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Topic: Was 2006 a bumper year for the bizarre books?
Message: Posted by: SeaDawg (Dec 30, 2006 04:32PM)
With Hauntiques, Vudo Ma Gick and Pentalogy all on this years list could this be one of the best years ever in the bizarre library?

What say you fellow practioners of the Dark arts?
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Dec 30, 2006 05:36PM)
Aye, SeaDawg, it was a great library year. In addition to getting the above three, I even found Borodin's "Sheherazade" and Poinc's "The Practitioner" in (OF ALL PLACES!) a Gospel magician's shop and got good prices on them.

Message: Posted by: Bob Clayton (Dec 30, 2006 09:45PM)
You can add Final Curtain to that list as well.
Message: Posted by: majik (Dec 30, 2006 09:55PM)
I think better years are yet to come.[I get my info. from a dark and unknown source]
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 31, 2006 04:37PM)
And add Ron (Kotah) Dayton's books!!!

Gene would have LOVED that his book ended up in a Gospel Magician's Shop.....

Message: Posted by: SeaDawg (Dec 31, 2006 05:01PM)
Walt, didn't mean to slight anyone with oversight...

I just thought this was a stellar year.

All the best in 2007...
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Dec 31, 2006 05:01PM)
Walt, yep, it was a strange experience. I never expected to find those books in the guy's shop. A while back, when I first moved to Tampa, I mentioned (not knowing he was a Gospel guy) bizarre magic. He kind of harrumphed and changed the subject. I have to say, though, that he is a really nice guy who always includes a little something (like a TT or something) free when you stop by. He has even given me a book or two.

BTW, Gene Poinc was someone I always wanted to meet. Too bad I never had the chance.

(So many books, so little money!)

Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Dec 31, 2006 05:06PM)
Let me add that Doug Byrd is one of the nicest, most decent people I have ever (virtually) met. Doug, if you read this, I cannot thank you enough. Happy New Year!

Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 31, 2006 05:42PM)
“The Practitioner: Journey's Into Grey”
Was Gene's last book published while he was alive.

He was working on the other two in this Trilogy,
Journey's Into Black,
Journey's Into White.

For a while it seemed Mary Tomich would publish one or both,
then rights passed on to some of Gene's relatives,
then there were rumors of others taking on the mantle of publication.

Poinc was an amazing man, I was so honored to have met him, and spent time with him in his "cave" the last years of this life. Then to have been able to pay tribute to this magical giant by officiating at his memorial services both at the Magic Castle in the West, and the ICBM Gathering in the East.

By the way, the printers made errors two different times on the cover of "The Practitioner " check yours carefully, if you have one of the duds it could be worth a good deal on eBay or to a collector! I have all three dustjackets, thankfully, but will never part with them.

Kudos also to Bill Palmer for bringing German language Bizarre titles to us in the USA, and also to this year's e-books by Ed Solomon (DoNomolos) for his great contributions to Storytelling and Bizarre Magic.

Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 4, 2007 12:35AM)
Thanks, Walt. There are more coming.

Borodin simply can't stop writing. And as long as he writes, I'll translate his stuff.

I never met Gene Poinc. However, we corresponded a lot. He sent me some of his original art work. He was a very special person.

He also had a crush on Lily St.Cyr, who was his upstairs neighbor for a while. Later, his crush was on Lucy Lawless.
Message: Posted by: majik (Jan 4, 2007 08:50AM)
I have Poinc's "Illusions For Princes Or Paupers" {thanks for reminding me.} and he gives you permision to build and use the effects. The only thing he asked for was, in return was, photos, programs, and assorted scrap book type items. Oh and yes the biggeie.....CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!!!! Now that's cheap for an illusion idea and rights, where a glass penitration is done by an indian on horseback at a full gallop. [plus 19 more that are are just as unique in presentation].
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 5, 2007 12:01AM)
If you ever purchase the classic C/S/B coin trick from Sterling, you will find one of Gene's clever routines with it.
Message: Posted by: majik (Jan 5, 2007 09:22AM)
On 2007-01-05 01:01, Bill Palmer wrote:
If you ever purchase the classic C/S/B coin trick from Sterling, you will find one of Gene's clever routines with it.

[/quote]Thanks. I'll check into that. Now another question, about The Learned Pig. I cant access my old account and it will not let me re-register. Any ideas?
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 11, 2007 11:35PM)
A couple of years ago, he put us all on the same password and username.
Message: Posted by: magomarko (Feb 15, 2007 10:18AM)
The Learned Pig Register form has been enabled again so anybody wanting to join should go to:


and click on the "Become a Member" link.

I just uploaded some new stuff: En Rapport by Annemann, Vaudeville Mind Reading by La Vellma, 40 Years In & Around Magic by Leat, The Lightning Artist by Burroughs, and Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Stanyon's Magic magazine from the 1900's. My plan is to continue adding volumes until completing the whole run of this monumental periodical. These books join the dozens we already have online for members.

Best regards,
The Learned Pig Project
Message: Posted by: Mystician (Feb 15, 2007 11:55AM)
On 2007-01-04 01:35, Bill Palmer wrote:
He also had a crush on Lily St.Cyr, who was his upstairs neighbor for a while. Later, his crush was on Lucy Lawless.

So, you could say he's not a Xenaphobe.. :rolleyes:
Message: Posted by: Big Daddy Cool (Feb 15, 2007 12:05PM)
AND One of Eugene's final collaborations with my friend Nelson is included in my upcoming book - Theatrical Magic - The Book, which Bill is in the middle of editing as we speak!

And you stage bizarrists will LOVE the Scorpions routine, The Vampire and a few other little gems! But for bizarrists, Nelson and Gene's Key to Room 158 may well be worth the price of the book... :)
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Feb 15, 2007 09:45PM)
Gene Poinc, our national living treasure; the NLT as Peter marucci named him, was a joy to know. A very sad day indeed, when Larry White's email said: Gene is dead. It was Gene who gave me the name, KOTAH, It stands for, King Of The Ant Hill.

Message: Posted by: handa (Feb 15, 2007 10:14PM)
Was it Gene...or Grodznoya?
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Feb 15, 2007 10:24PM)
I've been editing an effect that was published in the first Shadow book, and looking at my notes when came across some very kind words on the routine from Gene. He was such a friendly and giving guy,

Ron, I remember very well the day that Gene passed, I had called his hospital room and could not get through, then I got the front desk and they would not give me any information. So I called Larry at home and he gave me the news. Strange the way it happened, I spoke with him the night before and he was feeling great. He wanted to get out of that place though, he hated hospitals.

Wow, it's been a while and I still get emotional.

BTW: When he gave you that name, and you took it, he felt pride.

Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (Feb 16, 2007 01:00AM)
I agree, an epic year for the Bizarre and it looks like 2007 is off to a bang!

Regarding Poinc, I always loved his articles in Genii, he was so funny as Poinc from Another Planet. I wish I would've had the chance to meet him. He was a blessing.

Kotah, thank you for that!
Message: Posted by: Mystician (Feb 16, 2007 06:44PM)
It was definitely a banner year - and even more so for me, personally.

Vive la Bizarre !
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Feb 16, 2007 07:13PM)
Don't forget the master Jim Magus who pulled of a pretty neat trick of knitting a comfortable sweater out of a variety of yarns.