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by Max Maven
September 19th, 2013, 11:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 74
Views: 21770

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

I am so tired of this conversation, which has gone around in circles ceaselessly for the past century. There is a difference between what is legal and what is ethical. The laws of intellectual property are necessarily complex, but in the specific world of magicians, the basic rules are simple and es...
by Max Maven
September 13th, 2013, 9:06 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Opening Credits of Desperate Acts of Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

Re: Opening Credits of Desperate Acts of Magic

The idea was used in the opening credits of the 1972 French comedy Le Grand Blond Alec une chaussure noire ("The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe"). The film was remade in America in 1985 as a vehicle for Tom Hanks. However, the shoe was changed to red and the card magic opening credits ...
by Max Maven
August 28th, 2013, 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: World's Greatest Magic TV specials contact
Replies: 3
Views: 1365

Re: World's Greatest Magic TV specials contact

You aren't likely to get a reply from ABC; the special aired on NBC.

The show was a co-production between the Pudney Organization and Hearst Tribune Media. Some form of that production entity must still exist, because the shows are still generating royalty checks.
by Max Maven
July 14th, 2013, 5:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 138278

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Koran was sloppy about titles (e.g., when he erroneously applied the "Princess Card" appellation to a completely different trick). Given that his marketed "Jonah Card" had no similarity of plot or method to the Ten-Card Deal, I would assume that either it was purely a coincidence...
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2013, 9:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 138278

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Why "Jonah"? It seems like "Judas" would make more sense -- whoever receives the card is betrayed by it. There's nothing about the story of Jonah that makes the allusion logical. "Jonah" is old nautical slang, meaning someone or something that brings bad luck. In the b...
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2013, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 138278

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Ted M wrote:What next, word that Max Maven's long-anticipated book on the Gilbreath principle, Terrifying Beauty, is being readied for press as well?!


Keep the faith.
by Max Maven
July 10th, 2013, 2:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Anderson quoted by Goldberg
Replies: 6
Views: 1536

Re: Harry Anderson quoted by Goldberg

The gag is employed with perverse charm in the 2012 film John Dies at the End.

It was also the foundation of a celebrated blog by Penn Jillette regarding the rock band named (coincidentally) Molly Hatchet.
by Max Maven
July 5th, 2013, 4:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Accordion Force Credit?
Replies: 1
Views: 1313

Re: Accordion Force Credit?

U. F. Grant.
by Max Maven
July 2nd, 2013, 11:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Annemann cover story?
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

Re: Annemann cover story?

Richard, your memory is slipping. I had nothing to do with the November 1992 issue, which was edited by Dante Larsen. I did contribute to the October 2009 issue that had a substantial amount of Annemann commentary, guest-edited by Harry Anderson and Jon Racherbaumer. Come on, Richard -- that was les...
by Max Maven
June 26th, 2013, 5:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Play in the UK
Replies: 2
Views: 978

Re: Houdini Play in the UK

Back in December 1966, I saw a West End musical entitled "Man of Magic" -- a Houdini bio. One can only hope that this forthcoming musical will be better...
by Max Maven
June 19th, 2013, 4:10 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For: Aqua Cups
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: Looking For: Aqua Cups

The trick was marketed as a separate item by Tannen's in 1967. No inventor's name was provided. Price was $2.50.
by Max Maven
June 9th, 2013, 11:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congratulations to Jules Fisher!
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: Congratulations to Jules Fisher!

Jules is far more than a magic enthusiast. He is a well versed close-up performer, who also produces beautiful hand-turned wooden props. In 2010 he received a Special Fellowship from the AMA (to embellish his substantial number of lighting awards preceding tonight's Tony). His entryway into lighting...
by Max Maven
May 28th, 2013, 11:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel to Be Alligator Bait
Replies: 12
Views: 1909

Re: Criss Angel to Be Alligator Bait

Seems to me there are only two outcomes, both to end badly.

If Criss survives, we're stuck with a chum-covered representative.

If Criss gets eaten, the gators sue his estate for food poisoning.
by Max Maven
May 15th, 2013, 9:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What American Idol has to do with magic
Replies: 24
Views: 2919

Re: What American Idol has to do with magic

If you have access to HBO On Demand, there's a new documentary, Patti LuPone: A YoungArts Master Class.

Thirty minutes, four young singers; each performs and then receives critical advice from LuPone, some of which is astonishing.

Quite relevant to this discussion.
by Max Maven
April 22nd, 2013, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max and Magic Movies
Replies: 13
Views: 1721

Re: Max and Magic Movies

Glad to know that someone is listening to those audio columns. While The Illusionist and The Prestige both had some good moments, and both had nice costumes, production design, and other fine technical achievements, both of them (to me; obviously, these are subjective judgments) failed to understand...
by Max Maven
April 21st, 2013, 3:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Centerfolds of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 7528

Re: Centerfolds of Magic

This should be discussed in context. From the 1970s, virtually all of the production shows in Las Vegas had topless female dancers. At that time, Vegas was not the family destination that it is today. This started to change in the 1980s. The first show to offer a "covered" early show (init...
by Max Maven
April 14th, 2013, 7:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Should you still use material that you've sold?
Replies: 127
Views: 8949

Re: Should you still use material that you've sold?

Richard, I'm probably one of the few people on this forum who has actually taken legal action in a case of theft of intellectual property. So, I can state that the presumption that "magic has no [legal] protection is inaccurate. There is, thus far, relatively little case law established on this...
by Max Maven
April 10th, 2013, 10:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cards to eyeglasses
Replies: 6
Views: 1065

Re: Cards to eyeglasses

The previously posted provenance is correct; the idea was from Rick Johnsson.
by Max Maven
April 4th, 2013, 4:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanishing Tiles Video
Replies: 23
Views: 2958

Re: Vanishing Tiles Video

Moo writes: "The Winston Freer Puzzle has been made by several people, but it requires pieces of different sizes, since one of the pieces must nest within another. Pierre Meyer makes a beautiful one at the moment." Not so. The nesting idea was devised by Pierre, and it is devilishly clever...
by Max Maven
March 30th, 2013, 7:58 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dan Baines' "A Book at Midnight" Effect
Replies: 2
Views: 2473

Re: Dan Baines' "A Book at Midnight" Effect

The principle behind this effect can be applied to a wide variety of presentations... Need. It is known as the Transposed Card Principle, much explored by Walter Gibson and Stewart James, among others. (See, for example, SJ's "Split Second" in the December 1962 New Tops . The name comes f...
by Max Maven
March 28th, 2013, 4:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?
Replies: 60
Views: 8977

Re: The Incredibly Stinky Burt Wonderstone?

Well, I finally saw this movie. There were about twenty people in the audience. Perhaps they were laughing, but if so, they were drowned out by the sound of crickets. Actually, that's not completely fair. There was precisely one gag that struck me as funny (and, audibly, the same for some other memb...
by Max Maven
March 28th, 2013, 4:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shouts & Murmers - Magic in The New Yorker
Replies: 9
Views: 1026

Re: Shouts & Murmers - Magic in The New Yorker

Marriage? That would depend on a variety of factors, not the least of which being the results of the current Supreme Court cases.
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: 1434

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: 1026

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: 1026

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: 1252

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: 1880

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: 2321

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: 8105

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: 8977

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: 8977

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: 1492

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: 1175

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: 1604

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: 3647

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: 1637

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: 1400

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: 5472

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: 5472

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: 1129

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.

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