El Harvey Oswald wrote:Phil:
Thanks for the response and inquiry. I, too, seriously doubt I've seen 50 different performances of it; probably more like 20 - the first actually having been Frank Garcia himself, c. 1976. While his performance is of course competent, and the some, I'm not wild about the alternating face-up/face-down (substantially truncated in the video) and the vanishes are pretty pedestrian, by cuurent standards at least. Additionally, the card snapping didn't appeal to me, reducing my appreciation on a possibly irrelevant ground. And to be specific, I find Ricky Jay's performance super, by a lot; and at least we real unpaid performers at the Magic Castle tables have routines I substantially prefer.
Having said that, I would be curious to hear more of your admiration for Garcia. I had a bit of a "what's the big deal" reaction to him - which, when the overwhelming weight of opinion goes the other way, causes me to doubt that I've made a fully informed assessment. Rather than just reaffirming my existing impression, I'd vastly prefer to "get" Garcia - as a performed; not, for instance, as a marketer of Wild Card with questionable crediting practices - and understand why so many others find him great, not merely very good, as I do. This came up a bit in the Slydini thread, where we real people seemed perplexed by Slydini's stature.
Again, thanks for your cordial and provocative response.
His writing style, wit, and humour are engaging to me. Few writers have the ability to make the reader feel as if the author is talking to them and them alone - Harry Lorayne comes to mind, as does Will Rogers, Robert Parker, Louis L'Amour, and Isaac Asimov. Reading their works makes me feel as if, regardless of what they're writing about, they are the kind of person I'd like to sit down with over a couple of beers, or go fishing with.
When I read Mr. Garcia, I can feel the twinkle in his eye - a real trickster like how I imagine the ancient tricksters.
From reading your posts, I'd bet I'd enjoy your writing too.