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by Max Maven
February 12th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon

On occasion, the Professor would play this on others. I know this from personal experience.

I wouldn't say it was sadistic, Richard, but it was primarily for his own amusement. If and when a good piece of magic came about as a result, that was a fine side product—but not the goal per se.
by Max Maven
February 7th, 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?
Replies: 24
Views: 1572

Re: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?

Okay, let me try to clean up a claim about me that has appeared in two different threads on this board: For years I have been working, slowly, on a book devoted to the Gilbreath Principle. That project is ongoing. It has not been canceled. At no time have I ever stated, or even suggested, that the b...
by Max Maven
February 6th, 2017, 4:12 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 40
Views: 6744

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Joe McCay writes: "So apparently the Max Maven book is not happening."

On what do you base this statement?
by Max Maven
December 30th, 2016, 4:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

The shooting is completed, but yet to be done are editing, graphics, and so on. In some ways, this is a more complicated project than the other EMC DVD sets. While Luis had hoped to have everything done by the end of this year, I told him at the time that his was probably unrealistic -- all the more...
by Max Maven
December 5th, 2016, 6:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tezuma, japanese magic
Replies: 6
Views: 808

Re: Tezuma, japanese magic

There are a number of Japanese terms for performance magic (just as there are in English, &c.). Wazuma is probably the most appealing, as the "wa" in this case means "Japan," hence "Japanese lightning." Other terms include tezuma ("hand lightning"), kijuts...
by Max Maven
November 29th, 2016, 5:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 925

Re: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions

The trick you're looking for was Roydon's "Fantastic."
by Max Maven
October 16th, 2016, 5:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!
Replies: 18
Views: 2654

Re: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!

The basic puzzle was created by Winston Freer. It requires opaque pieces that are hollow so additional pieces can be hidden inside. Tenyo's new version by Komichi Komiya works very differently: the puzzle pieces are transparent. It's a huge innovation on the original. Sorry, Richard. Your informati...
by Max Maven
September 19th, 2016, 5:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 16
Views: 3567

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Don't forget Fredric Brown's Madball.
by Max Maven
July 25th, 2016, 9:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: milk pitcher principle
Replies: 9
Views: 2217

Re: milk pitcher principle

I'd be interested in a citation regarding Stanley Collins in this regard.

So far as I know, the precursor to the Milk Pitcher was the DeMuth Milk Bottle, devised in the early 1930s. The pitcher format was claimed by Richard Himber, who marketed it in 1943.
by Max Maven
July 22nd, 2016, 3:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick
Replies: 7
Views: 1382

Re: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick

It is embarrassing that I can provide information on this. The trick began as a feature in the act of Howard Brooks, in the late 1930s. After U.F. Grant marketed it, other dealers put it out (it was relatively easy to make), and there were other claimants (Eddie Cochran in the U.S., Vivante in Engla...
by Max Maven
July 10th, 2016, 8:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel Called Out for Copying Other Vegas Magician's Tricks
Replies: 3
Views: 966

Re: Criss Angel Called Out for Copying Other Vegas Magician's Tricks

Actually, the guy with the eyepatch is the doyen of Las Vegas showbiz writers, Norm Clarke. But, Mike Weatherford is probably the most highly positioned reviewer.
by Max Maven
July 6th, 2016, 1:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Is It With Florida?
Replies: 7
Views: 2649

What Is It With Florida?

Recent court ruling regarding copyright issues, citing a particularly foolish decades-old case involving magic;

http://www.billboard.com/files/pdfs/Bul ... lletin.pdf
by Max Maven
June 26th, 2016, 11:10 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Elephant hotel
Replies: 4
Views: 1030

Re: Elephant hotel

Yesterday I was walking down the street in Seoul, with Satoshi Onosaka. We passed a restaurant called "Hotdog New York" which prompted him to say that the hot dogs in Manhattan tasted better than anywhere else, which got me reminiscing about the Nathan's on 42nd street, years ago, that sol...
by Max Maven
June 22nd, 2016, 6:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Joy of Slum Magic
Replies: 56
Views: 8100

Re: The Joy of Slum Magic

The soft/hard corner idea is properly known as the Tan/Fillman Principle.
by Max Maven
April 23rd, 2016, 9:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?
Replies: 19
Views: 3675

Re: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?

If there really was a trend or pattern based on "generational" celebrities, then 2015 would have also been filled with such deaths. But it wasn't.
by Max Maven
April 23rd, 2016, 2:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Some Like It Hot?
Replies: 13
Views: 3131

Re: Some Like It Hot?

Not that obscure a story. Donna Delbert was favorably reviewed in various magic magazines in the 1940s and '50s, and the army problem was also reported in several magic journals, as well as major newspapers. As of the mid-1970s, she was still performing. I saw her MC and do fire-eating at a Larry We...
by Max Maven
February 11th, 2016, 9:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIchard Ross---Jumbo Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 2459

Re: RIchard Ross---Jumbo Cards

Richard Hatch wrote:Dr. Zina Bennett of Detroit was noted for his manipulation of jumbo cards.


Plus he married well.
by Max Maven
February 8th, 2016, 6:08 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Submitted for your Consideration
Replies: 15
Views: 5181

Re: Submitted for your Consideration

Joe Mckay wrote:You can see the interactive routine using hands here. I think it is a Max Maven idea. But I am not sure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXyT9dxH5xo



Not mine.
by Max Maven
December 9th, 2015, 3:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 14887

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

Taped at the first Gathering for Gardner in 1993.
by Max Maven
December 7th, 2015, 12:51 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Clayton Rawson movie
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: Clayton Rawson movie

One of three movies based on Merlini novels -- although in one of them, the story was tweaked to be about a different and better known print detective.
by Max Maven
November 26th, 2015, 2:22 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Source for this peek
Replies: 16
Views: 4500

Re: Source for this peek

Just to clarify the chronology, Dan Tong developed his book test using this methodology in the 1950s or early 1960s. It was eventually published in the New Jinx ; I believe the title was "Teletact." Related work appeared in the Linking Ring in the 1950s, by Charles Miller (not Charlie; I t...
by Max Maven
October 8th, 2015, 6:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: question about Persi and Gadner
Replies: 5
Views: 1464

Re: question about Persi and Gadner

Pace Richard Hatch, but your message suggests that Persi Diaconis was the first to bring Prevost to the attention of English-speaking magicians. That credit is too broad. It is, however, fair to say that although many knew of the book, few had much knowledge of its contents, given that to understand...
by Max Maven
October 5th, 2015, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven is okay
Replies: 11
Views: 2798

Re: Max Maven is okay

My thanks to the many people who sent messages during my unexpected four-day stay in the hospital this past weekend. Not how I'd planned to experience Orlando... But although I'm still in the process of recovering, the worst is over, and I'm feeling better with every passing hour. Sorry I was unable...
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2015, 12:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...
Replies: 13
Views: 3824

Re: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...

But Lee Noble's wallet was not the original Himber design...
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2015, 10:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...
Replies: 13
Views: 3824

Re: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...

Nobody ever topped the Lee Noble Himber. Those old enough to remember it will know what I mean.
by Max Maven
September 15th, 2015, 7:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Are The Most Used Gimmicked Cards? [NEED HELP]
Replies: 25
Views: 3543

Re: What Are The Most Used Gimmicked Cards? [NEED HELP]

I’m surprised that no one has mentioned Syl Reilly’s Fa-Ko Deck, marketed in 1928. While there have subsequently been other gaff assortments on the market, all of them built on this one. It was later revised and sold by Ronald Haines, in 1962. That incarnation begat a companion booklet, published in...
by Max Maven
August 25th, 2015, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 62
Views: 11017

Re: [censored] Troll Forum

performer wrote:[I]t should be carefully noted that I NEVER ATTACK ANYONE UNLESS THEY ATTACK ME FIRST.


I will politely comment that while this may be currently so, it has not been true in the past.
by Max Maven
July 24th, 2015, 1:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Card Trick Source
Replies: 13
Views: 3068

Re: Mathematical Card Trick Source

I would frame it this way: A "Restricted Kruskal" is to the Kruskal Principle as a Perfect Faro is to a Riffle Shuffle.
by Max Maven
July 23rd, 2015, 2:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Card Trick Source
Replies: 13
Views: 3068

Re: Mathematical Card Trick Source

A few days ago, Colm e-mailed me this same question. This is what I wrote in reply: Hi, Colm. While I have not seen this precise trick, the method is not new. One might define it as a Restricted Kruskal Principle. One of the earliest related items in print is an effect by Karl Fulves entitled (if me...
by Max Maven
May 17th, 2015, 1:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One Trick Phoney
Replies: 171
Views: 14888

Re: One Trick Phoney

Karl Fulves has written a couple of books exploring his work and it seems clear that he admires his approach to creating effects that feel as real as possible. That comes through to me despite the fact that Fulves using a slightly crude pseudonym to try and mock Gellar. The "Uriah Fuller"...
by Max Maven
May 2nd, 2015, 1:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?
Replies: 15
Views: 3098

Re: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?

Agreed, the established term "ditch" is much nicer. While the term is not much more than a hundred years old, the concept is clearly older, and surely predates the existence of pockets. The pocket, as an item built into a garment, seems to have come along in the late 17th century, but of c...
by Max Maven
April 23rd, 2015, 3:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Renner as Annemann...kind of.
Replies: 7
Views: 2065

Re: Renner as Annemann...kind of.

Ah.

The film takes place in 1921, at which time Annemann was fourteen.
by Max Maven
April 21st, 2015, 9:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Renner as Annemann...kind of.
Replies: 7
Views: 2065

Re: Renner as Annemann...kind of.

Just curious: What is the link to Annemann? Other than the pencil moustache, nothing in the trailer suggests a connection.
by Max Maven
April 6th, 2015, 11:28 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Hakone 2015, Japan
Replies: 7
Views: 2731

Re: Hakone 2015, Japan

It was indeed a lovely convention. One correction: The Taiwanese performer was not named Yu Ho Jin (that's the name of the wonderful Korean manipulator who is the current FISM Grand Prix champion, among many stellar credits). The young man from Taiwan, who makes jumbo cards transform into regular si...
by Max Maven
February 19th, 2015, 2:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer
Replies: 7
Views: 1784

Re: Derek DelGaudio: Oscars Writer

And we appreciate your inconsistency.
by Max Maven
January 29th, 2015, 2:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tom Mullica's godfather?
Replies: 4
Views: 2254

Re: Tom Mullica's godfather?

I was just talking about Jim Carazini the night before last. Amazing act. He would walk into the venue a minute before showtime, and walk directly onto the stage. No costume, no make-up, no set-up. (Remind me some time, and I'll tell you about his offstage smoking habit.) And the "godfather&quo...
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 6:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 9655

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

Then aspire toward Dali, not Dangerfield.
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 4:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 4165

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

Far more likely than DeLand stealing "Inverto" from Finley, would be that Finley bought one and then fooled Vernon with it. Do you really imagine that Dai Vernon was not aware of the latest marketed card magic? My assumption is that Finley told Vernon that he had come up with the idea pri...
by Max Maven
January 14th, 2015, 4:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NPH exposes thin sawing
Replies: 60
Views: 9655

Re: NPH exposes thin sawing

The lack of an official comment should not be misinterpreted. The situation has not gone "unnoticed." It is under discussion. Until the show has been viewed by the members of the AMA boards (I, for example, have not yet seen it), it is obviously not viable for us to make an informed respon...
by Max Maven
January 13th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show
Replies: 15
Views: 4165

Re: Penn & Teller's performance on The Late Late Show

I was referring to the gimmicked deck known as "Inverto" or "Cheek to Cheek."

Pray tell, given the message to which I was responding, what was unclear?

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