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by Leo Garet
December 6th, 2015, 12:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't Like Lists? You'll Hate "Top 10 Magicians of 2015"
Replies: 7
Views: 1301

Re: Don't Like Lists? You'll Hate "Top 10 Magicians of 2015"

Speaking of lists, and at the possible expense of a brief but amusing hijack, the latest issue of Mental Floss magazine proudly lists their quirky "100 Most Important People in History" and two of the spots are occupied by names familiar to magicians: Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin (226), and ...
by Leo Garet
December 6th, 2015, 9:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 22073

Re: DelGaudio Sez

A grafter has to have a different mindset. He has to jump up and own before he starts work and say to himself,"I hate these dirty bastards who are walking around with my money in their pocket. I really must do my best to get it back from them and transfer it from their pockets into mine" ...
by Leo Garet
December 6th, 2015, 9:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don't Like Lists? You'll Hate "Top 10 Magicians of 2015"
Replies: 7
Views: 1301

Re: Don't Like Lists? You'll Hate "Top 10 Magicians of 2015"

"My Favourite Ten" would better, as already touched upon in the "Best Books" thread.

As a matter of interest, did anyone trudge through, sorry, I mean watch the "Top Ten Tricks" that followed?
by Leo Garet
December 5th, 2015, 9:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anti cell phone product
Replies: 9
Views: 2038

Re: Anti cell phone product

They certainly are useful devices, but as ever it's the use and abuse, the users and abusers that cause the smell.
by Leo Garet
December 3rd, 2015, 11:06 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Best book of 2015
Replies: 38
Views: 12175

Re: Best book of 2015

I have the previous four Trost books and number five is arriving on 25th December. I hope. I’ve liked Nick Trost almost forever, and although I think the series is something of a case of diminishing returns, the books are always worth a look. Had “Destination Zero” since July (birthday) but confess ...
by Leo Garet
December 3rd, 2015, 9:59 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Best book of 2015
Replies: 38
Views: 12175

Re: Best book of 2015

performer wrote:I am an obvious exception to the rule since everything I learned and have written about was from before 1954 anyway. Come to think of it all this new stuff is old stuff rehashed anyway.

You can see why I'm not a writer; I didn't make myself clear. I meant did you write anything before '54? :)
by Leo Garet
December 3rd, 2015, 9:24 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Best book of 2015
Replies: 38
Views: 12175

Re: Best book of 2015

performer wrote:Sorry. Not interested. They were all written after 1954.

Any of your stuff published before '54.....??? ;)
by Leo Garet
November 30th, 2015, 9:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 22073

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Please continue. I confess I still prefer The Beano, but your scribblings are very entertaining. :)

Any adventures with Max Andrews? The Vampire catalogue was the first "real" magic catalogue I ever saw.
by Leo Garet
November 29th, 2015, 8:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 22073

Re: DelGaudio Sez

This is completely off topic but the discussion died away ages ago so I don't think it matters. However, I feel an urge to tell you all about Henry and how he ran off with all my money and escaped to Ireland. I was living in Blackpool at the time. He was selling svengali decks for me in another cit...
by Leo Garet
November 25th, 2015, 8:36 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 20th Century Panties Presentational Ideas
Replies: 24
Views: 6455

Re: 20th Century Panties Presentational Ideas

Krenz wrote:






Well, that was helpful.
by Leo Garet
November 23rd, 2015, 10:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: International Magic "Magic Social"
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: International Magic "Magic Social"

Thanks for that report. Much appreciated. Not quite sure what the final paragraph is all about, however. Do I understand that the MacMillan’s aren’t overly-involved in the convention these days? And that Noel Britten is The Man? I haven’t been for a very long time (age and distance among other thing...
by Leo Garet
November 22nd, 2015, 12:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2012 - Day Six ...fism 2015 goes to italy
Replies: 155
Views: 38180

Re: FISM 2012 - Day Six ...fism 2015 goes to italy

I just read this report of the World Fantasy Convention of 2013, held in Brighton. It's a long read, but it's pretty clear that Lever isn't the only man in England who can host a bad convention. Phew. It is a long read and sorry Bill, it wore me down. I didn't get to the end. But I thought this was...
by Leo Garet
November 20th, 2015, 11:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now You See Me 2 - trailer
Replies: 16
Views: 1563

Re: Now You See Me 2 - trailer

I watched Stuthard for ages and ages when I was 14 years old and was quite entranced by him. I have never seen an exhibition of cards tricks which entertained me so much in all the decades since. Not one single card magician I have ever seen was a patch on Joe Stuthard. And all he was using was a s...
by Leo Garet
November 20th, 2015, 10:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now You See Me 2 - trailer
Replies: 16
Views: 1563

Re: Now You See Me 2 - trailer

Jonathan Townsend wrote:One of the engineers brought in the Google Cardboard viewer today.

And how much more interesting than watching an OTT setup that misses the point of magic as a craft.

What about an OTT set-up that doesn't miss the point..... :D ;)
by Leo Garet
November 20th, 2015, 9:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now You See Me 2 - trailer
Replies: 16
Views: 1563

Re: Now You See Me 2 - trailer

That is not correct. I only stole half the material from Ronnie McLeod. The other half I stole from Joe Stuthard a most worthy victim. Joe was a great magician but nobody seems to have heard of him any more which I consider a great shame. http://www.marklewisentertainment.com/html/mousebook.html I ...
by Leo Garet
November 19th, 2015, 8:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now You See Me 2 - trailer
Replies: 16
Views: 1563

Re: Now You See Me 2 - trailer

They were in touch with me no doubt because of my great eminence in the world of magic. Alas they did not offer me a part in the movie. They merely wanted permission to display my most wondrous book on the svengali deck in the movie. I do thank Widdle for giving me an opportunity to advertise this ...
by Leo Garet
November 19th, 2015, 8:29 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Into thin air
Replies: 11
Views: 2241

Re: Into thin air

Not sure if it's been mentioned earlier in this thread, but the BBC engaged in a massive wiping of many of its archived videotapes at some point. The show is unlikely to have survived. True enough, but they also wiped programmes as a matter of course so they could reuse the tape. Other Magic “victi...
by Leo Garet
November 18th, 2015, 1:03 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Into thin air
Replies: 11
Views: 2241

Re: Into thin air

Oh well, I saw it anyway. I wonder if anyone else of a certain age saw it too? And ten years later I saw this one too. You will notice there was a most brilliant close up magician performing here too. I understand he was on the programme several times. I have been a fan of his my entire life. http:...
by Leo Garet
November 13th, 2015, 11:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Atheists as Christmas Pareade Grand Marshals
Replies: 12
Views: 2183

Re: Atheists as Christmas Pareade Grand Marshals

JohnCox wrote:I want to know where they stand on Santa Claus.

Please...No discussion on Santa or, as I know him, Father Christmas. There are children watching.

Don't ruin the Magic.
by Leo Garet
November 9th, 2015, 1:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Question RE: Ed Marlo's MINT
Replies: 9
Views: 2206

Re: Question RE: Ed Marlo's MINT

Sam Kesler wrote:No. As it states, someone personally printed these from pdf files and made the spiral binders with a cover.

Am I being thick, or is this just a bit out of order? Not so much the printing, lots of people do that for their own bookshelves, but selling what amounts to photocopies.
Just wondering.
by Leo Garet
November 1st, 2015, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 18332

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

That's a great question. My guess is - this book is more likely to be referenced in 100 years than the majority of magicians' output (including DVDs) You’re right, but I think sure-fire bet is better than “guess”. Not that there’ll be anybody around to quibble. Although it might end up as a discuss...
by Leo Garet
October 21st, 2015, 10:51 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Close-Up Card Magic
Replies: 5
Views: 1230

Re: Close-Up Card Magic

Rennie wrote:Close Up Card Magic by Harry Lorayne
THIS BOOK BELONGS ON EVERY MAGICIANS BOOKSHELF

I'm guessing you have a spare. ;)
by Leo Garet
October 20th, 2015, 1:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 51522

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

Well, Joe, clearly you’re a fan and good luck with that. What I’ve seen is not particularly thrilling and is not worth the money. I’m sure (hope) you’ll allow me that. However: “One other thing. Andy is the best thinker in magic today. It is that simple”. Hmm. As to language, well if I have a (very)...
by Leo Garet
October 19th, 2015, 10:21 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: MirACAAN by Dorian Caudal
Replies: 33
Views: 15212

Re: MirACAAN by Dorian Caudal

I’ve used Si Stebbins forever, but memdecks are not for me. Personal preference. Knowing that this handling requires a memorised pack was valuable information. As indeed was the fact that it requires more than one. As a general rule, I don’t mind “Outs, Ifs Buts and Maybes,” but there are limits, an...
by Leo Garet
October 16th, 2015, 9:10 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Gay Deceiver - How the times have changed
Replies: 12
Views: 3526

Re: The Gay Deceiver - How the times have changed

I was referring to the older David Nixon sets: pre plastic. I guessed that, Mister K. I did say that my Nixon set was the deluxe version. Looks as if it really was deluxe! There were others around at the time, but what they were like, I can’t say; I never saw them. Having said that, I have a vague ...
by Leo Garet
October 15th, 2015, 9:57 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Gay Deceiver - How the times have changed
Replies: 12
Views: 3526

Re: The Gay Deceiver - How the times have changed

For any collector who happens to care, these sets were apparently made by the same company who made the David Nixon magic sets, and included the same type of props made of paper, cardboard, and lots of colored glitter. I have no recollection of The Gay Deceiver set, but I did have a deluxe David Ni...
by Leo Garet
October 14th, 2015, 10:19 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The Gay Deceiver - How the times have changed
Replies: 12
Views: 3526

Re: The Gay Deceiver - How the times have changed

Back in the day, the word 'gay' meant 'happy' and was used in movie titles such as "The Gay Divorcee" so it's not surprising that they used the word to name a magic set. Still does but has, of course, been sidelined in common usage. Do The Platters still sing “happy and gay like a clown,”...
by Leo Garet
October 10th, 2015, 10:38 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Students met their demise via hypnosis
Replies: 9
Views: 3374

Re: Students met their demise via hypnosis

Widdle, old chap. I am not sure if you are aware of it since you probably do not have a British education but Psychics and Hypnotists are two different professions. I have great expertise at both so naturally I am the expert in these matters and you are not Whilst accepting that you are indeed “the...
by Leo Garet
October 9th, 2015, 12:37 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 51
Views: 18792

Re: Genii Convention

Bob Farmer wrote:Is it okay to take off the wristband now? I've been home for a week and people at the parole office are beginning to talk.

Why not leave it? It'll enhance your already-mega street cred. ;)
by Leo Garet
October 6th, 2015, 12:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 35939

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

I guess that depends on what one means by skeptic. are we genuine skeptics who look at the information and make claims based on facts, or are we talking about people who zealously preach the dogma as dictated by the church of Randi? I presume there are people out there who hang on every word he and...
by Leo Garet
October 6th, 2015, 7:33 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 70260

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

performer wrote:They are not wrong. Far more tricks are given away here than are given away on the Boingboing site over a longer period. I have already complained about it but nobody ever takes any notice of me.

I know the feeling.
Nobody ever takes any notice of me. It's a Drag, ain't it? :?
by Leo Garet
October 5th, 2015, 1:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven is okay
Replies: 11
Views: 3250

Re: Max Maven is okay

Max Maven wrote:In the meantime, the header for this thread has just become my favorite one-line review ever: "Max Maven is okay." That's more enthusiasm than I've had from some real-world reviewers.

Proof positive that Max is in good fettle. Humour as sharp as ever. Keep smiling Max. :)
by Leo Garet
October 4th, 2015, 8:15 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: TV Magic Cards
Replies: 15
Views: 2720

Re: TV Magic Cards

Q. Kumber wrote:
Brad Henderson wrote:a 'purist' places his pleasure above that of his audience.


What a brilliant and perceptive quote.

Or "her". Let's keep a balance. ;) :)
That said, fully agree with Mister Q. Spot on.
by Leo Garet
October 2nd, 2015, 10:29 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 70260

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

mr_goat wrote:Jesus I wish this thread would get locked and slip away.

All it is doing is confirming to all the boing boing visitors that magicians are nobs.

Some magicians. And if the visitors can't work out which, they're nobs; with nobs on. :) ;)
by Leo Garet
October 1st, 2015, 9:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: hank lee out of jail
Replies: 78
Views: 20932

Re: hank lee out of jail

Judge not that ye be not judged. The only difference between Hank Lee and the rest of you is that he got caught and you didn't. Come to think of it one of the posters on this very thread stole from me too. He suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder and I fervently hope and pray he has it for the...
by Leo Garet
October 1st, 2015, 9:51 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic in BoingBoing
Replies: 536
Views: 70260

Re: Magic in BoingBoing

I think we don't come across well because we don't come across well. Good point. Is it worse for "magic" for a layperson to be told a secret, or for a layperson with a serious interest who might develop into a magician to be led to a discussion on a magician's forum where we all look like...
by Leo Garet
September 29th, 2015, 1:00 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: This puzzles me.
Replies: 7
Views: 2036

Re: This puzzles me.

I’m guessing the “well-regarded” book is “Psychic Blues Confessions Of A Conflicted Medium”. I thought and still think it’s risible.

As for the video clip, well I have no idea what's going on. But then that's my default mode, so nothing new there.
by Leo Garet
September 24th, 2015, 10:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Monkey Copyright?
Replies: 14
Views: 2790

Re: Monkey Copyright?

I read this somewhere a few months ago and thought it had died the death. Silly me. What next? Royalties for animals featured in photographs, paintings, on mugs. Tee shirts? Reindeer on Christmas Cards? Let’s hope so. I started singing “Happy Birthday” to the tune of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” ...
by Leo Garet
September 23rd, 2015, 1:12 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum
Replies: 96
Views: 33059

Re: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum

I bought the “original” Curry manuscript by mail order from Hamleys. It was in a crusty looking brown envelope with the Max Andrews Vampire imprint. Apart from the nuts and bolts of the trick, that’s as much as I recall, so whether the joker, marked or otherwise references were included are lost in ...
by Leo Garet
September 21st, 2015, 9:47 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum
Replies: 96
Views: 33059

Re: Welcome to Our New Online Review Forum

I think being a reviewer must be a wonderful way of making enemies. That must be the most difficult aspect of the job I imagine. I think that it can be true that you make some enemies along the way. But I think that it heavily depends on the writing style I think it also heavily depends on who's re...

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