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Topic: J. B. Bobo
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Mar 27, 2005 11:06PM)
I knew J.B. Bobo fairly well. He was a real gentleman, and a fine magician. He really knew how to sell his book.

Granted, much of the material in [i]Modern Coin Magic[/i] is dated, but in the proper hands it can still fool the pants off of people. But at the time it came out, there was nothing else like it in the history of magic.

His hands were very large, and they had a hollow space in the palm that would accomodate a large hen's egg.

Once, David Bendix told me that someone had said that Bobo could palm a watermelon. When David was first introduced to him, he stared at Bobo's hands. J.B. asked him what he was staring at. David said, "Someone told me your hands were large enough that you could palm a watermelon. They weren't far off!"

His ethics were beyond reproach.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Mar 28, 2005 02:25PM)
My first contact with Bobo was in the second grade when he did a magic show at my elementary school. When I later lived in a town fairly near Texarkana, I managed to meet him again as an adult and a magician. I'd agree, he could palm a watermelon. Very instructive and very encouraging, plus a fine entertainer.
Message: Posted by: theAmazinbryan (Mar 28, 2005 04:30PM)
LOL,I just picked up his book The New Modern Coin Magic at a used book store for $12.It seem detailed an extensive so I said why not? This will be my 1st coin slieghts book .How did I do ?
Bill you Speak of him in the past tense .How long has he been gone?
Message: Posted by: Pablo Leal (Mar 28, 2005 09:17PM)
I've actually wanted to know more about him since I read New Modern Coin Magic. It's amazing how much increadible thoughts are in that book. Is there a site in the net where I can learn more about him? I haven't found not even a picture of him in person...

Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Mar 28, 2005 10:01PM)
Guys need to read the "Bobo Magic Show" to understand how he worked. There are some great.simple but strong routines, in it. Modern Coin Magic was a great leader in coin magic that he complied while he was on the road working.
Message: Posted by: The Magician (Apr 3, 2005 05:58AM)
J B Bobos Modern Coin Magic is one of the best books that I own on magic. I would have loved to have seen Mr Bobo perform
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Apr 3, 2005 08:22AM)
Get the Stevens Magic video or dvd of Bobo. It has a lot of his school show stuff on it.
Message: Posted by: David Charvet (Apr 6, 2005 01:34AM)
I performed at the 1990 IBM convention in St. Louis and Bobo was on one of the afternoon shows at the Kiel Opera House. It was the show of "Magic Classics" hosted by Roger Crabtree. Harry Blackstone Jr. was also on the show and did the Lightbulb. Bobo did Jimmy Stoppard's Coin routine (it's in Modern Coin Magic.) It was a hot, muggy, July day and after the show, I was driving back to the hotel in my air-conditioned rental car and saw Bobo lugging his suitcase of magic down the street toward the hotel. I pulled over and offered him a ride. He thanked me profusely, but I told him it was an honor to give him a ride. (I still wonder why the IBM had not arranged transportation for him!) He was well in his 80's at the time, it seemed, and he died a couple of years later.
A REAL gentleman of the old school! And I'm still proud to say, "I was Bobo's chauffeur."
Message: Posted by: Dave Le Fevre (May 3, 2005 07:36AM)
On 2005-04-03 06:58, The Magician wrote:
I would have loved to have seen Mr Bobo perform[/quote]

There's almost 8 minutes of him on the video [i]Coin Classics, Volume 1[/i].

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 5, 2005 12:14AM)
I met Bobo nearly three decades ago at the Cavalcade of Magic in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Bill Pitts, International President of IBM (1979?) had him in tow. He was indeed quite a gentleman, tall, alert, and friendly. Later I got to know him better and found that he was almost shy. I never saw him rushed for time, too busy to shake a hand, or have a critical word about anyone. He monopolized listening.

And Bill was right. I bet he could palm a watermelon!

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Bill Wells (May 18, 2005 11:32AM)
When I was in grade school in a small community near the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia, we had a magician at our assembly program. It was the first magician I ever saw. I was absolutely entralled by the proformance given by he and his wife. Little did I realize that I had been introduced to a discipline I would pursue the rest of my life. I was lucky enough to get selected when he asked for volunteers to help him carry props to his trailer after his show. I asked him how one can learn about magic. He suggested looking in Popular Mechanics for the ad from a place called Douglas Magicland and told me they would send me a catalog for the grand sum of ten cents! He recommended books on magic as a good way to start and opened the trunk to his car which was filled with copies of a book which he said he had just written, but that it was too advanced for someone just beginning. I can still see that trunk full of Bobo's Modern Coin Magic just as clearly as I did on that day in 1952.
Message: Posted by: saranacbo (Jun 11, 2005 12:20PM)
If anyone thinks Modern Coin magic is outdated. . .

In the late 80's I was in Albany, Oregon and called Jerry Andrus (who I did not know at all) just to say hello. He invited me over, took me in hand, spent a bunch of time showing me magic, chatting and so on. A great guy. But here's the tie-in with Bobo: I was terribly self-conscious doing any magic in front of Jerry, but I did one trick. It was a coin trick I learned from the Bobo book. It actually fooled Jerry Andrus. Not for long--just a second or two, but he did have an immediate reaction of "Huh?," which to me is as good as it gets.

I'm glad to hear Bobo was a fine a gentleman as he was a magician.

The man who taught me magic gave me his copy of Bobo. It's a first edition and I confess I've used it so much, I didn't treat it like an artifact. I much prefer that, though.
Message: Posted by: shaneclark (May 7, 2006 11:02PM)
Rite before Bobo past away I was going over and checking in on him daily he was a great guy and gave me a lot of his magic and books including his copies of his books that were sent to him straight from the publishers and one set of his handmade tables ,i gave the the set of tables to Ben Stone who is in his (the Bobo magic show book) who had the rest of the tables,i do have his very last school show on vhs that was taped at a Texarkana.Ark.middle school, to add He was a great magician a great inspiration I will never forget what he has done for me he not only wanted his magic to live on but he wanted other magicians to spread the trade , he told me MAGIC IS FOR THE WORLD TO ENJOY
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (May 9, 2006 12:59PM)
Please take the time to acrchive that tape properly. The video will break down. It would be a shame to lose it.