I received a call today regarding my instructional tape “The Restaurant Act” from my friend Steve Hamilton. After speaking to Steve I was forced to watch myself for over an hour!
What I discovered was that there are two omissions from the final edit of the tape which I would like to correct.
The following credits are missing:
The selection of effects used in the restaurant act belongs to Steve Hamilton. Whilst I believe others have utilised the same effects in their restaurant/professional acts, this particular line up was given by Steve in a lecture he gave to the Scottish Conjuror's Association in (I believe) 1986/7. At that time it was also the same line up of tricks used by Steve. I developed my own handlings and routining from that point. This is a glaring error in the tape and I apologise to Steve unreservedly. Steve and I have discussed this today and he has been his usual gracious self (in American "we is cool")
It should also be pointed out that Steve no longer uses that selection of effects in his professional repertoire. his excellent "Silk and Sponge" routine is available from Profile magazine or Steve's lecture notes and is highly recommended/
Once again I point out that the actual handlings of these classic effects are my own.
A smaller omission is the credit for Bill Goldman. I independently developed the use of the long card as a slide/cover for the load when I first purchased a Kaps wallet. However, Mr. Goldman mentioned the same idea in a lecture in Glasgow a few years ago, and deserved to be mentioned.
Thanks for your time.