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by Max Maven
December 7th, 2015, 12:51 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Clayton Rawson movie
Replies: 5
Views: 1683

Re: Clayton Rawson movie

One of three movies based on Merlini novels -- although in one of them, the story was tweaked to be about a different and better known print detective.
by Max Maven
November 26th, 2015, 2:22 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Source for this peek
Replies: 16
Views: 5883

Re: Source for this peek

Just to clarify the chronology, Dan Tong developed his book test using this methodology in the 1950s or early 1960s. It was eventually published in the New Jinx ; I believe the title was "Teletact." Related work appeared in the Linking Ring in the 1950s, by Charles Miller (not Charlie; I t...
by Max Maven
October 8th, 2015, 6:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: question about Persi and Gadner
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

Re: question about Persi and Gadner

Pace Richard Hatch, but your message suggests that Persi Diaconis was the first to bring Prevost to the attention of English-speaking magicians. That credit is too broad. It is, however, fair to say that although many knew of the book, few had much knowledge of its contents, given that to understand...
by Max Maven
October 5th, 2015, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven is okay
Replies: 11
Views: 3270

Re: Max Maven is okay

My thanks to the many people who sent messages during my unexpected four-day stay in the hospital this past weekend. Not how I'd planned to experience Orlando... But although I'm still in the process of recovering, the worst is over, and I'm feeling better with every passing hour. Sorry I was unable...
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2015, 12:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...
Replies: 13
Views: 4864

Re: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...

But Lee Noble's wallet was not the original Himber design...
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2015, 10:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...
Replies: 13
Views: 4864

Re: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...

Nobody ever topped the Lee Noble Himber. Those old enough to remember it will know what I mean.
by Max Maven
September 15th, 2015, 7:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Are The Most Used Gimmicked Cards? [NEED HELP]
Replies: 25
Views: 4784

Re: What Are The Most Used Gimmicked Cards? [NEED HELP]

I’m surprised that no one has mentioned Syl Reilly’s Fa-Ko Deck, marketed in 1928. While there have subsequently been other gaff assortments on the market, all of them built on this one. It was later revised and sold by Ronald Haines, in 1962. That incarnation begat a companion booklet, published in...
by Max Maven
August 25th, 2015, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 74
Views: 15456

Re: [censored] Troll Forum

performer wrote:[I]t should be carefully noted that I NEVER ATTACK ANYONE UNLESS THEY ATTACK ME FIRST.


I will politely comment that while this may be currently so, it has not been true in the past.
by Max Maven
July 24th, 2015, 1:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Card Trick Source
Replies: 16
Views: 4995

Re: Mathematical Card Trick Source

I would frame it this way: A "Restricted Kruskal" is to the Kruskal Principle as a Perfect Faro is to a Riffle Shuffle.
by Max Maven
July 23rd, 2015, 2:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Card Trick Source
Replies: 16
Views: 4995

Re: Mathematical Card Trick Source

A few days ago, Colm e-mailed me this same question. This is what I wrote in reply: Hi, Colm. While I have not seen this precise trick, the method is not new. One might define it as a Restricted Kruskal Principle. One of the earliest related items in print is an effect by Karl Fulves entitled (if me...
by Max Maven
May 17th, 2015, 1:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 16891

Re: One Trick Phoney

Karl Fulves has written a couple of books exploring his work and it seems clear that he admires his approach to creating effects that feel as real as possible. That comes through to me despite the fact that Fulves using a slightly crude pseudonym to try and mock Gellar. The "Uriah Fuller"...
by Max Maven
May 2nd, 2015, 1:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?
Replies: 15
Views: 3740

Re: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?

Agreed, the established term "ditch" is much nicer. While the term is not much more than a hundred years old, the concept is clearly older, and surely predates the existence of pockets. The pocket, as an item built into a garment, seems to have come along in the late 17th century, but of c...
by Max Maven
April 23rd, 2015, 3:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Renner as Annemann...kind of.
Replies: 7
Views: 2306

Re: Renner as Annemann...kind of.

Ah.

The film takes place in 1921, at which time Annemann was fourteen.
by Max Maven
April 21st, 2015, 9:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Renner as Annemann...kind of.
Replies: 7
Views: 2306

Re: Renner as Annemann...kind of.

Just curious: What is the link to Annemann? Other than the pencil moustache, nothing in the trailer suggests a connection.
by Max Maven
April 6th, 2015, 11:28 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Hakone 2015, Japan
Replies: 7
Views: 3662

Re: Hakone 2015, Japan

It was indeed a lovely convention. One correction: The Taiwanese performer was not named Yu Ho Jin (that's the name of the wonderful Korean manipulator who is the current FISM Grand Prix champion, among many stellar credits). The young man from Taiwan, who makes jumbo cards transform into regular si...
by Max Maven
February 19th, 2015, 2:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer
Replies: 7
Views: 2013

Re: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer

And we appreciate your inconsistency.
by Max Maven
January 29th, 2015, 2:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tom Mullica's godfather?
Replies: 4
Views: 2500

Re: Tom Mullica's godfather?

I was just talking about Jim Carazini the night before last. Amazing act. He would walk into the venue a minute before showtime, and walk directly onto the stage. No costume, no make-up, no set-up. (Remind me some time, and I'll tell you about his offstage smoking habit.) And the "godfather&quo...
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 6:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 10884

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

Then aspire toward Dali, not Dangerfield.
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 4:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 4786

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

Far more likely than DeLand stealing "Inverto" from Finley, would be that Finley bought one and then fooled Vernon with it. Do you really imagine that Dai Vernon was not aware of the latest marketed card magic? My assumption is that Finley told Vernon that he had come up with the idea pri...
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 4:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 10884

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

The lack of an official comment should not be misinterpreted. The situation has not gone "unnoticed." It is under discussion. Until the show has been viewed by the members of the AMA boards (I, for example, have not yet seen it), it is obviously not viable for us to make an informed respon...
by Max Maven
January 13th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 4786

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

I was referring to the gimmicked deck known as "Inverto" or "Cheek to Cheek."

Pray tell, given the message to which I was responding, what was unclear?
by Max Maven
January 12th, 2015, 4:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 4786

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

Dai Vernon emphatically credited Arthur Finley with this invention. In 1914, Finley was in his late teens -- which does not rule out the possibility.
by Max Maven
December 28th, 2014, 3:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who invented the water in newspaper trick?
Replies: 4
Views: 1891

Re: Who invented the water in newspaper trick?

Fascinating information, Richard.

Source?
by Max Maven
December 22nd, 2014, 8:51 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone
Replies: 63
Views: 18348

Re: Tommy Wonder on Tom Stone

Speaking of Mr. Maven, I seem to recall him saying something to the effect of: an artist doesn't give the audience what they want. Rather, the artist gives them what they don't know that they want yet. I have avoided joining this thread, as I did its predecessor, for fear my head will explode. But,...
by Max Maven
November 26th, 2014, 2:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism
Replies: 25
Views: 4959

Re: Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

"Legal" and "ethical" are not synonymous.

There used to be something known as Professional Courtesy.
by Max Maven
October 23rd, 2014, 9:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad to report that Larry Weeks passed away
Replies: 6
Views: 2093

Re: Sad to report that Larry Weeks passed away

Wow. I do not usually comment on death notices, but -- wow.

A remarkable link to the past. I met Larry in 1964. He sold me a plastic tray for 25¢, which was my introduction to Equivoque. Best quarter I ever spent.
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2014, 1:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question - obscure Max Maven trick
Replies: 12
Views: 2965

Re: Question - obscure Max Maven trick

While "Folded Anagram" was illustrated with letter cards arranged in a pyramid layout, the routine you seek is called "Therapy" and appeared in the October 1982 Linking Ring.

And there's nothing vague about that.
by Max Maven
September 29th, 2014, 5:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction
Replies: 7
Views: 2426

Re: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction

Actually, it is like the Oscars. The AMA has always felt that the awards we give should not be subsequently sold. A few years ago, we found out that one disgruntled past recipient had sold his Gaughan wand on eBay. As a result of that, as of two years ago award winners are asked to sign a simple doc...
by Max Maven
September 28th, 2014, 11:25 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: IBM British Ring Convention, Bournemouth
Replies: 8
Views: 3157

Re: IBM British Ring Convention, Bournemouth

Shouldn't the order be, "I said pick a card, and the doctor slapped me"?
by Max Maven
September 17th, 2014, 8:17 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 195
Views: 59461

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

Roger M. wrote: The issue of the out of sync audio is disappointing indeed (despite Max stating we had no right to be disappointed).


I never questioned anyone's right to be disappointed. In fact, I don't think that idea had ever even occurred to me before you made your assertion.
by Max Maven
September 15th, 2014, 8:41 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection
Replies: 195
Views: 59461

Re: One Man's View of The Hollingworth Collection

The sync issues being reported seem more than disappointing when forking out that sort of money. Comments such as this always seem to imply that the producers (in this case, the Buck twins) are "trying to get away with something." No one wants to put out a bad product. (Yes, I've seen the...
by Max Maven
September 11th, 2014, 7:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 43
Views: 14031

Re: $550 book

Coincidentally, Marlo described his own massive collection of distance illusions in an unpublished 1956 letter to Neal Elias.
by Max Maven
September 10th, 2014, 7:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now You See Me 2 Coming
Replies: 1
Views: 924

Re: Now You See Me 2 Coming

Note the director's credits include the sequels to Step Up and G.I. Joe. My enthusiasm for this new project is about the same as it was for those two.
by Max Maven
September 10th, 2014, 7:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Video of a Magic Act You Can NOT Miss!
Replies: 4
Views: 1354

Re: A Video of a Magic Act You Can NOT Miss!

Context is everything. This was part of the annual "Two Minutes Contest" at the Taiwan Magicians Association convention. Contestants are expected to put together brief routines that are silly. This one clearly fit the premise, hence the great reaction. Had it been done in the actual contes...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2014, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 34
Views: 9737

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

Someone has to say, and I'll be the one. Joan Rivers was a very funny and talented comedian--30 years ago. For the past several decades she has embodied everything that is vile about American culture. She looked like a freak from the plastic surgery in a quest not to look her age, and she was a mea...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2014, 7:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lubor Fiedler Has Died
Replies: 29
Views: 9095

Re: Lubor Fiedler Has Died

Dustin, no need to apologize. Lubor knew, and that's more important than being mentioned on a list that was written when you were reeling from this unwelcome news. I'm still stunned. That said, I'm in Spain, having just spent three days visiting Juan in Cadiz; now in Madrid, surrounded by wonderful ...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2014, 2:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joan Rivers, RIP
Replies: 34
Views: 9737

Re: Joan Rivers, RIP

For Bill Mullins:

You might alter your opinion if you watch the 2010 documentary about her, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work -- particularly the scene during a casino performance where an audience member angrily denounces one of her jokes. Her reply is, in several ways, quite beautiful.
by Max Maven
August 24th, 2014, 6:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: George Jason
Replies: 16
Views: 4201

Re: George Jason

So far as I know, no film or video of George Jason exists. There is an audiotape of one of his shows; I heard it back in the 1970s. However, at this point I have no recollection as to who owned that recording. One significant legacy from Jason that is largely forgotten is the idea of MCing a magic c...
by Max Maven
August 11th, 2014, 7:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: B'Wave
Replies: 19
Views: 2829

Re: B'Wave

Any set using jokers rather than blanks is not an authorized "B'wave" packet.

John Bannon's "Twisted Sister," a variant that was authorized, did use jokers -- so perhaps someone split up TS sets and sold them as "B'wave" sets for increased profits.
by Max Maven
August 10th, 2014, 5:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 31
Views: 10843

Re: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic

It was invented by Steve Belchou, and first appeared in The Dragon in 1939.

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