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Dai Vernon

Dai Vernon

(11th June 1894 - 22nd August 1992)

Stage name of David Frederick Wingfield Verner. Learned at age 8 from father, an amateur magician. Moved to New York City in 1913. One of the five original members of the New York "Inner Circle" by 1932. Voted one of the ten living Card Stars in 1938. Known world wide as "The Professor". 1948 Sphinx Award. Moved to Hollywood in 1963 when he became resident magician at the Magic Castle. There he became the mentor of John Carney, Bruce Cervon and Larry Jennings, and later of Jeff Altman, Steve Freeman, Ray Grismer, Earl Nelson, David Roth, Michael Skinner and others.

1968 AMA Masters Fellowship. AMA Board of Directors 1976-79, thence Member Emeritus. 1983 CMI Order of Magic Lamp. SAM Hall of Fame. 1988 Fred Kaps Award. In 1989 Mike Rogers predicted that "There will never be another to influence the art of magic as has Dai Vernon." Many would agree that this is a good bet.

Among his most famous inventions are Triumph (by 1946), Travellers (by 1950), Twisting the Aces (by 1960), Depth Illusion (by 1961) and Stripout Addition.

Coauthors: Lewis Ganson, Faucett Ross

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The Queen's Soiree: Pet Effects 1 by Dai Vernon

A remarkable transition effect using unprepared objects and little sleight of hand.

Four Queens from any pack are placed on the four corners of a square cloth. Two of the Queens are covered with squares of paper. One at a time, the Queens are put beneath the cloth thru which they penetrate and come up under the square of paper. It is amazing to see the identical card make the passage and appear under the paper along with the others, until all four are assembled under one paper.

Vernon's original methods and several puzzling variations - different from anything ever offered, no extra...

★★★★ $6
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Dai Vernon
マリニとそのマジック by Dai Vernon

ダイ・バーノン著、「Malini and his magic」の日本語版です。



この本には、マリニの演目とトリックの説明、ミスディレクションの秘訣、そしてどのように仕事を得て、成功したか、その秘訣が事細かに記されています。 ...

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Dai Vernon's Select Secrets (2nd edition) by Dai Vernon

This is the revised and expanded second edition. (The first edition can be found here.) In particular it includes two additional effects: "Follow the Leader", and "Vernon's Automatic Gambler".

  • Introduction
  • "Topping The Deck"
  • The Royal Marriages
  • "Follow the Leader"
  • Vernon's Automatic Gambler
  • Addition And Subtraction
  • The Little Dictators
  • Winged Silver
  • Two Impromptus
    • (1) Fallacy Of Vision
    • (2) Matchless Digits
  • A Cigarette Switch
  • Heads Or Tails
  • Twentieth Century Handkerchief Trick
  • Snow Storm In China

2nd edition 1949, 41 pages; PDF 38 pages.

★★★★★ $5
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Symphony of the Rings (used) by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

First edition softcover stapled. Some pages have a tiny tear on the bottom edge. Published by Harry Stanley. Exlibris of Weirdo and Margaret Yates. For details on contents see the digital edition.

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Dai Vernon & Faucett Ross
Early Vernon by Dai Vernon & Faucett Ross

The Professor brought up-to-date in this ebook of the original Twenty Dollar Manuscript, Three Dollar Manuscript, and ten new Vernon variations. Illustrated by Vernon, edited by Faucet Ross, with nostalgic photos of the great man's life.

  • Three Faces Of Vernon
  • How It Began
  • The Manuscript Story
  • The Prospectus
  • The Twenty Dollar Manuscript
    • Vernon Five Card Mental Force
    • Vernon Miracle Card Location
    • Club Version
    • Vernon Super Count Down
    • Vernon Super Card Prediction
    • Vernon Poker Demonstration
    • Vernon Automatic Second Deal
    • Slow Motion Card Vanish
    • The Vernon Card Puzzle
    • The Vernon Four...
★★★★★ $9.95
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Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon's Select Secrets by Dai Vernon

Paul Fleming wrote:

This little book contains 12 items in all. There are four tricks and one sleight with cards, two tricks with coins (including one by T. Nelson Downs, the late "King of Koins"), a close-up feat with matches (another Downs specialty, with which he greatly impressed the famous Buffalo Bill), a clever cigarette "switch," an improved method for passing a drinking glass through a table-top, one trick with silk handkerchiefs, and another with tissue paper.

Several of these feats (and particularly the card tricks) are hard to describe briefly, and we shall enlarge upon only three items which seem to...

★★★★★ $5
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon in Britain 1958 by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

A silent film record of Dai Vernon's visit to Britain in 1958.

If you have only read about the Professor Dai Vernon but never seen him in real life, then here is your chance for a glimpse into what he was like. You will see him sightseeing and you will see him perform several of his feature routines such as the Symphony of the Rings, card production, color change, wand spin vanish and more.

  • Portsmouth: H.M.S. Victory and Dicken's Birthplace
  • Polo at Cowdrey Park
  • Stratford-on-Avon
  • Fellow Magicians
  • Leipzig's Card Levitation
  • Card Production
  • The Symphony of the Rings
  • Colour Change
  • Wand spin Vanish
  • Jumping Jack
  • Charlie Miller's Diminishing Cards ...
★★★★★ $20
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Dai Vernon European Tour 1955 by Dai Vernon

This is truly a gem, an early Vernon publication, the lecture notes to his first European lecture tour in 1955. Explained are classics of card, coin and ball magic and Vernon's Thumb Tie routine:

  • Three Ball Transposition
  • Ball, Cone and Handkerchief
  • Seven Card Monte
  • Expansion of Texture
  • A Chinese Classic
  • The Thumb Tie
Text has been reset. Illustrations are from the original 1955 mimeographed edition.

1st edition 1955, 1st digital edition 2014, 14 pages.

★★★★★ $15
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

This work was planned to be the last volume in Dai Vernon's Inner Card Secrets series. However, due to water damage caused by a fire the typed manuscript was lost. It took several years to recover from this mishap and therefore this last volume was originally published much later than the first three volumes (Inner Secrets of Card Magic, More Inner Secrets of Card Magic, Further Inner Secrets of Card Magic). The wait was justified because it was and still is one of the important works of card magic - now available as an ebook.

No serious card man can exist without reading and studying this work.

1st edition 1967; original 246 pages; PDF 156 pages

  3. CHAPTER ONE:...
★★★★★ $15
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon's Further Inner Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

The highlights in this third part of the Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic trilogy are his teachings on the second deal including a one handed and a stud second deal, the chapter on the "Three Card Monte", and the chapter on palming.

1st edition 1961; original 72 pages; PDF 62 pages.

  7. - The Three Cards
  8. - The Throw
  9. - The Game
  10. - 1. The use of a short card
  11. - 2. The Optical Move
  13. CHAPTER...
★★★★ $9.90
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon's More Inner Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

The second part in Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic trilogy is the jewel in this series. It features such classics as "Twisting the Aces" (which includes the first publication of Alex Emsley's "Four as Four Count" - better known as Ghost count or Elmsley count), "Out of Sight--Out of Mind," "Oil and Water," "McDonald's $100 Routine," and "The Trick that Cannot be Explained" the ultimate jazz magic effect. You will also find a number of Vernon Touches on his riffle shuffle technique, crimps, Zarrow shuffle and others.

This ebook is absolute must read for any card magician. You should read...

★★★★★ $12
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

This is the first part of Vernon's famous Inner Secrets of Card Magic series. It includes notable work on color changes. In "Dai Vernon's Colour Changing Pack" Vernon provides the proper motivation for the use of the Hindu Shuffle: showing the back color of the deck. "Emotional Reaction" is an example of a subtle and cunning use of a key card. Probably the best effect in this volume is the "Notis Stop Trick".

1st edition 1959; original 76 pages; PDF 59 pages.

  6. - Emotional Reaction
  7. - Cocktail Cards
  8. - The Bent Corner...
★★★★★ $9.90
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Symphony of the Rings by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

Lewis Ganson expertly and with care to minute details explains the famous six ring routine devised by Dai Vernon. Vernon first performed the entire routine in front of Ganson's cine camera. By studying the film in slow motion, they were able to determine the most suitable photographs to take with a still camera to illustrate the text.

Many considered the best and most beautiful routine for the Chinese Linking Rings. You can see Vernon perform this routine in Dai Vernon in Britain 1958.

1st edition 1958, PDF 31 pages.

  1. Introduction
  3. The Rings
  4. Arranging the Rings
  5. Performance
  6. 1....
★★★★★ $9.50
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

This is a fascinating combination of biographical detail and carefully described magical secrets researched and recorded by Dai Vernon and Lewis Ganson.

Vernon was an intimate friend of Leipzig. Vernon not only saw many performances given by Leipzig, but Leipzig also explained Vernon in detail how all of his tricks worked and how they are to be performed. Vernon recorded this in his notebooks from which this publication was prepared by Ganson and Vernon. It is therefore fair to say that this is as close as you will ever get to learn from Leipzig.

Leipzig was a gentelman of magic who could...

★★★★ $14.90
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Dai Vernon
Malini and his Magic by Dai Vernon

This is a gorgeous and careful digitization of a classic originally published by Harry Stanley in 1962. All drawings have not simply been scanned and included as images but have been converted to vectorized graphics. This means they are crisp and clear even under the largest magnification as well as when printed out.

This PDF ebook has very detailed bookmarks making it easy to browse to your section of choice.

Max Malini was one of the most extraordinary personalities in the history of the performance of magic.

In this ebook, Dai Vernon shows how successfully Malini acted the role of magician and...

★★★★★ $14.90
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
The Dai Vernon Book of Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

I was lucky that I stumbled across this book very early on in my magic development. It had a huge impact on how I approached magic and how I think today about magic. The introductory chapter "The Vernon Touch" should be mandatory reading for every magician. I would go so far as to recommend re-reading it every year. Martin Breese wrote: "One of the most important books of magic ever written." Max Holden said: "I consider Vernon the greatest man with a pack of cards of the present day." Many consider Dai Vernon, the professor, as one who had probably the biggest impact on magic in recent times. ...

★★★★★ $19.90
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