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by Leonard Hevia
September 13th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 57
Views: 4929

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Richard Kaufman wrote:David Ben will know the date from Vernon's letters.


The date of that SAM evening banquet where Vernon fooled Houdini? It was February 6, 1922.
by Leonard Hevia
September 9th, 2019, 12:14 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 57
Views: 4929

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Houdini was in Chicago during those dates to promote his film The Man From Beyond . There was no SAM convention--magic conventions were non existent in 1922. It was a banquet held by the Chicago Assembly of the SAM honoring Houdini at the Great Northern Hotel. There's a photo of that evening of Houd...
by Leonard Hevia
August 11th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 75013

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Denny' s actual quote on his tombstone in Colon:

"I told you...IT'S IN TARBELL!"
by Leonard Hevia
August 10th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 75013

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

Those that are working hard paging thru the Notebooks and deciphering great material aren't going to share it. There's no reason to give away the harvest that required time and hard work to plant and grow. In hindsight maybe it was a good idea to release the books raw. Many of its secrets continue t...
by Leonard Hevia
August 8th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 40
Views: 3413

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

Penguin sold out of the Elites back in June, and then advertised a July 1st restock. So far...nothing. Those of us who pre-ordered are still waiting.
by Leonard Hevia
August 2nd, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Record setting Jerry's Nugget cards kickstarter?
Replies: 12
Views: 2359

Re: Record setting Jerry's Nugget cards kickstarter?

Objects have the power to transport us to another time and place. These decks evoke a time in the late 60s, and early 70s before Vegas fell under the control of corporations and became "Disneyfied." That moment in time is perfectly encapsulated in the 1971 Bond film Diamonds are Forever. I...
by Leonard Hevia
July 18th, 2019, 12:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 18568

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

that remark ought to scare the daylights out of any thinking magician What's the remark he's referring to? The Last Trick of Dr. Daly on the spectator's palm up hands. Black aces in one hand, reds in the other. The lady backtracked the effect and realized that the aces could not have possibly trans...
by Leonard Hevia
July 14th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 60
Views: 4932

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Dingle's Card on Forehead is in the first New York Symposium book.
by Leonard Hevia
July 7th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 3332

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

But in my opinion there has been precious little work done on wallets in the last 4 decades. Probably because the design and function of the Balducci, Le Paul, and Mullica wallets were just fine when they were introduced to the market. No need to improve what was perfect right out of the gate. Leo ...
by Leonard Hevia
April 30th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17275

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Whenever I see a cups and balls routine without the wand, it looks incomplete, like something is missing. The wand is part of the aesthetic of this effect, and rounds out the rule of three: the cups, the balls, and the wand. Not only does it provide shade for the hand holding out, you can use the wa...
by Leonard Hevia
April 19th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS
Replies: 10
Views: 2107

Re: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS

Brad Jeffers wrote:Of the seven sets of cups listed for sale on their website, which is the one that you designed?


Six of those are Paul Fox cups with different metals/finishes, and the odd one is a P & L cup.
by Leonard Hevia
April 15th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 9597

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

I've read the comments on Internet articles about the Vegas downslide. Perks like free parking and low priced dinners have been phased out. I kept reading the same refrain: "I'm not going back."
by Leonard Hevia
April 13th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 9597

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Dustin Stinett wrote:No worries, Bob. I've been trying to figure out how to work Rush into the thread on Erdnase.


Rush has already been in the Erdnase thread. When Tom Sawyer posted there for a time, I posted a few of the lyrics to that song.
by Leonard Hevia
April 2nd, 2019, 12:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9040

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

Did the tall lady with the beehive hairdo really exist? Was she the one sitting near the stage who distracted the tiger? Did the animal catch a whiff of her hairspray?
by Leonard Hevia
April 1st, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9040

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

For specific details, take a look at the document Bill posted. Lots of testimony from lots of people. The eyewitness testimony in the document corroborates what I remember from the video when it was broadcast on the news shortly after the incident. Roy tapped the uncooperative animal on the nose wi...
by Leonard Hevia
March 31st, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Removing glue from a card case
Replies: 10
Views: 1096

Re: Removing glue from a card case

I would try steaming. Use a teapot and a small towel to quickly wipe off the softened glue.
by Leonard Hevia
March 31st, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9040

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

Does it really matter what actually happened and why? Perhaps as much as what happened to Chung Ling Soo and the identity of Erdnase. David Alexander addressed this question in his "New Light on Erdnase" article: The question naturally arises, "Why should we care who Erdnase was?&quo...
by Leonard Hevia
March 30th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

A first edition Expert, lot 35, sold for $14,000 in today's Potter & Potter Tom Blue auction:

https://auctions.potterauctions.com/mob ... ryid=16289
by Leonard Hevia
March 30th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9040

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

I remember from the video Roy tapping the uncooperative animal on the nose with his microphone to get its attention. That was when it lashed out.
by Leonard Hevia
March 17th, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

Brad Henderson wrote:And we haven’t defined far fetched.


Far-fetched: unlikely and unconvincing; implausible.
by Leonard Hevia
March 17th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

This assumes that the trick was conveyed to him via print and not as part of an oral tradition. I have encounter many people who know a version of the mutus nomen trick who have never seen a magic book in their lives. Card tricks are like jokes - they get passed around from person to person. Knowin...
by Leonard Hevia
March 17th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 88
Views: 10683

Re: The Magic Rainbow

Brad--you may want to read this article:

https://www.vox.com/2015/7/16/8961799/h ... ob-clients
by Leonard Hevia
March 17th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

we are assuming it is Sanders, but don't really know so) Wait a minute, wasn't that PALMED OFF quote directly from Sanders material that Bob recently stumbled on? I thought it was. If you are referring to "Mutus Nomen," that is a non-sleight of hand trick. So I can't see that his knowledg...
by Leonard Hevia
March 16th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

Bob --to get back to the issue, you said in reference to Sanders "Here he alludes to a particular sleight of hand manoevre (while describing fallacious accounts of Montana's history): "the literary huckster ... has PALMED OFF upon us our own alleged history." " I think it is cle...
by Leonard Hevia
March 10th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

That it is so easy to assume that articles which seem similar in style and vocabulary are written by the same person, when it can shown that they are not, should give us pause in thinking that Erdnase was Gallaway or Sanders for the same reasons. Except that there were reasons beyond stylometry tha...
by Leonard Hevia
March 9th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Passes
Replies: 20
Views: 3854

Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Ouch!! I JUST read minutes ago an article were it said that the "Thompsoni" act was inspired in Tom Palmer's "Sham" Cigarette Act... RIP MR. Thompson Thompson purchased Palmer' s comedy act directly from him sometime around the late 1960s. Palmer had moved on to bizarre magic. T...
by Leonard Hevia
March 9th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

This is a fantastic find, Bob! It may have been possible that Sanders used the alias of Thomas Baker for other endeavours.
by Leonard Hevia
March 9th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Passes
Replies: 20
Views: 3854

Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Long live the King. He held nothing, or almost nothing, of magic back. He leaves behind great magic stories, great magic performances on video, and great magic in books. I'm glad he released his magnum opus last year. Unpublished gemstones rose to the surface thanks to him. For all that I'm grateful.
by Leonard Hevia
March 9th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

Martin Gardner speculated that Mark Twain might have written Erdnase “Nothing seems to please a fly so much as to be taken for a currant; and if it can be: baked in a cake and palmed off on the unwary, it dies happy.” ― Mark Twain I guess the above quote adds one more notch to the Mark Twain theory...
by Leonard Hevia
March 8th, 2019, 10:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

Great find, Bob! The phrase "palmed off" is too close to magic or gambling to go unnoticed. Glad you added the new material to your Sanders document.
by Leonard Hevia
March 8th, 2019, 12:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:
Leonard Hevia wrote: If you are correct, we have two people that wrote in cursive similarly.


A phenomenon I have run into before.


In other words, the person at the copyright office who filled out that Oz application wrote in a style similar to Jamieson?
by Leonard Hevia
March 7th, 2019, 11:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

Bill Mullins wrote:I believe these cards were prepared by people who worked in the Copyright Office in DC. No reason to think that Sanders was there in Feb 1902 . . .


Did you compare both handwriting samples? If you are correct, we have two people that wrote in cursive similarly.
by Leonard Hevia
March 7th, 2019, 11:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171747

Re: ERDNASE

This is an incredible find! Mullins pulled another rabbit out of his hat! Does the handwriting on this index card match W.E. Sanders' handwriting? With the small sample photo depicting that 1896 notebook list of camping supplies from the September 2011 issue of Genii --the answer is yes! Not much to...
by Leonard Hevia
March 7th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not so secret anymore, huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 3153

Re: Not so secret anymore, huh?

The transporter would make vanishes, appearances, transformations, and teleportation effects obsolete. Think of a Card will still be with us, as will other mentalism effects. Levitations, and suspensions won't be going anywhere either. Card locations, and poker deal effects will also be around.
by Leonard Hevia
March 6th, 2019, 12:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3956

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

I have heard that Daryl has a very nice routine with this, and particularly a good ending. Also have heard good things about Bob Sheets' version. In any event, the Daryl routine is available as a download from L&L for a kind $4.99. (I think it may also be on one of his Fooler Dooler DVDs.) Anyh...
by Leonard Hevia
March 4th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award
Replies: 15
Views: 1761

Re: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award

Leonard: Close except it was at a crossroads at midnight and no fiddle-related myths were involved. It was also at the crossroads at midnight where Robert Johnson faced the devil. But Johnson purportedly sold his soul to improve his guitar playing skills. The devil traded his soul for a stack of Fa...
by Leonard Hevia
March 4th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3956

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

I would also consider the Sachs dice routine as performed by James Lewis. It's a killer and all you require are two standard dice in your pocket. A prop everybody instantly recognizes.
by Leonard Hevia
March 4th, 2019, 12:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award
Replies: 15
Views: 1761

Re: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award

How does Mr. Farmer come up with such devious card magic? Consorting with Satan? The devil is not in his league. He went to Canada and found out the hard way. The devil went down to Ontario looking for a soul to steal He was in a bind, cuz he was way behind, and he was willing to make deal When he c...
by Leonard Hevia
March 3rd, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3956

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

At one time, when I was really working on getting the trick down, I used to carry around a little tin with balls of magician's wax and rubber bands, and of course, my cards. I would practice everywhere - churches, vacant banquet rooms in hotels, the eaves of roofs (a pretty narrow and often sloping...
by Leonard Hevia
March 3rd, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 37
Views: 3956

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Great story Alfred! I remember reading about doing the Card on Ceiling thru the ceiling fan blades while they were revolving. Could have been Doc Eason who did this.

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