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by Leonard Hevia
March 26th, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22518

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: 278

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: 921

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: 921

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: 921

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: 921

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: 921

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: 921

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: 921

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: 921

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: 784

Re: Vernon Chronicles

by Leonard Hevia
March 18th, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Vernon Chronicles
Replies: 12
Views: 784

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: 22518

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: 1014

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: 22518

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: 743

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: 22518

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: 743

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: 22518

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: 22518

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: 403

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: 403

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: 9502

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: 9502

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: 9502

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: 561

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: 442

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: 2267

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....
by Leonard Hevia
February 5th, 2017, 5:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?
Replies: 27
Views: 2267

Re: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?

The Jack Birnman book is still in the pipeline somewhere. I believe the Chief Genii has the material.
by Leonard Hevia
February 5th, 2017, 5:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?
Replies: 27
Views: 2267

Re: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?

Joe Mckay wrote:And why did Max quit the idea of doing a Gilbreath book? That is a shame.


Perhaps because of Gilbreath's Beyond Imagination book that was published a while ago?
by Leonard Hevia
February 4th, 2017, 9:38 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Houdini poster sets record price at auction
Replies: 5
Views: 512

Re: Houdini poster sets record price at auction

How is a poster that expensive mailed out to the winner? Is it rolled up in a tube and Fed Exed? I suppose the winner can afford to fly out to Chicago to pick it up.
by Leonard Hevia
February 4th, 2017, 11:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2463

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

You might want to publish the Jennings book before its fan base dies or grows to old to care after all these years. I see a lot of magicians in their 60s selling off most of their magic book libraries. I wonder how much demand exists for Jeninings in the younger demographic. You are potentially lea...
by Leonard Hevia
February 2nd, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 3231

Re: Charlie Miller

Maybe he was just getting old but I found him somewhat uninspiring. More or less performing like just some old magic club guy. Really? I found him quite entertaining with the left handed knot, ring on wand, and that stab card effect. Miller worked cruise ships in the 1960s. That is a testament to h...
by Leonard Hevia
January 30th, 2017, 7:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 3231

Re: Charlie Miller

Miller put out two tapes, now DVDs, for Stevens Magic in addition to teaming up with Johnny Thompson on discussions about the Malini egg bag and the cups and balls on other Stevens tapes. There are also his recorded performances at the Canadian Magic Palace: http://www.magicana.com/video/charlie-mil...
by Leonard Hevia
January 29th, 2017, 3:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Houdini became the King of Cards
Replies: 11
Views: 902

Re: How Houdini became the King of Cards

According the Magicpedia, it may have been Dr. James Elliott: He is believed to be the inventor of the Back Palm with cards which he taught to T. Nelson Downs. According to Dai Vernon in his Vernon Touch column for Genii 1982 March, Elliott was the first to see the Back Palm performed by a Mexican g...
by Leonard Hevia
January 8th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: McDonald Birch
Replies: 21
Views: 2387

Re: McDonald Birch

Mike Caveney has a wonderful Birch story in Classic Correspondence II. When Birch was a rising magic star in the 20s, Howard Thurston took notice and to rope Birch in he offered him a position as one of his touring franchise groups. Birch showed Thurston's contract to his stepfather who was an attor...
by Leonard Hevia
January 7th, 2017, 11:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: David Ben's Blog and Thoughts on Practice
Replies: 27
Views: 2155

Re: David Ben

I stopped checking David's blog because he hadn't posted anything in a long while. But he's a busy man with his books, magic, and other projects.
by Leonard Hevia
January 6th, 2017, 9:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Continuity & Impact
Replies: 25
Views: 2015

Re: Continuity & Impact

If the spectators suspect that you are manipulating their attention, they will detect the break in continuity. The momentary distraction has to be subtle enough to go below their radar. It shouldn't take longer than a brief glance. Study John Ramsay's magic. John Carney's DVD on the Ramsay Cylinder ...
by Leonard Hevia
January 4th, 2017, 8:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 7782

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Bill Mullins wrote:The description says it has an almond scent. Is it noticeable?


Yes, the glue smells exactly like the sweet almond paste inside almond croissants.

Two copies left at the Frozen Bird...and then there were two.
by Leonard Hevia
January 2nd, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 38
Views: 2822

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

The marking system Mr. Farmer published in Magic back in the 90s worked beautifully for me. I used it in card games, not for money, and was never caught.

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