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by Michael Edwards
January 15th, 2005, 6:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cataloging Your Collection
Replies: 15
Views: 2401

Re: Cataloging Your Collection

Kev:

I just though you'd put it all under "H" for Houdini. :D

Michael
by Michael Edwards
January 15th, 2005, 5:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Magazine Content
Replies: 20
Views: 984

Re: Genii Magazine Content

Of course, M-U-M was included within the pages of Genii from June 1941 (Volume 5, Number 9) through June 1947 (Volume 11, Number 10). ;)
by Michael Edwards
January 11th, 2005, 8:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So when -- if ever -- is it okay to expose magic?
Replies: 29
Views: 1196

Re: So when -- if ever -- is it okay to expose magic?

Here are the poll results after the first 100 responses: So when -- if ever -- is it okay to expose magic? (101 votes.) Never 10% (10) To educate and inspire future magicians 76% (77) To deepen and enhance the magical experience 31% (31) When it is your own trick, effect, or method you are revealing...
by Michael Edwards
January 10th, 2005, 6:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What? No review on Steve Wyrick?
Replies: 17
Views: 1297

Re: What? No review on Steve Wyrick?

And I thought he was just having trouble with the Shawn/Sean spelling ;)
by Michael Edwards
January 6th, 2005, 5:43 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Instructions needed -- Tagaki Solid Cup Routine
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: Instructions needed -- Tagaki Solid Cup Routine

Bill: I believe you will find them in Richard's book, The Amazing Miracles Of Shigeo Takagi (Kaufman and Greenberg) 1990
by Michael Edwards
January 3rd, 2005, 1:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben - exposer
Replies: 150
Views: 14347

Re: David Ben - exposer

Clay: That's precisely why I placed the poll in another thread on this forum...to explore some of the situational aspects of the issue. That poll probes some of the conditions under which Forum participants believe "exposure" might be acceptable: 1) Never 2) To educate and inspire future m...
by Michael Edwards
January 2nd, 2005, 2:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben - exposer
Replies: 150
Views: 14347

Re: David Ben - exposer

Given the fervor of this discussion, I thought it might be of some interest to poll Forum participants on the underlying question. That poll can be found as a separate thread in this area.
by Michael Edwards
January 2nd, 2005, 2:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So when -- if ever -- is it okay to expose magic?
Replies: 29
Views: 1196

So when -- if ever -- is it okay to expose magic?

Given the lengthy discussion regarding David Ben, I thought it might be useful to poll the Forum. Is the exposure of magical means and methods always wrong or are there circumstances under which some exposure is beneficial or even warranted?
by Michael Edwards
January 2nd, 2005, 12:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben - exposer
Replies: 150
Views: 14347

Re: David Ben - exposer

Ditto.

Michael Edwards
by Michael Edwards
January 1st, 2005, 12:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Conjurors' Magazine
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: The Conjurors' Magazine

Kevin:

You Houdinistas are all alike. If it ain't Houdini's Conjurers' Monthly Magazine, forgeddabowdit!!!! :D
by Michael Edwards
January 1st, 2005, 9:34 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Conjurors' Magazine
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: The Conjurors' Magazine

And speaking of Conjurors' , there was also J. Alberg Briggs' 1910-13 publication that was named -- at various times -- Conjurer, Conjuror and Conjuror Monthly as well as his later Australian publications Conjurer and Conjurer (New Series) ; Michael Albright's eight issuers of Conjurer ; George Clos...
by Michael Edwards
January 1st, 2005, 4:25 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Conjurors' Magazine
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: The Conjurors' Magazine

A good question! The Conjurors' Magazine (originally named "The New Conjurors' Magazine ") was published from February 1945 through September 1949, a total of fifty-five isues in five volumes. It was first put out by Julien Proskauer and Theo Hardeen (who died in 1945) and was originally e...
by Michael Edwards
December 30th, 2004, 6:28 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who's Who in Magic
Replies: 17
Views: 1714

Re: Who's Who in Magic

You can never have too many copies of this very valuable reference tool!!! ;)
by Michael Edwards
December 30th, 2004, 4:51 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini Auction
Replies: 42
Views: 3805

Re: Houdini Auction

Thank you, John. I'm glad you found it of interest. Happy holidays,

Michael
by Michael Edwards
December 29th, 2004, 3:02 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini Auction
Replies: 42
Views: 3805

Re: Houdini Auction

Thanks, Mario. As I noted, you are quite right in that the auctioneer said nothing about the increased reserve and both the people in the room and David Copperfield on the phone were under the impression that a museum was actively bidding on the item. That impression, which was conveyed by the aucti...
by Michael Edwards
December 27th, 2004, 4:32 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Mahatma on eBay
Replies: 0
Views: 126

Mahatma on eBay

By the way, there's a very nice set of Richard's wonderful reprint of Mahatma currently being auctioned on eBay. These don't come along very often. I am not the seller, but thought Forum participants with an interest in magic history might find this auction of interest. <!-- m --><a class="postlink"...
by Michael Edwards
December 27th, 2004, 4:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who's Who in Magic
Replies: 17
Views: 1714

Re: Who's Who in Magic

By the way, there is a copy of Whaley's currently being offered on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 61289&rd=1
by Michael Edwards
December 27th, 2004, 4:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edward George Brown 1893-1947 - Help Required
Replies: 10
Views: 1176

Re: Edward George Brown 1893-1947 - Help Required

Paul: It certanly appears that you still have a fair amount of research ahead of you. I would assume that would make a March 2005 publication date overambitious. When do you expect to complete this project now?
by Michael Edwards
December 24th, 2004, 10:24 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Cards As Weapons
Replies: 7
Views: 1228

Re: Cards As Weapons

Yeah, but the bookstore was in Vanuatu. :D
by Michael Edwards
December 24th, 2004, 10:01 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini Auction
Replies: 42
Views: 3805

Re: Houdini Auction

OK, Kevin, here's the story. The Water Torture Cell did indeed sell for $150,000 plus premium and Nevada sales tax...which was half the hammer price at the time of the auction. Just prior to the sale, Sid Radner informed the auction house that he was raising the reserve on the Water Torture Cell to ...
by Michael Edwards
December 24th, 2004, 9:33 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: HOUDINI RADNER LAS VEGAS AUCTION REPORT
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: HOUDINI RADNER LAS VEGAS AUCTION REPORT

David Copperfield did indeed purchase the Water Torture Cell. A rather lengthy discussion of the sale and the controversy that surounded it can be found in the January Genii.
by Michael Edwards
December 24th, 2004, 8:59 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Tarbell Magic Kit
Replies: 1
Views: 673

The Tarbell Magic Kit

Richard: Thank you for reprinting the Tarbell Magic Kit in the January Genii . Aside from it being great fun, it reminds us of how so many people were introduced to magic in the mid-1930's. I trust that many Genii readers will be full-fledged members of the Junior Magician's Secret Order!!! :D Michael
by Michael Edwards
December 24th, 2004, 8:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who's Who in Magic
Replies: 17
Views: 1714

Re: Who's Who in Magic

I must say that the five most used reference works in my libary are Bart Whaley's Who's Who in Magic , my files of The Sphinx , David Price's Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater , George Daily and Jim Alfredson's A Bibiliography of Corjuring Periodicals in English (1791-1983) (now...
by Michael Edwards
December 22nd, 2004, 8:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Traveling Magician (Reference Help)
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: Traveling Magician (Reference Help)

That would be the September 1939 issue. Interestingly, The Sphinx office housed a "The Traveling Magician" statue for many years; however, the photograph that accompanies that article is an illustration from The New York Historical Society of the original bronze rather than a picture of th...
by Michael Edwards
December 22nd, 2004, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Trouble reading books
Replies: 37
Views: 1572

Re: Trouble reading books

Matt:

Pass the arsenic. :rolleyes:

Michael
by Michael Edwards
December 22nd, 2004, 1:50 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: S.A.M. Detroit 1932: Who are these guys?
Replies: 9
Views: 990

Re: S.A.M. Detroit 1932: Who are these guys?

I believe the individual wearing glasses shown on the far left of the top photograph may well be Royal Heath, a New York stockbroker who was an expert in mathematics. The gentleman on the right of Mulholland and Leipzig in the lower picture looks to be Paul Noffke, a very talented manipulation artis...
by Michael Edwards
December 21st, 2004, 10:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Traveling Magician (Reference Help)
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: Traveling Magician (Reference Help)

I guess I'm a tad bit surprised that the editor of Genii did not point out that while there was an article in MAGIC a few years back, it was predated by a Genii article by almost fifty years. Indeed, a photograph of " The Traveling Magician " graced the June 1954 cover of Genii . The accom...
by Michael Edwards
December 21st, 2004, 9:13 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Lou Tannen - Memories
Replies: 26
Views: 7690

Re: Lou Tannen - Memories

Richard,

I seem to recall -- though I can't confirm -- that Lou once toured as an assistant to Jon "One Arm" McDonald, who popularized the effect Vernon termed "McDonald's $100 Routine" and we know as "McDonald's Aces."

Michael
by Michael Edwards
December 14th, 2004, 4:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who's Who in Magic
Replies: 17
Views: 1714

Re: Who's Who in Magic

I should note that while Bart Whaley's remarkable reference book is an invaluable asset and a wonderful piece of research, the electronic version -- even when working properly -- has a very limited search capability. I find that the printed version more readily meets my needs in many instances...tho...
by Michael Edwards
December 13th, 2004, 5:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How many Water Tortures?Radnor Auction.
Replies: 8
Views: 791

Re: How many Water Tortures?Radnor Auction.

Captain Renault: What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca to see Houdini's water torture cell.
Captain Renault: The water torture cell? What water torture cell? We're in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed. ;)
by Michael Edwards
December 11th, 2004, 3:06 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Babel
Replies: 2
Views: 979

Re: Babel

It's my understanding that only two issues of this magazine were ever published.
by Michael Edwards
December 9th, 2004, 6:25 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Al Flosso On Television
Replies: 7
Views: 807

Re: Al Flosso On Television

Bato:

Try Gary's Al Flosso website:

http://members.aol.com/AlFlosso/book.html

To contact him directly try:

oldwizards@aol.com
by Michael Edwards
December 8th, 2004, 6:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dirty Thieves!
Replies: 42
Views: 2136

Re: Dirty Thieves!

Speaking of cups, Michael Skinner had a beloved set of sterling silver cups with which he performed his cups and balls routine. These had been made by Connie Haden for Tony Slydini. One day, someone simply walked off with one of the cups. Though initially upset, Skiner would later say that he eventu...
by Michael Edwards
December 8th, 2004, 5:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How many Water Tortures?Radnor Auction.
Replies: 8
Views: 791

Re: How many Water Tortures?Radnor Auction.

Dave: I'm not sure if there was a 1976 Genii article about Abb Dickson and the Water Torture Cell (though I do know there was a revue of his act that year). However, I can tell you that the January 1989 issue of Genii (Volume 52, Number 7) was a special Abb Dickson issue and two articles in it make ...
by Michael Edwards
December 8th, 2004, 10:43 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: An eBay Warning: Fraudulent Second Chance Offers
Replies: 21
Views: 1207

Re: An eBay Warning: Fraudulent Second Chance Offers

Yes, this has been reported to eBay. The sender of this scam is apparently "borrowing" the usernames of legitimate eBay sellers with positive feedback ratings...although he/she is using different return email addresses than those of the individuals whose identity he/she has hijacked.
by Michael Edwards
December 8th, 2004, 8:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dirty Thieves!
Replies: 42
Views: 2136

Re: Dirty Thieves!

On the other hand, Richard, many years ago I watched as a New York "comedy" magician cut a spectator's tie in half as a "joke." The tie -- which the magician had been joking about -- indeed looked pretty worn and dirty. There was a reason for that. It was rather old. It had belon...
by Michael Edwards
December 8th, 2004, 6:25 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: An eBay Warning: Fraudulent Second Chance Offers
Replies: 21
Views: 1207

An eBay Warning: Fraudulent Second Chance Offers

Just a quick heads up. I was recently the underbidder for a highly desirable piece of magical apparatus that was being sold on eBay. Soon after the auction ended, I received an email through eBay purportedly from the seller saying that the successful bidder was unable to complete the transaction and...
by Michael Edwards
December 3rd, 2004, 3:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How many Water Tortures?Radnor Auction.
Replies: 8
Views: 791

Re: How many Water Tortures?Radnor Auction.

1. There were indeed a number of Water Torture Cells built during Houdini's lifetime. The exact number remains unknown, but I know of at least five. However, as Richard notes, only one is known to have survived. It should be remembered that Houdini jealously guarded the secret to this escape. While ...
by Michael Edwards
December 1st, 2004, 6:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Contact Info For Pratt Or Lindley
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: Contact Info For Pratt Or Lindley

Kevin: I've emailed you the last contact info I had for Chris Pratt. Michael

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