Originally posted by tonga:
One magician who gets little mention but was one of the finest people and certainly one of the greatest entertainers -- Al Goshman.
Somehow it is a bit strange..
I had the pleasure to meet IRL, Fred Kaps, Dai Vernon, Tony Slydini, David Williamson and a lot of other OUTSTANDING performers, far too many to mention, some of them in private, some of them *just* by watching and attending one of their performances/lectures, but still IRL.
Not to forget Daryl, Michael Ammar, Tommy Wonder aso. aso and again, all of them IRL..
BUT, still the one making the biggest impression is and was Albert Goshman
It might be difficult to explain, *why* he made such a big impact, but I guess it was because of the incredible entertainment value his act had, as well as the outstanding use of 'indetectable' misdirection applied at the correct moment..all summing up to be fooled completely..
I really -remember this goes many years back- followed him around show after show, IIRC 4 to 5 shows, and never catched him a single time loading his salt or pepparshaker..and that after I had studied 'misdirection' as such for many years..
Unfortunatelty he is gone now, but his performance still lives in the memory..
Another GREAT performer who's work did really touch me more then most of the mentioned ppl above (even if Fred Kaps, f.ex. is amongst them) is Dave Williamson
The reason for this too is the outstanding entertainment he provides, but then, as a very close *next*, the outstanding elegance he does present in every single move he does..
He certainly should get added to the *characters* mentioned in this thread for a lot of reasons known to anybody ever having seen him working..
Apart from the above mentioned gentlemen, who I all have seen performing *live*, there are a lot of others that could be added to the list..
Ppl. like Doc Eason, not to forget J.C. Wagner, Bob Sheets, Hebba Habba Al, and many many more, but none of them I was happy enough to se IRL performing..
I well recall though a lot of the others mentioned above, like f.ex. Paul Diamond and many many more, like Frank Garcia, both also experienced in IRL-performances.
There are many, far too many, to get mentioned..but don't forget to recognize Dave Williamson
as a real character and to add him to the list :)