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Houdini's Magic Shop

 



The Expert at the Card Table:
Artifice, Ruse, and Subterfuge.

Starring Allan Ackerman, plus an introductory film characterization of S.W. Erdnase

"The Prologue"
Narrated by Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine 
 
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Based on the classic 1902 book of Magic/Sleights and Tricks. The entire contents of the book is performed and taught by Ackerman on this multiple DVD 10 disk production, including many bonus features such as interviews with Richard Hatch, and Bart Whaley on the Mystery of Erdnase. As well as a special interview with Martin Gardner.Also, the DVD set comes with a CD with many PDF files including: The whole original "Expert at the Card Table" (1944 Enlarged Edition), "The Gardner-Smith Correspondence", "The Murderous Card Shark" by Martin Gardner and John Conrad. "Was Erdnase Abdul Aziz Khan" By Martin Gardner. Plus newspaper articles


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 The Art of Magic

Reading this you will quickly realize it is not so much what the magician does that makes him great, but instead how he does it. To simply know how the magician accomplishes his magic is nothing--it is the manner in which he presents his performance before an audience. All of the great magicians have had something associated with their performances, something special that makes them stand out from the others. For Blackstone, both Senior and Junior it was and are the Vanishing Birdcage, the Dancing Handkerchief and Comedy Rope Tie while picking the pockets of spectators from the audience assisting on stage.

For Houdini it was his spectacular escape from a straight jacket, and at various times in his career the escape from a giant milk can filled with water and later his original water torture cell. For Dante it was his presentation of his Backstage Illusion. Everybody in the audience thought they saw how it was done, but in the end he fooled them all with a surprise finish. Dante was also noted for his Lazy Magician where he sat on a chair smoking a cigar while female assistants brought out a cane, rope and silk scarves. In a lazy manner he performed magic. It was his personality that projected. Cardini was known for his suave presentation manipulating playing cards while wearing white gloves and Channing Pollock for producing white fluttering doves out of nowhere. To have a violin and sheet music does not make a person qualified to take a seat with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

The same applies to magic. To have a deck of cards and several silk scarves does not make one a magician. All of the people you read about in this book have dedicated their lives to perfecting their art. The presentation of magic in a theatrical form is n art. The study of magic and its application is a science. To a real professional magician, they never call their magic a "trick." It is always an effect which is short for theatrical effect. For it is the overall presentation and end result, the way it appears to the viewing audience that qualifies it as an art. Magic and its presentation is a form of affecting people's emotions through drama. In presenting each effect, the magician is telling a story. As the story unfolds, the emotions of the people in the audience in the form of dreams are told. Things a magician performs fulfills a basic fundamental desire in each person, either on a conscience or subconscious level. Channing Pollock once said that he felt magic represented power; at least on somewhat of an artificial level.

In the best presentation, the Art of magic expresses desire, wishes, dreams and a balance with reality on a symbolic form, and the balance with the natural laws of science. Theatrically a magician must be a good actor, because the magical effect (or play) does not in itself play out the plot. The great magician must project personality, style, timing, voice inflection, and all the other qualities of a great actor. The father of modern magic, Robert-Houdin of France said, "A magician is playing the part of a man who works miracles ." How much can a magician do with the theatrical form of magic? Where can he draw his art? Here are the basic concepts in magic when you approach it as a science. 

Out now. Michael Skinner #3 on DVD. Featuring performances only of these new effects: Boy Scout Matches, 4 phase Match Routine, Safety Pins, Color Changing Knives, Sponge Bunnies, Cut & Restored Rope, Devilish Miracle, Red/Black Location, Card Thru Hank, Ring on Pencil, Ball & Vase, Brema Nut w/ Safety Pin, Crocheting w/ Teeth, Ball & Tube, Nudest Deck, Sponge Balls, Unlit Cigarette Vanish, Old Trappers, New Trappers, Tossed Card, Erdnase Mind Reading, Coin from Card, Coin Cut, Penetration of Thought, Red/Blue Cards Across, Oil and Water, Do as I do, Simon's Four card change, Twisting the Aces, All Ace of Spades, Hot Weather Handy... Plus MANY, MANY MORE! INCLUDES A SECOND DVD WITH OVER AN HOUR OF EXTRA FOOTAGE FEATURING ROGER KLAUSE AND MICHAEL SKINNER TOGETHER! This video is dedicated to Michael’s sister, Mary Ellen Leece, and his neices Terri, Chris and Julie. There is no doubt that Michael Skinner is a legend in the magic community, and was considered by many to be the finest close-up artist in the world, yet un-assuming and of a gentle heart. His deliberate style, warm personality, flawless sleight of hand and unending repertoire has influenced magic with a special gift that all will remember for years. Magicians, laymen, children and gamblers have witnessed his dazzling skills. From his beginnings in Buffalo to his journey to the Magic Castle, and subsequently two guest appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Michael Skinner remains the consummate performer. Michael leaves a legacy as being the Magician in residence at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas for more than 20 years. Casino mogul Steve Wynn said it all by commenting that “the greatest tribute to Michael is the respect and esteem he has received from other members of his profession. For 20 years other magicians have made pilgrimages to wherever he was working.” Dai Vernon, Michael’s mentor, said it all in his inscription to Michael It is indeed an honor to bring Michael’s repertoire to the magical fraternity. Young and old will be inspired by these rare glimpses of Michael “in performance”. And Michael is indeed still fooling us! Featuring performances only of these new effects: Boy Scout Matches, 4 phase Match Routine, Safety Pins, Color Changing Knives, Sponge Bunnies, Cut & Restored Rope, Devilish Miracle, Red/Black Location, Card Thru Hank, Ring on Pencil, Ball & Vase, Brema Nut w/ Safety Pin, Crocheting w/ Teeth, Ball & Tube, Nudest Deck, Sponge Balls, Unlit Cigarette Vanish, Old Trappers, New Trappers, Tossed Card, Erdnase Mind Reading, Coin from Card, Coin Cut, Penetration of Thought, Red/Blue Cards Across, Oil and Water, Do as I do, Simon's Four card change, Twisting the Aces, All Ace of Spades, Hot Weather Handy... Plus MANY, MANY MORE! INCLUDES A SECOND DVD WITH OVER AN HOUR OF EXTRA FOOTAGE FEATURING ROGER KLAUSE AND MICHAEL SKINNER TOGETHER! Bro. John Hamman's Lost Works contains over 97 effects, both performed and explained by Bro. John Hamman. Most effects have never been available to the public before now. This is very obscure footage that was almost lost forever. Invaluable to the close-up card magician.



George Bernard Shaw ranked Houdini as one of the most important persons in the world. And nearly three-quarters of a century after his death, Houdini remains synonymous with the art of magic. Houdini performed illusions and escapes throughout Europe, the United States, Russia, and Australia, notwithstanding being the highest paid performer of his era, and an aviator, a fight fan, an inventor, a writer-author, and film maker. Houdini's Magic Shop offers magic tricks, gags, pranks and novelties with the theme of the late great Harry Houdini. America's first magic shop existed in New York City before the turn of the century, and magic was performed in close-up style in the bars on Broadway as far back as the mid 1700's. It became a part of New York. Even Houdini operated a Magic Shop in New York. Houdini's Magic Shop will re-create that magic. Houdini's Magic Shop instill's excitement, wonder and a touch of the mysterious. Accentuating the magic is the HOUDINI MUSEUM, at the Venetian Hotel, with many Houdini items, including framed and autographed pictures and letters from the legendary Harry Houdini, and even authentic Houdini handcuffs and restraint device valued in the thousands. Full size stage illusions similar to those used in his show. Many more unique and "one of a kind" items and ephemera are on display in this unique retail exhibit. Magic has been a universal art form that dates back thousands of years. It breaks all language barriers and has broad appeal to all ages and sexes. In a simple word, it is fun! Houdini's Magic Shop presents magic with a special twist - a performance with audience participation. Throughout the day, there is a free magic show for all guests and visitors. The specially scripted show is geared to capture the interest of all ages, with carefully selected magic tricks, gags and novelties having a strong family appeal.


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