That particular FISM (Paris) was covered by a Hollywood production company. Ricky Jay and I roomed together and I helped get some of the stuff together for his set. He worked for David Niven (who lived in Cap Ferrat, France).
They shot tons of footage.
They got into a huge argument backstage during the big show that Jay Marshall (who also shared the same room with Ricky and I) was MCing... they argued as to who was doing backstage tech and opening the curtain, etc.
Poor Jay would intro an act, the curtain wouldn't open and Jay was stuck out there not able to speak French. The audience literally boood Jay... not knowing what the problem was.
I left my seat and ran backstage to see if I could help. No chance... but I did tell Jay "Do the Glove, do the glove."
He finally did, won the audience and all was good.
Anyway the production company screwed around and lost almost $100,000 by not changing the US money to Francs, as the value dived the week they were there.
Ricky wanted to buy a deck of Bicycle cards from a French dealer and the price was around $10 or so.... Ricky complained and the guys said, "But zisss is France!"
OK, rooming with Ricky Jay and Jay Marshall... and our laundry comes back, all mixed (none ours) but all with Initials "J" on them... none fit Ricky or Jay, but they fit me... hahah free stuff.
Meanwhile, the production company failed to sell their special and film sat for awhile.
I forget who bought all the unedited stuff, but I recall it was a series of shows with Bixby hosting.
This sparked his interest in magic and he became a bit involved.
stay tooned... :( :p