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by Max Maven
October 7th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 67
Views: 6557

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

A few weeks ago I found Dani DaOrtiz' version of this effect, based on a concept by Tamariz. Basically, Tamariz told DaOrtiz that Vernon didn't used an actual double back card, but rather, two cards facing together. In this case, Juan is wrong. Back at that time, the Professor had double-backers to...
by Max Maven
September 14th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 67
Views: 6557

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

As to why the Professor did not use “The Man Who Fooled Houdini” as a PR tag line earlier, it’s worth noting that he did not really like the phrase, as he had relatively little respect for Houdini. It was at the urging of others that he adopted the billing, and he understood its commercial appeal, b...
by Max Maven
September 5th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Great Magician (film)
Replies: 1
Views: 439

Re: The Great Magician (film)

I spoke about this film in a Genii audio column several years ago. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is perhaps the only actor I’ve ever seen who, in playing the part of a magician, handles his props as if he is completely familiar with them. Moreover, according to Chinese sources I asked, he had no experience wi...
by Max Maven
September 3rd, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 67
Views: 6557

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

No.
by Max Maven
August 16th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 2642

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

Dick Koornwinder wrote:Most of the time I agree with Max but not this time.


Thank you for the correction, Dick.
by Max Maven
August 13th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 2642

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

IWas the Beatles/Kaps insert recorded for a specific Sullivan show? Or was it a performance that was already in the can, available, and convenient? Then slotted in to a show that just happened to feature The Beatles. Fred was booked for that specific show. (He had appeared on the show previously, s...
by Max Maven
August 12th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps
Replies: 20
Views: 2642

Re: Ron Burgundy On Stephen Colbert talking about Fred Kaps

Whoever came up with the gag put in the effort to find out that the act who followed the Beatles that night was Fred Kaps, but not enough effort to learn that Fred’s performance was pre-taped. (The producers realized that no one deserved to have to perform in front of that particular live audience, ...
by Max Maven
August 8th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5975

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Joe, I have known quite a few people with Asperger’s, including some good friends (Hi, Moo). I do not believe I have any bias against that condition. That said, I knew Stewart James, and I do not think he was on the spectrum. He was a brilliant person, but a shy man who was psychologically and emoti...
by Max Maven
July 20th, 2019, 4:09 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Penn on magic in the movies
Replies: 4
Views: 972

Re: Penn on magic in the movies

Alan Shaxon devised the disc vanish that Tom Cruise performed in the first Mission Impossible movie, and clearly Penn doesn’t know the method.
by Max Maven
July 14th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Hokasen
Replies: 7
Views: 5254

Re: Hokasen

Paco Nagata wrote:the oldest Japanese magic book known, date from 1696 (October). Its title is "Shinsen Gejutsu”


As discussed in the July 1994 issue of Genii.
by Max Maven
July 8th, 2019, 11:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Redefining Broadway and Boob Jokes: Criss Angel in NYC
Replies: 7
Views: 1309

Re: Redefining Broadway and Boob Jokes: Criss Angel in NYC

From deadline.com: The week’s Lunt-Fontanne residency was Criss Angel (critics not invited), playing seven performances without conjuring much of the green stuff: With an average ticket price of $49, Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged grossed $434,072 about 31% of a potential $1.4M. Still, 90%...
by Max Maven
June 30th, 2019, 5:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Simon Movie
Replies: 1
Views: 599

Re: Frank Simon Movie

It’s a remarkable time capsule.
by Max Maven
April 8th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Koornwinder Kar without cards
Replies: 3
Views: 814

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: 3115

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: 2714

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: 2714

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: 808

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: 2385

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: 1918

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: 1740

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: 1198

Re: Waitress

Dunninger.
by Max Maven
December 28th, 2018, 9:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Berglas MBE
Replies: 2
Views: 674

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: 3519

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: 732

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: 3504

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: 1470

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: 5455

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: 2433

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: 804

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: 2943

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: 2943

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: 2943

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: 1576

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: 1485

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: 4649

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: 3823

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: 3823

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: 3823

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: 6314

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: 2531

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

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