Place a few tea-bags in your wallet, and when someone has assisted you or a 'Betcha' trick goes wrong take one from your wallet, screw it up in your hand and push it into their top pocket saying "Have a drink on me", or it can be used to tip the waiter. It always gets a laugh.
Although at this moment I happen to be sitting at my 'tripewriter' in the north east of Scotland, my thoughts are actually in the U.S.A. which in case you have forgotten, was where I left you last time.
For the record, I don't keep records. I don't even keep copies of this magazine, and I hope that doesn't surprise you, but my reason for making this point is the fact that I have no idea what I rambled on about in the last issue. I know I was in Los Angeles but have no idea whether my literary effort was done before, or after the P.C.A.M. convention. Anyway, as I have heard Jay Marshall say, all that money has been spent so let's progress to some action that is a little more recent.
After bidding a fond farewell to the City of Angels, shaking hands with Nancy Caldwell kissing Mike Caldwell goodbye, I headed east for the Big Apple, which they tell me is Americanese for New York City, and the Society of American Magicians' annual convention. It. was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which is big, big, big. They gave me a room with two beds and a television set and for all the use I made of them I would have been as happy with a sleeping bag on Grand Central Station.
This was probably one of the best conventions I have ever'attended. Everything was good. The competitions, the shows, the lectures, the hotel, the dealers room — I liked them all. What do I remember? Well, I did an act on one of the shows which I enjoyed and so I probably did OK. I also did a lecture on the Saturday afternoon, and sold out of lecture notes plus a few copies of my latest book which I had managed to hide away from conventioneers at Los Angeles. Yes, I have another book on the market and its called '150 Comedy Props' and its very very good. If you want to get a few laughs in your act, buy it. (Its £2.35 pence including postage and packing, $6.00 by airmail to the U.S. or do you think I'm getting too mercenary?) (Could be: Ed)
I also did an X-rated show one evening at midnight which received a mixed reception. In the hotel foyer there was a large blackboard on which was scribbled last minute announcements throughout the convention. Someone had written on it after my midnight epic, 'Dai Vernon's Midnight Show, admission free, excellent. Patrick Page's Midnight Show, admission $10.00 Gyp.' I don't know the person responsible but he was wrong. I wasn't gypped. I was perfectly satisfied with the arrangements but offer him my belated thanks for his condolences.
I digress. Regarding the close-up, one of the highlights for me was the performance of Phil Goldstein, who works professionally as Max Haven. He does a mental-type act and he's good. Very good. He wijl be appearing at the next IBM Convention in England. Johnny Thompson did his Malini Egg Bag routine and the gambling type routine which defies description. Harry Lorayne proved he could do a memory act by performing practically every card trick he has ever published.
David Roth did miracles with his coins, Darwin Ortiz did miracles with his cards, Karrell Fox did miracles with a ball routine which deserves a little thought and is well worth thinking about if you are interested in such things.
Maurice Fogel performed as only he can, superbly, and just don't believe one of the stories you may have read recently about him. The guy who wrote it just didn't know the full facts.
A pleasant surprise for me during the convention was to meet again John Calvert and Tammy. They, like Maurice Fogel, Hid the whole second half of one of the shows. I liked it. I liked New York.
There's more to come, but that's all for now, I'm running out of space), so keep your fingers crossed that in the next issue I can remember how I signed off in this one.
Goodbye, Patrick Page brings you new and exciting magic from America's brightest new star
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