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by pixsmith
August 9th, 2010, 10:21 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: How to make money doing close up magic!
Replies: 25
Views: 10241

Re: How to make money doing close up magic!

I think it could be a great idea in the right circumstance. The psychology of the thing is pretty good -- Pitching a svengali deck right after a magic show gives the impression that "If I can do this, then I could do all that other neat stuff too." Further, I think that by keeping the &quo...
by pixsmith
August 8th, 2010, 9:39 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: How to make money doing close up magic!
Replies: 25
Views: 10241

Re: How to make money doing close up magic!

I can see why most performers wouldn't make good front men. Asking for the money is difficult for a lot of them. I can also see why there need to be two people -- the change in hats, for want of a better word, would probably make it harder to engage the audience. It seems there is an advantage to ha...
by pixsmith
August 7th, 2010, 10:15 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: How to make money doing close up magic!
Replies: 25
Views: 10241

Re: How to make money doing close up magic!

I have to say that I can appreciate the benefit of clearing a house as soon as you can at the end of the show. It never occurred to me to do it by using a pitchman. I probably need to take a far more mercenary look at my audiences. It does, though, seem like a well-placed pickpocket might increase t...
by pixsmith
April 5th, 2010, 11:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lance Burton To Close Vegas Show
Replies: 37
Views: 10095

Re: Lance Burton To Close Vegas Show

Another thing to think about is that the casino model of paying for a show is pretty much dead. Lance's show was kind of an anomaly, and it wouldn't surprise me if the budget cut was a tactic to get the show to close so the room would be open to a four wall deal. It does seem to me that the casino's...
by pixsmith
February 28th, 2010, 3:25 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Replies: 21
Views: 2676

Re: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

I can't claim the Disney knowledge that Brad has, but the number was in the original release, and then disappeared in some of the subsequent theatrical releases -- actually, it was just shortened substantially, though not cut. You can see Milt (I think) even without the benefit of digital pause. It'...
by pixsmith
January 5th, 2010, 2:16 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Worth a look
Replies: 1
Views: 812

Worth a look

This was good for about an hour of browsing and looking around <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.vintageadbrowser.com">http://www.vintageadbrowser.com</a><!-- m --> it's a collection of relatively well-indexed vintage ads -- some are for sale on ebay. Nice collection of magic related on...
by pixsmith
November 16th, 2009, 10:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Booth passed away
Replies: 25
Views: 6500

Re: John Booth passed away

I will always regret not taking an extra day to try to meet this remarkable gentleman. His books are some of the best magical reading available, and I have to second the nod to "Forging Ahead in Magic" as being one of the best books a lot of people have never read. Dr. Booth lived for 97 o...
by pixsmith
September 11th, 2009, 1:51 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale : Balls in the Net/Chinese Marble Mystery props
Replies: 0
Views: 347

For Sale : Balls in the Net/Chinese Marble Mystery props

OK, the shop cat has a vet bill and I have too many of these, so here goes. Set of 4 25 mm phenolic resin balls, ivory color, and almost identical (according to reports) to the ones that Pressley Guitar had back in the day for Balls in the Net. These are really nice -- I think Dr. Matsura, as well a...
by pixsmith
August 2nd, 2009, 12:11 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Bring Back Live Music
Replies: 11
Views: 1745

Re: Bring Back Live Music

Apropos of what Mark said, here is an article about a local "King and I" production King and I review that actually used a full 35 piece orchestra for first time in a number of years. It's amazing what a difference it made for the audience and for the performers. Mark is right -- the per s...
by pixsmith
June 1st, 2009, 10:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2009 Visa Letters Resent
Replies: 23
Views: 2802

Re: FISM 2009 Visa Letters Resent

I think it's the email header Tim is talking about. I have my server set to filter all non Western characters in a subject line or header to spam because tons of it originates from there. Also, Chinese characters in the header still cause some email clients to choke. I totally agree that the pdf wil...
by pixsmith
May 11th, 2009, 1:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: O/T UK's 64% income tax on top theatre professionals
Replies: 21
Views: 2402

Re: O/T UK's 64% income tax on top theatre professionals

Hey Rick LTNS! John is actually right. IF the theory holds, the cost of his taxes is passed on to his employer when he negotiates his salary, especially if he is negotiating with the net in mind. I just went through that for a friend evaluating a job offer. So he is right. The cost of almost all tax...
by pixsmith
May 7th, 2009, 7:35 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: DIsney Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 1060

Re: DIsney Magic

LOL. I know. I am thinking there might be more coming along.

I don't think anything that doesn't require adding a room is technically a collection.

I thought it might be worth watching, just in case it got better. It won't take as much time as, say, Yesterland or anything.
by pixsmith
May 7th, 2009, 11:28 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: DIsney Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 1060

DIsney Magic

Ran across this on a friend's blogroll, and it was worth a little wasted time, and since I know there are at least a couple of Disneyphiles on board, I thought I would share it. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://mymagicalcollection.blogspot.com/">http://mymagicalcollection.blogspot.com/</a>...
by pixsmith
March 26th, 2009, 12:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Triumph
Replies: 308
Views: 65871

Re: Triumph

Brad thinks the slop shuffle is too easy to backtrack; while I've been using it for 25 years and never had anyone sniff it; and I would guess mrgoat is in a similar situation, otherwise he would have stopped using it. (Although, as an aside, years ago for a while I performed a version of the trick ...
by pixsmith
March 17th, 2009, 10:59 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Milo & Roger Books Combo Special
Replies: 6
Views: 2225

Re: Milo & Roger Books Combo Special

These books are a great deal at the regular price; at this one, they are a steal! "Catching up with Milo and Roger" is a terrific story -- the original "Magical Life" is one of the best books about magic that has been published in the last several years. Give yourself a treat. Yo...
by pixsmith
March 12th, 2009, 11:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician says he shipped himself from NY to Vegas
Replies: 23
Views: 3771

Re: Magician says he shipped himself from NY to Vegas

Did the restaurant actually let him SLEEP in the booth??Doc They did -- he actually took catnaps throughout the time. Various friends went and hung out (ah to be in my 20's again) from time to time, but the restaurant was very very cooperative. They had tons and tons of people coming in once the wo...
by pixsmith
March 12th, 2009, 11:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician says he shipped himself from NY to Vegas
Replies: 23
Views: 3771

Re: Magician says he shipped himself from NY to Vegas

I am reminded of a friend's stunt further back than I care to remember, when Dallas had a ton of Kip's Big Boys, great magic hangouts and open 24 hours a day. A buddy was almost out of money about a week before payday, so he put the premise of "All you can eat buffet" to the test, and rema...
by pixsmith
March 11th, 2009, 2:13 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Joseph Gabriel Clown Marionette
Replies: 7
Views: 1722

Re: Joseph Gabriel Clown Marionette

The basics of Barclay's routine came from, of course, lots of predecessors, primarily Bob Bromley, Frank PAris, Walton and O'Rourke and well, really, tons of others dating back to Podrecca I would wager. The scoring, which is the "point to" thing, I would think was Barclay's. In the puppet...
by pixsmith
March 9th, 2009, 8:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Joseph Gabriel Clown Marionette
Replies: 7
Views: 1722

Re: Joseph Gabriel Clown Marionette

Thanks Richard -- that's the clip I had been looking for. I do have a longer sequence as well. Silly me, I forgot to put Liberace into the search!
by pixsmith
March 9th, 2009, 6:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Joseph Gabriel Clown Marionette
Replies: 7
Views: 1722

Re: Joseph Gabriel Clown Marionette

Hi Richard -- I took a look, and that isn't the Toto that I remember, but parts of the routine are pretty similar. To be fair, a lot of the parts of the routine have been in one variety marionettist's act or another for a while, but I will have to dig out my copy of Barclay's act to watch on videota...
by pixsmith
February 16th, 2009, 11:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CRISS ANGEL ONCE IN A LIFETIME DEAL - BETTER JUMP ON IT!
Replies: 28
Views: 5360

Re: CRISS ANGEL ONCE IN A LIFETIME DEAL - BETTER JUMP ON IT!

And the more important question, are you all still friends? Did misery breed company or resentment?

I have not thought of calling the audience that. Now I know what to add.

Pix
by pixsmith
December 5th, 2008, 11:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: The IMportance of your entrance
Replies: 3
Views: 1803

Re: The IMportance of your entrance

"the Prologue . . ." One of the best television running gags ever.
by pixsmith
July 15th, 2008, 11:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roger Smith passes away
Replies: 1
Views: 514

Roger Smith passes away

I have sad news to report. Longtime Texas magician Roger Smith, perhaps best known for MaxiTwist and unbelievably strong performances of "The Trick that Can't Be Explained," passed away this evening after a relatively short battle with cancer. I had the privilege of knowing Roger only a ye...
by pixsmith
May 11th, 2008, 9:45 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Charles Fort
Replies: 4
Views: 1432

Re: Charles Fort

His interview on Coast to Coast AM (guilty of being a regular listener, thanks to the magic of XM radio and a lot of driving time) was really quite good. He gave great examples, lots of good historical info, talked a bit about magic, and came off as an all around good guy! I hope it helped sell more...
by pixsmith
March 15th, 2008, 9:10 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: In Dallas, TX
Replies: 17
Views: 2882

Re: In Dallas, TX

OK, I know I am from Texas, and that we barely speak English here, let alone write it, but what are you trying to ask?
by pixsmith
January 12th, 2006, 12:26 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon
Replies: 37
Views: 24096

Re: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon

This was possibly the best magical book released in 2001, and it is a gem. I think it didn't sell as well as it might have because there are no tricks or explanations in it. What there is, though, is a compelling and fascinating look at a magical career, and I have loaned this book to well over a do...
by pixsmith
December 14th, 2005, 3:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive
Replies: 25
Views: 5503

Re: Can Anyone Identify this Performer - Possible Fugitive

Just to keep the saga complete.

http://www.planetjh.com/brady/brady_200 ... magic.html

FWIW, this guy was greatin the whole "confidence" area of his life. Really what you need to be a con artist, or, as the article says, "heartless grifter."

Amazing.
by pixsmith
September 2nd, 2005, 11:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Teller's Book is Ready!
Replies: 12
Views: 863

Re: Teller's Book is Ready!

Originally posted by Todd Karr: We send our books out media mail, which can be wildly unpredictable, especially with heavy packages like ours, and can take 5-7 business days. Hopefully everyone's book will show up asap so we all can enjoy Teller's wonderful work. Media Mail can take a lot longer th...
by pixsmith
September 2nd, 2005, 11:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cogitations finished?
Replies: 80
Views: 10074

Re: Cogitations finished?

Originally posted by Randy DiMarco: I may be remembering wrong but I can recall that the deal was that when you subscribed you got the 6 month subscription that you could read on the website. after 6 months you received an archive cd and the website would be wiped and start anew. Am I the only one ...
by pixsmith
August 26th, 2005, 9:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cogitations finished?
Replies: 80
Views: 10074

Re: Cogitations finished?

Originally posted by pierredan: I was under the impression members would have indefinite access to Cogitations. I'm disappointed that I didn't print all of the material when I had the chance. Yeah, so am I. This is the downside of the electronic medium. Read a great ad for a magazine; subscribe. If...
by pixsmith
May 2nd, 2005, 7:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Alain Nu --Part dieu
Replies: 28
Views: 2299

Re: Alain Nu --Part dieu

FWIW, It is kind of funny, given the nature of the various discussions about whether these specials-- (and I have only see number one -- two was supposed to air yesterday but I wound up with David Blaine on my ReplayTV instead -- I hate that Bravo isn't reliable with their schedules) --and Mr. Nu's ...
by pixsmith
April 27th, 2005, 11:42 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re: Amazon affiliate and display issues
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Re: Re: Amazon affiliate and display issues

I am _not_ having the problem in 1024 x 768, nor with Opera panels open, which reduces my display to a "regular" 800x600 size. Should any issues with the display be sent directly to Brad via email then? Thanks again. Pix Hmm, just looked and it seems to be related to the placement of the g...
by pixsmith
April 27th, 2005, 7:50 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re: Amazon affiliate and display issues
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Re: Re: Amazon affiliate and display issues

Err, I wasn't debating the value of the ads, actually, jsut the mechanics of the ads' pushing the forum messages (not the subject list)offscreen. It does not happen when the images are turned off, so it appears that even though the border of the ad section stays the same, which it does, when the ima...
by pixsmith
April 26th, 2005, 7:55 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re: Amazon affiliate and display issues
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Re: Amazon affiliate and display issues

has anyone else noticed that at 800x600 the amazon affiliate ads cause the forum to be squeezed off screen, necessitating scrolling? I am having this in Opera 7 and 8, IE 4, 5, and 6, and Netscape, Mozilla and Firefox, so I think it's an issue in the code somewhere, though I think it might be with a...
by pixsmith
December 15th, 2004, 8:45 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magical Life of Long Tack Sam
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

beginning to air on Sundance Channel again this month. From the blurb: (NR, 2003) Filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming examines the life of her great-grandfather, a vaudevillian magician and an acrobat. (1h 30m) Next airings Thursday 12/16 9AM CST Sunday 12/19 5:30 PM CST I have not seen this yet -- I am _su...
by pixsmith
December 13th, 2004, 7:11 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Marvin's Magic in Costco Connection
Replies: 0
Views: 404

Marvin's Magic in Costco Connection

The December 204 issue of Costco's Member Magazine has an article on Marvin Berglas' Marvin's Magic.


The text is also online here

http://www.costcoconnection.com/connect ... 412/?pg=11
by pixsmith
December 9th, 2004, 11:01 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Arrrested Development
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: Arrrested Development

It is a great show -- terribly funny and pretty dry. The character's name is spelled Gob. Other notables -- Liza Minnelli appeared for a while as Buster's girlfriend Lucille, who wasa afflicted with debilitating Vertigo. And, no, it was no concidence that she had the same name as his mother. Pretty ...
by pixsmith
December 3rd, 2004, 9:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jason Randall on Ellen, Carson Daly
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: Jason Randall on Ellen, Carson Daly

Originally posted by MaxNY:
Anybody got these on tape? Willing to trade anything from the past thirty years on DVD?
Max --

PM me -- I almost dumped them yesterday. Guess I was a little more psychic than I thought! ;)
by pixsmith
November 29th, 2004, 3:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Line-Lo Card Cutter
Replies: 13
Views: 2402

Re: Line-Lo Card Cutter

Unless meant as "co-existence," coincidence implies improbability. The Line-Lo comes from the Dallas area, and a Dallas magician has used it already; that would be expected, not surprising. A local magician who has used a local product before a non-local one is pretty probable. I'll second...
by pixsmith
September 20th, 2004, 5:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: help with stud cards
Replies: 11
Views: 651

Re: help with stud cards

Here in Dallas there is a Walgreen's on almost every corner. That's because there was an Eckerd Drugs on every corner as well! The Studs are nice, coming with three (and sometimes four) jokers in spite of a box blurb that says "with two jokers." Most of the sale prices will be gone now -- ...

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