The Lorayne Force

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The late great Jay Marshall once quipped that all of Harry Lorayne’s works were in fact forcing books for the words I, me, and my.

As a test, I counted these words within the Foreword of Harry’s booklet, My Favorite Card Tricks. Now guess how many I have detected within that single page?

A:      9

B:     18

C:     27

D:     36

???

Answer: That’s right, there were actually thirty-six self-references (including a “we”) to be found.

Harry certainly is his very own force!


 

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A Few Great Opening Lines

Card DevilNon, non, mon ami, we’re not talking “Hello, I’m the house magician” here. We’re talking world literature – great artists with consummate skills, both in commanding their subject-matter and in chiseling their gleaming semantic profile and persona from the gorgeous marble quarry we call language. Ah!

These are some of the best opening lines from magic books which I am aware of:

Jasper Maskelyne was drinking a glass of razor blades when the war began.
(David Fisher, The War Magician)

It is late afternoon on the beach, and this would look like paradise but for the silhouette of a fat woman in baggy shorts.
(Peter Lamont, The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick)

The history of female magic is short of names, achievements, and clothes.
(Irmgard Kleine-Nothdurfft, Box Jumpers and Bra Tricks: A Feminist Study of 20th Century Conjuring)

I loathed myself again.
(Derren Brown, Confessions of a Conjurer)

I’ve been talked into it.
(Harry Lorayne, Quantum Leaps)

On my seventh birthday I ventured into serious billard ball magic, but soon I dropped it.
(The Brilliant Bernardo Braggadocio, Me, Myself & I in Magic, Vol. II)


Here’s a Quiz for the Magic Buffs

Kellar Wonder BookThis one’s not for the sissies out there. Not for the beginners and not for the googelists. It takes balls of sponge and nerves of stiff rope to get through this challenge. Are you a man or a wimp? Magician or mentalist? Playful silk waver or bold razor blade swallower?

Ready? Here we go:

Which magician…

  1. …was responsible for giving Buster Keaton that nickname, “Buster”?
  2. …sort of “discovered” the peaceful fishermen’s bay of Benidorm in Spain and “helped” turn it into a touristy hot spot?
  3. …once quipped that all of Harry Lorayne‘s books were actually forcing books for the words “I”, “me”, and “mine”?

Hint no. 1: We are talking three different magicians here, all of them famous.
Hint no. 2: Harry Kellar was none of them; his picture above (a reprint of an old program) just happened to be around.


Addendum: No, you can’t win anything here, thanks for asking. This is not a freakin’ call-in TV show, you know! Get over it and rejoice if you scored two or three strikes. If you didn’t score at all, you may want to consider reading some more magic books and old magazines instead of endlessly watching youburp tutorials and pirated one-trick DVDs.