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by Diego
January 9th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?
Replies: 20
Views: 534

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: 323

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: 323

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: 767

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: 323

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: 555

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: 555

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: 555

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: 70
Views: 8632

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: 70
Views: 8632

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: 49
Views: 7470

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: 12
Views: 4286

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: 315

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: 919

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: 49
Views: 7470

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: 49
Views: 7470

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: 256

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: 256

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: 256

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: 1878

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: 25
Views: 6092

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: 25
Views: 6092

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: 25
Views: 6092

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...
by Diego
May 16th, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "The Electric Woman"
Replies: 0
Views: 792

"The Electric Woman"

Tessa Fontaine, has written a memoir of her experiences, titled, "The Electric Woman", of working a season on "The Last Traveling Sideshow", owned by Ward Hall and Chris Christ. I attended a book signing as she read parts of her book and answered questions. There were a few show ...
by Diego
April 26th, 2018, 3:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Baker RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 1982

Re: Steve Baker RIP

Saw that Steve Baker's passing, was noted in the, "In Memoriam" segment of the AMA Awards last Sunday.
by Diego
April 17th, 2018, 4:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final Curtain - Joseph Herzer
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Final Curtain - Joseph Herzer

I was very saddened to learn that with others who have passed away today, Joseph Herzer has passed away as well. Long time member, supporter, volunteer at The Magic Castle, he and his late wife were very kind, generous, welcoming people, that I will always remember. Joseph always had great stories.....
by Diego
January 26th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Winter Break for Little Egypt Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 1324

Re: Winter Break for Little Egypt Magic

"150 boxes...." Sounds familiar. If you haven't already, you might to read this thread in the History section:

"I never saw a un-haul, following a hearse."
by Diego
November 20th, 2017, 4:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Baker RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 1982

Re: Steve Baker RIP

I have not bought-in to a "celebrity death hoax" before, but with the previous reports of his poor condition, it seemed logical and now noticed online, others are debunking the hasty/false reports. Sorry for the misinformation. Still sad for his condition. Years ago he appeared on a TV sho...
by Diego
November 20th, 2017, 1:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Baker RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 1982

Re: Steve Baker RIP

When I was on my phone today, and read that teen idol, David Cassidy had died, I was with about a dozen people in the 20s' and 30's. I asked did anyone know who David Cassidy was? What "The Partridge Family" was? NO one had any idea. Fame is fleeting. At one time, Steve Baker was on nation...
by Diego
November 19th, 2017, 2:26 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "Wait for your Laugh"
Replies: 5
Views: 1878

Re: "Wait for your Laugh"

I saw it at Laemmle's Town theater in Encino, Calif....it hasn't gotten to TV yet. I should qualify, the home movies I noted, do show the outside theater marquees with Rose Marie billed with others, including magicians, but it doesn't show them performing or hanging out with Rose Marie.
by Diego
November 18th, 2017, 3:04 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "Wait for your Laugh"
Replies: 5
Views: 1878

"Wait for your Laugh"

I just saw, "Wait for your laugh", a bio/doc on Rose Marie. A fun look a her 90(!) years in show business....vaudeville, nightclubs, radio, movies, TV, and more.

Fun to see the home movies of the venues she played, sharing bills with Jose Frakson and Cardini and more.

Worth the watch.
by Diego
October 13th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Olive "Dot" Robinson - Marker Dedication
Replies: 2
Views: 1321

Olive "Dot" Robinson - Marker Dedication

We are please to announce that on Tuesday, October 24, 2:00pm, we will dedicate a stone/marker for Olive "Dot" Robinson. This will be at The Woodlawn Cemetery, in The Bronx, New York. Olive Robinson the wife and performing partner to William E. Robinson, aka "Chung Ling Soo", has...
by Diego
October 2nd, 2017, 8:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Jean Nelson - Final Curtain
Replies: 0
Views: 923

Jean Nelson - Final Curtain

The family of the late mentalist dealer Robert Nelson, has informed me, that his daughter, Jean Nelson, passed away last week. I am very grateful that she welcomed my inquires and generously shared her candid memories of her father and his enterprises. Stories like having Howard Thurston as a houseg...
by Diego
September 29th, 2017, 9:46 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 49
Views: 7470

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

The recently late Hugh Hefner said in an interview decades ago, that one of the great potentials and abilities of modern western people, was to create and live in the environment of their choosing. (Helps when you have the money to do so) Hefner may not have been thinking of Thurston or Soo one-shee...
by Diego
September 29th, 2017, 9:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mentalist receives death threats
Replies: 4
Views: 1125

Re: Mentalist receives death threats

Joe Atmore, told when he was consulting with Uri Geller, doing his TV program in different countries, Uri and the stations in certain countries did get death threats, because Uri was Jewish...never mind anything else! On another note, time is the great enemy of prophets and prophecy...the clock keep...
by Diego
September 25th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Philip Morris - Final Curtain
Replies: 0
Views: 484

Philip Morris - Final Curtain

Sorry to leave that Philip Morris has passed away.
He had been in declining health the last few years. He had a remarkable career, as a performer, ghost show operator, producer, TV personality, and successful business ventures.
by Diego
September 22nd, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!
Replies: 10
Views: 2686

Re: It's not magic, but AGT 2017-- Whoa!

The use of the (back) story for the contestant/performers is nothing more than standard TV production practice. The producers/directors want the public to KNOW the personalities they put on the show, maybe identify with them, so they will CARE about them and want to WATCH them to see WHAT happens to...
by Diego
September 19th, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You Receive an Email From Me Asking You to Click on a Link, Ignore It
Replies: 2
Views: 659

Re: If You Receive an Email From Me Asking You to Click on a Link, Ignore It

Did the link say it was to renew a subscription? I got one of those a few days ago. Was that from you or the hacker?
by Diego
September 17th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Baker RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 1982

Steve Baker RIP

I have read on Dean Carnegie's website, escape artist/magician, Steve Baker passed away on Sept. 16th. He was a local celebrity in the Bay Area in the 1960's and with numerous TV appearance, became better known across the country in the 1970's. Others who knew him better can write more fully about h...

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