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by Edwin Corrie
November 24th, 2012, 3:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 22197

Re: Troublewit research en Français

Saw this in Basel last week and it really is fantastic. There are lots of good photos here if you click on the little video thingy in the middle.

I've more or less finished translating Joan's book, which should hopefully be out in the spring.
by Edwin Corrie
November 12th, 2012, 11:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 3162

Re: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)

Clay and/or James, can you say whether the first edition includes Troublewit? I've only seen the 11th edition (online), which has it on page 86, but if it's in the first edition too then that places it before Ozanam. (Dean's description is clearly copied from "Sports and Pastimes" in any c...
by Edwin Corrie
November 12th, 2012, 7:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 3162

Re: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)

Thanks everyone for the information. I guess we'll wait and see.
by Edwin Corrie
November 11th, 2012, 8:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)
Replies: 15
Views: 3162

Re: New Monograph on Henry Dean and The Whole Art of Legerdemain (1722)

The companion volume sounds very interesting. Was the facsimile reprint itself ever completed?

It's way out of my price bracket, but if anyone with cash to spare is interested in the 8th edition, I happened to see this recently:

The Whole Art of Legerdemain
by Edwin Corrie
September 5th, 2012, 5:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman
Replies: 20
Views: 4544

Re: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman

Tenkai DVD:
http://themagicwarehouse.com/DA4523/Mag ... enkai.html
Also on Amazon and elsewhere.

Looking forward to the book though.
by Edwin Corrie
September 5th, 2012, 4:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman
Replies: 20
Views: 4544

Re: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman

I also thought it was Takagi who was "the Dai Vernon of Japan". For Tenkai there is "Six Tricks by Tenkai" by Robert Parrish. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://magicref.tripod.com/booksjr/parrish6tricksbytenkai.htm">http://magicref.tripod.com/booksjr/parr ... tenkai.htm<...
by Edwin Corrie
August 30th, 2012, 3:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for this card trick
Replies: 7
Views: 1961

Re: Looking for this card trick

El Mystico wrote:Again, the title is wrong, but the premise fits....The Miracle Speller from the Jinx, reprinted in the Annemann card trick book.


And again with Mike Skinner's handling in Frank Garcia's "Exclusive Card Miracles".
by Edwin Corrie
August 30th, 2012, 10:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for this card trick
Replies: 7
Views: 1961

Re: Looking for this card trick

It's not "most famous", but perhaps "The Great Rufus Steele" in "The Last Word on Cards"? The only requirement is that the deck or packet has to have 20-29 cards and the spelled name must have 18 or 19 letters.
by Edwin Corrie
August 24th, 2012, 7:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Alternatives for Marlo's Quick 3-Way sequence
Replies: 30
Views: 5714

Re: Alternatives for Marlo's Quick 3-Way sequence

Anyone have a copy of the pamphlet that contains the Winkler Switch by Gerd Winkler for sale? I'd like to purchase it to study the switch. It's in his book "Top Twenties" published by Zauberzentrale Mnchen (1989). They don't seem to have it any more on their website, but it can be found s...
by Edwin Corrie
August 2nd, 2012, 6:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2252101

Re: ERDNASE

Wait, didn't Mark Twain write about Tom Sawyer, who's writing about Erdnase? I'm confused...
by Edwin Corrie
August 2nd, 2012, 3:24 am
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Anyone from New England heading to the Genii Bash
Replies: 15
Views: 7512

Re: Anyone from New England heading to the Genii Bash

Maybe I need a push! Would my Troublewit compilation do the trick? I keep tinkering with it but it really should be finished by then and I could offset the cost of the flight against the postage I would save by delivering it in person. (BTW, did you get my last e-mail about Crailsheim?) Actually I'...
by Edwin Corrie
July 12th, 2012, 9:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Paris - Three Card Monte
Replies: 7
Views: 2416

Re: Paris - Three Card Monte

Yes, my mistake, more like the Three Shell Game than Three Card Monte. I'm not very familiar with the moves, so perhaps they are standard. Either way, the psychology is interesting.
by Edwin Corrie
July 12th, 2012, 3:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Paris - Three Card Monte
Replies: 7
Views: 2416

Re: Paris - Three Card Monte

I experienced the ring scam not so long ago, more or less as Bob describes. The guy "found" the ring as he walked past and pointed out the mark proving it was gold, then said I could take it and sell it as he wasn't able to (can't remember the reason he gave). Then he said he was out of wo...
by Edwin Corrie
April 13th, 2012, 1:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Divide et impera
Replies: 8
Views: 2622

Re: Divide et impera

According to Tom Ransom (who knows a lot about this sort of thing), the earliest appearance of this principle as applied to conjuring is in Recreations with Mathematics by Charles Hutton, published in England in 1801. Apparently, much of the material in the four-volume Recreations series was derive...
by Edwin Corrie
April 10th, 2012, 1:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Popout from fan.
Replies: 5
Views: 1215

Re: Popout from fan.

It's explained in Goodlette Dodson's "Exhibition Card Fans" (page 24), but as part of a card fan routine rather than as a gag. The only place I remember seeing it in print as a gag is in a trick called Gag Reflex in Tyler Wilson's "Dominatricks". There was a Magic Cafe thread abo...
by Edwin Corrie
March 28th, 2012, 3:54 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Theodore DeLand
Replies: 3
Views: 1015

Re: Theodore DeLand

I figured it would be already familiar at least to the Chief Genii, but you never know, and it might also whet some appetites for the forthcoming book (which I'm very much looking forward to). I have "Karten zum Zaubern", which is fascinating and also includes some facsimiles of old German...
by Edwin Corrie
March 27th, 2012, 7:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Theodore DeLand
Replies: 3
Views: 1015

Theodore DeLand

I recently came across an Italian website with articles on magic history and other things, including an interesting one about DeLand:

Praestigiator
by Edwin Corrie
March 6th, 2012, 6:20 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: a topological effect
Replies: 15
Views: 2173

Re: a topological effect

If the performance was in New Zealand, the audience would presumably have been mainly Westerners in Western-style clothing, so the spectator would probably have had a jacket/coat and waistcoat/vest. But this raises the question of where the Japanese performer learned the trick from, if he had been p...
by Edwin Corrie
March 6th, 2012, 3:45 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: a topological effect
Replies: 15
Views: 2173

Re: a topological effect

Both terms can mean several things, but it seems that in this context a "vest" is a waistcoat and a "coat" is a jacket (part of a suit). A few more references: Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks for Magicians page 65 Houdini on Magic page 134 Mathematics, Magic and Mystery page...
by Edwin Corrie
March 5th, 2012, 6:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: a topological effect
Replies: 15
Views: 2173

Re: a topological effect

I also see there is "To Pull Off Any Person's Shirt without Undressing Him" in the first issue of Locke's The Conjuror's Magazine (August 1791) http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Conjuror _Magazine_(Locke) It's also in Pinetti's Amusemens physiques (1784) ("Manire d'enlever la chemi...
by Edwin Corrie
October 30th, 2011, 8:13 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Coin-in-Deck?
Replies: 37
Views: 7216

Re: Credit for Coin-in-Deck?

Better late than never:

In Peter Duffie's "Card Magic USA" there's Easy Coin Cut by Steve Reynolds, the original version of which he says was in U.F. Grant's "50 Kute Koin Tricks" (apparently from 1940, though the copy I have is undated).
by Edwin Corrie
October 20th, 2011, 8:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 22197

Re: Troublewit research en Français

That would be great - just let me know when. In the meantime I'll keep my eyes open for any other Troublewit references.
by Edwin Corrie
October 19th, 2011, 10:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 22597

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Richard Kaufman wrote:As far as Hofzinser doing a packet color separation effect, we should know more shortly when Magic Christian's books are published in English.


Shortly? Have any dates been mentioned?
by Edwin Corrie
October 19th, 2011, 8:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 22197

Re: Troublewit research en Français

To keep this thread as complete as possible, heres another reference in German from 1839: "Neuer Wunder-Schauplatz der Knste und interessantesten Erscheinungen im Gebiete der Magie, Alchymie, Chemie, Physik, Geheimnisse und Krfte der Natur, Magnetismus, Sympathie und verwandte Wissenschaften&qu...
by Edwin Corrie
October 6th, 2011, 10:34 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Credit for Coin-in-Deck?
Replies: 37
Views: 7216

Re: Credit for Coin-in-Deck?

Marlo's Flexible Miracle Spread in "35 Years Later" (1986?). The original Miracle Spread in Ibidem 20 was just for cards, but the with Flexible Miracle Spread you can use a coin or other object after the fashion of a Hofzinser spread cull. The Fred Kaps lecture notes mentioned above have s...
by Edwin Corrie
August 2nd, 2011, 12:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2252101

Re: ERDNASE

Sceptical of reports given by magicans as second hand uncorroborated evidence - especially after what happened with Hofzinser's wife and Robert-Houdin's wife (by way of Houdini no less) - you betcha. Stories are fine. As stories. I like stories. According to Magic Christian's recent research, the s...
by Edwin Corrie
August 1st, 2011, 12:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7511
Views: 2252101

Re: ERDNASE

Some of the other evidence is interesting, but I still find the "earth nose" idea a bit tenuous. Surely it would be almost too much of a coincidence if someone was able to rearrange the letters of his name to come up with an anagram that was an obscure reference to his profession in anothe...
by Edwin Corrie
July 8th, 2011, 4:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: What are your plans for your collection?
Replies: 28
Views: 4225

Re: What are your plans for your collection?

Peter Kane's son created a website to sell off his father's book collection ( Magic Books For Sale - worth looking at). It's been around for a while and many but not all the books have gone. I have a fair number of books and have recently made a list of all the titles with occasional notes about poi...
by Edwin Corrie
July 7th, 2011, 1:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 22197

Re: Troublewit research en Français

After all those French sources, I've finally come across one in German: Die Zauberkunst aller Zeiten und Nationen The book is "Die Zauberkunst aller Zeiten und Nationen" [Magic of all Ages and Nations] by Carl Ferdinand Leischner (1834). Pages 203 and 204 have what is essentially a transla...
by Edwin Corrie
July 3rd, 2011, 8:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gambler's Cop?
Replies: 12
Views: 2566

Re: Gambler's Cop?

Theres a bottom palm in Ponsins Nouvelle magie blanche dvoile (1853) which could be a Gamblers Cop, but the description is not as explicit as Robert-Houdins. From what Ive seen, when bottom palming is mentioned at all in these older books, either the card goes into a full palm or else the technique ...
by Edwin Corrie
June 21st, 2011, 7:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: H. DEAN’S HOCUS POCUS REPRINT; RESEARCH HELP NEEDED
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: H. DEAN’S HOCUS POCUS REPRINT; RESEARCH HELP NEEDED

You probably know about this (and in any case it sounds as if Byron Walker must have just about all the possible editions) but here's a list of Deans and other items in the Harry Price collection in Senate House Library, London: Harry Price Collection - Early Works to 1800 While we're at it, here's ...
by Edwin Corrie
June 20th, 2011, 9:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Torn and Restored Card credit?
Replies: 12
Views: 1928

Re: Torn and Restored Card credit?

All the torn and restored cards I've seen in older books, going right back to Decremps in 1784, involve burning a card and restoring all but one missing corner, then showing a matching corner from a duplicate that fits. The idea of doing this with an extra flap to restore the corner seems to have st...
by Edwin Corrie
May 28th, 2011, 2:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: ATFUS off a face up pack - Using a dupe
Replies: 10
Views: 1535

Re: ATFUS off a face up pack - Using a dupe

You can read a bit more about the history of ATFUS here: http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/ATFUS Good link, Joe, lots of useful information there. I also checked the new Illusion Wiki to see if it had anything else to add but strangely enough it doesn't seem to have anything on ATFUS. If I've rea...
by Edwin Corrie
May 18th, 2011, 6:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 15
Views: 3491

Re: The Gilbreath Principle

Unbelievable was a single-trick manuscript by Michael Shields and Bascom Jones Jr., published by Supreme by arrangement with Abbots and still available (e.g. from <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicbooksbypost.co.uk/index.php">http://www.magicbooksbypost.co.uk/index.php</a><!-- m --...
by Edwin Corrie
May 9th, 2011, 6:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Originality vs. Novelty
Replies: 15
Views: 4681

Re: Originality vs. Novelty

I know that routines and presentations can't be patented (although I do wonder how application US2008/207343 managed to get through), but the concept of minor variations versus truly innovative ideas does seem to be relevant. Substituting a side steal for a pass is not innovative, but coming up with...
by Edwin Corrie
May 9th, 2011, 3:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Originality vs. Novelty
Replies: 15
Views: 4681

Re: Originality vs. Novelty

Novelty and "inventiveness" or "non-obviousness" are two of the main criteria for determining whether an invention is patentable. Something can be "novel" in the sense that it has never been done before in that exact same way, but "not inventive" in the sense ...
by Edwin Corrie
May 8th, 2011, 3:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 22197

Re: Troublewit research en Français

The idea of a stock character is an interesting one that bears further reseach. But the references to Pre Mathieu, if they are to be believed, are quite clear about him being a priest, and about China as the place or origin. I did a quick search and found there was an Italian Jesuit priest by the na...
by Edwin Corrie
May 6th, 2011, 1:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 22197

Re: Troublewit research en Français

That's strange. Both the English editions said "His manipulation of what the French call "Le PAPIER da papa Mathieu"". If the original French said "chapeau", I wonder how it got changed. Also, in the English editions Chapeaugraphy is mentioned separately, several paragr...
by Edwin Corrie
April 28th, 2011, 4:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Troublewit research en Français
Replies: 99
Views: 22197

Re: Troublewit research en Français

Thanks Edwin for the link to Trsor des jeux which is a copy of Tours de gibecire by Grandin in 1723. Philippe, Im relatively new to this and find the whole history of the different editions of Ozanam and Guyot (and other similar books from this period) quite complicated and hard to follow. There wa...

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