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zhrollofan

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I happened across a bunch of old copies of Genii and this guy is all over 'em, one or more effects in every issue I've seen from the '70s.  But I don't think I've seen him even mentioned anywhere else (and I have read a fair amount of stuff).

So, who was/is he?  
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Here is something... 

http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Glenn_Gravatt

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Or here...

http://themagicwarehouse.com/BA1782/Thayer-Quality-Magic.html


Or here...

http://archive.denisbehr.de/show.php?book=270



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Anybody with personal experience/knowledge of Mr Gravatt?
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I have Gravatt's "Fifty Modern Card Tricks You Can Do" "Fifty More Modern Card Tricks You Can Do."

Softbacks, they’re respectable collections of simple card stuff, good to look at once in a while. Books such as these often serve as memory joggers.

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I am too young to have known Mr. Gravatt but I have run across his name on a few occasions and I have one of his books. It's titled Final Selection. Gravatt makes sure his readers know that he was the author of The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks.

The book isn't "bad" but I really can't remember any routine that stood out for me.
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Gravatt makes sure his readers know that he was the author of The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks.

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I have heard but do not of course know for sure, that some would say "compiler" is a more accurate word.
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A few of his books which I have (and enjoy) are:
 - Gravatt's Gold Mine of Magic
 - Gravatt's Treasury Trove of Tricks
 - More Collected Writings of Glenn Gravatt


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A few of his books which I have (and enjoy) are:
 - Gravatt's Gold Mine of Magic
 - Gravatt's Treasury Trove of Tricks
 - More Collected Writings of Glenn Gravatt



Do you perform anything from these books? They seem very inexpensive ($15 on Amazon).
Are they worth getting?

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I am too young to have known Mr. Gravatt but I have run across his name on a few occasions and I have one of his books. It's titled Final Selection. Gravatt makes sure his readers know that he was the author of The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks.

The book isn't "bad" but I really can't remember any routine that stood out for me.

Nothing wrong with that, particularly considering the book in question. After all, it’s what magicians do; remind magicdom of their standing and track record.

 

As for being the compiler, that seems fairly accurate, but then so are many authors. Rufus Steele anyone? Even Karl Fulves to some extent. They seek out contributions from here and there, write them up and here comes another compilation.
In the case of Fulves, there's always plenty of his own too, of course.

 

Incidentally, I’m not too young to have known Gravatt, but I didn’t.

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Nothing wrong with that, particularly considering the book in question. After all, it’s what magicians do; remind magicdom of their standing and track record.

 

As for being the compiler, that seems fairly accurate, but then so are many authors. Rufus Steele anyone? Even Karl Fulves to some extent. They seek out contributions from here and there, write them up and here comes another compilation.
In the case of Fulves, there's always plenty of his own too, of course.

 

Incidentally, I’m not too young to have known Gravatt, but I didn’t.



I agree that compiler is a more accurate term. Regarding The Final Selection book, I didn't find any routines that really stood out for me. Obviously that's a subjective assessment and others' mileage will vary.

Rufus Steele was mentioned in an earlier post in this thread and I have found MANY routines that I would add to my repertoire.
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There's an effect in Gravatt's 50 Modern Card Tricks that I think is one of the strongest self-workers I've ever come across. There were actually two versions of it in the book and they were so similar I was surprised both made it as separate items. When I first read them, the strength of the items really hit me. I've made some minor tweaks that I think improve it (dealing tricks can be slow) and each time I've showed it, I had very good reactions. I even won the monthly contest at my local magic club. That isn't easy to do with self-working/mathematical card tricks. I don't remember the original title so I have to look it up. Perhaps I'll post it in a section about tricks.
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The effect I was thinking of from Gravatt's 50 Modern Card Tricks is Marlo's Automatic Placement.

He also describes Kosky's Automatic Placement as well. I initially used a method more like Marlo's with a few differences to get more people involved, but I think Kosky's is a better foundation if you are doing it for a single person.
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