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by Max Maven
April 8th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Koornwinder Kar without cards
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: Koornwinder Kar without cards

Yes.
by Max Maven
March 31st, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander
Replies: 27
Views: 2408

Re: Color Monte - Pro version by Scott Alexander

In 1983 I ran into Larry Jennings at the Magic Castle. He told me he’d come up with a version of Marlo’s “Quick Three-Way” where each display action was uniform. When he demonstrated it for me, I said, “I think it’s really good. I thought so when I came up with it some time back, and it was publishe...
by Max Maven
March 25th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: One Man's View: Brad Henderson LIVE ACT
Replies: 9
Views: 1784

Re: One Man's View: Brad Henderson LIVE ACT

Thanks, Bill. Actually, if you go to the ConjuringCredits.com site and search for “re-deal force” you’ll find, in addition to the Fetsch credit (just added), a 1954 version by Bill Simon, and two precursors by Dr. Reed Rockwood, published in 1923. In fact, I’d forgotten that the person who found the...
by Max Maven
March 23rd, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: One Man's View: Brad Henderson LIVE ACT
Replies: 9
Views: 1784

Re: One Man's View: Brad Henderson LIVE ACT

Brad, I have not yet had the chance to watch your video. But, I assume you’re talking about the dealing force used to arrive at two cards. If so, the credit belongs to Al Leech. I came up with applications, some of which I published. Once I determined that it was Ray Goulet had added a valuable subt...
by Max Maven
February 28th, 2019, 1:22 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTD: The Book of Thirty-One by Toto
Replies: 6
Views: 735

Re: WTD: The Book of Thirty-One by Toto

Different Toto.

The one who wrote The Book of 31 was based in Massachusetts, then Southern California.

I don’t know that he is still around, but there is a copy of the book on sale at H&R Books http://www.magicbookshop.com
by Max Maven
February 21st, 2019, 2:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Swain in the News
Replies: 11
Views: 2265

Re: Jim Swain in the News

The Billy Cunningham books outshine the Valentine series. You’ll like.
by Max Maven
February 21st, 2019, 2:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Congrats to Shin Lim!
Replies: 14
Views: 1783

Re: Congrats to Shin Lim!

Jack Shalom wrote:I was trying to come up with the last time a professional stage magician made a career from nothing but cards. I had to go back to Cardini. Surely it can't be that far back, could it? Who else?


Cardini did not work with nothing but cards.
by Max Maven
February 7th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan
Replies: 12
Views: 1531

Re: Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan

First published inGenii, January 1965, page 256.
by Max Maven
January 22nd, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Waitress
Replies: 5
Views: 960

Re: Waitress

Dunninger.
by Max Maven
December 28th, 2018, 9:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Berglas MBE
Replies: 2
Views: 626

David Berglas MBE

Congratulations to David Berglas on being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Magic and Psychology. One of Britain’s true treasures, and an inspiration to me for over half a century.
by Max Maven
December 12th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 3053

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

Not quite, Richard. In the 1950s, information traveled much slower than it does today. Reportedly, it was Harry Stanley who saw Jack Kodell’s act in the U.S. and then “gave” it to Johnny Hart, who had no knowledge that it was proprietary. Yes, Jack had performed the act in England, at the Palladium....
by Max Maven
December 4th, 2018, 4:56 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Mysterious (?) Vernon book
Replies: 2
Views: 568

Re: Mysterious (?) Vernon book

The portrait of the Professor was drawn by Eric Mason.
by Max Maven
October 21st, 2018, 5:37 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: For The Daredevil in You: The 14th Step
Replies: 2
Views: 3328

Re: For The Daredevil in You: The 14th Step

Some years ago, I met Daniel Kish. He gave me a demonstration of his echolocation skills, and it was beyond extraordinary. I gather he can use his abilities to ride a bicycle on unfamiliar terrain.
by Max Maven
October 19th, 2018, 6:03 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: split manipulation tecnique who created?
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: split manipulation tecnique who created?

No, Harmington is credited with having invented the Back Palm, as early as 1895. The origin of the Split Fan (which, of course, makes use of the Back Palm) is subject to multiple claims. Dai Vernon was quite insistent that the Split Fan was invented by a carnival contortionist named Ardo the Frogman.
by Max Maven
September 24th, 2018, 4:48 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column
Replies: 14
Views: 5035

Re: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column

Some years back, Juan Tamariz did a lecture tour and tried a simple experiment. In each lecture, he began by performing five routines. He then taught three of them. Each time, he performed the same five routines. But, he mixed the selection as to which three he’d explain. And, in every city, after t...
by Max Maven
August 18th, 2018, 12:10 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jim Temple - Color Monte
Replies: 15
Views: 1981

Re: Jim Temple - Color Monte

Even the green color pay-off was mentioned in the original Elliott write-up.
by Max Maven
July 18th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Irv Weiner's niece at the Castle
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Re: Irv Weiner's niece at the Castle

Tell her to contact me at maxmaven@aol.com
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Four
Replies: 9
Views: 2273

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Four

Craig, as I said in our e-mail exchange, I did not take it “far too personally.” Rather, I was insulted on behalf of the twelve performers in the gala, and for that matter on behalf of the performer’s in the Magic Circus gala and beyond. If you had simply posted your opinions, good or bad, I would h...
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Four
Replies: 9
Views: 2273

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Four

Completely called for. You, and every other audience member, are welcome to criticize that or any show. In fact, I could provide a much more detailed critique of Thursday’s gala. But ending with a “score” as if this were a FIFA match was genuinely insulting — and would have been even if the “scores”...
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2018, 6:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Four
Replies: 9
Views: 2273

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Four

Craig, you misunderstand the idea of gala shows. It wasn’t a contest.

Now go f*ck yourself.

Max
by Max Maven
July 7th, 2018, 12:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1365

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

There are officially sanctioned “franchise” stage magic acts - a stage act that you can book all over the world but which is physically performed by different people in each country; often using the same performer name so that the audience thinks they are seeing the same act. Of course there are al...
by Max Maven
June 23rd, 2018, 3:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: When Groucho Met Houdini
Replies: 7
Views: 1161

Re: When Groucho Met Houdini

I wouldn’t say that it is well known, but it’s certainly been around. Groucho told it during at least one television talk show interview, and it has been written up in several books about him and/or comedy history.
by Max Maven
June 3rd, 2018, 6:41 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick
Replies: 13
Views: 3374

Re: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick

Wayne Rogers did a fabulous version of that bit. It was hysterical. You’re misremembering: that was Wayne Dobson. The bit has been used by many vents. I recall a very good rendition by the excellent French ventriloquist Georges Schlick. Contrary to Mark Lewis’ proclamation, the bit precedes Britain...
by Max Maven
May 19th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 18
Views: 2877

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Brad Jeffers wrote: Elmsley says, “The plot of the diary test seems to have begun with a pseudo-memory feat ‘The Weather Test’ by Roy Walker in the December 1932 issue of The Magic Wand.” No, Alex did not say or write that. The historical note was put in by Stephen Minch, who authored the Elmsley bo...
by Max Maven
May 18th, 2018, 4:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 18
Views: 2877

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Arthur F. G. Carter, “The Diary of the Yogi” in the June 1953 Magic Wand.
by Max Maven
May 17th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 18
Views: 2877

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Tom Sellers.

(Check the “Card Diary” entry on conjuringcredits.com for more details.)
by Max Maven
April 15th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History
Replies: 12
Views: 5300

Re: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History

“Derr vimmen.”
by Max Maven
March 9th, 2018, 3:23 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic trivia question
Replies: 8
Views: 1956

Re: Magic trivia question

The clue is valid, but likely out of chronological order.

Probable sequence: conjuring > carnival game rigging > gambling and wrestling > general use
by Max Maven
February 25th, 2018, 3:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 17
Views: 2718

Re: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle

The Burnaby Kid wrote: ...trying to figure out who was the first person to realize that an Invisible Deck could be used to demonstrate Triumph.


A precursor to the Ultra-Mental (“Invisible”) Deck for a reverse Triumph-like effect was employed by Leslie Guest in the Linking Ring for October, 1928.
by Max Maven
December 25th, 2017, 3:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kelton Garwood?
Replies: 4
Views: 1333

Re: Kelton Garwood?

He has an entry on IMDB.com
by Max Maven
October 22nd, 2017, 5:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 46
Views: 8322

Re: Genii Convention

Steve, thank you for the kind comments.
by Max Maven
October 13th, 2017, 7:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Eyes of Gods by John Hamiltom
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

Re: Eyes of Gods by John Hamiltom

I have not seen the Maxwell video, so I can’t comment on the quality of instruction.

While Hamilton’s “Eyes of the Gods” was republished in Pallbearers Review in 1970, it was originally released as a stand-alone manuscript in 1948.
by Max Maven
June 19th, 2017, 8:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jack Yates - An Appreciation
Replies: 2
Views: 961

Re: Jack Yates - An Appreciation

The Fulves citation is misleading. Yates' 1954 "Clip Line" is a prediction using a column of newsprint, but the method is very different from the 1964 Spackman trick that is the basis for the countless variations since. If the attribution is simply for the use of a newspaper column as gris...
by Max Maven
June 8th, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?
Replies: 5
Views: 2685

Re: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?

I recall this as proposed by Arthur C. F. Carter, specific to the Dennis Wheatley novel To The Devil A Daughter. No anagram required, as there are only four names in the entire book. Appeared in Magigram in the 1970s.
by Max Maven
June 5th, 2017, 2:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 7685

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Regarding pince nez, I was referring to this not uncommon American rendering:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bUvfE8ZmDEE
by Max Maven
June 3rd, 2017, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 7685

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

I have said this for years, and without tongue in cheek. When words travel, their pronunciations often mutate. Consider the huge differences between the French and English pronunciations of pince nez . Or, the surprising historical reason that "orange" in Spanish is naranja . I say it's sp...
by Max Maven
May 26th, 2017, 1:04 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 8
Views: 3149

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

A few years ago, at the Magic Castle, I did an interview in front of an audience with Ib Melchior, who wrote and directed that movie. We screened clips of the magic segments, and discussed them, along with various anecdotes from his long career. At the time (2014), he was 96 years old, and still ver...
by Max Maven
April 20th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven - question
Replies: 3
Views: 1372

Re: Max Maven - question

Yes, that was my article in Word Ways.
by Max Maven
April 17th, 2017, 6:30 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 15
Views: 4314

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Max Auzinger developed the "Black Art" principle when he realized during rehearsal for a play (he was a director) that all he could see from the black face of an actor before a black background were his white eyes and teeth. But the principle had been used by Pinetti almost a century earl...
by Max Maven
March 28th, 2017, 10:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: an old favourite
Replies: 8
Views: 2377

Re: an old favourite

Oh, thank goodness, it's "The Love-Sick Tennis Ball."

From the billing, I immediately envisioned "A Match For Gravity" involving a leash...

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