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by Max Maven
March 11th, 2003, 2:16 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Screwing with their heads too much?
Replies: 56
Views: 6184

Re: Screwing with their heads too much?

Originally posted by David Groves: mentalists like Max and Rafael are saying that yes, they are evoking an emotional response, but that no harm is done. A positive message is given, the audience is stunned, not quite knowing what is going on, and everyone benefits. Encouraging a belief in the after...
by Max Maven
March 11th, 2003, 6:10 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Card Counting
Replies: 26
Views: 8606

Re: Card Counting

Originally posted by Paul Cummins: I've gotten to where I can clock a half-deck (reds or blacks) in 12 or 13 seconds, just about as long as it takes me to spread through the deck. With that amount of speed, and within the context of a routine, clocking the deck has been extemely effective for me be...
by Max Maven
March 10th, 2003, 8:49 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Screwing with their heads too much?
Replies: 56
Views: 6184

Re: Screwing with their heads too much?

It's interesting to note that, apparently, the only person who has posted in this thread and also saw the show under discussion was the original poster. The performer was identified only as "a prominent European magician." As the routine was done as part of a public performance, I don't se...
by Max Maven
March 10th, 2003, 8:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7615
Views: 2332509

Re: ERDNASE

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Here's the story: a guy by the name of Chuck (think his last name was Stanfield--a nice guy) worked at Magic Inc. and had a huge collection of signed first editions. He bought a copy of "Revelations" when it was published and gave it to Marlo so he co...
by Max Maven
March 4th, 2003, 4:39 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Genetics and The Gilbreath Principle?
Replies: 8
Views: 913

Re: Genetics and The Gilbreath Principle?

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Would Persi know?
Yes, but he wouldn't tip.
by Max Maven
March 3rd, 2003, 7:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Genetics and The Gilbreath Principle?
Replies: 8
Views: 913

Re: Genetics and The Gilbreath Principle?

My knowledge of (and interest in) genetics is minimal, so I can't say whether the Gilbreath Principle shows up there. It surely shows up somewhere within nature, because it's a principle (as opposed to a technique or contrivance), which was discovered rather than invented. The Fibonacci Sequence was...
by Max Maven
March 2nd, 2003, 3:18 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: hoy book test? what is it and where can i get it
Replies: 12
Views: 4100

Re: hoy book test? what is it and where can i get it

Originally posted by David Groves: Does anyone know how far the Hoy Book Test goes back? I've been told that it goes back to Al Koran and even before that. I'm trying to complete a bibliography. Although Al Koran did have at least two book tests in his repertoire, I've never heard of his having use...
by Max Maven
March 1st, 2003, 2:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Top 3 favorite Vernon routines
Replies: 45
Views: 5023

Re: Top 3 favorite Vernon routines

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: It is my understanding that Cardini taught his "Linking Ring" routine to Vernon in the basement of the Cardinis' house. Richard, I have done specific research on this. As the story cropped up after both Cardini and The Professor were gone, I was obvio...
by Max Maven
March 1st, 2003, 1:55 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Favorite levitation?
Replies: 23
Views: 5430

Re: Favorite levitation?

Originally posted by Pete Biro: One of the best presentations... (and I cannot recmember his name... he was in Las Vegas, a fantastic puppeteer/magician)... anyway... There was a tv show with him doing it in his backyard... he had an assistant levitated, then put a PLASTIC BOX, about the size of a ...
by Max Maven
February 28th, 2003, 6:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Top 3 favorite Vernon routines
Replies: 45
Views: 5023

Re: Top 3 favorite Vernon routines

Eric, you write: << It is no secret that Mr. Pitchford had a major falling out with Mr. Vernon over the linking ring routine. Through the years I have heard several versions from magicians who were in the know at the time of how this happened. However, this is the first time I ever heard or read tha...
by Max Maven
February 23rd, 2003, 3:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Help Clean up the Auctions
Replies: 5
Views: 374

Re: Help Clean up the Auctions

Originally posted by John Blaze: Max, sounds like an ideal time for you and Minch to publish the BLACK BOOK OF MENTALISM, with all five color series books. I know you may not want to, but in this age of information, the material is defintely "out there" now. Besides, the best way to hide ...
by Max Maven
February 19th, 2003, 5:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: krenz
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: krenz

Jim Krenz is alive and well. He has pulled back from his involvement with magic, but not entirely. He now works for a computer software company, testing computer games -- a job for which he is perfectly suited.
by Max Maven
February 15th, 2003, 6:08 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Collected Almanac
Replies: 65
Views: 44550

Re: Collected Almanac

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Well, Max, that would be your cue to send the guy who runs the site the inventor's name and see it added to the list! It IS possible for those of us who do know these details to pass them on. :) Spare me your misguided criticism, Richard. Of course its possible...
by Max Maven
February 15th, 2003, 1:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Academy of Magical Arts Awards Nominations
Replies: 6
Views: 580

Re: Academy of Magical Arts Awards Nominations

Haven't received my ballot yet, Dustin, so this is news to me. Unpleasant, and not unexpected.

Your comments about the nature of the "Nocturnal Trio" show are right, and in fact I have no desire to be listed individually.

Of course, no one bothered to ask.
by Max Maven
February 15th, 2003, 1:40 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Torn and Restored Heart
Replies: 7
Views: 800

Re: Torn and Restored Heart

Lisa Cousins' routine is indeed very nicely thought out. Matt Field writes that she has "given the T&R effect a reason for having the original paper torn, something missing from virtually every other presentation." Missing from most, but it's worth recording that the Torn & Restore...
by Max Maven
February 15th, 2003, 1:22 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Collected Almanac
Replies: 65
Views: 44550

Re: Collected Almanac

While I applaud the effort behind these listings, I question the approach. There is something inherently wrong about, for example, a lengthy list of Sponge Ball routines with nary a mention of Jesse Lybarger.
by Max Maven
February 3rd, 2003, 12:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What makes the Hindu shuffle "Hindu?"
Replies: 43
Views: 3687

Re: What makes the Hindu shuffle "Hindu?"

Originally posted by Bill Jackson: I wondering if Max had an opinion about using the term "Hindu Shuffle." You have already expressed you didn't think it a slur, but what of historical accuracy and credit? In order to answer that, I must first address a point you've made several times (in...
by Max Maven
February 2nd, 2003, 1:39 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What makes the Hindu shuffle "Hindu?"
Replies: 43
Views: 3687

Re: What makes the Hindu shuffle "Hindu?"

To Bill Jackson: Your comments about the derivation of the term "Hindu" are misinformed. It is simply the 17th century Persian name for the people of India, an altered pronunciation for the Sanskrit word "sindhu" meaning river. Nothing pejorative about it whatsoever. A comparable...
by Max Maven
January 29th, 2003, 1:12 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Phil Goldstein/Max Maven bibliography
Replies: 16
Views: 1957

Re: Phil Goldstein/Max Maven bibliography

Originally posted by Charles Spector:
Are you completely out of your mind? Who in their right mind would have the time to catalogue all of his contributions? : )

Charles Spector
Well, perhaps I might...
by Max Maven
January 11th, 2003, 4:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What makes the Hindu shuffle "Hindu?"
Replies: 43
Views: 3687

Re: What makes the Hindu shuffle "Hindu?"

As noted, the Hindu Shuffle is standard throughout Asia. The appellation was by Jean Hugard in 1934; the various magical applications became popular among western magicians during that decade, particularly in writings by Annemann circa 1939.

What do Asians call it? Shuffling.
by Max Maven
January 10th, 2003, 2:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: who invented the paper balls over the head?
Replies: 24
Views: 5146

Re: who invented the paper balls over the head?

I'm fairly certain that the trick predates Blackstone. The earliest account I've found is a version done by Dunninger in the 'teens or early twenties. And, as it was a variation , that would indicate prior versions. The one name that is inevitably skipped when this effect is discussed is George Jaso...
by Max Maven
December 28th, 2002, 10:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Looking for Magician from South America
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Re: Looking for Magician from South America

The statement that Richiardi was from Spain is interesting. What is your source?

The standard biographical information about Richiardi Jr. is that he was born and raised in Peru. And in fact, that is what he told me.

Of course, that does not mean that he was telling the truth.
by Max Maven
December 23rd, 2002, 6:47 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: comments in Malini and his Magic by Dai Vernon
Replies: 33
Views: 2487

Re: comments in Malini and his Magic by Dai Vernon

I think it's worth clarifying two points: 1. Ricky Jay's grandfather was named Max Katz, a significant person on the New York magic scene for decades. However, he was not Max Malini, nor were they related. 2. It is clear that Malini did not care for Dai Vernon, and the Ganson/Vernon book undoubtedly...
by Max Maven
December 23rd, 2002, 6:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stewart James In Print: First Fifty Years
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Stewart James In Print: First Fifty Years

Originally posted by Mark Lewis: The only thing I know about the book is that Stewart James himself got a bit fed up with it. Near the end I heard he wanted nothing to do with it. I think parts of the biographical material made him look a bit of a laughing stock and he probably didn't like it. Or s...
by Max Maven
December 23rd, 2002, 6:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Color changing silk
Replies: 35
Views: 3306

Re: Color changing silk

Originally posted by Mark Lewis: Billy describes it in his book that was published by Supreme. I know there was some controversy over this trick. Ken Brooke was quite upset with Billy over the routine. One of those proprietary squabbles. Ken thought Billy shouldn't be doing the trick. It is the pre...
by Max Maven
December 23rd, 2002, 12:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Reference Correction
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: Reference Correction

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: No, Max, I'm talking about tricks with a full deck where the illusion of the backs being color X, then later color Y, then sometimes Color Z, or jumping back, is much more concrete, with no HINT of only a few cards being shown. No one did it like Dingle. I'll c...
by Max Maven
December 23rd, 2002, 12:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Reference Correction
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: Reference Correction

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: [QB]What Derek Dingle did was take this notion to a higher level and create a new sub-genre of card tricks. [QB] Oh, come on, Richard. You know better than that. Derek's work was remarkably sophisticated, but if the sub-genre of card tricks you're talking about...
by Max Maven
December 23rd, 2002, 12:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Penn and Teller Should be Royally Flushed from Las Vegas
Replies: 42
Views: 2352

Re: Penn and Teller Should be Royally Flushed from Las Vegas

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Phillip Kaiser: The perception of Las Vegas as the pasture for 'has-been' entertainers to graze upon is one grounded in history. In the early years of Vegas, say before the 1970's, the majority of marquee entertainers were singers and stars whose fifteen minutes had expir...
by Max Maven
December 19th, 2002, 1:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anybody know where the term "gig"...
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: Anybody know where the term "gig"...

Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer: Back in the 40s a "gig" was a booking to play a dance party. The application is older -- it goes back to the 1920s at least, and may have been in use as early as 1905. As has been noted, "gig" has many different meanings. The earliest in En...
by Max Maven
December 17th, 2002, 6:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: David Ben's New Version of The Conjuror has a Rave Review
Replies: 25
Views: 986

Re: David Ben's New Version of The Conjuror has a Rave Review

Well, as my name was invoked in this thread, I might as well post... As it happens, I have seen this edition of David Ben's show, one week ago on opening night. I've also read the reviews in the Star and Globe & Mail . The former was a pretty emphatic rave; the latter was mixed, but not a full-f...
by Max Maven
December 1st, 2002, 1:21 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Aaron Fisher on the Magic Teacher
Replies: 51
Views: 4649

Re: Aaron Fisher on the Magic Teacher

Originally posted by Tom G:
I've spoken in depth with a man that does a fair amount of lecturing and deals. His take is that most now want self working materials.
Which makes a fairly strong case for the difference between "lecturing and deals" and actual teaching...
by Max Maven
December 1st, 2002, 1:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Black Envelope
Replies: 24
Views: 2704

Re: The Black Envelope

Originally posted by Nathan Coe Marsh: anybody have the story on the proper card-to-box credit? I've heard Bruno Henig's name given as an originator but don't know the accuracy/source...is it Kaps'? Bearing in mind that we're discussing a specific card-to-box method, not the generic effect itself, ...
by Max Maven
November 27th, 2002, 7:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bob Hummer
Replies: 8
Views: 1617

Re: Bob Hummer

FYI, there were two editions of the Fulves book Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets . The first was published in July 1980, and ran 109 pages. The second came out the following January, and had fifteen additional pages -- primarily addenda and variations. Included was an autobiographical 1953 letter writ...
by Max Maven
November 27th, 2002, 6:34 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Aaron Fisher on the Magic Teacher
Replies: 51
Views: 4649

Re: Aaron Fisher on the Magic Teacher

Bob Coyne writes: "I take exception to sweeping statements like 'It is, in all endeavors, important to have a teacher to evaluate and steer the student.'" I agree. However, I'll differ with another part of that same post where, in response to the statement that Vernon had teachers, includi...
by Max Maven
November 20th, 2002, 1:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Jewish Magicians
Replies: 75
Views: 26859

Re: Jewish Magicians

Originally posted by Larry Horowitz: Max, So, what am I? Chopped liver? As mentioned, the additional names were not meant to provide a complete list. Since last night, still more names have come to mind, including Ford Kross, Nadine Fogel, Chris Woodward (I believe by conversion). And there are a n...
by Max Maven
November 20th, 2002, 4:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Jewish Magicians
Replies: 75
Views: 26859

Re: Jewish Magicians

Some of the names that have been listed are incorrect. Glenn Falkenstein and Dick and Diana Zimmerman are not Jewish. The listing for C. Alexander is clearly a mix-up with Alexander Herrmann (and, while the Herrmann family was Jewish, Adelaide Herrmann was not). And, speaking of confusion, "Leo...
by Max Maven
November 7th, 2002, 12:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Maven book on Gilbreath Principle?
Replies: 5
Views: 766

Re: Maven book on Gilbreath Principle?

The Gilbreath book is coming along; there are, however, other projects that have slowed down my progress.

I'm still hoping to get it out by late next year. In the meantime, Ibidem 3, Aziz & Beyond is forthcoming, and there's a smaller book on a different principle that will be out in January.
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2002, 6:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Science of deceit
Replies: 4
Views: 509

Re: Science of deceit

Bob Coyne writes: This reminds me of the work of Paul Ekman who scientifically studies involuntary facial expressions. These micro-expressions, he claims, give away a person's hidden intentions, including whether he or she is lying. You might be interested in knowing that Wiseman & Lamont had so...
by Max Maven
August 8th, 2002, 1:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dazzle
Replies: 6
Views: 1083

Re: Dazzle

The "Dazzle" cards, specially designed and printed with Alex Elmsley's authorization, are available from Magic Land in Tokyo.
by Max Maven
July 30th, 2002, 6:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Close-up magic
Replies: 30
Views: 2229

Re: Close-up magic

The question of "Who was the first close-up magician" can only be approached if one comes up with an answer to "What is close-up magic" -- which turns out to be a more complicated task of definition than it might seem at first. During the past two years I have been devoting a fai...

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