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StevePR104

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There is a post on the Magic Castle's Facebook page, reporting that Harry Riser has died.

From Vanishing Inc. Magic's page about Harry's magic:

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Harry Riser was part of the magic elite in its heyday. He spent considerable time with magicians such as Edward Marlo, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Their influence in his material is incredibly prominent in Secrets Of An Escamoteur.

There are four reasons why we recommend this book to you:

1. The stories
If there's one reason to buy this book, it's to read the stories of Vernon and Miller. They shaped close-up magic into what it is today and Riser's stories make for a fascinating and entertaining read.

2. The Faro material
If, like me, you like to dabble with the Faro shuffle, you'll be amazed at the clever ideas that Riser has produced in this book. Many of his effects make use of a 53-card deck, which allows for some interesting reading.

3. The structure of Riser's magic
Riser's magic is clearly thought out and the methods are well structured. This really is a great lesson to learn from a magic book.

4. Untipped Charlie Miller work
I am a Charlie Miller nut, so it was an absolute treat to see some of Miller's work explained in this book. You should pay special attention to his work on the little finger break; it really is great.

This hard backed book has 247 pages 45  sleights, tricks and routines and is copiously illustrated by Earle Oakes. We've managed to secure the last few copies, so I'd recommend that you purchase this book soon before it goes out of print.

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Here's a link to a tribute to Harry, which was posted several years ago:

https://goo.gl/Hu4EvQ
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Sad that another of the great "old school" is gone.
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RIP Harry. I remember hearing a terrific interview with Harry Riser and Johnny Thompson, but I can not locate the link. I know there are some worthwhile clips of Harry on YouTube.
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Oh no! That really makes me sad! Harry Riser is one of my favorite performers and creators; I really love and enjoy the two books on his magic and they surely would be on my lonely-on-an-island-list. Clever Faro-work, clever structuring. What a shame.
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I sent the following message to a friend who mourns Harry's passing:

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As we get older, we lose those to whom we looked up, those we admired and those from whom we learned. And as we get older, there comes a new generation....who look up to us, who admire us and who learn from us. It is up to creators like you to assume the mantle.


Just remember that years from now, there are those who will (hopefully) remember us with fondness.  Some of us, I suppose, will be included among the "greats."  Regardless, it's up to us to continue learning from and sharing with others.

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I really like his book Secrets Of An Escamoteur which has excellent faro effects.
I also appreciate his very relax style and sense of humour in his interviews.

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Well said, Steve.
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I'm sorry to say that I'm familiar with his name, but not his work.

It sounds like I've missed out on some really good stuff from him.

I'm saying a little prayer for his friends and family who will miss him dearly.

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My 'Feints and Temps of Harry Riser' is in a tub behind the Christmas decorations, gonna try to remember to pull it out.


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Harry and I were on the close-up show at the 1980 SAM convention. I think it was in Grand Rapids MI. Harry allowed me to video tape his lecture. We also both lectured at a small convention in Champagne IL. That's the first time I met the woman who is now my wife. She's also a magician. His dry humor was hilarious. We had so much fun. His comments would come out of left field and make you laugh out loud.

I got to hang out with him several times in Indy. His linking ring routine was legendary. 

I haven's seen him for a long time. I'll miss him....

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I bought Harry's book Secrets of An Escamoteur used on the CafĂ© and few month's ago and it is such a great book. Loved the Faro section as most of the tricks can be done with just one faro.

Will be sadly missed.
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He was Mike Close's first mentor, I believe.  Love both his books.
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