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There is an ongoing discussion of the Vernon Secrets of Card Magic trilogy by Supreme Magic and the Vernon Chronicles by L and L Publishing. There is another book that I think should be brought into this discussion. The Dai  Vernon Book of Magic also published by Supreme and written by Lewis Ganson. 

If you have this book, revisit it for it's classic contents. Among them, in no particular order are:
The Cups and Balls, The Linking Rings, Expansion of Texture, Free and Unlimited Coinage of Silver, The Thumb Tie, Ball , Cone, and Handkerchief, A Chinese Classic (The Coins Through the Table) and as the ads read "much more".

I bought my copy in the mid '70's from Phil Thomas' Yogi Magic Mart for $14.00. I mention this to brag that this copy is signed "To Harry with best wishes Dai Vernon 1976".
Vernon Lectured here in Baltimore at , I believe a Holiday Inn. A banquet hall was used and it was filled by local magicians from the area coming from Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

I overheard some of the hotel staff remarking about the crowd he drew and saying "who is this guy". If they only knew.
Thank you for allowing me to tell my tale of nostalgia.
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Hi,

The Dai Vernon Book of Magic is a wonderful book. I remember being so excited on the journey home after buying it. The following week I was back at Tam Shepherd's buying a wand, three brass cups and some crocheted balls. That was so much fun.

The Vernon Touch info is such a great read also, and, of course, there's Dr Daley's last trick. Was that the first time that had been published?

There was stuff in there that was beyond my capabilities at the time. I think I night be pulling this back off the bookshelf this weekend : )

Thanks for the inspiration, my friend.

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Fabulous book! 

I had to sell my copy years ago (along with other prized possessions) when I was going through a rough patch.  But I'm definitely in the market for a replacement.  (Although I wouldn't want to pay too much). 

An eBook version is available from lybrary.com, but I'm only interested in the "book" book.

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Thanks for the comments. Your story of your Brick and Morter magic shop is so familiar to us all. 
I don't know if that is the first time for Dr. Daley's trick in print.
Maybe someone out there knows.
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The Vernon Book of Magic is excellent.  Mine's signed too. 
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What are your memories of that occasion?
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Harry, is that question directed at me?
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Sorry yes to Tom G. I was wondering if you had a story behind the autograph.
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Does anybody have a copy of the original edition of the Vernon Book?
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Alan, my Vernon books are Supreme editions, they never dated them.

Magic Harry, An early mentor, Steve Dacri decided to put together a convention based on the Professor's Farewell Lecture.  He had Sid Radner, Walter Gibson, Irv Weiner, pretty amazing time.  He asked me early in the afternoon to watch the registration desk as the person that was supposed to be there, wasn't.  So I hung there for an hour until she showed up.  Steve thanked me by bringing me back to hang with the Professor and a few others.  I happened to be carrying around the DV Book of Magic so he signed it.  Later on after the lecture he signed my Ultimate book. 
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very cool to read those memories by all of you!

I have the book in hardback, but it's not autographed.. 😉

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Great story Tom. Memories like that are something to be cherished. I'm envious of the company you kept back then [smile].
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Alan, my Vernon books are Supreme editions, they never dated them.


Thanks Tom. Just as I noted on the "Card Trilogy" thread. Harry Stanley published the Vernon Book in, I think, 1957. Superior quality to the Supreme editions. He also published the Malini Book and Leipzig Book, both written by Lewis Ganson. I can't recall whether Stanley dated his books. He was fairly meticulous about dates and credits, but you never know.

Great story about Dacri and Vernon, by the way.
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Alan, the Vernon book on Leipzig I have, has a Supreme sticker in it most likely covering the Harry Stanley info. 
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Funny, Phil Thomas of Yogi Magic Mart here in Baltimore did the same. He covered every book he sold with his own Yogi sticker. Sticker went on original published by information. 
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Not Vernon-related, but just to add to Alan Smithee wondering whether Harry Stanley dated his publications:  

I have the original three-book set of Cy Enfield’s Entertaining Card Magic by Lewis Ganson.  No dates in any of the three.


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Apologies if this has already been mentioned, but all of the Dai Vernon books authored by Ganson are in a collected volume put out by L&L called The Essential Dai Vernon. I believe it is also out-of-print, but for anyone searching for The Dai Vernon Book of Magic, or any of the other out-of-print Ganson books, probably not a bad idea to add this title to your searches.

This blurb below is from the ad copy about the book (not written by me):

This single, mammoth volume contains all the Vernon classics written by Lewis Ganson:

The Dai Vernon Book of Magic
Inner Secrets of Card Magic
More Inner Secrets of Card Magic
Further Inner Secrets of Card Magic
Dai Vernon's Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic
Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig
Malini and His Magic
Dai Vernon's Symphony of the Rings
. . . and the remarkable, previously unpublished "Vernon Scrapbook," more than 70 pages of rare photos, correspondence and memorabilia!

Almost 1100 pages of the finest magic from the most respected magician of our time. If you bought these masterworks separately, you would pay $225 or more, if you can even find them. The Essential Dai Vernon places them into your hands, in one beautiful hardcover volume with full-color dustjacket, for almost half that price.

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Alan, I had a friend that bought that book, and said it was just too big to deal with. 
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Well it's big ... and I guess it's a bit heavy if you want to toss it in your backpack for some light reading on your daily hike.   But it's beautiful and full of treasures.

(Mentalissimo is included in the photo just for size comparison, but I think "beautiful and full of treasures" applies there too.)

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Not Vernon-related, but just to add to Alan Smithee wondering whether Harry Stanley dated his publications:  

I have the original three-book set of Cy Enfield’s Entertaining Card Magic by Lewis Ganson.  No dates in any of the three.



Arthur, as I noted a couple of posts back:

"I can't recall whether Stanley dated his books. He was fairly meticulous about dates and credits, but you never know."

So thanks for that.
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Wow Robin, that book is massive! I understand now why they say if you want to hide a secret, put it in a book [rofl]
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Wow!! I often sit with a magic book in my lap with a deck of cards in hand. Not sure I could do it with that. It'd put my legs to sleep 😂

A tome of treasures!

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Alan, I had a friend that bought that book, and said it was just too big to deal with. 


Hi Tom,

Yeah, the book is fairly unwieldy. It's too bad L&L didn't make it a 2 volume set but I'd guess that would have driven the cost up quite a bit. It was a bargain IMO at $125 when it first came out, and the Vernon Scrapbook is a really nice addition that was a motivating factor for me when I took the plunge.

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