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A new hot water heater and the necessary cleaning that goes along with it caused me to take a minute and go through some old magic stuff that I've collected over the years.

Some of the stuff I honestly forgot I had. Then there were the old packet tricks, several of which I cannot even remember what they are. Oh well, if I haven't done them in 40 years...

Among the props were some flyers from shows I participated in. I'll post some photos. The flyers are funny, given the advances in technology. Some were printed on offset printing machines, some look mimeographed. Wouldn't surprise me as we had a few teachers in the club.

Among the performers listed on the flyers/programs are Shimada, Slydini, Petrick &Mia and others.

Some of the shows included Chris Kenner and Dan Fleshman on the bill.

Of special note is the 1979 Midwest Magic Jubilee. Look at the line-up:

David Ginn, Carol Wright, Mike Caldwell, Dan Fleshman, Steve Spain, Brother John Hamman, Al Sharp, T.G. Murphy and Slydini! What a year!

Lots of good memories mixed with forgotten moments.
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$30.00 advanced registration for the Jubilee! 'Course $30 was a chunk of change back then.
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Very cool, thanks for posting those, Ray!
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Nice, Ray!  Those were the days!
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Good stuff. Never seen these before. Got any more?
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Hey, Ray... this is really cool stuff. I'm sure it brought back a flood of memories for you (oooo ... sorry about the metaphor).
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Hey, Ray... this is really cool stuff. I'm sure it brought back a flood of memories for you (oooo ... sorry about the metaphor).


Lol, thankfully it was more of a drip than a flood. Midnight lecture by Johnny Thompson, how cool is that?
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Good stuff. Never seen these before. Got any more?
 

I'm still looking for the Blackstone Jr. program and the Doug Henning program.  If I find, I will post.  

My memory of Henning is just how much fun the show was.  And meeting him later, outside the theater.  He was a diminutive gentleman.  Even in my teens, I seemed to tower over him.


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Found another one that might be of interest, especially to anyone looking for PR ideas.  

Back in the day, Danny Fleshman was working regularly at a couple of popular restaurants in St. Louis.  One was Bombay Bicycle
Club and the other was Classic Carriage and Car Company.  The latter was a "high-end" white tablecloth restaurant.  One of the
classic cars is on the back of the brochure.  Dan was around 20 years old or so.  Wow, talk about memories.

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This is me at the end of my thimble routine.  The venue was Magic Castle Pizza which had a fully functioning stage and a separate close up area.  I think I'm 19 in the photo.

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If we weren’t in quarantine, Ray, I’d have guessed that was a couple of weeks ago?
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If we weren’t in quarantine, Ray, I’d have guessed that was a couple of weeks ago?


LOL!  

Back then I had two tuxedos, one black and one white.  I had different shirts I could wear, all took cuff-links and button studs.  Those were pretty interesting.  Depending on the event, I'd choose to wear a white bow tie.  I did that for late evening shows mainly.  It was fun to mix-and-match.
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Also back in the day my tuxedo shirt was ruffled. Really it was a false front-a ruffle that I would button onto my shirt
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Also back in the day my tuxedo shirt was ruffled. Really it was a false front-a ruffle that I would button onto my shirt
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I had a ruffled one too.  In fact, I think the one I'm wearing in the photo is probably ruffled because the cuffs are.

My favorite shirt was the one with the pleated front.  That, along with the white tie gave the most distinctive look, IMO.
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This is me at the end of my thimble routine.  The venue was Magic Castle Pizza which had a fully functioning stage and a separate close up area.  I think I'm 19 in the photo.

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What a blast from the past........thank you for sharing these memories.  It is nice to see how well groomed you were....giving magic a high society appearance.

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What a blast from the past........thank you for sharing these memories.  It is nice to see how well groomed you were....giving magic a high society appearance.

Michael




I was much thinner back then obviously!  I probably weighed 155 lbs. at around 6'0'' at that point.  

There were 3 dove pockets in the coat.  Two on the right, one on the left.  My fourth dove was on a perch in my table.  I did a "barehanded" production with that one.  I would reach for a candle with my left hand when there would be a sudden flash and then the bird could be seen flapping its wings on my left hand.  It was fun to do and pretty cool to watch.

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Ray......I hope you don't mind that i join in with you in your "Trip Down Memory Lane".     I found an old video of mine that brings back old memories .....this was a taken in a downtown nightclub ....that featured local magicians in what the club called "Magic Tuesday".  

This is just the opening and closing segments from that performance.  Sorry that the footage is poor....but it was filmed a long time ago by someone in the audience that night.



Then.......years later....after marrying my assistant .. ....  here we are performing on a live T.V. spot morning talk show......that was being shot at an outside of studio  dinner theatre location.  There were about 400 people in audience that morning.



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Don't mind a bit!  Actually, you're blessed that someone captured that video.  Folks today are spoiled, given that you can record with pretty much any decent phone.  I have some of my performances on Super 8 reels.  Some day, I might get around to putting them onto a DVD or onto a flash drive.  But given their age, I'm not holding my breath.  Still, it is nice to know they are there.

I like the dove production.  Mine was very similar actually, the difference being I grabbed the dove from the inside of my table as I went to discard something.  But the mechanics of the actual production are somewhat similar.

Harming the doves was something I always protected against.  I didn't regularly clip their wings, for example.  I didn't think it was humane to overdo it.  The other thing I refused to do was to use an invisible harness.  I'm not saying that those who use them are wrong or doing something bad, it was just a personal choice.

So my harnesses were the "bag-type" with velcro and they secured the birds safely and comfortably.

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I invite anyone who wants to attach old pictures or video of performances to this thread to do so.  I've seen some old videos of Rudy and they were very cool to watch.
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Would love to see your old movies. Boy .... where have all the years gone.

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Love seeing all of this...

What great memories they provide you!

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Michael, with the help of my sister, who had the show on her hard drive, here are two effects from the show I did when I was in high school.

I posted about this previously, but it is probably appropriate and convenient that I repeat some of the background here.

There is a wonderful attraction in St. Louis called 'The Magic House' and it has grown substantially since it opened in 1979.  It is geared towards children, but people of all ages can enjoy the tour.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_House,_St._Louis_Children%27s_Museum

Local television station KSDK was chosen to produce a half-hour special to promote 'The Magic House' and of course though there is no magic at all at 'The Magic House' they felt it appropriate to use magic as a vehicle for promotion.

A script was being written and I was called to audition for the role of 'Marko The Magician'.  They liked what I had to show them and we agreed upon a certain number of tricks.  I had to shorten most of my routines in order to hit certain target times.

I also found out that the way they wanted to shoot the performances would require me to change up some of my moves.  For example, in the 'Linking Rings' routine I performed, there are several moments where the rings fly into the air.  The first time I did the 'Rink Unlink', for example, the ring went way above my head and out of frame.  If you watch me do it in the video you'll see how I consciously did it so that the ring didn't go over my head and that resulted in having to move very fast!  

I learned a bunch during the shooting.  I did 'The Multiplying Billiard Balls', 'Professors Nightmare', 'Multiplying Thimbles', 'Needle Thru Balloon', 'Blendo' and 'Linking Rings'.

When I appeared in the beginning I also performed 'Silk to Cane'.

To give it some context, the puppet is Lorelei and the voice was Clif St. James, a local personality and weatherman.  He was also Corky The Clown and had a separate show I had appeared on a few times.  It was one of those old-time Saturday morning kids shows.

Anyways, here goes.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/svks1os4k2buvtq/scarves_rings.MOV?dl=0

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BTW, I refer to the silk trick as 'Blendo' in the show.  I'd never do that nowadays of course.
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Very cool, Ray!

I remember the name "Cliff St. James" -- and also "Corky the Clown" -- I suppose it's possible I watched that, but would have had to have been before say 1970 if I did, because that's when I went into the Army, and when I got out, life was all changed.

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Very cool, Ray!

I remember the name "Cliff St. James" -- and also "Corky the Clown" -- I suppose it's possible I watched that, but would have had to have been before say 1970 if I did, because that's when I went into the Army, and when I got out, life was all changed.


I can't verify when my first appearance was on his show, but I think it was likely 1974 or thereabouts.

Clif St. James actually created the concept of Captain Kangaroo and pitched it to a network long before the show became a reality.  He had it stolen from him.  He was a talented artist and had done examples of scripts, story boards, etc. and it was all for naught.

He did the weather before all of the fancy computer-generated stuff.  He had a felt board and would attach suns, moons, blowing clouds, snowflakes, etc. in order to jazz up his forecasts.

He was a super guy and a super-talented guy to say the least.

Here is a wonderful tribute to him.  Sadly, he is no longer with us.

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/joe-holleman/clif-st-james-known-to-many-as-corky-the-clown-has-died/article_d4c93d7c-7e1a-5e0a-a704-5dc1fdc93786.html
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Wow, this is interesting.  I found this video just now and turns out I'm in it.  Weird.  I never saw this when it aired on television, but here it is.  They show a brief clip from 'The Magic Of Magic'!

https://ksdk.com/embeds/video/63-2447896/iframe?jwsource=cl

You may see a pop-up after you click the "play" arrow.  Just ignore it and wait about 12 seconds and it will start automatically.
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Ray! It was so fun to see you as a young magician. Thanks for sharing this memory with us. 

I also enjoyed watching the news clip that they did in tribute to Clif St. James.

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Thanks Rudy, 40 years ago, hard to believe.  Here's another one with thimbles and needle thru balloon.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xzq94rn9v8zv2qj/thimbles_balloon.MOV?dl=0
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