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by Jim Morton
August 24th, 2001, 1:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Housing back issues of Genii
Replies: 7
Views: 618

Re: Housing back issues of Genii

Viking Office Products used to sell binders in which you file magazines. Each magazine was kept in the binder by a wire. I bound all my back issues of Fangoria this way. It looks pretty neat, but it does make thumbing through individual magazines more unwieldy. Now I keep my magazines in magazine bo...
by Jim Morton
August 21st, 2001, 5:20 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Paper vs. Digital Books
Replies: 15
Views: 1744

Re: Paper vs. Digital Books

Let's say there would be a PDA that is of the same size as a book, would have the same weight... Make that less weight please. My back is killing me. :D Seriously, I think you are right Chris that future PDAs and ebook readers will eliminate most of my problems with ebooks. I just don't think we're...
by Jim Morton
August 20th, 2001, 2:27 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Paper vs. Digital Books
Replies: 15
Views: 1744

Re: Paper vs. Digital Books

I'm not a big fan of ebooks. Having worked in the printing industry for many years, I'm not even that big a fan of offset-printed books. I still get a thrill when I open an old letterpress edition! Some folks out there will understand this; most will not. Nonetheless, there is a time and a place for...
by Jim Morton
August 10th, 2001, 2:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: simple question
Replies: 27
Views: 2230

Re: simple question

I've thought about this one for a few days. My initially response would have been something along the lines of: "When I was a kid, I liked magic because it offered me power at a time in my life when I felt powerless. Then as an adult I appreciated magic because of how it revives a sense of wond...
by Jim Morton
August 8th, 2001, 6:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Too Many Tricks?
Replies: 13
Views: 2193

Re: Too Many Tricks?

Tough call. One could argue that the process of weeding out the lesser effects is already occuring. I'm sure you guys reject plenty of ideas every month. So what we are really talking about here is tightening the selection process even further, right? BETTER tricks is always a good goal, but there i...
by Jim Morton
August 3rd, 2001, 3:05 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Too-Perfect Theory
Replies: 48
Views: 5174

Re: Too-Perfect Theory

Originally posted by Matthew Field: ...the real problem with camera trickery, stooges and editing is that all this creates a false expectation in the audience when they see live magic, especially of the close-up variety.... I guess I disagree here. I think the TV lets people make unchallenged assum...
by Jim Morton
August 2nd, 2001, 7:01 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Too-Perfect Theory
Replies: 48
Views: 5174

Re: Too-Perfect Theory

Yeah, I don't think that the editing is the problem per se. A good example is the arm twisting effect Copperfield did in his last special--simple direct and baffling. The editing is virtually invisible unless you know what you're looking for. On the other hand, several people (non-magicians) I talke...
by Jim Morton
August 1st, 2001, 4:25 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Too-Perfect Theory
Replies: 48
Views: 5174

Re: Too-Perfect Theory

I received my copy of Genii over the weekend. What an excellent assortment of essays! I found John Carney's assessment of the Too Perfect theory the most perspicacious. Darwin Ortiz's opinions--while laudable for their aspirations of perfection--seemed quixotic. Eugene Burger's name popped up in a c...
by Jim Morton
July 31st, 2001, 3:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite non-cliche trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3752

Re: Favorite non-cliche trick

I occasionally do the sugar vanish with the sugar cube kicker. It's from The Art of Astonishment (Vol 1, I think). The original effect is attributed to Brad Stine.
by Jim Morton
July 30th, 2001, 4:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: VOTE: should Genii have film reviews?
Replies: 21
Views: 2753

Re: VOTE: should Genii have film reviews?

I love movies. I practically grew up at the movies. My mom used them as a cheap babysitter ("Here's a dollar, go watch Babes in Toyland until the theater lets out."). I wrote a book on the subject of lowbrow and B movies ( Incredibly Strange Films ). I love reading various reviews, arguing...
by Jim Morton
July 30th, 2001, 1:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed
Replies: 45
Views: 4832

Re: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed

Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer: Any ideas about death-and-magic, folks? I LIKE it, but I am a very morbid guy. :D I enjoyed Mr. Neale's book. I like the idea of provocative magic. Too often magicians shy away from anything that makes the audience uncomfortable, or prods them to think. Death ...
by Jim Morton
July 27th, 2001, 2:36 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Books vs. Videos
Replies: 42
Views: 5005

Re: Books vs. Videos

I like videos, and love DVDs, but this is probably a good place to point out the biggest problem inherent with them (as well as ebooks), and that is the volatility of the media. Over time tapes and disks tend to oxidize. Many of my older tapes (I've been collecting tapes since 1981) are looking pret...
by Jim Morton
July 26th, 2001, 4:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed
Replies: 45
Views: 4832

Re: Best Non-Gaffed Packet Trick - Marketed

Speaking of Color Monte, when I thought I had lost my Color Monte set, I devised a variation using three of those pesky guarantee cards that come with every pack of Bikes. Since all the faces were the same, the object was to guess the back color. I show three red cards, then three blue cards, and fi...
by Jim Morton
July 26th, 2001, 1:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What are your magical goals?
Replies: 7
Views: 1433

Re: What are your magical goals?

I think what John Cage once said is applicable here. He said the meaning of his life was to spread "joy and confusion."

That's what I'd like to do; spread joy and confusion.
by Jim Morton
July 25th, 2001, 1:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Do Women Like Card Tricks?
Replies: 33
Views: 4424

Re: Do Women Like Card Tricks?

Just from personal observation, I don't think that women hate card tricks at all. It's just that when women do hate card tricks they really hate them and they let it be known.
by Jim Morton
July 24th, 2001, 4:13 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Favorite Kaufman Book
Replies: 74
Views: 19576

Re: Favorite Kaufman Book

The book that I have found the most useful is The Collected Almanac, but my personal favorite is The Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields.
by Jim Morton
July 24th, 2001, 4:13 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Favorite Kaufman Book
Replies: 59
Views: 6615

Re: Favorite Kaufman Book

The book that I have found the most useful is The Collected Almanac, but my personal favorite is The Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields.
by Jim Morton
July 24th, 2001, 4:01 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Kaufman's books stink!
Replies: 19
Views: 2899

Re: Kaufman's books stink!

I've never had to worry about the odor of the books. Ever since my nose surgery, I can't even smell ammonia. :(

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