Paul Potassy and A Lesson in Magic.

Many years ago, another life time ago, when we were living in Hampstead, it must have been in 1977 or thereabouts, Paul Potassy and his wife came to Montreal. Paul phoned us. He had a stint at the then new Bonaventure Hotel, and he invited Phil  and I to be his guests at  his show. I think the name of the night club in the hotel was the Cafe Conc  and don’t think it isn’t bothering me that I can’t remember all these things exactly. It’s only 35 years ago. What I do remember is that I invited him and his wife to our home for dinner which he accepted. I do remember that we had raclette and little potatoes amongst other things, but I remember that  because I left the raclette machine too close to the dining room beveled mirror above the server and the mirror cracked  from the heat of it.

In any case after dinner Paul did some magic for us. He did table magic with coins and cards  and he dazzled us. The next night we went to see him perform at the hotel. He was marvelous. I don’t remember his act, which has more to do with my memory than his act. What I do remember was at one point, he had a spectator choose a card and replace it in the deck. Phil leaned over to me and said, “I don’t believe it but I think he is using a stripper deck.”  After the show we got together with Paul and his wife and Phil asked him if that’s what he used. He said yes. Phil said, “after what you did last night at the dinner table, why would you resort to using a stripper deck.” He answered, ” When I do a show I don’t want to think about magic. The only thing I want to focus on is my audience.” I guess a lesson could be learned from that!

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5 responses to “Paul Potassy and A Lesson in Magic.

  1. Great anecdote about Potassy, visiting with you and performing in Montreal, Evy. The main point –about valuing audience engagement over performing effects that are mechanically astute and/or require exceptional dexterity is incredibly important, yet (sadly) more often than not, overlooked.
    The fact that Potassy performed with a “stripper” on stage at the Cafe Conc… well that venue certainly seems to almost beg for this type of act…
    Btw, if it was Le Caf Conc, this beautiful dinner-theatre is located in the Marriot Chateau Champlain

    Once again, thanks for posting this enlightening blog for all of your fans to see… and I’m not talking about “break-away” fans either, Evy. No… we’re in it for the long run.

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  2. Thanks for your comment. It seems to me the stage was bigger. Is there another room or perhaps they redidi it.

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  3. ..It’s just an illusion Evy ((a photo-lens illusion). The stage at Le Caf Conc is relatively large, much larger than it looks in thee picture. This is the very same Montreal theatre stage where the string of “Can’Can-Girls” use to dance on stage and kick up there heels! :0

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  4. As long as my memory didn’t deceive me. I thought it was bigger and it was. thank you!

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