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by Q. Kumber
August 10th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson book pre-order
Replies: 8
Views: 1804

Re: Johnny Thompson book pre-order

I ordered as soon as the email arrived. It's not due for a few months so hopefully I will have forgotten I ordered it, and it will be a surprise when it's delivered.
by Q. Kumber
August 9th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 46
Views: 7764

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Back in 1998, I brought Eugene to Dublin for a special event. One of the places I took him to visit was Newgrange, an ancient structure that well predates the pyramids. On the winter solstice it's entrance is in alignment with the rising sun which illuminates an inner passage and chamber. The experi...
by Q. Kumber
August 9th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 14
Views: 3536

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

I received an email from them about a month ago. I don't recall a release date, though there may be one. But I'd imagine it's soon.
by Q. Kumber
August 4th, 2017, 2:11 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: They Lived By Tricks - Expanded Edition
Replies: 5
Views: 1367

Re: They Lived By Tricks - Expanded Edition

Is it written in English or Italian?
by Q. Kumber
July 30th, 2017, 7:38 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 14357

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

No mention of Bob Sheets' Killer Kitson Miracle, his walk around version of this effect. Bob released this without realising it was a Patrick Page trick. After he found out he called to see Pat and made a handsome donation to his retirement fund. Pat responded, "Is there anything else of mine ...
by Q. Kumber
July 30th, 2017, 8:50 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 14357

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

At the recent Peterborough Day of Magic (where I was lecturing) I bought two boxes containing 100 old issues of GENII, including the September 1942 issue mentioned above. Here's the relevant discussion on OOTW, and I've added an interesting anecdote from the same issue that has nothing to do with th...
by Q. Kumber
July 25th, 2017, 7:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 14357

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

The Pat Page version (along with many other tricks) is available from
http://patrickpagemagic.co.uk/product/t ... n-miracle/
by Q. Kumber
July 25th, 2017, 12:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: An Update in the Marketplace Rules
Replies: 11
Views: 123226

Re: An Update in the Marketplace Rules

In one topic, not necessarily a single post.
by Q. Kumber
July 20th, 2017, 8:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question Re: Conway Cigarette Case
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Re: Question Re: Conway Cigarette Case

According to the write-up in his book, The Pat Way To Con , it is based on the Allerton case with the important addition that the case can be opened by a spectator, without concern of them finding anything they shouldn't. I see no reason why other items can't be used instead of cigarettes. However s...
by Q. Kumber
July 20th, 2017, 6:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 3005

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

I know of two companies who have large stocks of old photos, images, postcards etc. that they rent out or get royalties from. They would not be the original owners, but now the legal owners of the items.
by Q. Kumber
July 19th, 2017, 1:34 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Abbott's Magic Sword Thru Neck
Replies: 1
Views: 730

Re: Abbott's Magic Sword Thru Neck

Two tape measures taped together to the right length.
There's a fun routine in the book, Gene Gordon's Magical Legacy.
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 21
Views: 1956

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Richard Kaufman wrote:And can you see the cover now?


YES!
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 21
Views: 1956

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Quentin, you have access to the digital edition. Are you just referring to the photo I have in my post above? Photobucket doesn't charge me anything. Yes, the image above which has the wording, "Please update your account to enable third party hosting." I always browse through the digital...
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 4:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 21
Views: 1956

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Jeff Haas wrote:Photobucket until recently let you upload a picture on their site so it could be seen on another site for free. That is no longer free, you have to subscribe to a plan and pay for the usage.


Thank you Jeff. I'll wait for the hard copy! ;)
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 4:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 21
Views: 1956

Re: The August Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

What's the 3rd party hosting to do with this?
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2017, 6:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 3005

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

I believe that all works published in the United States before January 1, 1923, are in the public domain. And even for letters written after that date, what Mike does to them is so transformative that the copying is classic Fair Use. I love the Classic Correspondence books, but what does Mike do to...
by Q. Kumber
July 16th, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond

Lucky you Brad having two sets. I only have one. Incidentally the trick originally appeared in Abra . Peter Diamond was quite a character and loved theatre and showbiz. He must have seen every summer show that appeared in Blackpool during his adult life. He was also good friends with John Inman (Mr....
by Q. Kumber
July 16th, 2017, 7:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond
Replies: 3
Views: 814

R.I.P. Ian Ogilvy, Trevor Dawson, Peter Diamond

Sad to report that Ian Ogilvy passed away in Spain on Monday 10th July. I first met Ian in the 70's when he was working the Fiesta nightclub in Dublin along with his then wife Lan Sharon (daughter of Jack Hughes). He later ran PROPS, making high quality magical apparatus before running a number of j...
by Q. Kumber
July 10th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Levante Book
Replies: 12
Views: 2104

Re: Levante Book

Yesterday I worked a carnival with Andrew Van Buren. He performed Levante's original Belisha Beacon illusion. It was made in 1928 and sold to Jeffrey Atkins in 1958. Andrew acquired it from Jeffrey's widow, and refurbished it. As Andrew performs it, a vertical cabinet stands on a flat base with a do...
by Q. Kumber
July 9th, 2017, 12:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: John Moehring Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 1487

Re: John Moehring Has Died

Very sorry to hear this. I knew him first through his book, Texan Trixter, and later I met him in Las Vegas. One of those who contributed more to magic than he got from it.. R.I.P.
by Q. Kumber
July 7th, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A study has found that using music to learn a physical task significantly develops an important part of the brain.
Replies: 3
Views: 874

Re: A study has found that using music to learn a physical task significantly develops an important part of the brain.

There was a similar report about 30 years ago which suggested listening to Baroque music while practising a physical task would help.
by Q. Kumber
July 6th, 2017, 4:23 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: davidregal.com
Replies: 12
Views: 1697

Re: davidregal.com

The first time I tried the search, it brought up the same outside site, playmath. When I tried it the second time, it worked as it should.
Definitely needs attention by the owner.
by Q. Kumber
July 5th, 2017, 5:10 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: davidregal.com
Replies: 12
Views: 1697

Re: davidregal.com

The midwest magic site opened up OK for me. I clicked on some of their link pages and all opened as they should except for the CD-ROM button which took me to a games site which I closed. When I clicked on the CD-ROM button again it worked fine, staying within the site. I'm on a mac computer.
by Q. Kumber
July 5th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: davidregal.com
Replies: 12
Views: 1697

Re: davidregal.com

It's working for me, no problem.
by Q. Kumber
July 2nd, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Eddy Taytelbaum
Replies: 11
Views: 1452

Re: LF: Eddy Taytelbaum

Apart from the props he made for sale, Eddy invented many moves and tricks, especially with small packets of cards. Often they have been credited to others. I'm fortunate to have visited him a number of times at his home and he showed me many of the new moves he developed. I encouraged him to record...
by Q. Kumber
July 1st, 2017, 4:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 3833

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

Richard Kaufman wrote:There really is no way to make this type of job sound exotic and interesting. After the first year or two it becomes very difficult to keep the quality up on a monthly basis.


Richard, you are doing an excellent job with GENII. It keeps getting better.
by Q. Kumber
June 29th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 3833

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

You raise an interesting point but I think that the editor of any specialised magazine really needs to come from within the industry for many reasons, the most basic being the need to understand the technical jargon specific to that field.
by Q. Kumber
June 26th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: I need instructions for 2 tricks
Replies: 2
Views: 1215

Re: I need instructions for 2 tricks

Cube in a Tube was invented by Arthur Setterington and first appeared in Abra.

Setterington also invented the trick now known as Crazy Man's Handcuffs.
by Q. Kumber
June 26th, 2017, 5:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 2250

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

That kind of session sounds like a very rewarding experience, Q! On a related note, the tricks I do all have scripts (Thanks, Mr McCabe!) that are geared towards laypeople. In a session, I'd likely default to those presentations, as it's hard for me to just go through the moves without the presenta...
by Q. Kumber
June 25th, 2017, 5:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 2250

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

Sometimes you will have a very mixed (in competence and knowledge) group at a session. I always make a point that each and everyone of us will have to do something. It could be a trick, a move, or simply asking for feedback on an item they are working on. But everyone has to do something. Now one or...
by Q. Kumber
June 22nd, 2017, 12:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 64
Views: 17262

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

Tom Gilbert wrote:I got to see Petrick and Mia demo a bunch of their items and also bought a number. Whatever happened to them?


So what did happen to them?
by Q. Kumber
June 20th, 2017, 5:46 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Unmasking of Bill Malone
Replies: 8
Views: 2503

Re: The Unmasking of Bill Malone

So how come Bill got to read the July issue before anyone else?

Now that it is online I've had a quick browse. When I saw the review of Magicians In Action, I first thought it was about magicians in the armed services. It isn't.
by Q. Kumber
June 16th, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 24243

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Bob Farmer wrote:I'll have to publish my Cardwarp routine at some point. Part of it is a single card version and the handling is smooth and angle-proof.


I'll have to publish mine too. It has the best ending of any such routine to date.
by Q. Kumber
June 8th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?
Replies: 5
Views: 1483

Re: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?

I recall this as proposed by Arthur C. F. Carter, specific to the Dennis Wheatley novel To The Devil A Daughter . No anagram required, as there are only four names in the entire book. Appeared in Magigram in the 1970s. As I was reading down the posts, I was going to mention the Arthur Carter routin...
by Q. Kumber
June 5th, 2017, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 11022

Re: America's Got Talent performance

The argument about an effect being "too perfect" or "too proppy" is an incredibly modern one that most magicians don't even begin to understand, much less have a clear reasoned personal decision as to their stance on the matter. From what I've read over the years about prominent...
by Q. Kumber
June 3rd, 2017, 8:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 11022

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Some years ago Brian Glover, Walt Lees and a layperson were judges at a magic society close-up competition. One of the performers did a Fiber Optics rope routine and had a good presentation for it. Another performer did the Victor C&R Rope with a pretty bland presentation. When the judges got to...
by Q. Kumber
June 3rd, 2017, 3:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okito boxes
Replies: 24
Views: 6230

Re: Okito boxes

I'm very new to working with coin boxes but recently bought the Sinbad Max Okito Box, and I'm very pleased with it.

https://lostartmagic.com/shop/physical/ ... cba1185463
by Q. Kumber
May 25th, 2017, 2:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 13
Views: 2300

Re: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!

What an interesting and well researched article. Dr Ian Ellis-Jones has done his homework.
by Q. Kumber
May 24th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 13
Views: 2300

Re: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!

The best stand-up card magician I have seen was Johnny Hoffman who mostly performed with carnivals in the summer and schools and halls in the winter. He died in Ireland in 1975. I never saw him do any close-up but he could and did do 30-40 minutes with just a deck, using mostly the pass, the classic...
by Q. Kumber
May 21st, 2017, 6:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP James Hamilton
Replies: 2
Views: 924

Re: RIP James Hamilton

Deeply saddened to read this. James was delightful company and a good friend.

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