Im looking for some pieces of information about Arthur Finley who was member of the informal inner circle of the New-York guys in the early and middle century with Dai Vernon, Al Baker, Sam Horowitz, Cardini, Nate Leipzig, Thomas Nelson Downs, Dr. Jacob Daley...
I just wondered there is so few material published by (or about) this magician (although he was regarded as a clever artist)! Im looking for biographical elements. What kind of guy was it? When did he die? Was he an amateur or a well established professional? What type of magic did he invent? What said Vernon on this man? Im especially interested in the relationship he had with his contemporaries including Charles Thorton Jordan.
Finley is little known today (compared to all the other guys I just mentioned) and rarely mentioned except for the tent vanish (it seems to be rather a recent attribution (?) by Richard Kaufman [in the Jennings and the Jack Avis books]?), the diagonal palm shift and his work on the dovetail shuffle similar to Jordans ideas. Concerning the tricks or moves for which he is credited in magic literature, I only found:
- John Northern Hilliard, "Greater Magic"
Three Cuts (Arthur Finley)
The Ambitious Card (Vernon, Finley, Horowitz)
- Stephen Minch, "The Vernon Chronicles - The Lost Inner Secrets Vol I"
The Arthur Finley Diagonal Palm Shift
- Stephen Minch, "The Vernon Chronicles - Further Lost Inner Secrets Vol III"
The Finley Diagonal Palm Shift Revisited
Arthur Finley's Remote Control
- Richard Kaufman, "Jennings '67"
Finley Tent Vanish
- Some statements in "Phantoms of the Card Table" by David Britland & Gazzo
I would be very pleased if someone had something to say on the life or magic of this man (and on the Jordan/Finley controversy), here or using my email. Thanks a lot!