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by Andrew Martin Portala
July 20th, 2006, 3:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Worst use of GORGEOUS assistant of all time
Replies: 25
Views: 1188

Re: Worst use of GORGEOUS assistant of all time

Well...it's better than exposing it.
by Andrew Martin Portala
July 7th, 2006, 9:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What Happened at the I.B.M. Convention ?
Replies: 31
Views: 1281

Re: What Happened at the I.B.M. Convention ?

Hi all, this is Eli Portala's Dad. Thanks Joe for the reviews of the convention. My family and I really enjoyed most of the acts - but we are in the business of entertaining, so if some were light on magic, we still were thrilled to see them. Especially Junge Junge. Some acts might not have much &qu...
by Andrew Martin Portala
May 16th, 2006, 7:49 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Video Clip du Jour
Replies: 5
Views: 467

Re: Video Clip du Jour

Wonderful!!
Great Job! :D
by Andrew Martin Portala
May 12th, 2006, 7:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Free copy of Roy Benson by Starlight contest
Replies: 240
Views: 35229

Re: Free copy of Roy Benson by Starlight contest

Todd Karr's hair is now very long and gray. Also his beard. Magicians are saying,You mean Benson the TV show? It's so late they made a tv show about it called LOST. John Calvert is now 150 years old. Thurston's saying , and I thought my Perfect Breather was a good idea.( ouch) Roy Benson by whatever...
by Andrew Martin Portala
May 2nd, 2006, 3:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elaine Lund Has Died
Replies: 9
Views: 363

Re: Elaine Lund Has Died

Elaine was one of a kind.
She really miss her Robert.
Last time I saw her she was wear his clothes.
I hope they are together forever.
Thanks for spending so much time with my wife ,my son Eli and I.
by Andrew Martin Portala
May 1st, 2006, 7:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Billy McComb has Died
Replies: 80
Views: 25789

Re: Billy McComb has Died

My two favorite lines of Billy's are,I think this is right. "Let me come down into the audience or this cologne I'm wearing was a big watse of time" and calling himself the biggest leprchaun.

Thanks for the pot of gold you left behind.
by Andrew Martin Portala
December 1st, 2004, 3:12 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magicians On Film
Replies: 16
Views: 2040

Re: Magicians On Film

John Calvert
by Andrew Martin Portala
November 26th, 2004, 1:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Harry Anderson Doing Tricky Bottles
Replies: 4
Views: 762

Re: Harry Anderson Doing Tricky Bottles

Also the Billy Crystal show back in the early 80's.
by Andrew Martin Portala
November 2nd, 2004, 1:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hacking The Pass!
Replies: 30
Views: 7425

Re: Hacking The Pass!

Very nice.The Cardini multiple shift you really blew me away.I notice you used different decks.Is one deck better doing the passes and the other better with other moves?
by Andrew Martin Portala
October 14th, 2004, 5:52 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: New Video Clip & More...
Replies: 8
Views: 790

Re: New Video Clip & More...

Sorry it's another oil and water card trick. :sleep: :mad: :sleep: :mad: :sleep: :sleep: :mad: :mad: You wrote black kitty, I thought cats and dogs. The cats are getting away from the dogs. ? The only oil and water presentation I enjoy is John Carey. It has an ending.
by Andrew Martin Portala
October 14th, 2004, 5:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: The Best Linking Rings
Replies: 22
Views: 4602

Re: The Best Linking Rings

Yep,I use 10' Owen rings for my bigger shows.
But be careful when I first got them I did a number of shows at Mackanaw Island ,MI. And the ring hit my head then blood ran down my forehead. The audience thought it was cool.Those bloody rings. :D
by Andrew Martin Portala
October 12th, 2004, 2:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mondo Magic -Episode two
Replies: 28
Views: 1762

Re: Mondo Magic -Episode two

Fell asleep again :sleep:
by Andrew Martin Portala
October 5th, 2004, 3:54 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician on Letterman
Replies: 27
Views: 2723

Re: Magician on Letterman

I got to thinking I hope I wasn't to hard on the turning off the DVD thing. But for you young magicians There's some wonderful books out there and old magazines. I too love the DVD's but I think, the way to go is books. Because Jason read books and that's how he got on the Letterman show.I don't kno...
by Andrew Martin Portala
October 5th, 2004, 3:09 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician on Letterman
Replies: 27
Views: 2723

Re: Magician on Letterman

I didn't not see Jason on Letterman. However, Jason got on the show. End of story. It's very hard to get on a show like that. The producers saw something that they liked. So great for Jason!! :) If you want to know more about Jason. Turn off the DVD and find some copies of Genii about ..oh.. early 8...
by Andrew Martin Portala
October 5th, 2004, 2:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Janet Leigh Passed Away
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: Janet Leigh Passed Away

I was sad too. I really love that movie.When I was a kid I stayed up late to watch Houdini on the late late show. I think it had one of the best presentations of the broom suspension. A few years ago I got her home address and send her my Houdini movie lobby 8x10's for her to sign,which she did and ...
by Andrew Martin Portala
October 5th, 2004, 2:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mondo Magic
Replies: 37
Views: 1240

Re: Mondo Magic

Last night I saw ...pick a card..then...I fell asleep. :sleep: I tried to keep my eyes open but couldn't.
Good luck boys!
This is good for magic! ;)
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 27th, 2004, 2:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield show?
Replies: 19
Views: 1542

Re: Copperfield show?

Robert,
The TV show with Marvyn Roy,Zimmerman , Grippo and Blackstone Jr. was The Merv Griffin Show.
Back in 74 or 75 great show!! :)
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 22nd, 2004, 2:42 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage
Replies: 39
Views: 4374

Re: DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage

Blackstone would swing his arms back and forth. It still looks great! Talking about covering,who really came up with covering the cage with a chiffon hankerchief? Everyone sez Billy McComb but in 1947 The Linking Ring in the Sept. issue has Alan Wakeling presentation of the bird cage in the parade.U...
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 20th, 2004, 1:46 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage
Replies: 39
Views: 4374

Re: DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage

Yep,he probably does the best.Very unique.
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 13th, 2004, 1:45 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Slydini on Video
Replies: 17
Views: 1480

Re: Slydini on Video

It was released on VHS back in the early 80's. I rented it one time.
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 13th, 2004, 1:41 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage
Replies: 39
Views: 4374

Re: DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage

If so I wonder if "that's" how the word pecker came to be? :help:
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 13th, 2004, 6:21 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage
Replies: 39
Views: 4374

Re: DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage

Hey thanks guys for the info. Tommy Wonders vanshing cage in the performance you can see a little flash of the cage going up the sleeve but the explanations part it looks good as snail snot. However, a cord and a cage it's the same effect and it's simple. I've been working on the Faucett Ross routin...
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 13th, 2004, 5:52 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Best TV magic specials
Replies: 12
Views: 2326

Re: Best TV magic specials

I forgot the last special Harry Anderson made was "Tricks of the Trade". That was a great special!
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 8th, 2004, 5:56 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Best TV magic specials
Replies: 12
Views: 2326

Best TV magic specials

Right now it seems there's a low in magic specials.
I was thinking about my favorites.
Doug henning's first and second specials
Heroes of magic
and
Jim Steinmyers' Story of magic
Oh yeah
Ricky jay's special
What's yours?? :)
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 8th, 2004, 4:08 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Fred Kaps
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Fred Kaps

It seems like anything Kaps did it was great. Is there any tricks that Kaps would not perform?
Also Kaps has two daughters does anyone what their doing these days?
Thanks
by Andrew Martin Portala
September 8th, 2004, 4:03 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage
Replies: 39
Views: 4374

DeBiere,Keating and Williston vaishing bird cage

I was wondering what were the routines of Arnold DeBiere,Fred Keating and Williston for the vanishing bird cage.
by Andrew Martin Portala
August 30th, 2004, 1:38 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: whatever happen to the foan family circus??
Replies: 0
Views: 393

whatever happen to the foan family circus??

I was just wondering what ever happen to the Foan Family Circus?
I saw them at Abbott's in the late 70's and early 80's. Very funny troop!!
Thanks
by Andrew Martin Portala
August 17th, 2004, 2:49 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Eggs from hat - Devant
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Eggs from hat - Devant

Tarbell,Magic with Faucett Ross and Secrets Of My Magic -David Devant. I hope this helps.
by Andrew Martin Portala
August 17th, 2004, 2:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Untouchable Props
Replies: 24
Views: 1812

Re: Untouchable Props

I believe it's appropriate to quote S.H. Sharpe, "I do not want to watch a "master magician" depending for his magic on a change bag,drawer box,Square Circle,or dove pan, although a master can sometimes overcome the drawback of familiarity by his presentation." Art and Magic S.H....
by Andrew Martin Portala
May 25th, 2004, 1:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Topper Martyn Dead
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: Topper Martyn Dead

wow It is sad but thinking about Topper did bring a smile to my face.I Remember him on Bill Bixby's Wonderful World of Magic,walking out with balls and playing cards flying all over the place from his coat. Also didn't some kid tell Topper that he produce four balls and Topper came back with the rep...
by Andrew Martin Portala
February 26th, 2004, 5:24 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Orson Welles magic in Los Angeles
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Re: Orson Welles magic in Los Angeles

Is FOLLOW THE BOYS out on video or DVD ?
Thanks!
by Andrew Martin Portala
February 9th, 2004, 1:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tommy Cooper
Replies: 50
Views: 3948

Re: Tommy Cooper

Just read the Tommy Cooper piece.WOW he was just funny ,period. Looking at the photos made you smile and laugh. :) It made my day!
Thanks!! :D
by Andrew Martin Portala
January 24th, 2004, 7:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: opening trick for close up
Replies: 7
Views: 449

opening trick for close up

What is a good opening (non-card trick)for close up walkaround?
Thanks
by Andrew Martin Portala
January 22nd, 2004, 1:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Birthday Jon Racherbaumer!
Replies: 13
Views: 1023

Re: Happy Birthday Jon Racherbaumer!

Happy Birthday card man of the south. :)
by Andrew Martin Portala
January 19th, 2004, 5:19 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: It's wrong to teach kids Prof's Nightmare
Replies: 22
Views: 6370

Re: It's wrong to teach kids Prof's Nightmare

Yep,me too!
It's too good of a trick.
It's one of the best rope tricks in the world.
by Andrew Martin Portala
January 12th, 2004, 12:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek Dingle
Replies: 48
Views: 7740

Re: Derek Dingle

Wow............ When I heard the news yesterday about Derek Dingle,the first thing that ran in my mind was all the things I learned in The Complete Works of Derek Dingle.The pass,the bounce change(which is pretty close to real magic.)and his double lift. Then I remember when I got my first VCR it wa...
by Andrew Martin Portala
January 7th, 2004, 5:28 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Harold Lloyd in Magic
Replies: 11
Views: 2098

Re: Harold Lloyd in Magic

Lisa,
You do believe in Starbucks? :D
by Andrew Martin Portala
January 7th, 2004, 7:52 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Love to do Zombie Ball and Dancing Cane
Replies: 89
Views: 8821

Re: Love to do Zombie Ball and Dancing Cane

I was thinking of the dancing cane and magicians who performed it very well. I heard Peter Pit did a great job Stuart MacDonald does a great job with it.In the 80's in Genii, Bill Larson said, "it was the best he has seen". Shayna Reed ,the middle of Reed sisters,does a very short and swee...
by Andrew Martin Portala
January 7th, 2004, 7:12 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Love to do Zombie Ball and Dancing Cane
Replies: 89
Views: 8821

Re: Love to do Zombie Ball and Dancing Cane

BTW
Here a thought,drop the "demented" you don't look demented to me .You look like a very nice guy. I don't think anyone what's to hire a demented magician? Do you? It's a thought.
by Andrew Martin Portala
January 7th, 2004, 7:00 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Love to do Zombie Ball and Dancing Cane
Replies: 89
Views: 8821

Re: Love to do Zombie Ball and Dancing Cane

Yep,Mr.Biro is right,the linking rings are very strong piece of magic. I put it in my adult stand-up act a few years ago and that's what everyone talks about. Those rings. The Zombie. It has to bulid.If it floats right away the trick is over very quickly.Get Tim Wright's zombie video,Tommy Wonder's ...

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