History was made September 2-6, 1982 in a filming studio in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, as the life and magic of Dai Vernon was permanently recorded for future generations. Inspired by Bill Larsen, the project was undertaken by Videonics, owned and operated by Hans Zahn. The co-hosts of the filming project were Michael Ammar, Gary Ouellet and Steve Freeman.
L & L Publishing has now taken this original footage, digitally re-mastered it and released it on 8 downloads. Not only can we learn by actually seeing and hearing the Professor at work, but our great grandchildren and their great grandchildren will be taught that most elusive of crafts by the grandest master of them all.
Some of the important points to be considered are:
* The format is that of a jam session, with Vernon discussing his tricks, moves and routines, and generally holding court.
* All the moves, techniques, routines, tips and handlings discussed are actually performed by Vernon or one of the co-hosts, along with a complete explanation.
* Roughly half of the subjects covered relate to the published record; half the material was new and disclosed for the first time (at the time of the video shoot).
* Many times, Vernon teaches important new techniques on the Vernon classics, including improvements, or previously undisclosed handlings, even as regards the famous Stars of Magic effects.
* Some world famous routines, such as the Coins in Champagne Glass or the Fred Kaps Coins and Silk (invented by Vernon and taught to Kaps) are publicly revealed.
* Important revelations about the Erdnase techniques, which Vernon has spent a lifetime studying, form a major part of the material.
The idea behind these videos was to capture Vernon live so future magicians can experience him.
No magician should miss these videos. Dai Vernon was the Dean of modern magic and he shares great things on these tapes.
Gary Ouellet Intro
The Drunken Mitt
How to Tell Backs from Fronts
by Feel Alone
Tips on the Overhand Shuffle
The Erdnase Full-Deck Control
The Vernon Full-Deck Control
The Charlier False Shuffle
The Push Through Shuffle
The Strip Out Shuffle
Vernon Gives Tips on the
The Kid Royal Shuffle
The Up the Ladder False Cut
Up the Ladder used in Triumph
Vernon – Three Card Monte
Ammar – Beanie Wienie, Cards to Pocket
Ouellet – Three Shell Game
Freeman – Time Machine, Cutting the Aces,
Slow Motion Ace Assembly
Ammar – The $2 Bill Tear, The Yeast Card,
Card on Ceiling
Ouellet – Kiss Trick, Ring on Rope
Ammar – Coins & Silk
Ouellet – Silver Passage
Ammar – Roll-Over Aces
Ouellet – The Two Goblets
Vernon – Symphony of the Rings
Gary Ouellet Intro
Why Vernon Changed his Name
How he Got the Name “Professor”
Interest in Magic Since a Young Boy
Enjoyed Watching Gamblers
Talks About Erdnase
Vernon’s Favorite Book: Erdnase
School Magic Show
No Use of the Word Damn or Egg Bag
Great Weakness of Magician
Meeting Cliff Green
Producing a Card in the Shower
First Time Seeing Max Malini
Malini Egg Bag – Russia Story
Malini at the GM party
Malini Card Stab
Antique Table Story
Advice from Malini
Malini’s Best Tricks Were Never Performed
Malini’s Vanishing Tobacco
Malini at Buckingham Palace