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by Richard Hatch
April 18th, 2017, 2:21 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic 1400s-1950s
Replies: 57
Views: 11427

Re: Magic 1400s-1950s

I noticed they have a new edition of the Magic history on the website for $69.99 https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/popculture/all/44810/facts.magic_1400s1950s.htm It does list at about 100 fewer pages than the original. I couldn't find any mention of what the difference in content was. Tha...
by Richard Hatch
April 17th, 2017, 2:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 2092

Re: Royal road to card magic

Dover reprinted the 1951 edition in a paperback format a few years ago (though their website currently lists it as "out of stock", though they still offer it as an eBook), so it is reasonable to assume their research department determined it was in the public domain (pretty sure they didn'...
by Richard Hatch
April 17th, 2017, 1:48 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Dr Albo's CLASSIC MAGIC SERIES, FOR SALE
Replies: 12
Views: 1157

Re: Dr Albo's CLASSIC MAGIC SERIES, FOR SALE

Don, can you tell us how it compares to this set (completeness and condition) that sold at the last Potter & Potter Auction? That one was lacking volume 8, but had many supplements...
https://auctions.bidsquare.com/view-auc ... lot/754990
by Richard Hatch
April 14th, 2017, 12:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Derek DelGaudio's "In & Of Itself"
Replies: 1
Views: 414

NY Times review of Derek DelGaudio's "In & Of Itself"

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/thea ... audio.html
Some of the predictable snarkiness in the review, but this stands out: "The show works. Beautifully. Tenderly. Astonishingly."
by Richard Hatch
April 14th, 2017, 12:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 1779

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Now was it George Karger or George Starke who traveled to Iran and had those cups made? David Ben has it as Starke in his bio of Paul Fox. Karger's obit in the NY Times mentions his ownership of an antique shop, so it would seem it was Karger, not Starke (who was a judge on the NY State Supreme Cou...
by Richard Hatch
April 13th, 2017, 12:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 1779

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

I heard that the shop owner where Persi found the set (not sure if it was a pawn shop or not) had them on display as flower pots in the shop window in NYC when Persi spotted them. Don't recall the source for this...
by Richard Hatch
March 31st, 2017, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

He lived in Germany, didn't he? At the time of the Hitler translation (1939), Mussey was living and working in the US. During the war he served as a Marine in the Pacific. He did move to Germany after the war, in 1950, first working as a journalist and later as an advertising copywriter and consult...
by Richard Hatch
March 31st, 2017, 1:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

With regard to Henry Hay It is not generally known that he also translated Mein Kampf for an English edition of the book. I rather think I prefer his magic books. Hay (Barrows Mussey) told me that the challenge of translating Hitler was to avoid the temptation of making him sound better in English ...
by Richard Hatch
March 30th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1442

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

Regular (i.e., non-VIP) ticket prices vary with the venue. At the Kamas, Utah venue they range from $29.50 to $69.50.
by Richard Hatch
March 30th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1442

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

The Live Nation ticketing site has added the Kamas, Utah event to their listings, though I still count only 35 of the 40 events there. VIP tickets are now available. Here's the skinny on the ones for Kamas: "David Blaine - Magic Deconstructed Tour 2017 - MEET & GREET VIP PACKAGE PRESALE DeJ...
by Richard Hatch
March 29th, 2017, 12:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1442

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

I wonder if he is four-walling the venues? Kamas, Utah has a population of less than 2,000 (1,274 in the 2000 census) and is 42 miles from Salt Lake City. It is in Summit County, which had a total population of 36,324 in 2010. The venue is nice and a fairly new one and would draw from Park City, the...
by Richard Hatch
March 28th, 2017, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 14
Views: 1078

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

Thanks for the link! I had very low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised...
This Esquire article by Chip Brown from 1992 mentions his view of himself as a magician and some of his tricks:
http://www.chipbrown.net/articles/kesey.htm
by Richard Hatch
March 28th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1442

David Blaine Live Tour

On Monday, David Blaine announced a 40 city North American tour that starts in San Diego, California on May 30th and ends in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 23rd, with two stops in Canada (Hamilton and Kitchener) as well. Here's a link to the city list and some additional information: http://www.syr...
by Richard Hatch
March 22nd, 2017, 1:13 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Automaton
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Automaton

Here's a short profile of an automaton restorer in Seattle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irdTng8MbIE
by Richard Hatch
March 17th, 2017, 3:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1428

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

Alfred, I don't pretend to understand Derek's intent with "184 seconds" and haven't experience a performance of it, but when reading about it, it reminded me of one of composer John Cage's most famous compositions, "4' 33"". Here's a youtube video of a piano performance of a...
by Richard Hatch
March 15th, 2017, 1:09 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Bob Koch's Sticks
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Re: Bob Koch's Sticks

Incidentally, one nice bit of business you can do with the gravity lengthening of the string is to do it as the back string (in the screws for the Benson gag) is cut. Just prior to this, with the Koch sticks (possibly also possible with the Millward sticks, I haven't tried it) you can have the front...
by Richard Hatch
March 15th, 2017, 1:04 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Bob Koch's Sticks
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Re: Bob Koch's Sticks

Quentin, the Koch Sticks also allow the lengthening by gravity alone of the string in a single stick. One advantage of my set of Koch sticks versus the Millward's is that the weight in the Millward's makes a sound if it hits the outer end of the stick with sufficient force, which the Koch sticks don...
by Richard Hatch
March 14th, 2017, 1:33 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Bob Koch's Sticks
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Bob Koch's Sticks

I want to thank Danny Orleans for his detailed review of the "Koch Sticks" in the March issue (p. 105), which brought this prop to my attention. I thought I had the "ultimate" sticks in George Millward's fine sticks, but the review convinced me that these might be a significant u...
by Richard Hatch
March 8th, 2017, 1:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 346: Stan Allen is Not Mr. Nobody
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: 346: Stan Allen is Not Mr. Nobody

I still think that Abra was an incredible achievement. A WEEKLY magazine! And it started before the Second World War and lasted for decades without missing a single issue. Actually, it started about half a year after the end of WW2, with the first issue dated 2 February 1946. But it was an incredib...
by Richard Hatch
March 7th, 2017, 10:54 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Fed Kaps teaches Topitting
Replies: 0
Views: 316

Fed Kaps teaches Topitting

by Richard Hatch
March 6th, 2017, 1:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 7626

Re: Magicians Documentary

The first is "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay", and the second is "Tim's Vemeer" -- both of which I've seen, and Jonathan (perceptive as always) is correct in his assessments. But I don't know what he is talking about with respect to the third one, and...
by Richard Hatch
February 27th, 2017, 3:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Puckered Lips Pressed to an Angel's Bottom
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: Puckered Lips Pressed to an Angel's Bottom

This sentence is not grammatically correct: "It was later revealed that Shaunyl Benson and Criss divorced after only one year of marriage, and Shaunyl had relocated to Australia with Johnny, although both her [sic] and Criss remain good friends and are determined to support each other during th...
by Richard Hatch
February 16th, 2017, 12:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nate Bargatze Interview
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Nate Bargatze Interview

Canadian radio interview with Stephen Bargatze's son, comedian Nate Bargatze, starts with discussing growing up the son of a clown: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/wednesday-feb-15-2017-veronica-roth-nate-bargatze-and-more-1.3981686/comedian-nate-bargatze-not-clean-for-the-sake-of-being-clean-1.3981698 Na...
by Richard Hatch
February 8th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Hatch
Replies: 9
Views: 1224

Re: Richard Hatch

Thanks for the kind thoughts! During my senior year in College (1976) I convinced a coed freshman on my floor that I was the actor Richard Hatch and did my television work (having just replaced Michael Douglas on "Streets of San Francisco") during summer break. This was pre-internet, and w...
by Richard Hatch
February 7th, 2017, 8:00 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Dr Albo's CLASSIC MAGIC SERIES, FOR SALE
Replies: 12
Views: 1157

Re: Dr Albo's CLASSIC MAGIC SERIES, FOR SALE

Q. Kumber wrote:A password is needed to see the photos.

You need to be a member of the Thayer Magic website run by Phil Schwartz
by Richard Hatch
February 6th, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Leipzig Dice Routine
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: Leipzig Dice Routine

Left to Right the people are Grover A. Whalen (president of the 1939 World's Fair Corporation), Nate Leipzig (then President of the SAM), John Mulholland (who probably set the thing up), Leonard Dreyfuss and Elmer Ransom (last surviving Charter Member of the SAM).
by Richard Hatch
February 6th, 2017, 12:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Leipzig Dice Routine
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Leipzig Dice Routine

This photo seems to show Nate Leipzig in 1939 (the year he died) doing a routine with two dice for Grover Whalen, President of the New York World's Fair Corporation: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e9-0665-d471-e040-e00a180654d7 Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig mentions that he carri...
by Richard Hatch
January 26th, 2017, 12:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strangest match ever - Jarrett + Raja + Hooters Casino
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: Strangest match ever - Jarrett + Raja + Hooters Casino

For what it's worth, Raja (the one wearing the bow tie) is not a magician. but a Julliard trained pianist. Jarrett (sans tie) is the magician.
by Richard Hatch
January 25th, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Garriott
Replies: 5
Views: 958

Re: Richard Garriott

Curious to read the chapter about Hank Lee.
by Richard Hatch
January 7th, 2017, 10:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Need to Sell a Few Copies of Tenyoism Because ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1122

Re: I Need to Sell a Few Copies of Tenyoism Because ...

OK, you've talked me into it and I'm glad the funds are going to support a worthy cause (magic research and publication!). Paypal payment coming...
by Richard Hatch
December 22nd, 2016, 7:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Orson Welles in Rome
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: Orson Welles in Rome

Perhaps Chefalo?
by Richard Hatch
December 21st, 2016, 10:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Hugard's Magic Monthly question
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: Hugard's Magic Monthly question

Mike Henkel, who is active on the Genii forum, has a business specializing in magic magazines. His website currently just lists a few issues at $2 each.
http://www.mhmagicmagazines.com/
by Richard Hatch
December 21st, 2016, 6:36 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Info on Phil Herzog
Replies: 8
Views: 1041

Re: Info on Phil Herzog

Hi Rachel, For what it's worth, I don't know about the values of the gambling books you're selling, but the magic books are way over current market values. My book Gaffed to the Hilt, for example, sells for about $500 when it turns up. I was very happy with one item I purchased from Rachel's listin...
by Richard Hatch
December 21st, 2016, 6:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A.C. Gilbert Saves Christmas
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: A.C. Gilbert Saves Christmas

This was made into a TV movie for CBS back in 2002 with Jason Alexander in the A. C. Gilbert role:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_W ... _Christmas
by Richard Hatch
December 19th, 2016, 1:44 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Info on Phil Herzog
Replies: 8
Views: 1041

Re: Info on Phil Herzog

Phil Herzog was a great customer of H & R Magic Books. He would purchase any new title on sleight-of-hand magic and magic with cards. He also liked limited editions. He would call once a month to go through a list of new titles and place his order. Always paid by postal money order, perhaps a ve...
by Richard Hatch
December 17th, 2016, 2:04 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Replies: 5
Views: 1728

Re: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Just got this and it looks great! Thanks for the recommendation, Bob!
by Richard Hatch
December 12th, 2016, 3:31 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: RIP The L.A. Conference on Magic History?
Replies: 2
Views: 919

Re: RIP The L.A. Conference on Magic History?

I hadn't heard the rumor and hope it's not true. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying the LA History Conference is my very favorite magic gathering and one eagerly anticipated. Some of my most memorable magical experiences have happened at those Gatherings. Experiencing the Hooker Card Rise for the firs...
by Richard Hatch
December 3rd, 2016, 3:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Houdini's diaries?
Replies: 17
Views: 2665

Re: Houdini's diaries?

Pretty sure this is the same John Ernst who wrote a mainstream biography of Houdini for young readers back in 1975:
https://www.abebooks.com/Escape-King-St ... 7100676/bd

That would indicate a pretty strong personal interest in Houdini.
by Richard Hatch
November 2nd, 2016, 1:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Helder Guimarães's Show Verso Coming to New York
Replies: 13
Views: 2716

Re: Helder Guimarães's Show Verso Coming to New York

Alas, Helder's acclaimed show "Verso" will be closing at the end of November rather than next year, due to his being asked to act as a consultant on a movie: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Helder-Guimaraes-VERSO-Will-Play-Final-Performance-This-November-20161101 Hope he has a chance ...
by Richard Hatch
October 28th, 2016, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: a modern day witch hunt here in America
Replies: 9
Views: 923

Re: a modern day witch hunt here in America

Tim Sonefelt, the magician involved, is a very talented magician with vast experience as a family entertainer. Anyone who took the trouble to check out his website would know that he is not fostering false beliefs (or even true beliefs!) in demonic forces: http://www.timsonefelt.com/

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