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting

Originally posted by Bob Farmer: There is no magic database with all the answers. Even if there were, so what? Crediting done simply by listing predecessors may meet the letter of ethical conventions, but not the spirit. Informed research of the credits benefits the one who does it and those to who...
by Bill Mullins
April 16th, 2002, 12:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii in the mail!
Replies: 53
Views: 4221

Re: May Genii in the mail!

Originally posted by Steve Bryant: The issue arrived yesterday, and as I am home with some weird flu, .......... As to the tricks, despite the carefully described misdirection, I'd challenge either Germain or David Ben to secretly use both hands to write a fake autograph in their lap without some f...
by Bill Mullins
April 15th, 2002, 2:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gathering for Gardner
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Re: Gathering for Gardner

Was the impossible tasks guy Scott Kim? He's a graphic designer who comes up with "Inversions", words/phrases that can be read in different directions because of symmetry that he either discovers or invents. See his website www.scottkim.com and poke about. Two years ago, he performed round...
by Bill Mullins
April 15th, 2002, 7:15 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Reference Help!
Replies: 24
Views: 1894

Re: Reference Help!

The Liwag false faro shuffle is referenced, but not explained, in Close's Workers #5. During his "farewell" lecture tour 3 or so years ago, he explained it when asked, but did not include it in the notes for that lecture.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
April 15th, 2002, 7:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gathering for Gardner
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Re: Gathering for Gardner

Should have mentioned above -- it is invite only.
That may be why you've not heard of it -- there isn't any publicity.

Bill
by Bill Mullins
April 14th, 2002, 10:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gathering for Gardner
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Gathering for Gardner

Did anyone attend the Gathering for Gardner in Atlanta a week ago? It is a biennial event hosted by puzzle-ologist Tom Rodgers, in honor of Martin Garnder. I went two years ago, and it was the most interesting magic related get-together I've ever been to. In attendance: Teller, Looy Simonoff, Jay Ma...
by Bill Mullins
April 14th, 2002, 12:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Best Videos
Replies: 14
Views: 972

Re: The Best Videos

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Now, to the subject of a videotape: the material needs to be strong, your own or someone else's (put on the tape ONLY WITH PERMISSION), extremely clearly explained, and well presented. You don't need three cameras. A single camera, how my videos were shot, will...

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