Vernon Chronicles Volume 1: Lost Inner Secrets (eBook)

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In 1963 Dai Vernon was invited by The Academy of Magical Arts to move to Hollywood and become the resident "living legend" at the Magic Castle. Upon hearing this news, two young close-up artists packed up and moved cross country to Hollywood, just to sit at the feet of "The Professor". These two men were Bruce Cervon and Larry Jennings. During a three-year period in the early 1960s, they spent every minute they could with Dai Vernon-and each night Bruce Cervon went home and carefully recorded everything he had learned.

Cervon's notes grew to fill fourteen large binders. Among the inner circle, these became known as The Castle Notebooks, and their content was much coveted and speculated upon. Within these notebooks were known to lie fabulous secrets and tricks, knowledge gathered and guarded by The Professor over a lifetime in magic that spanned seventy years. Secrets that were kept from print and reserved for the use of a very privileged few....until now!

In 1987, with the permission of Dai Vernon and assistance of Stephen Minch, Larry Jennings and Louis Falanga, these legendary Castle Notebooks were made available to the magic community. And now you can read them in a convenient eBook format!

Rarely are books recognized as a classic before they reach press. However, "The Vernon Chronicles Vol. 1: Lost Inner Secrets" was just that.

Volume One contains more than fifty sleights, tricks and routines with cards and coins including No-Sleight Triumph, The Fingerprint Card Trick, Vernon’s original handling for his classic Cutting The Aces, the Turnover Pass, the Vernon Multiple False-Cut, the Push-Through Shuffle, the Diagonal Palm Shift and so much more. While these are now classics of magic, they were explained for the first time in these pages.

The material is vintage Vernon, the magic that made him a legend among magicians; expert magic that has made one reputation and will make others. Also included are rich insights into the thinking and psychology that is known as "The Vernon Touch," and historical anecdotes that are both entertaining and informative. Numerous rare photos and pieces of memorabilia from The Professor's private collection have been added, as well as a biographical essay on him by Elizabeth Wilson.


  • Foreword (Dai Vernon)
  • Introduction (Bruce Cervon)
  • Introduction (Larry Jennings)
  • Author’s Introduction (Stephen Minch)
  • A Visit with Dai Vernon (Elizabeth Wilson)

Chapter One: Sleights, Tips and Technique

  • On the Turn of a Card
  • On the Corner-Short
  • On the Scallop-Short
  • Enlarging a Break
  • Breaking at the Injog
  • Rotating the Break
  • The Vernon All-Around Square Up
  • A curious Turnover-Pass
  • The Vernon One-Handed Shift
  • Glimpse from the Twirl Cut
  • Subway Transfer for Two
  • Hindu Transportation
  • The Hindu Double-Undercut
  • The Vernon Multiple False-Cut
  • The Vernon Simple False-Cut
  • On the Push-Through Shuffle
  • Three Loose Lifts
  • On Tabling a Double Card
  • On the Top Palm
  • Capping a Packet
  • Replacing the Top Palm
  • After the Bottom Palm
  • The Arthur Finley Diagonal Palm Shift
  • The Packet-Display Palm
  • Lightening the Load
  • On the Palm Change
  • On the Side Steal
  • The Strip-Out Addition
  • A New Peek Control
  • The Shuttle-Cut Control
  • The Perfect-Pitch False Count
  • The Transfer Force
  • The Breather Crimp
  • On the Second Deal
  • The “New Theory” Double Deal

Chapter Two: Among the Amaranths

  • No Sleight Triumph
  • The Second Campaign
  • In Uniform
  • The Ace Addembly
  • The Slow-Motion Aces – A Reassessment
  • Aces in Excelsis
  • The Fingerprint Card Trick
  • A Match Made in Cincinnati
  • The Aeroplane Card Trick
  • The Two-Thirteen Trick
  • The Unadulterated Cutting the Aces
  • Spellout with a Hitch
  • The Rising Sun
  • Oil Slick
  • Notes on the Three-Card Monte

Chapter Three: Dreams of Mammon

  • The Persistence-of-Vision Coin Vanish
  • Five Coins and a Glass
  • Silk and Silver
  • Slipping the Jit
  • Crossed Destinies

270 pages | 51 illustrations | 33 historical photographs


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