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by Richard Hatch
September 10th, 2021, 3:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: historical magicians famous for the cups and balls.
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: historical magicians famous for the cups and balls.

Hello everybody, I have been doing a lot of research on the cups and balls and I was wondering if anybody had information on people who were famous for performing the cups and balls, preferably as early in history as possible? I already know of Bosco and Conus as described by Robert Houdin, but sur...
by Richard Hatch
September 9th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ricky Jay's Collection
Replies: 10
Views: 1229

Re: Ricky Jay's Collection

I had heard a few years ago that he was in discussion with the University of Texas Library, on the recommendation of his friend David Mamet (who sold his mss. collection to them).
by Richard Hatch
August 7th, 2021, 7:56 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Lefty
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Re: Lefty

PressureFan wrote:Are there any more of his Sullivan performances online?

Here he is doing Left on Sullivan 10 years later, in 1968:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxvowzSuNrc
by Richard Hatch
August 2nd, 2021, 12:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pure Magic Returns to Sparta Avenue Stage
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: Pure Magic Returns to Sparta Avenue Stage

Just a quick follow up report on Eric DeCamps' show at the Sparta Avenue Stage. I borrowed my brother-in-law's car and made it from Syosset, NY to Sparta, NJ in about two hours, due to traffic conditions (it only took 90 minutes to get back afterwards). I was able to get dinner before the show at Ca...
by Richard Hatch
July 27th, 2021, 10:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pure Magic Returns to Sparta Avenue Stage
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: Pure Magic Returns to Sparta Avenue Stage

Just bought a "senior" ticket (ah, the perks of old age!). Very excited to see this show, Eric. Now I just need to figure out how to get there from Utah this weekend! (Actually, I'll already be on Long Island if anyone wants a companion to carpool to this and split gas...)
by Richard Hatch
June 29th, 2021, 3:04 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Okito timeline question
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: Okito timeline question

Thanks, Bill, clearly he was not completely retired, and if Price's claim of continuous Berlin performances is true, he must have been in Berlin sometime between May 1936 and May 1937, which isn't quite the 16 months claimed (if he was there at all during that period).
by Richard Hatch
June 29th, 2021, 1:22 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Okito timeline question
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Okito timeline question

I'm having trouble verifying something David Price wrote about Okito in his MAGIC: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater . On page 522 he wrote: "In 1936 and 1937 Theo [i.e., Okito] played sixteen consecutive months in Berlin, dividing the time among three theaters, the Wintergarten, ...
by Richard Hatch
June 21st, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

Hi Richard, what time is your discussion repeated? I looked in at 8am and 9am EST - ??? Thanks, JonT Jonathan, alas, the repeat was at 3 a.m. this morning EST. The schedule times were the times in Rome (CEST). I don't believe any other replays are planned or YouTube postings. I have been asked to r...
by Richard Hatch
June 17th, 2021, 11:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

The hardcover edition of Dr. Herwig's book is now available in America (still in German, though). Previously, only the kindle version was available. I think magic collectors will want it, even if they don't read German. https://www.amazon.com/gro%C3%9Fe-Kalanag-Zauberer-Vergangenheit-verschwinden/dp...
by Richard Hatch
June 17th, 2021, 2:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

At the best resolution and highest magnification of that photo that I can find, it might be this "NSDAP Supporters" pin (there are several variants, but all that I have found have the same basic design): https://hannasmilitaria.com/nsdap-supporters-pin/ Actually, with the high resolution ...
by Richard Hatch
June 16th, 2021, 6:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

At the best resolution and highest magnification of that photo that I can find, it might be this "NSDAP Supporters" pin (there are several variants, but all that I have found have the same basic design):
https://hannasmilitaria.com/nsdap-supporters-pin/
by Richard Hatch
June 16th, 2021, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

I guess that in the photo of Hitler with Kalanag, Kalanag wears the N.S.D.A.P.-Ehrenzeichen (NSDAP Badge of Honor) on his reverse. You have better eyes than I do, Dr. Solka! That would be most interesting if it could be verified. I assume you mean the photo of Hitler and Schreiber with Hitler's dog...
by Richard Hatch
June 16th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

The United Magicians for the World schedule has been posted online (subject to change without notice) and the good news is that many of the presentations will be replayed 12 hours after the livestream including my conversation with Dr. Herwig on the topic of "Was Kalanag a Nazi and does it mat...
by Richard Hatch
June 16th, 2021, 11:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

Yeah, those photos of Schreiber/Kalanag performing at the slave labor camp Kohnstein (where the V2 rockets were assembled) are pretty sobering. In a footnote about it in his book, Dr. Herwig notes that he was unable to confirm another author (Rolf Aurich)'s contention that the audience did not inclu...
by Richard Hatch
June 15th, 2021, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

I'm not sure, Richard. It is mentioned in the "Magie" in 1944 (special issue "Arbeitstagung in Bad Aussee", p. 6) that the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords was awarded to Schreiber by the Fuehrer at his headquarter (late in 1943 or early in 1944) after Schreiber's trip with...
by Richard Hatch
June 14th, 2021, 2:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

I think: Due to the German prohibition of betraying trick secrets, it should be generally accepted outside Germany that Kalanag was an active fighter of the most secret resistance. His resistance fights have been so top secret that nobody and even the Fuehrer himself couldn't know about them, altho...
by Richard Hatch
June 14th, 2021, 1:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

The United Magicians for the World schedule has been posted online (subject to change without notice) and the good news is that many of the presentations will be replayed 12 hours after the livestream including my conversation with Dr. Herwig on the topic of "Was Kalanag a Nazi and does it matt...
by Richard Hatch
June 7th, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover
Replies: 60
Views: 11250

Re: The June Issue of Genii Features the Nazi Kalanag on the Cover

Malte Herwig, author of the excellent but controversial new biography of Helmut Schreiber (Kalanag) featured on the cover and excerpted in the June issue, will be speaking on this topic at the upcoming United Magicians for the World free streaming event. His presentation is currently scheduled for 4...
by Richard Hatch
May 23rd, 2021, 1:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times
Replies: 14
Views: 7762

Re: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times

Berglas is also featured in Malte Herwig's controversial new book on Kalanag (excerpted for the Genii Cover story). His uncle Alexander Berglas was a member of the German Magic Circle before Jews were excluded from membership in 1936 and David Berglas was hired by Schreiber in late 1960 for a German...
by Richard Hatch
May 22nd, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Barnes & Noble Edition of Copperfield's History of Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 4914

Barnes & Noble Edition of Copperfield's History of Magic

Barnes & Noble is advertising that only its edition of the forthcoming book, David Copperfield's History of Magic , will include an extra chapter about Orson Welles: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/david-copperfields-history-of-magic-david-copperfield/1013620821?ean=9781982190743 No doubt Coppe...
by Richard Hatch
May 18th, 2021, 1:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656835

Re: ERDNASE

Tonight's episode of NCIS: Los Angeles featured a character identified as "CIA Officer Steven Erdnase". The episode's writer and director (who also had a guest staring role) is "Frank Military". Anyone know if he's a magic fan?
by Richard Hatch
May 14th, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Siegfried and Roy Documentary
Replies: 1
Views: 1780

Siegfried and Roy Documentary

This new documentary on German television has some great early footage of the pair from their cruise ship days, as well as lots of other interesting stuff. I was able to watch it here in the USA at this link:
https://tinyurl.com/ypu2mr6y
by Richard Hatch
April 25th, 2021, 4:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Live 2021 Postponed Until May 2022
Replies: 24
Views: 4524

Re: Magic Live 2021 Postponed Until May 2022

The European History of Magic Conference is still slated to take place in London September 9-12:
https://emhc2021.com/
by Richard Hatch
April 24th, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Live 2021 Postponed Until May 2022
Replies: 24
Views: 4524

Re: Magic Live 2021 cancelled

Magic Collectors Expo in Las Vegas is still on for August 19-21, even though Magic Live (which was to be just after it) has been postponed. I understand it is sold out with a waiting list.
by Richard Hatch
April 8th, 2021, 6:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Law Enforcement Magicians
Replies: 11
Views: 7557

Re: Law Enforcement Magicians

This doesn't help with contemporary magician/policemen, but, historically, super collector Chet Karkut of Connecticut and gambling collector (and Scarne associate) Audley Walsh of New Jersey come to mind as law enforcement professionals who were also active magicians. My guess is that they were both...
by Richard Hatch
March 22nd, 2021, 11:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A new book about Kalanag
Replies: 22
Views: 6044

Re: A new book about Kalanag

I've just read a funny chapter in Malte Herwig's book where David Berglas remembers how he taped about a dozen TV shows with Schreiber-Kalanag as producer in Germany in 1960. Apparently it was an early panel show that had psychics and other freaks perform their feats for a mixed panel of judges (in...
by Richard Hatch
March 19th, 2021, 5:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A new book about Kalanag
Replies: 22
Views: 6044

Re: A new book about Kalanag

As a counterpoint to the Kalanag story, there is currently a proposal to rename a street in Berlin after a Jewish scholar of magic, Guenther Dammann, who was a victim of the Holocaust, as were his two brothers. This proposal has received support from David Copperfield and the President of the Berlin...
by Richard Hatch
March 14th, 2021, 7:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7776
Views: 2656835

Re: ERDNASE

More thoughts on Erdnase from my interview last December with Alex Romanoff:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i32nZ9lyTBY
by Richard Hatch
March 4th, 2021, 7:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns
Replies: 25
Views: 2772

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns

Happy to report I did get my March issue on March 1st or 2nd, pretty much on schedule, here in northern Utah. Looking forward to "the rest of the story" in the April issue.
by Richard Hatch
March 4th, 2021, 2:21 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Proposal to name a street in Berlin for a magician
Replies: 0
Views: 1874

Proposal to name a street in Berlin for a magician

There is a zoom meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. Berlin time (noon East Coast Time) about changing the name of Wissmannstrasse in Berlin. The Magic Circle of Berlin will be proposing that it be changed to Günther-Damann-Strasse. Dammann wrote three books while living with his family on this street, includ...
by Richard Hatch
February 28th, 2021, 11:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pop Culture Mark Wilson reference
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: Pop Culture Mark Wilson reference

Correction: This movie is on Amazon, not Netflix. I don’t recall hearing the name James Podell.
by Richard Hatch
February 28th, 2021, 12:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pop Culture Mark Wilson reference
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Pop Culture Mark Wilson reference

In the new Netflix movie, "One Night in Miami", about a meeting in 1964 of NFL star Jim Brown, singer Sam Cooke, preacher Malcom X and the future Muhammad Ali (then still Cassius Clay), in the first few minutes a night club owner/booker at the Copacabana Nightclub in New York tells Sam Coo...
by Richard Hatch
February 27th, 2021, 12:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A new book about Kalanag
Replies: 22
Views: 6044

A new book about Kalanag

Here's a teaser video in English by German journalist, Malte Herwig, author of a new biography of Kalanag (Helmut Schreiber) to be published in Germany if a few weeks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBxrxjwm78E Amazon in the US does advertise the kindle version will be available March 22 and includ...
by Richard Hatch
February 26th, 2021, 10:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?
Replies: 26
Views: 2348

Re: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?

A young lady in Israel raised over half a million dollars with an indiegogo campaign to create a deck where the Queens were equal to the Kings and 2 Jacks were replaced by 2 Princesses. Now she's well past her goal on a second version, with more ethnicities represented: https://www.indiegogo.com/pro...
by Richard Hatch
February 10th, 2021, 9:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ramsay for J. Townsend
Replies: 8
Views: 1348

Re: Ramsay for J. Townsend

Wow! Thanks for posting that!
by Richard Hatch
February 4th, 2021, 1:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 13347

Re: The Magic University Journal

Ondrej, thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to the future installments!
by Richard Hatch
January 22nd, 2021, 4:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dr. Jaks “Behind My Blackboard”
Replies: 6
Views: 3017

Re: Dr. Jaks “Behind My Blackboard”

My anniversary is December 31st, so it only works exactly once a year for me!

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