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by erdnasephile
October 14th, 2009, 9:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best "card to wallet" wallet???
Replies: 29
Views: 7252

Re: Best "card to wallet" wallet???

I realize that many pros have used the Bendix Bombshell in their professional work (John Mendoza chief amongst them). It is a rather clever idea. However, IMHO, there is just something that seems unnatural about wallets with Himber straps in them--they just look a little fishy to me personally. (The...
by erdnasephile
October 12th, 2009, 1:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best "card to wallet" wallet???
Replies: 29
Views: 7252

Re: Best "card to wallet" wallet???

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Also, please see Roberto Giobbi's thoughts on this subject in the Card College series.
by erdnasephile
October 10th, 2009, 1:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Reflections by Bill Goodwin
Replies: 34
Views: 10185

Re: Reflections by Bill Goodwin

One more side note: whenever situations like this occur, it reminds me how laudable the way Michael Ammar dealt with the MAJ situation really was--and how reprehensible "he who must not be named in Genii Forum"'s conduct was with regards to the BN's.
by erdnasephile
October 10th, 2009, 1:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Reflections by Bill Goodwin
Replies: 34
Views: 10185

Re: Reflections by Bill Goodwin

With respect to Mr. Farmer, while I agree a pdf would help get the material out there more quickly at minimal cost, as a subscriber, I would prefer to wait for the last two issues to appear in printed form (perhaps as a double issue). I would hate to see a situation where a pdf would be seen as a wa...
by erdnasephile
October 8th, 2009, 6:13 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic in Dallas, TX
Replies: 2
Views: 939

Re: Magic in Dallas, TX

Thanks, JordanB!
by erdnasephile
October 6th, 2009, 7:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: looking for good chop cup!
Replies: 4
Views: 1179

Re: looking for good chop cup!

Seek out James Kernen on this forum. He'll hook you up. :)
by erdnasephile
October 6th, 2009, 7:38 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic in Dallas, TX
Replies: 2
Views: 939

Magic in Dallas, TX

My family will be visiting Dallas, and I was wondering what magic-related places I should try to visit please? Thanks!
by erdnasephile
October 6th, 2009, 5:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: card book recomendations
Replies: 5
Views: 1798

Re: card book recomendations

The Card College series is oustanding and has enough material to keep you busy for years and years.
by erdnasephile
October 4th, 2009, 9:01 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Gary Ouellet Performing "The Miracle of Life"
Replies: 8
Views: 2982

Re: Video of Gary Ouellet Performing "The Miracle of Life"

If disembodied limbs bother you (and if they don't, why in the world don't they? :grin:), John Carney has published a methodologically-related effect in Carney Knowledge. (It also appears in his wonderful The Master Sessions DVD's).
by erdnasephile
October 2nd, 2009, 7:57 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Ramsay Classics and Ramsay Legend
Replies: 3
Views: 711

Re: WTB: Ramsay Classics and Ramsay Legend

Still Looking for these please.
by erdnasephile
September 29th, 2009, 9:39 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: The Trapdoor #26
Replies: 0
Views: 133

WTB: The Trapdoor #26

Looking to buy an original copy of "The Trapdoor, Number 26"

Please PM if you have a copy for sale and your price. Thanks
by erdnasephile
September 29th, 2009, 9:37 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Ramsay Classics and Ramsay Legend
Replies: 3
Views: 711

WTB: Ramsay Classics and Ramsay Legend

Looking for "The Ramsay Classics" and "The Ramsay Legend, Revised Edition". Please PM if you have one or both for sale with your price. Thanks.
by erdnasephile
September 22nd, 2009, 7:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Patrick Harris Rocked on the Emmy Awards Tonight
Replies: 17
Views: 2808

Re: Neil Patrick Harris Rocked on the Emmy Awards Tonight

Word is that we'll be seeing Neil do much less magic in the future in his TV appearances. His career is obviously on an upward track, and I was told that his manager has insisted he do less magic and make fewer references to magic because people think it's geeky. Jim Swain noted in an interview tha...
by erdnasephile
September 17th, 2009, 9:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Having trouble with passes...
Replies: 18
Views: 2353

Re: Having trouble with passes...

Sorry--the above post should read: "method affects effect" (That accursed limited editing time! --bad for those of us with grammar issues :) )
by erdnasephile
September 17th, 2009, 8:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Having trouble with passes...
Replies: 18
Views: 2353

Re: Having trouble with passes...

I concur with Richard's examples. I believe that methods affects effect--therefore, trying to do some of the visual routines of folks such as Latta (e.g., Deadlier, Point Blank, etc.) with pass substitutes would likely not have the same impact as the originals. Some of the best magicians in the worl...
by erdnasephile
September 17th, 2009, 5:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Having trouble with passes...
Replies: 18
Views: 2353

Re: Having trouble with passes...

StevenM: I respect your desire to learn the classic pass, as there are some things that are just not possible without it. However, I would also suggest asking yourself why specifically you wish to master it--is there a particular effect you wish to use it in? If so, then you will also need to give t...
by erdnasephile
September 16th, 2009, 4:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Birthday David Copperfield
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: Happy Birthday David Copperfield

This is a disappointing story on Bio.com. Although the allegations should be mentioned (as part of history) surely it should not have led and dominated this piece.

Obviously, the public appetite for smut outweighs the need for fairness (at least in the mind of the bio.com writer).
by erdnasephile
September 14th, 2009, 1:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: ATTN:!!! USA Genii Forum Members - Discount on Books for Cheap!
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: ATTN:!!! USA Genii Forum Members - Discount on Books for Cheap!

An unsolicited endorsement: I bought a book last week from Christopher--it arrived promptly, was exactly as described, and he provided great customer service throughout (especially while dealing with a postal issue.) Great, honest seller who replies promptly!
by erdnasephile
September 6th, 2009, 8:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tenyo - Status of Company?
Replies: 44
Views: 7899

Re: Tenyo - Status of Company?

I think the Shu Mai trick is hilarious (but I suspect it will be lost on many US audiences--at least for those that have never had Dim Sum). I'm pleased that it's not a cut and restored, penetration, or mental effect (which are Tenyo's historical leanings). It makes me wonder, however, where would i...
by erdnasephile
September 4th, 2009, 8:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?
Replies: 22
Views: 6703

Re: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?

While the Phoenix deck looks interesting, don't many magicians use Bikes as a way to attempt to dispel suspicion by using a deck that looks familiar to a lay audience?

I'm not looking to argue whether that matters or not, but it seems that the Phoenix concept undermines that whole rationale.
by erdnasephile
August 31st, 2009, 9:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disneyland's Main Street Magic Shop in Jeopardy...
Replies: 20
Views: 3413

Re: Disneyland's Main Street Magic Shop in Jeopardy...

When I was in high school, I applied for a job as a "merchandise host" at Disneyland, hoping that I could work in the magic shop. Unfortunately, I ended up getting assigned to Tinkerbell's Toy Shop, which was right across the way from Merlin's Magic Shop in Fantasyland. (So close, yet so f...
by erdnasephile
August 28th, 2009, 2:07 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Keith Barry on Conan last night
Replies: 9
Views: 3340

Re: Keith Barry on Conan last night

Mr. Barry's routine appeared to be a single book version of Arthur Emerson's Pegasus Page routine.
by erdnasephile
August 12th, 2009, 10:56 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS Fitch/Kohler holdout
Replies: 39
Views: 5897

Re: FS Fitch/Kohler holdout

From reading the text, it's clear that Mr. Weber wasn't trying to restrict anything. I think you are mistaken. To me, it looks like all commercial rights to the material is reserved, but allows non-commercial use, like in impromptu and informal situations. Which seems perfectly reasonable in my eye...
by erdnasephile
August 12th, 2009, 12:46 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS Fitch/Kohler holdout
Replies: 39
Views: 5897

Re: FS Fitch/Kohler holdout

I strongly suspect that the "agreement" printed in LifeSavers was indeed meant to be a wry and humorous response by Mr. Weber (an attorney himself) to Mr. Cervon's unenforceable restrictions printed in Ultra Cervon. From reading the text, it's clear that Mr. Weber wasn't trying to restrict...
by erdnasephile
August 11th, 2009, 8:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: FS Fitch/Kohler holdout
Replies: 39
Views: 5897

Re: FS Fitch/Kohler holdout

This reminds me a little bit of Mr. Cervon's printed restrictions on the use of material in Ultra Cervon. In that case they were perhaps understandable requests, but they are generally non-unenforceable under US law. (I really liked Mr. Weber's rebuttal in Life Savers).
by erdnasephile
August 6th, 2009, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sue-Anne Webster's FISM Competition Reports now on line
Replies: 1
Views: 440

Re: Sue-Anne Webster's FISM Competition Reports now on line

Many thanks to Sue-Anne and Tim for these great reports!

PS: For anyone who still thinks shocking your volunteers on stage is funny, please read Sue-Anne's comments in the Stage Competition Reports (they are located just after her review of Stage contestant 31).
by erdnasephile
August 3rd, 2009, 5:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dean Dill
Replies: 15
Views: 5593

Re: Dean Dill

Well said, Dustin, well said. If I may be so bold--in addition to screening, it is also important to please consider speaking with your physician on how to get help to make any necessary lifestyle alterations to reduce your risks for certain cancers as well. It's actually encouraging how many interv...
by erdnasephile
July 28th, 2009, 12:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM THREAD 2--Starts with Tuesday Afternoon
Replies: 22
Views: 7192

Re: FISM THREAD 2--Starts with Tuesday Afternoon

STAGE CONTEST - TUESDAY ----------------------- Anyone following the reports would know that Sue-Anne Webster has become one of the de facto volunteers at FISM -- and has already suffered at the hands of some pig-headed magicians who think it entertaining to provide electric shocks to their volunte...
by erdnasephile
July 27th, 2009, 6:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Vernon book, poor indexing
Replies: 54
Views: 6670

Re: New Vernon book, poor indexing

Just as an FYI. If you are interested in acquiring some of the out of print separate editions of these books in new condition, you might wish to contact Denny Haney, as he sent around a notice stating he has a few for sale today, July 27, 2009. He also has some used copies as well.
by erdnasephile
July 26th, 2009, 12:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2009 Reports
Replies: 52
Views: 21870

Re: Merged FISM Thread: ALL FISM COMMENTS HERE

Craig, Richard, Tim: Thanks so much for doing this, and especially for the pictures. Great resource and a fun read!
by erdnasephile
July 20th, 2009, 12:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Vernon book, poor indexing
Replies: 54
Views: 6670

Re: New Vernon book, poor indexing

I actually find this discussion of the book itself very valuable--it's pretty helpful for those that can't look at book in person before purchasing, since the points raised are understandably not mentioned in the ads. One pretty effective way to index when there are multiple pages with the same numb...
by erdnasephile
July 19th, 2009, 6:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Coming in Genii in October ...
Replies: 19
Views: 2833

Re: Coming in Genii in October ...

That sounds exciting!

I'd go one further and say the special issue is a perfect reason to subscribe to help Richard keep making these incredible issues possible month after month...
by erdnasephile
July 18th, 2009, 2:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Vernon book, poor indexing
Replies: 54
Views: 6670

Re: New Vernon book, poor indexing

Quick question: was the paper this new compilation printed on the nice glossy paper of the reprint of "The Dai Vernon Book of Magic" or the cheaper paper of the "Malini and his Magic" reprint?
by erdnasephile
July 15th, 2009, 5:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bro. John Hamman question
Replies: 11
Views: 2255

Re: Bro. John Hamman question

As to the original question--I do think that "Seven Deadly Miracles" is worth having as a supplement. There are some changes in the way the material eventually ended up. Studying the changes and how they evolved is pretty interesting. For example, the timing and pace of the Gemini count. ...
by erdnasephile
July 15th, 2009, 11:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Bro. John Hamman question
Replies: 11
Views: 2255

Re: Bro. John Hamman question

Brother Hamman sent the tricks to Adam Fleischer at the latter's request so a set of inexpensive lecture notes could be prepared for Hamman's appearance at the second New York Symposium. When Hamman arrived, he was horrified to find they had been turned into a book. Fleischer had done this without ...
by erdnasephile
July 14th, 2009, 5:23 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: origin of the "slot box"
Replies: 15
Views: 2270

Re: origin of the "slot box"

In his notes that he originaly included with "The David Roth Custom Coin Box Set", Mr. Roth states: "This idea is not new, yet is in print in only a few obscure sources."
by erdnasephile
July 7th, 2009, 11:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Malone Meets Marlo - New DVD Set From L&L Publishing
Replies: 45
Views: 9951

Re: Malone Meets Marlo - New DVD Set From L&L Publishing

Thanks for the link--what's also interesting is another link on that page where the Trib writer lists the "five best card tricks". Many would be likely be surprised at the first trick named on the list: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/chi-0706-card-magic-sidejul06,0,54213...
by erdnasephile
July 7th, 2009, 12:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Malone Meets Marlo - New DVD Set From L&L Publishing
Replies: 45
Views: 9951

Re: Malone Meets Marlo - New DVD Set From L&L Publishing

There's a great story in the Chicago Tribune about Bill Malone, Marlo and the new DVDs. There's even a video of Bill performing http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-0706-card-magicjul06,0,5974315.story Thanks for the link--what's also interesting is another link on that page where the Tr...
by erdnasephile
July 6th, 2009, 10:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: R.I.P. Michael Jackson
Replies: 126
Views: 18550

Re: R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Apparently, US Rep. Peter King (R-NY) agrees with many who have posted in this thread http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07 ... -low-life/

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