When someone says “Magician” we conjure up an image of sorts. You might think of one image. I would think Dante, Houdini, Blackstone …..and the like. A little goatee, a top hat…all the regular things associated with magicians. Pavel to me was such an ordinary guy, a good natured brotherly type with no airs about him. If you didn’t know him and someone asked you what they thought he did for a living, I’m sure magician would be last on the list. And yet….he was an extraordinary magician.
He had such a casual air about him and then he’d knock the socks off you. He came to Magie Montreal, the annual Magic Convention produced by Phil Matlin of Perfect Magic and Wim Vermeys of Mephisto Canada in 1991. He was a hit. We were excited to have him. It was the first time I saw him perform and his Walking Knot blew me away. I can’t believe it was 20 years ago. I see it in my mind’s eye as though it were yesterday. Sadly, he died a few weeks ago. We had just contacted him a few weeks before his death and purchased some Walking Knots. He seemed fine. It was a big loss. Going through the photos from Magie Montreal’s past, I came across these and thought you might enjoy them as much as I did.