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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/30/12 01:34 PM

For Sale:

A magnificent set of Ross Bertram Cups which includes the original embroidered bag made by Ross Bertram's wife.

These were obtained directly from Ross and have never been used. (They are not the copies made and sold by others.)

They are in mint, unused condition.
Letter of provenance will be supplied.

$2,500 U.S. postage included.
Payment by Paypal only.

Listed by the Chief Genii. Contact me by email if you're interested: moobooks@verizon.net
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Postby Bob Farmer » 10/30/12 06:25 PM

I was there --

At one of the Ibidem Events in the 1980s, Jeff Busby was selling the Paul Fox cups. Howard Lyons, who had a devilish sense of humor, baited Busby by claiming that the Bertram cups would hold a larger load than the Fox cups.

A heated argument ensured, stoked mightily by Howard, and after about half an hour Busby was literally foaming at the mouth as he declared that the Fox cups obviously were larger and would hold the larger load.

At that point, Howard walked over to Busby's display of Fox cups, reached in his pocket and removed a single Bertram cup which he then, wordlessly, dropped over the Fox cup, covering it completely.

I've heard that Busby didn't speak to Howard for a long, long time after that.
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Postby Michael Close » 10/30/12 06:36 PM

I remember that.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/30/12 11:10 PM

Wish I'd seen that! :)
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Postby RobertAllen » 10/31/12 12:36 AM

Ahh, the brotherhood of magic :)
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Postby IrishMagicNews » 10/31/12 09:09 AM

That's a great story.
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Postby Bob Farmer » 10/31/12 10:35 AM

Later, I pulled the same trick on Howard. I got him into an argument about how he had described a trick in Ibidem. He was adamant that it proceeded, say, A, B, C.

I told him he was wrong, he had described it as C, B, A.

We then argued for about 20 minutes and I let Howard go forth with all the reasons he would have never described it that way. At the point where he was most effusive, I reached in my pocket and removed a photocopy of the trick and pointed out I was right and he was wrong.

Howard's response: not giving an inch, he said, well, he should have described it as A, B, C.
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Postby Terry_Holley » 10/31/12 11:26 AM

Off main topic, but anyone out there have any news of the whereabouts, etc of Jeff Busby?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/31/12 11:34 AM

Quiet as the tomb.
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Postby Bob Farmer » 10/31/12 12:07 PM

If anyone finds him and he's looking for some Bertram cups, tell him about this topic.
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