Fred was not just a "fine magician" but a "fine gentleman."
He was dedicated to his art and to his family.
Fred considered himself both an amateur and a pro... an amateur, in that, he kept studying, watching, learning and loving all forms of magic.
A Pro because he knew how to entertain, to be gracious, to be liked on stage. He had the skill to back it up... I never saw him do anything that was not perfected. He practiced constantly. He studied every way to do something and kept at it changing if he found a better, simpler way.
He was the kind of guy that others, who would invent things, would send him ideas and props, because they knew he would do them proud.
Two examples: Braco really invented the floating cork, but gave it to Fred because he knew Fred would perfect it. I gave Fred a trick with a borrowed finger ring, knowing the same thing would happen... he built it up to perfection and featured it on two television specials.
Kaps was at home with kids sessioning coin and card stuff at a convention, and with the Kings and Queens of European countries, where he entertained royalty on many occasions.
Ken Brooke often called Fred "The best all around magical entertainer of our time."
Because Fred was. He could do micro magic, card magic and illusions... it didn't matter.
One thing the FEW American magicians know, Fred was really funny and got lots of laughs when he did his "layman" act in Holland (and other European countries where he spoke the language, German and French).
He knew what audiences liked.
He did different material at magic conventions than he did for the public.
Sure do miss that guy... :(
Thanks for asking about him :)