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by NCMarsh
April 29th, 2015, 6:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: C4 - Amazing new visual magic
Replies: 22
Views: 7022

Re: C4 - Amazing new visual magic

Wanted to take a second to chime in as I just received C4 from Mr. Levit (and fantastic customer service, there was a hiccup in the process that was not his fault and he handled it in an incredibly classy way), and wanted to take a second to rave about the quality of this. This is clearly the result...
by NCMarsh
April 3rd, 2015, 8:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: C4 - Amazing new visual magic
Replies: 22
Views: 7022

Re: C4 - Amazing new visual magic

This looks fantastic -- and I echo Brad's appreciation of the way the trailer has been shot. For strolling work, what kind of reset considerations are there? Can this be handled in a way that allows you to go from group to group or would it necessitate stealing a few private moments?
by NCMarsh
March 17th, 2015, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine at New York Public Library, Monday
Replies: 6
Views: 1772

Re: Blaine at New York Public Library, Monday

P.T.,

Thanks for the great account of this.
by NCMarsh
March 12th, 2015, 2:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure in Boing Boing
Replies: 23
Views: 5969

Re: Exposure in Boing Boing

P.T.Widdle wrote:No exposure, but also only hints at what the effects are. A longer version with demos of the tricks might of have been more interesting for the lay viewer, maybe not.


Ah, but that presupposes that the person selling the tricks is capable of performing them...
by NCMarsh
February 28th, 2015, 3:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TrueMirror
Replies: 0
Views: 891

TrueMirror

NPR's RadioLab just re-aired a program on symmetry, as part of it they did a fascinating segment on the creator of a product called TrueMirror -- essentially a mirror that does not flip the image http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSxCZCy5Wsk While not magic (and video is certainly a much better practic...
by NCMarsh
February 17th, 2015, 12:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30724

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

After all this heated discussion can anybody prove it is NOT in print? The issue isn't about whether or not it is in print (which didn't seem to be anywhere on your radar in the Original Post). The issue was about process. You saw something, and decided to take it because you could deconstruct it. ...
by NCMarsh
February 17th, 2015, 12:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30724

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Re: creativity and theft; the distinction I've often found helpful: stealing many elements from one artist is imitation; stealing one element from many artists is influence. Its also about expanding the field of your influences: art, film, literature, history...that's what makes the Blue Oyster Cult...
by NCMarsh
February 16th, 2015, 6:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30724

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

That would include things like Mike Caveney's "Coffee" juggling trickd I wanted to follow-up on this particular reference for a selfish reason. I put together a hoop and glass routine after reading Mike's book(and putting in 100 hours of throwing that hoop up and down before the stunt was...
by NCMarsh
February 16th, 2015, 5:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay
Replies: 154
Views: 30724

Re: Alaskan Poker by Ricky Jay

Re-constructing others' work to perform is not cool. I'm surprised that would be controversial. In what other part of our lives would we be ok with that behavior? "That woman I don't know is beautiful. I'm going to grope her." "What a nice television, I'm going to take it." Desir...
by NCMarsh
February 6th, 2015, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield Saves America!
Replies: 6
Views: 2244

Re: David Copperfield Saves America!

Honestly, I was too busy cringing to laugh. It felt like Sarah Palin going on SNL to show how hip she was... Magicians grovel in insecurity about the cultural perception of magic -- and we largely oscillate between two extremes of response to the stereotypes: a. we get pretentious, wax on about sham...
by NCMarsh
December 19th, 2014, 4:18 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Mac King photo idea was really kind of mine.
Replies: 14
Views: 11348

Re: Mac King photo idea was really kind of mine.

Hi Steven,

Can you give some context about what photo you're talking about?

Best,

N
by NCMarsh
November 25th, 2014, 11:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 5404

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

It's not "plagiarism," which is a legal term defining theft. "Plagiarism" is not a legal term and does not appear in any current statute, criminal or civil (source: Green, Stuart P. (2002). "Plagiarism, Norms, and the Limits of Theft Law: Some Observations on the Use of Cri...
by NCMarsh
November 25th, 2014, 10:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 5404

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

The overwhelming majority of lay people have never seen Ricky Jay perform his Ace routine using the Erdnase patter. And if they did, do you honestly think laymen remember the patter to most tricks? The overwhelming majority of lay people have never seen Duchamp's "Fountain" -- that doesn'...
by NCMarsh
November 25th, 2014, 5:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 5404

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

Speaking of Mike Caveney, he's written some words which I think might apply: (edited for space) "Harry could not believe that any working magician would actually want to perform the Needle Through Arm...He has done thousands of performances...[and he]...has performed it repeatedly on televisio...
by NCMarsh
November 25th, 2014, 12:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 5404

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

Nobody "owns" patter from public domain books. Ricky Jay owns "The Exclusive Coterie" in the same sense that Marcel Duchamp owns urinals. Duchamp didn't build the urinal, urinals were certainly around (and under) other artists and anyone else could have created "Fountain.&q...
by NCMarsh
November 25th, 2014, 11:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 5404

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

I watched the far less ambiguous case of a performer taking Jay's Cups and Balls routine, word for word in a paid performance for the general public. Here was my response from that night (via Facebook): Awkward experience for the week: sitting next to the family of a performer after having a great c...
by NCMarsh
October 30th, 2014, 2:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychics Buster
Replies: 77
Views: 13529

Re: Psychics Buster

Re: Heinous rumors; I don't think they are what Brad is referring to. Also, a little googling shows that -- while it is the sort of thing where all the coverage is weighted toward one side or another -- there has not been an actual victim coming forward to make accusations, Randi has a reasonable ex...
by NCMarsh
October 28th, 2014, 11:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH to host variety on NBC!
Replies: 7
Views: 1799

Re: NPH to host variety on NBC!

For those of us on the less mature side of the pond, a friend sent me this which is apparently the English show on which this will be, however closely or loosely, based:




I can definitely see NPH being a fit...
by NCMarsh
October 28th, 2014, 1:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH to host variety on NBC!
Replies: 7
Views: 1799

Re: NPH to host variety on NBC!

I may have jumped the gun -- the article quotes an NBC exec: "a real blend between comedy, game and musical variety. And it has this fast pace and irreverence to it." I heard variety and thought "variety acts" -- but that may not be the case... Congrats to NPH regardless. Cheers, N
by NCMarsh
October 28th, 2014, 1:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH to host variety on NBC!
Replies: 7
Views: 1799

NPH to host variety on NBC!

For too damn long variety artists on TV have been reduced to game show contestants or had to pretend to be normal people (The Tonight Show's "Does this amuse..." segment -- good that there's some variety there, but I wish they'd just book the acts to do the acts rather than making a world ...
by NCMarsh
October 28th, 2014, 11:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychics Buster
Replies: 77
Views: 13529

Re: Psychics Buster

Nathan, I appreciate your plea for love and understanding in a debate It wasn't a plea for love and understanding; it was pointing out that whatever the validity of your points may be, the way you communicate them hurts your message and makes it far less likely to be adopted. The tendency of the sc...
by NCMarsh
October 27th, 2014, 11:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Psychics Buster
Replies: 77
Views: 13529

Re: Psychics Buster

your position only encourages people to take the path you abhor. The first step an artist takes is often to explore that which they are told they shouldn't. Brad is not alone in this feeling. It is a cliche because it is true: people remember how you made them feel long after they've forgotten what...
by NCMarsh
October 15th, 2014, 11:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Torn and Restored Homeless Man's Sign
Replies: 16
Views: 3276

Re: Torn and Restored Homeless Man's Sign

Viral video is one of the great opportunities of our time. You don't have to wait for the gatekeepers at Ed Sullivan or Johnny Carson to bless you -- create something that is compelling enough that people want to share it with their friends, and you can be in front of an audience of millions and it ...
by NCMarsh
September 26th, 2014, 2:30 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Magic Business/Non Profit Reference Material
Replies: 2
Views: 5602

Re: Magic Business/Non Profit Reference Material

Michael, Love the vision. Love that you recognize what you're called to do. You wouldn't be coming back to it if you weren't. Honestly, our brains are wired so that doing the thing we're born to do scares the hell out of us. It feels like a massive risk, and our brain wants us to be comfortable -- b...
by NCMarsh
September 23rd, 2014, 10:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: hank lee out of jail
Replies: 78
Views: 22764

Re: hank lee out of jail

Almost deserved to be in the same cell as Mr Lee on account of his stupidity. Hell no. Crime is never the victim's fault. It may be unwise for me to leave my door unlocked -- but if I'm robbed another human being made a conscious, deliberate decision to take what didn't belong to him. That person i...
by NCMarsh
September 23rd, 2014, 9:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: hank lee out of jail
Replies: 78
Views: 22764

Re: hank lee out of jail

A second vote that the individual involved is far from a fool. Brilliant, bold, kind, innovative. You don't wish this on any one, but when I heard who was targeted I was even more outraged.
by NCMarsh
September 23rd, 2014, 9:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Infamous - Aired Last Night
Replies: 4
Views: 1529

Re: Derren Brown - Infamous - Aired Last Night

I loved this line from The Independent:

At this point in Derren Brown's showman career, if he turned out to have genuine psychic powers it would actually be less impressive.
by NCMarsh
September 13th, 2014, 3:54 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26748

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

It has the same basic flaw as all other dancing canes - the performer never knows when to quit. However, I am surprised that the drummer didn't have "dancing drumsticks." THAT would be original and could stand going on for an extended period of time. Irrelevant. What's being sold is the t...
by NCMarsh
September 10th, 2014, 12:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 18236

Re: $550 book

Andrew,

The audience members understood the effect clearly.


by NCMarsh
September 9th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 18236

Re: $550 book

Dustin,

Sometimes I wish we had a "like" button here...

N
by NCMarsh
September 9th, 2014, 2:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

Re: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!

If it sends a "user dead" notification every time its taken off...that's an issue ;)
by NCMarsh
September 9th, 2014, 2:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

Re: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!

The taptic feedback also seems to have a ton of possibilities for remote cuing...
by NCMarsh
September 9th, 2014, 2:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!

I'm sure I wasn't the only magician who cracked a big smile when they showed the magnetic fastener on the apple watch...this may well be the easiest watch ever for a watch steal...We should all send Johnny Ive and Tim Cook a thank you note...
by NCMarsh
September 9th, 2014, 1:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 18236

Re: $550 book

The notes of prior explorations of the principle for magic are important -- I know I, and I'm sure others, were under the impression that Philpott was the first to go there. It is clear, and also important, that Philpott has put a helluva lot of work into a.) developing damn fine applications of the...
by NCMarsh
September 9th, 2014, 1:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 18236

Re: $550 book

I wonder why it's going to take them years to create additional hybrid images. Where are you getting "years" from? And more to the point, why take it upon yourself to expose a crude version of the principle behind a commercial release in this forum? Someone has put a ton of thought into i...
by NCMarsh
September 8th, 2014, 9:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 18236

Re: $550 book

I liked their transparency about the reason both for the publication and the pricing -- Chris has published a new and great principle and, the magic-industrial complex being what it is -- you could see the potential for others to jump out and sell a ton of stuff based on the principle that Chris had...
by NCMarsh
September 6th, 2014, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 34
Views: 10376

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

As for not being funny: In the history of television, there has been one -- and only one -- woman who has been given the desk of a late night show on one of the big four networks: Joan Rivers. It didn't come at a time when there was pressure to be diverse. It came because she was f*cking good. Today...
by NCMarsh
September 6th, 2014, 5:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 34
Views: 10376

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

Joan was, to borrow a phrase from our world, a "worker." She was unafraid, hilarious, loved connecting with a live audience, and was by many accounts -- despite her on-stage persona -- a kind and classy woman. As for her supposed meanness: we, of all people, should know that the appearance...
by NCMarsh
September 4th, 2014, 6:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Eric Mead performing Conover's "Cylinder & Coins"
Replies: 14
Views: 7888

Re: Eric Mead performing Conover's "Cylinder & Coins"

Like a Tibetan Mandala or life itself, some things are beautiful -- in part -- because they aren't around forever... That said, Eric did this routine at the Genii Convention (where it was a personal highlight) -- perhaps as the book comes closer to completion there will be other opportunities (I've ...
by NCMarsh
September 4th, 2014, 1:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Eric Mead performing Conover's "Cylinder & Coins"
Replies: 14
Views: 7888

Eric Mead performing Conover's "Cylinder & Coins"

Many of you likely saw this via social media -- Eric Mead today shared home footage of him performing Tim Conover's handling and routine for the "Cylinder & Coins." I'm passing it along here in case you missed it, as it is 3.5 minutes that -- to my mind -- is well worth viewing for any...

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