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Topic: Early Grant's Temple Screen
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (May 18, 2019 08:47AM)
I recently picked up a very early Grant Temple Screen...the colors are absolutely vibrant. Here is a brief video demonstrating this and a few other cool props: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOQxMk8x1VQ

Chuck Caputo
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (May 18, 2019 11:25AM)
Interesting...I guess I've sold a few screens when I worked behind the counter, but, I was never impressed by the decoration. (I must admit that I was never impressed by the "method", either.) I had made, as a teenager, a screen production prop from directions in an early "TOPS" magazine, that was much more deceptive.

Gen Grant was "known" for his use of a "half coat of paint!!!
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (May 25, 2019 02:42PM)
I have used the Grant Temple Screen for over forty years, it goes over very well with lay audiences. We would like to hear about and see your invention which is much better.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (May 30, 2019 04:10PM)
If your audiences like it, DO IT!

De gustibus non est disputandum! (That's Latin. It translates: Concerning tastes, we cannot argue!)

The production screen that I mentioned was NOT my invention. TOPS magazine published a book(let) about 1945 or '46. IMO, it was more deceptive. I made it from corrugated cardboard, and used it successfully, in my shows, as a young teenager. My audiences liked it.

With experience performing, I realized that cans, pans, tubes, red velvet bags on a stick, and SCREENS, were merely PROPS. After studying TARBELL, et al, I began using digital skills with mostly generic props (rope, silks, cards, balls, balloons, etc.

My prop "box", while in the Navy was a cigar box sized shaving kit. I made enough money doing club dates to make it possible to buy a late model used car, rent a place in town, and eat in restaurants instead of the mess hall. For 3 1/2 years, I never cashed a Navy pay check. I banked that money.

A few years later, I turned to full time professional performing, I was never at liberty for 50 years.
Message: Posted by: JoeLyons (Jun 30, 2019 09:01AM)
The Temple Screen was one of my first props. When I was 14 I used it at birthday parties. Another local magician, though only a few years older than me, was very advanced and had a stage show with Metamorphosis, Shadowbox, etc. He asked me to show him something and I fooled him with the Temple Screen! He then allowed me to perform(abysmally) in his stage show once.
Just realized this predates P & T FU format by 40 years.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jul 1, 2019 03:03PM)
Well Joe, fooling someone is only part of being a magician. Entertaining them is even more important!!!

Message: Posted by: JoeLyons (Jul 1, 2019 09:16PM)
[quote]On Jul 1, 2019, Dick Oslund wrote:
Well Joe, fooling someone is only part of being a magician. Entertaining them is even more important!!! [/quote]

That is true Dick.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jul 4, 2019 07:06AM)
Hi Joe!

I didn't mean that comment as a "put down"! I was just making a general comment. I vividly remember a few of my early performances. in the 40s!

Dr. A.M Wilson, editor of the now defunct "SPHINX" magazine, had on the "masthead" of his editorial page: "Magic is an art that sometimes instructs, often amuses, but always entertains."

As a teen, I believed him! I have since learned that he was mistaken!!!

Welcome to the Café!
Message: Posted by: JoeLyons (Jul 4, 2019 06:37PM)
No offense taken, Dick, I understand and agree.
I have seen a lot of magic executed perfectly that was not entertaining.