The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

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The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 1st, 2014, 3:09 pm

Stephen Hobbs has just launched a new website where he will be giving away free material every day.
GO NOW!
http://www.stephenhobbstechnicaltoolbox.com/
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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Bill Mullins » January 1st, 2014, 3:53 pm

Wow -- this looks to be good.

Will this be entry #1 in Dustin's 2014 year-end review?

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Andrew Pinard » January 1st, 2014, 4:09 pm

The Table of Contents is quite ambitious and the first piece is remarkable indeed... Looking forward to spending a year with Mr. Hobbs...

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Tom Gilbert » January 1st, 2014, 8:10 pm

Looks like quite an undertaking, but very much appreciated.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby luigimar » January 1st, 2014, 11:48 pm

Great way to start the New Year! Thanks Mr. Hobbs!

Can we get to see your face sometime? (we just got to see your hands!)
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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby luigimar » January 3rd, 2014, 12:10 am

Already practicing the first effect. It's great!
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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Matthew Field » January 3rd, 2014, 3:49 am

For lovers of card magic, Stephen Hobbs new site is just wonderful.

As for a look at his face, I got to see the whole package in person when he visited my New York apartment about 30 years ago! We "sessioned" for a couple of hours. First (and last) time I ever did that (me being something of a recluse).

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Pete McCabe » January 3rd, 2014, 11:08 am

Matt, perhaps you can talk to a police sketch artist.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby mrgoat » January 3rd, 2014, 11:43 am

Wonderfully designed site with simple, clear UI and a stellar first instalment. I never work on a table, so it's not for me, but it is really bloody clever and easy to boot!

Thanks for sharing Mr Hobbs.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby erdnasephile » January 3rd, 2014, 12:16 pm

Pete McCabe wrote:Matt, perhaps you can talk to a police sketch artist.


The countenance of the enigmatic Mr. Hobbs can also be glimpsed in the Jack Carpenter "Sessions" DVD, Volume 1

This is a terrific website! Thanks, Mr. Hobbs!

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby JR Russell » January 3rd, 2014, 12:41 pm

This will be a fun site to watch over the the course of 2014!
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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Justin Fraser » January 4th, 2014, 5:55 pm

Week 2 material is up! This is fantastic stuff, I will most definitely be checking in each and every week thus year!

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby RMajor » January 5th, 2014, 8:49 am

The first week's item would make an excellent out for the classic force.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Tom Stone » January 5th, 2014, 9:02 am

RMajor wrote:The first week's item would make an excellent out for the classic force.

Bob

Intriguing! I don't see how that would be possible. A hint? :)

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby AJM » January 5th, 2014, 11:49 am

Hmm - I'm hearing the sound but not seeing the video, anyone else experiencing something similar. I'm using IE11.

Would welcome any thoughts.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby I.M. Magician » January 5th, 2014, 12:14 pm

Andrew:

I am getting both sound and picture but something appears to be not quite right. There is a spinning wheel in the center of the video which will not go away and the video freezes and I have to press the play arrow repeatedly.

He may want to be contacted about these matters so he can make necessary corrections.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Evan Shuster » January 5th, 2014, 12:38 pm

Hmmm... I just tried both week 1, and all three week 2 videos, and they worked fine for me on IE11, Chrome and Firefox.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby I.M. Magician » January 5th, 2014, 12:45 pm

I had no problem at all with week 1.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby I.M. Magician » January 5th, 2014, 12:48 pm

I just tried week 2 again and it works fine now.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby AJM » January 5th, 2014, 2:08 pm

Hmmm -strange one indeed, thanks all for checking.

Seems to work ok with Firefox - however still no joy with IE11 either in or out of compatibility mode.

Haven't checked out Week 2 as yet but the Week 1 content is very good indeed.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Duane Gillam » January 5th, 2014, 2:18 pm

No problems with IOS7.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Ted M » January 5th, 2014, 6:40 pm

Noted this with interest on the Introduction page (italics mine):

"Hobbs is also the co-author, along with Stephen Minch and Jamy Ian Swiss, of The Long Goodbye, soon to be released by Hermetic Press, a two-volume project devoted to the card and coin magic of the late Geoffrey Latta."

http://www.stephenhobbstechnicaltoolbox ... ction.html

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 5th, 2014, 7:10 pm

It's been a long time, but I believe that Hobbs wrote the original manuscript when the Latta project was still one of mine.
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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Pete McCabe » January 5th, 2014, 10:32 pm

Can't help but notice that it's only January 5th, and already the 2nd week is posted. What does Hobbes think he is, Genii Magazine?

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby JR Russell » February 24th, 2014, 6:53 pm

Stephen is up to week 6 and I am enjoying this toolbox blog. I hope that I am not the only one!
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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby AJM » February 25th, 2014, 7:00 am

I look forward to this each week - excellent material from Mr Hobbs.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Evan Shuster » February 27th, 2014, 12:27 am

Frankly, I feel a little guilty. This is "subscription worthy" material.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby GlennWest » June 6th, 2014, 2:50 pm

Bumping this in case anyone missed it. Hobbs is posting some terrific stuff!

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby PapaG » June 6th, 2014, 3:13 pm

GlennWest wrote:Bumping this in case anyone missed it. Hobbs is posting some terrific stuff!


Quite. The stuff is great. And incredibly generous of him.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Tom Frame » June 7th, 2014, 9:33 am

Very nice material! I'm hooked.

Thank you Mr. Hobbs!
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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Dustin Stinett » December 29th, 2014, 1:21 am

In case no one noticed, the site has been closed down, but the news is still very good. The entirety of the site will be released by Vanishing, Inc. as a set of DVDs and booklets this coming February. The profits on the sale of this set will be donated to charity.

Thank you again Mr. Hobbs!

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby AJM » December 29th, 2014, 5:32 am

Yes, I'd spotted that Dustin.
Mr Hobbs' Technical Toolbox has been an excellent resource over the past 12 months.
I would highly recommend the DVDs and accompanying notes when they are released in the New Year.
Also good to hear the profits on all sales will be donated to charity.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Evan Shuster » December 29th, 2014, 9:40 am

I'm another big fan of the site, and of Stephen's work. I followed faithfully for the entire year and I believe there was somewhere in the neighborhood of 170+ video tutorials over the course of the year, clearly demonstrating and explaining an enormous amount of very clever, useful (often brilliant) material. I'm looking forward to having access to everything all over again when the DVDs are released.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Bill Mullins » August 10th, 2015, 9:34 pm

Just got an email from Mr. Hobbs alerting me to this.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby erdnasephile » August 11th, 2015, 11:47 pm

Wonderful, practical material. Many of the moves are very versatile, and Mr. Hobbs often provides some great routines using them. He's an excellent teacher, and I had no trouble adopting several of the handlings. Very responsibly credited as well. Already ordered the DVD's.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Will Jung » August 11th, 2015, 11:59 pm

I was practicing some of the material on Technical Toolbox before the site's free period ended. Now I regret not taking advantage of it more when it was free! I'd gladly purchase this set though. The material is 100% workable and the proceeds go to charity as well.

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Chris Aguilar » February 20th, 2019, 3:15 pm

This wonderful set is currently on sale at Vanishing inc. for only $25!

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic ... l-toolbox/

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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Steve Mills » February 20th, 2019, 5:07 pm

Chris Aguilar wrote:This wonderful set is currently on sale at Vanishing inc. for only $25!

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic ... l-toolbox/


A small word of warning. The set I got from them was computer burnt and not factory pressed. It's their product and they can do as they please and I was told they do this when they run short and don't have the necessary demand for an additional run.

They played OK on the computer, but had enough errors that I could not convert them to iso's. This may not matter to anyone else.

This may not be true now. I have no way of knowing.
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Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 20th, 2019, 5:50 pm

What's an "iso"?
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Re: RE: Re: The Return of Stephen Hobbs!

Postby Chris Aguilar » February 20th, 2019, 6:06 pm

Steve Mills wrote:
Chris Aguilar wrote:This wonderful set is currently on sale at Vanishing inc. for only $25!

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic ... l-toolbox/


A small word of warning. The set I got from them was computer burnt and not factory pressed. It's their product and they can do as they please and I was told they do this when they run short and don't have the necessary demand for an additional run.

They played OK on the computer, but had enough errors that I could not convert them to iso's. This may not matter to anyone else.

This may not be true now. I have no way of knowing.
Interesting. You might want to check the download section for your account, where are all the video files already exist and can be downloaded without conversion. I downloaded them to my phone and laptop and it's really convenient having them available in that fashion.


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