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I thought it would be cool to find out what other TMF members are watching on TV, this is what I watch;

Monday Night RAW
Sacramento Kings / All games, what I can't watch on TV I'll listen to the radio
Oakland Raiders/ Now I will have a reason to go to Las Vegas lol
Pawn Stars
American Pickers
AGT
Counting Cars
Alone
UFO's & Aliens on the History Channel

Those are mine what is yours?
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AGT and Survivor!
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I watch The Big Bang Theory and Penn and Telller FoolUs
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SOrry, you said non magic. I like The Unbrekabl e Kimmy Smidt, too
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I only tend to keep up with one current show at a time, which right now (or as soon as it returns) is Better Call Saul. Other than that, it's usually reruns of The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, etc.
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Recently:

Goliath

Jessica Jones

The Black Mirror

Broadchurch (and a number of British crime dramas)

Better Call Saul

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No offense, but wouldn’t TMF be a classier place is we focus purely on magic? 


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No offense, but wouldn’t TMF be a classier place is we focus purely on magic? 



I think that these conversations help us get to know each other better which is equally important to me as providing a space for us to talk about magic.

In my life, magic is secondary to the connections that I get to make with people. I use magic as a way to try and enter people's lives, even if only for a moment.

Because of that, I particularly enjoy learning more about each one of you and appreciate topics such as this one.

Of course, everyone has the freedom to engage in the conversation or not. My hope is that more of us will actually participate.

The only shows that my wife (Charlene) and I watch consistently are "Alone" (History Channel), "So You Think You Can Dance", "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race".

Interestingly, they're all "reality" shows.

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No offense, but wouldn’t TMF be a classier place is we focus purely on magic? 



I can see how this sort of thing could become a distraction if overdone.

On the other hand, given that we're exchanging ideas about means and methods of creating entertainment, learning what the people we're hearing from find entertaining would seem to lend some useful context to their more magic-focused remarks.
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I can see how this sort of thing could become a distraction if overdone.



But it's not overdone. In the past my posts have been  magic related, except for the post " What is on your desk right now? "

That turned out to be a decent thread.

I don't know the difference between that post and this one? My intent of the post was to learn more about the members here.

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I think that these conversations help us get to know each other better which is equally important to me as providing a space for us to talk about magic.

In my life, magic is secondary to the connections that I get to make with people. I use magic as a way to try and enter people's lives, even if only for a moment.

Because of that, I particularly enjoy learning more about each one of you and appreciate topics such as this one.

Of course, everyone has the freedom to engage in the conversation or not. My hope is that more of us will actually participate.

The only shows that my wife (Charlene) and I watch consistently are "Alone" (History Channel), "So You Think You Can Dance", "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race".

Interestingly, they're all "reality" shows.

Rudy


What is your favorite season of survivor? I am a biggggg fan and have watched and rewatched most of the seasons! My favorite season is Russel Hantz's first season. 

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Love Pawn Stars man! Don't get it here in aus, but when I was touring the US in 2012 it was everywhere! My travel buddy and I would watch that and man vs food in every greyhound bus station, dinner and hostel TV we could find hahah.

ATM, I'm a huge fan of Brooklyn 99! What a show, glad it got saved. I'm a huge fan of a lot of K dramas and netflix stuff, my favourite show this year is probably Queer Eye, after I stopped watching man vs food and pawn stars I didn't have much of a taste for reality tv, Queer Eye is the exception.

Anime is pretty good too, a while ago a friend recommended 2 children's cartoons that I quite enjoy, star vs the forces of evil and steven universe. Both I was a little slow to get into (kinda targeted at children tbh), but after a while the universal themes plus more adult orientated aspects like character development, nuances in villains etc...stuff you don't really appreciate as a kid, really starts to stand out in a world where a lot of cartoons are just very black and white moralities and one note jokes.

Hrm...maybe that's an idea for the show I'm developing. To have my character and the audience go on a story arc....
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I don't know about passion, but one show I'm currently enjoying/finding interesting is "Yellowstone" with Kevin Kostner on the Paramount Channel. It could be described as a western version of "The Godfather".



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But it's not overdone.


I agree. I was just saying I could see how it'd get tiresome if it were. But it isn't. The fact that this board, including all the conversation-starters you're good enough to contribute, is so magic-focused in general is what makes occasional diversions like this interesting.
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Don't watch much television. We have Netflix and Amazon Prime, but really don't watch regularly. I, too, am a fan of Better Call Saul and will be downloading new episodes through Amazon soon - What an outstanding show! It's all good!

The wife and I are big fans of Doctor Who - I go back to the fourth Doctor. She only picked it up with Christopher Eccelston, but loves it. We both eagerly await the 13th Doctor's arrival in the fall. Casting Jodie Whitaker was brilliant and I think the new series is going to be fun.

I watch P&T Fool Us episodes online.   

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Watching:

The 100
Father Brown Mysteries
Troll Hunters
Brooklyn 99
The Rain
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Hardly watch any TV but I’ll admit to being an avid ‘Game of Thrones‘ viewer and can’t wait for next year!
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The wife and I are big fans of Doctor Who - I go back to the fourth Doctor. She only picked it up with Christopher Eccelston, but loves it. We both eagerly await the 13th Doctor's arrival in the fall. Casting Jodie Whitaker was brilliant and I think the new series is going to be fun.

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I didn't mention that as it's not currently on, but I've watched it since 1963! The older low budget episodes look corny now. I think my favorite Dr. was David Tennant, but the last one grew on me. These days he seems to rely too much on his sonic screwdriver 😉 Matt Smith was too ridiculous from the beginning.

GreenKnight, never heard of Troll Hunters but the Norwegian film Troll Hunter was good.😉

I did watch Game of Thrones as I'd read the books. If they's stayed more faithful to the books they would not have overtaken them. Look forward to the final series though.
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Paul, I too am a book reader but admittedly started only after season 1. I agree with your comment.
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Ozark

Altered Carbon

Portlandia

Versailles

Vikings

The Good Wife

The Terror

True Detective season 1

Blacklist




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I believe it’s valuable to get magic inspiration from different sources. I don’t watch much TV but when I do it’s usually a complex political thriller or odd comedy. Recently I’ve enjoyed:
The Night Manager
Mozart In the Jungle ( if you want to know what it’s like to work in an arts organization, this is bang on accurate and hilarious as well)
Sherlock
The Wire
Outlander

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Hi Ian,

The Night Manager, Sherlock and The Wire are on my list of worthwhile shows to watch too. I have heard good things about Mozart in the Jungle too. I'll give it a go.

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Blacklist is about it...  It's funny that they are called reality shows, all scripted.  
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We don't have cable. We just watch what comes over on digital broadcast TV.

We don't have anything we have to watch but do watch The Big Bang Theory and reruns of That 70's Show. I was unemployed for a few months and would watch Let's Make A Deal and The Price Is Right. Let's Make A Deal has influenced my mentalism and The Price Is Right was the influence for a new effect I performed for the past two days.

I also try to catch reruns of The Twilight Zone if I'm up late.
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We don't have cable. We just watch what comes over on digital broadcast TV.

Let's Make A Deal and The Price Is Right. Let's Make A Deal has influenced my mentalism and The Price Is Right was the influence for a new effect I performed for the past two days.

I also try to catch reruns of The Twilight Zone if I'm up late.


If I recall, Larry Becker had a routine based around The Price is Right I once made up and tried out but it didn't become a regular routine in my mentalism show. It may be in "Stunners".
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I don't watch television.
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Sadly I am addicted to TV, and I work for a very large cable company.  I get every channel free.  I am embarrassed to list all the shows I watch.  My DVR is full.  And on Demand?  oh heck..my employer is an enabler.  Somebody help me.

of course if you ask my wife, you will see the other side.  She will tell you I watch the start of every show.  10 minutes in and I'm fast asleep. 

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Of course, this all reminds me of a joke I heard recently. Guys are notorious for channel flipping. One guy is continuously flipping back and forth from a fishing channel to a porn channel. A minutes of one, minute of the other, goes on for awhile and eventually his wife has had enough and says, "Why don't you just stick to the porn channel, you know how to fish!" :0
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woah 😛
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The current thread titled "The Greatest Escape," which is not "pure" Magic reminded me of this and also reminded me that I hadn’t contributed, even though I’d intended to.

I think the idea of a topic on stuff that is Note-Quite-Magic is a very good idea.

That way, anyone who comes here purely for Magic input can simply choose to stay away. Those, like me, who like to know what others are up to with their leisure time (within reason) would I’m sure find it interesting. Chat about the latest film, book or music. I’m not a fan of Peter Frampton, but Arthur’s recent "On-Tour-With-Frampton yarns are a classic example. Very interesting and very entertaining.

Call it "Sidestep," Etceteras," "Outside Magic," or somesuch.

Some subjects should be probably be automatically taboo—politics, religion, tropical fish and frog bottling immediately come to mind and there are others. Sport can be useful, but "can" is the operative word. It’s a massive aggravator and alienator at times.

But music, film, books in general can provide stimulus. I’m not a jazz fan, but the jazz-related quotes here have a magic connection. And I think that’s the key. A Magic connection, even if it’s "only" that fact that it concerns a member’s interests.

If it doesn’t work, so be it. At least we tried.

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"... Arthur’s recent "On-Tour-With-Frampton yarns ..."



Yarns?  I have no reason to make up stories.


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I don't think "yarn" implies "made up." I take it to mean "a story." 

You have total credibility Arthur. And I'd like to hear more stories of the Frampton days. 

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I appreciate your support, Mike.  But according to my thesaurus, a yarn is an implausible story.  And implausible is defined as unlikely or not probable.


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I watch a lot of little kid shows from the 90's for the most part lmao.

In addition I also watch:

-AGT

-Penn & Teller: Fool Us

-Happy!

-Arrow, Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, Krypton, etc. etc. (Anything having to do with superheroes, I like.)

-24: Legacy

-Taken

-Alone

-911

-Cops

-Fox News

 

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PS: Just noticed I posted a reply to this thread earlier than my last one, which was actually supposed to be a reply to a different thread; got the tabs mixed up lol. Sorry for any confusion.
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Not a TV fan, though I have every available episode of Doctor Who all the way back to An Unearthly Child and everything I can get Sherlock related. Non TV though, I collect Sherlock Holmes books, canon and otherwise, and Lovecraft books, again canon (if there is such a thing for Lovecraft) and otherwise. I also collect and study herbal lore from around the world. My house is a bit dusty...
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Yarns?  I have no reason to make up stories.


Crikey, Cripes Yikes and Blimey, Arthur. My comment was complimentary, not in any way critical. Note: was complimentary, not "meant to be" complimentary. But please, be my guest and be offended, if you really must.

Where I come from, which admittedly is not where you come from, a Yarn is a story, sometimes true, sometimes less so. Often a mix both. Equally often, a collection of reminiscences.

But the same general definition can and does apply to "Story."

I have edited the post/comment to suit your sensibilities.

If this post seems a bit harsh in response, what can I say?  

 

Thanks, Mike. That’s EXACTLY the sentiment I expressed.

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This is the other half of a post I meant to make when the thread was new and still warm.

Meanwhile, on the subject of telly, we haven’t watched any of the so-called new programmes since I can’t remember when. UK TV is beyond abysmal. We have some US imports (a lot actually) but they merely add to the purgatory and drive us up further up the wall. And with all due respect to some of the programmes mentioned already, they are the among the culprits.

We just had what seems like years of football (World Cup) and eons of tennis (Wimbledon) and now it’s athletics, which only add to the up-the-wall-driving. And now that they’ve gone the regular torment has resumed.

As a result, the vinyl and CD collection and books get the attention they deserve.

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Crikey, Cripes Yikes and Blimey, Arthur. My comment was complimentary, not in any way critical. Note: was complimentary, not "meant to be" complimentary. But please, be my guest and be offended, if you really must.

Where I come from, which admittedly is not where you come from, a Yarn is a story, sometimes true, sometimes less so. Often a mix both. Equally often, a collection of reminiscences.

But the same general definition can and does apply to "Story."

I have edited the post/comment to suit your sensibilities.

If this post seems a bit harsh in response, what can I say?  

 

Thanks, Mike. That’s EXACTLY the sentiment I expressed.



Understood, Blathermist.  Only where I come from, a yarn is a tall tale, i.e. something that’s far-fetched, untrue, or questionable.  Maybe it’s a colloquial discrepancy?

In terms of going back and editing your post … that takes my response completely out of context, which doesn’t seem right.

 


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With respect, Arthur, you took one word from my post out of context. The rest went by untroubled.

I have restored "Yarn" and now, unless I can help clarify things further, I think/hope it’s time to address the core sentiment of my post, which was howsabout having a separate topic devoted to things not directly Magical.

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No Sports fans among TMF, I guess.

Blathermist, American Football (NFL) just started this Sunday..Big Raiders fan here!!
Our football is very different than your football, do you in the UK follow the NFL?

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Thanks, Blathermist.  BTW, to your point about having a separate category devoted to non-magical things: I’m in two minds about it.  

On the one hand, a separate non-magic section would eliminate deviating from magical discussions in “real” magic-related threads.  Then folks can chat, debate and pontificate about all sorts of other topics to their hearts’ content (as long as we always avoid politics and religion).

On the other hand, I really liked the purity and integrity of TMF the way it was when I first joined.  Everything seemed to be strictly magic-related, and I really appreciated that.  

Ultimately though, TMF is Rudy’s baby.  He created this amazing forum, and has done an admirable job running things so far.  So I think it should be up to him to decide if we ever need an extra, non-magic category.  

Personally, I can live without it.  What does it really matter to any of you if I support Manchester United, am a vegetarian, prefer old black and white movies from the 1930’s and 40’s, and currently watch foreign detective mysteries (with English subtitles) on TV?  To me, mentioning any of this seems kind of petty and lame.

 


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    Since I was told (by Rudy) that I was specifically instrumental so far as the creation of this forum is concerned, I will assume that my opinion carries at least a bit of weight.  And in my opinion - please, let's keep it strictly "magical."   I sure do agree with Arthur's remark - "wouldn’t TMF be a classier place is we focus purely on magic?"  Yes; it sure would.

       Sure, "tangents" occur occasionally, and that's fine, it's the "basics" with which I'm concerned. 
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I agree with you, Harry.  The trouble with non-magic topics is that they could easily stir up controversy.  For example, in an earlier post Mind Phantom brought up American Football.  Someone who quit watching on principle because of the kneeling-for-the-anthem thing might post some angry stuff about that.  Then more hostile responses would follow, and before you know it, we’ll have an all-out online brawl.

Like you said, it would be much better to focus purely on magic.

 

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Ultimately though, TMF is Rudy’s baby.  He created this amazing forum, and has done an admirable job running things so far.  So I think it should be up to him to decide if we ever need an extra, non-magic category.  

 

 



I agree with that this is Rudy's website. I was once a member of The Mental Image and we did that ( have a non-magic/mentalism category ), and it shortly became a "slug-fest" among the top posters of the board in insults & flame wars. On the other hand, there board were mostly drama queens which this board doesn't have.

So, who knows if it will work or not.

I would like to know Rudy's thoughts & feelings about the matter.

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Arthur,

I could care less if they kneel, jump up and down..whatever. I just asked what one thinks about the NFL in the UK.

I am more into sports than I am in politics.

BTW I come here because there are NO drama queens here...

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Mind Phantom, my comment was not directed at you.  Read it again.


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     If you "could care less" that means you care somewhat.  Do you mean you "couldn't care less"?     (See? Talk about a non-magical "theme"!!)
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Maybe Rudy or a Mod should delete it...
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