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KidMagic87
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I had no idea where to post this, but because I think it involves Sol Stone, I figured this was the best place.

A few years ago I saw Simon Lovell lecture at Magic on Manhattan in NYC. Unfortunately, they stopped this great convention, but that's not my point. At the end of his lecture, Simon told a story of a magician in World War II who was traveling home on a train. On the train was a young boy whose parents had been murdered in front of him during the Holocaust, and had neither spoken nor smiled for years. The magician performed a simple French drop and production of a pebble, which cause the boy to smile and say thank you. I think the magician was Sol Stone, but I'm not entirely sure. The reason I ask is because I'm writing a paper for high school on my love of magic, and in particular why I perform magic. So, in closing, I'd just like clarification on who this particular magician was.

Thanks a lot for your help,

Dave
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PM?

That needs posting as it sounds fascinating Smile
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Wasn't he the one that helped camo entire fleets and create fake battalions in a ruse to stage a false movement of troops? I believe that this deception set the stage for a successful d-day. I'm not exactly sure about his name, but it could be S. Stone. There was a documentary episode on the HISTORY channel about this and it's in several history books as well. Search the HISTORY CHANNEL website for a copy of the magician that helped win WWII.
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Sol Stone tells this story on his "Quick and Casual Close Up" DVD. It was him.
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Thanks, Sol for lives saved and victories won.
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Read "The War Magician". It is in paperback. I got one in about 1983.

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I think you'll find the War Magician you talk about is Neville Maskelyn who made cities move. I was trying to get hold of the book some time ago and it was out of print. There was also talk of a film being made with Tom Cruise set to play the "War Magician" but I haven't heard anything on this for some time
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On 2005-04-25 07:44, Chris "linkster" Watson wrote:
I think you'll find the War Magician you talk about is Neville Maskelyn who made cities move. I was trying to get hold of the book some time ago and it was out of print. There was also talk of a film being made with Tom Cruise set to play the "War Magician" but I haven't heard anything on this for some time


Chris,

Too bad it's out of print. It is a good read. I wish I had one to send you.

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The magician in question was Jasper Maskelyne.

There was also a documentary of him shown on either History's Mysteries or Biographies.

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Thanks Michael!

When it comes to history, I made it to Davy Crockett and quit.

This was a very good book and it was given to me by an economics professor!

I wish I still had it.

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There's an interesting site devoted to Jaspers escapades here http://www.maskelynemagic.com/
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I wish someone would do the same with the Berglas book.
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Neville Maskelyne was Jasper's grandfather and a professional magician. As I understand it, Jasper was a third generation magician. "THe War Magician" is an undocumented version of the Maskelyne story with, according to the Maskelyne family, a large number of fictional embellishments. Still, the accomplishments of Jasper Maskelyne and his unique camouflage unit during World War II saved thousands of lives and greatly enhanced the allied war effort. Bravo! The book has been issued, by the way.
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FYI, another little known war here was Emile Clifton (Clifton Ring move and his MacDonald's Ace routine). Emile never talked about it, but on his death a mutual friend gave me an envelope that Emile wanted me to have then.

He was one of the Tuskeegee Airmen and winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was shot down behind enemy lines (Germany) and escaped.

A terrific magician and one of the best friends I ever had... a great influence on my performing, Emile coached me to my win of the Grand Prix trophy at the PCAM convention.
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