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by P.T.Widdle
November 12th, 2015, 9:12 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 86973

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

Kudos to Richard Kaufman and BB for promoting "Our Magic" on BB's website. The film is sure to attract plenty of additional viewers because of it. http://boingboing.net/2015/11/11/66-discount-for-boing-boing-r.html It seems like Richard started posting at BoingBoing shortly after this thre...
by P.T.Widdle
November 12th, 2015, 8:38 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Facilitated Communication Is a Cult That Won’t Die
Replies: 3
Views: 1194

Facilitated Communication Is a Cult That Won’t Die

A heartfelt thank you to magicians Martin Gardner and James Randi for helping to expose this troubling practice. “These are the most vulnerable people in our society, and the last thing they need is a pseudoscientific treatment foisted on them by people who can’t demonstrate its efficacy.” http://ww...
by P.T.Widdle
November 11th, 2015, 10:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Witch of Lime Street
Replies: 26
Views: 5777

Re: The Witch of Lime Street

Have you ever even read a biography on Houdini? Magicians jealous of his fame have always simplified Houdini's motives to be purely financial and egotistical. There's reams of material about the man to prove otherwise. His early experiences performing as a medium do not prove a hypocrisy later in li...
by P.T.Widdle
November 11th, 2015, 6:50 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Witch of Lime Street
Replies: 26
Views: 5777

Re: The Witch of Lime Street

Funny how some folks who practice deception to delight others seem to miss how much others depend on what they believe in to be happy. You're right. Many do miss it. But not Houdini, who indeed saw how debilitatingly dependent others were on what they believed in, and he took action to stop them fr...
by P.T.Widdle
November 11th, 2015, 11:05 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Witch of Lime Street
Replies: 26
Views: 5777

Re: The Witch of Lime Street

Last night I saw David Jaher speak about The Witch of Lime Street. It was a relatively small crowd in the Mid-Manhattan Library. Jaher was articulate and showed a real desire to make the audience understand how interesting and odd this story was. Ever since I became aware of Houdini’s “second act” i...
by P.T.Widdle
November 6th, 2015, 9:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 19933

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

Well worth the ten-year wait! (actually I wouldn't know, since I ordered the book last week)

Thank you Todd Karr for another amazing production.


PS-I received the notice that the book shipped a day after it arrived.
by P.T.Widdle
November 5th, 2015, 6:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 19933

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

Got mine.
by P.T.Widdle
November 3rd, 2015, 3:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fading Magic: The Story of Kolkata's Magicians
Replies: 0
Views: 429

Fading Magic: The Story of Kolkata's Magicians

"The documentary deals with the lives of the city's once celebrated stage magicians who now face tough times"

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ente ... 638239.cms
by P.T.Widdle
October 31st, 2015, 9:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 19933

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

I ordered the book a couple of hours before Richard's original post. I'm psychic.
by P.T.Widdle
October 29th, 2015, 8:23 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 86973

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

That's cool you saw the cut ending to The Shining in the theater!

The hotel manager was in on it.
by P.T.Widdle
October 29th, 2015, 12:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 261: Project Alpha with Mike Edwards
Replies: 2
Views: 736

Re: 261: Project Alpha with Mike Edwards

Thanks for doing this Scott!

It's great to finally hear Edwards speak in depth about Project Alpha.
by P.T.Widdle
October 28th, 2015, 11:07 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: That Time of Year
Replies: 1
Views: 947

That Time of Year

The Case For Magic https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/10/28/the-case-for-magic/ "...despite the rise of scientific reasoning in Western Civilization, children as well as adults still accept magic deep down." The Skeptical Psychic http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-ske...
by P.T.Widdle
October 27th, 2015, 3:35 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Young psychic impresses
Replies: 30
Views: 7046

Re: Young psychic impresses

"She just not only reads blindfolded but also rides a bicycle through traffic, dodge cars and also play games."

http://www.winspiremagazine.com/inspira ... indfolded/
by P.T.Widdle
October 26th, 2015, 4:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vegas show "Believe"
Replies: 11
Views: 2904

Re: Vegas show "Believe"

I have an ancillary question. Why is the show name written as BeLIEve ? The word "lie" is in capital letters. Is there some significance to this? And, no, I am not a Criss Angel hater. It just seems weird. I've always liked the name of that show, designed as it was with the capital LIE in...
by P.T.Widdle
October 26th, 2015, 3:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Cohen
Replies: 2
Views: 998

Re: Steve Cohen

Great show. My wife still talks about it.

Although New York being what it is now, maybe he should call himself the Billionaire's Magician.
by P.T.Widdle
October 25th, 2015, 6:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4950

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

Richard Kaufman wrote:If the child genuinely has leukemia, then this is a terrible tragedy.

Tim Ellis wrote:The child has been diagnosed


Anything else but sympathy at this point are just vultures circling.
by P.T.Widdle
October 25th, 2015, 5:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4950

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

Not chest-beating here (and press releases, timing, and history aside), you are genuinely questioning whether or not Angel's child has Leukemia?
by P.T.Widdle
October 25th, 2015, 2:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4950

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

Wow.

You're really going to go with that. Insinuating that Criss Angel fabricated a story of his two year-old son being diagnosed with Leukemia. That's incredible. Your dislike for him must know no bounds.
by P.T.Widdle
October 25th, 2015, 1:45 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Witch of Lime Street
Replies: 26
Views: 5777

Re: New book: The Witch of Lime Street

Great review John.
I'm starting the book today, and I'm seeing Jahar talk Nov. 10 in NYC.
by P.T.Widdle
October 25th, 2015, 1:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4950

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

Richard Kaufman wrote:If the child genuinely has leukemia, then this is a terrible tragedy.



Any evidence to suggest otherwise?
by P.T.Widdle
October 24th, 2015, 9:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4950

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

There are several discomforting implications being made here. At least Tim acknowledges that a man's two year-old child being diagnosed with a horrible disease is sad. Richard, whatever motivations you want to assign Angel (for "hiding" having a child, or using this disease as an opportuni...
by P.T.Widdle
October 24th, 2015, 5:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4950

Criss Angel cancels shows

Sad news. Best wishes to Angel and his family:

https://www.yahoo.com/tv/s/criss-angel- ... 00310.html
by P.T.Widdle
October 23rd, 2015, 1:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Rikk Stikks - Color Changing Gemstones Chopsticks
Replies: 7
Views: 1197

Re: Rikk Stikks - Color Changing Gemstones Chopsticks

I like the paddle move with two sticks in one hand. Haven't seen that before (but I'm sure it's been done).
by P.T.Widdle
October 22nd, 2015, 4:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure on Cracked
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Re: Exposure on Cracked

Sorry. I meant method of exposure, not the trick. Some of the examples were better than others in terms of conveying information. Little bit of an art to getting those animated gifs right.
by P.T.Widdle
October 22nd, 2015, 2:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Exposure on Cracked
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Exposure on Cracked

A couple of these were very creative with their "method."

http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_1750 ... lanations/
by P.T.Widdle
October 20th, 2015, 3:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Witch of Lime Street
Replies: 26
Views: 5777

Re: New book: The Witch of Lime Street

performer wrote:I understand that Brad has been banned. He asked on Facebook if you were banned too.


I was referring to the ubiquitous Brad.
by P.T.Widdle
October 20th, 2015, 12:50 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Witch of Lime Street
Replies: 26
Views: 5777

Re: New book: The Witch of Lime Street

“I definitely believe in psychic phenomena,” - David Jaher https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2015/10/17/story-behind-book-david-jaher-spiritualism-mediums-and-margery-the-witch-lime-street/r91QbDJMrvYoq81BY1Qr0K/story.html I'm still going to read the book. See how open minded I am? (Brad, where...
by P.T.Widdle
October 17th, 2015, 8:45 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Witch of Lime Street
Replies: 26
Views: 5777

Re: New book: The Witch of Lime Street

Well, at least the author has this notice on his astrology readings website: "Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained ...
by P.T.Widdle
October 16th, 2015, 7:14 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Witch of Lime Street
Replies: 26
Views: 5777

Re: New book: The Witch of Lime Street

The author is a professional karmic astrologist. Despite this, I am reading the book anyway.

http://www.alokhealth.com/astrology.html
by P.T.Widdle
October 16th, 2015, 5:53 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 86973

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

Not listed under the Magic section, but I thought these were interesting. I never knew about them. Anyone use these?

Coins Carved to Reveal Skulls Under The Faces
http://boingboing.net/2015/10/16/coins- ... kulls.html
by P.T.Widdle
October 15th, 2015, 9:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Christmas Already?
Replies: 1
Views: 758

Re: Penn & Teller: Christmas Already?

What a great year for them.
by P.T.Widdle
October 13th, 2015, 9:52 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 86973

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

A long profile of Aiden Sinclair (of AGT fame), via Boing Boing:

http://boingboing.net/2015/10/13/a-con- ... lf-as.html
by P.T.Widdle
October 13th, 2015, 7:36 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Witch of Lime Street
Replies: 26
Views: 5777

The Witch of Lime Street

http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... vid-jaher/

I'm curious what Houdini experts make of this book.
by P.T.Widdle
October 7th, 2015, 7:12 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Students met their demise via hypnosis
Replies: 9
Views: 3686

Re: Students met their demise via hypnosis

Psychics are real. Hypnotists are not. Got it.
by P.T.Widdle
October 7th, 2015, 10:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RK in BoingBoing
Replies: 4
Views: 1199

Re: RK in BoingBoing

There's also this latest BB post from RK (Oct.7)

"Haunted candy and ghostly bandanas at Tokyo Disneyland"

http://boingboing.net/2015/10/07/hallow ... disne.html
by P.T.Widdle
October 7th, 2015, 8:13 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 86973

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

Hooray for BoingBoing's latest blog contributor - Richard Kaufman!

"Haunted candy and ghostly bandanas at Tokyo Disneyland"

http://boingboing.net/2015/10/07/hallow ... disne.html
by P.T.Widdle
October 6th, 2015, 1:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 38311

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

Even though Suzanne had the fooler with her fine band-aid routine, Reuben Moreland was my favorite, with his playful Matrix with dice. He came across so well. You can't help but like him.
by P.T.Widdle
October 6th, 2015, 9:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 38311

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

Great season finale, and not just because Penn said, "The more the word 'skeptic' is said, the better it is for our culture."

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