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Kevin Ram
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I have been a big fan of Derek Dingle ever since I bought the Complete Works of Derek Dingle.
Now he has passed away there is another magician I won't be able to meet( in this lifetime).

can any of you post some stories about the man, funny or serious as we can get a picture of what he was really like.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd be interested.

thanks in advance guys!
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Jonathan Townsend
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I met the guy in 77, at the Governor Caféteria in NYC. He visited the NY gang one Saturday.

He did his published material upon request and some other stuff that had to wait a LONG time before it saw print.

He was gracious and VERY talented. He managed blocks of cards so well, unless you were a magician it would not occur that the two jokers were hiding four other cards... for his 'twisting' effect.

He offered to show us a nice variation of a trick, and proceeded to reach into his case and get some cards... and a good two minutes of fussing inside the case later... he came out with 'three cards'. He did his quick-three-way... and ended with all three cards showing the same face... in a face up fan Smile

Inspirational. The only person I have met since then who is both nice and brings that kind of pleasant effortlessness to his sleights is Mickey Silver.

Derek is missed. All the more reason to pay attention to the magicians who are around now.
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Pete Biro
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Derek had chops on chops... he had more skill than most and his ability to do (and remember) complex routines always amazed me.

We had a lot of good times together... did a few shows together, including where I worked at HIS birthday party on one of my NY visits.

He was most entertaining and a charmer as well.

He will be sadly missed... but thankfully much of his material is in print for future generations to learn and appreciate.
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wsduncan
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If you haven't picked it up yet don't miss the May 2004 issue of Genii. Jamy Swiss and Richard Kaufman wrote for very nice stuff about DD.

Plus there's some new material and a touching note from his significant other.

Dingle was my "un-met mentor". I learned a lot about construction from his material and I learned one of the most important things about magic from his presentation for the Eleven Card Trick.

Read it a couple of times (just the "patter") and you'll begin to see how important it is that they remember YOU.
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