2019 In Review

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2019 In Review

Postby Dustin Stinett » January 1st, 2020, 1:01 am

The Genii Forum’s Review of 2019

Yep. It’s that time again. We are looking back at yet another year on the Genii Forum. Let us hope 2020 gives us the vision not to dwell too much in the past so we can focus on what’s next. In the meantime, enjoy the quick journey back in time…


On the Cover of Genii: Nick Diffatte

Dumbing Down Now Magic’s Fault

Quoted in the New York Times: “Magicians who embellish their conjuring tricks with false scientific explanations are unwittingly spreading beliefs in pseudoscience, according to an expert in cognitive psychology.”

Derren Brown is specifically targeted.

The Luckiest Night…

Since his passing in November of 2018, videos of Ricky Jay abound on the internet. This grainy one from 1972:

What One Can Find When Hooked on Cracked

Apollo Robbins and R. Paul Wilson make an appearance on Cracked.com’s list of “5 Criminal Masterminds Who Used Their Powers For Good”:
https://www.cracked.com/article_26121_5 ... -good.html

Order Up…

NBC orders a pilot episode of Like Magic, a television comedy program that “follows an optimistic young woman pursuing her dream to be a headlining magician in the eccentric and ego-driven world of the Magic Palace.”

We’re Shocked, SHOCKED, That it Ended This Way

While attempting a blindfold drive, a Utah teen crashes her car. The young woman was “inspired” by a Netflix movie.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bird-box-c ... lix-movie/

More Ricky

This time Ricky Jay appears on a German talk show, but the performance still enjoyable…

And Now Your Houdini Fix

The Science Channel debuts a four-episode television series entitled Houdini’s Last Secrets.

E1: The Torture Escape
E2: To Catch a Bullet
E3: Siberian Prison Conspiracy
E4: Buried Alive


On the Cover of Genii: Jen Kramer

Watchful Eye Wanted
The Genii announces that a new correspondent for its popular news column, “The Eye,” is needed.

AGT: The Search for More Money

The America’s Got Talent franchise holds a special competition, AGT: The Champions with 50 competitors “from past seasons and editions around the world.” The final pair features ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer and magician Shin Lim vying for the title. Shin Lim takes the $25,000 top prize.

Even More Ricky

The complete Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women (1989), Ricky’s first and only U.S. network television special:

Well, Sort of…

The Santa Barbara Independent reports that Milt Larsen’s Magic Castle Cabaret in Montecito, California opens its doors.
https://www.independent.com/2019/02/21/ ... ret-opens/
(For the complete story on the Cabaret, see Shawn McMaster’s article in the January 2020 issue of Genii.)

Even Greater Greater Magic

Richard Kaufman announces that he has begun work on a new two-volume edition of Greater Magic. The original text will be upgraded and new material added, with the word count doubled, along with the size.

Ricky Sings

From Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (1978) television program:


On the Cover of Genii: Guy Hollingworth

How Do You Spell Irony? M-U-M

Posted by Forum Member erdnasephile:
“It's a bit sad that in this month's M.U.M, the first answer for the magic WORDoodles puzzle is ‘order online’.”

And the Nominees Are:

The Academy of Magical Arts announces its nominees for its upcoming Awards Show:

Armando Lucero
Brian Gillis
Garrett Thomas

Carisa Hendrix (Lucy Darling)
Jeff Hobson
Lindsay Benner
Piff the Magic Dragon
Steve Valentine

Arthur Trace
Chad Long
Jon Armstrong
Justin Willman
Mike Pisciotta

Eric Jones
Garrett Thomas
Richard Turner
R. Paul Wilson

“He’ll Never Be Able To Work Live On Stage…”

David Blaine continues touring his highly successful live stage show, this time in Great Britain.

Oh Those Kids These Days

Posted by Tom Stone:
“Noel Heath from Gothenburg, Sweden”


On the Cover of Genii: Jared Kopf

New Eyes on “The Eye”

Genii feature writer Chloe Olewitz takes on the magazine’s popular news section, “The Eye.” She is also elevated to Associate Editor of the publication.

They’re Cookin’ Now

Penn & Teller are served up as judges on (season 1, episode 5 of) the Food Network’s Buddy vs Duff television program:

“Donuts and Magic: Kicking things off in the bake-off challenge, pastry chefs Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman have to handle the morning rush at Los Angeles' iconic Randy's Donuts drive-thru. They prepare dozens of deep-fried delights that will satisfy not only Randy's discerning customers but also the expert judges. Then there's magic in the air for the cake-off challenge as Buddy and Duff create cakes for the legendary duo Penn and Teller. Baking, showmanship and dazzling illusions combine as they present their cakes on stage at the world's most famous magic club, The Magic Castle.”

Meet the Judges: https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/buddy ... y-vs--duff

Grasping at Potter?

Criss Angel is slated to guest star in the NBC comedy pilot Like Magic. His character, Trent, is the “leader of the Ministry of Magic.”

Why Indeed

The BBC asks “Why do we like magic when we know it's a trick?”

To The Moon, Alice. To The MOON!

Turns out David Copperfield’s secrets might have survived the Beresheet’s impact on the Moon:
https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/15/david ... -the-moon/

The Devils Makes Us Do It

We quote:
“This video is an examination of some of the most well-known ‘magicians’ in the world. The video examines many of their ‘magic’ acts. These acts are impossible for a human being to perform without the assistance of a spirit or spirits. The video also shows overwhelming evidence that connects many different ‘magicians’ to demons. The video proves that these ‘magicians’ are really sorcerers who use demonic power to perform their ‘tricks’.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fKrFeX ... e=youtu.be

Maybe She Meant to Say “Most Politicians”

USA Today: “Washington state lawmaker who belittled nurses gets 1,700 decks of playing cards in mail”
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/poker ... smsnnews11

A “Well, Damn” Moment

It is announced that the venerable bookseller, H&R Books, is going out of business.


On the Cover of Genii: George Marquis

David Berglas

Announced that it would take place months earlier, David Berglas receives his MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

“I have spent over 60 years entertaining people in person, on radio and television–‘reading their minds’–but I certainly didn’t see this one coming.”
~David Berglas, MBE

Thanks But No Thanks

NBC passes on Like Magic.

A Little Halloween in May

Elizabeth, a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, puts on quite the audition:

And The Winners Are:

The Academy of Magical Arts hands out its 2018 awards:

Magician of the Year: David Blaine
Close-Up Magician of the Year: Brian Gillis (posthumous)
Parlour Magician of the Year: Mike Pisciotta
Stage Magician of the Year: Steve Valentine
Lecturer of the Year: Rob Zabrecky
Award of Merit: Brian Tolman
Award of Merit: Dal Sanders
Award of Merit: Shin Lim
Creative Fellowship: Lennart Green
Junior Achievement Award: Fernando Velasco
Junior Achievement Award: Franco Pascali
Junior Achievement Award: Rabby Yang
Lifetime Achievement Fellowship: Harry Lorayne
Literary and Media Fellowship: Magicana (Julie Eng, David Ben, and Allan Slaight)
Masters Fellowship: Johnny Hart (posthumous*)
Performing Fellowship: Bill Malone
Special Fellowship: Mitsunobu Matsuyama

*It is worth noting that Johnny Hart was made aware of this honor just prior to his death.

Do Facts Matter?

“Truth” is not always supported by facts, or, as is often the case, facts can be spun to support a version of a truth that might not be entirely accurate.

For years, Siegfried and Roy claimed the truth behind the attack on Roy was that Montecore, the white tiger who inflicted the wounds, was trying to help the illusionist, who suffered a stroke on stage.

Another truth is the one expressed by animal handler for the duo, Chris  Lawrence, who was on stage that night in October 2003. His truthful version is reported by The Hollywood Reporter:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/featu ... =hvper.com

The only creature that knows for an absolute fact why it bit into Roy Horn’s neck was the tiger. It has subsequently died. Everything else is conjecture. And that, like the devastating bite itself, is a fact.

But Did He Dance While Invisible?

Helder Guimarães’s one-man show at the Geffen Playhouse (Los Angeles) receives excellent reviews including this from Jordan Riefe from the Hollywood Reporter:

“Call it magic or prestidigitation, there is little need to qualify the magician's skill with pseudo-intellectual claptrap. Helder Guimarães does card tricks, and he does them better than anyone else.”
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/revie ... ew-1211217


On the Cover of Genii: Luis Piedrahita

The Z factor


Strange Cures is the recently published and well-reviewed memoir by Rob Zabrecky:

A few blurbs…

Strange Cures is a trip through the thrilling and hazardous landscape of Southern California at the close of last century. His story is a revelatory look inside the Los Angeles underground music world of the late 80s and early 90s—as seen through the alleys and doorways from a key insider.”


“Strange Cures combines magic and music, knowledge and innocence, humor and pathos into a singular and unique narrative. His story is a weird and worthy subject. As is he.”
~Jason Alexander, actor, comedian, director


“Zabrecky's memoirs are surprising, addictive, terrifying, magical. He careens through childhood, rock and roll, and popular entertainment by driving on the shoulder, passing on the right, and then playing bumper cars with the cold, hard truth. You're in for a fantastic ride.”
~Jim Steinmeyer, President of the Academy of Magical Arts, author, inventor

“Buy it. Read it.”

The Publisher Gets Some Press

The publisher of Genii, Randy Pitchford, is interviewed on Habr.com:
https://habr.com/en/company/ruvds/blog/ ... amMxp_pwfU

Why? Why Not?

A Kickstarter program launches to reprint the popular Jerry’s Nugget playing cards.

Speaking of Cards…

The United States Playing Card Company is purchased by the Belgian card manufacturer Cartamundi. (It is probably good news that a card company is now owned by a card and game company versus one that focuses on canning products, pens, storage containers, and other home goods; no offense Newell Brands.)

Can Penn & Teller Fool Copperfield?

Kicking off its sixth season, the Penn & Teller: Fool Us television program features the duo trying to fool “the greatest living magician in the world,” David Copperfield, with a card trick. (They do. But he still has an island, and they don’t.) It begins at about the 32 minute mark:

F U, U, U, & U

That’s the name of Penn 7 Teller’s recently announced VR game from Gearbox Publishing, Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary, and Underhanded.
See the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWswbu9 ... e=youtu.be
Buy: https://www.gearboxpublishing.com/game/pntvr/

Star Restores 15th Star

David Copperfield magically restores the Star Spangled Banner’s long-missing star:
Smithsonian.com: “The master illusionist reunited the Star-Spangled Banner with its missing star in honor of a Flag Day ceremony at the American History Museum.”
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithson ... 180972424/

Performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylv81fohvUk

Georges Melies, Ricky Jay, and (of course) Bob Dylan

A clip from magician and pioneer filmmaker Georges Melies in a new documentary and his long friendship with Ricky Jay leads to speculation the Bob Dylan might be a fan of magic. (Pretty sure he was just good friends with Ricky Jay.)

”Jimmy Fallon Literally Just Stands There When You Do This.”
~James Corden OBE

James Corden (host of The Late Late Show) participates in a card trick with David Blaine. Then, after Corden fetches a bottle, they both enjoy a glass of wine and DB smokes a cigar; all while Blaine is under water, holding his breath the entire time.

Richard Kaufman: Two-Timer

Magicana (the Canadian arts organization run by David Ben and Julie Eng) in affiliation with the Slaight Family Foundation, announce that Richard Kaufman has received a second Allan Slaight “Sharing Secrets” Award. Kaufman is the first two-time winner of any Slaight Award. Here is their announcement:

Oh, Yeah, There Were Others, Too…

The other honorees of the Allan Slaight Awards are:

Canadian Rising Star: Carisa Hendrix
International Rising Star: Ding Yang (China)
Sharing Wonder: Steve Cohen
Lifetime Achievement: Juan Tamariz

All winners receive a personalized iPad as well as a cash prize.


On the Cover of Genii: Ton Onosaka

Now That’s an Underground Magician

New York City Subway magician Olmedo Renteria (Olmedini) is honored at Yankee Stadium as part of their annual “Hope Week.” The Society of American Magicians receives a check to help boost the organization’s Endowment Fund.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSmDVw8 ... e=youtu.be

Pieces of Strange

Sorry, can’t talk about it in public.

The Right Stuff*

This is no conspiracy. In “Shoot for the Moon,” with words spoken by Professor Richard Wiseman and sleight of hand by Dr. Will Houstoun, together they perform the story of the first Moon landing.
https://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/20 ... w-video-2/

*Thanks Kent Gunn

Josh Jay Does Late Late Night

And does a terrific trick:
https://www.facebook.com/latelateshowcb ... jkxODc0MA/

A Whole Lot-a-Nuggets

A Kickstarter program with a goal of $15,000 to launch a new brand of cards with the look of the classic, sought-after, and expensive “Jerry’s Nugget” deck (from a long-closed North Las Vegas casino) garners $477,229 for the project.

All the News…

The New York Times prints a review of The Magic Castle’s food … or maybe not:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/dini ... ction=Food

The Left Coast Chimes In…

A somewhat better written review of the Castle’s new menu and Chef appears in the Los Angeles Times:
https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2019 ... BLxikvWdA#

All Signs of the Apocalypse(?)

1) Las Vegas is inundated with swarms of locusts
https://www.yahoo.com/news/las-vegas-gr ... 08574.html

2) MAGIC Live 2019 prepares to kick off in early August, with Las Vegas inundated with swarms of magicians.

Well. We’re Waiting…

The new Disney+ streaming network announces the film Magic Camp will appear on its lineup. Not yet as of this writing; exactly four months later. (The smart wager is on the fact that Jeffrey Tambor, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, is in the film has something to do with it not appearing on the family-friendly channel.)

But You Can Still Get Your Magic Fix on Disney+

The fabulous Disney short Magician Mickey can be seen in its entirety on the streaming channel. The seven minute animated short was produced in 1936, released in 1937, and it still holds up today.


On the Cover of Genii: Olmedini el Mago Magnifico

“It” Opera?

Forum member Richard Hatch wants to know who the card manipulator is. I want to know what’s up with Pennywise:

Genii Convention Lineup

Richard Kaufman releases the performers that will appear at the 2019 Genii Convention:

Penn & Teller
Gaëtan Bloom
Lindsay Benner
Bill Cheung
Rudy Coby
Anna DeGuzman
Nick Diffatte
Alexandra Duvivier
Dominique Duvivier
Akira Fujii
Carisa Hendrix (Lucy Darling)
Jay Johnson
Eric Jones
Ian Kendall
John Lovick
Hector Mancha
Jonathan Neal
Jonathan Pendragon
Ben Seidman
Jim Steinmeyer
John Thompson
Paul Vigil
Justin Willman
Rob Zabrecky
49 Boxes

(There would prove to be additions and a few dropouts to this list but, for the most part, it is who showed up in October.)

No Nightmare in Alice's Honor

In one of his final acts as International President of the IBM, Michael Finney presents rock & roll legend Alice Cooper with a Presidential Proclamation for his use of magic and illusion over his decades-long career. Over the years, Alice has worked with John Gaughan and James Randi.

Hide Your Silverware…

Magicians have always had a reputation as thieves, or at least working in concert with them (see the cutpurse depicted in the famous Hieronymus Bosch painting of a Cups and Balls worker). Now they are becoming hackers:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-old-sch ... 1565994214


After 21 years of running Magicopolis, Steve Spill and Bozena Wrobel sell the magic venue in Santa Monica, California, and home to their wonderful show Escape Reality. The establishment includes a theater—specifically designed and built for magic—a bar, a party room (which was originally a close-up venue), as well as a small magic counter where Steve would demonstrate and sell simple tricks.


It didn’t take long for the internet to do what it does letting us all find out that the buyer of Magicopolis is Randy Sinnott, a former President of the Academy of Magical Arts (and March 2018 Genii Cover Boy), who said in a comment on the transaction, “Steve and Bozena did an incredible job in building Magicopolis and performing shows for over two decades. I’m looking forward to picking up where they left off and taking Magicopolis to new heights as a magic venue, both for performers and for public audiences.”

Fooling Us Logically

He may not have fooled Pen & Teller, but Tom Stone’s performance of “Quantum Logic” (which is printed in Genii—look for it) is wonderful:

And a Tea Time Fool Us…

Wolfgang Moser’s Magic Teapot is also exceptional (but did not fool the duo):


On the Cover of Genii: Tom Gagnon

Speaking of Magic Venues…

A new public theater dedicated to magic arrives in the greater Palm Springs area. Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta, California is indeed THAT Marvyn—known better to us as Mr. Electric. Jeff Hobson is the impresario behind the venture. Marvyn Roy has lived in the area since his retirement many years ago.

A Busy Retiree

Magic Week (http://www.magicweek.co.uk/) reports that Lance Burton will appear at the 2020 Blackpool convention.

A Close Peek Behind the Fool Us Curtain

Forum Member Zig Zagger’ excellent interview with Penn & Teller: Fool Us consultant and behind-the-scenes judge Michael Close:
https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2019/09/ ... ael-close/

S&R Bite Back

With the revelations by their animal handler Chris  Lawrence on the attack on Roy, Siegfried & Roy appear on ABC’s 2020 television magazine program reiterating their side of the story behind the career-ending event.

Every Kid (even at-heart kids) Wants to Own a Magic Shop

The world renowned business Owen Magic Supreme, which goes back to the days of Thayer, is for sale.


On the Cover of Genii: The Sacred Riana

Darren Brown: New Yorker

Darren Brown, who’s Broadway show is a hit, appears in The New Yorker magazine:
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019 ... r-skeptics

Seventh Circle of … NO, it’s the Seventh Season

Michael Close reports that Penn & Teller: Fool Us has been renewed for a seventh season on the CW Network.

Jeopardy Magic

The greatest television program extent, Jeopardy, features a magic category, which is “run” by Las Vegas resident (and professional gambler) Daryn Firicano:

A: Giving a lot of bang for your buck in the 1920s, he presented magic, illusions, escapes & phony mediums exposed.
Q: Harry Houdini

A: On “The Big Bang Theory,” this notably silent magician played Amy's dad & actually had a line—"Thank you!"
Q: Teller

A: In 1983 an onlooker said, “I have never seen a Statue of Liberty disappear the way this one did,” courtesy of this performer.
Q: David Copperfield

A: On April 5, 1999 this magician was “Buried Alive” in a Plexiglas coffin under a 3-ton water tank & stayed for 7 days.
Q: David Blaine

A: He said throwing 2 cards so they stick in the same spot in a watermelon was a “feat so impressive, I am forced to mention it myself!”
Q: Ricky Jay

Shin Lim Cancels in Las Veg… Wait… Not So Fast

Perhaps some dates for Shin Lim’s live show, Limitless, at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas were cancelled, but he has a whole raft of them slated between January 31, 2020 and into June in the Terry Fator Theater.

Puppet Man’s Slip of the Tongue?

Frank Oz (once referred to as a “puppet man” versus a director by Marlon Brando) Tweets that he is busy editing a film version of Derek DelGaudio’s one-man show In of Itself. (He quickly retracts the comments.)

Halloween Magic at The Magic Castle

Every year, The Magic Castle’s “Boo Crew” turns the club into a themed spook house. This year’s theme was the Indiana Jones inspired “Cursed Temple.” This may be the first year they produced a walk-through of their intricate work. Enjoy:

Sniffing Out Houdini

David Haversat of Zanadu-Petrie Lewis, LLC, reports that they have “been granted Trademark status for Houdini: Cologne for Men. The product will be available this Christmas and Hanukkah Season. $29.95 – 30 ml. spray top bottle.”


On the Cover of Genii: Topas

Because There Aren’t Enough Versions Already?

A Kickstarter campaign to fund the reprints of some of the Drake editions of Expert at the Card Table is not successful garnering only $5,028 of the desired $12,000.

Well, If the Paper of Record Says So…

The New York Times publishes a “Letter of Recommendation” for the Penn & Teller: Fool Us television program (you may need to join a free service to read it):
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/26/maga ... ol-us.html?


On the Cover of Genii: Derren Brown

The Illusionists, Circus Circus, and Their Own Theater No Less…

Is the hit show The Illusionists going to have a “permanent” home in Las Vegas? It’s a big, fat “maybe, maybe not”:
https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/ ... s-1906665/

Penn Sans Teller

We knew something was up when Teller couldn’t make the Genii Convention (he Skyped in, and told the attendees what was up). Now the duo has cancelled their planned Australian tour, and Penn is doing shows with friends filling in for his silent partner at their theater at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Teller needed more surgery on his ailing back (he underwent spinal fusion surgery in July) and doctors required lengthy bedrest this time around.

Get well soon, Mr. Teller.

Not Magic, But Almost

Debbie McGee (Paul Daniels’ widow) wins the Christmas edition of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing television competition program.

Priority Mail

The amazing story of Henry “Box” Brown:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/ ... f-freedom/

Generally Speaking …

Keeping Tabs (as of Midnight Eastern Time) …

The Erdnase thread reaches 180 pages (up from 175 this time last year), 7,177 replies to the original post—made in February of 2003—(against 6,989 replies last year), and over 2,210,800 views (versus 2.05 million last year).

To Absent Friends

Please take a moment to remember those who died this year, and also think of their families, friends, and fans who will never forget them (and please forgive me if I missed someone):

Eric Anderson
Simon Aronson
John P. Baker
Tom Blacke
Anthony Brahams
Marshall Brodien
John Cornelius
Gary Darwin
Bob Dorian
Harriet Dreilinger
Steve Dusheck
Sonny Fontana
Piet Forton
Jeff Fowlston
Denny Haney
James Hodges
Wesley “Wes” Jarlson
Max Krause
Mike Maxwell
Jimmy Nelson
David Neubauer
Dr. Jimmy Nuzzo
Dick Oslund
Anthony Owen
Joe Pecore
David Pepka
Bobby Santos
Nina Schindler
Tony Spina
Granville Taylor
Eddy Taytelbaum
Johnny Thompson
Don Wayne
Hugo Wei

* * * *

Time Flies Like an Arrow.
Fruit Flies Like a Banana.
~Groucho Marx

And yet another year flies by. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the Earth rotates on it axis. As always, thank you for your time. I know all too well how precious a commodity that time is. I truly appreciate that which you used in reading all this and in participating in The Genii Forum. I wish you all good health, happiness, and peace in 2020.


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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Matthew Field » January 1st, 2020, 6:05 am

Thank you for this Dustin, and best wishes for 2020.

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby CraigMitchell » January 1st, 2020, 8:18 am

Dustin - your 'year in review' is a much-anticipated Genii tradition ... thank you!

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 1st, 2020, 11:20 am

A fabulous job, Dustin!
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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Leonard Hevia » January 1st, 2020, 11:30 am

A nice roundup! I think Dustin meant how quickly the earth orbits the Sun. Another magician named David Pepka passed away in 2019. He used to post here and in the Cafe:


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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Dustin Stinett » January 1st, 2020, 12:25 pm

Leonard, no, I meant what I wrote: the days (therefore the years) race by. (A version of the phrase is what I usually say to people from whom I need something that is time sensitive; I'm surprised Mr. Kaufman doesn't say it to me all the time.)

I had not heard about David. (Did anyone post the news here?) He was a nice man. My condolences to his family and friends. Way too soon. I will add him to the list above.

Thanks for the kind words, and Happy New Year!

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Joe Lyons » January 1st, 2020, 12:33 pm

Thanks Dustin!

Love these recaps.

Seems like I just finished reading the one for 2018...

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Leonard Hevia » January 1st, 2020, 12:38 pm

Happy New Year Dustin! An entire orbit or a 24 hour rotation, it all happens quicker than we perceive. Time is one of the universe's greatest magicians. We would be speaking heresy in Galileo's time.

Pepka's passing back in March was posted on the Cafe. That's how I found out.

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Chris Aguilar » January 1st, 2020, 1:01 pm

Great list Dustin.

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Dustin Stinett » January 1st, 2020, 6:38 pm

So there is no confusion, the Eric Anderson on the memorial list is NOT from Atlanta. He was from California and was a long-time Castle member.

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby erdnasephile » January 1st, 2020, 8:17 pm

Dustin's annual magical essay is always the highlight of every January 1st for me. Thanks again, Sir. Well done!

PS: Oh, my goodness---I didn't know about Mr. Pepka. He was a nice guy, did a great interview about Denny Haney with Circle City Magic, and is the reason I own a set of Riser cups. I'm sad he's gone.

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Tom Gilbert » January 1st, 2020, 9:22 pm

Fine job as always Dustin.

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 1st, 2020, 10:35 pm

I saw Pepka at the MagiFest and he took a selfie of us which is posted on my Facebook feed. He died about a month later. He'd been ill for some time.
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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Steve Bryant » January 2nd, 2020, 2:51 pm

Great job, Dustin.

I too was surprised to learn about Pepka. It was always a joy to see him.

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Grippo's Wish » January 2nd, 2020, 2:57 pm

When my suscription to G expired, I thought I would wait a while before renewing it. I was going to renew it today; in my head I thought that the subscription expired 1 and a half years ago. It turns out - the last issue I read was april 2019 lol

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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 2nd, 2020, 4:25 pm

I think you still need to renew it today! :)
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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby Ryan Matney » January 2nd, 2020, 11:00 pm

Amazing compilation, Dustin.

The list of names we lost this year is a heavy one.
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Re: 2019 In Review

Postby chetday » January 3rd, 2020, 1:23 pm

Excellent work. Thanks, Dustin. It really is hard to believe another year has passed so quickly. Here's hoping 2020 is a great year for everyone.

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