Tom Stone's "Factory Blanks" is brilliant in the right setting.
I just ordered my own Christmas present, Wayne Fox's "5221" (52 to One). Wayne did it for me at The Magic Circle Dealers Day and I loved it.
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I'm in fairly regular touch with Simon, who seems to be doing well over here in England. He has been concentrating on making art and selling it, and Magic Circle member Lee Hathaway visited Simon and showed him how to use his smart phone to connect to Facebook. Sandy and Susan Marshall visited Simon...
I am very sorry to learn of Harry Riser's death, even though I knew his health was frail. I edited "Feints and Temps" and it's one of only a small handful of the more than 85 books I edited which I consider a favorite. The subtleties he included in his magic is worth looking at again and a...
There was also an effect I bought at Tannen's years ago which was a ring and short velvet rope. The rope had a magnet embedded at the midpoint. You could hold the rope in one hand between the spread fingers and toss the ring at it. With practice, the ring landed under the rope's center, attracted to...
I've found many bargains for sale in The Magic Circle library, such as "The Card Magic of E.G. Brown." And I bought another volume there on Monday for which I've long searched, "Magical Adventures and Fairy Tales" by Punx. These books are duplicates from collections that have bee...
I went to The Magic Circle in London to see the lecture by David Stone (he was fabulous and the pace was jam-packed). I got there early and went down to the library, I place I love to be, and there I discovered on the 'sale' shelves a book for which I've been searching for more than 30 years. I'm a ...
- November 6th, 2016, 5:33 am
- Forum: Collector's Marketplace
- Topic: THE CRIMP, Jerry Sadowitz
- Replies: 40
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Paranoia is an awful condition to suffer with and, in my opinion, Jerry suffers mightily with it. He sees everything as a conspiracy to keep him from being successful, led by those who are successful. Oh, and he hates Americans. He has never been able to "break through" to the top tier of ...
- October 30th, 2016, 1:19 pm
- Forum: Buzz
- Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
- Replies: 39
- Views: 6307
John Lenahan was readmitted to The Magic Circle a bit over a year ago and I enjoy spending time with him on Mondays when he attends.
- October 8th, 2016, 6:59 am
- Forum: Buzz
- Topic: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?
- Replies: 37
- Views: 7157
October's M-U-M arrived in the post yesterday here in the U.K. and I had a chance to read Norman Beck's column. I read it every month and usually find it opinionated (which is fine) and preachy (which is not). Mr. Beck often relates how he manipulates people and situations to get what he wants, ofte...
- October 5th, 2016, 12:32 pm
- Forum: General
- Topic: Conjuring Arts Book Club
- Replies: 113
- Views: 18894
Thanks to Mahdi and Bill Kalush at Conjuring Arts for their generosity. I am, admittedly, a magic book kinda guy so I am especially glad to see these rare books made available. And Conjuring Arts has lots of other material that I suggest you check out -- http://www.conjuringarts.org . Matt Field
- September 23rd, 2016, 2:47 pm
- Forum: Buzz
- Topic: Harry Lorayne and The Magic Circle Award
- Replies: 9
- Views: 1887
Pat Page was kicked out of the British Ring of the IBM, never The Magic Circle. They later reinstated him. John Lenahan was reinstated in The Circle some years ago and is a frequent Monday night attendee (and a friend). Others, such as Anthony Owen, were also reinstated. The reversals of the silly e...
- September 17th, 2016, 3:26 am
- Forum: Close-Up Magic
- Topic: Any Card at Any Number
- Replies: 11
- Views: 4388
The ignorance on display here is mind boggling. David Berglas performed this effect for me and blew me away. Much of what is described in the above posts is not the effect as performed by him (and described in Richard Kaufman's "The Berglas Effects." All I can say is that Mr. Berglas's per...
Richard K. -- I associate the "spreading action", "the right hand is held so the palm faces left, and the lower side of the hand descends onto the double card, when the hand is turned palm down and lowered the cards will spread", with Larry Jennings himself. I've shown it to many...
Just arrived on my doorstep -- The Complete Walton, Vol 3. This is a beauty from one of my all-time favorite card experts, whom I am fortunate to call a friend. It's 257 pages, about 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, designed to match the reprints of the first two volumes. Contains 95 items! Nice illustrations ...
Some of you know that I am a great admirer of Karl Fulves. A huge package arrived on my doorstep with 4 new manuscripts, 4 decks of Bicycle cards, and some other stuff I haven't opened as yet. The main item is "The Lowdown", 32 pages and Karl writes that it will be 10 issues, each alternat...
British magician Geoffrey Durham's wife Victoria Wood died today, age 62, from cancer. The couple separated in 2002. Wood was a comedian known mostly for a sketch comedy shows "Victoria Wood as Seen on TV" and "Acorn Antiques and Dinnerladies." She is survived by Durham, known fo...
- April 7th, 2016, 4:29 am
- Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
- Topic: The other Channing Pollock
- Replies: 11
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I was quite friendly with the late Frank Brooker, who was often at The Magic Circle in London for their Monday meetings. He earned his living with Channing Pollack's act, as gifted to him by Pollack, and was, as I understand it, quite good. But he did not have the presence or good-looks-savoire-fair...
- March 6th, 2016, 12:00 pm
- Forum: General
- Topic: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History
- Replies: 12
- Views: 6342
Jarding Ring?? Jardine-Ellis? There are a bunch of other great Fulves magazines with 10-issue runs, very difficult to find and uncollected, like Underworld, Rigmarole, Prolix, and the accompanying "bonus" publications which were sent with them, like "Off the Books" etc. Matt Field