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Bill Guinee

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Hi Folks. Thanks for letting me on your forum. About 37 years ago I was doing bar magic at the New York Lounge in Chicago. It became a necessity for me to sober up, and while sober I found that I no longer wanted to tend bar. So I quit the job, and for some stupid reason quit doing magic. I have recently retired from a position as a professor of anthropology, and I have rediscovered my passion for magic. The passion is as strong as it ever was. I do close up stuff, mostly card work. I am very excited to be back in magic, but I have little sense of anything that has happened in the last 37 years. I recently attended a conference and it was like being home again. So happy to be here.
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Welcome, Bill!

Your experience of losing magic and finding it again is fairly common among those who find their way to this site, so you are in good company. Also, some of us (like me) have not even been alive for all of the past 37 years, so you know stuff from an era we're less familiar with and vice versa, and we can all fill in each other's gaps. This breadth of experience works wonderfully.

Jump in and enjoy yourself.
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Hi Bill

We have people here of all ages and from all walks of life ... but you may be our first retired anthropology professor!  I look forward to your contributions to our ever-evolving conversations about everything that makes magic fascinating.

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Bill, thanks so much for dropping in. We hope you hang out, hang around, and hang with us. The range of knowledge around here extends from the novice to the man who has written so many books on magic and memory that he's already forgotten more than the rest of us will ever know.

And on the subject of memory, since you have little sense of what has happened in the last 37 years, you, sir, may well be able to teach the rest of us a thing or two that we've forgotten. And man, did some seriously excellent stuff happen more than 40 years ago!

If you don't mind, it helps us to know how folks manage to find us among the many possible magic hangouts on the web. Were you referred here? Did you stumble on us? Or were you led here by psychic means?! Either way, welcome!

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Hi Bill,

Those were the days at the New York lounge.

Welcome back!

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Bill!

Your old job sounds AWESOME...
I too worked at a bar (in Alaska!) for some time and while the money was great, the party life was killing me... so I can relate.

I still LOVE screwing with drunks...  They are such easy targets.  LOL

I found a set of plastic gimmicks that look like the top of a beer bottle ... they come in clear, brown or green. The idea being you wrap a towel around the bottle. Then put the gimmick in the top and ditch the bottle under the table or what ever.

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How ever I love pretending I am going to chuck a beer bottle into a ceiling fan using these.... It is a riot! I hang on to the gimmick and toss the bar rag in the air while every one runs for cover!

I am hoping you can remember some great gags for us...

-misj-

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Welcome home...

much like the Hotel California, you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave [cool]

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Welcome Bill, as you can see lot's of friendly people hang out here.
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Hi Bill! I’m so glad that you’re here. Welcome to the Magician’s Forum!

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Welcome and glad to hear that you have reconnected with your passion.
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Welcome Bill.
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Bill Guinee

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Thank you all for making me feel so welcome. I look forward to getting to know you all.
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Well Bill, 37 years ago, you can find all the same effects you were doing, released as new, with new names about a dozen times.  Enjoy your visit.
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Hey Bill,
 Welcome to the forum. It would be great to share war stories with you. I did 20 years on the boards here in Vegas working local joints.
 Glad to have you here.
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Welcome Bill!
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Hi Bill and welcome!  I, myself share a lot in common with you.  I've taken several "sabbaticals" over the years.  I hope to be back for a while longer this time.
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