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by Daniel Z
August 26th, 2015, 11:46 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Zetetic Scholar
Replies: 35
Views: 7220

Re: Zetetic Scholar

Thanks Bill. That's great. I have a couple of issues somewhere and always thought it would be great to check out the series. Mark: Leaving aside the question of the scope of the impact of this magazine or the doings of self-proclaimed sceptics (and their critics), I was surprised by your initial sna...
by Daniel Z
August 25th, 2015, 10:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 140856

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Mark (or do you prefer Performer). Nice to see you posting here and stirring the pot as is your pleasure (if not your fate as destined by the stars). I'm not sure why you would cast aspersions on a person of Bob Farmer's merits. I imagine you know him -- at least in passing and from my interactions ...
by Daniel Z
August 21st, 2015, 11:22 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: another war magician?
Replies: 1
Views: 885

Re: another war magician?

and further on that note they also have some related stories like this one on inflatable trucks and other Potemkin village type trickery. tinyurl.com/lll3j7a
by Daniel Z
August 21st, 2015, 10:59 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: another war magician?
Replies: 1
Views: 885

another war magician?

Also from the folks at Atlas Obscura a small article about deception in WWll. More to it than to Maskelyne's claims? I've got no idea.
http://tinyurl.com/nms73ka
by Daniel Z
August 21st, 2015, 10:55 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: articles on magic posters
Replies: 1
Views: 968

articles on magic posters

Atlas Obscura has a website that will interest anyone with a taste fro the weird and wonderful. Today they have something up on 19th C magic posters. It's a short article for those unfamiliar with the subject. So don't expect anything you didn't know or hadn't seen. http://tinyurl.com/nd8qt4a new co...
by Daniel Z
June 20th, 2015, 5:55 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: what makes magic funny
Replies: 0
Views: 742

what makes magic funny

Humor and magic in Scientific America
http://tinyurl.com/oqzykdo
by Daniel Z
June 15th, 2015, 8:19 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: war magician?
Replies: 1
Views: 995

war magician?

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-33111934
shades of Maskelyne (or at least his claims) twitter hoax takes off spreading news and details about a non-existent battle fooling IS supporters and opponents.
by Daniel Z
June 13th, 2015, 12:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now You See Me 2
Replies: 18
Views: 4087

Re: Now You See Me 2

Got to say I agree with Brad.
by Daniel Z
June 8th, 2015, 5:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dannemora Prison Break As A Magic Trick
Replies: 14
Views: 3338

Re: Dannemora Prison Break As A Magic Trick

Bravo Bob. Bravo.
by Daniel Z
May 4th, 2015, 11:50 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: New Yorker tips the real work
Replies: 2
Views: 1369

New Yorker tips the real work

boycott the New Yorker this is exposure of the worst sort.
http://tinyurl.com/mmfmpjh
by Daniel Z
March 11th, 2015, 8:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin Board
Replies: 23
Views: 10257

Re: Coin Board

I don't know Matt but I still have mine.
by Daniel Z
January 17th, 2015, 11:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Incredible Dr Jaks
Replies: 6
Views: 2392

Re: New book: The Incredible Dr Jaks

Interested Bob, interested!
Only part way through but have been enjoying it very much.
by Daniel Z
November 17th, 2014, 12:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: an AI trick brain
Replies: 10
Views: 2360

Re: an AI trick brain

Then there is the very different approach (approaches if you prefer) of the incomparable Stewart James. Perhaps we can have a quantum computer that has 3 invisible friends (aka/ the disputers or qubits)
by Daniel Z
November 17th, 2014, 10:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: an AI trick brain
Replies: 10
Views: 2360

Re: an AI trick brain

No doubt true Bob, but perhaps in this case it's like the talking dog: what's amazing is that he can talk, not what he says.
by Daniel Z
November 17th, 2014, 9:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: an AI trick brain
Replies: 10
Views: 2360

an AI trick brain

Mr Fitzkee stand back
http://tinyurl.com/mwvnslt
by Daniel Z
November 17th, 2014, 8:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Pepper's Ghost art toy
Replies: 23
Views: 6100

Re: New Pepper's Ghost art toy

Perhaps not magic but quite magical. http://tinyurl.com/qyc6kaf
a contemporary photographers approach to camera obscura
by Daniel Z
November 4th, 2014, 6:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Art of the Con
Replies: 27
Views: 7662

Re: The Art of the Con

Hi Paul.
I had my copy pre-ordered through Amazon Canada. They delivered it a couple of weeks ago (Oct 17). Looking forward to reading it.
PS congrats on Our Magic.
by Daniel Z
October 10th, 2014, 6:44 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Levitating buildings and melting houses
Replies: 0
Views: 836

Levitating buildings and melting houses

British artist/designer Alex Chinneck is in the news again for levitating a building in Covent Garden http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/201410 ... ouses-melt
His website is http://www.alexchinneck.com
by Daniel Z
October 2nd, 2014, 2:23 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Five different palm readers
Replies: 9
Views: 3406

Re: Five different palm readers

It's also available as a free audio book through Librivox

https://librivox.org/the-witches-of-new ... doesticks/
by Daniel Z
September 25th, 2014, 10:01 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Five different palm readers
Replies: 9
Views: 3406

Re: Five different palm readers

I should have said that Professor Truzzi thought that "cold reading" was often invoked as a pseudo-explanation. Of course it could be a perfectly reasonable explanation in some cases (as when magicians/mentalists give readings).
by Daniel Z
September 25th, 2014, 9:58 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Five different palm readers
Replies: 9
Views: 3406

Re: Five different palm readers

Towards the end of his life the late great Marcello Truzzi (http://www.tricksterbook.com/truzzi/) told me that he was working on a history of “cold reading” which, if I understood him correctly, he considered a pseudo-explanation. I believe, based on a series of very brief conversations that he woul...
by Daniel Z
July 8th, 2014, 1:50 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Houdini movies in development
Replies: 6
Views: 2807

Re: Houdini movies in development

Today Worldscreen posted video of an interview with GW Abrams and COO Sandra Stern of Lionsgate discussing the upcoming 4hr Houdini miniseries.
http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/45741
by Daniel Z
March 20th, 2014, 10:03 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Gathering for Gardner
Replies: 4
Views: 1929

Re: Gathering for Gardner

Hi Bill.
Please keep us posted if you have time. I haven't been there for a few years but they were always extraordinary events.
by Daniel Z
December 17th, 2013, 9:14 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Penn & Teller's cups and ball analyzed (sort of)
Replies: 3
Views: 1514

Re: Penn & Teller's cups and ball analyzed (sort of)

Hello Tom.
Quite right. I knew the paper had been discussed but I didn't realize that the announcement regarding the online discussion with the researchers had been previously posted. I must have missed that.
best,
Daniel
by Daniel Z
December 16th, 2013, 7:56 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Penn & Teller's cups and ball analyzed (sort of)
Replies: 3
Views: 1514

Penn & Teller's cups and ball analyzed (sort of)

According to a current Scientific American blog entry http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/illusion-chasers/2013/12/16/ask-me-anything/ Tomorrow (Tue 16th Dec at 8 am PST) the journal PeerJ will host an online live ‘Ask Me Anything’ session with scientists studying Penn & Teller’s ‘cups and balls...
by Daniel Z
August 13th, 2013, 7:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 12078

Re: Sachs and Sack's

I can't resist seconding (the always astute) Mr. Mullin's comment about Bob Sheets. I learned the routine as a kid but never new what a wonderful piece of magic it could be until I saw Bob do it (as we walked down the street). Amazing and very, very funny.
Daniel
by Daniel Z
February 12th, 2013, 12:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic and Warfare
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Magic and Warfare

It's not the War Magician but PBS is apparently going to air a documentary called The Ghost Army dealing with how the US army deceived the German army through trickery and illusion. They claim that in 1944 the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops landed in France with inflatable tanks, and trucks etc. t...
by Daniel Z
November 25th, 2012, 3:21 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impromptu Mental Epic
Replies: 30
Views: 4959

Re: Impromptu Mental Epic

Hello Ariel.
Yes I'm that Daniel.
best,
by Daniel Z
November 25th, 2012, 12:34 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impromptu Mental Epic
Replies: 30
Views: 4959

Re: Impromptu Mental Epic

Hello Ariel.
If it used business cards (rather than billets), and a clever mis-numbering it could be Cicardi's 3 Card Epic which was published in 1974 in issue 95 of Bascom Jones' Magick.
best,
Daniel
by Daniel Z
October 11th, 2012, 4:11 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine
Replies: 22
Views: 3978

Re: David Blaine

Perhaps it is less a question of popularity vs quality than an example of Sturgeons Law (aka Sturgeons Revelation). This example of the Pareto Principle (you can always Max Maven for more details) was coined as a response to the claim that 90% of science fiction was crap. A notion to which back in t...
by Daniel Z
February 8th, 2012, 7:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Source for Belly Strippers?
Replies: 14
Views: 2097

Re: Source for Belly Strippers?

Thanks JMD. That worked.
by Daniel Z
February 7th, 2012, 7:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Source for Belly Strippers?
Replies: 14
Views: 2097

Re: Source for Belly Strippers?

Hello Mr Sands. The link takes me to your store but the listing of the item (either the image of the deck or the text) only lead to a blank page. Is the problem on my end?
best,
by Daniel Z
January 31st, 2011, 5:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Invisible Man
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Re: The Invisible Man

If you like that you might find this of interest. It is Verushka (?) from the 70s
http://www.hive1.com/nucards/bodypaint/flage/index.htm
best,
Daniel

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