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Beyond The Beyond – Blazing Horse Festival

October 8, 2010

Return us now to yesteryear…

Back to the days of old in Ireland…where children can fly…and the hottest Irish bands play day & night…James does the Star Light Club…Ion is The ImaginAIRium…The Caboose Videos run 24 hours a day from Miami To New York, in the cave…September 2010:


Miami To New York : Mid Atlantic States … Philadelphia … And Beyond…

September 30, 2010

AMTRAK Engineers Reminisce

Part 1:

I think we are in the Baltimore yard, changing tracks or engines…can anyone help on this?.

As we approach Philadelphia and it’s magnificent 30th Street Station, Dick and Blair exchange train stories. Neat stuff.

These guys are good. I think we will add more of their stories. Stay tuned

Sean & I got off at 30th Street Station, to stop and re-load, re-charge, re-energize and have a “happening” at The Meeting House , in Spring City.  Some photos of The Happening have been posted here.

The ImaginAIRium, home of

Sean wanted to see The Meeting House Law Building and Gallery to develop plans to change The Meeting House’s Great Room into The ImiginAIRium. The new addition to The Meeting House would remain as The Mayerson Law Offices.

We stopped in historic Spring City – Royorsford  (great old train station) and Birchrunville  (George Washington obtained gun powder from the mills in Birchrunville prior to the battle in Valley Forge ) for two days, to re- everything, do the happening and then we embarked on an early bird AMTRAK to New York City – to get off at Pennsylvania Station in New York City…                                                                                                                                        A great train song :   Chattanooga Choo-Choo:  “…We leave The Pennsylvania Station, bout a quarter to four. Read a magazine, then you’re in           Baltimore; diner in a dinner, nothing could be finer, than to have your ham & eggs in Caroliner…”) See here for video of song from 1947 movie

We spent the day filming our escapade in New York City, before we departed New York, for the …And Beyond part of the adventure:    New York To Miami…And Beyond : IRELAND.

BEYOND THE BEYOND: MiamiToNewYork: Return To Ireland-Mid September 2010

September 28, 2010


September 17,18 & 19

A small initial offering:

This is a small sampling. How much of the 15 hours captured to be posted, remains a mystery…


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Tower Hotel, Waterford :  September 25 2010

To be edited and added…

Silver Star has left the building.

September 6, 2010

Disguised as Silver Star_ just left the studio. First posted on You Tube, Then on its own

It is here posted both as the low resolution You Tube format; then in a higher resolution for all the Bob Adamski fans.

As stated in the you tube promo blurb:

March 12 2010: (M2NY) started the first leg of it’s 10 day, 10,000 mile,10,000 photograph and 100 + hours of video, multi media expedition with a 1500 mile jog north on the United States’ East Coast. M2NY recorded the starting line, the southern most tip of train tracks,for North bound trains, but the end of the line for south bound trains.
You can, in this video, hear John Henry laying the tracks.You can also hear Bob Adamski laying the tracks down.
What is folk-lore or folk music? Is John Henry folk music? Is Leroy Brown folk-lore? Folk music? Is Silver Star folk-lore? Folk music? It certainly is a train song. I love train songs. Was John Henry a train song?
A train ride is the most relaxing way to travel. It is perhaps my favorite place to hang out. Talk about a room with a view…

High Resolution view:

March 11, 2010 Prologue: On The Way to Miami

September 3, 2010

RedKruzer does his rap,  right up to a real

red  kruzer serendipity closing:

In his rush to the finish line RK was wrong again, it was only March 11 2010.

And here is a much better video than REDKRUZER’S video done @ 5 x speed on the same bridge, better sunlight, better clouds, and great reflection on the bridge… :

And here is a YouTube report on the disaster that

struck here some decades earlier :

The lead to the above video states:

They probably never met, Chip Callaway and Gerta Hedquist. Never nodded or smiled or even made eye contact. They had, after all, no mutual friends, no shared interests. He was 20, an exceptional college student, on the school tennis team, standing on the brink of his life. She was 92, stiffening with advanced arthritis, planning another trip to her native Sweden, undoubtedly the last given her growing physical limitations. They had nothing in common at all.

Except, as they settled into their Greyhound bus seats, heading south under gray and threatening skies, they were about to die together.

At 7:25 a.m. on May 9, 1980, with the Greyhound approaching Pinellas Point a few miles from the north end of the Sunshine Skyway bridge, Capt. John Lerro tensed at the helm of the freighter Summit Venture, a ship as long as two football fields. Lerro, 37, an experienced harbor pilot from Tampa, shouldered the responsibility of guiding the Summit Venture from the Gulf of Mexico 58.4 miles up Tampa Bay to the Port of Tampa. It is one of the longest shipping channels in the world, and one of the most treacherous, given the shallow waters of the bay and the ambush style of Florida weather. With the ship’s belly empty of cargo and her tanks nearly empty of ballast, she rode high in the water. She ran through intermittent fog and rain along the first 19 miles of her journey. Then southwest winds exploded to tropical-storm force. Rain sheeted at rates exceeding 7 inches an hour. Visibility plunged to near zero, and shipboard radar failed. It couldn’t have happened at a worse point. Lerro faced the most critical course change of the run, a 13-degree turn that would take him between the two main piers of the Skyway bridge. It was at almost this exact spot that the Coast Guard cutter Blackthorn had been rammed four months earlier by the tanker Capricorn. The Blackthorn sank. Twenty-three men died. Lerro approached the critical bend on a ship weighing nearly 20,000 tons battered by winds of nearly 60 mph.

And he approached it blind.

Anthony Gattus didn’t like what he saw at all. “It was a lousy day to start with,” Gattus recalled. “It started raining hard 2 or 3 miles before we got to the Skyway. It got really dark. I don’t like rain and cold and darkness. Didn’t then. Don’t now.” Gattus, now 81, was a passenger in a yellow Buick headed south with three other men to ferry cars back for sale in Pinellas County. Richard Hornbuckle, the owner of the Buick, was behind the wheel. Jim Crispin sat beside Hornbuckle in the front seat. Kenneth Holmes sat beside Gattus in back. “Hornbuckle was a real good driver,” Gattus said. “I always felt safe with him. When the rain started hard, he slowed way down. Twenty. Don’t think he could have been going faster than 20 mph. “I remember a blue pickup passed us. “I remember a bus passed us.”

On the water below, Lerro considered his options. Visibility was so bad he could no longer see the bow of his ship. He judged it too risky to turn the Summit Venture out of the shipping channel to the north to anchor and ride out the storm because the outbound Pure Oil had been approaching. Without radar or visibility to locate the tanker, Lerro feared he might ram her if he steered across her path. If he tried to stop, or if he turned south out of the channel, the winds could usurp control of the ship and hurl him into the bridge. Thinking the wind was still from the southwest, his right, Lerro judged it would push the Summit Venture safely through the main spans of the Skyway. He made the decision to proceed. Lerro didn’t know the squall had forced the wind around to the west-northwest, his left. Instead of keeping him in the channel, it pushed his high-riding vessel off course. At 7:32, the weather cleared marginally. Lerro saw part of the bridge superstructure directly ahead. With heartstopping clarity, he realized he was no longer in the shipping channel. He ordered a series of maneuvers, including emergency reversal of the engines and the deployment of the anchors. But it was too late. At 7:33, the bow of the Summit Venture collided with bridge pier 2S. The pier toppled, taking the roadway with it. — Legend813

Silver Star_Northbound-Bob Adamski_Draft_1:

August 22, 2010

Fragment Only so far. Bob wrote this specifically for the multi media expedition that is better known as .
Other video song films resulting from the expedition, and published in this, site are:    1. New York’s Not My Home: Jim Croce,Maurie Muehlesien ;    2. Train Station: Bass Hunter;       3. Wait For Me: Moby;      4. Man In Black :Johnny Cash;     5. My Cousin JoAnne James Damiano;           6. Orange Blossom Special: Ted The Fiddler;      7. T 34 B Monitor: Video Tape Steve Goodman;     8. Time Reverie 1 : Rich Fagan _Time Slips Through My Fingers. 9. Time Reverie 2:  Jim Croce  – Time In A Bottle;    9. Time Reverie 3: A J Croce – Bury Me Standing ;               10. Thursday Maggie’s Guitar   and by Joseph Salviuolo, and by Jim Croce, Maurie Muehlesien;  11. Up, Up and Away – A video Response to A J Croce’s “Which Way Steinway”;   12. Will The Circle Be Unbroken? Joseph Salviuolo and Bill Reid;    13, Waterford Ireland 1 , St Patrick’s Day Parade. March 17, 2010  : Sean Tyrrell –  Side By Side;   14.  Waterford Ireland 2 , St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17 2010 – Haley Parade – Lennie-The Pogues and Geraldine Mac Gowan with Doolin world-class banjo player;   15. …

Joe’s Legacy: A Tribute by Ron Gletherow

August 21, 2010

Ron Gletherow, who considered Joe to be one of his best friends sings “Streets of London” by Ralph McTell. Ron is married to Margaret “Maggie” Gletherow. His debut album, Ron Gletherow, was released in 2001.

Have you seen the old man
In the closed-down market
taking out the papers,
with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride
hands held loosely by his side
Yesterday’s paper telling yesterday’s news

Chorus: So how can you tell me that you’re lonely,
say for you that the sun don’t shine and
Let me take you by the hand lead you through the streets of London
I’ll show you something to make you change your mind

Have you seen the old girl
Who walks the streets of London
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rag
She’s no time for talking
she just keeps right on walking
Carrying her home in two carrier bags.


In the all night cafe
At a quarter past eleven,
Same old man sitting there on his own
Looking at the world
Over the rim of his tea-cup,
and each tea last an hour,
And he wanders home alone


And have you seen the old man
Outside the Seaman’s Mission
Memory fading with the medal ribbon that he wears
And in our winter city
The rain cried a little pity
A one more forgotten hero
And the world that doesn’t care


Joe’s Legacy: A Tribute by Bob Adamski

July 14, 2010

Bob Adamski adds his magic to  “It’s Only Love”, written by Jon Lennon and Paul McCartney.

We will post Bob’s original stuff  too, soon. What a night. What a legacy.

Thank you Bob…

As for Joe, The Boys wrote it, Bob sang it, played it  –  I feel it, whenever I revisit with Joe in a song or in a video:

I get high when I see you go by…

My oh my.


I get high when I see you go by
My oh my.
When you sigh, my, my insides just fly,
Why am I so shy when I’m beside you?

It’s only love and that is all,
Why should I feel the way I do?
It’s only love, and that is all,
But it’s so hard loving you.

Is it right that you and I should fight
Every night?
Just the sight of you makes nighttime bright,
Very bright.
Haven’t I the right to make it up girl?

It’s only love and that is all,
Why should I feel the way I do?
It’s only love, and that is all
But it’s so hard loving you
Yes it’s so hard loving you — loving you.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe – Baked French Toast, Ice Cream ,Apples n Walnuts, *******VIA: M2NY : March 13 2010******* – Train Passenger, Arlene Chanin Zankman discusses her Dad, a world class magician – The Man With the Magic Hands, & Food Art.

July 14, 2010

This is the second interview from the train ride from Miami to New York to be released.

Hy interviews Arlene Chanin Zankman of Pennsylvania. Arlene reveals what it was like to have a Magician for a Dad Jack Chanin, a world-renowned magician.

Chanin ran the oldest magic studio in Philadelphia, Chanin’s Studio of Magic, until 1981. Jack Chanin’s Book, The Man with the Magic Hands, may be purchased online.

Arlene also graced us with some delicious recipes. Enjoy below! Hy did not comprehend how delicious and unusual this French Toast Recipe really is…We will report back after we try this, can’t wait…Just edited this piece at 5:45 AM July 14,2010…so our chance to do the recipe begins later today, but alas, Colleen is in Florida, n Hy is too brain dead to do this alone…French Toast, Sliced Apples n Ice Cream between the French Toasts, Overnight it, walnuts, Bake eat it for a few days…


And from    ‘The Magic Cafe Forum”:

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Posted: Jan 3, 2004 1:35am Reply with quote View Profile of stephenbanning

Does anyone else have memories of going to Jack Chanin’s shop? I recieved some of my first props there 25 years ago. He had this little study where you would walk past doves and sit on a couch where he would demonstrate his egg bag, miser’s dream, dye tube, etc. He was wonderful. Earlier this year at a workshop with Cellini, I learned Cellini had been good friends with Jack and that Jack was actually a gypsy. He was so kind and quiet, I never knew he was considered a magical great until years later.

Dennis Michael

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Posted: Mar 6, 2004 7:13am Reply with quote View Profile of Dennis Michael

Jack was a member of the now defunct Houdini Magic Club in Philadelphia. Yes I remember Jack well and he always carried a railroad spike!

His store intrigued me in that it was not organized but he knew where everything was!

In 1974, I sold most of my magic to Jack. I am now kicking myself because, I know now the value of those items.

Dennis Michael, Atco, NJ (856)768-2281
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Posted: Jul 20, 2004 4:38pm Reply with quote View Profile of stephenbanning

That’s interesting. What did the rail road spike do? A friend of mine said he used to visit Jack as well and that Jack would sometimes make the magic effect while the customer waited!


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Posted: Sep 16, 2005 7:22pm magiccarpet is on-line Reply with quote View Profile of magiccarpet

I remember going up the stairs to his shop. I think it was on Walnut Street.
He made me up a special set of rice bowls using his own version.


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Posted: Dec 24, 2005 10:30am Reply with quote View Profile of magicHart

Yep, the actual address was 1212 Walnut St. I first went to Chanin’s Studio in the late 50’s. Took the Reading Railroad into town from my home in Mt. Airy. What an experience, nothing was packaged, nothing seemed too organized, yet Jack knew where everthing was in a multitude of old chest of drawers.
He was a master at slight of hand, and would work wonders with his drawers of props.
I bought 5 tricks that first visit, a vanishing cigarette, sponge balls, flying saucers, a rope trick, and a color changing silk. He charged me $1.00 a trick.
You were taught by Jack, much of what he sold had no instructions…..other items were typwritten and mimeographed…they always contained the header….”from the private files of Chanin.”

God rest his soul!


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Posted: May 26, 2006 4:14pm Reply with quote View Profile of JesterMan

I kick myself for not going there more often, although he was closed more often than not by the time I was able to get into Philly on my own. I went a time or two, and recalled the same ‘atmosphere’. In fact, I liked it so much that I often have the same ‘atmosphere’ chez moi.

I think I still have an old catalog from his store; older than me, I think.


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Posted: Oct 24, 2007 6:19pm Reply with quote View Profile of Steven Conner


On 2004-03-06 07:13, Dennis Michael wrote:
Jack was a member of the now defunct Houdini Magic Club in Philadelphia. Yes I remember Jack well and he always carried a railroad spike!

His store intrigued me in that it was not organized but he knew where everything was!

In 1974, I sold most of my magic to Jack. I am now kicking myself because, I know now the value of those items.

Dennis, I nearly bought Jack’s Shop in 1976 when I got married. The only reason I didn’t was at the time, I thought Jack was probably the only one who could sell his stuff. I wish I had went ahead and bought the place. $17,000 was his asking price. When you think about U3F and then saw Jack do the same thing with huge 3″ saucers was really neat.


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Posted: Dec 20, 2007 7:22am Reply with quote View Profile of MerlH

When Jack would lecture, he did many things with a thumb tip. When he wnt to the explaination, the thumb tip was chrome plated! He made the point that a thumb tip never had to be seen so it didn’t matter if the flesh color was not “correct”

Merl Hamen Old dog– New tricks


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Posted: Aug 14, 2008 4:15am Reply with quote View Profile of Magicray69

Jack was probably the best ‘sleever’ ever. He made those cigars vanish and reappear and was always 3 steps ahead of you. Right when you thought you knew where the cigar was, he would drop that railroad spike onto the floor with a loud KLANG! Quite a character and he had a great oriental stage show. A magician’s magician for sure.

There was a time I had the blues,
the reason was I had no shoes.
Until I met upon the street
a man who had no feet.

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“Thursday”: A musical piece of Joe’s Legacy. Maggies Guitar

July 13, 2010

On July 3rd, many of Joe’s closest friends and family gathered in MA to celebrate the life of “The Master.”

There were by then many video covers on You-tube of Joe’s song Thursday. covered the Jim Croce/ Maury Muehlesien recording of Thursday.That is posted elsewhere in this blog & on You-tube. A video cover of Joe’s doing Thursday with Ted The Fiddler and John Flint is also on You-tube and elsewhere on this blog. A French video cover by Violetparme is likewise on You-tube and at a prior location on this blog. NORTHSORROW of Norway did a video compilation of Joe’s songs, likewise here & You-tube.

On July 3rd 2010, after the afternoon concert at The Art Center in Southbridge, a music circle occurred somewhat spontaneously at The  Sturbridge Host Courtyard later that evening.


Indeed The Circle Is Not Broken.