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by Bill Mullins
August 30th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: David Alexander silhouettes book?
Replies: 17
Views: 6235

Re: David Alexander silhouettes book?

Did David Alexander cut silhouettes himself? There's one signed with that name in this lot.
by Bill Mullins
August 29th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More
Replies: 14
Views: 1279

Re: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More

Highlights from the First Day of Issue ceremony at MagicLive.
by Bill Mullins
August 28th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Great Article on Why Magic Conventions Are Great
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: Great Article on Why Magic Conventions Are Great

Spymaster -- John McLaughlin Obsessively thorough Swiss magician - Roberto Giobbi Industrial chemist -- Gene Anderson Literature professor by day, Magic Castle producer by night -- ?? Retired marshal of Harvard University -- Richard Hunt (I had to cheat and look that up in AskAlexander) Top Washingt...
by Bill Mullins
August 25th, 2018, 1:15 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 877

Re: Of Dice and Men (the Hug/Kill trick) by Tom Stone

Or tell the students that grades based on merit are so passe', and now the students will roll for them. The student rolls, gets an "A", and all the other cards show "FLUNK".
by Bill Mullins
August 24th, 2018, 1:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2879

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

Variety 12/5/1914 p 16 The biggest trick Han Ping Chien does is not wholly pleasant for an American audience. It is the insertion and withdrawal of several short sticks into and from the nose. New York Clipper 1/23/1915 p 7 Han Ping Chien, presenting "Pekin Mysteries," with the assistance...
by Bill Mullins
August 23rd, 2018, 11:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wenk's Misled
Replies: 19
Views: 2829

Re: Wenk's Misled

Leonard Hevia wrote:Does anyone know when Wenk first released Misled?


It's advertised in the Mar 1987 Linking Ring.
by Bill Mullins
August 22nd, 2018, 11:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!
Replies: 6
Views: 702

Re: Here are The Performers For the 2019 Genii Convention!

Tom Stone wrote:Five female magicians!


Lindsay Benner, Anna DeGuzman, Alexandra Duvivier, Carisa Hendrix and ?

Edited to add: just now realized that Romany is not Paul Romany. Question answered.
by Bill Mullins
August 22nd, 2018, 11:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2879

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

I did some editing of this material over the past NINE years. Do not miss this extraordinary achievement by Richard Kaufman describing the magic of a troubled genius, Theodore DeLand. It contains great magic and an amazing story. And a deck of gaffed cards! Heed Matt's advice. I've seen the manuscr...
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Behaving Badly
Replies: 3
Views: 573

Magicians Behaving Badly

by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2018, 12:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6992
Views: 2037652

Re: ERDNASE

For anyone who cares, I'm pretty sure that the font of the front cover of the 1st edition of Expert is Post Oldstyle . The font was derived from the cover design of The Saturday Evening Post , which made me go "D'oh!" when I read it -- I've been staring at copies of covers of that magazine...
by Bill Mullins
August 21st, 2018, 12:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6992
Views: 2037652

Re: ERDNASE

Eight Kings goes back to 1876 (at least) (Hoffman's Modern Magic ). Eight Kings was first described in The Expositor, or, Many Mysteries Unravelled - Including that of the Learned Pig published in Boston in 1805 by William Frederick Pinchbeck. The trick begins on page 95: "By what manner the P...
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2018, 10:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6992
Views: 2037652

Re: ERDNASE

The Erdnase/tobacco cards possible connection begs the question: Were the card tricks on those tobacco trading cards popular effects with card magicians in the late 19th century? Much like the packet trick craze of the 1970s. I think they are (mostly) more or less "standard" tricks, popul...
by Bill Mullins
August 18th, 2018, 9:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6992
Views: 2037652

Re: ERDNASE

John Moehring had an interesting article about these tobacco cards in the June 2001 issue of MAGIC magazine. Check out page 52. The article went on for the next two issues, as well. It featured Burton Sperber's set of the cards, who also wrote them up in an issue of his publication "A Real Mir...
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6992
Views: 2037652

Re: ERDNASE

I've only been "into" magic seriously for 20 years. I started collecting cards in the late 1970s, and have known about this particular set for a long time. I only just now took the trouble to compare them to Erdnase, though.
by Bill Mullins
August 17th, 2018, 3:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6992
Views: 2037652

Re: ERDNASE

Jonathan Townsend wrote: Great find in terms of history. Does the explanation text scan as familiar?


Not to me, it doesn't.
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2018, 11:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6992
Views: 2037652

Re: ERDNASE

In Sept 1889, the Duke & Sons tobacco company released a set of 24 trade cards in association with their "Honest Long Cut" tobacco entitled " Tricks with Cards ", each of which described a card trick. Trick #1 was a Rising Card (from a glass). Erdnase included a Rising Card t...
by Bill Mullins
August 15th, 2018, 10:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More
Replies: 14
Views: 1279

Re: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More

At MagicLive, where the First Day of Issue ceremony was held, there were also lapel pins of the stamps available. And the magic kit was put together by Mac King.
by Bill Mullins
July 28th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Declassified Government Psi Research
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Declassified Government Psi Research

The Star Gate Archives, Volume 1 (of 4): Remote Viewing, 1972-1984 Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972-1995

a review
by Bill Mullins
July 27th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3079

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Steve Bryant wrote:Thanks for that, Johathan.

This one might have looked great on Penn and Teller, especially if he didn't return for the verdict:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rALFNou60ug


That is a valuable mystery. A Million Dollar Mystery . . . .
by Bill Mullins
July 27th, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3079

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

A method occurred to me as I was watching Danny's cool effect. Perhaps he had a special vertical, clear piece of plastic or glass affixed to the front of his performing area. The two lights shined onto the glass to prevent reflections. It appeared that he was sticking the blocks to the glass. He wa...
by Bill Mullins
July 25th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Purse Frames
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Purse Frames

All the purse frames you could want.

(not mine, I've got no interest in this, just thought someone might could use the information)
by Bill Mullins
July 20th, 2018, 2:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Book by Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont
Replies: 4
Views: 1292

Re: New Book by Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont

A nice review by Michael Dirda in Washington Post.
by Bill Mullins
July 19th, 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Cincinnati Kid
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Cincinnati Kid

Later on tonight, TCM is showing "The Cincinnati Kid". Preceding it is a promotional short for the film, "The Cincinnati Kid Plays According to Hoyle," starring Jay Ose.
by Bill Mullins
July 16th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1595

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

If you are searching for a specific number of coins in your pocket, you may use one hand as a tray, placing the coins on it as they are found. I think this is a specific case of something a little more general -- If you are picking up a large number of small objects one at a time, you will pick the...
by Bill Mullins
July 15th, 2018, 11:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 2217

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Richard Kaufman wrote:Al . . . does not jibber-jabber as Mark does.


Image
by Bill Mullins
July 14th, 2018, 10:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copyright infringement?
Replies: 14
Views: 947

Re: Copyright infringement?

Example appears to be "Bill in Lemon". Did Tarbell ever publish that trick? If so, I can't find it.
by Bill Mullins
July 9th, 2018, 5:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: how cool is this new toy
Replies: 22
Views: 4678

Re: how cool is this new toy

More on Hatsune.

And here's some technical background. It sounds like there have been some advances on the projection screen.
by Bill Mullins
July 7th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

Tom Moore wrote:
Then there’s the sold-on acts; that’s less common now but some of the classic iconic magic acts working today ( tomsoni & co) are in fact 2, 3 or even 4th generation of performer presenting someone else’s routine verbatim.


Are you saying the Tomsoni & Co act is not his?
by Bill Mullins
July 7th, 2018, 2:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

Ian Kendall wrote:Doesn't Silly Billy do this with his kids shows in New York? And Ursula sold her stripper act to a bunch of people.


They should team up, don't you think?
by Bill Mullins
July 6th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

It's pretty simple really. If I make a movie, or write a play, and you recreate that using my words, you are wrong. Same with magic. I think this is a different question. More along the lines of... ...let's say you have an unique act, and that you are beginning to get more bookings than you can han...
by Bill Mullins
July 3rd, 2018, 10:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Brian Gillis
Replies: 7
Views: 1323

Re: RIP Brian Gillis

by Bill Mullins
July 2nd, 2018, 11:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 15
Views: 1686

Re: Gravity Holdout

Steve Bryant wrote:I had nooo idea you were using a holdout. Just assumed you were a snappy dresser.


Could be both. There's no reason to perform miracles and look like a slob.
by Bill Mullins
July 1st, 2018, 1:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 1231

Re: RIP, CC

Leonard Hevia wrote:
15. Is that a Magnet implanted in your finger?

No, I'm just glad to see you.
by Bill Mullins
June 29th, 2018, 12:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harlan Ellison
Replies: 9
Views: 805

Harlan Ellison

The news spread today that Harlan Ellison has passed away. Normally, I wouldn't make note of such here unless I could note a magic connection. But he was such an important writer that I'll do it anyway. He's known for writing what many consider to be the best Star Trek episode, "City on the Edg...
by Bill Mullins
June 28th, 2018, 4:47 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2885

Re: Driebeck Die

Hocus Pocus Magic has been operating in England longer than a different Hocus Pocus in the U.S. It is the UK Hocus Pocus that supplies the Rob Bromley products. I don't see it on their site now but up until recently they sold a miniature Driebeck Die. http://www.hocuspocusmagic.com Mebbe so, but it...
by Bill Mullins
June 28th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2885

Re: Driebeck Die

Driebeck died in 2002. You won't need permission from him. An ad in Magic, Aug 2002, said that Robert Bromley of England "has obtained the rights to re-manufacture the original Driebeck Die," and that "Robert has graciously granted the Exclusive WORLDWIDE distribution rights to Hocus ...
by Bill Mullins
June 28th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5
Replies: 36
Views: 3079

Re: Penn &Teller: Fool Us Season 5

Is that Suley assisting?

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