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by Brian Morton
July 29th, 2010, 2:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Visit Jeff Busby Magic Today!
Replies: 26
Views: 5485

Re: Visit Jeff Busby Magic Today!

FREAKING HILARIOUS.

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by Brian Morton
July 28th, 2010, 12:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Magic A "Red Flag" When You're Dating?
Replies: 26
Views: 3326

Re: Is Magic A "Red Flag" When You're Dating?

It should be remembered that the comment Brian quoted came from a frustrated puppeteer who created "Winter Steele" for Liquid Television and continues on her search for relevance in a world that largely ignores her. David, It's true that Cintra Wilson is a bitter, bleached-blonde, high-sc...
by Brian Morton
July 27th, 2010, 6:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Magic A "Red Flag" When You're Dating?
Replies: 26
Views: 3326

Re: Is Magic A "Red Flag" When You're Dating?

"There has always been something grimy about magic. Even at its very best, it is a long con. Magic is based on tricks and secrecy, so traditionally, only pathetic, lonely people ever want to lie that much to get attention. Magicians are historically a sorry-assed lot, who keep company with fla...
by Brian Morton
July 27th, 2010, 6:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 47651

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

The AMA is in fact a California not for profit mutual benefit corporation.
As such under Ca law "all accounting books and records" are available for inspection by any member.


I don't think this worked out too well when Tony Giorgio tried it a few years back.

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by Brian Morton
July 23rd, 2010, 11:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine :: Magic Teacher
Replies: 2
Views: 531

Re: David Blaine :: Magic Teacher

Like I said once before , the man does a pretty damned good stud double lift.

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by Brian Morton
July 17th, 2010, 8:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Close-up case?
Replies: 36
Views: 10092

Re: Close-up case?

I've spent most of my professional career working my way down to the point where I am working with as little as I can and out of my pockets as often as possible. That said, a good working case is an essential item, because as it has been said before, working with too much in the pockets will make yo...
by Brian Morton
June 5th, 2010, 5:25 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magicians?? on Craig Ferguson last night
Replies: 28
Views: 5066

Re: Magicians?? on Craig Ferguson last night

Curtis Kam wrote:I guess Vernon's claim that for some strange reason, nobody picks the nine of diamonds just isn't true anymore.


Let us recall that for a Scot, historically the Nine of Diamonds is not your ordinary card.

And yes, Jamy kicked ass. :)

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by Brian Morton
May 21st, 2010, 12:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Close-up Magic on Letterman
Replies: 155
Views: 26765

Re: Close-up Magic on Letterman

For Steve Cohen, Letterman seemed to be the nicest he has all week. And Steve handled Letterman perfectly.

In addition (not that it's a secondary thing) but the magic was marvelous.

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by Brian Morton
April 11th, 2010, 10:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: street magic
Replies: 12
Views: 2270

Re: street magic

The mall is the last place in DC I would try to busk. The National Park Police are not too forgiving on these things.

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by Brian Morton
April 6th, 2010, 7:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: AMA "Magic Castle" New boards
Replies: 26
Views: 4679

Re: AMA "Magic Castle" New boards

I'm reporting this thread to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Pigeons.

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by Brian Morton
January 30th, 2010, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ebooks - the pros & cons...
Replies: 171
Views: 21975

Re: Ebooks - the pros & cons...

I have to say, as someone who's been an Apple devotee since 1986 (and never personally owned any other platform), that when I saw the iPad, I was initially underwhelmed ... and then I saw the iBook app for it and immediately thought of Mike Close's eBooks with video and thought, "OMGthis thing ...
by Brian Morton
July 1st, 2009, 11:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: July Issue of Genii Now Arriving!
Replies: 25
Views: 3043

Re: July Issue of Genii Now Arriving!

Hmph, normally I get mine right on the 19th or 20th, but I haven't received the Alan Alan one yet here in Baltimore...


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by Brian Morton
June 19th, 2009, 8:02 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Books similiar to Phantoms of the Card Table and The Magician and the Cardsharp
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

Re: Books similiar to Phantoms of the Card Table and The Magician and the Cardsharp

FWIW: "How To Cheat Your Friends At Poker," by Penn Jillette and Mickey D. Lynn. Penn is serving as the amanuensis for Lynn, who ostensibly is a long-time hustler and cheat. It's not pretty, it's not nice and it's sort of a biography of a card-playing sociopath, but there you are. brian :c...
by Brian Morton
February 26th, 2009, 12:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who will be the next David Copperfield?
Replies: 132
Views: 26291

Re: Who will be the next David Copperfield?

Sorry, y'allCriss stood a few feet away from me when he did his show in NYC at the WWE joint on Times Square, and he's over six feet tall. I'm five-ten (and I've measured this by standing next to Richard and looking down at him, heh heh), and I know he's taller than me.

brian :D
by Brian Morton
November 13th, 2008, 9:47 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: The Shakespeare Experiment book test
Replies: 30
Views: 10174

Re: The Shakespeare Experiment book test

Jon Lovitz was the "Master Thespian." " One, two, three, aaAAAAACT!" Having received the Shakespeare Experiment book this past week, I have to say that as a gaffed book, it is gorgeous . I plopped it into the hands of my former antiquarian bookseller girlfriend for a few moments ...
by Brian Morton
November 7th, 2008, 12:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel Believe Buzz
Replies: 446
Views: 147456

Re: Criss Angel Believe Buzz

Art is about communication a viewpoint of the world or an insight into reality from the artist to the viewer. Be interesting and youll attract a large number of viewers. If you dont have anything interesting to say, if youre too restrictive, too narrow, too bizarre, you wont appeal to a mass audien...
by Brian Morton
October 29th, 2008, 8:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 4054

Re: Memorized Deck

"Magic is (in part) an intellectual hobby. You need to be able to take information off the printed page and transform it into three-dimensional action. This is not a skill that you are born with. It is a skill you develop by working with it every day. Learn to read." -- Michael Close. I am...
by Brian Morton
October 27th, 2008, 8:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Tenkai and The Bat
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: Tenkai and The Bat

Todd, via what delivery service are you sending the Shakespeare books?

(I have to ask, as my UPS guy is on the ball, but my local mail carrier isn't the swiftest sparrow in the flight...)

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by Brian Morton
October 17th, 2008, 7:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quote
Replies: 184
Views: 51087

TMI

Art ( Emerson) said Larry did most of his best thinking on the toilet and could be heard shouting down the stairs "Got it!" when he'd simplified a move or solved some other magical problem You know, when I first got into magic, I went to high school with Larry West's son Lon and daughter ...
by Brian Morton
September 10th, 2008, 11:58 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Coin Magic
Replies: 22
Views: 5787

Re: Coin Magic

Maybe it's just me, but I think there are only three books any prospective coin worker ever needs:

Bobo's Coin Magic
Kaufman's CoinMagic
David Roth's Expert Coin Magic

There's a lifetime's worth of stuff in all of those right there.

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by Brian Morton
July 21st, 2008, 2:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Scotty York's Passport Himber Wallet on ebay
Replies: 6
Views: 1212

Re: Scotty York's Passport Himber Wallet on ebay

To the best of my knowledge, Denny Haney still has them for sale.

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by Brian Morton
July 16th, 2008, 10:42 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Most astonishing thing I've ever read in a magic magazine
Replies: 85
Views: 21149

Re: Most astonishing thing I've ever read in a magic magazine

Hey, Todd, is a manupubator what you get when a move monkey grows up? :grin:

(Richard, sorry -- I tend not to think about language when it's someone else's quote. Flaws of a journalism background and all that.)

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by Brian Morton
July 16th, 2008, 9:08 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Most astonishing thing I've ever read in a magic magazine
Replies: 85
Views: 21149

Re: Most astonishing thing I've ever read in a magic magazine

I asked him if he wanted to earn an extra ten bucks. Now that's funny. I'd use it. :) As for the Cintra Wilson "unf**kable" line, let us recall how she tarred our entire art/profession: "There has always been something grimy about magic. Even at its very best, it is a long con. Magic...
by Brian Morton
July 14th, 2008, 5:41 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Flood of DVD's - and therein lies the problem
Replies: 4
Views: 2536

Re: Flood of DVD's - and therein lies the problem

...but I'm not aware of any providing handling outlines via printable PDF files. Jeremy, One of the best DVD's that I've seen combining video routining and printabe .PDFs is Whit Haydn and the School for Scoundrels' Three Shell Game DVD. If you printed out and had spiral bound (as I did) all the .P...
by Brian Morton
July 10th, 2008, 9:53 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cool magic animated avatar for someone
Replies: 13
Views: 3329

Re: Cool magic animated avatar for someone

Richard Kaufman wrote:My avatar here is a Bat Stanchion from the Haunted Mansion.


Ah yes, Bat Stanchion. I saw his act in the Parlour back in the day. Man, that guy could do one heck of a Ball Vase routine....

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by Brian Morton
July 8th, 2008, 8:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Tommy Wonders- Ring, Watch and Wallet-Mint, New in box F/S on eBay
Replies: 37
Views: 8027

Re: Tommy Wonders- Ring, Watch and Wallet-Mint, New in box F/S on eBay

Technically it is an authorized prop (as permitted by the statement in the books); but not made by a licensed builder for the props (which was never a requirement anyway). Jim, I'm curious. I bought, direct from Les Smith, vols. 1 and 2 of "Keep The Wheels Turning." Inside each book are a...
by Brian Morton
July 8th, 2008, 7:58 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: One Trick DVD Article by Richard Kaufman
Replies: 109
Views: 36953

Re: One Trick DVD Article by Richard Kaufman

James, instead of characterizing my arguments, perhaps you'd care to address their merits. Which is what I'd expect of someone who claims he knows who can and cannot understand how to debate. (They teach this in journalism schools, you know.)

brian
by Brian Morton
July 8th, 2008, 5:55 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: One Trick DVD Article by Richard Kaufman
Replies: 109
Views: 36953

Re: One Trick DVD Article by Richard Kaufman

Now you are shifting the goalposts. We were talking about one-trick DVDs. And again, there is the cynical, negative attitude. I have no idea about Brad Christian's bank balance. If he is doing well for himself, that's wonderful. I hear Rocco did alright for himself selling D-Lites. Is it the one tr...
by Brian Morton
July 7th, 2008, 11:51 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: One Trick DVD Article by Richard Kaufman
Replies: 109
Views: 36953

Re: One Trick DVD Article by Richard Kaufman

But just so you know, nobody gets rich from these types of releases. The wholesaler typically pays the manufacturer 40% of retail. The retailer pays the manufacturer 60%. Really? I bet Brad Christian of E-llusionist is very amused at this. After all, when you don't have to worry about wholesalers a...
by Brian Morton
July 3rd, 2008, 1:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poker, Craps and Politicians...
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Poker, Craps and Politicians...

I didn't exactly know where to file this, but it's an interesting look into the gambling habits of the two men vying to become the next president:

Candidate Vices: Craps and Poker

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by Brian Morton
July 1st, 2008, 2:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Americas Got talent
Replies: 51
Views: 9691

Re: Americas Got talent

Denny Haney did a marvelous Canvas Covered Box wearing tennis shoes and a comedic outfit, yet delivered strongly. Denny does the Canvas Covered Box with the bag, and with a costume change at the end where he emerges in a black-and-white jester's outfit while smoking a cigarette. And I believe he ha...
by Brian Morton
June 25th, 2008, 7:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Americas Got talent
Replies: 51
Views: 9691

Re: Americas Got talent

I for one find it dryly amusing that the Pendragons are being "judged" by two people who have nowhere near the time in grade or record of accomplishment in their own fields as the Pendragons have (someone please tell me what Sharon Osbourne has done outside of managing her husband), and on...
by Brian Morton
June 5th, 2008, 5:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: who is the lecturer YOU want to see
Replies: 22
Views: 5611

Re: who is the lecturer YOU want to see

Doc Dixon wrote:But barring any unanticipated resurrections and to stay thread worthy, I'd love to see Denny Haney lecture.


Why? How many fart jokes do you need to learn? :grin:

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by Brian Morton
June 2nd, 2008, 1:50 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Admission to the Magic Castle?
Replies: 14
Views: 7387

Re: Admission to the Magic Castle?

If you don't live there you can apply for "Non Resident Member." No audition required as long as you have two endorsements from your local IBM Ring officers. I had to audition, but then again, I happened to be in town on the day they were holding the auditions. (Andrew Goldenhersh was the...
by Brian Morton
June 2nd, 2008, 10:55 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Admission to the Magic Castle?
Replies: 14
Views: 7387

Re: Admission to the Magic Castle?

To the best of my knowledge (I was a non-resident member from 1996 to 2005), "impressing people at the door" has never been a qualification for simple entry. You need either an invite card from a member, a membership from one of the major magical organizations or accompany a member enterin...
by Brian Morton
May 31st, 2008, 1:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CELEBRACADABRA
Replies: 214
Views: 53994

Re: CELEBRACADABRA

Frankly, I thought Lisa was robbed on the last one. Hal didn't do what he was asked -- that, in the end, should be what it comes down to. If I drive into a McDonald's and ask for a cheeseburger, if they give me a fish sandwich, they fail . If an agent calls me and says they want a snake escape, I do...
by Brian Morton
May 20th, 2008, 9:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: r paul wilson
Replies: 21
Views: 3317

Re: r paul wilson

I understand your point. But I guess reading this means you never had a problem with money. some ( me >_< ) just don't have it and use all their money to pay the insurance, school, food, the ( goddamn ) rent. paying for this is ok. investment like u said. But it would be sooo much 'easier' if it wo...
by Brian Morton
May 20th, 2008, 9:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: who is wesley james
Replies: 139
Views: 36618

Re: who is wesley james

Nourdin, Magic is more than one or two parts, but remember, in the end, it's a performance art. Which means the end goal is to entertain the audience ... with good technical ability. If you spend all your time on learning sleights out of Erdnase, you'll make what the kids call a great "move mon...
by Brian Morton
May 19th, 2008, 10:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CELEBRACADABRA
Replies: 214
Views: 53994

Re: CELEBRACADABRA

As far as I'm concerned, she could have rolled a Zig Zag around the room and still have been performing strolling magic. Denny Haney once told me that Harry Blackstone Jr. used to do the Zig-Zag in Playboy Clubs, which were cabaret-style, and the audiences were so close, it might as well have been ...

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