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wikiro
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Everyone seems to have quotes for Dai Vernon can you tell me what books and videos should I get to be that wise in magic? Smile

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- The Dai Vernon Book of Magic (Ganson)
- Revelations Videos (L&L)
- Stars of Magic (???)

That should keep you going for a few years!

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The Vernon Chronicles 1-4 (books), which keeps you going another years..!

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Dai Vernon's Inner Secrets Trilogy.
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One reason Vernon was so wise is that he knew some of the greatest magicians from the early 20th century. Read his Tribute to Nate Leipzig and his book on Max Malini.

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In my opinion The Dai Vernon Book of Magic is one of the best magic books ever written.
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Anything by or about Vernon is worth our time and serious study.
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What Trick does Dai Vernon perform that is still used today and has been a favorite for years?

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There's always the Cups & Balls. But that obviously didn't originate with him.
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On 2002-06-26 14:27, wikiro wrote:
What Trick does Dai Vernon perform that is still used today and has been a favorite for years?

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Dai Vernon died in 1992 at the age of 98, so he no longer performs in any venue you and I are likely to visit.

I had the pleasure of spending some time with him at the Magic Castle when I was a younger man. He was a wonderful teacher and always had time for the younger magicians who showed a real interest. His major premise was to keep it "natural."

I never saw him perform the Cups and Balls in person (although I have seen brilliant videos). I did, however, impose upon him to show me his Three-Card Monte routine. I still use it today. His approach was to explain the scam, never putting the spectator in the position of making a wrong guess and feeling foolish. I still present it pretty much that way, unless I am feeling particularly cruel. I think the Monte routine is in one of the Inner Secrets Trilogy.

Twisting the Aces is also a standard card number. Study it, because, you will see that there is not a single wasted movement... nothing unnatural, nothing hidden. (There are "glitzier" routines about, but this classic is truly worth pondering.)

Good luck. Vernon is a great magician to emulate.
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"Triumph" - still one of the most outstanding card effects, published in "Stars of Magic." Work on the original before going to everyone else's variations of this modern classic. Smile
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The Vernon Chronicles videos are excellent resources as well.....Bruce Cervon performing Dai's effects.....
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I have just learned the Triumph and I was wondering, is it suppose to be flashy? Smile

Cuz I hope it isn't.

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Depends on what you mean by flashy. I almost always do some sort of triumph when handed a deck and asked to "do something."

The origional isn't flourishy, but it is a real fooler. The triumph theme is up there in my favorites in all of card magic.
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What else is there to learn about Dai Vernon I got a hold of the truimph and twist the aces. They're the best what else is there that he performs that would entertain me for a bit? Smile

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I started to talk to someone that actually met Dai Vernon. He is an extremely nice man and boy was his life interesting. I posted an article he sent me on his life right here:


http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......61&0

I would like everyone that likes Dai Vernon to read it cuz I think it is encouraging.

I am revisiting this topic cuz I have a request. Does anyone know a really good Dai Vernon saying? Smile
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Yes, Dai Vernon's mantra was 'Be Natural'. Simple, yes, but that sums it up for me.
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Dai Vernon certainly led an interesting life, but I don't know if I'd call him an extremely nice man. I remember a story from one guy who approached him and asked for just one piece of advice. Vernon stated "Go and f*** as many broads as you can". Good advice, but maybe not what he was looking for. He was also known for interupting his students shows at the magic castle and criticising them. Right in front of the audience. Still, all the footage I've seen of him does seem to make him out to be a sweet old man so who knows.
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Adam,

The incident you cite was written up by Ricky Jay in a magazine article about Dai Vernon, and Jay relates this story in an almost self-effacing manner. It seems that Ricky asked Vernon what he could do to be more successful, and Vernon really had no answers for him, but Ricky pressed the question anyway -- several times. Finally, Vernon got that infamous gleam in his eye and offered his advice, which effectively shut the conversation down...just as it was supposed to.

I've heard a lot of Vernon stories, but none about his criticizing magicians in front of lay audiences, although Vernon was known to tease some Castle regulars pretty hard from time to time. Once he severely chastised Larry Jennings for being overly concerned with sleights and technique, and Larry became very upset. Vernon had to calm him down, reminding Larry that he was well-respected around the world, and that his magic was a thing of beauty to watch. Then Vernon asked him to do a certain routine for him, and no sooner had Larry started than the Professor launched into another stream of commentary about how the routine was too heavily burdened with sleights, and he really gave Larry the what-for. Larry became even more upset than the last time and stormed out of the apartment. Vernon waited a beat, took a puff of his cigar, and then commented (again, with that same devilish gleam), "Gosh, Larry is soooo sensitive!"

In his later years, I've never heard Vernon described as being mean or anything similar, but he could be an imp from time to time.


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The best thing Vernon ever told me was "You will retain an interest all your life if you atain some skills in sleights and the many dodges. However do not get cluttered with a lot of stupid boxes and gimmicks." He was also the one that first suggested that if the effect can't be described in tow setences or less, it is too long for an audeince to follow.

Those words have always stuck with me and is the reason I studied all my sleights and still do to this day and it has carried me well through my life as a magician and mentalist.

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symphony of the rings is beautiful... He got so many people to switch from 8 to 6. It really works well though.
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