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by Marco Pusterla
August 19th, 2018, 4:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6896
Views: 2025527

Re: ERDNASE

Eight Kings goes back to 1876 (at least) (Hoffman's Modern Magic ). Eight Kings was first described in The Expositor, or, Many Mysteries Unravelled - Including that of the Learned Pig published in Boston in 1805 by William Frederick Pinchbeck. The trick begins on page 95: "By what manner the P...
by Marco Pusterla
July 29th, 2018, 3:31 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 1777

Re: A.Bandit

I assume the magazine is Genii, the August 2018 issue. I've only looked (briefly) at the digital edition and I don't know who Teller is talking about, I'm afraid. We may all have a guess, but the only one with the answer will be Teller. I don't remember him participating to this forum... Hope this h...
by Marco Pusterla
July 29th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 1777

Re: A.Bandit

I think it's this one and this other one.
by Marco Pusterla
June 22nd, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A History of Magic in India
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: A History of Magic in India

The book of Zubrzycki is already in major bookstores in the UK (Waterstone's) and it's very good. It has been very well researched and it's very well written, covering the history of magic, both "real" and of conjuring, since earliest records. The first half of the book deals mainly with l...
by Marco Pusterla
May 31st, 2018, 3:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Trial Over. Plaintiff Loses.
Replies: 28
Views: 2096

Re: Copperfield Trial Over. Victim Loses.

My understanding of NHS is that if your need is urgent (which a brain injury would be), then you are treated in short order. Sadly, this is not the case. There are waiting lists on any kind of procedure and different health authorities (at regional level) prioritize differently the services availab...
by Marco Pusterla
May 22nd, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson dove production
Replies: 22
Views: 4150

Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

It took me a while to find the booklet, but now I've got it (it seems magic books tend to move between rooms on their own volition...). I think your memory may be playing tricks: in the booklet, Thompson says to use a "polyethylene bag" and indicates this was a bag for ladies' socks (found...
by Marco Pusterla
May 22nd, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson dove production
Replies: 22
Views: 4150

Re: Johnny Thompson dove production

The Polished Polish Prestidigitation explains a dove production, the "Wings of Warsaw", but it's not the method with the transparent film. "Wings of Warsaw" is explained on page 230 of vol. 2 of the recent books. For reference: https://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/book/1512
by Marco Pusterla
April 8th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6896
Views: 2025527

Re: ERDNASE

Just my two cents as I was probably the first to try to determine Erdnase's height from the size of his hand... ( here ... but please do not consider this as a commercial plug...) There are numerous studies worldwide to try to determine the height of people when the person cannot be measured standin...
by Marco Pusterla
February 19th, 2018, 3:20 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks
Replies: 4
Views: 894

Re: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks

Many thanks, Kent, for sharing these scrapbooks! It's really an amazing project and the material is of great interest to magic historians!
by Marco Pusterla
December 21st, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 2427

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Magic is NOT art. Not always. To have art, you must express your creative imaginative skills, and most "magicians" are (good) performers of other people's imagination (=tricks). Magic doesn't often have "beauty" in its representation, and often the only feeling that it raises is ...
by Marco Pusterla
November 1st, 2017, 4:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 16559

Re: New John Thompson Book

David, just a question... Will any of the books be signed by John at all? (other than on personal encounters or to friends)

Many thanks!
by Marco Pusterla
October 31st, 2017, 10:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series
Replies: 19
Views: 2067

Re: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series

Have you found anything in them that you have actually used and feel it was worth your investment? Yes, I did, but it wasn't probably worth $1,000 (this is the amount I paid for the set, one volume at a time, when they were first produced). The "disappointment" is to see the amount of mat...
by Marco Pusterla
October 30th, 2017, 4:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 16559

Re: New John Thompson Book

I've been sitting on the fence since Magicana announced the book and I haven't ordered it yet. I'm sure the book will be excellent, quality-wise, and that the material may be useful and perhaps even reveal "the secret" (the great secret of magic that turns the possessor into the greatest m...
by Marco Pusterla
August 17th, 2017, 3:10 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 2263

Re: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference

Only one week to the opening of the 7th European Magic History Conference in Turin, Italy. All 20 speakers have now been announced, the full cast of the 3 gala shows has been revealed and we are hard at work to complete the finishing touches to what looks like it's going to be an exciting event for ...
by Marco Pusterla
August 4th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: They Lived By Tricks - Expanded Edition
Replies: 5
Views: 1662

Re: They Lived By Tricks - Expanded Edition

The book is written in English. The price is currently €95: after EMHC , it will rise to €120 (to this you have to add postage: an email to the author will tell you how much postage is for your country). Mr. Micheli has a presentation PDF of the book, available on Google Drive (please, let me know i...
by Marco Pusterla
August 3rd, 2017, 5:27 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 2263

Re: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference

Places are filling up quickly at the 7th European Magic History Conference : we only have about 10 places left! If you plan to attend, don't delay! Also: the Convention Hotel ('Il Fortino') is now fully booked ! There are places in other hotels, and you can find the list of hotels with which we have...
by Marco Pusterla
July 16th, 2017, 4:10 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 2263

Re: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference

The latest newsletter of the European Magic History Conference is now out! If you haven't received it, you can find it here . In this issue, we announce three new speakers: ⋅  Magic Christian - on Valentino Graziadei, King of Cards ⋅  Riccardo Rampini - on Hieronimo Scotto, Renai...
by Marco Pusterla
July 4th, 2017, 1:20 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference
Replies: 3
Views: 2263

EMHC - 7th European Magic History Conference

For any magician interested in the history of our craft, or any collector of magic memorabilia, the next appointment on the subject is the European Magic History Conference (EMHC), held in Turin, Italy, from August 24 to 26. The Conference will host: ⋅ 20 different speakers, from all over ...
by Marco Pusterla
March 29th, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 28
Views: 5970

Re: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

If someone owns The Dragon , Vol. 10, no. 8, August 1941, could he check if page 1 the trick Independent Aces by Oscar Weigle is a Slow Motion Assembly. Yes, the trick is a slow motion version. Oscar Weigle mentions Vernon and his "business" to have the aces travel one at a time, and refe...
by Marco Pusterla
December 23rd, 2016, 3:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Orson Welles in Rome
Replies: 9
Views: 1735

Re: Orson Welles in Rome

The magician Welles met in Rome in 1948 was the most popular magician in the country at the time, Ranieri Bustelli (1898-1974) who was at the time performing at the Teatro Adriano in Rome with an enormous success and great earnings. Bustelli performed four months at the Adriano. I believe the season...
by Marco Pusterla
December 5th, 2016, 11:42 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting
Replies: 1
Views: 2361

Re: Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting

The new issue of Ye Olde Magic Mag , the quarterly magazine on magic history and magic collecting, is now out. This is the first issue of the third volume : yes, it's already three years since the launch! I can't believe it either! This issue contains many short articles about forgotten magicians, t...
by Marco Pusterla
September 10th, 2016, 9:54 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Tommy Wonder Photo
Replies: 0
Views: 485

Wanted: Tommy Wonder Photo

I was wondering if anybody has an advertising photo of Tommy Wonder , from the late eighties-early nineties, preferably a 8x10", for sale or trade. I'm not interested in the "no photos" photo and would prefer if Tommy's coat was red (!). A reply here or a PM will be great. Many thanks...
by Marco Pusterla
August 31st, 2016, 7:08 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting
Replies: 1
Views: 2361

Ye Olde Magic Mag - Magic History and Collecting

The latest issue of Ye Olde Magic Mag is now out, with its usual collection of articles on less-known (or totally obscure) magicians of times gone by, and with an eye on the market of magic collectibles, with an overview of some unusual items sold in the past quarter (including a review and analysis...
by Marco Pusterla
June 1st, 2016, 11:13 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: America's Got Talent 2016
Replies: 31
Views: 13097

Re: America's Got Talent 2016

Thommy Ten and Amelie: 1st prize winner in Mentalism at last year's FISM: http://www.theclairvoyantslive.com/
by Marco Pusterla
March 27th, 2016, 9:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You
Replies: 16
Views: 5302

Re: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You

Tom has always very interesting ideas to share and this solution to a problem (performer without pockets/need pockets for set) is both practical and clever. But this is not a solution that is suitable to every performer, in every circumstance, for every effect. If the performer doesn't have (for his...
by Marco Pusterla
March 14th, 2016, 4:19 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Extra loop advantage for Siberian chain escape?
Replies: 6
Views: 2419

Re: Extra loop advantage for Siberian chain escape?

When I was younger, I did perform the Siberian Chain Escape with a long chain, which was wrapped around the arms. The weight of the chain slows you down, and the escape takes time and will probably require to be covered (the performer hidden from the audience) as you need to obtain sufficient slack ...
by Marco Pusterla
March 2nd, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Help Needed for LJ Trick
Replies: 5
Views: 1873

Re: Help Needed for LJ Trick

Hi Richard,

Check your email...
by Marco Pusterla
October 31st, 2015, 8:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 18558

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

I ordered the book only earlier this month (October), once I got an email from Todd that the book was at the printers. As far as I know, I will get the book I paid for, not something that may have been promised a decade ago. Having bought all books Todd published, I had my share of waiting and I wil...
by Marco Pusterla
September 26th, 2015, 1:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay
Replies: 34
Views: 7126

Re: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay

I suppose it will end up in Copperfield's warehouse (pictured above). Other collectors apply :) These objects, until Mr. Wonder was alive, were tools. They were used to create the illusion of magic. Without Mr. Wonder behind them, the cards, cups, box, etc. are just useless pieces of wood, tin, pap...
by Marco Pusterla
September 26th, 2015, 8:50 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay
Replies: 34
Views: 7126

Re: Tommy Wonder Close Up Kit on ebay

And, at the end of the day, this box and the tools that once had created Wonder and mystery in the eyes and minds of audiences, will end up in somebody's collection: an anonymous box among many others, the magic of the objects never again to be shared with an audience. http://wetwebworkcomimg.s3.ama...
by Marco Pusterla
July 16th, 2015, 2:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM
Replies: 12
Views: 2864

Re: FISM

Indeed, a book about FISM and its history has just been published.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/FISM-The ... 2561034427

The book (a coffee table book) replies to most questions and examines all previous issues of the World Championship of Magic as well, with numerous photos.
by Marco Pusterla
July 14th, 2015, 3:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fism day 6 and off to Korea
Replies: 12
Views: 5195

Re: Fism day 6 and off to Korea

Thank you, Craig, for your reports, which I thoroughly enjoyed also during the convention. As hard as I tried, I didn't spot you anywhere... I was looking for a leopard :D However, there is one comment I would like to make: In the cards category - Woody Aragon did a superb act– but was clearly overt...
by Marco Pusterla
July 14th, 2015, 3:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 5
Replies: 51
Views: 19994

Re: FISM Day 5

Richard, Seats behind the middle of the auditorium WERE on risers, I believe two levels up. I've been sitting at the back (last row or thereabouts) for most of the events in the "Piazza" and I can confirm there were risers. I think that the issue had more to do with the width of the audito...
by Marco Pusterla
June 30th, 2015, 11:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: kloAsking About Alexander
Replies: 8
Views: 2138

Re: kloAsking About Alexander

Yep, both Alexander and CARC's sites are down (and also the other addresses that map to the same IP used by Kalush's domains).
by Marco Pusterla
December 30th, 2014, 4:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Amy Dawes
Replies: 4
Views: 1505

Re: Amy Dawes

Very sad to hear this: I know she had not been well for a while but the news is certainly unexpected and upsetting.

My sincere condolences to Eddie and his family.

R.I.P.
by Marco Pusterla
December 26th, 2014, 3:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What Magic Item did You Get for the Holidays?
Replies: 33
Views: 8068

Re: What Magic Item did You Get for the Holidays?

Vernon Companion
Classic Correspondence II
John Henry Anderson book
by Marco Pusterla
November 30th, 2014, 10:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The first magic magazine ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1524

Re: The first magic magazine ...

Indeed: Italy did not publish the fist magazine dedicated to magic as conjuring. This was The Conjuror's Magazine, published in 1791 by one William Locke in England. Magicpedia is correct in this instance and perhaps Mr. Ghiurmino could indicate in his blog that L'Illusionista was the first ITALIAN ...
by Marco Pusterla
November 13th, 2014, 3:59 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Ye Olde Magic Mag by Marco Pusterla
Replies: 1
Views: 3436

Re: Ye Olde Magic Mag by Marco Pusterla

Hi Tom, Many thanks for the nice review: the prices for the digital and for the print editions are on the last page of the magazine, inside the "editorial box" at the left hand bottom corner. They are, respectively, £5 and £9, and the latter includes worldwide postage. You're not the first...
by Marco Pusterla
October 23rd, 2014, 3:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: 75 Years of Genii
Replies: 16
Views: 5510

Re: 75 Years of Genii

What about current and future volumes? Will they be available for sale in the future? When will they be available? We are now almost at the end of vol. 77 and I see that vol. 76 is not included in this product.

Many thanks.
by Marco Pusterla
September 30th, 2014, 3:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction
Replies: 7
Views: 2440

Re: Tommy Wonder AMA Award Auction

In regards to Mr. Maven's post above, it would be interesting to hear a clarification about what the position of the AMA is in regards to the awards given to recipients who have died. The object itself has passed to the family/estate: is the family under the same obligations as the original recipien...

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