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by Andy Galloway
August 10th, 2015, 12:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 29
Views: 6411

Re: Roy Walton

Ian, I have seen the photo and it was before I met John. He was 78 when I first met him and just before then he had his case of props stolen on a bus and only managed to replace some of them. I can only assume that the cigar was one of the missing items as I never saw him with it. He told me that wh...
by Andy Galloway
August 9th, 2015, 4:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 29
Views: 6411

Re: Roy Walton

I knew John Ramsay from 1955 to his death in 1962 and never saw him with a fake cigar. However, Roy met him several years before me and obviously he did. I can only remember John using imitation lit cigarettes and in a restaurant when he knew a waitress was near, he would apparently in an absent-min...
by Andy Galloway
August 8th, 2015, 9:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 29
Views: 6411

Re: Roy Walton

John Ramsay smoked cigarettes, not cigars and he did not use his cash register to ditch coins, but years ago grocer`s shops had large drawers under the counters which held the likes of salt and sugar. John would have one of these partly open so that he could secretly drop coins and even eggs silentl...
by Andy Galloway
November 12th, 2014, 7:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bobby Bernard R.I.P.
Replies: 16
Views: 2777

Re: Bobby Bernard R.I.P.

Bobby Bernard was one of my oldest friends in magic. We first met in the summer of 1956 in John Ramsay`s grocer`s shop in Ayr and later in the year when I attended my first British Ring IBM convention in Brighton with John, he introduced me to Roy Walton, Jack Avis, John Derris, Alex Elmsley, Ted Da...
by Andy Galloway
May 31st, 2013, 1:38 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder
Replies: 22
Views: 7058

Re: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder

Hi Jonathan,

I feel that the initial feint with the lid is quite adequate. Any more would tend to confuse the effect and interrupt the sequence of vanishes.

Regards, Andy.
by Andy Galloway
August 31st, 2012, 5:44 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder
Replies: 22
Views: 7058

Re: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder

Jonathan, The coin vanish in the Genii video is explained on pages 97 & 98 in The Ramsay Classics and is essentially the same as the ball vanish on pages 21, 22 & 23 in the book. It was first described in John Ramsay`s Routine For The Cups & Balls by Victor Farelli on pages 65 to 70 and ...
by Andy Galloway
August 30th, 2012, 6:22 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder
Replies: 22
Views: 7058

Re: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder

Jonathan, I have seen a number of copies of the Farelli booklet and not one of them has Fig. 22a and it could have been an uncorrected proof. I`m not sure which vanish you are refering to in the Genii video, but the Slow Motion Vanish in the August 1936 issue of the Sphinx does not look like anythin...
by Andy Galloway
August 29th, 2012, 5:58 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder
Replies: 22
Views: 7058

Re: November 2008 Genii - Ramsay's Coins and Cylinder

Hi Dave, In Fig. 22 the first coin has just been vanished and is in the right hand finger palm which is why the fingers cannnot separate. In figs. 37 & 38, four coins are in the right hand thumb clip position which now allows the fingers to separate. I hope this is of help. Regards, Andy Galloway.
by Andy Galloway
July 7th, 2010, 7:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favourite coin sleight
Replies: 50
Views: 3194

Re: Favourite coin sleight

Eric,

Major Lionel H.Branson who wrote several books on conjuring was a pupil of Charles Bertram in 1889 and recalls seeing Betram project a coin from his palm up to three feet in the air to demonstrate how much he practiced. As far as I know, Bertram never used it as a sleight.

Andy.
by Andy Galloway
July 1st, 2010, 4:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The vatch vinder. Andrew Galloway are you out there?
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: The vatch vinder. Andrew Galloway are you out there?

Bill, If you study Step 5 and Figure 4 on page 104 of The Ramsay Classics, the watch winder is apparently held in the right hand when it is in fact in the left. The hands come together and the right thumb moves as if activating the winder while the left thumb actually turns the cog wheel. This actio...
by Andy Galloway
April 7th, 2010, 6:59 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Chung Ling Soo/Robinson Book Publishing History
Replies: 5
Views: 1475

Re: Chung Ling Soo/Robinson Book Publishing History

Gene,

My copy has Munn & Company at the bottom of the title page followed by Sampson Low,Marston & Co. Ltd 1899. On the copyright page it is Munn & Company 1898. There is no Martinka label.

Andy.
by Andy Galloway
January 31st, 2010, 8:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ray Grismer
Replies: 9
Views: 3032

Re: Ray Grismer

Ray visited me several times in the company of Marc Caplan and told us some great stories of swapping magic for music lessons with Dai Vernon. He said the first thing that Dai wanted him to master was the Wand Spin Ball Vanish. Some time later Ray asked the Professor why he gave him such a difficult...
by Andy Galloway
October 8th, 2009, 8:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 16119

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Jonathan, I keep the trick with the cardboard cups for the Ramsay routine in a Tupperware container in my case. A stemmed glass is useful if the majority of the audience cannot see the table top and it could be sitting on a cork coaster. Pick up the glass, invert it, then place the coaster on the ba...
by Andy Galloway
October 6th, 2009, 8:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 16119

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Jonathan Apologies for the delay in replying to your question, but I have not looked at this subject for several weeks. Mr. Ramsay would stand the cylinder and its contents on the middle of a small silk handkerchief, then gather up the corners and tie them together above the lid. To perform, he plac...
by Andy Galloway
August 15th, 2009, 8:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 16119

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Quentin & mrgoat,

Sorry, I don`t have any spare copies of either book,but I believe that they are still available from Magic Books By Post.

Andy.
by Andy Galloway
August 12th, 2009, 7:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: British Pathe Footage of Magicians Free Online
Replies: 14
Views: 2505

Re: British Pathe Footage of Magicians Free Online

Levent, Have just checked Chang in Bert Whaley`s Who`s Who In Magic and his name was Juan Pablo Jesorum who also worked under the name of The Great Pablo. He was of course famous as an illusionist and does not seem to be the Pablo of the Pathe newsreel or Holden`s Programmes. Whaley has no record of...
by Andy Galloway
August 12th, 2009, 6:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: British Pathe Footage of Magicians Free Online
Replies: 14
Views: 2505

Re: British Pathe Footage of Magicians Free Online

Levent,
There is a brief description of Pablo`s act on page 38 of Max Holden`s Programmes Of Famous Magicians. According to Peter Warlock`s book, Pseudonyms, his name was Juan J.Pablo and was also known as the Great Pablo and Chang.
Do hope I have spelled the names correctly.

Andy.
by Andy Galloway
August 2nd, 2009, 8:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 16119

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Chris, He always used a cardboard cylinder. In those days grocers sold spices in cardboard tubs, the interior diameter of which was slightly larger than a halfcrown and ideal for the purpose. When John was in America in 1950, I believe he gave Conrad Haden permission to manufacture the props for the...
by Andy Galloway
August 1st, 2009, 7:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 16119

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Tom, I have seen John perform the Cylinder & Coins as a solo item and as part of a programme of other effects. Magicians who had seen him before or had heard of his reputation would watch his every move hoping to catch him out. John would invariably begin a routine by setting the minds of the sp...
by Andy Galloway
July 31st, 2009, 9:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 16119

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Tom, I am not in the least offended that you disagree with what I wrote. I was trying to answer your questions about the Cylinder & Coins based on my experience learning it from Mr Ramsay and I did note your admiration for him in the May issue of Genii. I feel sure that he would be pleased that ...
by Andy Galloway
July 29th, 2009, 9:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 16119

Cylinder & Coins

In the August issue of Genii, Tom Stone said that the original Ramsay Cylinder & Coins routine does not make much sense. There are threads which are started and go nowhere,such as the first feint with the lid. Why use a wand etc.? As someone who had the priviledge of receiving personal instructi...
by Andy Galloway
August 12th, 2008, 7:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: August Issue of Genii has been Mailed
Replies: 71
Views: 7894

Re: August Issue of Genii has been Mailed

Richard, John Ramsay saw Houdini perform several times and while he was impressed with his showmanship, did not rate him highly as a magician. The nearest they came to meeting was when John paid a visit to Will Goldston in his London premises and bought a bound volume of Houdini`s Conjuror`s Monthly...
by Andy Galloway
August 9th, 2008, 7:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: August Issue of Genii has been Mailed
Replies: 71
Views: 7894

Re: August Issue of Genii has been Mailed

Jonathan, I have just received the August Genii and read with some interest the interview with Dai Vernon. I naturally agree with his opinion of The Ramsay Legend, but there are a couple of his comments which puzzle me. He stated that "John Ramsay was not technically clever except with thimbles...
by Andy Galloway
January 21st, 2008, 7:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Identify this gimmick
Replies: 28
Views: 2494

Re: Identify this gimmick

John, A fellow conjuror here in Ayr demonstrated an identical gimmick for me over forty years ago for the Thumb Tie
Regards, Andy.

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