Cary Grant photo. Well, the action photo was screwed up as the photographer had laughed so hard he spilled a drink on his camera and didn't wipe the lens off!
This was at one of the Castle's Acadamy Award Shows... Dick Zimmerman was one of the producers and asked me if I could come up with some kind of routine to involve Grant.
Well, being the official photographer of the event, I figured to maybe tie in being the photographer with the sketch.
So, Grant came on and used an illusion that didn't require much more than showing it empty and producing a girl. I think they borrowed John Daniels' Stove with the giant pot on top.
Anyway, there was a standard magic table onstage as well (this was mine with some of my then current act set on it).
Grant finished the illusion and I, acting like a Papparazzi started to fire off several flash pictures in rapid succession.
Grant looked over at me. I was almost on the stage at stage right by then... and suddenly I pretended my camera quit working.
Grant came over and said, "What's wrong?" I said, "Something is hung up." Grant said, "I know about cameras (he grabbed my camera) let me take it backstage and see if I can fix it."
He then walked off stage left.
Now I am standing there, looking stupid having just INTERRUPTED Cary Grant.
I looked over at the table and said something like, "Uh, I know how to do this," picking up my Chinese Sticks. I did them, then something else (I forget what) but the ENDING... was my original goofy Snowstorm.
There was a roll of toilet paper on the table with CHINESE CHARACTERS imprinted on the sheets.
I picked it up and said "I think this came from Air Force One." Nixon had just flown back from China, so it was topical.
I then started what looked like the standard Snowstorm in China... but NOTHING HAPPENED.
I waved the fan furiously, still nothing, then said, "That's funny, by now the stage is usually filled with confetti!"
Well, the gaff was Zimmerman said he'd have a batch of confetti above me and let it drop on the punchline. I told Dick "It won't be funny unless there's a LOT OF IT."
Well, as you can see by the photo THERE WAS A LOT OF IT.
Grant came out, laughing, and we took a quick bow, the curtain closed, then re-opened.
In that short moment I grabbed a handfull of confetti and put it into my mouth.
When we went forward for the final bow, Bob Barker, the MC came over and I said, "Thanks Bob" spitting confetti all over him.
Glad you asked. Thanks.