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by Diego
June 7th, 2021, 5:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Alla Axiom aka _____?
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Alla Axiom aka _____?

Thanks for looking. The only reference in Ancestry.com is the resident addresses in Los Angeles (1937) and Seattle (1933) Sometimes you get lucky in sending letters, going to the old addresses....but not only are they almost 90 years old, the neighborhood/demographics has changed a number of times. ...
by Diego
June 7th, 2021, 3:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Alla Axiom aka _____?
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Alla Axiom aka _____?

Thanks.

Every bit helps!
by Diego
June 6th, 2021, 8:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Alla Axiom aka _____?
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Alla Axiom aka _____?

I am searching for the performer(s) who used the stage name, "Alla Axiom." There was at least one crystal gazing mentalist and/or illusionist who used this stage name.

Any information/leads anyone might have would be appreciated.

Thanks!
by Diego
May 19th, 2021, 3:48 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ernest Angley
Replies: 12
Views: 2081

Re: Ernest Angley

While the faith healers on TV/online are known to some of the greater public, many have and do operate under the public radar, thru their religious organizations/sub-culture. Or use religious radio/TV, and other stations that target their desired demographic, that the public isn't mostly aware of. B...
by Diego
May 18th, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Harry Cooke - Magician/Escape Artist/Scout
Replies: 0
Views: 1519

Harry Cooke - Magician/Escape Artist/Scout

Mark Cannon has previously spoken about Harry Cooke, at a L.A. Magic History Conference, and also wrote articles about him for magic publications. Harry H. Cooke worked as a magician/escape artist, and later served as a scout for Lincoln, during The Civil War. He actually used his escape skills to f...
by Diego
May 10th, 2021, 3:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ernest Angley
Replies: 12
Views: 2081

Re: Ernest Angley

If you google Angley, his ministry had declined in attendence/support in the last few years, as media reports of accusations/exposes of his sexual encounters with male members, resulted in news stories and lawsuits. Be interesting to see who does what with what's left of the ministry, or not, as mor...
by Diego
May 10th, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ernest Angley
Replies: 12
Views: 2081

Re: Ernest Angley

Interesting to note Angley's passing. When I first saw him on TV, I thought, (and others originally did the same) that I was watching some comic doing a parady/stereotype of a crude preacher/healer. Some I knew among the independent (i.e. unaccountable) media ministries, had nicknamed him, "Dra...
by Diego
April 27th, 2021, 1:58 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Rawson and Merlini
Replies: 18
Views: 3798

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Rawson and Carr were good friends of another writer/magician, William Lindsay Gresham. The may have been among those who gathered at the magic table at The Dixie Hotel, (now named The Carter Hotel). In his final note that he sent to his wife that she would receive, (after he commited suicide in a ro...
by Diego
March 23rd, 2021, 2:46 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: "Performing Q& A" book
Replies: 0
Views: 3055

"Performing Q& A" book

I was wondering if anyone has read the book, "Performing Q & A" by Gerry McCambridge, and their opinion/thoughts on it?

Thanks.
by Diego
February 28th, 2021, 1:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pop Culture Mark Wilson reference
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: Pop Culture Mark Wilson reference

Do they use the name Jules Podell? Haven't seen the movie but I presume the manager is being sarcastic as I'm not sure if the Copa ever booked a non-music act...certainly not as the featured/name act/attraction...and Mark may have been regarded as primarly a children's performer at the time. (Even t...
by Diego
December 12th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

Looked at his death certificate yesterday, which has all the data noted in previous posts...that his death in 1956, was in Pico Rivera, Calif. Nothing new/addtional noted to help with further research. His home address is now a new apartment building whose residents reflect the changing demographics...
by Diego
December 9th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

It was common for mentalists/illusionists to also present a midnight show as an extra attraction to their regular performances. In the 1920's/30's, they were sometimes advertised as Midnight Seances, rather than a Midnight Spook/Ghost show, that became more common as the post war midnight audiences,...
by Diego
December 9th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

Maybe because Foster was a publicist, not a documentarian. Very nice person,
I wish he had thought more of his time with Horace Goldin to put it in print.
by Diego
December 9th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

Bill, Thanks for sending me the Raboid/Eck article by Charles Foster. There are a number of problems with his article: He writes Raboid's son, "Robert", wrote to the newspaper with information/memories of his father. Raboid had a brother named Robert (Kitchen) who had married Blackstone's ...
by Diego
December 9th, 2020, 1:14 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

Bill, Charles Foster had called me, asking for information about Rajah Raboid, for an article. (which I haven't seen yet) He was writing about performers who appeared at a theater in his native Canada, and during our conversation about magicians, he casually said he toured with Horace Goldin and amo...
by Diego
December 9th, 2020, 1:05 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

I can't recall a reference to Elwin C. Peck performing as, "Ali-din." I'm trying
to recall if I read somewhere that Ali-Din was a woman performer.
by Diego
December 3rd, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

Roy,
You have identified THE Elwin Charles Peck who was El-Wyn. In his later years he ran car and trailer dealerships in the Los Angeles area.
As I stated earlier, he is buried in a family plot in Whitter, Calif.
by Diego
December 1st, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Re: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

Bill, your research access and skills continue to impress. But the "El-Wyn" (one n) that I inquired about was known to perform before and after 1936. It is possible that Ed Wynn used the name, (or variation of) "El-Wyn" because he had seen it associated with ghost shows, or perha...
by Diego
November 30th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Elwin Peck aka "El-Wyn"

I am looking for any photos of the late Elwin Charles Peck, aka "El-Wyn". (1902-1956)

He is regarded as a pioneer of the, "Ghost/Spook" show genre.

I have seem posters, but now looking for photos.
by Diego
November 3rd, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Jack White
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: R.I.P. Jack White

Very sorry to hear. Jack was very interested in magic history and collecting and we exchanged information about different subjects.
A nice, supportive person, he will be missed.

Special acknowledgement and thanks to his wife and caregivers, who provided the 24/7 care he needed in his last years.
by Diego
October 23rd, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 3211

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

Perhaps Uri Geller's talent and career, by itself, should be considered for a separate topic/thread. Although Uri Geller and James Randi, is a topic relevent here. I'm not disagreeing with Brad, I have watched in person, as Geller took a thousand strangers and made them HIS audience, and took them i...
by Diego
September 28th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Nick Cave and magic
Replies: 5
Views: 1104

Re: Nick Cave and magic

Very well written and seems like his son had exceptional support and access to pursue magic as long as he did. Many reading the article will wish they had as much, when they were that age. The age many young boys (and girls) get attracted to magic is around 10-12 for some reason. But for whatever re...
by Diego
September 25th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kind of negative, but here it is.
Replies: 19
Views: 3226

Re: Kind of negative, but here it is.

"I never won an Oscar, but I've loaned money to those who have."

Andy Devine
by Diego
September 8th, 2020, 2:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Roy Horn - Tiger attack
Replies: 1
Views: 1030

Roy Horn - Tiger attack

I saw tonight a TV show, "What Really Happened", focusing on the 2003 incident on stage with Roy Horn and one of his tigers. Like any show, you don't know what was edited out or left out, but very interesting to hear officials and journalists who were going beyond The Buzz and trying to ge...
by Diego
August 21st, 2020, 8:26 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Nonsense in Mentalisim
Replies: 14
Views: 7252

Re: Nonsense in Mentalisim

I remember 10/20 years(!) ago, there was someone selling a course, which included some of the techniques by the NLP proponents mentioned in this thread, on how to (to say it politely) attract and compel attractive women to fullfill your desires. Skeptical at first, a mentalist acquaintance, who spec...
by Diego
August 14th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New David Blaine Event
Replies: 42
Views: 4291

Re: New David Blaine Event

The first thing I though of when I saw the above photo, was the final scene from, "The Red Balloon", and listening to him talk with Jimmy Fallon, David said that's exactly where the inspiration came from.
by Diego
August 14th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals
Replies: 8
Views: 974

Re: Someone didn’t get the memo - performing animals

Having known and worked with those who performed (circus and others) with animals, I remember the care and devotion they received and how important and valued the animals were in their lives, as well as their careers....when it was a given if you were down to your last dollar, and you could either b...
by Diego
August 12th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 11230

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

I remember seeing the late Tommy Wonder lecture at The Magic Castle. A very insightful experience to listen to his thinking/creative process, similar to when I heard Tina Lenart and Teller speak about how they developed a performance piece over a period of time, thru much thinking and work. One thin...
by Diego
July 22nd, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Re: Wear a mask to chat in Genii Forum ? Why ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=433b5RJ9BME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaFSH0K4BdQ

Please click the links above and listen to voices of reason that will give you an intelligent perspective about it.
by Diego
July 1st, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Marvyn Roy has Died
Replies: 4
Views: 688

Re: Marvyn Roy has Died

Sad loss of a wonderful person and performer. A life so well lived...decorated WW2 Veteran, starring performer across the globe and the U.S. with his partner Carol...and always modest, gracious and generous to so many. Very fortunate to hear his kind words, and never heard anything otherwise about h...
by Diego
June 22nd, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What was Houdini's cause of death?
Replies: 6
Views: 897

Re: What was Houdini's cause of death?

Dr. Albo's opinion carries a lot of weight, with his knowledge and experience. I wonder if doctors whose practice includes boxers, (or UFC fighters) would feel any different than Dr. Albo? Many feel that it was also Houdini's refusal to STOP what he was doing, to seek medical attention, doing a show...
by Diego
June 21st, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Magicians at War by H. Wayne Capps (2020) / A Slightly Biased Review
Replies: 18
Views: 8449

Re: Magicians at War by H. Wayne Capps (2020) / A Slightly Biased Review

RE: "Stories, no matter how far-fetched, are fun to tell." I was talking with a fellow historian about the reality vs. the telling of Robert Houdin quashing an uprising in Alegeria, and noted he was doing the showman's M.O. of "cutting up jackpots", where the entertainment value ...
by Diego
June 5th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 61
Views: 16166

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

This thread that I started awhile back, raised issues/concerns that have become relevant again today. The Covid-19 crisis has affected much of our lives and goals. The universal infection rate of the virus, sometimes causing death within a few days, has caused a phenomena across the country: People ...
by Diego
May 21st, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buster and Magic
Replies: 7
Views: 3545

Re: Buster and Magic

I remember hearing a commentary by Keaton as he described his stunts: "In a way they like magic tricks...some like Chung Ling Foo, others like Horace Goldin...." I only remember it was on a documentary on silient film or silient film comedians.
by Diego
May 20th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How will magic change after COVID?
Replies: 33
Views: 2851

Re: How will magic change after COVID?

Sometimes doing without or differently can show potential not considered before. The last few Sundays, David Sandy's Collectors FB page has been having magic history/collector's meetings via zoom/Facebook. Although I always valued and cherished meeting again those who share this interest in person, ...
by Diego
May 20th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How will magic change after COVID?
Replies: 33
Views: 2851

Re: How will magic change after COVID?

Richard is correct that until (?) a vaccine/cure has been achieved, change (to before?) is doubtful, although right now on the news/online, you will see people in bars, malls, beaches, etc., interacting with each other, who aren't waiting or don't care.(to their peril) But also people (whether they ...
by Diego
April 29th, 2020, 9:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Prof. Vertelli, a forgotten magician
Replies: 16
Views: 2852

Re: Prof. Vertelli, a forgotten magician

"Odds" are maybe, maybe not...may not hurt to find out. What works in favor is that he did live in Oakland, California in his later years and the name, "Morcom", isn't the most common. Who knows? There are a couple I know who were around there then that might know.
by Diego
April 28th, 2020, 2:32 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Prof. Vertelli, a forgotten magician
Replies: 16
Views: 2852

Re: Prof. Vertelli, a forgotten magician

Up until the late 1960's/1970's, there was a store in Oakland, California called, "Morcom's House of Novelties." I don't know if it was a hobby store with a magic counter or novelty/joke store with a magic counter, (or both) but magicians in the East Bay often visited/hung out there, espec...
by Diego
February 26th, 2020, 11:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final Curtain - Fred Wood
Replies: 1
Views: 1164

Final Curtain - Fred Wood

I was sorry to read in the recent M.U.M., that Fred Wood had passed away. He had been living in Sacramento, Calif. Many will remember him running Wizardz in Universal City, for almost 10 years. He was previously involved with Magic Island and a number of performers followed him to Wizardz after Magi...
by Diego
February 19th, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: First use of the title, "Mentalist"
Replies: 3
Views: 2235

First use of the title, "Mentalist"

The earliest mention in newspapers.com of the title "Mentalist", is in a December/1908 story in THE BILLBOARD, of "Madame Tangley", managed by her husband who would later be known as, "Dr. Norman Baker."* Does anyone know of earlier references of a performer using the t...

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