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by John M. Dale
April 5th, 2010, 12:55 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: This is the "Berglas Effect"?
Replies: 75
Views: 11179

Re: This is the "Berglas Effect"?

mrgoat wrote:No. I am sure he was French.


What is it about you English guys? Always trying to blame the French (or is it the Germans?)

JMD
by John M. Dale
March 24th, 2010, 8:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mahdi Gilbert
Replies: 3
Views: 2033

Re: Mahdi Gilbert

Truly inspiring. I'll NEVER complain about a sleight being too hard again. Practice, practice, practice.

JMD
by John M. Dale
March 17th, 2010, 9:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A bit more formal introduction.
Replies: 54
Views: 7364

Re: A bit more formal introduction.

Richard Kaufman wrote:The finger points in every direction.


So now you've evolved into the Pointless Man? (or are you not a Nilsson fan?)

"A point in every direction is the same as no point at all."

JMD
by John M. Dale
March 12th, 2010, 11:55 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Passport Update
Replies: 15
Views: 2383

Re: Passport Update

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Is there a name for the combination of playing cards, magnets, cardboard and se*ual gratification?


Magnacardaphilia? Or is that a fetish for medieval legal charters?

JMD
by John M. Dale
March 4th, 2010, 2:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for a trick I had as a kid
Replies: 19
Views: 4205

Re: Looking for a trick I had as a kid

Thanks, Frank! I found it here: http://tinyurl.com/yfqpxce And here is the lowest price: http://www.phatdogmagic.com/servlet/the-19187/Jiffy-Coin-Trick-Adams/Detail Either my memory is off, or they've dropped one set of shells from the trick. We must have the same memory issue, Dan, because my reco...
by John M. Dale
March 4th, 2010, 12:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for a trick I had as a kid
Replies: 19
Views: 4205

Re: Looking for a trick I had as a kid

It sounds a lot like Tenyo's Penetro Coin, which was one of my first tricks too (late 60s or early 70s): http://www.tenyoworld.co.uk/Tenyogallery2/penetrocoin.jpg If you got it in the 60s it was probably the Tenyo version as that seems to have come out around 1969 or before ( http://www.tenyo.co.jp...
by John M. Dale
March 4th, 2010, 1:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for a trick I had as a kid
Replies: 19
Views: 4205

Re: Looking for a trick I had as a kid

In about 1960, I bought a self-working trick at the hobby shop, and I'd love to find it again. It was a metal slide with a small pouch and about three sets of nested metal shells. You put the pouch over the end of the slide and held it on with a rubber band. Then you put the three layers of shells ...
by John M. Dale
March 2nd, 2010, 12:22 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Rising Cards
Replies: 67
Views: 11127

Re: Rising Cards

I bought several Richback decks from Denny Hanney years ago and none worked. The mechanisms were too tight and barely moved. I was so frustrated that I think they went in the trash. Your link doesn't work, by the way. It's "Richbark." Oops, maybe it's time to get my glasses checked. Thanx...
by John M. Dale
March 2nd, 2010, 12:12 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Rising Cards
Replies: 67
Views: 11127

Re: Rising Cards

Richard, According to Ron Bauer in his "Don Alan's Devano Card Rise," George Richback (<!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.richback.com">www.richback.com</a><!-- w -->) makes a good pin plate Devano deck. I don't own one but have been considering making a purchase. Anyone else h...
by John M. Dale
February 28th, 2010, 11:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How did you get interested with magic?
Replies: 26
Views: 5804

Re: How did you get interested with magic?

At age six, I was a fan of the "The Magic Land of Allakazam" & Jerry Lewis. While on a vacation around the same time, my folks took me to a bookstore & I stumbled across "The Jerry Lewis Book of Tricks & Magic" and began the dabbling I still do. The following year, I ...
by John M. Dale
February 24th, 2010, 11:33 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tom Stone Column
Replies: 30
Views: 8289

Re: Tom Stone Column

Andy Kaufman comes to mind, especially when he was wrestling women & when playing Tony Clifton.

JMD
by John M. Dale
January 29th, 2010, 12:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Workers are IN!!
Replies: 114
Views: 17141

Re: The Workers are IN!!

David, There's a company in Dublin Texas, that is the first company that Dr. Pepper licensed to bottle Dr. Pepper, that still uses cane sugar as sweetener. I stumbled into it by accident and bought them primarily because they come in the old-style small 8 oz. bottles & I thought the looked quain...
by John M. Dale
January 28th, 2010, 1:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ebooks - the pros & cons...
Replies: 171
Views: 22147

Re: Ebooks - the pros & cons...

I have a new MacBook pro laptop with a 13 inch glossy screen. I read on it for hours and hours with no problem at all. I'm with you, Richard, I spend hours on both a Mac & an iPhone nearly everyday & never noticed any "eyestrain." BTW, what are the symptoms of eyestrain? JMD
by John M. Dale
January 5th, 2010, 12:18 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Little Man Demo
Replies: 52
Views: 8886

Re: Little Man Demo

Jonathan Townsend wrote:The are plenty of presentation posts in green land (green acres?).


Does that make you Eb? Or only a passing resemblance. ;-)

JMD
by John M. Dale
December 22nd, 2009, 9:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Christmas Greetings
Replies: 5
Views: 1161

Re: Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas, Matt!

Happy Chanukah, Kwanza & Winter Solstice (Sorry for being a day late) for those of us so inclined, too.

JMD
(Yes, as a damned agnostic, I celebrated yesterday)

P.S. If I missed anybody Happy (Insert Festivity Here), too.
by John M. Dale
December 20th, 2009, 9:01 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Neat, inexpensive, glass display cases at Ikea
Replies: 5
Views: 4717

Re: Neat, inexpensive, glass display cases at Ikea

Actually, I believe you meant Dec. 29.

JMD
by John M. Dale
December 19th, 2009, 8:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nothing to do with magic, but screenwriter Dan O'Bannon has Died
Replies: 8
Views: 2093

Re: Nothing to do with magic, but screenwriter Dan O'Bannon has Died

Well, Dang!! "The Return of the Living Dead" is in my list of Top 10 films of all time & "Soft Landing" is my second favorite part of "Heavy Metal." Dan was one in a billion.

JMD
by John M. Dale
December 2nd, 2009, 11:37 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Gum by Jeff Prace
Replies: 34
Views: 7710

Re: Gum by Jeff Prace

Thank you, Rev. Lewis.

I was having a bad day today until I read your last screed

I just picked myself off the floor; I haven't laughed this hard in a while.

JMD
by John M. Dale
November 26th, 2009, 10:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis' "Lives of a Showman" and Magicana
Replies: 63
Views: 10599

Re: Mark Lewis' "Lives of a Showman" and Magicana

Ok, Reverend, I'll bite. I found your two excerpts to be entertaining and well-written with your usual irreverent wit (which seems somehow ironic coming from a Reverend, but I digress). Some might find your style to be long-winded but as a long-winded type myself (talking that is, not in the the pri...
by John M. Dale
November 26th, 2009, 9:37 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For: Hydrostatic Glass Superior
Replies: 13
Views: 3004

Re: Looking For: Hydrostatic Glass Superior

Michael, Elmwood Magic says the have one (by Steven Dick) of these left here . Midwest Magic also lists the Steven Dick version here . Magic Methods lists this one (looks different from the Elmwood Glass) here . Don't know if they really have it in stock (or if it is the real deal*) but Hank Lee lis...
by John M. Dale
November 26th, 2009, 1:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opinions required.
Replies: 37
Views: 4651

Re: Opinions required.

Right Honorable Reverend Lewis, Being an expert professional nobody, my opinion of whether to include the afore-delineated passage from the obviously talented journalism student is meaningless (for the record, I think it would be an excellent addition); however, please allow me to point out that it ...
by John M. Dale
October 16th, 2009, 8:09 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multiplying Balls - Vernet VS Fakini
Replies: 27
Views: 33207

Re: Multiplying Balls - Vernet VS Fakini

alames, Thanx for filling in a bunch of info about the Japanese balls. I never had the lid to the box they came in, so the Mikame Craft connection is news to me. Also, you answered the "Mystery of the Tiny Hole." I never thought the balls had been hollowed through the hole. (I thought mayb...
by John M. Dale
October 3rd, 2009, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: your chance to do magic in Zero G
Replies: 7
Views: 1299

Re: your chance to do magic in Zero G

Henley wrote:Work on your muscle pass, and try "The coin that falls down".


AKA "Creating Artficial Gravity"

JMD
by John M. Dale
October 2nd, 2009, 9:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Ramsay Classics and Ramsay Legend
Replies: 3
Views: 726

Re: WTB: Ramsay Classics and Ramsay Legend

This might not be in my best interests since I may bid on this myself, but I guess I'm just too honest for my own good:

Ramsay Legend Revised

JMD
by John M. Dale
September 25th, 2009, 10:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is there only ONE method to perform the Macdonald's Aces?
Replies: 29
Views: 5460

Re: Is there only ONE method to perform the Macdonald's Aces?

...(Still interested in obtaining a copy of the Garcia NSOM MacDonald's Aces issue) http://www.tannens.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=3556 from the publisher? Jonathan, Thanx for the pointer. I'd looked at Tannen's for the New Stars manuscript but didn't think to search for the trick unde...
by John M. Dale
September 24th, 2009, 11:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is there only ONE method to perform the Macdonald's Aces?
Replies: 29
Views: 5460

Re: Is there only ONE method to perform the Macdonald's Aces?

Thanx for the input, Richard. I don't doubt what you're saying. I have several of the versions listed at MagicPedia in hand, but I like to research as many methods as I can as I build effects to my own version. Jonathan, (please don't take offense at this comment as none is intended) This observatio...
by John M. Dale
September 24th, 2009, 10:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is there only ONE method to perform the Macdonald's Aces?
Replies: 29
Views: 5460

Re: Is there only ONE method to perform the Macdonald's Aces?

Thanx, Richard.

Does anyone have a lead for me to find a copy of the New Stars of Magic MacDonald's Aces issue?

Post or PM me.

Thanx,
JMD
by John M. Dale
September 24th, 2009, 10:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magicians in Life
Replies: 2
Views: 944

Re: Magicians in Life

Bill Mullins wrote:
Schulien's Bar



Too, cool. I love the pic on page 105 of the Schulien's Bar link. I've never seen a pic of Ballantine doing real magic as opposed to his gag act.

JMD
by John M. Dale
September 24th, 2009, 9:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is there only ONE method to perform the Macdonald's Aces?
Replies: 29
Views: 5460

Re: Is there only ONE method to perform the Macdonald's Aces?

Is there a significant difference between the New Stars of Magic version of MacDonald's Aces and the version in More Inner Secrets of Card Magic? On a separate, but related question, I've seen some mentions of the New Stars of Magic version (1972) being the first release (Magicpedia, The Complete Wo...
by John M. Dale
September 24th, 2009, 8:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Lester
Replies: 35
Views: 7056

Re: Neil Lester

I just spoke to Curtis and the gathering in on FRIDAY, SEPT. 25.
by John M. Dale
September 24th, 2009, 8:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Lester
Replies: 35
Views: 7056

Re: Neil Lester

Sorry for any confusion. I'm not in a position to attend, so I didn't read Curtis's email that closely. I'll email him back and try to clarify the situation. BTW, just to keep thing transparent, I've never met Curtis. He contacted me because he thought I was a lawyer (I'm still not sure where he got...
by John M. Dale
September 24th, 2009, 11:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Lester
Replies: 35
Views: 7056

Re: Neil Lester

Curtis sent a second email with more details of Friday's Magic Castle gathering: First of all, I want to thank all of my fathers loyal customers for their kindness and compassion regarding Neil's passing. You have all been very supportive. I also know that you are located all over the world, but the...
by John M. Dale
September 24th, 2009, 2:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Lester
Replies: 35
Views: 7056

Re: Neil Lester

Many of you may already know this but just in case any of you don't, I received the following info by way of Neil's son today: This is Curtis Martin, Neil's son. I am holding an impromptu gathering at the Magic Castle on Friday, Sept 26th for Castle members.If you can come, please do. Just look for ...
by John M. Dale
September 18th, 2009, 11:31 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Best Magic Trick In The World
Replies: 11
Views: 1997

Re: The Best Magic Trick In The World

Be on the lookout for PETA to object to this. :o

Reminds me of an old friend of mine who wanted to superglue a fishing line to a fly to use as a leash. (Hmmm, IT & bugs, what are the possibilities?)

JMD
by John M. Dale
September 17th, 2009, 11:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Lester
Replies: 35
Views: 7056

Re: Neil Lester

Wow, I placed my first & only order with Neil last Friday and he replied Sunday that he'd mail the order Monday.

RIP Neil & my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

JMD
by John M. Dale
September 12th, 2009, 6:41 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Dental Dam
Replies: 62
Views: 34514

Re: Dental Dam

Hi, where can I find a description of the cited effect?? It really sounds cool and I never heard about it so far. If you mean the "Dam Trick", basically you have a coin lying on a latex sheet that's stretched over the mouth of a glass. Anyone (magician, spectator) can press on the coin &a...
by John M. Dale
September 12th, 2009, 2:39 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Dental Dam
Replies: 62
Views: 34514

Re: Dental Dam

Has anyone tried using latex gloves to get the necessary squares? Matt Field I've tried gloves but they're usually natural colored (light beige) and don't seem to be as opaque as gray dams. Also, even with he largest size, you can't really cut a 6 in. square, which is what I was looking for. Cuttin...
by John M. Dale
September 12th, 2009, 2:20 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Dental Dam
Replies: 62
Views: 34514

Re: Dental Dam

You could probably buy the sheets a lot easier from the sex shops in your local town, or buy mail order. Richard, I looked there first (I got a bazillion sex shop hits when I first put "Dental Dams" into Google) but Plain Gray Latex Unflavored Unscented Dental Dams are not what the sex sh...
by John M. Dale
September 11th, 2009, 7:50 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Dental Dam
Replies: 62
Views: 34514

Re: Dental Dam

To close the loop on my question... I looked up Patterson Dental Supply online, but they don't have a location very close to me and, although they do sell online, the registration to get an account in order to place an order had required fields that I couldn't fill in because I'm not a dentist (or o...

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