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by Richard Kaufman
May 9th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 4086

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

Riddle me not.
by Richard Kaufman
May 8th, 2019, 10:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 4086

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

If you pay, then it's not exposure. Paying makes you a student.
by Richard Kaufman
May 7th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4709

Re: Razor Blade illusions

It was a joke. :) I'm not even exactly sure if Michael Meyers is the dude from Halloween or Friday the 15th.
by Richard Kaufman
May 7th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4709

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I often wonder about how many times can Michael Myers die!
by Richard Kaufman
May 6th, 2019, 11:24 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: George Melies' Illusions
Replies: 15
Views: 2353

Re: George Melies' Illusions

The magician Harmington named in the poster is the man believed to have invented the back palm, having first performed it at the Theatre Robert-Houdin. See Magic Without Apparatus by Gaultier.

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by Richard Kaufman
May 6th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: George Melies' Illusions
Replies: 15
Views: 2353

Re: George Melies' Illusions

I've heard that the pioneering French filmmaker George Melies was also an accomplished magician and created a number of impressive illusions, including one where a person is decapitated and their head continues to speak as their body moves around the room. But I've been unable to find any books or ...
by Richard Kaufman
May 6th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elizabeth!
Replies: 15
Views: 2460

Re: Elizabeth!

Oh yes, I assume that everything is scripted and prejudged and the judges are all acting (badly). But the magic still exists as a thing, and it can be a good thing.
by Richard Kaufman
May 6th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elizabeth!
Replies: 15
Views: 2460

Re: Elizabeth!

I like that!
by Richard Kaufman
May 6th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4709

Re: Razor Blade illusions

Pretty obviously, the idea of pointed needles in your mouth and sliding down your through is pretty horrifying. If I were to present the trick today, I would do it as a piece of Bizarre Magick.
by Richard Kaufman
May 5th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4709

Re: Razor Blade illusions

This trick has always played much better to me with needles.
by Richard Kaufman
May 5th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Marlo's Magazine Vols. 1-5
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

Re: Marlo's Magazine Vols. 1-5

Marlo himself sold photocopies of volume 1. I know because I bought one from him.
by Richard Kaufman
May 5th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elizabeth!
Replies: 15
Views: 2460

Re: Elizabeth!

My guess, since they know what the steps are going to be, is that they have the first three appearances figured out before they start.
by Richard Kaufman
May 5th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: GENII column Alexander de Cova
Replies: 17
Views: 6658

Re: GENII column Alexander de Cova

I believe it came out. "Friend" Alexander on Facebook and you'll see what I saw some time back.
by Richard Kaufman
May 4th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elizabeth!
Replies: 15
Views: 2460

Re: Elizabeth!

People say that Bizarre Magick is a dead part of magic--that no one can really do it since Tony Andruzzi died.
This woman was brilliant. Whoever wrote and staged the piece knew exactly what they were doing. Perfect.
by Richard Kaufman
May 4th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 185
Views: 56623

Re: The Works

Unlike Ted, I like Real Secrets a lot. Getting fun tactile things interests me. I like the "play" factor. Ditto for The Works.
You see it 32 years ago when I published "Gaffed to the Hilt."
by Richard Kaufman
May 4th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gypsy Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 7327

Re: Gypsy Thread

Conus, please email me at moobooks@verizon.net if you're game to discuss this. Thanks.
by Richard Kaufman
May 3rd, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Genii App on Android device resolution issue
Replies: 2
Views: 791

Re: Genii App on Android device resolution issue

Send me an email


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by Richard Kaufman
May 3rd, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)
Replies: 8
Views: 1358

Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

It was a magic theater.


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by Richard Kaufman
May 3rd, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Last magic shop in New England closes
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: Last magic shop in New England closes

Murphy’s does not sell retail


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by Richard Kaufman
May 2nd, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 4086

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

Let's unmuddle: If someone pays for a lesson with ANY magician, it's not exposure. So let's just drop that discussion now.
by Richard Kaufman
April 28th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic & Mayhem at the Playboy Club NYC THIS WEDNESDAY
Replies: 2
Views: 598

Re: Magic & Mayhem at the Playboy Club NYC THIS WEDNESDAY

There's still a Playboy Club in New York City?
by Richard Kaufman
April 28th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: George Marquis
Replies: 1
Views: 596

Re: George Marquis

No, they are not in the original article.
by Richard Kaufman
April 28th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5870

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

I have read Martin's original version from cover to cover over time.
by Richard Kaufman
April 28th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Half Half Man?
Replies: 3
Views: 728

Re: Half Half Man?

I think Helder put out the four issues of the quarterly and nothing since.
by Richard Kaufman
April 25th, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5870

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

The Jinx, and The Phoenix, are both brilliant. And desert island companions.
by Richard Kaufman
April 25th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5870

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

What's your point? That we should all read The Jinx again? I think we can all agree on that.
by Richard Kaufman
April 24th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5870

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

There would have been nothing complicated about typing in all the new material and then inserting it into the original text where it should have been properly placed according to Martin's wishes.
by Richard Kaufman
April 23rd, 2019, 11:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dental Dam Coin Penetration
Replies: 47
Views: 5081

Re: Dental Dam Coin Penetration

It's blue!
by Richard Kaufman
April 23rd, 2019, 11:38 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas
Replies: 20
Views: 3979

Re: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas

My wedding anniversary is always Labor Day weekend. That makes it problematic. :)
by Richard Kaufman
April 23rd, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5870

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

With Kickstarter, if a project does not get funded, you get your money back. With Indiegogo, you don't get squat back. With Kickstarter, if the project DOES get funded, there's still a chance you will get neither the product nor your money back. I have backed several Kickstarter projects from The My...
by Richard Kaufman
April 23rd, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5870

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

Thank you. The experience that taught me the lesson about not advertising too early was David Roth's book in 1985. People paid, but it was at least a year late. Maybe more. I got slightly tripped up with both Tenyoism and DeLand, but they were printed in China and presented problems I had not previo...
by Richard Kaufman
April 23rd, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Cornelius Has Died
Replies: 5
Views: 1296

Re: John Cornelius Has Died

Well, I am yet again the in position of requesting someone to write an obituary for Genii--this time of John Cornelius. Even though I knew him since the 1970s, we only talked about magic. I don't even know what he did for a living! So, if anyone knows him well enough to do this and can knock out 500...
by Richard Kaufman
April 23rd, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dental Dam Coin Penetration
Replies: 47
Views: 5081

Re: Dental Dam Coin Penetration

Thanks for the tip, Brad: I bought half a dozen!
by Richard Kaufman
April 23rd, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory
Replies: 30
Views: 5870

Re: A new book on Annemann - The Miracle Factory

Aside from the issues with the publishing schedule and Michael Weber's missing commentary, the larger issue (for me) is that all the material which Martin Gardner collected since the initial publication of the book was dumped in the back by scanning his index cards at a size that I found difficult i...
by Richard Kaufman
April 22nd, 2019, 11:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Cornelius Has Died
Replies: 5
Views: 1296

Re: John Cornelius Has Died

He died at home on Sunday. Cause is not yet known. A good friend gone.
by Richard Kaufman
April 22nd, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dental Dam Coin Penetration
Replies: 47
Views: 5081

Re: Dental Dam Coin Penetration

Yes, it was Doug Bennett's--a coins across where the last coin goes through the rubber glove.
by Richard Kaufman
April 22nd, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Public apology
Replies: 13
Views: 3416

Re: Public apology

I want to thank Chris for speaking publicly about these issues and we all wish him well. He can be reached at his email in the preceding message. Thanks!
by Richard Kaufman
April 22nd, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Chompy - More magic from the Fun Shop
Replies: 8
Views: 1528

Re: Chompy - More magic from the Fun Shop

I have a good method for this. Came up with it in the 1970s but never published it.
by Richard Kaufman
April 21st, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 8679

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

If anyone needed to be reminded that Criss Angel’s stardom exists mostly in his inflated head, we can see it plainly now with Copperfield doing 15 well attended shows a week and Angel, who has been fruitlessly chasing him for 15 years, relegated to ... 5?


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by Richard Kaufman
April 18th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Public apology
Replies: 13
Views: 3416

Re: Public apology

Thanks, Chris. Most of us who behave stupidly when we're young eventually reach a breaking point and either we straighten out or drop out.
I accept your apology.
Please drop me a note at moobooks@verizon.net and we can chat more.

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