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RayJ

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Found this on Youtube.  Two things stand out to me.  First, check out Harlan Tarbell himself doing a cut-and-restored rope!

Second, Don Lawton doing coin in bottle.  Many might think the method of "going through the bottom" of the bottle is a fairly recent twist, but this is 1951 folks.

The trick is at about 1:50 and he has the coin spinning on the bottom of the bottle, blowing it to make it revolve, so cool.

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Great video. Thanks.
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Would be cool if others posted old videos showing famous performers.
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        I was trying to find the video someone had put on the internet some time ago of me on the TV show I'VE GOT A SECRET, hosted by Garry Moore.  That was 1957 - is that considered "vintage"?  Doesn't much matter - a) I don't know how to find it and b) if I did I wouldn't know how to post it here.
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   I've tried and tried - whenever I click on "this one" I get a page that says "Can't reach this page."
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See if this works:

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Thanks, Chris. It was working when I posted it... Gonna delete mine.

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That's it!  Good Lord - over 60 years ago!
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Incredible performance Harry! Anybody notice Garry Moore walking out with a cigarette? Different times...
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Garry Moore did a little magic himself BITD.
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Have to share Roy Benson...

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I've always been curious about this brief clip of Max Malini. Is there any more? Who is he talking to?

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I've always been curious about this brief clip of Max Malini. Is there any more? Who is he talking to?



Good question as to who. He doesn't look familiar. Probably shot in the 20s. Max passed in October 42.
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LOVE Roy Benson! He practiced showmanship as much...if not more...as he did his effects! To think he got that good without the internet!? 
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Here's John Scarne... Need I say more? 






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Australian Magician Les Levant




And the Master Richard Valentine Pitchford, better known as Cardini of course.



More to be found on this youtube playlist

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMP47Aauw8Q2l8SAnRV6xplRs0OaZTnYq
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LOVE Roy Benson! He practiced showmanship as much...if not more...as he did his effects! To think he got that good without the internet!? 


Agreed.  I love his billiard ball work for which he was famous and the Benson Bowl Routine of course.  The only quibble I have with his ball routine is that he holds a ball in classic palm with his palm towards the audience at the end because he has "run out of room" for the number of balls in his hand.  Maybe I'm overthinking it, but I don't want the audience to even suspect that it is possible to hold a ball there.  Still it is an awesome routine.

Does anybody do Chinese Sticks today?  When I was a kid I did them frequently and they always played very strongly.  Maybe folks that do birthday parties for kids still do them.
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Australian Magician Les Levant




And the Master Richard Valentine Pitchford, better known as Cardini of course.



More to be found on this youtube playlist

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMP47Aauw8Q2l8SAnRV6xplRs0OaZTnYq


Hey Gareth, what's Levante got against women?  [biggrin]

Thanks for sharing that!

BTW, my mom and dad used to go to a physician, an old Italian guy, who was originally from New York.  He heard that I was a magician and one day when I met him he told me he had gone to a nightclub and seen Cardini live.  He still remembered his name and all of the tricks that he did!  Now that is remarkable.  It had been probably 40 years ago that he had seen him!  Yes, Cardini was that good.  As we all know, film or television hurts magic due to the loss of misdirection somewhat.  I can only imagine seeing him live and how it must have felt.
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Now for one that many new to magic have likely never heard of but SHOULD!  Not only was he "movie actor handsome", but Channing Pollock was one of the smoothest manipulators ever.  

It is clear that years later he served as an inspiration for many dove workers including Lance Burton.  His work is second to none.

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   Yes, RayJ - Mr. Moore is obviously holding a lit cigarette.  Just made me check on my Tonight Show appearance with Johnny Carson, that someone put on the internet - and sure enough - Johnny shows a photo of me on the show in, I think, 1964 - where I'm quite visibly holding a lit cigarette. As you say - "different times."   
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   Yes, RayJ - Mr. Moore is obviously holding a lit cigarette.  Just made me check on my Tonight Show appearance with Johnny Carson, that someone put on the internet - and sure enough - Johnny shows a photo of me on the show in, I think, 1964 - where I'm quite visibly holding a lit cigarette. As you say - "different times."   


Harry, when you did these national television shows did you notice a corresponding spike in your book sales?  I have to assume you were also contacted, after big appearances like these, by other television programs to invite you on.  Would love to hear some of your memories of those things.
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        RayJ:  My assumption of course was that there always was a spike in my book sales after a TV appearance, but since I did many TV appearances in a 6-month period in those days - and the publishers sent my royalty statements and payments (as they still do) every six months  - there was no way to pinpoint those "spikes."   (1000 times different than my magic book sales, which I "handled" personally.)

        I was doing multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin Show, Mike Douglas Show, The Today Show, Good  Morning America, Ed Sullivan Show,That's Incredible, Jack Paar Show, 48 Hours, and more (that I'll think of after I post this!) And appearances on many local TV shows across the country (and world) as I traveled (and did promotion tours for a new book - which the publishers arranged) which was pretty often in those days.  Plus radio appearances  - so it was difficult to tell which appearances created the most "spikes."

       I was also doing many personal paid appearances - lectures, seminars, etc.

      How I managed, during those busy years,  to publish a monthly magic magazine (APOCALYPSE) for twenty years - and get it out on time each and every moth is something I find difficult to visualize now!!  

       
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Harry, thanks for the added information!  The fact that Apocalypse fulfilled all of its commitments and did so for 20 years is more than commendable, it is extraordinary.  Magic is littered with un-refunded subscriptions and broken promises.

One of the things that I use to judge whether a person is sincere is how they follow up on their promises.  Promising is so easy.  How many times do you hear someone say "hey, just let me know if you need anything" and the first time you do they have a conflict in their schedule.  

Yet you were able to deliver and many would argue over-deliver on your commitment.

And we are benefiting from it to this day via Reel Magic.

Thanks Harry!
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Eddie Fechter ripping it.

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