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Shadowing the Professor: BioVlog 95 of 384

June 11, 2021

My brain keeps replaying what Vernon said. “I don’t care how fine the brief is. When you deal like that, I know you’re up to something. It’s unnatural looking!”  It was only one line, but it came from The Master himself. So, I begin to…

Unnatural Looking: BioVlog 94 of 384

June 11, 2021

I have the Godfather mobster, Giorgio burning my hands. I want to turn and run when Wagner says, “Richard, show Professor some of your seconds.” Though scared and intimidated, I press on by demonstrating my two card push-off second deal.  Again Giorgio blurts out, “Won’t…


June 11, 2021

“Shuffling with me I have Michael Slaughter, President and CEO of The United States Playing Card Company. Mike share with us how you use Richard’s fingers in testing your pasteboards.” “First, Jon, I have to explain, over the last several decades there have been numerous…

Won’t Get the Money: BioVlog 93 of 384

June 11, 2021

I am nervous as J. C. Wagner and I step through the Magic Castle’s secret sliding bookcase and quietly slip into the Castle’s Library. There are only two people inside, Dai Vernon and, at another table, Tony Giorgio. (Giorgio played Bruno Tattaglia in the classic…

Not one Dime: BioVlog 92 of 384

June 11, 2021

I move the three cards back and forth, now and then flashing the queen, showing how easy it is to follow the lady. “But,” I explain clearly, “if you don’t get the queen, I get the coat for free.”   He agrees, and I throw the…

I’ll Pay Double: BioVlog 91 of 384

June 11, 2021

The thought of cutting high card for the coat sends thrills of excitement through my veins! With a passive poker face I say, “Okay. Sure. Why not!” The salesman holds up his open hands, nervously takes a step back and says, replacing his phony smile…

Sucker Salesman: BioVlog 90 of 384

June 11, 2021

I need a coat and tie and I have only a few hours to acquire the strangling Sunday dress so, I think with a shooting dose of trepidation, “How am I going to get a suit?”  I cajole a friend of Bobby’s to drive me…

Meritocracy: BioVlog 89 of 384

June 11, 2021

The inner circle of magic experts – and particularly playing card specialists – is truly a meritocracy. To gain entry, you must be an established expert or at least demonstrate that you have the “right stuff” to become one. The next hurdle (which is much…

Professor Dai Vernon: BioVlog 88 of 384

June 11, 2021

David Frederick Winfield Verner was born in Ottawa, Canada in June 1894 (exactly sixty years before my birth in June 1954).  Vernon moved to New York City at the start of World War I, where he changed his given name to Dai and billed himself…

Road Apples: BioVlog 87 of 384

June 11, 2021

It’s the Fourth of July, and I’m helping Yerkes set up a full blown circus show with a closing fireworks exhibition at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  One of the elephants leaves a very large pile of “road apples” on the ground, a pile five…

Table of Contents

(In chronological order)

BioVlog Introduction

February 2, 2021

Prolog—Part 1 of 3: 1981: Meeting Mr. Cool (BioVlog 1 of 384)

February 4, 2021

Prolog-Part 2: No Mucking: BioVlog 2 of 384

February 5, 2021

Prolog-Part 3: I want to buy you: BioVlog 3 of 384

February 6, 2021

Table Talk 1

February 8, 2021

Chapter 1: 1963, Ravaging the Retinas: BioVlog 4 of 384

February 9, 2021

E = Fog: BioVlog 5 of 384

February 10, 2021

Even the Deaf can see the Bad Guys: BioVlog 6 of 384

February 11, 2021

VH Means Freak: BioVlog 7 of 384

February 12, 2021

No Braille for Me: BioVlog 8 of 384

February 15, 2021

Controlling by Touch: BioVlog 9 of 384

February 16, 2021

Destiny: BioVlog 10 of 384

February 17, 2021

Mustard on Banana Peels: BioVlog 11 of 384

February 18, 2021

Mother’s revulsion: BioVlog 12 of 384

February 19, 2021

Table Talk 2

February 22, 2021

Unwilling Class Clown: BioVlog 13 of 384

February 23, 2021

Piggy-Magoo – Gods of the Fly: BioVlog 14 of 384

February 24, 2021

Incineration: BioVlog 15 of 384

February 25, 2021

Roofing knifes Kill: BioVlog 16 of 384

February 26, 2021

Eye Burning: BioVlog 17 of 384

March 1, 2021

Pity-Pot: BioVlog 18 of 384

March 2, 2021

Three Bucks a Tab: BioVlog 19 of 384

March 3, 2021

Typing Scam: BioVlog 20 of 384

March 4, 2021

Two-Man Tab: BioVlog 21 of 384

March 5, 2021

Table Talk 3

March 8, 2021

Twisted Colors: BioVlog 22 of 384

March 9, 2021

Subconscious in external Space: BioVlog 23 of 384

March 10, 2021

Secret Hole: BioVlog 24 of 384

March 11, 2021

Hollow Decks: BioVlog 25 of 384

March 12, 2021

Cracking Locks: BioVlog 26 of 384

March 15, 2021