This is my last post for 2012, #117 since I started. It’s been a challenge and fun at the same time. For subject matter I often looked through old photographs of Magie Montreal, the magic convention produced by Phil Matlin of Perfect Magic and Wim Vermeys, and their wives and many volunteers, annually for 19 years, which brought back memories for me as well as for some of you who were there. Now it would be impossible to put on such conventions, with travelling the way it is today. The talent that was available to us then was incredible.
It was a golden era. Frank Garcia, Albert Goshman, Jay and Frances Marshall, Jeff Mcbride, Pavel, Michael Ammar, Norm Neilson, David Acer, Harry Allen, Gene Anderson, “Magic Tom” Auburn, Robert Baxt, Mike Bent, Jay Scott Berry, Nathan Burton, Guy Camirand, Shelley Carrol,
James Ceilen, Jon Charles, Juliana Chen, Alain Choquette, Michael Clavell, Michael Close, Carl Cloutier, Al Cohen, Marcello Contento, John Cornelius, Dave Cresey, Walter Cummings, Fr. Cyprian, Jose De La Torre, Eric DeCamps, Marc DeSouza, Joe Devlin, Paul Diamond, Derek Dingle, Arthur Emerson, Tony Eng, Fantasio, Farquhar & Felicity, Fukai & Kimika, Dan Garrett, Goldfinger & Dove, Murray Hatfield, Hiawatha, Bruce Kalver, John Kennedy, Mac King, Kohl & Co., Kovari, Gary Kurtz, Hank Lee, Bob Little, Sid Lorraine, Simon Lovell,Hank Moorehouse, Al Munro (a.k.a. The Geritol Kid), Obie O’Brien, Gary Ouellet, Parker Swann & Claire, Petrick & Mia, James Rainho, James Randi, Jimmy Ray, Claude Rix, Romaine, Dale Salwak, Richard Sanders, George Sateriale, Peter Scarlett, George Schindler, Terry Seabrooke, Mike Shelley, Lucy Smalley, Warren Stephens, Ward Thomas, Manfred Thumm, Torkova, Mark Trimble, J.P. Vallarino, Victor & Diamond, Peter White, Earl Ray Wilcox, David Williamson,Meir Yedid, Rebecca Yen, Hans Zahn, Dick Zimmerman and many others were all a part of Magic Montreal and so were you if you were there.
Some of you may recognize all the names, others may recognize some, and some of you …none. Regardless, if you’re doing great magic, you are, in all probability, standing on their shoulders.
Unfortunately, many have passed on, others retired (hmmm), and others have gone into other things. Here at Perfect Magic we keep on truckin’, thanks to your support. Thanks to you, my readers, who tell me how much they enjoy the blog when they come into the shop, but are too shy to write comments. To those who do comment, thank you. It’s what keeps me writing, but whether you comment or not, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Once again, healthy and happy holidays, and don’t overeat! (I’ll have to follow my own advice, I guess.)