Hello to everyone here at the Genii Forum. I have browsed around here on occasion over the years, but this is my first post. Something I'm very excited about, and hopefully some of you will be too.
I have reached a deal with Tim Conover's family to produce a book (or books!) about his magic and mentalism. I do not want to start a firestorm of inquiries about when it will be ready, if it's possible to pre-order, how big it will be, if this or that specific thing will be included, what it will cost, or anything like that. I am in the earliest preliminary stages of a huge project that will likely take two or three years to complete and reach publication. Right now I am gathering all the information I can, from every possible source, creating an index and database of all Tim's material, and trying to make sure nothing is missed. My intention is to try to include everything--his life's work--but it's a massive amount of material, and we'll see if that's actually reasonable somewhere down the road.
As many of you may know, Tim was a close friend of mine, and we shared ideas, secrets, material and methods for over 20 years. I have lots of video, pictures, correspondence and notes from our sessions. Some of Tim's other friends and collaborators have generously shared their own video and correspondence with me on learning of this project. At this point I think I have complete information about most of Tim's work. I am missing a few major things though, and this is why I'm reaching out here.
If anyone out there has, or knows people who have, video, pictures, correspondence, in fact ANYTHING related to Tim, his life, his work, his material, please get in touch with me. Tim's sister Shari is helping me to organize all of the raw materials into a coherent set of research material, and we are interested in anything and everything that might help. (The biggest missing pieces right now are a good record of his cups and balls routine, his signed torn and restored newspaper, and some of the older material he performed early in his career. I have notes about these things, but at this point they are too sketchy and incomplete to write them up for the book. Of course, as I said we're interested in anything, but if you had video of Tim performing or discussing those pieces--performing the cups and balls?--well, you'd get to see me dancing on air by sharing.) Even if you don't have anything personally, but can give me a lead or point me in a promising direction, please get in touch. My email is below my signature.
So that's it. It's a great project and I'm thrilled (and somewhat intimidated) to be doing it. If you were lucky enough to see Tim in action you already know he was one of the greats of my generation. A brilliant and uncompromising artist, in a class by himself. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.