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by Max Maven
March 27th, 2013, 4:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dolts in the Media and Royal Road to Card Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 1345

Re: Dolts in the Media and Royal Road to Card Magic

Why would you extend that invitation? (Remember what Heinlein said about musical pigs.)
by Max Maven
March 27th, 2013, 4:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shouts & Murmers - Magic in The New Yorker
Replies: 9
Views: 987

Re: Shouts & Murmers - Magic in The New Yorker

Something only a person who doesn't read Harper's would say.
by Max Maven
March 26th, 2013, 3:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shouts & Murmers - Magic in The New Yorker
Replies: 9
Views: 987

Re: Shouts & Murmers - Magic in The New Yorker

I found it rather lame -- not because it attempts to poke fun at magic, but because it's not very funny, nor is it very clever, and its certainly not very original.

Remember when the New Yorker was sophisticated and amusing?
by Max Maven
March 26th, 2013, 3:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Princeton offers"The Mathematics of Magic Tricks and Games"
Replies: 4
Views: 1196

Re: Princeton offers"The Mathematics of Magic Tricks and Gam

But the 27-Card Trick has a history -- not only a conjuring history, but an explicit math history. It is properly known as Gergonne's Problem, referencing the French mathematician who did not invent the trick (it is older), but was the first to give it a mathematical analysis, in 1813. What the hell...
by Max Maven
March 22nd, 2013, 10:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Kalush--Wall Street Journal
Replies: 14
Views: 1800

Re: Bill Kalush--Wall Street Journal

In addition to the FISM award, Bill received a Literary Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle). Both awards were well deserved.
by Max Maven
March 18th, 2013, 10:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic as Theatre: An Academic Struggle
Replies: 14
Views: 2227

Re: Magic as Theatre: An Academic Struggle

I agree with Tom and others. The lecturer you spoke to seems to be an idiot. At the very least, he has no understanding of theater. (I shudder as I wonder what his lecture topics are.) To insist that theater must be linear is to ignore much of the history of theater. It's as simple as that. If your ...
by Max Maven
March 18th, 2013, 10:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Infamous - A Review
Replies: 62
Views: 7969

Re: Derren Brown - Infamous - A Review

Curiously enough, the first Broadway show to abuse the tradition of not reviewing during previews was Doug Henning's Merlin , which stayed in previews for an unprecedented amount of time. Internet or no, the understanding the critics will hold off from reviewing a show until its formal opening is st...
by Max Maven
March 11th, 2013, 3:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?
Replies: 60
Views: 8730

Re: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?

Haven't seen it yet. I opted not to go to the free screening, because rather than see it surrounded by magicians I prefer to wait and see it with a lay audience. I'll be interested in their reactions. The trailer indicates that it's well made, but suggests I won't care for it -- but I shall endeavor...
by Max Maven
March 11th, 2013, 12:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?
Replies: 60
Views: 8730

Re: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?

My reaction was different.

"Oz the Great and Powerful" was neither, but it was long.

Some lovely visuals, but that did not outweigh the weak script and some poor performances.
by Max Maven
February 22nd, 2013, 1:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Please Put On Your Thinking Caps: Who Invented "Well, I Never!"
Replies: 15
Views: 1415

Re: Please Put On Your Thinking Caps: Who Invented "Well, I Never!"

I've always associated this trick with England, because I first saw it in a Davenport's catalog from the mid-1950s. I still own that catalog, but do not know where it is at the moment. The earliest references I've located are also English. In 1953 it was advertised by Max Andrews' Vampire Magic as &...
by Max Maven
February 22nd, 2013, 12:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Imam at Mostly Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 1124

Re: Imam at Mostly Magic

I'm pretty sure it was 1987. It was a show taped for Japan's NHK network (hence the incessant Japanese voice over commentary, which was standard at that time).
by Max Maven
February 20th, 2013, 2:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Trick That Fooled Einstein
Replies: 10
Views: 1586

Re: The Trick That Fooled Einstein

Al Koran did not invent this trick. Its origin is not certain, but it dates back at least as far as the late 1920s, and is probably older.

Koran began his professional performing career in 1952. Einstein died in 1955. It seems unlikely that they ever met.
by Max Maven
February 14th, 2013, 7:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Digital Version of the March Issue of Genii is Now Live
Replies: 32
Views: 3448

Re: The Digital Version of the March Issue of Genii is Now Live

Richard writes: "Fans of Charles Schultzs Peanuts will find an unlikely ally in Max Maven this month...."

Fans of Charles Schulz will know how to spell his surname.
by Max Maven
February 14th, 2013, 7:49 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Peer Reviewed Journal article about Misdirection, P&T
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: Peer Reviewed Journal article about Misdirection, P&T

The ongoing problem is that they are trying to analyze a phenomenon ("social misdirection") that is based on a live interaction, but doing so by testing with a taped performance. That is akin to analyzing how the combining of foods produces taste perceptions by showing subjects episodes of...
by Max Maven
February 14th, 2013, 7:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Necessary ingredient for becoming a great performer?
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: Necessary ingredient for becoming a great performer?

Interesting essay, with a very valid point. However, using Dai Vernon as an example of a one-dimensional person is a poor choice. The Professor was well read, and interested in a host of things outside of magic. But, few magicians wanted to talk to him about these other subjects. I was happy to have...
by Max Maven
February 12th, 2013, 2:53 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind
Replies: 37
Views: 5305

Re: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind

You are completely wrong about Ricki Dunn's act. When he added the shirt pull, he used a stooge, but that was not an essential component of the act. Everything else was legit -- and all done while holding a lemon in one hand!
by Max Maven
February 11th, 2013, 10:12 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind
Replies: 37
Views: 5305

Re: prominent blog praises Sleights of Mind

Richard, in your comment on that blog you state that "most pickpocket acts are fraudulent." That is opposite to my knowledge. Yes, there have been stage pickpockets who have used stooges, but I think they are in the minority.

Ricki Dunn, Gentleman Jack, Borra...
by Max Maven
February 5th, 2013, 3:00 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Maurice Fogel Cheating the Gallows
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

Re: Maurice Fogel Cheating the Gallows

I do not believe such footage exists. Chris Woodward (Fogel's son-in-law) has searched extensively, and that is not among the material he's found.
by Max Maven
February 5th, 2013, 2:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is the next "Criss Angel?"
Replies: 17
Views: 2337

Re: Who is the next "Criss Angel?"

Doug Thornton wrote:I wonder if Cyril could find an audience besides Japan.


He already has, in other parts of Asia.
by Max Maven
February 3rd, 2013, 3:41 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic
Replies: 45
Views: 11480

Re: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic

I think we might need the word illusion in there, or something to the effect of "presenting something seemingly impossible." I do not agree. There can be magic without illusion, and even without impossibility. If I put a playing card on the table, you name a card, then turn over the table...
by Max Maven
February 2nd, 2013, 7:36 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic
Replies: 45
Views: 11480

Re: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic

Edward: Perhaps the response is emotional, but it's routed through the intellect. Tom: I acknowledge your emoticon, but just to be clear, in English the word "mystery" has a very different meaning when applied to someone like Camilla Lackberg. Actually, when rendered in print, my definitio...
by Max Maven
February 2nd, 2013, 3:11 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic
Replies: 45
Views: 11480

Re: Tom Stone's Definition of Magic

Over the years, the best definition of magic that I have managed to build is:

The aesthetic exploration of mystery.
by Max Maven
January 23rd, 2013, 7:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Steinmeyer's Nine Card Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 2445

Re: Steinmeyer's Nine Card Problem

A much earlier use of the same principle can be found in ABBOTT'S ANTHOLOGY OF CARD MAGIC VOLUME THREE compile by Gordon Miller. The trick is "Miracle Mix-Up" by Jack Yates (pp. 58-60).. Those three anthologies were compilations of older material -- manuscripts, book and magazine contribu...
by Max Maven
January 18th, 2013, 5:35 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Native and Foreigner Magicians in Japan?
Replies: 11
Views: 65418

Re: Native and Foreigner Magicians in Japan?

Going to Atami for excitement is like taking Valium for excitement. Atami is a hot springs resort, and you go there to unwind.
by Max Maven
January 13th, 2013, 7:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Imam founder of Mostly Magic dies
Replies: 14
Views: 3160

Re: Imam founder of Mostly Magic dies

Imam was, quite simply, one of the best magicians I have ever seen. I often wondered if he knew just how good he was.
by Max Maven
January 11th, 2013, 7:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Castle on The Today Show
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

Re: The Magic Castle on The Today Show

The Today Show piece had nothing to do with CAA.
by Max Maven
January 9th, 2013, 1:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement of a Secret Project
Replies: 192
Views: 24551

Re: Announcement of a Secret Project

erdnasephile wrote:Was there ever a good magician who spent time with Vernon that he didn't tongue-lash?


The Professor was willing and able to criticize when he saw fit. But, it was rarely as abusive as people now imagine.
by Max Maven
January 3rd, 2013, 6:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2012 In Review
Replies: 46
Views: 6903

Re: 2012 In Review

Richard, your perception of the importance of New York is provincial and antiquated. I was certainly pleased that Dustin included my three-week off-Broadway run, but the ongoing success of Derek & Helder's show in L.A. is more significant, and hence more worthy of inclusion. That said, as usual,...
by Max Maven
December 21st, 2012, 10:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is this magical ... or just creepy?
Replies: 10
Views: 1404

Re: Is this magical ... or just creepy?

It's magical. The creepy part is that the idea belongs to someone else.
by Max Maven
December 19th, 2012, 8:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Divination of the Nile
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

Re: Divination of the Nile

I provide some historical background in the explanation section of the Nothing DVD set, clarifying some credits. At the moment, I'm thousands of miles away from home, so I do not have access to the disc or a player -- but if someone wants to transcribe that information and post it here, it's fine wi...
by Max Maven
December 19th, 2012, 8:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Galleys/pageproofs?
Replies: 11
Views: 1478

Re: Galleys/pageproofs?

Harry leaving 62 Jane St. -- a great loss in the area of mnemonic amusement.

Fortunately, my mailing address is still #382, as I've tried to carry on the tradition.

(And if you don't understand what I'm talking about, get one of Harry's non-magic books and read up on Number Alphabet.)
by Max Maven
November 20th, 2012, 7:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Double Anniversary Issue
Replies: 68
Views: 10162

Re: Double Ani Issue

Richard, you remember correctly. The material that, um, crossed over into the Marlo booklet did involve estimation. The Steranko manuscript, however, contained more than that.
by Max Maven
November 16th, 2012, 3:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jingle Bells Monte
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Jingle Bells Monte

Yeah. I prefer the secular version.
by Max Maven
November 16th, 2012, 11:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jingle Bells Monte
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Jingle Bells Monte

I liked it when it was called the Rattle Bars.
by Max Maven
September 26th, 2012, 4:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Jinx Switch credit question...
Replies: 9
Views: 1820

Re: Jinx Switch credit question...

What you are describing is -- as you've indicated -- not the Jinx Switch. Rather, it is a switch of a small item using the transfer of a larger item for cover and to cause the viewer to lose track of the switched object's location. As such, it goes back much farther than its use with cards by Don Al...
by Max Maven
September 14th, 2012, 2:35 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Square One
Replies: 5
Views: 976

Re: Square One

How the hell do you have a stack of copies, when I've only got one?
by Max Maven
September 10th, 2012, 12:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric DeCamps Pure Magic Comes to Chicago
Replies: 36
Views: 7716

Re: Eric DeCamps Pure Magic Comes to Chicago

Having seen Eric's show, I can say that it's a worthwhile experience.

Eric approaches magic with respect, and it shows in the results:
You'll have fun, you'll be fooled and surprised. Support the good stuff!
by Max Maven
September 6th, 2012, 2:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman
Replies: 20
Views: 4142

Re: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman

Is there still any chance this volume might see the light of day? Yamamoto's writings are good, but the parameters are narrow. So, I have been expanding on that foundation, slowly but surely. It's one of those projects where the more I learn, the farther off I am from being ready to write it. (Soun...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2012, 7:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman
Replies: 20
Views: 4142

Re: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman

"Japanese Magic: An Overview" appeared in the July 1994 Genii . The so-called Tenkai DVD on that link appears to be an American magician (I don't think I've ever heard of him) performing and explaining some of Tenkai's effects that were published in various English-language magazines and b...
by Max Maven
August 29th, 2012, 4:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay in NYC
Replies: 32
Views: 6431

Re: Ricky Jay in NYC

Persi may have used the phrase in a specific routine, but it goes back much further.

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