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by Richard Hatch
November 7th, 2019, 12:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7171
Views: 2194179

Re: ERDNASE

If you're looking for a copy of the Gardner-Smith Correspondence, here's one on eBay that is currently a bargain, with just a day or so left. Seller has a good rating:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1999-The-Gardner-Smith-Correspondence-ERDNASE-Expert-at-the-Card-Table-CHEATING/254407605758
by Richard Hatch
October 29th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dom Chamber Beer Magic on AGT
Replies: 6
Views: 1166

Re: Dom Chamber Beer Magic on AGT

Here's the official clip of his audition on Spain's Got Talent's Youtube feed, which was just posted yesterday. He got 4 "Si"s from the judges, so got passed to the next level of the competition, but some are pointing out the plagiarism in the commentary, which I assume the producers will ...
by Richard Hatch
October 24th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Werner Reich TED Talk
Replies: 2
Views: 357

Werner Reich TED Talk

This TED talk by the remarkable Werner Reich was just posted. Worth 11 minutes of your time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pc7U9Zwodc
by Richard Hatch
October 7th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon's life presented objectively
Replies: 2
Views: 922

Re: Dai Vernon's life presented objectively

This is fascinating stuff, thanks for posting it. Any chance we'll be seeing the other parts? I see only this one (Part 2) and Part 6 (about the Rainbow Grill/Room). Hoping for more!
by Richard Hatch
October 4th, 2019, 12:50 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii 2019 Convention
Replies: 27
Views: 3921

Re: Genii 2019 Convention

Jack Shalom wrote:Raymond Crowe was brilliant.

Agreed! He is a very great artist, and received a well deserved and unforced standing ovation, the perfect ending for a strong show, despite some technical glitches (sound and lighting miscues).
by Richard Hatch
September 28th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign
Replies: 26
Views: 2561

Re: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign

Don't know if I misread the original goal as $15,000 or if they have revised it, but it now listed as just $12,000, making it even more likely to reach that goal...
by Richard Hatch
September 28th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign
Replies: 26
Views: 2561

Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign

I just ran across this kickstarter campaign to reprint some of the early Drake hardback variants: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1511417074/expert-at-the-card-table-by-s-w-erdnase-drake-reprints While I've only seen the photos online, which are presumably prototypes, they look great to me! And...
by Richard Hatch
August 28th, 2019, 12:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Some Bits and Pictures from the 8th European Magic History Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 796

Re: Some Bits and Pictures from the 8th European Magic History Conference

Wow, that Hofzinser painting is spectacular! Thanks for posting the report and image on your blog.
by Richard Hatch
August 12th, 2019, 1:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viennese Opera Card Manipulator
Replies: 0
Views: 329

Viennese Opera Card Manipulator

Anyone recognize the performer doing card manipulations in the background of this opera aria in Vienna earlier this year?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9eTROY6EsU
by Richard Hatch
July 19th, 2019, 12:29 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Slydini Quote, please
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: Help with Slydini Quote, please

It appears the quotation is by Vernon, talking about Slydini in an audiotape to Lewis Ganson, as quoted in The Dai Vernon Book of Magic (1957), p. 31: "Did you notice how Tony performed under his own conditions? Quietly and naturally he arranged for everyone to be seated where he wanted them to...
by Richard Hatch
July 1st, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Record setting Jerry's Nugget cards kickstarter?
Replies: 12
Views: 2412

Record setting Jerry's Nugget cards kickstarter?

A kickstarter campaign for Jerry's Nugget cards seems likely to set a record for magic related crowdfunding campaigns. With a goal of $15,000, it is already more than 16 times past that goal and likely to pass the quarter million $ mark on its first day: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/epcc/jer...
by Richard Hatch
June 16th, 2019, 2:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dylan and Melies
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: Dylan and Melies

I believe Dylan references Harry Lorayne in his autobiography (in the context of studying his memory systems). Dylan's son Jesse produced and directed a talk show series called "CONversations with Ricky Jay" that was never broadcast, though I believe episodes were shown at the Ricky Jay &q...
by Richard Hatch
June 12th, 2019, 11:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dylan and Melies
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Dylan and Melies

The new Netflix documentary on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder revue apparently opens with a film of Georges Melies performing the vanishing woman at the Theatre Robert-Houdin. You can see it briefly at the end of the teaser clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS4gsWDSn68 Here's the full Melies perfor...
by Richard Hatch
June 4th, 2019, 11:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7171
Views: 2194179

Re: ERDNASE

Has anyone seen the paperback reprint of the Busby/Whaley/Gardner The Man who was Erdnase, advertised on page 101 of the current issued (June 2019) of Genii? $29.95 postpaid in the US from http://www.houdini.com. I can't find it on the website...
by Richard Hatch
June 1st, 2019, 3:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Maskelyne
Replies: 2
Views: 753

Re: Maskelyne

This Smithsonian article about Maskelyn's film also credits him with being the first technology hacker, for a prank he played on Marconi in 1903: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-film-solar-eclipse-restored-and-online-180972325/
by Richard Hatch
May 24th, 2019, 12:57 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted - The Card Wizard 1949 Bill Turner
Replies: 10
Views: 1685

Re: Wanted - The Card Wizard 1949 Bill Turner

Hmmm... when I click on that second link, it clearly states dust jacket included. Let me know what the bookseller tells you.
by Richard Hatch
May 23rd, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted - The Card Wizard 1949 Bill Turner
Replies: 10
Views: 1685

Re: Wanted - The Card Wizard 1949 Bill Turner

Joe Lyons wrote:Thanks Richard!
That’s a great price for the paperback for anyone who doesn’t have it.
I’m inquiring about the hardback now.

Joe, check out my second link for the hardback with dust jacket for just $19.50 postpaid.
by Richard Hatch
May 23rd, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted - The Card Wizard 1949 Bill Turner
Replies: 10
Views: 1685

Re: Wanted - The Card Wizard 1949 Bill Turner

Great book! A used paperback reprint is available at my old company for just $1.75 currently: https://www.magicbookshop.com/p/used-books/how-to-do-tricks-with-cards Here's a hardback copy with dust jacket for a very reasonable $19.50 postpaid: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=300779...
by Richard Hatch
May 21st, 2019, 1:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7171
Views: 2194179

Re: ERDNASE

Thanks! Has it been reprinted somewhere since then? I know the article itself has. I don't have it handy, but I'm pretty sure the same headshot of Smith circa 1902 was first reproduced in Gardner's article "The Mystery of Erdnase" in the 1947 SAM Convention program (I think it is in blue ...
by Richard Hatch
May 20th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!
Replies: 13
Views: 1858

Re: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!

Charlie Randall and I will be attending and will have a dealer table. Looking forward to it!
by Richard Hatch
May 2nd, 2019, 2:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)
Replies: 8
Views: 1464

Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

According to an email just received from Wittus Witt of Germany, Swiss magician and FISM winner Piet Forton (Pieter de Beaufort) passed away a few days ago. He often attended FFFF and was always fun to visit with and watch perform. Another legend passes...
by Richard Hatch
April 30th, 2019, 11:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 4605

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

At least one lesson involves Johnny Thompson with Penn & Teller coaching a student to do a chop cup routine.
by Richard Hatch
April 29th, 2019, 10:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A great book seller rides off into the sunset
Replies: 10
Views: 2971

Re: A great book seller rides off into the sunset

Everything still in stock is now at 50% off, less than cost in most cases!
http://www.magicbookshop.com/
by Richard Hatch
April 25th, 2019, 12:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tractor Beam
Replies: 3
Views: 1254

Re: Tractor Beam

Wow, looks great!
by Richard Hatch
April 20th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A great book seller rides off into the sunset
Replies: 10
Views: 2971

Re: A great book seller rides off into the sunset

Thanks for all the very kind comments. Truly appreciated! In case you don't get Marshall Petersen's H & R Newsletter (which announced the retail shop closing and associated sale), here are the comments from me in it that he used, which includes a condensed history of our business: When I decided...
by Richard Hatch
April 18th, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Coins Have Hidden Booby Traps And Secret Levers
Replies: 3
Views: 923

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: 8
Views: 8581

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: 579

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: 1950

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: 7
Views: 1226

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: 27
Views: 3109

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: 644

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: 988

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: 21
Views: 2617

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: 21
Views: 2617

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: 686

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: 1315

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: 1315

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: 395

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...

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