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by Bill Duncan
August 18th, 2012, 10:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alternatives for Marlo's Quick 3-Way sequence
Replies: 30
Views: 5176

Re: Alternatives for Marlo's Quick 3-Way sequence

Sent you a PM
by Bill Duncan
August 15th, 2012, 1:51 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Three Stand-Out Stand-Up Routines (Sept 2012)
Replies: 3
Views: 4041

Re: Three Stand-Out Stand-Up Routines (Sept 2012)

Schrodinger's Bottles is a great routine.
by Bill Duncan
July 29th, 2012, 2:51 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: The Essential Sol Stone
Replies: 37
Views: 16160

Re: The Essential Sol Stone

It's an enjoyable read, and a very handsome book (some of the best line illustrations I've ever seen). Mr. Stone's style is certainly unique amongst the current fascination with flash and pop, and the book reflects that well. He sounds like an interesting guy that I'd enjoy meeting. Exactly what st...
by Bill Duncan
July 28th, 2012, 12:30 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: The Essential Sol Stone
Replies: 37
Views: 16160

Re: The Essential Sol Stone

Found the Table of Contents on the The Magic Cafe.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view ... rum=110&14

Why isn't there more talk abou this wonderful book?
by Bill Duncan
July 27th, 2012, 1:34 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: The Essential Sol Stone
Replies: 37
Views: 16160

Re: The Essential Sol Stone

Just putting the finishing touches on my review of The Essential Sol Stone for M-U-M.

In a word: wonderful.
by Bill Duncan
June 6th, 2012, 10:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Speaking Of Knock-Offs
Replies: 66
Views: 7180

Re: Speaking Of Knock-Offs

So the bottom line is piracy has a possible negative but absolutely no positive. I'm sure the folks who feed their families with the monies their knock offs generate would disagree Tim. Many people adopt the "it's not illegal" attitude, as if keeping to the letter of the law was some sort...
by Bill Duncan
May 31st, 2012, 2:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What's the best magic book you've found at a bargain books store?
Replies: 29
Views: 5437

Re: What's the best magic book you've found at a bargain books store?

The Magic Digest by George Anderson. Still one of the best magic books I own.
by Bill Duncan
May 22nd, 2012, 11:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dean Martin doing card sleights?
Replies: 11
Views: 2219

Re: Dean Martin doing card sleights?

Brad Henderson wrote:I hate the iPhone.


Don't feel bad, Brad. You're not alone in you battle with autocorrect.
by Bill Duncan
May 16th, 2012, 1:34 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Mobile format
Replies: 60
Views: 10546

Re: Mobile format

If you wish to consider supporting Android, here are some realtime statistics to help assess the value of opening that can of worms. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://labs.chitika.com/mobiledominance/">http://labs.chitika.com/mobiledominance/</a><!-- m --> At the moment of this posting iOS ...
by Bill Duncan
May 9th, 2012, 2:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L Publishing eBooks
Replies: 271
Views: 33412

Re: L&L Publishing eBooks

Nothing has a cost of $0. That's only true if you are looking to the right of the decimal. When you pay a flat free for service, and bandwidth, the cost can get so low that it is effectively zero. See: http://www.longtail.com/the_long_tail/2009/07/free-for-free-first-ebook-and-audiobook-versions-re...
by Bill Duncan
May 8th, 2012, 12:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L Publishing eBooks
Replies: 271
Views: 33412

Re: L&L Publishing eBooks

I used to think Chris was wrong about PDF vs. eBook format but after using an iPhone,iPad 1 and iPad 3, Blackberry Playbook and Kindle Fire I have to agree with him. PDFs can be very good on a larger screen, but on 7 inch tablets (and smaller) PDFs are a sad second place to a real ebook format, if y...
by Bill Duncan
May 5th, 2012, 10:39 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: We Need Some Tricks for Magicana!
Replies: 31
Views: 23375

Re: We Need Some Tricks for Magicana!

Sorry to say that replacing the at sign with (at) provides zero protection from anyone with entry level programming skills. A regular expression that will match either @ or (at) takes less than one line of code in Perl or PowerShell.
by Bill Duncan
April 24th, 2012, 10:35 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: PCAM 2012 Seattle
Replies: 9
Views: 2173

Re: PCAM 2012 Seattle

I've been watching shows that Brian's produced for years. He was responsible for the last PCAM we had in Seattle a few years back and it was most excellent. If you're planning on joining us for the convention try and schedule a day or two extra to hang around Seattle. I came here 30 years ago and ha...
by Bill Duncan
February 14th, 2012, 2:11 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?
Replies: 32
Views: 15609

Re: So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?

The first time I saw this I was taken in by the illusion.

The problem is that the deception isn't deep. There is only one secret, and if that veil is lifted all is revealed.

It suffers from "how else?" syndrome.
by Bill Duncan
December 24th, 2011, 9:31 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Twas The Night (Relatively Speaking) Before Christmas
Replies: 1
Views: 550

Re: Twas The Night (Relatively Speaking) Before Christmas

Also on NetFlix streaming as of last week.
by Bill Duncan
November 9th, 2011, 12:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffed card - what to use for?
Replies: 18
Views: 2017

Re: Gaffed card - what to use for?

That's the one Leonard... my bad.

Jon, thanks for the reminder of the Latta issue of the Almanac. Gotta revisit that collection of work...
by Bill Duncan
November 6th, 2011, 11:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffed card - what to use for?
Replies: 18
Views: 2017

Re: Gaffed card - what to use for?

There's a Marlo color change (in the Tears book I believe) where you snap a card to table with a finger flick. It would be amusing to flick a 'diamond' off of the card via a Han Ping Chein sort of action as you did the change. Hopefully it would appear the five changed into a 'four' because you knoc...
by Bill Duncan
November 6th, 2011, 3:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffed card - what to use for?
Replies: 18
Views: 2017

Re: Gaffed card - what to use for?

Well, not exactly useless... perhaps useless together. The mis-indexed card could be used with a peek force to vanish the Nine of Spades for any number of "thought of" card to impossible location.
by Bill Duncan
October 30th, 2011, 12:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dumb Story in USA TODAY
Replies: 11
Views: 1204

Re: Dumb Story in USA TODAY

Wow. I read an entirely different article. I got:
Some magicians are atheists. Among those, some credit magic for the skepticism that lead to their atheism.

It's amazing to me that people of faith seem as threatened by atheists as we carnivores are by vegans.
by Bill Duncan
October 26th, 2011, 1:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tenyo Tricks for 2012--HOLY CRAP!
Replies: 66
Views: 12573

Re: Tenyo Tricks for 2012--HOLY CRAP!

I was attempting to be witty. My point was that if they need special glasses to see the magic, and the props look like they came from a kit, you are clearly not the one doing the magic.

A visual equal of the Knight's Tour perhaps, but without you getting credit for accomplishing anything.
by Bill Duncan
October 26th, 2011, 12:15 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Famous mentalists
Replies: 25
Views: 5998

Re: Famous mentalists

Gotta go with Patrick Jane. But I hear he uses stooges.
by Bill Duncan
October 26th, 2011, 12:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tenyo Tricks for 2012--HOLY CRAP!
Replies: 66
Views: 12573

Re: Tenyo Tricks for 2012--HOLY CRAP!

Nothing says "magic" like 3-D Glasses and a place-mat from Denny's.

If you do something like this for a layman, how will anything else you ever do for them have any credibility? They'll just assume your deck, or your coins, or your Square Circle is some kind of trick prop too.
by Bill Duncan
October 12th, 2011, 1:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lance Pierce - Baltimore - Wednesday
Replies: 2
Views: 669

Re: Lance Pierce - Baltimore - Wednesday

Don't miss this lecture. Lance is smart, funny, and one of the few people I've seen who when he varies an effect actually makes it not just different, but better.

We here in the northwest have to wait until next year...
by Bill Duncan
August 3rd, 2011, 12:44 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: ...and now what is the best ACAAN ?
Replies: 143
Views: 39705

Re: ...and now what is the best ACAAN ?

...and now that the Berglas effect is out, what is the best ACAAN on the Market? Please, write also your reason. Alen The one Mike Close published in M-U-M recently. Except it's not on the market, because there's nothing to buy. You just need to practice it and be able to perform the method(s). It ...
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: 22889

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: 3899

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: 3899

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: 5465

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: 729

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: 5961

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: 9099

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: 10413

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: 5275

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: 31671

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: 31671

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: 27777

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: 1585

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: 5255

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: 2860

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

Can we assume you're already having the dog do a Magic Square?

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