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by Jonathan Pendragon
May 5th, 2014, 5:03 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Looking for ideas
Replies: 17
Views: 4244

Re: Looking for ideas

Don't laugh, I am serious, but an effect you might consider is a Glorpy. I know it's an animation not a levitation, but at dinner table an animated dinner napkin makes sense and done correctly creates a great effect. Your self-ascribed skill set makes IT work seem risky. The Glorpy doesn't flash and...
by Jonathan Pendragon
May 3rd, 2014, 1:05 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Lodestones
Replies: 13
Views: 9675

Re: Lodestones

Tom's work is priceless. He creates, not performs a post-mortem and that fuels thought not retrospective.
by Jonathan Pendragon
April 27th, 2014, 11:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 154
Views: 29371

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

"Groucho Pendragon?" What a horrible thing to say, I resemble that remark!
by Jonathan Pendragon
April 18th, 2014, 4:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe
Replies: 154
Views: 29371

Re: I Join Those Banned from The Magic Cafe

I refuse to belong to any forum that would have me as a member.
by Jonathan Pendragon
April 12th, 2014, 5:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 23658

Re: Wonderball

Rick It's not a traditional Zombie method, it's black art. I am trying to set the mood before West enters in character. I wrote the poem about the Will O' the Wisp that West reads during the effect in a style similar to the work of James Whitcomb Riley, who wrote in-dialect. The ball is a Christmas ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
March 29th, 2014, 12:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steinmeyer's Flying Carpet
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Steinmeyer's Flying Carpet

Jim Steinmeyer's most recent tour de force is getting high praise on Broadway, even though a few reviewers didn't know exactly were credit was due. Jim designed the flying carpet for Disney's "Aladdin" a live musical based on the animated feature. In a rare moment of recognition not normal...
by Jonathan Pendragon
March 23rd, 2014, 12:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Teller Prevails in Lawsuit
Replies: 21
Views: 4226

Re: Teller Prevails in Lawsuit

Having spent more time in court than I wish to remember, I can honestly say that what's in the law books and what happens in court are quite different. American legalese is a language unto itself. I personally watched as judge and lawyers retired to the holy of holies to work out deals. Thank God fo...
by Jonathan Pendragon
March 18th, 2014, 4:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 23658

Re: Wonderball

Tom
That doesn't count as original, lots of people do that :-).

Matthew, Agreed, Raymond's piece knocked me out when I saw it at AMA award show last year. BUT, this challenge is ball on stick!
by Jonathan Pendragon
March 18th, 2014, 12:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 125
Views: 23658

Re: Wonderball

I have metaphorically removed the gauntlet and tossed it at Tom Stone's feet. I am performing at the Magic Castle April 7 to 13 and will present something original with a Zombie (and I don't mean Crow Garret whose big and so quiet it scares me sometime, he is also a close friend). I challenge Tom to...
by Jonathan Pendragon
March 2nd, 2014, 5:49 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Simon Drake's New Effect "STABBED"
Replies: 6
Views: 1791

Re: Simon Drake's New Effect "STABBED"

"My grandfather's work was do do!"
by Jonathan Pendragon
March 2nd, 2014, 5:47 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: anyone who knows this magician?
Replies: 7
Views: 2196

Re: anyone who knows this magician?

If he is German, why isn't it Mr. Schwarz?
by Jonathan Pendragon
February 19th, 2014, 1:34 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 24579

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

TM Jeff Mcbride isn't a bad (poor) example, he is a perfect example. You eliminate an entire genre of performance techniques partially because there are so many examples of lousy, overly long and artsy for ass art sake (European phrase that describes pretentious presentations) and then invalidate on...
by Jonathan Pendragon
February 19th, 2014, 12:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for magic quotes
Replies: 46
Views: 11707

Re: Looking for magic quotes

1. Interviewer - "Mr Welles, you have been an actor, director, writer and producer, how do you want to be remembered?" Orson Welles, "As a magician." 2. USA Today newspaper interviewer - "Mr. Pendragon, how do you want to remembered in magic?" Jonathan Pendragon, "...
by Jonathan Pendragon
February 18th, 2014, 3:49 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 24579

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

I just used Poi techniques in a presentation that was filmed for "Master of Illusion." "Contact juggling"? Perhaps you missed the film "The Illusionist." You seem to relegate a skill set beyond what most magicians can present into a sub set of "it's pretty, but is ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
February 6th, 2014, 9:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tim's Vermeer
Replies: 12
Views: 1426

Re: Tim's Vermeer

In Camera is a legal term:from the Latin vulgate meaning "in private" or "in chambers."

Mixing our metaphors? Watch the documentary, Vermeer's dark chamber (Camera Obscura - translated) isn't what you think.
by Jonathan Pendragon
February 6th, 2014, 8:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tim's Vermeer
Replies: 12
Views: 1426

Tim's Vermeer

Tonight I saw the documentary "Tim's Vermeer." As many of you know Penn produced and acted as narrator/interviewer while Teller directed. It's an amazing piece of work that left me with conflicting thoughts about art and science as well as exposure, which I am certain was, in part, the fil...
by Jonathan Pendragon
February 4th, 2014, 4:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why it's so hard to sell the "Magician in Trouble" conceit
Replies: 42
Views: 12372

Re: Why it's so hard to sell the "Magician in Trouble" conce

Honestly, I am never able to make it through all of the post, which to some might disqualify my thoughts. So if I am repeating something already said, I apologize. What are you looking for an algorithm? It doesn't exist. The variables are mind numbing. !. A routine in which a break of the fourth wal...
by Jonathan Pendragon
January 24th, 2014, 3:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Rose by Any Other Name? Not if you're Teller
Replies: 34
Views: 11367

Re: A Rose by Any Other Name? Not if you're Teller

It sounds something like the neologism technique used against former Congressman Santorum.
by Jonathan Pendragon
January 23rd, 2014, 6:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 6717

Re: Sherlock fans, rejoice!

Oops, just re-read your post and noticed the alliterative content scheme that made me miss Mycroft. What, that they are both Machiavellian tools of an antiquated view of British Empire? Moffat uses this similarity to Moore's uberlord Moriarty in the first episode of "Sherlock" to make the ...
by Jonathan Pendragon
January 22nd, 2014, 9:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 6717

Re: Sherlock fans, rejoice!

Tough one. Moffat's Moriarty reminds me of the Joker, he wants to find others of his kind to validate his existence and have someone to play with. "Mr. Glass" in the film Unbreakable (a much underrated film) is driven by a similar desire. Moore's Moriarty was too petty and underestimated n...
by Jonathan Pendragon
January 17th, 2014, 5:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Daniels Multi-Million Pound home flooded
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: Paul Daniels Multi-Million Pound home flooded

Apparently he was very helpful in preparing the rest of the community and valuables were saved, well done.
by Jonathan Pendragon
January 17th, 2014, 4:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Daniels Multi-Million Pound home flooded
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Paul Daniels Multi-Million Pound home flooded

It's been reported that Paul Daniels multi-million pound home flooded... well maybe if it didn't weigh so much?
by Jonathan Pendragon
January 17th, 2014, 2:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 6717

Re: Sherlock fans, rejoice!

Wow, way over my head. I'll just watch Arrow, which Alex Kingston is guesting on, again, in a few weeks.
by Jonathan Pendragon
January 15th, 2014, 12:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 6717

Re: Sherlock fans, rejoice!

Agreed and beautifully said. His detachment was something I picked up on when I began reading the stories in school. Here was a man who seemed to live completely inside of his brain. I had already begun to manifest my spectrum of mental disorders (OCD...) and of all the fantastic fictional character...
by Jonathan Pendragon
January 14th, 2014, 6:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 6717

Re: Sherlock fans, rejoice!

How brilliant would a high functioning sociopath be? Doyle certainly didn't write the character's skill set as they are envisioned on "Sherlock." Regardless of your preference, acting, storyline... Johnny Lee Miller's Holmes on "Elementary" is closer to the original intellectuall...
by Jonathan Pendragon
January 7th, 2014, 7:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sherlock fans, rejoice!
Replies: 48
Views: 6717

Re: Sherlock fans, rejoice!

Derren Brown, I knew it, it was the only logical explanation. As a SH buff since childhood this makes you nearly divine in my eyes.
by Jonathan Pendragon
December 29th, 2013, 4:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Fine Art of Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 856

The Fine Art of Magic

I was watching Jason England's youtube on must have books, most of which I had, when he brought up "The Fine Art of Magic" adding that just the mention of this book would put him in hot water with many of his friends. A little surfing and I discovered that the book was out of print and pri...
by Jonathan Pendragon
December 29th, 2013, 1:40 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Doug Henning flying illusion in Merlin musical
Replies: 4
Views: 2191

Re: Doug Henning flying illusion in Merlin musical

I don't recall a "Flying" in Merlin. That term has come to mean a fairly specific methodology. In my 360 degree levitation, Charlotte flew around my side and through a hoop, but the method differs from what David Copperfield would present a few years later that would become very well known...
by Jonathan Pendragon
December 23rd, 2013, 8:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hugh Jackman is NOT Coming to Broadway as Houdini
Replies: 7
Views: 1550

Re: Hugh Jackman is NOT Coming to Broadway as Houdini

A list film actors pay scale is very different from Broadways, he wouldn't be doing it for the money.
by Jonathan Pendragon
December 20th, 2013, 12:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Next Step for the Magic Clerk (Michael Carbonaro)
Replies: 3
Views: 794

Re: Next Step for the Magic Clerk (Michael Carbonaro)

West dragged me to the Magic Castle 3 years ago to see the this young kid that she said was very special. His name was Michael Carbonaro and he did his Deja vu, Bill to Shrunken Gypsy Head (lemon) and shaving creme routine. I was knocked out and turned to West at the end of his show and said, "...
by Jonathan Pendragon
December 14th, 2013, 1:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cheesy magic ;)
Replies: 4
Views: 1246

Re: Cheesy magic ;)

Wow, a sandwich, and all this time I have been trying to impress women with card tricks.
by Jonathan Pendragon
December 7th, 2013, 2:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield buys Houdini poster for record price
Replies: 3
Views: 1113

Re: Copperfield buys Houdini poster for record price

That's probably more than it cost to make the film and it's gross at the box office combined.
by Jonathan Pendragon
November 15th, 2013, 3:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?
Replies: 37
Views: 14185

Re: Criss Angel to Raise the Dead?

Oh, it's already been done.
by Jonathan Pendragon
October 11th, 2013, 9:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Helsinki, Finland ?
Replies: 23
Views: 6134

Re: FISM 2018 - Helsinki, Finland ?

Helsinki being a better convention than Blackpool would demonstrate, perfectly, the concept of Karma in the cosmos. I remember Jim McKay interviewing an Olympic skier from Finland who competed in ski flying (ski jumping on steroids) a sport invented in his country. McKay mentioned the radical extrem...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 30th, 2013, 9:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Copentro
Replies: 17
Views: 5609

Copentro

Crow Garret and I presented the Copentro in the Peller this weekend, followed by a new coin effect I created called "50% Solution." As a kid I loved this effect (Copentro) and was honored by Cathy Daniel who loaned me John's which was owned at one time by the illusionist Dante. I am unfami...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 18th, 2013, 4:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 74
Views: 21295

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

The :-) got separated in the previous post. I know there have been arguments regarding the use of screen names. I have never liked the practice of anonymity in critique. If you want to write a bad poem (I write them all the time), sure, go ahead and sign it anyway you like, but arguments on ethics r...
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 18th, 2013, 3:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 74
Views: 21295

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

First post and anonymous (can't complain about the spelling, my akilles (:-) heal).
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 13th, 2013, 5:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Losander gives his table a new finish!
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

Re: Losander gives his table a new finish!

Bill
I hate to admit that I didn't think of that, good one!
by Jonathan Pendragon
September 10th, 2013, 9:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Losander gives his table a new finish!
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

Losander gives his table a new finish!

West and I saw Losander in the Palace of Mystery at the Magic Castle where we watched the fourth performance of his new presentation of the floating table. The reason there are so many rightfully purchased Losander tables and, unfortunately, all of the rip-offs being performed is because everyone wa...
by Jonathan Pendragon
August 29th, 2013, 3:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Daniels: Tongue in Cheek or Foot in Mouth?
Replies: 5
Views: 1482

Re: Paul Daniels: Tongue in Cheek or Foot in Mouth?

2000 wasn't the first time he asserted this, he wrote about it before. We both performed in Toledo, Spain for a national magic convention at the beautiful Toledo Opera house. In the afternoon there was informal talk with Paul and I being asked questions. This assertion came up, I don't remember what...

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