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  • PaulRosini

    ByJohnBraun

    JohnNorthernHilliardsaidofhim"....oneofthenaturalmagicianswhoplaybyear,andhenevermakesawrongmoveagreatshowman."

    PaulRosiniWASagreatshowman.Hehadperfectedhismethodsofpresentationtoadegreethatseemedunbelievable.Isayhismethodsofpresentation,forthoughhewasanunusuallyskillfulsleightofhandartist,itwasnotsleightofhandartistrythathesoldtoaudiences.HehadmasteredagreaterartthatofblendingdexterityandpsychologywithapricelessingredientthatwashisbybirthrightPERSONALITYandtheresultwasalwaysentertainmentunalloyed,unadulteratedentertainment.

    Ihaveseenhimstepintothespotlightinanoisynightclub,theclosingactofanexcellentbill,hisentireapparatusinasmallvelvetbag.Fromthemomenthebeganhisfirsttrick,theeggbag,untilheclosed35minuteslater,theaudiencegavehimundividedattentionandenjoyedassistinginthetricks.Hisactwasfilledwithlittlelaughs,surprises,changesoftempo,slyinnuendosandtongue-in-cheekimpudence.Hehimselfwassuaveandpolished,asimmaculateasAdolphMenjou,andtherewassomethingofthecontinentalabouthim,too,whichheplayedupforeffect.Helikedpeople,soheperformedFORthem,notATthem,andhealwayswonthemover.

    Shyandunassumingoffstage,onstagehewasanactorgiftedwithararesenseofthecomic.Thecharacterheplayedwasthatofadelightfulmountebankatoncedisreputableandelegant,waggishyetserious.Allhisartwasutilizedinbuildingintomiraclesthetrickshepresented.Andtheywerealloldtricks.Nothingneworcomplicated,justtheoldtricks.Theeggbag,thethumbtie,thecardincigarette,thestabbingtrick,thecupsandballs,thevanishingbirdcage,thebillinlemon,EverywhereandNowhere,variouscardlocationsbuthecouldholdanoisynightclubaudienceinsuspensewhilehepaused,lookedquizzicallyatthepack,andslowlyturnedoveracard!

    Paultalkedbutlittleofearlylifeandfamily,butwehaveitongoodauthoritythathewasborninTriesteonSeptember29,1902,(thefamilynamewasVucci)andcametothiscountrywithhisparentsin1912.Fatehadmarkedhimformagiceventhen.ThefamilysettledinChicago,andoneoftheboysmostthrillingdiscoveriestherewasthemagicshopofA.Roterberg.Bythetimehewasthirteenhisheartwassetonacareerinmagic,andhestuckatituntilheattainedhisgoal.

    InJanuary,1919,TheoBamberg(OKITO)taughthimthecupsandballsinNewYorkCity,

  • andrecognizedthentheboysgiftformagic.ItwasatBambergsthatPaulmetJuliusZanzig,withwhomhesubsequentlybecameassociated.LaterheworkedasanassistanttoGroverGeorge,andalsotoCarlRosini.AtonetimeheteamedwithMartinSunshineinanact.HefirstattractedindividualattentionwhenheopenedinChicagosfamousCollegeInn(HotelSherman)inthe20s.HisactualrisetoprominenceintheentertainmentworldbeganinPhiladelphia,wherehefrequentedthemagicshopofMikeKanter.KanterintroducedhimtoJackLynch,aleadingnightcluboperator.ThisintroductionresultedinabookingforRosiniinthecluboftheAdelphiaHotel.Fromtherehewentintothebestnightclubsandhotelsthroughoutthecountry,playingmanyspotsmagicianshadneverplayedbefore.ThefamousEmpireRoomofthePalmerHouse,Chicago,oncebilledhimas"TheWorldsGreatestMagician,"andhecarriedthetitlewithhonors,forhesetarecordbyplayingtherefor28consecutiveweeks!Chicago,sceneofmanyofhistriumphs,wasthecityinwhichhediedonSeptember,19,1948,inhis46thyear.

    Nothingeverwentintohisactthatwasnot"right"fromeveryangle.Hissleightsandsecretmoveswerealwaysexecutedatjusttherightmoment;thelittledetailsthatweremeanttomisleadtheaudiencewerechosenwithcareandsubtlyaccentuatedbywordandgesture.Littlemannerisms,aquizzicalorreproachfullook,orapause,countedformuch.Everythingwasplannedandcarefullyspottedincludinghisrecurringrequestforthat"tinylettlewaltz,please,"andthatslyquery,"Didyouseemedosomething?Ididsomething!"Thetricks,alwayssmalltricks,werenevercomplicated;asatrickunfolded,eachstepwasclearandeasytofollow,andtheclimaxreachedwasalwaysastounding.Whateverhedidwasalwaysmagic,beautifultosee!

    Paulwasatrueartist,alwaysseekingperfection.Hisstockoftablemagicwasasartisticallypresentedashisstagerepertoire,andhelovedthemagicofcards.HismagicalidolwasMaxMalini,fromwhosepresentationheadaptedseveraleffectivetouches.

    "Everymagicianwhohasseenhisact,"wroteRobertParrishinTheLinkingRing,"haslearnedsomethingaboutmagicalshowmanship.Rosinisactwillnotbeduplicated,butitsimpactontheartofmagicwillcontinuetobefelt,evenwhereitmaynotbeacknowledged."

    THELIFESAVERTRICK

    Afavoriteclose-uptrickofRosiniswasgiventhefollowingpresentation.RosiniopenedafreshpackageofLifeSaversanddistributedthemtothepartyaroundthetable.Lateracardwasselected.HetookaLifeSaverandshoweditfreely.ThenheinsertedaswizzlestickthroughtheholeinthepieceofcandyandspuntheLifeSaveronthestick,watchingit

  • carefullyasthoughforsomesortofclue.Fortheclimax,thenameofthecardwasfoundtobeprintedonthesurfaceofthecandy.

    Rosinicarriedastackoffivecardsinhispocket.TheinitialsofthecardswereprintedboldlyonfiveLifeSavers.Itiseasytowritewithapencilonthesmoothsideofawhite,peppermintLifeSaver.TheLifeSaverswerearrangedsothathecouldsecurewhicheveroneheneededintherighthand.

    Beforedoingthetrick,hebroughtoutafreshpackageofLifeSavers,openedit,andshookthecontentsoutontothetable,offeringthemtothepeoplearoundthetable.Thenhewentaheadwiththemagic.Afterthespectatorshadshuffledandcutthecards,hepalmedthestackoffivecardsontothedeck.Hedealtoffonlyasmanycardsastherewerepeopleatthetable.Heaskedoneofthepeopletotouchacardandlookatit.Hemadeapretenseofturninghisheadwhilethiswasdone,butmanagedtoglimpsewhichcardwaschosen.Themomentheknewwhichcardwastobeused,hesecuredtheappropriateLifeSaverinhisrightfingers,grippingitwiththethirdfingercurledaroundtheedgeofthedisk.

    Hegatheredupthecardsandlaidthemontopofthedeck,keepingtrackofthechosenone.Thenheshuffledthecards,reversingtheselectedcardandleavingitinthemiddleofthedeck.

    HeaskedsomeonetogivehimaLifeSaverandputitonthestick,whichheheldinhisrighthand.Thestickhadbeenlaiddownwithoneendprotrudingovertheedgeofthetable,permittingtherighthandtoslipthepalmedLifeSaverontotheendofthestickintheactofpickingupthestick.TheunpreparedLifeSaverhavingbeenputonthestick,hegavethediskaspinwiththeleftforefinger.Thenhetippedthesticktowardtheleft,graspedtheendofthestickinthelefthand,thelefthandcoveringtheunpreparedLifeSaver,andreleasedtherighthand,leavingthepalmedLifeSaverspinningonthestick.Theshiftingofthestickfromhandtohandwasverymuchinthemanneroftheclassicalswitchofaringonawand.

    AslongasthepreparedLifeSaverwaskeptspinning,thepenciledprintingcouldnotbeseen.RosiniaskedforthenameofthecardandatthesametimeraisedthestickasthoughtolettheLifeSaverslideoffintohismouth.Themomentthecardwasnamed,Rosinistoppedthisactionand,registeringsurprise,remarked,"Icameneareatingit!"HelettheinscribedLifeSaverslideoffthestickintoaspectatorshand.

    Forasecondsurprise,hespreadthedeckfacedownonthetablerevealingthechosencardfaceupinthecenterofthedeck.

  • WASITTHERE?

    Rosiniconsideredthisoneofhisbestcardtricks.

    Effect:Fivecardsarelaidfaceuponthetable.Aspectatorisaskedtonameanycardinthisgroup.Thecardsarenowpickedupandplacedfacedownontheleftpalm.Theperformersays,"Look!"anddealsthecardsfaceuponthetable.Onlyfourcardsremain,andthemissingcardistheonethespectatorindicated.

    Thecardsarepickedupandturnedfacedowninthepalmoftheperformerslefthand.Thetopcardofthepacketisturnedfaceupontopofthepacket.Thiscardisthentransferred,stillfaceup,tothebottomofthepacket.Therestofthecardsareshowninthesameway,resultinginafaceuppacketofcardsinthelefthand.Thepacketisnowturnedfacedownandthespectatoraskedtonamehischosencard.Thecardsarespreadfacedownonthetableandtheselectedcardappearsfaceupinthecenterofthefourfacedowncards.

    Thesamefivecardsareagainlaidfaceuponthetableandthespectatorallowedtoindicateanothercard.Theperformerpicksupthecardsoneatatimeandplacestheminhislefthandinafaceupfan.Thepacketisturnedfacedown,closed,andsquared.Thepacketisthenpassedtothespectatortohold.Theperformergoesthroughthemotionsoftakingacardfromthepacketandthrowingitintotheair.

    Takingthepacketfromthespectator,theperformerdealsthecardsfaceuponthetable.Againthereareonlyfourcardsandthechosencardismissing.Theperformerthenproducesthiscardfromhispocket.

    Method:Thecardsarepickedupsothatthechosencardisthethirdormiddlecardofthepacket.Thecardsareturnedfacedownandsquared,thencountedfaceuponthetableinanatural,easymanner.Whentheperformercomestotakethethirdcard,hetakestwocardsasone.Thisisdonebysqueezingthebottomcardwiththeleftfingers,causingittobuckle.Thisallowstheperformertograspthethirdandfourthcardstogetherbytheindexcornersandturnthemfaceupasonecarduponthetwotabledcards.Thelastcardistakenfromthelefthand,givenasnap,andplacedontopofthefaceuppacket.

    Thepacketisplacedfacedowninthepalmofthelefthand.Thetopcardisturnedfaceuponthepacket.Theperformergoesthroughthemotionsofsquaringthepacket.Thenhetransfersthecard,stillfaceup,tothebottomofthepacket.Thesecondcardishandledin

  • thesameway,butafteritisturnedfaceup,thecardbeneathitisstolenalongwithitbyadoubleliftandthesetwocardsplacedasonebeneaththepacket.Theoperationmaybeaidedbyslippingtheleftlittlefingerundercardnumberthreeascardnumbertwoisturnedup.Theremainingtwocardsarehandledinexactlythesamefashion,butwithoutanysleight.Thespectatorgetstheimpressionthathehasbeenshownfourcardssingly.Whenhenameshisselectedcard,theperformerturnsthepacketfacedownandspreadsitonthetable,showingthiscardfaceupinthecenterofthepacket.

    Thecardsareagainturnedfaceupandthespectatorchoosesone.Whilethespectatorismakinghischoice,theperformerallowshisrighthandtogotohislips,wherehesecuresagenerousbitofsalivaonthetipofhismiddlefinger.Rosinioftenusedhiscigarasanexcuseforthismove.

    Theselectedcardisagainpickedupthird.Thefirstcardispickedfromthetablewiththerightfirstfingerandthumbandlaidfaceuponthepalmofthelefthand.Thesecondcardishandledinthesameway.Theselectedcardisthenpickedupusingthemiddlefinger.Thisfingerisallowedtorestonthecenteroftheselectedcardandthendrawnslowlydownacrossthelowerhalfofthefaceofthecard.Thisdistributesenoughsalivaonthecardtocauseittoadheretothebackofthecardwhichwillbeplacedaboveit.Thecardsareplacedinthelefthandinasortoffan,thesele

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