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by Matthew Field
February 26th, 2016, 3:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Irene Larsen, 1936 – 2016
Replies: 15
Views: 5900

Re: Irene Larsen, 1936 – 2016

I am terribly saddened to read this. I had the honor of interviewing Irene, along with Erika Larsen and Richard Kaufman, on stage at the first Genii Bash in 2012. I have a great respect for Irene, in no small part because of her work keeping Genii Magazine going after the death of her husband, Bill....
by Matthew Field
February 20th, 2016, 6:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Daniels
Replies: 3
Views: 2366

Paul Daniels

The BBC News website has posted that Paul Daniels has been "diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour."

My thoughts are with him and Debbie McGee.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
February 19th, 2016, 3:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Mullica
Replies: 36
Views: 13515

Re: Tom Mullica

I am devastated by this news. Tom was someone I greatly admired on many levels. He was a creative, talented man who I believe showed how comedy and magic could successfully be combined. His Egg Bag routine, for example, was perhaps the best I've seen, with a climax that had to be seen to be believed...
by Matthew Field
February 17th, 2016, 2:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Mullica
Replies: 36
Views: 13515

Re: Tom Mullica

This is the most horrible news. Tom is not only one of magic's treasures, he is a wonderful human being. My thoughts are with Tom and, of course, Stephen. I hope he pulls through. I love the guy.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
February 12th, 2016, 4:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 65
Views: 20205

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

If you've never seen Terri Rogers' vent act, check it out on YouTube. Be aware that's it's quite rude.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
February 11th, 2016, 2:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 65
Views: 20205

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

Joe Mckay wrote:I have discovered most of the ones that are in print.


Ah, it's nice to be young.

Have a conversation with Max Maven about The Jinx sometime and see if you still fell that way, Joe.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
February 11th, 2016, 4:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 65
Views: 20205

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

Joe -- I'm sure you have the 4 volumes of Thayer Instruction Sheets, but if others don't know about them, they are highly recommended. As is anything by U.F. Grant.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
February 7th, 2016, 5:27 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms
Replies: 38
Views: 17111

Re: Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms

Mark, I've changed or deleted nothing in my posts. I'll not rise to your baiting except to say, re: nail thru finger, if you'll give me a nail I'll happily give you the finger.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
February 6th, 2016, 10:52 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms
Replies: 38
Views: 17111

Re: Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms

I've "known" Mark for quite a few years and disagree with him about many things, including Henning Nelms. I think the book explains a lot of what's wrong with magic today, viz. it does not connect with many audiences. Mark thinks it's about the tricks, not some inner script. As Wesley Jame...
by Matthew Field
February 3rd, 2016, 1:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jerry Mentzer passed away
Replies: 9
Views: 3694

Re: Jerry Mentzer passed away

Very sorry to hear this. His books are a great contribution to magic and he leaves an enduring legacy.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
January 25th, 2016, 3:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Patton Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 5672

Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Very sorry to hear this. I never met Jim, but his Magicana columns were always enjoyed. Aloha to a great magician.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
January 22nd, 2016, 3:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hey, It's Racherbaumer's Birthday!
Replies: 8
Views: 2657

Re: Hey, It's Racherbaumer's Birthday!

Jon is a treasure of magic. I value his friendship so very much. We've been corresponding for more than 30 years, I think, but I met him face to face for the first time at the wedding of a certain Mr. Kaufman!

Happy Birthday, Jon!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
January 22nd, 2016, 6:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey MacDougall on To Tell The Truth
Replies: 9
Views: 3285

Re: Mickey MacDougall on To Tell The Truth

Thank you, Brad. Most enjoyable.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
January 18th, 2016, 7:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone's Factory Blanks
Replies: 20
Views: 6171

Tom Stone's Factory Blanks

I just received Tom Stone's "Factory Blanks", which I purchased from http://www.Card-Shark.de. It is that rare and wonderful thing, a powerhouse magic trick utilizing a new principal which has many applications. Best of all, it has set my mind racing away thinking about how I might apply t...
by Matthew Field
January 14th, 2016, 2:52 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Factory Blanks by Tom Stone
Replies: 8
Views: 7457

Re: Factory Blanks by Tom Stone

I ordered this as soon as I heard about a new effect from Tom, one of my most favorite magicians.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
January 13th, 2016, 12:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Long haul - smooth pull
Replies: 12
Views: 3721

Re: Long haul - smooth pull

Jim -- the Thornton Windlass material is highly educational. Many thanks!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
January 5th, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Have Fun at The Session
Replies: 0
Views: 605

Have Fun at The Session

The Session begins on Friday. I was all booked to go, sharing a room with the Chief Genii, looking forward to seeing fiends like Max Maven, David Berglas, Tom Stone, Andi Gladwin, Luke Jermay and Joshua Jay. Except ... My wife had a hip replacement three weeks ago and recovery has been slower than h...
by Matthew Field
January 1st, 2016, 8:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2015 In Review
Replies: 16
Views: 6523

Re: 2015 In Review

Thank yo0u for this, Dustin.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 14th, 2015, 3:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opus Reunion in London
Replies: 7
Views: 2663

Re: Opus Reunion in London

Also there: Mark Elsdon.
by Matthew Field
December 14th, 2015, 12:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opus Reunion in London
Replies: 7
Views: 2663

Re: Opus Reunion in London

Two more names to add to the list of Opus Reunion attendees: Neal Austen and Ian Keable.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
December 14th, 2015, 11:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opus Reunion in London
Replies: 7
Views: 2663

Opus Reunion in London

Opus magazine was published from 1987-2005, approximately monthly (for a while at least) over five volumes, by Chris Power and JJ (Johnny Johnston) before fizzling out. Based in England, the magazine had a wonderful artistic sensibility with art direction by Power, and originally had input from Ian ...
by Matthew Field
December 12th, 2015, 12:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Steve Bryant hits 20 years!
Replies: 10
Views: 3123

Re: Steve Bryant hits 20 years!

Well done, Steve, and thank you!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 26th, 2015, 7:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: WSJ on Magic Apps
Replies: 6
Views: 1665

Re: WSJ on Magic Apps

Brad -- that's amazing all right. My Uncle Angelo is in prison.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 24th, 2015, 6:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 23968

Re: DelGaudio Sez

I think Mark Lewis pretty much stated what I believe. This debate has been going on for many years. When it was raised in a panel by moderator Noel Britten, I (in the audience) suggested that Channing Pollack and Cardini presented magic that was Art. I might have added Slydini, David Ben, John Carne...
by Matthew Field
November 23rd, 2015, 9:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: International Magic "Magic Social"
Replies: 2
Views: 725

International Magic "Magic Social"

There was to be no MacMillan International Magic Convention this year, but then came the word that an event was planned, a one-day event of some kind, more to come later. Then a date was announced, Sunday November 22, and a place, the fuinction room at the George IV pub in Chiswick. I love the MacMi...
by Matthew Field
November 18th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dan Waldron
Replies: 1
Views: 736

Re: Dan Waldron

I am very sorry to learn of this. I am grateful for the Blackstone book and the many articles that Dan Waldron wrote.

Magic is poorer for his passing.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 18th, 2015, 4:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Barrie Richardson
Replies: 10
Views: 3416

Re: Barrie Richardson

Barrie Richardson is one of the giants in magic. His books are cornerstones in our art.

I've sent a message to him through the kind offer of Stephen Minch. I consider Barrie an inspiration and a friend.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
November 13th, 2015, 8:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Atheists as Christmas Pareade Grand Marshals
Replies: 12
Views: 2414

Re: Atheists as Christmas Pareade Grand Marshals

This is, to me, as ironic as the boys giving away, as a trophy for fooling them on their show, a trophy with the giant letters "F U" and the other letters in the Fool Us name much smaller. Doesn't this suggest their response to having been fooled? F. U. indeed. Neil Simon used the idea whe...
by Matthew Field
November 13th, 2015, 6:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Atheists as Christmas Pareade Grand Marshals
Replies: 12
Views: 2414

Atheists as Christmas Pareade Grand Marshals

Here's the story: "The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the largest Christmas celebration in America, announces that Penn & Teller, stars of the hit CW series "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," will be the Grand Marshals for this year's 2015 extravaganza." D\oes no one else...
by Matthew Field
November 3rd, 2015, 12:43 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: LA History Conference
Replies: 15
Views: 8994

Re: LA History Conference

Richard Kaufman wrote:Yes, I've gone trans.


Yes, all is silent. We are contemplating the above.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 19th, 2015, 12:31 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 51
Views: 23187

Re: Genii Convention

Thanks for the name check, Steve. I love you, too. I'm off to te U.S. on Thursday to see my son get married, and couldn't make two visits from over here in England so close so had to miss the Son of Genii Bash. Maybe next time.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 18th, 2015, 12:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Birthday Juan Tamariz.
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Re: Happy Birthday Juan Tamariz.

Feliz cumpleanos, Juan Tamariz!

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 17th, 2015, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Birthday Eddy Taytelbaum!
Replies: 3
Views: 1176

Re: Happy Birthday Eddy Taytelbaum!

Very best wishes to Mr. Taytelbaum, one of magic's great craftsmen and innovators.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
October 9th, 2015, 12:54 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 51
Views: 23187

Re: Genii Convention

Farmer -- take it off and put it on eBay.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
September 30th, 2015, 4:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cindy Adams talks to The Illusionists about Broadway
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Re: Cindy Adams talks to The Illusionists about Broadway

I guess this woman has a brain, since she presumably knows how to type.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
September 24th, 2015, 11:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elbert Gardner R.I.P
Replies: 1
Views: 491

Elbert Gardner R.I.P

The Linking Ring for April reports the death of Elbert Gardner on August 18, 2014. He was a magician I befriended after I retired and went to live for a year near Albany, New York. Elbert was a gentle soul with a deep interest in magic. He invented quite a few effects, most notably the Shogun Wallet...
by Matthew Field
September 6th, 2015, 3:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roberto Giobbi's September Column
Replies: 0
Views: 526

Roberto Giobbi's September Column

I must share that I was very much impresed and moved by Roberto Giobbi's September "Genii Session" column. He discusses the relationship of sports-like contests with FISM organization and "magic as an art" ideas.

I highly recommend that you read it.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
September 5th, 2015, 12:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ben Earl's "Less is More"
Replies: 5
Views: 1846

Ben Earl's "Less is More"

The fourth installment of Benjamin Earl's "Less is More" limited edition series arrived today, and I think it is noteworthy. It's titled "Less is More Bonus" for the record. This is not a review (I don't often review products I've paid for), but here are a few commens about the n...
by Matthew Field
September 1st, 2015, 12:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deluxe Editions of Labyrinth to Ship Late Next Week
Replies: 4
Views: 800

Re: Deluxe Editions of Labyrinth to Ship Late Next Week

Bill -- that's a question I wouldn't answer if I were Richard. Having him commit to any sort of estimate when so much is out of his hands means it's just asking for trouble.

Matt Field
by Matthew Field
August 24th, 2015, 12:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 154
Views: 31809

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

That's it! You're banned, Marquardt!

Matt Field

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