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by Diego
April 1st, 2016, 3:59 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who was Richards?
Replies: 13
Views: 5763

Re: Who was Richards?

Ralph Richards is an amazing story! He did have an elaborate illusion/mentalism show that did well for years...the first half of the show illusions and smaller magic, then the 2nd part of the show was mostly his Q&A Crystal Gazing turn, with a few other mental/spirit effects included sometimes. ...
by Diego
January 25th, 2016, 1:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Patton Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 5838

Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Jim was a gracious, generous person who I always enjoyed talking with at The Castle. Very sad to know one of the good guys is gone. He liked learning about others and sharing what he knew.

Thanks Jim.
by Diego
January 4th, 2016, 2:26 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Ron Martin RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 2406

Ron Martin RIP

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Ron Martin, who wrote some of the best, well thought out books on doing readings. His books, especially his, "Tarot Readers Notebook", was a masterwork. No one examined the why, as well as the how of why different M.O.s of doing readings worke...
by Diego
December 31st, 2015, 4:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are we living in a golden age of magic?
Replies: 53
Views: 8717

Re: Are we living in a golden age of magic?

It is fascinating to go thru The Billboard and older magic magazines, and each decade, editorials and letters to the editor, ask, "IS MAGIC DEAD?" 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and thru today, the same cry for what used to be. i remember going thru magazines devoted to a certain religious mov...
by Diego
December 14th, 2015, 3:37 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: TCM obit reel
Replies: 1
Views: 1423

Re: TCM obit reel

I was surprised and disappointed that I hadn't heard of Colleen Gray passing away until a couple of months later. I had the pleasure of hearing her talk about working on "Nightmare Alley" and meeting her a number of times as well. Would have gone to her memorial service, if I had known. A ...
by Diego
November 18th, 2015, 3:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dan Waldron
Replies: 1
Views: 789

Dan Waldron

Very sorry to read, that Dan Waldron has passed away. Michael Claxton noted his passing on The Thayer Magic website. Dan was a historian, collector, and professional author, who wrote his wonderful biography of Harry Blackstone, Sr., among many other articles and papers on magic history-related subj...
by Diego
November 3rd, 2015, 11:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Damon Reinhold
Replies: 0
Views: 601

Damon Reinhold

Very sorry to read in Grace Reinhold's Facebook page, that Damon Reinhold has passed away. Damon was an excellent performer, (magic, escapes, mentalism, hypnotism) promoter, author, radio personality and much more. While living in Columbus, Ohio, he was a prominent radio DJ, using the name "Jay...
by Diego
November 3rd, 2015, 10:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Harry Blackstone Jnr - A gem
Replies: 3
Views: 1875

Re: Harry Blackstone Jnr - A gem

My research on the families of different personalities, (and don't know if it applies to the Blackstones) whose parents were in show business, and on another research project, whose parents were religious/medical missionaries, are that there are two types that chose to resent their parents: Those wh...
by Diego
October 27th, 2015, 10:36 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Young psychic impresses
Replies: 31
Views: 8671

Re: Young psychic impresses

As the late Rev. Ronald Coyne was fond of quoting: "No one could work such miracles, save for G-D be with them."

BTW: Everything Mark lewis says about what happens at, and about working psychic fairs, is real-world true.
by Diego
September 20th, 2015, 6:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2680

Re: How many ways can we drum up publicity ...

I wonder if the EMTs that attended to him, knew or suspected this was intended as a non-life threatening stunt, and if so, were they on the taxpayers payroll or paid by the show? Too many don't get that Houdini, who, "Defied Death" 3 times each day, (breaking for lunch and dinner)would not...
by Diego
September 20th, 2015, 5:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 11641

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

I have also seen Gospel Magic dealers selling Temple Screens, (and other props) with Jesus on them as well. I can be said those props are used by Gospel magic and Sunday school workers to demonstrate positive Gospel messages, as well as to give positive messages about Jesus himself. I have never see...
by Diego
September 20th, 2015, 2:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 11641

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References

Some images could be looked upon as dated, others, (now by more) as insulting/stereotypical. The stereotypical images on some magic dealer's products should be noted as well. Obvious are the Temple Screens with images of Buddha, or the, "Buddha Tubes"...what would some,(correctly) say abou...
by Diego
September 1st, 2015, 11:29 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Selling GENII & MAGIC magazines
Replies: 0
Views: 601

Selling GENII & MAGIC magazines

I will be moving, and am considering selling my GENII & MAGIC magazines. These issues start at the beginning of MAGIC and the beginning of Richard Kaufman's being Editor of GENII.

Does anyone know what they sell for these sell for, single issues, or complete runs these days?
by Diego
August 28th, 2015, 1:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic in Film and Fiction
Replies: 13
Views: 2918

Re: Magic in Film and Fiction

Clayton Rawson and John Dickson Carr, were two writer/magicians who were close friends with William Lindsay Gresham, who wrote the novel, "Nightmare Alley", with the story including magic, mentalism, carnivals, spiritualism, and more.
by Diego
August 6th, 2015, 12:50 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: randi documentary - an alternative perspective.
Replies: 108
Views: 27897

Re: randi documentary - an alternative perspective.

Banachek, What you say is very good and needed, although other skeptics will claim to have that stance, only to be as strident, negative, and tiresome as the true believers they point their arrogant fingers at. On one matter, I found the stance of some sincere religious believers who questioned the ...
by Diego
July 29th, 2015, 1:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lee Grabel - RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 1092

Re: Lee Grabel - RIP

Very sad to hear. One of the BEST shows I ever saw was performed by Lee Grabel decades ago in Santa Rosa, Calif., in a converted ice arena, then owned by Charles "Peanuts" Schultz. Lee Grabel made his entrance from the rear of the theater, walking down the aisle, graciously greeting people...
by Diego
July 14th, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7596
Views: 2309781

Re: ERDNASE

The discussion of Erdnase continues...I have read, considered, and enjoyed the different ideas by different participants, some I know, and David Alexander was a good friend, whose passing was a personal loss. I would like to mention that I appreciate what Bill Mullins has done over the years. Not ju...
by Diego
May 23rd, 2015, 9:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Going to the Gathering in Marshall, Michigan?
Replies: 0
Views: 882

Going to the Gathering in Marshall, Michigan?

Next Wednesday, is there someone driving from Chicago, to Marshall, Michigan I could ride with, and split gas money, etc? (I already have a room booked there for myself.) I will be at Midway Airport next Wednesday morning at 10:30am. I could either meet you at Midway Airport or somewhere else in Chi...
by Diego
May 21st, 2015, 7:38 pm
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Ride to Marshall, Michigan?
Replies: 0
Views: 4306

Ride to Marshall, Michigan?

Next Wednesday, is there someone driving from Chicago, to Marshall, Michigan I could ride with, and split gas money, etc? (I already have a room booked there for myself.) I will be at Midway Airport next Wednesday morning at 10:30am. I could either meet you at Midway Airport or somewhere else in Chi...
by Diego
May 18th, 2015, 3:58 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Claude Crowe
Replies: 11
Views: 5449

Re: Claude Crowe

At the AMA award show tonight, when those who had passed away in the past year were noted, it was very good to see Claude Crowe among those remembered.
by Diego
April 18th, 2015, 6:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TCM Film Festival - The Grim Game
Replies: 23
Views: 6161

Re: TCM Film Festival - The Grim Game

How many "actors" today, can only wish they had the talent and presence, that Fairbanks, Chaney, Chaplin, Keaton,and others of that era did?
by Diego
April 13th, 2015, 2:07 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Medium's Table
Replies: 6
Views: 3639

Re: Medium's Table

Nelson was selling his Medium's Table as early as 1931. He had two versions: One for, one-on-one readings, that needed to be reloaded after each reading. Another for theater lobbies and other venues, where 20-30 questions could be written, and then the table was removed out of sight to retrieve all ...
by Diego
April 1st, 2015, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Calling Diego Domingo ...
Replies: 1
Views: 1077

Re: Calling Diego Domingo ...

"...what nut-ball-whacko-doodle..." Now Dustin, please remember: The Mysterious Mr. Q -The Hypnotist Ronald Coyne - The Plastic Eye Miracle Man Ralph Stair - The Praying Prophet from Savannah These are YOUR brothers in magic! Show some respect! Yes, I am very familiar with Springer and his...
by Diego
March 17th, 2015, 5:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tex McQuire - Card sharp and MUSICIAN?
Replies: 3
Views: 1651

Tex McQuire - Card sharp and MUSICIAN?

Knowing next to nothing about Tex McGuire, who was known as a gambler/card sharp, I have been asked about a Tex McGuire, who was a musician/singer who performed cowboy songs/western swing music, including the "Border Radio" stations in the 1930's/1940's. Could they be the same person? I th...
by Diego
March 12th, 2015, 4:10 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Running Charlatan
Replies: 2
Views: 1556

Re: Running Charlatan

A late dear friend of mine, co-wrote autobiographies for a number of (then) well-known people. One of his most successful, was total fiction. He told me how he as they sat with their wives in a restaurant, as he went thru the final draft noting one exciting, heroic exploit after another. At the end ...
by Diego
March 11th, 2015, 1:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ringling's Elephants and then?
Replies: 24
Views: 5894

Re: Ringling's Elephants and then?

Last August at the Ventura County, (Calif.) Fair, Ward and Chris had their sideshow playing there. A good show with different performers and sideshow type illusions, there were no living human oddities. (many different factors for that) Chris did note, that 40 years ago, a fair would ask them, "...
by Diego
March 11th, 2015, 12:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ringling's Elephants and then?
Replies: 24
Views: 5894

Re: Ringling's Elephants and then?

I don't know if Irving Feld cut out the sideshow for any specific reason, but moving his circus into arena buildings may have been a factor. Before, the sideshow, menagerie, and games, that were open before, during, and after the actual shows, was a way to keep people on the lot and a way for them t...
by Diego
March 10th, 2015, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ringling's Elephants and then?
Replies: 24
Views: 5894

Ringling's Elephants and then?

For those who actually worked in shows with live animals, and remember even if the performers were broke, the animals ate before they did, the recent decision by The Feld organization to eventually retire elephants from their show is a sad ending. Many (especially circus) shows have followed the Fel...
by Diego
March 10th, 2015, 3:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Claude Crowe
Replies: 11
Views: 5449

Re: Claude Crowe

I can't recall but I think he may not have been there....or in Cincinnati? I just seem to recall not seeing him at the latest magic collector events, and he had not responded to a letter I sent him about a month ago, which had a recording of Rose Dawn, that he had not heard before, that he was inter...
by Diego
March 10th, 2015, 12:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Claude Crowe
Replies: 11
Views: 5449

Claude Crowe

I was just called by Claude Crowe's assistant Patty Gonzales, who informed me that Claude Crowe: Magic historian, collector, and gentleman, had passed away. I had wondered about not hearing from him or seeing him lately at different magic history/collecting events, and sad to know why. Very hard to ...
by Diego
February 4th, 2015, 3:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Long Tack Sam and Astarte at The Magic Castle
Replies: 0
Views: 1280

Long Tack Sam and Astarte at The Magic Castle

Wonderful night at The Castle with the screening of Ann Marie Fleming's documentary about her great-grandfather, Long Tack Sam. Great hosting by Steve Valentine and Ann Marie Fleming answering questions from the audience. In the Palace show, John Gaughan and Lady Mystina present again, Astarte! Amaz...
by Diego
January 22nd, 2015, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nudity in Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 14473

Re: Nudity in Magic

In its latest edition, the Times puts the record straight, saying its sister paper, (The London Sun) had "made a clean breast of it and admitted there's still some nudes to report". Noting the above, it is a relief to know that The London Sun, is staying the course, adhering to it's core v...
by Diego
January 21st, 2015, 5:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nudity in Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 14473

Re: Nudity in Magic

When The Playboy Clubs across the country were closing in the mid-80's, someone said it shows either being jaded or that we're growing up.(!) Some would say WHY/WHAT does nudity have to do with this show, magic or otherwise? Fact is, nudity has been a factor in many production and burlesque shows th...
by Diego
January 21st, 2015, 2:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Nudity in Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 14473

Re: Nudity in Magic

Noting in the news that The London Sun, will now have their "Page 3" ladies covering their previously exposed breasts, is a reminder that Siegfried and Roy's show, "Beyond Belief" at The Frontier Hotel, actually took an innovative step by NOT having their showgirls bare-breasted....
by Diego
January 21st, 2015, 1:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Respect for Doug Henning
Replies: 162
Views: 35435

Re: Respect for Doug Henning

I have said it before on this forum: People loved Doug Henning...and his magic too. I heard a warm buzz before and afterwards, listening to audiences at his show, I haven't heard before or today. When Richard noted few have tried to copy his style, it may because as Jim Steinmeyer has said, "He...
by Diego
November 8th, 2014, 11:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please
Replies: 141
Views: 31125

Re: Identity of this "Camp/Gay" magician please

Hobson says his friends, (of which I am not), do not believe he is a racist, because that would mean he feels superior to others. Actually,far from feeling superior, you are a typical cowardly racist, who reveals his feelings of inferiority, by demeaning those, (Asians for example) that you know you...
by Diego
November 3rd, 2014, 10:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 96
Views: 23479

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

"I could only live in my art, but never in my life" (Andre Gregory) This may or may not relate to Vernon, but I remember a documentary about the Jazz/Band leader, Benny Goodman, that included his daughter vividly remembering how her father would spend great a deal of time testing many mout...
by Diego
August 24th, 2014, 1:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Things of magical interest in New York
Replies: 14
Views: 3539

Re: Things of magical interest in New York

Since Rudy Giuliani cleaned it up and corporations bought it up, Times Square is an amazingly different place since the 1970's/80's. I remember walking down Broadway with Ward Hall, seeing a dead body on the sidewalk, and pedestrians walking by, barely (wanting to) notice the just murdered casualty....
by Diego
August 22nd, 2014, 6:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alan Alan R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 4003

Re: Alan Alan R.I.P.

I once asked Paul Daniels about Maurice Fogel, and he replied, "Fogel was a phenomena." He had very strong praise for him as a performer, showman, and promoter. Richard, I sorry you were disappointed. I saw him perform at a local magic convention in Los Angeles, (1978/1979?) at The Wilshir...
by Diego
August 16th, 2014, 2:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shocking magic episode on AGT?
Replies: 54
Views: 10216

Re: Shocking magic episode on AGT?

Oy!
I went online to make sure my spelling was right and it used the spelling "Tookus" in that context.
Going back online using your correct spelling, it noted it was the Yiddish word for ___.

Maybe "Tookus" is an Oklahoma/Yiddish variation...or maybe not.

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