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.
Volume 13Gary Ouellet IntroThe Drunken MittHow to Tell Backs from Fronts by Feel AloneTips on the Overhand ShuffleThe Erdnase Full-Deck ControlThe Vernon Full-Deck ControlThe Charlier False ShuffleThe Push Through ShuffleThe Strip Out ShuffleVernon Gives Tips on the Push-Through ShuffleThe Kid Royal ShuffleThe Up the Ladder False CutUp the Ladder used in Triumph
Volume 14Vernon - Three Card MonteAmmar - Beanie Wienie, Cards to PocketOuellet - Three Shell GameFreeman - Time Machine, Cutting the Aces, Slow Motion Ace AssemblyAmmar - The $2 Bill Tear, The Yeast Card, Card on CeilingOuellet - Kiss Trick, Ring on RopeAmmar - Coins & SilkOuellet - Silver PassageAmmar - Roll-Over AcesOuellet - The Two GobletsVernon - Symphony of the Rings
Volume 15Gary Ouellet IntroWhy Vernon Changed his NameHow he Got the Name "Professor"Interest in Magic Since a Young BoyEnjoyed Watching GamblersTalks About ErdnaseVernon's Favorite Book: ErdnaseSchool Magic ShowNo Use of the Word Damn or Egg BagGreat Weakness of MagicianMeeting Cliff GreenProducing a Card in the Shower First Time Seeing Max MaliniMalini Egg Bag - Russia StoryMalini at the GM partyMalini Card StabAntique Table StoryAdvice from MaliniMalini's Best Tricks Were Never Performed Malini's Vanishing TobaccoMalini's OpenerMalini at Buckingham Palace