Magician And Cardsharp Review

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Postby Sam Kesler » 08/09/05 08:11 AM

David Blaine gives a highly favorable book review (Grade: A) of Magician and the Cardsharp in current issue of Entertainment Weekly. And with a photo from the book of Dai Vernon doing a faro shuffle.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/09/05 09:34 AM

The photo is by Bill Woodfield--there's a microscopic credit in the gutter.
The rumor, by the way, is that the review was written by "Ratso," the guy who ghostwrote Blaine's book Mysterious Stranger.
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Postby Guest » 08/09/05 01:31 PM

Is this book available at any magic dealers - i.e murphys, fun inc, magic city....?? I'd like to be able to carry it!
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Postby Guest » 08/09/05 02:28 PM

I just bought a copy at Coliseum Books, 42nd St. between 5th and 6th Aves. (Shop local, especially books, I say!)
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Postby Richard Hatch » 08/09/05 05:54 PM

Originally posted by TheMagicApple:
Is this book available at any magic dealers - i.e murphys, fun inc, magic city....??
In stock at H & R Magic Books for close to a month now. It's great!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/09/05 06:31 PM

I recommend you buy it on Amazon.com by clicking on the box to your right: you can get it for as low as $14!!!!
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Postby Jacky Kahan » 08/09/05 08:50 PM

hi Richard,
there is nothing on my right ???There are no adds to amazon at all...
apparantly the adds dissapeared since the site was down...

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/10/05 09:20 AM

Jacky, the ads are there. Do you have a pop-up blocker on?
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Postby Matthew Field » 08/11/05 02:32 AM

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
The rumor, by the way, is that the review was written by "Ratso," the guy who ghostwrote Blaine's book Mysterious Stranger.
"Ratso" is Larry Sloman, the guy who used to call himself a "garbologist," analyzing Bob Dylan's trash to see what he could find out about his songs. (He suspected a crystal meth influence!)

He was also the editor of "High Times" magazine and is a featured character in the Kinky Friedman detective novels.

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Postby cgscpa » 10/09/05 04:42 AM

The Magician and the Cardsharp as well as The Man Who Killed Houdini are both reviewed in today's (October 9, 2005)Washington Post's Book World. Here is the URL but you may have to register with the Washington Post to read it:
http://snipurl.com/i9w8 for those who may be interested in reading it.
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Postby Fredrick » 11/23/05 03:34 PM

Has anyone else read it? I found it to be a good read that kept my interest. There were segments when I thought, would a person who wasn't interested in magic and/or gambling stay with it? Mr. Johnson did some incredible research.

One of my concerns was that Johnson would paint a glowing picture of Vernon. Fortunately, he showed him as he was - a man who would forsake his family for the pursuit of magic.

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Postby magicam » 12/03/05 07:17 PM

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
The rumor, by the way, is that the review was written by "Ratso," the guy who ghostwrote Blaine's book Mysterious Stranger.
Originally posted by Matt Field:
"Ratso" is Larry Sloman ,...
Is "Ratso" in fact Larry Sloman and did Sloman in fact write Blaine's book? What sources are there for this information?

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Postby John LeBlanc » 12/03/05 08:25 PM

Originally posted by Magicam:
Is "Ratso" in fact Larry Sloman and did Sloman in fact write Blaine's book? What sources are there for this information?
Ratso is Larry Sloman. That's common knowledge.

As for Ratso's contribution to "Mysterious Stranger" that is spelled out plainly in the Acknowlegements page. Not exactly a secret.

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