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Re: Magicians in Trouble

Posted: February 5th, 2018, 3:28 am
by Brad Jeffers
performer wrote:Jeffers old chap. You really are an awful busybody you know. No doubt you are in charge of your local neighbourhood watch committee.

You are correct sir.
For a while I even had one of those neighborhood watch signs in my front yard.
I had to remove it however, as people kept knocking on my door wanting to know what time it was.

Re: Magicians in Trouble

Posted: February 5th, 2018, 11:17 am
by Bill Mullins
Mark -- I think the American version of the insult you are trying for would be "No doubt you are head of your local Home Owner's Association."

Re: Magicians in Trouble

Posted: February 5th, 2018, 4:20 pm
by performer
American versions have no importance whatsoever. After all they are a most peculiar country and besides we British are an older nation and therefore our versions naturally take precedence. Besides what do neighbourhood busybodies have to do with being a home owner?

In any case I DO believe the term is "neighbourhood watch" even in the Excited States of America! It certainly is in Canada which is really a giant suburb of America. And I vaguely remember the term used in that George Zimmerman business.

Re: Magicians in Trouble

Posted: February 5th, 2018, 4:36 pm
by performer
Anyway, I have no particular interest in the rather seamy topic under discussion but since I am here it does bring something to mind that I often think about. I did once know an amateur magician who later became a member of the British House of Lords and a man of great influence in British politics. He wasn't a magician when I knew him but I suspect I had an influence on him in that regard. And of course because of me he became a very good friend of David Berglas whom he contacted in connection with some coaching he thought I needed in magic when I was a very young magician. He also became a very good friend of Uri Geller and in fact became a member of the Magic Circle.

His name was Greville Janner later to be come Lord Janner of Braunstone. In his later years he was accused of horrendous things along the lines under discussion. He died of dementia before he could ever be brought to trial. He was a wonderful man and I don't give a damn about the "evidence" against him. To this day I believe he was innocent of the things he was accused of.

I expect the British members here will know all about the case. It was widely publicised in the British media.