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Topic: What ever happened to Tony Hassini and the IMS
Message: Posted by: Senor Fabuloso (Sep 27, 2018 09:17AM)
Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOuVjT8a8Jo I always thought the IMS was an amazing showcase for some of our best.
Message: Posted by: the Sponge (Sep 27, 2018 11:43AM)
Http://www.imsmagic.com/index.php
Message: Posted by: MJE (Sep 27, 2018 05:05PM)
Oh, I'm sure you can still buy a title like "Magician of the Decade."
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 28, 2018 12:11PM)
Wow I can get a VIP membership for 6 years. Holy cow.
Message: Posted by: MJE (Sep 28, 2018 05:16PM)
Now, THAT was entertaining! Those two videos are hilarious. I love the shots of the "World Headquarters." Apparently, someone forgot when posting the physical address that anyone can look it up on Street View and see what it really looks like. And the fake press conference is priceless!!
Message: Posted by: MJE (Sep 28, 2018 05:26PM)
[quote]On Sep 28, 2018, Dannydoyle wrote:
Wow I can get a VIP membership for 6 years. Holy cow. [/quote]

Go for it! If he lets you in on the magic secret of how an old guy grows hair like that, please share it with me.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 28, 2018 05:57PM)
It was a lot easier to get away with this a few decades ago.
Message: Posted by: Sixten (Sep 29, 2018 06:31AM)
Hassini's place:
https://www.redfin.com/ny/westbury/581-ellisonave-11590/home/20533033
Message: Posted by: Senor Fabuloso (Sep 29, 2018 06:48AM)
[quote]On Sep 29, 2018, Sixten wrote:
Hassini's place:
https://www.redfin.com/ny/westbury/581-ellisonave-11590/home/20533033 [/quote]

Well say what you want about his hair, the man seems to know real estate.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 29, 2018 03:25PM)
[quote]On Sep 29, 2018, Sixten wrote:
Hassini's place:
https://www.redfin.com/ny/westbury/581-ellisonave-11590/home/20533033 [/quote]
What exactly does this speak to in your mind?
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Sep 29, 2018 05:08PM)
Magictology?
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Sep 30, 2018 08:33PM)
Tony is the Don King of Magic!!!!!! :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:
Message: Posted by: MJE (Sep 30, 2018 09:33PM)
That's a good comparison. But it really is amazing how much FREE stuff you get for $60, isn't it? I mean, ABSOLUTELY FREE for only sixty bucks!!
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Oct 3, 2018 04:48PM)
Well maybe it is a bit harsh as Don King had done time in prison and killed at least 2 people. He spent almost 4 years in jail before the pardon.

So the comparison is not really so spot on.
Message: Posted by: MJE (Oct 3, 2018 09:25PM)
[quote]On Oct 3, 2018, Dannydoyle wrote:
the comparison is not really so spot on. [/quote]

I'm pretty sure he was referring the similarity in his ability to hype and further promote his product, rather than criminal activity. I'm sure many would refer to some of his actions as "a crime," but just as sure it's meant in a figurative way. Maybe Ron Popeil would have been a better comparison, but I won't disagree with the King statement.
Message: Posted by: Rizzo (Oct 7, 2018 08:57AM)
Fact: Tony is respected and liked by countless well known magicians with huge credentials
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Oct 7, 2018 12:25PM)
And probably has not killed anyone.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Oct 7, 2018 12:26PM)
And probably has not killed anyone.

But it is also true that most of the things listed above also qualify as facts.
Message: Posted by: Rizzo (Oct 7, 2018 06:03PM)
Danny, no argument here or any challenge to anything above in this thread. Just stating which often gets overlooked in life - the obvious
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Jan 18, 2019 06:25AM)
Wonder if he looks at his house and thinks ok, that Merlin Award paid for that, that Merlin Award paid for that ...
Message: Posted by: Slim King (May 5, 2019 09:22PM)
[quote]On Oct 3, 2018, Dannydoyle wrote:
Well maybe it is a bit harsh as Don King had done time in prison and killed at least 2 people. He spent almost 4 years in jail before the pardon.

So the comparison is not really so spot on. [/quote]
I would agree but you might be a bit surprised when I asked him about his hair and he said " I'm like the DonnKing of Magic!" So obviously the comparison doesn't bother him. :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (May 7, 2019 05:36PM)
The hair comparison doesn't bother him according to you. I have not heard that from anyone else. I am pretty certain that Tony would not want to be thought of as the magic version of the criminal that Don King is. Not 100% but it is close.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jul 19, 2019 06:06PM)
I'm surprised that through this thread no one mentioned the MMBK.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jul 21, 2019 04:08PM)
For those who wonder, MMBK stands for the "Marvelous Magical Burger King," the character that Tony played in the Burger King TV ads in the 70's and early 80's.

https://youtu.be/AyLk1l-nBaI
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Sep 17, 2020 07:03AM)
Luca Volpe announced that he has won the Merlin Award.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Sep 17, 2020 08:54AM)
[quote]On Sep 27, 2018, Senor Fabuloso wrote:
Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOuVjT8a8Jo I always thought the IMS was an amazing showcase for some of our best. [/quote]

[quote]On Sep 28, 2018, MJE wrote:
Now, THAT was entertaining! Those two videos are hilarious. I love the shots of the "World Headquarters." Apparently, someone forgot when posting the physical address that anyone can look it up on Street View and see what it really looks like. And the fake press conference is priceless!! [/quote]

Wow, that press conference! Just look at all those journalists with their cameras rolling and the phalanx of microphones from major news organizations ... but it's interesting how a cursory search through the online video archives of CCTV, CNN, FOX, CNBC, BBC, etc. finds no trace of that press conference. Sort of like it never really happened ...

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Apparently Mr. Hassini does have connections with some very big names in magic and over the years he has talked many of them into making instructional videos for IMS which have some valuable material, so for that the magic community should be grateful to Mr. Hassini for preserving that material on video. https://www.imsmagic.com/video-library.html
He certainly has some impressive photos showing him with some big names in magic holding their Merlin Awards https://www.imsmagic.com/photos.html , but overall the IMS organization and the Merlin Award has an air of ... flim-flammery. (Exhibit A = that phony press conference).
Message: Posted by: Max Milagro (Sep 19, 2020 06:24AM)
For those who are making fun of Mr. Hassani's hairstyle (or is it jealousy after all ...), I've read that he grew his hair to hide his hearing aid. Makes perfect sense to me!