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by Brian Morton
April 11th, 2002, 1:08 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Old Fashioned Key-r-rect Lock
Replies: 1
Views: 409

Wanted: Old Fashioned Key-r-rect Lock

Somewhere along the line, I could swear I saw someone advertising a "Seven Keys/Key-r-rect" type of lock except it was designed as an old-style "warded" lock (except perhaps without warded keys). In other words, a big old gaffed lock where the hasp swings open on a hinge. Does an...
by Brian Morton
April 6th, 2002, 11:38 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Ricky Jay Poster
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Re: Looking for Ricky Jay Poster

I've been looking for one of these posters for the better part of five years and all I've ever heard is rumor. Supposedly some of them turned up in Chicago at a history convention about five years ago, and that's the closest that I've gotten to hearing that any actually surfaced for sale. If any do ...
by Brian Morton
March 27th, 2002, 11:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: If you ever wanted to hammer a nail in your head...
Replies: 0
Views: 270

If you ever wanted to hammer a nail in your head...

Coney Island Wonder Worker and all-around great guy Todd Robbins announced this on alt.magic, but I thught someone here might be interested... ANNOUNCING: SIDESHOW SCHOOL AT SIDESHOWS BY THE SEASHORE Have you ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Did anyone ever call you a freak? Well, nows ...
by Brian Morton
March 26th, 2002, 5:30 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Giobbi on ECT
Replies: 22
Views: 2269

Re: Giobbi on ECT

Matt Sedlak writes: Whenever I buy a book, its going to stay in my library forever. Every book, manuscript, set of lecture notes, etc. that I have read have taught me something. I'm with you 110%. That's why, although I may never open "Cards As Weapons" again (What more am I going to learn...
by Brian Morton
March 26th, 2002, 5:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Russian Magicians
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Russian Magicians

The "Human Blockhead" Act is also written up in Swami/Mantra. And any of the sideshow type stunts (as they are not necessarily "tricks") need great care when performing -- and should be best learned through apprenticeship, as opposed to just reading a book and "giving it a s...
by Brian Morton
March 22nd, 2002, 9:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Chain Gang VS. Fast & Loose
Replies: 24
Views: 4821

Re: Chain Gang VS. Fast & Loose

Having been collecting Fast & Loose materials for about the last four years, I can also attest that Whit's School for Scoundrels notes are probably the last word on the subject. A win/win throw is taught on the chain, as well as the psychology behind the half-table layout, which I can say from t...
by Brian Morton
March 22nd, 2002, 8:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Phoenix Gathering 2002 In Baltimore, MD
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: Phoenix Gathering 2002 In Baltimore, MD

So, Eric ...

Does this mean the Phoenix Gathering is "gossip" or a "rumor?"

:D

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
March 22nd, 2002, 8:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: HAS ANYONE RECEIVED THE APRIL ISSUE YET?
Replies: 61
Views: 4985

Re: HAS ANYONE RECEIVED THE APRIL ISSUE YET?

Amusing that I got my April issue on Wed. 3/20 in Baltimore, the same day Karen Beriss was wondering where her March issue is ... and she's 35 miles down the road! (Sorry, Karen! ) :) And, by the way, Jeff, that's not just some guy's butt on the back cover of GENII -- that's Steve Myers' butt on the...
by Brian Morton
March 18th, 2002, 9:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Quality of Bicycle cards
Replies: 30
Views: 2067

Re: Quality of Bicycle cards

Richard Kaufman wrote: I used a Porpor card clip for years and they kept my Tally-Hos flat as a board. Denny Haney is stocking the Porper card clips now. I just met Joe Porper this past weekend at a billiards expo in Valley Forge, PA, and he says he's getting back into manufacturing magic items agai...
by Brian Morton
March 14th, 2002, 9:35 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Card Craft
Replies: 30
Views: 16977

Re: Card Craft

A copy of Card Craft just went on eBay for $412!!! If that auction price is not enough to show that there is ample demand to justify reprinting Card Carft, than what is? Please reprint it. Wow! Between my barely opened copy of Cards As Weapons and the Card Craft that I bought from Richard at the la...
by Brian Morton
March 7th, 2002, 9:28 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: rising card questions
Replies: 111
Views: 28823

Re: rising card questions

Hey, Mike!

You know, with a thread and a safety pin you can do Eugene Burger's Haunted Deck, and then use the money you save to turn 50 more wands for the shop at the renaissance fest! :D

brian :cool:

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by Brian Morton
March 7th, 2002, 11:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Endless Loop
Replies: 16
Views: 4616

Re: Endless Loop

Van writes: Chuck Smith has an excellent in-the-hands- version. Only in booklet form though. Robert Neale publishes an in-the-hands version in "Tricks of the Imagination," with a very good bibliography on the chain trick. it helped me track down a lot of places to find ideas. brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
March 7th, 2002, 10:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Endless Loop
Replies: 16
Views: 4616

Re: Endless Loop

Van writes: Chuck Smith has an excellent in-the-hands- version. Only in booklet form though. Robert Neale publishes an in-the-hands version in "Tricks of the Imagination," with a very good bibliography on the chain trick. it helped me track down a lot of places to find ideas. brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
March 5th, 2002, 10:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Endless Loop
Replies: 16
Views: 4616

Re: Endless Loop

Having done the chain for about five years now and collected most of the works in print on it (as well as viewing what's on video) I'd say that, if you have to have video on it, go for Johnny Thompson's. He'll give you an idea of how to do this age-old gypsy/carny scam with charm and panache. But to...
by Brian Morton
February 27th, 2002, 9:57 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Giobbi on ECT
Replies: 22
Views: 2269

Re: Giobbi on ECT

James Foster writes: Jim's experience of re-discovery is a good lesson for all of us to return to our bookshelves to read, study, and ponder the wealth of material already in our collections. I don't feel the need to start off a new topic here, but I'm curious. In the manner of the "what's on y...
by Brian Morton
February 26th, 2002, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Have you received your March issue yet?
Replies: 61
Views: 4080

Re: Have you received your March issue yet?

Got it today, Feb 26th. Fantastic cover, and a great story on one of the nicest guys in magic.

And mark me down as another someone who bought something from Al because of the way he demoed it, but still trying to figure out a way to put it in the act...

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
February 25th, 2002, 12:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ethics
Replies: 57
Views: 4521

Re: Ethics

For Luis, just to let you know, it's not a situation limited solely to Argentina -- or other countries, for that matter. I had a discussion during my travels in the US a few years back, with a magic dealer in a rather prominent Southern city. he all but _bragged_ about how he dubs off videos and run...
by Brian Morton
February 19th, 2002, 9:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Latest Post on Tony Giorgio's Website
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Re: The Latest Post on Tony Giorgio's Website

I have never met Tony Giorgio, and only saw his website late last year when the address was posted on this bulletin board. As a non-resident member of the Castle, I was surprised to hear of all these allegations. Worse still, although there very well may be a lot of acrimony and polemics that color ...
by Brian Morton
February 12th, 2002, 5:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Robert Stencil
Replies: 9
Views: 1487

Re: Robert Stencil

You know, with a little judicious editing in Photoshop, the Jeff Busby logo could _be_ Deddy Corbuzier.

Hmmm.....

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
February 11th, 2002, 10:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cards Cards Cards
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Re: Cards Cards Cards

You can buy cards by the gross from Kardwell International -- they have Bikes, Tally-Ho's, Aviators, etc., and buying by volume drives the cost per deck down. Go to: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.kardwell.com/">http://www.kardwell.com/</a><!-- m --> (Oh, and I've got family in Chris...
by Brian Morton
January 31st, 2002, 3:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 49404

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

We have stumbled on the vintage where the gripes of Roth are stored. Priceless! On topic, however, I think Roth's Out With Five is the best seated Okito routine, however, if you don't work with tables, Jamy Ian Swiss's "In The Hands Okito" from his new 2001 Magic Castle Notes is awesome. ...
by Brian Morton
January 21st, 2002, 5:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: HELP!!!!!! I NEED INFO ON: BLACKS (AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND OTHERS) MAGIC
Replies: 18
Views: 1826

Re: HELP!!!!!! I NEED INFO ON: BLACKS (AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND OTHERS) MAGIC

Hi, Stuart, I've never heard of your organization, but I'm happy to hear about anyone who is interested in the subject of black people working professionally in magic. Just a short list of people I know of or have met: Bill Gross -- close-up worker from Baltimore Puck -- bird worker predominantly, b...
by Brian Morton
November 28th, 2001, 10:22 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Dental Dam
Replies: 62
Views: 34181

Re: Dental Dam

Yikes! Let's all journey with Tom back to 7th grade. "I" before "E" except after "C", with the exceptions of either, neither, leisure, weird, seizure, and protein. Gee, Tom -- you left out the word that caused the end of my career as a spelling genius in the fifth grad...
by Brian Morton
November 21st, 2001, 10:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: December Genii Mailed on Nov.8: Have you received yours?
Replies: 60
Views: 6007

Re: December Genii Mailed on Nov.8: Have you received yours?

Got my December issue in Baltimore on Tues. the 20th.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
November 20th, 2001, 8:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Card In Matchbook
Replies: 3
Views: 961

Re: The Card In Matchbook

In Encore 3, Michael Ammar talks about Jamy Swiss's version of The Card In Matchbook. Does anybody know where this version is described? Jamy's "Card in Matchbook" is titled "Wish Fulfillment," and it is in his lecture notes entitled, "Thoughts." It is also a staple of...
by Brian Morton
November 15th, 2001, 6:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: December Genii Mailed on Nov.8: Have you received yours?
Replies: 60
Views: 6007

Re: December Genii Mailed on Nov.8: Have you received yours?

I saw the cover to the December GENII in Jamy Swiss' room in LA after the LA Conference on Magic History (which I didn't get to go to, but I really want to make the next one!) and all I can say is that the Vernon photo is STUNNING. After I saw the table of contents, I knew I had to put the mag down ...
by Brian Morton
October 28th, 2001, 7:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Oil and Water
Replies: 39
Views: 3825

Re: Oil and Water

Richard Kaufman writes: The version of "Oil and Water" that you are referring to is called KJV and has appeared in a set of Larry Jennings' lecture notes (possibly "Up in Smoke"). Two of the three sequences are Ray Kosby's. One sequence is Vernon's. The combination is the only th...
by Brian Morton
October 23rd, 2001, 2:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Careful with that...
Replies: 18
Views: 1772

Re: Careful with that...

I was planning on street performing out in Santa Monica during an upcoming visit out West, but I close with the Card Sword and even though the El Duco unscrews at the handle, it's still too long to fit into my suitcase. Outside of buying a hard-type cue case to ship it (and then I worry about it bec...
by Brian Morton
October 15th, 2001, 8:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Playing Card Nicknames
Replies: 9
Views: 2823

Re: Playing Card Nicknames

In his book "Poker: Bets, Bluffs and bad Beats, author, poet and card-player A. Alvarez lists some names professional poker players give to various hands. Alvarez, who lists himself as "perhaps the only published poet ever to participate in the World Championship of Poker (at Binion's Hors...
by Brian Morton
September 7th, 2001, 7:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Street Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 1388

Re: Street Magic

Alex, Putting on a street show is daunting work to say the least. Perhaps more important than what you're doing is the persona you adopt when doing it, and how you do it. Street shows are often in the round -- simply because you have no control over who can go where at any time. Cards swell in humid...
by Brian Morton
September 4th, 2001, 11:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Lectures You Have Attended
Replies: 43
Views: 5500

Re: Favorite Lectures You Have Attended

Wow. What a question. I'd have to say that my idea of great lectures has changed greatly over the course of my life, along with where I was in magic and my skill level and interests at the time. I honestly can't give an overall "best" -- just "bests" for their category... I saw D...
by Brian Morton
September 1st, 2001, 12:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Denny's Ad on the September back cover
Replies: 71
Views: 7620

Re: Denny's Ad on the September back cover

I responded to a specific question about a specific ad in a specific magazine. For doing so, I've been called prudish, uptight, and told to get a life. Honestly, I think that sort of response is more childish than the original advertisement itself. You know, I recall that when I wrote my original m...
by Brian Morton
August 31st, 2001, 5:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Improving Magic Conventions
Replies: 54
Views: 4229

Re: Improving Magic Conventions

You know, I kinda agree with Pete. A college campus in the off-season _is_ the perfect place for a convention. Except for the dining-hall food part, I'm all for it. nearly every college campus has places nearby for food, beer, etc. -- they breed them just like military bases breed redlight districts...
by Brian Morton
August 29th, 2001, 11:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Denny's Ad on the September back cover
Replies: 71
Views: 7620

Re: Denny's Ad on the September back cover

I remember how the old GENII got flak for the Hiawatha issue or the 666 issue and I think: you know, magicians need to lighten up and get a life. Magic is not all clowns and balloons -- it mirrors real life. And, yes, there are some brick-and-mortar dealers out there who aren't far from the ad Denny...

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