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by Bill Mullins
May 17th, 2002, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Value of Companion Videos
Replies: 21
Views: 984

Re: The Value of Companion Videos

Originally posted by Chris Wasshuber: You can't buy a PC-XT anymore, even if that is all you need. . . . One comment to the digital projection. The benefit there is not image quality improvement. It is much easier and cheaper distribution. [/URL] The "benefit" of digital is both a blessin...
by Bill Mullins
May 17th, 2002, 10:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why's everyone wearing black?
Replies: 31
Views: 1913

Re: Why's everyone wearing black?

Originally posted by John Blaze:
Most magicians are fat bastards, and the black helps them look a bit less fat.
I was wearing black one day, and a co-worker asked "Are you wearing black to help you look smaller?" I said yes, and he said "It ain't black enough".

Bill
by Bill Mullins
May 13th, 2002, 11:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: E-books and Integrity
Replies: 51
Views: 2478

Re: E-books and Integrity

Kudos to Chris W. for resolving this. It's easy to make a mistake (particularly when you've got the whole Genii Forum willing to pick you apart), but one measure of a man is what he is willing to do fix the problem, and it looks like Chris has done all that's required by law, and then some. It must ...
by Bill Mullins
May 13th, 2002, 11:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: E-books and Integrity
Replies: 51
Views: 2478

Re: E-books and Integrity

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Scott, it is not easy to spot a pirated manuscript for many people. They may think they're buying the real thing. Boy, you got that right. When Allan Hayden lectured here in 1997, the lecture notes he was selling appeared to be 4th or 5th generation copy of a c...
by Bill Mullins
May 10th, 2002, 3:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Aaron Fisher's video or the Sleight Album
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: Aaron Fisher's video or the Sleight Album

I'm pretty sure Denny & Lee's stocks them.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
May 10th, 2002, 3:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: E-books and Integrity
Replies: 51
Views: 2478

Re: E-books and Integrity

Originally posted by Chris Wasshuber: Bob, But the law states that minor changes do not constitute a new copyright not even for the changes. http://www.lybrary.com/ A translation from one language to another, even a literal word-for-word one, isn't a minor change. Ask Richard Hatch if his work on C...
by Bill Mullins
May 10th, 2002, 7:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Polishing the Johnson's cups?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: Polishing the Johnson's cups?

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
Goodbye, MoFo.
What is this? Did MoFo just get bounced from
the forum?
Bill
by Bill Mullins
May 9th, 2002, 4:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Aaron Fisher Book
Replies: 17
Views: 1153

Re: Aaron Fisher Book

In the mean time, his lecture notes "The Sleight Album" are somewhat available, and his video tape and his one-man issue of Labyrinth are less so. But they contain some killer stuff -- his "Illusion Control" does the same thing as Tilt, only more convincingly (the spectator can i...
by Bill Mullins
May 9th, 2002, 4:24 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: memorized deck
Replies: 67
Views: 13214

Re: memorized deck

Boris Wild lectured here (Huntsville, AL) last night (a great lecture, catch him if you can). A couple of effects were based on his memorized deck, which is really more of a system to calculate positions of cards in the stack, than it is a memorized stack. In other words, simple rules allow you to e...
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2002, 3:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three shells
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: Three shells

The Travel Channel had a special a couple weeks ago, "Magicians of the Street" with Bob Sheets in Santa Monica and Allan Hayden in Venice Beach, and with Michael Ammar and Johnny Ace Palmer working upscale sidewalk bistros. Sheets's set include his shell game -- is this a demo of the move ...
by Bill Mullins
May 2nd, 2002, 2:56 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Abbott's Magic Trading Cards
Replies: 0
Views: 278

Abbott's Magic Trading Cards

For a while, Abbott's sold a set of trading cards (called "Off the Wall at Abbott's", I think), featuring pictures of magicians taken from pictures on the wall at Abbott's. They sold them for a while, and since they didn't sell well, they started throwing a set into orders. Well, now they'...
by Bill Mullins
April 26th, 2002, 12:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I need to get in touch with Allan Ackerman!
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: I need to get in touch with Allan Ackerman!

I think he is (or was) on the faculty at UNLV (mathematics dept???); I found an email address for him on their website about a year ago, but never used it.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
April 20th, 2002, 11:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Danny Tong
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Danny Tong

I don't think he is online. We are hosting him here for a lecture in Huntsville, AL on 25 April, and I'm waiting for a call from him so we can tell him the venue and hotel room. I don't know much about his magic, and am looking forward to the lecture.] Email me if you want to come, all magicians are...
by Bill Mullins
April 20th, 2002, 11:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine's Ice stunt melted by Fox PR
Replies: 47
Views: 3356

Re: Blaine's Ice stunt melted by Fox PR

Originally posted by Pete McCabe: His audiences definitely believe in magic. How many magicians want audiences that "definitely believe in magic"? Isn't that just a little, well, like a snake oil salesman? Isn't part of the implied contract that most magicians want to have with their audi...
by Bill Mullins
April 17th, 2002, 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: dilbert
Replies: 0
Views: 321

dilbert

dilbert does black art -- Omar Pasha, beware!

http://umweb1.unitedmedia.com/comics/di ... 20417.html
by Bill Mullins
April 17th, 2002, 2:52 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: The Left Handed Force
Replies: 6
Views: 948

Re: The Left Handed Force

Hasn't Simon Lovell made reference, somewhere, to making a spec. use his foot or something to select a forced card?

Bill
by Bill Mullins
April 17th, 2002, 7:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting
Replies: 55
Views: 5134

Re: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting

If it captures with commentary, then the commenter has done the research, and everyone else is taking advantage of it ("copying" it may be a better way of phrasing). What I mean is that the _process_ of researching is invaluable, not just the results. Copying lineage from database will giv...
by Bill Mullins
April 16th, 2002, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting
Replies: 55
Views: 5134

Re: Setting the Record Straight and Crediting

Originally posted by Bob Farmer: There is no magic database with all the answers. Even if there were, so what? Crediting done simply by listing predecessors may meet the letter of ethical conventions, but not the spirit. Informed research of the credits benefits the one who does it and those to who...
by Bill Mullins
April 16th, 2002, 12:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii in the mail!
Replies: 53
Views: 3912

Re: May Genii in the mail!

Originally posted by Steve Bryant: The issue arrived yesterday, and as I am home with some weird flu, .......... As to the tricks, despite the carefully described misdirection, I'd challenge either Germain or David Ben to secretly use both hands to write a fake autograph in their lap without some f...
by Bill Mullins
April 15th, 2002, 2:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gathering for Gardner
Replies: 8
Views: 713

Re: Gathering for Gardner

Was the impossible tasks guy Scott Kim? He's a graphic designer who comes up with "Inversions", words/phrases that can be read in different directions because of symmetry that he either discovers or invents. See his website www.scottkim.com and poke about. Two years ago, he performed round...
by Bill Mullins
April 15th, 2002, 7:15 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Reference Help!
Replies: 24
Views: 1778

Re: Reference Help!

The Liwag false faro shuffle is referenced, but not explained, in Close's Workers #5. During his "farewell" lecture tour 3 or so years ago, he explained it when asked, but did not include it in the notes for that lecture.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
April 15th, 2002, 7:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gathering for Gardner
Replies: 8
Views: 713

Re: Gathering for Gardner

Should have mentioned above -- it is invite only.
That may be why you've not heard of it -- there isn't any publicity.

Bill
by Bill Mullins
April 14th, 2002, 10:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gathering for Gardner
Replies: 8
Views: 713

Gathering for Gardner

Did anyone attend the Gathering for Gardner in Atlanta a week ago? It is a biennial event hosted by puzzle-ologist Tom Rodgers, in honor of Martin Garnder. I went two years ago, and it was the most interesting magic related get-together I've ever been to. In attendance: Teller, Looy Simonoff, Jay Ma...
by Bill Mullins
April 14th, 2002, 12:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Best Videos
Replies: 14
Views: 890

Re: The Best Videos

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: Now, to the subject of a videotape: the material needs to be strong, your own or someone else's (put on the tape ONLY WITH PERMISSION), extremely clearly explained, and well presented. You don't need three cameras. A single camera, how my videos were shot, will...
by Bill Mullins
April 6th, 2002, 12:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 6622

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Party Pooper.
by Bill Mullins
April 2nd, 2002, 12:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Compilation Cop
Replies: 32
Views: 2187

Re: The Compilation Cop

From Dustin Stinett: "In regard to crediting, I cannot recall hearing anyone complain about items being used without permission or credit in Giobbis work (though this is not to say no one has I just havent heard it). I certainly cant say the same about the Easy to Master series." Does this...
by Bill Mullins
April 1st, 2002, 2:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 6622

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Boy, wouldn't it be fine if a _good_ card magician, who appreciates the quality of the material in Royal Road, would do a series of tapes featuring the material in it.

Maybe a good Scots magician.
by Bill Mullins
March 27th, 2002, 2:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ethics
Replies: 57
Views: 3987

Re: Ethics

Originally posted by bill mullins: There is a case under consideration before the U.S. Supreme Court right now, contesting congress's extension of copyright monopolies for existing works. For some really interesting background, see: http://writ.news.findlaw.com/commentary/20020305_sprigman.html and...
by Bill Mullins
March 26th, 2002, 3:43 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: rising card questions
Replies: 111
Views: 27784

Re: rising card questions

Henry Evans has a neat rising card with a loop of elastic threaded through the design of a court card.
by Bill Mullins
March 24th, 2002, 10:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ethics
Replies: 57
Views: 3987

Re: Ethics

Joshua Macy quote: Authors and inventors get a limited, temporary monopoly on the distribution of their work/use of their invention in order to encourage them to publish (and in the case of inventions predicated on their making the details public), after which the ideas and all the products that der...
by Bill Mullins
March 24th, 2002, 10:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: HAS ANYONE RECEIVED THE APRIL ISSUE YET?
Replies: 61
Views: 4268

Re: HAS ANYONE RECEIVED THE APRIL ISSUE YET?

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: For better or worse, we have to keep to a level determined by the fact that many people in all parts of the world, and different parts of our country, read Genii, and not all of them are amused by the same things. So far, the Kaufman-era Genii's sensibilities w...
by Bill Mullins
March 22nd, 2002, 7:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: nicholas night lecture notes
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: nicholas night lecture notes

They show up on eBay from time to time.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
March 21st, 2002, 8:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gary Plants
Replies: 10
Views: 652

Re: Gary Plants

Thanks

Bill
by Bill Mullins
March 21st, 2002, 8:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Gary Plants
Replies: 10
Views: 652

Gary Plants

Has Gary changed web sites? The one that
was open up until a couple weeks ago is now
closed:
http://home.att.net/~cardman1/

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
March 19th, 2002, 9:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: HAS ANYONE RECEIVED THE APRIL ISSUE YET?
Replies: 61
Views: 4268

Re: HAS ANYONE RECEIVED THE APRIL ISSUE YET?

Got my copy today. (still waiting on the Al Cohen issue, though).

What a cover. The rocks in front of Ben make it look like he's shooting a mineral bird. (Ben Grimm instead of Ben Harris??)

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
March 19th, 2002, 8:12 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Powers of Darkness
Replies: 11
Views: 1561

Re: Powers of Darkness

I saw Rafael Benatar do this at a convention in the fall of 2000. It killed. This is
a really good effect.

He had visited Caveny for personal instruction in the effect, but that's probably not necessary -- just a sign of how much he is willing to invest in getting it right.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
March 19th, 2002, 8:07 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: rising card questions
Replies: 111
Views: 27784

Re: rising card questions

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
OK fun seekers... who's was the use of a small rubber ball hidden behind the deck? I first saw Dingle do this one.


JOhn Cornelius has a rubber ball method to rise a card in a glass.

Bill
by Bill Mullins
March 17th, 2002, 11:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Steranko Ultimate Move
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: Wanted: Steranko Ultimate Move

Why not try getting it directly from the copyright owner, Jim Steranko? Email him at:

supergraphics@prevue.net

If you get a reply, let the rest of us know what he says.

Bill Mullins
by Bill Mullins
March 13th, 2002, 3:19 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Mad as Hell and Not Taking It Anymore
Replies: 63
Views: 5892

Re: Mad as Hell and Not Taking It Anymore

Said Paul Wilson on another thread today: "I am always nervous that something I publish will turn up in some old manuscript (or worse, in a standard text like Expert Card Technique) but that's the risk you take if you publish anything without the benefit of a complete library and a perfect memo...
by Bill Mullins
March 13th, 2002, 3:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: pickpocket
Replies: 19
Views: 1138

Re: pickpocket

Okay, so you're an expert magician. Maybe you should spend a little more time studying grammar and spelling and a little less on magic.

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