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by Joe Lyons
September 25th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Nestor Hato on Fool Us
Replies: 9
Views: 1864

Re: Nestor Hato on Fool Us

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? - Sherlock Holmes


Camera tricks.
by Joe Lyons
September 17th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 8482

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

I am reminded of a line from The Man who shot Liberty Valance : “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”.
by Joe Lyons
September 16th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 8482

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Felsman's Magical Review , Feb 1922 "The scene then changed to the Crystal Room of the Great Northern Hotel, where history was made. We arrived at perhaps eleven o'clock, and after the usual preliminary of running a barrage of newspaper camera men and reporters, there came the reception. Our c...
by Joe Lyons
September 16th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 8482

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

BTW I thought it was the March issue, but as I said I’m away from it just now.

Also Vernon was listed as Verner.
by Joe Lyons
September 16th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 8482

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Joe, are you working from The Sphinx itself? Was there any followup after the Feb 1922 issue?

Yes, that was from an article in the Sphinx, I am away from it now but I didn’t see any follow up.
by Joe Lyons
September 16th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 8482

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

The banquet was written about in the Sphinx the following month. Houdini’s skill with cards was lauded, nothing was mentioned of the fooling incident. Vernon’s presence was noted, as was Margules’. It did note that the party broke up at 3:30 am, I suspect the early hour has much to do with the lack ...
by Joe Lyons
September 14th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 8482

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

The 2006 Genii article mentions a group of magicians that had gathered to watch Vernon perform.
by Joe Lyons
September 6th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magicflix
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

Magicflix

Has anyone subscribed or have any input on this: http://www.magicflix.com
by Joe Lyons
August 26th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A personal message from...Kreskin?
Replies: 2
Views: 760

Re: A personal message from...Kreskin?

Brad Henderson wrote:Some people have unrealistic expectations of their perceived value.


Oh, I don’t know. One thousand dollars for 2 1/2 minutes seems reasonable...
by Joe Lyons
August 21st, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"
Replies: 14
Views: 1642

Re: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"

The self-satisfaction I get from having kept them closed is much more valuable to me. Magicians enjoy the feeling of amazement more than laymen do. That’s why we’re here. From Jamy Ian Swiss’ Take Two blog: “At the very first 31 Faces North conference in Toronto, a small, invitation-only event host...
by Joe Lyons
August 20th, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Regal Book Coming in September
Replies: 43
Views: 8375

Re: New David Regal Book Coming in September

Bill Duncan wrote:

Having read the the TOC, I’d buy it just for the conversations


You’re right, the conversations alone must be worth the price of admission.
by Joe Lyons
August 20th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Larry Jennings New Book?
Replies: 193
Views: 111064

Re: Larry Jennings New Book?

Could this be the book teased in the new Genii???
by Joe Lyons
August 17th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"
Replies: 14
Views: 1642

Re: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"

Pete McCabe wrote:I saw it live and kept my eyes closed.


I’m curious Pete. Would you have closed them if you didn’t have an opportunity to watch again?
by Joe Lyons
August 17th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2997

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

Finding the author of the Voynich Manuscript is easy. Just trace back Hunter S. Thompson’s ancestry.

https://holybooks-lichtenbergpress.netd ... script.pdf
by Joe Lyons
August 15th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Joe Ovette - Dr./Medical Practitioner?
Replies: 9
Views: 965

Re: Joe Ovette - Dr./Medical Practitioner?

Keep in mind there were several mindreaders who were using the "Marjah" name, to feed off the success that Ovette had created for the name. Could have been someone else. True. From The Sphinx: "Marjah (Joe Ovette) says that so many mindreaders have taken the name of (Marjah) that he ...
by Joe Lyons
August 14th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"
Replies: 14
Views: 1642

Re: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"

JFox wrote:btw-- Very similar to the "Telescopic Box" in "Houdini's Escapes and Magic" - by Walter Gibson.


I agree. I had a major flashback to Houdini's Escapes when I saw this.
by Joe Lyons
August 14th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Joe Ovette - Dr./Medical Practitioner?
Replies: 9
Views: 965

Re: Joe Ovette - Dr./Medical Practitioner?

Diego wrote:Correct. If anyone has any references/info about him also having medical training and/or practice, please share.

Nothing I have seen suggest this.
What makes you think he could be a doctor?
by Joe Lyons
August 13th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"
Replies: 14
Views: 1642

Re: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"

erdnasephile wrote:Question: Did any of you choose to close your eyes?


No.

I am closing them now at the thought of the resultant dialogue between Peter Ross and Brad Henderson. ;)
by Joe Lyons
August 10th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas
Replies: 23
Views: 4983

Re: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas

No, Earl isn’t going to make it.
by Joe Lyons
August 8th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 7553

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

So, an elephant with Asperger’s walks Into a bar.....


"..... the peanuts are complimentary!”

“.....why the long nooooooooos?”

“.....that’s ok, the hamster was a ventriloquist!”
by Joe Lyons
July 28th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Hitchens quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 2451

Re: Peter Hitchens quote?

Sounds Shakespearean!
by Joe Lyons
July 27th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pieces of Strange
Replies: 18
Views: 2188

Re: Pieces of Strange

It’s an unusual film.

It lets you down at the end, yet it confirms Tarantino as a filmmaker and Pitt and DiCaprio and Robbie as great movie stars.

Overall an enjoyable film.
by Joe Lyons
July 27th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Hitchens quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 2451

Re: Peter Hitchens quote?

Peter’s relationship with Christopher intrigued me.

In Berglas on page 43.

On the internet here: https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk ... for-i.html
by Joe Lyons
July 27th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 155
Views: 15470

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

Excerpts from the Jinx on exposure in this month’s M.U.M. article on Annemann mirror exactly the various views in this forum.

And they were written over eighty years ago.
by Joe Lyons
July 26th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: science of coin through rubber sheet
Replies: 16
Views: 1797

Re: science of coin through rubber sheet

Jack Shalom wrote:I hesitate to ask this--but if the rubber breaks during the invagination, are sponge bunnies the result?


Not with a dental dam....
by Joe Lyons
July 24th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: science of coin through rubber sheet
Replies: 16
Views: 1797

Re: science of coin through rubber sheet

Bill Mullins wrote:I learned a new word: "invagination". I haven't figured out where to use it yet, though.


I invaginated my egg bag to show it empty.
by Joe Lyons
July 24th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: science of coin through rubber sheet
Replies: 16
Views: 1797

Re: science of coin through rubber sheet

Strange.

Image

is also how I do The Ambitious Card.
by Joe Lyons
July 17th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 155
Views: 15470

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

Those who have accused XX of being a thief - as far as I could tell, every marketed item he explained, he seemed to have bought for himself. In fact, in several of the videos, he unboxes the items he received in the mail (One comment made reference to him spending his own pocket money on the magic)...
by Joe Lyons
July 12th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Salon de Magie
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Re: Wanted: Salon de Magie

Got one.
Thanks!
by Joe Lyons
July 12th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Salon de Magie
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Wanted: Salon de Magie

If anyone has a copy of Salon de Magie by Ken Klosterman they would care to part with let me know.

joelyons456@gmail.com

Thanks,
Joe
by Joe Lyons
July 9th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2459

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

Kent,

I'm pretty sure Mr. Mullins is in on the joke.
by Joe Lyons
July 9th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.
Replies: 14
Views: 2459

Re: Madame Zolta gives a history lesson.

I am a little insulted by the accent Kent.
Instead of Madame Zolta can you use Smith or Jones.
And perhaps a bank teller instead of fortune teller.
Thank you.
by Joe Lyons
July 8th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Haptic illusion?
Replies: 28
Views: 5179

Re: Haptic illusion?

And I’m surprised it made it pass Teller if it’s been around for a quarter century, though they do a great job of catching as much as they do. Guess what, there's actually a lot of magic happening outside the U.S. that goes quite unnoticed here! ;) I understand, and my own recent experience with Go...
by Joe Lyons
July 8th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Haptic illusion?
Replies: 28
Views: 5179

Re: Haptic illusion?

Just to muddy the waters, Luca Volpe has a version of this
by Joe Lyons
July 8th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Haptic illusion?
Replies: 28
Views: 5179

Re: Haptic illusion?

Good catch Doug. This dates it at 2009.

The effect in The New Phoenix that Borretti improved was “No Bop (Pop?) Balloon” by TS Ransom.

Zig Zagger, where did Borretti publish this?
Thanks,
Joe
by Joe Lyons
July 8th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Haptic illusion?
Replies: 28
Views: 5179

Re: Haptic illusion?

Brad Jeffers wrote: "his invention".


Yes, exactly. So who did invent it?
And I’m surprised it made it pass Teller if it’s been around for a quarter century, though they do a great job of catching as much as they do.
by Joe Lyons
July 7th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Haptic illusion?
Replies: 28
Views: 5179

Re: Haptic illusion?

Isn’t this the effect Harry Keaton just used to fool Penn And Teller on the Inventors segment?
by Joe Lyons
July 5th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Neat
Replies: 1
Views: 1219

Neat

by Joe Lyons
July 4th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us: Inventors episode
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: Fool Us: Inventors episode

I agree, great episode.
by Joe Lyons
July 3rd, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Impossible Crime Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1783

Re: Impossible Crime Fiction

Richard Stokes wrote:Presently, I'm reading the exceptional stories of Paul Halter (translated from the French). He is the modern John Dickson Carr.


I devoured the works of Carr, Pronzini, Hoch and others in EQMM when I was younger, though I haven't visited them for some time. I'll have to check out Halter.

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