Foo - Looking for source on a Henry Ford II story
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03-25-08, 03:45 PM
Decades ago I read a story about Henry Ford II sitting in his office on the top floor at Ford's World Headquarters. A magician had gotten an appointment to audition for him to entertain at auto trade shows in behalf of Ford. The magician had Ford pick a card from a deck of cards, but keep to himself which card it was. The magician then pulled a card out and asked Ford if it was the card. It was not. The magician pulled several more cards from the deck. In each case it was not the card Ford had pulled out and put back. Ford was about ready to throw the guy out on his ear. Then the magician asked Ford to look out of his window. In the distance a skywriter was just finishing writing the correct card in the sky. The magician got the job.
Has anyone read that story? Does anyone know a source for it?
I believe you are talking about Karrell Fox (the magician). I found several stories describing the stunt you detailed above, and I believe a direct source could be found from one of his books:
Clever Like a Fox (1976)
Another Book by Karrell Fox (1979)
Comedy A La Card
Karrell Fox’s The Legend
For My Next Trick
Not sure of the dates of those last three, but I'm fairly certain the Ford trick is outlined in one of them. Hope this helps some!
03-25-08, 04:34 PM
Thank you, Eboo. After you gave me the name of the magician, I googled him with Henry Ford II added to the search string and found the story in a TIME Magazine Artile (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,942941-2,00.html). That may be where I originally read it. To me it has always been a great story.
Awesome :) Glad you found the article. For my next trick, I'm going to pull a bass out of this hat...
03-25-08, 04:52 PM
The Internet is a great thing. Usually I can find something like this with the right search string in Google, but it did not work without the magician's name.
I looked at your profile, and about a dozen years before you were born I was in school in St. Louis. A squeaky clean businessman was blown up when he started his automobile in a restaurant parking lot. It was a mob-style hit. I went on a year long internship. When I returned to St. Louis I asked a barber if the case had ever been solved. It had not. About four years ago I began to think about it again. I did a search on Google and found the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had written an article about it maybe fifteen years ago. Someone in St. Louis absconded with quite a bit of money belonging to the New Orleans mob and two guys from the gang that cannot shoot straight were dispatched to St. Louis to settle the score. They knew they guy drove a black Lincoln, so they bombed a black Cadillac! Both perpetrators have long since died of illness and old age. But, the FBI knew immediately what had happened and who had done it. However, they could do nothing because it would have jeopardized a larger investigation.
Anyway, thanks again.
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