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by Max Maven
July 23rd, 2014, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best trick I've ever done
Replies: 24
Views: 4029

Re: Best trick I've ever done

Relieved to see that she takes after her mother.

Congrats.
by Max Maven
July 8th, 2014, 3:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: the matrix lean in vietnam
Replies: 2
Views: 1387

Re: the matrix lean in vietnam

Not as much as he admires Danny Cole.
by Max Maven
June 28th, 2014, 4:33 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: A Little Old Fashioned Racist Magic ... for Kids!
Replies: 32
Views: 7185

Re: A Little Old Fashioned Racist Magic ... for Kids!

Brad Henderson wrote:Did Max give a talk or write an article on racism in magic props/names?


I did, in a "Parallax" column, over twenty years ago. Made no difference.
by Max Maven
June 18th, 2014, 10:02 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic Apparatus Used in Movies...
Replies: 9
Views: 2334

Re: Magic Apparatus Used in Movies...

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ib Melchoir in front of an audience at the Magic Castle. He directed the 1964 film The Time Travelers, in which almost all of the special effects were accomplished using magic props. Great fun.
by Max Maven
June 4th, 2014, 9:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why FISM?
Replies: 30
Views: 6060

Re: Why?

Mr. J, your information is off. American attendance at FISM has been substantial during the past couple of decades.

Of course creating alternative domestic events scheduled just a few months later is not a helpful element in that regard.
by Max Maven
May 9th, 2014, 2:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spend Easter with Max Maven
Replies: 5
Views: 1520

Re: Spend Easter with Max Maven

Thank you for the kind words. Various projects afoot, not all of them easily accessible. About to go to Taiwan, then Italy. There are some forthcoming print efforts; the next issue of Gibecière will contain the second installment of my "slum magic" series, which came together in a rather p...
by Max Maven
April 20th, 2014, 7:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Richard advertises, then teases.
Replies: 15
Views: 5860

Re: Richard advertises, then teases.

DonB wrote:Then, he allows Max to write a HUGE teaser regarding Tenyo items, with a feature story on Shigeru Sugawara, and all of the Tenyo items he has created.!


He "allowed" me? That's an interesting interpretation...
by Max Maven
April 7th, 2014, 1:55 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Derek DelGaudio to produce new Disney movie
Replies: 22
Views: 5975

Re: Derek DelGaudio to produce new Disney movie

Dammit, Richard. Why do you force me to take an optimistic stance? Derek has already accomplished something worth celebrating. And, whether it gets done, and whether it's good, are not based on probability statistics. The results have much more to do with the source of the ideas. My money is on Del ...
by Max Maven
March 12th, 2014, 7:32 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: I have a couple questions about Lifesavers
Replies: 7
Views: 8821

Re: I have a couple questions about Lifesavers

That row of numbers indicates the printing, not the edition. Thus, if the number sequence is missing the 1, it's the first edition, second print run. If it's missing the 1 and 2, it's the first edition, third print run. And so on.
by Max Maven
March 7th, 2014, 4:12 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH: Phil Goldstein's Para-Sight
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Re: FSH: Phil Goldstein's Para-Sight

One.
by Max Maven
February 28th, 2014, 7:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 24992

Re: Wonderball

The performer was Bernard Whitman.
by Max Maven
February 19th, 2014, 5:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 27993

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

There was a story that he once put T.A. Waters out of his car on the way to a magic convention, because he took umbrage as Waters didn't list Busby as one of the top card magicians. Is that true? It was in the 1980s. Jeff was driving Thomas back from attending a lecture in San Francisco to Oakland ...
by Max Maven
January 13th, 2014, 2:16 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: On misdirection
Replies: 2
Views: 1451

Re: On misdirection

The anthropomorphizing of the chimp's reactions is augmented by the speech balloons, which further define the reactions.
by Max Maven
November 22nd, 2013, 5:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Oh Reallys...
Replies: 14
Views: 3179

Re: Oh Reallys...

The statement is only ridiculous if you came up in magic after around 1970. Prior to that, the standard thumb tip was metal, and smaller than those used today, only coming down to the first knuckle. This meant it was used differently than the in the post-Vernet era. So, the statement is not ridiculo...
by Max Maven
November 18th, 2013, 6:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: And He Never Said Goodbye...
Replies: 2
Views: 963

Re: And He Never Said Goodbye...

That's because I'm not done yet.

(It's a work in progress.)
by Max Maven
October 4th, 2013, 3:22 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented What's Next?
Replies: 33
Views: 10344

Re: Who invented What's Next?

Different trick, but same method: "Domi-No" by Tom Barker, Abra #1131, September 30, 1967.
by Max Maven
September 27th, 2013, 2:50 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Siegfried & Roy Article
Replies: 10
Views: 1596

Re: Siegfried & Roy Article

What an insightful article. Their fame was "atmospheric."
by Max Maven
September 19th, 2013, 11:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 74
Views: 22071

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

I am so tired of this conversation, which has gone around in circles ceaselessly for the past century. There is a difference between what is legal and what is ethical. The laws of intellectual property are necessarily complex, but in the specific world of magicians, the basic rules are simple and es...
by Max Maven
September 13th, 2013, 9:06 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Opening Credits of Desperate Acts of Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 1489

Re: Opening Credits of Desperate Acts of Magic

The idea was used in the opening credits of the 1972 French comedy Le Grand Blond Alec une chaussure noire ("The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe"). The film was remade in America in 1985 as a vehicle for Tom Hanks. However, the shoe was changed to red and the card magic opening credits ...
by Max Maven
August 28th, 2013, 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: World's Greatest Magic TV specials contact
Replies: 3
Views: 1378

Re: World's Greatest Magic TV specials contact

You aren't likely to get a reply from ABC; the special aired on NBC.

The show was a co-production between the Pudney Organization and Hearst Tribune Media. Some form of that production entity must still exist, because the shows are still generating royalty checks.
by Max Maven
July 14th, 2013, 5:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 142868

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Koran was sloppy about titles (e.g., when he erroneously applied the "Princess Card" appellation to a completely different trick). Given that his marketed "Jonah Card" had no similarity of plot or method to the Ten-Card Deal, I would assume that either it was purely a coincidence...
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2013, 9:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 142868

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Why "Jonah"? It seems like "Judas" would make more sense -- whoever receives the card is betrayed by it. There's nothing about the story of Jonah that makes the allusion logical. "Jonah" is old nautical slang, meaning someone or something that brings bad luck. In the b...
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2013, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 142868

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Ted M wrote:What next, word that Max Maven's long-anticipated book on the Gilbreath principle, Terrifying Beauty, is being readied for press as well?!


Keep the faith.
by Max Maven
July 10th, 2013, 2:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson quoted by Goldberg
Replies: 6
Views: 1592

Re: Harry Anderson quoted by Goldberg

The gag is employed with perverse charm in the 2012 film John Dies at the End.

It was also the foundation of a celebrated blog by Penn Jillette regarding the rock band named (coincidentally) Molly Hatchet.
by Max Maven
July 5th, 2013, 4:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Accordion Force Credit?
Replies: 1
Views: 1339

Re: Accordion Force Credit?

U. F. Grant.
by Max Maven
July 2nd, 2013, 11:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Annemann cover story?
Replies: 5
Views: 1762

Re: Annemann cover story?

Richard, your memory is slipping. I had nothing to do with the November 1992 issue, which was edited by Dante Larsen. I did contribute to the October 2009 issue that had a substantial amount of Annemann commentary, guest-edited by Harry Anderson and Jon Racherbaumer. Come on, Richard -- that was les...
by Max Maven
June 26th, 2013, 5:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Play in the UK
Replies: 2
Views: 991

Re: Houdini Play in the UK

Back in December 1966, I saw a West End musical entitled "Man of Magic" -- a Houdini bio. One can only hope that this forthcoming musical will be better...
by Max Maven
June 19th, 2013, 4:10 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For: Aqua Cups
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Re: Looking For: Aqua Cups

The trick was marketed as a separate item by Tannen's in 1967. No inventor's name was provided. Price was $2.50.
by Max Maven
June 9th, 2013, 11:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congratulations to Jules Fisher!
Replies: 1
Views: 745

Re: Congratulations to Jules Fisher!

Jules is far more than a magic enthusiast. He is a well versed close-up performer, who also produces beautiful hand-turned wooden props. In 2010 he received a Special Fellowship from the AMA (to embellish his substantial number of lighting awards preceding tonight's Tony). His entryway into lighting...
by Max Maven
May 28th, 2013, 11:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Be Alligator Bait
Replies: 12
Views: 1964

Re: Criss Angel to Be Alligator Bait

Seems to me there are only two outcomes, both to end badly.

If Criss survives, we're stuck with a chum-covered representative.

If Criss gets eaten, the gators sue his estate for food poisoning.
by Max Maven
May 15th, 2013, 9:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What American Idol has to do with magic
Replies: 24
Views: 3109

Re: What American Idol has to do with magic

If you have access to HBO On Demand, there's a new documentary, Patti LuPone: A YoungArts Master Class.

Thirty minutes, four young singers; each performs and then receives critical advice from LuPone, some of which is astonishing.

Quite relevant to this discussion.
by Max Maven
April 22nd, 2013, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max and Magic Movies
Replies: 13
Views: 1799

Re: Max and Magic Movies

Glad to know that someone is listening to those audio columns. While The Illusionist and The Prestige both had some good moments, and both had nice costumes, production design, and other fine technical achievements, both of them (to me; obviously, these are subjective judgments) failed to understand...
by Max Maven
April 21st, 2013, 3:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Centerfolds of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 7695

Re: Centerfolds of Magic

This should be discussed in context. From the 1970s, virtually all of the production shows in Las Vegas had topless female dancers. At that time, Vegas was not the family destination that it is today. This started to change in the 1980s. The first show to offer a "covered" early show (init...
by Max Maven
April 14th, 2013, 7:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Should you still use material that you've sold?
Replies: 127
Views: 9285

Re: Should you still use material that you've sold?

Richard, I'm probably one of the few people on this forum who has actually taken legal action in a case of theft of intellectual property. So, I can state that the presumption that "magic has no [legal] protection is inaccurate. There is, thus far, relatively little case law established on this...
by Max Maven
April 10th, 2013, 10:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cards to eyeglasses
Replies: 6
Views: 1127

Re: Cards to eyeglasses

The previously posted provenance is correct; the idea was from Rick Johnsson.
by Max Maven
April 4th, 2013, 4:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanishing Tiles Video
Replies: 23
Views: 3130

Re: Vanishing Tiles Video

Moo writes: "The Winston Freer Puzzle has been made by several people, but it requires pieces of different sizes, since one of the pieces must nest within another. Pierre Meyer makes a beautiful one at the moment." Not so. The nesting idea was devised by Pierre, and it is devilishly clever...
by Max Maven
March 30th, 2013, 7:58 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dan Baines' "A Book at Midnight" Effect
Replies: 2
Views: 2529

Re: Dan Baines' "A Book at Midnight" Effect

The principle behind this effect can be applied to a wide variety of presentations... Need. It is known as the Transposed Card Principle, much explored by Walter Gibson and Stewart James, among others. (See, for example, SJ's "Split Second" in the December 1962 New Tops . The name comes f...
by Max Maven
March 28th, 2013, 4:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?
Replies: 60
Views: 9101

Re: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?

Well, I finally saw this movie. There were about twenty people in the audience. Perhaps they were laughing, but if so, they were drowned out by the sound of crickets. Actually, that's not completely fair. There was precisely one gag that struck me as funny (and, audibly, the same for some other memb...
by Max Maven
March 28th, 2013, 4:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shouts & Murmers - Magic in The New Yorker
Replies: 9
Views: 1081

Re: Shouts & Murmers - Magic in The New Yorker

Marriage? That would depend on a variety of factors, not the least of which being the results of the current Supreme Court cases.
by Max Maven
March 27th, 2013, 4:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dolts in the Media and Royal Road to Card Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 1489

Re: Dolts in the Media and Royal Road to Card Magic

Why would you extend that invitation? (Remember what Heinlein said about musical pigs.)

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