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by Richard Hatch
January 17th, 2021, 3:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: New book about a member of the Herrmann Family
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: New book about a member of the Herrmann Family

I'd add Portuguese as likely a language had a good command of. He did well in Brazil. According to contemporary reports, his German and English were heavily accented, which probably added to his unique charm.
by Richard Hatch
January 17th, 2021, 2:43 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: New book about a member of the Herrmann Family
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: New book about a member of the Herrmann Family

Marco, the first 133 pages are typeset transcriptions of the letters (following a few pages of introductory material). The remaining 200 plus pages are reproductions of the original handwritten letters. The originals are very hard to read in this format (and likely in their original state), so the t...
by Richard Hatch
January 15th, 2021, 11:36 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: New book about a member of the Herrmann Family
Replies: 5
Views: 481

New book about a member of the Herrmann Family

A book of correspondence from Blanche Corelli, the daughter of Compars (Carl) Herrmann and his first wife, the opera singer Róza Csillag, to a young American has just been published. There are surprising number of magical references. Obviously to her father, her uncle Alexander and Aunt Adelaide, bu...
by Richard Hatch
January 12th, 2021, 12:16 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Looking for some research help...
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Re: Looking for some research help...

Found an online source. Thanks!
by Richard Hatch
January 12th, 2021, 12:06 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Looking for some research help...
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Looking for some research help...

Does anyone on this forum have access to the May-June 1929 issue of the French JOURNAL DE LA PRESTIDIGITATION, number 47? Looking for the discussion of DeBiere and AMAC. Thanks!
by Richard Hatch
January 2nd, 2021, 11:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Uri Geller bends spoon while getting COVID-19 vaccine
Replies: 2
Views: 515

Uri Geller bends spoon while getting COVID-19 vaccine

With his genius for publicity, Uri Geller managed to grab some headlines on New Year's Eve by doing his spoon bending while getting vaccinated: https://news.yahoo.com/uri-geller-performs-spoon-trick-162733219.html
by Richard Hatch
December 25th, 2020, 2:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

A new trailer featuring some familiar faces:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK3Hcliay1Y
by Richard Hatch
December 10th, 2020, 1:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

Alex Romanoff did a 2.5 hour interview with me on the topic of the Erdnase Hunt and managed to edit it down to 30 minutes in an entertaining (I think!) way. This is his third Erdnase Hunt video in his "Art of Illusion" YouTube series. I think he may be burnt out on the topic for now, but I...
by Richard Hatch
December 10th, 2020, 12:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

Richard Hatch, I see that listing is now gone on the Cafe. Did you ever get an answer to your question regarding the provenance of the book? There was a posting 12 hours ago by someone wanting more details, then the topic disappeared. Does Slowdini have other posts on the Cafe? I never got any repl...
by Richard Hatch
November 19th, 2020, 1:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Discoverie of Witchcraft
Replies: 7
Views: 1066

Re: The Discoverie of Witchcraft

PressureFan wrote:I'm not seeing pages 297 and 298.

I'm not having that problem, either with the online version or the downloaded PDF.
by Richard Hatch
November 17th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Discoverie of Witchcraft
Replies: 7
Views: 1066

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Here's a link to a recent blog on the Library of Congress site about Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft . One nice feature is that it includes a link to a digitized and downloadable pdf of the 1584 first edition from the McManus Young Collection. https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2020/10/that-magical-mystical-...
by Richard Hatch
November 5th, 2020, 12:53 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Magic of Stamp Collecting: Jewish Magicians of the 20th Century, talk by Gregg Philipson
Replies: 1
Views: 396

Re: The Magic of Stamp Collecting: Jewish Magicians of the 20th Century, talk by Gregg Philipson

There's some good information in that presentation, but also some misinformation. For example, there is an extended section of very interesting material on the German illusionist, Kassner. However, Kassner was not Jewish.
by Richard Hatch
October 29th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

Just ran across this video, posted recently on this topic. I thought it was pretty good, aside from a few minor errors, on the MFA theory. Looking forward to the forthcoming video that presents an opposing point of view.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-9c7B2lo9U
by Richard Hatch
October 26th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

Carlo, my understanding is that the presentations (including mine) were only available to live stream during the 100 hours. I believe they were being recorded, however, so perhaps they will be made available at some point. I have been approached about giving a similar presentation to other groups as...
by Richard Hatch
October 17th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

I've agreed to give a 50 minute talk entitled "Chasing Erdnase" as part of the upcoming United Magicians for the World event in a few weeks. This will be followed by a discussion. My talk will be in English at 8 p.m. Italian time on Sunday, October 25th. I believe that will be 3 p.m. EST (...
by Richard Hatch
September 26th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

Has anyone ever looked into newspaperman Eber S. Andrews? He certainly had the writing chops, publishing know-how, and financial means necessary to pull off the first edition. What he lacked was everything else - any known connection to gambling or magic. I looked at a lot of "E. S. Andrews&qu...
by Richard Hatch
September 25th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

Where does EATCT discuss center deals and riffle stacking? David Ben has kindly pointed out to me that there are several subtle and sophisticated references to riffle stacking in EATCT. In the section on "Ordinary methods of stocking, locating and securing" (pp. 60-65 of the standard edit...
by Richard Hatch
September 25th, 2020, 1:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:If you have Amazon Prime, here is a few minutes of the late Denny Haney on Erdnase.

Wow, thanks for that link, Bill. So much misinformation there! Where does EATCT discuss center deals and riffle stacking? Fun to see Denny again, but it makes me wonder if he ever read it?
by Richard Hatch
August 4th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 5753

Re: Multum im Parvo

Here's Stephen Fry performing it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToZ4Z9qlb4k
by Richard Hatch
June 16th, 2020, 11:05 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 4584

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Ian Kendall wrote:I fear that most of these people wouldn't know who to ask to proof read their work, and others don't like the idea of someone seeing the information for free.


Shouldn't that be "... wouldn't know whom to ask..."?

Ian Kendall wrote:I had to, given the subject...
:)
by Richard Hatch
June 16th, 2020, 10:48 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dover Books on Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 9972

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Doug, a couple of small corrections: On Dover's reprint of Sharpe's translation of Fischer's Hofzinser's Card Conjuring : Although the original book was written in German, it was written in Austria, not Germany (1910) and though Sharpe's original edition was published in London in 1931, the Dover ed...
by Richard Hatch
June 10th, 2020, 12:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Happenings in Arizona - Past & Present
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Re: Magic Happenings in Arizona - Past & Present

Since you are in the same business, you probably already know that Andy Greget (John A. Greget) lives in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area and has a truly incredible inventory of magic books and magazines (and some collectible apparatus). Very knowledgeable and friendly. Alas, he doesn't have a website...
by Richard Hatch
May 18th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NY Times Review of Zoom Magic Shows
Replies: 7
Views: 1373

Re: NY Times Review of Zoom Magic Shows

Wow, Helder's show extension tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. PST today and were sold out in less than 30 minutes (26 to be precise, I'm told!). That must be some kind of record. If you do the math (25 tickets per show x $85 per ticket times the number of shows), they're doing OK. I assume the overhe...
by Richard Hatch
May 13th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 3014

Re: Frank Garcia Books

A question for Dick Kornwinder: Fred wrote his notes in your copy of "Million Dollar Card Secrets" in English. Was that just because the book was in English, or were they perhaps intended to be seen by a non-Dutch speaking audience at some point?
by Richard Hatch
May 12th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7730
Views: 2421069

Re: ERDNASE

If you're looking for a reasonably priced copy of the Gardner-Smith correspondence, I spotted one here today: https://www.magicabra.com/product/the-gardner-smith-correspondence/ The email that led me to it indicated 20% off first orders using the coupon code WELCOME. I believe the site is run by Dan...
by Richard Hatch
May 3rd, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Help - Anyone familiar with this?
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: Help - Anyone familiar with this?

I just spoke with Jim Kleefeld, who collects book tests, and he suggested it might be one of the three volumes for Dennis Loomis' DYNAMITE book test. Here's a review of it on the Genii Forum by Bill Palmer:
https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=20594
by Richard Hatch
April 16th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Conway RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: John Conway RIP

by Richard Hatch
March 25th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Special?
Replies: 22
Views: 2591

Re: New David Blaine Special?

Nothing about this (yet) on the ABC site or Blaine's own site, so I wonder if this is an April Fool prank press release?
by Richard Hatch
March 25th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Special?
Replies: 22
Views: 2591

New David Blaine Special?

According to several news outlets, "David Blaine: The Magic Way" will air on ABC on Wednesday, April 1 at 10 p.m. EDT. I can't find any confirmation on the ABC site yet, but here's one of the press reports: https://www.laughingplace.com/w/news/2020/03/23/abc-air-one-hour-special-david-blai...
by Richard Hatch
March 23rd, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine
Replies: 21
Views: 3168

Re: Lots of Free Magic Stuff for Your Corona Quarantine

Greg Moreland has had to cancel his much anticipated Portland Magic Jam due to the Coronavirus, so has lined up a short, free virtual version with the four headliners (Max Maven, Shawn Farquhar, Steven Bargatze and John Shryock) offering short lectures at 1 p.m. Portland time this Saturday: https://...
by Richard Hatch
January 20th, 2020, 9:47 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: l'encyclopédie des boules de billard - Zum Pocco
Replies: 2
Views: 474

Re: WTB: l'encyclopédie des boules de billard - Zum Pocco

No idea if this price is reasonable, but this bookseller in France has both volumes in good condition for about $600 postpaid from France to the US: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30353316022 Limited to 1000 copies, which would seem to be a rather large print run for a French magi...
by Richard Hatch
January 5th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Tom Stone and Friends performance videos
Replies: 3
Views: 1886

Tom Stone and Friends performance videos

Tom Stone and some colleagues (Leif Olberius, John-Henry and and Martin Hansson) can be seen in some very innovative performance pieces that have recently been posted on YouTube. Here's one, which will likely lead you to the others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-mtvox0oyo Some great stuff here!
by Richard Hatch
December 18th, 2019, 10:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Vernon Dossier - The One Time Vernon got into trouble
Replies: 9
Views: 1953

Re: The Vernon Dossier - The One Time Vernon got into trouble

Further, an alternate story has been published in another place and I continue to feel that laying out the actual facts is the best policy. Where was this alternate story published? David Ben's biography of Vernon describes an arrest of Vernon with two "small-time gamblers" in Chicago, fo...
by Richard Hatch
December 2nd, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hey, It's Derren Brown on the Cover of the December 2019 Issue!
Replies: 11
Views: 1613

Re: Hey, It's Derren Brown on the Cover of the December 2019 Issue!

Use Chrome as your browser--it will auto translate. Sign in using the same information as your regular amazon account. Just enter Tenyo in the search area. Should work. That worked for me. I ordered 3 of the 2020 Tenyo items from the Amazon.co.jp site and they arrived via DHL in about week. Very im...
by Richard Hatch
November 29th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fred Keating
Replies: 23
Views: 2860

Re: Fred Keating

This popped up after I watched Keating. Jack Gwynne What an awful human being - the way he treats his animals he literally swings the rabbit by its ears and throws it across the stage. (2:40 - night club act) The Horace Goldin clip Bill Mullins posted above from this same source has no less than fi...
by Richard Hatch
November 28th, 2019, 12:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fred Keating
Replies: 23
Views: 2860

Re: Fred Keating

Wow, thanks for posting the link! Anyone know what film this is from (assuming it is from a longer feature length film)? Keating was a student of Nate Leipzig and demonstrates some of those skills at the end of this.

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