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by Jeffrey Cowan
January 18th, 2021, 1:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Joe Porper
Replies: 4
Views: 879

Re: RIP Joe Porper

Crap.

Joe was a very kind guy on top of his considerable talents as a craftsman.
by Jeffrey Cowan
January 15th, 2021, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 40
Views: 4990

Re: RIP David Roth

Definitely a shame. David was generous with me when I presented myself at the FAO Schwartz magic counter in 1986 and asked for some feedback on the palm to palm change I had been learning from his video. He then did it for me with sets of dice, switching two for two. It was perfect and an ephiphany....
by Jeffrey Cowan
January 12th, 2021, 8:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: George Goebel has passed away.
Replies: 6
Views: 1069

Re: George Goebel has passed away.

Does video of his show exist? I saw it at the IBM convention in DC in 1976 or '77 (forget which), and it burned a wonderful memory in my adolescent brain.
by Jeffrey Cowan
December 18th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P Al Cohen
Replies: 18
Views: 1929

Re: R.I.P Al Cohen

The Washington Post published a superb obituary yesterday about Al. It does him justice.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ob ... story.html
by Jeffrey Cowan
October 6th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mendoza Tribute and interesting news
Replies: 5
Views: 877

Re: Mendoza Tribute and interesting news

That's good news for today's and tomorrow's magicians. I logged many, many hours during my teen years studying the Book of John.
by Jeffrey Cowan
August 23rd, 2020, 1:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Rubinstein -OR- Giacomo?
Replies: 16
Views: 2300

Re: Rubinstein -OR- Giacomo?

Neither. Get Kaufman's Coin Magic and/or the Latta book.
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 28th, 2020, 1:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is the purpose of close-up magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1210

Re: What is the purpose of close-up magic?

Watch video of Goshman or Del Ray working for a live audience. You'll know.
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 2nd, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Tom Blue
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: RIP Tom Blue

Tom was a craftsman (I think he spoke once of making some stuff for Vernon), a purveyor of Bill Gusius products at Castle swap meets -- and a very nice and generous guy once you got past the sometimes gruff exterior. I met Tom in the mid 1990s, and he ended up inviting me to his home in Van Nuys and...
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 3rd, 2020, 1:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How are Illusion Magic Lounge & the Castle doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 987

Re: How are Illusion Magic Lounge & the Castle doing?

You can see Illusions/Magicopolis during the looting at about the 7 minute mark here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbxTqyW ... D3cz1bxcgQ
by Jeffrey Cowan
April 29th, 2020, 12:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: COVID-19 Death Harvey Rosenthal
Replies: 9
Views: 1164

Re: COVID-19 Death Harvey Rosenthal

What distressing news. Harvey was very generous in helping me during the two years I worked as a full-time pro between college and law school. He had some terrific techniques, and -- more important -- Harvey was very devoted to his daughter, whom he invariably brought up or was thrilled to discuss w...
by Jeffrey Cowan
April 12th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: NYT mentions new Houdini biography by Adam Begley (Yale U Press)
Replies: 0
Views: 648

NYT mentions new Houdini biography by Adam Begley (Yale U Press)

My mom updated me today that the New York Times had a passing reference this week to a new Houdini biography. See https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/books/review/new-this-week.html Given that Yale University Press published it (and the author has some impressive writing/literary credentials), I'm as...
by Jeffrey Cowan
March 26th, 2020, 3:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Allan Slaight Covid-19 Relief Fund
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

Re: Allan Slaight Covid-19 Relief Fund

Kudos. What a great mitzvah.
by Jeffrey Cowan
March 23rd, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Live is cancelled
Replies: 5
Views: 1140

Re: Magic Live is cancelled

Deferring Magic Live to 2022 not only eliminates competition with FISM (folks with jobs and kids can justify only so much time away from home for magic conventions) but also returns to the convention's early history when Magic Live was only every 3 years anyway.
by Jeffrey Cowan
March 14th, 2020, 12:12 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Old Magazines, DVD's and VHS
Replies: 2
Views: 1156

Re: Old Magazines, DVD's and VHS

Consider exploring if a local middle school or high school library -- or a boys and girls' club or a local church/synagogue's youth group -- might want some of the magazines. Or solicit among your social network. A few years ago, someone in my area was giving away a large batch of Genii and Magic Ma...
by Jeffrey Cowan
March 6th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician in Music Video
Replies: 17
Views: 2856

Re: Magician in Music Video

I think Tom is referring to this new video by the Dixie Chicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbVPcPL30xc
by Jeffrey Cowan
January 5th, 2020, 8:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Oakland Lecture
Replies: 5
Views: 919

Re: Oakland Lecture

For those in the NorCal area who have not seen Brad in action, he's a superb performer and magician. Carpe diem.
by Jeffrey Cowan
October 8th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon and the Rainbow Room
Replies: 3
Views: 2188

Re: Dai Vernon and the Rainbow Room

I'm not a Vernon scholar, but I find this historical research and analysis fascinating. Thank you for posting.
by Jeffrey Cowan
October 8th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii 2019 Convention
Replies: 27
Views: 6954

Re: Genii 2019 Convention

Richard Kaufman wrote:We will have a full writeup of the convention by Chloe Olewitz in Genii.


Likewise looking forward to it. My buddies who attended said it was terrific (leaving me in a continued state of regret that I wasn't able to make this one).
by Jeffrey Cowan
September 25th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention registration available
Replies: 4
Views: 2304

Re: Genii Convention registration available

Still available.

[My office address is 9401 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 900, Beverly Hills, California 90212; see www.cowan-law.com]
by Jeffrey Cowan
September 18th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention registration available
Replies: 4
Views: 2304

Genii Convention registration available

I unfortunately cannot attend the Genii Convention this year due to family commitments that I'm unable to circumvent. Hopefully my loss (the GC two years ago was superb) is your gain. If you want to buy my registration for what I paid for it, let me know via email: jeffrey at cowan dash law dot com....
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 25th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Los Angeles Times review of Magic Castle food
Replies: 0
Views: 1661

Los Angeles Times review of Magic Castle food

Fresh off the presses (but not a copycat of the New York Times article; this has been in the works for at least two months).

https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2019 ... BLxikvWdA#
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 7th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine overreaches in Europe ?
Replies: 14
Views: 4281

Re: Blaine overreaches in Europe ?

David Blaine hit the ball out of the park and got a deserved standing ovation for his talk at the 2017 Genii Convention (which included two effects that are part of what I understand is his working repertoire). He has evolved and grown immensely from his first tv special and -- as Richard says -- ca...
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 3rd, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: June 2019 ABA Journal Profile
Replies: 1
Views: 463

June 2019 ABA Journal Profile

Some of you may get a kick from this profile interview that the ABA Journal decided to run about my work representing magicians in its June 2019 issue. [Back-up set of Paul Fox cups in photo courtesy of Bob Kohler 25-30 years ago.] http://dashboard.mazsystems.com/webreader/61383?page=14 Best, Jeffrey
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 3rd, 2019, 1:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 5176

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

It really depends on the routine. Jeff Haas: you foreshadow my comment. I regularly performed for laymen the routine of which I believe you're thinking -- John Bannon's Oz Deposit -- for 15+ years (until I became a dad and stopped having time for part-time pro stuff). No one ever surmised that the c...
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 1st, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: running Anton's Magic Multimedia CD (Windows 95)
Replies: 2
Views: 1008

running Anton's Magic Multimedia CD (Windows 95)

Anyone able to help me figure out how to run on my Windows 10 PC the Windows 95 "Magic Multimedia" program of Anton the Magician that Kevin James used to sell back in the day? It's designed to let you print a person's photo on a court card. I was lucky enough to receive one probably 20 yea...
by Jeffrey Cowan
May 22nd, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Werner Reich - Death Camp Conjuror
Replies: 4
Views: 1428

Re: Werner Reich - Death Camp Conjuror

The New York Times did a great feature article on them a few years ago: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/nyregion/auschwitz-magician-nivelli-war-play.html Huffington Post also did an article: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/werner-reich-and-the-magi_b_3037452?guccounter=1 Props to Scott for ensurin...
by Jeffrey Cowan
February 27th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 4942

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Richard Kaufman wrote:It's so easy for an editor to pick a photo that makes a magician look like an idiot. Poor Amos Lefkovitch.


Indeed. Amos was a superb magician, and often got a good reaction from lay audiences when he chose to make expressions like that one.
by Jeffrey Cowan
February 17th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for zipper purse
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Looking for zipper purse

Thanks! Problem solved. Greatly appreciate the help.
by Jeffrey Cowan
February 16th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for zipper purse
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Looking for zipper purse

Anyone not using one of the small red purses that unzipped into a full zipper (or started as a zipper and could be folded/zipped into a purse? I think Hank Lee (perhaps among others) marketed/sold them; and Scotty York used them in a few of his published routines. Thanks for your help in tracking do...
by Jeffrey Cowan
January 9th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?
Replies: 20
Views: 2003

Re: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?

Many of the greats who made impressions on me are gone (e.g., Slydini, Del Ray, Goshman, Conover, Marlo), but I strongly recommend that you capitalize on any opportunities to see the following greats in person if you have not already done so: Bob Kohler, David Williamson, Bill Malone, Armando Lucero...
by Jeffrey Cowan
October 24th, 2018, 8:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!
Replies: 43
Views: 7283

Re: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!

I try to add a Ten Card Deal phase to everything I do even the balloon animal routine where I end with an endangered species then the balloon bursts and I tell the kids that means that all the penguins are now dead. Through their tears I pull out the cards and end strong by beating the birthday chi...
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 26th, 2018, 8:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Purse Frames
Replies: 9
Views: 1179

Re: purse frames

Anyone know someone who can attach soft leather on one of these purse frames so that it is a real purse that would match an empty frame? I have no idea what kind of crafts/trades person to approach? [I'm trying to create a matching set; the purse frame from the set I've been using for 30 years wore ...
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 20th, 2018, 6:32 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Registration of Magic Live 2018 for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 735

Re: Registration of Magic Live 2018 for sale

This is now sold.
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 20th, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Original Art by Barry Ross from Now You See it, Now You Don't for Sale!
Replies: 3
Views: 1105

Re: Original Art by Barry Ross from Now You See it, Now You Don't for Sale!

Thank you for the heads up, Richard. I just got one for my office.

- Jeffrey
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 19th, 2018, 11:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Registration of Magic Live 2018 for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 735

Registration of Magic Live 2018 for sale

A jury trial whose date has changed several times is going to keep me from attending Magic Live. If you're interested in buying my registration, let me know. [I also can try to transfer my hotel reservation at the discounted rate to you.] Best way to reach me is via direct email: jeffrey at cowan-la...
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 14th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 5476

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

I like it very much, Al. Seems like a step forward from Milt Kort's copper-silver routine in Bobo.
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 12th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 34
Views: 8804

Re: Slydini's material

Concur with Richard, but you want the relatively recent annotated version of The Magic of Slydini. Gene Matsura adds some great tips and details that Lewis Ganson missed (or Tony didn't share with him). I recommend that you first buy/study the Magic of Slydini and The Best of Slydini and More before...
by Jeffrey Cowan
July 10th, 2018, 12:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day One
Replies: 7
Views: 2031

Re: FISM 2018 - Day One

Craig, many thanks for your detailed, candid reviews. I always appreciate them when I'm unable to attend FISM (as is again the case this year).
by Jeffrey Cowan
June 6th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Art Emerson R.I.P.
Replies: 10
Views: 3216

Re: Art Emerson R.I.P.

I laughed too.

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