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Have you ever wondered where the "Red Snapper" trick, found in many joke shops and magic kits?

Me neither.

But, it turns out it's based on a (very surprising, very magical) G.W. Hunter trick with a pencil and a metal tube. And it turns out we have Sid to thank for carrying the idea across the Atlantic.

Read about the origins in Red Snapper Hunt.

I'd have more to say on the subject, but it's time to go looking for metal tubes to try this thing.
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Continuing in the series of answers to questions you never thought to ask:

Sid Lorraine explains how to untie a knot tied in a human hair (and how to make members of the Magic Circle look strange and silly in the process). He also gets to meet Wilfrid Jonson and shares his presentation for the "Four Burglars" with G.W. Hunter.

Read all about it in Silence is Golden
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And we're back.....

After a long hiatus, dealing with other projects, we're hopefully back to our regular schedule with Sid's Chatterbox.

The latest installment deals with Sid's strange encounter with England's mysterious Edward Bagshawe about whom relatively little is known.

Sid describes his lengthy session with Bagshawe in Chance Encounters of the Mysterious Kind
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Sid's back with one of his few remaining blog entries Seeing Staynon.

Some nice tips (thumb tips, that is)
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Still in conversation with Eillis Staynon, Sid asks about The Devil's Whisper - an unusual and somewhat dangerous piece of explosive magic.

The Devil's Whisper
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Sid recalls more friends from Great Britain including Walter Kemp, Jack LeDair and George Johnson (Editor of the Magic Wand)

Read Something for the Train to find out more about these generous gentlemen and Caught, the first trick Sid ever marketed.
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A flashback to the days when you could fool magicians with the 10-20 Force.

Some fun ideas this week as Sid talks about the characters he wasn't able to meet during his trip to England:

Chris Van Bern's novel act and some of his unique promotional strategies.

Billy O'Connor, a magician with "52 Assistants", and his clever use of the "Instanto" deck.

Tom Fagan's finale for the rising cards.

Read The Ones that Got Away
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Now a flashback to 1928 B.Z. (you'll have to read for yourself and find out) where Sid meets John Gambling, an outstanding children's entertainer.

Read A Gambling Friend
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It's just so interesting to read some of those stories. Keep posting those updates.


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This is incredible! I'm looking forward to poring the archives some rainy Sunday afternoon. Neat site design too.
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Sid got me badly one time. He was doing is "Fraznia" medicine pitch act and started to lose is voice. I grabbed a glass of water and was trying to figure a way to get it to him quickly without disturbing thing... when suddenly he DRANK SOME FRAZNIA and his voice came back...

I was led down the path by Sid and really caught.

When I got my first job in an advertising art studio in San Francisco, we had a New Zealander named Dave Nelson also get hired. He was then working in Toronto and when he arrived and found out I was a magician he said there was a magician where he worked... named Sid Lorraine and wondered if I had heard of him. Of course I did.

Later I did the preliminary sketches for the Ken Brooke instructions for the Malini Egg bag and sent them to Sid for the finished drawings.

They are probably the best instructions ever produced for the egg bag.
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This week is really neat. Sid meets J.T. Garrus who shows him an interesting move he learned from a Florida medium. That move went on to become a ubiquitous technique still in use by mentalists today.

Read: Front & Centre
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On 2010-10-06 00:10, Pete Biro wrote:

When I got my first job in an advertising art studio in San Francisco, we had a New Zealander named Dave Nelson also get hired. He was then working in Toronto and when he arrived and found out I was a magician he said there was a magician where he worked... named Sid Lorraine and wondered if I had heard of him. Of course I did.


It's been a while since I typed up the text, but I'm pretty sure Dave Nelson does make an appearance in the memoir at some point.
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Sid shares new stories about Harry Leat and Will Goldston (important figures in UK magic of the day)

Check out his latest: Indian Trader
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Sid is back again!

This week he brings more memories of British magic dealer Harry Leat. He also shares memories of his friend Wilfred Hutchinson and music idol Gracie Fields.

Read Will & Grace
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Sid goes for a walk through the English countryside... a long walk. Along the way, he meets interesting people finds the secret to cheap hotel rooms, and talks about some of the people he met and the gems he uncovered.

Read Discovering Gems.
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The conversation at the IBM Ring 25 dinner turned to "the terrible American patter published for magicians" just before Sid had to go on... with patter act.

There's only one thing he could do...

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Memories of Dorny, Doc Mahendra and Dell O'Dell along with where magic conventions came from in:

Magical Memories
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In the final entry of his memoirs, And Finally, Sid shares memories of Joseffy and his talking skull "Balsamo".

While his memoirs may be done, Sid still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Check back next year to see what he has in store.

If you missed any posts, you can view the archive.

Happy Holidays!
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