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Topic: The Magic of Milt Kort
Message: Posted by: Pavlo (Jan 3, 2003 05:12AM)
Could anyone express their opinion about this book? I'm going to get it. It sounds great in dealer's advertisments and I'm not familiar with his work so I'm looking for the feedback on it. I'm a close-up worker.
Thanks up front.
Message: Posted by: Bernard Sim (Jan 3, 2003 10:03AM)
Some of his work was published in Bobo's Modern Coin Magic.
Message: Posted by: Paul (Jan 3, 2003 01:51PM)
Good book. Kort was a very clever thinker, I think you'll enjoy it.

Message: Posted by: Chris S (Jan 4, 2003 12:26AM)
I love the material in there (I will not say which routine because it is just too good, but there is one in there that is a solid-gold reputation maker), but by far the best thing for me was reading all Kort's anecdotes. I gained appreciation for someone with incredible technical skill, a sincere and genuine love for magic, and someone who was a bit of a friendly scoundrel at times (the joke he played on Bobo was just priceless)! The tales really gave an insight into someone who was previously just a name in Bobos.

Highly, Highly recommmended tribute to a master of our craft.
Message: Posted by: Pavlo (Jan 4, 2003 12:34AM)
Thanks so far. Is the book mainly on coin magic? Are there cards and other objects to be used in close-up as well?
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 4, 2003 04:45AM)
Go for it. He is great.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jan 4, 2003 05:55AM)
This is an excellent, underrated book. It contains magic with coins as well as other items. Kort was a character, and there are some funny anecdotes, too!
Message: Posted by: Craig Chamberlain (Jan 4, 2003 09:26PM)
With some of the posts above speaking of Milt Kort in the past tense, I thought I should point out that he is still with us. Milt lives in Birmingham, Michigan. Actually, his house is just over one mile away from where I am typing this right now.

The book that Pavlo asked about, "Kort: The Magic of Milt Kort," is written by Stephen Minch and published by Hermetic Press, so you know it must be a well-written, quality book produced with care. It's also a big book - 363 pages, with illustrations by a respected magical illustrator, Milt's daughter Sandy. Ron Bauer assisted with the production of the book and wrote the Introduction.

The material is close-up magic with cards (118 pages), coins (130 pages), dice, balls, and a few other items. Of special interest to some may be a routine with a razor blade that disappears and reappears in the hands (instructions on how to palm a razor blade are provided, along with a warning to not do it, but I have seen people perform this), and an egg bag routine using no bag but just a handkerchief.

Almost each trick is preceded by a short anecdote, usually describing a Kort caper that will make you laugh out loud, or a reminiscence of an encounter with big name magicians of the day, who Kort liked to fool.

From the book, here are Kort's Cardinal Rules of Magic:
Rule 1: It's the little things that count.
Rule 2: Always take every advantage you can.

And his First Principle of Magic, which I have heard him say many times, "Have Fun!"

Milt is also on the cover of, and profiled in, the October 1997 issue of The Linking Ring. The issue contains a bonus Parade item, "Milt Kort's Sure-Fire Think of A Card" which is not in the Hermetic Press book.

Arthritis prevents Milt from performing these days, but he still provides valuable research assistance to other writers in magic.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jan 5, 2003 02:19AM)
I didn't mean to imply he was dead--just that he doesn't perform publicly anymore like he did in his days at the drugstore.
Message: Posted by: Pavlo (Jan 5, 2003 05:01AM)
Glad you told me that he was alive. I read somewhere that he WAS a legend during his life. When I find the link I'll post it here. Then when somebody mentioned he Was a thinker I only convinced myself he's no longer with us.
Anyways, I'll go for the book.
Thanks a lot guys.
Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Jan 5, 2003 06:45PM)
"Svengali of the phone lines" is worth the price of the book.
PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: amakar (Jan 9, 2003 11:24PM)
Fellas -

If you add any book to your collection in the next year, I highly recommend this book. Ok I admit I see Milt every week at our local Lake Orion Roundtable with the likes of Ron Bauer, Tom Gaddis, and a number of other outstanding magicians. However, I'm fortunate because I can get the background behind each of these tricks.

Not only does Milt present "Wanna Try" - the razor blade trick that causes any magician to shudder, but he includes the Okorto Coin Box presentation. We all have a lot to learn from a gentleman who has such a deep knowledge in Magic..thankfully he wrote a book about it.

Last week he showed me an effect that Marlo asked him to "tip" to him....Milt is still as amazing as ever.
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Oct 29, 2003 10:30AM)
Sadly, Milt is no longer with us.
He died of pneumonia august 1th.
But his magic lives on in this exellent book written by Stephen Minch.
This time Stephen has outdone himself, this book is a treasure in its writing, illustrations (by Sandy Kort), and the effects.
Cards, coins, Okito Boxes (and invisible ones!), dices, razor blades, balls, bills, Cups & Balls, and a close-up version of an disapeiring miniature elephant.
And scattered through the book are annecdotes from Milt's life.

I treasure this book because of it's richness of material, and I think it should be on the bookshelf for every magician.

Message: Posted by: Soniczjx (Dec 13, 2015 01:29AM)
I just got the book, and the content is really good, the story is pretty fun and meaningful. I really admired Mr. Kort, thanks for the content in this book!
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Dec 15, 2015 10:46PM)
Sadly, Peo is no longer with us, but his thoughts on the Kort book 12 years ago are spot on. Milt Kort was special and one gets a sense of that reading from reading this book. His Think a Card from the Ron Bauer series is also worth obtaining.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jan 10, 2016 10:12PM)
One of my all time favourite books. I'll never part with it. Pure gold.
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Jan 26, 2016 09:31PM)
Agreed, this book is pure gold. When Swiss reviewed it years ago in the pages of Genii, he expressed some disappointment that Kort's legendary Think a Card effects were not included within its pages. Beyond Kort's All Outs Think a Card from the Ron Bauer series, is anyone aware of Kort's other versions of this effect?
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Feb 14, 2016 06:57PM)
[quote]On Jan 10, 2016, magicfish wrote:
One of my all time favourite books. I'll never part with it. Pure gold. [/quote]
Chiming in with you and Leo H on this great book. Heir to the Throne is a WONDERFUL routine that I perform regularly. Also, Milt Kort's work with dice is essential reading if you perform with dice. Many praise Marlo's Shoot the Works and while that booklet is excellent, Kort's dice work is really the "real" work IMHO.
Message: Posted by: magic.42 (Apr 2, 2021 12:31PM)
I own two copies of The Magic of Milt Kort by Stephen Minch. I have always enjoyed finding routines by Milton Kort. His magic works well with audiences. I purchased the first copy from a used book store, in 2005, while visiting my family in Michigan. I was excited to find it, because it was currently out of print. When I returned home from my vacation, started reading it. The first thing I noticed was it had a lengthy personal inscription from Milt Kort to his mentor, on the inside cover. The second thing I found in the book (sadly) was a condolence letter to the family of Milt Kort. The letter was from Penn & Teller offering their condolence concerning Milts pasting. It turns out that the book store I purchased it from is just miles from the Kort families home. I believe this book could be Milt Korts personal copy. Not wanting to damaged it, I boxed it up and bought a second copy (for reading) off flea bay. I keep telling myself that I will make a display case for it, but have not done so, yet. An YES it is a very good magic book and honors the MAN and his magic.