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by Bill Mullins
December 26th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2371

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Groovy, man.
by Bill Mullins
December 26th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pete Biro - R.I.P.
Replies: 11
Views: 1540

Re: Pete Biro - R.I.P.

How sad. He used to be an active participant here on the Forum, but I haven't seen him post in some time. I always enjoyed what he had to say.
by Bill Mullins
December 25th, 2018, 7:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dave Williamson reaps praise in Circus 1903
Replies: 1
Views: 457

Re: Dave Williamson reaps praise in Circus 1903

David Williamson is all kinds of great, but he does not have Sam Elliott's voice.
by Bill Mullins
December 24th, 2018, 10:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick
Replies: 12
Views: 868

Re: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick

Spoiler warnings for a movie that's still at the theaters is one thing, but Magic came out 40 years ago and The Usual Suspects is 23 years old. If you don't know what's going on in them by now, you aren't paying attention or don't really care.
by Bill Mullins
December 23rd, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick
Replies: 12
Views: 868

Re: William Goldman's Narrative Gimmick

They tried to do it in the Bruce Willis movie "The Color of Night", but it was so bad on so many levels that whether or not this narrative trick "worked" is moot.
by Bill Mullins
December 22nd, 2018, 9:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 24 hours of close up from Spain - live streaming
Replies: 3
Views: 718

Re: 24 hours of close up from Spain - live streaming

This is happening RIGHT NOW.

Per Jim Krenz on the Magic Pebble, the main link is down. Here is a backup.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtsKTSw4GPA
by Bill Mullins
December 22nd, 2018, 8:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: M.D. Smith Artwork
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Re: M.D. Smith Artwork

Look in that second floor window. It's hard to tell, but I believe I can see a guy dealing seconds.
by Bill Mullins
December 21st, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 178
Views: 41958

Re: DeLand

Copy #34 of the Deluxe edition arrived in Huntsville today. Holy cow, what a book. How many words did the final manuscript end up being?
by Bill Mullins
December 19th, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Not every review was stellar - - - - "The crowd was ready for a good rock show, as evidenced by the predominance of pot smoke and disdain expressed toward the opening act, magician-comedian Ricky Jay. I'm not into variety shows too much, and Ricky Jay didn't much seem like he was either. He wor...
by Bill Mullins
December 15th, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 3044

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

performer wrote: I do not mean talking in one act and silent in another. I was referring to both in the same act. First the magician works silently as an opening segment then stops to talk. I have never seen anyone doing it effectively.


Jason Alexander's Magic Castle act?
by Bill Mullins
December 14th, 2018, 3:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Altman
Replies: 1
Views: 434

Jeff Altman

What is Jeff Altman up to? This.
by Bill Mullins
December 7th, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Congressional Conjuring
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Re: Congressional Conjuring

Richard Kaufman wrote:For reasons of privacy, I never disclose who gets Genii.


The question was rhetorical. I wouldn't expect you to say.

But it's interesting to muse about the workers in the mail room at the U.S. Capitol, sorting Genii into Pocan's inbox, wondering "what the heck is this?"
by Bill Mullins
December 7th, 2018, 3:26 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Congressional Conjuring
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Congressional Conjuring

Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan does a magic trick. (and not too shabby!)

His twitter feed includes #MagicMonday in which he (or someone he links to) does a trick. I wonder, does he subscribe to Genii?
by Bill Mullins
December 7th, 2018, 2:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

And here is a wonderful interview with Ricky at the NYPL, from four years ago. You can listen to it or download a transcript and read it. One of his less-familiar (and earliest) acting credits is as Philostrate in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The DVD of the production is avai...
by Bill Mullins
December 6th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 109
Views: 16511

Re: Royal road to card magic

The Burnaby Kid wrote:
performer wrote:[The double lift] wasn't mentioned in Erdnase or any of the standard books of the day.


It's in Erdnase. It's not mentioned by name but the technique is used.


Erdnase handles two cards as one in the Palm Change (p. 148).
by Bill Mullins
December 4th, 2018, 12:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Conversation between Art Speigelman and Ricky Jay. Podcast about his "Congress of Wonders." "Bullseye" is an NPR podcast/show where Jesse Thorn interviews people. Ricky was on it several times. The most recent episode looks back on those interviews and excerpts several of them. ...
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 10:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Behind the scenes footage from "Sink or Swim"/"Hacks" with Ricky.

On Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 9:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Lawrence Weschler remembers Ricky. If you are concerned about link rot with respect to the various youtube and other videos posted here (anyone seen Ricky's performance of "The Laughing Card Trick" online lately?), this downloader does a good job of turning the online videos into MP4 files...
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Mysterious (?) Vernon book
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Mysterious (?) Vernon book

Does anyone know what this Vernon book is, pictured here:
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/ ... ures-2.jpg
(from a selection of works by Patrick Reagh, who printed Jay's Journal of Anomalies).
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

From the guy who translated Erdnase into Italian. . .

https://boingboing.net/2018/12/03/the-great-ricky-jay-was-the-ma.html
by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship
Replies: 7
Views: 926

Re: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship

Brad Henderson wrote:Bill, i believe there was also a my favorite martian magic set.


Perhaps.

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by Bill Mullins
December 3rd, 2018, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship
Replies: 7
Views: 926

Re: David Copperfield bought "My Favorite Martian" spaceship

The obvious magic connection for this is David Copperfield. The second magic connection is that "My Favorite Martian" star Bill Bixby went on to star in "The Magician". The third connection is that the Martian, Ray Walston, played a magican named Jasper in another Bill Bixby seri...
by Bill Mullins
December 2nd, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky Jay gave one of the the best comeback lines ever: Ricky told me in the late 1970's, theater director Andre Gregory asked him to help with a new play he was directing. Ricky said working with him was a very rewarding, learning experience, that he always valued. A few years later, (1981) the mo...
by Bill Mullins
December 1st, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: December AMA Newsletter Editorial
Replies: 2
Views: 596

Re: December AMA Newsletter Editorial

erdnasephile wrote:We can yip and yap about how this television show, this exposure, etc. harms magic, but ridiculous rubbish like this just kills it.


Yes. This is similar to a point I tried to make in the "Cardman" thread.
by Bill Mullins
December 1st, 2018, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky Jay did not often speak of his father. But on occasion . . . "He made his debut as a magician at the age of 7 on a New York TV show called 'Time for Pets.' 'As I recall,' Jay says, 'they announced "Now it's 'Time for Pets,' featuring George the St. Bernard and also Ricky Jay." I...
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

More from NPR: 4/17/2013: Deceptive Practice review 11/8/2010: RJ on death of Charles Reynolds 12/26/2009: Rogue's Gallery 3/4/2007: Ricky Jay Plays Poker 5/10/2005: Talk of the Nation , when Extraordinary Exhibitions was released 8/27/2003: Fresh Air : Dice: Deception, Fate and Rotten Luck 12/28/20...
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 5:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

In regards to the Charlie Rose interview, I felt sorry for Ricky having to go through that. Is it me or did Charlie have a difficult time transitioning to a variety of pertinent questions? Was it painful for Ricky to endure that? Am I missing something or did Charlie Rose struggle to conduct the in...
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky Jay on Charlie Rose. https://charlierose.com/videos/2520
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Another great reminiscence, this time from a (layperson) personal assistant to Ricky.
by Bill Mullins
November 30th, 2018, 12:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky's girl friend during the "Cards as Weapons" era was Tracy Newman (SNL actress Laraine Newman's sister) (I believe she appears in the book) (she's talented in her own right -- she got an Emmy for writing the "coming out" episode of Ellen in 1997, and was a founding member of...
by Bill Mullins
November 29th, 2018, 11:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Thanks, Max, for posting these.

Ricky Jay's top ten films.
by Bill Mullins
November 29th, 2018, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

An early (1975) Ricky Jay profile
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by Bill Mullins
November 28th, 2018, 3:33 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 30
Views: 3045

Re: Slydini's material

But I want to throw into the mix that Jack Chanin used to do a routine with a regular (ungifted) large safety pin and he'd pin it to a handkerchief (borrowed) then slide it far to a different spot and not rip the handkerchief, yet it would be pinned through the cloth again. I think it is old. It's ...
by Bill Mullins
November 28th, 2018, 2:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/ricky-jay-magic-tricks-best-videos.html

And a tribute from the costume designer of Sneaky Pete. Jason, I seem to remember you mentioning that consulting gig at MagicLive last year.

"Every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man . . . "
by Bill Mullins
November 28th, 2018, 2:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

A Peanuts "Cards as Weapons" tribute to Ricky?
by Bill Mullins
November 28th, 2018, 12:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky Jay's final acting role.
by Bill Mullins
November 27th, 2018, 5:05 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20057

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

last night on my flight into columbus the flight attendant (formerly known as stewardess) addressed those of us in the exit row as ‘you guys’. The woman sitting next to me shrugged and said ‘hello?!?’. She was not a guy. and while i’m sure the flight attendant (formerly known as stewardess) meant n...
by Bill Mullins
November 27th, 2018, 2:46 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 20057

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Bill Duncan wrote:Is there a special name for men who knit,

Rosey Grier
by Bill Mullins
November 26th, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: who pays "re-shipping" cost on lost items?
Replies: 5
Views: 733

Re: who pays "re-shipping" cost on lost items?

Your job is to get payment to them. Their job is to get the item to you.
by Bill Mullins
November 26th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 73
Views: 10893

Re: Ricky Jay Death

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