a few questions have occured to me as I have been catching up on all the previous posts. (Sorry in advance for any repetetive b.s.: I admittedly haven't read every single post that has gone before...)
--You've said you liked Slydini best; he usually fooled you, AND he entertained you. Further, you have seen tricks performed by so many of the "legends": What TRICKS and EFFECTS (as opposed to magicians and personalities) do you remember as slaying you? Was there ever a trick you begged your dad to do over and over--or were you, on the other hand, conditioned to hate...so...many...damned...tricks all the time?
--In "Guys and Dolls", Sky Masterson mentions a couple things "his Daddy used to say". What advice did the Professor give his own son(s) beyond "buy low, sell high"? (We all remember his advice to Ricky in the famous "New Yorker" article...)
--Can you relate ANY other Francis Carlyle memories, good or "bad"? You've said he was a mensch. Some people have that zing, but it comes and goes. I would like to hear more if possible.
--I can't remember seeing you mention the following chaps. Did you ever cross paths with Ted Annemann? Jarrow? How about Malini himself?
--I am sure you knew Sam Horowitz. What do you remember?
--Have you ever gotten to attend any of Ricky Jay's shows? If so, what were your impressions?
--When were you last at Canter's? The Castle?
Disjointed? Yes. Obnoxious? Hope not.
Thanks for everything,
P.S. In 1978, when I was just a greasy teen-ager, I got to meet your Pop at the Castle. He was very friendly and he amazed the crap out of me a couple times.
One brief afternoon, almost 30 years ago. I remember it as if it was yesterday, and I am undeniably a better person for it. :cool: