Two from LJ

Lee Jacobs Productions has released a brand new edition of Bertram on Sleight of Hand by Ross Bertram. This is the companion volume to The Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram and it originally sold for $80. Because of its high price tag and because very few people ever saw Ross perform any of this material, this book did not achieve the popularity it should have. I did get a chance to see many of these items performed, and I

can tell you that this is one of the important books on sleight of hand, and it should be in your library.

The first four chapters of the book concern themselves with coin magic, which was, of course, one of Ross' specialties. The next three chapters contain card magic, one chapter being devoted to Ross' work on the Tenkai palm. There is a move in here, "The Tebe Color Change," which I have used for many years, and which always gets gasps from both laymen and magicians. David Ben has taken one of the routines from this chapter and has turned it into a stunning piece of theater. (I mention this only for those who think that this stuff isn't practical.) There is a chapter on general magic (which contains one of the best torn and restored cigarette papers I have ever seen) and a chapter on one hand cuts. In addition, there is a chapter on Ross' "Welcome Mat," a device which allows the seated close-up performer to do some absolutely unbelievable effects. (These routines are demonstrated on the Ross Bertram videos which were released a while back.)

It is tragic to me that so few people are familiar with Ross' work, because he was truly one of the great sleight of hand performers. Now that both his books have been reprinted and are priced more affordably I hope that the younger generations of magicians will be begin to study his material. There is wonderful stuff here.

Lee also sent along Mario Manzini's "Tribute to Houdini" poster, which is the new poster in Lee's catalogue. It's 11 x 17 inches on enameled stock. Since I know nothing about posters, that's about all I can tell you.

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