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Re: Arlene Louie, DeYip Loo's wife :: My Mom's Health

Hi Mai-Ling,

I was worried about her at the MCA Weekend--especially when we had no chance to talk. I remember the pleasure of meeting her two years ago.

With deepest sympathy,

Charles McCall
by Charles McCall
06/12/09 09:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Arlene Louie, DeYip Loo's wife :: My Mom's Health
Replies: 16
Views: 1606

Re: Bobo the magician

I saw Bobo lecture on coin magic at a meeting of IBM, Ring 10 in Indianapolis, in the early 1950s. My mentor, Woody Carpenter, loved coin work, and was excellent at it. I remember that we were both enthused about the lecture as we drove back to Frankfort after the meeting. I wish I had seen one of h...
by Charles McCall
05/18/09 05:32 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Bobo the magician
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

Re: i am back

Add me to the list of those who always enjoy your posts. Welcome back!

And it was great to meet you and your parents in Schaumberg!

Charles McCall
by Charles McCall
05/17/08 06:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: i am back
Replies: 10
Views: 1242

Re: The late John Pomory called fabricator and lia

Even though some prominent politicians do not seem to understand, there is an important difference between being mistaken and being a liar. In both situations,one would be in error and deserve correction. Is this instance one where the deceased was clearly intentionally fabricating?
by Charles McCall
03/26/08 02:43 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The late John Pomory called fabricator and liar.
Replies: 10
Views: 2388

Re: Hotels near the Magic Castle

I stayed overnight at the Highland Gardens on Wednesday. My room was clean and comfortable, with new furniture. The lobby is finally getting a needed makeover.

It offers good value.
by Charles McCall
03/07/08 08:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hotels near the Magic Castle
Replies: 31
Views: 2925

Re: George the Supreme Master of Magic

See David Price's "Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater" for an account of George's altercation with Thurston. That may help explain why you have trouble finding material in English.
by Charles McCall
02/24/08 03:24 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: George the Supreme Master of Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: 10 VERY best you've ever seen

I saw each of the ten on my list at least once, some many times. I thought that castaway dave specified that condition. I was fortunate to spend at least a few minutes with each of them off stage. Some are friends.

On the other lists, I saw both Sinatra and Elvis perform.
Buck Owens too.
by Charles McCall
02/24/08 03:14 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 10 VERY best you've ever seen
Replies: 78
Views: 8084

Re: 10 VERY best you've ever seen

The ten best I have seen are: McDonald Birch The Great Blackstone Lance Burton Michael Close Doug Henning Mac King Jeff McBride Billy McComb The Pendragons Johnny Thompson Others' lists are also correct as long as they have seen each perform, and as long as they have carefully considered criteria on...
by Charles McCall
02/14/08 10:33 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 10 VERY best you've ever seen
Replies: 78
Views: 8084

Re: Why not share favorite magic history anecdotes?

There are many annecdotes in the writings of Frances Ireland (Marshall). See her books, "You Don't Have to Be Crazy: But it Helps" and "With Frances in Magicland."
by Charles McCall
11/25/07 01:25 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Why not share favorite magic history anecdotes?
Replies: 54
Views: 5527

Re: WHY THE GENERAL INDIFFERENCE TO MAGIC HISTORY?

Diego, in support of your most recent post, see today's "Zits" comic strip in the daily papers.
by Charles McCall
11/17/07 04:18 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: WHY THE GENERAL INDIFFERENCE TO MAGIC HISTORY?
Replies: 154
Views: 24392

Re: WHY THE GENERAL INDIFFERENCE TO MAGIC HISTORY?

There are several introductory DVDs on magic history available. Try the PBS one titled "The Art of Magic," or the series, " Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic."
by Charles McCall
11/02/07 08:38 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: WHY THE GENERAL INDIFFERENCE TO MAGIC HISTORY?
Replies: 154
Views: 24392

Re: "Novelties and Wonders" new blog

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
by Charles McCall
10/21/07 04:57 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Novelties and Wonders" new blog
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: House of Games

For those who may be interested, one of the eight lobby cards for the film is a photo of Mr. Jay in character, gun in hand.
by Charles McCall
09/06/07 04:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: House of Games
Replies: 17
Views: 579

Re: New Magic Shop In Indianapolis?

I read this chain because I grew up in Frankfort with Woody Carpenter as my mentor. After he was sure I was serious, he introduced me to Duke Stern who then shared the onerous duty of keeping an adolescent neophyte on a right track, I loved to hang out at the old Abbotts branch shop, upstairs in the...
by Charles McCall
07/21/07 09:36 AM
 
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: New Magic Shop In Indianapolis?
Replies: 16
Views: 4140

Re: Kevin James on America's got Talent

It was a wonderful opener! I can't wait to see the judges' reactions to his "surgery!"
by Charles McCall
06/21/07 08:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kevin James on America's got Talent
Replies: 19
Views: 916

Re: D'light V5 -super cool

I'm with Hall!
by Charles McCall
06/21/07 07:53 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: D'light V5 -super cool
Replies: 17
Views: 569

Re: Jack Benny Introduces two up and coming magicians - 1929

The great S, J. Perelman wrote for the Marx Brothers. Did Laurel and Hardy have such help? And I notice no mention of the Ritz Brothers who could manage some insane slapstick now and then.
by Charles McCall
06/10/07 03:19 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Jack Benny Introduces two up and coming magicians - 1929
Replies: 33
Views: 2257

Re: Richard Kaufman at Collectors Weekend

I agree with everything said in the opening post. I was particularly taken by the wonderful Hilliard quotation Mr. Kaufman used to conclude his presentation. Is it currently in print?
by Charles McCall
05/09/07 02:44 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Richard Kaufman at Collectors Weekend
Replies: 18
Views: 514

Re: The Illusionators

Cirque du Soleil should consider building a show around them!
by Charles McCall
02/22/07 04:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionators
Replies: 10
Views: 181

Re: 100 Years Ago in The Sphinx—October 1906

Add me to the list of those who will miss your monthly column on early issues of the SPHINX. Since the column's appearence, it has been one of the first things I turned to after reading "Genii Speaks."
by Charles McCall
09/29/06 09:18 AM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: 100 Years Ago in The Sphinx—October 1906
Replies: 9
Views: 2749

Re: "DORNY"

In one of his published tellings of the joke Thurston (and Birch) played on him during prohibition, Dorny claimed never to have touched a drop of alcohol. I'm not sure whether or not he was joking. Can anyone tell me if Dorny was or was not a social drinker?
by Charles McCall
06/25/06 08:12 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "DORNY"
Replies: 18
Views: 827

Re: Conjuring Arts Research Center Site

Wow! The C.A.R,C. is now offering members a free, three day upgrade to the next level. I'm a Hofzinser member in his third day at the Erdnase level. It is wonderful, and I'm using my trial heavily, and I hope wisely. I'm not yet sure whether I'll upgrade, for I've used most of the sources for the re...
by Charles McCall
03/19/06 04:33 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Conjuring Arts Research Center Site
Replies: 41
Views: 6577

Standard 101 Deck

I know I'm showing my ignorance, but what is a standard 101 deck?
by Charles McCall
01/27/06 03:54 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Standard 101 Deck
Replies: 0
Views: 104

Re: McDonald Birch

I was fortunate to see the Birch show in 1950. It was big (and appeared bigger), handsome, and wonderful! Birch is neglected. That's true even of some who should have known better. To put one line of inquiry to rest; both Mac and Mabel are dead. Mabel died on May 6, 1985. Mac died at age 90 on April...
by Charles McCall
12/06/05 10:17 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: McDonald Birch
Replies: 12
Views: 446

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