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ScottRSullivan
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On 2007-04-28 18:47, Bill Palmer wrote:
John Cornelius and Steve Duscheck are two of the most innovative guys I know.


Bill, thanks for mentioning Steve's name. He's such an underrated name in magic today. I had the fortune of meeting Steve years ago through Tony Baronio and must say that his creativity knows no boundaries.

When we interviewed him for The Magic Lantern, it was just amazing to hear how he came up with many of his effects.

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If you are ever in San Antonio, be sure you DON'T go for a stroll through a hardware store or an electronic surplus shop with John Cornelius. It can be a real ego basher. He can go into a shop to buy some batteries and invent a handful of tricks before he reaches the cash register!

I know Steve is like that, too.
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Steve dusheck is the mad genius of magic.
Most of his material got ripped off ......He to me is the most creative magician there is bar none.
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Hi to all,

I'd like to add Len Belcher to the list of magical luminaries.
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Hi Lester,

Would you tell us some about Len Belcher?

Thanks,

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Besides finding a photograph, the only information on Len Belcher that I have listed in my Brief Biographies of Magic Inventors is this:

Belcher,Len
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Invented: 20th Century Sympathy, The Mixture, Do-It-Yourself Box, The Temple of Justice, Tombola
Wrote: Best of Belcher (1980), Mixed-Up Menu

Any additional information I can add would be most appreciated.
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Bill,

Speaking of your avatar (which nobody has for a few posts), you must have the world's largest set of cups and balls or the smallest head. Which is it? Smile

Andy

P.S. Did someone mention Slydini?
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I went though this thread fast and don't think I saw Walter Gibson or Milbourne Christopher.


Later,Don
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Don't forget Andre Kole, he won Inventor of the Decade Award for cryin out loud!
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On 2007-09-09 23:23, DonDriver wrote:
I went though this thread fast and don't think I saw Walter Gibson or Milbourne Christopher.


Later,Don


Neither of them has actually invented much, but both of them wrote up a lot of material.

Walter Gibson was, without a doubt, the best writer magic has seen when it comes to describing how to do a trick. His clarity is amazing. I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting him at a convention in 1977. I got to tell him how much I admired his work. He was a very modest man.

Milbourne Christopher did invent a couple of interesting things, but nothing like the massive volume of work that Cornelius, Kennedy and Dusheck have invented.

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Andre Kole, AKA Bob Gurtler, is extremely prolific. For a span of about three years, he invented a new trick every day. By his own admission, they were not all "golden," but from those came several classics -- the Helicopter Cups, Atomic Pile, and a number of illusions.
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On 2007-03-09 17:27, Bill Palmer wrote:
Louis Histed -- inventor of the Square Circle, as well as a lot of interesting magic with liquids.

Bob Gurtler (Andre Kole) invented a trick every day for several years. Many of them were never published or marketed, but his best were.



I whole-heartedly agree. IMO, he is all-too-often overlooked in these types of discussions.
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My vote goes to Lubor Fielder, for his creativity and his use of different new "materials" ...
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On 2007-07-11 08:42, Spellbinder wrote:
Besides finding a photograph, the only information on Len Belcher that I have listed in my Brief Biographies of Magic Inventors is this:

Belcher,Len
(?-?)
Invented: 20th Century Sympathy, The Mixture, Do-It-Yourself Box, The Temple of Justice, Tombola
Wrote: Best of Belcher (1980), Mixed-Up Menu

Any additional information I can add would be most appreciated.


In Whaley's WHO'WHO IN MAGIC is to read:
"Belcher, Len
(Britain: fl.1940s-90s) Schoolteacher (retired). Mentalist & childrens magician. Wrote Len Belcher on Two-Person Mentalism (1974, 47pp) & Best of Belcher. Tricks in Abra."
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On 2008-02-13 06:52, MueCard wrote:
In Whaley's WHO'WHO IN MAGIC is to read:
"Belcher, Len
(Britain: fl.1940s-90s) Schoolteacher (retired). Mentalist & childrens magician. Wrote Len Belcher on Two-Person Mentalism (1974, 47pp) & Best of Belcher. Tricks in Abra."


Thanks! Every little bit helps!
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On 2008-02-10 18:23, simcoscor wrote:
My vote goes to Lubor Fielder, for his creativity and his use of different new "materials" ...


Lubor is very inventive. I have material of his that was published in German that I translated for Howie Schwarzman, which will never be published. Some of it is really simple, but quite clever.


One thing to remember -- you can invent a trick every day of the week, but if you are not creating great material, you aren't a great inventor.
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Some terrific names on this list. I couldn't argue with almost any of them. For inventing a wide range of tricks of all sorts, I'd immediately think of U.F. Grant, Hen Fetsch, and my pal Steve Dusheck. Only the latter is still among us and I hope more become aware of his creations.

In my own primary area of card tricks, Alex Elmsley, Max Maven, Roy Walton, and two other pals: Jerry (JK) Hartman, and Peter Duffie. Happily, all except Alex Elmsley are still with us and still busy creating magic.
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That dude down in South America, Kouzach (sp?)has some great stuff.
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I would like to add Thomas Phole to this list. He seems to be overlooked, he makes beautiful effects.
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