The Bio-Vlog

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Hijack the Game: BioVlog 139 of 384

June 17, 2021

Each time Mr. Cool comes in to see me, he pitches a new scam. As the riverboat slightly sways, we sit down to dinner. “Richard,” Mr. Cool says politely, “I think you’ll like this idea. I will have you play against another cheat. In this…

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I want to buy you: BioVlog 138 of 384

June 17, 2021

“Richard,” he says impressed, “you are incredible. You, alone, do the work of four mechanics. I wouldn’t need a crew!” He eyes me, quaffs his drink, and says calmly, “I’ll give you a grand a day to come work for me!” I shake my head from…

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No Mucking: BioVlog 137 of 384

June 17, 2021

I head over to meet Mr. Cool. He stands, we shake hands then we sit down privately in the back of the lounge to – shall we say – lay our cards on the table. As I’m showcasing the range and deceptiveness of the techniques…

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Mr. Cool: BioVlog 136 of 384

June 17, 2021

Again the well-connected bartender quietly confides, “Richard, I have another slick operator, a card mechanic, Mr. Cool. He runs big games, and he’s dying to meet you.” (Like my mentor Dai Vernon, who chased after every crooked card mechanic he could find, I’m always eager…

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Little Italy: BioVlog 135 of 384

June 17, 2021

(As we continue please note that I’m going to use pseudonyms in the following passages to “protect the innocent” and, well, that’s mostly me.) Due to the constant publicity from the television shows, radio interviews, and print media, my reputation as a skilled “cheater” continues…

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Alibiing: BioVlog 134 of 384

June 17, 2021

It’s my deal, I take the deck, and I inadvertently crack out of turn, tipping-off that I have been around the block with a deck. I weigh them and say suspiciously, “There are two cards missing.” The banker sitting to my right, I have noticed…

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Coffee-Housing: BioVlog 133 of 384

June 17, 2021

Blowers and I drive to the lawyer’s elegant place. We play at a dinner table with placemats, as food and drinks are catered.  Right up front I cover the vision question by saying simply, “my eyes were damaged during the war and My roommate accidentally…

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Black Kettle Calling the Kettle Black: BioVlog 132 of 384

June 17, 2021

I’m back aboard the boat, a lawyer I know as Tony T pulls me aside and says looking this way and that, “I’m an Attorney, and we are all in the same business – cheating people! I’ve seen your show many times and know about…

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Chapter 15: 19 is Payday: BioVlog 131 of 384

June 17, 2021

I’ve bet the proprietor double or nothing for the carpet, and now it is time to slam shut the trap.  The store owner pauses for a moment, and then happily agrees. “Okay, I’ll take that bet!” he says handing over a large stack of his…

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June 17, 2021

“At my table is Dai Vernon’s traveling friend Bill Bowers. Bill, I heard about Herb Zarrow’s party in New York, can you please elaborate on the highlights?” “Sure, Jon, Herb invited a large group of magicians to have dinner at a New York hotel dining…

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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