Uh, this is a long rambling off the thread post:
In my book (worth about 2 cents @ amazon.com) Kurtz *perhaps, is the best. I think he's the most well rounded performer I've ever seen (thoughtful, poetic, humorous, intelligent, fluid/graceful and his close/up stand-up magic is of the highest caliber imaginable.)
I went to a Gary Kurtz lecture in 1987 (not having a clue who I was going to see, preparing to be disappointed...) Then Kurtz started and the magic happened. Not just once or twice, but the whole night. Almost EVERY effectI saw that evening fooled the crapola outta me... (Imagine seeing Flurious before anyone knew it existed :eek: I was entertained and amazed (plus, I learned all the cool stuff that fooled the crap outta me!) I bought it all (sidenote: his lecture notes have effects that are not on vid nor in book.) I even bought the thumb tip with a coin glued on it (that's how devious Kurtz is ;)
When I think of his absence from the 'magic scene' , I sometimes wonder if he deduced; the best venue he could hope for (on a regular basis) was 'lecturing' on magic. It's a surreal enviroment... but it's not 'real.'
So, I guess ya go mental... where the cash is. Gotta live.
Venue = big prob for close-up workers (speaking of "Workers" and 'venues' go read your Mike Close now.)
Well, I don't wanna twist the original intent of this thread, just wanted to (again) express my opinions of the goodness of Gary Kurtz.
I hope he still practices,
I hope one day, I get to see it again.