Psychotic or not, and I don't know him, no matter what anyone says about Jerry Sadowitz, the fact still remains that he is one of the top card men in the world. I doubt that anyone in these boards would ever question his skill with a deck, but further than that, he is (for my money) a creatively thinking genius when it comes to cards.
True . . he has published some outrageous and controversial stuff in 'The Crimp' but that's his prerogative. It's his publication just as Genii is Richard's. You don't have to agree with his point of view.
Let's face it. The Crimp aside, he pretty much keeps himself to himself. To my knowledge he (sadly) doesn't frequent any magic discussion boards and his E Mail address is probably known only to a select few. It's fairly well known that he works on occasion in International Magic Shop in London and the tales of his abrupt manner there seem to be outnumbered by the many folks with a 'genuine passion for magic' that he has gone out of his way to spend time with and help.
So . . he doesn't suffer fools gladly. I think in the magic business that's not just an occupational hazard but a necessary survival mechanism.
My apologies if this is coming across as hero worship but the truth is that Mr. Sadowitz is single handedly responsible for getting me hooked on Card Magic and for that I will always be grateful. I don't even own that much of his output. More's the pity! If anyone's upset enough with his antics to be throwing out any of his books then look no further than my doorstep. Heh heh.
His talent aside, I doubt that anyone would ever question his dedication to and his undying (and possibly unmatched) passion for Card magic.
And that's a good thing in my book.
Keep passing the open windows.