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Postby Guest » 11/09/01 11:49 AM

Richard,
I'd mentioned in another place about a possible feature article on Hofzinser. Here's another name for consideration. Irv Weiner. Here's a man who, well into his later years, did something that was amazing. He spent most of his time entertaining college and university age audiences, and also was voted by those same audiences one of the most entertaining shows.
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Postby Gary » 11/10/01 09:27 PM

Charlie Miller might not be a bad subject either.
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Postby Philippe Noël » 12/02/01 05:24 AM

I think Persi Diaconis would also be a great subject, don't you think ?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/02/01 08:08 PM

I'm sure Persi Diaconis has more interest in a trip to the dentist for a triple root canal than having an article about him done in Genii.
Charlie Miller is a good idea--we're already working on it.
Already working on Hofzinser, too.
There is an unpublished Irv Weiner book that Anthony Brahams wanted an absurd amount of money for at least five years ago. Don't know who, if anyone, bought the manuscript.
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Postby Areeb Malik » 12/03/01 01:21 PM

How about Henry Christ? Love that ace routine. He must have done more than just that! What about a book on his material?

Also, would an article on Norman Gilbreath be feasable? Was he a magician, a mathmatician, or both? His actual principles explained would be of interest. Tricks using his priciples normally just state, "Due to the Gilbreath principle..."
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Postby Steve Bryant » 12/03/01 01:40 PM

An article on Norman Gilbreath is an excellent idea, but he is an "is," not a "was," and can often be found in the Magic Castle library (in person), if any of my recent visits are an indication.
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Postby Larry Horowitz » 12/03/01 01:55 PM

Norman will be conducting some lectures at the Magic Castle, starting in January.
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Postby Areeb Malik » 12/03/01 02:13 PM

I apologize profusly. Shows how much I know about the man!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/03/01 10:19 PM

I believe Max Maven is currently writing a book about card tricks using The Gilbreath Principle, to be published by Hermetic Press.
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Postby Guest » 12/10/01 12:51 AM

How about Chris Kenner? What did he do to hook-up with Copperfield? Kick Don Wayne's butt or something?

And Gary Ouellet seems due a cover. Who else do you know came from Queens' Counsel to magic's best kept secret (The Camirand Academy of Magic) to FFFF honoree to THE mind behind the magic on modern television to a MAJOR FORCE of Vegas/World quality stage/filmed productions? Please tell me.

Also Stephen Minch would be a great write-up. (Or did I miss that article?) He lives "in my neck of the woods", and I don't even know minch about him.
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Postby David Prouty » 12/10/01 10:37 AM

I believe a feature on William Read Woodfield would also be an excellent topic, due to his tremendous input to Genii Magazine (and assisting editors with "Magicana"). Richard, You certainly have your work cut out for you. I look forward to any of your chosen features. Keep up the SUPERLATIVE work !
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Postby fredm » 12/10/01 08:31 PM

I would like to see a article on Frank Thompson.There is not much written about him.
Truely one of magic's mystery men.

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Postby Countelmsley » 12/17/01 01:29 PM

What I would love to see in Genii is this; an entire issue dealing with the Faro shuffle; tricks with it, some great Marlo stuff using the faro, an analysis of the mathematical principle,...and whatever else you can think about... Am I the only one? Keep on half-passing...
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Postby Gary » 12/17/01 11:00 PM

How about a wonderful issue on the incedible Del Ray, while he is still with us.........
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Postby Steve Hook » 12/18/01 08:29 PM

I second that, Gary, about Del Ray. We know he's very private...I wonder if he knows how much his fans want to hear from, and about, him.
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Postby Randy DiMarco » 12/19/01 02:37 PM

I would like to see an article about Jack Birnman. I can remember seeing him every year at the FFFF and he was a great person with outstanding original magic. Wasn't there supposed to be a large book of his material?
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Postby Pete Biro » 12/19/01 07:32 PM

Spicer... Don't Minch your words...

I vote for a story on Del Ray for sure...

And little known master craftsman Bill Gussias.

Liek to see one pager bio's on folks...
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Postby Guest » 12/31/01 03:28 PM

How about Losander? He knocked me out at the castle with his stage act, and yet, I had never heard of him before!
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Postby Philippe Noël » 01/04/02 04:17 AM

What about a special issue with interviews of magicians that appeared on TV and sharing their experiences?

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Postby Guest » 01/07/02 03:45 PM

Has anything ever been done on Henry Hay? His "Amateur Magician's Handbook" is certainly the best-written book in my piddling magic library, and I note that Mac King lists Hay's "Learn Magic" as big influence on his development. I'd love to learn more about him.
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Postby John Pezzullo » 01/08/02 02:06 AM

Ralph,

David Meyer published an excellent article on Henry Hay (Burrows Mussey) in the April 2000 issue of "The Linking Ring".

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Postby Guest » 01/08/02 12:22 PM

Many thanks; I'll seek it out. (Burrows Mussey!?!)
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Postby Guest » 01/09/02 07:22 PM

I vote for Chris Kenner and Roy Walton
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Postby walkinoats » 01/10/02 11:02 AM

How about a Feature Article or entire issue of Lee Asher's work. He is definately one of a kind.
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Postby walkinoats » 01/10/02 11:03 AM

How about a Feature Article or entire issue of Lee Asher's work. He is definately one of a kind.
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Postby Guest » 01/14/02 10:39 PM

Someone else that comes to mind that I haven't seen anything on in a LOONNGG time. Fred Kaps!
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Postby Guest » 02/05/02 09:50 AM

How about a piece on "real" street magic?

I'd love to see an in depth piece on Cellini, Gazzo, or some of the other kings of the wild frontier.

The stuff I've seen about Jeff Sheridan has always been great, but there are many other guys knocking out a living by drawing an edge and filling a flush hat.

For 2 weeks last summer I stood watching Gazzo ply his trade at anillegal "Guerrilla spot" here in Boston.

He did 4 or 5 tricks, every last one of them hoary standards played a million times to people all over the planet.

But, this guy was different, very different. Every single action had been honed by 15 or 20 shows a day, 5 or 6 days a week, 30 weeks a year, for about 20 years.

This was the guy who had a seal blow in his head while he worked a pitch. Everyone thought he was dead.

The guy I saw was anything but. People I talk to either love him or hate him but they all agree he is at the top of the pyramid as far as street workers go.

This sounds like quite a story to me, and I didn't even mention who he learned his punch work from. He was the only student of the steel gutiar playing card shark Walter Scott. Also known as the Phantom of the card table.

Hell, re-reading this Gazzo could probably sell his life story to Tom Hanks.
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