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by erdnasephile
May 27th, 2010, 12:33 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Time-Warp Wallet - Jon Racherbaumer -June
Replies: 66
Views: 12410

Re: Time-Warp Wallet - Jon Racherbaumer -June

Thanks, Richard. Don't know why I said glassine--that's the stuff that stamp envelopes are made of.
by erdnasephile
May 27th, 2010, 9:31 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Time-Warp Wallet - Jon Racherbaumer -June
Replies: 66
Views: 12410

Re: Time-Warp Wallet - Jon Racherbaumer -June

The idea with WOW is interesting, but aren't most glassine panels in wallets perfectly clear, while the WOW sleeve looks like a screen door, right?

In addition, I think this sort of thing would put lots of heat on the wallet.
by erdnasephile
May 27th, 2010, 9:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Latest on Jonathan Pendragon
Replies: 91
Views: 19615

Re: The Latest on Jonathan Pendragon

There is an interesting (but brief--1 page) interview with Mr. Pendragon in this month's MAGIC Re: his future plans.
by erdnasephile
May 25th, 2010, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't Cop my Lines
Replies: 7
Views: 1460

Re: Don't Cop my Lines

From the NYTimes article Richard referenced above: In peoples heads they think that comedians cant possibly make up their own material, Mr. Oswalt said. They must get it out of joke books. These same people, Mr. Oswalt said, just cant imagine that a comedian can make up original stuff. He added: The...
by erdnasephile
May 25th, 2010, 8:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Latest on Jonathan Pendragon
Replies: 91
Views: 19615

Re: The Latest on Jonathan Pendragon

Agree with Brad, Richard, and Tim. The primary issue is how cheap magicians are in general. If you try to book a professional in any other profession to travel to give a lecture, you are generally looking at the high 3 to 4 figure range plus expenses. In addition, a week long convention is easily ov...
by erdnasephile
May 24th, 2010, 9:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Re: Approaching Magic Essay
Replies: 11
Views: 1617

Re: Approaching Magic Essay

All: Appreciate the Ortiz reference, Re: burning bridges as well as the thoughtful comments. Question: Would allowing the spectators to hold/handle props prior to ringing in the gaff would take the heat off of ending dirty since you've burned the bridge of "tricky" props? (i.e. then audien...
by erdnasephile
May 22nd, 2010, 10:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pat Metheny on Magic
Replies: 70
Views: 5939

Re: Pat Metheny on Magic

Perhaps a comment from jazz great Branford Marsalis might add an interesting perspective: When all these jazz guys get in a tizzy over Kenny G, they need to leave Kenny alone, Marsalis said in an interview with Jazziz magazine. Hes not stealing jazz. The audience he has wouldnt be caught dead at a r...
by erdnasephile
May 22nd, 2010, 10:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Close-up Magic on Letterman
Replies: 155
Views: 26945

Re: Close-up Magic on Letterman

I agree with Kent--best week for magic in a long time. Enjoyed every performance a great deal! However, to claim that EVERY criticism is motivated by the jealousy of untalented, unknowledgable hacks is almost certainly not correct. There seems to be a bit of a double standard at work. To wit: if we ...
by erdnasephile
May 21st, 2010, 8:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pat Metheny on Magic
Replies: 70
Views: 5939

Re: Pat Metheny on Magic

Richard Kaufman wrote:I'll take Bill Evans, George Shearing, and Oscar Peterson.
Chet Baker.
Louis Armstrong.
Art Tatum.
Nat Cole.
Stan Getz.
Toots Thielemans.
Stephane Grapelli.
Django Reinhardt.

Kenny who? He's not even in my book.


Don't forget Dave McKenna! :)
by erdnasephile
May 21st, 2010, 4:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pat Metheny on Magic
Replies: 70
Views: 5939

Re: Pat Metheny on Magic

There is no greater crime in music than to exploit the career and legacy of Louis Armstrong (particularly by musical personalities of the caucasian persuasion). As a minority, I agree with Dustin. IMHO, the injection of race into this issue is just a side track--if the act is wrong, it's wrong, rac...
by erdnasephile
May 19th, 2010, 10:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with reference please
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Re: Help with reference please

Thanks, Jim--I recall Tamariz' DVD comments (but I don't think he goes through the internal script). I'll check out Scams and Fantasies, but I can't help but think it was in Giobbi's works somewhere. Grr...this is maddening--must be getting old! :) Re: Jonathan's comment -- Agreed, given the dangers...
by erdnasephile
May 19th, 2010, 9:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with reference please
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Re: Help with reference please

Hi, Jim:

Thanks for the reply!

I forgot to mention that I had already checked Mr. Wonder's essay as well as Gaston's essay in the Flicking Fingers book-- they weren't the one's I remember. Nor is it in JIS's Shattering Illusions or Antinomy.

Any other leads please?
by erdnasephile
May 19th, 2010, 2:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Close-up Magic on Letterman
Replies: 155
Views: 26945

Re: Close-up Magic on Letterman

Richard Kaufman wrote:He did HOT ROD?

No.

Really?


Actually, it was Jumping Gems.

A Hot Rod stick was used as a kicker finish.
by erdnasephile
May 19th, 2010, 1:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with reference please
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Help with reference please

All: I once read an essay where the author described an approach to acting once an alleged mistake has been made during a magic routine. He/she described it as a sequence of thoughts: "Yes!, No, really?, Oh..." I've been racking my brain (and rummaging through my library) for the last 3 ho...
by erdnasephile
May 15th, 2010, 11:18 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Trying to 'price' my Magic Book Collection...
Replies: 10
Views: 1266

Re: Trying to 'price' my Magic Book Collection...

Hi, David:

Yes, I should have clarified: I asked Don England to make for me a custom set in Red and Blue Bikes (less collectible perhaps, but more practical for my purposes).

There are some really amazing gaffed routines in that book (the collectors effect is stunning).
by erdnasephile
May 15th, 2010, 9:12 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Trying to 'price' my Magic Book Collection...
Replies: 10
Views: 1266

Re: Trying to 'price' my Magic Book Collection...

Another issue that I see with trying to sell the books as a "lot": While you have a fine library of quality books, the vast majority of books on your list are easily available. Therefore, those that might be interested in some of the scarcer titles (i.e., hard core sleight of hand folks), ...
by erdnasephile
May 10th, 2010, 9:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Transporting Flash Paper on an Airplane
Replies: 9
Views: 2681

Re: Transporting Flash Paper on an Airplane

Hi, Bob: From USPS: Anything flammable is generally considered "nonmailable" by USPS (quoted relevant text at end of message). You may have to check FedEx or UPS. ----------------------------------------- 8.5 Harmful MatterGeneral Except as provided in this document, any article, compositi...
by erdnasephile
May 9th, 2010, 2:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Some items for sale...
Replies: 5
Views: 981

Re: Some items for sale...

Sent you a PM :)
by erdnasephile
May 6th, 2010, 6:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Re: Approaching Magic Essay
Replies: 11
Views: 1617

Re: Approaching Magic Essay

I was reading this outstanding book, and came across the essay entitled "Conditions & Impact" (pg 79-81). In it, Mr. Regal posits that it is essential to "clarify conditions prior to the trick's denouement" in order to avoid an audience's "intellectural process entered i...
by erdnasephile
May 5th, 2010, 6:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vortex by Tom Stone
Replies: 33
Views: 8812

Re: Vortex by Tom Stone

*BUMP* Somehow I missed this, and wanted to help make sure other's didn't. Ordered mine today! :)
by erdnasephile
May 4th, 2010, 4:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Young Magician Murdered in Cold Blood
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: Young Magician Shot in Anaheim

It saddens me to hear all of these negative experiences around this area. Nothing worse than hearing about an area you grew up in going to pot. Especially sorry to hear about the murder, and about John's bad experience in GG--we used to attend church right next door to there. While the area around t...
by erdnasephile
May 1st, 2010, 10:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Young Magician Murdered in Cold Blood
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: Young Magician Shot in Anaheim

My parents lived in Anaheim until just recently. The area that this crime took place in is not one I would describe as affluent. Not the very worst part of town mind you, but certainly not fitting the image most have of the OC. That said, I wouldn't be afraid to leave the resort--those of us who liv...
by erdnasephile
April 27th, 2010, 1:42 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Robert-Houdin, Roberto Giobbi, and an Actor Prepares
Replies: 60
Views: 28380

Re: Robert-Houdin, Roberto Giobbi, and an Actor Prepares

Jonathan Townsend wrote:But Tom, a magician is a shopper in a magic shop.


It's probably much worse: a magician is a shopper sitting at a computer. ;)

I actually do think that performing magicians are actors.

It's just that the vast majority of them are such poor actors.
by erdnasephile
April 26th, 2010, 2:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Luna Shinmada, Holy Cow, floating linking rings,
Replies: 15
Views: 2964

Re: Luna Shinmada, Holy Cow, floating linking rings,

Here is a video of Voitko's routine: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magic-voitko.com/shop/flying-linking-products/the-deluxe-flying-rings-the-case-dvd-light.html">http://www.magic-voitko.com/shop/flying ... light.html</a><!-- m --> In terms of Shimada's presentation--although the mec...
by erdnasephile
April 26th, 2010, 8:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Recipies
Replies: 11
Views: 2390

Re: Magic Recipies

The Garcia recipes referenced above: Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with Saffron Peas and Rice) - "Million Dollar Card Secrets" Super Meatloaf (Meatloaf with Ham and Muenster Cheese)- "Super Subtle Card Miracles" I've tried the latter recipe--I didn't find it very tasty unfortunately, ...
by erdnasephile
April 23rd, 2010, 6:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Watch the FISM 2012 Hitler Video Before It's Gone!
Replies: 21
Views: 2786

Re: Watch the FISM 2012 Hitler Video Before It's Gone!

Keepvid http://keepvid.com/ is also a handy site that will download and convert video material for free.
by erdnasephile
April 23rd, 2010, 11:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Watch the FISM 2012 Hitler Video Before It's Gone!
Replies: 21
Views: 2786

Re: Watch the FISM 2012 Hitler Video Before It's Gone!

Francesca Moffet wrote:Hehehe, love the Blackpool one.


1+ The Fahrquar line is hilarious! :grin:
by erdnasephile
April 21st, 2010, 9:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick
Replies: 27
Views: 4096

Re: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick

Seth Godin has an interesting post about how to avoid "really bad PowerPoint", which actually offers some useful food for thought in terms of constructing effective magic presentations. For example, he starts with: "Communication is the transfer of emotion..." <!-- m --><a class=...
by erdnasephile
April 21st, 2010, 7:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick
Replies: 27
Views: 4096

Re: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick

Kent, I concur with you, but I would point out that PowerPoint is merely a tool which can be used for good or evil. For example, a lot of folks in the business and educational fields are sick of PowerPoint presentations because they are so ubiquitous and often so poorly done. (People that essentiall...
by erdnasephile
April 20th, 2010, 4:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick
Replies: 27
Views: 4096

Re: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick

I'm not sure what the advantage would be to have a professional voice actor read an instructional text--ideally, the magician would read and record the instructions themselves. In that way, the magician would use two modalities to learn (reading, listening) rather than just listening. The reading be...
by erdnasephile
April 20th, 2010, 12:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick
Replies: 27
Views: 4096

Re: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick

Has anyone ever done an audio book of a magic book? I would like to try learning from that, having gotten into audible of late. If you could have deck in hands (I said dEck) whilst listening to instruction may be easier than going from page to pack... Eugene Burger made this suggestion as well in s...
by erdnasephile
April 20th, 2010, 7:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Contact for Lynn of Milson Worth
Replies: 1
Views: 1119

Re: Contact for Lynn of Milson Worth

PM Sent to you.
by erdnasephile
April 18th, 2010, 8:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick
Replies: 27
Views: 4096

Re: Preachin' with the Three-Ball Trick

"Read some books...maybe one day, you'll quit buyin' videos"

Brilliant! (as is your routine) :)
by erdnasephile
April 9th, 2010, 11:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: street magic
Replies: 12
Views: 2305

Re: street magic

Magia, you may find helpful what Jamy Ian Swiss has to say on the subject: http://www.antinomymagic.com/swiss.htm

Not all agree with Jamy, but it may give you a starting point to consider.
by erdnasephile
April 8th, 2010, 1:41 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Martin Nash Sleightly Second
Replies: 13
Views: 2686

Re: WTB: Martin Nash Sleightly Second

I wish that the book market were more favorable so that they could do as Magic Inc is doing with the Marlo stuff and produce these works in the format they deserve. Either that or maybe another publisher could purchase the rights? (Richard would probably say: "Keep dreamin'" :) )
by erdnasephile
April 7th, 2010, 6:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Martin Nash Sleightly Second
Replies: 13
Views: 2686

Re: WTB: Martin Nash Sleightly Second

Thanks for the information, Terry.
by erdnasephile
April 7th, 2010, 1:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Martin Nash Sleightly Second
Replies: 13
Views: 2686

Re: WTB: Martin Nash Sleightly Second

Zach: Have you tried contacting Morrisey's? I had an email from them a little over a year or so that they had plans to reprint the Nash books. I'd be curious to know if they still plan on doing so.
by erdnasephile
April 4th, 2010, 11:43 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Things You Had, then Sold, Traded, Tossed, etc. and Now You Regret
Replies: 9
Views: 2204

Re: Things You Had, then Sold, Traded, Tossed, etc. and Now You Regret

I'll bet more than a few people have had the rather pricey experience of having their copy of "Fatal Sins" left behind/given away/sold.
by erdnasephile
April 2nd, 2010, 5:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob White on Cards: A Practical Approach
Replies: 27
Views: 5719

Bob White on Cards: A Practical Approach--my take

Got my DVD from Bob yesterday and I've been having an absolute blast studying it. It's exactly what I expected--the real work from a real pro. It's common sense, enormously well thought out and above all, practical magic. Novelty seekers need not apply. The sleights and routines presented are ones y...
by erdnasephile
April 2nd, 2010, 7:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob White on Cards: A Practical Approach
Replies: 27
Views: 5719

Re: Bob White on Cards: A Practical Approach

. . . Reading reviews is not a passive exercise. Its important for the reader to learn the likes and dislikes (biases) of the reviewers they readeven if he/she does not agree with those biases. The reader then judges the work based on his/her knowledge of the reviewer along with his/her own likes a...

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