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by Brad Jeffers
February 1st, 2020, 2:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 158
Views: 22563

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

... we really believed that selling 1000 copies of a $300 dollar book would take some time, and we felt there was a very real possibility that he'd go to a wholesaler with his "remainder" copies after a few months of sales. There's a finite number of people who will purchase this book at ...
by Brad Jeffers
January 31st, 2020, 2:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 27
Views: 7134

Re: Cy Endfield

If you are able to access TCM on demand, they have available the Cy Endfield directed movie Try and Get Me . This week was the first time that this film has ever been aired on TCM. Eddie Muller gives a great deal of information about Endfield in his introduction to the movie and in his post movie cl...
by Brad Jeffers
January 30th, 2020, 3:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2350717

Re: ERDNASE

It looks like there are already 32 pre-orders for the $350 "deluxe" edition of the Todd Karr book, which brings to mind a comment I made last year in regards to this failed Kickstarter campaign ... There are people who collect any and all editions of Erdnase. For these people there is a ne...
by Brad Jeffers
January 29th, 2020, 12:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Whose Hands are These?
Replies: 35
Views: 4160

Whose Hands are These?

I was wondering if anyone here might know whose hands are shown in THIS PHOTOGRAPH ?
by Brad Jeffers
January 28th, 2020, 4:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 158
Views: 22563

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

Richard Kaufman wrote:If you are interested in this book, do NOT hesitate because they will be sold out shortly.

Books like this are like a freeroll to me.
I purchase it, read it, study the parts that are of particular interest to me, and when done, if I wish, I can usually sell it for more than I paid for it.
by Brad Jeffers
January 27th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Wenii Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 5579

Re: Wenii Magazine

Leo Garet wrote:I did have "Majoke" at one time, but I can't recall anything at all about it. Not even the cover.

This will refresh your memory.
by Brad Jeffers
January 27th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book
Replies: 158
Views: 22563

Re: Announcement regarding new Steve Forte book

From the website ... If you wish to have a book inscribed, just enter "inscription" with your first, or first and last name, and I'll take care of the rest. Or, enter a complete inscription in the box and I will copy the inscription verbatim. Hmmm, verbatim. Let me see ... "To my best...
by Brad Jeffers
January 2nd, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Question about how to ask for advice on here
Replies: 12
Views: 2494

Re: Question about how to ask for advice on here

The first comment I would make is about the back-and-forth wrist jerking movement when you do the D'Amico Double Lift. I've seen other people do the lift without that movement (no wrist movement at all) He's not doing the D'Amico Double Lift. He's doing the D'Amico Second Deal, so wrist movement is...
by Brad Jeffers
December 25th, 2019, 1:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED: Scotty York Color Changing Knives
Replies: 1
Views: 421

Re: WANTED: Scotty York Color Changing Knives

I have a complete set of Scotty York color changing knives that I would be willing to sell. When I say complete, I mean the regular four knife set and the three knife "colorfusing set". Seven different knives in all. $225 These knives are in perfect condition. Never used. I purchased them ...
by Brad Jeffers
December 19th, 2019, 2:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Vernon Dossier - The One Time Vernon got into trouble
Replies: 9
Views: 1746

Re: The Vernon Dossier - The One Time Vernon got into trouble

David Ben's biography of Vernon describes an arrest of Vernon with two "small-time gamblers" in Chicago ... Since both involve the police identifying Vernon as a pickpocket based on his having scissors for cutting silhouettes, they are probably the same arrest, with different details. I a...
by Brad Jeffers
December 18th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Vernon Dossier - The One Time Vernon got into trouble
Replies: 9
Views: 1746

Re: The Vernon Dossier - The One Time Vernon got into trouble

BossTweed wrote: Further, an alternate story has been published in another place and I continue to feel that laying out the actual facts is the best policy.
Where was this alternate story published?
by Brad Jeffers
November 30th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 8723

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

$69 is a bargin, when compared to THIS.
by Brad Jeffers
November 29th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fred Keating
Replies: 23
Views: 2568

Re: Fred Keating

Fred Keating on "The Rudy Vallee Show" aka "The Royal Gelatin Hour" - April 21, 1938
by Brad Jeffers
November 29th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 115
Views: 10926

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

I think where the trouble lies is when a magician fools himself/herself in believing that the audience sees the sincerity in their act by such moves when those actions/gestures are put on rather than being natural. What do you think of the flourish used in Vernon's Twisting the Aces? You know, the ...
by Brad Jeffers
November 26th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Who is THE Expert on Self-Working Magic?
Replies: 49
Views: 2875

Re: Who is THE Expert on Self-Working Magic?

sleight-free material A much better word for what we are referring to when we say "self-working magic". There is virtually no trick that works itself without a human hand touching the prop or the human voice guiding the procedure. Exactly! It is therefore impossible to perform a self-work...
by Brad Jeffers
November 26th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 3021

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

Bill Mullins wrote:The construction job he had when he broke his arms would have been a real job.

True - but he only worked at that job for two weeks.

Perhaps he received Social Security benefits via THIS ROUTE.
by Brad Jeffers
November 25th, 2019, 2:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 3021

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

...it was from social security payments which had just accumulated because he had lived so long. Was Vernon eligible to receive Social Security benefits? After all, he never had a "real job", and quite possibly may have never filed an income tax form in his life. Doesn't seem like the kin...
by Brad Jeffers
November 24th, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour
Replies: 34
Views: 3021

Re: Vernon Farewell Lecture Tour

Here's something I wrote in 2003 concerning Vernon's lecture tours ... One of the ways that Vernon accumulated his "wealth", that has not yet been mentioned, was by giving lectures. By his own account, he gave "hundreds and hundreds" of them. The first lecture he ever gave was ar...
by Brad Jeffers
November 22nd, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 15093

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Being able to use double-back cards does not imply that Vernon used it in that precise moment. He could use an impromptu version of it as well. In reference to the trick that fooled Houdini, Vernon wrote this ... "And, in case your interested, in doing the Ambitious Card for Houdini I simply u...
by Brad Jeffers
November 21st, 2019, 1:37 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 15093

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

I was playing with the trick recently and found that I could pretty much duplicate the same trick using 2 matching cards, one a 'dupe', and just not letting on that I had an extra card Brilliant! And just think; with your method; you can hand them the deck and they can perform the trick on themselv...
by Brad Jeffers
November 19th, 2019, 2:41 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: On The Slant
Replies: 37
Views: 5823

Re: On The Slant

kevinm wrote: "... as a comeback to some layman who insists on showing you a standard version." That is my primary motivation to locate and re-visit this effect.
That strikes me as an awfully bad reason for wanting to learn a magic trick.
by Brad Jeffers
November 17th, 2019, 1:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 8723

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

It's interesting that in the letter of provenance accompanying the wand, Vernon states that the wand came from Gamages ... "Dear Larry, This wand is one that was sold by Gamages in London many years ago. I would love to have you use it. I used it for several years when performing the classic Cu...
by Brad Jeffers
November 7th, 2019, 1:50 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 51
Views: 10231

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Thanks Bill, for posting the information about Marion Stephanie.
It is now apparent that it is she, and not Suzy Wandas, who appears in the film.
by Brad Jeffers
November 6th, 2019, 3:21 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube
Replies: 51
Views: 10231

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Here's a working link . Kobe van Herwegen recently posted on Facebook some information that convinces me that the manipulator woman was Marion Stephanie. So who is the mystery woman?! Bill, could you cut and paste the information that now leads you to believe that the woman is Marion Stephanie. I am...
by Brad Jeffers
November 5th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: JFK Half Dollar with 3D Head
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: JFK Half Dollar with 3D Head

I don't remember the name of the trick, but if you want one of the coins, check here.
by Brad Jeffers
November 1st, 2019, 2:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 103
Views: 14327

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

"Shin Lim settles in for long-term Las Vegas Strip residency"
Is a six month contract now considered to be a long-term residency?
by Brad Jeffers
October 23rd, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 103
Views: 14327

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

One issue is that all magic presented via a screen is media magic. I appreciate the term media magic, but would not apply it to all magic presented via a screen. I would not for example, refer to the videos of Cardini or Channing Pollock as media magic. I would instead use a term like filmed magic,...
by Brad Jeffers
September 30th, 2019, 1:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign
Replies: 28
Views: 3927

Re: Interesting Erdnase Reprint Kickstarter Campaign

There are people who collect any and all editions of Erdnase. For these people there is a need to own at least one copy of every edition ever printed, or else their collection will be incomplete. How many of this type collector are there? I don't know. Perhaps a hundred. Therefore, I feel that if yo...
by Brad Jeffers
September 28th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Copag 310 Slimline cards
Replies: 11
Views: 3435

Re: Copag 310 Slimline cards

Roy M. McIlwee wrote: They seem to be out of stock everywhere.
You can get them on Ebay.
by Brad Jeffers
September 17th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Vernon fools Houdini
Replies: 82
Views: 15093

Re: Vernon fools Houdini

Although Vernon once placed the event in 1919, he also once placed it in 1922. He also once placed it in 1917 (the Revelations tapes volume 9). So, in my mind, as Vernon was not one to keep a lot of material on hand, this photograph - one he may have kept for over forty years before moving West, mu...
by Brad Jeffers
September 4th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Larry Jennings New Book?
Replies: 214
Views: 136257

Re: Larry Jennings New Book?

It's interesting to compare the first two posts of this topic with the last two.

Same posters, same question, same answer, different decade.

Really Ricardo?!
Are you going to ask that same question every 12 years?

Quit hounding Richard.

He's working on it!
by Brad Jeffers
August 26th, 2019, 1:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The place of Edward Victor in magic history
Replies: 22
Views: 4476

Re: The place of Edward Victor in magic history

Bill Mullins wrote:Has Mr. Charming's account been deleted?
Apparently yes.
He made a disparaging remark regarding Michael Close which was quickly deleted and subsequently ...
Richard Kaufman wrote:Mr. Charming has departed the building.
by Brad Jeffers
August 5th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Record setting Jerry's Nugget cards kickstarter?
Replies: 12
Views: 2851

Re: Record setting Jerry's Nugget cards kickstarter?

If you're a cardist who likes the look of the Jerry's Nuggets, then you probably already own a few bricks of THESE.
I have to admit, they're every bit as beautiful as the originals.
by Brad Jeffers
July 17th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 27343

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

magicfish wrote: that remark ought to scare the daylights out of any thinking magician

What's the remark he's referring to?
by Brad Jeffers
July 8th, 2019, 4:02 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Haptic illusion?
Replies: 28
Views: 9288

Re: Haptic illusion?

It would appear so.
HERE is a link to Harry Keaton performing "his invention".
by Brad Jeffers
July 7th, 2019, 3:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Floating Aces - Cervon
Replies: 19
Views: 3755

Re: Floating Aces - Cervon

Jonathan Townsend wrote: a straight beats four aces
Where do you play poker at Jonathan ?
by Brad Jeffers
July 5th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magician sighting
Replies: 5
Views: 2061

Re: Magician sighting

It wasn't the final episode, but an episode from season four entitled "Ed the Shish Kebab".
by Brad Jeffers
June 30th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 27
Views: 8951

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

performer wrote:It has nothing to do with MacDonald
But he had something to do with It
by Brad Jeffers
June 30th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!
Replies: 13
Views: 2028

Re: Ricky Jay's Cards as Weapons REPRINTED!

Who's the publisher of this edition?
by Brad Jeffers
June 17th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7634
Views: 2350717

Re: ERDNASE


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