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by erdnasephile
December 11th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Simon Aronson
Replies: 12
Views: 805

Re: Simon Aronson

Oh, man--what a gut punch--he was such a giant and I admired him so much...
RIP, Mr. Aronson.
by erdnasephile
December 9th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sophie Abbott referenced on Sirius XM today
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Sophie Abbott referenced on Sirius XM today

Driving home, listening to the On Broadway channel today. The DJ mentioned that his friend Andy Nyman is a Brit who told him a funny story. Turns out that Andy's wife, Sophie Abbott, was in charge of the "Secret Santa" gift exchange at her workplace. Taking a clue from her very sneaky husb...
by erdnasephile
December 7th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Taxi!
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Taxi!

Here's one more thing to know about using ridesharing out of LAX (the new "LAX-it" system) :

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/a ... 174979002/
by erdnasephile
December 7th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Taxi!
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Taxi!

Hi, Steve: This site might be useful to you if you haven't seen it yet: https://www.uber.com/global/en/airports/lax/#price-estimate The frustrating thing about Uber, Lyft, et al, is how rapidly the prices shift. I was in Philly and the price jumped about over 10% ess than 30 seconds after I searched...
by erdnasephile
November 29th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 91
Views: 2313

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

And to the point of gestures. My new favorite card thing uses two magical gestures the second of which is an intentionally chosen snap. I just watched an adult human being, upon seeing the card change after the snap, grab it, turn it over, snapped herself, and then checked to see if it changed. If ...
by erdnasephile
November 28th, 2019, 10:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving, Genii Forum!
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Happy Thanksgiving, Genii Forum!

Everyone must've been too busy cooking, eating, or sleeping to post this...

So, Happy Thanksgiving!
by erdnasephile
November 28th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dan Garrett's Underhanded Overhand Shuffle
Replies: 12
Views: 1040

Re: Dan Garrett's Underhanded Overhand Shuffle

Bob: Thanks for this! In the Garrett shuffle, after the exchange of packets, the right index finger ends up on the top of right hand packet. Question: should the right index finger curl back around to the bottom of the switched packet in the right hand before/during the second run of 5 cards or does...
by erdnasephile
November 26th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 91
Views: 2313

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

IMHO, any theatrical device can be overused and done poorly. However, as Michael Skinner was fond of pointing out, there needs to be a magical moment. For some routines and performers, a gesture is the most effective way to indicate this. For others, it's momentary silence or even a magic word. Howe...
by erdnasephile
November 26th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is THE Expert on Self-Working Magic?
Replies: 49
Views: 2019

Re: Who is THE Expert on Self-Working Magic?

Ken Krenzel has published an entire book of strong sleight-free material.

To Brad's question: In terms of self-working effects without cards or specially designed props, Curtis Kam's Inferential comes to mind.
by erdnasephile
November 21st, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mentalist on Disney's "Encore!"
Replies: 0
Views: 419

Mentalist on Disney's "Encore!"

If you have Disney + (and I'll bet there's a certain Chief Disneyphile who does ;) ), you might wish to check out the second episode of "Encore!", where one of the featured players is mentalist, Brad Baker. https://www.instagram.com/p/B40DsTsnNgF/
by erdnasephile
November 18th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Eugene Burger: From Beyond in stock now
Replies: 8
Views: 870

Re: Eugene Burger: From Beyond in stock now

Hi, Robert: They are videos and audio recording of Mr. Burger (mostly performances). They can be downloaded and archived by purchasers of the book. No special player necessary. A list of the materials and instructions on how to access them are included in the book.
by erdnasephile
November 18th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Eugene Burger: From Beyond in stock now
Replies: 8
Views: 870

Re: Eugene Burger: From Beyond in stock now

Copy that.

(After losing access to bunch of purchases when an on-line service went out of business, I'm excessively paranoid about virtual materials these days)
by erdnasephile
November 18th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Eugene Burger: From Beyond in stock now
Replies: 8
Views: 870

Re: Eugene Burger: From Beyond in stock now

Steve: insightful review, as always. I very much also like the book design, which serves the book's purpose admirably (as expressed in the essay therein: "How to read a magic book.") In your review, you mentioned that you recommended that purchasers use their secret access "as soon as...
by erdnasephile
November 13th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viva Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Viva Las Vegas

Dan:

Thanks for reporting back.

Re: Copperfield. How was the alien sequence? Out of all of the on-line criticism of the show, that seems to come up a lot.
by erdnasephile
November 8th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Regal Book Coming in September
Replies: 43
Views: 8514

Re: New David Regal Book Coming in September

David's new book also got a rave review from Michael Close, who, in a detailed review, gave it his highest recommendation . (If you want to hear an insightful hour-long podcast of David discussing the book (and related topics), sign up for the Michael Close newsletter and check out "Conversatio...
by erdnasephile
November 7th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 Hotels Released
Replies: 26
Views: 1675

Re: FISM 2021 Hotels Released

It's not the off-season in Quebec City at that time. Thanks, Bob. I got crossed up on the graphs. (Need more caffeine). Although I will say, I just spent yesterday trying to get a room in Duluth, MN for Grandma's Marathon, and their room rate price jacking makes the Quebec City folks look like amat...
by erdnasephile
November 6th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 Hotels Released
Replies: 26
Views: 1675

Re: FISM 2021 Hotels Released

Quebec City is not Washington DC. Hotel prices are not comparable. I see your point. Certainly, the cities couldn't be more different. I'm a data nerd, so I looked a bit further. Here are the statistics for overnight accommodation costs in Quebec for 2015-1017 (the most recent years available) http...
by erdnasephile
November 5th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viva Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Viva Las Vegas

Mr. Moore:
Is there anyone doing true close up any more at any of the hotels/restaurants? If so, who would you recommend?
by erdnasephile
November 4th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 Hotels Released
Replies: 26
Views: 1675

Re: FISM 2021 Hotels Released

Yes, the prices for 2021 are nearly double the prices from this year, or even 2020. This is a known occurrence with FISM. Yep....supply and demand rules. An interesting comparison: I was just in Washington DC for the MCM, an huge event that draws tens of thousands of people. (It was also during the...
by erdnasephile
November 4th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 Hotels Released
Replies: 26
Views: 1675

Re: FISM 2021 Hotels Released

More reviews for the Delta Hotel from the Marriott website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-r ... els-quebec

(Richard wasn't kidding about those rate increases--not cheap).
by erdnasephile
November 4th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Eugene Burger: From Beyond in stock now
Replies: 8
Views: 870

Eugene Burger: From Beyond in stock now

https://www.theoryandartofmagic.com/p/b ... rom-beyond

The book is listed as in stock now from Dr. Larry Hass.
by erdnasephile
November 2nd, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Denis Behr Lecture at Tannen's November 4, 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 675

Denis Behr Lecture at Tannen's November 4, 2019

The great Denis Behr is giving a Lecture at Tannen's in NYC on November 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

If you are in the area, be sure not to miss it!

http://tannens.com/Lectures-and-Classes ... cture.html
by erdnasephile
November 1st, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 43
Views: 5412

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

Perhaps a section on "Invisible Thread Magic"?
by erdnasephile
October 31st, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P & T and Zombies, Oh My!
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: P & T and Zombies, Oh My!

Uh...that's BOARDgames, gentlemen! ;)

(Which unfortunately, aren't as lucrative as top video games;however, as RK points out, some of those boardgame Kickstarters can run into the millions--this one is over $2 mil at the moment)
by erdnasephile
October 30th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P & T and Zombies, Oh My!
Replies: 5
Views: 865

P & T and Zombies, Oh My!

Don't know how many of you out there are also into board games, but if you check out this Kickstarter and scroll down a bit, you might see some familiar looking people: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cm ... ts/2662280
by erdnasephile
October 23rd, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 8845

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

A somewhat related question: if Shin Lim won $1 million did he share the wealth with any of the inventors of the tricks he used that he did not invent? Wouldn't that be fair? After all, when a singer competes, the songwriter of the song is paid what is known as a synch fee, a negotiated, very lucra...
by erdnasephile
October 22nd, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with Piedrahita's CSB please
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Help with Piedrahita's CSB please

Pressley Guitar
by erdnasephile
October 22nd, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Haunted by Peter Eggink
Replies: 0
Views: 857

WTB Haunted by Peter Eggink

Hello:
I am looking for the original Haunted DVD by Peter Eggink please. (NOT the improved Haunted 2.0)

If you have one to sell that is the original, please kindly private message (PM) me.

Many thanks in advance for your help!
by erdnasephile
October 21st, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Do NOT turn to page 60 in November 2019 Genii
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

Do NOT turn to page 60 in November 2019 Genii

...until you have watched the video of "Al's Cup" on the digital version of this issue. (I made the mistake of opening to the article before viewing the video. I still got fried, but would have liked to have watched the video first because my mind would have been even more completely been ...
by erdnasephile
October 21st, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: AT AUCTION - Don Englands Paradox + Binder with Gaffs Artwork & Gaffed to the Hilt! with Gaffs!
Replies: 7
Views: 1187

Re: AT AUCTION - Don Englands Paradox + Binder with Gaffs Artwork & Gaffed to the Hilt! with Gaffs!

Very interesting auction--good luck Christopher!

(PS: Mr. England sent along some artwork when he made some cards for me once---his artwork was rather unusual).
by erdnasephile
October 20th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?
Replies: 18
Views: 1858

Re: Film Version of "In & Of Itself"?

I never got a chance to see "In & Of Itself". Do those of you who did think this will translate well as an HBO or Netflix feature? (Those were the two possible venues mentioned in one of the articles Dustin cited). I'm asking because I thought Ricky Jay's 52 Assistants translated prett...
by erdnasephile
October 19th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with Piedrahita's CSB please
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Help with Piedrahita's CSB please

Mark: That's an interesting point: I think Todd's insert edges are beveled, right? I wonder if that helps. I'll try out a Schoolcraft dollar set to see if it makes a difference. I haven't had 100% consistency with Mark Mason's half dollar set yet. (I wish Todd would consider making more dollar size ...
by erdnasephile
October 18th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with Piedrahita's CSB please
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Help with Piedrahita's CSB please

I find it's more likely to split in the right way if I follow forward - parallel to the surface of the table - with the knuckle of the right hand, after the 'coin' has been thrown; sort of dropping the coin off as the hand moves forward. Thanks, PapaG---I'll try it. Do you hold the gaff completely ...
by erdnasephile
October 18th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with Piedrahita's CSB please
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Help with Piedrahita's CSB please

All: Luis Piedrahita describes his CSB routine on his "Three Routines" video and I believe there is a YouTube performance of the routine on-line as well. In the second phase, he tosses the gimmick to the table and it splits. Does anyone have any specific techniques or tips to get the gimmi...
by erdnasephile
October 16th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 8845

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Richard:
Has the drop in tourism also cut the show prices as well? If so, that would seem to make it even harder to four-wall these venues.
by erdnasephile
October 15th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 8845

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Question (so I can gain some context please): Is Terry Fator able to consistently sell out that venue?
by erdnasephile
October 10th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I Dream of Genii...(Genii Convention Report)
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Re: I Dream of Genii...(Genii Convention Report)

Jack, I appreciate your candid and insightful comments. Thanks!
by erdnasephile
October 4th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 30
Views: 4647

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

I will add one more name to the this list: JB Magic Products (Mark Mason): https://www.jbtvusa.com/ I recently bought one of these: https://www.jbtvusa.com/p/latest-j-b-products/copper-silver-brass-liberty-j-b-pro-coin-line The work on the gaff is very nice. It differs from the usual CSB gaff. Most ...
by erdnasephile
October 4th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii 2019 Convention
Replies: 27
Views: 4376

Re: Genii 2019 Convention

Tom Frame wrote:I wish I was there, but I started a new job and couldn't get away. I hope that someone writes a detailed report of the action.


Ditto, please!

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