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Postby Peo Olsson » 06/19/06 03:35 PM

Any updates when this book will be out?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 06/19/06 04:32 PM

Hoping to go back on press this week.
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Postby Guest » 06/25/06 09:27 PM

I'm spending that lousy five hours on a plane in mid July.
One thing that was going to make that trip less painful was my new copy of "The Vernon Touch".

Any good news to be had?
Will I survive this plane flight with the help of Dai's wisdom?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 06/25/06 10:16 PM

The book should be back on press within the next few days. Then a few days to bind, shrink wrap, etc. Then they get shipped to the warehouse, checked in, and shipped out by media mail.
Sorry to say it'll be a few weeks before anyone sees one. (Though they might hand stitch a few copies for me to show as samples at the IBM in Miami.)
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/02/06 07:58 PM

Good news ... at long last The Vernon Touch book is done and it looks great.

All copies should be in the mail by Wednesday or Thursday of this coming week. You should have them a week or two after that.
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Postby Guest » 07/03/06 04:20 PM

I was at the IBM convention in Miami.I got to check out the book and it looks beautiful.The book has many many pictures.The pictures are worth the price of the book.Well done! Richard

Thanks for signing my books at the Convention.Im starting to read CardWorks and its very good!
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Postby Peo Olsson » 07/04/06 11:17 PM

Richard,

Perhaps you will have a few copies with you to FISM, hence reducing the postage cost?

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Postby Bob Baker » 07/12/06 05:14 PM

Let the encomia begin! Beautifully produced and worth the 15 year wait and every penny of the price.

My advice: open it anywhere and start reading. Delights abound!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/12/06 06:06 PM

A friend of mine, whose booth is called "Collector's Corner," will have 25 copies of The Vernon Touch book at FISM in a few weeks.
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Postby Guest » 07/12/06 07:12 PM

Just received the book today. Fantastic!

I'm in the process of reading it cover to cover. But the pictures -- the pictures! -- fantastic.

Thanks for this.
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Postby Guest » 07/13/06 11:50 AM

Only one word...

WOW!!!
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Postby Rick Ruhl » 07/13/06 03:58 PM

Showed up today in Florence, AL. Holy cow, that's nice book.

Collector's item for sure
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Postby Guest » 07/17/06 11:49 PM

Amazing!
You were able to send me right back to the first time I would pull out an old genii and read the professors column. Its going to be a late night.
congratulations also to Mr. Albright. Beautiful layout. But of course.
Thanks to both of you.
Cheers.
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Postby Matthew Field » 07/18/06 02:38 AM

Received the book in England and it is gorgeous.

I am very proud to have been able to contribute to the final product.

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Postby J Bright » 07/18/06 04:25 PM

Arrived in Southern California this morning. Amazing photographs. $69 is a bargain.

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Postby Guest » 07/18/06 04:46 PM

Nicely done Richard! Thanks!
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Postby MitchSchneiter » 07/18/06 04:54 PM

How does the book make it to England and it hasn't arrived in Oregon yet?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/18/06 05:01 PM

It arrives in England first because the purchaser paid $35 or $40 extra for DHL courier delivery.

In the US we shipped them by UPS, which cost us almost $10 each!
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Postby Jason England » 07/18/06 07:46 PM

So I'm halfway through David Ben's new biography of the Professor when the Vernon Touch arrives here at the house.

Now what do I do?!?!?

Jason

PS: Richard, the book looks great!
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Postby Guest » 07/18/06 09:25 PM

Now what do I do?!?!?
O.D. on Vernon......Mike
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Postby Guest » 07/19/06 07:23 AM

Richard
Mine arrived in Belgium today...in a word "WOW"

THANK YOU...this is going to be a fun read. Everything about the book is fantastic: the layout, the pictures and the index (good job Noah Levine)

cheers
"JR"

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Postby Rick Schulz » 07/21/06 06:43 AM

Richard,

I received my copy yesterday - well worth the wait. A beautiful book, fantastic phtots, and heavy! You have really outdone yourself on this one. Congrats and many thanks!

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Postby Grant McSorley » 07/21/06 01:29 PM

Arrived in Montreal yesterday. Can't wait to sit down and read it!

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Postby MitchSchneiter » 07/21/06 02:51 PM

Originally posted by Mitch Schneiter:
How does the book make it to England and it hasn't arrived in Oregon yet?
Okay, I should have been patient as it arrived the very next day. I have only been able to glance through it but know already it was worth the wait. This is a great book.
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Postby Peo Olsson » 07/21/06 03:14 PM

Got the book yesterday.
One word: BEAUTIFUL.
Love the pictures, looked at them all.
Now I will start reading

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Postby Guest » 07/21/06 03:50 PM

Sitting by the mail box waiting in Northern Ontario. :(
I am worse than my kids at Christmas time! To think I claim to be a mature adult?!?!
Sounds like Mr. Kaufman has hit a Grand Slam again! :D Looking forward to this gem. :)

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/21/06 04:50 PM

In the case of this book, the lion's share of the credit has to go to Joe Pecore, who OCR'd the whole thing, and to Matt Field, Dustin Stinett, Gary Plants, and Michael Albright, who proofread the monster.

Albright made it all look very pretty with a great layout and helped find many photos in addition to the ones we borrowed from the American Museum of Magic. And he really doubled the size of Noah Levine's index.

So, my participation was really a managerial one (and I did pick the cover photo). I'm still down in the trenches with Larry Jennings!
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Postby Guest » 07/25/06 11:47 AM

Received my copy in Kansas City on July 21 and it was well worth the wait!! This book is one of the best values in magic. The quality and the layout are oustanding.

Thank you Mr. Kaufman for taking the time to do this project right.
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Postby Guest » 07/25/06 11:49 AM

I'm sorry. I should have said "Thank you Mr. Kaufman and Team for taking the time to do this project right."

It's a truly wonderful book.
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Postby Guest » 07/26/06 08:27 AM

Im really enjoying reading the book.It seems like Mr.Vernon is in my living room sharing his stories with me.Very well done Richard!
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Postby Ian Kendall » 08/11/06 02:29 AM

Arrived by surface mail in Scotland yesterday (picked up from the post office this morning).

This leaves me with a dilemma - do I read the book or actually get something done this weekend...

A first glance looks stunning.

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Postby Guest » 08/11/06 03:24 AM

just got mine this morning and it's a beauty.one thing is for certain, you wont be able to read it with one hand behind your head. must be the heaviest book i have. thanks to all who worked on this gem.
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Postby Guest » 08/13/06 09:51 AM

Today is a very good day!! I just ordered the "Vernon Touch" book and this afternoon I'm seeing the Martin Nash lecture at the Castle. Thanks in advance Richard for what I know will be a fantastic read!!!
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Postby Guest » 08/23/06 09:48 PM

I received the "Vernon Touch" today. WOW!!!! I blew off the end of my work day, went to my local Starbucks, grabbed a coffee, and started reading. I actually thought I would read and uncover the photos page by page. Yeah right!!!! After reading the first few columns, I just started flipping pages to enjoy the great photos. Richard, you have outdone yourself. I can't tell you how proud I am to have this wonderful book on my shelf. Although it won't make it to the shelf for about a month. Thank you!!!

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Postby Dustin Stinett » 08/23/06 10:00 PM

This is a book that I highly recommend not to read straight through. Read the first couple of years of columns and then set the book aside for a while: Catch up on your other reading. Then pick this up and read a couple more years worth of columns and set it down again, and so on.

The reason for that is because you might open yourself up to the fact that there isas should be expected given the number of decades these columns coversome redundancy in The Professors writings.

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Postby Guest » 08/24/06 12:00 AM

What a wonderful collection! I just read bout Dai finding the center deal. His thoughts about magic really make it clear why he was the greatest influence in the last century.
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Postby Guest » 08/25/06 09:48 AM

i am loving this book, but i dont agree with vernon on women and magic. i have found women who love magic.i do admit though, a lot has changed since vernon wrote this,and women have changed more than anything.

any of the older guys see a difference in women and magic from the past, to women and magic of today?
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Postby Guest » 08/25/06 09:53 AM

Great thought Dustin! It's probably why I enjoy reading short stories. You can get your "professor" fix in just the right dose, whenever you need it!!
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Postby Guest » 08/25/06 09:59 AM

Coincidentally, I was talking with Jules Lenier last night at the Castle. We were discussing the "Vernon Touch" and he let me know that he actually had written almost all of the "Vernon Touch" articles. He and Vernon would head upstairs to the old library. Jules would turn on an old "reel to reel" tape recorder and Vernon would start talking. Jules would then transcribe Vernon's thouhts into written form.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/25/06 11:39 AM

That's an overstatement: he didn't "write" them, he transcribed and edited some of them. Many others either retyped or transcribed and edited the columns over the years including Don Lawton, Bill Larsen, Jr., and Bill Bowers.
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