Back in February, 1960, Charlie Miller came to Detroit to lecture to IBM Ring #22. Harry Riser had made all the arrangements for the lecture. Harry had also promised my friend and me a session with Charlie.
My friend and I arrived at Harry's apartment at 7:00 PM, not knowing that Charlie had no idea that we were there to session. Harry introduced us to Charlie and then he and his wife, Margie, left for the evening.
Charlie sat across the table from us, handed me a deck of cards, and said, "Fool me." I was so nervous, even though I was doing a relatively easy effect, that the cards literally squirted out of my hands onto the table and floor. I was so embarrassed! I picked up the cards. Charlie reassured me that he would not "bite". Then, he told me to try it again. This time it was successful.
I passed the deck to my friend who performed an effect for Charlie. He passed the deck back to me. We did this a couple more times. You get the picture. We now both had pretty much gone through our respective repertoires. I sheepishly pushed the deck across the table toward Charlie saying, "OK, Mr. Miller, Fool us!" And, boy, oh boy, did he ever!
I can still clearly remember that his opening effect was "Triumph". You must remember that at that time the Zarrow Shuffle was little known. So, when Charlie performed "Triumph", we had absolutely no clue as to the method he employed. Frankly, it was a few days later when I realized just how bad Charlie had fooled me. It dawned on me that I had no clue as to how he controlled the card, let alone, how he accomplished the effect.
Charlie did so many things for us that night. Much of it is now blurred from age. What a wonderful man Charlie was. He treated my friend and I very well. We had the time of our lives, even though we met him, for the first time, that evening.