Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

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Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

Postby Richard Hatch » May 2nd, 2019, 2:39 am

According to an email just received from Wittus Witt of Germany, Swiss magician and FISM winner Piet Forton (Pieter de Beaufort) passed away a few days ago. He often attended FFFF and was always fun to visit with and watch perform. Another legend passes...

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Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

Postby Matthew Field » May 2nd, 2019, 3:09 am

Very sorry to hear this.

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Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

Postby Brad Henderson » May 2nd, 2019, 11:17 am

Is there any video footage of him working? I’m familiar with his printed material but haven’t seen any examples of him in action.

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Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

Postby Marco Pusterla » May 2nd, 2019, 11:20 am

There is a DVD put out by International Magic (MacMillan) a few years ago with his lecture. There are also videos of his younger self performing (if I remember right, in his jester costume), but I don't think they are commercially available.
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Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

Postby fkaps1 » May 2nd, 2019, 11:41 am

I am so sorry to hear of Piet's passing. For a few years he would come to visit me for a few days and delivered some lectures at my place. Piet was a really nice guy and a fine magician, but certainly more than a bit opinionated. I will miss him.

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Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

Postby Joe Lyons » May 2nd, 2019, 11:57 am

Brad Henderson wrote:Is there any video footage of him working? I’m familiar with his printed material but haven’t seen any examples of him in action.


https://youtu.be/ud2eAQdVIr0

At 19:14 you can see him perform his famous pop-out move.

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Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

Postby Brad Henderson » May 2nd, 2019, 12:50 pm

Thanks for that. Those manip acts and their music are an interesting artifact of another age.

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Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

Postby Joe Mckay » May 2nd, 2019, 4:36 pm

That is sad.

I often thought about Piet due to something Richard Kaufman once wrote. He wrote that Piet was working on a very ambitious magic project that he wasn't sure was possible to pull off.

I always wondered what that was - and I wonder now if we will ever know at all?

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Re: Piet Forton (1938 - 2019)

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 3rd, 2019, 4:12 pm

It was a magic theater.


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