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For me...Mentalism it was Kreskin & Orson Welles.

Cards & Gambling Stuff it was Martin Nash

Platform Magic It was Doug Henning & Richard Ross

Those are mine, what are yours?

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I can learn something from most anyone.

Martin Nash was my earliest hero for precision card handling, presentational clarity, routining, character, etc.

I never tire of studying the ways Vernon, Elmsley, and Annemann put together a method.

I have found myself drawn lately to the Dani DaOrtiz and Lennart Green school of making things appear chaotic while actually retaining a surprising amount of control.

When I get a little too in the weeds, there's John Bannon and John Carey to remind me of how much can be done with how little.

And the list goes on...

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Far too many to mention, but my list would have to include Dai Vernon, Frank Garcia, Harry Lorayne, Tommy Wonder, Phil Goldstein, Al Leech, Paul Harris, Daryl, Bobo, Eric Jones, and I could go on and on ….


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Marshall Brodien. Hands down my single most critical influence  Without his nationally televised Svengali pitch I might never have wrapped my 12 year old hands around a deck of TV Magic Cards and become forever after interested in magic. 

Then there are Mark Wilson and Doug Henning, whose televised shows and specials provided access to magic. Oh, and all of those magicians, many of whose names I cannot recall, who appeared on the Merv Griffin and Michael Douglas shows in the 60s and early 70s. 

More recently there's John Bannon, John Carey, and Cameron Francis. Their work to streamline and clarify plots, minimize distractions, and "get to the magic" have inspired my practice and performance for the past several years.

And even more recently I have become inspired by the thinking and routines of Mike Breggar. I really resonate with his philosophies regarding the performance of magic. It's like I have found a kindred spirit among the chaotic clash of quick cuts, flashy moves, and over-the-top personalities. Someone, like Eugene Burger, who truly understands the concept of involving spectators and making them a part of the magic.

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David Williamson and John carney.
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Gazzo, Presto Johnson, Penn & Teller, Harry Lorayne, Doug Henning, Kreskin, Jeff McBride, Blaine Harris
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I'm with Anthony V. on this as well. I remember as a third grader watching Saturday morning cartoons. When Marshall Brodien's TV Magic Cards commercial came on, my mind was a flurry of amazement...how could a person do these things with a deck of cards???

Later he pitched other magic effects. The one that sticks out was his Chinese Rice Bowls...a final production of a WATER FILLED BOWL??? Too much for my mind to wrap around. I was intimidated to purchase the effects Marshall demo'd on his commercials as I assumed I would never acquire the skills to perform such miracles.

Curious...how did the magic community at the time react to Marshall Brodien pitching Svengali decks on national TV? 


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David Williamson and John carney.

Hey Michael, I was fortunate enough to have a drink with Williamson and Carney at the bar at the Castle. Just the three of us. What a treat.
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That's awesome, mr. Fish. I have met Williamson, very nice person.
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Way back when, I would say Penn & Teller and Harry Anderson and later on it was Mike Close and Daryl, Daryl and then Daryl.

I got the opportunity to thank Daryl for the inspiration he gave me and he was very gracious about it.
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FRED KAPS SLYDINI, DUNNINGER, CARDINI to name a few
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I have been influenced by gary Kurtz, as well
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Tarbell, Goshman, Marlo, Schulien, Heba Haba Al, Hugard
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    Pleased that I influenced some.  Have the feeling the "newbies" don't even know my name!!
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Who influenced you, Harry Lorayne? If you're up for answering.
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      Became interested in card magic at about 101/2/11 years old.  Didn't know about any other magicians until I got out of the army at about 18+ years old. Then heard of Tannens. Dai Vernon, John Scarne, Bill Simon, Francis Carlylde, Roy Benson, plus many others "influenced" me.   I've written about all this many times - ya' gotta' start reading the good stuff!!
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    Pleased that I influenced some.  Have the feeling the "newbies" don't even know my name!!


The sad truth is that you are most likely correct. That said, while they don't know your name, they damn well know your work and influence.

I believe that is the responsibility of each successive generation of magicians to impart a sense of place and history for those who follow. Just this morning I was fiddling with a deck of cards while waiting for an oil change. A young man in his 20s asked if I did card tricks. I told him I knew one or two. He asked to see a couple. I started with a favorite of mine in which I have a card selected, pretend to memorize the order of the deck, and then cut to their chosen card by means of your HaLo cut. The kid freaked. He was joyfully amazed, which of course made me happy by extension.

When he asked how he could learn magic, I told him the best advice I could give him was to track down a copy of The Magic Book by this cat named Harry Lorayne. He said he wasn't much of a reader, so I said, "That's cool, Harry has a set of DVDs with some of his best stuff on 'em."

Now, whether or not he follows up who knows? But he did dutifully ask how to spell your name as he typed it into his phone, so maybe? You can lead a horse, right?

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    Thanks, Av.  Yeah, it sure is a new magic world. Not a particularly good one.
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My influences have been:

- My Dad - without whom I'd probably have taken up a much less interesting hobby.

- Harry Lorayne - from the age of 14, the introduction to The Magic Book - basically set me up for life. Many more books from Harry followed. To this day, I adore magic books.....particularly the aptly named 'The Magic Book'. It is the written pages of a book where the REAL miracles STILL hide. Example - anyone that has Harry's (often maligned) book Trend Setters and performs 'The Equalizer' will know EXACTLY what I mean! So a million thanks Harry - you may not have taught me how to read BUT jeeeeezus, you certainly taught me why I NEEDED to!

- Joe Riding - my best mate, who taught me that being an entertainer was more important than believing you were a magician. Undoubtedly, one of the UK's forgotten yet BRILLIANT performers/entertainers who also taught me about routining, comedy and timing. Also the benefits of learning how to Cold Read and perform Hand Analysis - which people seem to adore.

- Pat Page - for his direct approach, his honesty and his knowledge, his words around 'getting/being a character' and advice around presentation and patter.

- Ken Brooke - learning from him about linking effects; and that it is often the bits of business in between (or added) to an effect, that actually make it into an entertaining routine.

- Over the more recent years (thinking back, that must be around 20 of them!) Paul Gordon. I haven't seen him for a few years now but as with HL, his books still inspire me and I get a great deal of value from them in the Real World.
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    Thanks, Av.  Yeah, it sure is a new magic world. Not a particularly good one.


What do you feel is wrong with the magic world?  

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     Most "newbies" don't know how/or don't READ THE GOOD STUFF.
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My grandfather......he stole my nose and made it disappear!  😉

Eugene Burger, Michael Ammar, Daryl, Jeff McBride, Tony Andruzzi, Christian Chelman, Borodin, Jim Steinmeyer………...

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Rudy Tinoco, Mike Powers, Anthony Vinson, Chi Han Yeo, Craig Alan, Trini Montes, Nico Pierri, Steve Youell, Andru Luvisi, the list goes on...the Forum Saturday Session is my Tannen’s.

Out side of that Paul Daniels, Tommy Cooper, Wayne Dobson and Geoffrey Durham.
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