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by Robert Kane
November 7th, 2002, 3:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Macdonalds Aces
Replies: 40
Views: 3754

Re: Macdonalds Aces

How do we really know that Hofzinser was the true creator of an ace assembly routine using double face cards? I guess the spirit of Ottokar Fischer will be upset with me for saying this, but it is entirely likely that other magicians were using similar concepts with cards well before Hofzinser. We c...
by Robert Kane
November 7th, 2002, 9:35 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: David Berglas Book
Replies: 10
Views: 1798

Re: David Berglas Book

Hi Matthew: I picked up a copy last night from Byron Walker and then started to dig in immediately. I am not finished by any means, but I can say without hesitation that this is truly one awesome book. Indeed, it is a fantastic combination of effect description, history and anecdotes about the life ...
by Robert Kane
October 6th, 2002, 11:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Close-up Performance on Video
Replies: 9
Views: 714

Re: Best Close-up Performance on Video

Personal favs, in no particular order: Tom Mullica - Stevens Greater Magic Series Johnny Paul - " " " " Juan Tamariz - " " " " Don Alan - " " " " Roger Klause - In Concert - A-1 Magical Media Gerry Griffen - California Magic Teaching Series...
by Robert Kane
September 30th, 2002, 4:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Subscription Contact
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: Subscription Contact

Thanks Matt! :)
by Robert Kane
September 30th, 2002, 10:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Subscription Contact
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Subscription Contact

I am interested in subscribing to William Miesel's The Precursor and whatever Karl Fulves is currently publishing.

Can someone give me any contact information...presuming these folks are still publishing.

Thanks, Robert :)
by Robert Kane
September 30th, 2002, 8:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What's in your pockets?
Replies: 35
Views: 2461

Re: What's in your pockets?

That's a fun question. Let's see... 1. Tamariz Color Changing Knives w/my set up - 1 red/white, 1 white and 1 red/white color fusion knife in a green felt holder 2. Markburger.com's Hip Himber Double Kaps Wallet 3. Large White Dice w/Black Spots a la Sacks 4. Hopping Halves or Two Copper, One Silver...
by Robert Kane
September 25th, 2002, 9:49 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Scriptwriting: How Do You Do That?
Replies: 22
Views: 2497

Scriptwriting: How Do You Do That?

I enjoyed and learned from the above article written by Peter McCabe on page 29 of the new October Genii. Peter's article is funny and, most importantly, gives excellent suggestions on how to better handle spectators so that they will like you and also provide a lead-in to your next routine. Please ...
by Robert Kane
September 23rd, 2002, 11:43 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Good Buys
Replies: 19
Views: 1826

Re: Good Buys

I am with Jim Maloney on this one. While I am sure that Chris Wasshuber is a neat guy and that his products are cool (I am excited about the Giobbi Card College series), the constant barrage of smug plugs is getting tiresome. From a business perspective, over market saturation is potentially annoyin...
by Robert Kane
September 22nd, 2002, 9:36 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Sphinx File (Rybolt-Jones) Now Available
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: Sphinx File (Rybolt-Jones) Now Available

I think $25 to $35 would be about right and what a neat idea Chris. However, there is nothing like the experience, the smell and feel of reading a real copy of The Sphinx. The ones I have seen from the 30's and 40's were selling for about $4 to $5 a piece and were well worth the investment especiall...
by Robert Kane
September 22nd, 2002, 9:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Micro Chop Cup for stand-up work available
Replies: 18
Views: 1674

Re: Micro Chop Cup for stand-up work available

I have personally handled the Riser/Loomis Mini-Chop Cups as well as watched Dennis' fun and magical routine. Dennis' routine is a real killer in that it ends with a truly smash climax, is doable with reasonable practice/thinking and is perfect for strolling/walk-around. Jim Riser's cup is superbly ...
by Robert Kane
September 22nd, 2002, 5:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A MESSAGE ABOUT THE PURPOSE AND OPERATION OF THE GENII FORUM
Replies: 34
Views: 2374

Re: A MESSAGE ABOUT THE PURPOSE AND OPERATION OF THE GENII FORUM

It should also be pointed out that Richard Kaufman kindly allows others to promote their magical products on this board without charge. That is a pretty nice perk considering that a well-written post on the Genii Forum is certainly one of the best ways for a smaller marketeer to hit to their target ...
by Robert Kane
September 17th, 2002, 8:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Semi-Automatic Card Tricks Vol. 1
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: Wanted: Semi-Automatic Card Tricks Vol. 1

Hi John: Thanks for the update. Since I am a book collector, getting a first edition is important. Regards, Robert :)
by Robert Kane
September 16th, 2002, 9:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Copper Silver Brass Set
Replies: 20
Views: 1813

Re: Copper Silver Brass Set

I use the Roger Klause routine which is one part of a multi-phase routine titled The Operator in his book In Concert. Roger does it using the Two Copper, One Silver gimmick, but it can, of course, be done with CSB gimmick too. I believe Roger Klause, with input from Dai Vernon, actually wrote up the...
by Robert Kane
September 16th, 2002, 5:47 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Semi-Automatic Card Tricks Vol. 1
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Wanted: Semi-Automatic Card Tricks Vol. 1

Does anyone have a copy of Semi-Automatic Card Tricks Vol. 1 that they wish to sell for a reasonable price? Please let me know. Thanks, Robert :)
by Robert Kane
September 11th, 2002, 1:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Polaris Wallet
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: Polaris Wallet

You may also want to check out Mark Burger's "Hip Himber Double Kaps Wallet." This wonderful hip-style wallet incorporates the Elbert Gardner/Al Cohen Shogun principle (with permission) as well as two other standard card-to-wallet concepts. Here is the website link if you are interested: <...
by Robert Kane
September 8th, 2002, 10:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: A MESSAGE ABOUT THE PURPOSE AND OPERATION OF THE GENII FORUM
Replies: 34
Views: 2374

Re: A MESSAGE ABOUT THE PURPOSE AND OPERATION OF THE GENII FORUM

Richard: Thanks to you for keeping this board sane and fun. Your hard work is appreciated.
by Robert Kane
September 2nd, 2002, 10:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has Charles Gauci Been Ripped Off? Your Input Please!
Replies: 140
Views: 12893

Re: Has Charles Gauci Been Ripped Off? Your Input Please!

I am so sorry that I missed Charles lecture here in the SF Bay Area last June. My loss
by Robert Kane
September 1st, 2002, 11:46 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Jay Ose
Replies: 8
Views: 1101

Jay Ose

I have read and heard a few references to Jay Ose recently that have stimulated my interest in this Magic Castle legend.

I enjoy the Jay Ose references in Lorayne's Close Up Card Magic, but are there other references (anecdotal & real work) available on Jay Ose?

Regards, Robert Kane
by Robert Kane
August 31st, 2002, 12:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which is the best colour changing knifes set?
Replies: 28
Views: 2925

Re: Which is the best colour changing knifes set?

Bill: I like the Daryl routine, but the quality and feel of the Daryl Knives left a lot to be desired. The knives were larger and flat, thus a bit harder to handle.
by Robert Kane
August 31st, 2002, 9:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has Charles Gauci Been Ripped Off? Your Input Please!
Replies: 140
Views: 12893

Re: Has Charles Gauci Been Ripped Off? Your Input Please!

Did we ever find out who created Perfect Guess?
by Robert Kane
August 31st, 2002, 9:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which is the best colour changing knifes set?
Replies: 28
Views: 2925

Re: Which is the best colour changing knifes set?

Reed: Try this link:

http://www.tobias.cc/alsmagic/

Then do a search for knives. Hope that helps. Regards, Robert
by Robert Kane
August 30th, 2002, 8:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which is the best colour changing knifes set?
Replies: 28
Views: 2925

Re: Which is the best colour changing knifes set?

I use the Tamariz Knives which are still available from Stevens Magic Emporium. They are wonderful knives and perfect for the moves described by Tamariz, Levand and Ascanio. Mogar Knives are also very nice too as are the Scotty York Knives. In terms of quality of materials, the absolute best quality...
by Robert Kane
August 30th, 2002, 4:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Forum For Subscribers Only?
Replies: 23
Views: 1157

Re: Forum For Subscribers Only?

I think Lisa's suggestion is a good one even though I am one of those forum members who purchase Genii in my local magic store. One comment...as a member of the now defunct Gemini BBS, I remember that even though it was a subscription service and most members used their real names, there were severa...
by Robert Kane
August 23rd, 2002, 8:47 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Press Kit/Information Package
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Re: Press Kit/Information Package

Is Reed the only person who has a press kit or is Reed the only one who is willing to share? I would love to hear from more of you. :)
by Robert Kane
August 23rd, 2002, 8:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dr. Sack's Dice Trick
Replies: 20
Views: 2208

Re: Dr. Sack's Dice Trick

I have not seen either video, but I have seen James Lewis perform and teach his version on numerous occasions and I know he has added significant changes to the original. I think one of the most important additions to James' version is having the hand holding the dice pointing towards the body (inst...
by Robert Kane
August 21st, 2002, 8:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: If you had to do one trick; which one would it be
Replies: 43
Views: 2622

Re: If you had to do one trick; which one would it be

You have got me there Pete. When I get on a plane the knives go into my suitcase. :)
by Robert Kane
August 20th, 2002, 8:27 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Classic Secrets of Magic
Replies: 88
Views: 54415

Re: Book of the Month: Classic Secrets of Magic

Re Trivia Question 1 - Don Allan instead of Don Alan. Re the Dr. Sack Routine - James Lewis referred me to Elliott's wonderful book to learn this routine. I have been working on it for about 4 years. On Sunday, I attended a small workshop in San Francisco featuring Eugene Burger and hosted in the ho...
by Robert Kane
August 19th, 2002, 3:10 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Cruise ship material
Replies: 5
Views: 902

Re: Cruise ship material

Dear David: Ron Wilson would be one of the best persons to comment on this since he is one of the top talent agents booking magicians for cruise line work. You should also consider contacting cruise ship greats like Mark Haslem, Harry Maurer, Fred Becker & Johnny Thompson to get their thoughts. ...
by Robert Kane
August 19th, 2002, 8:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Are You Reading?
Replies: 112
Views: 20605

Re: What Are You Reading?

I have been reading Billy McComb's The Professional Touch and Sidney Clarke's The Annals of Conjuring. McComb's book gives a wealth of practical information on how to put together a working professional act. Clarke's book is just plain fun history reading and also acts as a source of inspiration for...
by Robert Kane
August 11th, 2002, 7:51 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of Hot Rod wanted
Replies: 54
Views: 6901

Re: History of Hot Rod wanted

David: That's a fantastic idea! I guess that's why you get paid the big bucks. Thanks and regards, Robert
by Robert Kane
August 10th, 2002, 8:40 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of Hot Rod wanted
Replies: 54
Views: 6901

Re: History of Hot Rod wanted

I would love to thank Jim Zee or whoever invented the "classic" Hot Rod and its pal the One-to-Six/Spelling Force. Like Jim Maloney, when I perform the Hot Rod, I always receive a very positive reaction. My presentation was inspired by Michael Skinner's Liberace's Piano Key presentation (f...
by Robert Kane
August 8th, 2002, 8:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: If you had to do one trick; which one would it be
Replies: 43
Views: 2622

Re: If you had to do one trick; which one would it be

I guess I am a small props-oriented kinda guy... Without doubt I would perform my Color Changing Knife routine with a Minar Knife finish. My set of Tamariz Knives are always in my pocket wherever I go...even on nature hikes. My routine is based on the routines of Gerry Griffen (inventor of Paradigm ...
by Robert Kane
August 2nd, 2002, 7:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stevens Magic Emporium
Replies: 121
Views: 21612

Re: Stevens Magic Emporium

Dear Mr. Wonder: Thank you very much for your kind and informative response. I now better understand your comments and am in agreement with the majority of points that you have shared. I think you are right that it is a matter of love and that we can't be overly technical in our analysis. I do belie...
by Robert Kane
August 2nd, 2002, 9:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stevens Magic Emporium
Replies: 121
Views: 21612

Re: Stevens Magic Emporium

Dear Mr. Wonder: I appreciate the contents of your post and wish to share my thoughts about it, but I do so only with the greatest respect to you and your wonderful work as a magical entertainer. While I understand the gist of your comments about Flip's most recent post, I think you may wish to reco...
by Robert Kane
July 30th, 2002, 10:09 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Press Kit/Information Package
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Press Kit/Information Package

I am working on putting together a press kit/information package to help me sell myself as close up performer to local restaurants. I am getting a lot of good ideas from the Kirk Charles book, but am also interested to know what types of promotional material that restaurant performers typically incl...
by Robert Kane
July 28th, 2002, 11:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ace Vanishes
Replies: 19
Views: 1254

Re: Ace Vanishes

Racherbaumer's Olram Aces from Marlo Magazine No. 3 (I believe) has some killer vanishes for MacDonald's Aces.
by Robert Kane
July 28th, 2002, 11:17 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Man Who Was Erdnase
Replies: 23
Views: 2460

Re: The Man Who Was Erdnase

David Alexander: Is there any available written commentary or a diary from a magician of Erdnase's time? I was wondering if a master like Dr. Elliott, De Land or Malini might have possibly known who Erdnase was or where he got his material. Maybe one of these greats left some notes on the subject? O...
by Robert Kane
July 21st, 2002, 2:56 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Fohrman Cups
Replies: 9
Views: 567

Re: Fohrman Cups

Rafael: Here is the link...then do a quick search for Fohrman Cups: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicsmith.com">http://www.magicsmith.com</a><!-- m --> Regards, Robert PS - That site (cupsandballs.nl) is cool PPS - What kind of cups are you using on your A-1 Video? I remember seei...
by Robert Kane
July 21st, 2002, 10:15 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Fohrman Cups
Replies: 9
Views: 567

Fohrman Cups

Does anyone own a set of Fohrman Cups? I saw them for sale on the MagicSmith web site and they looked neat.

I would appreciate any comment about these cups....good, bad or indifferent.

Thanks, Robert :)
by Robert Kane
July 20th, 2002, 11:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Virus Alert
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: Virus Alert

Hi Paul: I received the same message and deleted it immediately, but it still seems to have done something to my computer. Apparently some people are getting emails from me with similar messages. I have no idea how. I have been using free virus services (AVG & Virus Catcher) but they have not ca...

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