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Feeling proud: The Magic Circle awarded me the prestigious John Nevil Maskelyne Prize for Literature. :) :)

It's my 2nd award since my "neat and tidy handwriting" award I got in 1967. [wink]

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Congrats Paul!

Well deserved for all you do!

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Congrats Paul!

Well deserved for all you do!
Many thanks for your kind words. Paul

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Congratulations, Paul!

You’ve earned that award and many of us are the beneficiaries of your hard work.

Thank you!!

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Wow. Congratulations Paul. What an honour.
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Thank you folks. Kind words. X Paul
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Superb achievement Paul - and well deserved.

I've been away from magic for quite a while, having become sadly disillusioned with the art; and having started a completely new career. Before moving home 7 years ago, I also sold off a room full of magic; literally everything purchased/collected during 35 years. However, so glad that I kept your books/effects (and Harry Lorayne's).

As an aside, I truly consider your Insurance Policy effect to be the most commercial piece of magic that it has ever been my pleasure to present. Audiences absolutely adore it.
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Superb achievement Paul - and well deserved.

I've been away from magic for quite a while, having become sadly disillusioned with the art; and having started a completely new career. Before moving home 7 years ago, I also sold off a room full of magic; literally everything purchased/collected during 35 years. However, so glad that I kept your books/effects (and Harry Lorayne's).

As an aside, I truly consider your Insurance Policy effect to be the most commercial piece of magic that it has ever been my pleasure to present. Audiences absolutely adore it.


Hi Barry,

I hope that you’re doing well. I was just wondering if you might be willing to share how you became disillusioned with magic. If that’s too personal of a question, I understand.

Have a great day!

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Superb achievement Paul - and well deserved.

I've been away from magic for quite a while, having become sadly disillusioned with the art; and having started a completely new career. Before moving home 7 years ago, I also sold off a room full of magic; literally everything purchased/collected during 35 years. However, so glad that I kept your books/effects (and Harry Lorayne's).

As an aside, I truly consider your Insurance Policy effect to be the most commercial piece of magic that it has ever been my pleasure to present. Audiences absolutely adore it.


Hi Barry. I've often where you went. You suddenly vanished. What incident made you lose faith etc? Shame we lost contact. Btw, many thanks for your kind words. Paul x

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Hi Barry. I've often wondered where you went. You suddenly vanished. What incident made you lose faith etc? Shame we lost contact. Btw, many thanks for your kind words. Paul x


Hi Paul, Happy New Year!

Can you tell me about your Insurance Policy effect? Where can we purchase it?

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Hi Paul, Happy New Year!

Can you tell me about your Insurance Policy effect? Where can we purchase it?

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Hi Rudy. It's out of print. But, it's like the standard one but with more gags/reveals and it's a FREE CHOICE of a card...which is ideal for strolling/repeating. Paul (Oh, you might get it from Alec Powell in the UK. Google him.)

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Hi Rudy. It's out of print. But, it's like the standard one but with more gags/reveals and it's a FREE CHOICE of a card...which is ideal for strolling/repeating. Paul (Oh, you might get it from Alec Powell in the UK. Google him.)


That's interesting. It can really be any selection? I have an insurance policy effect from Steve Dobson, but had two buy two different policies in order to have the ability to reveal a different selection.

I'll check with Alec. Thanks again, Paul.

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Rudy, if you have Steve Spill's "I lie for money" have a read of the story about the magician's insurance policy.

You can read an extract on Google books here. Is starts with "Dai Vernon once showed me a postcard..."

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Congratulations Paul and welcome back!  [smile]

I believe the Tommy Windsor version of the insurance policy is still available via "Easy to master card miracles-vol #1", L&L, (Ammar/Henderson handling). (Please note that on the DVD descriptions it cites Tommy Wonder as the copyright holder). I believe the Camirand Academy used to sell a template, but I could not find it on their web site. Stoners has a policy for $4. Years ago, I made up my own template, using the Windsor policy (SCAM), as a guide and modifying it for my needs. I had a place to sign the policy and give it to the "assistant" for a momento, and could be repeated later, with a different outcome using a different method for the "selection". James Kennedy also has a version still available.

But, a freely chosen, repeatable version would be definitely worth looking into. Thanks Paul

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Alec Powell's magic store site lists Paul's Insurance Policy as available.

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Hi Barry,

I hope that you’re doing well. I was just wondering if you might be willing to share how you became disillusioned with magic. If that’s too personal of a question, I understand.

Have a great day!

Rudy

Hi Rudy.

No, it's not a too personal question.

I think these are the main reasons that have caused my disillusionment:

1. The amount of utter dross that's being inflicted upon the magic community. Hardly a day goes by without yet another brainfart being unleashed - given the amount of Mark 2/Mark 3, etc. versions being released thereafter, the creator/supplier clearly hasn't even thought the concept through from the outset.

2. The sheer (seemingly never-ending) volume of these releases that are simply being prostituted simply for a quick profit; rather than to improve or enhance the Art of Magic. My biggest dislike has to be (over the past few years) the raft of card tricks requiring a Sharpie; the spectator signs a card; the magician then draws something ridiculous on the card/card case - only for it to vanish or transform in some way. Is this really 'commercial magic'?

3. The lack of bricks & mortar shops. Adding things online to a shopping basket generates nowhere near the same level of excitement and anticipation as those old days of just walking down the street and the magic shop comes into view; let alone being inside to see the latest miracle demmed (for REAL instead of some heavily edited video clip). Added to which, I was lucky enough to be a customer of Ken Brooke and Alan Alan when I lived in London as a youngster. If they didn't believe you could perform a particular trick, then it wouldn't be sold to you. Online Magic 'Shops'(?) basically don't give a toss. Their primary concern is making money; rather than also trying to improve the individual or the Art of Magic.

4. I used to perform primarily via reliable and trustworthy Entertainment Agents. The quality of venue was always of a high standard; the fee/wage that you received was generally very, very good. Shows were contracted; on the very rare occasion when there was a cancellation, you'd receive anything from 50% - 100% of your agreed fee (dependent upon the date it was cancelled). The Agent would also source the venues and handle all aspects of the enquiry, through to the booking confirmation and contracting, etc. All you had to do as an act, was basically get there on time and perform. These days in the UK, I don't know of one single Entertainment Agency in my local area. Meanwhile acts these days seem to book themselves into venues; at LESS MONEY than I was getting around 30 years ago! This is progress? Really? Many now have websites; outlining that they are an 'Award Winning Magician'. I wasn't aware that we had so many magic competitions within the UK? Then of course, there's the usual BS and hyperbole from satisfied customers; outlining how it was actually the magician who'd made the wedding, sales event, party, etc. so worthwhile (pass me the bucket).

5. Magic Clubs. I was at an event quite recently (as a guest, not working - it was a Cabaret Night for Air Ambulance) when the Vice-President of a large local magic society asked why I didn't attend his club any more. Telling him a few 'home truths' didn't exactly play well. I simply told him his club did not promote the Art. The members were primarily clueless; the majority with no desire to learn, or even practice. Being a hobbyist is fine in my view - BUT at least put SOME bloody effort in and RESPECT Magic! Like many magic clubs, they seem to exist primarily to fill club nights with lectures; inevitably ending in members buying even more stuff that they'll never be able to do. Then I said about the pointless entrance exam; sitting at a little table with tidy rows of magicians in front of you. THAT IS NOT the real world! He said "well what do you suggest"? I advised it would be better to watch them work tables (such as the event we were at) with primarily non-magicians in attendance; and see how they handle the confined, noisy conditions, etc. Reply? "We've never done that......it wouldn't work". I gave up.

I could go on but these are possibly the main reasons for my disenchantment.

I still have a lot of interest; performing at the occasional private party or event. This is literally all via word of mouth. I can also set the price I want - if I'm too expensive, then basically they can jog on and get some cheap amateur via Google.

Indeed, my interest, purely in card magic, is probably greater now than ever. I've always got quite a few bricks of cards piled high next to my (well-thumbed/worn) Harry Lorayne and Paul Gordon books. Moreover, to the most part, all that I now perform is cards (plus a few props for card-related effects).

Sorry if I come across as arrogant or obnoxious. I put it down to having Bobby Bernard tear my performances to shreds as a youngster! That's also why I prefer those who 'tell it as it is' and are direct; rather than those preferring to spout utter BS - it's the only way that things will ever improve in my honest opinion.

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Hi Barry. I've often where you went. You suddenly vanished. What incident made you lose faith etc? Shame we lost contact. Btw, many thanks for your kind words. Paul x

Hi Paul - great to hear from you.

Loving the new Diary format mate! Absolute killer effect.

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      Hi Barry:  First I hear of this. Sure miss you - I need all the fans I can get!!!  ---  You've always said such nice things about me, and came in to protect me at forums. I don't want to lose you!!!
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Barry couldn't agree more on 1, 2, and 3.
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