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by erdnasephile
February 14th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Martinka Auctions
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: Martinka Auctions

Has anyone handled those coin gaffs? I am curious about the quality given their relatively affordable pricing.
by erdnasephile
February 14th, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 9807

Re: Roy Walton

John Derris interviews Roy Walton in the October, 1999 issue of The Magic Circular. And it is the August, 1998 issue of GENII that has the cover story on Roy Walton. This is Volume 61, No.4. Dan Witkowski is on the cover of the April, 1988 issue of The Linking Ring. He has never been on the cover o...
by erdnasephile
February 14th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4789

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I think this has been mentioned already, but worth repeating. I believe that any effect that happens in their hands is an absolute miracle. They're part of the magic and they'll remember it for a lifetime. It doesn't matter if the card is changing, or the signature is disappearing, or w/e. That's w...
by erdnasephile
February 14th, 2018, 10:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 9807

Re: Roy Walton

Someday, I would love to read an in-depth profile of Mr. Walton in Genii or listen to/see an interview with him online, but it doesn't seem like that's in the cards at this time. If I should ever be lucky enough to get to Scotland, I know exactly where I'll be going straightaway. There was a nice a...
by erdnasephile
February 12th, 2018, 8:35 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 573

Re: The Chinese Bit

Luis Piedrahita using a Todd Lassen "China Bit":




Wow!
by erdnasephile
February 12th, 2018, 8:04 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 573

Re: The Chinese Bit

Hi, Bill:

Thanks for bringing that to light. It certainly is in contradiction to what I found written in "Ken Brooke's Magic Place."
by erdnasephile
February 12th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 573

Re: The Chinese Bit

What is the correct lineage of these related gaffs? Did Connie Haden's 2C/1S gimmick directly inspire Presley Guitar's C/S/B gimmick? How does Fred Lowe's Duo-Change gimmick, which apparently led to the Chinese Bit fit in? (I have only read about Fred Lowe's involvement, but have never seen the gimm...
by erdnasephile
February 12th, 2018, 2:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini Decks Now Available
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Cardini Decks Now Available

The current situation with specialized decks of cards reminds me a little of the comic book speculation boom of the 80's. I had friends who got stuck with garages full of books they eventually couldn't even give away.
by erdnasephile
February 12th, 2018, 3:32 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 573

Re: The Chinese Bit

Thanks to all for the information. Re: Eddie Gibson. There seems to be a website, http://www.eddiegibsonmagic.net/ but it appears it hasn't been updated for years. As far as the post coin, I own a post gimmick made by Tommy Wonder, but didn't think at the time to ask him the origin of his particular...
by erdnasephile
February 11th, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 573

Re: The Chinese Bit

Yes, my use of the term copyright was wrong.

I do wish, however, to purchase from someone who properly owns the rights (if this is not considered public domain).
by erdnasephile
February 11th, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 573

The Chinese Bit

Who owns the copyright to make "The Chinese Bit" coin set? Is it considered a public domain design, and therefore, legitimately available to many manufacturers or can it be only legitimately purchased from one dealer? If so, whom?

Thanks!
by erdnasephile
February 10th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is this our Randy Pitchford?
Replies: 2
Views: 521

Is this our Randy Pitchford?

Long story short: I love board games and picked up this at my FLGS today: https://s9.postimg.org/3zmv82o4v/smallworld.jpg I know that Mr. Pitchford is a computer game savant, but I wasn't sure if he also was into designing board games. Does anyone know if this is the same Randy Pitchford?
by erdnasephile
February 10th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini Decks Now Available
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Cardini Decks Now Available

Wow! That's a whole lot of money (2,500 x $15) changing hands in the span of a few hours.

Maybe RK should start the Genii Playing Card Corporation. I'd buy some cards with the classic Magicana logo on them. :)
by erdnasephile
February 10th, 2018, 1:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 9807

Re: Roy Walton

Richard:

I think I remember seeing a picture of you, Matt Fields, and Mr. Walton in Genii. It was at some event, but I can't recall where. Can you recall: Was that at the AMA Awards Banquet?
by erdnasephile
February 9th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 9807

Re: Roy Walton

EMC registrants received a pdf of Volume One of Opus as a free gift. On the first page, JJ and Chris Power said to look out for digital versions of Volumes 2 through 5 "which will be available shortly" and apparently they were for a period of time: http://cardopolis.blogspot.com/2011/07/op...
by erdnasephile
February 9th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 9807

Re: Roy Walton

I really like this thread! Mr. Walton sounds very cool--so modest and unassuming for such a brilliant genius. Does anyone have any more Roy Walton stories/insights they would care to share? (Someday, I would love to read an in-depth profile of Mr. Walton in Genii or listen to/see an interview with h...
by erdnasephile
February 9th, 2018, 2:41 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: A Visit to the Tenyo Factory
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Re: A Visit to the Tenyo Factory

When it comes to pranks, Japanese television is very hard core!
by erdnasephile
February 8th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive
Replies: 20
Views: 1094

Re: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive

Oh, OK, I think I get it: First, Click Options on the right vertical toolbar and this window opens: http://i67.tinypic.com/16ggaw4.jpg Then Click Issues in the new window: http://i67.tinypic.com/s6udf7.jpg Then Select Genii or MAGIC As posted above, thumbnails of MAGIC show, but no joy when it comes...
by erdnasephile
February 8th, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive
Replies: 20
Views: 1094

Re: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive

I find if I click on "Issues" in the vertical menu bar on the right it usually shows just the Genii issue thumbnails. Sometimes there's also a tab for MAGIC; other times there isn't, but then if I click on "Issues" in the toolbar thing at the top left (Issues, Help, Contact, Set...
by erdnasephile
February 7th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive
Replies: 20
Views: 1094

Re: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive

I had been searching under "Archive". Instead go to any of the recent issues and then on the vertical bar on the right of the webpage, click "Issues" and a link will show for either GENII or MAGIC. So I tried this with Chrome: I opened the Max Maven issue, and clicked the "...
by erdnasephile
February 7th, 2018, 6:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive
Replies: 20
Views: 1094

Re: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive

I am the dunce: I opened the archive from within an issue of genii and got to the screen with all the years listed, but can't find the MAGIC issues. Can anyone please help?
by erdnasephile
February 7th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15778

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Johnny Thompson describes a much superior way of handling the Hindu Force in his "Prowling Jokers" manuscript. Perhaps it's included in his big books? (PS: I don't think the above cited description is the Orlam Subtlety---I actually think that subtlety can be very effective in the right sp...
by erdnasephile
February 7th, 2018, 11:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15778

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

I've had success presenting a one phase, single card thought of "Cards Across" routine by whittling down the effect to it's essence, playing up the impossibility aspects, and staging it larger in a parlour situation. It's direct and to the point. (I'm also keen to try out Simon Aronson's k...
by erdnasephile
February 6th, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15778

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Hopefully, Mr. Kendall will weigh in with some light on the subject.
by erdnasephile
February 6th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15778

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

...Card Warp ... the standard routine with two unprepared cards (incidentally, not many people know that Roy's original handling used unprepared cards as well; the work was put in to make things easier for people less comfortable with sleight of hand). ... Where is that original handling? I have th...
by erdnasephile
February 6th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15778

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

I did it for an engineer once and it was immediately apparent to him how the card was folded in order to achieve the effect. I did card warp for an astronaut once. He kind've smiled and said "you forget I've been trained to think in 3 dimensions." I didn't press him for further info but I...
by erdnasephile
February 5th, 2018, 12:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Deck Recommendation

Just to clarify: thankfully, my family member isn't terribly sick--just under the weather. (Otherwise, I wouldn't be posting about cards).
by erdnasephile
February 4th, 2018, 11:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Deck Recommendation

So, I had the misfortune tonight of having to run out to Walgreen's to get some medication for a sick family member. (It was unfortunate because they were ill, but also because I missed most of the end of the Super Bowl -- Fly, Eagles, Fly!) I saw that indeed they have Stud playing cards back in sto...
by erdnasephile
February 3rd, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Deck Recommendation

Paul Gertner's "Unshuffled" is one of the most Faro-intensive tricks I know. Don't know if it means anything, but apparently Mr. Gertner chose Phoenix cards for his high stakes performance of "Unshuffled" on "Fool Us." (Then again, he's Paul "Freakin" Gertner ...
by erdnasephile
February 3rd, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 48
Views: 2508

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

Here is an interesting article that has some suggestions that may be relevant to getting new magicians interested in magic history: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/educational/yag/yaggettingyoung.html In addition, there is an interview with a Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Gordon Wood, in today's WSJ...
by erdnasephile
February 3rd, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Deck Recommendation

I agree with Tom: The Bicycle Elites http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8396 and the Richard Turner Gold Standard Cards http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/7967 both consistently Faro right out of the box. (I prefer the slightly thicker stock used in the Gold Standards). I've also found the Bicycle Mandolin Ca...
by erdnasephile
January 31st, 2018, 2:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 48
Views: 2508

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

In my more cynical moments, I wonder if it is a bit futile to hope that an appreciation of magic history can be engendered in future generations--at least in American society. I base this on the numerous studies that demonstrate the woeful knowledge of American history amongst the majority of study...
by erdnasephile
January 30th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 5
Views: 1201

Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

Exciting News: Michael Close has just released 2 huge ebooks of his material and theories, largely developed in the last decade: "The Paradigm Shift", Volumes One and Two. https://www.michaelclose.com/collections/featured-downloads/products/the-paradigm-shift-ebook-volume-one-instant-downl...
by erdnasephile
January 30th, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 48
Views: 2508

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

In my more cynical moments, I wonder if it is a bit futile to hope that an appreciation of magic history can be engendered in future generations--at least in American society. I base this on the numerous studies that demonstrate the woeful knowledge of American history amongst the majority of study ...
by erdnasephile
January 27th, 2018, 8:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1008

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

Thanks, guys (another magic history lesson!). Wow--that method is absolutely diabolical!

Pretty evil how Fulves and Slydini made it even more hidden by keeping it out of the Table of Contents! ;)
by erdnasephile
January 27th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1008

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

Thanks, Leo. I pulled that book of the shelf, but I can't for the life of me find it.
by erdnasephile
January 27th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1008

Dean's Ring Trick

I just saw this Dean Dill trick today and it really blew my mind: https://www.facebook.com/illusionworksh ... =2&theater

I miss Dean!
by erdnasephile
January 27th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 48
Views: 2508

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

Maybe if the community appreciated history more, we would have more craftsman, like in the old days. All these mass produced plastic-penguin-made-in-China effects that flood the market are so uninspiring I agree with you for the most part; however, I would respectfully note that the number of talen...
by erdnasephile
January 24th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Winter Break for Little Egypt Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Re: Winter Break for Little Egypt Magic

Hurry back, Mr. Bryant! Good luck with your move!
by erdnasephile
January 24th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 48
Views: 2508

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

What they need to know is different from what they should want to know. This started me thinking on a tangent.... Do lay audiences (in general) care at all about magic history at baseline? I'm asking because it's become somewhat of a cliche to hear cups and balls workers talking about "The old...

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