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by Max Maven
February 19th, 2015, 2:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer
Replies: 7
Views: 2164

Re: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer

And we appreciate your inconsistency.
by Max Maven
January 29th, 2015, 2:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tom Mullica's godfather?
Replies: 4
Views: 2747

Re: Tom Mullica's godfather?

I was just talking about Jim Carazini the night before last. Amazing act. He would walk into the venue a minute before showtime, and walk directly onto the stage. No costume, no make-up, no set-up. (Remind me some time, and I'll tell you about his offstage smoking habit.) And the "godfather&quo...
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 6:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 12215

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

Then aspire toward Dali, not Dangerfield.
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 4:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 5226

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

Far more likely than DeLand stealing "Inverto" from Finley, would be that Finley bought one and then fooled Vernon with it. Do you really imagine that Dai Vernon was not aware of the latest marketed card magic? My assumption is that Finley told Vernon that he had come up with the idea pri...
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 4:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 12215

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

The lack of an official comment should not be misinterpreted. The situation has not gone "unnoticed." It is under discussion. Until the show has been viewed by the members of the AMA boards (I, for example, have not yet seen it), it is obviously not viable for us to make an informed respon...
by Max Maven
January 13th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 5226

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

I was referring to the gimmicked deck known as "Inverto" or "Cheek to Cheek."

Pray tell, given the message to which I was responding, what was unclear?
by Max Maven
January 12th, 2015, 4:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 5226

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

Dai Vernon emphatically credited Arthur Finley with this invention. In 1914, Finley was in his late teens -- which does not rule out the possibility.
by Max Maven
December 28th, 2014, 3:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who invented the water in newspaper trick?
Replies: 4
Views: 2126

Re: Who invented the water in newspaper trick?

Fascinating information, Richard.

Source?
by Max Maven
December 22nd, 2014, 8:51 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 20592

Re: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone

Speaking of Mr. Maven, I seem to recall him saying something to the effect of: an artist doesn't give the audience what they want. Rather, the artist gives them what they don't know that they want yet. I have avoided joining this thread, as I did its predecessor, for fear my head will explode. But,...
by Max Maven
November 26th, 2014, 2:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 5423

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

"Legal" and "ethical" are not synonymous.

There used to be something known as Professional Courtesy.
by Max Maven
October 23rd, 2014, 9:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad to report that Larry Weeks passed away
Replies: 6
Views: 2269

Re: Sad to report that Larry Weeks passed away

Wow. I do not usually comment on death notices, but -- wow.

A remarkable link to the past. I met Larry in 1964. He sold me a plastic tray for 25¢, which was my introduction to Equivoque. Best quarter I ever spent.
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2014, 1:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question - obscure Max Maven trick
Replies: 12
Views: 3263

Re: Question - obscure Max Maven trick

While "Folded Anagram" was illustrated with letter cards arranged in a pyramid layout, the routine you seek is called "Therapy" and appeared in the October 1982 Linking Ring.

And there's nothing vague about that.
by Max Maven
September 29th, 2014, 5:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction
Replies: 7
Views: 2612

Re: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction

Actually, it is like the Oscars. The AMA has always felt that the awards we give should not be subsequently sold. A few years ago, we found out that one disgruntled past recipient had sold his Gaughan wand on eBay. As a result of that, as of two years ago award winners are asked to sign a simple doc...
by Max Maven
September 28th, 2014, 11:25 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: IBM British Ring Convention, Bournemouth
Replies: 8
Views: 3446

Re: IBM British Ring Convention, Bournemouth

Shouldn't the order be, "I said pick a card, and the doctor slapped me"?
by Max Maven
September 17th, 2014, 8:17 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 198
Views: 85260

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

Roger M. wrote: The issue of the out of sync audio is disappointing indeed (despite Max stating we had no right to be disappointed).


I never questioned anyone's right to be disappointed. In fact, I don't think that idea had ever even occurred to me before you made your assertion.
by Max Maven
September 15th, 2014, 8:41 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 198
Views: 85260

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

The sync issues being reported seem more than disappointing when forking out that sort of money. Comments such as this always seem to imply that the producers (in this case, the Buck twins) are "trying to get away with something." No one wants to put out a bad product. (Yes, I've seen the...
by Max Maven
September 11th, 2014, 7:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 18262

Re: $550 book

Coincidentally, Marlo described his own massive collection of distance illusions in an unpublished 1956 letter to Neal Elias.
by Max Maven
September 10th, 2014, 7:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now You See Me 2 Coming
Replies: 1
Views: 1001

Re: Now You See Me 2 Coming

Note the director's credits include the sequels to Step Up and G.I. Joe. My enthusiasm for this new project is about the same as it was for those two.
by Max Maven
September 10th, 2014, 7:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Video of a Magic Act You Can NOT Miss!
Replies: 4
Views: 1520

Re: A Video of a Magic Act You Can NOT Miss!

Context is everything. This was part of the annual "Two Minutes Contest" at the Taiwan Magicians Association convention. Contestants are expected to put together brief routines that are silly. This one clearly fit the premise, hence the great reaction. Had it been done in the actual contes...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2014, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 34
Views: 10396

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

Someone has to say, and I'll be the one. Joan Rivers was a very funny and talented comedian--30 years ago. For the past several decades she has embodied everything that is vile about American culture. She looked like a freak from the plastic surgery in a quest not to look her age, and she was a mea...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2014, 7:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lubor Fiedler Has Died
Replies: 29
Views: 9901

Re: Lubor Fiedler Has Died

Dustin, no need to apologize. Lubor knew, and that's more important than being mentioned on a list that was written when you were reeling from this unwelcome news. I'm still stunned. That said, I'm in Spain, having just spent three days visiting Juan in Cadiz; now in Madrid, surrounded by wonderful ...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2014, 2:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 34
Views: 10396

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

For Bill Mullins:

You might alter your opinion if you watch the 2010 documentary about her, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work -- particularly the scene during a casino performance where an audience member angrily denounces one of her jokes. Her reply is, in several ways, quite beautiful.
by Max Maven
August 24th, 2014, 6:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: George Jason
Replies: 16
Views: 4663

Re: George Jason

So far as I know, no film or video of George Jason exists. There is an audiotape of one of his shows; I heard it back in the 1970s. However, at this point I have no recollection as to who owned that recording. One significant legacy from Jason that is largely forgotten is the idea of MCing a magic c...
by Max Maven
August 11th, 2014, 7:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: B'Wave
Replies: 19
Views: 3151

Re: B'Wave

Any set using jokers rather than blanks is not an authorized "B'wave" packet.

John Bannon's "Twisted Sister," a variant that was authorized, did use jokers -- so perhaps someone split up TS sets and sold them as "B'wave" sets for increased profits.
by Max Maven
August 10th, 2014, 5:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 31
Views: 11917

Re: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic

It was invented by Steve Belchou, and first appeared in The Dragon in 1939.
by Max Maven
August 1st, 2014, 10:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cyril's New Japanese TV Special
Replies: 4
Views: 1393

Re: Cyril's New Japanese TV Special

There are precedents to this in Japanese culture, that became common long before television -- e.g., the format that was used during the showing of silent movies, which included live commentary.

The cultural reasons for this are complicated enough that I won't address them here.
by Max Maven
July 23rd, 2014, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best trick I've ever done
Replies: 24
Views: 4158

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: 1391

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: 7311

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: 2426

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: 6125

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: 1546

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: 5966

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: 6155

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: 11924

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: 911

Re: FSH: Phil Goldstein's Para-Sight

One.
by Max Maven
February 28th, 2014, 7:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 25415

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: 29758

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: 1488

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: 3258

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...

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