What a story. Richard, this is why I subscribe to your magazine, it's articles like this, that creat so much EXCITEMENT about the STUDY and PRACTICE of magic for me.
Brad, the things you chose to bring out about Alan's life, really pulled me into the story. In context of the story you made this statement..."Beauty requires work" That is such a powerful lesson about magic!!
I have been reading after Edwin Sachs lately. This phrase came up "...it is highly essential for a conjuror to be perfect in all the minutiae of his art, and he must practice them as the pianoforte-player practices the scales which he NEVER PLAYS to the public." I love the practice of magic and it's articles like this that fan that flame even higher!!!
STeve V (the other one)
ps You have described Alan in such a way, I look forward to the day when I can meet him