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Dai Vernon's Revelations - 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box Set by L&L Publishing - DVD

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    It's been 30 years since the initial release of Revelations, the monumental video set that immortalized the life and work of perhaps one of the greatest magicians who ever lived - the Professor himself - Dai Vernon.

    In celebration, L&L Publishing is releasing the Revelations 30th Anniversary Box Set which features all 17 volumes of Revelations digitally remastered on 8 DVDs. Also included are three bonus DVDs that contain extremely rare footage of Vernon lectures from the 1970's - almost six hours of material that almost no one has ever seen before. Included also are four audio CDs of Vernon lectures from the 1960s and two commemorative booklets. The first is a facsimile of the original Videonics Revelations catalog with comprehensive commentary on each volume by Sid Lorraine while the second contains Dr. Gene Matsuura's original notes made at Dai Vernon's farewell lecture in 1976. Everything is packaged in a full color slipcase that is sure to make this set one of the most desirable magic keepsakes ever released.

    David Ben's introduction that appears in the beginning of Gene Matsuura's notes booklet:

    "Will wonders never cease?
    When it comes to Dai Vernon, apparently not.

    This celebration of the 30th anniversary of Revelations, the series produced originally in 1982 by Hans Zahn in Newfoundland, attests to that amazing legacy and it provides yet another generation of magicians - old and new - the chance to experience Dai Vernon and his magic.

    This compilation is much more than just a repackaging of the original discs. With additional footage from the celebrated $1,000 Lecture Tour in the mid-1970s, private videos shot by Bill "The Prez" Larsen at The Magic Castle, and supporting documentation and ephemera, magic aficionados and historians now have an accurate portrayal of perhaps the most celebrated thinker and performer in magic during his "Late Period."

    Start with Vernon's lecture at the Washington Press Club in August 1973, courtesy of Arthur Emerson. (Still images of Arthur Emerson and Vernon were inserted for the first minute or so because the initial quality of the video was suspect. Your patience, however, will be rewarded.) Vernon is 79 years old at the time. That's right, 79! It is Late Vernon, Second Wave.

    Next, screen the October 9, 1976, lecture at The Magic Castle. Here Vernon is reprising the content of the $1,000 Lecture Tour. He is now 82. Again, it is Late Vernon, Second Wave.

    Take a break and turn to the notes provided by Dr. Gene Matsuura. Dr. Matsuura was a confidant of many of the most esteemed sleight-of-hand magicians of the 20th century. He is a real student of magic and, in particular, the magic of Vernon. He is also renowned for the quality of his observations and notes. We thank Dr. Matsuura for agreeing to release his personal notes on Vernon's $1,000 Lecture Tour appearance in Sacramento. His observations are astute, and the nuance he flags worth studying.

    Next up: the April 1977 presentations filmed at The Magic Castle. Shot by and because of Bill Larsen, they represent yet another extraordinary gift of the Larsen family to the magic community. In fact, it is hard to imagine what magic would be like today without the Larsens - Genii magazine, The Magic Castle, the Academy of the Magical Arts, and now this. The family, in its fourth generation in magic, continues to contribute to the growth of magic and the preservation of magic history. Vernon, by the way, would soon turn 84! It is the tail end of the Second Wave of the Late Period.

    Only then, it is time to revisit the monumental series that is Revelations. Recorded in 1982, when Vernon was 88, it is the Late Period, Third Wave. Here, Vernon provides more coaching and commentary than actual performance. Michael Ammar, Gary Ouellet and Steve Freeman are there to assist, performing and demonstrating magic, and to spark the conversation. We see how things are meant to be done, and how not. The breadth of material is staggering. Fortunately, this commemorative package of discs and other material includes a reproduction of a booklet that provides a detailed description of each section so that viewers can zero in on their particular area of interest.

    If I can offer one final word of advice, it is to heed what Vernon said to a young Albert Goshman: take one trick and learn to do it better than anybody else. Goshman did exactly that, and built his initial reputation with "Spellbound."

    With this 30th anniversary celebration of Revelations, you have that same opportunity.

    I look forward to seeing your magic."
    - David Ben, Toronto

    The Academy of Magical Arts has graciously opened their members-only video vault and allowed L&L to publish one of their rare private videos. This is your chance to watch vintage lectures by Dai Vernon taped at the world-famous Magic Castle by Bill "The Prez" Larsen who had the foresight to preserve Vernon's genius for posterity. These videos are also valuable for their historic importance as they are among the first lectures ever videotaped at the Magic Castle.

    Lecture DVD 1 - April 1, 1977 Lecture:
    Wand Spin Vanish
    Retention of Vision Coin Vanish
    Card Handling
    Pull-Through Shuffle
    "Dad" Stevens Shuffle
    Erdnase Top Palm
    Hofzinser Palm Control
    Top Changes
    Top Palm
    Elmsley Count/Twisting the Aces
    Larry Jennings' Ambitious Classic
    Hamman's Pinochle Trick
    Deal Controls/Stop Trick
    Color Changes (Leipzig, Malini, Tenkai)
    Spectator Cueing
    Push-Through and Block Shuffle
    Henry Christ's Off the Table Shuffle
    Diagonal Palm Shift and Card Transfer
    Action Palm
    Cover for Erdnase Shift
    Double Lift Get Ready
    The Trick That Fooled Marlo
    Double Lift-Handling and Application
    The Trick Without a Name
    Coin Under Glass
    Three-Card Monte
    Cards Up The Sleeve
    General Advice
    Card Switches
    Vernon's Mental Card Miracle

    Lecture DVD 2 - April 15, 1977 Lecture:
    Five Coins and a Glass
    Leipzig's Slow Motion Coin Vanish
    The Tale of the Treasury-Worm
    The Daivergent Silk
    The Peripatetic Walnuts
    Balls in the Net
    The Cups and Balls
    The Linking Rings
    Cut and Restored Rope
    Knot in Rope Bar Stunt
    Joe Berg Knot
    Upsetting a Square Knot
    Ball Handling/Wand Spin Vanish
    Also featured are Vernon's anecdotes including how he first came to the Magic Castle, early Castle memories, and his infamous X-rated Japan story.

    October 9, 1976 Lecture:
    Introduction by Bill "The Prez" Larsen
    Vernon's Introductory Remarks
    The Cups and Balls
    The Peripatetic Walnuts
    Five Coins and a Glass
    Retention of Vision Coin Vanish
    Han Ping Chien
    Wand Spin Vanish
    The Daivergent Silk

    Lecture DVD 3
    In August of 1973, Dai Vernon lectured for a large and extremely enthusiastic audience at the Press Club in Washington D.C. and host Arthur Emerson was prescient enough to have a video camera on hand for the occasion.

    Contents include:

    The Cups and Balls
    Coins Through The Table
    Retention of Vision Coin Vanish
    Five Coins and a Glass
    The Linking Rings
    The Cylinder and Coins
    Matching the Cards
    Larry Jennings' Ambitious Classic
    Color Change (Tenkai)
    Top Changes
    Cards Up The Sleeve Advice

    On April 9, 1963, a very select group assembled at the newly-formed Magic Castle to hear Dai Vernon lecture. This was a historic moment because it was on the strength of this presentation that Vernon was asked to become the Castle's resident magician - and now, through the magic of audio recording, you can be there, too, almost 50 years later. Volumes 3-4 record another lecture on December 6, 1964. Vernon was performing regularly at the time; his methods were brilliant and his timing perfect.

    CD 1 (1 hour)
    1. Introduction
    2. Five Coins and a Glass
    3. Cups and Balls
    4. The Daivergent Silk
    5. John Ramsey Cylinder and Coins

    CD 2 (1 hour)
    1. McDonald's Hundred Dollar Ace Trick
    2. Penetration of Thought
    3. Top Change
    4. Bottom Change
    5. Ambitious Card
    6. Tips
    7. Conus Aces
    8. Erdnase Bottom Palm
    9. Hofzinser Bottom Palm
    10. Mental Card Miracle
    11. The Travelers
    12. Palming

    CD 3 (1 hour)
    1. Introduction
    2. General Comments
    3. Jerry Andrus and Lies
    4. Conversational Approach
    5. Double Lift
    6. The Pass
    7. Getting a Card to the Top
    8. A Trick with a Double-Faced Card
    9. Aces Up or Down
    10. Color Changing Deck

    CD 4 (1 hour)
    1. Coin and Glass
    2. IOU
    3. Brain Weave by Alex Elmsley
    4. Four Pair Solitaire by Henry Christ
    5. Spelling Trick (using a cull)
    6. Thought of Card Trick
    7. Silk from Bill Trick

    In this booklet, you'll find comprehensive notes by Dr. Gene Matsuura, a lifelong student of sleight-of-hand magic - particularly Dai Vernon - who was in attendance at what was billed as Dai Vernon's farewell lecture in Sacramento, California in March of 1976.

    Matsuura's keen observations of the material that Vernon presented at that lecture provides invaluable insights into many of the routines performed on the lecture DVDs in this set. Covered are the Cups and Balls, Five Coins and a Glass, The Tale of the Treasury-Worm, The Daivergent Silk, The Peripatetic Walnuts, Twisting the Aces, the Linking Rings, many, many effects and ideas from Erdnase, and much, much more.

    Coupled with a scholarly introduction by David Ben, Dr. Matsuura's notes are a snapshot of a historic occasion - Dai Vernon presenting his life's work one final time.

    This booklet is an exact reproduction of the Videonics catalog that was issued in June of 1983 which featured the Revelations series. We've included this to provide Revelations viewers with the historical context of the series in addition to other valuable insights.

    You'll find an introduction by Michael Ammar, one of the co-hosts of the series, where he describes the filming of Revelations in addition to offering some interesting perspectives on how the project was developed and realized. In addition, Sid Lorraine contributed comprehensive reviews on each of the 18 volumes, providing viewers with a "blow by blow" description of the vast and rich material covered in Revelations.

    Vernon Revelations - Volumes 1-17 (on 8 DVDs):
    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.

    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). You'll learn important new techniques regarding the Vernon classics and important revelations about the Erdnase techniques, which Vernon has spent a lifetime studying. There's a lifetime of magic study in these eight discs.

    DISC 1:
    Volume 1

    Gary Ouellet Intro
    The Story Behind the Stars of Magic Series
    Vernon on Think-of-a-Card, Dunninger,
    Brainwave Deck
    Vernon on Effects
    Triumph-the Vernon Triumph Shuffle
    and the Proper Presentation
    Story of the Vernon False Shuffle
    Practice & Improve Your Magic
    Keeping Notes on Your Magic
    Cutting the Aces-
    Another Vernon Card Classic
    Vernon on Passes, False Cuts
    Irv Weiner's Opening to Cutting the Aces
    The Story is the Entertaining Part of the Trick
    Story of the Ambitious Card
    Vernon Performs the Ambitious Card
    Vernon Explains an Ambitious Card Move

    Volume 2
    Gary Ouellet Intro
    The Vernon Double Lift
    The Fingerprint Card Trick
    Vernon Double Lift Replacement
    On the Strike Double Lift
    Vernon's First Intro to the Pass
    Story of the Purse Palm
    Vernon Demonstrates the Purse Palm &
    Spellbound Move
    Vernon on Coin Vanishes
    The Ring and the Wand
    Slow Motion Aces Performance
    (Steve Freeman)
    Story Behind Slow-Motion Aces
    The Slow Motion Card Vanish
    Story of the Last Card (Tent Vanish)
    Freeman Demonstrates Last Card Vanish
    Vernon Explains Slow Motion Aces
    Lay Down & Routine
    The Force with No Name
    Slow Motion Aces for Magicians

    DISC 2:
    Volume 3

    Gary Ouellet Intro
    The Travellers (Michael Ammar performance)
    Explanation of the Travellers
    Vernon on Malini's Method of Marking the Cards
    Proper Way to Turn the Top Card Over
    Why Vernon has the Cards Signed
    The Kangaroo Coins (Gary Ouellet performance)
    Kangaroo Coins Explanation
    Vernon Talks About Lapping
    The Balls in the Net (Steve Freeman performance)
    Vernon's Story about The Balls in The Net
    Vernon Explains the Moves for The Balls in The Net
    Han Ping Chein with Ball
    Vernon Explains What Makes a Good Trick
    Jumping Jacks
    The Tenkai Palm Switch
    Vernon Explains How He Got the Name "Professor"

    Volume 4
    Gary Ouellet Intro
    The Tenkai Switch - The Pivot Move
    Story Behind the Symphony of the Rings
    Vernon Tells a Silhouette Story
    Vernon Performs the Symphony of the Rings
    Explanation of Ring Routine - Counting the Rings
    First Link
    Spinning the Ring
    Unlinking the Ring
    Crash Link
    Chain of Three
    Linking Three & Unlinking Three
    The Continuous Linking
    The Falling Ring
    The Interlocked Rings
    The Figures
    The Long Chain
    Unlinking a Solid Ring
    Unlinking All the Rings
    The Symphony of the Rings -
    Vernon Performs for Live Audience
    The Coins and Champagne Glass - A Vernon Classic
    The Secret to a Good Coin Vanish
    More Coins & Champagne Glass Explanation

    DISC 3:
    Volume 5

    Gary Ouellett Intro
    Vernon Talks About Fred Kaps
    Vernon Explains Coins & Silk Routine
    Vernon Explains Coin Transfer
    Ammar Teaches Chanin Classic Palm Coin Productions
    Ammar Introduces the Cups & Balls
    Vernon Tells How He Got His Cups
    Vernon Demonstrates the Opening to the Cups & Balls
    Ammar Demonstrates Jay Marshall's Bit with Cups
    Explanation of Depth Illusion
    Vernon's Story About the Cups &
    Balls at the Magic Castle
    Vernon and Ammar Walk Through Cups & Balls Routine
    Vernon's Advice On What To Do After Palming Something
    Explanation of Phase Two & Three
    Loading Sequence
    Large Ball & Wand Vanish
    Wand Spin
    Vernon Explains Ball Under Cup Vanish
    Vernon Explains Coins & Purse Swindle
    Malini's Version
    Vernon's Purse Palm Vanish
    Leipzig's Coin on Knee

    Volume 6
    Gary Ouellett Intro
    Color Change Section Intro (Freeman)
    History of Color Change
    Erdnase's First Method with the Vernon Improvement
    The Erdnase Pivot Color Change
    The Malini Handling
    Picking Off the Pip
    Leipzig's Handling
    Leipzig's Side Slip and Vernon's Variation
    Handling the Sucker Gag
    Steve Freeman's Tips on the Color Change
    " Softy" Color Change
    Vernon Passes on Good Advice
    The No Palm Color Change
    The Time Vernon Cheated the Cheats
    The Greek Crimp
    The Gambler's Peek
    The Back Crimp
    The Suit Peek
    The Corner Crimp/Cutting to a Crimp
    Story About Larry Grey
    The Snap Crimp Story
    The Snap Crimp
    Mexican Joe Crimp
    Best Way to Reverse a Card
    The Breather Crimp

    DISC 4:
    Volume 7

    Gary Ouellett Intro
    An Unpublished Linki g Ring Move
    The Vernon No Key Linking
    The Five-Card Mental Force
    Some Thoughts on the Stop Trick
    Taking Advantage of Good Breaks
    The Trick That Cannot Be Explained
    The Cutting Trick
    How to Practice the Trick That Cannot
    Be Explained
    Vernon Talks About Card Palming
    The Hofzinser Bottom Palm
    The Diagonal Palm Shift and the
    Vernon Improvement
    The Hofzinser Bottom Palm Transfer

    Volume 8
    Gary Ouellett Intro
    The Diagonal Palm Shift-
    a detailed description
    The Hand Washing Move
    The Gambling Palm
    The Vernon Gambling Palm Transfer
    Topping the Deck
    The Erdnase Top Palm
    Several Methods of Replacing the
    Palmed Card onto the Deck
    Skinning the Hand, Version 1
    Vernon Color Change
    The Tenkai Palm Color Change
    Skinning the Hand Version #2
    The French Pass
    Two Technical Descriptions of
    Bottom Palms
    Covering the Side Slip
    Dramatizing Revelations
    The Loewy Palm
    Some Moves for Cards Up the Sleeve
    The Vernon Card Switches
    A New Top Palm
    The Card to Jacket Pocket
    The Palm Change
    Story of the Mysterious Kid
    Vernon Talks About Shiners

    DISC 5:
    Volume 9

    Gary Ouellet Intro
    The Berg Move
    Explanation of Berg Move
    Story of the Trick That Fooled Houdini
    Explanation of the Trick
    That Fooled Houdini
    Vernon Tells Horwitz Story
    Vernon Explains the Boat Trick
    Vernon Performs Three Card Monte
    for Live Audience
    Explanation of Three Card Monte
    Preparing the Cards
    Bent Corner
    Tips on the Hype Move
    Sucker Ploy
    Explanation of Hype Move
    The Torn Card
    The Broad Worker's Story
    The Double Flash
    Removing the Bent Corner
    Bobby Fischer Story

    Volume 10
    Gary Ouellet Intro
    The Vernon Cone and Ball Routine
    Basic Move for Cone & Ball
    The Ball and Silk
    Hand to Hand Ball Transfer
    Vernon on the Dye Tube /
    Color Changing Silks
    Loading the Silk
    Palming the Tube
    Start of Routine
    Steal of the Tube
    Routine Taught from Behind
    The Chopstick Double Lift
    Valuable Tip from Erdnase
    (Double Lift)
    The Overhand Shuffle Technique
    The Pinky Count
    The Greek Break
    Bottom to Top Transfer
    Vernon's Simple Double Peek Control
    Triple and Multiple Peek Handling
    The Fan Force

    DISC 6:
    Volume 11

    Gary Ouellet Intro
    The International Gambler's Code
    The Zanzig Code
    The Spread
    The Miami Brothers Ploy
    The Vernon Card Switch
    The Gambler's Hole Card Switch
    The Snatch
    The Verbal Code (Vernon)
    Teaching Method for Verbal Code
    (Memorized Cards)
    How to Memorize the Cards
    (Vernon Method)
    Vernon Tells the Story of Benny
    Vernon Tells the Names of Each Card
    in his Code
    Vernon Short Card
    Corner Short
    Freeman Demonstrates Short Card Control

    Volume 12
    Gary Ouellet intro
    Freeman Quotes Erdnase
    The Erdnase Bottom Deal
    The Elliott Bottom Deal
    The Artanis Bottom Deal
    Gambling vs. Magic
    The Second Deal - The Erdnase Methods
    The Johnny Thompson Method
    Vernon's Trick for Second Deal
    Vernon Gives Tips on Second Deal
    The Vernon New Theory Second Deal
    The Big Lie about the Strike Second
    The Elliott Million Dollar Secret
    Mexican Joe's Shift
    The Side Shift
    Covering the One-Handed Shift
    The S.W.E. Shift
    The Kennedy Center Deal (The Real Work)
    Bad Habits Center Deal

    DISC 7:
    Volume 13

    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
    Push-Through Shuffle
    The Kid Royal Shuffle
    The Up the Ladder False Cut
    Up the Ladder used in Triumph

    Volume 14
    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

    Volume 15
    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's Opener
    Malini at Buckingham Palace

    DISC 8:
    Volume 16

    Gary Ouellet Intro
    Cutting Silhouettes
    The Harlequin Act
    How Vernon Met Frances Rockefeller King
    Magician Spies on Vernon
    J. K. L. M.
    Dr. Daley's Notebook
    The Book, "Our Magic"
    The Frogman
    Cardini's Talking Act
    Cardini's Tails
    Al Baker
    The History of Silhouettes
    Colorado Springs
    World's Fair
    Vernon Cuts a Silhouette
    Twenty Dollar Gold Piece

    Volume 17
    Gary Ouellet Intro
    King of Koins
    The Gimmick
    Emil Jarrow
    Jarrow Plays London
    Closing of his Act
    Partner in his Act
    Warren Keane
    Malini Block of Ice
    Fred Keating Canary Story
    Paul Rosini
    Herbert Brooks
    The Manner In Which Tricks are Presented
    Larry Grey Follows Hobos
    High School Dance
    Lance Burton at the Body Shop
    Garrick Spencer / Academy of Magic
    Allen Kennedy Center Deal
    Teaching John Scarne the Center Deal
    Vernon Takes Ted to See Allen Kennedy
    Mrs. Vernon Meets Mexican Joe
    The Greek Gambler
    The Hold-Up Story
    Jack Benny Joke
    Dr. Ross
    Meeting Dan Cummings at Restaurant
    Takes the Touch of a Billiard Player
    Frank Tobey / Vernon Sees Faro Shuffle
    for the First Time
    One Arm MacDonald - The Diamond Ring
    $100 Ace Trick
    Davis the Miracle Man
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