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Topic: Richard Kaufman
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Jun 29, 2020 11:10AM)
I haven't read any Richard Kaufman yet but I did just order one book. I notice most of his books are the works of other magicians and I'm just curious how that works...
Are these magicians that have reached out to him for help in writing a book? Or does he discover a lot of new magicians or old lost works and decide to make it into a book?
I find it interesting and I'm just curious.
Message: Posted by: TomB (Jul 4, 2020 10:54AM)
He is an author of books. Some books take him years or even decades to complete. DeLand Mysteries is one of his latest. I am waiting for his next installment of the classic Greater Magic.
But he is much more then an author. He also is an editor and illustrator.
He is also a publisher.
We are very blessed to have him in the magic community.

Many magician authors are here at the Café, so they should answer questions on the process.

Kaufman also does post here on the café. I have found him responsive in emails I have sent him.

This wiki article has a list of his books/contributions.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_J._Kaufman

Which book did you order?
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Jul 4, 2020 12:04PM)
Thanks!
I'm just completely amazed by how many books he's been a part of.

Secrets of So Sato is the first one I ordered.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Jul 4, 2020 04:22PM)
Richard and I are old friends. The magic world first heard of him when he did the illustrations for my book, AFTERTHOUGHT, published in 1975.
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Jul 4, 2020 04:31PM)
Thanks Harry!
I've been in the layman world up until recently.
I just started Dingle's Deceptions and I'm very much looking forward to reading more of Kaufman and Harry Lorayne.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Jul 4, 2020 04:45PM)
Go to harryloraynemagic.com . Check the videos, and etc. No need to buy anything - just check it out. At the "videos" - my last appearance on The Tonight Show and one of me doing the Magic Square -- scroll down and see some performances from my "Best Ever" DVD volumes Enjoy.
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Jul 4, 2020 04:47PM)
Will do. Thanks Harry.
Message: Posted by: jdub (Jul 5, 2020 10:53AM)
Harry, is the magic square that you perform published anywhere? I perform the magic square, but the method I use is becoming easy to find. I would like an alternate version for those that know the method I am using.
Message: Posted by: Feral Chorus (Jul 5, 2020 12:01PM)
There is a magic square published in Harry’s The Magic Book. Sorry, but I don’t know if it is the same as the one Harry references above from the Tonight Show.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Jul 5, 2020 12:45PM)
I teach that magic square in THE MAGIC BOOK, MATHEMATICAL WIZARDRY, LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, Vol. 2 and also in
Volume 5. You gotta' start reading the good stuff, guys!!!
Message: Posted by: jdub (Jul 7, 2020 09:01PM)
Thanks! I just purchased the book. I look forward to reading the good stuff! :)
Message: Posted by: EndersGame (Jul 26, 2020 10:39AM)
[quote]On Jul 4, 2020, TomB wrote:
He is an author of books. Some books take him years or even decades to complete. DeLand Mysteries is one of his latest. I am waiting for his next installment of the classic Greater Magic.
But he is much more then an author. He also is an editor and illustrator.
He is also a publisher.
We are very blessed to have him in the magic community.[/quote]
He's also the editor of Genii magazine, and very active in their magic forums.
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Jul 27, 2020 12:26PM)
[quote]On Jul 26, 2020, EndersGame wrote:

He is an author of books. Some books take him years or even decades to complete. DeLand Mysteries is one of his latest. I am waiting for his next installment of the classic Greater Magic.
But he is much more then an author. He also is an editor and illustrator.
He is also a publisher.
We are very blessed to have him in the magic community.[/quote]
He's also the editor of Genii magazine, and very active in their magic forums. [/quote]

Thanks, yeah I knew about Genii and recently as I've worked my way through some great books, his name is mentioned over and over. I've even more recently noticed that many of the books from my "Wantlist" that focus on other famous Magician's work are also Kaufman titles and I didn't even notice it at first. What sparked my interest enough to start this thread is, He's everywhere! Looks like he's done some amazing things. I've ordered another one of his books and also took Harry's advice and started reading Apocalypse.
Message: Posted by: EvilClown (Aug 2, 2020 12:12PM)
[quote]On Jul 27, 2020, dustrod wrote:
[quote]On Jul 26, 2020, EndersGame wrote:

He is an author of books. Some books take him years or even decades to complete. DeLand Mysteries is one of his latest. I am waiting for his next installment of the classic Greater Magic.
But he is much more then an author. He also is an editor and illustrator.
He is also a publisher.
We are very blessed to have him in the magic community.[/quote]
He's also the editor of Genii magazine, and very active in their magic forums. [/quote]

Thanks, yeah I knew about Genii and recently as I've worked my way through some great books, his name is mentioned over and over. I've even more recently noticed that many of the books from my "Wantlist" that focus on other famous Magician's work are also Kaufman titles and I didn't even notice it at first. What sparked my interest enough to start this thread is, He's everywhere! Looks like he's done some amazing things. I've ordered another one of his books and also took Harry's advice and started reading Apocalypse. [/quote]

I don't know if Richard is the most prolific writer in the history of magic--he would be competing with Karl Fulves, Jean Hugard, Stephen Minch, Stewart James and Harry Lorayne, I suspect. But he is one of the most influential. His books are some of the most sought after in the used market. CardMagic, Complete Works of Derek Dingle, CoinMagic, David Roth's Expert Coin Magic, Secrets of Brother John Hamman, Williamson's Wonders, and the Uncanny Scot, Ron WIlson are the most sought after based on the database of used magic book sales I maintain. I suspect he writes up the magic of other magicians because if for no other reason, being a great magician may not make you a passable writer and/or illustrator. It is a special skill to take a performance or a utility move and communicate that clearly to a reader so they can reproduce the information without having lingering questions. His work is vital and his next book, Mr. Jennings Takes It Easy, has literally been anticipated for decades.

Not only does he write books, he publishes books written by others and he reissues old classics and magazines. He has published or reprinted books written by Jon Racherbaumer, Peter Duffie, Michael Weber, Elizabeth Warlock, John Bannon, Edwin Dawes, Ellis Stanyon, Reginald Scot, Harry Houdini, John Northern Hilliard, Eugene Burger, Jack Avis, J.K. Hartman, Rene Lavand just to name some.
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Aug 3, 2020 08:17AM)
Thanks for that detailed response EvilClown. What is this database of used magic book sales you mention?
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Aug 6, 2020 08:21AM)
[quote]On Aug 2, 2020, EvilClown wrote:


I don't know if Richard is the most prolific writer in the history of magic--he would be competing with Karl Fulves, Jean Hugard, Stephen Minch, Stewart James and Harry Lorayne, I suspect. But he is one of the most influential. His books are some of the most sought after in the used market. CardMagic, Complete Works of Derek Dingle, CoinMagic, David Roth's Expert Coin Magic, Secrets of Brother John Hamman, Williamson's Wonders, and the Uncanny Scot, Ron WIlson are the most sought after based on the database of used magic book sales I maintain. [/quote]



Evil Clown, is this database of used magic book sales you maintain just something you do privately or is this an online source you manage?
Message: Posted by: blackiyto (Aug 8, 2020 06:45PM)
I'm completely amazed too by how many books he's been a part of.
Message: Posted by: HofzinsersFan (Aug 21, 2020 10:21AM)
Just to throw in a tuppence from my perspective.
I, too have been fascinated at just how prolific a writer Richard is (and has been) with so many different magicians.
Hang on a moment ... different magicians?

[B]G-I-A-N-T-S
o-f
M-A-G-I-C. [/B]

That is better.
Let us not downplay it now, he has had the pleasure of working with some of, no [i]the very best minds to ever frequent the world of conjuring![/i] I mean, we are talking Harry Lorayne here for a start and he is mentioned cos he is in this actual thread and available to talk magic with -which maks himstand out already, before we even mention his Magical kudos and abilities there!
Getting back to Mr Kaufman...
I think the work he has done in bringing out of print books back onto the planet is nothing short of bodacious. I admire the guy greatly. Can you tell? He's pretty funny too. But don't let that go to his head ssshhhhh!

:rotf:
Message: Posted by: motown (Aug 29, 2020 11:23PM)
Richard Kaufman has written and published many fine books on magic. Unfortunately most are out of print and can only bought on the the used book market.
Message: Posted by: EvilClown (Sep 28, 2020 04:45PM)
[quote]On Aug 6, 2020, dustrod wrote:
[quote]On Aug 2, 2020, EvilClown wrote:


I don't know if Richard is the most prolific writer in the history of magic--he would be competing with Karl Fulves, Jean Hugard, Stephen Minch, Stewart James and Harry Lorayne, I suspect. But he is one of the most influential. His books are some of the most sought after in the used market. CardMagic, Complete Works of Derek Dingle, CoinMagic, David Roth's Expert Coin Magic, Secrets of Brother John Hamman, Williamson's Wonders, and the Uncanny Scot, Ron WIlson are the most sought after based on the database of used magic book sales I maintain. [/quote]



Evil Clown, is this database of used magic book sales you maintain just something you do privately or is this an online source you manage? [/quote]

Sorry, I did not see this sooner. I maintain it privately. It has close to 18,000 sales recorded in it, most from the last 18 months.
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Sep 29, 2020 01:17PM)
[quote]On Sep 28, 2020, EvilClown wrote:

Sorry, I did not see this sooner. I maintain it privately. It has close to 18,000 sales recorded in it, most from the last 18 months. [/quote]



That's awesome. I know I've bought a book or two through you on Facebook. My own personal database has about 18 books in it, haha.
Message: Posted by: EvilClown (Sep 29, 2020 02:00PM)
Keep in mind mine is sales data for magic books, not my personal collection--which is closer to 2,500 volumes.
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Sep 29, 2020 02:03PM)
Got it
Very cool, thanks EvilClown
Message: Posted by: HofzinsersFan (Dec 25, 2020 04:39AM)
I just want an invite to Richard's dinner party of dead and alive friends and people he has known of past and present. Now that would be the event of a lifetime.
Message: Posted by: Richard Kaufman (Jan 3, 2021 03:17PM)
Thanks for all your kind words.

I've been doing this for 45 years, so that's why there are lots of books.

A half dozen of my best books will get reprinted this year (2021). I've been waiting until my new website goes live.

I prefer to spend my time writing about the works of others--it's simply more interesting to me. In the course of that, I've been lucky to become extremely close friends with some of the best close-up magicians in the world. Unfortunately the majority of them are dead, which wears on you after a while.

At the moment, even though Larry Jennings has been dead for 23 years, I spend a lot of time with him listening to the 90 audio cassettes he sent to me, and watching the 18 hour of video of him that I shot. This is for the books of his work I'm writing.

While "Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy" is finished, and we are waiting for the copies on the boat from China, during the pandemic I have written 500 pages of the next Jennings book, "Mr. Jennings Takes it Tough."

And I've just turned away from Jennings for a few months to edit a new book on Jean-Pierre Vallarino which John Lovick has written for me. That should come out, with a DVD demonstrating all the tricks, next summer.

It's good to keep busy, particularly as you get older. :)

Thanks again.
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Jan 3, 2021 03:32PM)
Thank you for that response!
Message: Posted by: Wordsworth (Jan 3, 2021 04:55PM)
I'm very interested in the Vallarino book. I've always loved his beautiful presentations. If you're able to tease any more details about that one, I'd love to hear more.
Message: Posted by: DonB! (Jan 11, 2021 09:03AM)
[quote]On Jan 3, 2021, dustrod wrote:
Thank you for that response! [/quote]

Feel free to come over and browse some of Richard Kaufman's books that I have in stock.
Call anytime.

Don
Don's Magic and Books