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Charlie Miller

Charlie Miller

Brief Biography

An associate of Vernon’s, Charlie Miller’s led a diverse life; certainly he was one of the legendary New York ‘Inner Circle’ of top magicians during the late 1930’s. Contributed significantly to Expert Card Technique and Genii Magazine in his monthly Magicana column over a 20 year plus term. He published several other original and excellent books.

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CHARLIE MILLER INTERVIEWED BY JAY MARSHALL – PART 1 – 19.05.1977

Ready – Pat working in Spain – Charlie – Oreanna – from L.A – Cruise ships – Magicana – Intermission – birth – 100 other jobs – Kimbell pianos – ivory keys – octopus story – brother did magic – first magician – William Ravette (English magician) – book Walton – Bert Cervas – Charles Maly – correspondence – shadow of Dai Vernon – Kennedy – Bert Cervas Indianapolis – gave Charlie lessons – 1959 – Alex Elmsley – Dave Sullivan second dealing story – Charlie early trade shows $200 a month – gambling sleight and moves – Casino Superviser in Vegas – Dunbury Delusion – Expert Card Technique – Fred Braue – 5% input – advised Braue – watchmaking – cabinet making – leather work – fabrics/sewing – Malini Egg Bag – Gerald Kosky – Ozzie Malini – mental polotomy – Malini played solitaire – Jess Miller – Paul Linder of San Franscisco knew Malini – Malini stayed with Linder – and Edward Dearn in Singapore – payed Malini 10$ for one trick – Faucett Ross – 10 different cabaret acts on one cruise ship – Pat Page Davenports matchstick vanish – holding a pack – Hofzinser – patter for Cups and Balls – Houdin – board for shuffling – cuts – 2 to 3 at a time – entertaining magic – ‘across the street’ – Marlo incident – praise – duets – never imitate another – Ron Wilson – Henry Christ – Paul Fox advice on management – Jack McMillen – Bill Larsen – acrobatics – juggling – advice – money to live for 2 years whilst learning – Glen Hayward – glass through table – topping the glass – Hatton and Plate – 7 cornered hank – left handed handkerchief – General Card – kids like these tricks – Al Koran lecture in Chicago cites Charlie Miller – Edward Brown handkerchief knot – simple format for cruises – 6 tricks 17 – 20 – 25 minutes duration – beginning – middle – close – Carmen Damico – gambling anecdote

 

CHARLIE MILLER INTERVIEWED BY JAY MARSHALL – PART 2 – 19.05.1977

Intrigue tricks – Tommy Martin – illusions no climax – Zig Zag Harbin – write down tricks – list – effects you can actually perform – practising sleights – the secret – 3 car auto reflectors 4” in diameter – Fred Robinson – Darwin Ortiz – Herb Zarrow – Johnny Thompson – read everything – books seven times – most conventions are boring – speciality acts get more applause – Thurston – long shows – Jay disillusioned with Thurston – not in his prime – Blackstone better – Servais le Roy – happens to all of us – Willard superb in his milieu – Knoxville – San Antonio – Tent and school show – Willard Thumb Tie – sisal – Misers Dream – Flosso ahead of his time – Miller hanky and elastic band – Leipzig – Windecker – Sylvester Adams – Albert Adams – hotel bars – taught Leipzig – Jay another disillusionment, Moyo Miller – Duwip Louie – Vaudeville shows – sketches – compare modern Rock Stars – can’t describe their impact – ditto Las Vegas you have to go and see it – Producers have become more important than artistes – Buddy Hughes – Circus Vargas – tent construction – O’Henry tent plans – small Circus declined – Bertram Mills Olympia – Billy Smart ‘Circus of Horrors’ – Blackstone sponsorship – Victorian speech habits – speaking good English – Houdini line – Verbatim quarterly magazine – anti-pedantic – double genitive – Code of John’s – double apostrophe – Theodore Bernstein – NY Times – Edward Newman – editorial headline mistakes – youngsters – dancing – acting – good manner – Charles Carter Magic and Magicians – Illuminatus Roundhouse – double talk funny theatrical device – 2 foot tall girl – itinerary – get by with card tricks improve to annoy Vernon – Sun and Moon effect – cartel to many magicians – of teasers – Faucett Ross $5 – Hartz Devil of a Hat – Magical Titbits – ‘would’ gag – Professors T Chest – visit Ken Brooke – great experiences – liked each other – influenced to be a pro – the Depression – missed drawing – Chalk Talk – Chapeaugraphy – Sid Lorraine – film of Trewey – was a great mime – Emile Borieau – soften the fabric – was a Homburg until soft and flexible.

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