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Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Posted: February 27th, 2018, 9:17 pm
by Joe Mckay
Wow - that is a great story, James. haha

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Posted: February 27th, 2018, 9:36 pm
by performer
Somebody SHOULD write a book about him! I suggest Harry Lorayne! He knew him after all!

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Posted: February 27th, 2018, 9:52 pm
by Richard Kaufman
I asked Harry about this years ago. He said he had published every story he remembered about Himber in Apocalypse.

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Posted: February 27th, 2018, 10:20 pm
by MagicbyAlfred
Here is what Harry said about Richard Himber on another forum back in 2010:

"Dick called me every night, middle of the night, not necessarily about the Himber Wallet, just in general. Discussed many, many, things. I put up with it a) because it was all interesting to me, and b) Dick would give me the shirt off his back. From all the people I've known over the decades, who knew Dick Himber, you either hated him or loved him. I loved him. I wrote a 'piece' about him and my experiences with him after each chapter in The Himber Wallet Book. He was the last of the 'characters.' HL."

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Posted: February 27th, 2018, 11:24 pm
by performer
Richard Kaufman wrote:I asked Harry about this years ago. He said he had published every story he remembered about Himber in Apocalypse.


The way you do a biography is to interview people that knew the subject and get it all recorded. And you don't do that awful procedure that most magic biographers do where you list every bloody place the person has appeared. And you go into depth about the person and bring out their psyche as much as you can. You need to talk about the failures as well as the successes. Emotion needs to be brought out. FEELINGS rather than dry facts.

I have seen some awful biographies where some momentous incident is given a tiny paragraph or perhaps 3 or 4 lines. And a lot of these tomes are made very dry and boring to read. Exciting personalities are made to sound very dull in print.

I always thought that the best biography of Houdini was by William Lindsey Gresham. I have no idea about the accuracy of the work but he made Houdini come alive. Everything else I have read is just factual and very dry.

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Posted: February 28th, 2018, 8:37 am
by Bob Farmer
The cover should be a Himber ad with two girls--and we need an interview with the girls!

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Posted: March 25th, 2018, 4:10 am
by Mr. Charming
Richard Kaufman wrote:At this point, I don't think a cover story on Richard Himber would be of sufficient interest to most readers to justify the work involved.


So Richard Himber is not of "sufficient interest" to most readers but a random dude from the Magic Castle administration is?