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Andy the cardician
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Dear Paul,

would you mind to share with us your most magical experience within your fascinating life?

Thanks a lot

Andy
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That's a tough one. I have two kids so they win for truly magical moments.

Concerning magic I can remember so many that it's hard to pick one.

Gordon Bruce showed me a card trick once that has stayed with me ever since. I was about 18 and got my head blown off with a card revelation.

Watching Andrew Galloway perform the Ramsay material for me in his home is another.

Meeting Jennings for the first time and the last night I saw him (in Sacramento).

Tamariz. Any time I watch him work is incredibly magical.

Watching Rene Lavand in front of a lay audience.

Ricky Jay and his 52 assistants.

My first night at the Magic Castle.

The license plate trick in DC's show.

Ka.

I could keep going. I've been very lucky.

Here's one little effect I saw when I was 17 in London. An Asian magician - just a hobbyist (he said) was in one of the old London Magic shops. I showed him a card trick. He tore off some foil from a cigarette packet , rolled it into a ball and placed it on my hand. He looked me in the eye and said "hot".

The foil was burning my hand!

Today I know the method but at that time it was completely outside my field of knowledge. I was blown away and have never forgotten the effect it had on me.

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Thanks a lot Paul for the great sharing - and I do agree, Children provide more magic and inspiration than anything else in the world . . . .

Andy
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Greetings Paul:

First off, many thanks for taking the time to participate on the Café and answer our questions.

I've enjoyed your (too brief!) discussions of the Scottish magic scene and noted your comment about Gordon Bruce. It's funny, the circles we travel in. I've known Gordon for ten years and I don't think that we've shared a trick in all that time. When we chat, it's always about magic history and books. Gordon tells me it's lonely being a collector in Scotland, which leads to my question: amongst fellow Scots, do you find that there is much of an interest in magic history? (For a time several decades ago, Glasgow enjoyed the distinction of having (IMHO) the finest living historian of English magic living there: Eddie Dawes.)

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Clay Shevlin (a lad with Irish roots).
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I'm not sure. I have about three close friends in Scotland who I see when I can but I'm pretty much out of the Scottish magic scene and have been for many years.

There have been some important historians in Scotland. Eddie Dawes was here for a while but also Mac Wilson wrote a great deal on the Great Lafayette. More recently, we have been privilged to have Dr. Peter Lamont, who works for Edinburgh University, write two excellent books on the history of Hume and the Indian Rope trick. I've known Pete for years and he's a good friend but, boy, is he smart. Talking to him is like being a kid again - there's so much I don't know about history and psychology! If you haven't read his books and are interested in History, look them up on Amazon.

I collect gambling devices but that's about it. I have a couple of books and props that I wanted for personal reasons but I, thankfully, don't have the insane collector bug - at least not yet.

Gordon Bruce has a fantastic collection and really understands his subject. He's a true scholar of the art. I'm sure there are many others who are drawn to Magic's history. Through my friends and associations, I am becoming more and more interested in the history of magic. I think it's an interest that grows the more time you spend exploring our little world.

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Paul,

Thanks for your response.

I hope your interest in magic history continues to grow. Yes, Peter's another Scot of note, and I've had the pleasure of chatting with him and seeing him speak in London and Los Angeles. If you remember, please remember me to Peter.

Kind regards,

Clay Shevlin
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