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The Amazing World of John Scarne
- The Amazing Donohue
offers a rare video tape of Scarne. Follow his link to
Magic Products, then to Exciting Books, then to Scarne's
Exposé of Sleight of Hand. He describes it as:
This rare movie made in 16mm for Castle Home
Movies in the late '40s is
now available on video. John Scarne was
one of the best sleight of hand and
gambling experts ever. In this short
subject movie, he shows how he bottom
deals, the hole card switch (you won't
believe it) and the cups and balls, just
to mention a few things. If you have
never seen John Scarne in action (who
has?) you are really going to be impressed
to see this true legend in action.
During World War II, John Scarne went all
over, showing service men how
they could be cheated by card and dice men.
- Daytona Magic also
carries a video which includes a clip of John Scarne. Actually, I'm
not sure if it's a clip of Scarne performing, or of someone else
doing one of Scarne's card tricks. Anyway, to find the page, find
Daytona Magic's catalog page, then go to Videos, then choose E
under Videos with descriptions, and choose
TO MASTER CARD
MIRACLES by MICHAEL AMMAR. Video number 6 is
the one you're looking for.
If you're a Houdini fan, check out actor Patrick Culliton's Home
Page. He's the guy with the $310,000 collection.
While you're there, take a look at
Patrick Culliton. You'll see reminders of his days with
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants,
Columbo, etc. And you'll see Tracey Williams, who played
Kate to his Petruchio in Shakespeare and Cole
Porter's Kiss Me Kate. Why Tracey Williams? Because he married
Layer's web site contains a gambling bibliography and links.
But he has quite a bit more - his interests include "Playing
cards as an educational resource -- Computer history -- Gaming
in East Chicago, Indiana, its history -- The technology and
history of gambling --
Stereoscopic photography and 3D -- Vaudeville history in
Ohio -- Mscl. topics,
mysteries, and links".
- Bradbury Books & Beyond
buys and sells "new and used books and ephemera related to
magic (conjuring) and its allied arts and
entertainments. Among our specialties are books and
ephemera related to magic history,
biography and bibliography."
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