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Ray Haining
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The Vernon Chronicles Videos, Vols. 1,2,3, starring Bruce Cervon, hosted by James Patton, produced by Bruce Cervon and Louis Falanga, written by Bruce Cervon, directed and edited by Mike Maxwell, L&L Publishing Company, 1992, VHS

From the cover: Join Bruce Cervon and James Patton on an unprecedented tour through the timeless masterpieces of Dai Vernon. Here are the techniques Dai Vernon used to establish his world-wide reputation. Now you too can simply watch and learn from this visual book about the creations of the most celebrated, most acclaimed natural magician the world has ever seen.

Here is history! Here is genius! Here is magic you will be able to do EASILY!

As a fascinating interlude between effects, you'll be enthralled by rare photographs from Dai Vernon's personal archives. He does not appear in this tribute.

Bruce Cervon was one of the Professor's closest friends and confidantes, gathering and guarding Dai's fabulous secrets for over forty-five years! He is the Dai Vernon expert.

Vol. 1 contains the following reputation-making effects, sleights, techniques and routines directly from the Professor's repertoire (The Lost Inner Secrets) (running time: 115 minutes):

No Sleight Triumph Shuttle-Cut Control
The Second Campaign Vernon Double Lift
The Fingerprint Card Trick Drop Switch
A Match Made in Cincinnati Vernon Glide
The Two-Thirteen Trick Alignment Move
The Unadulterated Cutting the Aces DV Card Change
Spellout with a Hitch One Hand Slip Cut
Silk and Silver DV Cull
Braue Reversal Techniques Downs Palm
Henry Christ "Twist" Reverse Technique Coin Shuttle
Fred Black Color Shuffle


Vol. 2 (More Lost Inner Secrets) (running time: 120 minutes):

The Tale of the Treasury-Worm Triple Turnover
The Loving Couple DV Curry Turnover Substitute
Out of Uniform Turn Around Peek
Why Am I Here? Hofzinser Cull
Affinities Bottom Deal Switch
Driven to the Depths Gambler's Bottom Cop
Aces by Proxy Vernon's Gambler Transfer
Christ's Vanish for the Collins Ace Trick Buckle Count
Spell Detector Le Temps Switch
The Christ Aces DV Cull
The Ace Assembly "Knife" Force
False Finger Theory Henry Christ Reverse II
Depth Illusion Dribble Force


Vol. 3 (Further Lost Inner Secrets) (running time: 120 minutes):

Zarrow's Revolving Aces The Interlock Vanish
Caught in the Stretch Push Off False Count
Bruce Cervon's Trans Mitt Double Deal
On Your Metal Cervon Ring Vanish Handkerchief
Folding Money Expansion of Texture Technique
Look Homeward, Angel Grismer Duplicate Bill Technique
One-Arm MacDonald's Lost Chord Short Change Steal
Dr. Daly's Interlocking Setup False Bill Count
Reverse Auto Break Henry Christ "Twist" Reverse Technique
Palm Ditch Technique Piano Trick Technique
Over Count Palm Technique

The videos are in color and are of broadcast quality.

These were the very first videos put out by a new company at the time: L&L Publishing. They are taken from the Vernon Chronicles books. They are outstanding. Every single effect is a winner. There is something for everybody on these tapes.

Bruce Cervon is a great performer and a great teacher. His technique is impeccable. He died way too young. What a shame.

He performs seated at a table for four participants, two men and two women. Cervon and James Patton discuss each trick both before the performance and before the explanation.

The tapes are designed to be self-contained. In other words, all sleights needed for each effect are fully explained. While the blurb states that the magic is easy, some effects require a bit more skill than others, but there are no knuckle-busting sleights.

There are also a few excellent non-card items as well.

A Match Made in Cincinnati, on Vol. 1, which is essentially Matching the Cards, uses a faro shuffle to get into the setup. I altered that to using a setup deck, alternating red and black and contrasting faces. I use a deck switch to get it into play. It is so strong it can be used as a closer.

I also perform No Sleight Triumph, and the Fingerprint Card Trick gets great reactions.

On Vol. 2, Why Am I Here? is one I use all the time. Cervon also performs the Slow-Motion Ace Assembly, and seeing him do it, I was able to see how that last ace should be properly handled. This trick is also a great one.

Bruce Cervon's Trans Mitt on Vol. 3 is incredible. And Dr. Daley's interlocking Setup is amazing, just mind-blowing in concept.

There many, many other great tricks on these tapes.

These tapes were released over 20 years ago. I hope they are released as DVDs sometime in the future.
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I had set up the list of effects as two columns with multiple spaces in between, but the program ran them together.

So the first line is No Sleight Triumph, Shuttle-Cut Control; the second line The Second Campaign, Vernon Double Lift, etc.

Sorry about that.
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Ray Haining thanks for posting the contents. Not sure how these could not be on dvd.
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Vol. 1 contains the following reputation-making effects, sleights, techniques and routines directly from the Professor's repertoire (The Lost Inner Secrets) (running time: 115 minutes):

No Sleight Triumph
The Second Campaign
The Fingerprint Card Trick
A Match Made in Cincinnati
The Two-Thirteen Trick
The Unadulterated Cutting the Aces
Spellout with a Hitch
Silk and Silver
Braue Reversal Techniques
Henry Christ "Twist" Reverse Technique
Fred Black Color Shuffle
Shuttle-Cut Control
Vernon Double Lift
Drop Switch
Vernon Glide
Alignment Move
DV Card Change
One Hand Slip Cut
DV Cull
Downs Palm
Coin Shuttle

Vol. 2 (More Lost Inner Secrets) (running time: 120 minutes):

The Tale of the Treasury-Worm
The Loving Couple
Out of Uniform
Why Am I Here?
Affinities
Driven to the Depths
Aces by Proxy
Christ's Vanish for the Collins Ace Trick
Spell Detector
The Christ Aces
The Ace Assembly
False Finger Theory
Depth Illusion
Triple Turnover
DV Curry Turnover Substitute
Turn Around Peek
Hofzinser Cull
Bottom Deal Switch
Gambler's Bottom Cop
Vernon's Gambler Transfer
Buckle Count
Le Temps Switch
DV Cull
"Knife" Force
Henry Christ Reverse II
Dribble Force


Vol. 3 (Further Lost Inner Secrets) (running time: 120 minutes):

Zarrow's Revolving Aces
Caught in the Stretch
Bruce Cervon's Trans Mitt
On Your Metal
Folding Money
Look Homeward, Angel
One-Arm MacDonald's Lost Chord
Dr. Daly's Interlocking Setup
Reverse Auto Break
Palm Ditch Technique
Over Count
The Interlock Vanish
Push Off False Count
Double Deal
Cervon Ring Vanish Handkerchief
Expansion of Texture Technique
Grismer Duplicate Bill Technique
Short Change Steal
False Bill Count
Henry Christ "Twist" Reverse Technique
Piano Trick Technique
Palm Technique

Zombie, I have no idea why these were never transferred to DVD. Maybe someone who knows Lou Falanga, Mike Maxwell, James Patton or Jim Sisti can find out some answers. Or maybe contact L&L by phone (1-800-626-6572) or email (LLPUB@aol.com).

I felt that there should at least be a record that these tapes once existed.
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Yeah - I have the tapes but I'd love to get these on DVD!
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Good news, L & L e-pub has a 60% off black friday sale on the digital download of these awesome videos...I can't wait...
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I have these converted to DVD for sale if anyone is interested. I have it for sale in the Café as the tapes and they come with a DVD backup since so few have a VHS player anymore.
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How about returning the $38 you stole from me???????????
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It’s a shame they were never put on dvd.
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