Grippo was the "house magician" for high-rollers at Caesars Palace.
He worked for the important guests, doing private close up magic.
However, before I got to know him a little bit, I happened to be at Caesars, working for them as a photographer on a project, and noticed him at a table by himself in the coffee shop one morning. I had my partner with me, but wanted to go over and say hello and meet Grippo.
I went over to his table to introduce myself. He said, "Let me do something for you." I said, "Well, I can't stay here, my partner is over there..." Grippo said, "I'll join you."
He came over and did about half an hour of incredible card magic. All original stuff.
You could touch a card, look at it and he could IMMEDIATELY produce that card out of his pocket.
Of course those "in the know" knew that he was a master at the card index. Just how fast he was was unbelievable, and no fumbling.
He had many other effects, but that seemed to be his trademark.
Incredible as it may seem, Geno Munari, a close, longtime friend of Grippo is putting the material out on DVD.
And, a total freak of luck, when Grippo died some of his clothing went to a charity... and (I don't know the details, maybe Geno will clarify) somehow Geno obtained his jackets, with the "real work."
Believe me, and others will back me up, Grippo was a one-of-a-kind, a genius, and one really nice guy! :genii: