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When I first moved to Oregon I would sometimes drive Jerry to local magic club meetings. I wish I had recorded the stories he would share as they were always entertaining/educational (very few were based on the subject of magic!).

Robin Dawes recently shared an article about Jerrys good friend Ray Hyman and it reminded me of a Jerry story regarding Uri Gellar.

During Gellar's height in popularity in the early to mid 70's Jerry and Ray would arrange to visit radio stations where Gellar had been a guest. The majority of stations were hoodwinked into believing the powers that Uri shared were legit ,so Jerry and Ray would offer to visit these stations to show that the same powers could be replicated...sometimes even better...using magician's methods. Their hopes were to debunk Gellar and convince the public that his claims to psychic abilities were a hoax.

Jerry was very careful not to expose methods, rather he and Ray would perform the same feats of metal bending and mind reading as magicians instead of a psychics. At one radio station they requested the usual array of silverware, keys, coins, etc. to be spread out on a surface. When they arrived they noticed a very large, industrial sized soup ladel among the items.

During their interviews with the radio personality, Jerry and Ray would use basic misdirection to steal items form the table and secretly hand off  whatever they had taken to a grad assistant who always accompanied them to these events. The assistant would then bend the item and either secretly add it back to the table or pass it under the table to Ray or Jerry.

At one point Ray stole the soup ladel and handed it to the grad assistant. For several minutes the poor kid tried to get a bend, but the utensil would not budge. Jerry became worried as he didn't want the radio host to notice the large item being gone and therefore possibly catch on to the method the three were using.

Jerry finally reached under the table, took the ladel and placed the mid-point of it on his knee and gave a pull. It bent! Not much... yet it could still be detected under normal scrutiny. Jerry, anxious to return the item to the table, thought he had reached the moment of mis-direction needed to replace it. However, the host noticed as Jerry began bringing it out from his lap. Mortified, Jerry continued the interview by simply keeping the ladel  in his hands and massaging the point where he had obtained the slight bend.

The interview went on for at least another 30 minutes. Jerry kept the ladel in his hands hoping the interviewer would lose track of the fact he had seen it pop up suspiciously from beneath the table. As the host was wrapping up the interview he mentioned to the audience that it was he who had brought in the industrial sized ladel and had been watching Jerry carefully for some time as he continued to gently massage the center of it. He asked Jerry if his efforts had been successful to which Jerry slowly removed his hand from the center of the utensil and held it up horizontally...the bend exposed for the host to clearly see.

The host was more than flabbergasted. He explained to his listeners that the reason he had brought the ladel along was because Uri Gellar himself failed to bend it during his visit! After they were off the air it took Jerry and Ray some time to convince the host that they had done the same feats as Uri using basic magicians techniques. Even though the host was willing to believe that the feats could possibly be done using magic tricks, he and his staff were convinced that Jerry and Ray MUST have at least some special powers in order to do what they had demonstrated...especially with the humongous utensil even the great Uri Gellar couldn't bend!

Months later the radio host was apparently sharing the story with listeners claiming that he saw Jerry hold the utensil in the air at a horizontal position and watched as it slowly bent as Jerry concentrated his gaze upon it!!!

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Cool story. Thanks for sharing.
Yes. It's nice when a spectator remembers an effect, and recounts it later in a way that makes you look like a performer of miracles.
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And today is Jerry's birthday! What a nice story to commemorate that!
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Weirdly coincidental!!!
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Great story! Thanks for sharing, Dan!

Jerry has always been a bit of a magic God to me. I remember the year he passed, he was supposed to attend Kramien's Magic Jamboree. There was a somber cloud hanging over the event that year, and one of the treasures I returned home with was a copy of Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic, autographed by Mark to Jerry.

For the "young 'uns" who don't know... do yourself a favor and seek out all things Andrus. Many books, DVDs, and marketed items to relish. His linking pin routine was (is) a joy to perform.
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Good Dan... DUDE!

You hung out with Jerry Andrus!?!

I had the pleasure of seeing him live at the Castle on two occasions. Absolute mastery!

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I have it on good account that Uri had all of the people at SRI convinced that he was the real deal. My neighbor's brothers worked there.

Uri has been busted so many times, but he keeps on going, seems like most people don't care that he has been caught with his hands in the cookie jar.

Uri has a really good seed germination effect that get's the whole audience involved, his method is pretty easy to do. I'll try to find it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20A4ytcrp24


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Good Dan... DUDE!

You hung out with Jerry Andrus!?!

I had the pleasure of seeing him live at the Castle on two occasions. Absolute mastery!



I first saw Jerry perform almost 30 years ago. I was with my father at a convention in Batavia N.Y..
I really wasn't that involved with magic...just kind of had a nodding acquaintance with it.
Jerry performed as a dealer along with 4 or 5 other guys who had stuff to sell. The other dealers did stuff on stage that almost made me vow right then and there to avoid any situation where magicians congregate in large groups. It was painful.

Jerry was the last to go on and I politely excused myself before he took the stage. Telling my father I was going to grab a bite to eat I started to leave my seat. My father promised me that the next guy was going to be good...so I stayed. Jerry did Zone Zero and that's all it took. The premise of the trick and the simple presentation made me realize that just because you call yourself a magician doesn't mean you have to pull miles of mouth coil from your pie hole, or do a 15 phase Pom Pom Stick routine.

After that weekend Jerrys performance faded a bit, but not his persona. When I moved to Oregon all those years later and ended up becoming a member of the Portland Society of Magicians I was shocked to see Jerry hanging out with the other members and sharing ideas and giving advice.

Once I became closer to him and began started him rides to meetings and other functions I would always think back to that weekend in Batavia and ask myself if I could have ever guessed that someday I would be friends with the magician who I almost walked out on?

He was way more than a clever genius when it came to magic, but an all around interesting and intelligent man. He was honest to a fault. He would never tell a spectator that his card was lost in the deck because Jerry knew the card wasn't lost! He would simply say that he was going to place the card somewhere in the deck...which was the truth. And although a confessed atheist Jerry read and studied the Bible with a sincere desire to understand Christianity in a respectful and open-minded attitude.

Evan is on spot when he suggests the young-uns should research Jerry. Its an endeavor that wont only open your eyes to a unique approach to magic, but also to one of the most gentle and unique human beings who has graced this planet.
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I encountered Jerry Andrus twice, and it is fair to say that both meetings deeply affected my thinking about magic.  He was an extraordinary person and magician - it seems that everyone who knew him well benefited from the experience.  What better legacy can one have?
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Andrus: The Man, The Mind & The Magic


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Waterman wrote "... Once I became closer to him and began started him rides to meetings and other functions I would always think back to that weekend in Batavia and ask myself if I could have ever guessed that someday I would be friends with the magician who I almost walked out on?"

Such a wonderful remembrance of the simple twist of fate that awakened your drive. 
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What a Great video Evan S. Guess I better get his DVD's to check out some more of his magic. Any idea of the names of his books I can look for?
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What a Great video Evan S. Guess I better get his DVD's to check out some more of his magic. Any idea of the names of his books I can look for?



Here's a great place to start...

https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/author/jerry-andrus/first-edition/

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Dan, I absolutely love hearing your stories about your time spent with Jerry Andrus.

You've met some pretty incredible people throughout your journey in magic!!

Kind of a trip that you shared the story on Jerry's birthday without realizing it.

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Dan, I absolutely love hearing your stories about your time spent with Jerry Andrus. You've met some pretty incredible people throughout your journey in magic!! Kind of a trip that you shared the story on Jerry's birthday without realizing it.


I agree. You could have knocked me over with a feather when it was posted as being Jerry's birthday when I made my initial post to this thread!

Rudy...WE NEED TO CONVENE THIS WEEK!!!!! I have an idea to share with you.
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I agree. You could have knocked me over with a feather when it was posted as being Jerry's birthday when I made my initial post to this thread!

Rudy...WE NEED TO CONVENE THIS WEEK!!!!! I have an idea to share with you.


Yes, please! I have something to show to you too!!

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I first saw Jerry at the Forks Hotel (Fechter's convention) way back. I didn't hang out with him at that time but I did get to see him perform for lay people. I had read his stuff and noted that a number of his techniques were angley. He positioned himself in a corner of the room and worked for table of lay people in front of him. Being in the corner gave him the angles that he needed. He was great! They loved him.

I saw him lecture at Billy Bishop's magic shop in Bollingbrook IL. It must have been sometime in the 1980s. His methods were unorthodox and fooled the heck out of everyone. He performed a super clean coin vanish that was a fooler. The technique was laugh out loud cool. He put his left arm on the table (parallel to the inner edge of the table) with his open left hand back toward the audience. The right hand put a coin into the LH which was immediately shown empty! Where did that coin go?? The method involved holding the LH partially closed so the L fingers created a ramp. The coin rolled down the ramp and up his sleeve. Fooled everyone. He also did the Miser's Miracle which is great too.

Jerry was the Guest of Honor at 4F in 1996. He brought a box full of his 3D objects that fooled your eyes so badly. He was extremely generous with his time and showed everything anyone wanted to see. I was lucky to be sitting by myself in the lobby on Sunday after the convention was over. Jerry sat with me for a couple of hours. We talked mostly about non-magic things e.g. philosophy, life, his non-magic inventions etc. Jerry shared several of his poems with me. It was a truly awesome and memorable experience that I'll never forget. The world is a poorer place without him.

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Way back when, mid '70s probably, Jerry Andrus came to St. Louis to lecture.  He performed Zone Zero, the linking pins, many card routines and something I think called VooDoo Needle or something like that.  It involved penetrating a thick, silver needle through a handkerchief.  It looked impossible.  

Jerry typically performed with bridge-sized cards, which most "heavy hitters" think is uncool.  That is, unless they had seen him perform.  The size made some of his moves a little less challenging.  The "Sidewinder Shift" and the "Panoramic Pass" come to mind as unusual, difficult moves. Andrus Card Control is iconic.
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