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by Spellbinder
January 8th, 2009, 10:21 pm
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Calendars for 2009 filling up with Conventions and Lectures
Replies: 0
Views: 1115

Calendars for 2009 filling up with Conventions and Lectures

The two calendars on my site are now bursting with new dates, both for Magic Conventions finally settling in, and for 2009 Schedules being finalized for magic lectures. If you haven't checked them out lately, you may be in for a surprise, and the numbers keep growing. This should be a great year to ...
by Spellbinder
December 19th, 2008, 7:13 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Ropes through body mini-cabinet?
Replies: 2
Views: 1226

Re: Ropes through body mini-cabinet?

This may be the earlier Abbott version called "Thru and Thru." "M'Lady Steps Forward" uses a different principle, using only one rope, but in the Stewart James Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks, page 391, I think you'll find the one you're looking for. That's not to say that your prop ...
by Spellbinder
December 11th, 2008, 3:34 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Mentalism at school assemblies
Replies: 17
Views: 5675

Re: Mentalism at school assemblies

The best reason I can think of to perform an all mentalism show at schools is to teach kids how easily they can be fooled by psychics, mediums, "prophets" and self-proclaimed "miracle workers." However, mentalists in general take themselves much too seriously and forget that they...
by Spellbinder
December 3rd, 2008, 11:42 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Chris Capehart
Replies: 11
Views: 6407

Re: Chris Capehart

Thank you. I got an immediate reply that a replacement issue is on the way!
by Spellbinder
December 3rd, 2008, 7:51 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Chris Capehart
Replies: 11
Views: 6407

Re: Chris Capehart

Am I the only one that received the December 2008 Genii with the entire Capehart interview missing? I have page 52, and all I can see are center staples. Apparently pages 53 to 68 never made it.
by Spellbinder
December 3rd, 2008, 3:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic set recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 7948

Re: Magic set recommendations?

There is an alternative to the traditional Magic Set, but it only works if you are willing to spend quality magic time with the recipient. You give the child an antique looking suitcase or trunk (Michael's Craft Store has some nice ones). Inside it is an individual trick you have selected yourself, ...
by Spellbinder
November 29th, 2008, 6:39 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Zombie Gripe
Replies: 37
Views: 9268

Re: Zombie Gripe

My gripe with the Zombie is that the way most magicians present it is a violation of the second rule of magic, so to speak; don't do the same effect twice for the same audience. Any effect, like the Zombie, Floating Ball or Dancing Cane (to name just a few prime offenders of the second rule) that is...
by Spellbinder
November 19th, 2008, 12:29 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Jumbo Card Switch
Replies: 11
Views: 2305

Re: Jumbo Card Switch

Since you, in effect, have four cards, you might consider the Four Card Monte principle to accomplish the switch without need for apparatus... all in your hands. There's an example on my site in The Wizards' Journal #17 - "Four Card Monte Revisited" with some new moves for showing all side...
by Spellbinder
October 24th, 2008, 5:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Rag Pictures-Performers, Equipment
Replies: 7
Views: 2246

Re: Rag Pictures-Performers, Equipment

I used to do rag pictures and I wrote up one of my routines for The Wizards' Journal #7 (on my site), but the emphasis of the article is on providing scents to go along with the story. It's called "Potpourri."
by Spellbinder
October 10th, 2008, 11:56 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Children's Entertainment and the Economy
Replies: 9
Views: 3454

Re: Children's Entertainment and the Economy

I have considered taking to the streets wearing a sign: "Will do Magic for a Bail-out." Hey, it can't hurt to try.
by Spellbinder
October 10th, 2008, 1:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: What no other magician or book will tell you about!!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 5293

Re: What no other magician or book will tell you about!!!!

Sorry. I can't see well enough to read black against dark gray. Elderly eyes, you know.
by Spellbinder
September 29th, 2008, 11:38 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Teaching Magic to Kids
Replies: 13
Views: 3733

Re: Teaching Magic to Kids

One learns more than just motor skills from studying and performing magic. An actor in a play needs: a play, a producer, a director, a stage, props - etc., an audience, stage lighting and perhaps a light technician, perhaps a sound system and engineer. The typical magician does all that himself/hers...
by Spellbinder
September 28th, 2008, 10:31 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 22092

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

I've just released an article in The Wizards' Journal #17 (on my site) called "Double Dutch Loopers" which tries to address the original poster's requests: It goes into the "mysterious" history surrounding this effect, gives both pitchman's and magician's versions including how t...
by Spellbinder
September 18th, 2008, 10:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Multiplying Candles?
Replies: 10
Views: 4549

Re: Multiplying Candles?

You can find a set of Morgan-style Multiplying Candles being made by Tim Starr and sold at Stevens Magic Emporium. You can also find the Owen Multiplying Candles at Denny & Lee's. Just go to those sites and do a search. If you want to try something new, making them out of PVC Pipe, Jim Gerrish d...
by Spellbinder
September 18th, 2008, 10:02 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of Pick-a-Card tricks
Replies: 13
Views: 2882

Re: History of Pick-a-Card tricks

I don't know where the first "pick a card" trick came from, but I can think of some funny routines to attempt to explain it. For example, have a bunch of papyrus scrolls in a can and ask someone to "Pick a Papyrus." When they unroll it, they see a pictograph of a Pharoah bashing ...
by Spellbinder
September 11th, 2008, 7:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Spring Bills...
Replies: 4
Views: 1726

Re: Spring Bills...

If you want a self-contained holder for spring flowers or bills, simply camouflage one of the stainless steel clips Allen is describing in the post above. In other words, if you want to palm a bunch of spring things, toss it from hand to hand or be able to set it inside a hat, etc without having the...
by Spellbinder
September 5th, 2008, 12:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Creating smoke in small spaces
Replies: 7
Views: 2376

Re: Creating smoke in small spaces

The original OOPS mahcine was "smoked" with a UF Grant Fingertip Flashpot using flashpaper and black powder. The flashpot was rigged like a chimney, sending the flash up but most of the smoke down into the box. Jim Gerrish includes this information in his OOPS Machine directions. Is it not...
by Spellbinder
September 3rd, 2008, 9:54 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: John Adam's HBO Mini-series
Replies: 7
Views: 1171

Re: John Adam's HBO Mini-series

Quick! Somebody say "Pick a card; any card!"
by Spellbinder
September 1st, 2008, 4:31 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Backstage Vanishing Elephant
Replies: 4
Views: 3378

Re: Backstage Vanishing Elephant

Following his success in revamping Grant's Cow and Milk trick so that a little toy cow makes an appearance at the end (followed by a bale of hay and a cardboard barn), Jim Gerrish has been doing a version of the Backstage Elephant Vanish that uses a toy plastic elephant rather than a thin plaque. Th...
by Spellbinder
August 26th, 2008, 10:35 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Forgetful Freddie
Replies: 2
Views: 1669

Re: Forgetful Freddie

A better solution would be to make the body hollow and the head pop up from inside the body.
by Spellbinder
August 23rd, 2008, 7:24 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: David Ginn KidBiz Workshops
Replies: 0
Views: 1188

David Ginn KidBiz Workshops

Check my Calendar of Magic Lectures for the latest information about David Ginn's KidBiz Workshops, as well as other lectures relating to the business of being funny for kids. David has several coming up soon in September in the USA. In October, he will be visiting the UK and we will post those date...
by Spellbinder
August 17th, 2008, 10:34 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Military wants to study mind-reading
Replies: 14
Views: 2862

Re: Military wants to study mind-reading

Oooh! Oooh! Me! Me! For 4 million dollars I will put a collandar connected to a lot of wires on my head and read the enemy's mind. He can even shuffle the ESP deck and cut the cards!
by Spellbinder
August 10th, 2008, 7:45 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Liquid Vanish -please help
Replies: 17
Views: 3930

Re: Need some help - Liquid Vanish

I don't think you can buy one of these any more, but you could make one yourself from plastic "glasses" and a pair of cheap metal (Dollar Store) trays. The tray is round, and is used to bring out the quart carton of milk and a glass. The glass is bottomless, but has an inner shell that can...
by Spellbinder
August 2nd, 2008, 8:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Suprise Event for International Magic Convention and Win FREE Registration..
Replies: 15
Views: 1347

Re: Suprise Event for International Magic Convention and Win FREE Registration..

If you highlight the gray text by running your mouse over it while holding down the left button, it becomes a bit more readable. Why does everyone insist on teeny tiny type? Fortunately I now have a computer that can magnify everything, but I pity those who don't.
by Spellbinder
August 2nd, 2008, 8:18 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Liquid Vanish -please help
Replies: 17
Views: 3930

Re: Liquid Vanish -please help

Are you working solo, or do you have an assistant? The coolest liquid vanishes require someone to help you get rid of the stuff before you wet yourself. If you use an assistant, I have some suggestions for you. If not, stick to the standard stuff.
by Spellbinder
July 31st, 2008, 9:18 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Pirate Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 4522

Re: Pirate Magic

Eleazar Goodenough wrote up his Pirate Miser's Dream act and included it in "Cauldron Capers" from last Halloween's The Wizards' Journal #14, on my site. He performs it with eye patch and a hook on one hand, dropping the golden coins (plastic) into a halloween cauldron. The same issue (#14...
by Spellbinder
July 21st, 2008, 1:14 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Jolly Roger Television Show!
Replies: 2
Views: 1681

Re: Jolly Roger Television Show!

Have you done any television since then? It might be fun to compare then and now.
by Spellbinder
July 16th, 2008, 5:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dell O'Dell's real name
Replies: 5
Views: 1134

Re: Dell O'Dell's real name

The info I researched for my Brief Biographies of Magic Inventors listed her as "Nell Newton."

http://magicnook.com/forum/bioNOP.htm
by Spellbinder
July 14th, 2008, 4:24 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Silken Saga
Replies: 10
Views: 8723

Re: Silken Saga

I will warn you in advance that I do not want anyone emailing me for further information, as it will not be forthcoming! JR I guess we'd better let this thread disappear quietly, because I'm starting to get PM's and e-mails from the curious as well. I'm referring them to Mark Lewis for more informa...
by Spellbinder
July 12th, 2008, 2:40 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Silken Saga
Replies: 10
Views: 8723

Re: Silken Saga

It is a great effect, but few even know about it, especially in the USA. Magicians who do it are very secretive about it and try not to include it in the programme if they know another magician is out there watching. This has kept it out of the hands of the incompetent for many years. I saw a rather...
by Spellbinder
July 7th, 2008, 6:26 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Print on demand
Replies: 15
Views: 3984

Re: Print on demand

I recently made the decision to convert all my on-line e-Book Wizards' Journals to printed full color paperbacks using Lulu.com. It remains to be seen if this was a good move, but since I still produce the e-Book versions myself, it can't hurt. The copies I have ordered for my own library look excel...
by Spellbinder
June 29th, 2008, 12:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Oxy Clean Coin Routine - great magic
Replies: 13
Views: 4544

Re: Oxy Clean Coin Routine - great magic

Richard Kaufman wrote:You also can't have your coins examined, or place them in the spectator's hands. That makes a big difference.

If you vanish all the coins at the end, as Eric does, the spectator can examine the invisible coins all he wants to.
by Spellbinder
June 28th, 2008, 7:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Oxy Clean Coin Routine - great magic
Replies: 13
Views: 4544

Re: Oxy Clean Coin Routine - great magic

You're right. That's as close to real magic as I've seen in a long time, no matter how he does it.
by Spellbinder
June 23rd, 2008, 11:21 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Typos in books
Replies: 9
Views: 4026

Re: Typos in books

One of the advantages of the e-Book is that corrections can be made immediately for all future versions. At The Magic Nook, if we see the need for a major re-write, all previous purchasers of the e-Book are sent an updated copy, but if it is just a typo correction, we make the change but don't send ...
by Spellbinder
June 7th, 2008, 3:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Final Load for Coffee Chop Cup (Mug)
Replies: 14
Views: 2892

Re: Final Load for Coffee Chop Cup (Mug)

I would be more interested in replacing the little red balls with objects that make more sense in a coffee cup- like sugar cubes. Final loads could be a couple of small plastic half & half containers and a liquid load of seemingly hot black coffee. But while it CAN be done using today's technolo...
by Spellbinder
June 7th, 2008, 3:29 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Appearing Broom
Replies: 8
Views: 2349

Re: Appearing Broom

If you have already built one, then you probably don't need the instructions. Instead, you need to see one or both of those commercially built models in real life and in action. Having built one, you would immediately be able to tell if one or the other would meet your needs from a quick inspection.
by Spellbinder
June 6th, 2008, 3:23 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Appearing Broom
Replies: 8
Views: 2349

Re: Appearing Broom

It's something you can make yourself for about $2, and is one of the many effects described for converting Dollar Store brooms into magic brooms, wands, canes, and staffs in the Dollar Store e-Book on my site entitled "Broomstick Witchcraft." But if you insist on buying one of the two item...
by Spellbinder
June 2nd, 2008, 9:42 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Haunted Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 5657

Re: Haunted Magic

Take a lesson from Alfred Hitchcock... it's not what you see, it's what you EXPECT to see, or see in your mind as a result of suggestions, sounds, smells (OK, Hitch didn't use smells, but that's no reason we can't!).
by Spellbinder
May 19th, 2008, 9:38 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: What is "classic magic"?
Replies: 16
Views: 4173

Re: What is "classic magic"?

When I hear magicians using this term, it usually means the act is filled with stuff they have all seen before. If a magician appears on the scene and knocks their socks off with something new and different (like Cyril Takayama, for instance) you will never hear them use that term, and yet, if you e...
by Spellbinder
April 30th, 2008, 8:03 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: strat-o-sphere box
Replies: 6
Views: 2818

Re: strat-o-sphere box

The Gung-Ho Box is easy to build from hardboard and duct tape, but to me, using it as a vanish device in Strat-o-Sphere always seemed like putting a round peg into a square hole. Jim Gerrish came up with two better methods of vanishing the Pit Ball, which he includes in his e-Book "Balls to the...

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