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by Marco Pusterla
November 6th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 44
Views: 4994

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: 5
Views: 684

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: 1828

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: 67
Views: 6379

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: 67
Views: 6379

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: 730

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: 67
Views: 6379

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: 67
Views: 6379

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: 4763

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: 1678

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: 1080

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: 1452

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: 4417

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: 2763

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: 3833

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: 10871

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: 3507

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: 3507

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: 3507

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: 722

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: 722

Re: question about:The Phantom of the Card Table

No, it isn't.
by Marco Pusterla
October 8th, 2018, 3:27 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Banksy art performance
Replies: 15
Views: 5145

Re: Banksy art performance

This was an interesting and spectacular performance, and I don't know is Sotheby's was "in it", but I think it would be good to clear some misconceptions and propose a view on "how did he do it", as the method behind this demonstration uses some principles of deception that have ...
by Marco Pusterla
August 19th, 2018, 4:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7171
Views: 2189956

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: 3189

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: 3189

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: 1095

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: 3187

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: 6520

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: 6520

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: 7171
Views: 2189956

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: 2130

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: 40
Views: 3833

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: 26084

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: 2543

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: 26084

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: 3710

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: 2674

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: 3710

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: 3710

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...

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