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by Leonard Hevia
December 4th, 2016, 9:07 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The vernon touch book
Replies: 41
Views: 25236

Re: The vernon touch book

Richard Kaufman wrote:I don't think so. It's a very expensive book to print: heavy enamel paper, a big page count, and a full color dj.
Richard Kaufman wrote:Good book. We should reprint it!


All right, now which is it?
by Leonard Hevia
December 4th, 2016, 6:33 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The vernon touch book
Replies: 41
Views: 25236

Re: The vernon touch book

A copy is up on eBay at a good price and it looks brand new:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/THE-VERNON-TOUC ... Swux5YP8Ri
by Leonard Hevia
December 4th, 2016, 12:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 17
Views: 974

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

lybrary wrote:Well, that simply shows that you haven't been keeping up with technology.


You got that right Chris. Keeping up with technology is like trying to climb a greased pole.
by Leonard Hevia
December 3rd, 2016, 10:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 17
Views: 974

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

Yes, for some a book is just another tool like a hammer or ratchet and not anything more exquisite. That is it's basic function, to just store information. Notice that the earliest books in Europe were patiently and lovingly handcrafted with paints and leatherwork. There is another aspect of digital...
by Leonard Hevia
December 3rd, 2016, 10:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 17
Views: 974

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

The costs of ownership are the prices the owners of books, paintings, musical instruments and other works of art lovingly pay to be near these objects. Those that prefer just the digital download and aren't interested in owning anything tangible like holding and smelling a book are welcome to that. ...
by Leonard Hevia
December 3rd, 2016, 8:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 17
Views: 974

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

Digital downloads have absolutely no aftermarket value yet that doesn't seem to bother them. And why should it? Most people buy magic books to learn a new routine or move, or just to appreciate the method or cleverness of the material described, or they want to learn about history, or about a parti...
by Leonard Hevia
December 3rd, 2016, 2:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 17
Views: 974

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

You're scaring me Steve. I have a few duplicates of magic hardcover books that I'd like to unload and I'm afraid your prognosis is more accurate than I want to accept. It just seems that newer entrants into magic are not interested in reading (can't read?) or in tangible books. Digital downloads hav...
by Leonard Hevia
December 3rd, 2016, 10:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Houdini's diaries?
Replies: 17
Views: 2008

Re: Houdini's diaries?

Ken Silverman was given access to the diaries for two hours. He paged through them while holding a voice recorder and spoke sparse notes about anything he felt was important. So it's not as if the information in them has not been used. My thoughts exactly. The Ernst family allowed Professor Silverm...
by Leonard Hevia
December 2nd, 2016, 10:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Houdini's diaries?
Replies: 17
Views: 2008

Re: Houdini's diaries?

Nothing to add Roger but your theory that the descendants of Bernard Ernst have the diaries makes sense. Just read it now so it slipped below my radar for a year. Ernst certainly could have had access to HH's diaries after his death since they were close friends. He had access to the Houdini/Doyle c...
by Leonard Hevia
December 2nd, 2016, 8:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 17
Views: 974

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

That's interesting. Nobody seems to be buying used magic books at the Green Monster. Lots of great books available at bargain prices on the Buy and Sell menu and almost nothing moves. Perhaps literacy is a problem there.
by Leonard Hevia
December 1st, 2016, 10:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Riser RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: Harry Riser RIP

In the case of Harry Riser prefer to think about General Patton's quote: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." He lived a long productive life with a great wife and magic friends. He also left behind great magic for us to study...
by Leonard Hevia
November 23rd, 2016, 7:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cards with pocket question
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: Cards with pocket question

The pocket card is also used for the Diminishing Cards. As the deck is re-fanned in diminishing sizes, the appropriately sized mini card is removed from the top card/back of the fan and placed on a table as evidence. This card has a pocket on the back to hold about 3 mini cards of various sizes. The...
by Leonard Hevia
November 23rd, 2016, 7:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Wallet question
Replies: 4
Views: 679

Re: Card Wallet question

Try this website. They also have a nice selection of coin purses:

http://www.walletgear.com/credit-card-h ... lders.html
by Leonard Hevia
November 15th, 2016, 11:40 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Think of a card
Replies: 11
Views: 5092

Re: Think of a card

Richard Kaufman wrote:Go read Berglas
Do not waste your time with Dingle's inferior method


Could this be one reason for our continually growing magic libraries? The never ending search to find a superior method to the effects we perform?
by Leonard Hevia
November 12th, 2016, 2:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 6313

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

Wouldn't it be nice if all the Karl Fulves manuscripts go into an ebook digital format? The last Fulves manuscript I acquired cost me $50.00 for a small stapled booklet.
by Leonard Hevia
November 12th, 2016, 11:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 6313

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

Brad and Joe's observations sum it up. The magic information explosion of the last 20 years and the arrival of the Internet has become a mixed blessing, if it was even a blessing. Beginners were no longer limited to a selected few books for the neophyte to focus on. The availability of secrets becam...
by Leonard Hevia
November 12th, 2016, 10:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Haversat & Ewing Fall Into Winter Auction
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Haversat & Ewing Fall Into Winter Auction

That was hilarious Daniel! Thank you for bringing that to our attention.
by Leonard Hevia
November 11th, 2016, 9:03 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Think of a card
Replies: 11
Views: 5092

Re: Think of a card

Derek Dingle's from The Complete Works is my standby. You have two Outs and can cull the card if your back is to the wall to remove it from the empty card case or pocket/wallet. Dingle's version is basically Crosthwaite's following of the gaze and narrowing it down. Sid Lorraine's method is also int...
by Leonard Hevia
November 9th, 2016, 8:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 15
Views: 1398

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Ted M wrote:I think the point is that, at least in this case, there's really no excuse for an uninformed seller.


How much for a tulip bulb?


Well Jonathan, if this was Holland about 380 years ago, I'd ask about $10,000 for that tulip you're eyeing.
by Leonard Hevia
November 8th, 2016, 8:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 15
Views: 1398

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

On the flip side, there is likely someone who did not know the fair market value of what he had... It's an ethical issue we have had at our club for estate sales when items such as the Garcia books have been offered at $5. Most of us know they should be closer to $100, but the widow does not. Is it...
by Leonard Hevia
November 6th, 2016, 11:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon
Replies: 50
Views: 8126

Re: Dai Vernon

Mike Henkel's copy of Zarrow is still available on eBay. I can't believe no one has snagged it. From the photo it looks like it was never opened. The card magic within is fantastic and from a first generation student of Vernon no less. I have a photo in my collection of Vernon enjoying dinner at Her...
by Leonard Hevia
November 5th, 2016, 12:05 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Giobbi's Essay on the Daley Notebooks
Replies: 3
Views: 2965

Re: Giobbi's Essay on the Daley Notebooks

The Daley Notebooks aren't easy to decipher. Much of it is written in a kind of shorthand that can make it difficult to figure out the directions. That's part of the charm of it I suppose.
by Leonard Hevia
November 3rd, 2016, 9:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Quality Wood Close Up Wand
Replies: 35
Views: 2079

Re: Quality Wood Close Up Wand

Good catch Magicfish! I had forgotten that Kueppers also made high quality wands. There must be more wand manufacturers I missed.
by Leonard Hevia
October 31st, 2016, 9:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Halloween you Bunch of Coconuts from The Chief Genii
Replies: 10
Views: 1075

Re: Happy Halloween you Bunch of Coconuts from The Chief Genii

Lately I've been addicted to the Jelly Belly citrus flavored jelly beans. It's a roller coaster citrus ride for the tongue. They're also fortified with 25% Vitamin C. Who said candy wasn't nutritious?

https://www.jellybelly.com/sunkist-reg- ... ag/p/98834
by Leonard Hevia
October 31st, 2016, 6:43 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: I guarantee a message from Houdini on Halloween
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re: I guarantee a message from Houdini on Halloween

About as close as we'll ever get to a message from Harry.
by Leonard Hevia
October 30th, 2016, 9:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Quality Wood Close Up Wand
Replies: 35
Views: 2079

Re: Quality Wood Close Up Wand

Good catch Erdnasephile. I had forgotten to mention Brett Sherwood's wands. They're also two piece wands with a slipcase for both sections. If you keep your indoor humidity to roughly 40%, that should be enough to keep delicate wood items from cracking. Digital humidity gauges are available in box s...
by Leonard Hevia
October 30th, 2016, 3:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stephen Minch - Hermetic Press - Closed?
Replies: 24
Views: 4047

Re: Stephen Minch - Hermetic Press - Closed?

Tom Stone wrote:Now, since Hermetic Press doesn't exist anymore, I will eventually let the domain expire.



by Leonard Hevia
October 30th, 2016, 11:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Quality Wood Close Up Wand
Replies: 35
Views: 2079

Re: Quality Wood Close Up Wand

Good quality close up wands are readily available these days from a variety of craftsmen:

1. Hidden Wren U.K.
2. Mark Teufel
3. RNT2
4. Paul Howard U.K.
5. Levit Magic

I don't believe the Porper/Jenkins team has returned to wand manufacturing so far.
by Leonard Hevia
October 23rd, 2016, 3:17 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Chopping board to stab on?
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: Chopping board to stab on?

This is a great board with side handles and a flat front to slide out the cards easily:



http://www.ebay.com/itm/Primitive-Pine- ... SwBahVYQuI

;)
by Leonard Hevia
October 23rd, 2016, 2:00 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon
Replies: 50
Views: 8126

Re: Dai Vernon

Richard Kaufman wrote:"EIM"?


Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic
by Leonard Hevia
October 22nd, 2016, 11:07 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon
Replies: 50
Views: 8126

Re: Dai Vernon

I think the Berg Knot is also taught in Volume 9/10 of the Revelations videos/DVDs.
by Leonard Hevia
October 22nd, 2016, 9:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon
Replies: 50
Views: 8126

Re: Dai Vernon

There is also a detailed description in the big Zarrow book by David Ben. Mike Henkel of New Jersey has a copy of this book up for auction in eBay and it appears to be in nice condition: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zarrow-Llife-time-of-Magic-book-David-Ben-First-Ed-/192004288314?hash=item2cb458ef3a:g:-...
by Leonard Hevia
October 22nd, 2016, 11:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Instructions for Working Performer's Card Stab please?
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: Instructions for Working Performer's Card Stab please?

Erdnasephile--What is the problem with the DVD explication? In what way is it incomplete? From this description of the effect and the contents of Paramiracles, I understand 2/3 of the method. If you don't own a copy of Paramiracles , get it! There's one on eBay now at a great price: http://www.ebay....
by Leonard Hevia
October 20th, 2016, 10:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 8506

Re: Sachs and Sack's

You can watch Skinner perform and I believe teach the Sach's routine in volume 3 of the Legendary Repertoire of Michael Skinner DVD from Geno Munari's Houdini shop. This two DVD set includes a Las Vegas lecture presented by Skinner, which is where he performs this effect. The first two DVDs are also...
by Leonard Hevia
October 20th, 2016, 9:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Lyons Den
Replies: 5
Views: 705

Re: The Lyons Den

Thank you for that notice James! Looking forward to reading Swiss' reviews again.
by Leonard Hevia
October 20th, 2016, 9:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 8506

Re: Sachs and Sack's

FWIW James Lewis is a smart guy. He has a good eye and I've always known him to see things clearly. I don't know his dice routine but would be willing to bet there is something to it well worth considering. Brad--if you were to watch Lewis's video of the Sachs Dice Routine, you'd want grab a set of...
by Leonard Hevia
October 19th, 2016, 6:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 8506

Re: Sachs and Sack's

performer wrote: I have never seen a single soul do this trick correctly to my satisfaction.


James Lewis does it to perfection on his video. Alas, it is not available on DVD.
by Leonard Hevia
October 16th, 2016, 11:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine
Replies: 24
Views: 2002

Re: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine

Bruce Cervon had a nice All Backs routine with an ace cutting theme in Ultra Cervon that utilized a thick card double backer. The appeal is that the faces disappear and are replaced by the back designs. That's magic. Overproving can be a detriment to this effect.
by Leonard Hevia
October 16th, 2016, 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine
Replies: 24
Views: 2002

Re: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine

Thank you Philippe! I was not aware that Fr. Cyprian had more versions of the packet All Backs effect out in print.
by Leonard Hevia
October 16th, 2016, 2:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine
Replies: 24
Views: 2002

Re: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine

I can't find a date for Fr. Cyprian's version. Who knows ? Fr. Cyprian's version goes back to 1977. That is the date on the illustrated envelope it came in. BTW--I did away with the Flushtration Count at the beginning of this routine and substituted a better way to initially display four cards with...

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