Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Classic Magicians

Last night I ran tech at the theater for the Tucson Society of American Magicians Parlor Magician of the Year competition. I dabbled in magic a bit in my younger days and had a good time chatting with the competitors and watching the show.

One thing I told them about was going to a magic convention in St. Joseph, Missouri. I think I was 14 or 15. My father pretty much told me I HAD to go to the midnight lectures and shows (even though I technically wasn't old enough) because some of the giants of magic were performing and speaking: Dai Vernon and Slydini. There were both very elderly but still agile enough to pull off a good variety of close up magic and tell tales from their long careers in magic.

What really got all the magicians jealous is when I told them I had gotten autographs from both of them on playing cards.

I look back now and think, REALLY? I had them autograph a two of diamonds and a four of spades? What was I thinking! (Actually, if I remember correctly, they preferred low value cards as they had more room to sign them so maybe I wasn't so stupid after all!)


kkdither said...

Isn't it something how things from the past increase in value and in memory? My daughter treasured personal letters from Mr. Rodgers, John Travolta, and I think Ronald Reagan.

Beejay said...

How very cool.

My younger brother was quite the amateur magician. Drove us crazy. Lol. It all began with. Christmas gift my folks gave him. What a wonderful thing it became! There used to be a magic shop in downtown Milwaukee. That is where his allowance would be spent.

Thanks, Hale, for evoking a happy childhood memory. Made me smile.

OrbsCorbs said...

The only autograph I have is Caleb Robinson's, when the Communicator did a cover story on him. I don't know where it is.

OKIE said...

I don't think I have anyone's autograph.

Beejay said...

I think I have kk's.

kkdither said...

I only sign autographs infrequently. Keeps the value higher, lmbo.