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by Leonard Hevia
February 26th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Puckered Lips Pressed to an Angel's Bottom
Replies: 4
Views: 375

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: 59
Views: 6298

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: 4
Views: 375

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: 59
Views: 6298

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: 59
Views: 6298

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: 314

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: 314

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: 71
Views: 8793

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: 71
Views: 8793

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: 71
Views: 8793

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: 438

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: 391

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: 24
Views: 1702

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: 24
Views: 1702

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: 24
Views: 1702

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: 454

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: 21
Views: 1833

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: 2832

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: 2832

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: 738

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: 20
Views: 2219

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: 1796

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: 24
Views: 1717

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: 7254

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: 37
Views: 2499

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.
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini in 1917
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: Houdini in 1917

Wow! A great recap for 1917 John!
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!
Replies: 26
Views: 2449

Re: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!

Inside my copy, I slipped a small sheet of paper with some of the corrections notated: 1. On page 311, Joe Cossari is in the photo with Vernon and his family but not noted. 2. On page 376 that's Carol Roy seated at the left end of the table. It should not say "Unknown." The standing indivi...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2017, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!
Replies: 26
Views: 2449

Re: Hey, We're Reprinting The Vernon Touch!

This book needs a few corrections under the photo captions. It would be a shame if the corrections were not made before republishing it.
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2016, 11:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hahahahahahahah
Replies: 11
Views: 1057

Re: Hahahahahahahah

The bottom of this Digital Journal article reads:

This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
by Leonard Hevia
December 30th, 2016, 5:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What'd ya'll get?
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Re: What'd ya'll get?

I got:

1. Mnemonica (Tamariz)

2. The Aretalogy of V. B. (Minch)

3. Hidden Agenda (Giobbi) One or two chowderheads on the Green Monster berated this book. Pearls before swine...

4. Houdini Unlocked Set from the Potter auction. (Culliton)
by Leonard Hevia
December 29th, 2016, 5:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739716

Re: ERDNASE

My Hunt for Erdnase ebook has gone through many revisions and corrections over several months. Early customers could download early versions of it. I am sure there are still errors in the ebook, be it typos or factual errors. They will be corrected as soon as I am made aware of them. It is also pos...
by Leonard Hevia
December 29th, 2016, 3:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739716

Re: ERDNASE

The Comstock law simply adds to the fact that a cheat was in a precarious situation. But you do not need these laws to explain the need for anonymity. Common sense tells you that a cheat wants to stay hidden. Even a kid knows that. It is such an easy fact to grasp except for some folks posting here...
by Leonard Hevia
December 29th, 2016, 3:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739716

Re: ERDNASE

lybrary wrote:
Leonard Hevia wrote:Yes, the author of The Expert did indeed want to keep his identity a secret but not exactly for the reason you cited.

Interesting. And how do you know the exact reasons of Erdnase?


The same way you do.
by Leonard Hevia
December 29th, 2016, 1:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739716

Re: ERDNASE

Erdnase was in a precarious situation if detected being a cheat. We as magicians glorify advantage players, because we look at their awesome sleight-of-hand skills. But in reality they are crooks, cheats and thieves, because they steal money. If they are found out they will suffer serious consequen...
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2016, 11:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739716

Re: The Hunt For Erdnase

Leonard- ok, you win. Which proves that "normal" authors outside of magic have indeed used anagrams of their own names as pseudonyms. The sacred cow should not be put out to pasture. Challenging the anagram theory keeps us on our toes S.T. so I thank you for that. The fact that W.E. Sande...
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2016, 4:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739716

Re: The Hunt For Erdnase

Leonard- to be exact, we should be looking at authors that would have set a precedent in the 1800's. Buckethead? Jim Morrison? That is hilarious. Oh--you are now setting parameters in the search for authors that used anagrams as pseudonyms? The author should be from the 1800's? And not a magician? ...
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2016, 11:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739716

Re: The Hunt For Erdnase

Name two non- magicians because most magicians are aware of this theory and they would be tempered to do the same thing. 'Normal' authors are not known to do this. No problem S.T. The Genii grants all wishes: "Arrigo Boito" = "Tobia Gorrio" "Edward Gorey" = "Ogdre...
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2016, 9:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739716

Re: The Hunt For Erdnase

One thing I know has misled the whole movement is the anagram sacred cow. That whole misguided mess needs to be led to pasture and slaughtered once and for all. Let go already- it doesnt make any sense! When writers use a paeudonym- they never just simply scramble the letters of their real name. Do...
by Leonard Hevia
December 26th, 2016, 1:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739716

Re: ERDNASE

performer wrote:Who wrote the evisceration?


I believe it was John Lovick?
by Leonard Hevia
December 25th, 2016, 10:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 7254

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Bossi's Pencil Through Bill is...devilish and bold. The fictional character of Torchia would have been proud of Vanni. Is it the veritable price of the book? It might be. Anyone interested in the Okito box should get this book.

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