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by Brian Morton
June 27th, 2005, 12:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Castle Is Broke
Replies: 166
Views: 43822

Re: The Magic Castle Is Broke

Is anyone besides the poster "smmagic" bothered by the need to pay the head of the Board of Directors $2000 per month to oversee the accounting firm? That this is the sum paid to the person who books the acts for the Castle rooms is bothersome enough, but shouldn't paying an accounting fir...
by Brian Morton
June 27th, 2005, 12:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized deck systems
Replies: 45
Views: 15218

Re: Memorized deck systems

So then the memorized decks' primary disadvantage would only be the effort required to memorize and maintain the skill? I would think that it would be very advantageous to know a good in-the-hands false shuffle (Hollingworth, Heinstein or Eric Anderson's shuffle in the Harkey/Anderson book "Ah...
by Brian Morton
June 24th, 2005, 12:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn Jillette's joke.
Replies: 53
Views: 4153

Re: Penn Jillette's joke.

I just don't like Penn.
Well, that would be a start. :D

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 23rd, 2005, 10:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn Jillette's joke.
Replies: 53
Views: 4153

Re: Penn Jillette's joke.

Steven Banks is the mime...

STEVEN BANKS is Billy The Mime?? WOW!

His "Steven Banks Home Improvement Center" was one of the funniest cable specials I saw in YEARS!

Well, that explains a lot! How cool!

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 23rd, 2005, 8:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn Jillette's joke.
Replies: 53
Views: 4153

Re: Penn Jillette's joke.

Paul did the real directing, Penn forked over the dough -- which, in reality, makes Penn the exec producer, and Paul the director, but I think they might have done it just for the sake of the credits and the collaborative effort..

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 23rd, 2005, 2:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can You Beleive This..........
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: Can You Beleive This..........

Bob Farmer wrote:
On Monday, my oldest son had been possessed by the demon Aspertoth The Unclean...
Coulda been worse. Could've been Aspertame The Sweet.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 23rd, 2005, 2:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn Jillette's joke.
Replies: 53
Views: 4153

Re: Penn Jillette's joke.

Depends on if you find filth funny. I do. :) Saget's version is the filthiest, but not necessarily the funniest in the movie. The picture was screened this past Saturday night as part of the AFI "SilverDocs" film festival in Silver Spring, MD. In attendance were the director, Paul Provenza...
by Brian Morton
June 23rd, 2005, 12:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can You Beleive This..........
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: Can You Beleive This..........

Richard, this guy is just using you and the Forum to pitch his sales crap. Even the title of the thread -- "Can You Believe This??" -- is straight out of the spam-slash-sales "question" playbook. If he wants to tout this sort of thing, let him buy an ad in GENII or buy a banner a...
by Brian Morton
June 23rd, 2005, 8:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Castle Is Broke
Replies: 166
Views: 43822

Re: The Magic Castle Is Broke

I kinda foresaw this after the last dues increase, and let my membership expire back then. Frankly, I can't say that this surprises me.

And it certainly would be interesting to see the books, wouldn't it?

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 9th, 2005, 1:01 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: jap box
Replies: 48
Views: 10758

Re: jap box

Wasn't that the pink paper torn and restored effect called "No Tickee, No Laundry?" I think I did that in my early awful kid show years as well...

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 8th, 2005, 12:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What would you do with my coin?
Replies: 26
Views: 3126

Re: What would you do with my coin?

"Confusion is not magic. Unless you're confused."

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 7th, 2005, 6:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What would you do with my coin?
Replies: 26
Views: 3126

Re: What would you do with my coin?

Nathan wrote: That said, I do disagree with his criterion of not altering the shuffling procedure...shuffling should feel natural and spontaneous -- I think that alternating different kinds of shuffles projects a sense that you are indifferent to how the cards are being mixed...which furthers a sens...
by Brian Morton
June 7th, 2005, 2:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What would you do with my coin?
Replies: 26
Views: 3126

Re: What would you do with my coin?

Yo, "Crispy" -- I'm misled 'cause I'm misinformed. Or maybe I'm depraved on account I'm deprived. I'm as deep as a paper plate. But that still means you can line up two philosophers end-to-end and still not reach a conclusion. :) And if I didn't tell you, you'd never have known. brian :coo...
by Brian Morton
June 7th, 2005, 2:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How was latest Card Clinic in DC?
Replies: 16
Views: 1425

Re: How was latest Card Clinic in DC?

One suggestion I would make for anyone who attends Card Clinic is this: do not shy away from performing in the critique session. This is something that I would say most magicians never get to experience -- critique from not one but two of the top performing/teaching professionals in the world. You c...
by Brian Morton
June 7th, 2005, 9:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sylvester The Jester has a fallout with the Magic Castle
Replies: 44
Views: 5024

Re: Sylvester The Jester has a fallout with the Magic Castle

Yeah, but Pete -- for you, it's a short commute.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 7th, 2005, 7:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What would you do with my coin?
Replies: 26
Views: 3126

Re: What would you do with my coin?

No ideas, but I learned a killer deck switch this past weekend...
:D

"beynami" :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 7th, 2005, 7:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Amazin Kreskin, a review.
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: The Amazin Kreskin, a review.

I've both seen and worked alongside Jon Stetson at Wednesday Wizardry in the D.C. area -- he just ROCKS.

And by the way, his magic table "[censored] ice cream."

(Hey, that's what he told me. :eek: )

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 6th, 2005, 4:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How was latest Card Clinic in DC?
Replies: 16
Views: 1425

Re: How was latest Card Clinic in DC?

We're all still catching up on sleep. :)

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 6th, 2005, 7:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians that travel
Replies: 36
Views: 3376

Re: Magicians that travel

Joe:

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

-- Benjamin Franklin


brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
May 25th, 2005, 11:09 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Barrie Richardson's Act Two
Replies: 2
Views: 238

Re: Barrie Richardson's Act Two

Jon wrote ...afterwards I told him: "Your new book will likely disprove F. Scot Fitzgerald's assertion that "there are no second acts in America." I hate to contradict someone so erudite as you, Jon, but the context of the Fitzgerald quote is different now due to the times. When F. Sc...
by Brian Morton
May 10th, 2005, 5:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay review in today's Washington Post...
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Ricky Jay review in today's Washington Post...

For those interested in the "52 Assistants" show at the Studio Theatre. The Post's reviewer apparently liked it a lot: 52 Assistants Review (I got my tickets back in January, but apparently there's still some for sale -- I'd move fast if I were you and want to see it.) And note: the HBO sp...
by Brian Morton
May 4th, 2005, 1:55 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: reply to Hat Lines
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: reply to Hat Lines

I guess "out of line" is a subjective concept. Harry -- suppose I walked up to you, out of nowhere and said, "Give me your money." I don't have to be psychic to guess what your response would be. Yet that's basically what you're asking when you ask people to "give you hat li...
by Brian Morton
May 4th, 2005, 1:19 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hat Lines
Replies: 33
Views: 7087

Re: Hat Lines

Bill Palmer wrote:
If I've done that for you today, please be generous to me. You have no idea how difficult it is for a dirty old man to find work in (name of town.)"
I haven't yet worked a hat faire, but I love this line. :)

brian (coming up on his 7th year at a Ren Faire) :cool:
by Brian Morton
April 12th, 2005, 2:48 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hat Lines
Replies: 33
Views: 7087

Re: Hat Lines

Giving away good hat lines is as close to giving away real money as you can possibly get; I really don't know how you can expect to get "good" hat lines for free. Saying you don't have the money for a book is like saying that you expect to live off the kindness of strangers (and that's a c...
by Brian Morton
April 8th, 2005, 3:33 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Gaffed lock
Replies: 16
Views: 5502

Re: Gaffed lock

Me, I'd like to see the Seven Keys/Key-rrect gaffed lock done with an antique-style lock (that looks appropriate for the Bogus Belt that I already own). It's kind of ridiculous to pull out a 15th century chastity belt and use it with 20th century padlocks...

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
April 5th, 2005, 6:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeffrey Cowan is a father!
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Re: Jeffrey Cowan is a father!

Congrats, Jeff!

Let us know when you've mastered the "Mexican Diaper Turnover" without tipping the laypeople to the switch.... :D

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
March 31st, 2005, 10:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Teller on magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1055

Re: Teller on magic?

Rick Maue said [above]: I have posted my interview with Penn, and my interview with Teller on the Deceptions Unlimited website. Rick -- Just wanted to tell you, as I hadn't seen these before, I think these are two of the most insightful and revealing interviews I've ever read of both Penn and Teller...
by Brian Morton
March 24th, 2005, 5:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: @#X! patter
Replies: 44
Views: 3673

Re: @#X! patter

Just chiming in here, but I've been performing this for well over a year and people just think, "Okay, it's a card folded in a paperclip." I start out by pulling it out of a pocket, holding it up, and saying: "Foreshadowing." And then I set it to the side and go into the routine ...
by Brian Morton
March 23rd, 2005, 9:55 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Haunted Key
Replies: 52
Views: 10678

Re: The Haunted Key

Bob neale has a routine for the Haunted Key in "Tricks of the Imagination," and after each routine, he's got a pretty good bibliography of sources for each -- you might want to look it up...

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
March 16th, 2005, 11:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Personal Message from Harry Lorayne
Replies: 30
Views: 2091

Re: Personal Message from Harry Lorayne

Checked my spam filter this morning, and sure enough -- there's an e-mail with a 271kb graphics file from Harry Lorayne. And no, I've never corresponded with him before, either. For the record, I agree 100 percent with Nathan: sending unsolicited commercial e-mail is spam, and against the law. Just ...
by Brian Morton
March 15th, 2005, 9:49 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: For the Restaurant Worker...
Replies: 0
Views: 337

For the Restaurant Worker...

My newspaper, the free Baltimore City Paper, recently put had a feature story titled "Waitstaff Confidential." As someone who worked for a year in one of the highest-end restaurants in the city, I saw quite a bit of interesting, if tangential, information for a restaurant worker that can b...
by Brian Morton
March 15th, 2005, 9:38 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Most over done magic routine of 04-05
Replies: 22
Views: 1637

Re: Most over done magic routine of 04-05

Real workers don't often go and buy something that new and immediately stick it in the act. "New" stuff, IMHO, is the province of the hobbyist. Unless a worker sees a way to work in "the latest thing" into their already established set, it's going to sit awhile until the right pr...
by Brian Morton
March 15th, 2005, 11:53 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic in DC
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: Magic in DC

JR, I know of a couple of locals doing restaurant work in the DC area (although you'll need a car, as both work in the suburbs). Dave Shepherd works in Northern Virginia: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.daveshepmagic.com/restaurant.html">http://www.daveshepmagic.com/restaurant.html</a...
by Brian Morton
March 11th, 2005, 11:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fitch vs. McBride!!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1256

Re: Fitch vs. McBride!!!!

Mark Phillips wrote: I heard a story about a lecture in the 60's given by Francis Carlyle. He taught his pass, then had everyone stand in a line and he went down the line watching them try to do it. I can't imagine this happening now. I think most people would be afraid to even go to such a lecture!...
by Brian Morton
February 22nd, 2005, 10:15 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Absolute Magic by Darren Brown
Replies: 33
Views: 29228

Re: BoM: Absolute Magic by Darren Brown

Damn, Matt! And here I'd been sleeping with "Greater Magic" under my pillow for a month, hoping I'd learn it by osmosis.

Another dream shattered. Now I have to go see someone about this crick in my neck...

brian :D
by Brian Morton
February 18th, 2005, 4:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Maybe someone's been watching Ricky Jay videos too much...
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Maybe someone's been watching Ricky Jay videos too much...

Look out! Homeland Security will be coming after your Tally-Hos! All because of one senator from Alaska! (snicker) From today's Washington Post: Cutting Cards Senate commerce committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) questioned David M. Stone, assistant secretary of homeland security for the Transpo...
by Brian Morton
February 18th, 2005, 9:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 2648

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

Jamy, we're always happy to see how much money the Yanks can spend in order to not win a pennant. :D And Richard, the Nats will be the doormat of the National League in their first season. And Sammy Sosa is going to enjoy whacking homers onto the short porch in Camden Yards for the Os this season......
by Brian Morton
February 17th, 2005, 8:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Next Card Clinic!
Replies: 40
Views: 2648

Re: The Next Card Clinic!

True, we are so uninteresting and unpicturesque.

Next visit, I'm telling the people at John Steven to make sure you get the extra-gritty mussels.

brian :whack:
by Brian Morton
February 12th, 2005, 2:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Real Paul Fox Story
Replies: 31
Views: 2339

Re: The Real Paul Fox Story

Go, go, Pete and Joe!

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
January 5th, 2005, 8:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So when -- if ever -- is it okay to expose magic?
Replies: 29
Views: 1194

Re: So when -- if ever -- is it okay to expose magic?

Hm -- a Devano?

Okay -- I kill the kid.

brian ;)

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