Several years ago a contest was held in Las Vegas to determine the best "Impromptu Magician" in the,world. Competition was still'. With the likes of Carl Clouticr, Daryl and Michael Weber, the "lesser-known" pcrfomcrs didn't seem to have much of a chance. To top it off, there was 110 "panel of judges" to determine the winner - no sir, the audience was going to decide the outcome of this battle. And so. the competition began.
For those of you who were there, you will remember that Daryl was his usual incredible, effervescent self; Michael Weber, thumbing his nose at the powers-that-be performed way past the time alotted him; and Carl Clouticr did what he always docs - absolutely kill the audience with enough mind-blowing magic to capture First Place. When the dust settled, it was Clouticr, Daryl and Weber, respectively for First, Second and Third.
What I remember though is how 1 cast my vote lor someone 1 had never heard of before; the only guy who fooled me the entire day - Jim Pace. You see, 1 have this curse: It's REAL tough to fool me; and believe me, I like to be fooled. So when Jim came out and did not one, but several items that fooled me, 1 knew he was someone special. I honestly feci that if the "Magic Contest" wasn't a "Popularity Contest," Jim Pace would have placed.
So I guess it was no accident that Karma placed a phone call to me a few years later from a man named Jim Pace, wondering if I would like to publish a book he had written. I le didn't need to say another word.
Mike Maxwell September 1996
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Our family lias managed Portland's oldest restaurant, 1 lubcr's. for eighty-one years. Over the last twenty years, we have beeome known for our flaming Spanish coffees. The wait for scaling sometimes is an hour and thirty minutes. We wanted to somehow keep those customers waiting in line entertained. To do that we decided to hire a magician.
Jim Pace has been entertaining our customers for the last three years. During that time, Jim has thrilled countless guests with his magic. I lis magic complements our concept so perfectly. The guests come to J lubcr's and get a spectacular, flaming Spanish coffee done table-side and are then dazzled by Jim's sleiglu-of-hand. They end up having such a good time, the next day they arc telling their friends what a great time they had at Ruber's, thus creating more word-of-mouth advertising and more customers for 1 lubcr's. Jim has certainly made a real contribution to 1 luber's.
James K. Louie
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