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I thoroughly enjoyed watching this 45 minute documentary on the professor Dai Vernon's life.

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Thanks so much for the link. What a great documentary!
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Excellent. Thank you.
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Thanks for the link,great stuff!
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Just got done watching this. I too enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!
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I finally watched this yesterday evening. I didn't want it to end! Smile
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Had to watch it in two sittings but thoughly enjoyed it. Thank you for posting.
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Thanks for posting.
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Has this ever been released on DVD? I had the VHS version at one time.
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You are all very welcome I am happy to post!

I'm not sure If I am the only one that felt this way. I have a ton of respect for what Dai had accomplished. Although, what disturbed me was it was all at the sacrifice of his family, and their unified happiness. That was indeed for me, a shame.

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On 2012-07-12 22:39, Tom G wrote:
Has this ever been released on DVD? I had the VHS version at one time.


I have never seen it on DVD? Yet!
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Jason, I'm so relieved somebody posted on this subject. It is very common for biographies to minimize child abuse. Sometimes it is like the subject didn't have a childhood. Or at best a few pages are devoted to early experiences, the author not seeming to have an inkling of what they are actually describing, then focusing entirely on adult experiences without ever putting 2 and 2 together.

To be frank, sacrifice is a very appropriate word, but I don't think quite in the way you mean it. We can work our way back and, I believe, know that Dai must have also suffered terribly as a child. If not, he could not have been capable of treating his family in the way he did. Nor would he have married a woman who perpetrated the kind of violence described by his son.

There are many ways these patterns of abuse are dealt with. The primary way being taking it out on one's children.

Another manner the child sometimes survives by is via incredible creativity. This I believe is what we see in Dai's obsessions and talents.

If I recall correctly, it was Buster Keaton who as a child was part of a family act. His role was to be humiliated, treated like an object and physically manhandled in a way no child should ever have to endure. The question that should occur is if his parents were willing to sacrifice (that is what I mean by the word) him to such a degree in public, what went on offstage? Instead people laughed.

And Buster transformed his obvious pain into amazing creativity. If not recognized, the patterns of abuse continue, passed down generation to generation.

I know this isn't the kind of topic typically discussed here. But I strongly believe that when abuse rears its ugly head, we have to call it what it is. This world will never change otherwise.
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That was an awesome video. Thank-you for posting it
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On 2012-07-17 21:33, Bill Cushman wrote:
Jason, I'm so relieved somebody posted on this subject. It is very common for biographies to minimize child abuse. Sometimes it is like the subject didn't have a childhood. Or at best a few pages are devoted to early experiences, the author not seeming to have an inkling of what they are actually describing, then focusing entirely on adult experiences without ever putting 2 and 2 together.

To be frank, sacrifice is a very appropriate word, but I don't think quite in the way you mean it. We can work our way back and, I believe, know that Dai must have also suffered terribly as a child. If not, he could not have been capable of treating his family in the way he did. Nor would he have married a woman who perpetrated the kind of violence described by his son.

There are many ways these patterns of abuse are dealt with. The primary way being taking it out on one's children.

Another manner the child sometimes survives by is via incredible creativity. This I believe is what we see in Dai's obsessions and talents.

If I recall correctly, it was Buster Keaton who as a child was part of a family act. His role was to be humiliated, treated like an object and physically manhandled in a way no child should ever have to endure. The question that should occur is if his parents were willing to sacrifice (that is what I mean by the word) him to such a degree in public, what went on offstage? Instead people laughed.

And Buster transformed his obvious pain into amazing creativity. If not recognized, the patterns of abuse continue, passed down generation to generation.

I know this isn't the kind of topic typically discussed here. But I strongly believe that when abuse rears its ugly head, we have to call it what it is. This world will never change otherwise.



I agree with your perspective, and again while I respect the talent, and his contribution to the art. The man Dai Vernon after watching this was tarnished in my mind. I suppose their are those that are more obsession driven, and those that are more self-aware and compassionate to how their actions effect all around. Dai certainly seemed to fall into the obsession side without concern for anyone, but himself.

And sadly, this kind of behavior seems to reward many people, even to this day. - Charlie Sheen comes to mind.
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I really enjoyed this Documentary. Thank you so much for posting it!
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This was awesome!!
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Very nice. Thanks for sharing!
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