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I remember seeing this photo in a book a long time ago and always wondered why Dai's last name is spelled that way on the advertising.  We of course know that his real last name was Verner, so maybe it began as Verner, changed to Vernen and finally Vernon.

Anyways, I found this recently and thought some might enjoy it.

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Dai Vernon, who?

All this talk of a double-dip recession we’re hearing in the media reminds me of the famous American magician/silhouettist Dai Vernon.  Vernon was an artist who invented many of today’s best-known magic tricks, but who actually supported himself and his family throughout the 1920’s and 30’s as a street silhouette artist.  During the long years of the Great Depression he would set up a stall – in whatever city he happened to be working at the time – under a banner saying “no depression here”.  Legend has it that he invariably had a long queue of customers!

So, if you’re able to visit Square Meal’s “Venues & Events” exhibition this week, do make time to come and get your silhouette cut out. You’ll find us under the “no recession here” sign!

Dat Vernon in his studio

The young subject is of course Jeanne, Vernon's wife.  Born Eugenie "Jeanne" Hayes.
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an amazing talent all in it's own right!

Thanks for posting this

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I think he also changed the pronunciation of his first name when he moved west?  Day vs. Die?
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The whole Dai thing apparently as a shortening of David, his given name. Dai, pronounced as day, is consistent with David or Dave. The New Yorkers called him that till the end while the rest of us knew him as Dai (dye).
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At least spell his name correctly in the topic heading. Respect required!
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At least spell his name correctly in the topic heading. Respect required!


Hi Bob, It's actually spelled correctly in the heading. Look closely at the signs in the photo and you'll see that it's spelled exactly the way that Ray typed it, "Vernen's Silhouettes"

That's the the whole point of the thread. How did his name come to be spelled the way that we've all come to recognize it?

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My bad!
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I think it was on the Revelations tapes where Dai quipped that the change from David to Dai was because he "got rid of the VD". 
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No worries Bob. Most people look at the people and the silhouttes and don't read the signs closely enough to notice. Part of my job is to inspect construction projects to troubleshoot and help determine why defects occurred and why. For that reason I tend to be the type that notices minute details. Like when someone sees a wall I see the cracks in it. I find it interesting that someone's name can change over time, that's all.
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I think he also changed the pronunciation of his first name when he moved west?  Day vs. Die?


Howard Hamburg once told a story about the Day vs. Die debate. Apparently someone asked him if he (the professor) pronounced it Day or Die.
His response was "either or either"
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Howard Hamburg once told a story about the Day vs. Die debate. Apparently someone asked him if he (the professor) pronounced it Day or Die.
His response was "either or either"



Hahahahaha...that's a good one!

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