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Thank you, thank you, thank you. To all those wonderful magicians who have sent me photographs. To date I have received seventeen pictures, two of which are of unknown performers. That is there are no names on the pictures and neither I nor the guys who sent them recognise the performers. Actually that now makes up about a dozen photographs I have of performers of unknown identity. It makes you think, doesn't it? Or does it? The point I am making is that as you grow older your features change, you gain a few wrinkles, add a few pounds, lose a few hairs. Change the act a little (?) with the result that if you look at a twenty year old photograph you don't recognise yourself, so the chances of someone else recognising you are remote. Lesson? If you are going to take the trouble and go to the expense of having professional pictures done make sure your name or the name of the act is included.

I have mentioned before in this column one Mike Caldwell. Mike hails from Hollywood, California. Yes, the Hollywood with the pictures where they never forget to include the names of the artists. He has been in London for the past couple of weeks scouting around the showbusiness scene and may have struck gold, which means that there is a strong possibility that we will be seeing more of Mike in London either late this, or early next, year.

I had an interesting conversation with Mike once upon a time. He told me he was thinking of putting together a close-up act. Now, apart from the fact that he could never get close enough to anyone to perform close-up magic (he weighs in at more than 300 lbs) I have never thought that Mike was technically capable of performing any close-up magic which would compare favourably with some of the guys who frequent the Magic Castle in Hollywood, which happens to be his local magic club.

After pointing out that the only close-up effect I had ever seen him perform was a coin vanish which was hilarious I asked him what effects he would perform and pointed out that it was a little late for him to start learning sleight of hand. His reply floored me. "Who the hell says you have to learn sleight of hand to do close-up magic?" You know something? He's right!

The conversation I have just described took place a few years ago and I don't think Mike ever did get around to doing that close-up act, but that phrase has always stayed in my mind. "Who the hell says you have to learn sleight of hand to do close-up magic?" I repeat, he's right!

Just think of some of the real heavyweights in close-up magic. Take Albert Goshman. Two of Alberts really strong effects are Devano's Rising Card and the Nudist Deck and neither of them can by any stretch of the you-know-what could be said to require much in the way of digital dexterity. One of the late A1 Koran's favourite effects was the Piano Card Trick. I remember reading a description of the contents of Dai Vernon's prop case and it included a

Chinese Compass. So-o-o if Messrs

Goshman, Koran and Vernon are prepared to carry several almost non-sleight of hand effects which have to hold their own against the rest of the act, then why couldn't the rest of the act be just as simple to perform?

If Goshman is prepared to close his act with the Rising Cards why should he have to open the act with the incredible skill and misdirection required to perform his Coins and Salt Shakers routine? I can't answer, but the best I can offer is the quote of my friend Mike Caldwell — "Who the hell says you have to learn sleight of hand to do close-up magic?"

Goodbye,

Patrick Page

P.S. Last year the BBC screened 3 magic shows produced by John Fisher. In one of them Albert Goshman performed several effects. Last week they re-screened excerpts from all three shows and when it came to Albert's turn which effect do you think the producer chose to screen? You've guessed it. The Rising Cards. Remember. "Who the hell etc. etc "

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