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by Leonard Hevia
July 23rd, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 35
Views: 5085

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

MagicbyAlfred wrote:
Leonard Hevia wrote:The Chinese knock off folks managed to get past defenses and into the dealer's room at the IBM/SAM convention in Kentucky?


Perhaps the powers that be were plied with knock off sour mash whiskey...


Yes--distilled in the back woods of Kentucky.
by Leonard Hevia
July 23rd, 2017, 10:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 35
Views: 5085

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

The Chinese knock off folks managed to get past defenses and into the dealer's room at the IBM/SAM convention in Kentucky?
by Leonard Hevia
July 17th, 2017, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 22
Views: 1378

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

The first 8 published volumes of The Braue Notebooks are up for bids in Lot 0142. The original notebooks are not in this auction. Their whereabouts...?
by Leonard Hevia
July 17th, 2017, 8:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Landau
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: Martin Landau

Landau was great and made anything he starred in that much more interesting. I liked one of his last roles as the doctor in the X-Files film who uncloaks the government conspiracy to develop an alien virus.
by Leonard Hevia
July 16th, 2017, 11:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Tom Gilbert wrote:I wouldn't work too hard looking, foggy memory at best. I did a search of Genii from 80-81 and no mention.


I consider it a pleasure rather than a chore to read through Frank's New York News column in MM.
by Leonard Hevia
July 16th, 2017, 9:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

HimRe: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

That's an interesting observation Tom. Frank could have mentioned it in his MM column a few years later. Will check my file of MM to see if it's in there. A member of the Conjuring Arts Center could also run a check.
by Leonard Hevia
July 16th, 2017, 5:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Bill Duncan wrote:Is there any more of that sort of thing in the archives?


There's Vernon doing the 3 Card Monte on the Dick Cavett Show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfyjpvp-ads
by Leonard Hevia
July 16th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 83
Views: 8426

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

This is not right Mr. Farmer! You need to charge me for those Addendums you keep emailing me!
by Leonard Hevia
July 16th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

That's cool David! I didn't have the tech to post it.
by Leonard Hevia
July 16th, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Thanks for that clarification Tom! It appeared that the Phantom wanted out of that hustle and get into acting. You can see Cavett wishing him best of luck on his new venture at the end of the program. What a sad ending. I think I understand what Bill meant about the cliches such as Frank reminding C...
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2017, 9:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Hi Tom--Frank told the Phantom that it was a bad idea to go on the show and the Phantom insisted? Or was it the other way around?
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2017, 9:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Michael Close wrote:Somewhere I have a photo of him, Michael Skinner, Ed Marlo, and me at the New York Lounge in Chicago.


That photo was reproduced in the March 1987 issue of Busby's Epoptica.
by Leonard Hevia
July 14th, 2017, 10:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 20
Views: 2829

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

Man Oh man! I paid ten times that for the one I picked up at a yard sale! Did I get ripped off? That kind of thinking can drive one mad, Alfred. You pay X amount for a book or prop and then discover that a magic buddy paid far less than you did for the same item at a yard sale. Bear in mind that ev...
by Leonard Hevia
July 12th, 2017, 12:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2600

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Kent has a copy of Classic Collection Volume 1.

THAT is more impressive than the stabbing trick.
by Leonard Hevia
July 11th, 2017, 12:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2600

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

This reminds me of Spectator Cuts to the Aces. There are gaff free methods out there in the literature, and then there are gimmicked decks to accomplish the magic. Ultra clean straight line procedures that eliminate the move are usually the signpost up ahead pointing the way to a gaffed deck.
by Leonard Hevia
July 9th, 2017, 6:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best practical tip I've come across this year
Replies: 10
Views: 1082

Re: Best practical tip I've come across this year

That was a great remembrance Alfred! Thanks for posting that! Klause's In Concert is in the pantheon of underrated magic books. It's filled with great material and practical tips like the concept of half moves. Roger also shares a few great stories at the end of the book like his first encounter wit...
by Leonard Hevia
July 9th, 2017, 12:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best practical tip I've come across this year
Replies: 10
Views: 1082

Re: Best practical tip I've come across this year

Priceless tips abound if one is paying close attention to the book or DVD. Roger Klause's In Concert contains a great tip on the correct way to hold a purse frame for a production and on the cleanup following David Roth's Coins Across. Michael Skinner used to say you haven't learned an effect until ...
by Leonard Hevia
July 8th, 2017, 9:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Stars of Magic

How do the photos in the Tannen's hardbound printing compare with the photos in the original manuscripts? I've noticed some issues with the hardbound's photos (e.g., page 20). The photos in the original manuscripts look much cleaner than the ones in my Tannen's 1975 reprint. I don't own any of the ...
by Leonard Hevia
July 8th, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Interestingly, according to the picture here http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jeff-Busby-July-1979News-Notes-acket-Lowe-Notes-/162580859915?hash=item25da930c0b:g:P0kAAOSw1BlZXnFh , the July, 1979 "Progress Report" from Busby-Corin, Inc. indicates that Busby actually sold the Bertram cups as well, ...
by Leonard Hevia
July 8th, 2017, 6:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Stars of Magic

I'm just glad I had the foresight at the age of 12 in 1977 to order a copy from Tannen's. It was on the list among other classic sleight of hand texts recommended by Bill Tarr in his Now You See It Now You Don't volumes. Years later at Barry's Magic Shop I flipped through the Robbins reprint and was...
by Leonard Hevia
July 8th, 2017, 12:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 581

Re: Stars of Magic

Meir reprinted it in paperback as a copy that can be highlighted and notated. So you don't ruin your nice copy.
by Leonard Hevia
July 2nd, 2017, 2:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4829
Views: 1802352

Re: ERDNASE

Perhaps Mr. Vernon would like to keep, in a honour code, to preserve the identity of Erdnase also. Well, it was just a question and I would like to say thanks. F. Amílcar Riega i Bello. No, Vernon shared whatever he learned about the identity of Erdnase with the rest of the magic community. Much of...
by Leonard Hevia
July 2nd, 2017, 2:24 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Eddy Taytelbaum
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: LF: Eddy Taytelbaum

I'm looking for a set of Taytelbaum's pirate paddles.
by Leonard Hevia
July 2nd, 2017, 1:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best practical tip I've come across this year
Replies: 10
Views: 1082

Re: Best practical tip I've come across this year

Notice that the relevant tips came from two respected magicians who have performed these effects thousands of times. The ultimate tipster had to be Billy McComb. His books are brimming with practical tips he had learned over his many years performing.
by Leonard Hevia
June 24th, 2017, 5:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Michael Close wrote:Somewhere I have a photo of him, Michael Skinner, Ed Marlo, and me at the New York Lounge in Chicago.


I would love to see that photo.
by Leonard Hevia
June 24th, 2017, 12:18 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Poster Book
Replies: 25
Views: 2030

Re: Magic Poster Book

The two Potter & Potter Nielsen poster books are very nice! Lots of posters in those books not published before.
by Leonard Hevia
June 24th, 2017, 10:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

The first thing that Busby did after acquiring the rights to produce and sell the Paul Fox line of cups in the early 80s was to raise the price. The Chief Genii noted that he paid $47.00 for his set of copper PF/DD cups. The brass set he purchased from Busby were $175.00!
by Leonard Hevia
June 23rd, 2017, 9:37 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 83
Views: 8426

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Bob Farmer wrote:Leonard, we are all at the mercy of the post office who seem to deliver things at random times to no known schedule or rationale.


No worries, the package came in yesterday.
by Leonard Hevia
June 23rd, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

After Bertram stopped producing his cups sometime in the late 60s or early 70s, he gave Jay Marshall permission to manufacture and sell his design. Marshall touted them as the Charlie Miller cups, so the Bertram cup became the Charlie Miller cup. Quality control varied with these cups so consequentl...
by Leonard Hevia
June 22nd, 2017, 10:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

$650 is the lowest price I have seen for original Bertram cups. They never dropped below at least $900 in magic auctions.
by Leonard Hevia
June 22nd, 2017, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

A Magic Inc. Charlie Miller cup fits over a Paul Fox Danny Dew type 2 cup comfortably--but not completely. The Bertram cup design is clearly a bit larger than the Fox design. I also noticed that low $65.00 price tag for the Bertram cups back in 1985. That they are now in the thousand dollar range is...
by Leonard Hevia
June 22nd, 2017, 5:45 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 83
Views: 8426

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Thanks Bob! Still waiting for my manuscript...
by Leonard Hevia
June 22nd, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

The Chief Genii mentioned that incident in the Spring 1985 issue of Richard's Almanac . Lyons must have felt a bit bad about that because he contacted the Chief Genii afterwards. In the following issue of the Almanac , the Chief writes: Regarding the anecdote I related last issue about P.H. Lyons dr...
by Leonard Hevia
June 21st, 2017, 11:11 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini's New York house is for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Houdini's New York house is for sale

Those of us that keep a close eye on WAH are anxious to read the full report.
by Leonard Hevia
June 17th, 2017, 11:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19375

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

A few years ago I acquired from Busby's widow a Michael Skinner business card from his days as the house magician at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. I guess she has now decided to sell the rest of the collection at Potter & Potter. Glad I got that business card early. Farmer should publish his v...
by Leonard Hevia
June 15th, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Skinner in Europe 1974
Replies: 0
Views: 440

Skinner in Europe 1974

The first issue of Pabular , September 1974, mentioned Michael Skinner in its Focus column: Mike Skinner, winner of the Magic Castle Close-Up Performer of the Year award visited out shores recently breaking his journey en route for the Monte Carlo Convention. He lectured to some of us at Ken Brookes...
by Leonard Hevia
June 15th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 83
Views: 8426

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Just ordered mine. Bob's address does not have that dot at the very end. It should be:

bammomagic@cogeco.ca
by Leonard Hevia
June 11th, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coin Magic by a Master
Replies: 2
Views: 1108

Re: Coin Magic by a Master

Glad to see Allen Okawa! A real master.
by Leonard Hevia
June 5th, 2017, 12:36 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: George Millard cone and ball
Replies: 4
Views: 662

Re: George Millard cone and ball

Millward is out of magic and is now building classical guitars. But if anyone can locate that ball and cone DVD, I'm also interested.
by Leonard Hevia
May 29th, 2017, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4773

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Dustin Stinett--Stin as in "spin." Spin it.

Cowf--man or Cough--man, eether or either.

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