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by Richard Hatch
April 18th, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Coins Have Hidden Booby Traps And Secret Levers
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Coins Have Hidden Booby Traps And Secret Levers

That's great! Thanks for posting the link.
by Richard Hatch
April 14th, 2019, 3:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anthony Owen Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 4879

Re: Anthony Owen Has Died

He wrote a book about something called Changin' Glue (not sure if it's in the U.S.), but beyond all that he was a lovely, warm, talented man. I am devastated. I'm guessing that is his "Sticky Blue Book" (https://www.magicbookshop.com/p/books/the-sticky-blue-book). This is really sad news....
by Richard Hatch
April 10th, 2019, 2:48 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Early Potter and Potter Auction Catalogs
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: WTB: Early Potter and Potter Auction Catalogs

This catalog is listed on the H & R site as the first sale from the Jay Marshall collection, but it is from May 2007 and I believe pre-dates the Potter sales, though Gabe Fajuri helped produce this:
https://www.magicbookshop.com/p/sale/jay-marshall-auction-catalog-i
by Richard Hatch
April 8th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: It Gets Worse for Jan Rouven
Replies: 2
Views: 1803

Re: It Gets Worse for Jan Rouven

This is more than a month old but I didn't see it till now, so suspect it went under the radar for others as well. FWIW:
https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/sex ... e-1607699/
by Richard Hatch
April 2nd, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic in Arizona
Replies: 4
Views: 576

Re: Magic in Arizona

John A. ("Andy") Greget is in Arizona. Scottsdale, I think. I don't have an address handy and he doesn't have a website or do email, but I'll PM you his phone numbers. Earl Nelson is in Arizona, but in the north part of the state, I think.
by Richard Hatch
March 31st, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander
Replies: 26
Views: 1938

Re: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander

Kent, I also remember when Earl Nelson worked the counter at Loftus! I bought the red and green Frank Garcia books from him, based on his demo of items from them. Great memories! This would have been in the early '70s.
by Richard Hatch
March 31st, 2019, 12:25 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Hugh Laurie
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: Hugh Laurie

His comedy partner, Stephen Fry, is a member of the Magic Circle.
by Richard Hatch
March 30th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: New Magic Magazine: The Learned Pig by Marko
Replies: 1
Views: 474

New Magic Magazine: The Learned Pig by Marko

Panamanian magician and magic scholar Marko (Jose Gonzalez Campos) has decided to produce an English language version of his Spanish magazine, El Puerco Sabio. The first issue of The Learned Pig, dated April 2019, is now available and is filled with practical tricks and historical information. The f...
by Richard Hatch
March 7th, 2019, 12:01 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1775

Re: Blackface

As a measure of how messed up things were during the minstrel era, many African-American entertainers performed in blackface. Perhaps the most famous and successful was comedian and singer Bert Williams, whom W. C. Fields described as "the funniest man I ever saw -- and the saddest man I ever k...
by Richard Hatch
March 2nd, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1775

Re: Blackface

I believe Andrew MacAllister began his career as a blackface assistant to Phillippe Talon, before achieving success in his own right.
by Richard Hatch
January 11th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magicians of India
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Magicians of India

Have a look at this short presentation called “Magicians of India “ it’s truly fascinating and amusing when one hears the clipped tones of the English narrator .....From Archieve .org ..... https://archive.org/details/MagiciansOfIndia The narrator sounds American to me. Strangely, the initial and f...
by Richard Hatch
January 10th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

PS: If the winning bidder is going to MagiFest in Columbus next week and wants to save the shipping charges by taking delivery there, I'm happy to hand deliver it.
by Richard Hatch
January 10th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Still a couple hours before the bidding ends... https://tinyurl.com/yb7udf6f Happy to see that with a few hours left, this has already passed the threshold for donations in Bob Einstein's honor the memorial fund at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thanks to all who have (and still will!) bid on...
by Richard Hatch
January 6th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on German TV in 1989 and a 1972 B&W TV appearance
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Ricky Jay on German TV in 1989 and a 1972 B&W TV appearance

I ran across these to clips of Ricky Jay today while looking for something else. I wasn't familiar with either and suspect others might not be as well. Here's Ricky on German Television in 1989 promoting the German edition of his book, Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by Richard Hatch
January 4th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Is that presidential candidate Pat Paulsen who is sweeping up? The same! He and Bob Einstein worked together on the Smothers Brothers Show just prior to this book. Paulsen is featured "sweeping up" on the last 5 pages of the book, and quoted on page 92, staring at the camera saying "...
by Richard Hatch
January 4th, 2019, 12:22 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Bob Einstein, who passed away yesterday (January 2, 2019), wrote a book in 1970, shortly after losing his job as a comedy writer for the cancelled (but Emmy winning!) Smothers Brothers Show, in which he supposedly is shown performing magic with a coin, an egg, a deck of cards and a rabbit production...
by Richard Hatch
January 4th, 2019, 12:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7130
Views: 2107965

Re: ERDNASE

All I know is this. Erdnase sounds so much like Mark twain, it's crazy. Martin Gardner apparently thought so, too, and explored the possibility that Twain might have helped edit or ghost the book for Milton Franklin Andrews, since both were residents of Hartford, Connecticut and billiard players. B...
by Richard Hatch
December 20th, 2018, 1:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award
Replies: 0
Views: 396

Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award

The upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced a new award named after the late Ricky Jay: This year, the festival will also have a new honor, the Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award, named for actor and magician Ricky Jay and in honor of a film made by a master filmmaker that exemp...
by Richard Hatch
December 14th, 2018, 3:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 2973

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

Here's some very good footage, posted recently, that probably shows his act at its prime in 1977:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAZCBFJcM9o
by Richard Hatch
December 7th, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Congressional Conjuring
Replies: 13
Views: 1142

Re: Congressional Conjuring

Congressman Pocan has attended the last few MagiFests. A very nice guy and serious about his magic.
by Richard Hatch
December 4th, 2018, 4:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7130
Views: 2107965

Re: ERDNASE

I got John Olsson's More Wordcrime book just now, with its final chapter on Erdnase (thanks for the reference to it, Richard Stokes!). At a glance, it appears to cover the same ground as in Wasshuber's original release: Olsson still says that there are "362,880 permutations of the letters that ...
by Richard Hatch
December 1st, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 71
Views: 9728

Re: Ricky Jay Death

by Richard Hatch
November 30th, 2018, 8:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 71
Views: 9728

Re: Ricky Jay Death

by Richard Hatch
October 13th, 2018, 10:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 13
Views: 4677

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

"DR. W. VERNON"!!?? The article lists D.W. Vernon., then Dr. W Vernon. Maybe David Wingfield Vernon? A new version of the Telephone Game .... with "magic scissors". Appears to be a simple typo rather than an honorific, since the article later refers to him as "Mr. Vernon&qu...
by Richard Hatch
August 17th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jim Temple - Color Monte
Replies: 15
Views: 1908

Re: Jim Temple - Color Monte

There are lots of references to Jim Temple in MUM, LINKING RING and other magazines, including the German magazine, MAGIE (he spent several years in Frankfurt in the mid-1960s). Here's an interesting quote from the November 1990 LINKING RING, p. 143: Forty or so years ago, Jim invented the Color Mon...
by Richard Hatch
July 28th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7130
Views: 2107965

Re: ERDNASE

... I think he actually gambled and lost quite a bit... He says that was the case in the "Professional Secrets" section when he says that he "bucked the tiger voluntarily" and "began to imbibe wisdom in copious draughts at the customary sucker rates..." and also in the...
by Richard Hatch
July 27th, 2018, 3:35 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 22
Views: 3858

Re: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it

Boris Wild has a set of lecture notes that includes a chapter on the topic of creating standing ovations. It is available on his website here:http://www.boriswild.com/magicshop/Boris_Wild_Artist_Magician_-_Magic_Shop_-_Lecture_Notes_Creativity_%26_Impact_%28PDF%29.html
by Richard Hatch
April 23rd, 2018, 1:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 21542

Re: New John Thompson Book

James Alan noted today on the Cafe: We are pleased to announce that The Magic of Johnny Thompson is now sold out, and officially out of print. Although individual dealers may still have individual copies in stock, so if you look quickly you may still be able to get one. Because of the size of the b...
by Richard Hatch
April 13th, 2018, 8:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7130
Views: 2107965

Re: ERDNASE

Magic and gambling collector Tom Blue has posted a video championing a candidate for Erdnase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ol6T_Ne35U& I am sure that William Symes Andrews has been proposed before. I believe that Todd Karr explored W. S. Andrews some years ago. I had also been told that Al ...
by Richard Hatch
April 13th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7130
Views: 2107965

Re: ERDNASE

Magic and gambling collector Tom Blue has posted a video championing a candidate for Erdnase:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ol6T_Ne35U&
by Richard Hatch
March 7th, 2018, 10:53 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: New Amazing Johnathan film to debut March 10th
Replies: 1
Views: 1074

New Amazing Johnathan film to debut March 10th

Here's a link to a CBC interview with the Amazing Johnathan about his life in conjunction with a film about him to debut in Vancouver this Saturday: https://tinyurl.com/yar3527y Here's a link to the film debut with more info and an amazing poster: http://www.jflnorthwest.com/2018-film-festival-lineu...
by Richard Hatch
March 5th, 2018, 11:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Helder Guimarães at the Geffen in May 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 460

Helder Guimarães at the Geffen in May 2019

The Geffen Playhouse in LA, which has hosted "Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants" (2006 & 2008) and "Rogue's Gallery" (2010), Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães' "Nothing to Hide" (2012), and more recently DelGaudio's "In & Of Itself" (2016), has announ...
by Richard Hatch
March 1st, 2018, 2:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alain Nu visits the Washington Post
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Alain Nu visits the Washington Post

Short interview and a nice video clip of Alain Nu performing an ACAAN for Washington Post reporters:
https://tinyurl.com/y7jotkrp
by Richard Hatch
February 28th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derek DelGaudio on "Ask Me Another"
Replies: 0
Views: 448

Derek DelGaudio on "Ask Me Another"

I heard a promo this morning on the local NPR affiliate saying that Derek DelGaudio would be the guest on this weekend's broadcast. Looks like the live event was last Monday: https://www.nprpresents.org/event/ask-me-another-in-brooklyn-ny-14/ Check your local NPR affliate for broadcast times. For mi...
by Richard Hatch
February 24th, 2018, 12:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online
Replies: 13
Views: 1256

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Now Live Online

Wow, Jonathan Neal's article detailing his handling of the classic "Egg on Fan" is easily worth the price of a year's subscription to anyone interested in this feat! Looking forward to his future installments as well. Thanks!
by Richard Hatch
February 18th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Query - The Annals of Conjuring
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Re: Query - The Annals of Conjuring

Definitely, the republication of the material, both by Magico Magazine (with Bob Lund's index) and later the beautiful and greatly expanded edition by Todd Karr's Miracle Factory, made the original magazine version less "in demand", since the information was then readily available. Both th...
by Richard Hatch
February 11th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: David Williamson & Colin Cloud performance and interview for Google in London
Replies: 2
Views: 1543

Re: David Williamson & Colin Cloud performance and interview for Google in London

Great to see David nail the Unshuffled routine. He also has the best presentation for this trick I have seen. David's handling and presentation is great, but I think this version by the great Juan Tamariz is the best "unshuffled" presentation I have ever seen, framed as an homage to Georg...
by Richard Hatch
February 11th, 2018, 12:19 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: David Williamson & Colin Cloud performance and interview for Google in London
Replies: 2
Views: 1543

David Williamson & Colin Cloud performance and interview for Google in London

This Google Talk video was posted in December 2015, but I only just ran across it and don't believe the link has been posted here previously (if it was, worth re-posting for others who might have missed it!). Wonderful performances by the great David Williamson and mentalist Colin Cloud followed by ...
by Richard Hatch
February 10th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Deception" - new ABC series about an FBI magician...
Replies: 1
Views: 544

Re: "Deception" - new ABC series about an FBI magician...

Francis Menotti is listed as the "Magic Consultant" for 9 episodes, so that bodes well for the magic end of things.
by Richard Hatch
February 5th, 2018, 3:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Espionage, Deception and Magic
Replies: 1
Views: 390

Re: Espionage, Deception and Magic

Thanks for bringing that to our attention, it does look interesting. The Introduction by John McLaughlin, former director of the CIA and a proficient magician, is available to read as a preview of the book on the amazon site and makes extensive references to magic, calling Whaley's books the espiona...

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