Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

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Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Richard Hatch » January 4th, 2019, 12:22 am

Bob Einstein, who passed away yesterday (January 2, 2019), wrote a book in 1970, shortly after losing his job as a comedy writer for the cancelled (but Emmy winning!) Smothers Brothers Show, in which he supposedly is shown performing magic with a coin, an egg, a deck of cards and a rabbit production from a top hat. Despite the title, this is not really a "magic book" but a spoof of magicians, much as his popular "Super Dave Osborne" character was a spoof of daredevils. The Einstein family has asked that funds be donated to a memorial fund in his name to support Leukemia and Lymphoma research (https://events.lls.org/pages/calso/BobEinstein) and I'll be donating any amount over $50 that this book sells for to that fund. Copies online seem to be listing for much more than that (another copy on eBay has a buy it now price of $99), so I'm hoping it does well. I haven't listed this in the magic book section of eBay, since it really isn't one, so here's a link to the listing, starting at just $9.99. Good luck!
https://tinyurl.com/yb7udf6f

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Tom Gilbert » January 4th, 2019, 7:47 am

Officer Judy. Classic.

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Bob Farmer » January 4th, 2019, 9:14 am

A great book by Einstein. I have it next to the MAD book of magic.

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Bill Mullins » January 4th, 2019, 9:47 am

Is that presidential candidate Pat Paulsen who is sweeping up?

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Bob Farmer » January 4th, 2019, 11:06 am

Pat Paulsen: "I'm not left wing, or right wing, I'm middle of the bird."

"If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve."

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Richard Hatch » January 4th, 2019, 2:36 pm

Bill Mullins wrote:Is that presidential candidate Pat Paulsen who is sweeping up?

The same! He and Bob Einstein worked together on the Smothers Brothers Show just prior to this book. Paulsen is featured "sweeping up" on the last 5 pages of the book, and quoted on page 92, staring at the camera saying "THAT'S IT, YOU HAMBURGERS, THE BOOK'S OVER."

Here's a link to a copy of the book that sold in a "buy-it-now" bid yesterday for $99:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/This-is-My-First-Magic-Book-So-Im-a-Little-Nervous-Bob-Einstein-Out-of-print/173720506467

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Brad Jeffers » January 4th, 2019, 4:27 pm

Bob Einstein's younger brother was pretty funny too ...

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Bill Mullins » January 4th, 2019, 5:40 pm

I wonder if Steve Martin was involved in this book -- he and Einstein were friends when they wrote for the Smothers Brothers (see Martin's book Born Standing Up).

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Doug Thornton » January 10th, 2019, 9:25 pm

Still a couple hours before the bidding ends...

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Richard Hatch » January 10th, 2019, 9:59 pm

Doug Thornton wrote:Still a couple hours before the bidding ends...

https://tinyurl.com/yb7udf6f

Happy to see that with a few hours left, this has already passed the threshold for donations in Bob Einstein's honor the memorial fund at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thanks to all who have (and still will!) bid on this. If you prefer to make a donation directly, here's the link to the fund:
https://events.lls.org/pages/calso/BobEinstein

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Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Postby Richard Hatch » January 10th, 2019, 10:49 pm

PS: If the winning bidder is going to MagiFest in Columbus next week and wants to save the shipping charges by taking delivery there, I'm happy to hand deliver it.


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