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by Leonard Hevia
May 31st, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: RCT back in stock?
Replies: 13
Views: 3138

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: 87
Views: 3167

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: 2403

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: 325

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: 2435

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: 1313

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: 7600
Views: 2321007

Re: ERDNASE

Was NEMC canceled due to the pandemic?
by Leonard Hevia
April 17th, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7600
Views: 2321007

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: 1531

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: 1531

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: 1531

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: 657

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: 2115

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...
by Leonard Hevia
January 12th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Peart
Replies: 9
Views: 902

Re: Neil Peart

Peart would never participate in those meet and greets with the fans. According to him it felt strange and uncomfortable.
by Leonard Hevia
January 2nd, 2020, 12:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12840

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

I'm not sure what you mean with "raise the level of impossibility". A lay person can't be expected to know the dramatics of a reveal. Nor how to hold something in a clean display. What you suggest would likely lower the "level of impossibility", as the box would be out of view f...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12840

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

I understand the Too Perfect Theory, Bill. And so did Tommy Wonder. If the spectator held the ring box at the beginning of the effect and handed it back to Tommy at the end, she would recognize the impossibility of her signed appearing inside from the deck. The only solution for her to follow would ...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12840

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

The effect that is actually performed is going to require an effect that does not leave a trail to the obvious solution. The work is the work. Exactly. The Too Perfect Theory cautions us that the method has to be commensurate with the level of the effect. Otherwise the trail will become obvious. Wh...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12840

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

That is an example of the performer being blind to the effect that actually is performed, while believing they perform what the effect description claim. The effect that is actually performed is going to require a method that does not leave a trail to the obvious solution. Why didn't Tommy Wonder h...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2019 In Review
Replies: 17
Views: 2060

Re: 2019 In Review

Happy New Year Dustin! An entire orbit or a 24 hour rotation, it all happens quicker than we perceive. Time is one of the universe's greatest magicians. We would be speaking heresy in Galileo's time.

Pepka's passing back in March was posted on the Cafe. That's how I found out.
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 12840

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

The essence of the argument is to introduce a feint into the effect that leads analytical spectators away from the correct solution. The Object to Impossible Location effect leads the audience to the possibility of a duplicate. How else? Any magician who performs this type of effect is faced with th...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2019 In Review
Replies: 17
Views: 2060

Re: 2019 In Review

A nice roundup! I think Dustin meant how quickly the earth orbits the Sun. Another magician named David Pepka passed away in 2019. He used to post here and in the Cafe:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mBioDU4yoEQ
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Long and the Short of It
Replies: 10
Views: 752

Re: The Long and the Short of It

I wholeheartedly believe this Svengali tutorial will be educational, however I will keep my day job. Will the Royal Road book be published on paper?
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Long and the Short of It
Replies: 10
Views: 752

Re: The Long and the Short of It

I like Paul Harris's testimonial: I might just quit my job (whatever that is) and start to pitch Svengalis. :)

Of course you didn't make any money from my purchase. You earned your percentage when the book originally sold after publication. I found mine from Mike Henkel on eBay.
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scotty York
Replies: 7
Views: 1095

Re: Scotty York

Tom Gilbert wrote:That, sadly, seems to be a theme with the rights of magicians who have passed.


Hear, hear Tom! York's magic may go extinct like Garcia's material.
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Long and the Short of It
Replies: 10
Views: 752

Re: The Long and the Short of It

I picked up a paper comb bound copy of your The Long and Short of It book, Mark. It better be good, or you will see me in the Afterlife.
by Leonard Hevia
December 15th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7600
Views: 2321007

Re: ERDNASE

Another great find Bob! The distinctive stylizing of the nouns and verbs shared by both writers is uncanny. More circumstantial evidence to add to your file on Sanders.
by Leonard Hevia
December 15th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Simon Aronson
Replies: 29
Views: 3724

Re: Simon Aronson

Thanks for the kind words. The one consolation about Simon's passing is that one can keep re-reading those books and learn something new each time. Absolutely! Years ago my dryer gave out so I had to spend a number of late evenings at the laundromat until it was repaired. I had just purchased Bound...
by Leonard Hevia
December 14th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mike Rogers Version of the Homing Card
Replies: 10
Views: 2017

Re: Mike Rogers Version of the Homing Card

Anything by Mike Rogers is great. His version of the "Ultimate Three Card Monte" routine is superior to the more well-known Skinner version. You can probably find a copy of his book, The Complete Mike Rogers by Mike Rogers, published by Magic Inc. The Mike Rogers version is called the Unc...
by Leonard Hevia
December 14th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mike Rogers Version of the Homing Card
Replies: 10
Views: 2017

Re: Mike Rogers Version of the Homing Card

Anything by Mike Rogers is great. His version of the "Ultimate Three Card Monte" routine is superior to the more well-known Skinner version. You can probably find a copy of his book, The Complete Mike Rogers by Mike Rogers, published by Magic Inc. The Mike Rogers version is called the Unc...
by Leonard Hevia
December 12th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Simon Aronson
Replies: 29
Views: 3724

Re: Simon Aronson

By all accounts he was down to earth, friendly, and brilliant. That can be inferred by reading his books. He gave us a marvelously devious stack with great tricks built into it. One example is a cunning Think a Card where the spectator does not reveal the thought of card, yet the magician spells to ...
by Leonard Hevia
December 1st, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 8467

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Leo Garet wrote:The Gamages catalogue is the one I had in the late 50s. That is, the cover and the colour are the same.


Do you still have this catalog Leo? Mark did a wonderful show of confirming the existence of the catalogs. The Lybrary PDF shows a 1930s catalog. I'm leaning closer to the 50s.
by Leonard Hevia
November 30th, 2019, 11:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 8467

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Tom Gilbert wrote:Wow, Brad, $450. I'd have to think that was really special aluminum.


The seller had the wand made to his specs by a machinist around 1976. The wand is also a two piece so I would imagine he paid about $100 to have it made. In 2019 that would amount to $452.67.
by Leonard Hevia
November 30th, 2019, 10:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 8467

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Interesting recollections Mark. I wonder if Gamages printed a catalog of their magic inventory back in the 50s. A catalog with that aluminum wand listed would provide the evidence to support Vernon's claim it was purchased at Gamages.

The Vernon wand on the auction site sold for $2,800.
by Leonard Hevia
November 30th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 8467

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Fantasma is selling an aluminum two part wand inspired by Vernon's wand. Jimmy Drilling is credited in their ad with designing Vernon's original wand along with Warren Simms. According Magicpedia, Simms was an engineer who later transitioned to professional magic and manufactured props. http://www.f...
by Leonard Hevia
November 27th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 2851

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

Great post Leo! Those who have the Vernon Touch book can read more about the 76 Farewell Tour on pages 255 to 259. Vernon did well in Chicago. Jay Marshall cut him a $1,180.00 check for his lecture. He lost a ring in one of the hotels but a maid mailed it back to him in Los Angeles.
by Leonard Hevia
November 24th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 2851

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

Great post Brad! Thanks for sharing that, and a big thanks to Max, Mike , and Tom for their recollections. These stories should not be lost to history. Vernon also did that 1955 British lecture tour. He also did more lectures after that 1976 Farewell Tour, so that tour wasn't the end. He lived a fai...
by Leonard Hevia
November 23rd, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 52
Views: 16236

Re: Laypeople

Beginners learning magic from YouTube instead of the classic beginners texts:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KU7_G2grxJE
by Leonard Hevia
November 23rd, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 2851

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

Great recollections by Maven! Yes Mark, those are the British Alf Cooke cards Cossari is fanning. Hard to find but they come up on eBay now and then.

Narvaez remembered that the attendees were a little worried about Vernon's safety sitting on top of that table.
by Leonard Hevia
November 23rd, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 2851

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

These two images are from Sonny Narvaez when Vernon and Cossari appeared in Norfolk , Virginia for that final tour in 76. Amazing!!! https://scontent.fphl2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/s960x960/14195444_1154281371261304_6542418614207842387_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ohc=Es5iQj4kNJkAQlfwPZIUP5T64dbEHXBo2...
by Leonard Hevia
November 23rd, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 2851

Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

Years ago I remember reading that Vernon earned a $100,000 on his final lecture in 1976. At a $1,000 stop that doesn't seem possible. Does anyone recall what the Professor earned on that tour? Does anyone have photos or memories of that tour they can share?

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