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by Leonard Hevia
February 13th, 2021, 7:41 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Skinner's Professional Close Up DVDs
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Re: LF: Skinner's Professional Close Up DVDs

You need to get these DVDs if you don't have them: The Legendary Repertoire of Michael Skinner. It's a three volume set of Skinner in home performances. The closest you'll get to seeing Skinner in his prime along with the Johnny Carson videos on YouTube. Not tutorial videos but you can learn a lot b...
by Leonard Hevia
February 12th, 2021, 10:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Name of kid's show entertainer?
Replies: 13
Views: 1134

Re: Name of kid's show entertainer?

You might be talking about this guy:

https://thegreatzucchini.com/about/
by Leonard Hevia
January 23rd, 2021, 9:29 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 82
Views: 4583

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

Jack--as I understand it a poker hand of 5 cards is inputed into the device. A hole card is designated by the spectator and the device somehow knows the identity of that card. Is that right?
by Leonard Hevia
January 21st, 2021, 11:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 40
Views: 4966

Re: RIP David Roth

Bill Mullins wrote: Jamy mentions a tribute from John Carney -- where might it be?


Prolly Facebook. I know Carney has a page and posts there.
by Leonard Hevia
January 21st, 2021, 6:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 40
Views: 4966

Re: RIP David Roth

A nice tribute to Roth by Swiss:

https://jamyianswiss.com/blog/coin-magi ... L_CAMPAIGN)&mc_cid=ee62249878&mc_eid=c3db149972
by Leonard Hevia
January 15th, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 40
Views: 4966

Re: RIP David Roth

Roth's abilities went beyond coins. His work on the chop cup elevated it from the guessing game. He could do the cups and balls very well, and his three ball routine was superb. His general knowledge of magic and its history was impressive. He was among the next wave of magicians like Steve Freeman,...
by Leonard Hevia
January 15th, 2021, 7:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 40
Views: 4966

Re: RIP David Roth

The man was just incredible. I'm grateful to have attended one of his lectures.
by Leonard Hevia
December 29th, 2020, 9:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2451708

Re: ERDNASE

Possibly. But will you find someone of the same time frame with a similar published record, whose name is a perfect anagram for S.W. Erdnase, who has written the same number of identical phrases, or more, and for whom there is other substantial evidence supporting their candidacy? The other substan...
by Leonard Hevia
December 26th, 2020, 4:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2451708

Re: ERDNASE

Brad--when you pointed out that the use of identical interesting and idiosyncratic words by both authors would be more convincing evidence of the same authorship, you neglected to mention that both identical words had to have the same meaning. Out of left field you now raised the bar and added anoth...
by Leonard Hevia
December 25th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2451708

Re: ERDNASE

Bob - your case fails to convince. Take the copious draughts example - if that word choice had been repeated you would have a convincing case. But it isn’t. Just a paragraph on consuming knowledge which is hardly a unique concept. In your examples either the most interesting and idiosyncratic word ...
by Leonard Hevia
December 15th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2451708

Re: ERDNASE

Great comparisons Bob! The example comparing the same distinctive phrases is amazing!
by Leonard Hevia
December 12th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2451708

Re: ERDNASE

Another interesting and entertaining video by Romanoff. Mr. Hatch's anecdote about Alexander presenting his candidate in their hotel room the night before the Conference was worth the price of admission. The writing similarities between Erdnase and Sanders are too compelling to ignore. I wish Mr. Ha...
by Leonard Hevia
December 7th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: One of the best handling decks out there
Replies: 5
Views: 692

Re: One of the best handling decks out there

Alfred is spot on. A standard Bike is my current deck these days and it works fine. I don't do table riffle shuffle work so I don't need a high performance deck. With basic and intermediate sleights and moves, almost any deck this side of a plastic drugstore cheapie can get the job done. Unless you ...
by Leonard Hevia
December 5th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bev Bergeron Has Died
Replies: 8
Views: 1787

Re: Bev Bergeron Has Died

Bergeron's Ring on Stick was the best version I had ever seen. He used the Leipzig method for the middle second phase without the extra ring. It was all bluff and coupled with a beautiful sound effect to make the audience believe the ring slid down the stick. Amazing! Absolutely amazing! RIP Bev.
by Leonard Hevia
December 4th, 2020, 12:54 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dick Zimmerman CD
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Dick Zimmerman CD

Great stuff on that video Alfred! Thanks for posting it. Zimmerman's version of the Himber Milk Pail was well done. Merv Griffin was a wonderful sponsor of magic along with Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett.
by Leonard Hevia
December 3rd, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Bob Swadling's Homing Card
Replies: 0
Views: 508

LF: Bob Swadling's Homing Card

I'm looking for Bob Swadling's Homing Card. I purchased one from a seller in the U.K. back in October and it's been trapped in U.S. Customs for over 4 weeks now. I'm tired of waiting and it may never escape that black hole. Does anybody have an extra one and willing to sell it?
by Leonard Hevia
December 1st, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shipping To the United States
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: Shipping To the United States

A packet trick I purchased from the U.K. back in late October has been sitting in Customs here in the U.S. since November 2nd. It hasn't moved an inch. It's not just the high prices to ship overseas that should give anyone pause.
by Leonard Hevia
November 29th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dick Zimmerman CD
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Dick Zimmerman CD

Thanks Bill!
by Leonard Hevia
November 29th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dick Zimmerman CD
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Dick Zimmerman CD

All I see online is The Complete Works of Scott Joplin and other ragtime music. I'm looking for the CD he made where he played the piano from sheet music that was used by magicians. Houdini's Asleep in the Deep may have been one of the songs.
by Leonard Hevia
November 29th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dick Zimmerman CD
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Dick Zimmerman CD

I remember Zimmerman releasing a CD of classic scores that were used by magicians in their shows. I believe he played the piano on it. I understand he's a lion on the piano when it comes to ragtime music.

Does anyone know if it's still available? Or did I imagine this CD?
by Leonard Hevia
November 14th, 2020, 11:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2451708

Re: ERDNASE

Alex Romanoff's second video is out and this one delves into W.E. Sanders. Nothing really new here for those who have followed the trail on Sanders, but it was fun to watch. Mentioning that Sanders had met Marshall Smith in that Chicago hotel was a stretch but Sanders wasn't far away from there at t...
by Leonard Hevia
October 25th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2451708

Re: ERDNASE

Mr. Hatch presented a fascinating PowerPoint synopsis on Erdnase that in short was like the entire Erdnase thread condensed into a one hour discussion. Anyone dropping in to hear this scholar would have been rewarded with an up to date summary on just about all things Erdnase. I don't agree with him...
by Leonard Hevia
October 25th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 2904

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

Who can forget that photo of a shackled Randi on the dustjacket of Hyla Clark's The World's Greatest Magic? Or his 1976 performance of the Milk Can escape using Houdini's can?
by Leonard Hevia
October 11th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 82
Views: 4583

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

martinsmagic wrote:And now of course there is no solution should it happen again.


Exactly--which is why the Mendoza notes the seller pointed out are useless should the calculator fail to have the program. Thanks for the clarification.
by Leonard Hevia
October 11th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 82
Views: 4583

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

The seller says, "It comes with the calculator and detailed notes from John himself how to set it all up and his routines." So even if the battery is dead, couldn't you just replace the battery and "set it all up" , which I assume means to re-program it? Sure--if you know how to...
by Leonard Hevia
October 11th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 82
Views: 4583

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

The seller is now on his 4th attempt. The previous listings ended on 9/23, 10/3, and 10/10. He won't take no for an answer. As long as he refuses to give a refund if the calculator doesn't work, he's never going to jettison the device. eBay backs the seller 100%. If the calculator no longer has the ...
by Leonard Hevia
September 14th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine
Replies: 82
Views: 4583

Re: Looking for al Stranger miracle poker machine

This is ingenious. If it was marketed again I'd get one, as long as it didn't have the chance of losing the programing when the batteries drain out.
by Leonard Hevia
May 31st, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: RCT back in stock?
Replies: 13
Views: 3835

Re: RCT back in stock?

A second chance for those who missed out.

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/card- ... _technique
by Leonard Hevia
May 31st, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 89
Views: 5059

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

It was Lou Tannen who instigated the whole thing after Bill pointed out the trick in Hugard's. Ah, I think I've got it straight now. You might say that in foreseeing the vast potential of the routine, Lou Tannen was a prophet. That's called the prophet motive (pun intended this time; enter collecti...
by Leonard Hevia
May 10th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 3115

Re: Frank Garcia Books

Leo Garet wrote:Did Garcia publish the "Drawbridge" move anywhere?


Yes--in this book without crediting it's creators. It's under the title "A Subtle Piece of Business."

https://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/book/299
by Leonard Hevia
May 8th, 2020, 12:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: All Backs cleaner, tighter and shorter.
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: All Backs cleaner, tighter and shorter.

I'm going to read your mind Kent. Recently you have been studying Ackerman's Las Vegas Kardma. Nice All Backs...
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 3581

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Mr. Ben mentions in this thread a different topic, that of not thinking it was Sanders who wrote The Expert... From an oldish Genii article on Sanders, which I thought was compelling that it was Sanders...do we now think that article was wrong. I don't. Too much compelling circumstantial evidence t...
by Leonard Hevia
April 22nd, 2020, 11:21 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Let me show you a trick"
Replies: 13
Views: 1765

Re: "Let me show you a trick"

The best intro is just "making magic happen" as if it usual for you to pull money out of the air or flashes of fire or whatever. Let THEM ask YOU to show them a trick, and then answer: "Tricks? I don't know any tricks. I'm into ... (pause for a quick effect) ... magic!" Great th...
by Leonard Hevia
April 18th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2451708

Re: ERDNASE

Was NEMC canceled due to the pandemic?
by Leonard Hevia
April 17th, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2451708

Re: ERDNASE

Hi Bob--are these newly discovered similarities now in your PDF?
by Leonard Hevia
April 16th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How's Tricks?
Replies: 23
Views: 2115

Re: How's Tricks?

MagicbyAlfred wrote::ugeek: Looks good, magicfish!


That's exactly the move. Well done MF!
by Leonard Hevia
April 16th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How's Tricks?
Replies: 23
Views: 2115

Re: How's Tricks?

Which DL(s) is/are your favorite? Lately I started doing the Dribble Double taught by Earl Nelson. You dribble the deck down into the other hand and with slight pressure near the end you can end up with just two cards. It's a bit knacky but if you've been handling a deck for 40 years, it's not hard...
by Leonard Hevia
April 16th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: How's Tricks?
Replies: 23
Views: 2115

Re: How's Tricks?

Geoff Latta's version of 3 Fly that uses four soft dollars from The Long Goodbye. The best ungimmicked version of this effect, or one of the best. Every move is motivated and the routine is suffused with his thinking. Two moves out of the Steve Draun Underground book, the Spooky Revelation and the R...
by Leonard Hevia
April 13th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Spanish Flu pandemic
Replies: 9
Views: 1066

Re: Spanish Flu pandemic

Houdini may have caught it as well in late 1918 early 1919. At least according to Dr. Wilson.
by Leonard Hevia
April 4th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Special?
Replies: 22
Views: 2706

Re: New David Blaine Special?

Card Stab is a truly dramatic effect and there are so many variations. Years ago, a magician friend taught me a version where, following the selection and "losing of the card" in the pack, the cards are placed in a paper bag (a lunch size brown bag is perfect). The bag is closed and can t...

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