On the Sunday that I was in New Orleans, there were five magicians busking on Royal Street in the French Quarter.
I had an interesting experience in New Orleans. Within a few hours of arriving in town, I met one of my oldest and closest friends at his local bar. While talking with a friend of his there, she mentioned that her partner was a magician. I asked about this and she mentioned a book written about his magic. She did a double take when I said Doug Conn? When I said I was interested in magic and had that book, she asked whether I might be interested in meeting Doug and Jon Racherbaumer Tough question.
Jon I enjoyed meeting you and the guys at the Monday night session. Although a small group, there cant be too many weekly meetings (outside of Chicago) that include three creators who have had entire books of their work published. The night reminded me of one of your books A broad range of magic from gimmicks to tough sleights, all extensively credited with sources and inspirations. When I arrived back in Malaysia, I immediately pulled some of the books that were discussed from my shelves Books by Bannon, Conn (Cummins), Marlo, Solomon, and Racherbaumer and have been working through them. It also led me to order Steve Reynolds book and your Cardfixes. I will try to make sure that any future trip to New Orleans includes a Monday night.
The friend I was visiting, Father Steve, tries to convince me that coincidences like this, and a few other things that happened while in New Orleans, are evidence of a higher power at work. I told him that the lesson I learned was that I should spend more time talking to women in bars.