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by Edwin Corrie
March 17th, 2005, 1:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Haunted Key
Replies: 52
Views: 10586

Re: The Haunted Key

Both versions (palm and tip of middle finger) are included in Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic. The fingertip method is attributed to Dr. Jaks, complete with the reference to Phoenix magazine. Perhaps someone with the original Hugard's Magic Monthlies can check for the first publicat...
by Edwin Corrie
March 16th, 2005, 2:36 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Identification of Self-working Card Trick
Replies: 7
Views: 1029

Re: Identification of Self-working Card Trick

It sounds like Vernon's Card Puzzle from his Twenty Dollar Manuscript. There are lots of versions of this in various books, including Jon Racherbaumer's "The Card Puzzle and Other Diversions", which gives quite a detailed history of the effect. Some of the sources cited are: Encyclopedia o...
by Edwin Corrie
March 15th, 2005, 8:33 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Conradi Horster Items
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: Wanted: Conradi Horster Items

Here are a couple more links: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.zaubersammlung.de/product_info.php?cPath=23&products_id=32">http://www.zaubersammlung.de/product_in ... ucts_id=32</a><!-- m --> <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.marvelsoft.de/">http://www.marvelsoft.de/</...
by Edwin Corrie
March 7th, 2005, 2:15 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Pinky Count
Replies: 85
Views: 6207

Re: Pinky Count

According to Magic Christian's "Non plus ultra", Hofzinser used to do a pinky count from the bottom upwards.
by Edwin Corrie
March 2nd, 2005, 7:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Old Sharper Books
Replies: 49
Views: 7272

Re: Old Sharper Books

Interesting idea. Maybe others who are more familiar with the old sources can comment, although from what I've seen the early descriptions of the pass seem to explain the Classic Pass in which it is the top half that is moved - and in his post above Herr Seitz says that "Volte" was used lo...
by Edwin Corrie
March 1st, 2005, 2:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Old Sharper Books
Replies: 49
Views: 7272

Re: Old Sharper Books

Here are some more dates: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://themagicfiles.com/low/contents.php?id=1525">http://themagicfiles.com/low/contents.php?id=1525</a><!-- m --> (from Stephen Minch's book "From Witchcraft to Card Tricks") I don't have this (yet), but it seems to be still av...
by Edwin Corrie
February 26th, 2005, 4:58 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Old Sharper Books
Replies: 49
Views: 7272

Re: Old Sharper Books

Originally posted by Stepanov Oleg: Originally posted by Edwin Corrie: [b] re: "Volte" "Volte" is the term used by Hofzinser and Conradi for "pass", although it seems like a odd word to use because etymologically it means "turning over" (like the Russian &quo...
by Edwin Corrie
February 24th, 2005, 7:56 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted - Magic Of J. N. Hofzinser
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Wanted - Magic Of J. N. Hofzinser

Copies surface from time to time on <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.abebooks.com/">http://www.abebooks.com/</a><!-- m --> though they are usually quite expensive. I also can't believe how some booksellers can ask up to 100 dollars for the Dover paperback edition of Hofzinser. If you c...
by Edwin Corrie
February 23rd, 2005, 12:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Old Sharper Books
Replies: 49
Views: 7272

Re: Old Sharper Books

re: "Volte" "Volte" is the term used by Hofzinser and Conradi for "pass", although it seems like a odd word to use because etymologically it means "turning over" (like the Russian "perevertysh" mentioned above) and doesn't really describe the action....
by Edwin Corrie
February 23rd, 2005, 2:06 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Brick & mortar magic shop list?
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: Brick & mortar magic shop list?

Here are a few lists, mainly (but not exclusively) for France and Germany: France and abroad <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.virtualmagie.com">http://www.virtualmagie.com</a><!-- m --> (click on "Boutiques") Germany, Austria and Switzerland <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href...
by Edwin Corrie
February 19th, 2005, 6:21 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Magicana
Replies: 13
Views: 5382

Re: Magicana

Is the idea to publish these as single volumes (i.e. one for Vernon Touch, one for Magicana)? I don't know about the economics of it, but I have to say that some of the really large books of recent years, great though they are, might have been nicer and easier to refer to as multi-volume sets. Also ...
by Edwin Corrie
February 15th, 2005, 1:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED: Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic
Replies: 26
Views: 2665

Re: WANTED: Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic

That's a real pity. The books are nicely done, but you'd think they would get permission before going ahead with a project like that. Like with the Pabular books, which would be well worth having if they were legitimate.
by Edwin Corrie
February 11th, 2005, 1:07 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED: Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic
Replies: 26
Views: 2665

Re: WANTED: Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic

Was that 25 dollars per volume or for the pair? Either way you got a bargain. The prices for books here in Europe are pretty shocking sometimes.
by Edwin Corrie
February 11th, 2005, 12:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Quality of Genii
Replies: 21
Views: 1536

Re: The Quality of Genii

Some parts of the Derren Brown article do look a bit blurred and hard to read because of the reversed text. It was the same with David Groves' piece in the January issue. Maybe it's because the background colours are not strong enough. Apart from a couple of online forums (and book purchases) Genii ...
by Edwin Corrie
February 10th, 2005, 12:08 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED: Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic
Replies: 26
Views: 2665

Re: WANTED: Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic

If anyone's interested there's a very nicely produced French translation of the Encyclopedia, as advertised here: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://magic.callways.com/p281.html">http://magic.callways.com/p281.html</a><!-- m --> <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://magic.callways.com/p...
by Edwin Corrie
February 4th, 2005, 1:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Shops in Berlin?
Replies: 6
Views: 1575

Re: Magic Shops in Berlin?

Ted Lesley's place is a bit hard to find, but I was well received there last year. Can anyone say if the following is still current? Berliner Zauberkeller Brauerplatz 1 D-12209 Berlin Tel. 0049 30 77371 52 Fax 0049 30 77371 52 <!-- e --><a href="mailto:info@berliner-zauberkeller.de">info@berliner-za...
by Edwin Corrie
February 3rd, 2005, 11:17 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: The New Talon
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Re: The New Talon

I think it's high time we had a new David Britland book gathering old and new material together. There was some excellent stuff in the old "Free trick" section of Martin Breese's site, for example. I only have one issue of New Talon, which has some nice work on Parallax and a superb red an...
by Edwin Corrie
February 3rd, 2005, 11:13 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: SELLING IT!
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: SELLING IT!

Some of the tricks and illustrations are taken straight from Conradi, but Roterberg does acknowledge him in the introduction.
by Edwin Corrie
February 2nd, 2005, 12:37 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: SELLING IT!
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: SELLING IT!

I have a first edition, acquired last year from another forum member for a price in the more realistic sort of range mentioned above. It too is "signed". So is the new Magico reprint (yes, I had to buy that too). Did they even consider the idea of "special editions" a hundred yea...
by Edwin Corrie
January 29th, 2005, 3:05 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Karl Fulves' library
Replies: 44
Views: 19445

Re: Karl Fulves' library

I believe at least one of his Dover "Self-working card tricks" books is also a force book designed for use with one of the tricks described.
by Edwin Corrie
January 26th, 2005, 3:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Jan issue
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Jan issue

It's not quite the UK, but mine arrived about a week ago. Genii usually seems to reach the UK first, but there are exceptions.
by Edwin Corrie
January 26th, 2005, 11:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Anyone know a teabag routine?
Replies: 13
Views: 834

Re: Anyone know a teabag routine?

Jay Sankey and David Harkey both have tricks where you visually put a coin or something into a sugar packet, which could no doubt be adapted to work with a tea bag. Check out their books "100% Sankey" and "Simply Harkey", if they are still available. Just a thought: I wonder if y...
by Edwin Corrie
January 25th, 2005, 12:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cigarette Through Quarter
Replies: 24
Views: 1934

Re: Cigarette Through Quarter

Following on from the original question, do we know when the sprung flap version was invented? I have one made into an old English penny which can only be viewed from one side - it's like a shell coin with an exposed metal spring on the back. Presumably this was made before the change to decimal cur...
by Edwin Corrie
January 20th, 2005, 1:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Big Library Sale on eBay
Replies: 26
Views: 1593

Re: Big Library Sale on eBay

I'd say it's more of a red colour, but it looks a lot like the one in your photo.
by Edwin Corrie
January 20th, 2005, 11:02 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Big Library Sale on eBay
Replies: 26
Views: 1593

Re: Big Library Sale on eBay

Mine's dated 1978 (was that the first edition?) and "impromptu" is spelled correctly on the cover and spine.
by Edwin Corrie
January 19th, 2005, 2:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: the Malini Subltety
Replies: 37
Views: 6514

Re: the Malini Subltety

The question seems to have been resolved now, but I just came across this in the trick Copper to Silver Times Two in "The Cardwright" (Jennings/Maxwell): "The Malini Subtlety has been known in the past as the Kaps Subtlety. The concealment became associated with Fred Kaps because he p...
by Edwin Corrie
January 18th, 2005, 2:07 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Books by Victor Farelli?
Replies: 12
Views: 1656

Re: Books by Victor Farelli?

Controlled Coincidence was sold as a separate manuscript, but a brief description is included in the Kaufman & Greenberg edition of Greater Magic (page 1070) with a few of Farelli's variations. The idea is that you are able to divine the suit and value of any removed card using the values of the...
by Edwin Corrie
January 17th, 2005, 9:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Books by Victor Farelli?
Replies: 12
Views: 1656

Re: Books by Victor Farelli?

"Farelli's Card Magic" has chapters on Flourishes, Passes, Pass Substitutes, Forcing, False Shuffling, Palming, Second Dealing, Miscellaneous Sleights and Tips, Tricks with the Glide, and Card to Wallet, plus two more chapters of miscellaneous effects. It's 55 pages of small type with lots...
by Edwin Corrie
January 13th, 2005, 11:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Little Help with Research re Hofzinser, Please
Replies: 20
Views: 1316

Re: A Little Help with Research re Hofzinser, Please

Sorry, my mistake - I should have said "the only English books _published before 1910_ are Modern Magic, New Era Card Tricks and The Art of Magic". The Will Goldston book is there, although Hatton and Plate isn't (aren't?). What is also surprising to me is the amount of card magic publishe...
by Edwin Corrie
January 13th, 2005, 4:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Little Help with Research re Hofzinser, Please
Replies: 20
Views: 1316

Re: A Little Help with Research re Hofzinser, Please

Just a footnote to the above post by Magic Christian, who together with Reinhard Mller is the real expert on all this... Volume 2 of "Non Plus Ultra" (which I received yesterday courtesy of Herr Mller following a discussion in another thread) contains a list of all the books in which Hofzi...
by Edwin Corrie
January 12th, 2005, 7:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Name of card effect
Replies: 11
Views: 690

Re: Name of card effect

Marco Tempest did something like this in one of his shows, though I've no idea what method he used.

Aside: I always thought the Needle through Balloon was invented by the German magician Boretti. At least, it was marketed by Supreme in England under that name.
by Edwin Corrie
January 12th, 2005, 12:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hofzinser's Card Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: Hofzinser's Card Problems

The sentence about the lack of authentic proof is in the Dover edition of the Sharpe translation. Maybe when the unauthenticated "Experimente" were published in the Sphinx they were presumed to be problems requiring solutions. Sharpe uses the term "experiment" both for the explai...
by Edwin Corrie
January 11th, 2005, 12:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 16
Views: 4337

Re: Cy Endfield

One of the prefaces to Frank Simon's "Versatile Card Magic" is by Cy Endfield and includes a few stories about their friendship.
by Edwin Corrie
January 6th, 2005, 8:28 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Karl Fulves' library
Replies: 44
Views: 19445

Re: Karl Fulves' library

There's another photo of him in the New Stars of Magic manuscript called Technicolor Cards, though I've no idea when it was taken. (Does anyone happen to know?)
by Edwin Corrie
January 5th, 2005, 2:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hit Double Lift source
Replies: 35
Views: 16234

Re: Hit Double Lift source

Didn't one of Daryl's books talk about holding down the front half of the card with the left second or third fingertip so that the gap wouldn't show from the front? That way you get plenty of cover and can lift up quite a lot with the right finger.
by Edwin Corrie
December 21st, 2004, 4:30 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Scarne's references
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: Scarne's references

Scarne's "Power of Thought" and "Think a Card" were sold as separate manuscripts. In the former it says that a non-sleight version appeared in "Scarne on Card Tricks", although the manuscript version doesn't really have any sleights to speak of either. Not sure who publ...
by Edwin Corrie
December 15th, 2004, 8:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hofzinser's unsolved card problem
Replies: 61
Views: 6942

Re: Hofzinser's unsolved card problem

The Spanish edition sounds like it is worth having.

Presumably your Hofzinser manuscript was prepared for the El Escorial gathering. I tried to e-mail you privately about it but your address is not visible in your posting.
by Edwin Corrie
December 14th, 2004, 9:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hofzinser's unsolved card problem
Replies: 61
Views: 6942

Re: Hofzinser's unsolved card problem

Lots of interesting information here... Originally posted by reinhard mueller: You will find in Magic Christians NON PLUS ULTRA II: HOFZINSER KARTENKUENSTE (2004) on pp. 322 324 my list of 50 references, from Aldrich to Yedid, regarding the 4-Ass-Problem. Those references are from my Manuscript on H...
by Edwin Corrie
December 8th, 2004, 12:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hofzinser's unsolved card problem
Replies: 61
Views: 6942

Re: Hofzinser's unsolved card problem

Thanks for the information. It certainly would be interesting to know what Karl Fulves says about this card problem in particular and the rest of Hofzinser's work in general. Translating German is what I do for a living, so I will probably get the "Ne Plus Ultra" series in the original. Ho...
by Edwin Corrie
December 7th, 2004, 12:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hofzinser's unsolved card problem
Replies: 61
Views: 6942

Re: Hofzinser's unsolved card problem

My Olms editions of Hofzinser and Conradi have black covers and seem to be part of a series (Bibliotheca Magica). Don't know what other titles they did. Sorry, another question: is the Fulves book a new transation or an amplified version of S.H: Sharpe? According to Magic Christian's website (<!-- m...

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