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by Bill Marquardt
March 8th, 2016, 9:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: This New Blue Board
Replies: 70
Views: 14355

Re: This New Blue Board

Joe Pecore wrote:
Bill Marquardt wrote:Nice look to the new board, but 'twould be nice to have the "Today's Active Topics" link back along with the sidebar with the last several posts.

Active topic link is near the top right of the page.


Ah. Thanks, that helps. So, how about bigger buttons then? :)
by Bill Marquardt
March 8th, 2016, 6:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: This New Blue Board
Replies: 70
Views: 14355

Re: This New Blue Board

Nice look to the new board, but 'twould be nice to have the "Today's Active Topics" link back along with the sidebar with the last several posts.
by Bill Marquardt
March 8th, 2016, 6:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Copyright scam?
Replies: 11
Views: 4086

Re: Copyright scam?

For those of you who add music to your videos on Youtube and are interested, here is an update: I was just notified by Youtube that the copyright claim against my video/music has been dropped due to the claimant (The Orchard) not responding to my dispute within 30 days. (Kind of funny since it has o...
by Bill Marquardt
March 7th, 2016, 6:15 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Get yourself a Tenyo Crystal Cleaver T-155!
Replies: 18
Views: 8184

Re: Get yourself a Tenyo Crystal Cleaver T-155!

I have sent you a PM on this new system but it appears to be sitting in my "outbox." Let me know here if you do not receive it.
by Bill Marquardt
February 29th, 2016, 4:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Copyright scam?
Replies: 11
Views: 4086

Re: Copyright scam?

So Bill, are you having trouble with Orchard? Some other publisher? I understand it takes about two weeks for The Orchard to respond to a dispute, so we will see. I will suffer no financial loss, regardless, but if they continue to claim copyright, I shall notify the true owner of the copyrighted m...
by Bill Marquardt
February 29th, 2016, 3:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Copyright scam?
Replies: 11
Views: 4086

Re: Copyright scam?

CraigMitchell wrote:
The internet continues to lose its appeal for me.


This has to be the funniest line ever ;-)


I hereby submit that sentence into the public domain, granting all rights to anyone who uses it for any purpose.
by Bill Marquardt
February 28th, 2016, 10:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Copyright scam?
Replies: 11
Views: 4086

Re: Copyright scam?

The Orchard Music

There are numerous complaints about them.
by Bill Marquardt
February 27th, 2016, 5:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Copyright scam?
Replies: 11
Views: 4086

Copyright scam?

If you post videos of yourself on YouTube with accompanying music, you may be interested to know that there is a "company" that apparently makes a business out of wrongfully challenging copyright. In my case, I used software from a reputable company and actually purchased the rights to use...
by Bill Marquardt
February 26th, 2016, 12:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Irene Larsen, 1936 – 2016
Replies: 15
Views: 5787

Re: Irene Larsen, 1936 – 2016

So sorry to hear about this. I have been reading about Irene and the rest of the Larsen family in Milt's book, My Magical Journey. I know she will be greatly missed.
by Bill Marquardt
February 17th, 2016, 4:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Mullica
Replies: 36
Views: 13323

Re: Tom Mullica

Horrible news, indeed. I have only met him at the last convention where he impressed me as a great person. An honest and sincere guy.
by Bill Marquardt
February 16th, 2016, 7:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Penn & Teller Magic Set
Replies: 4
Views: 2058

Re: New Penn & Teller Magic Set

I wanted to run this through a translator program, but it didn't recognize the source language.



Just kiddin', Jon.
by Bill Marquardt
February 16th, 2016, 1:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Penn & Teller Magic Set
Replies: 4
Views: 2058

Re: New Penn & Teller Magic Set

Is this the one they occasionally gave away on their show? I recall that it did not seem to be available anywhere.
by Bill Marquardt
January 2nd, 2016, 2:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are we living in a golden age of magic?
Replies: 53
Views: 8183

Re: Are we living in a golden age of magic?

What I appreciate about this "age" is that the vast majority of notable magicians are so accessible. In the world of magic I am not worth mentioning, a mediocre performer at best, and yet I have met and chatted with such greats as Daryl, Penn, Teller, Michael Ammar, Randi, Max Maven, and a...
by Bill Marquardt
December 31st, 2015, 5:51 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: A Tenyo Item That Will Never Sell
Replies: 23
Views: 6746

Re: A Tenyo Item That Will Never Sell

Not just Tenyo. The Morris Costume Company is selling on eBay both an Okito Box and a rattle box each for over $500.00. They have been running these ads for weeks, having recently raised the prices from $300.00.

I believe these items are old Morrissey stock.
by Bill Marquardt
December 30th, 2015, 7:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So, what did you get?
Replies: 17
Views: 4460

Re: So, what did you get?

My granddaughter received a Fantasma magic set from her uncle, and The Big Book for Little Hands together with Marvin's iMagic kit from me. Naturally, I had to get another Marvin's iMagic for myself so I can teach the little one. :D She just received her first smart phone so I thought the iMagic set...
by Bill Marquardt
December 28th, 2015, 1:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Sweden Going Cashless
Replies: 25
Views: 5231

Re: Sweden Going Cashless

If I understand the Google translation of the first article cited, it has more to do with MasterCard and Visa trying to avoid violating "international banking agreements" rather than forcing their own (or American , if you choose) morals upon the Swedish people. America consistently and pr...
by Bill Marquardt
December 26th, 2015, 12:29 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Johnny Carson Reruns
Replies: 9
Views: 5437

Re: Johnny Carson Reruns

Like the writer indicates, I doubt that many of our younger people will be entertained by Johnny's show as much as we were when it was originally aired. Nevertheless, Johnny was an expert at comedic timing and a master of the double entendre, which is probably a large part of what made him so popula...
by Bill Marquardt
December 24th, 2015, 11:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The January 2016 Digital Issue of Genii is Now Live
Replies: 2
Views: 840

Re: The January 2016 Digital Issue of Genii is Now Live

Richard Kaufman wrote:Following the rousing success of our sold-out Genii Convention this past October, we are going to do it again Wednesday October 4 through Sunday October 8, 2017.


Huzzah!
by Bill Marquardt
December 10th, 2015, 11:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't Forget: Tonight "The Illusionists" on NBC
Replies: 21
Views: 4193

Re: Don't Forget: Tonight "The Illusionists" on NBC

The Illusionists lost me when Sperry showed up looking like a mutant clown from outer space. I am sure there is an appeal to some sector of our society but I am not in it.
by Bill Marquardt
December 8th, 2015, 11:10 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: About the copyright of conjuring publication
Replies: 18
Views: 7224

Re: About the copyright of conjuring publication

I have mentioned this before, but I repeat. An associate of mine was distributing (not selling) copies of screenplays in digital format on a web site. She was sued for more than a million dollars for copyright infringement by a major studio even though the movies had already been shown in theaters, ...
by Bill Marquardt
November 29th, 2015, 10:18 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Marvin's iMagic
Replies: 5
Views: 4003

Re: Marvin's iMagic

Penguin is selling the tin box version. I ordered the full set from one of the Amazon sellers at Richard's link above. Not cheap, but at least I have one on the way.
by Bill Marquardt
November 27th, 2015, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Rose by Any Other Name? Not if you're Teller
Replies: 34
Views: 11672

Re: A Rose by Any Other Name? Not if you're Teller

I produced a music CD for a country artist friend of mine. This is not my normal line of work, but I had the equipment to do the job and used professional services to duplicate the discs. When I let people know that I had recorded several tracks for an album they would ask me for copies. I said, &qu...
by Bill Marquardt
November 26th, 2015, 12:25 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Marvin's iMagic
Replies: 5
Views: 4003

Marvin's iMagic

I was wondering if Richard or anyone else might know when the magic set, Marvin's i-Magic, will show up in Costco? Currently I can only find a Fantasma set at Costco. I was hoping it would be there for Christmas. I would like one for my granddaughter. (and maybe one for me :) )
by Bill Marquardt
November 24th, 2015, 1:02 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Source for this peek
Replies: 16
Views: 7493

Re: Source for this peek

The original poster seems to be interested in a historical point, but if someone is interested in "peek" decks. I would like to mention the S.U.M. deck by Phoenix. The cards are made in such a way that each card and the card above it can be read from the back of a single card. In other wor...
by Bill Marquardt
November 23rd, 2015, 11:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coincedence
Replies: 1
Views: 645

Coincedence

I think this is a bit strange, in a funny way, to me at least. One of the freebies at the Genii Convention was a DVD of an At The Table lecture by Marcus Eddie, taped at Murphy's Magic a year or two ago. As it turns out, I appear in the video as an audience member. At that time. Murphy's had stopped...
by Bill Marquardt
November 19th, 2015, 2:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic topic on Family Feud
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

Re: Magic topic on Family Feud

Television was bad enough when I was young, but if I had small children in my home now I would not allow them to watch TV after 7:00 pm. Have you ever watched our own Neil Patrick Harris in How I Met Your Mother?

I am opposed to censorship, but "Wow."
by Bill Marquardt
November 18th, 2015, 7:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic topic on Family Feud
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

Magic topic on Family Feud

I am not sure what validity this has, but on the TV show Family Feud, the question was: "If a stripper was also a magician, what would she pull out of her g-string?" Here are the top 7 answers: 1. Rabbit 2. Money 3. A woman's "joy toy" 4. Flower 5. Handkerchief 6. Magic wand 7. F...
by Bill Marquardt
November 3rd, 2015, 1:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Labyrinth is Coming!
Replies: 81
Views: 21547

Re: Labyrinth is Coming!

AJM wrote:The postal service in the US is pants.


Not really. I receive packages sent from New York to California in two or three days, regularly. Now the French postal service on the other hand...

(Yes, I know you are not French. Just saying.)
by Bill Marquardt
November 1st, 2015, 11:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Halloween!
Replies: 4
Views: 917

Re: Happy Halloween!

... and the anniversary of Houdini's demise, lest we forget.

I wonder how the seances went?
by Bill Marquardt
October 30th, 2015, 3:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC for $18!
Replies: 22
Views: 5782

Re: MAGIC for $18!

Wow. If you see a magician with huge biceps you'll know what he's been reading. This new edition is something of a coffee table book, but a good one.
by Bill Marquardt
October 30th, 2015, 12:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC for $18!
Replies: 22
Views: 5782

Re: MAGIC for $18!

I just bought a copy in store for $19.98. I have not seen an original edition but this one is 14 inches tall and nine inches wide, more than an inch thick, pretty hefty. Nicely printed.

Look for it on the bargain table.
by Bill Marquardt
October 28th, 2015, 2:18 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Young psychic impresses
Replies: 30
Views: 6668

Re: Young psychic impresses

I am of the mind that "psychic phenomena" and related topics should join Politics and Religion as taboo topics. No amount of discussion is going to change anyone's mind and the discourse often becomes confrontational and divisive.

I know this won't happen.

(How do I know? Hmmm.)
by Bill Marquardt
October 27th, 2015, 10:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okito boxes
Replies: 28
Views: 8296

Re: Okito boxes

Thanks for the tips. Since asking the question, I have found a short reference in Muhammed Bey's book. In a conclusion to his master routine he "pushes" a coin through the box with a hat pin that was used to secretly hold a small foam bunny for production. Another routine suggests patter t...
by Bill Marquardt
October 26th, 2015, 3:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vegas show "Believe"
Replies: 11
Views: 2854

Re: Vegas show "Believe"

I have an ancillary question. Why is the show name written as BeLIEve?

The word "lie" is in capital letters. Is there some significance to this? And, no, I am not a Criss Angel hater. It just seems weird.
by Bill Marquardt
October 25th, 2015, 8:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okito boxes
Replies: 28
Views: 8296

Okito boxes

I have a small collection of Okito boxes that will likely become much larger eventually. I am wondering why some of the vintage boxes have a hole in the lid and bottom. Is there any advantage? I am familiar with a few routines, but none of them mentions a hole. I am adding one or two of these to my ...
by Bill Marquardt
October 21st, 2015, 1:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 56032

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

Paying for internet content seems to be an unpopular idea for most people. We want everything to be free. I believe the Cafe remains extant due to the numerous banner ads strewn throughout countless and often redundant forums. There are also frequent broadcast "messages" that are actually ...
by Bill Marquardt
October 20th, 2015, 3:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Coin Routines
Replies: 115
Views: 26623

Re: Favorite Coin Routines

I am fond of "A Chinese Classic," a relatively easy to do coins-through-table, described in The Dai Vernon Book of Magic . What he calls there the Basic Move is, I believe, known more popularly as the Heng Ping Chen (or variant spellings) move, a move also described in Al Schneider Magic ....
by Bill Marquardt
October 20th, 2015, 12:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 56032

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

AJM wrote:What about trolling, that's worse in my book?


I agree with your sentiment, but you must have missed the part where at least three people on this thread have defended the act of trolling a message board for sport.
by Bill Marquardt
October 15th, 2015, 3:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Coin Routines
Replies: 115
Views: 26623

Re: Favorite Coin Routines

@Bob Farmer

That is a really cool routine. I keep asking myself why I am not smart enough to think of things like that. I will definitely get a set to go with my Okito box collection and also to use In performance.
by Bill Marquardt
October 14th, 2015, 12:57 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Gay Deceiver - How the times have changed
Replies: 12
Views: 3765

Re: The Gay Deceiver - How the times have changed

I suppose it should be noted that in the mid-1900s the word "gay" was also used to denote promiscuity in either gender. An example of this in literature is in Ralph Ellison's novel, Invisible Man . In that book he refers to the female "gay nurses" who had sex with male patients. ...

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