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Are there any videos of Joe Cossari presenting his card fan act? I saw it live when joe accompanied Vernon on his farewell lecture tour, and Joe's fanning routine was outstanding. But he did not do the blacklight fanning routine that I had heard so much about. I imagine that traveling by car during the farewell tour would have made carrying the blacklights, stands, etc difficult.

I believe someone bought the rights to Joe's act a few years ago, but I don't know if anyone is currently performing it.

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I know John Fedko put out a book on the act.

L.L. Henry of Toledo, Ohio, also did card fans with blacklight.

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On 2012-10-17 07:22, hugmagic wrote:


L.L. Henry of Toledo, Ohio, also did card fans with blacklight.




So did Goodlette Dodson, who also washed his hair with Tide so it would glow white under a blacklight.
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A video of Goodlette Dodson would be very interesting if any film footage ever existed that could be transferred to DVD. I remember seeing _Exhibition Card Fans_ mentioned in Henry Hay's _Amateur Magician's Handbook_ and then ordering it from the late great Fleming Book Company. I got a letter from Dodson many years ago when another magician who saw me perform mentioned my card manipulation act to him.

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I never met him. He died before I moved to Birmingham. I did meet his wife, although she was very elderly and I was very young. My mentor is responsible for the story, but it was verified by others from the area. I have never heard of film footage of him, but I probably have a few photos of him in my collection.
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It would be great if you could find the photos of Goodlette Dodson and post them somehow to the Magic Café or on your website, Michael. I also just sent an inquiry to Birmingham Ring IBM Ring 35 asking for information--such as any magazine articles that might have been written about him, film clips, etc.

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In the 2003 hardback edition of Lewis Ganson's _Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards_ published by Davenport we read in the Foreword:
-----quote-----
Within the copy of the book, on page 31 in the section on 'The Art of Card Fanning', Lewis refers the reader to a book entitled "Exhibition Card Fans" written in 1935 by Goodlette Dodson. Our feeling was that as this work was well out of print we should include the relevant parts of this book within this work... Unfortunately, the original Goodlette Dodson photographs could not be used as they would not reproduce satisfactorily. We have therefore re-photographed all the illustrations..."
-----end quote-----

There is even a note on the title page that reads:
Incorporating excerpts from
EXHIBITION CARD FANS
by
Goodlette Dodson
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(Ironically, although Dodson's last name is spelled correctly in the credit on the title page of the Ganson book, on page 28 we read: "Dobson in his fine book 'Exhibition Card Fans' wrote the fist complete book on the subject and illustrated it with clear photographs...")

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Not sure who might field your query to Ring 35, but if you hit a brick wall, PM or email me and I'll put you in direct contact with some of the old guard, most of whom knew him.

If I run across photos, I'll be sure to post them.

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