That is a pleasure to which I look forward; thank you. And please call me Dustin. (When I hear sir or Mister and I turn, hoping to see my father!)
We have met, though I would not expect you to remember. I have told this story before, but I will tell it for the benefit of those reading now, so they may understand better the type of man you are.
It was before Al Schneider on Close-up was published. We were both attending a convention here on the West Coast (though I cannot recall which one; probably a PCAM). You had a very small table in the dealers room. There was a simple sign with your name on it and a close-up pad; thats it.
I approached you and asked about a particular move in Al Schneider on Coins and for the next half hour you worked with me on the move, making sure I had a complete understanding of it; timing, execution, etc. During that time, other people would approach the table, but not wanting to interrupt, theyd leave. After all, there was nothing on your table for sale.
After this free lesson, I was about to leave when you asked if I would like to see some magic. Well of course I would! You began performing some incredible magic, such as producing four coins from two playing cards, and several wonderful pieces. I asked about them and you simply said, Theyre from my new book. Im here taking orders for it.
Needless to say, my name was on the buyers list before we finally parted company.
The point is, for the other readers here, that Mr. Schneider took time away from his sales to help me, just some guy at a convention, when he easily could have interrupted my free lesson to try and sell his book to the other people that wandered by.
That was better than 20-years ago. I have never forgotten this kindness and I never will.