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This is a real question, not rhetorical or sarcastic. Perhaps ignorant.

Was there anything in magic Vernon couldn't do (besides make a living from it!) or any category of magic he didn't contribute to?

My guess would be large scale illusions, but even then I'm not sure.

Anybody care to give their thoughts?

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I can't answer your question but my opinion is that nobody ever lived who could do everything with their art. It really isn't a matter of not being able to do something, it is more of a matter of doing those things that you enjoy and will use and not spending the time to learn or practice to perfection something that you will never use or enjoy.
Jimi Hendrix probably couldn't play Flamenco guitar but only because he did not have enough interest to learn it or practice it because it just was not his style.
I am sure there was plenty of sleights and effects that Mr. Vernon could not do only because he did what pleased him and suited his personality but you can bet that if he wanted to learn any sleight or effect, he could do it and do it well.
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On 2004-12-27 10:21, landmark wrote:

Was there anything in magic Vernon couldn't do (besides make a living from it!) or any category of magic he didn't contribute to?



Taking into consideration that Vernon only had an "ordinary job" for about 2 weeks in the late thirties, (Where he nearly lost both arms...)I'd be temted to say he really made his living by magic alone!

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Kind of ironic that the world's greatest sleight of hand artist nearly lost both hands when he quit performing for a while.

I think he could do any magic that he wanted to. And his talents were not limited to magic, either. He played sports in school, and he cut silhouettes as an extra job aside from his magic. Silhouette-cutting looks very difficult to do well . . .

But he wasn't only a close-up magician, either. That was just what he liked best. He also did a couple of stage show tours here and there. In one he wore a Chinese mask, I think . . . and did his awesome Linking Rings routine.
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Vernon would make a good part of his living cutting silhouettes in Atlantic City during the Spring and Summer. In the Wintertime when the boardwalks were closed, he would perform magic at private parties and on cruises.
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