Announcement of a Secret Project

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/28/12 05:29 PM

I'm not ready to tip the name of the magician yet, but later this year I'll be publishing a project of material by one of the most famous close-up magicians in the last quarter of the 20th century. He published some during his lifetime, but nearly enough, and he died prematurely.

This is not something publicly mentioned before, so it will be a complete surprise for everyone.
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Postby Mark Collier » 12/28/12 05:33 PM

Later this year is pretty soon....
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/28/12 05:36 PM

Well, 2013. :)
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Postby Bill Mullins » 12/28/12 05:47 PM

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Postby Chris Aguilar » 12/28/12 05:48 PM

Jack Birnman?

Geoff Latta?
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Postby Syd » 12/28/12 05:56 PM

Mark beat me to the punch.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/28/12 09:40 PM

Stephen Minch is doing the Geoff Latta book. Should be great.
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Postby James » 12/28/12 10:37 PM

If we're playing the guessing game, I'll guess Michael Skinner. Definitely famous among magicians, didn't publish much and was only 51 when he died. Plus, he had a huge repertoire, so there's got to be stuff that hasn't seen the light of day.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/29/12 01:24 AM

It is not a book.
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Postby Pete McCabe » 12/29/12 02:57 AM

Is it Grippo?
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Postby Matthew Field » 12/29/12 10:41 AM

Is it Presto's method for the Rising Card?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/29/12 11:24 AM

It's a BIG project.
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Postby mrgoat » 12/29/12 11:51 AM

Richard Kaufman wrote:It's a BIG project.


Interesting, didn't know Tom was a magician

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Postby El Mystico » 12/29/12 12:20 PM

My money is on a compedium of ultimate ACAAN effects. Translated from the original Italian.
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Postby JHostler » 12/29/12 12:31 PM

Richard Kaufman wrote:It's a BIG project.


Sure sounds like Skinner, but a lot of his stuff made it to video. Perplexed...
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Postby Jim Martin » 12/29/12 01:11 PM

Is it the working videos ( la your videos with Brother John) for a book that you already published?
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 12/29/12 01:13 PM

A magic kit of some sort?
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Postby Bill Marquardt » 12/29/12 01:21 PM

Can we pre-order? I want one.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/29/12 06:16 PM

Announcement will be in the first half of 2013. Ordering will commence then.
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Postby Joe Mckay » 01/04/13 08:32 AM

I think I have this figured out. But - if I'm right, then maybe I shouldn't ruin the surprise. I hope I am right since I would love to see more work from this creator.

Maybe Kaufman can PM me if he wants me to keep quiet?

If I am on the right track then the following should makes sense to Richard. The second to last letter of his surname was spelled with an 'e'. Yet - I often often saw it incorrectly spelled with an 'i'.


Anyway - I could be completely wrong. If I am I will name the guy I have in mind.
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Postby Joe Mckay » 01/04/13 02:25 PM

Ok - back from work now. Had a chance to look up the age of this magician when he died.

And it is probably not him since he died at 80 and thus I am guessing didn't 'die prematurely' as Richard mentioned in his tease.

I officially have no idea who this is!

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PS My guess was Bob Stencel.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/04/13 03:05 PM

Someone else is doing Stencel, not me. Lips sealed.
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Postby Smurf » 01/04/13 03:07 PM

How about Tim Connover? (probably not famous enough)
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Postby Pete McCabe » 01/04/13 03:09 PM

Joe Mckay wrote:The second to last letter of his surname was spelled with an 'e'. Yet - I often often saw it incorrectly spelled with an 'i'.


Is it Slydeni?
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Postby Joe Mckay » 01/04/13 03:10 PM

I don't think it will be Tim. Eric Mead is working on that book and he says it won't be ready for at least a couple of years.

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Postby El Mystico » 01/04/13 03:36 PM

I'm delighted there will be a book on Tim.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/04/13 04:14 PM

Not Conover (the family is publishing that).
Not Slydini (I wish!).
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Postby Tom Gilbert » 01/04/13 05:28 PM

Skinner?
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Postby AJM » 01/04/13 05:47 PM

Mewis?

Oh no, he's still alive, sorry...
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Postby Bill Marquardt » 01/04/13 06:02 PM

Tommy Wonder, I wonder?

The suspense is killing me.

Okay, it's not Carl Ballantine. Let's start from there.
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Postby RMajor » 01/04/13 07:28 PM

Sicher?

No, not famous enough. Could be Skinner.
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Postby Bill Mullins » 01/07/13 01:24 PM

Tony Giorgio
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Postby Ian Kendall » 01/07/13 02:23 PM

Much as a collection of Tony's work would be welcome, I'm not sure he fits in with the 'died early' data...

Since it's not a book, I'm going with a holographic 'Pepper's Ghost' version of Vernon that you set up in your study and it shouts at you that you are flashing...
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Postby Joe Mckay » 01/07/13 02:47 PM

Looy Simonoff? Would be great to see more from him.

But it probably isn't him since he was quite old when he died.
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Postby Bob Farmer » 01/07/13 08:27 PM

I like Ian's idea -- in fact I'm sure some wag could cobble together some Vernon footage/audio where he makes various criticisms. This could be an app -- Vernon humiliates you. You would play it as you worked on a trick.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/07/13 08:40 PM

It's not Giorgio. I published all of his best magic routines, with the exception of his three-card monte, in his special issue of Genii.
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Postby Pete McCabe » 01/08/13 12:01 AM

So you do not deny the Vernon Humiliation app? Interesting.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/08/13 12:33 AM

I've been tongue-lashed by Vernon, so no thanks.
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Postby Pete McCabe » 01/08/13 02:06 AM

Would you deny me the same pleasure?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/08/13 02:39 AM

You bet.
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