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I realized after seeing Harry's name mentioned in a recent thread that he didn't have a presence in the Who's Who section.  So no time like the present to fix that.

I took magic lessons from Harry back in the 1970's.  He was a font of knowledge, having done magic at all levels, stage, parlor and close-up.  He appeared at the Magic Castle for decades.  

I remember him telling me that he had worked circus-style magic performances with Norm Nielsen, I think in the 1950's.  Harry actually did escapes, ala Houdini, while Nielsen did straight magic.  Very cool.

Magic was never Harry's "day job", but he was a talented performer, all-around nice guy and a wonderful ambassador for the craft.

He is local legend in St. Louis but had a national presence and deserves to be better known.

Many have heard of the "Monti-style" cups for the cups and balls.  Harry collaborated on the design and they will forever bear his name.

Here's some more on him....

https://geniimagazine.com/wiki/index.php?title=Harry_Monti
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Here is a nice video...

https://www.magicana.com/video/harry-monti-parlour-magic
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I watched the video, he seems like a very nice person. The kind of person that an audience would like to see succeed. His jokes were a little corny, lol, but I could see why you mentioned him, he is very talented. Oddly enough, I was looking at videos of magic conventions to see if there was one I might attend and I found a video from the 2017 Midwest Magic Jubilee, and the first person introduced on camera was Mr. Monti and I'm like hey, I've heard of that guy!



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The Midwest Magic Jubilee is excellent.  It is one of the oldest "national" conventions.  I hadn't seen that video, so thanks for sharing.

BTW, they mention that Lance Burton won his first stage show at the Jubilee.  I was there and talked with him at length.  He was very shy off stage and very kind.
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Sam, I watched the video all the way through finally and wow, what memories that brought back.  The magician that I got my first doves from is featured a couple of times in the video, Randy Kalin.  Then there is Shep Hyken, Jeff Lefton and other St. Louisans.  I have to go to the next one.  I've been MIA too long.
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Sam, I watched the video all the way through finally and wow, what memories that brought back.  The magician that I got my first doves from is featured a couple of times in the video, Randy Kalin.  Then there is Shep Hyken, Jeff Lefton and other St. Louisans.  I have to go to the next one.  I've been MIA too long.


I would love to go, but I'm not sure I can swing it. The price seems reasonable and by all accounts a great convention.

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Looks like the next Midwest Magic Jubilee convention is Sept 4-6, 2020

http://www.mmjubilee.com/

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Wow, the 64th annual. They usually have great shows and lecturers. All of the big names have appeared at the MJM. In the video Sam posted is Asi Wind among others.
The real fun is the sessioning at night. Spouses get to attend for free and there are some organized events just for them.
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The video said he invented the Monti cup(s), what are those?


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The video said he invented the Monti cup(s), what are those?



Monti-style cups were created by the original Rings-N-Things which was located in St. Louis. Harry Monti was an investor in the company. He collaborated on the design and was given the honor of having them named after him.

What is sold now is not the original design, but close. I have an original set in chrome-plated steel and they are my "workers".

I was lucky enough to have witnessed the cups and other metal products being made. A lot of work goes into it, more than you'd suspect and everything is very precise. That accounts for the pricing.
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I watched the video, he seems like a very nice person. The kind of person that an audience would like to see succeed. His jokes were a little corny, lol, but I could see why you mentioned him, he is very talented. Oddly enough, I was looking at videos of magic conventions to see if there was one I might attend and I found a video from the 2017 Midwest Magic Jubilee, and the first person introduced on camera was Mr. Monti and I'm like hey, I've heard of that guy!



The Video


Nobody wears powder blue tuxedos anymore thank goodness!  Referring to the host.  I agree the lines are corny and he doesn't pretend otherwise.  It is his style and he has never deviated from it.  It works for him.  He does come across as likable and yes, folks want him to succeed because he doesn't create a "challenging" environment.


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I stumbled upon this video today.  I absolutely loved it.  Mainly because I love Harry Monti and owe him a huge debt.  He was my first "real" magic teacher.

This is worth a watch.  It is short and the part where he talks about Harry Blackstone, Sr. is worth hearing.

Besides, he was the longest consecutive performer at the Magic Castle.  53 years in a row!



The interviewer is also an old magic friend.  I haven't seen him in decades but he was a tremendous performer.  His performance of 'The Dancing Cane' was one of the few that I actually enjoyed.
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I have known Harry for a very long time. I think I first met him at one of the Jubilees. He is indeed a super nice guy and an excellent performer and technician too.

I have two wallets that I purchased from Harry. Both are Himber style and both have his initial, M, stamped into the leather. Beautiful workmanship. 

Cool factoid: My wife was in the contest at the Jubilee when Lance Burton won. Years later, she won second place in the close-up contest. 

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I have known Harry for a very long time. I think I first met him at one of the Jubilees. He is indeed a super nice guy and an excellent performer and technician too.

I have two wallets that I purchased from Harry. Both are Himber style and both have his initial, M, stamped into the leather. Beautiful workmanship. 

Cool factoid: My wife was in the contest at the Jubilee when Lance Burton won. Years later, she won second place in the close-up contest. 

Mike


Mike, I was at that convention. I spoke at length with Lance. He was a shy Kentuckian with a thick accent. Did. You have a table in the dealer area? I remember meeting you at a convention in St. Louis and you were selling books and stuff.
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I wasn't at the convention when Lance won. I hadn't met my wife at that point.

I attended a number of Jubilees over the years and performed at one or possibly two? Steve Zuelke had Allan Ackerman, John Mendoza and me lined up for a convention this year. But corona killed it. He was calling us "The Old Timers." I guess I have to own that. It would have taken place this month but it had to be cancelled. Hopefully we'll all be around next year.

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