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by David Ben
June 4th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Jacob Daley
Replies: 16
Views: 4472

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: 34
Views: 2467

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: 34
Views: 2467

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: 2241

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: 1189

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: 1189

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: 16938

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: 16938

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: 16938

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: 16938

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: 16938

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: 2868

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: 21510

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: 21510

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: 21510

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: 21510

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: 21510

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: 21510

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: 21510

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: 457
Views: 132703

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: 22048

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: 1856

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.
by David Ben
December 8th, 2012, 1:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Thompson's coin box work
Replies: 11
Views: 1789

Re: Frank Thompson's coin box work

Joe

I found the material, sent you the page count, and a couple of images so that you can recognize the style of the notebooks.

David
by David Ben
December 8th, 2012, 11:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Thompson's coin box work
Replies: 11
Views: 1789

Re: Frank Thompson's coin box work

Joe

I share your concern about the red flags. It does seem a bit odd, particularly when he asked you to scan books, etc.

I will try to dig out material and answer all of your questions privately.

David
by David Ben
December 8th, 2012, 8:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Thompson's coin box work
Replies: 11
Views: 1789

Re: Frank Thompson's coin box work

I have copies of some of Frank Thompson's private notebooks, and they are loaded with information on his Okito coin box work, including the description of his routine. So, this material definitely exists. It is not mine, however, to share. I only mention it because the guy who offered to trade you t...
by David Ben
October 11th, 2012, 5:44 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Jewish food?
Replies: 7
Views: 5202

Re: Jewish food?

I believe Charlie Miller is referring to the presumption of what it may take to penetrate Malini's "Inner Circle", that is the group of magicians of Jewish faith who traded secrets, and generally socialized with one another because of that faith. He is referring to the lengths that some pe...
by David Ben
September 28th, 2012, 2:51 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Malini Article - Correction
Replies: 3
Views: 4154

Re: Malini Article - Correction

I had heard that story as well, Gary. Not that I don't believe that the man told the story to Allen Okawa, I have a different source for the underlying medical reason. I'll leave it at that for now.
by David Ben
September 28th, 2012, 10:58 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Malini Article - Correction
Replies: 3
Views: 4154

Malini Article - Correction

One of the great things about publishing a work-in-progress article like the one on Malini is that it often prompts new discoveries. I am pleased to report that I made a mistake as to the date of Malini's U.S. naturalization. For purposes of the article, I was working from ship manifests that docume...
by David Ben
August 24th, 2012, 3:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alternatives for Marlo's Quick 3-Way sequence
Replies: 30
Views: 5176

Re: Alternatives for Marlo's Quick 3-Way sequence

Herb Zarrow had a lovely handling that dealt with this which he called "The Worraz Move" (Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic, page 326). There, I wrote "Except for a technique devised by Eddy Taytelbaum, Herb found most techniques for showing a small number of cards as one wanting. It motiva...
by David Ben
June 17th, 2012, 12:35 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Magic world standoff over tricks of the trade"
Replies: 6
Views: 1614

Re: "Magic world standoff over tricks of the trade"

Fortunately, all of our performers have generated great press. You can access links to the various reviews, articles, and television appearances here:
http://sharingwonder.wordpress.com/
by David Ben
June 8th, 2012, 1:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6981
Views: 2038223

Re: ERDNASE

Hurt

I think you have it backwards. Modern Magic was much more of an influence on Erdnase than Erdnase was on Hoffmann. Modern Magic, in particular, was published decades before The Expert.

David
by David Ben
April 18th, 2012, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dick Clark is off the air at age 82.
Replies: 6
Views: 1426

Re: Dick Clark is off the air at age 82.

You will read of another magic connection in the forthcoming biography of Allan Slaight (author of The James File). Slaight taught Clark and his team, using the latest technology, how to make it appear as though his syndicated radio program was taking place 'live' in the local studio. (Slaight and h...
by David Ben
March 14th, 2012, 11:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ross Bertram - A Very Sensitive Thumb
Replies: 11
Views: 2115

Ross Bertram - A Very Sensitive Thumb

As part of our promotion for Luminato, we taped a video piece for the press conference. Here is the link to the video clip: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicana.com/luminato">http://www.magicana.com/luminato</a><!-- m --> I started this separate post because the sequence I perform...
by David Ben
March 14th, 2012, 11:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Banachek, Turner and Varela at Luminato - Toronto
Replies: 1
Views: 686

Banachek, Turner and Varela at Luminato - Toronto

We are pleased to announce that Magicana will be programming magic for the third consecutive year for Luminato, Toronto's International Festival of Creativity and the Arts. Our series - Mind Over Magic - will feature the world premiere of Banachek's new show, The Alpha Project; Richard Turner provid...
by David Ben
March 14th, 2012, 11:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Name, origin and author of this effect?
Replies: 4
Views: 965

Re: Name, origin and author of this effect?

I believe that the routine - rather than the principle - that you are looking for is by John Mendoza and appeared in the Book of John. It was also recently reprinted in the revised edition of The Impossible Princess by Peter Tapan. Mendoza's routine, which is superb, is called - if memory serves me ...
by David Ben
February 2nd, 2012, 12:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: HUGO and Georges Méliès
Replies: 69
Views: 10020

Re: HUGO and Georges Méliès

Thanks, Brad. I contacted the shop but the book is no longer in stock.
by David Ben
February 1st, 2012, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: HUGO and Georges Méliès
Replies: 69
Views: 10020

Re: HUGO and Georges Méliès

As Dustin pointed out, I tried to recreate the effect of Robert-Houdin's suspension. I, like many of you, had my theory as to how it was performed. My builder and I worked out our own method of doing it on stage. I do not know how much we have reinvented as far as methodology goes because I have not...
by David Ben
January 11th, 2012, 9:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend in May
Replies: 29
Views: 3969

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend in May

Yes, Frances, I understand completely, and I thank you for your response. I'm sure we'll be in touch closer to the event.
by David Ben
January 11th, 2012, 9:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Collectors Weekend in May
Replies: 29
Views: 3969

Re: Magic Collectors Weekend in May

The MCW has certainly changed over the years, and with it the cost of hosting the conference and the expectations of those attending. When Jay and Fran hosted it in the back of Magic Inc, the attendance was much, much smaller, the facilities non-existent, and there was not much in the way of logisti...

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