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by Mark Collier
March 2nd, 2010, 9:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Rising Cards
Replies: 67
Views: 11015

Re: Rising Cards

I received my package today and I am very happy with the quality of the prop and for me, the method is delightful. I usually prefer mechanical devices to electronic methods. This seems surefire. There is no thread to break, no batteries or circuits to worry about. It is a very well made prop and wit...
by Mark Collier
February 26th, 2010, 4:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: For palindrome lovers
Replies: 8
Views: 2090

Re: For palindrome lovers

A man, a plan, a canal: Panama. A Toyota. Race fast, safe car. A Toyota. Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era? As I pee, sir, I see Pisa! Dammit, I'm mad! Ed, I saw Harpo Marx ram Oprah W. aside. Evil did I dwell; lewd I did live. Party boobytrap. Reviled did I live, said I, as e...
by Mark Collier
February 26th, 2010, 12:55 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: For palindrome lovers
Replies: 8
Views: 2090

Re: For palindrome lovers

This is interesting but it isn't palindromic. The lines are read in reverse order but not in reverse.

"Never odd or even" is a palindrome.
by Mark Collier
February 25th, 2010, 7:29 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tom Stone Column
Replies: 30
Views: 8195

Re: Tom Stone Column

Thanks Brad. I knew that didn't sound right.
by Mark Collier
February 25th, 2010, 4:57 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tom Stone Column
Replies: 30
Views: 8195

Re: Tom Stone Column

Brian Glickman does a very nice Parlour show at the Magic Castle that centers around his day job as a lawyer.
by Mark Collier
February 24th, 2010, 1:38 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tom Stone Column
Replies: 30
Views: 8195

Re: Tom Stone Column

There is something refreshingly honest about a character that isn't concerned with pleasing others. Selfishness, arrogance and belligerence can all be endearing since it is part of being human and it's somewhat taboo. W.C. Fields, Archie Bunker, Al Bundy, and Jackie Gleason (to the moon!!!) were all...
by Mark Collier
February 9th, 2010, 1:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Classic force
Replies: 11
Views: 1691

Re: Classic force

A tip I used when learning the classic force was to ask the spectator to touch a card (instead of pick a card). This allows you use an out, such as an outjog, strip out and double turnover, if you miss the force.
by Mark Collier
February 3rd, 2010, 2:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need to get rid of a Magic Con registration, CHEAP!
Replies: 8
Views: 1443

Re: Need to get rid of a Magic Con registration, CHEAP!

Thanks Tom,
I wish I'd known but the ebay auction just ended and I won it for $184.50. If he had contacted me, I would have paid $200. I'll let you know if he doesn't finish the transaction.
by Mark Collier
February 3rd, 2010, 12:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Need to get rid of a Magic Con registration, CHEAP!
Replies: 8
Views: 1443

Re: Need to get rid of a Magic Con registration, CHEAP!

I placed a bid of $200 12 and a half hours ago and you are still taking bids. What gives? I left you a voice message 12 and a half hours ago also.
by Mark Collier
February 2nd, 2010, 1:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need to get rid of a Magic Con registration, CHEAP!
Replies: 8
Views: 1443

Re: Need to get rid of a Magic Con registration, CHEAP!

I bought it.
Thanks.
by Mark Collier
January 29th, 2010, 1:43 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ellusionist Rare items for Haiti : Ebay
Replies: 27
Views: 4070

Re: Ellusionist Rare items for Haiti

$10.41 shipping for a deck of cards?
by Mark Collier
January 19th, 2010, 8:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The February Issue of Genii is Coming Your Way!
Replies: 19
Views: 3167

Re: The February Issue of Genii is Coming Your Way!

Richard Kaufman wrote:Happy to replace damaged issues.

That's very good of you but it's hard to believe you're happy about it. I imagine poor postal service has cost you a lot of money over the years.
by Mark Collier
January 13th, 2010, 6:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: PROSECUTORS DROP CHARGES AGAINST COPPERFIELD
Replies: 32
Views: 3916

Re: PROSECUTORS DROP CHARGES AGAINST COPPERFIELD

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
David Alexander wrote:What's with the "Gertrude" ...


That's the name of a character in a play who also has denial issues.

The "should be" line is a reference to Lenny Bruce who did not write that play.


Jonathan Townsend, the Dennis Miller of the Genii Forum.
by Mark Collier
January 11th, 2010, 10:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I.B.M. Question
Replies: 20
Views: 5652

Re: I.B.M. Question

Seuss wrote:What is the D23?

Google is your friend.
by Mark Collier
January 11th, 2010, 5:14 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Sumer The New Illusion
Replies: 40
Views: 7941

Re: Sumer The New Illusion

Then you just proved Mr. Goat's point. You insisted on and received thoughtful, constructive criticism. You then dismissed that criticism to tell us how great it is.
by Mark Collier
January 11th, 2010, 2:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Another Reason Not to Keep Tigers
Replies: 62
Views: 7086

Re: Another Reason Not to Keep Tigers

In 1981, I spent a month (it felt like a year) traveling with Circus Vargas. I worked inside the tent so I saw every show. By the end of that month, I knew every act. I knew the introduction to each act verbatim. The tigers were kept in very small cages with just enough room for them to stand up and...
by Mark Collier
January 7th, 2010, 7:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ebooks - the pros & cons...
Replies: 171
Views: 22032

Re: Ebooks - the pros & cons...

Tim Ellis wrote:
mrgoat wrote:Those people are right. There is no future whatsoever in distributing printed words electronically.


Why?



I'm guessing because sarcasm doesn't translate well to the forum. I know, I've tried.
by Mark Collier
January 1st, 2010, 6:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: QUESTION? WHAT CONSTITUTES A PERSON CALLING HIMSELF A REAL MAGICIAN?
Replies: 57
Views: 6758

Re: QUESTION? WHAT CONSTITUTES A PERSON CALLING HIMSELF A REAL MAGICIAN?

I was just messing with you guys. Of course I'm not a real magician. I have not yet attended The Mystery School.
by Mark Collier
January 1st, 2010, 5:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: QUESTION? WHAT CONSTITUTES A PERSON CALLING HIMSELF A REAL MAGICIAN?
Replies: 57
Views: 6758

Re: QUESTION? WHAT CONSTITUTES A PERSON CALLING HIMSELF A REAL MAGICIAN?

It should be obvious to everyone that I am a 'REAL MAGICIAN' because I make a living doing tricks. :)
by Mark Collier
January 1st, 2010, 4:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: QUESTION? WHAT CONSTITUTES A PERSON CALLING HIMSELF A REAL MAGICIAN?
Replies: 57
Views: 6758

Re: QUESTION? WHAT CONSTITUTES A PERSON CALLING HIMSELF A REAL MAGICIAN?

MCMAGIC, You sign your posts, 'Mark'. Is your last name Lewis?
by Mark Collier
December 15th, 2009, 8:00 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Penumbra: Issue Eleven
Replies: 11
Views: 4410

Re: Penumbra: Issue Eleven

It took a long time to get here but they had the integrity to maintain high quality. I'm sure they could have easily thrown material together to fill the remaining issues. The next issue might take just as long and I'm fine with that if it's just as good. Dustin is right, the Michael Weber idea is m...
by Mark Collier
December 11th, 2009, 4:56 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Help! Preschool children
Replies: 65
Views: 14009

Re: Help! Preschool children

Thanks for posting that. Once in a while, it's good to be reminded why I don't perform for young children. I have no doubt that this plays well for a young audience but I HATE this kind of humor. Oh, turn it around. Oh, turn it over ad nauseum. The kids love it but I hate it. This kind of humor is a...
by Mark Collier
December 9th, 2009, 3:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roundup of Anticipated Books
Replies: 81
Views: 10921

Re: Roundup of Anticipated Books

Still no word on the updated Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic that I paid Miracle Factory for almost 3 years ago.
by Mark Collier
November 25th, 2009, 5:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hypnosis
Replies: 13
Views: 2079

Re: Hypnosis

I had decks printed with my logo and contact info on the back. I wanted to do an All Back routine saying the cards were misprinted and then leave the deck as a giveaway. I start with a brief full deck all back display and then table the deck and take a few cards to do a somewhat abbreviated Jack Car...
by Mark Collier
November 14th, 2009, 1:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Performing Close Up Magic In Restaurants
Replies: 51
Views: 7963

Re: Performing Close Up Magic In Restaurants

Well-keep a tab on the restaurants you work and see how many of them go kaput not long after you have performed there. I've been working at The Palace Grill in Santa Barbara, Ca for almost 14 years. It is privately owned, in fact, the restaurant was sold to new owners about 5 years ago and I stayed...
by Mark Collier
November 12th, 2009, 12:56 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Dining -- and not -- at the Magic Castle
Replies: 10
Views: 2256

Re: Dining -- and not -- at the Magic Castle

I'm pretty sure you can eat at the bar if you would prefer to be more informal.
by Mark Collier
November 10th, 2009, 12:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FSH: "The Essential Dai Vernon" - Deluxe Edition
Replies: 1
Views: 793

Re: FSH: "The Essential Dai Vernon" - Deluxe Edition

Hey Tom,
I sent you an email.
by Mark Collier
November 4th, 2009, 1:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I am bored stiff!
Replies: 247
Views: 48151

Re: I am bored stiff!

If you can maintain enough control over the spectator (and the audience), over the head is a great trick to do on know-it-alls.
by Mark Collier
November 4th, 2009, 1:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 23
Views: 4879

Re: The Lives of a Showman

It's not entirely off topic. Mark Lewis himself describes his name as 'unholy'.

From Wikipedia: "The name King Crimson was coined by lyricist Peter Sinfield as a synonym for Beelzebub, prince of demons."
by Mark Collier
November 3rd, 2009, 8:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 23
Views: 4879

Re: The Lives of a Showman

An except of my posts or of the yet to be published book?


Confusion will be my epitaph (lyric trivia).
by Mark Collier
November 3rd, 2009, 3:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 23
Views: 4879

Re: The Lives of a Showman

For instance: Some of us may be worried that if we express an interest in buying the book, perhaps people will smirk at us as well :)
by Mark Collier
October 24th, 2009, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pendragon Arrest Details Released
Replies: 7
Views: 2326

Re: Pendragon Arrest Details Released

I appreciate the update. They are magicians in the news. When I am performing walkaround or mingling before/after a show, people sometimes comment on articles they've read. I like to know what they are referring to so I can appear knowledgeable and informed. I have no comment on the arrest other tha...
by Mark Collier
September 24th, 2009, 2:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Lester
Replies: 35
Views: 7000

Re: Neil Lester

I am assuming this is to be at the Friday lunch. Can you confirm this? Thanks.
by Mark Collier
September 23rd, 2009, 8:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sid's Blog: The Magical Chatterbox
Replies: 16
Views: 1944

Re: Sid's Blog: The Magical Chatterbox

I wish I could have seen it. Thanks for posting it Mr. Ben. I look forward to reading more.
by Mark Collier
September 17th, 2009, 2:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Lester
Replies: 35
Views: 7000

Re: Neil Lester

Neil was very generous with his time. Once, in the mid 1990's, I asked him a question at the Magic Castle Friday lunch about card splitting for an effect I was working on. He sat me down and gave me a 20 minute hands on one-on-one lesson. He made sure I understood all of the little tips that make it...
by Mark Collier
September 16th, 2009, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Birthday David Copperfield
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Re: Happy Birthday David Copperfield

They don't mention Michael Jackson's legal troubles until towards the bottom of the 3rd page of his 5 page bio. They mention he settled out of court but don't say it was for $25 million.
by Mark Collier
August 31st, 2009, 11:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Article on Magic and Technology
Replies: 15
Views: 1905

Re: New Article on Magic and Technology

Magic is dead.
There's a whole book on it.
by Mark Collier
August 29th, 2009, 12:48 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: List of Magicana Tricks On Youtube
Replies: 27
Views: 9285

Re: List of Magicana Tricks On Youtube

What a great resource! Thanks for taking the time to put that together. I feel even more justified in keeping those stacks of old issues.

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