Richard Kaufman wrote:Brother Hamman sent the tricks to Adam Fleischer at the latter's request so a set of inexpensive lecture notes could be prepared for Hamman's appearance at the second New York Symposium. When Hamman arrived, he was horrified to find they had been turned into a book. Fleischer had done this without Hamman's permission and Bro. John was particularly offended by the title. Minch was caught in the middle--all he knew was what Fleischer had told him--and was mortified.
Thanks, Richard, for sharing that particular bit of history.
Seeing Bro. Hamman perform at the St. Louis SAM convention in the late 80's was a real highlight--although it was not a lecture per se, seeing how sneakily he set up for effects several effects beforehand was an education in itself. When I asked him to sign Seven Deadly Miracles, he asked me if I performed any of the material therein. When I replied in the affirmative, he seemed genuinely pleased.
As to the original question--I do think that "Seven Deadly Miracles" is worth having as a supplement. There are some changes in the way the material eventually ended up. Studying the changes and how they evolved is pretty interesting. For example, the timing and pace of the Gemini count. As a side note, at least one of the titles in that book was apparently not his--he did not use the term "The Protean Twins", it was just "The Twins".
"The Lost Works of Bro. John Hamman" DVD's are also worth tracking down.