Thoughts on products, performance, and doublethink in the magic community.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

What the Hell Was Jean Hugard Thinking...

The guy knew his stuff, but some lines I stumbled across in "Modern Magic Manual" (pub. 1957) are just weird.

"If you want someone to do exactly as told, pick a man or woman with a fairly well rounded chin."

"Never select as a helper an individual with chubby fingers."
And I thought Sankey's accents were the strangest thing in magic!


Blogger MagicEnigma said...

Pointy chin = Devil?

9:42 PM

Blogger Nate said...

Since when do devils do exactly as told?

10:02 PM

Blogger Nathan Coe Marsh said...

they don't...which is david's point

nate (marsh)

7:52 PM

Blogger EK said...

Rounded chin people were thought to have less will power and be more agreeable

5:03 PM

Blogger tsiame hui said...

The stubby fingers is easy, the longer the fingers the better the viewing of the trick/manipulation.

A person with a rounded chin is likely a few pounds overweight and easier for many and most of the audience to relate to.

8:37 PM

Blogger kenneth smith said...

the comments were not by hugard. they were from the introduction by julien j. proskauer, an amateur magician and publisher of the conjurers magazine in the 1940s. its stated in the book that the intro is by him/ read a little more carefully. ken smith

7:07 PM


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