Originally posted by Pete Biro:
You missed Vernon's major contribution... he told Albert Goshman to take "Unlimited Coinage of Silver" and build on it... and we all know what Gosh did with that... maybe the strongest table magic of our time.
Pete, I agree with your conclusion about Albert's act, but the evolution is not quite as you describe.
It began with Albert Goshman asking Dai Vernon how he could make a name for himself in magic. The Professor replied with the same advice mentioned earlier: Find one effect and learn to do it better than anyone else, thus developing a signature piece on which to build a reputation.
Albert chose "Spellbound," and became the acknowledged master of that one specific trick, in terms of both quality of execution and range of variation. This, in turn, provided a base of confidence on which he eventually built his superb close-up act -- which, ironically, did not include "Spellbound."