A TRIVIA QUIZ ON CHARLES EARLE MILLER
This quiz was compiled about thirty years ago when I entertained the daft notion of writing a large (400-page) trivia book about magic, tricks, sleights, and magicians. At the time I thought that it would make a nice bedside or bathroom book. Besides, lots of trivia books were being written back then and the game, Trivial Pursuit, was getting traction in the marketplace. Since that time many writers have published trivia columns, the most recent being Max Mavens in Genii magazine. There have also been a few Jeopardy-type quizzes enacted at various venues, supposedly to test many so-called trivia experts that are sprinkled around magicdom.
This short quiz is tough. There are only 20 questions. If you can answer at least half of them off the top of your head, you are a true trivia expert. If you can answer 15-20 of the questions after consulting our literature, you get high marks for knowing where to look. The answers will be posted later on my Website: www.JonRacherbaumer.com.
1) How old was Charlie Miller when he became interested in magic?
2) What is the date of his birth and in which city?
3) When and where did he learn his first tricks?
4) Who initially inspired him?
5) What was his first magic book?
6) How old was he when he first began studying this book?
7) Who taught him to Han Ping-Chien coin trick?
8) Who did he think invented sponge balls?
9) Who actually invented them?
10) Before he moved from his home town to California, he stopped at a city and then lived there for a couple of years? What is the name of that city?
11) What did his father do for a living?
12) How old was he when he decided to be a professional magician?
13) Which year?
14) When he moved to Los Angles he met Manuel, Master of the Mighty Dollar. What was his real name?
15) When was Miller drafted?
16) Which branch did he serve under?
17) Who did he replace in the U.S.O. shows?
18) Did he invent the Buckle Count?
19) 19) Which years did he write the Magicana section of Genii?
20) Did he write An Evening with Charlie Miller (1961)?
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