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by Leonard Hevia
June 23rd, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 107
Views: 15105

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: 107
Views: 15105

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: 107
Views: 15105

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: 46
Views: 4627

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: 107
Views: 15105

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: 1
Views: 253

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: 107
Views: 15105

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: 238

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: 46
Views: 4627

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: 861

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: 509

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: 3999

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

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

Cowf--man or Cough--man, eether or either.
by Leonard Hevia
May 29th, 2017, 12:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 3999

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Which brings me to other pronunciations. Was Nate Leipzig pronounced Leep--zig? Or Lipe--zig as in light bulb?

I've always chosen the latter.

I recently found out that Piet Forton's first name is pronounced Pete--not Pee--at.
by Leonard Hevia
May 24th, 2017, 5:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 5741

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Ted M wrote:How's the MAGIC magazine archive coming along?

Many folks are looking forward to it becoming available.



It appears that our very clever friend at Library.com has this:

http://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazine-a ... 89885.html
by Leonard Hevia
May 23rd, 2017, 11:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 1654

Re: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?

Had this done a year and a half ago. My rear upper right molar cracked and eventually broke in half. I was not aware of the crack but realized something went wrong when half the molar vanished while eating popcorn. Several bad decisions led to my eventual root canal: 1. I had tried to crack open a p...
by Leonard Hevia
May 16th, 2017, 9:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1
Replies: 7
Views: 866

Re: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1

There is a great description of Dr. Krenzel's handling of the top change. Worth the price of this book.
by Leonard Hevia
May 8th, 2017, 9:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1825

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

Seeking out those who actually did spend time with the Professor might be a prohibitive venture for many. A cost effective way to better understand Vernon is to read the 2nd chapter of The Dai Vernon Book of Magic : The Vernon Touch. The one thing noticeable in that chapter is how Vernon consistentl...
by Leonard Hevia
May 8th, 2017, 7:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1825

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

Brad Jeffers wrote:
Leonard Hevia wrote:Get it while it's still available.

It looks like its already too late :(


Are you sure Brad? It was just published. I can't believe that! There might be a second printing here.
by Leonard Hevia
May 7th, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1825

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

My copy of issue 192 of Magicol recently arrived with Vernon on the cover. In addition to all the other wonderful articles and columns Magicol includes in every issue, David Ben contributed two articles about the Professor that are must reads for students and aficionados of Vernon and his magic. The...
by Leonard Hevia
May 7th, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5819

Re: On the Pass

Also, did Mr. Schwarzman ever publish anything about his magic or his pass techniques? (The only writings I've ever read directly from him were his great MUM columns--some of those stories he related were hilarious. I've also seen stuff in some Lorayne publications, but not much else) Back in the 8...
by Leonard Hevia
May 6th, 2017, 5:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Tony Giorgio on MST3K
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: Tony Giorgio on MST3K

His most accessible role is in The Godfather , where he played Bruno Tattaglia. Bruno is the guy who garotted Luca Brasi, and sent him to "sleep with the fishes". He's also got a part in the second Dirty Harry movie, Magnum Force . Luca Brasi was strangled from behind at that bar in The G...
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2017, 9:58 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1780

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

That was a great trick Alfred! Thanks for recounting that for our edification.
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2017, 8:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 16
Views: 1378

Re: Carlyle's Law

The attention span of Millennials is an abysmal short amount of time. Any magician presenting effects to this age range needs to cut the magic down to the bone. Carlyle's Law is more relevant now than it ever was before. Forget ace assemblies and Cards Across. Anything longer than 2 minutes runs the...
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2017, 7:34 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1780

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Jonathan Townsend wrote:There was, the SX-70.


Thank you Jonathan! This trick can be done with the SX-70! I don't remember how long it took for the photo to develop for this camera though. I don't think it was more than 5 or 10 minutes.
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2017, 5:31 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1780

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Ah--that's right Bill! Thanks for clarifying that. I forgot that polaroids were wet before slowly developing. I could swear there was a Polaroid camera that ejected the photo without that paper on it that had to be peeled off. A later model? It's been many years since I saw one in action. The waitre...
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2017, 4:22 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Tony Giorgio on MST3K
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: Tony Giorgio on MST3K

Interesting that you mentioned Giorgio. Lately I've been reading the "Giorgio Letters" in early 1990s issues of Genii. Lots of fascinating material on gambling and Erdnase from his column.
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1780

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Sounds like Skinner used a Polaroid camera to take a photo of the card. The resulting instant photo is blank and takes about 5 to 10 minutes to fully develop. He managed to get the waitress to his table fairly quickly, asked her to examine the still blank photo and laid it on her hand face down with...
by Leonard Hevia
April 27th, 2017, 7:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5819

Re: On the Pass

While I'm on the subject: whose idea was it to hold a wedge break after the card replacement in readiness for a delayed pass? The late Dr. Ken Krenzel? He describes that wedge break in his Pass video and it's also in Card Classics of Ken Krenzel. A classic book and a great videotape on learning thi...
by Leonard Hevia
April 26th, 2017, 10:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5819

Re: On the Pass

Thanks John! I finally caught on to Alfred's encryption about an hour ago. I was never any good at Hangman...

I'm partial to the Dribble Pass. When done correctly, it cannot be detected and the unsquared condition of the cards after the pass leaves room for possibilities on where to go next.
by Leonard Hevia
April 26th, 2017, 8:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5819

Re: On the Pass

IMHO, the best (I'm not so sure I will go so far as to say "only") way to satisfy the spectator(s) that the card is truly lost is to hand the deck to them to shuffle to their heart's content. If using a regular deck, this would necessitate either (1) _ a _ m _ n _ or (2) putting a c _ i _...
by Leonard Hevia
April 14th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 2280

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: 2280

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: 2280

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: 2280

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: 3661

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: 3661

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: 3661

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: 3661

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: 3455

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: 3661

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 ...

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