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by Richard Hatch
April 25th, 2021, 4:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Live 2021 Postponed Until May 2022
Replies: 24
Views: 2171

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: 2171

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: 10
Views: 1556

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: 20
Views: 1605

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: 20
Views: 1605

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 2307

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: 746

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: 362

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: 362

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: 20
Views: 1605

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: 1641

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: 1162

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: 5161

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: 588

Re: Dr. Jaks “Behind My Blackboard”

My anniversary is December 31st, so it only works exactly once a year for me!
by Richard Hatch
January 21st, 2021, 11:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dr. Jaks “Behind My Blackboard”
Replies: 6
Views: 588

Re: Dr. Jaks “Behind My Blackboard”

PS: So the range of answers will always be 2xcurrent year, or 2xcurrent year minus 1 (as for your wife) or 2xcurrent year minus 2 (in the case of your mother). In the case of this year, 4042, 4041 and 4040. Easy enough to remember the 2nd and 1st words on line 4 of page 40, you just need to give the...
by Richard Hatch
January 21st, 2021, 11:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dr. Jaks “Behind My Blackboard”
Replies: 6
Views: 588

Re: Dr. Jaks “Behind My Blackboard”

Sure, it will work for the current year when both your birthday and anniversary have passed, since birth year plus age then equals current year and years married plus year married then equal the current year. Apparently you and your wife got married before January 21st and your birthday was also ear...
by Richard Hatch
January 21st, 2021, 10:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7752
Views: 2482562

Re: ERDNASE

Chris Wasshuber has just published a digital version of my December 1999 MAGIC article, "Searching for Erdnase", which is basically the talk I gave at the 1999 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History, just prior to David Alexander's amazing presentation revealing his theory of W. E. Sander...
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: 1071

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: 1071

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: 1071

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: 533

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: 533

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: 631

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 1358

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: 1358

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: 553

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 7752
Views: 2482562

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: 6395

Re: Multum im Parvo

Here's Stephen Fry performing it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToZ4Z9qlb4k

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