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A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Posted: February 28th, 2019, 4:59 pm
by Zig Zagger
Imagine a millionaire would donate a mountain and pay a sculptor to chisel some famous faces of past masters out of the stone for a magicians’ version of Mount Rushmore...

Which four or five heads of the stellar exponents of our art would you like to see up there preserved in stone? And why?

I guess my top list for advancing and perfecting the art of magic would carry the names of Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser, Dai Vernon, Fred Kaps, and Juan Tamariz (Plug: Get The Magic Rainbow. NOW!!!)

For a list of German magic masters of the 20th century who made an impact, I would likely vote for Marvelli, Punx, Kalanag (the magician, not the man), and Siegfried & Roy.

America's top TV magicians would probably be Mark Wilson, Doug Henning, David Copperfield, and David Blaine, etcetera.

What would be your choices?

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Posted: February 28th, 2019, 5:20 pm
by erdnasephile
Didn't Vanish magazine already decide this? ;)

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Posted: February 28th, 2019, 8:47 pm
by Richard Kaufman
I believe a billionaire and about 20 years would be required.

It took 14 years to carve Mt. Rushmore.

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Posted: February 28th, 2019, 9:11 pm
by Tom Gilbert
erdnasephile wrote:Didn't Vanish magazine already decide this? ;)


Good one, yes, the decision has been made. He was the only one to accept.

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Posted: March 1st, 2019, 7:04 am
by MagicbyAlfred
Since the OP stipulated great magicians of the past for the Magical Mt. Rushmore, all four of my choices are masters who have passed into the great magical beyond:

H o u d i n i H e r r m a n n t h e G r e a t T h u r s t o n B l a c k s t o n e (S e n i o r)

A few interesting facts: Both Houdini and Thurston billed themselves as "The King of Cards." Thurston had an unhappy childhood and ran away to the circus when he was 8 years old. Ultimately, his traveling show needed 8 train cars to transport it.

Both the father (Samuel) and brother (Carl) of Herrmann the Great (Alexander Hermann) were incredible, highly-sought-after magicians who performed professionally. Samuel was also a physician in Paris. When Carl's younger brother, Alexander, was 8 years old, Carl 'kidnapped' Alexander from their home in Paris, and took him to Saint Petersburg, Russia to teach him the art of magic. While there, Carl took his younger brother with him on a tour of multiple countries that started in Russia. Carl, himself, dropped out of medical school to pursue magic. Eventually, they both had their own huge touring shows. All three Herrmanns were exceptionally accomplished in sleight of hand, the father having passed his knowledge and skill to his sons. Also, as mentioned recently on another thread, Alexander Herrmann's wife, Adelaide, was a successful magician in her own right. Quite a magical family, wouldn't you say?

Harry Blackstone Sr. (birth name: Henry Boughton) started his career in his teens. He remained silent during most of his stage show, and performed to music performed live by an orchestra. He devoted a lot of time and energy to entertaining the allied troops during World War II.

There are certainly others who deserve to be enshrined, but those are the four who first came to mind for me...

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Posted: March 1st, 2019, 10:12 am
by Smurf
Although I suppose even magicians would have trouble recognizing the face, I would nominate Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin. I will consider him a stage performer. I think for close-up I would choose Dai Vernon. While Houdini was a stage performer, he will make it as an escape artist and spiritual debunker. Then perhaps Tommy Wonder as parlor performer.

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Posted: March 1st, 2019, 4:27 pm
by Zig Zagger
Richard Kaufman wrote:I believe a billionaire and about 20 years would be required.

It took 14 years to carve Mt. Rushmore.

The Chief Genii as book-keeper, not as imagineer... That makes me sad. :(

Re: A Magic Mount Rushmore?

Posted: March 1st, 2019, 4:42 pm
by Zig Zagger
erdnasephile wrote:Didn't Vanish magazine already decide this? ;)

Haha. :D
No, it didn't. Please note I was referring to masters advancing and perfecting the art of magic, not to mindless Merlini-laden braggadocios.

So please keep some worthwhile names coming!