Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

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John McDonald
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Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

Postby John McDonald » January 10th, 2016, 3:55 pm

On a magic news wire podcast David Roth tells a story about Dai Vernon and a Kangaroo on a trip to Australia. It is a very funny story. Wondering if it is true or apocryphal?

Apparently a photo was taken of the professor and the thief.

Does anyone know any more details.

Funny story.
Best John

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Re: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

Postby David Kaplan » January 10th, 2016, 4:32 pm

It's a great story! I was told the tale by a friend who said he knew the person showing Vernon the Australian countryside. If only it were true!

http://www.snopes.com/critters/malice/kangaroo.asp

Leonard Hevia
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Re: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

Postby Leonard Hevia » January 10th, 2016, 4:39 pm

It's an urban legend called The Kangaroo Thief:

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/humor/ ... .htm#step4

Hollywood put it in a film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0257568/

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Re: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

Postby MagicbyAlfred » January 10th, 2016, 4:52 pm

Wonder if there's any connection to Vernon's Kangaroo Coins from Stars of Magic.

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Re: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

Postby El Mystico » January 11th, 2016, 6:42 am

Pretty sure there is no connection; Kangaroo Coins was in Stars of magic - so came out in 40s/50s. My (distant) memory of the kangaroo story was that it involved Larry Jennings - who didn't come into Vernon's life until the 60s.
Plus, as has been pointed out, sadly the kangaroo story is an urban myth.

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Re: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

Postby MagicbyAlfred » January 11th, 2016, 10:46 am

OK makes sense, thanks. Well, got to get back to practicing my very challenging, knuckle-busting, but amazing, version of the Kangaroo Coins now. (Using real kangaroos)

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Re: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

Postby observer » January 11th, 2016, 10:56 am

MagicbyAlfred wrote:OK makes sense, thanks. Well, got to get back to practicing my very challenging, knuckle-busting, but amazing, version of the Kangaroo Coins now. (Using real kangaroos)


As featured on the Australian $1?

(But if you do please reserve those for magician get togethers.)

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Re: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

Postby John McDonald » January 11th, 2016, 5:14 pm

Thanks everyone :)
Best John


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