Driebeck Die

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Postby Guest » 06/22/02 12:51 PM

Hello All:

I noticed on the Hocus-Pocus website, they have the Driebeck Die for sale. Everything looks on the up-and-up, and from the photos, it looks well-made.

I've always liked the effect, but am not sure how strongly it plays. Does anyone do the effect/routine? It seems I may have seen Mike Caveney (or was it Pete Biro) do it years ago, but I don't remember too much.

Any input from anyone?

BTW...the price isn't too bad - $100.00.

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Postby Paul Green » 06/22/02 02:17 PM

Hi Ron,

We have to stop meeting this way.

I use the Dreibeck Die. You probably saw Mike using it. It was one of his features long ago at the Magic Castle.

The originals were made of a fairly stiff plastic. The newer models (German made) are good, but the material used is not as rigid. Really does not affect the working of the item.

If you get it, "Bust 'em up with it."

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Postby Pete Biro » 06/23/02 10:28 AM

I had one of the originals before Caveney... however he does it better than I do. At a recent convention he had just done it and there was a miscue backstage and he had to kill time... so he DID IT AGAIN... and it went over great.

Ali Bongo, at his recent lecture in Portland had a great version with the tiny one where a ring vanished and appeared inside the box.

Also, FYI, it (the original, which I saw in Europe at a FISM) was created by Lubor Fiedler.

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Postby Guest » 06/23/02 11:34 AM

Thanks for the replies, Paul and Pete. BTW Paul...I just ordered "Take a Stroll with Me". Looks like its got some very nice stuff in it.

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Postby Pete Biro » 06/24/02 01:17 PM

Strolling is OK, but I suggest stopping once in awhile so the spectators can see what you do. Paul just Keeps Moving!! :D
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Postby Pete Biro » 06/24/02 01:19 PM

Bob Driebeck at a recent Dutch Convention did an incredible vanishing beard.

He had a real beard and everyone knew it... kinda like Eugene Burger... OK, so Bob does a show and right in the middle of it his beard VANISHED.

What he did?

He shaved it off and had a fake beard on. And the rest... you figure. :D

What a creative genius this guy is. He has a lot of things out there that many do no know are his ideas. Kaps was a recipient of many of Bob's :eek: ideas.
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Postby Paul Green » 06/26/02 05:10 PM

Strolling is OK, but I suggest stopping once in awhile so the spectators can see what you do. Paul just Keeps Moving!!
Pete,

I move because I can. :D

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Postby Herman Koster » 06/27/02 11:09 AM

Hi Pete,

How on earth did you hear about that story?
It was hilarious. Bob had a seance newspaper and first did some gags like Bob without clown's nose, Bob with clown's nose. Bob without hat, Bob with hat and finally Bob with beard (up went the newspaper) Bob without beard.

I also heard a story about some magician always showing him the latest pocket card trick. So Bob bought all available pocket tricks and put them in one of those accordion style wallets. So the next time that guy came by and did a trick, Bob reached in his jacket, let the wallet open and about 80 or so packet tricks were dangling and he said: '' Got that one.'' :)

Hope to see you soon. I'll be going to LA somewhere in July.

Take care and keep those stories coming

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Postby Pete Biro » 06/27/02 06:53 PM

You should post more often.... I had the great pleasure of visiting Bob at his home on Rotterdam many years ago... a funny funny and original man.

What is he doing these days?
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Postby Herman Koster » 06/28/02 12:43 AM

He had his 82nd birthday a couple of months ago, and we all chipped in a little so he could visit his daughter in Australia. I'm not sure if he's back yet.
He's also still very busy thinking of new and funny routines. But he only performs them at Richard Ross' Magic Art Center in Bennebroek.

And yes, I should post more often, but only when I've got something sensible to say ;)

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Postby Pete Biro » 06/28/02 07:49 AM

Not having anything sensible to say never stops me! :D
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Postby Guest » 06/29/02 12:33 AM

Originally posted by Herman Koster:
He had his 82nd birthday a couple of months ;)

Don't make Bob an old man. He had his 80th birthday on February 8th. 1922was quite a good year for magic: Bob Driebeek, Billy McComb and VJ Astor(from Hungary, now living in Germany)
born.
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Postby Herman Koster » 06/29/02 12:41 AM

Oops, my mistake. Sorry Bob. :(
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Postby John Pezzullo » 06/29/02 06:26 AM

To our friends from Europe:

Is anybody familiar with the contents of Bob Driebeek's "Aenigmas Rtsel"? It's a small book of Bob Driebeek's magic that was published several years ago. Any comments about the book would be appreciated.

I know that Stephen Minch has had a book featuring Bob Driebeek's magic in the pipeline for a number of years. When I last corresponded with Stephen Minch about this back in late 1999, the status of the book's publication was unclear as Bob Driebeek was still working on completing the original manuscript.

I look forward to the day when this book is published. I've read many positive things about Bob Driebeek. Peter Pit once wrote the following about him:

Bob was a very clever comedy magic person whose routines were marvelously spiced with wit, whim, and wonderful juggling with the Dutch language.
The fact that he was a close friend and confidant of Fred Kaps, one of the legends of our craft, also says a lot about Bob Driebeek's status as a magician.
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Postby Herman Koster » 06/29/02 01:55 PM

Aenigma's Rtsel is a very nice book. It has something for everyone in it. Tricks with coins, cards, pens and mentalism. My favorite trick is with a die and a cardboard cup (like the Mac Donald's shakes come in) The die is under the cup and shaken, but the outcome is known by the magician. Very clever method. It fooled me the first time I saw it performed by Bob.
The only thing is that the book is only published in German. I surely hope that one of these days an English book will be published, because Bob has a lot of clever ideas
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Postby Guest » 06/30/02 05:45 AM

hi,
Bob Driebeek's book “Aenigmas Rtsel” was published in 1996 by sic! (Michael Sondermeyer and Uwe Schenk, also known for their book about magic for children, which was also translated into the English language) only in German language, but it is worth reading it, so if you can read German go on and buy it! The price is about 20 US $. In this book you will find a choice of fine close-up magic. Bob always likes to fool his fellow magicians, so you'll find some well known plots, but always with a difference. These routines are no pipe-dreams, Bob performed them in our club in Wuppertal, when he lived in our town for some years, and their were tons of laughter!
:D He always tries to give credits.
Bob writes his things in English and I did a little of pre-publishing translation. And I am quite lucky that I've read some parts of the planned book for the English speaking market.
It combines history and nice effects. A chapter about Cheffalo and Okito is extremely funny.
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Postby John Pezzullo » 06/30/02 01:33 PM

Herman & Hans-Gerhard,

Thanks for the information about Bob Driebeek's book. It's appreciated.

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