May I offer a warm welcome to Ron Bauer.
I have read many favourable reviews of the works of this
outstanding magician and have been impressed by the quality
of his productions, having seen these as they passed through
my hands at the Magic Bunny shop.
You may find the following link of interest to get a flavour
of the work that this fine magician has initiated:
Thank you so much Ron for sparing a week of your time in
visiting these forums. I do hope that you may enjoy your time
here. I know that our membership will learn so much from your
Very best wishes,
Michael Jay: Yes, thank you Ron for taking
your time to be our guest speaker for February and welcome
to Magic Bunny. You're going to find our members "shoot
from the hip," so be prepared for some difficult questions.
A bit of history about Mr. Bauer for the members:
Ron had his own local troupe in Michigan, entertaining kids
as well as adults, during the '70s. An interesting tid-bit
is that Ron and his troupe were using muppet-like creatures
long before the Muppet Show hit the airwaves.
Ron was good friends with Ed Marlo, knew Dai Vernon well
and is terrifically versed in the history of magic - almost
encyclopaedic in fact. Ron also runs a weekly magic Round
Table discussion that is open to all magicians who would like
to attend and he welcomes any and all who would wish to join
in on Monday nights.
Ron's sleight of hand ability is second to none - I've seen
his skills with my own eyes and can verify that he is exceptionally
talented. In fact, one of the first things the man ever showed
me was an appearance of a huge (and I mean huge) ball bearing...Open
handed - took me right out of the blue, the thing weighed
right around a pound (possibly more!).
Ron is the author of "The Ron Bauer Private Studies
and from everything I've read from these books, they are high
quality and highly recommended. You can read my review of
the first three of the series in the reviews - Admin has given
you the link to these, above.
We are truly blessed with good luck to have Ron as our speaker
for the next week.
Lady of the Rings: When you
got started in magic, what were your ambitions, and did you
Are the ambitions you have now, the same ones
you started with, or have you achieved all you ambitions and
are completely satisfied with the level of magic you have
RBauer: The truth is, except
for some flights as fancy during my very early teens, I've
never had a strong desire to be a professional magician.
It's a great hobby, however. And, it can help
one out financially from time to time (it has for me). I must
admit (well, maybe not MUST) that my interest has been sustained
because I'm a devout dilettante!
Magic Chief Thomas: Hi Ron,
I am just starting out in magic and I would like to know how
many hours of practice do you put in a day. Thanks for your
RBauer: Alas, not nearly
as much as I would like!
When I was young, I practiced every day because
I enjoyed it.
Over the years I've come to believe two things
If you like to practice, you must have a talent
for your work, and...
Nothing is more detrimental to success as
Michael Jay: Ron, I know
that you've been published, aside from you own "Private
Studies Series," in several books. A couple of them I
know, like "The Magic of Milt Kort" and "New
Modern Coin Magic." Could you provide me a list of the
magazines, periodicals and other publications that contain
RBauer: The bio tells the
tale (in the Library by Monday).
Gary Scott: Hi Ron,
great to see another world-renowned professional as the guest
speaker. I'd like to ask you what and who are/were your influences
for you to make magic a successful career.
For me, Daryl, Eugene Burger, Ed Marlo, Larry Jennings and
Bill Malone help me keep inspired and to always try and improve
RBauer: Hi, Gary...
Thanks for the kind words.
Most of my influences are probably people
unknown to you, but I'd certainly include Ed Marlo, Milt Kort,
Don Alan, John Stanfield (of Atlanta), and many others. Many
of my most noteworthy influences, though, come from the theatre,
not the world of magic. That's not because of preference,
but because that's my background.
By the way, Larry Jennings was a magic student
of mine for several years before we sent him off to the Magic
Joker: Ron, I mean to cause
no offence with this question.
You are known as “the underground legend”.
I understand “underground” to mean someone who
is very skilled technically - but one who is not appreciated
by general audiences as much as by magicians. Do you think
this is a fair statement in relation to yourself?
RBauer: None taken.
But, let's correct the record. It's "THE
underground legend." But, it's not to be taken seriously.
That was how Lance Pierce referred to me in
a privately published book by Bill Kalush in the lead-in of
a trick I called "Win at Gin!" (This will be published
in an expanded and detailed form later this year, I hope!)
John Dowdy and others who were putting together my website
(www.thinklikeaconjuer.com) thought it was amusing to refer
to me that way, and so that's what some have come to believe
is MY choice for an alias. Ah, well...
As far as "underground" is concerned;
it only refers to those who don't belong to the social and
commercial part of the magic world. I doubt that exceptional
abilities has that much to do with it.
Sometimes, a magician is not available for
conventions and clubs and publications because of lack of
time. For example, he could be spending all his time performing
for the public!
Sean: I know this is the
general question everyone gets asked and I'm sure you're sick
of it! But, how did you get interested and started in the
world of magic?
RBauer: Gradually during
My father bought an indecipherable magic book
called "Coin Magic" by T. Nelson Downs. I not only
couldn't understand, but, never having seen a magician, couldn't
understand the purpose of such a book.
However, not a year later, I missed my stop
while riding the bus in downtown Portland, Oregon, and saw
a display in a window of a shop that drew my attention. I
Lady of the Rings: I am sure
you have been asked this a thousand times but...
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement
RBauer: This is my first
attempt at replying to anyone on a magic forum. If I'm successful
(and I will only know that via feedback), I will consider
it to be my greatest achievement in magic...
Lady of the Rings: Good answer