"FIND THE LADY" FLYER
A London Film Production company currently is making a documentary about FAUST & "FIND THE LADY".
In the late 80's FAUST (Granville Taylor) had explored the possibility of getting this illusion filmed at his local theatre, the Pendle Hippodrome theatre in Colne in Lancashire, and after inspecting the stage facilities he realised that it was possible to rig it up, but as he was still touring with his big illusion show he did not follow up the idea.
In 2008 Faust sold his big illusion show to a buyer in Spain, and all his collection of rare magical equipment made by the late John Martin, the World's Master Magical Mechanic, was sold to a buyer in the U.S.A. Some authentic Chinese robes and a few special costumes were bought by several magicians, and he was delighted when Pendle Hippodrome theatre bought all the rest of his stage costumes. Once again, the possibility of hiring the theatre to film Amac's masterpiece came to mind.
Fate intervened. At the funeral of Granville's brother, Kenneth Taylor, both families and friends met afterwards, and the conversation turned to "Find the Lady", rightly billed as "Positively the Most Amazing Illusion Ever Conceived". Granville owns Amac's original equipment, with sole performing rights throughout the world for this unique illusion since he bought it from Lucille Lyle in 1960. It was decided that it MUST be filmed. Friends and relations set wheels turning, leading to the London film production company deciding to make the documentary.
Work on the documentary started in late 2010, with Faust being interviewed in his home to produce a short "teaser" film, which was shown at a conference of documentary film makers in Harrogate. This attracted a lot of interest and sponsors and more filming followed.
The film company hired Pendle Hippodrome theatre in Colne in Lancashire from April 11th to 15th 2011. The get-in and rigging up of the illusion occupied most of the first day, and rehearsals followed with a new "Queen of Hearts" and Caroline, Granville's niece, as an assistant with the three cards. The complete "Find the Lady" act was filmed on the Friday afternoon, with both Taylor families and a few friends in the audience for this historic occasion.
Normally this illusion takes two to three weeks to rehearse before showing it in public, so with very limited rehearsal time, and Faust being 80 years of age, it was very hard work for all concerned. The film company also interviewed two of Faust's ex-stage assistants, Roger Darrock and Stephen Howe (The Sheratons) who toured Japan with him in 1975 and 1976. They also interviewed Dr.Edwin A.Dawes, the magic historian, at his home in Anlaby near Hull.
The documentary will be a marvellous tribute to Faust and to its inventor, Amac, who headlined with this one illusion in the U.S.A. in the 1920's. Amac sold the illusion and sole performing rights to The Great Lyle in 1941, and he featured it in his "Cavalcade of Mystery" and "Mystery Box Revue" shows until his death in 1955. His widow, Lucille Lyle, sold it to Granville Taylor in 1960.
Photographs can be seen on this website on the "Filming Find the Lady" page, and on the "Find the Lady" page on www.faust.i8.com.
Also, see "Filming Find the Lady" page on www.freewebs.com/taylormademagic for "What the Critics Say".
What Makes "FIND THE lADY" The Most Baffling. Bewildering, and Entertaining Illusion Act of All Time ?
1. "Find the Lady" is unique. In all the world there is only one Giant Three Card Illusion, "Find the Lady", performed in succession by AMAC, THE GREAT LYLE, and FAUST. Performing rights throughout the world are owned by Faust since 1960.
2. Amac's "Find the Lady" is acknowledged by magical experts, historians, and theatre critics, to be the most amazing illusion ever conceived. It has baffled magicians for many decades, and continues to do so. For the general public, once seen, it is never to be forgotten.
3. It is an act with just one illusion. A headline attraction around the world. A proven box-office attraction.
4. For an audience, the stage set-up is supremely simple: three large playing cards hanging from a plain wooden batten, and three stools - widely spaced across the stage for the lady to stand on. When they are invited to "Find the Lady", the gasps of amazement, the surprise, followed by spontaneous applause, soon has them bewitched, bothered, and completely bewildered.
5. No other illusion can be repeated again, and again, and again, like "Find the Lady". Most audiences would soon discover "how it is done" if a trick or illusion is repeated straight away, but with "Find the Lady" each time the audience are invited to place their bets they are led "up the garden path", bringing laughter born of bewilderment as the "Queen of Hearts" finally disappears completely, only to re-appear in the auditorium.
6. The disappearance of the Lady is a strong enough finish for any act, but Amac added the final touch of genius to his masterpiece - the ultimate "pay-off". The backcloth is flown away, allowing the audience to see, for the first time ever, the brick wall at the back of the stage, and the illusion is performed once more under these stringent, testing condition. The brick wall is a memorable sight - never to be forgotten - and forever associated with "that magician with the great three-card trick."
7. During this "explanation", the Lady vanishes even though she can be seen in silhouette, standing on the centre stool and holding a red sheet in front of herself, and the sheet disappears at the same time! The performer is left holding his coat and opera hat for the perfect ending to a most remarkable act.
8. The illusion is a classic - as modern, as mystifying, as entertaining today as when Amac first invented and performed it 80 years ago. Over the years, the best illusion inventors and producers have spent millions of dollars devising spectacular magic shows for Las Vegas and television "specials", but Amac's "Find the Lady" remains unsurpassed, and still lives up to its billing:
"POSITIVELY THE MOST AMAZING ILLUSION EVER CONCEIVED"