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by Richard Hatch
August 28th, 2017, 8:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician friends in Texas?
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: Magician friends in Texas?

From Facebook posts, Jared is fine. Like Bob, quite far north of the serious rain activity. Gary Plants has power again and no storm damage (yet) to his property. Charlie Randall and family are safe, staying with neighbors because his "treehouse" (14 feat off the ground but on a bayou) is ...
by Richard Hatch
August 20th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jerry Lewis dies at 91
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Jerry Lewis dies at 91

Jerry Lewis has died: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/20/movies/jerry-lewis-dead-celebrated-comedian-and-filmmaker.html He played a magician in at least one movie (Geisha Boy, 1958) and lent his name to an introductory book on magic for children (The Jerry Lewis Book of Tricks and Magic, 1962). So I...
by Richard Hatch
August 19th, 2017, 6:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlie Miller letters sold for $40K
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: Charlie Miller letters sold for $40K

I'm curious to learn why several lots of Paul Fox related material were pulled from the auction (listed in the catalogs, but skipped and not shown in the online auction). The following 16 lots, for example: 30, 52, 76, 89, 94-96, 111, 119, 121, 398-402, 424. Lot 119 of Vernon letters to Fox would su...
by Richard Hatch
August 19th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Speaking of the Genii Convention
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Speaking of the Genii Convention

I'm looking forward to being there.
by Richard Hatch
July 23rd, 2017, 2:29 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Live Tickets For Sale
Replies: 13
Views: 1030

Re: Magic Live Tickets For Sale

I thought Magic Live has had a waiting list since it is sold out, and that you could resell your ticket through their waiting list? Is that not the case?
by Richard Hatch
July 17th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Landau
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: Martin Landau

Re: Mission: Impossible's magic connections: Leonard Nimoy replaced Landau for seasons 4 & 5, also playing a magician ("The Great Paris"). One of the head writers on the show was William Read Woodfield, magician and creator of the "Magicana" section of Genii.
by Richard Hatch
July 15th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ira Glass's This American Life Magic Episode
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Re: Ira Glass's This American Life Magic Episode

Listening to this week's episode, which includes interviews with David Blaine and Derek DelGaudio:
https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/620/to-be-real
by Richard Hatch
July 14th, 2017, 2:18 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Pogue on why products fail.
Replies: 6
Views: 905

Re: David Pogue on why products fail.

Not entirely relevant to the above discussion, but David Pogue is also a magician, and the author of MAGIC FOR DUMMIES ( https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Dummies-David-Pogue/dp/0764551019/ ) And one of William Goldman's bestselling novels was MAGIC ( https://www.amazon.com/Magic-William-Goldman/dp/04401...
by Richard Hatch
July 1st, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ira Glass's This American Life Magic Episode
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Ira Glass's This American Life Magic Episode

This week's episode includes Teller discussing his floating ball exploration and routine, and David Copperfield's vanish of the Statue of Liberty:
https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/619/the-magic-show
by Richard Hatch
June 30th, 2017, 12:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th
Replies: 1
Views: 388

Re: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th

I'm curious: Does anyone know if this is a record run for a one man performance of magic in a NYC theater? Obviously, performers like Steve Cohen have had longer runs in non-theatrical venues, and the multi-performer Monday Night Magic has been running longer, but those are quite different than a da...
by Richard Hatch
June 29th, 2017, 12:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th
Replies: 1
Views: 388

Derek DelGaudio: NYC Run extended through December 30th

In this 20 minute BUILD interview by Lawrence O'Donnell with Derek DelGaudio and director Frank Oz, in the last few seconds it is revealed that the show's NYC run has been extended "at least through December 30th": https://build.aol.com/video/5953e821b90afb54eb374bd3/ Congratulations to al...
by Richard Hatch
June 2nd, 2017, 11:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Tickets Santa Barbara FREE
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: David Blaine Tickets Santa Barbara FREE

Please give us a report of the show! I'm looking forward to seeing it in Kamas, Utah a week from today...
by Richard Hatch
June 2nd, 2017, 11:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813417

Re: ERDNASE

Richard Kaufman wrote:We got that from the now defunct Learned Pig a decade and a half ago. No way to fix it. I wasn't even aware it was still available here. Dick: where did you find it?


Here: http://geniimagazine.com/erdnase/

Found it in a google search for digital Erdnase...
by Richard Hatch
June 2nd, 2017, 3:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813417

Re: ERDNASE

Typo noted in the Learned Pig digital Erdnase available on the Genii site. While culling out selections from the book using this convenient digital edition, I ran across the following typo on page 100 of that edition: "This can be alone perfectly..." should be "This can be done perfec...
by Richard Hatch
May 31st, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813417

Re: ERDNASE

Card Mastery by Mickey MacDougall contains the full text of Expert and exists in a hardbound edition with DJ. I'd put the MacDougall in the category of "annotated" editions (I guess the Fleming/Powner could also be considered that, since it included the Professor Hoffmann comments) and if...
by Richard Hatch
May 31st, 2017, 12:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4845
Views: 1813417

Re: ERDNASE

That edition appears to be rebound with the corners rounded. I've never seen any hardbound Drake editions from 1937, just the paperbacks with the King of Hearts front cover. The only English language editions I know of with a dust jacket were the Powner/Fleming version, with two different dust jacke...
by Richard Hatch
May 10th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown: Secret extended 3 weeks in NYC
Replies: 4
Views: 1164

Derren Brown: Secret extended 3 weeks in NYC

Derren Brown's off-Broadway show has been extended 3 weeks, through June 25, even before its official opening on May 16th (currently still in previews). What a great time to be within striking distance of NYC for mystery entertainment fans, with Derek DelGaudio's show there at least through early Se...
by Richard Hatch
May 6th, 2017, 4:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Erdnase & More - Auction This Weekend
Replies: 1
Views: 567

Re: Erdnase & More - Auction This Weekend

Day 1 of this two day auction just ended, with the first edition Erdnase fetching a hammer price of $8,500 bringing the total sale price with buyer's premium to $10,455.
The pictorial hardback 1905 Drake edition had a hammer price of $4,800, for total with buyer's premium of $5,904.
by Richard Hatch
April 30th, 2017, 10:43 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 2664

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Paul Curry had an excellent version using flash paper called "Circle of Fire" (reprinted in "Paul Curry's Worlds Beyond" from Hermetic Press). He credited the original effect to Al Baker, but Stephen Minch in a crediting footnote traced it back to Will Goldston's "The Young ...
by Richard Hatch
April 28th, 2017, 11:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Mamet-->Ricky Jay's Director
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Re: David Mamet-->Ricky Jay's Director

Bill Mullins wrote:Steve Martin is doing a class as well.

He mentions Dariel Fitzkee's SHOWMANSHIP FOR MAGICIANS as an early influence in one of the lessons.
by Richard Hatch
April 27th, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5473

Re: Penny punch

Got the two I'd ordered today and am glad I did order two. Not just for the great price and the expectation that I'll lose one, but they nest nicely, so by putting one on top of the card and the other beneath, you can get a nice card bump by squeezing the two pennies together with the card sandwiche...
by Richard Hatch
April 27th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 57
Views: 6215

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

Just a note on the table used in the link Curtis posted above. I always wanted a Ross Bertram style table, as described in one of his books, to have two spectators hold for cups and balls. I had Tabby Crab customize one of his Erdnase train tables for that purpose, though he failed to add the holes ...
by Richard Hatch
April 18th, 2017, 2:21 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic 1400s-1950s
Replies: 57
Views: 14799

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: 51
Views: 5270

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: 1718

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: 669

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: 2833

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: 2833

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: 1710

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: 1710

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: 2554

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: 2554

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: 2554

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: 1710

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: 2554

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: 893

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: 1965

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: 1406

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: 1406

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...

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