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I've always been interested in collecting video of big name actors who perform magic. I just picked up a Dick Van Dyke Show DVD from the local video store with an episode called "A Nice Friendly Game of Cards." Early in the episode, Dick did a multiplying billiard ball routine for Richie from a magic set. Later, Dick, Laura, Jerry, Millie, and some new neighbors were playing poker and Dick was the big winner. The plot thickens when it turns out that the group has been playing with Richie's marked deck from the magic kit. Of course, everything gets straightened out by the end of the show.

Other TV shows which featured magic prominently include "Doyle Against the House," a Dick Powell Theater episode when Milton Berle performs some nice card flourishes, and "The Great Anatole" (also from the Dick Powell Theater) in which Curt Jurgens does some nice magic and a terrific "Film to Life" illusion with Dana Wynter as his assistant. And of course there's the Channing Pollock episode of "Daniel Boone" that featured much of the master's card and dove act.

I remember also a Superman episode where Superman levitates Lois Lane. As I recall, the lighting of the levitation part was very poor and the shadow of the levitated Lois revealed the "modus operandus."

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Aside from the obvious TV shows like "Blacke's Magic" and "The Magician", I have seen magic performed on "Leave it to Beaver", "The Munsters", "Matlock", and probably more that I'm just not remembering at the moment.
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Ther're as well Tony Curtis and Steve Martin.

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There was a Beverly Hillbillies that featured a magician as well.

Also a Gilligan's Island when a magician's trunk washes up on the island.

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The best of all... Bagdad Café... great premise and great magic.
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How good was the dick van dyke ball routine?
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This is fun- any links, fellows?
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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964) "The Magic Shop."
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Well Sonny, it's way past my bed time. I was searching for any clips of Jackie Gleason or Johnny Carson performing magic but no luck. However, these two Dick Cavett shows featuring Slydini might be of interest. Great thread!

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It is almost painful to see Slydini perform some of the tricks when you have studied and worked on them yourself. One thing is the silks. Can anybody tell me how he gets the silks apart with no effort at all?
Can anybody point me to where I can get that information. I believe that all the tutors on the existing DVD:s on the Silks would want that information too.
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Dick starts with a very nice handkerchief vanish that leaves both hands completely clean. Then he picks up a ball and:
1) Does a trap vanish
2) Reproduces it from his elbow
3) Vanishes it with a standard pass and then does a change-over to show both hands empty
4) "Places" it in his mouth whence it vanishes
5) "Reproduces" it from his waist band.
6) Shows the reproduced ball and asks Richie "How many balls?" "One."
7) Multiplies then one to two balls and clicks them together.
8) Multiplies the two to three.
9) "Takes" one of the three and throws it away. Reproduces it from his pants pocket and places it back in his hand.
10) Tells Richie "Now here's the hard part because these balls are slippery" and multiplies to four balls.
The balls look to be a decent size, maybe 1 1/2 inch.
Richie asks, "Will you teach me how to do that trick, Daddy?"
Answers: "Well, not until you're old enough, Rich."
I also remember one of Dick's appearances on the Sullivan show where he did a very nice pantomime act of a man trying to walk in an extremely strong wind.

Now if only I can find the Danny Thomas "Make Room for Daddy" episode where he goes to a formal banquet in what he thinks is his tux, but is actually a magician's tux that he picked up at the dry cleaner's by mistake. In the middle of a speech he gives at the banquet, he notices a piece of rope hanging out of his sleeve...

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On 2010-01-19 05:25, Stellan wrote:
It is almost painful to see Slydini perform some of the tricks when you have studied and worked on them yourself. One thing is the silks. Can anybody tell me how he gets the silks apart with no effort at all?
Can anybody point me to where I can get that information. I believe that all the tutors on the existing DVD:s on the Silks would want that information too.

Closest you are going to get to that is the DVD Slydini: Slydini Lecteure Performed by Jim Cellini Session Zurich 2005. Jim a long time student of Slydini covers the silk routine on this DVD. The producer of the DVD is ZauberLaden Zurich
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On 2010-01-18 17:59, Pete Biro wrote:
THE BEST OF ALL..... BAGDAD Café..... great premise and great magic.

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Nearly all the magic I recall from those old TV sitcom shows was disapointing as it was usually an actor with no magic performance knowlege/ability/talent obviously yanking a feather flower bouquet from their sleeve followed by the vanish of an assistant from a vanishing booth.Pure carp.
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I would agree that nearly all the magic on TV sitcom shows is disappointing. Sturgeon's Law (Ninety percent of everything is crud) dictates that we should expect to be disappointed and unimpressed by 90% of actors endeavoring to represent themselves as magicians. That's why it's rewarding and impressive when someone like Milton Berle or Curt Jurgens or Dick Van Dyke does a creditable job with a magic effect. I think these actors have a degree of respect for the Art in Magic. When Milton Berle was in the Dick Powell Theater episode "Doyle Against the House" he could have gotten by without demonstrating any manipulative skill with a deck of cards. But he and the producers saw the opportunity to add some credibility to the performance by including a brief sequence when Berle was shown full-shot doing some card flourishes, including the boomerang card effect. Milton is even mentioned in _Scarne on Card Tricks_ as being one of the Hollywood stars who genuinely liked and performed magic.

And then, thank God, there are the few TV/movie producers who go that extra mile and bring real magicians into a show, like the "Daniel Boone" episode that featured Channing Pollock doing much of his classic act, and the Al Pacino movie "Bobby Deerfield" when Norm Nielsen had a speaking part and also did part of his classic act.

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Orson Welles performed the Broom Suspension illusion with Lucille Ball in an "I Love Lucy" episode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUNc3ASCoeM
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Dean Martin did some excellent card manipulations on one of his shows.
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You could always tell the true conjurers from the fakes based on what effect they performed on those old shows. If they performed a stage illusion or produced anything from their sleeve (i.e. a bouquet) then they are most likely NOT practicers of the art and are more than likely just someone who learned the secret of the self working illusion or effect for the particular episode, as in Orson Welles broom suspension on Lucy.

Dick Van Dyke and Milton Berle, on the other hand, performed magic that required skill and hours of practice and not something that could be learned in less than a day. They are the true practicers of the art and I love seeing them perform magic on those old shows.
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Welles did some corny stunts in his day. Fun entertainment nonetheless.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG6a8HPYbfI

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Was Dick Van Dyke a juggler too?

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