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March 30, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer was on the Coast to Coast  radio show with George Noory about his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

Click here to listen to the show...

http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2011/03/30

Thanks to Jim Steinmeyer for mentioning Rory Feldman during the interview!

Visit this link for Jim's bio on the site and for a list of other Steinmeyer interviews.

http://www.coasttocoastam.com/guest/steinmeyer-jim/7195

March 17, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed in The Queens Tribune.

Click here to read the entire article...

http://www.queenstribune.com/leisure/Leisure_031711_QueensMagician.html

(Rory Feldman helped Barbara Arnstein while she wrote this article)

March 12, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed by South Coast Today.

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110312/ENTERTAIN/103120312/-1/LIFE

March 10, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed by the A.V. Club.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/jim-steinmeyer-the-last-greatest-magician-in-the-w,52939/

March 7, 2011

Starting March 7, 2011 at The Magic Castle, there will be a recreation of the Thurston show starring Jim Steinmeyer and Jonathan Levit!

This is even more exciting because March 7 is my 30th birthday!

Photo courtesy of Hocus Pocus Focus.

March 6, 2011

Today, www.williamwubooks.com featured a recent book signing of the new Steinmeyer Thurston book!

March 4, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed in The Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/04/AR2011030402342.html

March 2, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was written about on Slate.com.  The article is also about female magicians.

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2011/03/the_next_queen_of_magic.html

March 2011

In the March 2011 "M-U-M" magazine, the "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD got an absolutely amazing review!

CLICK HERE TO READ A PDF OF THE REVIEW

"I enjoy the history of magic, so I was eager to view this DVD. Bill Rauscher and I have been friends for many years and I have always enjoyed his performances and lectures. This package is no exception. This is a very classy production. The packaging is beautiful, and includes a thirty-two-page booklet, which is a biography excerpted from Thurston’s 1928 manuscript. The DVD itself is beautifully produced, and runs for over two and a half hours. This was truly a labor of love for Feldman, who has amassed the largest Thurston collection in the world. The music throughout is provided by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and is authentic to the period. It is a wonderful addition to the production. The DVD is advertised as a part of the William V. Rauscher Lecture Series, but this is far more than just a lecture. Bill serves more as a host for this DVD, and his lecture was totally rewritten for this project. His presentation is perfect for the purpose. He often reads from letters or articles about Thurston written by a number of magicians. The text is also superimposed on the screen for further clarity during Rauscher’s commentary, as well as during historical audio clips, which may be a bit muddled due to age. There are audio and video interviews, and commentary by John Booth, John Calvert, George Goebel, Walter Gibson, Dorny, Maureen Christopher, Tom Ewing, Ray Goulet, Rev. Robert E. Olson, Charles Reynolds, James Wobensmith, and many others. There are over ten video clips of Thurston himself as well as additional audio clips of him. There are hundreds of images of Thurston throughout the disc. The final piece is a wonderful recording by Jane Thurston Sheppard, who toured with her father’s show for many years. This is not so much a history of Howard Thurston as it is an homage. There is not a lot of new information given from an historical perspective, but it becomes very apparent that Thurston was most influential on aspiring magicians of the time. Everyone involved refers to him as The World’s Greatest Magician, and idolized him. Performers such as Blackstone, Birch, Milbourne Christopher, and John Calvert state that they felt Thurston was the best they ever saw, and all felt he deserved the title far more than Houdini. I came away from viewing this DVD wishing I had had
the opportunity to see Thurston perform in person. I guess this is the closest I will ever come to that. The one thing that seems to be missing is Rory Feldman’s story. Although he does speak on screen about Thurston, I would have liked to hear him talk about how his interest in Thurston began and some of his own history. He began to collect the materials at a very young age, and has an amazingly extensive archive of this fantastic performer. He has expended a lot of time, effort, and money pursuing his interest and sharing it with the magic world, which is something to be commended. This is an absolutely sumptuous product. If you love the history of magic and learning about the past masters, you will enjoy this immensely. I feel that every magician should watch this DVD. We should all learn for our past masters. My only hesitation in highly recommending this product is the price. At $100 for a single disc, it is no bargain. I am certain Mr. Feldman had to look at the considerable costs involved in producing this marvelous project and analyzed how many people would likely purchase such a niche product. There are no tricks taught, and this is priced higher than the typical multiple-disc sets currently on the market. I personally feel, given these factors, that the price is justified. It is a joy to watch and to be inspired by. Given all of that, I do recommend this product, especially for those with a love for magic’s history."

- Marc DeSouza

Reviewed in the March 2011 M-U-M Magazine

To read more quotes and reviews about the DVD CLICK HERE!

March 2011

The March 2011 Wired Magazine hits news stands with an article on Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

Although not credited in the magazine, the photo of Howard Thurston and Harry Houdini is from The Rory Feldman Collection.

"War of the Wands"

CLICK HERE TO OPEN A LARGER PDF OF THE ARTICLE

OR

CLICK HERE TO OPEN A HIGHER RESOLUTION VERSION OF THE ARTICLE

Click this link to see the online version of it:

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/02/pl_houdinivthurston 

March 2011

The March 2011 Genii Magazine arrives and in the Genii Speaks section, there is a box that says "The Rory Feldman Collection."  Anyone that subscribes to Genii Magazine can log onto their iGenii account and watch the video tour of The Rory Feldman Collection on display at the Magi-Fest last month.

February 22, 2011

In the February 22, 2011 post on The Dead Conjurers blog Dean Carnegie references Rory Feldman and this site!

Check it out here:

http://deadconjurers.blogspot.com/2011/02/grave-of-howard-thurston.html

February 21, 2011

Today, on 89.3 KPCC Jim Steinmeyer was interviewed about his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

You can listen to the segment by CLICKING HERE

February 16, 2011

Today, on NewsTalk 106-108 fm (Ireland Radio) Jim Steinmeyer was interviewed about his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

Click Here To Listen to the interview on the IrishMagicNews website

or visit NewsTalk's website by clicking on the link below...

http://www.newstalk.ie/

February 15, 2011

Today, Richard Kaufman announced on the Genii Forum that the March 2011 Genii Magazine was posted at iGenii.

In the Genii Speaks section you will notice that there is a video link which will pop up an approximately 20 minute video tour of my Thurston Exhibit at the Magi-Fest.

Richard Kaufman interviewed me for the video and tour...

(Above) The videos available in the March 2011 Genii Magazine available through iGenii!

(Above) Genii speaks!

(Above) Rory talks about the 8 Sheet 1914 Strobridge Portrait shown behind him, in the new video on iGenii.

Order a copy or a subscription to Genii Magazine by clicking here...

http://geniimagazine.com/2011/02/march-2011/

February 12, 2011

Today, NPR listed my Howard Thurston video on YouTube.com along with the story on Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6f4a2l_w3Y

February 12, 2011

Jim Steinmeyer's appearance on "All Things Considered" will air on NPR today, for his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/12/133665210/the-most-famous-magician-youve-never-heard-of

More NPR News:

http://www.wbur.org/npr/133665210/the-most-famous-magician-youve-never-heard-of

http://www.wfae.org/wfae/nprnews.cfm?storyId=133665210

http://www.npr.org/sections/author-interviews/

http://news.opb.org/article/61614-the_most_famous_magician_youve_never_heard_of/

http://kosu.org/2011/02/the-most-famous-magician-youve-never-heard-of/

http://wwe.wgbh.org/News/Articles/2011/2/12/The_Most_Famous_Magician_Youve_Never_Heard_Of.cfm

http://www.insight.rr.com/home/topicdl/article/dlt/07X746h6AI4bp/0bjm6zy8XHgo5/The_Most_Famous_Magician

http://www.nhpr.org/most-famous-magician-youve-never-heard

February 11, 2011

      

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed by American Way Magazine.

http://www.americanwaymag.com/howard-thurston

February 11, 2011

Looks like Jim Steinmeyer's appearance on "All Things Considered" on NPR is scheduled for tomorrow, February 12, 2011.

http://booksellers.penguin.com/static/html/publicity-calendar.html

http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/

February 10, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed by AARP Magazine!

http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-02-2011/book-review-the-last-greatest-magician.html

 

February 8, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer will be appearing at the Magic Castle and giving a talk on his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

Castle Perk: Talk and Book signing with Jim Steinmeyer

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2011 - 8:00PM to 9:00PM

The Last Greatest Magician in the World,” published by Tarcher / Penguin, is Jim Steinmeyer’s new biography of Howard Thurston, subtitled, “Howard Thurston versus Houdini and the Battles of the American Wizards.” During his life, from 1869 to 1936, Thurston successfully navigated the most dramatic changes in entertainment—from street performances to sideshows to wagon tours through America’s still-Wild West, from sleight-of-hand in vaudeville, to music halls, world tours, and his own prestigious American magic show: over 40 tons of apparatus and a full cast of dancers and assistants. What’s less known is Thurston’s early life as a confidence man and pickpocket, a story that he concealed from his fans, associates and fellow magicians. If you thought you knew about Howard Thurston, you may be surprised! His story is one of the most remarkable and astonishing tales in American show business history.

For more information click here...

http://www.magiccastle.com/visiting/calendar.cfm?id=763

February 8, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed by ABC News.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12868776

February 7, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed on the website called TheDaily.com

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/02/07/020711-arts-book-magician-1-3/

February 7, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards made Time Magazine's short list of the week!

 

"Houdini was an escape artist, and a good one, but he wasn't the greatest magician of his day. That honor goes to the subject of Jim Steinmeyer's bio, Howard Thurston, a petty thief who transformed himself into a grand illusionist and performed for Kings and Presidents."

Check it out:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2041171_2045065_2045063,00.html

February 6, 2011

Today magician, historian, and collector Margaret Steele visited.

February 4, 2011

Watch Jim Steinmeyer talk about his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

Featuring items from the Rory Feldman collection.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZMSLNdYw0A&feature=player_embedded#

February 4, 2011

Watch Jim Steinmeyer talk about his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards and watch the author demonstrate a seemingly simple magic trick from Howard Thurston’s early repertoire .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cDOfJszote4

February 4, 2011

Today Tarcher/Penguin website for Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards 2 videos of Jim Steinmeyer were posted.

Click here for more information...

http://www.tarcherbooks.net/?p=4273

February 3, 2011

Jim Steinmeyer's new book "The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards" arrives in book stores today and he gave me a very nice acknowledgement!

Thanks Jim!

It was great being able to help you out!

"Rory Feldman has amassed an astonishing collection of Thurston material, and his help was essential to this project.

- Jim Steinmeyer

February 3, 2011

Today, the brand new book by Jim Steinmeyer "The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards" arrives in book stores!

Click on the link below to purchase the book from www.Amazon.com...

For more great magic related items CLICK HERE!

February 3, 2011

In Loving Memory of Donald Raymond Hinz

Don Hinz was a great friend of mine and I truly enjoyed the countless hours I spent on the phone with him through the years.  Don is the reason that the Gerald Heaney's collection of Howard Thurston memorabilia was put into circulation.  He gave numerous collectors the opportunity to acquire Thurston memorabilia.  You will be missed...

February 8, 1939 - February 3, 2011

Donald Raymond Hinz, 71, of Sheboygan, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2011, at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center after fighting a 5 month bacterial infection.

Don was born February 8, 1939 in Sheboygan to the late Eri and Hilda (Zastrow) Hinz.

He attended Washington Grade School, and graduated from Central High School in 1957, the heart of the Rock & Roll Era. He was quite a dancer as a young man, helping to overcome the "Dance Rules" and open up the allowance of Rock & Roll style dancing at Manitowoc dances.

On February 6, 1965, he married Margaret Docter.

He was employed by Knauf Cigar and Tobacco, and for 17 years at the Kohler Co. in the Pottery Division.

Don was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Sheboygan.

He was a very special person. He knew many people in Sheboygan, and from his travels to flea markets, garage sales, and local re-sale shops, many people knew him. He was always talking and listening to people, and loved having so many friends. If family or friends had an object to be found, he considered it a personal quest to complete the search.

Don enjoyed day trips to Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Door County, along with traveling throughout the U.S. on many summer vacations. He was at one time a scuba-diver. He also collected hand-cuffs and loved magic and Houdini.

In addition to his wife Margaret, Donald is survived by his son, Eric (Jori) Hinz, and his precious grandchildren, Marlee and Mason. He would cancel anything to be with them. He is also survived by his sister, Joyce Konz, two brothers-in-law, Ed Docter and Bill (Lisa) Docter, and nieces and nephews, Debora (Don) DenDekker, Brian Keniston, Richard Keniston, Michael Konz, and Michelle Konz. The family would like to thank Alex Wiggins and Roger "Signo" Hoffman for their unwavering friendship to Don.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Gottsacker; a brother, Orlet Hinz, and a nephew, Reverend Alan Hartfield.

A Memorial Service for Donald will take place Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 5:30 P.M., at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. The Reverend Joe Cottam, Pastor, will officiate. Friends may call on Tuesday, at the church from 3:30 P.M. until the time of service.

Please visit www.zimmerfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.

Zimmer's Westview Funeral & Cremation Care Center is assisting the family with arrangements.

Courtesy The Sheboygan Press

February 5, 2011

http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20110205/SHE010301/102050449/Donald-Raymond-Hinz

As I mentioned above Don gave me numerous opportunities to acquire Thurston material.  And when he would mail the items to me he would send these great notes...

"From: Howard Thurston -- To: Gerald Heaney -- To: Don R. Hinz -- To: * Rory Feldman -- PERIOD.!"

 

"Rory -

Take long - good care of enclosed! 

YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST!

TO BE - THE BEST!

Thank You!

Don!"

February 3, 2011

Today I visited Roger Dreyer at Fantasma Magic in NYC.

He presented me with a great 8x10!

"Rory, You are the Prince of collecting now & soon King! You deserve it! Roger Dreyer"

February 2, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer did an interview with The Magic Newswire to promote his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

Click here to listen to the interview...

http://www.linkingpage.com/magicnewsfeed/2011/2/2/mnw-204-jim-steinmeyer.html

February 2011

In the February 2011 The Linking Ring (the magazine of the International Brotherhood of Magicians), there was an article about the 2010 Yankee Gathering.

One of the photos in the article by Jason Goldberg shows Rory Feldman selling the When Thurston Came To Town DVD in the dealers room.

February 2011

In the February 2011 The Linking Ring (the magazine of the International Brotherhood of Magicians), there was an article about Thurston titled "Gazing At Iasia" by Jim Steinmeyer -- to promote his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

February 2011

In the February 2011 M-U-M (the magazine of the Society of American Magicians), Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed by Tom Ewing.

In the review Tom Ewing mentioned Rory Feldman, William V. Rauscher, and the new DVD on Howard Thurston "When Thurston Came To Town."

Thanks Tom!!!

February 2011

In the February 2011 M-U-M (the magazine of the Society of American Magicians), there was an article about Thurston titled "The Card Trick That Changed Everything" by Jim Steinmeyer -- to promote his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

The photo of Grace Thurston is from The Rory Feldman Collection.

February 2011

In the February 2011 M-U-M (the magazine of the Society of American Magicians), Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed by Tom Ewing.

February 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards made Details Magazine's "The Yes List: 6 Things We Emphatically Endorse"

Check it out:

http://www.details.com/celebrities-entertainment/movies-and-tv/201102/our-favorite-tv-show-movie-author-book-musical

February 2011

Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards is the cover story of the February 2011 Genii Magazine!

    

And a great article!!!

The article features numerous photos from the Rory Feldman Collection.

Thanks to Jim Steinmeyer for the very nice mention in the article.

"Rory Feldman, the accomplished Thurston collector, offered me an unusual and charismatic portrait of the magician.  At first, I didn't understand why it seemed so appealing.  "It's one of the few professional photos in which he's smiling," Rory explained."

Order a copy or a subscription to Genii Magazine by clicking here...

http://geniimagazine.com/2011/01/february-2011/

January 30, 2011

A new magic exhibit opens at the Columbus Historical Society. 

Check it out...

Click here to find out more...

http://www.columbushistory.org/magicshow.html

January 30-31, 2011

Thanks for the great comments posted on www.TheMagicCafe.com about the Thurston Exhibit at the 80th Annual Magi-Fest!

January 30, 2011

 

After leaving the Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association's "Breakfast with Thurston" event on Sunday, January 30, 2011 we visited the Jim Rawlins Collection.  Wow!

 

 

(Left to Righ) James Hamilton, Tim Moore, Jim Rawlins, and Rory Feldman

January 30, 2011

 

Here is a flyer promoting the Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association's "Breakfast with Thurston" event on Sunday, January 30, 2011 and the Columbus Historical Society Magic Exhibit.

January 27 - 30, 2011

 

The Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association had a booth at the Magi-Fest as well.  They were promoting the "Breakfast with Thurston" event on Sunday, January 30, 2011.

The flyer shown below features two images of the Rory Feldman Collection.

To donate to the Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association please visit...

http://www.greenlawnabbey.org/

Here are some photos from when I went to the event...

January 29, 2011

Today Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal.

Check it out...

January 29, 2011

Today, Jim Steinmeyer had a book signing for his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards at the Columbus Historical Society.

January 27 - 29, 2011

Jim Steinmeyer gave a talk and signed copies of his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards at the Magi-Fest.

 

 

 

January 27 - 29, 2011

(Updated November 22, 2011)

Although we did an interview with Scott Wells for The Magic Newswire, when we had the Magi-Fest display back in January of 2011, it never ran on the site.

We are happy to report that it is now up on Scott's site The Magic Word.

Thanks for posting this Scott.  Click the link to listen to the almost 20 minute interview and tour.  Enjoy!

http://scottwellsmagic.posterous.com/80th-magi-fest-2011-day-three-of-the-lost-epi

January 27 - 29, 2011

Thanks to everyone for your support at the Magi-Fest.  While we had the exhibit we were interviewed by...

 

...Richard Kaufman, editor of the Genii Magazine.

...Bobby Warren for the IBM Web Portal.

...and Scott Wells for the Magic Newswire.

January 27 - 29, 2011

 

Click on the photo to see some photos of our Thurston Exhibit at the 2011 Magi-Fest!

 

The Howard Thurston exhibit at the 80th Annual Magi-Fest!

"This exhibit contains a few highlights from the Rory Feldman collection, the largest collection of Howard Thurston memorabilia in the world, consisting of over 18,000 items in total."

January 27 - 29, 2011

 

At the 80th Annual Magi-Fest, Howard Thurston had a large presence.

 

Rory Feldman had an exhibit of Thurston items from his collection and Jim Steinmeyer gave a lecture on his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards Jim also had a book signing which was very exciting.

 

 

(Above) Cover of the program for the 80th Annual Columbus Magi-Fest

 

 

(Above) Listing in the program for Rory Feldman's Thurston Exhibit

 

 

(Above) Listing in the program for Jim Steinmeyer's lecture on his new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

 

Click here for the schedule...

 

http://www.magifest.org/schedule.htm

January 25, 2011

In the January 25, 2011 post on the Carnegie: Magic Detective blog Dean Carnegie references this site!

Check it out here:

http://deancarnegie.blogspot.com/2011/01/great-raymonds-grave.html

January 24, 2011

Today James Hamilton visited.  He is an amazing magician, historian, and collector.

January 22, 2011

Thanks to Rick Fisher at FAB Magic in Colon, Michigan for his kind words about the Thurston DVD on his blog.

"My good friend Bill Rauscher has just published a DVD on the life of Howard Thurston called, "When Thurston Came To Town" - See it HERE - Comes complete with book and DVD. This is a must have if you are a magic history enthusiast."

http://fabmagic.blogspot.com/2011/01/when-thurston-came-to-town.html

January 13, 2011

Today, the magic episode of ABC's Castle airs.  Rory Feldman was asked questions about Howard Thurston posters in relation to this show, while the episode was in production.

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Poof! You’re Dead

When the owner of historic Drake’s Magic Shop in New York is found drowned in Houdini’s famous water torture tank, Castle and Beckett must delve into the world of magic, magicians and their secrets to find his killer. As part of their investigation, Castle & Beckett meet master magician Tobias Strange. Meanwhile, the magicians aren’t the only ones keeping secrets, as a new romantic relationship is revealed for Esposito and Lanie.

January 6, 2011

Today, I received an advanced copy of Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

January 1, 2011

Rory Feldman and his NY Times article are mentioned in the...

MAGIC 2010, A YEAR IN REVIEW

BY DUSTIN STINETT

http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=236141

http://www.linkingpage.com/magicnewsfeed/2011/1/1/magic-2010-a-year-in-review-by-dustin-stinett.html

"And There’s Still Room for His Mom"
 
An article—“An Apartment With a Magical Cast“—about Rory Feldman and his massive collection of Howard Thurston memorabilia is featured in the New York Times

 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/realestate/27habi.html?hpw

January 2011

In Loving Memory of William E. Self

June 21, 1921 - November 15, 2010

Bill Self was a great friend of mine and knowing him made me a better person.  Bill was my #1 supporter for everything I did; whether it was magic related, museum related, Thurston related -- he was always there.  He will be dearly missed.

In this month's Magic Magazine there was a brief write up on Bill.

January 2011

Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed in the January 2011 Magic Magazine.

January 2011

Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards was reviewed in the January 2011 Genii Magazine.

  

Order a copy or a subscription to Genii Magazine by clicking here...

http://geniimagazine.com/2010/12/january-2011/

January 2011

 

We received a very nice mention in the January 2011 "The Spellbinder".

"Your Editor has been watching Bill Rauscher & Rory Feldman's DVD "When Thurston Came To Town" and and recommends it to all those interested in Thurston or magic history.  Included is film from Thurston's 1932 show"

More reviews and comments of the "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD can be found by

CLICKING HERE!

December 26, 2010

The Magi-Fest sends out a mass email listing The Rory Feldman Collection Exhibit as a featured part of the 80th Magi-Fest.

December 19, 2010

In today's newsletter sent by Alan Watson the videos I taped of William V. Rauscher's performance at the Yankee Gathering are mentioned.

And thanks to Tom for the nice message and his continued support.

December 2010

New banners appear on the internet to promote Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

December 2010

In the December 2010 "The Linking Ring" magazine, the "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD got an absolutely amazing full-page review!

 

"This amazing DVD is a rich panorama of Howard Thurston's fabulous career and a celebration of the Golden Age of Magic.  Never before have so many rare and one-of-a-kind photographs, movies, and voice recordings of a great figure in magic made available.  For two and a half hours, hundreds of rare images of Howard Thurston appear on the screen, one after another, as the host of the program, noted magic historian Bill Rauscher, leads the viewer through the exciting days "When Thurston Came To Town."  More than three years in preparation, this elaborately produced video combines the recollections of those who knew Thurston or saw him perform with a virtual tour of Rory Feldman's incredible collection of Howard Thurston memorabilia.  (For more information on Rory Feldman and his astounding collection of over 25,000 pieces of Thurston memorabilia, see Bill Rauscher's article in the February 2010 issue of The Linking Ring.)  Over twenty five audio and video commentaries, mostly by Thurston's contemporaries, provide personal insight into the great magician.  As John Calvert, Walter B. Gibson, Dorny, Bill Self, John Booth, and many others talk about their experiences with Thurston, his power to impress and influence others becomes apparent.  Ten video segments of Thurston and five recordings of his voice also provide insight into his warmth, dignity, and charm.  Thurston's stage presence, evident in films of his shows, confirms that he was the foremost magician of his day, leading the field with "The Wonder Show of the Universe." -- certainly worth a hundred dollars -- high production values -- The DVD is package with a beautifully designed folder and slipcase.  It includes a booklet of thirty-two pages, containing a 1928 biography of Thurston from an original manuscript in the Feldman collection, illustrated with rare photos of Thurston.  For those of us who have only read about Thurston and have tried to imagine what the star of "The Wonder Show of the Universe" was really like, this DVD is a time machine back to the hey-day of magic when Thurston came to town.  Now we understand why, for example, John Calvert still raves about Thurston in 2010 -- and he saw the show in 1919! Highly recommended."

 

- Samuel Patrick Smith

Editor of The Linking Ring

Reviewed in the December 2010 The Liking Ring

 

To read more quotes and reviews about the DVD CLICK HERE!

December 2010

The Linking Ring comes out with Howard Thurston and Jane Thurston on the cover!  The cover story was done by Jim Steinmeyer.

The article features photos from the Rory Feldman Collection.

November 30, 2010

Today we were listed on the Magic Roadshow.  Check it out...

November 15, 2010

In Loving Memory of William E. Self

June 21, 1921 - November 15, 2010

Bill Self was a great friend of mine and knowing him made me a better person.  Bill was my #1 supporter for everything I did; whether it was magic related, museum related, Thurston related -- he was always there.  He will be dearly missed.

   

   

"To Rory, my young friend who reminds me of me many years ago. Bill Self 3/18/09"

NY Times...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/arts/television/20self.html?src=twrhp

LA Times...

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/19/local/la-me-william-self-20101119

The Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/producer-fox-tv-exec-william-47206

Entertainment Weekly...

http://news-briefs.ew.com/2010/11/19/william-self-dies/

Newsday...

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv-zone-1.811968/william-self-1.2482532

Boston Globe...

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe...

Emmy website...

http://www.emmys.tv/news/2010/renowned-producer-and-executive-william-self-passes

Fine Books Magazine...

http://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine_books_blog/2010/11/william-self-hollywood-producer-bookman-extraordinaire.phtml

Others...

http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/r-i-p-william-self/

http://www.codyenterprise.com/news/obituaries/article_9b07f30e-031c-11e0-b958-001cc4c002e0.html

http://www.thewrap.com/television/column-post/william-self-fox-exec-whose-hits-included-batman-mash-dies-89-22654

http://allanellenberger.com/book-flm-news/william-self-obituary/

More information can be found here...

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0783116/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Edwin_Self

http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/william-self

November 11-13, 2010

Check out some George Goebel and William V. Rauscher videos on YouTube.com by clicking on these links...

"Rauscher The Magician" Live at the 2010 Yankee Gathering - Part 1 of 3

"Rauscher The Magician" Live at the 2010 Yankee Gathering - Part 2 of 3

"Rauscher The Magician" Live at the 2010 Yankee Gathering - Part 3 of 3

William V. Rauscher - Lectures on George Goebel at the 2010 Yankee Gathering -- Part 1 of 3

William V. Rauscher - Lectures on George Goebel at the 2010 Yankee Gathering -- Part 2 of 3

William V. Rauscher - Lectures on George Goebel at the 2010 Yankee Gathering -- Part 3 of 3

William V. Rauscher - Interviews George Goebel, Mark Walker, and McCarl Roberts - Part 1 of 4

William V. Rauscher - Interviews George Goebel, Mark Walker, and McCarl Roberts - Part 2 of 4

William V. Rauscher - Interviews George Goebel, Mark Walker, and McCarl Roberts - Part 3 of 4

William V. Rauscher - Interviews George Goebel, Mark Walker, and McCarl Roberts - Part 4 of 4

Enjoy!

http://www.nemca.com/yg13.htm

November 11-13, 2010

The Yankee Gathering XIII, the biennial convention hosted by the New England Magic Collectors Association (NEMCA), was held November 11-13, 2010 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough, Massachusetts, USA.  The Yankee Gathering is is one of the premier magic collector conventions in the U.S. and the world.  The three-day schedule of events included Lectures, Performers, Auction, Dealers, Exhibits, a Banquet, a Flea Market.  Also presented were historical magic performances by Scott & Britni Morley beautifully re-creating the act and personas of Harry & Bess Houdini, William V. Rauscher with an entertaining and informative presentation of magic effects from the past (ably assisted by Lisa Patire, Joe Patire, and Alan Wassilak), Leland Faulkner expertly presenting the nearly-lost vaudeville art of chapeaugraphy, and David Ben (assisted by Julie Eng) with a full stage show of conjuring wonders.

The Guest of Honor at this Yankee Gathering was Ken Klosterman of Loveland, Ohio, USA.  One of the leading magic collectors in the world, his collection includes more than 8000 magic books and 4000 historical pieces of magic apparatus, including the Light & Heavy Chest used by Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin in 1856 to help quell the revolt of the Marabouts against the French in Algeria.  Klosterman's collection is beautifully displayed in his famous Salon de Magie, located in an old mine shaft on his 250-acre horse farm.  He has performed magic professionally both with a dove act and as "Ken & Judy" with his wife, Judy, as his assistant, in feature shows and TV spots locally and at conventions throughout the USA.  He was president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in 1995-1996.  He is a Life Member of the Society of American Magicians.  He has been a contributing author to The Yankee Magic Collector, he wrote the book Rising to Any Occasion (a magic forcing book), and he has written articles for the magic periodicals Magic-Gram, The Linking Ring, and Apocalypse.  A distinguished member of the magic community for more than 50 years and a leading magic collector and historian, we were delighted to salute Ken Klosterman as our Guest of Honor at this Yankee Gathering.

At the Gathering, we were privileged to once again have a number of engaging and educational lectures from world-class experts in magic history and collecting.

President David Haversat announces the Guest of Honor...

Ken Klosterman

Ken Klosterman gives a nice speech

Phil Wilmarth and Rory Feldman at the "When Thurston Came To Town" booth

Larry Bramble, Margaret Steele, and Rory Feldman

Stanley Palm, Maurine Christopher, and Rory Feldman

Mark and Debbie Jarvis with Rory Feldman

Ken Klosterman, Dr. Albo, and Rory Feldman

David Haversat, William V. Rauscher, and Rory Feldman

Ken Klosterman and Rory Feldman

Kevin Connolly promoting the new Thurston DVD and Rory Feldman holding up a Houdini photo

Donna Patterson and William V. Rauscher signing books

Diego Domingo, Adele Friel Rhindress, and Rory Feldman

Adele Friel Rhindress and Rory Feldman

George Goebel and Rory Feldman

George Goebel signing posters for his new book

David Kaye and Rory Feldman

Tom Ewing

William V. Rauscher talks about George Goebel

William V. Rauscher interviews McCarl Roberts, George Goebel, and Mark Walker

William V. Rauscher interviews McCarl Roberts, George Goebel, and Mark Walker

William V. Rauscher begins his evening show

...magic

William V. Rauscher and Lesa Patire

The Rod Through Body

The End

...

For more information please visit...

http://www.nemca.com/yg13.htm

November 11, 2010

Today a press release was posted on the Tarcher/Penguin website for Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

Click here for more information...

http://www.tarcherbooks.net/?p=3654

November 4, 2010

In Loving Memory of Charles Reynolds

Charles was a great friend of mine and I truly enjoyed the time we spent together.  He was so kind, supportive, always shared information, and helped out with magic projects whenever I asked.  He will truly be missed...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/arts/08reynolds.html

Charles Reynolds and Rory Feldman

For more information...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Reynolds_(magician)

November 2010

Today, I received a galley of Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

October 30, 2010

Today, I visited the Houdini Exhibit at the Jewish Museum.  If you like magic or Houdini, definitely check it out.

For more information please visit...

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/houdini

After the exhibit I got to hang out with some great friends.

(Left to Right) Robert Somerdin, Fred Pittella, Sid Radner, and Rory Feldman

October 30, 2010

Bring Back The Magic is today!  If you haven't purchased your tickets yet please do!  It supports a great cause.

(The ad features a poster from the Rory Feldman Collection)

October 24, 2010

Today, Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards appears on Amazon.com and is scheduled for release on February 3, 2011.  You can pre-order the book now!

October 15, 2010

Today we found this really funny blog post on "The Daily Flailure" site.  This was in reference to the upcoming Howard Thurston display at the 2011 -- 80th Annual Magi-Fest in Columbus Ohio.

Very funny...

Check it out by clicking here...

http://flailure.tumblr.com/post/1319272423/i-have-a-home-phone-number-only-so-i-can-buzz-in

October 9, 2010

Today, "The History Of Magic" site wrote about Thurston and have us a nice mention...

"For more information and the best collection on Thurston visit Rory Feldman's www.thurstonmastermagician.com"

Check it out by clicking here...

http://thehistoryofmagic.com/?p=105

October 3, 2010

Today, "The History Of Magic" site posted an excerpt of William V. Rauscher's article on me.  The posted it under the title Rory Feldman: The Ultimate Thurston Collection.

Check it out by clicking here...

http://thehistoryofmagic.com/?p=370

October 1, 2010

Today, the October 2010 issue of Odyssey Magazine comes out and it is all about Magic!

The people at Odyssey Magazine asked me to supply images for the magazine and I was thrilled to do so.

         

They even included a little bio on me...

(Note: The "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD did not air on PBS)

www.odysseymagazine.com

September 23, 2010

Today, the book on Josef von Sternberg who happened to work as an assistant on Twisted Souls.  Twisted Souls was the movie that Howard Thurston made in 1920.

Rory Feldman was credited in this book for helping with the information on Howard Thurston and the Twisted Souls movie.

"Belligerent and evasive, Josef von Sternberg chose to ignore his illegitimate birth in Austria, deprived New York childhood, abusive father, and lack of education. The director who strutted onto the set in a turban, riding breeches, or a silk robe embraced his new persona as a world traveler, collected modern art, drove a Rolls Royce, and earned three times as much as the president. Von Sternberg traces the choices that carried the unique director from poverty in Vienna to power in Hollywood, including his eventual ostracism in Japan. Historian John Baxter reveals an artist few people knew: the aesthete who transformed Marlene Dietrich into an international star whose ambivalent sexuality and contradictory allure on-screen reflected an off-screen romance with the director.

In his classic films The Blue Angel (1930), Morocco (1930), and Blonde Venus (1932), von Sternberg showcased his trademark visual style and revolutionary representations of sexuality. Drawing on firsthand conversations with von Sternberg and his son, Von Sternberg breaks past the classic Hollywood caricature to demystify and humanize this legendary director."

More information on Twisted Souls:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203175/fullcredits#cast

Buy the book:

September 22, 2010

Magic event to benefit Green Lawn Abbey

It's like something out of a Vincent Price movie: An evening of magic and illusion held in a mausoleum.

The Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association will pay tribute to Howard Thurston, a Columbus native and early-20th century magician, at an event Oct. 2 in the mausoleum, 700 Greenlawn Ave.

The event, to begin at 7 p.m., will feature local magicians David McCreary and Timothy Moore, as well as Rory Feldman, a New York City-based magician and one of the nation's foremost authorities on Thurston. Other amateur magicians will be in attendance, wandering through the crowd and performing traditional tricks.

Thurston, who had the largest traveling magic show of his era, was a contemporary of Harry Houdini and friends with Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes series.

Thurston died in 1936. He is buried in the Green Lawn Abbey, which is visited by magic enthusiasts and historians each year.

(The ad features a poster from the Rory Feldman Collection)

Click here to find out more information...

http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/germanvillage/stories/2010/09/22/magic-event-to-benefit-green-lawn-abbey.html

August 23-31, 2010

Went on a trip to London and stopped by a few great magic places!

The Magic Circle Museum Inside the museum with Cara
   
On stage At the bottom of the stairs
   
Next to Howard Thurston's Vivisection Front door of the Magic Circle.. in the rain
   
12 In front of International Magic
   
The Palace Theatre -- where Howard Thurston played for 6 months in 1900 In front of the Palace Theatre

Palace Theater ---Stage Entrance

The World's Greatest Artistes

Have Passed And Will Pass

Through These Doors

At Davenports

August 19, 2010

Magic, Houdini & Escape Collector's / Historians Visit The Rory Feldman Collection

Rory Feldman, John Bushey, Stanley Palm, Mark Lundblad, and Fred Pittella

Fred Pittella, John Bushey, Stanley Palm, and Mark Lundblad holding an original & very famous drawing of Howard Thurston from 1936.

Fred Pittella, John Bushey, Stanley Palm, and Mark Lundblad

More about the visit can be found on...

http://www.network54.com/Forum/261154/thread/1282282004/last-1282376508/Another+trip+to+NY

August 14 & 16, 2010

COMING SOON!!!

August 2010

 

In the August 2010 Magic Magazine, the "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD got a full-page review.

"Over the past decade, Feldman has continued to add to his collection, amassing what is undoubtedly the world's foremost archive of material -- covering the life of Thurston.  Three years ago, Feldman approached Rauscher about creating a video version of When Thurston Came To Town.  The result is this nearly three-hour DVD set that places Thurston squarely back on his pedestal as the greatest American magician of his time."

"Still, for the die-hard Thurston fan, or one who wants to know just about everything about him, this DVD set contains many rare treats -- among them Thurston's voice, not once, but several times. And then there's marvelous footage of Thurston in action, showing the scope of his mammoth show.  Particularly fascinating is film of an outdoor appearance at Bellevue Hospital in the 1920s, when Thurston brought practically his whole illusion show to the patients."

Seeing his handling of the Dove Catching net is a lesson in how the trick is supposed to be done, and it shows that Thurston was indeed as good a performer as we've been told."

"The closing moments of the DVD, when Jane Thurston (in her eighties) sings the original song "My Daddy Is A Hocus Pocus Man," are a fitting finale that humanize the whole story."

"The production values of the DVD are very good.  The tri-fold slipcase includes a 32-page color booklet with a previously unreleased press biography of Thurston.  In all, it's a beautiful package."

"...those who buy it will find new appreciation for Howard Thurston and his place in American magic."

- David Charvet

Reviewed in the August 2010 Magic Magazine

To read more quotes and reviews about the DVD CLICK HERE!

July 2010

 

In the July 2010 Genii Magazine, the "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD got a full-page review.

 

 

"The material is really quite wonderful.  An unabashed homage to a one-of-a-kind entertainer, a man who was an enormous star in his prime, which lasted several decades. Standing out among all this captivating material are the film clips of Thurston. The entire package - a six panel sleeve with a slipcase and 32-page biography of Thurston - is beautifully produced.”

 

To read more quotes and reviews about the DVD CLICK HERE!

June 29, 2010

Just received the new Magicol, The Journal of the Magic Collectors Association, No. 175 - May 2010; with Walter Blaney on the cover.

They included a photograph of Eddie Dawes talking, with me sitting right beside him.

Thanks!

June 28, 2010

Today my NY Times article was picked up and featured on...

You can visit the website by clicking on the link below:

http://teaandseances.tumblr.com/page/2

June 28, 2010

Today my NY Times article was picked up and featured by the major magic websites.

     

June 27, 2010

In today's NY Times Real Estate section, featured on the front page is an article about me and my Thurston collection titled "The Decor? I Pulled It Out of a Hat".

In one particular photo you will notice that items from the Jack Jones Collection were prominently featured in the article!

To view the article online please click this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/realestate/27habi.html?pagewanted=all

June 27, 2010

In today's NY Times Real Estate section, featured on the front page is an article about me and my Thurston collection titled "The Decor? I Pulled It Out of a Hat".

To view the article online please click this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/realestate/27habi.html?pagewanted=all

June 23, 2010

Today, The New York Times website launched the upcoming article on me and my collection which will be released in the Sunday, June 27, 2010 New York Times Real Estate section.  It will be featured on the front page of the section!

The article online is called "An Apartment With a Magical Cast."

To view the article online please click this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/realestate/27habi.html?pagewanted=all

The article was featured on the homepage of NYTimes.com, the homepage of the NYTimes.com Real Estate Section, and the homepage of the NYTimes.com Style section under the heading Home & Garden...

    

...as well as now being listed in the Magic and Magicians section...

The photos featured in the article...

Photos by Nicole Bengiveno

June 9, 2010

Today I had a photo shoot for a NY Times feature article that will be coming out in a few weeks.

Thanks so much to Nicole Bengiveno for her work on this article

May 30, 2010

Today we appeared on the website Ephemera Magica. Thanks for mentioning our website!

May 21, 2010

Today we received a great photo of William V. Rauscher with all of the new "When Thurston Came To Town" products!  Thanks to Douglas A. Hill for sending us this photo.

Photo by Douglas A. Hill

May 17, 2010

Today Janice Loebakka, James Hamilton, and I spent the day at the Green Lawn Abbey mausoleum.

 
Janice, James, and Rory Inside the Abbey
   
Inside the Abbey Inside the Abbey
   
Rory standing by Harry E. Thurston -- Howard Thurston's brother James standing by Harry E. Thurston -- Howard Thurston's brother
   
Rory and James standing by Harry E. Thurston -- Howard Thurston's brother Inside the Abbey
   
Inside the Abbey Rory and James
   
Howard Thurston - Magician Howard Thurston - Magician
   
Howard Thurston - Magician Rory standing next to the final resting place of Howard Thurston
   
Rory standing next to the final resting place of Howard Thurston Rory, next to the final resting place of Howard Thurston
   
Howard Thurston - Magician Howard Thurston - Magician
   

May 16, 2010

In today's newsletter sent by Alan Watson the When Thurston Came To Town DVD is mentioned.

And thanks to Tom for the nice message and his continued support.

May 16, 2010

Today was the 102nd anniversary of Harry Kellar "passing the mantle of magic" to Howard Thurston.

It was also the 4th Jay Marshall Auction!

Here are some of the goodies we picked up at the auction...

May 13-15, 2010

The Magic Collectors Association convention in Chicago was absolutely great!  Here are some photos!

Our booth for the "When Thurston Came To Town"

DVD, which was officially released here!

 

Our booth for the "When Thurston Came To Town"

DVD, which was officially released here!

 

   

Our booth for the "When Thurston Came To Town"

DVD, which was officially released here!

Jim Steinmeyer and Rev. Robert E. Olson visit with Rory at the booth
   
Rev. Robert E. Olson visits with Rory at the booth Becky Blaney, Rory, and Walter Blaney
   
Diego Domingo, Rev. Robert E. Olson, and Rory Mai-ling, De Yip Lou, and Rory
   
Eddie and Amy Dawes visit Rory at the booth David Sigafus visits Rory at the booth
   
Pierre Mayer and Rory David Ben and Rory
   
Rev. Robert E. Olson signs some "When Thurston Came To Town" posters! Tom Ewing, Jim Berg, and James Hamilton
   
Jim Berg and Rory Rory, Tim Moore, Sandra Eng, Tony Wood, and James Hamilton
   
Julie Eng, Rory, and Sandra Eng

Joe Culpepper, Rory Feldman, Will Houstoun,

and James Alan (Photo by David Linsell)

May 10, 2010

 

On the Genii Forum today we noticed a very nice post by Tom Ewing about the new Thurston DVD, "When Thurston Came To Town.".

 

Thanks Tom!

 

http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=221002

 

"The new DVD "When Thurston Came to Town" has now been released by noted Thurston collector Rory Feldman. This DVD is a broadened and visually enhanced version of William V. Rauscher's magic lecture of the same name, which he presented during a Magic Collectors' Association weekend back in the 1990s.  Feldman has certainly put his heart and soul into this project. What you get is Bill's wonderful lecture supported by never-before-seen photos of Thurston and his memorabilia, every known archival film footage of Thurston including some never-before-seen, interviews with leading collectors and magicians who either saw Thurston or were influenced by him, recordings of Thurston's voice, his daughter Jane singing, "My Daddy is a Hocus Pocus Man," and much, much more. With Jim Steinmeyer's forthcoming book on Thurston, the timing on this DVD couldn't be better. It is not available through magic dealers but through Rory Feldman. Rory's website is: www.thurstonmastermagician.com.  Bill and Rory are to be congratulated for this effort to elevate Thurston back on to the pedestal as America's favorite magician, a position he so justly deserves."

 

The above message from Tom Ewing was taken from "Alan Watson's Magic New Zealand - Issue Number: #756"

 

Click here to see Tom Ewing's comment poster on The Genii Forum.

 

April 29, 2010

The "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD's have been released and have started shipping!

The DVD (back and front)

April 25, 2010

The "When Thurston Came To Town" posters have been released and have started shipping!
   

April 19-21, 2010

Over the last three days I spent time with my dear friend Bill Self.

Was also able to share the new Jack Jones collection with Jim Steinmeyer, while in LA.

Bill and I took a trip over to the Skirball Cultural Center where Jocelyn Tetel was our amazing host.  Jocelyn Tetel gave Bill and I a tour of the entire Center.

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles will host the Houdini exhibit next year.

Jocelyn Tetel, Rory Feldman, and Bill Self on April 20, 2010

You can visit the Skirball Cultural Center online by clicking here...

http://www.skirball.org/

April 16-19, 2010

Over the last four days I spent time with the family of Howard Thurston's long time manager Jack Jones.  Jack Jones was not only Thurston's manager but worked on the Thurston Show as well (which is where Jack Jones met his wife -- she was one of Thurston's assistants).

Cathy and Betty were such great hosts and I had the most incredible time with them.  I learned a lot about Jack Jones and heard stories Jack shared with Cathy and Betty.

I was honored to be chosen to acquire the amazing Jack Jones Collection.

Stay tuned for a feature article on Jack Jones!

Cathy, Rory, and Betty on April 19, 2010

April 16, 2010

Today, the PBS TV show pilot on magic and the Fantasma Magic Shop airs! Got to talk about Howard Thurston, the Museum of Magic, and the great Fantasma Magic shop! Thanks to Roger Dreyer! @ Fantasma Magic -- New York, New York

For more information please visit...

http://www.wliw.org/21convio/weeklyhighlights/april15-21/

April 7, 2010

Today Ethan Leigh Silverman stopped by to visit the museum.

 

 

Thanks for visiting Ethan!

 

To see more visitors to the collection CLICK HERE!

April 2010
 

The new issue of The Linking Ring just came out and

has a story called "Who's Reading The Linking Ring?" on page 29.

  

February 28, 2010

Today, we found a really nice comment on The Magic Cafe about The Linking Ring article and the "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD.

Thanks Magiguy!

April 7, 2010

Today, the "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD Trailer #2 was released on You Tube!

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 7, 2010

Today, the website for the International Brotherhood of Magicians added the "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD to the homepage of their website.

Click Here To Check It Out!

Close-Up

The Link To The Trailer

February 4-6, 2010

Today, we released the When Thurston Came To Town Flyers at the 79th Annual Magi-Fest in Columbus, Ohio.

(To view a PDF version of this ad, please CLICK HERE or on the image)

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 1, 2010

Today, the website for the International Brotherhood of Magicians added the February 2010 issue of the Linking Ring with Rory Feldman's cover story to their homepage.

www.magician.org

February 1, 2010

Today, the February 2010 issue of The Linking Ring was released with Rory Feldman as the cover story.  The article discusses the upcoming release of When Thurston Came To Town.

The I.B.M. is the world's largest organization for magicians and for people interested in the magical arts. Our Brotherhood is made up of nearly 12,000 members worldwide with over 300 local groups called Rings in more than 73 countries. The I.B.M. is considered to be the most respected organization for magic collectors, amateur and professional magicians in the world!

           

              

CLICK HERE TO READ A PDF OF THE ARTICLE!

www.magician.org

February 1, 2010

Today, the "When Thurston Came To Town" Posters Ad was released!

(To view a PDF version of this ad, please CLICK HERE or on the image)

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 1, 2010

Today, the "When Thurston Came To Town" Ad #4 was released!

(To view a PDF version of this ad, please CLICK HERE or on the image)

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 1, 2010

Today, the "When Thurston Came To Town" Ad #3 was released!

(To view a PDF version of this ad, please CLICK HERE or on the image)

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 1, 2010

Today, the "When Thurston Came To Town" Ad #2 was released!

(To view a PDF version of this ad, please CLICK HERE or on the image)

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 1, 2010

Today, the "When Thurston Came To Town" web-site was published!

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 1, 2010

Today, the "When Thurston Came To Town" Ad #1 was released!

(To view a PDF version of this ad, please CLICK HERE or on the image)

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 1, 2010

Today, the "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD Trailer was released on You Tube!

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 1, 2010

Today, the "When Thurston Came To Town" movie poster was released!

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

December 10, 2009

I was happy to help Steve Cohen out with a blog post on "Think-a-Drink".

Check it out here:

http://blog.chambermagic.com/curiosities/think-a-drink

December 1, 2009

Rory Feldman in the December 2009 issue of THE SPELLBINDER...

the Society of American Magicians Parent Assembly Number One newsletter.

To read the entire article PLEASE CLICK HERE.

November 18, 2009

Today Jason D. Antos visited my collection.



Jason is an expert on Queens, NY... including Whitestone, where Howard Thurston once lived.

Check out his books on Amazon.com... including his great book on Whitestone, NY...

November 14, 2009

Today, I received the first draft of the second half of Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

November 5, 6, & 7, 2009

The 11th Los Angeles Conference On Magic History



Thanks to Jim Steinmeyer, Frankie Glass, Mike Caveney, John Gaughan, Joan Lawton and many others for a great conference!

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE GREAT EVENT!

November 11, 2009

~ In Memory of John Booth ~

He was an amazing author, magician, historian, and we are very thankful to have him on the upcoming "When Thurston Came To Town" DVD.

November 1 - 3, 2009

BREAKING NEWS! THE GREEN LAWN ABBEY BROKEN INTO!

UPDATES!

The Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association has been working to preserve this historic piece of architecture that houses many notable residents including Howard Thurston. They also work to educate the public about the history of the Abbey and the individuals entombed there. By donating any amount to this great association you can help them move forward with ensuring the preservation of the Green Lawn Abbey and in part, hopefully keep things like this from happening again.

You can donate by CLICKING HERE!

Article #1:

http://www2.nbc4i.com/cmh/news/crime/article/reward_issued_for_thefts_from_mausoleum/25857/

Article #2:

http://www2.nbc4i.com/cmh/news/local/article/2_thousand_reward_posted_in_theft_of_mausoleum_gates/26007/

Article #3:

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/11/01/stolen_gates.ART_ART_11-01-09_B7_UIFHM9A.html?sid=101

Article #4:

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/11/03/mbrfs_1103_ART_11-03-09_B3_4PFIAS6.html?sid=101

November 1, 2009

Just received the new MAGIC book from TASCHEN!

Absolutely amazing! Plus a Howard Thurston billboard from my collection is in the book!

http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/popculture/all/00378/facts.magic_1400s1950s.htm

You can get the book at a better price through Amazon.com...

http://www.amazon.com/Magic-1400s-195...0s-Mike-Caveney/dp/3836509776/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256664229&sr=8-1

October 30, 2009

Today my friend and the Dean of the Society of American Magicians, George Schindler came to visit my collection. It was an honor to have him visit!

Brooklyn, New York - Friday, October 30, 2009

http://www.magicsam.com/georgedean.asp

Take a look at the next photo to see why George and I took this one...

Shown here in this photo is Harry Kellar (l) and Howard Thurston (r).

Harry Kellar was the first Dean of the Society of American Magicians (from 1910-1922).

Later on Howard Thurston was the President of the Society of American Magicians from 1927-1929.

http://www.magicsam.com/pnps.asp

October 27, 2009

Today I visited the home of Maurine Christopher and interviewed her for my newest project.

It was amazing to look through the Milbourne Christopher collection!

Stanley Palm, Maurine Christopher, and Rory Feldman

October 15, 2009

Today I had some of my great magic friends visit my collection. Stanley Palm, Richard Cohen, Regina Reynolds, and Charlie Reynolds. A great time had by all!

Charlie Reynolds and Rory Feldman

Rory Feldman and Regina Reynolds

Richard Cohen and Rory Feldman

October 15, 2009

BREAKING NEWS! THE GREEN LAWN ABBEY BROKEN INTO!

The Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association has been working to preserve this historic piece of architecture that houses many notable residents including Howard Thurston. They also work to educate the public about the history of the Abbey and the individuals entombed there. By donating any amount to this great association you can help them move forward with ensuring the preservation of the Green Lawn Abbey and in part, hopefully keep things like this from happening again.

You can donate by CLICKING HERE!

Article #1:

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/10/15/abbeytheft.ART_ART_10-15-09_B1_CKFCH9L.html?sid=101

Article #2:

http://www2.nbc4i.com/cmh/news/local/article/thieves_take_mausoleums_bronze_gates/24931/

October 12, 2009

Today, Tru-Magic.com mentions the upcoming performance at Green Lawn Abbey.

"On Saturday, October 31st (Halloween night) we are giving a tribute to the great Howard Thurston and fund-raising for repairs on the Abbey.  Dr. Timothy Moore has been gracious enough to donate his services as a magician.  He will do a short stage performance, then he and Rory Feldman will be doing up close magic for our guests. We will offer fine finger foods, wine and other beverages.   We think it should be a great time.  And if you've ever seen the Abbey, you have to know it's a great location for a party on Halloween night!"

http://tru-magic.com/index.php?option=com_letterman&task=view&Itemid=30&id=37

October 6, 2009

Today Diego Domingo visited my Howard Thurston collection...

Rory Feldman and Diego Domingo

September 28, 2009 - October 1, 2009

Back to Los Angeles -- Visiting my friend Bill Self in Los Angeles, California

Here are some photos when I visited my good friend Bill Self.

In Beverly Hills with my friend Bill Self

Back to the Palm with Bill Self...

...and Bill's friend Alan Silverbach.

Bill Self on the wall of The Palm!

Alan Silverbach on the wall of The Palm!

(Information taken from Bill's Wikipedia page. For more information on Bill please CLICK HERE!

Today we had a video shoot for the upcoming DVD, "When Thurston Came To Town".

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

September 26, 2009

Today I was interviewed for a PBS TV show pilot on magic and the Fantasma Magic Shop! Got to talk about Howard Thurston, the Museum of Magic, and the great Fantasma Magic shop! Thanks to Roger Dreyer! @ Fantasma Magic -- New York, New York

Joe Franklin and Rory Feldman hanging out @ Fantasma Magic -- New York, New York

www.fantasmamagic.com

September 22, 2009

Magician Howard Thurston appears on the cover of Pearl Jam's new CD!

http://www.pearljam.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Backspacer-Pearl-Jam/dp/B002KLAL4W/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1254024743&sr=8-5

September 23, 2009

An early photo of Larry Weeks @ the Fantasma Magic "90th Birthday Party Celebration" for Larry Weeks -- New York, New York

Larry Weeks and Rory Feldman @ the Fantasma Magic "90th Birthday Party Celebration" for Larry Weeks -- New York, New York

September 10, 2009

Charlie Reynolds and Tony Spina being interviewed @ the Fantasma Magic party for John Harrison's Doug Henning book -- New York, New York

With my great friend Stanley Palm @ the Fantasma Magic party for John Harrison's Doug Henning book -- New York, New York

With my friends Doug Edwards and Roger Dreyer @ the Fantasma Magic party for John Harrison's Doug Henning book -- New York, New York

Tony Spina and me! ((When I was about 10-11 years old Tony took me and my mom into his office at Tannens and gave me lots of magic books, including Thurston's "My Life Of Magic". Tony also signed me up as one of my sponsors for SAM & IBM. ))@ the Fantasma Magic party for John Harrison's Doug Henning book -- New York, New York

Harry Lorayne and me!! ((Just minutes before Harry said to me "I can't even imagine what 15,000 Thurston pieces look like! I gotta see your collection!")) @ the Fantasma Magic party for John Harrison's Doug Henning book -- New York, New York

Simon Lovell, Charlie and Regina Reynolds, Roger Dreyer, and Rory (me), @ the Fantasma Magic party for John Harrison's Doug Henning book -- New York, New York

August 30, 2009

Rory visiting the world famous magician Charles Carter's Mansion -- first called "Carter Manor" -- San Francisco, California

August 29, 2009

Today, I received the first draft of the first half of Jim Steinmeyer's new book The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards.

August 22, 2009

Rory Feldman, Tim Moore, and Jim Rawlins -- Rory and Tim visit the magic collection of Jim Rawlins -- Dayton, Ohio

August 19, 2009

Glendale Cemetery -- where Maurice Raymond (The Great Raymond) is buried. -- Akron, Ohio

Goodyear Theater where Howard Thurston once performed -- Akron, Ohio -- August 19, 2009

August 15, 2009

Traveling around Beechurst, Long Island New York.

Visited Carl Rosini's house and searching for Howard Thurston's house.

July 8, 2009

On today's episode of Bravo's Top Chef Master's the chefs must create culinary magic to awe their high-profile guests which include Neil Patrick Harris, Ed Alonzo, and Max Maven.  This all takes place at the famed Magic Castle in LA!

     

 

  

The chef's compete in the "Dante Room" which features numerous Dante posters, including some "Thurston Presents Dante" posters!  Once again it is the "Devil" panel poster!  Take a look...

  

 

  

June 28, 2009

     

On today's episode of HBO's True Blood they showed the Howard Thurston "Devil" Panel printed by the Otis Lithograph Company in "Fangtasia", the hip vampire bar.

(Also, note the Karmi poster in the images below.  There seems to be some other magic images as well, but very small and hard to make out).  Take a look...

              

This is not the 1st time a Howard Thurston poster appeared on the show! The "Devil" poster appeared on the show before along with the Thurston Strobridge "Do The Spirits Come Back?"...

   

June 2 & 3, 2009

Jim Steinmeyer, designer and inventor of illusions and theatrical special effects, for magicians and Broadway shows visits the Rory Feldman Collection. 

Jim is responsible for popular illusions featured by professional magicians around the world, and special effects in theatrical shows from Broadway to Las Vegas. Through his designs and his writing on historical magic, he's been credited with creating the "defining illusions in contemporary magic:" deceptions featured by Doug Henning, David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy, Harry Blackstone, Orson Welles, The Pendragons, Lance Burton, Mark Kalin and Jinger and many others.

Jim visited Rory to do research for his upcoming book on magician Howard Thurston.

CLICK HERE for more information.

May 2009

The Shadow by Maxwell Grant, featuring an article about Howard Thurston.  In this article you will find a photo from the Rory Feldman Collection.

     

May 2009

Genii Magazine

Featuring an article about Harry Thurston, Howard Thurston's brother. 

In this article you will find items from the Rory Feldman Collection.

May 6, 2009

Visited Charles & Regina Reynolds House

 

Today we had a video shoot for the upcoming DVD, "When Thurston Came To Town".  We taped Charles Reynolds and popular magic-collector and magic-historian Stanley Palm.

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

May 4, 2009

Visit With William V. Rauscher

William V. Rauscher spoke about John Calvert at the local magic club meeting and announced the upcoming DVD, "When Thurston Came To Town".

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

March 16-18, 2009

Visit with Hollywood Producer William E. Self.

   

   

Here are some photos when I visited my good friend Bill Self.

(Information taken from Bill's Wikipedia page. For more information on Bill please CLICK HERE!

Today we had a video shoot for the upcoming DVD, "When Thurston Came To Town".

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 8, 2009

Visit With Ken Klosterman in Loveland, Ohio.

Today we had a video shoot for the upcoming DVD, "When Thurston Came To Town".

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

February 5, 2009

Visit With Timothy H. Moore, DDS in Columbus, Ohio.

Today we had a video shoot for the upcoming DVD, "When Thurston Came To Town".

For more information on the upcoming DVD "When Thurston Came To Town", please visit...

www.ThurstonsMagicShop.com   or   www.whenTHURSTONcametotown.com

 

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