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Re: Brian McCullagh

What a shock to read Kent Blackmore's notification of the passing of old friend Brian McCullagh. Brian wrote a lot of splendid material, mostly on the rather neglected history of magic in Australia. A teacher by profession, Brian wrote a number of books and pamphlets on magic history, and from 1990 ...
by JimAlfredson
01/20/14 01:34 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Brian McCullagh
Replies: 5
Views: 626

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

Sorry, Diego, I didn't read fare enough through the letters.
by JimAlfredson
11/01/13 04:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 60
Views: 6449

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

Some guy? It was Rajah Raboid. Some guy. -jim
by JimAlfredson
11/01/13 03:59 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 60
Views: 6449

Re: Magicol 185!

Just wanted to join the line of fans praising MAGICOL No. 185. A judicious selection of contributors resulted in a series of articles with a different skew than those appearing in the other periodicals, and most enjoyable they were. Old time subscribers are no strangers to occasional tardiness. Gran...
by JimAlfredson
10/04/13 09:53 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magicol 185!
Replies: 7
Views: 1150

Re: To the Guy Who Makes All This Possible ...

One year closer to the grave, Kaufman! I'll buy you a Slurpy when we meet in LA. Cheers! -jim
by JimAlfredson
05/17/13 11:21 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: To the Guy Who Makes All This Possible ...
Replies: 23
Views: 1177

Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

A real shock. Denny was raised in a small town some 40 miles from where I write this, and I first met him--and Doug Henning--at an Abbott Get-Together many years ago. We kept in touch off-and-on over the years, and he was a great guy. His attention to detail in his magic assured always excellent per...
by JimAlfredson
05/03/13 11:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Dennis Loomis
Replies: 17
Views: 1703

Re: Merlin Cover May 2013

Found time to sit down this evening and read Jim's excellent piece on Merlin, and say "Amen" to the previous replies. I suspect I've read nearly everything he's wriitten, starting with the first edition of "Jarrett," all read with pleasure and edification. As usual, this was anot...
by JimAlfredson
04/17/13 08:19 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Merlin Cover May 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2477

Re: NEMCA President Ed Hill Has Died

What a shock to read about Ed Hill. Certainly one of magic's nicest, most cooperative people. Had my usual grand time at the last NEMCA gathering, and a great deal of it was due to Ed and Pat, the ever-genial hosts. NEMCA certainly won't be the same without Ed, who left his indelible mark on the occ...
by JimAlfredson
04/13/13 12:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NEMCA President Ed Hill Has Died
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: Bill Miesel Has Died

A phone call yesterday from Ed Eckl told me of the passing of our great mutual pal Bill Miesel on the 23rd. Bill died in his sleep of a massive coronary; he is survived by his sister. A friend of many years, Bill was well-known by not only 'card addicts,' but by so many others in magic who appreciat...
by JimAlfredson
12/25/12 12:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Miesel Has Died
Replies: 13
Views: 899

Re: DeLand

Always good to have an update on this splendid project. I'm really looking forward to it. Cheers, old boy! -jim
by JimAlfredson
12/04/12 12:10 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 30
Views: 4142

Re: Mickey O'Malley tickles

Not only was Micky O'Malley's work great, but knowing him from his Detroit boyhood days [as Micky Ostaski (sp?)] he was a great guy, too!
by JimAlfredson
11/27/12 12:10 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey O'Malley tickles
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Re: Frank Dailey - RIP

What sad news. Frank was a long-time friend, and a regular at most of the magic collector conferences, along with his late wife Margaret. He'd been a magic collector for many years, and had some particularly nice material on Tampa and the Davenport brothers. He was generous with his knowledge and ev...
by JimAlfredson
03/24/12 11:47 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Dailey - RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Frank Dailey - RIP

What sad news. Frank was a long-time friend, and a regular at most of the magic collector conferences, along with his late wife Margaret. He'd been a magic collector for many years, and had some particularly nice material on Tampa and the Davenport brothers. He was generous with his knowledge and ev...
by JimAlfredson
03/24/12 11:44 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Dailey - RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: How did The Billboard/Amusement Business mags affect you?

There's probably a lot 'out here' whose experience is similar to my own. I started reading BILLBOARD when I was 12 or 14 or so, and started each issue by turning to Bill Sach's magic column. Then I returned to the front page and began paging through it. I seldom missed a weekly issue, in spite of th...
by JimAlfredson
12/10/11 01:12 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: How did The Billboard/Amusement Business mags affect you?
Replies: 8
Views: 1697

Re: New Japan Close-Up Book

Richard: Couldn't be more excited to hear the news! I can hardly wait 'til it hits the streets. Cheers -jim
by JimAlfredson
12/01/11 09:15 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: New Japan Close-Up Book
Replies: 71
Views: 13608

Re: Happy Halloween from the Folks at Genii!

Pinching Max Maven's act already!
by JimAlfredson
11/01/11 10:46 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Halloween from the Folks at Genii!
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Re: Earle Oakes has Died

Just read of Earle Oakes' passing, and am truly saddened. I first met Earle years ago when was researching the life of Jean Hugard. Earle contacted me and wondered if I'd be interested in some Ms. pedagogical material that had belonged to 'Roberta' [Byron]who had been a student of Hugard's, and said...
by JimAlfredson
09/19/11 12:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Earle Oakes has Died
Replies: 24
Views: 3288

Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Was very sorry to hear of Sid's passing, I had some great conversations with him over the years. I think Pat had it right that Sid even outdid Ed Saint in his plugging of Houdini's [and, dare I say it, his own] name. When Sid was on a roll, nothing--as the saying goes--was lost in the telling of a s...
by JimAlfredson
06/27/11 11:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes
Replies: 14
Views: 2535

Re: Max Hapner passes...

What a sad thing to hear about the passing of Max Hapner. Though we've no longer seen each other as often as we did in the past, our occasional meetings were always a great pleasure. A man of great enthusiasm, and a contributor to magic..
by JimAlfredson
05/12/11 01:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Hapner passes...
Replies: 2
Views: 628

Re: Charles Reynolds

There are certainly those who knew Charles Reynolds better than I, but few left, I suspect, that knew him longer. As young guys, Charles would wend his way north from Toledo to Colon for the Abbott affairs, as I would wend my way south from Lansing. We go back a long way. In those days, he was getti...
by JimAlfredson
11/04/10 08:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charles Reynolds
Replies: 24
Views: 2549

Re: Sid Fleischman Passes

What a shame; it's tough to realize that I'll chat with Sid no more. I missed seeing him at the last LA conference, as he had a conflicting commitment. Sid was a class guy, and a wonderful companion over lunch or just a chat on magic or any number of subjects. Those who knew him were privileged, and...
by JimAlfredson
03/21/10 01:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sid Fleischman Passes
Replies: 11
Views: 1424

Re: Fred Keating's Middle Name???

Yep! Same guy. For some time in the 20s Fred Keating called himself such. I suppose he thought it sounded 'exotic,' or somthing. I couldn't swear that 'Serrano' was his 'middle name' or one he adopted, but he did use it quite often.
by JimAlfredson
01/21/10 06:19 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Fred Keating's Middle Name???
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Re: BEATING A DEAD HORSE: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall

Now that 2010 has arrived, and had a few days to settle in, I can state--hopefully without offending other friends--that my favorite magic book for the year 2009 is, hands down, "Beating A Dead Horse," the biography of Jay Marshall by his son Sandy. I can't imagine who else could have done...
by JimAlfredson
01/06/10 07:12 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: BEATING A DEAD HORSE: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall
Replies: 5
Views: 1991

Re: American Museum of Magic Names New Director

Hey Richard; you know how close Bob and I were, and I just want to say I wish I were in his presence right now (as do many) just to hear his reaction! It is nice, however, to see some movement there, and wish them well. I'll be curious to see what transpires.
by JimAlfredson
12/02/09 06:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: American Museum of Magic Names New Director
Replies: 4
Views: 975

Re: Sad News Jimmy Krzak...

Sorry to hear of Jimmy Krzak's passing. Enjoyed his work many times at Schulien's. Tough to see the 'old-style' Chicago bar magician's leave us. RIP Jimmy.
Jim Alfredson
by JimAlfredson
12/01/09 06:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad News Jimmy Krzak...
Replies: 2
Views: 1199

Re: Are you a member of The Magic Circle?

I've been a member for many years. Admittedly, I've visited the U.K. on a near-annual basis forover 30 years [Ready for that, Peter Lane, who chauffered me to the Circle on my initial visit!] So I know a number of members. Prior to my first visit, I knew a number via correespondence, thus I got a ve...
by JimAlfredson
11/14/09 01:34 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Are you a member of The Magic Circle?
Replies: 134
Views: 14317

Re: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History

All I can add to the positive comments on the LA Conference is Amen! Amen! Amen! And, like you Dustin, I wouldn't miss it. It was first-rate, as usual, and nobody works harder than that crew. No, mai-ling, it was not Louie's blade box, but was borrowed locally.
by JimAlfredson
11/10/09 10:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History
Replies: 50
Views: 9677

Re: MCA: Who's Next at Bat?

I think that Gord has hit a very salient point, and so has mai-ling. The late Jimmy Findlay--the only major collector I've ever known who if oferred a perfect copy of something, and a less perfect one at a lower price, would unhesitatingly take the 'less-perfect' as many bidders in his auctions foun...
by JimAlfredson
10/01/09 07:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MCA: Who's Next at Bat?
Replies: 70
Views: 6045

Re: MCA: Who's Next at Bat?

How I missed-out on this thread, I know not. Except I guess the title didn't ring any bells for me. Clay Shevlin kindly phoned me about it, wondering, I am sure, why I'd not commented on it. As current Hon. President of the M.C.A., I should have been the first in line to offer my personal thanks for...
by JimAlfredson
09/29/09 06:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MCA: Who's Next at Bat?
Replies: 70
Views: 6045

Re: Thurston Slaps Child

Thanks, Kevin, for the tip. I knew Clare Cummings well for many years, but I'd never heard him tell of the Thurston slapping incident and was interested in reading it. Clare was a great guy and he's missed in this corner.
by JimAlfredson
04/20/09 05:16 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thurston Slaps Child
Replies: 2
Views: 668

May Genii

May issue arrived in this morning's post, and was greatly enjoyed this evening! A lot of fine stuff; dandy interviews with Michael Caine/Peter Harness/Scott Penrose, and hope to see the film. Gerald Schiller's piece on Harry Thurston brought to mind Jay Marshall's favorite H.T. story. Seems when Har...
by JimAlfredson
04/16/09 07:45 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: May Genii
Replies: 21
Views: 2407

Re: Toole-Stott's Magic Library

Hello Gene: My understanding is that, no, toole-Stott didn't have a significant magic library. An experienced bibliographer, he knew where the material was, and spent time visiting the major collections in America and the U.K. He was a nice man, very knowledgeable, and trusted by these major collect...
by JimAlfredson
04/14/09 05:59 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Toole-Stott's Magic Library
Replies: 3
Views: 770

wanted

I have a couple of files that I hope Forum readers might help me complete. I need: Sorcerer's Eyes Vol. 3 - No. 33/36 and Profile Nos. 13,14,15,16,17,18 and the Index. Please have a look, and let me know your price.
Cheers! -jim
by JimAlfredson
03/09/09 12:12 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: wanted
Replies: 0
Views: 303

Re: Craige Snader's WRITERS

Dear TB: To the best of my knowledge, Craige didn't get around to publish his opus on nail writers. He was a man of enthusiasm, with a lot of irons in the fire--a long anticipated book on the late Leslie May, e.g., (Yours Aye, Leslie May). After Craige's death, his son continued to run his business ...
by JimAlfredson
02/07/09 09:37 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Craige Snader's WRITERS
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: BRITS AT WAR AND MASKELYNE

Please, Richard [Hughes], recover from your shock! And to you, Richard [Kaufman], I'm pleased to note that something on Richard [Stokes]Maskelyne research will appear in GENII. I read this eons ago when if first appeared in GENII'S JOURNAL (an Australian club publication) and am fortunate in also ha...
by JimAlfredson
09/03/08 08:11 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: BRITS AT WAR AND MASKELYNE
Replies: 16
Views: 2404

Re: Chris Pratt of The Magic Circle has Died

Bill McFadden captures Chris Pratt very well; Chris had a way of making strangers feel most welcome at the Magic Circle. Our friendship went back to the first of my annual visits to the Circle some 30+ years ago, and it was always a delight to see Chris and chat with him. I really missed not seeing ...
by JimAlfredson
08/12/08 05:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chris Pratt of The Magic Circle has Died
Replies: 4
Views: 1695

Re: Frederick Braue

To 'Anonymous - Unregistered.' Hugard himself used 'Gene' as the pronunciation. At one point in his career he used the billing 'Les Hugardes' but dropped it when playing New Zealand, as the Kiwis kept asking where Les (Less) was.
by JimAlfredson
07/31/08 09:05 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Frederick Braue
Replies: 32
Views: 8854

Re: Dell O'Dell's real name

Check with Michael Claxton at mclaxto1@harding.edu. He'll know.
by JimAlfredson
07/16/08 05:48 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dell O'Dell's real name
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: Calling Jim Alfredson

Hi Kevin:
I'm here. However, I can't find your email address! Mine is jalfreds@charter.net, so shoot me a note there. Cheers! -jim
by JimAlfredson
07/04/08 11:15 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Calling Jim Alfredson
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: Cyril Critchlow's funeral

This sad news prompted me to exhume a photo of Cyril, my wife Pat, and me in front of his museum and theater at Blackpool. The date (egad!) 1982. A friendly chap, and interesting to talk to, who kindly supplied me with a thing or two over the years. I regret not having been in contact with him for s...
by JimAlfredson
05/28/08 11:36 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cyril Critchlow's funeral
Replies: 6
Views: 651
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