The Vernon Touch was the name of Dai Vernon's column in Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine. Vernon originally wanted to call the column "The Cranky Old Man of Magic", which ran from 1968 until 1990. He recorded his thoughts on hundreds of different magicians he saw perform from all around the world and gives advice on the creation and presentation of magic.
Vernon submitted his columns to Genii, often procrastinating until the last minute, when Bill Larsen would corner him and plead with him to write it. He would sometimes submit them hand written, recording some of them for Bill to transcribe and even on the back of Magic Castle place-mats.
A hardcover edition was advertise in the September 1998 issue of Genii (page 40). However, it did not come to fruition until after Richard Kaufman took over Genii and published it, with hundreds of photographs of Vernon and friends, via Genii Books in 2006.
Reviewed in Genii 2006 June
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