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Time for a bit of speculative fiction: You are given three tickets to a time machine that will transport you into the past to witness a performance by a famous magician. Which three performers would you travel to see and why?
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Hmm. This is a tough one. Guess I'd then travel back in time to witness:

1. Cardini - for his flawless manipulations and flourishes, not to mention his originality.

2. Joseph Dunninger - first to see the way he was able to make his audience truly belive he had supernatural powers through original and stunning mentalism acts.

3. Michael Skinner - I would have loved to be in Vegas in the '80, sitting at a table and enjoy Mr.Skinners amazing entertainment skills combined with his large experience in anything that has to do with close-up magic.

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What a great question!

1) Didi - the Egyptian court magician who did the "ripped and restored goose".

2) Bosco - Italian stage magician who did the "ripped and restored pigeons with switched heads". I don't mean for this to be a theme. I really have no interest in hurting birds.

3) Doc Shiels, Max Maven, David Hoy, et al. - I just would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during the planning for Monster Mind.
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1) Ed Marlo - I would like to see the legend and how a lay audience respondes to his killer sleight-of-hand
2) Harlan Tarbell - because I like his course and would like to see what this man looked like in a live performance

The third ticket I would use to correct a mistake I made in the past.
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Hello Mr Parr,

Although it is a very difficult choice...

I would like to witness a performance by the following:
-Jean-Robert Houdin
-J.N. Hofsinzer
- the third choice could be any of the following
Charlie Miller, Max Malini, Michael Skinner, Eddie Fechter, Erdnase, Walter Irving Scott, Dai Vernon, Ed Marlo, Cardini, etc...

The reason why I chose the first 2 is because they were very influential on our art, and they revolutioned many aspects of it.

But in all honesty, if I really had 3 tickets to a time machine I would probably grab the opportunity to see something else...

What would be your 3 choices Mr Parr???

P.S. I really enjoyed your lecture in Montreal, and I hope to have a chance to see you perform again, as the experience was very inspiring.

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1. Jean-Robert Houdin
2. Germain the Wizard
3. Cardini

In that order, but after much thought. Great question. Smile
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1. Houdini- Amongst the lay public he is still considered the greatest magician of all time. I would love to find out what all of the hype was about.

2. Chung Ling Soo- To see the political incorrectness of it all...And to wonder at the spectactle.

3. Theo Annemann- C'mon this guy had to have it going on...just look at him!
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1. Del Ray
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1. Cardini, for his work with cards
2. Houdin, because of how he changed magic
3. Houdini, because of how he has remained so well known for so long
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1. I would have loved to see Germain. His work from what I read was simply beautiful.

2. Chung Ling Soo would have been great to experience because of the lengths he went to in creating his "deception".

3. Black Herman (Carl Rucker) began his performance with an actual demonstration of death and reserection!
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Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller for reasons to numerous to mention. Brad Burt, he's my mentor even though I've never met him in person. I learned "The Basics of Expert Card and Coin Technique" which are among many "Private Lesson" videos that he sells.
We've developed a good friendship via phone and email. He is an excellent teacher, IMHO, and will help you with anything he can. I'd love to have seen him during his prime (he's not actively performing now) but I credit him for me being a magician to this day. Smile
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1) Malini
2) Vernon
3) Leipzig
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2.Ted Annemann (Tragic what great minds do)
3.Uri Geller (back when he was publicly performing.. of course!)
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Ticket One: Robert-Houdin. While many young magicians idolized Houdini, I idolized Robert-Houdin. He created his own one-man show and performed it in his own theatre! I consider him to have been a genius, a man ahead of his time. I’d sit in the front row of the Theatre Robert-Houdin, giddy with fumes from the “Etheric Suspension.”

Ticket Two: Fu Manchu. David Bamberg’s autobiography, Illusion Show, is among my favorite magic books. From what I understand, The Fu Manchu touring show was among the last great hurrahs of magic’s golden age, a dramatic extravaganza with a fully realized plot and characters and original music. I’d sit at the back of the house with my interpreter (Fu Manchu toured mainly in South America) so as not to disturb anyone.

Ticket Three: Daniel Dunglas Home. Descriptions of Home’s séances sound positively mind-bending: furniture moving about, spirit hands grasping at people, flowers falling from the air — all of it visible in the candlelight. Stage conjurers of Home’s day seemed at a loss to explain or reproduce many of his startling effects. Home must have been a master of suggestion and directing audience attention. I would seat myself next to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and try not to look as if I was watching Home very, very closely.
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Ticket one - Dai Vernon . . . the man who fooled Houdini. They said he had an indescribable charm, and I'd like to see what they meant by that. Also, from the little bit of his sleight-of-hand I saw on the Revelations tapes, he totally blew my mind. And that was when he was an old codger and wasn't in tip-top shape anymore.

Ticket two - June Barrows Mussey

I find it very interesting that this guy used a pseudonym for most of his magic books (Henry Hay). Besides being a magician, he was an author, publisher, and translator. He spent the last years of his life in Germany. At the age of thirteen, he toured a professional magic show across much of the country, the final date being in Marshalltown, Iowa, where he got to spend a weekend with the legendary T. Nelson Downs. He was also a close friend of John Mulholland. Although his books are classed as beginner's books, they certainly contain more valuable material than any other beginner's books on magic I've seen. He had the opposite way of thinking from most magical authors: he taught you the knuckle-busting sleight of hand first, so you would have some appreciation for how to practice and present a trick. Then he taught you the easier stuff. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information about him and his life available, which makes him seem even more mysterious and magical in my mind . . . I'd just like to see what kind of performer he was.

Ticket three - Thomas Nelson Downs

Sometimes I wonder if Downs wasn't the greatest magician who ever lived. With no fancy apparatus - just coins - he managed to make a fortune and a reputation that has not faded to this day. Possibly his most admirable accomplishment, though, was an impromptu performance at the Ringling Brothers Circus. He stood up in the center ring, and they put the spotlight on him. On either side of him were women riding elephants, trapeze artists, and yet he captivated the entire audience with a pocket trick done with three matches. That was all he happened to have with him, and he made the most of it. That performance alone is enough reason for me to want to see him . . . if only it were possible.
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I would definitely travel back in time to witness

1. Robert-Houdin
2. Dai Vernon in his heyday...

And because there are too many good choices for the third ticket, I'd probably scalp that third ticket to the past for a ticket for the future - and check out what magicians of today will be famous for in 50 years.


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Oh, what sweet agony to decide:

1) Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser--I've started producing my own parlor magic events, and would love to see how JN did it. The manipulation would probably make my teeth fall out, and I'd love to see what an event costing 3 golden florins was like!

2) Karl Germain--I love his (in the words of Teller) "looking glass sensibility" of magic. Plus, his illusions must have been fantastic live, and I'd love to get a taste of the old Chattauqua and Lyceum shows in general.

3) David Devant--I'd particularly love to see "The Mascot Moth" performed, and to get a feel for the old magic plays at Egyptian Hall. And it'd be great to see "all done by kindness" in action.
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