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Every time I think of Fred Robinson I always think of two other magicians, T. Nelson Downs and Bert Douglas. I never saw T. Nelson Downs but I did meet Bert Douglas once when he was in Britain on a holiday from Canada.

Downs was an American. Douglas was a Scotsman from Aberdeen who emigrated to Canada after the first world war. Fred Robinson is as English as they come, but all three of them had three things in common. Firstly, all three of them worked for railway companies. Downs, I believe I read somewhere, was as a young man a telegraphist with a railway company in Iowa. Bert Douglas was for many years a guard on a train travelling back and forth across Canada. Fred Robinson was a railway signalman for something like forty-five years.

The second thing they have in common was a passionate love for, and interest in, things magical. Downs, as we know, became an internationally acclaimed performer. Douglas, for quite a number of years, was a prolific writer on things magical and Fred became editor of Pabular.

The third thing they apparently had in common with regard to their railway work, was time. All three of them had occupations which involved long periods of inactivity which enabled them to devote their thoughts to you know what.

Downs spent his time practising his coin sleights, Bert Douglas told me he spent many happy hours sitting in his little caboose at the tail-end of a trans-continental train scribbling away at his many books trying to invent some original ideas for brother magicians, many of which were very successful.

Fred's passionate interest was cards. He was, and still is, a devotee of Erdnase. 'Expert at the Card Table' was his bible. I don't know who invented the riffle pass but I do know he was in there way back with his version, and he is still the only person that this writer has seen who can do it, if I may steal a modern phrase, full frontal, invisibly. His second, centre and bottom deal are as good as any I have seen. Fred himself would be the first to admit that the ability to do a few sleights well doesn't make one an authority on card magic. Fred does have a pretty wide knowledge of that subject and is quite willing to share it with anyone who shows more than just a passing interest. He also has a very attractive daughter, Annabel, who has a magic act, a very good one too. Did I mention that for many years Fred also did kid shows? I didn't? He did. Which brings me to one of my favourite kid show stories.

Fred and Annabel were booked to perform their respective acts at a kids' party at a social club. After the show, or rather right at the end of the show, the club secretary mounted the platform to thank them for the entertainment. He brought them back on stage to receive an extra round of well-earned applause which led into 'Three cheers for Uncle Fred and Annabel'. Can you picture the scene? All the kids screaming their hip-hip hoorays with the exception of one little boy in the front row who was standing up with both hands around his mouth yelling 'Fraud! Fraud it's a trick!'

The kid couldn't have been more wrong. There is no fraud about Fred. He is one of the most straightforward men I know. In case you are wondering what this is all about it is the fact that Fred has relinquished his position as Editor of Pabular. He has been with us since the beginning. Thank you Fred. And in the same breath may I say 'Welcome' to Walt Lees.

Goodbye,

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Last months ad came to an abrupt stop virtually in mid-sentence as I had run out of space. So now no chat j ust fact . . . Sold out of COMMAND PERFORMANCE' by Michael Ammar Issue One and Issue Two, £4. 65 each. This is brilliant close up magic by someone that Mendoza/Vernon and many other names have a great deal of respect for ... I met him in the United States and he fooled me badly. Please place your order for these lecture notes cum books and I will despatch immediately second batch arrives, Al Schneider gave me the U.K. exclusive rights to his CLOSE UP book. I priced it fairly and left with egg all over my face when ANOTHER DEALER offered the same book at a lower price. Anyhow Al Schneider was very upset and to prove it he has given me the exclusive rights to all his publications right now. I have Al Schneider ON COINS (virtually a coin classic) at ¿7. 50 and Al Schneider ON CLOSE UP at £12.00. Thank you Al for backing me up when I ran into problems. 'MEPHISTG DOVE FANS' aren't much good for close-up workers but if you work with doves then they are highly recommended at £19.75. Other dove material: 'MEPHISTO'S GLOVES TO SILKS TO DOVE' - £15.00, 'MEPHISTO DOVE HARNESS' £7.00, 'MEPHISTO SHOULD I USE DOVE' (Handbook) £6.25, 'MEPHISTO MULTIPLYING SILKS TO DOVES' £11.25 and really new in via my suitcase from the United States . . . 'WONDERGAS DOVE HARNESS' - a new principle with many unusual and practical features. For experienced dove workers only £7. 50. I worked my way around the States with Ken Brooke's Malini Egg Bag and Dirty Deal (contact Paul Stone for prices not me) and 'THE DEVANO RISING CARDS'. I'have been taught a beautiful handling by the late Lewis Ganson and wherever I went the 'DEVANO PACK' did me proud. This is not just advertising but I must say that they are foolproof, work every time and as smooth as silk. Beautiful item that knocks the audience out every time ... £5. 50 plus something for postage please. Get 'GIPSY CURSE' from Repro as well, it has an amazing impact on your audience! (What's all this Martin, free advertising for your competitors) I had one sample Magic Blotter in from the United States. Everyone who saw it raved about it. Eventually I sold the sample but there will be more. Desk type blotter unit crafted in wood. It changes blank paper into a real pound note and then can be rigorously examined. A collector's item and something you will love .. . £20.00 as soon as the parcel arrives here. I fool people (and magicians) with 'CABALA' from the masters of craftsmanship Milson Worth in California. A solid heavy stainless steel ball penetrates a sheet of glass inside a beautiful hand crafted wooden case. The ball penetrates visibly and then everything can be fully examined. In a fine wood and made to last forever, £18.75. Just a few 'EXPANDING DECKS' in Bicycle cards. Once called Macro Micro I believe. A mini size deck changes visibly into a full poker size deck. No sleight of hand and an amazing impact £3.25 but again, just a few in stock but more on order. Precision. 'CASINO DICE' in stock. Red and Green, £3.00 per pair.

What is a CLONE? What is a sponge ball? Who knows? Put two eyes and a nose on a sponge ball and when it starts to dublicate itself etc. , what have you got? A very clever routine using little faces called 'CLONES'. £6.25. A friend showed this to me in California and at last I have found it - CLONES - the first person to buy it in this country phoned me up to sing its praises. Get 'CLONES' . . . have only a very small quantity but more awaited. American customers love my ads I am told and say that they wouid love to be able to buy American tricks from me, now believe it or not they can. I have just opened up what will, I am very certain, be tier thriving magical business in Oakland, California. Blake Ed war a im a professional magician and actor will be handling ail the enc.uiries atcii my acl-;- rtisinc tor tuli Gctii.il s ox an t .uni ri uic ¿."d me and onlv Martn

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