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by Jim Morton
December 8th, 2003, 5:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Steve Draun's Real Man's Wallet
Replies: 9
Views: 2210

Re: Steve Draun's Real Man's Wallet

I've used one of these wallets for awhile now. I like it a lot. For a long time I used it as my everyday wallet. In this capacity it was very handy at airposts because it was easy to get my driver's license out on demand. :)

Jim
by Jim Morton
November 20th, 2003, 11:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Too many ads in Genii!
Replies: 50
Views: 3233

Re: Too many ads in Genii!

Euan, ads are the lifeblood of nearly every magazine. When a magazine doesn't have ads, you pay for it. As Richard explained, where the ads fall is all about 'signatures.' Since I'm betting you are not familiar with printing, here's how it works: Take a sheet of paper, and scribble all over one side...
by Jim Morton
November 18th, 2003, 2:36 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: American Roulette
Replies: 2
Views: 448

American Roulette

For those who, like me, enjoy the tales of con artists and grifters, I recommend American Roulette by Richard Marcus. Marcus and his team specialized in pastposting, which is, essentially, sleight-of-hand under battlefield conditions. Marcus writes in an off-the-cuff, conversational style that suits...
by Jim Morton
February 17th, 2003, 8:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 15
Views: 2183

Re: Ten Card Poker Deal

There's a great version by Tomas Blomberg in an old Magic Magazine (August 1999). It is based on versions by John Bannon and David Solomon. I use it all the time.

Jim
by Jim Morton
February 4th, 2003, 10:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Where's the Reverb?
Replies: 14
Views: 633

Re: Where's the Reverb?

I don't know if this addresses Jon's question directly, but it is related. I think the value of a book as a springboard for ideas has a lot to do with what it is offering in the way of effects. Some books offer raw ore; others offer polished gems. Paul Harris and Darwin Ortiz are good examples of th...
by Jim Morton
January 11th, 2003, 2:29 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Swiss on Jack Chanin
Replies: 9
Views: 2966

Re: Swiss on Jack Chanin

Originally posted by scott morley: I did hundreds of illustrations for Mr Chanin in the 70's for these books and got to know him very well over the years. I have been away from magic since 1980 and I don't know who Jamy Swiss nor Mr Haversat is but I do know Chanin would have taken his review as me...
by Jim Morton
January 11th, 2003, 12:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine book
Replies: 56
Views: 2539

Re: Blaine book

This is completely off topic, but I had to chuckle when I saw who started this thread. Oofty Goofty was a very famous character in old San Francisco. You can read about him in in Herbert Asbury's wonderful book The Barbary Coast . Asbury is also the author of Gangs of New York . Both are highly reco...
by Jim Morton
January 3rd, 2003, 9:00 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: darwin ortiz cardshark
Replies: 19
Views: 920

Re: darwin ortiz cardshark

Originally posted by krazykat: i am selling the darwin ortiz cardshark book, long out of print.... Long out of print? Not exactly. Fifty years is long out of print. Cardshark was easy to find at many magic stores just a couple years ago (which is when I bought it). I'd bet that there are a few magi...
by Jim Morton
December 23rd, 2002, 8:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Penn and Teller Should be Royally Flushed from Las Vegas
Replies: 42
Views: 2293

Re: Penn and Teller Should be Royally Flushed from Las Vegas

If I may sideline this topic slightly at this point..., anyone interested in how Las Vegas changed from Sin City to Disneyland, should check out Super Casino by Pete Earley. It's an excellent read.

Jim Morton
by Jim Morton
November 27th, 2002, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: It takes two...
Replies: 15
Views: 1018

Re: It takes two...

Thanks for the perspective, Eric. I must admit I'm of two minds on this one. If someone said to me, "Well, there's the door," I would walk out. Absolutely. In fact, I did once, at a job where I had an argument with the boss's son, and he said that (or words to that effect). On the other ha...
by Jim Morton
November 27th, 2002, 9:15 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 34127

Re: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic

I don't know what I could add that Dustin hasn't already said. I pull this one down from the shelf every month or two, and I always end up shaking my head in amazement. How can such a thin book be so ripe with useful material? Nothing else comes close. If I had a nickel for everytime I've heard a an...
by Jim Morton
November 25th, 2002, 8:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: SUJBECT CHANGE: The New James Bond Movie Rocks!
Replies: 49
Views: 2535

Re: SUJBECT CHANGE: The New James Bond Movie Rocks!

I agree with most of what Paul Wilson said except that I think Pierce Brosnan really has brought Bond back to his roots. In a couple of the Brosnan films, Bond kills people because they are a potential threat. They are unarmed, and he does it dispassionately. This goes right back to Ian Fleming's or...
by Jim Morton
November 21st, 2002, 9:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Underrated Book(s) ???
Replies: 63
Views: 7878

Re: Underrated Book(s) ???

A book that I think is consistently underrated by many magicians is Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromtu Magic . I can't tell you how many times I've heard or read someone say, "I don't get why people say this book is good. It's just a bunch of stunts and bar bets." When I hear people...
by Jim Morton
November 8th, 2002, 10:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Penn and Teller
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Penn and Teller

Hmmm...,I see no mention of this on Showtime's site. Like their buddy James Randi, Penn & Teller dislike the fakirs, psychics, and other spiritualists. I suspect that much of what they will do will center around exposing these guys. As for magic, P&T have already demonstrated that they are q...
by Jim Morton
November 8th, 2002, 9:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: DAVID REGAL LECTURE HELP
Replies: 22
Views: 1370

Re: DAVID REGAL LECTURE HELP

Joe Pons of Misdirection Magic Shop in San Francisco would certainly be interested unless he has already booked someone at that time. He'll get you the biggest crowd, and the best; definitely not the usual "show me a new trick" bunch. You can reach him at: (415) 566-2180 after 11 AM. Jim M...
by Jim Morton
November 1st, 2002, 8:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: HANDS UP IF YOU'VE SEEN ROBERT-HOUDIN THIS MONTH!
Replies: 24
Views: 1611

Re: HANDS UP IF YOU'VE SEEN ROBERT-HOUDIN THIS MONTH!

I received my copy last Thursday. I haven't got to the Sawa stuff yet. There's a lot of good reading in this issue.

Jim
by Jim Morton
October 25th, 2002, 11:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ricky Jay is a FOOL!
Replies: 78
Views: 5061

Re: Ricky Jay is a FOOL!

Originally posted by Randy Campbell:
Those who aren't part of our secretive, solitary demimonde just wouldn't understand."

--Randy Campbell
Wow, I'm part of a demimonde! My Mom ain't gonna like that! :D

Jim Morton
by Jim Morton
October 25th, 2002, 10:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ricky Jay is a FOOL!
Replies: 78
Views: 5061

Re: Ricky Jay is a FOOL!

Originally posted by cap casino: Jim- you're still not really getting the issue I'm focusing on. I'm wondering if: you do a flourish in one trick will it effect another trick later in your show.... Actually, Cap, that's the very question that the second paragraph in my post was addressing, albeit w...
by Jim Morton
October 23rd, 2002, 9:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ricky Jay is a FOOL!
Replies: 78
Views: 5061

Re: Ricky Jay is a FOOL!

I don?t feel that the inclusion of juggling (a display of skill) adversely affects the rest of the magical pieces in Ricky?s show as many feel is the case when you mix magic with flourishes even in a SHOW. Much of Ricky Jay's show is about his skill; particularly his skill with cards. I think it's ...
by Jim Morton
October 16th, 2002, 10:59 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: "FLIM-FLAM" MOVES TO GENII
Replies: 18
Views: 1979

Re: "FLIM-FLAM" MOVES TO GENII

Flim Flam in Genii? I'm a happy, happy man.

Jim Morton
by Jim Morton
September 28th, 2002, 12:11 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: The Book of the Month: The Amateur Magician's Handbook
Replies: 54
Views: 35468

Re: The Book of the Month: The Amateur Magician's Handbook

Ralph, I think what Sean meant is gems that are hidden in plain view. :D

The DeManche change predates both Hugard and Hays by many, many years. It originally showed up in print in C. Lang Neil's The Modern Conjurer, as Hays noted in Cyclopedia of Magic.

Jim Morton
by Jim Morton
September 24th, 2002, 8:59 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: The Book of the Month: The Amateur Magician's Handbook
Replies: 54
Views: 35468

Re: The Book of the Month: The Amateur Magician's Handbook

I have two copies of this book. One is a fourth edition hardback that I read when I'm at home. The other is a 1972 Signet paperback edition that I carry around in my briefcase. Although I was personally introduced to magic by Bruce Elliott's books, I think The Amateur Magician's Handbook is actually...
by Jim Morton
September 23rd, 2002, 9:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's talk about Aaron Fisher's "The Paper Engine"
Replies: 53
Views: 2806

Re: Let's talk about Aaron Fisher's "The Paper Engine"

I picked up a copy of this book on Thursday. it's definitely a keeper. I like the LePaul structure of the book, and the photos and explanations are well done. It's a nice looking book too. It's not very big, but it contains more than enought stuff to keep me busy for months.

Jim
by Jim Morton
September 23rd, 2002, 8:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Has Juan Tamariz visited anyone's home yet?
Replies: 81
Views: 5277

Re: Has Juan Tamariz visited anyone's home yet?

Issue received on Saturday, the 21st. Looks like another fine issue. I haven't read the Juan Tamariz articles yet (tonight), but they loook promising. I really enoyed Flibbertigibberty this month. I'll be down at the bookstore tomorrow looking for those books. Max Maven presents us with an interesti...
by Jim Morton
September 13th, 2002, 10:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: secrets of street magicians revealed
Replies: 43
Views: 3187

Re: secrets of street magicians revealed

We're way off topic now, but I don't think anyone minds. :) Here are a bunch of Rube Goldberg's drawings for anyone who is interested. This is the Official Rube Goldberg Site Great stuff. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.rube-goldberg.com/html/gallery.htm">http://www.rube-goldberg.com/...
by Jim Morton
September 11th, 2002, 12:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: secrets of street magicians revealed
Replies: 43
Views: 3187

Re: secrets of street magicians revealed

That's "a lot"?

Jim
by Jim Morton
September 11th, 2002, 9:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: secrets of street magicians revealed
Replies: 43
Views: 3187

Re: secrets of street magicians revealed

In some environmental circles, there's an acronym, NIMBY, which stands for: Not In My Back Yard (referring to dumps, waste disposal, almost anything generally considered unpleasant). Seems like we've got the same thing in a lot of these posts. The thinking appears to be: "Fox can expose what h...
by Jim Morton
September 10th, 2002, 9:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: secrets of street magicians revealed
Replies: 43
Views: 3187

Re: secrets of street magicians revealed

That was a rerun. The last time the show was on, it did very poorly, but it was up against the Grammy awards. It was a very weird show. A couple of those effects would only work in a parallel universe. I'd like to see anyone use that watch setting device. For some reason, none of the effects were ca...
by Jim Morton
September 3rd, 2002, 10:07 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Giorgio Letters
Replies: 0
Views: 833

Giorgio Letters

I really enjoyed Tony Giorgio's column in the September issue. Mr. Giorgio is right that, although there have been other books written on the subject, the details of the life are in danger of being lost to the ages. For anyone else interested in the further reading on the subject, I strongly recomme...
by Jim Morton
August 29th, 2002, 9:14 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Sound Advice? Don't Think So!
Replies: 38
Views: 6750

Re: Sound Advice? Don't Think So!

Okay Mara, I'm also a writer, with more than a few books and magazine articles to my name (I don't think that really matters, but you do, so I thought I'd mention it ;) ). I don't believe that David Oliver's article was unprofessional. It was, however, a review disguised as an article, and I think t...
by Jim Morton
August 28th, 2002, 9:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: close-up show material
Replies: 24
Views: 1243

Re: close-up show material

I'd recommend Lewis Ganson's two volume set, The Art of Close-Up Magic. Ganson went out of his way to avoid almost any card tricks in these books, so you'll have plenty of effects from which to choose.

Jim
by Jim Morton
August 27th, 2002, 9:17 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Mystical Mumbo-Jumbo
Replies: 33
Views: 3040

Re: Mystical Mumbo-Jumbo

...if by "scientific materialism" you mean faith that science will ultimately solve all mysteries, that indeed is a belief system, though not one prescribed by science itself. True enough. Kurt Gdel dealt the fatal blow to that line of thinking back in 1931 when he published his Incomplet...
by Jim Morton
August 27th, 2002, 8:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Is Martin Lewis in your mailbox yet?
Replies: 90
Views: 14457

Re: Is Martin Lewis in your mailbox yet?

I received my issue yesterday (8/26). This looks like one I'll enjoy reading cover to cover.

Jim
by Jim Morton
August 20th, 2002, 10:34 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: CARD CRAFT by J.K. HARTMAN for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: CARD CRAFT by J.K. HARTMAN for sale

If you wonder why no one responded, I suggest you re-read your initial post. "I know what is goes for!" sounds to me (and most other people, I'm sure) like, "You won't get a bargain here! I'm gonna charge you all top dollar for this baby!" A better approach would have been someth...
by Jim Morton
August 20th, 2002, 10:24 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Classic Secrets of Magic
Replies: 88
Views: 46277

Re: Book of the Month: Classic Secrets of Magic

What a great choice to kick off the BOTM Club! Of course, I'm prejudiced because this was the first magic book I ever owned. It is the book that first got me interested in magic, and the book that got me reinterested in magic when I came across it again many years later.

Jim Morton
by Jim Morton
August 7th, 2002, 10:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: If you had to do one trick; which one would it be
Replies: 43
Views: 2459

Re: If you had to do one trick; which one would it be

If it's my deck, I usually do a stranger card routine of my own creation (perhaps RK will publish it at a later date ;) ). It leaves them with a souvenir, which is always a good thing. If someone hands me a deck I do David Regal's Clean Cut, which always leaves people astounded. If I have no cards (...
by Jim Morton
August 4th, 2002, 4:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Underground Dealers
Replies: 11
Views: 1552

Re: Underground Dealers

The best advice I can give you on the bottom deal is that it's a little different for everyone. Don't try to do it exactly like someone else. You probably won't succeed. Also, try and keep any finger movement as subtle as possible. When one first reads Erdnase, it seems like he's suggesting this hug...
by Jim Morton
July 28th, 2002, 1:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Desert Island Videos/DVD's
Replies: 19
Views: 904

Re: Desert Island Videos/DVD's

Johnny Thompson's Commercial Classics of Magic. Absolutely. No question.

Jim
by Jim Morton
July 24th, 2002, 9:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: August issue in the mail! Time for the monthly heads up.
Replies: 64
Views: 4803

Re: August issue in the mail! Time for the monthly heads up.

I received my issue on Monday (July 22). It wasn't my favorite issue, but it was a change of pace, and that is always a good thing.

Jim
by Jim Morton
July 10th, 2002, 10:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New wave in magic videos?
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: New wave in magic videos?

With a new generation of computer-literate film-school students involved in magic and well-versed in new technologies, a question is posed. Will magicians embrace a new breed of inventive and experimental magic video productions, or do we just want the same old guy-behind-a-table-in-front-of-a-fire...

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