Whatever became of James Lewis?

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Postby erdnasephile » 04/01/11 09:36 PM

I was just reviewing James Lewis' excellent video, "Million Dollar Mysteries" and was wondering if he were still in magic.

(There is also an interesting note at the end of the tape that he was planning a book with L & L for release in 1993.)

Finally, I've not come accross any of the particular coin purses he uses in his routines--has anyone ever found a source for these? (Will the leather Goshman's work for the U.P.S. he describes?)
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Postby Frank Yuen » 04/02/11 12:10 AM

Here you go:

Ton Onosaka purse
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Postby Tom Gilbert » 04/02/11 12:12 AM

Not sure if this is the one, it's been a while since I've seen the video.

http://www.elmwoodmagic.com/full/Access ... n__855.htm
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 04/02/11 03:08 AM

I see James at the Magic Castle every now and again. In fact I expect to see him this Sunday. (I'm presuming we're talking about the same guy!)

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Postby erdnasephile » 04/02/11 06:44 AM

Thanks, guys!

Frank: I noticed that Steven's carries both the medium and large with the required internal clasp--I've never seen these in person--do you know what size James uses?
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Postby Frank Yuen » 04/02/11 09:15 AM

I'm fairly certain that it is the large based on the photos of the two on the Steven's site and what I remember on the video.The regular size seems to be a slightly different shape.
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Postby erdnasephile » 04/02/11 11:26 AM

Thanks, Frank. I watched the video again and compared the pics and it's really hard to say--my local dealer doesn't carry them, so I can't check myself.

Dustin: if you happen to see James (and if it's not too much trouble) would you mind confirming with him what size Onosaka purse he uses please for his U.P.S.?

Many thanks!
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 04/02/11 02:04 PM

I just wrote it down so I won't forget.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 04/02/11 04:38 PM

I just spoke with James (he will not be at the MC tomorrow) and he has an answer for you. Ill do the best I can to get his points across (paraphrasing):

The purse I used isnt made anymore, but it was the mid-sized purse. There were small, medium, and larger sizes. What made the mid-sized purse perfect was that the hinge, instead of being in the middle of the purse, was at the one-third point. Also the pocket was shallower, so the coins inside were visible when the purse was open. Thats a key point for the switch.

I hope that helps you (and so does James)! And by the way, he is doing quite well and of course hes still very involved in magic.

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Postby erdnasephile » 04/02/11 05:01 PM

That's awesome, Dustin! Many thanks to you and James!
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Postby Dan LeFay » 04/06/11 06:23 AM

These are the purses you need for James'routine:

http://www.stevensmagic.com/index.php?m ... _id=111626

When I performed at the Castle in 2001 I did a routine that used the same purse(s). James, having seen my routine, showed me his routine but did not explain. It kept me wondering...

After finishing my week at the Castle, Tommy Wonder said he got a present from James for me. It was his video which explained everything. The switch improved my routine a lot!

One of those moments where you discover that instant gratification (in terms of learning a secret) is not the best option. Both Tommy and James knew that.

I have fond memories of that lesson and of James' friendly and thoughtful approach.
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Postby erdnasephile » 04/06/11 01:41 PM

Dan:

Are you sure it is the LARGE size that are correct? I went back to the video after reading what Dustin wrote above and it really does seem the medium (regular) size are the way to go for the reasons James mentions above.
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Postby Dan LeFay » 04/06/11 05:11 PM

I can assure you the purses that you see in the link I provided are the right ones. Forget about the name (medium or large). That is confusing (maybe even wrongly named).

If you look at Stevens' site you will see one picture showing 3 different sizes. Those are NOT the ones you want for James Lewis' switch. It is the one depicted on the different photo.

I am sure about it because I have all 4 types purses that are shown on Stevens.
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