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by Joe Lyons
December 1st, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 115
Views: 7739

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

performer wrote:I actually have a book he once owned.


I have a couple as well, Gardner’s Impromptu and Stars of Magic. One has the ownership signature Jos Bemelman and both have the address stamped in.
They bear evidence of serious study.
by Joe Lyons
November 29th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 115
Views: 7739

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

Charm. Fred Kaps was dripping with it. Tommy Wonder, a widely acknowledged modern master, used all sorts of gestures and flourishes. He was charming as hell. If you had described Milo and Roger’s act to me before I saw it, I would tell you it wasn’t my cup of tea. But I saw it and I was charmed, as ...
by Joe Lyons
November 29th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fred Keating
Replies: 23
Views: 1958

Re: Fred Keating

Max Maven wrote:The recently posted clip was new to me, and my guess is that it was a short subject, not part of a full-length movie.


He was in a short called “Illusions” in 1929 directed by Murray Roth.
Perhaps that was it.
by Joe Lyons
November 26th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is THE Expert on Self-Working Magic?
Replies: 49
Views: 2499

Re: Who is THE Expert on Self-Working Magic?

Leo Garet wrote:I don't know if it's got a name these days, but the Jumping Rubber Band was shown to me by a schoolmate.


That’s one of the first tricks I learned as well. Don’t know where I picked it up, it was in The Magician Monthly by Stanley Collins, with variations in Conjuring Melange as well as Tarbell.
by Joe Lyons
November 26th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 115
Views: 7739

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

Granted, it can appear corny. It also can set in the spectator’s mind that the magic happened after the dirty work was done, thus making an effect seem more magical.
by Joe Lyons
November 24th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Shell protectors for sale
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Re: Shell protectors for sale

Traditionally, the tortoise has been attributed mystical powers by the Chinese. Perhaps a deeper aesthetic is at work here.
by Joe Lyons
November 23rd, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 2268

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

I’ll buy the book.
by Joe Lyons
November 21st, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 52
Views: 14479

Re: Laypeople

MagicbyAlfred wrote:I actually have a couple of tricks where the spectator becomes the magician


Do we need yet another word for the laity that perform a trick without knowing how?
by Joe Lyons
November 16th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 7378

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Omg Joe! You found it! Thank you! Vernon gave it to Jennings and BJ must have sold it off at auction. This is the wand we see in the Dai Vernon Book of Magic. I hope it was David Ben who won it. Your welcome. It would also be interesting to know where the Daley and Bertram wands mentioned in the au...
by Joe Lyons
November 15th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 7378

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Leonard Hevia wrote:We know that Bill Taylor purchased Vernon's silver engraved cups from BJ, Jennings' widow. Did he also obtain Vernon's silver wand? Does anyone know the fate of that wand?


Here’s one:

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/10 ... rom-vernon
by Joe Lyons
November 6th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 46
Views: 7431

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Richard Kaufman wrote:It is NOT Wandas.


I suppose I shouldn't believe everything I read. ;)

Joan Brandon?
by Joe Lyons
November 6th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 46
Views: 7431

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

It's Wandas.

This is covered in Genii July 2017 page 14.
by Joe Lyons
November 6th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic, Typewriters & Classical Music
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: Magic, Typewriters & Classical Music

Great stuff.

When I think of the planning and practice that went into some of these seemingly facile pieces of comedy it hurts my head.
by Joe Lyons
November 1st, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Shahade "Shady" Mansur
Replies: 5
Views: 2482

Re: Shahade "Shady" Mansur

Well as my daughter reminds me, "The heart wants what it wants".

This may be his grandson if you want to get in touch.
by Joe Lyons
October 31st, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P & T and Zombies, Oh My!
Replies: 5
Views: 1321

Re: P & T and Zombies, Oh My!

erdnasephile wrote:Uh...that's BOARDgames, gentlemen! ;)


:oops: It helps when I read the original post.

I like the nail gun reference.
by Joe Lyons
October 31st, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sniffing Out Houdini
Replies: 2
Views: 984

Re: Sniffing Out Houdini

Dustin Stinett wrote:Anyone else receive this email today?


Yes.

Houdini - Cologne for Men - The key to the opposite sex.

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by Joe Lyons
October 31st, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Today I Will Meet The Great Pumpkin
Replies: 9
Views: 1603

Re: Today I Will Meet The Great Pumpkin

Linus wrote:There are three things I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.


;)

Happy Halloween Richard!
by Joe Lyons
October 31st, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P & T and Zombies, Oh My!
Replies: 5
Views: 1321

Re: P & T and Zombies, Oh My!

Richard Kaufman wrote:There's millions in role playing games! I'm in the wrong profession.

As evidenced by Richard Garriot and the latest Genii owner.
by Joe Lyons
October 31st, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 11892

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Twain and Harper Lee used dialect purposefully to convey information about age, education, income level, and regional prejudice and superstition.

I am afraid Kent, Robert and perhaps others think that you are conveying something with your neglect to capitalize, intentional or not.
by Joe Lyons
October 27th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Mike Porstmann
Replies: 5
Views: 4606

Re: Mike Porstmann

You’re welcome Bob.

If that doesn’t work you might try Chris Wasshuber at Lybrary.com. I noticed he sells some of Mike’s material there.
by Joe Lyons
October 27th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Mike Porstmann
Replies: 5
Views: 4606

Re: Mike Porstmann

His contact info from this site in 2014:

Mike Porstmann
Salzburger Str. 18, 85221 Dachau, Germany
mike.porstmann@magic-gambling.de
Phone +49 (0) 8131 82793
by Joe Lyons
October 24th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Werner Reich TED Talk
Replies: 2
Views: 1588

Re: Werner Reich TED Talk

Thank you Richard.

Horrifying, humbling and ultimately encouraging.

Very moving.
by Joe Lyons
October 24th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 22
Views: 3748

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

Paco Nagata wrote:Ouch!
Sorry and thank you Joe!
Actually I tend to confuse both.

Me too.
Sphinx, Jinx, Phoenix, New Jinx, New Phoenix.
:)
by Joe Lyons
October 24th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 22
Views: 3748

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

Paco Nagata wrote:
Philippe Billot wrote:You can read a premise in The Sphinx, vol. 12, no. 3, May 1913, page 55 but it doesn't use all the deck.

Interesting! Does it credit the idea to someone or it is assumed Annemann's idea?


With respect, you're thinking of the Jinx.

It's attributed to W.W. McWilliams.
by Joe Lyons
October 22nd, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Matrix 4
Replies: 0
Views: 2341

Matrix 4

Nice gig for Neil Patrick Harris.

I'm a little surprised they refer to him as a famous magician rather than actor, though it's good for magic.
by Joe Lyons
October 21st, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 11892

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

In an almost relevant thing, this popped up on my Twitter this morning: https://twitter.com/i/status/1186000217667178498 His name is Zach King and he is, no doubt, the vine creator Brad references earlier. He has 4.4 million YouTube subscribers. Shin Lim -excellent magician, AGT winner, FISM winner...
by Joe Lyons
October 20th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?
Replies: 22
Views: 3368

Re: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?

Strangely not listed on IMDB either.
by Joe Lyons
October 20th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 11892

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Kent Gunn wrote:Your punishment for not realizing we don't need an essay putting Shin Lim into a box you're concocting to demean his success is to read Ulysses.


And now it’s gotten ugly.....
by Joe Lyons
October 19th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 11892

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Brad - you’re right. New technology has always created new categories in any field and media magic is actually pretty entertaining when done right. Defining it as such should eliminate some divisiveness. The reason Kent thought you taught English is valid - this is from an old post (good memory Kent...
by Joe Lyons
October 16th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?
Replies: 22
Views: 3368

Re: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?

Jack Shalom wrote:
I wonder who they will cast to play Derek.


Shin Lim?


:D
by Joe Lyons
September 30th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!
Replies: 13
Views: 2426

Re: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!

Marco Pusterla wrote:Richard Hatch's review was published at the end of August in Ye Olde Magic Mag 5-4.


Thanks Marco!
I’ve downloaded a copy just now.
by Joe Lyons
September 29th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!
Replies: 13
Views: 2426

Re: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!

Joe Lyons wrote:Can someone who attended give a brief review of this?


Ok, got my response from Julie Eng in Magicol #194

Nice review.
by Joe Lyons
September 27th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: IONE, Queen of the Air
Replies: 1
Views: 935

Re: IONE, Queen of the Air

Great stuff Kent.
For a second I thought you were referring to Ionia because she always wore a tiara even before she became a real princess.
Then I read your article.

Image

Great site!
by Joe Lyons
September 26th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Nestor Hato on Fool Us
Replies: 9
Views: 2896

Re: Nestor Hato on Fool Us

Michael Close wrote: No editing tricks, no camera tricks. We don't do that on FU.


I’m sure you don’t Mr. Close. Just an attempt at humor towards an effect that blew me away.
by Joe Lyons
September 26th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Making meetings better?
Replies: 3
Views: 1331

Re: Making meetings better?

Since they’re citing Parkinson’s Law, my guess is a negative connotation.
by Joe Lyons
September 25th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Nestor Hato on Fool Us
Replies: 9
Views: 2896

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: 12355

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”.

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