Max Maven wrote:Or: "[W]ithout his published works ... Magicians may not have remembered him."
Yep. And without the published works of the majority of authors, they wouldn't be remembered. What is the point of that statement?
I will be glad to answer that question with my opinion. Vernon is remembered by the "magic community" in my opinion "mostly" for his published works.
He is not remembered by the lay audience.
Few magicians are remembered by the lay audience the exception of the time might be Houdini.
In my opinion magicians that publish are remembered more by magicians than the magician performers of that day that did not publish. Also in my opinion Vernon is remembered by magicians because a lot of what he published was great.
Many magicians that do the cups and balls today were influenced and inspired by the Dai Vernon Cups and balls routine. And many magicians started learning the cups and balls - with Dai Vernon's routine.
Now, having said that as time moves on - we get older there will be less and less people that got to see Dai Vernon do his routine live in a performance of a show.
Yes there is some taped footage - but that is not the same as seeing the man do it live in a show.
I knew Don Alan quite well and I remember being in a conversation with another magician a few years after Don passed away. The magician I was talking to said something like - "There are a lot of magicians doing the Don Alan chop cup routine and never got to see Don Alan do it."
Yet it is my opinion that there are many magicians that do the Don Alan chop cup today that never even heard of Don Alan.
That was "very" true of my dads rope tie effect. There are many magicians that do my dads trick today - that never heard of Billy Bishop - that is until they meet me!
By the way Billy Bishop did not publish. He was a "performer" and did comedy magic in the "top" night clubs of his day. He also performed on television. He did not publish and if I wasn't in magic and in "the business" he would have been forgotten.
Magicians that publish have a better chance of being remembered by magicians.
Just my opinion!