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Topic: Magic Video from the 1960's
Message: Posted by: NFox (Dec 8, 2005 08:10PM)
I didn't know where to post this, so if someone knows a better place, feel free to move it. I came across this video today and thought I would share it here. It is interesting to see how different the styles of "then" and "now" are. Then: classy; Now: rough-hewn. (I'm thinking along the lines of what is presented on TV like Mark Wilson vs. Blaine and/or Angel). Anyway, here's the link...enjoy.


Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: The Drake (Dec 8, 2005 09:04PM)
Thank Nick,

This guy was really good. Does anyone know who he is?


Message: Posted by: Mitch Schneiter (Dec 8, 2005 09:17PM)
That was quite awhile ago but I think it is Richard Ross.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Dec 8, 2005 09:43PM)
I think it is Ger Copper.

Message: Posted by: Mitch Schneiter (Dec 8, 2005 09:49PM)
Just did a google search. Here's where you can find some information about him:

Message: Posted by: The Drake (Dec 8, 2005 10:34PM)
Message: Posted by: NFox (Dec 8, 2005 10:48PM)
Gotta love that internet! Thanks for the info, Mitch.

Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: graywolf (Dec 9, 2005 09:12AM)
It is Richard Ross...Cordially,Howard
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Dec 9, 2005 03:10PM)
That is the one and only Richard Ross. His wife and a manufacturer of premiere (shhhhhhhhhh!) equipment are in a current run of 10 limited edition sets of the pocket watches for about $9K USD. The set has some variations as there is only one set such as that used by Ross.

Richard Ross passed away in 2001 but leaves us with a legacy that will live on forever. His style and technique will not be forgotten as it is often emulated by those in pursuit of a similar polished act. Read a little more on Richard Ross and his legacy here at the magic web channel site:


A few Café members remember him here as well:


A performer with great style and talent he will always be one of my grand favorites.
Message: Posted by: dlcmagic (Dec 10, 2005 12:30AM)
Great video. Thank you
Message: Posted by: bojanbarisic (Dec 10, 2005 03:24PM)
It is Richard Ross but it is not from 60´s. This video is from 1973 or 1976. It was a part of Bill Bixbi`s
Wonderful World of Magic.
Message: Posted by: ufo (Dec 10, 2005 09:53PM)
Nice. Thanks for the link.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 11, 2005 08:24AM)
An advantage of becoming an "old guy" is that we get introduced by "and now for some classical magic...". We touch the remote on our sound system and start our act.

I can remember real orchestra pits! With real musicians! If the budget allows, I still have a live drummer. Working is so different when you can find and see the source of the music.

It really was [b]live entertainment.[/b]

If you have never worked with a live orchestra, you've missed something. There is nothing like it. I suppose by the mid 80s it was essentially gone. In the 60s and 70s it was a given in a good show.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Parcifal (Dec 11, 2005 08:35AM)
On 2005-12-10 16:24, bojanbarisic wrote:
It is Richard Ross but it is not from 60´s. This video is from 1973 or 1976. It was a part of Bill Bixbi`s
Wonderful World of Magic.
[/quote]This capture is from 1973, captured in Paris, where Richard Ross did win his first Grand Prix at the FISM!
Message: Posted by: snowboard (Dec 29, 2005 05:41AM)
Thanks very much for the link. Classic is fantabulous.
Message: Posted by: Vogler (Dec 6, 2006 12:28PM)
Thank for the clip Nfox, I saw when I was nine Richard Ross performing card and ball manipulations (without shells) and I was amazed!!! So cool and so great technique.Does anyone saw this act? he also produce yo-yos in the same act.Really great master and he was'nt well known comparing to how great he was..
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 6, 2006 02:10PM)
The watch sets are made NOW by Auke van Dokken with permission of Richard's widow, Veronique.
Message: Posted by: Daveandrews (Dec 6, 2006 07:32PM)
Juliano, I think, with all due respect, he was very well known. I am sure he won FISM on two ocasions.

Best wishes,

Message: Posted by: Vogler (Dec 6, 2006 08:04PM)
Ok Dave, maybe he is in magic fraternity , but make a search on the net and you 'll only find something like 3-4 links except the shops. I said comparing to his great level.Im sad to say that magicians like Crhris Angel and David Blaine with all this fame about their names, they are poor comparing to him.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 7, 2006 09:42PM)
Did you note how even the music was evocative of clocks?
The subtle changes in tempo and tune that supported the magic?

Ross was about details, tiny details,
but that made his magic very Magical!

He was s-l-o-w and smooth,
and oh-so-charming,
and had astounding if so subtle mis-directions skills,
It is a whole lesson in club/parlor magic to see him in his prime.

It's not about the props, even if they can be had today,
it's about the majesty and skill this talented magician brought out of his props.

Message: Posted by: Vogler (Dec 8, 2006 11:08AM)
I agree walt. I love his slow motions..and he smiles so tenderly.He didn't want to say "look at me, Im great!" Just charming smile.I think you can not learn this.Or you have it or not.
Does anyone knows if there any dvd in the shops out there with his acts or teaching? I know about a tape only teaching the linking rings.
Message: Posted by: NickJegor (Dec 14, 2006 11:25AM)
THANKS A LOT, I was looking for this video for 3 months.

Best Regards.
Message: Posted by: Ar_B (Dec 16, 2006 05:40AM)
Thank you
I would like to see more about richard ross