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by Dave Shepherd
December 20th, 2001, 7:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Al's Magic Shop in Washington
Replies: 7
Views: 1794

Re: Al's Magic Shop in Washington

For those of you North Americans reading the Genii Forum here late at night (Thursday, December 20), you might be interested to know that the radio program "Morning Edition" on National Public Radio is going to be doing a feature on the selling of Al's Magic Shop tomorrow morning (Friday, ...
by Dave Shepherd
December 20th, 2001, 3:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Copper/Silver transposition
Replies: 31
Views: 4327

Re: Copper/Silver transposition

Originally posted by Dan Watkins (regarding Paul Wilson's C/S routine): The strong point of both routines is the ability for the spectator to reach into his own hand and freely grab any of the two coins; which is then transposed by the magician. I assume this is the phase you say gets a strong reac...
by Dave Shepherd
December 20th, 2001, 3:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: lotion
Replies: 38
Views: 4780

Re: lotion

Originally posted by Ezra Tawil: My 2 cents: the best I've found it "Kiss My Face," which has no oils, no scent, and has alpha-hydroxy-whatchamacallits and aloe (the bottle says alpha + aloe). The only problem I've had is that it gets absorbed so well that it loses its effectiveness. So I...
by Dave Shepherd
December 19th, 2001, 8:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Copper/Silver transposition
Replies: 31
Views: 4327

Re: Copper/Silver transposition

Lately I have been getting very good mileage from Paul Wilson's "Inslow C/S," which does not involve a gaffed coin. This three-phase routine, involving the spectator throughout, uses a variety of nice self-cancelling methods. The ending involves both a visual change and a change in the spe...
by Dave Shepherd
December 6th, 2001, 1:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: lotion
Replies: 38
Views: 4780

Re: lotion

For the past couple years, I've kept a bottle of Chamberlain's Golden Touch Lotion in both my kid's show case and in my close-up case. I find I never use it. I second what David A. says: the best thing to do is to keep your hands moist in a general way (i.e., by moisturizing at night) rather than ri...
by Dave Shepherd
December 2nd, 2001, 4:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Al's Magic Shop in Washington
Replies: 7
Views: 1794

Al's Magic Shop in Washington

I post this news (not really gossip) here because Al Cohen has sent the word to his customer base. Magic dealer extraordinaire Al Cohen has announced that he is getting out of the business. His wife's health is not good, and he must devote his energies to her. Al's son Stan, who has run the business...
by Dave Shepherd
November 27th, 2001, 7:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: December Genii Mailed on Nov.8: Have you received yours?
Replies: 60
Views: 6120

Re: December Genii Mailed on Nov.8: Have you received yours?

Park View High School in Sterling, VA (25 miles west of DC!) got theirs today (Tuesday, 11/27). My goal is to get my conjuring club students to appreciate both Genii and the Professor.

I got my personal copy in Vienna, VA, about a week ago.

Dave Shepherd
by Dave Shepherd
September 21st, 2001, 6:29 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A Famous Actor
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: A Famous Actor

That was indeed John Spencer, who is generally considered one of the lead actors of the series, along with Martin Sheen. John and I waited tables together in NYC back in my acting days 20 years ago. My brief brush with that little corner of fame. I feel a bit protective of the reputation of my close...
by Dave Shepherd
September 21st, 2001, 6:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Carter Beats the Devil
Replies: 10
Views: 1483

Re: Carter Beats the Devil

Originally posted by Tim McD: While I agree it is worth the read and a real page turner in parts it is yet an uneven work. Certain character motivations seemed implausible even in the context of a mystery inside a mystery. I agree with Tim. I am about halfway through the book, and although I am com...
by Dave Shepherd
September 9th, 2001, 7:25 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Eugene Burger Books
Replies: 9
Views: 1049

Re: Eugene Burger Books

Originally posted by John Blaze: i think the new eugene burger book is GREAT. however that is mainly becasue at the time he wrote those little booklets, i think was a time when he actually had something to say. performance of, and experience of, are also good, but i think he gets a bit tiresome in ...
by Dave Shepherd
August 30th, 2001, 10:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Denny's Ad on the September back cover
Replies: 71
Views: 7666

Re: Denny's Ad on the September back cover

Originally posted by Joe M. Turner: The ad is not getting reaction. Richard's direct question about the ad is getting reaction. It's not an atypical response. Actually, yeah, let me second what Joe is saying. Richard started this thread by asking the question. Joe, Steve, and I answered (very much ...
by Dave Shepherd
August 24th, 2001, 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Denny's Ad on the September back cover
Replies: 71
Views: 7666

Re: Denny's Ad on the September back cover

I have to say I pretty much agree with Joe and Steve. I laughed when I first saw it, but after about a week of the mag sitting around my house, it has gotten really old. I find I'm turning the magazine face up just to hide that ad when the issue is lying on the table. While I basically agree with th...
by Dave Shepherd
August 17th, 2001, 8:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting new magic-related fiction
Replies: 6
Views: 1474

Re: Interesting new magic-related fiction

Just got the book.

It says on the cover that it won something called the Pulitzer Prize.

As best as I can determine, that's something like the FISM Grand Prix or the IBM Gold Cups, but for books.

Dave
by Dave Shepherd
August 17th, 2001, 5:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting new magic-related fiction
Replies: 6
Views: 1474

Interesting new magic-related fiction

I just heard an interesting interview with author Michael Chabon on NPR's Fresh Air program. He was discussing his book "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay." It's a novel (partly) about a stage escape artist in the 1930s who creates a super-hero comic book hero with many Houdini...
by Dave Shepherd
August 17th, 2001, 7:51 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Heinstein Shuffle
Replies: 48
Views: 6957

Re: Heinstein Shuffle

Also check out Meir Yedid's "Fake Faro Flourish" in his book Magical Wishes. The riffling sound happens on the unweave in a Faro shuffle.

I don't know whether this is like Homer Liwag's method; Meir doesn't credit anyone else. Sounds like it could be similar.

Dave Shepherd
by Dave Shepherd
August 12th, 2001, 6:56 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Heinstein Shuffle
Replies: 48
Views: 6957

Re: Heinstein Shuffle

Okay, thanks to this thread, the Heinstein Shuffle has been my new-sleight-obssession this week. Thank you all for the encouragement, and thanks to Karl for the tips. At first I was having an awfully hard time with the rather deep grip on the two halves, so I just did a regular in-the-air riffle wit...
by Dave Shepherd
August 10th, 2001, 12:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Lectures You Have Attended
Replies: 43
Views: 5581

Re: Favorite Lectures You Have Attended

One of the most entertaining lectures I've seen was Chad Long's at IBM in 1998. And I use The Shuffling Lesson a lot, despite its appearance in Magic for Dummies. But overall I would have to say that the most important lecture I've seen in the past five years was that of Jamy Ian Swiss. Jamy's lectu...
by Dave Shepherd
August 2nd, 2001, 7:44 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Too-Perfect Theory
Replies: 48
Views: 5404

Re: Too-Perfect Theory

Andi Gladwin wrote: Am I so wrong to say that Blaine has actually done some good work and has done a lot for updating magic in the eyes of spectators? Or am I just unfashionable? I teach high-school in my non-magical life. I teach in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC (i.e., in a fairly sophist...
by Dave Shepherd
July 28th, 2001, 5:47 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Books vs. Videos
Replies: 42
Views: 5175

Re: Books vs. Videos

Sean-Dylan Riedweg wrote: The first book I bought was was the paperback edition of "The Amateur Magician's Handbook" by Henry Hay for about $3.95. I read that book over and over until it fell apart. Ooh! Ooh! That wonderful book! For me, too, it was the first book I read seriously, albeit...
by Dave Shepherd
July 28th, 2001, 10:01 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Books vs. Videos
Replies: 42
Views: 5175

Re: Books vs. Videos

Hi Peter, I think you're right, those hand-helds will become ever more common. I know it's just a matter of (rather short) time before I own one. Even my Luddite brother has a Handspring. One thing I was trying to imply in my post is the question as to whether or not that PDA format will ultimately ...
by Dave Shepherd
July 27th, 2001, 7:31 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Books vs. Videos
Replies: 42
Views: 5175

Re: Books vs. Videos

I have a CD that I ordered from Chris Wasshuber, full of classic card books, Our Magic, Erdnase, Expert Card Technique and other stuff. It's very neat. Yet what I actually read, most of the time, is the books on my shelves. Since I don't yet have a Palm or Handspring, I read e-books on my Mac PowerB...
by Dave Shepherd
July 26th, 2001, 9:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Welcome to our discussion boards!
Replies: 26
Views: 4161

Re: Welcome to our discussion boards!

I want to echo what everybody's been saying not only about this board, but about Genii in general. Magicians in the early 21st century are very lucky to have such a thoughtful and well-produced publication that comes out not only on time, but early! Richard, I am amazed (and I've expressed my amazem...
by Dave Shepherd
July 25th, 2001, 11:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: mental card tricks
Replies: 46
Views: 5151

Re: mental card tricks

If you are in control of a real memorized stack (I use the Tamariz stack), then Barrie Richardson's close-up version of Any Card at Any Number is very strong. Clean, straightforward, stunning. Now, at the IBM convention I saw him do it with a borrowed deck, which blew my mind. I spoke with him brief...
by Dave Shepherd
July 25th, 2001, 11:29 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Too-Perfect Theory
Replies: 48
Views: 5404

Re: Too-Perfect Theory

Thank you for compiling that extensive debate on the meaning of the TPT, Jon. Ever since I got the issue I have been obsessing about this topic. I started reading through the whole shebang for the third time today, and got through the "Doppelgnger" routine about the time the subway arrived...

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