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by Leonard Hevia
April 14th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Oh wow, thanks for the clarification Mr. Hatch! The Karger/Starke confusion was a little mystery I could not solve for years.
by Leonard Hevia
April 13th, 2017, 8:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

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.
by Leonard Hevia
April 12th, 2017, 9:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Richard Kaufman wrote:The story about the cups in a pawn shop is missing from this history. That's where Persi got his set, I believe.


It would be interesting to find out how Starke's set wound up in a pawn shop. Or was it an antique shop?
by Leonard Hevia
April 12th, 2017, 7:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

I had heard that Francis Carlysle had one set, pawned them numerous times, and I think it was this set that ended up with, was it Percy ? Am I wrong ? Paul Fox had given Vernon a set of his legendary cups between 1936 and 1937. Vernon loaned them out to George Starke in the mid 1950s who on a trip ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 11th, 2017, 11:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1985

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

And thimbles ... does anyone use thimbles anymore? John Carney does a close-up thimble routine, and Mike Skinner used to do one. I think it's the Rosini routine. Yes, Skinner did the Rosini routine straight out of the Dai Vernon Book of Magic. Carney's routine is also basically the Rosini routine w...
by Leonard Hevia
April 10th, 2017, 8:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1985

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

I thought Derek did a nice job of it. The props were not borrowed, but he did give away the quarter. Well, not THAT quarter.
by Leonard Hevia
April 9th, 2017, 11:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1985

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

You don't have to open the color changing knife blade in your routine. Just keep the blade inside and call it a pen knife. Sure, who among us today doesn't carry a knife for trimming the nib of their quill pen? Is Don Alan still imitated in close-up magic circles? A pocket knife is fairly small lik...
by Leonard Hevia
April 9th, 2017, 6:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1985

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

Is there anyone who doesn't have a fear of medical needles, Trypanophobia? You don't have to open the color changing knife blade in your routine. Just keep the blade inside and call it a pen knife.

Steve--I wasn't aware that Yuppies were that sensitive, but I will take your word for it.
by Leonard Hevia
April 9th, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1929

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

The classic disagreement with a magic icon has to be Vernon's cups and balls exposure moment at the beginning of the final loading sequence: "I don't really take the ball, I just pretend to take it." Argh! The french drop laid bare before all. The color changing silks is a pseudo exposure ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 9th, 2017, 11:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1985

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

In his introduction to The Aretalogy Minch explained that he left out some of Vanni's effects because he felt the props were outdated. The Ring in Lightbulb was one of those tricks, and Minch believes lightbulbs are passe, but I don't. Laymen know exactly what a lightbulb is. When playing golf it's ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 8th, 2017, 6:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 568

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

It could be argued that for a time, the Cigarette Thru Quarter became too popular and lost its edge. At a restaurant gig many years ago, Larry Davidson encountered a patron/amateur magician who showed off his own "special" quarter after Larry had performed this effect at his table. Larry a...
by Leonard Hevia
March 29th, 2017, 7:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 7
Views: 587

Re: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him

I knew Derek his son quite well but only online. I loved it when he was rude to everyone when he was drunk. I felt very honoured when he was only rude to me half the time and the other half he said he admired me very much. I had a mutual admiration of myself so we certainly saw eye to eye on that a...
by Leonard Hevia
March 26th, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24051

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Zig Zagger wrote:Just like his famous red knot jumping onto a white rope


The Jumping Knot of Pakistan.
by Leonard Hevia
March 26th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Kellar's Self-Decapitation
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: Kellar's Self-Decapitation

Based on the Kellar poster of this effect, and the technology available back then, it looks like black art to me.
by Leonard Hevia
March 23rd, 2017, 12:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

That was a great summary of Jim's life. Thank you!
by Leonard Hevia
March 20th, 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

You're welcome Tom. A jeweler's gemstone display rod sounds like a good name for the hot rod. Mr. Zachary might have approved.
by Leonard Hevia
March 19th, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

Absolutely Alfred! Glad to have ignited more ideas for you. I like your thoughts too on this prop, and great gag. Ha, ha! Zachary would have been pleased to see his humble creation still sparking some creative thought and performances. Yes, Erdnasephile, Kam had a nice idea of turning those lowly ju...
by Leonard Hevia
March 19th, 2017, 2:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

The late great Mike Skinner would perform with a hot rod and the Jumping Gems with a black stick. They resembled the black keys on a piano and he would say they were a gift from Liberace. The RnT sets are metal so that idea would be out. You could show the hot rod and point out that it is a jeweler'...
by Leonard Hevia
March 19th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

All right--thank you for clarifying that!
by Leonard Hevia
March 19th, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

Thanks Alfred! The pink stone looks more like a purple amethyst to me in the photo. Since you already have the prop, what color does it more resemble?
by Leonard Hevia
March 19th, 2017, 11:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

You're welcome Alfred! Thanks to you for bringing those nice RnT hot rods to our attention. Have to get one--maybe two. I like the ruby finale too.

And thanks to Zachary for inventing the hot rod.
by Leonard Hevia
March 18th, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Zachary, RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: Jim Zachary, RIP

Yes, R.I.P. to Mr. Zachary and gratitude for his wonderful magic props and instructional video on dice stacking.

THAT is a great idea for the hot rod Alfred!
by Leonard Hevia
March 18th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Vernon Chronicles
Replies: 12
Views: 1024

Re: Vernon Chronicles

by Leonard Hevia
March 18th, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Vernon Chronicles
Replies: 12
Views: 1024

Re: Vernon Chronicles

David--Vernon Chronicles available here:

https://www.quickerthantheeye.com/p/ill ... dai-vernon
by Leonard Hevia
March 12th, 2017, 10:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24051

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

performer wrote:You have to FIGHT for your happiness!


I wholeheartedly agree with that. I think happiness lies at the intersection in the Venn diagram between life's hard realities and our needs and desires.
by Leonard Hevia
March 8th, 2017, 7:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Himber Wallet Recommendation
Replies: 11
Views: 1150

Re: Himber Wallet Recommendation

I think the secret of the classic Himber wallet has been widely exposed, both in children's toys, late night television ads, crafters websites, and stores like JCrew. I was even in a well-known luggage shop (recommended by Rick Steves) in Florence last year, and they had stacks of "magic walle...
by Leonard Hevia
March 4th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24051

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

I loved both poems. Thanks to Ian and Joe, and Fry, and Coward and Keats.
by Leonard Hevia
February 26th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Puckered Lips Pressed to an Angel's Bottom
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Puckered Lips Pressed to an Angel's Bottom

Brad Henderson wrote:let's hope somebody got paid by the word.


"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." - Samuel Johnson
by Leonard Hevia
February 26th, 2017, 5:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24051

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Dustin is familiar with the interior of the Castle. Is there some type of beam overhead in that back area to throw a rope over if someone wanted to do this? You can't hang yourself if there isn't something to attach the rope to.
by Leonard Hevia
February 26th, 2017, 12:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Puckered Lips Pressed to an Angel's Bottom
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Puckered Lips Pressed to an Angel's Bottom

This kind of spin has been going on since at least ancient Egypt by sculptors and painters and well into the Roman Empire. The Roman artists had more to worry about like the Emperor's Pretorian Guard. Lenin and Stalin never looked better in those glorious and dramatic Moscow murals and statues. Thos...
by Leonard Hevia
February 25th, 2017, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24051

Re: Daryl Committed Suicide at The Magic Castle

Here's another article: https://www.yahoo.com/news/magicians-de ... 19544.html

No suicide note?
by Leonard Hevia
February 25th, 2017, 10:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24051

Re: Daryl Committed Suicide at The Magic Castle

The last person I would have expected to do this. Terrible. Poor man.
by Leonard Hevia
February 19th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stunning Dove Act James Dimmare
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Stunning Dove Act James Dimmare

Although i have never done any dove work myself i am aware that the timing of throwing the dove into the air and the change of the dove into a hanky is the hardest. A technique that the legendary Fred Kaps used to vanish, ditch, and change objects. It can also be risky. I was told that Shimada acci...
by Leonard Hevia
February 19th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stunning Dove Act James Dimmare
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Stunning Dove Act James Dimmare

Agreed, Dimmare's dove act is absolutely beautiful. It's a Fred Astaire tribute as if the legendary dancer was a dove worker and an artistic statement. I love the diminishing dove cage ending to vanishing the tiny cage.
by Leonard Hevia
February 19th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 9880

Re: Cups and Balls

I'm of the camp that believes Vernon's exposure gambit adds nothing to the routine. It confirms the spectators' suspicions that at times the magician didn't really transfer the ball. The adage "What does not add will subtract" applies especially to magic. Krenzel was not an advocate of pse...
by Leonard Hevia
February 18th, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 9880

Re: Cups and Balls

Bob White's cups and balls DVD is also another fine tutorial. The routine he teaches does not rely on stacking the cups so it too can be done with coffee cups. White performs it for only two spectators so the reactions are a bit subdued. There is a moment in the middle phase of the routine when the ...
by Leonard Hevia
February 16th, 2017, 10:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 9880

Re: Cups and Balls

Wow! Great review Erdnasephile. No need to write a review in Genii on the "Caffeinated Cups & Balls DVD, this one is perfect. That Carney has also released the "C C & B" on DVD is a winner for me and a must have.
by Leonard Hevia
February 12th, 2017, 11:03 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon
Replies: 7
Views: 606

Re: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon

Wouldn't a classic example of this be Jennings' Invisible Palm Aces?
by Leonard Hevia
February 6th, 2017, 9:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Leipzig Dice Routine
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Leipzig Dice Routine

A great photo Mr. Hatch! It looks like Nate is doing the Sack's Routine or some version of it.
by Leonard Hevia
February 6th, 2017, 9:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?
Replies: 27
Views: 2397

Re: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?

Besides, "wishing for what you haven't got" is what keeps the magic marketplace alive! ;) You got that right Erdnasephile! It's easy to become like a horse with blinders and focus on that magic bucket list instead of the material we already own. I'd like to see an annotated version of Dr....

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