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RiffRaff
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Martin Breese put out a CD/book by Percy Press called A Traveller's Tale. Mr. Press is described as the 'last of the Brittish conjurors'.

Does anyone know anything about this book?
Pete Biro
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Don't know the book, but he was one of the GREATEST street magicians and Punch Workers in the UK.

Charles Reynolds loaned me a tape recorder whilst in London, and I sat down with Percy and taped hours of conversation with him.

You guessed it the tape was corrupted and wound up blank.

I believe he was either the creator of or the master of the "Gypsy Switch" using this to close his street shows.

As I recall, instead of "The Hat" the olde UK street workers called it "Bottling" as they used a bottle for folks to drop their shillins and pence into... that way no nasty berk could take instead of give as the hand went into the hat.

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JamesinLA
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Pete,
How do you know all this stuff?! I wanna sit down with you with an uncorrupted tape recorder sometime.
Jim
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Pete,
How do you corrupt tape recorders?
Jon
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RyanJonPilling
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I have the "Traveller's Tale" audio cassette. Definately sounds like one of those old guys who did everything at least once. Interesting to listen to, but not really a "teaching" tape.

Though it did come with printed instructions for a glass production.

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Pete Biro
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How do I know stuff? I've been around a loooooooooooong time.... Smile
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