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by Diego
June 13th, 2019, 12:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Houdini's diaries?
Replies: 26
Views: 6297

Re: Houdini's diaries?

Bill has read them, and I believe all them, if I remember correctly. I can't recall which collector meeting it was, but Bill gave a wonderful talk about the opportunity to read them, and have the time to take notes of what he read. The insights to Houdini's diary writing.....amending/correcting entr...
by Diego
May 20th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!
Replies: 9
Views: 1051

Re: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!

"Magic Collector Sexpo"?

If the stories I heard about the MCA Weekends at The Diplomat Hotel are true,
it may not have been far from the truth for some back then.
by Diego
April 18th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Long suspected, the truth is finally out!
Replies: 6
Views: 1239

Long suspected, the truth is finally out!

Click this link below, before it's too late!

https://youtu.be/7fKrFeX8dRY
by Diego
April 10th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 1st TV magic
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: 1st TV magic

Remember that Geri Larsen appeared on local Los Angeles TV in 1939. She would later have a regular program as well. If you are thinking about network programming, not local or syndicated, Joseph Dunninger had a weekly program. It also depends if you mean just making an appearance or having their own...
by Diego
April 3rd, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Radio/Mail Mentalism in other countries?
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Radio/Mail Mentalism in other countries?

Up until the mid-1930s, when the FCC and Postal Authorities shut them down, a number of mentalists. (Rajah Raboid, Mel-Roy, Ralph Richards and others) would answer questions over the radio, that listeners mailed in, and then offer to privately answer a mailed-in question, for those who would order t...
by Diego
April 3rd, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 8419

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

I have also known circus and other acts that used animals, where their fellow performers were treated like the family they were. For them, the old adage of: If you have a dollar left, and you can either use it to buy food for your animals, or your yourself, the animals get fed always, is very true. ...
by Diego
March 19th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Alistair Maskelyne
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Re: Death of Alistair Maskelyne

Richard, Thank you for your very insightful/candid account of Alistair's life and his thoughts from his perspective, of his family's
lives and careers.
by Diego
March 6th, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1908

Re: Blackface

The magic section in The Billboard Magazine, used to occupy a full page, but by the 1940's, The Billboard Magazine had three columns, devoted to magic, burlesque, and minstrel shows...all on the same page.
by Diego
March 6th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not so secret anymore, huh?
Replies: 25
Views: 2961

Re: Not so secret anymore, huh?

If you go thru the last 100+ years of magic magazines, and/or The Billboard magazine, even during magic's "golden age", year after year, there constantly is the hand-wringing cries of, "Is magic dead?"
by Diego
March 6th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Blackface
Replies: 20
Views: 1908

Re: Blackface

There is a photo of a very young Houdini, (in Gresham's bio and elsewhere) with standard catalog apparatus/props. Among those props is a small black baby. When I was a teenager, I knew an old-time carnival magician, Lee J. Eastman, "("Gully Gully") who showed me his scrapbook of photo...
by Diego
February 17th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 29
Views: 7245

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

ReReading the article in BOLD magazine, by Gresham on The Bullet Catch, is an example of the type of, "men's" magazines and other pulp magazines that Gresham wrote mostly for, in his later years. Those type of magazines, whose covers hyped stories of nazi torturers, dangerous jungle advent...
by Diego
February 16th, 2019, 12:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final Curtain - Gary Darwin
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Re: Final Curtain - Gary Darwin

I remember once visiting Gary at his home and I was amazed when he showed photos of himself, as he said, "When I was a gym bum, always at the gym, working out." Looking like the "after" photo of a Charles Atlas ad! Impressive. I remember one time when Gary's club met at The Colon...
by Diego
February 13th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 29
Views: 7245

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Gresham autographed it to, "The Great Merlini", which was the pen name for Clayton Rawson. Gresham, Rawson, and John Dickson Carr, were good friends....New York based writers who were magicians, amateur or otherwise. Magic was often a theme or sub-theme of the stories they wrote. In his su...
by Diego
February 11th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 8952

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

I meant, in comparison, a hollow reward. Yes, books can be very enriching and beneficial...both in reading and possessing them. But that book may always be around...but those people that matter in your life won't. I have heard different people remembering a parent/relative/friend, saying how devoted...
by Diego
February 11th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 8952

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

Walker Martin's piece can be taken different ways and depending on how far he takes his collecting and how it effects himself and his family is the point. It used to asked, "Are you doing it, or is IT doing you?" Somehow, I wondered how Frances Marshall dealt with Jay Marshall's collecting...
by Diego
February 10th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final Curtain - Gary Darwin
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Final Curtain - Gary Darwin

Very sorry to learn that Gary Darwin of Las Vegas, has passed away. He was the ambassador, cheerleader, and welcoming committee for magic in Las Vegas. He had a remarkable collection, including pertaining to those who performed in Las Vegas over the decades. I will always remember his friendly welco...
by Diego
February 1st, 2019, 2:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "The Magician" needs a star...
Replies: 6
Views: 930

Re: "The Magician" needs a star...

I don't know if the cost is really up to $40,000...I remember 20+ years ago the tab was supposed to be $6,000. Some have questioned why some movie/TV people who once had notable careers, don't have a star and someone relatively new, but with a PR firm behind them, with the money does. If true, it is...
by Diego
January 9th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?
Replies: 20
Views: 765

Re: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?

Watching Uri Geller work, IS a lesson in showmanship, presence, and charisma. I will never forget watching Uri Geller in a hotel ballroom, with a thousand people, half out of their seats, transfixed, while a key bends a quarter of an inch in his hand! Geller can move and take his audience, to wherev...
by Diego
January 6th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Easley's Magic/Costume store closes.
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Easley's Magic/Costume store closes.

They did and will continue their online store. Among the factors they said contributing to the store's closing was online competition. So while they were using the web, perhaps to keep a profit margin, keeping a retail store location open, as well as an online store, was no longer viable. (speculati...
by Diego
January 6th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Easley's Magic/Costume store closes.
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Easley's Magic/Costume store closes.

On a poignant and reality note, Bert Easley's granddaughter, responding to those asking why "their decision" to close their store, she responded, "When any of you bought something online, knowing we had the same item in our store, and could have bought it from us, you made that decisi...
by Diego
January 3rd, 2019, 2:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells
Replies: 14
Views: 956

Re: Magicians and their pseudoscientific spells

"Unwittingly spreading beliefs...."

For some, actually, deliberately spreading beliefs....

"There isn't a market for a fake mentalist."

(Same old arguments over mentalists, decade after decade)
by Diego
January 3rd, 2019, 1:56 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Easley's Magic/Costume store closes.
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Easley's Magic/Costume store closes.

I just saw that Easley's magic/costume business, that was started in Phoenix, Arizona, announced they are closing their doors by the end of 2018. Started by magician Bert Easley 72 years ago, as a magic shop inside the downtown bus station, it expanded to its location on McDowell Road...just a few b...
by Diego
January 1st, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?
Replies: 10
Views: 694

Re: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?

Koran would not be the first mentalist who had a disdain for some magicians, as some magicians do for mentalists. Whether Koran had similar feelings for those who were successful professionals, might be another thing. But these anti-mentalist, anti-magician attitudes have been going on for generatio...
by Diego
January 1st, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?
Replies: 10
Views: 694

Re: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?

Mark you seem to be right....the clip does seem like the appearance I saw, as I remember the nice introduction Sullivan gave, but there are no camera zoom-ins for anything Koran does on this appearance. Perhaps it was a different show and/or performer I was thinking of. Good to know you are responsi...
by Diego
January 1st, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?
Replies: 10
Views: 694

Re: The Koran Medallion & Modern Medicine?

To say medicine hasn't cured anyone is ridiculous. Different types of cancers that were once death sentences for many, are now treated/removed every day. The Koran Medallion: The use of words in the presentation is definitely a key factor. However I do remember when Al Koran was on The Ed Sullivan S...
by Diego
December 2nd, 2018, 1:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11616

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Ricky Jay gave one of the the best comeback lines ever: Ricky told me in the late 1970's, theater director Andre Gregory asked him to help with a new play he was directing. Ricky said working with him was a very rewarding, learning experience, that he always valued. A few years later, (1981) the mov...
by Diego
November 24th, 2018, 9:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 76
Views: 11616

Final Curtain - Ricky Jay

I just read on the online sites of The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, that Ricky Jay has passed away from natural causes.

Michael Weber was quoted in the publications note above, confirming the news.
by Diego
November 19th, 2018, 7:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 8952

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

Thanks Bill for sharing this. Good, honest advice, learned from real experience. I recently thought of the subject of this thread when I went to a Washington, D.C., army retirement home, where my uncle had been staying and recently passed away. Being his POA and agent of his estate, I began the task...
by Diego
October 13th, 2018, 7:02 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon's Silhouettes
Replies: 13
Views: 4766

Re: Vernon's Silhouettes

I have seen a silhouette artist as The Magic Castle on different nights, cutting silhouettes for members and guests.

Cassidy Alexander, is a very busy silhouette artist in the greater Chicago, Il. area.
by Diego
August 31st, 2018, 4:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ward Hall - Final Curtain
Replies: 0
Views: 368

Ward Hall - Final Curtain

I was very saddened today to learn of the passing of my old boss and friend, Ward Hall. Ward with his partner Chris, were the last of the showmen who owned and managed sideshows and other attractions very successfully. In his time, he hired, fired, and sobered up, (with varying success) more magicia...
by Diego
July 30th, 2018, 7:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: H.G. Wells wrote a magic book
Replies: 7
Views: 1117

Re: H.G. Wells wrote a magic book

"The Magic Shop", (a very good story BTW) was credited for an episode on, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". But it had little resemblance to the H.G. Wells story.

It reminded you a little of The Twilight Zone episode with Billy Mumy, "It's a Good Life."
by Diego
July 12th, 2018, 10:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 8952

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

The movie I'm referring to, came out just 2-3 months ago. Was it the same movie?
by Diego
July 12th, 2018, 1:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 8952

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

Recently, I saw a movie, "Nostalgia", which themes touch upon the subject of this thread. The movie has an impressive cast, (Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, among others) and is very well written and acted. Not an upbeat, feel-good movie for a Saturday night out, it has a lot of awful truth, th...
by Diego
July 11th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Mentalist Robert Nelson Office Mural Repro
Replies: 3
Views: 343

Re: Mentalist Robert Nelson Office Mural Repro

Your are right Richard. Everybody please click the links in the 2nd post on this subject. You will see the retro mural and get the link to the Robert Nelson Facebook page, which has more information. Please contact David Eaton or myself with any questions. (I do not have a financial interest in this...
by Diego
July 11th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Mentalist Robert Nelson Office Mural Repro
Replies: 3
Views: 343

Re: Mentalist Robert Nelson Office Mural Repro

https://www.facebook.com/groups/161021260690/permalink/10160754619695691/?comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22O%22%7D Click the link above to see the original mural in Robert Nelson's office and the retro version you can obtain now.https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/37019505_10213919320...
by Diego
July 11th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Mentalist Robert Nelson Office Mural Repro
Replies: 3
Views: 343

Mentalist Robert Nelson Office Mural Repro

Special Robert Nelson Magic/Mentalism Retro offer: David Eaton contracted artist Peter Olsen, to create a reproduction of the Mural that was in Robert Nelson's office at his store in Columbus, Ohio for so many years. Originally done by Nelson Hahne, this retro version is a homage to the memory and l...
by Diego
May 28th, 2018, 7:40 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "Wait for your Laugh"
Replies: 5
Views: 2321

Re: "Wait for your Laugh"

I noticed that this documentary has been broadcast and hopefully more so in the future on the Decades and other channels.
by Diego
May 19th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 29
Views: 7245

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Yes, Jay Marshall knew Gresham well. I remember years ago, talking with Bob Lund, (who also knew Gresham well) that Gresham's life story, needed to be told/written. He replied, "The person who could do that, would be Jay Marshall." In his book, Sandy Marshall remembers Gresham who treated ...
by Diego
May 19th, 2018, 3:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 29
Views: 7245

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Bob,
No, the movie does not deal with the fleas or the scale in the office, as the book does. In his Houdini bio, without mentioning "Nightmare Alley", he does tip the scale/flea mystery, saying it was a stunt, Ed Saint,(Beatrice Houdini's companion) used to do.
by Diego
May 18th, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 29
Views: 7245

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

It was announced a few months ago for plans of the remake. Be interesting what the screenwriter and director do with the story today. In Martin Scorsese's office, behind his desk is a Nightmare Alley poster. I always thought he would be the person who could do something with it...what he did with Tr...

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