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Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 7th, 2016, 4:27 pm
by erdnasephile
The Fred Kaps video in the digital edition of this month's Genii (The Lost Stars of Magic issue) is superb.

Strong sleight of hand and a wonderful personality--he seems like a guy that would have been exceedingly pleasant to know.

I dearly wish a "big book" about Fred Kaps, his thinking, and his magic would be published before I die!

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 7th, 2016, 5:07 pm
by Richard Kaufman
Not going to happen.

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 8th, 2016, 9:15 pm
by Joneseymagic
Why not Richard? I, too, would love to see this!

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 8th, 2016, 10:39 pm
by Richard Kaufman
It's a long long story. If it would have happened, Mike Caveney was to have been the publisher. Plans were made, but life gets in the way (not on Mike's part).

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 9th, 2016, 6:17 pm
by Rick Ruhl
Fred died in 1980, I think that's why :(

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 9th, 2016, 7:01 pm
by Richard Kaufman
The book was planned shortly after his death. It could still be done today.

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 9th, 2016, 7:07 pm
by erdnasephile
Rick Ruhl wrote:Fred died in 1980, I think that's why :(


Pete Biro once said that Mr. Kaps kept extensive notebooks regarding his magic in English. I wish whoever has them would consider teaming up with a professional writer to get a book out so this valuable material won't be lost forever.

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 9th, 2016, 7:39 pm
by Q. Kumber
From a number of people who knew Fred Kaps well, I've been told that while he could show you how a trick was done, he wasn't able to explain the thinking and nuances that turned it into magic.

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 9th, 2016, 7:47 pm
by Richard Kaufman
That would be the author's job, Quentin. To take what Kaps did, and by watching it repeatedly, suss out the subtext.

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 9th, 2016, 8:19 pm
by Rick Ruhl
who has the notebooks?

Does Pete?

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 9th, 2016, 8:35 pm
by observer
Book not needed.

Needed: DVD of every Kaps performance available, w/state of the art audio & image quality enhancement. Then leave it up to the viewers to determine subtext or whatever.

(Desperately hoping there's footage available beyond what was on "Seeing is Believing".)

Re: Great Fred Kaps Video in Genii Speaks

Posted: March 10th, 2016, 6:05 am
by Marcus
Richard Kaufman wrote:It's a long long story. If it would have happened, Mike Caveney was to have been the publisher. Plans were made, but life gets in the way (not on Mike's part).


I understand if it's too time consuming to write a post about, but what exactly are the obstacles here that is hindering a book being written?