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Re: Kueppers compared to Schoolcraft & Lassen

Roy has made many custom items for me over the years. I have also trusted him with refurbishing coin gimmicks once owned by Vernon. He does very fine work. (He does, however, take a long time.) I don't believe he gets the credit he deserves.
by David Ben
09/17/13 02:36 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Kueppers compared to Schoolcraft & Lassen
Replies: 5
Views: 1018

Re: Frank Thompson's coin box work

Joe

I found the material, sent you the page count, and a couple of images so that you can recognize the style of the notebooks.

David
by David Ben
12/08/12 02:20 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Thompson's coin box work
Replies: 11
Views: 873

Re: Frank Thompson's coin box work

Joe

I share your concern about the red flags. It does seem a bit odd, particularly when he asked you to scan books, etc.

I will try to dig out material and answer all of your questions privately.

David
by David Ben
12/08/12 12:37 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Thompson's coin box work
Replies: 11
Views: 873

Re: Frank Thompson's coin box work

I have copies of some of Frank Thompson's private notebooks, and they are loaded with information on his Okito coin box work, including the description of his routine. So, this material definitely exists. It is not mine, however, to share. I only mention it because the guy who offered to trade you t...
by David Ben
12/08/12 09:34 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Thompson's coin box work
Replies: 11
Views: 873

Re: Jewish food?

I believe Charlie Miller is referring to the presumption of what it may take to penetrate Malini's "Inner Circle", that is the group of magicians of Jewish faith who traded secrets, and generally socialized with one another because of that faith. He is referring to the lengths that some pe...
by David Ben
10/11/12 05:44 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Jewish food?
Replies: 7
Views: 1313

Re: Malini Article - Correction

I had heard that story as well, Gary. Not that I don't believe that the man told the story to Allen Okawa, I have a different source for the underlying medical reason. I'll leave it at that for now.
by David Ben
09/28/12 02:51 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Malini Article - Correction
Replies: 4
Views: 1286

Malini Article - Correction

One of the great things about publishing a work-in-progress article like the one on Malini is that it often prompts new discoveries. I am pleased to report that I made a mistake as to the date of Malini's U.S. naturalization. For purposes of the article, I was working from ship manifests that docume...
by David Ben
09/28/12 10:58 AM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Malini Article - Correction
Replies: 4
Views: 1286

Re: Alternatives for Marlo's Quick 3-Way sequence

Herb Zarrow had a lovely handling that dealt with this which he called "The Worraz Move" (Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic, page 326). There, I wrote "Except for a technique devised by Eddy Taytelbaum, Herb found most techniques for showing a small number of cards as one wanting. It motiva...
by David Ben
08/24/12 03:51 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alternatives for Marlo's Quick 3-Way sequence
Replies: 30
Views: 3051

Re: "Magic world standoff over tricks of the trade"

Fortunately, all of our performers have generated great press. You can access links to the various reviews, articles, and television appearances here:
http://sharingwonder.wordpress.com/
by David Ben
06/17/12 12:35 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Magic world standoff over tricks of the trade"
Replies: 6
Views: 1052

Re: ERDNASE

Hurt

I think you have it backwards. Modern Magic was much more of an influence on Erdnase than Erdnase was on Hoffmann. Modern Magic, in particular, was published decades before The Expert.

David
by David Ben
06/08/12 01:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: Dick Clark is off the air at age 82.

You will read of another magic connection in the forthcoming biography of Allan Slaight (author of The James File). Slaight taught Clark and his team, using the latest technology, how to make it appear as though his syndicated radio program was taking place 'live' in the local studio. (Slaight and h...
by David Ben
04/18/12 06:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dick Clark is off the air at age 82.
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Ross Bertram - A Very Sensitive Thumb

As part of our promotion for Luminato, we taped a video piece for the press conference. Here is the link to the video clip: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicana.com/luminato">http://www.magicana.com/luminato</a><!-- m --> I started this separate post because the sequence I perform...
by David Ben
03/14/12 11:49 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ross Bertram - A Very Sensitive Thumb
Replies: 11
Views: 1177

Banachek, Turner and Varela at Luminato - Toronto

We are pleased to announce that Magicana will be programming magic for the third consecutive year for Luminato, Toronto's International Festival of Creativity and the Arts. Our series - Mind Over Magic - will feature the world premiere of Banachek's new show, The Alpha Project; Richard Turner provid...
by David Ben
03/14/12 11:37 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Banachek, Turner and Varela at Luminato - Toronto
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Re: Name, origin and author of this effect?

I believe that the routine - rather than the principle - that you are looking for is by John Mendoza and appeared in the Book of John. It was also recently reprinted in the revised edition of The Impossible Princess by Peter Tapan. Mendoza's routine, which is superb, is called - if memory serves me ...
by David Ben
03/14/12 11:21 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Name, origin and author of this effect?
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: HUGO and Georges Méliès

Thanks, Brad. I contacted the shop but the book is no longer in stock.
by David Ben
02/02/12 01:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: HUGO and Georges Méliès
Replies: 69
Views: 5290

Re: HUGO and Georges Méliès

As Dustin pointed out, I tried to recreate the effect of Robert-Houdin's suspension. I, like many of you, had my theory as to how it was performed. My builder and I worked out our own method of doing it on stage. I do not know how much we have reinvented as far as methodology goes because I have not...
by David Ben
02/01/12 06:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: HUGO and Georges Méliès
Replies: 69
Views: 5290

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend in May

Yes, Frances, I understand completely, and I thank you for your response. I'm sure we'll be in touch closer to the event.
by David Ben
01/11/12 10:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend in May
Replies: 29
Views: 1911

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend in May

The MCW has certainly changed over the years, and with it the cost of hosting the conference and the expectations of those attending. When Jay and Fran hosted it in the back of Magic Inc, the attendance was much, much smaller, the facilities non-existent, and there was not much in the way of logisti...
by David Ben
01/11/12 10:45 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend in May
Replies: 29
Views: 1911

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend in May

Frances, we announced in the last Magicol that we will be hosting the MCW every two years, rather than on an annual basis. So, after this one in May, the next one will be in 2014.
by David Ben
01/09/12 05:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend in May
Replies: 29
Views: 1911

Re: Charlie Miller

If you would like to learn more about Charlie Miller, consider attending our MCW weekend in May. Each year we screen a rare interview shot at 31 Faces North. This year, we will be screening our session on Charlie Miller. The Miller Session was a panel discussion about Charlie with Herb Zarrow, Harry...
by David Ben
01/09/12 12:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 16
Views: 1929

Re: ERDNASE

Roger "Erdnase Unmasked" will be slightly different, but just slightly. The Magicol "Erdnase" issue (No. 180) is the bulk of the material for "Erdnase Unmasked". The difference is that the Magicol issue will also have book reviews, obituaries, and advertisements from sp...
by David Ben
11/25/11 02:48 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: ERDNASE

Marty If you could please, please be more specific. What evidence do you have of the relationship between Dalrymple and Sanders, other than the political cartoon? Would you be kind enough to name the actual source of this information and, or produce the document? Thanking you in advance. David
by David Ben
08/18/11 09:55 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: ERDNASE

Hurt's article related to this subject is terrific, and will be part of the Erdnase issue of Magciol.
by David Ben
08/13/11 02:29 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: ERDNASE

Hopefully the next issue of Magicol will provide some clarity to this debate. I am in the process of assembling the issue for layout now.
by David Ben
08/10/11 07:16 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: Ricky Jay cups?

Ross Bertram gave Jay permission to do a couple of sets. He did not imagine that they were going to go into full scale production on the cups. There are differences in the sets, mostly because of the sub-standard spinning by Magic Inc. Ross did not like the quality, and did not want his name associa...
by David Ben
04/23/11 03:03 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ricky Jay cups?
Replies: 9
Views: 1881

Re: Great Old Footage of Dai Vernon on YouTube

As I mentioned in a previous thread, the footage in this unauthorized "homage" was culled from the film "Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic", of which I was the Associate Producer and Magic Consultant. The hand footage used was primarily John Scarne, and we slowed down the performan...
by David Ben
04/07/11 02:23 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Great Old Footage of Dai Vernon on YouTube
Replies: 11
Views: 1573

Re: ERDNASE

John, I don't believe that the TED model is a good or fair model for the MCW. I have spoken at IdeaCity, based on the TED model, and have agreed to the copyright common for my presentation to be posted on the TED website. (My presentation, by the way, was on the Riffle Cull.) TED presentations are b...
by David Ben
04/07/11 10:46 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: ERDNASE

We are starting to put some of the conference-related material in the pages of Magicol. For those interested in Erdnase, you will be pleased to know that the August issue of Magicol will feature several articles related to the book. It will be a very special issue. It will only be made available, ho...
by David Ben
04/05/11 12:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: Dribble Pass

Well, okay. Not sure it's particularly great, but thanks. As for the "dribble block pass", it's funny how many of us stumble onto the same things. I have a "dribble block pass" (although I can't recall if I showed it to you), only I have never bothered to name it as such. Someone...
by David Ben
03/30/11 07:35 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dribble Pass
Replies: 65
Views: 8856

Re: Dribble Pass

I just looked at the video again, and then played with the move. A very slight action to get the card out the right side so that the left fingers can be the hinge is all that is required. Again, I may be completely off base on the technique, but it does it work and would qualify, I believe, as a pass.
by David Ben
03/30/11 06:00 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dribble Pass
Replies: 65
Views: 8856

Re: Dribble Pass

I haven't seen the second video but, after screening the initial video, it could very well be a pass. My guess is that he is "passing" one card. The tell for me is the angle at which the video was shot. If you insert the single card into pack so that the left inner corner of the selection ...
by David Ben
03/30/11 05:47 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dribble Pass
Replies: 65
Views: 8856

Re: Erdnase

Sorry, Bill, if I misunderstood you.
by David Ben
02/14/11 05:11 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: Erdnase

Bill I don't believe that the entire article was a figment of the author's imagination, nor that the gambler's actual actions were other than described. The gambler, however, did not riffle stack those hands. He may have said that he was doing that, that being his patter - like a demo deal. He could...
by David Ben
02/14/11 12:48 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: New Buick Commercial Starring ... Jason Latimer

I also thought he did a terrific job. He was very personable, and the magic was quite effective. It's a tough gig, for sure, and he should be pleased with the result.
by David Ben
02/04/11 06:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Buick Commercial Starring ... Jason Latimer
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

Re: Erdnase

Bill I don't think the gambler in question did any riffle stacking. It was nothing more than a poker demo, much like the Vernon poker demo years later. You can't riffle stack those combinations of hands. If he did as demonstrated, the deck would have been set up. The seal means nothing. It was commo...
by David Ben
02/01/11 11:13 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2821
Views: 1342861

Re: Expert Card Technique

I do not believe that Vernon regularly left his family unattended for long periods of time. When the boys were quite young, the family travelled together. Most summers, for example, were spent together in Colorado Springs while Vernon cut silhouettes. Eventually, Vernon did these summer excursions o...
by David Ben
01/05/11 01:21 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Expert Card Technique
Replies: 52
Views: 7992

Re: Revelation(s) Editions…

Richard, I wish you hadn't brought me into this. I have to disagree with your comments. You have taken my words out of context. While Vernon's words in "Revelation" include the words in "Revelations", there is much much more. "Revelations" for example, does not include ...
by David Ben
12/27/10 01:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Revelation(s) Editions…
Replies: 37
Views: 4860

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

I treat everyone exactly the same on behalf of the Estate. Further, we try to work with every party to bring the material to a wider audience. The Estate is interested primarily in promoting the Vernon legacy, but part of that is to make sure that the footage or product reflects Vernon in way that t...
by David Ben
12/23/10 11:01 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10380

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

Larry, it is all hearsay. How do we know whether or not Vernon - aged 92 or so - was forced into "agreeing" just to get out of a difficult situation. This happened to him constantly. Every other deal he did around this period he signed agreements authorizing the sale and distribution of th...
by David Ben
12/22/10 01:15 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10380

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

It is the position of the Estate of Dai Vernon that they do not have the authority to release this footage. It is one thing to take a video of the Professor - assuming they even had permission to do so - and another to release it as a commercial endeavour some 25 years after the fact. The family is ...
by David Ben
12/21/10 12:06 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10380
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