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- James Alan
- Posts: 67
- Joined: June 18th, 2008, 6:57 pm
- Favorite Magician: Joshua Jay
- Location: Toronto, Canada
In the 1970s, Larry Thornton recorded magicians in his hometown of Calgary and at several magic conventions across North America. For the past year, Magicana has been digitizing and organizing his collection and those performance are now available as part of our Screening Room including performances by Daryl, Paul Gertner, Albert Goshman, Paul Harris, Michael Skinner and more.
I happened upon these videos earlier today. Big thanks to Magicana for hosting them. Seeing a young Daryl, Mike Skinner, Paul Harris among others is great fun. Getting to see Bob Little's Dovino act again was fantastic.
Denis Behr wrote:Here's a fun one: http://www.magicana.com/video/johnny-ac ... r-banana-0
I saw that one immediately, for some reason. Chick loads are easy. Comedy is hard.
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- Richard Kaufman
- Posts: 24240
- Joined: July 18th, 2001, 12:00 pm
- Favorite Magician: Theodore DeLand
- Location: Washington DC
Richard Kaufman wrote:Bob Little's "Dovino" act was stolen from an Italian magician. I think his last name was Zeppe or Zoppe.
So Bob was a naughty boy!
It was Zelpy.
Zelpy (1936-2004) was the stage name of professor Dott. Giampaolo Zelli of surgery at the University of Rome
An amateur magician with a popular stage and close up act in Europe, he was known for his silk magic. Zelpy placed second in general magic at the 1967 F.I.S.M. with his stage act, “Symphonie of Silks.” He created two other stage acts, “The Magic Statue” (1970) and “The Pigeon” (1976), in which he was the first to dress as a giant dove that produced little magicians. He first presented the latter in the U.S. in 1977 at The Tannen’s Magic Jubilee.
Zelli was a good friend of one of Italy’s top professional magicians, Tony Binarelli. Early in 1965, Zelli had been working on a divination idea using a Polaroid camera. One night that same year, the Zelli and Binarelli were discussing magic and how to make thoughts appear “real.” Several days passed and Zelli came back to Binarelli with an effect he created for the new Polaroid Camera (one of the first expensive models in Italy), and gave the camera to Binarelli for the first Polaroid divination effect.