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by Bill Duncan
July 8th, 2011, 2:00 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: How much does the average Magician make annually?
Replies: 48
Views: 22152

Re: How much does the average Magician make annually?

I would think it's useful to know what it is possible to make when creating a business plan. I recall a professional magician who is pretty well known telling me about a booking he did with a number of other magicians. He was very happy about his fee until one of the older fellows with a few TV appe...
by Bill Duncan
June 15th, 2011, 12:49 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?
Replies: 19
Views: 3886

Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Apparently some people have forgotten a little film classic called Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
by Bill Duncan
June 14th, 2011, 2:47 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?
Replies: 19
Views: 3886

Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

OK, that's funny.
by Bill Duncan
June 14th, 2011, 2:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: My top 10 list of impromptu magic tricks and effects....
Replies: 28
Views: 5407

Re: My top 10 list of impromptu magic tricks and effects....

I don't get how Kolossal Killer or The Bat qualify as impromptu. I might go so far as to call something that uses only a thumbtip as impromptu, but you have to be wearing specific clothing to use The Bat, and Kolossal Killer requires specially printed cards. I get that you are trying to make a buck,...
by Bill Duncan
June 9th, 2011, 12:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Doc Eason - Seattle Lecture
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Re: Doc Eason - Seattle Lecture

Doc's lecture is the only lecture my wife has attended in this century. And we had to drive to PORTLAND to see him...

Just a great lecture, and a wonderful show.
by Bill Duncan
June 8th, 2011, 11:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Stars for the 2010's
Replies: 47
Views: 5827

Re: Card Stars for the 2010's

10... I don't know, but I gotta add...
Steve Dobson
Steve Mayhew
Jack Carpenter
by Bill Duncan
March 12th, 2011, 6:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic Cafe down
Replies: 42
Views: 9015

Re: The Magic Cafe down

I think Shakespeares overrated. Its [censored]. Id never go and see a Shakespeare play. Who cares? I dont know why actors do it. Shakespeare is just a bunch of soap operas" ...Billy Bob Thornton, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, actor. And Billy Bob is relevant to anyone, anywhere, why?
by Bill Duncan
February 6th, 2011, 10:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle Review on Huffington Post
Replies: 53
Views: 10291

Re: Castle Review on Huffington Post

mai-ling wrote:although, how can one screw up eggs and bacon?


Eggs - Overcook them. It happens all the time a brunches and buffets.

Bacon - Cook it in a frying pan.
by Bill Duncan
December 8th, 2010, 2:35 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Website review needed
Replies: 21
Views: 5213

Re: Website review needed

Way too much text on the main page. It seems like a collection of lists.

Don't list every city you've performed in, just say from _______ to _______. People in your area will get the idea.
by Bill Duncan
November 28th, 2010, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New TSA Security Procedures
Replies: 177
Views: 31231

Re: New TSA Security Procedures

Still, if we employed the same model as Israel, we'd have 100% employment in a couple of years...

A quarter of the country would be working for the TSA, and tickets would cost a fortune, but whatever.
by Bill Duncan
November 19th, 2010, 1:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New TSA Security Procedures
Replies: 177
Views: 31231

Re: New TSA Security Procedures

If I thought the intrusion might make us safer,it might be easier to accept. But since our chances of being killed by a cow, or by a fire we accidentally set in our own homes, are greater than our being killed by terrorists (even before such measures were taken), I think we may be overreaching on th...
by Bill Duncan
November 18th, 2010, 1:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: www.CheatingAtTexasHoldem.com
Replies: 126
Views: 27497

Re: www.CheatingAtTexasHoldem.com

For the record: If John (or anyone else) wishes to submit an item for review in my column Informed Opinion, and is not willing to part with the product, they need only provide pre-addressed, postage paid, packaging with the item, and I will see to it that it is returned for eventual sale. In the pas...
by Bill Duncan
October 29th, 2010, 12:26 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Pocket Gimmick Iphone App
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Re: Pocket Gimmick Iphone App

The magical effect is that an iPhone does something an iPhone can already do, only the picture it takes is reversed?
by Bill Duncan
October 3rd, 2010, 2:24 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Live (Yes, Real) Street Magic on Youtube?
Replies: 46
Views: 5210

Re: Live (Yes, Real) Street Magic on Youtube?

I rather like the idea of having the cards appear reversed in the pack. Most folks who know the trick via David Blaine don't even know that Fechter reproduced the original cards at the end. Having them in the pack is a nice alternative for those who want to avoid palming or don't have a pocket avail...
by Bill Duncan
October 3rd, 2010, 2:07 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!
Replies: 10
Views: 2832

Re: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!

Can we assume you're already having the dog do a Magic Square?
by Bill Duncan
September 12th, 2010, 6:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: gambling demo
Replies: 11
Views: 2155

Re: gambling demo

Get the videos of Martin A. Nash, and Darwin Ortiz (esp. Scams and Fantasies), and compare and contrast the performing styles.

Both accomplish the goal you are seeking in different ways. How you get there will probably be somewhere in between.
by Bill Duncan
September 8th, 2010, 2:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hugely overlooked sleight
Replies: 48
Views: 8358

Re: Hugely overlooked sleight

Minch's Force Feed
by Bill Duncan
August 31st, 2010, 11:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Staples to Start Selling Kindle
Replies: 8
Views: 1220

Re: Staples to Start Selling Kindle

I love my Kindle reader, but I can't imagine spending money on one of those things.
by Bill Duncan
July 14th, 2010, 1:02 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Dr. Sawa in Genii
Replies: 6
Views: 1629

Re: Dr. Sawa in Genii

Submarine Coins is a thing of beauty.
by Bill Duncan
July 4th, 2010, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Illegal Book Copying on ebay
Replies: 14
Views: 1531

Re: Illegal Book Copying on ebay

So did anyone report this to eBay?
by Bill Duncan
June 16th, 2010, 3:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vortex by Tom Stone
Replies: 33
Views: 8499

Re: Vortex by Tom Stone

Hell, everyone who loves BOOKS should buy this book.
by Bill Duncan
June 16th, 2010, 3:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Free ... Yes free odds dice pair
Replies: 11
Views: 1947

Re: Free ... Yes free odds dice pair

Excellent size too!

Thanks again Mr. Riser!
by Bill Duncan
May 31st, 2010, 4:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Free ... Yes free odds dice pair
Replies: 11
Views: 1947

Re: Free ... Yes free odds dice pair

Two?
by Bill Duncan
May 31st, 2010, 2:48 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe
Replies: 14
Views: 3256

Re: Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe

The "Pete and repeat" script cracks me up.

I bought turtles for it.
by Bill Duncan
May 29th, 2010, 5:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn's new video log
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Penn's new video log

I watched the one on the iPad. Anyone know how much Netflix pays for the commercial?
by Bill Duncan
May 29th, 2010, 5:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Should topics have a shelf life?
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Re: Should topics have a shelf life?

I'm still very much alive thank you... Each post has a date and time stamp, so it's worth noting those, and there is a way to jump to recent posts, without reading the older ones, but reviewing something from eight years ago has it's advantages too. . I had forgotten about the giggle switch, for exa...
by Bill Duncan
May 21st, 2010, 2:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Close-up Magic on Letterman
Replies: 155
Views: 25523

Re: Close-up Magic on Letterman

You could shine on the The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson You must have missed the time Michael Ammar had Billy Crystal, Ah-nold, and Johnny at the table. The got to riffing and completely upstaged him. At one point Johnny and Billy are goofing and completely ignoring Michael. Eventually they real...
by Bill Duncan
May 20th, 2010, 12:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Close-up Magic on Letterman
Replies: 155
Views: 25523

Re: Close-up Magic on Letterman

Night one. How do you prepare for national television, and not match the color of your deck to the color of your Shrinking Card Case? Night two: John picked material that would survive flashes, bad camera angles, and rewinding without making him look bad. The effect is about sneaking stuff under the...
by Bill Duncan
May 18th, 2010, 2:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Free ... Yes free odds dice pair
Replies: 11
Views: 1947

Re: Free ... Yes free odds dice pair

Forcing a page and word in an off the shelf best seller would dead easy, and require only a small amount of memory work (or a billet index).
by Bill Duncan
May 18th, 2010, 2:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's My Chance: Should I?
Replies: 17
Views: 2322

Re: Here's My Chance: Should I?

Jon, my point was that no one thinks anything about using a dye tube without people seeing it...

If you have to paint a thumb tip red to make the point the student isn't ready for a thumb tip.
by Bill Duncan
May 15th, 2010, 5:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's My Chance: Should I?
Replies: 17
Views: 2322

Re: Here's My Chance: Should I?

Wouldn't that be a dye tube?
by Bill Duncan
April 15th, 2010, 10:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for all published info on Card Warp
Replies: 165
Views: 37293

Re: Looking for all published info on Card Warp

I don't think they're in the same class. In a tunnel the card only turns 180 degrees. When the card is folded in half it's effectively 360 degrees.
by Bill Duncan
April 4th, 2010, 12:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of the Magazine?
Replies: 10
Views: 1879

Re: The Future of the Magazine?

Editors Choice (the NYTimes iPad app) is, likewise, a much better experience than a web page.
by Bill Duncan
April 3rd, 2010, 6:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: In-depth iPad video review
Replies: 8
Views: 1752

Re: In-depth iPad video review

Woz Rocks. He was something like fourth line light last night, and signed an Apple laptop for the couple who was first and second in line. You'd think Steve would have sent him one... since he invented the the Apple computer. My iPad is restoring a backup of my iPod touch now... says 10 minutes unti...
by Bill Duncan
March 24th, 2010, 9:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pocket Erdnase In A Bottle
Replies: 6
Views: 1683

Re: Pocket Erdnase In A Bottle

Couldn't be cooler, unless it was on MY desk.

What a nice way to thanks Mr. K for all he's done for magic.
by Bill Duncan
March 9th, 2010, 8:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Watch Out for Fake Facebook Messages
Replies: 19
Views: 3097

Re: Watch Out for Fake Facebook Messages

Richard Kaufman wrote:Jonathan, what ARE you talking about?

Here, let me Google(tm) that for you:
http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=%27Daemon%27+by+Suarez

:)
by Bill Duncan
March 7th, 2010, 4:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Microsoft's Response to the iPad
Replies: 31
Views: 4714

Re: Microsoft's Response to the iPad

For my part, it's not a religious issue. I have been using MS Windows since version 2.11. I currently own three Windows PCs and no Macs. But I do own an iPod Nano, and an iPod touch. And for the record guys, Microsoft has been in the tablet PC game for about twenty years. Apple's patents for the iPh...
by Bill Duncan
March 7th, 2010, 3:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Microsoft's Response to the iPad
Replies: 31
Views: 4714

Re: Microsoft's Response to the iPad

If they put Windows on another tablet it will fail just like the others. The thing that will make the iPad successful is the decision not to put OSX on it. Simple is better for computer appliances. With iPod touch sales over 13 million, I think making a deluxe version was a no brainer. A long time b...
by Bill Duncan
March 5th, 2010, 2:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for a trick I had as a kid
Replies: 19
Views: 3882

Re: Looking for a trick I had as a kid

Wow. Someone patented the coin in ball of wool?

I better get hopping and patent that idea of mine to hollow out a groat.

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