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Postby Julie Eng » 10/28/09 02:43 PM

Sid's just posted his latest entry for Magicana. Check it out here .

He's also updated his site a little. Hope you enjoy the read.

Don't forget, you can follow Sid on Twitter and be friends with him on Facebook.
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Postby Julie Eng » 11/04/09 12:29 PM

And it's Wednesday!

Sid's just updated his blog, Magical Chatterbox, with his latest contribution which talks about his first show. A fun read, and I'm sure we've all been there! Well, all except, perhaps, for those pen nibs.

Check it out here .
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Postby James Alan » 11/11/09 02:31 PM

He's at it again...

Nice Work... If you can get it.

Out of school and looking for his first job at fourteen.

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Postby James Alan » 11/11/09 02:33 PM

Now that I'm thinking of it, does anyone know where I can get streetcar tickets at that price?

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Postby James Alan » 11/19/09 11:27 AM

The Apprentice

"Sids artistic talents get him noticed and he moves up from delivery to errand boy...."

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Postby James Alan » 11/26/09 12:01 PM

Sid's back doing magic again:

Hook, Line and Sinker

The moral of the story is either look after your magic table, or don't share the bill with a clog dancer... not sure which.

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Postby James Alan » 12/03/09 11:05 AM

Social networking in the 1920s:
From pen pals to fast friends.

And Sid is still Tweeting at http://twitter.com/sidlorraine

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Postby James Alan » 12/10/09 04:06 PM

Sid's back doing magic, this time on stage as an assistant to "Mystic Frekensal".
Watch And Learn

He's got some really bad luck when it comes to tables!

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Postby James Alan » 12/16/09 11:02 AM


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Postby Mark.Lewis » 12/18/09 01:18 AM

Talking about Sid Lorraine the oddest thing happened to me today. I was doing a kid show today for very young children, the average age of which was three years old. I was lucky enough to get one 4 year old and one 5 year old in the audience but that was about it. Virtually all the kids were Chinese just to complicate matters.

The show went well despite the young age and when I finished the booker made an announcement that little Johnny or whatever the hell his name was had a present for me. The four year old came up and handed me a big envelope. I then couldn't resist doing an encore using my Letter routine which has been explained on another thread in all its wonderful glory.

When I got home I opened the envelope and was very surprised to see a magic magazine from 1988. It was the one put out by Repro Magic and edited by Walt Lees. Al Koran had his three card monte routine in there and there was an article by Barry Richardson. There was a sticker on the magazine and a handwritten note by someone or other saying "Part of the Sid Lorraine estate"

I have no idea who the four year old was that gave me the present and nobody came up to me saying they had anything to do with magic.

All very odd I must say.
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Postby James Alan » 01/06/10 12:46 PM

Sid is back!
In his first tweet of 2010 he remembers seeing Dunninger perform in the 1920s.

Remembering Dunninger

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Postby James Alan » 01/13/10 06:59 PM

This week, Sid has more memories of Dunninger, in particular what he had to say on the subject of exposure.

Exposure?

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Postby James Alan » 01/20/10 03:40 PM

Still more memories of Dunninger in Mentalist, Magician... or, both?

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Postby James Alan » 01/27/10 06:39 PM

Discover how a milk campaign puts Sid on the road back to England:
Milk & Honey

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Postby James Alan » 02/03/10 02:46 PM

On the brink of his overseas adventure, Sid steps back in time to remember his father.

Memories of Father

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Postby James Alan » 02/10/10 08:34 PM

And, the adventure begins...

Sid travels to Montreal to board the ship to England. Before arriving in Montreal, however, he stops to visit Joseph Ovette, inventor of the famed Master Move...

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Postby James Alan » 02/18/10 03:54 PM

All tied up...
Now...back to Sids adventures on the high seas as he makes his way to England.

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Postby James Alan » 02/25/10 12:20 PM

It pays to be curious! The conjuror from Canada recounts meeting his first celebrity in England in
Leaping off the pages.

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Postby James Alan » 03/03/10 06:57 PM

Sid is honoured with special performances from Owen Clark

You can also click through to read the cover story on Owen Clark from the June, 1904 issue of Staynon's Magic.

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Postby James Alan » 03/10/10 04:47 PM

The English always have the coolest names for places!

Follow Sid through Peckham and Lower Tooting and hear about the Ornum in Leadership by Leat. (Harry Leat)

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Postby Julie Eng » 03/18/10 05:49 PM

Well, this week Sid introduces us to his friend, Stanley Collins.
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Postby James Alan » 03/25/10 10:19 AM

Continuing his trip through England, Sid meets Will Goldston and shows him a thing or two in Smoking Goldston.

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Postby Julie Eng » 03/25/10 11:12 AM

Sid's been busy digging through his files.

Turns out, according to his last "tweet", that Sid's found the image that details the inner workings of the Rutherford Rising Cigarette. It's pretty crazy. No wonder it fooled Goldston.

You should see it.
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Postby Magicana » 03/31/10 12:46 PM

Sid's rising cigarette performance went over so well, they made him an honourary member in the London Magician's Club (an organization which ceased in the 1930s).

He also brought out some old memorabilia including his membership card (now over 80 years old) and his medallion. Looking closely at the membership card it mentions Will Goldston as the 1st Vice President and Houdini as the president.

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/ceNDJz
And you can still follow Sid on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sidlorraine
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Postby Magicana » 04/08/10 10:42 AM

While at the London Magic Club, Sid saw some magic from a young magician about his age (23 at the time) by the name of Ned Williams.

Although most everyone today will probably know him better as Robert Harbin.

He also had the chance to find out about some of the practical jokes that went on behind the counter at Davenports in London. Find out how Harbin "Hooked" Davenport: http://bit.ly/b8CJqo
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Postby Magicana » 04/14/10 05:46 PM

Have you ever wondered where the "Red Snapper" (or "Wonder Plug") came from? Maybe not.

It turns out it's based on a (very surprising and magical) G.W. Hunter trick using a metal tube and a pencil. It also turns out that we have Sid to thank for carrying the idea across the Atlantic where it now resides in many joke shops and magic kits.

Read all about it (and Sid's memories of G.W. Hunter) in Red Snapper Hunt before heading out to track down some metal tubes to try it.
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Postby Magicana » 04/21/10 06:05 PM

Continuing in the series of answers to questions you never thought to ask:

Sid Lorraine explains how to untie a knot tied in a human hair (and how to make members of the Magic Circle look strange and silly in the process). He also gets to meet Wilfrid Jonson and shares his presentation for the "Four Burglars" with G.W. Hunter.

Read all about it in Silence is Golden
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Postby Magicana » 08/05/10 03:37 PM

He's back!

After a bit of a hiatus, Sid Lorraine's Magical Chatterbox is back on track. In the latest installment - Chance Encounters of the Mysterious Kind - Sid meets the mysterious Edward Bagshawe during his time spent in England. He describes their lengthy session and some of the ideas that they shared.

If you want to get caught up, there is a complete list of Sid's posts in the archive.
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Postby espermachine » 08/06/10 12:01 PM

Just wanted to say thanks for compiling and posting these blogs ... have been a fan of Sid Lorraine for some time and this is proving very enjoyable reading.
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Postby Magicana » 09/01/10 06:21 PM

Sid's back again.

In his continuing travels through England, he receives a letter and gets to meet the renowned Ellis Stanyon and talks about some interesting billiard ball moves and some excellent tips (thumb and finger tips).

Read Seeing Staynon
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Postby Magicana » 09/09/10 12:21 PM

This week, Sid asks Ellis Stanyon about an effect he published that was supposed to create explosions at your fingertips, but also resulted in singed eyebrows and a lost limb...

Read about The Devil's Whisper

Just don't try it at home.
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Postby Chas Nigh » 09/10/10 12:11 PM

Larry Jennings used it a few times.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/10/10 01:05 PM

Jennings used it during a cards across routine that's published in Neo-Classics.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 09/10/10 02:47 PM

Is this the item that came in two small packets - one of red powder and one of white?
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time
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Postby Magicana » 09/16/10 06:37 PM

This week, Sid recalls more friends from Great Britain including Walter Kemp, Jack LeDair and George Johnson (Editor of the Magic Wand)

Read Something for the Train to find out more about these generous gentlemen and Caught, the first trick Sid ever marketed.
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Postby Magicana » 09/22/10 11:16 AM

A flashback to the days when you could fool magicians with the 10-20 Force. Some fun ideas this week as Sid talks about the characters he wasn't able to meet during his trip to England:

Chris Van Bern's novel act and some of his unique promotional strategies.

Billy O'Connor, a magician with "52 Assistants", and his clever use of the "Instanto" deck.

Tom Fagan's finale for the rising cards.

Read The Ones that Got Away
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Postby Magicana » 09/29/10 05:53 PM

Find out what happened in 1928 B.Z.
(also find out what B.Z. is)

Read Sid's latest entry A Gambling Friend
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Postby Magicana » 10/06/10 03:31 PM

In one of his notebooks, ca. 1928, under the heading of "Billet Reading", Sid describes a brand new technique shown to him in England by J.T. Garrus. Soon after he sent it to Joe Ovette and Ted Annemann and it seems to have caught on.

Read all about it in Front & Centre
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Postby Magicana » 10/13/10 10:22 AM

Sid has more stories about Harry Leat and Will Goldston, including an "under-handed operation" selling some illusions.

Read all about it in Indian Trader
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Postby Magicana » 10/20/10 09:48 AM

Sid is back again!

This week he brings more memories of British magic dealer Harry Leat. He also shares memories of his friend Wilfred Hutchinson and music idol Gracie Fields.

Read Will & Grace.
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