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Gareth

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As a relatively young member of this community I’ve only heard brief mention of Del Ray. There are 5 20 min long videos on youtube of his close up performance in 1983 at Tannens Jubilee, ( with a certain Mr H Lorayne in attendance along with Dick Cavett and Jimmy Grippo) I spent almost 2 hours gripped to these recordings last night and I tell you I was blown away.

Incredible chops, superb presentation, connection with the audience, razor sharp wit and perfect comedy timing. Simply the best gambling demo I’ve ever seen and the dice routine OMG!!!

Harry please tell us some stories. How I wish I was born 30 years earlier in NYC!










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There are some really good vids of Del Ray floating around. I was at the 1980 IBM (I think it was '80) and missed Del Ray's show because after staying up all night, I fell asleep and slept throught the show. Big freakin' mistake! Never had another chance to see him.

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Cool. Appreciate the links, Gareth.

Thanks to The Atlanta Harvest of Magic events in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, I was fortunate to see several "legends", although I didn't necessarily appreciate all of them as such at the time. Del Ray was among them. He did both close-up and stage shows, and we were all transfixed. He was fabulous.

I also got to see Ed Marlo, Don Alan, Albert Goshman, and Jack Chanin. But never Vernon. Not dropping names, since I know there are plenty of you who've seen all those and many, many more, just reminiscing and waxing grateful that I had the opportunity. 

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The first video alone is great. The dice stacking is really interesting and original, but the standout is the "computer" card trick, which was absolutely fantastic. Interesting how it seems so original and cutting-edge considering this was in 1983. That was more entertaining than practically any modern magic I have seen that I can remember in the recent past. This is not an insult to modern magic, of which much is great, but a significant praise of what "older" magicians were doing that we really should be looking back to.

I wasn't aware of Del Ray at all before these videos, but it is now my mission to track down anything I can.
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Man, I can't wait to watch these. Thanks for sharing, Gareth!
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The first video alone is great. The dice stacking is really interesting and original, but the standout is the "computer" card trick, which was absolutely fantastic. Interesting how it seems so original and cutting-edge considering this was in 1983. That was more entertaining than practically any modern magic I have seen that I can remember in the recent past. This is not an insult to modern magic, of which much is great, but a significant praise of what "older" magicians were doing that we really should be looking back to.

I wasn't aware of Del Ray at all before these videos, but it is now my mission to track down anything I can.


I know Jeremy! isn't it incredible?

Video number 2, well there are no words, the black jack routine, the poker deal (that's how you present a poker routine!!  Briliant) and the electronic bird and dice rolling routine that spans the latter part of video 2 and the beginning of video 3. Wow!
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That computer card trick was incredible! I laughed out loud 😉

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Those were great and fun to watch, thanks Gareth.
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If you haven't read Del Ray's biography by John Moehring I HIGHLY recommend that you do.  Great book about a fascinating man, and it comes with a companion performance video.

https://www.magicbookshop.com/p/books/del-ray-america-s-foremost-available-once-again
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