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by Marco Pusterla
March 1st, 2021, 6:07 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magicians come to life!
Replies: 30
Views: 1312

Re: Magicians come to life!

by Marco Pusterla
March 1st, 2021, 4:31 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magicians come to life!
Replies: 30
Views: 1312

Re: Magicians come to life!

Colorization is debatable, but still impressive:
https://myhr.tg/1LdsUhh7
by Marco Pusterla
February 23rd, 2021, 4:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "Expurgated" Expert Card Technique
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Re: "Expurgated" Expert Card Technique

Thank you, Justin: that is the copy I had in mind. But was it a "one-off" (it has an unusual dedication...), or were a few more copies bound? This is what I would like to know :)
by Marco Pusterla
February 23rd, 2021, 4:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns
Replies: 25
Views: 1992

Re: The March Issue of Genii is Out and Jamy Swiss Returns

The photo was taken by Cardini.
The whole story of Walter Scott has been narrated in detail in Phantoms of the Card Table by David Britland and Gazzo, first published in 2003 (and re-published later).
by Marco Pusterla
February 22nd, 2021, 4:54 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "Expurgated" Expert Card Technique
Replies: 2
Views: 291

"Expurgated" Expert Card Technique

Hello! We are all familiar with the expurgated Greater Magic (all pages blank except the first chapter) and about other magic books that were almost completely formed by blank pages (I remember The Magic of Fred Kaps , for example), but can anybody tell me if there ever was an "expurgated"...
by Marco Pusterla
February 12th, 2021, 4:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Here Be Bunnies - The Jerx
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: Here Be Bunnies - The Jerx

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by Marco Pusterla
February 10th, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cups & Balls with different colored balls
Replies: 32
Views: 1511

Re: Cups & Balls with different colored balls

Christian Chelman has one, in one of his French books and on DVD...
by Marco Pusterla
February 9th, 2021, 2:51 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Morritt book
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: Looking for Morritt book

I'm sure you know it, but Jim Steinmeyer has two long essays on Morritt in "Art and Artifice" (and the lecture you mention corrects some of the theories put forward in that book). Maybe that was the book Steinmeyer was talking about?
by Marco Pusterla
February 8th, 2021, 3:32 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Morritt book
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: Looking for Morritt book

Bill Mullins wrote:The review doesn't make it sound as if it is a very good book.

It ain't... :(
by Marco Pusterla
February 8th, 2021, 12:18 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Morritt book
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: Looking for Morritt book

Christopher Brinson passed away at the end of 2017. His collection has been disposed of. His own two copies of the Morritt book (a regular one, and the last draft) are in a private collection. The book has never been reprinted. The publisher, John Alexander, of Arcady Press, passed away in 2018 and ...
by Marco Pusterla
February 1st, 2021, 2:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How would you place these cards?
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Re: How would you place these cards?

Is it not enough to start with one card on top, one on the bottom, and do 4 in-faros? Doesn't that put the top card at position 16? And the bottom at 37? Or am I miscalculating? Doh! you're right! I haven't checked the OP's positions before posting! :shock: I've seen "52 - 16" and the 16 ...
by Marco Pusterla
January 31st, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How would you place these cards?
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Re: How would you place these cards?

Is it not enough to start with one card on top, one on the bottom, and do 4 in-faros?
by Marco Pusterla
January 17th, 2021, 3:32 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: New book about a member of the Herrmann Family
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: New book about a member of the Herrmann Family

Thank you, Richard, very appreciated! About the "fluency" in speaking other languages, I think we should take it with a grain of salt: most international conjurers could present their show in other languages with almost no accent (and this still happens today), but they would struggle in c...
by Marco Pusterla
January 16th, 2021, 2:31 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: New book about a member of the Herrmann Family
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: New book about a member of the Herrmann Family

Many thanks, Richard (H.). I've bought the book and I'm waiting for it, but I was wondering whether the letters are transcribed or only presented as they are... you can see some in the sample pages.
by Marco Pusterla
November 6th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: University Research on Self-Working Card Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 966

Re: University Research on Self-Working Card Magic

The concept of "bracelets" has been explored in magic for more than a quarter of a century, with notable simplifications on practical terms concentrating on properties of the cards other than values (like color, suits, parity, etc). I would suggest you check the works of Leo Boudreau from ...
by Marco Pusterla
July 6th, 2020, 2:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7734
Views: 2452214

Re: ERDNASE

Bob, "Sig." is the short form of Italian "Signore" - "Mister" - what in English is "Mr." It was a common prefix to the name for artists in the 19th and early 20th century to give an air of exoticism, which did not always indicate any Italian origin. One such e...
by Marco Pusterla
March 18th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Read My Book CardWorks for Free!
Replies: 13
Views: 2234

Re: Read My Book CardWorks for Free!

Thank you, Richard! Much appreciated!
Stay safe!
by Marco Pusterla
January 28th, 2020, 2:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 158
Views: 24315

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

performer wrote:Still expensive but far more bearable than I first thought. I bet the shipping costs a fortune though! Especially overseas.........

Shipping to the UK starts at a bit more than $63 than to more than $100.
by Marco Pusterla
November 6th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 51
Views: 11287

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

This matter was discussed in the feature article of Ye Olde Magic Mag, Vol. 4 n. 4 (September 2018) by Kobe, who was at the time completing his biography of Suzy Wandas. At the time, the name of Marion was not known yet, but from access to first-hand sources, Kobe could dismiss the thought that the ...
by Marco Pusterla
October 12th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For -- Abstract by Richard Kaufman
Replies: 23
Views: 2812

Re: Looking For -- Abstract by Richard Kaufman

My copy is copyrighted 1984 but I have a note that is a "second printing". Don't remember where this information comes from: I had the notes in my library for 16 years.
by Marco Pusterla
September 30th, 2019, 3:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!
Replies: 13
Views: 3024

Re: Awesome Minneapolis convention is a month away!

Richard Hatch's review was published at the end of August in Ye Olde Magic Mag 5-4.
by Marco Pusterla
September 14th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 16545

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Another thing that has not been mentioned, is Vernon's skill with a deck of cards and the double lift. In his early years, I'm sure his DL would have been undetected, less alone suspected. Houdini - or any magician of the "old school" would not have stood a chance to his handling, particul...
by Marco Pusterla
September 11th, 2019, 3:05 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 16545

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Any chance you could mention what the source is? The article is called "The Ausburg All-Backs". Should that be Augsburg? Either way, it sounds German, and I don't know of any German magic books quite that old. Or maybe it's not a magic book... It's not for me to describe Reinhard Mueller'...
by Marco Pusterla
September 10th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Cards in a watermelon "pachydermous hide"
Replies: 5
Views: 2023

Re: Cards in a watermelon "pachydermous hide"

Jack Shalom wrote:"The film that inspired Wang to begin practicing, From Vegas to Macau is a Hong Kong-Chinese crime comedy film."

Any ID on that?


I believe it is this one https://youtu.be/xKnLwp8pMHk or one of the following in the series
by Marco Pusterla
September 5th, 2019, 5:29 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 16545

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Have we a reference of a double back before Deland? Yes: Hofzinser is the first magician who apparently used double-backed cards (see Conjuring Credits ), however these are much older. Reinhard Mueller has recently discovered a d/b card from early 1600s and has presented his research in the latest ...
by Marco Pusterla
September 3rd, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 16545

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Dai Vernon's performance of the trick that fooled Houdini: https://youtu.be/mZc132cf0ck
by Marco Pusterla
July 1st, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Graham Adams Card Magic & Erdnase
Replies: 48
Views: 7641

Re: Graham Adams Card Magic & Erdnase

125 was the opening bid and the auction states that it was "passed" so it looks like it was unsold!.... crazy! where was I then hahaha.... The internet does not have the correct information on old auctions. I was at that auction (John Fisher's collection): the lot sold for GBP 3,400 plus ...
by Marco Pusterla
June 30th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!
Replies: 13
Views: 2168

Re: The Surprising Return of Ricky Jay's

I believe this is the correct link: https://zzzauber.wordpress.com/2019/06/ ... ricky-jay/
by Marco Pusterla
June 10th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mr. Kaufmnan Wows Them in London
Replies: 4
Views: 1394

Re: Mr. Kaufmnan Wows Them in London

Yes, Richard performed about 10 De Land effects with his own handlings, which brought the material in the 21st century. I don't know if the event was filmed, but Richard had video support to make sure everybody could see the cards properly.
by Marco Pusterla
May 2nd, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)
Replies: 8
Views: 1890

Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

There is a DVD put out by International Magic (MacMillan) a few years ago with his lecture. There are also videos of his younger self performing (if I remember right, in his jester costume), but I don't think they are commercially available.
by Marco Pusterla
April 23rd, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mystic Descendant
Replies: 7
Views: 7248

Re: Mystic Descendant

Four issues have been produced (paper) and are now available both in paper and as a PDF of selected articles of these magazines (all available on lulu.com). Mr. Chavis has a Facebook group on the magazine (not very active) where he posts updates... if and when there are any. It's been a while since ...
by Marco Pusterla
March 20th, 2019, 4:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized Deck Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3688

Re: Memorized Deck Question

Ed Marlo: "A Miracle with Cards", Ibidem n. 8, p 11. The trick has been then elaborated/re-invented by others: Simon Aronson in "Kabbala", Steve Ehlers in "Las Vegas Kardma" (p. 173), John Cornelius, Armand Porcell ("Les Cartes ESP"), etc. I published my versi...
by Marco Pusterla
February 27th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 4942

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

One year later and the chair is still unoccupied, I believe... This article seems interesting, though: https://ipolitics.ca/2018/04/06/get-serious-carleton/ Magic is not appreciated in academic circles, it seems: Those of us who believe that universities [...] promote higher learning and research in...
by Marco Pusterla
February 11th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 88
Views: 13069

Re: The Magic Rainbow

I have to admit I haven't bought the DeLand book yet (sorry Richard!) but I did not stop a single second to think whether I could afford the Tamariz book and I ordered it straight away last week when Penguin offered it for pre-sale (post-free to the UK). I read both Spanish and French, and could hav...
by Marco Pusterla
December 16th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 4626

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

It is often difficult to establish the real age of a performer, as artists tend to be quite liberal in disclosing their anagraphical details to the media and the public. Not only magicians, but actors, singers, etc. The Young Magician of the Year was open to everybody who, on the date of the event, ...
by Marco Pusterla
December 16th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 4626

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

John Bernard Hart was born on 29th August 1943, so he was 75 at his death.
by Marco Pusterla
December 13th, 2018, 3:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 4626

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

The controversy of "Johnny Hart has copied Jack Kodell" has been a popular subject discussed by magicians in the '60s and '70s and it's briefly covered in the biography of Johnny Hart recently published. Jack Kodell was - of course - particularly incensed, as Hart did indeed use some "...
by Marco Pusterla
November 18th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: question about:The Phantom of the Card Table
Replies: 5
Views: 2340

Re: question about:The Phantom of the Card Table

In the 2003 edition, there is a chapter expanding the text of The Phantom, but not the original text (although there are quotes).
by Marco Pusterla
November 18th, 2018, 8:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: question about:The Phantom of the Card Table
Replies: 5
Views: 2340

Re: question about:The Phantom of the Card Table

No, it isn't.

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