Rawson and Merlini

Addresses new and interesting links to other sites (not listed on the Genii website) that merit attention.
Bill Mullins
Posts: 5439
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Huntsville, AL

Rawson and Merlini

Postby Bill Mullins » September 18th, 2020, 2:32 pm

Otto Penzler is a big name in detective/mystery fiction. He's a collector and dealer (owns The Mysterious Bookshop, specializing in 1st editions, rare volumes, etc in mystery books), and editor of numerous collections of mystery short stories. The first two parts of the auction of his personal collection of mystery fiction brought many record prices for titles it included and there is another part www. historical.ha.com/c/auction-home.zx?saleNo=6212&type=surl-6212a.

Penzler wrote a memoir of his collecting life, and has recently brought it back into print. A few sample pages are available, and they include the story of how he got 1st edition copies of some of Clayton Rawson's books, and of meeting Rawson.

Joe Mckay
Posts: 1826
Joined: April 13th, 2008, 6:56 am
Favorite Magician: Lubor Fiedler
Location: Durham, England

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Joe Mckay » September 18th, 2020, 3:05 pm

Clayton Rawson was a wonderful creator of magic.

Genii magazine had a great cover story on him about 20 years ago. A bunch of tricks were republished (including an additional one in the following months' issue - if I remember correctly).

We all love Gaetan Bloom, and he is the only magician I have seen discuss publicly how brilliant Clayton Rawson was.

So - if you love Gaetan Bloom (and you surely do) - then you should check out the work of Clayton Rawson as well.

Different style of magic, but similar in terms of ingenuity and creativity.

Joe Lyons
Posts: 465
Joined: November 13th, 2017, 8:27 am
Favorite Magician: Wonder
Location: Texas

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Joe Lyons » September 18th, 2020, 3:18 pm

Oh, to have been in the game when Penzler, Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, Robert Ludlum and others played poker...

Here is a good link to the upcoming auction.

Bob Farmer
Posts: 2731
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Short card above selection.

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Bob Farmer » September 18th, 2020, 4:30 pm

I have all the Rawson mystery novels and all the John Dickson Carr novels. They are great. Literary magic tricks, on the page rather than the stage.

Joe Lyons
Posts: 465
Joined: November 13th, 2017, 8:27 am
Favorite Magician: Wonder
Location: Texas

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Joe Lyons » September 18th, 2020, 5:14 pm

Otto Penzler must be a magic fan. While perusing my fictional books on magic I find that he edited the 70's Merlini books, published the Norgil's and edited Whodunit Houdini, an anthology including Rawson and Carter Dickson(Carr).

Bill Mullins
Posts: 5439
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Huntsville, AL

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Bill Mullins » September 18th, 2020, 6:29 pm

Joe Lyons wrote:Otto Penzler must be a magic fan.


From the sample pages, linked above: "Anyone would have enjoyed this private performance [by Rawson] but I particularly love magic shows, still go to them whenever I can, and performed in one at the age of eight in a school talent show. The best trick (think low bar) was a promise to the audience that I would show them something that nobody in the world had ever seen before and, after they saw it, nobody ever would again. I then removed a peanut from its shell, held it up for all to see, and ate it.

jimb_85
Posts: 41
Joined: April 16th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Favorite Magician: Penn & Teller

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby jimb_85 » September 20th, 2020, 1:15 am

I never knew Rawson developed his own tricks. I'll definitely have to look them up.

Joe Lyons
Posts: 465
Joined: November 13th, 2017, 8:27 am
Favorite Magician: Wonder
Location: Texas

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Joe Lyons » September 20th, 2020, 8:13 am

jimb_85 wrote:I never knew Rawson developed his own tricks. I'll definitely have to look them up.

A lot of his effects and where they can be found are listed here.

Joe Lyons
Posts: 465
Joined: November 13th, 2017, 8:27 am
Favorite Magician: Wonder
Location: Texas

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Joe Lyons » September 20th, 2020, 8:24 am

Rawson also founded The Witchdoctors Club in New York in the fifties.

I like the by-laws.

User avatar
Gordon Meyer
Posts: 327
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Favorite Magician: Uri
Location: Chicago
Contact:

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Gordon Meyer » September 20th, 2020, 5:39 pm

And Penzler has wonderful hardbound (and paperback) editions of the Rawson's "Death from a Top Hat" and "The Headless Lay" books for sale at his bookstore's website. I highly recommend the Mysterious Bookshop as a visit or online shopping site.

Max Maven
Posts: 498
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Hollywood, CA
Contact:

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Max Maven » September 20th, 2020, 9:39 pm

Regarding the Witchdoctors' bylaws, a later version had this for #14: "Any Witchdoctor who utters the name Milbourne Christopher shall be obliged to pay everyone's check."

jimb_85
Posts: 41
Joined: April 16th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Favorite Magician: Penn & Teller

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby jimb_85 » September 21st, 2020, 2:30 am

Joe Lyons wrote:Rawson also founded The Witchdoctors Club in New York in the fifties.

I like the by-laws.


Those are quite clever, yeah. And thanks for sharing his the list of his effects.

Leo Garet
Posts: 407
Joined: March 14th, 2015, 9:14 am
Favorite Magician: Nobody In Particular

Re: Rawson and Merlini

Postby Leo Garet » October 2nd, 2020, 10:01 am

No magic in it, but I have a book edited by Otto Penzler, which features essays and whatnot by a collection of mystery writers, some mentioned earlier by Bob Farmer.

"In Pursuit Of Spenser" is the title and the contributors are discussing Robert B. Parker and his Boston PI, Spenser. No first name, or rather he has a first name, but it's never mentioned.


Return to “Link Watch”