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by Richard Lane
January 21st, 2010, 10:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Help with Picture - Cardini and ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

Re: Help with Picture - Cardini and ?

For one week only: Cardini, The Gwynnnes, Ade Duval, Val Voltaine and Fred Keating in "The Congress of Magic," wrote Billboard magazine. May 7 1942. Loew's Capital Theatre, Washington. David Charvet's Jack Gwynne bio has photos from the cast party. Ade Duval certainly seems correct & J...
by Richard Lane
November 6th, 2008, 5:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7580
Views: 2290945

Re: ERDNASE

re McKinney: My notes with dates and locations are currently boxed up, but I thought I'd offer this passing note. James McKinney did indeed file for bankruptcy in 1903, but within months he was fully operational and re-financed in a new location just round the corner from 73 Plymouth Place. Printer'...
by Richard Lane
May 20th, 2006, 6:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Free copy of Roy Benson by Starlight contest
Replies: 240
Views: 35163

Re: Free copy of Roy Benson by Starlight contest

Roy Benson by Starlight is so late...

it will still be credited as Marlo by Starlight.

Levent no longer thought to be Australian.

its acid-free paper is now acid-$3.25.
by Richard Lane
February 22nd, 2006, 8:59 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Corner Rounder
Replies: 12
Views: 1268

Re: Corner Rounder

It not what Mike is looking for, but if you were curious about Mark's suggestion:

Bidex Corner Rounding Punch

It works.

Its a couple of $$s cheaper at Staples stores, though if you buy at Amazon, (via the links on the right of your screen,) it'll benefit the Genii Forum.
by Richard Lane
December 6th, 2005, 2:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: McDonald Birch
Replies: 21
Views: 5346

Re: McDonald Birch

Thanks John. I have that article. Birch seemed equally home in legitimate halls as he had been on the Chautauqua circuit. Bill "the newspaper king" Mullins was very kind to take the time & forward a couple of great articles that backed that up. Diego always comes through with the scoop...
by Richard Lane
December 5th, 2005, 4:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: McDonald Birch
Replies: 21
Views: 5346

McDonald Birch

I searched the forum, then checked with Google's cache of pages and discovered that the name McDonald Birch has only been mentioned once in the history of this site. Which proved to myself, something I'd been idly pondering. Is Birch the most successful, yet overlooked magician of the last century? ...
by Richard Lane
December 2nd, 2005, 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson Question.....
Replies: 33
Views: 3311

Re: Johnny Thompson Question.....

Talking of non-magic gigs, there's a photo in an early '70's Genii of Johnny and Pam appearing in dinner theater. I'm trying to remember if it was "Beginner's Luck," because their co-star was Bob Crane.

I imagine there lies a tale.
by Richard Lane
November 26th, 2005, 7:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mysterious book
Replies: 183
Views: 56401

Re: Mysterious book

I was thinking tulips not beanies.

I hope Mssrs Minch & Maven have been chronicaling this bold campaign from conception to incu-Ebation.
by Richard Lane
November 21st, 2005, 7:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jamy Ian Swiss Full Body Slam
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: Jamy Ian Swiss Full Body Slam

Ricky Jay heartily praised Lamont's book during his 'Sleight and Shadow' lecture at Princeton University.
by Richard Lane
November 9th, 2005, 6:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: SAM Library in NYC in Storage?
Replies: 21
Views: 1224

Re: SAM Library in NYC in Storage?

Clay: This is the current situation regarding magic books at the New York Public Library. Almost everything that comprises the magic collection has been held offsite in New Jersey for the last few years. Type MZC as the call number into the link below to see the whole list of 1284 items. <!-- m --><...
by Richard Lane
October 14th, 2005, 3:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mysterious book
Replies: 183
Views: 56401

Re: Mysterious book

Will this be a thing of terrifying beauty?
by Richard Lane
October 12th, 2005, 5:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: historical figures who are magicians
Replies: 54
Views: 6041

Re: historical figures who are magicians

I have a clip of Gorgeous George performing some card tricks on a TV show, to the dismay of the host who keeps trying to move on to other matters. He wasn't particularly graceful with the deck, maybe his large fingers, but was very charismatic and entertaining. I liked him right away and had no idea...
by Richard Lane
September 27th, 2005, 3:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Extraordinary resource for magician images.
Replies: 0
Views: 246

Extraordinary resource for magician images.

I'm sure some of you have seen this before, but it was new to me. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.pictureaustralia.org/apps/pictureaustralia;jsessionid=0088DFDEDA2AC421619DEDD5971BB493">http://www.pictureaustralia.org/apps/pi ... D5971BB493</a><!-- m --> An exceptional Antipodean vari...
by Richard Lane
August 28th, 2005, 9:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Max Abrams
Replies: 20
Views: 1049

Re: Max Abrams

Richard and Tabman: I was also under the impression that it was press coverage, but thought I was confused by the references in Abrams, pg 362 and Bob Weill's remembrance in the Annemann special of Genii, Nov 92. Both works note that Life Magazine sent a still photographer, Mark Palmer, to the Sept....
by Richard Lane
July 22nd, 2005, 7:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mindfreak I and II
Replies: 189
Views: 24216

Re: Mindfreak I and II

From this morning's issue of Cynopsis, a daily TV industry newsletter: "A&E debuted two new series on Wednesday night - Inked (9-10p) and Criss Angel: Mindfreak (10p). Inked averaged 615,000 A18-49 impressions, and a median age of 33.6 years. Criss Angel delivered 1.1 million A18-49 impress...
by Richard Lane
July 9th, 2005, 5:03 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Bill Dodson in The Linking Ring
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Bill Dodson in The Linking Ring

I'm trying to find the dates of a series(?) of articles written by Bill Dodson & published in The Linking Ring. Any info or leads are appreciated. Thanks.
by Richard Lane
June 26th, 2005, 3:38 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: David Devant Kinora reel film
Replies: 1
Views: 308

David Devant Kinora reel film

I have no connection to this Ebay auction, but unless I'm way-off the unnamed conjuror on this Kinora reel is David Devant. This is a clip of "The Egg-Laying Man" filmed in 1896 by Robert Paul. I've read conflicting information as to whether the full short still exists on film or was ever ...
by Richard Lane
June 26th, 2005, 3:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Visual Delights III - Magic and Illusion
Replies: 1
Views: 519

Re: Visual Delights III - Magic and Illusion

Event organiser Simon Popple sent me a copy of the final program. Here's a brief breakdown. Some very, very interesting and unusual presentations. Make sure you scroll down to take a look at the listings for the magic performance day. Tom Gunning - Now You See it, Now You Dont: The Visual Regimes of...
by Richard Lane
June 26th, 2005, 3:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Hidden messages in the Jinx and New Phoenix
Replies: 16
Views: 1158

Re: Hidden messages in the Jinx and New Phoenix

"Why not just ask Bill Kuethe for a hint?" At Richard's prompting, I did. Mr. Kuethe very kindly replied that he was no longer sure what was hidden within that issue. He did raise the possibility that Jay had revealed the identity of "Frank Joglar" via a hidden message and if you...
by Richard Lane
June 17th, 2005, 5:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: July Issue of Genii Mailed--Have you Received It?
Replies: 94
Views: 10393

Re: July Issue of Genii Mailed--Have you Received It?

New York City - June 17th
by Richard Lane
June 17th, 2005, 5:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 1933 Thayer History Monograph
Replies: 12
Views: 1205

Re: 1933 Thayer History Monograph

George Newmann has been haunting me for a few weeks so I can offer some guidance. Clay: Newmann was well acquainted with the Thayers and enjoyed visiting the studio and mingling with the visitors, Once, he met Michael MacDougal, a young man who pitched Svengali decks on Los Angeles street corners. N...
by Richard Lane
May 31st, 2005, 7:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Black Herman
Replies: 12
Views: 1073

Re: Black Herman

Sun Ra's birth name, Herman Poole Blount, came in part from his mother's admiration for Black Herman. Now I really need to read Herman's book.
by Richard Lane
May 29th, 2005, 7:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Hidden messages in the Jinx and New Phoenix
Replies: 16
Views: 1158

Re: Hidden messages in the Jinx and New Phoenix

I'm grateful to all who are playing along. Hope I haven't created a monster by giving Mr. Field ideas! My guess was some connection between the note on the top left of the front page and the one by the cartoon from England. This is from the next issue of the Magic Cauldron . Again, Magical Past-Time...
by Richard Lane
May 29th, 2005, 9:40 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Black Herman
Replies: 12
Views: 1073

Re: Black Herman

HooDoo private eye Black Herman is a character in Ishamel Reed's 1972 novel "Mumbo Jumbo." A Fish Bewitcher and lion hypnotizer, Herman can cast a scarf into a snake. Reed lists a 1938 edition of "Secrets of Magic-Mystery" as his inspiration in the lengthy bibliography. I have a ...
by Richard Lane
May 28th, 2005, 7:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Hidden messages in the Jinx and New Phoenix
Replies: 16
Views: 1158

Hidden messages in the Jinx and New Phoenix

Thanks to Todd Karr's hosting of Magical Past-Times, I was browsing the Magic Cauldron section and read this: Hidden Messages by William Kuethe I'd heard of the Jinx code, but I was struck by this line: "There is also a hidden message in the New Phoenix # 318, but due to the seriousness of the ...
by Richard Lane
May 25th, 2005, 5:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Al Koran on the Ed Sullivan Show
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

Re: Al Koran on the Ed Sullivan Show

"The Ed Sullivan Show" Episode broadcast July 6th 1969 Guests: Bobby Vinton - "Those Were The Days" and a medley ("Blue Velvet," "Take Good Care of My Baby" and "Please Love Me Forever") Lainie Kazan (actress-singer) - sings "Love" The Suga...
by Richard Lane
May 25th, 2005, 4:49 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Vernon Touch column from Genii
Replies: 60
Views: 9961

Re: The Vernon Touch column from Genii

Mark wrote "I remember one column with a rather blunt assesment of Houdini."

A section of Karl Johnson's forthcoming book, linked on the right of this page, provides a useful context for the animus between these two giants.
by Richard Lane
May 17th, 2005, 5:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: European Conference on Magic History
Replies: 1
Views: 392

Re: European Conference on Magic History

Jacques Voignier very kindly sent me the list of lectures. What looks like a very special event is less than a month away. The lecturers of the First European Conference on Magic History are: 1) Rare tricks performed in Middle Age (ROXY) 2) Antonio Diavolo, History and Restoration of Robert-Houdin's...
by Richard Lane
May 9th, 2005, 10:19 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Visual Delights III - Magic and Illusion
Replies: 1
Views: 519

Visual Delights III - Magic and Illusion

I've seen little mention of this event which includes a day of magic curated by Eddie Dawes. Are any forum members involved? At one point, a tentative list of 20 lectures was posted and included Peter Lamont on Mediums & Magic, screenings of early English performance films from the British Film ...
by Richard Lane
April 3rd, 2005, 6:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7580
Views: 2290945

Re: ERDNASE

In the interest of completeness: The Charles Branden Commercial Co. is not mentioned in any volume of the Marvyn Scudder Manual of Extinct or Obsolete Companies, or the Robert D. Fisher Manual of Valuable and Worthless Securities. Did anyone chase down the certificate of incorporation from the Illin...
by Richard Lane
February 6th, 2005, 5:36 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Magician and the Cardsharp
Replies: 7
Views: 870

Re: The Magician and the Cardsharp

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by Richard Lane
January 3rd, 2005, 12:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Hereward Carrington
Replies: 2
Views: 770

Re: Hereward Carrington

Thanks Jacky.
I'd exhausted a google search and wondered if anyone had profiled Carrington from a magician's perspective.

I'm going to pick up "Letters to Hereward Carrington." Sounds fun.
by Richard Lane
January 3rd, 2005, 11:49 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Hereward Carrington
Replies: 2
Views: 770

Hereward Carrington

Anyone recall seeing any biographical articles about Hereward Carrington over the years?

Many thanks.
by Richard Lane
December 31st, 2004, 5:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Scarne's references
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: Scarne's references

Scarne was also profiled in the popular press.

e.g. Life magazine June 8 1942. Scarne provides cautionary advice to new recruits.

Plugging his name into eBay's search engine will periodically turn up such references.
by Richard Lane
December 30th, 2004, 2:33 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Illusion Show: Bamberg on sale @ B&N
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Illusion Show: Bamberg on sale @ B&N

Barnes and Noble have Illusion Show: A Life in Magic by David Bamberg, published by Meyerbooks, in stock and even available for 24 hour free Manhattan delivery. Sold to you for $19.80. Here= http://search.barnesandnoble.com/BookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=0Y33cffAiR&isbn=0916638480&itm=1 A...
by Richard Lane
December 27th, 2004, 5:43 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Doc Nixon
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: Doc Nixon

Todd kindly provided me with a birthdate from Whaley's "Who's Who in Magic":

February 23, 1884 in Brooklyn, NYC.

Do any other sources give a different date?

Many thanks.
by Richard Lane
December 25th, 2004, 8:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Doc Nixon
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Doc Nixon

I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering over the fate of Doc Nixon whenever I light upon his name.

Has anyone looked into this mystery recently. Are there unknown pockets of scholars in Erdnase-esque searches for closure?

If anyone can point me to an article or book reference I'd be grateful.
by Richard Lane
December 22nd, 2004, 3:56 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: S.A.M. Detroit 1932: Who are these guys?
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: S.A.M. Detroit 1932: Who are these guys?

The breadth of knowledge on this forum matches the deep generosity of its members. Thank you to all, including Dennis Laub who also identified Walter Domzalski. Apologies to anyone using Netscape who tried the web site and found a jumble of pictures and texts. How a quickie page ground out using Net...
by Richard Lane
December 21st, 2004, 7:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: S.A.M. Detroit 1932: Who are these guys?
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: S.A.M. Detroit 1932: Who are these guys?

Many thanks everyone.
Diego, I sent you a clearer, full face version.

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