I recently duplicated three videotapes containing Fred Kaps material for Pete Biro, who plans to donate them to the Magic Castle.
One tape is fairly short and contains Fred performing Pete's Ring on Wineglass routine, plus performances by Johnhy Hart and Marvyn Roy, both on Ed Sullivan.
The second tape has more of Fred's performances, (including some card magic performed in what I assume is Dutch, but the effects are crystal clear anyway), along with performances by Fred, Pete Biro, and Johnny Thompson at a convention in Japan. This tape closes with a lecture Pete gave at the same convention.
The third tape is the real gem. It starts with more of Fred's performances on TV. Then there's a section of home-movie style footage showing Fred Kaps performing for Brother John Hamman. The floating cork, the card to ringbox, the gypsy curse, and Fred's incredible cups and balls routine. (By the way, I'm not a true expert on the cups and balls, but I've seen a lot of such routines, and I was utterly baffled for at least half of Fred's routine. Anyone who does the cups and balls will want to watch this.)
Then this third tape goes on to a couple of instructional videos starring Fred Kaps as, IIRC, Max Mindlin. They're all silent (they remind me very much of Ross Bertram's homemade movies), but it doesn't matter. The first one is coin work, and has some really clever stuff, including a great four-coin vanish from an okito box. The second segment is Fred demonstrating card moves from several classic texts (i.e. Expert Card Technique, etc.)
These instructional segments are fascinating. I can only imagine that they were shot to be released as such. Does anyone know why they weren't?
All three videos will be donated to the Castle library shortly after Pete Biro gets back into town, and I think every magician with a strong interest in the art will want to see them. If you watch them all through you'll get to see 2 or 3 different performances of Fred's Homing Card routine. This by itself is a terrific lesson in perform a trick the exact same way, time after time, and still make it seem new and fresh to the audience.