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Nachtzehrer
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Does anyone know where I can get info on Cardini, specially a video performance??
I would love to see him perform.
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A great resource is the S.A.M. film(dvd) and tape library. If you're a member, all you pay is postage for the material. (If you're not a member you might want to consider joining.)
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I have a brief 5 minute clip of him performing....I forget from where I downloaded it though.
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If you by any chance remember please e-mail or PM me.
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If you by any chance remember please e-mail or PM me.
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Most of Cardinis act was shown in B/W in one of the Paul Daniels shows.

Try to find somebody who has a collection of PD's shows and also has filed what is in which show..maybe somebody from the UK can help you out..

You'll be in for a treat watch Cardini perform..absolutely outstanding work..everything that has been said about him is true, there is only one that ever reached his level..and that was Fred Kaps..actually Cardini was a bit jealous re FK accordingly to reliable sources.. Smile
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I believe you can download a clip about card magic from expertmagic.com, which features a good few minutes of Cardini performing.

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Here you go:

http://www.newleafoptical.com/magicvideos/cardini.mov

You need quicktime by the way.
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On 2004-09-24 15:27, Mauricio Jaramillo wrote:
Here you go:

http://www.newleafoptical.com/magicvideos/cardini.mov

You need quicktime by the way.
Just had a peek at it..yes..that's it..just a shame they didn't show his whole act, the one that was shown on one of the Paul Daniels shows, there was much much more, but better then not having seen him at all..missed the cigarettes and lot of other outstanding stuff Smile
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Don't know if this is the best place for this, but it is interesting and this forum gets the mosts hits - they can move it they like. It is a description (First hand) of Cardini's Act from 1931. It is from personal correspondence between two well known magicians of the era.

Page One

"(This is written from memory, so there are probably a few errors in detail or sequence. Moreover, Cardini occasionally makes slight variations or omissions in his working - intentionally and otherwise. Please keep this to yourself, as I like him personally and, in addition, it would be a pity to broadcast the very clever act he has developed. You will note he is not working his thimble routine.)

He works "in one" with a black drop. At left (audience view) is a stand, upon which rests a small shallow box with the lid up. At the centre are three steps leading up to narrow double doors, above which are an arch and the word "RITZ". At each side of doors is also an ornamental lamp, the post of which supports a small round shelf. This central setting is in "modernistic" style. On the left lampstand is a telephone. At right of stage is a three-legged stool, upon which is a brass bowl.

Except during his card work, he now has soft music through practically the entire act. Overture of "Three O'Clock In The Morning" and phone rings. Mrs. C. enters from the left in bellhop uniform and answers phone: "Hello? Right!" Replaces receiver and says:"Calling Mr. Cardini, calling Mr. Cardini." Spotlight on double doors and they open inward, revealing him facing audience. Wears full evening dress, opera hat, monacle on black ribbon, black silk-lined cloak, loose-fitting suede gloves, knobbed cane under left arm, holds newspaper (folded in quarters) in both hands. Has half a deck or more of cards palmed in each hand.

Descends steps and turns to his right, facing Mrs. C. Stage lights come on. Has back-palmed the cards in right hand and now produces them from her nose in a fan. Tosses newspaper to her and drops some of the cards on to paper, back-palming most of them. Produces these again in a fan and drops some more, back-palming the rest. Repeats three more times, then shows right hand empty. Takes cane from under left arm and twirls in right, throws it from hand to hand, then replaces under arm. Takes large white silk handkerchief from outer breast pocket and places between middle fingers of right, loading cards from left palm on back of right. Produces several fans of cards, dropping them on to paper. Intersperses this with showing front and back of hand and pulling handkerchief back and forth between fingers. Finally pulls handkerchief clear of right hand and produces a last fan. Drops cards on to paper held by Mrs. C. Meanwhile, steals deck in case from holder under right coat tail. Produces it casually and removes cards, tossing case on newspaper.

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Faces audience and springs cards from hand to hand twice. Pretends to do a third time by quickly separating hands and riffling deck held in left. Forms a round blank fan held in left hand. Repeats. Removes face card and knocks it down into centre. Forms round fan in left hand showing spots of cards. Repeats and passes fan from hand to hand. Then three more such fans, each smaller than the preceding one. Riffles one-half of deck into the other and forms a double fan. Does waterfall shuffle. Repeats. Makes Charlier pass with left. Then a triple-cut and a one handed shuffle. Another waterfall shuffle with cards held in leftand releasing pressure of right thumb on top. Fans half of deck in each hand and quickly works one into the other, backs of hands to audience. Repeats with palms of hands to audience, holding cards lower. Spreads cards sideways along left arm and does turnover, dropping one or two on floor. Drags one of cards on floor to him with right foot. Lifts foot and produces from it in a fan some cards which he palmed meanwhile in right hand. Does a couple of slieghts to vanish and reproduce deck or part of it. Turns to Mrs. C. and does ribbon drop a couple of times, finally dropping cards onto newspaper she holds, but retaining some palmed. Removes gloves and throws on paper. Gets palmed cards on back of right and produces fan. Drops some on paper, bacm-palming rest, repeating until cards exhausted. Hands Mrs. C. cane and hat. Sometimes produces from hat one of the new imitation rabbits. "Rabbit" probably in hat while on his head. He then collapses hat and hands both to Mrs. C. She exits and he takes a bow. (Denver Plaid No. 0 playing cards used)

Steals a cigarette from under coat at left breast, also Thayer mechanical cigarette holder from right vest pocket. Catches cig. in air and casually places holder in mouth. Pushes cig. down in left fingers a couple of times, then apparently again, but palms in right. Cig. apparently vanishes from left hand and appears in holder. Vanishes from holder and pulls cig. from right ear. Pushes cig. back into ear and it appears in holder. Vanishes from holder and produces cig. on right leg. Pockets holder. Takes lighter from right pants pocket and simultaneously a lighted match from under vest with left hand. Lights lighter with match and lights cig. Replaces lighter in pocket and holds lit match above head. Blows toward cig. held in front of him and match goes out. Throws it away.

Does a couple of passes with lighted cig. turning to his left. Steals orange ball from under left coat tail, faces audience and produces. Apparently swallows ball but palms in left and produces from under vest. Several other passes, then steals green ball from under left coat tail under cover of left turn and does a change-over palm. Works color change by holding orange ball in left and passing right hand over it. Repeats by tossing up first the green ball from right hand and catching in same hand, then tossing up orange ball instead from same hand. Tosses up orange ball again and catches, when click is heard as it strikes palmed green ball. Makes gesture of annoyance and repeats, meanwhile stealing white ball from under left coat tail. Shows orange and green ball, then produces white one. Turns to his rightand tosses each ball singly into right hand held high, catching each between the finger. Steals blue ball from under vest with left. Produces and tosses up into right with other balls. Throws two balls off stage singly. Holds remaining two on top of each other between palms of hands, then turns hands with fingers pointing up and rolls balls up and down. Throws these two off stage, but steals from vest and produces red ball before throwing off fourth ball. Occasionally, however, as in the past, he throws balls off and takes a bow, before producing red ball."

TO BE CONTINUED....

Here it is, the balance of the Cardini Act as described first hand, way back when:

Apparently places red ball in right and vanishes, producing duplicate from right pants pocket, with shell on it. Works moves with these two red balls and the shell, vanishing and reproducing back and forth from one hand to the other. Steals a different colored ball from vest. Introduces it into shell held in right, which also holds a red ball. Looks at other red ball in left and at same time does color-change with right hand, by working red ball into shell and forcing out the ball of a different color to take its place. Shows the three balls freely and taps. Steals a fourth ball of another color from vest and gets it into shell. Does color-change with right again while looking at red and other ball in left. Shows balls freely and throws off stage singly, palming shell in left. Takes a bow. Places both hands in pants pockets and gets rid of shell.

The cig. He has been smoking throughout is now very short. He turns and walks to left of brass bowl on stool at right of stage, stealing a cig. from under breast of coat with left hand. Produces this second cig (which is not lit), places in mouth and puffs some smoke retained from other cig. Then throws in bowl the dead cig. just produced. As there seems no reason for this, think the idea is that the second cig. is supposed to be a lighted one and that frequently it has gone out by the time he steals it, so he cannot use it. Otherwise he would throw away the short cig. he has been smoking and use the lighted cig. just produced.

Moves away from drop and takes white silk handkerchief (a second one) from outer breast pocket. Twirls it ropewise, attempts to tie a knot in it and fails. Repeats. Ties knot and the silk unties itself (usual thread method). Replaces in pocket.

Is still smoking what is left of cig. Quickly goes to stand at left, bends over it and looks into box on stand. Meanwhile steals from back of stand six lighted cigs. placed there by Mrs. C. through slit in drop while he worked with the silk. Makes a half-turn with cigs. thumb-palmed in right and quickly goes over to brass bowl and stool on right of stage. Stands to left of bowl and catches first palmed cig., throwing butt in bowl. Places cig. between lips, goes to take it again with right hand and discovers another in this hand. Takes cig. from lips with left and places second one between lips. Looks at cig. in left, then discovers another in right. Throws two in bowl singly, smokes third and catches another. Throws third in bowl and catches fifth. Throws fourth in bowl and backs away, catching another. Throws fifth in bowl. Orchestra plays "Good-night, Ladies". Turns and meets Mrs. C. coming on with hat, cane and cloak. She hands them to him, with another load of lighted cigs. behind hat, which he palms in right. Mrs. C. gets bowl from stool and follows him with it as he backs across stage to left wing, wearing hat and with cloak over left arm and cane under it. He continues to catch singly the cigs. she brought on and throws them in bowl. One is caught by his left hand and must have been transferred there or else was a separate load received from Mrs. C. Twice he steps close to her and only apparently puts cig. into bowl, really tonguing. Then apparently catches a cig. and places between lips, really revealing tongued cig. Also steals a couple of dummy cigs. from under coat, the last one being taken openly -- apparently from right inside breast pocket. Apparently smokes those before throwing in bowl by using tongued lit cig. Finally removes a cigar, apparently from this pocket, and exits puffing it, having retained smoke from a previous cig. Reappears for a bow and is smoking a pipe. FINALE.

There you have it, a first hand account with the methods (as best the guy could tell) included. This is an amazing letter, and there is more of it, but mostly gossip and supposition. The meat of the letter is what you have read thus far. I hope this has been of some interest to you. I have other documentation like this if people are interested. Letters describing other great acts of the Cardini era. Let me know if there is an interest in this kind of historical information...

Best, PSC
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WOW-Great stuff Paul

Much appreciated Smile

I have seen a clip of the act on TV which someone else has posted the link too and now I know whats behind the scenes.

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One of my favorite books for a least the past 30 years is "Programmes of Famous Magicians" by Max Holden, reprinted by Magic Inc. It was supposed to be the first of a set of three, but I don't think the other two were ever printed.

It contains no detail as to the working of the effects in any of the acts; it simply contains a listing of the effects with a very sleight commentary in some cases.

So I very much welcome anything Paul can post from letters concerning any of the magicians of Cardini's era. In particular, Judson Cole, DeBiere, Fred Keating,
and most of all, Louis Nikola.
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Paul,
Great stuff...Would love to know who the two magicians corresponding where.

Did you ever think what is going to happen in the future now that no one writes letter? Golly what will guys sell on Ebay?
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Re: The two magicians corresponding over Cardini's act.

Were the initials S.L and T.B.?

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Paul thank you for posting that description. I would certainly like to see more of the same.

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