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by Leonard Hevia
November 17th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 29
Views: 4900

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: 29
Views: 4900

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: 29
Views: 4900

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: 29
Views: 4900

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: 5904

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: 5904

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Richard Kaufman wrote:From what I've heard, Miller showed Braue Vernon's material--but not for publication in the book.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: 5904

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: 422

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: 67
Views: 6513

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: 67
Views: 6513

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: 75280

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: 75280

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: 4236

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: 2412

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: 19896

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: 73
Views: 5904

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: 3497

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: 186
Views: 18565

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: 2165

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: 9768

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: 9768

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: 9251

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: 9251

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: 1148

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: 9251

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 9251

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 10908

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 3929

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 3929

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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: 7171
Views: 2193581

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.

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