FISM Vernon Booklets

Available online in August
July 21, 2022

As we announced yesterday, we will be releasing a special booklet, Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic, at FISM to pair with David Ben’s one-time lecture on July 26 in Quebec. The booklets will be available at Magicana’s table in the Dealer’s Room starting on Monday.

But what if you are not able to attend FISM, but you absolutely need a copy of this special booklet?

Don’t worry…. we’ve got you. Vernon booklets will also be available for sale after FISM on our website, starting in August.

What’s inside?

This heavily illustrated booklet is all things Vernon, and specifically looks at Vernon’s legacy of influence on the world of magic. 

David Ben provides a few essays laying out the genesis of the publication, and details his thesis on why Dai Vernon is the most influential magician—ever. David goes on to distinguish influence from fame, and also maps out magic star connections that make up the “Constellations of Magic” clustered around the mega star, Vernon. 

So what would Vernon share or talk about? Drawing from his personal collection of notes and ephemera, David Ben shares the historical trail of some of Vernon’s famous lecture tours bringing the second half of the booklet into context. In addition to the discussion essays, there is hands on magic, too. From Vernon himself, in the form of his famous Illustrated Resumé Lecture Notes from 1947.

Find out what it was like to hear Vernon actually lecture in 1947, 1952 and 1976 from the incredibly detailed notations taken from the notebooks of three particular attendees who sat in those very lectures: Ernest Shattock (in Boston in 1947); P. Howard Lyons (in Toronto in 1952); and Dr. Gene Matsuura (in Sacramento in 1976).

Not only will you get a bird’s eye view of the magic being taught and discussed, but of the very man and himself—over the course of thirty years! Discover the big and small changes that are made over the decades—and you may be surprised at how much new nuance is revealed in the notes, too.

Check back in early August when you can order your copy!


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