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by Diego
August 10th, 2016, 5:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Lesley Piddington
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: Death of Lesley Piddington

One of my most valued memories of attending The Los Angeles Conference on Magic History, was being able to meet and speak with her. Listening to her later discuss her career that weekend, was amazing.

I will always value my copy of her book that she signed for me.
by Diego
July 26th, 2016, 3:53 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Miss Cleo has left the building.
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Miss Cleo has left the building.

News reports from Florida say that TV informercial psychic, "Miss Cleo", (aka Youree Harris) died early today from cancer. She was 53, A decade or two ago, her informercials, which made money for the promoters for a time, were later the fodder for comedians, and later legal investigations ...
by Diego
July 22nd, 2016, 4:14 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick
Replies: 7
Views: 662

Re: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick

Yes I did, and thank you Max for answering with very insightful information. The Bra Trick brings to mind a favorite quote from the preface in the chapter of apparatus magic, from, "The Amateur Magician's Handbook": "What magicians will buy in a magic store to me, is of never-ending d...
by Diego
July 22nd, 2016, 3:13 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick
Replies: 7
Views: 662

Re: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick

Anyone have record/knowledge of The Brassiere Trick being performed and or sold prior to 1944?
by Diego
July 21st, 2016, 8:03 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick
Replies: 7
Views: 662

U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick

Last night at The Magic Castle, Tom Ogden did a very good presentation on the life and creations of U.F. Grant, the magic dealer/inventor. In some catalogs, "The Brassiere Trick" (aka The Bra Trick) is listed as "Grant's Brassiere Trick", (or similar title) Also in his films of G...
by Diego
June 7th, 2016, 10:44 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mentalist on the Rifleman
Replies: 13
Views: 1691

Re: Mentalist on the Rifleman

Bill, your estimation of my knowledge of Bruce Geller is flattering but without merit. If not GENII, I do believe there was an article in MAGIC about Geller and/or "MI". Before that, my only knowledge was when I was a teenager hanging out in The House of Magic, (San Francisco) I overheard ...
by Diego
June 6th, 2016, 1:24 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: America's Got Talent 2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4897

Re: America's Got Talent 2016

It could be said all acts are trying to sell a premise and or personal, or put across point of view. Also not all two-person acts were code acts. A number of mental acts, were two-person acts, that appeared to be a one-person act. Princess Yvonne, Baby Yvonne, Leona LaMarr, Rajah Raboid, Raynell-The...
by Diego
June 6th, 2016, 1:11 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mentalist on the Rifleman
Replies: 13
Views: 1691

Re: Mentalist on the Rifleman

Bruce Geller was a magician, which could explain things.

The magic influence in "Mission Impossible" comes out often...Geller once described each episode was a magic trick in itself.
by Diego
June 5th, 2016, 4:50 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: America's Got Talent 2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4897

Re: America's Got Talent 2016

The Clairvoyants are an appealing, likable couple who do an excellent act. Perhaps too much magician's guilt in showing the hosts/spectators what isn't involved, but maybe done to take focus of other possibilities. Their manner in revealing details not thought of by many in the audience has a great ...
by Diego
June 5th, 2016, 4:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who was Richards?
Replies: 13
Views: 3513

Re: Who was Richards?

The difference was Richards was making false claims to his listeners, that they could find health, wealth, and happiness, by investing in his schemes, and winding up in Federal prison, (at least twice), while Falkenstein during his day job as a speech therapist, was helping those in prisons and othe...
by Diego
April 20th, 2016, 4:43 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?
Replies: 13
Views: 2172

Re: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?

This subject has come up a number of times in the Forum before. Brad is certainly right about not making the method, the effect. Blackstone and others promoted sawing a WOMAN in half, not a box or wedge base in half. Likewise you never see publicity photos of Kreskin, Dunninger, or Alexander holding...
by Diego
April 10th, 2016, 3:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who was Richards?
Replies: 13
Views: 3513

Re: Who was Richards?

Border Radio, IS a great book. The edition Observer references, is the 2nd edition, which includes additional information and images, that I provided.

One of the authors of this book is working on a documentary on the subject.
by Diego
April 9th, 2016, 1:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who was Richards?
Replies: 13
Views: 3513

Re: Who was Richards?

In David Charvet's fine books on Alexander, there is no mention of him using radio, except for maybe an occasional appearance, but not as a means to generate mail response and money. The Sphinx article is no doubt referring to the station owned by "Dr." John R. Brinkley, in Milford, Kansas...
by Diego
April 2nd, 2016, 10:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who was Richards?
Replies: 13
Views: 3513

Re: Who was Richards?

If anyone has any information/references to Ralph Richards, please let me know. Also be interesting to see what material pertaining to him is out there. His pitch books occasionally appear on eBay and sometimes his posters and broadsides, but haven't seem much else. I spent days in the National Arch...
by Diego
April 1st, 2016, 3:59 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who was Richards?
Replies: 13
Views: 3513

Re: Who was Richards?

Ralph Richards is an amazing story! He did have an elaborate illusion/mentalism show that did well for years...the first half of the show illusions and smaller magic, then the 2nd part of the show was mostly his Q&A Crystal Gazing turn, with a few other mental/spirit effects included sometimes. ...
by Diego
January 25th, 2016, 1:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Patton Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 3237

Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Jim was a gracious, generous person who I always enjoyed talking with at The Castle. Very sad to know one of the good guys is gone. He liked learning about others and sharing what he knew.

Thanks Jim.
by Diego
January 4th, 2016, 2:26 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Ron Martin RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 1286

Ron Martin RIP

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Ron Martin, who wrote some of the best, well thought out books on doing readings. His books, especially his, "Tarot Readers Notebook", was a masterwork. No one examined the why, as well as the how of why different M.O.s of doing readings worke...
by Diego
December 31st, 2015, 4:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are we living in a golden age of magic?
Replies: 53
Views: 4721

Re: Are we living in a golden age of magic?

It is fascinating to go thru The Billboard and older magic magazines, and each decade, editorials and letters to the editor, ask, "IS MAGIC DEAD?" 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and thru today, the same cry for what used to be. i remember going thru magazines devoted to a certain religious mov...
by Diego
December 14th, 2015, 3:37 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: TCM obit reel
Replies: 1
Views: 792

Re: TCM obit reel

I was surprised and disappointed that I hadn't heard of Colleen Gray passing away until a couple of months later. I had the pleasure of hearing her talk about working on "Nightmare Alley" and meeting her a number of times as well. Would have gone to her memorial service, if I had known. A ...
by Diego
November 18th, 2015, 3:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dan Waldron
Replies: 1
Views: 394

Dan Waldron

Very sorry to read, that Dan Waldron has passed away. Michael Claxton noted his passing on The Thayer Magic website. Dan was a historian, collector, and professional author, who wrote his wonderful biography of Harry Blackstone, Sr., among many other articles and papers on magic history-related subj...
by Diego
November 3rd, 2015, 11:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Damon Reinhold
Replies: 0
Views: 378

Damon Reinhold

Very sorry to read in Grace Reinhold's Facebook page, that Damon Reinhold has passed away. Damon was an excellent performer, (magic, escapes, mentalism, hypnotism) promoter, author, radio personality and much more. While living in Columbus, Ohio, he was a prominent radio DJ, using the name "Jay...
by Diego
November 3rd, 2015, 10:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Harry Blackstone Jnr - A gem
Replies: 3
Views: 1255

Re: Harry Blackstone Jnr - A gem

My research on the families of different personalities, (and don't know if it applies to the Blackstones) whose parents were in show business, and on another research project, whose parents were religious/medical missionaries, are that there are two types that chose to resent their parents: Those wh...
by Diego
October 27th, 2015, 10:36 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Young psychic impresses
Replies: 12
Views: 1658

Re: Young psychic impresses

As the late Rev. Ronald Coyne was fond of quoting: "No one could work such miracles, save for G-D be with them."

BTW: Everything Mark lewis says about what happens at, and about working psychic fairs, is real-world true.
by Diego
September 20th, 2015, 6:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...
Replies: 14
Views: 1842

Re: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...

I wonder if the EMTs that attended to him, knew or suspected this was intended as a non-life threatening stunt, and if so, were they on the taxpayers payroll or paid by the show? Too many don't get that Houdini, who, "Defied Death" 3 times each day, (breaking for lunch and dinner)would not...
by Diego
September 20th, 2015, 5:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 16
Views: 3048

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

I have also seen Gospel Magic dealers selling Temple Screens, (and other props) with Jesus on them as well. I can be said those props are used by Gospel magic and Sunday school workers to demonstrate positive Gospel messages, as well as to give positive messages about Jesus himself. I have never see...
by Diego
September 20th, 2015, 2:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 16
Views: 3048

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

Some images could be looked upon as dated, others, (now by more) as insulting/stereotypical. The stereotypical images on some magic dealer's products should be noted as well. Obvious are the Temple Screens with images of Buddha, or the, "Buddha Tubes"...what would some,(correctly) say abou...
by Diego
September 1st, 2015, 11:29 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Selling GENII & MAGIC magazines
Replies: 0
Views: 410

Selling GENII & MAGIC magazines

I will be moving, and am considering selling my GENII & MAGIC magazines. These issues start at the beginning of MAGIC and the beginning of Richard Kaufman's being Editor of GENII.

Does anyone know what they sell for these sell for, single issues, or complete runs these days?
by Diego
August 28th, 2015, 1:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic in Film and Fiction
Replies: 13
Views: 1995

Re: Magic in Film and Fiction

Clayton Rawson and John Dickson Carr, were two writer/magicians who were close friends with William Lindsay Gresham, who wrote the novel, "Nightmare Alley", with the story including magic, mentalism, carnivals, spiritualism, and more.
by Diego
August 6th, 2015, 12:50 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: randi documentary - an alternative perspective.
Replies: 108
Views: 19358

Re: randi documentary - an alternative perspective.

Banachek, What you say is very good and needed, although other skeptics will claim to have that stance, only to be as strident, negative, and tiresome as the true believers they point their arrogant fingers at. On one matter, I found the stance of some sincere religious believers who questioned the ...
by Diego
July 29th, 2015, 1:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lee Grabel - RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 585

Re: Lee Grabel - RIP

Very sad to hear. One of the BEST shows I ever saw was performed by Lee Grabel decades ago in Santa Rosa, Calif., in a converted ice arena, then owned by Charles "Peanuts" Schultz. Lee Grabel made his entrance from the rear of the theater, walking down the aisle, graciously greeting people...
by Diego
July 14th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4647
Views: 1649574

Re: ERDNASE

The discussion of Erdnase continues...I have read, considered, and enjoyed the different ideas by different participants, some I know, and David Alexander was a good friend, whose passing was a personal loss. I would like to mention that I appreciate what Bill Mullins has done over the years. Not ju...
by Diego
May 23rd, 2015, 9:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Going to the Gathering in Marshall, Michigan?
Replies: 0
Views: 603

Going to the Gathering in Marshall, Michigan?

Next Wednesday, is there someone driving from Chicago, to Marshall, Michigan I could ride with, and split gas money, etc? (I already have a room booked there for myself.) I will be at Midway Airport next Wednesday morning at 10:30am. I could either meet you at Midway Airport or somewhere else in Chi...
by Diego
May 21st, 2015, 7:38 pm
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Ride to Marshall, Michigan?
Replies: 0
Views: 944

Ride to Marshall, Michigan?

Next Wednesday, is there someone driving from Chicago, to Marshall, Michigan I could ride with, and split gas money, etc? (I already have a room booked there for myself.) I will be at Midway Airport next Wednesday morning at 10:30am. I could either meet you at Midway Airport or somewhere else in Chi...
by Diego
May 18th, 2015, 3:58 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Claude Crowe
Replies: 11
Views: 4117

Re: Claude Crowe

At the AMA award show tonight, when those who had passed away in the past year were noted, it was very good to see Claude Crowe among those remembered.
by Diego
April 18th, 2015, 6:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TCM Film Festival - The Grim Game
Replies: 23
Views: 4436

Re: TCM Film Festival - The Grim Game

How many "actors" today, can only wish they had the talent and presence, that Fairbanks, Chaney, Chaplin, Keaton,and others of that era did?
by Diego
April 13th, 2015, 2:07 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Medium's Table
Replies: 6
Views: 2421

Re: Medium's Table

Nelson was selling his Medium's Table as early as 1931. He had two versions: One for, one-on-one readings, that needed to be reloaded after each reading. Another for theater lobbies and other venues, where 20-30 questions could be written, and then the table was removed out of sight to retrieve all ...
by Diego
April 1st, 2015, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Calling Diego Domingo ...
Replies: 1
Views: 710

Re: Calling Diego Domingo ...

"...what nut-ball-whacko-doodle..." Now Dustin, please remember: The Mysterious Mr. Q -The Hypnotist Ronald Coyne - The Plastic Eye Miracle Man Ralph Stair - The Praying Prophet from Savannah These are YOUR brothers in magic! Show some respect! Yes, I am very familiar with Springer and his...
by Diego
March 17th, 2015, 5:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tex McQuire - Card sharp and MUSICIAN?
Replies: 3
Views: 1167

Tex McQuire - Card sharp and MUSICIAN?

Knowing next to nothing about Tex McGuire, who was known as a gambler/card sharp, I have been asked about a Tex McGuire, who was a musician/singer who performed cowboy songs/western swing music, including the "Border Radio" stations in the 1930's/1940's. Could they be the same person? I th...
by Diego
March 12th, 2015, 4:10 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Running Charlatan
Replies: 2
Views: 1164

Re: Running Charlatan

A late dear friend of mine, co-wrote autobiographies for a number of (then) well-known people. One of his most successful, was total fiction. He told me how he as they sat with their wives in a restaurant, as he went thru the final draft noting one exciting, heroic exploit after another. At the end ...
by Diego
March 11th, 2015, 1:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ringling's Elephants and then?
Replies: 24
Views: 3244

Re: Ringling's Elephants and then?

Last August at the Ventura County, (Calif.) Fair, Ward and Chris had their sideshow playing there. A good show with different performers and sideshow type illusions, there were no living human oddities. (many different factors for that) Chris did note, that 40 years ago, a fair would ask them, "...

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