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by John Bodine
October 9th, 2004, 1:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2201598

Re: ERDNASE

I might add that it appears as though the value of a second edition of "The Expert at the Card Table" is approximately $760. It's just such a shame that mid bid of $72 didn't win the auction. :)

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by John Bodine
October 7th, 2004, 11:37 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: 1902/1905 Erdnase Expert at the Card Table Book Value (on ebay)
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: 1902/1905 Erdnase Expert at the Card Table Book Value (on ebay)

Looks like it was worth about$760! Nice win to a nice guy and someone who will certainly take care of the book. (I only bid $75 and was hoping people didn't find this gem. :) )

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by John Bodine
September 14th, 2004, 4:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three Fly?
Replies: 106
Views: 10439

Re: Three Fly?

If we, as magicians, are to contact the estate of the creater of an effect, it would seem as though we would have very, very few magicians today. Who was the first to find a lost card, surely we could trace that persons lineage and ask their estate? Make a coin vanish, cause cards to transpose, the ...
by John Bodine
September 2nd, 2004, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for Steven Valenti and Michael Weber contact info...
Replies: 7
Views: 543

Re: Looking for Steven Valenti and Michael Weber contact info...

Steve V, unfortunately I can no longer correspond with you now that I know you attended Bellermine. You see, I attended St. Francis and although I didn't play any sports, I believe simply attending the school prohibits me from being friends with someone who attended our rival. Deep regrets, johnbodi...
by John Bodine
August 12th, 2004, 9:08 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED: Hat Full Of Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1102

Re: WANTED: Hat Full Of Magic

Tony,

Was this the hat that was plastic and had a trap door in the bottom? I believe it also had some water load in the brim of the hat. If so, that's the first magic kit I ever received and I'd like to track one down for posterity sake.

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by John Bodine
August 4th, 2004, 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pleasing the client ( Feedback)
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: Pleasing the client ( Feedback)

Hi Sean, Hope all is going well for you in Hong Kong. Having seen some of your close-up stuff and knowing a little bit about your style, I don't think you'll have any problems winning over the crowd provided you've got the bill to lemon handling down (I'm sure you do as I know how much work you put ...
by John Bodine
July 14th, 2004, 11:15 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: TRIVIA QUIZ: Charlie Miller
Replies: 20
Views: 1110

Re: TRIVIA QUIZ: Charlie Miller

A wonderful thread, thanks Jon for starting it off with the questions, and as expected, Mr. Chosse for sharing his knowledge of this relatively unknown magician. I say relatively unknown because the average "club" magician will know little to nothing about this master. I understand at one ...
by John Bodine
July 8th, 2004, 4:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Slow goes it...
Replies: 9
Views: 457

Slow goes it...

is it just me or does this forum seem a bit slow once again? I'm now in the habit of clicking a link, and then changing windows to other sites I'm browsing until this forum responds. I can usually read 2 or 3 other posts (on other forums) in the time it takes a link to load here.

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by John Bodine
July 8th, 2004, 4:42 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: A bill routine I've seen Kaps perform
Replies: 7
Views: 738

Re: A bill routine I've seen Kaps perform

I think you got it Curtis. Kaps used a bulldog type clip to clip the money together. I'll have to track down a reference to hornswaggled but you've pointed me in the correct direction, thanks much!

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by John Bodine
July 7th, 2004, 10:24 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: A bill routine I've seen Kaps perform
Replies: 7
Views: 738

A bill routine I've seen Kaps perform

I'm not sure Kaps was the first to perform it but I'm looking for a reference to a routine he performed on a tape I watched. The routine uses 3 $5 bills and 5 $1 bills for a total of $20. Money is counted to show $20, clipped together at one end and handed to the spectator who upon counting only fin...
by John Bodine
July 6th, 2004, 4:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Reno
Replies: 13
Views: 960

Re: Magic Reno

The Fusion Show is playing in South Lake Tahoe, produced by Tony Clark, currently starring Greg Wilson and others.

Fusion Show
by John Bodine
July 1st, 2004, 9:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three Fly?
Replies: 106
Views: 10439

Re: Three Fly?

Keep in mind that Kenner's handling of Townsend's effect was never meant to be a standalone piece. Although most people now perform 3Fly (and its variations) as a single effect, it works much better in the course of a full routine. I have put together a larger routine that involves the production, s...
by John Bodine
June 24th, 2004, 5:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Silverman Lecture, TONIGHT, 6/24 in San Jose
Replies: 0
Views: 169

Steve Silverman Lecture, TONIGHT, 6/24 in San Jose

Sorry for the late notice but tonight at 7:30 in San Jose, CA IBM Ring 216 will be hosting a lecture by Steve Silverman. Cost is $20 for non-members of Ring 216.

All the details can be found at <http://www.ring216.org/>

Hope to see some of you there!
by John Bodine
June 21st, 2004, 6:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Strolling Olympics
Replies: 23
Views: 922

Re: Strolling Olympics

I would be interested in hearing what the scoring criteria for the event were. We will be holding a strollling competition at one of the local clubs and I'm still looking for good scoring elements.

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by John Bodine
June 12th, 2004, 12:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jerry Andrus Lecture, Monday June 14th, Palo Alto
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Jerry Andrus Lecture, Monday June 14th, Palo Alto

The inimitable Jerry Andrus will be lecturing this Monday, June 14th, in Palo Alto for SAM 94 and visitors. The lecture cost is $20 for non-members. WHO: Jerry Andrus WHAT: Lecture WHEN: 7:30pm, June 14th WHERE: First Lutheran Church in Palo Alto (Corner of Homer and Webster) For more information pl...
by John Bodine
March 3rd, 2004, 11:22 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Bill to Lemon Method?
Replies: 49
Views: 19602

Re: Bill to Lemon Method?

Larry Jennings published a card to lemon effect in the small bookliet Neoclassics. In the opening paragraph it is noted that the surprise element is essentially destroyed in most presentations of "object to fruit" as the fruit is presented before the effect begins. Obviously the structure ...
by John Bodine
February 26th, 2004, 2:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Riffle stacking
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Riffle stacking

Thanks for the respone James. I realize that there are many different ways I could approach stacking just 2 cards, and that I could just cut the bottom card and the correct number of cards above it to the top to achieve the last stack thereby dramatically reducing the number of shuffles required. Ad...
by John Bodine
February 26th, 2004, 11:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Riffle stacking
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Riffle stacking

I've recently been playing around with riffle stacking and was curious about a few things. The method I've been using is to control the cards I want (currently only 2) to the top and bottom. Depending on the number of hands I want, I stack either 1, 2, or 3 cards on top of the top card and repeat as...
by John Bodine
February 3rd, 2004, 1:29 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Life Savers
Replies: 30
Views: 21908

Re: Book of the Month: Life Savers

I too perform Kenner's "Missing Link" or as Weber calls it "Stretching it". I don't perform the unlink as Weber has written up in Lifesavers. I learned the effect from TOOC and perform it as written there. I do use different colored bands, a large yellow or red one and the standa...
by John Bodine
December 22nd, 2003, 10:20 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Kaufman's Top 10 from 1984 Almanac
Replies: 12
Views: 1395

Kaufman's Top 10 from 1984 Almanac

Just came across this as I was reading the Collected Almanac. Almost 20 years ago Richard put to paper his list of the 10 greatest books published on sleight of hand. The list is as follows. 1. J.N. Hofzinser's Card Conjuring 2. The Expert At The Card Table 3. Greater Magic 4. Sach's Sleight of Hand...
by John Bodine
December 9th, 2003, 9:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mark Lewis
Replies: 32
Views: 1932

Re: Mark Lewis

I too enjoyed Mr. Lewis' posts and believe for the most part he knows what he's talking about. He rarely makes personal attacks at people on the forum, and if one reads through his pompous style there's loads of good to be found.

Shame he had to be banned.

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by John Bodine
November 11th, 2003, 11:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pit Hartling's CARD FICTIONS
Replies: 10
Views: 1466

Re: Pit Hartling's CARD FICTIONS

Henek, Colour Sense has the following impression. The spec shuffles a deck of cards as much as they like. You claim to memorize the deck as you run through the cards with them facing you. The spec takes a portion of cards below the table or behind their back, heck, you could even turn around as you ...
by John Bodine
November 9th, 2003, 3:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Guastaferro’s “Brainstorm” DVD’s Awesome!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 929

Re: John Guastaferro’s “Brainstorm” DVD’s Awesome!!!

Is something missing? Aren't there supposed to be 3 DVD's in every release these days? :)

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by John Bodine
November 3rd, 2003, 3:31 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Artifice, Ruse, and Subterfuge at the Card Table
Replies: 56
Views: 33245

Re: Book of the Month: Artifice, Ruse, and Subterfuge at the Card Table

Jason, Thanks for the information on the older cards. I imagined that all the cards from the turn of the century would be square corners, single ply, poor quality. But as I've learned from your post as well as a private email it seems as though the cards were of equal quality to todays cards, or per...
by John Bodine
November 3rd, 2003, 3:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: David Ben's new book
Replies: 31
Views: 2025

Re: David Ben's new book

Glitch workaround... the problem is with the path specified for the movie. Here are the direct links which work on a Mac.


Extension of Credit

Just Four

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by John Bodine
October 30th, 2003, 11:15 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Artifice, Ruse, and Subterfuge at the Card Table
Replies: 56
Views: 33245

Re: Book of the Month: Artifice, Ruse, and Subterfuge at the Card Table

Not having the pleasure of owning any cards from the turn of the century, I'm curious to know how the cards handled and perhaps the sleights our dear friend Erdnase devised were largely the result of the material he had to work with. Given todays cards, perhaps he would have come up with alternate h...
by John Bodine
October 22nd, 2003, 6:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dual Reviewers?
Replies: 25
Views: 1218

Re: Dual Reviewers?

I will have to agree with Andy Leviss on this one, I believe multiple points of view will only help a reader rather than hurt or obscure a point. For example, a reviewer might be biased towards a particular style that I happen to not appreciate. If each item were reviewed by 2 people, with vastly di...
by John Bodine
October 22nd, 2003, 9:12 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Artifice, Ruse, and Subterfuge at the Card Table
Replies: 56
Views: 33245

Re: Book of the Month: Artifice, Ruse, and Subterfuge at the Card Table

What a marvelous choice for a book of the month, I've been wondering how long it would take to get to this one. Although I have certainly not studied the text as well as I should have, nor as well as many of the previous posters, I will add my two cents. I believe the book is one of the few examples...
by John Bodine
October 17th, 2003, 5:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dual Reviewers?
Replies: 25
Views: 1218

Dual Reviewers?

I was thinking the other day how nice it would be to have 2 people review each book, video, trick, etc. The inspiration for this idea comes from movie reviewers such as Ebert and Roper. I think some system of dual reviews might benefit many. Of course there is the problem of paying the reviewers and...
by John Bodine
October 17th, 2003, 4:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Motivation for Triumph
Replies: 45
Views: 2587

Re: Motivation for Triumph

After the selected card is returned I will often ask if they have ever rented a cabin (perform pass or control card to top as I ask the question) and if they've found a deck of cards which was in a mixed up state (as I turn half face up and shuffle). Most often they respond in the affirmative. I can...
by John Bodine
September 23rd, 2003, 12:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: October Issue--with Dan and Dave Buck
Replies: 105
Views: 13915

Re: October Issue--with Dan and Dave Buck

I'll just add that I found the design and layout of the Dan and Dave article excellent and refreshing. The illustrations were marvelous, and the descriptions well written, detailed yet not too wordy.

Congratulations Dan and Dave, you should be proud.

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by John Bodine
June 18th, 2003, 10:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Bay Area Magicians....
Replies: 1
Views: 197

Re: Bay Area Magicians....

Sorry to hear about this. Although I didn't have the opportunity to know him, any Bay Area magician should be missed.

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by John Bodine
April 9th, 2003, 10:40 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: The Twin's Split
Replies: 11
Views: 1169

Re: The Twin's Split

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Dan and Dave Buck this past weekend and asked them to perform the split for me. In Dave's hands, this looks exactly like trick photography. The center pip of a three just comes right off. I do plan on working on this one.

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by John Bodine
March 19th, 2003, 12:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7175
Views: 2201598

Re: ERDNASE

Regarding the illustrations, isn't it probably that Erdnase had already penned the majority if not entire contents of hte book and was seeking illustrations to clarify or strengthen certain points? If you agree that this was the case, isn't it possible that the description of a sleight or move could...
by John Bodine
March 17th, 2003, 6:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books waiting to see the light of day?
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Books waiting to see the light of day?

In cramming for TSD IV - A Tribute to Marlo I notice the introductions to M.I.N.T. and The Card Magic of Edward Marlo make mention of books to come. M.I.N.T. mentions it being the first of a trilogy, and the second book arrived but did the third ever reach print or is the project still in the works?...
by John Bodine
March 17th, 2003, 11:03 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Castle Junior Society
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: Magic Castle Junior Society

Was the ban for performing a "pile trick"? From what I understand, when you join you agree not to perform card tricks which involving dealing piles of cards or cutting the deck into several piles, etc. A valiant attempt to avoid uninteresting magic.

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by John Bodine
March 15th, 2003, 2:09 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Card Counting
Replies: 26
Views: 8383

Re: Card Counting

Steve, I believe it is the counting of value and suit to determine a card missing from the deck. For example, if you summed the value of every card in the deck (omitting any value for suit) you would arrive at a constant value. If you removed an Ace, the counted number would be 1 less than the const...
by John Bodine
March 5th, 2003, 10:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: bad audiance
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Re: bad audiance

There was also a small manuscript put out by Busby? titled SMUT Magic. In it were several poems with accompanying moves. The poems were a bit trashy and would fall into the adult category. I have the manuscript but have never performed any of the effects.

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by John Bodine
February 6th, 2003, 5:24 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Book Sale
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Book Sale

I'll take the Elsmley books.

John Bodine

COLLECTED WORKS OF ALEX ELMSLEY VOL 1 & 2, first
edition, first printing, excellent condition...$60 for both
by John Bodine
October 30th, 2002, 2:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Robert-Houdin
Replies: 42
Views: 2084

Re: Robert-Houdin

Wow Richard, I'm amazed at how personal you took Terry's post. Regardless, Terry is correct, and so are you. First, in the most basic sense of how resale/retail works, the manufacturer of an item sets the wholesale price that enable them to make money. After they sell to the resellers, it should mak...

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