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After reading Eric Henning’s review of George Schindler’s lecture (in So Happy Together), I ordered a copy of the lecture notes directly from George. In addition to the printed notes, also included were two audio cassettes of an interview with George, recorded in England around 1975 for Martin Breese. While in some ways, the tapes are therefore dated, they are also in most respects timeless - packed with information and routines which are just as vibrant and useful today as they were when they were recorded.

Listening to these tapes, you are transported back into the New York magic scene of the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. Indeed, George began his magic career in 1942, and shares his insights about both his favorite close-up/stand-up tricks, and the magicians who influenced him along the way. Here is someone who is an entertainer first, and a magician second - that is, he uses magic as his vehicle to entertain audiences. And the magic he uses and teaches is classic - revolving for the most part around simple, everyday objects: Coin in the Ring, Ghost Match and the Decapitated Match, Ambitious Card, Chop Cup, Copper/Silver coin exchange, Carlyle card to pocket, Sponge Balls, Devano rising cards. He also lists and explains what he feels to be the most important coin and card moves necessary to entertain the public.

Just as valuable as his trick explanations are comments on other topics, such as what determines the value of a trick, the logistics of pocket management, trade shows, and approaching a table at a restaurant or other event. Listening to these tapes, you cannot help but be inspired. I know that I will look at the entertaining value of my tricks in a different light now. Thank you, George.

Bruce Hetzler
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