David Ben wrote:Justin
While Vernon may have said Jack McMillen's card rise was his inspiration for Triumph in the Revelations tapes, he is both right and wrong. What he's really saying is that as a short answer, yes. The short answer, however, is a gross simplification because the real answer would take far too much time to elaborate on how the dots were all connected. Vernon developed many self-defense mechanics over the years to deal with magicians who took his material, and made comments about the origin of items. It was simpler to be nice and offer sound bite answers.
Now, I'm not saying that that was the main reason he said it was simply McMillen's principle. There are other factors. He is well into his 80s when those tapes were made, they were done primarily off-the-cuff - Vernon not understanding the true nature of the taping at the time. Even if he understood that the ultimate goal of the production was the commercial release of the series, he may not have elaborated further on the development details of each piece, as he conditioned himself for decades to offer sound bites.
I'm not sure whether I mentioned this in any other posts as I will elaborate on it further in a future publication, but Vernon first learned of the "McMillen" plunger principle at least a decade before Jack McMillen thought of it. When Charlie Miller moved to the West coast in the 1930s and spent time with Jud Brown and Jack McMillen, he wrote an extensive description of the McMillen Card Rise in a letter to Vernon. Vernon commented that he was already well acquainted with the principle.
I believe that Vernon was acquainted with the principle because he learned it from Dad Stevens, either by personal instruction or by reconstruction. The Stevens Control is really the plunger principle but instead of causing a card to rise out or move from the end of the pack, you cause a card to "pop" out from the back. This is not very well understood. It is probably one of the reasons few people can do the move well. They try to jam the halves together, and have no control over how the card "pops" out. If you think of it as the Jack McMillen Rising Cards with the plunger principle, then the single card "pops" out with uniform precision every time.
So, really the shuffle in Triumph is a combination of many things, and many sources of inspiration, or strands. As mentioned earlier, however, that Laurie Ireland shuffle may have been the final strand that put it all into place. It's hard to find nowadays but well worth the hunt.
There's a lot of speculating going on in that paragraph that doesn't appear to be supported by the facts. It's okay to speculate, but I hope when you write your books on Vernon you make clear what is speculation without evidence (opinion), what is a probable conclusion drawn from balancing whatever facts are present, and what is cold hard fact established from primary source material.
The reason I say this is that it is clear from some
of the follow up comments in this thread that people who perhaps have little experience with academic standards of research and analysis are taking your wild speculation as the truth.