As promised it's finally arrived... here's a pic of us in character performing close-up magic at the Parks Forum at the Carlton Crest Hotel. What we do for our clients!!! (Steve Irwin eat your heart out!)
40 entries from May 2006
Wow! After reading the instructions I decided to take a look on the web and see if unicycling was really as popular with "today's youths" as they suggested.
Unicycle.com certainly thinks it's pretty cool.
The British Army even has a special Unicycle Squad.
There's a unicycle built for two.
This guy has even built a two wheel unicycle.
But when it comes to multi-wheel unicycles, no-one beats the Chinese!
But just a warning if you think it's all fun and games, take a looke at www.busteduni.com for the dark side of unicycling...
Tim You gave me this incredibly badly translated set of instructions for assembling a unicycle. (Remember, you only get to read this after you've bought the unicycle). I love it!
PRODUCT INTRODUCTION AND INSTRUCTIONS
Originated from acrobatics, unicycling is a newly-developed sports event. It is a combination of venturing, skill, beauty, thrilling, and therefore, holds great attraction towards today's youths who seek new and strange pleasure. It is beneficial to build up one's body, to develop one's intellectual power, to enhance one's sense of appreciating beauty and to entertain oneself. It is of unique grace, taste, advantage, and temperate and therefore if gaining worldwide popularity and development.
- Unicycling can enrich one's sparetime cultural life and cultivate the ability to create and to forward boldly. It is also helpful to strengthen one's confidence to challenge difficulties and to overcome them.
- Unicycling can rapidly increase one's sense of balance, effectively promote the growth of cerbellun and therefore improve one's intellectual power. So the medical circle calls it intelligence-oriented exercise.
- Unicycling can promote the coordination and interaction of muscles and reins, strengthen the toughness and suppleness of ligament tissues. So the medical circle calls it gymnastic and body-building exercise.
- Unicycling can create an effect of psychological pleasure, strongly stimulate the regular movement of nerves, and so mould one's temperamnt and strengthen both one's body and one's mind.
- The populariztion of unicycling can provide relaxation for all youths, a positive and healthy means of entertainment and body-building and, at the same time, develop a new arena for primary and high school students after the Burden-Easing Policy.
- This product is easy to learn, and suit for both young and old people. One can master it in only one week.
- An even ground of just several square meters is enough for practising it.
- This is a safe sport. One won't fall even if the unicycle falls.
- This product is fairly cheap, and fit for popular body-building.
- Unicycling has been listed as a national sport by the All-China Sports Federation. The Unicycling Championship will be held once every year nationally, and once every two years internationally.
- Besides for competition, body-building, it may also be performed for show as a special even before any public gathering.
- To practise it in accordance with the rules, one must wear a helmet, a pair of knee-pads and gloves.
- Be sure to do some proparing activities before practice, so that every joint in your body is in a good state.
- Check its conditions before practising. One should, if necessary, rearrange the height and directions of the saddle, and twist hard the fixed screws in the saddle so as to get it suit for you.
- Find a practising ground which is as even as possible.
(Then follows a sparse diagram showing how to assemble your unicycle).
Looks like science is one step closer to invisibility!
Great article on the current run of 'As Seen On TV' promotion in the magic world by Wayne Kawamoto here. Check it out.
The show is shaping up to be something special, with Igor being replaced by the famous director 'Cecil B D'Star' (also played by Mat Unwin).
The whole two hour show will be built around the filming on a TV Magic Show called 'The World's Greatest Australian Magicians Finally Revealed' starring 'The Perdentes' and our own magical gangster 'Al Cappuccino'.
There are lots of surpises in store plus quite a few brand new Ellis & Webster pieces (as well as a great routine from Cecil and several volunteers). You'll see the Dressing Room illusion, an audience member levitated, the Samurai Sword Box of Death, plus classics like The Robot Rings, The Great Whammo, The Floating Table and The Six Card Rap.
It's going to be a great night of magic, comedy and fun so go to Ticketmaster7 or call 136100 and book now!
In the world famous Hollywood Magic Castle, a cardician of The Chicago Round Table named Steve Draun apprehends Gordon Bean, the Castle's librarian, and demands to know where the Holy Grail is. After Bean tells him, Draun shoots him and leaves him to die. However, Bean has lied to Draun about the Grail’s location. Realizing that he has only a few minutes to live and that he must pass on his important secret, Bean paints a King of Diamonds on his stomach with his own blood, draws the outline of a palm with his blood on the floor, and drags himself into the center of the palm, re-creating the position of Dai Vernon's Diagonal Palm Shift. He also leaves a code, a line of numbers, and two lines of text on the ground in invisible ink.
A police detective, Warren Jackman, calls Daryl Langdon, the story’s protagonist and a professor of cardology, and asks him to come to the Castle to try to interpret the scene. Daryl does not yet realize that he himself is suspected of the murder.
After murdering Bean, Draun calls the “Teacher” and tells him that, according to Bean, the keycard is in the backroom of St-Pierre's Hollywood Magic Inc. The Teacher sends Draun there. Draun follows Bean's clues to the keycard’s location and discovers that he has been tricked. In a fit of rage, he kills Sister Arian Black, the shop's book keeper and a sentry for the Divas of Magic. At the Castle, Daryl meets Warren Jackman and Matt Thomas, the police captain, and realizes that the two policemen suspect him of the murder.
Fay Presto, an agent of the department of cardology and Bean's granddaughter, arrives at the crime scene and tells Daryl that he must call the embassy. When Daryl calls the number Fay gave him, he reaches her answering service. The message warns Daryl that he is in danger and should meet Fay in the bathroom at the Castle.
In the bathroom, Fay explains that Jackman is noting his movements with a tracking device. She throws the device out the window onto a passing truck, tricking the police into thinking that Daryl has escaped from the Castle.
Fay also tells Daryl that the last line in the secret message, “D.M. Find Daryl Langdon,” was her grandfather’s way of alerting her: D.M. are the initials of her grandfather’s nickname for her, Darling Missy. Daryl thinks that D.M. might stand for Divas of Magic, an ancient sistererhood devoted to the preservation of the pagan goddess worship tradition, and to the maintenance of the secret that Bean died protecting.
Daryl decodes the second and third lines in Bean's message: “Cassius Marcellus Coolidge: Dogs Playing Poker!” Fay returns to the Castle library to look for another clue. The police have returned to the Castle as well, and they arrest Daryl. Fay finds a playing card behind the Masters of the Impossible poster of Siegfried & Roy. By using the poster as a hostage, she manages to disarm the police officer and get herself and Daryl out of the building.
Daryl deciphers the markings on the back of the card as belonging to French magician Boris Wild and so they fly to Paris. As Fay and Daryl drive toward the mansion of Boris Wild, Daryl explains the history of the Divas of Magic and their armed force, the McBride Magic & Mystery School. He reveals that the Divas protect secret documents known as the Vernon Chronicles, or the Holy Grail.
Daryl's latest DVD series is about this very subject.
When Fay and Daryl enter Boris's palatial mansion, an unnamed security guard realizes that they are fugitives and calls the police, but André Vernet, Boris's rubber fingered manager and a friend of Bean, recognizes Fay and helps her and Daryl escape. Fay and Daryl figure out that the number left near Bean's body must be a deck stack for a four-handed game of poker. When they stack the deck and deal the cards, they find the hands are exactly the same as those depicted in Coolidge's painting Dogs Playing Poker. The card Fay found at the Castle is the three of clubs, the very same card hidden on the chair in the painting! But the markings on the back of the card don't match the card's face.
Vernet successfully smuggles Fay and Daryl in to see Boris in the back of a locked substitution trunk. Boris explains that he is merely a shill for the real master of marked cards, Ted Lesley. Vernet turns on them, but they manage to get away by locking him in a pair of thumbcuffs. Daryl realizes the three of clubs is actually the Divas key card—that is, the key to all of the secrets the Divas holds about the location of the Holy Grail.
Boris takes Daryl and Fay in to the house to meet Sir Ted Lesley, to ask for his help reading the card's markings. Lesley tells them the legend of the Grail, starting with the historical evidence that the Vernon Chronicles didn’t come straight from Vernon but were compiled by one of his twelve disciples, Bruce Cervon. He also cites evidence that Vernon's Professorship was not a teaching degree but a nickname given to him by friend Garrick Spencer, and that Vernon was married to Ed Marlo, of The Chicago Round Table, and had adopted children with him. Lesley shows them the hidden symbols in Dogs Playing Poker and the painted representations of Vernon (the Saint Bernard on the left) and Marlo (the dejected hound on the right). He explains that 'Cassius Marcellus Coolidge' is an anagram of 'Success! Dai culls Marlo ego' (indicating that "The Vernon Touch" soothed the raging ego of Marlo) and 'Dogs Playing Poker' is an anagram of 'Greg Polk Spy On Dai'. (Greg was an agent of the McBride Magic & Mystery School who uncovered the Marlo/Vernon connection). He tells them that the Holy Grail is actually Vernon's cigar ash and the documents that prove Marlo was married to Vernon. He says he thinks Bean and the others may have been killed because the Castle suspected that the Divas were about to unveil this secret.
As Daryl is showing off the key card, Draun appears and hits him over the head. Draun holds Fay and Lesley at gunpoint and demands the key card, but Lesley attacks Draun, hitting him on the thigh on the hidden pocket where he keeps his stacking dice, and Fay finishes him off by kicking him in the face. They tie Draun up.
Jackman arrives at the Lesley estate, but Fay, Daryl, the bound Steve, Lesley, and his servant, Boris Wild, escape and board Lesley's private plane to England. Fay realizes that the markings on the key card are decipherable if viewed in a mirror. They come to understand the poem, which refers to “a beard praised by Mystery School”, which will help them arrive at the password. Daryl remembers that the Mystery School students supposedly worshipped the god Eugene Burger, who is sometimes represented by a large bearded head. The word, unscrambled using the Si Stebbins system, is Hamburger. When they peel open the key card, however, they find only another playing card inside, this one with a clue about a place where a teacher was buried by a student. They must find a clue that should be in the teacher's dressing room door.
Jackman realizes that Lesley and the rest of them are in the jet. He calls the Magic Circle and asks them to surround the airfield, but Lesley fools the Circle members with an old Copperfield effect into believing that there is nobody inside the plane but himself. Then he goes with Fay, Daryl, Wild, and Draun to St George's Hall in London, the site where the student's trick had killed.
Wild frees Draun and reveals that he, too, follows the Teacher. Draun goes to the church to get the key card, but when he tries to force Daryl to give it up, Daryl threatens to tear it. Wild intervenes, taking Lesley hostage and thus forcing Daryl to give up the key card.
Meanwhile, Jackman and his men look through Lesley's house and become suspicious when they find that he has been monitoring Bean. Over the phone, the Teacher instructs Draun to let Wild deliver the key card. The Teacher meets Wild in the park and kills him. The Teacher calls the police and turns Draun in to the authorities. As Draun tries to escape, he is shot, and he accidentally shoots his idol, Oz Pearlman.
Draun takes Oz to the hospital and staggers into a park, where he dies. In the hospital the next day, Oz bitterly reflects that Lesley tricked him into helping with his murderous plan by claiming that if the Oz delivered the Grail to him, he would help the Penguin Magic regain favor with the Castle.
Fay and Daryl's research leads them to the discovery that Harry Houdini is the teacher they are looking for, the one buried by a student, because they learn he was buried by Dai Vernon. Houdini bragged that no magician could fool him if he showed him a trick three times. Vernon fooled him with The Ambitious Card eight times in a row. They go to St Georges Hall, where Houdini was buried. There, the Teacher lures them to the garden with a note saying he has Lesley. They go there only to discover that Lesley himself is the Teacher. Lesley suspected that Bean had decided not to release the secret of the Divas of Magic, because the Castle threatened to kill Fay if the secret was released. Wanting the secret to be public knowledge, he had decided to find the Grail himself.
Lesley gives Daryl the key card and asks Daryl and Fay to help him read the markings on it. Daryl figures out that the password is one way deck—the secret to Vernon's Ambitious Card. They go to the dressing room Vernon fooled Houdini in, Daryl opens the door and once inside secretly picks up a cigar wrapper from an ashtray on the dressing table. Then he throws the key card into the ashtray, causing Lesley to drop his pistol as he attempts to take the card and prevent it from being destroyed. Suddenly, Jackman bursts into the room and arrests Lesley.
The cigar wrapper directs Daryl and Fay to Scotland, where Fay finds her brother (Jerry Sadowitz) and her grandmother (Moi-Yo Miller). During the reunion, she discovers that her family is, indeed, of the bloodline of Vernon and Marlo. Fay and Daryl part, promising to meet in Las Vegas in a month.
Back in the USA, Daryl comprehends the poem, which leads him to the large pyramid built in the strip in Vegas, where he is sure the true Grail must be hidden. What he finds there is a secret so powerful, it could shake the very foundations of magic!
Underneath the Luxor is a smaller, inverted pyramid and, living inside the chamber is Dai Vernon himself! Daryl offers to free Vernon and take him to the L&L studios to record a new series of DVDs with him, but Vernon insists he must stay and attempt to break David Blaine's record and, in turn, regain his rightful position as the most influential close up magician of all time.
If you didn't get to see the David Blaine or Keith Barry magic specials on TV last week, Pagliacci has some clips from the shows over at his blog here.
As regular readers know, we are not fans of those magic companies who take other people's ideas and release them as their own. (Take a look at our Magic Fakers site).
Lee Asher is also not a fan, and has come up with an interesting way of getting the copies off the streets and out of our minds. Though the fact that he has to take this extreme measure after someone else had made money ripping him off is sad... anyway, take a look at what Lee has to say:
What you’re about to read is a personal offer from me, Lee Asher, based upon my personal opinion.
What: TRADE-IN PLAN FOR GHOST KINGS DVD
Why: I want to swap your old copy of the Ghost Kings DVD with a BRAND NEW copy of the Asher Twist DVD because I feel the community should not settle for someone else’s fourth-rate attempt at my material. You deserve the best information possible.
I need your help.
I want the inferior product to disappear, and give you the real one in return.
Where: Click Here!
When: RIGHT NOW!!! There’s no time like the present, and this deal won’t last forever!
In my opinion, the Ghost Kings DVD is a mistake.
Mistakes are useful part of the ‘learning process’, but we usually overlook how important they really are. In many cases, we forget about the trials and tribulations it took throughout our learning process.
I forgive Magic Makers, and I’ve even spoken, in person, with Rob Stiff about this (in the Minneapolis Airport). We’ve both decided it’s ‘water under the bridge’.
But, in order for this never to happen again - I feel it’s my duty to help make the consumer more intelligent.
The key to being a smarter shopper is education.
Maybe it was an impulse buy, or it was a gift, either way you didn’t know the Ghost King DVD was a substandard product. You had no idea it was the Asher Twist taught without permission by another company.
Here is your opportunity to right a wrong...
Two major reasons why you should trade in your used Ghost Kings DVD for a BRAND NEW Asher Twist DVD right now!
- The Asher Twist is a better product. My DVD has additional detailed instructions, extra bonus options, and my personal guarantee you will be satisfied. That certainly doesn’t come with the Ghost Kings.
- Swap your copy because you want to encourage artists and creators who devote their lives to generating original innovative material. Intellectual property is valuable to you, and getting these Ghost Kings DVDs out of circulation shows your support.
There are a few magicians in this industry, as of right now, who will stand-up and help those who need it. I’m taking money out of my own pocket to ensure you’re given the opportunity to receive the proper information. I am even going to over deliver - Act now, and I will also give you my Diving Board Double PDF worth $12.95.
Please take the initiative and trade-in those inferior products for my proper ones immediately.
Again, I don’t mind taking a loss if it means you are receiving a better product.
Visit the link below for more information on how to swap your old copy of Ghost Kings for a BRAND NEW copy of the Asher Twist DVD today.
Don’t take my word for it...
By clicking on the link below, you will activate a player so that you may see the differences for yourself. It’s important that you click on the link, and that you decide for yourself.
Even if you don’t own the Ghost Kings DVD - please take the time to look.
Thank you for your time.
Speak with you all soon.
Ps. I don’t know how long my offer will last? Take advantage of it right now...
It's a great idea, and I really hope it works out well for Lee. At least Magic Makers seem to have stopped selling Ghost KIngs. But I know what you're thinking though... you're saying Tim, what about the 'Crushed & Cured Cola' DVD that Magic Makers still sells? Have you got a special offer?
What: PLAN FOR CRUSHED & CURED COLA DVD
Why: I have a plan for your old copy of the Crushed & Cured Cola DVD because I feel the community should not settle for someone else’s fourth-rate attempt. You deserve the best information possible.
I need your help.
When: RIGHT NOW!!! There’s no time like the present, and this deal won’t last forever!
In my opinion, the Crushed & Cured Cola DVD is a crass attempt to cash-in on the success of 'Healed & Sealed Soda'.
Mistakes are useful part of the ‘learning process’, but a crass attempt to cash-in is simply unacceptable. But, in order for this never to happen again - I feel it’s my duty to help make the consumer more intelligent.
The key to being a smarter shopper is education.
Maybe it was an impulse buy, or it was a gift, either way you didn’t know that the Crushed & Cured Cola DVD was a substandard product. You had no idea it was the Healed & Sealed Soda taught without permission by another company AND a sub-standard version of the trick performed poorly and explained even worse.
Here is your opportunity to right a wrong...
Take your Crushed & Cured Cola DVD back to the place of purchase and tell the person who sold it to you that they are trading in stolen intellectual property. They can either give you a full refund or you will never shop there again. Remember, Magic Makers were wholesaling this DVD to stores for virtually nothing, the profit margin was incredible for the retailer. They CAN afford to take the loss on this one and hopefully they'll be educated in the process.
We use our fax line as our internet line here and, strangely enough, EVERY TIME we disconnect from the net we receive mysterious JUNK FAXES!
Now some come from DELL offering us the latest in computers. I have no idea how to stop these but at least we only get them every few weeks. Not so with GETAWAYS DOWNUNDER. This obnoxious tourism operator sends us junk faxes ALMOST EVERY DAY. Sounds like I'm angry? YOU BET I AM!
They offer an email address if "you no longer wish to receive these special offers" - email@example.com . I did the polite thing and emailed 'REMOVE' to them. The faxes kept coming. I phoned their 1300 856 822 removal number. Not only did the faxes keep coming, I'm now getting them from VICTORIAN TOURISM CENTRE as well... and they offer a removal number too. I wonder who else will start spamming me if I call that number.
As far as I'm concerned the next number I'm calling is the Telecommunications Ombudsman. I really don't want to have to disconnect my fax line simply because these jerks want to let me know about their "incredible one day sale" offers on weekend getaways to Daylesford.
If you share my feelings about spammers, feel free to visit their website at www.getawaysdownunder.com.au and let them know exactly how you'd like them to "get away".