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Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times

Postby CraigMitchell » May 23rd, 2021, 9:38 am

The International Man of Mystery continues to make headlines - now in the NY Times!

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/23/styl ... trick.html

The Mystery of Magic’s Greatest Card Trick

At 94, the magician David Berglas says his renowned effect can’t be taught. Is he telling the truth?

LONDON — In the late 1940s, the British magician David Berglas started refining a trick that came to be known as “the holy grail of card magic.” To this day, nobody is certain how he did it.

Decades into his retirement, he has revealed just about every secret in his long and storied career. This includes the time, in 1954, that he made a grand piano vanish in a London hotel banquet room filled with guests. (Distracted, the audience turned their focus in time to see a pianist, who seemed to be playing the instrument a moment earlier, fall facedown to the floor). But even now, when the subject of Mr. Berglas’s famous effect is raised, he remains as cryptic as ever.

“It’s not a secret I can give to anyone because it’s not a secret as such,” said Mr. Berglas, a formal and intense 94-year-old, at his home in North London. “It’s like asking a musician who can improvise to teach you his improvisation, which of course he can’t.”

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Re: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times

Postby CraigMitchell » May 23rd, 2021, 10:29 am

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At 94 - receiving full page feature coverage is incredible!

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Re: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times

Postby mrmagik68 » May 23rd, 2021, 10:49 am

Just finished reading this on my phone. Interesting article. It also mentions Kaufman's book on Berglas.




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Postby Richard Kaufman » May 23rd, 2021, 11:09 am

The writer is under the odd impression that "The Berglas Effect" has never been explained and is not explained in my book. There are 75 pages devoted to it.
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Re: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times

Postby CraigMitchell » May 23rd, 2021, 11:54 am

Perhaps David never revealed the true secret in his book - it was all subterfuge ;-)

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Postby Richard Kaufman » May 23rd, 2021, 12:29 pm

Perhaps you've never read the book.
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Postby CraigMitchell » May 23rd, 2021, 1:20 pm

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Postby Richard Hatch » May 23rd, 2021, 1:31 pm

Berglas is also featured in Malte Herwig's controversial new book on Kalanag (excerpted for the Genii Cover story). His uncle Alexander Berglas was a member of the German Magic Circle before Jews were excluded from membership in 1936 and David Berglas was hired by Schreiber in late 1960 for a German television show debunking paranormal claims. Herwig gives a description of the Berglas effect as he experienced it at Berglas' home.

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Postby CraigMitchell » May 23rd, 2021, 1:47 pm

David's website is a treasure trove of magic history for those who have not visited - https://www.davidberglas.com/

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Postby Jack Shalom » May 23rd, 2021, 3:34 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:The writer is under the odd impression that "The Berglas Effect" has never been explained and is not explained in my book. There are 75 pages devoted to it.


That was strange.

And not known for sleight of hand?!!

But it was nice to see the article anyway. I am trying to understand what the hook was for printing it now.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » May 23rd, 2021, 3:43 pm

David is not known for sleight of hand WITH CARDS. But he certainly has done plenty of other sleight of hand material.
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Postby MarcoTX » May 25th, 2021, 3:52 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:The writer is under the odd impression that "The Berglas Effect" has never been explained and is not explained in my book. There are 75 pages devoted to it.
https://kottke.org/21/05/the-worlds-greatest-card-trick-cant-be-taught

And now your comment is in an article as well :)

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Postby Bill Mullins » May 26th, 2021, 11:06 am

MarcoTX wrote:
Richard Kaufman wrote:The writer is under the odd impression that "The Berglas Effect" has never been explained and is not explained in my book. There are 75 pages devoted to it.
https://kottke.org/21/05/the-worlds-greatest-card-trick-cant-be-taught

And now your comment is in an article as well :)


Kottke thanks some guy named "bill", who apparently gave him the updated information. Wonder who that could be? <G>

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Re: Berglas continues to make headlines - NY Times

Postby erdnasephile » May 26th, 2021, 7:03 pm

Thanks for a fun read...
My favorite line in the article: "A Buddha-like maestro in Spain, Dani DaOrtiz, knows about 60 [ACAAN Variants]."

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Postby Bill Mullins » May 27th, 2021, 12:00 am

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