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by Leonard Hevia
January 12th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Peart
Replies: 9
Views: 702

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: 6394

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: 6394

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: 6394

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: 6394

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: 1420

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: 6394

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: 1420

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: 537

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: 537

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: 881

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: 537

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: 7506
Views: 2250037

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: 3030

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: 927

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: 927

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: 3030

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: 6386

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: 6386

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: 6386

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: 6386

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: 1813

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: 1813

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: 13022

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: 1813

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: 1813

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: 1813

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?
by Leonard Hevia
November 17th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 6386

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Some interesting thoughts Brad. Gamages was the swanky department store in central London that had a magic shop at the location. Is it possible Vernon acquired this wand there? Perhaps it was bought at Gamages and presented to him as a gift during his 1955 British lecture tour. It would explain the ...
by Leonard Hevia
November 16th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 6386

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

It would also be interesting to know where the Daley and Bertram wands mentioned in the auction are today. Yeah it would interesting to find out. Bertram passed some of his props to Ben so he might have it. Daley's wand is another matter. I don't think he left behind a wife and children. Somebody m...
by Leonard Hevia
November 16th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 6386

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Omg Joe! You found it! Thank you! Vernon gave it to Jennings and BJ must have sold it off at auction. This is the wand we see in the Dai Vernon Book of Magic. I hope it was David Ben who won it. To answer Robert's question, Taylor paid BJ something like $75,000 for Vernon's cups. It was detailed in ...
by Leonard Hevia
November 14th, 2019, 11:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 6386

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

We know that Bill Taylor purchased Vernon's silver engraved cups from BJ, Jennings' widow. Did he also obtain Vernon's silver wand? Does anyone know the fate of that wand?
by Leonard Hevia
November 11th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 73
Views: 7401

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Richard Kaufman wrote:Are you making that up (a joke)?


Certainly not a joke. In addition to Mr. Behr's source, David Ben notes in his Vernon bio that Braue recorded his sessions covertly with Miller on an office wire recorder.
by Leonard Hevia
November 7th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 73
Views: 7401

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Richard Kaufman wrote:From what I've heard, Miller showed Braue Vernon's material--but not for publication in the book.


It omitted the part where Braue had the recorder under his desk.
by Leonard Hevia
November 7th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 73
Views: 7401

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

I believe Braue secretly recorded the Vernon material that Miller showed him.
by Leonard Hevia
September 21st, 2019, 10:06 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mona Lisa
Replies: 1
Views: 800

Mona Lisa

This is incredible. I'd like to see this done to the Hofzinser portrait Magic Christian recently acquired:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P2uZF-5F1 ... avWZb8csyI
by Leonard Hevia
September 13th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 9904

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: 82
Views: 9904

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: 76175

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: 76175

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: 43
Views: 6124

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.

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