Frank Shields, described by Jeff Busby as a 'legend among the cognoscenti', was originally from the Chicago and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1940s. He was, according to the piece in EPOPTICA, the only student of Fred Braue.
In 1948, Bill Woodfield wrote about Frank Shields in his 'Magicana' column in GENII:
Several years ago on GeMiNi, Mike Rogers and Pete Biro graciously posted a number of their thoughts and recollections of Frank Shields:Some of you...will remember Frank Shields as the fellow who spends his waking hours practicing card sleights. True, but more than merely a good technician, Shileds is an entertainer.
Mike Rogers:Shields was, according to Vernon, one of the BEST HE'D EVER SEEN with top change, palming, etc. A tremendous entertainer, but for some
reason he seemed to always work "dives."
Pete Biro:Or the night some guy got in a fight with his wife/girlfriend and ended up tearing a $100 bill into tiny shreds like Frank would do. Difference was, they guy actually tore up the real bill. Then he cried real tears knowing what he'd just done. Then he cut lose with some of the worst profanity I've ever heard (keep in mind I'm an ex-navy man). Frank kept doing his tricks saying, "See, that's how I get my patter." With that he would repeat the guy's profanity...And it was real GUTTER stuff!
I'm looking forward to reading any further postings relating to Frank Shields, the man and his magic.OK, try Frank's "magic words"... he would say (Mike will know, and you can guess)... he would say, "IF I CAN'T FIND YOUR CARD, I'LL LICK YOUR ***"