change the shade slightly but is just the job for experimenters. Also caught him performing ROY WALTON'S 'Cascade' for a couple of non-magicians who obviously enjoyed it.
In the not too distant future we shall be explaining a couple of items from the repertoire of BRIAN SINCLAIR who ranks with the best of close uppers. Always ready to perform regardless of conditions — his Coins through Table is really something. He has a stack of impromptu card magic — always with borrowed cards — and usually manages to steal a wrist watch.
DEVANO must be one of the best known names in magic. Apart from inventing what must surely be the best selling Rising Card trick of all time, he has another speciality in which the drawer of a matchbox rises and falls. Harry usually drifts into the Blenheim Bar on Monday evenings after fulfilling his duties as host at the Magic Circle, so if you are around he would be happy to show you this minor classic.
Last time we met the conversation turned to the subject of acting as related to magic. There was a difference of opinion on one issue. Can an actor give a better performance of magic, providing the effects are self-working than a magician without acting experience? Having seen a professional actor attempt this task I can pronounce that the result was a dismal failure. One of the reasons for the lack of success in this particular instance and one that will be an obstacle to any other actor having a similar assignment is that an actor is trained to play a part which in this case is that of a magician.
The magician differs in this respect — he is playing himself — for all he is worth — and is not playing at being someone else either real or imagined. He is the product of his own experiences, not of an acting school, and has learned the hard way by discarding material which'does not 'go' for him and retaining that which is well received by his audiences. Using this material as a vehicle the magician 'sells' himself as a personality to his audiences with whom he creates a rapport. The actor without magical performing experience cannot sell what he has not bought.
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