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There's a magician whose work I never wanted to be revealed to me. I still don't. I own one of his teaching videos, but I don't watch it. The reason being that his magic fools me so bad.

I think it's because i'm familiar with techniques that require the use of both hands. But since René Lavand was forced to use only one due to an accident he suffered as a boy, the methods he uses are unknown to me.

For a while I was just stuck watching this man's performances. I couln't get enough of him. And to this day, when I want to feel like a layman again and really be astounded by magic, I play his material.

Anybody else enjoy his work? What's your favorite performance of him? Do you have any of his work? What have you learned from him?

I have alot of favorites. Here's 2.



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Bro, I love Rene Lavand. His magic is incredibly deceptive and his presentations are beautiful, poetic and classy.

A few of the methods that he uses can be adapted to those of us who are blessed to have all of our apendages. For example, I perform his "A, 2, 3, 4" and some day I want to take the time to learn his bread crumb routine. It's within the range of any serious student of sleight of hand.

With that said, there are some things that he does with one hand that I will NEVER be able to do with two. He was an incredibly gifted man.
I'm so glad that we have his magic immortalized in the form of these videos.

Rudy


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I agree Rudy.
The bread crumb routine. ☺
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Hello CQ -- thanks for posting Lavand's clips -- they are, as you say, inspirational to anyone who enjoys card magic performed perfectly (or about as close as you can get to it)! One thing that DOES bother me, however -- I've seen some people post themselves on YouTube doing Lavand's work but not nearly as good -- in some cases it "tips" the method to some degree, and just like you, I don't want his magic minimized in any way. Great clips -- thanks again -- johnny
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Eric DeCamps is authorized by Senor Lavand to perform the 3 Bread Crumbs routine. Eric does it justice. He performs it to music with excellent presentation. He talks about Senor Lavand's handicap and also about his meeting and getting to know the master. Eric performs the routine with one hand behind his back.

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Here he is cutting to the aces on The Ed Sullivan Show. December 29, 1963
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Eric DeCamps is authorized by Senor Lavand to perform the 3 Bread Crumbs routine. Eric does it justice. He performs it to music with excellent presentation. He talks about Senor Lavand's handicap and also about his meeting and getting to know the master. Eric performs the routine with one hand behind his back.

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I'd love to see that!

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Eric DeCamps does a fantastic job with the Bread Crumb trick.  I couldn't believe Penguin would release a "new" trick that was no improvement at all and not even as good as Rene Lavand's Bread Crumb effect. 

Years ago Bob Elliott called me and told me to come into NYC to see Rene Lavand. So I left MA, met up with a friend in CT and into NYC we went. I don't think there were too many closed mouths in the audience, his skills and what he could accomplish with one hand was unbelievable.  I was sitting next to David Roth who said, "Isn't that a kick in the teeth, he can do more with one hand than any of us can do with two."  Very true words.   BTW Eric was doing the translating for Rene.
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Cardshark! I loved that clip from the Sullivan show. Thank you!

I had the pleasure of seeing René Lavand perform in the close-up gallery at the Magic Castle a few years ago. He created a palpable and sophisticated air of mystery. With his serious glare and minimal Spanglish patter, the master built a mounting tension, only to break it at will with his devilish charm.
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Glad you guys enjoyed 'em. 😃
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I always liked magic and followed it, read about it, kept interested in it, BUT NEVER PRACTICED IT, since i was a child.. Now I am 55 and retired..A while ago I lost my dominant thumb..started to do exercises to increase dexterity in my remaining digits.(BTW..Losing your thumb REALLY SUCKS especially when you are older and set in your ways). I figured I would actually start practicing some sleight of hand to help dexterity and nimbleness..People like Rene Levand, Meir Yedid, and Madhi Gilbert.. are truly , truly, inspirational to me..ABSOLUTELY AMAZING..I went to a Madhi Gilbert lecture last month..My first ever magic lecture..truly inspirational..his DL is beautiful and he has no hands..love for the craft and dedication from these gentleman is awe inspiring.
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I've never seen anything like this. From a technical perspective, it seems he's done the impossible. Magnificent.
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Rene Lavand's performances are simply stunning.  What an inspiration!  My favorite is his "It Can't Do It Any Slower" oil and water routine.
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Rene Lavand's performances are simply stunning.  What an inspiration!  My favorite is his "It Can't Do It Any Slower" oil and water routine.


I agree. From all his work, that one is also my favorite.

The first time I saw him perform I was just a kid & it was on a TV special called World's Greatest Magic. That's the routine he did. I was 100% amazed by what I saw. To me there was no explanation other than that man could do actual magic.

http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/the-best-oil-water-routine-ever-8510031
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