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Cy Endfield

Postby Mr. Charming » January 14th, 2018, 1:04 pm

Hello,

I received a few weeks ago Entertaining Card Magic. I was also hearing in the Skinner Tapes the high regard they had of Mr. Enfield. I wanted to learn more about him. I already did the standard internet searches, etc.

Any additional information I'll appreciate it.

Thanks!

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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby lybrary » January 14th, 2018, 2:08 pm

Cy Endfield was also a film director and inventor. Here is a bit about one of his inventions https://www.lybrary.com/cy-endfields-ch ... -a-19.html
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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby Richard Hatch » January 14th, 2018, 2:18 pm

This is a good book about him, which includes references to his magic:
https://www.amazon.com/Many-Lives-Endfield-Blacklist-Wisconsin/dp/0299303748/

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Re: Cy Enfield

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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby Mr. Charming » January 14th, 2018, 4:04 pm

Thank you!

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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby Mr. Charming » January 14th, 2018, 4:13 pm

lybrary wrote:Cy Endfield was also a film director and inventor. Here is a bit about one of his inventions https://www.lybrary.com/cy-endfields-ch ... -a-19.html


This is very, very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Seems that Mr. Enfield was a very reserved person and extremely talented at the same time.

Lewis Ganson brings impressive praises about him from the great.

Sadly it seems his introduction to ECM was never printed. Is that correct?

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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby Jack Shalom » January 14th, 2018, 7:19 pm

On the Pat Page Archive recordings, there are about 2 hours of Cy Endfield being interviewed; much of it is not about magic, but his career as an inventor.

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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 14th, 2018, 9:17 pm

I knew Cy. He wanted to do a book on card magic (all the things he'd come up with since the Entertaining Card Magic books). He died before we could get to it.
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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby Bill Mullins » January 14th, 2018, 9:50 pm

Just ran across this. I knew he had been caught up in the blacklist -- it will be interesting to see what the details of that were.

Persi Diaconis and Alan Alan are listed in the acknowledgements, so it presumably spends some time on his magic interests.

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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby Leonard Hevia » January 14th, 2018, 10:13 pm

I had no idea Cy directed Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island. This film enchanted me as a child, and it still does. There are some movies that transport you out of the TV room and into another world. This is one of them.

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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby performer » January 15th, 2018, 5:30 pm

Years and years and years and years ago I went into an agents office trying to get work. Starving magicians do that you know. Or at least they used to before they became computer geeks and lousy performers instead. The agent discussed card tricks and specifically Chan Canasta. And then out of the blue he said, "there is a guy who is really good at card tricks and I keep offering him work and he keeps turning it down. He is too busy being a film director. I can't remember his name" I said "Is it Cy Endfield?" He immediately responded, "Yes, that't the man"

That is all I know about Cy Endfield I am afraid. A great book though. Ganson wrote up some really terrific stuff in his time.

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Re: Cy Enfield

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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby Q. Kumber » January 18th, 2018, 2:21 pm

I must be getting OHD because every time I see this topic, I start to twitch and tremble. Please Mr. Moderator, change the title of this topic so it is spelt correctly.

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Re: Cy Endfield

Postby AJM » January 18th, 2018, 2:33 pm

Those in the UK of a certain vintage may recall that Robert Harbin had a series on TV teaching origami to 'the viewer'.
I recall these episodes as being fairly short in duration, broadcast almost to 'fill the gap' between the main TV shows.
Anyone else remember these?

Andrew

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Re: Cy Endfield

Postby Q. Kumber » January 18th, 2018, 3:08 pm

AJM wrote:
P.S. Quentin - I'm not a moderator however how does that look?


Now if you could change them all! :)

Incidentally Entertaining Card Magic was first serialised in The Gen magazine.

Ken Brooke told a story that Cy Endfield had a party at his home with many celebrities present. Slydini, Vernon and Ken Brooke performed. Later Ken was talking to a man (whose name I forget) who was married to a famous singer. Ken asked what he thought of Slydini.
"Which one is he?" he asked and Ken pointed him out.
"Oh, the funny foreign chap who kept dropping things in his lap."

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Re: Cy Endfield

Postby AJM » January 18th, 2018, 4:13 pm

The Genii grants all wishes.

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Re: Cy Enfield

Postby Mr. Charming » February 8th, 2018, 3:10 pm

lybrary wrote:Cy Endfield was also a film director and inventor. Here is a bit about one of his inventions https://www.lybrary.com/cy-endfields-ch ... -a-19.html


Dear Chris and everyone,

In the introduction of the book "Versatile Card Magic Revisited" by Frank Simon, Cy ENDfield writes the history of how he came up with the idea for this chess set. It came from a remark made by Frank Simon. Very funny story. Check it out.

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Re: Cy Endfield

Postby performer » February 8th, 2018, 3:46 pm

I just realised that I have been performing a Cy Endfield trick for decades on a reasonably frequent basis. It is not a card trick so that is probably why I didn't remember where I learned it or who invented it. However, the other day I rediscovered the source. It is in a tiny Ganson book called "A Magician Explains". The trick is the "Torn and Restored Treasury Note" by Cy Endfield. I have gotten very good reactions from it.

Alas it doesn't work with the new Canadian plastic money so I will just have to get some American bills or old Canadian bills just for this trick if I ever want to do it again.

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Re: Cy Endfield

Postby Matthew Field » February 9th, 2018, 3:21 am

Ask Michael Vincent.


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