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by David Ben
May 9th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 2262

Re: Frank Garcia Books

For what it may be worth, I believe the “Your Best” line was created by P. Howard Lyons, and made its appearance in an advertising flyer he distributed covertly (perhaps aided by Bob Weill) at an early FFFF. The flyer purportedly advertised a new publication, “Your Best”, a play on “My Best”, a work...
by David Ben
April 27th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2215

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

I suggest that if Marshall D. Smith knew that people today thought that he had traced any of his illustrative work from photographs, he would be rolling in his grave. The curriculum of the type of training Smith would have taken would have been on the French system that flourished in the 1890s, part...
by David Ben
April 24th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2215

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Against my better judgment, here is some food for thought.... My partner is a professional visual artist, figurative work her speciality. She had scholarships to the College of Art in London, and the Beaux Art in Paris. I asked her to take a look at the drawings, and opine whether they were done fro...
by David Ben
March 31st, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7334

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Bob - I don't have the books at hand but I believe it was in Mixed Macs. It is an incredibly detailed sequence, with McDonald's Aces being the end of it, but you should really look at how he does the layout, the various vanishes, and the clean up.
by David Ben
March 30th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7334

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Howard Lyons once told me that Fr. Cyprian’s ringing in of the cards was the best. He apparently used the Stevens Control with a double backer. It is on my To Do list to reconstruct. I asked Cyp about it once and he was his usual self-effacing self. I seem to recall that he did say he described it o...
by David Ben
March 30th, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7334

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

I believe Johnny Thompson’s handling is the best. It is in his book. I remember phoning Johnny as I was editing the book and telling him how amazing it is. It is incorporated within a larger routine, but could easily be used on its own.
by David Ben
March 25th, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Allan Slaight Covid-19 Relief Fund
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Allan Slaight Covid-19 Relief Fund

Magicians have always spoken of the “magic community.” Well now more than ever is the time to prove that we are, indeed, a community. To that end, Magicana is thrilled to follow the lead of the Slaight Family, and administer at their request, the Allan Slaight Relief Fund, a financial aid package fo...
by David Ben
February 23rd, 2020, 5:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Ben on Art, the Internet, Magicians and Fake News
Replies: 12
Views: 1471

Re: David Ben on Art, the Internet, Magicians and Fake News

First, thank you for the kind comments about the article in the Globe. The exhibition is truly marvelous, and with a slightly different spin than the one staged initially at the McCord Museum. We hope you get the chance to see it in Toronto. Second, I apologize if this post is rather lengthy but you...
by David Ben
September 17th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 14312

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Brad Although the Revelations series is wonderful, I try to remind myself that Vernon was around 88 years of age when the series was shot, and there was no one on set who really knew the historical facts of his life. So, there are a lot of errors that have been disseminated. (My mother, who passed a...
by David Ben
September 17th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 14312

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Bill Vernon did technically serve in the First World War. He was pulled out of Royal Military College just as trouble was brewing. Royal Military College was the training ground for Officers for the Canadian Expeditionary Force sent overseas to fight. If Vernon had graduated, he would have been hard...
by David Ben
September 17th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 14312

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

I placed the Vernon-Houdini encounter in 1922 as documented in my biography of Vernon for a variety of reasons. Although Vernon once placed the event in 1919, he also once placed it in 1922. He did say in both instances, however, that it took place in Chicago. During my extensive research into Verno...
by David Ben
August 16th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is there a method similar to this double lift turnover?
Replies: 12
Views: 2874

Re: Is there a method similar to this double lift turnover?

Yes. I believe so. I certainly have one. Mine (unpublished) may be, however, a reconstruction of an unpublished Vernon handling from the 1920s. Of course, unless one sees it live - yours and mine - one can never be sure.
by David Ben
August 7th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 15322

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I have known Bob and his wife for over forty years. Truer words have not been written.
by David Ben
August 7th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 15322

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Joe, obviously you are free to think and say what you want. So no offense taken. I’ve had lots of people diagnosed with Aspergers in my life. Just because someone thinks different, lives in the same house, and once wrote about an abusive parent and sounds, isn’t enough in my book to make someone an ...
by David Ben
August 6th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 15322

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

I have always said that some people think musically, others visually, some with language, etc. I believe some think magically, that is they view the world as a series of paradoxes that they can resolve. I am one of those. Stewart was too
by David Ben
August 6th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 15322

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Lots of magicians are on the spectrum. My late wife, a primary educator, wanted to give the Aspergers Test to the magicians who attended our conference 31 Faces North. She was sure half would make the grade. As for Stewart, I knew him very well. I do not believe he had Aspergers. Stewart had very go...
by David Ben
December 10th, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Fitch Kohler Holdout with Fitch coin attachment
Replies: 1
Views: 735

Re: WTB Fitch Kohler Holdout with Fitch coin attachment

Piff

I believe I know where one is that would be for sale. Please send me an email at info@davidben.com and I'll report back.

David
by David Ben
June 4th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Jacob Daley
Replies: 16
Views: 5992

Re: Jacob Daley

They did not sell at the auction. I bought them from Linda Cervon afterwards.

The Daley book is in the works. Just not by me.
by David Ben
December 21st, 2017, 4:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 4193

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

I tend to agree with Joe. For me, Magic is more of a craft that can be, when it is in the hands of an artist, an art. Unfortunately, artists in magic are few and far between. Hopefully this program at Carleton will raise the level for all concerned or interested.
by David Ben
December 21st, 2017, 7:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 4193

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Probably a few months. I imagine they will announce the Chair in the spring. Not sure yet when classes start. Either September 2018 or, more likely, January 2019.
by David Ben
December 19th, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Paul Daniels Magic Show
Replies: 18
Views: 5068

Re: The Paul Daniels Magic Show

Magicana will be doing an online exhibition culled from Daniel’s television appearances hopefully late next year.
by David Ben
November 29th, 2017, 3:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 1465

Re: Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic

Wonderful. Many thanks.
by David Ben
November 28th, 2017, 6:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 1465

Re: Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic

ALL of what was floating around was of poor quality - including the pirate copy posted recently on the Genii site. This is the first time it is available from the original master on the internet. Hint hint: Respectfully, as I know Richard K has nothing to do with this, perhaps the powers at Genii ca...
by David Ben
November 1st, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 30234

Re: New John Thompson Book

Marco At this point in time there are no plans to do a special signing in advance. It would be a logistical nightmare with Johnny operating out of Vegas, the books printed in Canada, and the fulfillment house in another state. To compound the issue the books will be large, and we plan on adding extr...
by David Ben
November 1st, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 30234

Re: New John Thompson Book

Yes, the Thompson Trick - really a reworking of a great piece with many great touches (all credited) - is in the book, and Mike fooled me with it when he and I first met in the early 80s. It only took 35 years for me to learn the handling (from Johnny’s book) as Mike never tipped it. And the great t...
by David Ben
October 31st, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 30234

Re: New John Thompson Book

Julie has shot over 3,000 images for the book. Still, having taken Mark’s commentary into account, we should still exceed the mark set by Slydini in the final product.
by David Ben
October 31st, 2017, 11:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 30234

Re: New John Thompson Book

Marco The book has everything. Everything that was possible to describe. And although you describe previously released material as "already mature", that was, in fact, not the case. Johnny, like Vernon, constantly reviewed, simplified, improved his material. And like Vernon, somethings tha...
by David Ben
October 30th, 2017, 11:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 30234

Re: New John Thompson Book

In my opinion - and it is admittedly biased as Magicana is publishing the book - the list price is a bargain. (Even better with our prepublication offer.) It all depends on how you look it. (It would also be helpful if you reserved judgement until you had actually seen the book.) Either way, you are...
by David Ben
January 22nd, 2016, 12:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ross Bertram Welcome Mat
Replies: 7
Views: 3281

Re: Ross Bertram Welcome Mat

It took Ross a very long time to find the appropriate material for the Welcome Mat. (I was seeing him quite frequently at the time.) He eventually found a supplier in England. It was high end billiard cloth, the type used to cover snooker tables. Perhaps it was made of Merino wool - that would not s...
by David Ben
July 2nd, 2015, 10:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 23488

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

For Larry (and anyone else waiting patiently for Volume Two of the Vernon biography), although it may appear that our "publishing schedule" has been sporadic, we have been busy. Since Part One of Vernon was published in 2006, we have written the Zarrow book, assembled Revelation for Mike C...
by David Ben
May 21st, 2015, 10:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 23488

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

One of our goals was to ensure that the book could be opened comfortably, and remain open, so that two pages could be processed at the same time. Hence, the two page spread - storyboard style - of images. Technically the binding is: gathered, sewn, square back (board in spine), encased complete with...
by David Ben
May 21st, 2015, 7:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 23488

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

Thanks, Jim, for your comment. Much appreciated. As for this most recent project, Stan Allen has kindly allowed us to reproduce the interview with me about the book that appeared recently in MAGIC. Here is the link. http://www.magicana.com/buy/publications/experts-card-table (Click on "Unshuffl...
by David Ben
May 20th, 2015, 7:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 23488

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

We have also looked into DVDs or downloads of the material. Daniel Zuckerbrot (the director of the Dai Vernon - The Spirit of Magic, amongst other magic-related films) and I have been discussing this for years. Julie Eng has shot a great deal of footage of me performing the material already. Again, ...
by David Ben
May 20th, 2015, 7:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 23488

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

I don't believe PickaCard is nitpicking. The cost of postage is high. Universally. (And the rate goes up with the weight of the book.) Profiting from multiple volumes was the last thing on our mind. (Those who know our work realize that the time it takes to write, prepare, publish and distribute far...
by David Ben
May 20th, 2015, 5:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 23488

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

Volume One is a restructuring and substantial editing of the Card Table Artifice section of The Expert at the Card Table. The material is presented in a new schematic order, one that I believe presents the information, and system, with greater clarity. Marshall Smith's illustrations have been discar...
by David Ben
May 19th, 2015, 4:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 23488

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

Matt Yes, things have been VERY busy at Magicana. We have many more projects on the go, some of which will be announced in the coming months. (Vernon Vol 2, while in development, is not one of them. Sorry.) I am, however, thrilled that the first volume of our so-called Erdnase trilogy is at the prin...
by David Ben
February 26th, 2015, 5:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 466
Views: 155341

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Both sides are partially correct. Bob and Magicana are in Canada. The printer and the fulfillment centre are in the United States. There will be a small allotment of books delivered for distribution from Magicana. For those who reside in Canada, and want to purchase it from us here, we have to calcu...
by David Ben
November 5th, 2014, 10:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 96
Views: 23480

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Andrew I will attempt to answer your question. Vernon is important and, as I like to describe him, the most influential magician of the 20th century, simply because he thought about magic more than any other person in the history of the art/craft. More than Robert-Houdin, Hofzinser, Houdini, Herrman...
by David Ben
September 17th, 2013, 2:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Kueppers compared to Schoolcraft & Lassen
Replies: 5
Views: 2039

Re: Kueppers compared to Schoolcraft & Lassen

Roy has made many custom items for me over the years. I have also trusted him with refurbishing coin gimmicks once owned by Vernon. He does very fine work. (He does, however, take a long time.) I don't believe he gets the credit he deserves.

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