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by erdnasephile
September 20th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle dues going up again
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Re: Castle dues going up again

No one likes a dues increase, but I thought Jim did a great job of presenting the case for it. Agreed. To answer Bill's questions: For non-resident magicians: dues last year were $368. With the increase, it'll be $434. I don't know the rates for resident magicians or associates. There is also a sen...
by erdnasephile
September 20th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "New" line-up of entertainment at Frontierland
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: "New" line-up of entertainment at Frontierland

Thanks for the corrections, Richard. Got my wires crossed there.

Will the four strolling magicians all be in Frontierland or all over the park?
by erdnasephile
September 20th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Castle dues going up again
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Castle dues going up again

If you are an AMA member, be sure to check your email. I appreciate the transparency, thoughtfulness, and thoroughness the board does in a thankless task. The rationale for the dues increase is explained well and seems appropriate. I'll pay it. However, it is concerning that dues have gone up 14% in...
by erdnasephile
September 20th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "New" line-up of entertainment at Frontierland
Replies: 3
Views: 441

"New" line-up of entertainment at Frontierland

https://insidethemagic.net/2019/09/disn ... nment-bb1/

Third paragraph.

(I thought they already had magicians in Frontierland: Dana Daniels in SoCal, Terry Ward in Orlando)
by erdnasephile
September 20th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How is Simon Lovell doing?
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: How is Simon Lovell doing?

Thanks, all, for the updates--I'm very glad he's getting along. I only met him once, but he was very kind to chat with me about his material. So funny and a great performer!
by erdnasephile
September 19th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How is Simon Lovell doing?
Replies: 5
Views: 951

How is Simon Lovell doing?

Does anyone know how Simon Lovell is doing? I was looking over some of his old published material and realized I hadn't heard of any current updates. Hope he is doing better.
by erdnasephile
September 16th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Casting A Chinese Curse
Replies: 10
Views: 2439

Re: Casting A Chinese Curse

That is disgusting. I think the Chinese Curse should apply to anyone who buys these phony boxes. Isn’t that a bit harsh? What if someone buys it not knowing it is a copy of Craig’s box? I certainly didn’t buy it or even know about it until it was posted here and wouldn’t but others may have and jus...
by erdnasephile
September 15th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Turkish Ice Cream Sleight of Hand
Replies: 0
Views: 284

Turkish Ice Cream Sleight of Hand

https://twitter.com/KingJosiah54/status ... 4093625345

Apologies to Saints fans, but the video in this thread made me laugh
by erdnasephile
September 15th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Casting A Chinese Curse
Replies: 10
Views: 2439

Re: Casting A Chinese Curse

That is disgusting. I think the Chinese Curse should apply to anyone who buys these phony boxes.
by erdnasephile
September 11th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dying on stage
Replies: 6
Views: 960

Re: Dying on stage

In a related vein to what happened to Mr. Cooper: I have to admit: as brilliant as the late Sid Lorraine was, I had a very difficult time watching his "pitch" act (where he masterfully faked progressively worsening cough/choking spells that resolved with his miracle "cure"). When...
by erdnasephile
September 9th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Cards in a watermelon "pachydermous hide"
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Re: Cards in a watermelon "pachydermous hide"

What I like the best about that video is how his (presumably) sister has to get into costume to hold the vegetable target. I'm also impressed that the kid was able to talk his peeps into "wasting" those vegetables. (Those of you who had Asian parents like mine probably agree that was the b...
by erdnasephile
August 30th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New magician-related film coming on Disney+
Replies: 0
Views: 468

New magician-related film coming on Disney+

From: https://www.androidauthority.com/disney-plus-streaming-service-923534/ " Magic Camp -- a family comedy centering on a summer camp for magicians" (Hmmm....sounds familiar.) BTW, if you are toying with the idea of subscribing to Disney+, you may wish to check out the special deal they ...
by erdnasephile
August 30th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Two great performances on "Fool Us"
Replies: 13
Views: 2340

Re: Two great performances on "Fool Us"

Zig Zagger: thank you for the link!

Also, if you don't use Chrome, the Google translation site and the Bing/Microsoft translation site can also translate the entire webpage if you cut and paste the URL into the apps on those sites.
by erdnasephile
August 29th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Two great performances on "Fool Us"
Replies: 13
Views: 2340

Two great performances on "Fool Us"

These last two episodes have been my favorite of the season because they included my two favorite performances of the season (Duh!) 1. Last week, Tom Stone performed "Quantum Logic" Great premise, exceedingly well played and so much fun to watch! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uCT_RRHiRY...
by erdnasephile
August 27th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Steve Cohen profile
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Re: Steve Cohen profile

Thanks for the link to the article, Doug! I like Steve Cohen--he's one of the best magicians on the planet, and I appreciate all he's done for charity. He's generous to fellow magicians, remembers where he came from, and is a big credit to the world of magic. I'm not sure the author did Mr. Cohen an...
by erdnasephile
August 26th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A personal message from...Kreskin?
Replies: 2
Views: 745

A personal message from...Kreskin?

https://www.cameo.com/theamazingkreskin

Others on the site include Derek Hughes, Mat Franco, Criss Angel, and Murray (in a bathrobe): https://www.cameo.com/c/magicians
by erdnasephile
August 24th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with a glimpse reference please
Replies: 7
Views: 971

Re: Help with a glimpse reference please

Thank you, M. Billot! (In my edition (first) of the book, I think the move you are referring to is on pg 156, correct?) I think the technique can be done with the right hand, if you start with the squared up cards on the table with the short end of the deck facing you. Then, it's a matter of pushing...
by erdnasephile
August 23rd, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with a glimpse reference please
Replies: 7
Views: 971

Help with a glimpse reference please

I am looking for a published reference for a move that would allow me to glimpse the top card of a face down tabled deck while lifting up the top half of the deck with one hand. Does anyone have a reference for a sleight like this please? I've looked in Card College, Revolutionary Card Technique, Ex...
by erdnasephile
August 18th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hacking and Magic slightly intersect
Replies: 2
Views: 463

Hacking and Magic slightly intersect

https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-old-school-hacker-fights-cybercrime-11565994214 From an article on former hacker, Kevin Mitnick: (WSJ, August 17, 2019) "Mr. Mitnick’s road to a U.S. Marshals wanted poster began innocently enough. He was born and reared in Los Angeles. “When I was a young kid, I...
by erdnasephile
August 15th, 2019, 11:57 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2702

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

It good to hear the trick plays so well. I like it---it's a phone trick that doesn't feel as "techy" as others I've seen. However, with the plethora of spam calls I get, I just don't answer any numbers that I don't recognize. In addition, I wonder if some of the anti-spoofing steps the FCC...
by erdnasephile
August 15th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2702

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

I would certainly agree that feelings are an essential part to a memorable experience. However, wouldn't it be preferable for the audience to remember what they felt AND what you said and did? For example, I remember how MLK's "I have a Dream" speech made me feel, but I also remember what ...
by erdnasephile
August 14th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2702

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

Question: Lupe Nielsen notes (after lots of positive comments about all of the close-up performers): However, for what it is worth, I do have a small critique about the material… Although the magic was amazing, most of the presentations were procedural – i.e. “Let me borrow a deck, shuffle it, cut i...
by erdnasephile
August 13th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poll: P & T's "Honor System"
Replies: 14
Views: 1622

Poll: P & T's "Honor System"

Just saw P & T's "Honor System" on last week's Fool Us. I thought it was a intriguing presentation.

Question: Did any of you choose to close your eyes?
by erdnasephile
August 12th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Josh Jay on the Late Late Show (July, 2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 385

Josh Jay on the Late Late Show (July, 2019)

I know I'm late to the party with this one, but came across this on Lance Burton's twitter feed and hadn't seen it yet:

https://www.facebook.com/latelateshowcb ... jkxODc0MA/

Josh Jay is cool!
by erdnasephile
August 11th, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 75296

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Richard Kaufman wrote:It's not all in Tarbell. That's nonsense, too.


Yes, of course--that was just my small tribute to Denny (really miss that man).

PS: apologies as well for misspelling, Fechter---I should never have trusted that Windows spell-checker!
by erdnasephile
August 11th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 75296

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

How come the most famous magicians in the world - the ones regularly on TV - are performing the visual one-trick download type material that I praise in the posts above? I never see them dig out something by Jennings, Cervon or Vernon. With respect, Penn and Teller recently featured a wonderful seq...
by erdnasephile
August 11th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2702

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

Steve Bryant wrote:I missed the convention but learned a lot from Scott Wells daily podcasts.


Thank you! I should have looked there first.

Sounds like Jonathan Levit's app was the big hit from the dealers' room...
by erdnasephile
August 10th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 75296

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

El Mystico wrote:It will be. And it contains many gems. Linda wants it to be the best possible tribute to Bruce. That takes time.


That is terrific to hear, and I think it's great that folks are taking the time to do it up right! Very excited! Thanks!
by erdnasephile
August 10th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2702

Re: MAGIC Live 2019?

Thanks, Brad. Haven't been able to find much buzz at the usual places...

Did see David Penn's video tour of the dealers room: https://www.facebook.com/worldmagicshop ... 411376120/
by erdnasephile
August 10th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas
Replies: 23
Views: 4809

Re: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas

That's too bad--I hope he's OK. Perhaps next year.
by erdnasephile
August 10th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 75296

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

I have hopes that the Cervon video project will be more accessible.
by erdnasephile
August 10th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas
Replies: 23
Views: 4809

Re: TAOM 2019 San Antonio, Texas

Is Earl Nelson no longer able to be in the lineup? I didn't see his bio on the registration site.
by erdnasephile
August 10th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MAGIC Live 2019?
Replies: 23
Views: 2702

MAGIC Live 2019?

Would love to hear any reports of how it was please: highlights, lowlights, cool stuff in the dealers' room, etc... Thanks!
by erdnasephile
August 2nd, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: New Steve Spill Book for preorder
Replies: 0
Views: 669

New Steve Spill Book for preorder

If you liked " How to Make Love the Steve Spill Way " (which got rave reviews, including in Genii , Nov. 2018 and is probably the most embarrassing magic book title ever to be reading around your family), you probably won't want to miss his new book " Magic is my Weed ". MIMW is ...
by erdnasephile
July 31st, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic in Cleveland?
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Re: Magic in Cleveland?

Thank you, Mr. Masaveg!
by erdnasephile
July 25th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic in Cleveland?
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Magic in Cleveland?

All: Going to have a free afternoon in Cleveland this upcoming week. Any magic related things/places/events I should check out?

(Also, if you know the town and know a good place to get some eats, I'd love to know please!)

Thanks in advance!
by erdnasephile
July 25th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: science of coin through rubber sheet
Replies: 16
Views: 1623

Re: science of coin through rubber sheet

What a fun paper! (I wish the manuscripts I have to review were half as entertaining). One observation (which will make the most sense to those medical) is the inclusion of the name, "Sir Roger Penrose" as being in the informational lineage of one of the authors (cited at the end of the pa...
by erdnasephile
July 23rd, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 155
Views: 14405

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

I meant no offense by my remark, but several of those that knew him (White, Weber, Thompson, Riser etc.) have noted verbally and in print that Mr. Miller, while enjoyable to talk to and be around, was pretty tight with the real work unless you knew what you were doing (and sometimes even if you did)...
by erdnasephile
July 23rd, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 155
Views: 14405

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

"I don't like exposures, But I don't like the cry baby attitudes of some of my screeching friends. So for heaven's sake, let's be a little more mannish about such stuff." — Charlie Miller, Genii That's a great quote--love Charlie Miller! However, the statement is a bit ironic coming from ...

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