BRUCE CERVON'S CASTLE NOTEBOOKS - VOLUME 4
Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 4
Notebooks 9, 10, 11
Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks are a holy grail for students of close-up magic from the golden years of the Magic Castle. Within them are held countless tricks, sleights and secrets that were kept exclusive by Cervon for many years, and are still ahead of today's cutting edge. Respecting Bruce's desire that this information remain exclusive, his wife, Linda Lipps Cervon, in conjunction with L&L Publishing, is releasing Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks in a facsimile set of hardcover books. Volume 4 containing Cervon notebooks 9, 10 and 11, composed from 1967 through 1969 - 424 pages - is now available in a limited edition - just 500 copies will be sold! A must-have for the serious student of fine, advanced, close-up magic.
Eugene Burger said, "The Cervon Notebooks are almost like being at some of the most fascinating magic sessions of the 20th century. The material Vernon shared in itself is quite astonishing."
Bill Malone noted, "The Bruce Cervon Notebooks are pure gold! I'm finding fascinating information with the turn of every page! Part of the fun is uncovering the buried treasures hidden inside."
And, Max Maven said, "Digging through these pages is an opportunity that virtually no one imagined would ever be possible. But it is, and it's worth digging, as there are gems to be discovered."
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Bruce Cervon loves magic! He has been a student of this ancient art since he was 7 years old, and in 1965, began his professional magic career. As a child growing up in Akron, Ohio, he gave neighborhood shows that friends and family eagerly awaited. His livelihood has been derived from performing for nearly four decades.
His act is fast-paced and humorous with much audience participation. When working close-up he almost does his whole act in the audience! He has a wealth of close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks that will make anyone say, “I couldn’t have seen what I just saw” and “it was right before my eyes!” The close-up act runs anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, or longer depending on the circumstances. His stand-up show, with his unusual sense of humor, is an excellent 25 to 35 minutes for any size audience.
He is a member of The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) and has served since 1976 on the Board of Directors of that world renowned organization. He has twice won the award for "Best Close-Up Performer" (and has been nominated seven times.) Additionally, the Academy has nominated him no less than four times for the coveted "Magician of the Year" award. He has also won the award for "Best Lecturer" and is now numbered among the very few select performers who have been retired from eligibility in the awards competition. In 2000, he was honored with the “Performing Fellowship”, the highest Academy of Magical Arts award a performer can receive.
He is a court appointed expert witness on gambling of the California Superior Court and served as an expert consultant in the famous Los Angeles “Chinatown Bribery Case.”
Bruce is a member of Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and American Guild of Variety Artists. He has appeared on both the “big” and “little” screens. He has functioned as performer and technical advisor in many commercials such as those produced by Bank of America, Continental Airlines, Pepsi-Cola, Shell Oil, Pontiac and Rolf’s Wallets (a prize winner for most creative commercial of the year). Other credits include, “The Mike Douglas Show”, “The Merv Griffin Show”, “That’s Incredible!”, “The Jefferson’s”, “Family Ties”, and “For Love and Honor”. And his list of private show clients reads like a Who’s Who of show business!
In addition to performing, Bruce also writes and produces high quality books and video tapes for magicians. The Real Work, Card Secrets of Bruce Cervon; The Cervon File; The Cervon Monte (poker-sized and giant-sized versions); Cervon’s Black & White Trick; and Ultra Cervon have been in print for years. The four volume set of his Dai Vernon Chronicles is complete, and his latest is Cervon’s Hardboiled Mysteries. He also owns one of the finest collections of sleight of hand and gambling books in the world consisting of over 1,000 antique and modern volumes.
Bruce Cervon died (5-23-2007) after battling throat cancer since August 2006. He was student of both Vernon and Marlo and an excellent magician.
Through Mike Caveney and L&L, he published several books of original material and also material on Dai Vernon.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.