GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)

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GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)

Postby Guest » March 18th, 2002, 1:21 pm

Hello! First of all I want the Forum to apologize me for my English… but, in my opinion, this will be a subtlety compared with the content of the next lines. I "m writing from Italy, precisely Milan. Just here, on March 15 I've been witness of a revolutionary lecture in the official seat of CLAM (Club Arte Magica) : the presentation of an extraordinary book, (almost) completely unkown to the magicians (not only collectors of library rarities!). The lecturer, the “mind” behind a new series about the “classics” of Italian conjury , is Vanni Bossi, President of the same CLAM.
Many years, a lot of efforts in searching with the firmness of purpose that is typical of a collector and, above all, of a lover of the history of Magic, of our magic roots, such as Vanni and…finally we may read
“Giochi di Carte Bellissimi di Regola e di Memoria…..” by HORATIO GALASSO , 1593 !!
That's to say “Beautiful card tricks by rule and memory…” , in modern words “.. using arithmetical principles and prearrangements”. Yes, you' ve heard very well!!
Thanks to Vanni, now and only now we can arrive at the first prearrangement written in the history of Magic: so the famous Si Stebbins' System should be properly renamed Galasso System.
(for example on March 11 even Mr R. Giobbi during a lecture in Novara -Italy- started “renaming” the Si Stebbins as the Cardozo System, basing on the recrostruction made by Tamariz in his works about the “mnemonic deck&#8221 ;). And luckily investigation doesn't stop! So Vanni Bossi introduced us in the Galasso's world, made by 25 astonishing effect with cards (not comparable in his variety with the only 3 effects in the “Discovery of Witchcraft&#8221 ;): a complete routine which ends with a “Triumph”, the effect of the card found behind the window(!), cards kwown with the touch ( a braille, punch system), short corner, one way, second deal (1593!) , rough and smooth principle, key cards, the glide, the use of stooges, nail nicking (!), changing of 4 cards on others 4 with the “divided cards” (a little before of Hofzinser!), a coin across with the use of an handkerchief…… and many other surprises using chemical, physical priciples! I am not crazy, believe me!
Thank you Vanni for this ribirth of italian magic publications. And this, it seems, is only the beginning of a long and excitng study …
From Italy,
Giorgio Orfino

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Re: GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)

Postby Tom Stone » March 26th, 2002, 7:30 pm

Originally posted by Giorgio:
so the famous Si Stebbins System should be properly renamed Galasso System.
a complete routine which ends with a Triumph, the effect of the card found behind the window(!), cards kwown with the touch ( a braille, punch system), short corner, one way, second deal (1593!) , rough and smooth principle, key cards, the glide, the use of stooges, nail nicking (!), changing of 4 cards on others 4 with the divided cards (a little before of Hofzinser!), a coin across with the use of an handkerchief

I'm sorry, but I'm having some trouble to absorb this info. Can anyone confirm or refute the claims in this posting?

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Re: GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 26th, 2002, 8:40 pm

Tom, with English as your second language I'm not surprised if it's a bit confusing, however the gist of what Giorgio has stated is, I believe, true.
There have been rumblings about Vanni Bossi's research for some time, so I'm not surprised to hear that things are finally starting to filter out.
I'm even less surprised to discover that there are books in languages other than English that contain more material on conjuring at earlier dates.
More such revelations will no doubt appear in the future.
One thing I can clarify, while Hofzinser made good use of both divided or double-ended cards as well as double-faced cards, he invented neither. Both appear in well-known use much earlier. Hofzinser did, it seems, invent the double-BACKED card.
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Re: GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)

Postby Tom Stone » March 27th, 2002, 3:13 am

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
Tom, with English as your second language I'm not surprised if it's a bit confusing, however the gist of what Giorgio has stated is, I believe, true.

Thanks Richard.
Though, in this particular case, it was the extraordinary claims and the resulting silence, more than the language, that confused me.
I will certainly keep my eyes open for any further news about Vanni Bossi's research.

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Re: GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)

Postby Guest » March 27th, 2002, 8:29 am

Just a question, did Si Stebbins claim any
credit for the first use of a prearranged deck ? :confused:

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Re: GALASSO (or an italian "revolutionary" lecture)

Postby Guest » April 1st, 2002, 8:20 pm

"Si Stebbins himself (as he says in his biography) used a stack "jumping" by four, that is exactly the Galasso stack that uses 48 cards."

Could anyone shed some light on this? If there were only 12 cards of each suit it'd mean that you'd need some special rules to make the stack since it wouldn't work with:
2C
6H
10S
2C
6H
and so on
You'd be missing all the odd cards and get many duplicate even cards. I guess the real question is...what am _I_ missing? ;)

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