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Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

It is odd with all the visits to Cafe Rustico that Alex Stone made he does not mention a treasure like Sol Stone in his book. I love "The Essential Sol Stone". A little of Sol Stone's history then his magic. Dustin in Sol Stone's book he presents Mike Bornstein's floating bill effect with ...
by Tom Klem
06/28/12 02:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15109

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

Jonathan Townsend: I was just giving John Cox what he asked for and no more. He ask for a copy of the magicians code as per the SAM perhaps closer to the time when it was first written I believe. Not the current code. Perhaps I have an even older version. If so I will e-mail it to him privately
by Tom Klem
06/27/12 09:49 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15109

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

JohnCox: Here is Code of Honor Every applicant for membership shall be required to sign the following pledge, which constitutes the SAMs Code of Honor, as printed on the National Council application for members: If accepted, I agree to conform to the Constitution, By Laws and Ritual of the Society o...
by Tom Klem
06/26/12 04:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15109

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

billmarq:

Alex Stone is no longer a member in good standing of the Parent Assembly of the Society of American Magicians. He covers this in his book and I am mentioned in that regard briefly. More that that I wish not say.
by Tom Klem
06/26/12 09:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15109

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

Dustin: I agree that a better job could be done in general and some magicians do not care about history at all. What I find amazing is those who do really get it right and the pockets of knowledge in the collections of some. I am a newcomer to magic history wit only 7 years of investigation. I have ...
by Tom Klem
06/25/12 01:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15109

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

Just to be clear when I said, "Sure not everyone behaves well from time to time but bad behavior is not the norm. ", I was talking about Magicians in general not Mr. Stone. What he has done with a sense of total indifference can not be forgiven.
by Tom Klem
06/25/12 11:54 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15109

Re: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI

You should all read Ricky Jay's piece on this Alex Stone book in the Weekend Edition of the Wall Street Journal. It is in the Review/Book section on page C8. This is a terrible hurtful book that many of my friends are mentioned in. I am briefly mentioned. I think the world of magic is filled with wo...
by Tom Klem
06/25/12 10:46 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times review of Alex Stone's FOOLING HOUDINI
Replies: 118
Views: 15109

Re: Fake Chinese Magicians

I am sorry it was Isaak Meyer Bornstein and that is why in later years selling magic he used I M Bornstein. To all of us he was Mike.
by Tom Klem
06/07/12 11:52 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Fake Chinese Magicians
Replies: 41
Views: 5519

Re: Fake Chinese Magicians

Mike Bornstein told me that he was having trouble getting work from his Paramount agent. It seemed everyone looked like Cardini and were doing his routine. He said he was better than most but his "ugly mug" was a problem. His words not mine. So Mike reinvented himself as Kolma the Magician...
by Tom Klem
06/07/12 10:12 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Fake Chinese Magicians
Replies: 41
Views: 5519

Re: Dean Martin doing card sleights?

To add to this thread I I did a taped interview with Jackle Flosso about year before he passed away. Jackie told me the Al Flosso knew Dean Martin long before Martin and Lewis formed. Al told Jackie that Dean Martin was a card dealer in Atlantic City when he met him. They were friends.
by Tom Klem
06/07/12 09:41 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dean Martin doing card sleights?
Replies: 12
Views: 1206

Re: Article by Houdini

Bill: I sm sure you have seen this article from 1916 in the NYTimes. "Son of Rabbis" with Houdini, Al Jolson and and Irving Berlin as officers of the group. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F60917FD345C10738DDDAB0A94DF405B888DF1D3">http:...
by Tom Klem
02/17/12 06:18 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Article by Houdini
Replies: 15
Views: 1125

Re: Magic on the Bowery

Joe Thank you for the wonderful early Bowery info. Here is a New York Times story about "The Sons of Rabbis" Houdini, Al Jolson and Irving Berlin are in it. They all performed as young men on the Bowery. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=...
by Tom Klem
02/17/12 05:53 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic on the Bowery
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Magic on the Bowery

Bill and Joe: Thank you for your posts. I had not seen the Hearld 1900 Obit. The Times ran its obit on May 18, 1900 that had this headine. "KING OF MAGIC" DEAD A Master of Legerdermin on the Bowery Passes Away The Mahatma ran one as well. If you have the Kaufman double Volume reprint it is...
by Tom Klem
02/17/12 12:12 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic on the Bowery
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Magic on the Bowery

Richard: Since my interest lies in the history of the Bowery I find it very interesting that Maurer according Thurston taught Thurston, T. Nelson Downs, Houdini and other the back palm. As to the origin of the move you have a deeper knowledge of this art than I will hope to have. Evans wrote of visi...
by Tom Klem
02/16/12 11:38 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic on the Bowery
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Article by Houdini

Dear Richard: Thank you so much. I own one and it is very helpful as the actual catalog is very fragile. The cost of an original has always been a bit too much for me to spend. I am a historian not a collector although many do both very well. I have several pieces of original Maurer materials like a...
by Tom Klem
02/15/12 02:44 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Article by Houdini
Replies: 15
Views: 1125

Re: Magic on the Bowery

Joe Pecore: Thank you for the additional Genii Magazine historical info on the back palm. Here is a link to the New York Clipper Annual from 1892 with an ad by Otto Maurer on the Bowery. I believe the same year Houdini performed on the Bowery. Mt focus right now is on the Bowery. <!-- m --><a class=...
by Tom Klem
02/15/12 12:53 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic on the Bowery
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Article by Houdini

Bill: These images are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them. The Columbia University Library has a digital run of the New York Clipper. Here is a link to the 1892 New York Clipper Annual with an ad for Prof. Otto Maurer on the Bowery. The Bowery is my focus right now. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" ...
by Tom Klem
02/15/12 12:45 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Article by Houdini
Replies: 15
Views: 1125

Re: Article by Houdini

Bill:

Thank you very much.

Did not know MOMA had a run.

I had already scheduled a visit to the NYPL Archive for other reasons.

The New York Clipper and the New York World are also good sources for study.

Best,

Tom Klem
by Tom Klem
02/14/12 01:22 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Article by Houdini
Replies: 15
Views: 1125

Re: Article by Houdini

Mr. Mullins

Wonderful article. Thank you for sharing it.

Is there a run of the Dramatic Mirror in an archive to be studied that you know of? I have a few orginal copies of the paper.

Best,

Tom Klem
by Tom Klem
02/13/12 09:54 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Article by Houdini
Replies: 15
Views: 1125

Re: Magic on the Bowery

Joe Pecore and forum members: I have a question. In the Magicians Handbook by Selbit Thurston credits Otto Maurer in teaching the back palm to him, Houdini, T.Nelson Downs and others. Now this forum is part of the magic world and its members are part of the world. I do projects for the public at lar...
by Tom Klem
02/12/12 12:25 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic on the Bowery
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Magic on the Bowery

I have found in the magic sources I have found only that description of Sieden's Bar. George Burns in his biography said as a very young boy his first performance of his singing group was at Sieden's Theatre on the Lower Eastside. I do not think Sieden was his actual full name. Probably shortened as...
by Tom Klem
02/12/12 01:21 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic on the Bowery
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Magic on the Bowery

Thank you Joe Pecore: The Conjurers Research Center is a good idea as I am a member of the center. I spoke to Bill Kalush about this before PA#1 Dean Ken Krenzel's funeral yesterday. I will go there. Any other ideas? Here is a link to a project I supplied a lot of material for. It was a web mappimg ...
by Tom Klem
02/11/12 09:29 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic on the Bowery
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Magic on the Bowery

I am researching the history of the Bowery in NYC. Although I have a collection of material on Bowery I want to dig deeper placing people who performed there. I know about Otto Maurer's shop and have one of his catalogs and other material on him. I know Houdini performed at the Globe Dime Museum in ...
by Tom Klem
02/10/12 07:10 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic on the Bowery
Replies: 18
Views: 1341

Re: Ken Krenzel Passes

I am very sad this gentle creative artist has passed. He was a mentor and friend. He was named the Dean of the SAM Parent Assembly in October. He was very happy about it.He can not be replaced. I will miss him at the Magic Table.
by Tom Klem
02/10/12 11:49 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Krenzel Passes
Replies: 79
Views: 11999

Re: Looking for 1947 Chicago SAM Convention Program

Would that be the SAM 19th Annual conference at the Morrison Hotel in 1947?

I have one.

Tom Klem
by Tom Klem
09/23/10 04:29 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Looking for 1947 Chicago SAM Convention Program
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Re: Boardwalk Empire on HBO

A Little more on Boardwalk Empire. The pilot episode was directed by Martin Scorsese. It was created by Terence Miller and is based on a novel by Nelson Johnson. It chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson played by Steve Buscemi, the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City in the 1920s, who was eq...
by Tom Klem
04/21/10 12:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Boardwalk Empire on HBO
Replies: 1
Views: 510

Boardwalk Empire on HBO

Boardwalk Empire which is set in Atlantic City in the 1920s will have a small part featuring a major magician of that era. Although this not a documentary some of the historical details are amazing. They have recreated the full size Boardwalk by building a set in Queens here in NYC. They are using b...
by Tom Klem
04/20/10 03:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Boardwalk Empire on HBO
Replies: 1
Views: 510

Re: THE 100TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO MAGIC!!

Carl Ballantine will unable to perform at the 100th Salute to Magic so another wonderful magician will be added to the great line up Paul Daniels of the UK will be performing and there will be also surprise guests as well. To buy tickets to this 100 year old benefit show go to <!-- w --><a class="po...
by Tom Klem
05/06/09 03:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THE 100TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO MAGIC!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1392

Re: THE 100TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO MAGIC!!

Eric DeCamps will also be performing at the 100th Salute to Magic
by Tom Klem
04/19/09 03:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THE 100TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO MAGIC!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1392

Re: Eric DeCamps - PURE MAGIC 2009 Edition

Eric DeCamps is also performing at the 100th Salute to Magic on May 16th in the Hammerstein Grand Ballroon in the Manhattan Center at 311 West 34th Street in NYC. Tickets at <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.sampa1.com/salute.htm">www.sampa1.com/salute.htm</a><!-- w --> I will be attend...
by Tom Klem
04/19/09 03:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric DeCamps - PURE MAGIC 2009 Edition
Replies: 39
Views: 3966

Re: Eric DeCamps Pure Magic – A Performance of Contemp

Eric: It is funny you calling me the thanking me for coming to your June 7th performance at the Metropolitan Room this past Saturday. It is me who should thank you. This performance with many of the same elements of you last show was very different. In both you mastery of actual manipulation and the...
by Tom Klem
06/09/08 01:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric DeCamps Pure Magic – A Performance of Contemp
Replies: 15
Views: 2168

Michael Gutenplan opens today

Michael wrote me: It was in the LA Times, Campus Circle and soon to be Varity... I really hope you can make it to the West Coast premiere of my magic show Extraordinary Deceptions: A Magical Holiday Extravaganza! The show is only one hour long and I promise lots of laughter!!! Log on to www.powerhou...
by Tom Klem
12/14/07 05:44 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Gutenplan opens today
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Re: G. J. Boziwick or Jura Bozwa

Bill Yes, G. J. Boziwick and Jura Bozwa are the same person. He also performed as Jura Bozecivic. Thank you very much for the information you have provided. I will pass it on to his grandson. I will start a file on him if anyone in the future also wonders who this magician was. I have located a post...
by Tom Klem
12/12/07 05:47 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: G. J. Boziwick or Jura Bozwa
Replies: 2
Views: 898

G. J. Boziwick or Jura Bozwa

I am wondering if anything has been written about magician G. J. Boziwick. He performed mostly in the Midwest from 1917 and is said to have passed away in 1981. In an issue of Billboard dated December 18th 1918 there were two mentions in a full page column in Magic & Magicians by William J. Hill...
by Tom Klem
12/11/07 03:41 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: G. J. Boziwick or Jura Bozwa
Replies: 2
Views: 898

Re: Montreal Magic Jam 2007

Grant:

It sounds like a great event.

All the Best,

Tom Klem
by Tom Klem
08/16/07 06:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Montreal Magic Jam 2007
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: research on another magician of the past

George For your search here are a few possible helps. His full name was Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe. He is best know for his brave acts as a Balloonist during the Civil Car spotting troop movements for the North. The army commissioned several balloons, which were under his command. I have no ...
by Tom Klem
08/16/07 07:03 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: research on another magician of the past
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: SAM convention

"Mike Bornstein was a lovely lovely man. Very generous, nice. All around great guy." Richard Kaufman writes. A better description of Mike could not be written. Bill Palmer I contributed to a book a few year ago called "Hidden New York" by Marci Reavens & Steve Zeitlin of City...
by Tom Klem
07/16/07 11:27 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: SAM convention
Replies: 21
Views: 792

Re: SAM convention

Richard Hatch I have enjoyed your informative articles and will at the next convention stop by and say hello. It would be a real pleasure to talk to you about history, magic and our archive. If any of you find yourselves in New York City stop by the SAM PA#1 Magic Table in Times Square. We meet for ...
by Tom Klem
07/15/07 01:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: SAM convention
Replies: 21
Views: 792

Re: SAM convention

Bill Palmer

At the next convention I will come up to you and chat if have not been drinking and in my "Cups and Balls" enough to corner a collector like yourself in conversation.

Best,

Tom Klem
by Tom Klem
07/14/07 05:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: SAM convention
Replies: 21
Views: 792

Re: World's Best Linking Rings Performers?

Rick Thomas and Peter Samelson do wonderful routines. In my heart my favorite was done by Mike Bornstein a few year ago as he reinacted his club act as Kolma from the 1940s
by Tom Klem
07/12/07 11:51 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: World's Best Linking Rings Performers?
Replies: 71
Views: 3790
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