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Topic: Pop Eyed Popper Deck History- Inventor?
Message: Posted by: Jonny In Nashville (May 9, 2020 10:50AM)
Greetings All,
I have done a fair amount of research on this forum looking for a specific reference (book or video) for the pop-eyed popper deck. I'm looking to find a specific book or video that has several routines for this deck. I saw one reference to a Reel Magic video volume 5, but don't see the specific magician or effect mentioned. I was hoping with the vast knowledge on this forum, someone might know the original inventor and or possibly a book authored by the inventor. Thank you in advance for any information you might be able to provide. -Jon

P.S. I have seen some references to Ralph W. Hull being the inventor, but I don't see any in-print books of his magic routines. I have found books talking about his history in magic and contributions he has made, but no real specifics.
Message: Posted by: Magical Moments (May 10, 2020 11:23AM)
I was going through some boxes of old magic I stored away a while back and found something called RIZZIOS DAGGER by Tom Hawbecker.

It comes with two Fox Lake Pop Eyed Popper decks, one red back and one blue back and the instructions.

This appears to be a rare release as I have never seen this anywhere except this one I acquired a long time ago.

If anyone is interested in buying it from me, please PM me. I am ready to let it go.
Message: Posted by: B.W. McCarron (Jun 13, 2020 02:25PM)
The earliest reference I've seen to R. W. Hull's "Pop-Eyed Popper" deck is his advertisement in the Jan. 1935 Linking Ring.

The mechanics of the deck are fully described in "Roy Benson by Starlight" (pp. 249-250) by Levent and Todd Karr (Miracle Factory, 2006).

Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: mantel (Jul 27, 2020 12:36PM)
[quote]On May 9, 2020, Jonny In Nashville wrote:
Greetings All,
I have done a fair amount of research on this forum looking for a specific reference (book or video) for the pop-eyed popper deck. I'm looking to find a specific book or video that has several routines for this deck. I saw one reference to a Reel Magic video volume 5, but don't see the specific magician or effect mentioned.[/quote]

[quote]On Jun 11, 2009, Thales wrote:
Reel Magic Volume 5 has a great trick that uses the popeyed popper deck. It is Lonnie Chevrie's "A Stab in the Dark" (from the DVD set that includes Wanted!: The Outlaw Magic of Lonnie Chevrie published by KozmoMagic). [/quote]
Message: Posted by: magojose| (Sep 9, 2020 06:42AM)
[quote]On Jun 13, 2020, B.W. McCarron wrote:
The earliest reference I've seen to R. W. Hull's "Pop-Eyed Popper" deck is his advertisement in the Jan. 1935 Linking Ring.

The mechanics of the deck are fully described in "Roy Benson by Starlight" (pp. 249-250) by Levent and Todd Karr (Miracle Factory, 2006).

Hope this helps. [/quote]


According to Reinhard Müller´s work on the magic of R.W. Hull for 2009 Jornadas del Escorial, he developed "Pop-Eyed Popper" back in 1935 (and also the Rough and Smooth principle that was known as Slick Ace (this I have to double check to be sure, but if no, I´ll let you know)