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Dai Vernon: A Magic Hero of Jono Blythe

Dai Vernon, also known as "The Professor," was one of the most influential magicians of the 20th century. He was a master of sleight of hand and his expertise in card magic and the cups and balls is still revered by magicians around the world. In this blog, we will explore the life and career of Dai Vernon and why he remains a hero to many in the magic community.


Early Life and Career


Dai Vernon was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1894. He grew up in a family of magicians and began performing at a young age. He was largely self-taught, but he was inspired by the work of other magicians, such as Max Malini, who he saw perform when he was a teenager.


In 1915, Vernon moved to New York City, where he became a fixture in the magic community. He was known for his skill with cards and the cups and balls, and he developed a reputation as a master of sleight of hand. He was also a prolific writer and contributed to a number of magic publications, including the Sphinx and the Genii.


In 1922, Vernon made a name for himself by performing a card trick for Harry Houdini that has become known as "The Trick That Fooled Houdini." The trick involved making a chosen and signed card rise to the top of the deck multiple times, and Houdini was unable to figure out how Vernon did it. This trick became a signature of Vernon's, and he continued to perform it throughout his career.


Influence on Magic


Dai Vernon's impact on magic cannot be overstated. He was one of the foremost experts in sleight of hand, and his work has influenced generations of magicians. He was known for his attention to detail and his ability to make even the most complex tricks seem effortless.


One of Vernon's most significant contributions to the field of magic was his development of the "Vernon Touch." This referred to his approach to magic, which emphasised naturalness and smoothness in the execution of sleight of hand. The Vernon Touch was a departure from the more flashy and showy style of magic that was popular at the time, and it has had a lasting impact on the field of magic.


Vernon was also known for his contributions to the cups and balls, which is one of the oldest and most iconic tricks in magic. He developed a routine for the cups and balls that is still performed by many magicians today, and he was known for his ability to make the balls seemingly appear and disappear at will.


Legacy


Dai Vernon passed away in 1992, but his legacy in the world of magic lives on. He has been called "the most influential magician of the 20th century," and his work continues to inspire and influence magicians around the world. He was a master of sleight of hand and his approach to magic, the Vernon Touch, has had a lasting impact on the field.


Many magicians, including myself, still perform the Trick That Fooled Houdini, and it remains a testament to Vernon's skill and ingenuity. His contributions to the cups and balls and other classic tricks continue to be studied and emulated by magicians of all levels.


In conclusion, Dai Vernon was a magician's magician. His skill with cards and the cups and balls was legendary, and his contributions to the field of magic continue to be felt today. He was a master of sleight of hand and his approach to magic has had a lasting impact on the field. His legacy will continue to inspire and influence magicians for generations to come.


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