The Magic Hands

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Postby Luis » 08/16/01 03:08 PM

In 1965 Lin Searles with Don Stern and Jim Cooper produced 130 short films (3 minutes each) called Tricks and Treats with The Magic Hands.

Leo Behnke's hands were used and John Mather was the narrator, each program showed and explained a trick using simple props.
Because they were released in TV, magicians all over the world complained about exposure.

Does anybody know if they are still available?

Is anybody puting them into Video or DVD format?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/16/01 04:50 PM

Luis, that's interesting stuff! I have NEVER heard about this before ... anyone else???
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Postby Tom Stone » 08/16/01 06:35 PM

Originally posted by Luis:
In 1965 Lin Searles with Don Stern and Jim Cooper produced 130 short films (3 minutes each) called Tricks and Treats with The Magic Hands.


Was it filmed with closeups on white hands against a black background?
If so, I saw them on swedish TV around 1973-74. Good stuff, I think, since I still remember it. (I was only 6 years old then)
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Postby Michael Edwards » 08/16/01 06:54 PM

Weren't there also some early Fred Kaps instructional films that showed only his hands? :confused:
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Postby Luis » 08/16/01 09:01 PM

Tom:

Yes, you could only see the hands, against a black background, black art style.

I was a kid when I used to watch the series, and still remember the theme song, it was something like this:

The Magic Hands will tell you.
the way to learn,
beautiful magic tricks,
the rest is up to you.

Every episode finished with the hands, palms facing the camera and the tips of the right and left thumb touching each other.

Leo Behnke, the hands' owner, had experience in TV ads and he just finished working in "The Magic Land of Alakazam" (1960-1964)
Many years after that Leo worked at David Copperfield's library. He applied that experience when he wrote the book "The Conservation of Magic" (Reviewed in Genii, Nov. 2000)

In the United States 44 TV channels showed the series. Between the effect and the explanation they could insert ads.


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Postby Guest » 09/04/01 04:44 PM

Its funny, I know in Spain several very good magicians that started in magic because The Magic Hands, and the song was the same…..but in spanish.
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Postby Ben Harris » 09/04/01 05:53 PM

This series (Magic Hands) showed in Australia when I was a child. I had forgotten about it completely. Your mention of it brings back firm visual images. It was a wonderful series.

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Postby Luis » 09/05/01 12:31 AM

I talked to William McIIhany during the MAGIC Live! Convention and he told me he has some of the Magic Hands Videos.

May be Genii can publish an article on that series, or perhaps an interview with Leo Behnke.
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