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by Steve Mills
July 6th, 2016, 11:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Automated Card Shuffler
Replies: 4
Views: 1593

Automated Card Shuffler

I just ran across a battery powered card shuffler on Amazon for 10 bucks. While I'm not naive enough to think no one ever thought of it, I can see real possibilities in a magic setting. Curiosity Misdirection Deck Switch Add-On These things come to mind. I'm tempted to get on and play with it. Is an...
by Steve Mills
July 1st, 2016, 12:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Congrats to the Chief Genii
Replies: 2
Views: 1850

Congrats to the Chief Genii

I hadn't seen any mention that fearless leader was a recipient of an Alan Slaight award. Without groveling too much, I personally can't think of a more deserving recipient - author, publisher and editor. (Even the DVDs I just ran into while digitizing are rather good). My Kaufman books are probably ...
by Steve Mills
July 1st, 2016, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 8656

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

I convert many of my DVD's to digital format and stream to my iPad or tv. I usually use handbrake (or similar program) on the Mac to rip the DVD's and often will also create a disk image of the entire DVD using Disk Utility on the Mac. I highly recommend using a Synology network drive to store mana...
by Steve Mills
June 28th, 2016, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 8656

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

Ian Kendall wrote:Playing Devil's Advocate, very few magic DVDs have DRM...


That's totally the point. Thank You!

Why people persist in bringing this crap up is beyond me.
by Steve Mills
June 24th, 2016, 10:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 8656

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

Thanks Ian, I'm on a PC. I hadn't thought about DVD Decrypter in years. It's amazing that a program, last updated in 2004 I believe, still functions well. It was a regular part of my toolbox for years. Thanks for bringing it up. I'll have to get it out and put it through its paces. Oh, if you don't ...
by Steve Mills
June 23rd, 2016, 11:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 8656

DVD Backup Strategy

(For purposes of this discussion, may we assume that the DMCA allows backing up legally owned DVDs. Thanks!) I'm getting to the point in my life that downsizing is in my future. I haven't got a huge DVD collection - 200 or so I would guess - but conversion to digital makes sense. I've gotten behind ...
by Steve Mills
June 20th, 2016, 10:29 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: DIgital access link
Replies: 1
Views: 3297

DIgital access link

I generally access through a mobile device, but this morning I can't seem to find the link to the archive - yeah, I should have bookmarked it. It's probably right in front of me, but I don't see it. Would someone please point me to the proper address.

Thanks.....
by Steve Mills
June 5th, 2016, 7:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 16199

Re: New release of Cervon Notebooks

I guess I find this curious.

Today, I see Penguin advertising all five vols for $75 each, due in 6/27. Vanishing Inc. shows them in stock and available now for $100 each. They are also showing on Murphy's site.

None of my business, obviously, but is there a back story here?
by Steve Mills
May 10th, 2016, 1:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hello...Hello...Hello
Replies: 12
Views: 4369

Hello...Hello...Hello

Hello .... Hello ...Hello... Hello ... Hello ... I don't think I've ever seem magic forums so quiet. I get the Genii RSS feed and it appears there were a total of 4 postings in the last 24 hours. I know there is interest, as nearly 2,000 people looked at that tedious Precursor thread (not the fault...
by Steve Mills
May 8th, 2016, 3:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 52
Views: 12324

Re: Laypeople

Two possible definitions:

1. A person that could care less about the Precursor pdf

2. One who is not defined by the drool on his / her shirt
by Steve Mills
May 8th, 2016, 3:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar Instructions
Replies: 4
Views: 3943

Re: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar Instructions

Hi Steve, It looks you are a fleet owner with all those Kars! I'll send you the English instructions. In Tenyoism you can find a routine where I changed 'The New Koornwinder Kar' into a novelty keychain. Highly recommended! :D Quentin Reynolds made this snapshot when I was performing that routine f...
by Steve Mills
May 8th, 2016, 3:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar Instructions
Replies: 4
Views: 3943

Re: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar Instructions

Richard Kaufman wrote:The Tenyo version of the Kar has a "memory" built into it. You should buy Tenyoism! :)


It's on my list!

I was guessing that the Tenyo version might behave like the Deluxe Kar. I guess I'll find out.
by Steve Mills
May 7th, 2016, 12:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tenyo Koornwinder Kar Instructions
Replies: 4
Views: 3943

Tenyo Koornwinder Kar Instructions

I cleverly bought a Kar without English instructions - my mistake. I have Dick's original Kar and instructions as well as Ken's stuff - regular and Deluxe. There are, apparently, some new features here I would like to explore. I found their site for English instructions, but it requires the Product ...
by Steve Mills
April 17th, 2016, 6:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mickey Silver's Coin Retention Vanish (Silver's Ultimate Vanish)
Replies: 128
Views: 40399

Re: Mickey Silver's Coin Magic Live

Hi guys! Doug here again. You may find this fascinating, if you are into coins. A unique perspective on Coins Across. I'll include cuts 2, 3 and 4 so you can see the range of talent here. Watch his eyes, Watch him shift his weight. Body language. Timing. Impeccable! There is only ONE Mickey Silver....
by Steve Mills
April 4th, 2016, 11:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jennings Wallet
Replies: 14
Views: 4113

Jennings Wallet

Many years ago, I bought a Jennings Card To Wallet from Jeff Buzzbee. Despite the fact that I ordered black, I received a hideous grey one. I realized I would never use it, so I sold it. Can anyone tell me what was different about this wallet or was it a standard card to wallet marinated in great qu...
by Steve Mills
March 29th, 2016, 3:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The onerous restrictions on new Repro Magic digital product
Replies: 2
Views: 1594

The onerous restrictions on new Repro Magic digital product

I'm not a collector of much, but I do like magazine compilations and sets like the Harris, Sankey etc books. I was quite interested in the new stuff from Repro, until I read the restrictions: When you click to purchase this downloadable PDF digital file you are paying for the one time usage legal li...
by Steve Mills
February 29th, 2016, 12:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 16199

New release of Cervon Notebooks

I see that virtually every dealer on the Internet is offering the Cervon Notebooks, 1 - 5, for $200 (Although no one has them in stock). With my beer pocketbook, this is something I can afford, but I'm a little surprised. I thought this was a limited issue release when it was first promoted, but I c...
by Steve Mills
November 11th, 2015, 12:45 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Help with original Nemo 1500
Replies: 15
Views: 2871

Re: Help with original Nemo 1500

A quick addendum - Towards the end, Ken quit carrying Nemo 1500 due to the cost of the wallets. He issued a trick called "Locked", I believe, where a prediction was secured by a padlock in a holder. The spectator was given the key for the lock and the prediction said (look in the key fob&q...
by Steve Mills
July 15th, 2015, 11:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Coin in Vue Lighter
Replies: 8
Views: 3088

Re: Coin in Vue Lighter

Tony,

Are you hunting just the lighter, or the complete trick? I believe I can find my lighter, but the gimmick became as yellow and dark as Buzzbee's heart. I'm sure I threw it away.

btw - wasn't there a version with a Tic-Tac box? Probably a ripoff, though.
by Steve Mills
July 8th, 2015, 10:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 38350

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

We got the Cubs in Chicago.....

Anyway, I see there is a IOS CW App to watch full episodes.

Any feedback on the Who's Line Is It Anyway show that followed?
by Steve Mills
May 27th, 2015, 2:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Video of Dingle and Jennings in their prime?
Replies: 40
Views: 12669

Re: Video of Dingle and Jennings in their prime?

erdnasephile wrote:Thank you, Mr. Van Aken.

Here's hoping they release the Dingle Paris footage as well.


Ironically, if you look at these DVDs both volume 1 and volume 2 are named "Derek Dingle"!

I can only assume there are Dingle DVDs in the pipeline named "Larry Jennings"?
by Steve Mills
May 27th, 2015, 2:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 56944

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

I thought his first salvo was L-A-M-E. I really hope he gets his groove back. He could be very, very funny.

He will never top his "most boring post on the cafe" contest. Absolute brilliance and the Gang Green Guys were the perfect foils.
by Steve Mills
March 14th, 2015, 12:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bound Ireland Yearbooks
Replies: 3
Views: 1325

Re: Bound Ireland Yearbooks

Thanks Dennis!


I guess I should read my own signature. It never occurred to me to check the Magic Inc. site
by Steve Mills
March 13th, 2015, 10:28 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bound Ireland Yearbooks
Replies: 3
Views: 1325

Bound Ireland Yearbooks

I asked Dustin about the appropriateness of posting this question and he said "OK" as long as it wasn't a veiled attempt to circumvent the selling rules. It's not! I'm at the age I've begun to consolidate, giveaway and otherwise dispose of some of my magic. Many years ago, I bought 3 LARGE...
by Steve Mills
January 2nd, 2015, 5:05 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 53
Views: 33158

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

Thanks!

That looks like it ought to do it.
by Steve Mills
January 2nd, 2015, 2:56 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 53
Views: 33158

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

I've been working on this with a shot glass I had, but I'm having a hard time finding a suitable one. Any suggestions?
by Steve Mills
October 28th, 2014, 6:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: McCOMBICAL The Wit and Wisdom of Billy McComb
Replies: 29
Views: 8686

Re: McCOMBICAL The Wit and Wisdom of Billy McComb

Didn't Supreme publish a book on his magic many years ago?
by Steve Mills
October 23rd, 2014, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic of Ivan Amodei
Replies: 3
Views: 1310

The Magic of Ivan Amodei

Please feel free to tell me that I've been living under a rock, but I got an ad in my email today for a rather expensive show featuring Ivan Amondei. It's at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago.

Anyone familiar with this show.
by Steve Mills
August 30th, 2014, 10:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 18742

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

Steve Bryant wrote:One need not be a fan to point out that this forum occasionally stinks of cruelty.


Regretfully, that occasionally is becoming pervasive. Just plain ugly!
by Steve Mills
August 8th, 2014, 10:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Paul Fox Cups and Balls
Replies: 14
Views: 4495

Re: Paul Fox Cups and Balls

The best bargain I ever got in magic was a set of Paul Fox copper cups direct from Danny Dew for $18, including postage. They look as good today as they did when I got them about 40 years ago. In the same time period, I bought his silver plated cups for $25. I will say, that Danny's cup maker didn'...
by Steve Mills
August 5th, 2014, 12:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 27826

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

Probably still the physical book, but one thing has seriously changed in recent years. I used to think I had some residual value in my used books, but since the Great Recession, they're basically kindling. That has changed my perspective somewhat.
by Steve Mills
July 20th, 2014, 5:12 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Al Cohen's Puill - July 2014
Replies: 0
Views: 5647

Al Cohen's Puill - July 2014

There are magic events that many of us that have been around for more than a few years recall vividly. Those times when you were seriously fooled. It doesn't happen very often. I can't recall the convention or the year, but it may well have been one of the early Gatlinburg conventions when Al Cohen ...
by Steve Mills
July 20th, 2014, 5:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 22493

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

At my advanced age a lot of things make me wonder. I have been a hobbyist for about 60 years and have never pretended to be anything else. It has always amazed me how so many magicians fawn over "names" that show that show nothing but total disdain for other magicians, particularly amateur...
by Steve Mills
June 30th, 2014, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Tickets to see Mac King
Replies: 2
Views: 1516

Tickets to see Mac King

My wife is making her first trip to Vegas in October and we are joining 2 other couples there. I've been raving about Mac King's show and want to take everyone there one afternoon. (I've been to Vegas once, so I'm the old pro). Maybe a regular visitor can give me advice on the best way to get ticket...
by Steve Mills
June 23rd, 2014, 5:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Genii Website Up and New Digital July Edition Live
Replies: 114
Views: 20813

Re: New Genii Website Up and New Digital July Edition Live

Has the new version been "rebooted"? I've read everything I can, but I still get "no active subscriptions".

What there a next step?

Thanks.....
by Steve Mills
May 30th, 2014, 11:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question Re the Genii Archives
Replies: 34
Views: 6724

Re: Question Re the Genii Archives

"Immense Abuse" I don't think so. Has anyone here tried to sell old magazine. They're worth zilch (and I assume copies are even less) At one time I had probably 30 years of Genii and tried to sell them. Sold a couple for peanuts, but couldn't even give them away for postage. I took them to...
by Steve Mills
May 21st, 2014, 1:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Playing Card Printers
Replies: 7
Views: 1913

Playing Card Printers

This isn't execatly magic, but I would appreciate input from anyone that has used a service. My son, the artist (not sure where he gets it), is considering producing a deck(s) of cards with his artwork on the back. He's received samples from makeplayingcards.com and I didn't think the quality or pri...
by Steve Mills
March 14th, 2014, 11:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the KOORNWINDER KAR...
Replies: 71
Views: 20392

Re: Let's discuss the KOORNWINDER KAR...

Just for completeness, here's a so-so picture of my Deluxe version. I have no idea whether they all were this model or whether various models were used. Maybe Paul or Dick know. To use this one you put a finger on the hood ornament and when it reaches the appointed spot one of the front wheels lock ...
by Steve Mills
March 13th, 2014, 3:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the KOORNWINDER KAR...
Replies: 71
Views: 20392

Re: Let's discuss the KOORNWINDER KAR...

For those that may be interested, there is another "authorized" version (at least I assume it was, since it was sold by Ken Brooke). The car was produced from an elaborate Matchbox type car. I believe it was modified by Jim Hooper. It had some neat features, such as the car turning to face...
by Steve Mills
March 6th, 2014, 4:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: KRESKIN APPEARING IN PHILLY SUBURB THIS WEEKEND!
Replies: 4
Views: 888

Re: KRESKIN APPEARING IN PHILLY SUBURB THIS WEEKEND!

My wife and I went to see Kreskin last October. We live in St. Charles which is about 50 miles from Chicago. To take advantage of Halloween they had references to Al Capone when promoting the show. It was an unfortunate choice, as it had nothing to do with his show. I have seen Kreskin a couple of t...

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