My First Trick


In 1948 when I was 8 years old my father went to New York to visit a friend of his who lived in Long Island. They did some sight-seeing and managed to go to Tannen’s although neither one of them were magicians. I think my father must have said, “What can I bring home for the kids?” and his friend must have suggested magic tricks.

I had never seen a magic trick before. Unlike many kids today, who have the opportunity to see magicians at birthday parties or see them on TV, I don’t even remember having birthday parties and TV had not yet come to Canada.

So when my father performed Nickles to Dimes, it was a big deal! I remember banging that bang ring on the kitchen floor and doing the trick over and over. Go know!

What was your first trick?  How old were you?


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