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Doug Trouten

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Here's an article about Brother John Hamman from the National Catholic Register: 

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/astagnaro/one-of-the-greatest-magicians-of-the-20th-century-was-a-marianist-brother
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What a great article! Thanks for sharing this.

I have to admit that I'm not as familiar with his magic as I should be. I've seen his Two Card Trick because Harry taught it on his DVD set. I'm also familiar with his Hamman count, but other than that I haven't seen much of his work.

This article has convinced me that I need to get his book.

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Required reading IMHO. His stuff is extremely devious and is chock full of psychological bamboozlement.
His Sealed Room Mystery is diabolical.
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When his book came out, it was amazing how may people threw out effects to add Brother John's material. 
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I added The Doppelganger Card right away.
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Three words: The Signed Card

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The Phoenix Four and Two-Shuffles Harry...

Both were published somewhere else before his book was written. The Phoenix Four was published in the Ney York Magic Symposium, Vol. 3 (the white book) and Two Shuffles Harry was published in Apocalypse.

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Speaking of "The Signed Card", which is a fantastic piece of magic -

John Mendoza used to put on close-up conventions periodically. One year the headliner was Bro. John. He performed The Signed Card and killed. Don England was sitting next to me. We were both utterly fooled. He taught the routine and we all had an "underground killer" for about a year before it was published in Richard's Almanac (I think?). 

How about Micro-Macro.. another killer from Bro. John.

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Speaking of "The Signed Card", which is a fantastic piece of magic -

 He performed The Signed Card and killed. Don England was sitting next to me. We were both utterly fooled. He taught the routine and we all had an "underground killer" for about a year before it was published in Richard's Almanac (I think?). 
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Yep, it was in Richard's magazine, that's when I started doing it, though changed it fractionally, I wasn't convinced about the initial ace display so used an extra ace which I disposed of in the routine.   
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Living in St. Louis, I was privileged to see Brother John many times. Two of his tricks that I enjoy performing are Opposite Pockets and The Pinochle Trick. His performances were relaxed and laid back until he hit you in the head with some amazing occurrence. He was fun to watch.
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Required reading IMHO. His stuff is extremely devious and is chock full of psychological bamboozlement. His Sealed Room Mystery is diabolical.


Sealed Room Mystery is one of my favourite BJH routines too.
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I think Paul is correct in changing the initial ace display. I must say that it flew by all of us at the lecture. But it seems that you're taking an unnecessary chance doing it as written. It's an easy fix.

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Speaking of "The Signed Card", which is a fantastic piece of magic -

John Mendoza used to put on close-up conventions periodically. One year the headliner was Bro. John. He performed The Signed Card and killed. Don England was sitting next to me. We were both utterly fooled. He taught the routine and we all had an "underground killer" for about a year before it was published in Richard's Almanac (I think?). 

How about Micro-Macro.. another killer from Bro. John.

Mike



Mike, you're right. It was first published in Richard's Almanac, issue 14, in 1983. It was later published again in The Secrets of Brother John Hamman - starting on page 48.

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What, nobody mentioned "Twins?"  Wow!

As for the Hamman Count, I've found it to be a more knacky count than others. You need to pause in order to avoid a hitch, unless you're incredibly fluid.  I'm not.
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My problem with the Hamman Count is the cards spreading so I can't cleanly pull them off one at a time.  Aldo Colombini had some advice on the grip that helps to reduce the pause.  It's on one (maybe more) of the 10 million DVDs Aldo created.  Steve Beam has a related count called the Killer Count - if I remember correctly - and discusses the best grip too.
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Being from St. Louis, like Christensen, I always had a certain pride when folks would talk about Brother John.  He taught at Vianney High School and one of his pupils was none other than Chris Kenner, now Executive Producer to David Copperfield.  Brother John definitely had an influence on Chris' work at the time.  It was fondly said of Brother John that he would lead you down the garden path and then turn the sprinklers on you.  It was said that he created a card trick per day at one point in his career.  I sat about 6 feet from him at on of his lecture/performances in St. Louis and it ranks as one of the best memories I have in magic.  Yes, he was that good.
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Ray:
The quote is from Paul LePaul: "All his effects, like an O. Henry story, have an unexpected climax that takes you completely by surprise.  His manner is so disarming, and so casual, and his magic is so frustrating...  Figuratively, he leads you down the garden path, until he gets you into exactly the spot he wants, and then he turns on the sprinkler."
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Yes, I have that book where the quote resides. St. Louis was a hotbed for magic back in the day. LePaul was also from here.
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I've always enjoyed the mystic nine, Not many people really talk about that one. But yes, I can only echo what everyone is saying, Fabulous book!! I think it's time to dig out again.

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