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by Marco Pusterla
August 17th, 2017, 3:10 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference

Only one week to the opening of the 7th European Magic History Conference in Turin, Italy. All 20 speakers have now been announced, the full cast of the 3 gala shows has been revealed and we are hard at work to complete the finishing touches to what looks like it's going to be an exciting event for ...
by Marco Pusterla
August 4th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: They Lived By Tricks - Expanded Edition
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: They Lived By Tricks - Expanded Edition

The book is written in English. The price is currently €95: after EMHC , it will rise to €120 (to this you have to add postage: an email to the author will tell you how much postage is for your country). Mr. Micheli has a presentation PDF of the book, available on Google Drive (please, let me know i...
by Marco Pusterla
August 3rd, 2017, 5:27 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference

Places are filling up quickly at the 7th European Magic History Conference : we only have about 10 places left! If you plan to attend, don't delay! Also: the Convention Hotel ('Il Fortino') is now fully booked ! There are places in other hotels, and you can find the list of hotels with which we have...
by Marco Pusterla
July 16th, 2017, 4:10 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference

The latest newsletter of the European Magic History Conference is now out! If you haven't received it, you can find it here . In this issue, we announce three new speakers: ⋅  Magic Christian - on Valentino Graziadei, King of Cards ⋅  Riccardo Rampini - on Hieronimo Scotto, Renai...
by Marco Pusterla
July 4th, 2017, 1:20 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 858

EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference

For any magician interested in the history of our craft, or any collector of magic memorabilia, the next appointment on the subject is the European Magic History Conference (EMHC), held in Turin, Italy, from August 24 to 26. The Conference will host: ⋅ 20 different speakers, from all over ...
by Marco Pusterla
March 29th, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 28
Views: 4207

Re: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

If someone owns The Dragon , Vol. 10, no. 8, August 1941, could he check if page 1 the trick Independent Aces by Oscar Weigle is a Slow Motion Assembly. Yes, the trick is a slow motion version. Oscar Weigle mentions Vernon and his "business" to have the aces travel one at a time, and refe...
by Marco Pusterla
December 23rd, 2016, 3:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Orson Welles in Rome
Replies: 9
Views: 1397

Re: Orson Welles in Rome

The magician Welles met in Rome in 1948 was the most popular magician in the country at the time, Ranieri Bustelli (1898-1974) who was at the time performing at the Teatro Adriano in Rome with an enormous success and great earnings. Bustelli performed four months at the Adriano. I believe the season...
by Marco Pusterla
December 5th, 2016, 11:42 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting
Replies: 1
Views: 1803

Re: Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting

The new issue of Ye Olde Magic Mag , the quarterly magazine on magic history and magic collecting, is now out. This is the first issue of the third volume : yes, it's already three years since the launch! I can't believe it either! This issue contains many short articles about forgotten magicians, t...
by Marco Pusterla
September 10th, 2016, 9:54 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Tommy Wonder Photo
Replies: 0
Views: 434

Wanted: Tommy Wonder Photo

I was wondering if anybody has an advertising photo of Tommy Wonder , from the late eighties-early nineties, preferably a 8x10", for sale or trade. I'm not interested in the "no photos" photo and would prefer if Tommy's coat was red (!). A reply here or a PM will be great. Many thanks...
by Marco Pusterla
August 31st, 2016, 7:08 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting
Replies: 1
Views: 1803

Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting

The latest issue of Ye Olde Magic Mag is now out, with its usual collection of articles on less-known (or totally obscure) magicians of times gone by, and with an eye on the market of magic collectibles, with an overview of some unusual items sold in the past quarter (including a review and analysis...
by Marco Pusterla
June 1st, 2016, 11:13 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: America's Got Talent 2016
Replies: 31
Views: 11505

Re: America's Got Talent 2016

Thommy Ten and Amelie: 1st prize winner in Mentalism at last year's FISM: http://www.theclairvoyantslive.com/
by Marco Pusterla
March 27th, 2016, 9:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You
Replies: 16
Views: 4962

Re: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You

Tom has always very interesting ideas to share and this solution to a problem (performer without pockets/need pockets for set) is both practical and clever. But this is not a solution that is suitable to every performer, in every circumstance, for every effect. If the performer doesn't have (for his...
by Marco Pusterla
March 14th, 2016, 4:19 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Extra loop advantage for Siberian chain escape?
Replies: 6
Views: 1980

Re: Extra loop advantage for Siberian chain escape?

When I was younger, I did perform the Siberian Chain Escape with a long chain, which was wrapped around the arms. The weight of the chain slows you down, and the escape takes time and will probably require to be covered (the performer hidden from the audience) as you need to obtain sufficient slack ...
by Marco Pusterla
March 2nd, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Help Needed for LJ Trick
Replies: 5
Views: 1696

Re: Help Needed for LJ Trick

Hi Richard,

Check your email...
by Marco Pusterla
October 31st, 2015, 8:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 17230

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

I ordered the book only earlier this month (October), once I got an email from Todd that the book was at the printers. As far as I know, I will get the book I paid for, not something that may have been promised a decade ago. Having bought all books Todd published, I had my share of waiting and I wil...
by Marco Pusterla
September 26th, 2015, 1:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay
Replies: 34
Views: 6279

Re: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay

I suppose it will end up in Copperfield's warehouse (pictured above). Other collectors apply :) These objects, until Mr. Wonder was alive, were tools. They were used to create the illusion of magic. Without Mr. Wonder behind them, the cards, cups, box, etc. are just useless pieces of wood, tin, pap...
by Marco Pusterla
September 26th, 2015, 8:50 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay
Replies: 34
Views: 6279

Re: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay

And, at the end of the day, this box and the tools that once had created Wonder and mystery in the eyes and minds of audiences, will end up in somebody's collection: an anonymous box among many others, the magic of the objects never again to be shared with an audience. http://wetwebworkcomimg.s3.ama...
by Marco Pusterla
July 16th, 2015, 2:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM
Replies: 12
Views: 2716

Re: FISM

Indeed, a book about FISM and its history has just been published.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/FISM-The ... 2561034427

The book (a coffee table book) replies to most questions and examines all previous issues of the World Championship of Magic as well, with numerous photos.
by Marco Pusterla
July 14th, 2015, 3:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fism day 6 and off to Korea
Replies: 12
Views: 4827

Re: Fism day 6 and off to Korea

Thank you, Craig, for your reports, which I thoroughly enjoyed also during the convention. As hard as I tried, I didn't spot you anywhere... I was looking for a leopard :D However, there is one comment I would like to make: In the cards category - Woody Aragon did a superb act– but was clearly overt...
by Marco Pusterla
July 14th, 2015, 3:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 5
Replies: 51
Views: 19140

Re: FISM Day 5

Richard, Seats behind the middle of the auditorium WERE on risers, I believe two levels up. I've been sitting at the back (last row or thereabouts) for most of the events in the "Piazza" and I can confirm there were risers. I think that the issue had more to do with the width of the audito...
by Marco Pusterla
June 30th, 2015, 11:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: kloAsking About Alexander
Replies: 8
Views: 1984

Re: kloAsking About Alexander

Yep, both Alexander and CARC's sites are down (and also the other addresses that map to the same IP used by Kalush's domains).
by Marco Pusterla
December 30th, 2014, 4:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Amy Dawes
Replies: 4
Views: 1385

Re: Amy Dawes

Very sad to hear this: I know she had not been well for a while but the news is certainly unexpected and upsetting.

My sincere condolences to Eddie and his family.

R.I.P.
by Marco Pusterla
December 26th, 2014, 3:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What Magic Item did You Get for the Holidays?
Replies: 33
Views: 7253

Re: What Magic Item did You Get for the Holidays?

Vernon Companion
Classic Correspondence II
John Henry Anderson book
by Marco Pusterla
November 30th, 2014, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The first magic magazine ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: The first magic magazine ...

Indeed: Italy did not publish the fist magazine dedicated to magic as conjuring. This was The Conjuror's Magazine, published in 1791 by one William Locke in England. Magicpedia is correct in this instance and perhaps Mr. Ghiurmino could indicate in his blog that L'Illusionista was the first ITALIAN ...
by Marco Pusterla
November 13th, 2014, 3:59 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Ye Olde Magic Mag by Marco Pusterla
Replies: 1
Views: 2775

Re: Ye Olde Magic Mag by Marco Pusterla

Hi Tom, Many thanks for the nice review: the prices for the digital and for the print editions are on the last page of the magazine, inside the "editorial box" at the left hand bottom corner. They are, respectively, £5 and £9, and the latter includes worldwide postage. You're not the first...
by Marco Pusterla
October 23rd, 2014, 3:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: 75 Years of Genii
Replies: 16
Views: 5235

Re: 75 Years of Genii

What about current and future volumes? Will they be available for sale in the future? When will they be available? We are now almost at the end of vol. 77 and I see that vol. 76 is not included in this product.

Many thanks.
by Marco Pusterla
September 30th, 2014, 3:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

Re: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction

In regards to Mr. Maven's post above, it would be interesting to hear a clarification about what the position of the AMA is in regards to the awards given to recipients who have died. The object itself has passed to the family/estate: is the family under the same obligations as the original recipien...
by Marco Pusterla
August 13th, 2014, 3:16 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 77
Views: 24456

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

I completely agree with Tom about the material in the green book and the reasons for its publication: the story has been said more than once and, in a nutshell, had to do with Robert Harbin being "annoyed" at some American magician who had copied his Zig-Zag illusion, which Harbin was also...
by Marco Pusterla
August 2nd, 2014, 9:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: New discovery by Bill Kalush?
Replies: 3
Views: 2412

Re: New discovery by Bill Kalush?

Bill Kalush managed to borrow some of Houdini's diaries from a private collector and presented a talk on the material therein. This included the revelation of how much Houdini paid his secret assistants, plus unpublished photos, etc.
by Marco Pusterla
July 7th, 2014, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Wohl passes at the age of 77
Replies: 12
Views: 2619

Re: Ron Wohl passes at the age of 77

What a sad news. I had met Ron a few years ago at some convention and our paths crossed at many magic history conventions in Europe and the USA. The last time we met was at the Magic History Convention in Los Angeles at the end of last year and, on the last night, he told me that it would have been ...
by Marco Pusterla
June 27th, 2014, 3:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read
Replies: 36
Views: 7242

Re: The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read

But unlike most auction catalogs, every item has an image. I beg to differ. Just some random examples (by opening at random pages): 2115 2125 2130 3330 (that's fine, as it's the same as another one, illustrated) 3355 5331 5859 1747 etc. The book is a reference catalog of prints with a magical subje...
by Marco Pusterla
June 7th, 2014, 11:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii June 2014 Just Arrived
Replies: 6
Views: 2340

Re: Genii June 2014 Just Arrived

Q. Kumber wrote:Arrived today in Manchester, England.

Ditto in Suffolk, England.
by Marco Pusterla
May 3rd, 2014, 4:09 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Lodestones
Replies: 12
Views: 7848

Re: Lodestones

Tom, Your column is often the best one in the magazine: the ideas you submit are both original, practical and stimulating, and for most (if not all) of your tricks, mystery is the main element - something often missing from many other effects, in many magazines. In regards to the "wrong" p...
by Marco Pusterla
April 23rd, 2014, 1:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Roxy Award on Magic History
Replies: 0
Views: 679

Roxy Award on Magic History

The second edition of the Roxy Award for Research on Magic History is getting close and if you have a research on a magic history subject, you may want to consider to submit it for consideration for the award. Information on the award, rules, jury, etc. is here: http://www.RoxyAward.com The award wa...
by Marco Pusterla
April 18th, 2014, 4:53 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Trouble getting paid from Murphy's Magic?
Replies: 6
Views: 4668

Re: Trouble getting paid from Murphy's Magic?

Never had a problem either.
by Marco Pusterla
April 18th, 2014, 4:48 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steal these Cervon Castle Notebooks again!
Replies: 18
Views: 3676

Re: Steal these Cervon Castle Notebooks again!

Richard Kaufman wrote:Then you didn't buy my book Lim-tricks. :lol:

I bought two of them!!!

But my daughter enjoys them, so they can't be that bad :mrgreen:
by Marco Pusterla
April 7th, 2014, 2:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Magic Convention in Italy
Replies: 1
Views: 802

Re: Masters of Magic Convention in Italy

The convention is held in the mountains of North Italy and it attracts every year thousands of attendees, mostly from Italy and France. The previous editions have all been spectacular and this coming one (at the end of May) promises to be amazing too. The convention is held in a luxury hotel (two ye...
by Marco Pusterla
April 5th, 2014, 4:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 53
Views: 13291

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Brad Jeffers wrote:Where exactly in CARD CONTROLL is this located?


It's only in the second edition, not in the Dover reprint...
by Marco Pusterla
March 6th, 2014, 3:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: March Digital Issue of Genii Now Live!
Replies: 8
Views: 1649

Re: March Digital Issue of Genii Now Live!

Ditto in Suffolk - still in the East of England :D
by Marco Pusterla
March 1st, 2014, 10:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: who invented the paper balls over the head?
Replies: 24
Views: 4531

Re: who invented the paper balls over the head?

Bill Mullins wrote:Ten years ago David Alexander mentioned a Paper Balls routine from M-U-M. It looks to have been "PAPER BALLS OVER THE HEAD" by Dr. James S. Taylor, M-U-M Mar 1962, p. 574.


It is in vol. 52, n. 10, March 1963.

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