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by Leonard Hevia
May 24th, 2017, 5:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 4492

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: 1082

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: 627

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: 1391

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: 1391

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: 1391

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: 4069

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: 620

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: 1176

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: 1079

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: 1176

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: 1176

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: 620

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: 1176

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: 4069

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: 4069

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: 4069

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: 1959

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: 1959

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: 1959

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: 1959

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: 2701

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: 2701

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: 2701

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: 2701

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: 2602

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: 2701

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: 803

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: 17
Views: 1391

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: 25420

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: 464

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: 1283

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: 1283

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: 1283

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: 1283

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: 1283

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: 1283

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: 1283

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: 1283

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: 1143

Re: Vernon Chronicles


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