Originally posted by Scott Foreman:
man did he ever love Fred Kaps and he hated the ***** who stole his stuff....
Did you ever meet the guy?
I have no idea how close Mr. Brooke and Mr. Kaps were. I do have direct reports about Mr Brooke's attitude about the magic market.
He was deeply hurt by the less than honorable business practices of those who copy works.
I asked my father to stop in there back in 1976, and he came back with a Koornwinder Kar for me and a report of the man and his shop. Only good things to say about the place and Ken's intent in running the shop.
Ken's approach to magic everyone could do was special. And his ability to honor those who create that magic was special. Such is why the Nemo line of goods are what they are (were), and why others like Barry Stevenson and Finn John and Fred Kaps were providing him exclusive material. Add Scotty York and Fred Lowe to that list... and get a clue.
If you recall the Ken Brooke mailings... they were special. Not 50,000 items, but most of them were gems. When was the last time you saw a Silver Stick, a Tarmariz Rabbit card set, C. I. D. or Confabulation available? And look how many "derivitive works" there are of just the toy car trick. Also look how much of a secret the Nemo Card Control has become.
It may be that the dark age started when Ken Brooke and the shop in Wardour street went away.