Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

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Postby Philippe Noël » 11/26/11 03:50 PM

I thought it was Dai Vernon but in Card College Vol. 5 it is written on page 1239 that: "Lin Searles introduced the notion that the aces might travel singly".
Do you know where and when Lin Searles introduced the notion?
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Postby jason156 » 11/27/11 12:04 AM

I thought Lin Searles idea was to have the Aces a different color back from the indifferent cards?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/27/11 12:12 AM

That was my impression as well. These innovations took place decades apart, Vernon in New York City much earlier, the 1940s, doing a "slow-motion" assembly. I thought the Lin Searles idea of odd backed Aces was from the late 1950s.
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Postby Steve Bryant » 11/27/11 12:27 PM

Darwin Ortiz takes a rather wonderful stab at the history of all ace assemblies in The Annotated Erdnase. He credits Lin only with the different color backs idea, first appearing in "Ultimate Aces" in 1958. (It used gaffed cards, but he also included an ungaffed method.) According to the piece, Vernon first published his work on slow-motion four aces in the trick "Mobilizing the Aces" in Sphinx, Vol. 40 No. 1 (March 1941). He and Dr. Daley supposedly came up with over 60 variations.
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Postby Philippe Billot » 11/27/11 01:37 PM

Over 60 variations?

Curious, I thought this was only the prerogative of Edward Marlo...
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 11/27/11 02:30 PM

Was there an assembly where you gave an ace and three x cards to each of four volunteers and then the audience picked (or some selection) one and that's who wound up with the all four aces?
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Postby El Mystico » 11/27/11 03:21 PM

Philippe;

I think the difference was that Marlo published all his variations; Vernon published only his best.

I think The Anotated Erdnase is flawed; but one of the best guides we currently have to the history of card magic.
Along with Minch's from Witchcraft to Card tricks.

It's such a small area; but I'd love to see a collection of the various attempts at the one at a time aces effect.
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Postby Philippe Noël » 11/27/11 04:59 PM

Hi El Mystico,

Here are some:

Vernon's Slow Motion Aces:
http://youtu.be/Hxvz7fbKEMI

Marlo's Bluff Ace Assembly:
http://youtu.be/cHYzwxXGBvk

O'Henry Ace Assembly:
http://youtu.be/tLWkLKAe6BE
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Postby Philippe Billot » 11/27/11 05:19 PM

El Mystico wrote:Philippe;

I think the difference was that Marlo published all his variations; Vernon published only his best.



I know this story and I made simply a joke.

I appreciate Darwin Ortiz's Book and also T.A. Waters' Mind, Myth & Magick and Potter's Index and I think MagicPedia is becoming a good guide too.
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