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by Diego
November 21st, 2013, 10:25 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Sylvia Browne has left the building
Replies: 13
Views: 3704

Sylvia Browne has left the building

Sylvia Browne died yesterday. She had made/maintained a career as a psychic/medium for decades, receiving some very harsh press recently when it was revealed that after she had told parents that their missing children were dead, when they were, (thankfully) actually alive at the time. (Time has alwa...
by Diego
November 17th, 2013, 1:16 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Happy Birthday Bob!
Replies: 0
Views: 1461

Happy Birthday Bob!

Robert A. Nelson, Mentalist and Mentalist Dealer, born November 16, 1901, Columbus, Ohio.

Supplied those with it and for it.
by Diego
November 10th, 2013, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: LA History Conference attendees, details please!
Replies: 9
Views: 2923

Re: LA History Conference attendees, details please!

ASTARTE! Yes, a wonderful conference and final show, but ASTARTE was a truly magical experience that lifted the audience out of their seats! For me: Watching Rene Levend, Copperfield's "Flying", The Hooker Rising Cards, and now ASTARTE, will be among those few magical moments that will be ...
by Diego
October 25th, 2013, 1:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kreskin and Al Capone
Replies: 6
Views: 1441

Re: Kreskin and Al Capone

Leave it to Kreskin, Blaine, or Geller to do something that gets attention for others to complain about. Years ago, when Geraldo Rivera's career was on the ropes, he did a live TV Special, "Opening Al Capone's Vault", that had been sealed for decades. After 2 hours of build-up, when the va...
by Diego
October 22nd, 2013, 11:06 am
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Seeking Roommate for L.A. Conference
Replies: 1
Views: 3819

Re: Seeking Roommate for L.A. Conference

Got a roommate.
Mission accomplished.
Thank you Genii Forum
by Diego
October 20th, 2013, 10:28 am
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Seeking Roommate for L.A. Conference
Replies: 1
Views: 3819

Seeking Roommate for L.A. Conference

Michael Claxton, who has spoken at different Magic Collectors Weekends, will be attending the L.A. Conference of Magic History for the first time this November, and is seeking a roommate to share a room with. He will coming room Searcy, Arkansas, where he is a professor of English, at Harding Univer...
by Diego
October 9th, 2013, 11:43 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 29
Views: 7809

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Some of the articles reprinted in, "Grindshow", and this edition of "Nightmare Alley", include selections from, "Monster Midway." Some of those chapters of that book which were originally articles Gresham had written for magazines. Gresham was always pitching articles a...
by Diego
October 9th, 2013, 4:11 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 29
Views: 7809

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Yes, they are limited editions and not cheap, but well written, edited, and bound. Gresham dedicates, "Nightmare Alley", to Joy Davidman, who later married C.S. Lewis. These new books and other books-in-progress can shed new light that doesn't make Gresham out to be the bad guy, as has bee...
by Diego
October 8th, 2013, 7:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 29
Views: 7809

William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Centipede Press has recently published a new edition of William Lindsay Gresham's classic novel, "Nightmare Alley" and a "Grindshow-The Selected Writings of William Lindsay Gresham." Both have introductions and added material by Bret Wood. Beautifully produced, they contain infor...
by Diego
October 4th, 2013, 10:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magicol 185!
Replies: 7
Views: 2336

Re: Magicol 185!

Receiving mine today. Great issue!
by Diego
October 1st, 2013, 5:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dick Newton
Replies: 0
Views: 523

Dick Newton

Did not know that Dick Newton had passed away. He was a very nice person, a class act. Dick Newton Age 85, a San Rafael resident for 31 years died August 24th. He was married to Marjorie Newton for 49 years. Dick grew up in Seattle beginning his career in vaudeville traveling the country doing magic...
by Diego
September 29th, 2013, 8:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Garrison
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Harry Garrison

I just read online that Harry Garrison, had passed away on September 19th. Always enjoyed speaking with him at The Magic Collectors Weekends, until his failing health prevented him from attending, the last several years. A man of many talents, he was very generous to me in sharing his memories of Bi...
by Diego
September 25th, 2013, 7:14 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic Castle Audition Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 2160

Re: Magic Castle Audition Advice

When I went before the membership committee, I told them that I brought part of my collection, and showed them some autographed Houdini letters, (which interested and impressed them) and told them if they didn't like my act, hopefully they will have liked seeing part of my collection and grant membe...
by Diego
September 19th, 2013, 1:57 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A major game changer for magic history research!
Replies: 2
Views: 1157

A major game changer for magic history research!

I was just found out that PROQUEST, who provide searchable archives of publications to libraries and other institutions, now has the: Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive" It has the complete searchable files of over a dozen entertainment publications, most notably: THE BILLBOARD and VARIETY...
by Diego
September 19th, 2013, 10:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know
Replies: 74
Views: 21947

Re: Whose Illusion is This? I think We All Know

That "guy" who performed his sawing illusion with the Eck brothers, was Rajah Raboid, a well-known successful performer, who made most of his money with stage and radio mentalism, that was the actual main feature/attraction of his show that included magic and illusions. Those who ask, if m...
by Diego
August 8th, 2013, 11:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: J.P. Jackson has Died
Replies: 11
Views: 3673

Re: J.P. Jackson has Died

Very sad to hear.

Always enjoyed talking with him, sharing information.

J.P. Will be missed.
by Diego
August 3rd, 2013, 3:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to butcher Interlude on national television
Replies: 31
Views: 8312

Re: How to butcher Interlude on national television

I remember seeing Ariann Black in The Theater in The Magic Castle, and how she connected with the audience very well, who became very enthusiastic with her card work and other presentations. She set up one part, where she told the audience a story about her childhood...playing in the backyard, blowi...
by Diego
August 3rd, 2013, 2:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chang Jr.: RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 1364

Re: Chang Jr.: RIP

Seeing him receive the reception he deserved at The L.A. Conference, was a wonderful moment for all. Besides his accomplishments as a performer, it was also gratifying to see others afterwards, thank him for his service in the armed forces, during WWII. It is a lesson and reminder to us, that there ...
by Diego
June 10th, 2013, 2:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Lyle Talbot
Replies: 0
Views: 590

Lyle Talbot

A biography of character actor Lyle Talbot, "The Entertainer", has been recently written by his daughter Margaret Talbot. More than a bio of his life and career, the book is a journey/history thru American Show Business history, and greater American history/culture around it, as Lyle's car...
by Diego
May 31st, 2013, 1:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic and Racism
Replies: 9
Views: 2286

Re: Magic and Racisum

Nothing to forgive, these topics have been discussed on this Forum and elsewhere before, and intelligent people of manners can candidly discuss them. Pursuing the history of magic as well as performing it, or instead of performing it, is enjoyed by many. Some know, (or should) that they enjoy and ar...
by Diego
May 31st, 2013, 12:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic and Racism
Replies: 9
Views: 2286

Re: Magic and Racisum

Stereotype character depictions of African-Americans can be found in cartoons in The Conjurors Magazine, and other magic magazines decades ago. As were insulting stereotype depictions in live performances, magic and elsewhere, reflecting on what was acceptable in the greater society. While we can en...
by Diego
May 31st, 2013, 2:51 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic and Racism
Replies: 9
Views: 2286

Re: Magic and Racisum

"Magical Heroes" by Jim Magus, which was later reprinted by a larger publisher with a different name, details the careers of many magicians of color. The examination of this topic can be celebrated, despite the negative realities that affected too many. Across the country their have been a...
by Diego
May 17th, 2013, 10:28 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Rev. Robert E. Olson (1927-2013)
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Re: Rev. Robert E. Olson (1927-2013)

Sad news. Rev. Olson was a very generous man, as well as very devoted to researching/preserving the magic history of Howard Thurston and others. He did it out of his respect, passion, and persistence for history, and he did it without the internet and other tools and resources available today. It wa...
by Diego
April 28th, 2013, 12:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charles McCall passed away
Replies: 1
Views: 436

Charles McCall passed away

I heard that Charles McCall of Bakersfield, CA., had passed away earlier this April. I true gentleman and friend of many. He also had a strong interest magic history with a focus on MacDonald and Mable Birch, and had been writing a detailed biography of them. Charles was a very kind man who will be ...
by Diego
December 16th, 2012, 10:34 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Readings recorded on Smartphones
Replies: 1
Views: 971

Readings recorded on Smartphones

I have noticed more and more those receiving readings...Whether in a private one-on-one setting, or at a party where continuous brief readings are done for dozens an hour, people recording their readings, (openly and covertly) on their smartphones. Some say they are doing it to better remember what ...
by Diego
December 15th, 2012, 1:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Remembering David Alexander
Replies: 2
Views: 667

Remembering David Alexander

Good to see an entry by David Alexander in the 75th Anniversary Issue.
Penny Alexander told me that was David's favorite trick, one that spectators remembered for years.

David passed away too soon, two years ago today.
by Diego
November 22nd, 2012, 10:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Double Anniversary Issue
Replies: 68
Views: 10629

Re: Double Anniversary Issue

I'd rather have the book, (at still just ten dollars!)
than a refund.
by Diego
November 22nd, 2012, 2:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: Double Anniversary Issue
Replies: 68
Views: 10629

Re: Double Anniversary Issue

I'm still waiting for the copy of the book, "Iron Puzzles", that I sent ten dollars to Steranko for. In 1978 he advertised "Iron Puzzles" would expand on his escape magic. I still have the postcard he sent advising of a delay. (His Escape issue in GENII is still ahead of it's tim...
by Diego
November 20th, 2012, 3:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (November 2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 1100

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (November 2012)

I saw Jon Stetson in The Parlour tonight at The Castle and it was great to see an audience so ENTERTAINED and AMAZED with his mentalism. Not unlike Geller, he can take seemingly simple small items/effects and have the audience involved/wowed with them.
by Diego
October 15th, 2012, 2:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Chinese Water Torture Cell at 100
Replies: 61
Views: 19017

Re: The Water Torture Cell at 100

The use of the word Chinese here is historical-That's what it was called, and should seen in it's historical context. The word itself is not offensive, unlike the continued use of "chink-a-chink" for a coin trick. (I've seen ordinary coins used and the late Bruce Cervon use bottle caps at ...
by Diego
October 10th, 2012, 12:13 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine
Replies: 22
Views: 3987

Re: David Blaine

RE: "Those circus sideshow stunts" In "Houdini on Magic", Walter B. Gibson recalls Houdini telling him, "Don't say anything, but the same act I was doing at Huber's Museum,(aka a sideshow under a solid roof) for $18 a week, I'm still doing and now getting $1,800." I've ...
by Diego
October 8th, 2012, 10:09 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine
Replies: 22
Views: 3987

Re: David Blaine

The first paragraph on the chapter on Houdini, in Blaine's book,"Mysterious Stranger", is the BEST description of who Houdini IS and WHY. He may have no personality,(?) to some, but to his target demographic and beyond, he is too cool for those who don't get it. (for the right or wrong rea...
by Diego
October 7th, 2012, 9:04 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Blaine
Replies: 22
Views: 3987

Re: David Blaine

To loosely paraphrase Dr. A.M. Wilson writing in THE SPHINX almost a hundred years ago: "What do the those circus/sideshow feats of Houdini have to do with magic? How can handcuffs, straitjackets, or jailbreaking have anything to do with the artistry of magic as performed by Frederick Powell?! ...
by Diego
September 20th, 2012, 2:13 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Documentary on Medicine Shows
Replies: 1
Views: 570

Re: Documentary on Medicine Shows

Just finished watching and it is fascinating! More should see this. Wonderful that they made this while some of the surviving Med. Show workers were still alive. Many a magician got work on medicine shows, a generation or more ago. THE BILLBOARD magazine had a regular page devoted to them , just as ...
by Diego
September 13th, 2012, 11:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jonathan Pendragon busy time
Replies: 14
Views: 3430

Re: Jonathan Pendragon busy time

Saw Jonathan at The Castle last night and it was great! Excellent performance that connected with the audience...they were EXCITED by his show. A number of people stood and applauded during the show, not just at the end. I heard people as they exited, saying things like, "That was phenomenal!&q...
by Diego
August 31st, 2012, 2:52 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Carny's worst nightmare
Replies: 2
Views: 885

Re: A Carny's worst nightmare

Almost all games/joints have had limits to the number or types of prizes a mark could win, long before this guy thought he could take credit for that. He claims he won and gave away a "quarter of a million" prizes?! 250,000 is a lot of slum and plush...do the math even divided by 50 years....
by Diego
August 25th, 2012, 3:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Information needed ...please help
Replies: 13
Views: 3429

Re: Information needed ...please help

It was still open in 1965 when Les was running it. It was closed in/by 1966.
by Diego
August 22nd, 2012, 9:29 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: The Essential Sol Stone book
Replies: 1
Views: 1787

The Essential Sol Stone book

The new book, "The Essential Sol Stone" has been impressing many..with the work of Sol Stone... the late David Alexander's writing and Cassidy Alexander's illustrations being a great mix.

Check it out yourself at:

cassidyalexander.com/solstone/
by Diego
August 22nd, 2012, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Information needed ...please help
Replies: 13
Views: 3429

Re: Information needed ...please help

The Golden Gate Magic Store was a classic magic store in a building,(2nd floor?) upstairs on Market Street. I remember it had long counters of magic, (they looked long to this kid)and a small stage on the right, to demo larger things. Photos of the wall and chairs and I believe a couch(!) for those ...
by Diego
August 9th, 2012, 12:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: State of Magic
Replies: 37
Views: 5367

Re: State of Magic

Besides Robert Nelson, his brother Larry also had a long career as a mentalist and magician. Columbus had at the same time, dealers: Nelson, S.W. Reilly, U.F. Grant/Menge. Columbus also had 3 different magic clubs at that time back then. William P. Taylor, who performed as "Koran-The Crystal Se...

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