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by Brian Morton
May 19th, 2008, 9:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quote
Replies: 184
Views: 50688

Re: Best Quote

"The profession of magician is one of the most perilous and arduous of the imagination. On the one hand, there is the hostility of God and the police to be guarded against; on the other, it is as difficult as music, as deep as poetry, as ingenious as stagecraft, as nervous as the manufacture o...
by Brian Morton
May 13th, 2008, 7:46 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: David Regal's "Approaching Magic"
Replies: 89
Views: 38575

Re: David Regal's "Approaching Magic"

And why then did you ask, Richard?

brian :grin:
by Brian Morton
May 8th, 2008, 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Discussing a Disgusting Habit—Cigarettes and Magic
Replies: 37
Views: 5234

Re: Discussing a Disgusting Habit—Cigarettes and Magic

Doc Dixon wrote:My pants were "smoking"? Brian, my brain is currently seizing up from the jokes I'm not allowing myself to type here.


I'm here to help. My work is now done.

brian :whistle:
by Brian Morton
May 6th, 2008, 10:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Discussing a Disgusting Habit—Cigarettes and Magic
Replies: 37
Views: 5234

Re: Discussing a Disgusting Habit—Cigarettes and Magic

Social norms come and go. But when you make something vanish and reappear repeatedly that could burn a hole in your skin, that's a lot more impressive than making a similar shaped object disappear. Ah, so that's why your pants were smoking last time I saw you. I really wanna see that act when you g...
by Brian Morton
May 6th, 2008, 8:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Discussing a Disgusting Habit—Cigarettes and Magic
Replies: 37
Views: 5234

Re: Discussing a Disgusting Habit—Cigarettes and Magic

I'd like to jump in here for a minute, from a somewhat different vantage point. Richard lives down in the heart of professional DC, which has been a very nonsmoking-oriented area since at least the 19 years ago when I left that area for here in Baltimore, so I'm not surprised at his opinion of the r...
by Brian Morton
April 24th, 2008, 11:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: "Shattering Illusions" on ebay
Replies: 6
Views: 1498

Re: "Shattering Illusions" on ebay

I believe it's already in its second printing.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
April 14th, 2008, 10:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: May Issue of Genii In the Mail!
Replies: 34
Views: 6199

Re: May Issue of Genii In the Mail!

Arrived today in Baltimore, which is early for me/us by about four days (I tend to get it right about the 19th).

Wow -- who did that article on "Illusions?"

brian :grin:
by Brian Morton
April 2nd, 2008, 2:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Merv Taylor Card Sword and Original Delben Blotter
Replies: 5
Views: 1127

Re: Merv Taylor Card Sword and Original Delben Blo

Glenn,

As someone with an interest in card swords (and I own an El Duco), it it possible you could provide, or steer us to, a picture of the Merv Taylor sword? I'm also curious as to why you consider the Taylor to be superior, and what your criteria are.

Thanks!

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
March 2nd, 2006, 5:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: March issue with Penn & Teller Mailed!
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: March issue with Penn & Teller Mailed!

I know I've been bust with a lot of things, but I notice that I usually get my GENII on the 19th or 20th of the month. It's March 2nd, and I haven't gotten my copy here in Baltimore yet.

Just sayin'.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
October 19th, 2005, 9:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Has Dr. Hofzinser Arrived at your House Yet?
Replies: 95
Views: 10192

Re: Has Dr. Hofzinser Arrived at your House Yet?

Arrived in Baltimore yesterday, 10/18.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
October 13th, 2005, 8:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay book signing...
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: Ricky Jay book signing...

After the show at his recent run of "52 Assistants" in Washington, DC, Ricky Jay stayed after the show (backstage) and signed all purchases made of his books at the intermission. If you bought a book, the staff put a Post-It note with your name on it, and it was brought out to you with an ...
by Brian Morton
September 22nd, 2005, 11:25 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FA Cards as Weapons Ricky Jay s/c FIRST PRINT
Replies: 6
Views: 1052

Re: FA Cards as Weapons Ricky Jay s/c FIRST PRINT

Bob -- you already did. :D

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
September 13th, 2005, 8:25 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Can an 8 year old write a magic book?
Replies: 56
Views: 8553

Re: Can an 8 year old write a magic book?

Spellbinder posts: Eleazar's book is finally complete and available. I have to admit that I'm to blame for your skepticism. When I started the site in 2003, Eleazar was five and I wrote the "Mystery of the Scrying Inkwell" with him as the main hero since there are few magic fantasy books w...
by Brian Morton
September 13th, 2005, 4:11 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: routines related to the 5 senses
Replies: 11
Views: 1234

Re: routines related to the 5 senses

Roth's "Tuning Fork" and Gertner's "A Familiar Ring" both are all about sound....

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
September 1st, 2005, 1:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic and new Bond film
Replies: 23
Views: 1489

Re: Magic and new Bond film

Bond's game vs. Le Chiffre was chemin de fer, a form of baccarat.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
August 25th, 2005, 11:55 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Can an 8 year old write a magic book?
Replies: 56
Views: 8553

Re: Can an 8 year old write a magic book?

Hey, look over there! Someone thought up a new variation on "Triumph!" ::runs::

:D

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
August 23rd, 2005, 7:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Platform Magic for an All Male Audience
Replies: 9
Views: 921

Re: Platform Magic for an All Male Audience

I hate the word "patter."
Ditto. "Patter" is for birthday party tyros, slum-magic instruction sheets and non-performers.

"Scripts" is for workers and professionals.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
August 17th, 2005, 1:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Video Critique
Replies: 25
Views: 1580

Re: Video Critique

Well, it's hard to giuve a full impression of your act via a web-transmitted video shot on the shoulder and full of too many transitions. For starters, like I said -- who are you? What's with the mask? If you really are supposed to be some sort of "wizard," why are you messing around with ...
by Brian Morton
August 17th, 2005, 10:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Video Critique
Replies: 25
Views: 1580

Re: Video Critique

1. Slow down. You're obscuring the magic.

2. Who are you trying to be? What are you telling the audience about you?

3. Get your cameraman a tripod, and ease up on all the fancy transitions -- less is more.

That's just for starters....

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
August 17th, 2005, 10:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blue Man Group
Replies: 12
Views: 1208

Re: Blue Man Group

Saw in it NYC as well -- take the whole family and enjoy the heck out of it! Worth every cent!

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
August 16th, 2005, 2:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: September Genii arrived
Replies: 48
Views: 4158

Re: September Genii arrived

Arrived today, 8/16 in Baltimore (which is actually a few days ahead of its usually arrival -- normally I tend to get it on the 19th or 20th)...

And Daryl's face is rubbing off on my fingers, but that might have something to do with the 64 percent humidity today...

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
August 16th, 2005, 10:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Castle Is Broke
Replies: 166
Views: 42789

Re: The Magic Castle Is Broke

Terrence, to quote Richard one more time: I want everyone to feel free to post any thoughts they have on this issue HERE on this Forum, not only on a Forum that is accessible ONLY to members of the Magic Castle and that is subject to potential censorship by the very people who are being criticized. ...
by Brian Morton
August 9th, 2005, 9:02 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Omnidirectional or Cardioid?
Replies: 25
Views: 3740

Re: Omnidirectional or Cardioid?

Pete --

Rectum? You damn near killed 'em! :whack:

brian :cool:

(It had to be said.)
by Brian Morton
August 8th, 2005, 6:50 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Omnidirectional or Cardioid?
Replies: 25
Views: 3740

Re: Omnidirectional or Cardioid?

Kevin, when you were doing the testing and were stripped naked and baying at the moon tonight -- what direction were you facing? ;) Seriously -- I once felt the same way you did about headset mics. I came out of many years in radio and broadcasting, and I felt that headset mics make you look like a ...
by Brian Morton
August 8th, 2005, 6:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tony Giorgio and Magic Castle
Replies: 11
Views: 1135

Re: Tony Giorgio and Magic Castle

Gotta start somewhere.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
July 29th, 2005, 4:01 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ricky Jay's $100 Dollar Sweets : value?
Replies: 11
Views: 591

Re: Ricky Jay's $100 Dollar Sweets : value?

Couldn't tell you -- I sold mine as part of a package with ad flyers from "On The Stem" and my copy of "Cards As Weapons." I think the book was the real draw -- the rest was icing. ;) (And for the record, Ricky sold them for $5 during the candy pitch at the start of the second ac...
by Brian Morton
July 29th, 2005, 10:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic is in a period of contraction?
Replies: 11
Views: 592

Re: Magic is in a period of contraction?

Pete Biro writes: are there any restaurants in the big eazy? Pete, Are you kidding ? International man o' the world that you are, and you've never eaten in N.O.? Say it ain't so? The food in N'Awlins is so good and so plentiful, they hand you the ten pounds you'll gain in a bag right as you step off...
by Brian Morton
July 28th, 2005, 9:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Simon Lovell in the Wall Street Journal
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Simon Lovell in the Wall Street Journal

True, David -- normally the Wall Street Journal comfines its most awful writing to the editorial page. :D

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
July 28th, 2005, 9:38 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: VHS Sale
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: VHS Sale

I think it's that people are moving away from video.

That and I know we're all still digesting the fact that you own 25 Tricks With A Svengali ... :D


brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
July 21st, 2005, 9:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mindfreak I and II
Replies: 189
Views: 23720

Re: Mindfreak I and II

Since my piece on Criss Angel's WWE show has been linked here, I won't elaborate on it (although it was a few years back, and I'll give him credit that anyone and everyone can improve). That having been said, I don't have cable, so I haven't seen his show. However, on a private blog, some friends of...
by Brian Morton
July 18th, 2005, 9:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: World's First Magician's Yard Sale-July 23
Replies: 2
Views: 308

Re: World's First Magician's Yard Sale-July 23

Hey, Wayne! If you're selling any of those memories I have from those Wheaton Plaza shows of yours in the mid 70s, I want a cut! :D

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
July 18th, 2005, 6:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: The photographer who crowded the stage!
Replies: 6
Views: 818

Re: The photographer who crowded the stage!

Kevin, What can I say? "Wow" for the guy's audacity, for starters. The photographer you dealt with clearly wasn't a real professional -- I'm guessing he was a "stringer," someone who shoots for a paper either by assignment (event by event) or goes to events, takes photos and then...
by Brian Morton
July 15th, 2005, 11:50 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: jamy ian swiss: live in london
Replies: 13
Views: 1449

Re: jamy ian swiss: live in london

Nathan,

It's on my list too. Just one inch closer to the day I have to kill you.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
July 14th, 2005, 8:33 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: jamy ian swiss: live in london
Replies: 13
Views: 1449

Re: jamy ian swiss: live in london

It was interesting to see Jamy sans Fumanchu.
Hulk Hogan has a Fu Manchu. I believe what Jamy had was considered a "VanDyke."

technically and hirsutely yours,
brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
July 14th, 2005, 6:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Professor's Nightmare
Replies: 11
Views: 1652

Re: Professor's Nightmare

Okay, Mark -- spill it. Which issue?

(I've got YEARS of the things sitting in the magic room...)

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
July 14th, 2005, 6:27 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Harry Anderson Interview
Replies: 6
Views: 1746

Re: Harry Anderson Interview

JeffyZ wrote: Grab an average magic book for beginners and you'll find the same advice. Were that only the case. If it was, they might be following it, and then magic wouldn't be the red-headed bastard stepchild of the variety arts. Every time a magician walks into a magic shop and asks, "What'...
by Brian Morton
July 1st, 2005, 1:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: In defense of the Color Monte and packet tricks
Replies: 57
Views: 3286

Re: In defense of the Color Monte and packet tricks

I had to go look up "meretricious."

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 30th, 2005, 8:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Affecting Our Art Form
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: Affecting Our Art Form

Nail 'em to the wall, Rick.

brian :cool:
by Brian Morton
June 29th, 2005, 2:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Castle Is Broke
Replies: 166
Views: 42789

Re: The Magic Castle Is Broke

Kirk wrote: I again raise my suggestion, that other than newsworthy items, we refrain from posting on this subject. Sadly, too many of the castle's financial affairs have been conducted in the dark, hidden from the membership. That the AMA (as opposed to "The Castle" -- let's keep our term...
by Brian Morton
June 28th, 2005, 3:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized deck systems
Replies: 45
Views: 14942

Re: Memorized deck systems

Nathan,

Stop it. You're just one day closer to the day I have to kill you. ;)

brian :cool:

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