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by Leonard Hevia
January 8th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: McDonald Birch
Replies: 19
Views: 1996

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: 1300

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: 20
Views: 1124

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: 6499

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: 1945

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: 242

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: 24
Views: 1623

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: 24
Views: 1623

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: 852

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: 572

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: 4772
Views: 1721953

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: 4772
Views: 1721953

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: 4772
Views: 1721953

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: 4772
Views: 1721953

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: 4772
Views: 1721953

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: 4772
Views: 1721953

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: 4772
Views: 1721953

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: 4772
Views: 1721953

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: 4772
Views: 1721953

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: 6499

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.
by Leonard Hevia
December 23rd, 2016, 7:30 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Super Sized Silly just arrived !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1450

Re: Super Sized Silly just arrived !!!

You're welcome my friend. Who knows? You might enter the children's birthday party circuit. You can't go wrong with David's thoughts and observations in his books and Genii column. I agree that having children can bring out the inner child and allows one to relive childhood once again through the ey...
by Leonard Hevia
December 23rd, 2016, 2:19 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Super Sized Silly just arrived !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1450

Re: Super Sized Silly just arrived !!!

magicfish wrote:Just picked up my shrink wrapped copy!
Looking forward to this very much.


Magicfish--I thought you were a card guy, no idea you did children's magic.
by Leonard Hevia
December 23rd, 2016, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 6499

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

This elegant book reminds me of the Kingdom of Shadows by 17th-century author Aristide Torchia from the Johnny Depp film The Ninth Gate. The book is an adaptation of one written by the Devil himself and purportedly contains the means to summon the Devil and acquire invincibility and immortality. Com...
by Leonard Hevia
December 17th, 2016, 12:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 8
Views: 770

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Maybe my memory is blending some things, but I thought there was an interview where Vernon talking about getting the cups in Iran. Paul Fox had given Vernon a set of his legendary cups between 1936 and 1937. Vernon loaned them out to Life Magazine photographer George Karger in the mid 1950s. On a t...
by Leonard Hevia
December 16th, 2016, 8:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 8
Views: 770

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

? Heard there were two (or three) sets brought over at the time. Vernon got one - used em ... Persi Diaconis replaced with theirs after a while. The Vernon(2) set passed from Vernon to Jennings - then to a collector. Set 1 staying safe with professor Diaconis. :) I thought there were three sets but...
by Leonard Hevia
December 15th, 2016, 10:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 6499

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Joe Mckay wrote:How good does the bill look after the restoration?

Just wondering if this is more of a TV only effect?

Great book btw.


Can't say Joe but I will report back to you on this effect once the book is in my hands.
by Leonard Hevia
December 15th, 2016, 9:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 6499

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

92 left on the Frozen Bird...had to get my copy after reading the review in Genii.
by Leonard Hevia
December 12th, 2016, 9:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

If you already understand the chop cup, then you can adapt the basic table routine to the spectator's hand. It isn't difficult.
by Leonard Hevia
December 5th, 2016, 11:41 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The vernon touch book
Replies: 56
Views: 27749

Re: The vernon touch book

A number of errors crept in this book, especially the photo captions. A reprint with the corrections?
by Leonard Hevia
December 5th, 2016, 9:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Books - Used book discount!
Replies: 44
Views: 3490

Re: H&R Books - Used book discount!

Chris, the smell and feel of a book are part of the soothing aesthetics of reading for bibliophiles. But with respect to e-ink readers, how much do color readers cost in the size of a large 8vo that feature resolution similar to the higher quality books? Can one quickly and smoothly zoom and pull b...
by Leonard Hevia
December 4th, 2016, 9:07 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The vernon touch book
Replies: 56
Views: 27749

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: 56
Views: 27749

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: 44
Views: 3490

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: 44
Views: 3490

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: 44
Views: 3490

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: 44
Views: 3490

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: 44
Views: 3490

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: 2406

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: 2406

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: 44
Views: 3490

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.

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