At the I.B.M. convention in Hastings on the 14th of September 1978 during the dealers show, Mr Klingsor, president of the F.I.S.M. convention to be held in Brussels 1979, in order to promote this event made the false announcement that Fred Kaps, Richard Ross, Tonny van Dommelen, Brahma et al would be appearing in a Gala show called "Parade of GrandPrix Winners", as one of the attractions of the F.I.S.M. convention.
We, the undersigned would like it to be known that Mr Klingsor never contacted any of us on this matter and that no contracts have been signed to appear on such a show.
Tonny van Dommelen Richard Ross
A few moments after meeting Phil Goldstein when he arrived in London he said "I have some material for Pabular" — it is all in this issue.
Magical writers can be roughly divided into two categories — those who describe tricks most suitable for showing to other magicians and those whose work is directed towards effects which appeal to those outside the fraternity. It is not possible to put Phil's contributions as a whole into either of these classes as he caters for most tastes which include mentalists, both close-up and platform performers. His card tricks include items for those who have facility with sleights used by experts in this field and some for those who lack expertise in this regard. All his publications are completely without 'padding', full of 'meat' and described with enviable clarity. Moreover, he proved that his material is practical during his visit both in formal appearances and in free and easy sessions withlhe boys.
Much has been happening in the close-up world since the last issue and it is difficult to know where to start. Perhaps it would be best to start at the beginning — which was in the Magic Place.
Ken Brooke has been fooling everyone with one of Gaeton Bloom's off-beat ideas. Two playing cards are placed 'T' fashion on the table i.e. with the narrow end of one card butted up against the centre of the other thus enabling the two cards to support each other both cards being balanced on one of their long edges. The trick is to take one card away leaving the other standing up on its long edge. A sketch would have helped but I think you will understand. This is not for sale and it is no use asking how its done — have fun coming up with a solution.
Danny Ray has been speaking to Ken in glowing terms of Andrew Galloway's The Ramsay Classics. I cannot remember the exact superlatives used but was left in no doubt that this French professional regarded the information on misdirection as some of the most valuable ever to appear in print. For the close-up performer this book is an investment, not only
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