As the co-owner of The magic Touch, in San Jose in the 80s, my partner, Steve Dawson and I sponsored Patrick to many conventions where he won some of the most prestigious awards. He was the most original, innovative, talented magician I have ever seen. It is quite an experience, when you are an experienced magician, to see someone do something that looks like "real magic". Patrick did that over-and-over again. He would say, "Hey, I've got a little something I've been working on, see what you think and offer any suggestions you have", and then commence to completely blow us away with a completely original effect! I would stand with my mouth gaping open and he would say, "Any suggestions?". How can you answer when you have just seen the finest. Each effect was new. Each one based on a sleight that was completely fresh, or a fresh approach to a little-used move. I still get chills when I think back to those days in the shop watching Patrick do "real magic".
~ Never ask permission, only forgiveness.