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illusions), the title changed once again, this time to Man, Myth & Mystery.

The original title, Man, Myth & Magic, achieved national prominence when a magazine publisher contacted David and asked if they could use it for their new magazine on the occult. David gave permission and even came to an arrangement by which they could sell subscriptions to the magazine at his shows around the country. At the time he did not realise what an enormous contribution he was making to the world of publishing. The 1970's had seen something of a revival in the public's interest in the occult. Sunday newspapers were full of strange and prurient stories of witchcraft, Satanic masses and grave robbing. The magazine, Man, Myth & Magic, was advertised widely on television and the premier issue, with its alliterative title and striking demonic cover, proved to be a winner for the publishers. "If I'd known it was going to be so successful," says David, "I'd have asked for a lot more money!"

The show Man, Myth & Magic debuted in 1971 at the Hendon Classic in London, at that time a cinema seating 2700 people. There were two sold out performances, one at 8 pm on Wednesday 28th May and the second at midnight on 1st April. David then toured it in the UK and even some European venues, varying the material from time to time but usually drawing on his experience at Hendon.

The first part of the show was subtitled Basic Psychology and many of the routines had psychological persuasion as their theme. They included David's Chair Routine, a novel handling of a double prediction that relied on Magicians Choice and his famous Newspaper Prediction. The segment concluded with a stage presentation of Any Card At Any Number and a very entertaining Memorised Deck. There was enough material in the first part to make an entire show. That this was just one third of the entire evening was something of an achievement.

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