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by Lisa Cousins
May 7th, 2011, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS
Replies: 181
Views: 33998

Re: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS

I've heard the current state of affairs at the Magic Castle described as "a coup by actors."

I hope to see the Castle recaptured for the glory of magic, and long may she reign.
by Lisa Cousins
April 28th, 2011, 6:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS
Replies: 181
Views: 33998

Re: The President of the Academy of Magical Arts RESIGNS

Just Announced: Randy Sinnott!
by Lisa Cousins
April 1st, 2011, 7:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Genii Corporation Purchases Disneyland
Replies: 8
Views: 1661

Re: The Genii Corporation Purchases Disneyland

Well, it's about time. After installing a Houdini audio-animatronic to stand up and tell Madame Leota that she's a fraud, I hope you'll consider constructing a Monorail to connect the Magic Kingdom to the Magic Castle. Or is "Disney California Adventure Park" included in your purchase? If ...
by Lisa Cousins
March 31st, 2011, 3:48 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: My Magic Castle Debut
Replies: 11
Views: 3907

Re: My Magic Castle Debut

Immediately prior to the "Silken Lady" I did a seance-style effect where we attempted to receive a message "from the other side" for a member of the audience. For this one, I wrote out all of my messages months ago, bundled them up and set them aside and never looked at them agai...
by Lisa Cousins
March 30th, 2011, 8:35 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: My Magic Castle Debut
Replies: 11
Views: 3907

Re: My Magic Castle Debut

My show did seem to work well for both magicians and laypeople. On the magicianly side of things - and I'm speaking as one who's taken in "the view from the seats" at the Magic Castle hundreds of times - I know how refreshing it is to see anything at all that's different, and I knew for su...
by Lisa Cousins
March 29th, 2011, 6:19 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: My Magic Castle Debut
Replies: 11
Views: 3907

My Magic Castle Debut

I made my first visit to the Magic Castle in February of 2000, and eleven years later - on the lucky date of 3/7/11 - I made my showroom debut in the Parlour of Prestidigitation. I did twenty shows in the course of my week - two on Monday, and three on the subsequent nights. In terms of the stated g...
by Lisa Cousins
January 21st, 2011, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nice Cover Story about our Academy of Magic and Music opening
Replies: 3
Views: 1239

Re: Nice Cover Story about our Academy of Magic and Music opening

Fantastic, Richard! Many congratulations, and best wishes with this endeavor - it all looks and sounds so wonderful. I would LOVE to attend your opening tomorrow, but alas, my distance falls just short of striking.
by Lisa Cousins
January 1st, 2011, 2:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Los Angeles Magic Conference
Replies: 13
Views: 2728

Re: Los Angeles Magic Conference

I remember reading that Conference report when Bill Pack first posted it to his blog after the event - if I remember correctly, I'm mentioned in it as part of his report on a subsequent day. So, "Joe Batters" - you're saying that YOU are Bill Pack? And as for "Brook" - just the o...
by Lisa Cousins
November 23rd, 2010, 4:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Caveney Book Signing at Magic Castle
Replies: 17
Views: 3494

Re: Mike Caveney Book Signing at Magic Castle

This was one of those Magic Castle events that pretty much had an all-star AUDIENCE. As mentioned by others, the Kar-Mi stuff was a huge revelation (although I admit that Mike's alternating Kar-ME and Kar-MY pronunciations have left me a bit shy to discuss the story out loud). My favorite part, thou...
by Lisa Cousins
November 23rd, 2010, 3:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: RKO 589: Hollywood's first Houdini film
Replies: 10
Views: 2306

Re: RKO 589: Hollywood's first Houdini film

Pat, didn't you tell me that your aunt - Wallace Ford's wife - received a telephone call from Thelma Todd AFTER the police claimed Thelma was already dead? And that this tended to illustrate that Thelma Todd did not die peacefully of carbon monoxide poisoning in her own car on one night, but murdero...
by Lisa Cousins
November 14th, 2010, 2:28 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: 11 Kid Show Thoughts For 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2816

Re: 11 Kid Show Thoughts For 2011

Your point is akin to saying that, because you like reading Shakespeare now, you feel it would be an insult to give a school kid some Dr. Seuss. Just as there's always a new rising generation to appreciate Dr. Seuss, there will always be a new batch of kids coming up who will appreciate change bags,...
by Lisa Cousins
October 31st, 2010, 3:16 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic Castle Melody
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

Re: Magic Castle Melody

Richard, since I find your remark very cryptic I take it that I am not one of the many who know the answers of which you speak. So feel free to be one of the few who speak it aloud. And while I'm waiting for my enlightenment, I'll add another factor that I love about the Magic Castle: the way that t...
by Lisa Cousins
October 30th, 2010, 11:51 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic Castle Melody
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

Re: Magic Castle Melody

Maybe in the days when Genii reported on the Magic Castle scene it incited out-of-towners to feel "jealous" as well, but I mostly hear people talk about how happy it made them - more like a "letters from home" feeling. But then, I'm talking to people who ended up being a part of ...
by Lisa Cousins
October 30th, 2010, 6:21 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic Castle Melody
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

Re: Magic Castle Melody

I would say that the heart of my Magic Castle fascination lies in the magical experimentation that's constantly going forth there. It's one thing to buy a ticket to a magic show and see the perfect, polished, finished product - and another to watch something that could wobble and fall flat, or soar....
by Lisa Cousins
October 29th, 2010, 4:45 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic Castle Melody
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

Magic Castle Melody

Every time I step into the Magic Castle library and see the painting of Bill Larsen with the Magic Castle looming behind him and an issue of Genii Magazine before him, I rue the breakdown of this once-vital connection. I know so many people who eagerly followed the Magic Castle doings from afar thro...
by Lisa Cousins
August 21st, 2010, 2:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Nash Memorial?
Replies: 2
Views: 504

Re: Martin Nash Memorial?

Yes, there was a Memorial held in Martin Nash's honor at the Magic Castle last year. It was on August 23rd, which will be one year ago on Monday. The date is vivid to me because I went directly from the 82nd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to the Martin Nash M...
by Lisa Cousins
August 20th, 2010, 5:20 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Link of Mentalism to Hypnosis?
Replies: 14
Views: 2870

Re: Link of Mentalism to Hypnosis?

There's also a not-to-be-overlooked connection between mentalism, covert hypnosis, and internet forum sock-puppetism, for example: LIE: I registered for an internet forum with a spam website in my signature line because I want to know how Derren Brown does his tricks. PLAUSIBILITY: It's a magic foru...
by Lisa Cousins
August 17th, 2010, 8:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Whirling UFO Card Morphs Into "Flitter Fairy"?
Replies: 15
Views: 2385

Re: Whirling UFO Card Morphs Into "Flitter Fairy"?

Thanks so much for the link - very illuminating. I'd pictured more of a cleverly folded, origami-style fairy, and I didn't realize how much the use of the magic wand during the effect would signal "marionette." I guess the whirling playing card still has its place for the time being. As to...
by Lisa Cousins
August 17th, 2010, 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Whirling UFO Card Morphs Into "Flitter Fairy"?
Replies: 15
Views: 2385

Re: Whirling UFO Card Morphs Into "Flitter Fairy"?

I just figured that Geno would have some sort of "fast track" greenlight to develop and carry Disney-related magic tricks, but I certainly don't know his arrangement there. I can easily see a Tinkerbell version of this, sold as a DISNEYLAND EXCLUSIVE - AVAILABLE NOWHERE ELSE!!! being a hug...
by Lisa Cousins
August 17th, 2010, 3:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Whirling UFO Card Morphs Into "Flitter Fairy"?
Replies: 15
Views: 2385

Whirling UFO Card Morphs Into "Flitter Fairy"?

I see that the Fall issue of the "Signals" catalog is offering a product called a "Flitter Fairy". According to the item description, "Wave the wand and the fairy magically flutters and flies. A very thin string (so thin it's usually invisible) connects the fairy to a clip y...
by Lisa Cousins
July 22nd, 2010, 1:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 47878

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

Pete McCabe is right about the library (and its denizens) being the chief "victim" of the non-magic events. There's the piano thing mentioned - in fact, the use of the library for general storage, be it pianos or whatnot. There's also the removal of chairs from the library when deemed nece...
by Lisa Cousins
July 20th, 2010, 6:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 47878

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

Of course the great irony here is that if the menus had simply been distributed as usual and without remark, I doubt that the total readership of Milt's column would have hit the triple-digits. Attempting to censor it caused it to absolutely explode throughout the community, with emails winging arou...
by Lisa Cousins
July 16th, 2010, 9:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy
Replies: 296
Views: 47878

Re: Magic Castle Larsen Legacy

On the back of every Friday lunch menu, Milt Larsen writes a weekly column consisting of thoughts, memories, member news, information about visiting guests, etc. On today's lunch menu, after reminiscing about the Magic Castle's origins, Milt wrote: "Over the years I was able to have a free hand...
by Lisa Cousins
May 18th, 2010, 5:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's My Chance: Should I?
Replies: 17
Views: 2629

Re: Here's My Chance: Should I?

As far as what Lisa wants to do - might as well paint up an entire set of Vernet fingers or thimbles and produce them the same way as the standard thimble production. Now THAT'S hilarious! Or, with very minimal effort, I could immediately make use of the "curved" Vernet sixth-fingers we s...
by Lisa Cousins
May 14th, 2010, 6:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's My Chance: Should I?
Replies: 17
Views: 2629

Here's My Chance: Should I?

Now that I'm behind a magic counter, demo-ing things all the live-long day, I have my opportunity to perpetuate a magic legend. I can paint a thumb tip bright neon green and keep it in a handy hidden place. I can demo something with my bare hands, and then steal out the thumb tip and brandish it aro...
by Lisa Cousins
May 4th, 2010, 3:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Acer in Washington D.C. - Lecture 5/19
Replies: 5
Views: 981

Re: David Acer in Washington D.C. - Lecture 5/19

Oy, Richard, you better go. I missed it when he was here, and I have to endure the misery of watching everybody else in the neighborhood place a small brass cap over a stack of nickels and turn them into dimes, and I can't do it. I try and I try, but it's nickels every time. I even got his lecture n...
by Lisa Cousins
January 26th, 2010, 1:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Words that a Magician Should Never Utter in Front of Laymen
Replies: 78
Views: 10110

Re: Words that a Magician Should Never Utter in Front of Laymen

My pick for the top word you should never say in front of laymen is "laymen."
by Lisa Cousins
January 24th, 2010, 1:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has Hollywood Magic Vanished?
Replies: 42
Views: 15762

Re: Has Hollywood Magic Vanished?

R. Paul said that he stopped by the counter on Friday looking for me, but I'm there five days a week and Friday isn't one of those days. He said he asked for a dye-tube, and they pointed him to the Beauty Lounge. Well, thanks to Newell starting today, there will now be a magic person on-site seven d...
by Lisa Cousins
December 18th, 2009, 12:58 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Reflection by Bill Goodwin
Replies: 8
Views: 2907

Re: Reflection by Bill Goodwin

You can also get this directly from Bill, here:

www.billgoodwinmagic.com

That way Bill can sign it for you, and what the heck, you might as well pick up Penumbra Eleven while you're there.
by Lisa Cousins
November 28th, 2009, 1:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Colleen Moore: Movie Star, Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 1879

Re: Colleen Moore: Movie Star, Magician

Thanks for those links, David. I have a cousin living in Oak Park who has two daughters, and they have just raved about the "Fairy Castle." I also know Colleen Moore as a major character in the book "A Cast of Killers," which is an amazing and fascinating true-crime tale about th...
by Lisa Cousins
November 20th, 2009, 3:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini's Magic Shop to Take Over the Magic Shop on Main Street in Disneyland
Replies: 20
Views: 4678

Re: Houdini's Magic Shop to Take Over the Magic Shop on Main Street in Disneyland

I see the long lines at "Finding Nemo" as a function of the very poor loading and rider-capacity issues of the attraction, not as an indication of its popularity - in fact, it was my understanding that it was closed due to this very issue (expense of running it, vs. how many people were ab...
by Lisa Cousins
November 20th, 2009, 1:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini's Magic Shop to Take Over the Magic Shop on Main Street in Disneyland
Replies: 20
Views: 4678

Re: Houdini's Magic Shop to Take Over the Magic Shop on Main Street in Disneyland

On Tuesday I visited Disneyland's Main Street Magic Shop for the first time since the transformation - and I give it a solid A-Plus. Disneyland at its best is all about expressing "epitome" - in fact, many of the complaints about the Magic Kingdom in recent years have to do with the veerin...
by Lisa Cousins
November 20th, 2009, 3:12 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Colleen Moore: Movie Star, Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 1879

Colleen Moore: Movie Star, Magician

After being a daily reader of Allan Ellenberger's excellent Hollywood history blog for more than a year, I met Allan in person at the 82nd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service in August. Last Friday I hosted Allan and a group of Hollywood history buffs at the Magic Castle, and he said that he'd...
by Lisa Cousins
November 10th, 2009, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History
Replies: 49
Views: 12854

Re: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History

I'll clue you in on the "Ring Flight," Travis. Mike Caveney selected a spectator from the audience, borrowed her ring, vanished it, and caused it to reappear in his key case. Except that it wasn't the ring that she'd loaned to him. Scotto was called onto the stage from his crew-member posi...
by Lisa Cousins
October 18th, 2009, 3:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has Hollywood Magic Vanished?
Replies: 42
Views: 15762

Re: Has Hollywood Magic Vanished?

I walked by there three days ago, and it was open. Today I talked to a guy on Hollywood Blvd. who was wearing an elaborate Star Trek costume, and he mentioned that he bought it at Hollywood Magic. (Which is of course not to say that he bought it today - although he was so visibly happy wearing the c...
by Lisa Cousins
October 8th, 2009, 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gary Ouellet Genii Issue
Replies: 7
Views: 1475

Re: Gary Ouellet Genii Issue

You didn't really watch the whole dance, did you, Bob? Otherwise you would have recognized that the alien's seemingly innocent, "other-worldly" gestures were clear demonstrations of "The Silverdust Vanish" and "The Olympic Challenge." Either that, or you just don't know...
by Lisa Cousins
October 8th, 2009, 6:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gary Ouellet Genii Issue
Replies: 7
Views: 1475

Re: Gary Ouellet Genii Issue

Wow, David! At first I couldn't understand why, even though you had your question answered nine minutes after posting it, it was taking you HOURS to deliver the dance. But now I stand in awe of your ability to record and post the dance - and then get almost 140,000 people to view it, including more ...
by Lisa Cousins
October 8th, 2009, 2:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gary Ouellet Genii Issue
Replies: 7
Views: 1475

Re: Gary Ouellet Genii Issue

Hi, David: The tricks are: "The Amazing Coin" "The Touch Force" "The Olympic Challenge" "Reflections on the Ambitious Card" (including sub-sections "On the Count of Three" and "Ambitious Challenge" "Flash Deck" "Silverdust&qu...
by Lisa Cousins
October 2nd, 2009, 4:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Story Telling Deck Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 2451

Re: Story Telling Deck Advice

Thanks for linking to my "Cinderella" clip, Efendi Kwok. I did learn all three of the fairytales, but "Cinderella" was my favorite, and the only one that I've kept "in the fingers" through the years. I still have occasions to present it, particularly so after Guy perfor...
by Lisa Cousins
September 9th, 2009, 3:14 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: A Vote For Radio FigJungle Is A Vote For Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 384

A Vote For Radio FigJungle Is A Vote For Magic

My younger son's band, Radio FigJungle, just won their regional Battle of the Bands, and they need your vote to move on to the next level. Just take this link: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.gorillamusic.com/25000-record-deal-contest-voting/">http://www.gorillamusic.com/25000-recor ....

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