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Vernon was 93 in this video. Jim Ryan was 88. One of the shots shows the "100 year old magician." I forget his name. The early 90s were tough on the magic world:

Tony Slydini dies January 1991 – age 89
10 months later
Ed Marlo dies November 1991 – age 78
5 months later
Jim Ryan dies April 1992 – age 93
4 months later
Dai Vernon dies August 1992 – age 98
11 months later
Frank Garcia dies July 1993 – age 66

Recognize anyone in the video. Remember, that was around 28 years ago.

Enjoy!

Mike
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Great to watch the masters at work, thanks for sharing.
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Great stuff. I met Vernon and Lewis Ganson in 1979, and still treasure the copy of Inner Secrets of Card Magic they signed for me.
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Great stuff Mike! Of all the names, I would wager that Jim Ryan's is perhaps the least "famous." While I never met any of these masters, I know their work and Jim Ryan was a superb as the others.
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You're correct Vlad. Jim Ryan never really achieved a lot of notoriety. I'd get to Chicago once a month to hang out with Marlo and the "Marlo Table" crew. Jim wasn't part of that group but I'd see him around. He was a great performer. Try to find the notes he put out. Great stuff there.

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To Vernon's immediate right is "The Amazing Randy Wakeman", ...before he had hair.

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Harmon Baker is the performer that billed himself as "The World's Oldest Magician." I didn't really know him, but I met him once or twice in Memphis at magic club meetings.

Obviously Bill Kalush and Gary Plants in this video. Didn't recognize anyone else right away.

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Thanks for sharing! Always nice seeing the professor.
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Thanks, very much Mike. I loved the ten penny thing. What a great scam! And I like how Vernon tried to trip up Ryan by adding to the corner, but still couldn't stop him. Is this written up anywhere?

And Mike, what kind of video camera and format were you using back then?
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On Feb 3, 2015, landmark wrote:
Thanks, very much Mike. I loved the ten penny thing. What a great scam! And I like how Vernon tried to trip up Ryan by adding to the corner, but still couldn't stop him. Is this written up anywhere?



Yes it is.

Gary Plants describes the penny stunt in his very fine Lecture Notes ~ The Second Super Session ~ Dallas, Texas March 29, 2004.

See the last item in the booklet, Casino Royal.

Gary briefly relates the story seen in the video.

"Where the hell did the penny go?"

You can get the ebook from The Card Plant.
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Thanks, Kabbalah.
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Yep. It's Randy Wakeman to Vernon's right.

I think the camera was an old Sony 8mm camera. I converted it to DVD a while ago and just grabbed the video from the DVD using Clone DVD Mobile. I went to mp4 format 720x480 and my editing software (Adobe Premiere CS4) seemed to like it. I processed the video to make it a bit sharper. Not bad for something 28 years old!

Mike
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Mike - thanks for sharing this video clip.

@Landmark - another source for the penny scam is "The Pennies by Giovanni Livera"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR5OoeaMcZs

John
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Isn't that Bill Kalush speaking to Vernon at the end?
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Yes. It is, indeed, Bill Kalush. You can hear the Professor confuse him with Gazzo and then say something like, "Oh yes. You're the kid the pass." He remembered how excellent Bill's classic pass is.

Mike
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Wow. Mike thank you so much for posting. I love videos like this. Love seeing Vernon just hanging out and jamming at a convention.
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Pure gold! Thanks for sharing!
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A variation of the pennies trick is in Jim Steinmeyer's Impuzziblities, called Understanding the Bermuda Triangle. As you may have surmised, it employs three rows of coins in a triangle rather than a square. The methodology is the same, and Jim says he derived it from the the square version which he learned from Doug Henning.
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The concept for the penny trick goes back to the 1600's. Weber had a credit for it in his book Lifesavers.
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Mike, big thank you for this video!
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