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by Edwin Corrie
April 8th, 2016, 3:12 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 14
Views: 5682

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

I got to know Arthur through origami, but he was incredible with his paper cutting and so immaculately neat in everything he did. Yes, he did do a bit of silhouette work too. He was also a great fan (and I believe a friend) of Tom Mullica. The other day I came across a photo of him in "Pabular&...
by Edwin Corrie
March 15th, 2016, 7:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 100+ year old magic shop photos/illustrations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1201

Re: 100+ year old magic shop photos/illustrations?

Bland's Magical Palace, established in 1855: https://smallmagicollector.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/the-magic-table-victorian-magic-table-by-bland-from-prof-hoffmann-book/ https://books.google.ch/books?id=ohyLewLefocC&pg=PA92&lpg=PA92&dq=blands+magical+palace&source=bl&ots=PS3AZnaki...
by Edwin Corrie
March 15th, 2016, 3:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 47
Views: 7341

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past



The Tenyo self-contained Hydrostatic Glass is called Water Suspension. I always thought this was a great idea and very well made.

http://tenyo-magic.blogspot.ch/2010/05/t-035.html
by Edwin Corrie
March 14th, 2016, 6:19 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Lost Stars of Magic Tricks
Replies: 7
Views: 2834

Re: Lost Stars of Magic Tricks

Great to see these and to learn about the background to the Stars of Magic series. The tricks looked strangely familiar though, and after a bit of searching I found out why - all of them (plus a few more) appear in the book "Close Up Magic of the Masters" published by Jackie Flosso. https:...
by Edwin Corrie
February 26th, 2016, 7:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for interesting early magic books
Replies: 20
Views: 3190

Re: Looking for interesting early magic books

Good topic. Sorry to be coming to it a bit late. If you're like me you'll want original copies, but here are a couple of those already mentioned: Magic without Apparatus https://books.google.fr/books?id=nO59CgAAQBAJ&pg=PP2&lpg=PP2&dq=magic+without+apparatus+by+camille+gaultier&source...
by Edwin Corrie
January 14th, 2016, 11:56 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Histed pompom built into a Hoodie
Replies: 4
Views: 1065

Re: Histed pompom built into a Hoodie

If you mean provenance before Histed, I guess it would be this: http://www.conjuringcredits.com/doku.php?id=misc:pom-pom_prayer_stick Geoffrey Buckingham's Four-Ended Rope is in "It's Easier Than You Think Vol. 3" and also here: http://magicref.tripod.com/booksjr/klammrigropes.htm More rec...
by Edwin Corrie
January 14th, 2016, 2:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?
Replies: 43
Views: 5717

Re: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?

I hadn't planned to watch as the idea sounded even more disturbing than some of the other recent Derren Brown specials, but I happened to catch the last part and was intrigued - as well as disturbed. Despite the participants saying they were glad they took part (and according to the Radio Times arti...
by Edwin Corrie
January 6th, 2016, 4:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Just curious...
Replies: 5
Views: 1206

Re: Just curious...

I had to pay an extra €37, which was annoying since the postage to Europe was already quite expensive and I was tempted to ask what the additional €37 was for. It happened before on a heavy parcel of books, and someone suggested to me that where possible it might be worth splitting large orders into...
by Edwin Corrie
December 24th, 2015, 9:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!
Replies: 100
Views: 11393

Re: If You've Received Tenyoism Please Post Here!

Received yesterday, just in time for Christmas. Will open tomorrow. Having seen it briefly at the copy at the Genii convention I know it's going to be fantastic and can't wait to have a proper look.
by Edwin Corrie
July 12th, 2015, 7:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii subscription renewal offer
Replies: 6
Views: 2504

Re: Genii subscription renewal offer

Thanks for the reply, and sorry for not responding sooner. I'll e-mail Margret as you suggest.
by Edwin Corrie
July 9th, 2015, 4:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii subscription renewal offer
Replies: 6
Views: 2504

Re: Genii subscription renewal offer

"The Berglas Effect" is listed again on the website in connection with the Genii renewal offers. I renewed for 3 years in April, without any add-ons. Is it too late to add "The Berglas Effect" now?
by Edwin Corrie
March 26th, 2015, 4:15 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 47
Views: 13643

Re: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice

I use the Oxford Comma because it clarifies writing, and that's the only reason. Anyone else read the book "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"? What I care about most is clarity and simplicity. Richard, you need not feel that you are abandoning your preference for the American idiom in this regard....
by Edwin Corrie
March 24th, 2015, 1:07 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 47
Views: 13643

Re: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice

I can't stand "s/he" either. Visually it drives me nuts. I take into account--a great deal--what the visual appearance of the text is on the page and how that is perceived by, and pleasing to, the reader. Thus my insistence on the Oxford Comma, among many other things. My favourite (can't...
by Edwin Corrie
March 9th, 2015, 2:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Genii subscription renewal offer
Replies: 6
Views: 2504

Re: Genii subscription renewal offer

So the website has the latest offers? I suppose that makes sense.
by Edwin Corrie
March 9th, 2015, 12:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Genii subscription renewal offer
Replies: 6
Views: 2504

Genii subscription renewal offer

I'm about to renew my Genii subscription but am confused about the books that are available. According to the March issue it's possible to order The Berglas Effects for $25 plus postage, but on the website (and also according to the renewal notice that came with the magazine) the only books availabl...
by Edwin Corrie
December 6th, 2014, 4:24 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Goethe and magic
Replies: 11
Views: 2545

Re: Goethe and magic

Yes, it's Seneca, in a letter to Lucilius, but he's actually referring to sophistry and the techniques of rhetoric, and comparing them to sleight of hand. Seneca said: Then, too, the man who is asked whether he has horns on his head[1] is not such a fool as to feel for them on his forehead, nor agai...
by Edwin Corrie
December 4th, 2014, 3:29 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Goethe and magic
Replies: 11
Views: 2545

Re: Goethe and magic

There's another article here: http://www.academia.edu/2135810/Entzauberk%C3%A4sten._Zur_Fr%C3%BChgeschichte_eines_paradoxen_Spiel_zeug_s Also a summary in plain text (with most of the information about Goethe) that you can copy and paste into Google Translate to get a general idea of what it says: h...
by Edwin Corrie
November 13th, 2014, 3:22 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Secret Out
Replies: 7
Views: 1865

Re: The Secret Out

It's a well known book but worth buying for its historical value. Many of the material is still usable, though a lot will be familiar from other places or will seem too old fashioned by modern standards. You can get a better idea (or buy the PDF) here: http://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/The-Secr...
by Edwin Corrie
November 13th, 2014, 3:03 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: I am Looking for Vintage DeLand Card Magic & Decks
Replies: 6
Views: 1025

Re: I am Looking for Vintage DeLand Card Magic & Decks

I don't have anything to sell personally, but there's an Italian book that came out last year (does Richard know about this?) to mark the 100th anniversary of DeLand's Automatic Deck: http://www.funtasticshop.com/item_5260/Delands-automatic-playing-cards-seconda-edizione An extract can be seen here:...
by Edwin Corrie
September 6th, 2014, 8:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: card on ceiling history ???????
Replies: 9
Views: 3948

Re: card on ceiling history ???????

Thanks Philippe. Another one for the collection. Correction to my last post: Actually the Hocus Pocus book was not a translation of the English one, but a completely separate collection of card tricks which I think was later put together with the German version of Hocus Pocus Junior. The text is rep...
by Edwin Corrie
September 5th, 2014, 7:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: card on ceiling history ???????
Replies: 9
Views: 3948

Re: card on ceiling history ???????

Philippe, are you sure they are using "plancher" for the ceiling, not the floor? It sounds interesting - is the text available online? The Card on Ceiling is also in "HOCUS POCUS kürtzweilige approbirte Kahrten-Künste" (1669), which was the German translation of "Hocus Pocus...
by Edwin Corrie
July 4th, 2014, 11:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventor of this old trick? - Tube magic
Replies: 13
Views: 2424

Re: Inventor of this old trick? - Tube magic

The Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians (T.A. Waters) has an entry for Phantom Tube and gives the inventor's name as Curtis Dressen (I'm writing this from work, so I hope I'm remembering the name right). It also mentions the Genii Tube, a version with two half tubes hinged together so you can open t...
by Edwin Corrie
April 7th, 2014, 10:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 8590

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

To me, the amazing thing was that if you take a deck and give it a really good shuffle, the odds are that no deck in history has ever been in that particular order before. Reported to me by a friend of my brother: [quote] There was a probability expert talking about this on Radio 4 about a year or ...
by Edwin Corrie
April 3rd, 2014, 3:39 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Visual Puns
Replies: 12
Views: 3992

Re: Visual Puns

I was going to suggest "performance art" (as distinct from "performing art"), which would be fairly descriptive but is actually an established term for a very different kind of "art" (the pictures on Google Images are nothing like Troublewit). I like Pete’s term "s...
by Edwin Corrie
March 30th, 2014, 6:40 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: The Session Convention 2014
Replies: 8
Views: 4216

Re: The Session Convention 2014

Thanks for posting. I've always been curious about The Session and this year almost managed to go, but it didn't work out. So it's interesting to read about what actually went on. Maybe next year...
by Edwin Corrie
October 18th, 2013, 3:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hofzinser's Rose Mirror
Replies: 18
Views: 3156

Re: Hofzinser's Rose Mirror

Zauberzentrale München is definitely still in business, though there doesn't seem to be anything on the website about a version of the Rose Mirror being for sale. It does seem though that the last volume of Magic Christian's Hofzinser trilogy is finally available in German: http://www.zauberzentrale...
by Edwin Corrie
October 16th, 2013, 10:30 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 7026

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

A bit off track perhaps, but I happened to find an article by Sachs in "Strand" magazine: "A Parlour Seance with David Devant" by E.T. Sachs The Strand 1901 - vol xxii, p735-743, July-Dec 1901 9pp http://ia700503.us.archive.org/28/items/TheStrandMagazineAnIllustratedMonthly/TheSt...
by Edwin Corrie
October 10th, 2013, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 450
Views: 92261

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

The "Louisiana Switch" is described in one of Martin Nash's books and in one of John Mendoza's. It is NOT the Jinx Switch (which is described everywhere). Does anyone know of any other references? Ultimate Marlo Vol. 1 (set of 4 DVDs in French) http://www.aufestivaldesjeux.com/DVD+%22Ulti...
by Edwin Corrie
October 5th, 2013, 7:26 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: The Trick that Fooled Einstein
Replies: 19
Views: 7351

Re: The Trick that Fooled Einstein

I only have the 1939 edition of Matchstick Magic , but the trick's there under the title of "Matchstick Divination" (page 117) with very simple explanatory patter. Presumably it was in the 1921 edition too. It must go back even further than that though. Barrie Richardson also has "The...
by Edwin Corrie
October 3rd, 2013, 7:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: October 2013 Issue with Eugene Burger
Replies: 31
Views: 5453

Re: October 2013 Issue with Eugene Burger

Arrived in France today. The new postal service is working very well.
by Edwin Corrie
October 3rd, 2013, 6:59 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Japan Ingenious Shipping on Monday August 12
Replies: 18
Views: 8444

Re: Japan Ingenious Shipping on Monday August 12

Received mine yesterday. This is going to be one of my all-time favourite books. Even if I never actually do most of the material, the incredible thinking behind it is wonderful to contemplate.
by Edwin Corrie
October 3rd, 2013, 6:54 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented What's Next?
Replies: 30
Views: 5275

Re: Who invented What's Next?

I am interested in whether there are any versions using a metal surface and magnetic dots prior to 1967. Does anyone know how the earlier versions work? I'm thinking they're just cardboard or wooden dots on threads or sliding in grooves. The sliding pip cards in Roterberg (and also Conradi's "...
by Edwin Corrie
October 2nd, 2013, 4:33 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Amazing Geometric Vanish - MAGIC magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 18024

Re: Amazing Geometric Vanish - MAGIC magazine

A relevant video by Mariano. You beat me to it! This has to be one of the best, because you actually seem to be creating something that people want. I love the implication that the whole bowl of extra chocolate squares has been obtained in this way. Another related item by Masao Atsukawa appeared i...
by Edwin Corrie
September 26th, 2013, 3:22 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: one-handed shuffle
Replies: 13
Views: 2362

Re: one-handed shuffle

However , one must not automatically assume it was a riffle shuffle! I have found what I believe to be Green's method ripped off by Hugard with no credit (all too common) in an early Card Manipulations booklet. It is what we would consider a one-hand Overhand Shuffle. The one-handed shuffles in &qu...
by Edwin Corrie
September 24th, 2013, 3:26 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: one-handed shuffle
Replies: 13
Views: 2362

Re: one-handed shuffle

The article in Hugard's Magic Monthly describes two one-handed shuffles - the One-Handed Riffle and the One-Handed Overhand Shuffle. They are credited to Howard de Courcy, though he didn't claim originality. "A now-ubiquitous one-handed riffle shuffle and bridge procedure, meanwhile, was publis...
by Edwin Corrie
September 21st, 2013, 6:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic in Italy?
Replies: 10
Views: 3244

Re: Magic in Italy?

Another recommendation for Tra Palco e Realtà. It's not far from St. Peter's Square and definitely worth a visit.

If you're in Milan there's Shaun Yee's shop (see http://www.shaunyee.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=6 for photos).
by Edwin Corrie
August 29th, 2013, 10:36 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 7026

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

Is there any evidence that Edwin O. was involved in magic? The attribution of "Sleight of Hand" to him is clearly erroneous. The places he is mentioned in Hopkins's book only describe his writings on theater architecture, and don't indicate any particular interest in magic. "Involved...
by Edwin Corrie
August 29th, 2013, 3:44 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 7026

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

It’s strange that two people with such similar names (Edwin O. and Edwin T.) were involved in magic around the same time, and possibly would be even stranger if they had been related. The confusion surrounding the publication date is also surprising. How is it that we can't rely on the date given in...
by Edwin Corrie
August 14th, 2013, 4:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 27
Views: 5081

Re: Sachs and Sack's

Another early reference is "Half Hours of Scientific Amusement" (1890), which was a translation/compilation of material by Gaston Tissandier: http://archive.org/details/halfhoursscient00fritgoog See page 104 ff. I haven't been able to find the exact reference in Tissandier, but it must hav...
by Edwin Corrie
August 14th, 2013, 3:56 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 7026

Re: Edwin T. Sachs and Angelo J. Lewis . . .

I did a bit more searching and found the following: Eglinton exposed: Textually extracted from the "Journals" and "Proceedings" of the British Society for Psychical Research "The contents include the full & complete report of Mr. Richard Hodgson; plus the findings of sev...

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